Happy Birthday, Margrit!

Aloha, all!

My husband's Aunt Margrit had a birthday this past Friday – the same day as my birthday! So it's always easy for me to remember to make and send a birthday card to her in plenty of time for it to arrive on her big day. And, of course, I always try to make the card I send her just a little bit over-the-top.

     What I wanted for this card was something elegant. As I went through my stash of Designer Series Papers, I found this sheet from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The "specialty" in the name of that paper set indicates that there's something in the set that's, well, special! In this case, there are two sheets in the set that have designs with Copper Foil on them. Each sheet is single-sided, but the sides with the copper foil are priceless.

     Once I chose the paper, the rest of the card just fell into place. Oooooh, lace! For that I reached for the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Delicate Details. Of course I had to emboss it using Copper Embossing Powder. Then, to separate the Designer Series Paper from the lace just a teensy bit, I added a strip from a Copper Foil Sheet between the two (the Copper Foil Sheets were in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, and they've carried over into the spring and are still available!). That created my main background layer for the birthday greeting.

     I always think of ovals as being just a tad more elegant that circles or squares. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelits, and layer I did! The bottom layer is Very Vanilla Cardstock. Onto that I added a layer made from the Copper Foil Sheets. Then I die-cut the flower into the copy Very Vanilla Layer, and added the stamped Happy Birthday greeting from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. It seemed to have just the right font for this card. My last step was to add a heart that I punched using the Owl Builder Punch. I haven't used that punch much for the owl figure. But I sure have used it for all the little circles and the heart it includes!

     Before I adhered the oval layers to the card, I added some of the Copper Metallic Thread to the card base. But with all that copper all over the place, even I can't see it any more in a photo. It's obvious in real life, but not here for sure!

     As you can imagine, I had a lot of fun making this card. I may just have to do something else with these products that I could frame and hang on my wall – when I have some free time. Hmmm, when might that be? Don't know.

     Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the product photos and go directly to my Stampin' Up! store – not only to find out more about the proiduct, but also to order directly from me! When you make something using products you purchased from me, send me a photo and I'll post it, either here or on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook page!

 


Posted on : Feb 19 2017
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

I Do Keep Some Retired Stampin’ Up! Sets!

Aloha, all!

     I know that many of you pay attention when I say I'm pretty close to being right on target when it comes to giving up Stamp Sets and other products that Stampin' Up! has retired. After all, how am I going to help you decide on making a project I show off if you can't buy the products I'm showing off?

     But there are some sets – and in some cases, just individual stamps, that I just can't give up. The set with the palm tree stamp that I'm using in today's project is one of those.

     The stamp set, Totally Trees, is one that was in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. There are lots of things you can do with the many stamps in this set. But this palm tree works so well when I want to make a card that I can use for a quick note to someone. It's just the right size to stamp in squares, such as these made with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. The stamp works well in circles and ovals, as well as in the squares.

     Believe it or not, the rest of the card uses all current products. One of them is the label I used to cut a shape for the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set. that's part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. Yes, you have to buy the whole kit to get the stamp set – but it's well worth it, as the kit is pretty cool! Anyway, back to the label. It's from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. No, it does not have to be used just with Project Life projects!

     I added a hand-cut piece of Garden Green cardstock to run behing the label shape, and then ran a 5" length of the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon behind that. All of the various pieces I've just mentioned are adhered to a layer of Crumb Cake Cardstock embossed using the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That whole layer is adhered to a card base also made with the Crumb Cake cardstock. I added the final touch of two Garden Green Candy Dots from the Regals Candy Dots Collection.

     Now that this card is off in the mail, I'll be back to some more current products for tomorrow's project – a birthday gift for one of my friends!

     Meanwhile, Happy Stamping!

 


Posted on : Feb 16 2017
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Aloha, all!

     Finally it's Valentine's Day, and I get to share my last Valentine's Card for this year with you. Actually, this "Love" card would be good for lots of occasions. But I have one special sweetheart to whom I'd like to give a flower today, and this kind of flower is the perfect kind for him. It also falls right into today's beginning of the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com)! That's because our challenge this time is to feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration catalog. Actually, before this challenge is over, I think I can say, "catalogs" as, starting a week from today, there will be an additional flyer with three new Sale-a-bration products available with any Stampin' Up! $50 purchase!

