Center Panel Easel Cards – So Delightful!

Need a card that really stands up and shows the recipient just how much they mean to you? This fun variation on an Easel Card pattern is just what you need. Even though the card name is a bit of a mouthful, I promise that putting one of these fun stand-up cards is very simple and won’t get you choked up (except by how beautiful the cards turn out)!

Center Panel Easel Cards – an entire herd of them!

Watch the replay of my Papercrafting Playdate Facebook Live video to see how these beauties were put together and download the pdf with written directions for your files.

Papercrafting Playdate #45 – Center Panel Easel Cards.

 Basic Supplies for Center Panel Easel Card

  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2” – card base, scored at 4-1/4”
  • 4 1/4” x 3 1/2” – cardstock for center panel
  • 4” x 3 1/4” – Basic White cardstock, cut 2
  • 1” x 4 1/4” patterned paper, cut 2 (optional)
  • Punched or die cut shape for inside sentiment

Fold the card base on the score line. Determine the front of the card base. Using the paper trimmer, cut 1” from each edge of the card base front from the bottom up to the score line. These two cuts will make 3 panels on the card front. The center panel will measure 3-1/2” across. Measure and score at the halfway point (2-1/8”) of the center panel and fold in half. This center panel should fold towards the inside of the card base.

The Center Panel Easel Card closed.

Stamp a background image on the 1” side panels. Adhere both of the 1” side panels to the inside of the card base leaving only the center panel moveable. Stamp on the 4” x 3 1/4” piece of Basic White as desired. Mount this piece onto the 4 1/4” x 3 1/2”  piece of coordinating cardstock. This will be the focal point of the card and the feature that stands up as the easel on the center panel. Adhere the focal point to the center panel of the card base ONLY to the bottom section below the folded (2-1/8”) scoreline.

The Center Panel Easel Card open for display.

Adhere the other Basic White cardstock to the inside of the card base and stamp inside greeting. Attach a punched/die cut shape popped-up with dimensionals approximately 1-1/2” from the bottom edge. This creates a “stop” to tuck the folded center panel behind to display the card.

There are so many ways to take the basic design of this card pattern and step-it-up, adjust the measurements, or change to make it work for the paper and stamp images you have in YOUR stash. Check out the samples I created (I may have gone a bit crazy as usual).

SO. MUCH. FUN. = Center Panel Easel Cards!!!

I challenge you to take a look at the images and paper you have in your stash and determine how you can create a card with this pattern using what you have! Happy stamping always, Robin

Don’t forget that during January and February Stampin’ Up! rewards every $50 in orders with a free item of your choice AND I am also offering free embellishments. Check out my January ordering special.

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Daffodil Afternoon is a Top Favorite

The biggest sale of the year, Sale-a-Bration, is only 12 days old and already there are some top favorite freebies. The Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Afternoon, is one of them. This patterned paper is so striking that it really stands alone on a card front and does all the work to make a gorgeous card easily. Take a look at how these cards are put together, download the Project Sheet, and give it a try!

Daffodil Afternoon Quick Cards

You can make some very quick cards when you have beautiful patterned paper to work with. Here are some ideas to throw together some cards starting with 4″ x 6″ pieces of Designer Series Paper.

Here are the pieces I am using for these fast cards. Substitute any punched shapes or focal point die cuts.
Cut off 3/4″ from the 4″ side of each piece. These strips will get turned over and used as accents under the focal points.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn free products during Sale-a-bration. Every $50 increment earns you a free item. See all the freebies. use my January Hostess Code with your order and get an extra freebie from me. Check out my online ordering special.

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More Awesome Angles Cards with Variations

You may have noticed (if you have been following me for awhile) that I really enjoy “proving” the versatility of a card template by trying it out with different papers and showcasing different stamp sets. I believe that when you get a good template you can use it over and over again just like a good cookie recipe. The samples I’m sharing today are building on the card template I shared yesterday to give you lots of inspiration for all the possibilities. Take a minute or two to watch my Papercrafting Playdate 44 video where I walk you through how to make the variations. Enjoy!

Really Robin Card Template #8 with Variations

Types of Variations

  1. Use an embossing folder on the card front to add texture.
  2. Add stamped stitching marks along the seams where the patterned papers meet.
  3. Use a neutral cardstock to replace one of the patterned papers and stamp greeting directly on it.
  4. Add an extra coordinating cardstock layer under the angled pieces.
  5. Cut the patterned paper into horizontal angles.
Variation #1 – Use an embossing folder to add texture.
Variation #2 – Add stamped stitching marks along the seams where the patterned papers meet using the Stitchery Stamp Set.
Variation #3 – Use a neutral cardstock to replace one of the patterned papers and stamp greeting directly on it.
Variation #4 – Add an extra coordinating cardstock layer under the angled pieces.
Variation #5 -Cut the patterned paper into horizontal angles.

Have an absolute blast making these cards my friends and send me pictures of your creations or leave me a comment! I love to hear from you!

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Simply Awesome Angles Card Template (3 in 1)

It’s the first week of the first month of the new year and time for our first card template. Woo hoo! We are starting out REALLY simple too because, well, sometimes the first week of a new year is a bit rough, right? If you are sliding into the new year similarly to me then you will want to get back to stamping with a sure-fire simple and beautiful card template You are also going to love how this template makes 3 cards at one time.

Really Robin Card Template #8 – Awesome Angles using the Sweet Conversations Suite

Let’s jump in and break this template apart so you can grab some patterned paper and start mass producing some cards!

Facebook Live replay of Papercrafting Playdate featuring Awesome Angles Card Template

 Supplies Needed

  • 5-1/4” x 4” patterned paper, 3 different patterns
  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base, cut 3
  • Neutral cardstock piece/punch/die cut for greeting
  • Scraps for die cutting/punching embellishment
  • 5-1/4” x 4” copy paper, cut 3 (optional)

Choose 3 pieces of patterned paper that coordinate with each other.  It works well if one of the patterns is bold and multicolored, while the other two are more subtle with contrasting patterns. Stack the 3 pieces on top of each other making sure the pattern designs are oriented vertically while prepping for cutting in the next step.

Basic supplies needed – just add punched shapes or die cuts for the sentiment.

Measure 1-1/4” down from the top left corner and 2” down from the top right corner and mark with a pencil. Then measure1-1/4” up from the bottom left corner and 2” up from the bottom right corner and mark with a pencil.

Cut all 3 pieces at the same time. Line up the top left corner pencil mark with the top right corner mark along the cutting groove on the paper trimmer and cut between the marks. Do the same thing between the bottom left corner and the bottom right corner marks and cut.  These two cuts will give you three angled pieces.

Separate the cut pieces into 3 card fronts where each card front has one of each of the 3 patterns: a top, a middle, and a bottom.

Adhere the tops, middles and bottoms to the card base lining up the edges.  To make this easier first adhere the pieces to copy paper sized 5-1/4” x 4”. This allows you to straighten up the edges if needed. Then adhere the copy paper to the card base.

Awesome angles adhered and ready for a greeting and an embellishment!

Stamp a greeting onto a punched or die cut piece of neutral or coordinating cardstock and attach to the card base overlapping one of the two seams where the patterned papers meet.

Really Robin Card Template #8 – Awesome Angles

Get your paper trimmer out and get started cutting up some patterned paper you love and throw together some very eye-catching designs! I’d love to see what you come up with – send me an email with a picture of your creations!

Check out my January Order Special

See what you can earn during Sale-a-Bration in January & February.

See all the new products available in the new 2022 January-June Mini Catalog.

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Happy New Catalog Day!

Drumroll please… Let me introduce you to the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog AND the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼 These fun idea books are launching today, and I am excited to think about how much fun we are going to have creating with the new products inside these pages.

What is Sale-a-bration? It is a two month opportunity to earn free products (stamp sets or paper) with every order.

Request a copy or view online.

Here is what you can earn with a $50 order. There are four stamp sets and three different Designer Series Paper packs to choose from. Check out all the products up close in my online store.

Here is what you can earn with a $100 order. Check out all the products up close in my online store.

Here is an additional gorgeous stamp set that can be earned by being a hostess with me. See the details.

Calming Camellia Stamp Set

Also during Sale-a-Bation you have the special opportunity to purchase a Starter Kit for $99 and receive 2 extra stamp sets of your choosing – any two current stamp sets in any catalog!!!!! What would you choose?

Get the Starter Kit for $99

It is a new month so there is a new Hostess Code to use when ordering with me. Not only can you earn a free Sale-a-bration product each time you order, but you can also earn a reward from me!

Use Hostess Code = ZWYH3C4R during January and you will earn a package of embellishment (your choice!) from me. Start Shopping.

Robin’s January Ordering Special – Place a qualifying order for $50 or more* (using the January hostess code) and receive a FREE Embellishment Pack of your choice from me! Choose from 5 different packs: Genial Gems, In Color Jewels, Pastel Pearls, Matte Black Dots, or Artistry Blooms Sequins.
*If you are ordering more than $150 do NOT use the hostess code because you ALSO get Stampin’ Rewards with your order in addition to my ordering special. 

We are in for some fun stamping moments this month! I will be “seeing” you very soon! – Robin

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Happy 2022 to You – A New Year is Here!

My very lovely friends, I wish you a very Happy New Year! May your 2022 be full.

It is time to think about a new year and what lies ahead. No matter how many new years you have experienced in your lifetime, you can approach a new year with enthusiasm or with trepidation. It is really your choice. We don’t ever know for sure what the future will bring, and when we embrace the unknown with an air of confidence knowing that we are equipped to handle what comes our way it can change how we react in the moment.

Starting a new year can be uncomfortable because we feel the pressure to make resolutions even though we know that doing so sets us up for disappointment. So instead of making resolutions I am setting intentions to accomplish my goals while allowing myself to focus on PROGRESS and not PERFECTION.

Here are some things I am being more intentional about in the new year despite the unknown and uncontrollable aspects of life:

  • More progress focus and less perfection focus
  • More book reading and less screen time
  • More greens and less sugar
  • More giving and less receiving
  • More fun and less stress
  • More love and less hate
  • More card sending and less text sending

I wish for you only good things in 2022 and the ability to handle all the not-so-good things that may occur as well. It’s time for me to get back to my craft room and

Please leave me a comment and share with me something you would like to learn/see/do with papercrafting in 2022. -Robin

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Joy to the World!

Merry Christmas to you and your family from ours!

Merry Christmas from all the Armbrechts

“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

May your holiday be blessed in every way. Love, Robin

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Art Therapy & Thank You Notes

2021 is coming to a close in twelve days and as I become reflective (as we tend to do this time of year) about what has occurred in the past year I am filled with love and gratitude for the people who have touched my life. That’s what it all boils down to most of the time, right? People. People. People! I feel especially thankful for all the people that I get to connect with because of my little stamping business.

Little did I anticipate that when I made my very first Facebook Live video tutorial in Dec. 2020 that I would still be making videos and enjoying it a year later. But thanks to YOU who have followed, liked, commented, encouraged, subscribed and helped ME in 2021, I have a very full heart. THANK YOU!!!

Creating simple cards from art therapy time.

For my last Papercrafting Playdate video of 2021 I wanted to focus on 2 things:

  1. How to use stamping as a way to relax, unwind, destress and fill your creative soul.
  2. Fast and easy stamping that allows you to make multiple cards (perhaps thank you notes).

I find it very soothing to create my own background paper using just stamps, ink, Basic White cardstock and some ink blending tools. The act of organizing images randomly onto paper to make it come to life makes me so relaxed and calm. Simply blending ink into the paper’s fibers is like magic to me. This is art therapy in its most basic form. Your senses are engaged, your brain becomes positively stimulated, and happiness chemicals are released! I challenge you to make some time to gift yourself some art therapy time whenever you need to turn around a stressful day or hit the reset button.

Watch the video tutorial and download the free pdf and get started today!

Papercrafting Playdate #43 – Art Therapy & Thank you notes!

To create your own background paper with stamp images you need the following supplies. I am showing this technique with a half sheet of cardstock but you can very easily do this with an entire 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock.

  • Neutral cardstock – Basic White or Very Vanilla are perfect (but you can also use colored cardstock)
  • 3-4 ink pads in coordinating colors
  • Blending brushes – or any way to apply ink from pad to paper like daubers, sponges, or brushes
  • Multiple images of varying sizes
  • Optional – sentiment image

Tips for creating an interesting piece of background paper (while enjoying art therapy):

  • Start with the largest image first and stamp it in a triangular pattern to keep it evenly spaced.
  • Use the next largest image next with a different color ink. Tuck this image in and around the first image.
  • Move to the smallest image and fill in where the “holes” are left in your design.
  • Gently blend ink over all the stamped images using the same color as they are stamped in.
  • Optional: Use a word or sentiment image and stamp over all the other images. Stamp the words going in the same direction across the cardstock.

Now that you have completed your art therapy background paper you can walk away happy OR cut it up and use it on card bases. By adding a coordinating cardstock matte and a simple embellishment you can put together some very quick and easy cards. Below you will see some efficient ways to cut up the background paper. Again, I have shown how to create 4 card elements from a half sheet (trimmed to 5″ x 8″) of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock but you can very easily design an entire sheet and cut it to make 8 card elements. Download the pdf for all the measurements.

Cutting Design #1 – The first way to cut up the trimmed half sheet (5″ x 8″) is to cut it into four pieces measuring 2 1/2″ x 4″. Before adding to the card base you can dry emboss these pieces using an embossing folder and mount on coordinating cardstock pieces measuring 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. Add a simple greeting and an embellishment to finish the card.

Cutting Design #2 – The second way to cut up the trimmed half sheet (5″ x 8″) is to cut in half at 4″ first, then cut those pieces diagonally from opposite corners to make 4 triangles. Repeat the same sequence of cuts on a half sheet (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) of coordinating cardstock to create 4 pieces to mount the triangles on before putting onto the card bases.

Cutting Design #3 – The third way to cut up the half sheet (5 1/2″ x 8″) is to cut into 4 pieces measuring 1 7/8″ x 5 1/2″. This will create long narrow pieces that go all the way across the length of the card base. Cut pieces from a half sheet (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) of coordinating cardstock to create 4 pieces for mounting.

Cutting Design #4 – Lastly, you can cut up the half sheet (5″ x 8 1/2″) into 4 pieces measuring 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. This will create pieces that go all the way across the width of the card base. Cut mounting pieces of coordinating cardstock from a half sheet (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″).

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Give this simple stamping method a try and I guarantee you will find something therapeutic from the process and with any luck you will have also made some quick cards! Leave me a comment and let me know what kinds of stamping tutorials you would find interesting in 2022! -Robin

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5 Simple Gift Card Holders for Wrapping up December

These simple patterns are here to help you whip out some quick gift card holders when you are crunched for time. All of these designs will fit into an envelope and can be mailed. The projects pictured were created in December 2020 so the stamp sets may not be available any longer, however the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper is still available. You can easily translate these designs using any patterned paper you have on hand!

5 Simple and Mailable Gift Card Holders

Download the pdf and get started!

December 2020 video – one of my first!

#1 Easy Peasy Gift Card Holder

#2 Easy Peasy Flipped Gift Card Holder

#3 Pop-Up Gift Card Holder

#4 Mini Folder Gift Card Holder

#5 Mega Gift Card Holder

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The Pop-Up Gift Bag Card

One definition of the term, “pop-up” is a component or device that pops up. When pop-ups are inserted into cards they create a surprise inside. This kind of card is very playful and begs to be opened over and over. The pop-up inside today’s card creates a fabulous miniature gift bag that perfectly holds a gift card. I don’t know about you but I find this combination very satisfying! AND my project is featuring a brand new not yet released Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Afternoon. You will be able to earn this paper for free during the Sale-a-Bration promotion beginning in January. Give your eyes a tiny rest from holiday colors and sentiments to feast on some bright flowery paper. Enjoy!

Pop-Up Gift Bag Card

I created a video that not only shows you how to make the pop-up gift bag card, but also a stand alone miniature gift bag and a small gift bag. Both of these gift bags are perfect for giving little gifts. There are lots of variations and flexibility with this pattern so take your time and dive in to this project.

 Supplies Needed for Pop-Up Gift Bag (finished size 2-1/2” x 3-1/2”)

  • 4” x 9-1/2” patterned paper (DSP)
  • 5” linen thread, twine, or thin ribbon (cut 2)
  • Tear Tape or Seal+ Adhesive
  • Bone folder
Measurements for cutting and scoring the pop-up gift bag feature.

Directions for Pop-up Gift Bag

  1. Decide which side of the 4” x 9-1/2”  patterned paper is going to be the outside and which is going to be the inside of the gift bag.
  2. Score at 1/2”, 1”, 4 1/2”, 5”, 5 1/2”, and 9” along the 9 1/2” side.
  3. Score at 1/2” and 3” (or 1” from the other side) along the 4” side.

4. Fold on the score lines to create the gift bag’s gusseted sides which will indent in a W shape.

5. Punch a 1/8” hole 1” from each edge of the folded bag under the 3” score line to create the places for the handles.

6. Insert the 2 ends of the each ribbon piece into the holes on each side of the bag from the outside to the inside and tape down inside the bag with regular tape.

7. Add Tear Tape along the inside edge of the top bag flap and adhere over the ribbon ends to secure.

8. Apply Tear Tape along the single 1/2” flap on the outside of the bag. and to the 2 bottom flaps of the bag on the outside.

9. Fold the side flap to the inside and attach to the double flap on the opposite side making sure the double flap is already folded back to make the W gusset on the side.

10. Lay the bag centered inside the card base along the folded score line. Attach to the card one side at a time.
When the card is opened the gift bag will pop up!

Cardstock Needed for Card Base (choose 1 version)

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4” for basic version
  • 4-1/4” x 11”  scored at 3-1/2” & 7-3/4” for square version
  • 4-1/4” x 11”  scored at 3-1/2” & 9” for gatefold version
  • 5-1/2” x 11” scored at 4-1/4” & 8-1/2” for tri-fold version #1
  • 5-1/2” x 11” scored at 3-1/2” & 7-3/4” for tri-fold version #2

Other Optional Pieces

  • 4” x 5-1/4” plain copy paper for inside of card
  • 1-1/2” x 9-1/2” to create a belly band to secure card base closed
  • Small piece of tissue paper (about 4’ x 6”)

Directions for Card Base

  1. Score card base of choice. 
  2. Determine orientation of card base for your design (landscape or portrait), and where you want the pop-up gift bag to be inserted.
  3. Attach optional copy paper insert first before adding the pop-up gift bag.
The card base for the pop-up gift bag can be created in lots of different ways because it can be attached along any folded score line.

What are you waiting for? Grab some patterned paper and create a miniature gift bag that pops up inside a card and give it to someone special! I’d love to hear about what you are making this month at your house, so leave me a comment! Happy stamping, Robin

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