Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jillian turns One!

I am still working on mastering the My Digital Studio software.  I learned some new tricks today and used them on this page.  I learned how to turn all the stamped images on my page the same color, without having to do them individually.    This was Jillian's first professional pictures.  She did a great job, it was a fun day.    Stamps are from the First Edition digital set, embellishments and frames are from the You are my Sunshine digital kit.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Butterfly Thanks

This card uses two products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, wait, make that three!  As a long time Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Sale-a-Bration is one of my favorite time of the year.  For those of you who are not familiar with this annual special, Sale-a-Bration is a promotion where you can choose a free product from the special Sale-a-Bration catalog for every $50 you spend.  This card uses the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, and the Kindness Matters stamp set.  I started out by stamping the butterfly image in basic black on to a scrap of Very Vanilla, then punched that out with the XL Oval punch.  I also stamped a second butterfly, to cut out an layer on top of the first butterfly for some added dimension.  I colored the butterflies with Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade markers.  I also added some
sponging to the edges of the Very Vanilla oval for a distressed look.  Next I cut a larger oval with my Big Shot and ran it through the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.  To keep the oval in place while embossing,  I added a tiny bit of dotto to the back of my oval (dotto is a repositional adhesive, so good for keeping things in place for just a little time) then placed it in the folder and embossed it.  I then used a sponge and some Chocolate Chip ink to distress the larger Crumb Cake oval.  I also used my distressing tool to ruff up the large oval.    Then I glued the small oval into the large oval.  I used some linen thread to tie the oval onto the Island Indigo background paper, which had been embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  I also added some sponging to the edges of the Island Indigo paper as well.  I used a scrap of Very Vanilla to make the "Thanks" tag, and attached it with a Vintage Trinkets brad.  So, I realize that my Thanks is a bit crooked, I didn't notice it as much in person, but then after I took the pictures, it really stood out.  I decided to say it was part of the shabby chic distressed look of the card :)  
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Quick treat bag

I needed to make a quick little thank you, and so I whipped up this box in minutes.  This box uses one piece of paper, 8 1/2 by 11 and some  added embellishments to make it cute. To make it even easier than it already was, I used precut flower die cuts from the spring occasions mini catalog.  The kit comes with approx 50 die cut flowers, some tags, and a sheet of 30 pink rhinestone stick ons.
To make the box you need to trim half of an inch off the long side, to make the paper  8 1/2 by 10 1/2.  Then you need to score that paper at 1 1/2 in, 5 in, 6  1/2 and 10in, along the long side, then turn the paper and make another score at 1 1/2 inches.

cut off the small rectangle made by your score lines, you can see where I've cut mine in this picture.  You also need to cut along the score lines up to the 1 1/2 inch line you made. 
Fold your box and use a strong adhesive, like sticky strip, to glue it together.  I also added a crease line to the sides so that it closed nicely.
Add your embellishments.
I added a tab punch and some ribbon to the top, as a closure for the box.  In the background of this picture you can see the Blossom Builder Kit.   Fill it with something, I recommend Chocolate, and you're done! Yea! So fast!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Photo as a background

Today I learned that I could change the opacity of my photos. Fun!  I used my photo as the full background, changed it to only 55% opacity, then layered another smaller version of the photo on top of it.  So fast and easy, but I love the result!  This page took less than 10 minutes.  Yea!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Digital Page!

A David Page!!  Its so easy to make pages for my daughter since I love all things frilly with flowers and butterflies, so today I decided to make a page featuring my son David!   This is from 2009, about the time my daughter was born.  He was so cute playing ball, and my son Zachary loved cheering him on!

Digital Scrapbooking!

I am taking a class on using the My Digital Studio software.  It is an online class being run by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  She is just a whiz at digital projects of all sorts, and I've been following her blog for a while, so when I saw she was offering a class I thought I should do it.  I am pretty good with the software already, at least I thought I was, but Heather really thinks outside of the box and in the first two days I have learned two new things.  Here is a link to her blog in case you are interested in checking it out: /
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Loving Island Indigo

I keep reaching for the Island Indigo paper.   I love the richness of the color, and how it looks when paired up with other colors.  On the top card I used Baja Breeze and Lucky Limeade with Island Indigo.  The Ribbon is Seam Binding ribbon in Baja Breeze.  I love the Seam Binding Ribbon, it can be ruffled or wrinked and very thin and easy to tie. I added a paper flower, made by cutting a spiral from a circle and twisting it around.  I add a glue dot every so often to  hold the spiral in place.  I also added some leaves from the Bird Builder punch.  I added a pearl to the center of the flower, as well as some very small ones on the stamped flowers at the bottom.   Stamp sets used are from the Sale-A-Bration promotion; Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage. 

This card uses the same colors as the one above, as well as the Elementary stamp set from Sale-A-Bration.  The Happy Birthday image is punched out with the curly label punch, and stuck on with a dimentional.
Thanks for stopping by!  Im participating in an online digital scrapbooking class this month, so hopefully I'll have lots of pages to share soon!  You can try My digital Studio free for 30 days by downloading the trail version of the software.  Contact me to find out more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hot or Cold?

