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!

Luggage Tags Using My Digital Studio

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Have I told you lately how much I love my daughter-in-law?  Sam (my son) called me the other night and told me that Tara wanted me to make her new luggage tags.  I had made a set for them a couple of years ago and they have moved since then.  She wanted some new ones with the new address (the address is on the back).  I love it when someone asks me to make them something!  Sometimes you make things for people and you are not sure how they really feel about it.

I made these tags using My Digital Studio.  That is one of the great things about this program.  It comes with all sorts of digital stamps, punches, papers and embellishments already installed in the program.  Then you can order more at a fraction of the cost of the “real thing” and you never run out!  I just made some circles and rectangles and then filled them with Designer Series Paper.  Then I printed them out and cut them out using the Circles Collection Framelits.  The I just glued them to a bar coaster and punched a hole in the top  It was super easy to do.

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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

My Digital Studio

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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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

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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.

Truly Grateful With My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio

Let’s face it.  If I had my way I would own every stamp set that Stampin Up! ever made.  Well, there might be one or two I would pass on, but I love the majority of them.  Now my husband, Rob thinks I already do own everything in the catalog.  Unfortunately, my wallet does not agree with me.

This is when My Digital Studio comes to the rescue.  Even though I don’t actually own this stamp set called Truly Grateful, I can still use it because it is a digital download.  I just purchased it on my Stampin Up! website and downloaded it immediately to my computer.  Then I made this card in about 1 minute.  I could send it to the Stampin Up! printing company or I could print it myself on my own printer.  One of the best things about My Digital Studio is that it has all the Stampin Up! colors.  Even the retired colors are available.

If you would like to learn more about My Digital Studio, just email me!

My Digital Studio Card

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One of the best things about My Digital Studio is you can make a card really quickly when needed.  There are a ton of pre-designed cards with some of the digital content that it comes with.  I made this card in about 20 seconds.  I took a card that was already designed and added some shadows to the flags to give it some depth and changed the background to Pool Party because it was white and you would not be able to see it on my blog.  It was so easy!Now is a great time to buy My Digital Studio because some of the print products and digital content is 25% Off!