Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #3

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with yet another card made just like the last two I've posted – with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper Stacks. But the colors are definitely new!

     There's lots of green here, but NO Mint Macaron. While I love it, it needed a rest for a bit. The background color here is Pear Pizzazz which hasn't seen the light of day in my Craft Room in forever! I decided to pair it up with Garden Green, which you've not seen too often of late. I thought that Calypso Coral would go nicely with this combo, but instead I switched to Watermelon Wonder. That made this another fun combination!

     The Designer Series Paper layer is Pear Pizzazz from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. Now I know that the banner may look like Calypso Coral. But is my camera is so tired of seeing that color that it will just not recognize the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock? Hmmpf! Anyway, I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!

     Here are the products I used for today's Make a Medallion Card. Remember that this stamp set is FREE if you purchase $50 of any Stampin' Up! products. If you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, that will be enough to get that stamp set FOR FREE!

 


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Posted on : Mar 12 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #2

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with another fun set of colors that I used to make a card identical to the card I shared with you this past Wednesday.

     Believe it or not, two of the colors are the same as in Wednesday's card. Yup, I used Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron once again! But this time I'm featuring another color I've not been using a lot, Night of Navy. If you look at all the cards that I've made with the Make a Medallion stamp set from Stampin' Up!, you'll notice that the stamp that has the points on the permimeter of the medallion circle stands out more than the other two stamps that are used for my design. When I made the Emerald Envy card last Sunday, I thought I'd just stamped that image a bit too hard. But now I can see that it's the way the stamp is designed. So, in the case of this card, even thought the Night of Navy is a darker color, the Calypso Coral stamp stands out more.

     This is the basic repeating paragraph. The Designer Series Paper layer is Night of Navy from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!  

     There are other stamps in this set that I haven't yet used, one of which is a fun stamp to add to the points in the pointed layer. Looks like a lot of work, though. Right now I'm into getting things done fast, so maybe I'll wait until life gets a bit less hectic!

     Here are the products that I used in today's project. As in the last project, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store – any time 24/7/365 – to learn more about these products and buy them right on the spot!

 


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Posted on : Mar 10 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #1

Aloha, all!

     For the next week, I'm going to post some quick projects I made with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set that you can get FOR FREE during Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-bration campaign. You may remember that I mentioned last Saturday that I wanted to try 3-color combinations with the Medallion stamps. Well, I got carried away. I ended up with four different cards – same design but different colors. I really was going to post them all in one blog post. But just looking at them all together on my work table, I just could not focus on the colors in any one card because there was just too much lying there in the way of color!

     One of my goals in making these cards was to use colors I haven't used much in a while. For today's card, that color was Rich Razzleberry. For the other two colors to go with the Razzleberry, I chose Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron. Both of those colors are standards in my Craft Room, especially Mint Macaron which I've been using a lot lately as it will be retired as a Stampin' Up! In Color as of June. Now, that's not been announced by Stampin' Up!, and there have been many cases of In Colors becoming a part of the 40 basic Stampin' Up! colors. Crossing my fingers for this one!

     I'll basically repeat this paragraph for each of the next three projects, just with different colors. Yes, they're that much alike! The Designer Series Paper layer is Calypso Coral from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!

     Here are the products I featured in today's post (not including ink and cardstock). You might notice that, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of these products, and even buy them right then and there!

    


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Posted on : Mar 08 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – March 2017!

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     I'm so excited to once again be a part of the Color Fusers monthly Blog Hop! This month we were given four Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose at least three to make our project for the hop. A big, "Yay!" for me as I not only used all four of the colors, but I also made TWO PROJECTS for the hop.

     For the last week or so, I have had my eye on the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper set. So my first stop when I saw these colors was that paper to see if it featured any kind of combination of these colors. Rats. While two of the colors (Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) were in there, the greens were definitely not either of the greens in our color challenge. While I was pouting about this and trying to figure out how to use the single-color papers as a basis for my project, it suddenly occurred to me that I had bought the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. I could make my OWN designer paper by stamping those fun fruit images using the challenge colors!

     And there they are in the background "designer paper" that I stamped for this project: Watermelon Wonder Strawberries; Peekaboo Peaches; and Mint Macaron Pears highlighted with Wild Wasabi outlines. As I studied the sentiments in the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set, I found the sentiment which was perfect to make a card for a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Once I chose that sentiment, the rest of the card just made itself. I love that I had that beautiful Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes hearts to add some fun accents to the card to make it as upbeat as I wanted.

