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:
Isn’t it adorable?!!! I used the same layout to create mine.
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!
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.
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???
This masking tape technique is soooo easy! Here’s how you do it:
- 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.
- Tear off a strip of tape about 2-inches longer than your background card stock.
- 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.
- Remove the tape from the ink pad and place the tape onto your background. Gently press the tape to the paper surface.
- 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!
- Repeat with the other colors. You can use one or more colors or strips of tape.
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Today is the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woot! There are some great new tools and ideas to share!
I love to create cards for swaps. Stampin’ Up!’s convention is a great place to swap cards. You get lots of ideas from other demonstrators and see stamp sets that you don’t own! Lots of people make card fronts (not a full card) and swap while waiting in lines or while waiting for general session.
I have a hard time doing this kind of swapping. I always forget to offer my cards–unless someone approaches me first–and, truly, I’m a bit shy about asking people to swap. Goofy, I know! Thankfully, there’s another way to swap! Organized swaps are where I like to swap. In an organized swap, someone sets up the theme and then number of cards to make and then the group meets as a specific time and place to swap cards.
One of the swaps I participated in was a Steampunk theme. It was the swap that I had the most questions about when I mentioned it to my demo pals. Since you’re my blog readers I can send you to a link that gives you an idea of what steampunk is… In design, steampunk is a melding of form and function and runs the gamut from fascinating to the bizarre!
The cards from the swap show a variety of styles. We were to use Stampin’ Up! supplies, but could add other items if necessary. I used only SU supplies and went with a natural with mechanical theme…I used Clockworks and En Francais for my stamped images.
I created my own patterned papers by stamping images onto 4 colors of card stock–new In-Colors!: Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe and Coastal Cabana. The color I used on all of the images, and you can see it best on the tag, is Smoky Slate. I mounted the flowers onto Basic Black card stock that was run through my Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder! The whole thing was adhered to a Smoky Slate base. My card is Steampunk-inpsired. The swaps I received from the others are great! I put them all into a layout in My Digital Studio to share.
Aren’t these cards great! I need to give a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to my swap mates! It was an honor to receive your cards and to be able to share them! Watch for more cards from the other swaps I was in!
This was a stretch for me. I kept wanting to do shabby and I think I stayed away from that with clean lines. Do these cards seem exotic to you? Have you made these types of cards yourself? Share with me in the comments!
I’ve been vacant for over a month and I owe you an explanation.
First, my sincere apologies for abandoning you, my blog and my newsletter. I didn’t forget about you, but I was temporarily unable to post.
Second, I want to share with you the struggles I have with depression. I’m not going into gory detail (I can hear the sighs of relief–LOL!), but I will tell you that when I’m depressed I am unable to motivate myself to do more than the daily basics–my full time job and my family. Any extras, like making cards, updating my blog or even reading–my other passion–are not done. I desperately WANT to do them, but cannot push myself to actually do them.
I spent a lot of time in the past weeks determining what I can do to balance my work, family and Stampin’ Up! business so that I can be consistent whether I’m temporarily depressed or not. I’ve decided that I need to pull back on posting daily. I cannot sustain that schedule through thick or thin (clearly–LOL!). It’s unfair to you to create this expectation and then not deliver on it. So, I will post at least once or twice a week. I find it easier to write blog posts when I feel that I have something inspirational to share and I believe this schedule will make it easier on me and will provide you with more consistency.
I also will be bringing back my newsletter full of exclusive ideas and inspiration as well as Stampin’ Up! news and specials. Please let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to see in the newsletter and I’ll be sure to include it. The next newsletter will be out during the first week of August. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, sign up with the form at the top of my blog.
Thank you for your understanding and patience while I get back into a schedule that I can maintain. I’ve missed writing for you!
Today is Armed Forces Day. I don’t know if any of you have friends or family members who have or currently are serving in any of the branches of our military, but I do. I wanted to create a thank you card in My Digital Studio to honor them.
