Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MDS - Best Friends

I have been trying to get better with scrapbooking and I find MDS is the way to go. I finished this page in one hour while watching TV so you know the program is easy to use. 
I love Stampin Ups My Digital Studio and I am hoping I will have more examples for you soon. Remember that right now you can download a free 30 day trial of MDS, just click the link above.

I have used MDS for my Banner above and for my Facebook Page photo and many times I have used it for Birthday Invites. 

I am very bad at organizing my photos and I truly think that is the key to good scrapbooking. 

These are some of my favourite pictures of my youngest (who is now 3).  

I used DSP from the Sale-a-bration digital downloads, and digital stamps including Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and Razzle Dazzle as well as embellishments such as stitching. 

I hope this is the first of many MDS projects I have to show you.  I got the layout inspiration from Heather Summers who is a goddess when it comes to MDS.   Please contact me if you are interested in ordering MDS, hosting a Stampin Up Party or if you just have questions about the product.

Janet Y

Monday, February 27, 2012

Water Bottle Hanger Tutorial

I have had a few people ask me how I made the water bottle hangers that are shown below and I thought the easiest thing for me to do was to post a tutorial (only my second one ever!).  I have seen these before and I am sure there is another tutorial out there somewhere but this was my take on it so I hope you like it.   I kept it small so I could get two from one 8.5" x 11" sheet.

Base - 4 1/4" x 11"
Layer 1 - 2 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2 - 2" x 3 3/4"
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle, Small Scallop Circle and the Decorative Label

Simply Scored, Cutter.

To make the scallop circle around the opening for the water bottle I punched a 1 3/8" Circle in Pool Party, and then punched the scallop circle around it.

Take the Base layer and score at 2" (this is the top), 6.5" and 7" (this is the bottom) on the long side. (Sorry about the extra marker on the Scoring tool ignore it) 
On the short side score at 1/2" and 1" and flip and do that again on the other side. 
 Cut away 1" on either side from the base leaving the bottom 4 1/2"  in tact.  I made little tabs as seen in the picture between 4.5" and 4" that will end up being the bottom of the hanger.
 Attach the scallop circle to the top then punch out the circle in the middle with the 1 3/8" punch.
To make a layered look on the decorative label punch simply punch out two in the background color and glue together leaving about 1/8" as shown. Then attach your main label on top as shown below.
Fold along score lines, add sticky strip to all tabs as shown and glue them to the top half.
Decorate using the layer pieces and label.  I put a Dairy Milk Thins Chocolate bar and a Nestea flavour packet (for the water bottle of course!)  You could also add a pen for orders or Twizzlers, the possibilities are endless.

I hope you like the final result.  I think I may try these for a BBQ or a Birthday Party.  I would love to see your take on it, leave your link below in the comments.  Thanks everyone.  Have a great day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

C is for Cookie

Last Fall Stampin Up came out with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp.   I admit I was not over the moon for this at first.  I don't really like sugar cookies and I am not a big "kitchen" person, honestly I should not be eating cookies they are a weakness of mine and I try not to have them around!  Of course I have two little girls and run a part-time day home so it is nice to give the kids homemade cookies instead of bear paws all the time!  

On a whim I ordered the newest set of Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps "Occasions Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp" and I just had to try them out! I used Peanut Butter cookies because as I said I don't really like Sugar Cookies. I was worried about how much they would spread out and distort the image on the cookie but in the end I was pretty happy with the result. If I ever feel brave enough to actually add some fancy icing or sugar I will post that too but here is how it all went down .....

I used a recipe from called      
"Classic Peanut Butter Cookies"  then instead of using a fork to press them down I used the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp.  I even dipped it in sugar first to add a bit of sweetness to the top.

Bake at 375F for 8 minutes and....


I am pretty happy with how they turned out and now I think I need to get the "Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp" set. 

Last night I had a card class with for a few ladies and served the cookies to rave reviews! 

