Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Since I am currently away from home visiting my mother in California, I only have a few current stampin' supplies with me and not too much time to play with them...but I did get the Sale-A-Bration digital ensemble so I started playing with the digi versions of the SAB goodies! Here is a simple card that is actually even easier to create with the SAB "You're Lovely" stamp set and "Sweet Sorbet" DSP collection, with some of the Sweet Sorbet Accessories twine for texture.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Need I say more? I mean, what better announcement could there be for a Tuesday Newsday than the start of everyone's favorite promotion: SALE A BRATION! This year, there are some special bundles you can order that will make it oh-so-easy to earn one (or more) FREE SAB PRODUCTS! The bundles and, of course, all those great new-product freebies are all in the SAB brochure. The link on the right will take you to the bundles, and on my Catalogs & Supplements page you'll find a link to the PDF for the brochure so you can download your very own copy (or ask me for one!). And while you are on that page, you can check out all those online-only products because NOW is the time to splurge a little so your order will qualify you for something free from the SAB selection!

Can you handle some MORE GOOD NEWS? The Valentine promotion items that have not yet sold out are still available...until February 14 or while supplies last!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I have held back on this announcement hoping for a release date, but I can't wait any longer to share the news that Stampin' Up! is adding their own line of alcohol markers to our product line! If you are not familiar with the wonders of alcohol markers, I'll just simplify it by saying alcohol markers (once you know the technique for using them) produce stunning results in coloring images, and blend superbly for shading. And, we'll have a special color-removing marker to use with them. Included in the line will be new skin-tone markers as well. So, artists, start your happy dance!! Our alcohol markers will be less pricey compared to the C---- brand, mostly because ours are not refillable. But that will make it easier for everyone to try them...maybe as soon as the end of this month! Stay tuned!

Since it is Tuesday, remember that every Tuesday there are brand new downloads for My Digital Studio and a new batch of Weekly Deals so visit my store! Here is a peek at the Deals:

Monday, January 20, 2014


I have mentioned before how Ann Schach's designs often inspire me. Today I am sharing a traditionally-stamped Valentine she made using the Eiffel Tower image from the "Follow My Heart" set (part of the current Valentine promotion) and my ALL DIGITAL C.A.S.E. of it using the "Artistic Etchings" stampbrush set (and more).

Ann inked Stampin' Up!'s acrylic blocks to stamp the background squares with Pool Party and Blushing Bride. I used the MDS square punch filled with Vintage Overlays DSP/Texture 11 (zoomed in) colored Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. I also cropped one of my square punches with the Wide Heart Punch shape.

Ann used an image from the "Best of Love" 25th anniversary set to stamp the word "love" - I used a similar image from the "Walk in the Park II" stampbrush set.
Ann's card is a wonderful example of a "KISS" card, which is "Keep It Simple Sweetie" - it's quick and lovely with one layer, no embellishments, simple one-color-per-image stamping. 
Mine has more, but because it is digital, it doesn't take any longer to create (no materials to clean up!). I had some tweeks: changing the square shapes to rectangles for the Coastal Cabana block and cropping a Strawberry Slush square into a heart. Once I sized one square and one rectangle, and colored each, I simply copied and pasted the additional shapes I needed, then rotated, flipped, and/or mirrored the copies. I resized the Eiffel Tower to fit where I placed it, and added a heart stamp (shrunk it down to size), colored it with Strawberry Slush and dropped a full blur/opacity Bermuda Bay shadow on it. I like a little bling, so I added Basic Rhinestones - for a hybrid you could add real ones. My final change-up were the matching-color background layers to frame my design.
The funny thing is that before I saw Ann's card, I was already playing around with the Eiffel Tower image and the "love" script word for digital Valentine designs, which I will be sharing here soon!

Friday, January 17, 2014


I C.A.S.E.d this card from a design by Ann Schach (one of my favorite SU! Demonstrator designers). If you are already familiar with using coordinating stamps and framelits, then this will be a fairly quick card for you. If not, it will take you just a bit longer but it is still easy. The directions will guide you to stamp all the hearts, banners and the sentiment, then cut all but one out using framelits and the Big Shot, and punch the other banner. If you use my directions to assemble your pieces into three ready-to-adhere sections, and attach them in the order and placement indicated, assembly is a snap!
For a more dramatic, bolder look, add a Real Red background panel (5" x 3 3/4") under all the elements.
  • Pool Party card (5 1/2" x 8 1/2" half sheet, folded to make a 5 1/2" x  4 1/4" card)
    #122924 - $6.95 (pack of 24 sheets, 8 1/2" x 11" and also available in the Subtles assortment)
  • Whisper White cardstock pieces use up your scraps!
    #100730 - $8.50 for pack of 40 sheets, 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Real Red cardstock piece (use another scrap!)
    #102482 - $6.95 (pack of 24 sheets, 8 1/2" x 11" and also available in the Brights assortment)
  • Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack (Occasions Catalog) - one quarter sheet
    #132886 - $6.59 (4 e. of 12 2-sided designs (48 sheets) - 4 1/2" x 6 1/2")
  • Coastal Cabana In Color Classic Ink Pad #131175 - $5.95
  • Real Red Classic Ink Pad #126949 - $5.95
  • "Hearts A Flutter" 8-stamp set
    Wood Mount #131922 - $25.95  or  Clear Mount #129252 (also available as a download)
  • Hearts A Flutter Framelits #130159 - $24.95
  • "Occasions Alphabet" 26-stamp set (the "V is for valentine..." sentiment):
    Wood Mount #128688 - $43.95  or Clear Mount #123598 - $31.95
  • Bitty Banners Framelits: #129267 - $14.95
  • UPCOMING SALE-A-BRATION AWARD EXCLUSIVE: "Banners Blast" 10-stamp set
    Wood Mount #133551 - $19.95 value  or Clear Mount #133554 - $13.95 value
    Choose your set FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration January 28 - March 31
  • Banner Punch - this will first be offered as another Sale-A-Bration award before it is offered for purchase in the 2014-15 Annual Catalog. #133519 - $12.95 value
  • Big Shot, Multipurpose Platform or Magnetic Platform and cutting pads (for shopping info see my tutorials posted previously this week)
  1.  Cut one-quarter of a sheet from the Fresh Prints DSP pack (1 5/8" x 4 1/2"). Adhere to center front of horizontal Pool Party card. (Margins will not be equal all around, but should be the same on opposite sides).
  2. With Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock pieces, stamp one each of "Hearts A Flutter" set scallop-edged heart, hearts pattern heart and "Occasions Alphabet" set V is for Valentine...etc. sentiment. Position matching framelits on heart-stamped images and position the scallop-bottom edged banner framelit on the "V is for..." sentiment so it is close to the bottom of the curved scallop edge (leave as much of a straight-edge top border as you can) then cut out all pieces with the Big Shot.
  3. With Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White cardstock pieces, stamp "Hearts A Flutter" set striped banner and chevron pattern heart. Position matching framelits on stamped images and cut out with the Big Shot. With same ink on a Whisper White scrap, stamp the little chevron banner from Sale-A-Bration "Banner Blast" set and punch with Banner Punch.
  4. Cut one of the larger, double-ended banners from Real Red cardstock with Bitty Banner Framelit.
  5. Arrange all the cut-outs into three assembled sections:
    1. Attach the tip of the large scallop-edge heart to the straight-edge end of the striped banner, just covering the corners with the heart.
    2. In the same manner, attach the smaller heart-pattern heart to the punched chevron pattern banner.
    3. Attach Real Red banner to top edge of "V is for..." sentiment banner.
  6. Adhere the Real Red banner/sentiment banner to designer paper panel on card front: center horizontally and align curved/scalloped bottom edge of banner so scallop edge is just below bottom edge of DSP.
  7. Adhere larger heart/banner to left of centered banner combo, with 1/8" space in between. (If you like, don't put adhesive on the tail of the banner for more dimension).
    Attach the Coastal Cabana chevron heart to scallop heart with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  8. Check position of smaller heart/banner (you don't want it to cover up the sentiment) - the center "v" of the banner should be centered over the 1/8" space between the first two attached sections. Use a Stampin' Dimensional to attach this section to the scalloped heart (it overlaps the chevron heart).
  9.  Guess what? Your card is done! Stamp a sentiment on the inside if you like!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


I absolutely LOVE woodgrain texture and this easy Valentine is all about the woodgrain, making it a great one for a special guy! It is even easy enough to make a bunch with your kids to give out to friends. You do need the Big Shot and related tools for this card. Materials and tutorial below the photos! The materials list looks long because I included EVERYTHING and the shopping info, but many of you will already have most of those materials - maybe all of them!

FRONT (closed)

INSIDE (open)

  • Real Red cardstock card: 8 1/4" x 4 1/4" and scored/folded 3" from left edge
    #102482 - $6.95 (pack of 24 8.5 x 11 sheets)
  • Crumb Cake cardstock panel 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" plus a strip 4 1/4" long by 3/4" up to 1" wide, and a scrap for punched label on front
    - $6.95 (pack of 24 8.5 x 11 sheets)
  • Crumb Cake Envelopes are a perfect match for this card! #107297 - $6.50 (pack of 40)
  • Core'dinations Cardstock - Real Red: a piece big enough to cut out apprx. 3" wide heart
    #129953 Brights
    Core'dinations assortment - $23.95 (4 e. of ten colors, 12x12")
  • Core'dinations Cardstock - Early Espresso: a piece big enough to cut out apprx. 4" wide heart#129946 Neutrals Core'dinations assortment - $23.95 (4 e. of ten colors, 12x12")
  • Hearts Collection Framelits #125599 - $26.95 (set of 6 dies, largest is scalloped)
  • Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #127821 - $7.95
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine with Multipurpose Platform & Cutting Pads #113439 - $99.95
  • Recommended for framelits: Magnetic Platform #130658 - $39.95
  • Stampin' Sanding Blocks #129367 - $3.95
  • Modern Label Punch #119849 - $16.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals  #104430 - $3.95 (pack of 300)
  • Standard Stampin' Around Wheel Handle #102971 - $3.95
  • "Timber" Stampin Around Standard Wheel #129717 - $6.50
  • Real Red Classic Ink Pad #126949 - $5.95
  • "Teeny Tiny Wishes" 24-stamp set (card front sentiment)Wood Mount: #128748 - &36.95;   Clear Mount: #127802 - $26.95
  • "Seasonal Sayings" 4-stamp set (suggested inside card sentiment)
    Wood Mount #131937 - $22.95; Clear Mount #128009 - $16.95
  1.  Stamp inside sentiment on the Crumb Cake panel (top left corner) with Real Red ink and adhere to inside section of red card.
  2. Stamp Crumb Cake strip with Timber Stampin' Around Wheel and Real Red ink (if you have an ink cartridge for the handle use it, otherwise roll the stamp on the ink pad). Be sure to test on scrap paper. Adhere to front of red card.
  3. Cut Core'dinations Early Espresso and Real Red hearts with framelits, texturize with Woodgrain embossing folder and sand the raised parts on front side.
  4. Adhere red heart to bottom right corner of Crumb Cake panel inside card, tilted so it shows when card is closed.
  5. Position where Early Espresso heart will go on card front, extending past right edge (it should overlap red heart) then adhere putting adhesive or glue only where it attaches to the red card front - not on the overlap or you will have a mess LOL!
  6. On Crumb Cake scrap, stamp Teeny Tiny Wishes Valentine sentiment with Real Red Ink; punch with Modern Label Punch and use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card front on Early Espresso heart.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Valentine's Day is only a month away so it is time to get started on cards for those special people in your life! If you came to my January stampcamps (before I left for my California trip) you got to make the card I am featuring today, as well as the ones I'll post the next three days. (This is when I always remind everyone to be sure you have signed up - on the left side column - for email notices of new posts!)