The photo I used is from the Department of Defense website. The site also has a nice history of Armed Forces Day.
I created a custom card size in MDS: 4.25″ by 6.25″. Since I don’t plan to print this card out, I used a slightly larger size. My background is designer series paper: Stripes in Night of Navy. I reduced the opacity to 50% so that my other elements would stand out more. Colors I used were very basic: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black. The larger stars are recolored punches. The smaller star clusters are from the digital stamp set ‘Extreme Elements‘, again recolored. The sentiment is from ‘Thank You Kindly‘. I allowed some of the stars to be above and below the armed forces image for interest. This is easily done by bringing forward or sending backward the stamped, punched or photo elements. Here’s a quick video from My Digital Studio explaining how to layer elements.
Happy Nurses Day! There are two special nurses in my life. The card below uses some retiring Stampin’ Up! supplies and is a virtual “thank you” for their work!
First, my Mom. She retired from nursing a few years ago after a 40+ year career. When I was little, she was a pediatric nurse. As I grew, her jobs changed as her interests and circumstances changed. At all times, I was proud of the work that she did! As many daughters do, I thought I might become a nurse myself.
My Mom, the nurse, taught me that shots DO hurt, but just for a minute. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that working hard at a job you love is a way to stay healthy. My Mom, the nurse, taught me that lime jello makes the pain of getting your braces adjusted subside for just a while.
Second, Nurse Ann. I met Nurse Ann a little over 14 years ago. I had had my baby girl a day earlier and she was fussy. I hadn’t experienced her being fussy yet, and I was working hard to try to soothe her. At the same time, some of my husband’s extended family were visiting us in the hospital and my husband was on the phone with the woman who would be our daughter’s Godmother. In short, it was NOT quiet or relaxing in our room.
As my daughter continued to fuss, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Finally, I pressed the call button for help. Nurse Ann appeared. There are two things I remember about Nurse Ann: she had beautifully manicured red fingernails, and she rescued me! To the family members who were suggesting that what my daughter needed was macaroni (because she must be hungry!) she shushed them and stated “I’m Italian so you can’t push me around–the baby is too young to have macaroni! ” She then told my hubby–who was used to this much family chaos–to “get off the phone and help your wife!” Oh. My Goodness! Nurse Ann! My heroine!
After she shooed everyone out, we took a good look at my sweet baby girl. Oops, she was just a little gassy! Whew! The rest of the evening was blessedly peaceful. I never saw Nurse Ann again but I’ve never forgotten her! I wish I’d had the opportunity to say a proper thank you and let her know just how relieved she made a brand new Mother feel!
I guess my point is…thank your lucky stars for good nurses. Nursing isn’t just a career. It’s a calling. Today, they are even busier and have much more technology to learn, but even with that, their most important skill is the one in which they make YOU feel better. When you are at your worst, it is then that nurses are at their best! Say thank you to a nurse you know today during National Nurses Day!
Here’s what I used to make this thank you card:
Pretty Postage stamp set (w123095, c123097)–RETIRING–get it now!
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Daffodil Delight (119683) and Baja Breeze (111352)–RETIRING–get it now!
Ink: Baja Breeze (126960)–RETIRING–get it now!
Designer Buttons Brights (119747)–RETIRING–get it now!
1″ Square Punch (124094)
Postage Stamp Punch (122344)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (119402)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Glue Dots (103683)
Don’t forget to order your retiring supplies SOON! Some items are in very low supply. Your best bet is to order straight through my online store so you don’t have to wait for me to place your order! You can order here:
It’s not too soon to make a card for your Mom! I love the Tea Shoppe stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and it makes a terrific card for Mom. My Mom and I used to fantasize about opening a bookstore with a tea shop, or was it a tea shop with a bookstore? It was a while ago! Although we’re both coffee fans, we’ve enjoyed many a pot of tea! Here’s a card I made with my Mom and this memory in mind (oops! It’s not a surprise for anymore–sorry, Mom!).
