Friday, October 29, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday--More Autumn Spice

Hi Stampers!

If it's Friday, it must be Sketch Frenzy Friday--and it IS! Have we got a great sketch for you this week--created by ME!

And here's my card--actually 3 views--the full card, a closeup of the center and a closeup of the little embellishment on the bottom right corner:

I am so in love with the Autumn Spice DSP! And this card has a lot of texture going on: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, DSP punched with the Dotted Scallop border punch, stamped off images from the Day of Gratitude stamp set, three little acorns colored with Early Espresso and More Mustard markers-mounted on a strip punched with the Word Window punch out of Naturals White cardstock and mounted on a punched Cajun Craze small oval. I also used Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon. It is not one of the colors listed with the Autumn Spice DSP, but I think it works very well with those colors. Here are the close ups:

Now, get out your cardstock, inks, and stamps and create your own interpretation of this sketch and upload to our BLOG. You can start at the BLOG to see all the creations OR go to the next stop on the tour, MELINDA'S BLOG

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday--More My Digital Studio

Hi Stampers!

We have another GREAT sketch for you this week! The awesome Sharon Field created this for us:

Although it LOOKS like a card, this IS the sketch. Isn't it lovely? Well I hope you like my My Digital Studio take on the sketch:

As you can see, I deviated a little bit from the sketch--I left out a layer and moved the ribbon to the back just on top of the card base. It pretty much speaks for itself AND goes along with my Autumn Spice theme this week! WOW! think I am going to make this up in a REAL card!
Want to see more? Click HERE for the main blog, or HERE to go to Melinda Couden's blog to see her fabulous creation.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 4

Hi Stampers!

Last two cards for the fund raiser box of cards:

I must say, this has been a FUN project! IT also kind of stretched my creativity because I challenged myself to make each card a little different. On some I covered the whole front of the card with a piece of DSP, and on some I used smaller pieces and more elements. The Very Vanilla satin ribbon gave elegance to several of the cards.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Card for the Box-Part 3

Hi Stampers!

Here is the next installment in the fund raiser box of cards:

For each of these card, I used one of our embossing folders: the Early Espresso card uses the Finial Press embosssing folder, and the Cajun Craze card uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. And I also used punches on each card. Between embossing folders and punches, Stampin' Up! has the easiest ways to make cards with ZING! And of course, I used more of the Autumn Spice DSP on each card. I also used the Very Vanilla satin ribbon on each of the cards.

Tomorrow, I will share the last two cards.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 2

Hi Stampers!

Well, I am continuing with posting the cards I made for the fund raiser silent auction box of cards. Here are cards 3 and 4:

The card on the left is Old Olive with a layer of ANOTHER wonderful pattern from the Autumn Spice DSP on top. The sentiment is from Word Play, inked with Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers. Again, I used Pumpin Pie ribbon, but this time it is the 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
The card on the right is a base of More Mustard embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder . The sentiment is from another hostess set--the Level 2 set called Cute by the Inch. I punched it out to with the 1-1/4" punch, then cut a piece of 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" of the light colored striped Autumn Spice DSP to mount it on. The Ribbon is Very Vanilla Satin ribbon.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 1

Hi Stampers:

Here are the first two cards I put in the box for the fund raiser silent auction that I talked about in my post yesterday:

For the card on the left, I used Old Olive for the card base and overlaid a piece of the small leaf print from the FABULOUS Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper. I scalloped the edge of it with the Eyelet Border Punch. The "Thanks" is from one of the stamps in the Level 1 Hostess Set, Afterthoughts--which can be yours with a workshop or an order totaling a minimum of $150. There is another line of text on the stamp, but I chose not to use it, so I inked just the "Thanks" with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. The ribbon is the 3/8" Pumpkin Pie ribbon. Although Pumpkin Pie is not one of the colors that is supposed to coordinate with Autumn Spice I think it works very well!

The card on the right is one of the other designs from Autumn Spice DSP, and it's the same one I used for the box bottom. The butterfly is punched from the extra-large Butterfly punch using another one of the prints from Autumn Spice. I also punched a strip of the paper with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. The sentiment is from a 2010 SAB set that is, sadly, no longer available. I stamped it on a piece of Naturals White cardstock and punched it out using the Scalloped Oval puncxh and mounted it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock punched out with the Wide Oval punch.

