Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampin' Up! + Project Life = Fantastic!!

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. Stampin' up! has partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

Becky explains, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book."  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.
Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too! I would love to have you on my team!!
Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

I can't wait!  This is right up my alley.  I do A LOT of digital pages, that's true, but I have LOADS of photos from before I owned a digital camera and they are very slow to getting into pages!  I am going to have a lot of fun reliving the memories as I go through my photos!

Why Project Life enthusiasts (and soon-to-be Stampin' Up! enthusiasts) will want to buy Project Life from Stampin' Up! :

  • Coordination, coordination, coordination. You know we do it best, and our Project Life line is no exception. 
  • Our products center on things that matter most-weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people-all things that need to be remembered.
  • Our card collections come without rounded corners so you can decide if you want to keep them that way (and match the corners of your photos as they come) or use our Project Life Corner Punch to round them out. 
  • Our card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk: cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.
And, in the Q & A section on the Demo website it says that the Project Life offering will be available in Digital Format too, so you know I am happy about that!! 
I hope you are excited too!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! I am happy to help!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello Cupcake!

I love to bake, specifically cupcakes and cookies.  I really really loved the download "Baking up Love" and bought it right away, but I wasn't sure how I was going to use it.   I needed a Birthday card this week so I decided to make another Hybrid card that uses MDS (My Digital Studio) as well as some traditional paper craft embellishments.  I made two versions.  On the first card I once again used the "No-Line Piercing" technique on a card!  Maybe you're tired of that technique, but it is really fun.  I printed out my cupcake and then pierced around the image, flipped in over, and painted in the pierced image.   The colors used are Strawberry Slush and Wisteria Wonder.
The Happy Birthday stamp is from the "Remembering your birthday" set.

The ribbon used here is the Natural Cotton Ribbon.   I used a Faux dip dye technique with my markers.  I first colored the ribbon with the  brush end of my markers, going darker at the top. Then I blended the ink in with my Aqua Painters.

Once the ribbon was dry I simply cut a forked end into each one and adhered them to my card. 

 On the second card I digitally colored the stamp outline, printed it out, then used Aqua painters to fill the image in.

here is the "Baking Up Love" digital stamp set. 

That is what the cupcake looked like before I filled it in. 

Well, thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop ~ Easter and Spring!

It's MDS Blog hop time again! YEA! We hop the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Our theme this week is Easter or Spring.  I decided to put together a few Easter treats for the children who are in my Wednesday night religious ed class.  I am the parent teacher for the kindergarten and pre-school children. I have used MDS (My Digital Studio) so many times to create treats and projects for the kids in my class.  Here is what I will give them next Wednesday.  I made a page in MDSand then turned them into treat holders.
Here is the page that I created.  Once I printed the page out, I cut it into four parts, each 4 14 by 5 1/2.  
To make the treat holder you need to roll your paper into a tube.  I use Red Sticky tape to do this.  Then add some sticky tape to each end.  Close up one end, add your treats, then close up the other end.  They couldn't be easier. 

While I had the page already created, I decided to make a matching card to send out to some family as well.  I made it a "Hybrid" card by adding an extra paper layer to the card. 

I printed out the "He is not here, He is Risen" banners and cut them out with banner thinlits.  These little thinlits are so fun.  They have score lines in them so that you can easily fold them out and get that fun dimension.  They come with the Label Card Thinlits Die, love it!  I mounted my card fronts onto a Daffodil Delight layer, then onto a crumb cake base.  The digital papers I used for the project are from the "This and That Epic day" download.  The sun is from "Sunshine and Sprinkles".   To learn how to make the Cross, you can visit my "Beth's Digital Cuts" page.  I show you step by step how to edit a punch! 
I hope you found some ideas for MDS and Springtime!  Next on the Hop is Holly Vandyne and I am Positive that you will find something super at her blog!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Eggstra Spectacular" Easter Treats

Super simple and Fast, these treat holders will put a smile on any kids face.  I love that bunny from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp set.  The whole set is cute but I really like that little bunny.  I wanted to make some quick Easter treats for the neighbor kids and here is what I came up with.  The treat holder is made from the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  I love using our products in ways other than what they were intended for and this punch is getting a lot of mileage lately. 

Start with a strip of paper two inches by 10.  {Even better if you have some 12 x 12 paper, because you also need two tiny pieces 2 by 1. If using 12 x 12, cut a 2 by 12 strip, then cut two 1 inch pieces off the end of it.}  Score you 10 inch piece at 4 1/2 and again at 5 1/2, then punch the ends with your scallop tag topper punch. Score you little pieces at 1/2 inch from each side.  Use red sticky tape to attach the tiny sides to the inside of your treat holder.

The little Hershey bunnies are the perfect size for this.  Peanut butter eggs would work, or the new milky way bunnies are great too.   The Hershey bunnies come 6 to a pack, and you can get 6 holders from one 12 by 12 piece of cardstock, so this is a perfect project for minimal cost. 

 I used scrap strips to decorate the front of the treat holder.  The bunny was punched out with the scallop circle punch and I added a larger strawberry slush circle behind it.  I also added some glitter to the bunnies tail, but it doesn't show up in the photo.

The Wisteria Wonder ribbon is retired ribbon but it is available on the Clearance rack right now.   The clearance rack is great because you can find all sorts of retired products at great prices, but they still work with the current Stampin' Up! family of products.  I tend to stock up on ribbon from the Clearance Rack.  Some items sell fast, so if you see it, you should grab it. 

These are the candy bars I used.  My desk is a mess huh? :) 


Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Wisteria Wonder 3/8 Inch Ruffled Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Weekly Deals

Did you know that Stampin' Up! post new weekly deals every Tuesday?  Well they do and there are always some great items for everyone.  This week ....
check back each Tuesday to see what is the new special deal!  And while you are at it, you should check New Arrivals and the Clearance Rack too!

Monday, April 7, 2014

One more Daisy

I decided to use the "no-line piercing" technique again!  I really like it.  I love to use my Aqua painters, and this technique is perfect for that!  I used another of my daisy's from the Sweet Details digital download for this card.  You can see the other two cards with daisy's from this download if you go back to the last two days posts.

For this technique you use the stamped image as a guide to pierce holes with your paper piercer.  You can go over the whole image with lots of detail or use parts of the image to give as little or as much detail as you like.  Then simple flip it over and use the pierced outline as your guide to color in the stamp as you like.  I used my Aqua Painters for this card.

I used Sahara Sand to go around the petals, and Daffodil Delight and Baked Brown Sugar in the flower center.  I also added a touch of Soft Sky to the petals.  I wrapped my main image with some Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon.

The little "Thank you" is a photo-polymer stamp from the "Sweetie Pie Frames" set.  One of the great things about the Photo-polymer stamps is how clear they are, and how well they adhere to the block.
I used a marker to ink the "you"part of the stamp, then stamped onto the paper.  Then I cleaned the stamp really well and inked up the "thank".  The clearness of the photo-polymers really made this very easy and I got it right on the first try.  I used my recent Sale-A-Bration banner punch to punch out my sentiment.  If you missed out on this punch, have no fear, it is the one thing from Sale-A-bration that will be in the next big Idea Book and Catalog that comes out in June!    Can't wait!
Thank you so much for stopping by!! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Big Bold Daisy

Happy Saturday everyone!  I am just adding a quite post today to show you another card made with the Sweet Details Digital Stamp.  This is a 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 square card.  I love this big bold daisy!  I Printed the daisy from My Digital Studio onto watercolor paper.  I then used Aqua Painters and Summer Starfruit and Sahara Sand ink to color it. 

Using Digital Stamps is easy with My Digital Studio.  I usually print out several stamps onto one sheet to maximize my paper.  Here is what the sheet I printed out looked like.
There are tons of Stamps available digitally!  Imagine your Stampin' Up! catalog doubling or tripling in size!   Check out the Online Store to see all there is to offer.  You will be amazed and maybe even see some stamps that had retired and you wished you could still get! Check out yesterday's post for more details on using digital stamps.