My favorite thing to do with the largest stamp in this set, is to cut along the top edge and insert a tea bag with the card. If you’re going to do that, you’ll need to use at least 2 layers of Stampin’ Dimensionals, perhaps 3, depending on how thick your tea bag is. The layers of Dimensionals will prevent your image from bowing. I stamped my image on Whisper White card stock in Wisteria Wonder–woohoo, it’s being carried over into the 2013-2014 catalog! Here’s a tip: insert your teabag from the back and get it situated before you adhere it. You’ll risk tearing the image if you try to stuff it in after. Ask me how I know…
I laid my largest Apothecary Accents Framelit centered over the image and ran it through my Big Shot. I ran the framelit again on So Saffron card stock to make my mat. You can see how I used them in this video. I did the same with my sentiment–which is from the retiring set: Friendly Phrases–but trimmed the So Saffron mat so that I could place it under the top and bottom instead of left and right, as I did for the teacup!
The Wisteria Wonder card stock background was created using the Fancy Fan Folder and my Big Shot. (How did I ever live without my Big Shot???). The whole thing is mounted onto a piece of Midnight Muse card stock! I added a few of the small pearls to the flower centers on the teacup. What do you think? Would you like to receive a card like this? How about making one? What will you do to make your Mom’s day special? I’d love to hear your plans!
Here’s what I used:
Tea Shoppe Stamp Set (w125545, c155547)
Friendly Phrases Stamp Set (w126149, c126151)
Wisteria Wonder Ink (126985)
Wisteria Wonder Card Stock (122922)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
Midnight Muse Card Stock (126843)
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003)
Fancy Fan Folder (127751)
Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
Stampin’ Up! has a trendy digital ensemble perfect for welcoming a new little one! The Hello World Ensemble uses the trendy chalkboard look for a fun and fresh baby shower theme!
* Thank you greeting card template (3-1/2″ x 5″)
* Invitation greeting card template (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
* Announcement double-sided postcard template (7″ x 5″)
* 9-page designer décor template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 49-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 5 Designer Series Papers
* 32 embellishments
* 1 punch
* Fun, fresh chalkboard-inspired baby shower with pops of color
* All the pieces you need to plan a shower start to finish: invites, framable, banner, food…
And…remember, you can recolor the stamped images to fit your color scheme!
This kit includes:
* 10-piece stamp brush set
* 14 Designer Series Papers
* 33 embellishments
* Coordinates with the FREE Be Yourself May Wallpaper you can download here!
You can order My Digital Studio from my online store for $19.95. Or, you can try it FREE for 30 days to ensure that you like it!
Let’s do a color challenge! In honor of Certainly Celery’s retirement, let’s do a Certainly Celery, or a green, challenge! (Lucky Limeade is retiring too! I’d love to see your cards made with it!)
I created a card this weekend featuring Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke and Whisper White!
Even though Always Artichoke isn’t a retiring color, the 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon in this color is. I think the Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke go well together! I also loved using the new Naturals Designer Buttons to dress up this masculine card!
Countryside, the set that contains this great old truck, is retiring. Kind of a bummer, because this set was great for watercoloring, too! If you like the old farmhouse, country look, this is the set for you!
I have used every one of these sentiments at some point. It’s so versatile! Get it in Wood or Clear Mount! You won’t regret it!
Supplies I used:
RETIRING Countryside stamp set (w116998, c120495)
RETIRING Wordplay stamp set (w120308, c120651)
Always Artichoke Ink (126972)
RETIRING Certainly Celery card stock (105125)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
RETIRING Always Artichoke 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (121000)
Naturals Designer Buttons (127554)
Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
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Here’s what I have planned for your “insta-happiness”:
- A card featuring the new In-Colors and a new stamp set!
- A 3-D project featuring new stamps and designer series papers!
- A card featuring designer series papers!
