I’m moving my blog to a new home!    You can find me now at  my new DM Dezigns blog.

Mark your calendar for January 1-3; that’s when Stampin’ Addicts presents their 2010 Occasions Mini Blog Hop.

This hop features 23 SA members, each showcasing a different item from SU’s 2010 Occasions mini.  Stamp sets, designer papers, Sizzix dies, punches–our ladies have fun and fresh ideas to share for all this and more!

Dedicated to all things Stampin’ Up, Stampin’ Addicts offers SU-oriented galleries, challenges and special events.  Membership is free of charge, and is open to Stampin’ Up fans everywhere.

I’ll be participating in the hop at my new home  DM Dezigns.


Sharing some Scrappin’

I haven’t had much time to stamp lately, but I was catching up on Latenightstampers (a yahoo group I’m part of) and saw this wonderful bookworm incorporated into a scrapbook page created by Ellen Kemper at Blinkin’, Thinkin’ & Inkin’.  She has an entire layout  around this bookworm and books.  She even shows how to make this wonderful little guy.

Here’s a picture of Ellen’s bookworm to tease you into checking out her blog.

Ellen Kemper's Bookworm

Ellen Kemper's Bookworm

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be at SU’s Regional in Chattanooga next weekend and will be sharing samples and swaps from there when I get back.   I’m thinking about starting a regular feature sharing some of the great inspiration I find on other’s blogs.   Let me know if you think that’s a good idea.


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I’m so excited to share some of the project I’ve made using My Digital Studio!  It’s so easy to use and the result are awesome!

First up,  I wanted to play with card, a layout without photos.    You could do this to set up your card before creating it, saving valuable cardstock, or you could print it and use it as it is, or print it and create a hybrid project by adding embellishments to it.

For All You Do Card (MDS)

For All You Do Card (MDS)

Isn’t that awesome!  I had so much fun creating it and now I think I might have to create it the old fashioned way too.

One of my favorite experiences was hiking to Havasu falls in the Grand Canyon with a group of friends.  It was 11 miles in carrying a backpack.  We camped in the canyon for a couple of days, swam in the small lake at the bottom of the falls in absolutely gorgeous blue green water.  I had so many blisters on my feet, that we rented a donkey to take my pack out, but I walked out myself.  I was so proud and so tired when we got to the top.  I’ve never scrapped any of the pics from that trip – until now.  This page shows a pic of some of us  when we got to the top of the canyon after hiking out (yes that’s 11 miles up hill).   Talk about some awesome memories.

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I can’t wait to do the rest of the trip!

Here’s another scrapbook page that showcases a girls lunch we had on a family trip to Destin Florida.  The background is a picture of the ocean I took at Destin, and then I layered on top.

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Here’s one more scrapbook layout – I’ve had so much fun with this.  I just can’t seem to stop myself!

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I’ve posted this one before, but I have to leave you with my favorite christmas card ever – and my favorite pug. .  . . .

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Hasn’t it been a blast to see some of the things you can do with MDS?   And there’s even more to see!  Check out this post for links to the other blogs that are part of the party!   And don’t forget the links are good all month, so feel free to stop by and enjoy the MDS party anytime!

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Starting at noon EST on Saturday, October 3,  Stampin’ Addicts will be hosting a Blog Party that will be done carnival style (this is new for us!).

The links will be posted here in this post instead of linking in a circle and each blog will have a sidebar button that will link back here to the master list of blogs. Each “Party Blog” will showcase different ideas on how to use My Digital Studio. You’ll see how to use MDS to plan traditional stamping projects, how to create hybrid projects (that use both traditional and digital features) and how to create completely digital projects. We have all had such a blast getting ready for this and we can’t wait to show you how incredible My Digital Studio is!

The party starts this weekend and keeps going until November 1st so you can come back as many times as you want during October. Be sure to join us as we celebrate the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio

Here’s a list of all the blogs that will be participating!
DMDezigns/Dawnmarie: My Digital Studio – The Birdseye Overview
HowManyCats?!/Comeka: Digitize Your Sketch Library with MDS
Yapha: Turning Templates into Treasures
Willysgirl/Sarah: MDS Xmas and Extras
Hollylogic/Holly: MDS as a Design Tool (or How Not to Slice Up All Your Brushed Gold)
Lyssa: Playing with Stamps You Don’t Own
Lilysinkpad/Sara: Simply Scrappin’ Kits Go Digi
JulieA/Julie: Wanna Little Music with Your Slideshow?
lovetostampandscrap/Cheryl: Creating a Calendar to Beat All Calendars
Melina Stamps!/Melina: Man-Scrapping with MDS
BroncoMom/Joyce: Build Your Own DSP
Britiney: Clever Album Covers – A Piece of (Cup)Cake
S1itcher46/Kim: Hybridizing and Cataloging Collections
Kelli: Side-by-Side Test: Is it Actual or Is It MDS?
Scrapbookmama/Ellie: Keeping the Spotlight on Your (Adorable!) Subjects

You know how sometimes, you see a card someone else has done and you just love it so much that you have to copy it almost exactly, detal for detail?   Well, that’s what happened with this lovely card.   I changed the color, but really almost nothing else from the original.  This technique is called Magic Snowflake – and the instructions for how to do it are on Julie Dinn’s Blog.  I loved this so much  that I did it for a shoebox swap.  Thanks Julie for sharing it with us!

Rich Razzleberry Magic Snowflake

Rich Razzleberry Magic Snowflake

So here’s the recipe for my version:

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes, Snow Swirled

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, White Gel Pen

Paper:  Glossy White, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry,  Pale Plum Textured CS

Accessories:  My Way Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads

So, I’m having a great time playing with SU’s new digital papercrafting software!  It’s available for purchase on October 1, but in the meantime, I’m previewing it!

Here’s my first project using the new software.

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This page stars my darling princess pug Sadie – who is definitely not a morning pug!   My mom took this picture a couple of years ago.    It really shows Sadie’s normal attitude!    I thought it was a perfect picture to start with in My Digital Studio!

Okay, so I created this digitally using My Digital Studio –  starting with  a Sahara Sand background, layered with  the Textured background stamp in Soft Suede.  Added the flourishes from Baroque  Motifs in Soft Suede, used a couple of digital Soft Suede Brads, and my text in Whisper White.  I think the layout is quite elegant and would work with a number of different colors and pictures!

Here’s one more!  As you can tell, my little princess is a favorite subject of mine!  Even though she doesn’t like to pose for pictures.  Here’s an idea for a photo christmas card.

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This uses Garden green as the background.  The snowflakes are from Season of Cheer and are in Whisper White.  The bow is in real red.  I love how My Digital Studio allows me to use images from our stamp collection as well as  embellishments we would use everyday like ribbons or buttons.

Can you tell I’m having fun with this?

Sorry for the lack of posts this week!  I’ve been working to get ready for my Holiday Ideas Event which will be on September 12 at 2 pm! There will be lots of ideas for the upcoming holidays and of course, plenty of fun and prizes!

College football has just started – and it’s Saturday, so I’m headed out to a game –  Fall in the South, what can I say?   I’m hoping to post the tutorials from the hop and a couple of other projects on Monday!

So don’t give up on me yet!  Check back Monday for more stuff!