Do You Remember “Bag in a Box”?!

Aloha, all!

     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"!

Purse in a Box

     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!

WashiTapeFolded     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.
  • StrapsFor 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". 



  • StrapsAttachedAfter 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 adhStrapsAttached-001ere 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!



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Posted on : Mar 24 2014
Posted under 3D Projects, Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges, Tutorial |

A Rare Visitor to Robin’s Craft Room

Aloha, all!

     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!

Gala and Robin

     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

     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!


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Posted on : Mar 17 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

More Kaleidoscope? Yes, and Mini-Tutorials!

Aloha, all!

     After trying out the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper yesterday, I managed to leave it out on my work table while I tended to some other non-stamping projects.  Then I came back and got a reminder that it was time for my Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team project.  So guess what paper I decided to use?


     Yep – Kaleidoscope (I'm trying to type that a lot this week so my fingers are used to spelling it correctly!) Actually, I did the sketch for this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge, so it wasn't hard for me to decide to use this paper with all its triangles in so many different colors.  So why not go get that Triangle Punch and use that rather than stamping the triangles (great patterns in the Geometrical Stamp Set, though!)?  I picked three of the six sheets with triangles to use for this layout. 

      Once I had the triangles all laid out, I had to decide on my central image for the card.  Looking around for new products that I'd not yet used, I spotted my brand new Fringe Scissors AND the Starburst Framelits Dies from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog!  I'd been playing with them, but still hadn't gotten around to using them in a blog post project.  I decided now was the time!  So I cut a circle from the framelits set and added two layers of fringe all around!  The final piece of the central element was another geometrical shape, the Hexagon Punch, and two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.

     Some Basic Black Candy Dots and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project all together and I was done!

     And now for those Mini-Tutorials.  There are two: one for getting those triangles all nicely lined up and one for making the fringer for the circles.  If you'd like a copy of them (both on one sheet) just click here and save it or print it!

     Oh, and one other thing.  I mention in the tutorial about the triangles that I used my Grid Paper for lining up the elements on the cardstock.  The Grid Paper is a wonderful tool and a great buy with 100 11" x 17" sheets in a pad – and it's in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!  To order click here and add the Grid Paper (item #130148) to your shopping bag. 


Posted on : Feb 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

Let It Snow!!!

Aloha, all!

     As I mentioned in my last blog post, I don't have much opportunity to see snow on Hawaii's Big Island.  For sure I don't get to see it coming down in my front garden to cover the Norfolk Island Pines growing there!  So I love the opportunity at this time of the year to feature snow in my greeting cards – that will likely be sent to someone on the U. S. Mainland who is more used to it!


     I was quite pleased – after just having done one card featuring snow – to have the opportunity to make another one for a challenge! 

     Today's design is for the biweekly SUO Challenges Blog, where the theme is, "Let It Snow."  We were to use anything that Stampin' Up! has designed that has to do with snow.  For my card, I chose one of the Stampin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog Hostess Sets, Warmth and Wonder.  You know I love Two-Step Stampin' – so having a separate stamp for ornaments on that little tree was a bonus for me. Actually, the first time I looked at this stamp set in trying to decide on what to use for this challenge, I skipped right on by because "tree" does not equal "snow" in my mind.  But when I skimmed through my stamp sets a second time, I saw that darling little snowflake and decided that was just the size I wanted.  But nothing else in the set seemed to follow along with the snow theme – until I realized that the tree did NOT have to be green.  It could be all snow covered – and so that's what it became!

Tree     Both the tree and the ornaments (as well as the snowflakes) are heat embossed on Midnight Muse Cardstock.  I first stamped the tree and snowflakes with Versamark and then sprinkled on White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  After I heat embossed those, I stamped the ornament stamp over the tree (using my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp aligner), again with Versamark.  This time, I sprinkled on Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I wasn't sure that was going to work well, so I was pleasantly surprised that it worked JUST as I wanted it to.

     Originally I was just going to have a matted layer over the bottom of the card with a greeting on the top layer.  But I decided I really wanted a bow (imagine that – my wanting a bow!).  Once I chose the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon for my bow, I really needed a small-ish greeting – and the Merry Christmas from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set was the perfect one!

     Speaking of Teeny Tiny Wishes – I have a Teeny Tiny Technique to share with you. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if you haven't been doing this all along.  From the time that the Word Wndow Punch made it into the Stampin' Up! Catalog, I've been stamping my greeting (from Teeny Tiny Wishes mostly) and then punching the greeting out, carefully centering the punch over the greeting.  Fine.  No change there.  Then the Modern Label Punch arrived – and what a Wow background mat for the Word Window Punch!  So I've been doing the stamp/punch bit with the Word Window Punch, then punching out my Modern Label Punch mat, and gluing the first onto the second – and many times the stamped layer is not as nicely centered as I'd like it to be.  Today I had the "duh" moment when I was standing there with my Merry Christmas all stamped and punched, looking at the card stock scrap I was going to use to punch the Modern Label, when I said, "Duh!  Glue the Word Window to the scrap and THEN punch the mat."  It's such a simple idea that I imagine the whole world has been doing this all along.  If you haven't, you can rest assured that you are not alone. 

     So now that I have that out of the way, I'm going to be having a LOT more fun with my layering punches!  Meanwhile, don't forget about the SUO Challenges "Let It Snow" Challenge.  And for sure go check out the projects that the rest of the design team made, too!


Posted on : Nov 18 2013
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Pop Ups for Fall!

Aloha, all!

     Living in Hawaii, I rarely get to experience the colors and scents of a brisk fall day.  This year is a welcome exception as we're traveling on the U. S.. mainland at just the right time for a fun autumn experience.  In Pennsylvania and Maryland, the colors were gorgeous, and wind took lots of colorful leaves and painted the ground in lush fall colors.  In North Carolina there were many houses fully decorated for Halloween, and I really miss that experience where we live as well. 

     So Fall and Halloween it is for today!

     Once again, I made a project based on one that I made during my first few months of blogging and my first few months as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in 2008.  But this project is more than just a card.  It's a card with a fun pull-up feature.  When I looked at that 5-year old project, I almost skipped over it because I thought it was just made for that one stamp set that Stampin' Up! no longer sells. But then I remember saying that just about any kind of a project can be made with a number of stamp sets.  So I did!

     If you've subscribed to my new newsletter, you've already seen the tutorial for the two projects I'm going to share today – it was in the first issue that I published late last month!  If you haven't signed up yet, you can still get the newsletter with the tutorial by signing up before the end of the month as I always send my current newsletter out to new subscribers!


     The first project using this pull-up design is a Halloween card, just as the original 2008 design was.  And I think the Halloween Happiness Stamp Set if anything makes a nicer card!  Those little pumpkins always make me smile!  This time, I used some different colors for the pumpkins, including Pumpkin Pie (of course) and the Pale Plum that I used for the card base.

     When the card is closed, all you see of the pull up part is the cute little bat from the Halloween Hello Stamp Set.  I used some Wild Wasabi Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to use to pull up the inside of the card.  It's adhered to the pull up card stock with a Wild Wasabi Candy Dot on a Candy Dot Brad Base.  Wild Wasabi is the same color green I used for the stems and vines on the pumpkins.  To make the outside of the card a bit more fun, I stamped two of the candy images from the Halloween Hello stamp set using Perfect Plum ink on the Perfect Plum Card Stock.

     Then when the inside of the card is pulled up, the words, "Halloween Hello" below the bat show up, and there's a surprise layer just behind the central motif on the front of the card with the image from the Halloween Stamp Set, "It's all about the Candy."  I matted the central element with paper from the Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper set and the top and bottom inside elements with Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi Card Stock, respectively. 

1019b Thanksgiving

     As I realize not everyone really likes to make projects for Halloween, I also made a Pull Up card with a Thanksgiving or Harvest Theme.  The main image on the front is from the Stamp Set Best of Autumn.  I really enjoyed coloring that picture in with some rich Stampin' Up! colors!  This image was a bit smaller than the Halloween image, so I matted it twice, with the first mat a piece of Cajun Craze Card Stock and the second still from the Witches Brew DSP.  I added in a strip of the new Burlap Ribbon that I cut with one of the framelits from the Apothecary Accents Framelit set.  To decorate the outside of the card stock base, I stamped the Woodgrain Background Stamp to help with the feel of autumn.

     For the inside of the card, I used images from the new Stamp Set, Truly Grateful (the acorn) and from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set.  I can see lots of opportunities for other pull up cards using that Petite Pairs stamp set.  It's perfect for this design!  Oh, and the ribbon at the top is some of the 7/16" Natural Trim from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, adhered with a Cajun Craze Candy Dot on a Candy Dot Brad Base.

     As I said, there is a tutorial all done and waiting for you to have if you don't already!  Just sign up for my New Newsletter, and you'll have it in no time!



