Digital Watercolor Ombre Technique

A few days ago I shared a digital scrapbook layout with you. I used Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio to create a faux watercolor ombre background and I promised you a video showing you how you can do it!

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Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions and subscribe to my channel if you like this video or any of the others you see on my channel. Thanks!

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So Much My Digital Studio Fun!

I have been having so much fun using Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio to create scrapbook pages! I might have said before how much I love being able to create stunning scrapbook pages without taking out any supplies–except my computer!

I was inspired by a layout in the British magazine, Scrap 365, in which the artist created watercolor washes for her background. They were wide and saturated with color and I immediately wanted to recreate the look for myself. Since it was about 11pm, I decided to sleep on it, and take it up the next day.

digital scrapbook layout featuring an ombre colored background

In addition to the ombre “watercolor” washes of the background–for which I’m preparing a video showing you how to do this technique–there are lots of layers on the page. The original scrapbook page had many, many beautiful flowers and leaves accenting the photo, but I wanted fewer embellishments for my photo and patterns, which are more casual. At the end of this post, I’ll list the supplies I used for this layout.

My Digital Studio is very easy to learn and fun to use! It’s also very affordable at $19.95. If you want to try it out, you can have a 30 day FREE trial first! I think you’ll love it’s possibilities and If you’re interested in learning how to use it, leave me a comment or email me and I’ll get you started!

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List of MDS supplies:
Background:
Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 1
Embellishments:
_Designer Kits\Glimmer Kit – embellishments\Glimmer Kit – silver banner
Gold & Silver Baker’s Twine – embellishments\Gold & Silver Baker’s Twine – gold_bunch_sm
Burlap Ribbon\Burlap Ribbon – flower
Vintage Faceted Buttons\Vintage Faceted Buttons – medium 3
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Stamps:
Natural Composition Overlays\Natural Composition Overlays – 11, Color = 0,0,0
_Designer Kits\Be Yourself\Be Yourself – just b u, Color = 0,0,0
Punches:
Labels & Tags\File It Fun\File It Fun – label 9,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 4
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 14
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 12
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\A Split Second – designer series paper\A Split Second – 2
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 1

Digital Christmas Card Class & A Special Offer

Take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio 30% off Sale and get your Christmas Cards done at the same time!

I’m offering an in person or online class showing you how to create 3 different Christmas Card styles with My Digital Studio. The best part of this deal??? You get 30% off your printing with Stampin’ Up! until November 29th! Woot!

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The class fee is $20.

My Digital Deal??? If you register to take the class during Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbook Days from November 1-8, you can take the class for the special price of $17!

Email me at Diane@DianeStamps.com if you are interested in taking this class! I’m away with no internet access this weekend (I know!!! But I’ll survive!) so I’ll get back to you on Monday 11/4 to arrange for payment or answer your questions.

And…because I really, REALLY love My Digital Studio, anyone who buys the My Digital Studio software during Digital Scrapbook Days, will be entered into a drawing to take this class for FREE!!! (Don’t worry, if you’ve already registered for the class and you win, I’ll refund your class fee!)

So… a great deal from Stampin’ Up!, a great deal on a class from me, and a chance to win it! Best of all, you’ll get a great digital design program and my ongoing ideas, tips and tricks for using it!

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It’s Digital Scrapbooking Day–Free Downloads

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day in style today. First….the daily download! Get the Hello There Kit for %50 off today only!

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Woohoo! It’s full of happy colors and fun words! Today only, it is priced at $4.98! But wait, there’s more fun today!

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The Moments Ago stamp brush set is FREE today!!! After today, this set will cost $5.95–so get it today for FREE. Yes, FREE! That is zero cost AKA Free!

So, for today only, get $15.90 worth of digital downloads in my store for only $4.98! That is a DEAL!

Watch for a project made with these downloads coming soon! In the meantime…Order these great downloads here:
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Digital You & Me card

Today kicks off Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbooking Days, a celebration of all things My Digital Studio! For eight days, Stampin’ Up! is offering daily digital deals, free downloads, and challenges on MyDigitalStudio.net.

