Still Playing With my March Paper Pumpkin!

Aloha, all!

     I just have to get started on some of my April projects – yikes, it's already the 10th! But I just couldn't put my March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit away without making some more birthday cards for my "I'm Bringing Birthdays Back" collection!


PaperPumpkin3     These are not the cards that were meant to be made with the kit. But there is absolutely NO rule that you have to make the kits as they were designed.  In fact, the March kit focused primarily on cards to hold gift cards. As I usually do not give gift cards as gifts, this wasn't what I wanted to make.

     Let me tell you about all the pieces of this card:

  • The stamped layer is all from the kit. The 2" square with the dashed border, along with the "Happy Happy" and Balloon stamp are all from the kit, and I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Spot from the kit to do the stamping.
  • The mat behind the stamped layer is also from the kit, but was originally part of a small envelope intended to hold a gift card. The width of the Kraft colored paper envelope was 2-1/4", which made it the perfect size for this mat.
  • The two banners hanging from the stamped layer are also from the kit, and I used them just as they came in one of the die-cut sheets.
  • The 2" wide banner on the left side of the card front is a piece I cut out of one of the larger envelopes from the kit. It started out as a 2" x 5-1/4" rectangle, and I punched the notch using the Banner Triple Punch.
  • The main layer is one-half of a card base included in the kit. I cut each card into two pieces, and I've used each piece for another card. I trimmed the layer to 4" x 5-1/4" for this card. I then matted it with a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock, NOT from the kit.
  • The card base is a folded 8-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
  • I made the bow for the card front from an 18" length of Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine.

     So it didn't take much from my regular stash of stuff to complete this project.

     Now I can hardly wait to see what the April 2016 kit is like! For one thing, I know that there is going to be not one but TWO STAMP SETS in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit! I can hardly wait!  Not only that, I've ordered 4 extra kits to use for my regular monthly card-making class in May. Once my regulars have decided whether to attend this class, I'll publicize any available openings on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook Page.

     Now to clean off my work table and get to work on other projects!


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Posted on : Apr 10 2016
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CASEing Out of My Comfort Zone!

Aloha, all!

     Back again after a bit of a health setback. But finally I'm feeling better and I wanted something BRIGHT (yup, with all caps!) to speed up the process of getting back in the groove.

     My default position in my household has been sitting on a sofa with my iPad. Yesterday that paid off as my digital copy of the newest CardMaker Magazine popped up. Yes! I always find inspiration there. Sure enough there was something bright that I could make with my stash of Stampin' Up! products. So off I went to case one of the projects in their article about triangles.


     Now if a card made with a cardfront all of Crushed Curry isn't bright, then my sense of bright is all off. But I'm starting almost at the end.

     The CardMaker Magazine article was about triangles and how they are fun to make and work with. To begin, I had to make my own triangles to get the sizes I wanted. Occasionally I will punch the Tree Punch and cut off the trunk to make an triangle. But I liked the magazine's arrangement of different sized triangles, so I cut my own. Their hint for this is to cut a square; mark the top center of the square; and cut from the top center to each of the bottom corners. I made all of these triangles this way. The large started with a 2" square, the two middle sized with 1-1/2" squares, and the small with a 1" square.

     For the 3 largest triangles, I used sheets from the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper set from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog. The "specialty" part is that the patterns on the other sides of each of these papers are metallic designs. But I wanted color, so that's what I used! The 4th triangle is a cut piece of Kraft Corrugated Paper.

     It took me a while to figure out what color to use for the background. But once I slipped a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock under the triangles, I looked no further. Then I said, "oh, heck, why not!" and snatched a piece of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complete the colors.

     I was about to pick up the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder, when I spotted the Zig Zag Embossing Folder on my work table (yes, I'd not yet put the last project's stuff away – bad Robin!). Those aren't exactly triangles, but they do nicely accent the cut triangles.

     Cutting the top layer at an angle at the bottom formed yet another triangle as it showed off the background sheet of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. I used that blank space to stamp, "Thank You," from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.

     I added a bow of Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine to the large triangle, adhered the triangles using Stampin' Dimensionals, and finally added some Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie Candy Dots to complete the layout.

     Definitely fun! With this bright card perking up my work table, when I return to my work table this afternoon, I should be inspired to get some more projects done!