As you can see I also made them a little gift for their place setting!  Don't you just love the
Sale-a-bration DSP!
Don't forget only one month left to get free items during Sale-a-Bration!  Contact me if you would like to host a party for even more free items and some crafty good times.  Who knows maybe you will get some Sweets Surprises!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Just a quick note to wish you a wonderful Valentines Day. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

They Say It's Your Birthday!

A couple of weeks ago my wonderful Friend and Neighbour had a birthday and every year I try to make her something special. She is always helping me out and watching my kids and I want her to know how much I appreciate it. My way of doing this is to hit my craft room and create! This year I used the Everyday Enchantments paper from Sale-a-Bration because I am in love with it! It is so beautiful! Using a clear DVD case (or clear stamp set case) I made a notebook holder and recovered the notebook inside to match.

 I used the Perfectly Penned stamp set for the Happy Birthday and luckily I had a pencil that fit perfectly.  I found the pencil at    Wal-mart and the notebook at Michaels. 

I love this so much I may have to make another for myself.   

Thanks for Looking.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Baby - Baby - Baby

So the "secret" project I mentioned a few weeks ago is over and now I can share it with the world!  My good friend and Neighbour had a baby shower for a very good friend.  After having 3 boys she finally had a girl and we were excited to go crazy with the pink!  I love making baby items but rarely get the chance so I took the chance to make some super fun and sweet items. 

 Above is the banner I made for the shower. I know you have seen the onesie cards that people have been making for awhile so I just adjusted it to make a banner.  Colors used were Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzelberry.  I used some baby button brads (not Stampin Up oops) and my cricut to make the letters. 

Left is the Thank You Party Treats we made for the guests.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the milk carton die!

The cupcake picks are an idea I saw on a card from Splitcoast Stampers I love the little bundles.

I used pretty in pink and put the folder through the swiss dots embossing folder and used the Large Oval punch.  I used the much missed retired blush blossom paper for the face. 

 This is the card and booties I made for the Mommy (Colleen).  I have wanted to try my hand at the baby booties I see all over splitcoast but I have to say, I found them difficult!   For the card I used the retired stocking punch (I will miss that one too).

Below is my neighbour Charity with the little bundle of Joy.  I did not get a picture of Mommy Colleen with her little one, everyone else was too busy holding her!
Thanks for Looking. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Easy Valentine's Tutorial "Matchbook Sucker Holder"

I don't know about you but I love making class treats!  I know the little ones won't appreciate the effort but it's not about that for me.  I just enjoy the creation process and the feeling of "I made that!" 

I have a limited time to get to make class treats for my kids' school.  Our Elementary school does not allow candy to be given out at all so I only have a couple of years while my youngest is in pre-school.  I am making the most of it while not going overboard (at least I don't think this is too crazy). 
I thought I would try my hand at a photo tutorial just to show the process of a simple class gift.

Real Red Card Stock cut down to 2 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Score at 2", 2 3/8", 4 3/8" and 4 3/4"  (shown here using Simply Scored tool from Stampin UP)

 Between the score lines of 2" and 2 3/8" use the crop-o-dial to punch a hole for the sucker. 

Cut a piece of Whisper White down to 2 1/8" x 1 7/8" for the front of the match book. Using the owl punch from Stampin UP create an owl.  I used Real Red DSP, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White to create a Valentine Owl.

Using Fabulous Phrases I created a phrase for the front "For You Sweet Friend" stamped in Real Red.

Fold the matchbook over and right below the flap put a dimensional sticker. On Whisper White stamp "Happy Valentines Day" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes in Real Red. Punch out with the Modern Label Punch and adhere to the dimensional as close to the bottom of the label as possible without the dimensional showing. This gives you a slot to fit the flap into and keep the matchbook closed.

 Slide the sucker into the hole at the bottom.
 Close up; add some ribbon around the stem of the sucker for decoration and you're done.

Hope you enjoyed my First Tutorial!  Thanks for stopping by.
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