Moving Forward

The stamp set called Moving Forward is this year’s Stampin Up’s Ronald McDonald stamp set.  For every set purchased, Stampin Up makes a donation to the Ronald McDonald house.  It is one of those sets that you may not notice at first because it is on the back cover of the catalog.  I remember seeing pictures of cards make with this set and could not figure out where they came from.  Once I found it, I had to buy.  Not only does it help a good cause but it is cute!

Help the Ronald McDonald House













We used this set at our November Club meeting.  I made one card for a boy and one for a girl and let the members choose which one they wanted to make.  I sometimes forget that other people do have girls in their lives!

Can Be Used For Either a Boy or a Girl










The card on the left uses Real Red and Pacific Point colors.  The card on the right uses Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi.  The bicycles were punched out using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch and the larger circle used the 3″ Circle Originals Big Shot die.

More My Digital Studio

My wonderful Daughter In Law To Be asked me to design the Save the Date cards.    Once again I went to My Digital Studio.  There are numerous choices when downloading MDS.  You can download a FREE 30 day Trial, the full program OR the full program with digital content.

This is the final project.

More My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio can be used to make cards, scrapbook pages, and many other things.  As many of you know, my son is getting married next year.  As mother of the groom,  Rob and I are hosting the Rehearsal Dinner.  I designed our own invitations.  I am going to have Stampin Up print the invitations for us.  They do a great job.

My Digital Studio

Are you looking for a way to make cards without inking a single stamp?  Try My Digital Studio.   You can get a Free 30 Trial Version, the Full Program or the Program plus content.   The program has tons of templates that you can buy “as is” or change to suit your tastes.  Here is an example of a card template.  Just open and print.  Can’t get any easier.



















I am certified in My Digital Studio.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

No Time? There is Always Time

I often hear people say they just don’t have time to make cards.  I tell them you don’t have to make beautiful cards with fancy folds and lots of layers.  You can make beautiful cards really quickly.  Here are some examples of one layer cards that I think are very nice  The first set of cards uses the stamp set called Gently Falling (Item #123802).  I just used Very Vanilla card stock on the card on the left and Whisper White on the card on the right.












The next set of one layer cards uses Field Flowers (Item#122760) for the card on the left and Lovely As A Tree (Item #115026) for the card on the right.












If you really want to save time, Stampin Up even sells blank notecards in Whisper White (Item#107311).  The set includes 20 cards with 20 envelopes.

Now you have no more excuses!  Have fun stamping even when in a hurry!

New Stampin Kit Available

Fancy Friends Kit

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 132319)! If six isn’t enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311)-they’ve already included extra rhinestones in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:

  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.

  2. Stamp “Friends” in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.

  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

Weaving DSP


Here is a card that I CASE’d (copy and share everything) from my friend Darrah who lives in California.  You take strips of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and “weave” them together.  Darrah’s turned out much better than mine but I decided to post it anyway.I used Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, the Bigz Autumn Accents Die and the 1 1/4 inch Scallop Circle Punch from the Holiday Catalog.  I embossed the leaves using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, also from the Holiday catalog.

Tips For The New Firm Foam Pads

Here is a great video from Stampin Up with some useful tips on the new Firm Foam Pads.  I love the new pads but there was a learning curve for using them with the best results.  I hope this helps!

Photography Lessons

Now that I am starting an official blog I thought I ought to figure out how to take better pictures.  Originally I was taking the pictures with my digital camera on automatic, downloading them to my computer and then editing them in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  I always had to lighten them, change the contrast, crop them and finally reduce the image size.  I figured there had to be a better way.

I went online and looked at a bunch of Photo Boxes thinking this might help.  I read a lot of the reviews, none of which were terrific not to mention the cost of these things.  I decided I already had a white storage box so maybe I could do something with that.  I set it up, took a couple of pictures that still came out yellow. I think it was because I used a soft white bulb which really had a yellow tinge to it.  I finally moved my Ott light in front of the box and the pictures were coming out better but still not great.

I have had my digital Canon camera for a very long time and I always thought it took great pictures.  A couple of months ago it had a “spot” on the screen.  Now that spot is bigger.  I have a feeling I am going to be in the market for a new camera.  In any case, I downloaded the manual for my camera, as the original was long gone and started reading.  Much to my amazement I found out I could manually pick the settings.  I finally figured out the best settings (so far).

The first picture is what I used to take.  The second picture shows what I take now!  What a difference, huh?

This is the old way I took Photos. See how dark and yellow it is?

This was taken using my Ott light which has clean white light. Camera setting was 1600 ISO. Lighting was set at Fluorescent.

October Club Meeting

We had another great time at our October Club meeting.  We welcomed back Ann from her summer hiatus on the river.  The first card we made used a lot of items from the Holiday Catalog.  The stamp set is called Friendship Preserves.  We first stamped the Thanks a Bunch stamp from this set in Cherry Cobbler and then cut it out using the new Window Framelits.  We then took the larger sized Window Framelits and cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  We then used the new Paper Piercing template also in the Holiday Catalog.  We then embossed a piece of the new Core’dinations card stock in Cherry Cobbler with a folder in the Delicate Designs set and lightly sanded it.  I love the look of this new paper.  It adds a lot of dimension to the projects.  We finished off the card using Seam Binding ribbon in Crumb Cake.  I love this ribbon because it is so soft and easy to use..  It comes in a bunch of different colors.  The ribbon is on page 172 of the main catalog.


The next card we made was for Thanksgiving using an older set called Day of Gratitude.  It has some beautiful stamps in that set, including a leaf, acorn and a larger background stamp.  The Designer Series Paper we used is called Comfort Cafe and is one of my favorite papers for fall.  The colors used are Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede.