Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), Another Great Year Stamp Brush Set (137359), Be Yourself Designer Series Paper – 8 from Be Yourself May Kit (133426), Labels Collection Punch 1 (129336)
Oh, my goodness! Let me tell you…do not change project size/type of a digital project if you have a paint layer on the project! What a mess! All I did was to change from a landscape to a portrait orientation. The stamped image became much smaller and the paint layer became much bigger! I was able to salvage my painting by resizing both the stamped image and the painting until they matched up again but it took a lot of trial and error to get the correct sizes.
I didn’t get my usual Terrific Tuesday blog post done yesterday. Ron had an eye appointment in Seattle so we took extra time to have lunch with out daughter who lives there. We had a great time visiting and catching up. By the time we got home, those who live on the east coast were already heading to bed. However…there were some terrific downloads for us from Stampin’ Up! I just love it that we can get new things on a weekly basis at a price point that is affordable on a weekly basis. I was excited to see the Another Great Year stamp set being offered in digital form. This stamp set was introduced in the Spring catalog in the traditional hands-on forms and I have grown to love it from seeing all the great examples being created with it.
Now it is available in digital form. Why is that so exciting? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, with MDS files, they don’t retire. They are available to purchase indefinitely. Secondly, this particular stamp brush set is a .svg file which means that it can be enlarged or reduced to fit any sized need. So, you could take the big Happy Birthday to You greeting and make it small enough to fit into a 1″ circle punch or you could enlarge it enough to be a banner for a birthday party. In that case you might have to take the file to a print shop that can print out posters or you could attach your computer to an e-cutter to print it and cut it out. With the traditional stamp you are limited to just the 2 1/2″ x 4″ size of the stamp.
See…MDS fits into traditional paper-crafting as well as digital creating. If you haven’t given MDS and digital crafting a try yet, you are missing out on a lot of fun and convenience. Contact me for more information and to answer any questions you may have.
Here are the new downloads from yesterday 3-4-14. Click on the links for more details and to order the ones you like.
We made a St. Patrick’s Day Pop ‘n Cuts card yesterday at the Craig/Klawock Stampers monthly club meeting. Most of the time I see something that gives me an idea which I file in the back of my mind but this time, I was at a loss for a St. Patty’s Day idea so I actually did a Pinterest search for a St. Patrick’s Day card. I found this card by Susy Miller.
Her punch art Irishman puts a smile on my face each time I look at him so I used her idea to create this Pop ‘n Cut card.
The front of the card looks like this:
Place an order of $25 or more through my online store and I will send you the FREE tutorial to make this card. Since it is Sale-a-Bration time, increase your order to $50 before shipping and taxes and also choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! You can view the brochure here.
Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c)
Paper - Gumball Green, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, and Cajun Craze card stock; Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (132994); 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136)
Ink – Gumball Green, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar ink pads
Other – Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Woodgrain embossing folder (127821), Bird Punch (117191), Deco Label Collection Framelits (130102), Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts (130099), Label Insert Pop ‘n Cuts die (130160), Gumball Green Stitched 3/8″ Satin Ribbon (126848)
Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780)
My business coach challenged us to write a post about our favorite Valentine saying or verse. This is my all time favorite. There is a story behind it.
Years ago, we lived in a small town in Western Montana. I picked out a Valentine with this saying on it to give my husband on my way home from work in a neighboring town. On Valentine’s Day he handed me the card he picked out for me. When I opened it, I started laughing. It was the exact same card I had picked but he had bought his in the town we lived in. Obviously we have a similar sense of humor. I guess that is why we will be happily celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.
I am sure I have that card in my ‘Memories’ file at home but did not think in advance of finding it, scanning it and sharing the card with you before we left home to come back to Craig, Alaska, for a visit.
So….I used my trusty MDS program on my computer to create a digital card that is similar to the original card. I searched the available downloads in my online store and in my download library and did not find a stamp brush set or embellishment that was a pair of lips.
I used the ‘Add Line‘ tool under the ‘freeform’ button to add two circles and the creases on the sides of the mouth. I pulled and pushed the handles on the circles to make the lips shape and the puckered opening. Then I colored the lips Real Red with the freeform brush. I created the message with a series of text boxes. The background is design 3 of the Mailbox Love Notes Designer Series Paper found in the My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780). I have included below, images of what is included in this digital download. Click here to place your order for the class. Even if you are a seasoned designer, the content files in the class are worth the price of admission.
