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The Best of Christmas Past – Longaberger Sale!

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September 29, 2009 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

MDS Monday

For today’s My Digital Studio feature, I wanted to show how easy it is to take a Designer template and really make it your own.

I chose this Designer template from the Rock A Bye – Girl album. I liked the single photo layout, as well as the embellishments used.

Before – Designer Template:

I selected the picture I wanted to use on this page, and decided I wasn’t liking the Designer Series paper being used.  To change it, I just clicked on it, then over in the right-hand Design Center menu, I selected “Paper Fill” and chose a new paper.

I then decided the star wasn’t really working – so I just deleted it! To balance the ribbon at the bottom- I added a scallop punch of chocolate chip at the top. I then moved the bow over to the left, and added Miss Rylee’s name to the bottom.  Of course it still needed a little “something something” so I placed the Swirl Flourish stamp – colored in Pretty in Pink to the bottom.

As a final touch I added 3 hearts from the Punches to the corner of the picture.

I know it sounds like I did a lot here – but this honestly took less than 10 minutes to do! That’s what I love about MDS- you don’t need to be creative all on your own- it can help! A blank page can be so intimidating, but by using the Designer templates to start with, you can really personalize your pages and cards to be your own.

After – My personalized page:

All digital supplies by Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Torn Edges – swirl flourish
Designer Paper – Pretty in Pink Blooms
Colors – Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Embellishments – Scallop Punch, Heart punches
Fonts – Peas Scrapbook, Typo Upright

September 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm 1 comment

Gift Set

These are going to a friend as a little Thank You present. The box was really easy to make – even for someone like me who’s 3D challenged. It’s a simple folded box, with a piece of designer series paper scored and folded around. The box slides out like a matchbox.


The little 3×3 cards are all coordinated using the same designer series paper. I think these turned out really cute! I love using punches for the sentiments. Speaking of sentiments – the Teeny Tiny Wishes set is by far the most versatile set for sentiments! It has everything in there! I also embossed the 3×3 envelopes with the Big Shot for a little extra pizazz : )

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors -Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Soft Suede
Paper – Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, Naturals White Cardstock
Accessories – Grosgrain Ribbon, Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Finial Press Big Shot Embossing Folder, Flower Fusion, Vintage Brads, Paper Piecing tool

September 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm 5 comments

Super Easy Crocheted Baby Blanket

A buddy of mine at work and his wife just had their baby girl this week – 5 weeks early. Mom and baby are doing great! Because she was early, of course I wasn’t prepared, so I had to be quick and hurry up and finish this work in progress baby blanket I had! I promise I’ll get back to posting some more cards now that it’s done. I have to make them a card to go with this, afterall!

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for this blanket, which I like because it’s soft and strong all at the same time. Not to mention economical. The design is nothing more than a big ‘ole granny square – I just kept working rounds and rounds and rounds til it was the size I liked. This measures about 33 inches square. The smaller size is good for using with car seats.


And a close up of the detail:

I have until January until another friend’s baby is due, so I have plenty of time to get that one done!!

September 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm 1 comment

MDS Monday

For today’s MDS Monday, I’m featuring a Pre-Designed Layout from the Sunny Day digital kit.

This layout took less than 5 minutes. I dragged my pics in, added the heart embellishment at the top, the hearts at the bottom, and my text header. Viola! Done!

Imagine how quick you can get an entire album done when it’s that easy!!

My Digital Studio will be available for purchase in ten short days! On October 1st, click the Shop Online With Me button to the right to order your copy!

My Project 1-002

All digital supplies by Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted:
Pre-designed Layout – Sunny Day hearts
Embellishments – Sunny Day, brads
Fonts – Garamond (I think), Peas Scrapbook

September 21, 2009 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Another hobby?

I took a jewelry beading class yesterday at Potomac Bead Company in Hanover. It was fun- and I finally learned how to properly attach a clasp! In the class we made a necklace and bracelet using beads of our own choosing. I selected these pretty green/blue/purple lampwork beads. They were expensive but I really like them! The other beads are chips- I don’t remember the name of the stone though! The silver beads are pewter. I used sterling silver findings on everything.

Once I got home I made the earrings myself. The girl that taught the class explained to me how to do it- and it wasn’t too difficult!

I’ll definitely be going back to take another class as soon as I can squeeze one into my schedule!


September 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

New Blog Header!

Check out my new blog header up there! I made it with My Digital Studio in about 5 minutes flat! I’ll have to do another one sometime that is more color-coordinated to my blog, but for now, I think I like this one!

I created the page as 8 1/2 x 11 in MDS. I used the square punch to make a rectangle the size I wanted my header to be, and added the paper. I then added my text, stamp, and embellishments! Once it was done, I exported the file as a .jpg over to Photoshop Elements to crop it down to the exact size I needed. Easy as pie!

Here it is (for those of you that are in Google Reader and don’t feel like clicking thru to see it!!):


September 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

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