Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Crop - MDS Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE MDS BLOG HOP!
A bunch of us have joined together to share our passion for digital designing with Stampin' UP's My Digital Studio.  These ladies are SERIOUSLY talented in MDS and I am thrilled to be on this Blog Hop with them! You will find us blog hopping on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month!  
For the MDS Blog Hop this time, we are sharing what we have been doing in MDS!
So once a month, my friend Monika and I hold an online virtual digi crop on our Facebook group page. We had one just this week! If you missed it or not part of our group, you still can join us! Just look for our group: MDS Virtual Digi Crop and ask to join. Once we approve you then you can click on events and see both challenges there. But I wanted to share my challenge with you here and inspire you to go create and join us!

I am going to share the feature where you can crop an embellishment. You can get really creative with this!  Several of the ladies who joined us had some great ideas on this technique.

1. Select an embellishment that has a wide area to crop from. The burlap flag here is perfect for this with the texture. Add to your project. Now click on CROP in the Design Center to the right under Embellishments.
2. In the Crop Embellishment area, select CROP SHAPE. 
3. Now you will want to choose the punch. I used the maple leaf punch from the Wonderful download. Then click on APPLY when done.
4. The Crop Embellishment area will come back up and you can see the maple leaf image coverage is larger than my burlap embellishment. Click on the corner box and size down the image fits. Select OK. 
5. Now your cropped embellishment will appear on your project. You can use the corner boxes to alter the size of it. (you can even re-color the embellishment from here like I did and re-colored to Tangelo Twist)
Here is a link to a video that shows how to Crop Embellishments from Stampin’ UP. http://www.mydigitalstudio.net/video/crop-embellishments


Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to join our monthly 
online virtual MDS digi crop nights! 
 Cindy 
Click on the button to move on to see what Cori made!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Home - Stampin UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are working on our October box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of products from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my projects this week... 
I have to say that this little blockbuster of a stamp set called Holiday Home is so fun to play with! You could really make a complete holiday scene on a card with all the details from each current holiday season upon us. I opted with the first project to take it simple. We recently had some friends move into a new home (across the country sadly) and I needed a card to send to them. I love how simple this card is! I stamped with Baked Brown Sugar since it closely matches the Kraft Cardstock color which by the way is what the house framelit is cut out of. I used Cherry Cobbler ink, Baker's Twine and Cardstock. I punched that little heart out of the house and replaced it with a punched Cherry Cobbler heart from the same punch. The Petite Cafe Gift Bags are stenciled with the Hearts Decorative Masks and Versamark with a sponge dauber. That yummy Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen ribbon is in the new Holiday Catalog and I love its stiffness for a flag banner on the bag. To add a little whimsy to the bag, I added a worn out dis-colored old house key. 
THEN the fun ideas started in my head....thinking about holiday gift giving, I came up with this "STEP UP" version of the project. I added the strains of lights, the wreaths and Santa with reindeer to the "scene". My heart melted and I was TOTALLY in love with this stamp set even more! For the coordinating gift bag, I ran the bag thru the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. I used the Wonderful Wreath stamp set and matching framelits for the Old Olive wreath.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you!
Cindy
You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!

Monday, October 20, 2014

MDS Monday Sketch Challenge #87



Happy Monday! I am sitting in Jury Duty this week so LOTS of time to create in MDS while waiting...waiting...waiting! YAY ME! I could not be happier to have time to just sit and create!

Yapha on the MDS Monday DT has her first sketch for MDS Monday!  Here are some of the challenges on this sketch to try this week. The first one is to change the size of the patterns when you fill a punch with patterned paper. Simply fill it, then double click on the shape, and you have the option to zoom in or out on the patterns by clicking the plus and minus. The second thing was to fill a group of photo boxes with one picture. Select the photo boxes you want to fill, group them together, then drag your photo on top. I love this feature in MDS! You can get really awesome landscape scrapbook pages with this technique.

I took a photo image with the Bohek look of sparkling lights in a blur. It is a cool photography trick I learned and I have use this style on a background of a MDS scrapbook page before HERE. I think this photo paired with the Gold Shimmer download,Gold Sequins download and Project Life® by Stampin UP® Love Story download is perfect together.

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday October 25th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 

You can give the challenge a try and submit your own page if you click on the MDS Monday button on the right side! MDS Masters and I made it with MDS Monday runner ups are announced every week. 

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you today to get into 
MDS Mondays and our challenges!
Cindy 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Merry Gift Topper - Stampin UP Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are working on our October box from Stampin' UP. This box was full of products from the Stampin' UP Holiday Catalog! I am so excited to share fun and seasonal projects to inspire you! Every Thursday of each week for one full year, all 16 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Now on to my project this week... 
The seasonal of giving is approaching fast and you will want to get some ideas on how to package those special gifts in a special way! Why not try a little crafty project with your Kraft Cardstock or even the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper? Both of them are heavier than normal cardstock and work well for this type of craft. I even have a tutorial for you to follow and make your own crafty gift toppers!












From here, I took the Tomboy glue and placed a thin line of glue of the top edges of the finished flower then I sprinkled the Silver Stampin' Glitter to it. TIP: let dry for a few hours and then shake off excess glitter!

What started all of this crafty goodness was the Seasonally Scattered stamp set! I thought it would look great as a tag so I stamped it in Baked Brown Sugar that matches perfectly to the Kraft Cardstock. I added the line of Basic Rhinestones and it all went from there! I have another project with this same crafty process to share next week! You do not want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspire you to get crafty with your cardstock/paper! This project will be posted on Stampin' UP Facebook page on Friday so be sure to share with all your crafty FB friends!
Cindy

You saw my friend, Becky Cowley before me and now move on to my friend, Helene Legrand by clicking on the next button below! Be sure to stop by all 16 of us!