Sneak Peek to the Occasions Mini Catalog for Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the start of the final Pals Blog Hop of 2013. This month we are showcasing projects featuring tools and supplies that should be on every crafter’s wish list. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full  lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I am so happy to show you how indispensable my Big Shot is as well as give you a sneak peek of a few of the awesome new products in the new Occasions Mini catalog! This project was so much fun to do and I know you will find lots of ideas for your next stamping project. So let’s get started.

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People Like You 2 People Like You Inside

I started this card with new DSP, Watercolor Wonder, from the Occasions Mini catalog.  The colors in this collection are stunning together! The new stamp set, People Like You, was stamped in Island Indigo and Gumball Green.  I wasn’t quite sure which one I would use and I ended up using both!  I punched out the sentiment in Gumball Green and popped it up.  Now, did you notice the flowers?? I stamped the flower twice and cut out the petals in the front, curled them just a little and glued them to the original stamped image to give the flowers some great dimension.  It really didn’t take me long at all and love the effect.


Happy Watercolor

The start of this gift box was the DSP, which I cut with the new Starburst framelits that are sure to be a winner in your collection! I cut two each of the DSP and Island Indigo cardstock to make the top and bottom panel, and adhered them together.   To complete the top, I used one sheet of Canvas Creations, folded and ran it through the Big Shot with the new Spiral Flower Originals Die to get four flowers.  It was very easy to make the flowers and added a large pearl for the center.  Flowers were stamped and fussy cut.  The large flower was sponged with Gumball Green with a dauber for just a little color.  The sentiment was stamped, then run through the Big Shot with the Apothecary Accents framelit.

Happy Watercolor 2To make the box, I used the cardboard from an old roll of stickers, covered it with Island Indigo and DSP.

Happy Watercolor 3

Just one last thing, I added a little cardboard to the top so that it would fit into the bottom portion.

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek today!  If you did, would you take just a moment and leave me a comment?  If you would like to see more of my stamping creations, you can sign up here for email notifications and follow me on Facebook!  If there is anything I can do to help you enjoy this wonderful hobby, just send me an email to [email protected]


It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp Sets:  People Like You, Happy Watercolor
  • Paper: Watercolor Wonder DSP, Island Indigo, Gumball Green & Whisper White cardstocks
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Gumball Green
  • Cool Tools: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Spiral Flower Originals Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits
  • Finishing Touch:  Canvas Creations, Decorative Label Punch, Basic Pearls, Large Pearls

The next stop is martie pollard at The Crafty Bandit  on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next year!

An Experiment with MDS

Have you ever needed a card quickly and didn’t have one that you could just pick up and send right away?  I have a variety of reasons for needing cards for that purpose – everything from friends who are ill or suffered a death in their family to thanking customers for their orders and everything in between.  Recently, I decided that I would dust off MDS and make some cards that would be suitable for that purpose.  I then decided that I would make them into postcards so that they could be mounted onto a card base.  When you make a postcard in MDS, you have two sides of the 3.5″ x 5″ cardstock, so with my postcards I have the same image on both sides and have a sentiment on one side and none on the other.  That way I can choose the card I want and am not dependent on picking a card for the sentiment.  I can just add the sentiment I want.  Here is the card I made:


I took the postcard and mounted it to Baja Breeze (which I miss so much but can use in MDS). That’s it!  This card is ready to go.  For the next card, I changed the stamp in MDS to make it a little more masculine.  For the flip side, I removed the sentiment. I then stamped another sentiment, punched it out and popped it up with dimensionals, making what is referred to as a “hybrid card”, incorporating both digital and traditional stamping.


Here are the other cards that I made for the same purpose.  I have a card for whatever occasion I need.


So, you now know that I am not an expert on MDS, but have really enjoyed incorporating it for little projects in my scrapbooking.  Now I can say that I have made cards with it as well!  MDS is very user friendly and I had these printed through MDS printing service.  I am very happy  with the quick delivery and the quality is great!  I will continue to work on MDS and am now looking into the downloads, which make the program even more fun.

Do you have MDS yet?  There are so many things that I can get better at doing, but it really is not difficult to learn. Plus, did you know that anything you use or buy for MDS never retires?  They are always introducing new products that keep up with their annual and mini catalogs, too!

I hope you enjoyed my cards today!  If you did, would you take a moment and leave me a comment?  I hope you will dust off your MDS soon!  If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for?  Scrapbooking cannot be any easier with it and we all have photos that are sitting on our computers that we never looked at.  Get them into one of the super cute designer templates or, if you are ready, custom make your own!

If you have any questions, just let me know.  I will be happy to help you or get the answer for you.  My mission is to making crafting fun and easy for you, because busy people love handmade cards, too!

Keep calm and craft on!

Debbie ♥