Friday, October 9, 2015

Vintage Leaves Wreath Card

So many leaves, so little time....
I could seriously design with the Vintage Leaves stamp set for a month - I love these images! 

Emma and I were driving home the other night and the idea of making a wreath out of these smaller leaves seemed like a fun idea to try - here's the result: 

I used the larger of the two leaves inked in Old Olive and stamped it in a circle shape on Whisper White card stock. It's stamped 8 times and the stem of each leaf is layered on the outside edge of the leaf behind it so they overlap a bit. 
The last two overlap a bit more, but it's the perfect spot for the bow! 

Next, I used the Leaflets Framelits with my Big Shot and cut out 8 of these smaller leaves that I'd stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on more Whisper White card stock: 

Each one had a Stampin' Dimensional added to the back. 
I then adhered them to the stamped leaves, tucking the stems slightly under the tip of the leaves behind them. 

Once all the leaves were attached, I used my 2 Way Glue Pen and dotted glue all over the leaves and added Gold Glitter for a bit of gleam. 

The bow is made with 24" each of Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's Twine and Gold Metallic Thread. I adhered it to the wreath with Glue Dots. 
The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and is from the Joyful Season stamp set. 
Mossy Meadow card stock was used for the card base and a mat layer of Cherry Cobbler completes the color scheme. 
Here are your measurements: 
Mossy Meadow: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded to make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. 
Cherry Cobbler: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Whisper White: 4" x 5 1/4"

Here's an alternate version using Basic Rhinestones for the "bling":

It's a little more simplistic, but if you're not a glitter girl - and I know you're out there! - this is a good alternative to adding some sparkle with no mess. :)
See how I'm always thinking of you? HeeHeeHee

Here's your supply list for this cards: 

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So, what else can I make with these leaves? 
Any ideas? Leaf me a comment! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vintage Leaves 2 Ways!

Howdy crafty peeps! 
It's been a month....I know....and I'm hanging my head over here. 
But let's not dwell on my lack of posting but on these two cards instead! 
(See how much I love you guys?? I'm back and giving you a twofer!)

My latest stamp set obsession has been Vintage Leaves along with the matching Leaflets Framelits. I seriously can't stop creating with these amazing images. I stamped both of these beauties yesterday - and did a live broadcast on Periscope too - and got back in the studio last night and made yet ANOTHER card that I'll show you tomorrow. 

Here, check them out: 

This card was born because I wanted to challenge myself to make a Christmas card with non-Christmas stamps. I sat down at my stamp table and pulled a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock from my serendipity pile (too good to toss pile). I saw the oak leaf stamp still on the acrylic block sitting there and the light bulb went off!

Gold embossed leaves on Cherry Cobbler turned out to be gorgeous! And I embossed the greeting from the Wonderland stamp set in gold as well on the strip of Tip Top Taupe card stock to match the mat I'd chosen. was still missing something....
So, I pulled out my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and White embossing powder and voila! Snow!
To say that I was doing the stamper's happy dance was an understatement. :) 

The greeting was super simple, by the way - I simply hand cut the embossed piece from the card stock it was stamped on and flagged the ends with my Paper Snips. A bone folder was used to curl it and I attached it with Glue Dots. Easy-peasy! 
And just like the greeting on this card I made next:

I had finished my Periscope broadcast and wanted to try reversing the colors I used, putting Tip Top Taupe on top. 
(Say that 5 times fast! LOL!)
It seemed like it would be perfect for a fall themed card, and I think that yeah, it was! 

I used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder to emboss the leaves this time and then took out my Sponge Daubers to color them in. Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze were the perfect colors to add Autumn color so I added the Dijon first and then the Cajun Craze as an accent. 

No snow on this card tho', I used the speckle stamp image to add some background filler with Tip Top Taupe ink - perfect! 
The greeting on this card is from A Dozen Thoughts, a great alternative greeting stamp set - love it! 

If you catch them before 11:15est today, my Periscope broadcasts will be available for you to view. You simply have to find me there! 
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If you like the cards today and want to recreate them, here's a supply list for you:

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Have a fantastic day everyone - go craft something fun! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Autumn, Meet Hardwood and Gold Glimmer - A CAS Card Project

Ever since I got the Holiday Catalog in my hot little hands, I've been on a TEAR making Christmas Cards and projects. Christmas really is my favorite holiday and I adore creating things that make us all look forward to it's arrival! 
But, these past few days, I guess since Emma went back to school, I've been thinking about Autumn - which is my favorite season - and I've been feeling the pull of all the gorgeous Fall-themed products. They're calling my name, people!

So, yesterday, I was hanging out in the studio with Emma and was fiddling around with some retired designer paper and some Gold Glimmer paper. (I made a super cute BOX with the Gift BAG Punch Board, but I'll show you that later this week - promise!) 
Anyway, that Gold Glimmer me some Gold Glimmer Paper.
Ok, yeah, rabbit trail - but, you get me, right?? 

Here's the project that came out of my little pea-brain today: 

Clean and simple with an unexpected twist - a Gold Glimmer Paper Leaf! It just makes my heart go pitty-pat. 

