Creation Station Comeback - Holiday Catalogue faves

It's such a long time since I joined in the Creation Station blog hop, but I'm back amongst the action today as we share idea using some of our favourite products from the newly released Holiday Catalogue.

The hardest part of this was choosing favourite products...

In the end, I decided to go with a stamp set that I loved on sight, which can be used with a minimum of time and energy to create gorgeous Christmas cards...

  Wonderful Year stamp set  |  Wood mount  |  Clear mount

Wonderful Year stamp set | Wood mount | Clear mount

Minimum of time and energy are the key points for me when creating cards to send out for Christmas. Making cards in bulk at a time of year when everything else (school events, work functions, dance concerts etc) also require time and attention has resulted in occasions where I have neglected to send out cards at all. More than once *gasp*

This stamp set makes use of stunning typography, which takes care of the cute factor, and the size of the sentiments means that you really don't need to be adding too much in the way of other embellishments to compete with them.

The other bonus of the stamp set is that it lends itself to several stamping techniques, so you're not limited to churning out masses of the same card, you can mix it up a little!

The first set I made makes use of the current trend of a watercolour wash in the background...

   Stamps:   Wonderful Year   Paper:   Watercolor Paper   Ink:   Versamark, Pool Party   Accessories:   Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Aquapainter, Rhinestone basic jewels

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Watercolor Paper Ink: Versamark, Pool Party Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Aquapainter, Rhinestone basic jewels

The second set allowed me to add colour with Stampin' Write Markers applied directly to different parts of the stamp...

   Stamps:   Wonderful Year   Paper:   Whisper White   Ink:   none   Accessories:   Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso & Crushed Curry markers

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Whisper White Ink: none Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso & Crushed Curry markers

In the final set that I created, I brought back chalk board, which was the golden child of stampin' techniques in the not too distant past...

   Stamps:   Wonderful Year   Paper:   Basic Black   Ink:   Whisper White craft ink   Accessories:   Whisper White notecards & envelopes, White embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Basic Black Ink: Whisper White craft ink Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, White embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Sponges

So there you go - a single stamp set, a handful of simple techniques, some note cards plus a few other bits and pieces make for cute and fuss-free Christmas cards!

Thanks for hopping past today and make sure to continue on the hop for more festive inspiration. You can head backwards to see what Nicole Tugrul has created, or forwards to my dear friend Julie Kettlewell's blog...

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Creation Station Blog Hop | Occasions Catalogue Faves

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a fabulous festive season and brought in 2016 with joy, whether than meant champagne and party hats at midnight or a cup of tea and television repeats on the couch.

This month, the Creation Station team is bringing you projects using some favourite products from the Occasions Catalogue, due out in just a couple of days from now. 

My absolute favourite new stamp set from the catalogue is called Number of Years and involves huge watercolour-y numbers and beautiful accompanying imagery PLUS a co-ordinating set of Framelits that you can bundle together with the stamp set for a 15% discount.

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I had an idea rattling around in my brain for this set and finally sat down to extract it last week, on a stinking hot day, perched at a temporary set up under the air-conditioner in my lounge room.

Stampers gotta stamp, yes..?!

I'm delighted to report that it turned out just as I had hoped, if not a little bit cuter...

  Stamps:  Number of Years, Day to Day  Paper:  Kraft, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP  Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride  Accessories:  Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

Stamps: Number of Years, Day to Day Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride Accessories: Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread

I love a perpetual calendar and might save up this particular idea for when the need for teacher gifts rolls around again in approximately 11 months. Either that, or make them now because the idea is fresh and I have everything I need, but where's the fun in taking all the urgency and midnight crafting opportunities away from my frazzled end of year self...?

Here are some additional views...

Continue hopping to see what the rest of the team have chosen as their favourites. You can be guaranteed that by the time you finish, you'll have a mile long wishlist ready just in time for the catalogue release on Tuesday!


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Thankful for this guy and this year...

Recently, I've been looking back at this past year and thinking that a year ago, we'd never have imagined things looking the way they currently do for our family. We're not ones to fix things that aren't broken and tend to stick fairly closely to what we know, knowing that what we do and have is more than enough and finding happiness and love in family, friends and simple things.

In May this year, our version of normal was somewhat disrupted by the company that my handsome man worked for announcing a restructure, requiring that he and everybody else at his level reapply for their jobs. In Tim's case, and that of many others, it was a job that he had worked his way up to over a nineteen year career, having started at entry level as a fresh-faced 20-something.

