Friday, August 15, 2014

Using Blendabilities on Designer Series Paper

Hi everyone!  Today I want to show you another way to use your Blendabilities.  Did you know you can use the Blendabilities on your Designer Series paper?  You can!  And the black and white patterns in the Back to Black paper collection are perfect for this. 

I started by cutting out a piece of paper in my desired pattern.

Next I used the lightest shade of Melon Mambo Blendabilites to add color to the right side of the pattern.

I then added the medium tone of Melon Mambo to the left side.  All done! So fast!  You can make papers in lots of fun colors to really expand the paper selections you have!

I used my Blendabilities to color the flower as well.  Some Mossy Meadow ribbon adds a fun set of leaves. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MDS Blog Hop!! Tea Time II

Hi Everyone!!  It's MDS Blog Hop time again!!  I love being a part of this blog hop and sharing what I love (My Digital Studio) with this talented group of ladies!  This week we are highlighting the MDS Download Tea Time II.  Tea Time II is part of the Weekly Deals this week.  Did you know that each week Stampin' Up! releases new specials?  And they always include an MDS Download! Yippee!  This week the featured download special is the Tea Time II download and this one is really a very nice download.
I made this fun page of my two youngest helping me get the flower beds ready for spring.

 I also made this page of my family from 1970!!  It's fun to see my dad with hair!  (hi dad) 

The Tea Time II download is really a fun one.  The papers I choose for these two pages already have some great detail added to them with out you having to do a thing.  Here is one of the papers as is.
The download also comes with 13 stamps and 42 embellishments. 

Continue on with the blog hop and see what the rest of us have come up with! Up next is Holly blog, where you will always find inspiration!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wreath Re-peat

I know that this post is a re-peat from last year, but I have a good reason.  The stamp set and Framelit dies used to make this card are on sale right now as part of the August Big Shot Promotion!  Isn't this a fun card?   Yes the Gumball Green paper is discontinued, but imagine it in Garden Green, or maybe Mossy Meadow.  But then you might say, "But Beth, the Merry is discontinued too" and you are right. I am sure you can find many Merry Christmas stamps to use instead.  And, the Holiday catalog is just around the corner and I know there are some great holiday stamps that would be great here.
Anyway, I just thought I would share this card with you today in case you are checking out the August specials and trying to make up your  mind about what ones to get.  

Thanks for stopping by today! 
                                       Click here to see what Big Shot items are on sale!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seeing Stars

Hi everyone.  I am still playing around with the star framelits!  What is that, four posts so far?  But this time I am not working with the Bright & Beautiful Christmas set, this time I just used the framelits themselves and paired them up with a Happy Birthday from the Itty Bitty Banners set. 
This card came together really quickly.  I pretty much copied this card from one on SplitcoastStampers.
The background is made with the Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder in Pacific Point.  I added a Crushed Curry Ribbon with a strip behind it.  The Large star is made in Cherry Cobbler. 

The Ribbon slips through the star and the Cherry Cobbler star is just sort of hanging there, I didn't glue it down at all.  Amazingly it stays in place, but I like that it is free.  The silver stars are punched out of silver foil paper. 

Be sure to check out all of the Framelit Bundles that are on sale this month!  There are some great deals! 

Thanks for stopping by!!
                                Click here to see what Big Shot items are on sale this month!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bright & Beautiful flip flop card

Hi Everyone!  I have another card using the new Bright & Beautiful stamp set for you!  I really like this set and the matching framelits!  As I was going through my Cherry Cobbler card stock last week I found two flip flop card bases that I made a really long time ago! I decided I needed to make something with it right away and reached for the Bright & Beautiful stamp set again.

If you haven't made a flip flop card (sometimes called a swing card) it is really very simple.  Start with a piece of card stock cut to 5 1/2 by 6 3/4.  The tricky part is cutting out the center.  You need to bring the card stock into your scoring tool or cutter and place it at the 2 3/4 inch mark. Now score 1 1/4 from the top and again 1 1/4 from the bottom.  Do this to both sides.  Then turn the card stock and with the cutting blade cut from the score marks to within 1 1/4 inches of the side, and then turn the card stock and cut down to with in 1 1/4 inches from the bottom, then turn and cut to the score line.  Do this from both sides.  There is a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers, which is where I learned how to make this card.
You can then decorate the card any way you like.
Here is the front close up.  I used Versa Mark and Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The accent colors are Soft Sky and Early Espresso.

The back.

Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon and a star for some extra pretty.  The star is left over from the July My Paper Pumpkin kit.

I front flips to the back when you open the card.

