Friday, December 30, 2011

Fast Digital Scrapbook Layouts

I'm really having fun playing with Stampin' Up!'s Digital Software, My Digital Studio.  I will always be a traditional scrapbooker, but boy is it quick and easy to make fabulous digi-layouts.  Hopefully, this will help get some of these photos off of my computer and into my scrapbooks!!

I did a two-page scrapbook layout using the Downtown Grunge Photobook Template Digital Download. It was so easy - all I did was insert my photos and add some journaling!  (Click on the photos for a larger view.)

When I purchased this download, I thought it would work great with a lot of the photos I have from my boys' sporting events.  I tried it with photos from the Stampin' Up! Convention and I really like how it looks here - what a versatile digi download!  And what I love about these templates is, you can mix it up, move things around, just use the elements or mix up the different paper backgrounds, etc., etc.  So much fun!!

**Don't forget - there are only a few days left to order from the Holiday Mini Catalog!  Click here to shop 24/7!**

The new Occasions Mini Catalog goes live on January 4th!  Email me to receive your copy!


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hand Stamped Tile Coasters

Eeek - only a few days left of 2011?!  How is that possible?  I've gotten behind on my blogging/stamping but have really enjoyed the time with my family!  I love this time of year and think I'll be lazy for the last few days of 2011!  lol.  I did want to share with you some photos from some of my December events.

These coasters were a popular choice at the Holiday Giftacular.  Here a few of the designs people chose to make.  They all turned out really cute and are super easy to make!

Stamp Sets Used:  En Francais (get this gorgeous background stamp here), Artistic Etchings, Creative Elements, Medallion (not shown)

And here are some snapshots of us getting crafty:

Now that Christmas is over, I'm gearing up for Valentine's - another holiday when I love to make fun gifts!  Join the fun in 2012 with Stamps 2 Go.  January's Stamps 2 Go will have some CUTE Valentines' projects.  Order by December 31st, and receive your choice of the Brights Designer Buttons or a pack of the 2011-2013 In Color 8 1/2 x 11" Smooth Card Stock for FREE!!**  Refer a friend to the program (who lists your name on the registration form) and you'll receive a FREE Classic Stamp Pad of your choice!

Thanks for stopping by.... I have a couple of extra kids over here today so I guess I better go feed them!  ;)


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder

There was a challenge over at Zibbet for handmade gift card holders so I decided to enter.  I made a stocking gift card holder using the Holiday Stocking Bigz Die.  Here it is:

Wouldn't this look cute hanging on the tree Christmas morning?

Products Used:
Paper:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade (LOVE this bright green for Christmas!)
Stamps:  Dear Santa
Inks:  Lucky Limeade
Big Shot:  Holiday Stocking Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Other:  Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Sticky Strip

After I entered the challenge, I found out that my entry received the #1 Pick for the Weekly Fantastic Five Challenge!  I was so excited!!  I am slowly listing some of my handmade items up for sale.  You can view my "Sunflower Studios" store here.

I also have some breaking news..... Stampin' Up! announced that the Stocking Builder Punch is only available while supplies last and will not be carried over from the mini catalog.  (gasp!)  So.... get it while you can because it is C.U.T.E.!!

Stocking Builder Punch - #124095 - $16.95
Only available while supplies last!!

Well, that's it for today!!  Don't forget to check out the clearance rack - there are still some great deals!  Thanks for stopping by!!


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holly Berry Bouquet Gift Basket Tutorial

I love making these little gift baskets.  They're great to hold treats, baked goods, gift cards, etc. for friends, neighbors and teachers.  We made these at the Holiday Giftacular Class.  What fun!

Products Used:
Paper:  Chocolate Chip (12x12), Holly Berry Bouquet DSP, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps:  Easy Events
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red & Old Olive Markers
Punches:  Circle, Scallop Circle
Other:  Real Red Ribbon, Crop-a-dile

For the tag I used the stamp set Easy Events.  This is such a versatile set and comes with 8 different stamps.