After a process that took months in time and a fair share of anxious "what ifs", it ended up with my husband taking a redundancy and finishing up there in early October. For someone that loved his job and the folks that he worked with, I can't imagine what it would have been like to leave the only 'real' job you've ever known, in an industry that has no other options in our immediate area. But what I DO know is that I am married to the most amazing man who has been more concerned about those around him in similar positions than he ever has been for himself.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

I have always thought that we had a pretty awesome marriage, but we've never really been tested out in terms of facing much in the way of challenges until this year.  We always thought his job was pretty safe, and it was. Until it wasn't. And when that door closed and there weren't any others around that he could knock on with the industry specific experience that he had, there were a few moments of disquiet spent wondering "where to from here...?" He has always been the calm and positive one in our partnership, and I have managed to learn much from him over the past 17 years, so it wasn't the panic-stricken, stress-ridden situation that it might have been, had I been processing and dealing with it in the way I might have in the past.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

And as it turns out, a couple of weeks after saying goodbye to his previous career, an opportunity for something entirely new presented itself. Three interviews, a job offer and signed contract later and we're standing on the edge of something new and exciting that we would not have conceived of at the beginning of this year.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

Just this past Wednesday was his first day on the job, and it was with excitement that our little family gathered on Tuesday evening for "family squeeze" - a funny and sweet little ritual that has evolved in our family and involves all four of us piling onto our bed and snuggling, chatting and just hanging out together. The girls and I used the opportunity of "family squeeze" to give Tim a little good luck gift for his first day - a new tie that we'd picked out for him, a family photo to put on his new desk and a card, just to make sure he knew how much we love and appreciate him...

Because for HIM, and his approach to life, I am truly thankful.

   Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Layered Letters Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge   Paper:   Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon   Inks:   Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crumb Cake   Accessories:   Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Layered Letters Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon Inks: Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crumb Cake Accessories: Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

   Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge   Paper:   Lost Lagoon   Ink:   Mossy Meadow, Real Red   Accessories:   Tag a Bag Gift Box,     Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Big Shot, Tags & Labels Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, Burlap Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Lost Lagoon Ink: Mossy Meadow, Real Red Accessories: Tag a Bag Gift Box, Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Big Shot, Tags & Labels Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, Burlap Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

The tie was dutifully added to his first day attire, and the card and frame transported to his new desk - I actually had to ask him to bring them home again on the second day so that I could photograph them for this post... *giggle* In testament to how well he knows me, the gift box that held the tie was delivered to my craft desk immediately after opening so I could use it again for a different project...

Did you recognise the Project Life cards on the card and gift tag? As well as making your memory keeping super simple and productive, the designs on Project Life cards make them the perfect quick addition to your cards and other projects, as well as keeping all important co-ordination intact.

This Creation Station blog hop is brought to you with the theme of "THANKFUL", so to continue in the grateful groove, click on the NEXT or BACK buttons to check out what the rest of the team has to inspire you with! We've had a plethora of new members join recently, so there's inspiration a-plenty...!

And just because I can, here's a first day photo - usually reserved for the school variety - of the new tie seeing its first service on my handsome man's first day!

Thanks for hopping by today and I hope you have a lot to be thankful for yourself *mwah*

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Kraft gift bags, lots of ways!

This week's Creation Station blog hop topics gave us the option of using single stamps or creative ways to use the different bags that we have available in our gift packaging section of the catalogue. Seeing as my most recent team day focused on the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the creations that we made that day.

Everyone got a pack of the bags, as well as some of the beautiful English Garden Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, all of which featured in the projects. The idea was to show that the bags can be used in a variety of ways and with a variety of other products, including embossing folders, decorative masks, Framelits, and the Simply Scored Board  to mix the projects up a bit.

First up, we made a set of note cards and envelopes...

 The    Brick Wall Embossing Folder    adds great texture and interest to the bag and the    note cards and envelopes    are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

The Brick Wall Embossing Folder adds great texture and interest to the bag and the note cards and envelopes are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

 A    Circle Framelit    cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a    cellophane bag    inside holds simple gift tags punched from the    English Garden Designer Series Paper   . The spotty mask from the    Dots and Stripes    pack, along with    Whisper White craft ink    adds some fun decoration

A Circle Framelit cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a cellophane bag inside holds simple gift tags punched from the English Garden Designer Series Paper. The spotty mask from the Dots and Stripes pack, along with Whisper White craft ink adds some fun decoration

 These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the    Simply Scored Board    so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the Simply Scored Board so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

 In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the    English Garden DSP    and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of    Whisper White cardstock    that are added pages inserted into the bags.

