Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clearance Plus ....Thanks A Ton

 EDITED TO ADD :  I used Circle Nestabilities for the circles in this card.  The card measures 4 1/2 x 11".  Score the long side at 2 3/4" - flip and score again @ 2 3/4".  I just used the "Nestie" circles that would fit the card.

I just checked out the Clearance page and there are some great buys there.  Some of my favorite Designer Paper is on sale - Everyday Enchantment (my all time fav!) and Well Worn.  Also there is some great ribbon (Bashful Blue Satin and Pear Pizazz Seam Binding) as well as Twitterpated Buttons, Neutral Brads and some punches.  The other GREAT deal if you have My Digital Studio is the Content Discs for $1.00!!!  Yep - $1.00  - not a typo but I imagine these will go fast so if you are interested, better not wait.  Order them now.  One of the CD's (Express Booster Pack) includes 400 Designer Papers and originally sold for $39.95.  Either contact me and I can put in an order for you or you can order online at my Online Store HERE.

I am having such fun with the Oh Whale stamp!  I just love this card I made this weekend with a little different fold. 

Oh Whale closed - front view

Opening up

The cut out circle is adhered to the top of the card and the solid white circle is adhered to the bottom half of the card.

Inside of card
 The colors I used are white and Marina Mist.  It is easy to cut the little whale out using the Clear Sizzlit and the little water that is spouting out of the whale in the inside picture also is punched out with the sizzlit.  I am also loving the Cloud Embossing Folder!

Get Creative With MDS2 Templates

Already Wednesday?  How time flies.  I've been on the go all week.  Monday I played bridge (and got high score!), then met Sonny at Discount Tire so they could repair my flat tire.  We shopped around a bit for a new TV for his room.  There was a 32" Magnavox advertised at Target at a good price.  But of course, we get there and they don't have any in stock.  The ad just came out on Sunday - good old "bait and switch!"  Tuesday I went to the dentist for my cleaning.  Ugh, I need 2 small fillings.  I'll be going back again next week for that.  After meeting a friend to give her Stampin' Up order, I headed over to the Huntersville Target.  They had one tv in stock but one was all I needed so now Sonny isn't having to watch tv with a magnifying glass tonight.  After a quick lunch, I headed to the body shop to get my bumper fixed and to WalMart. 

So are you anxious to see my creation this week?  Here is the sketch we had to work with:

And here is my card:

I created this card using MDS2 and worked from a template. If you are new to My Digital Studio, I suggest you start with a template and just change things around. This particular template is from the Smitten Alphabet and is for a 8x8 page (I think). Here is what the template looked like before I started altering it:

So give it a try - find a template you like on MDS2 and play around with it.  There are probably a lot of templates you don't even know you have.  That is the case with me.  I spent some time the other day just looking at all the templates and jotting down some of my favorites that I want to play around with.

Check out the rest of the cards from the Paper Craft Crew HERE.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chalkboard Thanks

I think I am hooked!  I just love this chalkboard technique.  I have been seeing it a lot so I decided to give it a try this weekend.  Love it!!  And thought it really went well with this designer paper I found in my stash (non SU).

Here's how to do it:

Card Stock:  Basic Black (or use Garden Green or Not Quite Navy for the look of old green and blue chalkboards)

Ink: VersaMark, Whisper White Craft ink, ink matching the colour of your card stock

Other: Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Watercolor Pencils (White Pencil), Stamping Sponges, ruler (clear is best)

Step 1: Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy. Stamp images with VersaMark ink. Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
Step 2: Sponge edges of card stock with matching color to create contrast. Wipe off excess ink with tissue. Lightly sponge around embossed images and in blank areas with Whisper White Craft ink. Sponge some areas darker and some lighter to create the look of chalk dust.

Step 3: Use a ruler or freehand, draw lines through or above and below stamped images with the White Watercolor Pencil.  Draw a border 1/4″ from each edge of the card stock with the White Watercolor Pencil to create a frame around the chalkboard. Remember this is all “chalk” drawing on a board so being perfectly neat isn’t necessary!

OPTIONAL: If desired go back and shadow stamp over embossed images with Whisper White Craft ink. By stamping over, but slightly off center of the original image you create a blurred shadow effect. Allow craft ink to dry

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Swallowtail Beauties

I guess I've complained about the cold enough!  We are starting to warm up.  Sunday, noon and it is 30 degrees with the sun shining.  By Tuesday or Wednesday, it is supposed to be in the 60s!!  Whoooo Whooo!!  Sonny is obsessed since our trip to Alaska with their weather this time of year.  Every day he tells me what the temps are going to be in Fairbanks.  Today I think he told me the high was supposed to be something like minus 40 degrees. I can't even imagine what that feels like.  Guess I won't complain about NC's highs and lows!

Despite the cold outside, I have been warm inside and working away with my new toys!  One of the stamp sets I didn't think I would get was the huge Swallowtail Butterfly single stamp.  I kept seeing some really pretty samples using it so I caved.  I am so glad I did.  I just love the cards I made with it this weekend.  What do you think?  Which one is your favorite? 

This one I stamped the butterfly on Whisper White card stock with Versamark and then sprinkled Melon Mambo embossing folder all over and heated it up.  Just gorgeous!  The little "thank you" uses the stamp, Pretty Petites and the small Label Punch (both items FREE in the Sale-a-bration catalog!

This butterfly was stamped on Naturals Ivory card stock with Versamark.  I sprinkled Classy Copper (retired) embossing powder over the little guy and heated him up.  Then I used my daubers to daub Baja Breeze and More Mustard on the wings.  Just daub the ink on lightly - you can always go back and add more.  Very lightly, in the background, I stamped the swirl stamp from Everything Eleanor.  (I'm not sure if "daub" is a word but you know what I mean!)

My final beauty is this black and white Swallowtail.  Make sure you remember to wipe the cardstock with the Embossing Buddy before stamping!!  I stamped the butterfly with Whisper White Craft ink (which is now retired BUT you can use Versamark and get the same effect.)  Next I sprinkled White embossing powder all over and heat set it.  I don't know if you can see it, but I used the Needlepoint Border embossing folder from the Spring Mini (pg. 5) on the Pool Party card stock.  The sentiment comes from one of my favorite sets, Word Play.

Last night Sonny and I went to the movies.  You've probably figured out by now that going to the movies is one of our favorite things to do.  Sonny had not seen Lincoln and I have been wanting to see Silver Lining Playbook and knew that was not his kind of movie.  So my movie stated at 7:05 and his at 7:15 so it worked out completely - except we couldn't share popcorn, which we don't do anyway!!  Truth be told, I usually pop my popcorn at home and take it in with me in my purse - much less calories!!  I really enjoyed my movie.  I wasn't too sure at first - it started rather slow and was kind of bizarre at first, but by the end I had a big smile on my face and was rooting for Bradley Cooper.  I don't think it will win the Academy Award but it was entertaining. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

.Big Shot Info

I guess we made the right decision last night to cancel the MDS training in Kernersville because Wow - did we have some COLD weather today!!   Our high was about 27 degrees!  I got dressed this morning to go play Hand & Foot and was just fixing my lunch to take with me when I got the phone call that it had been canceled.  I truthfully think they panicked and "jumped the gun" a bit.  It didn't even start doing any precipitation until around 1 pm and even then, it wasn't much.  The craziest thing to me was the school dismissal.  The schools in our county was dismissed at 8:45!!  What a waste of money in my opinion.  Why did they even go to school?   Charlotte schools did it smart - they dismissed 2 hours early.  That makes sense.   We didn't get anything to speak of where I live.  The worst of the sleet and freezing rain moved through Charlotte around 3:30 p.m. and cleared the area two hours later. Precipitation from the storm system was relatively light, as meteorologists had expected.  But with temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the day – about 25 degrees below the average high for the date – the light sleet and freezing rain quickly coated roads with a sheet of ice and causing numerous traffic accidents.
The high temperature of 27 degrees Friday was the coldest in Charlotte since 2004, according to the National Weather Service.

I know sometimes it get confusing using the Big Shot and trying to decide on the "sandwiches" to use.  So, hopefully this will solve all your problems!  Print it out and put it handy so the next time you use your Big Shot, you will know what to do.

Also, I have a good tip for you.  I bought a pack of square Post-It notes at Staples that have the sticky on the whole square.  They are about 3" square.  They work great in holding the framelits and edgelits in place on your paper and you can reuse them several times.
  Embossing Folders  paper only, one piece at a time (although I have done multiple pieces before)
platform, both tabs open
cutting pad
folder w/paper in it, open end goes in machine first
cutting pad
Tips: Some folders make very deep impressions and might "crack" your paper; over time they thin down with use so you might not notice cracking after many uses; in the meantime, try adding a piece of vellum or extra piece of thin card stock (whisper white or DSP) on top of the other piece of paper INSIDE the folder; this additional piece will take some of the brunt of the pressure. Also, experiment with different weights of paper; designer paper, whisper white and very vanilla are the thinnest ones we have; confetti, naturals, etc., are heavier and should crack less. I get best results by lightly spritzing water on my card stock before embossing it--the water softens the paper to help prevent cracking and it dries quickly.
Edgelits  (long thin metal borders) paper only, one piece at a time
platform, both tabs closed
cutting pad
edgelit, bump side down, placed horizontally across the width of the cutting pad (cutting with it lengthwise can cause it to bend out of shape); use tape or Post-Its to hold in place
cutting pad
Framelits  (thin metal shapes)  paper only, one piece at a time
platform, both tabs closed
cutting pad
framelit, bump side down; use tape of Post-Its to hold in place
cutting pad
Sizzlits and Clearlits  (thin dies)  paper only, one piece at a time
platform, one tab open
cutting pad
sizzlit, face up
cutting pad
Embosslits  (thin hinged dies)  paper only, one piece at a time; these cut and emboss your images
platform, one tab open
cutting pad
embosslit (pay attention to the side that says "this side down"); open end goes in machine first
cutting pad
Bigz Dies w/o score lines  (inch thick dies)  cuts a variety of materials (metal, chipboard, fabric, paper, etc.); cut multiple pieces at a time
cutting pad
die, face up
cutting pad
Bigz Dies w/score lines  (inch thick dies)  cut one piece at a time
cutting pad
die, face up
crease pad
add a shim of card stock if needed (if your cut lines don't go all the way through, add a shim; if your score lines are cut through, remove the shim)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What You Can Create With MDS2

When we went to Ashley's for Christmas, she asked to use my computer and My Digital Studio so she could create a couple of gifts for two of her friends.  I was thrilled because I had bought her MDS2 for her birthday (Dec 22) and wasn't sure if it was actually something she wanted or would use.  Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong and she is enjoying MDS2.  These are the two gifts she made for her friends. They are quotes from songs (I think!)  Ashley designed them and then took them to an office supply store and had them printed on white card stock.  After framing them, they were ready to go.  They really turned out great!

Wouldn't this look cute in a baby's room?

I designed a date frame for Jeff and Darcie.  Instead of framing it (and risk it getting broken in the mail), I just sent them a gift certificate so they could purchase a frame in the color they wanted.  I love it!  It lists all the dates of importance to them and their family.  It was so easy to create with MDS2.  Now I need to do one for myself.  Don't you think this would make a great anniversary gift for someone special?

 Here is another page I created.  This is Stampin' Up's Statement of the Heart.  I found something similar to this on Pinterest and went from there with it.  There are so many great ideas on that site!  You could spend hours "surfing."  I get a lot of my inspiration from there.
Our weather is supposed to be wicked on Friday.  So much so that we have decided to cancel the MDS2 class I was doing in Kernersville and reschedule later in February.  The schools in my county are dismissing at 10:00 .... why they are even bothering, I don't know!!  The bad weather is supposed to hit around 4:00 - freezing rain and ice.  The temps are not supposed to be above freezing all day with the lows hoving in the teens.  But, on Saturday, a high of 40 so who knows!  Guess I will be bundling up and doing some stamping for fun for a change.  I am expecting a SU box of goodies Friday afternoon so that should do the trick!   I just hope the weather holds out until AFTER I play Hand & Foot tomorrow!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Paper Craft Color/Sketch Challenge #26

The Sketch Challenge for this week also included a color challenge.  The colors remind me of spring so I decided to do a pinwheel card with MDS2.

Here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my card which is loose translation of the sketch:

I used all elements and stamps from the Pinwheel Parade Kit.  Love this kit - especially for spring!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Download Tuesday is Here along with SALE-A-BRATON!!

Tuesday = Downloads!  AND Sale-A-Bration!!

Today is Tuesday which means new downloads for My Digital Studio.  Plus .... I get a free download for winning the challenge last week.  I will be picking the Family History Photobook but I will also be purchasing some of the other downloads.  What about you?
Simply Serif Alphabet

Linen Thread

Family History Photobook

So Sorry Stamp Set
Label This Designer Template
The excitement has been leading up to this very day-
Spending $50 on your favorite Stampin' Up! products = A FREE exclusive product from our Sale-a-Bration brochure.  
This year our Sale-a-Bration products are amazing. From fresh Designer Series Paper, incredible new stamp images , Beautiful Digital Artwork & even F*U*N accessories.  There is something special waiting just for YOU. 
Are you looking for a quick cards to send out? Look no further!
 One of our Sale-a-Bration products will make card making very easy with our Happy Hello Simply Sent Card Kit.  
The cards have the fresh Chevron design  and die cut stickers to embellish.  
Even better, they come with a designer envelope to match.  
If you have more time to create you can dress them up with just a few more embellishments:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Do you Like the Blog?

I'm still working on improving the look of my blog.  How do you like these colors?  I keep tweaking it to make sure it is easy for you to read so let me know if it is not.

We had a pretty cold weekend but that was ok.  Marianne came over Saturday and we worked on our swap cards to take to Kernersville this weekend.  I am doing a beginners class for the NC demonstrators on My Digital Studio and after lunch, we are going to do a card swap using products from the new mini catalog and the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  I will be sharing those cards with you next week.  Here is a sneak peek of mine -

 I actually used the whole spool of this ribbon so now I need to order more.  

On Sunday I spent all day on the computer working on my projects and presentation for next week's class.  There is so much I want to share and teach but only so much time to do it!  I hope the ladies come away with a better understanding of everything My Digital Studio2 can do!

I also spent the day Sunday watching football.  I was quite happy with the results although, truth be told, I didn't really care if Atlanta or San Francisco won except for the fact that I had chosen San Fran. in our Football Pool.  Since I chose both games correctly, I really moved up in the standings!!  Don't think it will put me in the money, but Sonny might have a chance - he's in 3rd place right now.  I've done pretty good and I'm only about 5 games back.

 Here is a card I made last week using some retired items - the DSP and the ribbon.  But I like the simplicity of the card.  It could be used for Valentine or any occasion actually.  

Have a good day.  We are heading to the Y in just a bit.  And this afternoon, we are going to the movies with the Golden Boys movie group to see Dark Thirty (I think that's the name).

Friday, January 18, 2013

January Stamp Club Cards

Brrrr - it's sure turned cold here today!  I was hoping to wake up to a yard full of snow, but no such luck.  There is a dusting on our back deck and schools were delayed 3 hours this morning but that's about it.  We went over to Horsefeathers last night to grab a burger and beer and coming home, a "wintry mix" was really coming down.  It has been raining non stop since Monday and our yard looks like a swamp!  But today the sun is out finally and the temperatures are supposed to reach the mid 40s!!  Good day for making cards and drinking hot chocolate by the fire!

