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So, I am just loving My Digital Studio (MDS) if you can’t tell!¬† ūüôā¬† I decided today that I would start playing around with possible Christmas photo cards.¬† This card is not the one I will send – can’t share that until it gets mailed!!!¬† We still have to take a new family picture, but I wanted to get an idea for how it might look.¬† The great thing about MDS is that you can make your own Christmas photo card.¬† You know, the ones that are like a card on a picture – like a postcard, and people usually get them from Wally-World and other such places?¬† Well, I got so many last year that I thought maybe it’s time I jump on the bandwagon and do something easy so that it’s not just one more stress at this time of year that’s supposed to be about something else – not about the shopping and to-do lists….¬† I am going to look into how much it will cost to send the finished card to a photo shop to have them reproduced so that I can do it locally and do it one at a time until I get one that I like.¬† I am fairly certain that they do make 5×7’s in most stores that print pictures, so that’s the size I’m sticking with in MDS.¬† We’ll see how it turns out!!

PS – this was one of the “Designer Templates” in MDS so all I did was insert my picture, add some¬†stitching to the ribbon¬†and add the text!!!¬† Gotta love that!!


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So, have you gotten a chance to see what is inside this FABULOUS Mini Catalog?!?!?¬† Are you going to place your order right now using my Ordering Button to the right?¬† Well, in addition to the amazing seasonal stamps, papers, and accessories, Build-a-Bear die cuts, necklaces and more,¬†is ‚ÄėMy Digital Studio‚Äô‚Äďan amazing digital scrapbooking software.¬† This¬†software is for¬†so much more than just scrapbooking.¬†¬†You can make greeting cards, calendars, flyers, photobooks, story books for your children, hybrid projects and even blog headers and backgrounds!!¬† The possiblities are vast.¬† It will be available on October 1st for customers to order, but one of the perks of being a demonstrator for SU! is that I already ordered¬†it so that I can play with it before I open my home to let YOU come check it out!!!¬†

One other note, the Simply Adorned Charms are currently unavailable to order. There were some quality issues and Stampin’ Up! only accepts the very best for us. I will¬†keep you posted when they become available.

I want to mention the fantastic special going on NOW¬†for hostessing¬†a workshop which will make you want to schedule one with me right away!¬† From September 1st ‚Äď November 30th, host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10!¬†

After My Digital Studio is released on October 1st… host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50% off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97)!

Has it been a while since you‚Äôve hosted a¬†workshop in your home?¬† I would love to WOW you and your friends with some holiday projects!¬† I live in Delaware, but am willing to drive a bit for a workshop‚Ķ ask me about where you live!¬† There are (almost) no bounds for me when I’m asked to help get some creative juices flowing!!


*This offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.

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It’s GREAT.¬† Check it out.

Just click on the picture to download and view the BRAND NEW Holiday Mini Catalog or find it located in my right side-bar when you come back and visit in the future.


Enjoy.¬† Contact me to order.¬† Have it shipped straight to your door by clicking on the “Order SU! Online” button to the right.

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Here’s the little ornament that I posted earlier today.¬† I had a lengthy explanation about it – that I gave it to my sister, and how I made it, but I will forgo that since I just want to get it posted again and hopefully you will “see” it.¬† I’m sure you’d rather not read my normal essay anyway! ūüėČ he he he Let me know if you get this e-mailed to you via your preferred subscription method.¬† I would appreciate it!!

ETA:¬† Below the picture are step-by-step (lengthy) instructions.¬† I love to talk – would you expect anything else!!! ūüôā


Stamps:  Merry & Bright
Ink:  Black StazOn, SU! markers
Accessories:  heat tool, Sticky Strip (to adhere ribbon), red gingham ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen (to adhere glitter), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Krylon acrylic sealant

The ornament is fairly easy to make. Here’s what I did:
1.¬† Stamp image in black StazOn on Domino.¬† You could use other colors of StazOn, but I have never tried stamping in any other ink other than that so I don’t know how it would do – if it would bleed, be permanent, etc.

2.  Heat set the image with your heat tool.  I usually do this for about 30-60 sec. depending on how large the stamped area is.  Allow it to cool.
3.  Using Krylon clear acrylic sealant, spray a VERY fine layer onto the domino in a well-ventilated area.  I typically do this outside on a piece of newspaper.  I hold the spray at least 30 inches away from the domino to ensure that it is a fine spray.  I usually test spray in the air to ensure that the nozzle is spraying a fine mist and not any large droplets.  If it is, you simply need to spray it some to remove any clogs.  Also, a good rule of thumb is to turn the can completely upside-down and spray until nothing comes out when you are done using it so that it is stored with no paint in the tube. 
4.¬† Allow thin layer of Krylon to dry about 5 min and then spray one more thin layer on it.¬† You should be able to see a different sheen to the domino where the Krylon has “landed” so if your coverage isn’t very good, you can spray one more layer.
5.  Using your heat tool re-heat the domino for another 30 seconds to ensure that they Krylon is dry.
6.¬† Color in any parts of your image that you want using the fine tip end of your Stampin’ Up! markers.¬† I’ve never tried any others, but would assume they should work – even a Sharpie should work and might even bleed less.
7.¬† Immediately after coloring part of the image in one color, heat the colored part for 20-30 seconds with your heat tool and then take a Kleenex and very carefully lay it over the image and press your finger down without any side-to-side movement to remove any excess ink.¬† I do this until pressing does not remove any ink.¬† If I’m not satisfied with what the image looks like after doing so, I touch it up.¬† Do this with all remaining coloring to be done.
8.  After last of coloring is done, heat the domino for 20-30 seconds again for a final heat set and then you will spray it again with your Krylon acrylic sealant in the same method as listed above, for 2 coats Р3 if needed.
9.  Apply 2-way Glue pen to parts that you want glitter and immediately dip in your Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
10.¬† Put strips of sticky strip that are 1″ long around each of the 4 corners.¬† I find it unnecessary to wrap the entire outer edge of the domino in Sticky Strip.¬† Wrap your desired ribbon around the whole domino tying the loose ends in a bow at the top.
11.  Slip ornament hook beneath knot of bow to hang on your tree.
That’s it!!¬† Hopefully the steps make sense.¬† I tried to explain everything I could think of as if you had never done any stamping like this before. If you’re familiar with stamping on tiles or some other such surface you may want to do what you’re familiar with.¬† As you make these you may also find better ways of doing things, or ways that suit you better.¬† Do what works for you!¬† Happy stamping, and I would love to see what you create!!!

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Aren’t these blocks cute?!?!¬† I had so much fun making them!



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DSCN5313 This ornament uses my Big Shot, Circle 3-D Ornament Bigz die, some papers from the Go. Be Creative. November kit (Green Tea and Ginger) that you can see HERE, some ribbon (Riding Hood Red Taffeta), some buttons from the GBC kit, some white crochet thread, and some glue and glue dots to adhere everything together.  I thought it was funny – okay, sometimes little things make me smile, that my oval-shaped ornament is made up of circles (the pieces of paper) and triangles (the shapes that the circles are scored and folded into).  He he he….or not, I guess if you don't think it's kind of ironic.  Hope you like it!!

As for tomorrow, I will post in the evening my CBC02 card.  Hopefully some of you will play along!!!!  I feel kind of lonely in the challenge right now.  Check out the challenge and the GORGEOUS wedding cake that is the inspiration piece.  The reason for posting later, is so that you, I and everyone, can


PS – Having to use my hubby's computer so I can't edit my photos at all.  Sorry for the photo tent background!!!

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Well, these boxes aren't for pizza, but they are for goodies, gifts and scripture quotes for my girls during the 12 days before Christmas.  I knew Emma would like the elegant, traditional Christmas colored one, and I created the Pink and Cocoa one specially for Sarah.  She loves pink right now and I knew it was what she would want.  I showed them to her when I was done and asked her which one she wanted and without hesitation she picked the one I had made her.  I don't know what I would have done if she hadn't picked it - made another of the red ones I guess!!!

Where did I come up with these boxes?  From Splitcoast Stampers!!  The Technique Lover's Challenge (TLC189) this week was to make these mini pizza boxes.  If you check out this link to TLC189 you can find the directions and a template for making them yourself. I was amazed at just how quickly they came together and they end up being 4×4.  They're SO adorable!!!

I wanted to show you different views so that you can see the ribbon I adhered to the sides.  So, click on the pics for an up-close view and see below them all for the recipes.





Emma's box:
  Snow Swirled, Holidays & Wishes, Happy Everything
Paper:  Riding Hood Red Textured CS, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White CS
Ink:  VersaMark, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive marker
Accessories:  Gold detail embossing powder, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, 1" and 1-1/4" circle punches, Designer Label punch, Alpine ribbon, paper piercing tool

Sarah's box:
Stamps:  Snow Swirled, Holidays & Wishes, Happy Everything
Paper:  Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White CS
Ink:  Close to Cocoa and Pink Pirouette classic ink, Close to Cocoa marker
Accessories:  Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, 1" and 1-1/4" Circle punches, Designer Label punch, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain, paper piercing tool 

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