Love Those Little Starfish!

Aloha, all!

     One of my favorite papers from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occasions Catalog is the one from the High Tide Designer Series Paper set with the starfish and other small images on it.  As I did with the whale image on one of the other papers back in January, I used my trusty little Paper Snips and did a bit of fussing cutting of some Starfish images and attached them to the front of this card.


     Oooh, and then I couldn't resist one of the scallops on the same sheet of paper!  I think fussy cutting (that's what some stampers call it when you hand cut something out like this) just makes any paper pop a bit, even if you just adhere it with Mini Glue Dots, as I did with these little critters.

SFFSketch     As you can imagine, as this is Friday, I made this card based on the sketch from the Sketch Frenzy Friday Team.  This is a fun and easy sketch, and I really would have liked to have used the Banner Punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  But Sale-A-Bration is over, and this fun little punch isn't going to be available for you to purchase until the 2014-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog is published at the beginning of June.  So, as I like it to be possible for you to copy my projects if you wish, I decided instead to use the Triangle Punch, which is definitely still available for purchase!

     As I love to pick up the colors from Designer Series Paper for my card bases as well as other cardstock layers in my projects, I chose Calypso Coral and Pacific Point Cardstock, the former for my card base and the latter for the first layer of the card.  I also used the Pacific Point cardstock for punching the triangles and for a bit of a mat behind the stamped sentiment in the lower right corner.

     It's actually been a while since I've used ribbon for a main element in a card, and I was happy to use the Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon to complement the Summer Starfruit color in the Designer Series Paper..

     I didn't need this card to be for any special occasions, but I did want to use the Modern Label Punch as I thought that was just the right size for a sentiment for this layout.  So so I went looking for a sentiment stamp that worked with that punch and found one in the Too Kind Stamp Set.  It was JUST the right size!

     For a bit of extra pizzazz, I added some of the Calypso Coral Candy Dots to accent the punched elements.  It was then that I wanted just a teensy bit more for an accent and cut that Summer Starfruist scallop image and adhered it to the sentiment.

     It was ALL fun – the papers, the punches, the colors and the embellishments!  I hope whatever you decide to work on this weekent will be equally fun!

.    Here are most of the Stampin' Up! products I used in this project.  You can click on any of these pictures and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! Store where you can order whatever you'd like!




Posted on : Apr 03 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sketch Frenzy Friday |

My Take on a Magazine Project!

Aloha, all!

     Today I received one of my favorite pieces of e-mail news – that one of my favorite magazines was ready for me to peruse online!  This time the magazine was CardMaker magazine, and it's one that ALWAYS gtives me fun ideas.   This month was no exception, with a fun tutorial to make a Floral Clutch Card.  So I had to get my Stampin' Up! stamps, papers, cardstock and tools out right away to make it!


     Unfortunately, the instructions had several incorrect measurements in them, so my first try was not quite what I had hoped it would be.  Nonetheless, I thought it was good enough to share with you.  In fact, now that I know what the measurements SHOULD be, and now that I have a sense of how to use Stampin' Up! products to their best advantage in this card, I've decided to write my own tutorial for both me AND you to use!

     But, no, I'm not offering it here.  I still have to write the tutorial, including photos, measurements, and layouts – and I'm going to be sharing it with you in my April 2014 Newsletter!  Not on my Newsletter mailing list?  All you have to do is complete the form up on the left, click Submit, and you'll be on my list!  When you sign up,  you'll get yet another tutorial just as a gift for signing up.  So sign up today, and you'll have two tutorials before you know it!

     I'll be publishing my Newsletter next Tuesday, April 8th, so don't delay!

     Now off to check out some of the other projects in this month's magazine – and make at least one or two more with Stampin' Up! products – and I'll be sure to share them here!


Posted on : Apr 02 2014
Posted under Announcement, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

The Last Day of Sale-a-Bration 2014!

Aloha, all!

     Monday, March 31, 2014, is the last day of the best Stampin' Up! promotion of the year – Sale-a-Bration!  To help you decide whether you might really want some of the Sale-a-Bration products, I've created one last greeting card using some of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products!

Lasdf Day of SAB

     My very most favorite product in this year's Sale-a-Bration catalog is the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.  You've seen me use several of the sheets of this paper in previous projects, but I haven't made much use of the tone-on-tone Crisp Cantaloupe sheet.  That seemed to be the perfect sheet to go with the central layered element of this card.

