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For the Garden-Hand Scrub Gift Idea

I made these Garden Hand Scrubs as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.  Everyone in the group likes to garden, so I knew they would be appreciated. 

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I got the idea from Janet Holmes, and she graciously shared the recipe:

Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal with Olay Dishwashing liquid and sugar.  That's it!

I filled jelly mason jars 2/3 full of sugar, then topped it with dishwashing liquid. I stirred it really well to mix in the sugar. 

The soap is Pomegranate Splash.  It looks pretty and smells good too.  It reminded me of Stampin' Up!'s color Blushing Bride. 

Blushing Bride is part of this week's Nacho Average color challenge:

Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Melon Mambo

So, I thought I'd continue on with the decorating using this color combination.

I used My Digital Studio to create the label on the top.  I know SU! is no longer supporting MDS, but I still use it a lot.  I created several Blushing Bride circles, then added the text in Melon Mambo.  I printed the circles on full sheet label paper.  Once printed, I punched the circles out using my 1 3/8" circle punch.  I stamped the succulent image from the Paper Pumpkin kit "Thanks a Latte" in Mint Macaron.  Then I simply peeled the backing off the label and added it to the top of the jar. 

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I wrapped some Melon Mambo ribbon I had in my stash around the lid and added a tag punched out of Blushing Bride card stock using my 1" circle punch.  I stamped the "thanks" greeting from Another Thank You in Melon Mambo ink and the succulent again in Mint Macaron.  It tied it to the ribbon using Linen Thread.

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For the back, I wrote the ingredients on the label that came with the jelly jars.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Another Thank You, Thanks a Latte (My Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Blushing Bride

Accessories: My Digital Studio, 1 3/8", 1" and 1/8" circle punches, Melon Mambo scallop edged ribbon, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, jelly jars, sugar Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal with Olay Dishwashing Liquid

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Masculine Graduation Card in a Box Card

Card in a Box cards seem to be all the rage.  They are fun and so easy to make.  Here's one I created for the son of a friend of mine who graduated from high school.  I hope he liked it :)

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Stamp Sets: Adventure Awaits (My Digital Studio download for plane, suitcase and greeting.  The images were created in MDS, printed out on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out using scissors), Out to Sea

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake Print Pattern

Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles and Circles Framelits, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, sponge

 

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My Digital Studio Fifth Avenue Floral-You're Invited

I belong to Beta Sigma Phi, an international woman's organization. Members of Beta Sigma Phi all over the world celebrate the founding of the organization at an annual Founder's Day event in April.  This year, the local chapter I belong to is hosting the event in our area.  I was in charge of the invitations. 

Here is what I came up with:

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The colors of Beta Sigma Phi are yellow and black.  The yellow rose is the flower of our organization.  So that was my starting point for the design of the invitation.  I found inspiration from Kandi Phillips who participated in one of our Nacho Average Design Challenges.  It originally was a color challenge and Kandi used the challenge colors of Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  I knew I could easily change the design to incorporate the colors and yellow rose of Beta Sigma Phi.  The only problem was that I no longer own a stamp set that includes a rose image.  The stamp sets I did own at one time (Stipple Rose and Fifth Avenue Floral) have long been retired and sold. 

So, then onto game plan B.  My Digital Studio!  Fifth Avenue Floral is still available as a My Digital Studio download.  I purchased the download after watching this fantastic video made by Julie Davidse on how to layer color in My Digital Studio.  With Julie's instructions, I was able to layer different shades of yellow into the rose.  After it was created, I simply printed it out on white card stock, cut it out with a pair of scissors and layered it onto the card. 

I made 7 of these cards to use as the invitations to our Founder's Day event.  I really like how they turned out.

Thank you to Kandi and Julie for your inspiration!

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral (My Digital Studio download), Creative Elements, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black various retired designer paper-a great way to use up paper scraps!

Accessories: My Digital Studio, printer, Bird Builder punch, 5/8" Crochet Trim

 

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Happy Camper-Masked Background

This week's CASology cue word is "camp."

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I started with the My Digital Studio download Happy Camper.  I purchased this download awhile back because of the bear image (plus I like the cute camper image).  Living in the rural mountains of SW Colorado, we have seen many a bear.  This is the time of the year that they start coming down from the higher elevations looking for food and water.  We actually had evidence that a bear visited us last night as a heavy sculpture in the yard had been knocked over.  He was probably rooting around looking for remnants of bird seed, as I put out food for the birds every morning at the base of the sculpture. The visit last night tells me it is time to stop feeding the birds for the next couple of months until we receive our first snow, probably the end of October.

