Friday, November 25, 2011

Trifold Christmas MDS Blog Hop Week 17

Welcome Back!
First I have to say Happy Thanksgiving! What a great day we had! Full of turkey, family, turkey, stuffing and more turkey! My Dad made his traditional stuffing and the best turkey! YUMM-O!
With all the stores opening at midnight last night, I thought maybe I will go shopping for a few things on sale. I drove up the hill out of our subdivision and saw before me the craziest scene EVER! The Target Shopping area was JAMMED PACKED! I mean PACKED!  I drove around for 25 minutes to find a parking space with no luck. Then turned out of the shopping area and headed home. Once home, I got online and did all my shopping with FREE shipping!  I slept in this morning. Black Friday shopping is just not for me.
On to today's Blog Hop Challenge selected by Holly. Which you HAVE to go see her Trifold Card! I love how she turned it into a Home Decor piece. Genius! I will be doing that!
I was playing around with certain types of cards for our 2011 Schuster Christmas Card and this is one of them that did not make the cut next to the photo tag that I did. I love the idea of the trifold card but designing one is a challenge. I visually just do not get it when I go to view the project. Something I think maybe SU should change as to how you view this card type. I love this trifold card created by SU's Charlet Mallett HERE. That card design is AWESOME! I used the Bells and Bough stamp images and the Elizabeth stamp image on this card. Colors are Baha Breeze and Basic Gray. I might get some of these printed.
I better get busy. Lots of MDS designing to do today. Several Christmas gifts are being made with MDS this year! I will share them at another time!
Have a great day!

Many of our bloggers are MIA this week due to the holiday so jump around.
Go see what they have come up with our challenge of Trifold!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Home MDS Blog Hop Week 16

This week's theme was selected by Alesha. She selected "HOME" whether it was something reminding you of home, feelings of home or just home decor. I was inspired by three things. #1 Pinterest  #2 Frames that I bought at a yard sale #3 Those CUTE houses on the Home for the Holidays Ensemble MDS download. 
These were simple to create in a 4.25x5.5 card. Going off the colors of my living room, I used the punch alphabet filled with Spice Cake DSP for the "home". Added some More Mustard punch squares and the Sweet Details Letters in Very Vanilla. Added the house and resized. Added the text "this" in CK Ali Font. Added Pool Party ribbon and Soft Suede Ribbon and knot to finish it off. Left the background removed so that I could print them in Very Vanilla on my printer. They were printed in 4x6 for my frame. 
Then I could not stop myself. I played some more with other color themes and I love how this turned out!  These will make great Christmas gifts to family and friends.  Need to find some more of these frames!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope this encourage you to use MDS for your home decor!


Head on over to the next blog hop designer and see what "home" creations they have made.
ME  : )
Erica (next blog hop)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Mini Book

I saw this mini book on Dawn's blog here: just-for-fun-mini-book-with-the-simply-scored-video
I always love a challenge on how to make something that is so darn cute and folded from one piece of cardstock to make just one item!  I altered mine for a holiday mini book instead of the summer fun mini book that she did. I also love that she is using the new Simply Scored Tool!  It gave me a reason to get mine out and play.  Just love how the front turned out with the embossing folders on two layers. That stocking stamp set and punch are a Christmas must have from the Holiday Mini which end Jan 3rd! 
You can put pictures on the red inserts or journal some favorite moments of the holidays.
As the holidays are near, I have been trying to create some gift items and decor.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rememberance - MDS Blog Hop Week 15

I have been playing catch up all week and my blog has suffered this week so please except my sincere apologies.  I went last weekend to a middle school youth gathering with my church. I can not tell you how much fun we had! To see 750 youth grades 6th-8th all together, just powerful stuff!

On to today's blog hop, Heather selected our Rememberance challenge this week and fitting that today is Veteran's Day on this 11-11-11!  I missed all the wonderful My Digital Studio digital scrapbooking weekend since I was away. So I took some time on Monday to play with the FREE downloads that were given so generously by Stampin Up! and the MDS team. I loved the Delightful Digital Tape and the 8x8 template that they gave with it. It also fit into my plans for a quick Veteran's Day page.  I just love how the templates give you a starting point. I just changed half the background to photo boxes, added my photos, changed the title, and added a quote and date. Done! 
Remember today that hands to duty honor bound defends the peaceful free!
Thank a Veteran and listen to their stories for they sacrifice so much for us!

Head on over to the next blog designer and see what they have come up with our challenge of REMEMBERANCE!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Calendars - MDS Blog Hop Week 14

So this week's challenge was Calendars. I had this one already in the works so I used what had to complete this week's Blog Hop.  I ad an idea for another project using the Calendar Design Center but ran out of time.  Save that for a rainy day.
I took my desktop calendar from the MDS retreat (cased by Holly Linford from and Convention 2011) and turned it into a jewel case calendar. First I added the hybrid elements in digital to my project and exported each of the monthly fronts only to JPEG. I then added the JPEGs as photo boxes into a 12x12 page.  I filled the background page in with Sahara Sand so that I could cut them out perfectly.  I got them printed thru Stampin Up as individual pages. Enough to make four to eight of these at one time. Just add a duplicate page of each page on your project but only do the cover page once or twice. 

The print quality thru SU is outstanding! I highly recommend it!
I put the monthly slips in order in my clear DVD/CD case. This are the ones that fold back all the way and have that little tray at the bottom.  I got mine from a bulk buying offer.  Added some Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon for a finished look and done! 
I think this would make great gifts for Christmas!
Do not forget to go to MDS.NET and get your free downloads available only this weekend! Nov 4-7th! Check out all the great samples and blog posts too!
Thanks for stopping by!

Now move on to more MDS designers and their Calendar projects!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The biggest risk is trying...

Stampin Up's My Digital recently had a contest. You had to submit one scrap page and one card.  Seriously one of each? It was extremely hard to complete that task cause I could not choose just ONE.  So here are the page and card that I went with.  I thought that I messed up the emailing part of my email entries and who knows if it got there correctly. But I tried and that alone was a BIG risk for me to take. 
I really love this picture of my daughter and I wanted to showcased it. I used the Pocketful of Posies DSP, Vintage background, and the Hello Doily stamp image. The background photo was done using a larger photo box with less opacity. I have been saving this page for awhile when I decided to use it for the contest.

As for the card, I was inspired by a Christmas photocard that I was working on. It is a 5x5 card. The outside of the card are the yellow parts and the inside are the white parts.  I used Artistic Etchings stamp image, Merry and Type stamp image, Come to Bethlehem stamp image and Greenhouse Gala DSP.  I love the yellow and basic gray color combo for a new twist of holiday color.  I will get some printed of these thru SU for the holidays too.
Now as for the finalists in the contest...their stuff blew me away! I bet those judges had a tough time with all the wonderful entries this year.  Heather, Rochelle and my friend Jeanna from the MDS Blog Hop Designers made it.  AWESOME!!! You can see their entries and vote on them here:  VOTE   Voting ends November 4th so go vote now! The top three customers and demos get FREE MDS downloads!
Speaking of November 4th....
My Digital is holding a Digital Scrapbooking Weekend from Nov 4-7! 

We are talking FREE downloads!  THEY ARE AWESOME!!!  So if you have MDS, be sure to check it out! If you do not have MDS, what are you waiting for? You can get the Express version for just $39.95 and download it right to your computer today! Then you get all the FREE downloads Nov 4-7 to create your holiday projects and scrapbooking starting this weekend! Just ask me how to get it!
Thanks for stopping by!