2008 ~ Create it. Go!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Well, I wish I had something wonderful and new to show you, but I don't. I won't be able to post the rest of this week too-not enough time to do everything. But I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a great week! Stay warm! :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CUTE CUTE card! Lots of work!

Here's another card we made last week at our stamp club night. It is sooo cute! But I am glad that I am not making a bunch of them! :) The coloring...and the cutting...

We used crystal effects and then glitter on top of it on the roof and embossed with cinnamon and embossing powder so it smells good too!!!
Thanks again S! Love it!

Snowflakes and children...

Made up this little poem and gave it out with a snowflake ornament to everyone who helps teach in some way in our church's children organization as a little thank you. I wanted to talk about the uniqueness of both and how each is a treasure to us also. I hope it came across that way and went together okay as well???? (Not sure if you can read it-maybe if you click to enlarge?)

Monday, December 15, 2008


Yeah! My brother brought me his old digi camera and saved me from the land of no posts. :) AND I got to stamp at our stamp night this past weekend!

So, here are a couple of the projects we did. The first is done on glossy cardstock and I love how it turned out. The second one shown here is an acetate box filled with Hershey's nuggets. We just stamped mailing labels and wrapped them around each nugget. Easy and not too long either. I love it too!
(Tried to show you a side view, ignore the background mess please.)

More to come later! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Alive and running

I really am still here and even alive and not only kicking, but running! It feels like it at least-running from one thing to another and one thing to get done to another...which means that I have had absolutely not time whatsoever to stamp or create much of anything. I still have cards I started the week before last that are still sitting unfinished. Grrrr...and now I have a new problem. I accidentally dropped my camera last night and cracked it where the lens comes out when it turns on. AAAAHHH! So no digital camera right now either. so...hate to say this, but I am not sure when I will get to stamp next, let alone post the pics. Grrrr....

I'll try and stay in touch and keep you posted.

In the meantime, enjoy the hustle and bustle and spirit of the season! :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

From this to That Friday!

Well this is not the FTTT that I have been trying to get done, but is another one fun one to share! :)

From this:To that:
I made this a couple of years ago, so the pic of the branch in the 1st pic is not the exact same one as the branch in the 2nd pic-but it works, you just go get a random one from your yard. I saw this idea at a baby shower with all kinds of baby things hung all over it for decoration. (pacifiers, socks, clippers, etc...) I then made one for the same reason and turned it into a game at the shower as well. It was sitting on a table as guests arrived as a centerpiece and later, I took it away without being noticed and then they had to try and remember all of the baby items that had been hing on it. (Then later, I gave all the items to the guest of honor for her baby.)

Since then, we use it every year during various seasons to hang things from, whether it be snowflakes like this (found at the Dollar Store) or leaves or hearts-whatever!
You just get a branch from outside (spray paint it white), a pot, and some plaster of paris and wala! There you have it! (Mine used to have a few more branches on it, that have broken off here and there over the last couple of years. Oh well. More character to the tree, huh?) :)

I'm off to go to my nephew's baby blessing this weekend, but will have more time next week to share more with you! :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How cute is this!

And how simple too! Sometimes I wonder if I make things harder than they have to be.

Lindsey, my bloggin'/stamping buddy, who I guest blogged for, sent this to me full of Dove chocolate! Who wouldn't love that?!! (My kids and DH certainly did too!) :) I figured they deserved to share with me, since they gave up more time with me (or more patience when I stayed up late stamping) during that week. :) I did love guest blogging and getting some more time in for projects though, so thanks again Lindsey!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas is coming...the goose is getting fat

Here's a quick card I threw together at my mom's over Thanksgiving! Not my fav, but it'll do for now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Faux silk

Here's another card that they made at a club night that I missed-and another new technique. It is a faux silk technique. You actually stamp the images on tissue paper, crinkle the tissue paper all up, open it back up, and then use a glue stick to glue it down to white cardstock.

The second card is one we tried right after the first with some silver tissue paper and with a friend's stamps and supplies. We had limited supplies, but it's always fun to have a challenge and was a good learning experience for our friend too. We even embossed without a heating gun! (used a travel iron!) I am thinking I will still add some accessories to it yet...maybe some silver brads and some other things???

