I made this Under Construction Truck card using My Digital Studio.  It was super quick and easy.  I just had to resize things and type in Happy Birthday!  What a fun card for a little boy who loves construction trucks!
Birthday e-card

Bday Under Construction  #133422

1.  Choose Basic Gray paper for the card base
2.  Choose Whisper White paper as a page layer and crop to 4″ x 5.25″.
3.  Choose “Embellishments” and then choose “Bday Under Construction.  Choose the elements you want.  Resize them as you select each one.  They come out really big.  I chose:  Construction Vehicles 1, 2, 3, 4; and the Birthday in Progress sign.
4.  Choose “Stamps”, Designer Kits, and then finally Bday Under Construction.  I chose the construction cone stamp and colored it Only Orange.
5.  I then added a Text Box and typed in Happy Birthday to my grandson.  Then I emailed it to my daughter to show him.  He made me a digital card with PhotoShop and printed it up and mailed it to me.  My daughter is a PhotoShop genius!!

Happy Digital Stamping!

My grandson is getting a remote control car for his birthday so I decided to make him a Birthday Card with a Race Car on it.  It was quick and easy card.
Race Car Boy's Birthday Card

Stamps:  Sassy Salutations  w#  c#
Ink:  VersaMark
Smoky Slate
Card Stock:  Garden Green
Smoky Slate
Basic Black
Whisper White
Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper #
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits #
Delicate Designs Embossing Folders #
Punches:  1″ Circle
3/4″ Circle
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Stamping Sponge

1.  Cut your Garden Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card base.  When I am making a card for a child under 8 I always use Tombow Glue to keep it together.  I want the child to be able to hold and play with the card without it falling apart.
3.  Now to make the car body.  Cut a 1″ strip of Garden Green card stock.  Use the 3rd from the largest Oval Framelit to shape your car.  Now cut a diagonal to about 1″ from the front of the car.  Sponge around the car edges with Smoky Slate ink.  (I suppose you could just trim the 1″ strip to the design you want.  I wasn’t feeling that patient though.)
4.  Wheels and hubcaps.  Punch two 1″ Circles from Basic Black card stock.  Punch two 3/4″ Circles from Smoky Slate card stock.  Emboss your Smoky Slate hubcaps with the Snowflake design from the Delicate Designs embossing folder.  Center the hubcaps as desired in the embossing folder.  Sponge the raised designs with Smoky Slate ink.  Glue to the Wheels.  Glue wheels to car.
5.  Window.  Punch half a 1″ Circle from Vellum card stock.  Now use your 1″ Circle punch to punch a window shape using the punched half circle as the “Inside the car” part of the windshield.  Sponge around the windshield with Smoky Slate ink.  Use Tombow cover the part of the windshield that will be under the car.
6.  Glue the car to the card front.  Use only a drop of Tombow at the tip of the windshield.  Use can use lots of glue under the card stock.
7.  Stamp your sentiment in VersaMark.  Cover with Black Embossing Powder.  Remove excess embossing powder.  Melt embossing powder with Heat Tool.  Cut sentiment out with scissors.  Glue to card front.
8.  Vroom Vroom!!!  Enjoy your cute Racing Car Birthday Card.

I received this Hot Air Balloon card as a swap at the Stampin’ Up! 2013 Convention.  It was fairly easy to make.  I did make a couple of small changes when I cased her design.  We made it at my Stamp Class last Friday.  My customers loved it!  Have fun making one of your own!
Hot Air Balloon Punch Art Card

Stamps:  Create a Cupcake  w#128520  c#121982
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe
Baked Brown Sugar
Card Stock:  So Saffron  2″ x 3-1/2″
Coastal Cabana  3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″
Baked Brown Sugar  3-1/2″ x 5″ and a 1″ strip or a scrap for Balloon Basket
Crisp Cantaloupe   5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base and a 2″ x 4″ strip for Balloon
Whisper White  1-1/2″ strip
Big Shot:  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751
Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335
Punches:  1-3/4″ Circle  #119850
Large Oval  #119855
Build a Cupcake  #121807
Word Window
Other:  White Baker’s Twine  3-4″
Stamping Sponge
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots

1.  Score and fold your card base at 4-1/4″.  Adhere Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana card stock to card front.
2.  Big Shot & Embossing Folders.  So Saffron card stock with Perfect Polka Dot and the 2″ Crisp Cantaloupe strip with the Fancy Fan.
3.  Adhere your embossed So Saffron card stock to your card front as shown using Tombow Glue.
4.  Punch three Cupcake tops using the Build a Cupcake Punch and your 1-1/2″ strip of Whisper White card stock.  Adhere in desired positions with Tombow Glue.
5.  Balloon.  Punch a 1-3/4″ Circle and a Large Oval from your embossed Crisp Cantaloupe strip of card stock.  Sponge using Crisp Cantaloupe ink and a 1/6 wedge of Stamping Sponge.  (Some people cut their sponges into 8 pieces.  I prefer cutting mine into 6 pieces.  Choose the size you like best.)  Sponge more ink around the edges.  Sponge enough ink on the rest of the circle and oval to highlight the embossed design.  Layer the Oval onto the Circle with Dimensionals.  Set Balloon aside while you make the Basket.
6.  Balloon Basket.  Stamp desired Cupcake bottom in Baked Brown Sugar ink on your 1″ Baked Brown Sugar card stock strip.  Punch out with the Build a Cupcake Punch.
7.  Balloon Assembly.  Lay Basket stamped side down.  Lay Balloon front side down.  Put Glue Dots on the Basket corners along the zig-zag edge.  Put Glue Dots on the back of the Balloon on either side of where the Oval Punch is on the front side.  Place one 1-1/2″ piece of your Baker’s Twine starting on the Balloon and going on to the Basket leaving the desired length showing.  I left just over 1/4″ showing.  Repeat with the second piece of Baker’s Twine.  You can now put Dimensionals on the back of the Balloon, making sure to cover the Glue Dots and Baker’s Twine ends.  I just used Glue Dots on my Basket, making sure to cover the Glue Dot and Baker’s Twine Ends OR you can just add a Dimensional.  Adhere in desired position leaving room for the Word Window Sentiment.
8.  Stamp the Happy Birthday from Create a Cupcake stamp set (or use Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Baked Brown Sugar Ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Word Window Punch.  Adhere with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.
9.  Admire your fun Hot Air Balloon card!

Happy Stamping and Punching!

Here is a nice Man’s Birthday card in various shades of Green.  No lace, pearls, or Rhinestones since most men don’t enjoy them.  Lots of trendy Chevrons and a subtle   Plaid are the major design elements in this card.
man's brthday card in Greens

Stamps:  Oh Hello  w#131931  c#130733
Petite Pairs  w#128706  c#122497
Ink:  Garden Green
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Gumball Green  1″ x 5-1/2″ strip
Whisper White
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper #129310
Big Shot:  Chevron Embossing Folder #127749
Ovals Collection Framelits #129381
Punch:  Large Oval #119855
Other:  SNAIL or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Cut your Garden Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Gingham Garden (Green Plaid) Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card front.
3.  Cut a strip of Gumball Green 1″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Chevron embossing folder.  Choose the side you want to show and adhere to card front as shown with Tombow Glue.
4.  Stamp the Chevron Oval in Garden Green on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the coordinating Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.  Adhere as shown with Dimensionals.
5.  Stamp the two parts of the sentiment in Garden Green ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Large Oval Punch.  If desired you can use a Garden Green marker around the edges of your Whisper White Ovals.  Adhere in desired positions with Dimensionals.
6.  Admire your manly Birthday Card before giving to one of the men in your life.

All supplies to make this card can be purchased from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

I sent this e-card to my daughter for her birthday.  I do enjoy making cards with My Digital Studio.  You can change your mind quite a few times to find just the look you want and you are not wasting any supplies!
Twitterpated Kit- Pleated Satin Ribbon-Riding Hood Red   #129332  $9.95
Antique Brads #122164  $1.95-recolored Raspberry Ripple
Lemonade Stand Designer Kit-Happy Birthday stamp in Cherry Cobbler (Sale-a-bration 2013 content disc-no longer available)
Delicate Doilies Punch #130975  $1.95 in Blushing Bride
Friendship Preserves Kit  #131228  Punch in Pink Piroutette
Tea for Two Designer Series Paper pattern 2  #130666  $4.95
Background Paper-I used the “Color Picker” to choose the pink I wanted.

1.  Choose the Tea for Two DSP from “Background Papers/Designer Series Paper/Tea For Two/Pattern 2”.  Crop it to 4.0 x 5.25.  While still in the “Crop” function you can move the window around until you get the pattern positioned just right.  Click OK.  Right Cllick ont the DSP and Align Vertically then Horizontally on the page.  (You can remove the Gray Bleed-Line Border:  Top toolbar/View/Bleed Line/uncheck Card.  Save.  I use Ctrl + S OR go to File in the upper toolbar and click Save there.  Save after each step.
2.  Choose your Background Paper:  Right Sidebar/Background Papers/Color/Picker tab on top, scroll the little + around until it lands on the color you want then click your mouse.   Save.
3.  Choose your Pleated Ribbon:  Use the “Global Search” magnifying glass in the lower right hand corner.  uncheck everything but Embellishments.  Type in “Twitterpated” and choose the Riding Hood Red Ribbon.  Position as desired.  Save.
4.  Choose your Delicate Doily Punch.  Use the “Punch” icon on the left sidebar.  Mine has it’s own folder.  Click open after you have found the folder it is in.  Then select the Delicate Doily you want.  Resize if desired.   Select “Color Fill” and choose Blushing Bride.  Save.
5.  Choose your Friendship Preserves Punch from the Left Sidebar as you did above.  Mine is in the “Labels and Tags” main folder.  Resize if necessary.  Select Color Fill and choose Blushing Bride.  Choose “Mat” and Change color to Cherry Cobbler.  Change width if desired.  I left mine at the default.  Save.
6.  Select Sentiment Stamp or choose “Text” and Type in your sentiment.  You can do a Global Search for the desired sentiment stamp or embellishment if you want.  I did a combination of both.  I used Cherry Cobbler for the Stamp and Text color.  You might have to resize your Delicate Doilies punch and your Friendship Preserves Punch to fit your sentiment.  Save.
7.  Choose the desired Antique Brad.  Resize it so it is a little smaller.  Recolor to Raspberry Ripple.  Copy and Paste so you have one in each corner.  (I use Ctrl + C to Copy and Ctrl + V to paste on my PC.)  Save.
8.  Now for the Drop Shadows.  Select the item shown and set the drop shadow as follows:
~Stamp and/or Text image:    Just click OK and use the default settings
~Paper, Embellishments, and Punches:  75% Opacity, Medium Blur.  Do for all items on the page for each.  You will end up clicking OK twice.  Save.
8a.  At this point I delete any blank pages.
9.  Choose “Share” from the Right sidebar.
~Image Type:  JPEG
~Select the pages you want to save.
~Image Size:  I change to Medium for emailing.  Click the Change Size button and check the Medium size.
~File Compression:  I leave at the Default setting
~Output Location:  Put it in the file folder where you can find it by clicking on the Change Folder button and browsing your My Digital Projects File Folders.
~Now click finish.  If you are doing this a second time a message will show up wanting to know if you want to write over the file.  I just click Yes.
10.  Open up a “Compose” box in your email.  Click the “Attach File” icon.  Browse to the folder you just saved your card in and click on the JPEG version.  It will open the folder, choose the page by double clicking on it.  Write your email as usual and then send it.

