Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fun in the Snow

It's Tara's turn at being the Host over at Sunday Stamps this week and she has a great color combination for us to work with...

I'm always a little nervous when I have to use Real Red - but I'm pleased with what I came up with this week - I even used more red than just a teeny tiny bit!  Once again, I've created an MDS layout that is all ready to be filled with pictures as the occasion occurs.  I'm planning to put some pictures in here of Elliot in the snow. 

I've added some stitching along my polka dot layer - and I learned a technique for "cutting" the edges of the MDS ribbon.

So - give our colour combo a try this week.  If you're looking for more inspiration, you can check out the projects the rest of the Design Team has come up with....

Holly Endress - Hollybeary Creations
Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin - Can't Stamp the Rain
Monica Hornof - Stamps'n Jewels
Steph - Hofkissed
Joan Jeffery (me) - JJ Creations

***Don't forget we are offering up 2/$25 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificates this month.  Each time you enter a challenge you are entered to win***
So settle down in your craft room this week - and post your link over at Sunday Stamps so we can see what you've created.

Thanks for stopping by
Supplies for this MDS page...
     Color = CRUMB CAKE 179,161,131

    Staple & Stitching/Whisper White - Stiching Zigzag
    Scallop Dots Ribbon/Scallop Dots Ribbon - marina mist (re-colored)
    Scallop Dots Ribbon/Scallop Dots Ribbon - cherry cobbler

    Splatters/A Split Second/A Split Second - splatter 3, Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255

    Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = REAL RED 199,44,58
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/12 Days of Christmas - designer series paper/12 Days of Christmas - 9
    Extras/Snowflake Punch, Fill Color = BASHFUL BLUE 177,217,242
    Extras/Snowflake Punch, Fill Color = REAL RED 199,44,58
    Extras/Snowflake Punch, Fill Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255   

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ready for Baking

Just a quick post this morning before heading off to school.  I'm prepping a bunch of pages to be ready for slipping photos into once the holiday season hits.
Allison is planning on doing some baking for her friends as gifts, so I'll be getting some shots of her in the kitchen.....might have to use my zoom lens so she doesn't see me!

I had fun using the painting tool to add dots to the oven mitt and to colour in the spoon....boy that paintbrush gets small!  I used the "free form" function to colour in the spoon and the spot behind the design on the "mug" that I transformed into a bowl.

Off I go - there's a Christmas concert I still have to get ahold of.....only 4 weeks - Yikes!
Have a great day.

Remember that MDS2 is 50% off this week!  
Check out the deals at my website store - and don't forget to look into the Clearance Rack - you may be able to get a whole whack of stocking stuffers!!!

Thanks for visiting,

Here are the supplies I used for this page:
     Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Domestic Goddess - designer series paper/Domestic Goddess - 9

    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches line 2
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches line 2
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches line 2
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches scallop 2
    Staple & Stitching/White - Simple Stitches corner 2

    Compliments to the Chef/Compliments to the Chef - silverware, Color = 0,0,0
    Now You're Cookin'/Now You're Cookin' - glove
    Now You're Cookin'/Now You're Cookin' - spatula
    _Designer Kits/Friendship Preserves/Friendship Preserves - yum, Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255
    Now You're Cookin'/Now You're Cookin' - mug, Color = 249,216,123

    Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = POOL PARTY 169,221,199
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Domestic Goddess - designer series paper/Domestic Goddess - 7
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Domestic Goddess - designer series paper/Domestic Goddess - 4
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = WHISPER WHITE 255,255,255
    Labels & Tags/Friendship Preserves - frame, Fill Color = POPPY PARADE 218,57,49

    Card Stock/Whisper White
    Card Stock/Whisper White
    Card Stock/Whisper White     

Monday, November 19, 2012

MDS Monday is HERE!!!!

Today's the Day....It's the kickoff for a NEW CHALLENGE BLOG dedicated to digital designing with My Digital Studio. I am SOOOOOO excited to be on the Design Team.

We will be posting a new challenge every other Monday (Bi-weekly) and the challenge will be open until the following Friday.  You will have 12 days to enter the challenge.  Top Picks will be announced on Sunday after the challenge closes.  Although the Design Team members will be using My Digital Studio (MDS) from Stampin'Up!, you are welcome to use any digital design software you have to make scrapbook pages, cards, home decor, or whatever you like - as long as you follow the sketch provided in the challenge....and so....