Did you know you can create your own designer series paper and fill a punch with it? For the MDS Monday Challenge 52, we were to use music somewhere on our card. Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I wanted to create a valentine to meet this challenge. Every time I have been separated from my husband and he comes back, my heart sings for joy at his return, even after 50 years of life together. I wanted to express this to him through this valentine.
In keeping with the challenge, I wanted to fill the heart punch with music. I could not find any designer series paper in MDS that was music so I created a sheet myself by repeatedly copying and pasting the Music Notes stamp brush set (125765) down the second page of my card with a Regal Rose background. I then saved just the second page as a jpeg to my desktop. I went back to the front page of the card where I had added the Full Hearts Punch and filled it with the ‘photo’ I had created when I saved page two as a jpeg. Now I had the music notes in the heart. To get the music to rotate with the heart shape I had to be sure to click the box that allows this to happen. (The box is found when you double click on the punch.)
As you go through the supply list below, you will see I added Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon recolored with Regal Rose. Today I was mystified why I would do that. So I went back to the project, added another Regal Rose ribbon and found it is darker than what I wanted. For some strange reason, when I recolored it with Regal Rose, the result was a lighter shade of Regal Rose. It created just the color to match the Pinking Hearts border punches (122134) which had been colored using the picker to get one of the colors of the Mailbox Love Notes designer series paper. It pays to experiment!
I am going to print out this card front and make a hybrid card to give my honey. I know he will love it. Send me a picture of a project where you add your own designer series paper to a punch and I will share it on my blog.
Supplies:MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background – Card Stock/Rose Red
Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon (118851) (re-colored) Color = REGAL ROSE
Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Filled with: Mailbox Love Notes – 5 from My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780)
Borders/Pinking Hearts Border Punch (122134), Fill Color = 244,191,204
Hearts/Full Heart Punch (comes with basic program), Filled with photo of pg 2
Music Notes (125765)
It’s raining hearts! I made this card last fall as part of a series of cards using the Tags 4 You stamp set. The stamp set, which was in the Holiday catalog, was thankfully carried over through the spring. Other stamp sets used in this card are Hearts a Flutter and Gorgeous Grunge. I used the wonderful Thinlets Label Card die, the Label Bracket Punch and the Hearts Collection Framelits to do my cutting. The I [heart] you is part of the Thinlits Label Card set. Small Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to finish off the card.
Thinking about Valentine’s Day, do you realize that it is only eleven days away? Oh my gosh! If you are as great a procrastinator as I am, we really have to get busy creating and getting Valentines mailed to our loved ones and friends. Hmmm…..!
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Stamps – Tags 4 You (131823-c, 131820-w), Hearts a Flutter (129252-c, 131922-w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517-c, 130514-w)
Inks – Strawberry Slush (131178), Cherry Cobbler (126966)
Accessories – Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159), Bracket Label Punch (132153), Thinlits – Label Card (133479)
I love making these pop-up box cards! They are easy to make but can take a lot of time depending on the amount of embellishments you add to the card. However much time you spend, the card is sure to surprise and please the recipient.
I used a mixture of current and retired supplies on this baby card. The stamp sets are the retired Bundle of Joy set, the Easy Events set and the balloons came from a long-retired frame set. I used Pink Pirouette cardstock (111351) and a Blushing Bride pattern from the 2013 – 2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136) for the base of the card.
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Wow! There are so many things going on today to make it a Terrific Tuesday. First, we get new MDS digital downloads. I love this Language of Love stamp brush set which is new today. Check out and order all the exciting new downloads! Just click on the picture to see them up close and to order them.
And then, we still have hot Weekly Deals. Check them out!
Today is also the beginning of Sale-a-bration! Order $50 of product and get to choose a free exclusive Sale-a-bration item. Host a workshop totaling $300 or more and get an extra $30 in hostess dollars. Join my team of demonstrators during Sale-a-Bration and get an additional $25 of product in your starter kit and get FREE registration for the Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City this summer. Three ways to win during Sale-a-Bration! Contact me for more information about hosting a workshop or starting your own paper crafting business.
But there’s more! Yep, I sound like a TV salesman. Stampin’ Up! has decided to bring back the Testure Boutique Embossing machine. It will be in the new 2014-2015 catalog but it is available as supplies last to purchase one now. These sold out fast…like in two weeks…last fall so if you don’t want to wait for your own Texture Boutique Embossing Machine order it now. Again, click on the image to go to it’s place in my online store.
Supplies for the card: Background – Card Stock/Pretty in Pink; Embellishments – Basic Pearls and Rhinestones (124330)- rhinestone large; Stamps – Language of Love (136852) – 3, Valentine Love Ensemble (133327)- happy valentines day; Punches – Wonderland Party Ensemble (134594) – banner 1, Filled with: My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780) Designer Series Paper 2 and 4, Delicate Doilies (130975) – 1,
Whoohoo! I have seen so many sweet birthday cards created traditionally with the hands-on Sketched Birthday stamp set that I almost added it to my collection. But…now I don’t have to because Sketched Birthday is one of the wonderful digital downloads today. You can check out the rest of them and order here.
I really love the soft spring-like colors in the Be Yourself May Digital Kit and used two of the beautiful designer series paper patterns from that kit on this card. The background is one pattern and the layer that is stamped on is another.
I added the little grosgrain bow in the upper left corner for an accent. The download does not have any of the colors in the designer series paper so I recolored it. I started with a white bow but could not come up with a color that coordinated well with the paper. When I used Pool Party or Soft Sky to recolor, you could barely see any color. So I chose a River Rock bow because I knew my desired color would have a green tint to it and River Rock has a hint of green. I used Coastal Cabana to recolor and am delighted with the result. So…when recoloring an embellishment, choose a darker colored embellishment and then recolor it.
Now, Tuesday is also when Stampin’ Up! announces the new Weekly Deals. Check them out! For more information about them and to order them, click on the photo.
Have you seen the new Occasions catalog? There are so many great items in there that I can’t say for sure what is my favorite. I think it is the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper but then it might be the Petite Petals Punch and stamp set or….? I’d love to send you a catalog so you can pour over it and choose your favorite things. Send me an email with your phone number and best time to call you so I can tell you how to get the catalog for free. Or you can just give me a call.
Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration starts January 28 and runs through March 31. This is a perfect time to host a workshop, stock up on supplies, or start your own paper crafting business as a member of my team and get free product. Contact me to schedule a workshop or for more information about owning your own business. Furthermore, if you become a demonstrator before July 1, your registration fee for convention will be waived. That is right, you won’t have to pay a registration fee!
There is a children’s Alaskan book by Barbara Lavalle titled Mama Do You Love Me? In the book mama says “I will love you to the moon and back.” I love that book and when I saw the name of this stamp set, I had to have it! The stamp set is perfect for Valentine’s Day as well. This is one of the cards I created using this set.
It is really hard to get a good photo with that highly reflective Gold Foil Sheets. I would have liked for all of the gold to be shiny but had to settle for this photo. Imagine the color of a big harvest moon as it rises over the horizon. That is the color I was going for with the gold foil sheet. I used black Stazon ink to stamp the image on the gold. Then I cut out the moon with my Paper Snips.
Check out these great images in this Love You to the Moon stamp set! I will be sharing more cards using this stamp set over the next few weeks so keep coming back for new ideas.
Click on the links below or visit my online store to order the supplies to make this card yourself.
Stamp Set – Love You to the Moon (133140-w, 133143-c)
Paper – Gold Foil Sheet (132622) Real Red and Whisper White card stock
Ink – Real Red Classic Ink pad, Jet Black Stazon ink (101406)
Other – Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132187)
The new Celebrate the Everyday Stampin’ Up! catalog is here and I will be sharing some of my favorite items from this catalog with you over the next few days. One of the things that especially excites me is when Stampin’ Up! creates a stamp set and matching punch. The Petite Petals stamp set is one example. These flowers measure just under 1″ across and are perfect for adding little touches as on the card above or on a tag. You can see the different designs on the petals in the photo below.
This stamp set gives you unlimited possibilities as you change out the colors and patterns of the flowers and the punch eliminates tedious cutting out the flowers by hand.
Did you notice the designer series paper in the background? It is from another favorite of mine in the new catalog. The Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper has beautiful, soft yet cheerful colors in delightful designs. Look for more samples of it as I share projects over the next few weeks.
I have to apologize to you. Tuesday I forgot to include a link to the new Weekly Deals. I wasn’t sure Stampin’ Up! would continue offering these deals in the new year but they are. Yay for Stampin’ Up! This is an awesome company! I have pictured the deals below. Just click on the image to be taken to the place in my online store to order them. As always, the deals are as long as product lasts so jump on the ones you want right away.
Stamps: (133155-c, 133152-w) Petite Petals, (126257-c, 132022-w) Bitty Banners
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Whisper White card stock, (132994) Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
Ink: Gumball Green
Other: (129269) Bitty Banners Framelits, (117191) Bird Punch, (127019) Large Scallops Edgelit Die, (126848) Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, (119246) Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents