Home again, home again, more retiring items sold out, 30% off digital + get YOUR new catalogue!

It's just over a week since I returned from Queensland and a few days of R&R with gorgeous friends in Brisbane before hitting up the Gold Coast for this year's Inspire Create Share convention, and WHAT a week it was!

We had torrential rain, the likes of which this Perth gal has never witnessed. We got a new a ridiculously exciting catalogue, which I have proceeded to browse, peruse, prioritise and and re-prioritise. We caught up with stampin' friends, old and new and celebrated amazing achievements and differences made. We played tourists once the sun decided to make an effort, then headed home on the red-eye special late last Sunday night.

This last week I've been in catch up mode, getting back into the routine of being mum, wife, chief cook and bottle washer, as well as spending time stamping and adding my lovely customers to the list of all lists - the one where you get to be among the first to see the new Annual Catalogue in real, living colour!

Here's me when I got mine...

Squee! #inspirecreateshare #convention2015 #stampinup #stampinupaustralia

Squee! #inspirecreateshare #convention2015 #stampinup #stampinupaustralia

The first mailing group closed last week and those catalogues will be winging their way around the country in a matter of days, but the second one is now open!

But only until May 18th, so if you'd love a catalogue in the post before its even officially released, all you need to do is place an order of $50 or more (before shipping) in my online store to qualify.


DON'T FORGET! USE THE HOSTESS CODE 9VSFMP6Q WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER of $50 or more (before shipping)!

The combined total of orders placed in my online store using this code (until 19 May) will share in the hostess dollars and score FREE product, chosen by me and posted at no cost to you! We have well and truly passed the minimum amount needed to qualify for hostess dollars, so there's definite free stuff to be had. Tell your friends - the more orders, the more hostess dollars to share around!


The retiring list continues to diminish as the outgoing products sell out to make way for the extremely and terribly exciting new catalogue coming out next month!

Check out all the stuff that's gone already...

Or just bypass worrying about what you missed out on and grab hold of what's left while you still can!

I mentioned a couple of months back about the imminent departure of my much loved digital designing software, MDS, but what I have failed to mention until now is that the software and all downloads are available until the end of the month at 30% off!

If you don't have MDS, but like the idea of using fabulous graphics and design elements in other design software, then there is also the option of purchasing and downloading the elements for use in programs such as Photoshop. 

Check out all the available downloads


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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A rose is a rose...

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen the fabulous time I've been having with my Blendabilities of late. After spending yesterday between sleeping on the couch and going back to bed with some kind of annoying virus, I pulled out my Blendies after dinner, sat in front of the tv in my jammies and just coloured.

It was lovely.

Here was the work in progress...

And here's was I just finished turning it into about 10 minutes ago...

MDS:   Fifth Avenue Floral   Stamps:   A Dozen Thoughts, Dictionary   Paper:   Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Whisper White, Under the Tree Specialty DSP   Ink:   Soft Suede, Versamark   Accessories:   Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Banner Punch, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

MDS: Fifth Avenue Floral Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Dictionary Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Whisper White, Under the Tree Specialty DSP Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Banner Punch, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

With such a large image, I wasn't sure where to start in terms of making it into a card, so I scoured some of my favourite sketch blogs and landed on Sketch #238 from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge over at the Sweetest Thing...

With such a large and dominating image as the rose, this sketch had just the right amount of additional embellishments so as to allow the rose to be the main feature, whilst still adding some interest.

For the little circle/banner feature, I paired a Very Vintage Designer Button with an Antique Brad and added a snippet of green from one of the sheets of Under the Tree Specialty DSP, punched with the sweet Banner Punch...

I've been madly preparing for the upcoming Party Time event in Perth, where Stampin' Up! has partnerd with local demonstrators to bring a fabulous stampin' day to the peeps of Perth. I couldn't be more excited!

I will post separately with all the registration details - it's open to everyone and as always, the more stampers the better!

Thanks for popping in - I really appreciate your visit (and your patience!) as I'm very aware that it's exactly a month since there's been any action on these pages...

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MDS Monday - Blending with Digital Stamps

A couple of months ago, I posted a peek of an MDS stamped image that I had coloured with Blendabilities.

What a fabulous discovery to make!

It widened the possibilities of my Blendabilities colouring options by a massive percentage and came to my rescue just a few weeks ago.

My sweet niece and Goddaughter made her First Holy Communion at the end of last month, and with a dire shortage of appropriate stamp images, I hit up MDS for the solution.

I was able to search for, locate, purchase and download a set of suitable images all within a three minute time frame and for the royal total of $2.50.

And here's what resulted...

MDS download:   Crosses of Hope   Stamps:   Hardwood, And Many More   Paper:   Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Ink:   Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black   Accessories:   Label Card Thinlits Die; Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana; Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

MDS download: Crosses of Hope Stamps: Hardwood, And Many More Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Label Card Thinlits Die; Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana; Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

The beauty of digital stamps is that they can be resized, so this one is more than double its original size, enabling me to make it a real feature.

The colour combination was dictated by the extent of Blendabilities that I had available to me at the time. I have since purchased further sets and am on my way to owning the whole shebang, but for the stained glass like result that I was aiming for, the colours that I had did the job beautifully.

