My Digital Studio

Hello.  I just want to do a quick post since I didn’t post yesterday.  I am sorry to be missing days but life is starting to get a little more hectic.  It is T-minus 2 days and counting before I go back to work after officially being out of full time work for a year.  My start date is two days off of making it officially 365 days.  I had to prepare some stuff for about an hour presentation for my first day on the job.  So my time for stamping has gotten very limited.  I will get all this balanced out I am sure.  I am not going to give up my stamping.  I did work on stuff tonight for my business just not anything creative.

Today’s topic is the My Digital Studio or the MDS2 since they have come out with an updated version.  For anyone not familiar MDS2 is a digital scrapbooking/papercrafting program that allows the user to create digitally what would normally be created on paper.  It allows you to use the same colors, paper, stamps, and embellishments that you are already familiar with from the paper world on your digital projects.  I am slowly getting acquainted with this program and have used it for a few projects.  I haven’t finished a scrapbook yet but I did make my business cards using the software.

I loved being able to use Stampin’ UP’s colors and embellishments on my business cards for my Stampin’ UP! business.  I created the card in MDS using the tag template and then exported each side of the card to a  jpg file and then just copied the jpg files into a word file business card template.  I printed that onto some precut business cards from Staples and I was all set with what I think are some very elegant and stylish business cards.  I was able to using duplex printing have double sided cards.  I have used publisher alot and this is as easy as that to create layouts especially with knowing the accessories and embellishments I want to use already.



I hope you like the cards as much as I do.  You can download a trial version of the new MDS2 here.  See you tomorrow.




Milk cartons

I am on my way home from the craft show/flea market at the steam engine/tractor show. It was not what we expected but we definitely had a fun family adventure. Lainy placed 2nd and Micah 4th in their divisions in the pedal tractor pulls. We all won at bingo and the kids found a bunch of treasure in the saw dust pile. We also survived a hail storm with out too much damage to anything. I also managed to get my 3-D project finished enough that I can share it with you.

I started with the Big Shot and the mini milk carton XL die. I have used this die in the past for Christmas and Valentines favors. They are great filled with any kind of candy. What has made today’s project so much fun is the stamp set. It is called Got Treats and is designed to work with the mini milk cartons. I have attempted to use every one of the stamps included in the set and have included options for both male and females. I will admit that I used left over milk cartons from past projects and that is why all the cartons are red or some shade of pink. I did have one white one so that was the lucky carton for St. Patrick’s Day. I am missing the Halloween one. I will get that one finished at some point and time and share that one as well. I am just going to post the pictures and let them speak for themselves.


This is one side the other side has the words you will see in the next picture.


The other side of each color is the same as the side you see on the other one. Each carton has an image and the words. The other two sides are blank.


Notice the different open stamps on the cartons to come.


This set only uses the words on two sides. I didn’t want to tie these to a specific holiday. In my life people can use a treat most when there is no holiday near by.


I purposely kept these very simple because I envision these being made for a classroom and a lot of embellishment would be lost on the kids.


These do not have the words they have the cupcake on two sides opposite each other. The stamp has a top to the cupcake but I used the Cupcake punch and Stampin’ dimensionals to pop the top which is the best part in our house. Also notice the tops are embossed using the big shot and embossing folders.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the possibilities of the Got Treats stamp set as much as I enjoyed making them. See you tomorrow.


Wrapping Paper to Match

I wanted to follow-up yesterday’s post with one about wrapping paper because gift tags and wrapping paper are things I never seem to have or at least the kind you get at the store. It seems like a waste of good money to spend as much as some of the bags and cards cost at the store.  What I do have at my house is a roll of white paper that I got for free.  I don’t know where my husband got it but it is the end of a roll used for some kind of printing (a roll of freezer paper would work just as well). I usually start by wrapping the present with usually a double layer of paper. I don’t like wasting effort stamping an area that won’t be seen and I am not a good judge of where the design is going to be on the package once it is wrapped. Since I make the wrapping and the card it is easy to get them to match.

The project I am going to show you is one I made this summer for a wedding. I really liked the fact that I could coordinate my wrapping paper with the colors of the wedding which were teal and brown. I used my Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin’ wheel and rolled the background in a teal(I don’t remember the exact colors I used it was a while ago). I just inked the wheel on my ink pad and then rolled it across the paper the short way so I didn’t run out of ink mid roll. I then used a couple of stamps that say “congratulations” and “Welcome to the wedded bliss club” both sets are retired now. This is another project where I am just sharing an idea not the stamp set. I used brown for the words again to coordinate with their wedding colors.

Sorry about the picture quality I forgot to take a picture at home and my camera was not very on my phone. I have made wrapping paper for a number of occasions and it always seems to go over very well. My kids love personalizing the wrapping paper for their friends. The kids and parents alike love the personalized touch. I actually typed this post twice once in the truck on the way down to Adrian and now sitting in the trailer listening to it rain. I am praying it stops so that we can have a nice day for the craft show and steam engine show tomorrow. I am excited to meet some new stampers tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy making wrapping paper as much as I do. See you tomorrow.

Gift Tag Make and Take

I think I am going to be ready for the craft show.  My project for today is the make and take I am going to have for people that visit my booth at the craft show.

I needed something that took no prep work on my part and something that was quick to make.  I came up with a gift tag made with no cutting just punches.  I also used the East Events Stamp Set.  I layered 4 layers of punched circles, flowers, and scalloped circles together all in coordinating colors.  I made sure my last layer was a light enough shade to make writing on it easy to read.  I finished the gift tag by punching a slot and threading the stitched satin ribbon in Gumball Green through and tying a knot.  The ribbon is on special this month free with a $40 purchase.


The colors I used were Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Gumball Green. I used Gumball Green to stamp the image and then my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to color the berries and then my blender pen and Gumball Green ink pad to to color the leaves. If you remember my post on the Easy Events Christmas card I made this card using the left overs from that card. These pieces were from ideas that I had and that I tried and then decided I liked something better. I never throw anything away if I could possibly use it in someway on another project.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225

Ink:  Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Blender Pens #102845

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Gumball Green #126840, Cherry Cobbler  #119685

Tools/Accessories: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green #126848, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Fancy Flower Punch #118073, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294, Anywhere Glue Stick #104045

I can’t wait to wrap my gifts for Christmas or any special occasion and add a great tag like this to it. See you tomorrow.


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2012 Holiday Catalog Bundles

I missed posting yesterday as it was Parent Night at my kid’s school and I have been madly getting ready for the Steam Engine Craft Show I am going to be exhibiting at in Adrian, Michigan this weekend.  This is my first craft show so I have a lot to get around and I am not sure exactly what I need to have prepared.  I have gotten together information on the bundles from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.

2012 Holiday Catalog Bundles

The following bundles are an opportunity to get a little bit of each item in all the colors.  The bundles are offered as shares and you can purchase a single share or multiple shares of each bundle.  These bundles must be ordered through me directly they can’t be ordered on-line or from Stampin’ Up.

 Holiday Catalog Ribbon Bundles

Sweater Trim Bundle $6.50/share

You will receive 2 yards of each of the Sweater Trim in Cherry Cobble, Gumball Green, and Whisper White. Total of 6 years of Sweater Trim

Scalloped Tulle Bundle $5/share

You will receive 2 yards of each of the Scalloped Tulle in Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso.  Total of 6 yards of Scalloped Tulle.

Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Bundles

Candle Light Christmas Specialty $6/share

You will receive 3 6X6 sheets of 5 double-sided designs and 3 6×6 sheets of the Flocked Window sheet.  Paper will be precut to the 6” X 6” size and you will receive a total of 18 6×6 sheets.

Snow Festival $5/share

You will receive 3 6×6 sheets of 6 double-sided designs.  Paper will be precut to the 6” X 6” size and you will receive a total of 18 6×6 sheets.

Howlstooth & Scaringbone  $5/share

You will receive 3 6×6 sheets of 6 double-sided designs.  Paper will be precut to the 6” X 6” size and you will receive a total of 18 6×6 sheets.

Orchard Harvest $5/share

You will receive 3 6×6 sheets of 6 double-sided designs.  Paper will be precut to the 6” X 6” size and you will receive a total of 18 6×6 sheets.

Core’dinations Card Stock $5/share

You will receive 9 6×6 sheets of the Core’dinations Card stock in each of the colors Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Gumball Green.  Paper will be precut to the 6” X 6” size and you will receive a total of 18 6×6 sheets.

“I want it all” Holiday Bundles

All of the “I want it all” bundles come with an extra surprise that coordinates with the bundle.

All Things Halloween Bundle $7.50/share

You will receive the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP bundle, 2 yards of the Striped Satin Ribbon in Basic Black and Basic Grey, and 10 googlies eyes.

All Things Christmas Bundle $25/share

You will receive the Candlelight Christmas DSP bundle, Snow Festival DSP bundle, Sweater Trim Bundle, Scalloped Tulle Bundle, and 9 6×6 sheets of the Core’dinations Card stock in Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green.  See bundles above for pictures of included items.

Harvest Bundle $10/share

You will receive the Orchard Harvest DSP bundle, 2 yards of the 7/8” Natural Cotton Ribbon, 9 6×6 sheets of the Early Espresso Core’dinations Card Stock, and 3 Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons.

I Want them all Ribbon Bundle $15/share

You will receive 2 yards of each of the following items:  Sweater Trim in Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Whisper White; Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso; 7/8” Natural Cotton Ribbon and 1/2” Striped Satin Ribbon in Basic Black and Basic Grey.  See bundles above for pictures of included items.

 If you don’t see a bundle containing the product you are looking for contact me and we can talk about creating a bundle to meet your needs.

I hope you see something you like and just can’t live without.  Please notice that information about Catalog Bundles will also always be available as a page on my blog.  See you tomorrow.


Lovely as a Tree Sympathy Card

Today’s card is one we all wish we didn’t need to make but unfortunately we all need to have sympathy cards.  I needed to make a card that would work for couples.  I just pulled some paper from my retired folders that looked soothing together.  I don’t have a sympathy stamp set(it is on my wish list but I always find myself buying other sets) so I always seem to have to pull something together.

I started by embossing my card using the perfect polka dot embossing folder and the big shot.  Then I needed a stamp set and I picked the Lovely as a Tree set.  I am really beginning to like the Lovely as a Tree stamp set I inherited from my Grandma’s house.  It is becoming a very versatile stamp set for me.  I simply stamped the image in a slightly darker green on to my light green card stock.  I added the dark green behind everything to give the card an anchor and to hide the ends of the trim and the back side of the brad.  I used the Easy Events Stamp Set for the sentiment.  I used tape to mask the part of the stamp I didn’t want while inking the stamp and then just removed the tape before stamping.  I think the “sending you love” on the front ties in with the words on the inside of the card.  I added the tiny butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits just to finish the look with a pop of color and elegance with the tiny pearl jewel in the center.  I just pulled the butterfly out of my stash of saved butterflies as I always seem to have some leftover from other projects.



I wanted to make sure that the people receiving these cards know they are getting something special in the mail the moment they get the mail out of the mail box. I added stamping to the front of the envelope and embossed on the flap in the back.


I hope this sympathy card has inspired you to make some of your own because if anyone needs or deserves a handmade card it is when they have suffered the loss of a loved one. See you tomorrow.


Happy Birthday Flower Card

What a great day, it started with worship,then an afternoon visiting my Grandma and ended with making a card with my daughter.  I needed a quick birthday card for one of my sister’s colleagues at work and had seen a design similar to this in a back issue of Stampin’ Success.  I also wanted to try making a flower using the crumpling method.  This card was super easy to make and yet anyone that receives it will feel like a million bucks.

My colors for this are Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  I started by punching 3 flowers using a flower punch.  I then spritzed each flower with water before attaching all 3 flowers together with the brad in the middle.  I then crumpled and formed my flower once I was happy with the flower I set it aside to dry.  I used the petals-a-plenty embossing folder and embossed the chocolate chip card stock.  I then cut the Daffodil Delight and used the scallop trim border punch on each side.  I then layered a piece of chocolate chip and then a piece of Daffodil Delight DSP from the Brights Stack.  The ribbon is the the Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon you can get free with a $40 order in September.  I used my scallop oval punch and my small oval punch for the happy birthday which is from the create a cupcake stamp set.  Attack the flower once it is dry and the card is finished.
I did go ahead and add some more whisper white trimmed with the scallop trim border punch to the inside.  I stamped another phrase from the create a cupcake stamp set inside along with a cupcake to match the sentiment. Once I had the cupcake top stamped in the Calypso Coral, I re-stamped the top in Versa Mark ink and added the vanilla scented heat embossing powder. This made the top of the cupcake shinny and it smells like a real cupcake. The final touch is the string of pearls on the cupcake. This card is beautiful on the outside and has a fun surprise on the inside.
This is not a card that you can mail but hand delivered along with a cake at work the design works.  If you need to mail it a non crumpled flower with just the brad in the center would still be a beautiful card (I am feeling a followup post already.)

I hope you enjoyed this crumpled flower card.  See you tomorrow.


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