Friday, August 31, 2012

Disney Magic Projects: Day 4

So I've definately decided that I add to my own stress levels before trips by adding additional projects to finish before we leave.  This is one of those projects.  I decided that I may have the need to write thank yous or other notes while on the cruise and of course they needed to be Disney themed to I came up with these quick and easy note cards (so easy I made 10 of them in 30 minutes).

I started with a cardbase of Whisper White and added a piece of Polka Dot DSP that I cut with flag tails.  Then I punched out three circles using the 2 1/2" circle and 1 3/8" circle punches and ran them through the Big Shot with the Cheveron embossing folder (just like my earlier post on the door magnets).  The final touch was to add a little bow made with 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.  I was going to add a thank you stamp but since I thought I might use the cards for things other than thank you's I decided to leave them blank.
These turned out so cute I'm so happy I made time for this project.  I hope you've enjoyed all these Disney projects and hope they've added a bit of Disney magic to your day.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Disney Magic Projects: Day 3

It's another beautiful morning!  As I was doing research for our cruise I discovered the DisBoards website which is a forum for all things Disney, including cruises.  They have pages set up for each of the cruises where you can start to meet up with families who are going to be on your cruise long before you board the ship.  This is also where Fish Extender exchanges are organized.  For those of you who do not know what Fish Extenders are they are unique to Disney cruises and people hang customized pockets next to their doors (under the fish ornaments) and people drop off gifts all during the cruise.  So of course I had to sign up and committed to making 40 gifts.  So given by love of scrapbook and papercrafting I decided to make mini scrapbook albums out of CD cases.

I used MS2 to create the cover (Kimberly Van Diepen has a great tutorial on how to make mickey heads on the program you have to check out).  On the inside I have a Top 10 list that each family can personalize and punched out a Mickey head with a punch.  The scrapbook is an accordian fold and is decorated with Disney scrapbook paper (found at a local craft store).

We also added Mickey rhinestones to jazz it up and I created tags for each of our port destinations which were punched out with the Modern Label punch

Here's another close up of the pages.  I love how these turned out even if they do take up an entire suitcase.  I can't wait to see how people like the albums and it'll be so easy for families to remember this trip by simply triming some pictures and gluing them in the album.
This would make great gifts for any type of get together or something you want to remember.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Disney Magic Projects: Day 2

It's certainly another magical day!  So as most people know we're huge Disney fans and everytime we go I make Aidan a special autograph book so he can collect character autographs and then I add the matching pictures with the characters so Aidan can enjoy his Disney memories whenever he wants.  So this year Aidan decided he wanted a circle shaped book which was a breeze with the Scallop Circle No.2 Bigz die.  I cut lost of pieces out with Basic Black cardstock and added a piece of Disney designer paper for the outside cover with chipboard.  The letters are Daffodil Delight cut with the Timeless Type Junior die.  The date was cut with the same die and Black glitter paper I had in my stash.  I used the crop-a-dile to punch a hole and added a binder ring to bring it all together.  Several pieces of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon tied in knots help finish off the project.

On the inside of the book I added circles of Whisper White cardstock that I cut with the Clear Circle Bigz die as the perfect area for character signatures.  The opposite sides were left blank  so they're all ready for pictures. 

I love that Aidan still likes to see all the Disney characters and meet them all and it's even better that he really likes these little projects I can make him.  Well we're off for another fun day and I can't wait to see what new characters we meet on this adventure (there are supposed to be lots of pirate characters, can't wait!)

Have a great day,

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Disney Magic Projects: Day 1

Good morning!  We had a long night last night, but our vacation has officially started, yeah!  Since we're going on a Disney Cruise I've been working on several Disney themed projects for the cruise that I'm going to be sharing with you this week.  This first project is name magnets for our stateroom door.  On Disney cruises guests have a lot of fun decorating their doors with magnets so I new I could whip some up quickly with the Big Shot.  These Mickey heads are cut out with the Clear Circle Bigz die for the head and the 1 3/4" circle punch for the ears.  Then I ran all the pieces through the big shot with the Chevron embossing folder.

I used Real Red cardstock and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (retired) and added a bow with Daffodil Delight 1/4" grosgrain ribbon for the boys and Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon for the Minnie bow.  These turned out so cute and will look great with the photo magnet we had made.  I'll make sure to take a picture of our fully decorated door to share when we get back.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Early Christmas Greetings

Good evening.  It's been awhile since I've shared a project and we've been busy getting ready for our upcoming family vacation.  Tonight I want to share the Christmas card we made in last weeks Stamp-a-stack.  This card is nice and simple but a real stunner and uses tons of new items from the Holiday Catalog.  The card base is Lucky Limeade and then has a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock on top that I stamped in the bottom with the Greetings of the Season stamp set.  The designer strip is made from Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso Cardstock, and Champagne glimmer paper that I punched along the edge with the scallop trim border punch.  The final touch is the so cute snowflake with the new Snowflurry Bigz die cut out of Real Red and Lucky Limeade cardstock with a large pearl in the center. 
It's so funny, I was running a little behind getting ready for class and I designed this card about an hour before class started and the ladies loved it!  It's so great how just a few touches can really jazz up a card.  This is also a great card to make multiples of so if you're still looking for a design for your upcoming holiday card consider this card, or contact me and I can help ou design a card especially for you and your family.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

First Day of School: MDS Layout

Good evening friends!  We had another great weekend and spent a lot of time working to get ready for our upcoming vacation.  Tonight I've been working on finishing up some MDS projects so I can get my print products ordered this month while they're on sale for 31% off (love it!)  Today I'm sharing a page I made for Aidan's first day of First Grade last year.  I can't believe this time a year agowe were getting ready to start at a new school, needless to say we're much more relaxed going into the start of classes now that we have a year under our belts.

