Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MDS Halloween Treat

Today I have a My Digital Studio Halloween treat for you.  It uses the narrow 1" x 8" cello bag in a different way.  It's so cute!  What I love is how you can take a stamp that in the real world would be way too big for this project and shrink it down to the right size.

I saw this on Cindy Schuster's blog and cased it by following her directions. She really knows MDS inside and out.  I've learned a lot from Cindy and am looking forward to a demo retreat here in North Georgia in October where both Cindy and Monika Davis will be teaching us the ins and outs of this remarkable software.  I can't wait to share it with those of you that might want to try digital.

What is really neat about this project is that you design and then print off six of these candy holders on one page.  It makes it quick and easy if you want to make more then one...say 50 like Cindy is going to do for her daughter's classmates.  :o

Make sure you have some rhinestones.  It really adds to this project by making the spider pop.  I only changed the ribbon color because I have to order some more black later this week.

If you like to work or play on a computer and want a quick way to catch up on some scrapbooking and card making check out My Digital Studio.  I would be happy to let you demo it.  Call or email me and we can set up a time.

Click Here to view brand new My Digital Studio Downloads released September 20, 2011.

All MDS downloads can be viewed by going to under resources.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stamp Class is This Week - Fall is What It's All about.

Now that the weather is getting cooler here in North Georgia it really makes you want to think about Halloween and Fall projects.  I just love Stampin' Up!'s colors for the fall.

In Stamp Class this month, actually this week, we will be making projects that I know you are going to love!

We will be making these four projects plus one additional Halloween project if time permits.

Here's a close up of the pumpkin card.  It uses the oval punch and lattice embossing folder to make this great looking pumpkin that can be used for both cards and scrap book pages.  I think it would be really cute on place cards for Thanksgiving.  Maybe even on matching napkin rings.

If you still would like to sign up...let me know by tomorrow noon!

Come stamp and have fun!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Eek! Spiders!

Just a quick short post for today as I am planning for Stamp Class this week and some up coming workshops.  I saw this peppermint patty spider online that was made with the picture frame punch that is now retired.  So I used the Scallop Square Punch to make his legs and liked him even better.  The body is two Scallop Square punches with a peppermint patty sandwiched in between.  So cute!

And by the way...that creepy spider paper behind him is Stampin' Up!'s Halloween DSP.

If you are still thinking about joining us for Stamp Class you need to let me know by the end of the day!  You can RSVP by clicking on Events in the right sidebar of my blog.  That will take you to my Stampin' Up! web page where you again click on events and then just click the RSVP button.  However, you can always just send me an email. :) 

We will be making some Halloween, and fall items.  Since the little spider is so quick I think we will make him too.  Come join the fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hello Doily

Hello Doily and this embossing technique makes a very special card.  And that's exactly what I needed for my door prize today at the Women's Expo here in Jasper.  I cased this from a card on Stampin Connection that I saw weeks ago.  Changed the color and added some pearls.  I had trouble finding the card again to credit the creator but will look again.
Note: The card I cased was one created by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek which I saw on Stampin Connection a Stampin Up site for demos.

The technique used is called resist embossing.  The Hello Doily stamp is embossed using versa mark and clear embossing powder.  Then when you sponge over it the part that is embossed resists the ink and it appears that the color is behind the doily.  It looks really awesome though I don't feel these pictures do it justice.  The embossing is much whiter in person.

The rest of the card was stamped with Delicate Doilies mostly stamping off and then the card was heavily sponged.  I stamped four cards and envelopes with a coordinating box to put them in. And of course added some matching covered nuggets.

If you are local I hope you come by the Women's Expo and say hi. It's from 11:00 to 2:00 at Holy Family Episcopal Church off of Cove Road.  The first 50 ladies get goodie bags and they will be giving out about 30 door prizes.  You might just win this stamped set.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The New Narrow Cello Treat Bags

Notice anything different today?  Maybe you even thought you were in the wrong place. :) I created a new blog header last night using My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up!.  What an awesome program.  It's great for creating cards and scrapbooks but I am finding it is also useful for other things like flyers and my blog...very versatile.

