Thursday, February 28, 2013

Random Act of Kindness

Every year, Stampin' Up!'s FREE Sale-a-Bration products get better! I love the bright colors in the Sycamore Street collection; they are so cheery! There are several free products to choose from; choose one free product with each $50 in product that you purchase. Check out the promotion details.

I thought this bright and cheery card would be a good RAK or Pay-it-Forward type of card. I'm planning on purchasing a couple of Starbuck's gift cards to put inside; one for the person I give this two, and one for them to pass on. RAK like this leave me smiling for a long time. I hope it has the same effect on the receivers side!

 
I think this sentiment, from Pursuit of Happiness, is perfect for this occasion.

 
List of Supplies:
  • Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness (121907 wood/ 121970 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock (122923)- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper white card stock (100730) for doily.
    • Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316) - 1" x 5 1/4"
    • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (127540 Free with qualifying order - 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Island Indigo (126986)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine - (113439)
    • Delicate Doily Sizzlits ( 126999)
    • Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
    • Sycamore Street Buttons and Ribbon (130812 Free with qualifying order)
    • Linen Thread (104199)

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New MDS2 Downloads

Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have added an exclamation point here, but I was excited!
I just recently figured out a trick for coloring in outlined brush sets with My Digital Studio 2. I will be making a video tutorial of that technique, and hopefully posting it by this weekend.
 
 Pleasant Poppies is a beautiful stamp that is now offered as a digital brush set in My Digital Studio 2! Woohoo! I love these poppies! Check out the other new digital downloads for this week.  The first two downloads are FREE!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Facts about My Digital Studio 2 and Stampin' Up!'s digital downloads.
 
Stampin' Up! releases new digital content every week!
 
You do not have to have My Digital Studio 2 to use the digital images, other software, such as Photoshop work as well (but I think MDS2 is awesome!).
 
The new My Digital Studio content are SVG files, which means they are compatible with SVG digital cutting machines.
 
With My Digital Studio, you can create more than cards or scrapbook pages! You can create photobooks, calendars, tags, journals, and more!
 
You can print MDS projects off on your own printer, or you can use Stampin' Up!'s printing services. The prices are very reasonable, and the quality is high.
 
My Digital Studio is so easy to use. Visit mydigitalstudio.net for training videos, resources, and to see thousands of pictures of projects others have created.
 
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Basics

The Basics is a program to help you learn how to get the most out of your supplies!
 

Learn innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success.

Divided into six sections focused on a variety of topics, this class includes videos, step outs, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

The Basics  (product code #133385) is a downloadable program and is available now for purchase, for only $14.95!


PC InstructionsThe files will be downloaded as archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (be sure to note where you save them). Follow the prompts on the extraction program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click on the file and open.

Mac Instructions
When you click on the download link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your hard drive. The files can then be opened.



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Feel Goods

I'm all about making someone smile! I love to walk through the store and smile at everyone. Just yesterday at the grocery store, I was so happy, smiling my way through the store, making a point to look right at people and smile. I mostly got smiles back, but I passed one older lady who looked at me and then kept going. About 5 min later, I saw her in another aisle, and I gave her a second smile. She really beamed that time, and so did I. You never know when you are going to make someone's day, so try to be contagious with your happiness; it's well worth it!

 
I love the sentiments in the stamp set Feel Goods. It was one of the first sets I bought when I placed my first Spring Mini Catalog order. I stamped this sentiment with Island Indigo ink, and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch. The Rich Razzleberry flowers are from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, and the Designer Series Paper is Sycamore Street, a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! I paper pierced around the circle to give the circle's edge a little detail.

 
List of Supplies:
  • Stamps: Feel Goods (129681 wood/ 129684 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock (122923)- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper white card stock (100730) - 2 1/2" circle
    • Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316)
    • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (127540 Free with qualifying order - 1 3/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Ink: Island Indigo (126986)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
    • 2 1/2" circle punch (120906)
    • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
    • Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
    • Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
    • Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199)
    • Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187)
 
 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Papaya Collage Brick Wall

Yesterday, at my Stamp University class, I taught the brick wall technique. I absolutely love the look of this, and all my stamping friends did too! Creating a brick wall is pretty simple, but requires your full attention, and some organization. I think it's well worth it!



