Mother’s Day Cards 2013

I finally have my Mother’s Day cards finished and in the mail.  I am making this extra post because Mother’s Day is this weekend.  I made two versions this year because my Mom’s birthday card was the original for the Regal Rose design.  My DIL2 made one of the Regal Rose ones in Stamp Class last month.  So I came up with a second design.  I was having Stamper’s Block for a couple of days until I decided to make the Regal Rose design for my Sister and my daughters/DIL1.

The top two cards are the Melon Mambo Cards.  The lower 4 cards are the Regal Rose Cards.
Mother's Day Cards

Stamps:  Amazing Family
Loved Ones
Oh Hello
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Tempting Turquoise
Pacific Point Marker
Card Stock:  Regal Rose (Retiring)
Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Vellum Cardstock
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits
Needlepoint Embossing Folders
Heat Embossing:  Heat Tool
Melon Mambo Embossing Powder
Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder
Basic Black Embossing Powder
Other:  Rose Ribbon
Delicate Details Lace
Basic Rhinestones
Sponge Dauber

1.  Cut Regal Rose card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Use the Scallop Border embossing folder with your Big Shot along the bottom of the card front.  Use a sponge dauber and Melon Mambo ink to highlight the embossed border.
2.  Use 3 of the Delicate Details Lace slightly above the Scallop Border on the left side.  Now adhere your Paper Doily with SNAIL.
3.  Use a Sponge Dauber and Tempting Turquoise ink to color two of the Ribbon Roses.  I inked up the top and the bottom.  Set aside to dry or set the color with your Heat Tool.
4.  Heat Embossing.
~Stamp the Oh Hello Chevron Oval with VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cover with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.
~Stamp “You’re an Amazing” with VersaMark ink on Melon Mambo card stock.  Cover with Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.
~Stamp “Sister” or “Daughter” or other sentiment with Versamark on a 7/8″ strip of Vellum Cardstock.  Cover with Black Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.
5.  Cut out the Oval with an Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.  Cut the next larger Oval out of Melon Mambo card stock.  Use scissors to cut around the “You’re an Amazing”.
6.  Adhere the two ovals together with Dimensionals.  Adhere to the center of the Paper Doily with Dimensionals.  Adhere the “You’re An Amazing” with Dimensionals as shown.
7.  Adhere your Vellum sentiment by placing a Glue Dot in the areas under where the flowers and Rhinestone will be.  Add Glue Dots to the top of the Vellum where the flowers will be.  Adhere flowers on top of Glue Dots.
8.  Finish up by adding one Delicate Details Lace circle to the upper left-hand corner.  Put a Rhinestone in the center.  Add a small Rhinestone to the center tip of the crown and other spots as desired.
9.  Admire your wonderful card!

Stamps:  Loved Ones
Secret Garden
Card Stock:  Pacific Point
Tempting Turquoise
Melon Mambo
Ink:  VersaMark
Pacific Point Marker
Pacific Point Reinker
Big Shot:  Secret Garden Framelits
Heat Embossing:  Heat Tool
Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder
Other:  Simply Pressed Clay
Simply Pressed Clay Molds
Artisan Embellishment Kit – Lace
Basic Rhinestones

The Day before.  (Optional if making the Simply Pressed Clay Flowers.)
~Press desired amounts of Simply Pressed Clay into the Simply Pressed Flower Molds.  Take it out and add enough Pacific Point Reinker to the clay until  you get the desired color.  It will stay the same color when dry.  (Note:  Work over your Silicone Craft Sheet and keep some Kleenex or Paper Towels handy.  If you don’t want inky fingers you might want to wear disposible gloves to mix the ink into the clay.)
~Now that your Clay is colored press it back into the molds.  Flatten the back with your Bone Folder.
~Gently remove each flower and set them aside to dry.  I am not really sure how long it takes them to dry.
The Next Day 
Cut your Pacific Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and told at 4-1/4″.
2.  Place the wide Lace from the Artisan Embellishment Kit on the front of your 4″ x 5-1/4″ Melon Mambo card stock.  Don’t cut it yet.  Start at one side and keep your Glue Dots handy.  I put 3 Glue Dots along the edge of the lace and placed it so it was slightly over the edge of my card stock.  I kept adding Glue Dots every 1/2″ or so along the top and bottom of the lace and stretched it tight (so the folds were forced to lay flat).  Then I would add more Glue Dots to the next section.  When I got to the other edge of the card I put Glue Dots on the edge of the card stock and pressed the lace against them.  I then trimmed the lace at both ends so it was straight along the card stock.
3.  Stamp sentiment below the lace.  Cover with Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.
4.  Stamp desired flowers from Secret Garden stamp set in Pacific Point ink on Tempting Turquoise card stock.  Color parts of the flowers as desired with the Pacific Point Marker.  Cut out using the Secret Garden Framelits and your Big Shot.  Adhere in desired positions with Dimensionals.
5.  I ran my Pacific Point Marker along the raised edges of the Simply Pressed Clay Flowers to emphasize them and add more Dimension.  Adhere your Simply Pressed Clay Flowers to the center of the Secret Garden Flowers with Tombow Glue.  Add Rhinestones to the center of the Clay Flowers, the card front corners, and the sentiment if desired.
6.  Admire your bright, fun card!

Mailing:  When I mail cards like this I add a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I position the card so the back of the card is against the front of the envelope.  (Make sure and address your card BEFORE you put the card in!)  Place the Whisper White card stock over the front of the card and slide them in together.  Put the lumpiest part of the card in first so it will be at the bottom of the envelope.  I did use two stamps on the Melon Mambo cards.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Fancy Favor Class

Have you wondered what my Online Classes are like?  Since the Fancy Favor Die is retiring I have decided to let you see this Class as a Sample of what my other Online Classes are like.  Here is the Full Class.  Have fun making the Basic Fancy Favor and Four other versions.  I will really miss the Fancy Favor die!!!!  Enjoy!
Four different ways to use your Fancy Favor Die

Welcome to My Creative Classroom! This Class features the Fancy Favor XL Bigz Die and Your Big Shot. You will learn how to cut and assemble a basic Fancy Favor.  You will learn when to use a regular Cutting Pad and a Crease Pad.  (You will want Extended Cutting Pads and optional Extended Crease Pad.) You will learn Four different ways to use your Fancy Favor:  1.  Use a Top Note die (or similar size die/Framelit or just a square of card stock).  2.  Make a cut out handle and close with the Two Tags die  or card stock strip & punches.  3.  Make a lid and use your Fancy Favor as a Gift Box.  4.  Make a window using the Labels Framelits (or just use a punch).

Please leave comments and let me know how you like the projects.  Also leave any questions you may have in the comments section and I will reply, or you can email me your questions.  I am here to help you have an enjoyable paper crafting experience.

Refresh the page if you cannot see the videos when the page first loads.

Supply List
Big Shot:  
Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die #115965
Extended Cutting Pads  #113478
Extended Premium Crease Pad  #117630
Paper & Card Stock for Basic Fancy Favor:
Card Stock of your choice cut at 5-1/2″ x 11″
Designer Series Paper of your choice cut at 5-1/2″ x 12″
Other Papers:
White Vellum Card Stock cut at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Other card stock and papers as specified in videos.
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip
Tombow Multipurpose Glue
Stamp sets of your choice
Ribbon of your choice

You can purchase all the supplies to make these Fancy Favors from My Online Store.

Happy Die Cutting & Embellishing!

Basic Favor Cut & Assemble

Fancy Favor with Top Note Topper

Fancy Favor with Handle

Embossed Fancy Favor with Lid

Lined Fancy with a Framed Window

Make Your Own MDS Printables Video

I have finally finished the next My Digital Studio 101 Video – Make Your Own Printables.  This is a simple process.  It took me less than 15 minutes to make the two cards and print them on one sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.  It would have taken me less time but I was talking while making the video.Laughing

Here are the cards all cut, folded, and ready to use!
My Digital Studio Printables made in the videoNow watch the video.  Feel free to pause it while making your own Printable.

My Digital Studio Software
Summer Starfruit card stock included with My Digital Studio.  All Basic card stock colors are included in MDS.  There will be a FREE update sometime after May 31st to add the NEW Colors!
Tea Time II Designer Kit-DSP Pattern 1  #129882
Dahlias – Daffodil Delight  #130979
Satin Ribbon-Certainly Celery  #121063
Celebrate Any Day Designer Kit-Thank you stamp brush in Handsome Hunter #127757

Here are a few notes to help clarify parts of the video and so you can get the project started
1.  Choose “Custom” from the Project Options.  Then choose 8-1/2″ x 11″ Landscape.  Click “Create” and the project will open.
2.  Grid Lines.  Click on the desired line on each ruler.  Lines can be selected and moved using your cursor and mouse.
2a.  Top Ruler Grid Lines:  1/4″, 1/2″, 5-1/4″, 5-1/2″, 5-3/4″, 10-1/2″, 10-3/4″.
2b.  Side Ruler Grid Lines:  1/4″, 1/2″, 4″, 4-1/4″, 4-1/2″, 8″. 8-1/4″.
3.  Cropped DSP measurements:  width:  4.71, height: 3.43
4.  When I talk about using arrows I am talking about using the arrow keys on your keyboard to make fine position adjustments of the item you are working with.
5.  Keyboard Shortcuts:  These are standard shortcuts for most computer programs.
Tip:  If you are using a PC hold down your “CTRL” (Control) Key and then (while still holding down your Control Key) hold down the Key mentioned also.  This means you are holeing down both Keys for a few seconds.  If you are using a MAC follow the same process except hold down your “Apple” (Command) Key instead of the PC “CTRL” Key.  These shortcut codes can also be found in the “File” dropdown menu at the top left of most programs.  Most items in the dropdown menus on this top toolbar will have shortcut codes listed next to the action item.  Items with “*” are MDS Only shortcut codes.
Save = CTRL + S
Start New Project = CTRL + N
Open a Previous Project = CTRL + O
Copy = select the desired item, CTRL + C
Paste = CTRL + V
Cut or Remove = CTRL + X

Undo = CTRL + Z
Select All = CTRL + A
*Select All Embellishments = CTRL + Shift + E
*Group Items so they will stay together when moved = CTRL + G
*Ungroup Grouped Items = CTRL + Shift + G
*Add a Page = CTRL + =
Print = CTRL + P
These are the short cut codes I use most.

6.  Printing.
~Select “Share” then Print on the right sidebar OR use CTRL + P.  They both work!  There is also a button under “File” in the top left corner.
~Look over the items in the right half of the Printing Box.  You will especially want to click the “Properties Button” to select the quality of printing desired.  For your first printings test out several settings and decide which you want to use for different projects.  I started with the one that uses the least amount of ink and move up a couple of choices.  The lower ink choices work for most projects in my opinion.
~Now go to the “Page Setup” Button in the lower left corner under the picture of your project.  Set your Margins.  I use .25 because that is the minimum border my printer will accept.  Test out other Margin Options if you want.  Click OK.
~I always review the options in case I forgot to do something.
~Put Whisper White card stock in your Printer.  Select Print.

Happy Digital Project Printing!

MDS Beau Chateau Birthday or Mother’s Day and MDS Downloads for May 7, 2013

My friend had a birthday on Sunday so I made this MDS Birthday card and emailed it to her.  There are also four fun new downloads this week:  Legit Kit, Wonderland Party Ensemble, and both Show & Tell stamp brush sets (The NEWest Photopolymer stamp sets).

Here is the Birthday Card first.  You could change the sentiment and email it to a favorite woman in your life.  Mother’s Day is coming up-change the sentiment to Happy Mother’s Day or something similar.
MDS Happy Birthday Card that can be used for Mother's Day

Pretty in Pink Card Stock (included in MDS)
Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper #124222  Pattern 9
Satin Ribbon #121063
Paper Daisies #121432
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones  #124330
Lots of Tags shape 3 #124441  Color fill Pink Pirouette, Mat Pretty in Pink
Elementary Elegance Happy Birthday (Sale-a-bration 2012 Content Disc)

1.  Open up MDS and choose Cards & Tags then Greeting Card then 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Portrait.  Name your Project.
2.  Choose the Pretty in Pink card stock for the background paper.
3.  Choose the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper Pattern 9.  Crop to 4.0 width and 5.25 height.  You can just type in the numbers at the bottom of this screen.  Click OK.  Position in the center of the Pretty in Pink card stock.  (You can right click on your mouse so a box pops up then choose align then Center Vertically on Page.  Right Click on Mouse again then choose align again, then choose Center Horizontally on Page.  This way it will be perfectly centered on the page.).  Save after each step.  You can use CTRL + S or go to the upper left on your top toolbar and choose File then Save.  (See my post tomorrow for more Computer Keyboard Shortcut Codes you can use.)
4.  Add your (Embellishment) Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon towards the lower half of your page.  You can move it into the correct position later.
5.  Choose your Punch Shape.  I used Lots of Tags shape 3.  Resize to a larger size.  Color fill is Pink Pirouette.  I added a Mat size 8.  Change Mat Color to Pretty in Pink.  Click OK.  Position as desired.  Move Ribbon to desired position under tag.
6.  Add your sentiment to your tag.  You can use a Stamp or click on Text, add a Text Box (resize if necessary), then type in your sentiment.  Resize if necessary.  Change Color to Melon Mambo.
7.  Now for the Paper Daisies.  Choose the 2nd largest one.  Recolor to Raspberry Ripple.  Choose the 2nd largest one again and resize it so it is smaller.  Recolor to Primrose Petals.  Choose the 3rd largest one and resize it so it is smaller.  Recolor to Raspberry Ripple.  Now add the smallest one (I don’t think you have to resize this one).  Color it with Primrose Petals.  Add the largest Basic Pearl to the center.  Add a Large Pearl to each corner of your Beau Chateau DSP.
8.  Now to add Dimension with Drop Shadows.  Select the item below.  Choose Drop Shadow from the right sidebar. Then follow the directions for the item selected below.
~Click on your sentiment (stamp or text that you typed in).  Just click OK.  You only want to activate a minimum Drop Shadow here.
~Paper Layer:  75% Opacity, Medium Blur
~Punch:  75% Opacity, Medium Blur
~Embellishments *Click on Ribbon or Pearl or Flower:  75% Opacity, Medium Blur.  Make sure and select All on Page!
9.  Save again.
9a.  To Email.  If you are going to email this you won’t need all the blank pages.  Click on the last page.  Right click with your mouse, then choose Delete Page, Check the Page Number on the Pop-up to make sure it is the correct number, Click OK if it is.  Repeat with pages 2 and 3.  Save again.  Choose Share from the right sidebar.  Choose Export Pages.  Image Type:  JPEG.  Image size-Change to Medium.  Output Location:  Choose the file folder you want to save your JPEG project in.  I like to save it in the same folder as I saved the project in.  Now click Finish.  Wait for it to do it’s thing.  Click OK.  Now go to your email and add this as an attachment.  Your friend will be so Happy!
9b. To Print on your Computer.  Watch my video that will be posted tomorrow.  You will learn step-by-step how to make two identical cards with My Digital Studio so you can print them on your home printer, cut and fold, and mail them.  They will fit it the standard Medium Envelope.
9c.  To have professionally printed:  (Print Product Sale through June 15, 2013) (Note:  You can type on and decorate ALL four pages if you want!)  You will need to Create an Account if you have not purchased at My Online Store before.  OR you can Login with your Online Store information: your email address and password.  Choose Order Project on the bottom of the right sidebar.  Click Card & Tag and follow the directions.  Your Professionally Printed Card comes with an envelope.  I had my Christmas Cards Professionally Printed.  The card stock is a nice heavy weight.  The colors were great.  The picture of my family at my daughter’s wedding-priceless and perfect!

Happy Digital Stamping!

Here are the Downloads for May 7, 2013

Legit Kit – Digital Download  #134686  $9.95
Download includes:
* 14-piece stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 45 embellishments
* Digital exclusive
* This kit is too legit
* Full of texture, bright colors, and trendy shapes
Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Legit Kit -- Digital Download
Show & Tell 1 Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download
Download includes:
* 24-piece SVG stamp brush set
Show & Tell 1 Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Show & Tell 2 Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #134600  $7.95
Download includes:
* 40-piece SVG stamp brush set
Show & Tell 2 Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Wonderland Party Ensemble – Digital Download  #134594  $14.95
Download includes:
* Thank you greeting card template (5″ x 3-1/2″)
* Double-sided invitation postcard template (5″ x 7″)
* 5-page décor template (8’1/2″ x 11″)
*49-piece stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 9 embellishments
* 2 punches
* Digital exclusive
* A sweet escape to a magical world of wonder
* Décor template includes a banner, food flags, framable, and treat toppers
Blushing Bride, Going Gray, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Whisper White
Wonderland Party Ensemble -- Digital Download

Say Goodbye to the Fancy Favor Die

2013-2014 NEW Catalog Sneak Peek!I will miss the Fancy Favor Die most of all the Big Shot items retiring.  It has been a favorite for years and I will be keeping it because it makes such nice packaging for small gifts.  I have made this Fancy Favor Bag out of the NEW Quatrafancy Designer Series Paper from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog and the Pinwheel Sizzlit from the Spring Catalog which will NOT be carried over into the NEW Annual Catalog. If you buy the Fancy Favor Die from me you will receive a FREE Online Video Class showing four different ways to use your Fancy Favor Die.  Please email me after you have placed your order and I will email you the Class link.  The video on this post is the first video in the class.
Quatrafancy Fancy Favor

Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die #115965
  (available while supplies last)
Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper #130141 (available May 31st)
Pinwheel Sizzlet #129411
 (Available until May 30th)
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots
Wire Cutters

Pinwheel 1.  Choose your card stock color.  You will need a 2″ square.  I used Marina Mist.  Cut it out with your Big Shot.  Remove the card stock from the Sizzlit.  You can use your Piercing Tool to poke out the holes if you want to hold your Pinwheel together with a Brad.
2.  Use your Bone Folder to to curl the four pointed ends that have the holes.
3a.  If using a Brad to connect all the holes I found it easier to put the Brad in from the center and then through each of the points.  This does mean that the tabs open on the top of the pinwheel.
3b.  I found it easier to use Glue Dots to conect the points.  Put the first Glue Dot in the center over the hole.  Place one point over this Glue Dot.  Now put a Glue Dot on the bottom of the next point and adhere it over the first one.  Repeat with the other two points.  Choose your Brad.  Use Wire Cutters to cut off the Tabs.  Put a Glue Dot on the Brad Bottom and adhere to the center of your Pinwheel.
4.  Set Pinwheel aside while you make your Fancy Favor Bag.
1.  Cut your Designer Series Paper at 5-1/2″ x 12″.  Run through your Big Shot using your extended Cutting Pads and the Fancy Favor Die.
2.  Score and fold all score lines-pleat lines on the sides are optional.
3.  Place outside side of Fancy Favor up.  Put Sticky Strip on the side tab next to the crease and at the edge of the tab.  Put Sticky Strip on the bottom edge of both rectangle tabs and one triangle tabs.  Flip the Fancy Favor over and place sticky strip on the edge of the last triangle tab.
4.  Remove sticky Strip backing from side tab.  Adhere side tab to side edge of Fancy Favor.  Lay flat and crease fold lines with Bone Folder.
5.  Open up Fancy Favor and remove Sticky Strip from the bottom tabs.  Put down the Rectangle Tabs first and then the Triangle Tab with the Sticky Strip facing up.  Now put down the last Triangle Tab.  Use your Bone Folder and rub it on the inside bottom of your Fancy Favor to help your Sticky Strip adhere well.
6.  Now add your Pinwheel to the front of your Fancy Favor with Glue Dots.


