Sunday, July 31, 2011

Strength & Hope with My Digital Studio

This week the PPA104 challenge at Pals Paper Arts is for Paper Piercing. 
It is so easy to be inspired by images of butterflies with Stampin' Up!'s the Strength & Hope set...Note, my card above uses the elements from the Strength & Hope digital kit that is available through August 31 in the Summer Mini catalog.

I first penciled in the spots where I wanted to pierce the holes on my cardstock then used my piercer on a deep foam mat to be sure the piercing went through the cardstock as best as possible. The blazing sun outside made photographing the card interesting.  At least you can see the dimension on the butterfly that I handcut and added on top of the butterfly I had also printed on my cardstock.  I also handcut the sentiment element that was printed from My Digital Studio then attached with dimensionals on top of the real grosgrain Olive ribbon I added to the layers of Lucky Limeade and Whisper White cardstock.

My Digital Studio is so easy to use and the digi kits include so much more than just a stamp set, I'm proud to say I own both- the regular stamp set & the digi version.  And don't forget, $2 from the sale of either the stamp set or digital kit are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Have a great weekend & best wishes for a wonderful new week ahead...


Quick post this weekend just to say "Hola" to all my Stampin' Up! amigas!

I love the new Delicate Doilies stamp set.  It's fun to play with a variety of colors using this set.  Plus, there is a sense of childhood familiarity as the images look so much like Spirographs we used to make as kids!  Remember those?

The card above shows off new colors Calypso Coral and Pool Party which I used along with my favorite neutral, Crumb Cake (Kraft- I still like calling it Kraft... how about you?).

A little hemp twine added to the simple sentiment from the Hostess set, Flores perforables.
Have a great weekend, and Happy Stamping everyone!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wishing you peace...

One last post for the weekend...
Open Sea stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog combined with a Christmas set, Merry & Type, from the new SU! catalog used here.  This was my quintessential "masculine" style holiday card concept. 

You may have to expand the photo to see the  stamp textured Cherry Cobbler card base.  I used the Texture jumbo wheel on the top & bottom of the front of the card.  The globe from the set Open Sea was stamped in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla cardstock, then "aged" a bit by sponging some Crumb Cake all over, and then sponging edges with more Artichoke ink. It was then punched out with a super large circle punch, layered on slightly larger circle. I dyed some kitchen twine with Always Artichoke for an additional accent.  This is one of those simple cards I'll enjoy making again & again for the holidays.  Enjoy!

Having a Ruff Day? PPA 103

Sketch challenge time over at Pals Paper Arts.

Here is the sketch: 

It is SO miserably HOT outside that everyone lately is probably having a rough day somewhere...
My dog has been giving me such the pouty face lately, I suppose you could say he inspired me for the card.  He's comfortably living inside the house, but that too can be a real bummer for a dog...

I used a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Ruff Day" here.  Poppy Parade was the cardstock used for the base of the card, along with some coordinating DSP, then some yellow (not sure which colors there, they were outta my scrap bin).  No dog card is complete with a little Houndstooth embossing, eh?

  The little dog bone is an easy set one from the Eyelet Outlet. I pulled out my new Sew Easy device to try my hand at stitching!  I think I'll get the hang of this, but will probably stick to the straight stitches for a little while... Wish me luck!

Stay cool, everyone!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Get Well, Get Well Soon....

"Get Well, Get Well Soon, We want you to get well..." 
Anyone else remember that little song from an old Seinfeld episode?  If so, feel free to sing & clap along with me!  Or maybe I'm showing my age, or tv geekdom, if you do not remember that show, but I cannot help but have Elaine's office tune in my head when showing off this Get Well card I made for my co-worker's very young daughter who had to spend some time in the hospital recently...

The most exciting part of making this card was using my fun new Sizzix die that allows you to make a very easy pop-up for the inside of the card!

The little monkey jumps right out of the card to deliver the little girl her get well flowers!
Isn't the monkey so sweet?  The stamp set I used on this was Fox & Friends.  The animals in that set are adorable.  And I thought she'd have fun opening & closing the card over & over again.

Enjoy the day everyone & Happy Stamping!

Super Simple Christmas cards...

Are you ready for Christmas in July?
Apparently, I am!  I've put together a few easy to make cards to assemble with some friends next weekend. 
I love making cards all year long, so why not start Christmas cards now?
The card above is SO easy to make just embossing some Shimmery White cardstock with some Northern Flurries snowflakes and adding a greeting & ribbon.

The traditional red/white/green card above was easy to assemble, too.  I've made it EVEN easier on myself by printing background paper with My Digital Studio (the digital Parlor Prints background stamp was used above, printed in Real Red).  The ornaments and greeting are from the new Merry & Type stamp set which is soon to be my new favorite Christmas stamps.

I burned the bottom of my bare feet walking outside to take these photos today...It's well over 90 degrees outside, so I'm happy to stay inside and think of snowflakes & Christmas time!  :)


Friday, July 15, 2011

MDS Madness!

Okay, I cannot stop playing with My Digital Studio!  And I thought stamping was addictive?
Anyway, I'm working on an album showing off my husband's fun new toy, a subcompact tractor.  He is the STUMPINATOR when it comes to digging stumps out of our yard, so this photo is showing off the biggest stump removed to date... there are plenty more where that came from!

