Did I tell you yet that the 2014 Occasions Catalog has gone live? This mini catalog is filled with fun product - if only I had time to play!
I can't believe how busy life gets sometimes ... and other priorities get in the way of my paper crafts and business. But, hopefully, you have your new catalog in hand and you've been mentally shopping - enjoying all of the fun projects and products inside. I actually have my first order sitting here (along with a few Sale-a-bration sneak peeks!), just waiting to play, and I'm hoping next week is finally the week! I want to thank those of you who have checked in ... yes, life is busy, but I assure you all is well.
Here is my top pick:
I just can't wait to put this Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to work! And, I promise to share with you when I do!
If you don't have a copy of the mini yet, you can view or download a pdf copy here - or contact me and we can work to get a copy in your hands! Or, if you are anxious to get going, shop the catalog here!
Now that I shared with you how to create a Santa's Sleigh with 8 reindeer stamp (see tutorial here), I had to show you the Christmas card I created with it - created in no time wiht just a little Downtown Grunge and Cherry Cobbler paper, and a bit of text/greeting stamps. Do you know how hard it is to get three children smiling and happy, with their eyes open? I had to settle for three children with their eyes open. Grin.
I hope you are all having a Merry and Bright Holiday Season!
For my Christmas Card this year, I wanted to use a Santa and his 8 reindeer stamp ... unfortunately, the Old Saint Nick digital stamp brush set in my MDS collection only had 4 reindeer. What is a digital stamper to do? Figure out a way to create an 8 reindeer stamp of course! And altering my digital stamp wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, so I'm going to share my technique with you:
Have you created your Christmas cards yet this year? Time is ticking, break out your MDS and start playing! If you need any help, let me know - I'm glad to help.
What a wonderful cookie exchange party my daughter and I hosted this past Sunday! We had 15 families participate in the swap and the event was a complete success from our viewpoint!
It is so much fun when your hobbies can be a business and help out with your daily life - and Stampin' Up! certainly makes it easy for me. Here are some ways my business helped with this party:
So what events are on your holiday horizon? Can Stampin' Up! or I help make your to-do list any easier? Let me know!
We live in the day of digital invitations, and - with this MDS creation for my upcoming cookie exchange - I am jumping on the band wagon!
While paper invitations still make it into my mail box, more often than not invitations are now delivered to my email box via evite, paperless post and personal email. But going digital, does not mean losing creative control. And, while you could scan a paper crafted invite and send digitally, MDS makes it super easy to create your own custom invitation digitally that is ready to send in minutes (or to be uploaded to a site like www.paperlesspost.com or www.evite.com).
So, how about you? Are you on the digital bandwagon? During this busy season, you might find MDS to be your new best friend.
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A while back I shared with you how to create an extended word window punch label (see post here). The process I shared then works with almost any punch, but did you know that it can work with your framelits and Big Shot too? And it couldn't be easier - check out the sample above using the flag from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits set.
There are a couple little tricks to make this work and today I am going to share them with you!
Have you tried the Magnetic Platform yet? It is an investment you won't regret.
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Today, as I share this masculine birthday card for a preteen boy, I thought I'd also share a little of my creative process where card sketches come into play. Sometimes I create a card sketch first and then create a card from that sketch. Other times I create a card sketch when I find myself creating the 'same' card over and over (see my card sketch #2 in my gallery). But, most of the time, I create a card I like and decide to create a sketch so I can shorten the creative process in the future.
Take this sketch for instance used for the birthday card above:
I loved the layout of the digital punch art Thanksgiving card I recently created (see here) and decided to turn it into a card sketch for future projects. I find that it is easier for me to take a card and recreate it for a new theme when working from a sketch than when working from the original card. So, I recreated the basic shapes and layers of the original card in Word, removing all color, extra details, etc. and added it to my gallery. Then I sat down and created my preteen boy birthday card. The lines of the original card are still here, but due to the simplified sketch I wasn't influenced by the colors or theme of the original card.
Looking for supplies to create a similar card? Here are a few used on this card:
Morning Post Numbers Stamp Set
(I love that this number set includes the frame!)
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set
This 4 stamp set provides greetings for most cards!
Yesterday I decided to mock up a Thanksgiving card in MDS ... have you ever done that? I was away from home and my craft room, happened to have my laptop with me, and create "Thanksgiving card" was on my to-do list. Those of you who have followed my blog know that I love doing punch art pumpkins in the fall, so my task was set.
Here are the initial results:
Now, I may experience some difficulties when translating this into a paper card when I get home:
But I do like the layout of this card! So I think I out to turn it into a card sketch for my gallery.
So, please tell me. Do you ever use digital to design a project you will later create in paper? Or, does what happen in digital always stay in digital?
Today is Digital Scrapbooking Day (Saturday, November 2, 2013) and it is time to celebrate! And, lucky for us, Stampin' Up! has decided that one day just isn't enough - so we're celebrating for eight! Starting off with a free digital download today and including daily deals too.
Here's the list of daily deal downloads:
FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD! FREE today only!
Moments Ago Digital Stamp Brush Set 135717
Today's MDS DAILY DEAL at 50% OFF.
Hello There Kit 133374
If you are new to digital scrapbooking, you can try your hand for FREE! Take the 30 day FREE MDS trial.
Visit www.MyDigitalStudio.net for project inspiration, training videos, daily deals, and challenges!
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Making homemade stickers, for Halloween or any occasion, couldn't be easier than pairing MDS with coordinating punches!
Time is my most valuable resource this year. And, while I want to continue to do all the fun creative projects for my children that I've always done, these days I have to find ways to cut corners and speed up the process. Take these little Halloween stickers I made in less than 1/2 hour:
While one of my favorite attributes of MDS is that you can take any stamp, punch or paper and resize it to meet the needs of a specific project, this is the one time you want to make certain NOT to change the dimensions of your digital image!
How to Create a Sticker:
Removing the stickers from the label backing can be a little tricky once you've punched them out. Depending on how you plan to use your stickers, you may choose to print on regular cardstock and adhere to your project with adhesive!
If you haven't tried digital crafting yet, take the 30 day FREE MDS trial. You won't be sorry!
I'm heading off to visit my father this weekend without my kiddos and thought I should bring a photo gift so he can see what they are up to these days - but what to bring? a card? a photo book? I decided NOT to decide, and created a simple photo book card - that can be displayed on a table! How's that for indecisive?
What I like about a project like this is that it has more longevity than a simple card, but doesn't take up space in a grandparent's home. After decades of grandparent gifts from his 6 kids and family, my dad has long made it known that he just doesn't have room in his home for more 'stuff'. But maybe I'll ignore that advice next time around and bring a photo cube paper weight (click on link to view the original post) like this one:
It's Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary and, while we are celebrating all year long, this week is the actual anniversary and comes with a special discount! Celebrate with a sale on the very products that started it all: stamps! For a limited time, get 25 percent off 25 stamp sets.
Good news! Starting yesterday (October 15) Stampin' Up! enhanced our ordering features for online customers.
Here are some of the new features -
features that many of you have been asking for:
What do you think? Have you checked out the new online store? Visit today and let me know what you think!