December 19th: It’s Hanukkah Season, Too!

Aloha, all!

     Every year I make at least one holidy card with a Hanukkah theme, and it's especially for my friend, Janet, whom I usually only get to see once a year.  This year I didn't get to travel to see her at all, so I wanted an especially nice card, and not a simple A2-sized card with a Jewish image.  So, when I saw a card shaped like a 6-pointed star not too long ago, I was thrilled!  And so off I went to try to make one for this special card!


     What a fun fold this was to do!  There are plenty of videos on YouTube about how to cut and fold this card, and I don't have enough time right now to make my own tutorial.  So what I've decided to so is just give you some hints that made my life with this card a little easier as I followed some of the YouTube instructions.

1.  You can make this card with ANY sized equilateral triangle (a triangle with all three sides the same length). Click here for a website that shows how to make one out of a square.  Trace this onto your Designer Series Paper and then cut the DSP.

2.  Once you have your triangle of paper, mark the center of each of the three sides with a small pencil mark (it will likely not show once you get everything folded).

3.  Fold each point to the mark on the edge opposite it.

4.  With all three folds in place, take the fold that's lying on top and gently pull it back towards the outside of the folded triangle as if you are going to fold it again (and you are!) until it gets to the place where the other two layers meet.  Then crease this new fold.  You've constructed the first single layer star point.

5.  Bring one of the remaining two layers to the front and repeat the above fold.  Repeat with the third layer. 

6.  There you have your star! 

     It's especially fun if you fold two layers and then tuck the third layer in so that it's on top of one of the other layers and under the last layer.

     Now for the Stampin' Up! Products that I used for this card.  First, the paper is from the All Is Calm Designer Series Paper set. My paper was 9-5/8" + on each side. I made good use of the scraps with which I ended up after making my star by punching some smaller triangles with the Stampin' Up! Large Triangle Punch, and adhered them to each of the points of the folded star.

     For the design in the center of the card, I turned to Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, using one of the images from the Jewish Holiday Sayings Digital Stamp Brush Set and resized it to fit the center of the card. I then made a background for this image using the Hexagon Punch Digital Download.  That made it easy for me to hand-cut the shape after I'd printed it out on some Whisper White Cardstock.  Once I'd done that, I adhered the shape to a piece of Silver Foil Sheet and trimmed the Silver Foil so that it shows just a bit as a mat around the printed hexagon.

     Finally, for the front of the card at least, I added an embellishment on the front, made up of one of the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments and a bow made with the Silver 1/8" Ribbon

     Now for the inside:


     I was tempted to go a bit overboard on decorating the inside of the card.  But instead, I just found another image in the Jewish Sayings Stamp Brush Set and printed it on a triangle that I constructed using the digital triangle punch in My Digital Studio.  I colored the Happy Hanukkah greeting with the digital Pear Pizzazz color.  And of course this is the layer on which I will sign our personal greetings to Janet.

     Wow, this was quick and dirty, huh?  I hope I'll have a chance to write a proper tutorial before the next big Star holiday – Fourth of July?  If I do write this tutorial, it will be in my newsletter, which is where I publish any tutorial that I write these days.

     Here are the major products that I used for this project. If you end up making this project, I'd love to see what you make, and I can even share it here on my blog if you'd like!

     Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish online friends!






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Posted on : Dec 19 2014
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December 15th – A Quick Hybrid!

Aloha, all!

     I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but I really did think that I'd ordered the Holiday Home Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  But, while I did managed to misplace quite a few things from that Catalog as I was in the middle of a rushed move to get away from Hawaii's lava, it turns out that this wasn't one of them.  I really did NOT order this bundle!  Rats, and I'd decided it was going to be featured in at least two of my December cards that I was planning to make based on layouts in my 2010 Card Layouts eBook.  What to do!?  Aha, it turns out that this stamp set is one that was also produced as a Digital Stamp Brush Set.  So up popped my copy of Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, and out came the houses!


     It was fun making this house close to the way I'd originally envisioned it, though I really do like stamping and coloring with my inks and Stampin' Write Markers. 

     It's getting down to the wire with making Christmas cards as I have to get them mailed out by this Saturday to have any kind of hope that they'll get to mainland destinations before Christmas.  So from here on out, most of my projects are going to be a lot simpler so I can get more made.  For this card, all I did was to cut two pieces from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (DSP) set, using the measurements from my eBook.  I did add a mat to both of these, which was not a feature of the original layout.

