Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PPA21 - Winter Wonderland

Just under the wire but I made it!  Like everyone else, this time of year tends to take over and I haven't had a chance to post a card for my favorite challenge!  The design team at Pals Paper Arts asked for cards & projects with a winter wonderland theme for PPA21 and with the help of the always handsome Dasher stamp, I think we deliver!  My base is basic grey and the main panel is night of navy run through a holiday '09 cuttlebug folder.  I received the CB folder as a gift and I don't know the name--sorry!  It looks like swirling snow, yes?  Dasher is embossed in white and a bit of dazzling diamonds applied with a glue pen add the perfect amount shimmer to his splendid antlers!  The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes is stamped in Encore metallic silver and mounted on a modern lable punch from the brushed silver cardstock.  SU's brushed silver CS is so lucious--just like brushed metal and a perfect match to the metallic silver ink.  It's finished off with some elegant white organza ribbon.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and wish you the best in the new year.  Cheers!

stamps: dasher, teeny tiny wishes
ink: craft whisper white, encore metallic silver
paper: basic grey, whisper white, night of navy CS
xtras: CB EB folder holiday '09, white EB powder, MS glue pen, dazzling diamonds, modern label and word window punch, organza ribbon white

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My adventure in web design!

In addition to working at Santa Fe College, I am also a student...well, at least for this semester.  I don't know if I can keep up with those 20-somethings!  Anyway, this semester I took a web authoring class.  For our final project we had to create a 3-page web site entirely from scratch using CSS and XHTML.  No Dreamweaver, Front Page or any other fancy web design software that does it all for you.  Nope, entirely hand-coded--yikes!  Sure, plenty of people do it all the time but this was my first attempt.  Of course, I wanted to have a go at making a Stampin' Up! website for myself.  What fun I had!  I used My Digital Studio to create my banner, navigation buttons and color scheme.  It was just like creating a papercraft with all the colors, punches, shapes and embellishments we use everyday but digitally.  How cool is that?  The digital option gives you so much flexibility to experiment with different colors, layouts and patterns until you get the exact look that matches your vision.  I still have a long way to go to fill it out with details like tutorials, samples, etc and I may not even use it but it was fun to design all the bells and whistles for it! you want to see??  Check it out... (they may be cut off on the screen, just click the image for a full view)

here is the header:

...the navigation buttons:

...and the link to SHOP:

all made with My Digital Studio!  For the full view, head on over to Canopy Crafts, the Annex (!) and let me know what you think!