Thursday, March 28, 2013

April Showers....My Digital Studio

What's a gal to do when she's been struck by the nasty bug and she's got a kid with double ear infection?

Grab the laptop, snuggle on the couch with a cup of hot tea, and get busy scrapbooking, of course!

Not that I got a lot done, but I think I could get used to this way of scrapbooking!  Why? You ask?

Well, heck - I can do this anywhere!  I don't need to take adhesive, paper, box of photos with me!  It's all on my 'puter!

This page came together pretty stinkin' easily!  Most everything came out of this week's download - April Showers.  And that all works perfectly for Aubrie's April Birth.  I wanted to be clever, since her middle name is Mae - April showers bring Mae Flowers......but I couldn't get it to sing to me.  So, cleverness, it went out the window.  I can't be clever when I feel like doo-doo!

I added some things from the Delicate Adornments kit, to help soften the page up a bit.

In the end, I'm pretty pleased with this page!  Hey - I've got another page done - I should be pleased right!!!

Supply List:

     Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\April Showers - designer series paper\April Showers - 2

    Delicate Adornments\Delicate Adornments - lace
    Paper Doilies\Paper Doilies - pool party
    _Designer Kits\April Showers - embellishments\April Showers - border
    _Designer Kits\April Showers - embellishments\April Showers - chevron cloud
    _Designer Kits\April Showers - embellishments\April Showers - drops of joy
    _Designer Kits\April Showers - embellishments\April Showers - hot air balloon 3
    Glimmer Brads\Basic Gray - glimmer brad
    Delicate Adornments\Delicate Adornments - very vanilla

    _Designer Kits\April Showers\April Showers - pattern cloud, Color = BASIC GRAY 118,122,121

    Extras\Happy Hello\Happy Hello - small flower, Fill Color = 68,193,173

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oh Happy Day! w/ Oh! Hello!

Howdy folks!  I've got a super quick post today for you....this Momma needs to go to bed, seems as if round 352 of sickness is striking our house.  Would someone please let Mother Nature know that it was officially Spring 6 days ago, and it's time to deliver the weather that accompanies it.  I need to open my windows and air out this home before it needs to be quarantined!

Alex just spent a week on the couch with a horrible chest cold.  That is amazing for him.  He doesn't usually sit still if we'd pay him in brownies. Will spent one of those days home from school with the same thing. The week before that, Aubrie was sick for two days.  I've been under the weather for the past 3 days myself, and tonight, low and behold, Alex starts to complain about his ear.  I look at it - and sure enough, it's draining.  It's like a vicious cycle around here.  We are typically a darn healthy house.....not lately.

So, today....I've created my own sunshine.  I also decided that I need a lot of it:

Can you see how I skipped the Stamp-a-ma-jig and went a slightly easier route?  It's all about mass production here.  But, as I created this, it dawned on me that this stamp set is awesome for scrapbooking!

Okey doke - sorry to cut this short.....I better get some zzz's cuz I have a feeling I won't be getting much sleep tonight......
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Technical Tuesday....My Digital Studio

My sweet little gal, Aubrie is approaching her third birthday.  THREE.  

And I feel guilty.  

Really guilty.  

I don't have a single scrapbook page produced, printed, or anything else for that matter.

So, guess what?

I'm gonna be making nice with My Digital Studio and I'm gonna get myself some scrapbookin' done!

Wanna join me on my journey?  

Here's a page I created last night while I watched The Voice. (which means I created it during commercials! and how much time does that actually consume?  15 minutes?)

I did use a template - Delight in the Day Photobook.  What I like about those templates/premade pages, is that they are super easy to change up.
For instance, I had to move the "family" phrase and the circle it was on.  I made some photo areas bigger, and some patterned paper smaller.  I also added the ribbon and knot.
So simple.
Once I have the book finished, I'll send it off to be printed.  So, let's hope that's in the next week, and not the next year!!!

You know what else?  Stampin' Up! has greatly reduced the price of this great software - to $19.95.

Seriously, how awesome is that?  I mean I've spent $19.95 on things that I didn't ever use.  But this I USE!  A LOT!  I just haven't been using it to scrapbook.  Which is about to change drastically.

And one thing I really like - Stampin' Up! releases new digital downloads every Tuesday.  They are trendy, fun, and economical too.

