New Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!

Welcome to my blog!  Hope you are having a great day!  Here are the Weekly Deals and the newest Digital Downloads for the week!  Would you like to learn more about Digital Scrapbooking using Stampin’ Up!’s software?  I would like to have a class to introduce MDS and show you some simple projects.  Would you be interested in attending this class?  You would have 2 options — either bring your own laptop and participate (hands-on learning) — or come and observe as I project my computer screen onto my big screen TV so that you can see how it works.  Ideally, option 1 is the best!  We have a free 30-day trial, so you would not need to spend any money to load the software on your computer.  That’s right, totally FREE!  Please let me know if you are interested in learning more.  I ‘m trying to get a feeling for how many out there are interested.  Thanks!  Feb 25

Feb 25 MDS


Weekly Specials from Stampin’ Up!

These are the awesome deals that Stampin’ Up! is offering this week!  I am most excited about the Storytime Ensemble shown below.  This Digital Kit is such a great value and packed with a variety of templates.  I’m eager to make our foster child an alphabet book with this template…….but check out the details below for all the other options.  My Digital Studio is NOT just about books.  Would you like to try out My Digital Studio for FREE?  I have a disk I can get to you for a 30 day free trial, or you can download our 30-day trial for free by going to our website.  I offer classes to teach you how to use MDS.  It is fast and easy — and affordable!  Contact me for all the details. Jan 14Storytime Ensemble Details:

Download includes:
* 1 12″ x 12″ page designer template
* 1 6-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ journal front and back cover designer template
* 26-page 5-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ swatchbook designer template
* 34-page 8″ x 8″ board book designer template
* 74-piece stamp brush set
* 20 Designer Series Papers
* 126 embellishments
* 1 punch

* Digital-exclusive
* Packed with a variety of templates: flashcard swatchbook, ABC photobook, school page, journal
* Complete with all the coordinating elements to create additional projects

Coordinating colors:
Basic Black, Basic Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi


Precious little Valentine…

I know that Valentine’s Day is long gone, but I forgot to show you this precious little Valentine that I got in the mail last week.  Isn’t she adorable?  And even more special than the card itself, is the special friend who made it for me!  She doesn’t live in Waco any more, so I don’t get to visit with her very often, but we always seem to get caught up on the phone VERY quickly!  Thanks, Mary Lou, for thinking of me and loving me all these years!

These papers are not Stampin’ Up! papers, but the image is from the Stampin’ Up! Digital Stamp Brush Set called Greeting Card Kids.  There are four precious images with little girls and boys.  I am so happy to see that someone is using My Digital Studio!  If you are interested in seeing how you might like My Digital Studio, you can try it out for 30 days for FREE.  Contact me for more information!

More Digital Thank You’s

Yesterday was a very “magical” day for the girls……I woke them up and surprised them with news that we would be eating lunch with 5 Disney Princesses at Epcot.  We ate at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the country of Norway.  It was very yummy food and a very special time for the Derrick girls.  I can’t resist showing some of the photos, so if you ONLY want the Stampin’ Up! Digital Cards, you won’t hurt my feelings to just scroll past them.  I know that the grandparents will love seeing the pictures!





Later in the afternoon, we went to the “Character Spot” and got a chance to take photos with 5 more of the characters.  It was wonderful!  We have been blessed with “bearable” heat and very few lines.  Thanks to some careful planning and an app on my iPhone that really rocks!    Here’s a big “thanks” all the way from Florida to some special friends who told me how to “do Disney”.  It’s working!!!




So here are the other 3 Thank You cards that I created using “My Digital Studio”.  I allowed Stampin’ Up! to print these cards and I was super duper impressed with the cardstock, the quality of the color, and the overall appearance.  I can’t say enough good things about the ease of using the software and the printing service (speedy, too!) that Stampin’ Up! offers.



If you have any questions about My Digital Studio, I hope that you will e-mail me and allow me to help you out when I get back home.  Have a great day!!!!

My Digital Studio Thank You’s

Greeting from Florida and “The Happiest Place on Earth”.  We are having a fantastic time.  We have NOT melted and we are experiencing very short wait times.  We are following some well suggested plans, and they ROCK!  We are tired, but all smiles!