I created the bear and camper images using MDS, then printed it on glossy white card stock.  I printed another copy of the camper on plain copy paper, cut it out and laid it over the main image to use as a mask while I created the landscape background.  To create the landscape, I sponged on various inks using sponge daubers.  For the mountains, I tore a piece of copy paper, used it as a mask and sponged on some Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Suede inks.  After the background was complete, I removed the camper mask and colored in the window and door using markers.

The greeting was also created in MDS and printed out on a piece of card stock which was scored and cut down to a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card.

 I thought later that maybe the greeting should be something like "Happy Bear-Day!"  Maybe for the next one :)  Plus, I'm not sure how much the occupants of the camper are really going to "enjoy the outdoors" with that curious bear so close!

Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set: Happy Camper (My Digital Studio download)

Ink: Pear Pizazz Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Brocade Blue markers

Paper: glossy white, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: My Digital Studio, sponge daubers, copy paper for masking

 

 

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Memories of China-Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew

The last challenge in April for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew was to create a scrapbook page focusing on punches.

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I created this quick and easy scrapbook page in My Digital Studio to celebrate the trip my Mom and I made to China in 2006.  I simply added a variety of Designer Series Paper punched pieces behind the photos.

Supplies  Used:

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Happy Hour-My Digital Studio Hybrid Card

This is my contribution to 2 challenges this week!

One Layer Wednesday "Cheers" and,

Less is More "Drinks"

This is a one layer hybrid card created using My Digital Studio!

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I created the card in My Digital Studio using the champagne glass image from the fun download "Happy Hour" and the background paper download called "Wonderful Whimsies."  I printed it out on Very Vanilla card stock and then colored in the bubbles in the glasses using my Calypso Coral marker.  I colored some small rhinestones using a blue Sharpie pen, and added them to the card for a little bling.  The "toast" part of the greeting is included in the Happy Hour download.  I added the "to 2013!" by adding a text box.  A quick and easy hybrid card perfect for both challenges!

I am learning and trying to use My Digital Studio more in my crafting.  The most important thing I have learned about digital crafting can be summed up in two words "drop shadow." The drop shadow function helps add dimension to a flat project!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Happy Hour My Digital Studio download

Ink: Calypso Coral marker

Paper: Very Vanilla

Accessories: My Digital Studio, blue Sharpie pen (non Stampin' Up!), rhinestones

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Winter Post-One Layer Wednesday Squares Challenge

Squares is our challenge this week over at One Layer Wednesday.

 Here's my contribution:

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I created this card using My Digital Studio.  Stamp sets are Winter Post, Vintage Overlays, and Curly Cute.

I printed it out on white card stock and trimmed it down to a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card.  Then came the hard part.  The first couple of tries on this card I used my paper piercing tool, template and mat to pierce small holes to border the images, then used a Cherry Cobbler marker to connect the holes for the faux stitching technique.  But, I didn't like the way it looked.  So, I ended up using a ruler and the Cherry Cobbler marker to draw the compartments.  This involved some measuring so I would actually  end up with squares and my lines would be straight  :) 

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Winter Post, Vintage Overlays, Curly Cute My Digital Studio  digital downloads

Ink: Cherry Cobbler marker

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: computer, printer, ruler

 

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Mouthwatering-Nacho Average Color Challenge

We have an interesting color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenges.

Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Crumb Cake

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Here's my contribution:

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At first, I wasn't sure what to do with the color combination.  I kept asking myself, "what does this combination remind me of?"  And I kept coming up with popsicles!  So, I got out my stamp set Mouthwatering  which includes a great popsicle image.  I was glad to have an excuse to use this fun stamp before winter sets in!

The greeting was created in My Digital Studio and printed out on glossy white card stock.  The popsicles were colored using a combination of ink pads and markers and stamped on glossy white card stock with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig. 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Mouthwatering

Ink: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Crumb Cake

Paper: glossy white, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake

Accessories: My Digital Studio, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for looking!

 

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Nacho Average Challenge #8-Bootiful Occasions Clear Card

This week's Nacho Average Challenge is a color challenge.  Colors to be used are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise. Bright, Bright and Bright!

NAC 8

Here's my card:

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Funny how the design process works sometimes.  When I started thinking about this challenge, I knew I wanted to use the rain boot image in my new stamp set Bootiful Occasions.  Mmm, rain boots mean rain, right?  So, then the design process moves to images of water: clear, clean, fresh.  That helped in making the decision to use a window sheet to create the base of this card! 

The boot is mounted on the front of the window sheet and the polka dot background is mounted on the inside.  So adhesive will not show through on the very back of the card, the  background piece is secured to the base with 3 ribbons on the left hand side. Again to hide the adhesive, I cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock the same size as the matted boot on the front.  I then lined up the two pieces back to back, one on the front and the other on the inside of the front.

Here's the inside of the card

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I instantly thought of polka dots when I saw this bright color combination.  Now onto the task of making  polka dotted background paper in the challenge colors.  I tried several different methods using markers but couldn't seem to get the circles perfectly round.  Then a light bulb went off!  My Digital Studio!  I created a new project using the 1.25 circle punch.  I made a grouping of 3 resized smaller circles in the challenge color combination, then just copy/pasted them to fill in the project.  I printed it out on glossy white card stock and cut down to size!  So easy and I have bright, perfectly round circles as my background paper.  End of design process!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bootiful Occasions

Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise markers

Paper: Glossy White, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: My Digital Studio, window sheets, Crop-a-dile, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals.

 

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Nacho Average Challege #5-Compliments to the Chef

Wow, it's week 5 already over at the Nacho Average Challenge  blog site.  This week we have a sketch challenge. 

Here's my entry:

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This clean and simple design is a quick and easy hybrid card created using My Digital Studio.  The MDS downloads used were Compliments of the Chef and Vintage Overlays.  I printed the design on glossy white card stock, then cut it down to fit the Night of Navy mat and Whisper White card front. Pretty simple and straight forward!

Here is the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Compliments to the Chef and Vintage Overlays (My Digital Studio downloads)

Paper: Glossy White, Night of Navy

Accessories: My Digital Studio

 

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Postage Due-Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch #264

The operators over at Stamping 411 have provided another great sketch for the week.

Here's my contribution:

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In an effort to become more proficient in My Digital Studio, I've been trying to use it more in my crafting. So, this card is a MDS hybrid.  The downloads I used are the Fan Fare background paper and the Postage Due stamp set printed on glossy white card stock and cut down to size.  This is one of those cards that turned out totally different than what I had in mind and took me awhile to get it done. I have the hardest time with the image sizing and layering in MDS, and after many tries, I finally got it right.   I think this is a good masculine-themed card.

Here is the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Out to Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Postage Due My Digital Studio download

Ink: Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red

Paper: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, glossy white

Fan Fare My Digital Studio download

Accessories: My Digital Studio,  Label, Word Window, 1 3/8" circle and 1 1/4" circle punches, Dimensionals

 

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Trick or Treat Letterpress Plate

Happy Halloween from me to you! 

This was my first attempt at using the Letterpress Plates from Stampin' Up!  I don't know why, but I was reluctant to give them a try.  Well, I must say, this was the easiest card to make, and I really like using them!  The trick is to use watercolor paper for a clean, crisp image.  See more tips below.

I do not have ANY Halloween stamps, so I turned to my trusty My Digital Studio software to print out the witches hat. 

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eat, Drink and Be Scary (My Digital Studio Download)

Ink: Basic Black craft

Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor paper

Accessories: Trick or Treat Letterpress Plate, Big Shot, multipurpose platform, 1 cutting plate, 1 ¼” circle, ¼” Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon

Letterpress Plates:

To use Letterpress Plates, you will need a Big Shot machine, multipurpose platform, one standard cutting pad (as unused as possible) watercolor paper or card stock and Craft Stampin’ ink (pigment ink).

Tips:

Pigment ink, such as Craft Stampin’ ink works best for letterpress projects.  Classic (dye-based) Stampin’ ink does not lay down evenly on the plate or transfer evenly to paper.

Do not apply too much ink or your image will not look crisp.

You can use a Stampin’ Spot, Stampin’ Pad or brayer to apply the ink.

If you want to apply different colors of ink to one plate, it is easier to use a Stampin’ Spot.  Simply dab the Stampin’ Spot to the plate.