I am really enjoying the Six-Sided Sampler Bundle with the stamp set and the punch.
Hexagon Birthday Card

Stamps:  Six Sided Sampler w#130953  c#130956 (Bundle with Stamp set and Punch w#132725  c#132724)
A Fitting Occasion w#131952 c#127049
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant
Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant
Perfect Plum
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Punch:  Hexagon #130919 (see Bundles above)
Other:  Large Rhinestones #129324
Basic Rhinestones #119246
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Cut your Elegant Eggplant card base as 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Perfect Plum card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  Adhere to card base with Tombow Glue.
3.  Choose one of the Hexagon stamp images to use for the center of your Hexagon flower.  Choose two more Hexagon stamps for the “Flower Petals”.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock with Elegant Eggplant ink:  1 center, 3 of each “Petal”.    Stamp desired sentiment from “A Fitting Occasion” and an image in the center of the sentiment circle.  (A stamp-a-ma-jig is very helpful.)  Now punch out all the Hexagons and the sentiment with your Hexagon Punch.  Put Dimensionals on the back and leave on the backing.
4.  Place Hexagons in desired positions.  Adhere.
5.  Add a Large Rhinestone to the center of your Hexagon Flower.  Add Basic Rhinestones to the corners and to the sentiment if desired.
6.  Admire your Quick and fun Hexagon card.

You can purchase all the supplies to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

This cute Zoo Babies Card can be made for either a new baby or a child’s birthday.  I am sure there is someone in your life who likes cute animal images.  I used one of the Gingham Garden Washi Tapes to create the checked border at the top of the card.
Zoo Babies Baby Card or child's Birthday Card

Stamps:  Zoo Babies  w#130453  c#130456
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar
Gumball Green
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight
Pistachio Pudding
So Saffron
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Square Collection Framelits #130921
Punch:  Word Window
Other:  Gingham Garden Washi Tape  #129314

1.  Cut a Daffodil Delight card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Stamp your Zoo Baby Giraffe in Baked Brown Sugar ink on So Saffron card stock.  Cut it out using a Square Framelit.  Cut your Pistachio Pudding card stock out using the next larger size of Square Framelit.  Place Dimensionals on the back of both these squares.  Adhere the So Saffron one to the Pistachio Pudding one.  Lay on card front.
3.  Cut a 1″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Put the Washi tape down the center.  If you just lightly place the tape onto the card stock it is easily repositionable.  Press the tape firmly down when it is in the desired position.
4.  Now place the layered Squares and the Washi Tape & card stock border in the desired positions.  Adhere the Layered Squares with Dimensionals.  Adhere the Washi Tape Border with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.
5.  Stamp you sentiment in Gumball Green on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Punch it out with the Word Window punch.  Put half a Dimensional under the “C” in congratulations.  Put SNAIL on the rest of the sentiment back.  Adhere in desired position.
6.  You now have a quick Baby Card!  You can change the sentiment to Happy Birthday and have a quick child’s Birthday card.

You can purchase all the supplies to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

I made this Cupcake Birthday e-card for my SIL’s birthday.  I really like the color combination.  You can easily make e-cards using My Digital Studio (MDS).  You can also use the downloads with other programs such as PhotoShop Elements.  There are also FIVE fun NEW Downloads available today.
Sweet Shop Designer Kit  Digital Download #129339 $2.95
~Designer Series Paper Pattern 6
~Designer Series Paper Pattern 8
~Embellishments-Sweet Shop Cupcake 1
Baja Breeze Seam Binding II Ribbon Pack #124020
Elementary Elegance Happy Birthday (SAB Content Disc-retired)
Friendship Preserves Kit- Punch #131228

June 18, 2013 My Digital Studio Downloads

Chores & More Designer Template – Digital Download  #134806
Download includes:
* 2-page designer template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 14-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 8 embellishments
* Digital exclusive
* Keep the kids busy when they are out of school or all year long
* Get them excited to do their chores and mind their manners by earning check marks for prizes
Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Going Gray, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Chores & More Designer Template -- Digital Download
Everybody’s Business Designer Series Paper – Digital Download  #133499 $6.95
Download includes:
* 24 Designer Series Papers
* Digital exclusive
* 12 papers in color and the same 12 in gray for recoloring
* A fun recolor of the Designer Series Paper from the Nobody’s Business Photobook
Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Taken with Teal
Everybody's Business Designer Series Paper -- Digital Download
Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download #133498 $9.95
Download includes:
* 26-piece SVG stamp brush set
Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Lovely Romance Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download #134799  #3.95
Download includes:
* 5-piece SVG stamp brush set
Lovely Romance Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Memory Milestones Baby Photobook Template (11″ X 8-1/2″) – Digital Download #134759 $19.95
Download includes:
* 24-page photobook template (11″ x 8-1/2″)
* 55-piece SVG stamp brush set
*12 Designer Series Papers
* 16 embellishments
* Digital exclusive
* Preserve all those precious memories of your baby’s first years with this gorgeous book
* Print for a friend as a swoon-worthy shower gift that she can fill in later
Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Memory Milestones Baby Photobook Template (11" x 8-1/2") -- Digital Download
Happy Digital Stamping!

