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Technical Difficulties and Snowflakes

This past week my internet was down and was unable to post.  After a week of no internet we finally figured it was time to replace our router.  Although I was not able to post my project in time I still wanted you to see my project.  It’s a hybrid tag created on MDS2.  My project was for Hand Stamped Sentiments snowflake challenge.  I created a tag in MDS2 and die cut the snowflake using the snow flurry die and the paper is Stampin’ Up’s! champagne glitter paper.  I embellished the center of the snowflake with a large pearl.  MDS2 is so easy to use.

Hybrid MDS2 snowflake tag

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There’s still time to join Hand Stamped Sentiments for their snowflake challenge.

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Hybrid Snowflake Card

Size:  6.00″ H x 3.00″ W

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Champagne Glitter Paper

Digital Paper:  Beau Chateau #3 paper

Embellishments:  Big Shot, Snow flurry die, Pool Party 1/2″ Seam binding ribbon, Dimensionals

A Vintage Rose for my Friends

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a Color Splash Challenge.  Use the colors of Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue to create a card or paper project.  A few weeks ago I received the stamp set Timeless Treasures from my dear friend Amy.  I’d been dying to use it so I created this card.  Although we met about two years ago through Stampin’ Up! I feel we’ve been friends for a long time.  The same goes for my other stamping friends.  I’ve made such wonderful friendships through Stampin’ Up!  So this card is dedicated to all of my stamping friends.  I am so fortunate to have them in my life.

Vintage rose and teacup card

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Vintage rose for my friends card

Size:  5.0″ w x 4.25″ h

Stamps: Timeless Treasures, Notably Ornate

Paper: Card stock:  Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue; DSP:  Digital Pretty in Pink Brocade

Ink:  Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink; Watercolor pencils:  Pink, Green, Blue

Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Fun Flowers die, Word Punch, Modern Label Punch, Antique brad, Basic Pearls (colored with Stampin’ Up! markers)

Technique: Stamping, die cutting

Simple Valentine Cards

I created these simple Valentine cards for a class.  These were very easy for my guests and they loved them.  These two-layer cards showcased the Big Shot for the embossed backgrounds.  I love the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and combines well with the Artistic Etchings stamp set.  I stamped the medallion in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla CS to make the background.  I then stamped the Eiffel Tower, glued the Red Glitter heart atop the tower and added a bit of Scallop Trim to the bottom and stamped ‘AMOUR’.  I also tore the edges of the Very Vanilla CS and sponged the edges in Riding Hood Red. For the finishing touch,  I adhered pearls and rhinestones to the corners.

For the “Just my Type” card   I used the Texture Plates Kit #4 which I had not used for awhile.  This set has a wonderful typed background which coordinates perfectly with the vintage typewriter image from Puns from the Past and the Newsprint DSP.  I punched the border of the Newsprint layer and sponged the edges in black.  I love the Tiny Tags stamp set and Medium Jewelry punch.  These little tags add so much to any card.  I adhered with the mini glue dots the tags underneath the knot of the ribbon.  I stamped the typewriter image on Very Vanilla CS then punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch.  I also punched another Decorative Label in black and framed the Typewriter image.  I added the Red glitter heart to the top of the typewriter image and the pearls to the corners.

One of my goals this year is to finish the inside of my cards as I did below.  It just looks so much neater and gives you another opportunity to use more images from a stamp set.