- A double-page scrapbook layout using new colors, stamps, embellishments and designer series papers!
- A card featuring new embellishments and stamp sets!
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In my continuing effort to create a book of my favorite poems, I offer this My Digital Studio layout. April is National Poetry Month and there is another celebration that I enjoy in April. National Library Week occurs in April. I love libraries! I love helping people keep learning no matter what age they are! I love being a librarian! In my career I’ve been a Children’s Librarian, a Community Services and Literacy Librarian and now, a Library Director. I believe in the mission of public libraries to provide collections and services that support literacy and learning for all ages.
You know that I love poetry, and when I found a poem, one of many by different poets, that put into words the way I feel about libraries, it quickly became a favorite!
Here’s what I used to create this layout:
- Well Worn DSP–the wood grain reminded me of the first library I worked in!
- Simple Snapshots Kit, Border 3–the floral border on the right, recolored with So Saffron and Ruby Red
- A Split Second Kit, Frame 4–the border around the poem, recolored with Ruby Red
- Oval Punch–resized, then recolored with So Saffron
- Enjoying Everything, Bunch–in the oval, recolored with Ruby Red
- Button Bouquet, Button 3–recolored with So Saffron
Once you decide that you love it, you can buy My Digital Studio for only $19.95!
I really like the new digital papers from Stampin’ Up! this week! In 2011, Stampin’ Up! released a photobook called “Delight in the Day” and they just released updated papers to go with it!
And here’s the original photobook template!
Lucky YOU! This comes with My Digital Studio when you buy it for (only!) $19.95. Remember though…you can use MDS digital files in other digital design software! So, if you want to buy it, you can get the photobook here.
And…for the creative teens in your life:
The “See Ya Next Year Photobook Template” is full of great digital stamps to use with the book! Lookie:
Did you know that you can use these stamps and other kit elements in other digital projects? Isn’t that cool?
You can get these downloads in my online store. See Ya Next Year is going into my cart! I love the sayings and as my daughter enters high school, these will come in handy!
Stampin’ Up!’s annual list of retired items is out today! Take a peek and be sure to get what you want before it’s gone. There are stamp sets, colors, embellishments and more to explore!
I’ll be pouring over the list, too, and will let you know my favorites on my Facebook Page–so don’t forget to “Like” it! Except for when the new annual catalog comes out, retirement time is my favorite time in the Stampin’ Up! year–there are great bargains!
“Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday to MEEEEE!” It’s my birthday today!
My sweet husband made me my favorite birthday cake: German Chocolate! Now, I have very strict standards for my cake… Don’t mess it up with chocolate frosting or ganache or any other thing! It’s supposed to be German Chocolate cake layers with Coconut Pecan filling in between the layers and on top. That’s it. Poor guy once tried to gourmet-it-up for me. I appreciated the effort–and it was delicious–but I made it clear that, for me, there is no fancying up this cake! The photo above was so beautiful, I had to grab it but here’s a recipe from my awesome baker cousin! (Ignore the frosting on his cake. He now knows it is wrong–LOL!)
So, what’s your favorite kind of birthday cake? Help me celebrate my birthday today with a blog candy giveaway! Leave a comment today and tell me your favorite kind of Birthday Cake and I’ll choose a winner at random to win…
I’ll send the winner these cool supplies from Stampin’ Up!:
- “Quint-Essential Flower” Stamp, (wood mounted)
- Adorning Accents Edgelits
- Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (colors are: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango!)
- A selection of 6″x6″ Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
- and a surprise handmade treat!
Thanks for being loyal (or brand spanky new!) blog readers and good luck. On Wednesday morning, I’ll announce the winner on my blog!
Don’t forget, let me know what your favorite kind of birthday cake in the comments! Good luck!
To celebrate Earth Day today, I’ve recycled a card design! The original card was designed by my Stampin’ Up! friend Linda Cullen and I decided to use the same design with new colors and stamps!
Instead I used the Secret Garden stamp set.
