Enjoy Life Template Variation

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Baltimore Swap, Matted with PearlsHere’s my swap from the Stampin’ Up Regional in Baltimore, Maryland, April 13. The design was all done with My Digital Studio, using the Spring to Life Kit. To make it a hybrid project, I added a mat in Lucky Limeade and added Pearls, in graduated sizes, to the butterflies.

Baltimore SwapMy design was inspired by a birthday card by Heather Summers from the Simply My Digital Studio Challenge group on Facebook. I switched out the kit and used different embellishments.

My one cheat is the butterflies. No amount of recoloring the butterfly embellishment from the Spring to Life Kit was giving me a butterfly that looked appropriately Lucky Limeade. If I were patient, I could have colored in the butterfly using the Freeform Tool. As it happens, I’m not that patient. I took the butterfly to Photoshop, used the magic wand, and refilled the butterfly in Lucky Limeade. Its mat outline is Always Artichoke.

Be of Good Cheer Christmas Card

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Be of Good Cheer CardThis card was so simple I can’t believe it. It was inspired by the most recent challenge in the Simply My Digital Studio Challenges group on Facebook.

It’s an 8″ by 8″ scrapbook page (Be of Good Cheer Kit) converted to a 4.25″ by 5.5″ card. I removed the photo box and stitching (it wasn’t wide enough and pixelated when I stretched it), widened the red ribbon slightly, added a new straight stitching embellishment, and exported it as a JPEG. Then I added that JPEG to a photo box on a new page so that I could add a mat, and, ta-duh, a card. I’m sure this is cheating.

Merry and Bright Christmas Card

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Merry & Bright Christmas CardWhile I love my Winter Photo Booth swaps, I realized that people might want a simpler option. For my second swap for the Chattanooga Regional, I decided to create an MDS card that was easy to make and that could easily be made as a non-digital card. I CASEd this design from Julie Leblanc of Kewlstamps. I used the Coloring Tool in MDS2 to make each letter in the sentiment a different color.

To make the card a hybrid, I printed out the Whisper White layer only, rounded the corners with a Circle Punch, and then mounted the layer on either Gumball Green (as shown), Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, or Primrose Petals. I also accented the images with Dazzling Details to add a bit of shine.

Here is the supply list for the card:

  • Cardstock Back: Gumball Green (as shown), Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, or Primrose Petals
  • Background: Whisper White, with rounded corners
  • Stamps:
  • Punches
    • Scallop Square Punch (included in the original MDS install)
    • Postage Stamp Punch
    • Square Punch (included in the original MDS install)


Faux Moonlighting Halloween Card

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I love this stunning Moonlighting technique that Kathy Howes CASEd from Dawn Olchefske.

In their cards, the moon is masked off and the ink glow is sponged on. There’s no simple way to sponge in MDS, so I had a challenge. Here’s what I came up with:


I used drop shadows and opacity to create the moonlighting effect. I tried using the same color palette as Howe and Olchefske (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze). Unfortunately, it looked more like a glowing hot sun than the moon. When I switched to a monochromatic palette, and the colors blended much better.

Here is the supply list for the card:

     Color = Basic Black
    Toxic Treats\Toxic Treats – gate (stamped 3 times), Color = 0,0,0
    Sentiment: Party Time II\Party Time II – Halloween, Color = 0,0,0
    Basics\1.25 Circle Punch, in various sizes, with the paper removed so that only the drop shadow shows

Moon Layers, from top to bottom:

  • 487px circle, Drop Shadow full and 100% in Very Vanilla. Object set to 81% opacity so that other layers shine through
  • Stamp: Splatters\Ink Splatters\Ink Splatter 6, Color = Whisper White
  • 271px circle, Drop Shadow full and 75% in Whisper White. Object set to 90% opacity.
  • 348px circle, Drop Shadow full and 75% in Very Vanilla. Object set to 90% opacity.
  • 415px circle, Drop Shadow full and 100% in Sahara Sand. Object set to 100% opacity.


DIY Christmas Chevrons

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Christmas ChevronsI decided to find a way to create chevrons without the punch or stamp. To get the effect, I used the Large Photo Corner Punch to get the effect—super easy and super flexible. Just flip the punches, match them up, and group them to make a line of zigzags!

Here is the supply list for the card:

  • Background: Whisper White
  • Chevrons: Large Photo Corner Punch with color picked from the light polka dots behind the deer
  • Dasher Focal Image: Christmas Jingle – Circle 1
  • Square Punch, reshaped to a rectangle, in Old Olive with a 2 pt. Chocolate Chip Mat  
  • Sentiment: Jolly Jingles – Merry Christmas to All
  • Embellishments:
    • Basic Pearls and Rhinestones – Rhinestone Small on the snowflakes
    • Brad – Real Red for Rudolph’s nose

Hello Kitty Friend!

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Hello Kitty FriendJeanna Bohanon’s Hello Kitty card for the MDS Blog Hop reminded me that I never posted the card I designed for my sister to use as a swap at the Columbus Regional back in February. I actually think that Jeanna’s card is cuter. I love the ears on Jeanna’s card, but this version works well for something basic and is perfect for a gift bag—just take a look at this gift bag by Connie Stewart, which is where I CASEd the idea from.

Here are the details on the card:

  • Background: Pretty in Pink Small Polka Dot
  • Cat Face: Square Punch, Fill Color = Whisper White     
  • Nose: Wide Oval Punch, Fill Color = Crushed Curry    
  • Eyes: Circle Punch, Fill Color = Basic Black   
  • Whiskers: Square Punch, Fill Color = Basic Black     
  • Bow:
    • Butterfly Punch, Fill Color = Melon Mambo     
    • Circle Punch, Fill Color = Melon Mambo     
  • Sentiment:
    • Decorative Label Punch, Fill Color = Whisper White with Melon Mambo Mat    
    • Square Punch for ribbon, filled with Melon Mambo Small Polka Dot
    • Stamp: Sunny Day\Sunny Day – hello friend, in Melon Mambo