     And that central layered element is where this card started.  I looked around and found I've not yet shared with you the Petal Parade Stamp Set.  What fun this set is, and I'm glad I got to use two of the stamps in this project.  The first is the horizontal floral element which I stamped three times across the top half of the Whisper White Cardstock, using Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink.  The second stamp is the scalloped design stamped, again three times, across the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.

     In between these two stamped rows I added a cordI made using all three colors of the twine in the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  There's a quick video on how to make a basic cord here if you'd like to try this.  It's key to tie the ends of the cord you're going to use in a knot before you cut it or it will all spring apart pretty quickly! I especially like the way that the cord accents the striped piece of Designer Series paper on the bottom of the card. Do please note that I didn't attach the cord until the rest of the card was done.  I drew a line of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive across the middle of the central layer and then laid the cord on it pressing a bit until the adhesive started to dry.  Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I set the card up to photograph it.

     To make the scalloped top of the central layer, I used the Large Scalloped Edgelit on both the Whisper White cardstock and on a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.  I have to tell you that I find it too complicated to figure out exactly how high a piece of cardstock needs to be to mat another piece of cardstock when an edgelit or framelit is involved.  So for the bottom, I just cut a 1/2" strip of Coastal Cabana to mat it.

     I stamped the sentiment on the bottom section of the card using Jet Black Stazon Ink directly onto the Designer Series Paper.  If you look around at the other sheets in this Designer Series Paper set, you'll see that Black is one of the accent colors in several of them.  So I decided just to make black an accent in my design, starting with the stamped sentiment.  That, of course, is from yet another Sale-a-Bration product, the See Ya Later Stamp Set.

    To finish off the card, I layered the Designer Series Paper and Central Layered Sections onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, and then mounted the entire card front onto a Coastal Cabana Cardstock card base.

     And that's all there is to this card – some basic cardstock and ink and Sale-a-Bration 2014 products!  This is your last chance for these and many more products!  If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of getting these Sale-a-Bration products free, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me today – yes, TODAY!  It's the LAST DAY OF SALE-A-BRATION 2014!

     Here's a recap of the Sale-a-Bration products that I used in today's card:




Posted on : Mar 30 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

A Fun Idea from a Gift Bag!

Aloha, all!

     Two or three weeks ago, I zipped into our local Target to make a quick purchase, and was stopped in my tracks as I passed the waiting shopping carts. There on the end of the very first aisle was a gift bag and it just screamed "Stampin' Up!" at me.  Well, actually it said "Celebrate," but all those decorations on the bag reminded me of Stampin' Up! products.

Target BagSmallI could just see the Banner Punch, my ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Set, the Triangle Punch, the 1/2" Circle Punch, and that little circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  And, of course, all of what I saw was certainly done in Stampin' Up! colors.

     Start with that Real Red background, and then different stamps and shapes of Pacific Point, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango.  Maybe there's a bit of Pear Pizzazz in there, too.  But my brain stopped functioning at six colors!

     As I screeched to a halt I grabbed my fun phone with the camera in it and quickly snapped a photo of the bag. 

     I just as quickly forgot about this until yesterday when I took some time to transfer photos I'd recently taken onto my computer.  There was that splash of red in amongst the garden and landscape and people photos.  I was as much taken by it this second time as I was the first.  And this is what I finally got around to making:


     Yes, all those Stampin' Up! products that I first saw in the bag came out to play on my Craft Room table.  Then I added in some Whisper White Baker's Twine and a couple of the triangle stamps from the Geometrical Stamp Set.  I did have a bit of a puzzle about what I was going to do with the white letters, finally deciding that I'd stamp them with White Craft Ink, and fill them in with my White Signo Gel Pen.  For the other letters in the Celebrate Banner, I used matching Stampin' Write Markers to fill the letters in.  Then, before I punched the letters out, I tapped on some VersaMark and heat embossed it with Iridiscent Ice Glitter.  I also used the White Gel Pen to draw the banner "string" for the smallest circle swags on the bottom.

     You might already have figured out that I could not make this design with a standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" sized card.  I measured the punched banner pieces and found that I could use a 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" card.  It fits in an A6 size envelope, and I'll be making one of those with my Envelope Punch Board.  I have a grandson who will be moving on to High School from Middle School later this Spring – maybe I'll save it for him!

     There was some trial and error in translating what was printed on a bag into a design for a greeting card.  But I had so much fun with this kind of creativity!  If you ever get in a slump where you think you'll never come up with a fun idea again, head on into a store that you really like and look around.  You're bound to find some idea that you can turn into a paper crafted project.  Oh, and don't forget to take your camera, uh, er, cell phone with you!

