Monday, May 30, 2011

Vintage Scrap Tagbook

 Adriel created this Vintage Tag Scrapbook for last month's Project Class. We had a great class and everyone's Tagbook's turned out very nicely. I thought I'd share some pictures of this cute mini album with you today.
Journal Lines on the back of each tag.
A fun pull-out accordion picture holder.
Oval Picture holders.
A little pocket which holds an Oval Journal or Picture Holder shown below.

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quicky Floret Tags

Here's what I made for my customer's "Thank You" tags this month.

I used My Digital Studio to create all of these bright and cheery digital tags. The Fabulous Florets images came out so clear and vibrant. In MDS, I opened the Tag option to create the floral layout and added the "Thank You" sentiment. I colored my flowers in Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight. My sentiment is in Early Espresso.
I saved my tag as a jpeg, opened up Word, inserted my jpeg Tag picture and then resized it, copied and pasted it several more times on my document. Then I printed it out on Whisper White cardstock, trimmed the tags, corner rounded the upper left and bottom right tag corners, punched a hole in the centers, and added my ribbon. Thanks for stopping by...hope that you're having a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fabulous Florets Thank You How-To

 This beautiful floral image is from the new Summer Mini's Fabulous Florets. This time around, I decided to purchase the My Digital Studio's digital Fabulous Floret download, instead of the actual stamp set and I've enjoyed the versatility of the digital set.
I needed some quick "Thank You" cards, but I wanted them to be special, so I went hybrid. I love how they turned out and wanted to share a very quick "how-to" here with you.
One of the things that I like about digital stamping, is that I can make my images larger or smaller, which is what I did here. I used the Fabulous Floret's large floral image, colored it Not Quite Navy, and placed it in the bottom left corner. I resized the first floral image to make two slightly smaller florals and placed them on either side of the corner floral, and and then made one last resizing to the first floral, making it slightly smaller, and placed it in the upper right corner. I inserted the leaf image, chose Old Olive as the color, and then made a mirror image and placed the leaves in between the three floral images. My background is Barely Banana. I saved my image as a jpeg and then opened up Word, inserting my Fabulous Floret jpeg into my document, resized it to 3-3/4x5, copied it and pasted it three more times onto my 8-1/2x11 screen page. Then I printed it out on Whisper White cardstock. Voila! Now I have a beautiful stamped background that I can use over and over with the click of a button...What a time saver!
I went with a digital sentiment, as well. Here I chose MDS Thank You Kindly stamp set. I created a new MDS Project using the 8-1/2x11 page option. I then chose my "Thank You"stamp from the Thank You Kindly stamp set, colored it Early Espresso, sized it so that I could create a 3/4"x3-1/2" sentiment strip with it. (You gotta love the resizing feature.) I positioned the sentiment at the top left of the screen page, allowing space for trimming it to 3/4"x3-1/2", copy and pasted it onto the top right of the screen page again allowing for my desired finished dimensions, copied both sentiments and pasted them down the page and used MDS to print them out. Again a time saver :-)
CARDSTOCK: Not Quite Navy (5-1/2x8-1/2, folded in half for cardbase); Old Olive (3-7/8x5-1/8, Front panel); Fabulous Floret digital background printed on Whisper White (3-3/4x5, digital panel); Printed Thank You sentiment on Whisper White (3/4x3-1/2); So Saffron, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy (Punch Pieces)  PUNCHES: 1-1/8" Circle punch - punch left side of Whisper White Thank You sentiment; Photo Corner - Punch right side of Whisper White Thank You sentiment to flag end; Blossom Bouquet, set at far right - So Saffron, use the inside punched flower; Boho Blossom, small flower - Old Olive; Itty Bitty, scallop - Not Quite Navy; INK: Old Olive, sponge outer edges of punched So Saffron flower and the centers of Old Olive leaves on digital background.

1. Snail Fabulous Floret digital background to Old Olive front panel, leaving even borders around all sides. Snail panel assembly to Not Quite Navy card front, leaving even borders around all sides. 2. Dimensional Whisper White Thank You sentiment to the left front of card, with bottom of sentiment about 1-1/8" from bottom of card. 3. Assemble flower by snailing Old Olive flower to center of So Saffron flower. Snail Not Quite Navy flower to center of flower assembly. Attach Old Olive brad to the center of flower and dimensional flower to left side of sentiment and card front.

Pretty easy, huh? And the best part, is that if you need more cards, you can just print out the card parts, punch a few pieces of cardstock, and within a few minutes you have yourself some beautiful cards.

Also, Stampin' Up! is offering a My Digital Studio Express-Downloadable Version for $39.95, which is the full My Digital Studio software, but with minimal digital content. It's an affordable option allowing you to pick and choose which downloads you need and want. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Secret Message Video Share

I'm so glad that you stopped by today because I have something really fun to share with you.
 It's this card...well actually it's the technique for this card which I love! I call it the Secret Message Fold (because I have no idea what it's really called). You can use this technique to add a hidden sentiment or picture or ?? At first glance it looks like a typical gatefold card, but when it's folded at the center, you can pull the centers apart and it opens to another hidden section of the card. Warning: Opening and shutting it is a little addicting.
I'm excited to share this technique with you in my How-To video below.