LANGUAGE OF LOVE STAMP SET (Occasions Catalog 2014)
Wood Mount: #133074 - $16.95; Clear Mount: #133077 - $12.95
If using Clear Mount stamps you will also need Clear Acrylic Blocks
PINK PIROUETTE CARDSTOCK #111351 - $6.95 (pack of 24 8.5x11 sheets)
One half-sheet folded to make card, or one quarter sheet for card front panel to attach to a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
(pack of 24 8.5x11 sheets)
Cut one 3 1/4" x 5" panel; 
use the 1" wide scrap for the small punched hearts
 TEA LACE PAPER DOILIES #129399  $2.95 (pack of 32 doilies)
Fold one doily in half twice to divide it into four even quarters by the fold lines; cut on fold lines and select two pieces
 for opposite corners of the card
SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK #101910 - $7.95  (pack of 10 sheets)
You just need a piece for stamping and punching the center heart
FULL HEART PUNCH #119883 - $16.95
SMALL HEART PUNCH #117193 - $5.95
BASIC RHINESTONES #119246 - $4.95
STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS #104430 - $3.95 (pack of 300)
2-WAY GLUE PEN #100425 - $4.50

1. Stamp row of hearts with Strawberry Slush ink on top right and bottom left corners of the Strawberry Slush panel. Attach the panel to the Pink Pirouette card front.
2. Put glue or Snail Adhesive on the solid corner parts of the doily pieces and a little glue from the 2-Way Glue Pen on some parts of the lacy border areas; adhere to top left and bottom right corners of card front, aligning corners of Tea Lace Doily pieces and card. (Overlap on the Strawberry Slush panel).
3. Stamp Language of Love heart on Shimmery White Cardstock; punch out with Full Heart Punch.
4. Adhere punched heart with Stampin' Dimensionals to center of card front.
5. Punch three Strawberry Slush hearts with Small Heart Punch.
6. Glue a heart onto each Tea Lace Doily corner.
7. Cut a small piece of a Stampin' Dimensional that will fit on the remaining small heart; adhere to center of stamped heart. Put a Basic Rhinestone on the small heart.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


This card was a big hit at my January camps...then sadly, I discovered that the set is no longer available. I'll tell you about it before I share the tutorial - hopefully some of you were able to snag it before the supply ran out or, you can BEG Stampin' Up! to bring it back! During the second half of last year SU! had a contest for stamp set designs. They first had an in-house competition and the winning set was Spread the Joy. I loved the samples I saw at Convention and I'm so happy I got it. I'll be using it often, I know. I'll be asking SU! to give us a digital version too!

