Monday, December 28, 2009

Trying Digital!

So! I got the My Digital Studio scrapbook software for Christmas and have gotten 9 of my December Daily pages done!!! It is a lot of fun and its quick and no mess and portable!!! (Since I was at my parent's for a few days after Christmas, that is a GOOD thing!) Here's what I've done so far...!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours...... (with the promise of stamp art to come...)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Framed art gifts!

Ever since I saw this crown in the Decor Elements brochure, I wanted to get it for my little princess! But then...what would I do for my son?? And then I remembered a poem I got at church, on various hand-outs while growing up that is perfect for both kids!

Sooo, waiting until the 22nd of December to do this project.... Here's my step by step process

This is what it looks like when it arrives (I got the smallest one).

First, peel it off the backing paper, but leave the sticky and the backing attached along the "top" so you can place it carefully...

Now its attached to your surface (in this case- card stock!),

We offer a little tool to apply it, but since this is the first time I've been able to do the vinyl, I used my pampered chef scraper!

Then you peel the sticky paper off the vinyl. On the Regal Rose card stock, it tore just a little bit. No tears on the Brocade Blue...

and the finished product! Altho, my husband thinks there needs to be a pink/blue border framing the whole thing. What do you think?


Her Majesty Small, White, decor Elements Regal Rose, Brocade Blue & Whisper White card stock.

For those wondering, the poem says:

I am a child of royal birth. My Father is king of heaven and earth. My spirit was born in the courts on high, A child of God, a Prince {Princess} am I.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More baby cards

I finally got them finished. I need five. I'm sorry its so dark...its winter and that means snow falling. Retired stamps Barely Banana & Pretty in Pink card stock Soft Subtles brads, Watercolor Pencils
Retired stamps Watercolor crayons, Blender Pens
Retired stamps
Barely banana & Lavender Lace card stocks

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ornament Cards

Here are two quick ideas with the ornament punch...
first, to emboss the stamped image, and then punch it out!
Supplies: Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Warm Words Ink: Versamark, Real Red Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White & Real Red card stocks Accessories: Ornament Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Next, to stamp an unrelated image in the middle! (this set is long retired, but plenty of others would fit!)

Supplies: Stamps: All Gods Children (retired) Ink: Soft Suede Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White card stocks Accessories: Markers, Ornament Punch

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tried something new!

Yes I did!

I am making the last of our Christmas cards, and I guess I get bored easily because I like to change it up, a lot. hee hee. I pulled out this old favorite (yes, its retired) and made this card: needed something. So! I tried the bleaching technique! And now it looks like this:


There are a couple ways you can do this, but it all boils down to about the same as the water coloring technique. In this case, I used a dried up blender pens (you can fill an aquapainter or use a watercolor brush) and touched it to the liquid left in the lid of my gallon of bleach. Then I just painted it where I wanted white, and waited a few minutes and that's what happened! Very cool!

You can try this with any current santa, snowman, snowy scene...........


In other news, after very little snow so far, we now have what? 8 inches sitting there? Since Saturday afternoon. And it is still DUMPING.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Counting down to Christmas

A couple weeks ago I mentioned a really neat idea about a December Daily album. Well I am playing along, the round-about-way. :D Its now the 4th, and I am taking pictures every day (that isn't anything new) and choosing one or three keepers for my album. I'm also typing up my journaling so that its all ready forrrr..... Christmas present: My Digital Studio software!!!!!!

I am so excited! I can't wait to play with this new program! I've seen sooo many things done with it and it looks like a ton of fun! Plus its full of so many of my favorite Stampin' Up! images, including ones I haven't been able to buy as stamps! YEAY for that!!!

This software will allow me to change up my blog banner (whoo!), do scrapbook pages and books, even make cards, calendars, stationery...its gonna rock!

In the meantime, while I wait, Day 3 of December 2009 was Cards. I have stacks of cards I've made (and am still making) and I'm letting my kids choose cards for some of their special people and a few of those special people are getting personalized notes or art from my kids. ;)

here's a few cards from those stacks that you haven't seen yet....

Supplies: Stamps: Patterned Pines, Holidays & Wishes (retired) Ink: Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Real Red Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue card stocks, Christmas Cocoa DP Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon

I just got this hostess set, its in the Holiday Mini catalog. I love that little corner stamp! Anyway, I am staying busy!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Little tags

Soo, I got better, got some Christmas things done, and got sick again. :p But for now, all is well and I am trying to get some stamp creations done to share with you! (and, ya know...mail out! LOL!) Here's something I decided to try, and really like the result. I needed QUICK tags, but I also needed a bit of space to write in.... I've seen lots of times where people fold their card stock and then stay just off the edge with their punches or die cuts to make a card or other "open" project, so why not use the Tag Punch that way? So I did! Cute enough! :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pop of red...