If you want to apply one color of ink to the entire plate, it might be easier to use a brayer to apply the ink evenly.  A brayer is also helpful if you want to create multiple projects because it allows you to re-ink the plate quickly. 

Because the Letterpress Plates emboss so deeply into your paper, they may press into extremely small recessed areas such as scratches in cutting pads.  For best results, we recommend that you use a cutting pad that is relatively new and unscratched.

Letterpress Plates work well on card stock and other paper.  Porous paper (such as Watercolor paper) or paper with weakened fibers (such as textured card stock) will create a deeper impression.

Make sure you test your material before creating your projects to ensure you get the results you want.

Instructions:

  1. Apply Craft Stampin’ ink directly to the plate using one of the methods described above.
  2. Open the multipurpose platform to Tab 1.  Place the inked Letterpress Plate face-up on the multipurpose platform.
  3. Place your paper on the Letterpress plate.
  4. Place a standard cutting pad on the top of the paper.  Depending on the calibration of the Big Shot, you may need a paper or thin cardboard shim.
  5. Run the sandwich through the Big Shot.

 

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My Digital Studio-Summertime Splendor

Seems like my last several posts have featured flowers!  I must be ready for warmer temps and blooming color!  This project is no exception.  I used My Digital Studio to create this hybrid flower card.  The background is a combination of Summertime Splendor Designer paper and Presto Patterns Overlay stamp set.  Both are available as digital downloads in My Digital Studio. 

All of the Summertime Splendor Designer paper is really pretty.  Add it as a page layer, then crop the part of the image you want for your project.  I then added the Presto Patterns Overlay as a layer and adjusted the opacity to about 20% to lighten it.  I added a text box as another layer for the word "Friend." I then printed out the background on Whisper White card stock, added the 3 brads and matted it to Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight card stock. Very simple.

 

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 To get the most out of your printing, you can create four card fronts in My Digital Studio and print them out on one piece of card stock.  Then you can cut them in individual pieces for creating cards. 

  Summer DSP 3-001 with watermark



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Life on the Hardscrabble-2011 Calendar Created Using My Digital Studio

Welcome to Life on the Hardscrabble located in southern Colorado.  This is my little piece of the world!  I created this calendar using My Digital Studio to give as gifts to family and friends for Christmas.

This was a real labor of love.   All photos taken by Anne Hayward, Blue Moon Creations, 2010

 

 

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Message in a Bottle-Happy Birthday Greetings

If you are looking for an unusual, yet fun way to send birthday or other greetings to someone special, why not send them a message in a bottle?  You can mail them.  Yes, I said you can mail them.  The post master may look at you a little funny, but they will accept plastic bottles addressed for mailing.  It will cost you $1.35 to mail a 16 oz or smaller plastic bottle.  And it is my experience that they arrive in good condition.  But I would suggest using a heavier weight plastic bottle so it is not crushed in transit.  This is a good way to recycle and re-use also!

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I have been giving my Stamp Club members Happy Birthday wishes in a bottle all year long.  I created a special message featuring the great quote below by Dr. Seuss by using My Digital Studio.  After printing it out and adding my own personal sentiment, I roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it.  I fill a plastic bottle with confetti and put the message inside.  I then print a label for the front, and I'm done.  It is so easy, yet it is one of those projects that brings a smile.

Here is the message I created in My Digital Studio.  I love adding quotes, poems or song lyrics to my projects.    A quick internet search will give you a variety of sources. My favorites are quotes from Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Seuss!


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My Digital Studio Gerber Daisies

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I  recently photographed this pot of Gerber Daisies that my husband gave me for my birthday in February and created this quick card using My Digital Studio.  The daisies are in full bloom in the house while we wait for the weather to finally warm up outside.  They make me smile.

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions blumoon@comcast.net

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My Digital Studio Happy Mother's Day Card

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I created this bright and cheery Mother's Day card using My Digital Studio software.  My craft room is still in boxes since we moved to Colorado in March.  I pretty much know what is in each box, and I seem to move them from here to there and back as I get the few supplies I need for very quick projects.  But, I haven't been able to do much crafting, and it has been very difficult for me as you can imagine.  My Digital Studio still allows me to create projects without digging through boxes which definitely soothes my soul!  I don't own the Upsy Daisy stamp set, but I was able to create this card using it with My Digital Studio. Very fun!

Please remember, May is National Scrapbooking month.  Purchase My Digital Studio or other select stamp sets and receive a free package of Designer brads.  Be sure to contact me for more information or to place an order blumoon@comcast.net

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Hand-Painted Shimmer Paper

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Hand-painted paper!  This is one of my all-time favorite projects.  And it is so easy.  All you need are reinkers and Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! I love how you have 48+ color choices and each background is different.

Here's what you need:

-matte white card stock

-at least two complimentary reinkers

-Frost White, Platinum or  Champagne Mist  Shimmer Paint

-container of water large enough to hold your cut card stock

-another small container of water to clean your brush

-palette for mixing the reinkers and shimmer paint.  I use the lid to a plastic dip container.

-stipple brush

-something to cover your work surface-it will get wet.  I use freezer paper.

-something to mix the ink and shimmer paint.  I use a toothpick.

Cover your work surface and fill the containers with water.

To mix colors: drop a drop or two of reinkers onto your palette.  Add a drop of shimmer paint of your choice to each reinker color.  Mix the ink and shimmer paint.

Dip the cut card stock into the larger container with water.  The paper needs to be dripping wet.

Remove and lay wet card stock onto your covered work surface.  With a stipple brush, pick up the first color and "stipple" it onto the wet card stock.  The ink will spread.  Clean brush in the container of fresh water. Pick up the 2nd color of ink and shimmer paint.  "Stipple" 2nd color onto wet card stock.  Keep adding more ink until you get the desired effect.

Set aside to dry.  Remember, the paper is really wet, so it will take a little while to dry. 

You will have a shimmery tie-dyed looking background!

Have fun and experiment with different color combinations and shimmer paint.  Each background will be different.

The thumbnail view of different hand-painted paper was created using My Digital Studio.

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My Digital Studio 2010 Calendar

I'm having so much fun using My Digital Studio!  I created this  2010 calendar for my Mom using MDS.  It was simple to create, and I know she will really like it.  It was fun going through the photos of our travels together.  Take a look, and let me know what you think. blumoon@comcast.net


 


For those of you who will be creating hard bound albums using My Digital Studio, one word of advice: Watch your margins.

This came from Stampin' Up!:

Stampin' Up! sent this notice out on the 20th:

When creating personalized hardcover albums, you will need to leave a 5/8" margin/bleed area on all sides of the front and back covers (your first and last pages) to ensure that your designs aren't cut off at the edges when your book is printed. For all other pages, leave 1/4" on the top and bottom of the pages and 1/2" on the sides. An update to all guides will be included in a software patch, expected in the coming weeks.

All personalized hardcover albums will have a barcode printed directly on the back of the book. While the actual barcode is only 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25"), there is a 2-7/8" x 1-1/8" (2.875" x 1.125") window where the barcode could be placed. The edge of the window is 7/8" (.875") from the spine and 3/8" (.375") from the bottom of the book. Please see visual above.

If there is a designed image/background anywhere in this window it could be covered by a permanent barcode with a white background box that is 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25").

 


 

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My Digital Studio Sampler Book-advice for margin settings

I've completed my first major project using My Digital Studio!  This sampler has surely been a labor of love! View below and please let me know what you think.  blumoon@comcast.net

Update 10/21: UPS just delivered the hard bound copy of the MDS sampler album I created.  I am very happy with it.  A word of advice, watch your margins. 

Stampin' Up! sent this notice out on the 20th:

When creating personalized hardcover albums, you will need to leave a 5/8" margin/bleed area on all sides of the front and back covers (your first and last pages) to ensure that your designs aren't cut off at the edges when your book is printed. For all other pages, leave 1/4" on the top and bottom of the pages and 1/2" on the sides. An update to all guides will be included in a software patch, expected in the coming weeks.

All personalized hardcover albums will have a barcode printed directly on the back of the book. While the actual barcode is only 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25"), there is a 2-7/8" x 1-1/8" (2.875" x 1.125") window where the barcode could be placed. The edge of the window is 7/8" (.875") from the spine and 3/8" (.375") from the bottom of the book. Please see visual above.

If there is a designed image/background anywhere in this window it could be covered by a permanent barcode with a white background box that is 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25").
 
I have a couple pages that could be centered better and are too close to the spine.   But on the whole, I am very pleased.

Thank you to Patty Bennett and Patti Scanlan for their inspiration!

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