Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's good to dream - SU2 Color Challenge

I'm guessing that you can tell how much fun I am having with My Digital Studio? Stampin' Up! just keeps on releasing all of these wonderful downloads. I finally caved and bought the Vintage Overlays which is the outer frame for this layout. Also had to get the awesome Antique Brads. They are just as awesome for digital scrappin' as they are for the traditional paper scrappin'. The swirls came from the Baroque Motif stamps, most of them are hidden behind the photo mat. My craft room probably thinks I have abandoned it for my computer. I sit down and start one of these layouts and before I know it time has just flown by. 
This layout I did for a the SU2 Color Challenge on Soul Scrappers. The challenge was to use Kraft, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, and Ridinghood Red. I wasn't sure how to get the red in there but I think it works using it for the title, just a little pop of color. This was actually a color photo but Audrie is wrapped in a Chocolate Chip colored blanket and that didn't work with my design for the challenge so I just changed the photo to B&W. Now it works perfectly with the layout, don't you think?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sweet Sister

We created this layout at one of my club meetings. These are photos of my sister when she was 2, I think. Isn't she just too cute?! I love the Newsprint and the Love Letter Designer Series Papers and they work well together the way I've used them here. This layout started with a Riding Hood Red base and is embellished with strips of DSP that have been sponged lightly with Basic Black ink. There are also the beautiful medallions created using the Scallop Circle punch and also flowers from the Island Floral Big Shot die. The DSP has a border punched from the Scallop Edge Border punch in Very Vanilla. I've added a place to journal with one of the stamps from the Notably Ornate set. I just love the way this layout turned out, perfect for black and white photos.

Supplies: Ridinghood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla cardstock; Newspaper Print and Love Letter DSP
Accessories:Extra Large Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge Border, Photo Corners, Modern Label punches,  brads
Stamps:Notably Ornate

Monday, January 17, 2011

MDS Saturday Scrapbook Challenge - ScrapSketch11

Another My Digital Studio creation. There is a Saturday Scrapbook challenge on that I found and I just love the sketches that Alesha Walls provides there. She does a wonderful job. This one was supposed to be for Christmas but I took a few liberties with it and created something a little different. This past summer when I had all of my grandkids around at the same time we had a little photo shoot. The older kids weren't into it much but the little ones love to ham it up for the camera. I'm working on doing an entire album that I'll post when I get it done but here is an 8x8 that I did with the week 11 sketch.
I started with a background of Real Red. The circles are Night of Navy DSPs with a white mat. The long white swirly stamps are from the Torn Edges set. I added a few star brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware embellishments. The flower is from the Simple Friendship set. Love the way that you can '2 step stamp' with these. It is much easier in MDS than with 'real' stamps for me! Just leave me a comment with any questions you might have.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Little cutie...

Isn't this little one just adorable!? This is my granddaughter, Audrie.Okay, I think I can officially call it an obsession. Every time I look at a scrapbook layout I wonder if I can reproduce it in My Digital Studio. Do you think that qualifies? I was blog surfing last night and came across a page on the Pretty Paper Blog that caught my eye. Had to try to CASE it and reproduce it in MDS right then, couldn't even wait. For this layout I started with a background of Pretty in Pink which I reduced the opacity on to make it lighter. Layered in strips of Designer Series paper (all in Pretty in Pink) with the 1.25' square punch and embellished away. The flower is created with 3 of the Five petal flower punches and a circle punch. All of them have a white mat added to them. Look at me, I can't even get away from my punch addiction when I'm scrapping digitally! Don't you just love the Chocolate Chip zigzag stitch!? I've been telling myself I'm going to try this on my paper layouts but haven't gotten to it yet. The photo mat and label are colored with Close to Cocoa.

Stampin' Up! has been adding tons of new downloads to use in MDS. Check them out here online 24/7. For lots of great tips and tricks check out the Ning site that Stampin' Up! started just for MDS. Lot of great people sharing their ideas.

Monday, January 10, 2011

MDS Valentine Card

This is a card I created in My Digital Studio for another one of the Creative Crew Challenges on SplitCoastStampers. This challenge was all about Valentine's and hearts. Do you think I added enough hearts? I thought the landscape was a little bare without the little hearts scattered about. Might need to come up with a couple of more sayings for them though. I'm really in trouble here with using MDS for these projects. My wish list is growing out of control with a ton of downloads!

I started this with a Riding Hood Red background, added the Riding Hood Red striped DSP with a Basic Black mat. The hearts are all Rose Red (I think) with a Riding Hood Red mat. The sentiment is from the Always stamp set. I took a little creative license with the sentiment. This entire saying is on one of the stamps but it didn't have the font that I wanted and it didn't fit the heart the way I wanted it to. So I stamped the 'Everything' with one of the stamps that was included in the set and added the 'You me' with 2 different text boxes so I could get them positioned just right and the emphasis would be on the 'Everything'. That is what is so awesome about using MDS. You can play with everything a bit to get just what you want without wasting supplies. Another awesome thing is that if you already own another editing program you can probably still use all of the wonderful downloads that SU! has available.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What I love about you

Happy New Year everyone! I'm setting goals for myself this year, not making resolutions. Is there really any difference though? One of my goals for this year is to be more consistent with my posting. I'm going to try to do at least one a week. We'll see how that goes.

Like my new blog design? I did it with My Digital Studio (MDS). I think I'm finally getting the hang of using it. Another of my goals for this year is to do at least one digital layout a week, single or double page layout. Using MDS is going to make it really easy. This layout is one I did for one of the CreativeCrew challenges over on SplitCoast. It came together very easily. The challenge is to scrapbook something/someone you love and tell why. How could you look at this face and not love it? She just smiles with her whole face.

I started out with a background of Blushing Bride wallpaper, added Chocolate chip zigzag stitching, and an enlarged punch heart in Regal Rose. The photo is matted with Chocolate Chip, lettering is in Cherry Cobbler with a Chocolate Chip shadow and it is finished off with the Rose Red buttons. Lots of different colors in there but I think they work well together.