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!

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     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

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     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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Spring With a Cherry on Top!

Aloha, all!

     It's once again time for a Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and this time the theme is to "Welcome Spring." Spring will be here (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) next Sunday, just in time for Easter. I love the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Honeycomb Happiness, and that cute little chick has just the right attitude to welcome spring!

Hello Spring

     The original design for this card was one I made for a class I'm teaching this week. The class is comprised of a variety of Easter Cards, and I'd already used lots of Subtles papers and colors in the other projects. So I wanted a deifferent set of colors. Also, in looking at projects on the internet using the chick, the only coloring that looked good to me was either watercoloring or coloring with Copic Markers. Both of those were out of the question as the ladies coming to my class are more in the beginning stage of coloring large areas, and, as the project had to be Stampin' Up! only, Copic Markers were out of the question for this particular project.

     That left me with the idea to stamp the image on some yellow Designer Series Paper (DSP). And that took me to one of my favorite paper sets in this year's Stampin' Up! catalog, the Cherry on Top DSP Stack. The yellow in this set is Crushed Curry, and then there were all those other papers that I could use to provide accent colors. I originally put a White Doily in where the flower is. But it just seemed a bit too delicate to go with those bright colors. So I went to my stash of Framelits and Thinlits, and the large flower from the Flower Fair Framelits looked like it would be perfect – and I think it is!

     The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set. I had that set out on my work table as we're using the wreath and Happy Easter stamp from that set for another class project. Oh, and the Washi Tape and the Ribbon – the Washi Tape is the Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape, that goes oh so well with the Cherry on Top DSP. The ribbon is the Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog. Wow, I've got all three of Stampin' Up!'s current catalogs covered in this project!

     I hope you'll take the opportunity over the next week or so to make your own card about Spring and enter it in the SUO Challenge. Just click on this link, and you'll be whisked over to the blog to check it out!

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Posted on : Mar 14 2016
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It’s that Green Time of the Year!

Aloha, all!

     As I write this, I'm looking at my personal deadline to get any St. Patrick's Day cards in the mail that are going to get to friends and family by March 17th. Thinking that many of you might have a bit more time for mailing cards, I thought I'd stop for a few minutes and share this year's card with you.

Party Pants

     When I first saw the new FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Party Pants, I really didn't know what I'd do with it. I've never heard the "Put Your Party Pants On" expression! But there are some other images in this set that I could use so I ordered it up when I put my last paper supply order in at Stampin' Up!

     Then I saw this layout in a Janet Holmes project in a Facebook post, and I just had to try it on a card! What fun this was to make – and use that Party Pants stamp!

     All the greens in this card are Garden Green. I made the "pants" by punching one of the patterns from the Regals Color Collections Stack of Designer Series Papers using the Washi Tape Punch. I can see so many different stamp sets I can use this fun piece of punch art! I may even keep the "party pants" stamp around after Sale-A-Bration starts just to use it now and then. (I'm getting a bit more relaxed about keeping retired stamp sets around; I don't have too much space, so can't keep TOO many!)

     You may notice that the white in the central image is not quite as white as the rest of the card's papers. That's what I get for trying to work at night under a flourescent light. I have my Whisper White paper in a slot in my cupboard, and I just snatched a scrap that was in the slot. This morning when I went to photograph the card, and saw it on my computer screen, I went right back to see what was up with the color. Ooops! It was a piece of Shimmery White cardstock that I slipped into the wrong slot at some point. Do you think that will teach me to be more careful? Um, probably for at least a day or two – not much longer. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks! All the other cards are OK, but I'm not going through another photo session just to fix that!

     Now to go get the cards in the mail! They may actually make it by March 17th!

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Posted on : Mar 11 2016
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Creating with Handmade Papers!

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     I love handmade papers! The very first time I ever used any was with my wedding invitations, 10 years ago next month. We planned a North Carolina beach wedding, and I so wanted some beach themed handmade papers to accent my invitations (which, of course, I planned to make myself). It was my good fortune to have a top-notch paper shop where I lived, and I found just the perfect papers. Since then, though, I've not had much chance to work with handmade papers.

