Monday, February 27, 2012

And all the rest...

And here are all the cards whose challenge links have expired... phew! Then I'll take a break from bombarding you with posts, and get back to creating ;)

A card for teacher:

One for my hubby, with custom debossing done with punches:

And this last one I did just to play with the doilies, but I wasn't quite happy with the finished product...

UNTIL, I turned it around, and all of a sudden the flow was much better and I loved it... such a tiny change in perspective can change so much, in my humble opinion!

And now for something super pretty...

I'm caught up on posting cards for live challenges, but before I do a big post of all the ones for expired challenges, I just wanted to share this card that I'm so proud of! Last night, I felt creative, but didn't have any events coming up, so I decided to just try to make something pretty, with the Sale-a-Bration stuff... I think I succeeded! I used the sketch challenge at A La Card Monkey, and the colors at The Play Date Cafe were perfect to let me use the Everyday Enchantment, but still keep me focused on just a few colors instead of the whole gorgeous palette in that collection...

And here are the great challenges I used:

Up in the air...

Another kid's Valentine's card, this one for my older son, with the Utah Divas sketch... I love how all these different elements worked so well together. It's hard to tell in the pic, but I used Glossy cardstock for the background, and it really made the whole card pop!

The sketch I used is missing now, so I can't post it here, but if you follow this link, you can get a good idea of what it was... Saturday Sketch Challenge 2/11

Gnomeo for my little man

This is the Valentine's card I made for my littlest dude, who love the movie Gnomeo and Juliet, using the Craft Project Central sketch for the month...

And the fun sketch I used...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Just My Type

I managed to use a whole bunch of challenges for my hubby's birthday card. And while typewriters really aren't "him", he still liked this one with it's masculine, clean lines and his favorite colors.

I used Mojo Monday
for the sketch, Hand Stamped Sentiments for the color-blocking challenge (the spritzed columns on newsprint), Utah Divas color challenge and SUO's Happy Birthday theme... phew!

And here are the challenge images...


It may appear, if you've been following this blog, that I haven't been doing any cardmaking, but in actuality, I've made quite a few... it's just the blogging I haven't had time to do. But today, I'll be catching up. I'll be doing it backwards though, so I can link to the challenges I used that haven't closed yet. Then I'll do post or two of all the ones I made and loved, but missed the challenge deadlines.

Here is my first chance to use my new Dino-Roar set. The sketch I used for this one has expired, but it was a fairly simple one, because I wanted this card to be clean and simple to showcase the watercoloring. I also used the ColourQ challenge, the SUO Happy Birthday them and There She Goes challenge for animal themes.

I ended up using 3 different watercoloring mediums. I used a Basic Grey watercolor crayon for the horns and toenails, Dusty Durango marker for the dino, and Ballet Blue and Old Olive pastels for the sky and grass.

Here are the colors... I substituted the Ballet Blue for Baja Breeze, because I was also doing a challenge (expired), to use stripes and polka dots, and didn't have any Baja prints on hand.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Big Demo Deal and a Fabulous Freebie

First, I'll tell you about the exciting freebie for EVERYONE! Starting now, you can download My Digital Studio Express for FREE for a 30 day trial!!!!

How do you get it?
You can download the software and access the free trial through the Shop Now button on my Online Store, and order using item number 129600. You will need to create a customer account, with your name and address, but no payment info is necessary.

What do you do once you try it and like it?
Once the 30-day free trial period is over, you can purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue using it. You'll simply open up the trial version you already have on your computer, and will be prompted to enter the product registration key you received after purchasing the software. (You'll receive this key via e-mail if you purchase the downloadable version, and you'll find it along with your shipped software if you purchase the disc version.)

More info:

What is My Digital Studio (MDS) Express? It is a downloadable version, regularly $39.95, of our popular My Digital Studio digital design software. You receive the same software and some digital content to get you started!

What comes in the MDS Express download? Over $50 worth of content, which includes:
-12 Designer Series paper patterns
-One 9-piece stamp brush set
-81 embellishments
-26 punches
-Five designer templates (24-page 11" x 8-1/2" photobook, 7" x 5" postcard, 5" x 7" postcard, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" greeting card, 4" x 9-1/4" trifold card)

AND since it downloads instantly, there's no shipping charge!
Click here to view the full content of MDS Express

How Does My Digital Studio Express differ from My Digital Studio? My Digital Studio (item 118108, $79.95) contains packaged DVDs and nearly 2,000 stamp brush sets, embellishments, designer templates, punches, Designer Series Papers, card stock and more. That's a $500 value. My Digital Studio Express does not contain the $500 worth of digital images.

With the FREE 30 Day Trial, you'll get:
-Full access to the software at NO COST.
-Full design functionality.
-Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express.
-Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets–and everything in between.
-View MDS Catalog.
-Access to Stampin' Up! professional print services.
-Learn, get tips and see lots of samples at

Ordering is very simple, but if you have any trouble, please email me for help.

And now, for the Big Deal!

During Sale-A-Bration, New (or returning) Demonstrators can sign up for only $150 AND you get a years worth of monthly freebies!!! The freebies are either a pack of Designer Series Paper free each month, OR Digital Downloads (or alternate between the two). The great thing is, if you try the MDS and like it, you can sign up for the Digital Demo package, and build up your collection of downloads for free. Or grow your DSP stash for a year, for your paper crafting... the choice is yours.

-FREE package of Designer Series Paper ($13.50 or less) or digital download (any price) begins the month after the new demonstrator joins Stampin' Up!
-New demonstrator may alternate between Designer Series Paper and digital download each month.
-Free paper or digital download does not include tax or shipping.
-New demonstrator must redeem her free item on a demonstrator order. If a demonstrator chooses not to add any other items to her order besides the free Designer Series Paper, she will incur the minimum shipping charge (there are no shipping charges for digital downloads).
-Demonstrator must remain active during incentive period to be eligible for free items.

And don't forget that Sale-A-Bration is in full swing now...

Click here to see the whole Sale-a-Bration catalogue.