Rubber stamping, scrapbooking, card-making and other paper crafts

September 15, 2009

A Different Idea

Hi all. Do you remember the project we made at my Open House a few months ago? It was a small folder which held 3"x3" notecards. We used the new In-Colors card stock which were just being released with the new catalog, the RAZZLEBERRY LEMONADE DSP, and the WINGS OF FRIENDSHIP Hostess Set. Well here's another look at the same design -- with a different DSP. This version was made by my upline, Lisa. Isn't it awesome?!?! This first photo is of the outside cover of the holder.

This view shows the inside of the open holder with a couple note cards.
And these last two are of the individual note cards. I think I'm going to have to order some of this beautiful NIGHT AND DAY SPECIALTY Designer Series Paper (Item #116768, $11.95). The holder is held closed with a piece of 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon (Item# 114319, $5.95).

September 11, 2009


"MEDALLION" (Item #115223 $17.95) is currently my favorite stamp set. It's also currently the #1 best selling stamp set at Stampin' Up!. A customer and very dear friend of mine, Susan, purchased this a couple of months ago. I sort of hinted to her that it would be very cool if I could try out this stamp before I gave her the package of goodies she had ordered. She very graciously offered this and any other stamps she owns! Can you believe that? WOW! THANK YOU, SUSAN!!! You're AWESOME!
Well, I had LOTS of fun with this one. In this first sample I used Very Vanilla Textured Card Stock and a technique called "STAMPIN' OFF" to get the distressed, faded image of the Medallion shown here. I would be happy to show you and some of your friends exactly how to replicate this technique at a Girls' Night Out at your home or mine. You bring the friends and I'll bring the stamps! Together, we'll have lots of fun making projects designed especially for you.
I loved this color combination of the new In-Colors Soft Suede and Melon Mambo so much that I used it on this next card also. The MEDALLION was again stamped off -- this time onto Very Vanilla Textured Card Stock. The central image is from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Of the Earth. Markers were used to color directly onto the stamp, which were then re-moistened using the "huffing technique" before stamping onto Very Vanilla card stock which was punched out with a 1-3/8" Circle Punch. This circle was then mounted on a Soft Suede Scalloped Circle Punch and placed into the center of the Medallion stamp using Stampin' Dimensionals. Would you like to learn more about the "huffing technique"? Would you like to have this Of the Earth set in your own private stamp collection? The only way you can is to invite me to meet with you and your friends for a Girls' Night Out at my home or yours.
Here is yet another MEDALLION card. Are you tired of seeing them yet? I'm not tired of making them! hehe This was one of the cards from last month's Card Class. We used the "stampin' off" technique to create the flowering focal image using another stamp from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Of the Earth. Isn't this a pretty set?
Well, I still have more samples to show you, but I think this should suffice for a little while. Thank you again, Susan, for your generosity! I thoroughly enjoyed using this set -- as I think is obvious here, don't you?

September 9, 2009


Our September Scrapbooking Class was lots of fun this past weekend. We worked on two separate page spreads, as we usually do. The first was a layout about Back to School. Most of those attending the class have young children who returned to school in the past couple of weeks. (School starts in August here in Florida -- rather than after Labor Day as up North.) We had been discussing how to get good photographs of the children on their first day on school, subject matter, poses, lighting, etc.; so now we needed some pages for our wonderful photos.

But the real focus for this month's class was JOURNALING. We had a Guest Speaker, Ann, who opened our eyes to the fantastic world of JOURNALING on our scrapbook pages. THANK YOU, ANN!!! :-) I'm not an avid journaler, myself. I don't know about you, but I just never seem to know what to say... other than names, place and date... rather elementary (hehe... elementary... hehe... Get it? Back to school? Elementary?... A-hem.) Anyway...

