Saturday, January 31, 2015

The New Venture Begins

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Good Morning Ladies!

Well I am finally starting to feel better.  This is a nasty respiratory illness.  I was in bed all Christmas Day and a few days after that.  I was starting to feel better and then had a relapse on New Year's Day and then spent the next few days in bed again.  This thing goes in waves so I am hoping I have finally have the best of it. 


Today Amanda and I are launching our very first Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!


There is a tab above for Sending Kisses.  Every month, my friend Amanda and I will select a specific stamp set, (for January it is Groovy Love).  If you order that specific stamp set from one of our websites - mine is http://robbierubala.stampinup.net, and enter the Hostess Code for that month (this month it is ACQVKPKG) then you will receive a pdf that contains 4 exclusive cards made using that set, along with photos, measurements, supply lists, and step-by-step directions- with pictures when needed, for you to complete the cards at home!
Here is the stamp set you will need:

Groovy Love
And here is a Sneak Peek of the 4 great cards you will make:


Order NOW!
Do you want to order all of the supplies to make the cards at the same time as you get the stamp set (you could take advantage of Sale-a-bration benefits with each $50 purchase beginning January 6th), 
email me here, and I will send you the general supplies we used so you can order ahead! (no measurements,  instructions, or PDFs will be included until you place your order using the hostess code:

ACQVKPKG

There are a few other options to help you along too! 

Card Kit
You can order the card kit from us here for only $8!  With this you will receive the PDF (just like above), but you will also get the complete kit - all supplies, accessories, etc... for two of the cards (minus the stamped images per Stampin' Up! policy)... You can use the stamp set you ordered to complete the cards.

PDF Only
Already own Groovy Love?  No problem!  If you don't need the stamp set, but still want access to the exclusive cards and directions, you can buy the PDF only for just $3!  What a deal!


Are you a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
You can order the Demo file (no need to order the stamp set from us here) for only $8, and you will be all set to teach this great class. This includes the PDFs for the four cards, as well as a Class Planner!  The Class Planner includes all supplies needed and special cutting instructions, plus any tips or tricks which could be helpful, for a class of 10!  Won't it be great to have the work done for you?  You'll know exactly what you need to order and how to prep - no muss no fuss!


Click Here to get started making your own Groovy Love!


As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to take some time to play today.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine Punched Window

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Well I am headed home today.  It has been a great trip with my friend but the time went by too quickly.  When I get home Jess and I will go into organizing mode for the baby.  We have a lot to do in a few short weeks.

I found several cards by Chat on Pinterest that I liked.  This design was another on of hers I used and modified.  I like the punched circle with the heart peeking through so I punched my heart and ran it through the embossing folder.  I found a circle that the heart would fit inside and punched the circle on the lower right hand portion of the card front.  I then closed the card and used the debossed side up to place my heart on the inside of the circle.  I added a small heart and a rhinestone to add a little pizzazz.  I attached some polka dot patterned paper.  I also added some chevron ribbon with a tied knot.  The only thing left was a simple sentiment.  Here is my version of her card.


























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 Thanks for visiting me today.  Relax and enjoy the day today.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Another Valentine CASE

 Good Morning Stampers!

I do not have Simple Saturday and Step It Up Sunday this week.  I was on a time crunch last week and since I had a request for some Valentine's to purchase I decided to use the ones I had made for some of my posts.  Simple Saturday and Step it Up Sunday will be back next week.

One of the cards that I found on my search on Pinterest was a card by Chat.  I decided to use the idea but use some current items to make it.  I began my using the strip embossing folder on the bottom.  I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler polka dot ribbon.  All I needed then was to stamp some hearts to punch/cut out and add them.  I added a sentiment and my card was done.  Here is my version of her card.     




























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I hope you are enjoying my Valentine shares and it has inspired you to make some of your own.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Make some fun plans to stamp today.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Paper Plunge - Vellum

Hello Ladies!

Wow has this week flown by.  I only have a few more days with my friend.  Time sure does go fast when you are having fun.

Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge is to use Vellum.  I don't often use vellum so I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I have seen cards where the patterned paper was covered with embossed vellum.  I decided to try that.  When I put the vellum on top of the pattern paper I did not like the look.  I decided to punch out some hearts and layer the vellum on top of the punched hearts.  I then added a strip of vellum at the bottom of the patterned paper.  I added some ribbon and a bow.  It still was missing something.  I had a stamped heart that I had cut out on my desk so I added it at the bottom.  Here is what my final creation looked like.




