Sunday, November 15, 2009

MDS, Decor Elements, and Wood Blocks

A few weeks ago my upline Patty Bennett challenged a few of us in the Luv2Stamp Group to use the Wood Blocks from the Holiday Mini Catalog in different ways.  I am no original thinker, but I remembered playing with wooden block puzzles growing up (usually the blocks were about 1- 1 1/2 inches square).  I thought it would be fun to do a block puzzle using pictures of my kids and some other fun accents.  The blocks from the mini catalog are 3 x 3 inches and very lightweight (I am pretty sure they are not solid wood, but maybe a MDF fiberboard or something).  Regardless of their weight, they are very sturdy and easy to work with.  Here’s how mine turned out:IMG_9945
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I used the brand new My Digital Studio software to create the photo pages.  It was really easy and quick since I was able to just drag the photos into a template.  I changed a few of the colors and re-arranged some of the embellishments.  The animals are from the Decor Elements vinyl “Nursery Alphabet”.  Those pages were also quick since all I had to do was transfer the vinyl to the cardstock.  Once all the pages were ready, I trimmed them to 3 x 3 inch square, reassembled on top of the blocks, and glued them in place.  I am planning on wrapping this up for Christmas for the kids to open.  I think they will really like seeing their own faces as part of a “toy”.  It is not a particularly tricky puzzle, with only 9 pieces, but sometimes the simplest toys are what keeps them amused for the longest time!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Digital Studio

SO MUCH MORE THAN DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING!!!

I have to be totally honest.  I am not a huge fan of digital scrapbook pages.  I have seen them around for a couple years, and they always feel so FLAT to me and I don’t really like the way the ribbon and other embellishments look fake.  BUT I ordered the new My Digital Studio (MDS) software from Stampin’ Up! and I believe I have had a true conversion. 

MDS offers all of the great products that many other photo printing services offer – bound photo books, greeting cards, calendars, etc., but the ADVANTAGE is that you get to use templates, layouts, or a blank canvas with exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, artwork, patterned paper and embellishments!  Plus, since all of the embellishments and stamps are true to size, you can do “hybrid” scrapbooking, by printing your MDS page, and then mounting it onto regular cardstock or adding real ribbon, buttons, brads, or whatever to give it dimension so it is not so FLAT! 

The first thing I tried when I opened MDS was the Christmas Jingle Designer Template for a 12 x 12 photo book.  Literally in a matter of minutes, I had 12 pages done!  Here are a couple:

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So all I had to do with these pages is drag and drop the photos from my December 2008 photo folder and type some journaling.  It was so EASY and FAST!!!!

Here’s an example of a card I made using the software:

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I got the layout idea from Jaydee at her blog.  It also only took me a couple minutes, and I started with a blank canvas for this one.  After I messed around with this, I figured I would try and make it with real cardstock and stamps.  So that is what I’ll be working on today.

If you are interested in getting more information about My Digital Studio, I’ll be having an open house in early November, date TBA.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Holiday Banner Class

So it turns out I am a lazy blogger. But I am having a class next week that I wanted to tell you about:

Halloween is fast approaching! Do you need a fresh update on your decorations? Come and make this spooky little hanging banner for your haunted house. Or get a leg up on Christmas and sign up for the Merry banner. Why not make them both!!! Details below. I copied this great banner idea from Sandy Hancock's blog http://www.sandystamper.com/. Thanks Sandy!

Spooky and/or Merry Banner Class or Kit:

Tuesday, October 13th 7:30 pm

Cost: $14 (make a 2nd banner for an additional $12)

Please indicate how many of which banner you would like to make

Banner is ~3 feet long. Class includes pre-cut paper supplies, ribbon, and “jump ring” to hang banner on hook. Halloween and Christmas patterns will vary. There is no stamping on this project so I can offer it as a “long distance” kit. If you can’t attend on the class date, want to make it sooner, or live too far away to attend, you can order the class as a kit to go. Kit will include everything listed for class, plus instruction sheet on how to assemble. You will need to provide your own adhesive for both class and kit. A glue stick and/or glue pen would work great for this project.