In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the English Garden DSP and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of Whisper White cardstock that are added pages inserted into the bags.

It was so much fun discovering different ways to use the combination of products and especially ways to use the bags to get a variety of uses out of them. I hope you might be inspired to look at the bags a bit differently and discover the multitude of ways they can be used.

It's time to continue on with the hop now and see what the other gals have in store for you you...

Thank for popping in and happy hopping!

Creation Station - Forced Festive Fun!

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If you've arrived here via one of the other stops on this fortnight's blog hop, you'll be wondering why I'm going against the theme of this round, which is Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek. I've never been much of a rule breaker and am not intentionally doing so this time either, promise. Had my Big Brown Box full of festive pre-order products arrived in time, I'd have happily delved into it for the purpose of today's post, but sadly, I'm expecting it will arrive tomorrow, which will be wonderful, but not at all helpful for keeping with the theme for today.

Rather than bow out of the blog hop altogether, I thought I would do something Christmassy with stuff from the Annual Catalogue, but given that I haven't actually purchased anything new from the Christmas section there either, I've had to get a bit inventive...

   Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Hardwood, And Many More   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Ink:   Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso   Accessories:   Circle Card Thinlits, Circle Collection Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Hardwood, And Many More Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso Accessories: Circle Card Thinlits, Circle Collection Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

The main decorative element on this card was created not with a Christmas stamp set, but with the Endless Thanks set...

 Endless Thanks - #138796 - $28.00

Endless Thanks - #138796 - $28.00

The combination of the little spray of leaves, the tiny heart and banner shape came together perfectly as a wreath, and the addition of the 'Very Merry' sentiment from And Many More stamp set completed the festive theme.

The card base was created using the Circle Card Thinlit Dies, which, whilst being a fun and different way to make a card, is almost impossible to photograph, hence the addition of my thumb in the first image to hold it closed.

Here's what it looks like standing up...

 From the front/side...

From the front/side...

 From the top...

From the top...

Interested is seeing how the Thinlit Card Dies work...? Check out the video below, keeping in mind that the Label version has since retired...

Thanks for wandering by today. To check out some other projects on the hop that DO include some sneaky peeks of upcoming Christmas goodness, follow the links below...

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Creation Station blog hop - Decorative Masks

I've had a few weeks away from blogging, but I'm back today to participate in the latest Creation Station blog hop!

This time around, our theme is Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You and we had a choice of products to include in our project, my choice being the Decorative Masks - Dots and Stripes, specifically..

   Ink:   Whisper White   Paper:   Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Typeset Specialty DSP, English Garden DSP   Accessories:   Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Basic Pearl Jewels, Sponge Daubers

Ink: Whisper White Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Typeset Specialty DSP, English Garden DSP Accessories: Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Basic Pearl Jewels, Sponge Daubers

While the card doesn't have an occasion specified by way of a greeting - less by design and more because I couldn't figure out where to put one without looking too busy - it would work for any of the occasions listed in themes. It's actually entirely devoid of stamping altogether, but with the addition of the stunning bloom from the English Garden DSP, I didn't think anything else was needed.

Thanks for popping in today and be sure to check out the rest of the hop by clicking through either forwards or backwards from here...!

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Creation Station blog hop - Endless Birthday Wishes

The fortnight has rolled around again, and I'm back with another project highlighting new products from the newly released Annual Catalogue, as part of the Creation Station Blog Hop.

This time around, I'm sharing a card that I made using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. Apologies to those stampers who might be visiting from North America or Canada - I understand that this set is not new for you at all, having been released as a promotional stamp set previously, if I'm not mistaken. For us here in the South Pacific, it's BRAND new and terribly exciting. Or perhaps that's just me, great big sucker for a stamp set with cute greetings that I am...

    Endless Birthday Wishes    - 140273 - $28

Here's what I did with it on its maiden voyage in my craft room, a birthday card for my much loved sister-in-law...

   Stamps:   Endless Birthday Wishes   Paper:   Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Pretty Petals DSP Stack   Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate   Accessories:   Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Tea Lace Doily, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dazzling Dimaonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Pretty Petals DSP Stack Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Tea Lace Doily, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dazzling Dimaonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hop around the rest of the stops to gather some more new catalogue inspiration! If you head backwards, you'll find Kathy Kartak, and forwards will take you to Dena Rekow.

Happy Hopping!

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Creation Station blog hop - one for the fellas

It's time for another Creation Station blog hop and this time around, we're celebrating the blokes! It's coming up to Father's Day in the US, so you'll see a bunch of Father's Day themed projects on the blogs of the other team gals, but seeing as we have a few months to go until we officially celebrate the dads in this part of the world, I thought I'd provide some general blokey inspiration...