Thanks for stopping by!
Don't forget, the Bright & Beautiful Stamp set and matching framelits are available as a bundle at a special price in August.  Click here to see all the bundles on sale.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share my Project Life by Stampin' Up! page today.  You know I love My Digital Studio, and the big majority of my photos are in a digital format. But I have A LOT of photos in boxes from years ago that are just sitting unloved. I had thought of scanning them into the computer so that I could create pages with them in My Digital Studio, but lets face it, just scanning them all would take days, maybe weeks even!!  And I have plenty of digital photos to work with already, so my digital love will be fulfilled anyway.   Here is where Project Life by Stampin' Up! is going to come to the rescue.  The whole idea behind this system is to make memory keeping super easy so that you spend more time enjoying life than you do documenting it :)  The pocket pages are sized to just plunk your photos right into them.  You can add to them with some embellishments if you want, but if not, it's still good.  No rules.  Where you don't have any photos, add a journaling card. The pocket pages come in an variety of configurations to fit your needs.  Step one is to start with the photos, after all, that's what the page is all about right?  On this page I was working with some photos of my children playing in the kiddie pool.  I noticed that my photos were mostly horizontal, so I looked for a format with mostly horizontal pockets.  I had a couple photos that were crop-able, so those were trimmed to fit in to the smaller pockets.  I was left with two empty pockets.  Step to, go through your pocket cards to find some that will fit your empty pockets.  These can be just colors that work, sometimes a break of color can help a busy page, or journaling cards to tell the story.  Journaling cards are important because you want to tell the story of the pictures.  You think you will always know who these people are, but then 40 years later you will be surprised to be unsure of just who that baby in the onesie is.    A few Sunday's back my mom was going through some photo boxes and asking my sister and I which babies were which.  Is this Ryan or David?  Sam or Tucker?  (Guess who just got a Project Life starter kit from their daughter this week?) So don't forget to do a bit of journaling.   Next add any extras you may want.  Maybe a sticker or a bit of trim?  Or just keep it simple.  On my page I just added a few sticker letters.  Here is a quick tip on lining up those letters.

Stick the letters onto a scrap paper or a post-it note.  Only stick the very bottom edge to the paper.

Now line the letters up on your card.  You can hover over the card until you feel happy with how you have centered you letters, then press them down.

Then slip off the scrap paper and press the letters down firmly.  Yea!  Nicely spaced letters. 

The page is really very simple.  I do love to make elaborate pages now and then and that's ok too, but they take time and only a few pages get into books when they are done that way.  With Project Life by Stampin' Up! I feel free to mix it up.  The pocket pages look great right next to a traditional scrapbook page and a digital page!  These are all made with Stampin' Up! colors and designs, so you can easily pair up the cards with your Stampin' Up! ink and papers.  The main thing is to get those photos out of boxes and into books that can be enjoyed by family and friends for years. 
There are lots of pocket card packages to choose from, even one for the upcoming holidays!  I think I finished 6 pages yesterday!  AND, The cards are also available in digital format!!! I can print out more if I need them and resize them too!  And what happens when you only have a few cards left so they don't work on any more pages?  Turn them into a greeting card!  Since the cards use all Stampin' Up! colors you can easily use the Project Life card on a card stock base to make a great greeting card too! 
If you have any questions about Project Life by Stampin' Up! please feel free to contact me, I am happy to help. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin ~ worth another look

I wanted to take a moment to re-introduce My Paper Pumpkin.  My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription from Stampin' Up! that gives you a box of fun each month.  In the box you get everything you need to create fun products.  The kits are simple, so that you just have a fun relaxing craft time.  They are easy for everyone, no stress.  You get some stamps to add to your collection, as well as an ink spot.  Over time you will have some great stamps and colors.  I have been a subscriber from the beginning and I have to say that at first, I thought the kits were OK, but not GREAT.  There were some complaints about there not being enough in the kits, or too not enough variety in the ink spot colors.  Well, Stampin' Up! has listened.  Truly they have.  Each month I am excited to see what is in the box.   Last month I was BLOWN AWAY by what was in the box.  The stamp set was great, super useful for many occasions and I am sure I will  use it again and again.  Here is what we got...

There is a Blackberry Bliss ink spot, a roll of white satin ribbon, white bakers twine, a sheet of silver foil stars, two sheets of soft sky stars, hearts and letters, 2 sheets of round tags, 6 card bases, 6 envelopes and 6 little boxes!! And the stamps of course.

I love the little boxes.  I like to have boxes on hand to give to teachers or others who I want to give a little thank you to.  These are super cute. I love the colors and the bold stripes.  I made up one to show, but I will hang onto these for gifts later on.

I made up all of the cards.  I made some birthday and some thank you. Super cute.

 And I have a lot left over.

This is a fun gift to send to a friend, someone you know that loves to make things but doesn't want to own a lot of supplies. Maybe a college student.   Everything is precut and scored.  All  you need to have on hand is some adhesive like a glue stick or a tube of multipurpose glue.  Many of the projects don't even need that because the embellishments are self-stick or the project comes with glue dots and dimentionals.
All My Paper Pumpkin subscribers also get to order refills of the kits.  So, If you really liked those boxes and wished that you had 10 instead of 6, you can get another kits! Refills don't have the ink or stamps, just the projects, so they are usually only $7.95! 
Last months kit was a cute pinwheel favor kit, perfect for summer.  We got supplies to make 24 small favor bags with fun pinwheels, or you could make a few other things instead.  I made my pinwheels into a wreath.  There is a whole Pinterest Board devoted to showing you other ways to use the kits too, so if you don't want to make them all the same, there are so many ideas out there.

At the Stampin' Up! convention I got a sneak peek at the next two months kits.  The August kit is really pretty cards.  We were not allowed to take pictures but I really liked it.  The September kit is Halloween.  This is a great time to take advantage of the 50% off your first two months kits!
I hope that you will give it a try.  And, if you are sad that you missed the July kit, the refil kit available to subscribers, so join and then get the kit!  You will have to you your own birthday stamps but you still get all the boxes and cards, embellishments and ribbons.

If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up--get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!
Offer Dates: July 16, 2014--September 10, 2014
Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).  Here is a link to My Paper Pumpkin.

 Zachary had fun putting together some of the pinwheels from the June kit. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about My Paper Pumpkin, or any Stampin' Up! product.  I am happy to help!