Kathleen’s MDS Birthday Card & My Digital Studio 2 50% off sale ends tomorrow!

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

Betsy’s Blooms Embossed Birthday Card

I was in the mood to do some heat embossing with my recently acquired Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder, the Betsy’s Blooms stamp set, and my new super quiet Heat Tool.   I also used the Melon Mambo embossing powder and the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  This was a fun card to make!  I hope you enjoy making one for yourself or a friend.
Betsy's Blossoms Embossed Birthday Card

Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms w#126004  c#126006
Create a Cupcake w#121915  c#121982
Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise
Pacific Point
Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Punches:  Blossom Petals Builder #121808
2-3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874
Modern Label #119849
Work Window #119857
Embossing Powder:  Melon Mambo #123223
Tempting Turquoise #122950
Other:  Heat Tool #129053

1.  Cut Tempting Turquoise card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold and 4-1/4″.
2.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over your card front to keep embossing powder only on inked areas.  Stamp large Blossom with VersaMark ink several times on your card front.  Generously sprinkle Tempting Turquoise embossing powder over VersaMark images.  Pour excess back into container.  Heat with Heat Tool on High until all embossing powder is melted.
3.  Stamp large Blossom with VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock.  Generously sprinkle Melon Mambo embossing powder over VersaMark Blossom.  Pour excess back into jar.  Heat with Heat Tool on High until all embossing powder is melted.  Punch Melon Mambo flower out with 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle.
4.  Punch large Blossom Petals:  6 Pacific Point and 2 Melon Mambo.  Punch the Modern Label out of Pacific Point.
5.  Stamp sentiment in Melon Mambo on Whisper White card stock and punch out with Word Window Punch.  Layer sentiment onto Modern Label with Dimensionals.  Layer on the two Melon Mambo Blossom Petalss.
6.  Layer the 6 Pacific Point Blossom Petals under the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Blossom.  I used SNAIL to adhere them.
7.  Position sentiment layers and Blossom layers on card front as desired.  Adhere with Dimensionals.
8.  Admire your lovely card!

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

Happy Stamping!


Affection Collection in Yellows

I received the Affection Collection stamp set at Convention.  I am catching up on some birthday cards.  I also like to make birthday cards in October for all the family birthdays I have through early January.  I wanted to try the Triple Time Stamping Technique again.  It just amazes me how quick it is and how wonderful it looks!
Affection Collection Triple Triple Time Stamping

Stamps:  Affection Collection w#127946 c#127949
Artistic Etchings (key) w#118517 c#120573
Create-a-Cupcake (Happy Birthday) w#121915  c#121982
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Summer Starfruit
Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Word Window #119857
Modern Label #119849

Whisper White Measurements:
2″ x 3-1/4″
3″ x 4-1/4″
4″ x 5-1/4″
Daffodil Delight Measurements:
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score & fold at 4-1/4″ for card base.

1.  Remember to lightly adhere the white layers together before stamping.  Otherwise you end up holding the layers in place which can be difficult.  (I found out the hard way.)
2.  Stamp the focal image from Affection Collection with Summer Starfruit ink in the center.  I decided that next time I will use my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Stamp the corner design in Summer Starfruit ink and the Artistic Etchings Key in Daffodil Delight.
3.  Layer the Daffodil Delight and Whisper White layers together using SNAIL and making sure the designs match up as you are layering.
4.  Stamp the Affection Collection focal image in Summer Starfruit ink on a scrap of Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch it out with the Modern Label punch, centering the design.  Stamp Happy Birthday in Summer Starfruit ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Word Window punch.  Layer onto the Modern Label with Dimensionals.  Then layer onto the main focal point with Dimensionals.
5.  Admire your bright and cheery Triple Time Birthday Card!

Experiment with different colors and stamp sets and use for any occasion!

You can purchase all the supplies to make your own Triple Time Stamping Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!


MDS Happy Birthday Balloons & Cupcake!

Hello Stampers!  This has been a busy week for me.  I hope you have enjoyed Wednesday’s Candy Wrapper video.  My son’s birthday was yesterday.  Here is the My Digital Studio Birthday card I emailed him.  I also mailed him a card.  I did color the sentiment stamp and the candle using the Coloring Tool.  I drew the Balloon Strings using the new FreeForm feature.  I typed in his name with a font on my computer (Text).  Have fun playing with My Digital Studio Today!

