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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Digital Scrapbooking Day!

What is Digital Scrapbooking Day?
Digital Scrapbooking Day is officially celebrated the first Saturday in November. It was designed to remind people to set time aside to document their personal history digitally. To celebrate, Stampin’ Up! will be giving away free My Digital Studio downloads to anyone who wants them!

How will you get their free downloads?
Customers can get their downloads from your DBWS store or the Stampin’ Up! Online Store from October 29–November 5, 2012. To access the downloads they’ll need to create an online customer account if they don’t already have one.

Free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio 2

Try the MDS 2 software for FREE with the 30-day trial version. Available through my Stampin'Up! Online store.

Why Digital?

Most of us wish we would have time to do those beautiful scrapbooks that some people do.

With Digital Scrapbooking you create everything on your computer - you add your digital photos to the pages, you can embellish them with stamps, punches, and other embellishments. Then it's up to you if you want to have them professionally printed or share them electronically! You can download individual pages on jpeg-form (most popular digital photo format) and share them with your family and friends via email.

Interested? Why not try the 30-day free trial - no obligation to continue after the trial period. Just remember to save (share) any pages you have created in JPEG form before your trial ends :-)

And you could create your own family Christmas card and either have it printed (yes, you can use the jpeg-file and print them at Staples or other similar printing place), or share them via email!

Contact me for details!

Saturday, 27 October 2012


I am so excited! Stampin’ Up! is doing a one-day sale on almost all of our stamp sets! All stamps are 15% off, on Monday ONLY. Look through our catalog and let me know which sets you need for Holiday projects, or any sets that have been on your wish list. Now is the time to order them!

Here are the details:
  • Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
This means all stamps in our current catalogues including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single stamps
This DOES NOT include
o    Hostess sets
o    Bundled stamp sets
o    Digital stamp brush sets
 There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
Stamp prices in the Online Store will be changed for October 29 only to reflect the 15 percent discount.

You can place your order through my online store or if you are from Ottawa, you can also email me your order by 8pm that evening.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

MOJO Monday 264

So my 2nd digital MOJO Monday card. I have to say that creating cards digitally seems to take longer than on paper... Partly due to technical issues and partly due to the lack of stamps and DSP available on MDS2.

The base is Very Vanilla with some opaque River Rock splatters. And the 3rd colour is Bravo Burgundy.

And I haven't figured out yet if I can do textured paper.... I think I need to research this more but I find the digital cards a bit "flat". This one I tried to use more shadows to give some depth, but it's not enough. And it was extra difficult to create the banner! It works, if you have a solid background (just punch out a square and colour the punch the same colour as the back ground. But when you have paterned or various back grounds... holy smokes! I guess it took me easily 30 minutes to make the banner cut... no more banners on digital cards for me :)

So I'll still be researching and studying the MDS2, but I think I'll keep it more as a tool for my blog desing and maybe digital scrapbooking.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Halloween Blog Header

I was not planning on posting my blog headers but I realized that once I change it - you won't be able to see it on my blog afterwards so I went and added a picture on one of my previous blogs and now here is a picture of my Halloween Blog Header.

I have already designed my Christmas blog header and I have to say, you want to see it - well.. I personnally think it's great :)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Halloween Card #2

This is the 2nd card we made this past Monday at the Halloween Card class.

It was also one card for my Halloween Card Buffet (so I had to keep it a secret until it was done :-)
I love the "Button Buddies" stamp set - it has a stamp for every possible occasion and you can include a button, or you can leave without.

Here is the entire set.

It's one of the set's I can warmly recommend if you are looking to buy your first set - it covers birthdays, Thanksgiving and Halloween, Christmas / Winter, Baby-cards and everything in between. Add a set of sentiments like "Teeny Tiny Wishes" or "Curly Cutes" and you are good to go.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

MOJO Monday # 263

So here is the sample for this weeks MOJO. I knew even before I saw the sample, that I'd do this weeks card with MDS2 (My Digital Studio 2).

I had the first version of MDS, but had some technical issues with it and was not able to print anything - I guess something went wrong with the initial download and I never bothered to reload it.