We're also celebrating the release of the brand new Annual Catalogue just last week, filled with amazing new products and fabulous inspiration, including the I Think You're Great stamp set that I used on this card.

I have always found it much harder to stamp for fellas than I do for the ladies, so I tend to keep it fairly simple and let the colours and basic shapes provide the masculine factor. In this card, I combined Delightful Dijon - a brand new in-color - with Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon and Pumpkin Pie, and a strip of the diagonal striped paper from the Typeset Specialty DSP. That stuff goes with everything!

I created the hollow star by sending two different sizes of the Star Framelits nested together through my Big Shot, and continued the star theme with a small smattering of star shapes punched out of the Confetti Stars Punch.

I'm a big fan of the current 'cluster' trend in card making - elements bunched together in an area of the card with lots of 'white space'. One of the ways I like to ground my cluster is by partially embossing the background, which I did here with the Chevron embossing folder - another great products for use in masculine themed projects.

Have you managed to settle on some favourites from the new Annual Catalogue yet...? I'm still experiencing a bit of overwhelm, and just as I think I've nailed down my new favourites, I'll see something amazing on a blog or website somewhere and my wish list prioritisation is all out of whack again!

Send your new catalogue wish list into a tailspin by checking out the rest of the stops on today's blog hop. You can head backwards to Kathy Kartak or forwards to Sara Levin.

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New catalogue sneak peek + some fun new friends

The new catalogue is mere weeks away now and today I'm popping in to share a peek of some of the gorgeous new products as well as to introduce you to some new cyber-stampin-friends that I've made in recent times...

A few weeks back, I was contacted by one of the gals from The Creation Station, asking if I'd like to come on board and participate in their fortnightly blog hop. I'm a huge fan of card challenge and inspiration sites, so the opportunity to be part of a group providing an organised trail of inspiration on a fortnightly basis to stampers across the world was something I jumped on immediately!

This is the first time I'm playing along and the theme this time around is to use something from the new catalogue sneak peek, which works out perfectly, since my brand new box of awesomeness just landed on my porch during the week.

So with that, I bring you my maiden voyage as a member of The Creation Station team...

   Stamps:    Layered Letters Alphabet,  Alphabet Rotary Stamp   Paper:   Whisper White,  Watermelon Wonder , Crushed Curry Pool Party,      Cherry on Top DSP Stack    Ink:   Versamark   Accessories:   Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder,  Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, STampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Layered Letters Alphabet, Alphabet Rotary Stamp Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry Pool Party, Cherry on Top DSP Stack Ink: Versamark Accessories: Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Embossing Powder, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, STampin' Dimensionals

 *new*   Layered Letter Alphabet   embossed in Whisper White onto *new*   Watermelon Wonder cardstsock.   *note to self - the   Embossing Buddy   is your friend...

*new* Layered Letter Alphabet embossed in Whisper White onto *new* Watermelon Wonder cardstsock. *note to self - the Embossing Buddy is your friend...

 A couple of different designs from the *new*   Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack

A couple of different designs from the *new* Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack

 A tiny peek of *new*   Dotted Lace Trim   in another *new* In-color -   Tip Top Taupe

A tiny peek of *new* Dotted Lace Trim in another *new* In-color - Tip Top Taupe

Combined with some of my carrying over faves, like the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Alphabet Rotary Stamp and the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, the new products fit right in on this quick, simple and fun card.

If you'd like to say hello to a new friend in the form of the brand new upcoming annual catalogue, come along to my launch night! Click on the launch image below to contact me and book your spot...

For further sneak peek inspiration, be sure to follow the rest of the blog hop! Click on the BACK button to see what Kathy Kartak has created, or NEXT to visit Sara Levin.

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Digital departure - farewell MDS...

It's with a heavy heart that I'm stopping in today, to share news of Stampin' Up!'s soon to be discontinued digital design software, MDS.

As is the case with all companies and all products, Stampin' Up! continually evaluates their product offering to ensure the best possibility for growth and success for all of their demonstrators, and as such, the decision has been taken to discontinue offering MDS and My Digital Studio as of May 31st.

As a member of the Design Team, part of the crew that travelled around Australia and New Zealand back in 2013 when it was first released to deliver training sessions to our South Pacific market, and a huge fan of digital design for a good many reasons, I will admit that the news saddens me a great deal. A quick glance through my MDS gallery is enough to show how versatile the program is and how useful it can be for so very many applications.

