Monday, March 2, 2015

MDSM103 Road Less Traveled

Yapha is host for this week's MDS Monday, and her sketch has us focusing on our photo block.

I would love to have the Adventure Awaits stamp set from the Occasions catalog in download form, but alas, it is not available.  I had to create my own text box overlay.  I filled in the background with some subtle stuff to keep the focus on the photos.

This page is a collection of sights seen on daily bike rides when my daughter started up school full-time.

Here's this week's sketch.

MDS Elements: Madison Avenue, This And That Make Note, File It Fun - label 2, Game Day - splatter 2, Natural Composition Overlays, Glimmer DSP - red; Font: KG Eyes Wide Open, The Skinny Bold.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Sheltering Tree

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with a popular set from the Occasions catalog, Sheltering Tree.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Nancy Smith's blog.  She always has such fun projects!

Focusing on the bike image, I came up with this card.

I created a stencil with a window sheet on my e-cutter and sponged the background.  I may have gotten a little carried away with the splattering.

Stamps: Sheltering Tree; Paper: Whisper White, Stacked with Love DSP; Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Basic Black baker's twine, Window sheet, Aquapainter, Sponges, e-cutter.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what beauties Yapha Mason has put together for us with this week's stamp set. 


In case you missed it, here's a card I made in the past with Sheltering Tree.

New Sale-A-Bration Product!

There's exciting news!  Starting today, Stampin' Up! has released NEW Sale-a-bration product, available March 1 - 31.  How fun it is to earn new FREE goodies for the last month of Sale-a-bration.  For each $50 you spend, you can choose a free Sale-a-bration item, including one of these!  New accessories and printed vellum -- NEED!
(Click to see new SAB products brochure)

Here's a quick glance at the NEW Sale-a-bration product you can earn March 1 - 31:
For Being You
For Being You
In Color Accessory Pack
In Color Accessory Pack
Nature's Perfection
Nature's Perfection
Sheer Perfection Printed Vellum
Sheer Perfection Printed Vellum

Here's the rest of the Sale-a-bration offerings:
(Click to view PDF)

Make sure you grab yours before they are gone!

Friday, February 27, 2015

FM199 Faux Patina

Tara has a challenge for us this week, using the embossed embossing technique, on the Friday Mashup.

I took the technique a little bit further, using acrylic distress and sponge distress, to create a really vintage-looking background piece.  By adding various colors to age the piece, and then adding gold embossing, it gives a faux patina look.

Here you can see the nice gold embossing on the raised areas.

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with an "Antique Style, element or theme".
  • Create a project using the "Embossed Embossing technique" (tutorial) .
  • or Mash it Up! and create an "Antique project using the Embossed Embossing Technique".
Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Dude, You're Welcome; Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Thoroughly Modern DSP; Ink: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Versamark, Bermuda Bay reinker; Accessories: Gold embossing powder, 2-1/2 Circle punch, Sanding block, Sponges, Circle Scissors Plus, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, White acrylic paint, Dimensionals.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Introducing Paper Pumpkin Club & Giveaway

Stampin' Up has been coming out with some great stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kits lately.  Have you seen the ikat-styled stamps in February's kit?  I can't wait to play with those!  But, before that, I wanted to play along with the My Pumpkin Challenge.  This month's challenge is Love is in the Air.

This box isn't necessarily for Valentine's.  Who doesn't love a cute, tiny box filled with chocolates anytime?  I took Poodles triangular box and altered the dimensions to make it a little smaller.

And I've got news!  I'm starting a Paper Pumpkin Club.  Keep reading for all the details...

What is Paper Pumpkin? It is a monthly kit subscription with a fun surprise in the mail every month! $14.95 plus $5 shipping gets you a cute project, stamps, ink, embellishments, and instructions. You only need to add adhesive.

These kits are just as fun for experienced stampers, but are absolutely perfect for new and young stampers! If you don't have a lot of supplies, this is a great way to start.

What are the benefits of a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

  • Monthly fun in a box! No designing or measuring; just a fun project ready to go. Instant satisfaction... like video games for the crafting world.
  • Exclusive stamps you can only get by being a subscriber.
  • Through March 31, save $5 and earn a free Sale-a-Bration item with a 3-month prepaid subscription (see prepaid subscription table below). 
  • A subscriber also has the opportunity to purchase offered past kits.