Since I LOOOOVE My Digital Studio, I’m following along and will have samples, inspiration, tips and tricks for using My Digital Studio! Today’s daily deal download is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit. This kit is super trendy and fun! I made 2 digital cards and a scrapbook page with this set! Here are the cards. Check out my Facebook Page for the scrapbook layout!

Amped Up Ampersand CardAmped Up Ampersand Card Inside

I used one of the designer series patterns in this kit for my background on the cover and the inside. The cover sentiment is made with the “ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers“, and the ampersand is from “Happy Things Pocket Cards“. I colored the stamps with Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment inside uses the CK Ali Hand font inside a text box and the heart is from “Cheep Talk“. I was thinking of my husband when I created this card! I hope he likes it! Below is another card front and inside!

Amped Up Ampersand Card Front Amped Up Ampersands Card Inside

This card uses splatters that I recolored and the inside sentiment is from the “Seriously Awesome Stamp Brush Set” set.  I like this card, too! Which one is your favorite?
Here are all the elements in this digital set:
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I love My Digital Studio so much and I want you to love it too. To introduce you to the joys of MDS, when you download the My Digital Studio Free Trial from now through Saturday, November 8th,  one of you will win a free seat to my Digital Christmas Cards Class. At the end of the class (a $20 value) you will have created your own Christmas cards with My Digital Studio so you can print them at a discount through Stampin’ Up! 

Oh, did I forget to mention the 30% off sale (now through November 30th) on digital downloads and printing through Stampin’ Up!? Oops! I’ll share more about that tomorrow!

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Spread the Joy Frame & Digital Scrapbooking Days

I know it’s Halloween, but it’s not my favorite holiday, so I’m ignoring it. Instead I’m sharing a frame I created using Stampin’ Up!’s Spread the Joy stamp set. I just love this set! I used it to create my husband’s anniversary card and these cards.

Spread The Joy Frame

I wanted to use this stamp in a frame, and when I found this one, I knew it was the one! I colored each of the sayings on the stamp with different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers, huffed on the stamp to re-moisten all the ink and stamped it onto Very Vanilla card stock. I then trimmed the stamped image and a piece of Midnight Muse card stock in the same shape. I layered them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added some 5/8″Crochet Trim, 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread and a retired heart-shaped Bitty Button.

I like the way it turned out. You can make something like this with any of your favorite stamps! The frame fits a 4″ by 6″ photo, so it was just like making a card! If you need any supplies for your framed art, you can get them in my online store. I appreciate your business!
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I am also super excited about the Digital Scrapbooking Days Stampin’ Up! is sponsoring starting tomorrow: November 1st! I love designing with My Digital Studio.

Watch tomorrow for a project featuring Stampin’ Up!’s featured digital daily deal downloads (50% off the price!!!)! I’ll post a project using My Digital Studio on my blog every day from November 1-8. I’m also running my own Digital Deal for anyone who buys My Digital Studio from me during Digital Scrapbook Days! Check back tomorrow to find out what it is!

Lovely As A (Christmas) Tree

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is the opportunity to make friends who share the same passions I do. This weekend, I was invited to participate in a shoebox swap that another demonstrator and her team were having. We met at a local pizzeria for some food and fun!

A shoebox swap is one in which each person brings all the tools needed (stamps, ink, etc.) and all the paper pieces trimmed or die cut and ready to stamp on and assemble. There were 6 of us participating and I wanted to share my card and give you some tips for reproducing it.

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card Front
This is a one-layer stamped card that uses the masking technique. For interest it is mounted on a base that is 1/4″ larger than the card size. To do this, I trimmed the card stock to 8″ by 5.75″ and scored at 4″. The base is one piece of card stock trimmed to 4.25″ by 5.5″. This give a little extra interest to the card.