     This card features two Sale-a-bration products! The ribbon is one of the two spools in the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack in the original 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog. And the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper will be in the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, available next Tuesday. I've already shared some paper from this pack with you in the last week, but this is your introduction to the Bermuda Bay color. Is this not just the prettiest Glimmer Paper?! And, of course, you know by now (if you've been reading my posts) that the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Set is unavailable for ordering until two weeks from today. But it will be back in stock on the 27th, so mark your calendar if you're thinking about ordering this Thinlit set!

     I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day today, and that you've enjoyed making cards and gifts using Stampin' Up! products this Valentine's season as much as I have. But now it's on to catch up with my Birthday Card stash before I start in on Easter fun! The fun just doesn't stop in my Craft Room!

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Posted on : Feb 13 2017
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, SUO Challenges |

Last Minute Valentines!

Aloha, all!

     Do you remember last week when I said I had a bunch of birthdays for which I needed cards and I scrambled to make something that looked nice but didn't take much time? Well, that was so easy – and so much fun! – that I did it again. Yup, same basic design for my last minute bunch of Valentine Cards!

     For these cards, I used three of the lighter colored patterns from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, lining them up across a layer of Real Red Cardstock.  Then I stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting from the Sealed With Love Stamp Set, and die cut it and a Real Red mat for it, using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. I added a heart from the Brights Collection Candy Dots, and, voilá – I have my card. Quick and easy! It will be even easier for you because I've made myself a layout sketch. Yes, it's for me when I run into a need for something quick in the future. And since I have it all done and there's no newsletter for several weeks, I'll just share it right here with you!

     To get those vertical strips lined up fairly perfectly, I set the Real Red layer on my grid paper and found the center point along the bottom of the layer. Then I adhered the center strip aligning it so that its center matched the center of the Red layer, centering it top to bottom. After than, I just adhered the right and left strips so that they were evenly spaced between the center strip and the right and left edges of the Red layer. For both this card and the birthday cards last week, I adhered the center greeting element using Stampin' Dimensionals. Just that little bit of height at the center really makes a nice difference in the look of the card.

     Here are the products I used in today's project. Don't forget that the Valentine products are still going to be available even after Valentine's Day. I have no doubt that this year's Valentine products are some that I'm going to keep around for next year (at least!). Click on any of the products to add them to your Stampin' Up! order!!

 


Posted on : Feb 13 2017
Posted under Layout Sketch Provided, Sizzix, Stamping |

It’s Valentine Red Glimmer Paper!

Aloha, all!

     This is something of an addendum to yesterday's post which highlighted a Valentine Card made with the new Sale-a-bration Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper.

     You might recall that I was reluctant to use the upcoming Sale-a-bration Glimmer Paper as a layer for yesterday's card as I only had a small quantity of it. But when I finished with that blog post, I realized that, when it comes to Glimmer Paper, I have a TON of it in my stash that's red – Valentine Red even (I made that up; it's just called Red because that's what Stampin' Up! calls it. But for me, today, it's "Valentine Red.")

     So – same basic card (without all the extra little hearts) with a full layer of the Red Glimmer Paper to really accent this lovely card.

     I still have some time left to make Valentine Cards, and I'll be busy with that right up until the day itself. I hope you're having fun with this fun holiday this year, too!

     Here are the products I used in today's project:

 


Posted on : Feb 12 2017
Posted under Sizzix |

Valentine With a Sneak Peek!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, I'm getting to the end of my Valentine card-making efforts for 2017! I got all the cards I wanted to send to the US East Coast out in Thursday's mail, and all the US West Coast cards out in the mail Yesterday. Today is the day for mailing one or two to friends and customers in Hawaii, and Monday I'll be making a last few to hand to friends that I'll see in person by Tuesday.

     For today, I thought I'd share one that I made with one of the newest Sale-a-bration FREE PRODUCTS that will be available on the 21st of this month, through the end of the Sale-a-bration catalog period at the end of March. I was fortunate to be able to get my hands on this luscious Glimmer Paper early, but that extended only to be able to buy one pack of the paper. So I'm not being so generous that I'm using the paper as a whole layer on my card (I want to have some for some birthday cards this week!). But I think you can see how beautiful it is with just the little bit I have on the front of the card.

