Sunday, October 27, 2013

Paper Sewing

There's nothing I like more than sewing on my cards (and scrapbook pages, now that I think about it). It gives my projects a finished look that I absolutely love. As you can see, I don't have a top of the line sewing machine. It does two stitches - a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. That's perfect for me because those are the only two stitches I would want to use. It's about 8 years old, I got it off of a Sears wholesale sale on Ebay way back then and I think I paid around $100 for it. Now I'm sure a similar machine would be cheaper. I don't clean it, I don't think I've done any maintenance to it, but it still works fantastically. Why? I think it's because I sew on paper, not fabric -- there's no lint to clean out or unclog from the machine. 
As I mentioned on my last blog post, I'm getting ready for a craft show and made a batch of sympathy cards this morning. I wanted to sew ribbon along the edge, but knew it wouldn't hold as well as I needed it to as I ran it through my machine so I just used a little adhesive to hold it in place before I ran it through. It will make the needle a little sticky but just clean it off after doing a few cards so your needle doesn't get too goopy. Regular adhesive works fine, but glue dots and sticky strip does NOT so be careful. I've sewed on many things in my day, it even will sew through Stampin' Up!'s window sheets.

And here's the final card! The Sympathy stamp is from the "Thanks for Caring" stamp set that is retired.. Usually I sell off all of my retired sets once they retire, because once something retires I can't demo it anymore. But I've kept this set because I love this "With Deepest Sympathy" stamp. And cards for a craft show seems like the perfect time to get some use out of it! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

This & That Scrapbook Page - MDS

When I joined the My Digital Studio design team they asked each of us to create a page in MDS that reflects our personality. I knew immediately which kit I was going to use. The This & That Epic Day kit has Holly written all over it (well, not technically).

My personality is pretty girly, probably thanks to my two daughters, so I love all of the sweet colors in this kit, especially that beautiful pink! I love all of the pieces and parts in this kit, too. The little pink banners were so fun to string along the top and add some stitching to hold them there. The letters for "girls" was from the Epic Overlays kit.

I had my foot rebuilt in the beginning of June and haven't made a paper card since then. Well, that's going to end today. I signed up for a craft show at our school and hope to have lots of cards made to sell, so we'll see how that goes. I'll be sure to share some of them here on the blog when I get them done. I'm FINALLY looking forward to breaking out the cardstock and ink (and all of the other fun little doo-dads that go along with it). Yay for stamping!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - Happy Page

Ooooh, I love black and white. Everything looks so classy in those two colors, doesn't it?

This week for the MDS Blog Hop we are showing what we've been working on. Recently I purchased the Eastern Elegance DSP download, not only because of the gorgeous designs but because I fell in love with this gray pattern and knew I wanted to use it for the family photos we've just had taken.

Here are the digital supplies used:

     Eastern Elegance - 9
    Downtown Grunge - frame3
    Mis-Stitched - white 5
    Blossom Builders Kit - banner 1
    Staple & Stitching, Chocolate - Simple Stitches circle 4
    Torn Edges - distressed scallop
    Yippee Skippee - you can never have too much happy
    Rounded Corner Punch (included in MDS)
Are you ready for the next project created by the always talented Jeanna? Just click on the 'next' link below to follow the hop and thanks for joining us!

Monday, October 21, 2013

An Announcement and an MDS Project!

I have an exciting announcement today!
I was asked by Stampin' Up! to be a part of the new My Digital Studio design team!  I'm sure you know how much I adore the MDS program, so this is quite an honor. They are revealing two design team members every other day on the MDS blog here - and my reveal day is today (along with my sweet and talented friend Amber). They asked each team member to create a page that reflects their personality so you'll see that on the MDS blog as well. I can't wait for you to meet each of the new DT members -- they are AMAZING (and I bet you'll see a few familiar faces on it, too!) so be sure to check the blog each day!

I also have a quick, fun little MDS project to share with you today.
I don't get a chance to do it very often, but I love leaving quick little notes in my girls lunchboxes. When I saw the Do Your Best kit, I knew it would be perfect for my little lunch notes to them. I just took the pre-designed notes, added the pictures, recolored the arrow element, added a new stamp from the Seriously Awesome set to the "Love You" card and printed them. I even added a few jewel accents to Audrey's once it was printed. Just a few minutes used for what I hope will bring a few smiles to my little ladies when they open their lunchboxes this week!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - Christmas Banner Bags


A bunch of us have joined together over the past two years to share our passion for digital designing with Stampin' UP's My Digital Studio. We have new designers that have joined us - WELCOME CORI, JULIE B. and ELIZABETH RUSH!  There are now 10 of us on the team!  These ladies are ridiculously talented in MDS and I'm so excited to be on this Blog Hop with them! You will find us blog hopping on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month! We will have a "theme" selected on the first hop and then a "What we are doing in MDS" on the second hop. Also new, is the hopping method. Just click on the NEXT button and it will take you to the next person on the hop. We hope this inspires you to get into My Digital Studio and start creating! Would love to hear what you think of our "new" hop and projects, so please take a moment to let us know in comments.

Our blog hop challenge for today was to make a project for the upcoming holidays. I chose the Christmas holiday ( name is Holly, right?) ;) Let me start by saying that even though my name is Holly and share the name of the bush and berry, I am SO not a fan of the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. Give me blue, give me pink, you can even mix some green in there and I'd be OK with it but not red and green together. I think I'm burnt out. So when I saw the Christmas Banner Simply Created kit I fell in love.

I used the rosettes and stacked them on top of each other (making the top one a bit smaller). And that cute little kraft colored tag? It's from the Neon Notes kit! And the Merry Christmas stamp is from the All Holidays stamp set. I printed them out, cut them out, attached them to the front of the bags with stampin' dimensionals and added a non-digital Frosted Finishes Embellishment and it's ready to hold a cute little Christmas gift! I'm thinking I'm going to use these for my teacher gifts this year.
Are you ready for the next holiday project created with MDS? Just click on the 'next' link below to follow the hop and thanks for joining us!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Celebrating World Card Making Day - MDS Style!

Happy World Card Making Day!
This is a super-quick card I made to celebrate today.

Have you seen the new postcard printing options yet for My Digital Studio? I am completely in love with this one - it's the Artisan shape.

I used one of my favorite kits (Hello There) to create a card in the new shape. As a teacher, I am ALWAYS in need of Thank You cards especially around the holidays so I'll be getting these printed ASAP. And the postcard will be fantastic because I'll just be able to hand write my note to the recipient on the backside.

To create a postcard using the new Artisan shape or the also new Scalloped shape just open My Digital Studio (you may need to check for an update if you haven't in the past week) and create a blank 5"x7" postcard then go to:


That will give you the shape guides so when you design your postcard you will see the highlighted area for your shape. Don't put anything important in the gray area, or it will be cut off when the card is printed.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy what's left of World Card Making Day!