Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
Bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear,

And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
To bless you
most abundantly
and be your loving guide.


Friday, March 29, 2013

In Texas

We arrived in San Antonio safe and sound Wednesday afternoon.  It was an interesting flight - at least the beginning was.  We arrived at the airport - looking like traveling gypsies!   When we put our suitcases on the scales, Angela and mine were both overweight - Marianne had about 4 pounds to spare.  So we opened up our cases and started rearranging things.  I had 2 12 packs of Cheerwine in my suitcase and Angela had 1 in hers so that was a lot of the weight.  After moving things around, then the gate attendant told us that our carry-ons were too bulky.  So .... a little more rearranging.  Then we discovered that because I had a Delta credit card, we got all our luggage for free.  I knew mine would be free but didn't know everyone traveling with me would be free also.  So, we ended up checking one of the carry on bags since Mom and Angela were sharing a suitcase.   Luckily we had arrived at the airport really early so got everything switched around with lots of time to spare.  As it turned out, when we got to our gate, the airplane was full so they checked our carry on bags for free to our final destination.  That has happened for me the past 2-3 times I have flown.  Our plane was late leaving Charlotte which cut into our layover time in Atlanta.  We were supposed to have an hour but it ended up being only about 40 minutes and of course, as luck would have it, we landed at Terminal A and were departing from Terminal E.  We had Mom in a wheelchair and were racing her through the Atlanta airport!!

We have been busy since we've been here.  We had some good Mexican food Wednesday night.  Yesterday we went to the outlet malls in San Marcos and were there for 7 hours!  Oh my!  We laid all our purchases out when we got home and Ashley is now trying to decipher all our receipts so we can all "settle up."  We combined some of our purchases because of coupons or military discounts.

Our Vera Bradley and Bath and Body Loot

Part of our loot!
Probably a good thing Sonny doesn't read my blog!!  And Marianne's husband told her not to come home with another Vera purse.  Well, she didn't buy one - she bought several!!  It was a fun and successful day.  Angela, our non-shopping sister, was a good sport about it.

Today we went to the Alamo and to the Riverwalk.  The weather has been nice - in the 70s, low 80s today.  Tomorrow and Sunday is supposed to be in the mid 80s. 

All of us in front of the Alamo

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MDS Downloads and Paper Craft Crew Card

This is the FREE April desktop download available from Tuesday's downloads!

I also love a couple of the other downloads on Tuesday and will be making something with them on the plane to Texas!  Check out - APRIL SHOWERS KIT and THIS and THAT EPIC KIT!!

Here is my card for the Paper Craft Challenge this week:

This card was made using the Hello There Kit download from February 19.  It is a really great spring-y kit.

Make sure you check out the other cards made by my fellow Paper Craft Crew HERE.  There are a log of really cute Easter cards!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Petite Pocket Die Box AND Fabric On Sale!!

Here is a cute little box I made a couple of weeks ago using the Petite Pocket Die.  I think this die is my favorite to make little boxes and envelopes to go on cards.

Box open

box closed
I used Pool Party card stock and stamped a background all over the paper after die cutting it.  I put the box together using Sticky Strip (red line tape).  I distressed a small piece of Core'd'nations brown card stock to make a belly band.  Then I tore the edges of a small piece of Newsprint DSP to go around the belly band.   Next I tied some Bakers Twine around the belly band with a couple of Tiny Tags hanging off.  The finishing touch was to stamp a ticket from That's the Ticket to adhere to the front and added a punched flower.  Pretty shappy chic, don't you think?

I'm trying to get packed for my upcoming trip to Texas.  We were hoping for 80 degree days while we were there but it's looking like it's only going to be in the mid to high 70s for next week.  Anything is better than the cold weather we are having here!  Snow was even sighted this morning in Mooresville!!  Crazy!  I don't mind the cold weather but enough is enough!  I'm ready for spring!!

I have to brag on my wonderful daughter!  She called me a week ago and asked me if I'd like to go on a trip with her .... to Australia and New Zealand!!  Would I???  Is the Pope Catholic???  When and where?  Let me pack my bags!  Ashley and her friend, Courtney decided to take their mothers on this trip and make it a mother-daughter trip.  I can't wait!  We'll probably be going at the end of the year.  What a wonderful child I have.

