Christmas, My DIgital Studio


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The weeks are flying by! We are up to Week 5 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas now.  This week’s project is brought to you by Virginia.  Today we a have a project to show you how you can use My Digital Studio (MDS) to create your own projects. This is great when a stamp set you are after or one that has retired it may be available in MDS. You can print these out  and colour them using your Blendabilities.


Virginia has created a Hybrid Scrapbook page.  She has used the Poinsettia and Leaf from the ‘Joyful Christmas’ digital stamp Brush set (#135269).  You can print these out using your Microsoft Word programme but you need to print them out using an inkjet printer on Whisper White A4 card stock.  Virginia worked out how many she wanted to colour in and printed a number of them at a time.

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Colouring is so easy using the Blendabilities  to colour in the Poinsettia  in two sizes and the leaf in 3 sizes. These were coloured using the Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate Blendabilities alcohol markers. The lightest of the Smoky Slate being used to help give more shading and depth to the colouring.


Next after colouring them in, Virginia cut them out with a small pair of paper snips.  Or you may use an electronic die cutting machine if you have one and you are comfortable using it’s print and cut functions.  After she cut them out, she gave the backs of the coloured and cut out image a bit of ‘burnishing’ with the stylus using the scoreboard and bone folder. Doing this makes them more 3d looking.  Just a tip: put the Stampin’ Piercing mat underneath as cushioning.  

To Create the page:

Wirg _ scrap photo

Virginia took three rolls of washi tape (Watercolour Wonder set, main catalogue) and put a strip of each along two edges of the 12×12 so they crossed over in the bottom left hand corner.  These three different rolls of Washi tapes are perfect for any occasion but really shine on a Christmas layout. She layered the black and white photo onto Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Using the ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ stamp set you can stamp the paint splatter with Cherry Cobbler ink to create a background. The coloured in images were then placed around the sheet of 12×12 Whisper White card stock and were adhered using Dimensionals and snail adhesive.

The year 1994 is from the cork stickers from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot Accessory pack. Using the finest of the Project Life journaling pens, Virginia did a little journaling between the lines of the washi tape.

If you would like a full copy of how Virginia created this layout including how to print out from either MDS or Microsoft Word then send me a message or comment and I will send it out to you.

Now for this week’s special, how about this:

For $70.00, purchase the Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight sets of Blendabilities, the Color Lifter and get the Watercolour Wonder Washi tape pack FREE!

That’s $70 plus postage with Free washi tape (valued at $8.95)  Contact me to place your order!

Thanks for stopping by.


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Another Great Nephew’s Birthday….yesterday. Again I left it until the last minute, and again I realised I don’t have any suitable stamps for a young little boy since the new Catalogue came out! So I turned to MDS (My Digital Studio). I love how MDS extends your card and paper supply.  Here is the card I made.


I printed off some Designer Series Paper to card size.  I used the ‘On The Go’ paper.  Then I created a ‘5’ using the “Schoolbook Serif” Digital brush set, resized it and recoloured it to Island Indigo.  I chose a little car from the ‘On The Go’ Brush set and recoloured it Real Red. Once these were all done I printed them off.  I did have to go back and resize the car to fit the 1 1/4″ circle punch (a couple of times).  A circle was punched out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch from Crushed Curry to layer underneath it.  I cut the ‘5’ out leaving a white border around it.  After adhering the Designer Series Paper to the Island Indigo card base I then raised up the 5 and the car with dimensionals.

MDS to the rescue again – and you can still have dimension and layers by creating a Hybrid card.

Thanks for stopping by.


My DIgital Studio


A month ago I showed you a Bon Voyage card I made with MDS for my son as he headed off to Fiji for 4 weeks.  You can see that card here if you missed it. I can say he has now returned safely. The day after he returned my daughter set off for China as part of a trip with her Dad’s employer. There are over 100 children from countries all over the world.  She will be away for 3 1/2 weeks (One sad Mumma again!).  It is a big adventure for her at only 13 years, but a fantastic opportunity.  So, with her leaving I had to make another Bon Voyage card (I hope this doesn’t become a regular thing!). Once again I turned to MDS to create it.

My Project 52-001

She loves orange and loves daisies so I thought this was fairly close.  She loved it anyway.  The dotty background was a digital DSP (I can’t remember the name of it now).  The stamp set was the digital ‘Enjoy Every Moment’ for the text and the flowers. I added a couple of other digital stamps.  (I really need to make a note of the stamps I use!).   The speech bubble was a punch which I coloured in Tangerine Tango and added a mat in Daffodil Delight.  I was going to add real bling to it but in the end just went for the Digital Rhinestones.

Have you tried MDS yet?  You can always download the free MDS Trial version and have a play to see how it works. Then if you like it, you can download the software and add your digital elements as you go.  Check out the link to the right for my store and you can see there how you can go about downloading it. If you need any help, just ask me. I will try and help you out.

Thanks for stopping by.

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My son Josh heads off to Fiji today for 4 weeks with Year 13 Gap Year Program that he has been doing this year.  They will be involved in the communities there providing care, support and ministry training.  It is a huge endeavour and while I am very excited for him to go and for all that he will experience, as a Mum it is hard to see them fly the nest.  😦

I wanted to make a card to send him off with but I didn’t have any stamps suitable so I made one on MDS (Stampin’  Up! Digital software program).  I am still finding my way around MDS but I SO LIKE it when I can just click ‘Undo’ if I am not happy with something I have put on there.  No wastage of card!!  After it was done I just printed it off on our printer. So here is my card.