I made this Flower Shop Birthday card in pinks for my granddaughter who turned six this past week.  She loves flowers and sparkles!  Have fun making one of your own!
Julia's Flower Birthday Card

Stamps:  Flower Shop w#130939  c#130942  (Bundle with stamps & punch w#132727  c#132725)
Bring on the Cake  w#128490  c#121958
Ink:  VersaMark
StayzOn Black
Rose Red Marker
Pink Pirouette Marker
Pretty in Pink Marker (oops-retired)
Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette
Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Squares Collection Framelits Dies #130921
Magnetic Platform  #130658 (to help your Framelits stay in place!)
Punch:  Pansy #130698  (Included in Flower Shop Bundle)
Embossing Powder:  Melon Mambo  #123223
Cherry Cobbler  #122949
Other:  Basic Rhinestones
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Heat Tool

1.  Cut your Pink Pirouette card base at 5-1/2″ x 11″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut a piece of Pink Pirouette and of Melon Mambo at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Layer card stock together on the bottom cutting plate which is on your Magnetic OR Multipurpose Platform.  Position the Square Scallop Framelit and the next size straight-edge Square Framelit over the card stock layers.  Position the Framelits as desired to form a Frame and a center cut out.  You may not notice but I don’t have a lower Scalloped Edge on my Frame.  You could do a whole Frame and trim it and layer it to fit.  Anyway I used the Melon Mambo Scallop Frame and the Pink Pirouette center.
3.  Rub your Embossing Buddy over your Whisper White card stock.  Stamp 3 flowers of your choice from the Flower Shop stamp set on Whisper White card stock using VersaMark ink.  Cover with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.  Put excess back into the jar.  Melt embossing powder with Heat Tool.  Stamp one more flower in VersaMark ink on the card stock.  Cover this one with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  Remove excess.  Melt with Heat Tool.  Punch out with the Pansy Punch.  Arrange in desired positions over Melon Mambo Frame and Pink Pirouette center to determine where to stamp sentiment.
4.  Take your Pink Pirouette center and sentiment stamp.  Stamp the sentiment in Black StayzOn ink.  Color in the Birthday with a Rose Red Marker.
5.  Adhere the Melon Mambo Frame and the Pink Pirouette Center to the card front in the desired position.  Now adhere the flowers in the desired positions.  I would have normally used Dimensionals on the center flower, but I glued it down because this card is for a child.
6.  Add Rhinestones of varied sizes to the flower centers.
7.  Admire your fun Birthday Card!

Purchase the necessary supplies to make this card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

I used the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper and the Label Love Bundle from the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog to make this card.  You can now order items from the 2013-2014 Catalog starting at 12 noon Utah Time (MDT)!  There are SO MANY fun things in this Catalog!  It is hard to choose what to order first, but I almost have my list ready so I can place my order tonight after my class.  I did earn 3 FREE things from Sale-a-bration and recruiting during Sale-a-bration!  Another perk of joining Stampin’ Up!
Gingham Garden DSP & Label Love Bundle Birthday Card

Stamps:  *Label Love w#  130619  c#130622
Ink:  Island Indigo
Card Stock:
  Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper #129310
Big Shot:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976
Punches:  *Artisan Label #130920
Itty Bitty Shapes #118309
Other:  Basic Rhinestones
Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844
SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Melon Mambo card base at either 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score and fold at 4-1/4″ OR 4-1/4″ x 11″ and score and fold at 5-1/2″.
2.  Cut your Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Dry emboss using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and your Big Shot.  Wrap your Stitched Satin Ribbon (about 14-16″) around your Gingham Garden embossed paper and tie a knot.  Move knot to desired position.  Adhere Ribbon in place on the back with a glue dot.  Adhere your Gingham Garden piece to card front.
3.  Stamp your Birthday or other sentiment from Label Love in Island Indigo Ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with Artisan Label Punch and punch 2 Melon Mambo Artisan Labels.  Punch 3 Itty Bitty Flowers from Melon Mambo.
4.  To make the Melon Mambo layer to go behind your sentiment:  Take your two Melon Mambo punched Artisan Labels.  Cut one in half horizontally and the other in half vertically.  Adhere the horizontally cut labels to the back of the Whisper White sentiment trying to make them stick out evenly from the top and bottom.  Do the same with the vertically cut label on the sides.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.
5.  Add Basic Rhinestones to center of Itty Bitty punched flowers and Sentiment if desired.
6.  Admire your fun card!

*Label Love Bundle includes Stamp Set and coordinating Artisan Label Punch (15% discount)  w#132723  c#132722

You can purchase all the items to make this card after 12noon today, May 31, 2013, in My Online Store.  Sorry the links weren’t available when I posted this.  Just type the item number in the “Search” box to quickly find the item.  OR go to the category and change “Show 8” to “Show All” for easier browsing.

Happy Stamping!

I made this Blue Ribbon Birthday Card for a friend.  I really like the way it turned out.  I will miss the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper when it retires next Thursday, May 30th.  Most of the items in the Spring 2013 Catalog will not be carried over.  So…… if there is anything you want or need more of you should get them now.
Blue Ribbon Birthday Card

The Retiring Accessories (everything that is not a flat stamp) are available only while supplies last.  There are even some discounted items still available.  Retiring Stamps are available until June 3rd.

On a happier note, we can start ordering from the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog on Friday, May 31st.  I will be having a Play Date that afternoon.  We will be making one card using supplies from the NEW Catalog and then we will work on our own projects.  I will be placing   orders that day for all those who want to be among the first to place an order from the NEW Catalog.

Well, back to the Blue Ribbon Birthday Card.  I do love the bright colors.  You can choose your Designer Series Paper and then use coordinating colors (listed in the catalog and on the package) to make a wonderful card.  You can get a variety of looks just by using different patterned paper, different ink colors, embellishments, and ribbon.  Have fun making your own version of this card!