Still not feeling well, but I wanted to get this posted... I've had these pages done since Tuesday I think, but I had left the letter stamps at my mom's and just got the title done. Page 1 is the sketch from last weeks challenge found HERE, and page 2 is my own design to coordinate. Supplies: Stamps: Taffy Alphabet, Of The Earth Ink: Real Red Paper: Kraft, Kiwi Kiss (retired) and Whisper White card stock, Urban Oasis DP (retired) Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon, Spiral Punch

Friday, November 27, 2009

Little more Christmas...

Did you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving? (...American freinds!) We sure did! Fun family, great food, it rocks. However...I am now telling myself I am not actually sick....darnit.

But since I've been away a few days, here's some more cards we did at the Christmas card class, incase you need some ideas!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Disconnected Events

Saturday I participated in a holiday shopping event held by a neighbor. She contacted her home-business friends and hosted this huge event. I had catalogs, order forms and gift certificates available, but also had most of my stash of cards, a few retired stamp sets, old Idea Books, and a few other 3-D type projects for sale.

In order to sell cards and items that use Stampin' Up! images, you have to acknowledge their art. (Most, if not all stamp companies have what is called an Angel Policy, that allows you to sell their images.) I have two stamp sets that let me do this- one is retired, but still works! -and the other is this:

Only the top three count for the Angel Policy, because those top three include the "Copyright Stampin' Up!" phrase at the bottom! See? ...and you can also see that I took some time to sign some of my cards too! haha!


In a completely unrelated event, earlier this week I helped the 8-11 year old girls from my church make the following thank you cards. Their group had some oooold scrapbooking paper, but trimming it down (and cutting out some images) made it less overwhelming. *grin* And I supplied the card bases and stamps.

The girls were so girl pressed down and rocked on her stamp for a good 60-90 seconds because her friend's 'thank you' didn't show up all the way. Another jumped up and down while pressing the stamp onto her card (for "enough" pressure) insisting to her friend that "she already knew all about stamps." The best part tho was how excited they were to "make THREE cards! Wow, that's a lot." LOL!

As for me, I learned that the girls are exactly the same as the boys of the same age- since I'm a cub scout leader. haha!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Birthday Sketches!

So exciting- I got to play with MORE sketches! :) I missed them! It really does make card making so quick for me! This first card is already in the mail, so that is another YEAY for me! haha!

Anyway, I used Julee's Mojo Monday sketch for this:


Stamps: Of the Earth, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede & Crushed Curry Paper: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry & Whisper White card stocks Accessories: Soft Suede polka dot ribbon, Stamping Sponge

And the OCC sketch for this:


Stamps: Of The Earth, Upsy Daisy Ink: Basic Gray, Bashful Blue Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White Accessories: Big Shot & Top Note Die, retired ribbon

Friday, November 20, 2009

Little tags!

Here is another of the Stampin' Up! Regional DVD's make & take projects. Its a little box cut with the Big Shot, and a set of cute & simple tags. I added a couple more than they provided, but I used their exact design: All wrapped shut!

Supplies: Stamps: Berry Christmas Ink: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Soft Suede Paper: Real Red textured card stock, Bashful Blue & Whisper White card stocks Accessories: Real Red polka-dot ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Mat Pack, Silver Brads, Big Shot & die

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Autumn Sketches!

Hooray!!! I got to play with TWO sketches this morning!!! And I got to use new toys! (new stamp set, new wheel, new paper, and my newest ink pad!) Autumn is pretty much over around here, but its my favorite season and I haven't created much about it yet. So since I had time- this is what I did!

First up, I used Beate's weekend sketch #106 and made this...

Supplies: Stamps: Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel Ink: Soft Suede, More Mustard Paper: More Mustard & Whisper White card stock, Autumn Traditions DP Accessories: Soft Suede Polka dot ribbon

Then I used Jen's Saturday Sketch For You To Try and made this....

Supplies: Stamps: Of The Earth Ink: More Mustard, Soft Suede Paper: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Whisper White card stocks, Autumn Traditions DP Accessories: Clear Buttons, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The rest of the calendar...

Here's the rest of it! Enjoy! January: (retired snowflake stamp, Bundle Up- also retired) February: Fifth Avenue Floral March: Upsy Daisy, Both Way Blossoms (retired)
April: Girlfreinds, Girlfreind Accessories, Its a Girl Thing
May: Under the Stars June: Country Morning

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Calendar

This weekend my mom and I worked on a scrappy calendar for a Christmas gift. Stampin' Up! no longer carries these calendars, but the new My Digital Studio software has the ability to create calendars...! Or, you can make your own pages, write up or print off a blank calendar, and then bind it yourself! Anyway, the calendar wasn't 100% done when I had to leave, but I photo'd what we got... The emphasis of the photos was based on the birthday of the month, or the anniversary, and the stamps we chose was based on the month itself. I'll share half of it right now: July: Stamps: Stars & Swirls (retired), Scouts At Play (retired), Land That I Love (retired)
August: Stamps: Scene in a Garden (retired) September: Stamps: God's Beauty (retired) October: Stamps: Haunting Halloween (retired), Hey Ghoul Friend (retired), Bitty Boos (retired) November: Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes December: Stamps: Delightful Decorations

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