Here’s how I made the card front. I trimmed a large sticky note to 4″ by 5.25″ being sure that I kept the sticky part at the top. I then die cut this sticky note with the largest die in the Apothecary Accents Framelits, again being sure that the sticky part was on the die cut piece and the frame around it. You use BOTH of these pieces to do your masking.

  1. Take the die cut mask and place it in the center of your card front. Be sure that the sides around it are equal.
  2. Next, I inked up the En Francais stamp in Smoky Slate ink and stamped the card over the mask. Remove the mask and you have a blank center surrounded by French words.
  3. Place the frame from the die cut onto the card front.  Be sure to line up the outer edges with that of the card front, and that you have the blank center showing.
  4. Next, use a Stamping Sponge and shade the center. Start lightly and add more layers of color as you go. Continue until you are happy with the shading.
  5. Ink up the evergreen tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set (don’t you love the many ways you can use this set?!?) with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp the tree in the center of your shaded area.
  6. Remove the mask–isn’t the design cool!?!
  7. I sponged the edges of the card with Cherry Cobbler and then mounted it onto the Cherry Cobbler card stock piece.
  8. For the inside, I inked up the Merry Christmas stamp from last year’s Greetings of the Season (carried over, but not in the annual catalog :( ) and stamped it on the inside. I then used markers to ink up the spruce and cone sprig from Lovely As A Tree for a little more interest inside the card. Soft Suede is on the cone and branch and Old Olive is on the leaves.

Lovely As A Tree Christmas Card Inside

This is a fairly easy and fun card to make. You can use this technique with LOTS of shapes and stamps! Try it and share your results with me on my Facebook Page! I’d love to see your cards!

Here are the cards and projects the other ladies provided for us to make. The cards on the upper left and lower right use the uber-cute Color Me Christmas stamp set! The gift bag on the top right is made using 2 sheets of designer series paper called Birthday Basics and couldn’t be easier! But, hey-ho, what’s that on the front of the bag??? It’s a card that matches and it’s stored in one of our Clear Envelopes. Just use Sticky Strip on the back of the envelope to securely attach it to the bag! Cute, right??? By the way, the stamp set used on the card is in the annual catalog and is called Road to Happiness!

Shoe box Swap Cards
The card on the lower left uses the new Label Card Thinlits Die (there is a Circle Card Thinlits Die also). This card opens up as a zig-zag and is really pretty and a fun card to open. The lower middle card has a favorite color combo of mine: Gray and Pink!!!
The Petals A Plenty embossing folder was used on the Whisper White card stock. The designer series paper is a new pattern from the Holiday Catalog: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper! As a matter of fact, the reindeer card next to it uses that DSP as well!

I hope you enjoyed these cards and will try one of them for yourself! Remember, you can get all of the supplies used in these cards in my online store!
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Easier Shopping in My Online Store

Enjoy an Improved Online Shopping Experience

Good news! On October 15 at 10:00 AM (MT) Stampin’ Up! will be enhancing our ordering features for you my online customers. Here are the new benefits:

  • All orders will now go through a demonstrator. You must choose a demonstrator before ordering. I’m honored when you choose me, Diane Giarrusso as your SU Demonstrator! If you have already selected me as your demonstrator, you won’t have to repeat the process. Yay!
  • No more preferred pricing. Having two prices for each item confused customers, so they’ve simplified the process.
  • Guest checkout. If you do not want to commit to creating an account, you will no longer be deterred from ordering. You will be able to check out as a guest. You are still required to select a demonstrator and you can select whether to pass on your contact information to me.
  • New features for our shopping bag. Remember your cart timing out??? You can now easily save bag contents. Also, when adding items to your bag, you can choose to go directly to the bag or continue shopping. There is also a progress bar to guide you through the ordering process.
  • Enjoy more images. You asked for it–you got it. Additional product images are bigger and easier to view.
  • Enhanced sorting. Now you can sort merchandise based on newest or oldest–a real plus when you want to see the latest MDS downloads or newest single stamps!

  • Sale prices are clearly marked. Items on sale are clearly marked without having to add them to your bag (as shown below). You can also sort products by the sales price (instead of according to the original price).

  • Hostess code issues will prompt action. For instance, you will be prompted if you enter a new hostess code after returning to a saved shopping bag that already had a hostess code present.

And here’s what you will see if they enter a hostess code that is no longer valid.

  • Contact preferences. You will be able to state whether they want to be contacted (by Stampin’ Up! Corporate or by a me) or not. (See the check box at the bottom of the screenshot below.) Of course, I hope you’ll let me contact you by at least letting me add you to my mailing list!

I am SO excited that Stampin’ Up! has made these changes–they are looooong overdue! Enjoy your new online shopping experience and, as always, contact me if you have any questions or want me to order for you!

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The “Perfect” Thank You

You know how there are unsolvable mysteries in the universe? Well, mine is: “Why the heck didn’t I buy the “Perfect Blend” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! earlier!!!” It is so fun for all types of cards!

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I had fun making this Thankful card with the set–and some items from the Holiday Catalog!

Thank You Perfect Blend Stampin' Up!

I used the paper piecing technique on these coffee cups! Here’s how to do it.

  1. Stamp the image on the card stock you’ll use for the main color. Cut it out close to the outside edges.
  2. Re-ink the cover section, and stamp that onto Whisper White (or any color that you want).
  3. Re-ink the sleeve section and stamp onto designer series paper.
  4. Cut out the cover and the sleeve–cut on the outside lines so that it appears that these images are on top/around the cup as they would be in real life.

It’s fussy but a fun technique to use on stamps with sections that can be separated and then put back together. I used the Expressions Thinlets Dies and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to cut “Thankful” out of Coastal Cabana card stock (also my cup bases). I adhered all the elements onto a 4.25″x5.5″ piece of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (which was adhered to a card base of Whisper White). Both the card background and the cup sleeves are from the same sheet– don’t you LOVE double sided papers! I’m giving this card to a friend’s husband for a computer problem he fixed for me, but if I were giving it to a female, I’d add some rhinestones to the background paper in the center of the white “stars”–wouldn’t that be pretty!

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Gift Tags for the Busy Gal

Let me be honest here. Stampin’ Up!’s Pop And Place Holiday Gift Tag Bundle IS great for the busy gal. However, what I really wanted to say is…these Gift Tags are great for the person (me) who “hates-to-wrap-and-usually-slaps-a-self-adhesive-tag-and-is-lucky-to-put-a-bow-on-the-gift-before-giving-it-but-wants-pretty-packaging”. THIS tag bundle is the thing for us (me!).  Look how cute these projects are!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle Project

I love to stamp, but the idea of wrapping holiday prezzies fills me with dread. With this bundle…I can buy a coordinating color of wrapping paper and ribbon for simple wrapping, dolled up with these cute tags!

You can buy the tags and stamp set separately, but why, when you can get them at 15% off when you buy them as a bundle!?! Here’s a look at the photopolymer stamp set!

Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set

I don’t know about you, but many of these stamps can be used throughout the year for more gift tags–score!

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book
Check out the book of tags you get with the bundle!  You can make 70 tags with this book! Or you can layer and make fewer, but more elaborate tags for your gifts. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to be creative with your wrapping and tags! Stampin’ Up! has been known to inspire creativity!!!

So…here are your options:

You can get these in my online store! Click on the links above, or go here to shop for these and more!
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World Card Making Day!

Sail Away Spread the Joy Stampin' Up!

I made this card for my husband to celebrate our anniversary! The Stampin’ Up! sailboat, Sail Away, is retired, but you can get it in digital form–woohoo!!! I used Stazon Jet Black ink on Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor paper and used my Aqua Painter and the following inks to color the panel: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler.

My favorite part of this card, though, is the heart. It’s from Spread the Joy stamp set and it says: “You are my bucket list”. Isn’t that the sweetest, ever!!! I stamped the image on Cherry Cobbler card stock in Stazon Jet Black Ink and cut the image out close to the lines. I popped the whole thing up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I’d be remiss if I forgot to mention the lovely Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon that you can find in the Holiday Catalog! It ties bows beautifully, but also makes a great accent for a masculine card like this one!