This page was a lot of fun and super simple since I used another designer template, this time from the Back to School digital download.    There are so many fun elements in this kit, including individual elements, scrapbook page layouts, a calendar, and even journal tempates, so many possibilities.

I did add several elements to the page to jazz it up. I have to say, I'm completely in love with MDS2, it makes projects a breeze, you have to try it out and you can for free for 30 days, whoo hoo!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cub Scout Camping: MDS2 Layout

Good evening friends!  I've been busy this month working on lots of projects with the new MDS2 software Stampin' Up! released earlier this month and I have to say, I'm in love.  There are so many new features that make the software even easier to use, you have to try it out.  Tonight I want to share a scrapbook page layout I made for Aidan's Cub Scout camping trip we had in June.  This was layout was so easy.  I used the 8 x 8 page layout from The Great Outdoors digital kit and resized it to 12 x 12 (love this new feature).  Then I just popped in a couple of pictures, text and stamps from the same digital kit. 

For the coordinating page I used the same background color selected a photo layout from several predesigned options.  I added the same overlay image from the first page and mirrored it and then popped in pictures and a couple more coordinating stamps.

I was able to complete both pages in less than half an hour (love it!)  I'll definately be adding these to my print order next week so I can take advantage of the 31% off promotion. 

Below is a list of elements used on the pages:

First Page:

    _Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - embellishments\Downtown Grunge - frame4
      _Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - embellishments\Downtown Grunge - tape 3

    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - o, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - u, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - t, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - d, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - o, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - o, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - r, Color = 0,0,0
    Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers\Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers - s, Color = 0,0,0
    The Great Outdoors\The Great Outdoors - chair, Color = 0,0,0
    The Great Outdoors\The Great Outdoors - fire, Color = 0,0,0
    The Great Outdoors\The Great Outdoors - flashlight, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49

    1.25 Square Punch
    Wide Oval Punch

Second Page:
     Color = CRUMB CAKE 179,161,131

    The Great Outdoors\The Great Outdoors - tent, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49
    The Great Outdoors\The Great Outdoors - ant, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO 80,57,49

    1.25 Square Punch
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August Stamp-a-Stack Samples

Good evening! We've had a busy day celebrating my husband's birthday. He's had a lot of fun and we're looking forward to our family outing to celebrate on Saturday when we head to the inner harbor in Baltimore for the day and ending with dinner at Roy's Restaurant, can't wait to try it!  I wanted to give you a peek at some of the projects we'll be making on Sunday for this months Stamp-a-stack.  There's a lot of fun cards and a great variety so I know there will be something for everyone.

There are just a couple of openings left for class so if you haven't RSVP'd make sure to contact me soon to ensure you get a spot.



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Monday, August 6, 2012

Googly Ghouls: Sketch Challenge

Good evening friends!  So I'm so excited to share my first project created with projects from the new Holiday catalog (I must say I'm in LOVE!)  Apparently I must have holiday projects on my mind since I noticed that all the stamp sets in my last order were either Halloween or Christmas sets.  My card for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge is for Halloween and features the oh so cute Googly Ghouls stamp set.  One of the great things with this stamp set is they match the new adhesive googly eyes (I know I'll be using these a lot since they're so fun).  I started with a cardbase of Very Vanilla and sponged around the edges with More Mustard ink.  The next layer is Basic Gray and I ran it through the Big Shot with the new Chevron embossing folder.  The designer paper is also from the Holiday catalog and is Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  I matted that on Tangerine Tango an cut flag edges on both and then layered it with a piece of 1/2" striped satin ribbon (also new). 
For the main image I stamped the little witch in Basic Black and then colored her in with Stampin' Write markers before cutting it out with the Big Shot and the apothocary framelits.  I sponged around the edge with More Mustard ink and then matted it on a piece of Basic Black cardstock that was also cut out with the framelits.  Aren't her eyes cute? 
The final touch was to stamp the greeting with the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and punched it out with the Modern Label punch.  Now check out the sketch were provided, pretty similar but I did rotate the stamped image to fit my little witch.  This card was so fun to make I can't wait to make other projects with these products and other new ones.

Enjoy and happy stamping,

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Virginia Tax Holiday, August 3-5, Don't Miss out on Stocking up on Stampin' Up! Essentials!

Good morning friends!  Just a quick reminder to let you know that the state of Virginia is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $20.00 per item from August 3-5. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on these essential items for your upcoming crafting projects!

Please note that you must place your order with Stampin’ Up!® during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes.  You can either email me your order or you can order directly from my website at:

  The following items are tax-exempt during the Virginia sales tax holiday:
NumberDescription Price
100425 2-Way Glue Pen $4.50
104332 Snail® Adhesive $6.95
104331 Snail Refill $4.50
104294 Sticky Strip $6.95
104430 Stampin' Dimensionals® $3.95
103683 Mini Glue Dots $4.95
103579 Paper Snips $9.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $19.95
101879 Watercolor Pencils $19.95
105021 uni-ball Signo® Gel Pen $3.95
102845 Blender Pens $9.95
various Stampin' Write® Markers $3.50
119802 Subtles (10) $16.95
119803 Regals (10) $16.95
119804 Brights (10) $16.95
119805 Neutrals (10) $16.95
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $3.95
104045 Anywhere Glue Sticks $3.95
123002 2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers $14.95
128978 Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker $3.50
128979 Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker $3.50

Please let me know if you have any questions and happy shopping!

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