I want to alert you to another special Stampin' Up is having this week.  If you like to create with fabric, this deal is for you!  All Stampin' Up's FABRIC is 50% off!  Quantities are limited so if you want it, you better run .... not walk .... to my store and put your purchase in now.  Click on Shop Now at the top of my blog.

Check out some ideas on this video:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

On Line Basic Stamping Class

The Basics

Stampin' Up has an on-line stamping class!

This Online Stamping Class is Basic Stamping for 14.95.  You can download it HERE.

There will be a variety of topics that will include videos, Step Out's and supply lists for 30+ projects!

WOW! This sounds like a fun Stampin' Party!

PERFECT FOR THE BUSY STAMPER! Learn innovative ways to get the most out of your Stampin' Up! supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six sections focused on a variety of topics, Stampin' Up! on-line classes include videos, pdfs, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

This class offers innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

The following topics are covered in the class:

* Basic Stamping
* Embossing
* Masking
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Watercoloring and Markers
* Big Shot Basics
THESE ARE DOWNLOADABLE ZIP FILES. YOU DO NOT NEED MY DIGITAL STUDIO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CLASS! After purchasing and downloading the class, open "Stampin' Class--The Basics" folder and there will be 6 individual "sessions" folders inside. Click on each and enjoy!

PC Instructions
The files will be downloaded as archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (be sure to note where you save them). Follow the prompts on the extraction program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click on the file and open.

Mac Instructions
When you click on the download link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your hard drive. The files can then be opened.


Better late than never!  These are a couple of cards I made using a couple of the Sale-a-bration stamps.  Even though you can't get these stamps any longer, these cards will give you ideas if you got them during Sale-a-bration.

Madison Avenue
I embossed the Summer Starfruit panel with various embossing folders (some were SU, the middle circles was not) to create a different look.  I stamped the images on white cardstock and used the Postage Punch to punch them out.  Then I layered them onto colored cardstock squares (punched with 1 1/4" Square Punch).   These were then layered onto a strip of whie cardstock.  The "happy birthday" is from the That's the Ticket stamp set and punched out with the Ticket Punch.  It makes it so easy to use punches!! 

Madison Avenue
Another Madison Avenue stamped card.  I didn't use this set much until the end of the promotion!  But don't you love these ribbon flowers?  I made them using the ribbon that also came with Sale-a-bration.  I punched out a circle of Sticky Strip and wrapped the ribbon in a tight circle.  The sentiment is also from the Vintage Verses set.

Help Me Win a Trip to San Diego!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Two Great Promotions!

Sale-a-Bration is over, but that doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop! Am I right?!? I want to tell you about two awesome promotions.

This and That
Stampin’ Up! is introducing a new product line in the 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog, but some of these products are available TODAY! The This and That product line is for people on the go, a way for them to scrapbook their day-to-day lives – stick your movie tickets here, stick a magazine tear-out there.   Looks fun!

There’s a journal, a brand new Designer Series Paper, washi tape, a rotary time stamp. These are great products! And you can buy them in a bundle. Click HERE to see a bit more about the new product lines and the products currently available to you (through April 30):
There’s even a super-cute video that Stampin’ Up! released during the middle of the night to show some of the things you can do with this kit. 

Another great special -

Fabric Frenzy

Seamstress or not–you’ll love using our high quality Designer Fabric–especially at 50 percent off! Our Designer Fabric is designed to coordinate with Stampin’ Up! inks, paper, and other accessories, and is perfect for adding a stylish touch to traditional paper projects. Available in an extra-wide fat quarters (18″ x 26″). Use it for quilting, clothing, home décor, and more!
The sale starts Monday, so get ready to jump into the spring Fabric Frenzy!
  • Promotion dates: Monday, March 25-Sunday, March 31, 2013
  • No minimum purchase required to receive the discount
  • All items are limited quantity at the discounted price; the discount will be removed once the limit is reached
In summary - 
Page Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
170 126892 Essentials Designer Fabric $29.95 $14.98
171 126893 Floral District Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 126894 Comfort Café Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 125411 Summer Smooches Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 125412 Twitterpated Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 122337 Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 122336 Beau Chateau Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 124066 Spice Cake Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
171 122335 Flirtatious Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
6* 129308 Tea for Two Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98
13* 129307 More Amore Designer Fabric $9.95 $4.98

*spring catalog

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Last Chance for Sale-a-Bration AND to get a great deal!

Oh no!!

Sale a Bration ends this Friday, March 22nd!

