Friday, July 29, 2011
Now, who wouldn't love THIS birthday cupcake? First of all, it's chocolate! Second of all, it's pink with pink sprinkles! And oh yeah, it's presented on this super cute cupcake stand with an adorable "candle" pick to top it off! Yeah, I'm ready for my birthday again! LOL!
I used a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Regal Rose cardstock folded in half to make a square card. The front was run through my Big Shot with the new Stripes Embossing Folder and I love the fun texture it added! I took a piece of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" Whisper White cardstock and stamped the adorable cupcake image from the NEW Easy Events stamp set with Black Staz-On ink. It was colored in with Stampin' Write Markers, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip and Pretty In Pink and blinged up a little bit with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and my 2 Way Glue Pen. The little triangle was cut out with my Paper Snips.
The pick is my original design and is super easy to make! I used the Homemade A La Carte stamp to stamp in Lucky Limeade on Whisper White cardstock. It was punched out with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and is backed with a scallop of Regal Rose cardstock. The extra long toothpick was adhered in between the scallops with Sticky Strip and Tombow.
So, there are your sweet treats for the day! What will you do first, go make cupcakes or go make these projects?! HA!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
and here's my card next to my magazine inspiration project:
The biggest change I made was the greeting, but that was a personal decision as a dear friend from church passed away this week and I needed a sympathy card for his family. Which just goes to show that many cards can fit many occasions by simply changing out the greeting.
I LOVE it! I took a small portion of the seam binding and wrapped it around the Layer 2 panel, securing it on the back with SNAIL adhesive. I then tied the double bow and added the Early Espresso Neutrals Button by tying it around the bow with Early Espresso Baker's Twine.
I inked up the Sweet Floral Background Stamp once again with Soft Suede Classic Ink and stamped a bit of it in the lower left corner of the Naturals Ivory inside panel. I repeated this on the Very Vanilla envelope. The greeting on the inside is simply the second part of the sympathy greeting from Petite Pairs, again, stamped in Early Espresso.
103683 - Mini Glue Dots
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Now, before I joined SU!, I didn't have any friends in Minnesota or in many places outside of Virginia. My world was pretty small. But through SU! I now have friends, real friends - not just acquaintances - all over the USA and Canada. Even a few in Australia and New Zealand. Through the simple art of paper crafting, cards created and sent, artwork and lives shared, I now have wonderful relationships with amazing people in places I haven't even visited! I think because paper crafting is such a personal art, we truly put a piece of ourselves into what we make for others, we can't help but share our lives and our hearts. Isn't that fabulous? Don't we all long for that?
That's just another example of the heart of Stampin' Up! and one of the many reasons that I treasure my involvement with this company. If you'll allow me, I'd like to share the rest of my story with you.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I started with a 4 1/4" square folded card base of Whisper White cardstock.
I kept it pretty simple, just stamping the large doily again with Wisteria Wonder and adding the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant. The sentiment is from the Cherish Friendship stamp set, which has beautiful images to watercolor if that's your thing. My friend Diana is a champion watercolorer, but I don't always have the patience - I told you, I'm lazy! :) I just loved the sentiment and honestly, bought the stamp set for it alone!
Monday, July 25, 2011
- Calypso Coral
- Island Indigo
- Pool Party
- Lucky Limeade
- Wisteria Wonder
So, now that I've got you drooling, want to know some details on my In Color Clubs?
Every month for the next 5 months - beginning in August - you will receive the following products in ONE of the 5 new In Colors. A different color collection each month -
- In Color Classic Ink Pad
- In Color Classic Ink Refill
- In Color 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock (20 sheets)
- In Color 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (10 yards)
- In Color 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (8 full sheets)
- In Color Stampin' Write Marker
- In Color Designer Printed Brads (8 brads)
Does this sound like fun to you?!!
I'm sure you're wondering just how much it will cost you each month. I mean, that's a LOT of product! Seven different products EACH Month!
What if I told you it's just $38.00 each month?! Yes, just $38.00 a month for all the product you see listed, EACH MONTH for 5 months!
AND I have a few extras for you as well!
Each club member will receive their own copy of the Idea Book and Catalog - a $10 value - absolutely FREE as my gift to you!
Each club member will also receive a FREE tutorial each month for two projects using your NEW In Colors! Tutorial will include photos and instructions, just for you! Tutorials will be e-mailed to you in a Word Document so you can save to a file, or print at your leisure!
And don't forget - Once during your 5 month club commitment - YOU will receive an additional $25 in FREE Product of YOUR choice from any current SU! catalog!
SO......How do you join?!! (I know that's what you are asking!)
Simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me that you want to be IN COLOR! Yes, part of an In Color Club! I'll group you with 4 other people (5 total per club) and randomly assign your color of the month and your $25 FREE Product Month!
Each month, you'll forward your payment to me with either personal check or PayPal no later than the 10th of the month. If it's your month for the $25 in FREE products, I will need your selections at the time of payment. You may also add other items to the club order at any time for an additional fee.
(If you are local to me, there are no additional shipping fees. Non-local club members will need to pay shipping to the address of their choice.)
Ok, are you ready to get started?
- Each month for 5 months at just $38.00 a month, you receive SEVEN NEW In Color products in a single color.
- You also receive a full tutorial - FREE - for two fun projects EACH MONTH!
- AND you receive a copy of the Idea Book and Catalog FREE as my gift to you!
- Once during the 5 month club commitment, you'll receive an additional $25 in FREE product of your choice!
You're going to love all the NEW In Colors and I can't wait to get them in your hands so you can start creating! Remember, the deadline to join is August 5th!
This card was made exactly the same way as the one I posted last week, there are just a few different supplies though. Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Fire Square Brads and of course, Poppy Parade ink and cardstock! I'm loving this color right now!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
This is Emma's second year at XFuge and I know the memories she is making and the principles she is learning and practicing will be with her for the rest of her life.
A closer look at the corner. I fell in love with these big pillows and the coral color in the one on the right matched exactly the paint color.
This is the window wall. We painted the ceiling and top 18" of the walls in a rosy tan color, then added the glossy black moulding between the two colors. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the curtains are a shimmery tan taffeta and the top is covered with big poofy fabric roses. We bought a simple wrought iron rod to hang them from.
Another look at the window/closet area. The wrought iron piece over the door has crystal pieces at the end of each swirl. Very girly and blingy! I found that at another popular home decor store along with the Paris print and the framed glass "E" piece on the book cabinet.
Her reading corner has a BARGAIN leather chair with a fur throw and shimmery taffeta pillow. The pillow is awesome with a big flower on the front and a big jeweled button in the center. I found the parisian print ottoman at the same store as the chair and they coordinate beautifully. The lamp brought in another funky element and solved the problem of a chairside table. It has three shelves of it's own. I found the rug at the discount home decor store and it was a steal!!
I bought 3 plain composition books at a local big box store for .40 each and covered them with more Newsprint Designer paper. Each was sponged with Blushing Bride Classic Ink and I stamped the Medallion image on the front cover of each as well. I spritzed them with Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with a spray hand sanitizer to make them sparkle. They are finished off with more of the satin ribbon.
The Butterfly house was fun! I found it on clearance at a local fabric/craft store. It had an ugly orange roof, but I fixed that right up by painting it with the glossy moulding paint and then sprayed it with Silver Smooch Spray to make it shimmery. The butterflies were cut out with the Butterflies Die and my Big Shot Die Cut Machine from more Newsprint Designer Paper. I sponged them with Blushing Bride ink and added Basic Pearls and Rhinestones. They were attached to the house with Mini Glue Dots as was the satin ribbon bow.
Even though she was sweaty and tired at 10:30 last night, Emma was beyond thrilled to discover her new space! Her reaction was more than we could have ever hoped for!
Have a great Sunday stamping friends! I'll be back tomorrow with another paper crafting project for you all!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Here's my version of this fun card:
Now, you can really tell that I varied greatly from the magazine design - but folks, I don't own a Toaster stamp, not sure I really want one. However, I do own the new Button Buddies stamp set and I thought it would be the perfect time to break it in! I also obviously didn't do a square card here. Again, I just took the magazine idea and made it my own - this should give you courage that YOU can do it too! What really drew my attention in the magazine project was the fun moving element on the card, so that's what I chose to focus on.
So, that's it! We're done! What do you think? Are you ready to do one of your own? You've got the directions, so go get stampin'! :)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Just wanted to share a few photos from our first day of Convention last week. I don't have all my photos yet - usually my bff Tiffany sends me lots and lots of them since she takes most of them! but she had a rough journey home and is still recuperating! So, here's just a few to give you a glimpse of the fun of it all.
When we enter the Salt Palace Convention Center, the doors have Decor Elements artwork on them. These doors in the "salt shaker" entrance had our logo with some fun 'growth' that fit our "Grow" theme this year.
Wednesday morning - which is check-in day, I was invited to participate in a Focus Group. I can't tell you what we talked about or I'd have to kill you - top secret stuff ya know!
Everyone loved their Convention Bags! Here's a group of my friends showing off theirs: from L to R: Emily Haug, Tiffany Bauer, Sheila Cooper, Selene Kempton, Shelley Raines and April Sinclair.
Here I am with Tiffany and some of the girls in her downline team. See all the ladies around us? Well, that's just a small sampling of all the demonstrators who were spread out in the lobby. They were all ooohing and aaahing over their Convention Catalog Binders and the fun things in their Convention Bags!
I got to meet a ton of fun stamping friends from my upline Jan Wakeland's group, the RemARKable Stampers. I'm not sure of all the names in this photo, but Becky Evans is in yellow, Cathy Seals (I think) is in brown, Ruth Murphy is to my left in the photo and Michele Rey is in blue on my other side. Becky was named #2 Rising Star this year and I was especially happy for her. I remember being the #1 Rising Star at the 2007 Dream Big Convention in Denver and it was a very surreal experience. Such an honor and a surprise too!
Just look at this lunch room! A little bit bigger than my high school! This area was called the Gathering Place as we gathered here many times during Convention. It's set up to accomodate over 3000 of us and in this photo especially, it seems to go on and on. When you've walked all day, believe me it feels like it too! LOL!
It took all day the first day, but my bff Tara Bazata and I finally found each other during the Opening Night Party. Tara lives in the Denver area and even though we talk on the phone quite a bit, we don't get to see each other nearly enough! I was thrilled for Tara as she earned Founder's Circle again this year!
I had to include this fun shot from the Opening Night Party. My newest downline, Diana, is right in the middle of this crowd waiting with the others to rush forward for something! See her with the glasses and long blonde hair? This was her first convention and it was super special for her - she got to attend with her daughter, Della, who was also at her first convention and is her upline! How fun is that?!
So, you've already seen the photo of me with my Advisory Board Girls at our little party that night. Here are a couple photos of Shelli with Sara. Shelli is opening her gifts from us - some jewelry from Dear Lizzie (which she wore on two different days of convention!);
and a My Digital Studio 12 x 12 memory book of our year. We each have one and all signed each others for a very special memory! Shelli seems excited, don't you think?
So, that's all for today - I'll have more photos to share with you in the coming days - there was so much going on and I spent time with so many friends, it's going to take a few posts to get it all in!
Isn't it adorable? I know, right? Connie said she'd gotten her inspiration from several other card she'd seen so I'm not sure who the originator of this idea is, but it sure is cute so thanks to all of you who've made one!
The gals in my classes loved this card, so I guess I'll have to do more punch art in the future. I started with a base of Tempting Turquoise cardstock, layered it with Daffodil Delight cardstock, then added a layer of Wild Wasabi Patterns Designer Series Paper from the Subtles Pack.
The pattern for my "pond" was made by cutting out the inside cardboard from a SNAIL refill package. Can you see the shape? That made it easy for everyone to trace and cut from pieces of Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper from the Brights Pack.
The "splashes" are punched out with the two small petals in the Build A Blossom Builder Punch from Tempting Turquoise cardstock.
For the baby duck, I punched his body with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch and made his little pointy tail by punching out a portion of the circle with the Large Oval Punch. His head was made with the 1" Circle Punch and his wing was another petal from the Build A Blossom Builder Punch. The beak is the tip of the Small Heart Punch made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock. A little googly eye from a craft store completes this cute little guy!
The greeting was done with Teeny Tiny Wishes and the Word Window Punch layered on the Modern Label Punch. I added the Brights Button with Whisper White Baker's Twine for a little accent and the card was done! We did stamp an inside verse from the Curvy Verses stamp set.
I don't know about you, but I think this card came out super cute and I'm anxious to have someone to send it to! If you want to recreate it, you can shop 24/7 at my Online Store. I've included a handy supply list below for you with all the item numbers you need.
Have a great day stampers! I'll be back tomorrow with an all new Simply Stampin' Up! project for you.
Stampin' Supplies:102067 - Tempting Turquoise Cardstock
119683 - Daffodil Delight Cardstock
105117 - Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
117152 - Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper
117155 - Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper
115370 - Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
100814 - Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink Pad
119850 - 1 3/4" Circle Punch
119855 - Large Oval Punch
119868 - 1" Circle Punch
117193 - Small Heart Punch
119849 - Modern Label Punch
119857 - Word Window Punch
121808 - Build a Blossom Builder Punch
119747 - Brights Buttons
124262 - Whisper White Baker's Twine
Place your order at my online store: www.robinstamps4u.stampinup.net (the link is on my sidebar as well! Blogger is acting funny today and will not let me put a hyperlink in for you.)
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This Tuesday morning finds me enjoying my comfy chair in the corner of the family room once more, coffee in hand!