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fun turkey craft for kids-Disguised Turkeys

I posted this on my family blog, but thought I would post it here as well for those of you that don't know my family. It's a fun and easy craft for kids to do for Thanksgiving! You can click here to go to my other more detailed post and for the template.


Missed club nights

Well, I obviously missed my FTTT Friday. Oops! I honestly just thought about it tonight. I was working daily and nonstop on some photo books for Christmas presents that I HAD to get done by Saturday. And I can't even promise that it will happen this week with Thanksgiving, but I AM working on something and am excited to see it done soon!

Here is a card that I just got to make from a stamp club night I missed a couple of months ago. I think she called it an Iris something center. I think it came out great and it's always fun to learn and try new techniques. Thanks S!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Busy! Busy!

Ever since I guest blogged last week and spent so much time stamping (which was wonderful!), I have had to try and catch up on other things I kinda ignored some of those days, so I haven't been able to post much...although! I actually have made a few cards with some friends this week and started another card that I think I am really going to like...now I just need to find time to finish it. I have also been trying to get some picture books done for Christmas presents...so sorry I haven't had more this week, but I will post soon. :)

Great little Gifts

I posted this on Lindsey's blog and thought I would share it here too.

I have had several ideas I have wanted to make lately for small gifts to give to family and friends. What I really like about them all, is that they are good for beginner stampers as well as "seasoned" stampers. :) Everybody will like any of them and can use all of them!
The first one is this cute little tin full of stampin goodies (above). You can put whatever you want in them, spending as much or as little as you want. You can fully alter/cover them or just add a couple of embellishements as decoration. For this one, I just used my Tree of All Seasons stamp, chalked it with pastels, and added a couple of little leaf punches and a ribbon. I also added a few silk flowers around the goodies in the tin to add a bit more color. Inside it, I have a punch, some jumbo paperclips, some brads, a sponge, a bone folder, a couple of markers and a blender pen. I also added a little ring on the side with a bunch of punches pre-made (card candy) to be used on future cards or scrapbook pages. I love card candy!
This second pic (above) is a picture of the supplies to put together another idea to give away card candy. You can alter/cover and decorate something as small as this "bandaid tin" (and you really don't even have to buy this kind, just use the one you have at home for real bandaids!) Then add a bunch of card candy...anything from brads, rhinestones, tags, punches, snippets of ribbon, clips...whatever you want!Last picture I have for you is a portfolio with cards inside. (pictured above) You can put as many cards in it as you want (and that can fit!). I got the idea from my sister-in-law's blog here.

You start with a regular sheet of 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, score it in half at 5.5, then on the long side, cut an upside down V, and fold it up. You'll then use sticky tape to tape up the sides and a crop-a-dile to punch some holes. Decorate the front and then run some ribbon through the whole thing. At this point, you can do a couple of different things. You can make some cards to give them and put them in the portfolio (for them to be able to use and give away). The cards can be all made with the same stamp set (It's fun to give this away with the set of new stamps this way.) or they can all be totally different. You can include envelopes on one side and cards on the other, or just fill both sides with cards. OR you can put some blank cards in there (pre-folded) and a stack of printed card sketches/layouts on the other side (which you can find TONS of on splitcoast). With this 2nd way...it's fun to give them the little box of card candy along with it! (For a little more detailed instructions, click on the link above.)

I have to say that I love how the front of the portfolio turned out. I really like the colors and the classic simplicity look as well. I think I'll have to make more of these portfolios. It's a great way to give just a few cards away, but make it look soooo nice!

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Scrappin' style

I mentioned awhile back, that my scrapbook's for this year were going to have a different look to the pages from the previous ones done. Well, here are some new ones for ya!

I am making my collages on my computer and printing them at the store as 8x10's. Then I put them on a 12x12 sheet of cardstock and decorate a simple strip of paper along one side and add a little journaling. I am enjoying 1) the combination of the ease of putting them into collages on the computer and posting many pics on one page and 2) the creativity and enjoyment I get from doing a little by hand as well.
(The second, smaller pic I posted is to show how you can add more room for journaling. ANd BTW-I have not added the journaling to any of these yet.)

