Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fade away lil guy


Today’s post is another My Digital Studio, MDS, card I made using the free digital ensemble- One Big Sale-a-bration 2014 download available during the annual Sale-a- Bration campaign.  During Sale-a-bration, you earn free products from the Stampin Up Sale-a-bration catalog for every $50 you spend in merchandise.  I love the One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014 download because it includes all the SAB stampsets and the Sweet Sorbet DSP and the coordinating accessories.

To make this card, I used the See ya later alligator stamp and cropped the alligator out using the crop tool.  I then changed the color to gumball green and then copied him 3 more times and place him in a row.  I then used the mirror image tool to rotate him and then copied the image 3 more times..  Then I grouped both rown and copied them again to end up with 20 alligators.  To create the fade away of each alligator, I changed the opacity by 5% starting with 100% for the first one (then 95%, then 90% and so on). I added a heart and filled it with glimmer paper to the last alligator.  I then added the sentiment but this time I just cropped only the words (not the alligator) and then colored the text.  I added a starfruit banner and my card was done!

Remember today is digital download day at Stampin Up so bebsure to check out the newest downloads for MDS available on the Stampin Up site.

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Butterfly Sympathy

2014_02_15IMG_0538 We recently lost our dear Uncle Rick.  My Aunt BJ and Uncle Rick had 7 boys so I needed to make 7  masculine sympathy cards for my cousins.  Masculine and sympathy cards are always a challenge for me but to make 7 masculine sympathy cards was a real challenge.  I kept the design simple and was pleased with the way they turned out and even made a few extra to have on hand and ready to mail.  For this card I used a black and white color scheme and textured the card front with the Beautiful Baroque #130917 embossing folder.  I then embossed the Papillion Potpourri #123759 butterfly and used my Stampin Up inks and blender pen to create unique butterflies for each card. To complete the card, I hand cut a banner and added the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748.

If you are new to stamping, I would suggest the Teeny Tiny Wishes stampset be one of the first stamp sets to add to your stash.  If you have been stamping and don’t have this stamp set why are you waiting?  It is a wonderful set of sentiments for most occasions.

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Cure for the Blues

2014_02_16IMG_0631 (2) Our dear friend and great Stampin Up customer, Sheri, fell as a result of this nasty Ohio weather.  She had surgery and is now recovering at home.  I wanted to take her blues away by sending her a pretty get well card.  I always tease her that she loves pastels and the retired Baja Breeze was one of her favorite colors so I pulled out the ink and paper and created this little beauty.

I wanted to use a stamp set that Sheri had not seen before so I used the Happy Watercolor #133188 stampset  from the Stampin Up occasions catalog to create the faux water color background and then stamped the flower on top of the splash of Baja.  I then stamped the flower 3 more times- twice on Baja blue and once on a scrap of the yellow Watercolor Wonder DSP.  I hand cut and pieced the flower together and popped it on top of the stamped image.  I added a sentiment from a retired stampset cut into a banner using the Bitty Banner Framelits #129267.

I was reluctant to purchase another stampset with flowers because I have so many sets but there is something about this set that I love.  I especially love the watercolor shapes that come in this set and can’t wait to use this set soon.  Get well soon Sheri.  I hope we can craft soon.




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Wedding Words


Yesterday was Valentines Day but it was also our sister in law, Nancy’s birthday and anniversary. Our brother got lucky with this because 3 special events on 1 day so he best not ever forget!

it is definitely the season of love and weddings.  Cammie made this card using the Stampin Up Wedding Words wheel in one of her favorite colors- Perfect Plum.  She wheeled the design 2 times on the card front and accented the areas with embossed hearts cut from the Fashionable Hearts embosslits #125596 and added a large rhinestone 129324 to the ring.  How could anything go wrong with  bling like that?

Happy Be-lated Birthday Nancy and Happy belated anniversary Chris and Nancy.

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Perfect Pair Valentine


Say it isn’t so, baby Blair made an adorable Pinterest inspired Valentine gift for her husband David.  She bought him a set of red pots and pans filled it with  perfect paired items like salt and pepper shakers, Gloves and seeds, Spoon and forks, candles and lighter, peanut butter and jelly and so and so forth.  Great idea for a great couple!

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Straight to the Heart

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Happy Valentines Day.  Today we will have 2 cards in one post.  Cammie and I had a challenge to use the same stamp set for one of our Valentines.  We used the Love you More #131850 stampset. The Love You More stampset is not in any catalog but is available for a limited time only.   Its funny how we had the many images in the set to pick from and we came up with completely different cards using the same sentiment.  That is sisters for you! Cammies card is a basic Valentine layout using alternating hearts cut from the Hearts Collection Framelits #125599 in whisper white cardstock and the red glimmer paper 121790 is a fun design.  The arrow at the bottom was a very creative use of Stampin Up supplies. The arrowhead is obviously a red heart turned sideways.  She added a piece of 1/8″ black taffeta ribbon  119261 through 2 slots and added chevrons hand cut from the Positively Chevron background stamp#130496 and she added the sentiment from the Love You More stampset. Clean and Simple with lots of layers.  That is my kind of card.

2014_02_14IMG_0617For My card I was inspired by the sentiment from the Love You More stampset and created this dartboard using the Circle Collection Framelits #130911.  I used every circle except the large scallop and layered each color on top of one another to create the dart board.  After assembling the dartboard I place it on a Hardwood #133032 Background.  I added a small heart punched from the Owl Builder punch #118074 to the center of the dartboard. The arrow was punched with the now retired arrow punch.  My card was also a clean and simple design with lots of layers.

I think Cammie and I both did a great job on this challenge.

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Valentine Breakfast


No matter how old your kids get they like to feel special.  I purchased some donut holes from Tim Horton’s and created a cute tag to surprise my 18 year old son on Valentines Day morning.  I was sure to make the tag detachable so that he would not be embarrassed when he brought the party pack of donut holes in to 1st period AP physics class to share with the other kids.

I saw this expression on Pinterest and stepped it up a bit using the Stampin Up Circle Framelits #130911 to make the donut and the frosting was textured with the free decorative dots folder #133520 from the Stampin Up Sale-a-bration catalog.  I attached the donut to a tag made from the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch #133324 in the Stampin Up occasions catalog. I then handwrote the expression filling it in with cute shapes where appropriate.

In case you were wondering or can’t see the verse it says: Donut you know we love you a hole bunch!  I am pleased with how cute and simple (less than 10 mins to create)  this was to make and  I like it better than my Pinterest inspiration pictured here. Stay tuned later today for another Valentine post.

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Best Mate

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OK today’s card really rocks.  I love anything nautical and have been holding off purchasing the new nautical stuff from the Stampin Up occasions catalog until now! Cammie made this card for her husband for Valentines day using the Hello Sailor #133275 stamp set from the Stampin Up occasions catalog.  She did an outstanding job brayering the ocean and sky. Cammie added the sea weed using the now retired Valentine Defined stampset. She added the whales from the Hello Sailor set.  Wait! There is only one whale so how did she do that?  Well she inked up the whale and stamped it on a clear window sheer or the stamp a ma jig sheet, turned it over and lined it up on the card next to the other whale and then brayered over the sheet to get the ink to transfer from the window sheet to the main panel.  To complete the card she punched a  Full Heart #119883 and then added the sentiment.


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I Dig You


Today is one of my Valentine designs this year.  For the main panel, I used the Tag It #130303 stamp set from the Stampin Up annual catalog. I was inspired to make this card when I saw a sample in the Stampin Success magazine, a free magazine Stampin Up sends every other month to demonstrators that is filled with ideas and how to techniques.  I know this  looks simple to create a row of shovels but the Tag it image just had 1 shovel.  So to get all seven colorful handles I had to clean the stamp each time between shovels and align the shovels with the Stamp- a -ma jig #101049 so it was a rather time consuming process. Once I had the panels done, I tucked them away because I had no idea how I was going to finish the card.  Then Stampin Up introduced the Fringe Scissors #133325 in the new Occasions catalog.  Seriously, the last thing I needed were more scissors but I got them anyhow. I pulled out my stamped panels and finished the cards by making grass and adding a heart cut using the Hearts a Flutter framelits #130159 and the I dig you sentiment stamped on a Word Window #119857 punched piece with 2 rhinestones anchoring the piece.

The Tag It stamp set is a stamp set that can make a difference.  For each stamp set purchased, Stampin Up donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, RMHC.    RMHC helps families who have children with serious illnesses. Each year the Stampin Up catalog features a stamp set that supports RMHC and to date, Stampin Up has contributed over $1,000,000 through this charitable effort.

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Bite Me


Today is a Tuesday so that means it is Digital Download day at Stampin Up.  Be sure to check out the newest downloads for MDS available on the Stampin Up site.

Also on going right now it is the most wonderful time of the year at Stampin Up.  It is  Sale-a-bration time  and it is on going now thru March 31st.  During sale-a-bration, you earn free products including 2 digital download kits for every $50 spend in qualifying merchandise (before shipping and handling).  Be sure to check out all the other free products in the Sale-a-bration catalog and place your order today.

Stampin Up’s MDS software and downloads make it so easy to design cards in a snap.  Today’s post is a card that I made in under 10 minutes from start to finish using the free digital ensemble called One Big Sale-a-bration 2014, #134976, in the Sale-a-bration catalog.  This ensemble is everything in the Sale-a-bration catalog in digital form.  I was inspired by the Lacoste like alligator from the digital brush called See Ya Later to make today’s card. Using the crop feature, I cut out the alligator, changed his color to garden green and resized him to randomly place him on the sahara sand background. I then filled the pennant shape with a piece of the digital Sweet Sorbet DSP and colored the sentiment using the coloring tool inside the white oval and matted the oval underneath. Done!

Don’t be fooled by the title of this post because I used  the crop feature to take a bite out of the see ya later stamp.


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