Today I was in the Halloween mood and thought of those new narrow cello bags in the Holiday mini.  They were given to me by prize patrol at convention this year and I'm sure they have been wondering when I was going to pull them out of the dark cabinet.'s the day.

Are they not just the cutest!  You can fill them with all kinds of candy... m&ms, skittles, candy corn, gum balls, red hots, twizzlers and the list goes on.  Or how about a holiday pencil?

The toppers can be round like these.  I just used the scallop and circle punches.  Or square and folded over the top.  You can attach ribbon loops to the top, either thin or wide.  I'm sure there are as many ways to top them as treats to put inside.  The sky's the limit...just use your imagination.

The stamp set used to make the toppers is Batty for You.  One of my favorites.  It has 3 additional stamps besides these.  One of them says "Trick or Treat Smell My Feet".  It's the one I sent my grown boys last year.  Knew they would get a kick out of it.  Fully grown and still want to know where there Halloween treats are. :)

 I did heat emboss the two in black with black craft ink and clear embossing powder.  It made them raised and super shiny.  Wish you could see it better in the picture.

We will be making these at stamp class next week.  Check out the schedule and RSVP.  Would love for you to come stamp with me.  I am thinking about also having class on Friday at 12:30.  If that would work better for some of you please send me and email or give me a call.

Hope your day is a good one!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As Promised - More Swaps

Wanted to share the last of the swaps today from our PAWs meeting.  Some of these should start you thinking about your Christmas cards.

This first card by LeRee is amazing!  She incorporated so many new products form the Holiday Mini.  The Holiday Stocking Die is awesome.  I love the new Snow Burst embossing folder.  And don't miss the big red button, the dotted ribbon and the sweetest jingle bells you have ever seen. They are all brand new this year.

At the convention they die cut two stockings and put a box in between making the cutest gift box.  It actually stood on it's own.

Not sure which of the gals made this card.  It uses the A la Carte stamp "From Santa" and the top note.  A cute card that can be put together easily.
Anne used the new Letterpress Plate and did an awesome job.  It has two different debossed images on the one plate. You will also find this new product in the Holiday Mini.

If you are looking for snowmen for this year's Christmas cards this is a sweet lineup.  The stamp set is called "Holiday Lineup" and it includes a group of crazy reindeer and elves in addition to the snowmen. If you like to watercolor you'll love this set.

The last swap is a sweet baby card.  Do you recognize the stamp set?  It's the Stitched Stocking set with the cuffs cut down.  Just shows you how versatile our stamp sets can be.

If you would like to spend a fun afternoon or evening learning to make cards like these just call to book a workshop today.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Need Some Inspiration?

Need a little inspiration to get you stamping today? I know I sometimes do. Yesterday I shared with you the Make and Takes we did at our PAWS meeting.  Did you just love that little bat treat container?  I think I am going to make a couple filled with treats for some special little people on my list...OK big people too!

Now for some more inspiration...these are some of the Swaps from our meeting.  Many of them use products from the Holiday Mini.

This first one is mine.  The stamp set is Always Thankful from the Holiday Mini.  I really liked this container with the wheat and decided I wanted to color it with markers and a blender pen.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip then used More Mustard for the wheat and Not Quite Navy for the container. Putting the Cajun Craze through the crimper gave the card some texture which I like.  I did stamp off the the wheat on the Crumb Cake card stock which is very difficult to see in this picture. A seam binding ribbon is the finishing touch.

Next are two cute Halloween cards.

This first one is the trick or treating masked owl from Warmest of Wishes in the Holiday Mini.  I like the way Linda used the leaves from Best Friends Forever in Black.  Cute card!

I love the designer series paper (DSP) used in Monika's Halloween card. And the spider from Scaredy Cat is so real looking!

The last card for today uses my all time favorite Stampin' Up! DSP.! You'll find it in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It's called Spice Cake.  It is so beautiful, especially in person.  

If you have any questions about the cards shown today or the products used please contact me by phone or email.  Stop back tomorrow to see the rest of the swaps.  There will be some ideas to help you begin thinking about your Christmas Cards.  It's never too early!

