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!

Stampin' Supplies

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DSP Departure + a Sneaky Peek

Every year without fail, we get to this point in the catalogue year, where Designer Series Papers are poised to be moved along in favour of fresh new designs, and I seem to have reams and reams of the stuff left over that I have never got around to using.

I think it's a bit of carryover from my childhood, when I collected pretty papers not to use, but simply to own. Just because. And the idea of actually cutting into them was ludicrous!

I'm getting better, sort of, but my groaning paper storage area might beg to differ...

Aaaaanyway, I have been determined to make use of the lovely patterns and designs of the still current DSP while it's still current (TWO MORE DAYS!) and today I bring you the card that I made for my big girl when she turned 11 at the end of last month...

Stamps:   Amazing Birthday (coming soon!)   Ink:   Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana   Paper:   Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack, Fresh Prints Desginer Series Paper Stack (retiring), Silver Glimmer Paper   Accessories:   Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies (retiring), Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch (retiring); Coastal Cabana, Real Red & Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers; Silver Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones,   Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Amazing Birthday (coming soon!) Ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana Paper: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack, Fresh Prints Desginer Series Paper Stack (retiring), Silver Glimmer Paper Accessories: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies (retiring), Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch (retiring); Coastal Cabana, Real Red & Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers; Silver Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones,  Stampin' Dimensionals

It's a bit on the busy side, but I LOVE all of the fun stuff bursting off of it!

...like this sweet birthday cake image on a sunny starburst!

Recognise the starburst..?

It's actually the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, punched twice with the help of a sticky note. Here, let me show you...

I'm a big fan of tips and tricks that maximise opportunities to use the gear that I invest in. My scallop punches in their various sizes provide me with several starburst shaped options that happily slot in between the different sizes provided by my Starburst Framelits. Awesome!

You might not recognise the stamped images - they're from a brand new stamp set called Amazing Birthday, due out with the new Annual Catalogue in mere days. It's a fabulously versatile stamp set with simple and very usable images.

Here's another stamp from the set, used simply with markers, to create a birthday card for one of my big girl's besties, whose birthday is just a couple of weeks after hers...

Stamps:   Amazing Birthday (coming soon!)   Ink:   Wild Wasabi   Paper:   Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP (retiring)   Accessories:   Banner Framelits, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red & Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers; Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Amazing Birthday (coming soon!) Ink: Wild Wasabi Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP (retiring) Accessories: Banner Framelits, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red & Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers; Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Being their last year of Primary School, it was a whole class party - 30 kids - with a theme of The Amazing Race, so this large image in the stamp sent was beyond perfect for the occasion, as was the world map design in the I Am Me pack of Designer Series Paper (discounted by 30%).


Speaking of discounts, there was a whole stack of new stuff added to the Clearance Rack a couple of days ago, including swag of retired Christmas gear.  Get a head start on your festive crafting at some magnificent prices by visiting the Clearance Rack section of my online store and bagging some awesome deals...


...and speaking of awesome deals, the best deal around is available only for another two days. Check out the demonstrator opportunity for just $85 until June 30!

Find out more...

SO much exciting stuff happening at the moment and I have lots more to share from my recent craft room exertions, stay tuned as we keep saying goodbye to the retiring and hello to the incoming!

Stampin' Supplies - Retiring