I had Stamp Club this week - and am actually having it again next Wednesday since 4 of the girls could not make it for one reason or another.  These are a few of the cards we made this week along with the cards from THIS POST.  They picked one of the Valentines to make and chose either the pink or turquoise birthday card.

 This card used the new Hearts A Flutter bundle - stamp and framelits.  Also the ribbon is the new Two-Tone Ribbon.  I like the ribbon although it is not what I had pictured in my mind.  I thought it was going to be 2 different colors but what it is is a blend of the two colors - Rose Red and Pink Pirouette.  I had to go back to the catalog and read the description to figure it out.  It is nice and silky and makes a very pretty bow.  The "I Love You" is from the Bitty Banners stamp and framelit.  The large heart was cut using the Hearts Framelits.

This is just a fun card!  I recently bought this Patterned Party birthday set during one of SU's sales.  It is such a great birthday set!  It also has gifts and cake in the set but I just couldn't fit any more stamps on the card.  On this card, I stamped the balloons separately, cut them out, and popped each one up.  If you notice on the blue card below, I stamped all the balloons separately on the card using markers to color them - much easier!!

This card uses Papillion Potpourri (butterflies) and the Elegant Butterfly Punch - makes it super easy to cut out those butterflies!!  I made a mask using the Labels Framelits and stamped the French background stamp on the Vanilla card stock.  Next I stamped the "thanks" from the Vintage Verses Sale-a-bration set in Rich Razzleberry.  After the stamping, I ran the piece through the Big Shot using the Houndstooth embossing folder.  The butterfly was stamped onto Pretty in Pink and punched out.  Super easy card!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #25

The challenge for the Paper Craft Crew this week also includes a color challenge.  We are challenged to use Basic Gray, Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  So, I turned to my trusty MDS2 and created this card.

Supplies used:
Card Stock\Old Olive
Embellishments: Taffeta Trimmings\Taffeta Trimmings - ripple melon mambo (re-colored)
A to Z Woodpress - embellishments\A to Z Woodpress - uppercase l (re-colored)
A to Z Woodpress - embellishments\A to Z Woodpress - uppercase o (re-colored)
A to Z Woodpress - embellishments\A to Z Woodpress - uppercase v (re-colored)
A to Z Woodpress - embellishments\A to Z Woodpress - uppercase e (re-colored)
Taffeta Trimmings\Taffeta Trimmings - short bow melon mambo (re-colored)

Stamps:  Presto Patterns Overlays\Presto Patterns Overlays - script, Color = WHISPER WHITE 
Punches:  Basics\1.25 Square Punch, Filled with: Designer Series Paper\Small Polka Dot\Basic Gray Small Polka Dot

Photo Box filled w/Card Stock\Old Olive, Card Stock\Melon Mambo, Card Stock\Basic Gray

 I got carried away and decided to create another card using the same criteria.  What do you think?

Designer Series Paper\Designer Kits\Days to Remember - designer series paper\Days to Remember - 2
Embellishments:  Taffeta Trimmings\Taffeta Trimmings - ripple melon mambo
Designer Kits\Love Birds - elements\Love Birds - patterned heart 1 (re-colored)
Designer Kits\Love Birds - elements\Love Birds - patterned heart 1 (re-colored)
Designer Kits\Love Birds - elements\Love Birds - patterned heart 1 (re-colored)
Designer Kits\Love Birds - elements\Love Birds - patterned heart 1 (re-colored)
Taffeta Trimmings\Taffeta Trimmings - short bow melon mambo
Stamps: Designer Kits\Days to Remember\Days to Remember - heart group, Color = MELON MAMBO / Valentine Defined - love

Card Stock\Textured Card Stock - Basic Gray
Designer Series Paper\Small Polka Dot\Melon Mambo Small Polka Dot
Card Stock\Old Olive
Card Stock\Whisper White

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wowzers - A lot of SU Specials!