Are you making a card for World Card Making Day??? Stampin’ Up! is hosting a contest today! 

There are two ways to enter.

  • E-mail a photo of a card (or of you making a card) on World Card Making Day to wcmd2013@stampinup.com.
  • Post a photo of a card (or of you making a card) on Instagram on World Card Making Day. Mention us by typing @stampinup and use the hashtag: #wcmd2013 in the description.

This contest is open to everyone—demonstrators, customers, friends, spouses, children . . . you get the idea! However, there are a few conditions:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to win a prize.
  • You must use Stampin’ Up! products to create your project.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must feature a different card.
  • The contest will last all day on October 5, from midnight to midnight.
  • We will randomly select 100 winners from our English-speaking North American markets to receive a Paper Pumpkin kit.

A selection of pictures will be posted to our World Card Making Day Pinterest board and the winners will be announced in a current update.

Join me and get the details here.

 

Happy Birthday Gift Certificate

I made this card for a very special birthday. My friend Emily’s lovely Mom wanted to give her a gift card for Stampin’ Up! goodies. I created this card for Emily’s Mom to give her with the gift card inside of it.

You're Amazing Card Front Stampin' Up!

I used World Spectacular, a retired (and on the Clearance Rack, right now!!!)) designer series paper set, and the You’re Amazing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I love this set, and I miss the papers. I also used a Tea Lace Paper Doily and sponged it with Calypso Coral Ink and then ruffled it up and adhered it underneath my stamped image. My image was stamped in Stazon Black and die cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits. I used the same ink and framelits for the inside of my card.

You're Amazing Card Inside Stampin' Up!

The inside and outside of the card are mounted on a base of Gumball Green card stock. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the gift card could be inserted behind.

The combo was a hit!

Remember, you can get everything I used the make this card in my online store!!! If you want to buy a gift certificate, contact me for details!
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5 Reasons and 5 Things

If you scrapbook, I’m betting it’s hard to remember to put yourself into the photos or into the story! I know this was the case for me. I say, “was”,  because I now am sure to scrapbook my life as well as my daughter’s!

Right now, my favorite scrapbooking tool is Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio. (You might have heard me say that once or twice before–LOL!). As a formerly paper-only-why-would-I-EVER-want-to-scrap-on-my-computer,-UGH? girl, I was a bit surprised at how quickly and fiercely I fell in love with My Digital Studio.

FIRST
Oh my goodness, I can play with images and text for as long as I want and not waste my pretty papers and embellishments. Because they are digital, there is a NEVER-ending supply!

SECOND
I don’t have to clean up after I’m done and putting my supplies away is as simple as saving my layout and shutting down my computer. I LOVE this! I’m not the biggest fan of cleaning up… On the other hand, I AM a big fan of taking everything out while I find the perfect item for my layout.

THIRD
Going to your in-laws for the afternoon? Bring your laptop and design there. If you look busy and harried and mutter about your bleepin’ boss and the project that needs to get done today, not even your mother-in-law will bother you! Teehee!  Of course, if you have scruples and/or actually like your in-laws, you might not want to employ this tactic…

FOURTH
Forgot to print out the photos you needed? Don’t have the papers you want? No problem when you design digitally! Edit, crop and resize your photos to the exact size you need with My Digital Studio! Inspired to do some layouts of your baby (who’s now “sniff, sniff” 14-years-old!)?  My online store and your order is a click away! Find-Order-Download-Create–Woot! Now, show it off to your friends! Really! I’ll wait.

FIFTH
The aforementioned mother-in-law loves the photo book you created about her grandchild and wants one of her own! (OK, maybe she’s not soooo bad!). A few clicks and you can have another one printed through my online store just for her. A caution…if you give one to your mother-in-law, you might as well print 2 because you know YOUR mother will want one, too!

