Sunday, May 30, 2010

Graduation and My Digital Studio

     Tomorrow is graduation day for Galesburg High School Class of 2010.  My daughter, Elizabeth, is among those graduating, and this is the Open House invitation I designed for her using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  It's pretty much the same layout that I had planned to make, but didn't have time.  The card took literally, a few minutes to design and complete, then print. 
     My Digital Studio comes with Stampin' Up! card stock colors, Designer Series Papers, stamps, and accessories, including brads, ribbons, buttons and more.  New downloads are available regularly, so that your designs and layouts are always fresh and up to date.
     The best part about designing with My  Digital Studio, is the ability to change every part of the layout within seconds.  It is so easy to do.  If you like designing cards, scrapbook layouts, etc. on the computer, then you'll LOVE My Digital Studio!


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Custom Card Request

     Several months ago, I started having conversation with my cousin in North Carolina about making graduation cards for her son (our Godson).  It could not be 'CUTE' or frilly, it had to be very masculine and include the school mascot, school colors and a symbol for baseball and football.  I downloaded the mascot from the school website, then used 3 different stamp sets to complete the card.  They are Introducing, Just Baseball and Just Football.  I even personalized the football helmet with the jersey number.  I like the finished card and layout, and I know my cousin was happy with it.  She sent me a note saying the cards look 'awesome'.  How's that for a compliment? 
      If you're in need of custom made invitations, special occasion cards or party favors, I would be glad to design and make them for you.  Just give me a call.


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bag in a Box

     One of my favorite things to make with Stampin' Up! products is a box or 3-D project.  This isn't quite complete, as it still needs the tabs on top for the ribbon.  I'm almost done with my 'hurry and use retiring product' phase, as I'm approaching my final card club for this season.  I'll be holding some classes this summer, and will start card club again this August. 
     This is a cute and not too difficult project that we'll be making at Card Club on Tuesday.  The 'Box' is on the bottom.  The 'Bag' is wrapped around the sides of the box, then closed in the back.  An extra layer is attached to the outside of the bag and uses one of the border punches.  The 'Flower' on the front  looks almost like cloth in real life, but is actually made from cardstock.  Both the Bag in a Box and the flower are originally from other demonstrators.  Would you like to learn how to make this and other projects?  Contact me for more information at 221-0978.  I'll be glad to set up a class time for you and your friends.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My dear friend

I just love the Polished Stone technique!  It's so fun and easy to do!  Every sheet you do is unique, even when you use the same color combinations.  This uses Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise, YoYo Yellow, and Pink Passion.  These bright colors look very soft when combined with this technique on glossy cardstock.  Again, I'm trying to use some of my retiring stock, so for my background piece I chose Barely Banana.  The top layer is Regal Rose, since I am fresh out of many Bold Brights.  The colors coordinate quite well, don't you think?  The Buttons are from the Fresh Favorites 1 collection.  The Faux stitching is done using the White Gel Pen with a ruler as a guide.  Thank you to Tamara Black, a member of Late Night Stampers, for her card inspiration.  I CASE'd her card, but changed some of the colors and buttons.  We'll be making this card at the Tuesday night Card Club next week.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Happy STamping,

Twila

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Life is Special

My friend and neighbor is facing surgery and possible cancer, so I made her a special card using a stamp that she  bought me several months ago.  It's not Stampin' Up!, but it's a very nice sentiment that I thought fitting.  This design is called a 'Gatefold' card.  It opens in the center instead of the usual top, bottom, or side.   The center flower is a Level 2 Hostess stamp from the new Summer Mini Catalog and matches the scallop circle punch.  The circle is cut using the Circle Scissor Plus, and the large scallop is the scallop circle #2 Die, cut with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.  I love using this machine.  It is so versatile. 

     The sentiment on the front is from the Curvy Verses stamp set.  The inside of the card uses the new Presto Patterns Specialty paper, also found in the Summer Mini.  This paper is white on white, and meant to be colored to match your project.  I cut out the scallop envelope die and then sponged the ink on the front of the envelope and inserted the card with the friend message.
      I'd love to know what you think of this card.  Please feel free to leave a comment.  I do moderate them, but your comment will get posted.
     Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Grad

     With my daughter Elizabeth's graduation just around the corner on May 30, I wanted to have a card design using the new Happy Grad stamp  and also use some retiring colors.  This particular card pretty much matches the Galesburg High School Streaks colors of silver, gold and black.  The card base actually uses Bordering Blue, though it looks almost silver in some light.  The top layer is Crushed Curry.  This could easily be adapted to any color combination or any occasion you need. 
     There's still time to get your graduation sets from the Summer Mini catalog before graduation.  I can also design and make a set of cards or invitations for you.  Just give me a call.


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wonderful Mother

     This coming Sunday is Mother's Day.  Do you have a card ready for that special Mom in your life? 
     I've been experimenting with designs for this special event recently.  This is one I wanted to use for card club last week and didn't because I did not have a spray bottle to use to spritz on the sparkle I wanted it to have.  This is much more elegant in real life.  The background color and ink used is Cameo Coral.  This is such a pretty color and I'm sad to see it is retiring at the end of next month. 
     Go stamp something today for your special Mom.  Don't have what you need?  Call me and we'll work something out.

Happy Stamping,


Twila

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Puns from the Past

     May 1 is May Day around the world!  It's also the beginning of National Scrapbooking Month.  See the flyer to the right for this month's specials to promote scrapbooking.  May 1 is also the beginning of a new Summer Mini Catalog!  There are some remarkable new products in there!  Be sure to check out the link on my sidebar to see what's new!
     The card shown here is a very simple card we did at Card Club last week.  It uses another soon to be retired In-Color, Dusty Durango, Patterns DSP, and the matching Polka Dot Ribbon.  The 'fan mail' is stamped in Dusty Durango on Crushed Curry.  Such an easy card to put together.
     Be sure to check out the Fond Farewell Colors, as well as the Color Renovation list to the right.  The new colors being introduced are beautiful rich colors that are certain to please.

Happy Stamping and Scrapbooking,

Twila