Free Printable Calendar - March

2.28.2011

Enjoy this free calendar page for March! It was made using images and colors available as part of My Digital Studio and includes a Creative Combination of In-colors to challenge you. Enjoy!

 If you have any issues with the file, please contact me and I'll be happy to send you a .png or .jpg via e-mail.
Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies: My Digital Studio (118108)
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Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

2.25.2011

Are you addicted to stamping? Well if you are then this is another great weekend for you. At Stampin' Addicts, we are celebrating the 2nd birthday of the forum and what better way to share the fun with you than to stamp! This blog hop includes 20 stops, each sharing a technique and birthday projects for your inspiration!  Wow - do we have some things to show ya!

If you are just arriving from Ellen's Blog - wasn't that Brayered Sky technique cool? I love that beach scene! If you are just starting out - don't fret - you haven't missed it. We are all linked together. Just follow along the hop and you'll make your way back around to see it!

So how about I get started? The technique I chose to share is the Faux Leather Technique. If you are not familiar with this technique, I'll be sharing the how-to on Tuesday. I invite you to stop by again and see how easy it is!

This first project was the first one that popped into my mind when I thought about this technique. Many of us have difficulty coming up with ideas for the guys in our lives and I think this technique helps create something they'll like. So first, what goes better with black leather than a motorcycle?
I think the guys in my family would like this :) This image was available as an individual stamp in a past Mini Catalog and is currently available as a digital download for only $1.95. Looks good with the smooth leather, right?

Ok, now how about a birthday greeting for dad? The "leather" piece (used with die cuts) was altered to give it some texture, more like faux alligator.

But this technique isn't only for the men. Ladies deserve some attention on their special day, too. A nice spring purse with greeting cards, perhaps?
As you see, you can use any color card stock to create the faux leather of your choice. You are not tied to the colors of nature and aside from that, PETA will thank you for your creativity ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Now, let's go check out some Ribbon techniques with Kandi. I've taken a sneak peek and *Eeek* - you're gonna love her ideas!


Stampin' Supplies (for all 3 projects):
Purse: based on Becky Roberts' Purse-onally Perfect Notes
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (111618)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), StazOn Black (101406), Stampin' Write Markers to color
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Not Quite Navy (101722), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Very Vanilla (101650), Peach Parfait (119794), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Clear embossing powder (109130), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Big Shot (113439), Corner Rounder, Alphabet Simple Letters die set (115960), Crystal Effects (101055) 
and Embellishments: Silver Brads (104336),  Glimmer Brads (121044), Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)

Creative Sketches go Sew Suite

2.24.2011

Ready for a sketch challenge?

How about this one from Creative-Sketches? Our challenge this week is to use this sketch with whatever colors, images, tools and/or supplies you enjoy. But just use the sketch somehow ;)

This week, I thought I'd play with a new stamp set, Sew Suite. This is such a cute set and I just had to use the button card along with my Buttons #5 sizzlit - fun! Also, read below for a helpful tip.
Ok, so maybe babies and buttons shouldn't go together. Unfortunately, that didn't occur to me until after I was already done with the card. Think I'll have to change out the sentiment.... but until then, I have a great tip to share!

A demonstrator at a regional conference recently shared that she uses a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to wipe the tip of her Signo Gel Pen. If you have ever had issues with your gel pen looking dried out or only half-writing, you will be thrilled to know that this helps to make the pen work perfectly! I hadn't used my pens in months because I couldn't get them to work "right" and this was just the trick. (For you spanish speakers - Santo Remedio!) I was able to quickly and easily make the faux stitches on this card. Oh, joy! Time for a *Happy Dance*
Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net
 Ok, back to business: *ahem*
To see more ideas, visit the Creative-Sketches blog for more fresh ideas. You can also drop a link to your project so we can stop by and see what YOU have created! I hope you'll give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Sew Suite (122009), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120)
Paper: Melon Mambo (115320), Basic Gray (121044), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702), Pretty in Pink (100459), Brights Paper Stack (117155)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Buttons #5 Sizzlit (113440), Word Window punch (119857)
and Embellishments: Crystal Effects (101055, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021), thread
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Stampin' Addicts Card Swap

2.23.2011

Want some new ideas for rubber stamping?
Often, when we are looking for new ideas we do the following:
  • Spend time on-line reading blogs, in forums, etc.
  • Stamp with friends
  • Flip through magazines
  • Look through Stampin' Up! catalogs (great resource!)
  • Go to stamping events (swapping is part of the fun at all Stampin' Up! events)
They are great options, no doubt, but have you tried swapping samples? I love this way of getting ideas because you get to hold the finished product in your hot-little-hands! And then you get to share them with more friends, too!

Here's my swap from a recent swap with the Stampin' Addicts. This swap was specifically for finished 3x3 cards. Such a fun size to make; you can really maximize the use of 12x12 card stock with this option!



Want to join in a swap? Visit the Stampin' Addicts forum to see what we have going on this month or contact me about joining the Stampin' Up! family. You'll join just in time to take advantage of a Regional Seminar taking place in Orlando this March. We'll be hearing company news, seeing great presentations, making projects together and there is sure to be lots of swapping going on!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: You're A Gem (W122268, C122270), Circle Circus (115778)
Ink: Rose Red (101778), Black
Paper: Basic Black (121045), Rose Red (102544), Whisper White (100730)
Tools and Embellishments: 1" circle (119868), 1 1/4" circle (119861), Itty Bitty punch pack (118309), Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Use it Tuesday - 12x12 card stock

2.22.2011


Use your retired 12x12 card stock to make quick (but cute!) Thank You notes.
  • Cut your cs down to 3x6 segments; you will get 8 per sheet!
  • Score at 3" along the long side; fold and press with a bone folder.
  • Decorate to your taste.
  • Your finished card (or tag) will measure 3x3.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Morning Cup (w116988, c120489)
Ink: Black StazOn (101406), VersaMark (102283) markers for coloring
Paper: (retired) plus Wild Wasabi (108641), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: XL Oval punch (119859), Boho Blossoms xl punch (119858), Hobby blade (102449)
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

A Nursery Suite Easter

2.21.2011

Sometimes designs meant for one occasion can carry over to others. Today I'm using our baby themed Nursery Suite Specialty paper to help celebrate Easter. The soft colors and simple designs translate well for both occasions.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Sock Monkey Accessories (111552), Fabulous Phrases (120501)
Ink:Stazon Black (101406), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Paper: Nursery Suite (117165), Baja Breeze (111352), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Word Window Punch (119857)
Embellishments: 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Marina Mist 119257), Jewels Basic Pearls (110247)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

DivaSC124 Tart and Tangy

2.19.2011

It's time for a sketch! Are you ready to play along?
For more ideas using this sketch, don't miss the next stop on this blog hop (linked below) or visit the Utah Divas blog for a complete listing of participants.

This nice green apple image was chosen thanks to my kids. They were debating which apples are the best and Granny Smith won as favorite (raw or baked in muffins). I like them all so I found myself thankful I could just stamp them to be what I wanted and with handy re-inkers, my image is always juicy!
The different colored brads are my way of getting in the different colors of apples that are available and also added a fun detail to the card. What do you think?

Next on the blog hop is Barbara's blog. Wait until you see the cupcakes she has in store for you!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Tart &Tangy (111514), Smarty Pants (110980)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Stampin' Write Marker Basic Black (100082)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Elegant Eggplant (105126), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Big Shot (113439), circle dies
Embellishments: 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Daffodil Delight (119254), Brads Brights (119740)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Watercolor Technique and Creative-Sketches

2.17.2011

Today's challenge at Creative-sketches is a double whammy! The first part is to use this sketch; the second part is to use a watercolor technique.

I confess - I altered the sketch a bit. I didn't want to cover all of my coloring so I replaced the bottom panel (shown here in blue) with a couple of strips of ribbon. But that's okay; sketches are meant to be a starting point, a kick off for inspiration....
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it... lol

Our watercolor crayons were recently re-released. I don't like showing you things I can't help you with, so I haven't shown you projects made with them in a while. But they are back so I was able to play with them again! I love the depth of color provided by the crayons.

One way to use these crayons is to wet an Aqua Painter and brush it directly to the end of the crayon. It will pick up some of the color and you can then apply it to your stamped design (or the background). Apply one layer of color, let it dry and then add an additional layer of color for depth, shading and emphasis. If you try to add more color while it is still wet, you'll likely mix the colors instead of creating shading.



Thanks for stopping by!  To see more projects using this challenge, be sure to visit the Creative-sketches blog.


Stampin' Supplies:
Awash with Flowers
Stamps: Awash with Flowers (W117062, C120549), Sincere Salutations (W 115068)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry (119942), Basic Black (121045), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Tools: Aqua Painter (103954), Watercolor Wonder Crayons (119804)
Embellishments: Itty Bitty Buttons (118761), 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), 3/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta (119966)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

DivaSc123 Vintage Vogue

2.12.2011

Happy Saturday and welcome to another card sketch challenge with Utah Divas International. Today's sketch is one of those go-to sketches we use over and over again. I'm looking forward to seeing what the other Divas (and you!) do with it. Join me on the hop by following Alisa's link below, she will link you to the next person, etc. You can also visit the Utah Divas blog for a complete listing of the Design Team and a peek at various weekly challenges.

For today's card I used a stamp set that I've neglected lately, Vintage Vogue. It's such a pretty set - shame on me!

 The color combination is part of one suggested in our Color Coach. So you know, the other color that goes with these two is Always Artichoke, but I decided to leave it off and just go with these two (So Saffron and Cajun Craze). A fun thing about making your own greeting cards is that you can get creative with colors and styles and find ones that match you or match the recipient- regardless of whether or not you would find them in a store that way. So much more personal that way! I think this one came out a bit bold and feminine at the same time... like some of my friends, lol.

Thanks for stopping by! Next stop on the hop - Alisa's blog.



Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Vintage Vogue (W 117690, C 118598)
Ink: Cajun Craze (119671), So Saffron (105213)
Paper: Cajun Craze (119684), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Decorative Label punch (120907), Paper Piercing tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826)
Embellishments: Metallic Brads (119741) Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Blowing Kisses and Bubbles

2.11.2011

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you made cards for the ones you love?
Isn't this rabbit cute? He makes me think of blowing bubbles with my boys when they were smaller. Nowadays, they take over and try to get the dog to chase the bubbles! Good times...

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Blowing Kisses (w118740, c120603)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120), Stazon Black (101406) Stampin' Write Markers for coloring
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117), Basic Gray (121044), Whisper White (100730)
Tools and Embellishments: Square Scallop punch (119884), Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325), White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (109025), Open End Envelope Whisper White (107286)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Creative-Sketches Color challenge

2.10.2011

Today's challenge at Creative-Sketches is a fun color challenge.

These are great colors, but I have to tell you that my brain kept coming up with patriotic and summer-y ideas. I reminded myself that it's only February (for cryin' out loud) and to stick with the season! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net


To see other ideas using this color combination, be sure to stop by the Creative-Sketches site. Want to play along? Share your creation there by linking in a comment so we can check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Valentine Defined (W121941, C123057)
Ink: Stampin Write Markers in Night of Navy (100069), Garden Green (100080) and Cherry Cobbler (119681)
Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips embossing folder (121809), Small and Medium oval punches (119863, 119855)
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Create and Print Greeting Cards with My Digital Studio

2.09.2011

 I've been playing around with My Digital Studio and learning more about all of the different projects you can create. My first projects have been along the lines of digital output and things I sent to our printer. But there's so much more to it than that!

A simple project to make is a quick and easy greeting card. This one started out with two MDS components: a pretty Designer Series Paper (background paper) and a sentiment. Once I printed it out on my home printer, I trimmed it down, matted it and added some jewels for embellishment.

Let me show you how easy it is to create. I've included pictures of all the steps, even those where a description would have been enough. This way you can see other options along the way.

Grab a cup of coffee, there are quite a few pics here ;)
Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Once you open up My Digital Studio, you get to choose what type of project you would like to create. I chose the option in the upper right - CARDS.
Next Choose the type of card you would like to make (I chose GREETING CARD):
Now, the size and orientation (I chose 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" PORTRAIT):

 Now, you get to choose whether to begin with one Stampin' Up! has already created for you or you can choose to make your own. (I chose CREATE YOUR OWN):

Now you get to choose a blank page or one with photo squares. I chose PORTRAIT 01, one large photo square.

You will then be taken to your working desktop. This picture is really just the left side of the screen where we will start by choosing our Designer Series Paper. Pictures are up right now, so first we need to see our paper options.

In the Resource Palette, click on the Designer Series Paper option. Click BROWSE to see your options. I'm using a Designer Kit called Summertime Splendor. Click on the one you want to use, then click OPEN.

The papers in that kit will now show in your left-hand sidebar. Aren't they pretty?
Now just click and drag the paper you want to use into the photo box. If it's not showing a section you want to use, double-click on the card and this edit screen will pop up. Click and drag the highlighted section around to use a different portion of the design. Note: Adjusting the size of the rectangle WILL adjust the size of paper on your card front, too.

 Now, we can add our sentiment. Here's the entire screen. In the right side-bar, there is a Design Center. Click on the STAMPS tab.

Click on the stamp icon and you will get a popup menu listing all of your stamps. I have only bought 1 or 2; the program comes with a wide variety of images and sentiments.
Click on the one you want to use and then click APPLY. The image will be inserted into the center, but you can click and drag it where you want it. The same stamp tab offers options for changing the layout and color of the image. I left mine black, like this:

Now back to your Design Center where you can choose your output options. Before you print, notice the gray area around the image (above). This is the "bleed area" showing an area that may not print out. Just make sure you don't have anything important in there :)

And so you don't have to scroll up - here's the printed, trimmed and mounted finished product!


Next time, I'll give your scrolling finger and mouse a rest and try making a video :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
My Digital Studio (118108), Basic Black card stock (121045), Not Quite Navy card stock (101722), Whisper White card stock (100730), Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online
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