If you'll indulge me momentarily, I'd love to share some of those versatile applications of the software in some of my favourite projects here again... *sniff*

Digital Scrapbooking

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Hybrid Projects

 

Invitations & Announcements

Custom Gifts

 

Home Decor

 

Parties & Treats

If you tend towards a glass half full kind of outlook, then you'll be pleased to know that any investment that you've made in the program or downloads up until this point will still be usable beyond the cancellation date of the software. The software will still work as it always has, there will just be no future updates or technical support.

In better news, there is an option to use the downloads in alternative digital programs such as Photoshop if you're so inclined. In order to do this, it will be necessary to re-download your content so it may be used in programs other than MDS.

You'll first need to sign into your online account and navigate to the Downloads tab. For each download in your account, click on Download Again...

This will bring up a window where you get to choose the format in which you will download the content. Select Other Applications (Mac or Windows), then hit the Start Download button.

Repeat this process for all of your downloaded content, which will then be available in Zip files on your computer. These files will contain the JPG, SVG or PNG files of all the stamps, embellishments etc from your digital content.

All My Digital Studio downloads will also still be available until May 31st, so if there is any digital content that you would love to have access to but have yet to purchase, I suggest you do so, and follow the steps above to ensure that you can use it on an ongoing basis.

Thanks for indulging my brief trip back through MDS memory lane this morning...

Welcome Ethan - MDS baby announcements

If you follow my Instagram profile, last week you will have seen a snippet of a sweet little blue-eyed boy with a promise that I will upload the complete details of his birth announcement this week.

And here I am!

Although Mondays are ordinarily set aside for MDS posts, these past few days, I was recovering from our wildly fun and successful Party Time event that was on Saturday and my house required attention in its hugely shambolic, post-event state. Whether it's a stampin' event, university assignment or some other large and looming thing, I never seem to be able to keep my home life/housework chugging along at the same time. I always seem to have an empty pantry, a pile of washing, colonies of dust bunnies and vast piles of clutter to deal with in the aftermath. I feel that this is the perfect time to encourage comments in the vein of work/life balance tips, so please, hit me up with your best advice...

So now I feel mostly under control (I never did keep myself to high standards as far as housework was concerned anyway...) I can share this little guy in all of his teeny-tiny, blue-eyed sweetness!

But first the packaging....

   Stamps:   Amazing Birthday, Zoo Babies   Paper:   Soft Sky, Whisper White, Subtles Pattern Stack DSP   Ink:   Crumb Cake, Soft Sky   Accessories:   Banners Framelits, Labels Framelits, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Whisper White Seam Binding, Linen Thread

Stamps: Amazing Birthday, Zoo Babies Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Subtles Pattern Stack DSP Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky Accessories: Banners Framelits, Labels Framelits, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Whisper White Seam Binding, Linen Thread

I sent the stack of announcements through the post at the request of the receiving mumma, and even though she knew what the actual announcements looked like, I hoped to provide a bit of a sweet surprise in the presentation.

Once the box was opened, the announcements were wrapped up too...

...then one more opening and here he is...

And a close up of the announcement in case you're interested in what went into it...

   My Digital Studio:   MDS ,   Snowy Soiree Designer Kit, Baja Breeze Baker's Twine & Bow, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Whisper White Cardstock, Pacific Point Cardstock

My Digital Studio: MDS Snowy Soiree Designer Kit, Baja Breeze Baker's Twine & Bow, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Whisper White Cardstock, Pacific Point Cardstock

I love the simplicity and mass-produceable-ness of using MDS for baby announcements. PLUS the fact that there are so many adorable downloads that lend themselves perfectly to the occasion.

If you're yet to check out MDS for yourself, you can grab a 30-day free download, or invest in the entire program for just $24.95.

Thanks for popping in and be sure to check back soon for a recap of our fabulous Party Time event!

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MDS Monday - Surround Yourself...

I'm a sucker for a good inspirational quote.  My Facebook friends often bear the brunt of my sharing - I can't help but spread the joy when I find a good one, especially if it looks good too.

Mostly though, I share so that I can find my favourites later for myself.  Oftentimes I look back through my own feed to see some of the inspirational words that have struck a chord with me one time or another and I always find them to be good reminders for myself and of the person I want to be.

This is one that I actually found on the feed of one of my favourite Instagram accounts, and I loved it so much that I wanted it to be something I could cast my eyes upon frequently, without having to search for it first...

There is actually very little in the way of MDS content involved here - a background and a swirl or two at the most - it is primarily made up of different fonts that I have downloaded from the internet and installed on my computer.