Let's take a look at the This and That release today:

This And That Epic Day Kit -- Digital Download
This And That Epic Day Kit - Digital Download133465
This download was added on 3/26/2013

Download includes:
* 22-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 101 embellishments
* All the This and That traditional products in digital form
Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Pool Party

Did you read that description?  22 piece stamp brush (which is really just a stamp SET!), 12 Designer Papers, and this one freaks me out: 101 embellishments!  ONE HUNDRED AND ONE!  Not Dalmations - EMBELLISHMENTS!  For a mere 11.95  Really folks.  What's not to love?  (mine is currently downloading!)

You can find all of the newest My Digital Studio downloads by CLICKING HERE.

Why don't you join my on my quest to create some scrapbooks?  I'd love that!

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    _Designer Kits\Delight in the Day - embellishments\Ruffled Ribbon - Pool Party
    _Designer Kits\Delight in the Day- embellishments\Delight in the Day - circle 7
    Staple & Stitching\Staple
    Staple & Stitching\Staple
    2011-2013 In Color Ruffled Ribbon\Ruffled Ribbon - pool party knot

    _Designer Kits\Delight in the Day\Delight in the Day - quote 1, Color = BASIC GRAY 118,122,121
    _Designer Kits\Delight in the Day\Delight in the Day - family, Color = BASIC GRAY 118,122,121

    1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = POOL PARTY 169,221,199
    1.25 Circle Punch, Fill Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255     

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fabric Frenzy

Did you read that?  50% off all fabric!  Holy snikies! (As Aubrie - my 2 year old - says)

You don't have to be a seamstress to get into this!  I don't mind sewing, but can really just do a straight stitch, I don't get much fancier than that!!!!

You'll have to watch this video to see some great (many non-sewing) projects.

You can jump on this great discount by clicking here.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

This and That - and everything in between....

Wow!!!  SaleABration has come to an end.....But new things are coming our way!  And let me introduce you to something that I'm very VERY excited about!!!!


It's a scrapbook, it's a date book, it's a memory's what you make it!  And that I love.

When I was growing up, I had a School Days Memory Album.  I kept things in there from my school days - pics of friends, Valentine's, notes, etc.  This and That reminds me of that - only its much more beautiful!  In fact, I can't wait to give one of these to my niece!  I wish I would have had it two weeks ago for her birthday.

Look at all of these fun things that come in the bundle:

You can purchase these things separately, but you can also purchase them together in a bundle - and it's discounted 15% off from now until April 30th.  They won't have the special bundle price after that.

Epic Day This and That Journal
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper
Remember This and That Rotary Stamp
Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes the five This and That products listed above. Only available in a bundle until April 30.
15% Off Retail Value!

I can't wait for the UPS man to deliver this to my door!!!  What fun it will be!  Are you ready to have some fun with this???  You can - get your bundle today!  Grab it in my online store now!

Guess what else?  Stampin' Up! is giving away a trip!!!  To San Diego......enter for your chance to win!


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!!!

Here they are folks!  Can I get a drumroll please!

I'm going to do this Miss America style:  

Our third runner up is:

Laurie - you are winning a package of handmade cards!!  Along with the goodie bag that you won for being the first to order!  Great job and thanks for the order!

The second runner up is:

Congrats Brenda!  You are the winner of a $15 prize package!!!  I'll send you an email with the details! 

Are you ready???  


Congrats Char!!! You are the winner of a $25 prize package!  I'll email you with all of the details!!

Alright we go!!!  The big winner of tonight's Mystery Hostess Party is......

Drumroll please!!!!

Here she is..........

K'Lynn!!!!  You are the winner of a $65 prize package and one half price item!!!  I will email you also with the information!

Thanks to all of you that participated - you will be receiving a special gift from me (nobody goes home empty handed) and I'll also be emailing you the complimentary Online Class.  

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Mystery Hostess Party...coming to an end!

EDITED TO ADD:  We will have TWO Winners tonight!!!  TWO WINNERS!!!!  Wanna make it THREE???  Get your orders in by 8pm CST TONIGHT March 20th!!!!

Are you ready for a good time?  I always am!

Let's send this last week of Sale-A-Bration out in style!!!


Let's have a Mystery Hostess Party.  What's that, you say???

