May 052014
 

Digital Zentangle Attempt

I started out try to do the Zentangle Technique in MDS for a challenge at Sudsol last week. The problem was that I could get my line to go the way I wanted or to be thin enough. So I ended up just adding a bunch of dots, which the samples that I saw did have those, too.

I’ve seen cards before where the creator would add little dots around the stamps to give it a different look. I’ve always really like the way they looked but never really tried doing it before. I’m glad I finally tried it out with this card because I like the way it looks. I’m going to have to do that some more.

Zentangle Close-up

First, I took the three flower stamp from Betsy’s Blossom’s, colored the center darker than the outside, then added a Freeform Layer to add the dots I wanted on and around it. Then I grouped those two layers together. Next, I added the leaf from the same stamp set, added a Freeform Layer to color it it and then another Freeform Layer to add the dots. I grouped those three layers together. Then I added the larger flower from the same stamp set. Once I had it the color I wanted to use, I double-clicked on it so that I could add some colored dots directly to the stamp since I wanted them to just add some color to the flower and I wanted it to stay in the lines of the stamp. Once I had everything done, I just started copying and pasting each stamp and placing them where I wanted them. That’s one of the nice things about doing it digitally is that I only have to do the small details once and then just copy and paste however many times I want.

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May 032014
 

Project Life Digital Page

For National Scrapbooking Day, I decided to go ahead and make a Project Life page. Since the these elements from Stampin’ Up! are also in digital format, I set up my page layout just like the page protectors and put different cards, stamps and photos into those sections. If I want, I can print it out, cut the sections apart and put them into the page pockets.

I am totally new to Project Life as I only use things sold by Stampin’ Up! But I have heard of it and am so excited about this new addition to my scrapbooking. I can’t wait for the new catalog next month because there will be more kits available for Project Life.

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Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

Becky explains, “It’s called Project LIFE because it’s about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”  In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

Check out the Project Life items that are available through Stampin’ Up! by clicking HERE.

Juanita

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May 012014
 

Scrapbook Challenge #17 Sketch

It’s time for another Scrapbook Challenge. Here’s the sketch for this week’s scrapbook challenge to help inspire your scrapbook creativity. Use this layout to get you started creating a page for this week.

Scrapbook Challenge #17 Sample

Since this page has just my son, I wanted it to be a little more of a masculine page than I usually do. But I wasn’t sure how to decorate it and still keep it masculine. As I started looking through the digital stamps I have, I found this tree and thought it would be a great addition to keep it with a masculine look, in other words, no flowers. The tree and branches are from the Bold Branches stamp brush set. It’s geared more for doing a family pedigree chart, but I’ve used the tree for other pages that have nothing to do with family history. One of the bracket stamps made a great background for the title. One of the great thing about stamps is that they can be used for multiple purposes.

I’ve used one of the Modern Medley stamps as the embossing for my background. I only used the small dots one, because I didn’t want the background to overpower the rest of the page.

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Use this page sketch as a start point for your own scrapbook page. If you are having a hard time getting motivated on your scrapbooking, doing my Scrapbook Challenges each week will help you get several pages done by the end of the year. And just think of how good that will make you feel. If you would like to share your page, you can either leave a link to your page in the comments below, or  share it on my Facebook Page. You can also just let me know you did a page using this sketch in the comment section.

Juanita

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Apr 252014
 

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Apr 242014
 

Scrapbook Challenge #16 Sketch

It’s time for another Scrapbook Challenge. Here’s the sketch for this week’s scrapbook challenge to help inspire your scrapbook creativity. Use this layout to get you started creating a page for this week.

Scrapbook Challenge #16 Sample

Lately, when I’ve been doing my scrapbook pages, I have been trying to stick pretty much to one kit for the paper and embellishments. This one is no exception. I haven’t used this kit in quite a while. It came with the original MDS when it was first released.  This is the Happy Birthday Kit. I had done a page from this event a while back but still had some more photos that I wanted to use. Since I had used the Happy Birthday Kit on that page, I figured it would be a good idea to keep this one similar.

The Happy Birthday Kit has paper, tags, borders, elements, flowers, letters and numbers. So there is quite a bit you can do with this kit. The bright colors in the kit go pretty well with the bright colors in my photos, too. I did recolor the journal tag, though, because it was Certainly Celery and I wanted it to stand out a little more against the background. I colored it with Crushed Curry, which is one of the colors in the kit.

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Use this page sketch as a start point for your own scrapbook page. If you are having a hard time getting going on your scrapbooking, doing my Scrapbook Challenges each week will help you get several pages done by the end of the year. And just think of how good that will make you feel. If you would like to share your page, you can either leave a link to your page in the comments below, or  share it on my Facebook Page. You can also just let me know you did a page using this sketch in the comment section.

Juanita

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Apr 222014
 

Monochromatic Card At one of my Stamp Clubs, we did this monochromatic card, using Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.

I love using embossing folders on my cards. On this card, we used the Petals-a-Plenty to give the tag some texture. Then we used the Flower Garden folder for the focal point. We added color to the embossed image by using a sponge dauber and the Tangerine Tango ink pad. Then the background layer was stamped with Secret Garden and the corners were rounded with the Corner Rounder Punch. Then the final touch was a bow added to the bottom of the tag.

I don’t do monochromatic cards very often. But for this stamp club, the technique I was showing to the class members was making a monochromatic card. They definitely have a different look to them.

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Both embossing folders and the stamp set that I used for this monochromatic card are retiring. So, if you want to order them, do it quickly as they will only be available while supplies last.

Juanita

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Apr 212014
 

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products and Free ShippingThe list of retiring Stampin’ Up! products have posted so start stocking up! Don’t forget: all products, including stamps, are only available while supplies last, so get them before they’re gone for good!

Also, with FREE shipping on everything today through April 25, now is the time for you to order! Free shipping only last April 21-25. FREE shipping on EVERYTHING (excluding expedited orders).

Stampin’ Up! is saying goodbye to hundreds of retiring products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog. Now’s a great chance to  get your favorite  retiring products before they’re gone for good! ALL products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!

You can see the list of all of the retiring Stampin’ Up! products just by clicking on the graphic above. Get your retiring Stampin’ Up! products today and take advantage of the free shipping this week.

Juanita

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Apr 172014
 

Scrapbook Challenge #15 SketchIt’s time for another Scrapbook Challenge. Here’s the sketch for this week’s scrapbook challenge to help inspire your scrapbook creativity. Use this layout to get you started creating a page for this week.

Scrapbook Challenge #15 SampleFor this week’s Scrapbook Challenge sample, I decided to do some photos that I took last week of the progress on our living room, which we are tiling. I like to take pictures of the progress we make on our projects.

For this page, I mainly used the You’re My Sunshine Kit; paper, embellishments and stamps. Since the kit only uses three colors, I stuck to those three colors: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray and Whisper White. I did add a couple of overlays to the white background to give it some character. The worn out looking background is from Bunch of Backgrounds, while the floral one is from the Twitterpated Kit. The only other things that were added was the stitching from Simple Stitches and Staple and Stitching, along with the Scallop Border Punch and the Grosgrain Ribbon.

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Use this page sketch as a start point for your own scrapbook page. If you would like to share your page, you can either leave a link to your page in the comments below, or  share it on my Facebook Page. You can also just let me know you did a page using this sketch in the comment section.

Juanita

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Apr 162014
 

Digital Punch Art Birthday CardI saw this cute punch art birthday card online and just had to CASE it for my granddaughter’s birthday, which is coming up.

This was one that was so easy to duplicate digitally, too. Only I did add the background stamp to the design. When I asked my son what he thought about it, he said that since it had some little pin wheels, it needed some wind. I knew right away what I could use for that. One of the stamps from Bunch of Backgrounds has what looks like wind and birds. I shrunk it down some and cropped it to fill the white background. I made it Soft Sky and lowered the opacity. Then I colored the birds white so they didn’t show up. This was a really easy card to CASE and create.

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Make a punch art birthday card to send to someone you know. It can be flowers, animals or anything else that you think that special someone would like.

Juanita

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Apr 152014
 

Stampin’ Up! has partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal-authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.

Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

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