Saturday, April 21, 2012

Our Big Fat Italian Christmas

Happy Saturday!  I'm here with another digital scrapbook layout.  Creative Scrappers had an awesome sketch (#203) that I wanted to play with.  I love banners on scrapbook pages and I had yet to make a digi one.  I know it's April.... but here's a Christmas layout....  ;)

I really love the red and green banner and little snowflakes.  I must admit, I cracked myself up over this title.  (tee hee)  I'm sure you've heard of the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."  Well, this picture (and our evening) made me think of our Big Fat Italian Christmas.  lol.  My husband has a big Italian family and they are a hoot when we're all together.  It had been a long time since we were all together for the holidays. So, my husband and I decided to host a gathering.  What they didn't know.... was that the game-loving person that I am, had some activities up my sleeve. {wink}  We split into teams and played a bunch of Christmas themed "Minute to Win It" games.  It was hilarious!!  I have some pretty funny photos which still need to be scrapped.  (But, I think I'll need permission from some family members before I can post those.)  LOL!

Software:  My Digital Studio

Here is the sketch (Creative Scrappers #203) I based this layout on:

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brace Yourself... Scrapbook Layout

Have I told you lately that I love My Digital Studio?!  Yes, I know I have....  I was up last night creating a layout about my youngest son getting his braces.  I received my Scrapbooks, etc. magazine in the mail and immediately found a layout by Ann Costen that I wanted to CASE.  Here's my take on her awesome layout (click to view larger):

Products Used:
My Digital Studio Software
Downloads:  Tickets & Tags, Downtown Grunge (photo frames)
Punches:  Timeless Type Junior Letters, Arrow
Stamps:  Hand Torn
Embellishments:  Tickets & Tags, Staple & Stitching

I'm really happy with how this layout turned out!  I love the Tickets & Tags Kit - so much awesomeness for $9.95!  And I love the colors in this kit!  If you haven't tried digital designing with My Digital Studio yet... you can get a 30-day trial of My Digital Studio Express for FREE!  Warning:  You will be hooked!  ;)


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Best of Everything Gift Tag

Happy Monday!  Just a quick post to show a fun gift tag we made for one of our Stamps 2 Go projects - in February!!  Yes, I'm a little behind in my blog posts!  I've been busy working for my hubby and spending time at baseball tournaments and lacrosse games! Anyway.... here's the project I wanted to show you today:

Isn't it cute?  This color combination always screams summer to me!  And I am ready for summer!!

Products Used:
Paper:  Real Read, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Patterns Paper Stack in Brights
Stamps:  Best of Everything
Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Punches:  Curly Label (#119851)
Other:  Rhinestone Jewels (#119246), Satin Ribbon in Real Red and Whisper White
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (#117335), Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (#118138)

So.... it's that time of year when Stampin' Up! releases the Retired List.  The stamps were released yesterday and there are so many that I hate to see go.  You have until May 31st to purchase the stamps on this list but.... once they run out of stock, they're gone for good.  So... you can check out the Retiring Stamps list HERE and visit my online store or contact me to place an order.  Sniff, sniff.....

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

3-Day Scrapbook Layout

Since the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge is now a month-long blog hop, we thought it would be fun to post another project halfway through the month.  I wanted to do a digital scrapbook layout in My Digital Studio.  I am in love with this program.  I fought digi-scrapbooking for a long time but now I am hooked!  It's such a fun and easy program to use and it's perfect for me because I am horrible about actually printing my photos!

Here is Stampin' Celebration's inspiration photo for April:

I knew immediately what photo I wanted to use for this scrapbook layout.  Since I'm the only female in the house (other than my two sweet labs, Marley and Pepper), I don't have a lot of photos that go with pink, green, flowers and butterflies... lol!  But, I do have a few....  Here is the layout I created:

I couldn't really pull off the butterflies or too many flowers, but I thought the pink and green worked.  ;)

Products Used:
My Digital Studio  (**Click here for a free 30-day trial**)
Paper:  Cheerful Treat, Ice Cream Parlor, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Punches:  Hexagon Punch
Stamps:  Ribbon of Hope, Define Your Life

I hope you can play along with us this month over at Stampin' Celebration!  You have until the 25th to upload your project to the Stampin' Celebration Blog.  We'll announce the "Pick of the Party" at the end of the month!  If you missed the post from the 1st of the month, you can follow the other designer's creations from our blog hop by clicking on the links below:

Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions
Candace Lawlor - CJ Lawlor Designs
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat  (you are here!)
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards
Marlene Peters - Hands On

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can come create with us over at Stampin' Celebration!!


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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stampin' Celebration Blog Hop

Woo hoo!  Stampin' Celebration is back!  That means it's time for some awesome inspiration photos to get our creative juices flowing!  I am so excited to be working with this talented group of ladies again and a big welcome to our newest designer, Erin Gonzales!  Our format is changing to a monthly blog hop so make sure and check out all of the fun creations along the way.  Are you ready?!  Here is our Inspiration Challenge for April:

Love, love, love these inspiration photos!  Here are my creations:

I really loved the colors and flowers from the inspiration photos.  And I just HAD to use the new Petite Purse Die for the Big Shot that's available TODAY as part of the Summer Smooches Promotion!  Check out the other fun products available April 1-30th with the Summer Smooches Promotion here.

Products Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (in subtles and brights)
Stamps:  Easy Events
Ink:  Black Staz-On, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze
Big Shot:  Petite Purse Die (available April 1-30th!), Floral Fusion Sizzlits
Other:  Seam Binding Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz, Brads, Blender Pen

Here's how you can participate...  Simply create a card, 3D item, digital item, scrapbook layout, etc. using the inspiration piece above.  Visit the Stampin' Celebration blog and leave a link to your blog or online gallery so we can see your project. You have until the 25th of the month to participate.  We will choose the "Pick of the Party" at the end of the month.  We can't wait to see what Stampin' Celebration inspires you to create!!

With our new blog hop style challenge, then you're probably visiting me from Candace's blog.  Your next stop along the way is Erica over at Pink Buckaroo Designs.  I can't wait to see what she created!!  If you get lost anywhere along the way, here are the other Stampin Celebration Design Team Members' blogs.  Make sure and check out all of these talented ladies!

Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions
Candace Lawlor - CJ Lawlor Designs
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards
Marlene Peters - Hands On

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy blog hopping!


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