Easy Events
#123225 (clear mount) $24.95
#116958 (wood mount) $32.95

Wondering how to make these fun little baskets?  Keep reading....  :)

Gift Basket Tutorial
  1. Take a sheet of 12 x 12 card stock and score at 4" and 8".  Turn 90 degrees and score again at 4" and 8".  Fold at score lines.
  2. Take 2 sheets of DSP and cut into 3.75 x 3.75" squares.
  3. Take 8 of the squares and cut them in half diagonally.  You should end up with 16 triangles.
  4. Glue all of the squares on both sides of the card stock to create the pattern you like on the basket.
  5. Now the tricky part...  Pinch the 2 middle squares together creating a doubled triangle with the corner piece.  Use a bone folder to score and crease the corners at a diagonal.  Do this for all 4 corners.
  6. Use the crop-a-dile to punch small holes in all of the diagonal corners.  You'll be punching through 2 layers of card stock at a time.
  7. Thread the ribbon through the holes, pull it tightly together and make your bow.  Add a cute tag if desired!
I hope that wasn't too confusing!!  The hardest part is getting those corner folds - once you get that down it's easy!!  Our new Simply Scored tool makes the scoring a breeze!!  Happy crafting!  I'd love to hear how yours turns out!  :)


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Stamps 2 Go & Stamp Clubs Forming!!

I hope you're all enjoying your Saturday!  We are officially on Christmas break over here - which means no alarm clocks for 15 days!  Woooo hooooo!!

So... I've listened to your requests and I'm so excited to share with you two new "clubs" I'll have available for 2012!  

The first is Stamp Club.  This Club is for those of you that are local and want to meet every other month (in my house or yours if you want to form your own club) to make fun projects - cards, gift items, tags, 3d projects, etc..  You'll commit to placing a $25 order every other month to slowly build your stamping supplies, meet with other crafters to create fun projects, earn FREE products during your "hostess" month, and enjoy other little perks along the way.  Stamp Club is "open" and members can join at any time.  For more information on Stamp Club visit here: or follow the tab on the top of my blog.

The second is the Stamps 2 Go Club.  This club is for those of you that have a hard time getting to classes, who live further away, and who want the convenience of working on projects in your own home and on your own schedule.  This would also be a fun way to host your own craft night with friends and/or spend some quality time with your kids.  You will still gradually build your stamp supplies while receiving the "Stamp of the Month", actual samples, and a kit to recreate the projects.  You may join at any time and choose from 1 - 12 month subscriptions.  For more information on the Stamps 2 Go Club visit here: or follow the tab at the top of my blog.

**Sign up for either of these clubs by December 31st, and receive your choice of the Brights Designer Buttons or a pack of the 2011-2013 In Color 8 1/2 x 11" Smooth Card Stock for FREE!!**  Refer a friend to the program (who lists your name on the registration form) and you'll receive a FREE Classic Stamp Pad of your choice!

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

And finally, I have to leave you with a little something to look at...

These are some fun little photo magnets I made.  Don't these make a cute gift?  I used our digital software, My Digital Studio, to shrink the photos to the right size, adhered them to wood squares, applied our magnet strips to the back and attached them to a little card!  Fun!  I used the stamp set, Hand-Penned Holidays which is only available through January 3rd.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Contempo Christmas Card & Clearance Rack Blitz!

So... I was told yesterday that a certain someone (who will remain unmentioned) is getting tired of looking at my last Thanksgiving post!!  LOL!  I have been super busy with Christmas activities, my son's birthday, etc., etc. and I've neglected my cyber-friends. So sorry!

But, I'm back on track... caught up on my orders, no classes for a couple of weeks, and all of the entertaining is done until Christmas!  Shew!

I want to share with you a card we made recently at a friend's workshop:

Products Used:
Paper:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Stamps:  Contempo Christmas
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Punches:  Ornament, Eyelet Border
Big Shot:  Snow Burst Embossing Folder
Other:  Quilted Satin Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler, Dimensionals, Pearls

This card uses one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets, Contempo Christmas.  This is the stamp set that got me hooked on Stampin' Up! over a year ago when I attended my first Stampin' Up! event!  I LOVED how the ornament stamp had a punch to coordinate, the sentiments were so sweet and the images looked great when adorned with a rhinestone or pearl jewel!  Too cute!  Here are the four stamps that come with this set:

Contempo Christmas
#120594 - Clear Mount - $11.95
#118734 - Wood Mount - $15.95

Holy Cow!!  Wait until you see all of the fun goodies that were just added to the Clearance Rack!!  Some of my favorite retired Designer Series Paper, punches for under $10, Stampin' pastels, lots of ribbon.... Make sure and check it out here where you can shop 24/7!

Thanks for visiting!  Now, go do something creative!  :)


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