     When I decided to stamp my own background paper, I actually stamped two sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. I wasn't sure how I wanted to feature the colors and shapes, so both sheets were different. Once I ended up choosing this background for my card, I still had a lovely sheet that might not get used. Then I remembered a project that had been submitted to my SUO Challenges last time, and went looking for it. It was made by Mary Alice Bellis, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and involved making triangles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

     To make this card, I used Mary Alice's basic instructions, but it still wound up being a trial-and-error effort (i.e., glue stuff on and pull it back off – a lot!) for me as it was for her. Now that I've got it figured out, I may try writing a tutorial. Not for this month's newsletter, though! I may wait for some new Designer Series Papers from the next Stampin' Up! catalog.

     Basically what I did was to cut four squares out of the piece of stamped cardstock. Then I cut each square on the diagonal using a larger square framelit. As I said, trial and error, so there are some pieces in there that aren't exactly what I had planned. Nonetheless, I think that the card turned out all right – I even used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment for it as I have a birthday card to send out this week.

     I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used stamps and my own selection of colors to make my own designer paper. I really should do that more often! Now onto the list of other stampers in this Blog Hop! I won't be hopping with the group for the next few months as I'll be traveling and working on some fiscal year-end projects for a non-profit for which I volunteer. But I'll be back hopping in the summer!

 


Posted on : Mar 06 2017
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A New Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Have you had a chance to look at the newest Sale-a-bration offers from Stampin' Up!? I know I've shown off the fun new Glimmer Paper. But today I want to share one of the new Stamp Sets being offered FOR FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! Order – Make a Medallion.

     Everything stamped in the middle, Whisper White, circle (not the Happy Birthday banner) is stamped with the Make a Medallion set. What you see there in that circle are three separate stamps. For this card, I chose to stamp both large circles using Emerald Envy Ink, and the smaller half circle (stamped twice) using Peekaboo Peach Ink. I am definitely going to try THREE different colors before too long. For now, this is one of the projects that I'll be sharing with my downline group for our Monday get together this coming week.

     To make the entire project, I used a piece of paper from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper set as the background design. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the layers of circles I die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. After I adhered all of this to a layer of Emerald Envy Cardstock, I tied on some ribbon and a bow using the Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. Then I adhered everything onto a card base made of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. Finally, I added a banner out of Whisper White Cardstock, stamped with a greeting using the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, using Emerald Envy Ink, and punched using the Classic Label Punch. The final touch was to add some 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes – Peekaboo Peach – to the banner.

     What fun I've already had with this FREE STAMP SET!. I have another project for tomorrow's blog post. But I think I'll try some other colors before the week gets too old and show them off, too! Remember, all you have to do is to order $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (and, yes, you can order from the clearance rack OR add to your Paper Pumpkin Subscription!). If you just ordereed the Designer Series Paper, the Layering Circles Framelits and the Emerald Envy Ribbon, you'd have enough to get the stamp set FOR FREE! It has several sentiments in it, and you'd not have to buy anything else for a great card!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of them – and to order them all!

 


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Posted on : Mar 04 2017
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Green is the Color of March!

Aloha, all!

     When I was a child, the month of March meant two things to me: first, the grass in our front yard started turning to green and, second, it meant that St. Patrick's Day was going to be coming soon. Yes, I grew up in a family that was more than half Irish. My mother's family on both sides were immigrants from Ireland (County Roscommon) and my father's family, though possessed of a very German name, had Revolutionary War naval hero, John Barry (County Wexford), as an ancestor. So, when the theme for the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com) came up as "Celebrating Green," what could I do but make a St. Patrick's Day card!

     Now, you know that this is a "Stampin' Up! Only" challenge. So where did I find those shamrocks, you might well ask. If you look closely at these shamrocks and at the Stampin' Up! Over the Rainbow Stamp Set, you might see that I used the little watercolor-style heart to form the leaflets of those little shamrocks. I was amazed at how easy it was to stamp those photopolymer hearts into a shamrock. I could see right through the clear block on which I mounted the stamp and these are the three and only shamrocks I stamped. No muss, no fuss!