Happy Fancy Favor Making!

Wildflower Meadow and Label Love Birthday Card

2013-2014 NEW Catalog Sneak Peek!My DIL had her birthday yesterday so I made her Birthday Card using the Wildflower Meadow stamp and Embossing Folder and the Label Love stamp and the Artisan Label Punch from the NEW Catalog.  I also used Bashful Blue card stock which is retiring and the Card Stock is already sold out.  This was a really fun card to make!!!  The NEW things are available May 31st.

I also found out that if you have previously ordered from me and then order from another demonstrator, Stampin’ Up no longer considers you as my customer.  So do your Demonstrator a favor and stick with the same one.  Now there are so many ways you can keep the same Demonstrator even if you are long distance from her.  There is the Hostess Code so you can have Online Workshops/Parties to earn Hostess Benefits.  There are Online Classes and Tutorials.  I will be coming up with More Online Classes and Tutorials during the New Catalog year.
Wildflower Meadow and Label Love Card

Stamps:  Wildflower Meadow w#129165  c#129168
Label Love w#130619  c#130622
Markers:  Pacific Point
Garden Green
Melon Mambo
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Bashful Blue
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Wildflower Meadows Embossing Folder #129376
Punch:  Artisan Label #130920
Other:  Jumbo Pearls
Basic Rhinestones

1.  Cut your Marina Mist card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Bashful Blue card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4″.
3.  Color your Wildflower Meadows stamp with Markers:  Flowers with Pacific Point, Stems & Leaves with Garden Green, Hummingbird with Melon Mambo.  Lay with rubber side up.  Remoisten with your breath.  Lay Bashful Blue card stock on top of stamp in the desired position.  Use a Clear or Wood Block to  rub over your card stock so your stamped image is good quality.  Remove your stamped card stock from the stamp.  Let dry for a minute or so while you get your Big Shot ready.
4.  Now let’s emboss the card front we just stamped with the Wildflower Meadow embossing folder.  Line up the stamped images inside the the embossing folder in the desired position.  Emboss.  I had Tab 1 closed on the Multipurpose Platform.  Adhere your stamped and embossed card front to your card base.
5.  Now stamp the desired image from the Label Love stamp set onto Whisper White card stock.  I colored my stamp with Markers:  Garden Green for the border, Pacific Point for the Happy Birthday, and Melon Mambo for the “To You.”  Punch out with the Artisan Label Punch.  Adhere in desired position on card front with Dimensionals.
6.  Now for some bling!  I put Jumbo Pearls in the center of the two largest flowers.  I put Basic Rhinestones in the center of the other opened flowers.  My DIL really liked the combination of the Jumbo Pearls and the Basic Rhinestones.  (I need to order some more Basic Pearls!)
7.  Admire this Spring card before sending to someone who needs a fun surprise in the mail!  It is always so nice to receive a beautiful card in the mail among the bills and junk mail.

Happy Stamping!

Seriously–April Paper Pumpkin Projects

I received My Paper Pumpkin Kit on Monday afternoon.  It was a little later than expected.  I know some had received theirs a week earlier. Oh well.  I really had fun with the supplies in this kit.  I do like the “Seriously” stamp, but I am not too fond of the statements on the other two although I did use a Marker to get the “love you” portion of one stamp.  I did one card like the Kit suggested.  I really enjoyed coming up with ideas for the other three cards.  I do have one button and some linen thread left over to use on another project.

Would you like your own Paper Pumpkin Kit to come to your mailbox each month?  Here is more information and also the place to sign up.  Shipping is already included in the price so only tax will be added to the $19.95 price.

Suggested Card
April 2013 Paper Pumpkin-Suggested Card

Whale Card.  I used the Oh Whale stamp set and Clearlit from the Spring 2013 Catalog.  I stamped the Whale in Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate card stock.  I added Googly Eyes from the Holiday 2012 Catalog.
April 2013 Paper Pumpkin-Whale Card

Dress Card.  I have been wanting to use this All Dressed Up Framelit set.  I cut the Dress out of Baja Breeze card stock and used the Lacy Brocade embossing folder on it.  I wrapped the Linen Thread around the waist 5 times and added 3 small Rhinestones.  I cut the Dress form out of Very Vanilla card stock.  I added a Rhinestone for a necklace.  The “Thinking of You” is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The Hearts are from Tiny Tags-retiring.
April 2013 Paper Pumpkin-Dress Card

Flower Card.  I have been enjoying making 3D flowers since February this year.  I stamped “Seriously” in the talk bubble.  I positioned the Green Tag, then the talk bubble.  I used a Midnight Muse Marker to color the “love you” on the stamp, then stamped it on the small Very Vanilla die cut.  I cut the notch at the end with scissors.  I doubled the Linen Thread and threaded it through two of the button holes and tied a bow.  I punched 4 different Scallop Circles from the Wave card stock.  (2-3/8″, 1-3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punches)  I broke down the fibers with my Bone Folder until the card stock split then gently peeled the card stock in half.  I then I rolled each printed part of the Scallop Circle into a little ball.  I unrolled them and left them slightly crinkled, lined them up, pierced a hole and inserted a mini brad  I then crunched each of the Scallop Circles straight up then fluffed them until I liked the way they looked.  I covered the brad with a Twitterpated Button tied with some of the Twine.   I put several Glue Dots on the Tag where I wanted the flower and then attached the flower.
April 2013 Paper Pumpkin-Flower CardHappy Paper Pumpkin Playing!

Offers end TODAY for Sent with Love and This and That Discounted Bundle

Today, April 30, 2013 is the last day to purchase the Limited Edition Sent with Love items and Bundle.  They are NOT in the NEW Catalog!  This and That will be in the NEW Catalog but there isn’t a Bundle at 15% off!
Sent With Love Bundle
Sent with Love Bundle  #132851  $25.50
The bundle includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine at a 20 percent discount. Hurry! Only available February 1–April 30, 2013.  Items are also available individually.  The Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine is the only item that will be available in the NEW Catalog.