If you have a long wish list you should do one of two things:

•Place an order before Friday to get FREE STUFF!   Each $50 gets you one free choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog

•Sign up to be demonstrator! Why?

It's the best deal!

For just $99 you get $156 in SU product! I think it's just crazy not to become a SU Demo right now!

Not sold yet? Here are a few more reasons:

1.Pick your product - that's right - anything you want under $156. That means you could get a Big Shot, any dies or embossing folders and have everything you need to get going!

2.You do not have to order anything else ever - just get the kit at a great deal. It's up to you if you stay in as a demonstrator or not. No pressure from me or Stampin' Up!

3.Get 20% off any more product - forever, as long as you order $300 a quarter! But you don't have to order anything more to stay in until the end of June! Your very first order is 30% off though!

4.Get a brand new big catalog in May - one month before everyone else! And pre-order from it on May 1st too!

I could go on and on, but these are some of my favorite reasons to join right now.   I can assure you, you will NOT regret it!

Go HERE to sign up and join my team.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Big Changes / PPCC #34

Welcome to another Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch.  We were supposed to do a spring or Easter card this week.  I think my little bunnies meet that criteria!

I love the little bunnies from the Storybook Kit!

If you visited the Stampin' Up digital website ( today, you saw a BIG change!  I was surprised when I went there.   Here is the news from SU: Redesigned!

Here's a review of what's new:
  • A new Homepage
  • The old homepage can now be found under the Inspiration tab
  • A new Learning page replaces the old Training sections (SU is still working on updating the content there, but you can expect to see all of Holly's new training videos there shortly.)
  • A new footer so that you can navigate the site easier, with links to the old Resources and Q/A pages
There are still more changes to be made but go visit and see how different it looks!  Happy designing!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Another Free Download

Digital Download Tuesday!!!  And another FREEBIE! 

Are you constructing a birthday party soon? Let the BDAY Under Construction Ensemble help you create:

•Cupcake holders
•Candy bar wraps
•Water bottle labels
•A banner
•Thank you cards
•And more!

AND a FREEBIE construction cone favor!  How easy it is to plan a party with MDS!!

Free Bday Construction Treat Template -- Digital Download
Free Download

BDay Under Construction Ensemble
Top Notch Woodcuts -- Digital Download
Top Notch Woodcut - Digital Download  $3.95 - #133896

1.  The name of the software is now MDS. Now, you might be asking yourself, didn’t it just change to MDS 2 last year? Yep, it sure did.

2.  SU is lowering the price! What has been known as MDS 2+ is now $19.95 US/$24.95 CAN and will be called . . . yes, you guessed it, MDS. It’s the same great software and content at a fantastic new price.

3.  Coming soon: all of you who have been holding onto the original My Digital Studio software will be able to upgrade for FREE.

Also -

■  SU will still offer a free 30-day trial version of the MDS software for anyone who had not previously tried the MDS 2 Trial.

■  The original My Digital Studio software (not the product line) is going away, including support for it. The free upgrade will be available soon!

■  MDS 2 (the software that didn’t have much content) is going away.

■  You can still get the software on a disc (item 130647) or as a download (item 130646).  Just keep in mind the disc will say MDS 2+ on it because it will take SU awhile to switch everything out.

March Stamp Club Cards

I am waiting for my Tuesday Stamp Club gals.  They should be arriving in about an hour.  So, I thought I would share the cards we will be making.  I am concentrating on Easter and will let them choose which ones they want to make this month.

Using the Single Stamp - Ears to You and Melon Mambo ink - easy one.

Easel Card
 The Easel Card will be the most difficult for them to make but it is really easy when you figure it all out.  I used Blush Bossom card stock (retired).  The Cross is made from the Lattice Die (Elegant Eggplant).  The leaves are punched with the Bird Punch.  I used Nestabilities for the oval and ran it through the Dotted Embossing Folder.  The flower in the center is from the Flower Trim in the mini catalog (pg. 5).  I love these flowers!  They come in Vanilla but it is so easy to die them.  You can color them with markers or reinkers or just smush them into your ink pad.  For the ones we are using today, I just cut about 12 flowers from the card and sprayed them with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and 5-6 drops of reinker.  I mixed it up in my Stampin' Spritzers (big catalog, pg 179).  They are a good deal - you get 2 bottles for $2.95.  I have several that I have mixed different colors into. 