     To finish the card off, I did get my "real" stamps out, in the shape of what's become my favorite set this holiday season, Endless Wishes.  I love this photopolymer set – it's SOOO easy to use!

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used for this project – just click on a picture to find out more about each of them, and even to buy one or two on my Stampin' Up! website!





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Posted on : Dec 15 2014
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Even in the Holiday Season…

… life happens.


Aloha, all!

     Yesterday a good friend called to tell me that someone she'd known for a long time had passed away.  She wanted a sympathy card that had her particular touch on it.  Her particular touch is to have a card with an orchid on it. 

     As you may know, there's nothing in the Stampin' Up! Catalog right now that has an orchid on it, at least that would be appropriate for a sympathy card.  But back in a long-since retired Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, there was a sympathy-themed stamp set that included a perfect orchid for my friend's taste.  While I've actually kept that stamp set just to use for cards she requests, I do try to make cards that you can copy if you wish.  If you don't have the stamp set and you like my project, that set is available for you to purchase.  So I began my project thinking it was one I would likely not share with you.

     Up popped the idea to look at Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio digital offerings.  Darned if that stamp set wasn't in the digital catalog!  Woo-hoo!  It's there, and you can buy it any time – digital products do NOT retire!


     For this project, I could do a lot with the Stamp Brush Images that I could not do with a rubber or photopolymer stamp.  First I resized the original orchid stamp.  Second I flipped the stamp image for one of the prints.  And I very easily recolored even the teeniest spots in even the sentiment stamp image.  The digital colors I chose were Lost Lagoon and Perfect Plum, both current colors in the Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Wow!  How easy!  Not only that, I now have the file saved for the next time my friend needs this kind of card.

     Of course, this is not totally a digital card.  I only printed the three digital images on Whisper White Cardstock.  After that, I cut the images, matted them, and adhered them in various ways to create a card with the kind of depth and texture you would want from a "real" stamped card.  The papers that I used for this are a Lost Lagoon colored sheet from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack (the background layer) and All Is Calm DSP.  Yes, the latter is holiday paper.  But that Lost Lagoon sheet from the set makes a perfect mat for the printed stamp images. And finally I used some Perfect Plum Cardstock to accent all that Lost Lagoon coloring.

     One of the other things that I like about making stamps my own size and shape is that I can make a card that's sized perfectly to hold those shapes and sizes AND I can make an envelope to go exactly with my project.  The Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board is a gem for this.  The final card here is 3-3/4" wide by 6-3/4" tall.  You won't find that exact set of measurements on the Envelope Punch Board size chart.  But you are not limited to the sizes shown on the Punch Board's frame.  I adjusted the numbers just a bit and came up with the perfect envelope for this card.  I. Just. Love. This!

     I hope you'll take the chance to do something just a bit different with your own Stampin' Up! projects this holiday season – or whenever the urge strikes you!  Doing this really makes me feel much more creative than just using standard shapes and measurements.  I hope you get to experience this, too!








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Posted on : Nov 25 2014
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A Quick and Easy Party Favor!

Aloha, all!

     Not only do I not have young children, but there are very few in my circle of friends and acquaintances.  But that doesn't mean we don't have parties – in the case of our party this past Saturday, a "Garden Party."  Oh, this is not like a genteel urban or suburban garden party.  No, the gardens in our neighborhood are tropical gardens.  My friend, Karolyn, has a fantastic 5-acre Palm Garden, and it was this garden that was to be the site for some fun socialization – and a garden tour – by the members of the Zonta Club of Hilo to which I belong. 

     As I live nearby, I volunteered to help.  Of course they know that I do paper crafting, so I was asked to help with favors that would be at each place setting for the luncheon part of the affair.  There are other parts of the set of favors, but this is my contribution.


     Bookmarks!  And I didn't even have to use the retired palm tree stamp that I showed off here last Thursday!  These palm trees – in fact the whole bookmark design – are from My Digital Studio!  I was especially happy to be able to use My Digital Studio because I had to make a LOT of bookmarks (just showing a few here)! 

     Three of my favorite features of My Digital Studio show up in this design:

  1. I can color one stamp with more than one color!  The palm tree is one stamp from the Digital Stamp Brush Set, Tropical Party.  But I was able to color the palm leaves using Pear Pizzazz Digital Ink, and the trunks using Baked Brown Sugar.
  2. I can resize stamps (and embellishments as well!) to whatever size I need.  In fact, with this design, I not only made the stamp small enough to fit on the post card, but I made one even smaller to create the 2-palm design.  (I colored one palm then copied and resized it to make the smaller palm.)
  3. I can add text in any font on my computer AND color it whatever color I want!  For the book marks, I used Baked Brown Sugar for the text.