Stamps:  Blue Ribbon  w#125979  c#125981 not retiring
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Marina Mist
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Whisper White
Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper #130670 retiring
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
1″ Circle (I think)
Other:  Melon Mambo Scallop Dots Ribbon #122985  retiring
Dahlias #127556  not retiring
Basic Pearls
SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots

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 Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Wrap your Melon Mambo Ribbon around the bottom third of your card.  Tie a knot on the right side.  Use Glue Dots if necessary to hold Ribbon in place.  Trim ribbon ends.  Adhere to card base.
3.  Stamp your Blue Ribbon in Melon Mambo on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  Place some Ribbon on top of the paper ribbon that was punched off.  Hold it together in the shape you want with Glue Dots.  Adhere to the back of your Blue Ribbon with Glue Dots.  Place a Basic Pearl in center of each scallop.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.
4.  Stamp Happy Birthday in Marina Mist on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out and adhere to center of Blue Ribbon with Dimensionals.
5.  Adhere Dahlias in place with Glue Dots.
6.  Admire you Blue Ribbon Birthday Card!

Happy Stamping!

My grandson loves Crabs lately and turned 5 on Saturday.  So I decided to try and make him a Punch Art Crab for his birthday card.  I saw this Crab on Pinterest but it was an SVG file not Punch Art.  I decided to make it with Punches.  It was pretty easy after I figured it out.  I only used THREE Punches to make it.  I hope you decide to make one too.
Crab Birthday Card

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango
Crumb Cake
Smoky Slate (coming May 31st!)
Pacific Point
Bashful Blue (retiring)
Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper (retires May 30th)
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Cajun Craze Marker (I wish I would have sponged around the edges, but I used a Marker)
Basic Black Marker
Pacific Point Marker
Soft Suede Marker
Punches:  Extra Large Oval #19859
Small Oval #120908
1/2″ Circle #119869
Big Shot:  Happy Whale Clearlit #129403  (Retires May 30th)
Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Other:  Googly Eye (retired)
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Silicone Craft Sheer

Punching Illustrations
~Tangerine Tango:  You will use a little less than 1/4 sheet Tangerine Tango for your Crab.   Punch from Tangering Tango:  Punch out 2 Extra Large Ovals and 2 Small Ovals.  Punch 6 legs as shown in picture.  Punch 2 arms as shown in picture.  Punch 2 eyelids as shown in picture.  Sponge with Tangerine Tango or Cajun Craze now if desired.  (I wish I would have!)
~Whisper White:  Punch 2 eyes from Whisper White with the Small Oval punch.
~Pacific Point:  Punch 2 eyeballs from Pacific Point with the 1/2″ Circle Punch.
Assembling your Crab
1.  Legs and Arms.  Get out your Silicone Craft Sheet and Tombow Glue.  Place 1 Extra Large Oval in the center.  Lay out the 6 legs and 2 arms where you want them.  Glue them in place with Tombow Glue tearing off the parts that are too long.  You only need about 1/4″ of each piece glued to the back.
2.  Eyes.  Attach the Whisper White eyes between the arms.  Attach the Pacific Point eyeballs to the Whisper White eyes.  Now place the eyelids in the desired postitions.  I drew a line with my Cajun Craze Marker on the bottom edge of the eyelids.  You can add white lines or a comma to each of the eyes if you want.  My White Gel Pens have sprouted legs and ran away again.
3.  Pinchers. 
 We only have the 2 Tangerine Tango Small Ovals left.  Hold them together and cut out the “V” for the pinchers.  I cut straight down almost halfway for the first cut.  I made the second cut about 1/4″ away from the edge of the first cut, then cut down to meet the end of the first cut.  I drew a line with my Cajun Craze Marker down the center almost to the other side.
1.  Cut your Pacific  Point card base at 5-1/2″ x 8=1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut your Bashful Blue at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card front.
2.  Adhere your 2″ x 5-1/4″ Ocean Waves from the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper to the desired height on your card front.
3.  Cut your Crumb Cake card stock at about 1″ x 5-1/2″.  Tear one long edge.  (Optional:  you can sponge the edges if desired.  I just dragged the torn edge on the Baked Brown Sugar ink pad.)  I used the Soft Suede Marker to make little specks of sand on the Crumb Cake card stock.  Adhere at the bottom of the Bashful Blue card stock.
4.  Cut your Whale out of Smoky Slate card stock.  Sponge edges if desired.  Add a Googly Eye or draw on an eye.
5.  Lay your Crab and Whale in the desired positions on the card front.  Adhere.  I used the cut outs from the Whale as a stencil for the Whale’s water spout.  I colored the water in with a Pacific Point Marker.
6.  Stamp your sentiment in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock and cut it out with the Framelit.  Adhere in desired position.
7.  Admire your Fun Crab Birthday Card!  Give it to one of your favorite children!

Happy Punching!

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

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!

This Make a Wish Birthday Card is great for the men in your life.  It is another card from Ronda Wade’s Creative Convention.  We will be making it at my Stamp-a-Stack Class on March 22nd and 23rd.  I hope you enjoy making it for one of the men in your life.
Make a Wish Manly Birthday Card

Stamps:  Make a Wish  w#129219  c#129222
Markers:  Midnight Muse
Gumball Green
Daffodil Delight
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse
Gumball Green
Whisper White
Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack #129312
Other:  Silver Basics Designer Button #129325
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Midnight Muse card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.
All patterned paper is from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.
Striped paper:  2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
“Ribbon” paper:  1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Green Print Banner:  1″ x 4-1/4″
Blue Print Banner:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Gumball Green layer:  2″ x 4″
Whisper White:  1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″
2.  Adhere Striped paper and “Ribbon” paper in desired positions.
3.  Color your Make a Wish stamp with Markers.  “Wish” in Midnight Muse, Candle flame in Daffodil Delight, The rest of the words in Gumball Green.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp in the lower right corner of your Whisper White.  Adhere to your Gumball Green layer.  Adhere in desired position on card front.
4.  Trim the end of your Green Banner with paper snips, a square punch, or the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Center your Blue Banner piece and trim to match your Green Banner piece.  Adhere Blue Banner to Green Banner with SNAIL  Adhere to card front in desired position with SNAIL.  Adhere Silver Button with Glue Dots.
5.  Admire your classy card!