Here is the generic version
Nathan 2012 MDS Birthday cardMY DIGITAL STUDIO SUPPLIES:
My Digital Studio:  Free Trial  OR  MDS2
   Big Bold Birthday #118833
Cake & Ice Cream #130867
Papers:  Sweet Details #125744
Punch:  Get It Done Kit #129924
Freeform:  Balloon Strings
Drop Shadows:  75%, medium

Here is the Personalized Version
Nathan 2012 MDS Birthday card-Personalized
You can get the 30-Day FREE Trial or purchase My Digital Studio and these downloads at my Online Store.

Happy Digital Stamping!

Manly Midnight Birthday Card

This fun Birthday card was made with the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (#126898), Midnight Muse and Whisper White card stocks, Midnight Muse ink (126860), Bring on the Cake stamp set (w#121899 c#121958), Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003), Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (#126187), Pierce Mat (#126199), Paper Piercing Tool (#126189), Two Square Punches (I think I used the 1″ Square #124094 and 1-1/4″ Square #119865) which I cut in half and used for the corners, and last of all 3/16″ Neutrals Brads (#119736).
Manly Birthday

You can purchase all the products to make this card at My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Stamping!


MDS Butterflies & Flowers Birthday

My oldest Granddaughter turned 5 on Saturday.  Yes, I made her the Build a Bear Birthday card and mailed it to her.  I just had to email a Birthday card also.  I used the Sweet Pea DSP.  I used a punch and gave it a mat, then typed in the text and colored it.  I did a search for Butterfly stamps and chose from some I have downloaded.  I then colored the butterflies to look nice with the flowers.  Last of all I added some Rhinestone bling to the flower centers.  Have some fun playing with My Digital Studio today!
Flowers & Butterflies

Build a Bear Girl’s Birthday Card

Today is my granddaughter’s first birthday.  I love the Build a Bear dies for children’s birthday cards.  I am sad they are retiring.

Build a Bear Birthday!SUPPLIES:
* = Available June 1st
~ = Retiring May 31st
Card Stock:
  *Primrose Petals #126841

*Raspberry Ripple #126842
Pink Pirouette #111351
Crumb Cake  #120953
Chocolate Chip scrap for eyes & nose
Real Red scrap for mouth
Big Shot:  ~Bear #117977
~Beary Essentials #117978
~ Bow is from a retired Sizzlet die
Punches:  Itty Bitty Punch Shapes Pack  #118309
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755
uni-ball Signo Gel Pen  #105021
Clear Translucent Envelope  #102619 

  Cut Bear out of Crumb Cake card stock using Bear die and Big Shot.  Cut clothes and shoes out of Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple card stock (one sheet at a time) using Beary Essentials die and Big Shot.
2.  Glue scrap of Chocolate Chip card stock behind eyes.  Glue Scrap of Chocolate Chip card stock behind nose on oval bear snout die cut. (Note:  Make sure you glue to the BACK of the pieces!)  Trim if necessary.  Glue scrap of Real Red card stock behind open mouth on oval bear snout die cut.  Glue bear snout to bear face.
3.  Glue Primrose Petals top to bear.  Glue Raspberry Ripple skirt to bear.  Glue Raspberry Ripple shoes to bear.
4.  Punch Flowers from desired card stock scraps and glue on top and shoes.  Draw a White flower center on the flowers.  Set aside.
5.  Cut Raspberry Ripple card stock 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut two pieces Pink Pirouette card stock 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Glue one piece Pink Pirouette to the front and one to the back of the Raspberry Ripple card stock.  Glue Bear to front of card.  Stamp and/or write on the back of card.  Put in a Clear Translucent Envelope.
6.  Admire your card before giving it to a special child in your life!
Happy Stamping!

I Dig You-Boy’s Birthday Card

I made this card for my Grandson’s 4th Birthday.  He was SO Excited to see this stamp set!  He even used it to stamp a gift bag for his friend’s birthday gift.  He was really pleased how well it turned out.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it.  I did buy this set specifically for the little boys in my life.  It did take some thought on how to make the digger have moving parts that wouldn’t tear with the boy moving them a lot.  I laminated them with packing tape on the front and back and secured them to the card with sticky strip.  Little children are very hard on cards so I always use Tombow and Sticky Strip to prevent them taking the card apart in the first 5 minutes.  I am glad they enjoy them though.

