Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Memories Suite V6 is Here !

Exciting news - My Memories Suite has been updated and contains Commercial Use Content (see TOU). The award winning MyMemories Suite 6 is a fun and easy way to create scrapbooks, photobooks, custom gifts and more ! You can click on the My Memories Suite label on my sidebar to see some projects and tutorials I've created with this software (version 5).

New Commercial Use Content for Version 6: 
     6 Designer Templates
     128 Backgrounds
     354 Embellishments

My Memories 6.0 new features:
- Software can now be used for commercial use purposes, see TOU for details.
- Templates included with the software are commercial use, see TOU for details.
- New features have been added for background recolor and effects.
- You may now crop embellishments using the crop icon in the embellishments panel.
- Lock/Unlock objects feature have been added to the layers gallery.
- Show/Hide objects features have been added to the layers gallery.
- New Page Guides Manager, you may insert and save guide placement.
- You can now customize the Toolbar to only display selected features.
- New Imprint Painting feature allows you to color specific parts of imprints.
- You may now match the size of other photo boxes on the page.
- New Lines & Editor allows you to place unique lines on your layout.
- New Paint Brush Shapes have been added to the paint feature.
- Text now has Full Justification, Bullet, Border, and Padding options.
- The error check on export now has the option to continue with errors.
- Dialogs have been simplified for Rounded Corners, Matte, and Shadow.
- You may now set all photos on the page or album to have Rounded Corners.
- Paint Brush cursor now shows selected color.
- Embellishment previews are slightly larger. 80 pixels up from 60 pixels.
- Compression Settings are now available on JPG export.
- 1x canvas rendering is default to improve performance. 2x can be enabled in prefs.
- Framework has been updated to 64bit for improved performance and stability.
- Various bug fixes.

Make certain you have the minimum system requirements of 
Platform: Windows 64-bit 7 or 8.
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

Click Here for a video tutorial of features in the updated software.

My Memories blog post

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Baskets Of Happiness Fall Card

Another old , detailed stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I put ink to. This is another one of those seasonal sets with interchangeable parts.

I stamped the image with Basic Brown ink on naturals card stock before water coloring since it was a basket. 

Water colored with various classic inks and an aquapainter.

Green mulberry paper.

Square Lattice embossing folder used on the bottom half of the yellow card stock base.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gifted Glove Fall Card

Putting ink to another of my old seasonal, detailed image stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Gifted Glove with the scarecrow insert was stamped with Basic Black ink on Naturals card stock.

Colored with various classic ink pads and an aquapainter.

Kraft card stock was dry embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.

Antique Gold brads on Riding Hood Red card stock strip that has the bottom edge torn.

Buckaroo Blue card stock with distressed edges under the main stamped image panel.

I used the journaling end of a dual tip marker to free hand doodles along the edges of the stamped panel.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Four Seasons Borders Fall Card

I had fun digging out some of my old "seasonal"stamp sets and coloring them to make Thanksgiving cards this year. This one is a set of four borders; I think the name of the set is Four Season Borders (retired from Stampin' Up!).

Image was stamped with Basic Black ink then water colored with ink pads and an aquapainter.

I tore the top and bottom off of the stamped natural card stock panel then folded it over.

I used my sewing machine to add real stitching along the top edge.

Crumb Cake ribbon and card stock.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks Centerpiece


Centerpiece I put together with various
craft supplies and scraps,
rubber stamps, inks, paper punches. 

The real mini pumpkins were leftover from Halloween.

I made the burlap rose. 

Lovely Leaves stamp set colored with various colors of ink
then hand cut and lightly curled in portions.

Easy, quick way to make flags/banners.
I used a 1" strip of paper and
a 1" square punch.

So many wonderful quotes about Gratitude and Thankfulness on this website. Print some out to make place markers, napkin rings, a frameable piece , use them on scrapbook pages, etc.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Give Thanks Cards

Here are two slightly different cards I made with an image from the old stamp set from Stampin' Up!,
Vintage Verses, as the focal point. Inspired by samples I've seen.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up! , though most are now retired.

The top card also uses an image from Frames With A Flourish, stamped with Versamark ink.

The bottom card uses an image from True Friend, stamped with Versamark ink.