I’d like to share with you some Thank You cards that I designed for Allyson.  This is one of four designs, and I originally had them printed by Stampin’ Up!’s fantastic printing service.  However, we ran out of the original ones, and I made these at home.  I was very pleased with how they turned out and I wanted to show them to you today and tomorrow.  Here are the ones I made at home…

Some of them have a Tempting Turquoise mat around them, and some of them don’t.  Other than that, they are the same card. 

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you the other three designs.  It took me less than 5 minutes to create this card.  I used one of Allyson’s Senior pictures to create a Custom Background paper.  I added a border at the bottom using Soft Suede.  The Stamp Brush set is Thank You Kindly.  I added 2 small Paper Daisies with Whisper White Brads in the center. 

Graduation Gift Card Holders

These are the gift card holders that I made for the boys on our list.  I bought gas cards at Wal Mart and wanted to package them in a fun way.  I know they won’t appreciate it, but maybe their mommas will!  To simplify things, I made the base and the printed paper black and white.  Then I used their school colors for the focal image.  The printed paper is from a craft store and some that I’ve had on hand for years.  It came in handy for this little project.  I made 4 of them with just one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 printed paper! 



Believe it or not, I don’t own a Graduation Stamp Set.  But I have 2 of them on My Digital Studio!!!  To get the focal image, I just printed the mortar boards on white cardstock.  I figured out the size that I needed to fit in my 1 3/4″ punch and then did some quick cut ‘n paste……..I did 9 of them at once on one piece of white cardstock.  I’m trying to get better about purchasing things like this on My Digital Studio.  Things that I will use so very rarely, and then I won’t have spent so much money.  And how cool is it when you can change the size, the color, and the orientation with one little click.  I’m diggin’ it!

The band just slides off and reveals the gift card.  I suppose you could get really fancy and decorate the inside, too.  Sorry, but I just think the boys would not care one bit for my “plain” card 🙂

If you want the directions and details, you can get a better tutorial here on Cambria Turnbow’s blog.  However, there are also many tutorials online for very similar gift card holders. 


My Digital Monday: Hugs & Kisses

I’m a little late posting today….sorry!  I was so tired after the SuperBowl last night and I decided to go on to bed and not work on the blog stuff.  Last Monday I totally forgot about “My Digital Monday” — and I posted something else.  I guess my new habit has not turned into a “habit” just yet!  But, anyway, I quickly worked on a “love” or “Valentine’s” card — and I emphasize the word QUICKLY!  I love how quick and easy it is to make things with My Digital Studio!  I need some card to send out to a few friends this week, so I’ll print this out and see how I like it……..or keep on creating others and see what I like best.  I need to have them mailed out by Wednesday, I suppose. 

The base of this card is Kraft Textured Cardstock.  The heart in the middle is from the Stamp Brush Set “Always” and the heart on the right is from the Stamp Brush Set “Best Wishes and More”.  The heart on the left is actually a punch, not a stamp.  I was able to fill it in with Designer Paper in Cherry Cobbler Polka Dots and voila!  Now I have 3 hearts that I love!  I was also able to re-size them in 3 seconds, and make them all have a more elongated shape so that they all looked good to me.  I love stitching, as you know, so framing out the card with zig-zags was a nice touch for me.  Oh, one more thing, the little red “flower” on the center heart is a brad, but I layered it UNDER the heart to just emphasize the heart just a little bit. 

So, I know this is simple, but that’s what I wanted.  I could go on and on and on with this digital stuff.  I could add and subtract forever, and never decide on a final product.  That is the “beauty” of digital, but also the “curse” of digital.  You can always add more, or not!  I decided to stop here.  I’m going to print this out and see what I think.  I’ll post the “real” version tomorrow.

I also have an adorable name tag to show you that I forgot to take pictures of yesterday.  I started a new Quilting Class yesterday on Hand Applique.  I am so excited, and have fun friends taking the class with me!  We were encouraged to make a name tag, so I made mine with all Stampin’ Up! products.  I’m hoping that it will lead to some future conversations with other ladies about my love for PaperCrafting and allow me to share our fabric lines with these quilters, as well.  My name tag has my favorite colors, and my favorite punch — can you guess which one it is?  You can think on this until tomorrow!