I have always loved typography, so fonts are a definite "thing" of mine...

One of the most fun things about fonts, apart from the vast array of different types of lettering you can get, are the ones that are referred to as Dingbats - little picture icons that are designated to keyboard letters, so you can "write" in pictures.

The banner shape that houses the words "with the" at the top of my project is an example of this, and it comes from a font named KG Flavor and Frames Seven...

Another of my favourites that is perfect for the chalkboard style swirls and swashes is Bergamot Ornaments...

One of my aims for my house one day is to have a wall of framed beauty - a combination of word art, photos and pretty things that I get to look at every day that make my heart sing.

Which is a bit of an irony, considering that one of my favourite quotes is..

There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them

Perhaps that one should be my next frame-able project...

Hook me up with your favourite quotes on all things positive and inspirational.  And fonts - I'm always on the lookout for fabulous fonts...

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MDS Monday - Digital Lego is Awesome!

My handsome "nephew" and godson Noah turned five last month and as with most children between the ages of three and 43 that I know, his current obsession is all things Lego.

He has quite the collection of the stuff, which we happily added to with a gift for his big day, along with a card that I challenged myself to create using MDS.

There is seemingly nothing that can't be achieved with this program...

   MDS downloads:   Punches - assorted; Stamp Brush Set - Enjoy Every Moment; Fonts - KG Love You Through It, Denne Shuffle Euro Hollow   Paper:   Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP   Accessories:    Circle Card Thinlits, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

MDS downloads: Punches - assorted; Stamp Brush Set - Enjoy Every Moment; Fonts - KG Love You Through It, Denne Shuffle Euro Hollow Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP Accessories:  Circle Card Thinlits, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

I will admit to taking quite some time over putting this guy together - there were some punches that I had to adjust from their original format in order to create the shapes that I needed on several occasions, and lots and lots of layering of punches to cover up parts that I didn't want showing etc.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here he is in the MDS screen, showing all the different parts that went into creating him...

I also had to contend with my husband - the biggest kid and most dedicated Lego fan that I know - who wasn't happy with the anatomical correctness of the first one that I printed and made me re-do it with proportions and shapes that he was happy with.

Quality control is where it's at...

I made the base of the card using my Circle Card Thinlits, adding on an extra length of card that can be folded in front, creating a space to write a birthday message.

The worst part about these cards is that I find them incredibly difficult to photograph!  Hopefully you can get the idea...

When it's opened right out, the little Lego guy spins around, leaving a second circular spot for a greeting, which I also created using MDS and a fun, 3D font...

I had so much fun playing around with an idea and bringing it to life with MDS. One of my favourite things to do in the program is to push it to limits that I haven't tried before, just to see where I can go with it.

Turns out, I can go all sorts of places, and I love that!

If you have yet to try MDS, give it a crack for free for 30 days, or invest in the full program for just $24.95 and see where you can take it!

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MDS Monday - A fond farewell...

A couple of Sundays ago we came up against the moment in time that occurs in the lives of most pet owners at one time or another.

Our beautiful Ridgeback X, Luke, had been declining in mobility and general health for some time and as much as I didn't want to say it out loud, I knew that there would come a time when we would have a difficult decision to make.

As prepared as I thought I was, it still took me by surprise that it happened so suddenly that Sunday afternoon and evening.

In all of the sadness that surrounded that and the following days, I am grateful that my girls were able to say their goodbyes to him with love and calm, the vet that came to our house was kind and lovely in the face of what must be a horrible part of his job and I was able to be with Luke every second, knowing that he was able to feel the love we had for him.

We have some wonderful memories of Luke's time as part of our family, and I created a 12x12 layout in MDS with two of my favourites...

   MDS downloads:   Paw Parade Designer Kit, Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, Happiness Is Project Life Designer Kit, Essential Wooden Elements

MDS downloads: Paw Parade Designer Kit, Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, Happiness Is Project Life Designer Kit, Essential Wooden Elements

The smaller of the two photos is Luke as the strong and robust fellow that came to us from the dog shelter and quickly made his way into our hearts.

The larger photo is one of a series of family photos that we had taken by a photographer a few years ago. I just love how he inserted himself among us all and how his smile is most definitely the biggest!

The combination of the Paw Parade and Flower Pot downloads were perfect to capture the bright and happy photos and memories of sweet times.

Rest in peace, my beautiful boy xo

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MDS Monday - cute and custom baby gift

Since just over a year ago when MDS became available in the South Pacific market of Stampin Up!, one of the things I have loved using it for the most has been custom gifts.

I recently had the opportunity to do just this with the birth of a handsome little man to one of the girls in my stampin' team.

With advertising signs and product logos in mind, I hit up Google Images for inspiration in the way of "Established...." signs and suddenly had no end of possibilities for a sweet onesie for the little guy...

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It's mostly made up of a combination fonts using the text tool and different punch shapes layered up on top of each other, and the little ship was the perfect decorative addition since his dad is a Navy fella.

Printed onto fabric transfer paper and cut out with the perfectly sized, co-ordinating Starburst Framelit, a quick iron and we were good to go!

I used the same little boat on the co-ordinating card, this time colouring it in using the image colouring tool in MDS - think markers, in digital...!

   Stamps:   MDS - Nursery Alphabet Images   Paper:   Naturals White, Early Espresso, Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pool Party, I Am Me, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White   Accessories:   Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch

Stamps: MDS - Nursery Alphabet Images Paper: Naturals White, Early Espresso, Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pool Party, I Am Me, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch

I printed it twice - once on a layer with the "congratulations" greeting printed in a circle around the edge, and once to cut and layer up for extra dimension.

I packaged it up in a sweet box with a co-ordinating tag...

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And when she opened it up, it would have looked a little something like this...

What are you using MDS for?

If you're not using it, I encourage you to download the 30 day free trial and jump on in with both feet!  It's simple to use, with lots of technique and tutorial videos on the dedicated My Digital Studio website, plus I'm always happy to answer requests for digital assistance.

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My fave Design Team projects yet + new downloads...

This week it's my turn to share a project over at the My Digital Studio blog.  With my Design Team assignment being to play around with some ideas for hybrid projects (digital and traditional paper craft combined), I got a little carried away and before I knew it had four projects completed that I am super chuffed with!

Head on over to the My Digital Studio blog to check out my projects this month - there are two 12x12 scrapbooking layouts and two cards for your digital viewing pleasure...


This week's newest downloads...

Check out the new My Digital Studio downloads, available NOW!  I can see some very hybrid-isable (yes, that's a word...) stuff happening here...

The happy business of digital design + new downloads

One of my very favourite uses for MDS is to create quick, simple and super customisable gifts, and I had the opportunity to create such a gift for the birthday of a dear friend of mine when I was invited to a surprise birthday celebration for her a couple of weekends ago.

We have known each other since our firstborns were born almost eleven years ago, when a local mothers' group threw a bunch of us together in those early days of bumbling through lack of sleep, new routines, growth spurts and all of the other amazing and sometimes terrifying moments that come with the arrival of a first baby.

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This saying from the Friends 24/7 stamp brush set is delightfully perfect for the occasion, and with some sweet, bright colours and a cute frame, it was exactly the outcome I was hoping for.

For more digital designs of the home decor persuasion, check out my two most recent projects for the MDS Design Team over on the My Digital Studio blog.  

HERE I share how our morning routine became a whole lot more manageable with some assistance from a cute board game style system and HERE I wrangled my kids' weekly commitments into a cute, completely customised and at-a-glance system for them to keep on top of their school and extra-curricular activities and requirements.


Check out the new downloads for this week...

There are five fresh and funky MDS offerings this week - my eye is particularly drawn to the My Digital Class Party Party Ensemble ...

Everything you need to create an awesomely co-ordinated party - a five page decor template, 26 piece stamp brush set, 6 Designer Series Papers, one punch, plus no less than FIVE tutorial videos showing you through exactly how to create five different projects using the components included in the download.

The My Digital Classes are a bargain - there are a variety of different ones available (with new ones being added all the time!) and all of them contain a combination of downloadable content plus step by step instructions using various digital techniques to help you create adorable projects with a minimum of fuss.

Here's what you'll find amongst all of the new downloads this week - click the image to visit them in my online store...

Ready to dive into digital design?

 Grab a 30 day free trial of the MDS software and give it a good ol' test run, or jump right in with the full version of the software for just $24.

Either way, you get all the functionality of the program, the full version just gives you more content to play with right away.  

And what's not to love about cute digital content?!

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My Digital Studio - a reason to start ironing + this week's newest downloads

I am not an ironer.  

The way my family "file" their clean clothes away gives me plenty of reasons to spend my time doing things other than carefully removing creases from their clothing, so time in front of an ironing board is strictly undertaken on a needs basis around here.

