Sudsol Tour 8


Hi Everyone and welcome to Sudsol's eighth blog tour! Sudsol is an on-line group and business resource for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. Along with project ideas, we share a lot of ideas for building and maintaining our businesses. But today, we're all about sharing projects with you!

First, how about a little project with a slightly different opening? Instead of opening up like a standard card, this one has a mini card layered onto a flat base. The recipient will need to unhook the string and lift the flap to reveal the hidden message. The end of the string is tucked (but not adhered) behind the gnome's hand just for fun!

Stamps: Gnome Sweet Gnome and Friendly Phrases

Next is a Valentine's card for my sweetie, so it's low on the frills. I wanted it to have a little something special, so the cupid is stamped and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Even though I have been stamping for many moons now, heat embossing still wows me. And look how nicely it coordinates with the Mini Silver Brads!

Stamps: P.S. I Love You
Every week on Sudsol,  a newsletter is released with a few challenges to help boost your creativity. This year, I am helping out by providing Scrapbook Challenges. Now, if you have read my blog before you may have noticed that I am primarily a card maker. However, I have been trying to share scrapbooking more often so I knew that taking this post would force me to scrap more. This page, created in My Digital Studio, fits this week's "Anything Goes" challenge as well as next week's sketch challenge. (So it's like a sneak peek!)

Created using My Digital Studio; download a free 30-day trial beginning 2/1/12!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have enjoyed at least one of the projects! If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like additional information regarding Sudsol, stop by and try a free 2 week trial. See you there?

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Supply Details for the cards shown above:

Stamps: PS I love You, Gnome Sweet Gnome, Friendly Phrases
Ink: Night of Navy, VersaMark, Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers to color
Paper: Night of Navy, Regals Designer Series Paper stack, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1/2" circle punch
Embellishments: Metallic Brads, White Baker's Twine
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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DivaSC173 Everybunny


Do your happy dance, it's Saturday and time for another sketch with the Utah Divas!

Today's sketch leaves a lot of room for an image or beautiful Designer Series Paper. I chose an adorable image from Everybunny that combines the currently popular hot-air balloon with vintage artistry.

This image can be colored in so many ways! 3 ideas to try:
  1. Stampin' Write Markers - rich color for a bolder finish!
  2. Paper Piecing - stamp the image onto different colors of card stock. Trim pieces of the balloon and re-assemble using a combination of your colors. 
  3. Watercolor - the image above was easily colored in using an Aqua Painter. Simply pick up ink from the lid of your ink pad and apply to each section. Rinse between colors or just press the barrel of the Aqua Painter to "flood" the tip. Wipe off the excess water and color along with it and you are ready for the next color! 
In the artwork of this stamp (see it below), the rabbit is tossing flowers down from the balloon. I thought it would be cute to make the flowers more of a feature, so I added my own confetti of punched flowers and little twirled strips of paper. Easy, cute and a great way to use scraps!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Everybunny (see the entire set below)
Ink: Stazon Black, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade and Basic Gray
Paper: Watercolor paper, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade (YES! I used purple - can you believe it?)
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Itty Bitty punch pack, Aqua Painter, Oval punch
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Stampin Up! Digital Downloads released 01/24/12


Here are the latest 4 downloads available for your digital crafting. Remember that, although designed for Myt Digital Studio, these images and files can be used in any software that can handle .png files. Another great detail? Digital files don't pay shipping fees :)

The Oh Baby Photobook template contains a 24 page photo-book (sized 8x8), 28 piece stamp brush set, 9 Designer Series Paper patterns and 14 embellishments. Wouldn't this be a great way to share photos of your baby with friends and family? Create once and print as many as you need! (#129350, $17.95)

Our Grand Soiree set would be beautiful to use for wedding or formal invitations. I imagine these images look lovely on invitations for a formal tea party, QuinceaƱera or Sweet Sixteens! (5 pieces, #129353, $3.95)

Available as a rubber stamp set in our Occasions Mini catalog, you can now get these Candy Conversation hearts as digital images. Did you know that when our stamped images coordinate with punches, even the digital images will insert the correct size? This way, you can print out the image and still use it with the punch. Brilliant! (item#129345, 12 pieces, $5.95)

The Wild About You template provides you with a 10 piece stamp brush set, 6 embellishments along with the template for your envelopes and tags. Imagine how cute it would be to add your own touch and have the coolest valentines in the class! Just be careful, you may become the "go-to girl" for the PTO! ( #129351, $4.95)

To purchase and immediately download these or any My Digital Studio products, simply visit my Stampin' Up! store on-line. For ideas and project inspiration, be sure to visit the My Digital Studio forum, open to Demonstrators and Customers alike. You will be amazed by what you see there!

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DivaSC172 Fresh Vintage Friendly Phrases


Get your motor running and your stamps inked up, it's time for our weekly Utah Divas sketch challenge.

This one is easy... c'mon - you can do it! This one is so easy, you can mix another challenge into it. This time, I challenged myself to NOT use my Big Shot. Which, in hindsight, was not smart. I think I'm going to need a 12 step program if we ever stop selling the Big Shot...

Ok, it's not bad. The flower image, from our free Sale-a-bration set Fresh Vintage, is so pretty. And isn't it cute topped off with the Tangerine Tango flower? What about those Mini Silver Brads - adorable! But doesn't it NEED texture on the Whisper White layer? This is me staring at the card:


must.... have... texture.....

To see more cards created by the Utah Divas, who will not ramble on about texture, be sure to visit the Utah Divas blog. Visit the provided links to encourage the other Divas who may need comfort after putting up with me every week. Ha!

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration), Friendly Phrases
Ink: Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue
Paper: Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Tools: Postage Stamp Punch
Embellishments: Mini Silver Brads
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Mini Silver Brads (approx 1/8", 200 per pkg)

Stampin' Up! Leadership Swaps


This week is the Annual Stampin' Up! Leadership Seminar. This year it is being held in San Antonio,  so you know what that means.... we get to talk stamping and eat yummy food! A winning combination, if you ask me!

One of the many highlights of our company's gatherings is that we get the opportunity to interact with other Demonstrators and share business and creative ideas. The following 2 cards are ones I made to swap with others; swaps are a great way to attain projects sharing a variety of styles and samples of new merchandise!

This first card features a new stamp set, PS I Love You along with a new ribbon, Blushing Bride Pleated ribbon. And for the record... I am in love with our Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper. So glad it's in the Idea Book & Catalog and available through June. *sigh of relief*

This second card uses two Sale-a-bration items: Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and it's coordinating Ribbon/Brad pack. The letter was die cut using excess chipboard and our Bigz Alphabet Simple Letters. I love how the DSP and embellishments look on the Poppy Parade card base. FUN!

If you are interested in Stampin' Up! as a business, contact me and let me know. We have a wonderful promotion coming up with Sale-a-bration and I would love to share the fun and excitement of the business with you. Our starter kit is always a good investment, but from January 24th through March 31, 2012,  you will save $50 off the price of the kit and receive your choice of either a free paper pack or digital download every month for the rest of the year. Check it out.

 Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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DivaSC171 PS I Love You Hearts


Tammy has provided the Utah Divas with another great sketch to try. Will you play along?

The line going through the hearts reminded me of stitching, but I was too lazy to get the sewing machine out so I improvised with a Paper Piercing tool and pens!

  • After piercing holes around the perimeter of the Baja Breeze layer, I used a Signo White Gel Pen to connect the dots. Faux stitching is so much easier to keep straight than the real thing ;)
  • All of the hearts were punched out using our Heart to Heart punch. The top 3 were punched out from a scrap of Marina Mist card stock in my scrap bin. It had previously been run through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka dots folder; it didn't work for that project, but I like the texture it adds to this one!
  • The 2 Baja Breeze hearts on the bottom are faux stitched onto the Whisper White layer. This time, I used a Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker as the "thread".
  • Sharon Field has a great tutorial on how to make mulit-loop bows. -->see Sharon's ribbon tutorial here.
But first, don't forget to check out what the Utah Divas sketch team has created. For pics of the projects and links to their individual sites for details, visit the UDI blog. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Supply Details: 
Pearls now available in larger size!
Stamps: PS I Love You
Ink: Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker, Signo White Gel Pen
Paper: Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Heart to Heart punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Embellishments: Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Jewels Basic Pearls
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Sudsol Sketch Challenge


I've just begun the year as the scrapbook challenge coordinator over at Sudsol. :)
I'll have to learn how to inspire others to play along, but at least for now I'll be getting some pages of my own completed! Here's this week's sketch, if you would like to play along!

My sample page is actually one I completed a couple of years ago. Gosh, my boys have grown!

If you are a demonstrator and are interested in joining a group of demos who share business and creative ideas on a regular basis, Sudsol just may be the group for you. Click the blinking Sudsol banner in my sidebar for a free trial membership. You'll be amazed at the amount of information available!

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Trendy Design elements in My Digital Studio


I just received my latest copy of Scrapbooks Etc. and one of the elements used as an embellishment is what looks like tape. As in - Scotch or packing tape! Although it would probably look great on girl-related pages, my first thought was that it would work well on masculine pages. Also, imagine how perfect tape would look on pages about home renovation, my-dog-ate-my-homework days or anything where a flower just won't cut it.

Like the look? Stampin' Up! has digi-tape downloads available for only $ 3.95.  The Very Vanilla tape I used here is part of the Neutral Delightful download which also includes tapes in Going Gray, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and transparent.

(item #123752, $3.95)

These tapes are also available in other color combinations. The Delightful kit includes tapes in Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Soft Suede. Note that there are single strips and double strips (like what I used above).

The Merry Delightful set (item #128878) includes options in Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand.

 Click here for more information regarding My Digital Studio packages.

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