Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lovely Swaps

I'm going through all my pictures of cards that I have taken this past year (and maybe even further back) and by golly, I'm going to post them all! Be prepared if you are a frequent reader of this blog. Do I even have regular readers? Are you out there? If so leave me a comment.

Anyways, these cards are from a Ladybug Ink swap from sometime within in the last year. I'm thinking they may have been from November of 2011. Yikes! 

~Cita







Sunday, September 16, 2012

Remembering Cupcakes


Once upon a time, I met a Stampin' Up! demonstrator who invited me to her stamp club. After much hesitation, I excitedly joined the club. One of the first projects I ever completed in this stamp club used the now-retired Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. Guess what I did? I bought that stamp set and never used it again. That's a flat out lie, but it sounded funny in my head, because how many of us have ever fallen in love with a stamp set, bought it, and then let it sit on our craft desk collecting dust for years? Anyways, even though the Crazy for Cupcakes is long gone, I wanted to share this beautiful card with you just in case you still have the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set sitting somewhere collecting dust.

Stampin Cita' Tips:

  • Color scheme: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
  • Stamp Sets: Crazy for Cupcakes (retired), Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-Bration 2012)
  • When using framelits, stamp the image first and then place the framelit on top to cut it out. This will allow you to get the perfect position. If your framelit moves, use a sticky note to temporarily attach it to the paper. 
  • To get the oval frame for the Labels Framelits, just cut out two ovals using the small oval punch and adhere them to the back of Labels framelit with the cupcakes. 
  • Use Dazzling Diamonds to color the cupcakes' frosting. I think glitter makes these cupcakes look scrumptious. mmm cupcakes sound good right about now. 
Hope you enjoy this blast from the not so distant past. 
~Cita 

Friday, September 14, 2012

LadyBug Ink Blog Hop: MDS Style

It's Hop time! (I suddenly want to break out in song to "Let's go to the Hop!"). This month, we are focusing on showcasing My Digital Studios (MDS) projects. If you are hopping from Kay's blog, welcome! If you are just joining the adventure, thanks for starting here. You're hopping adventure will take you to six other Ladybug stampers' blogs, where you can marvel at their creativity!

To me, MDS is such a versatile piece of software. I chose to showcase a quick and simple project that Holly Linford showed us at the Stampin' Up! regional in Denver, CO last weekend. This is a simple sour cream treat holder made with regular printer paper printed from my simple at-home printer. I used MDS to create the Halloween looking paper from non-Halloween DSP.

I started with a 11 x 8.5 Landscape canvas in MDS. This is the perfect size because you can prep for four of these treat holders with only one piece of paper. My finished MDS project looked like this.


And then I printed that cutie out. My printer didn't even grumble. Notice the white border around my printer. Most regular printers don't have a bleed option, so you're most likely going to have that border around your printout. Just cut it off.

Next, cut out each rectangle and adhere the sides together so you get a toilet-paper-roll-looking piece of paper. I would recommend using sticky strip to do this (I didn't while prepping for this post because I'm out of sticky strip!


Place adhesive at the bottom of the tubes and pinch it shut. See the sour cream shape starting to form?



Now time to fill with treats! I recommend chocolate!


Finally, adhere the top of the treat and pinch it in the opposite direction of the bottom. And that's it! Four sour cream treat holders from one piece of paper.



Thanks for reading! Now hop on over to Cassie's blog to check out what she has.

~Cita





September Ladybug Ink Hop
Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo http://nicholesu.blogspot.com/
Carmelita Wasson http://carmenacita.blogspot.com/ (you are here)