This and That products are available individually in the NEW Catalog.  However this 15% off Bundle is NOT available.  You will have to buy all the items individually at full price.  This is a fun Bundle to play with!  See what I have done with the first few pages here.  This and That Bundle.  This and That Products.

MDS Downloads for April 30, 2013

There are 4 My Digital Studio Downloads today including the FREE May Wallpaper for your Computer Screen and a Kit that coordinates with it.  The Designer Typeset Stampbrush set and Hello World Ensemble for putting on a Baby Shower are also available.  My favorite this week is the Be Yourself  May Kit.

I have also filmed my next MDS video-How to make you own Printables.  I demonstrate how to make & print cards at home.  I am still working on editing it.  Hopefully it will be done soon!

Happy Digital Stamping!

Be Yourself May Wallpaper – Digital Download  #133427  $FREE
Download includes:
* 6 embellishments (desktop wallpaper in six sizes)
* Digital exclusive
* A free desktop wallpaper to inspire and brighten your days all month long
* Coordinates with the Be Yourself May Kit
Be Yourself May Wallpaper -- Digital Download
Be Yourself May Kit – Digital Download  #133426  $9.95
Download includes:
* 10-piece stamp brush set
* 14 Designer Series Papers
* 33 embellishments

* Digital exclusive
* Inspire and brighten your day with this watercolor kit
* Coordinates with the FREE Be Yourself May Wallpaper
Be Yourself May Kit -- Digital Download

Designer Typeset Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #134597  $9.95
Download includes:
* 57-piece SVG stamp brush set
Designer Typeset Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Hello World Ensemble – Digital Download  #133528
Download includes:
* Thank you greeting card template (3-1/2″ x 5″)
* Invitation greeting card template (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
* Announcement double-sided postcard template
(7″ x 5″)
* 9-page designer décor template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 49-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 5 Designer Series Papers
* 32 embellishments
* 1 punch
* Digital exclusive
* Fun, fresh chalkboard-inspired baby shower with pops of color
* All the pieces you need to plan a shower start to finish: invites, framable, banner, food
Hello World Ensemble -- Digital Download

Afternoon Daydream 8×8 Scrabook Page

Here is the back page of the Scrapbook Pages we will be making at my class on Friday.  I am so excited because they ordered different Scrappin’ Kits so they will get different looks. I really did have fun putting these Scrapbook pages together.  I was really starting to enjoy the Scrappin’ Kits and now they are all gone.  But you can do the same with Designer Series Papers and coordinating Card Stock.  We will just have to make our own Die Cut or punched embellishments now.  But there are lots of NEW Stamp sets that will look GREAT on Scrap pages!!!!

Very Back Page
Afternoon Daydream Back Page

Other Side
Afternoon Daydream Back Page-other side

Scrappin’ Kit:  Afternoon Daydream  or use the Designer Series Papers and coordinating Card Stock of your choice.
Whisper White card stock
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Tasteful Trim XL Bigz Die

1.  Cut your Page Base of Pool Party 8″ x 8″.
Very Back Page
2.  Cut your Gray Print 2″ x 8″.  Cut a scrap of Whisper White 1″ x 8″.  Punch the long edge with your Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Adhere the punched Whisper White piece to the back of the Gray piece with SNAIL.  Adhere to the side of your Pool  Party Page Base.
3.  I should have used one of the adhesive borders, but I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut a piece of Basic Gray that goes under the adhesive die cut label.
4.  Embellish as desired with the self-adhesive die cuts from your Kit.  I also added a Rhinestone to the center of the Circle die cut.
5.  Add Photos and Journaling as desired.
Other Side
6.  Cut a 2″ x 8″ Red Patterned Paper from your Kit.  Punch the long edge with your Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Adhere to the side of your Pool Party Page Base.
7.  Cut a 5-1/2″ x 3-7/8″ Primrose Petals.  Adhere in position shown.
8.  Cut your Pool Party Patterned Paper at 4″ x 4″.  Adhere as shown.  Embellish with die cuts from your kit.
9.  Add Photos and Journaling as desired.
10.  Add to your Scrapbook and enjoy!

Happy Scrapping!

My NEW Toys and Catalogs are HERE!!

The things I ordered from the NEW Catalog on Wednesday are HERE!!  I have the NEW Colors, some NEW Stamps (4 stamp sets), 2 NEW Punches, and 2 NEW Embossing Folders.  I looked through the NEW Catalogs (English and Spanish).  There are a lot of my Favorites still there.  I can also tell that I am going to have a LOT of NEW Favorites!  I have yet to make my detailed list of the number of NEW Stamp Sets, Punches, Embellishments, and Big Shot items.  There are some fun NEW Embellishments.  My Favorites from the Spring Catalog are in the NEW Catalog!!

My Newsletter Subscribers will see my first creation with things from the NEW Catalog on Wednesday!  I also have two more fun projects that will be posted by Wednesday for you!

I am off to fix dinner and finish some adjustments on a friend’s Prom dress.  Prom is tomorrow so I really need to finish tonight.  I did just get it last night so I think I have done really well.

I will take some time tomorrow afternoon to drool, I mean, look at the New Catalog in detail and make my Wish List.  I won’t be able to show you any products until after May 31st when you can order from the NEW Catalog.  I will be able to show you projects that I make with the new things and colors though.  So keep checking back.

Happy Creating!

Julia’s Birthday and Things I will miss that are Retiring

I made this double-sided Birthday card for my 5-year-old granddaughter’s birthday.  It uses the Retired 2011-2012 accessories of the Maze and the Game Spinners.  I am disappointed these retired.  I will admit that I stocked up on the Game Spinners and Mazes last year.  They make such fun cards for children!

Julia's Birthday
Julia's Birthday

What will you miss now that the 2012-2013 Retired List is out?  Will you miss the Retiring Colors?  I will miss Pretty in Pink the most.  Which of you favorite stamp sets are Retiring?  Are there any papers you need to finish projects?  What Big Shot Dies are Retiring that are on your Wish List?  I know quite a few of my favorite Big Shot Items are Retiring including the Fancy Favor Die, the Candy Wrapper Die, and the Petal Cone Die.  The big Marker Kit with all the Markers is Retiring!  Lots of Punches are retiring including the Blossom Petals Punch which I have been using a lot lately to make 3D Flowers.   I will miss the Elegant BouquetElegant Lines, and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders.  All the Color Collection Brads and Buttons are Retiring.  All the Designer Series Papers, Color Collection Paper Stacks, and Scrapping Kits are Retiring.  I use the Scallop Heart of Heart Embosslit a lot for Wedding and Anniversary cards.