Here is our first Sketch Challenge...

and here is the page I created using it.

Elliot watched Allison quite intently for quite a while as she was doing some math homework.  Then he got interested in the calculator and started distracting her more.  It was a fun evening.

This is a fairly simple  page - using a lot of punches filled with the Newsprint DSP.  I added the School Days II  stamps to a circle punch to co-ordinate with the mathematical theme of the page.  The only real technique I used this week was to colour match the blue matt of one of the banners with a blue from Elliot's shirt.  And "texture" was added to the Very Vanilla with a texture overlay from Be Awesome Today.

So - come join the challenge.  Pop over to the  MDS Monday Blog to see the inspiring creations from the other Design Team Members.  When you've finished your creation AND linked it to the MDS Monday blog, you will have your name put in a draw for a MDS2 download of your choice valued at $9.95.
The MDS Monday Design Team are...

If you don't have MDS yet - this is the PERFECT time to  get it - Thanks to our On-Line Extravaganza, you can get MDS2 at 50% off!!!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Have a fantastic Monday.....

Don't forget about the On-Line Extravaganza which begins today until Nov 28.
The list of everything that's on sale is HERE
Remember for 24 Hours ONLY...
Diagonal Plates - $12.76
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine - $98.36
Big Shot Doctor Bag - $75.16

Contact me to place your order.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On-line Extravaganza Begins Tomorrow

November 19 - 28, 2012

It's our biggest sale of the year, with discounts up to 50% off some of your favourite products for 10 days only.

Door Crasher -Monday, November 19 - 24 Hours Only
Save 20% on the following items!

Simply Scored Diagonal Scoring Plate
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor's Bag

Door Crasher - Wednesday, November 28 - 24 Hours Only
Save 20% on the following items!

Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)
Clear Block Storage Caddy
Stack & Store Caddy

Check out a PDF of all the items on sale HERE

Discounts range between 20-50% - Awesome!
There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion - Sale On!
For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided.  If you use the individual item numbers, you won't get the discount - bummer!
You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogues on the same order.

Order On-line at my website store or contact me by phone or e-mail and I'll get your order put in.

Happy Crafting.

Sketch for a Birthday

It's sketch day at Sunday Stamps and our host Hayley has a great one for us.  I love all the lines in the sketch although I opted for adding circular shapes on my card.

My son turned 24 yesterday and this is the card I created for him - I crossed out the "me" and turned it into "us" before giving it to him.  He's a musical boy, so the music sheet from the Natural Composition Specialty Paper was perfect.  You can't really tell from the picture, but I've punched out and popped up the little globe.

I hope you have fun with this sketch - you can use any colours and create it for any the sky's the limit.  Once you've finished share it with us over at Sunday Stamps.  We love seeing what you come  up with - and this month - each time you enter a challenge you get your name put into a draw for   one of two $25 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificates.

If you need some inspiration before starting - check out what the rest of the Design Team has come up with this week.  It's always fun to see what take everyone has on a sketch.

Hope you have a fabulous Sunday.  Thanks for taking time to visit.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tags for Christmas

I finally got around to making up the Tag-a-palooza packages I had left over from the event.  I created some new tags and will now be packaging them up as door prizes for upcoming events.

Gotta go clean up my craft room and start messing it up again.  Hope you have a wonderful day.
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Placemats

Today I'm sharing a project I completed in the MDS class I'm taking with Heather Summers and Martha Inchley.  One of the assignments was to create placemats.  It's so easy to do now that we can customize the dimension of our projects.  Each of my placemats is 11X17 and I'll be sending them off to Staples to be printed.  I'll then get them lamented and we'll be ready for December dinners.
It will cost about $0.89 to print each one so I can design a whole new batch next year....or tweak and reprint these ones.
The world of possibilities with MDS just keeps getting bigger.

Don't forget to check out the new challenge blog on Monday
We'll have a great sketch to start things off with.

You're not going to want to miss out on this fabulous sale from November 19-28, 2012.
It's the biggest on-line sale of the year with savings up to 50%.

It's the most wonderful time of the year......
Hope you're having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I've been working on some MDS pages.  For this layout I used some photos I had fun with this fall on a solo walk in the woods.  I got some great tree shots, cat tails and a butterfly....and then I decided to capture my shadow - don't really know why.   I was just enjoying the fabulous fall day.

  I've also taken one of my photos and used it as the "background" paper.  The MDS items I've used for the page are:
    _Designer Kits/World Traveler - embellishments/World Traveler - tag saffron
    Baker's Twine/Baker's Twine - Early Espresso knot

    Extras/Leaves #2/Leaves #2 - 2,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Autumn Traditions - designer series paper/Autumn Traditions - 1
    Extras/Leaves #2/Leaves #2 - 2,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Autumn Traditions - designer series paper/Autumn Traditions - 11
    Extras/Leaves #2/Leaves #2 - 2,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Autumn Traditions - designer series paper/Autumn Traditions - 6

A technique I love with the new MDS2 is being able to attach your text to a shape....tons of fun.

What else is tons of fun.......a brand new challenge blog!
Do you want to find out all the cool new things (or "old" things) that My Digital Studio can do to help you create fantastic projects?  Or do you have a whole whack of pictures that you've downloaded but haven't done anything with yet?
Make sure you check things out on Monday.....

We'll have sketches, tips, tricks and surprises.  Click the banner above to check it out and then get ready to join us on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic Thursday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Altered Journal Pages

I've been working in my altered book almost everyday - experimenting with different things.  I drew in these flowers first and then I covered the page with our Watercolor Wonder Crayons and used the aqua painter to blend in the colour.  I suppose the crayons would react differently depending on what kind of paper the book was made from...I was happy with this result.

I must admit I used regular sharpies for this page - I stuck my ipad music on shuffle and incorporated the names of the artists within the doodles.  My main objective for this page was to practice my swirls.  They still need work.

I used the brayer and ink pads for the base of this page...going from Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango up to Cajun Craze.  Sharpie was used for the Mandala.

Hope you have a creative day - Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Stamps Lion

We may have a whole whack of snow on the ground here in Northern Alberta - but it's wonderful autumn colours for our Colour Challenge from Holly today at Sunday Stamps.
Although the colours do make me think of fall I've chosen to take on a more masculine theme with the colours.  I love this lion and felt the colours worked pretty well for him.  I just added a bit of green for the grass.  The glimmer paper seemed to go well to - although it changes the masculine feel.  (I have so many bits and pieces of glimmer paper in my craft room from Christmas projects - it's ridiculous.)

I hope you give these colours a try - my American friends can use them perfectly for Thanksgiving projects.  When you've finished your creation, be sure to connect a link to the Sunday Stamps Blog so we can enjoy it too.  We have some new Design Team Members this week also to help inspire you.  Welcome to Raquelle, Melissa and Steph.

Hope everything is going well your way.
Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gift-a-Palooza coming up....

I'm hosting a Gift-a-Palooza on
November 30, 2012

Begin dropping in at 3:00 to end the evening at 8:00pm

You pick only the  project kits you want to create to meet your gift giving needs of the season.  You can order more than one of any project kit.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY - so your projects will be prepared and ready for you to work on when you arrive - or to stamp and take home to work on at your leisure.

Christmas Memories Flip Album - opens up to provide 7 sections for photos/journaling memories
$7.50 each

Gift Card Holder - Belly Band slides off to open where a pocket with a pull-out tab is available to attach your gift card to.
$2.50 each

Stocking Stuffer - good for holding thin chocolate bars, gift certificates or Hot Chocolate Packages
$3.50 each

Festive Gift Bag
$5.50 each

To my out of town stampers - I will package up your "kits" and put them in the mail.  Postage will be determined on an individual basis.

Tis the season to be crafting....
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Snowy Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday Stamps Day - Today it's my sketch and, as you can see,  I've deviated a fair bit.  I didn't put an embellishment in the corner and my sentiment is not where I designed it.  Just goes to show that the sketches are just a starting off place.

I liked creating the strip of blues - I used a piece of glossy white and the Faux Layer Tearing technique.  This is the technique I'm doing at my class on the 9th this month.

We've got a variety of inspirational pieces over at the Sunday Stamps Blog - so be sure to stop by to see what inspires you - either using paper or MDS.  Once you've finished your creation, link it to the challenge blog so we can take a peak at it.

It's getting to be that busy time of year - classes, projects, report cards - wow - Hope things are active and creative in your little corner of the world.  Thanks for visiting.