Some “Throw Back Thursday” Fun!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

We are over the hump and heading into the weekend … it’s a good day! I thought it would be fun to share some scrapbook pages that I created many years ago when I first started demonstrating.

Times and embellishments have changed greatly since then, but the photos and memories we save will always touch our hearts. I admit, I prefer the “hands-on” approach to scrapbooking vs. computerized.

In the spirit of “Throw Back Thursday” … do you remember Button Bear!! Very, very popular when I started stamping.  Here he is helping my grandson celebrate his birthday!

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Not sure AJ would want me scrapbooking him with Button Bear anymore … he’s more into BMX bikes!

Here is another page done with a camping stamp set. Now I would use the “Project Life: Let’s Get Away”. One of the sayings in that set is “To Live is to Travel” … I think Shayla would agree to that. I think I instilled the love of traveling into her.

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I really do miss that swirl stamp for my pages though … I always thought that looked so cool!

My last page is another birthday … Cassie’s first! I haven’t done a monochromatic page in a while, and now most of my pages are done in the 12 x 12 format.

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With so many birthday stamp sets to choose from, it wouldn’t be hard to create a page. Two of my favorites are “Birthday Yay” because of the numbers and “Sweet Stack” just because I think it’s so much fun.

I think it’s time to begin sharing a little more scrapbooking here on my blog! It’s not something I’ve done much of. Any of these pages could easily be done on a 12 x 12 layout or the Project Life style (where you just pocket photo’s, cards and embellishments.

You can watch this short video to learn a little more about Project Life …

I’ve shared the links to the products I mentioned in the post with you below. Just click on them for more information.

I definitely need to share some updated scrapbook pages … two of these grandchildren are in high school and the other has graduated to make me a great grandma! How times flies.

Thanks for stopping by ~

Happy Thursday!

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Photo Tips From Becky Higgins

Hello Stampin’ Friends, Today I have a special post for my scrapbookers … Photo tips from Becky Higgins.

Becky has designed “Project Life” … a fabulous way to scrapbook, I’ve posted videos before to introduce you to Becky. She has also partnered with Stampin’ Up! to bring her scrapbooking ease to Stampin’ Up!s amazing designs.

Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy …

Photo Tips From Becky Higgins

Ever wondered how to improve the pictures you take? Check out some tips on getting those great, every day shots from Becky Higgins.

Those are great tips for scrap booking!  We sometimes overlook the obvious but then later wish we had captured those moment.

My favorite tip was using the different angle shots!  I’ll be using that one for sure.

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did.  I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for the Weekly Deals!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of our Bonus Deals! You can save up to 30% on even more Weekly Deals, or up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack (while supplies last), but remember: Weekly Deals discounts are available in limited quantities before the items return to retail prices, so contact me (lindaluvs2stamp@aol) before the deals run out!

I will post links for you tomorrow that will direct you to the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack.

Have a good day ~

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Let’s Get Away …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Just a quick post today as I share an easy way to scrapbook … Project Life. We are so excited that we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs.

If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

Your most important souvenir from any trip is your memory album! Get caught up with your memory keeping and use Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! The Let’s Get Away Card Collection is bright, whimsical and loads of fun. Get yours today… Just click on the links below!

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Easy … Simple … Why not scrapbook your next vacation.  Here’s a tip … bring the cards along on your trip and have your kids write down their experiences that day.  Then you can just slide them into place and add photos!! Done … and Done!

Thank you for stopping by. Tomorrow I will have the card “From Land to Sea” as promised yesterday.

Have a good day ~

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or purchase separately …

S-A-B Product of the Week… In Color Accessory Pack

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

First, I hope you are having a great day, second I’d like to say that the stamp set that was used in yesterday’s card was LOTUS BLOSSOM. Correction made, now I can go on with my day – LOL.

I have some cute card samples for you today from our Inspired by Blog ….