     To make the actual bookmarks, I grouped all the parts of the design and then placed 6 copies on one 11" w  x 8-1/2" h digital background.Layout  Each bookmark is 6-1/2" h  x 2" w.  I'm able to get an extra one on the bottom by laying it on its side.  Then I exported the file to .jpg and inserted it into another file to print it exactly as I wanted it.  Yes, I could have printed directly from My Digital Studio, but I did not have as good control over the finished product as I wanted with MDS.  Oh, and I printed this with my HP printer directly onto Very Vanilal Cardstock – it came out beautifully!

     After cutting out all the bookmarks, I punched the top of each bookmark with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I added a 6" piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon through the slit in the tag topper, and my bookmark was done!

     This was lots of fun, and a handmade bookmark – even in these days of Kindles and iPads – is such a nice addition to a favor.  There are always books lying around that need a space marked – even if it's just to put in a reminder of a fun party!





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Posted on : Jul 20 2014
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Soho Sorry!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I found out that something I'd said in a meeting had upset a new friend.  We talked about it and cleared the air when I assured her that it was just a misunderstanding and it really was an innocent comment.  We agreed that we would never just assume a meaning if we felt hurt by something and would address the issue between us right away.

     Nonetheless, I felt bad that she had gone all this time thinking that I'd meant something I hadn't.  As I told my husband later, I never bought the Stamp Set So Sorry because I was sure that a card would never be appropriate in a situation where I had to say, "I'm Sorry."  Wrong!  But I didn't own the set and I wanted to make a card quickly.  You know, of course, what I did next.  I went to the list of Stamp Brush Sets available in the My Digital Studio catalog.  There it was, and I had it within minutes! Not only that, by the time I decided I wanted that stamp set, it was ALREADY SOLD OUT!!!  But the Digital Version will be around for a while.


     And so I come to the end of the week in which I've featured six of the Designer Series Paper sets that are retiring at the end of next month.  For today's card, I'm featuring two sheets from the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper set.  I know you can't see very much of the second sheet – it's behind the main layer and it's also a mat for the two rectangles on the card front.  But I wanted to muss up the edges of the papers in this card, and it's much easier to scratch along the edge of Designer Series Paper with my fingernails than it is with cardstock.

     While the So Sorry sentiment definitely looks stamped, it's really printed – I placed it on a single "page" layout in My Digital Studio, colored it Island Indigo, and printed it on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The color didn't quite match the Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad ink, so I saved the file and then recolored it to a color that was closer to the real color.  I probably didn't have to do that for a photograph for my blog, but it sure looks nicer in person.  If you make a card with Stampin' Up! colors and send it to the Stampin' Up! printing service, the colors are guaranteed to match the real ink, which is really a cool feature!

     The flower image is from the Love and Sympathy Stamp Set, which happens to be on the same page in the Stampin' Up! catalog as the retiring-and-already-sold-out So Sorry stamp set.

     Once I had everything cut and ready to put together, I went about doing a bit of distressing.  First I sponged the Designer Series Paper layers, and then each of the two Very Vanilla rectangles. I sponged the edges and also lightly sponged the central part of the papers.  I then roughed up the edges of all the papers, and adhered the image and sentiment pieces on their mats.  I adhered the two large pieces of papers together and then the sentiment element directly to the Designer Series Paper with SNAIL Adhesive.  Then I tied a piece of the 7/16" Natural Trim around the larger pieces and tied a knot over to the left.  Finally, I adhered the element with the flower on it to the larger grouping using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     To finish the project, I adhered the whole group to the Very Vanilla Card Base, which I'd also sponged around the edges on the card front.

     Even though the free shipping of earlier this week is over, there's still time to order products that are retiring – that offer is not up until June 4th – or until the product is sold out.  As with the So Sorry stap set, that's already happened with several retiring products, so don't wait too long before ordering something that you'd really like!






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Posted on : Apr 26 2014
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Absolutely Incredible Kid – A Digital Page!

Aloha, all!

     Today is this year's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.  "Celebrating its 18th anniversary, Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation's youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Lives are changed by this act of love and kindness."