For this card, start with a 3” x 4” piece of Sahara Sand card stock.  Stamp images before cutting.
Cut as follows: First cut ½” strips (for your brick rows). Then starting with the first row, alternate ½” and 1” pieces. For the second row, cut 1" pieces. Alternate, until all your rows are cut.
It is very important to keep the pieces in order as you cut, so you are able to reassemble easily. Unless you like puzzles!!

1/2"
 
1"
 
1"
 
1"
1/2"
1/2"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Sponge all edges of all pieces with Sahara Sand ink. Be sure to continue to keep your pieces in order. Adhere them to another piece of 3" x 4" Sahara Sand card stock. You can adhere them as you sponge them, or you can sponge them all and then adhere them; just keep them in order! Leave some of the "bricks" out for a more realistic wall effect.
Trim excess card stock, from the areas of the missing bricks. You may need to use a craft knife to do this.

Adhere completed wall to a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock, using Stampin' Dimensionals. Then adhere to a card base; I used Baja Breeze.
I finished this card off with a few Baja Breeze flowers from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, and a Baja Breeze butterfly from the Papaya Collage stamp set.
 
List of Supplies:
  • Stamps: Papaya Collage (126610 wood/ 126612 clear), Fabulous Phrases (117002 wood, 121501 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Baja Breeze card stock (111352) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Sahara Sand card stock (121043) - 2pcs 3" x 4"
    • Very Vanilla card stock (101650) - 1pc 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Ink: Old Olive (126953), Sahara Sand (126976), Baja Breeze (126960), Early Espresso (126974-for the sentiment, stamped off for a lighter shade)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
    • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
    • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
    • Sponge Daubers (102892)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Bright Blossoms Thank You

I love this sentiment, 'A grateful heart is the mainspring of happiness'. I am grateful for so many things, and just thinking about all those awesome things makes me smile. One of those things is you! I'm grateful I get to share my artwork with you. Thank you so much for visiting!


 I inked up my stamped with Stampin' Write Markers, by coloring directly onto the stamp. The vase on the left is in Pool Party, next is Island Indigo, and the last is also Island Indigo, but I stamped it off first on a piece of scratch paper. Notice the first and third vases are similar. I inked only a portion of the same image, to create a third vase shape. I used my blender pen to add some shading to the vases and added a little shadow beside the vases.

The rhinestones were colored with Sharpies, and then attached to the flowers, that were punched with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack...my fave!

Last, I added Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the blue layer to the card base.
 Materials:
  • Stamps: Bright Blossoms (125495 wood/ 125497 clear), Pursuit of Happiness (121907 wood/ 121970 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Island Indigo card stock (122923) 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409) 3/4" x 4 3/4"
    • card stock scraps: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
  • Ink:
    • Crumb Cake (126975)
    • Rich Razzleberry (126950)
    • Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Marker (123002 - 2011/2013 In-color collection)
    • Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker (123002 - 2011/2013  In-color collection)
    • Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker (123002 - 2011/2013 In-color collection)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Linen Thread (104199)
    • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
    • Sharpie brand Markers: Red and Orange
    • Blender Pen (102845)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Back to the Basics

There are so many card samples that are full of embellishments; ribbons, flowers, pearls, and lots of extra layers. Let's face it, we all feel like we need EVERYTHING! It's exciting, I get it. I want everything too! Today I made a card that is very simple, and involves one of the first things we learned in art...coloring!

Blender Pens are awesome for coloring. I love that I can pick up color from my Stampin' Up! ink pads, so my image matches my card stock and Designer Series Paper. I colored in my image and added the layer to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals. If I had to pick any one accessory out of the Stampin' Up! catalog, Dimensionals would be it. It's kind of like mascara for the eyes, it makes your image pop! Would you go without mascara?

Note: When using Blender Pens, make sure to use a permanent ink for your outlined image. I used Black Stazon.

 
Okay, so I didn't die from leaving all that stuff off, but I almost did. I went back and threw on a button. Well, I had to have a point of reference for my comparison!


