Happy Birthday, Craig!

This is it!  This is your last chance to play along with Paper Craft Planet sketch challenges.  Susanna is revamping Paper Craft challenges, so Saturday sketch challenges are changing.

It seems like summer is even busier for me than when our boys are in school, so I created a sketch that will be easy for you to use.


I never seem to have enough birthday cards when I need them.  My oldest brother's birthday is coming soon, and I needed to make a masculine card for him.  I used my sketch above to come up with this card.


I used masculine colors, metal, corduroy and a big, bold bow to make this card masculine.  I hope you can play along with me this week.  I can't wait to see what you create.  Just head over to the link above and add your creation in the linkz.

This stamp set, Take a Spin was offered in the Occasions Mini.  I hope it comes out in the new 2011-2012 catalog.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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Tanner at Bat

I finally got to play with some pictures that I took at Tanner's first game this year.  The boys are out of school for the summer already and in the sprinkler this afternoon.  We are opening our pool this weekend, which isn't soon enough for them.  It is nice to tell them to jump in the pool, if they complain about being hot.

I haven't been stamping much.  I am enjoying our boys and having fun being with them more.  I see too many stories on blogs I visit where someone has lost a child due to illness or an accident.  They grow up so fast and I am really feeling the "mom" bond right now.  I will be back from time to time with digital scrapbooking or cards I have made; however, it is not my priority right now.  I hope you can stick with me this summer.

Here is Tanner's first at bat:

Lens Effect + photo pop

Lens Effect + Psychedelic

Lens Effect + Spicify

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I do have my favorite of these three.  I was playing with masks too, so I could brush off the effect on different parts of the picture.  Oh, I am having fun with PSE and Topaz Labs.

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Happy Graduate

We are very proud parents of a Happy Graduate, Tanner.  He graduated from Kindergarten today.  He was so excited!  We had cake, balloons and went out to eat to celebrate.  Congratulations, Tanner!

receiving his diploma

proud big brother

Tanner's best friend, TJ

Can you believe I almost forgot to make him a card?  I woke up this morning and realized I didn't make one, so I used My Digital Studio to create.  



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Happiness is: you

This is another great picture my MIL took of "my boys".  I used another designer layout in My Digital Studio.  This layout caught my eye, because the clock faces were already on it and the colors are masculine.  My FIL makes and repairs clocks as you can see by all the clocks in the background of the picture.  This layout is perfect for this shot.  I just added the title.



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For You Flower

Another card we are making this week that goes with the cute & simple theme.  This is taken from the 2010-2011 catalog too.  It is on page 19.  So much of my inspiration comes from the SU catalogs.  When the catalogs retire, don't throw them away.  They are a great source for projects.


I think the theme for my life this spring and summer, will be "Keep it Simple".  The boys are busy with baseball games, baseball practice and tennis lessons start again soon.  My DH and I are both taking tennis lessons too, so we have something going about every day except for Sundays.  Our day of rest!

We are so excited, because school is out May 20th!  Can't wait to have our boys home for the summer.  We have sooooo much fun together.
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HB Buttons

Everyone seems so busy lately (including me) that I wanted to focus on cute & simple cards this month for our club meeting.  This is one of the cards we will be making this week.  It is from the 2010-2011 SU catalog on page 16.  I used different buttons, paper and stamp set; otherwise, the design is the same.  I love SU catalogs for ideas!


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Hybrid Grad

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!  The weather was so beautiful that we spent most of our time outside.

This is a hybrid card from My Digital Studio.  When I received the graduation invitation from Lauren (my friend, Norma Jean's daughter), I knew I wanted to use the Go Graduate Plus digital stamp brush set.  I love those feet!

The bottom half of the card except for the red grosgrain ribbon was made on My Digital Studio.  Once I printed that on my home printer, I added the grad stamp, brads and ribbon.  The grad stamp is from the retired set, Great Grad.



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Shay Day

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I am so glad I belong to the My Digital Studio ning group here.  I stumbled across Rebecca Filipek's MDS scrapbook sketches.  She has done a great job at designing sketches that inspire me to keep scrapping, especially on My Digital Studio.  This Shay Day layout was inspired by one of her sketches.  You don't have to own My Digital Studio to join.  This site is inspires me in all my paper crafting.

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Happy Mom Day

You know I love the sketch challenges on Paper Craft Planet.  Lori is our hostess this week and she has a good one for us.  I used it to make this Mother's Day card.


I used the new paper and stamp set that was offered in April's promotion.  The stamp set is Four Frames and the paper is Paisley Petals.  You should put these on your wish list.  They will be available in the 2011-2012 catalog.

I had a question about what stamp sets were used in the SU corporate birthday card I posted yesterday.  That card is awesome and was all created in My Digital Studio.  Here is the card with the stamp sets used from My Digital Studio.  After they printed it, they added a little bling.


Here are the items numbers for the stamp sets in My Digital Studio:

118828 - Party Hearty (This set comes with the My Digital Studio software.  You can order it for Photoshop too).



All of these sets are available in the big catalog except for Bring on the Cake.  It was in the occasions mini.

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Long Time.......

Wow!  It has been a long time, since I have blogged.  I am keeping very busy like the rest of you with family, sports for the boys, etc.  I am ready to get back to creating!

I am finished with my research on which computer I am going to get.  I decided to go with the iMac and iPad combo; however, I don't need to buy it yet.  I thought my hard drive crashed, because I was told it failed the hard drive test from a repair shop.  I took it to computer guy, Bill and he tested it.  It works just fine.  I don't get it.  I don't know why it wouldn't turn on for me.  Maybe the repair shop jiggled enough "things" in it that is fixed itself.  I don't care.  I am glad I have a longer time to save for what I want.  Now, I have the research done and am ready to buy, when I save the money.

I wanted to show you the cards I have been receiving from some of my wonderful and talented friends.  I am going to start making Mother's Day cards and club cards tomorrow.  BTW, it is my birthday today (May 2nd).  I am so happy to be blessed with another birthday that I have a special offer for you below.  Each year gets better and better.

Stampin Up! Corporate

Denise Macias

Denise Macias

Lynn Mercurio

Maria Rudolph


 Terese Hammond

Since it is my birthday month and Mother's Day is this weekend, I am having a May Sale on my Basic Brayer Online Class.  Instead of the class being $15.00, it is on sale for $10.00 for a limited time.  This class is held at Paper Craft Planet and ends Monday, May 9th.  If you have any questions, please contact me.


Basic Brayer Online Class $10.00





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