Easter Blessings is also a Single Stamp in the mini catalog (pg 24) as are the doilies (pg  5).  Another deal!  24 doilies for $2.95!  I used a background from A Good Egg stamp (retired) on the Eggplant card.

This card makes me smile and think of SPRING!
 I am trying to make the best of the Sale-a-bration stamps - only a few more days!!  This one uses Bloomin' Marvelous.  I stamped the flowers in some retiring in-colors - Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and non retiring, Summer Starfruit.  I cut 1" of the Sale-a-bration DSP for the bottom and wrapped a small piece of ribbon around it.  My club ladies will be able to choose from the ribbon from Sale-a-bration - Pool Party, Is. Indigo or Calypso Coral.

Another Sale-a-bration - my favorite!  This one is Feeling Sentimental and I thought the That's the Ticket stamp went with it perfectly!
For this card I used the Natural Composition DSP.  Wow!  I just got this DSP - don't know what took me so long.  It's great - it is a heavy weight paper and the patterns are already embossed on the paper and glossy.  I sponged Soft Suede around the edges and sponged Vanilla on the center of the paper and made that embossing POP! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fun Weekend

My leprechaun owl - I put him in my customer's orders this month.
Happy St Patrick's Day!  We didn't go anywhere today - decided to forego the green beer or listening to bagpipes.  I was too tired and had too much to do to get ready for club next week.  I went to Quarterly this weekend in Lenoir.  Marianne, Debbie and I went together and had a great time!  We were up until midnight working on our shoebox swaps.  I was proud of Marianne - she had been awake since 3:30 AM and by midnight, I was having to hold her up!  But when we got back to the hotel, I gave her a good laugh.  I always take my shower at night so I got ready to get in the shower when I realized I didn't have a shower cap.  What's a girl to do?  Improvise!  I took the plastic bag for laundry and put it on my head!  Marianne had to take a picture and send it to Ashley who sent her a text back to tell her that was an emergency and we'd better head for home.  Saturday morning we hit the decks running.   It was a full fast paced day with lots of laughter, sharing and learning new tricks with our stamps.  I have lots of pictures I'll be sharing with you of our swaps and cards.  Saturday was also Marianne's birthday.  I gave her the MDS photobook I made for her of our trip to Texas last March.  I've been dying to give it to her and was glad her birthday finally came so I could.  She loved it!
Birthday Card I made for Marianne - flower is made from the Heart Punch

Here is the card I made for my shoebox swap:

I embossed the Daffodil Delight with the Honeycomb Folder and mounted it on a black card.  I embossed a few hexagons from black cardstock, cut them out and glued them to the daffodil card.  Then I stamped the little bee from Collage Curios (in the spring mini).  I smashed the bottle cap with the Big Shot.  I punched the script from the Collage Curios with the 1" punch; punched the daffodil circle with the 3/4" circle and the bee with the 1/2" circle.  After putting them all together, I put Crystal Effects over the top and adhered it to the card with a tad of Crystal Effects.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

MDS Challenge 2 - Multiple Photo Box

I can't believe I forgot to post this - I wrote it but just now found it in my Drafts so guess I didn't share.

Our MDS challenge last week was to use one photo with multiple photo boxes.

Here is mine:

What you need to do for this effect is:

•Create the number of photo boxes you want (create one and copy and paste)
•Group the photo boxes
•Apply drop shadow and mat
•Drag and drop photo into the boxes - they should all turn blue.

Here is a video by Heather Summers -

Feeling Sentimental

Sale-a-bration will be over before we know it.  If you want to get a free stamp set, punch, DSP or digital download, you need to place your $50 order by next Friday, March 22.  I love the Feeling Sentimental stamp set.   I made this card of the telephone booth (don't think that is what is called in England though - telephone box???  not sure).  I used my daubers to ink up the edges of the card.  I used French Foilage to stamp the "dots" and script. The bottom of the card is torn with a piece of Early Espresso torn and adhered to the bottom.  I used daubers to color the trill ribbon (retired) and frayed the ends.