I wanted to show you a close up of the coloring. With Blender Pens, you can control the depth of the color. For example, the birds bodies and wings were colored with Tempting Turquoise. I had less ink on my Blender Pen tip when I colored in the bodies. I also did some light shading with Sahara Sand, underneath a few of the images, where a shadow would naturally appear.

 
Click to enlarge.
 
 
Materials:
  • Stamp Set: For the Birds (126405 wood/  126407 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Daffodil Delight card stock (119683)* - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Tempting Turquoise card stock (102067)* - 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 2 1/4" x 3"
    • Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409) - 2" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink:
    • Black Stazon (101406)
    • Real Red (126949)*
    • Tempting Turquoise (126952)*
    • Pumpkin Pie (126945)*
    • Daffodil Delight (126944)*
    • Old Olive (126953)*
    • Rich Razzleberry (126950)*
    • Sahara Sand (126976)
  • Accessories:
    • Blender Pens (102845)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
    • Bright Designer Buttons - optional! (119747)
*Note: All colors I used (except the neutrals) are from Stampin' Up!'s Brights Collection. Assorted packages of Brights Collection card stock (119706) can be purchased instead of purchasing the colors individually. The Brights Collection ink pads (126987) can also be purchased all together for a savings.
 
 
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I got to hang out with my daughter this week. Since she moved, I cherish every moment even more! For the 3 short hours, we played at the mall and ate lunch (Mexican food, our favorite!). Here are a couple of photos we took at Pier 1 Imports. Please know, we did not leave with these silly head bands, but we sure had fun trying them on!

 
  Lounging in a double papasan chair. We almost didn't leave the store because it was so comfortable! It's sort of hard for us to take pictures without being goofy. I hope we never grow out of it.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Card to Brighten My Day, and Yours!

We have been getting a lot of rainy and, in my opinion, cold weather, here in the Raleigh area. A lot of rain gives me the blues. Good thing I have stamping to bring me back up! I made a bright, floral card, to lift me out of my blue mood.

 
 Mixed bunch is a floral stamp set that coordinates with the Blossom punch. I don't mind hand cutting, but having a matching punch is awesome! It's perfect every time, and saves on time. Especially if you change your mind about the ink color, which I often do.

 
 The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. My favorite for little accents. I colored rhinestones with Sharpies, for my flower centers. They match pretty close. Right now I'm dreaming of Sharpies in Stampin' Up! colors. Wouldn't that be fabulous?

 
Materials:
  • Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch (125535 wood/  125537 clear) and Sweet Essentials (126455 wood/ 126457 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730)
      • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (card base)
      • 5/8" x 3 3/4" (banner)
    • Sahara Sand card stock (121043) - scrap for Blossom Punch
    • Island Indigo (122923) - 3/4" x 3 7/8", plus punched flower
    • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (127540) -FREE with qualifying order - 1 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Summer Starfruit (126839), and Pool Party (122924) card stock for punched flowers.
  • Ink: Island Indigo (126986)
  • Tools and Accessories
    • Blossom Punch (125603)
    • 3/4" Circle Punch (119873)
    • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ice Cream Birthday Card

I saw this sweet ice cream cone on a card made by Heather Klump, and I loved it! The sentiment is a build-it-yourself sentiment set, called Fabulous Phrases. I recently used this set as a focal point on a friend card. I added Heather's cute ice cream cone to a long, skinny tag, and layered it onto a simple, polka-dot embossed background.

The ice cream cone is made using the Pennant punch and the Square Lattice embossing folder, and the ice cream scoops are from the Cupcake Builder punch. The words are stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, and they are stacked up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, to the tag, for a little extra color.


Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Fabulous Phrases (117002 wood/ 120501 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Chocolate Chip card stock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (102128)
    • Crumb Cake card stock: 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" (120953)
    • Whisper White card stock (100730):
      • 1 5/8" x 4 3/4", corners clipped
      • 5 1/4" strip, punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch
    • So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, and Certainly Celery card stock scrap
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
    • Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)
    • Cupcake Builder Punch (121807)
    • Petite Pennants Builder Punch (122361)
    • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (circle) (118309)
    • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275)
    • Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (125572)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


It's my pleasure to help you with your paper crafting projects, offer tips, suggestions, and answer product questions. My customer service goes beyond your order! Contact me anytime with questions or with help in placing an order.