Friday, January 22, 2010

musical vinyl


As you may or may not know, I started my first ever guitar class this week. I was so excited! It is just fun fun fun!! I'm hoping I can actually learn it well.
The first day in class, I noticed that almost half the class had the exact same guitar case. Yeah, that could be a recipe for disaster! So, I came home and put a Manhattan vinyl flower on mine. I guarantee nobody else will take my guitar home by mistake! At first, the vinyl didn't really want to stick, but I think it is because it is so wet here right now. Once I got it on, it isn't coming off easy. The cool thing.....it matches my car! Love it!! I may use my big shot to cut out my name too and put that on there....we shall see.....
:o) Beckie

Thursday, January 21, 2010

cherish


i am back in school and having sooo much fun! It is such an awesome thing to be back in a learning environment. I truly love it. I wonder if I will become a professional student....I may never want to leave! We shall see....
I finished this page today for my calendar. I know, it should be done by now, but I just work on it now and then so it taking longer than it really should. This is the June page. Mae's birthday is in June, so she is the star. I am learning more and more about My Digital Studio each time I use it. I love that I can change colors and the opaqueness of images....is that a word?
It is raining and raining here....I may need to rent a boat to get the kids to school tomorrow! I can't believe it....it's been raining non stop for like, three days. amazing! I almost feel like I'm back in Florida!
I may have exciting pictures to share tomorrow...Val is finally coming to paint my wall purple! Can't wait! cross your fingers....:o)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I can hardly stand it!!!!


As I was thinking about My Digital Studio...while I drove my kids all over creation, I had a brain storm. I know...this will not be a new idea for many if not ALL of you out there, but it was for me. I realized that I could make anything I wanted on there! I didn't have to use a template, or anything! I decided to start with my pictures and build a page just like I would do a traditional scrap page. I absolutely LOVE what I ended up with !! Even with pictures of myself on there. This is for my April page of my calendar...and my birthday is in April so...it made sense. I mean, this calendar is for the whole family, not just me so....anyway! It is important to put yourself in your albums too. I know most of us moms are behind the camera and not in many pictures, but we need to work on that! Me included! So, here is my page. Everything on here is from My Digital Studio. I love that I can use buttons and brads and ribbons and stitching and....I never have to get up from my computer! AND if I mess something up? Just undo it! I tell you what, this program is just amazing! You've GOT to get your hands on one! You will love it!
If you are already using My Digital Studio....please leave a link in the comment section so I can see what YOU are doing!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Green is in the air....



I have been having a lot of fun with My Digital Studio. This little page is one that I did using some older pictures of my kids...when they were younger and sweeter....ah,memories.... It was a pretty quick layout to do. I used a premade template and picked my colors and embellishments. I love that I can make things any size I want. The brad in the middle of the flower was tiny and I stretched it nice and big to fill in the flower. It is really a cool program to play with! This is the March page for my 2010 calendar....I'm hoping to finish it before January is over! We shall see.....

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's MY digital studio....


and I am loving it!! There is just so much you can do with this thing! It is truly amazing. I don't know half of it yet, but I'm having loads of fun figuring it out. I am not one to really read directions, so I am just playing and learning and trying different things.
Here is the February page for my calendar-in-progress. My son Jared has his birthday in February, so he is the main star here. Check out the cool words on the arrows....yeah, I'm feeling pretty proud that I figured that out all on my own.....hey, if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it! This program is totally user friendly!!
If you are interested in playing with My Digital Studio, be sure to come to my scrappin night on January 23rd at 6:30. I will have a regular (tradition) 12 x 12 layout available for you to make for $10 as well as several cards for $1 each. I will also have my laptop out with My Digital Studio on it for you to see. I might even have my calendar done by then so you can see a finished one. We shall see....

It's all in the packaging....


Stampin' Up! knows us so well...check out this cute little logo they put on the shipping boxes during SALEABRATION. I love it! And, yes, it did cause extreme excitement when I opened it! So much yummy stuff in there....I may hide in my craft room and stamp all day and totally ignore my kids! LOL Wouldn't you like a box like this at your house??? let's book your workshop! :o)

I also wanted to share my all time favorite swap from leadership this year. It is sooo adorable! The only problem is that the artist didn't put it into a clear envelope and it got a bit ripped on one side. I love it when people use the clean envelopes. I usually do but I was out! That is probably what happened to this talented demonstrator as well. Credit goes to....Susan Dempsey.

She used:
whimsical words
sweet pea DSP
sweet pea stiched felt
rose red, pretty in pink, whisper white & Chocolate chip cardstock
chocolate chip ink
old olive 5/8" satin ribbon
big shot die Top Note and background #1 texturz plate
large oval and scallop oval punches.
I think it is just adorable!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stampin' Up! has been framed!!



LOL Got your attention, didn't I? At leadership last week we had the opportunity to purchase lots of fun logo items. I picked up several of these vinyl Stampin' Up! logos with the idea of using them for downline gifts or crafts. That very day, we came back to my house and I made up this adorable frame. I just 'happened' to have a 12 x 12 frame in my craft closet....okay, I admit it! I am a total frame junkie! I have loads of them in all different sizes and colors! You just never know when you will need to frame something.....
Anyway! I love how this turned out! Let me tell you how I did it. First, I took the back off the frame and put in a piece of the Flower Fantast Printed Window sheets (#115705) which I trimmed down to 11 x 11 to fit, into the frame. Then I put a piece of gable green 11 x 11 cardstock on top of that. Replace the frame back and done! Next I put the vinyl sticker on the outside of the glass and then embellished the edges. The ribbon it just wrapped around the back and adhered with glue dots. I put a small piece of chipboard in the bottom corner to hold the flowers to so they wouldn't sink to the glass. Here is a list of all the embellishments I used for the flowers:
#115613 Razzleberry polka dot ribbon
#116312 Sherbet designer buttons (small green button)
#117681 Corduroy buttons in pretty in pink (from the new mini catalog)
#117271 Epoxy brads in pretty in pink
#117272 Epoxy brads in chocolate chip
#117266 Sweet pea stitched felt (from the new mini.....LOVE these!!!)
#115604 Fleurettes (crocheted flowers....totally dyable!)
#112581 Circle designer brads
#109114 Rhinestone from the pretties kit

Now, I know this is a pretty long list, but seriously...you could use more of the same thing and not need so much. But I happened to have all this stuff in my accessories and just started pulling stuff out. It was quick and easy and I love it! If I decide I want different background paper, I can just pull the frame apart and change that out.
So, look at your frames and see if you have one you would like to jazz up or switch out. We have lots of vinyl options available at Stampin' Up!....make your own masterpiece!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stampin' Up! Leadership in Phoenix

This past week was leadership conference and a regional here in Phoenix. I had two awesome downline members come to join me for the events. Shari and Stephanie (yes, I felt like they needed to call me Shiela to fit in....) came from states away and even stayed at my house! We had loads of fun learning lots of wonderful business tips as well and incredibly creative new ways to use our beloved Stampin' Up! products. It always amazes me at the new things people come up with. I remember when I first started with Stampin' Up! and it was all about making cards. Then we added a bit of home decor, scrap booking, fabric stamping, tattoo kits.....now we are into fabric, sewing, vinyl, car decor, jewelry, quilting....it just doesn't stop! This company is so perfect for me. I love crafting of all kinds and .... it is all here! My mind is just spinning with all the new stuff I want to try. I am so glad that I have another week off before my school starts so I can really get some projects done. I will be sure to share them with you all. Brace yourself! LOL
For now, here is a picture of me and my two stampin buddies, Shari and Steph. This was the first 'official' day of leadership.
One
of the highlights of any Stampin' event is the opportunity to swap ideas with other demonstrators. We attended a 'shoebox' swap the night before leadership actually began and came home with 42 different card ideas. It was a wide range of styles and colors and they were almost all awesome! I will be sharing those in the days to come as well. Swapping is one of the things that is a real perk of being a demonstrator. People sometimes think that we as demonstrators come up with all the ideas we share. So not true! We share and swap and trade and.....sometimes even come up with our own ideas. It is a huge network of idea sharing when you are with Stampin' Up! and I love it!
Here is one of my favorite swaps from leadership. It is simple, yet fun and awesome looking. I will be making some of these myself! I would like to give the artist credit but...I took a picture of this and don't have the actual card so I don't know who made it! I'll just say, I didn't make it. :o)