Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Workshop Cards – W088, W089, W090

Lots of fun at Joanne’s SU! Workshop yesterday.  There was 7 of us there so we kept Joanne hopping!

Anyways, here are my creations:


Paper: Black, White, Pink Pirouette.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations.

Ink: Pink Pirouette.

Embellishments: Windows Frame Framelits, pink gingham ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Petals a Plenty EF, Festive Paper Piercing template, sponge.

Punches: Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Scallop border corner punch.


Paper: White, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Red Gingham.

Stamps: Tart and Tangy.

Ink: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun.

Embellishments: Real Red ribbon, Brayer, Alphabet Press embossing folder.

Punches: Scallop Trim Border.


Paper: Pool Party, White.

Stamps: Bliss.

Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette.

Embellishments: Lacy Brocade EF, sponge, mount.

Thank you for stopping by.  Both Joanne and I are SU! demonstrators so if at any time you would like to purchase SU! products, give her a call or from my Blog, click on the Shop Now button.  Your order will be delivered right to you (you do have to give SU! a street address, not a box #).

Friday, July 26, 2013

MDS 124 Using a Readymade Template in MDS

Besides using sketches off the net, I find the ready-made-templates in My Digital Studio give a great boost for my digital scrapbook pages as well!  You can make any change you want to the template or just use it as it is.  This is a page from the Always Elegant template.   I wanted to add a couple more pictures so I simply stretched out the curly label punch and added two more photo boxes.  So simple!  MDS also has a Remove Red Eye button that I used a lot on this page.  If you are thinking about digital scrapbooking, you can download MDS (My Digital Studio) for a free 30 day trial period.  Click on the ‘Shop Now’ button at the top of my Blog for more info.  You will be love it.

SU! Template page before changes.
Background – Elegant Soiree 8 and 4.
Embellishments - Always Elegant - elements\Always Elegant - cherish this moment
Stamps - Always Elegant, Friendly Words\Friendly Words
Punches - Curly Label Punch, 1.25 Circle Punch.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Craft - Barrette and Hair Bow Holder

Now that we have all these fancy hair bows and headbands done, we need a place to store them.   I also noticed that my granddaughters were quite often digging through cluttered, unorganized drawers in search of the right hair accessory so thought I would help out!  Pinterest has several ideas for these but most of them don’t give the instructions on how they did them. This is what I did:

I disassembled a picture frame, saving all pieces as I might need them later.  For those of you that know her, Porter gave me this frame as well as many others.  Can’t believe she parted with a farm picture!!

Measure where to place the hooks.   I started at ½ inch from each end then 2 inches apart.  I knew that the measurements would be off because I was using only 8 hooks so I did four hook measurements from each side that way they would be perfectly even. That just meant the space in between the 4th and 5th hook would be a tad bigger (3″) – that’s ok as I want to make loops to hold some hard headbands.


 I started each hole with a nail which made it easy to screw the cup hooks in place. These hooks hold pony tail elastics, soft headbands, poofy pony tail holders etc.


I used pliers to help tighten the hooks.

Then I took my frame to the garage to spray paint.  I set it on wax paper so that I wouldn’t have trouble with it sticking.


I only painted the front and sides as I didn’t see the point of painting the back.

I also spray painted the cardboard part of the frame backing - the one that came with the frame.


I saw these loops to hold the hard headbands on the SaiFou Image blog.  I wanted  to make a few of these.  I am working at both ends of the ribbon so remove the spool.  I will be making a third one too.  Seal the ends with a lighter.

Put a pin at 1.5” from bottom.


Make a fold at the pin.

From the edge that has been sealed, put another pin at 1.5” away from it.


Fold on that pin to meet the sealed end.

From that fold, put another pin at 1.5”, fold on it etc until you have however many hard headband holders you want.


Sew the top folds down.


And here they are finished.


The long ends of your frame are the top – run your ribbons from top to bottom and space them out the way you want them. My board is 14” wide so I marked a center line, a line from each side at 1.5” and two more lines at 2.75” from each end line.  I stuck pins on each line in case my marks didn’t show up for you.


Measure up from the top loop at about 2”.

Match those pins with the bottom of the board.  Tack in place with pins.


Remove pins from the bottom of the board and set the board in the frame.  Use scotch tape to hold the top tails in place.  Don’t pull the ribbons too tight as you need a little give so you can clip your hair bows on.

Remove from frame.  Flip the bottom ribbons out of your way.  Add a touch of glue.  Replace the ribbon and let dry.


I placed a 5/8” piece of grosgrain ribbon on top of two pieces of the blue for the reminder of the holder.  Just remember to seal all cut ends of the ribbon.

Scotch tape the tops of these to the board.  Tape the bottom of the blue pieces to the back of the board too.  I am going to leave the smaller ribbons dandling for extra clips.


Add a dab of glue on the frame where each ribbon touches it at the bottom and let dry.

Because we no longer have the thickness of the mirror, I cut strips of 1” packaging cardstock to take up the slack.  I had to use a double thickness.  I glued the pieces together as well as to the back then pushed the pins back in place.

Now you can remove the scotch tape from the back.  Trim and seal your ribbons then glue them securely to the back.


If desired, simply cut out a piece of cardboard or cardstock and place into the back of the frame to hide your high tech finishing method!  I left mine as is – if it is hanging on the wall, no one will see the back I figure.

Friday, July 19, 2013

MDS 123 Simple is Beautiful Scrapbook Page

One of the features of MDS that I used on this page was the ability to crop an embellishment!  The zigzag stitch under the phrase was 12” – I cropped it to 3” by right clicking on it then Edit Object.  Once that window opens, change the W to the width you want then hit your Tab button and it will automatically adjust the H (height).  It’s that simple!  I’m using a PC.  I’m sure there can’t be much difference with the Mac. My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.  PC and Mac compatible.  It is offered FREE to first time users for a free 30 day trial period.  
With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:
* Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days
* Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more
* Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork
* The chance to buy additional downloads that you can keep after your trial expires
* Ability to order your projects from our professional print services
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Page before adding photos.
Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits - Love Letter - pattern 9.
Staple & Stitching\Basic Black - Stitching Zigzag
Brads\Basic Black – brad.
Extreme Elements\Extreme Elements - flour de lis
Seriously Awesome - simple is, square frame.
1.25 Circle Punch

Spiral Punch
Modern Label Punch    

Decorative Label Punch.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sewing - Quick Headband

I made a few of these headbands for my granddaughters. Fast and easy! I believe I seen this on Pinterest a long time ago just so I am not the original creator!
Cut fabric 21″x3.5″ - this could be narrower if you want.

With right sides together fold the fabric piece in half the long way.  Sew along the unfinished edge with a ¼” seam allowance.

Turn right side out.

Press the headband so that the seam is in the middle.

With the seam side facing up, fold the ends in to make a point and press.

Fold the pointed edge of the headband over a hair band and pin in place.

Sew a triangle on the folded point of the headband to hold the hair band in place.

Repeat for the other unfinished end. Watch that you do not twist the headband. That is all there is to it!

Friday, July 12, 2013

MDS 122 Lullaby and Good Night Scrapbook Page

Found a new challenge on the Stamping Down Under Blog and you know how I LOVE sketches!!  I am presently scrapping our youngest daughter’s pictures from 2009.  She hasn’t done the journaling for this page yet.  Can’t believe how fast the little ones grow!  Besides following Nichole’s sketch, the only other thing I did was crop my title to fit into the curly label punch.  Anything is possible with MDS!  If you are thinking about digital scrapbooking, you can download MDS (My Digital Studio) for a free 30 day trial period.  Click on the ‘Shop Now’ button at the top of my Blog for more info.  You will be hooked!

Page before adding photos.
Background - Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\2010 In Color Patterns - designer series paper\Blushing Bride Polka Dots.
Embellishments - Designer Kits\Lemonade Stand - embellishments\Lemonade Stand - stitching 2.
Stamps - School Days II\School Days II - frame 2, Color = MARINA MIST, Chat Room Baby\Chat Room Baby - lullaby, Color = MELON MAMBO, Nursery Necessities\Nursery Necessities - small star, Color = MELON MAMBO and MARINA MIST, Little Additions\Little Additions - heart, Color = MELON MAMBO.
Punches - Curly Label Punch, 1.25 Square Punch filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Nursery Nest - designer series paper\Nursery Nest – 12 and 2, Borders\Tasteful Trim Shape 3, Fill Color = MARINA MIST.

MDS Sketch #1
Nicole's Sketch

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