Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ending Soon! Don't miss out!

There are TWO really big deals ending on Monday March 31st! 
I wanted to take a moment to
give you a last minute reminder in case you just didn't get around to  ordering yet. 
First up is Sale-A-Bration!! This annual sale lets you choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for each $50 that you spend.  If you have items on your wish list, this is the time to get them.  Clearance rack items count (great stuff there!), weekly deals,  digital downloads count, as well as items from the large catalog and the spring occasions catalog.  Check out the online only stamps, the "best of" stamps and the photo-polymers too!  Click the links to see what I mean!
Next I wanted to remind anyone thinking about sighing up for My Paper Pumpkin that if they join by March 31st, you get a free set of Markers (gumball green, midnight muse, primrose petals, raspberry ripple, and summer starfruit).   My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit subscription.  You get exclusive stamps and everything you need to complete the projects except your favorite adhesive.  You will build up a collection of stamps and ink spots too.  You can cancel or just skip a month at anytime.  $19.95 a month (and that includes shipping!) gets you a monthly crafty escape.  And you can get past kits and refills when you are a member too!  Contact me with any questions!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blessed Easter

I love this pretty Easter stamp "Blessed Easter".   This is one of the cards we will make Saturday at Stamp Camp.  The Stamp is gold embossed on Vellum card stock and colored with markers from behind.  It is really quite pretty in person. 

It is easy to use markers to color on vellum and coloring from the back gives a nice soft feel. 

Isn't that ruffle trim beautiful? I love it!  This is Strawberry Slush and it is gorgeous.  

In this picture you can see on the green leaves how you can get darker tones with your markers.  Once your first pass is dry, go over the areas you want to shade again and you will get those deeper tones.

I wanted the vellum to float a bit, so it is only attached under the pearls.  By not sticking the vellum down all the way you get a nice shadowy effect and the whole card looks soft and fluffy. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Welcome Noah

It's MDS Blog Hop Time again! Yippie!  I love seeing what everyone is working on it MDS! So many new ideas!  The MDS Blog Hop takes place on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.  We are a group of ten MDS enthusiasts who have linked our blogs together to showcase all that you can do with the My Digital Studio software.  Hopefully you have just hopped to me from the talented Cori's blog!  If not, hop all the way around until you get back to me, that way you will be sure not to miss a thing! 
This week is "What are we working on" and I am working on a framed piece for the newest member of my extended family, Noah.  My cousin just had a baby and I wanted to make something special to celebrate.  Here is what I came up with.
 Some of you may remember this "Two by Two" stamp.  I always thought it was cute but I didn't really need a baby stamp at the time and never bought it.  Then my cousin named her baby Noah and I wished I had it, but it had since retired.  MDS to the rescue!  I found that the stamp is being offered as a digital download! YEA!  I downloaded it right away and planned my card.  Then I was thinking about how digital stamps are so great because you can resize them, and I thought it would be a fun project to make for the wall.  This stamp is now 7 1/2 inches across!

And here is the matching card.  I printed them out on Watercolor paper, and painted the stamp in with my Aqua Painters.

Here is a close up of the Aqua Painters.   You don't have to go this route though, you can paint it digitally too. 

This version was colored in digitally with the freeform tool and printed out on Whisper White paper.

To make the cards I opened a new project and added 4 four inch photo boxes.  I then imported my ark project into the photo boxes and printed them out onto watercolor paper.  I printed 3 to color in and one digitally colored because I wanted to see which I liked better. 

What do you think?  the one on the left is painted with Aqua Painters, the one on the right digitally colored.

I hope you liked today's project and will continue on to the next stop on the hop which will take you to Holly's Blog.  I am sure she has something great to share!

If you would like to see more of the how to process of making these project, head on over to my "Beth's Digital Cuts" for some more screen shots on what this process looks like. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Golden Poppy

I am playing around with some gold accents this week.  The Spring Occasions Catalog is full of golden accents.  On this card I used the Golden Bakers Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Encore Ink, and Gold Washi Tape.

I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Tangerine Tango to ink up the flower, with a little dazzling diamonds in the center.   The background paper is the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper, only available for a few more days during the Sale-A-Bration Celebration.  Free with a $50 purchase.   I used Gold Encore ink and a sponge dauber to turn my white doily into a golden doily.   The flower is from the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set.

Thank you for stopping by today!  There are a few important promotions that are ending soon.  The annual Sale-A-Bration special ends on March 31st!  For every $50 you spend you get to choose a product from the Sale-A-bration offerings which included great paper, stamps, embellishments, a punch and digital downloads.
Also ending March 31st is the Free markers with a new My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit.  The My Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun monthly escape to crafting fun and included all materials you need except your favorite adhesive.  You get fun stamps and ink each week to, to build up a great collection.  You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Contact me at any time with any questions! I am happy to be your creative coach!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Mistake

This card came about as a bit of a boo boo.  I  stamped the "Happy" stamp in Stazon because I wanted to use my Aqua Painters and Stazon is waterproof.  The problem is that I hadn't used Stazon in a long time and the pad was really dry, but I didn't realize it until after I had stamped my image.  I didn't want to waste my lovely Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Card, so I went ahead and colored it in, not sure what I would do with it.  Maybe cover it all up with a punch? 

