Monday, December 20, 2010

Three More Anniversary Cards

These three cards are the final ones in my friend Cathy's order of anniversary and sympathy cards. As much as I love stamping, I always breathe a sigh of relief when the last cards in an order are finished and delivered. As usual, Cathy was delighted with my cards, so that's a tremendous boost to my ego, lol.

Card 1
I love this card! I used my Framed Tulips embossing folder (in the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog) for the first time, my favorite ribbon of all time (now retired, sadly), and a sentiment I computer-generated using My Digital Studio.

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Colors: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
Big Shot: Little Leaves Sizzlet, Tulip Frame embossing folder
Punch: Extra Large Decorative Label
And: My Digital Studio, Real Red Polka Dotted ribbon, mini glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Card 2
I love this card, too! It was super simple to make, and the hardest part was deciding which colors to use. I went with my friend Fonda's favorite color combination of pink and brown, and the rest "just happened."

Stamp sets: Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette
Big Shot: Top Note die
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window, 2 sizes of Circle Punches
And: Stampin' Dimensionals

Card 3
I love this card!! (Can you tell I'm very happy with yesterday's work?) I'm not sure if my favorite part is the simplicity of it, or the fact that I finally opened up my Smooch Spritz and fell in love with the product!

Stamp sets: I {Heart} Hearts, A Word for You
Colors: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Big Shot: Non-Stampin' Up! embossing folder
And: Gold Glow Smooch Spritz

Coming up next (well, maybe, but no guarantees!): A 4x6 Monthly Calendar for 2011!

Wishing you the best of this Holiday season, including
Joyce Spear a.k.a. StamperJoyce

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Five Cards (Catching up on posting!)

I've continued to work on sympathy and anniversary cards this last week, and just realized that I haven't been posting them -- so now it's catch-up time!

Card 1
Here's a simple sympathy card that I think looks very elegant...

Stamp Sets: Because I Care, Small Sayings (inside)
Colors: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, retired mystery DSP
Punches: Extra Large Scalloped Oval, Large Oval
And: Stampin' Pastels, 5/8" satin ribbon, Basic Pearls, sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Card 2
I struggled with this card, but I think it turned out to be, well, "interesting"...

Stamp Sets: By Definition (taken from My Digital Studio), Word Play (inside)
Colors: Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, retired mystery DSP
Punches: Boho Blossoms, Decorative Label, non-SU! border punch
And: Sponge, Gelly Roll shimmer pen (non-SU!)

Cards 3 and 4
I saw this design somewhere awhile back and it stuck in my head, so I just HAD to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) it! Unfortunately, my CRS is acting up and I can't remember now who the original designer is. If it's you, speak up so that I can give you credit for this wonderful card design that works for any occasion!

Stamp Set: Warmest Regards
Colors: Shimmer White (card base), Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy
Big Shot: Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Stamp Set: Warmest Regards, A Word for You (inside the anniversary card)
Colors: Shimmer White (card base), Real Red, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry
Big Shot: Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Card 5
Look, ma! No stamps! I did this card using the My Digital Studio software! The "DSP" is from Summertime Splendor, and the sentiment is just something I typed and applied a font to. I printed the DSP twice along with the sentiment on my home printer, and then I punched the sentiment and background to it with the Wide Oval punch. The ribbon is the real deal -- 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon in Concord Crush. The card base is real cardstock, too, also Concord Crush, to which I applied panels of the DSP. (I have since learned how to resize and better use DSP in My Digital Studio.)

I have three more anniversary cards to do to complete this order, and I hope to have them done before Saturday so I can give them to my friend then. So, as ever, stay tuned...

Joyce Spear a.k.a. StamperJoyce

My First *My Digital Studio* Card!

I am SO VERY excited!! I decided to take the plunge and purchase Stampin' Up!'s digital scrapbooking software called My Digital Studio. I'm not a scrapper, but I know it can be used for cards as well as online graphics such as blog headers and signatures, plus a whole slew of stuff I just haven't thought of yet!

Anyway, I expected a painful learning curve, but was pleasantly surprised (well, shocked) when I was able to make my first project, the card below, in less than 90 minutes after cracking open the software. Installation went smoothly, and the program is really easy to work with. I started out using a pre-designed 5 x 7 card template, but then altered it to suit the card recipient -- changed colors, moved some elements, added stuff, and so on. WAY COOL!

The top two pictures are how the card looked in My Digital Studio, and how the two card sides would have looked if I had had them professionally printed:

Time didn't allow for professional printing, though, so I used my ho-hum Dell 924 All-in-One printer and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The colors are not true to Stampin' Up!'s palette, but they work for this particular project.

Notice something different between the pictures from My Digital Studio and the photos of the card off my printer? (Well, besides print quality?) I added BLING! Yup, I added black gemstones from the Holiday Mini to the front and inside of the card to jazz it up! The photos really don't do it justice.

Also, instead of printing double-sided to make a regular card, I printed the two panels separately and trimmed them down to size, then mounted them on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. For good measure, I distressed the edges of the black card base to give it a bit more of a grunge look to match the grungy spots I had designed into the card.

I am so eager to learn more about what My Digital Studio can do! So far it seems to me that Stampin' Up! has thought of everything! Tentatively, my next project will be a new header for this blog. Stay tuned... !

Walk in Peace,
Joyce Spear, a.k.a. StamperJoyce

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers

I have an order for six anniversary cards and six sympathy cards, and I've been itching to pull out my Thoughts & Prayers wood mount stamp set from Stampin' Up! I decided that because I have so many cards to do (these in addition to other orders, plus my own holiday cards maybe), I'd keep the designs super simple. I've managed to come up with four cards in the last two days -- and the night is young! Here's what I've done so far...

Stamp set: Thoughts & Prayers
Colors: Night of Navy, Whisper White
Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder
And: 1/4" Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon

Stamp set: Thoughts & Prayers
Colors: Marina Mist (isn't it gorgeous? Well, my camera's giving me fits tonight, so trust me, it's gorgeous!), Whisper White
Big Shot: Oval Scallop Frame
And: Basic Pearls

Stamp sets: Thoughts & Prayers, A Word for You
Colors: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Real Red (great combination!!), Whisper White
Big Shot: Square Lattice embossing folder
Punch: Heart to Heart, retired corner punch that I don't remember the name of -- but I'll look it up if anyone really needs to know

And finally, my favorite so far...

Stamp sets: Thoughts & Prayers, A Word for You
Colors: Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
And: Stampin' Write markers, Stampin' Dimensionals

For me, the best part of these cards is that they're coming together easily. My style is usually to anguish over what to do, colors to use, stamps to use, layout, embellishments, and so on until I make myself crazy. I've gone into a lower-key stamping mode somehow with these, though, and I think it's working for me!

So, I'm one-third done with this group of cards and hopeful I'll finish up within the next few days. Stay tuned for more card pictures!

Joyce Spear, a.k.a. StamperJoyce