What will you miss most?  What will you regret not buying now to use for your projects?  You know the prices on EBay will be a lot higher!  The remaining items won’t be on the Clearance Rack until Thanksgiving (late November) if Stampin’ Up! does the same as last year.  And there is NO Guarantee that the items you want will show up in the Clearance Rack.  I know the items I want always sell out in the first couple of days.


I always wonder what Stampin’ Up! will be bringing in instead!  We know the NEW ink and card stock colors.  As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was able to order a few things from the NEW Catalog on April 24th.  I will receive my order AND my NEW CATALOG sometime today!!!!!    So expect a few projects in the next few weeks using my new toys!


Would you like to have some NEW Catalog items before May 31st?  Contact me about joining me and Stampin’ Up!  You can order select items (up to $155 in merchandise through May 30th) from the NEW Catalog for your $99 Starter Kit.  There is a $300 minimum per quarter sales requirement to remain a member of Stampin’ Up!

I have just opened a NEW Training Site to help those Demonstrators who join me.  So if you don’t live close by (and even if you do) I will have some Training and Help for you.  I will also keep in contact with you via email, phone calls, and maybe even Skype.

Happy Stamping and Dreaming!


This and That Journal

I finally decided what to do with my Epic Day This and That Journal.  I am choosing to Doodle and play around with it.  So there is no theme, just testing out a few things.  Remember the 15% Bundle Discount ends April 30th.  The items will be in the NEW Catalog but apparently won’t be Bundled like this or at such a great discount.  Have fun playing with yours!
This & That Journal-Front CoverThis & That Journal-Inside Front Cover & Crumb Cake PageThis & That Journal-Crumb Cake Page w/ Pocket & Chevron Page


Ink pads used:
Cajun Craze
Raspberry Ripple
Midnight Muse
Primrose Petals
Island Indigo
Markers used:
Island Indigo
Garden Green
Raspberry Ripple/Cherry Cobbler
A Round Array
Rotary Stamp
Delicate Doilies
Word Play
Card Stock:
Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Basic Gray
Silver Glimmer
Red Glimmer
Epic Day DSP (comes in Bundle)
Epic Day Stickers (Comes in Bundle)
Big Shot:
Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die #126999
Sweet Button Embosslit
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle
7/8″ Scallop Circle
Sponge Dauber
Glue Dots
Washi Tape (comes in Bundle)
Pop-Up Posies Kit flower parts

1.  Front Cover.  I used my Island Indigo Marker to trace the debossed hexagons on the front cover.  The Green Banner and the  “You Only Live Once, but if you do it right, once is enough” are stickers that come in the Bundle.  I traced around the sticker edges with Markers.  The small hexagons are also stickers that I traced around.  I punched 1-1/4″ Scallop Circles-one Silver Glimmer Paper and one Red Glimmer Paper.  I stamped two images from the A Round Array stamp set, punched them out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and layered them on the Glimmer Paper Scallop Circles with Dimensiionals.  I stamped two images from the A Round Array stamp set in two hexagons.  I then wrote the letter “N” with the brush tip of the Raspberry Ripple Marker.  I learned calligraphy quite a few years ago and this is my favorite way to write an “N”.
2.  Inside Front Cover.  I choose a piece of the Designer Series Paper to cover the Chipboard.  I cut it 6-3/8″ x 8″.  I used the retired Spiral Border Punch to punch the holes to attach to the Spiral Binding.  My DIL thought it came this way.  I have lots of flower parts left over from the Pop-Up Posies Kit and used 2 Pool Party and 2 Calypso Coral ones for the flowers.  I used my Big Shot and the Sweet Buttons embosslit to cut Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Buttons.  I used two buttons for the center of the flowers.  I used Markers to accent the raised areas of the buttons.
3.  Crumb Cake Page.  I used the Delicate Doilies and Word Play stamp sets and the Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse ink pads to decorate this page.  I will probably add something else later.
4.  Crumb Cake Page with Pocket.  I used Sponge Daubers to accent the edges of the envelopes that came in the pocket. I stamped a few Midnight Muse Delicate Doilies.  I also used the Rotary Stamp and Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp the date.
5.  Chevron Page.  I cut out the Delicate Doilies Sizzlet, which I love but don’t use as much as I would like.  I used Daffodil Delight card stock and sponged the edges with Cajun Craze.  I stamped all the sayings from the Rotary Stamp on a scrap strip of Whisper White card stock.  I used a variety of ink pads that were laying around on my Craft Table.  I attached it with the Washi Tape that comes in the Bundle.  I had the Basic Gray Zig Zag strip (Cut from the Tasteful Trim XL die) laying on my Craft Table so I added it at the top of the page.

I will show you more pages as I finish them.

Happy Doodling in your This and That Journal!

Retiring Lists

Here are the Retiring Lists!  Get what you want while supplies last!  Ends June 3, 2013.

Retiring Stamps:  PDF  Sortable Excel File (updated Excel File)
Retiring Stamps are available until June 3, 2013.

Retiring Accessories:  PDF  Sortable Excel File
Retiring Accessories are available only while supplies last!

All items are available in My Online Store.  If an item is on the list but you can’t find it in My Online Store that item has sold out.

Happy Shopping!

Playful Polka Dots and April 23 MDS Downloads

Today is the last day to claim your FREE Playful Polka Dots Download if you have “Liked” Stampin’ Up! on Facebook.   I have had this download since it came out.  I liked the Scrappin’ Kit so I also wanted the download.  Also there is a NEW MDS Promotion starting May 1st.  Check back here for details.

The Downloads today include:  FREE Playful Polka Dots Kit, Delight in the Day II Designer Series Paper, See You Next Year Photobook Template, and Two by Two stamp brush.  Remember, you can recolor any paper or embellishment if you don’t like the colors.  The item will be in monochromatic shades of the color you choose.  Photobooks are totally customizable.  You can move, delete, and add what you want to make the Photobook you are happy with.  All the gray squares are for photos.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th the Retiring List comes out.  Check here for your Downloadable, Printable Copy!

Here is a card I made with the Playful Polka Dots Download.  The sentiment is from the Spring Fever Digital Kit.  The New Downloads for today are below the card.

Happy Digital Stamping!

