Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick or Treat

Hi Stampers! The days are winding down and before we know it Halloween will be here. This is another one of the cards I made to send out this season. The main image is stamped in VersaMark and basic black and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I wish I would have been able to find my black embossing powder, but after the move some of my supplies are still MIA. I think the black on black would have made the image pop more than it does here. I used a Summer Sun Stampin' Write Marker to color in the moon and the windows. The edges of the main image panel and the oval are sponged with Only Orange classic ink.

The background paper is from last year and is retired. I still have a lot of it to use up, but I am trying and want to make room from some of the beautiful new papers in the catalog.

Happy Stamping~

Stamps: House of Haunts (111574)
Ink: Basic Black(101179), VersaMark (102283), Only Orange (102696), Summer Sun stampin' Write Marker (100077)
Card stock: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Retired Stampin' Up! DSP
Other: Earth Elements Brads (106955), Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109030), Wide Oval Punch (112082), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Stamping Sponges (101610), Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I LOVE My Digital Studio!!!

Hi Stampers! I am so excited about today's project. This project was done using new digital paper crafting software exclusive to Stampin' Up! called "My Digital Studio". This software is so much more than just digital scrapbooking. You can create scrapbook pages/books, cards, movies, multimedia projects and more. What's even better is that it is so easy to use! I admit I am fairly new to scrapbooking. I was always so afriad to cut my precious pictures. I was afraid that I would mess them up and then would not have memories of those special times. This has shattered any fears I may have had in the past!

The card posted above was created using this wonderful software. The software comes with all the coordinating Stampin' Up! colors, many of the stamp sets and tons of coordinating embellishments and punches. Now you can create an idea you may have in your head and not have to worry about wasing supplies. You can actually SEE how the project will turn out without having to cut any paper, photos or embellishments. It will also give you a chance to play with stamp sets you may not currently own, to see if an idea you had will work the way you expected.

Once you have completed your project the great thing about this software is that you have the option to print these projects yourself, upload them to Stampin' Up!'s professional prinitng service, or burn them to a DVD or CD. What more could you ask for?

This program even allows you to design the inside of cards as well. This card is the one I just uploaded to Stampin' Up!'s professional prinitng service to complete my certification in MDS (My Digital Studio). Isn't it cute?

Happy Stamping~

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Haunted House

Hi Stampers! I have been busy making all those favors for Nathan's class this week and couldn't forget to make a few cards too. I had an image of a card in my head and this is how it turned out. I like it! I wanted to try and keep the colors to a minimum and keep it black and white. I think I was able to achieve that here. Unfortunately, some of the supplies (the designer paper and the brads) used on this card are retired Stampin' Up! supplies. You could easily create this using the current supplies though. I am trying to use some of my old supplies so I can make room for more of the new ones! See there is a method to my madness!
Of course the card couldn't be complete without completing the inside. I love using dark card stock for the base of my cards, but hate that it's hard to see when you write your message. I have the perfect solution (okay I admit I saw this on a bunch of other blogs so it's not my original idea) for you. Just add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of lighter colored card stock to the inside. Decorate as you see fit!
Happy Stamping~
Stamps: House of Haunts (111574)
Ink: Basic Black
Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Retired Stampin' Up! DSP
Other: Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Retired Silver Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Dimensionals (104430)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Test Tube Treats

Hi Stampers! Here is another super cute project that I made for Nathan's class this year. I once again got the idea for this from many stampers at SCS. I used one of my favorite Halloween sets from Stampin' Up! called Batty for You. I paired this with several circle punches and the scallop circle punch and created these fun treats for the kids.
Here are a few close up pictures of each of the stamps I chose to use from the set. The most difficult part of making these was deciding which stamps I wanted to use! They are all so cute.

I added some Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon around the test tube above the scallop to finish them off, but you could use any of the colors of card stock you used on the circle punches and it would be just as cute.

I think Frankie is one of my favorite stamps in this set. I love how he turned out.

The scallop is attached to the test tube with 2 dimensionals to give it some depth and it also allows it to stand out.
Happy Stamping~
Stamps: Batty for You
Ink: Only Orange, Old Olive, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Card stock: Basic Black, Only Orange, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I'm back just in time for Halloween!!

Hi Stampers! I know it has been ages since my last post! I have had so much happening in my life these past few months, but I am back and will be posting regularly a few times a week. I have had so many changes in my life and I am so thankful to get back to stamping to help relieve stress!!
One of the things I have been working on now that I am getting settled since my move back to WI is making some fun Halloween favors for Nathan's class. I did not come up with this idea on my own and have seen many different versions of this done on SCS, so I do not know who to give credit for. Thanks to everyone who inspired me with their versions! Aren't these cute? These spiders are made from little peppermint patty candies. I love how fun they are!
Happy Stamping~
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lilac
Other: Photo Corner Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Peppermint Patty Candy