     Then, for my birthday last month, my sister-in-law sent me a bag of samples of handmade papers which I could hardly wait to use. After a week's vacation, then another week or so off for yet another illness (I'm good now!) I finally today had the opportunity to spend time using them – first of all to make a Thank You note for Mary!


     The bag of papers was full of different colors, textures, sizes and shapes. So it took a bit for me to look at papers and mentally consider what I had that would complement the papers in my hands and vice versa. I decided on these two papers, turned around, and there was the Number of Years Stamp Set sitting on my work table. It wasn't the numbers that caught my eye; it was the lovely floral element in that set. So off I went to arrange papers and figure out what to do.

     With handmade papers, I really like to keep some torn edges showing to emphasize the naturalness of the paper. But I also don't shy away from cutting if if I need to. In any case, I certainly don't waste any! That little piece of the rust-colored paper is just slightly larger than what you see. None of it is wasted hiding behind the blue paper on the bottom. That also gave me a large piece to cut out the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits set. The blue paper was about the same width as the card front (5-1/2"), but a bit taller than I put on the card. With the scrap from this paper, I punched the small butterfly. All other scraps are back in the paper bag. They'll definitely be used!

     I found the "Thank You" stamps in another stamp set I pulled out to see if it went with this card (flowers didn't, Thank You did). That set, Helping Me Grow, is in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog, as is the Number of Years Stamp Set. The flowers in that set will have to wait for another card.

     I'm so glad that the camera picked up some of the sparkle in these papers! They really are multi-dimensional, and a joy to work with.

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Posted on : Mar 08 2016
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Matching Papers!

Aloha, all!

     Don't you love it when you get a set of Designer Series Papers (printed papers with coordinating designs) and there's one design that's your favorite AND that design comes in two sets of colors!? Double the fun definitely! That happened in the latest new set of papers I've used – and the set of papers is available FOR FREE in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration catalog!


     My favorite design in this set is the one with all the different wildflowers in it. One sheet came with a Blackberry Bliss background and the other with a Whisper White background – but the designs are identical! What better way to show off these beautiful identical designs than by piecing them side-by-side with the designs overlapping.


     Is that not fun? I LOVE it! Of course, I couldn't just stop at this one card. By the time I'd cut the main layer for this card, there were other pieces waiting to be used!

     The steps to make this layer are quick and simple:

  1. Orient a full-sized copy of each piece of paper so that the designs on each go in the same direction.
  2. Cut a strip off the layer you wish to be on the right. As I wanted this card to have a portrait orientation, with a 4" wide main layer, I cut a 2" strip off one of the layers (in this card, the dark piece).
  3. Then cut a strip the same size as the first sheet PLUS 1/2".
  4. Lay the first piece on top of the second piece, overlapping the 1/2" extra width, until the pattern matches all the way down the length you've chosen.
  5. While holding the layers in place, lift one end of the top strip and apply adhesive to hold it in place. SNAIL monoadhesive is good for this.
  6. Once you are sure that the layers are properly aligned, continue to add small bits of adhesive until the entire layer is put together. By using small bits at a time, it's easier to readjust the layers if somehow they slip a bit out of line. But once you have several inches lined up properly, you shouldn't have any further trouble – unless the cat jumps up to help.

     Now about the Happy Birthday greeting. The greeting is from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set, and the mat and Thick Baker's Twine is the same Calypso Coral color that's one of the colors in the printed paper.

     I have to make LOTS of birthday cards this year as I've joined in the #ImBringingBirthdaysBack movement on Facebook. If you're on Facebook, look for Robin's Craft Room. I've posted this same project on Facebook today. "Like" my page (if you haven't already) and reply to that post that you'd like me to send you a birthday card this year (or January or February next year) – and I'll be oh so glad to send you one. Just reply with your birth date on FB, and send me a private message with your address. I'm looking forward to having to send LOTS of birthday cards this year!

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Posted on : Mar 06 2016
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