Monday, October 29, 2012

 It's a day of amazing deals with Stampin' Up!  Click the images below for details!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spectacular Stamp Sale!!

IT ALL STARTS TOMORROW!!!  Stampin' Up! is having their first EVER 1 day stamp sale.  Almost every stamp set they sell will be 15% off on Monday, October 29, from 12:00 a.m. (MT) until 11:50 p.m. (MT).

Stamps reduced to 15% off include:
  • Almost ALL stamps in the current holiday and annual catalogs. 
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single Stamp Promotion (new single stamp choices added on 10/25, including 3 never before seen stamps)!
Stamps NOT included in the sale:
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets
There is no minimum purchase and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.

And, if that's not enough we're also celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day!



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Beautiful Backgrounds

Here's a cool technique for creating a fabulously artistic background for your next scrapbook or art journal page.

  • Make a first layer of Designer Series Paper
  • Make a second layer of your favorite photograph
  • Change the opacity of the photograph until you achieve the desired effect.

Here are two samples I did using this technique - each has the exact same layout and elements, but I changed the Designer Series Paper background (and re-colored some of the embellishments and stamps to match.)

Favorite Downloads:

Fan Fair Designer Photobook Template:  I cannot extol the virtues of this kit enough.  There are tons of embellishments from journaling cards to beautiful stitching, borders, etc.  Plus you get a beautiful pre-made scrapbook template, gorgeous designer series paper, and a lovely stamp brush set.

Fan Fair Photobook Template -- Digital Download 

Friday, October 12, 2012

September School Fun

Another challenging color challenge from Nicole Watt & Kris Kilcoyne at the IBN Digi-Challenge - the colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Garden Green.

I started my page with some photos of my son's school field trip to collect leaves for their leaf collections.  The children were dressed in some beautiful bright pink that I thought would pick these challenge colors up nicely.  The leaves on the trees were still very green (isn't it amazing the color difference in just a few weeks!)

Favorite Downloads:

More Candid Frames:  

More Candid Frames -- Digital Download


Wonderfall Kit -- Digital Download
Natural Composition Overlays: 

Natural Composition Overlays Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Leaf Hunt!

I used the MyDigitalStudio.Net challenge this week to showcase my love of Fall.  It is my favorite season of the year.  My son's school field trip to gather leaves for their leaf collections was the perfect subject for this great layout.

Tips & Tricks:

Layers:  I used the square punch, resizing it and rotating each layer slightly for the stacked layered look.  There were so many gorgeous papers - this is a fun way to work a bunch them in without the busyness overwhelming what should be your main focus:  the photos.

Text to Shape:  Using the new "Freeform" option in your design center you can attach text to shapes and lines to frame your page.  See my video here.

Crop Shape:  Use this cool feature to crop a stamp to the perfectly sized image of your punch - like I did with the acorn punch in this photo.  The punch is from the "Wonderfall" kit and the stamp is from "Perfectly Preserved."

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I saw these adorable ghosts on a blog "One Lucky Day" and had to make them for myself!  They were easy to make - the only time consuming part is waiting for the fabric stiffener (or liquid starch) to dry.  Check out this wonderful blog by clicking on the link above for instructions on making your own ghost!

  • To make the "Spooky" banner, I used First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper and the "Morning Post Alphabet" stamp set. 
  •  I trimmed out each of the letters after stamping the with black ink on River Rock Card Stock.
  • I punched small holes at the corners of each flag and laced it through with Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

  • To make the "Trick or Treat" sign, I cut vellum paper with the Apothecary Accents Framelits Die
  • I stamped the gate/raven image from the "Toxic Treats" stamp set using my Stampamajig to line it up properly.
  • The smaller label is also cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and stamped with the "Trick or Treat" sentiment from "Toxic Treats."

Product Highlights: 

Toxic Treats Stamp Set:

Toxic Treats Wood-Mount Stamp Set 

Apothecary Accents Framelits

Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies 

Morning Post Alphabet Stamp Set

Morning Post Alphabet Wood-Mount Stamp Set