Gift Idea – Beautiful Vintage Sampler Shadowbox

I want to introduce you to a very very talented stamper and paper extraordinaire… her name is Cecil Ortiz and she does amazing amazing things with paper… last month I was totally privileged to participate in my upline’s swap which features one of Cecil Ortiz’s works.  Cecil had made a beautiful vintage sampler that just took my breath away… so my upline thought it would be fun if we did a swap… each of us took a rectangle and we tried our best to replicate the vintage sampler that Cecil did…  I added a few squares to this to fit the hinged cabinet I picked out and the back of the hinged cabinet is cloth, so I can fasten a piece of velcro on each square and swap out squares month by month…

I thought it would be awesome to include a few squares that had words of wisdom that my children can read… I also thought this would be great to use MDS to jot down a few bible verses to help me lock in my studies…  Each month I can begin the month with the verses I plan to study…

Cecil – I just want to thank you profusely for sharing your work… you are truly an inspiration to me… you can find Cecil’s original work here:

Here’s my rendering plus 15 other talented stampers – again we all took a square – I did the square with the dress form and pink lace shawl, the butterfly with the blue bow, the two word cards and the sparkly heart and the small scallop circle with the two pink tails…

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Here’s the vintage sampler cards I made:

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It was really fun doing this and even more fun waiting for the mail to come with all the little cute cards.  The shadowbox pictured in the first image was purchased from Marshall’s for $14… not bad…

The actual size of the vintage sampler card is 1 3/8″ x 1 7/8″.  I used the scallop rectangle framelet for the back of the vintage sampler card.  The shading was done in sahara sand…

I hope you can try this!  It’s really not that hard – just a little tedious if you have to add pearls and cut out pieces… do one a night!  By Mother’s day you will have a very very nice gift for Mom or Grandma!

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Intermediate – Iris Paper Folding

For the March Stamp-a-Sack I thought I would challenge us a bit 🙂 and make something utterly beautiful and feminine… this card picture does not do this card justice… it is truly stunning with the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Pink Pirouette 5/8″ Taffeta Ribbons… very very fun… took a little patience but gosh did it pay off!

For the April Stamp-a-Sack we will make this again with a different pattern for a very nice Mother’s Day card…  You can find the square iris folding template here: (just scroll down to the square template 🙂 )!

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The stamp set I used is the Everybunny Stamp set…  I colored the bunny in using the watercolor pencils and a blender pen… I also used a cute little basic pearl for his nose!  This first row of the iris folding is cardstock and the rest is our beautifully soft 5/8″ taffeta ribbon!

Blessings… I hope YOU can try to make this one… it will take about 30-45 minutes to make this card depending on how fast you work through the iris folding template… but WOW will be what the receiver of this card will say!

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My Digital Studio Mondays – Established Elegance

Oh Spring can you please show up… took me three hours to shovel out last night… I am aching for a nice warm late spring day and wanted to do a scrapbook layout that reminded me of a nice late spring/ early summer memory from last summer… I had a sweet magical visitor fly in to my sunny front porch… I was so surprised how friendly she was… and so pretty… I found a scrapbook pagemap that featured the dressmaker form in the Established Elegance set… just the layout I needed to honor this moment…

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all images (c) 2013, Stampin’ Up!


1. Try pairing Stampin’ Up!’s Established Elegance with the beautiful Tea for Two Designer Series Paper!

My Digital Studio Products Used:

1. 130910 – My Digital Studio 2 Plus Scrapbooking Software

2. 127424 – Established Elegance Stamp Brush Set

3. 130663 – Tea for Two Content Disc

4. 122164 – Antique Brads Pack

Happy Stampin’,

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He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Daniel 2:21

Gift Packaging – Big Shot and Spring 2013 Tea for Two DSP to the Rescue

Ooooh… the gift I had gotten my mom is so special I cannot seem to find a box nice enough… I got her this beautiful pocketwatch pendant but any box I put it in is kinda plain… so with the new Spring 2013 Catalog and the Big Shot Top Note Die, I was able to create a very vintage bag… {note – the beautiful lace out of the bag is mine… the basic grey bow (Sprint 2013 Catalog) and the island indigo ribbon (Sale-a-bration Catalog) are from Stampin’ Up!}