Yesterday morning was not only early, but topsy-turvy as we got Emma off to XFuge Mission Camp at 5 am! If you know me at all, you know that I don't do 5 am very well. I was very grateful to give up those early mornings when I left the Police Department years ago. I was even sharing with some friends at Convention that I have my little morning routine to help me ease into my day! Hmm...what's even funnier is that these days, I'm not much of a night owl either! Does that mean I'm getting old? Wow, I hope not because I sure still think like I'm in my 30's!
So, I'm kind of planning my day today - it does include some stamping - Yay!, but I'll also be back later with some more photos from Convention for you. AND probably tomorrow, I'll have that photo tutorial up for you of the Pinwheel Candy Sticks. Sound good? Ok! Now, how about a card?
I designed this card within an HOUR of getting my new box o' Stampin' Up! goodies and I loved it so much, that not only did my card classes get to make this beauty, I did another version in Marina Mist for Convention Swaps! Did you get one? Do you like it? I hope so!
For this version, I started with Regal Rose cardstock for the base and layered it with Naturals Ivory cardstock. The Naturals ivory was stamped with the beautiful floral spray from the Elements of Style stamp set. (Do you own that set yet? If not, you NEED it! It's one of my go-to sets and has received a LOT of love in the past two years!)
Anyway, I used Regal Rose Classic Ink for all the stamping. Once I had the flowers stamped, I ran the piece through my Big Shot with the NEW Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Love me some Embossing Folders!! This one is fantastic and I love how it makes this stamped cardstock look like vintage wallpaper! I used my Stamping Sponge and rubbed a bit of Crumb Cake Classic Ink on all the cardstock and paper to further emphasize the vintage feel.
Here's a close up of the focal point and background:
The Designer Paper is from the First Edition Specialty pack. I cut 2 1/2" x 4" pieces and tore off the top and bottom. They were crumpled up and rubbed with Crumb Cake Classic Ink. I added the Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon wrap and attached the bow with Mini Glue Dots.
Now, let's get to that FRAME!! This was made with another NEW Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! The Designer Frames SET of TWO comes with an oval shape and a rectangle shape - both are fabulous! After running my cardstock through the Big Shot with the oval shape, I simply trimmed it out with my Paper Snips. The monogram was stamped on another piece of Naturals Ivory using the Lovely Letters Stamp Set. I punched it out with the Extra Large Oval Punch. Both layers were popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals after being aged with some sponging, and I added the two Basic Pearls as a final touch.
I wish I had taken a photo of the Marina Mist version - I didn't even keep my sample! If you got one by swapping with me, maybe you could take a picture and e-mail it to me! But for those of you trying to visualize it, just replace all the Regal Rose with Marina Mist and that was it.
As usual, I've included a complete supply list for you so you can do some shopping for your supplies. Just visit my Online Store with this list and you'll be on your way to making your own cards!
Have a great day friends!
120045 - Elements of Style Stamp Set
115030 - Lovely Letters Stamp Set
105130 - Regal Rose Cardstock
101849 - Naturals Ivory Cardstock
105211 - Regal Rose Classic Ink
121030 - Crumb Cake Classic Ink
121878 - First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper
122966 - Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon
101610 - Stamping Sponge
104430 - Stampin' Dimensionals
119859 - Extra Large Oval Punch
119247 - Basic Pearl Jewels
113439 - Big Shot Die Cut Machine
123128 - Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
123130 - Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set
103579 - Paper Snips
Place your order by visiting this link here: Robin's Online Store
Click on the SHOP NOW button at the top right!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Just a quick post today to let you know that I'm back from absolutely the BEST Stampin' Up! Convention ever!! If you weren't there this year - PLEASE plan to go next year! It was truly the best party/training/creating fun time we've had all year long!
You can even join my Trinity Design Stampers team for just $99 through July ONLY!!
Here's a photo of me with my team members who enjoyed Convention with me:
From L to R: April Sinclair, Della Duerksen and her Mom, Diana Hickey, Michelle Suit and Stephanie Fitch. Awesome ladies, all; and I'm so proud of them for making the commitment to their businesses and their future with Stampin' Up! by attending this year. My downline team is fantastic and I'd love to have you be a part of them! Here's the link to find more information: Join Robin's Team!
Here's one more photo for today -
It's me with Shelli and the other Advisory Board girls during our "farewell" party.
It has truly been an honor, a privilege and a blessing to be part of the Advisory Board for the past two years. I love these ladies - and those I served with last year - with all my heart. The new Board was announced on Thursday night and I have several friends who were named. I am so happy for and proud of them - they will make an awesome Board!
More photos tomorrow, and a project for you as well. Right now, I have a mountain of laundry to do and a lot of rearranging in the studio to do so I can put away all my Convention loot!
Have a great day!