The card base is a standard size - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded) and I used Crumb Cake card stock. My top 10 all-time favorite background stamp was my choice for this card - Hardwood. Love it! If you don't own it, you NEED it. So go order it now. Well, you can finish reading my post, but seriously, go order it. 

I stamped Hardwood with Soft Suede ink on the Crumb Cake. The color combo reminds me of my Grandma's paneling a bit. 

I used the new stamp set Among the Branches for the greeting and once I cut it out with the Circles Framelits, I covered the unwanted text (& tasty dishes) with a small piece of Venetian Crochet Trim. 
The button accent is one of the Gold Basics Metal Buttons threaded with a string pulled from the Burlap Ribbon. 
This piece was layered on a circle of Blackberry Bliss card stock punched out with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch. 

But the part that makes this card so special is that Gold Glimmer Paper leaf...
I used the Leaflets Framelits to cut it out on the Big Shot and just adhered it to the card front with Fast Fuse Adhesive. The greeting element was adhered over it with Stampin' Dimensionals and that card was done! 

Here's all the products I used to create with today:

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As always, you can click on the thumbnail photo of any of the products shown above and it will take you right into my Online Store so you can shop for your favorite products and more. 

The Clearance Rack was updated today AND there are NEW Weekly Deals too, so don't miss them. You can always view the current Weekly Deals by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog page. 

I loved this card so much, I filmed a LIVE Periscope Broadcast showing how to make it. I'll upload it to my YouTube Channel (Robin Merriman - Trinity Design Studio) so you can see it. 

If you already follow me on the Periscope app, you can view the replay through 1:30 pm est. tomorrow. 
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Have a great evening everyone - see you back here soon! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Christmas Tiny Treat Box

I didn't set out to create a Christmas project yesterday - really I didn't. 
It was one of those yukky days - rainy, cloudy - HUMID - and a huge storm came through that made me feel like one of the three little pigs when the wind blew around the house. 
I was trying to get a Periscope live broadcast going and the crazy weather was interrupting my plans - especially with the lighting. 
I've got great natural light in the studio, but when it's dreary outside you can forget it! 

So, I sat down to play at my crafting table - remind me to show it to you some time, btw - and I was messing around with doing something different with the Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 
I've got a big package of the Tiny Treat Boxes and I thought it would be pretty cool if I could emboss those with that amazing folder. 
And whaddya know - it worked! 
Here's one of the pics: 

I had to tear the box apart to get it flat inside the embossing folder, but it worked out GREAT! 
It was completely embossed in just two passes through the Big Shot. Very cool. 
I used the Fast Fuse Adhesive to glue it back again  - best choice! That stuff sticks! 

So, after rubbing a little Soft Suede ink on the embossed box with a Stampin' Sponge, I was like, HOW am I going to decorate this little cutie??

I glanced around at the mess serendipity pile on my stamp table, I found this stamped greeting, a scrap of red glimmer paper, a few inches of Natural Chevron ribbon and my Stampin' Stapler. 
A rather eclectic grouping of supplies, but I love to mix textures and colors so I just decided to play.

I used my Note Tag Punch to punch the Red Glimmer paper scrap, flagged the ends of the ribbon with my Craft Scissors and then stapled the stamped greeting to them in a pile of layers. The greeting is from the Joyful Season stamp set and is stamped in Mossy Meadow. 
To finish it off, I added a Gold Basic Metal Button with a Glue Dot and tied it to the box with some Gold Cording, baker's box style. 
Super easy and super cute! 

Here's the products I used to create this project: 

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As always, just click on any of the thumbnail photos to place an order in my Online Store! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - now go stamp something fun! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Be Joyful - a Clean and Simple Notecard

Somedays, I am the queen of clean and simple. 
Other days, I can't walk away from a card unless it has 7 layers, buttons, brads, ribbon and a cherry on top. 
Well, maybe not the cherry, but you get where I'm going....

In any event, there's a time and place for it all and yesterday was the time and place for this clean and simple beauty:

I needed a little notecard to include in a package I was mailing and the only stamp set sitting out on my table was the Joyful Season stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. 
Here'a s photo of it: 

This is a fantastic stamp set for Christmas cards and projects - but for everyday? 
Umm....ok. Being the lazy stamper I am, I thought, why not? 

So, I inked up the Joyful greeting with Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped it in the lower right corner of the notecard. Next, I used my Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker from the Regals Collection and inked up just the "be" from one of the greeting stamps. I positioned it just so over the Joyful and voila! 
Be Joyful!

Of course, it needed something else - so I got out the Petite Petals stamp set and inked up one of the flowers with my Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker from the Subtles Collection and stamped it four times randomly around the greeting. need centers, so I snipped off a few gold sequins from the roll of trim and added them on to the flowers with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. 

(Ahem....that Glue Pen is one of my 5 MUST OWN products from the Holiday Catalog - have you ordered yours yet?)

I liked this project so much, I did a LIVE Periscope Broadcast for it and showed how to use that amazing glue pen. 
Did you miss it? 
You NEED to follow me on Periscope: 

It's a new FREE app for iPhone and Android devices. 
And if you download it - you may just be one step ahead of your kids and grandkids. It's pretty new stuff, but I LOVE how easy it is to connect with my followers and show them what's going on in the studio! You can watch the playback video for up to 24 hours, then POOF! It's gone. 

When you watch either the live broadcast or playback video, you can tap the screen on your device to send me hearts! This tells me that you LIKE what I'm doing and what you are seeing! It also helps me to get found by other paper crafting freaks like us! 
So, yeah...just do it, ok? 

Since you probably missed the broadcast yesterday, I saved it to my phone and downloaded it to show you here with this blog post! 
Yes, you're welcome! I think you're awesome too!
Here ya' go: 

And here are all the products I used to create this project: 

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As always, to place an order for anything I've used, simply click on any of the thumbnail photos of the products above and you'll go right into my Online Store where you can shop to your heart's content! Remember to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there!

I'd love your feedback on the Periscope Videos and on this project or anything else you'd like to tell me! Just leave a comment below! 
Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon with more paper fun! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wonderland Christmas in White and Gold

So, yesterday we FINALLY got to share the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog with everyone - 
those of us who are demonstrators with SU! have been literally drooling over the selection of products available since our Convention in mid-July. 

We've also been pretty much buying everything between the catalog covers, so we're eating a lot of Ramen these days. Just so we can play with all the new crafty toys and create ourselves silly. 
Kind of like being in college again, which is appropriate since it's 'back-to-school' time for all of us. :)

I can hear the grocery store clerks now, "Here come those poor Stampin' Up! demonstrators again, carts full of Ramen Noodles. Must be new Catalog time...." Hehehe...

Now it's your turn. :) 
Someone please tell me how you can resist this:

White and Gold and Vellum and clean simplicity - 

This is the Wonderland stamp set and I honestly could. not. stop. creating with it. 
Here. See for yourself how awesome these images are: 

Ya'll....those trees....
and the font for the words. 
So. much. love.

Anyway, today I thought I'd share one of the several cards I created with this set. Actually, I made this card 3 ways, using different gold for the mat layer. 
Here's two of them: 

The card on the left uses the Gold Glimmer Paper for the mat. The one on the right uses the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. 
Here's a close up of that one: 

I created the third version using the Gold Foil Sheets, but I forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed it off for the card swap I was in.  :(
Sorry 'bout that. 

All the cards are the same design. I used Whisper White card stock for the base and stamped layers, Vellum card stock for the accent piece and the New Gold Cording and Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog. The shapes are cut with my Big Shot and the Lots of Labels Framelits. 

We're gonna be making this card at my Christmas in September Stamp-a-Stack 
on Sept. 28th here in the studio. 
But I know a lot of you can't come to a class here, so I'm gonna offer a Class-to-Go option too. 
There will be three different cards to choose from - you'll get supplies to make 10 total from the 3 designs. Details coming soon, so stay tuned! 

In the meantime, here's a supply list of what I used to create today's cards: 

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All you need to do to purchase from my supply list is click on any of the above thumbnail photos of the products. You'll go straight into my Online Store and be able to fill your cart and check out from there! 
In the meantime, I need to run to the store. 
We ran out of Ramen last night. ;)

Stampin' Up! demos are going hungry today. Tragic.
But at least they still have stamps, ink and their Big Shots. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Peace, Purple and Snowflakes - A Christmas Card

I love purple. 
I guess I'd better since I have purple in my hair, ya' think?! 
Purple has always been a favorite color, really, any tint or shade of purple, doesn't matter. 
But you don't often see purple on Christmas cards. 

Recently I participated in several card swaps with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators and today's card is one that I made for one of the swaps. 

I love this combo of Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. 
And it's got enough added bling with the Silver Glimmer Paper and the Silver Cording. 
It's an easy-peasy Z-fold card. 
Just cut your card stock at 4 1/4" x 11". 
Fold in half at 5 1/2". 
Score the front at 2 3/4" and fold it back on itself. 
That's your card base.
See? Easy-peasy!

You can decorate any way you choose.
I opted for the new Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the folded-back card front. 
The circle layers are cut with the Circles Framelits on my Big Shot as is the "peace" from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies. 
The stamp set is Holly Jolly Greetings - super versatile! And the Christmas Greetings come in a money-saving bundle with the stamp set. Deal. 

See that rhinestone center on the snowflake? 
That's from the Iced Rhinestones Embellishments in the Holiday Catalog. 
Seriously - they are the The catalog photo doesn't do them justice AT ALL. They are gorgeous in person! You NEED them. Trust me. (They are self-adhesive!)
You get 24 of them for 5 bucks. That's like, .21 each. 
Just order them, you'll thank me later. :)

Here's all the supplies I used to create this card:

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I really, really, REALLY love this card and I hope you do too!
If you do, and you need the supplies to re-create it yourself, just click on any of the thumbnail photos of the products I used to create it and you'll be sent to my Online Store so you can get what you need. 

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