MDS Weekend

This past week was Digital Scrapbooking Days and Stampin Up! was providing a week of inspiration through digital download deals, which of course inspired me! Lately life has been pretty busy and my time for scrapping and crafting with MDS has been sparse. The focus from Stampin Up! helped to inspire me to work harder to find some time to do some digital crafting and this weekend I finally found that time!

One project that I wanted to show today is chore cards for my 7 year old. I’ve been designing these in my mind for some time and we’ve been trying to figure out the best strategy for our daughter and us. I was excited to use the chore card digital download to create some cute and inspiring cards and even an envelope (using the envelope punch board) to put completed cards in. Our plan is that once she completes a card she puts them in the envelope on her bulletin board and then redeems them for either cash, Barnes & noble money, or target money. She was pretty excited and so are we. These cards also make it more her responsibility which of course make mom and dad happy!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you are having a great day and being told you are loved by friends and family!

I wanted to share my 1st grader’s Valentine’s for her teacher and classmates.  She and I looked through some ideas on pinterest and couldn’t decide between a coloring idea and a candy idea so we chose to do both in one project.  We both really liked how it turned out!  She let me design one side of the card with MDS2 and then she stamped the Build-a-Bear images on the other side.  On Valentine’s given to girls in her class she had the girl bear hold the purple card, and on Valentine’s that she was giving to boys in her class she had the boy bear hold the card.  It was a great opportunity to craft together!

valentine's 2013

Hope you have a Valentine’s Day “Bursting with Color” as well!!  Enjoy the day!


MDS Inspiration :: Tooth Fairy

Last night our first grader lost her first tooth!!  It was very exciting!  So the tooth fairy was set to make her first visit to our house.  I had seen this tooth fairy receipt idea on pinterest and thought that it would be a fun thing to do for our girls.  After the girls went to bed I got on MDS2 and started designing our first tooth fairy receipt.  I thought I would share it with you all today.

tooth fairy receipt

Do you have fun traditions to make these exciting events even more memorable?

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Birthday Banner

Last week was my youngest daughter’s 2nd Birthday and on Friday’s post I shared her birthday invitation and extra design.  Here is the banner and door decoration that I created using MDS2.

2nd Birthday MDS2 Banner


We hung the banner above the big window in our dining room which was also above the chair of the birthday girl.  My daughter’s name begins with “O” so I chose to cut those out using So Saffron paper and a big shot alphabet die to add some real dimension.  Although I really do love the drop shadow effect in MDS2.  The “2” pennants were all MDS2 creations and up close they appeared to be 3-dimensional due to the fabulous drop shadow effect.


I was pleased with how quickly the banner came together using the same elements from the birthday card and announcement.  The pennant punches in MDS2 made this super easy and my SU! Paper Trimmer made the cutting super easy and straight.

Enjoy your Monday!

Friday Inspiration :: MDS Birthday

livy 2nd bday invite-002

This Friday’s Inspiration is a fun MDS2 project.  I used MDS2 to create the party invites for my youngest daughter’s birthday.  So excited that she is 2!  And a perfect inspiration project for Friday since it’s her birthday.

These invitations were great because with MDS2 you can save your file as a jpeg and then send them in an email.  Perfect!

Here’s another version that I am using to share our joy on facebook and my personal blog.  I’m also considering using this version for the thank you notes as well.  Happy birthday, sweet girl!

Have a happy Friday and wonderful weekend!!

livy 2nd bday_2-001


Monday inspiration :: MDS in February

I’ve been busy creating in My Digital Studio 2 (MDS2) lately. I love that program!! MDS2 is so fabulous and allows you to do so many cool features that while you are designing on a computer you have all the options as if you were stamping but with some major perks. For instance, making stamp images bigger or smaller but allowing you to color them multiple colors as if using Stampin’ markers! So cool!

So I wanted to show a few projects I have worked on lately. First my new blog header and my business card both featured at the top of my blog. I discovered while creating the blog header that you can crop the ribbon which made it nice as if I had trimmed the ribbon to make the long ends shorter! New discovery for me and a much loved new addition to my digital creating! My business card is featured on the right sidebar as well as my about me page. In addition I am using it as my business Facebook page profile pic. Love the ability to save my MDS projects as a jpeg and use them in all these places.

The other project I created at the end of January was a design for my daughters’ closet doors. For the month of February we are adding a heart each day with something we love about them written on the hearts. I used some retired pink passion paper for the hearts and the full heart punch. I saw the idea for the hearts on Pinterest and then added my own twist to it with the MDS project. On the MDS project I colored the heart stamp image with several pinks and reds and used a stamp image for the word “love”. This is a simple project and after 28 days of hearts all around it I think it will be super cute. My eldest is loving waking up each morning to read the new heart on her closet door and her sister’s.


MDS Inspiration :: Election Day

Happy Election Day!  Have you voted yet?

In honor of Election day, I used My Digital Studio to create this fun patriotic page.  I’m using it as my facebook profile picture both for my personal page and my Stampin’ Up! business page.  I also added it to my homepage of my website for the day.  It was quick and easy to put together this morning to show my patriotic side.

Hope you have a great day!  Go vote!!