Simply My Digital Studio Challenge

I belong to a Facebook Group called Simply My Digital Studio Challenge.  What a great group!  Kimberly Van Diepen and Heather Summers run this group and they are premier MDS’ers!!  Anyway, they posted a sketch this week and it took me all week to get to it but I got it in!  If you are on Facebook and you want to learn more about MDS, this is an AMAZING group!!  Join it today!!

The photos have been taken over the years of my friend, Cathy Casey and I.  Every one of these photos were taken at airports.  Usually at o’dark thirty!!  We travel to Stampin’ Up! Convention and Leadership just about every year!  This year we drove to Convention together!  What a hoot!!


List of supplies (each link opens a new window):

And another… Convention Make ‘n Take

Here’s another fun project that we got at Convention!  This one uses the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes.   Put a lid on it and conceal your gift!!  PERFECT!!  Feathers are VERY trendy this year and they are so simple to do.  Just punch a circle, put the circle back into the punch about a third of the way and punch again – you get a moon shape (watch what I do with it on Monday) and a leaf shape.  Fold the leaf in half and snip really close together at an angle… fluff your cuts and VOILA! You have a feather!  Super cute!


List of supplies (each link opens a new window):

Stunning CASE’d Card

I CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything) a card from Shelli Gardner (she’s the CEO of Stampin’ Up!) today.  This card was a lot of work.  I am pretty sure I did things that they didn’t (I know I colored the whole butterfly) but since I didn’t hold the card, to see exactly what they did, I used my instincts.  I have to say, I LOVE this card; hard work and all! Yes, it has EVERYTHING to do with the butterflies!!

What you may not be able to tell is that this card is a “pop up” card.  Meaning, every time you open the card, the butterfly wing opens!  The middle picture shows it best.  This card uses a lot of stamp sets and supplies.  It’s definitely a “special occasion” type card!  I watercolored with Blender Pens and Ink Pads to color the butterflies.  I also “spritzed” with an aqua painter and ink refills.




Supplies list (each link opens a new window):

Another Convention Make ‘n Take

Yes, believe it or not, I did make a few more make ‘n takes this week in my frenzy of creating (I still have a few more to go)!  In this one, we took a “flat” bag and turned it into a gusseted bag!  All it takes are 3 score lines!  Brilliant!!  I like the way this came out!  I wrapped the ribbon around the flap of the bag, since you have to adhere the ribbon to the bag.  If you wrap the ribbon around the entire bag, you wouldn’t be able to open it!  Anyway, I liked the way it came out!


Just a few words about the stamp set used here!  Tag It is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  For every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 per set!  This year’s set works with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies!!  What could be better? You donate to a great cause, you get a great multi-event stamp set and you can use the framelits with it!  Win-win in my book!!


List of supplies (each link opens a new window):

Convention Make ‘n Take

When it comes to public stamping, I just can’t seem to do it.  I am not good at sharing supplies!  *grins*  So, when I go to Convention, I tend not to do the make ‘n takes.  It’s just me and my weirdness.  So, the card below is NOT my design.  This was one of the Convention make ‘n takes.  Now, on the day that I stamped this card, I was having a marathon stamping day!  I stamped 4 cards in about 4 hours.  That’s unheard of for me.  Three of the cards that I stamped were of my own design (that’s the incredible part).  I was on a roll!

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At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked this card or not.  I like it MUCH better in person than I do in a photo.  Anyway, I thought it was super cute and thought I would share.

List of Supplies (each link opens a new window):

Playing with MDS… Again!

Earlier, I told you that MDS has become an obsession again!  It’s so easy to just open a program and have all of your stamping supplies right there!!  To clean up my mess, I only have to close the program! LOL!!  Today is a rainy day in Colorado Springs.  It’s actually hailing and thunder-storming pretty loudly.  I back-up my work quite often so I’m not to worried about losing my stuff! LOL


This layout uses the following downloads:

While I didn’t use a photobook template for this page, I did use a BUNCH of the products that comes with it, DSP, stamps, embellishments, etc.  This page is of me and my three roommates!  We had an awesome time at Convention.  I can’t imagine spending my time without these fabulous ladies!  (Though, I would probably skip the clothes shopping part, if I could!)

My Swap Card – Convention Team

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, we have the opportunity to purchase product from the next new catalog earlier than customers.  This is one of the those times.  The new Holiday Catalog is going to be live August 1st.  So, here is a card that I did for an organized swap of the team that I belong to, Stampin By The Sea.  We exchanged cards at Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah.  #convention2013.  There are a lot of details in this card.


This “Thanksgiving” themed card uses a TON of new product.  New DSP (Sweater Weather #132184) – New Punch (Chevron Punch #132154) – New Ribbon (Burlap #132140) – Two new stamp sets (Harvest of Thanks – #131739 (clear) or #131736 (wood) and Truly Grateful – #131733 (clear) or #131730 (wood)) –


Do you see the splatter in this card?  Have you tried this technique?  All you do is put about 25 drops of re-inker into an aqua painter, fill it up with alcohol and squeeze to load the brush.  You can either tap the aqua painter on your finger over the desired area, you can flick it over the area or you can squeeze the liquid directly over the desired area.  It just depends on the effect you are going for – be sure to practice on scrap paper before you do it on the finished product.  The more re-inker you use, the darker the spots.

Ok… Here’s what I really wanted to show you though.  Have you ever thought of coloring your buttons?  This is another neat thing you can do to spice up your card!  Check this out:


These are the Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  Normally, they are Very Vanilla in color.  However, you can color them with ink (I patted mine in a Crushed Curry ink pad) and then emboss them!  Easy peasy!

For the things you can get now, the list is below. (the links open new windows and give you more info – plus you can put it in a shopping cart to purchase):