Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cookie Recipe Swatchbook!

I made a few things with MDS for Christmas gifts and I thought I would show you the finished projects.  First up is the Cookie recipe swatchbook. I have been making cookies with my friend Jackie for 21 years now and we make really yummy cookies!  We have a few that we make every year and we try some new ones too.  I thought it would be nice to make a fun swatchbook of our cookies and surprise her with it this year when she came over to bake.  I made  up 6 of them so she could give them to her mom and sister too. 
On the front of each page I put a photo of the cookie.  Thankfully I had taken photos of them in previous years. 

On the backs of the pages I put the ingredients and instructions.  I also added some pages of us through out the years. 

These turned out really great and I think Jackie really liked them.  Her mom let me know that she got one too and that she loved it.  
I have made many swatchbooks over the years and I love them.  
Thank you for stopping by! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

MineCraft Cake

Hi MDS friends!  I hope that you have been enjoying all the Holiday celebrations that this time of year brings!  I have been neglecting my blog but spending some nice relaxing time with my family.  Because we know that this is a busy time for everyone, MDS Monday is keeping out challenge open for two weeks. We hope that you will play along with us. 

Here is the sketch...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MDS Monday #94 - my little dancer

Hello!!  I just realized I forgot to post my MDS Monday project!  yikes!  It's such a busy time of year! 
This page shows my daughter at Ballet class, so just loves it!  I used papers from the watercolor winter download, but I recolored them to match her skirt! fun! 

Watercolor winter has 9 papers that for some reason are not showing up in the preview but they are soft stripes and dots in a fun watercolor look, in the colors at the left. I used the recolor tool to make them match my photos!
kit # 136678  $9.95

Monday, December 8, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Hi Everyone!  It is MDS Monday time again!  This time Tami has a sketch for us.  Her sketch is really pretty and elegant but I didn't have any photos to scrap in that format, so I eliminated the flourish-y frames and kept it simple.
I used stamps and papers and embellishments from the Storytime download.  This is a pricey download but it is really loaded with pieces.  You get a 34 page 8 x8 book template all designed for you,  a 24 page swatchbook all designed and ready to go, 74 stamps, 20 papers and 126 embellishments!! WOW! You can also buy a 12 paper assortment for just $4.94 (Storytime Designer Series Digital papers) if you don't think you will use all the extras but love the vintage school days designs of the papers. 

Here is the sketch!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!  Head on over to the MDS Monday site and see what the rest of the design team has made, we hope you play along!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Take two on Sketch #92

Hi everyone!  I decided to do another page with this weeks sketch at MDS Monday.  This time I just used one of the pages from the two-page sketch.  I just love working from sketches and even though I already used this layout, I think the page is so completely different that it will work just great in my album.  And, the pages are years apart so no one with notice, right?  Right!
I thought these snowmen where a bit on the crazy side but cute, and I just had to use them for a page.  They are from the download called "Christmas Collection" which is a collection of Christmas card templates. 

In case you missed it, here is the sketch.  Head on over to MDS Monday to see the other sample from this sketch! I hope you find something inspiring!

Christmas Collection Greeting card templates 130986 $5.95 
You get 10 greeting cards but also the pieces that were used to make the cards, in this case 11 stamps and 18 embellishments.You can click the link above to get a better view.

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

MDS Monday sketch #92 two-page spread

Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! 
This week Cindy has a two- page sketch for us at MDS Monday.  We  haven't had one of those in a while have we?  Two-page sketches are especially nice when you want larger photos or you have many photos from an event.  I decided to use some pictures of my boys from Christmas 2007!  There is a very nice park in town that has a pretty greenhouse open to the public.  They change out some of the plants along the paths to match the seasons and I thought the poinsettia display would be nice for Christmas photos.  Here is the sketch
 Head on over to the MDS Monday and see what the rest of the design team has come up with.  Then we hope that you will give the sketch a try of your own.  You can do the two-page sketch, or make a single page based on one of the sides.  We hope that you play along with us this week! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

MDS Monday #91 take two

Hi Everyone!  This week is a crazy one for everyone and so MDS Monday is keeping up last weeks challenge for another week.  But, since I need my MDS fix and love using the challenges to make my pages, I decided to make another one!! Here is my second page for challenge #91!  We hope you get a chance to play along with us this week!
Click here to see the challenge and what the rest of the design team has come up with.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Digital Weekly Deal ~ Autumn Spice

Hi Everyone!  Did you see the weekly deals this week?  The digital kit is a SUPER GREAT DEAL!  I really love the French Foliage Stamps set, and the papers from this kit are among my favorite fall papers.

I made this card in MDS back in September.
You can see the post here.

Here is a card I made with this download a few years back.  I love the sentiment and the Acorn.

Finally a Fall page, one of the very first pages I made with MDS back in 2011.  This is a really pretty download kit so if you don't have it, pick it up this week while it is on sale.  It's only $5.97 this week!
Autumn Spice Digital Kit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MDS Monday # 91

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  I am finally getting around to posting my MDS Monday project! Opps!  This week Tara has a simple sketch for us, as well as a challenge to use numbers on our page.  The sketch has three photo boxes and I have three kids so I decided to make a page of them. My page is so simple its silly to write about it, but sometimes simple is just right.  I really like the photos of the children and they really shine on this non cluttered page. 

Here is the sketch.  Head on over to the MDS Monday site to see what the rest of the design team has come up with, then give the sketch a try of your own.  We hope you will play along with us this week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wonderfall card

Hi Everyone! I thought I would show you a card made with this weeks digital deal "Wonderfall." This is a really fun download and the price is great, only $4.77 for 12 papers, 5 punches, and 7 stamps.  I love the leaf punches that come with this kit so that is what I am using here.   I filled one with glimmer paper, one with newsprint, and one with burlap. 

The card is super easy and the only thing I need to point out is how to get a burlap wreath.  Normally you fill punches with paper, but there is a way to fill them with other things from your embellishment folder. For the Burlap leaf you would go into your embellishment folder and chose the largest flat piece of burlap, which in this case is the flag.

One you have applied the burlap flag to your page you can click on the "Crop" button to the right, and you will then get this crop box.  Click "crop shape" at the bottom and all your punch choices will appear. 

When you make your punch choice it may not always fit your image so you will need to make your leaf smaller until it fits within the burlap, just drag one of your corner editing points in until it fits.

OK, now it fits.  Click OK to apply it to your page, and then you can edit the leaf to make it bigger or smaller, what ever you like.

I found some other fun choices to fill punches with.  Cordoroy buttons to fill the acorn, woodcuts to fill the elm leaf, lace ribbon to fill the leaf that I don't know what tree it comes from :) 

Here is a page I made a year or so back.  On this page I cropped a lace ribbon with the heart punch. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One room school house

This is another page I had stared when I was making the page for my MDS Monday challenge.  Even though it uses almost the same layout, it has a completely different feel to it. My son's class visited a one room school house where they participated in a real classroom experience. He really enjoyed it. I could tell because he came home with lots of stories!

Hope you will give the sketch a try of your own. Remember that this is just a jumping off point, you can switch things up a bit to fit your needs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fun Download on sale today

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to let you know that the Wonderfall digital kit is on sale this week.  A new digital kit goes on sale each Tuesday but this one is super fun because those leaves are actually punches! You can fill them with anything!! Think glimmer paper, burlap, you
name it.  Here are a couple pages I made with it over the years. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Let it Go ~ Let it snow!

Hi everyone!  Happy MDS Monday to you!  This week I am the hostess at MDS Monday and I hope that you like my sketch challenge!  I want you to play with "Clusters" or groupings of stamps, punches or embellishments on the page.  I am using some fun snowflakes that were originally wood but I recolored them to white.  Did you see lots of Elsa's this Halloween?  I sure did, including my little Jillian.  And, on the morning of Halloween we actually got snow!  It was crazy!  Jillian ran upstairs and put on her Halloween costume and pretended that she was causing the snow to swirl around.

Here is the sketch.  Head on over to the MDS site and see what the rest of the design team came up with.  There is a bit of everything, some used stamps, some punches, and some of us embellishments!  we hope to inspire you to create something fabulous!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes ~ Card

Hi Everyone!  I decided to make a Birthday card using the idea of Anita's Sketch at MDS Monday this week.  I used the same digital kit that I used for the Monday's page, "Endless Birthday wishes."  This cute card came together in just a few minutes! It's so easy when you use a sketch and select embellishments and papers from one kit. The digital kits come with stamps, papers and embellishments that work seamlessly together.  You can feel confident that your project will look great.

 The "Endless Birthday Wishes" kit #137930 $9.95 comes with 12 papers, 15 embellishments and 44 stamps.