We had a nice evening.  We had free tickets for the Charlotte Checkers hocket game (thanks to the Golden Boys) and invited some friends to come along with us.  We drove downtown Charlotte right at 5:00 p.m. and surprisingly, there was no traffic back-up on I-77 which shocked all of us.  We had dinner at a nice Irish bar / restaurant (yummy fish & chips!) and then walked over to the game.  The Checkers lost by one but it was a good game anyway.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Papercraft Crew Challenge

Hello Everyone,

Here is this weeks challenge sketch we are working with at the Paper Craft Crew. St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and the Paper Craft Crew is celebrating it in this week's challenge #33 with their theme of St. Patrick's Day.  I was inspired by a couple of different things I'd seen on Pinterest to make this card.  I made the card using MDS2.  I wasn't sure whether I had a shamrock or not but after doing a search with the Global Search feature, I found the circular stamp with the shamrock in the middle.  So .... I just cropped that shamrock out, enlarged it, colored it green, lowered the opacity and put it behind the saying. 

Here is the sketch we were working with:


Hope you will hop on over to the Paper Craft Crew page and check out the other members version of St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today was not a great day for me!  I am hoping tomorrow is much better.  I started off with not being able to sleep well last night which is unusual for me.  I had to get up pretty early this morning to go to the Soup Kitchen.  We were scheduled to make taco salad today, a pretty easy meal or so I thought.  The local Chipolte restaurant had donated the meat so we put it in pans to heat up - it was already cooked so that was not a problem.  They were supposed to have the rest of the ingredients for us for the salad - cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, chips, etc.  Well, the guy in charge couldn't remember what I had told him I was making so they didn't have anything taken out for us.  We were ok with lettuce and tomatoes - had plenty to cut up.  But the cheese and sour cream was frozen.  The cheese was actually an off-brand Velveeta type cheese - not cheddar that we could grate.  So we rigged up a double boiler and eventually got the cheese to melt.  The salsa they brought me consisted of 2 cans of salsa and 2 jars of marinara sauce!  I don't think so!  They tried to tell me it would be fine.  I was not putting marinara sauce in my salsa not to mention only 2 cans for approximately 150 people?????  So I rummaged around and found a box full of cans of Rotel tomatoes that I added to the salsa along with some plain tomatoes.  The sour cream ended up, after it melted, being the consistency of a thin cream.  Then there was the matter of the chips.  I was told a couple of weeks ago that they had large taco shells.  My plan was to just break them up in the salad.  Turns out what they called taco shells was actually flatbread.  Unbelievable!  So we took several packages and cut them up into strips, put a little cooking oil on them and salt and baked them.  They were ok.  Just as we were getting ready to serve, they brought us two boxes full of Dorito chips!  Much better!  We served about 135 people today and they all seemed to like the meal.   I don't think those people at the Soup Kitchen have ever been to Texas and had a real Tex-Mex Taco Salad.  It was nothing like we made today!

Remember I told you about the new montly kit that SU is offering?   Well if you haven't joined Paper Pumpkin yet  and wanna get a closer look first .... No worries - you can give Paper Pumpkin a try for one month with the Try It kit!  It's now available for order.

Here's the Try It kit info:

•$16.95 -plus shipping. (Item #132600).

•Includes stamps, a clear block, ink, paper, and accessories.

•It's all cut, measured, and ready-with instructions included.

Try it - I know you'll want Paper Pumpkin to visit your doorstep every month!

Tuesday was Digital Download Day - one of my favorite days!  Get in touch with your inner awesomeness this week with our latest downloads. 

Check out the Made to Be Awesome Framable. Download it. Print it. Frame it. 

If you've ever asked yourself what does, "LOL, BRB, IMO, or YNK" mean, then check out the FTW Stamp Brush Set. (You'll thank us later when you actually understand what your favorite teenagers are saying.)  I have to admit, I didn't know a lot of them!!

And, once you've caught up with all the lingo, use the Seriously Teen Kit to document teen life-epic style.
FTW Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
FTW Stamp Brush Set - $5.95

Seriously Teen Kit -- Digital Download
Seriously Teen Digital Kit - $9.95

Made to be Awesome template and stamps - $2.95

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Henry Says "It's Your Birthday"

Hope you had a great weekend.  The weather here was really nice.  Spring is just a few weeks away!  Hope you remembered to "spring forward."  Isn't it a pain to have to go around your house and change all the clocks?  Sonny and I each have a clock radio on our bedside tables.  I remembered to change mine but Sonny didn't change his until this morning.  It was so confusing during the night.  I'm one of those people who wake up during the night and have to know what time it is.  I just had to make sure I was checking the correct clock! 