But this time, you don't have to clean or bake, or get dressed up!

Let me explain:

Starting March 14th:

The party is open to all those throughout the United States!

For every $25 you spend (pre tax and shipping), your name will go into a hat.
All of the orders will be compiled into ONE workshop, to come up with a workshop total.
On March 20th at 9pm CST, I will draw one winner.

That winner will get the hostess benefits from the week's party.

Just think - if 10 people participate at just $25 each, that's a $250 party - and the winner collects $40 in free merchandise, plus, since it's Sale-A-Bration, they get a free pack of Shimmer Paper!
If 16 people participate, that's a $400 party and the winner gets $65 in freebies and 1 half price item, AND Shimmer Paper, AANND! the Sale-A-Bration bundle (Sycamore Street DSP, Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack, and Madison Ave. Stamp Set) .

Once we get over the $400 level, we'll have a drawing for the second hostess!

Now, hold on.....if you place a $50 order, your name goes in the hat twice and you can select a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Place a $100 order, your name goes in the hat FOUR times and you can select TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

As a bonus for you:
The party is coming to YOU!
Everyone that participates will receive an email that will direct them to a collection of videos.  Those videos will show you projects that I would do in a real, in-house party.  You can watch the collection when you have time, and hey! - you can watch them in your pajamas if you wish!!  No need to get dressed up for this party!

Don't worry - everyone that participates will also get some Happy Mail from me!  EVERYBODY WINS!!!!

Here's how to play along:

Go to my website and place your minimum $25 order.

There, you will see this at the bottom of your screen:
There you will want to put THIS CODE: S3CEDGAY  (You can copy and paste to make your life easier.)  That code will show Jennifer Arkfeld as the hostess, but when the winner is drawn, it will transfer to that person.  


Anyone throughout the US can participate.  Your order will be shipped directly to YOU! 

Watch the Mystery Hostess Sale-A-Bration Party Page for more fun things throughout the week!  


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Celebrate! with Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamps!

Have you been pondering testing out Stampin' Up's newest Photopolymer Stamp Set - Designer Typeset?  I'm really excited about this option!  A truly clear stamp from Stampin' Up!  With the Stampin' Up! brand to back it up, you know that these stamps are high quality, offering the best quality in stamps.

Certainly, the ease of use of this set will please you.  Creating sentiments that say just what you want them to say is easy to do, and adds to the versatility of these new clear stamps.  Let me explain!

 Here, I stamped my sentiment.  I did stamp the letters individually, and they were pretty easy to line up!  I opted not to place all of the letters on the clear block at once, because I didn't want the letters to be spread out so much, so I stamped one at a time.  But here's what I do really like.  I wanted to have my sentiment look as tho it was part of a banner.  I placed both of the banner images on each end of the sentiment.  Then I placed my clear block right over the top:

The banners are now on my block, right where I want them.  I inked up the banners in Summer Starfruit and stamped:

The banners are placed perfectly!

Then, I just have to cut out!  I used an exacto knife and ruler, and that made it easy peasy!

But, do you want to know what else is awesome about this new option.  You get 57 images for $13.95!  That's no joke folks!  You can't get any better than that!  You can put letters right inside the pennant images so that your banner spells out something fun.

I used the pennant image to create a fun banner for the top of the card.  Don't forget to embellish it!  Little punches and gems are a good idea!

REMEMBER!!!  Today is the last day of my MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY! 

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It's Raining Flowers....Million-Dollar Moments

If anyone out there has connections with good Ol' Mother Nature, could you please ask her really nicely to send SPRING to the Midwest?  We are in dire need of sunshine and warmth!  And some of these raining flowers would be a bonus too!

This little hostess set is adorable, and has some great possibilities.  With a minimal $150 party (or single order) this set could be yours - FREE!  And it's exclusive to hostesses.

I'd say it's pretty chic.  This card was overly easy to create.  The stamping was all done using heat embossing - the flowers are done with Melon Mambo and the gal was done in Black.  I added some leftover gems from last year's Blossom Builder Kit.  They were perfect b/c they are already pink, and they are super tiny.

Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

Don't forget! Today is the last day to take part in my Mystery Hostess Party!  Winner will receive AT LEAST $50 in free merchandise!

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