I hope you have fun trying this out for yourself.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fancy Fold Class Tutorial Available

If you missed my Fancy Fold class this month, you can still get in on the fun. If you're interested, I am offering the PDF tutorial for the cards we made this month, which are shown below. The Secret Message Gatefold card includes a video tutorial which you can view by clicking on the link. This is such a cool card technique...I love it!
The PDF tutorial includes a thorough and detailed list of supplies and dimensions along with step-by-step instructions and photographs to give you written and visual instruction for creating the cards above. The cost of the PDF class (which includes directions for all of the above) is $3.95 and can be purchased below by clicking on the "Buy Now" button. The PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Thanks for stopping by :-)

 Fancy Fold Card Class - $3.95

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Feels Like Summer

 I don't know what part of the country you're in, but here in AZ it's beginning to warm up and feel like Summer. My wildflowers have bloomed and have created a sea of beautiful yellow, so I thought that I'd share a little bit of this beauty with the rest of you...maybe it will brighten up your day a bit :-)
You can see that the temps already heating up...and it's only around 10:30 a.m. It's hot here, but like everyone says here, "It's a dry heat!". Even with the heat I love living in the desert. Have a great day!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cupcake Gift Set Tutorial Available

This was my project class I taught last month at Tumbleweed Recreation Center and I'm excited this month to share the class with you...the Cupcake Gift Set. I am offering the PDF tutorial for this class, which includes instructions for the Cupcake Box with Cupcake Holder and Lid, Scalloped Cupcake Candy Holder (PDF Template included) and Cupcake Gift Card Holder. With graduations coming up, this makes a special way to give a gift card or money. I gave a set as a gift for someone's birthday and tucked candy inside the Scalloped Cupcake and a gift card in the pull-out Cupcake Card. The Cupcake Box will also hold an actual cupcake.
The PDF tutorial includes a thorough and detailed list of supplies and dimensions along with step-by-step directions and photographs to give you written and visual instruction, along with a PDF Scalloped Cupcake template. The cost of the PDF class (which includes directions for all of the above) is $3.95 and can be purchased below by clicking on the "Buy Now" button. The PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Thanks for stopping by :-)

 Cupcake Gift Set - $3.95

Friday, May 13, 2011

Another Fancy Fold share

How about this Get Well card? Pretty clever, don't you think? I wish that I could take credit for the  Gatefold idea, but it came from an old magazine. I thought the fold would make a great Get Well card.  I love how the ribbon is used as a bathrobe tie to keep the card closed and the Sunny Garden DSP creates a cheery look. Click Here for a link to the tutorial for creating the fold for this card.
I also created a digital Word doc sentiment for the inside, for those that would like to add a "Get Well" sentiment to their cards.  What a great card to send to someone who's under the weather.
I taught this class at Tumbleweed Recreation Center a few days ago, but I'm offering it again at my house Tuesday, May 17 at 3 different times (10 AM; 1:30 PM; 7 PM). If you'd like to join any of the classes, email me at ( and let me know which class time you're interested in. Class fee is $12.
I'd love to have you join us!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May's Fancy Fold Card Class

I named this month's card class Fancy Fold, as we'll be trying out some fun paper folding techniques to create this month's cards. I also created a video for the Secret Message card, which I'll share later this month. The first card I'm sharing is the Scallop Easel Card which Adriel designed using the Springtime Vintage DSP, which I loved! So glad that I bought the MDS Springtime Vintage digital download  for this paper, since it's long gone with the Occasion Mini catalog... but I've still got it because I have the download. (smiles!) This is good news for those of you who have My Digital Studio...the DSP is available as a download.

I taught this class at Tumbleweed Recreation Center yesterday, but I'm offering it again at my house Tuesday, May 17 at 3 different times (10 AM; 1:30 PM; 7 PM). If you'd like to join any of the class, email me at ( and let me know which class time you're interested in. Class fee is $12.
I'd love to have you join us!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Card Share

I hope that all you mom's out there had a great Mother's Day. Ours was a bargain deal Mother's Day, but there was no economizing on the fun, food and time spent with family. What's a bargain Mother's Day, you're asking? Well, Starbuck's had all their Frap's at 1/2-price from 3-5 pm, Friday through Sunday, so we got in on that deal around 3 pm. Then if you had a coupon (which Adriel had), Pei Wei's was offering a free Mom's entree for Mother's Day, so we headed over there for dinner. Yum, yum!
And here's the beautiful Mother's Day card Adriel created for me. The DSP is retired from several years ago, I loved this paper...loved the colors and patterns. She white embossed the Medallion stamp onto the DSP...I think it looks like a doilie. Pretty cute, don't you think? She also used the Four Frames stampset and Decorative Label punch. I'm not sure how she made the flowers...I think they're one of our Big Shot flower dies, but I haven't verified that fact yet. I love the sponging and distressed look...Great job, Adriel. I love it!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Hope that you've had a great start to your week!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Happy Birthday Adriel!
I made this fun card for her using the new Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch from the new Summer Mini Catalog. What a great punch. It's like having 3-punches-in-1. I made the border with the punch set at "3" and attached the smaller punched scallop inside the larger scallop, then overlapped each set of scallops at the sides to create this fun lacy-looking border. I made the flower using the Build A Blossom stamp set stamping with Versamark and clear embossing on So Saffron DSP, sponging Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake on the flower petals, then punched out each petal with the Blossoms Petal punch, attaching the petals together using a 3/4" circle for the base. I stamped the center with Pear Pizzazz and then added Crystal Effects to give it a pop. Thanks for stopping by...hope that you have a great day!
Cardstock -  Soft Suede; Whisper White; Pear Pizzazz; Regal Rose; So Saffron DSP
Punches: Blossom Bouquet;Blossoms Petal; 3/4" circle; Word Window; Boho Blossom
Stamp Set -Build A Blossom; Messages for Mom; Vintage Vogue; Vintage Vogue Wheel
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake; Pear Pizzazz; Versamark
Accessories - Jewels (Pearls), brown permanent marker (to color pearls); Clear EB powder; Heat gun; Pretty in Pink 3/8" taffeta ribbon, sponge, Crystal Effects; dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Sticky Strip

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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