     I loooooove this paper! The set comes with glimmer paper in three colors: Sweet Sugarplum (as in this card); Bermuda Bay (I'll share one later this week, but if you get my newsletter you've already seen it); and Mint Macaron. I just about swoon every time I get to do something with Mint Macaron color in any variation. But it doesn't seem to cry out, "Valentine," as much as the Sweet Sugarplum. So Sugarplum it is for this card!

     There are still a couple of weeks until the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are available for purchase again. But they will be – and maybe you already have a set? If so, let me tell you that these two products are just made to go together. I had absolutely no trouble cutting the Glimmer Paper with these thinlits (well, there was the time I accidentally tried to cut two pieces at the same time with the same Thinlit – that did not work!).

     While I kind of liked the simplicity of the card front with just the heart and word on it, I decided that I really did want to add something into all that empty space. Looking around me at my stashes of various products, I spied the Confetti Hearts Border Punch. Yes, it's supposed to be a border. But I wanted the hearts that came out of the punch after the border got punched. And there they are!

     Truth be told, I really did want that Sweet Sugarplum mat behind the main layer to be the Glimmer Paper, too. But I'm just stingy enough that I want to save it just as my initial inclination in designing this card led me to think in the beginning. So I'll wait until I can order some more later in the month!

     Meanwhile, here are the products I used in this project. I'll post here on my blog when the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are back in stock and orderable, and I'll surely be showing off more of this glimmer paper and definitely letting you know when YOU can order it!

 


Posted on : Feb 11 2017
Posted under Punches, Sizzix |

Lots of Birthdays This Month!

Aloha, all!

     I've been concentrating so much on (1) my Valentine's Cards and (2) challenge projects, that I forgot to pay attention to upcoming birthdays! I was even late with my Sister-in-Law's birthday, and that's one I should NEVER miss as she's a Stampin' Up! downline, and she deserves a nice Stampin' Up! card. Hers was the card I posted about on Monday. But then Shannon West of Stampin' Up! reminded us in a FB Live post that the Stampin' Up! "I'm Bringing Birthdays Back" stamp is still alive and well. Well – I started looking at my FB friends' birthdays, and, yikes! I needed to get cracking!

     What I needed was something quick but yet still showing a bit of Stampin' Up! color. So I went looking around the internet for something fun but quick, and I came upon this design by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Monika Davis. She's so darned talented, and this card fit the bill perfectly. So it's definitely a CASEd card (Copied And Shared with Everyone). But it's handmade, mostly Stampin' Up!, and I was quite pleased to send them out in the mail yesterday!

     The sentiment is from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set. The papers are Real Red, So Saffron, and Pool Party. Those were the colors that Monika used, I thought they looked great, so why mess with perfection!? I stamped my sentiment in Real Red Classic Ink, placed some watermarked starfish in the background, and added a non-Stampin' Up! stitched border around the top and the sentiment layer. Done! And (best of all) mailed for the most part. I can breathe a bit before the last one has to go out in another week or so.

     So while I was in the "get some quick cards made" mood, I also made some quick Valentine's Day Cards, and they had to go in the mail yesterday, too, or they weren't going to make it to the east coast in time for February 14th! I'll share those with you later this weekend. For now, I have to spend some time writing notes in all my Valentine's cards!

     Time to catch my breath! Happy Stamping, to you!

 


Posted on : Feb 10 2017
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Another Card With Balloon Adventures!

Aloha, all!

     I just could not put that Balloon Adventures Bundle away after I used it for Monday's project. I had found it SOOO easy to use to make that fun card that I decided I'd use it in my card-making class this week. When I showed my crafters the card, especially when I opened it up, I could almost see dismay in their faces. Wow, what's it going to take to make THIS card! When I told them it would be so simple, they did not believe me. When we were finished, they were all believers!

     I really have nothing to add in the way of hints on making this card. I'm pretty sure I covered everything in Monday's post. What I found to be a lot of fun with this card was the Party Animal Designer Series Paper that I chose for the class project. I chose the Emerald Envy Cardstock, Ink, and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon as my base color for the card as a whole. That had to do mostly with the availability of that lovely Taffeta Ribbon that's on the same page in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog as the whole Party Animal Suite of products. It really accents the cover of the card nicely.

