Thursday, September 26, 2013

MY DIGITAL STUDIO TOOLBAR IS BACK & BETTER!

MDS users start up your happy dance! The new update for your program will give you the ability to CUSTOMIZE your toolbar! Want that "Save" button back up there? You got it! How about the "Align" button? Yep, you can put that one up there too, or not! Whatever you want! Just point your cursor on the toolbar area, right click, select "Customize Toolbar" from the popup menu, then start customizing!

Here is some MDS inspiration to get you going! I created this all-digital Halloween card that features the scrumptiously scary "Witches' Brew" designer paper, with "Howlstooth & Scaringbone" paper in the background. Some stitching, pompoms, stamps and a label decorate it! If you don't have My Digital Studio yet, the upcoming holiday season makes this the perfect time to get started so you can create your own custom holiday decor, cards and gifts!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GORGEOUS THANKSGIVING/FALL BANNER

Heidi Weaver, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, created this awesome banner for fall and Thanksgiving and I cannot wait to make my own version! I will have to wait before I can get started, however, because I am visiting my Mom in California and won't be back home until October 23...I brought some Stampin' stuff with me but not my Build a Banner kit. YOU can get started any time however! From the Holiday Catalog you'll need the banner kit and Burlap Ribbon, from the Annual Catalog you need the Autumn Accents leaf shapes die and Labels Framelits (and the Big Shot). You can make rosettes with the die or "from scratch" with the scoring tool. Finishing touches are the bitty safety pins in the Vintage Trinkets and Naturals Buttons. Of course, you'll need some assorted fall color ink pads and sponges or daubers.
I'd love to see your banner creations using the Build A Banner kit so please email your photos to me - I might post some here!

Monday, September 16, 2013

LNS FALL TREASURE HUNT LIST UPDATE!

I have added three more blogs to positions #67, 68 and 69 --- and I also added again the last batch because for some reason they were not there, so my apologies! I believe this time they "stuck" and hopefully will stay there. Don't forget to go to my Holiday Catalog Inspirations page and leave a comment on that page to enter to win some blog candy in addition to the Treasure Hunt!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

HALLOWEEN TREATS AND CARD

I created this treat collection way back in 2008 so the stamps and most of the punches are all retired...but the ideas here can easily be done with current stamps and/or MDS! The round ones are peppermint patties.




I call this card "Spooky Night" and even though I made it in 2011, everything I used is still current, except the glossy card stock. You should be able to do it on Whisper White however, as another demo assured me we can do the Polished Stone technique on Whisper White. To do that background technique, just dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, put 2 to 3 drops each of two or three ink colors (see below for the colors I think I used) then dab, dab, dab that inked cotton ball all over your cardstock panel! The alcohol dries quickly, and once dry you can stamp over it. I stamped the trees with Versamark, embossed with white embossing powder, then stamped them again and embossed with black powder. Oh, you are wondering about the moon??? Well, I didn't put much polished stone in that area so I could take a punched-out circle to sponge on the Versamark (in the negative space, but you figured that out already, right?) then emboss with white powder. You can also do this as a resist technique - do your stamping and embossing first, then dab the polished stone effect over the images, wipe excess ink from the embossed parts with a tissue.


"SPOOKY NIGHT"
Lovely As A Tree stamp set:
128655 ($27.95) Wood Mount OR 127793 ($19.95) Clear Mount
Versamark Ink Pad 102283 ($7.50); White Embossing Powder 109132 ($4.75);
Black Embossing Powder 109133 ($4.75); Refill inks ($2.95 e.) - Pumpkin Pie105229;
Perfect Plum 102107; Elegant Eggplant 105222;
(Black and Pumpkin Pie cardstock layers)

Monday, September 9, 2013

JACK O LANTERN STACK HALLOWEEN CARD!

When is a snowman a Jack O Lantern? When you think outside the box using a Stampin' Up! stamp! My stack of Jack O Lanterns was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink and the snowman base stamp image from the  Snow Day set in the Holiday Catalog. I sketched the mouths and cut them out along with free-hand cut bits to use as masking pieces for the faces. I inked the stamp, lay the pieces on it and pressed them down gently (use a tool such as tweezers or a pencil tip) to lift off the ink, huffed on my inky stamp & stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I colored in those areas with a Crushed Curry marker, then outlined with Cajun Craze. I used part of the carrot nose from the same set to stamp the stem with Garden Green. After you stamp and color your pumpkins, cut out the stack and sponge the left side with Crushed Curry, the right with Cajun Craze (lightly) and then sponge black on the edges. In my second photo you can see how I used masks to sponge my Baked Brown Sugar card base with Crushed Curry and Basic Black, as well as how I layed out my Bird Punch punched branches of Garden Green and Cajun Craze. The pumpkins are adhered last with Dimensionals.
The border is  made of strips of Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Basic Black that I texturized on the Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder, then trimmed to layer together. The sentiment is also from a Holiday Catalog set: Halloween Hello, and it is embossed with Black embossing powder and sponged with Crushed Curry ink.



Snow Day 131892 ($26.95) Wood mount OR 131895 ($18.950 Clear mount
Halloween Hello 131718 ($18.95) Wood mount OR 131721 ($14.95) Clear mount
Chevron Texture Embossing Folder 127749 ($7.95)
Bird Builder Punch 117191 ($16.95)
Inks available in pads, markers and refills:
Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Cardstock colors:
Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Baked Brown Sugar,
Garden Green, Whisper White

To create the background for the pumpkins, stamp and cut out a copy of the snowman base image on scrap paper so that you have TWO masks (the shape and the negative shape or outline left after you cut out the shape).
Position the shape cutout where your pumpkins will go and sponge black ink around the cutout mask with a light-handed daubing application to get a textured look in your sponging. Switch to the negative space mask and use a rubbing application to sponge Crushed Curry ink on the left hand side of the shape area you created with the black ink.

LNS FALL TREASURE HUNT BLOG LIST UPDATE & CLUE FINDING TIP

More blogs to check out! Please add the blogs added to positions #63, 64, 65 and 66 to your list and visit them - they will really appreciate it if you leave a comment too! Happy hunting and remember that all you need to do to FIND MY CLUE is enter "clue" in the search field above my archive list (on the left) and look for the post! If you have any trouble feel free to contact me! If you are just getting started, you will find the complete list of blogs and the Treasure Hunt instructions on my LNS Fall Treasure Hunt page (see the tabs at the top under my blog header).

Monday, September 2, 2013

LNS FALL TREASURE HUNT BLOG LIST UPDATE!

Four more have joined our list of participating blogs for the Treasure Hunt, and soon there may be at least one more! Update your list to add the new blogs on positions #59 to #62 and remember that leaving a comment when you visit is really appreciated! Have fun blog hopping!

THE NEW ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD IS HERE!

You should have heard the cheering when this new product was introduced at Convention! With this new tool you can make an envelope for any size card, and all the measurements have been done for you! Just find the size of your card on the tool to see the corresponding dimensions for your envelope, score, punch, fold and glue - done! The best part is that it is so affordable at only $19.95! (And maybe you will also want to use the Envelope Liners Framelits to add coordinated liners to your envelopes...)
Watch the video to see how it works! 
 
Envelope Punch Board #13374 ($19.95)
 October 12, 2013 update from Stampin' Up!

We have noticed that one of the envelope measurements on the Envelope Punch Board is incorrect. The dimensions for the 5-1/2" x 8" card size envelope are 1/4" too small. The correct envelope measurement for this card size is: 10-5/8" x 10-5/8" (paper size); 4-3/8" (score line). The Envelope Punch Board still functions perfectly and we have corrected the measurement chart on the punch board. New labels are available through Demonstrator Support, if you would like one.
Special reminder for Stampin' Up! cards: These envelope measurements are meant for simple cards, without a lot of dimension. At Stampin' Up! we love adding dimension to our cards, but that can make the envelope a bit snug. So, if you need an envelope to fit your cards with lots of flair, go up an envelope size (or two) for the perfect fit. Please contact me if you would like me to get one of the labels (mentioned above) for you.