Happy Thanksgiving

I am truly grateful for so much in my life – my family, my friends, our health and all that I have.

William Arthur Ward said “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” or in my case like making a card and not sending it.  So go make a card and send it to someone to show your gratitude for having them in your life.  They will love it and know that you are grateful for them.

May you always have someone and something to be grateful for.  Just don’t forget to express it once in a while.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Digital Studio Update

Sadly, Stampin’ Up! announced that they are discontinuing My Digital Studio (MDS) on May 31st.  All support, downloads, printing services and web sites (including Facebook, mydigitalstudio.net and Pinterest) will be discontinued after this date.   Stampin’ Up (and I) strongly urge you to save a backup copy of your downloads.  To do this, sign into your account and click on digital downloads.  Download everything (without installing because you have already installed these items) and save it to a file on your computer, the cloud or on a disk.

Just to clarify, you will be still able to use your My Digital Studio software and all the downloads you have paid for.  Stampin’ Up! is just not going to make any more downloads or give any technical support.

Now is a good time to look through all the downloads that are available and purchase any that you might like before May 31st.  I know that is what I am going to do!  I am still going to use the software to make my blog headings and buttons, cards and other items.  There are other print services out there that you can use to get your projects printed.  If you are currently working on something, you might want to get it done and printed by Stampin’ Up! before May 31st.

If you  have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as much as I can.

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My Digital Studio Halloween Fun

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Stampin’ Up! has a digital program called My Digital Studio.  A lot of the stamp sets, Designer Series Papers, Big Shot Dies, Ribbons and other Accessories are available.  Some come with the program and others can be purchased separately.  The program is a great way to make personalized cards, scrapbook pages, calendars, photo books and so many other things.

I made this card using a technique from Julie Leblanc.  She made a video showing how to make this “Ombre” background.  It is as if the card was brayered only it was made digitally.  Julie made a Christmas Card but I decided to turn it into a Halloween card.  Julie’s technique is amazing.

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Fun With Graduation Invites

Graduation InvitationsMy niece called me the other day and asked if I would help her make graduation invitations for her upcoming high school graduation.  Of course, I said yes!  Now, I realized that these invitations are mostly made from retired products.  I can’t help that her high school colors are not available in current product but I was able to use retired Stampin’ Up! products.  The green is called Gorgeous Green and the yellow is Summer Sun.  These colors matched perfectly.  The stars are from an old Big Shot Die called Stars.

This is what the invitation looks like when pulled up:

DSC02168I used My Digital Studio to make the actual invitation part.  I love My Digital Studio for this reason.

Congratulations Morgan!  We are very proud of you!

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My Digital Studio

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Last week I held a My Digital Studio beginners class for some of my customers who had just purchased the program.  I had them bring their computers with the program on it so they could actually do what I was teaching them right then.  I find people learn much better when they are doing it themselves versus just watching me.  I hooked my computer up to my large screen tv so they could see what I was doing.  This is the card we made.

I also showed them what other things they could make with My Digital Studio such as calendars, cookbooks, key chains and photo books.  One of the things I used the program for was to organize my stamp room a little better.  I downloaded the digital download called Label This Craft Room Designer Template and made these labels for my ink refills.  Then I printed them on my printer and just cut them out to fit the boxes.  Each large box holds 10 ink refills and the small boxes hold 5.  They are a perfect way to organize those little bottles without having to search through 40 of them to look for a certain color.  I love this program!

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March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop


Welcome to another edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  You must have just come from Jackie’s blog.  Weren’t her projects amazing?  She always does such a nice job!

This month our assignment was to do whatever we wished.  I always like assignments like that.  I decided to do a couple of birthday cards because everyone needs birthday card ideas.

My first project uses the Stampin’ Up! Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base Big Shot die with the Label Insert.  Pop ‘n Cuts cards are always so much fun because when you open then, there is a surprise inside that is not expected.  In 2012, Stampin’ Up! introduced the Pop ‘N Cuts line with the Dress Form Insert and in 2013 they added this Label Insert.  I think it is very versatile and matches our Deco Labels Framelits perfectly.

The card base uses the Designer Series Paper called Quatrefancy Specialty Paper.  The great thing about Designer Series Paper is that each side has a different pattern with different colors.  It is perfect to used with the Pop ‘N Cuts dies.


One side of this paper uses Daffodil Delight while the other side is Strawberry Slush.  I added Rich Razzleberry because it looks good with both of those colors.  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants and the Mosaics are from Mosaic Madness (which has a matching punch also called Mosaic).

The inside of the card uses a couple of different stamp sets.  The banners are a Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast that you can get FREE with a qualifying purchase.  That set also has a matching punch (you have to love those sets that have matching punches because it makes life so much easier).  Look closely at the stamp in the middle.  Have you ever seen it?


Now the fun part about this card (besides the Pop Up) is the stamp I used in the middle of it.  I actually designed this stamp.  Stampin’ Up! now offers a Photopolymer Stamp called Circle Monogram (item # 132852) where you design what it says.  This particular stamp is a Happy Birthday stamp.  Here is a close up of it:


Don’t you just love it?  I had so much fun designing it and it was easy to do.  When you order it, a window pops up and you just put whatever you want it to say in the blanks.  I made two of them.  The other one has my name, email address and web site address on it.

My second project is also a birthday card that is a Fun Fold Card.  Karen Burniston is the woman who designed the Pop ‘N Cut dies for Stampin’ Up!  A couple of years ago, I saw a card she made that she called an Accordion Card.  I purchased the template from her and finally decided to use it for this hop.  I must admit that Karen makes it look so easy to make, but honestly, it took me a while.  I also decided to just use three panels instead of four.

Here is the front of the card ( I also used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching envelope that you can see in the background):


I used the stamp set called Starburst Sayings with the matching Framelits that are in the Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is called Sweet Sorbet and is a Sale-a-bration item you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase.

When you open the card, it looks like this:


Here is a close up of the middle panel:


I used the Small Oval Punch and the feet in the Owl Builder Punch to make the balloons.

Here is the last panel:


This stamp is from the Occasions Catalog and is called Another Great Birthday only I did not use this stamp set.  Confused?  I don’t actually own this set.  I downloaded a digital download of it to My Digital Studio and then printed it on my printer.  The “real” stamp is actually a lot bigger than this and would not have fit on this panel.  My Digital Studio was perfect because you can re-size it to whatever size you need.

My last project is a last minute thing I actually decided to add yesterday.  I know.  It is so unlike me to do a last minute thing and I am sure I will get lots of comments about this. I can’t help it.  I am a planner.  Anyway, I saw a video on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page and decided to try it out.  It uses My Digital Studio and some Plastic Shrinkable Pages (in other words Shrinky Dinks!).

Key Chains


I made key chains for some ladies who are taking a My Digital Studio Class with me.  All you do is design the little charms using My Digital Studio.  Then print them out on the Shrinky Dink Plastic Pages, cut them out and put them in your oven for about 2 minutes.  Well, there is a little bit more to it than that because they are double sided.  You can watch the video here.

The designs do shrink quite a bit.  For the larger circles I used Designer Series Paper called Sweet Sorbet from the Sale-a-bration Digital Download called One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014 (you can get this download for FREE with a $50 purchase).   I cut them out using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  This is how much they shrank:


That is it for my projects for the March Blog Hop.  Now hop on over to Marsha’s blog to see her amazing projects.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed!  If you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and click on the Next Button to go to Marsha’s blog, the Previous Button to go back to Jackie’s blog or the Home Button to go to the Blog Hop home page.  Happy hopping!



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My Digital Studio Sale-A-Bration Card

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One of the products you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration is a My Digital Studio Download called Hooray For Parties.  Actually there are two My Digital Studio downloads available.  The other one is called One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014 which includes all the items you can get in the Sale-a-bration catalog.

I made this card using the Hooray For Parties Digital Ensemble.  All I had to do was use one of their invitation templates and change it up a bit to turn it into a card.  It was very easy to do and only took a couple of minutes.  This download includes designer templates for invitations, thank yous, garland, mini folder, treat folder and treat box.  It has includes 16 stamps, 15 Designer Series Papers, 13 embellishments and 2 punches!  The colors in this ensemble are Going Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit.  It is a great way to make a quick card that can be printed through Stampin Up! or on  your own printer!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I am Truly Grateful for so much in my life – my family, my friends, our health and all that I have.

William Arthur Ward said “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” or in my case like making a card and not sending it.  So go make a card and send it to someone to show your gratitude for having them in your life.  They will love it and know that you are grateful for them.

May you always have someone and something to be grateful for.  Just don’t forget to express it once in a while.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Hybrid My Digital Studio Card


I know I have talked about My Digital Studio (MDS) before but it really is a great program from Stampin Up!.  I really liked this single pumpkin stamp called Halloween Happiness from the Holiday Catalog but I don’t really make Halloween cards so I didn’t really want to buy it.  This is where My Digital Studio (MDS) is great.  I just downloaded the stamp to my computer for just $2.95 (no shipping).  MDS allows you to “color” the stamp any way you want to.  First I changed the entire stamp to Pumpkin Pie and then colored the leaves, stems and words right in the program. It is very easy to do!  No cleaning up stamps, no ink on your fingers and colored perfectly!  Just color, print and attach it to your card stock.