Aloha, all! Today I was a host of a "Chat and Challenge" on SUDSOL (a group for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators). OK--the Saturday after Thanksgiving, everyone's stuffed and sick of shopping, right? Wrong! We just had a small group. But what fun we had with my sketch! It's a bit different from the sketches I usually make or use. But I just felt as if I had … [Read more...] about My Own Take on My Own Challenge
Designer Series Paper
Aloha all, and especially those of you who have already purchased My Digital Studio! Last week saw the very first new downloads for My Digital Studio. There was so much in the original MDS package that I couldn't imagine what Stampin' Up! would come up with first. Well, first on my list was the Halloween stamps and papers! Now I know there are some of you who don't pay any … [Read more...] about New Downloads for My Digital Studio
Aloha, all! You know, stamping sketch challenges really do force me to do things differently than I have been doing in the past. They also expose to me some of my shortcomings as a stamper and designer. That's a good thing because now I'm spending more time focusing on my skills, and less time doing the same-old-same-old. I think that I already do challenge my customers and … [Read more...] about It’s Saturday and Another Challenge Card
Aloha, all! In an effort to keep myself awake (hey, it's a 5-hour difference between Hawaii and Minnesota--and Minnesota time says it's almost bedtime as I write this!), I've done some more digging into my box of new Stampin' Up! products. And, as I'm still somewhat brain dead from all the traveling, I'm letting the Stamping 411 gals lead me to yet another take on this week's challenge. … [Read more...] about Another Challenge Card – With More New “Stuff”!
Aloha, all! You might recall that, earlier this week, I showed off all the papers in the Jackpot Designer Series Paper pack. Last week I used an "old favorite" stamp set of mine, Voila!, in a challenge card. Well, today I'm putting both of those together! I told you that I love dressing up the chef in Voila! in Designer Series paper. So here he is--in some Jackpot … [Read more...] about Game Night!
Aloha, all! Usually I only post here products that you can order right now from Stampin' Up! But, during Sale-A-Bration in February and March of this year, there was a stamp that I've decided may become a permanent resident of Robin's Craft Room. Unless, of course, Stampin' Up! comes up with a great replacement, which I believe is highly likely. But for now, I'm sticking with … [Read more...] about Something Old and Something New at the FCE Fair
Aloha, all! Yesterday I showed off the pile of Gift Pouches that I had for sale at our Family and Community Education (FCE) annual fair in Hilo, Hawaii. Today I'll show a close up of the gift pouch and go over all the elements that make this such a cute gift idea. The bases for all Stampin' Up! projects are the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers or their Card Stock in dozens of luscious … [Read more...] about Sweet Gift!
Aloha, all! Our friend and fellow duplicate bridge player, Mary Ellen, was taken ill last week and is still in the hospital. Oh my! And of course we decided that I should make a Get Well Card for her for the bridge group to sign and send off to her. But what to use? As I was going through my stash of "stuff," I came across a … [Read more...] about Get Well Soon, Mary Ellen!
Aloha, all! This Saturday is one of our FCE (Family and Community Education) club's fundraisers. In fact, it's our biggest fund raiser of the year. All of the clubs in East Hawaii get together and rent a venue in Hilo. Then each club has tables where we sell handmade foods and crafts to the public. Last year I donated greeting cards for sale. This year, I'll also … [Read more...] about Donations for the FCE Fair
Aloha, all! One of my Yahoo groups, Convention Late Night Stampers, has a challenge every week, and I finally decided to take some time to look at this week's challenge. Since I've been "collecting" the papers and ribbons from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, that's naturally where I went for my own inspiration. I am SO over winter (the days are quite short here in Hawaii during … [Read more...] about Simple Sale-A-Bration Card
Aloha, all! For last night's Stamp Club meeting, I had been asked to show a simple example of dry embossing. Stampin' Up! has lots of great brass embossing templates that coordinate wonderfully both with their stamp sets and their Designer Series Papers. For last night's project, I used the stamp set, Eastern Blooms, and the Classy Brass Template, Floral Frenzy, which coordinates will the … [Read more...] about Dry Embossing Elegance