Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Challenges, My Digital Studio

MDS Monday Duo

Hi folks as you all probably know there is only another week left of Sale a Bration …Shock …Horror… you had all forgotten hadn’t you! But I haven’t and I wanted to share with you a card I made for the MDS Monday Challenge using the new Dynamic Duos Combo which is actually a threesome this week. Part of the MDSM challenge was to change the colour of  your DSP so just to show the versatility of My Digital Studio I did. I used the One Big Sale A Bration 2014 Digital Ensemble ( my first SAB freebie, Ya gotta love FREE) and changed the papers to suit the colours of the DD Challenge.

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Cards - General, Cards - Wedding, My Digital Studio

Stitched with Love MDSM54

I have spent the last week or so sunk knee-deep in Paperwork but tonight I abandoned all that to the corner to CREATE! Of course I had a big sort out of papers today and my work top is very tidy for me so I don’t want to mess it up before I get back down to it tomorrow. Instead I created digitally using the MDS Monday card sketch as my inspiration. I actually really love this one and will probably give it a go traditionally too.

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So I added the Decorative Dots (SAB download) as a layer over the base card and gave it a drop shadow so it looks like embossing. I used SAB brush sets, See Ya Later and Banner Blast. I cropped the heart off the top of the sentiment and added Black layers behind the banners and the two smaller ones have a coloured layer the same size behind them too. My Stitches embellishments came in handy to frame the Smoky Slate paper (Sweet Sorbet DSP – SAB download) and to “stitch” down the twine over the banners. The final touch was a diamante over the O in love.

Christmas, My Digital Studio, Promotions

Master of all she surveys!

Thats Me!! I made MDS Monday Master this week with my “Wishing you” Christmas.


“Brilliant use of the sketch with the new Wishing You download release. I just love the stack of packages on the stack of strips and how Lisa embellished the sentiment! ” ~Heidi

How exciting is that! What a great way to start the day. This card was also chosen for the NZSU Picks of the week.

MDS of course stands for My Digital Studio

Q: What is My Digital Studio?
A: My Digital Studio is Stampin’ Up!’s line of digital products. There are Two components:

  • Software: The My Digital Studio software is called MDS. It enables you to digitally create a variety of projects including (but not limited to) photobooks, cards, calendars, and individual scrapbook pages that use exclusive Stampin’ Up! art, accessories, and colors. You can view a complete list of the MDS content here. We also offer a free 30-day trial of the MDS software.
  • Downloads and Content: Stampin’ Up! regularly adds to an ever-increasing library of downloads that are perfect for seasonal projects, important events, or everyday creativity

You can find the answers to more  commonly asked questions about MDS here on Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio website

Some of my favourite points about MDS:

  • MDS 30 day FREE trial
  • New downloads every Tuesday
  • Content NEVER retires –  that includes Colours, Papers and Stamps
  • Portable – take it with you while you watch the kids sports etc
  • Instant access – Order it and download!

The MDS Monday challenges are a great way to learn how to do more about this awesome programme. There is a whole section of videos and how -to’s so give it a go! New challenges every week with two weeks to do them.

Come on guys give it a go!


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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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.