Stay tuned on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for more of the cards.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Box and Cards for a Fund Raiser

Hi Stampers:

Our church was having a Trivia Night fund raiser to raise some money for repairs to a primary school in Tanzania. I was asked to donate something for the silent auction. I chose to make a box and fill it with 8 cards and envelopes. Here is the box I made:

I used two different prints from the Autumn Spice DSP to make the top and bottom. This Designer Series Paper is cardstock weight, so it makes a nice sturdy bos. Here's how I did it:

For the bottom, cut your paper to 8-1/2" X 9-3/4". Score 2" in from each of the edges of the paper. Cut on each score line 2" in from each corner on the short sides of the paper. Fold on all score lines into a box shape and use Sticky Strip to attach the small squares to the inside ends of the box. The box will be 2" deep.

For the top, cut your paper to 7-3/4" X 8-3/4". Score 1-1/2" from each edge, cut the same as above, fold and attach with Sticky Strip. Now you have the top for your box.

For this box, I used the Early Espresso sheet for the bottom and the plumey flower sheet for the top. The beauty of this paper is that the inside of the box is as pretty as the outside because the paper is double sided with different designs on each side. I tied a piece of Vanilla Satin ribbon around the box.
Stay tuned for the next couple of days and I will share the cards I put into the box with you!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Spooky Halloween Card

Hi Stampers:

Here's a cute card I made to celebrate Halloween:

I used Concord Crush as the base of the card, some Pumpkin Pie cardstock embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder for the Big Shot, and some Old Olive cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I also used the new Extra-Large Decorative label punch underneath the Wide Oval punch out which is stamped with the witch's boots from the Wicked Cool stamp set. I used Naturals White card stock for stamping. I colored the stockings with Concord Crush and Old Olive Stampin' Write markers, however it is a little difficult to see. Let me show you the inside of the card:

I stamped the spider web, bats, and the word Spooky from the Wicked Cool set. Isn't that font cute?


Friday, October 15, 2010

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye

Hi Stampers!

I am going to be part of the Late Night Stampers Royal Blog Tour which starts on Nov. 4. RIGHT NOW, Oct. 11-18 YOU can get a head start on the tour and possibly WIN a Big Shot or My Digital Studio software, or a $100 Stampin' Up! gift certificate by playing our Jasper Jester game. Just click HERE and you will go to the game on the Royal Blog Tour web site. Once there, unscramble the 18 words related to Stampin' Up! and submit your form. It's that easy! and good luck!


Sketch Frenzy Friday--Back to Autumn

Hi Stampers!

Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper is to die for! So that is what I chose to use for the card I made for SFF today. But first--here is Connie Smith's sketch for this week:

I think this is a FABULOUS sketch!!! Here's my card:

My tag shape is a little fat, but otherwise, I think the card works! I used Cajun Craze for the card base and various pieces of Autumn Spice DSP to make the layers. I used the Thank You from the Day of Gratitude stamp set instead of ribbon on the side. I just love this and I hope you do too! Why don't you play along with us? You can post your card on our Sketch Frenzy Friday blog, HERE and you can see more fabulous designs by clicking HERE to go to Melinda's blog next.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Summery Card

Hi Stampers!

The card I am posting today is kind of summery for a fall day. It is one I had guests at a workshop do for a make and take.

I am sorry the picture is so blurry--for some reason I couldn't get the camera to focus correctly. The stamp set I used is the fabulous Friends Never Fade. Colors are Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz. I used Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait card Stock and Greenhouse Gala DSP. The ribbon is Pumpkin Pie satin, but goes very well with the Peach Parfait, I think!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Noodling with My Digital Studio

Hi Stampers:

Well, I continue to play with My Digital Studio. Today I made this little card without knowing what I will do with it in the future, but I love having a stash of cards on hand for all occasions, so I guess this one will go in the stash.

I used my favorite colors: Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, and Pear Pizzazz. I love using the punches to get the card elements! In this case, I used the 1-1/4" square punch and changed it into a rectangle. I also used the large flower punch, but didn't resize it. I filled it with Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper background blooms. I also used the curly label punch shape and elongated it to fit the sentiment from the Best Wishes and More stamp brush set. I added one of the corduroy buttons and two staples.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Just HAD to do it!

Hi Stampers!

What did I just HAVE to do? Why order some new downloads for My Digital Studio. I ordered the Nite Owl DSP images, so I made a new Halloween Card in MDS:
The colors I used for this in addition to the Nite Owl DSP layer are Concord Crush, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black for the stamp images, which come from the Eat, Drink, and Be Scary stamp brush set.

Monday, October 11, 2010

More Notebooks for Vendor Fair

Hi Stampers:

Well, I am back to working on my items for the Oct. 30, Trick or Treat BOO-tique at Brookwood Retirement on Reed Hartman Hwy, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Here are two more I have finished:

I know, I KNOW that the one on the right is made from discontinued DSP, but I have several sheets left, so I decided to use them for some of my items. I made a few of these for another vendor show that I was in on Sept. 18, and they sold like hotcakes, so I have hopes these will sell too. Wish me luck, and if you are in the Cincinnati area, please come. Proceeds will benefit the SPCA in Cincinnati. We will have a split the pot, too, so you could leave with more money than you came with. Since it is indoors, kids will have a safe and weather-proof place to Trick or Treat early.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

I have been on a My Digital Studio Kick!

Hi Stampers!

I have been working with My Digital Studio a LOT lately, but the card I am showing you today is one that I created when My Digital Studio first came out. Stampin' Up! offered a program to Demonstrators to become certified in My Digital Studio. I took the course and am certified. What that means is that I can teach you everything you would like to know about MDS and how to use it. One of the requirements for certification was to create a card and have it printed. This is the card I created:

When I received the printed cards, they were absolutely gorgeous! The Stampin' Up! printing partner prints true to Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors.

If you would like to know more about My Digital Studio, or would like to learn how to use it, please contact me!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Another My Digital Studio Card

Hi Stampers!

I love playing with My Digital Studio. This is a card that is one of the template cards in MDS. It would be easy to change elements to make it a different card, or put some real buttons or punched out items on it after printing it.


Friday, October 8, 2010

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday!

Hi Stampers:

Today we have a sketch by Brenda:

I chose to follow the layout closely, and created this card in MDS:

I used Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip for my colors. The faux ribbon across the card is Chocolate Chip stitching--one of the embellishments in MDS. In addition, I created my own sentiment and typed it on the card.

Want to see more? Click HERE for Melinda's blog, or HERE for the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog. Join us, won't you?


Thursday, October 7, 2010

MDS Designer Card

Hi Stampers!

Here is a quick--and I mean REALLY quick card. This card is one of the designer card options in My Digital Studio.

To post this card, all I did was choose it in MDS and save it as is. It literally took me about 3 minutes! If you don't already have My Digital Studio, well, what are you waiting for? If you can choose a card and print it this fast, it certainly makes choosing a card faster than driving to a store! And you can always make it a hybrid card by adding elements after printing like buttons, ribbon, and brads.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Treats

Hi Stampers:
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I was going to be participating in several vendor fairs over the next couple of months. One of them is on Oct. 30--if you live in Cincinnati, please come! It will be at Brookwood Retirement on Reed Hartman Hwy, 1/2 mile north of I-275. The hours are 10 am to 2 pm. All of the vendors will have treats at their tables for the children who come in costume, so they can have an early Trick or Treat time. Here are some treats I will have at my table:

And here are two close ups of the two different ones I have made--so far:

Sadly, the two stamps I used are no longer available. However, the paper I used IS available. On the Boo Treat, I used the smaller scallop circle and Basic Black card stock, Whisper White card stock, and some of the Night Owl DSP from the Holiday mini catalog. For the Spider treat, I used the larger scallop circle punch with Basic Black card stock. I also used Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie card stock with two of the oval punches. Oh--the candy used is (are?) York Peppermint Patties.