Hi Everyone! Just wanted to say Thank You for your interest in my blog here and to say that it has been a great learning experience for me from the beginning. And as I am always wanting to learn new and better ways to do things, I am moving my blog to a new location. Here is the link: http://pungostamper.wordpress.com and I hope you will visit me there! Thanks again.
I have to say that when MDS (My Digital Studio) first came out, I was not a big fan. I didn't think it would catch on since you couldn't put all those cute embellishments on the pages and you couldn't have a 3D effect. So what was the point? Boy am I eating my words these days. I have never had so much fun. You can manipulate and change the color and the size of your photos. You can add shadows for depth and there are so many awesome embellishments that you will have a hard time deciding which ones to put on your page. I think one of the best things is that you can put this program on your laptop and carry it with you wherever you go without lugging a bunch of supplies with you. And when you want some new materials such as themed papers, or different fonts, you can go shopping online, download and have it ready to use in minutes. You save a lot of time and gas! The more you use it the easier it is. But then isn't that the way it is with most new things?
So as many of you know, my son Matt got married this month and it was a wonderful ceremony. I love my son and the man he has become. He is the nicest man and loves his wife, Julie so much.
He also is very close to his two sisters. They have a lot of fun when they get together. This picture of the three of them was taken this past 4th of July at a family cookout. We laughed so much and had a great time eating and talking about what song Matt and I would dance to at the wedding for the Mother-Son dance. We ended up dancing to Louie Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World".
So another chapter has started in my son's life as well as our family's. It's exciting and I know there is lots of wonderful memories ahead for us all.
So I made a MDS page of Matt's summer. Time with his family, his marriage, and his honeymoon (him at the beach)! I hope he likes it.
So many times when I make a card, I think I have to put a lot on a card for it to be acceptable. Of course these are the standards I set for myself. More isn't always the best! Don't get me wrong. I love lots of layers and embellishments on a card or scrapbook page but sometimes "Simple" can speak volumes. Also I think that if you are working with new stampers, too much can intimidate them. So the saying "less is more" is true in some cases.
I am loving the new DSP, "Sweater Weather". I love fall so much and I am soooooo ready for it and a sweater! I don't think it will be here anytime soon. It's suppose to be in the 90's this coming week. I'm not complaining though, this past week has been awesome, 70s everyday. What a treat!
Finally, I picked the words "Truly Grateful" because that is what I am today. My dad had been admitted to the hospital the other day after becoming very ill and today he went home. So happy that he is doing better and able to go home with my mom. Take so much for granted all the time and tend to forget how fortunate I am for what I have in this world.
I have recently started tracing my family tree and boy has it been interesting. I have discovered ancestors I didn't know about and learn a few things along the way! While my parents were here for my son's wedding, I decided to pick their brains about my heritage. It was amazing to me how much my parents remembered and how many things they shared with me for the first time! I went on Ancestry.com and was able to trace my grandparents and their voyage on the ship above from Italy to America. This is the SS Lorraine and my grandfather traveled on it twice! Once when he was 16 with his father and then 10 years later with his bride, my grandmother. I was able to actually see the records from Ellis Island where they were processed. I also learned who my great grandparents were on both sides. Pretty amazing stuff. If you ever have an interest in your heritage, I recommend this site but be careful. It's addicting!!
So when I originally saw this deer image, I said yuck!!! I loved Dasher, another image from a previous catalog and wondered why Stampin Up would ever get rid of it. Then my besties tell me how deers are so "in" right now and I got a few swaps with the deer which I liked! Oh dear! lol
So today I decided to make a card using this "in" deer from the stamp set "Remembering Christmas" in the holiday mini. I used the "Sweater Weather" Dsp for the background along with some of the lovely new burlap ribbon.
So I hope you like what I've done with this stamp. If you do then be a "deer" and leave me a comment!
My dear friend, Cathy Casey, was one of the Stampin Up Artisan Finalist this year and although she didn't make the top ten, she still ranks as one of my favorite creative people. Her talents never cease to amaze me. She can turn nothing into something! She made a beautiful bridal bouquet for a friend out of brooches! Wowser!!! She is also an awesome flea market shopper; always making me jealous with her incredible finds. I wish I lived near her so she could rub off on me with her talents!!! She is in the middle of a blog hop with her artisan finalist friends. Make sure you check her out!!http://sugarshackdesigns.wordpress.com You won't be disappointed!