Happily, this week, I found a need and that was the birthday party of our delightful little three year old neighbour!  I wanted to add a handmade aspect to her birthday gift, and with the help of the BigW kids basics range, some iron on transfer paper from Officeworks and my trusty MDS software, I created a sweet little custom shirt...

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I started out with the idea of a selection of different circular motifs, so with that in mind, I decided on a colour palette of Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, and went about searching and finding and altering different stamps and embellishments until I was happy with how it turned out.

Here's a close up...

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The most important thing to remember when using iron on transfer paper, is that if there are words involved, as there are here, you need to flip your project so that it shows up in MDS as mirror image - that way, the words will read the correct way around when the image is ironed on.

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SO much fun, and happily, the iron-on transfer paper came in a pack of 12 sheets, of which just half a sheet was used here, so I can see a bunch more ironing in my future :-D

Hit me up with some suggestions for things that would go so much better with some MDS love ironed on...

SOME OF THE DOWNLOADS USED IN THIS PROJECT: Earth Laughs Framable, Family Fun Photobook, O Christmas Tree, On the Go Kit, plus many that come standard with the full installation of MDS

Check out this week's newest downloads...

There are EIGHT new MDS downloads for your digital designing pleasure this week, but I have to say that the Blossoms Abound Kit is a bit of a standout for me...

20 piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers and 24 embellishments for just $10.95? Yes please, can't wait to put this one through its paces...

Hit the image below to check out all of this week's new downloads - 

Haven't climbed aboard the MDS wagon yet?  It's free to try for 30 days, or just $24.95 for the full software.

Inexpensive, simple to use, swags of delightful pre-designed elements to use in your projects and new ones available each week, PLUS a dedicated website to support you in your digital endeavours. There is really nothing not to love about digital designing with MDS.

Still unsure?!

Fire your questions at me!  I am totally in love with this software and would be delighted to help you appreciate it too...

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Festive decorating with MDS

One of my absolute favourite applications for MDS is quick and simple home decor. The versatility of colours and sizes means you can match your MDS projects to the existing colour schemes in your home and whip things up with a minimum of fuss depending on your decorating needs.

My decorating needs at the moment are quite possibly the same as yours - something new and fresh for Christmas that's not going to cost a bundle or look mass produced.

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This little number is quite literally a two minute job.  

I created a custom project in MDS and sized it at 13cm x 18cm to fit the frame that I had on hand (from Target if you're interested - I stock up when they have them at 40% off...)

The background is the chalkboard embellishment from the Do Your Best Printables download, which I re-sized to fit the frame dimensions, then I used the Very Merry Christmas stamp from the Very Merry Twenty Five Designer Tags download to stamp in white on the top.

The end.

Simple, sweet, incredibly quick and a fun way to jazz up a corner that might otherwise remain festivity free.

Have a hunt around in your installation of MDS to see what sorts of Christmas decor you can come up with, or hit up the Christmas downloads section of my online store for some inexpensive festive downloads to create something fun and fresh!

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Advent calender - the diet version...

A few years ago, the vision of an advent calender that I'd had in mind for aaaages came to fruition with the help of a few pill boxes, some Designer Series Paper and my Bigshot and number dies.

Last weekend - just in time for the first of the month, I came up with a new idea for the countdown to Christmas, and given that the previous, treat-filled version is still alive and kicking, this one is less sugary, but still interactive in a fun and less calorific way ;-)

AND it involves my current love, MDS...

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Using the variety of bauble stamp images from the Something for Christmas digital stamp brush set, I lined up and coloured the top row, then copied and pasted multiples, lined them up using the handy-dandy, inbuilt alignment options and added some text numbers on top with a drop-shadow to make them stand out a bit.

A quick trip to the happiest place on earth Ikea for a frame and we have a Christmas Countdown that my girls take turns in crossing off using a whiteboard marker on the glass.

Here's another version with a different theme that I created as well...

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This one uses one of the latest downloads, the Beautiful Today Kit from the newest addition to the MDS arsenal - My Digital Classes.

There are currently four My Digital Classes available and all of them include - along with the digital content that you're used to getting when you purchase new downloads - a video (or several) that steps you through the process of creating a project in MDS using the elements of the download.

The Beautiful Today Kit that I used here is my current favourite - I just can't go past watercolouring in any format, and this download includes a whole stamp set of digital watercolour images, splotches, alphabet letters and numbers, as well as a range of gorgeous watercoloured digital Designer Series Paper *swoon*

So there you have a couple of different versions of a simple countdown to Christmas that you can create in MDS with a minimum of fuss and chocolate.

How do you count down the days until Christmas...?

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