     Here are the products that I featured today.  You'll notice that the Banner Punch has $0.00 as the price.  That's because it's part of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration promotion – WHICH ENDS ON MARCH 31ST!!!  Yes, you'll be able to order it again – and pay for it! – after the new Stampin' Up! Catalog is released in June.  But why pay for it when you can get it free if you pay for $50 worth of other Stampin' Up! products!?  Call or e-mail me if you have any questions about Sale-a-bration.






Posted on : Mar 29 2014
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

Blocks of Color!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week I saw a project done by fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Mary Brown, in which she used a "color blocking" technique.  I keep forgetting that this is a fun way to show off colors, either as the main focus of a card (or even a scrapbook page!) or as a background for another main feature.

     Then along came the sketch challenge for this week's, Sketch Frenzy Friday, and there was my opportunity to do just a little bit of color blocking!


     I also had another challenge from an online group to which I belong – to use a color combination I'd never used before.  Even though I've not been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator THAT long, I still have made a lot of cards and other projects, and I couldn't imagine a color combo I'd never used.  But once I had both challenges down on my work table together, it was hard not to at least try to come up with a fun color combo that I at least cannot recall having used.  The other problem was that I actually had to like the color combo myself. 

     I knew from the beginning that I wanted the design on the bottom to be made up of cardstock cut with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch .  But it was the color question that bugged me. After flipping through Stampin' Up! catalogs and going through the Color Coach, I finally decided to look through my collections of embellishments to see if something didn't reach out and grab me.  And that's when the 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbons, yes, reached out and grabbed me!  That ribbon would be perfect for tying through the slit in the Tag Topper Punched cardstock, and it didn't take me long to find Pacific Point, Real Red, and Wild Wasabi!

     Whisper White Cardstock was the perfect background for this color combo, but I didn't want it just to be plain cardstock as the background – I wanted some embossing.  Here's where I have a tip for you when it comes to embossing Whisper White Cardstock.  This cardstock is thinner than the colored cardstock and, when you run it through an embossing folder, the piece of cardstock weakens enough that I don't find it to be satisfactory as a card front.  So what I do with this, as well as with Very Vanilla Cardstock, is to cut a second layer of the cardstock to emboss, then adhere that to the front of the Whisper White card base.  Now that's strong enough to hold other layers!

     I punched each of the three colors of cardstock and added a bit of ribbon of the same three colors, mixing them up to make it more interesting, and then adhered them to the card front.  I added the sentiment at the top, stamped with Real Red Classic Ink and "friend to friend" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     But the design looked too plain to me.  I first tried just putting a Candy Dot onto the upper corner of each tag.  In fact, that's how I first submitted it to the design team.  But I just felt it needed something more.  This morning when I looked at the card again as I was writing this blog post, I had the idea to put a design in the middle of each tag.  So that's how the flowers, punched with the Petite Petals Punch, ended up in the middle of each one.  I trimmed the far right petal of the blue and red flowers – after all, everything was already adhered to the card front!  But I think I would have done that any way to keep a bulge from appearing in the tag that would have been on top of it.  I moved the candy dots to the centers of the flowers (the dots came off the card stock very neatly) and that was that!

     So my challenges for the week are complete and now off I go to be creative all by myself.  I can't wait to see what I come up with for you next – and I'll be sure to have fun with it!

     Here are the products I used for today's project.  Click on any one of them to go to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about them and buy some for yourself.  Don't forget that Sale-a-bration, where you get a free product for every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! products, will be over on Monday!







Posted on : Mar 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

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!



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

Congrats! A BIG My Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     The "My Paper Pumpkin" kits are getting bigger and oh so better!  I've always liked them (though not all have been to my taste), but the latest kit for April 2014 is amazing.  There is enough Stampin' Up! product in the fun red box to make EIGHT CARDS!  And, with my stash of Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets and Embellishments, it gives me even more opportunities to experiment with the Stampin' Up! designs.


     For this card, the only thing that I added was the "Hooray for today" stamp from the Stamp Set, Geometrical.  Everything else is from the kit!  I even used the Island Indigo Ink Spot included in the kit to stamp the extra image.  And, yes, there are TWO Ink Spots in this kit, along with the die cut wooden embellishment, the champagne-colored self-adhesive glitter dots, and the beautifully pre-printed card.  Oh, and I can't forget those fab Photopolymer Stamps – two of them!.  They are designed so that you can stamp images in a row and they look just like the stamp is as long as the stamping.  That's one of the big benefit of Photopolymer Stamps – you can see right through them to the paper and stamp perfectly every time!  As these are solid type stamps, I find I usually have to season the image a bit for it to pick up the ink so that the image is fully covered.  No – not with salt and pepper!  With an eraser or piece of rubber.  I have a pink rubber eraser and I just erase across the whole stamp.  This set still isn't seasoned fully, so I did have to fill in a bit with my Stampin' Write Markers.  But they're well on their way.

