Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I am so lovin' the new My Digital Studio!!!

Oh my goodness! This program is so easy to use! This is the first project that I created and I am so excited! It took no time at all, except that I had a really hard time choosing from all the elements there are. This was made from scratch, I chose all the elements and placed them where I wanted. I have done two more layouts using a template that is available. So far I am in love!!! I had heard that it was easy and boy they weren't lying! I have never tried digital scrapbooking before and I am computer stupid for the most part, so I was a little skeptical, especially when I couldn't get it to install at first. Turns out that my computer was totally screwed up and it had nothing to do with the software. So, now my computer is back to normal (well as normal as it gets with a kid using it all the time, lol) and I can play, play, play with this new product! I gotta take some more pics to work with now. And then fight with the kid to use the computer, lol!
I still have to take pics of the cards from Saturday's card class and post them, so be on the look out for those as well as the other projects that I made with the My Digital Studio. And if you are interested in the software, I will be absolutely delighted to help you order it!
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin', or Scrappin' or Craftin', which ever the case may be!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Merry Christmas ornament

This is a Christmas ornament that I made using the Top Note die cut, just like in the last post with the Boo Banner. The base is a piece of chipboard covered with a piece of SU! designer paper that has been retired. I am trying to use up all my scraps and retired stuff to make room for NEW stuff!! The sentiment is from Good Cheer. I love this set, it's so cute and sweet, even though there are only 3 stamps in the set. My first attempt at coloring the Santa and reindeer stamp in the set wasn't too great, but I will make it into something this week anyway. I stamped the sentiment on Old Olive with Timber Brown Stazon and distressed the edges. I adhered a scallop punched piece of Real Red to the bottom and added a frayed piece of ribbon above it. The ribbon is called Sleigh Bells. I just frayed the ends by pulling a few threads. The holly leaves are stamped on Old Olive, colored with markers, cut out and mounted on top of the ribbon with pop dots. I added a Jumbo Eyelet to each top corner and then thread the same ribbon through and then added brads to hold the ends of the ribbon together. And voila! A sweet little Christmas ornament! I want to make several more like this for the upcoming craft fair.
I had my second card class of the month at out local leisure center. Only one lady showed up, but it was well worth it. She loved everything we made. That is what I love about being a SU! demonstrator. Inspiring even one person is so gratifying. I love sharing this little bitty craft with other people!
So that's it for today. I have to take pictures of the other cards and projects I've been working on so that I can share them with all of you!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I made this for an upcoming craft fair. I used the Top Note die cut and various other die cuts. I also used some of the retired SU! designer paper that I've been hoarding. The other papers I used are Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black and a little Barely Banana (behind the pumpkin to make his eyes, nose and mouth show up better). The base of each piece is chip board cut out with the Top Note die cut and then the dp over that. The ribbon that holds it all together came in a little pack from the "T" store. The scallops are cut out using die cut from another company. I hope SU! comes out with something like that soon!
As many of you have probably heard, Stampin' Up has changed the demonstrator agreement to add a few new rules that basically restrict us from mentioning competing company names or having links to competing companies on our blogs, email, ect. Which is fine with me because I am somewhat of a Stampin' Up snob. I have yet to find stamps or paper or many other products we sell that are better. I mean, SU!'s quality is great! Plus I do get a discount :) There are a lot of demonstrators that are upset about it, but it is their perogative to quit if they want. I can tell you that I won't be quitting any time soon. It just seems like good business to promote "my" business instead of sending people to the competitor. This will also explain why my blog looks a little different. I deleated my blog roll because, again we are not supposed to have links to other companies and I don't know what content might be put on someone else's blog. Maybe that's taking it to the extreme, but I wanted to be "safe". I may add another blog roll at a later date. There are several blogs that I read or look at just for inspiration. I hope that my blog is that for some of you. I promise to try to post a little more often than I have lately. Life has just been getting in the way of stamping and blogging. But I will try to do better.
I have started a new card making/paper crafting class at my local Leisure Center, so if any of you live in my area (Lexington, SC) and would like to attend, they will be held at the Lexington Leisure Center every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 and the cost is $15.00. That means my next class is THIS Saturday!!! I will post the cards that I created for this class over the next few days.
So, if you are still with me, sorry it was such a ramblin' post today! I get a little carried away sometimes :)
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I haven't been blogging lately because......
I am working on getting my daughter's room cleaned, painted, new flooring and decorated.........
to set up as my new stamp space!
Well, she's going to share her bedroom with me. She has moved into the dorms at Columbia College which is about 20 minutes away from home and took almost everything with her. She wanted to make it as homey as possible. Her room is pretty barren right now, only a bed and night side table, while I paint and install the laminate flooring. It will still be her room when she comes home on the weekends and over the holidays. She is such a sweet girl to allow me to take part of it over. For the past two years my craft area has been in the tiny little foyer in my house. I am excited to actually have a little more room to create in. I will post pics of before, during and after as soon as it's all done. I may need a little break for my knees to recover from laying that flooring, but I will post some new creations soon, too! Until then, wish me luck for a speedy room transformation!