Sunday, August 26, 2012

Evergreen Stampin' Up! Christmas Card

I've been crazy busy this past week!  One of the items on my plate was getting ready for today's Christmas Stamp A Stack.  Happy to report...all is ready!

My goal for a Christmas Stamp A Stack is to make beautiful cards that are easy to duplicate and that don't cost extra to mail.   This is especially important for those of us that send lots of cards.  Are you one with a long list?  How many cards are you planning to send this Christmas?  

This is just one of the four designs that we will be making today.  I wish you could see it in person as the picture really doesn't do it justice.  The color combo is Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.

  • Used the Evergreen Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini.  Stamped off twice before stamping the solid green tree.
  • Stamped the sentiment overlay in Early Espresso.
  • When designing a simple card look to your embossing folders for texture.  This is the Lacy Brocade folder form the Holiday mini.
  • I sprayed the embossed layer with home made shimmer spray. Mix alcohol with a few drops of Frost White Shimmer Paint and shake.  The new Stampin' Spritzers are perfect for mixing and storing homemade shimmer and ink sprays. 

Stamp Set:  (Clear-127973) (Wood-127970)
Ink:  Garden Green (126973), Early Espresso (126974)
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler (119685), Garden Green (102584), Whisper White (100730), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Paint (used to make shimmer spray), rubbing alcohol
Tools:  Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (127819), Merry Minis Punch Pack (star) (126882)
Big Shot (113474)

Wish you could all spend the day making Christmas cards with us!  If you're local...we will be doing another Christmas Stamp A Stack in September.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Digital Studio 2 - Hybrid Desk Calendar

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Just realized that my scheduled post never posted this morning....better late then not at all.

I just love this little desk calendar!  It's a hybrid project which just means that some of the components were created digitally and everything else was done with "real" paper crafting.  My Digital Studio 2 makes creating calendars a snap.  You have total control over how you want to design your calendar including how many months you want to include on a page, the fonts, and colors.  It's easy and fun!
Wouldn't these make great teacher or colleague gifts?

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This project is a tent design.  When you turn the calendar around there's a color change and three more months.  To see the rest of the year you remove a section from the bottom of the calendar and flip it inside out. How fun is that!
I learned to create this calendar in an MDS class I took last Saturday with Monika Davis and Cindy Schuster.  Even though the program is very easy and intuitive I find it fun to attend classes with fellow demos.  I learn even more quickly and am able to share what I've learned with all my digital customers.  

Stampin' Up! has made it so easy for you to give the My Digital Studio program a test drive.  
So here's what you need to do:
  • Allow me to contact you to see how I can help you get the most from the trial.
I believe you are going to love it and want to incorporate it into your paper crafting or maybe use it for all your scrapbooking and card making.  I know some that have practically given up most of their paper once they go digital.  However...I love both!

Products Used:

My Digital Studio 2
Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Real Red, and Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A My Digital Studio Reminder!

There's only 13 days left of the 31% Off Digital for 31 Days! Promotion

This is the time to get your Christmas Cards ready in My Digital Studio (MDS2) and get them sent off to the printer. You can't beat a 31% discount on printing! 

And if you don't have MDS2 yet now is the time.  Download the 30-day FREE Trial and give it a spin.  Even with the trial you can order some additional stamp sets, paper, and embellishments, do some creating and send your finished projects  off to the printer. Enjoy the 31% discount before you've even purchase the product! Click Here for more information about My Digital Studio 2.

Stop back tomorrow to see a cute hybrid calendar project.  Create the calendar in MDS2 and use Stampin's Up!'s coordinated "real" products to complete the project.  Don't forget to stop back!

Wanted to share a couple of sweet and cute pics with you today.  My mom finally got to take her vacation this month and she's having a great time visiting with her great granddaughter.  My brother and the rest of his family live in sunny Florida.  I sure wish I was with them!

Since she's arrived Reagan only wants to hold  Nana's hand.  I think mom will need a rest when she gets home!

The Little Mermaid...quite the cutie!      

Enjoy what's left of your Sunday!             

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Scallop Folded Flower

Hi Stampers!

Beautiful morning in the North Georgia Mountains.  And...I am still continuing the celebration of my birthday week! :)  My sweet dear friend of many years is taking me to lunch and a movie today.  Since I'm running late this will be a quick share.