You can see I copied the card pretty exactly. My colors were: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Very Vanilla. It seems corny, but I chose these colors because blue represents water and yellow, the sun. Sun and water mixed with Mother Earth creates a beautiful planet for us to inhabit. I still remember cleaning up our neighborhood in the early days of Earth Day!
I switched out the sentiment because I wanted to use the Elegant Butterfly punch and wanted to be able to see it beneath the sentiment. Beside, these are great colors and this would be a great Mother’s Day card! I used First Edition DSP and tore the edge and sponged with Marina Mist. Then I stamped the largest outline flower from Secret Garden in Stazon ink. Using a sponge, I applied Daffodil Delight ink over the flowers. A rhinestone center adds a bit of sparkle!
The stamped image was layered onto a piece of Marina Mist Polka Dot Parade DSP. A length of Daffodil Delight Seam Binding was adhered to the card front before being decorated with the sentiment. This whole piece was mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Marina Mist card stock.
Why don’t you find an old card and recycle the design? I’d love to see your results! Leave me a comment and a link to your card so I can give you some comment love!
Today is my Mum’s birthday and she and my brother are on their way down to spend the weekend. We all have birthdays within a few days in April and for years we’ve celebrated what we call “Birthday Weekend” where we do all the celebrating in a couple of days!
This year it’s Mum’s choice for a birthday cake. She chose yellow cake with chocolate frosting. My daughter is going to make the cake today when I’m at work and I’ll make the frosting and decorate. Mum and my brother, Paul, will arrive tonight and we’ll celebrate tomorrow.
I hope to make time to do a little paper crafting with Mum while she’s here. Paul and I are going to give blood tomorrow, in honor of his birthday and I’m giving away some primo blog candy on my birthday on Tuesday–so be sure to check back!
My little decoration above was made with Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio: the Feeling Sentimental Stamp Brush Set [Sale-a-bration MDS Disc--no longer available ], Eclectic Overlays and Basic Pearl Jewels. Colors are Pool Party, Poppy Parade and Soft Suede.
So… HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUM! I can’t wait to see you tonight!
The daffodils have started to bloom in our yard and I love their cheery yellow happiness! I’m using Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio to create a book of my favorite poems. Another layout is here. Today’s layout features Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils”.
I loved creating this layout! I used a background of Daffodil Delight card stock (digital, of course!) and layered a Vintage Overlay over it. I recolored the overlay white to keep the overall look light and spring-like. Here’s the Swallowtail butterfly again. I truly love this stamp in rubber or digital form! I recolored both the swallowtail and the title in Summer Starfruit. I love how it changes hue depending on what it’s paired with! The poem is typed into a text box. Using text boxes for the poem, title and author of the poem allows me to move them around until I have a layout that I like.
So, from bottom-most layer to the top-most here are the elements:
Daffodil Delight Digital Card Stock (included with MDS!)
Vintage Overlays Texture 3 Stamp Brush (included with MDS!)
Swallowtail Stamp Brush (133011)
Text boxes for title, author and poem (included with MDS!)
It’s amazing what a simple layout this is and how much I like it. The Vintage Overlays Stamp Brushes add so much interest so easily! I love them, and this one in particular.
Don’t forget you can try My Digital Studio free for 30 days.
Once you’ve used it, I know you’ll love it and want to order it. It’s $19.95 for the software, which comes with card stock and standard designer series paper patterns, punches, some embellishments and lots of digital stamps. You can add more stamp sets, papers or embellishments from my online store! And, remember! Many of the new digital punches and stamps come as SVG files. If you have a digital cutting machine, you can customize and create in paper as well.
Also, spend some time on MyDigitalStudio.net. (It’s where all the cool digi crafters meet–LOL!) Really, it’s been redesigned and there are dozens of video tutorials, weekly challenges and a message board to ask questions and meet new digital crafters! It’s well worth your time if you want to learn more about MDS.