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Project Life: What Else Can I Do?

Project Life: What Else Can I Do?

 

Oh goodness.  I’m getting addicted to this little Project Life thing.  There are so many great things that you can do with these Project Life cards.  

 

There is a problem though… they are so pretty I want to frame them.  Sigh!  

 

Instead I got a little creative and used my Silhouette Cameo and cut the sun from an MDS SVG file.  I just love it.  

 

Now it’s time to put this card together using my Project Life Everyday Adventures from Stampin’ Up!  

 

Make Creative Cards 

The card is layered onto a Whisper White cardstock base and then I layered a few of the cards.  Super simple and a FAST card.  

 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Project Life: Step it Up a Notch Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Project Life: Step it Up a Notch

 

I stamped the Life is Good greeting using the Project Life Remember This photopolymer stamp set.  

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Project Life: Step it Up a Notch

 

I stitched a small piece of the Bermuda Bay cardstock texture embossed with the Arrow embossing folder and also added a piece of the White Filter Paper under it.  Love how this looked on the card.  

 What Else Can I do? 

Here is where you can Step it Up a Notch.  Our new Espresso 6 x 8 Project Life Album is amazing.  The best part is that you can embellish to YOUR desire.  Oh my word.  Isn’t that fantastic???

 

I had a ball creating a fun album cover on mine.  The possibilities are endless with this.  

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Project Life: Step it Up a Notch

With just a few pieces of fun embellishments and Designer Paper you can get crazy with these albums.  R E A L L Y!!

 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Project Life: Step it Up a Notch

Project Life

If you haven’t taken the dive into Project Life, I can’t encourage you more.  Here are just a few fun things you can do:

  • Document your life
  • Make beautiful handmade cards
  • Create home decor by framing the cards.
  • Create a Mini Album
  • Create a Photo Collage with the Project Life cards.

What ever you do with Project Life, I can tell you it’s going to be simple and easy.  The question isn’t “What Else Can I do?”, but “how can you fit all these projects in?”

 

Enjoy the adventure with Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and get creative.  See all the products in our Project Life Line HERE.  

 

Looking for more memory keeping inspiration? Try My Digital Studio.  Today’s challenge is up on our Simply My Digital Studio Facebook Page.  Create a Layout using Pennants or Banners.  

Here is a layout I created.  

My Digital Studio, Digital Scrapbooking

 

My Digital Studio is amazing for creating fun digital scrapbooking pages and keeping those memories alive FOREVER!

Have a SUPER fantastic day!

Eleven Years Ago | Stampin’ Up!

Eleven Years Ago | Stampin’ Up!

 

Eleven years ago my life changed.  I just had Alexis.  She was 5 months old when I decided to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  

 

WOW! Eleven years! 

 

When I look back on the eleven years I’ve been with Stampin’ Up! I can see so many great blessings that have come along the way.  After trying a few other great companies prior to Stampin’ Up! this is the one that I knew right away I was passionate for.  

 

I’ve always loved the concept of being my own boss and the entire Direct Selling venture, but there was something about Stampin’ Up! that made me really passionate about creativity and most of all uplifting and inspiring others along the way.  

 

For the record let me tell you that I probably wasn’t inspiring anyone with my creativity in the beginning.  Boy could I make a not so pretty card when I started.  Although my creativity may not have been on par, my enthusiasm was over the top.  You know that contagious enthusiasm?  You see someone so happy doing what they are that you want to be a part of it too? That’s was me… and it’s still that way eleven years later.  

 

During my eleven years with Stampin’ Up! not only have I been able to enjoy a business I can call my own but the most incredible friendships along the way.  Today my favorite part of my business comes from making something with my ink, paper and stamps and uplifting and inspiring others.  There is something great about showing others the art of creativity and that you DON’T have to be creative to stamp.  It comes with time.  Just like anything else in life.  

 

While my family has been blessed beyond belief during my time with Stampin’ Up! we all learned this year the most beautiful part about being a demonstrator was the community of stampers that I know.  When Russ had his stroke my customers, downline and fellow demonstrator sisters prayed and took care of Russ and I.  It was the most humbling experience during a really difficult time.  You prayed hard, and I will always love each and every one of you for it!! 

 

Today I’m sharing my two favorite things to do.  Paper crafts and Digital scrapbooking.  

 

As you know for the last year and half Heather Summers and I have lead a Digital Group completely focused on My Digital Studio.  It’s been a great journey as we help inspire more and more people to enjoy the art of digital scrapbooking.  Today over 1500+ members enjoy the challenges, ideas, advice and encouragement that comes from this group.

 

I’m grateful to Stampin’ Up! for giving me an opportunity to preserve my family memories. My Digital Studio is just ONE way I get it done.  

 

Digital Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!

 

Next, my other passion (more like ADDICTION) is paper, ink and stamps!

Be a Star, Stampin' Up!

 

It’s easy to be a star as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Every time I create something I feel like a star.  Not because I think what I’m creating is amazing, but the feeling I get from making it.  

It’s only fair that I share the greatest opportunity that someone shared with me.  Are you looking to fulfill a passion? Do you like to inspire or uplift other people around you? If so, I would love for you to join the Stampin’ Up! adventure with me.  

 

Right now until June 30th  you can JOIN Stampin’ Up! for $50. You can choose $55 in retail product of your choice AND you would get a Paper Pumpkin kit along with your kit.  

 

Whether you make this passion a hobby or a passionate career like I have you are under NO obligation where you take it.  You decide.  That’s the beauty of being a business owner.  

 

Click HERE to read more and see if Stampin’ Up! is a fit for you.  I would love for you to join TODAY on my Stampin’ Up! anniversary so we can celebrate each year together.  

 

I am grateful today.  Thank you for following along the journey and making my adventure with Stampin’ Up! so so special.

XOXOXOXO 

My Digital Studio-Embellishing

My Digital Studio-Embellishing

 

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day.  Today I’m remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We’ve lost a few friends during Russ’ career in the Navy.  They were great guys with great families.  Today, we remember them.  

 

This weekend I spent time catching up on my house.  Russ and I have been discussing getting a housekeeper to help us keep things a bit more tidy than what I can keep up with.  Let’s face it, with two kids that is nearly impossible sometimes.  The kids have been very helpful in the house but they can only do so much.  

 

Have a fantastic Monday and enjoy Memorial Day.  Remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.  THAT is what today is about.  

 

XOXOXO

 

After the two weeks of catching up on work our suitcases had not even been unpacked and the master bedroom looked like a bomb went off in it.  In the 11 hours I spent cleaning I didn’t even clean the entire house.  UGH.  The MAJOR stuff was cleaned and I’m proud to report we are unpacked.  The biggest accomplishment is laundry.  It’s almost caught up.  YIPPIE!

 

Finally after all that was done I was able to sit and play with My Digital Studio.  I’ve neglected it for a bit.  A bit unusual for me but I’ve been so engulfed with paper craft ideas that I had to create while they were FRESH in the brain.  

 

Today I’m challenging our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge group with embellishing their layouts.  Let me share…

 

My Digital Studio Embellishing, Stampin' Up!

 

 

With My Digital Studio there are fantastic downloads with embellishments ready to be used on your layouts.  On my layout above I went to town with the embellishments.  If I found an embellishment that didn’t coordinate  but I still wanted to use it, I just changed the colors to make it so it would work.  

 

I encourage you to jump into your My Digital Studio and see what great embellishments you can dig through. Make sure to have the New Project Life Digital Download in your arsenal of great downloads.  It’s gong to be one that you will use over and over again.  

 

Be a part of our great Challenge Group on Facebook by joining HERE.  Over 1500 members sharing and inspiring every day.  It’s pretty darn amazing.  Make sure to check out Heather’s layout as well today.  

 

Visit my Digital Online Store HERE.  Be careful… it’s EASY to get lost there.  

Be Inspired with Blendabilities!

Be Inspired with Blendabilities

 

It’s Monday and I’m excited to get CREATIVE!! I have a great line up of creativity this week that I can’t wait to show you. 

 

Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope

When I opened the new catalog I was in awe with the new images.  I instantly turned to the Hostess sets in the back of the catalog.  There was a quiet squeal when I was able to see them.  This year I want ALL of the hostess sets. Each of them have great images.

 

 

You’ve known for awhile that I’ve never been a big floral stamper but I loved how this set has a sketched look with the flowers and stems.  

 

Using our new Blendabilities makes coloring a whole new world.  The alcohol ink markers are easy to learn and your coloring becomes a master piece.  

 

I’ll keep you posted when these amazing markers will be available to customers.  Currently they are only available to demonstrators.  <Learn how you can become a demonstrator and order your own Blendabilities HERE>

Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope

I used the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blendabilities starting with the lightest shade and working in the medium and darker shades next.  When using these markers I colored the entire image with the lightest marker first.  Then I gently blended the medium shade along the outside petals and blended over these darker shades with the lighter marker again.  

 

 

Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope

 

I did the same thing with the leaves image by starting with the lighter color and working in the darks gently.  Once the images were completed I cut the flower image out and popped it up using dimensionals towards the bottom of the card.  

 

Tip: Remember to use Memento Black ink when stamping images to color with your Blendabilities.  This makes sure there is NO bleeding of the inks.  I have a huge crush on Memento Ink.  It’s my new favorite go to ink pad for Black. 

 

All the products used on this card can be found below.  The Bloom with Hope stamp set will be available on June 2nd.  

 

Let’s add to your creativity today and get digital.  Monday’s are always my digital days and I have a fun sketch to get your digital creativity flowing.  Make sure to join our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Group on Facebook.  Over 1500 members sharing an abundant of digital creative art.  

 

 

Basic MDS Online Class-012

 

Today’s sketch gives you plenty of room to journal and tell the story.  The other great fun is the geometrical shapes used.  Geometrics are very trendy in crafting right now.  Open your software and get crazy with the geometrical shapes.  

 

Make sure to check out Heather’s blog to see what she has created today.  

My Digital Studio, DIgital Sketch, Stampin' Up!

 

How are you going to spark your creativity on this Monday?  I know when I have something to inspire me it kicks off the process.  I can’t wait to hear what your creating today.  Please share in the comments, I really would love to know.  

 

Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack and new products added to it.  

Looking for a fresh new stamp set? Check out the new Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working in Quadrants- Digital Scrapbooking

Working in Quadrants- Digital Scrapbooking

 

Heather and I have a really fun digital challenge and it’s totally different.  

 

Have you ever been stuck when starting a layout and not sure where or what to start with?  Heather had a grand idea to work in quadrants.

 

When I started this layout below I began with a white background.  I then added four photos in each corner and placed them where I thought I would like to design around them.  If you ever watched me create on in MDS I would make your eyes cross!  I have a tendency to move elements all over the place when creating.

 

This is when the fun part of designing this layout started.  I treated each photo like it was a mini layout.  Just working around the photo and adding layers of elements. The key was keeping elements that coordinated and I kept them in the color scheme for the entire layout.

 

Working in Quadrants-Digital Scrapbooking, MDS, Digital

 

Another key element in creating this layout and using elements from several digital kits was turning the photos into black and white.  The color photos would of been clash city!  

 

I encourage you to give this challenge a go.  When finding elements try these tips to make creating even more fun:

  • recolor your elements to coordinate the layout
  • crop stamp brushes to make a better fit for a title or layer
  • use elements from other kits to see how they coordinate together.  

 

Are you a member of our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Group on Facebook? With close to 1500 members… HELLO… INSPIRATION STATION!  

Really, don’t miss out on what others are creating.  There is plenty of inspiration, feedback and great designing going on.  Click HERE to join and play along.  

 

Before I leave you with a list of lots of digital art I used, make sure to check out Heather’s layout HERE.  Oh gosh the girl has skills I tell you.  

 

Alrighty! While I’m off to a big Premiere of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog you can browse the digital artwork below.  Just click the links and it will take you directly to my digital store.  

Speaking of Premiere… New Catalog…  If you want to be a part of the sneaky peeks you will want to join my Facebook Fan Group.  I’ll be sharing while I’m there.  Mom and I are headed to Birmingham, Alabama for the big event.  Hoping this does not turn into a scene from Thelma & Louise.  She is already freaking out over the storms headed that way.