     After that, I had to figure out what I was going to do with those little gems. After a bit of thought, I went with the tried and true technique of die-cutting them with some squares (in this case, the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Framelits squares. And, of course, since the newest 2017 Sale-a-bration FREE products have just been introduced, I had to add in some of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the brand new 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. I'd already worked a bit with this Glimmer Paper and have decided that the best accent color to use with it is Garden Green. So I mounted the matted squares on some Garden Green Cardstock and then onto another layer of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.

     For my original design (just below this paragraph) I simply added a stamped Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock, and die cut with a shape from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set.

     This is the card that I had at this point. I thought it needed something more, but nothing I could think of at the moment worked the way I wanted. I even asked my husband to come look at the card to see if he thought it looked liked a finished card. Even he hesitated, but then said, "It looks fine." Hmmm. It wasn't until the next morning when I walked in and looked at it again (after all the photographing and editing) and thought, "Gold"! Of course. It needed gold. The first thing that I did was to add some of the Metallic Enamel Shapes. I forget that I have those metallic shapes – I have got to keep them out so I remember how fun they are! And that looked so cool, and really upped the design of the card.

     Still, it needed something more. I glanced around and spotted my almost-depleted spool of Gold Metallic Thread. No, I did not take the card apart to get that metallic thread under the squares. I wound some thread around my fingers, squirted some of the glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen under the center square on both sides, and just pushed some of that thread underneath. Yes, it might have been neater if I'd just started the card over again. But this was my card design, and I was sticking (literally) to it!

     One of the projects that I made for my March Newsletter includes another fun project featuring a different way to create shamrocks. Now's the time to sign up for my newsletter to make sure that you get to see that project (I won't share it here) and get a tutorial for making it!

     If you're interested in making this project, here are the products that you can purchase in my very own Stampin' Up! shop online! Just click on any of the pictures below to get to the store and order any of the products you'd like to help you with some fun St. Patrick's Day cards. I've listed each of the stock numbers at the very end should you wish just to enter them all into an order form with little fuss!

Over the Rainbow Stamp Set: 138770
Stitched Shapes Framelits: 145372
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set: 127802
Bunch of Banners Framelits: 141488
Metallic Enamel Shapes: 141678
Gold Metallic Thread: 138401
Fine-Tip Glue Pen: 138309


Posted on : Feb 27 2017
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Playing With Color Combinations!

Aloha, all!

     Yesterday I was browsing through an educational website for Stamping Business Owners, and I came across a tutorial on how to use the website, Cooler.co (yes, "co", not "com"). Using that website you can get ideas for color combinations that work in a variety of situations. In this case, I decided to try to see what color combos I might find using Stampin' Up!'s Dapper Denim color.

     As I went throught the website quickly, I noticed one color that looked a lot like the Stampin' Up! color, Rose Red. This is NOT a color combo I would ever have picked myself, mostly because Rose Red sits unused in my Craft Room most of the time. Nonetheless, I took the challenge, pulled out some Stampin' Up! Sizzix Thinlits, and off I went! The "hello" is from the Hello You Thinlits set and the floral oval is from the Timeless Tags Thinlits set. This was a zip-zip-zip project, so I didn't add much in the way of embellishments. I'm constitutionally incapable of making a card that I really like without some kind of embellishment. So I quickly snatched one of the Metal Rimmed Pearls from my pearl stash, popped it into the middle of the oval design, and there it was!

     Sometime in the next week or so when I have more time, I will definitely go back to this website to find some more color combos – using more than just two colors. But for now, I thought I'd share the basic concept and encourage you to use this website if you are having trouble coming up with a good combo for a color you want to use. It may just work for you!

 


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Posted on : Feb 26 2017
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A Fun Box for Gifts and Such!

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     Earlier this week I was involved in making a project for a group to which I belong. The idea was to take a project for which there was a tutorial with a sample made from retired Stampin' Up! products and remake it with current products. As I do with most projects that I make in my Craft Room, I had a lot of fun with it!

     This is a box made with a sheet of 12" square cardstock, the kind that Stampin' Up! (as well as other paper companies) sells. The way it's folded, each of the sides is a 4" square, and is easily decorated in many different ways. I chose to make this a birthday box, and decorated the sides with die-cut designs using the Stampin' Up! Ballon Pop-up Thinlits Dies. Instead of making a pop-up card, I just cut enough cardstock to give me the three-balloon shape at the center of the die.

