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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Simple thanks


I'm encouraging my kids to write their thank you notes promptly... and am reminded to do a few of my own!
This card is simple, gently reminiscent of the season, but a little more reserved than a greeting.



Ingredients:
  • Stamp sets:  Thank You Kindly, Christmas Lodge
  • Paper:
    • Lucky Limeade card stock base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Early Espresso card stock - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White card stock - 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Ink:
    • Lucky Limeade 
    • Early Espresso 
  • Tools and accessories:
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig (optional)

    Friday, December 28, 2012

    No Regrets

    I have to say that I have no regrets when it comes to upgrading to the new MDS2. I'm kind of getting out, because I'm in the car on the way to Pennsylvania as I'm making this card!  And if I wasn't getting a teeny bit car sick while creating, I might be playing with this software for another four hours!  ( I need to figure out how to stamp off the white layer, so each image isn't completely on the white, but also doesn't show on the Suede layer.) 


    This sentiment had a bit of a resolutiony feel to it, so I thought it might be appropriate as 2012 comes to an end.  Enjoy the last weekend of the year!




    Thursday, December 27, 2012

    For the Birds Birthday

    The new year is nearly here. It's time (if you haven't already) to update your 2013 calendar with birthdays. For the Birds is such a cute stamp set, with sentiments for all occasions. This layout works great for all the images in the stamp set. I love that this stamp has a coordinating stamp for the inside, with the words "it's your birthday".


    Bold Brights are always a good bet for birthday card colors. I love that Stampin' Up! offers this matching Designer Series Paper and Brights Buttons. Everything matches, so I don't have to take the time to try to match up products. Simplicity at it's best!


    The grass was made using the Scallop Edge Punch. I punched it several times without matching up the scallop design.

    Ingredients:
    • Stamp Set: For the Birds
    • Paper:
      • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 2 3/4" x 3 7/8", plus scrap for circle punch
      • Tempting Turquoise card stock - 2 1/2" x 3 5/8"
      • Old Olive card stock - 3/4" x 3 3/4" (pre-punched)
      • Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Ink:
      • Black Staz-On
      • Stampin' Write Markers - Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and So Saffron.
    • Tools and Accessories:
      • Brights Designer Buttons
      • 2 1/2" Circle Punch
      • Scallop Edge Punch
      • Stampin' Dimensionals
    Happy, almost, New Year!
     
     

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Stylin' Snowfolk Birthday

    This snowman card was recently sent as a birthday card for my mom.  Since her birthday is so close to the upcoming holidays, I always try to find a way to include the winter season into her birthday cards.  This year I decided to use the Stylin' Snowfolk stamp set and some silver glimmer paper after seeing this card over at jk cards.  I decided not to add a tree or to paper pierce the framed layer as they had since it was a simple birthday card.

    Stylin' Snowfolk is a great stamp set when you want to make your own personalized snowman or snowwoman.  You get to pick the accessories you like most to add to your snowperson.  It makes you feel like you a kid again creating this snowman!

    Ingredients:
    Stylin' Snowfolk stamp set
    Curly Cute stamp set for greeting
    Basic Gray, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Markers
    Labels Collection Framelits
    Silver Glimmer Paper
    Rhinestones
    Dimensionals

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Lots and lots of tags


    My mother-in-law asked us each to bring something home-made to her Christmas gathering. Rather than bake up something sugary, I took inspiration from this blog post and used one die to make lots and lots of tags. 
    I made a glorious mess on my craft table! Even though I used Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade as my base colors, I couldn't resist adding some blue snowflakes and brown reindeer. Pearls and rhinestones add holiday sparkle.

    stampin up tags

     Three of my favorites, close-up: 


    Let loose your creativity and see what you cook up!

    Ingredients:
    • Cardstock in Whisper White and Lucky Limeade
    • Two Tags Bigz die
    • Holiday Ornaments Framelits dies
    • Festival of Prints DSP
    • Stamps: Season of Joy, Prancer, Ornament Keepsakes, Tags till Christmas, Four Seasons, Christmas Lodge tree (single stamp)
    • Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo
    • Ink and markers: Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, Staz-On
    • Scallop punch, circle punches
    • Dimensionals, rhinestones, pearls

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    Hustle and Bustle



    I'm going to be honest with you, I realized 30 minutes ago that I needed to post something on this blog.  (Thank you, Deena, for texting me a picture of a cute card you made in MDS and reminding me that today is Friday!)  That's how awesomely cool MDS is!  I put my daughter on the bus, put the cartoons on for my other daughter, gave up my stamping desk/computer to my husband, and set to work with My Digital Studio on the laptop.  

    I have several family members that are teachers, and every one of them supplements their income with coaching.  My sister's middle school girls basketball team had a playoff game earlier in the week, so she was my inspiration here.  MDS 2 comes with so many different brush strokes, or virtual stamp sets, that I would never in a million years purchase, but would love to use them two or three times for a specific occasion.  It really is a cool product to play with. This particular brush stroke came with the MDS 2 package and is called Athletic Department.

    If you have questions, or ever want to play around with MDS, be sure to contact one of us!  The more you play with it, the more comfortable you get with creating. 

    I hope you enjoy the 'hustle' and bustle these last few days before Christmas!!!





    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Papaya Collage

    I love the elegance of the Papaya Collage stamp set...so pretty! I haven't had it out for a while, and I thought it was time. The vintage look doesn't come so easy for me, although I try! I think I semi achieved it here. I have a hard time putting a lot of images and items together on my artwork; I'm really a simple girl!

    The DSP I used here is called Tea for Two. It will soon be available in the new mini catalog. I have a thing for grid paper, so I was excited to see this piece of gridded Baja Breeze (is gridded even a word? It is today!). I stamped the leaf image with Versamark, and used white embossing powder to make the images stand out.
    I stamped and cut out my images, and then sponged everything with Soft Suede, before assembling the card. Last, I used the Spritzer Tool with a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker, and gave it a few good spritzes.

    Ingredients:
    • Stamps: Papaya Collage and Sweet Essentials (friends sentiment)
    • Paper:
      • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", plus extra for the images
      • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (available Jan 3) - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Ink: Soft Suede and Baja Breeze, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
    • Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon; Basic Pearl Jewels
    • Tools: Color Spritzer Tool; Stamping Sponges

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Bringing you JOY this holiday season

    The bakers here at Pink Paper Bakery would like to bring you some JOY this holiday season.  Here is a sample of the JOY we are providing during the holidays...the paper crafting kind.  Happy Holidays!

    Ingredients:
    Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set (I saw the idea for the word "JOY" using this stamp set some where in blog-land and had to try it for my club this month)
    Festival of Prints DSP Stack (this card was a great way to use up what is left of my paper stack)
    Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla Card Stock
    Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Markers
    1" Circle Punch to punch out the Jolly Bingo Bits stamps to spell "JOY"
    Polka Dot Embossing Folder (also used the retried Snowburst Embossing Folder on the second card)
    Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine for the wreath on the second card
    1/8" Mini Brads

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    'Tis the season!


    I send cards to friends all over the world. My friends in India love to get cards with snow and snowmen on them; snow is something they rarely see in real life. 
    I CASEd this layout from Simplicity, but mixed up the colors and stamps and added layers and punches and piercing (oh my!).

    Ingredients:

    • Pool Party card base
    • Island Indigo card stock cut to 5-1/4" by 4"
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3-3/4" plus some scrap for the punches
    • Season of Joy and Christmas Punch stamp sets (retired, you could substitute almost any set)
    • Large Tag punch; Boho Blossoms punch
    • Essentials Paper Piercing pack
    • Rhinestones
    • Dimensionals
    • I added some silver thread to the top of the tag


    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Teacher Gifts

       A few years ago, Stampin'UP! came out with this awesome stick figure people set called All in the Family.  I have LOVED this set since I laid eyes on it.  However, each little head, body, arm, and leg are INDIVIDUAL stamps.  That is a lot of stamping.  And if you are any kind of particular, you're going to wear out your stamp-a-majig on this set!  Well, now that we have My Digital Studio, this set is even better!  You can digitally stamp these body parts and put them exactly where you want them to be, change their size, change their arms so they are doing cartwheels or holding a giant pencil!  
                                  
    For these cards, I used the School Days II brush set to make the crayon into a pencil.  These cards are a hybrid of digital and traditional cards.  I printed the images and the text on Whisper White card stock, and then used layers of card stock, retired DSP, my blender pen, and some markers to bring it all together.  


    Package them with envelopes in a nice clear box and you've got yourself a very original teacher gift!
    I have 3 more sets of these to do before next week, so...



    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Bloomin' Marvelous Preview

    Sale-A-Bration and the Spring/Summer mini catalogs will soon be released, and I finally got the chance to preview the products! Bloomin' Marvelous is one of the many awesome Sale-A-Bration products. You will not be disappointed with this years Sale-A-Bration bonus products or the Mini Catalog products!

    Here is a little preview of what's coming! In the meantime, try out this layout or color combo!

    Color Combo: Primrose Petals and Gumball Green

    • Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous (available January 22)
    • Paper:
      • Very Vanilla card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 2 1/2" x 4"
      • Gumball Green card stock - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
      • Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (available January 3) - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Accessories:
      • Artisan Embellishment Kit (available January 3) - this kit has ribbon, buttons, lace, and more!

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    A Hanging Holiday Frame

    Every year Kim Allen (our upline) has a wonderful holiday party for demonstrators.  We always enjoy the time together (even though there is no stamping involved for a change) and share a meal and a handmade holiday gift.  I always struggle with what gift I will make for another demonstrator.  I never feel like anything is "good enough".  I always feel the need to try and go "over the top".  It is a handmade gift for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator after all.  This year I went between a "Cold Hands Warm Heart" frame with adorable mittens made from Stampin' Up! DSP and a holiday frame/home decor item.  The holiday home decor item won out in the end. 
    Peace Joy & Love frame
    All you need are...the Be Of Good Cheer DSP, a $5 wood frame from the craft section in Walmart that could hold 3 pictures and the letters "J-O-Y" as I had originially planned when I saw this wonderful frame or a holiday message in glimmer paper as I finally decided to add "Peace, Joy and Love".
    Top Frame - Peace

    Middle Frame - Joy &

    Bottom Frame - Love

    Ingredients:
    A hanging 3-picture wood frame from Walmart
    Silver and Red Glimmer Paper for the words
    Be of Good Cheer DSP
    a retired Big Shot die for the words "Peace Joy & Love"
    Very Vanilla card stock
    Real Red and Old Olive ribbon
    Mod Podge to stick the DSP to the wood frame and to give it a nice shiny look afterwards

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Scentsational Sparkle

    The Christmas card season is coming to an end and I still have lots of sparkly glimmer paper. So with the inspiration from this weeks sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, I decided to bling it up a bit!
     
     
     
    Recipe:
    • Stamp set: Scentsational Season, Greetings of the Season
    • Paper:
                          Crumb Cake (8 1/2 x 5 1/2)                                                                                   
                          Silver Glimmer Paper (4 7/8 x 3 5/8)
                          Snow Festival DSP (4 3/4 x 3 1/2) and (4 1/4 x 3/4)
    • Ink: Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green
    • 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch
    • Basic Rhinestones
    • Dimensional used to pop up scallop circle and coffee mug
    • Holiday Collection Framelits                  

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    The best gifts come in small packages

    You know what I love about handmade crafts?  I love that you can really impress someone with something super simple that took you all of five minutes to create.  Just like anything else, it's all about the ingredients, and it helps to have great tools, too!




    I made this pretty little gift box in five minutes, and I didn't even do any stamping!  Of course, if you had the time, you could absolutely stamp little snowflakes all over the box, or add red and cream layers on each side using Designer Series Paper.  These cute little kraft boxes come in packs of four, and are the perfect size for a small candle or a short stack of cookies.  Or, you could fill it up with some gift tags or 3 by 3 note cards and envelopes.

    Ingredients:
    • Kraft box
    • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 3" by 3"
    • Real Red card stock cut to 2 1/4" by 2 1/4"
    • Petals a Plenty Embossing folder
    • Silver Glimmer Paper
    • Snow Flurry Bigz die
    • Striped ribbon, Real Red (retired)
    • Big Shot

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    Holiday Ornaments



    At this point in the year, I'm feeling super-festive, but also a little pressed for time. Here's a really quick card with a modern holiday feel.


    Ingredients:

    • Real Red card base
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3-3/4" (cut an extra for the inside)
    • Real Red card stock cut to 4-7/8" by 3-5/8" 
    • Whisper White card stock for the ornaments 
    • Holiday Ornaments framelits
    • Northern Flurry embossing folder
    • Real Red ribbon
    • Glue dots and dimensionals
     
    Baker's secret:
    Cut the ornaments before you emboss for the most depth.


    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Love & Sympathy



    For some reason, I really struggle with sympathy cards.  Mostly, my struggle is with writing my condolences on the inside, but sometimes I have a hard time with the design and color scheme, too.  The stamp set Love & Sympathy makes it pretty easy to come up with a simple handmade card to send to a grieving loved one.  The painted flower image works great with markers, and it's not too girly of a flower that you can't use it to send to a man.  The sentiments that come with the set are very nice, too.  The quote by Sylvana Rossetti gives me a little prompting on what I might write on the inside.  Or, you could stamp the other sentiment on the front, Sending Love and Sympathy, and then stamp the quote on the inside.


    Ingredients:
    • Love & Sympathy stamp set
    • Midnight Muse card base
    • Crumb Card card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
    • Midnight Muse marker
    • Old Olive marker
    • Early Espresso stamp pad
    • Linen Thread


    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    My Digital Studio Collage Card

    My Digital Studio 2, has a lot of capability. I am having so much fun learning the ins and outs of the program. The look of tearing paper is one great tool, that I have come to love. This card is a hybrid. I created the card front image in MDS2, printed it off on my printer onto Whisper White card stock, and then added brads and a card base.

    
    Click on photo for list of MDS2 downloads.

    Materials:
    • My Digital Studio 2, plus a variety of downloads
    • Pewter Brads
    • Crumb Cake card stock - 6" x 12"
    • Whisper White card stock - 8 1/2 x 11, for printing
    • Soft Suede ink - for sponging the edges of the card base, and printed layer.

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    Cold Hands Warm Hearts Mitten Card

    The saying "Cold Hands Warm Hearts" always touches my soul.  So I felt it was time to pull out my punches and make some mittens today.  After playing around with the mittens for awhile I finally settled on using two mittens instead of three on my card.  I love the color combination and the simple touch of snow flakes on the tops of the mittens.  The best part of this whole card is how easy the mittens are to make.  Use the large oval punch and extra-large oval punch and place the punched out DSP together until they form the look of a mitten.  Then add a 1/1/4" x 3/4" piece of cardstock to make the top of the mitten.  And it's done...yes, it's that easy.  Of course, you can add touches of details to them by using embossing folders on the mittens or mitten tops, changing out the DSP with some glimmer paper or adding snowflakes or buttons on top of your mittens.  I added touches of details by using the retired Snowflake Embossing folder on my mitten tops, the retired Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment DSP and sponging some ink on the mittens to give them a vintage look.  Give it a try and let us bakers know what you come up with.
    Ingredients:
    retired SAB Everyday Enchantment DSP
    Extra-Large Oval Punch
    Large Oval Punch
    3/16" Corner Punch (to round mitten top edges and round edges of Pool Party card layer) - optional
    Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine
    Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party & Crumb Cake card stock
    Soft Suede ink
    Curly Cute stamp set for Season's Greetings

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    DSP Christmas Trees

    I love these paper Christmas trees! I was inspired by Martha Stewart years ago and have finally decided to make them with my leftover Christmas DSP (designer series paper) I display them proudly on my little shelf in the living room. So cute! Even my hubby likes them!

     I cut these circles at 4.5", 3.5", 2.5" using the old Stampin' Up! Circle Scissor Plus. The bigger trees were cut at 5.5", 4.5" 3.5",  2.5".
     Fold in half until there are 16 folds (It's worth it and gets easier the second time around)

     Cut a tiny bit off the tops
     Put hot glue on the inside, towards the hold and stuck a kabob skewer in it. (Start with the largest circle first)
     Trim excess off the top and bottom ( I used kitchen shears) Insert into wooden candle cup or spool. It had a little hole in it that fit the skewer perfectly. Hot glue to hold it in place.
     Add a bead on top

    
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