Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Knee - New Card - New Toys!

There's a whole lot of NEW stuff going on around here lately.

For example, last week, I got a new knee!
Well, not really new, but improved! Or so the doc says. I'm still gimping around quite a bit, but he says I'll be back in the gym in a few weeks, so I'm just gonna hang in there.

There's also a lot of NEW things in the Stampin' Up! world - like our Annual Sale-A-Bration Promotion!
Between January 28th and March 31st, each time you place an order of $50 or more, you get a FREE, exclusive product - love that!
Here's a card I made using some of the FREE products you can get:

This card uses the Banner Blast stamp set (#133551), the Banner Punch (#133519), the Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper (#133521) and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (#133520).
You can view all the products and lots of ideas for them by clicking the Sale-A-Bration icon on the top right of this page.

There's also an exciting NEW Product Launch today - the Textured Impressions Embossing Machine in a sleek new design just for Stampin' Up!

It's embossing made easy.
The Texture Boutique is the perfect, portable tool to create embossed cards, tags, embellishments, and more.
Use it with our Stampin' Up! exclusive Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.
The initial supply of these is limited, but it will be making a permanent appearance in the next annual catalog that debuts in May.

As a Special Offer to MY stampin' clients -
  • When you purchase the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (#132657 - $29.95)  
  • AND your choice of ANY three Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
  • You pay a special price of just $59.00!  Shipping and Tax Included!! (savings will vary depending on your location)
  • You will also receive FREE - YOUR Choice of any Sale-A-Bration Product! You could choose the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (#133520) that I used on my card sample.
Your order could include the Three NEW Embossing Folders that were introduced in the 2014 Occasions Catalog:
  • Ampersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (# 132970
  • Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (# 132187
  • Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (# 132971
It's a great deal and it's only available until the initial supply of Texture Boutique Machines is depleted - or until March 31st - whichever comes first.
Contact me at to place your order and receive your special pricing!

Have a great day and be sure to go make something fun!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mixed Elements Card

When I sit down to create, most of the time, I have no idea what direction I'm headed in with a project.
I begin with one element, sometimes it's a piece of cardstock, a ribbon, an embellishment like a button. Sometimes, I create based on what I know I have handy and need to use up (and have enough of for all my class attendees!) It's really pretty random.

So, last week, when I went into my studio to make cards for my Best of 25 Class, I began with a piece of Primrose Petals Co'ordinations cardstock - because I have a LOT of it for some reason.
And it's pretty, so it's a win-win!

Here's the completed card:

I love mixing elements and textures on a project - a touch of the unexpected keeps art interesting. On this project, I mixed the delicate gold embossing with the rough texture of the burlap ribbon. The very masculine Naturals Button is a contrast to the rosy hue of the cardstock and the whimsical polka dot designer paper. But it all comes together really, really well.

I stamped my focal images from the Best of Sale-A-Bration stamp set on Naturals White cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed them with Gold embossing powder. The cardstock is sponged with Crumb Cake ink before being mounted on the polka dot paper. That entire section is mounted to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I used the Daydream Medallion stamp set to stamp and emboss the lacy circles on the card base. I love the delicate touch it adds to the card.
Little bits of leftover ribbon were used under the button and I used some burlap strings to tie into the button itself.

Well, we're expecting about 8 inches of snow here today, so that's perfect weather to get into the studio and stamp something fun. I'm having knee surgery on Thursday, so I'm trying to get ahead of my schedule a bit. I'm not sure stamping on pain meds would work out too well.
Or, maybe it would - you never know!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit my Online Store to purchase the supplies you need to recreate this project or any others you are working on. Here's the link for your convenience:

Robin's Online Stampin' Up! Store

Have a great day everyone!
#102283  Versamark Ink Pad  $7.50

#126467   Daydream Medallions - clear mount  $26.95

#134393  Best of Sale-A-Bration  $14.95
#109129  Gold Embossing Powder $4.75

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Peachy Keen Card for You!

Good morning everyone!

Just popping in to share a card project that my friend Amy Storrie created.
She used a ton of new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog that just launched - I'm loving those colors, aren't you??

Fun new Framelits, Washi Tape, Designer Paper, Stamp Set - all combined to create this really cheerful card. Love it!

You can check out all the new products online. Here's the link to my Stampin' Store. Just click on the link and it will take you right to the 2014 Occasions Catalog section.
Have fun!
Robin's Online Stampin' Store


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet and Simple Baby Card

Today's the Day!

The annual Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference kicks off in Houston, TX. WooHoo!
Um, not.
(Insert pouty face here)
No, this year I'll be enjoying all the excitement from my smartphone Facebook feed. Life is full of tough choices and this year, I had to make one of them and chose to travel to Boston this week to be with Emma and her skating team as they compete.

And ya know what? As much as I'll miss seeing so many of my amazing friends, I would have missed being with my girl SO much more! I've only got her under my roof full time for 2 1/2 more years and I don't want to miss a minute with her.
That's one of the beautiful things about my job - it's my schedule, not someone else's.
The last time I missed one of Emma's competitions was for Leadership Conference in Phoenix, AZ. I remember sitting in the hotel bar with my laptop and about 15 of my closest friends watching her team skate that evening. I couldn't have physically gotten from Phoenix to Boston in time to be there in person so the live feed was it and the hotel bar was the only place that had WiFi back then.

I remember thinking - never again. 
So, while I wish all my SU! friends safe travels and fun times - I get to be where I need and want to be the most - with my girl.
Thank you SU!

Anyway - enough about that, here's the card I teased you with on my Facebook page last week.
What? You don't follow me on Facebook?
Well, why not?
Here's the link - Trinity Design Studio - Paper Crafting and FUN! click it right now and go LIKE my page!
Do you really want to miss anything? No? Ok, good.
Go do it now, I'll wait right here.

Ok, great! You're back!
The card today is for my swap group the GoDivas (as in chocolate!). They will all be getting this one in the mail in a few days, but YOU get to see it first!
I used the girl baby shoes stamp from the new Baby, We've Grown! stamp set from the Occasions Mini for my focal image. The oh, so versatile watercolor splash stamp from the Happy Watercolor stamp set creates a soft pink wash for the background.

The little flags are cut out of Designer Paper from the Soho Subway and Venetian Romance packs and I made my own designer paper for the last one. It's the new Woodgrain background stamp in Soft Suede on Blushing Bride cardstock. Cool, huh?
I cut out the flags with my Big Shot and the NEW Banners Framelits dies.
These will be a favorite - just buy them now, you'll thank me later. 

I stamped my focal image on Watercolor Paper and cut them out with the Window Frames Framelits Dies. It was sponged with Crumb Cake ink using slave labor from my daughter. (Hey, I'm missing leadership for her - it's the least she can do, right??)

The background was done with Primrose Petals Co'ordinations Cardstock, dry embossed with the Polka-Dot folder and my Big Shot. I wrapped it with a piece of Burlap Ribbon that I trimmed off the edges and pulled some strands out of to make it more rough. Finishing touches of an Antique Button and some of the NEW yummy Gold Baker's Twine made me smile. How about you?

Here's the complete stamp sets I used:

#133089 - Baby, We've Grown      $17.95 clear-mount
#133035  Hardwood  $13.95 clear-mount

#133191  Happy Watercolor $21.95 clear-mount

You can visit my website for a link to my Online Store and shop for these plus everything else I used to make this card.
Here's the link:
Robin's Online Stampin' Up! Store

Have a wonderful day everyone and happy stampin'!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What Does the Fox Say??

Apparently it's "hey there!"

Just a quick post and card share today -
my friend Linda Heller created this card with the new stamp set - Life in the Forest.

Love her artwork and I especially LOVE how SU! is so on trend (even it by accident) with this cute little fox image.

Have a fantastic day everyone and wherever you are - stay warm!
That's what the fox says here. :)


Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Creative Space

I used to walk in my front door and see my "library". Which was a fancy way of saying a room we never used. Before that, it used to be the "living room", but we never used that either - all of our living is done in the family room or the kitchen or the rec room.

So, what to do with the space?

One of the things I love about my studio space and classroom in our basement is the fact that my hubby built it for me. It's a wonderful space full of built in storage and wall space for displaying artwork - and the stamping friends who grace that space make it a warm and friendly place to be.
It's in the basement.
There's one basement window letting in light and when I am working on projects by myself, it isolates me from my family all tucked back in my corner.

Which is why the unused, unloved "library" space was the perfect place for my new personal studio space. I have the best of everything - a space to call my own for creating, blogging, writing - whatever creative thing sparks my interest on any given day AND I get to be with my family since I'm back in the middle of 'life' in my home.