Classes fill up quickly, so call or email to reserve your seat. Stamp classes will be held at my home (see address listed below). No refunds on cancellations. Payment by cash or check payable to me.

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You might notice the empty square at the bottom of the Merry Banner. Oops. I got interrupted while I was making the banner and didn’t get a chance to “embellish” that last square before I needed to take pictures of it. I have lots of Christmas stamps and die cuts that will go well there, so when you come to class you will have some choices or if you order the kit, I will include a couple options for you as well.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Catalog Open House

Thanks to everyone who came to my open house today.  It was fun to see you all.  Here’s a picture of the samples everyone got to make:

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Supplies used:
Stamp set: Heard from the Heart
Cardstock: Naturals White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: White Craft Ink
Accessories: Scallop Square Die, Big Shot, Polk Dot Ribbon

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Supplies used:
Stamp set: Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scallop Square Die, Big Shot, Polk Dot Ribbon

Whenever I start working with new colors, it is always a challenge for me to get comfortable with what combinations will look good.  I don’t feel like I have an eye for color so I tend to lean towards monochromatic combinations for simplicity.  If I feel like branching out, then I usually go with color choices that are already together in a DSP (designer series paper) pattern.  In these cards, I used the color combo from the Razzleberry Lemonade.  At first I wasn’t sure about the curry color, but after I looked through the different patterns in the pack, I realized that there were lots of possible combinations.

Here are some more samples I’ve been playing with using the new fancy favor die and the same Razzleberry Lemonade DSP colors:

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These little favor box/bags are a great size for a couple of large cookies in a cello bag, or I put a handful of the mini size snickers/milky way/twix candy.  You can dress them up with a handle, or fun embellishments on the front.

What do you love in the new catalog?  Still need a copy—contact me and I can drop one off or mail you one. 

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Another card to share with you today. I copied this one from last year's catalog. I really like square cards a lot! And darn that post office for charging extra to mail them! I heat embossed the square image from A Little Somethin' (retired). Heat embossing is something you can do to really "step up" the look of your projects. It is super easy. I keep my embossing powder in the sandwich sized plastic storage tupperware kind of thingy. It makes it much less intimidating to clean up. I just sprinkle the embossing powder over the paper with a spoon that I keep inside the box. The little flower on the yellow square comes from the Filigree Designer Brads series. Supplies used:
Stamp Set: A Little Something'
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, Old Olive, So Saffron, Bella Rose DSP (retired)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Boho Blossoms Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Filigree Designer Brads, Square Punch

Saturday, July 4, 2009

another in color card

Here's another example of Rich Razzleberry with Orchid Opulence, it also uses the Great Friend stamp set. I copied the layout and colors from the new catalog:

Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Great Friend
Cardstock: old olive, whisper white, orchid opulence
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: punch windows movers die, paper piercing tool, brads, big shot


Friday, July 3, 2009

Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

A new catalog means new In Colors. My favorites so far are Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo. Here's a few samples:

Supplies Used:
Stamps: A Little Somethin' (retired)
CS:Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper white
Ink: Melon Mambo ink
Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot ribbon, Movers and Shapers die, punch windows die, heart punch, texture plate, big shot

Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Great Friend
CS: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, movers and shapers die, punch windows die, scallop oval punch texture plates, big shot





Great Friend Item #113792 $17.95

I NEVER thought I would see the day that I added Orchid Opulence to my order. The original pack that is sitting in my paper files is almost 5 years old! So dust off your Orchid Opulence paper and ink because it pairs really well with Rich Razzleberry. There's a new DSP in the catalog called Cottage Wall that combines Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, and Rich Razzleberry and I can't wait to get it!

used stamps for sale

Stamp Sale!!! I have a ton of retired stamp sets that I am ready to sell. These are all "gently used". Most of the stamp sets have a little white dot with a price written on it. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these. Prices are somewhat negotiable. Stamp sets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. I will have these all on display at my new catalog open house on July 11th.