I would love to hear what you think about them and any constructive criticisms or suggestions you may have.

Robyn Bobbin Bo Bobbin

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More stamp club

Here are the other two projects that I made at stamp night for November.

A super easy and cute little box filled with hot chocolate packets and marshmallows! Here is a link to where you can find the template to make the box. (We used wadded up saran wrap and inked it to make the background textured look.)And another fun card! I have been wanting to do this dahlia fold flower for months and finally I got to!!!!Lots of fun!

Christmas cards

If you didn't get a chance to check these out on my friend's blog, where I was guest blogging last week, here they are again.

Here are two very different Christmas cards, one very unconventional and the other more conventional (with a twist in the format).

I really like the swirly Christmas tree in Stampin' Up's new "Snow Swirled" set, BUT unfortunately I don't have it, so I thought I would try my hand at making a similar tree.

I used the swirl from my "Priceless" set, and the small flower looking stamp from "Baroque Motifs" To create a similar looking Christmas tree. And wala! Here is what I came up with.
The "Blessed" stamp is from my retired "So Very" set, which I still use a lot and love! I think this card is prettier in person when you can really see how it sparkles. (The second pic shows a little more of the sparkle.) This card was very different from my normal style and honestly kinda weird for me...but I like the difference and thinking outside of my norm.

I also wanted to use some more traditional looking stamps, so I pulled out this old retired Stampin' Up set called "The Nativity" and thought it would make a great stair step card. (You can find the dimensions here.) It's simple, yet I love the way it came out! The stars are from "Background Basics". At first I was going to stamp them all over, but started on the sides and decided I like them there only. I still can't decide if it needs a brad in the front at the bottom of the sentiment or something like that. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Hope you like!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stamp club

We had our stamp club night last night and I really liked everything we made! Here's a couple of cards that we made.

The first one was really fun to make. I posted a few pics to show you how it opens up. You write your msg on the back side of the oval. I would love getting this in the mail! How fun!

This one (below) has a faux tear. You tear a sheet of paper and put it on top of the card. Then ink a brayer and roll it across the part that you want to look like it has another paper on it with torn edges.
I'll post the other projects we did another day. (I need to finish one still.) :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

From this to That Friday

I can't believe we are already to Friday again. I was excited for this week's FTTT and am excited for next Friday too. (You'll have to wait and see what I am working on! I wish it was for me!) :)

Anyway, here is my FTTT for today.

I started with this:1-A glass frame that I bought about 5 years ago from a dollar store and have never used. (I pulled it out of a box in the closet and thought it would be perfect for Stampin' Up's rub-ons!)
2-Rub-ons from Stampin' Up (that I have had for months and months and never tried!)
3-Picture of my daughter
4-Some stamps, ink, and paper
And no idea what I was going for...


I came up with...I love it! I can't decide which I like better-the frame with the pic of my daughter (now in black and white-it almost looks like those pics that come with the frames, but I promise, it isn't!) :) OR the little sentiment I put together. What I do love!!!! is that I can change it around and even make something different to put in it. You could do seasonal stuff/quotes/etc or different pics. It makes me want to do more!!!

Anyway-hope you liked and can use as inspiration to make something for yourself!

Happy Friday!

Robyn Bobbin

Guest blogging

I started guest blogging today for Lindsey and was trying to think yesterday what I was going to post on my own blog...I was thinking that it would be nice to post some different things, but I don't have the time to come up with double the projects, sooo...I'll most likely post some of the same and then more on here later.

For now, here is one of the projects I posted on her blog today. It' s the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast this week (TLC194), on Monday. It's a super-duper easy-to-make Christmas box that you can fill with candy or whatever your heart desires! And it's so easy, that you can make a bunch of them to give out this Christmas! (The template and tutorial to make these can be found here.)

I'll post the rest of my cards and projects on here later, AND/OR you can go on over to Lindsey's blog, here, to see them now as well!

Thanks for stopping by! :) Smiles!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Room Parent Handouts

I mentioned a week or so ago, that I had been busy with school PTO stuff-well I am the Room Parent Coordinator for my two youngest kids' school this year. I have been trying to get a packet of information out to all of this year's room parents and this is what I was busy making. I sent the folder (shown below) home to all the room parents full of helpful information and then sent the little info cards to the teachers, with a magnet on the back, so that they could hang them up somewhere in their classroom. I also made the card (shown above), with a pull-out bookmark, for an office staff member that has helped me a lot! They are not all that fancy, but I don't have any kind of budget, so I got the folders from the school and kept them simple. I still think they had to be kinda fun to receive??? I'm excited to do little thank you's for the room parents as the year progresses. :)
(Their mascot is a raccoon if you haven't figured that out yet.) :) I printed most of this stuff on my computer-except for the bookmark above. That is a stamp.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Been busy!

I've actually been busy stamping! Can you tell? (But then, the laundry isn't folded. Shhhh!) :)

I have been wanting to use this set for months now and finally did yesterday! I thought they turned out cute. I really seem to like the square cards lately. This one is 4x4. Again, very simple. I didn't even color it all, but liked it this way-didn't want to add too much. I actually made more than one of these and on almost every one, I changed something...where I put the tag, used staples instead of brads on some, changed the ribbon, etc...but I think this is my fav and was of course the last one I made. :)

The majority of my stamps that I use are Stampin' Up, but every now and then I get a few from other places. This set is from "My Favorite Things". I ordered it when I got the "Think Pink" set I used for the Breastcancer Awareness stuff I made. Anyway, thought I could use this one for so many people-friends, sisters, almost anyone-take out the sisters and maybe even for my dad!!! (He LOVES chocolate!)

Simply Baroque

A very simple card, yet classy I think. I kept thinking, do I need to add more? like polka dots around the white circles or something, yet I think it needs to stay simple. Thoughts?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Guest Blogger

Guess what?!!! I have been chosen to be a guest blogger on a very talented bloggin/stampin friend's blog! She has this wonderful retreat coming up, which I WISH I was going to, but the next best thing, is to get to be her guest blogger, right? I was very flattered that I was chosen to do this. She is amazing! I have no idea where she finds the time. Her scrapbooking style is soooo much MORE than mine, and I love her cards and other projects that she makes! Anyway, check out her wonderful work and creative ideas here on her blog, Stamp with Linz. I'll be guest blogging for her from November 13th-16th! So...hope to see you there!

Robyn Bobbin

Friday, November 7, 2008

From This to That Friday

Okay (How many posts do I start that way? haha), Let's play a game if you will...Let's pretend it is still Friday...since yesterday I was feeling horrible and could not get enough energy up to post this. Deal? :)

I mentioned earlier that I would start these From this to That Friday's and that they would be anything from papercrafting to anything around the house even, so...
This week's FTTT is a really simple one. A space saver and organizational angel for me! The first pic is a picture of my shelf that I kept my paper on before I found this treasure. Not really nice looking, nor very easy to find what I was looking for. Well, I am not ashamed to say that I found this new treasure of mine set out by the side of the road to be put out with the trash. Yes, I did stop and picked it up. I couldn't help it! I knew exactly what I would/could use it for...and wala! Isn't it great!?? (I still don't have all the papers on there quite yet, but almost...I know that there are other things you can buy-drawers, shelves etc to do this same thing, but this was free for me! :) (Yes, I know it doesn't always happen like this.) Anyway, I love my before and after pics, and even more so, I love using this so much better than the way I had things arranged before.
Look for more ideas next week! I'm excited for my next one!!! (And if any of you few that read this :) have anything that fits under this category and want to email it to me, please do and I will post it as well.)

Thanks for looking! Happy Friday! LOL

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Love it!

My sis-n-law sent me this cute cute card! You'll have to click on it to see it larger and read the sentiment! LOL I love it!!! I love the card-the way she created the cute eve/awning (what do you call that?) that hangs over it, the colors...everything! Thanks so much M! (You can check out her cute creations here.) Don't you love getting cards and letters in the mail (that aren't bills and junkmail)?