So when Stampin'Up! was offering the free 30 day trial for the new MDS2, I went and tried it. What a great program!

I have since purchased it, used it to create my blog headers. This Halloween version is my second attempt - and I have already done a winter and Xmas ones - wait until you see the Xmas version  - it's super cool -even if I say so myself :)

So here is my MOJO263 done with My Digital Studio 2:
The base is Crumb Cake and the stamps and embellishments are from a designer set called "Sophisticated Spook". This set is only in Digital form.
I tried some different things like using two different coloured stitchings to create some pattern paper (I didn't care for any of the existing ones). I love that "stamp" of the witches profile. It's done in the similar style as the "Frightening Feline" in the Holiday Catalogue.

Halloween Card #1

Here is one of the cards we made on my this weeks Halloween class.

I used Tangerine Tango as my card stock and Gumball Green and Basic Gray for other colours.

I embossed the Spider Web and then sponged it with basic black ink.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

MOJO Monday 262

Better late than never  - eh?

Here is the sketch for this weeks MOJO card.

When I saw this Storytime Designer Series Paper from Stampin'Up! I just had to have it (and I don't have any kids!). But since I've had it... I've actually stuggled to use it - I think I'm thinking it too much as a scrapbooking paper than card paper. So I challanged this week to use this paper in my MOJO card.

And I'm pretty happy with the result!

The base is Pool Party and I have also used Basic Gray in my matting. All the other papers are from Storytime Designer Series Paper set. Even the image is a part of the paper, so I didn't use a single stamp with this card!

The rosette is made with a 1" circle punch, which I covered with Sticky Strip and then I adhered Pool Party Seam Binding around it. The brad is actually 2 pieces mounted on top of each other. Base is a Designer Ribbon Slide (from Holiday Catalogue) and the top is 3/8" Designer Printed Brad (Pool Party).

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Halloween card class on Monday October 15th

Here are the samples for the Halloween card class on Monday October 15th (at 7pm)
You'll get to make 4 cards (15 CAD), but the class (and the cards) are free, if you place an order of 20 CAD (before tax + s/h) from the current Stampin'Up! catalogues!

I'm also doing a Halloween Card Buffet (together with Birthday Card Buffet) on Saturday October 20th, starting at 1pm, if you cannot make the Monday class.

I'll probably have these 4 cards available to make also on Saturday, but also other cards.

And you can mix the 2 cards on Saturday (so make both Birthday and Halloween cards). You have 4 hours to craft and the cost is 25 cad for 10 cards.

RSVP for Monday's card class is Saturday, Oct 13th and for the Saturdays Card Buffet event I'd like to get RSVP's by Wednesday October 17th (so that I have time to prepare enough supplies).

Thursday, 4 October 2012

No MOJO Monday this week - I'm so sorry!

Okay.... I had all the good intentions to do the MOJO Monday this week - unfortunately I have been SO busy this week - I just didn't have the time.

So... No MOJO Monday this week (but you might find that being used in one of my Halloween Cards!!!)

Family holidays are always busy time - getting things ready. And this week I seemed to have all kinds of additional venues I had to attend :-)

But it's not all bad... I learned how to make the Christmas Ornament on top of the Holiday Catalogue in a reasonable time, so that I can actually offer that as a class!!!

So wait until next week and I'll post some details of my special Christmas classes!

And I'm finalizing my Halloween class samples this weekend so I'll be posting them after Thanksgiving weekend!

So make sure you check out my blog and website next week!

Single Stamps now available!!!

Exiting news from Stampin'Up! this week!

And note, this offer is only valid until January 3rd, 2013!!!

They now offer individual stamps from current sentiment sets!

This is great news for you who always look at the sentiment sets, and think that there is only 1-2 stamps in the set that you'd use, and cannot justify to purchase the whole set.

So the 3 sets that are now also available in individual stamps (CLEAR MOUNT ONLY!) are:
  • Word Play (p. 135 in Annual Catalogue)
  • Seasonal Saying (p. 34 in Holiday Catalogue)
  • Perfectly Penned (p. 132 in Annual Catalogue)
Visit my web-site (promotions) for details