My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking

We Will Remember Them

Tomorrow is Anzac Day. For those of you who are not from New Zealand or Australia this is the day we set aside each year to remember and honour those who fell fighting for our country. Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, which was 100 years ago this year. Although not formally observed until 1920, Anzac Day gatherings happened right from the time the news of the horrific Gallipoli landing arrived in New Zealand. 2721 New Zealanders lost their lives in this Campaign. So many sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, nephews, grandsons and friends never to see another day. I have created a digital layout in remembrance of men in my family tree who lost their lives in World War One, including two who died at Gallipoli.

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My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking

Im a Master

Wow after being away camping for nearly a month Im finally getting through the last of my 100’s of emails and discovered that I had been named MDS Monday’s Master for the MDSM 93 Challenge! Here is what they said about my layout

“I love Lisa’s attention to detail!  Look at all that stitching, and the pretty little stamps and embellishments she’s placed all over her page!!!  Yet, the center of attention is still very clearly the photo.  In addition, the theme of the page is so well documented.  This is just lovely!  ~ Tami”

Here is the layout I entered


Challenges, My Digital Studio, Scrapbooking

MDSM93 Brown Eyes

I finally did another My Digital Studio Monday Challenge! Here is the Sketch for this week


And here is what I did with it


I love the colours and the stitching detail would you believe there are 44 elements used in this simple looking layout. I love that you can change the colours of elements too I changed the lace to Baked Brown Sugar and fussy coloured the flourish stamps too. Lots of fun and now off to bed!

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

Card Sketch 34-001 

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