MDS Playful Polka Dots and Spring Fever


FREE Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit  #126027  $FREE
Make your summer memories pop with our Playful Polka Dots Kit. These paper patterns and accents help you achieve flawless coordination with ease. The kit includes four Designer Series paper patterns, 55 embellishments, and a one-page 11″ x 8-1/2″ designer template.
Coordinating colors include: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red.
Playful Polka Dots Kit --Digital Download

Delight In The Day Ii Designer Series Paper – Digital Download  #134593  $4.95
Download includes:
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* A fresh new take on our classic paper from the Delight in the Day Photobook
Colors:   Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit
Delight In The Day II Designer Series Paper - Digital Download
See Ya Next Year Photobook Template – Digital Download  #134509  $17.95
Download includes:
* 26-page designer photobook template (11″ x 8-1/2″)
* 88-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 6 Designer Series Papers
* 15 embellishments
* 3 punches
* Digital exclusive
* Make your own yearbook customized with your activities and fun pictures throughout the school year and have your friends autograph it
Colors:   Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
See Ya Next Year Photobook Template - Digital Download
Two By Two Stamp Brush – Digital Download  #134537  $1.95
Download includes:  * 1-piece SVG stamp brush
Two By Two Stamp Brush - Digital Download

Cute and Quick Mini Album

This is a fun Mini Album to put pictures and mementos from a single event or weekend trip.  Choose your Designer Series Paper and your card stock colors and you have finished the hard part.  Cutting and assembly is quick and easy.  So grab your papers and your Paper Trimmer and let’s get started!  I will tell you what I used.  Tweak it to make you happy!  You can complete this Mini Album in about 15 minutes after you have chosen your papers and cut them.
Cute & Quick Mini Album

Stamps:  Feel Goods w#129681  c#129684   digital #133272
A Round Array #133899 (Spring Surprise Bundle with 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch)
Ink:  Primrose Petals
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Summer Starfruit
Primrose Petals
Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″) #129312
Big Shot:  Labels Collection Framelits#125598
Punches:  1-1/4″ Scallop Circle #127811
1″ Circle #119868
7/8″ Scallop Circle #129404
Other:  Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
Hole Punch.  I used my Crop-a-dile.
SNAIL Adhesive
Simply Scored Tool #122334

1.  Cut two pieces each of Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit at 4-1/4″ x 10″.
2.  Score and Fold.
~Primrose Petals #1:  3-1/4″
~Primrose Petals #2:  3-3/4″
~Summer Starfruit #1:  4-1/4″
~Summer Starfruit #2:  4-3/4″
3.  Line up and layer the scored lines together so you can see each piece is evenly layered as shown in picture.
4.  Mini Album Assembly.  Punch two holes on the score lines and even distance in from each scored edge.  Punch through all the layers at once if possible.  Thread your Ribbon through the holes and tie a knot.  Trim Ribbon ends if desired.
5.  Now for the Designer Series Paper.  I am numbering the pages for you so you know which page to put the Designer Series Paper on.  The top one is Page 1.
~Page 2.  3-1/2″ x 4″
~Page 4.  4-1/2″ x 4″
~Page 6.  5-1/4″ x 4″
~Page 8.  6-1/4″ x 4″
~Page 1.  Two scraps:  3/4″ x 4″AND 1″ x 4″
Adhere with SNAIL.
6.  Now to decorate the front of your Mini Album.  Stamp sentiment in Primrose Petals ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Cut out with the desired Label Framelit.  Choose the next larger Framelit and cut one out of Summer Starfruit.  Adhere the two pieces together with Dimensionals.    Position the layered labels on Page 1  Put Dimensionals on the Back part of the Labels that will touch the front cover.  You don’t want to adhere it to any other pages
7.  For the finishing touch.  Punch a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle from Primrose Petals card stock.  Now punch a 1″ Summer Starfruit Circle.  Adhere these two layers with SNAIL.  Stamp your “A Round Array” image on Very Vanilla card stock.  (Oops!  It looks like I used Whisper White card stock!)  Punch out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle.  Adhere your sentiment with Dimensionals to the other punched layers.  Adhere to your Label Framelits with SNAIL.
8.  Now add your photos, mementos, doodles, and journaling.
9.  Now you can look at this Mini Album and enjoy some great memories!

Happy Album Making!

Afternoon Daydream Scrapbook Page

We will be making ten double-sided 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook pages at my next Class.  I used the Afternoon Daydream Scrappin’ Kit, but you could use any Scrappin’ Kit or combination of card stock and Designer Series Paper.  I thought I would show you one double-sided page for this post.  This will be the first page in the album.

I will be typing up directions for this class and will also include the cutting directions.  These ten double-sided pages fit in ten page protectors.  If you buy a Scrappin’ Kit from me before May 31st I will email you the directions as a Thank You.  If you buy from My Online Store, please email me and request the directions.  I probably won’t have them finished for a week or two, but can put you on the list.  These directions can be used with any Scrappin’ Kit.  The card stock colors, Designer Series Papers, and Die Cuts will give each set of pages a different look.  These directions will use approximately one half a Scrappin’ Kit.

Afternoon Daydream 8x8 Scrapbook Page 1 - FrontBACK
Afternoon Daydream 8x8 Scrapbook Page 1 - Back

All Supplies come from the Scrappin’ Kit except Whisper White card stock and the Oval Framelit and a strip for punching.
Afternoon Daydream Scrappin’ Kit #126927  (or Scrappin’ Kit or papers of your choice)
Oval Collection Framelits  #129381 (or Framelits of your choice)
Scallop Trim Border Punch  #118402  (Or Border punch of your choice)
8″ x 8″ Page Protctors  (pkg of 20)  #127689
Lots of SNAIL Adhesive

These pages fit nicely in our 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook Albums.
Crumb Cake Linen Ring Album  #127688
Early Espresso Linen Ring Album  #127687
Daffodil Delight Designer Printed Ring Album #129303

1.  Cutting instructions:
~Pool Party Page 8″ x 8″
~Gray card stock 2″ x 8″
~Whisper White card stock slightly larger than the Framelit you want to use
~Whisper White 1″ x 8″.  Punch with your Border Punch along one side
~Designer Series Paper 2″ x 8″
Everything else shown is from the Scrappin’ Kit.  Use the die cuts that come in your Scrappin’ Kit.
2.  Front of Page.  Adhere your Whisper White Punched Border to the back of your 2″ x 8″ Designer Series Paper (I used the Gray Print).  Adhere to the left side of the page leaving a  about a 1/4″ of the Pool Party page showing.  Cut your Whisper White with the desired large Framelit.  Adhere in desired position on page.  Embellish with die cuts from your Kit.  I also added a small Rhinestone to the center of the Butterfly body.
3.  Back of Page.  Make sure your page is in the correct position so the top will be the same on both sides.  Add your 2″ x 8″ Gray card stock to the bottom of the page leaving a  1/2″ border of Pool Party showing.  Adhere one of the Border pieces (cut to 8″) to the top of the Gray card stock.  Use die cuts to embellish as desired.  I also added another small Rhinestone to the center of the Butterfly Body.
4.  Add photos, journaling, or mementos to the pages.
5.  There that wasn’t too hard was it!

