Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Glitter is a girl's best friend!


This card is a great example of an...."ok" card...that is WOW once you add some glitter! I used the poppin pastels technique on the top half to get the multi colored image...and it looked okay, but when I added the glitter, it really looked great! I tell ya....who needs diamonds? Only Dazzling Diamonds for me! LOL
Tomorrow is the first day you can order the new My Digital Studio digital scrapbooking program from Stampin' Up! I am LOVING this thing!! If you have never tried digital scrapbooking, you have to try this!! It is so easy to take those pictures that are hiding on your computer and make great pages in a snap! You will be hooked! Email me or visit my website to order one tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As the harvest moon approaches...


I have a huge amount of card samples at my house. Even after moving and giving away tons, I still seem to have just loads of them! I love digging through them to get ideas. There are so many great ideas out there! I do take lots of samples to my classes too. I try to take only things I have made....but sometimes I take more. There is a version of this card that I have shown for a long time. I don't remember who made the original, but it has been a hit with my customers. Now that we no longer carry the Spectrum cards, I don't always show it, but for my class last week I decided to go ahead and make this card. I punched out a circle from a post it note using the largest circle punch, 1-3/4" and stuck it in the middle of my card front. I used the Desert Heat spectrum...or maybe pumpkin patch....doesn't really matter since we no longer have them, but....anyway! The real point is that I used regular cardstock and a foam attachment to my brayer. Normally, glossy paper is the paper of choice when doing a rainbow type of background, but the sponge brayer worked great on the regular paper. I brayered right over the top of that post it circle. (we are masking!) I needed a darker color for the bottom, so I used a sponge and my Soft Suede ink pad to get it. Instead of using the spectrum pad, you could easily use a couple different stamp pads and just overlap them to get the same effect. After I got all my color on there, I took the post it note off and voila! I had a bright moon. I stamped the grass from the Inspired by Nature set using Soft Suede, and then added my words. I love how this card just pops!
Unfortunately, the guests at my class did not get to make this card after all. My dear hostess had a huge buffet of food and it took center stage. Everyone had a great time eating, visiting, and...we ran out of time to stamp! Hint: save the food for the end, or....a bowl of M&M's is enough!

Clearance Sale!!

Stampin' Up! has created a clearance rack! They are featuring loads of great retired stamps and accessories at up to 80% off!! Check out my Stampin' Up! website to see what is offered. www.beckiecarlson.stampinup.net click on 'shop now' and the clearance rack will be listed on the left. These items are available 'while supplies last' so, don't wait! These items are great additions to your stampin/craftin supplies as well as perfect gifts for your crafty friends! the holidays are coming....like it or not!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The joy of DSP


Last Friday, the bloggers challenge was to use Designer paper on our projects. It just so happened that I had a stampin class last week and made a card using DSP! Perfect, right? Well, it would have been if I could have found my sample! I don't know if I left it with the hostess by mistake or if someone slipped it into their bag by 'accident.' I could not find it anywhere! That is why it is Monday and I am just now posting it! Not that it was a hard card, quite the contrary! It is SUPER easy! Two strips of DSP on a white card base, ribbon wrapped around, and a cute stamped, embossed, and punched focal point...done! I used Real Red Craft ink and irredescent ice embossing powder for the ornament. For all of you that have whined and said you wanted Stampin' Up! to make a punch for every single stamped image....this is one more for you! This ornament punch (#116794) is awesome! It works great with this Delightful Decorations set (#1166517) from the Holiday Mini Catalog. There is also an adorable wheel with ornaments on it(sparkle & shine #116542) that would make perfect wrapping paper to go with these cute tags. The DSP is also from the Mini Catalog, Christmas Cocoa Specialty (#116770) and has this awesome flocked image on the left side. It is TOO yummy!! (Yes, I had to have several packages...) This card was a hit at my class because it is beautiful, yet totally doable! Need 65 Christmas cards? This is the one! You can whip these out in no time! The DSP has several different patterns of paper in the packet and there are lots of combinations available to make great cards. This just may be my card this year....we shall see!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

$10 gift card

For all my preparedness junkies out there....Emergency Essentials is giving away a $10 gift card if you put a link to their site on your blog. I order from them pretty regularly. They ship quick, have great sales, and have a great selection of food as well as other emergency preparedness items.
My daughter was excited to see that they even have some vegan items. Right now, their powdered milk is on sale for a great price. Something you can never have too much of in your year supply I think. Another item they carry that I really like is their freeze dried shredded cheese. I know, it sounds weird, but it is actually really cool. It is great to put in soups or even to layer in your lasagna! Not only does it soften up in there, but is uses up some of the liquid to make your lasagna hold together better. (Nobody wants lasagna soup....)
so there is my sales pitch for today. I think they should send me $20 for that! If you are interested in added the link to your site or just want to check them out, see the link at the left.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Twick or Tweet


Yes, Halloween is just around the corner! I don't usually do Halloween cards, but I just loved this new stamp set Stampin' Up! has in the mini catalog! our family is full of joking and sarcasm so, it totally fits us! This little stamped image also reminds me of my good friend Shari's dog Cosmo. Let's just say...he is a friendly guy! :o)
For the background, I rolled the new Haunting Hill jumbo wheel (#116539) in craft white ink, across the black cardstock and then layered on some Night & Day specialty paper (#116768) layered on Only Orange cardstock strips. The skeleton is stamped with basic and highlighted just a tad with a bashful blue marker. The little dog...(shall we call him Cosmo? ) is colored in with close to cocoa ink. The cute button is a corduroy button in Pumpkin Pie (#114342). I used my scallop punch (#109043) to create a faux 'bite' in the lower right hand corner....just for fun! I layered some white cardstock inside the card so the bite was easy to see.
I didn't edit this photo down....I have a ton of homework to do! Wish me luck!!
I have more plans for this adorable set....coming soon!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I like you


I have been having a ball at school. I can't believe I waited this long to go back. Everyone is so nice and I am learning so much! It has taken up a bit of my time tho. I am glad I didn't take more classes than I did.
I am just dying to stamp and create but haven't had much of a chance lately. I did take some time and play with My Digital Studio again last night. I had these pictures of Mae and Ben from last month when we were at the mall.
I can't wait to scrapbook my pictures from the circus we went to last night...that should be fun!

Friday, September 18, 2009

While I was on hold....

We all love being on hold! I know! I was sitting in front of my computer waiting and waiting and thought to myself...I could be scrapbooking! So, I opened up My Digital Studio and started scrappin away! How cool is that? No mess, the pictures are all right there...it was great! I was almost annoyed when the agent came back on the line....I asked if he could hold for a minute....LOLHere is a page I did using the
'create your own' option. I put it all together all by myself. It is so easy! You can even resize and crop your photos in the program. I am loving it!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's finally here!!

At the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference in January, I was the happy winner of  the new My Digital Studio digital scrapbooking program from Stampin' Up! I have been anxiously waiting for it for months! They wanted to be sure all the bugs were worked out and that it was ready to go before they made it available. I got my prize in the mail today! As soon as the kids were in bed, I opened it right up and installed it. It is Super easy to use!! I am going to have fun with this! Here is the first page I made. Now, don't worry....I don't think I will do all my scrappin this way....I love the hands on way of scrapping too much. The hours of sitting with friends, digging through buttons and ribbons and stamps....no, I'm not going all digital! But, it is fun to see the 'other' way of scrapping. There are tons of images, embellishments, and other doodads in the 'studio.' And, if I can use it....anybody can figure it out! It retails for $79.95 (item #118108) Let me know if you want one! Or, just go to my Stampin' Up! website and order one! www.beckiecarlson.stampinup.net You will love it!