I'm not sure which color combination I like best.  I'm leaning towards the cool colors, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade, with Basic Grey as a background.   Its rather grey outside today though, so that's probably why I felt compelled to make a version in warmer colors; Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride, with an Early Espresso base.  I like the wider ribbon in grey, I didn't have a wider Brown.   Then I thought I would see what it looked like without the ribbon, in case I use this card at an event where I would need to make a lot, like a swap.  I tried strips of paper in matching colors.
I used a corner rounder on just the two corners, across from each other on the white cardstock.  When I made the version with the paper stripes I also used the corner rounder on the base, and I like how that looks.   I also used the 1 inch square punch and the postage stamp punch.
Both cards used FREE Sale-A-Bration stamps! gotta love that!  Sale-A-Bration runs through March 31st.  
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

 A quick Valentines Day card today! With all the Heart cutouts from the treat bags I made, I thought I would make a card that uses them.   Here is what I came up with.  Super Easy.  The "Love" stamp is from the set "Outlined Occasions" in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The set is free with a $50 purchase, now through March 31st.
Here's how I made the ribbon.

Here is the full set Outlines Occasions.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a nice Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Treat

These little treat boxes were made fast and easy with the Fancy Favor Box Die from Stampin' Up!  I've used this die many times when I've needed a quick gift as a thank you, or for a gift card.  They would also make nice table favors at a baby or bridal shower.  I had my Hearts Collection framelits dies out on my desk a lot this month, so I used them again here.  I cut a heart shaped hole in the box before taping it together, then added a heart frame around the hole.  To keep candy from falling out, I added a piece of acetate to the inside of the box.  Super Easy.  A hole punch and some ribbon complete the box.

use two sizes at the same time to make the frame

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

I love you!...

From the bottom of my Heart to the Tip of my Toes!

Another mom told me about this idea that she saw online and it sounded so cute I had to make it!  I love projects that use kids hand prints or toe prints and thumbprints. See this post here for another idea Angel wings  Its fun to see their hands get bigger and bigger, until they are too old and refuse to do them, like my oldest son David.  The children's hands form a heart, and then I added their toes at the bottom.  I put Whisper White Craft Ink on their hands and stamped them, then did the same to their toes.  I then quickly cleaned them up so that I didn't have ink all over the house :)   Jillian was being a stinker and wouldn't show her face for the picture.

I added a tag to the page, using the new Hearts Collection Framelits Dies from the new Occasions mini catalog.  I used Blushing Bride and matching ribbon to complete the tag. 
This was a fun, easy, and quick project to do with the kids! Thanks for the Idea Lori!  You can use washable paint, or use red ink on white paper, whatever you have on hand to make the tag. 
Hope you like today's project! Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pretty Edges!

I am really liking the new products that go with the Big Shot!  The new Edgelits Dies are really fun to use! On this thank you card, I used the Edgelits Dies and the matching Embossing Folders called "Adorning Accents".  The card started with a base of Blushing Bride, which I trimmed with the Egdeits Die.  I then made a strip of cardstock in Riding Hood Red and trimmed its edge with the Edgelits Die as well. 
I love that the products all co-ordinate together.  The Adorning Accents Edgelits dies are a set of 2 for $9.95, and the matching Adorning Accents Embossing Folders come as a set of 3 for $8.95.  I used the Embossing Folders on my BEE MINE project here.    I really wanted to use one of my new stamp sets and the Bordering on Romance set fit the mood perfectly.  This set also has a stamp that matches the Edgelits Dies, but I did not use that image on this card.  I recently saw a card that someone made, where they colored with markers on colored cardstock.  I had always wanted really sharp colors, so I stamp on white if I am going to color the images in.  But I liked the way the card looked with the coloring right on the colored cardstock, so I thought I would give it a try.  I decided to use ink and blender pens instead of markers, so that I could get some highlights.  I stamped my image in Versamark and then used white embossing powder and my heat gun to create an embossed image.  I also stamped a "Thank you" and embossed it as well.   I then used my Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, and Island Indigo ink pads and a Blender pen to color in the floral image.
I also decorated the inside of my card.  I wanted the cut Edge on the front to really stand out, so I added a strip of Twitterpated paper to the inside, that shows nicely on the front of the card.   I also added some white cardstock to write a message on. 

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you liked today's project!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I've been having fun making journals this week.  I made one for my sister-in-law.  She has just recently had a new baby and I was thinking about how they grow up so fast and how you think you'll remember all the things they say and do, but then years later you forget.  So, I thought a journal would be nice, and what better than one made with a picture of your cute little baby on the cover, right?  So, with the help of Stampin' Up's  "My Digital Studio", I made a journal with Edith's picture.  Then my husband and I were talking this morning because we were reminded of something funny our kids used to say, and we couldn't remember which of our sons said it.  I decided it would be a good idea to make a journal for myself, a kids journal, and it was so fun to make them that I ended up making 3!  One for each of my children.  I plan to keep track of all the funny or sweet things that they say or do, and then I can give them the journal when they are older and starting a family of their own.   First up, my Zachary journal.  It says "Enjoy the Journey", using images from Stampin' Up's travel journal digital kit.  
    This one took me minutes to make, it came together so fast because I stuck to all papers and images from the same digital kit.    Next we have Jillian's journal.   I used paper from "Timeless Portrait" and a black bow to co-ordinate with the bow in her hair.    David has two journals.  He has just turned 10 and is an avid cartoon maker, as well as a movie maker!  He loves to make stop motion movies with his legos, and draws tons of cartoons.  I thought he might like a journal to keep track of ideas that he could use for his cartoons and movies.  I found a drawing that he made of his favorite cartoon character, Darvin the Dog.  I scanned the picture into my computer, and used it on the cover of his idea journal.    I hope he likes his surprise!  I used a crumpled paper background from the "Downtown Grunge" kit, which is also where I got the digital "tape" that holds Darvin's picture.  I hope he likes it!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

More Calendar pages

I finished taking the rest of the pictures of the Birthday Calendar.  Here they are...

Well, thats a lot of pictures for one post : )

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