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I used the Digital sets: World Tour and Travel Log.  The Background DSP is ‘Made from Scratch’ (I think!).

Thanks for looking.  I am off to console myself now.  I might just play with real ink and stamps today.

Have a Happy Day 🙂



3D projects, My DIgital Studio


In today’s post  on Craft Fairs I thought I would show you some Gift Ideas that I made to sell.

Firstly, some little notebooks.  I found these at a local discount shop.  I was going to cover them but time was running out.  I think this was one week out to the Craft Fair! The notebooks had a plastic type plain cover so I decided just to stamp directly on them.  They are not as exciting as I could have done BUT ……


I used Black Staz On and stamped images from ‘Timeless Talk’.  They were simple but cute!

Next I made some Whiteboard Frames.  Another idea from my Internet travels.



For these, I just grabbed some photo frames and you can use whiteboard markers to write directly on the glass.  For the insert inside I used different pieces of DSP that I had.  I created the heading using MDS and printed this on Whisper White card.  I added a trim from card punched with the Scallop Border punch.  I cut some butterflies using the Butterfly Bigz die and and Beautiful Wings Embosslits and adhered them to the front.  They make really nice gifts in no time.

Some more projects tomorrow so come back and visit.


PS. One more Week to Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalogue starts.  I am mailing out the catalogues now. Drop me a message if you want them mailed out to you.

My DIgital Studio


Just a quick post for you.  I really, really should be going to bed RIGHT NOW!!! It was an early start this morning to go to Sydney for the Stampin’ Up! ‘My Digital Studio’ training day.  It was a lot of fun but I have been staring at a computer screen all day.  When I got home tonight though I was really inspired and wanted to create something.  I have been following along with Heather Summers My Digital Studio videos so I thought I would try this technique out.  This is not something we did today but it was fun to try this out.

Hawaii Cruise-001

This is a special family photo taken of our holiday to Hawaii last September.  This technique creates an overlapping of the photos.

Hope you like it!!


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I thought I would just stop by with a quick one today to show you all my swaps I received in return at the Stampin’ Up! Convention recently.  I tried to group them together to make it easier and I am not going to say too much about them.  There are some fantastic swaps and certainly ideas to keep me going for a while I think.





3D Including notebooks, bookmarks and giftcards.


MASCULINE (some great ideas here)




MDS (A new category this year with My Digital Studio recently launched here)




Thanks to everyone that I swapped with this year.  They are awesome and I love looking at them all.

I think you have seen enough of Convention now haven’t you?? Back to other creating.


Masculine, My DIgital Studio


Just a quick post today.  I thought I would show you this card I made with ‘My Digital Studio’ last week.  This is a fun card for a young boy.  I am sure I have a few young nephews that would like a card like this.


This is using ‘On The Go’ Brush Set. I added a digital eyelet to the centre of the wheels.

See the curve ‘Beep! Beep’ Text.  I thought I would tell you how I did that.   This can work with any shape, embellishment or text.  When you click on the shape it comes up with a shape highlighted with dots marking each corner and side points.  If you hover over one of these corner points a directional arrow shows up which enables you to enlarge or shrink the shape.  Notice if you click on a corner there is also a circular arrow that shows up.  If you click or move this shape it will rotate the shape.  You can bend the shape to any angle. I hope I have explained it clearly enough.  One day I will get clever and be able to show pictures to give you a better idea.  It is a really cool application anyway so have a play around yourself.

Thanks for stopping by.  More “Paper” projects next time.


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Last week I was playing around with ‘My Digital Studio’ using the Free MDS Trial. Here are a couple of pages I created.  I still have a lot to learn with these but it was fun playing around them.

Here is one with Carlie starting school.

My Project 1-001

Another page with Carlie’s great bike ride last year completing the Sydney to Gong ride.

Gong Ride

Have you had a go at the Free My Digital Studio yet?  You can download it here and have a play.

I am still in Canberra.  NSW had a great win at the Australian National Gridiron Championships.  After being down at half time 24-7 they had a fantastic second half and beat SA 36-24.  They face ACT today so hopefully another win.  Stay tuned!!!

I will be back on the weekend so I will stop by with some more projects next week.


My DIgital Studio


In the last post I was telling you about playing around with My Digital Studio (MDS).  Well this is the first card I made with it.  I wasn’t sure whether I should show you BUT well I guess you can see it.  This card is very simple and would take you not even 5 minutes to do – if you knew what you were doing!!! This was the first time playing with MDS and I started out having no idea how to use it.  I wanted to show you this because I wanted to reassure you that MDS is OK!!  I dragged things on and changed colours and pressed different buttons BUT it doesn’t blow up your computer if you do something wrong.  There is a wonderful button called “UNDO”. That is my new friend on it.  If you don’t like something, just press “UNDO” even going back 5 or more steps.  It has an amazing memory, better than mine!!!  The other great feature is that they have all the Stampin’ Up! colours to work with even the old retired colours.

Anyway, on to the card.  The flourish is from the brush set ‘Bright Hopes’ and I added an embellished pearl for the centre.  The greeting is from the brush set ‘Fantabulous You’.

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Now you can play too with a FREE 30 day trial.  Just head to my website HERE and click on SHOP NOW in the top right.  Click on the My Digital Studio and Free MDS trial will come up.  Just fill in a few details and you are on your way.  I will say that at the moment the Download time is taking a little longer than usual, so just be patient.  You have to have a go.  It really isn’t that bad – and remember the ‘UNDO’ button is your friend. 🙂

See you again soon,