As part of Stampin' Up's 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will be released - one set per month - during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! 
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While SU is releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
The theme for this month is birthdays.  See the great set here - January's Best of Birthday's

And that's not all ..... As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February SU is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set.  Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!  Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.


This past week was Leadership and Stampin' Up announced a couple of key things.  One being a kit for a guy.  They  introduced the new, very manly stamping kit: the Dude, You're Welcome! kit.
Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll have
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.

Check out the video:

Did you love the way he casually tosses aside the instructions?  Fortunately, this set doesn’t really need instructions for the man in your life to make you a great heartfelt card.  Order one of these sets for the man in your life.  He may not say so, but he’ll appreciate it and out of curiosity, he’ll use it!  (And, maybe if you’re really nice, he’ll let you use it, too!)  And you’re better half isn’t the only one who would benefit from this easy and fun set:  suggest it to the other men you know, too! 

 That's not all the news!!  Stampin' Up has had a great response so far to their experiment with single stamps. So much so that they are making ten more never-before-seen images available as single stamps available through March 31, 2013.   And boy, are they cute ones!




Can you stand one more announcement??? 

Stampin' Up is now joining a lot of other companies who offer a monthly kit!!  How fun!!  The products will be delivered straight to your door! 

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting TODAY (Monday)  by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month SU sends you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (They've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • They will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) 
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, they will offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

More details can be found here.

How Was Your Weekend?

I had a very good weekend.  Sonny has been talking about getting a new truck for over a year but because of the economy, he kept putting it off.  Last week he went to a few dealers in the area and looked at different trucks.  Friday he visited the Dodge dealership and found "his" truck!  So he and I went together on Saturday and made the deal.  He will be picking up his new Dodge Ram Truck tomorrow.  He's pretty sad about trading his 13 year old Dodge truck - it's like a part of the family but it's time!!  I would have preferred he get a different color but there was not any other colors on the lot of the truck he wanted.  He likes the dark gray - I do too - it's just kinda of close to the silver truck that he is trading in. 

After making the deal, we enjoyed a late lunch / early dinner.  Surprisingly, Sonny wanted to try a Chinese restaurant.  It was very good and what a presentation of the food!!  Almost too pretty to eat!

The rest of the weekend was spent watching NFL football play-offs while I played in my stamp room actually making several cards which I will be sharing with you this week.  Sammie was really funny.  I have a small webbed trash receptacle next to my desk on the floor.  She climbed in it to get a Q-Tip that was in the bottom and rolled around on the floor a few times before turning around (while inside) so she could peek out the open part!  I was surprised she let me take her picture but she was pretty cute.

I found this picture of a card I made several months ago that I thought I had shared.  It is a sympathy card using Fabulous Florets.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Santa Treat Box (for next year)

I was supposed to post this last week but just found it & I had not posted it.  So ......One final Christmas project that you can put this on your "to do" list for next year!  This little Santa Treat Box is sooo easy and is so cute!


Red cardstock:  4 ¼” x 11”
Score in half (@ 5 1/2”)
Score diagonally from top center to center fold on top and bottom.

White :  2 ½” Scallop Circle Punch
White:  2 petals from 5 Flower Punch
White:  5-6 small scallops from Itty Bitty Shape Punches
Pink:  1 3/8” Circle Punch
Pink:  ½” circle punch
Black:  Owl Punch
Black:  4” x ½” strip
Black square for middle of belt buckle
Shimmer Paper:  1” square punch

 This is what I had written a few days after Christmas & thought I had posted it - we were still in Texas!  

