There have been several major changes to the My Digital Studio program since I recorded my first MDS Basics video so I decided to make a new one.  I will show you the basics of making a card which you can email your family and friends or you can have it professionally printed (envelope included).


MDS SUPPLIES:
My Digital Studio (MDS)   FREE Trial    MDS Disc Software  MDS Download
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper #134853
Blossom Party Shape 1 Punch  #124466
Fun Flowers Shapes Punches  #124453
Lots of Tags Shape 1 Punch  #124439
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch  #122151
Dahlias  #130979

NOTE:  I did forget to do the drop shadow on the Dahlia.  I would recommend 52% Opacity and 6 Blur.

Click here for more information and to Join Now!

Watch this Video now!Make a fun Embossed Envelope!Do you want a quick way to add some elegance or excitement to the card you are sending?  You can when you use an Embossing Folder to emboss your envelope flap!  It is quick and easy and takes just a minute or so.  The person getting  a card with an Embossed Envelope will know there is a special card inside even if you do not stamp anything on the outside of your envelope.

Here is a quick video to show you how.  (2 minutes 33 seconds)

SUPPLIES:
Big Shot #113439
Embossing Folder of your choice.  I used Beautifully Baroque  #130917
Envelope or make your own with the Simply Scored and the Diagonal Plate OR Envelope Punch Board (available September 1, 2013!)

Click here for more information and to Join Now!

Happy Embossing!
Nendy

Watch this video!Here is a video showing you two ways to use the Expressions Thinlit Dies in the Holiday 2013 Catalog.  They are really easy to use if you follow these tips.  I used the word “Love” when I made this card.  See the Supply List and Instructions here.  Please leave additional questions in the comment section.
Love Wedding Card-004

Have fun with your Thinlits Dies!
Nendy

I finally have the video ready for you so you can make these fun Roses with your Fancy Flower Punch.
Fancy Flower Punch Roses

SUPPLIES:
Card Stock for your Rose
Green Card Stock for your leaves
Fancy Flower Punch  #118073
Paper Snips or Scissors
Bone Folder
Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
7/8″ OR 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Floral Wire from your local store (Optional)
Wire Cutters from your local store (Optional)
Needlenose Pliers from your local store (Optional)

Happy Flower-Making!
Nendy

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

SUPPLIES:
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
Brad
Wire Cutters

INSTRUCTIONS:
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.
Fancy
Favor
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.

BASIC FANCY FAVOR VIDEO

Happy Fancy Favor Making!
Nendy

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 Studio.net 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
Features:
* 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

Watch this video!I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig quite a bit to perfectly position my sentiments and Two-Step stamps.  It can seem tricky to use, but after trying it out a couple of times you will get results like a Pro!  Have fun using your Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you make this card.

On a personal note:  I seem to have too many irons in too many fires lately.  I may not be able to continue to do a video every week.   I will still try to do a couple of videos a week.  I know I am a visual learner and it is easier for me when I see something done.  I have been working at the Family History Center more (almost every week)-which is fun too and I have a more demanding calling in my Church.  As a result it has been harder to keep up with my home and family.  I will still continue to post projects at least 3 days a week and the My Digital Studio downloads on Tuesday.
Stippled Flowers Two Step Stamping with a Stamp-a-ma-jig

SUPPLIES:
Featured Product-Stamp-a-ma-jig  #101049
Stamps:   Stippled Blossoms  w#126745  c#126747
Four Frames w#123440  c#123442
Teeny Tiny Wishes  w#115370  c#127802
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Wisteria Wonder
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Perfect Plum
Elegant Eggplant
Big Shot:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809
Other:  Sponge Dauber  #102892
SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Stamp images using your Stamp-a-ma-jig as shown in the video making sure to leave enough room around the edges for the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.
2.  Use your Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder to make a frame around your stamped images
3.  Get your card base ready:  Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 5-12″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Put SNAIL around the edges of your card front.  Adhere your stamped and embossed card layer.
4.  Admire your perfectly stamped card!

Happy Stamp-a-ma-jigging!
Nendy

Here is a quick video (7 minutes 46 seconds) showing you several different Card Stock Edge Techniques to emphasize your card stock edges.  I hope you enjoy it!

Stamping Sponges #101610  $3.50 for a package of 3
Sponge Daubers #102892  $10.95 for a package of 12
Stampin’ Distress Tool #127562  $4.95

How many of these Card Stock Edge Techniques have you seen in the projects I post on my blog?  Which Card Stock Edge Techniques do you think I use the most in my projects?  I know I use the “dragging” Card Stock Edge Technique quite frequently.  I also use the Marker Technique quite a bit.  I use the Sponging Technique some.  I don’t recall using the Sponge Daubers with ink before.  I usually don’t tear or distress my card stock.

Try out each of these Card Stock Edge Techniques.  Which is your favorite?  Which do you use the most?  Which is your least favorite?

It is good to expand our Technique knowledge and skills.  Sometimes a new technique will become a much used skill that we enjoy using on multiple projects and tweaking the technique depending on the project.

Have fun trying out all these techniques!
Nendy 

Do you want to know how to get great results with your Big Shot and with all the accessories you can use with it?  This 2 Part Video will show you how to get great results with Framelits, Edgelits, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Sizzlits, Large Sizzlits,  Originals and Bigz Dies.  I will also give you a few hints on how to store all your Big Shot Accessories.

Big Shot Basics Part 1: Framelits, Edgelits, Embossing Folders, Embosslits, Sizzlits.

(14 minutes 46 seconds)

Big Shot Basics Part 2: Large Sizzlits, Bigz & Originals Dies, Storage.

(9 minutes 1 second)

Big Shot Sandwich Guidelines
Big Shot Bigz & Originals Materials List

Large Insert to store Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, Bigz XL, Framelits or Edgelits Dies  #120801
Small Insert to store Sizzlits and Embosslits  #120802

Have fun with your Big Shot and Accessories!!
Nendy 

My Digital Studio Lesson 2 is finally ready!  Learn how to use Text, Align text and objects, rotate text and objects, recolor embellishments, and what you need to do to email your digital card that you just made with My Digital Studio.

Lesson 1 and some Printables are available here.

My Digital Studiois available in My Online Store.

You can take a test drive by downloading the FREE 30-Day Trial. Here is more information on My Digital Studio 2.

Happy Digital Stamping!
Nendy

04. January 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Video

Watch this video!Do you have trouble getting your Clear Mount Stamps to stay on your Clear Block?  Have you wondered what the Clear Block Guides are?  How do you clean your stamps so they will stay on your Clear Block?  Are you tired of having to figure out which Clear Block to use each time you use a Clear Mount stamp?  How do you decide whether to choose Clear Mount or Wood Mount Stamps?

All these questions will be answered in this video.  Enjoy!

I forgot to mention in the video that I leave the rubber sheet in the case and store my stamps in them.  It makes it easy to tell at a glance if I have all the stamps put away and if not, which size and shape of stamp to look for.  If you want you can peel the backing off the rubber sheet and adhere it to the inside of your stamp case.

Here are some of the products mentioned in the video.
Clear Mount Perfectly Placed Guides  #121785
Clear Block Cleaning Cloth  #121779
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue  #110755
Stampin’ Scrub  #126200
Stampin’ Mist  #102394
Stampin’ Mist Refill  #101022

 Feel free to Share this video.
Comments are welcome and appreciated!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy 

Have you wanted to try My Digital Studio?  Have you wondered if My Digital Studio is easy to use?  Learn the basic elements of My Digital Studio while making a card in this Lesson 1 Video.  You can download the My Digital Studio Free 30-Day Trial and play along.  Choose from the papers, stamps, punches, and embellishments included to make your own card using the basics from this video.

You will learn the basic layout of the screen and how to choose your elements.  Use Background Papers, Punches, Embellishments, and Stamps.  Learn to Crop Paper (do the same for a photo), put some color in our punch and add a mat to our punch.  Learn to resize a stamp and change colors.  Add some dimension to your project with Drop Shadows.

These basics also work with all the Project Options in My Digital Studio.  Try using them on a Photobook or Individual Page, Calendar, Designer Template, Card & Tag, Journal, Custom.

Refresh your screen if the video doesn’t show up when the page first loads.  Thank you.

Check out all the fun My Digital Studio options in My Online Store.
Happy Digital Stamping!
Nendy 

The long awaited Candy Wrapper Video is finally here!  After I made the video I decided to add some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the Christmas Tree.  I hope you enjoy this video and enjoy making your own Candy Wrappers as gifts.  (NOTE:  You may have to refresh/reload your page if the video doesn’t show up the first time.)
Christmas Candy Wrapper

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Tags til Christmas w#120847 c#121169
Scentsational Season w#121026 c#121190
Card Stock:  Real Red
Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red
Gumball Green
Big Shot:  Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die #120890
Holiday Collection Framelits #127814
Punch:  Scallop Square #119884
Other:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details #125585
Sticky Strip
SNAIL

You can purchase everything to make this Candy Wrapper at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping and Die Cutting!
Nendy