So! Five reasons to fall in love with My Digital Studio. Did I convince you? Try it out FREE for 30 days or take the pretty shallow leap and buy it. For $19.95 you get many papers, stamps, embellishments and punches that come with it, so you can get designing right away! Once you’re comfortable, there’s a veritable treasure-trove of digital stamps, papers and embellishments in my online store!  Speaking of being comfortable with it…send me an email if you want some help learning how to use MDS! I’m developing a quick tips sheet and would love to send you one!

Whew! Now for the 5 Things! In my effort to scrapbook myself, I created a layout that illustrates 5 things that are important to me right now! I used a new Stampin’ Up! kit called Old School September to create this layout. Enjoy!

My Digital Studio Layout

Now, take a minute and take notes on 5 of your favorites! Jot them down so you can use them in your own layout!

 

Recolor Elements in My Digital Studio

Hope your long weekend was terrific! I spent mine playing with Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio. Check out my Facebook page to see what I created! Today, I have a video tutorial to share with you about changing the colors of embellishments and stamps in My Digital Studio.

Recolor Elements in My Digital Studio

It’s quite easy and very useful when there’s an embellishment that you love from one digital kit and want to use on another, but it doesn’t match!

There! Wasn’t that easy??? Would you like to try My Digital Studio? You can–FREE for 30 Days! See what you can do with it!     P.S. You can also buy it here!
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If you already have My Digital Studio I’d love to see what you’ve created! Email me or share it on my Facebook page! If you have any questions how to use it, or want to see a video on a specific feature, let me know!

Imagine how much more organized I could be!

I have so many wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies! I’ve organized them well–but my creative and office space is…my dining room! How many of you can relate to this?

I entered a contest to win some wonderful creative room furnishings! Now, although the photo I submitted for the contest shows my space as messy (it is right now!), I do have places for almost everything, but it’s still in my dining room! I have a guest bedroom that I’m going to do over for my crafting space, and this furnishing would be WONDERFUL for it!

So…here’s what my space looks like (be nice, I’m risking a lot just sharing my messiness!):
My Dining Room Crafting Spot

Will you do me a favor and VOTE FOR ME to win this contest?
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Here’s what I can win!
Help Me Win This Furniture Contest
Yippee! Space for card stock, embellishments, my Big Shot and more!!! Yay!

Say you’ll help me win! Thanks for voting for me!!!

In addition to feeling good about yourself, here’s another reward for voting (and reading my blog!).  I love this quote and created a little printable in My Digital Studio. I used the “Spring to Life” kit. It’s full of great natural designer papers and Asian inspired images–who doesn’t love a crane? Enjoy! And Thanks again!!!

Dalai Lama Quote made with My Digital Studio

Summer Scrapbook Layout

I love Stampin’ Up!’s By the Tide stamp set and used it to make this double page scrapbook layout.

By the Tide Stampin' Up! Scrapbook Layout

It’s so versatile–it can be used for scrapbook pages, masculine & feminine cards, as well as decorating packaging! Here’s an example of a masculine card I created with this stamp set.

I used a variety of colors. Card stock colors were Very Vanilla base, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Soft Suede. I inked the stamps in Calypso Coral, Rose Red, Gumball Green, Soft Suede and Midnight Muse.

I repeatedly stamped the fan coral in Soft Suede without re-inking. This allowed me to create a soft border along the bottom and sides of the layout. I wanted the layout to look like it was in the ocean.

My favorite effect was inking the sea creature images in one color and then rolling them in a darker color.

Stampin' Up! By The Tide Scrapbook Image

This technique shows up the best on the lobster–which was inked in Gumball Green and then rolled in Midnight Muse. Did you know that lobsters are a greenish/bluish/brownish color before they are steamed???

The photo mats will allow for two 3.5″x5″ photos and two 4″x6″ photos. The title can be changed out to any word or phrase. I used the Morning Post Alphabet in Calypso Coral ink matted with a Pool Party circle and a Soft Suede scalloped circle. I especially love the soft look that this alphabet stamp lends to this layout. It’s a considerably more subtle look than my usual style, but the effect I wanted called for these kinds of colors.

