Friday, August 31, 2012

It's a Mixed Bunch

Happy birthday to you . . . happy birthday to you . . . 

Is it your birthday?  If it is, I hope you have a wonderful one.
This is another fab card given to me by my wonderful friend Marcia Edman.  She lives in Arizona and is an active demonstrator there.  She is also a physical therapist, but she hasn't gotten to do too much of that lately because of an injury that she had.  She's a hoot - and you must admit, she's a talented stamper, too, isn't she?

What Marcia used:
Stamps - Mixed Bunch, Itty Bitty Banner, Alhambra wheel; Ink 0 Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse; Card stock - Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Whisper White; Other - Summer Starfruit Ribbon, Bitty Banners Framelits; Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits; Punches - 1-1/4" and 1" circle punches, Itty Bitty Punch Pack; Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

I really should be finishing up getting supper on the table, but I really wanted to take the time to share this Clean and Simple card with you.  We're having Teriyaki Pork Chops, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Steamed White Sweet Corn, and fresh fruit.  Yummy . . . oops!  The timer just went off - so duty calls.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Flowers For You - For Making a Difference

Don't you just love getting fun mail?  I had a package to mail off to one of my favorite people, and so I enclosed this great card while I was at it.
 When you make a card with this stamp set, you're helping more than your friend you send it to.
 You see, the purchase of this stamp set helps the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
So when you purchase this stamp set, you can help Stampin' Up! make a difference.  Over the years, together we have contribute over $1,00,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  To learn more ways to help, visit

What I used:
Stamp set - Moving Forward; Card stock - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red; Specialty Designer Series Paper - Natural Composition Specialty; Ink - Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi marker; Punches - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Decorative Label, and Word Window; Paper Snips, glue dots, Basic Rhinestone jewels.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Watch It - and Watch Out - Video Tutorial - Comfort Cafe

You're gonna want to make these.  Yay - video tutorial time!  It's easy to make these cards and holder for them, and everyone will love it . . . ready?  Here we go --
Supplies used:
Papers - Comfort Care DSP; Card Stock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit; Simply Scored tool; Floral Frames Framelits, Fancy Fan embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Edgelits die, Big Shot; Adhesive - Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, glue dots; Vintage Facet Button, Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Stamp Set - Stippled Blossoms; Ink - Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Soft Suede.

So easy -- and you can watch as often as you like . . . 

it's like a private class.  These make a great:
  • birthday present
  • thinking of you gift
  • get well wishes for someone
Well, I think you get it!

May you have a productive day.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Super Cool Cards and Holder - Online Order for August Thank Yous

 These are what I gave away for the month of August as a thank you to anyone who placed an on-line order with me.
 There is lots of detail on these great card folders and cards that coordinate.
 There were matching envelopes, too.
There were nice little details on the cards - like brads or rhinestone jewels.
  I did them in two different styles/colors.  One had International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the other had Comfort Cafe DSP. 
 Our younger son helped me do a video tutorial of how to make these folders and cards using the Comfort Cafe style.  I really like how the Stippled Blossoms stamp set echoes the design in the DSP. It's a great two-step stamp set.
 I CASEd this great idea from Laurie Zoellmer.
What I used:  
Papers - International Bazaar and Comfort Care DSP; Card Stock - Pacific Point, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, and Daffodil Delight; Simply Scored tool; Floral Frames Framelits, Fancy Fan embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Edgelits die, Big Shot; Adhesive - Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, glue dots; Vintage Facet Button, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Bold Brights brads; Stamp Set - Stippled Blossoms; Ink - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Midnight Muse, Soft Suede.

Be sure to check back tomorrow because I've got the video for how to make these all uploaded and ready for you.

     So on Friday night, my torn rotator cuff was hurting so much, I took two pills of the pain medication I'm prescribed.  I've only ever taken one at a time so far, but it doesn't really help.  I read the pain med container, and it said I could take up to two of the pills . . . so I did.  BIG mistake!!!  Whoa!  The next day (Saturday), I was soooooo incredibly sick.  I couldn't stand up because I would pass out.  I could hardly move because I thought I was going to throw up.  I'm not gonna take two of those babies again, I'll tell you that!  What a waste of a day!  I didn't get the things I wanted to do done.  I had every single side effect known with that medicine.  Yuck!  
     I finally began to feel a little better around 5:00 p.m. that evening.  I felt like I had been cheated out of my Saturday!!  Aaargh!  

     Oh well, enough of the rant.  I feel better now that I got that complaint off my chest.
     Our older son had his first day of college today.  He said it was a million times better than high school.  Okay . . . I think it must have been pretty good.

Such a long post today . . . I had a lot of pics to share with you.  Remember to stop by for the video tomorrow.  

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Easy-To-Make Fall Wreath

Wow!  What a fantastic-looking wreath Jan created! She sent me this picture, and I wanted to be sure to share with you and let you see what a great wreath for fall can be yours with just a few items. 

What Jan used:  Ribbon - 3-1/2" Scalloped Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso, Core'dinations Card Stock in Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso, Glimmer Paper in Champagne; Stamp set - Wonderfall; Inks - Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, and I'm not sure of the yellow card stock or ink; Bigz Die Autumn Accents; Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Woodgrain.

  • Cut out a form from firm card stock or cardboard, and begin to layer and play with your pieces. 
  • It's always better to make too much and take it away than to have too little with blank spaces.
Have fun making one of these for your house.  They also make a wonderful housewarming gift or something little for a teacher.  They'll love it. 
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Something to Celebrate!

Isn't this a nice card?  It was given to me my Marcia Edman.  I met this fantastic lady at the Stampin' Up! Convention last year, and we ran into each other a lot again this year.  She's so much fun -- one of those people who keeps you laughing from the get-go.  Marcia lives in Arizona and has her website at
I told her I liked this card right away, and she said that all the circles on the bottom layer had just cried out to her that bling was needed.  Don't the Rhinestones fit into these circles perfectly?  Such an adorable card, Marcia.  Thanks so much for sharing.

What Marcia used:
Stamps - Topsy-Turvy Celebration; Ink - Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, and Basic Gray; Card stock - Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, and Whisper White; Accessories - Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Bity Banners Framelits and Basic Rhinestones.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Okay . . . okay.  There was actually no cat in this bag!  It's just too small a bag -- unless it was one teeny tiny kitty . . . but that's not the case either.

I just couldn't think of any other title to go with this adorable bag that Rhonda made for me.  She delivered this super incredible necklace to my house in this bag.  What a great idea!

I've done this lots of times, but then forget about how you can stamp on the bag.  I'm so very glad that Rhonda reminded me of this great trick by delivering my jewelry in this.
And what a great way to say, "Thank you".  Why, you're welcome, Rhonda!  And thank you right back!

I know Rhonda used the Gently Falling stamp set, but I'm unsure of the colors she used.  This is just beautiful.  I really love it.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Have You Tried It Yet?

Here's a video for you to enjoy!

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Once your trial period expires, simply contact me  to purchase the downloadable or disc version (coming soon!) of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Onesie Tutorial Just For You

 Remember these adorable onesie cards?  I received three requests on how to make the onesie, so I'm gonna show ya, step-by-step.  Are you ready?
  1.  Take your card stock for your onesie and cut it 1-1/2" x 2"

2.   Then you make marks as shown at the 1/2" mark on the bottom corners, and 3/4" for the neck hole at the top (that's halfway into your card stock), and then 3/8" down for the sleeve and 1/2" in at the sleeve for the arm area.
3.  Here I drew for you the shape that you want to cut.  This is connecting the bottom marked spots with the armpits and then out for the sleeves.  You can mark it or eyeball it when you cut and just connect your dots.  It's up to you and your comfort level with cutting.
 See how the legs are marked?
4.  Using the 1-1/4" circle punch, center the neck hole mark and punch it out. 

Now it will look like this.  I know this is sideways.  I could not get this pic to do anything else no matter how hard I tried!  LOL!  Crazy Photoshop program.  Anyway . . .

 5.  It's time for the leg holes.  Line up your leg hole marks and punch them out with the 1-1/4" circle punch. 
 It looks like this now.  

 6.  Do the other side, too.
7.  And when you're done, just turn your cute little outfit over so that no one sees your leftover marks. 

That was an easy onesie.  Go out and make some of your own now!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Going Back to School With Serious Style

 Okay.  So this first pic is of my hubby and myself trying to keep warm.  We're at his family get-together which was held at Mohican State Park in Loudenville.  It's a beautiful place and we were at the Saturday picnic that we always have.  It was last weekend (not the one we just had, but the one before that), and I was serious freezing my heinie (sp?) off.  I asked my sister-in-law to take this picture of us trying to stay warm!!
 This adorable pencil was created by my fab co-worker Meg Ruch.  She is super talented and very modest.  I just happened to stop by to ask her some questions and saw this basket of goodies.  After exclaiming about how cute they were -- where in the world did she ever come up with such a great idea -- she let me take a few pics to put on the blog. 
     Meg created these for a back-to-school movie night her church was hosting.  It's just kisses on top of Rolo candies wrapped in yellow card stock, with a bit of gold and pink.  They wrapped a little motivational note on the "pencils" to give away at the movie night event.  
     How cute!  What a great idea to CASE.  Thanks, Meg, for letting me share your wonderful fine on my blog.   Seriously, this is going back to school with style, don't you agree?

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Had To Do It Again!

I did a baby card yesterday and enjoyed it so much, but I wanted more colors.  
 So I did the same great card with hot (and I mean hot) pink (melon mambo - thank you very much) and blue (Tempting Turquoise).  Same whites, different ribbons, and used the same Brights Designer Buttons. 
 The style of button got changed up a bit, too.  I figured a little boy wouldn't want a flower button on his onesie -- don't you agree?
What a fun card!  Now I've got lots to give away.  I'll take them to church tomorrow because the pastor (hi, Karen!) loves to give out baby cards and is always running out -- so these are for her.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Baby Cards - So Sweet

     Isn't it great how people keep having babies?  They are so darn cute and say/do the cutest things . . . I just adore babies!  And their clothes -- so tiny and some adorable outfits out there today.  I'm sure the outfits babies wear today are a gazillion times cuter than anything I wore when I was a baby.  Nevermind the fact that I was the youngest child and pretty much only wore the hand-me-downs.
     Speaking of baby clothes . . . how do you like the onsie on this card?  Isn't it just about the sweetest little thing?
     In fact, there's even a tag that says, "Sweet".  So that makes it official.  (Ha!)
What I used:
Stamp sets - Hello Doily and Lovely Little Labels; Papers - Brights DSP packs, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card stocks; Ribbon - 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon inDaffodil Delight, 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon in Daffodil Delight; Inks - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive; Punches - 2-1/2" Circle, Jewelry Tag, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border; Brights Designer Buttons.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Perfectly Penned Multiple Thanks

Giving thank-yous to people is important.  Like you, for instance.  I need to be sure to thank you for stopping by every day.  I appreciate you and the fact that you take a peek at this blog.  It's wonderful to share a bit of time with you.  So -- thank you.
These are cards I made for our younger son to send out as thank-yous for his birthday presents he received a little over a month ago.  It's one of those better late than never things.  I know, I know -- this ribbon is retired now.  I had lots of it though, and it added such a nice touch of texture so there it is. 
Here are a few of the cards all lined up and ready to go.  There are more, but I figured this was representative enough.  Agreed? 

     That wonderful younger son passed his driver's test yesterday and so now he's licensed to drive!!  Whoo Hoo!  It's so hard to believe that both our boys are legal out there on the road now, but they are!  They will both be able to take themselves places now, and it's so freeing for me and my hubby. 
    Oh well -- back to the card.
what I used:
Comfort Cafe  DSP (love how this paper coordinates with so many great colors - like Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla . . . great stuff.), card stock - Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Soft Suede; Ink - Early Espresso; Color Spritzer Tool, Early Espresso Marker, Staples; Stamp Set - Perfectly Penned.

It's time to get busy with the day. 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Takin' It to a New Level

I am taking texture to a whole new level with the Core'dinations Card Stock and the Stampin' Sanding System.  No doubt about it -- the 12" x 12" Core'dinations card stock sheets in Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, or Gumball Green are smooth on one side and textured on the other.  I feel like I'm in stamp/creating heaven.  

. . . and I am seriously into Halloween already this year!  Can you believe it?  I just keep having so much fun with the goodies from the Holiday Catalog, and I cannot seem to stop myself!  Help!! (ha, ha)
And that fantastic Core'dinations Card Stock, along with the Stampin' Sanding System just makes the greatest effects on paper.  When I shared a card that I CASEd from the Holiday Catalog using the Core'dinatons Card Stock at a private class last week, people seriously loved it.  They could hardly wait to get their hands on it.  It creates such a great look with so little effort.
what I used:  Core'dinations Card Stock in Early Espresso, Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, More Mustard and Early Espresso card stocks; Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Big Shot, Woodgrain and Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sanding System, Toxic Treats and Occasions Alphabet Stamp Sets, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, and More Mustard Inks, Small Oval Punch, SNAIL adhesive, Sticky Strip, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Why don't you re-create this card using your favorite Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock with a different stamp set?  Or make a gift by customizing the colors to match your friends' favorite colors or styles.  This is an easy layout that will work with lots of papers, ribbons, and stamp sets. 

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Thanks . . . Pinwheels on Parade

 Don'tcha just love stuff that can be used in more than one way?
 I do, too!  That's one of the reasons I'm so crazy about Simply Scrappin' kits.  I have used them for scrapbook pages, cards, 3-D items -- in fact, projects galore.
 That's all I used here with these thank-you cards for the folks who have ordered from me during the month of August. 
 What could be easier?  I know that everything's going to match and coordinate, and all that kind of good stuff.  Great value, easy to do.  Just my kind of thing. 
What I used:

     That's all I used!!  The papers all come in the kit . . . colored card stocks that all match the beautiful designer papers that are in the kit.  
     I made these while we were at a family reunion this weekend, and people would stop by to ask what I was doing and watch.  I would tell them all about how great it was to have things that all matched, and everyone would agree.  Maybe I'll even have a few new customers here . . . guess I'll be busy with more thank yous.  

     Sounds good to me!

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