Thursday, February 28, 2013

Confirmation Letter

I created my Confirmation letter to my nephew in My Digital Studio, so that I could create this cross and have a wonderful font too!

I had created a similar cross for my niece, a while back, for her  First Holy Communion.  You may view her's here: Holy Communion Letter and where I got the idea to even attempt making this cross in MDS.

Thanks for looking!

Recipe for Cross:
- Scallop Trim Corner Punch
- Scallop Trim Border Punch
- Elementary Elegance bird
- Basic Pearl

1. Place 4 Scallop Trim Corner punches to make a cross.  Add the drop shadow.
2. Place 2 Scallop Trim Border punches to make the cross stem longer. (Crop the punch so that it's not too long of a stem.) =)
3. Add Bird.  Copy and Paste (in place and move offset in Black) to create a mat around bird.
4. Add Basic Pearl (recoloring it Black).  Keep recoloring it Black until you get the shade of gray you want/like.

Paradise Inn

Whoo hoo! Two more pages complete in my 2010 photobook! Working still on our trip to Mt Rainier with my little brother.

Thanks for looking!

I tried to make the background resemble snow with the Natural Compositions Overlay.

Supplies used: My Digital Studio, unless otherwise noted

Background: Whisper White
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays #9 (Sahara Sand at 47% opacity)
Embellishments - Walk in the Park II (leaves and leaf border)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Woodland Walk #4)
Font - Cerebral (Whisper White and Island Indigo)

Mt Rainier

Hmmm... for some reason I forgot to scrapbook July 2010! Yikes! So I'm going back to completing that before I move on to December 2010.
My brother (Dan) and his then girlfriend (Sam) came to vacation with us in the Pacific Northwest.  We've been on several vacations together, and let's just say.... I love my little brother.  Dan is 14 years younger than I am.... so I helped to raise him when he was little.  Anyway, we decided that we would drive to Mt Rainier and hike around the trails there.  Little did we know that there was still mounds of snow on the trails.  It was July!  We did have fun even though we couldn't hike the trails.
Here are two pages, so far, of our trip.

I tried to make the background (on my pages) to resemble snow.  I used the Natural Composition Overlays, colored them Sahara Sand and dropped the opacity to 47%.

Supplies used:  My Digital Studio software, unless otherwise noted

Background - Whisper White
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays #9 (Sahara Sand at 47% opacity)
Embellishments - Walk in the Park II (leaves and leaf border), Baker's Twine (Baja Breeze recolored Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Woodland Walk DSP #4)
Font - Cerebral (Island Indigo)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013



Whew! I believe this is the last two-page spread of our Waikiki vacation in October 2010.  We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which was right on the beach....beautiful! We did actually stay in the Rainbow Tower cool is that!  We were glad we only stayed at this hotel two days, though.  The Hilton employees decided to strike while we were there.... not a fun relaxing trip when you hear their chants, and no cleaning service, and no room service.  But we made the best of it.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used: My Digital Studio software (unless otherwise noted)

Background paper - Sycamore Street DSP #5
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (ribbon - Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Sycamore Street #7)
Stamp Brush Sets - Vintage Overlays (Island Indigo), Oh Whale (waves - Island Indigo)
Font - Civilian (Island Indigo)

Dole Plantation

Still working on our Hawaiian vacation from October 2010.  We rented a car from Waikiki to go to the Dole Plantation.  We rode the train and strolled the gardens and then ate the wonderfully delicious pineapple ice cream! LOVE IT!!!!!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used - My Digital Studio (unless otherwise noted)

Background paper - Sycamore Street DSP #5
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (ribbon - Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/Sycamore Street DSP #7
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (Island Indigo)
Font - Subway (Island Indigo and Basic Black) and Civilian (Summer Starfruit and Basic Black)

Waikiki Aquarium


Working on my 2010 photobook again, I am pleased that these two pages came together so quickly to me.  I believe it's because I already had the background paper and embellishments already picked out (these go along with my other Hawaii pages that I've made already!).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used: My Digital Studio software (unless otherwise noted)

Background paper - Sycamore Street DSP #5
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (ribbon - Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/Sycamore Street DSP #7)
Stamp Brush Set - Cute Cats (Island Indigo and Basic Black), Vintage Overlays (Island Indigo)
Font - Subway (Island Indigo, Basic Black) and Civilian (Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo and Basic Black)

Perfect Medallions - SCCSC159

Saw this fun sketch on Stampin' Connection (SCCSC159), so I decided to use it to make a 'Get Well' card for my Mom.  She's gone through so much already with her pancreatic cancer.... now to make matters worse, she has a kidney stone too.  Luckily, it's just one kidney stone, so it should pass in the next day or so. Love you Mom! =)

I also submitted this card for the Sunday Stamps Color Challenge (SSC37 - Whisper White, Basic Black and Daffodil Delight).  You may view their challenge here: Sunday Stamps - SSC37

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Daydream Medallions, Perfectly Penned
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Floral Frames Framelits, Big Shot, Neutrals Brads, Glue dots, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black), Circle Cutting System (non -SU).

*****UPDATED 3/2/2013******

This card was selected in the Sunday Stamps 'Top Pick'!  Whoo hoo! 
So excited to be among such lovely talent.

Honolulu Zoo


Another two-page spread complete for my 2010 photobook! Whoo hoo! Okay, I still have a long way to go, but I'm working on it!
Here are some fun photos of our trip to the Honolulu Zoo.... we love zoos! It was such a beautiful perfect day that we walked from our hotel in Waikiki down the beach to the zoo. =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Background paper - Sycamore Street #5
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (ribbon - Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/Sycamore Street DSP #7)
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (Island Indigo)
Font - Subway (Island Indigo and Basic Black) and Civilian (Summer Starfruit and Basic Black)

Hawaii Flowers

Okay, I really need to get moving on my 2010 photobook.  I'm still working on October 2010! The struggle, I think for me, is that I have so many beautiful photos (that my loving husband takes)... it's really hard to pick the ones that I want to scrapbook.  <--- Although, the more photos I have to work with the better my photobook will be in the end! =)

So, this is the second page in our Waikiki vacation in October of 2010.  If you'd like to view the first page (that I made a month ago) click here: Waikiki -PCCSS002

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Sycamore Street DSP #5
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (ribbon and bow - Island Indigo)
Punch - Square (filled w/Sycamore Street DSP #7)
Stamp Brush Sets - Vintage Overlays (Island Indigo)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sweet Things - DGSC102

I created this for the Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC102 - Flags & Flowers). Add flowers and banner flags to your scrapbook pages.

Supplies Used:
Background - Pink Pirouette
Embellishments - Lemonade Stand (large pearl)
Stamp Brush Sets - Decorative Overlays (swirls - Rose Red), Happy Together (vines - Pear Pizzazz), Raspberry Splash (words - Pear Pizzazz; flowers - Rose Red and Pink Pirouette), Mixed Bunch (Raspberry Ripple)
Punch - Flag (Pear Pizzazz DSP)
Font - Freehand 951 (Pear Pizzazz)

All About Me - DGSC101

I created this page for the Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC101 - All About Me).  It was a challenge to scrap yourself.

You may see the challenge here:

Now, my hubby does take a ton of pictures of me, but I chose to use the professional photos we had taken a year ago for our church.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Brush Set - Presto Patterns Overlays (brocade - black at 20% opacity)
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes (Soft Suede, Crumb Cake), Satin Ribbon (Basic Black), Dahlias (Basic Black)
Background - Crumb Cake
Punch - Square (filled w/Mocha Morning DSP #3)
Font - Ghandi (Basic Black)

Joys Of - DGSC100

I created this page for the Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC100 - Something about You!).  We were challenged to find something you love to do -- just for you!

Well, I love to read! AND, since my hubby purchased the new Kindle PaperWhite for me....this challenge was a no-brainer. hahaha

I don't believe I used any new (to me) techniques on this page, but I did re-color embellishments, and crop embellishments.

Supplies Used:
Background - All Time Fave DSP #8
Embellishments - All Time Fave (quote - recolored Rose Red), Ruffled Ribbon (Island Indigo recolored Rose Red), Metal Script Alpha (title - recolored Rose Red and Early Espresso)  {Non SU}
Stamp Brush Set - All Time Fave (book - Early Espresso, book paper - Whisper White), Bunch of Backgrounds (well worn words - Early Espresso)
Punch - Square (filled w/Textured Cardstock - Crumb Cake)
Font - Freehand 951 (Early Espresso)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Perfectly Patterned

Thanks to a fellow Stampin' Up Demo and her cute card, I was able to create a card similar with her design in mind.  If you'd like to view Tanya Bell's card, go to her blog here:
Thanks Tanya!

I needed a quick get well card for my little brother, who had emergency surgery this morning!  The surgery went well, so hopefully the recovery will be quick and easy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Perfectly Penned, Patterned Occasions
Paper - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink - Early Espresso, Island Indigo
Accessories - scissors, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Madison Street - SCCSC158

Stampin Connection has a new sketch challenge this week (SCCSC158).  Many cards that I have seen lately have spring colors in them..... I so want spring to be here, so I used spring colors in my card.
Not sure if you can see the dazzling details in the center of my flower...adds a bit of sparkle too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp set - Madison Avenue
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Ink - Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Vine Street TIEF, Square Lattice TIEF, Big Shot, Stitched Ribbon (Daffodil Delight), Dazzling Details, glue dot, dimensionals

Ribbon Street

I wanted to try this ribbon detail that I saw on Pinterest.  Here is the link to the blog on how to make it: Ribbon Flower
I attached Basic Pearls to it instead of sewing on pearls.

Here is the finished card with the ribbon flower attached with many glue dots! =)

Stamp set - Ciao Baby
Paper - Ivory Naturals, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Ink - Baja Breeze
Accessories - Vine Street TIEF, Big Shot, Satin Ribbon (Very Vanilla), Taffeta Ribbon (Baja Breeze), Basic Pearls, thread, sewing needle, glue dots, dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Birthday Star

I wanted to create something using the 'Lemonade Stand' SAB 2013 disc that I received for free (after spending $50 on Stampin Up products, of course!).
I cropped the 'Happy Birthday' stamp, so that I could place them in line together. I grouped them together and copy and pasted to create the border you see here.
I printed this on Naturals White cardstock, matted with Night of Navy and placed it on Daffodil Delight cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Set - Lemonade Stand (words - Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Whisper White)
Punch - Star (Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy and Old Olive), Flag (Night of Navy)

Amazing Father

Remember how I wanted to create "Word Art" for my Father, as I did for my Mom (Seen Here!).
Well, I did it, and boy was it so much faster to do than the first one.  For one, I kept many of the same words. For second, I was able to type the whole word out rather than individual letters! Yay!
Here it is:
I used My Digital Studio software, and printed it on Naturals White cardstock.

Stamp Brush Sets - Autumn Days (leaf - Certainly Celery and twig (Crumb Cake)
Punch - Cog (Bashful Blue)
Paper - Naturals White, Bashful Blue, Soft Suede
Font - Chancellor (Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery)

Itty Bitty Owl

I just love this little owl! Had to create another card using this punch art owl.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Itty Bitty Banners
Paper - Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Two Step Owl Punch, Adorning Accents TIEF, Woodgrain TIEF, Secret Garden Framelits, Circle Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits

Silhouetted Wings - SCCSC157

Okay, so I attempted again to create a card with the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC157).  I believe this time I've accomplished it! (For those that want to see my creation that was loosely created with this sketch -- See Here!

I struggled a bit to get the background stamp just right.  Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig helped tremendously! =)
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Sets - Curly Cute, Summer Silhouettes
Paper - Naturals White, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Taffeta Ribbon (Old Olive), Basic Pearls, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, glue dots

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tulip Street - MDSM007

I created this scrapbook page using the Sketch on MDS Monday's blog (MDSM007).  You may view the blog entry here:

This was a fun challenge to do.... I, also, tried to incorporate some fun Sale-a-bration MDS items too!
I love tulips, so this page is so very extra special for me! =)
Thanks for taking a peek!

Background Paper - Sycamore Street DSP #11
Stamp Brush Set - Spring Fever (border, flower, words -- Summer Starfruit and frame -- Rich Razzleberry)
Punch - Oval (filled w/Summer Starfruit), Square (filled w/Rich Razzleberry), Butterfly (filled w/ Summer Starfruit DSP)

Warm Garden - SSCSC157

I do have to say that I tried really hard to follow this sketch on Stampin' Connection (SCCSC157).  It follows it very loosely.....truly!  Hopefully, this week I will actually accomplish the task. lol!

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Always Artichoke, Naturals White, Early Espresso
Ink - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, So Saffron
Accessories - Big Shot, Vine Street TIEF, Secret Garden Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits, glue dots

Loving Owls

I saw these cute owls on Pinterest (on Julie Arvin's card). I used these cute owls for an anniversary card for my parents (just used different colors for my owls...along with a different layout).

Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Loving Thoughts
Paper - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Two Step Owl Punch, Circle Punch, Adorning Accents TIEF, Woodgrain TIEF, Ovals Collection Framelits

Marvelous Blooms & Leaves

I cannot take credit for this design.... I saw a similar card (created by Mary Fish) with different colors and papers, and loved it! Thanks Mary!

I'm always in need of cute and simple Thank You cards, so I made a few to have on hand.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Set - Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, So Saffron
Paper - Naturals White, Early Espresso

Cross of Blessing

Created for my nephew who will be making his Confirmation in March.  I saw this simple sketch on Splitcoaststampers, and thought it would fit my needs for this card.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Set - Crosses of Hope
Paper - Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Square Lattice TIEF, scissors, dimensionals

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friend Sympathy

In need of another sympathy card this year... I cannot take full credit for the design of this card.... I saw something similar on Pinterest (although, I did use a different saying and flower stamp on the front).
Here is the photo of the card I saw on Pinterest:

I created the focal piece in My Digital Studio and printed it on White cardstock.

Stamp Brush Set - Friends 24-7 (flower - Basic Gray)
Font - Bliss and Regency (Basic Black)

Paper - Basic Black and Whisper White
Accessories - Satin Ribbon (Basic Black), Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Say I Love You - MDSM006

Decided to play with the challenge on MDS Monday's blog (MDSM006).  You may view the challenge and see all the pages created with this sketch here:

I was surprised how fast this page came together once I figured out which photos I wanted to use.
I also incorporated the My Digital Studio Challenge into this page "Valentine's Project".

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Brush Sets - Decorative Overlays (chevron -Whisper White at 20% opacity), So Typefelt (words -Going Gray, Whisper White), Day in the Life (words - Going Gray, Pretty in Pink)
Background Paper - Real Red
Punch - Heart (filled w/Love Impressions DSP #2)

Holiday Blooms

Playing with some stamps today, and working on some Mother's Day cards.  I love monotone colors, so I played with purples.....with a touch of white. =)
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp sets - All Holidays, Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder
Ink - Elegant Eggplant
Accessories - Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), glue dots

Summer Banner - SCCSC156

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I created this card for my niece using the Stampin Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC156).
I wanted to use the least amount of layers as possible.  So with my Stamp-a-ma-jig in hand, as well as the masking technique... I think I did it!
I stamped the wire background in Soft Suede, then created a mask (on a scrap piece) to cover it.  I, then, took the Summer Silhouette leaves and stamped them in Lucky Limeade, and followed it by stamping the flowers in Calypso Coral.  I then added the taffeta ribbon along the edge of the background and the leaves, so it hid the rough edges of the stamping.  I finished the card by creating the Itty Bitty Banner and attached it using the dimensionals.

Stamp Sets - Summer Silhouettes, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper - Calypso Coral, Natural White
Ink - Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
Accessories - Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), dimensionals, glue dot

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