And Finally – Happy Halloween!

Aloha, all!

     Whew, I made it with all my Halloween Cards this year! This was not the last of the cards that I made. But I thought I'd share it with you today as it would also made a fun Thanksgiving, or just a fall-themed, card!


     I had a lot of fun making this card. In fact, this little scarecrow was the ONLY reason I bought the stamp set, Cookie Cutter Halloween. The little crow is cute, too, and I might even add him to a few fall-themed cards during November. The the rest of the stamps in the set are lying there unused. I may hold onto them until next year. We'll see.

copics     The best thing about Mr. Scarecrow is that he's so much fun to color. With the bits of shading throughout, I'm sure you must recognize that I used alcohol markers to color him. They are just the best, and I do hope that Stampin' Up! is able to find some to include in its catalog again some year. But for now, I'm using my slowly-growing collection of Copic Markers, including these that I used for this little guy. Oh, and I punched him out using the Holiday Catalog's Cookie Cutter Builder Punch!

     I'm sure you recognize the paper I used for the top background layer. It's one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. As there is not actually a Halloween design on this sheet – or on several of the other sheets, I'll be using this paper for projects up to and including Thanksgiving. So it won't go to waste for sure!

     I accented the Pumpkin Pie color of the paper with Dapper Denim Cardstock. I think it really adds a country touch to the overall look of the card. And I also made good use of the Layering Ovals Framelits Set, counting 4 different sizes in this card. Oooooh, wait until tomorrow when I get to show off pictures of Stampin' Up!'s newest product line. Woo-hoo, my order will be in as early as possible!

     So that's it for Halloween 2016! Have great fun if you're going out Trick-or-Treating with the kiddos, or just waiting for them to knock at your door. We don't get to do either as we live in a rural area where the houses are far apart as well as down long driveways from the main street. Besides that, there are only two children in the whole neighborhood! Sniff. I miss Trick or Treat (well, the treat part of it).



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Posted on : Oct 31 2016
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Happy Halloween Eve!

Aloha, all!

     There's one more day until Halloween, and this is the very last of this year's last minute Halloween cards! But there's actually no reason at all that you can't use this design for just about any holiday or event – or even just for a note card with your favorite papers!


     All I did for this card was to cut 1/2" or 3/4" strips of different papers from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I would like to have wrapped some ribbon or twine around the top of the card, but for some reason I managed not to order the Halloween Night Baker's Twine set in time to make this card. But I did have the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape, so I used that to cover up the tops of the strips of paper.

     For texture on this card, I added two elements: First, I texturized the top background layer using the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  While it's supposed to be a shape reminiscent of waves in an ocean, I think it evokes thoughts of creepy fog drifting through the air just as well! So perfect for a Halloween Card. Then there are the Pumpkin Glimmer Paper stars sprinkled around the card front. To make those I punched the glimmer paper using the Confetti Stars Border Punch. If you've even tried to punch anything heavier than plain cardstock with this punch, you might well be asking how I managed to punch out the glimmer paper. It's easy when you put the glimmer paper in the punch, put it on the floor, and step on it! I'm sure Stampin' Up! would have fits if they knew I was recommending this perhaps somewhat dangerous way to punch. But, hey, it worked for me!

     The sentiment is from the "old faithful" stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I punched it using the Classic Label Punch. Then I adhered it to a piece of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and then hand-trimmed the glimmer paper to mat the punched sentiment.

     And that's that for this quick and easy card. Try it for Christmas! Ooooh, I may do that before very long myself! And don't forget that all the wonderful Halloween products in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog are still available for purchase. A couple of these products are going to be saved for next year in my Craft Room (if I can find a place to store them!).


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Posted on : Oct 30 2016
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Remembering My Kitty on National Cat Day!

Aloha, all!

     As many of you know, our wonderful kitty, Cholla, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this past May after 19 great years, 17 of them with us. When a friend reminded me on Facebook that this was a day set aside for pampering our cats, I dismissed dealing with the day as I'm still pretty sad about Cholla not being with us. But then I remembered that I'd put all of the photos I had of her in a digital folder to get ready to make a scrapbook celebrating her life with us. I think I'm about ready to be able to do that, so I started it today with some Digital Project Life scrapbook pages.


     Since this is a Robin's Craft Room blog post, what better set of photos to put together to show how much Cholla enjoyed being in my Craft Room! If there was a horizontal surface on which she could lie – especially if there were papers involved! – then Cholla was there. I cringed when I saw her by the guillotine paper cutter one day because sometimes I used to leave the handle up. The "used to" part was before I caught the photo in the lower left. I still shudder to think what might have happened.

     Of course, whenever a Stampin' Up! box would arrive in our home, Cholla was right there, scowling if I tried to open it to get things out of it. Oh, and she loved that paper that used to be the filler for the boxes. She never did get into the bubble wrap that's used today.

     And I don't even have to have dates on these photos as it's been a long time since I've had my stamp pads in the Color Caddy (it's still available, but I have my stamps in Stamp-n-Storage shelving now). Oh, and all those brads and eyelets and buttons that were in the little round cases and stashed in their own carousel! We don't have many of those any more, and the carousels (yes, I had two) are long gone from my craft room.

     I still have that guillotine cutter, though. And I still put the handle down even though Cholla's not around anymore. And I can get right into my Stampin' Up! boxes without interference. I'd really give anything to have that interference again!


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Posted on : Oct 29 2016
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Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Cards!

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     Last week a friend and I got together to design and make some Halloween cards that we could show others almost right up to the time of the holiday. I searched the Internet for ideas, and found a Christmas card design that I thought could be a lot of fun for Halloween as well – and it was quick and easy! This was so easy, in fact, that I made a bunch of them. Today I'll share photos of several, and give you a quick set of instructions to make your own for last minute Halloween greetings!


     You might recognize at least one of the stamped images in this card as having come from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – the sentiment is, indeed, from that set. But the pumpkin is also from the same set! So, no jar this time, but the stamp set hasn't left my desk yet!

     The paper in this card is one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. To make a card using this "folding back" technique, it's my opinion that you need a sheet that has a fairly simple/solid design on one side to set off the more complex design on the other side. This sheet, with the pumpkins on one side and the grid design on the other is just perfect!

     Here are the simple directions for making this card front:

  • Make a card base from an 8-1/2" by 5-1/2" piece of cardstock, folding it to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded on the left. Choose cardstock to complement – even match – the colors in the Designer Series Paper you're going to use. For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complement the Pumpkin Pie color in the Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 5-1/4" high.
  • Cut a 1-3/4" slit from middle of the right edge of the side of the paper that will be the front of your card.
  • Score from the left end of the slit to the bottom right corner as well as to the top right corner.
  • Fold the paper on the score lines.
  • Adhere the under side of the folds to the front of the paper so that they stay in place.
  • Adhere the folded paper to the card front.
  • Decorate the card front with a layered element that lays over the inside edge of the slitted paper.

     That's really all there is to it! For the above card, I cut the stamped layer and the next layer under it (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock) with a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Set. Then I cut the next larger square from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Note that, when cutting Glimmer Paper with Framelits, I find it easier to have the Framelits cut the smooth back side.

     Here are two of the other cards I made with this design. Both use the same paper, but for the top card, I placed the center element in the center of the card, rather than over to the right side as in the other two cards.



     My friend decided she wanted a card using the seasonal colors, but did not want to use "Happy Halloween" on one of her cards. So this is what she made, using a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set.


     Sooooo easy and quick! It might be a bit late for the products in this project. But you might like to try them for next Halloween – or even for Thanksgiving (especially that Basket of Wishes Stamp Set!). So here's a list of what I used. Each picture includes a link to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can find out more about the products and order them right then and there!

     Happy Stamping!


Posted on : Oct 27 2016
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A Fall Fun Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     Can you believe it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge already! It seems like just a few days ago that I shared my latest Christmas Card with you. And now here we are reverting back to having Fall Fun – which is the theme for the current SUO Challenge.


     This is a layout that you've seen a lot from me over the years, and even as recently as earlier this month. But when I have such fun little stamps such as these leaves and the sentiment to go with them, it's hard not to want to show them off in different colors and orientations like this layout can provide.

     To begin, you might wonder where these stamps come from, because you might not remember seeing them any time recently. And you'd be right. For the most part, I sell or give away retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. But these images come from a Paper Pumpkin Kit from last year. I managed to come across this set in a round about kind of way. A fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator mentioned in a Facebook post that she was short on pumpkin stamps for this Halloween. And right away another demonstrator posted a comment reminding her of this very Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Sure enough, when I looked in my book where I collect my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, there it was. Yes, I know I'm not showing off the pumpkin (though I will in a card coming soon to this blog). But there were these two leaf stamps. And beautifully-colored leaves are part of a fun fall in many parts of the United States (though not the part where I live, unfortunately).

     The paper for this project is another story. It's a sheet from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set, and the colors in this design are what determined the colors of the leaves that I stamped for the 3 x 3 layout – Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry. The paper also helped me decide on the background cardstock for the little squares – Mint Macaron Cardstock. With a bit of matting and some Mint Macaron Ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack from the 2016 Holiday Catalog, my card was finished!

     I have to tell you that it took me a while before I ordered this paper set from the Holiday Catalog. I'm not a big fan of paisley shapes. But when I started thinking about making cards and other decorations for Thanksgiving, that paper finally grabbed me and said, "Me, me!" So now I have it, and I'm quite happy with it, thank you!

     Here are the current products that I used in today's project. By all means, consider that Petals and Paisleys paper for your Thanksgiving and other fun fall paper crafting! Oh, and don't forget to enter your project in the new SUO Challenge!




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Posted on : Oct 24 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 3!

Aloha, all!

     I suppose I could have limited myself to just one stamp set for this Halloween and have been just as happy as if I'd brought 3 or 4 if I'd known how much I loved working with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set!


     As it is, it turns out that this is really the set that I used through most of my Halloween card making, even though I bought other sets. The images can be both cute and creepy at the same time, with the grins that cute generates just about outweighing the yucks that lurk just beneath the grins. Today's card almost has the creepy taking over, though I really cannot help but grin that someone would think of making a stamp set like this, let along using it to make a Halloween card.

     Those eyeballs are truly just creepy. But they're fun, too! In fact, I had so much fun coloring this jar that I could probably have made a dozen of the cards and been just as happy as I've been using all the different images in the stamp set.

     The second most fun part of this card was choosing the color for the liquid in which the eyes seem suspended. I saw quite a few different ideas about this on the internet, but the Old Olive Color was my favorite. Then, once again, I happened across a card made by the fabulous Connie Babbert, and not only had she colored her liquid green, she'd added on the dripping slimy-looking image at the top of the jar. Oh, my, the creepiness continued!

     Finally, I had to choose which colors I'd use for the background for the card. Going through my designer series paper stash, I happened across this silver and black spider web image from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. There's only one sheet with this design in the set – and it's one of the sheets that makes this "specialty" paper, with its silver webs spread across 12" x 12". This project almost didn't get that spider web it in because there was only one sheet. When that happens, I tend to shy away from cutting into the paper for fear I'll need it for an even better project later. But I've done a lot of thinking about how I use the fun Stampin' Up! papers, and I've come to realize that I often end up not using them at all by the time they're retired – as this set will most likely be retired come the end of the Holiday Catalog's run at the end of the year. So I'm using it – and using it all!

     The Pumpkin Pie-colored piece of paper at the bottom is also from the same designer series paper set, as is the strip of black with silver metallic dots on it under the jar.

     For the final touch, I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the mouth of the jar. No lid on this jar as I want the person who gets it to wonder whether there's more liquid in that jar that might run out. Oh, and it's a special person who'll get this card in the mail – my teenage grandson, Quin. What better card than this for a teenager!

     So that's if for the jar image in my Halloween cards. Later this week I'll share some other cards using the same set, but I've put the jar stamp away for a few days, in favor of more "cute" stamps!

     If you'd like to buy this stamp set or the paper or thread that I've used in this card, it's oh, so easy to order online and have it shipped directly to you. Just click on a picture below to go right to my Stampin' Up! store! And have fun with your own Halloween cards as the day quickly approaches!!!



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Posted on : Oct 23 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.


     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!


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Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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Halloween Fun With Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     I've finally gotten around to making some fun Halloween cards! Can you say, "Last Minute"? Well, it's not exactly the last minute. But if I'm going to get cards in the mail, I'd better be on it by now, or people will be getting Halloween cards for Thanksgiving!


     To begin, every year I tell myself I'm not going to "waste" time with Halloween cards when I could be spending my time getting my handmade Christmas Cards done. But then, every year Stampin' Up! puts out a Holiday Catalog with the CUTEST Halloween stamp sets! This year has been no exception, and I have just fallen in love with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. There are lots of other cute sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog; but Jar of Haunts is the one set I chose for most of my Halloween cards. There's another one, but I'll be sharing that with you next week, after I get through playing with the jars!

     So on to this little critter – something in this jar is mummified, but what is it? Ah, that's where your imagination comes in! Certainly, this jar is in a bit of a spooky place with all those little spiders hanging around the brick wall and fall colored "wood slats." And I love the "spooky treat for you to eat" greeting. So my imagination says that this is a carefully decorated jar of yucky green jello – tasty, but it would take a bit of courage for me to get by that first spoonful! Oooh, and I know exactly who will get this particular card. My niece, Margie, is a Halloween specialist, and I could imagine her having something like this lying around on a table somewhere during her annual Halloween fest. That's a party I'd like to attend every year!  But it's 6,000 miles away, so I consider myself lucky that I got there at least once.

     All of the stamped images in this project are from the Jar of Haunts stamp set – except for the jar lid, which is in this year's original Stampin' Up! jar set, Jar of Love. There are even framelits to go with the Jar-style stamp set – the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies. I used that to cut out the jar and its lid.

     The papers in this card are both from the Halloween Nights Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The washi tape that I used to decorate the area behind the jar is from the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape set.

     So with this card, and the others I'll be sharing between now and Halloween, I am ready to get cards in the mail! Here are the products I featured in today's card. It's not too late to get online and order them from my Stampin' Up! store. Just click on a photo to get more information about each product and order it to be sent directly to you!


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Posted on : Oct 19 2016
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Another Try on a Birthday Card Layout

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     A couple of days ago I shared a card that I sent as a birthday card to one of my brothers. Even though I did end up making some adjustments to the card, I still wanted to try this layout using another set of papers. When I opened my box of Designer Series Paper, I quickly came across the metallic sheets in the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The card design took off from there, and there isn't even any texturizing this time!


     The metallic color in this card is Copper, and there are lots of accents or embellishments available in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs that are also copper colored. I managed not yet to have them in my stash, so I put in a Stampin' Up! products order for myself to buy them. I really wanted to include copper accents in this card. Then two things conspired to make quash that idea: one, the Copper Foil Sheets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog are out of stock and won't be available again until at least the end of this month. Second, I read a notice on Facebook that there was going to be an effort to try to get thousands of handmade greeting cards sent to the Stampin' Up! Co-founder, Shelli Gardner, on the occasion of her birthday. So I just went ahead and accented this card with Night of Navy Cardstock and Ink, and Very Vanilla Cardstock and Ribbon. Then I sent it off to Shelli!

     Of course, if you look at the copper printed paper that is the main background in this card, it's clear that there is some texture. So I do believe that I was right in saying that the original birthday card needed texture. I'm definitely going to make one more card with this layout – a Christmas Card! And, for that card, I'll write a tutorial that will be included in my next monthly newsletter in early November. I hope you like it!

     Now here are the products featured in today's card. I hope you'll click to get more information about the products – and even buy those that I used today!

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Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Happy Birthday to My Brother, John!

Aloha, all!

     This year marks a special birthday for my second youngest brother, John, who has finally just retired from his first career. As he is a real go-getter, I have no doubt that he will be thoroughly involved in another career before too long. I can hardly wait to hear about it!  But for now, I'm just happy to be able to make him a hand-made birthday card.


     I wanted to make this card a bit on the masculine side, and I also wanted to make his card showing off some of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that are on sale (Buy-3-Get-1-FREE) all this month. For this card, I'm showing off the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set. No, it's not all flowers! There are several prints in this set that are fairly plain, as are the two prints I used in this card.  My original card design included a plain Mint Macaron oval behind the banner. That made this card just too plain. So I pulled that layer off the larger oval and remade it using the Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then I put it back together, making a couple of other adjustments. It's amazing what seeing a card in a photograph can do in terms of making adjustments! Just for giggles, I'm including a copy of the original card at the end of this post.

     The creative part was looking at that 2-1/2" strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper and reversing the patterns when I die-cut the large oval mat behind the sentiment layer and its mat. I need to work on this a bit more to get everything lined up a bit more closely. But I do like the idea!

     This set of papers includes the two main solid colors I used – Island Indigo and Mint Macaron. My camera seems not to want to capture either of these colors the way they look in real life. But then, the Stampin' Up! catalog photos don't do that great a job of capturing these colors, either! But believe me when I say that, whatever shows up on the camera, the colors in this paper set are just luscious!

     The stamped images – the banner and the sentiment – are both from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set. I stamped the banner using Island Indigo Ink and the sentiment using Mint Macaron. Then I die-cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, before adhering it to the ovals, both cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits set.

     Before layering everything up, I tied a bit of Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon around the main layered area. Then I adhered the oval layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The final touches were two small Island Indigo Enamel Dots (from the Regals Enamels Shapes set).

     Here are the links to the products I used in today's card. Just click on any photo to go to my Stampin' Up! website to learn more about the product, and even to buy it if you wish!


johnsbirthdaycard     And here's the original card. I hope you agree that the texturizing worked to spiff it up a bit! Besides the texturizing, the other three adjustments I made were:

  1. I moved the right side of the banner up a bit so that the sentiment was more on a level line.
  2. I reattached the banner using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card even more depth.
  3. I adjusted the knot in the ribbon so that it was more centered in the space between the right side of the background oval and the edge of the card.

     So that's it! Watch for another design using this layout in a couple of days!

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Posted on : Oct 15 2016
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