    Once I heard about this celebration and the reason for it, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to express my own appreciation for an Absolutely Incredible Kid in my life, my grandson, Quin.  He's awesome in so many ways, but he's been especially awesome as he's blossomed into a wonderful performing artist.  His latest venture, with his performing arts academy's guidance, is in performing on stage as a singer, both as a soloist and with a group.  But what really woke me up to his incredible talent was his performance in his academy's production of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas this past winter.


     I'd never seen the movie on which this stage musical was based.  But, a month or so before the performances, while I was visiting on the U. S. mainland, my son and grandson sat us down to watch the movie.  I wondered how my grandson would play the role of Jack Skellington and wished I could have seen the play.  Once I saw photos of the production, I knew just how wonderfully he had nailed the role!

     Of course, now that I had the photos, I knew that I would have to make a scrapbook page or two memorializing this fab performance.  Today's page is one that I made using Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio.  This program is SO easy to use with just a bit of basic training courtesy of Stampin' Up!  In fact, you don't really need to have much in the way of skill in putting digital elements together.  You've probably never seen this exact layout no matter how much you use My Digital Studio.  But that's not because it's an original layout.  I took a pre-made layout originally meant for a Christmas Album and swapped out some (but not all) of the "papers" in the layout, along with the photo elements.  In the original there were two places for photos, for example.  In this modified layout there's just the one.

     I couldn't decide which of the photos I wanted to use as the main element in this project.  But I finally decided on the one that included a dance routine (my grandson takes dance lessons with the academy, too!), but went ahead and used the other two that I liked as background images. 

     And that's pretty much the way this whole page came to be.  I'd see something that would spark an idea and then I'd go looking for something in the My Digital Studio library on my computer that would help me put that idea on "paper."  Oh, and it's oh so much easier than it used to be to figure out what you have already purchased that would work for your projects.  I went into my Stampin' Up! digital download files, and there are actual pictures of the downloads.  So no guessing what images are in what downloads. 

     If you're at all interested in digital scrapbooking – or even making cards using My Digital Studio – I'll be more than happy to help you get started.  There's a free trial available for the basic program, and I'd love to help you download it and get to know the program. Just click here to get started!


Posted on : Mar 19 2014
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How Many Elements Are on this Card?!

Aloha, all!

     Well, when I saw this card when I had finally finished it, I thought, "Wow!  Did I really want to make such a busy card?"  The answer was yes, because I'd been asked by a customer to make an exceptional Wedding Card. The couple, whose wedding was this past Saturday, have an overwhelming love for the ocean as well as for each other, and my customer wanted a card that featured the ocean.  So ocean I gave her!


     No you don't have to count the elements on the card – I have them all counted for you!  There are 10 cut out images from two stamp sets, By the Seashore and By the Tide. There are three pieces of card stock to form the card front.  I used two colors of card stock – Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana (there's that ocean theme again!) and two different Embossing Powders – Dazzling Diamonds and White, which I mixed together to emboss the 10 cut out shells and the one that's stamped directly onto the card front.

     To make the "waves" on the card front, I put a piece of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda together and hand cut a wavy pattern twice across the front.  Then I used the top and bottom piece of the Bermuda Bay and the middle piece of the Coastal Cabana to make the final card front.  To do this, I first roughed up the edges of the "waves", then used some transparent tape to put the cut out pieces back together, with the roughed edges showing on the front.  Then I adhered this set of pieces to the 5-1/4" square card base (made of Whisper White Naturals Card Stock).  Finally, I applied a bit of Versamark reinker across the waves in small amounts and added my Diamonds/White embossing powder mixture.  Once I finished a wave, I used the heat gun to set the embossing powder.  To get a bit more white, I used my White Signo Gel Pen in a few spots.

     I laid out the shells to find the shape I liked.  Then I adhered some of them directly onto the wave layer with Snail Adhesive.  I layered the rest of the shells over those using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Once I had all my shells lined up, I added my greeting, which is from the Best of Greetings Stamp Set.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with plain White Embossing Powder before punching it with the Decorative Label Punch.  I made the white mat by punching scraps of Naturals White Card Stock with the same punch, cutting them out and then allowing the edges to peek out from all four sides of the punched sentiment.

     The final touches for the card front are all those Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I used two different sizes, with large rhinestones filling in what I thought seemed to be empty spaces and smaller rhinestones accenting some of the shells.

CardInside     With this kind of a card, there needs to be something special inside, and my friend and I chose a quote that we found online and modified a bit to include the reference to an ocean.  But how do to this?  Well, My Digital Studio to the rescue!  I happened already to own the By the Seashore Digital Stamp Brush Set, so there was my accent.  And I just used one of my own fonts to create the digital sentiment, cut with the Sizzix Labels Framelits, and matted with Coastal Cabana Card Stock, also cut with a framelit.

     The last touch was the envelope which I stamped simply with the same starfish I used on the front and inside of the card.

     And my friend/customer LOVED THE CARD!!!   Woo hoo!  I didn't go too far.  She said you could never find a card like this in a store and it was perfect for the couple whose wedding they were to attend.  Success is always sweet – and always makes it seem like i had a lot of fun making this Card.

     Oh and the number of elements?  Well, at least a couple of dozen 🙂



Posted on : Aug 06 2013
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Back to School Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at the SUO Challenges blog!  And once again I ask the question, "Who thinks up these topics anyway?!"  Well, of course, you know by now that it's all my fault.  Back when I was setting the challenges, "Back to School" seemed like such a fun topic! 

     As I started off on figuring out my project for this challenge, I wasn't having much luck in finding any of my Stampin' Up! stamp sets that I could use for this challenge.  Then it came to me – My Digital Studio has TONS of stamp brush sets that are always current digitally!  Once that revelation led me down a more productive path, it still managed to be a curvy path as I tried to figure out what I was going to do with my new found idea.  Then a need that I've had since I moved my computer into my craft room collided – very lightly I should say – with my need for a back to school project.  A Calendar!!


     In my old office digs, I was used to having a calendar hanging on the wall just above my computer monitor.  Since I moved to my craft room, I've resorted to tabbing back and forth between my current work and my Outlook calendar.  But I still found myself looking up at the wall – and finding nothing!   Then I realized that kids going back to school could surely use a calendar that's larger than the little calendar books that I carried around when I was in school (I know they have their smart phones – but humor me here!).  So I made a calendar that could hang on a wall….


     … or be put into a loose-leaf notebook! 

     Now for the details of the artwork – all of which is Stampin' Up!, of course!  I made the calendar pages using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio and the Stamp Brush Set, A is for Apple. I thought this was a perfect set for a Back to School theme!  I used a font from my computer (My Digital Studio uses all the fonts on your own computer) and a calendar grid from the Calendar Basic Grid Designer Template. The Digital Colors are Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Baked Brown Sugar.  I exported the completed calendar pages as picture files, shrunk them a bit, and printed them on plain printer paper.  The lined section to the right of the calendar grid is made up of several copies of one of the labels in the A is for Apple stamp brush set, which I cropped and joined together.

     The frame for the calendar is all non-digital.  The base for the frame is Calypso Coral Card Stock,and I used the Designer Series Paper FrameSketchSmallset, Etcetera, as well as some Old Olive Card Stock, to provide a color accent. Here is the sketch for the frame, with the dashed lines indicating where the card stock should be scored, folded and creased. 

     For the first step, I folded and creased the the 1/2" flap at the top and the 3/4" flap at the bottom, and adhered them to the frame base.  Then, for the second step I applied Sticky Strip (two rows) at the left and right edges from the top down to a point 1/2" below the 2" score line and from the bottom up to a point about 3/8" above the 10-1/2" score line.  I then folded and creased on the 2" and 10-1/2" score lines and pressed the Sticky Strip firmly.

     If you would like to add a Designer Series Paper and/or Card Stock mat for the calendar pages, you may want to do that before the second step, allowing the top and bottom edges of the matting to be covered by the top and bottom folds.

     The calendar sheets themselves are 9-1/2" wide by 7-1/4" high

     Just for fun I added two of the Hung Up Cute Clips on each side of the calendar to hold all the pages together.

     And for more fun, I think I'll be making several of these frames, using different colors and Designer Series Papers, so that I have several months of calendars on my craft room wall.  No more tabbing back and forth between my work and my Outlook calendar! 


Posted on : Jul 29 2013
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Being Thankful!

Aloha, all!

     I can't believe that I've been home for 4 days already and today is the first day I've had a chance to get into my craft room!  It's a good thing I did, too, as I'm in a small blog hop this weekend and I wouldn't want to miss out on that.

     I'm sure you know that I'm thankful for many things this month.  For one thing, I'm glad I got out of Hurricane Sandy without any ill effects.  But I'm also thankful for all the various and sundry people who hosted me on my marathon trip along the east coast and back to the west coast before I arrived home on Monday.  And all of them deserve a special Thank You card from me made just for them.

     It so happens that the theme of the Stampin' Up! "Stars" blog hop this weekend relates to being Thankful.  That's also appropriate as next Thursday is our Thanksgiving Holiday here in the United States.  So what I did was to combine some of Stampin' Up!'s paper made especially for our fall holidays with a "Thank You" theme.  And just to make things interesting, I used the same papers and colors in all three of the cards that I made for this post.  In the above card, I stamped the "Thank You" from the stamp set, Perfectly Penned.  Then I die cut it using a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits Set.  I cut some Raspberry Ripple of the same framelit shape, trimmed the left and right ends, cut the whole thing in half horizontally and then adhered the Very Vanilla stamped piece to the Raspberry pieces making sure that they peeked out at the top and bottom.  I added a Lucky Limeade Designer Brad for a fun accent.

     Both of these cards use the same two designs from Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper set, Orchard Harvest. The main accent color in both is one of 2012's new In Colors, Raspberry Ripple.  Raspberry Ripple is one of the colors featured in the paper that has the leaves printed on them.  Other colors on that paper are Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, and Island Indigo, with some Early Espresso in the background. 

     For the second card, I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the various leaves on the fall themed stamp from the Stamp Set, Four Seasons before I stamped it on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  This stamp set is a hostess set, which you can get FREE for being a hostess with or purchasing as little as a $150.  Each of the four large stamps in this set has designs related to one of the four seasons (thus the name).  Each also has a bird in the center of the stamp.  However, this time I used one of the four smaller stamps in this set and made the central element a Leaf, stamped with Raspberry Ripple, punched with the 1" Circle Punch and then matted with Stampin' Up!'s new 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.  I punched the larger stamped image with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.

     This last card features a single stamp, Tweet Leaves, and it's die cut using the new Sizzix Die, Autumn Accents.  I'm going to write a blog post about how I made this particular card, for publication on Tuesday.  But you have to know that the real trick to making that stamp have all those bright colors is that I made it in Stampin' Up!'s digital program My Digital Studio.  This was a lot of fun to make, and I hope you'll join me for a longer explanation on Tuesday.

     Of course, each of these three cards is finished off and tied together with some fabulous Stampin' Up! Ribbon, this time with the Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon.  It's so fun and easy to use!

     Be sure to check back on Tuesday for some more information about this last card.  And be sure to have a fun paper crafting weekend before Thanksgiving!


Posted on : Nov 16 2012
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Another Scrapbook, More Pages – Even Easier!

Aloha, all!

     This is a continuation of my blog post of last Thursday, where I talked about making three scrapbooks for each of my three North Carolina grandchildren using My Digital Studio.

     Can you imagine making three traditional scrapbooks when you decide at the last minute that you need to take a scrapbook for each of three children when you go visit them in a few weeks?  I don't even want to go there.  I would be up until midnight for days in a row and NOTHING else would get done, including packing for my trip! 

     Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio to the rescue.

     To begin, I made one scrapbook using My Digital Studio, from start to finish.  That was the big project.  Figure out the papers, embellishments and basic layouts.  These are for children, after all, so I didn't need to crowd a lot of photos onto a page, and I didn't need a lot in the way of embellishments – just enough to make the final printed book look like some care had been taken to put it together.

     The book captured photos from a trip that my husband and I made to North Carolina last Spring when I took LOTS of photos.  Many of the photos were group photos, but many were also of just one child.  I wanted have a book that included the group photos, but also photos of just the child whose book this was. 

     So I made the first book with many of the groups photos – such as the two pages that I showed last Friday.  Then I included photos that featured the one child whose book this was to be. 

     For example, in this layout, the only child involved in the T-Ball game was Kiara.  So this is unique to her book. 

     But all three children were involved in her or his own way in the project to make birthday cards for their grandfather.  So the page layouts were the same for all three children, with different individual photos for each child's book. 

Making Cards - all 3 children

     The second and third pages took 5 minutes to do and most of that was in closing and opening files.  Those pages that were the same in all three books took NO time for the second and third book.  Can you even imagine all the work that would go into the second and third pages of a traditional scrapbook!?!  Neither can I.

     If you haven't tried out My Digital Studio, you can TRY IT OUT FOR FREE for 30 days!  Once you buy it from my Stampin' Up! online store, I'll be more than happy to help you out as you get to know this fun and easy program!

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Posted on : Oct 09 2012
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