The greeting was able to be added neatly with the help of the perfectly shaped banner Thinlit from the Label Card set. The "For You" is part of a larger greeting "Here For You" from the And Many More stamp set, but with some careful aiming, I was able to eliminate the word I didn't want and the remaining ones that I did want fit neatly inside the banner.

Check out the options that MDS can afford you with regard to colouring - you might find a whole new world of possibilities like I did!

You can trial MDS free for 30 days, or invest just $24.95 and it's yours to keep. It comes pre-installed with a bunch of content and there are new downloads available every month. Sweet!

Thanks for popping in and for your patience as I adjust to the new routine that I have now that I have added the realm of postgraduate study to my life as mentioned in my previous post. It's a juggle for sure, and some days it feels like all the balls that I'm trying so hard to keep in the air are falling down all around me, but nothing worth doing is ever smooth sailing all of the time, right?!!

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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 - 'Frozen' inspired card for a birthday girl

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I quite like the idea of providing weekly digital inspiration on a Monday, so here's the second installment of MDS Monday, this week brought to you by my current favourite Disney animation...

My small girl had a birthday party to attend a couple of weeks ago, the theme of which - not unlike probably most seven year old girl parties around at the moment - was Frozen.

A distinct lack of snowflake and/or winter themed items in my crafting arsenal, owing mostly to the fact that snow is never a feature of our climate over here in Perth and I pretty much steadfastly refuse to feature a winter theme in my Christmas crafting (think swimming and salads at Christmas time over snowflakes and sweaters!) and I was fresh out of options...

Enter MDS, along with its myriad options for all things winterish and snowflakey and I was all sorted in no time!

MDS:   Watercolored Winter Kit, Daily December Memories Kit, Season by Season Kit, Season of Cheer Stamp Brush Set, Basic Black Texture Stamp   Paper:   Pool Party, Whisper White   Accessories:   Soft Sky Seam Binding, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Silver Glimmer Paper

MDS: Watercolored Winter Kit, Daily December Memories Kit, Season by Season Kit, Season of Cheer Stamp Brush Set, Basic Black Texture Stamp Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White Accessories: Soft Sky Seam Binding, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Silver Glimmer Paper

I started with a couple of background papers that I loved from Watercolored Winter, added an overlay stamp pattern from the same kit, and another to add a sponged look around the edges, then went in search of some snowflakes.

I simply typed 'snowflake' into the global search tool (look for the magnifying glass in the bottom right of the program) and was offered such a vast array of options, I hardly knew where to start!

I chose a few patterns that I liked and popped them on my page, dropping some shadows here and there and moving them around until I was happy with the layout.

Here's what it looked like in MDS before I printed it and worked some hybrid magic...

I printed it onto Whisper White cardstock and cut it out leaving a small border around the edge, which saved adding an extra layer of cardstock between the printed panel and the base card.

Some Seam Binding tied in a bow, a faceted button and a sparkly number 7 finished the look.

MDS has got me out of a crafting bind on more than one occasion when my 'real life' stamps didn't fit the bill, and the ability to combine digitally designed, printed images with traditional card making in a hybrid project makes for one happy crafter.

I encourage you to check out MDS for your own crafting needs if you haven't already - with a free trial allowing you to dip your toes for 30 days, and the full software setting you back just $24.95, it's well worth the investment.

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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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Bulk Easter love + new downloads

Since MDS arrived on the scene, the production of the little class mate goodies that I like to create for my girls' school friends at significant times of the year has taken on a whole new level of ease.

Not so much ease in production, although that's definitely a factor as well, but it's certainly easier to watch primary schoolers tear into your lovingly created sweet treat when you've designed it once and printed it 60 times as opposed to having sweated over 60 hand crafted masterpieces *giggle*

The first term of our school year finished last week, so on Friday morning, my girls headed off to school with a bucket each of these little lovelies - individually packaged Malteaser bunnies, wrapped in some personalised love.

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The design itself is super simple - a bunny stamp from the Little Additions stamp brush set, overlaid with the "happy easter" greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp brush set.

To colour the greeting, I used the stamp colouring tool, which is effectively the digital version of colouring a stamp with markers.

Check it out...

To cut them out once printed, I ran a score line slightly to the left of the image and folded the card stock over with the image on the front. Then using the second smallest Framelit from the Banners Collection, I positioned it so that the left hand (straight edge) lined up slightly outside of the folded edge, so that the finished cut shape was the doubled over banner that you can see wrapped around the chocolates. They're secured at the "flag" end with a tiny bit of Sticky Strip.

Check back tomorrow to see what they took in as Easter gifts for their teachers...!


This week's new downloads...

Check out the freshly released digi goodness for this week!

Don't forget that MDS is available as a free trial for 30 days if you want to give it a test run before you commit.  

Having said that, a commitment to the full program will only set you back $24.95 and provide you with a bucket load of pre-installed content too!

Jump into digital designing today!

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...

A sweet girl is six - project co-ordination love!

My delightful niece turned six last week and as I have been committed to trying in recent times, I included a handmade component with her gift.