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I used My Digital Studio to print out the new Designer Series Paper – Tea for Two… isn’t it dreamy and romantic?  And Island Indigo Ribbon from Sycamore Street Sale-a-bration item coordinates so beautifully…

And did you see that cute charm – that is also NEW!  from the Spring 2013 catalog – Tea Time Trinkets – you get 6 trinkets and can attach them to a lobster claw as I did…

And finally the beautiful basic grey bow is also in the Spring 2013 catalog – this is our beautiful new Two Tone ribbon – it’s 1 1/4″ in width and comes in two colors – grey and pink.

I am really loving this new Designer Series Paper and ribbons and the Designer Series Paper is available in both digital and paper forms…

Merry Christmas!


My Digital Studio – Challenge – Make an Owl in MDS

Oh the craze… owls… big ones… little ones… and in-between sized ones… and my sweet darling Egyptian cat Ciara would love to play with one… actually she is so timid I bet she would hide if she saw one – around where I live they get very large!  Ciara is the type of cat that just hangs loose… birdwatching all day in any window she can get to and simply has the colorings of the colors in Comfort Cafe Designer Papers – so I just had to scrap her!   I drew my own owl using the free form drawing tool (see top right) and then I used a the Two Step Owl punch (see bottom right)… dressed both of them in Comfort Cafe patterns and voila… you have a really cute page…

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Supply List:
127123 – Comfort Cafe Collection Dvd

122153 – Two Step Owl Punch

118853- Punch Shapes

125785 – Flag Punch

It’s not too late to get your special someone the My Digital Studio 2.0 software… click here to order now!  Also the Digital Downloads are available immediately… so you can receive these in time for Christmas!

Enjoy and more to come!


Sinful Saturdays: Making Beautiful Stationary Monograms – Quick. Easy. Fun!

Stationary is such a fun thing… and with My Digital Studio you can make wonderful stationary… I adore the stationary where a monogram is in the middle and then there is a circle of text around the monogram for the address… and did you know that My Digital Studio does this!  Can we all say A W E S O M E at the same time?  This is better than dipping chocolate biscotti in coffee… well… maybe not but it is close.

So here’s the finished stationary monogram and I did this in 5 steps!

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Sinful Saturday Stationary

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Now YOU try as I go through each step…  you don’t have to use the same stamps/papers/fonts/embellishments… these steps work for pretty much anything … don’t be afraid to have a little fun here… you are allowed!

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Step 1.Freeform Draw a Circle

Using the Freeform Shape drawing tool, draw a simple circle – don’t worry about size – we can deal with size later…  make sure the circle color is black so you can see it!

Step 2.  Text

Insert the text you would like to see around the circle.  It can be as simple as Let’s Get Creative to your address… and again we can resize the circle shape once your text is attached to the shape.

Step 3. Attach

Select both the circle freeform shape you drew and the text … you have to make sure they are both selected (you can do this by holding the shift key down and clicking on each item).  While having both the text and freeform shape selected, select the right mouse menu by right mouse clicking.  You should see a menu option that says attach to shape.

Step 4. Hide Line or Recolor Line

Now you should see your text curling around the circle… so it is now time to remove the circle by simply hiding the line or re-coloring the freeform circle shape your background color.   You can right mouse click on the line and select the edit object menu option.  Make sure you single click on the circle so that the text editor does not pop up!  You can hide your line by checking the Hide Line check box or you can recolor your freeform circle shape by using the color tool in the freeform shape menu.

Step 5. Reshape and Embellish with color, stamps

Now you can reshape your image to what you desire… I chose to make my shape an oval.  You can edit the text in the attached shape by simply double clicking on the shape… get creative… use fonts to spark emotion! If you look closely I also did this technique to the “Scrap” word in the little flag on the flowers!

This is my favorite step… add embellishments…  I am using the beautiful digital stamps from A little of this digital stamp set that comes with My Digital Studio 2.0.  The PSL monogram was done using a Chopin font.  I believe the Chopin font is standard with windows – if you do not have it you can get this font at for free and download.

