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!).


Posted on : Jul 23 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!


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!).

Posted on : Jul 14 2016
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CASEing With Another Jar!

Aloha, all!

     In my last post, I showed off some of the shapes from the new Jar of Love Stamp Set. But equally important, I also showed a couple of die-cut shapes that I made using the Everyday Jars Framelits set. Today, I'm going to feature just the framelits set – but it's still a CASE from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog.


     You may even remember the paper that I cut out with one of the Jar Framelits as the one I used earlier in the week – the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set. The reason that I stumbled onto this design was that a good friend suffered a sudden loss of her husband last week as I was in the middle of my new catalog crafting. I went right for my Wetland Stamp Set as I find that the "Thinking of You" stamp from this set makes a nice statement for a sympathy card. I could not believe that I opened my stamp set, and that stamp was missing! It's still missing! So I started through my catalog looking for ideas for something else that I could use. As I came to page 133, which features the Wetlands Stamp Set, I saw the card that I'm CASEing today. But when all my searching was over, the only stamp that I had that would fit with this little jar was the sympathy stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes. So that was where I started.

     I try to keep sympathy cards simple, so I stuck with Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, which is the featured color in this paper. I stamped the seagrass once with full Calypso Coral Ink, and then once again with the inked-up stamp stamped off once on scratch paper. I wanted a bit of color between the Whisper White stamped layer and the Night of Navy Cardstock layer. Rather than use the same paper, I used one of the sheets from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, cutting a notch at the top and bottom by hand.

     There is one feature of this card that is made with a product from another company. I made the stitched edge of the Whisper White cardstock with a framelit by Lawn Fawn. I really have been crossing my fingers and toes that Stampin' Up! would offer something similar to this, but so far not. Maybe in the future?

     Here are the main Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project. If you're interested in finding out more about any of them – or even buying any of them! – be sure to click on the photo below which will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store!


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Posted on : Jul 10 2016
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Another Case – Another Fish!

Aloha, all!

     I spent a lot more time last weekend CASEing the new Stampin' Up! Catalog than I intended. The main reason is that I found such great designs throughout its pages, and I wanted to try them all! Of course I couldn't do that because I've only bought a few of the dozens and dozens of stamp sets available. But the few that I do have in my collection of new products are definitely those that I, personally, will enjoy. And I hope that those of you who follow my blog will enjoy them, too!


     My last blog post on Tuesday featured one of the fish from the Seaside Shore Stamp Set. But that's not the only set with a cute fish – so is one of my favorite new sets, Jar of Love. Stampin' Up! had a jar stamp set a few years back, but this one is SOOO much more interesting. First of all, there are lots more different kinds of designs to go with the jars. And second, there's a great set of framelits, Everyday Jars Framelits, that coordinate with the stamp set.

     This card is much more of a CASE than a direct copy of the project on page 74 of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. But the one part that caught my eye was the cute little fish in the water at the bottom of the jar! I just had to use that in a card. I also liked the circle and the banner shapes in the background, so I wound those into my design also. The circle is a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock cut with the 2" Circle Punch. I made the Pumpkin Pie Banner using the straight banner in the new Bunch of Banners Framelits set. I hand cut a piece of paper from the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set – the same print as the one that I used for the mat behind the central layer.

     I did a light watercolor wash on the piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock that forms the base for the central layer. It looks just dark enough in person, but sure doesn't show up in a photograph well! Since I make my cards to send out to friends and family, it's what it looks like IRL that's important to me!

     This card marks my very first use of the new Enamel Shapes that have replaced Candy Dots in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I really do like the Candy Dots, but I think I'll get used to the Enamel Shapes once I've used them in different projects. I have to say that it really was fun to have that little heart for this card. Oh, and I found out – the hard way – that, once these dots are on your paper, they're there to stay! I really wanted to move that little heart just a tad to get the exact balance I wanted. But it and its adhesive had other ideas. At least I won't have to be concerned that they'll fall off in the mail!

     More CASEs to come in the next week or so! But I've finally branched out to make some of my own designs, and I'll sprinkle some of them in, too! And, if you're interested in buying any of the products that I have on my blog, don't forget that you can buy them on my very own Stampin' Up! website. Just click here to start shopping! Or click on any of the pictures below to go directly to that item in the store! Note, that if you purchase the stamp set and the framelits together – item 142342 is the bundle number – you get a discount. The bundle is just $52 instead of $60.

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Posted on : Jul 07 2016
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Back From My Travels & CASEing the Catalog!

Aloha, all!

     I cannot believe that the last time I actually constructed a blog post here was before the current Stampin' Up! catalog was released! Oh, my, how much has changed! The good news for my few challenge entry posts was that I had been able to buy some products ahead of time so that I wasn't completely out of touch during my May and June travels. But now I'm back and have tons of new stuff to play with!

     As most of you know, the best way to get lots of projects done in a short period of time is to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) projects that others have done. But, since I've been so out of touch, I really haven't had much of a chance to see a lot of new projects. So my go-to source for CASEing is, of course, the new Stampin' Up! Catalog! So my blog posts for the next couple of weeks will be CASEs from the Catty!



     For my first project, I definitely had to go for a birthday card as I needed a card for today. That's cutting it pretty close, huh?

     While CASEing in many cases resutls in a project that looks a like like the original, this particular card is based on the cake slice on page 14 of the annual catalog. The stamp set that's featured is the new Birthday Banners Stamp Set, along with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. I paid attention to the side note on page 14, "Want a taller candle? Just stamp multiple times." So that's what I did! My candles are made up of 3 stamped images of the small striped candle in the stamp set. It's going to take some practice to get the candle to look like one long candle. But I'll get there eventually now that I have that idea in my head!

     I also paid attention to another Stampin' Up! hint (can't remember when or where) that Photopolymer Stamps are just made to be bent. So bend the Happy Birthday stamp I did! I placed the stamp on one of my acrylic blocks and bent it just a bit to see if it would work. I then took the framelit and placed it over the bent stamp and adjusted the angle of the stamp just a bit. Finally I stamped the greeting, then the banner stamp (in Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate, respectively) and cut it with the framelit. Nice!

     The background paper is one of the designs from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. The DSP colors are Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pool Party. I just used the first two colors for the card's featured elements.

     One thing that hasn't changed as I've been out of commission for so long is that I love to tie my projects together with some ribbon or twine. This time, I used the Calypso Coral and Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine together to wrap the layers and tie a bow. I got the idea to use two of the colors from the project on page 24 of the catalog.

     So a fun, candle-lit Happy Birthday to our friend, Charlie! And here's hoping that you have many, many more!

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Posted on : Jul 02 2016
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Weddings Are Happening!

Aloha, all!

     It's hard to believe that many of my friends have GRANDCHILDREN who are planning weddings this summer! I had no idea that I would have a real-life reason to make a wedding card this year, but I do! The good news is that it's also time for a wedding-themed challenge at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges, so today's project is a two-fer!


     This card not only is a wedding card, but it's also a "Something Old, Something New" card when it comes to Stampin' Up! products. The old and soon-to-be-retired is that lovely Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon. So sorry to see it go! But it's got some replacement cousins coming to the new catalog, so I won't be too sad. Also old and retiring is the Petite Pairs Stamp Set from which I took the sentiment in the middle of the wreath.

     The new is one of the brand new Stampin' Up! 2016-2018 In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum. I love all the new In Colors, but this is my current favorite. Also new are the wonderful scalloped squares that are part of a new Framelit set. There are 19 dies in this new set and they all go fabulously together!

     I also used Sweet Sugarplum to color in many of the flowers in the wreath from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. This is a set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Catalog, but will also be in the upcoming catalog. For the other colors in the wreath, I used Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, and then a mix of Pear PIzzazz and Old Olive for the leaves.

     The background is textured with the Elegant Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, which also continues on into the new Stampin' Up! catalog.

     If there's anything in this project that you'd like to buy from Stampin' Up!, you can click here to go directly to my Stampin' Up! online store. And be sure to visit the SUO Challenges blog and enter our challenge!

     Oh, and if you'd like a full tutorial on how to make this project, I've included one in my latest newsletter. If you're not on my mailing list, be sure to sign up (the form's up to the left) before Friday, May 27th, when I'll send out a second copy!


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Posted on : May 23 2016
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Soon Retiring: Chalk Lines!

Aloha, all!

     I'm beginning to figure out which Stampin' Up! products in my Craft Room are going to be retiring. Alas, there are many favorites that are going to have to find a new home come June 1st. One of them is the Chalk Lines Stamp Set. Two features of this stamp set make it a favorite: One, the stamps are Photopolymer, which has become my favorite kind of stamps (lots of reasons). Two, it's such a versatile set that can be used in so many different ways.

     Today's project shows off both features that I love about this set.


     This project is NOT a card – it's an Envelope! I was inspired to make it as a project for a small swap sponsored by one of the online stamping groups that I recently joined. What made Chalk Lines perfect for this project is that I could easily use my MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to get all those stamped images almost perfectly aligned. Yes, I can use clear mount rubber stamps in the MISTI. But I really like seeing through the stamps while I'm working.

     For this project, I needed to make sure that there was a place in the center of the card, towards the bottom, that was unstamped so that an address could be written in. (Someone who has a larger handwriting style may need a larger space.) To make the space, I first cut a piece out of a sticky note using one of the framelits in the Tags and Labels Framelits. I found after testing this design that it was best placed so that it was centered between the left and right edges to keep the stamped design somewhat symmetrical. To do this, I placed a piece of grid paper in the MISTI, found the correct place for the left edge of the sticky note, made a mark on the grid paper, and finally used a ruler to place the sticky strip vertically.

     Once all the Chalk Line images were in place, I colored in the closed images using Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers. Finally, I traced around the Sticky Strip with the small end of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker to define the address space.

     A fun project! Now to put this stamp set as the first in the stack of Stampin' Up! products that I'll be selling later in the year. Sniff.


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Posted on : Apr 21 2016
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April Showers Bring Rainbows!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another challenge at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog, and this time the challenge could be taken in several ways. The challenge is to make a project with the theme, "Showers of all kinds." My original thoughts about this was that I would make a card to celebrate a baby or a wedding shower. But then we started a discussion about the "real" kind of shower – the kind that comes our of the sky as a light rain, as in "April Showers bring May Flowers." Hmmm.

     I thought it would be a good thing if at least one or two members of the Design Team could show off a project that included the rainy kind of shower. But I looked around my craft room and found absolutely nothing that would fit the bill for the latter kind of shower. I didn't buy much from this year's Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Catalog, challenging myself to use what I had in my stash. Yes, I did buy some sets from the annual catalog as well as some from the 2015 Holiday and current 2016 Occasions catalogs. But nothing included rain. So here I was left with making a baby/wedding shower card.

     Then during the last week, I was searching through my Designer Series Papers to make my Triangles card when I came across the sheet from the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper set that had (gasp!) rain drops on it! There was my shower!!! But what was I going to do with it. Well, here in Hawaii, when there are showers, rainbows are not far behind.


     Out came a set I'd never used (it arrived in my craft room courtesy of a Stampin' Rewards benefit back in December) – Over the Rainbow. I saw that big "Rainbow" stamp and knew right away that I wanted to cut a curve at the top or bottom of the Shower Paper that would wrap around the curve of the stamp. As you can see, I chose to cut the paper at the bottom as I was better able to work with the group of 3 stamps from the set that way. I cut the curve at the bottom of the paper using the scalloped Oval from the Ovals Collection Framelit dies.

     Several stamps in the stamp are of the watercolor-wash variety. You can stamp them and place them by themselves or over/under other stamps to look like you've used a brush to create a watercolor wash. I used one of the small stamps for this, stamping each color off onto scrap paper once after I inked it up so that the final product looked softer than if I'd used a fully-inked stamp. The colors that I used, from left to right are: Watermelon Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Perfect Plum.

     For the card's accents, I chose to use Bermuda Bay Ink, Thick Baker's Twine, and Cardstock.

     I keep leaving my Bermuda Bay stuff out on my work table, and I think I'll just have to put it away for a bit and focus on another color for a while. We're getting close to the end of the annual catalog period and the end of the 2014-2016 In Color Collection. So maybe it's time to focus on those colors. On the other hand, they have not been among my favorite collection of Stampin' Up! colors. I'll miss Mossy Meadow most of all – so maybe I'll get some of that out.

     Check back later in the week so see what I've managed to accomplish!

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Posted on : Apr 10 2016
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