I spent most of Sunday working on entering my retired stamps into Evernote.  I had just about used up all my data for the month so I went ahead and joined as a premium member for a month.  It was only $5 and worth it to get them all in.  I am finding out that I have way too many flower stamps!  I think my number is at about 80 sets that have a flower or two in them so far!!  Guess this is also a drawback about entering all of them - I now know I have way too many stamps!!  I will be selling a bunch of them in May when Stampers Alley has their Used Stamp Sale.

I just love this little elephant!

Henry Says
 I stamped Henry on some retired DSP.  The pennants and the elephant are popped up with dimensionals.  Don't you think this little guy would make someone smile on their birthday?

I used the Tasteful Trim sizzix die to cut a piece of Melon Mambo for the inside of the card.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pop Up Posies

How do you like my new blog heading?  I saw a similar blog heading on another site where you have to purchase the download for your blog and decided I could re-create it with MDS.  It took me a couple days to get the recoloring and layering done but it was fun to do.

A reminder - if you would like to get the very first issue of Stampin' Up's Paper Pumpkin - the creative project that will be delivered directly to your door - you need to sign up by Sunday.  Check it out HERE.

I have been working on my projects for the Quarterly meeting in a couple of weeks.  I am participating in a card swap, 3D swap, shoebox swap as well as doing a presentation on MDS.

Today I played around with the Pop Up Posies kit offered in the Spring Mini catalog.  There is so much you can do with it and you get a lot of elements.

Here is the first card I made using the Calypso Coral and Baja Breeze flowers.  I sprayed them with water to "fluff" them up a bit.

For the second card, I used the same layout but used the cupcake liner elements to make my flower.  I used my dauber to color the ends of the flower with Poppy Parade.

The only thing I would do different on the two cards is to use my paper pricker and templates to prick holes around the die cutout.  That would add a little "pizzaz" to them I think.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Pam!

Today is the birthday of our Papercraft Crew coordinator, Pam Staples.  So I made this card for our challenge in honor of Pam's birthday.  Happy Birthday, Pam!!

Such a fun card to make using mostly the Designer Kit, Topsy Turvy Celebrations and stamps from Under the Big Top.  I just love MDS!!  Bet you didn't know, huh?  ha ha

Background     Color = Summer Starfruit

    _Designer Kits\Topsy Turvy Celebration - embellishments\Topsy Turvy Celebration - flag 3 (re-colored)
    _Designer Kits\Topsy Turvy Celebration - embellishments\Topsy Turvy Celebration - flag 3

    Border Banter\Border Banter - diamonds, 

    Under the Big Top\Under the Big Top - celebrate
    Under the Big Top\Under the Big Top - bear

    Basics\1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color Summer Starfruit 

    Basics\Scallop Oval Punch, Fill Color Tempting Turquoise
    Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Big Top Birthday - designer series paper\Big Top Birthday - 9

And here is the sketch. 

Why don't you make a card using this sketch?  It's a good one. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Digital Download Tuesday

Digital Download Tuesday!  A great Easter set as seen here -
Love it!

There is more too -

Feel Goods Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Feels Good Stamp Brush Set

Bookstagram Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Bookstagram Photobook Template - Digital Download # 133424

Ex Libris Stamp Brush -- Digital Download
Ex Libris Stamp Brush

Sunday, March 3, 2013

MDS Challenge Week 1

Last week I challenged my NC demonstrators (and you too) to create a page or card or something on My Digital Studio using the "text on a path" technique.  Here are some of the entries:

Beth Fox also followed the color challenge from

Mary Ellen Harrison had good intentions of the freeform text but decided against it.  Love her page anyway!

Regina Andari's cute birthday card - she created the free form text in the balloon.

Makes you want a popsicle, huh?  This cutie is done by Karen Culler.

Elegant card by Pam Staples - waiting for those May flowers!

Circular text by Debbie Michael.

A card by Marcia Enns - this is the inside

Marcia's card front

Marcia even used the free form text on the back of the card!  Great job!!
 Here is what Marcia had to say after doing the challenge - "I started with a Designer Template to create this A2 card, and I managed to attach text to a freeform line on the card front, the inside of the card, and the “hallmark” on the back of the card.  Not only was this great practice with attaching text, but I also played with page layers, drop shadows, opacity, and more!  The more I do, the more excited I am about MDS. " 

That's what it's all about!!