Monday, September 13, 2010

Kitschy Digitals Carnivale Photo Booth Frames
Shawna Klingerman - Intensit Kit

I loved these cute little photo booth frames.  I took some very old pictures that my son and his step-brothers did in a photo booth many years ago.  It feels so great to get some of these old photos finally documented.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Someone at work asked me to make a graduation card for her daughter and one of my customers had asked for graduation card ideas. So I made up this card tonight and thought I'd post it quick. I'm sure a lot of you have graduation parties to go to in the next couple of weeks. This is that time of year.
Materials used: Cardstock: barely banana, basic black and very vanilla. The card was generated from my digital studio using Go, Graduate digital stamp. This is a very versatile stamp - I also own it in clear rubber. You can use this stamp for either a male or female graduate. I then also printed out an additional hat from the stamp and cut it out and layered it onto summer sun cardstock and cut it out and attached it with dimensionals, a silver brad and silver cording. I, of course, have to always add some bling so I put a strip of clear glitter sticky paper across the middle.
I hope my card inspires you.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My sister Chris sent me some pictures of a bird that she started noticing in her back yard. Last Saturday she found an unfinished birdhouse in her basement and so she took it outside and hung it in her back yard. Within 2 hours, she started noticing this beautiful blue bird hanging out in her back yard and sure enough, both the male and female took up residency in the birdhouse. She ran and grabbed her new Cannon camera and started taking pictures. When she sent them to me by email today, I knew I had to make a digital layout. This is an American Sparrow and the male is this gorgeous blue while the female looks like a regular sparrow - brown tones. So they are now her backyard tenants. This is a template from Basic Grey that I picked up a few weeks ago. Instead of background paper on the layout, I loaded the photo she took of one of the birds sticking their head out of the hole of the birdhouse and lowered the opacity so it makes it look like an overlay almost. Enjoy and find time to play.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hello everyone out there. Some of you may or may not know how much I am loving digital scrapbooking. And while I love Stampin'Up's My Digital Studio for creating cards, to create scrapbook pages I use Jessica Sprague's site and Photoshop Elements 7. I love to steal away a few minutes to play on it every day if I can. I am finding that I am scrapbooking the ordinary things in my life and it is so much fun.

Anyway, I don't want to get this post to be too long, so I'll just quickly tell you that the layout above is a recent 2 page 17x11 page (8.5x11 each page) template that I purchased last week from Jessica Sprague's site (hereafter JS). This is Template C in case you want to check out her site here. Then I don't know if you paper lovers out there know this, but Basic Grey has started to sell their product in digital form and so I snagged up a couple of their papers which I instantly fell in love with on this layout about Ryan & Laura's new little kitty. This is Basic Grey's Phoebe Angel Island and you can see it here if you want to check out their other digital stuff. If you like Basic Grey - you're going to LOVE their digital items. A little pricey I think, but it's sort of like buying an expensive outfit once in awhile - it never goes out of style and you just love it!

So I'll sign off for tonight - enjoy my layout. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

So check out my blog. While the Occasions Mini may be over, you can still get some of the items that were in there. Click on the "Carry Over" icon to the right to see everything.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

So here is the last post for the week to inspire you to make your mom or someone you know that's a mom a card. I apologize for the grey band across the bottom of the card. It doesn't show up like that anywhere else but right here, so I'm going to post it anyway just so you can get the idea.

Again using the butterfly punch I punched 4 vellum butterflies, then I sponged each one in a different color. Finally, I ran them through the swiss dot embossing folder. I cut a square to match each color of butterfly and then topped that with a piece of white cardstock that embossed using my scor pal - a very thin line around each square. Wrapping a piece of the blue satin ribbon (from Stampin'Up) around the card I did my little trick where I then came back and tied a piece of ribbon as a bow on the front, first attaching one of the mini circle tags that are now available in the new Occasions Mini catalog. the white dots for each of the butterflies is a white metal foam sticker that I purchased at Joann's. I'm so sorry for the photo, but hope you can get some inspiration from it.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So I tried to shoot you guys a quick post last night and for some reason I didn't save my cards appropriately for the "web" and so I couldn't do it and I fussed with it until finally my brain hurt. So tonight I thought I'd show you 2 cards - same card but one is for Mother's Day and the other is for Father's Day. How's that for a bonus!!

I really like that woodgrain background stamp from Stampin'Up. It is very versatile - I just didn't stamp it as dark for the female version of the card. For the scallop on the bottom of the Mother's Day card I used the scallop punch on both sides of your piece of cardstock. I used a 1" circle punch and the smaller oval punch for the trees. And for the bashful blue oval behind the trees, I cut that out using my coluzzle. For the branches inside the trees, I took the branch stamp from "Trendy Trees" and inked it with a marker - being careful not to get the trunk inked, and then (of course using the stamp positioner) I stamped it twice on the paper and then punched it out I just cut out 2 little trunks using craft cardstock. Actually, little tip to make it more natural, I took a choc chip marker and freehand, drew 2 little thin lines and then cut on each side to make the trunks. I used the smallest oval punch #10 in the catalog for the grass and drew 2 little upsidedown smiles to make it look like the trunk is in the ground. So 2 exact cards - just with different colors. I hope I inspired you. Thanks for looking.

Don't forget, click on the picture, then hold ctrl key down and scroll w/your mouse to zoom in and see the details of each of these cards.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's "make a difference Monday" in my little world and I would like to make a difference in your world and give you another Mother's Day card idea. This is a digital card using My Digital Studio and one of the Sweet Pea papers, which you could do if you don't have MDS but have the paper pad. Those of you that were able to get the paper, you'll be happy to know that you are one of the lucky ones that got some of this paper from Stampin' Up as they have run out and will no longer be carrying it. I created a text box and typed in my sentiment. Used a silver buckle and ran some pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon through it. I of course glittered it up here and there on the tiny flowers in the image. You may not be able to see that in the photo.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hi there. The last time I posted it was Friday and I was so excited the weekend was here. Well it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend. It rained on Friday night which was much needed and then rained again on Saturday night. So the weather didn't interfere with any yard work or being outside. And I don't know about you but the rain has made everything green and burst with color. Who would be interested in making a mini album with all of your pictures of your garden right now. Send me an email if you'd be interested and I'll put a class together. The weekend is over and I did have some time to make some Mother's Day cards to inspire you. First I'll show you the card I made for everyone in my club 10.
I wanted to use my Stampin'Up butterfly punch but and so I stamped the squiggly design from a retired set called "By Design" set of 4 onto acetate using a Versamark pad and then embossed the design with silver embossing powder. Next I punched the butterfly out from this design. (*tip: when punching out acetate, put a piece of typing paper on both sides of the acetate so the acetate doesn't get stuck in your punch). I also punched another butter from textured cardstock, melon mambo for the inside to show thru the window. The window is punched using the wide oval. Finally, I put a piece of brown polka dot duck tape on the other side of the card (I found this at JoAnn's) and wrapped a piece of Stampin'Up's white satin ribbon around the center.
So try it out and get creative. You could use this same technique with an acetate flower. I would love to see what you can come up with.
I made several other Mother's Day cards - enough to post one a day this week - so hopefully my schedule will permit me to do this. Check back tomorrow for another Mother's Day card idea.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The weekend is almost here - YIPEE. I thought it was supposed
to rain today so my DH and I did all of the yard work last night. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the way the yard looks when everything is cut and trimmed. So there he was, riding around the yard on the rider mower with his right hand on the steering wheel and his left hand holding the infamous cup of cappuccino. I quick ran and grabbed my camera and put together a layout using one of Jessica Sprague's One Buck Wednesday Template 7 that I bought yesterday. If you haven't already - sign up for her emails if you are interested in digital scrapbooking. She has One Buck Wednesdays every single Wednesday and you can pick up some great deals. She had Crystal Wilkerson's November 09 paper pack for $1.00 - originally $12.99. That's 52 sheets of digital paper for only 1 buck - you can't beat that deal. On top of that she has a lot of freebies she's giving away starting at 10:00 PM tonight and through the weekend to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day which is on Saturday - May 1st.

It's getting late, so I'll quickly post this 2 page layout so you can see it put together. I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, critique, or what you think of digital scrapbooking. I know I'm hooked, can you tell. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Is digital scrapbooking like being at work on the computer - NO WAY - it's way more fun than even the worst day at work.

Don't forget, click on the image and then hold down your control key and move your wheel on your mouse to zoom in on the layout.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

So my sisters bought me some digital classes for Christmas from the Jessica Sprague website and one that I am trying to finish up is instructor led and it is Type+Writer 1. It's a really neat class and you learn a lot about Photoshop and what to do with it. So this one of the lessons. We completed 6 layous for this one and then the next week we went right into Type+Writer 2. I haven't finished any of those layouts yet. So let me know what you think.

(If you want to enlarge the picture so you can read my journaling. Click on the picture and then hold your control key down and scroll up or down with the wheel on your mouse. Great way to see detail in a project.)

He everyone. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Mine was good. I actually love weekends when it's raining so I can play in my craftroom. So I was cleaning up my table when I came across a couple of overlays and forgot how much I liked these. I thought I'd post these 2 photos of cards from the Stampin' Up overlays. I need demonstrate these more often. They sure make a very quick card - but are very hard to photograph. You can still get these before the new catalog comes out. I don't know if they are going to carry new ones in the new catalog or discontinue them completely. Pull them out and play with them - just watch your finger prints. Those can be a bit tricky to get off.