Color Fusers Blog Hop August 2016-Part 1

Aloha, all!

     I am so excited to be part of a fun, new twice-monthly blog hop with a group called the Color Fusers. In this blog hop, each of us will be sharing with you a project of our own design that uses three Stampin' Up! colors. Not only is this a lot of fun, it really is a challenge for me because I almost always freeze when I'm told that I have to use certain colors and only those colors. Yikes! But I decided it's time to get over that silliness and join this wonderful group for the blog hop!


     There will be two blog hops this month, and the color challenge for both of them is to use Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder. Wow, what a great combination! And I immediately thought about one particular stamp set and the combination turned out just the way I'd hope it would.

Color Fuse

     I'm sure you've already noticed that I used TWO stamp sets for this project. The set I originally thought of was the the Jar of Love Stamp Set, as I thought that any of the jar images would look great stamped in Smoky Slate. From there I was going to use the stems and flowers in the same stamp set and mix up the two reds of the challenge. But once I had figured out my layout, I realized that I needed a larger flower than those in the Jar of Love stamp set. I think that a small layer, such as the layer die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits set, looks more effective if some of the stamped images peek out over the edge of the die-cut layer, and I needed a larger flower for that to happen here.

     So back I went to my stamp set shelf and quickly found another new set, the Penned and Painted Stamp Set. With this set I could also do a much better job of "fusing" the two reds in one flower.

     The flowers and leaves in the Penned and Painted Stamp Set each has not just two stamps (as in Two-Step Stampin') but it has three! If you look at samples, both in the catalog and elsewhere online, you'll see that any two of the three stamps work nicely together. But for the two flowers I wanted to use for this project, I used all three.

  • First, I stamped the outline using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.
  • Second, I stamped the large fill stamp using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink. But I first stamped the ink off once lightly on scrap paper before stamping it over the outline stamp.
  • Finally, I stamped the small fill stamp, again using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink, but I stamped it onto the large fill stamp fully inked.

     I cut the two flowers out by hand, and then constructed the rest of the card before adhering them using Stampin' Dimensionals. The flower stem in the background is from the Jar of Love stamp set, and I stamped this by first inking up the whole stamp using Smoky Slate, then "erasing" the bud-like ends of the branches using a Blender Pen, before coloring the buds using my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.

     In my first try at the little jar, I stamped the "Thanks" stamp (from the Jar of Love stamp set) directly over the flower stems. But I didn't like the way it worked. So I stamped the sentiment on a plain piece of Whisper White Cardstck and cut it out close to the words before adhering it to the jar using Fast Fuse Adhesive.

     Oh, and I can't forget to tell you where that beautifully floral printed paper came from! It's one of the sheets in the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack! That's a set that's almost as much fun as making this project was!

     Here are all the members of the Color Fusers Blog Hop, and you will be wowed by every project! I hope you'll take the time to visit and comment on each and every one.


     The stamp sets and designer series paper I used for this project are brand new and fabulous! The Lots of Labels Framelits are now new, but still provide a fabulous background for central images.

Posted on : Aug 01 2016
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Fun Folds for a Fun Blog Hop!

Aloha, all!

     This weekend is the third Blog Hop for the summer Stampin' Up! group to which I belong, VC Rocks! The VC stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's for anyone who loves Stampin' Up! products but won't be joining in the summer cruise provided as an incentive trip by Stampin' Up!

     An important part of any Stampin' Up! get together is display boards featuring themed projects presented by Stampin' Up! demonstrators. The closest we can come to this for an online group is a Blog Hop. Yes, we have a theme, and everyone in the hop will have a project with the same theme. For July 2016, our theme is "Cruisin' With Fun Folds." So here I am with my fun fold for the weekend, a gatefold card!


     A Gatefold Card has a fold on both sides of the card, with the card opening in the middle. Most of the time, with a simple gatefold card, the card opens and closes as easily as a regular card with just one side fold. But, in the case of this card, I got carried away and ended up with far too many layers for this card to stay folded in any position. So I created what is nown as a "Belly Band" to slip over the folded card to keep it closed. That's what in the photo over on the right. This is how the card looks when it's closed, with the belly band keeping it that way.


     Now you'll want to know what it is that's decorating that card! The stamp set is the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the Designer Series Paper is the By the Shore DSP Set. The colors featured in this card are Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim, with a few touches of Mint Macaron and Pool Party.

