Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Digital Studio Cards

One of the many cool things about My Digital Studio is that you can make cards as well as scrapbook pages. The first of these three cards is one of the templates. All you'd have to do is print or email it to someone. Doesn't get easier than that! I did have to add the framed part in Photoshop because the white on white didn't work too well.

For the second one, I used the same scrapping kit, but changed the paper and ribbon.

For this last one, I used a completely different scrapping kit for a completely different feel with the same layout. So stinkin' easy! You gotta love it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

5 Minute Cards That Took 2 Days to Make

You know how sometimes cards evolve and your simple 5-minute creation turns into 30+ minutes or several days? This is one of those times! Both of these cards use Razzleberry, which is a 2009-2010 In Color.

The first card started out with the gorgeous French Filigree stamp in the background and a nice simple Upsy Daisy image in the foreground. Then it needed a bit more, so I spritzed it with that marker spritzer thingy --- oh yeah, the Color Spritzer Tool (p. 192, item 107066, $12.95 -- aren't I a good demonstrator giving you all that info? LOL) Add a bit of ribbon and it's done. But NOOOO, it needed more. So I pulled out Eastern Blooms and added flowers on the background. Pretty good. Then add some white dots on the scallop edge.

By this time everything had been glued together but it still didn't make me happy. So, I added a left hand border with the Finial Press embossing folder and punched it with my eyelet border punch. Now I wish I'd used a different color ribbon, but enough is enough!

In case you're interested, used the Circle Scissor Plus to cut the circles. I found it really easy to use once I put a smidge of temporary adhesive on the cardstock before attempting to cut.

So, on to this one. After doing the background with flowers on the previous card, I wanted to make one using French Filigree as stems/vines. Again, I figured it would be a really quick card. But somehow I had to keep adding stuff to make this work. I loved that I could use my In Color Markers (thanks SU!) to do multi-tone flowers by coloring directly on my stamp. This layout is really growing on me and I may have to make something else using it.

OK, time to go make Alton Brown's Swedish Meatballs for dinner, even though it's only 2:15 in the afternoon here. With the kiddos' after school activities, dinners are a multi-part process. Thank goodness for microwaves and crock pots! Where's that fairy godmother when you need her?

Cheers,
Sharon

Deal of the Week

Check out this week's Deal of the Week. If you've got a little pirate or princess in your life, you can't go wrong with these. Both kits provide the supplies for 8 invitations, decorations, eye-patch or crown, party favor holders and more. At $15.95 they're a pretty good deal, for the special price of $9.99 they're a GREAT DEAL! Plan ahead for your next party and order these now.

One of the cool things is that you can also order a a stamp set or even a personalized stamp to go with it.

This offer is only good through Oct 31, so order now. No really, click on one of the pictures and start ordering from my website. OK, so subtlety isn't one of my strong suits :-)




Thursday, October 22, 2009

BLOGGING WITH MY DIGITAL STUDIO

How do you like the new blog header? I was playing around with the fantastic new My Digital Studio (referred to as MDS from here on out) and made some new headers. Who needs sleep when there's creativity to be had! One of the super cool things about MDS is that it's compatible with other software programs. So, I was able to crop the page in Photoshop so that it would fit as a header. In all honesty, it took a bit of time to make the first header, which is the Halloween one you see at the top of the page as of this posting. HOWEVER, the Autumn and Christmas ones which will be appearing at the appropriate times took almost no time at all. The most time consuming part was figuring out what images to use. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

If you haven't already discovered the Stampin' Up! You Tube channel, go check it out.



Oh cool, my upload worked! I'm feeling like a freakin' technical genius first with my digital scrapbooking and then uploading a You Tube video. Pretty amazing considering I never did figure out how to program the VCR, but that's ok 'cuz I can program the DVR.

CAN'T RESIST WANDERING WORDS

At first the Wandering Words stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog did nuthin' at all for me. Then evil stampers started posting gorgeous creations on their blogs, SCS and Stampin' Addicts. Well, as you can see, I'm now the proud owner of this stamp set.

For this card I used the Versamark resist technique. Stamp an image on Glossy White cardstock using Versamark ink. In this case I used the leaf stamp from Autumn Days. Sponge over it with various colors and then wipe off the excess with a tissue. The leaves magically appear.

Then I stamped over the image with the fallish image from Wandering Words in Chocolate Chip ink. Add a little hemp and a torn layer and it's good to go. "Go where?" you might ask. Good question since I rarely actually MAIL any of the cards that I make.

Now, since I know you're going to want to order this set and a few other things in the Holiday Mine, just click below to view the catalog. Then click on the Shop Now button on the top right hand corner of this page and get yourself some stuff.

Cheers,
Sharon




Click here to view Holiday Mini in .pdf format!

Click here to view Holiday Mini Stampin’ Supplies!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HE'S IN THE DOG HOUSE

Last night at stamp club we made this card, or at least something similar. The cool thing is that it uses the Berry Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog and the card doesn't look even remotely Christmassy. Is that a word? Anyway, that stamp set is so stinkin' cute and can be used in so many ways. If you don't have it, you should probably get it.

The sample card that I made said "just for you" and there is an "I'm so sorry" stamp in Teeny Tiny Wishes. But, the husband of one of the gals is seriously in the dog house, so we used the omitting technique and wrote in "you're."

The vase is made with the ornament punch that's in the Holiday mini. Some clever person figured out multiple ways to use this punch. The designer paper is from the Thoroughly Modern pack.

I've got a bunch more samples to upload, so check back over the next few days.

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

STAMPIN' UP'S PROJECTS OF THE MONTH

Stampin' Up! has some wonderful Projects of the Month for October. Check them out! I promise I'll be back posting my own stuff soon. Really. Honest.