Check out our new buttons and twine for a real good time! The exclusive, limited-time In Color Accessory Pack gives you 25 yards (total) of Thick Baker’s Twine and 30 buttons (total) in our 2014-2016 In Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist. Accent your projects, add bows to your packages, and revel in our sweet In Colors!

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sAMP2Ahhh … here you see the buttons and twine teamed up with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Paper … Love this stuff! My fingers are crossed that they put this in our Annual Catalog next year!!

SAMP5On this sample … the buttons and twine are brought together with one of the Project Life kits! Project life kits are a great way to get some quick scrapbooking done, and it looks fabulous.



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I think this is my favorite … love that she used the word framelit and the Irresistibly Yours Specialty paper.

Speaking of favorites …. You were right, the Petite Petals Punch is my favorite of this weeks Weekly Deals bunch 🙂

We want to thank our talented artist, Janet Wakeland for sharing her cards with us.

Thanks for checking out my blog today ~

Happy Wednesday!

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Scrapbooking Road Trip …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I am going to share with you another one of my favorite items off the Weekly Deals list.

I love the Typeset Alphabet Dies … there is so much you can do with these, especially if you have school kids.  My grandkids use them for their school projects all the time!

Here a just a few of the projects I have made with my stampin’ groups.  For my first project, let’s go on a little road trip…

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We used the alphabets as designed, by cutting out the letters, but we also used the reverse or negative of the alphabet to highlight the “R” in Road Trip.  You will also see the use of the Top Note die in the lower right hand corner.

Let’s see where our road trip is taking us ….

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Wooo Hooo, a Badger Football Game!!  You can’t get any better than that!  I made this page with my granddaughter Shayla for a demonstration I was doing at a local college.

Now … wasn’t that a “HOOT”!

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Nothing like a good road trip down memory lane.  The Typeset alphabet worked perfectly for our scrapbook pages.

I have reposted the Weekly Deals so you can view them again.  Don’t forget we also have the Blowout Sale and the Clearance Rack!  So many deals … so little time.  The new catalog is right around the corner.

 

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We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 130132
Regular Price: $21.95
Discounted Price: $16.46
3-1/2 Inch Circle Originals Die Item # 121811
Regular Price: $17.95
Discounted Price: $13.46
Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die Item # 121813
Regular Price: $11.95
Discounted Price: $8.96
Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper Item # 126917
Regular Price: $12.95
Discounted Price: $9.71
Full Heart Punch Item # 119883
Regular Price: $16.95
Discounted Price: $12.71
Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die Item # 127553
Regular Price: $89.95
Discounted Price: $67.46
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123128
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96
Spring To Life Kit – Digital Download Item # 133026
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $5.97

 

You can click on any of the items descriptions to view more details or begin your purchase.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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Project Life … Getting Started!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Some of you know that I am at my 2014 Annual Spring Retreat, but I didn’t want to miss a post, so I thought I would share with you one of our Concept Artists thoughts on how to get started with Project Life  …

Project Life: Getting Started!


I am a Project Life convert through and through. I first heard about Project Life a couple of years ago by reading Ali Edwards’s blog. I was so intrigued by the whole concept. It seemed so simple to focus on taking photos and recording memories—something that I had been struggling with in my personal albums.I have loved memory keeping for a long time but I just dabbled in it because it overwhelmed me. I am such a perfectionist, and I would spend hours and hours on my scrapbook pages. I had so many photos and so many memories I wanted to record. There was never enough time to document everything, and I was always so behind.

After having my first daughter in 2009 I got really jazzed about recording our new journey. I started a baby album and tried so hard to stay on top of it, but I was spending too much time on it and getting nowhere. After a little while I pretty much gave up because I was so behind and overwhelmed by the whole thing.
When I came across Project Life I knew I had my answer. I love everything about Project Life. I love all the pockets that can so easily be filled with memories and photos. I love all of the predesigned pocket cards. I love that I can get so many of my photos off my computer and out for my family to look at. I love that I have a place to document the simple everyday moments along with the big ones. I love that I have a place to save all of the little ticket stubs and mementos that I gather. I love adding fun little embellishments to my cards and photos when I have the time and I need a creative outlet. I love that if I just want to get my pages done quickly, I don’t have to fuss around with embellishing things . . . but my pages still look great. Everything about Project Life makes me happy.

If you are new to Project Life, I have put together a few tips I have learned along the way to help get you started recording your life.

Take photos with intention. What are the things that you want to remember? If you made something awesome for dinner . . . take a picture of it. Did you have a fun girls’ night out? Take a picture! Did you go for a walk with a beautiful sunset? Take a picture. We all know to take photos of the big, important events in our lives, but I think the simple moments in our lives are just as meaningful and important to document.

Decide which approach works best for you. Do you want to record your life on a weekly basis, on a monthly basis, or just whenever? There is no right or wrong way to do this. I like working on a monthly basis and adding inserts when I need to, but that might not work for you. Play around and have fun finding out what makes this process of recording your life the easiest and most enjoyable for you.

Jot down the things you want to remember. Carry a notebook in your purse, write ideas in your phone, or write in a journal at the end of the day. When you come across a quote that moves you . . . write it down. When your kid says or does something that you don’t want to forget . . . write it down. If you had a great day . . . write it down. This makes it so much easier when you want to add journaling to your pages.

Save things from your life to include in your album. A tag from your shopping spree, a bag from your favorite boutique that you can cut down to fit into a pocket, happy mail, a birthday card, a ticket stub from a good movie—there are so many fun ways to include bits and pieces from your life.

Set aside time to work on your pages. Make it a priority in your busy life to sit down and get your memories written down and your photos printed off. Doing tasks in chunks is easier than trying to do everything in a big marathon session. Take an hour to go through photos and print them off. Later, sit down for another hour to write down memories onto cards and slip things into page protectors. Take another hour or 30 minutes to play around with embellishing and getting creative if that’s what makes you happy. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just have fun, and in the end you will have something that you and your family will cherish forever!

Arika B.
Concept Artist

Thank you Arika for sharing!  Project Life products are available right now, so head on over to My Stampin’ Store and check them out!  Stampin’ Up! will be introducing additions as time goes on.

My “Project Life” shipment arrives on Monday and I just cant wait to get started and share with you.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a super Saturday!

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Project Life is now available!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

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If you haven’t already heard, Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins (the scrapbooking guru) Wait!  Don’t turn away just because you don’t scrapbook!  Our new Project Life can change that for you.  Hear me out …

I began scrapbooking in 1998… I love creating pages, but I will admit, it takes time.  In fact, I haven’t done any scrapbooking for years!!  However this scrapbooking system is for busy people like us!  It coordinates, it simplifies and it’s beautiful.

And for you avid scrapbookers… don’t turn away either, this is a perfect start to a page you can still fully embellish and make your own!

I am posting all the products for you to view.  You can purchase at my ON-LINE STORE (CLICK HERE).  All orders over $50 will qualify for a special gift from me and a copy of the brand new 2014-15 Annual Catalog FREE.

Use Hostess code ..  MCJMH42Y  .. when purchasing.

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It’s simply fabulous … don’t you think!?  I love it, and love the fact that I can be back into scrapbooking again.

Here’s Shelli (CEO & Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!) and Becky Higgins to tell you more about Project Life …

Still not sure?  That’s OK … there’s more!!  I will be sharing how you can turn those pocket cards into real cards!  There is 100 cards in the bundle (YES… 100) and it’s only $15.95!  My stampin’ ladies know that cards and scrapbooking are totally transferable!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PROJECT LIFE GOODIES!

Use Hostess code ..  MCJMH42Y  .. when purchasing.

My order is in, and I can’t wait to share with you!!

Thank you so much for stopping by …

and have a great day!

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Some Bunnies Hidin’ the Eggs!

Hello my Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am going to share with you my 2014 version of the “Easter Egg Hunt” scrapbook page I shared a couple days ago.  I didn’t realize that some of those punches had retired… but I love the way this page turned out!  What I did realize is I’m really missin’ my scrapbooking group … I’m on a mission to get another club together for next year.  Let’s scrap ladies!!

I began my page with “Marina Mist” cardstock as my base.  Then I cut two 1-1/2″ x 12″ strips and created my finely mowed lawn with the new “Fringe Scissors”.  You can find it in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog.

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My eggs were punched out of our Silver Glimmer paper with the Extra Large Oval Punch.  Then I went a little crazy coloring the eggs.  I started out with the colors I used on my card a few days ago … the Old Olive, Rich Razzelberry, and the Tempting Turquoise.

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Oh but you must have many different colored eggs … so I grabbed the Melon Mambo and Marina Mist … they looked good too so I also tried the Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango!  I did find that you can “spritz” the glimmer paper and sponge dauber your color on … it went fast!

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While my eggs were drying, I created my bunny.  I used the Oval Framelit for the bunny butt, and the Boho Blossom punch for his tail.  His head was created with the 1-3/8″ circle punch.  The ears (2) were punched with the Large Oval.

The bunny tail and ears were fluffed with the bone folder (just give the cardstock a bit of a curl).  It adds some additional dimension that works well with the layers of grass.

I did size him up … and he will fit onto a card front!  Wouldn’t that make the cutest Easter card!?

I created the little chick also from the extra large oval, cut out his beak from a piece of scrap, and created his eye by coloring a pearl with a Sharpie™.

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Hope you enjoyed my scrapbook page today and that it inspired you to do a bit of scrapbooking!

Have an awesome day!

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Here are the supplies I used to create today’s scrapbook page … You can click on them for more details on the products and / or to purchase.  Thank you 🙂

 

Weekly Deals … My favorite!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am going to share with you the weekly deals announced by Stampin’ Up!  Can’t believe the items on this list!

I will tell you that my favorite is the Season Style 8 x 8 Designer Album.  It’s a great size and if you pair it with the Season of Style Journaling Tags … you will get your Holiday Book done in no time at all.

The tags were created to coordinate with the album and slide nicely into the page openings…. all you need to do is add pictures and a bit of journaling.

Keep an eye on my blog as I will be posting a few pages from my Season of Style Album.  You will see a full description and photo of the item when you click on the highlighted (pink) item.

So without further ado … here are your weekly specials:

Weekly Deals

December 17th – December 23rd.  WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

Gold Metallic Encore Pad

Encore Metallic Gold Pad Item # 132141
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Silver Metallic Encore Pad

Encore Metallic Silver Pad Item # 132142
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent 
Item # 132159

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Season Of Style Designer Journaling Tags

Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags
Item # 132808

Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71

Pretty Presents Designer Bows

Pretty Presents Designer Bows
Item # 132186

Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96

Blast Off Ensemble -- Digital Download

Blast Off Ensemble Digital Download
Item # 130862

Regular Price: $19.95
Discounted Price: $11.97

Build A Banner Refill Kit

Build A Banner Refill Kit Item # 132699
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Naughty And Nice This And That Rotary Stamp

Naughty And Nice This Rotary Stamp
Item # 132278

Regular Price: $5.95
Discounted Price: $4.46

Seasonal Stripes 8" X 8" Designer Ring Album

Seasonal Stripes 8″ X 8″ Designer Album
Item # 132259

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Gold & Silver Stampin' Glitter

Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter
Item # 132205

Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit

Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit  Item # 132697
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46

Snowflake Season Simply Sent

Snowflake Season Simply Sent Kit
Item # 132176

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21

Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Raspberry Ripple 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon
Item #126845

Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71

Extra-Large Gift Box

Extra Large Gift Box Item # 132147
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96

All Dressed Up …

Hi Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are enjoying the weekend.  A bit cold here, but the sun is shining and that is good.

I took the day off yesterday to get some well needed house cleaning done … it was a good day!  I found 2 gift certificates and $10.  I think that will work well for Christmas shopping and a treat for myself.