AprilMPP     Here's a picture of the whole set.  Besides the Congratulations die cut wood pieces, there are also four "Thank You" die cuts.  Oh, and the envelopes have the gold foil liners that I've come to love in Stampin' Up! kits – I hope that keeps up!

     Of course I had a reason for making this card.  I sent it out to my grandson last week so that he'd get it on Absolutely Incredible Kid Day last week.  You might remember that I made a digital scrap page for that special day.  But the whole point of the day is to let a child know that we think he's incredible.  So that's what our note inside this card says.  He and his performing arts academy just put on a show at the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Washington, and we were so happy to see videos of his performances.  He should definitely have been congratulated for his great performance!

     While I'm on the subject of My Paper Pumpkin, there's a special going on right now!  If you sign up for My Paper Pumpkin before March 31, 2014, you'll receive a FREE SET OF IN COLOR MARKERS!  The markers will be sent with your introductory kit which also includes an acrylic block for use with all the stamps that you receive in all your My Paper Pumpkin kits. 

     These kits really are lots of fun, and I hope you'll sign up so you can have as much fun as I do when I get mine in the mail every month!

Posted on : Mar 23 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Stampin' Up! Kits, Stamping |

Happy Birthday, Kiara!

Aloha, all!

     Our youngest granddaughter, Kiara, is 8 years old today!  What fun we had visiting with her when she came to Hawaii last month!  While I really wish we could be around her and the rest of the family more often, it's definitely fun coming up with an idea for a sweet birthday card for this sweetest little girl!

Card for Kiara

     When I started out to make this card, I knew I wanted something delicate and even a bit frilly.  I started looking through my Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets and almost immediately spotted this cute little cupcake in the Best of Birthdays Stamp Set.  (You know, of course, that this and all the "Best of" sets will no longer be available after March 31st??! It's still not too late to buy it!).

     This is such a darling little stamp and I thought it would look great on a small layered element on a card.  But as I tried to envision the overall card design in my head, I kept coming up with ideas that would cause the image not to be the highlight of the design.  I wondered how it would look all by itself in the middle of a card front – and it did look quite nice, indeed, especially on the lightly colored Pink Pirouette Cardstock.  But then my inner Layering Diva crept out and wondered how it would look inside one of the Designer Frames Embossing Folder designs.  Ah, delightful!  A card with just that in the middle had a bit more character than just having a stamp on the cardstock. 

     The Layering Diva pinched me again, and out came the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I ran a separate 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of the same Pink Pirouette Cardstock through the embossing folder, and trimmed the cardstock down to the edges of the embossed frame.  I layered that onto the cardbase, then layered the oval frame, which I'd hand-trimmed, onto the center of the card.  Awesome!

     To give the image some color, I used Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker to color in the base of the cupcake.  Yes, it's the same color as the cardstock, but it still shows up just a bit darker on the cardstock.  I colored in the frosting with my White Gel Pen, and then used a Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker to color in the teensie little heart.  So cute!

     OK – I've run out of adjectives to describe this card – but I'm sure you can see that's it's perfect for an 11-year old young lady.  And I had so much fun making it.  It went into the mail earlier this week, and I'm sure she has it by now.  I hope she enjoys getting it as much as I enjoyed making it!


Posted on : Mar 22 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stamping |

Love The 2014 Sale-a-bration Papers!

Aloha, all!

     It's less than two weeks before this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion is over!  Once March 31st comes to an end, you will no longer be able to order your FREE SET OF DESIGNER SERIES PAPERS with your $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase.  That's how I was able to get my own set of this paper – I had to place a $50 order of my own to be able to claim this freebie.  And there are 12 OTHER PRODUCTS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FREE with a $50 purchase!  Don't delay if you've been on the fence about ordering anything this month!

News Flash!  Stampin' Up! is conducting an online class next week using Sale-A-Bration Bundles and THIS SET OF PAPERS!  Click here for more information!  Now back to our regularly-scheduled blog post!


     The paper on the top half of this card, as well as that in the middle of the three banners in the top left corner, are both part of the Designer Series Paper set you can order in this year's Sale-a-bration.  The set is called Sweet Sorbet, and the colors are just perfect for Spring – or for any occasions that calls for Subtle colors.  Think baby and bridal showers.  Think Mother's Day!  Oh, and think Get Well Wishes – that's the stamp I used from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!

     Oh, and that texture in the bottom half of the card is also from a product that you can get FOR FREE during Sale-a-bration.  If you read the fine print in the Sale-a-bration brochure, you'll notice that this Decorative Dots Embossing Folder will be available to purchase after Sale-a-bration. But why buy it when you can get it FOR FREE!?!  I can't imagine why.

     But enough of my excitement about Sale-a-bration.  Let's look at this Get Well card and the other elements that are included in it. 

Sketch     As you might have guessed – since this is a Friday – I made this card for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge.  This time, I decided to do my best actually to follow the sketch and not futz around with it as I have the last few Fridays.  If you'll look at the three banners in the upper left corner of the card, you might notice that the notches in the ends of the banners are pretty even.  As I rarely cut that evenly, I used some Stampin' Up! Sizzix Framelits to make the banners.  The two on the left I made using the Banners Framelits Dies set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  The one on the right I made using the Bitty Banners Framelits that are in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  For all of them, I hand trimmed them to be the length I wanted them to be.

     Instead of running ribbon across the seam between the top and bottom halves of the card front, I used a piece of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and wrapped it around the top layer of my card. 

     For the element with the sentiment at the bottom of the card, I used three layers. The background layer is one of the dies from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set.  Then I stamped the Get Well Sentiment on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and punched it with the Word Window Punch.  I then adhered it to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and punched both layers with the Modern Label Punch before adhering it to the Apothecary Accents piece.  The adhered the whole element to the bottom of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals to bring it up to the level of the ruffles in the ribbon trim.

    So that's it for this card – really very simple!  This is a really fun sketch and you can use any papers that you have to follow the sketch design!  I hope you'll think about entering your project in the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge. But whatever you do with your crafting this weekend, I hope you have fun with it!


Posted on : Mar 20 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Absolutely Incredible Kid – A Digital Page!

Aloha, all!

     Today is this year's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.  "Celebrating its 18th anniversary, Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation's youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Lives are changed by this act of love and kindness."

    Once I heard about this celebration and the reason for it, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to express my own appreciation for an Absolutely Incredible Kid in my life, my grandson, Quin.  He's awesome in so many ways, but he's been especially awesome as he's blossomed into a wonderful performing artist.  His latest venture, with his performing arts academy's guidance, is in performing on stage as a singer, both as a soloist and with a group.  But what really woke me up to his incredible talent was his performance in his academy's production of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas this past winter.


     I'd never seen the movie on which this stage musical was based.  But, a month or so before the performances, while I was visiting on the U. S. mainland, my son and grandson sat us down to watch the movie.  I wondered how my grandson would play the role of Jack Skellington and wished I could have seen the play.  Once I saw photos of the production, I knew just how wonderfully he had nailed the role!

     Of course, now that I had the photos, I knew that I would have to make a scrapbook page or two memorializing this fab performance.  Today's page is one that I made using Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio.  This program is SO easy to use with just a bit of basic training courtesy of Stampin' Up!  In fact, you don't really need to have much in the way of skill in putting digital elements together.  You've probably never seen this exact layout no matter how much you use My Digital Studio.  But that's not because it's an original layout.  I took a pre-made layout originally meant for a Christmas Album and swapped out some (but not all) of the "papers" in the layout, along with the photo elements.  In the original there were two places for photos, for example.  In this modified layout there's just the one.

     I couldn't decide which of the photos I wanted to use as the main element in this project.  But I finally decided on the one that included a dance routine (my grandson takes dance lessons with the academy, too!), but went ahead and used the other two that I liked as background images. 

     And that's pretty much the way this whole page came to be.  I'd see something that would spark an idea and then I'd go looking for something in the My Digital Studio library on my computer that would help me put that idea on "paper."  Oh, and it's oh so much easier than it used to be to figure out what you have already purchased that would work for your projects.  I went into my Stampin' Up! digital download files, and there are actual pictures of the downloads.  So no guessing what images are in what downloads. 

     If you're at all interested in digital scrapbooking – or even making cards using My Digital Studio – I'll be more than happy to help you get started.  There's a free trial available for the basic program, and I'd love to help you download it and get to know the program. Just click here to get started!


Posted on : Mar 19 2014
Posted under Challenges, Family and Garden, My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking |