Sunday, November 27, 2011

December Is Just Around the Corner...

and here is the calender! I have been using My Digital Studio a lot lately on Christmas presents, but I can't share those quite yet, so here is December's calender.

I went simple with my layout. I enjoyed playing with the new calender settings. You have choices in adding lines, the width of the lines, the font of everything, the colors of everything. Plus, you can adjust the size of the whole thing. I went with tall and thin. That way, I can convince myself  there is more time in December than there is!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, November 25, 2011

A Snowman Trick Card

It's Black Friday and I am snugly in my warm house. My husband, on the other hand, has been up all night to hit the sales. He loves Black Friday as if it was a real holiday. Me, I stay out of all stores and shopping areas at all possible. In fact, later today, I'm headed to the deer shack with my nephews and dad. Time to get away from it all!

First up, this cute little snowman card:

Wait, it gets even better:

I'm not including a card recipe today as I totally cased this fabulous idea from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho. Check out her blog post for all the details.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Christmas Recipe in Time for Thanksgiving

My sister is a planner, so the fact that she has her recipe ready for the Cookie Swap the first weekend in December is no surprise. The fact that I have it typed and ready to add to her candy bags is amazing. Of course, I had to use My Digital Studio:

Cute, huh? I tried to go Old World as that is more her style.

Speaking of downloads, check out the online extravaganza if you have been thinking about buying My Digital Studio, because you can get a bundle of downloads with the express version. Lily Ink Pad's Online Store

Happy Stamping!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Stocking Up On Gift Cards

Some ideas are just too perfect to not make! I end up giving a variety of gift cards (especially to teenagers) at Christmas so I needed a cute way to deliver. Check these out:

They can hang on a tree or they can be given as is! Check out the inside:

Stamps: None
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Stocking Die, Word Window Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Simply Scored, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Jingle Bells, Baker's Twine, Crop-a-dile, Northern Frost Die

With the busy-ness of my life, I didn't come up with all on my own, I used a great resource Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have access to called Stampin' Connection. I found Linda's samples, went to her blog, and found this great tutorial.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, November 19, 2011


The past week was crazy. I just realized this morning that I had no posts since last Sunday? What happened? I have no real idea other than I feel pretty tired today from running, running, and running. All fun, but whew! Sorry about the lack of ideas coming your way. I'll be posting again on odd days and not completely forgetting about it! I have a fun one for you today--I've hosted three of my four events this week and each time we ate these:

 and these:

Thanks to my fabulous husband, Bubba, who took these. Check out his other work at his photography website:Insomniac Designs Photography

I used the shortbread recipe from the Stampin' Up! insert with my Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps and I found this gingerbread recipe on the world wide web.

I used My Digital Studio to make my recipe card. I am set for the cookie exchange now--except for the actual baking that is!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Celebrate those Moments--even the cold ones!

Cold moments are here to stay in Northern Wisconsin, so I had trouble of thinking of any kind of card except winter this week! No more super sunny cards until Spring, I guess What I do have is another picture of a card we will make next week at our Stampin' Celebrations card camp at Nancy's house in Green Bay. She's open to new guests, so if you'd like to join us, let me know.

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, and Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Ink: Marina Mist and Always Artichoke Markers
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Snowflake Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Square Punch, Mini Silver Brads, and Shimmer Spray

You can't really tell in my photo, but I shimmer sprayed the mittens to make it feel more like a frosty winter day. I just love this paper and had to make some winter-birthday cards with it. The mittens were calling to me!

Celebrating the little moments, like stepping into crunchy snow, or the first flakes of the season are my favorite ways of being grateful. Lately, I've needed to feel a little gratitude to make it through some tough days. However, those moments, like when I explained to my sixth graders that the white stuff falling from the sky was SNOW. (since they acted like they had never seen it before), are the moments that sustain me. This card kind of makes me think of those moments.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Thanks for the Memories

Today we said goodbye in a service to Ron, one of "The Guys" my husband took care of and who lived with us. Bubba was his primary caregiver for 8 years and the other "guy" lived with him for 20. Ron was a special person, all right. He could make you so mad with his stubborness that you walked away to end the conflict, but he could also make you laugh so hard your gut ached. He loved unconditionally. He laughed whenever possible. He loved a good time, but hated watiting for it to come. He was independent and stubborn, and yet caring. He knew his cars. We'd pass an old car, seeing it for a second or two and he'd name the make and model. Cadillacs were for doctors. Toyotas were junk. (what we drive, by the way). He was a nut and called everyone else one. His heroes had all died--Roy Rogers, Matt Dillon, John Wayne, but he still watched with the the glee of a little kid in his eye. Presents--he loved presents. When opening presents, it was like he was a boy again. He tore into them with vigor and this look in his eye. Often, he'd announce what it was--a movie, a car, but he also made commentary--Snowman don't ride horses. (when he was given a cowboy snowman figurine). He showed his appreciation in small ways--by teasing, by calling you a nut, by doing what he didn't want to. We will miss him. In tribute, I am posting a slide show I made of a calender for his aunt and guardian, who was the best thing that ever happened to Ron. Aunt Belle is amazing and loves him dearly. Those of you that pray, please pray for her. She could use some solace.

 Happy Trails, Ron!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

St. Nick's Card

St. Nick's Day is around the corner and I was asked to make a St. Nick's card for my Stampin' Celebration group this month. I could only think of what St. Nick would leave behind and one stamp came to mind:

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper: Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Whisper White Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Big Shot, Tasteful Trims Bigz XL die

Hopefully, St. Nick leaves behind a bit more than a hat!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Lollies!

I cannot sit still. Never have been able to and never will. When I am at a vendor fair, I find it easier to make something to show how easy it is to create cute projects than to just stand there. Last Saturday, I spent a day making more lollies, but this time for Christmas:

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper: Holly Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Christmas Letters Designer Series Paper, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Real Red, Riding Hood Red, Red Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Basic Gray (I used markers direct on stamps)
Accessories: Simply Scored, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Sticky Sheets, 1" x 8" Cello Bags, Snowflake Punch

Want a close up? Here ya go!

And the other ones:

I love the ability to mix and match with the coordination of Stampin' Up! products. I brought one bag of stuff, including my Simply Scored and could make these all day long! Love it!

I made about 10 more, but they sold, including the ones with the white M&M's. I guess they were popular!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

I love My Digital Studio!

I just feel like I should open my french doors and yell--I LOVE MY DIGITAL STUDIO right now, but I think the neighbors might be annoyed. Since I annoy them regularly with things like --leaves on my grass and dead tree limbs in the woody part of my yard, and, dare I say it, long grass since I don't mow every week, I have decided to yell on the blog. Once again, "I LOVE MY DIGITAL STUDIO!"

I can take my Stampin' Up! colors, stamps, designs, papers, embellishments anywhere I can take my laptop.
I can create anything I want when I want without making a mess.
I can use Control Z to undo something I don't like instead of ripping apart a project.
I can make cool looking things that normally would be BORING!

Here is one such thing. I needed to print a Booking Calender for November for the two craft fairs I have coming up in case someone would like to book a workshop. My google calender and I are not getting along and I had trouble printing a boring blank one, so I whipped on My Digital Studio and created this:
 Lovely, isn't it. I went overboard perhaps, but this way, my calender works as a tool to show off MDS! One just wasn't enough so I did this:

The Biggest reason I love My Digital Studio-- Stampin' Up! listens to us, makes changes accordingly, and offers them as FREE updates! Yes, they do. I just updated my software to the 1.08.blah blah blah version and the new calender stuff was there. How cool. No fees. No trouble. No problem! There's a new calender function that allows you to edit the font, choose your months, edit the "look" and colors, and more! YIPPEEEE!

Oh the fun I will have!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Little Organization--Stampin' Up! Style

Busy, Busy, Busy! I have been busy getting ready for upcoming craft fairs and I realized I didn't like how my cards were displayed. After plenty of online research, I decided to stick with what I've been doing, but do it up a bit better. I sell individual cards with envelopes, so I put them all in one basket (well, two or three or four). This year I have an abundance, so I realized I needed some "sorter organizers" What does a demonstrator do? Make them!

First, I cut (using my guillotine paper cutter) cardboard that I saved from something into 4 x 6 rectangles. Then, I used Tombow Multi Glue to adhere a 4 x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper to the front and back. I added a round tab punch tag using sticky strip. Then, I used My Digital Studio to design the tab labels. I printed these, cut them out, and added them to my tabs. Tadah! Pretty, functional, fun, and free (since I already owned everything)!

In case you are local and want to check it out in person, my craft fair schedule is

Saturday, November 5th, Christmas in Suamico, 9-3, Suamico Ale House, Green Bay
Saturday, November 12th, Shopping with a Small Town Flair, 9-3, Oconto Elementary School
Sunday, December 4th, Holiday Gift and Craft Fair, 10-3 Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Wreath--Stampin' Up! Style

I had to make a wreath with the lollies featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog, but I've used all my Spice Cake Designer Series paper, so I had to improvise. Well, subsititute. Since I had to substitute the paper, I had to substitute holidays and well, this is what I made:

Stamps: none
Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper, Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper, Gold Waffle Paper, Riding Hood Red
Ink: none
Accessories: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die, Snowflake #2 Original Die, Glimmer Brads, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Sticky pages

Whew! I started with peppermints and then I realized that just wasn't working, so I moved onto the lollies and then I added the circles, then I needed more, so I added a big Snowflake, and then I wanted to add more, so I had to figure out if the Northern Frost die would work with the glimmer paper, which it does, and then and then and then!

Ok. Sorry about that. That particular run-on sentence was an expression of how my creativity works. I just add on and on and on. My table in my stamp room reflects the messiness of my creative spurts!

I first used my Simply Scored to score every 1/2 inch on a whole page of DSP. I then cut it apart into strips of various widths. If it was a wide strip, then I made two of the same. I folded them up into lollies. I found I needed a circle punch on both sides to hold them in place. The circles of sticky pages work great to hold them together! I then added the snowflakes. I also added glimmer brads ---finally, a project for those things! I needed more, so I scored the other sheet and then I had plenty!

I had a foam wreath in my stash that I first tried to cut in half since it was so thick. No go. I made a mess and now have plenty of foam pieces for flower projects. I then decided to just wrap the wreath with waffle paper. I cut it half so I had a thinner width to work with and it worked easily to wrap up! How cool!

I may have missed a detail or two in my excitement. I'll answer any questions in my comments.

Happy Stamping!



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