I created this card as my swap for the August PAWS meeting.  This flower was used in a project at convention this year.  It was in one of the extra classes that we were able to take in the evening.  It's made with the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle.
  • Punch five scallops.
  • Take 4 of the scallops and crumple them in your hand.
  • Open them out and fold each of them in half and in half again.
  • Use the extra scallop as the base and glue each quarter folded scallop to the base.
  • Make sure each folded scallop is facing in the same direction as you glue them around.
  • They should fit perfectly on the base.  If not, you can refold the the scallop so that it will fit.

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I actually created this card first for my swap and then realized that I didn't have enough of this patterned pattern paper to make all the cards.  That's what I love about this project...the color combos are endless.

The Adorning Accents Folders added a sweet extra touch to this card.  I used the small hearts across the middle.  And then added the the edge folder that coordinates with the Edgelit I used to cut the bottom of the whisper white layer.

This is is such a fun flower!  Here you can see the many layers.  The Boho Blossom Punch was used for the center with a Bitty Button and Basic Pearl.

If you decide to give this flower a try.  Let me know how it turns out or better yet email me a pic.

Gotta run!  Have a wonderful day.  Don't forget to leave a comment and share it with others.  It makes my day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stampin' Up! Swaps

Today I have a few swaps to share with you.  Every other month I attend our PAWS meeting.  It's a group of demos that meet at Monika Davis' house to share business tips, techniques, and swaps.  We always have a great time and I like that I come home with new things to share with my customers.  If you are a part of my downline you are invited to come to both these meetings and my downline meetings.  That's what I love about being a Stampin' Up! demo...lots of support! 

These are just a few of the swaps.  Hope to share the rest on another day.

This first card (Monika Davis) is a a fun Halloween Card using the Googly Ghouls Stamp Set in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  I love our Googlies (eyes) as they are so easy to apply with the adhesive backing.  Love the new black and gray Stripped Satin Ribbon.

We hardly recognized LaRee's card this month.  She loves purple and there's none of her signature purple on this card. :)  She used the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set with all the beautiful butterflies.  And... one of the gorgeous Delicate Designs Embossing Folders.

Anne's card is beautiful!  She used the Postage Due Stamp Set.  I have now seen three projects that makes me want to purchase this stamp set even though it wasn't on my original wish list.  You all know how that goes. lol

Fran's Christmas card is all pretty and glittery. :)  She used the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set which is a must have set for me.  Don't forget to consider the bundle with this set.  It has Framelit Dies that match all the shapes of ornaments.  When you buy the bundle you save $$ plus you can make that gorgeous ornament on the front cover of the Holiday Mini for all your special friends and family.

This last card was made by, Kim Smith, one of my club members.  She used the very colorful Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  I love how she just went with the colors.  My inclination was to try to tone this paper down but I love the happy feel of this card.  It makes you want to smile!  

I always encourage all my customers to bring cards and projects that they make at home to class with them to share with the group.  I think sharing is what Stampin' Up! is all about.  Plus I think it's fun for those that don't have a blog to see their cards on the web.  If you are in my local area and would like to join a great group of gals having fun with paper crafting then check out my events or contact me to find out more.  

Have a wonderful rest of your day.  Stop back often.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Even the Naughty Deserve Something Nice!

Cute sentiment for this sweet card using Stampin' Up!'s new Holiday Collection Framelits Dies.  I absolutely love them!  I chose the candy cane to feature in this card but you also have the choice of a christmas tree, gingerbread man, or a cute christmas mug.

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Tips and Tricks:
  • After die cutting the candy cane with the Framelit Die I used a pencil to lightly draw the outline of the candy cane on a small piece of whisper white card stock.
  • I used the Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon for the red stripes but for the white strips I applied Dazzling Diamonds directly to the card stock.  It gives the card some extra bling to match the rhinestones on the tag.  Oops...just realized there's a missing rhinestone on the left side.  Need to see about fixing that!
  • That's the Decorative Label Punch...cut it in half and pull it apart as far as you need to.
  • If you don't have the new Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack you need to consider it.  I love how you can pierce half the card, turn it around and pierce the other half.  No more lining things up over and over again. :)
This is one of the cards that we are making in club this month.  There are still some spots for tomorrow's class (2:30pm) and the Thursday evening class (6:30).  If you live in the area and would like to join us we would be happy to have you.  No experience necessary!  A great group of gals that have a passion for paper crafting.  All skill levels welcome!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Embossed Papillon Potpourri Card

Hi Everyone!

