Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Digital Studio Overview

Freda...this is for you!
Anyone else interested in knowing more about My Digital Studio?  I'd love to talk to you.  Here's a little video you can watch. And below it is a page I created with MDS.
Check out http://mydigitalstudio.net, create an account and start learning and sharing your creations!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Make your own Hot Cocoa Mix

This stuff is the bomb!  I was REALLY surprised at how good it is.  It's MUCH better than any of the packaged hot cocoa you can find.  Here's the link to the original recipe I found: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1061/Homemade-Hot-Cocoa-Mix76102.shtml
I made up a batch and created 11 serving sizes to give as gifts. I put the mix in Stampin' Up! small cello bags with a 1/4 cup of small marshmallows. The 12th serving was for me to sample.  I wanted to make sure that I didn't need to add anything. I added 3 small pinches of salt which is different from the original recipe and I also used a rounded 1/4 cup of powder, not level.  It doesn't need to be heaping, but I thought it was better with a couple of teaspoons more than a 1/4 of a cup.  I tell you all this, because my recipe is slightly different from the one I found online.  So here's MY version of the recipe...

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 rounded cup of powdered sugar
1/2 rounded cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 rounded cup powdered non-dairy creamer
3 small pinches of kosher salt

In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients; stir carefully to blend well. Store in tightly covered container. Makes 12 servings.

Single serving: Combine a rounded 1/4 cup mix and 3/4 cup boiling water in cup or mug; stir to blend. Add marshmallows to hot cocoa, if desired.

Let me know if you like it!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Somebody should have been here to provide intervention...

When I was a new demonstrator (less than 2 years ago), it would make me crazy to see cards like this that had every imaginable product used on one card...and now I've gone and done it.  I apologize to you if you are new and it makes you crazy too!  Believe me, not all of my cards have this much product on it.
I originally started making cards because I was a scrapbooker with TONS of product.  I was already rubber stamping on my scrapbook pages and was really into all the different techniques you could do with rubber stamps and ink.  Then I admitted to myself that I should not be buying cards when I had all of this stuff to make cards with, so I started making my cards as well.  Happily working away at my hobby, I often looked at magazines for inspiration and instruction.  In those magazines, I found myself drawn to a certain rubber stamp company that had the most beautiful ads and gorgeous stamps.  That company was Stampin' Up! of course!  I went online to find a demonstrator and called her.  I told her I wanted to be able to buy at a discount, so lets sign me up as a demonstrator!  A lot more happened in between that phone call and when I actually became a demonstrator, so I'll make a long story short. I actually was a hostess for about 2 years before I finally became a demonstrator.  Now here I am happily creating paper crafts...and I get to teach others what I'm learning.  It really is such an awesome job to have!!
Enough about me...here's my crazy card:
Now here's the crazy list of products used:
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, Newsprint Designer Series Patterned Paper
Stamp Sets:  Style Beautiful, Day of Gratitude, Belle Stampin around stampin wheel (2010 Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Early Espresso, More Mustard, Tempting Turqoise
Tools:  Big Shot, Scallop Oval Extra-large punch, Two-Step Bird Extra-Large punch, Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit die, Finial Press textured embossing folder, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Scallop Edge Border punch, Flower layers with leaf die (retired)
Accessories:  Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Silver Fox, Shimmer Paint Champagne Mist, Stampin Sponges, Poppy Parade Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Floral Fusion Sizzlit die
Additional:  Muslin fabric, Ranger Mini Mister

Thanks so much for taking a look!  Hope you have time to get your fingers inked up today!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stampin' Up! Delightful Decorations Christmas Card

I was scoping out another rubber stamp company and I saw a card that I could case!  I think I might do more of that, it was really inspiring.  I felt like I was experiencing all new stamping styles.  Occasionally, I start to feel like I can't create anything new...but this feels new to me.  I hope you like it!
Colors used are Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Real Red and Whisper White Craft ink.  Stamp Sets used were Delightful Decorations and Four the Holidays.  Accessories used were Stampin' Sponges, Basic Rhinestones, ornament punch and 3/4 circle punch.
Here are the measurements for the card.
In the next photo you'll see I've stamped my images on a scratch piece of very vanilla.  I will used the punches to punch them out.  I also randomly stamped the dotted circles design from the Delightful Decorations Stamp set on my center piece of Crumb Cake.  I don't know if you can see that in the photos of the card.  I used Whisper White Craft ink only because I don't have any Very Vanilla Craft ink.
Just in case no one ever told you to use your punch upside down to see what you're punching...now someone has.  :-)
To create those ink marks along the edges of the cardstock, I swiped the ink pad directly on the edge.  Move your ink pad up and down the edge as you're swiping, because you really only get those "longer" marks from the corners of your ink pad.  Keep the ink pad perpendicular to the paper so the marks also come out looking perpendicular as you can see in my sample.
I inked the edges of all my pieces with Early Espresso ink.  I just cut out the Happy Holidays by hand with paper snips.
Piece it all together add some rhinestones and voila you're done with another Christmas card!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
I hope you get to spend some time with friends making cards soon!  If you're in Sidney, call me, let's do a workshop soon!

Monday, November 8, 2010

MOPS table decorations and door prize

I have the privilege this year of being doing hospitality in tandem with another Kelly for MOPS this year.  She lets me do all the gift wrapping, which pleases me quite a bit.  The door prizes are also part of the table decorations and this month I remembered to snap a photo of them before I whisked them out the door.  (Yes, I completed them on the same morning they were needed...procrastinator?  I would have to admit to that...but I prefer "working well under pressure").  A couple of them even got spritzed with champagne mist shimmer paint mixed with alcohol...I absolutely cannot resist that stuff!!  Can you see it?  That little bit of shimmer?
What I've wrapped are yummy candles from Bath and Body that the other Kelly picked up...she does all the shopping...which also pleases me.  These were so easy to do.  I just stamped a strip of 2 x 7" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Bright Blessings Stampin Around Wheel in Cajun Craze Classic ink.  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the stamped paper to the candle so it would be sure to stay around the candle.  I tied the bags with Pumpkin pie striped grograin ribbon.  The tag is the greeting from Day of Gratitude set (2010 Holiday Mini) stamped in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla, then punched with the Decorative Label punch (2010 Holiday Mini).  I layered a pumpkin pie scalloped circle punch behind, punched a small hole and threaded the label with linen thread and added to the knot of pumpkin pie striped ribbon.  Super easy and super cute.  The ladies loved them.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Each of the products mentioned to should be linked to my online store..a lovely new feature for Stampin Up demonstrators who have a DBWS. (Demonstrator Business Website)
If  you would like to start buying your Stampin' Up! supplies at a discount as well as earning FREE Stampin' Up! product, talk to me about becoming a demonstrator!
Have a wonderful day and do some stamping!


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