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Posted on : Oct 19 2013
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, Tutorial |

Welcome Baby – With a Fun Flip Card!

Aloha, all!

     Oh, my!  I had another of those ideas in my head that I just couldn't get out of it and onto paper.  Not only that, this one was a bit more difficult.  I'm sure I'd seen someone else make a card like this, but I spent entirely too much time trying to find the card so I wouldn't have to figure out how to do it by myself!

     Another problem was that I had a deadline because this card is for this week's SUO Challenges "Welcome Baby" challenge.  What I wanted to do was to make a Flip Card – using one of Stampin' Up!'s newest Label Card Thinlet, that had two flips in it.  I had that cute stamp set, Baby Prints, and I wanted both of those cute little hands on the front of my card.  Not only that, I had the rarely used pair of baby stamps in the Petite Pairs Stamp Set that I wanted to go with it. 

     Finally, success!  First the outside of the card:


And now the inside:


     Woo-hoo!  It worked!  Not only that, the card ends up being a standard card that will fit into an A2 sized envelope – even with the little bow on the top!  The reason it will fit top to bottom is that the card could not be 5-1/2" and still have the flips the way I wanted them. 

     Here's a quick tutorial:

  • Cut your card stock 4-7/8" by 7-1/2".  You can get this by cutting a piece of 8-1/2" by 11" card stock in half as you would usually do for this size card, and then just trimming it down. 
  • Place the card stock into the Thinlet with the right side of the card stock NOT under the cutting edge.


  • Run the Thinlet through the Sizzix Big Shot as you usually would.  Remove the card stock and turn it around to cut the other side just as you did the first, with the already cut shape at the bottom of the Thinlet, on the right.


  • Fold both sides as usual.  You can use the photos of my project to guide you (and if you fold the wrong way, hey – it's paper!  You can fold it back!)

     For this card, I used a card stock base of Pink Pirouette and accented it with Melon Mambo print paper from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  The ink is also Melon Mambo.

     To cut the Melon Mambo DSP, I just ran a small piece through the label side of the framelit (twice) and then trimmed both pieces to have a little bit of the Pink Pirouette showing all the way around.  I found that I really needed to keep the rows of Polka Dots straight or it looked just a tad on the sloppy side. 

     The ribbon and bow are Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  I usually don't have trouble with bows, but I wanted this one to sit straight on the top edge of the card.  To make that happen, I just tied a length of the ribbon around the card with a knot at the top.  Then I made a bow from a small piece of the ribbon and attached it to the top of the card with a Mini Glue Dot.

     When all was said and done, this was a fun card to make!  I certainly can see more in my future!

     Oh – and don't forget to make your OWN card to welcome a baby, or to go with a shower gift and enter it in the SUO Challenge blog.  The challenge runs for most of two weeks, so you have plenty of time to figure out your own project.  And it doesn't have to be a card!  Anything made with Stampin' Up! products, current or retired, is eligible!




Posted on : Sep 23 2013
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A Box from the Envelope Punch Board!


Aloha, all!

     This past Wednesday I shared a set of 4-1/2" square cards that featured quilt patterns made with the Stampin' Up! Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper set.  To keep postage costs at a minimum, I made envelopes for a card that is 4-1/2" by 5-1/2", using the brand new Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board.  That worked out nicely!

     But then I wanted to make a box that held all the cards and envelopes, and I decided to try to make one also using the Envelope Punch Board.  How simple would that be not to have to drag out other paper crafting tools!  And here is that box!  No, the "belly band" was NOT made using the Envelop Punch Board – but the box was!


     It took me a while to figure out the measurements and processes to make the box the exact size I wanted it to be.  But I ended up with a box that holds envelopes made for standard A2 sized cards (4-1/4" by 5-1/2") as well as those made for the 4-1/2" by 5-1/2" sized card for which I needed them.  Two passes through the Envelope Punch Board, a few snips at the corners, two pieces of Sticky Strip, and your box is done!

     Of course I wrote a tutorial to help you make the very same box.  The tutorial also includes instructions for making the set of note cards featured in my Wednesday blog post as well as a template for making a liner for the cards' envelopes.


SignUpForm     And this is how you can get the template:  Just sign up for my e-mail newsletter.  The new sign up box is up at the left. 

     When you sign up to be on my new list, you'll be asked to confirm that you wish to be on the list.  Once you do that, you will be linked to the tutorial for this project.

