Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Me + My Digital Studio = FUN!

Did you know that My Digital Studio is compatible with other digi embellishments and papers out on the market? I know that Stampin' Up! has a TON of embellies and such, but I was looking for some more things like doilies and flowers and pennants and what not. So, I went for a search. I landed at Two Peas in a Bucket and bought a couple of digi packages. I didn't want to get a lot for fear that they wouldn't be compatible. I wasn't going to be overly sad if I was out $4, so took the plunge. I also spent the weekend searching for some online digital scrapbooking classes to educate myself a little more. Well, in my research, I noticed that those classes all seem to revolve around Photoshop in some way, shape, or form. I HAVE Photoshop, I use it to edit my photos. But, I have to tell you this. My Digital Studio is BY FAR much easier to use and manipulate. Stampin' Up! thought of all of us when they developed this program. I really appreciate the ease of use of MDS. And I'm sure that I could TRY to learn Photoshop a little more, but for the cost of the online classes, no thanks! I could have paid for MDS 3 times over. Plus, it's pretty darn self explanitory to use, and if you get stuck - I'm just a phone call away! I'll help you, walk you thru issues, for FREE! I am your tech support. And if I don't know the answers, Stampin' Up! has great helpers that will help too - for FREE!

That page above I made in MDS. Most of the elements are from another source. The background paper is SU, but it was quite easy to add those other items in. The page below is almost all SU. I am diggin' the new tapes they have available. So real looking, and such a fun touch. While I still like a "real" scrapbook page, I am falling very quickly in love with digi scrapping. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get more pages done before my kids graduate - which is 12 years from now. But at this rate, I'm already 5 years behind!!! :)

Keep in mind - today is the last day to sign up as a demonstrator and receive a 30% off discount on the Digital Starter Kit! Don't delay any longer! Contact me and I can guide you thru the sign up process!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Here is one of the three cards that we made at our May Stamp Clubs. This month our technique was Easel Cards. Funny, I thought this would be a tough card to make....but hello....not so! These were super easy. Just a little more paper and cutting on my end. They sure were cool tho!

I just love the way they prop themselves open. It gives your recipient something to admire, whether it's propped up on thier desk or table. This one was super easy and SO beautiful at the same time. That Medallion stamp is versatile, just add a little bling for some extra punch. And I simply LOVE these sentiment stamps. They are one of the Level 3 Hostess Items. Want some of your own? Contact me ASAP! You can easily earn them, but you better do it before the end of JUNE! Seriously - CONTACT ME! We'll have a PAR-TAY!



Stamps: Medallion, Occassional Quotes

Paper: Peach Parfait, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Ink: Peach Parfait, Basic Gray

Other: Peach Parfait Twill Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Edger Die (PTI)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Junk in my truck...

...or maybe just apples. Actually - I do have junk in my truck, and in my trunk! I've been busy prepping for a garage sale that I'm having later this week with a girlie friend. I'm trying not to let it consume my days, but geesh - I've got a TON of little kids clothes that have been taking up space. Alot of clothes for the kids we have gotten as hand-me-downs, and those we just handed back down to the next kiddo, so I'm really surprised to have collected so much on our own! Good Golly! And a true sign we are done having children - I'm selling all of my maternity clothes! YIPEE!!

Alright - enough of that....onto today's card. (who is surprised to see me now 4 days in a row - yee-haw!) I played along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch.

How'd I do? No Fabulous Flowers here! I've been having fun with this little truck too. He's so fun to color (yes, this is a boy truck). And I also challenged myself to use these colors:

Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke

I challenge YOU to try those colors together.

Stamps: Countryside, Sweet Sentiments
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Kraft, Watercolor Paper,
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Basic Grey
Accessories: Buttons, Markers, Blender pen

Sunday, May 22, 2011

More flowers....

So. Another card. With Fabulous Florets again. I don't know if you should be more surprised about that or the fact that I've blogged 3 days in a row for once. I created this card with two challenges in mind. The Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge and Embellish's Tag and Color Challenge.

I did tweak the sketch in a couple of ways. One, I didn't want to "over do" my card with the piece of scallop paper. So I skipped it. And, obviously I switched out the circle for a tag shape. I also frumped up my card with and actual bow. Let me just go on the record as saying, it wasn't pretty. I think I retied it 4 times. Then I biffed the sentiment when I stamped it. So, because I didn't want to retie that ribbon AGAIN, I slipped it off. Fixed the sentiment piece, then slipped the ribbon back on.

How did I biff the sentiment. Well, sometimes when you stamp with die ink onto DSP, it really doesn't take. Mine was real faint, and didn't seem to want to soak in. SO. Plan B:

I grabbed my versamark. I inked up my stamp in Versamark, then in Basic Grey, then stamped it and Clear Embossed. And actually, when I used the Versamark with the Basic Grey, it was fine. It stamped much better. But, might as well as some punch with the EP.

While that embossing powder is out....

Emboss that flower. Packs a punch.

So, that's it tonight. Gotta hit the sack.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Here's another card with Fabulous Florets. Again, pretty clean and simple. (would I have it any other way?) I do feel like it's missing, I don't know some buttons??? What do YOU think?

And yes, it took me a bit to cut those flowers out, but don't they just look smashing? I find something a little bit soothing about fussy cutting. Those of you who know me, know that I like to cut! I like to cut little difficult things. I would of course prefer a die, but I'll cut away!

Would you like to play with this stamp set too? Head on over to my website and order yourself one!

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Thank You Kindly
Paper: Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Early Espresso
Accessories: Edgers Die (PTI), Early Espresso Tafetta Ribbon

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fab Florets

I am in love with these little flowers in the Fabulous Florets set. I need to get out some Poppy Parade and color them - wouldn't they make the most darling Poppies??

For this one, I didn't take much care to perfect coloring. *gasp* I KNOW! So unlike me. For one, I used Basic Gray as my ink, and it's not a waterproof ink, so when I used my blender pen, I didn't want it to smear something horrible. See, method to my madness.

The card pretty well speaks for itself, clean, elegant, simple. Ah, bliss!

FYI - If you've been thinking about hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop - you need to get on my calendar! June is filling up, and I will be offering a little extra bonus to all of my June hostesses. AND - the retiring product list will be out June 1 !!! Get your hand on those items that will be gone for good! Contact me today to book your workshop.

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Gray,
Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon, designer button, watercolor crayon, Elegant Lines EF

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hey all - just popping in real quick.

Are you a fan of my Stamped Silly Facebook Page?

*gasp* NO!

Well, head on over there - (link is on the right side). I've got a little poll I'm doing. I'd love to get your opinion.

Plus, once my fan count gets to 100, I'll be having a little giveaway. Well, maybe a BIG giveaway. I'll give little sneaky peaks as my fan count grows, so spread the word!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

More pages...

Here's another look at one of the pages I created for my friend. This one was a little tricky, but I worked it out. Remember, they each wrote a letter to the Graduate, and this one was long again. So, I knew I needed to tuck it away. And when I looked at the pictures I had to work with for this page, the one of the girls sitting in the grass with their Grandpa stood out to me. It's the one I took my inspiration from and decided to use some kites on the page. I wanted the page to have some brightness to it, but not overpowering.

I let the kites have all of the color. I also used up some ribbon scraps for the kite tails. A perfect use for those tidbits of ribbon.

I of course had to throw in some buttons. I also doubled up my pop dots for some extra dimension. The particular kite above had to have pop dots only on half of the kite, because....

I needed to be able to lift that cloud up out of there. Whatcha think? I'd really like to hear. Comment PLEASE!!!!

Also - have you liked my Facebook Page yet? If not, you should. I'm offering up some prizes over there, plus, there may be some Facebook Only Promotions here in the near future!! Head on over and see what the fuss is about!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's National Scrapbooking Month...right??

And guess what??? I've been scrapbooking. Just not for myself. I got hired to do some pages for my friend. Her niece is graduating, and they were putting together a scrapbook that the relatives were to contribute to, along with a letter to the Graduate with memories, etc. What a neat idea!
I will admit, it is a little tough to scrap other people's pictures, but it sure was fun! Really got me in the mood to scrap, however, I've got other work that needs to get done first.....graduation decor, Stamp Club projects, publication calls.....I just keep pluggin' away.

So - let me tell you a bit about these pages.... Like I said, each person's page was to contain a letter to the graduate about memories, etc. Do you see the letter on this page???


Look again!

Did you see that tab at the top....I stuck it in there. The letter was too big, and would have consumed the whole page.

I wanted to keep the same feeling on my pull out as I did on the actual page, so repeated the chocolate scalloped edge, and added some flowers.

And you all know how I like dimension on my cards....same goes for scrapbooking.

Check out the sheen in the paper. THis paper is from the Sweet and Sour DSP. I really like that embossed flourish on here.

Here is the facing page. I continued the flowers and did you notice the actual stitching on there?

And that same flourish is on this side too, but turned.

Do you like? Do you ever scrapbook for someone else? Have you been scrapping this month? I'd like to hear what you've got going on. Leave some comment love would ya?