Give Thanks was colored with markers.

Various punches and dies.

Chocolate grosgrain ribbon.

Dimensionals (pop dots).

Gold mini brads.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Expressions Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!
used to cut gold metallic card stock.

Gold Encore ink with Grunge stamps.

Various classic inks used to color the 
Lovely Leaves images before stamping
onto Naturals card stock.

Layered onto gold metallic card stock.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vase of Wildflowers Fall Card

Autumn stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I inked each of the florals with a marker and stamped it on a
Naturals card stock.

The vase was made by stamping a vase image onto silver paper
then cutting it out and flipping it over.
I went around the edge with a marker.

Various colors of card stock from Stampin' Up!

Scallop border punch was paper pierced in each scallop.

The yellow strip was run through the Square Lattice 
embossing folder.

Inspired by samples I've seen shared.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Money Medallion Flower Tutorial - 5's Challenge at Anything But A Card

I like to make giving money as gifts fun when possible. See some of the other fun ways I've presented cash here.

I came up with the lolly flower money idea last month and since I used $5 bills, I decided to save this project and share it for the 5s Challenge at Anything But A Card this month :)

Below are numerous photos that show how I made this flower so it will take a while to load.

Don't use too heavy duty/permanent tape,
you don't want to ruin the money !
I use just sticky enough tape so that it held together
for a couple of hours until I could give it to the recipient.


Scrap paper to safely adhere the leaves to the bottom of 
the flower and top of the package without ruining the money.
I glued the scrap paper to the bottom of the flower
(a punched circle of lightweight chipboard).

Thanks for looking =)
Take a moment to visit the Anything But A Card challenge blog for more inspiring projects from our designers and fans- and make something to share with us !

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pirate Ship Digital Scrapbook Page

This is a quick digital scrapbook page I put together to share with family members that were a part of the cruise we took a few years ago. I have been going through old photos to see if I had any of my extended family members that would be worth sharing with them and possibly make some digital scrapbook pages for. This is one of them.

I did a search for a "free pirate digital scrapbook kit" and this is one that came up in my search.
This cute mini kit can be found here as a direct download at the end of the post. It's free ! If you use it, be sure to thank the designer. I am going to go leave my thanks along with a link to my layout. I imagine she'd like to see what I made with it.

I used the My Memories Suite 5 software to create the page. It is pretty easy to use outside content in the program (the program includes lots of great kits and items). I make folders on my desktop to the items I want to use on the layout, then do a Browse through the program each time I want to add outside content in. It is just a couple more steps, but works well. The biggest quirk I've found so far in doing it this way, when adding a shape (such as my two paper layers which are square Shapes and the custom made banner), the paper must be filled into the Shape as a Photo. For some reason the program will not allow papers to be found as an outside item, they must be installed into the software. That is easy enough to do, too, but I don't want  a gazillion extra papers and embellishments installed into the program, possibly slowing it down not to mention taking much longer to scroll through the lists to find what I want.

If you don't already own My Memories Suite 5 software, you can buy it at Use my affiliate code STMMMS23251 to get $10 off of your purchase, a 6x6 photobook (for a small shipping fee) plus a coupon code for $10 worth of digital content from the store ! The store has thousands and thousands of different styles and types of digital download content plus there are always sales and freebies. Soooooooo many awesome digital goodies to choose from it is honestly a bit overwhelming !

Lastly, a quick reminder that you have until November 22nd to share Anything But A Card creations this month at Anything But A Card ! Take a moment to see the variety of creations the designers have shared this month and if you have the time, make something crafty to share. There are nearly 90 entries so far. Wow, what a great variety of inspiring projects !!!

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Suspended Heart LOVE Card - OWH ODBD November Challenge

The November Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge at Operation Write Home: 
Each month that we reach the goal of 50 entries,  Our Daily Bread Designs donates up to two boxes of free shipping for our heroes–1 for 25 cards posted and 2 for 50.
Make a card with a heart on it and share a link to it to help reach that goal !

All supplies used were available through Stampin' Up!;
most are now retired however there are many 
other fabulous companies that make similar items.

Die cut the front of the card base
and the slightly smaller card front with the 
Movers and Shapers Die system.