Happy Scrapping!

Punch Art Birthday Bear Card

This cute little Punch Art Bear is fun to make and give Bear Lovers of all ages!  This is a quick card to put together if you have all the different punches.  The card front  is embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder since Bears do LOVE Honey.

P.S.  The Retiring List comes out next Wednesday!!!!!  I can also Preorder some things from the NEW Catalog on Wednesday.  (One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!!!)

I am counting down the days and wondering what wonderful NEW things will be in the NEW Catalog.  I am hoping for a couple of Hexagon Punches and some flocked Window Sheets like the ones in the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday 2012 Catalog.  I always like new things to use with my Big Shot: Embossing Folders, Edgelits & Framelits, and Dies.  I am also excited to see if the NEW Returning Colors are the same as they were before.  I really liked a lot of them and kept the ink pads and a little bit of card stock.  (Of course I will have to get the NEW Ink Pads!)  Now I can compare.  The Designer Series Paper Stacks will be updated with the NEW Colors AND NEW Patterns!

I also found out today that if you join Stampin’ Up! between April 24 and May 30th you can choose Preorder items for your Starter Kit merchandise!!!

Well now that I have shared my excitement with you, let’s get back to our cute Punch Art Birthday Bear Card.
Punch Art Bear

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen w#122650  c#122652  Digital #127597
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Early Espresso
Cumball Green
Basic Black
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle for head  #120906
3/4″ Circle for paws and ear insides  #119873
1″ Circle for Ears  #119868
1/2″ Circle for Eyes and Nose  #119869
Large Oval for face/snout  #19855
Other:  Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen  #105021
SNAIL or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Gumball Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla.  Run it through your Big Shot with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Cut your Gumball Green at 2-1/2″ x 3″.  Cut your Very Vanilla at 2-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink towards the lower left corner since the Bear will cover the upper right corner.  Adhere the Stamped Very Vanilla to the Gumball Green layer.  Lay on top of your card for now.  We will attach it after we have made and attached our Bear.
4.  Now to make your Bear.  Punch the pieces.
~Early Espresso: Head=2-1/2″ Circle, Ears=1″ Circle, Paws=3/4″ Circle
~Very Vanilla:  Face=Large Oval, Inner Ears=3/4″ Circles
~Basic Black:  Eyes and Nose=1/2″ Circle
5.  Assemble your Bear.  Adhere the Inner and Outer Ears together.  Adhere the Very Vanilla Face to the outer edge of the 2-1/2″ Circle Head leaving room at the top of the Large Oval Face to slip the Eyes under slightly.  Now position and adhere your eyes slipping the bottoms just under the Oval Face.  Add the Nose to the Face.  Now lay the Bear on the Sentiment and position both including deciding where to position the ears so everything will look nice AND fit inside the envelope.  Adhere the Sentiment.  Now adhere the Bear’s Ears to the Head.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Bear Head and Ears.  Adhere to Sentiment and Card Front.  Now add the paws slipping them slightly under the Bear Head.  Now for the finishing touch.  Draw a “comma” on each eye with your White Gel Pen.  You can also draw on whisker marks around the nose if you want.  I like mine without.  Wahoo!!!  You have made a Really Cute Bear!!!
6.  Admire your cute little Bear!

Happy Stamping!

April 16, 2013 My Digital Studio Downloads

My Digital Studio Downloads and Project IdeasHere are the newest MDS Downloads.  Beautiful Birthday, On Holiday Photobook Template, and Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set.  The Photos and Details are below.

Also, My Digital has been updated with a whole new look so check it out.  There is even a whole page of the FREE Downloads.

I am in the process of making a NEW My Digital Studio video showing you how to make your own printables.  Hopefully it will be ready for next Tuesday.  Since the price of My Digital Studio has gone down it is easier to add this to your crafting tools.

My favorite way to use it:  Email a card or photo page to brighten someone’s day.  It usually takes about 5 minutes to make a card front to email.  This time includes changing my mind quite a few times until I get the look I like.  Just like card making with “Real” card stock and embellishments, but with no waste of your supplies!

Also My Digital Studio lets you use ALL the retiring and previously retired colors and you get the new colors updated for FREE.  (Usually within a few days of their release!) Here is a video from Stampin’ Up!  The newest Downloads are below the video.

April 16th My Digital Studio Downloads

Beautiful Birthday Stamp Brush – Digital Download #134538 $1.95
Download includes:  * 1-piece stamp brush
Beautiful Birthday Stamp Brush - Digital Download
On Holiday Photobook Template – Digital Download  #134376  $19.95
Download includes:
* 24-page designer photobook template (12″ x 12″)
* 47-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 15 embellishments
* Digital exclusive
* Show off all those stops from your passport with this great new travel photobook
Colors:   Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Raspberry Ripple, Soft Sude, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
On Holiday Photobook Template - Digital Download
Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #134536  $2.95
Download includes:
* 3-piece SVG stamp brush set
Wonderful Mother Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download

Hostess & Joining Promotion!

Hostess Offer available thru May 30, 2013.  Host a party of $350 or more and get $30 more in FREE Hostess Products!    This includes:
~Workshop Orders. 
 Schedule a Party or Private Class with me and include your friends.
~Customer Orders.  Contact me
 to place your order and get the Retiring Products you want.  (You must buy the whole $350 merchandise yourself with this option.)
~Online Orders.  
You can include Retiring and Clearance Products!  (You must buy the whole $350 merchandise yourself with this option.)
~Hostess Code.  Contact me so You and your friends can use the Hostess Code to have their Online Orders count towards your Hostess Benefits.  Take turns so you can ALL earn the Hostess Benefits!
~Join Stampin’ Up! and get an extra $30 of merchandise with your Starter Kit!  ($155 of merchandise for just $99!!)  Contact me for more details on Joining Stampin’ Up!  Or you can check HERE for more information.
~Note:  All Hostess Benefits Products must come from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog and/or the Spring 2013 Catalog.  Retiring items are included.  Clearance items are not included.   (If I understand correctly.)

Happy Decisions!