 





















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Make sure you head on over to The Paper Plunge to see what the other design team ladies created.  I am sure there are some awesome ideas.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Do you have some fun plans for the weekend?  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine CASE - Sweet Valentine this time

Good Morning Everyone!

Today is another quick post as I share another Valentine with you.  I needed several Valentine's as I had a request for some to purchase.  I used quick and easy ones as I was limited in time.

I did a search on Pinterest for Valentine cards and lots came up.  Sometimes you need some inspiration and since I was on a time crunch I used that platform for some ideas.  I ran across a card by Chantal and liked it so I used her idea.  Here is my creation.




























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 I wish there was a way to avoid the smudge in the middle.  I often get that.  I know it is from pressing hard but I don't press that hard with the new pads.  I guess I will have to make sure I check the center of the stamp before I take it to paper.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Are you working on your Valentine's?  I would love to see what you have created.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - nontraditional color Valentine

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is thawing out a little.  It has been nice to have a little warmer weather the past few days.  I hope you are able to take advantage of it.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This is always a fun hop as each of us has a different style.  You can always find some great projects to CASE.  I am the start of the blog hop so make sure you click on the link below to continue through the hop.

This week Liz gave us a very calm serene picture.














Stampin' Up color matches















When I have to choose the Stampin' Up color matches I sometimes have to get as close as possible.  This was one of those weeks.

I decided that I wanted to make a Valentine using nontraditional colors.  I went with Wisteria Wonder and paired it with Basic Black and Smoky Slate.  Here is what I created.



























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Make sure you continue on the hop to see what the other ladies created using these colors.  The next stop on the hop is Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate.  I am sure she will have some great eye candy for you.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Remember to take time to be creative today!  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Valentine CASE

Good Morning Stampers!

Well I did not make it to North Carolina on Sunday.  I ended up with food poisoning on Saturday night and was in bed all day Sunday.  I am headed there today.  I took yesterday to rest up a little more.  I am looking forward to seeing Barb but sorry my trip will be a little shorter than I had planned.

I saw on Pinterest a Valentine card by Becky that I liked and knew it would be a good one to CASE.  Since I needed some quick Valentine's to sell I decided to use this one.  Here is my version of her card.




























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Thanks for visiting me today.  This is a great card to CASE if you need some quick cards.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, January 19, 2015

Technostamper Valentine



Happy Monday Everyone!

I am so glad the weather warmed up a little.  It is also nice to have the sun shining.  Being 5 hours south of where I live, the temperature is about 10 degrees warmer.  It will be a nice change for a week.

Today is the sketch challenge at Technostamper.  Mary Jo always comes up with some fun sketches.  Here is the sketch we had to work with this week.



I am in need of some Valentine cards so I decided to use this sketch to make a Valentine card.  Here is what I created using the sketch.



























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We would love to have you play along with us this week.  Head on over to the Technostamper blog  to see the other creations.  Then grab your supplies and play along with us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you take some time to play today.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - Moonlight Flower

Hello Ladies!

Well today I am headed to North Carolina to spend a week with one of my best friends.  I am looking forward to it as this will be the last chance I have to get away as the baby will come within the month.  We have a few things planned but the rest of the time will be whatever we feel like.

Yesterday I shared a simple card using The Beautiful Bunch.  Today I took that card and stepped it up.  I began by stamping the flower on the cardstock and punching it out.  For the background I added 2 extra layers.  I used Hello Honey and Whisper White.  Not many changes but you can see how it made a difference.

I again used the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches




Here is how I stepped it up from yesterday.



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Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you enjoyed my stepped up version today. Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Simple Saturday - Moonlight Flower

Hello Stampers!

Well I had 2 ladies cancel yesterday as they were sick.  We will make it up.  After the 2 who came left, I went into creating mode.  I have a long list of things to get done before I leave on Sunday.  I am hoping to be able to get it all completed.

Today is Simple Saturday.  I take a simple card and then tomorrow I will step it up.  Today's card started with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches


 

 I loved the simplicity of this card.  I decided to use a flower for the center image.  I also took some liberty and added the sentiment below the flower with the button just above it.  I also decided to use some of my Moonlight ds paper.  I added some sequins to give it some sparkle.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.






















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Thanks for visiting me today.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see how I stepped it up.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie


Friday, January 16, 2015

The Paper Plunge - technique week

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday I was excited as I finished another shawl I have had on my needles for quite some time.  When I finished my Christmas present for my sister (which she hasn't gotten yet as I was sick) I decided to spend some time completing some of my projects that I have on needles.  There was another reason for this decision.  Here lately when I went looking for needles for a project I could not find any tips as they were already with a project.   So I have one project completed and off the needles and many left to go.

Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge was to use a technique on your card.  I had no clue what I was going to do as Jess needed a baby card to send out.  I went to SplitcoastStampers and checked out their techniques.  There were several I liked that I thought would be fun but I decided to do the grid technique.  I have to tell you it took me 3 tries before I got the grid correct.  The directions were not clear to me so I ended up using the picture. 

After I had the grid correct, I sponged on some Soft Sky all over the cardstock.  Then I came back and added some Marina Mist to the edges.  The technique has you stamp on top of the grid.  I decided to use the Chevron background stamp.  I used Marina Mist to stamp the chevron.  When it was finished I am wondering if I should have used Soft Sky for the chevron.  Here is what I created for our challenge.

     
























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Want to know what other technique the team used?  Head on over to The Paper Plunge blog to check out the other projects.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a busy day today so I hope I get everything done.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another Love is in the Air Workshop card

Hello Ladies!

Well we got about 2" of snow with some ice underneath.  I spent some time out shoveling my driveway.  I normally wouldn;t shovel it with so little snow but if you drive on it you end with ice.  By shoveling it I have a clear driveway now.  I have seriously considered a snow blower and may break down this year.

Today I thought I would share another card the ladies will make at my workshop this month.  Our theme is Love is in the Air.  Our cards will be ones you can use for Valentine's Day.  We have a fun evening planned and I am excited to share some of the new Occasions catalog items as well as SAB items.  Here is another card they will make.


























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I wanted to use my SU stapler but I could not find it.  As you can see I am still trying to organize some of my supplies.  Hopefully I will get it straight soon.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the yarn store today for a break.  What do you have planned.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Wildflower Meadow

Good Morning Stampers!

Well we are supposed to get some sleet and snow today.  It will be interesting to see how much as they are saying we won't get that much.  It is coming from the south but apparently the storm is more inland.  To really get some snow the storm has to come up the coast for us.  Only time will tell.

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  As usual I am the start of the hop.  This week I chose the picture.  I was drawn to these poppies and the colors in the photo.















Stampin' Up color matches











I thought about the Pleasant Poppies stamp but did not want to use it.  I then remembered my Wildflower Meadow stamp and decided to use it.  I chose to use the colors Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso.  Here is what I created using those colors.



























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I will be checking out the other ladies and what they created using these colors.  If you want to see them also, hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see her project.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you get some time to play today.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hand Stamped Sentiments - pocket fold

Good Morning Everyone!

I did not get as much done as I had wanted to yesterday.  I do not have all my supplies organized yet so I cannot find all my items.  I went looking for a stamp set and could not find it.  I checked several places but it did not turn up.  I will look a little more today to see if I can locate it.  Wish me luck!

Today is the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I chose the colors for this challenge.

    


I thought it would be fun to play with black and white and a color to see what the other ladies would come up with.  I saw a card that was actually a criss cross card.  When I saw it I thought it would be interesting to see if I could make a pocket card using the idea. 

I began with the Back to Black ds paper.  I played with it on white and black but decided I liked it with the black.  I then added some flowers using the Melon Mambo.  I played around with the design and here is what I came up with.























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I decided to leave the pocket card inside of the card so you could see how it works.  I love this design and will be using it in future cards.

Make sure you head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other ladies created using these colors.  I am sure each card will be unique.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I would love if you would use these colors and play along with our challenge.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie      










Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges - Thank You

Good Morning!

Wow what a cold weekend!  I spent a lot of time in my craft room.  I got a lot finished in there.  I also worked on my storage boxes I had made.  I have them placed where they will be stored and they are ready to fill up.  I am hoping to work some more this week in both areas.

Today is the sketch challenge at TechnoStamper.  Mary Jo gave us an interesting sketch for this week.




  I loved the shape of this sketch.  It would be a fun to work with.  I decided to use some of my ds paper since I have a lot of it.  I played around with my framelits also.  I wanted to find one that I could use for the curved bottom.  I found the Apothecary Accents large framelit would work.  After I had my base completed I need to address the 3 elements in the lower right.  I decided to use a sentiment and a butterfly punch.  Here is what I designed using the sketch.


  




















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Have you been over to the TechnoStamper blog?  You should check out what the other ladies created using this sketch.  There is some fabulous talent on this team.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on some more design team commitments as I am almost finished and I need to get them in the mail.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie     

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - Birthday

Hello Everyone!

Well what plans do you have for today?  I am still working on organizing my room and working on some design commitments.   I am hoping to get quite a bit done today so my room is almost finished.

Yesterday I shared a card that was clean and simple.  Today I am going to take that card and step it up.  To step it up I added a colored layer of cardstock behind the embossed panel.  I also took the sentiment and punched it out and added a punched layer behind it then mounted it using dimensionals.  Not a lot of work, but what a big difference.  Here is my stepped up version.




























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So do you like the stepped up version?  See how easy it is to step up a simple card by just adding some layers.  Give it a try.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Wish me luck on getting as much done as I want.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Simple Saturday - Birthday

Hello Stampers!

Well with all the cold weather lately I thought I would make a card to remind us that Spring will be here soon.  I think we all need to keep in mind that soon the cold weather will be gone and we will be welcoming green trees and flowers.

CAS-ology has a clean and simple challenge this week.  I thought this one would fit the challenge well.

I started with a white card base.  I added a piece of white cardstock that I embossed with the stripes embossing folder.  After that I added some ribbon and a flower that was stamped and layered.  The final piece was the sentiment.  Here is my clean and simple card.



























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Make sure you come back tomorrow to see how I took this card and stepped it up.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be spending some time organizing my stamp room as well as working on some design commitments.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie       

Friday, January 9, 2015

Paper Plunge - die cut

Happy Freezing Friday Everyone!

It is so cold here.  I know it is very cold every where in the US.  I hope everyone is able to stay warm.  I will spend time in my craft room since it is too cold to much of anything else.

Today is our challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge is to use a die cut.  When I saw this challenge I decided to check out the catalog to see what dies I had.  I was going to use several different dies, but then I remembered the Flower Frenzy Bigz die.  I love the leaf spray and there is a center element that reminded me of a snowflake.  I decided to use some shimmer paper for the leaf spray.  I then used vellum and silver glimmer paper for the snowflakes.  Here is my entry for our challenge.


























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I apologize for the poor pictures.  I usually use an OTT light to give me a nice light but when I opened it to take my picture, the bulb blew.  I will be heading out to get a new bulb today.

Make sure you head on over to The Paper Plunge blog to see what the other ladies created for our challenge.  We would love for you to play along with us.  Check out your die cuts and see what you can create.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Try and stay warm today.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Another "Love is in the Air" workshop card

Good Morning Ladies!

Oh My Gosh did it get freezing here.  Yesterday evening the weatherman said that with the wind chill it feels like 3 degrees.  I know other places are colder.  They even talked about how the cold front will extend down to Georgia.  Most of us up north are better equipped to deal with the cold but those in the south are not prepared for it.  I always worry about these fronts that go low as the orange crops can be affected by it.  We have to deal with it through the weekend and next week we will be back to normal temperatures.  That means it will be a perfect weekend to be creative!

I thought today I would share another one of my "Love is in the Air" workshop cards we will make next week.  I saw this sketch in my Stamper's Sampler take ten magazine.  I liked it immediately so I decided to use it for one of the cards for my workshop.  Here is the card I made using the sketch in the book.



























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The patterned paper is some of the new Stacked with Love paper stack.  This is a fun stack of paper.  You can order it now.  Add a few other items to equal $50 and you get to choose a Sale-abration item for free.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the knitting store today as I have not been since before Christmas.  My friend Mary was also sick so I have not seen her either.  Have a Great Day and stay warm wherever you are!

Robbie

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Bloom

Hello Everyone!

Well did you get snow yesterday?  We did not get anything but that is so different from the areas around us.  Some of them were to get 1 - 2 inches but ended up with a lot more than that.  Rush hour was a real mess here.

I was able to make 2 cards and start to work on the last project for The Stamp Academy.  I have all the cards made for my Love is in the Air workshop next week.  I am slowly getting back on track.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I am the start of the hop.  This week Liz chose our picture for the colors.













Stampin' Up colors that match














When I first looked at these colors I wanted to use Vanilla, Sahara Sand, and Basic Black.  I thought the color combination would be very pretty.  I started working on my card and when I finished, I realized I had use white and not Vanilla.  I was bummed but that is okay as it still turned out nice.  Here is what I created for our blog hop.























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Now it is time to hop on over to Carol's blog - Carol's Cards (Amanda is on vacation this week in South America).  I am sure you will enjoy the lovely card Carol has created.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Try and stay warm today as the wind is supposed to make it bitter cold.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie