Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mom, You Rock!

I had a chance to play and make some cards for a great cause this weekend.
Operation Write Home has a great challenge for Mother's Day.  They are gathering cards to send out in time for Mother's Day and that means that "mom" theme cards are perfect, as they can be sent ANY day!

That challenge inspired me to pull out this cool stamp set from Papertrey Ink (Rock On).  I thought about some of my friends with "kids" old enough to be in the service- wow, we're too young for that, aren't we!? :)  ...anyway, if you are a mom with a son or daughter who is serving in the armed forces, let me just say-

I added a little sparkle to the guitar with a spritz of shimmer spray.
Oh,  and another cool thing, the cut out guitar is thanks to the coordinating steel rule die for this stamp set (now those dies really do rock!)...  I added a black guitar behind my stamped one to add a little more dimension and also to help stiffen the die cut so it could be popped up better with a few dimensional adhesives.

The package I'm preparing with half "mom" theme cards and half general purpose cards will also include some traditional flower filled Mother's Day cards, too...

Here's a close up of the sentiment that I colored in with markers to easily achieve the two color stamped image...

ONE last thing... below is my latest photo of my papercrafting dog.
Here he is surrounded by the bits of cardstock he selected from the trash bin...

Torn paper anyone?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Egg-ceptional new download!

OMG... love this new My Digital Studio download called Eggceptional Easter (MDS #129362). 

I'll admit the jellybean paper included with this download sold me on this immediately.   The download is inexpensive, includes not only the 8x8 photobook designer template, but several patterned digital papers, and the doily punch shape. 

For the Easter greeting I created, I added a flag punch to create a banner (MDS #125785) and also used the Forest Friends stamp set for the cute bunny stamp (MDS #121439).  Anyway, just HAD to share.  This is a quick fun, addictive product.  My hubby picks up a book to read, and I grab the laptop... Well, gotta run, have a great day everyone!

P.S.:  Thanks to my upline, I'm learning how to create my own custom blog banner & background...
Check it out here.  Thank you, Claudia, and thank you to Debbi's Designs!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ah... Easy Digital Scrapbook Page...

After posting my last card that was created on a brown, dreary warm winter day, I realized that I did have a chance to enjoy at least ONE day of snowy fun this week and that I should commemorate it... Using My Digital Studio made it easy to create this page.  I just altered a few things on the template (such as the title and script), then voila!  A finished page in about 5 minutes (it actually took longer to figure out which photo to use, how to title the file & save it than it did to create!).

The template I used was an MDS designer template 8x8 photobook page titled, "Neutral Delightful Digital Tape." It was a FREE download several weeks ago.  Now to just go through the other 80+ photos we took on the ONE and maybe only fun snow day we had so far this year...

We must all profess to stay positive, right?  Remember the fun days, celebrate the fun days, and by all means scrap the fun days!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Warm Winter Hello

What a strange winter it has been.  It's been so WARM this winter, that while I'd normally find myself pulling out snowflakes and winter scenes for cards, not so much this year... the brown leaves still clinging to our oak trees made me want to use this normally fall-like retired DSP this week.  The image from Stampin' Up!'s set, Lovely as a Tree, would often be dotted with white to simulate snow right now, but no snow... just brown and bare.  This is not really my kind of winter, but we'd all be crazy to be too upset that there has been little ice or bad road conditions to deal with... 

Well, anyway, I used this week's sketch challenge at Techno Stampers TSSC208 to inspire me.  Small stripes of Baja Breeze & Really Rust cardstock were glued to my Early Espresso banners that were leftover scraps from the cardstock layers I trimmed.  I hate to see cardstock go to waste, don't you?  :)  I then embossed the banners with the lattice embossing folder for some added texture.

I like seeing what Mary Jo and her group come up with, but I rarely get to play with the challenge.   Some music pops up on her site that pleasantly reminds me of some high school friends... then there's some common bond I share with Mary Jo's love/hate relationship with her printer...well,  that's just some info I wanted to share to let you know why I just HAD to play this week.    I'm in this craft to share a hobby I love and I really enjoy meeting random strangers with these common bonds. 

Play along & check out the blog hop!

So glad it's Friday!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Valentines...

This is it... I'm finally done making Valentines... whew! 
Really I had fun (why else would I make a bunch?). I hope that most will be sold Tuesday in our office charity sale.  Since many of the cards just have "love" as a theme, even if someone already had their Valentine picked out, I hope they'll still like to pick up another to send any day of the year.
Have a  look at a few of my favorites... 

And of course, my canine craft buddy had his own cards he needed to send...
I gave him a little help of course...

Now all the cards and candy boxes are done... the husband's Valentines are ready...(yeah, more than one, I couldn't just choose one for him) and others already are in the mail...

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Purr-fect Valentine

Ah... cat lovers... so easy to find a way to make the "purr-fect" Valentine with the simple images in the "C is for Cat" stamp set.  I added a tiny bit of baker's twine to my heart by threading it through heart shaped hole I punched in the slightly larger heart.  I love adding tiny details, don't you?  Here's a close up:

  The cut out heart from the tiny hole I glued to the cat's collar.  Great thing about using baker's twine is it is so easy to work with and fits flat in the envelope to make it easy to mail, too.  That's always a plus!

