Christmas, My Digital Studio

Wishing You MDS Monday

Two posts in one day! I havent done a challenge in AGES so as part of my Fun (Ignore the house work) day I thought I would give the MDS Monday challenge a bash. It was a card sketch

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And here is my take. I downloaded a new MDS Stamp Brush Set last night, Wishing You, which is also in the Holiday Catalogue. You can see the download here 


Cards - General, Cards Masculine, My Digital Studio

He Tangata – Tis People

I saw this video interview with our Co Founder Shelli Gardner yesterday and it reminded me about the best bit of my Stampin’ Up! business – People! Fellow Team Members, Demonstrators, Customers, People I’ve met at Craft Shows and Markets all those people I may not have met otherwise!

There is an old Maori saying that I use in my “other life” as a Playcentre Coordinator and Babies Canplay Facilitator that goes like this:

He aha te mea nui?
He tangata.
He tangata.
He tangata.

What is the most important thing?  It is people, it is people, it is people.

Have YOU thought about joining up as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator?  Whether it’s as a hobby, part time or full time, I would love to have you on our team!!

Benefits to joining with the Creative Inkers Stampin’ Up! Team:

*Exclusive team forum

*Frequent Team Trainings and Regional Trainings

*Team Stamp Camp

*Fortnightly Team newsletters

*Annual Career plan check-ins

*Strict Team Ethics

*Team-wide support; you have much more than just your direct upline!

 Benefits to Joining Stampin’ Up! in general:

* 25 five year old, sounds, debt-free company

*Industry leader in the crafting world

* Minimum 20% discount/commission on products

*Low $450 per quarter minimum

* Fair and ethical compensation plan

*Bi-Monthly magazine with product news and workshop ideas

* Annual Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention

*Annual or more Regional Trainings from the home office

* Stampin’ Up! website full of information, forms, and Ideas

*Stampin’ Connection – a worldwide forum and gallery of project ideas

*3 catalogues a year for continual new inspiration and always new products to show

* Frequent specials and promotions

* Demonstrator Support 0 800 number for full support

New recruits can join Stampin’ Up! for just $25 !

Dates: 7-21 October 2013

The Fine Print:

  • This offer is only good for two weeks, so take advantage of it right away!
  • During this offer, only the special $25 starter kit will be available; the regular $189 starter kit will not be available.

You can view more information HERE and HERE. Already MADE your decision sign up online HERE scroll down to the “JOIN NOW” button and off you go. Any questions – Ask away.

Here is a card I made Using Hybrid (Traditional and Digital cardmaking) for a Playcentre friend who has moved away to bigger and better things

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PS What do you thing of my new blog banner I made it using My Digital Studio too!


Cards - Babies and Kids, My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking

MDS Baby Page and fun offer

Hi folks I cant believe its been nearly a whole month since I posted and the silly thing is I have so many new projects I could have shared if only I had had the time to sit down and post! We are nearly through the first week of the school holidays and although I planned nothing in hopes that I would get a good break I still seem to be quite busy. It seems to be a time of change and excitement in our household at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes us.

As you will have read I was at Dunkleys craft Show here in Christchurch last month and I did some work with MDS (My Digital Studio) our fabulous Digital crafting Programme. So here is one of the scrapbook pages I created and the poster I made to advertise the 30 day free trial. I have to admit the scrapbook page was a template so that made it really easy : )

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You can find the free Trial HERE

Cards - General, Christmas, My Digital Studio

Christmas Gingham

I boobed up my last post and it has been posted out-of-order but if you want to check out my MDS Monday challenge post (and I really think you should) click here  or scroll down to August 8 post. Now for your inspiration! Some Gingham Christmas. I love this card in a naive country kind of style I coloured the star gold with our gold markers which I now see have retired BUT your star would look even better if you gold embossed it! The stars I stamped on the background just didn’t stand out that well so i outlined them with Soft Suede marker which IS still in the catalogue. The sentiment I printed out using MDS is from Holly Jolly Christmas. The cardbase was Soft Suede and it gives a good idea of the difference between it and Baked Brown Sugar which I used for the tree trunk.  The gingham tree strips are of course  Coastal Cabana

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Card number two also used Coastal Cabana plus Strawberry Slush. I wheeled the Strawberry Slush vertcally and the Coastal Cabana diagonally to create this tartan kind of pattern. I die cut a tree out of Pistachio Pudding, embossed it with the Perfect Polka dots folder and mounted it over the gingham piece using dimensionals onto a Strawberry Slush card base. Cute Huh!

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Cards - General, My Digital Studio, Uncategorized

7670 days with you

7,670 days is equal to 1095 weeks and 5 days OR  184,080 hours OR  11,044,800 minutes OR even 662,688,000 seconds. Twenty One years together

That’s how long my Partner and I have spent together, over half my life! Through trials & tribulations; highs & lows; tears and laughter we have built our relationship and raised our family. It’s hard to believe it has been that long, it only seems like the blink of an eye but we have a son who is nearly 19 and daughters who are nearly 17 and 8 1/2  so it must be true! So today I share an anniversary card


I used the MDS Monday sketch challenge as my inspiration but of course I couldn’t give my honey a digital image so I printed out all the pieces and went Hybrid!
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One day I will have to try and figure out how to “sponge” edges digitally. If anyone knows how please let me know – a tutorial would be even better : O I do love my sponges!!

Challenges, My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking

X factor star meets MDSMonday

The MDS Monday scrap sketch #25 ends this Friday so Im just squeaking in with this entry.  Over the weekend we were lucky enough to go see Tom Batchelor of X Factor New Zealand Fame! Leeston where I live is Tom’s home town and he was here to visit his family but took time out to visit and play at both my girls’ schools on Friday. Then On Saturday He braved the cold and damp to play at the local market as a thank you for the support he had gotten from the Community. What a guy! Anyway here is a quick layout I put together using the sketch and photos from the day.

51577543bI used: Daring Adventure and Certified Stamp Brush Sets; Delightful Digital Tape ; Venetian Romance DSP and lots of Text! We needed to include numbers and mine are very small I added the date into  the “authentic” stamp. Hope that counts or maybe I could pretend the X is a roman numeral ………. : O

Here is the sketch:

My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking, Simply Pressed Clay

Barbies Big Adventure Layout

As some of you know I got my first Barbie Doll for my 40th Birthday last year and she came on a trip with me to Rotorua ( I wanted her to be well travelled). She had her photo taken in a few spots around Rotorua although I didnt want her to get too close to the hot pools in case she melted. I waited 40 years for her you know! Anyway it was her photos I pulled out to showcase some of the new products. Namely the Gingham Standard Wheel, Simply Pressed Clay Blossoms, Gingham Garden DSP and new In Colours Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana. Apologies for the flash spot on the photo : )

P1010911 (611x640) I also used the fern from Everything Eleanor, MDS to do the title  ( in another new colour Bermuda Bay), Tea Lace Paper Doilies and Wisteria Wonder Ink and Card stock (so glad this colour gets to stay : ) oops forgot my trusty Paper piercer, I used that too!

I found the DSP I used wasnt quite right  (only found that out AFTER I had stuck everything down, as the light changed GRRRR) so I used Pistachio Pudding and a sponge to alter the colour of the paper. Magic. I also used them to sponge colour onto the Doilies which are white.

I showed Barbie and she quite liked her page especially the flowers which were coloured with Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Inks.

My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking


My Darling Zoe ! Its hard to catch her in these quiet contemplative moments but she is ALWAYS the Genuine article, Completely unfiltered! This is another My Digital Studio layout for MDS Monday –  Challenge 19  If you have the My Digital Studio software do give these challenges a go as I know for me they are helping me learn more about the programme. I do love a sketch challenge but  just need to take more photos to work with : )



Cards - Wedding, My Digital Studio, Technique

Faux Embossing with MDS

I am loving these challenges from MDS Monday, they are really helping me to learn new ways to use my software. This weeks challenge came with an easy to follow tutorial on how to do Faux Embossing with My Digital Studio. You can find it here

I combined this card challenge with the SUONLY wedding theme challenge I even used one of the new colour Smoky Slate. The polka dot paper was originally Basic Grey but by changing the opacity it is now Smoky Slate like : )

So here is the sketch, I did stick to it pretty closely BUT I may have another go at this challenge yet…..

 And here is my card


One of the best things about My Digital Studio is the colours NEVER retire so I can still add that gorgeous gorgeous Concord Crush deep purple to my digi projects!


My Digital Studio

Just had to share…

Just got the nicest surprise, my card “Made it with MDS Monday” I didn’t make Master this time but one can dream…. I’m still such a newbie with the My Digital Studio software so I am thrilled they thought my creation worthy. It just goes to show this is a user friendly programme  that gives great results! Here is the card again and if you want to know more about My Digital Studio I hope to give a demonstration at my next Papercrafters Day on Sunday June 30th. If you cant wait till then give me a call! Don’t forget about the Retiring List, I’m putting another order in on Wednesday.