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription
Price (Shipping Included)
 1 month
 3 months
$59.85 $54.85 (through March 31)
 6 months
$113.70 -- save $1 per month
 12 months
$215.40 -- save $2 per month

You will receive a subscription code which you will redeem at

What is Paper Pumpkin Club? For all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers, I will provide additional perks and resources: 

  • An additional project PDF, including color photos and directions, using current or past Paper Pumpkin supplies, to help make your investment go further.
  • A monthly printable stamp index to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamps.
  • If you are local, come over for girls' night out while assembling your Paper Pumpkin kits. The kick-off event is Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm.  Thereafter, we will meet the last Thursday of each month.  Please contact me for more information.  
  • Not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yet? No problem! Come over to try a Paper Pumpkin kit and additional project for a small $5 class fee. 
  • And a GIVEAWAY!!  I have one past Paper Pumpkin kit waiting to be sent out to a random winner who either signs up for a subscription or purchases any prepaid subscription through me through March 31, 2015.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Iron-Off Embossing

I participated in a technique page swap at the recent Binghamton Shoebox Swap, which is my way of getting my butt in gear for holding a technique class.  I love playing with watercoloring.  The iron-off embossing technique takes watercoloring and emboss resist an extra step - so fun!

To illustrate how crisp this technique will leave the embossed image when complete, here is the watercolored image before the iron-off step.

Notice how some of the watercolor will cover and fade the embossed sentiment.  And here is the finished product for comparison.

This is the greeting card we made using the same technique.

Stamps: Bravo; Paper: Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper, Copy paper; Ink: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Versamark; Accessories: Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Clear EP, Watercolor brush, Heat gun, Iron, Painter's tape.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals:

2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment by Stampin' Up!
2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Basic Black Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Basic Black Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Celebrate Easter Ensemble -- Digital Download
Celebrate Easter Ensemble - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine
Price: $3.50 $2.63
Night Of Navy 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Night Of Navy 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Simply Created Banner
Simply Created Banner
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Whisper White 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21

Monday, February 23, 2015

MDSM102 Daily Pages

Are you familiar with a daily or weekly scrap page, a page that documents a day- or week-in-the-life?  One specific example is December Daily by Ali Edwards.  In December, there are so many activities going on in that month, creating daily pages help document these busy times.  More generically, I think daily or weekly pages sprung out of Project 365, in which you take a photo every day.  Taking a daily photo frees you from having to frame the perfect scene, or document only important or exciting activities, and rather just photograph everyday life.  Society has embraced this type of photo-taking with the social media and selfie evolution.

Once you have these everyday photos, you need a format to tell the story.  Project Life layouts can be a great way to complete day-in-the-life or week-in-the-life pages.  In fun examples by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, you can see how she uses the date of the week or month to help tell the story.  One digital kit specifically designed for these type of pages is Daily December Memories Photobook Template, not just for December, and it was from this kit I took this week's example layout.  When building pages from scratch, Project Life downloads such as Hello December, Seasonal Snapshot, or any other pocket card download and Day to Day Stamp Brush Set are perfect.

My challenge to you is to create a daily or weekly page.  Make sure you use actual dates as part of the embellishments or pocket cards.  They can be in Project Life format or any other layout.  Don't feel you need to stick to the example layout here; I've included the link to the Daily December kit for more ideas.  The charm of the page is to just use daily photos of what you ate, where you went, what you did.  Nothing fancy, but just a fun way to tell the story of everyday life.  Can't wait to see what you create!

Here's my page -

I actually showed this page first, since it follows the layout, but this next page really shows off the every day feature of the daily page.

Our last day in Acadia National Park for the year, first snow, and I went for a quick run before hitting the road.  This page just brings back nice feelings!

MDS Elements: Daily December Memories, Watercolored Winter, This Makes Me Happy; Font: Arial, Capsies.

I started with the Daily December Memories kit for my pages right after our trip to Acadia, in fact on the drive home.  It was fun to fill in the daily memories.  But I wasn't quite capturing the generic daily or weekly page idea I had in mind to show you.  I happened to be poking around Ali Edwards's blog today and found an example page I wanted to use immediately.

Now, this is what I meant for the challenge!  I finally got this out; I feel better.  :)  I really love these kind of daily or weekly pages, and I would like to make more.  It is best to make them when the memory of the week is still fresh in your mind.  Ooh, that sounds like a daunting task!

MDS Elements: Love Story Project Life, Day in the Life, Days to Remember, Chillin Out Pocket Cards, Bookstagram; Font: Bodoni MT Condensed, Arial Narrow, The Skinny, 1942 Report.
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