Yikes!

Just realized that I haven’t posted in almost a year! Clearly my time is going by very quickly. Can’t say that I’ve accomplished anything major in the past year or even created any cards/scrap pages worth posting. Guess I should clean my craft area and get back to it.

In the meantime, here are 3 freebies for you.

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PaintedWaterfalls

Preview

I hope you can make good use of them!

It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
FDR

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Long time no post

Hi all,

It’s been ages since I’ve posted…not much to say I guess. Anyhoo, I was going through my uploaded photos and found a few that weren’t attached to any posts so I thought I’d show you a couple. Never mind that the wedding card I’m posting was made so long ago that the bride and groom have a bouncing baby boy already! I used the bride’s chosen colours for this.

Wedding card

(I’m having issues with this pic.  It will show if you right click and open in new tab!)

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So here they are after over 1 and a half years!

Hey, if you are into digital scrapbooking and would love a free kit go to Design House Digital for their gret blog hop and collect the coupon code letters on the way to download a beautiful kit for FREE!

Now I must go, see you in a few days, weeks or months, I can’t really say!

“I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives

as much as if we  had never married at all.”
Lord Byron

Cool cupcake wrappers

Here’s a great freebie for those of you who like to pretty up your summer treats.  If you have the right software, you can even make your own personal touches.  If you don’t have any software that will work for these, you can download them just as zip files.

If you are looking for a cheap ($39.97 US) but good scrapbooking, card-making software that you can use these with I can give you a code to get $1o off the software, My Memories.  If you use this code to purchase the software, you will also get a code worth $10 to spend at mymemories.com so you can get some cool digital downloads to work with. (You can find the code in the right hand column of my blog.)

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_1  Click here to get the July 4th topper.

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_2   look like these:

The last one is quite elegant.

This can be found at: http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_3

Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Cupcake Liners

  1. Download template file and install it into your software
  2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
  3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

TIP: You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing. Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around.  This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use. Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it.  Just SAVE and PRINT on cardstock!

Cupcake Liner Tutorial

1.  Purchase or bake and cool cupcakes.  If cupcakes are frosted, place in refrigerator and chill cupcakes before putting liners on.  It is easier to put liners on if the frosting is cold. 2.  Print your cupcake liner templates on cardstock and gather supplies.  Each printed page will have enough supplies for 2 cupcakes. (Recommended supplies: small craft scissors, tape, foam squares, 1.25″ circle punch, toothpicks and ribbon)
3.  Using the scissors cut along outside line. TIP: Use a 1.25″ circle punch to cut out the toppers.  If printed at full size, the circles should be exactly the same size.

Cut out Pieces

4.  Wrap liner around cupcake and tape at seam. TIP: If using a smaller cupcake, just wrap around at the desired height. You can place a smaller cupcake at the bottom of the liner or make it tighter and wrap it around at the top.

Wrap liner around cupcake
5.  Using foam squares or tape, attach the front and back circles together to form the topper. Insert toothpick between the circles.

Topper instructions

Cupcake topper
6. Add ribbon onto the toothpick or at the bottom of the front circle, if desired.

Add Ribbon

7.  Insert toothpick into cupcake.  Enjoy the finished cupcakes and share.  Don’t forget to use your imagination.

Finished cupcakes

If you do decide to purchase the software, the code to use is: STMMMS89083

“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.”

~ Anne Byrn

Blog Hopping Along and tidying up

Hopping along and practicing some cools new techniques/challenges I'm learning from DHD for my digital scrapbooking.

If you think the H is cool, check out Daily Drop Cap for loads of cool drop caps to add to your  blog posts or digital scrapbooking!

I know I been absent for eons now, but as I have given up my SU demonstrator status, I've had a bit of a break from crafting.  My craft area is finally organized how I like and I've even pared down on some supplies (gasp!) so I can get back to the inks and papers soon.

I will soon be selling some older stamp sets and have loads of older SU catalogues to give away.  If any SU demo out there would like SU bags and a few other demo supplies, drop me a line.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

Playing with the camera – again

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a new camera and have spent some time playing with it.  My favourite subjects are my girls of course.  Although I haven’t yet made the digital scrapbook page I’ve been challenged to do, I thought I’d share some of the great shots that I took.  So modest, I now – but it’s amazing what a good camera can do for your ego!

Oh, yeah, and I’ve made a card or two!

The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.
Demetri Martin

Post dating my blog

I’m sitting at the kitchen table, with the laptop, eating a yummy cheeseburger (apologies to vegetarians, Orthodox Jews, and Tim).  It’s Sunday, April 17th and I thought I’d dabble in advanced blogging.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities when I have computer access AND feel the need to do something other than play Bejeweled Blitz (curse you, Reanna & Stephen) or browse Facebook.  So, I’m seeing if I can get the deferred posting option to work for me.  I’ve tried it before to no avail, but I think the problem with my blogging was pure operator error!

Anyhoo,  I said that I had indeed done some crafting before so here is an example:

First up, the hybrid scrapbook page I made.  It is not pure Stampin’ Up as I am quite happy to look about online for free digital elements and even have a few delivered to my inbox daily.  But all of my digital work is created in My Digital Studio and with the exception of not being able to use the freebie alpha sets from some sites, I have no complaint what so ever!

My parents have (so far) been blessed with an even dozen grandkids.  I say so far, ’cause we are hoping that at least one or two more will pop out – and no, not from me!  Three is just right.

Heather was invited to a party a couple of weeks ago, so, of course, I made a card.  The little birthday girl really likes Hello Kitty 😦  So trolled online and found another SU demonstrator who had created a Hello Kitty card and I copied here!  Thanks to creatingthehive.com I found her and was able to create this little item in spite of my intense dislike of all things Hello Kitty.  However, at this point, I can’t mention her name as my stupid browser won’t open the site!  But, if I have success with advanced blogging, you will never know as I can go in and change this info!!

It’s nowhere near as good as the original that inspired it, but not too bad considering I made it in 20 minutes without following her instructions to the letter.

(I’d did manage to look her up and her name is Lynn Pratt – she’s pretty awesome)

 

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein

And the winners are…

Remember I recently posted the entries I sent in for the Stampin’ Up My Digital Studio contest??  Well, I’ve finally managed to get my memory back in line and am now put the link here so that you can see the winners and check out their creations. http://www.stampinup.com/us/enu/18786.asp

Enjoy!

I’ve been trying to get some crafting done in time for Valentine’s Day as I have 3 little monkeys in school now and that means loads of cards for their friends.  I could easily grab those little ones from the dollar store but where’s the fun in that??  So I grabbed some cardstock in the retired colours (hey, I love my kids and even like their friends, but why use current stuff on their cards when I have a mess load of older cardstock to use up?).  As a fabulous mom, I also have stamps with their names on them – saves me the agony of watching them scribble their names over and over getting messier as they go along.  Here’s what I made – 21 for Katie, 26 for Heather and 30 for Sarah.

Then I grab those handy leftover bags from the Summer Reading Club medals, add candy, heart-shaped lollipops, and stickers and send the kids to school!

Like what you see?  Let me know!

I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash