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Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 54 comments

Friday Featured Card Maker, Robin L., Plano, TX

There are so many things I like about Robin’s cards that I would have to issue a spoiler alert, so I will try my best to not say a word!!!!  As you can imagine—for me that’s just plum near impossible.  So I shall tell y’all a little about Robin instead!  Robin calls Plano home, it’s just outside of Dallas.  They have 6 Westies, 5 are rescues. She and that great guy she’s been married to for 14 years, have a hard time saying “no”,  which I can understand—my dear McFadden was a pound rescue—he has passed now and I still miss him. 

Y’all are fantastic at leaving comments, last week was no exception.  Robin doesn’t have a blog, so leave a little something extra in the comments below. Now sit back, relax and enjoy Robin and these absolutely beautiful cards—I have a hard time picking a favorite—but notice the blue flower card with the turned image, and the circle card—CASEing both of these ideas—okay I promise not another word.  Enjoy!!!

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I have been card making about 7 years. I saw an episode of Carol Duvall and they made a cute simple card. And I told Maggie (my Westie) Hey we could do that! And it just opened a whole new world. Now if I’m not making a card I’m learning, looking at cards, shopping for card supplies or thinking of making cards. I have been crocheting and other crafts for 30 + years. And found inspiration for a couple of the cards shown from StampTV, Judy Woodland, and, and various sketches.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?

I took over my son’s room when he moved out. It is my favorite place. And full of goodies. My husband is very supportive of my hobby/obsession.  I think every crafter has a little bit of hoarder inside (HA). I have a computer and TV in my “studio” so I think I am very lucky. I have been lucky to get some storage from “repurposing”. I got a cassette holder for 50 cents that is great for ink [pad] storage. We found a drawer with dividers and turned it on its side and use it for a shelf. My work stations are a huge desk and a very deep wooden book case that we got for free. And I use a sewing desk for embossing. Most of my punches are in a shoe holder hanging in the closet.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

I get a lot of inspiration from StampTV by Gina K Designs.  They have great sturdy cardstock and stamps.  Hero Arts  and Paper Smooches stamps are favorites too. Also Splitcoaststampers is another great place for ideas.  I also follow Darlene Designs and Kristina Werner.  Dies and punches are a must, couldn’t live without my Cuttlebug.  I’m a sucker for stamps with coordinating dies.


Miss You A Lot sentiment by Gina K Stamps “One in a Million”

Do you have a favorite  technique?

I love to try different techniques. I donate card sets for different silent auctions too so I like to mix it up. Bleaching is fun too watching the color change.  That’s the great thing about this hobby because there is always something new to learn.  I enjoy different online classes.  As for a favorite I guess just old fashioned stamping and coloring is my favorite.

Stampin’ Up! "Express Yourself" sentiment, Hero Arts “Antiques and Butterflies” using 3 butterfly dies.

Stampin’ Up! “Express Yourself” sentiment, Hero Arts “Antiques and Butterflies” using 3 butterfly dies.

Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as  inspiration for your cards?

I do love all the sketches/tutorials on OWH. And Sandy’s videos are great. I especially love the 6X6 pad tutorial  cause I love patterned paper. I think I am a paperholic. I have so many 6×6 pads and love them.  And just hate to waste any of the paper. And I love how the sketches have measurements.

Image and sentiment by  Gina K Designs "Funny Farm" stamp set, CASEd from Judy Woodland.

Image and sentiment by Gina K Designs “Funny Farm” stamp set, CASEd from Judy Woodland.


Do you prefer digi’s or stamps?
I like to use rubber/clear stamps. I haven’t used any digi’s as of yet. I guess I’m still old school. I like the hands on approach.

Do you have a  favorite theme?
As for a favorite theme I love to do Happy Birthday, and Love cards because they are well happy. When I’m about ready to send a box I check and see what the needs are for that month. Sometimes I make cards that I can leave off the sentiment and add as needed. I made some of the Triple Time Stamping technique using some patterned paper which I could use for any number of themes.


 Thank You heart die by Simon Says Stamp

Thank You heart die by Simon Says Stamp

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?   

It really depends on the color of the paper I use. The bright happy colors are so much fun. My husband knows one of the guys in the paint department at Home Depot and they gave me a bunch of paint chips that they were going to throw away. Well I made them some cards and told them I make cards for OWH they started saving them for me and now I have a ton to use. So If you just ask they will usually be glad to give them.

Sentiment by Michael Strong Stamps; “scalloped” edge is made from 1 1/4” circle punch

Sentiment by Michael Strong Stamps; “scalloped” edge is made from 1 1/4” circle punch

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?
I think I heard about OWH on Splitcoaststampers. I checked it out and knew it was something I really wanted to contribute to.

 What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes? 

My motivation to make cards for our heroes is the easiest question. My Dad was a Green Beret in Vietnam and I remember my Mom making reel to reel tapes that we would talk on to send to him in a big care package. My husband J spent 22 years in the Navy. He is retired now and is so supportive of my participation with OWH too. We feel very passionate when it comes to supporting the troops. Everybody has different things they can do. And this is what I can do. And it makes it even better when you combine card making which I love so much and using that to support our nations heroes.


  1. Lovely cards! Your farmer girl card is so cute! I need to break out that set and use it.

  2. Your cards are all beautiful and I just love that farmer girl. You put lots of love into your cards and it shows!

  3. Gorgeous cards! I love the last one with the circles and the white on kraft sentiment. Just so, so pretty! I love your use of color!

  4. Robin your cards are beautiful! GinaK is one of my favorites, too. I like the first card the most — turning the flowers on their side. Clever. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.

  5. I love the way you combine design papers! And that butterfly card using the negative space is a favorite of mine. You’ve given me some great inspiration this morning!

  6. I love them all – couldn’t pick a fave!!

  7. Beautiful work, love them all.

  8. Hi Robin. I loved reading about you and enjoyed your gorgeous cards. Your talent is put to good use by donating them to OWH! Thanks for the wonderful work you do!

  9. Robin, great cards and I love your use of patterned paper. My favorites are the last two and your cute scalloped edge with the overlapping circles.

  10. Nice cards, tfs and thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Great cards, Robin! Congrats on being featured today!

  12. Your cards are so creative and cute!

    I see you are from Plano. I’ve been looking for a non-fee group to join to make cards in the Frisco/Plano area. They all seem to require a fee or minimum order from one of the direct sales companies. Please respond here if you know of any. Thanks!

    • I live in Frisco as well. I do not know of a group, but I have a craft room and would love to have a few card making friends to get together with. (and I think we already may know each other!). My email is brendakling(at)att(dot)net

      • Yes I would love to get together with some ladies and do some card making. Our kitchen is getting a redo so the house is upside down right now. But would love to get together with friends who knows what I’m talking about when I say Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, or Tim Holtz(HA).

  13. I love your work..great style to your designs. I am a fan of StampTV too. Always hanging out there myself!

  14. Robin, I love your cards. They are so colorful and cheerful. I admire you for sharing your life with the rescue dogs. Keep up the good work. I am going to have to check out StampTV to get some ideas.

  15. Robin, your cards are awesome. They are simplicity made. Less is better and yet, they are beautiful. I love your designs, so original. Keep up the beautiful work.

  16. What beautiful cards!

  17. Great card, great variety of design and color… them!

  18. Robin, I love the simplicity of your cards. They are uncluttered yet striking and colorful. I too am married to a 22 year Navy veteran, going on 45 years now, and he supports me as does your husband. I remember the joy of getting letters from Vietnam and visualize family members and friends receiving the cards I make. Your cards are wonderful; I hope you continue to enjoy making them.

  19. Very inspiring. Robin you are hooked to the same folks i am. I also watch you tube videos about card making and new products when I’m not making cards. Check out the stamps of life. Stephanie Barnard is great and so are her products. Love your cards. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks so much! I just met Stephanie at the Scrapbook Expo and bought a ton of her stamps so I will be using them a lot. I really like them.

      • Stephanie is a kick. She’s got so much energy. You have to watch her “30 second card in 5 minutes”. She’s hilarious. I love her. I look forward to seeing your cards made with Stephanie’s stamps of life.

  20. Love your cards, I also am a paper addict, I just can stop buying 6 x 6 pads…LOL

  21. Very nice cards. The last card really drew my attention. going to give that a try.

  22. Love your card,simple but beautiful,the farmer girl so cute!,,what brand is it?..

    • Thank you so much! It is Stamp TV Funny Farm.

  23. Great cards! I love the farm girl …her smile is so cute, and your paper choices were just perfect for that image.

  24. Beautiful cards! I especially like the “pun-ny” one!

  25. Wonderful cardmaking! Great use of circles on the Missing You one.

  26. Hi Robin! Congratulation on being Featured Card Maker this week! All you cards are beautiful and I love your style and creativity. I especially love the first one with the flowers on their side and the last one with the red ruler paper. Thanks you for supporting OWH!

  27. Those are so nice. I love the scalloped edge one so much I pinned it on Pinterest and its already been repinned. Nice work.

  28. Gorgeous cards! I absolutely love the miss you card with the circle scallops– totally catches my eye 🙂 Thanks for supporting OWH! You rock!

  29. Bravo Robin! I love all of your cards. I have never thought to ask for old paint chips. GREAT IDEA! My favorite card is the butterfly punched card. VERY NICE. Thank you for all you do for OWH and our military! I just got my first 6″ paper pad on clearance and LOVE it.

  30. The joy and fun you have in making cards is so obvious in the cards you make– love’em all!

  31. Such pretty cards..I love them all!

  32. Congrats Robin. Great cards!!

  33. Robin, I live in Frisco. We are practically neighbors!!! I am always watching where OWHers are from to see if anyone is close by!

  34. Gorgeous cards. I really loved the one with tape measures and the heart. So cute!

  35. Thanks to you and your hubby for your service to our country! Also thanks for what you are doing for our Heroes! Your cards are lovely.

  36. Beautiful cards! I love the colors and especially like the one with the circles on the bottom edge. What a neat idea!

  37. Love your cards – I grew up in Plano, TX – parents still live there – graduated from Plano High School 40years ago – my hubby of 30 yrs was an Army officer for 28 years and continues working with the Military as an Air Force civilian at MacDill AFB Tampa FL

  38. All of these cards are lovely–my favorite if I have to pick one is the butterfly card. Having the top layer popped up adds great dimension and the butterfly print paper is perfect. Artistic use of the butterfly dies makes adds nice ‘motion’, too. Thanks, Robin for all you do to support OWH and for sharing your designs with us.

  39. Congrats on being featured card maker – you make beautiful cards. I especially like the butterfly Love card and the Missing You circles card! You have a great eye for color and design.

  40. Congrats on being featured!. I love your layering and the pops you’ve added with dimension.

  41. Beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial on how you use the paint chips.

    • I got that idea at Splitcoast Stampers. If you go to the gallery and search “paint chips” some really cool cards come up. I used punches and they worked really good. And the chips are real sturdy too.

  42. Congrats on being the Friday featured artist! I especially love the butterfly card (as many others have said). I will have to try that idea. Great job on all your cards.

  43. Where do you check to see what sentiments are needed? Great cards. All of them.

    • I look where the section Mailroom and then shipping address. Sandy will usually make a note in that section if they are low on any certain “theme”.

  44. Your cards are beautiful! I love the colors and the circled edge on the missing you one! I also love that they are all so different, each has fun details! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  45. Just wanted to thank EVERYONE so much for all the kind comments.

  46. I’ve been silent until now and if you know me then you understand. I really just wanted to say to my incredible wife Robin that “I LOVE YOU” more than words exist. I’m very proud of you and this “Honor” stands above anything ever awarded me. Thank you for being you!

    I Love you very much,

    Sidenote or P.S. (True Story) Wife comes home from craft show and said I hope your not mad that I spent XXX.XX dollars at the show. The man’s only response is “Of course not honey” that has been a true response for a year or several. Then the man say’s I hope your not upset that I’m building a new kitchen. She noticed some missing cabinets.

    Serious Sidenote:
    Thank you ALL for what you do. This is a wonderful thing, mail call is a hi-lite. OWH makes it shine so much brighter. Thank you is not nearly enough and never will be.

  47. Robin…you are amazing! I am so proud to use the cards you have made for the Aux. to use for various occasions. Everyone is always amazed at the perfection and beauty. Your love and passion shows in every one. Your dedication to the troops is heart warming. I hope you know how much each card you have made has touched more than the heart who received it.

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