Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Card version of MDS Monday #74

Hi everyone!  As many of you know I like to take the page challenges at MDS Monday and also do a card version.  This one was a little more challenging and as I sat looking at the sketch I couldn't quite decide what to do.  Then I was thinking about lists and maybe I could do a like of days and that is where this idea came from.  I think the layout works pretty good for an invitation don't you?  You could do other things too, like a list of veggies and then the highlighted box could say cake or something like that for a birthday.  Or a list of work things and then the highlighted thing a fun thing to do and it could be an invitation to a ladies night.  You get the idea, right?  So, here is my card version of sketch #74.  I hope it gives you a bit of inspiration. 
And, incase you were unaware, sketch #74 is still going, we wanted to give some extra time since a lot of us where at the Stampin' Up! convention last week. 
Here is the sketch...
I hope that you will play along!!! Check out the designs here at MDS Monday!















Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Off to Convention!

Hi Everyone!! I am headed off to the Stampin' Up! convention for the rest of the week!  When I get back I will share any My Digital Studio news here, and I hope to share some photos of MDS swap cards.  I may share some photos and highlights on "Beth's Paper Cuts" too, so check in there to see what is happening at Stampin' Up! this week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Print Servies Available

Hi everyone!  For those of you who were wondering when the print services would be available again, the answer is Tomorrow!  And, because it took longer than anticipated for the new print vendor to get ready, Stampin' Up! is offering 20% off print services until the end of the month! Yea!!
Here is a link to the announcement...
 http://www.mydigitalstudio.net/profiles/blogs/print-product-ordering-available-on-7-16-and-20-off-discount-us-a
I know I have quite a few pages ready to be printed, so I am super happy about the discounted price!!



Monday, July 14, 2014

MDS Monday #74

Happy Monday everyone!! This week I am hosting the challenge at MDS Monday!  I have a new twist on the grouped photo boxes that we have done in the past.  This time, after creating your grouped photo boxes, I would like you to try this trick, make all but one, black and white.  You don't have to keep to this grouping, make a grouping that works with your photo.  If you decide not to do the grouped boxes, then arrange your photos in a group and do one in color and the rest in black and white.  You can see what I mean by checking out what the rest of the design team came up with on the MDS Monday blog.  



Here is the basic sketch...




















I couldn't decide if the top page was too dark, so I made another one.  I am still trying to decided which one to print out. 

















Here is a video showing the grouped photo boxes technique...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EgDKGDvXtZ0

The only way to get one of your photos color and the rest black and white is to "ungroup" when you are finished, and then change them.
I hope you will give this technique a try, I think it is fun.  And, since a lot of us are going to convention this week, we decided to leave the challenge up for a second week, so you will have plenty of time to give it a try!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thinking of you... soft shells

 I love creating Hybrid cards in My Digital Studio.  It is so easy to make multiples.  I wanted to make a card using the shells from the By the seashore set.  I think this set is so soft and pretty.  I loved that it was released digitally because I thought it would make great cards but also be nice on some scrapbook pages. And, its only $3.95 digitally, so it was really a no brainer :)






The first thing I did was print out a bunch of stamps.  I opened an 8 1/2 by 11 page, and added several of  each shell to my page.  I colored them all in crumb cake.  I then printed out the sheet onto Watercolor paper because I wanted to add some subtle colors to the shells, which I admit are so subtle that you can hardly see them in the photo, but in real life you can.












I decided that while I was at it I would also use MDS to make the base layer.  For this I opened a horizontal 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 greeting card. I wanted to have a brushstroke looking image behind the shells, so I did a search through my stamps and choose two I thought worked nicely.  I added them to my card and colored them Crumb Cake.  Next I added a "splatter' stamp and colored it in Baked Brown Sugar.  The final stamp was my sentiment.   With MDS you will see at the bottom that all four sides to you card can be designed, but I only wanted the card front, so I left the others blank.  When printing you can tell the software that you are printing all fronts.  Here is what that looks like...

When you select "Print", a new box will open up.  Here is where you select how you want to print the page.  Notice at the bottom where I placed a red arrow that there are four options?  The first option is what is shown in the print box, basically half sheet folded in half. 











   The second option is a full sheet, folded in half, then half again.  You could use this is you designed all four sides. 










Here is the third option, two cards on one sheet, each fold in half.











Finally we come to the fourth option, and the one I choose, 4 card fronts. 












I cut them slightly smaller at 51/4 by 4 so that I could attach them to a brushed gold base layer. 

I added a layer of looped gold bakers twine behind the shells.  I do this by just adding a glue dot, making a loop, and sticking it back down in the glue dot.  I usually add another glue dot for good measure.













 I attached the shells with some dimensionals.  What do you think? pretty?  and Easy!  The hardest part is cutting out the shells, and really that's easy and I don't mind fussy cutting anyway. 
I hope that you will try our some MDS Hybrid cards!!






Don't have MDS?  Try it free here! 
Or, better yet, buy the software, its just $19.95 and you get a lot of digital content.  See the content here.



 Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Family Reunion Invite

I decided to play around with the MDS Monday sketch and make a Family reunion card with it as well.  Check yesterday's post to see the scrapbook page and sketch.  This card uses the same Family Spotlight Photobook template as well.  Have you given our challenge a try yet?  Head on over to the MDS Monday site and check it out!













I also remembered that I made this family tree last year and printed it out to frame.  I have a frame on my console table that i change all the time with print outs made from MDS.  I leave them in the frame and change them out every once and a while, so I forgot about this one!  The date at the top is my husband and my wedding date, and then we have the kids names in the leaves.  Cute Huh? 









Thanks for stopping by today!!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Family Trees

Hi everyone!  We are working with Family Trees this week at MDS Monday.  I have made a few of these, in fact I have one in the front of each of my kids baby books, all made with MDS.  Here is the sketch for this week at MDS Monday! When you head over to the MDS Monday site you will see that we all used a different tree!  How fun, not planned at all.  I love that you can customize so much in MDS. 









 Here is my page for this weeks sketch.  I hope to get a newer photo with all the grand-kids, two are missing from this photo :(  It is so hard to get everyone together, harder every year as they get older and get jobs. 
I used a tree from the Family Spotlight Photobook Template.  This is a big download.  It comes with a 26 page photobook template, all designed for you (but of course you can customise) as well as 12 svg stamps, 7 designer papers, and 28 embellishments. 






This is the page at the beginning of my kids baby books.  It is from the Sweetly Nested download.  Once I made one page it was so easy to make another and just change the text box at the base of the tree to read the boys names instead.  This download comes with the template all done for you, but you also get the images separately in case you want to customize.










Other great Family tree downloads are Bold Branches stamp brush set.















Next in Line digital stamp brush set.















I hope you will stop by the MDS Monday site and see what the rest of the team made with the sketch!  And, I hope you will give it a try yourself!  We can't wait to see what you can do with MDS!