So back in March, we began the process of personalizing the space. I finally have most of everything where I want it - even though I'm pretty sure things will get moved around as I change my mind. :)

Last week, I took a few photos so I could give you a little tour of my space.
I'll start with the chalkboard sign that Emma wrote a message on for me -

The chalkboard is a frame I found on clearance at a discount store and painted the glass with chalkboard paint.
It's sitting on a vintage 7-up wooden crate that I found at the Antiques Festival in Lucketts this past spring. My hubby added d-ring hangers to the back and hung it to hold my punches. Some of them - I have way too many to fit in here. LOL!
The two containers on the cabinet underneath are also vintage finds. The clear bread box is from a trip to Maine two summers ago and the metal bread box is from Lake Placid, NY last February.

The cabinet they are sitting on holds specialty paper, 12 x 12 paper, grid paper and cardstock scraps. I found it at Hobby Lobby.

The small glass front cabinet holds most of my ink pads and some refills, two of the color families are in vintage sewing machine drawers sitting on top that I found at a local auction.

Sitting to the right of the cabinet is an old half-hoosier with an enamel top that I also found at the Lucketts Store. We painted it and added chalkboard paint to the door fronts.  It's perfect for my embossing station, cutting station and Big Shot station.
The ribbon rack is a reproduction French Bottle drying rack that I purchased at Lucketts. The embossing powder rack is a K-cup lazy susan. There is a wide mouth glass jar that holds ribbon scraps and a wrought iron stand for my embossing gun. The lamp is sitting on a vintage wooden spool that still has the original wrapped copper wire on it. I found it in my parents garage this summer along with the orange metal counter bell that sits behind it. The bell sat on the counter at my parents picture frame shop for as long as I can remember. Makes me feel like a part of their history is there with me.

The wood shutters on the wall above the cabinet came from a salvage yard in Maine and I found that awesome canvas at Kohls - yes, really!
The cabinet drawers and doors hold punches, Big Shot Dies, paper cutters, adhesives, envelopes - lots of supplies in different storage containers. 

The photo above is looking into my space from the open hallway. You can see the library shelves that hold my stamps and other supplies along with a few other vintage pieces and memories.

The next photo is of the amazing work table that Mark built for me from an antique door. He built the base from scratch and mounted the door to it and we topped it with a piece of tempered glass after it was painted. It's one of the most treasured pieces of furniture in my home now and I made Emma promise me that she will never get rid of it! LOL!

The rolling iron garden cart was a find at Home Goods and sits under the left end of the table holding my markers, blocks and other supplies. The wire basket rack between the windows holds all my 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and is also from Home Goods. We found the hanging lamp at Habitat for Humanity Re-store and Mark re-wired and hung it over my work table. 

There are a few treasures on my work table too.
A vintage kitchen caddy with metal topped jars that I found in Maine and a vintage rubber stamp holder from Lucketts. An antique sugar shaker holds my glitter and a vintage jelly glass holds pens, bone folders, etc.
The two Heisey glass goblets belonged to Mark's Granny and they hold my Antique buttons and Brads. 

The way I have my bookshelves organized with open wire baskets allows me to easily see inside. I'd started out with canvas bins but they didn't really fit the look I wanted and I couldn't see in them either. 
The top shelf of both bookcases holds photos and memories along with a few vintage finds. The bottom shelves still have books on them as well as a few more special photos. 
The wire basket on the floor holds my Designer Paper separated by cardboard dividers.

Here's a closer look at the right side bookshelf.
The two wire baskets on the upper shelf hold products from the new Occasions/Spring catalog and from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Brochure.

The left side shelf is mostly memories and family photos along with some of my artwork on display.

I love being in this space, surrounded by photos and memories of people I love and places I've experienced. They inspire my art and creations every day and it brings me joy to know they are part of  my creative process.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour, thanks for stopping by to take a peek into my world today.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spring Sneak Peek - Hardwood and Floral

Tomorrow is a big day -
The New Occasions Catalog begins!

I've had a little time to play with some of the trendy new products you'll find there and here's a sneak peek for you -

I created this card for a card swap I'm in and I was looking for something fresh and fun.
This card was the result - and I really love how it came out.

It uses a TON of new products on it - all will be available tomorrow!! Do you have your catalog yet?
Let me know if you need one - unless you are an SU! demo or already have one, ok?

Here's a short list of stuff I used on this card:
Colors: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Naturals White, Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper (Gumball Green is the green in this piece) and Silver
Hardwood Background stamp
Simply Celebrate stamp set
Silver Baker's Twine
Silver Foil Paper
Starburst Framelits Dies
Alphabet Embossing Folder
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Banners Framelits Dies

Ok, that's a long list, but there you go. :)
What do you think, like it?

Happy stampin'!

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