I thought about coloring in the parts that were supposed to be black with my marker, but I thought there was no way I would do a good enough job to make nice straight lines.  Then I had an idea, what if nice straight lines didn't matter?  So I decided to make it look like a doodle.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out and I think it will be a great card for a teen.  So it is a "Happy" mistake :)

Love that Stamp?  Me too!  It is one of the Photo-polymer sets, Countless Sayings 2. 
 Just $13.95 for 23 stamps!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Watercolor Pennants

I am STILL playing around with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards.  This is one of the 5 patterns  that they come in.  Check the past two days posts to see other patterns, love them!  For this card I wanted to try out a technique that I saw on the Stampin' Up! You Tube channel.  Did you know Stampin' Up had a You Tube Channel?  Well they do!  In the video I watched they were showing how to get a dip dye affect on things like doilies and ribbon.
Stampin' Up's 7/8 Natural Cotton Ribbon is perfect for this. 

I cut the ribbon into little pennants.

I used my markers to add ink to the ribbon, going darker at the bottom and lighter at the top.

Next, I used my Aqua Painters to add water and blend the ink into the ribbon and get rid of any marker lines.

I added baker's twine in three separate pieces, two bows and the center, adhered with glue dots.

 I also used glue dots to attach the pennants by looping the top around the twine.

Next I used markers to ink up the sentiment stamps from the "One in a Million" stamp set.  I cut them out with a framelit from the Chalk Talk Framelits collection.

 I added Candy Dots to the points on the die and attached it to my card with Dimentionals. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like today's project.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More Watercolor Note Cards

I am still playing around with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards.  I just love how the base layer is all done for me and they are just so pretty!  Check out yesterday's post to see another example if you missed it.   I decided to make another of the No-Line Piercing technique cards, using the Peaceful Petals stamp set.   .

For this technique you stamp the image on the back of the paper and use your paper piercing tool to pierce around the image.  Then flip your paper over and color with your favorite coloring tools.  I used my Aqua Painter and Melon Mambo and Gumball Green inks for this card.

I added a Vintage Faceted Button and linen thread to the center and a "thank you " tag made with scraps. I also ruffed up the edges a bit on my main image panel.

I hope you like today's project!  Feel Free to contact me with any questions!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Designer Note cards!

LOVE the new Watercolor Designer Note cards!!  They are just SO pretty!  You get 20, yes I said 20, printed cards on watercolor paper, 4 each of 5 designs.  Plus Envelopes! When I opened the pack today I was pleasantly surprised that there were so many, I am used to things coming in dozens I guess.  They are really really pretty all on their own and I was nervous to use them :)  Silly me!  But I am glad I did because I like how it turned out. 

This card comes with that fun Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango background and oval already to go.  I decided to use the Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch to create a bouquet of flowers.  Looks like spring right?  It doesn't look like spring out my window, soon I hope!

 I used markers to ink up my stamp.  Then I used the Stampin' Spritzers to get them a bit wet before I stamped the image onto a sheet of watercolor paper

I think the spritzing gave them a fun watercolored look, perfect for the background.

I added stems with my Aqua Painter, a favorite tool.

I stamped a few extra flowers and punched them out.  I used dimensionals to pop them up.   The Tag was made with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp set, a must have really.  It has 24 stamps for just about every occasion.  I used my Aqua Painters on the edges. 

I ruffled up the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon by fraying the ends and grabbing hold of a center stand of thread and pulling on it.  Then I just cleaned up the ends again. 

I hope you like today's project.  As always contact me with any questions.  Don't forget that Sale-A-Bration is ending soon! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MDS Blog Hop E-Cutter projects

It's MDS Blog Hop time again!  This  month we are working on e-cutter or Hybrid projects.  What is the MDS Blog Hop?  The MDS Blog Hop is a group of linked blogs of 10 demonstrators who love My Digital Studio!  You may have reached me from Cori's blog.  If this is your first stop, follow the links and hop all around until you come back to start.  This week we are showcasing our E-Cutter or Hybrid projects.  I got an e-cutter for Christmas this year and it has been sitting unused since then, so this was the perfect challenge for me.  And, since it was a Christmas gift and we got a huge snowfall yesterday (can you believe it?) I decided to make a Christmas project.
As I was searching through my Christmas stamps thinking what I would like to cut, I came across Dasher.  When the Dasher stamp came out a few years back I really loved it.  Those antlers are so great.  The stamp was only a few inches tall, maybe 2 1/2 ?   I thought it would be great if it was larger. That's the beauty of digital stamps.  I made Dasher a full 9 inches tall!  I cut it out with my Cameo Silhouette, to use as a stencil.   I laid the stencil on a piece of Modern Medley DSP and used Early Espresso and Encore Gold ink on it, applied with sponges.

  I also added a circle of Red Glimmer Paper to his nose.

I cut the word "Believe" out with my E-Cutter as well.  This is a stamp from the Snowflake Soiree Download.   I thought it needed something behind the letters to help them stand out, so I added a banner in Vellum that was aged with some Crumb Cake ink.

Now that I am done with my stencil I can always save it to use again, or I can flip it over and use it with some glitter paper to make another project.  Fun!

I can also use the cut out image!   Three ways to use one cut!

Well, I hope that you like my first E-cutter project.  I hope to get more chances to play around with it and learn all that it can do.  I hope that you will continue on our hop and head over to Holly's blog, where I am sure you will find something great to inspire you!