31 October 2009


One of my favorite beers is a punkin ale. Punkin, not pumpkin.
I hope you're enjoying the Halloween weekend (and everyone is being safe!!) and maybe you're drinking some punkin ale!!

Here's a great card that was SUPER easy to make. I love easy cards and I love my punches! The fantastic DSP does all the work in this card. I punched the punkin using the wide oval punch. I punched 5 ovals for the punkin. The stem was freehanded cut. The leaf was a little leaf punch.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: NONE
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (sponged on edges of ovals)
CS: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip (stem), Old Olive (leaf), Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
DSP: Cast-A-Spell
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch

30 October 2009

Spooky Friend?

Here's another card using the Great Friend set. I love the new DSP in the holiday mini, Night and Day. I can't tell, is this card spooky? I hope not. There's a cute butterfly on it! I did have to restamp the butterfly. The first time I stamped it in Basic Black and it looked more like a bat than a butterfly. The second time I stamped it in Basic Gray. I think it's less spooky now. Did you ever read: The Bernstein Bears Spooky Old Tree? I loved that book and this card reminds me of that book! :)

Thanks for checking out todays card.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Great Friend
DSP: Night and Day
Ink: Basic Gray
CS: Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain, scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch

28 October 2009

Thoroughly Modern meets Upsy Daisy

I liked the combination of the Thoroughly Modern DSP and the Upsy Daisy stamp set. I paired it with the Melon Mambo because I haven't shared that color with you that much. I apologize, but I tend to shy away from bright colors. Here I toned it down with Sahara Sand and Basic Black. Did you know it's OK to stamp on DSP?? Try it. Doesn't the pattern on the DSP emmulate the Daisy I stamped?? I also used versamark on Sahara Sand on the larger panel for the grassy look. I decided I LOVE versamark on Sahara Sand.

Have a good one!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
CS: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand
Accessories: 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain

27 October 2009


I needed the *perfect* hostess gift for a recent hostess (I bet she's reading this - HI!). She said her favorite DSP was Bella Blue. She is also very organized and she's a bride-to-be, so I thought an address rolodex would be a great gift. I also used up a ton of scraps for this gift (ohh, don't read that part!). One of the Big Shot dies is a rolodex die.

I originally wanted to stamp the letters, but I couldn't decide on the perfect font to use, so I decided to get out Go-Go Boots sizzlits. I layered them on 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circles. I placed the first circle on the left
then flipped the card over and aligned it to position the righthand circle (ensuring the same distance on both sides).
Then finally I overlapped the center letter equally on the left and right. Confused? I am!
A little tip, after I cut all the letters and matted them to the circles, I made piles to make sure the letters would go left-to-right.

I said I used scraps, here are a couple more cards.

Would you like to make a rolodex? It would be PERFECT for a holiday gift! Select your DSP and color combo and I will mail you the cards, circles, DSP pieces and directions (rolodex excluded). The kit is $10 (postage included). If you have letter stamps, you can omit the Go-Go Boots letters the kit cost is $6 (postage included, rolodex excluded). Email me with questions or your DSP/color choices and I'll send a PayPal request. Orders ship on Mondays and Fridays.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
DSP: Bella Blue
CS: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Big Shot

26 October 2009

Monday MDS goes to Chicago

I didn't journal this page because this wasn't my trip! :) The trio photo was a pre-made layout. I copied the blocks and mirrored the trio above the title.

Hope you have a great Monday.

25 October 2009

Spider Webs

Hi friends. I really hate spider webs. I equally hate spiders. At my job there are some gnarly spiders and there are some HUGE webs in between the handrail that gross me out. You know if you're the first one of the day walking in a particular area because you can feel the web getting on you. That's when I start shaking and flaying my arms (I'm sure I look like Beyonce in the Single Ladies video to anyone looking!).

Long before I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I received these great texture plates as a gift. This is one spider web I like. I ran it though my Big Shot and then used White Craft ink to emphasis the web. This is a 5" x 5" card to allow enough room for the web.
I created two similar cards for two Trick or Treat boxes I sent to some college students. Didn't you love getting boxes of goodies in school? Anyways, on the web on the right I lightly dabbed the white ink. The card on the left I really emphasized the web by dragging and dauber all over the raised web.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White Craft
CS: Basic Black, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, dimensionals

Happy haunting!

24 October 2009

Oh Baby! Spoiler Alert

I have a workshop tonight and the hostess requested a baby card with the Nursery Letters. I selected gender neutral Sahara Sand and So Saffron. I used some color-on-color and a handmade banner to finish off this quick card.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters
Ink: Sahara Sand, So Saffron
CS: Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 3/4" Square Punch, White Gel Pen, Distressing Tool

21 October 2009

Holly Branch

Are you preparing for the holidays? I'm slowly getting started on my holiday cards, and I am starting with simple cards. A simple card can be quick and elegant and clean and speedy. You know my favorite trick? Letting the DSP do all work. Especially, this great paper, it's in the Holiday Mini!

I placed a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the inside, sponged with real red.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christ is Born, Berry Christmas
DSP: Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Real Red
CS: Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Markers, Dimensionals, Sponge (card interior)

19 October 2009


Accessories. LOVE THEM ALL!

Basic Jumbo grommets

Mini Library clips

Circle Designer brads

1/2" Library clips

Happy shopping!

Monday MDS

I just added a stamp to the background page for this simple page. The "m" is also a stamp in MDS.

Click on the photo to see a larger image.
Have a great Monday!

18 October 2009

A Trick or Treat Swap

Do you love this card?? It was a card I received in swap from Jeannette Swain (go check out her amazing creations!). It's a great layout and the baroque swirl keeps the eye moving. There's plenty to look at without feeling overwhelmed. And the sponging makes my heart pitter patter.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, From the Crypt, Holiday Best (Hostess Level 1)
Ink: Basic Black
CS: Basic Black, Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/4" Pumpkin Pie grosgrain, 1" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, dimenisonals

Are you ready for Halloween yet?!?!?!?

15 October 2009


Hi crafters. Happy dreary and cold and rainy Thursday! It's soooooooo not nice here. And I was not able to get a good photo of this project yesterday or today. Major bummer. It's 100% fall here, so I thought it was a good time to use Season of Friendship and another BTB project!
The bag today is a 2-5-7-10 bag (it's called that because you score the cardstock at 2-5-7-10 inches! so clever!). The bag uses one sheet of cardstock (Really Rust here) and I used scraps for the tree. The image spills over the edges of the very vanilla cardstock. A 12" piece of more mustard 1/4" grograin secures the bag closed. To get variation of the leaves, I stamp the image two or three times WITHOUT inking in between. This gives different shades and stretches your ink pad color selection even further! Bonus! :)

Let's quickly talk about the cost of this bag. Very Vanilla and suede for the focal image were scraps and will not include in the cost of the box. One sheet of colored cardstock approx. 23 cents, ribbon approx. 11 cents, I used about 5" of sticky strip up one side and about 7" on the bottom flaps of the bag totaling 12" or 25 cents worth of sticky strip adhesive. TOTAL COST OF BOX: .23 + .11 + .25 = 59 cents!

Enjoy your fall day! It's almost the weekend (I do hope it clears up or it will be a movie weekend at my house!!)

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Season of Friendship
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Soft Suede
CS: Really Rust, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 1/4" More Mustard grograin, hole punch

12 October 2009

Monday MDS Country Style

Happy Monday :) I think some of you are lucky enough to be off work today!
All these digital scrapbook pages are making me start scrapbooking again! Look for some traditional takes on these great pages coming up!

We love live music and concerts and we live very close to Nissan Pavillion. This was Trace Adkins and Toby Keith in September. I used a pre-made layout and added a bit of journaling. Easy!!

Enjoy your day!!

09 October 2009

Stamps - they're not just for cards

Hi friends. Happy Friday. It's been a busy week here! Today's post is a tad late, but hopefully you'll like it. Gifts are all about presentation - but holy cow elaborate bags and wrapping and bows are EXPENSIVE!!