The card I have to share with you today I originally thought I would be posting as part of my blog hop post the other day but...

I chose the wrong color blue when designing the card.  Instead of pulling bashful blue I grabbed Baja Breeze.  It doesn't make me like the card any less (lol) I just had to wait until today to share it with you.

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Decided to go with a more vintage feel with this card.  
  • Dry Embossing every layer and then sponging with Crumb Cake ink gives this card lots of texture. 
  • You'll find the new Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder that I used on the Crumb Cake layer in the new Holiday Catalog.  I can tell it's going to be one of my new favorites!
  • This is Stampin' Up!'s new Butterfly Punch and it coordinates perfectly with the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set.  
  • I'm into pearls right now which is always a perfect vintage touch.
I was asked to choose my favorite embellishment  at a meeting last week and that's really difficult with all that Stampin' Up! has to offer right now. I did however choose....pearls.  How about you?  Would love to hear from you...leave a comment sharing your favorite embellishment.

Before I leave you today I  want to share this cute upbeat video.  My birthday's today and I'm wondering if I'll have a digitally created birthday party like in the video.   Probably not... but what I really wanted for my birthday is My Digital Studio 2 Plus instead of just the upgrade.  

I'm happy to say sweet mom gave me My Digital Studio 2 Plus for my Birthday...AWESOME!  As soon as I finish here I hope to get it downloaded! Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Download a 30-day FREE Trial today and check it out!

Have a wonderful day!

Stamp Sets:  Papillon Potpourri (Clear 123759), (Wood (123757),  Teeny Tiny Wishes ( Clear 127802), (Wood 115370)  Affection Collection (Clear 127949), (Wood 127946)
ink: Real Red (126949), Crumb Cake (126975)
Paper:  Card StockReal Red (102482), Baja Breeze (111352), Crumb Cake (120953) 
Tools:  Embossing Folders - Lacy Brocade Folder (127819), Perfect Polka Dots Folder (117335), Elegant Lines Folder (119277), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Paper Snips (103579)
Accessories:  Crumb Cake  1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (122332), Whisper White Baker's Twine (124262), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hopper's Blog Hop - Color Coach Combo

Welcome to the August Hopper's Blog Hop!  We're having fun with color this hop so come join us!  There's a prize this month of (24) 6" x 6" pieces of Staminp' Up! Designer Series Paper (current and retired).  All you need to do is visit every blog in the hop and leave a comment.  There will be a random drawing at the end of the month. Leave your email address with your comment so we can contact
                           you or check back on the 27th.                      

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Are you familiar with Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach?  Do you use it!  I love mine.  It's a great tool when your creativity feels "stuck". Choose a color and let the coach suggest two different combinations.  

Real Red was chosen for our Hopper's Challenge and I chose the Getting Started Combination.  It's a combination I probably wouldn't have thought of on my own...Real Red, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie?  But look how cute it turned out!  

The Ronald McDonald stamp set, Moving On has been getting a work out in my stamp room.  I just think it's so much fun for both kids and adults.  I also love that $3 of the price of the stamp set is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities where they help support families with children who have serious illnesses.  

Purchase the Moving Forward Stamp Set through my online store and receive a Free video tutorial for a matchbook gum or candy holder pictured here.

We hope you'll be inspired to create your own card using either this color combo or the creative combo...Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Crumb Cake. Email me a picture and I'll post it on my blog.

Stamp Set:  Moving Forward (Clear 126322, Wood 126320)
Ink:  Real Red (126949), Pumpkin Pie (126945), Early Espresso (126974)
Paper:  Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie (105117), Early Espresso (119686), Real Red (102482), Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks (117155)
Tools:  Large Scallop Edgelits (127019), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Paper Snips (103579)
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) 

Glad you stopped by today.  Don't forget to leave me a comment...and then go visit the other sites listed below.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Convention - Stampin' Up! Sample Boards

Today I wanted to share some more pictures of samples form Convention. These projects come from the Stampin' Up! product boards...I hope.  My pictures are so mixed up.  I thought I had everything organized put after downloading pics from other people my Photoshop Elements Organizer is a mess.

There were all types of projects.  I loved the boards with all the different ways to make flowers so I included a few here.  The variety was amazing! The My Digital Studio Projects would make you want to sign up for the free trial right now!  Actually I bought MDS2 Plus this morning!

So take a peek and every so often I will post some more of my convention pictures.

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