Just a Litte Tweet!

So did anyone else think "Easter" when they first saw this year's Sale-a-Bration DSP? I sure did, it even made me "tee hee" a little as I LOVE easter! I love everything about Easter...maybe it's because I'm a spring baby or maybe it's because of the chocolate. It could be that you get to hunt for treats or that you get to paint eggs, I don't know, I just can't narrow it down to one thing... I love every thing about it!

Today's card was created with framelits and punches and came together really quick.
My chickadee was created with the new Starburst Framelits. I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged it with Crushed Curry Ink.

Her beak: Pumpkin Pie cardstock, sponge with Tangerine Tango ink, was created with the Mosaic Punch and trimmed to a point. To create her eyes, I used the circle punch from the Punch Pack and the medium size circles from the Owl Punch.

The base of the card is made from a Note Card, which I shaped with an Oval Framelit. I simply placed the Oval framelit over the fold of the card. I also cut out my DSP with the Oval Framelit.

My greeting is from the stamp set: Delightful Dozen and is stamped on Pistachio Pudding cardstock. I cut it out using a die from the Circle Card Thinlits.

The flower embellishments were punched out of the DSP using the flower punch in the Punch Pack. My ribbon is the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and the "Nest" is created with the 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon and Linen Thread. To get the ratty nest look, I tied linen thread down the length of my ribbon and then cut and frayed it.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and makes you think of spring... Which in London ON, doesn't seem to be on it's way ANY time soon!
Happy Creating everyone!

Birthday Party Under Construction!

Well it's official! I am in full party, planning mode! My little man turns 2 in less then 2 weeks and I've got a slue of idea's bouncing around in my head!

Matthew made it pretty easy for me to decide on a theme ...he wears his hard hat A LOT and he ALWAYS has to go to bed with baby AND his dump truck... Yup, a construction party it is!

Yeah! Love it! I get to use one of my favourite downloads: Bday Under Construction!
First thing... Invitations!
Everything on my card is from the kit.

My information is done with the fonts: Boston Traffic and Joy Like Sunshine Through My Windowpane.

I found the wording from a card on Pinterest, isn't it cute?

For my card, the blue in the kit was a little dull, so I used the recolour tool (and in some cases the crop tool), to change the blue to Pacific Point. I think it really brightens it up for a 2 year old's birthday.

To print them, I created two 8.5'' X 11" pages. One had two copies of the front and back, the other had two copies of the inside. I then sent them to my local printer and had them printed double sided. All I had to do was cut them in half once printed!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating as Always!

MDS Embellishments!

**UPDATE** October 17th 2015
Stampin' Up! has discontined MDS and everything affiliated. So I have posted the video below.

Wow! 2 post in one day! Lucky you. I have something fun to share, and I wasn't quite sure on what day I could share it!  So I had this post prepared and then posted regularly in the meantime! Anyways...Todays cards are a little bit of stamping, and a little bit of My Digital Studio!
My embellishments are from MDS, but they're not just printed on... they are true, actual, plastic embellishments! Do you remember when you were a child, colouring on a plastic sheet and then watching it shrink in the oven? Well that's exactly how I made them!

It's true! They make Shrinkable Plastic that can be printed on!

My embellishments are from the fun download: This and That Retro Fresh Embellishments and Retro Fresh Washi Tape .

I printed them on "Shrinky Dinks" Shrinkable Plastic, cut them out, shrunk them in my toaster oven and Voila! How fun is that!?!

Would you like to learn more? Well then you're in luck, as I have more to share with you!
About two months ago I was invited to be a guest blogger on My Digital Studio. net. They asked me to create a hybrid project and scrapbook page. I decided to create a keychain using MDS and shrinkable plastic! So Jump on over to mydigitalstudio.net and check out my post. You wont be disappointed! I've included instructions and a step by step VIDEO!!! I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to see what you create!

Sale-a-Bration Birthday

Hello everyone! Did you have a good week-end? Did you get any crafting time in? I can't say I got much crafting in but I did get caught up on a lot of odds and ends.

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for my friend, who celebrated her birthday just this past week-end.
This card uses 3 great Sale-a-Bration Items: Banner Blast Stamp Set, Banner Punch and the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.

I stamped all of my banners on Whisper White cardstock, in black Stazon ink. I coloured in the polkadot banner with the Pool Party Marker. The star is stamped in Summer Starfruit ink and the flower is stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

I used Whisper White Bakers Twine for my banner's rope and attached it using Silver Mini Brads. I made 2 little bows out of the twine and attached them on top of the brads. I decorated each one with a Rhinestone embellishment. I then let the rope hang naturally and stuck on each banner with a Dimensional, making sure to stick part of the rope underneath. My greeting is stamped in Black Stazon Ink and is from the stamp set: Fabulous Phrases.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

February Paper Pumpkin: One Bag or TWO!?!

Omigoodness! Did you get this months Paper Pumpkin yet? I couldn't believe how much was in this month's kit! You wanted more and Stampin' Up! listened!

What do you think about the Photopolymer stamps? I love them! I love that you can see through them and I love how well they stick to the block.

If you didn't receive this months paper pumpkin, It was a bag kit with enough materials to create five of these lovely bags (pictured above). It included, Pistachio Pudding Ink, 2 circle stamps: one polka dotted and one striped, Wisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Bakers Twine, Mini Clothes Pins, and Die Cut embellishments. I think it's an absolutely adorable kit!

Well, you know me, I just can't do the kit and leave it be... No... I have to play... and I'm glad I did! I took one big bag and created a small one!

You can create 2 little bags out of 1 larger bag. You will have enough handles, clothes pins and die cuts for each small bag. If you wrap the twine around your small box, like I did, you will need to add some of your own, as it takes up one whole piece of twine.
Well, I hope you like my take on this month's Paper Pumpkin and I hope it inspires you to "play"!

Interested in Paper Pumpkin? 
Right now until March 31st any new subscriber will receive the "In Colour" Marker pack for FREE!  Check it out and sign up HERE! (make sure to switch it to CANADA)

Have a great week-end and happy creating as always!

Anne's This and That Retro Fresh Blog

Hello! Happy Family Day, Happy President's Day or just Happy Monday to you, depending on where you live!

Sorry for the late post but I was out of town today, picking up my boys from Grandma and Grandpa's! Yep! I was kid free for the weekend and as much as I loved having some quiet, uninterrupted time to myself, I was missing them by the end. 

Today I'm sharing something a little different. Today I'm sharing a blog design! My friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator: Anne Grangerwanted to give her blog a fresh new look and asked if I could help her out. She told me that she really liked the new This and That Retro Fresh downloads and Washi Tape, so that is where I started!
She asked for her blog to be clean and simple and I think I accomplished that. I designed several different components to give her blog a whole new look. I created the blog header, buttons, title headers and a post signature. I also created a "Stamp with Anne" base for her weekly colour challenges, which you should see this Wednesday.
Once I had all of the components in place and just the way we liked them, I played around with the settings of her blog and coordinated her font colours, lines and backgrounds.

So, if you have a chance, jump on over to Stamp with Anne and let me know what you think. Don't forget to check out Anne's wonderful creations too!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a wonderful day!

Paper Pumpkin Extras!

One of the great features of Paper Pumpkin is that you receive all the materials you need in one little box. You always receive more then you need and January's Paper Pumpkin was no exception! Stampin' Up! included tons of extra sticker embellishments, including ones that weren't even used in their project!
I had so many left that I decided to make Valentine's Day cards for my boys. Since I was out of card bases, I used my note cards. I love these! They are the perfect little size and come with matching envelopes!

I used the stamps, ink and embellishments from January's paper pumpkin and then added a few rhinestones. I think they turned out cute and make a great little duo.

