Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Big Island

 

In a previous post, I mentioned that I finally finished my 2011 scrapbook! Well, I forgot that I still needed to finish this double-page spread for the August Progressive Challenge on the Splitcoaststampers website. So..... NOW.... I'm done! Yay!
These two pages reflect the beginning of our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.
Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used: My Digital Studio
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry), Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Spring Break II (circle butterfly)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Stamp Brush Sets - Simple Snapshots (flower - Early Espresso), Eclectic Overlays (frame - Early Espresso), Greatest Moments (title - Early Espresso)
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fancy Expression

A friend's daughter needed a bit of cheer after leaving for college...and now feeling homesick. It's her first year away from home...and I know it'll be tough for the first few weeks.

Here's the card I created for her.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Express Yourself
Paper - Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink - Black Staz-on, Melon Mambo
Accessories - Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Fancy Fan TIEF, glue dots, dimensionals

Expressive Garden

My niece fell and tore a ligament in her knee.  With the start of her senior year, as well as being a flag bearer in her high school band.... this knee injury is difficult to accept.

I created this card to cheer her up a bit! I hope she recovers fast and is able to enjoy her senior year without any other problems.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Express Yourself, Secret Garden
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Naturals White, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie
Ink - Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Secret Garden Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, dimensionals, glue dots

Friday, August 23, 2013

Letter Sampler

I cannot take full credit for this card, as I was inspired by Melissa Hood's card using the Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set within the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set (hers was a Father's Day). Thanks Melissa!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Six-Sided Sampler, Lovely Letters Alphabet
Paper - Soft Sky, Glimmer Paper (Silver), Whisper White
Ink - Soft Sky, Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Northern Flurry TIEF, Hexagon Punch, glue dot, scissors

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Winter Essentials - FMS100

I created this card using the Freshly Made Sketch (FMS1 and FMS100).  You may view the challenge on their blog here: http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2013/08/freshly-made-sketches-100-sketch-by.html
Congratulations on 100 sketches, Freshly Made Sketch!  I do have to say that these sketches on this blog.... along with many other blogs or websites with sketches have helped my creativity grow and expand (thinking outside the box) in cardmaking and scrapbooking! Truly inspiring!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Sweet Essentials, Watercolor Winter
Paper - Real Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Garden Green DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig, Satin Ribbon (Early Espresso), Secret Garden Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, scissors, glue dot, dimensional

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cardinal Christmas

This card came together so quickly.... wow! Simple...yet cute!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Calm Christmas
Paper - Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black


Calm Flurry

I created several attempts at this card before I liked the results, shown here.  I originally thought to use three different colors with three different snowflakes. Also, I wanted it to shimmer a bit (kinda like snowflakes sparkling), so tried to use shimmer paint and illuminating ink with disappointing results.

I settled on using only two colors and two different snowflake stamps.  Instead of shimmer ink.... I added rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes along with the silver ribbon to make it shine.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Festive Flurry, Calm Christmas
Paper - Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink - Smoky Slate, Marina Mist
Accessories - Silver Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, glue dot

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sweet Sample

One of the hexagons in the Six-Sided Sampler set looked like a candy cane to me, so I created a Christmas card with it.  =)

Thanks for checking it out!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Six-Sided Sampler, Sweet Essentials
Paper - Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Striped Organdy Ribbon (Old Olive)

Essential Sampler - FTL254


I needed a few thank you cards, and the Clean & Simple blog provided a wonderful sketch to work with.  You may view the challenge here: http://cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com/2013/08/254.html

I wanted to try a using Coastal Cabana.... it's the first time I opened the new ink pad and paper!  I think it turned out pretty.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Sweet Essentials, Six-Sided Sampler
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig, Basic Pearls, dimensionals, Hexagon punch


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sunsets


Whew! The final page in my 2011 photobook, as well as, the final page on our trip to Hawaii! YEAH!!!!  It's finally complete.... and before the end of the year too!!!! Whoohoo! I'm that much closer to being up-to-date on all of our scrapbooks!!!!
Such a lovely page to end with too....the setting of the sun (see Mike peeking out behind Buddha?).

Thanks for browsing along while I completed these pages of our 2011 photobook.  I will probably take a break from scrapbooking to work on some cards now.  But, there are always those calendars and Christmas gifts that need the touch of My Digital Studio.... so I shall return to scrapbooking soon.

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Pool and Beach Time

 

Whoohoo! Another two-page spread complete in our 2011 photobook.  These pages reflect the love of the pool and beach at our resort!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Black Sand Beach

 

What a great experience....seeing a black sand beach and turtles sunning themselves.  Beautiful!
Here's another two-page spread from our trip to Hawaii in Oct 2011. Just a few more pages to complete this trip!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Luau

 
Working hard to get my 2011 photobook completed before the end of the year. Here's another two-page spread from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.  An Hawaiian trip just isn't right without a Luau.... and this one didn't disappoint.  The food was excellent and the show spectacular!

In creating this page, I used a sketch I found on Pinterest from Scrapbooks Etc.  Here's the sketch:


Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chocolate Factory

 

My mouth was watering as I created these two pages..... I then had to eat some chocolate (it wasn't Hawaiian Chocolate.... it was Hershey's). YUM!
Anyway, another two-page spread complete in our trip to Hawaii from October 2011.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)

Lava Fields and Rainbow Falls

 
Continuing on our 2011 photobook, with our trip to the Big Island, Hawaii in October.  We went to see the past lava flows and waterfalls.  I'm using some of the same papers and embellishments throughout our trip to tie them together.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (leaves and flowers -- one flower is re-colored Crushed Curry)
Freeform Tool - Behind leaves using the coloring tool w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan (Early Espresso)



Blue Hawaiian

 

I created another two-page spread from our Hawaii trip to the Big Island (photos back from Oct 2011).  We took a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter ride to view the lava flows and some waterfalls.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punches - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #5 and #9)
Embellishments - Simple Snapshots (flowers and leaves)
FreeForm Tool - Coloring beneath the leaves w/River Rock
Font - Franciscan and Freestyle Script (Early Espresso)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dolphin Quest

 

Competed another two-page spread to our 2011 photobook.  We try to go to Hawaii every year around our anniversary (in October)....each year to a different island/hotel.  We love it there!  We did a lot on our trip, so there will be many more pages to come with the Hawaii theme.  =)

These two pages were from our Dolphin Encounter at our resort.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Background paper - Spring Break II DSP #4
Punch - Square (filled W/ Spring Break II DSP #5, #9), Circle (filled w/Early Espresso underneath fishes for eyes)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Pool Party), Sycamore Street (buttons)
Stamp Brush Sets - Anchors Away (starfish - Early Espresso), Cute Cats (fish - Pool Party and Whisper White)
Font - Dolphin (Early Espresso)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Baroque Array

I needed a soft subtle 'thinking of you' card and immediately thought of a past Dynamic Duo Challenge of using Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand.  You may view this past challenge here:
http://thedynamicduoschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/07/dynamic-duos-61-soft-and-subtle-with.html
Also, I used a past Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge for this card. You may view this past challenge here: http://www.papercraftcrew.com/2013/07/24/pcccs-51-card-sketch/

Both were great challenges, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to create with them even though the challenge is not longer open.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Beautifully Baroque, A Round Array, Daydream Medallions, Express Yourself
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink - Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, 7/8" scallop punch, Basic Pearls, dimensionals

Lots of Flurries

What an honor it was to create all those wedding invitations for my brother and his fiance.  I wanted to show my thanks to them for trusting me enough to design and create the invites for them. (It's a December wedding.... so I chose to create the thank you to go along with their invites!).

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Lot of Thanks, Festive Flurry
Paper - Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - Smoky Slate, Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Northern Flurry TIEF, Satin Ribbon (Basic Black), Silver Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, two-way glue, dimensionals

December Wedding Invitations

Sorry I haven't posted many things these past few weeks.  Now that I finally got all my brother's wedding invitations, RSVP cards and boxes created I'm sure to be posting more often.

In a earlier post, I designed many wedding invites for my brother and fiance to choose from. The instructions (Stamp sets and fonts used are listed within the original post). They originally chose a blue/white color combo.... as seen in this post:
http://mydianedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/03/wedding-invitations.html
But, wanted their wedding colors to be red and white.  It was so easy to create these invitations and RSVP cards with My Digital Studio.  I decided to print them myself, rather than going through the Stampin' Up! professional print service. (So, YES.... I had to cut each one!).
I added rhinestones inside the red snowflakes too.  These invitations will be tied with White Organza Ribbon (not shown in the photo).

The boxes I created using my Simply Scored Tool.
Each Wedding Invitation Box holds 25 invites....so I created 4.
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock - 8.5x10.5 and scored at 1 1/2".
Whisper White Cardstock - 8.5x6.5 and scored at 7/8" with a shim. (I printed the cardstock with three red snowflakes and the words '25 Wedding Invitation' before cutting).

The one RSVP Card box holds all 100 cards.
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock - 4.5x6.5 and scored at 7/8"
Whisper White cardstock - 4.5x6.5 and scored at 7/8" with shim. (I printed the cardstock with three red snowflakes and the words '100 RSVP cards before cutting).

Off to mail these off to my brother and his fiance.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

One Daydream

I wanted to create a special thank you card for a very special friend! This card was a joy to put together using the 'Million & One' Stamp set.  Doris Denman had used the other stamp in the set, and place a double outline around hers.  I liked that look a lot, so I placed one outline around this stamp set..... I really like how it turned out.  Thanks Doris!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Million & One, Daydream Medallion
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Old Olive, Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Floral Frames Framelits, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Basic Pearls, glue dots

Friday, August 2, 2013

Six-Sided Expression

I needed a card for my Mom, and also wanted to use some of the new sets that I purchased from Stampin' Up!  I'm so very pleased how this card came out.

I used the 'Express Yourself' stamp set inside the Six-Sided Sampler hexagon. To get 'always' by itself... I only inked that part of the stamp.  I then used the stamp-a-ma-jig to align the hexagon shape around the words - perfectly!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Six-Sided Sampler, Express Yourself
Paper - Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink - Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Hexagon Punch, stamp-a-ma-jig, Basic Pearls, Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), dimensionals
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