I'm only just beginning to figure this software out, but so far, enjoying every minute of it.

Of course, this is also probably the best way for me to stitch on a card- digitally, of course!
If you're interested to see what else is included in the software, check out My Digital Studio & help me fund my craft habit by ordering from my on-line store!  hint, hint, nudge, nudge!

Pennants, anyone?

Okay, I have to admit, I wouldn't be much of a stamper right now if I didn't make at least ONE pennant decorated card, right?  Honestly, while I admit I think they look very cute, I wasn't as motivated to make one until I saw Andrea Walford's example on her site, so I just had to try it!  She does a terrific job with projects and tutorials, so check out her site when you can.

For my simple card, I don't have a pennant punch, so I just cut my pennants best I could with my cutter, making sure I made them all of equal size/shape and threaded them using some linen thread. 

The thread holding the pennants together is actually tied on to my card.  I punched a small hole in the crease of the top of the card that allowed me to thread it through and then I took the other side & tied it together.  There is just small knot on the inside of the card which I think looks cute exposed, so I let it show.  It is an easy way to place the pennants when you have a single layer for the front of the card.

Well, enjoy the evening!  Signing off for now... TGIF!

Lazy, hazy days of summer...

This week at Pals Paper Arts, the challenge PPA102 is all about summer time...
"Livin' is easy" isn't necessarily how I always feel now that I'm in the deep throws of adulthood with full time, year round, indoor office job, but I can remember & dream about those wonderful summers of feelin' like there wasn't much to do but relax!  I think this bear on the Stampabilities stamp, Hammock Hibernation, shows exactly what I'd want to do in the summer time, if I had a choice!  If only it wasn't 100+ degrees outside, of course!
This was a more difficult stamp for me to color than I orignally thought it would be.  I anticipate I'll be able to improve my skills with colored pencils and watercolors with time.  For now, I did decide to spritz the front of my image with some shimmer spray to distract my recipient from some of the "not so perfect" details in my coloring attempt.  I think it's cute enough that they'll forgive my novice coloring, too... At least I can hope so!

Here's a shot that I think shows off the sparkle in the card a little better...

Have a great weekend everyone!  Stay cool!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ahoy, We Sail the Ocean Blue!

Pals Paper Arts PPA101 Challenge this week is a Color Challenge:

Ppa colors
Good choices for me as "Summertime Blues" are pretty familiar to me... Gosh I hate the heat... but nonetheless... I was inspired to make an all blue nautical card.  On my latest fitness challenge over at Jilliam Michaels my team, the Beachcombers, just won "Sailor" status in our Beach Body Fitness challenge! 
HOORAY, team!  This card is for you!

I combined Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Open Sea, and Bombshell Stamps' set, Homeward Bound.  Great stamps- and they go so well (the middle boat image, background & compass are from SU! and the sentiment & chains are from Bombshell). 

I distressed the edges of my paper (my friend, Barb, should be proud of me) & used some regular kitchen twine for my rope, which I tried to add a couple sailor knots to....added a tiny metal clip as seems for any manly card, I just have to add something metal ("metal is manly" to me!).

It may be a little late now, so time to head off to bed.  Happy Stamping everyone & enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

New SU! Catalog time... some new In-Colors to share

HOORAY!!  New catalog time! 
I'm sure I'm like many of you, excited to see new things and play with new toys.
I'm sharing a card I made using some new SU! In-Colors and a new punch.

The new cardstock colors shown are Island Indigo, Calypso Coral with just a touch of Lucky Limeade (on the small leaves of the little flowers).  Other cardstock shown is Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White.
I'm also showing off a new stamp from the Hostess set Tagtastic.  Love those stamps that fit so well with the punches!  I also used the new Lace Ribbon border punch, creating a frame around my image.  I have to give a shout out of thanks to another fellow demo for this great idea... Donna at Butternut Sage Designs was the first person I saw to use this border.  Thank you fellow demos for your amazing creativity!

Other SU! punches I used include Decorative Label, XL Oval, Boho Blossoms, and Itty Bitty flower punch.
Happy Stamping everyone!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Isn't it Romantic? Ornate Blossom with a Kiss

This week the Pals Paper Arts, PPA100 Challenge is for a technique.
Instantly I thought of one of the simplest techniques that is so cool - stamp "Kissing"! 

Simply ink up a bold stamp in a light color, then ink up a patterned stamp in a darker color, and then press them together in a "kiss!"  Isn't it romantic?  (hee hee hee...)
Stampin' Up!'s  Ornate Blossom stamp is perfect for this technique,
and so are the background stamps like the one I used above, Dot Dot Dot.

Colors I used here are Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip inks, on Baja Breeze & Early Espresso cardstocks.  PLUS I cannot help but admit I am addicted to embossing folders, so I used the Swiss Dots folder to coordinate with my dotted theme.

I am finally stamping during normal waking hours, so I actually took my card outside for this photo.  Looks better than my inside shots late at night, that's for sure.

Enjoy & have a fun & safe holiday weekend!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!