Step 6: Take it up a notch – try this …

Try this … instead of using the Freeform Shape tool, try using a punch.. .and then filling in the punch with a paper, matt it and then select the text you want to go inside the punch and use the attach to shape… voila a nice journaling technique!

Phew… we are done!  Great Job!

Well… Happy Sinful Saturday!  If you liked this tutorial… please call me to request an Intro to My Digital Studio 2.0 Technique class.  This is one of the techniques I teach !

Did I inspire YOU to make something beautiful?


Christmas 2012 – Glam Your Christmas Flowers Up!

Here’s a quick and easy way to add a touch of glam and elegance to your flowers – sprinkle them with dazzling diamond glitter!  Then watch them come alive by the fireside with each flicker of warmth!

To make it easy – I put the dazzling diamond glitter in a salt shaker – then shake away on the petals of the flowers… 🙂 this one is easy – Now YOU try this!

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Takes 5 minutes and looks great!  The flowers are a shooting star hydrangea – one of my favorites!

Another idea is to add a glittered ornament stamped with your favorite Stampin’ Up! ornament image – just fasten it to a wooden skewer and stick in the plant… add a few at different lengths and now your plants are ready for the Holidays – easy breezy!


Christmas 2012 – Quick Christmas Ghirardelli Chocolate Gifts

Looking for a way to quickly make beautiful and Quick Christmas Gifts – I make these for my co-workers… I start with a bag of Ghirardelli Sea Salt Selection Chocolate Squares and then I simply create a joyous pleasure… when the chocolate is all consumed, the receiver of this gift has a neat snack clip (the clothes pin)… how fun is this?

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Chocolate Employee Gifts

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Now YOU make these…

Makes 10

1. Cut

Using two sheets of Designer Paper – Cut 30 – 5″ x 2″ strips of Designer Paper.

Using one sheet of Designer Paper – Cut 10 – 1/2″ x 3″ strips of Designer Paper.

Using wide ribbon of your choice – Cut 10 – 14″ strips of Ribbon

2. Adhere

Take Ghirardelli Chocolates and wrap them using the 5″ x 2″ strips of Designer Paper.

Take 10 clothes pins and adhere the 1/2″ x 3″ strip of Designer Paper to the front of the clothes pin.

Stack and tie 3 Ghirardelli Chocolates together .. make a bow… do this until the 30 wrapped Ghirardelli Chocolates are all bundled.

3. Stamp or Print Image 10 times and cut out.  I like using the Whisper White Shimmer Paper.

4. Glitter the stamped image using the Glue Pad and Stampin’ Up!’s Dazzling Diamond’s Stampin’ Glitter.

5. Adhere the clothes pin to the bow on the wrapped Ghirardelli Chocolates  {Step it up:  You can spray the clothes pin with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz}

6. Adhere the stamped and glitter image to the designer paper side of clothes pin.

7.Embellish the stamped image.

8. Cut 10 – Top Notes and embellish

9. Adhere the bundled chocolates to the Top Notes.

This took a total of 30 minutes to do 🙂  Nice, classy, easy and quick!


Coming Soon: Spring 2013 – Making a Difference for 25 Years!!! (and counting…)

I cannot believe 2013 is less than a month away!  And ladies, as you know, with that comes the new Spring 2013 catalog… and it is power packed… Can you spot the new papers?  How about a new embossing folder that has Honeycomb shapes on it?

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I was thinking of my grandmother today, she is no longer with us, but she was such a lady… very petite and always dressed in something that had a beautiful rose print… the new Print Poetry 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Designer Paper stack takes you back to a time where memories were abundant and time simply stood still.. couple Stampin’ Up!’s new Designer Paper stack with the new Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and you have a really neat way to make a quilted card!

{for those of you who do not know what a quilted card is, you simply punch 12 – 1 3/8″ squares from your favorite Designer Paper – I chose the new Print Poetry Designer paper.  The colors for this paper are Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla.  Simply arrange the punched squares in three rows of four squares on a piece of card stock.  Cut to size, emboss using your favorite embossing folder and then embellish and make a card.  Very easy and affordable!}

Here’s the entire card so you can get inspired!

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Quilted Card Large

The Print Poetry Designer Paper and the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing folder will be available  January 3, 2013 till May 13, 2013 at my shop.

