Friday, August 31, 2012


I'm not a huge fan of leftovers, food left overs that is.  And I guess the same holds true for left-over card pieces from Stamp Camp or an Open House.   When I host a Stamp Camp, I try not to cut too many extra pieces for a card, so that I don't have a lot left over.  With an Open House this is harder to do, since you don't always know how many are going to come.  Way back in June I had a new Catalog Open House / Retired Products Garage Sale, and I cut a lot of pieces for  my make-and-take.  The baggie of pieces has been sitting on my desk since then and I finally decided that I needed to do something about it.      SO, rather than make a bunch of the exact same card, I decided to make each one different.  As you can see, the base of the card is all the same.  My favorites are the owls from the Owl Occasions stamp set.


I also like these little birds from the For the Birds set. 
Now, I have a good sense of accomplishment because I have finished my leftovers!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

31% off in August MDS Sale

Stampin' Up has decide to extend the 31% off select  MDS products until September 14th!  This is great because I can probably get a few more pages done and ready to print at 31% off!!  Yippee!  I am at 28 pages right now!   The 31% off sale included all print products (pages, photo books etc) and selected digital downloads, even a content CD.  I looked over the list and thought I would show some pages I made with some of the downloads I already had. 
This one uses the One Great Year digital kit. 

It comes with papers and lots of embellishments, mostly calender pieces like names of the month, dates, "birthday" "anniversary" etc.  great to make a digital calender, but also great for cards and scrapbook pages.

This is the Playful Polka Dots kit.  It has fun bright colors, lots of flowers and pretty border strips, and journaling labels.  I made some cards with it on my digital blog.

Sweetly Nested Family tree.  This is a cute template.  The tree comes already done for you as a template page, but you also get stamps images of the tree trunk and leaves, as well as the brackets.  You can add to or delete from the template.  you also get the birds and heart flowers in your embellishments.  The great thing about this is, I can make one for each of my three children and I only have to change the one text box at the base of the tree :)

The World Traveler Photo Book template may seem like something you wont use, but if you had it, you would.  I wont use the template as it is, but the papers that come with it are really great.  It also comes with some great tags. 

I used the tags here one this page.   The background paper and journaling label also come with the kit. 

This also used the world traveler kit.  The map paper is of the great lakes, which is where the picture takes place!
The papers on this one are also from the world traveler kit.  I filled the punches letters in with the papers too, and the tag in one of the included embellishments.

Here is just one of the several tags.

And I made a journal with this Travel Journal Kit.  

And I love the Blast Off kit, but I haven't made anything with it yet!
Don't forget to take advantage off the great savings before Sept 14th!  And, if you get some pages or projects completed in time, save on your printing too! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mouthwatering Watermelon

This fun card was made by another demonstrator named Lisa Vanco.  I thought it was just so bright and fun.   And, the watermelon is embossed in scented embossing powder!  How cool is that?   While shopping for school supplies the other day I can across little watermelon candies and so I just had to recreate Lisa's card into a treat holder.    Thanks Lisa!
I used markers to ink up the stamp, (lucky limeade and melon mambo) colored in the seeds with a black marker, then stamped it onto Whisper White paper.  I then pressed the image into a versamark pad and sprinkled it with Melon Scented Embossing powder.   Next I used my heat tool to melt the Embossing Powder and cut the image out. 
Hope you like today's project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Frosty Friends!

I think these little snowmen are so cute!  I love the one with the antlers on his head, and the baby snowman reaching up to momma.  cute cute!  And I love stamp sets that are good for coloring, so that sealed the deal, I had to have it.  The set is called Frosty Friends and it is in the new Holiday Mini catalog.   I used slightly non-traditional reds and greens for this card.  The green is Wild Wasabi and the Red is Rose Red.  Also added are silver glimmer paper, for some added snowy-ness :)  and a vintage faceted buttons.  Its a sort of feminine Christmas card.

I colored the images with my blender pens, which make for a softer look.  I just added a tiny bit of bashful blue to the snowmen for some depth. 

I added the ribbon ruffle by putting sticky strip on the back of the cardstock and gathering the ribbon onto the stick strip. 

The "Sending Christmas Wishes" sentiment is from the Joyous Celebrations set, also in the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

You can view the catalog here.
Need a Holiday Mini Catalog, contact me.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Ben

Happy Birthday Ben!   Its my husband Ben's birthday and so I thought I would post a page I had been working on in his honor.  This is from his Basic Training Graduation back in 1992!  The Navy held the graduation at Daley Plaza in Downtown Chicago.  What a special day. The words on the small tags are Wisdom, Courage, and Honor, which are the middle names of our children.  I copied a layout I saw at by Marie Shaughnessy.  This is a great site to go to when you are looking for ideas.

  Happy Birthday Ben!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Some digital posts

I have been posting some digital projects on my other blog "Beth's Digital Cuts".  I thought I would post a few here in case you missed them.    My Digital Studio is a really fun software program.  I have really fallen in love.  I use it for so many things.  Scrapbook pages and cards of course, but also some hybrid projects that I was able to personalize for the recipient, such as party favors, treat bags, journals and photo books.  If you've ever thought of giving it a try, you can download a FREE TRIAL version today and use it for 30 days.  If you like it, contact me about how to purchase and what options there are.  Did you know you could even purchase the software as part of your customized demonstrator starter kit?  Then get demonstrator discounts on downloads and printed projects, and all Stampin' Up! products.  Not ready for that?  Just purchase as a customer and enjoy creating today.  I am here to help you learn the program with in person classes on a big screen I bring to class so we can learn together, or I can help you over the phone or with a video tutorial.  I want you to love it as much as I do. 
Go to my online Stampin Up store, click on shop now in the upper right hand corner, and add the free trail to your shopping cart.  It is completely free. 

Check out my Digital Blog for more fun projects!

Monday, August 20, 2012

MDS2 Video

Stampin' up! has made a video showing some of the things you can do with My Digital Studio 2.  Check it out and try the Free Trail today!  Get the free trial by clicking on my "Shop" button above to be directed to my Stampin' Up! store, click "Shop Now" in the upper right hand corner and add the free trial to your cart.  No credit card info or any payment required!  Watch instructional videos at, or browse the sample gallery.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

It's my parents Anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  Here is a page I made for the occassion!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Perfectly Preserved take two

I made a super quick card for today.  The stamps and paper from yesterday's post were still out on my desk, so I decided to use the flowers without the jar for a very fast card.  The base of the card is Gumball Green, the patterned paper is from the Orchard Harvest designer series paper pack, and the ribbon is Raspberry Ripple stitched ribbon.   I cut the white and raspberry backgrounds with the Apothecary Accents framelits dies.  Quick card and a quick post, school starts on Monday and I am not quite ready! WOW did summer go fast!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

The new Holiday Mini Catalog is so full of great new products it's hard to know where to start.  I started with fall, my favorite time of year.  Yesterday I did a Halloween, today I am using products from the Orchard Harvest Suite.  The papers in this line are really cute for fall, the colors are great: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, and Raspberry Ripple.  For this card I focused on Raspberry Ripple and Lucky Limeade.  The stamp set is called Perfectly Preserved and has a lot of co-ordinating elements.  There is a caning jar, apples, a pear, flowers, stems and leaves, and even an ear of corn.  There is a matching Framelit Die so you don't have to cut out the elements with scissors if you are looking for cut out shapes.    The stamp set is $20.95 clear mount, the framelit dies are $24.95, but if you buy them together the cost is $38.95!  That's a savings of 15%.  I used the dies to cut out my jar.  The jar is stamped on a window sheet, that's a clear acetate.  I wanted to hide the adhesive so I put it behind the "just for you" banner.  The jar is also held on by the linen thread.  I used my Paper Piercing tool and mat to make holes for the thread.  I also added some Dazzling Details glitter on the flower centers.  Its hard
to see that detail in the photos, but it really makes a sparkly and finished looking card in real life.

Thanks for stopping by! 
contact me with any questions about the projects you see!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Halloween Boo!

On Friday I posted a monster Double Peek-A-Boo card.  That card was for a little boys birthday and was instantly taken over by my 5 year old Zachary.  While making a new monster card I decided to make a Halloween version for a swap I am in this month.  These cards are actually easy to make, especially after I watched the video by Dawn Griffith.  

Have a nice day!