     I will be sending out my first newsletter using my new e-mail newsletter list at the end of next week.  I'll have a few projects to share with you as well as my own personal impressions and some hints for using some of Stampin' Up!'s tools.  And, as I've done in the past, I'll be offering a special of my own to go along with Stampin' Up!'s current specials.

     So sign up today!  I'm sure I'm going to have fun with my new newsletter set, and I hope you will, too!



Posted on : Sep 13 2013
Posted under 3D Projects, Announcement, Gifts, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

Sweater Weather Quilt Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Do you recognize the name of the Fall 2013 Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper in the Blog Post Title?  It's "Sweater Weather," and the colors in the set are so, well, cool!  So when I decided that I'd like to participate in a Fall 2013 Blog Tour, that paper set from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog came to mind as the theme for my blog post.  And what better way to use it than to make a set of 4-1/2" square note cards featuring Quilt Squares as we're certainly going to be seeing lots of quilts to keep us warm in the coming months!

     Quilt2This is the design that got me started on this project.  There are so many ways to make a Pinwheel Quilt Block.  I like this one because I could use the plaid patterned paper in the four corners of the quilt and, no matter how I punched them, they formed a diagonal pointing to the center of the block with the pinwheel.  With the way that I cut the remaining blocks, the plaid is not on the diagonal and it makes such a pretty contrast.  For the center of the card, I "tied on" an Old Olive Button with some Linen Thread.  The thread is just tied onto the button, of course, and I adhered the button to the center of the card using Mini Glue Dots.  The Card Base is Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock.  I "quilted" the block, adhered to its mat, using the Sizzix Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

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          Before I go any further, you should know that I've written a tutorial for making the cards, including a quick way to make the squares with two triangles, and instructions for laying the small squares out to make the 4" quilt designs.  The tutorial also includes a list of supplies for making these four cards, using Designer Series Paper sets of your choice, and sketches for each of the four layouts.  The tutorial also includes instructions for making a box that will hold all the cards and envelopes – and the box is so easy to make using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!

     How do you get the tutorial?  I have a blog post all ready to go live this coming Friday that explains what you need to do to get it.  Of course, it's FREE!  Just come back to get all the information on Friday!  Now back to my cards!

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Quilt4     There are no full squares at all in this second card.  What caught my attention about this design is the impression that there are some nested diagonal squares in the middle of the card.  I used Chocolate Chip Card Stock to mat this design to enhance the interior Chocolate Chip diagonal square.  I used an Antique Brad to embellish this card. I cut the legs off the brad and adhered it to the center of the card with Mini Glue Dots as I had in the first card.  The card base for this design is Old Olive Card Stock.  The design and its mat have been "quilted" using the Argyle Embossing Folder.

Quilt1    For my third card, I returned to the Pinwheel theme, but with a different design,  There are actually two pinwheels in this card – the darker but smaller Chocolate Chip design, and the lighter but larger Tangerine Tango design.  While the plaid paper was a focus of the first two cards, here it just helps as an accent.  Rather than place a central embellishment in this card, I decided to mimic how some quilts are tied together and added small pieces of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon where the pinwheels meet.  This really accents the smaller of the two pinwheels even more than the dark color.  I had to force some of the little "feet" of a couple of the ribbons to stay in place by applying some judiciously-placed mini glue dots!  The card base is again Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock.  The quilt and mat are embossed with the Sizzix Houndstooth Embossing Folder.

Quilt3     For the final in this set of cards, I made a Texas Star type pattern.  I really like the darker corner squares that help highlight the star pattern formed by the Tangerine Tango triangles.  There is an obvious diagonal pattern from lower left to upper right with the Chocolate Chip squares.  But the other diagonal, from top left to lower right, is nicely accented with the diagonal layout of the two plaid squares – just as in the first card.  I introduced a new color of card stock with this card – Crushed Curry.  That's one of the colors in the plaid design, along with the Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango.  So I decided it needed at least a small introduction in this final square.  This square and its Tangerine Tango mat are embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder, and it's tied together with a bow made of Linen Thread.  Yes, for this card, I acutally pierced the quilt block and tied the thread!

     Here's a photo of the whole project, including the box that I made using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!  Come on back on Friday to find out how you can get the FREE tutorial for the whole project. 


Posted on : Sep 10 2013
Posted under Gifts, Punches, Sizzix, Tutorial |

Mmmm! Love that Kissing!

Aloha, all!

     Well, I do like the romantic kind!  But today's blog post is about how I used the stamping "Kissing" technique to make a fun "Hello" card.  Oh, and unlike the romantic kissing, the stamping technique does not come naturally – I did need a bit of instruction on how to do it, and I'm going to pass it on to you!

     Actually, kissing (I'm dropping the quotation marks as of right now!) just involves one extra step between inking up your stamp and applying the inked stamp to your paper.  It also involves having one solid stamp and one patterned stamp.  So the steps are:

  1. Ink up the solid stamp.
  2. While holding the inked stamp in one hand (if you're right-handed, hold it in your left hand and vice versa), take the patterned stamp (NOT inked) and stamp it onto the inked stamp.
  3. Apply the image from the solid stamp to your paper.

That's all there is to it!


     I copied this card from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's magazine, Stampin' Success.  If you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, it's in the July/August issue on page 11. (If you've been thinking about signing up as a demonstrator with me, this magazine is just one more reason to add to your "why" list!)

     I used the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Hearts a Flutter to make the stamped hearts image.  Here's a photo of the stamp set pointing out which images I used for this:


     I actually added a step to this Kissing process. 

     1.  I inked the solid Heart stamp.

     2a. I stamped the patterned Flag stamp onto the Heart stamp.

     2b.I twisted the Flag stamp in my hand 90 degrees and stamped it again onto the heart stamp, creating a grid, almost gingham-ish, image on the heart stamp.

     3.  I stamped the heart onto my card stock.

After that I used the heart shape from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Set to cut each of the six hearts and then I arranged them on my card. 

     Such a simple – but effective! – technique, and I hope you'll give it a try before long.  It can really expand your library of stamped images!

     Oh, and then there's the rest of the card.  I used the brand new (in the Holiday Catalog) Chevron Border Punch to create the layer on the left side of the card.  The stamped "hello" image is from the set, Six-Sided Sampler, and the Baker's Twine is Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.  The colors on this card are Crumb Cake (the card base and punched layer), Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango and Old Olive.

     Now I'm off to find another technique to try!  My sister-in-law, Deb, who is also my downline, is a technique queen and she just sent me a ton of samples.  Now I just have to figure out which one to use!


Posted on : Aug 22 2013
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, Tutorial |

Lots of New – a Bit of the Old!

Aloha, all!

     I wrote this blog post to be part of a month-long share that those of us who belong to the group, VC Rocks, are undertakig to close out our annual summer online get together.  VC stands for Virtual Convention, and it's made up of people who like to share Stampin' Up! fun as a continuation of the fun that many of us have at the "real" annual summer convention.  Our focus this summer has been on products that are new in the Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Catalog.  I could not for the life of me figure out which products in the new catalog that I wanted to feature.  So I picked a bunch, and used them to show off the Lattice Fold card that's been popular with some groups this year.  I've done a Lattice Fold before – for my 2011 Stampin' Up! swap cards.  But the way it's being shown this year is a bit different from what I did back then.


     For my first card, I placed the lattice at the side of my card.  The New Catalog Products in this card include: the Designer Series Paper, I Am Me; one of Stampin' Up!'s newest ribbons, the Chevron Ribbon; the new Hexagon Punch; and the new Stamp Set, Six Sided Sampler.  For this card, the "bit of the old" is So Saffron and Calypso Coral Cardstock.  The ribbon I used is Calypso Coral, and I used Calypso Coral and So Saffron ink on the stamp.  To get the mat for the hexagon image, I stamped the two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler and then hand-cut them along the edge of the image.  Then I punched a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock out with the Hexagon Punch. 


     For the second card, I cut the lattice out of the middle of a piece of Designer Series Paper and made that the top layer of the card.  The New Catalog Products for this card are the Birthday Basic Designer Series Paper, Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock, one of the dies from the Chalk Talk Framelits Set, a stamp from the Stamp Set, Wetlands, and some Wild Wasabi Candy Dots.  The "Bit of the Old" in this card is the Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, which is one of last year's Stampin' Up! In Colors (still a current color, though).

     This weekend I'm teaching a class using the designs for both of these cards.  By the time I'm finished getting ready for my class I'll have a tutorial sheet done for both of these cards and will post it as a link to this blog post.  It should be online by Monday night – so check back here on Tuesday morning if you're interested in these designs.  UPDATE!  Here is a link to the page about both of these projects, including a link to a set of instructions as well as to the templates for cutting the Lattice Folds for both of these cards.

     To see the rest of the blogs in this VC Rocks Blog Hop, click here and check out the other links for some more new ideas from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog!


Posted on : Aug 16 2013
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, Tutorial |