Thursday, February 24, 2011

Textures & Layers!

I've seen this a few times while surfing in cyber space, I think the latest was on Gretchen Barrons blog.  She is one very creative soul that I love to see.  I'm thinking I'd like to incorporate this technique into my swaps for Hartford Regionals.  You will need the Big Shot, your favorite texture plate and a bit of creativity.  Have fun with layering and color, too.  Tonight I finally ordered The Color Coach...Who knows what will show up here next!

Stay tuned this weekend for my first scrapbook page from My Digital Studio.  The kids and I, along with Papa Coty, are headed to Gunstock to go snowtubing!  It's our first time and we are really excited.  Hopefully I can capture a few good pictures!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heart Health Just for You!

Who knew you could punch through a tin can?  At our Christmas Swap, my upline, Pam White designed these cute butterfly magnets made out o a tin can and the butterfly die for the Big Shot.  So very cute.  She had a couple of these cute little gift bags (adults only, they are sharp) and after I saw these cute Diet Coke cans...I just had to try it! What a great little Thinking of you Gift for any woman during Women's Heart Health Month! Let me know what you think...

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nursery Necessities...Welcome Baby

Hey there everyone!  Today I have a really cute baby card to share.  I'm going to need a couple of these to give out soon so I thought I'd get a jump start on them.  Using My Digital Studio's Nursery Necessities and neutral baby colors, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze and So Saffron, this card is appropriate for a shower or after the baby has arrived.  I also used the Rock-a-Bye collection in the embellishments folder.  This fantastic collection would make a beautiful first year scrapbook.  You can work on it a bit at a time as the baby naps or catch up when your kids are years past that stage! (I'd be the one catching up as my kids are 12 and 9...I'm a bit behind!)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Scrap paper never looked so good!

This is one of my favorite projects with two of my favorite stamp sets!  At our downline Christmas Party/ShoeBox Swap/Meeting Karen brought the cutest little easel card that held a calendar.  I ended up making these for my kid's teachers at school.  While I was substituting one day, I saw the same idea but with a container to hold scrap paper.  That one was store bought.  I knew I could make something much cuter and here's what came about...

This one used Autumn Gala DSP, Day of Gratitude Stamp Set and Favorite Thoughts (From the Summer Mini)

I posted this on Stampin' Connection and got multiple requests for the instructions.  So I made a couple more samples and the directions are below.  Both of these are done with the Play Date DSP.  I think that the heavier Designer Paper works better but they are still cute.  I also used the Owl, Scallop, and Circle 1 1/4" punches as well as the Top Note Die with my Big Shot.

1. Cut 8"x8" square of DSP or Card Stock.  Score on all sides at 1" & 2".
2. On two opposite sides, cut on the two score marks and remove the part of the paper shown. (I cut the tab that will slip under the fold at an angle to be sure that it lays flat.)
3. Before taping the box bottom together, fold one side over and using the Tag Punch, punch a notch for easy access to the paper.  Go ahead and fold all of the sides in and adhere using sticky strip.
4. Cut a piece of card stock 3 7/8"x5" and score at 1" & 3" (on short side).  This is the support for your easel.  Attach the one inch end inside the box across from the notched side.
5.  Layers for easel:  4 1/2 x 4 1/2, 4 x 4, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Decorate as desired.  After you adhere the easel front onto the stand.  Cut a notch at an angle at the 1 3/4" mark on each side to stand the easel in.  Paper inside is 3 1/2" square.

 Good Luck to all!  I can't wait to see you new examples! 

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Teacher's Valentine Treats

Just a quick post to pass along my class Valentine treats...simple, cute and inexpensive for all those teachers out there.  Keep it in mind for next year.  It can also be adapted to any holiday or party favor...
There's also a bit of Decor Elements on my little tin container.  Usually this holds my Stampin' Up! Markers. 

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Garden Whimsy

Ugh!! It's been almost a week since I've posted.  Not a good sign on my commitment of posting at least 3 times a week... Through Stampin' Up! I am taking part in a Recruit Crew online class about improving your business and remembering why we are here.  I love this program and I've been working on My Stampin' Up! Story and My Why page.  As soon as I get them presentable, I will post them.  I've also been working on some wedding invitations, but that's a work in progress...

I've decided to pass along a card I did a couple of months ago.  I thought it would remind us that under the many feet of snow, those little crocus and tulip bulbs are getting ready...Enjoy!

Remember, adding to the inside of your card is an added little treat for the person you're treating!  I've got lots planned for the weekend, I hope you'll return.

Supplies:  Garden Whimsy Stamp Set, Only Orange & Yoyo Yello (retired, can substitute Tangering Tango and Daffodil Delight) and some rendom buttons I had.

Happy Stamping,

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

You Mean the World To Me!

Busy again on My Digital Studio!  I just love playing with it and learning something new!  During yesterday's snow day, I curled up on the couch, watched a couple of movies while the kids were outside playing and I kept on creating!  What a great way to make cards and not make a mess of my living room:-)

Anyway, I thought one more Valentine entry couldn't hurt.  I may even print this one out for my husband.  We'll have to see how his behavior is!

I am a big fan of buttons on a traditional card and couldn't get enough on this card either.  The new downloads that Stampin' Up! just put out are fabulous and will be featured in my next project.  My plan is to post two MDS projects each week.  If you are looking for any specific ideas, let me know.
Also, I'm setting a goal of getting to 75 followers by the end of next week.  Please, sign up to follow my blog!  Pass it along to any other crafty people you know... Thanks for your help!
Happy Stamping!

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