Monday, December 3, 2012

blog background change

I'm working on some updates. I hope you like what you see! Of course, I'm using MDS2 elements for all of it. As soon as it is complete, I will post the supply list. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting into the Christmas spirit

Here is my kickoff to the Christmas season. This layout is of my baby boy, who is now 6, on his first Christmas. Isn't he adorable?

You can find the supplies I used here:


My Boy- 2 fun techniques

In this layout about my sweet #3 son, I played around with two new techniques.

1. The letters attached to the frame was created by manipulating letter punches so they overlap each other & a stamped frame and simply filling them with the same color as the frame. Placing the photo behind, makes it appear that the frame & letters are all one piece.

  2. Notice the grungy, wrinkled look on the flag strip? I did that by using the awesome crop feature on the Natural Composition Overlay stamp.

I also used the recolor & crop embellishment functions. MDS2 is so stinkin' cool! The more I play around, the more I love it!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Embellished Composition Book

I love to decorate composition books! It is so easy to do and makes the book look so cute. It even makes a great gift. Here is the latest one I created using the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper and a few other fabulous Stampin' Up! goodies.
I hope you like it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

First MDS Monday Challenge

A new challenge blog started today and it's all about My Digital Studio. They will post a scrap map for inspiration every Monday. Since I had the day off, I decided to play along today. Here is my take on the sketch the girls over there provided:
Digital supplies come mostly from the Wonderfall Kit.
Fonts used:
Janda Apple Cobbler
KG Falling Slowly

You can check out the other samples at . Thanks, girls!


Online Extravaganza!

You do not want to miss out on the amazing sale prices being offered during the Stampin' Up! Online Extravanganza!
Many items have been marked 20-50% off.

My favorite offering? You can snag the MDS2 software download for 50% off the original price! This is an unbelievable deal. If you haven't bought yet, you are in luck.
Click here to go to my store and see what's available.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Free Digital Downloads!

 I have been having a great time with MDS 2+ lately. I am prepared to share some digital goodness with you every day this week. For today, here's some exciting news:
Next Saturday is Digital Scrapbooking Day.  Stampin' Up! has decided to make the celebration last all week!

Visit my store here to download FREE digital supplies! WooHoo!
Click here to purchase digital kits for 50% off!


Friday, June 15, 2012

QandA: Wheel Stamps & Ink

For today's post, I am going to answer a customer question that I received today.

Do I need an ink cartridge to use a wheel stamp, or can I just use an ink pad?
You certainly don't need an ink cartridge. In fact there are a few different options for using a wheel stamp without it (Hmmmm.... I see some future blog posts here!). It all depends on the expected result!

Stampin' Up! has designed a great product in the wheel stamps/handles/ink cartridges combo. The spring loaded action of the cartridge ensures an even, consistent inking of your stamp as you roll along.
If you roll your wheel stamp (minus the cartridge) back a forth several times over an ink pad (the method I am assuming my customer was planning to use), you will get complete coverage of the rubber for a one time pass of the wheel. But after that point, the ink will begin to fade in intensity as is expected with the stamping off technique.
In the picture below, I have demonstrated a comparison of the effect of wheel stamping with a cartridge and without:
I used the Music Notes Wheel 120327 and Stampin' Around Standard Handle 102971, along with an Uninked Stampin' Around Standard Cartridge 101529 inked with a Real Red Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 103287 (top image), and a Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad 126949 (bottom image). I stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. You can clearly see that the top image is much more even and consistent. The bottom image shows the fade. I, personally, prefer the reliably even result from using the inked cartridge (my favorite cartridge to use is Versamark!), but I can think of 2 times when the ink-pad-only method would work for me:

1. If I am only wheeling on a very short space, like the 4 1/4 end of a card,
2. If the wheel stamp I am using is a grungy or vintage design to begin with, in which case the fading of the ink would add to the design. I tried my demo with the Very Vintage Jumbo wheel & found this to be true.

So, my thought are.... no, you don't need a cartridge to ink your wheel stamp, but it delivers a much better result to use one over just an ink pad alone. You decide, based on your desired results, which method would work for you.
I hope this information has been helpful to you in some way.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hybrid Retirement Card

Hybrid is when you mix digital with traditional papercrafting. I find I'm doing that more and more lately. For this card, all the sentiments are from My Digital Studio. I planned their placement on the card base within the program and printed it out right on my home printer. For the ones on the white circles (& the inside sentiment in a large circle), I just printed & punched. I love that I can combine just the right digital elements with real ink and embellishments!
I made two of these to give to my amazing administrative team here at my school. Yes, both my principal & AP are retiring (big changes for next year!). 

Here are the supplies I used:
Crumb Cake, Whisper White, & Basic Black (inside sentiment) cardstock
Stamps: Circle Circus
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, So Saffron
Stampin' Dimensionals
Circle punches
MDS Stamp Brush sets: You're a Gem ("Enjoy" "love life"), Piece of Cake ("Celebrate"), Best wishes & More (inside sentiment:"Wishing you all this... and more!")

I hope you like my sample today. thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sneaky Peeky!

Here is a quick and very simple card I made to show Stampin' Up's new In Colors for 2012-14. I got my sneak peek order in the big brown box today and got right to work in my studio! :) The colors are called (left to right) Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, and Midnight Muse. The butterflies were stamped using a new stamp set called Papaya Collage (I foresee so many wonderful possibilities with this one!). I used Primrose Petals cardstock embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder to accent the inside. I edged the bottom of the card front with the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder and Framelits die. The ribbon is the new Gumball Green Stitched Ribbon. Finally, I added our Rhinestones to put on the finishing touch. I left a sentiment off on purpose.Ii will add one when I decide the purpose for the card. ;)
The new In Colors and sneak peek products can be purchased from our new 2012-13 Catalog beginning June 1.
Contact me if you're interested in receiving the new catalog for free!
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Squeeeeeaaaaalllllll! Exciting news about My Digital Studio!

My Digital Studio 2 will be released soon, with so many great new features...stuff that will make digital designing even easier! I'm so stinkin' excited (Can you tell?). :) Yay! Yay! Yay! Watch this SU! video for the details:
 It is so amazing to represent a company that really listens to it's demonstrators and customers wants & needs! These improvements have been requested and heard! SU! is making great software even better.

Keep in mind that if you purchase MDS between now & when MDS2 is released, you will get the upgrade for FREE! No reason to wait! If you are already a lucky MDS owner and user, the upgrade will only cost you $20...and worth every penny in my humble opinion! Thanks, Stampin' Up!

Head on over to my digital store to get started with digital designing!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

A special message for all the Mama's out there created using a card template (modified) from
My Digital Studio.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

No Peeking, Mom!

Here is the card I made for my mom and MIL for Mother's Day. The Designer Series Paper and brad are no longer available. They were part of Sale-a-Bration this year. But the technique I did here can be used with any DSP and embellishment (brad, glimmer brad, button, rhinestone, pearl, etc...).  I placed Stampin' Dimensionals around the punch opening and placed a scrap of DSP, just big enough to fit underneath. It creates a cool shadowy effect. Then I attached the whole thing to the card base with more Stampin' Dimensionals. And I love, love, love the texture that the Square Lattice Embossing Folder provides. It almost feels like fabric...a handmade paper softness... so cool!
Here are the materials I used for this card:
Very Vanilla cardstock
Fancy Flower Punch (118073)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Square Lattice textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976)
Crumb Cake 3/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon (122966)
Well Scripted Stamp Brush Set digital download(121064)
All products can be purchased from my Stampin' Up! online store. Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friendly Monkeys

This tree full of playful little monkeys was created using retiring stamps. It required some "fussy cutting" around the monkeys, but the dimensional results were worth it. Don't you think?
Season of Friendship:
Fox and Friends :
I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mama's Baby

 Believe it or not, THIS big 7 year old
used to be THIS cute little guy!
 and I have the pictures on a scrapbook page to prove it! ;)

Another great thing about My Digital Studio.... it is the easiest way to go back in time, dig into your older photos and get them properly showcased for your family's enjoyment! These photos are from 2006. That was right about the time that my previous scrapbooking addiction slowed down almost to a screeching halt (the fourth baby sure does limit your free time!) Anyway, I do not feel overwhelmed to get back in there and get those photos on pages and those stories told because My Digital Studio makes it so easy!
BTW this layout is a project from Heather Summers' My Digital Studio Made Simple 2 online class. She is so inspirational! Scroll back to my older blog posts or message me if you are interested in more information.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Digital Studio page- engagement

Have I mentioned that I love this software? It makes the process of digital designing so simple and straight-forward, yet still gives me the ability to play around and show my creative side! 
Here is a page I made to show off my beautiful diamond (woot! woot!) and tell my engagement story from October. I used a huge variety of kits and digi supplies to create this one. The best part? They are not used up! I can use them over and over again, in different ways on scrapbook pages and other projects to my heart's content! Digital designing is sooooo cool!
Here is the supply list for this layout:
Stamps: Vintage Overlays Texture #1, Twitterpated Kit (flowers), Always (heart), Be Mine  (Love), Simple Snapshots (the Beauty of Life), Tickets and Tags (flourish), Thoughtful Overlays (journaling lines)
DSP: Beau Chateau, Early Espresso Textured Cardstock, Downtown Grunge Kit (40% opacity)
Embellishments: Pearls, stitches, Crochet Trim, Taffeta Trimmings Medium Bow, Downtown Grunge Kit frame
Punches: Tasteful Trim, Eggceptional Easter Doily, Grad Party Flag, square
Font: Adage Script

Click  here to see the PDF of the My Digital Studio downloads that were released this week (Tuesdays have become my favorite day of the week!)
I've got some plans for the Ahoy, Matey Ensemble!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another retiring favorite!

Baroque Motifs is probably my all-time favorite, go-to stamp set! I inked this little friend up over and over!  I am sure I will continue using it long after it has been retired. It is so versatile! 
For this card, I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig  to do the Shadow Stamping technique. I used the Scallop Trim Border & Corner punches for the mat.
This sample also shows two of my favorite tools which are also on that retirement list! The roughed up edges were made using the distressing blade on the Cutter Kit (love, love, LOVE that thing!!!) and the hearts were punched using the Heart to Heart Punch (such cute heart shapes!).

Here is a picture of the Baroque Motifs Stamp set:
Stop by my Stampin' Up! store to grab these products before May 31 (The retiring tools mentioned in this post will only be available while supplies last).

Friday, April 27, 2012

Parade of the retirees... Wedding Invitation

This is my wedding invitation. I made them with two of my all time favorite go-to stamp sets, Upsy Daisy & Full of Life.  Both of them are on the retirement list!! The daisies are heat embossed with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, and very shiny in real life.

I designed the inside using My Digital Studio and put it all together as a hybrid design.
 These two beautiful stamp sets will never be available for purchase again after May 31. You can purchase them on my Stampin' Up! website.

These are the images in Full of Life:
 And this is Upsy Daisy:

The beautiful Lace Ribbon Border Punch is retiring too:

Here is the Summer Smooches MDS layout I promised you the other day. Aren't the bright colors fantastic?!?! It took me a little longer than expected to finish because I decided to experiment with creating a two-page spread. I had so many pictures that I felt that's what it needed. I'll let you know how the final print comes out after I order my book. ;)

Summer Smooches
First Edition

2011-13 In-Color Ruffled Ribbon
Twitterpated kit (button)
Baker's Twine
Crochet Ribbon
various buttons

Alphabet Soup
Square (rectangle)
Get It Done 1 & 3

Font: Shadows Into Light

Thanks for looking! :-)

Don't forget... the Summer Smooches sneak peek product is only available through Monday. After that, you'll have to wait until the new catalog makes it's debut.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Retirement!

 The retired lists have been released! There is so much on these lists that will no longer be available after May 30. Some of my favorite stamp sets are leaving forever! Don't miss out on getting the ones you've had your eye on before they are gone! Many of the accessories are being offered at a discounted price, too! WooHoo!
I've added links to the PDF files of the lists as new pages at the top of my blog. One click will get you a view. Be sure to zoom in.
Also, Stampin' Up! is retiring the Definitely Decorative line of vinyl wall art completely. There are deals here you won't want to miss!
You can go straight to my Stampin' Up! website to purchase these products:

Oh, and as a quick note...
Don't panic when you see all the ink colors listed, SU! is just upgrading their Classic Pads to a firm foam pad. This product is not leaving, just getting a mini-makeover! ;)
However the 2010-12 In Colors WILL NOT be offered again. When they are gone, they're gone!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012