Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Elegant Butterfly Tags

Elegant butterfly tags made for my customer's as a thank you. I stamped, "Thank You for Your Order" from Workshop Words onto a post it note and stuck it on the back. Spoiler Alert: You will see this layout on a  card for September's Sketch Challenge with Craft Project Central so check back soon. I hope you will play along.
Recipe:  I used my new favorite colors, Summer Starfruit and Raspberry Ripple with the Four Frames stamp set on Naturals White Card Stock.  Punches used:  Elegant Butterfly, Decorative Label, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Non SU tag punch.  Ribbon:   3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Raspberry Ripple. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

No Tricks Just Treats

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy With Core'dinations Card Stock

Happy to the Core! These fun projects were made with the new Core'dinations Card Stock which is featured in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog on page 6. The added texture is amazing. The card stock features a SU color on the outside layer and a monochromatic color on the inside layer. When you sand or distress the card stock you see the layer inside. For these projects I CASE'd the August issue of Stampin' Success. 

To create the HAPPY notepad holder, just measure the length of your notepad.  Mine was 8" long. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 12" x 8".  Using your Simply Scored, score at 3-3/4", 4", 9" and 9-1/4".  I embellished the front with a strip of Core'dinations card stock in Early Espresso which I ran through the Woodgrain Embossing folder, then sanded with the Stampin' Sanding System on page 6 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The flower on the Congratulations card was cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits Die and embossed with the same folder and sanded.  I just love the letters that I used to stamp the word, HAPPY.  This alphabet set is called, Morning Post on page 144 of the Idea Book and Catalog.

I also tried out the Core'dinations Dust Buddy which is a tacky cloth that removes debris from the sanding process.  It  removes dust from your fingers too and has a solvent built into the cloth. You can cut it the size that you want and use it over and over again. It's very interesting, has a strong odor, but is non-toxic and works wonderfully! Visit my website to check out these new products at 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Make a Faceboook Cover Photo Using My Digital Studio

I recently read a blog post at Ella Publishing about personalizing your Facebook cover photo, and I thought, I can do that with Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio. You can use a large photograph as your background or you can create one in MDS.  Just remember that your profile photo will take up a small square on the bottom left corner. 

There are numerous ways to do this, but this is how I created the one above. Open up My Digital Studio and choose Multiple Output Options.  Choose 11" x 8-1/2" Landscape. Choose Create Your Own, Name It, add a background paper and elements, like stamps, punches and your photograph. Keep all of your design elements within the top 4 inches.  When you are done, click File, Save. Click on Share Project from the drop-down menu on the right and choose Export to JPG.  I saved mine as Small 1100 x 850 pixels. Then, when you go to Facebook, you just upload it like you would an ordinary photo. 

*For the above example, I went back and edited the photo and cropped off the bottom of the page, but I didn't do that when I uploaded it to Facebook. I just left it in the original dimensions. Click HERE for a free Timeline Template from Ella Publishing. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Join the Challenge - Creating Pretty Cards

Here's another card I created for the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge over at Craft Project Central. The butterflies are punched out of Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper using the Elegant Butterfly Die. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #14

My favorite stamp set of the week is the Papillion Potpourri with the matching Elegant Butterfly Punch. I'd love to see you play along with the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #14 over at Craft Project Central. I was the sketch designer this month and this was my contribution. You can download a free tutorial for the inspiration card HERE which includes a list of all of the supplies that I used to make this card.
For every ten cards submitted, CPC will pick one winner of a free month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice. If the project designers submit a card for your inspiration this month, they won’t be in the winner random-selection pool, but their cards will count towards the "for every 10 cards submitted winner total".  Check out all the great projects this month at

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

By the Seashore Tag with a Petite Pocket

Look familiar?  I couldn't resist making a tag similar to the card I created for July's Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge at Craft Project Central.  Just create the Petite Pocket using the Bigz XL Die in Baja Breeze Card Stock.  Cut out a 2" x 4" piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and stamp the shell images from the By the Seashore stamp set in Versarmark. Versamark makes a nice subtle background image, similar to creating your own Designer Series Paper. Attach this to the front of the pocket.  To create the tag, cut a 2" x 3-3/4" piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  Stamp the Woodgrain Background Stamp onto the tag in Crumb Cake.  Next, stamp the starfish in Versamark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I used Stampin' Up's Scented Embossing Powder in Melon. Rub over the image using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink, then wipe clean with a tissue. Ink the edges and add the sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners and cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits Die.  Finish with a piece of linen thread tied in a knot. 

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