You can find all the supplies to make this card in My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Spring Catalog ProjectsI was so excited to see the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit in the Spring Catalog.  I enjoy doing Cross-Stitch, but haven’t done it in a few years.  Now I can combine my enjoyment of Cross-Stitch with my love of card making!  The Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit comes with almost everything I used to make these cards.  I read the instructions inside the paper with the picture on AFTER I had finished the Cross-Stitch and they told me to STAMP FIRST, then Cross-Stitch if I want to stamp on the card stock that I do the Cross-Stitch on.  The Cross-Stitch did take a little while to do (like it always has for me).  There are basic instructions in the paper with the picture on so you will be able to Cross Stitch even if you haven’t done so before.  Surprise your family and friends with this interesting mixed media card!
Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Cards

* = from Spring 2013 Catalog
 *Sweet Threads Simply Sent #126924  OR *Sweet Threads Bundle w#131105
Card Stock:  Primrose Petals
Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Lucky Limeade
Primrose Petals
Always Artichoke
Always Artichoke Marker
Big Shot:  *Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders #129383 (Green)
Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die #120903 (Pink)
Punches:  Scallop Trim Corner #118870 (Green)
Modern Label #119849 (Green)
Scallop Edge Border #119882 (Pink)
Other:  SNAIL
*Melon Mambo 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon #129293
Stamping Sponges
Glue Dots
Dimensionals (some are included in the kit, but you might need more)

1.  Read the Instructions that come with the Kit!  (Like I should have done!!)  Choose the card color you want to use from the Kit.
2.  If you want to stamp a sentiment directly on the Scalloped Cross Stitch card stock, do it now.
3.  Do the Cross-Stitch pattern you want to use on your card following the basic instructions that come with the Kit.  Here is what the back of mine look like.
Sweet Threads-Back of Cross Stich4.  Sponge the edges of the Cross-Stitch card stock, if desired.  I think I will use Primrose Petals Ink to sponge the piece for the Green card next time.
Pink Card.
5a.  Wrap the 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon around the Cross-Stitch card stock and tie a bow.  Place Glue dots underneath the ribbon if desired to hold it in place.
5b.  Cut the largest of the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz from Primrose Petals card stock using your Big Shot.  Sponge around the edges with Primrose Petals ink.  Put Dimensionals on the back.  Put Dimensionals on the back of your Cross-Stitch.  Layer it on the Scallop Square as shown.
5c.  Punch a Scallop Border Edge on both sides of a 1-1/2 to 2″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide Primrose Petals card stock piece.  Stamp your sentiment in desired position using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.  Sponge the edges with Primrose Petals ink.
5d.  Lay items in desired positions, then adhere them to card front.  You have now finished your Pink Card!
Green Card.
Cut your Lucky Limeade card stock at 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  Punch the corners using the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  Sponge all the edges with Lucky Limeade or Old Olive ink.  Place Dimensionals on the back of both the Lucky Limeade and the Cross-Stitch card stock pieces.  Adhere together.
6b.  Stamp desired sentiment on Lucky Limeade card stock in Always Artichoke ink.  Punch out with Modern Label punch.  Sponge edges with same ink used earlier  Adhere to Cross-Stitch piece with Dimensionals.
6c.  Choose the desired Needlepoint Border embossing folder.  Line up the edge with the top edge of your card front.  Fold the card back behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.  Keeping the same side facing up, line up your embossing folder with the bottom edge of your card and emboss as before.  Run the brush tip of your Always Artichoke Marker along the raised parts of your embossed card front trying to only get the parts raised by your embossing folder.  Run your fingers along the embossed edges just for fun.
6d.  Now center and adhere your Cross-Stitch layers to your card front.  You have now finished your Green Card!

You can purchase the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit and Bundle in My Online Store.

Happy Cross-Stitching and Stamping!

Spring Catalog ProjectsBoth my Son and Son-in-Law have Birthdays shortly after Christmas.  Since I can’t seem to make the same card twice, here are two versions of Birthday Cards for these men in my life.  Of course I had to use some Spring 2013 Catalog items!  Since these cards were mailed a while ago and because I didn’t take notes I don’t remember the exact colors I used.  So use what ever color is your man’s favorite when you make this card for him.
Jason's 2013 birthday cardSterling's 2013 Birthday cardEvery Monday in January I will be posting projects using Spring 2013 Catalog products.  Enjoy!

*Spring 2013 Catalog available until May 31, 2013
Stamps:  *Beyond Plaid w#129201  c#129204
*Make a Wish w#129219  c#129222
Perfectly Penned  w#122890  c#122892 (Green card)
Bring on the Cake w#121899  c#121958 (Blue card)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip -cake
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Real Red (Blue card)
Midnight Muse ink pad & Marker (Green card sentiment)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Big Shot:  *Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159 (Green card Banner)
Chevron Folder #127749 (Green card)
Punch: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle-I think (Blue Card Banner)
Other:  Naturals Designer Buttons #127554
Linen Thread #104199
Glue Dots
Paper Snips and/or Scissors

Instructions will be for Both Cards unless specified.
1.  Card base.  Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock in the desired color.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  If desired, use the Chevron Embossing Folder on your card front.  Line up your card stock in the folder.  Fold the back of the card underneath the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with all the tabs open.  Crease the top fold again with your fingers trying not to flatten out the embossing.
3.  Choose the Plaid Design you want.  Stamp it three times in the desired ink color on Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the Cake in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut the Cake out with your Paper Snips.  Cut the Plaid images out with Scissors or your Paper Trimmer.
4.  Lay out the Plaid images in the desired positions.  Adhere the upper two images with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.  Adhere the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  Add the Cake to the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  (Notice I didn’t add any Dazzling Details to Bling up the cakes for the guys!  I hope they appreciated how hard that was for me.)
5a.  Green Banner.  Stamp the sentiment in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim so it is 1″ Tall.  Slip one end through the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Cover only the part that will be cut out with the top cutting pad when you run it through your Big Shot.  If you cover the whole card stock piece there will be heavy crease lines in your sentiment.  Repeat with the other end, covering only the part that is being cut with the top cutting pad.  Use the Brush Tip of the Midnight Muse Marker to put a colored edge to your Banner.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
5b.  Blue Banner.  Stamp sentiment in Real Red Ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim about 1″ Tall.  Stick one end of your Banner in through the center open part of your Scallop Circle punch.  Position as desired and punch the end.  Repeat with the other side.  Drag the edges of your Banner against your Real Red ink pad.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
6.  Buttons.  Choose the desired Buttons.  Thread them with Linen Thread.  We do want it nice and rustic for our guys.  Place a Glue Dot on the back to hold the thread onto the button.  Place 2-3 more Glue Dots on the back of each button and adhere them in the desired position on your card.
7.  There.  You now have two versions of Birthday Cards for the men in your life.  Enjoy!

You can purchase all the Supplies for these Manly Birthday cards from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

I made this card for my Mother’s Birthday which is mid-December.  I wanted to use some of the new things I had just received that are in the NEW Spring 2013 Catalog.  This was a fun card to make and came together pretty quickly.
Amazing Mother Birthday Card

* = Spring 2013 Catalog available January 3-May 31, 2013
  *Amazing Family w#129189  c#129192
*Oh Hello w#130730  c#130733  (Bundle with Oval Framelits w#131102  c#131101)
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Melon Mambo
White Vellum
Embossing Powder:  White
Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  *Oval Framelits #129381 (also in Oh Hello Bundle-see above)
*Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders #129383
*Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159
   Basic Pearls
Heat Tool
*Delicate Details Lace Tape #130966
*Paper Doilies #129399
Paper Trimmer or scissors
Glue Dots
Stamping Sponges

1.  Cut your Melon Mambo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Take the Needlepoint Border embossing folder of your choice and place it in the desired position along the bottom of your card front.  Fold the card back beneath the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot.  Sponge the raised designs with Melon Mambo ink and your sponge.
3.  Now let’s do our heat embossing.  Stamp “You’re Such An Amazing” on Melon Mambo card stock with VersaMark ink and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Now stamp the Chevron Oval from Oh Hello in Versamark ink on Whisper White card stock and sprinkle with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Finally stamp “Mother” on the White Vellum card stock in VersaMark ink and sprinkle with Black embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on Low so you don’t warp the Vellum.  This will take longer to melt.
4.  Trim around “You’re Such An Amazing” so you form a nice rectangle.
5.  Measure the width of the Banner Framelit in the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  Trim around “Mother” so the strip is wide enough to fit in the Banner Framelit.  Now take it to your Big Shot and place on the Multipurpose Platform with both Tabs closed and a cutting pad on top.  Put the end of the “Mother” banner you are cutting under the Banner Framelit with the other end resting on top of your Banner Framelit.  Cover only the end of the Banner Framelit you are cutting with the top cutting pad.   Leave the part you are not cutting uncovered to prevent a fold line on your banner.  Repeat with the other side.
6.  Cut the embossed Oval Chevron with the desired Oval Framelit.  Use the next larger Oval Framelit to cut a Melon Mambo Oval.  Adhere the two Ovals together with Dimensionals.  Put  Glue Dots under the “M” and the “R” in Mother and adhere to the embossed Chevron Oval.  Adhere all these to the Paper Doily in the desired position.
7.  Lay out pieces in desired positions.  Adhere the Paper Doily layers with SNAIL.  Adhere You’re Amazing with Dimensionals.
8.  Add a circle from the Delicate Details Lace Tape in the desired position.  Add Pearls as shown or as desired.
9.  Admire your lacy feminine card.

You can purchase the items to make this Amazing Card from My Online Store.  Spring Catalog items will be available around noon Mountain Time on January 3, 2013.

Happy Stamping!

My Son’s birthday was Monday.  I bought the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set during the 15% off Stamps Sale.  I have always loved the shape of the tree in the Thought and Prayers stamp set.  His favorite color is green so I used Gumball Green and Garden Green for a monochromatic look.  As usual, it is a pretty quick card to make.  I even tested out my new Texture Boutique to do the embossing with the Argyle Embossing Folder!  Fun!  I hope it will be in the next annual catalog.
Derek's Happy Birthday Card in Green

Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers  w#113252  c#127805
Curly Cute  w#117014  c#120510
Ink:  Gumball Green
Card Stock:  Gumball Green   card base & card front
Garden Green  2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and 7/8″ x 3-5/16″
Whisper White  2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and 5/8″ x 3″
Big Shot:  Argyle Folder #127750
Other:  SNAIL
Paper Trimmer #126889

1.  I had a lot of trouble not getting extra ink on the card from the part of the stamp at the bottom of the trunk.  Since the tree trunk is so narrow and ink gets on the side part of the rubber, make sure and clean the excess ink off your stamp before stamping.
2.  Embossing Card Front.  Make sure the card front is facing the correct way in the Argyle embossing folder so the embossing will come out how you like it.  Fold the back of the card  behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with both tabs open since there is an extra layer of card stock.
3.  I stamped first then trimmed around the stamped images using my Paper Trimmer.  I added 1/4″ to the measurements when cutting the Garden Green card stock.

You can find all the supplies to make this Birthday (or All Occasion) Card in My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Tomorrow, November 28th is the last day of Online Extravaganza.  Lots of items are discounted 20% to 50% including My Digital Studio 2 (all download versions):
~Free 30 Day Trial $FREE, See what is included HERE.  Test it out today, find out you like it, and then purchase one of the versions below tomorrow, November 28, at half price.  Here is my MDS Lesson 1 – The Basics where I show you how to make a card and use all the basic functions of the program (except text-sorry I will do that in the next video).
~Basic Upgrade if you already own MDS1 now $9.98 (regular price $19.95), Software Program upgrade with no new content.
~MDS2 $19.98 (regular price $39.95), See what is included HERE.
~MDS2+ $39.98 (regular price $79.95) See what is included HERE.

I chose MDS2+ after looking through all the content and seeing what I liked and would use.  I decided I would save money on content to buy MDS2+.  Yes, I do still purchase downloads, but there is a lot of variety included in the MDS2+ Content.  All Versions have the complete Software Program so you can use all 75 of the NEW Features.

The first item in the Downloads List is a FREE Download from Stampin’ Up! this week!!  There is even a download for Hanukkah.

Here is a digital e-card I made with My Digital Studio 2+ for my daughter’s birthday which was Saturday.  I like to send a digital e-card so they really know I am thinking of them (since the “real” card is usually late).  One time I mailed my niece’s birthday card in plenty of time so I didn’t email her a digital e-card.  She emailed me and asked what happened to her digital card.  I explained that I usually only did that because the “real” card was late.  She really likes getting both!  So now I do both for all my family.  It took me about 20 minutes (and 4 versions) to come up with this card.
Kathleen MDS Birthday Card-2012MDS SUPPLIES:
Background:  Island Indigo card stock (Included)
Embellishments from the Sweet Shop Kit #129339:
cake 1
cake 2
lollipop 3
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake #124015-Birthday Wishes colored with Island Indigo
Punches:  Any Day Label Punch colored with Whisper White (not sure where I got this one from.  It is not included in the Digital Content list or in the Online Store.  Maybe I got it on a content disc.)
Font used on Personalized Version:  Brush Script size 20 (Included on My Computer)

You can purchase all your My Digital Studio content from My Online Store.

Have fun emailing a digital e-card you made yourself!

Here are this week’s New My Digital Studio Downloads.

Free For You From Us Designer Template  #132810  $FREE
Download includes:
~ 1 page decor designer template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
~ 1 piece stamp brush
~ 1 embellishment
~ Digital exclusive
~ An on-trend chalkboard-style gift tag perfect for adorning presents this year
Colors:  Basic Black, Whisper White
Free For You From Us Designer Template -- Digital Download
Reindeer Games Designer Template  #132683  $3.95
Download includes:
~ 2 page designer template (8-1/2″ x 11″)
~ 4 Piece stamp brush set
~ 2 Designer Series Papers
~ 10 punches
~ Digital exclusive
~ A fun decor piece for the holidays; hang ornaments from the reindeer’s antlers or give him a red nose
Colors:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Primrose ` Petals, Real Red
Reindeer Games Designer Template -- Digital Download

Jingle and Joy Kit  #132793  $11.95
Download includes:
~ 33-piece SVG stamp brush set (only works with MDS 2)
~ 12 Designer Series Papers
~ 19 embellishments
~ Digital Exclusive
~ A perfect kit for you December Daily album, photobook pages, card, and more; great for both winter images and Christmas-themed projects
Colors:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
Jingle And Joy Kit -- Digital Download 

Ornamental Christmas Postcard Template  #132794  $2.95
Download includes:
~ Double-sided postcard designer template (3-1/2″ x 5″)
~ 9-piece stamp brush set
~ 1 Designer Series Paper
~ 2 embellishments
~ Digital-exclusive
~ An adorable card that doubles as an ornament so you can send good cheer that will hang around through the season
~ Easy to us the Ornament Framelits Dies to punch out the ornament
Colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, Real Red, Whisper White
Ornamental Christmas Postcard Template -- Digital Download 

Downloads from November 20, 2012

Sorry I didn’t post this last week.  I was busy getting ready for my daughter to come for Thanksgiving.

 Freehand Frames Overlays Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download  #132559  $3.95
Download includes:
* 4-piece SVG stamp brush set ( Note: SVG stamps won’t work with the original My Digital Studio software)
* 1 punch
* Digital-exclusive
* A gorgeous group of hand-drawn overlays to frame your photos
Freehand Frames Overlays Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble – Digital Download  #132715  $12.95
Download includes:
* 8 double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″)
* 2 double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (5″ x 7″; 7″ x 5″)
* 4 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 35-piece SVG stamp brush set (Works only with MDS2)
* 8 Designer Series Papers
* 4 embellishments
* 1 punch
* Digital-exclusive
* A great kit to help kids get ready for Hanukkah
* Includes all they need to celebrate the festivities: a wish list, eight different tags for eight presents, a coloring page, a framable, and a thank you card
Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble -- Digital Download
Waiting For Santa Ensemble – Digital Download  #132615  $12.95
Download includes:
* 2 1-page décor designer templates (8-1/2″ x 11″)
* 2 double-sided postcard designer templates: thank you and wish list (7″ x 5″)
* 2 double-sided designer tag templates (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; 3-1/4 x 3-1/4)
* 25-piece SVG stamp brush set*
* 6 Designer Series Papers
* Digital-exclusive
* Everything the kids need to get ready for Santa—a wish list and thank you to Santa as well as décor pieces for his treats (use the belly band to wrap around a jar or cup for the reindeer treats and a table tent for Santa’s cookies)
* A great way for kids to adorn their gifts
Bordering Blue, Going Gray, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Waiting For Santa Ensemble -- Digital Download