Have fun with your Valentine this year.  Happy stamping!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sail Away with your Valentine...

This week the group of papercrafters at the Stars and Stamps, Operation Write Home bloggers circle have all kinds of fun challenges.  I LOVE theme challenges, so was excited to play along with the Masculine, Nautical theme for this week.  I created a nautical theme Valentine for a friend to use for their sailing-loving husband.

In my card, the boat image comes from a stamp brush set using Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio. I chose the precise color (Night of Navy), re-sized and printed the sail boat from the Sail Away digital stamp set.  If you haven't tried digital "stamping" or scrapbooking, let me tell you, it's fun and addictive.  PLUS, what a space saver in my stamp drawer!  To see a few other Valentine creations I made that you could try too, check out my Stampin' Up blog.  FYI, You can download a 30-day FREE trial of My Digital Studio software if you "Shop Now" at my on-line store (you can even purchase and download stamps like the one I used above to use in other digital software).

Other additions I used on this card are patterned paper from the DSP set Well Worn, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory and Crumb Cake cardstock.  I created little regatta flags that are adhered to a wee bit of Cherry Cobbler baker's twine and used a hole punch with a heart shape on the flags to add some Valentine-ness to the card, while trying to keep it "man-ly."  I sponged the Naturals Ivory cardstock with some Crumb Cake ink to add a little dimension & coordinate with the colors of the DSP.

Sorry my photographing skills late at night are not the best.  The front of the card has the sentiment, "Wind and sails were made for each other..." (which I typed in my computer software in the matching colors with the stamp), and here's a view of the inside of the card which says "Just as you were made for me, Happy Valentine's Day."

I've got many more Valentines to share this weekend, so stay tuned... and TGIF!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Take it to Heart...with Sympathy

While I was in the midst of Valentine creations yesterday, I received a request for a sympathy card.  These cards are difficult to make at times, but since I remember the love and kindness I felt when I was the recipient of such cards, I feel honored to make these cards to share with other people experiencing that same sense of loss.  You can see my Valentine-inspired mode with this card, and of course I'm using the Framelit Hearts dies whenever I can (my favorite tools right now).  This image from the Take it to Heart stamp set is soothing & pretty, so it seemed a perfect fit for the occasion.  It took a couple tries to color in the bird with my watercolor pencils to look like a house finch (as that was the bird coloring I was hoping for), but I think it works.

I also got some instant sketch inspiration from this week's Stampin' Queen Sketch Challenge, SQSC25.
Here's a view of the sketch this week:

The sketch was fairly simple, which I really appreciate.  I used two different kinds of ribbon, some crochet ribbon & seam binding  for the duo strips shown, and for the "bow", instead of a large bow treatment, I thought the simple twine which holds my tags with the front sentiment added just the right touch.  The DSP from Everyday Enchantment, a little distressing, and a layer embossed with the Vintage embossing folder were used for the rest of my layers.  The tiny tags were stamped using the individual words from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

To further tie in my heart shape image with the sympathy card, I used this lovely sentiment from the Love and Sympathy stamp set for the interior of my card:

Take it to Heart... a sympathy card can really go along way.
Take care everyone... on to brighter days ahead.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No Red? No White? No problem!

I'll admit it... I've been obsessed with making Valentines this year.  I don't usually get this "into" the occasion, but what the hey!  PLUS I'm enjoying making fun cards & candy boxes that will be sold for our office charity next week. 
It's fun to spread the love!

While I love the traditional Valentine card, and will likely post others I made of the pink & red variety, after making several pink &/or red creations, I find I crave other colors.

So, my pink and red-less Valentine card showcases these colors & products:
Colors: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Pool Party.
Products: Delicate Doilies stamp set, Heart Punch, and Adorning Accents Embossing folder.

The good thing about the "not so Valentine-y" Valentine, is if it's not used on February 14, it's ready to send any other day of the year. Because as we all know, we shouldn't just show our love one day a year, love is a YEAR round occasion! 

I'm also glad to share the love of other papercrafters' work. It's fun to see a demonstrator celebrating her anniversary with some fun blog candy, too!  If you're like me & love to see the creativity of others in our stamping community, check out her site at

Enjoy & spread some love today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MDS Express- FREE trial available today.

Just in time for Valentine's Day!  I'm so excited to share the news with my friends that they can download a 30 day FREE trial of My Digital Studio Express software.  This digital scrapbook software is fun, and for someone like me that doesn't get to scrapbook much, it's also fun to make all kinds of crafty things!

I've started working on a short "tutorial" for creating some basic MDS projects to give to my friends that download the software, but while that is still a work in progress, check out the card I made using the "Owl Be Yours, You Bee Mine" Valentine Greeting Card Template download (item #129010):

The "coordinating color" listed for this card (one of two cute designs you get with the download), indicated Always Amethyst, but I found my Wisteria Wonder paper coordinated well with my printed image.  I die cut the image & layered it using my Framelits Hearts dies (see my last post- I LOVE these dies).  Adorning Accents embossing folder was used for the embossed hearts on the white heart and at the bottom of the card.

If you want to give My Digital Studio Express a try, Shop Now at my on-line store and order the FREE 30-day trial (item #129600).  Have fun creating!

Love my craft buddy!

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