Posted on : Apr 06 2016
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You Little Furball!

Aloha, all!

     I spend very little time – maybe none? – talking about our "critters" on this blog. Now that I'm thinking about the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge that goes live today with the theme, "Cute Critters," maybe I should talk about them more. After all, they spend most of their day around my feet as the glass doorway from my Craft Room is their favorite place to be. They can check everything out or sleep in the sun or lie on my work table (well, maybe not the 75 lb dog).

     Our black cat, Cholla, is sleeping on one of my storage boxes even as I write this. But the minute that I act as if I'm going to get up from my computer, she'll be right there with me to let me know she's hungry. And she gets fed when she wants. She's 19 years old, so she's treated like an elderly queen, thank you very much! So, when we were challenged to make a project with cute critters as a theme, I went right to one of my least-used stamp Stampin' Up! stamp sets, You Little Furball.


     This stamp set comes with a variety of little kitty heads and little kitty bodies. It's mix and match! So I chose one that allowed me to add a bit of a sparkle in a collar around the kitty's neck. Believe me, my Cholla has NEVER agreed to wear a collar. She's an indoor kitty, and she has a chip should she escape and get lost, so I've never insisted on the collar. But in a card like this the cat didn't argue!

     One of my favorite colors in the Stampin' Up! collection is Calypso Coral, and it's been really nice having a pretty Calypso Coral print in the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper Set, Wildflower Fields.

     STOP! Do you realize that Sale-a-bration,
where you get free papers and stamp sets for every $50 of Stampin' Up! productds,
is over tomorrow!  So now's the time to get that last minute order in!

     OK – back to today's project. As I was using a little-used stamp set, I also picked out a little-used Embossing Folder, Elegant Dots. With such an elegant kitty, why not elegant dots!

     Just in case you're interested in seeing more of this stamp set, here it is. To purchase it, you can go right to my very own Stampin' Up! store and check this purchase off your list!


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Posted on : Mar 29 2016
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Happy Easter!

Aloha, all!

     I spent some time last week decided which of my Easter cards I wanted to send to my grandchildren. They all – 2 girls and 2 boys – have such different personalities.  I was able to decide on cards that I'd already made for three of them. But the fourth, the oldest and definitely a teenage boy, was a puzzle. So I went through my stack of stamp sets that had any kind of an Easter theme. While I had two of them in my hands, I had a "bingo" moment! But when it came to the final design, I still made a big change after I had finished the card.

     Here's the card after the final final change.


     Now I wish I'd left myself more time (can you say, "proscrastinate"?) because I would have reorganized the elements a bit. But I still like the idea of having all the plainly colored eggs upstaged by the egg with the brightly-colored Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, Wildflower Fields.

     In the original card, I'd left all of the stamped eggs uncolored (and yes, I just recolored the original card – I used the small end of my Stampin' Write Markers to get in under the already-adhered sentiment).


     Once I finished the final card, I looked at the photo of the original "final" card, and knew exactly what I would have done if I had time to make the card again. I would have left the eggs uncolored, and I would have changed the sentiment layer to have a colored layer (matching another of the colors – maybe Lost Lagoon?) and stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment on it.

     But it's already in the mail – hopefully, in my grandson's mail box by yesterday! I'll just have to figure out something else to stamp on a card for him before long and try my idea out!

     In any case, Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates this delightful, and for many holy, holiday!


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Posted on : Mar 26 2016
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Paper Pumpkin is 3-years old!

Aloha, all!

     Before I get into today's greeting card project, I'll take a minute to remind you that the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit will have an extra stamp set to celebrate the product's 3rd Anniversary! Sign up before April 10th to get that kit. OR sign up for 3 months, by March 31st, and get a 3-month subscription for only $55 – AND get a Sale-a-bration product FOR FREE! Like the Party Pants stamp set that I used for this project! Click here for more information.


     It's hard to believe that Stampin' Up!'s My Paper Pumpkin has been around for 3 years!  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, back in the beginning of this product line I didn't see a need for me to subscribe to the monthly My Paper Pumpkin kit. But in the last year, I've realized that I've missed a lot of really cool papers and stamp sets by not being a subscriber. Take this month's kit and how I've used the papers to make a card that's my own style with papers that I'd never have had the chance to use if the March 2016 kit hadn't arrived in my mail box yesterday!


     I just love the Bermuda Bay color that's the main color in this kit. And the green (Cucumber Crush? The kit doesn't say, but that's what it looks like to me) is just a perfect accent. And oh how I wish I had a complete sheet of that lovely floral print! Um, actually, with the square pieces and long strips (shown here), it looked like I did have enough for at least 4 or 5 full cards. But then I saw those envelopes included in the kit! Yes, they're cut to be envelopes. But, as I was getting ready to include the envelope in this photo, all of a sudden I saw LOTS more of the printed paper to use.

     Besides the printed paper, the kit also comes with some notched strips of a solid Bermuda Bay, and that little Whisper White square with the faux Bermuda Bay stitching around the edge.

     Oh, and the main background! The whole card (front and back) for the larger project in the kit was made of this cardstock that looks like it had been lightly sprayed all over with the lighter blue in the kit. But why let it be just one card? I cut that card in half, and now I have a layer for 8 cards with lots of different layout designs.

     With my current effort to get lots of birthday cards out as part of Shannon West's #imbringingbirthdaysback effort, I really wanted this to be a birthday card. But the stamp set that came with this kit did not have a birthday greeting per se. So I looked around at the sets I'd been using, and there was a fun greeting in the Sale-a-bration stamp set, Party Pants. To square it off a bit, I used 2 of the green "candy dots" that were in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

     And those of you who have been following me a while know that I love to finish a project by tying it up with a bow! So out came the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, which matches this project perfectly!

     Wow! I can hardly wait to get back from a few days out of town to finish up this kit.


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Posted on : Mar 23 2016
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Happy Birthday to Our Youngest Granddaughter!

Aloha, all!

     Ten years ago this week, we were introduced to our youngest granddaughter, Kiara. What a darling little girl she was – and still is! To make a birthday card for her, I was so glad to have the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies. They're both in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog, which is still current until May 31, 2016. If you're interested in buying either of these, you still have time. AND you still have time to buy BOTH at a 15% discount. Click here to order this bundle!

Turning 10

     The "Look Who's Turning" stamp is from the stamp set, and the 10 are two of the numerals from Framelits Dies set. To make the curved banner with the stamped image, I cut the top and the bottom using ovals from the Sizzix Ovals Collection Framelits. Then I trimmed and notched the ends.

     Notches are the feature all over in this card, as I used them in the banners behind the stamped element and in the punched decorations on either side of the 10.

     All of the papers in this card are from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. I love this set of papers, and I'm actually close to using them all up already. There's still enough for another card or two and, as this is a favorite of mine, you'll probably be seeing more of the set here.

     Now off to put it in the mail to Kiara! I just wish we were there to give it to her in person. We'll see her this summer, though!



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Posted on : Mar 21 2016
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My Easter Card Class – Part 4: A Spring Wreath

Aloha, all!

     Today's card is the last 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.


     My favorite color schemes for Easter include the colors in the Stampin' Up! Subtles Collection. I love how the Designer Series Papers, Cardstock, ink pads, and markers all coordinate so well! I just love the light spring-y feeling that this card conveys!

     I hope you've been tempted to buy my Easter Card tutorial. You still have quite a bit of time to make these cards and send them out. No need to spend time trying to figure out layouts and measurements! To learn more about the tutorial booklet and how to buy it, click here!

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Posted on : Mar 19 2016
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My Easter Card Class – Part 3: Cute Chick!

Aloha, all!

     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.


    This is the second card of my Easter Card class that includes a product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog – the cute little chick from Honeycomb Happiness. You've seen him in another card that I posted earlier this week. In that card, instead of coloring the chick, I used Designer Series Paper. The tutorial page in the Easter Card Class tutorial includes instructions for both ways of doing this.

     To learn more about the tutorial booklet and how to buy it, click here!

Posted on : Mar 18 2016
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My Easter Card Class – Part 2: An Easter Egg Hunt!

Aloha, all!

     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!



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Posted on : Mar 17 2016
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My Easter Card Class – Part 1: An Easter Egg!

Aloha, all!

     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!



Posted on : Mar 16 2016
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