Today I wanted to share with you some projects that I had done with my clubs and on retreat.  First I’ll start with the card …

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I cased this card and feel it is the perfect card for a Sweet 16, special birthday or your BFF.  I used the “Dress Up” Framelit Die and “Fabulous Phrases” stamp set.  What I love about Fabulous Phrases is … you can create your own greeting by lining them up on your clear block.

I will admit, I had some help with the “Clear Mount Perfectly Placed Guides” … these are clear guides you can stick onto your clear blocks to help you line up your images.  Click on the link to see what they look like.

I used the “tulle” from last year’s Holiday Catalog … but you can use anything you have around the house or pick up at the fabric store.

Next, I took the card idea and turned it into a scrapbook page for my scrapbook club members.  I loved that little dress so much I couldn’t help but share this idea.  As you can see I used the “Flowering Flourishes” stamp set on both the card and the scrapbook page.  It adds a touch of beauty and fills up some of that blank space.

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We used the “Polka Dot Parade” for the dresses and banners, and on the next project.  I chose the Bold Brights collection, I love that you have so many color choices in these packages.  It allowed my club members to choose the colors that suited their page.

I created a “mirror” by using the “Apothecary Accents” Framelit Dies.  At the time I created this, we did not have the “Silver Foil” that you can now find in the Holiday Catalog … that would really make it look like a mirror (how cute!!).

Last but definitely not least, I’m sharing a quick and easy 3-D project that we made at our Spring Retreat.  I saw this done before but with too many steps involved, so my version is super simple.

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All you need to do is fold your Designer Series paper in half.  Now, when placing your die… bring the shoulders of the dress above the fold (this will prevent it from cutting) and will give you that “tent” effect.  Now just simple use glue dots to attach the dress to the candy.

If you are making these for a birthday party or bridal shower … you want quick and simple!  Your guests are going to love them.

I think I may have to try a “Holiday” theme, maybe with a bit of red and white!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Enjoy your day.

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Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card …

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 PRICE

 DESCRIPTION

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$24.95

Dress Up (Framelit) Die

 131998

$24.95

 Flowering Flourishes – WOOD

 126367

$17.95

 Flowering Flourishes – CLEAR

 128577

$37.95

 Fabulous Phrases – WOOD

 120501

$26.95

 Fabulous Phrases – CLEAR

 126902

$10.95

 Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper

 127003

$24.95

 Apothecary Accents Framelits

 119247

$4.95

 Pearls (Basic) Jewels

 121785

$5.95

 Clear Mount / Guides

Clicking on the item number will link you to my on-line store.

The Most Wonderful Time to Save …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

More exciting offers from Stampin’ Up!  They are celebrating their 25th anniversary in a big way and it’s hard to keep up with all the fabulous promotions!

If you have ever wondered what the “My Digital Studio” Digital scrapbooking (and more) was all about … Check This Out!

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October 29 – November 30:  MY DIGITAL STUDIO 30% OFF

30% OFF select My Digital Studio products.

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6a00e54f95df928834019b006fa464970dNov 1 – 8:  DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING DAYS

The official Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, November 2. But one day just isn’t enough, so Stampin’ Up! is celebrating for eight!

You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy this product … it can be used for anything, so take the time to sit back and enjoy all the wonderful things “My Digital Studio” can do for you.

Here’s what you can look forward to… and it packed full of great tips and information!

  1. Guest bloggers: A talented group of demonstrators, customers, and designers from around the industry will share project inspiration on the MDS blog.

  2. FREE download: Be sure to check in on Saturday, November 2 to get your freebie.

  3. Videos: Stampn’ Up! will share some more ideas with training videos to help you get started.

  4. Daily deals: Every day, there will be a new download for 50% off!

  5. Challenges: Use the daily deal download to create a project for your chance to win free downloads. (Upload your samples to the MDF gallery with the matching tag to enter.)

Here’s the list of daily deal downloads: 

  • 11/1 Amped Up Ampersands Kit

  • 11/2 Hello There Kit + FREE Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set

  • 11/3 All Time Fave Photobook Template

  • 11/4 Modern Medley Overlays Kit

  • 11/5 Be Brave Pocket Cards

  • 11/6 Nobody’s Business Photobook Template

  • 11/7 Autumn Traditions Kit

  • 11/8 Afternoon Daydream Kit

Join Stampin’ Up! every day for all the fun.  It’s all happening at MyDigitalStudio.net!

Like I said,  there is so much going on, don’t forget the …

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If that’s not enough …

Our two new holiday bundles are available today! These bundles are excellent for packaging treats and small gifts this holiday season.

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The Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle (item 135811) includes

  • Stamp a Tag Kit

  • Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)

  • Decorative Window Gift Boxes (6 boxes)

The Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle (item 135812) includes

  • Stamp a Tag Kit

  • Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)

  • Extra-Large Gift Boxes (3 boxes)

Tag It Bundles are only available through November 19.

Is this crazy savings or what!  I know there is a lot going on at Stampin’ Up! and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I’m here to help you with your stamping and scrapbooking needs.

Have a most awesome Wednesday!

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New Photopolymer Stamps and Scrapbooking Share …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Just released …

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Like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner (hopefully you’re in the “like it” camp). Either way, you’ll want our brand-new Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set so you’re prepped with festive greetings for all the little gifts, tags, and holiday projects you’ll make this season!

Personally, I love snowflakes (as long as they don’t pile up on my driveway) … they are so easy to create cards and scrapbook pages with them.  And if you live in Wisconsin like I do, you can use them for almost 6 months out of the year!  Besides, the greetings are simply irresistible!  So whether you need tags, cards or scrapbook pages … this stamp set will have you covered!

Stampin’ Up! has several stamp sets in the Photopolymer … check it out here! (Click on link)

My project share today are 3 scrapbook pages I did as a class at our local Historical Society.

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You could easily substitute the new “Endless Wishes” photopolymer stamp set snowflakes for the ones I used on my “Winter in Washington County” page.  I used 3 different shades of blue to create some depth in the stamping.  The technique you see is the “Triple stamp” technique.  See More Here

I love using stamps in my scrapbooking … it gives you so much versatility and depth.  Any of our stamps work great, but the clear photopolymer stamps seem to be just the right fit for scrapbooking.  You could also turn this wintery scrapbook page / technique into a beautiful card.

The pages you see here are quite simple, but my focus when teaching has always been to highlight the photos, along with your journaling … they should really tell the story.  Your stamping and embellishments should compliment your photos, not hide them.

Hope you enjoyed today’s share.

Thanks for dropping by.

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TWO 4 TUESDAY: Scrapbook page & Fun Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I missed you yesterday.  I was off catching up with friends, preparing for my upcoming Holiday Retreat, and just life in general.

So, today I will share 2 projects!  First is a Fall Scrapbook page, and the second is a fun technique that I shared with my clubs last year.

My fall page is all about the beautiful colors of fall.

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The leaves were created with the “Autumn Accents” Bigz die (127812) found on page 192 of our annual catalog.  This die makes collecting leaves quick and easy.  You will also see the “textures” on some of the leaves … a little roll through the BigShot with the “Perfect Polka Dots” embossing folder and the Core’dinations (129956 / pg.157) sandable cardstock – Neutrals collection.  Yep, a little sanding highlights the texture by exposing the core color which is lighter than the outer layers.  Simple to make … just add your pictures and some journaling and you have another page done!

My second project is a cute fall card using the “Faux Tile” Technique:

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I did create this card last year.  If you have not noticed, we have discontinued the glossy cardstock – which I used here.  If you don’t have any left in your stash … go to any office supply store and purchase the glossy photo cardstock, it works the same.

You will need the “Simply Score” Scoring Tool (122334 / pg.178) for this technique.  By using the  glossy cardstock, you eliminate a couple of steps from the original “Faux Tile” technique.  Cut your cardstock to the desired size for your card.  Place onto “Simply Score” tool and score every 1/2 inch.  Turn carstock 45 degrees (on it’s side) and score every 1/2″ creating a tile pattern.  Now, just simply stamp your images onto the card.  I used the “Gently Falling” (pg.65) stamp set.  My final step was to brayer over the entire piece … careful not to push too hard, you want your “grout” lines to show.

If you don’t have access to the glossy … you can use our Whisper White, score, and stamp, the next step would be to lightly tap your VersaMark pad onto the tiled area (Not too hard … you don’t want VersaMark in the creases).  Then emboss with clear embossing powder.  This will give you a that real tile / grout look!  Just takes a bit longer than the “simple version” described above, but stands out a bit more.

I’d love to hear what you think about this technique.

Thanks for stopping by … I will be back tomorrow with another fun project.

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Friends are the flowers …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I wanted to share a scrapbook page with you.  It is one that I did with my Scrapbook Club last year.

September kicks off my 2013-14 club sessions, and it’s so great to see all my stampin’ friends again!  We may start out as strangers at the beginning of the year, but by the end … we have made new friends.  Oh yes, and we have learned some fabulous stampin’ techniques too!

My color pallet for this page was inspired by nature.  Next time you go to the Farmers Market or grocery store, take a close look at the colors … this page was inspired by an eggplant.  I used Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive … and think they look beautiful together.

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The beautiful stamp used comes from the “Flowering Flourishes” stamp set found on page 118 of our Idea Book & Catalog.  I began with stamping Old Olive ink onto the Old Olive Cardstock … color on color produces a rich and beautiful image.  If you prefer a more subtle image… you can use your VersaMark® pad instead.

I then stamped my image, using the Old Olive onto the white cardstock to really make the image POP!  To highlight the flowers on the stamp, I punched out flowers the “Boho Blossoms” punch.  The Boho Blossom punch can be found on page 183 in the Idea Book & Catalog.

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To add some fun dimension to my flowers … I hold them in the palm of my hand and the push the tip of a pen into the center.  It curls up the petals and leaves a perfect mark for me to place my rhinestone.

Using the rhinestones ( pg.171 / 119246) finishes off the page so perfectly.  This page could be used for “friends”, for a wedding page, your grandmother or mother …. for almost any occasion, and how beautiful.

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I just used my computer and “Word” to create the verse on the page … each of the white squares are 3 x 3, except for the center and the Elegant Eggplant mat which measures 3-1/4 x 3-1/4.

Don’t forget, you can take this scrapbook page and turn it into a card.  Inspiration for our cards, scrapbook pages and for our color pallets can come from anywhere…. just stop and take a look around you.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

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Dress Up Day …

Hello Stampers ~

It’s that time of year … prom, graduations, weddings and more!  So, I have the perfect scrapbook page for the girlie side.

I created this page for my “Stamp-n-Scrap” club.  Once I got my hands on the “Dress Up” framelit dies (130101) I fell in love with them… like a little girl with her first Barbie!  It’s dress up day!

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The “Polka Dot Parade” (126902) Designer Series Paper made it easy for dress up, as did the beautiful pearls (119247) used to “accessorize”.  I borrowed the tulle as an item of the last Holiday Catalog for the little black dress.  The used the “Apothecary Accents” framelit (127003) die to create an illusion of a mirror.  My base colors used are Basic Black and Sahara Sand.

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To draw your eye around the page, I stamped the beautiful images from the “Flowering Flourishes” stamp set: (C – 126367 / W – 131998).  I think it suits this page so nice… Perfect for a Sweet 16 page!  What do you think?

To balance out the page, the banners were added using the “Polka Dot Parade” Designer Series Paper.  The page is now ready for your pictures.  Choose your layout … and don’t forget to journal.

Here’s a tip:  If this is your daughters Sweet 16 or prom page, let them write down their thoughts for the special event.  Then in years to come those thoughts will trigger the precious memories of that day!

Enjoy your day!

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