Lattice Butterflies

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This is a card I actually made to enter a swap making contest for Sherrill Graff at Late Night Stampers. However, it came back to me in the mail postage due a few cents!!! This is the second time in the last few weeks I've taken things to the PO and had their machine determine postage and then I get it back. Grrrrrrr. Since it is too late to mail it back to her in time, I'm posting it here so she as well as all of you can see it. Is really is a lot prettier in person. Anyway, I was so proud I came up with this myself. I used Stampin' Up! exclusive dies, Lattice and Beautiful Wings embosslit die. Can you guess what my greenery behind the lattice is?
I sponged as well as sanded for some cool texture effects. It's one of those cards that could have a number of sentiments on it. Hope you like it!

Quilted Rag Bag

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I am so excited!!! I've seen lots of demos make these bags and I actually made one myself! At first I thought maybe I'd just buy one but I kept reading how easy they were so I tried it. Now, you have to know that I DO NOT sew - at all. And if you get to check out my bag in person I'm sure you'll see lots of mistakes, but I did it! It's good enough that my mom wants me to make one for her. I followed Angie Juda's directions and used a $19 tiny sewing machine that was in the attic from about 15 years ago - not a "good" one. It's only straight lines, which is why I decided to try it. I cut the material with the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Die. It cuts 8 layers at a time! Did you notice my button closure? I had a clear button in my stash, but added the filligree brad on top of it. I love those brads. Just sew on your button, then put the prongs of the brad through the holes and it holds wonderfully. I ran it through the washer and dryer to get the snipped scalloped edges to fray a bit. Oh - I also made the handles longer. I love that you can choose the colors, size, etc. and make it whatever way you want it. What do you think? If I can make one, you can too!

Love birds

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I love the new punches from Stampin' Up! This card features three of them, the extra large Two-step Bird, Scallop Trim Border (that you can get Free!) and the Full Heart. The background was done with another thing I love - embossing folders for the Big Shot! You can't really tell here but I also used Shimmer Paint on the birds so they are all shimmery in real life - so pretty! This was made for an anniversary card but would also work well for Valentine's day.

OK - I'm sold!

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Well, this was the perfect day to try out My Digital Studio since we're snowed in. We've got over a foot of snow and the kids couldn't wait to play in it. I only took a few pictures so far (until things are shoveled and cleared for me to move around), but look what I did. This is a first. I took pictures and made a scrapbook page with them the same day!! Actually, this page only took me about 10 minutes!!! Seriously. And this is only the second thing I ever tried with it. It's very user friendly. I'm not giving up my precious paper and fun embellishments, but MDS definately has it's advantages. Did you know you can create slide shows with music and burn to a disc to share? It has lots of possibilites. If you're interested in learning more about My Digital Studio, just let me know. This was fun!

Vintage Vogue

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I love this new stamp set, Vintage Vogue, in the new Ocassions Mini. At first I didn't order it, but then I got a chance to use it and see such beautiful work done with it. It's now one of my favorites. I think it might have been the big "F" that turned me off, but I'm over it now. We'll be using this set at my next stamp camp and here is another sample I made with it. Love the color combo of Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive too. The lighter flowers are just stamped off one or two times. The rhinestone brads are perfect for the flower center.