Monday, April 30, 2012

New Scrapbooking Kits! {This Day}

I love scrapbooking! As far as papercrafting goes, it was my first true love.

Lately I've been doing a lot of digital scrapbook pages, but there's just nothing like putting the papers together, using printed photos, and adding gorgeous embellishments. So in the spirit of both traditional and digital scrapbooking, I decided to design some hybrid scrapbooking kits.

What's hybrid? No, it's not some greek mythological figure. :) "Hybrid" is taking digital scrapbooking elements and combining them with traditional scrapbooking elements.

I *love* the versatility of these sheets. First, they are 8-1/2 x 11" and fit in any standard three ring binder (I've seen some really cute ones at Target, and the office stores lately!) or album. And I love how you can swap the elements on the page and move them around to fit your pictures. Not to mention with the way these pages are set up YOU decide how many photos you'd like to use.

The {This Day} Kit contains the following:
  • One 8-1/2" x 11" pocket sheet protector
  • Six matching pocket cards designed in My Digital Studio and professionally printed by Stampin' Up! on their heavy cardstock with a matte finish.
  • One package of Stampin' Up!'s Basic Rhinestone Jewel Elements
  • One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of Sahara Sand cardstock
  • One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of Whisper White cardstock
  • A bag of pre-punched elements to add to each card.
  • A step-by-step instruction sheet that shows how to add embellishments to each card.
Colors used in this kit:
Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum & Rich Razzleberry

Due to Stampin' Up!'s ordering policies, I am required to place the order for the rhinestones after the kit is purchased by you, so your kit will be shipped to you a week to ten days after your kit is purchased.

The entire kit is only $10 (+$2 shipping) and can be purchased by clicking the image link below.

Still have questions? Check these answers out!

Will there be other kits, like for boys?
Absolutely! I'm hard at work designing other fun kits for boys, Birthdays, holidays, etc. I will be posting them as soon as I get them finished. When you are done, you'll have an album full of fun pages. You could even create your own to add to it!

I have lots of rhinestones left! What do I do with the extra embellishments?
Use them on other projects, or save them for future pages in your album!

Can I add embellishments of my own to the page?
Absolutely! This is YOUR page - I've just given you a jumping off point. Get CREATIVE! Included in the kit are two extra matching sheets of cardstock for you to use as you'd like.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Circle Circus CASE

There's been a lively discussion over on the Stampin' Up! demonstrators forum on CASEing. For those of you that haven't heard the term before, the acronym stands for Create And Share Everything. So if you make a card and post it online, someone might CASE (or copy) it. Copying sounds bad, but really it's not as long as the person copying gives credit where credit is due.

99% of the time I don't CASE. Not because I think it's a bad thing, I definitely DO NOT think that! I love that we're allowed to "borrow" ideas and designs to use for our business if we'd like. The reason I don't do it is that my brain just doesn't work like that. Even when following someone else's directions, I've never been able to follow them exactly. I have to make little changes. Make it my own. That's the fun of papercrafting for me.

But today's card is different - it's a CASE! I saw this card and 1) it used one of my absolute favorite stamp sets (Circle Circus), and 2) the colors looked AMAZING together! I knew I had to CASE it, if for any reason other than for my fellow Circle Circus lover, Connie Kuhn to see it. ;) The original card was created by Aimee Cretsinger and can be seen on her blog here. I changed the green from Certainly Celery to Pear Pizzazz, and changed a few other things, but MAN I love this card! Thanks for the inspiration, Aimee!

Don't forget!
Tomorrow is the LAST day you're able to order from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Summer Smooches Collection!
I also have an exciting post I will be making tomorrow with a NEW SCRAPBOOKING KIT!!! so be sure to check back tomorrow!

Friday, April 27, 2012

MDS Blog Hop - Sketch!

The My Digital Studio Blog Hoppers were challenged to do another sketch page this week, and let me tell you - these girls sure do know how to pick some fun sketches! (See the original below!)

This one was so cute. And ultimately there was too much stuff on it, but that's the good thing about sketches - you can do whatever you like with them! So when I didn't want to add the other tag on the left side (like on the sketch), I didn't have to!

Here's the original sketch - if you're a scrapbooker, try it out for yourself! :) And while you're at it visit the other MDS blog hoppers, I know I can't wait to see what they've all done with this one!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retiring Lists Are Posted!

Don't Miss Out...
And win some hostess benefits too!

It's that time of year again - when Stampin' Up! releases their retiring item lists for the year!
Here are the links to the Retire Lists - some of the Accessories are discounted, but sell out quickly so if you want something, be sure to get it ordered ASAP!

Click the links below to shop the retired items lists!

Be sure you have me selected as your demonstrator when you order to get the best pricing and your entry tickets!

Here's how you can win!
  • Get a raffle ticket (today 4/25/12 only!) for every dollar you spend, either in my online store or phone/email orders. Any hostess benefits earned will be raffled off at 9:00pm tonight!

Best of luck to everyone! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

You're Fantastic from Top Note Die

I love fast and easy cards! This one can be made in less than five minutes and is a very fun, colorful card for spring.

The base of the card is cut from the Top Note Sizzix Die, just fold your cardstock and cut the die a little lower than the top edge so your card fold will stay intact. Then build your stamped and punched flowers on top. Since the Top Note Die makes a smaller card base you can build your flowers over the top edge and some of the sides and it will still fit into an A2 envelope.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

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Friday, April 20, 2012

MDS Blog Hop - Grandmothers

Our MDS blog hop group was challenged to do something for Mothers and/or Grandmother's today. I'm a little (or a lot!) late in posting my creation, but hopefully better late than never.

I absolutely LOVE these photos of my husband's Grandma with our nephew, Gibson. He's such a little cutie and she is obviously so in love with him (as we all are!) Boy pages are so hard for me, and this one has a little bit of "girly" thrown in for fun. :) Thank you for stopping by and taking a look - and for patience while I got my post up tonight.

If you haven't already, don't forget to visit the other girls in the "hop", just click on each name and follow the numbers to see what everyone has created this week!

1. Jeanna Bohanon
11. Holly VanDyne (you are here!)

Friday, April 13, 2012

MDS Blog Hop - Sketch Page

This week for our Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio blog hop we created a CASE from a digital template on Jessica Sprague's site here. (And shown directly below)

I don't think I do simple very well. I think I always add too much to my pages. It's much to easy to get caught up in the moment and keep adding...and adding...and adding...

But I LOVE how this design lets you keep it simple even though every voice in your head may be shouting at you to "add more!" And I did it! Kept it simple, and I love how it turned out. I kept the gray too - with the colors in my photos, any other color overpowered the photos. The background papers are from the Walk in the Park digital kit. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Don't forget to check in with the other MDS Blog Hoppers today - I know I can't wait to see what they've come up with for this one! And try this design yourself - it was very fun and easy!

1. Jeanna Bohanon
11. Holly VanDyne (you are here!)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Birthday Banners

So can you tell from my blog that I like banners? No? Then can you tell from this card? :)

And I had a major mess-up when I made this - can you tell how I covered it up? Well, I stapled the big banners at the top of the card, and I hated it. So I took the staples out but then it left six holes. Bummer. I didn't want to start over - I'd done too much! So I made the top black and white cardstock scallops to put over the staple holes. Did you guess it?

I'm not sure if you can tell by the photo (natural light for tonight was LONG gone!) but the little scalloped banners and the hearts are popped up with Dimensionals. See you in the morning for the MDS Blog Hop!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mixed Bunch Thank You

I know I've mentioned how much I adore Pool Party and Island Indigo together. So much that I just can't stop using them. I'm addicted (and SO glad they're not retiring with the new catalog!)

I'm sure my team members will recognize this, it's a variation on the card we did at our play date last week. Colors used are Pool Party, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla. Sets are Mixed Bunch (flower is heat embossed with white) and Four Frames which inLinkz wouldn't let me add. UGH.

If you're coming to Jessica's workshop next Monday, this is one of the cards we will be making! :)

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