     My favorite part of this card is that rope that goes the whole width of the inside of the card, and wraps around the whole belly band (it's there on the back, even if you can't see it!). It's actually two stamps strung together to make it look like one. I didn't do too bad a job if I say so myself! One of the stamps is the knot, with an open end extending to both the right and left of the knot. The second stamp is a length of rope. If you are really, really careful, you can stamp them up against one another so that you can barely see where one stamp ends and the other begins. To do this, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, which is sold by Stampin' Up! 

     You may have read in one blog post or another that I frequently use the MISTI stamp aligner. This is great for aligning photopolymer stamps, but is a bit limited for aligning rubber stamps, as the stamps in this set are. So out came the Stamp-a-ma-jig. If you're considering buying a stamp aligner, this is a tool that works well and is not too expensive at all. Just click on the photo below to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about it. Oh, and it comes with instructions!

     As it's pretty much a VC Rocks rule to use embellishments in all of our shared projects, I added in some Enamel Shapes on the card front. One of them is Dapper Denim from the 2016-2018 In Color Set. In this set, there are 40 shapes of each color as there are only 5 colors to share the wealth of 200 pieces. The other color I used was Calypso Coral, from the Subtles Set. In this set, there are only 20 shapes per color, so I ran out of small circles (I've used this color a lot this year so far!) so you'll see a teeny star somewhere on this card.

     I have a couple of hints about making a card with this fold, and most are based on my own experiences, which led to some, um, design modifications as I went along. First, unless it's really important to you, don't layer this card so that there is most than one width of cardstock where the card folds. First of all, it won't fold well; secondly, you'll need to use an odd size of paper to make sure that the card sides meet in the middle as they should. It's better to layer up each inside as well as outside element with its own set of layers. Both problems are solved if you do. My card is just a teensy bit wider than I would have liked – but with my "design modifications," it did finally end up meeting in the middle.

     I hope you're enjoying our little blog hop. Be sure to go back to the VC Rocks Blog to find links to the other participants in the hop!

     Here are the products that I featured in today's project:


Posted on : Jul 29 2016
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A Blossoming Catalog CASE!

Aloha, all!

     Getting to know the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog by CASEing projects has really helped me so much this year! In past years, I'd buy new stamp sets, and then sit and wonder what I was going to do with them. Sometimes with a new catalog I challenge myself to use all my new stamp sets before I can go back to my "oldies but goodies." But, truth be told, that was more of a chore that I really like to let my paper crafting get. Copying something that someone else has done to get myself started has really helped me truly enjoy all my new products. Even though it's someone else's design, I can truly say, "I made this!" In fact, if you've gone through the catalog much at all, I'm sure you've noticed the phrase, "You can make it!" in quite a few places. It's not so different from making a project that's featured in many classes.

     And it's fun – including today's project, with a design that I think is just lovely.


     And not only is this a lovely design by someone at Stampin' Up!, it's also SOOO easy to make! What really makes it easy is that all the shading in the flowers and leaves is accomplished by stamping AND that the flowers and leaves are all punched out with a Stampin' Up! punch.

     I colored my flower petals with Daffodil Delight Ink. For the background, I inked up my stamp, stamped it first lightly onto a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it on my Whisper White Cardstock. For the second layer of color, I inked up the second stamp with Daffodil Delight Ink, but stamped fully-inked onto the first layer of color, creating what looks like to different colors. I did the same with the leaves and Pear Pizzazz Ink. I punched out three petals and two leaves, stamped the stem directly onto the rectangular piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then adhered the petals and leaves using Mini Glue Dots.

     For the sentiment, I used Crumb Cake Ink to match the Crumb Cake Cardstock which forms the card front. I used one of the Tags and Labels Framelits to cut the shape, I wound some Gold Metallic Thread around four of my fingers and attached it to the back of the die-cut shape, before attaching it to the rectangular layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     The final touch is a piece of the old style of Delicate White Doilies (I hadn't yet ordered the new, smaller, doilies, but I have them now!). I adhered this to the back of the Whisper White rectangle before adhering the whole thing to the Crumb Cake Cardstock layer.

     And I just know that, if you've not yet purchased the Stamp Set and the Punch, you're going to want to take advantage of the bundled price for these two items! So I'm including a link to the bundle in my list of features products today. Those two are the best buy in the catalog as far as I'm concerned (well, at the moment anyway)!