Enter MDS (what else?!) and my trusty iron on transfer paper and with a colour palette dictated by the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper on the co-ordinating card, plus an adorable image from the My Digital Studio Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Setand I had a super sweet custom made t-shirt to tuck in with her gift...

Digital Supplies  : MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

Digital Supplies: MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

The addition of the sweet six year old adds up to almost too much cuteness...

For the card, I pretty much busted out a bit of everything from the current Occasions Catalogue...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion    Paper:   Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack  Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

...and the co-ordinating gift and card together makes my stampin' heart happy!

My favourite thing about Stampin' Up! is - and has always been - the co-ordination of colours across their product offering.  

Matching colours in cardstock, ink and embellishments?!

Yes please!

Goodbye rocket science, hello effortless project co-ordination.

Your turn - what's your favourite thing?!

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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Digital Scrapbooking Days - jump in where you are!

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If you've popped into my Facebook page in recent times, you'd have seen reference to Digital Scrapbooking days, which are upon us as we speak!  Guest bloggers, half price downloads and loads of digi scrappin' inspiration and many of you also picked up the FREE download that was available on November 2nd!

Make sure to check in at the dedicated My Digital Studio blog each day until November 8th to see the new half price downloads each day and don't forget to like my Facebook page so you don't miss out on up to the minute information!

Today's half price deal is the Be Brave Pocket Cards, which will set you back a mere $3.25 and set you up with:

  • 7-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11") 
  • 53-piece SVG stamp brush set
  • 9 embellishments
  • 1 punch

Check out the sweet samples using this fabulous download by guest blogger Jen highnite and MDS Design Team member Heather Summers over at mydigitalstudio.net.


There's a whole lot going on with Stampin' Up! at the moment, and it can be pretty tricky to keep up with at times, even for those of us who live and breathe the stuff, so for those of you who don't start each day with stampin' on the brain, be sure to check in at my What's on @ SU! page frequently so that you can keep updated with all the stampin' happenin's...

Thanks for popping in!

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MDS tutorial, design team complete + 30% off selected seasonal downloads

I promised in my previous post that I had a tutorial video coming to show how I achieved one of the fun techniques on the layout I made for my MDS Design Team introduction, and here it is now!

For your viewing and digital learning pleasure, I bring you my guide to creating your own cute digital washi tape! 

Enjoy... 


The MDS design team that I am so ridiculously excited to be included on is now complete with the introduction of the final two members, Cori and Teneale just a couple of days ago.

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Make sure to visit the dedicated My Digital Studio website to keep updated with all of the digital goings on and design team work! 


By no means least, the final thing I want to share with you today is that you can score an incredible collection of Holiday and Christmas themed downloads at 30% off until 30 November. 

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I have already taken myself on a bit of a shopping expedition and have plans for some cute Christmas themed decor for our home and Christmas celebrations.  The Season of Style Pocket Cards pictured above were high on my agenda and for $6.27, I really couldn't leave them there.  

Or any of the other ones that made it into my basket...

What I love about so many of the available downloads is the amount of content you get inside, this one being a great example. 

As well as all of the complete, pre-designed pocket cards that allow you to simply print and go, you also get masses of components that make up the designs, including a 24 piece digital stamp set and 46 embellishments, which can be used in any other projects that you you might be undertaking.

Bargain! 

Check out all of the downloads included in the offer and get your Christmas digi on today... 

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Exciting MDS news

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A couple of weeks ago, quite out of nowhere, I received an email from a lovely gal who works at Stampin' Up! and she asked me if I'd like to be involved in a newly created Design team for MDS

Would I WHAT?! 

After a bit of backing-and-forthing about what it involved, what was required of me and some other things logistical in nature, I was ready to sign on the proverbial dotted line and excited to get started!

And today it starts!  For me at least... 

Design team introductions started going up on the My Digital Studio blog on October 21st, with the introduction of Holly and Amber, followed a couple of days later by Kimberly and Monica.  Towards the end of last week, the incredibly talented Heather Summers joined in and today I share the spotlight with the lovely Mandy Grant.   

There are nine of us overall, so two more members to come!

As part of our spotlight on the blog, we had to introduce ourselves and share some fun facts.   Why is it that as soon as you're asked to share fun facts about yourself, you turn into the most un-fun person around?!  I can't tell you how long it took me to come up with five of them and as it turns out, some artistic licence was taken with one of my submissions.  Perhaps I really do need a fun injection *snort*

We also had to submit an MDS project that captured our personality and if you pop on over to the introduction post, you will see that my personality pretty much consists of my angel girls and my current favourite colours, much like all of my scrapbooking layouts, digital or otherwise.

Here's a peek...

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The other reason you'll want to visit is because Stampin' Up! are giving away one of the Design Team's favourite listed downloads, drawn from amongst the comments on the post, so make sure you leave a comment telling us which is your must have out of our lists and it just might be yours!

I played around with some fun digital techniques on this layout and have recorded a video tutorial on one of my favourites that I'll be sharing with you later this week, so be sure to pop back for that... 

Thanks for sharing my excitement about this announcement and I look forward to providing you with lots of digital inspiration over the next little while.

 

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