Have a wonderful's a beautiful one here in North Georgia!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mini Carton Halloween Bat and More!

Our PAWS meeting with Monika Davis was this past Saturday where we did some fun "make and takes" and shared some wonderful swaps.   Today I thought I would share the "make and takes" with you.  They all use products from the new Holiday Mini Catalog.

This first one is a fun bat treat box made from the Milk Carton Die.  The wings were cut from the Perfect Pennants Die and those fangs...can you guess?  

Let's see if you guessed correctly.  It's the tip of the tail from the Bird Builder Punch!  The "Spooky" tag is from the Wicked Cool stamp set that you saw on a previous post.  The cool shimmer...Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink - Illuminate Top Coat (121084).  If you want a special treats for the kids or for a Halloween Party these would be adorable.  Well...maybe adorable isn't the right word to use for a bat!

This next one is a Clean and Simple Christmas Card that uses the Stitched Stockings stamp set.  Adorable is the right word this time!  And, look real close, the tiny jingle bell is so sweet. There are five cute stocking patterns in this stamp set so it may be difficult to pick just one for this project.  And the best part may be no cutting when you use the Stocking Builder Punch.

I didn't order the Gently Falling Stamp Set but guess will be on my next order.  Don't you just love this card?  It is a two step stamp set . (Try to say that 3 times quickly)  The outline was stamped first in soft suede and then we colored the inside stamp with markers before stamping again. Such beautiful fall colors.  I'm thinking cute place cards for Thanksgiving with this stamp set.

The last "make and take" was mine.  It was the Vintage mini album I posted earlier.  The girls saw it at the last meeting and asked that I show them how to make it.  Everyone was so pleased with the way they turned out.  

If you would like information on making or ordering products for these projects please contact me.  I think we may do at least one of these in this month's Stamp Class.  Check my events schedule and RSVP to save your spot.

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thankful to be an American!

9/11...a day in history Americans will never forget!  

Today I remembered those who lost their lives that day and their families.  I was thankful for all the responders who stepped up when they were needed the most.  

But most important ...I thanked God for allowing me to be an American!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pickens County Women's Expo - Best of Everything

Today I would like to invite those of you who are local to come visit my booth at the first Pickens County Women's Expo on September 17th.  It will be held at the Church of the Holy Family off of Cove Road in Jasper from 11:00 to 2:00.  The Expo will be featuring "businesses operated by dynamic local women". I'm reading from the flyer and I like that word "dynamic". :)

There will be appetizers, beverages, door prizes and goodie bags (while they last)...and more.  Sounds like fun!  So if you have some time stop by and say hi.

Each business will be supplying something for the goodie bags. Today I thought I would share with you my contribution.  Finally completed them Sunday night and they are ready to be delivered tomorrow.     

In each bag I included a 3"x3" card with a coordinating envelope, some Hershey nuggets in matching candy wraps, and a flyer with a coupon for a FREE stamp class.  I know the stamp set looks familiar.  "The Best of Everything" of my favorites.  I decided on "Happy Birthday" because who can't use a little birthday gift card.

Here's the inside sentiment.

And here they are in their cello bags ready to go.

Now I need to get busy on my door prize.  I think maybe a set of cards in a matching box.  Maybe even a stamp and some ink ( who knows...maybe I can get another unsuspecting person hooked on stamping).  :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini

The new Holiday Mini Catalog is here and everyone agrees it is one of the best.  If you are one of my customers and have not received your hard copy let me know and I will see that you get one.

The Holiday Mini is packed with new holiday stamp sets and some awesome accessories.  I can't wait to share some of my favorites with you. Today I would like to start with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334.  I have used many of the scoring tools on the market and what I have to say about this one is WOW!
It fits card stock up to 12" x 12", has score tracks every 1/8", and marker guides to help you "keep your place".  But when I tried it at convention the real WOW was the stylus.  It just rolled down the track like no other scoring tool I've ever used.  This tool makes 3D projects and multiple card scoring so much easier.