     This time, both I and those in my class remembered not to fold the center Whisper White cardstock until after we stamped the banner and sentiment at the bottom of the center section. So it came out a lot better than when I tried to do it after everything had been folded and creased. If you want to stamp an image on the center balloon, you should do that before folding/creasing, too.

     So now off to get the last of my Valentine Cards done! I have to get mine in the mail no later than Thursday morning if they're going to get anywhere but Hawaii by the 14th!

     Here are the products featured for today's project.


Posted on : Feb 08 2017
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Color Fusers Blog Hop – February 2017!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome once again to my favorite monthly blog hop, the Color Fusers Blog Hop, in which we are given 4 or 5 colors and challenged to use at least 3 of them in our blog post for the day. This month's color challenge is to use:

     The list of all this month's blogs is at the end of this post. I hope you will visit them all because there are some fab projects! Now on to my project for this post.

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     What a great color combo – and Stampin' Up! itself came up with it first in the fun Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. All four colors are in that set of papers. So I figured it was a no brainer to use that set of papers to make a card (what I make the most of these days) focusing on 3 of the 4 colors. So I did make a card that went pretty quickly, and poof! I was done!

     But wait. There are some really creative folks in this blog hop, so that simple card (which I'll introduce in a blog post after Valentine's Day) seemed like it was just a bit too easy for this crowd of hoppers. What I did was to think about this a little bit, look through the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, think some more – and, voilá! I decided on a bit more ambitious of a project!

     I stuck with the Carousle & Cupcakes Designer Series Paper, but moved around a bit in the Occasions Catalog and found the Balloon Adventures Bundle to make this paper a lot more interesting! Not only that, but it turns out that one of my favorite Sisters-in-Law (they're all favorites!), who is also in my Stampin' Up! downline, had a birthday this past weekend, and I was SOOOO excited to have a fun card to make for her!

     This first step that I took in making this card was to create the inside of the card. I'd not yet used the framelits from this Bundle to make a card, but I did have a bit of experience with the concept. Nonetheless, I chose to watch the YouTube Video that Stampin' Up! produced to introduce this. I've included a link to this video at the end of this post. Oh, and how did I know there was a video for this? When you look at a Stampin' Up! catalog, occasionally you'll come across this symbol. When you see this, you know that Stampin' Up! has a video at youtube.com/stampinup.

     To keep my theme going for this card, I did a few things that weren't in the video. First of all, I used papers from the Designer Series Paper Stack both for the background and the foreground fo the left and right balloon on the inside. I created the background by punching papers using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the top layers using Thinlits. I also used Designer Series Paper for the center balloon, even though it had to be folded to make the pop-up style of the card. I folded this balloon before I adhered it to the already-folded pop-up element.

     I also managed not to stamp the "let's celebrate" sentiment onto the center piece of the pop-up element before I did all the scoring and folding required (won't do that next time!). So I had to stamp onto another piece of Whisper White Cardstock, then fold the piece I cut out from the stamped image and adhere it to the already-folded banner shape. The final elements inside this card are the "gift packages" on either side. The tops and bows are made with the Thinlit set, and I rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.

     I got away from the Balloon Adventures Bundle a bit with the central stamped image on the front of the card. There was a lot of trial and error here (errors?) before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to accomplish what I wanted with the Thinlit dies that were in the bundle. So I went looking for something else with the same kind of shape, and settled on the Lots of Labels Framelits for the sentiment for the card front. Even then, I couldn't find the "perfect" fit (perfect being what I wanted, darn it!), so I ended up die-cutting both the image in the center of the Designer Series Paper/Early Espresso layer as well as the inserted image using the same die. I trimmed the straight sides of the Early Espresso piece a bit, then cut it in half and reduced the size from top to bottom before taping the pieces together with transparent tape at the back. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the piece of Designer Series Paper before trimming it to fit on the Early Espresso layer.

     I cut the holes in both ends of the Espresso layer using the little circle die from the Tags and Labels Framelits. Finally, I made a both on both ends, one with Calyso Coral Thick Bakers Twine and the other with Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine. Then I adhered this layer to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Done! And it's already in Maryland by now (I can only hope!)

     Here's the video from Stampin' Up! that provides some great ideas for using the Balloon Adventures Bundle!

     Here is the list of bloggers on the hop this month:

     And here are the products that I featured in my project for today!


Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
Posted under CASEing Projects, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |