Monday, May 20, 2013

My Digital Studio - it's child's play

Hi everyone,
I'm a little late in sharing this - and I didn't make it either.  I am sharing one of my daughter's first creations using My Digital Studio!  She loves it - one of her favourite things these days is for me to set her up with my laptop so she can play to her heart's content.  I've taught her very little about the program - the thing with kids these days is that they're not scared of technology, so all I did was set up a project size for her and let her go for it.  She just has a look around, tries out the various functions and uses the "undo" button if she doesn't like what it does!  She's already figured out how to colour the stamps with multiple colours (check it out below - our cat actually does have mostly black fur with an orange spot on her head - how's that for detail!).  I know she can't break it, so I don't even bother supervising her as she uses it, I get to do something else and just answer the odd question when she gets stuck.  She knows not to open any of Mummy's MDS project files, she has her own folder for her projects that she can save to and re-open later!

This is the card that she made for my Mum for Mother's Day. She absolutely adores the All in the Family stamp set.  I love that although she created it digitally, it still looks like a card made by an 8 year old.   That shows you that you can have full control with MDS to create from scratch and really make it your own!  Of course after having me print it for her, she did have to add the required level of glitter glue appropriate for a crafter her age (lots!).  Oh I should say - I don't have red hair and neither does Emma - call that artistic licence!

I hope this shows you that whatever your age, you can really show off your creative flair with MDS.  And if you're not in a particularly creative mood, you can just go with one of the professionally designed templates that come with the software (or you can do as I'm now doing and shopping online regularly for more MDS digital downloads!)

To try the 30-day free trial of My Digital Studio, click HERE to visit my online store.  Simply create your account (or sign in if you've already set up your account with me) and then click on the My Digital Studio link to find the page where you can download the free trial.  Be warned it does take quite a while, and you'll need a good broadband connection, but it's worth the effort!  Set up your account with me and download the free trial by the end of June, and you'll get a little gift from me (NZ only, sorry!).

Happy digital crafting!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pop n Cuts Gift Card

Hi everyone,
Oops I'm sorry, it's been 2 weeks since my last post.  Rest assured I have not been lazing around doing nothing!  I have been busy planning for upcoming events and also my team training event that I held on the weekend.  We had a lot of fun together and I hope I didn't overwhelm them all with too many make n takes. You can never have too much stamping, surely?!

Anyway, you've come here to see a new creation and I don't want to disappoint!  One thing that my class attendees sometimes tell me off about is for "making" them have to buy something.  I love what I do and I get so excited about all the new products we have coming out all the time, it tends to rub off on others!  Well this time, it happened to ME, and not by anyone who even knows me.  I am blaming the fabulous Tanya Bell, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Australia, for making me buy the Pop n Cuts products.  When the Seasonal Catalogue first came out, I said NO WAY am I buying that stuff, what, all that money just to make "dress cards"?  Now I am eating my words - when I saw what Tanya does with just the base die, let alone the rest of it, I had to have it!  I have been happily creating things with just the base Pop n Cuts die and even more happily sharing the projects with my lovely class attendees and my wonderful team.  And I haven't even gotten around to making anything with a dress on it, yet!

So here is one of the projects I have taught recently - a gift card holder using the Pop n Cuts base die!  Tanya gave me the idea for the gift card holder concept, but the decoration is my own design.  I loved that the leaves from the bird builder punch were perfectly angled to frame the oval die, like they were made to go together!

I had fun with this one - breaking out the Tea for Two designer series paper (see the hexagons?  I love hexagons at the moment!) and the Oh, Hello stamp set.  I also used the flower trim and sponged the flower with a little calypso coral ink, it came out so pretty!  The sentiment flag I curled slightly with my fingers, so it doesn't sit flat on the card.  Here's the inside view:

I decided to make the gift holder part really easy to do and just had a folded insert inside the card.  You just pull this up out of the pocket and because it's folded, the gift card you pop inside just comes up with the insert.  It also gives you plenty of space to write a message for that special person you're thanking!

If you'd like to learn how to make this, let me know.  It would make a fun make & take at a workshop or party - don't forget that right now, you can earn an extra $75 worth of free product for qualifying events!

Email me now (click here) to schedule your party in!