Interested in Paper Pumpkin? Right now until March 31st any new subscribers receive the "In Colour" Marker pack for FREE!  Check it out and sign up HERE!

January Paper Pumpkin

So yesterday I received notification that this month's Paper Pumpkin was on it's way... What!?! I never got around to last months paper pumpkin! Oops!

January's Paper Pumpkin was a love theme, right in time for valentines day! I love the three little stamps that were included in the kit - the word "love",  a row of arrows, and a heart speech bubble.

I love it when paper pumpkin is a card kit. I can do a couple of the cards Stampin Up's way, (because lets face it, they're the experts) and then I can play a little and create something of my own. My first picture today is the original January paper pumpkin project. I love the die cut cards and the added doily accents. The kit called for 4 cards, 2 of each design. I made one of each design and then played around to create two of my own.
I hope you enjoy my two takes on January's Paper Pumpkin Kit. I can't wait to see what this month will bring!

Not a Paper Pumpkin member yet? Sign Up Here! and get your own little creative break delivered right to your front door!

Happy Creating!

Hybrid Alligator, Take 2!

I really hope you're not getting tired of seeing this little alligator guy because I am absolutely love'n him!

I cropped this alligator from the digital stamp brush: See Ya Later, which is available on the SAB, digital ensemble, download.

Using the colouring tool, I coloured his eye, black and his teeth, white.

I then copied him, flipped him and placed him above my original alligator, making sure their eye's and tail's over lapped a little. I used the align tool to make sure they were lined up with each other.

The spots: Decorative Dots, which is also on the SAB digital download, are coloured Lucky Limeade with an opacity of 30%

In order to see the white teeth, I had to place a black punch behind them.

I then printed out my alligator onto Whisper White card stock, cut him out and continued to embellish. Please see my tutorial below for complete instructions.
Other materials and tools that I used are:
*Red Glimmer Paper
*Linen Thread
*Banner Blast Stamp Set
*Banner Punch
*Heart Punch
*Circle Punch from the Punch Pack

Have a great day!

Hybrid Alligator

Good morning and Happy Monday. I hope that you had a wonderful week-end and that you were able to get some creative time in. I'm happy to say that I was able to get some "Kid Free" crafting time in yesterday, with a few close friends. Good crafting, good food and good company. I couldn't have asked for a better day and was worth how tired I am today.
So did you know that you can play with all 4 Sale-a-Bration Stamp sets, the Decorative Dots embossing folder image, Sweet Sorbet Designers Series Paper and the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack for one $60 purchase? Yep! One of the free Sale-a-Bration items is a Digital Ensemble of Sale-a-Bration product! I love it!

Today's card is created in My Digital Studio, using the stamp brush set: See Ya Later. I absolutely love the crop function in MDS as it allows you to cut bits and pieces out of your stamps and embellishments as you see fit. Today's hybrid card only uses the one stamp: See ya' later, Alligator... I just simply cropped the alligator out of the image and used him on his own and then used the greeting on it's own.

I copied and pasted Mr. Alligator 20 times and arranged him in rows to make it look like he was walking back and forth.

To get him to face the other way, I selected my alligator and then clicked on the mirror tool.

To get my alligator to "fade away" I selected each alligator and changed it 's opacity in increments of 5%. So the darkest one is at 100% opacity and the lightest one (under the heart) is at 5% opacity.

When I finished my design, I printed it out on Whisper White card stock and mounted it on a Gumball Green card base. To add a little sparkle I punch out a red glimmer heart with my owl punch.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Good Thoughts!

Yesterday was a big day for me. It may not have been much for others, but for me,
it was.

I've been working towards some new goals and yesterday was a step forward. It was really important to me and my wonderful friends must of known that, because they took time out of their busy lives to wish me luck.
When making this card last night, I had to smile. My friends were sending good thoughts my way yesterday and that meant more to me then they will ever know.

