Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #2

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with another fun set of colors that I used to make a card identical to the card I shared with you this past Wednesday.

     Believe it or not, two of the colors are the same as in Wednesday's card. Yup, I used Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron once again! But this time I'm featuring another color I've not been using a lot, Night of Navy. If you look at all the cards that I've made with the Make a Medallion stamp set from Stampin' Up!, you'll notice that the stamp that has the points on the permimeter of the medallion circle stands out more than the other two stamps that are used for my design. When I made the Emerald Envy card last Sunday, I thought I'd just stamped that image a bit too hard. But now I can see that it's the way the stamp is designed. So, in the case of this card, even thought the Night of Navy is a darker color, the Calypso Coral stamp stands out more.

     This is the basic repeating paragraph. The Designer Series Paper layer is Night of Navy from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!  

     There are other stamps in this set that I haven't yet used, one of which is a fun stamp to add to the points in the pointed layer. Looks like a lot of work, though. Right now I'm into getting things done fast, so maybe I'll wait until life gets a bit less hectic!

     Here are the products that I used in today's project. As in the last project, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store – any time 24/7/365 – to learn more about these products and buy them right on the spot!


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Posted on : Mar 10 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #1

Aloha, all!

     For the next week, I'm going to post some quick projects I made with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set that you can get FOR FREE during Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-bration campaign. You may remember that I mentioned last Saturday that I wanted to try 3-color combinations with the Medallion stamps. Well, I got carried away. I ended up with four different cards – same design but different colors. I really was going to post them all in one blog post. But just looking at them all together on my work table, I just could not focus on the colors in any one card because there was just too much lying there in the way of color!

     One of my goals in making these cards was to use colors I haven't used much in a while. For today's card, that color was Rich Razzleberry. For the other two colors to go with the Razzleberry, I chose Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron. Both of those colors are standards in my Craft Room, especially Mint Macaron which I've been using a lot lately as it will be retired as a Stampin' Up! In Color as of June. Now, that's not been announced by Stampin' Up!, and there have been many cases of In Colors becoming a part of the 40 basic Stampin' Up! colors. Crossing my fingers for this one!

     I'll basically repeat this paragraph for each of the next three projects, just with different colors. Yes, they're that much alike! The Designer Series Paper layer is Calypso Coral from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!

     Here are the products I featured in today's post (not including ink and cardstock). You might notice that, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of these products, and even buy them right then and there!


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Posted on : Mar 08 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – March 2017!

Aloha, all!

     I'm so excited to once again be a part of the Color Fusers monthly Blog Hop! This month we were given four Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose at least three to make our project for the hop. A big, "Yay!" for me as I not only used all four of the colors, but I also made TWO PROJECTS for the hop.

     For the last week or so, I have had my eye on the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper set. So my first stop when I saw these colors was that paper to see if it featured any kind of combination of these colors. Rats. While two of the colors (Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) were in there, the greens were definitely not either of the greens in our color challenge. While I was pouting about this and trying to figure out how to use the single-color papers as a basis for my project, it suddenly occurred to me that I had bought the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. I could make my OWN designer paper by stamping those fun fruit images using the challenge colors!

     And there they are in the background "designer paper" that I stamped for this project: Watermelon Wonder Strawberries; Peekaboo Peaches; and Mint Macaron Pears highlighted with Wild Wasabi outlines. As I studied the sentiments in the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set, I found the sentiment which was perfect to make a card for a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Once I chose that sentiment, the rest of the card just made itself. I love that I had that beautiful Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes hearts to add some fun accents to the card to make it as upbeat as I wanted.

     When I decided to stamp my own background paper, I actually stamped two sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. I wasn't sure how I wanted to feature the colors and shapes, so both sheets were different. Once I ended up choosing this background for my card, I still had a lovely sheet that might not get used. Then I remembered a project that had been submitted to my SUO Challenges last time, and went looking for it. It was made by Mary Alice Bellis, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and involved making triangles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

     To make this card, I used Mary Alice's basic instructions, but it still wound up being a trial-and-error effort (i.e., glue stuff on and pull it back off – a lot!) for me as it was for her. Now that I've got it figured out, I may try writing a tutorial. Not for this month's newsletter, though! I may wait for some new Designer Series Papers from the next Stampin' Up! catalog.

     Basically what I did was to cut four squares out of the piece of stamped cardstock. Then I cut each square on the diagonal using a larger square framelit. As I said, trial and error, so there are some pieces in there that aren't exactly what I had planned. Nonetheless, I think that the card turned out all right – I even used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment for it as I have a birthday card to send out this week.

     I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used stamps and my own selection of colors to make my own designer paper. I really should do that more often! Now onto the list of other stampers in this Blog Hop! I won't be hopping with the group for the next few months as I'll be traveling and working on some fiscal year-end projects for a non-profit for which I volunteer. But I'll be back hopping in the summer!


Posted on : Mar 06 2017
Posted under CASEing Projects, Challenges, Color Fuser's Blog Hop, Sizzix, Stamping |

A New Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Have you had a chance to look at the newest Sale-a-bration offers from Stampin' Up!? I know I've shown off the fun new Glimmer Paper. But today I want to share one of the new Stamp Sets being offered FOR FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! Order – Make a Medallion.

     Everything stamped in the middle, Whisper White, circle (not the Happy Birthday banner) is stamped with the Make a Medallion set. What you see there in that circle are three separate stamps. For this card, I chose to stamp both large circles using Emerald Envy Ink, and the smaller half circle (stamped twice) using Peekaboo Peach Ink. I am definitely going to try THREE different colors before too long. For now, this is one of the projects that I'll be sharing with my downline group for our Monday get together this coming week.

     To make the entire project, I used a piece of paper from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper set as the background design. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the layers of circles I die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. After I adhered all of this to a layer of Emerald Envy Cardstock, I tied on some ribbon and a bow using the Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. Then I adhered everything onto a card base made of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. Finally, I added a banner out of Whisper White Cardstock, stamped with a greeting using the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, using Emerald Envy Ink, and punched using the Classic Label Punch. The final touch was to add some 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes – Peekaboo Peach – to the banner.

     What fun I've already had with this FREE STAMP SET!. I have another project for tomorrow's blog post. But I think I'll try some other colors before the week gets too old and show them off, too! Remember, all you have to do is to order $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (and, yes, you can order from the clearance rack OR add to your Paper Pumpkin Subscription!). If you just ordereed the Designer Series Paper, the Layering Circles Framelits and the Emerald Envy Ribbon, you'd have enough to get the stamp set FOR FREE! It has several sentiments in it, and you'd not have to buy anything else for a great card!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of them – and to order them all!


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Posted on : Mar 04 2017
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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 ( 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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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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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
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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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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.

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