It turned pretty cold here and I'm loving it!  The past two nights the temp. has dropped to the low 30's and only warming up to the 50s during the day.  But I think today is supposed to be around 65.  Which will be nice since we are driving to Gruen to have lunch and poke around the shops.  Thursday we went to the outlet shops in San Marcos for a couple of hours.  We also met up with my nephew and his wife and Jack IV for lunch.  Jack is the cutest baby - just like a Gerber baby!!  I can't believe he was a premie since he is such a chubby little baby.  He'll be one in early February and is such a good baby.  Jack and Katrina are doing really great with him.  When we returned to San Antonio, we went to a naming ceremony for one of Ashley's friends' baby, Nora who was born in August.  It was a Jewish ceremony held in their home.  I learned that Jewish parents not only give their baby a secular name but also a Hebrew name which also has a connection to the past and honors those important people in the child's life.  I am totally clueless about the Jewish faith but it was a very nice ceremony similar to the Christian christening.  The thing that really got to me was how irrevelent the guests were.  There were several young parents there with their children for the ceremony and the children were into the food that was laid out for the ceremony - putting their hands all over the cheeses, crackers, etc.  We watched one little girl, about 4-5 years old who filled her plate with about 20 crackers and I never figured out where her parents were - they sure weren't supervising her!  All throughout the ceremony, the children were fussing, talking, eating so much that it was hard to pay attention to the ceremony.  It was just not very respectful to allow them to run wild during the ceremony.  If it was a Christian ceremony and held in a church, they would keep the kids quiet (I hope!)

I had my flu shot today!  I kept putting it off when I was at home before driving to TX and about talked myself out of getting one.  But I kept hearing how bad the flu is supposed to be this year so Ashley brought a shot home to me yesterday morning and gave it to me before we headed out shopping.  Now .... I better not get the flu!  I didn't get to talk to my son for Christmas because they were all sick.  My daughter in law sent me a text Christmas that they were so sick they could hardly move.  My mom talked to Jeff yesterday and she said he sounded pretty bad.  He told her that the flu had run through their family like wild fire - hitting all of them and even Darcie's grandparents who were visiting.  So, I hope to talk to him later this weekend when he feels better!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Journal Challenge

Stampin' Up offers a challenge every two weeks or so for digital creators.  It is open to anyone who has MDS or MDS2 - not just demonstrators.  I have entered a few of their challenges and even got a Honorable Mention a couple of months ago.  But I want to WIN!!  This week the challenge is to create a journal to write your goals or New Year's resolutions down.  They say that it can’t hurt your chances if other people think your sample is grand too. So I would love your you to sign up at so you can comment or just click on "like" or "favorite" on my journal creation!  Here is a link to my journal but I think you have to sign up first (link above). 

If you are a MDS creator, why not create something yourself for the challenge and post it!!  

I had so much fun creating the journal.  Here is what it looks like:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Loving the Honeycomb!

I got to play with my new stuff and let me tell you, I'm loving the Honeycomb embossing folder!  I can see myself using it a lot!!
I wish now I'd gotten more stuff with my mini catalog preorder.  At first glance, I wasn't totally in love with many of the products in the catalog.  But as usual, as I've seen what others have done with the products, I'm wanting them!!  But for now, I'll just make do with what I have!

This card uses the Polka Dot Parade DSP  (pg. 164, #126902) in Rich Razzleberry along with Pink Pirouette card stock that is embossed with the Honeycomb folder.  The banner is made using the Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies.  I also used a (SNEAK PEEK) item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog - can you spot it?  It is the Petite Curly Label Punch.  It works great with the stamps from Tiny Tags.  Other punches used are the Itty Bitty Punches (flower) and the tiny heart in the center flag from the Owl Punch.

And another card using the Honeycomb folder. It would be nice to have a punch that matched the Honeycomb though. But until we do here is what I did for my card - embossed the DSP with the Honeycomb folder and just cut the individual hexagons out  (I used Twitterpated DSP - pg 165).  Then I just glued them to a few of the embossed hexagons.  The stamp in the middle is another SNEAK PEEK from Sale-a-Bration called Vintage Verses.  It fits nicely in the Labels Framelit Die.  I really like the simplicity of this card.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Challenge #24

It's Wednesday - time for my weekly challenge card with the Paper Craft Crew.   We are excited to welcome 3 new design team members this week.  You may even recognize their name as all three have been very consistent participants with the Paper Craft Crew and are also Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  

Here is this week's sketch:

We hope you play along this week.
  • You may flip or rotate the sketch, change or replace the shapes, but please make sure the general layout is recognizable.
  • Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the InLinkz feature at the end of this post. If InLinkz is down, please add a link with your comment.
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry!  You can still use inLinkz by linking to your photo posted on Facebook or a similar social media site.
  • The Paper Craft Crew Design Team are Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and as such, we would like to see a minimum of 2 Stampin' Up! products or stamped images used on your card but don't let that stop you from participating.
  • Only those individuals that have at least 2 Stampin' Up! products or stamped images are eligible for any blog candy that may be offered along with being a "featured participant."
  • When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword PCCCS024.
  • POSTING END TIME:  If you'd like to be considered as one of our Featured Friends, please be sure to link your project by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST
  • VOTING:  Voting on submissions starts on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.  Voting ends on Friday, January 18th at 10 AM EST.

 Here is my card using My Digital Studio 2:

Check out the rest of the Design Team' creations HERE.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Downloads, Tablet Apps and a New Card for You!

It's Tuesday - Digital Download Day!!  Check out this week's new downloads, full of Valentine's Day stuff and spring things.  Don't miss  the Officially Awesome Valentines Designer Template with its tiny, trendy valentines that fit in tiny, trendy envelopes.*inj-BC7S*PeXtAnbfwUP4F0jH8kGrnUgKmXXUB*flYPLjSY5Xh4ngGQF725ina87NGBYJKsM4wmZaLt*m/MDS_DWNLDA_OFFICIALLY_AWESOME_VALENTINES.jpg

And one of my favorites - RAIN or SHINE*324JPb9JP*kKtuLkgG6S8dGeoW5TheL7yYmDUFpng*OJn8HHlo0wgJSuN7bxhUN1TlVwSQfelJEA0LWPvMsjf/MDS_DWNLDA_RAIN_OR_SHINE_STAMP_BRUSH_SET.jpg

Check out ALL of today's downloads HERE


Did you get a tablet for Christmas?  In partnership with Google Catalogs, Stampin’ Up! is thrilled to announce its first tablet-friendly catalog!  It’s interactive, it’s easy–and it’s now available for iPad and Android tablets in the US.

 To access the catalog:
  • Download the Google Catalog app (available through iTunes and Google Play).
  • Sign in using your Google or Gmail account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can create one by tapping the Sign Up button in the app.
  • After you have signed in, search for Stampin’ Up! in the Select Favorite Catalogs list.
  • Select Stampin’ Up! by tapping the small stamp icon next to the name, then tap Done.
  • Click the “Favorites” icon at the bottom of the app, then tap the Stampin’ Up! catalog cover to open it. That’s it!

Cool Features of the app:
  • Browse the catalog with ease on your tablet.
  • Get more information, see additional images (beyond what is available in the catalog), and zoom in on your favorite products.
  • Watch videos from our YouTube channel right inside the app! Jump to the Stampin’ Trimmer on page 180 (page 182 in the app) to see it in action.
  • SHOP ONLINE! Order products directly from the app with just a few taps through Stampin’ Up!’s online store.
Note: Google Catalogs is currently available in the US only and is not supported in Canada at this time. We will test this app in the US and make it available in Canada as soon as Google opens up their product to that market.


 AND I have a new card to share with you!!  I used some of my new goodies from the mini catalog to create this card.  I made the flower vase using the Blossom Builder Punch and snipping away the top and bottom.

Supplies used:

Paper:  Perfect Plum, Pear Pizazz (retired), Pink Pirouette, DSP Stacks Patterned Paper
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:  Blossom Builder Punch, Heart to Heart Punch (retired), non-SU heart button
Stamp:  Feel Goods Clear Stamp (mini catalog # 129684)