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!

 


Posted on : Feb 16 2017
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Last Minute Valentines!

Aloha, all!

     Do you remember last week when I said I had a bunch of birthdays for which I needed cards and I scrambled to make something that looked nice but didn't take much time? Well, that was so easy – and so much fun! – that I did it again. Yup, same basic design for my last minute bunch of Valentine Cards!

     For these cards, I used three of the lighter colored patterns from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, lining them up across a layer of Real Red Cardstock.  Then I stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting from the Sealed With Love Stamp Set, and die cut it and a Real Red mat for it, using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. I added a heart from the Brights Collection Candy Dots, and, voilá – I have my card. Quick and easy! It will be even easier for you because I've made myself a layout sketch. Yes, it's for me when I run into a need for something quick in the future. And since I have it all done and there's no newsletter for several weeks, I'll just share it right here with you!

     To get those vertical strips lined up fairly perfectly, I set the Real Red layer on my grid paper and found the center point along the bottom of the layer. Then I adhered the center strip aligning it so that its center matched the center of the Red layer, centering it top to bottom. After than, I just adhered the right and left strips so that they were evenly spaced between the center strip and the right and left edges of the Red layer. For both this card and the birthday cards last week, I adhered the center greeting element using Stampin' Dimensionals. Just that little bit of height at the center really makes a nice difference in the look of the card.

     Here are the products I used in today's project. Don't forget that the Valentine products are still going to be available even after Valentine's Day. I have no doubt that this year's Valentine products are some that I'm going to keep around for next year (at least!). Click on any of the products to add them to your Stampin' Up! order!!

 


Posted on : Feb 13 2017
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Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
Posted under CASEing Projects, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Sending Love Bundle with Some Sweet & Sassy Hearts!

Aloha, all!

     The Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog have some products that are just perfect to use for Valentine's Day cards. But as I've mentioned before, the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog also has products that are just as perfect. For today's project I'm mixing them all up!

     In the Sending Love Suite of products in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, there is a bundle that includes a stamp set and a set of framelits. The bundle is called the Sealed With Love Bundle, and includes the Sealed With Love Stamp Set and the Love Note Framelits Dies set. The stamped image inside the center heart is from that stamp set and the heart edge on the Real Red Cardstock layer is from the framelits set.

     Then there's the background layer – all lacy and stamped with two images from the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Delicate Details. Put that together with two hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set from the annual catalog, and you have a fun and fabulous Valentine's Card!

     I've managed once again to make a Red and White Valentine's Card. But I just LOVE that combo! On the other hand, one of my favorite Stampin' Up! demonstrators had a project in the latest Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this week that made me want to try to add another color into the mix. So I'll try that out for tomorrow!

     Meanwhile, here are the products that I used for today's project. You can order them any time, 24/7/365, at my Stampin' Up! store – which you can find by clicking on any of these product pictures!

 


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Posted on : Feb 02 2017
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Another Valentine’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and I think this is always my favorite of the whole year. It's time to get all those Valentine's Day Cards done, and that's the challenge!

     I have been working like crazy to get lots of Valentine's Cards done this year because I think that the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is one of the best combinations I've seen in a long time!

     Add to that paper and stamp set combo the wonderful shapes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies, and you have just about everything you need for great Valentine's Cards (well, except for the Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock, which you probably already have in your stash)!

     For today's card, I also added a gorgeous stamp (IMHO) from the FREE Sale-a-bration Delicate Details Stamp Set.  That's the lace stamp across the card, under the hearts. I used the small heart Framelit from the Framelits Set to cut hearts from scraps of paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack.

     Oh, and I love how the teeny white hearts are spaced on the sheet of the DSP that I used for the mat for the stamped layer of this card. They are spaced perfectly to be cut to sizes that typically appear as layers on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base (this fits into an A2 or "medium" size envelope).

     My final touch on this card was a sprinkling of Pearl Basic Jewels.

     If you are a reader of CardMaker Magazine, you just might recognize this layout. Yes, it's a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) from a card in their article about simple Valentine's Day Cards using small hearts. I've created a couple of other cards using these layouts, and am sharing them with you this month also. It's just a great magazine for ideas even though they use Stampin' Up! products a bit too infrequently for my taste. Nonetheless, I can usually find Stampin' Up! products to make with their design ideas!

     Speaking of products, here are the products that I featured in today's project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order any of them. Or just give me a call, and I can help you place the order if you'd prefer!