The saying is from the stamp set: Perfect Pennants, and is one of the reasons I purchased this set. I stamped my greeting in Black Stazon ink, on Crisp Cantaloupe card stock . I then stamped the heart overtop in Crisp Cantaloupe ink. I cut my greeting out, using the Chalk Talk Framelits. The film strip was created using the new On Film Framelits(Love these!) and filled with the new Sale-a-bration DSP: Sweet Sorbet. I added little random hearts here and there, that I punched out using the Small Heart Punch, and the Owl Punch. For a final little touch, I added some pearl accents randomly throughout my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

A Quick and Simple Card.

Hello and good afternoon! Today's post is going to be a short one, as I'm super busy, prepping for an event!  I needed a little break, so I' thought I would step away from prepping for a few minutes and share a REALLY quick and REALLY simple card with you.

I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for rainbow colour schemes. I don't know what it is, but there's just something about them, that makes me smile!

I create today's card with the chevron thinlit from the Label Card Thinlits. I die cut out the chevrons from my base and then added in the colour ones. Love it, no guessing if they are lined up or evenly spaced, I just had to place them in the holes!
Then I added my greeting from the "Just Say'n" Bundle.
Easy Peasy!

Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green and Pacific Point card stock.
Black Stazon Ink

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating as always!

Marja's Request!

Happy Monday everyone! About a week ago, I was able to get together with some friends and have a nice little visit. While there, my friend Marja, pulled out her stamp: People Like You, and said "Here, stamp this out a few times...I want to see what you do with it..." I don't really remember what her motivation behind it was (something about it being a single stamp), but I think she challenged me because she knew this wasn't really my type of stamp. ;)

Well, I'm always up for a challenge, so I borrowed some card stock and stamped away! I had NO idea what I was going to do and the pressure was on. Marja posted an AMAZING card using the same stamp, only days before on her FB page.

So I got home and stared at the image...

Yep, I had no idea what type of flower this was and I had no idea what colour it should be... So I thought I would play around with shading, and try to make it look like it was a black and white image.
I like to do most of my shading with a blender pen and marker. In this case, I coloured Basic Gray onto my acrylic stamp block and picked up the colour with my blender pen, I then started colouring, just as if it was a marker. I started in the darkest areas and worked my way out. I eventually added Basic Black to my blender pen to get my darkest area's black. (If I had started this card, knowing what I was going to do, I would have stamped my image on Water colour paper to allow for more play room, but alas, I did not, so I had to play very carefully) 

After I completely shaded my image, it looked... gloomy. Ugh, not the look I was going for. So using some coaster board, I cut out an oval frame and taped it over top of my image. I dumped Dazzling Diamond glitter into the opening and then sealed it shut with a window sheet and sticky strip. Shake! Shake! Shake! The glitter clings to the window sheet! Then I mounted a Basic Black frame on top! Yes, much better!

I then added Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine and layered my greeting. My card was almost complete, but it needed a little something else.

I remembered seeing a pearl tinting technique on pinterest and decided to try it out. The only thing... the technique called for re-inkers to be used and I didn't have the Strawberry Slush re-inker.  I wondered if a marker would work and sure enough, it did! I coloured on a acrylic stamp block with my Strawberry Slush marker, I then added a few drops of Crystal Effects and mixed them together. Once I had an even mixture I coated my pearls with it.
It probably would have been easier to apply the mixture with a paint brush, but I was being lazy and just used my tooth pick. You do need to coat quickly though, because once the mixture starts to dry, it starts to gunk up.

Well, I hope you like the finished result. I'm pretty happy with it and I hope Marja likes it too!
Have a great day and happy creating everyone!

Valentine's Day Class! I hope you can make it!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Do you have cards yet for all of the special people in your life? Well I've got you covered! If you live in London ON, or surrounding areas, come on out to my Valentines Day Class!

Where: 125 Langton Road, London ON

When: Saturday, February 8th at 1PM or Monday, February 10th at 10AM

What: Make 6 Valentines Themed cards (2 of each design)

Price: $20

Message me at mdv@rogers.com if you would like to attend!