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Monday, October 26, 2009

PPA13 Anything but a card

Recently, my big sister who lives outside of Puerto Rico, sent me to digital pictures of her with her family.  The pictures were beautiful, colorful, clear and that smile in everyone's faces make perfect pictures for a Digital Scrapbook page from MDS!  I love so much my sister and her family and I really miss them everyday. With this page I wanted to tell them not only how much they are loved and missed but that they can count on me always.  I sent her the page first to see if she agreed for me to put it in my blog and she said a big YES!! She loved the page so I wanted to share it with you.  All elements are from MDS.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I am thakful for you

Hi friends, I am recounting my blessings and trying to illustrate them in scrapbook pages for my MDS album.  Frankly, I will need to find another theme for my album because my blessings are so many that 99 pages would not be enough.  God has blessed me greatly and I thank him everyday for good things and bad things that happens in my life because I have learned with all of these events to be stronger, wiser, and my faith had grown.  Today I will portrait one of my big blessings, Jezer Adrian, my grandson.  He makes me laugh, with his curiosity and intelligence. Those grandmas out there know what I am talking about.  So, I make this digital scrapbook page giving thanks for him.  After I posted it, I found that little mouse sitting at the bottom of the page, I do not have any idea what he does there!  But I chose to leave it just like that, like my grandson, it only brings another smile to my face.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

PPA 12 Sketch Challenge

Hello bloggers! The funny thing with this sketch is that I love it from the start and had so many ideas that I could not pick one.  I have not to cut a single piece of paper that would end up in the trash can if I would not be happy with it as I did many times. I used my MDS!  I tried many things and when I was happy, I saved it and share it.  Now, I plan to make it on paper, knowing my steps already and I will not waste a piece of  my beloved papers.  I know I need to practice and practice and practice to become proficient in this amazing program.  I will.  And you will be seeing my baby steps.  And please, do not be shy to comment in how can I improve.  I have never gone digital before and it is likely you know some things I don't.  The important thing is that I am open to improvement and to learn.  And for those that have not began making their baby steps yet, let me tell you, you will love it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Yesterday, I had record number of visitors to my Blog.  You cannot imagine what this means to me. I am so happy and so grateful for all the comments and emails I have received from people who liked what I had to share.  I want to thank you all for taking the time to send an email or write a little comment, because that is what keeps me moving, knowing that what I do inspire or give ideas to other people to do their projects.  Since I began with this blog on July I have learned so much from all of you, bloggers that happily share what they know, what they found somewhere, what they created from their talent, formal education of plain ability that I really want to do the same to the extent of my ability.  Thank you again, FRIENDS!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Pals Holiday Hop is here!

Welcome to the Holiday Hop!

A group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are ready to show off their paper crafting skills.

We will provide inspiration using Stampin’ Up! product for 3 quickly approaching holidays.

Halloween – October 13, 2009 (Today)

Thanksgiving/Fall – November 10, 2009

Christmas/Winter – December 1, 2009

Join us today as we showcase all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer – from rubber stamps, designer paper, embellishments, and much more. TIP: Save the date on your calendar for our next hops. You won’t want to miss out!

Welcome to my blog! If you came all the way here from Kween Bee Kreations up to Cards by Gina:  You are now completing the full circle!  If not, and you happened to be here first, don't  miss all the other creations made the Pretty Pals group!

 I wanted to create 3 Halloween projects to share with you. One card, one 3-D project and a digital scrapbook page.

Here my first project: "Vamos a Celebrar" Card.  (Let's Celebrate) I used the base in Pumkin Pie, the first layer in black cardstock embossed with an embossing plate.  Then I added a sticker from guess where? The Pirate's party set.(116213)  I bought it for my grandson's birthday but lately I had to "borrow a thing of two". The images are very well suited for a Halloween party! The Skull sticker is doubled matted with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Cards stock and 3 small brads from the Hodge Podge Hardware set (111325)  keep it in place.  The greeting is from a retired Stamp up set in Spanish. I used a piece of the Scallop oval punch and another brad to embellish it (114889).

My second Project is a Box in a Bag. I took the idea from Dina Gibbs tutorial (Link here) . This bag is easy to make and very elegant looking. It can be tailored to many different Holidays and occasions.  For my bag I used the beautiful hound tooth paper from the Autumn Meadows DSP (116769), celery cardstock, round scallop punch (109042) scallop edge punch (112091, circle punches 1 1/4 (104403) and 1 3/8 (104401), Round Tab punch(108340) and Sticky Strip104294. After stamping the image on Whisper White card stock I punch the circles with the smaller one the mat with the bigger and finally formed the flower with the scallop round, The set is Twick or Tweet (116497).  Some final touches were done with the Uni-ball Signo pen in White (105021). The bag turned to be funny enough for Halloween but classy enough to give it with some goodies to a neighbor, co-worker or any adult friend.

My third and last project is a scrapbook page featuring my one and only grandson: Jezer Adrian. He was one year and one day old when we first attempted to dressed him in a Halloween costume.  October is Puerto Rico is as hot as July or August and although he looked adorable in his doggy costume he was not happy at all.  He stood still for one or two photos and began to cry.  So, we decided to keep him in his " baby" costume and let him enjoy the night.  That is the reason for the title "Not so Happy Halloween".  You can do pretty easy pages with MDS.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects as i enjoyed sharing them with you.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for 11/10/2009 for our next Holiday Hop featuring Thanksgiving Ideas.

Hoppy Holidays to all!

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And if you miss any page in the HOP here the complete line up:


1.  Kris (Kween Bee Kreations)
2.  Carla (Carla's Scraps)
3.  Linda (Stampin' Seasons)
4.  Melanie (Oops a Daisy)
5.  Mary (Stampin' Pretty)
6.  Trish (Soul Stamper)
7.  Jill (Stamping Heart)
8.  Liz (DIY Paper Creations)
9.  Kim (Stamp, Scrap, Get Kreative)
10.  Kalshelia (Stampin' Fabulousity) 
11.  Regina (The Stampin' Bean)

12.  Margaret (Margaret Moody)

13.  Debbie (Stampin' Sunshine)
14.  Ann (The Stampin' Schach)
15.  Gina (Cards by Gina)
16.  Lourdes (Cozy Crafty Corner)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hello, It's Me!

Wow!  I think I am getting hooked with MDS.  I began yesterday trying to make something worth saving and I think I am finding my way through.  When the program first came out for demonstrators I bought it at once.  But I did never used before the digital format for my scrapbooks so, I felt a bit lost.  I began taking the webminars but I had not had time until this week-end to experiment and put into use what I had learned.  It is a formidable program, easy to use, and compatible with other digital images, papers and embellishments I already had but never used.  I think you will seeing many more pages soon.  Thanks for looking and please leave your comments, I always learn from you all.

PPA 11 Color Challenge

This week the talented group of designers of the Paper Pals Arts came with a very interesting color combination challenge from Stampin'up card stock colors:  Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie,

This is my digital interpretation of the PPA challenge 11, made with MD.!  But I am late...again!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Digital Studio Scrapbook Page

Today I was playing and experimenting with MDS and made a page from old photos of my grandson who soon will be 5 years old at the end of this month.  He used to eat Oreo cookies and put a wig on and with his teeth all black with the cookies went to try to scare us.  He looked so funny and he had so much fun when he saw me "terrorized" when I see that Monster, that these photos bring me very happy memories.  This is my very first attempt to make a Digital scrapbook page.  I found the program easy to understand and user's friendly.  But to those experienced with Digital scapbooking it may look too simple.  For me, this page brings smiles and happy thoughts.

Save the date for the our Holiday Hop!

A group of ladies from our group "The pretty pals" are getting ready to showcase Stampin' Up products in a Holiday Hop beginning on October 13. You will have the chance to see all the hard work we are putting behind this fun and creative venture.  Beginning with the Kween Bee Kreations Blog and ending with mine Cozy Crafty corner, 18 of us will display ideas and inspirations for your Halloween projects. You will get the chance to hop from blog to blog and see what we have in house for your enjoyment.  We will make another hop for Thanks Giving and Christmas ideas.  More details will follow but by now, mark your calendars and join us on 10/13/2009.

Some more Christmas cards

I am almost done with my Christmas cards.  I made in English and Spanish, for friends here and outside of Puerto Rico.  One thing that helped me tackle this in no time and no headaches was my Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit.  (115696) I made most of my cards from one kit.

I will show you some of the cards I did with this Simply Fabulous Scrappin' Kit.  Not just for scrapbooking anymore, but for all kinds of paper crafts and cards!!

Simply made with card stock and stickers from the set.

I only added some crystals. embossed background and embossed greeting.

Card stock, paper and sticker from the kit and a little ribbon...

I made some to participate in challenges while building my stack at the same time.

This one received big stars from my own son!! He loved it.

If your want your Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' kit and make simple but beautiful cards just Press Here.
You will find it under Papers, Simply Scrappin'.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Holiday Line Up

Since I first saw this stamp set: Holiday line up, it went directly to my wish list (111648).  Finally I could get it and I began to use it for my more informal Christmas card.  It looks so funny!  I made this card for one of my sisters who really enjoys humor.  I know she will like it a lot.  I used paper for the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' set, (115696)  Real Red Cardstock , Chocolate Chip card stock included in the Simple Scrappin' set , and I colored the image with Stampin'up markers and the Aqua Painter (103954).  All this materials are available for purchasing in my Stampin'Up store link: .Press Here

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PPA10 Gratitude and Thanks

Recently my blog provider make changes to the way you make new posts and edit the existing ones.  Maybe those changes were light and few but for me a novice blogger, took a little to get used to.  I have been making my cards and challenges, but I have not posted in a while.  I practice a little changing some pictures of previous postings that I was not happy with them and I think that finally I got it.  So, I will try to post my first card after the changes and see how it goes.  By the way, I also recently bought a photo tent and the new photos are ending up much better than before!  I still need to practice, experiment and like always learn by trial and error.  Let's see if you like this new card I made for the PPA Challenge 10 Gratitude and Thanks.  Here, I could make dozens of cards because there are so many people I feel grateful to.  But in my job we had a summer aid, a bright and intelligent student who worked with us for three months.  She learned so quickly and helped us so much that we really were super grateful to her.  I made several simple and youthful thank you cards for her and although the one I finally gave her is not here, (I forgot to photograph it before I gave it to her) her is another one I made.  Thanks Rosimar, wherever you go, you will do great!.