Scattered Merry Christmas

Scattered Merry Christmas

Hey – 5 days in a row!  yes – 5 days of posts in a row – maybe I can stay on my posting schedule now.  Today I have card #3 from my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack classes.  This idea came from my good friend Cindy Schuster – it was a swap she made for her Artisan Team at convention – I made a few changes from her original – including adding the frosted sequins from the Holiday catalog (they were not available yet when Cindy made her card).

scattered-merry The Smoky Slate later is embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Embossing folder and then use the Whisper White craft ink pad to rub ink over it.  On the envelope I used the edge of the Merry Stamp to add the snowflakes.  Here is a full list of supplies -

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MDS Blog Hop – What are you Working on?

I’m back again – my second post as a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  My friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  I’m very thankful to be joining these talented ladies for the second time this month. These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is “What are you working on?” .  Everyone will be sharing what they are currently working on in MDS.

10295772_10201596378183638_8781518809722083584_nI decided I better get started on a Christmas card if I’m going to do a digital card for this year.  The past few years I have made a digital card to send out to our family that includes photos and sometimes some notes about what we have been up to this past year.  Now as the boys are older and moving away it may be more important to keep long distance family posted on what they are up to.  For right now I’m playing around with a 5×7 size post card.  Which gives me a front and back to design.  But I may change my mind before it’s all done.  I also need some family photos of the 5 of us.  With the boys all being here for Thanksgiving that is one of my goals for the weekend!  For now this is what I have for the front – I want a photo with all of us together but for now I have the boys.  Originally I didn’t have the snowflakes on there – I may decide later to delete those.

2014 Christmas Card-001For the back side I wanted to have an individual photo of each of the boys and then Greg and I and I wanted to include the dogs too.  These may not be the final photos that I use.  I wrote a quick note about each of the boys and I’ll let each of them read it to see if they want to add/delete or change anything.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Cindy – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  These ladies do this every month so join them again in December.  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_n

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!

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All is Calm Tree

All is Calm Tree

Yesterday I shared the first card from my Christmas Card Stamp A Stack classes.  Here is number 2.

all-is-calm-treeThis card idea started with a card I saw on Pinterest.  It’s a pretty simple card with the Washi Tape – I embossed first and added the washi tape over the embossed trees but you could also do it the other way around and then the embossing would be embedded in the washi tape too.  With the matching Tree punch for the Festival of Trees stamp set you just stamp and punch and done!  This is a good one to replicate and make a bunch of.  In my Stamp a stack class everyone made 5 of these.  For my customers that were waiting on the Tree Punch – the backorders have shipped and should be here any day now.

Here is a full list of supplies – all are available in my online store.

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Beauty of the Season

Beauty of the Season

I’m back – hopefully blogging pretty regularly for the next little while.  My boys will be home for Thanksgiving and I’m very excited about that.  I have one more class Wed. night and then Kyle will be home Thursday night.  Ryan will be here next week just before Thanksgiving.  I’m looking forward to a long weekend with everyone being home.

I had two Christmas Card Stamp A Stack classes this year.  One was this past weekend and the other was last month.  At each one there were 4 different card designs and everyone made 5 of each design for a total of 20 cards.  I wanted to share some of those with you.  This first card is one that I created with a simple little technique using the Magnetic Platform and framelits in a different way.

beauty-of-seasonHere is how I created this card -

  1. On the Crumb Cake layer I stamped the Beauty of the Season cardinal image in the center with Black StazOn ink.
  2. Place the cardstock on top of the magnetic platform.  Place the Labels Collection Framelit over the stamped image – the magnet will hold it in place so you can trace the frame – both inside and outside – using the Project Life Pen.  This creates a frame around the stamped image.  Just a different way to use the magnetic platform and your framelits.
  3. Stamp the bird image again on Cherry Cobbler card stock and cut out – glue it on top of the first image.
  4. Use the Stamp & Pierce Mat, the Essentials Piercing template and the Piercing tool to add a pierced accent to each corner of the panel.
  5. color in the berries with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker.
  6. Tie a piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding around the card stock piece and then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the front of a Cherry Cobbler card stock base.
  7. Stamp a Crumb Cake envelope to match.

Here is a full list of the supplies – click on an item for the link to my online store:

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Bearing Holiday Gifts

Bearing Holiday Gifts

I’m back from a long weekend away scrapbooking in the mountains.  It was a gorgeous fall weekend in North Georgia and we had perfect weather.  Spending time crafting and hanging out with friends you just can’t beat that.

Before I left I had a card class at KSU and this was one of the cards that everyone made -

bearing-giftsI wasn’t sure when I started it how I would like it.  It seems every time I get out the Bearing Gifts stamp I use it with the All is Calm Designer Paper and colors.  But I wanted to use more traditional colors this time.  And this is what I ended up with.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers – Real Red, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight – to color in the little kids. The Filgree Frame Embossing Folder added a nice little frame around the image.  The finishing the touch was a little bit of baker’s twine tied around the edge.  Here is a complete list of supplies -

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Thanks for stopping by.  I have lots going on this week.  A card class tonight, the MDS Virtual Crop on Tuesday night, my neighbor friends are coming over for our monthly pokeeno group on Wed (my turn to be the hostess), Friday is Card Maker’s, Saturday I have a private scrapbook class scheduled and Sunday my Christmas Card Stamp A Stack.  Not sure what I was thinking when I put all this in one week! My blogging may be sparse for the rest of the week.

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MDS Blog Hop

MDS Blog Hop

Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  How cool is that?  I’m so excited!  These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS.  Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.

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If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska.  It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  I took well over 1000 photos!  And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos.  I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book.  I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.

Alaska 2014-007This page is from the first morning of our trip.  We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide.  I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day.  My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos.  It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.

The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page.  Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template.  I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit.  I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th.  I get to hop along for that one too!  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!

1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_nCindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us.  Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!

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Fun Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving

Fun Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving

One of my most favorite new dies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is the Curvy Keepsake Box die.  When I saw it in the catalog I think I might have squealed with glee!  I’m so glad that I ordered it right away as it has been so incredibly popular it is currently on back order!  It is definitely one that you will want to have,  It is actually super easy to assemble – I use the Fast Fuse adhesive on mine – you could also use sticky strip or even the multi-purpose liquid glue.  You just want a strong adhesive so that you can put something fun inside and it won’t come apart.

Are you ready for this fun project ready for Thanksgiving!!!

turkey-boxI made a TURKEY!!  Originally I hadn’t planned on ordering the Four Feathers stamp set and framelit bundle but when I realized they could be the feathers on a turkey I added them to my next order.  Really I bought it just to make this project.  However I have been using the feathers for other things too.

Here is a better look at the turkey face from the front.

turkey-box2Just a couple of notes on the face.  The nose is the little heart punch – I attached the eyes to each lobe of the heart.  And the waddle is the little flower with two opposite petals cut off.  Both punches are part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

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I hope you like this cute little critter.  I wonder what else I can make with this die?  What do you suggest?

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back tomorrow for a special surprise.

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