Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day digital scrapbook page

Let's go fly a kite!
This was one of the first pages I created with MDS (My Digital Studio) and this was the day I fell in love with that software.   When I discovered that I could use one of my photos as the background for the page, the entire thing fell into place in 15 minutes.   Definitely a land-speed record for me, and yet it is probably one of my favorite scrapbook pages I've ever created.

The bare-bones version of MDS is still available as a 30-day free trial.  Before the end of this year, MDS2 is going to be released, and it will be free to anyone who has purchased the software since May 8, 2012.   The upgrade will cost $20 for those of us who have had it longer.   Lots of exciting new features - Hooray! 

More Father's Day projects  Here and Here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day punch art

I was totally stumped on what to use for my father-in-law's card this year until I saw this golf card over on Kathe's blog.   Finally, a perfect idea where before I had none!  I changed a few things, and I'm pretty happy with how my interpretation came out, although I can think of a couple things I would do differently if I made another.

If you CASE this, please leave a comment here with a link so I can see your version, too!

Click here to see the card I made for my handy Dad!

I started with some scraps of Certainly Celery card stock and tore the edges to make the grass (or "the green" or whatever!).  I used the retired Medium Oval Punch for the hole and the 3/4" circle punch for the golf ball.  I ran the white circle thru the Big Shot with the retired polka dots Texturz plate and sponged the debossed side with a tiny bit of Basic Gray.   I attached it to the Bashful Blue card base with a dimensional, then ran my finger around and around the edges of the ball to give it a curved shape.  The flagpole is a scrap strip inked direct-to-paper with Chocolate Chip and Soft Suede.   Pennant Builder Punch for the flag, curved with the bone folder and attached with 1/2-dimensionals.   To make the bushes, I punched a Scalloped Oval and a scalloped triangle (Pennant Builder Punch) from Certainly Celery and sponged with Garden Green.   I was going to use a scalloped circle for the sun until I remembered Every Little Bit has a cute sun, so I stamped him in Pumpkin Pie on Daffodil Delight, cut him out and mounted him with a dimensional.   With such a cute sun, the "Live in the Sunshine" sentiment from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set seemed necessary on the card front!   The inside has Happy Father's Day from Delightful Dozen, but this would also make a great birthday card for anyone who enjoys golf!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stampin' Llamas Summer Blog Hop

Hope you're enjoying all the creations of my lovely sister llamas from the brand spanking new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog.   If you're following around, you arrived here from Buffy's lovely blog.   The link to the next stop on the hop is at the bottom of this post.

Masculine teacher card  -  Here in NY, we still have one more week of school, so I'm just starting on the teacher thank you projects.  This card really seems to me to need another little layer or a few brads somewhere, but I'm stumped... any ideas?

Bus from Every Little Bit stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake cardstock, except for one stamped in Early Espresso and colored with pencils.  Sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness stamped in Real Red on Very Vanilla, matted on Early Espresso and popped up with dimensionals.  Inside stamped Thank You from the Curly Cute stamp set.  

Hello Doily In-Color Rainbow card  - I've been seeing so many rainbow-themed cards lately I just had to try one!   What do you think?

I started by heat embossing Hello Doily with clear powder onto Whisper White.   Starting at the center of the doily, I sponged with Primrose Petals, So Saffron, Pool Party, Marina Mist and Midnight Muse inks.   Flowers from Language of Friendship are stamped in Primrose Petals on matching CS, and punched with the coordinating Boho Blossoms punch - really like how the stamp gives dimension to the punched flowers.   I loved the sentiment in this set, as well, so I stamped it in Midnight Muse onto Whisper White and used Stampin' Up!'s largest oval punch, layered it onto a Decorative Label punched from Midnight Muse.   Mounted the whole shebang onto a So Saffron card base.   Stampin' Up! super-duper glue stick, glue dots and dimensionals hold the whole thing together.

Father's Day (or masculine birthday) card - Created this for my handy father.  Can you see the subtle variations in the texture of the green layer?   Click on the smaller pics to see it close up.     I CASEd another llama for my father-in-law's card which you can see here.   

Every Little Bit has a stamp for, well, everything!   I used it again to make the monochromatic hammer and nails background on this card for my dad.   Don't know if you can see it in this pic, but I experimented with the layer of Always Artichoke CS;  I put it in the stripes embossing folder and instead of running it thru the Big Shot, I pressed down on it kinda randomly with my hands.   I was hoping for irregular faded texture, which I got.  The heart is Rich Razzleberry sponged with Crumb Cake (that sounds like a pretty good dessert!).   I LOVE the Family Reunion set, I'll be using it for scrapbooks and cards - such a great and versatile set.  I used it to stamp dad in Always Artichoke, punched out with Modern Label, embellished with Vintage Trinkets (such cute teeny tiny metal button brads) and attached with lots of dimensionals.