  • Basic Black Cardstock  #121045 - $6.95 (pack of 24 8.5x11" sheets)
  • Card Base (8.5x5.5 folded to make 4.25x5.5 card) - I used Whisper White cardstock
  • Silver Glimmer Paper #124005 - $4.95 (pack of two 12/12 heavy weight sheets)
  • Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885 - $4.95 (pack of two 12x12 heavy weight sheets
  • Shimmery White Cardstock #101910 - $7.95  (pack of 10 8.5x11" sheets)
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch #119882 - $15.95
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with Multipurpose Platform & cutting pads #113439 - $99.95
  • Magnetic Platform #130658 - $39.95 (optional, but really great with the framelits!)  
  • Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #127751 - $7.95 
  • Bitty Banners Framelits #129267 - $14.95
  • Whisper White Craft Ink #101731 - $7.50
  • White Stampin' Embossi Powder #109132 - $4.75
  • Heat Tool #129053 - $29.95 
  • Spread the Joy stamp set (out of stock currently)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 - $3.95 (pack of 300; for this project you can use the edges)
  • "Teeny Tiny Wishes" 24-stamp set (to stamp Happy New Year inside card)
    Wood Mount: #128748 - &36.95;   Clear Mount: #127802 - $26.95
  • NEW BANNER PUNCH - this will be offered FOR FREE when Sale-A-Bration starts on January 28!
  • My Digital Studio - the line drawing and  "attach" tools were used to create the wavy text
  1. Cut the following pieces:
    - two 5 1/2" x minimum 1" Basic Black strips (for sides)
    - one 5 1/2" x 2 1/8" (or up to 2 1/4") Basic Black panel (for center)
    - one minimum 2 1/4" wide x 4 3/8" tall (for stamped image)
    - two 5 1/2" x 1" Silver Glimmer Paper strips (for punched borders)
  2. Stamp the image from "Spread the Joy" set with Whisper White ink on Basic Black cardstock; emboss with White Stampin' Emboss Powder (set with the Heat Tool). Cut out & set aside.
  3. Texturize both 1" wide Basic Black strips one at a time by placing them diagonally in the Fancy Fan folder (position so you have at least two full fan-shape rows). Place each in opposite diagonal directions from each other so the textured strips have a fan pattern that face up and toward outer edges of the card on both sides.
  4. Use My Digital Studio to create the wavy text "In 2014 . . ." in a font of your choice. You'll need to print some trial versions and tweak it until it fits well inside the wavy Bitty Banner Framelit. Print on Shimmery White Cardstock.
  5. Use the wavy Bitty Banner Framelit to cut out the printed text with the Big Shot.
  6. Use the smallest Bitty Banner Framelit to cut Champagne Glimmer Paper with the Big Shot.
  7. Punch a Champagne Glimmer Paper banner with the Banner Punch.
  8. Punch one edge of each Silver Glimmer Paper Strip with the Scallop Border Punch.
  9. Now you are ready to assemble all your pieces! First, adhere the Basic Black texturized strips to the right and left sides of a vertical card - align the corners and outer edges and make sure the pattern is symmetrical.
  10. Adhere the Silver Glimmer Paper punched borders to the edges of the Basic Black panel and be sure they are evenly matched on both sides. Snail adhesive is a great choice for this because you may need to reposition the borders a bit and the snail will hold it but not be messy.
  11. Adhere the center panel with the borders attached to the center of the card: I put a little liquid Multipurpose Glue on the back of the borders and snail or Anywhere Glue on the Basic Black. You want to be sure the borders stick to the textured side panels.
  12. Cut the little Champagne Glimmer Paper banner in half and position the halves under the stamped cut-out image on the center panel, then adhere with adhesives of your choice.
  13. Adhere the punched Champange Glimmer Paper banner to the top left corner of the center panel (leave a bit of a border).
  14. Put pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals on the wavy text banner and adhere above the stamped image.
  15. Stamp "Happy New Year" inside your card!

Monday, January 13, 2014


This is one of the cards I sent for Christmas this year, and it is my favorite (even though one had a photo of our oldest cat Jenny on it!) This card was created entirely with My Digital Studio elements. It is digital punch art! I started off wanting to incorporate some of my mini-banners (the same that I have had printed and am offering on my Boutique page). So, you could CASE this card and create a more traditional version of it with the printed banner pieces, punch art, DSP and stamps of your choice. 
Creating this digitally with MDS was lots of fun! As soon as I placed my row of banners, the idea of a little elf peeking over the edge popped into my imagination. I added the Seam Binding Ribbon along the top edge of the banners to give it a more finished look, and layered the candy cane & peppermint Savor the Season embellishments on top. I put peppermints and the candy cane from the  on his hat. The punches used to make the elf are an oval, bird wings, pennant, and circle. His nose is the outline circle stamp image from the School Days stampbrush set, cropped to a half circle. The sentiment is an embellishment from Jingle and Joy that I recolored with Pool Party - doing that magically made the solid color word "Christmas" turn white! I dropped a white shadow with full blur and opacity to it. The background DSP is Pattern 1 from Christmas Cheer.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


 I intended to include in yesterday's post one more - my favorite - a fox! But it was really late and I was tired, and poor little Foxy didn't make here he is! He was probably my most popular at the craft fair and I'm going to create a Valentine version. I again used the retired Ornament Punch for the head and the retired Blossom Petals for the ears (see my previous post for more details for getting those on the Clearance Rack while supplies last). His cheeks are half of the wing from the Bird Builder Punch. I made some with Cajun Craze, some with Cherry Cobbler for variety. Both colors work equally well. I used My Digital Studio to create & print the tag, which is on a Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine string.

Let's talk about fox faces...cartoon and even some of our stamp images of foxes put the white sections covering the face and surrounding the eyes. But if you look at real fox pictures and the costumes in the "What Does the Fox Say?" video, you will see the white is only along the mouth or cheek areas.
These Rudolf the Reindeer punch art treat toppers are yet again using the retired Ornament Punch for the head and the retired Blossom Petals for the ears, plus the long retired Snowflake Punch for the antlers. An alternative would be fanciful antlers from the branch in the Bird Builder Punch, or just free-hand cut simpler twig-style antlers. I was using up some retired cardstock scraps too -so one is made with Close to Cocoa, but the other is the current Soft Suede. The antlers are Early Espresso with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The nose, of course, is Red Glimmer paper/cardstock.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Okay, I admit it - the holidays took over and I did not post as I had planned. The good news is that there will be another Christmas this year and it will be here before we know it - so here are some project ideas to get you started really, really early!
I made these candy treats for holiday craft fairs. They are fun, easy (maybe a little time consuming) and guaranteed to be a hit with anyone who receives one! I did use some non-SU! papers from my stash for the elf hats, but all the other cardstock is SU! and mostly current colors. That info is in the captions.
I also used a couple of retired punches - but at least as of today, those are on the Clearance Rack so you can pop over there with the link to my store and grab 'em while you can, if you don't already have them! They are the Ornament Punch (#119847, $10.19) and the Blossom Petals Punch (#121808, $10.19).
The cellophane treat bags are Stampin' Up!'s 1" x 8" bags and they are a great buy at 50 for only $2.50! (#124134). M&M size candies automatically stack up when you drop them into a bag so it's easy to play with color patterns! You can also fill them with a pencil, licorice or a candy stick. The top has a flap with a self-stick strip to seal it closed.

Meet my Christmas elves! I loved them so much I named them Peppermint, Wintergreen, Snowflake and Rainbow. Punches: Ornament (retired), Bird (ears), Petite Pennants (hat), Boho Blossoms (pompom), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (hat rim), 1/2 inch Circle Punch (round off ends of hat brim), 1/4" Circle Punch (half circle for nose). Cardstock: Blushing Bride (head & ears, edges sponged with matching ink color), Red, Silver and Champagne Glimmer cardstocks (hat trims). I also added sparkle to the hats with Dazzling Details - original diamond color and Cherry Cobbler. The face details were drawn with a fine tip black marker. The noses are coated with some Crystal Effects for dimension.

A snowman was the perfect topper for frosty-tasting York Peppermint Pieces! Punches used: 1 3/8" Circle (head), Artisan Label (hat - trim the deco edge off the label), Boho Blossoms (poinsettia flower), Punch Pack Circle (backing for eyes), 1/8" circle punch (three Daffodil Delight circles for flower center, Dazzling Details on top). I also used the retired Northern Frost snowflakes sizzlet to cut the Silver Glimmer cardstock snowflakes. The hat brim is a narrow strip of black cardstock. The carrot noses I cut freehand from an orange glitter paper I had - you could get the same look using Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Dazzling Details (or Dazzling Diamonds Glitter) - or if you got the Orange Glitter from the Holiday Catalog that would also work! The mouth was drawn with a black marker, and Dazzling Details made the "snow" on the hat.