Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up!

More and more of my customers are signing up for their monthly treat! Stampin' UP!'s aper Pumpkin. This video is a great way to learn how to put the contents of the kit together. It's also the perfect way to see first hand, the Paper Pumpkin experience. You'll see just how easy it is to enjoy a creativity escape each month. Go HERE to sign up for your very own.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Baby Shower Invitation - MDS-Hybrid Style

Happy First Day of Summer! It's also my first day home for summer break! One of the perks of being a teacher. My own kids started their summer break 4 days ago. Thank goodness for father in-law came over all four of the days to keep charge of my little ones while I finished up my school year. Now I am so happy to just breathe a bit deeper, stamp and create a bit more, and refresh my energy level for the start of the next school year.

Speaking of stamping a bit more, here is some MDS-Hybrid (My Digital Studio) to share. I was asked to create baby invitations for my husband's cousin. She is expecting a little girl later this summer. We are all so excited for her and her growing family. I used MDS and it was such a great time saver. I found a layout that was already created. I swapped out the colors and the background papers to make it fit with the color combination that I was given. The top layer is the finished MDS design. I printed them out, added some Kiwi Kiss retired ribbon and layered it on Kiwi Kiss retired card stock. I also used some Crystal Effects on the A,B,C blocks to add some dimension. What makes a card/project a hybrid is when you take a digital creation, print it out and add other product to it. For this invitation I added additional card stock, ribbon, and Crystal Effects.

This was so much fun and easy to create. MDS makes everything a bit easier. If I mess up, I just click and delete and add something else. I really like that! Have you gotten started with your MDS yet? Try the 30 day free trial HERE.

Little Additions stamp set
Hello Baby Embellishments and Background papers
Kiwi Kiss Card stock
Kiwi Kiss Ribbon
Crystal Effects

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kids Card Class

Kids of all ages just love to stamp. During the school year there are many events to raise money. During one of the events my school (where I teach) had a Silent Auction. One of the items in the Auction was a stamp class for a child and four friends. My good friend, Sam, and I offered this item. We each designed two cards. Here is one of the ones that I designed. The kids were in grades K, 1, and 5 which presents many challenges. We kept the cards quick, easy and appealing. For this card I used the By the Tide stamp set. I ran each of the cards through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots dry embossing folder. The card base is Old Olive. The Whisper White card stock is layered on Tangerine Tango. For a bit of pizazz I add some dazzling diamonds because most little girls love glitter! I can't remember where the Thanks so much sentiment comes from. Leave me a comment if you know. I took it out of the appropriate set and I don't know where to put it back. Oooops!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thank you to the Teacher

Have you ever needed a card quickly and in a hurry? Well, how about 11 of them? Well that is just what happened to me when I realized the end of the school year creeping up on me and I didn't have any thank you cards on hand. I decided to let MDS do the trick. I found this layout/design through the MDS program and decided it would fit my needs. I changed some of the background colors, made additional color changes. I printed the top layer out 11 times. I cut it at 4"  X  5-1/4" and then layered it onto a grey card stock card base. I also added some pretty rhinestones and voila, I had 11 cards ready to go. It was quicker than stamping! Could NEVER replace stamping but is a very good option to have. I was really impressed with my MDS cards.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Boy's Birthday

I always have the hardest time coming up with ideas for boy cards so boy was I happy when I came across this card on Heather Summer's blog. I made a couple of changes but it is pretty much the same as her original. Making this card gave me the opportunity to use a variety of product that I have and don't always add to a card. I used the Hexagon folder to dry emboss the black card stock, making the background fun and interesting. I also ran whisper white card stock through the Big spot in the Hexagon folder and cut out the hexagons. In addition, I used the 3" circle and the 2- 1/2" circle which created some texture and interest to the card. I ran the 2-1/2" inch circle through with the stripes embossing folder. I also added some washi tape...a first for me on a card!

I made this card for a seven year old (I am sure you figured that part out for yourself ha-ha!) Hope he likes it.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ode to Henry - Masking and Sponging

This is another card I made using the masking and sponging technique that I came across on Heather North's blog. She has some really cute cards on her blog. Check her out!

For this card I decided to use the retired Henry Says stamp set. I am so sad that this stamp set didn't make it into the new catalog. I decided to use it anyway. I used Black Stazon ink to stamp Henry over the background sponging. For the sponging, I used Primrose Petals, River Rock (Yeah, sadly that's retired now too!) and Raspberry Ripple. This was a very easy and fun card to make. I layered the Whisper White on Crumb Cake card stock. Don't forget to check out Heather's blog.

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