Green is the Color of March!

Aloha, all!

     When I was a child, the month of March meant two things to me: first, the grass in our front yard started turning to green and, second, it meant that St. Patrick's Day was going to be coming soon. Yes, I grew up in a family that was more than half Irish. My mother's family on both sides were immigrants from Ireland (County Roscommon) and my father's family, though possessed of a very German name, had Revolutionary War naval hero, John Barry (County Wexford), as an ancestor. So, when the theme for the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com) came up as "Celebrating Green," what could I do but make a St. Patrick's Day card!

     Now, you know that this is a "Stampin' Up! Only" challenge. So where did I find those shamrocks, you might well ask. If you look closely at these shamrocks and at the Stampin' Up! Over the Rainbow Stamp Set, you might see that I used the little watercolor-style heart to form the leaflets of those little shamrocks. I was amazed at how easy it was to stamp those photopolymer hearts into a shamrock. I could see right through the clear block on which I mounted the stamp and these are the three and only shamrocks I stamped. No muss, no fuss!

     After that, I had to figure out what I was going to do with those little gems. After a bit of thought, I went with the tried and true technique of die-cutting them with some squares (in this case, the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Framelits squares. And, of course, since the newest 2017 Sale-a-bration FREE products have just been introduced, I had to add in some of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the brand new 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. I'd already worked a bit with this Glimmer Paper and have decided that the best accent color to use with it is Garden Green. So I mounted the matted squares on some Garden Green Cardstock and then onto another layer of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.

     For my original design (just below this paragraph) I simply added a stamped Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock, and die cut with a shape from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set.

     This is the card that I had at this point. I thought it needed something more, but nothing I could think of at the moment worked the way I wanted. I even asked my husband to come look at the card to see if he thought it looked liked a finished card. Even he hesitated, but then said, "It looks fine." Hmmm. It wasn't until the next morning when I walked in and looked at it again (after all the photographing and editing) and thought, "Gold"! Of course. It needed gold. The first thing that I did was to add some of the Metallic Enamel Shapes. I forget that I have those metallic shapes – I have got to keep them out so I remember how fun they are! And that looked so cool, and really upped the design of the card.

     Still, it needed something more. I glanced around and spotted my almost-depleted spool of Gold Metallic Thread. No, I did not take the card apart to get that metallic thread under the squares. I wound some thread around my fingers, squirted some of the glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen under the center square on both sides, and just pushed some of that thread underneath. Yes, it might have been neater if I'd just started the card over again. But this was my card design, and I was sticking (literally) to it!

     One of the projects that I made for my March Newsletter includes another fun project featuring a different way to create shamrocks. Now's the time to sign up for my newsletter to make sure that you get to see that project (I won't share it here) and get a tutorial for making it!

     If you're interested in making this project, here are the products that you can purchase in my very own Stampin' Up! shop online! Just click on any of the pictures below to get to the store and order any of the products you'd like to help you with some fun St. Patrick's Day cards. I've listed each of the stock numbers at the very end should you wish just to enter them all into an order form with little fuss!

Over the Rainbow Stamp Set: 138770
Stitched Shapes Framelits: 145372
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set: 127802
Bunch of Banners Framelits: 141488
Metallic Enamel Shapes: 141678
Gold Metallic Thread: 138401
Fine-Tip Glue Pen: 138309


Posted on : Feb 27 2017
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Playing With Color Combinations!

Aloha, all!

     Yesterday I was browsing through an educational website for Stamping Business Owners, and I came across a tutorial on how to use the website, Cooler.co (yes, "co", not "com"). Using that website you can get ideas for color combinations that work in a variety of situations. In this case, I decided to try to see what color combos I might find using Stampin' Up!'s Dapper Denim color.

     As I went throught the website quickly, I noticed one color that looked a lot like the Stampin' Up! color, Rose Red. This is NOT a color combo I would ever have picked myself, mostly because Rose Red sits unused in my Craft Room most of the time. Nonetheless, I took the challenge, pulled out some Stampin' Up! Sizzix Thinlits, and off I went! The "hello" is from the Hello You Thinlits set and the floral oval is from the Timeless Tags Thinlits set. This was a zip-zip-zip project, so I didn't add much in the way of embellishments. I'm constitutionally incapable of making a card that I really like without some kind of embellishment. So I quickly snatched one of the Metal Rimmed Pearls from my pearl stash, popped it into the middle of the oval design, and there it was!

     Sometime in the next week or so when I have more time, I will definitely go back to this website to find some more color combos – using more than just two colors. But for now, I thought I'd share the basic concept and encourage you to use this website if you are having trouble coming up with a good combo for a color you want to use. It may just work for you!

 


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Posted on : Feb 26 2017
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A Fun Box for Gifts and Such!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week I was involved in making a project for a group to which I belong. The idea was to take a project for which there was a tutorial with a sample made from retired Stampin' Up! products and remake it with current products. As I do with most projects that I make in my Craft Room, I had a lot of fun with it!

     This is a box made with a sheet of 12" square cardstock, the kind that Stampin' Up! (as well as other paper companies) sells. The way it's folded, each of the sides is a 4" square, and is easily decorated in many different ways. I chose to make this a birthday box, and decorated the sides with die-cut designs using the Stampin' Up! Ballon Pop-up Thinlits Dies. Instead of making a pop-up card, I just cut enough cardstock to give me the three-balloon shape at the center of the die.

     For the entire project, I used paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper set. In fact, I used just one design from that set. I covered the squares on each of the four sides with one side of a sheet of paper and covered the indented corners using the other side of the same sheet which is a design with the color, Pacific Point. Then I die cut two of the balloon designs from the Thinlits Set using the Pacific Point paper and punched a third, solid, balloon using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

     After I folded the box, I tied the top inside corners together using the 1/8" Whisper White Ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack. Love that ribbon! Here's a copy of the project looking down at it:

     This is really a simple project to make – just score the cardstock at 4" and 8" both vertically and horizontally, and score in from each of the four corners to the place where the vertical and horizontal score lines cross. Fold the vertical and horizontal lines as a valley fold and the diagonal lines as a mountain fold. Here's a sketch showing this.

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about them and to order online, any time, 24/7!

 

 


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Posted on : Feb 23 2017
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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!

 


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Posted on : Feb 16 2017
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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
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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:

 


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Posted on : Feb 12 2017
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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!

 


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Posted on : Feb 11 2017
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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!

 


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Posted on : Feb 10 2017
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