Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Teapot Tuesday Challenge (MMTPT569) at

I made this card last night for the Teapot Tuesday challenge at

Our cards for this week’s challenge are going to Jonesboro, AR to the grandparents of a 12 year old young man who recently lost his battle with cancer.
This is a standard A2 card. I used a scrap of designer paper for the two rectangles and layered them onto olive green cardstock.  The center panel was dry embossed with an embossing folder then layered onto the same olive green cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts black ink; I then went over “Sympathy” with a gold glitter pen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Father's Day Card

My nephew received this card for Father's Day.

I embossed a piece of black cardstock using a
Tim Holtz 3D folder and metallic paste to add 
dimension and shine. The sentiment was stamped
on silver mirror cardstock with Stazon ink. Then layered on top of black cardstock. Once the front was finished, it was layered onto a black A2 card.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

One More Recessed Panel Card!

This will probably be the last Recessed Panel card that I post for awhile. Unless, of course, I happen to create one that is Super Duper Awesome. (wink)

This particular card also uses a dry embossing technique. After embossing the black cardstock using a 3D embossing folder, I rubbed some gold mousse on the raised parts to add color and give a shine to the paper.  The finished size of this card is 5x7.

I’ve been organizing my art studio and paring down stuff in order to consolidate and save space. Part of the organization and consolidation effort is taking things out of their packaging and storing like items together in the same manner.  That is the reason why I have not been able to supply the brand of dies, folders, papers, etc. or the product names.  I also try to use paper from my scrap bin first before cutting into a new sheet of cardstock or designer paper.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Recessed Panel Card - Take Two!

I think I’m obsessed with these Recessed Panel cards!  They are so much fun to make … and relatively easy, too!  I like “easy,” don’t you?

The center blue and cream panel was made using the cut out pieces from the card I posted on June 6th. I laid it across the designer paper panel and fiddled with it until I found the placement that I liked. After gluing it down, I trimmed the edges so that they were flush with the designer paper.  In retrospect, I should have waited to trim the edges until the designer paper was attached to the mat. I think the card would be more visually appealing. But! It is what it is, and I’m fine with that!

The flower trio is a Deep Red stamp and the leaves are from a die set, as is the center tag. The sentiment is from Just Rite stamps.  This card is a standard A2, so it measures 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Recessed Panel Card

was browsing on Pinterest and came across video from France Martin ( FrenchieStamps)   
for a Recessed Panel Card.  So, of course! I had to make one!

Mine is really more of a sample card since the front is a bit plain for my taste, but I do like it and will most likely give it to someone if I need a card in a hurry.  I pulled things out of my stash of supplies as I was putting this card together and didn’t pay attention to brands or set names.  The silk flowers were a small bit that I nearly threw away when I was unpacking my supplies – I’m glad now that I didn’t.

Even though there is a bit of fussiness to this card due to the measurements you need to make, it is easy to put together. After you finish one, any more that you make will be a breeze to complete!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pictures, as promised!

Here are a couple of pictures of one of the most recent cards I made. This a a Panel Pull Out Card and is very easy to make.  It definitely has that WOW! factor that cardmakers are looking for!

The designer paper is from Graphic 45. The white base is Neenah. The sentiment is a stamp that I have had quite a while but I don't remember the name of the set it was in.

The one thing I learned from making this card was to use a lighter weight cardstock for the scored panel. A lighter weight cardstock will stay closed much better than the heavy weight card.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Time to Return!

Nearly three years since my last post, oh my!  So much has happened but I'll keep it short.

Let's see, in February 2017, I was transferred to a different project which meant a move. I moved in with my brother  (supposedly only temporarily) and had to put most of my things, including a lot of my art supplies, into storage. It got to the place where I only made cards when absolutely necessary, i.e. Christmas and birthdays. It wasn't enjoyable since I didn't have the elbow room I needed in order to create.

The days, weeks, and months went by and I stopped actively looking for my own place.  And then things changed earlier this year.  My Dad went into the hospital at the end of January; he was only at home for maybe eight days from the day he first went to the hospital until late-March when he came home under Hospice care.  My brother's girlfriend and her son moved in. Thankfully, the girlfriend is in the medical field and she jumped right in helping to take care of Dad during his final earthly days. I don't know what we would have done without her!

I think the stress of my Dad being in the hospital for so long, his final Hospice care, and then his passing finally got to me the day of his Celebration of Life. I started feeling ill at the cemetery and it took nearly three weeks before I was feeling "almost human" again.   It wasn't until then that I actively started looking for  and subsequently found my own place.

So, I moved at the beginning of this month.  I am STILL unpacking and it seems like it will never end! It's been difficult trying to fit furniture and art supplies that were once in a large 2 bedroom unit into a 1 bedroom unit that is about half the size. I have discarded a lot of things and have donated at least 5 large boxes of stuff to Goodwill. Oh, and I have another donation box started as well as a large box of art supplies that will be donated to the Community Center where my Mother goes.

So much for keeping this short!   I don't have any pictures of cards to share today, but I will return in the next day or so with at least one picture.  So, please stay tuned for the next episode of Robin's Ramblings. 😄

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Die Embossing and Rock 'n Roll Tecnhiques

I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she highlighted the “Die Embossing” technique with layering dies.  I was fascinated and ran to my art studio to give it a try with my Fun Stampers Journey dies. This is the end result of my studio play time!

I don’t have the circle or oval dies (yet!), but I do have the rectangle and long rectangle piercing die sets.  I decided to use the long rectangle dies, so I laid them out & placed a few pieces of scotch tape on the non-cutting side to hold them together.

It took a few tries to get the right sandwich combination for my Grand Caliber die cutting machine. This is what works in my machine (bottom to top): Base Plate, Tan Embossing Mat, Cardstock, Taped-together Dies (cutting side down), Adapter Plate & a shim that was cut from a manila folder.   It didn’t feel tight when it was rolled through my machine, but the embossing came out beautifully.

Now that I had an embossed piece of cardstock, I had to decide what I was going to do with it. I thumbed through my Fun Stampers Journey stamp sets looking for the perfect set to work with my embossed piece.  Ah ha!  I have matching dies for the Autumn Days (SS-0006) set.

 I used Fun Stamper’s Journey Pineapple Smoothie ink on the oak leaf stamp, then “rock ‘n rolled” the following colors on top of the Pineapple Smoothie ink: Green Olive, Rich Coral, and Dark Roast to get the variegated colors.  I used the matching dies to cut the leaves out – so much faster than fussy cutting!

The bottom leaf is glued down flat at the stem end & the top of the leaf is popped up; I placed the tape close to the edge of the image. The second leaf has more tape toward the top so that it pops up more than the bottom leaf.  The leaf on top has tape all over it and a double layer of tape at the top for extra dimension.

The sentiment came from the Summer Garden (SS-0078) set and was stamped in Dark Roast ink. The panel was glued onto a piece of Green Olive cardstock and that panel was glued onto a Whipped Cream card base.  I tied a length of twine into a double bow & used a glue dot to adhere it to the card front.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fun at Bali Studios!

Last Thursday was Open Paint Night at Bali Studio in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  I planned on painting a dragonfly again because my granddaughter has the first one I did.  I really like that dragonfly painting and want one for my art wall!   But when I got to Bali Studio, I decided to do something different, something that I hadn't painted yet.  So, I chose the heron silhouette.

This was a fun, FAST painting!  I was done with it in about an hour, and that included drying time!  

The background was done first, starting with light cream for the setting sun, then gradiating out with darker colors.  The silhouette was drawn freehand (no stencil, oh my!), then painted black. The leaf fronds and birds were created using with simple brushstrokes.   Voila! It's done!

If you would like to join me at a paint class, look up and "like" Bali Studio on Facebook. Sheri posts her events there. Here is a link to her page:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fun Stamper's Journey, "Tickled Pink"

This card is for this week’s Try a New Technique Challenge on  The challenge was to create a  “Bordered Sentiment” card.  I have been seeing quite a few cards with flamingos lately & they have been “growing on me.”  So, I decided to use Fun Stamper’s Journey Tickled Pink set for the card.

Here is the finished card

After stamping the sentiment onto a piece of Fun Stamper’s Journey  Whip Cream cardstock, I drew the border lightly with a #2 pencil & masked it off using blue painter’s tape.  I stamped the flamingo first & colored it.  I masked the image before stamping the tree trunk & palm fronds.   I drew the coconuts using different colored markers to add shading.  Once that was done, I colored in the palm fronds and tree trunk.  

Once that was done, I carefully peeled off the painter’s tape & stamped the three flowers & leaves on the right side above the sentiment.  Then I went over the pencil marks with a marker to create the border & erased the remaining marks that were inside the flower petals.   I water colored the sand and sky with marker ink & my watercolor pen.

Ugh, I did not like this card after all that work!  The left side of the bordered area was empty and I didn’t like how the flowers looked.  So, I stamped five more flowers & eight leaves on a piece of scrap cardstock, water colored them, then fussy cut them out. After that was done, I glued them onto the card & added a bit of glimmer to the yellow centers & sentiment using Sakura gold & clear glitter pens.

When I was happy with the card front, I trimmed it down to 4” x 5-1/4”. I layered it on top of a piece of Sweet Berry cardstock that was cut to 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” and glued that entire piece onto a card base of Black Licorice cardstock.  (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” to create the base).

You can purchase the cardstocks and Tickled Pink (SS-0265) stamp set on my Fun Stamper’s Journey page,