Letterpress plate (no ink)
the card front.You can also use
embossing folders, rubber stamps
or decorative papers.
I used watercolor paper to make a deeper impression.

Punch two hearts.
This punch coordinates with the
Movers and Shapers die, it is slightly smaller.

You will sandwich clear fishing line/thread
between the two heart shapes (back to back)
with a strong adhesive. I used double stick tape.

Use double stick tape to attach the 
string between the front of the card base
and the back side of the decorative card front piece.

For a little fun surprise for the recipient when you make a card like this,
you can gently twist the suspended die cut a few times before inserting it
into the envelope. When the recipient opens the card,
the suspended piece will spin around a few times ! 

Here are some other Suspended Shape cards I have made,
several have tutorials :

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Microwaveable Cup Cozy - Anything Goes at Anything But A Card

Welcome to this months challenge at 
Anything Goes (so long as it is not a card!).
Be sure to stop by the blog each Sunday this month
to see new projects by the design team members !

My project is something I recently made to help prevent 
from burning my fingers when removing this glass
from the microwave after heating water in it to make tea.
It is a microwave safe cup cozy 
and it matches the microwave safe bowl cozies I made last winter.

I don't use tea cups or coffee mugs.
I also don't use a tea pot to heat the water since 
I am the only one that drinks tea in my family, 
I just heat up a single glass of water as I need it.

Using bulky hot mitts to remove the too hot to handle
glass from the microwave was bound to make a mess
one day, the mitts on my hands don't fit around the glass
 well to use just one hand for removal (yes, I know, use two hands instead).
By creating the microwaveable cup cozy, I can 
use it on the glass in the microwave then easily remove it with
one hand once done - no burned fingers ! 

I don't have a pattern for this project since I had to custom make it
to fit my glasses. 
Below are photos that show the steps I used to make my pattern.

NOTE: I've seen coffee/tea cup cozies that wrap around
and have button or velcro closures. I didn't want to make one
of those types to use in the microwave since the button or
velcro may not be safe to use in a microwave.
By using 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting
as I have for bowl cozies,  it should be fine.
I won't leave it unattended anyway
just to make sure.

 First, I wrapped scrap paper around the glass
then taped it in place.

I then folded the top edge over to give me a mark
of where to trim off the excess paper.

NOTE:  you will probably need to do this to the bottom
of your scrap paper as well if it does not.
The piece I used for this tutorial already had a curve
cut in it that fit the glass bottom well enough to start.

I folded over one short edge (for a seam allowance)
and taped it to the glass.
I then took the other short end and carefully butted it up
next to that edge (it's 1/8" over the first edge actually), 
folding it over in place to create the second half of the seam.

The side seam taped in place and trimmed,
but leaving enough of an edge for the seam allowance
once it is cut out of fabric.

To make the sides even in width,
I used a ruler to measure down from the top edge
and marked it in several places along the bottom.
Using a pencil, I connected the marks to create the bottom curved edge
of the pattern that was then trimmed with scissors.

This is my finished pattern.

Once I was happy with the basic size and shape of the pattern, 
I laid it out on two layers of 100% cotton material, 
right sides facing together. 

Pin in place and cut out.

Cut out a piece of 100% cotton batting.
It can be the same size as your fabric or just a 
teeny bit smaller. just make sure if you make it smaller,
there is enough to catch in the seams. 

Layer all three together, right sides of fabric facing each other
and the cotton batting on top.

 Stitch along both long sides.

Trim seams, turn right side out and iron seams.

Top stitch along the long edges/seams.

Wrap around the glass, wrong side out, and pin the two short sides together 
to create a seam. I just pinned at the top and bottom to give me an idea
of where the seam will be, the pins were flush with the glass. 
I then removed it from the glass and marked the fabric where 
the seam will be then removed the pins before stitching.
 I used a straight stitch then went 
back over the raw edges with a zig zag stitch. 

Turn right side out and slide over glass.

Prewash fabrics; do not use fabric softener.
NEVER leave unattended in the microwave !!!
Only use if it is dry and clean; 
bits of food may cause arcing/scorching.

Thanks for looking =) 

Be sure to visit AnythingButACard each Sunday for new inspiration from the design team -
and enter the Anything Goes (except cards) Challenge this month !