MDS Monday 103 – Be Yourself

For MDS Monday this week, Yapha is the hostess and she has a sketch with lots of squares.  This is a nice, simple sketch that you can easily adapt to work with most photos.  I had some great photos of Shannon from a recent dance competition that I wanted to use. The only problem I had was when I added the top photo, my daughter was so small that you… Read More »

CASEing Ideas

Do you have trouble coming up with new ideas for cards?  Well, try looking at one of the cards in the catalogs and then changing the stamp set and colors.  This is a great way to start your creative juices flowing or to get out of rut if you feel like you keep doing the same thing. Today, I found a card in the Sale-a-Bration catalog on page 5.  I… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Brayered Background

Last Tuesday, I showed a card with a brayered background.  For this edition of Technique Thursday, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a similar background using the same technique.  For my card today, I’m using the Build A Bouquet stamp set, which includes a great little background stamp.  You can use this brayered background technique with background stamps, as well as the Irresistibly Yours… Read More »

Weekly News / New Sale-A-Bration Items!

There’s only a little over one month left of Sale-a-Bration!  This is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest, best sale of the year.  It’s a great time to earn free stamps and accessories for yourself, as a hostess, and/or for guests at workshops.  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2015, so be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts. So, have you already earned the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets and products that really caught… Read More »

MDS Monday 102 – Everyday Life Pages

Happy Monday! Before I show you our latest MDS Monday challenge, I have exciting news!  Stampin’ Up! released new Sale-a-bratin products today!!!  You can earn these new sets each time you spend $50 between March 1 to 31, 2015!!!  There are new stamps to color with Blendabilities, new ribbon and button accessory kits, and new Designer Vellum!!!  Whoo, hoo!!!   Now, on to MDS Monday for this week.  Heidi is… Read More »

February Paper Pumpkin Kit

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  This month’s kit is really different.  I have to hand it to Stampin’ Up!; the designers are really good at coming up with unique ideas for these kits.  The February kit has supplies for eight thank you cards, but they are accordion cards.  Since the cards are fairly bulky, the kit also includes supplies to make eight boxes to wrap the cards.  I’ll show you the… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Flip A Template

This week for Technique Thursday, I have a couple fun My Digital Studio techniques to teach you!  One is to use a designer template, but to flip it upside down (I’ll explain how below.)  The other tip shows you ways to crop out parts of a stamp you don’t want. I designed this page this week as part of MDS Virtual Digi Crop night, hosted by Monica Davis and Cindy… Read More »

Weekly News / Sale-a-bration

It’s Tuesday, so that means new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! today.  You’ll notice lots of great punches, including the What’s Up punch that coordinates with this week’s featured Sale-a-bration product — the You Brighten My Day stamp set.  The Weekly Deals also include one of my favorite digital downloads, the Amped Up Ampersands kit.  I’ve used this kit on many scrapbook pages.  It’s got great background papers and embellishments!… Read More »

MDS Monday 101 – Rotate With Style

This week, for MDS Monday, I’m the hostess!  I designed a simple sketch, that you could use with one to three photos, but there’s a twist.  Everything’s on a tilt.  It’s actually really easy to do this with the Align, Group and Rotate tools on My Digital Studio.  In fact, I even made a video below to show you how to reproduce my template. For my page this week, I… Read More »

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my Stamping Friends and Family!  This is the perfect opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your friendship and loyalty as a customer.  Thank you so much for reading my blog and selecting me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. You are amazingly, amazing!  Ha, that brings me right to my inspiration for the day.  I used the Painted Petals stamp set to make my… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Painted Petals

I have a super fun technique to share with you today!  It may look difficult, but believe me, it was so easy … no painting involved.  Intriqued?  Read on… I was watching some of the videos from the Leadership Conference that Stampin’ Up! held in Orlando last week, and Shelly Gardner demonstrated this technique.  I loved it so much that I HAD to try.   It works particularly well with the… Read More »

Weekly News / Best Ever Mini Note Cards

It’s Tuesday and that means new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!  Notice that the Flower Frenzy BigZ L Die is on sale this week for a huge savings.  This is a great die cut that I use all the time.  In particular, I really love the leaves, and the flowers are great for layering.  Also, notice that the new From the Garden photopolymer stamp set is on sale this week. … Read More »

Crazy About You Valentine

Before I get to my card for today, I wanted to remind you that MDS Monday is currently celebrating it’s 100th challenge over a two week time period.  That means there’s still one more week to enter your design for a chance to win PRIZES!!!  The top two winners will each receive a free download of their choice valued up to $9.95, and three runners up will each receive a… Read More »

New 2016 Desktop Calendars!

I’m starting up my Online My Digital Studio class again!  As in past years, I will teach the class while creating pages for a desktop calendar for the next year (2016.)  For my first installment, I’ve created both January and February 2016 calendar pages.  Since I have been teaching this class for two years now, I’m going to do things a little differently this year.  I’ve made so many technique… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Watercolor Drip

I have a fun technique to show you today called a watercolor drip.  I’ve seen this technique used on some really pretty cards, so I wanted to give it a try and then share what I learned with you.  I have to admit that I didn’t get it right the first time, or the second, or even the third.  There was a bit of a learning curve to figuring out… Read More »

Weekly News / Hubby Valentine

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, and that means new Weekly Deals and new Digital Downloads from Stampin’ Up!  Yippee!!! Weekly News First, let’s look at the new Weekly Deals.  There’s lots of great products for Valentine’s Day included in this week’s deals, including the Sweetheart and Hearts Border punches.  Also, check it out, the brand new Ornate Tag Topper punch is on sale this week!  Finally, if you’ve… Read More »

MDS Monday’s 100th Challenge!

It’s our 100th challenge at MDS Monday!!!  Wow, 100 weeks of sketches and challenges!  That’s amazing.  To celebrate, we’re having a blog hop and a two week challenge.  If you started out at the MDS Monday blog, this is your first stop.  Or, if you’re in the process of going through the blog hop, you’ve come from my talented friend Anita’s Blog.  Regardless, continue on to see which sketch each… Read More »

More Sale-a-bration Fun!

Can you believe it?  One month of Sale-a-bration is already over!  Wow, January went by fast.  Luckily, there are still two more months when you can earn free products with every $50 purchase! Also, did you know that if you host a workshop or party during Sale-a-bration that has total sales of $250, you earn an EXTRA $25 of hostess rewards?  How awesome is that?  Not only can each of… Read More »

Technique Thursday – Chalk “Talk”

Today, I’m going to talk about chalk, specifically the new Chalkboard Paper and coordinating Colorbox Chalk ink pads.  I was super intrigued when I originally saw this specialty paper.  I love using chalkboards in scrap booking, so I was thrilled to give it a try in card making too.  I’ve been playing with the products for a bit now, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned.… Read More »

Weekly News / Paper Pumpkin Contest Entires

I’ll get to the weekly news in a bit, but first I wanted to share some projects with you.  Stampin’ Up! recently asked its Demonstrators to design cards using past Paper Pumpkin stamps.  I completed two entries that I wanted to share with you.  I not only used several past Paper Pumpkin stamps, but a lot of the exclusive die cuts, trims, and designer paper left over from the kits.… Read More »