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Posted on : Jul 28 2016
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A Terrarium CASE from the Catalog!

Aloha, all!

     Even though I've been busy a lot with my own designs, I've found that I really like CASEing (Copy and Share with Everyone) the Stampin' Up! Catalog. It gives me a quick opportunity learn how various stamp sets and other products included in projects work together.


     Take the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set featured in today's card and CASEd from a sample on page 146 of the catalog. So far I've tried it with 2-step stampin' as well as just stamping one image and coloring it in. So far, though you know I'm a 2-step stampin' lover, I really like just stamping the line images in this set and coloring them in. But I'll spend some more time with the set and see if I can't practice enough to make this a successful 2-step set for my use.

     While I do like the way these stamps fit into the terrarium outline featured in the stamp set, I'm also looking forward to seeing what other stamp sets I can use with the terrarium theme. Do you have any ideas? I'm thinking that I'd like some plants in the background, for sure.

     The colors that I used for this project are Mint Macaron, Garden Green, and Melon Mambo. I also chose a piece of Mint Macaron-colored paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set (I'm running out of this pattern!). I picked Melon Mambo as my accent color as I really wanted to use a piece of ribbon to accent this piece, and the Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon was just the right size for this layout.

     OK – here's my hint for the day. Do you see those sequins? They're from the Brights Sequin Assortment, which I rarely use. But, after I got this card all done, I managed to get a bit of black ink smudged on that Whisper White background. Rats! But one of those sequins covered that up beautifully. I just added a couple more to the design, and they really do look like a part of my design. So don't forget that there are plenty of Stampin' Up! embellishments lying around your work table – and they can be used for lots of things in a pinch!

     Here are the products that I've featured in this blog. I hope you'll click on the photo of any that interest you and learn more about those products as you browse my personal Stampin' Up! Store!


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Posted on : Jul 25 2016
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Another Hostess Set – Time of Year!

Aloha, all!

     When I saw this stamp set in the hostess section of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog, I wasn't really sure that it was one that I "had to have." But, as with so much in this catalog, the samples shown on the facing page (p. 200) caught my attention more than the stamp set did. So I finally gave in and ordered it as part of my demonstrator catalog pre-order.


     One feature of this set that made it especially appealing was that I could use it for quite a few occasions. And that "Thinking of You" stamp fills us a lot of space on a card front. Even paying the full price (as we demos have to do when we preorder host sets), it finally seemed to be worth my $$$. The tipping point was my realization that i could make a bunch of these birthday cards quickly and that's important to me as I'm the person in one of my larger clubs who's charged with sending out birthday cards to all the club's members! So off I went and made a dozen cards (as I had with my first Hostess set that I featured earlier in the week!). I didn't take a photo of the whole group because I put them all into envelopes so they're ready to send out as soon as the birthday date comes up! I actually was half way through that exercise when I realized that I hadn't taken a photo of even ONE of the cards!

     I stamped the Thank You directly onto the card front using Cucumber Crush Ink. I was going to stamp the "Birthday" onto the card front, too, but then I remembered that there is a framelit for this shape of banner in the new Bunches of Banners Framelit set. Woo-hoo! I stamped up a dozen of these and quickly ran them through my Big Shot!

     The small stamp in between the other two stamps is one of several in this stamp set, and I stamped it using Watermelon Wonder Ink. I chose to use a Watermelon Wonder sheet from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack for the background layer. I could get six 4" x 5-1/4" pieces from each sheet, and there are four of each sheet for each color in the In Color DSP Stacks.

     I really like to add bows to cards like these. But more of this club's members are men than are women, so I decided on a knotted piece of the Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine to keep the look firly neutral.

     So now this one last card is safely in its envelope and I'm all caught up for the rest of the summer and into September!

     Here are the major products featured in this project. I hope you'll click on the photo of any of the products that interest you. That will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store when you can find more information about the product and even order it (well, you'll have to qualify for the stamp set – but I'll be happy to help you with that!).


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Posted on : Jul 23 2016
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Showing Off my Hostess Sets!

Aloha, all!

     Did you know that there are several stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog that are just for party hosts or those who spend $150 or more in a single Stampin' Up! order? What's really special about these sets is that they're sold at a pretty good discount. But you can only use the $15 or more that you earn for hosting a party or spending that $150.

     There's another way to get your hands on these sets and that's to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and buy them as part of a catalog pre-order. But we demos have to pay full price! I still manage to pre-order a set or two each year because I just really like the sets. And there's always the chance that you might think about hosting a party – even an online party – to get one of these sets for your self! Let me know if you're interested.

     But I digress. Today and later in the week, I'm going to share two projects that I've made with the two hostess sets that I've acquired this year.


     This first is my favorite! It's the Gift of Love Stamp Set, and features this flower which is stamped in three steps. One of my original reasons for loving Stampin' Up! products was their collection of 2-step stampin' sets, and here I am with a 3-step stampin' set!

     I first stamped the outline using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I stamped the solid stamp to fill in the flower, using Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad. Finally I stamped the solid fill for the leaves using Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad. There are sentiments in this stamps set, but I really wanted a simple stamp for this card. So I chose a stamp from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, which is part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. I stamped this using the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink also.

     I trimmed the stamped layer and matted it with a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock. For the base layers, I used a piece of paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set, also matted with a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock. I adhered the stamped layers to the base layers using Stampin' Dimensionals then mounted it all onto a card base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.

     For the finishing touch, I added a bow that I made using Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine. This card was so easy and went together so fast that I decided to make a dozen cards! I needed to send notes to everyone I visited while I was on the mainland on my marathon trip back in June, and this card worked wonderfully for that!


     Here are the products featured in today's post – I hope you'll click on the photos of any that interest you to find out more information about them in my very own Stampin' Up! Store!


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Posted on : Jul 21 2016
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Black and White – And Daffodil!

Aloha, all!

     Here we are with another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and it's one of my favorites! The theme this time is "Black and White, With a Pop of Color." It's hard to resist using the new Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Suite of products, but I did. Instead I pulled out a stamp set I'd bought over a year ago just so I could stamp one of the images in a black and white setting.


     The stamp set, of course is the Remarkable You Stamp Set, and the flower is the gorgeous Calla Lily. I just love a white Calla Lily with its spadix of yellow flowers peeking out from the center. So what better flower to use for this kind of a challenge than the Calla Lily from this stamp set.

     Even though the challenge is Black and White, I made this card with Very Vanilla Cardstock as I wanted to use one of the sheets from the Playful Pallette Designer Series Paper Stack, and the "white" in this stack is Very Vanilla.

     My "Pop of Color" is Daffodil Delight, both Ink (for the Spadices) and just a hint of a layer of Daffodil Delight cardstock behind the stamped image.

     For the final touch for this card, I tied a bow made with Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon around the stamped/Daffodil Delight layer. Then I adhered this to the rest of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals to gift these layers a bit of a pop up from the card base.

     This was definitely fun, and I hope you'll try some of the fun yourself by joining in the SUO Challenge this time!


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Posted on : Jul 18 2016
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A Fun Combo of Old and New!

Aloha, all!

     As I hope you've noticed, my Robin's Craft Room Blog has undergone a style makover, thanks to fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Lyssa Zwolanek. I just love the fresh, new look, and I hope you do, too! It's hard for me to believe that I'd had my old look since 2008, when I first started my blog. So it was time for an update. There's still a bit of tweaking to go, but for now I can focus on my paper crafting and sharing it with you!

1008SUOCMasculine     While I was going through some old blog files, I came across this project from 2013. I'd seen a sample on a display board at that year's Stampin' Up! Convention and made my own version of it when I got back home. It's hard to see in this small photo, but the highlight of this design was the paper piercing around all the squares, with fun intersections where the squares came together. But it was the layout that caught my eye this time. And, with the fab new collection of dies in the Layering Squares Framelits set, I just had to try it out again.


     No paper piercing in this project, but I really do like the scallops that I can make with the Layering Squares Framelits! I think that this really adds to the overall look of the layout. But without the piercing, the layout needed something else to spice it up a bit.

     The first thing I did was to check out how the new Enamel Shapes worked with the design, and for me it was definitely a "wow" moment. Those of you who've been following me for long know that generally I don't like to keep retired producs around. But I was unsure enough about how I'd like the new Enamel Shapes that were replacing a known favorite of mine, the Candy Dots. So I first tried the Candy Dots on this – photographed it and everything. Then I replaced them with the Enamel Shapes – the second largest of the circles – and I am permanently won over to the new product! Look at that shine – it even shows up in a photo!

