Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Card

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!

Plaid Birthday Cards

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!

Amazing Mother Birthday Card

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!

Happy Birthday Card in Green

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!

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!