Aren’t these stamps gorgeous!!! What would you create with them?

My Digital Studio Grid Layout & Video Tutorial

My love for Stampin’ Up’s! My Digital Studio continues! I love that I document my memories whenever I have the time and without any mess! I participated in a design challenge recently. On page 159 of the Annual Catalog is a scrapbooking layout that uses the Core’dinations card stock. Here is the layout:
Stampin' Up! Scrapbook Layout
Isn’t it adorable?!!! I used the same layout to create mine.

My Digital Studio Grid Layout using Venetian Romance Digital Paper

Don’t you LOVE these Venetian Romance Designer Series Papers??? I do. I’ve been using them on the layouts I’ve created for our trip to the Cayman Islands. The colors are perfect! Check out my Facebook Page for more layouts!

I created a video to show you how to create the grid of DSP in My Digital Studio. Another video will follow to show you how to fill the squares with digital paper!

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Spread the Joy

When I saw this stamp set at Stampin’ Up! Convention, I knew it HAD to be MINE! I love every saying in the set! The set is called Spread the Joy and was created by a Stampin’ Up! staffer named Emily Montoya.

Stampiin' Up! Spread the Joy Stamp Set

I used 4 of the stamps in the two cards I made below. The first card is for a demonstrator meeting swap this week. I love the largest stamp and wanted to feature it on an interesting background. I think I achieved that! What do you think???
Stampin' UP! Stamp Set Spread the Joy Masking Tape Technique

This masking tape technique is soooo easy! Here’s how you do it:

  1. I used three pieces of painter’s masking tape: 1 wide and 2 narrower. Painter’s tape is less sticky, so it won’t damage the paper when you take it off.
  2. Tear off a strip of tape about 2-inches longer than your background card stock.
  3. Lay the strip of tape over the ink pad of your choice. (I used Soft Sky, Crisp Canteloupe and Pistachio Pudding.) Gently press the tape into the ink. You can tap or smooth it with your fingertip.
  4. Remove the tape from the ink pad and place the tape onto your background. Gently press the tape to the paper surface.
  5. Lift the tape up and you see a mottled pattern of color! Each application of ink to tape to paper will result in a different look! I love it!
  6. Repeat with the other colors. You can use one or more colors or strips of tape.
  7. I used Black Stazon to ink my oval image and stamp it over the ink stripes so I would get a nice dark image.

I used Pearl Basic Jewels for a bit of embellishment and stamped one of the small butterflies from Papillon Potpourri and then punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.

For this next card, I just played with the idea of using several smaller images to create a standard 5.5″x4.25″ card.
Stampin' Up! Stamp Set Spread the Joy

Once I stamped the images in Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Gumball Green inks, I punched them and mounted them on a square of matching paper. I then mounted these onto a Crushed Curry strip of card stock that was embellished with Scallop Edge Border punched strips and Delicate Details Lace Tape. I like the way this turned out, but what I especially love is that I got to use 3 sayings that mean a lot to me right now!

You can get the supplies needed for these cards in my online store. Just click on my Order Online button!

New Stamp Set Regarding Dahlias

I loved 2 of the new stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!‘s annual catalog. Today, I’m going to share a swap I did for convention using my first favorite: Regarding Dahlias.

Regarding Dahlias Stampin' Up!

I stamped the flower in Versamark and then heat embossed it with Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I love using this technique on colored card stock. I did the same with the greeting from the same set! There are lots of layers on this card and I used Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party card stock. I love banners and hand cut the notches–it’s relaxing to do while watching TV!

Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this a great feminine set. It’s so versatile!

Here are some cards made by my swap mates! Thank you to EVERYONE who shared their creativity and cards with me! There are some beautiful cards in this collection.

Cards using New Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets
Cards New Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

There are several cards I want to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)! What are your favorites? What stamp sets are must-have’s for you!

Good News!

Today is the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woot! There are some great new tools and ideas to share!