Ann gave us many examples of different styles of journaling, including, but not limited to:
  • lists
  • tell our own thoughts and memories
  • record someone else's observations
  • letter writing
  • interview/dialog
Ann encouraged us to write about how we felt seeing our children leaving for school, or maybe about their feelings about returning to the classroom. There was a hand-out with lots of Journaling Prompts to get our brains jump-started in the right direction. She showed us some fabulous pages from her own personal scrapbooks in which journaling played a major part. Ann pointed out that, many years from now, a page with a story would be much more meaningful than a page with only photographs. So we are all going to do some journaling and bring back our layouts next month to share with each other. We will all read each others' stories, and vote on our favorite. The scrapper with the "best" journaling on her page will be rewarded with a copy of the book Simple Scrapbooks 2, by Cathy Zelsky, an award-winning scrapbooker and Contributing Editor to Creating Keepsakes magazine. Thank you, Ann, for both your thought-provoking presentation and your contribution of the journaling contest Reward!
This is our "Back to School" layout:
As you can see, our journaling will be entered onto the "notebook page" on the right side of this spread. But that is no ordinary notebook page... nooooo. It was created by computer-printing horizontal blue lines and one vertical red line onto Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock. We then punched the left edge using the Spiral Punch (Item# 108341) and the right sides with the Corner Rounder Punch (Item# 109047). The layout uses primary color card stock and Designer Series Paper from (retired) Simply Scrappin' Kits.
We also learned how to get more than one color of ink on a stamp by using Real Red, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa markers to color in the apple with its' leaf and stem from the Tart & Tangy Stamp Set (Item# 111514). Color directly onto the stamp, then huff by breathing air directly onto the stamp, then stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Voila! Tres jolie! (That's very pretty in French.) We cut out the apples using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch (Item# 104403) to be used as photo accents after our photographs are cropped and mounted onto the page. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or you may contact me directly.

September 3, 2009


The NEW Holiday Mini Catalog is here! I have been creating with stamp sets from this mini catalog for a month! It's awesome! First of all, would you like to see it? Click here to see the new Holiday Mini Catalog. It's bigger and better than ever before! There are 40 pages of cards,scrapbook pages, and holiday home decor ideas that are sure to inspire you to start preparing for your holiday season NOW! Would you prefer to hold the little book in your hands, so you can page through it slowly, staring at each page, planning your gift wrapping and party decorations? Most of my regular class-attenders should have received their own copy in the mail by now. But if not, contact me here and I'll be happy to mail you a copy of your own!


September 1, 2009


Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning artwork, colors, and accessories
available in digital format via My Digital Studio

Stampin’ Up! is venturing into the digital age with the release of My Digital Studio™. My Digital Studio is an easy-to-use, software-based design studio featuring thousands of Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning images, colors, and accessories.

Extremely intuitive, My Digital Studio allows crafters of all skill levels to easily navigate the program and design their own digital project or use hundreds of templates to create professionally designed cards, photo albums, scrapbooks, and more. New artwork and templates will be available on a regular basis for download via Stampin’ Up!’s Online Store. In addition, My Digital Studio will offer professional print services where customers can purchase bound photo albums, cards, individual scrapbook pages, and calendars.

The design studio offers perfect coordination when embellishing digital output products with traditional Stampin’ Up! embellishments, as well. Users can produce exquisite, multi-dimensional projects that marry the ease of digital with the beauty of handcrafted projects, creating what are known as hybrid projects.
“I love the way My Digital Studio combines what Stampin’ Up! is known for—exclusive images, terrific color coordination and inspiring project ideas—and offers it in a digital format,” said Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up! cofounder and CEO. “This will make it easier than ever before to scrapbook or create other paper crafting projects while still ensuring that your end result looks great!”
Please contact me here if you are interested in gathering a group of 3 or more of your friends together for a Girls' Night Out Digital Stamping event. I will bring my laptop to your home, or you can bring your friends to mine, where I will be happy to show-off the product and offer hands-on support. Those interested in attending this event or scheduling a personal crafting event with me are invited to visit my website here.