     Happy Stamping!

DID YOU NOTICE!? Buy the Sealed With Love Bundle and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper – and get the Delicate Details Stamp Set FOR FREE!

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Posted on : Jan 30 2017
Posted under CASEing Projects, Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Would You Believe “Inside the Lines” Paper Again?!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, indeed, I did put ALL my Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (from the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog) away, as part of a general clean up of my Craft Room yesterday. But as I got into the later hours of the day, where I typically go through any scraps lying around to file them (either with their "parent" papers or in the circular file on the floor, depending upon size) I came across a VERY large scrap of Inside the Lines paper. Large as in 4" x 5-1/4" or just the right size for the top layer of a card.

     So what could I do but stop cleaning up and start coloring! As in my last card, I wanted a limited number of colors because I didn't want it to be too cluttered with a lot of colors that might or might not be a good combo when all was said or done. But I didn't want just two colors as I thought a variety of shades would create a nice effect. So I picked out my Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers for the flowers, and Mint Macaron and Wild Wasabi for the stems and leaves.

     I started coloring just using one of the flower markers first, coloring in different places on the paper. Then I did the same with the other two colors, finally finishing up with coloring some of the leaves with the greens. I stood back a bit and added some colors in a few spots and called it done. I was tempted to color all the flower and leaves in, but held myself back. Now that the card is done, I'm glad that I did.

     I picked the Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron as my accent colors. I like the Wild Wasabi, but I don't have ribbon in that color, and I thought ribbon would tie this card together nicely. So Mint Macaron it was.

     The sentiment is from the Love and Affection Stamp Set that's in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I stamped it using Watermelon Wonder ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I cut it, along with a piece of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock with the smallest die in the Banners Framelits set.  Then I trimmed the stamped die-cut shape a bit on the top and bottom and straight end and adhered it to the Watermelon Wonder piece. I then adhered it to the card front, over the ribbon, using Stampin' Dimensionals. I didn't use actual hexagonal dimensionals. I cut two edge pieces and adhered the straight edges to the top and bottom of the banner element so the adhesive fit above and below the ribbon.

     This coloring in paper is kind of fun! The good news is that I have some other papers that I want to use, too. So I'll leave the Inside The Lines paper alone for a while – unless I find another piece hidden on my work table somewhere!

     Happy Stamping!


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Posted on : Jan 29 2017
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Fun Ideas From a Magazine!

Aloha, all!

     I mentioned in a post last week that I've received my Spring 2017 CardMaker Magazine and I'm loving all the projects in it that I can CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) using Stampin' Up! products. Unfortunately, there are very few Stampin' Up! products featured in CardMaker, but the good news is that many of their projects can be used with a wide variety of products – including Stampin' Up!'s!

     The stamp is from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the hearts are die-cut using the small heart in the Love Note Framelits Dies set. You can buy each of these products separately, OR you can buy them together in a bundle and get a 10% discount! Love those discounts! Plus, if you also buy the Sending Love Designer Series Paper set, you'll have spent enough $$$ to order a FREE Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration product. Think that luscious Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper that I showed off in my last post!

     Back to today's project. I drew the lines on which the hearts are "hanging" using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, and spaced them 3/4" apart. As I wasn't going to place any of the hearts right next to each other, this was plenty of room for arranging those little cuties. Besides following the original design with the lines and hearts, and a stamped sentiment in the lower right corner of the card, I also used its idea of having embellishments in the upper left and lower right corners of the card. For my card, I used Stampin' Up!'s Pearl Basic Jewels. The mat behind the stamped layer is one of the printed sheets from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper set. I really wanted some little hearts to show, but I'd already added the pearls to the card, making using any of my cutting tools difficult (impossible?) to use – the pearls would get in the way. Instead, there are just a few teensie parts of the hearts peeking out from the edges.

     The one element in this card that's not a Stampin' Up! product is the stitched rectangle edge around the stamped layer. As Stampin' Up! has already released its Stitched Shape Framelits (no longer on back order, by the way), I'm really hoping that we'll also see some of the larger rectangle shapes in the next Annual Catalog. Crossing my fingers and toes!

     Now here are the products I feature in today's card.

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 27 2017
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Some More of the Inside the Lines Paper!

Aloha, all!

     Here I go again with leaving "stuff" out on my work table, only to have it be right there when I needed it. Maybe I'll never learn to tidy my work area right away when I should! Anyway, I'm back with yet another card that I made using the FREE Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Product: Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.