Last night I needed to package up a baby gift and I got out my newly aquired wheel and an inexpensive kraft bag to create my packaging. The gift bag was $1.99, and I used a 40%-off coupon for a grand total of $1.25. It's not perfect, but that's part of the fun! I used tissue paper I had on hand (cost $0) and the card was made by my talented friend. I wish I could take credit for it, it's a cutie card, so cute in fact I couldn't hide it in the envelope. I ditched the envie and tucked it peeking out of the bag.
Three (scrap) pieces of ribbon secure the bag shut (also $0).
Word of caution, if you're going to stamp on gift bags, make sure they're the matte (not glossy) bags. I did stamp the ends of the bags. Here's an earlier bag I created.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps:Nursery Letters jumbo wheel (Bag), The welcome baby and duck are retired :(
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Bag), Basic Black (Card)
CS: Bashful Blue (Card), Whisper White (Card)
Accessories:Wheel handle (Bag), chocolate chip reinker (Bag), 1" double stitched chocolate chip ribbon (Bag), 1-1/4" Stripped Chocolate Chip Ribbon (Bag), Non-SU! yellow ribbon (Card), Scallop edge punch (Card), Markers (Card)

And yes, It's a Boy!

Enjoy your Friday. I do hope your weather is as amazing as ours today! I'm lucky to be able to get outside at my j-o-b!

05 October 2009

Spooky Halloween

While at the retreat, I learned the Cracked Glass technique. I thought the skull in the From the Crypt set was perfect for this technique. I used a littler shimmer paint on the image before using the Glazy Glaze.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: From the Crypt, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Staz-On, Perfect Plum
DSP: Cast-A-Spell
CS: Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Modern Label Mover and Shapers, sponge

Have a good day!

Monday MDS

Ready for another Monday?? I hope you're loving My Digital Studio because starting today on Mondays I'm going to post an MDS page. The photos don't do the cherry blossoms justice.

You can see all the MDS pages by clicking on the keyword MDS at the bottom of the post. As always, click on the photo to see it larger.


03 October 2009

World Card Making Day and PPA

Hellooooooooo!!!! Are you up to your eyeballs in scissors and sticky strip static cling pieces? Are your fingers inky?? I've made several cards already, and I'm not slowing down. The weather is going to be beautiful, I'm making cards, eating buckeye bars, and watching football!!

I was over at PPA and their challenge is Gratitude and Thanks. Here's my clean and simple card.

After cutting the leaves with the Big Shot, I crinkled and crumpled them up and then sponged the edges and the folds to make the leaves more realistic. Wouldn't these be great scattered across your Thanksgiving table? Or maybe your mantle? The leaves were so beautiful that I didn't want to add much more to the card.

I stamped and cut out a couple of leaves from the Falling Leaves set and used a scrap of DSP.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Falling Leaves
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgandy, Soft Suede (for sponging)
CS: Bravo Burgandy, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Whisper White
DSP: Autumn Traditions
Accessories: Big Shot, Leaves #2 Die, Modern Label Punch, sponges, dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you find time to be creative today,

02 October 2009

Ribbon of Hope

Hi friends. Happy October and Happy Friday!
Today's card is a simple card, for a simple cause.

Tomorrow, October 3rd, is World Card Making Day. Yes, it's a holiday. (You think I'm crazy, stop over at Cath's website - she's the editior at Paper Crafts Magazine!) It should be celebrated. I will be spending my day making cards with friends. I hope you will too!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Ribbon of Hope
DSP: Hostess DSP pack (retired)
Ink: Pretty in Pink
CS: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads

01 October 2009

Deal of the Week is BACK!

Dates: October 1-31, 2009 During the month of October, Stampin' Up! will offer several discounted products as "Deals of the Week." No limits and no minimum purchase required.

Week 1 Deals of the Week
Item 109183: Trio Flower punch Special Price $10.99
Item 109041: 5-Petal Flower punch Special Price $10.99
Item 110709: My Way punch Special Price $11.99

Deal #1: Thursday, October 1, 2009; 12:01 AM (MT) through October 12, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)

Deal #2: Monday, October 12, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 19, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)
Deal #3: Monday, October 19, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 26, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)

Deal #4: Monday, October 26, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 31, 2009; 6:50 PM (MT)


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