Say Happy Birthday with some trucks!

Stamps:  I Dig You  w#122720  c#122722
Card Stock:  Bashful Blue card base
Chocolate Chip-dirt  1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ strip.
Summer Starfruit #126839
Ink & Markers:  Summer Starfruit #126991
Basic Black Marker
Chocolate Chip-sentiment
Other:  Brads of your choice
Scotch Packing Tape
Paper Piercing Tool  #126189
Sticky Strip #104294
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Stamp ‘Digger’ truck twice on Summer Starfruit card stock with Summer Starfruit ink.  Cut the bottom and top parts out of one stamped image and the center ‘arm’ out of the second stamped image.  Cover both sides of all three parts with packing tape and cut them out again.  Use Paper Piercing Tool to poke holes where the parts connect on all three pieces.  Insert brads, but not too tightly.  You want the parts to move easily.  Put Sticky Strip around the bottom part of the ‘digger’ truck.  Set aside.
2.  Stamp Dump Truck (at least I know the correct name for this one Wink ) on Summer Starfruit card stock with Summer Starfruit ink (or color with Marker), wipe ink off wheels and color them with a Basic Black Marker.  Cut out.  Cover both sides with packing tape.  Cut out again.  Put Sticky Strip on the back around all the sides.  Set aside.
3.  Cut 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Bashful Blue card base.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Add Chocolate Chip ‘dirt’ strip to bottom edge of card front using Tombow to attach it.   Position trucks as desired and adhere in place with the Sticky Strip.  Test out the moving parts.  Stamp sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink.  Add name, if desired, in Black or Chocolate Chip Marker.
4.  Admire your card before giving it to the little boy of your choice!

Happy Stamping!

Summer Smooches Tulips in Baja and Indigo

Since I have had the Summer Smooches DSP on my table, I decided to make a card with the tulip print.  I remember making tulips before with the Bird Builder punch (using the wing) so I thought I would try it again.  I made the Scallop Oval punch large enough to go around the oval by using the process as I did HERE on November 12, 2010.  (This is my old blog.  You will have to go back to the third page.)  I used Baja Breeze and Island Indigo card stock, the Extra Large Oval punch, and the Framed Tulips embossing folder.  Enjoy making this card!

Summer Smooches Tulip in Blues

Digital Smooches Case to Card Stock & DSP

I liked the My Digital Studio Summer Smooches card so much I decided to copy it using Card Stock, Designer Series Paper, the nifty fabric brad (only available until April 30th!)…. well, all the real supplies I love to use.  It was interesting figuring out the dimensions, but that was the only tricky part.  The card came together really quickly because I already had a card I liked.  Warning:  I forgot to use punches and my Big Shot! Here is the Digital Card My Digital Studio Card Here is the “Lots of FUN Supplies” Card. SUPPLIES: Stamps:  Bright Blossoms Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight Whisper White Papers: Paper Vellum Summer Smooches DSP Other:  1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon Summer Smooches Fabric Brads

This is the REAL Summer Smooches card! 

Stamps:  Bright Blossoms w#125495  c#125497
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler
Rich Razzleberry
Lucky Limeade
Card Stock & Papers:  Daffodil Delight CS card base
Whisper White CS  3″ x 4-1/4″
Paper Vellum #101839  4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
Simmer Smooches DSP #125409
multicolored print 3-3/4″ x 5″
red polka dot strip  1″ x 5-1/2″
Other: Summer Smooches Fabric Brads #125589
1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon #119251

Create-a-Cupcake and Hand Penned Birthday Card

I have always loved using pink and blue together so I finally used it on this card.  I also used some Cherry scented embossing powder.  It still smells good after 3 weeks of being out on display.  I hope you enjoy making this card! You can change the colors to the “Birthday girl’s or boy’s” favorite colors.

