Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Digital Studio Calendar

This afternoon I watched a webinar hosted by Stampin' Up! having to do with My Digital Studio.  If you aren't familiar with MDS, it's our digital designing software, and it's a wonderful program to make scrapbooks, cards, calendars and so much more!

Stampin' Up! has been releasing free downloads each month, and since January they have been desktop calendars for 2013.  I got to thinking after watching the webinar, why couldn't I make them for 2014 and have them printed in December from the professional printing company.  I've been pleased so far with how they are turning out.

In order to "block" the 2013 calendar, I've placed a square punch over the top and matched the color of the background so that it's seamless.  Then, I added the month and year that I wanted (a great new feature in MDS), adjusted the font, color and size.  

If you already have the old MDS, you can now upgrade it for FREE!  Yes, for free.  If you've been holding out, the full program is now only $19.95 US.  A great deal!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By the Tide

I've been wanting to post something new that I'd made, but it's been a struggle to "want" to sit down and create anything!  Finally today I felt that I was getting some inspiration going.  Whew!

The stamp set By the Tide, from the Spring Catalog, works wonderfully for what we card makers call, "man cards".  The fish image, although difficult to see, was stamped in Midnight Muse, then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  I then used the technique mentioned in the Spring Catalog (page 19), and added Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the top using the Aqua Painter.  It gives a nice shimmer to the fish.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Stamp Club/Class Projects

For March, I focused on some new products, Sale-a-bration and the Spring Catalog.  

This card uses the new stamp type (photopolymer) for Stampin' Up!, Designer Type.  The great thing is you can see through the stamp, it's super sticky, and you can bend them to the shape you want.  I like the bold color combo here, using some of the Designer Series Paper and ribbon from Sale-a-Bration, Sycamore Street.

This cute little holder holds a chap stick and makes a great gift.  Thanks to Jen Wade, who is on my team, for the great idea.  It's a 3-1/2" x 5-3/4" piece of card stock, scored along the 5-3/4" side at 2-1/2" and 3-1/4".  

This adorable card was cased from Julie Davison.  I used Early Espresso ink and card stock and 1/8" Taffeta ribbon (instead of Linen thread), Naturals Ivory card stock, and an image from Perfectly Penned to make it my own.  I also chose to corner-round the edges of the card.

This last card is one I had in my recent card buffet.  The only thing I changed was to emboss the phone booth.  One of the great things about the new stamp pads, is that you can emboss with them as long as you don't wait to add the embossing powder.

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And Everything Nice, $10All Wrapped Up & All Wrapped Up Accessories, $15Something Sweet, $10Always Elegant, $5 (partially unmounted)Funky Four, $5 (partially unmounted)Awash With Flowers, $10
Loads of Love Accessories (coordinates w/Loads of Love)Loads of Love, $10 (includes Loads of Love Accessories)Dasher, $3Espressoly For You, $10Clearly for You, $5Punch Pals, $15
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Monday, March 18, 2013

My Digital Studio

Stampin' Up!  announced some great news!  
The name of MDS 2 (and MDS 2+) has been changed to MDS.
I know, big deal.....
But, the biggest news is this:  They also lowered the price.  It's now $19.95 US/$24.95 CAN!

Coming soon.....
The upgrade from the original MDS to the new MDS will be FREE!  So, if you've been waiting to upgrade, this is great news.  I LOVE the new MDS!  It's worth it.

So, excited....

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Paper Pumpkin

It's almost here!  Paper Pumpkin, a stamping escape delivered right to your door step each month will be showing up in the coming weeks.  Be among those lucky recipients and sign up today!  If you miss doing so by March 10th, don't fret....just sign up so that your Paper Pumpkin will show up on your doorstep come April.  You can skip a month if you need to, and if you are still not sure, a "try-it kit" will be available soon.

Still have questions, let me know.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Honeycomb Birthday

I don't often post cards that use retired products.  However, today I was making a birthday card for one of my niece's and wanted to use pink and purple.  After-all, they are her favorite colors.

I didn't have any current designer series paper that met the qualifications for those colors, but I did have some retired paper.  The Honeycomb TIEF was used for the Whisper White, and it was from another project.  Because the designer series paper had some Lovely Lilac (a retired Stampin' Up! color), I pulled out one of the sheets that I still have of that color to coordinate.  The ribbon is a piece of Pretty In Pink satin ribbon (also retired).

I did use the new Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate on the edge of the card, and I'll admit that I'm liking it more the more I use it.  There's definitely a learning curve!  The message is Sassy Salutations and it's not very noticeable, but there's a Rhinestone Basic Jewel over the "I" in Birthday.

I'm pleased, and am pretty sure that my little "princess" niece will be too.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Card Buffet

Here are the cards that were on the "menu" for the Spring Card Buffet class I held yesterday.  It was a lot of fun! 

Cased from Michele Force

Cased from Boni Montano

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