     This paper is just black and white sketches, just like you might find in a coloring book – and it's meant to be colored in, as much or as little as you'd like. For today's project I decided just to color in a few of the tropical rain forest images and leave the rest uncolored.

     The reason that this was just the paper to use on this project is that I made it to send a Thank You note to a customer who just placed a large Stampin' Up! order from my online store. One of the items she ordered – because she spent enough money on other products to get it FOR FREE! – was the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. So what better paper to use for her Thank You note than this!

     I colored in the plants in front (that look to me like Ti, though I didn't color them as beautifully as the Ti in our garden because my coloring-in skills are not all that finely honed) using Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker. I colored the ferns using an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, which I also used to accent the Ti at the bottom of the card. Unfortunately, I was not able to find just the right color in my stash of current Stampin' Up! colors that I wanted to use for the fern's stems and "fiddleheads."  I wanted something bright and rich-looking, and the only color I could find that was close to what I wanted was the (sadly) retired, Creamy Caramel. I sure would like to see a color like this come back into the Stampin' Up! collection!

     Once I got that part of the paper that I wanted to use colored, I went looking for ideas for including a "Thank You" or "Thanks." Flipping through my Framelits and Thinlits, I came across the Tags and Labels Framelits. It didn't take me long to find a piece of the same Designer Series Paper where the little "Thanks" from the Endless Thanks Stamp Set would fit without being overwhelmed by the paper's design. I matted it with some Old Olive Cardstock, tied on a Linen Thread bow, adhered the tag to the card with some Stampin' Dimensionals, and I was done!

     I need to get into making some Valentine's Cards, so I'm thinking I'll put this paper away for now. Yes, I'm going to straighten up my craft room.  Right after….

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 25 2017
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Embossing and More Embossing!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, the biweekly challenge for all lovers and users of Stampin' Up! paper crafting products. The new challenge is "Embossing of All Kinds." There are so many ways of embossing that we're really looking forward to seeing what people come up with for their challenge entries.

     But for today, I'm going to share with you my own Design Team entry for the challenge.

     For this project, I'm featuring two kinds of embossing. The first is on the heart in the middle of the project, cut with one of the hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set, using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set (from the new Occasions Catalog) using Versamark Ink and White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I added a larger heart behind the stamped and embossed heart for a nice bit of matting.

     The other kind of embossing is that which you can make using Stampin' Up!'s Textured Impression Embossing Folders. For this project, I used the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock and a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I twisted the Very Vanilla layer a bit so it showed up more under the Blushing Bride Layer. Wouldn't you know when I went to upload all the projects by the Stampin' Up! Only Design Team, the one right next to mine has this same kind of offsetting layers. Hmmm. Is that "great minds"?

     I tied my project all together with a piece of the brand new Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, and then one of the larger pieces from the Rhinestone Basic Jewel set.

     Now for a few side notes on "issues" I had with the heat embossing. First of all, I've always thought that the "white" embossing powder (not just Stampin' Up!'s, but others, too) looks more like a cream color than the white that's in the Whisper White Cardstock. So that's why I used Very Vanilla cardstock and ribbon as accents in this card. On the other hand, my container of White Stampin' Emboss Powder may be just a tad too old to be as nice as I'd want it. So it goes on my next Stampin' Up! order.

     The next issue was that I really wanted the accents to be gold. But no matter what I did, I found that the gold embossing didn't shine like I wanted it to. So my first thought was that the gold embossing powder was too old. But then I realized that my Versamark Pad might not be juicy enough. First subproblem: my Versamark Reinker is a bit too much on the thick side. Can you say, "old"? But, while the gold embossing was definitely better with more Versamark ink, it still wasn't up to what I consider par. So out came the White Stampin' Emboss Powder, which I covered in the previous paragraph.

     Let's see, that's 1, 2, 3, 4 products to add to my next Stampin' Up! order. Oh, and I may just have to add that Real Red and Emerald Envy embossing powder that I never ordered from the 2016 Holiday catalog. Oh it will be a fun week next week when that box hits my doorstep!

     Here are the products I used in this project. Don't forget that, until the end of March, for every $50 you spend you get to pick a FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!  Oooh, that means I'll be getting some of that fun stuff, too!

 


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Posted on : Jan 16 2017
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, SUO Challenges |