Happy Birthday Cupcake

  Hand Penned page 154  w#122890  c#122892
Create a Cupcake  page 68  w#121915  c#121982
Perfect Words (Hostess) page 12  w#122470  c#122472
Card Stock:  Bashful Blue card base  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored & folded at 4-1/4″
Pink Pirouette  3-3/4″ x 5″
Marina Mist
Whisper White
Inks:  Marina Mist
Pretty in Pink
Real Red
Big Shot:  Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  page 218  #123130
Punch:  Cupcake Builder  page 213  #121807
Other:  VersaMarker (pen) page 203  #100901
Cherry Scented Stampin’ Emboss Powder  (Occasions Mini) page 35  #127035
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005

   Stamp sentiments on Pink Pirouette card stock.  Adhere Pink Pirouette card stock to Bashful Blue card base.
2.  Choose the Rectangle Designer Frames embossing folder and emboss it on Marina Mist card stock using your Big Shot.  Put Dimensionals on the back and adhere to Pink Pirouette card front.
3.  Stamp a cupcake bottom with Pretty in Pink ink.  Punch out with Cupcake punch.  Stamp cupcake top with Real Red ink.  Let ink dry for a minute.  Color cupcake top with VersaMarker, Sprinkle with Cherry Scented embossing powder.  Heat with Heat Tool.  Smell that yummy cherry smell!  Punch out with cupcake punch.  Put Dimensionals on the back of both cupcake parts and adhere to Marina Mist Designer Frame.
4.  Smell the cupcake once more……. yummy!  Admire your card.

Sweet Shop Birthday Card

I have wanted to use this stamp set and paper since I first saw them!  They are both in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Sweet Shop Birthday!

  Sweet Cake (Occasions Mini) page 33  w#125490  c#125492
Papers:  Calypso Coral
Whisper White
Sweet Shop DSP (Occasions Mini) page 33  #125408
Ink:  Island Indigo
Calypso Coral
Markers:  Pool Party
Soft Suede
Calypso Coral

  Cut card stock:  Calypso Coral card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Sweet Shop cupcake DSP:  5-1/4″ x 4″.  Calypso Coral layer:  3″ x 3-3/4″.  Whisper White layer:  2-5/8″ x 3-1/2″.  Adhere Sweet Shop DSP to Calypso Coral card base.
2.  Stamp large image with Island Indigo ink on Whisper White layer.  Stamp sentiment with Calypso Coral either in sentiment space on Island Indigo stamped image (use Stamp-a-ma-jig) or stamp on a scrap and trim to fit and adhere with Dimensionals.
3.  Color cupcake image with Calypso Coral (cherry), Pool Party (frosting), Soft Suede (cupcake).  Cut out cupcake with scissors.  Place Dimensionals on back of cupcake image and place over stamped Island Indigo cupcake image.
4.  Adhere Stamped Whisper White layer to Calypso Coral layer with Snail.  Put Dimensionals on back of Calypso Coral layer and adhere to card base and DSP layers.
5.  Enjoy the happy feeling of a card well made!

Looking Forward……and a Manly Birthday

There are lots of things in the stamping world I am looking forward to in 2012.

1.  Woo Hoo…The Occasions Mini goes live today!  It contains such fun things!!  I am enjoying the Edgelits and Framelits.  I have made a couple of projects with them.  One will be posted on My Newsletter Project Pages within the next couple of days.  This is a FREE service I offer for those who sign up.  There is always a card and an item made with a template (which I include).  Sometimes there is a technique or new way to use something.  This month there will be a printable sheet for the Big Shot Sandwiches suggested in the Stampin’ Up catalogs and my notes to help you get it right the first time!

2.  I am going to try more new techniques and share my experiments with you.

3.  I will also be offering a NEW Online Service starting around the middle of the January.  I will start giving you some hints as I get closer to the Grand Opening!

Stampin’ Up! is offering a FREE digital download called “Day in the Life” which can be used with My Digital Studio or most other digital programs like PhotoShop.  It lasts until January 10th.  You will need to fill in your name and answer 5 simple fill-in-the-dot questions.  Click HERE to start the survey.

Today is also my oldest son’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for him.  It is different than my normal color schemes and style.  I hope you like it.  Let me know how you like it by adding your comment at the bottom of this post.  I will be choosing from those who comment to give Blog Candy during the months of February and March. Happy Birthday! SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Elementary Elegance (Sale-a-bration) w#125120  c#125122
Ink:  VersaMark page 203  #102283
Card Stock:  Basic Black
Crumb Cake
Specialty Designer Series Paper:  Mocha Morning page 183  #122366
Other:  Black Embossing Powder page 201  #109133
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005
Antique Brads page 198  #117273
Silver Brads page 199  #104336
Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
Paper Piercing Tool page 207  #116631
Stamp-a-ma-jig page 207  #101049

One last note.   
The Clearance Rack Blitz ends tomorrow, January 5th.  Many items will be removed forever.