Bookmark this page and come back January 3, 2013 and then click here to order.

More to come!


Sinful Saturdays: Doing a Vintage Scrapbook Page in 7 Steps!

If you haven’t guessed already, I l-o-v-e the vintage look… and scrapbooking vintage took me a while to learn and get comfy with – I can layout a Vintage page now in 7 steps – let me show you how…

First let me share with you the finished Scrapbook Page… and then I can take you on a 7-Step Vintage Adventure!  The photo is of a beautiful fall Lake Michigan Sunset here in the northshore area in Chicago, Illinois… {another thing I am thankful for… living near a beach … beautiful!}

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7 Step Vintage Final

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Nheart frame vintage image vry smow YOU try as I go through each step…  you don’t have to use the same stamps/papers/fonts/embellishments… these steps work for pretty much anything vintage…  also call me if you want me to setup a Vintage Digital Scrapbooking class for a group of girls… it’s a really fun class… and we get to do High Tea… but that’s for another topic …

7 Step Vintage

Step 1. Stamp

Stamp your images on a very vanilla or whisper white background.  I am using very vanilla background with the Daring Adventure Stamps: Background, Element 1 and Hot Air Balloon and the Autumn Elements Stamps: Flower Flourish 2, Flourish 1 and Flourish 2.

Have fun reshaping the size of your stamps {another great reason to digital scrapbook} and play with the send to back / bring to front order menu option {right click on the stamp image and select order menu option}… I added a title just to get an idea of where on the page the title should go…

Step 2.  Shadow

Add a Shadow to your stamps.  On the stamp tool, there is a shadow feature.  To shadow all your stamps at once {that’s what I do} simply click on one stamped image and then select the stamp shadow tool and click the check box that says apply shadow to all stamps on page.  Voila – your done – easy breezy…

You can play with the color of the shadow and also how big and small you want the shadow – have at it… the goal is to create dimension here.

Step 3. Color

Now this is the fun part – add color to your stamps.  Think about what colors in your picture you want to accentuate.  Think about how to romance your viewer of the page with color…

Play around with the Opacity.  The less Opacity of your stamped image, the more see through/transparent it will be…

I am using the Going Gray, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Soft Suede colors… can you spot each of them?  See how I made some of the colors darker to add dimension and focus?

Step 4. Background

Now you can pick a background.  I like doing this after I have my stamped images colored and placed so that I can now figure out which background fits the theme/style… this is a little different than traditional scrapbooking.

I selected the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede Villa and I set it to 50% opacity.  This way the background does not take over the page and highlights the shadows from the stamps…

Step 5. Add Photo/ Punches

Now you can add your photo… I did something interesting… I actually matted the photo with very vanilla and then below the photo I punched out a rectangle to make a vintage polaroid picture look!  {my daughter is nagging me about getting one of these… sheeesh… }

You can merge the punch and the photo and then rotate to get your placement just right.  I added a shadow.

Refine and play around with Ordering your stamps {bring to front/ bring to back} to get the look you want… remember show dimension!!!

Step 6. Embellish!

This is my favorite step… add embellishments… I am using the Baja Breeze Brads and Baja Breeze Bow for the Daring Adventure – Hot Air Balloon Stamp.  See how cute that turned out?  I also used the Hodge Podge Hardware Brad – Filigree 2 and a Basic Pearl – Large – can you spot them?  They are right in the middle of the Autumn Elements – Flourish 1 and Flourish 2.

Also play around with the layering a bit using again the Ordering tool… you can right mouse click on the stamped image or embellishment to get the ordering menu to show up.

Step 7: Caption…

This step is a fun step too!  Add captions to your scrapbook page:  title, photo caption and maybe bottom of page caption…

When I do this step, I like to take out magazines and see what inspirations I get…  I am using a few fonts:  Baroque Script for the Heading, Baskerville for the “walking” word and Berbard the photo caption… {see doesn’t it really look like a polaroid?}  and Baskerville for the date…

Phew… we are done!  Great Job!

Well… Happy Sinful Saturday!  If you liked this tutorial… please call me to book a my 7 Step Vintage Class – we make all kinds of things!

Did I inspire YOU to make something beautiful?


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