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I may have mentioned before that I am the person responsible for making sure that all members of one of my service clubs gets a birthday card in the mail. Of course, any birthday card that I send is handmade! In order to make this less of a chore and more of a creative challenge, I choose to make two or three months' worth of cards all at once. That means that the cards have to be fairly easy to mass produce. Today I thought I'd share with you my latest card in this program. Besides that, the current SUO Challenge is "All Kinds of Celebrations," and making these cards to celebrate birthdays certainly fills that bill!
This is one of two slightly different designs that I chose for birthdays from the beginning of November through the first week of January. For this set of birthdays, there are 7 women and 7 men to whom I need to send cards. The slight difference is that, for the women's cards I feature a bow at the top of the card and for the men's cards, I simply tie a knot to embellish the ribbon.
Now here's how I make this as quick and easy as possible:
To begin, I put all the card fronts together first, leaving the cutting and folding of the card bases and adhering the card fronts to them, until the last step. Then I got all of the pieces of the card fronts cut and lined up. My work area did not look like the work area in this photo as, at any one time, I had just one of the elements that make up the card front out in front of me. If you're interested in this process at a more detailed level, I plan to do the last of my Christmas Cards using this pattern, but with different papers, inks and embellishments. I need about a dozen more cards, and it's getting close to time to start addressing envelopes and writing notes! AND I'll take photos of each step as I go along.
Does this sound like a tutorial? Well, it is! And it will be FREE to those who are on my newsletter mailing list, which includes those who signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Mailing List. I hope to be mailing out my newsletter by the end of this week – a bit late as, once again, my health hasn't been the best which has slowed things down in my craft room. BUT I'm much better now and ready to take on the week!
Even though I have the products listed in the photos, above, I'd still like to share product links that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store in case you'd like to buy any of them. Once you've clicked any of the links, you can add any of the other products directly onto your order form. One of you mentioned that you'd like to have the product number in this presentation to help with the ordering. So, beginning this week, I'm including that in the product description below. Do let me know if you have any requests that would make your ordering easier!
Today's card is the second in the series of four Easter Cards that I made for my class this week. I've made a booklet from my class materials, and all of the Easter Cards I'm showing this week are available in my 2016 Easter Card Class Booklet. I'm selling this as a tutorial, with each card having its own tutorial page The booklet also includes a listing of all basic supplies needed for the whole class.
I love the Sale-A-Bration papers, Perfectly Artistic. The paper set was only guaranteed to be available through February 15th, but it may still be available. If it's not, there are lots of other papers that can be used for this set, including any of the Designer Series Paper Stacks in the Stampin' Up! Catalog.
One of the best features of this card is that the Fringe Scissors, that I used to make the grass, are on sale in the Weekly Deals through Monday, March 21st. What great timing is that! Click here to order them!
To learn more about the tutorial booklet and how to buy it, click here!
Easter is almost here, and I haven't done much in the way of sharing Easter Cards! But I have been making them because I was offering an Easter Card Class earlier this week. For the next few days, I'll be sharing photos of the cards that we made in our class. If you're interested in any of these cards, they're all available in my 2016 Easter Card Class Booklet, that I'm selling as a tutorial. Each card has its own page, and the booklet includes a listing of all basic supplies needed for the whole class if you're interested in that.
I've seen quite a few cards with an oval easter egg this year, many of which have stamped images to create the egg's design. For this card, I used Designer Series Papers. It's so much quicker than stamping because there's not as much time spent cleaning stamps and changing colors!
For the flowers decorating the egg, I used a single punch, also a lot quicker than using Sizzix dies – just punch, punch, punch! No need to keep lining up papers and dies and running them through the Big Shot!
Check out tomorrow's post for the next Easter Card Class project!
Once again it's time for the biweekly SUO Challenge! This time, the challenge was to make a greeting card with a Fun Fold. With all that's going on in my life this early Spring time, if it's going to be fun, it has to be EASY! And this card is SUPER EASY!
As we get closer to the end of March 2015, we're also getting closer to the end of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration 2015. This is so sad, as I really like the products in this year's Sale-a-bration catalog, including the fun Big Day Stamp Set, which is perfect for just about any birthday Celebration. I'm also crazy about the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, which I used as the base for this fun fold card.
I used three of the stamps in the set on the front of the card (the candle, cake, and Happy Birthday stamps), and then I added the other two to the inside of the card. Oh, and what fun it was to color in these line drawings. Unfortunately, I made this card long before the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities were taken off the market, so you wouldn't be able to duplicate the exact look that I have here. BUT, long before Blendabilities, I used the Stampin' Up! Blender Pens to create a shadowed look on Whisper White Cardstock, and I'm sure I could reproduce this look with the Blender Pens. As I won't be back in full crafting mode until after Sale-a-bration is over, I'm not sure that I'll have the time to reproduce this card with Blender Pens myself (lots of other current products to demonstrate!). But you should try it yourself!
Now for the fold and the finishing. The name for this fold is, "Diagonal Z-Fold Card." The basic fold is so simple. You'll need a 12" x 5-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (better than cardstock in my humble opinion!). Lay the paper out so that the long edge is along the top/bottom, and the design you wish to be on the front is face up. Cut the paper from the top left corner of the paper to 2"" from the top right of the paper. Score from top to bottom at 4" and 8", using either the Stampin' Trimmer or the Simply Scored Tool.
Fold the paper with the first fold on the left being a Valley Fold and the second fold a Mountain Fold. That's your basic card!
For finishing my card, I punched along the top diagonal edge using the Scallop Edge Border punch. Then I adhered a strip of the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim. I began at the lower right corner on the front of the card. When I reached the first fold on the left, I made a small slit on the top edge and rearranged the trim so that it would go along the inside top edge of the paper until I got to the second fold, now on the right, and repeated the slit and moving the trim back to the front of the card.
Another thing that you can do with this fold is to adhere the middle section to the back section, giving you a slot into which you can place such items as bookmarks or another kind of greeting – or even money or a check! Here is a link to an older blog post where I illustrate how this can be done.
As this post "goes live," I'm about to start on a 3-week long trip the U. S. mainland. In about 6 hours I'll be on the first of a dozen airplanes that will take us from place to place, including visits to all of our grandchildren. I can hardly wait! I can also hardly wait to get back and unpacked AND back to my regular Craft Room activities! See you then.
When I'm stuck for a project that has to be done on deadline, I love going back into my blog's tutorial files to find something I haven't thought about in a while. Today I was definitely on deadline, and I definitely found something perfect for my project!
Today is the third summertime blog hop for the summertime online group for Stampin' Up! lovers called VC Rocks. It's a group that opens to everyone in May each year, but closes for membership at the end of June. It's a fun group and not so big that we don't get a chance to get to know the whole group by the end of the summer. Even thought the group's membership is closed, its blog is not, and a lot of our fun projects are open for everyone to enjoy – including this blog hop! Just click here to see the list of all the members of the hop and click the links to go to everyone's blog!
And now for my own blog hop project!
Our theme for this month's hop is, Rock Your Creativity with Fun Folds or 3-D Projects. Oh, my, fun folds are always, well, fun! And I found one that I originally made back in 2009 to help with my project for the hop. It's called a Diaper Fold Card. It was also just what I needed to use to make some fun Thank You notes for a couple of my customers who just placed online orders at my Stampin' Up! store.
I made two projects for this weekend's blog hop, both of which are sized to hold a 3" square note card. For this project, I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) set, Flowerpot (did you know that DSP is on sale this month – buy 3 get 1 free?!). The project really does need DSP that is printed on both sides, as both sides will show in the finished project. All of Stampin' Up! current papers are double-sided, so I'm in luck here!
To decorate both the pocket card and the note card, I used butterflies punched with both the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the Bitty Butterfly Punch. Don't they go so nicely together?! For the pocket card, I punched Night of Navy, Crushed Curry and Lost Lagoon Cardstock, and added some Pearl Basic Jewels as accents. For the greeting on the card, I first stamped the "Thank You" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and then punched with the larger Elegant Butterfly Punch. This actually would work with quite a few of the greetings in the stamp set!
I also found that, if I placed the 3" square note card into the pocket first, I'd do a better job of placing the greeting so that it looks nice with the project put together.
Here's the second project, made using a sheet from the Lullaby DSP Set.
I just love those muted tones of Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey on the opposite side of the Hello Honey printed sheet. So it was fun using the stamp I chose from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set – it's somewhat muted, too!
The one thing that's really different about this pocket card is that I punched a 1/4" hole on either side of the flap, using the 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch and ran a piece of Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon through them to tie a bow in the front. Punching through all those layers required a bit more hand strength than I thought I had – but I made it work. If you've still got a Crop-a-dile around your crafting area, that might be a better choice for this particular project.
Again, I placed the 3" square card in the pocket before placing the greeting on the front. I punched the greeting using the 1" Square Punch and then cut a 1-1/8" square out of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock. After I adhered everything together, I thought a piece of the ribbon might look nice on the little card. At this point, the only way to securely adhere the ribbon was with a stapler. Why not?! Lots of people use staples.
The cards are already in the mail! But I could probably be talked into making another one and sending it off to someone who comments on my blog post today (hint!). You can even select whatever Designer Series Paper you'd like me to use (not the small DSP stacks, though – the paper's not large enough).
The instructions for making this card, including a video that I also made in 2009, are right here on my blog. Just click on the Tutorials and then scroll down until you see the Diaper Fold Punch listing and click there. Oh, what the heck! I can make it simple – just click here! I'll announce the Blog Candy winner on my blog post on Thursday, July 31st. So you have a few days to post!
Thanks for joining in the VC Rocks Blog Hop – and don't forget to catch all the projects by going to the VC Rocks Blog and clicking on the other links!
It's the 4th of July and here in the United States it's the celebration of our independence as a free nation. There will be barbecues, parades and fireworks this evening in towns and cities all over the country – even out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
I don't usually make cards for the 4th of July, but this year I've been working on trying to duplicate some of the projects in the Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Catalog and I came across a star card on page 135.
The colors in the Catalog are lovely, but Red, White and Blue seemed to be a perfect choice for copying the card! It's such fun to make!
I've written a tutorial for making this card and I included it in this month's Robin's Craft Room Newsletter. It's free to all my newsletter subscribers. If you'd like to have it all you have to do is sign up to receive my newsletter. Just complete the form up to the left and I'll get a copy of the newsletter off to you, along with another tutorial to welcome you to my mailing list.
Have a fun and safe 4th of July!
As I stood at my work table yesterday trying to decide what to use to make my next Easter Card, I thought, "Why not use the same stamp sets and just different papers?"! In fact, I not only used the same stamp sets for this card, I used the same Stamp-a-ma-jig technique, this time just lining up some little bunnies horizontally rather than the line of eggs vertically.
As you can see from the stamp set shown at the end of the blog post, the little bunny is a single little critter and I didn't want her to be lonely. Yes, I decided it was a "she" so I dressed her up in some Designer Series paper just to prove it – more about that later.
To line these bunnies up somewhat straight and evenly along the row, I stamped a bunny onto Card Stock Vellum using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. (The reason for the vellum is that I can keep the vellum in the box with this wood mount stamp set and always have it available to use for positioning my stamps.) Then I set it onto my grid paper so that it was fairly straight vertically and drew a horizontal line through her neck (no bunnies were hurt in this process!). As the grid lines were not sized correctly for how far I wanted the bunnies to be horizontally, I just estimated where they should be. All in all, the little dance line looks kind of cute!
Besides using the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set for this card, I also repeated my use of the Happy Easter Stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.
The papers, though, are different. For this card, I used two of the sheets from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper set, one with Calypso Coral dots and the other with a Pool Party design. I staped the greeting using Calypso Coral Ink and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch before sponging it with some Calypso Coral and adding a few Candy Dots in the colors of the day.
I layered everything up and finished off the card front with a piece of Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.
Well not quite finished. I'd colored in the little bunnies alternating with Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers. But once I had the card all put together, I thought that little girl in the center might look really sassy in some of that Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper. This is another good use for the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I didn't have to guess where the bunny image would end up on the printed paper. I laid the stamped vellum on the paper and moved it around until I got some of the polka dots in the image the way I liked it. Then I set up the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the bunny before cutting her out and adhering her to the card.
I'm including a sketch for this card, including some advice about how you might have an easy job of adhering the layers with teensie mat without too much stress, though there may be a slight waste of cardstock.
Cut the top layer exactly as you wish it to be. In this case, the layer with the bunnies is exactly 4-1/2" x 1-1/8". Then cut the mat about at least 1/2" larger than the stamped layer and adhere the stamped layer to it. Finally, using your Stampin' Trimmer, trim the mat so that there's just a slight mat. This sure beats trying to adhere mats that are just 1/16" larger on all sides! I did that with the bunny layers on the Pool Party DSP layer, too.
And here are the major products that I used in today's project! (Ooooh, did you see my "What's your guess about retiring products?' contest on my Facebook page? Some of these are in the contest!)
All I was supposed to do for today's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge was to make an Easter card. Fun, huh? Stamp a bunny or an egg or some flowers or a religious theme, and the card's done, right?
Not so in Robin's Craft Room where the first card of the Easter season was about to be stamped. Yes, the first. Here it is less than two weeks before my favorite Spring holiday, and there was not one Easter card to be seen in the place!
But what stamp was I going to use to start? I have the two newest Easter sets, Blessed Easter and Eggstra Spectacular – certainly there had to be something that I could use. But what?
After stamping quite a few images, I finally settled on the cute little row of eggs from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set. And I thought I might like it if they were stamped in a lot of different colors in enough rows to fit on a card front. That sounded like fun, and it was! Before I go on to chat about the rest of the card, I'd like to share with you how I got those lines of eggs lined up so neatly.
To begin, I knew when I purchased this stamp set that I was going to be using it (1) a lot and (2) in arrangements such as this one. So I bought this set in wood mount form so I could do a better job of lining them up with my Stamp-a-ma-jig than I am able to do with a clear mount stamp. Not only that, I cut off the sentiments before I mounted the art images.
But even with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I thought I would need some help getting those little rows of eggs to be the same distance apart. So I made my Grid Paper do double duty – be my work surface and be my guide! This is how I did it:
- I stamped the image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic.
- I laid the plastic onto the grid paper and lined the image up with one of the grid lines running straight through the middle.
- I used a Sharpie and ruler to draw a horizontal line through the middle of the image on the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
- I laid the Whisper White Cardstock so that the line I wanted to stamp went through the dark horizontal line on the grid paper, and then stamped the image.
- I moved the cardstock up two grid lines and repeated the process.
As you can see, I used lots of colors for this project: Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, and Wild Wasabi.
When I trimmed this sheet, I ended up with a piece of stamped Whisper White Cardstock that was 4-3/4" high by 3" wide. As I wanted this to be centered on a card base, the final card ended up being not quite as wide as a standard card that goes in an A2 envelope – it was 3-3/4" wide instead of 4-1/4" wide. Not too much of a difference and this will still go nicely into an A2 envelope.
I finished off the card with mats of Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi on a Rose Red card base. The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, and I punched it and its mat with the Modern Label Punch. For the mat, I folded a scrap of Rose Red cardstock in half and punched the folded cardstock to make the mat a bit taller than the original punch size.
I tied the project together with a bow made of Wild Wasabi 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and added some color to some of the eggs in the rows with a Basic Pearl Jewel Accent in each.
So my first Easter Card is done! Now to get some more done so I don't miss getting all the cards I want to in the mail!!!
Here's a recap of the products that I used in today's project:
Back when I first became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and was thinking of starting my Robin's Craft Room blog in 2008, I spent a lot of time on my computer looking at blogs all over the place for both blog and design ideas. I even took an online class (a "webinar") to learn about blogging. It was then that I discovered the blog and work of a true paper crafting artist, Andrea Walford. Andrea's blog that summer was just what I needed to get myself crafting after an exhausting family medical crisis.
One of the very first projects that I learned from Andrea was what she called, "Purse in a Box" but others were calling "Bag in a Box." Whatever it's called, it's always been one of my favorite projects because I can use it as a package when I give a gift of a set of Greeting Cards to a friend. It's also perfect for today's brand new Stampin' Up! Only challenge, "Boxes, Bags and Baskets"!
Once I decided to use Retro Fresh Designer Series Papers for this project, I wondered what I could do that would make it a bit different from the project I made those many years ago. Then it was just cardstock and paper and a stamped image in the middle. As I was putting the project together (it's really quick!), I happened to see the Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape up on a shelf near my work table. I had totally forgotten that I owned that, and I've probably had it for more than two months! Perfect to decorate this pretty paper!
On the earlier versions of this project, we had used a punch from the Stampin' Up! collection to make a tab at the top of both sides of the paper purse, then punched a hole in the tab and added ribbon to tie the tabs together. But this time, I used the brand new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, not just to make the tab at the top, but to make a "strap" that encircles the purse. I love this idea! But then it was time to find some ribbon to add. There just wasn't any ribbon I particularly liked to match the colors I'd used. Then I remembered that, somewhere I'd seen someone use washi tape as a ribbon. So I took a piece of the Coastal Cabana Colored Washi Tape, folded it in half lengthwise, and used it as I would have used a ribbon to tie the ends of the tags together!
For the decoration of the front of the purse, I used the Deco Labels Framelits to cut a mat and an image that I'd stamped using the Happy Congratulations Stamp Set for the circle style image and Sassy Salutations for the "Thank You" note. I used Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink for the stamping. That's a fun color combo!
I hope you enjoyed this bit of "Blast from the Past"! If you'd like to try out Andrea's project, here is a link to her tutorial (yes, it was in the summer of 2008!). Here are changes/additions that I made:
- For Step 2, I added my adhesive to the front of the tabs and wrapped them around the outside of the ends of the box. The outside will be covered with the Retro Fresh paper and the inside of the box will not have any visible seams.
- For the "strap" around the purse, I cut two strips of coordinating Designer Series Paper 2" wide by 10-1/2" long. I punched one end of each piece using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and scored and folded the other end of each piece at 1-3/4".
- After you have completed Step 10/11 of Andrea's instructions, mark the bottom of the box at 2" from each short end. Adhere the straight end of each strip of DSP to the bottom of the box, with the fold meeting the edge of a long side of the box. I used Sticky Strip. The pieces will overlap at the bottom and the folds will meet the edges of the bottom of the purse.
- Apply two strips of adhesive of your choice (I used SNAIL Adhesive) about 5" up the back of each strip to adhere it to the side of the bag. Then go on to Step 12.
I had so much fun working on this project – it's been over a year since I made one! I hope you enjoy it, too, and maybe even join us over at SUO Challenges for the Boxes, Bags and Baskets challenge!
Meanwhile, I have to share with you a new way I learned to help you shop for the Stampin' Up! products that I included in this post. Fellow SUO Challenges Design Team Member, Justin Krieger, had this on his blog today, and I'm excited to use it here, too! Just click on an item and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! store where you can order it!
Did you know that all but one of the members of my Stampin' Up! downline do NOT live in Hawaii?! I have lots of chances to visit and craft with my local downline. But it's rare that I have another downline come to visit. So imagine how thrilled I was to have the rare pleasure to welcome my downline, Gala Miller, from Alaska, along with her new mother-in-law, Robin Miller. Gala has family on my island, and she and several relatives from Alaska, came to help celebrate her wedding! Congratulations, again, Gala!
But just because there's a wedding involved in this trip does not mean that Gala and Robin did not want to spent lots of time crafting, and they spent this morning with me!
We set up a small card table in my Craft Room and they both agreed that they'd like to make the Box in a Card (aka Card in a Box) that's been all the rage for the last couple of months. I'd just made my own Box in a Card a few weeks ago, and they decided to go with the same basic design as mine. We all used the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and the Coordinating Backyard Basic Framelits Set to create the "pop up" part of this fun project.
Gala, on the left in the photo above, loves anything purple, so used Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock for most of her project, adding in some Pear Pizzazz as she got into embellishments her project. She used the Designer Series Paper Set, Afternoon Tea with its nice touch of Wisteria Wonder in it. Robin chose the Designer Series Paper Set, Gingham Garden along with Island Indigo and Soft Sky Cardstock. You can almost see how many colors these ladies used to color in the stamped images with that large stack of Stampin' Write Markers – almost, because there are just as many markers that got cut off when I cropped the photo!
Here are their finished projects –
Gala's project is on the top and Robin's is on the bottom.
Here's the project I made to give them some inspiration! This is also the project on which I based my tutorial, which has detailed instructions along with photographs of each of the steps that I took to make the box. If you'd like the tutorial and are not on my mailing list, just sign up by completing the form up on the left, and I'll send you a copy of the tutorial as soon as your sign up is complete!
Oh, and if you're considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, do consider joining up as part of my group, The Big Island Stampers. OK – there are only 2 of us actually ON the Big Island of Hawaii! But I take really good care of my downline who live elsewhere in the United States. There are extra benefits if you join up during Sale-A-Bration, which ends on the 31st of this month. If you'd like more information, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But whatever you do, I hope you have as much fun doing it as Gala, the "other Robin" and I had with our Craft Room project this morning!