Frostwood Lodge Birthday

I made this birthday card using the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper along with Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist card stock.  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday!Here are a couple of Reminders.
1.  The Holiday Mini catalog expires January 3rd, so if there is anything you need from it please order now.  The Stocking Builder punch will not be carried over.  The stamps and papers and accessories will probably not be carried over.  We won’t find out until January 4th after it is too late to order them.
2.  Remember to check out the Clearance Rack on my Online Store.  Ten more items were added today.
3.  The Occasions Mini catalog starts January 4th.  As usual there are a LOT of fun new stamps, embellishments, and Big Shot accessories!
4.  My Newsletter Project Pages comes out next week.  Register if you haven’t yet so you can have access to all my Newsletter Projects and Templates.   There will be a card using items from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  I am also compiling a page you can print up that lists all the suggested Big Shot sandwiches with notes that have helped me get good results.  The last item will be a surprise.

Shaking Snowflake

This cute snowflake card uses a Shaker Frame  filled with Mica Flakes from the Holiday Mini catalog.  It can be used for any winter occasion such as a birthday card just by changing the sentiment.  At my class yesterday, class members used varying shades of blues.  (Note:  You only need the layer where the “Happy Birthday” is stamped if you make a mistake you need to cover up!Embarassed hee hee!)

Let it Snow!!


Stamps:  Desired sentiment stamp.  I used Bring on the Cake  page 66 w#121899  c#121958
Card Stock:  Whisper White 4-1/2” x 11”
Ink & Marker:  Pool Party or desired color
Big Shot:  Top Note die  page 222  #113463
Northern Flurry embossing folder  page 219  #120902
Punches:  1-1/4” Circle
1” Circle
Other:  Shaker Frames (Holiday Mini) page 30  #124155
Mica Flakes (Holiday Mini) page 21  #124115
Window Sheet page 216 #114323

1.   Big Shot.  Place Whisper White card stock on Top Note die with the wide part of the die along the width of the cardstock.  Make sure card stock is between the two white dots on the die and that the cutting marks on both sides are covered.  Place on top of bottom cutting pad on the Big Shot.  Position top cutting pad so it only covers the Top Note die at the top end of your paper; align cutting pad with black lines on the gray sides of the die.  Run through Big Shot.  Crease along score line that was made.  Fold in opposite end and crease.  You now have a tri-fold card.
2.  Big Shot.  Position embossing folder so the largest snowflake is on the side away from the Top Note edge.  To make Big Shot sandwich:  Multipurpose platform with tab 1 flopped open, bottom cutting pad, embossing folder with cardstock inside, top cutting pad.  Run through Big Shot.  Run a small piece of Whisper White card stock positioned in the embossing folder so it covers the center of the largest snowflake.  Run through Big Shot.
3.  Color the raised part of the snowflakes with the Pool Party marker.  Color along the Top Note edge up to the perforated lines.  Also color the small piece of embossed snowflake.
4.  Choose the Shaker Frame that is 4th from the outside and pry it out with the Piercing Tool or scissor tips.  Place in center of largest snowflake.  Add Mica Flakes by pinching them and adding them inside frame.  Punch window sheet with 1-1/4” Circle punch.  Peel top paper layer off shaker frame and add window sheet circle.
5.  Punch small piece of embossed  snowflake:  1st with 1″ circle punch.  2nd-Center 1-1/4″ Circle punch over smaller punched circle so you end up with a donut-with-a-hole piece of card stock.  Adhere with Tombow glue or Snail.  Position over your Shaker Frame and window sheet.
6.  Stamp sentiment on Top Note flap.  You are done!

Thanksgiving, Winter, and Christmas Class

Here are the projects we are doing at my class today.  I will give you the directions over the next few posts.
Happy Everything!If you need any Stamping Supplies, please visit My Stampin’ Up! online store.

I now have my Advent Calendar tutorial available for purchase.  Check it out!

Check my Online Store on Monday for the beginning of Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza!  There will be some discounts that will only be available Monday, November 21st.  The Online Extravaganza starts Monday, November 21st and ends Wednesday November 30th.

Happy Stamping!  

Big Shot Snowflake

Remember the servicemen and women and the veterans today.

Here is a fun card made with several Big Shot accessories.  I added some shimmer with White Shimmer paint.

Snowflakes are coming!

  Perfect Punches  page 140  w#117022  c#120516
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Whisper White
Big Shot: Snowflake #2  page 220 #113460
Festive Finishes: Pick-a-Pattern Letterpress Plate  (Holiday Mini) page 21  #124097
Lots of Tags page 224 #114508
Ribbon:  Marina Mist Dotted Scallop  page 195  #122986
Other:  Frosted White Shimmer Paint  page 203 #116854

  Cut Snowflake #2 from Whisper White.  Sponge with Frosted White Shimmer paint.  Set aside to dry.
2.  You are now going to emboss with a Letterpress Plate.  Place 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Marina Mist card stock on letterpress plate.  I used painter’s tape to keep it in place.   (Note:  Put tape on jeans a couple of times first so it isn’t too sticky.)  Place it on your Big Shot Multi-Purpose Platform with all tabs on top.  Put your letterpress plate (with paper taped on) directly on top of the multi-purpose platform.  Then add your silicone pad.  Put a piece of cardboard that comes with your Big Shot dies on the very top.  Run through your Big Shot.  I had to play around a bit to get mine to come out without any tearing and this sandwich did the trick.
3.  Lightly sponge Frosted White Shimmer paint on the upper, flat side of your Marina Mist card stock.  Let dry.
4.  Choose one of the tags from the Lots Of Tags Sizzlet set.  Cut with the Big Shot.  Sponge around the edges with Bashful Blue ink.  Stamp your sentiment in Marina Mist.  I used Dotto to adhere the tag to my work surface, then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me position the sentiment where I wanted it.
5.  Cut the ribbon 7-8″ long.  Adhere with Snail along the top edge of the Letterpress embossing.  Adhere the extra edges on the back with Snail.  Adhere card front to Whisper White card base.
6.  Adhere Snowflake with Tombow glue or Two Way glue.  Attach tag with Dimensionals.
7.  Dot Snowflake and tag with Two Way Glue and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
8.  You now have a nice wintery themed card for a winter birthday.

Happy Stamping!

Elegant Creative Elements Birthday

I made this elegant birthday for my niece.
Happy Birthday to you!SUPPLIES:
  Creative Elements  page 137  w#122645  c#122647
Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)  page 10  w#122615  c#122617
Card Stock:  Pool Party
Island Indigo
Melon Mambo or Regal Rose
Whisper White
Very Vanilla
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Other:  Pewter Embossing Powder  Holiday Mini page 31 #124114
Melon Mambo Embossing Powder  page 201  #123223
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005
Basic Pearls  page 198  #119247
Stampin’ Sponge  page 203  #101610
Very Vanilla 3/8″ Velvet Stitched Ribbon  Holiday Mini page 22  #125637

  Randomly stamp large swirl stamp in VersaMark on Pool Party card front, coat with Pewter embossing powder, heat with Heat Tool.  Repeat until swirl pattern covers card front as desired.
2.  Stamp 2 flowers in VersaMark on Melon Mambo card stock.  Coat with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  Heat with Heat Tool.  Do 1 flower in VersaMark on White card stock.  Coat with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Heat with Heat Tool.  Cut out all 3 flowers.  Slightly curl up the ends using a pencil or something similar.
3.  Stamp Border on Very Vanilla card stock.  Stamp Happy Birthday just above border.  Trim to desired size.  Sponge around edges with Melon Mambo.  Cut a piece of Island Indigo 1/4″ – 1/2″ larger than Very Vanilla piece.  Adhere Very Vanilla to Island Indigo with Dimensionals.
4.  Trim Pool Party card front so it is just slightly smaller than 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Adhere to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Island Indigo card layer.  Adhere to Whisper White card base.
5.  Place flowers as desired, adhere the outer 2 with Snail and the center 1 with Dimensionals.
6.  Trim 5-1/2″ piece of ribbon and angle the ends as desired.  Adhere with Snail, sticky strip, or Tombow as desired.
7.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Sentiment piece so you can place it over the Velvet Ribbon.  Adhere.
8.  Place large Pearls in the center of each flower.  Use medium Pearls in the center portion of stamped border as shown.  Place small pearls on top of stamped border portion as shown.
9.  Admire your elegant birthday card before you give it to someone special!

Happy Stamping!

MDS Birthday Card


Happy Birthday!Here is a cute card I made with My Digital Studio for my niece’s BIG 18th Birthday.

My Digital Studio is so fun and easy to use.  There are new things available to upload every Tuesday so you can keep your digital papers, digital brush stamps, digital punches, and digital embellishments up-to-date and also add more variety to your digital fun. There is also a new update available for those of you who already have My Digital Studio.  There is a new card size available also.  I always love getting new choices to work with when there is an update!

I make my Blog Banner/Header using My Digital Studio.  I usually takes me about 15 minutes because I change my mind alot!  The digital paper I used is Frightful Sight from the 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! catalog on page 22-23.  The text is on my computer.  The Background Paper is also from Frightful Sight.  You can expect a New Look for my blog every month,  just because it is fun AND quick and easy!

Here are your main project choices-all in a variety of sizes:  Photobooks & Individual Pages, Calendars, Journal, Cards & Tags, Multiple Output Options.  You can also choose Templates for your projects here which you can change and customize to your heart’s content!

Here are the choices you can use for your project:
Background Papers-ALL Stampin’ Up! Card Stock colors, and Designer Series Papers-some basic-and the ones you buy
Photos-crop, red eye, drop shadow
Text-uses any font from your computer
Embellishments-basics plus what you buy
Punches-basic shapes included and you can also buy some
Stamps-there are a lot included and even more you can buy
Calendars-with the new update you can do any month and any year
Video & Multimedia-add video or audio to a project to add to a website or to your project (yes, you can burn it to DVD!)
Music & Narration -add to your digital project
Share-Print (either on your on printer or Professional Print from Stampin’ Up!), export to jpg (I use this the most!), Interactive Project, Movie, Burn DVD

If you want to find out more about My Digital Studio, check out the training videos and resources at http://mydigitalstudio.net .  See what is included in My Digital Studio and My Digital Studio Express under the Resources page.  Here is the latest Professional Printing price list.

Enjoy playing with My Digital Studio!  If you are local (Sierra Vista, Arizona)  and want to try it out on my computer, please contact me and we can schedule a time.  I can show you the basics so you can see how easy it is to use!

Happy Digital Stamping and Scrapbooking.



Patterned Party-Part 3

Here is the final day of our Patterned Party week.  I made this card for my son’s birthday.
Let's Have a Party

  Patterned Party  page 68 w#123065  c#123067
Ink:  Real Red
Markers:  Pacific Point
Real Red
Card Stock:  Pacific Point card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″
Whisper White-  Center Front Panel:  2″ x 4-1/4″, Lower Front Panel:  3/4″ x 3-3/4″, Two Side Panels-each:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Brads:  Square Fire Rhinestone Brads  page 198  #109112
Tools:  Paper Cutter/Trimmer  page 208  #104152
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
wire cutters or scissors

  Cut and score card base as on Template.  Be very careful so you only fold the Side Panels at 1″ and 2″.  Now with the side panels folded in, align the bottom edges of the front and back of the card base.  Use your bone folder to make the folds where directed on Template.  Whew!  The hard part is done!

Side View

2.  Center Front Panel.  Color “Balloon” stamp using Pacific Point and Real Red Markers.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp.  Use your Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to evenly space holes for Brads at corners.  Trim off ends of Brad with wire cutters if they stick out.  Put Dimensionals on the back and adhere to Center Front Panel of card front.
3.  Lower Front Panel.  Stamp “diamond strip” with Real Red ink.  Use Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to position holes for brads at ends of “diamond strip”.  Insert Brads.  Trim of ends if necessary.  Use Snail to adhere to Lower Front Panel of card base.
4.  Two Side Panels.  Stamp “diamond strip” on each Whisper White Side Panel leaving enough room for a Brad at the top end.  There will be more white showing at the bottom than at the top.  Insert Brads as above.  Adhere to Side Panels with Snail.
5.  Admire your wonderful card!