     OK, so now what do I do with the Candy Dots that I ordered when they were retiring? I happen to have one unopened set each of Brights, Regals, and Subtles. I will be more than happy to send a pack to someone who posts a comment on this blog post. I'll pick three comments at random and send you one of the Candy Dots packs. Comments on my blog posts stay open for 14 days, so you have two weeks to post! Oh, and if you don't get one of these packs, check back in August when I'll have some other Stampin' Up! items to give away (but they'll be current product).

     Now here are links to products that I featured in this project! I hope you'll take the time to click on any one of them to learn more about that product and even purchase it on my personal Stampin' Up! Store!


Posted on : Jul 17 2016
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Square Framelits Again – With a CASE!

Aloha, all!

     One of the sweetest collection of products in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog is Affectionally Yours. My favorite products in this suite are the Love and Affection Stamp Set and the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. The paper set is a "specialty" set because it has copper accents, to go along with other copper products in the suite. But today, I'm focusing on the floral part of the suite.


     While I was drooling all over the products on pages 44 and 45 of the catalog, a card with this kind of design caught my eye. The card in the catalog was a square card, and the central stamped layer filled most of the card. But I wanted a card that was a standard size that showed off the paper in the DSP set. So I scrunched my design a bit to make it smaller all around.

     If you guessed that I used my MISTI stamp aligner with this, you'd be right. The MISTI isn't a Stampin' Up! product, but it sure does make doing this kind a stamping a breeze! If you want to learn more about it, you can find dozens of videos on YouTube. The basic concept with this design is that you position a stamp in a spot on a square, stamp the image using the MISTI, and then turn your paper 90 degrees, restamp, and repeat twice.

     I love the colors in the Designer Series Paper, so stuck with them for this project: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, and Night of Navy. Once I finished stamping this square, I cut it out using the 3" square from the Layering Squares Framelits set.

     For the background, I used both sides of the same sheet of the Designer Series Paper, cutting each 5-1/2" wide (the width of the card front) and 2-1/8" high (both together fit the height of the card front). I would like to have used the Affectionately Your Designer Washi Tape to "hold the pieces together," but at the time I made this card, I didn't yet own any (I do now, and it was this card that pushed me into that purchase!). So I used a 5/8" strip of another color of the Designer Series Paper and cut notches in both ends.

     I adhered the stamped layer onto the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     This layout really is a simple one to make, and I'm already thinking that this might just be one of my swap projects for my summer swapping group! (Do you think they're reading this?)

     Here are the products I featured in this project, and I hope you'll go to my personal Stampin' Up! website to learn more about them – and buy some to make your own projects!


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Posted on : Jul 16 2016
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Fun With the Layering Squares Framelits

Aloha, all!

     While taking a break from CASEing the new Stampin' Up! Catalog, I decided to try out some of the new Sizzix Framelits sets that are being offered by Stampin' Up! Today I'm sharing an old, but still current, stamp set along with a brand new color, and the Layering Squares Framelits.


     I just LOVE the cute critters and shapes in the You're Sublime Stamp Set. What a darling toad this is, and I couldn't imagine making him any color other than green. And the new Emerald Envy green color was a perfect way to show this little critter off. Then, when I wondered what color I should make his spots, it didn't take long to select another of the new Stampin' Up! In Colors, Peekaboo Peach.

     After that, the card sort of took on a mind of its own. For one thing, the toad looked as if he would be happiest in a square. That led me quickly into deciding to make this a square card. But then there was the "in between" part – what should I use as a mat? Aha, I had those new square framelits! So out they came. First I cut the Whisper White cardstock on which I'd stamped and colored the toad using the 2-1/4" Scalloped Square from the framelits set. The next mat just had to be the same lovely Emerald Envy as the toad, so I cut another one of the Layering Squares Framelits, this time the 2-1/2" scallop square.

     Before I layered any more squares, I cut a 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock and folded it in half to make a 4-1/4" square card base. Then I cut a 4" square of an Emerald Envy sheet of the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and layered on a 3" square piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon around the middle of these layers and then adhered them to the card base.

     Finally, I adhered the square element with the stamped layer onto the card base and its layers using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     He is SOOO cute! I made this card to send to my grandson with some summer reading material that he's supposed to finish before his visit to our home later in the summer. And he, of course, is Toadally Awesome (as are all grandchildren!).

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Posted on : Jul 14 2016
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