     For the entire project, I used paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper set. In fact, I used just one design from that set. I covered the squares on each of the four sides with one side of a sheet of paper and covered the indented corners using the other side of the same sheet which is a design with the color, Pacific Point. Then I die cut two of the balloon designs from the Thinlits Set using the Pacific Point paper and punched a third, solid, balloon using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

     After I folded the box, I tied the top inside corners together using the 1/8" Whisper White Ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack. Love that ribbon! Here's a copy of the project looking down at it:

     This is really a simple project to make – just score the cardstock at 4" and 8" both vertically and horizontally, and score in from each of the four corners to the place where the vertical and horizontal score lines cross. Fold the vertical and horizontal lines as a valley fold and the diagonal lines as a mountain fold. Here's a sketch showing this.

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about them and to order online, any time, 24/7!

 

 


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Posted on : Feb 23 2017
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Happy Birthday, Margrit!

Aloha, all!

My husband's Aunt Margrit had a birthday this past Friday – the same day as my birthday! So it's always easy for me to remember to make and send a birthday card to her in plenty of time for it to arrive on her big day. And, of course, I always try to make the card I send her just a little bit over-the-top.

     What I wanted for this card was something elegant. As I went through my stash of Designer Series Papers, I found this sheet from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The "specialty" in the name of that paper set indicates that there's something in the set that's, well, special! In this case, there are two sheets in the set that have designs with Copper Foil on them. Each sheet is single-sided, but the sides with the copper foil are priceless.

     Once I chose the paper, the rest of the card just fell into place. Oooooh, lace! For that I reached for the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Delicate Details. Of course I had to emboss it using Copper Embossing Powder. Then, to separate the Designer Series Paper from the lace just a teensy bit, I added a strip from a Copper Foil Sheet between the two (the Copper Foil Sheets were in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, and they've carried over into the spring and are still available!). That created my main background layer for the birthday greeting.

     I always think of ovals as being just a tad more elegant that circles or squares. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelits, and layer I did! The bottom layer is Very Vanilla Cardstock. Onto that I added a layer made from the Copper Foil Sheets. Then I die-cut the flower into the copy Very Vanilla Layer, and added the stamped Happy Birthday greeting from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. It seemed to have just the right font for this card. My last step was to add a heart that I punched using the Owl Builder Punch. I haven't used that punch much for the owl figure. But I sure have used it for all the little circles and the heart it includes!

     Before I adhered the oval layers to the card, I added some of the Copper Metallic Thread to the card base. But with all that copper all over the place, even I can't see it any more in a photo. It's obvious in real life, but not here for sure!

     As you can imagine, I had a lot of fun making this card. I may just have to do something else with these products that I could frame and hang on my wall – when I have some free time. Hmmm, when might that be? Don't know.

     Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the product photos and go directly to my Stampin' Up! store – not only to find out more about the proiduct, but also to order directly from me! When you make something using products you purchased from me, send me a photo and I'll post it, either here or on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook page!

 


Posted on : Feb 19 2017
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

I Do Keep Some Retired Stampin’ Up! Sets!

Aloha, all!

     I know that many of you pay attention when I say I'm pretty close to being right on target when it comes to giving up Stamp Sets and other products that Stampin' Up! has retired. After all, how am I going to help you decide on making a project I show off if you can't buy the products I'm showing off?

     But there are some sets – and in some cases, just individual stamps, that I just can't give up. The set with the palm tree stamp that I'm using in today's project is one of those.

     The stamp set, Totally Trees, is one that was in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. There are lots of things you can do with the many stamps in this set. But this palm tree works so well when I want to make a card that I can use for a quick note to someone. It's just the right size to stamp in squares, such as these made with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. The stamp works well in circles and ovals, as well as in the squares.

     Believe it or not, the rest of the card uses all current products. One of them is the label I used to cut a shape for the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set. that's part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. Yes, you have to buy the whole kit to get the stamp set – but it's well worth it, as the kit is pretty cool! Anyway, back to the label. It's from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. No, it does not have to be used just with Project Life projects!

     I added a hand-cut piece of Garden Green cardstock to run behing the label shape, and then ran a 5" length of the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon behind that. All of the various pieces I've just mentioned are adhered to a layer of Crumb Cake Cardstock embossed using the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That whole layer is adhered to a card base also made with the Crumb Cake cardstock. I added the final touch of two Garden Green Candy Dots from the Regals Candy Dots Collection.

     Now that this card is off in the mail, I'll be back to some more current products for tomorrow's project – a birthday gift for one of my friends!

     Meanwhile, Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Feb 16 2017
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