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inside of cards - click image to enlarge



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Simple Valentine Cards

Card Size: 4.25″ w x 5.50″h

Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Puns from the Past, Tiny Tags

Paper: CS: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Black; DSP: Newsprint; Red Glitter paper

Ink: Classic Ink Pad: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black

Card Accessories: Eyelet border punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Medium Jewelry punch, Ticket Corner punch, Decorative Label Punch,  Small Heart Punch, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Texture Plates Kit #4 (Friend, Confidant print type), Black Satin ribbon, Basic pearls and clear rhinestones, sponge dauber, Dimensionals

Technique: Stamping, Embossing

Another Vintage Christmas Card with My Digital Studio

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a sketch challenge.  The sketch is featured in the December Success SU demonstrator magazine.  It’s an interesting sketch and since I had recently downloaded the vintage brads and crochet ribbon for My Digital Studio software, I had to use them for this project.  I created this card on MDS using my new downloads and Deck the Halls digital DSP.  I love the vintage suite which is available until January 3rd, 2011.  I also added a Soft Suede Vintage Overlay Texture on the Holly DSP to look like sponging.  It’s very subtle but it adds some darkening on the edges.  You’ll need to enlarge the card to see it.  I also used the Tearing Edge stamp set on the Cherry Cobbler layer.  I hope you get inspired to create with My Digital Studio.

December Sketch challenge
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Digital Vintage Christmas Card – This card was created with Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio

Digital Stamp Sets: A Cardinal Christmas (sentiment), Old Saint Nick, Vintage Overlay Texture, Torn Edges

Digital Paper: Card stock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; DSP:  Deck The Halls Photocard Digital Kit

Digital Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Digital Accessories: Vintage brads, Eyelet border punch, Modern Label punch, Crochet Ribbon

Techniques: Digital Crafting

My Digital Studio Vintage Christmas Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a color splash challenge. The colors Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Early Espresso are perfect for this time of year.

Since I’ve purchased many of the new Christmas digital stamps I was excited to create a Vintage Christmas Card with My Digital Studio. It was so easy and fun! I used the Christmas Collage stamp over Very Vanilla Textured card stock and colored it Cherry Cobbler but brought down the opacity to 20%.  I also used the Early Espresso Wallpaper DSP for the bottom of the card.  The ribbon is from the digital seam binding collection in Cherry Cobbler.  For a fuller bow I put two bows.  Under the ribbon I added two Eyelet border strips in Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I love the digital Eyelet punch it’s perfect for the vintage look.  I also embellished with pearls from the pearls and rhinestones digital collection.  The tag is the Decorative Label digital punch in Very Vanilla and I outlined it in Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is from the digital stamp set Bells and Boughs.  Although the card was created entirely on MDS I think it still has the warmth and feel of a vintage Christmas Card.   Let me know what you think.  I hope you hop over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and take the Color Splash Challenge.  I’d love to see your projects.

Vintage Christmas Card created with My Digital Studio - click to enlarge

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Digital Vintage Christmas Card – This card was created with Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio

Digital Stamp Sets: Christmas Collage, Bells and Boughs

Digital Paper: Card stock:  Very Vanilla Textured, Early Espresso Wallpaper

Digital Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Digital Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Pearls, Eyelet Border Punch

Techniques: Digital Crafting

More Vintage Christmas Cards with Deck the Halls DSP

As promised here are the other cards I created with half a package of the Deck the Halls DSP.  If you want the instructions for cutting the paper and card recipes I’m charging $3.00 for the instructions and recipes.  This is not a tutorial.  These are simply cutting instructions for each sheet of DSP, how to use the paper for each card and list of supplies used for each card.

Poinsettia DSP - Click image to enlarge

Peace Hope Joy green music DSP - click image to enlarge

Hope Joy Wish brown DSP - click to enlarge

Bells and Holly DSP card group

Bells and Holly DSP card group

Holly and Gold Medallion DSP - Click image to enlarge

Christmas Vintage Instructions – $3.00


Deck the Halls with Vintage Christmas cards

I’ve been finishing up my sample cards for my Christmas Stamp a Stack for next Saturday.  I created these cards with one page of the Deck the Halls DSP and paired it with Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake card stock.  I also used the Bells and Boughs stamp set which coordinates perfectly.  These are just five of the cards that will be created at my class.  Check back next week.  I’ll be posting other samples from this class.


Vintage Christmas cards

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Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas. At least around my stampin’ room it looks like the holidays. I’ve had so much fun getting ready for my next class. I just know you’re going to love it. Here’s the scoop.

Come create 25 holiday cards, 5 each of 5 designs.  You choose whether you want create 25 vintage cards with the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper or 25 contemporary cards with the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper plus you will also create 12 holiday gift tags!

You will follow a template and assemble 25 beautiful holiday cards. You’ll also have a choice of several holiday greetings to use to customize your cards just the way you like them!

25 cards not enough? Then request double the supplies and you’ll have extra materials to take home and create 25 additional cards. 50 cards is $55.  Please bring scissors and your favorite adhesive.


CHOICE OF DATES: Saturday, November 13 or Sunday, November 14 from 2-4 pm.

COST: (all consumable items will be provided but please bring your scissors and adhesive)

25 cards & 12 Tags- $30
50 cards & 12 Tags- $55

RSVP/Pre-paid Registration: RSVP by Friday, November 5th to ensure your project kit.
LOCATION:  419 Misty Water Lane, San Antonio TX 78260

If you would like to mail me your payment please mail to:

Genevieve Valdes

419 Misty Water Ln

San Antonio, TX 78260

Or use the Pay Pal links below to pay online.

Buy Now – Vintage Deck the Halls Christmas Cards

Buy Now – Contemporary Holly Jolly Christmas Cards

REFERRAL DISCOUNT- RSVP and Bring someone that is not already on my mailing list and you both can attend (to make the 25 card package-each) for just $45.00!!!

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #20

This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a sketch challenge so I used the opportunity to finally use the stamp set Pedaling Past and to also participate in Pals Paper Arts color challenge.  The sketch comes from the June issue of Success magazine for demonstrators.  The color challenge at PPA is Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.

PPA 46 Color Challenge - Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Soft SuedeI love this stamp set, Pedaling Past because it looks vintage.  Therefore I wanted my card to look old and distressed so I used the distressing tool on the cutter kit for the edges of  all layers on my card.  I also used My Digital Studio to print out circles with the cog punch.  The cogs and circles are one layer but shadowing on the cogs gives them dimension.  I stamped the bicycle image with black Stazon then watercolored using my ink pads .  I also used the border image and the sentiment from the set and used the Curly Label punch for the sentiment.  All edges were sponged with Soft Suede.  Here’s my hybrid card.

Pedaling Past Card

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Cutter Kit

Cutter Kit, item #106958

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Project Info:

Enjoy the Journey hybrid card

Finished card size:  4.25″ w x 5.5″h

Stamp Sets: Pedaling Past

Paper: Bermuda Bay CS, Crushed Curry CS, Soft Suede CS, Very Vanilla CS

Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink (115655 retiring June 30, 2010), Crushed Curry ink (115659 retiring June 30, 2010), Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)

Accessories: My Digital punches circle and cog punches, Curly Label punch, Cutter Kit, Paper-Piercing tool, Mat Pack

Techniques: stamping, paper piercing, digital crafting

Sponging and Stencils

For my make and take for my workshop this past Saturday I had my guests make a card with a vintage look with the Mostly Vintage stencil, item #118877 from the new Summer mini catalog.  For $9.95 you get both the positive and negative stencil to create intricate designs for your projects.  And there’s no end to your creativity—use the stencil again and again.

For that extra touch to the front of the card I used Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, item # 119921 – $4.95, to add that extra sparkle.  You should be able to see the sparkle when you enlarge the photo.  This spray is so much fun and easy to use.  To prevent the over-spray from landing on your work space or other projects accidentally you can purchase this nifty Color Catcher, item #121093 – $5.95.  It’s lightweight and portable, so you can pull it out and put it away anytime with complete ease.

Mostly Vintage stencil, item #118877

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Project info:

Finished size: 4.25″ w x 5.50″ h

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags

Paper: Bashful Blue CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Kraft Brown CS

Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz

Accessories: Mostly Vintage stencil, Jewelry Tag Punch, Bashful Blue satin ribbon, sponge dauber

Techniques: sponging, stencils

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