It’s always lovely when someone trusts you with an important part of their party process. And invites are very important – it’s the first impression your guests get of your special event. A friend of mine is having a baby shower soon and asked me to create the invites. Her inspiration was ocean themed with blues, greens and sandy neutrals.
Now that you’ve put all your ink refills into cases, it’s time to organise your Stampin’ Write Markers. As they have tips at both ends supplied by a cartridge in the middle of the pen, it is ideal to store your Stampin’ Write Markers horizontally so that each end stays moist. Storing them in clear mount DVD style cases is perfect. If you’d like printable inserts for them (made by me in MDS), click on the links below. You can download just the jpg files you need in each colour story, or download the Microsoft Word file – ready for printing. There’s also a ‘blank’ insert if you don’t own whole colour collections, you can colour the ‘splatter’ with the matching pen and write it’s name on the line. Each insert measures 17.8cm (5-5/8″) x 14.3cm (7″). I love it when everything has a place. In theory that should make it easier to clean up…. Kelly x
Project Life is aimed at easy memory keeping. But did you know that you can use the cards in the kit for so much more than just pretty fillers & journal cards in the Project Life pocket pages?
I’ve made 4 greeting cards to show you and a set of tags using Project Life cards in the Everyday Adventure Collection (kit & digital). In some ways, it’s like using mini DSP (with a lot of lovely variety). Because of the lovely bold patterns, it makes for quick designs – perfect if you want to make lots of cards in a short space of time! A kit is $20.95 for 100 double sided cards – that’s only 21c per card! So they also make for cheap projects. The only downside is you only get one of each design – which is where my love of MDS came in, because I can print favourites to use over & over.
Also for you today – a quick reference sheet for the colours in each of the Project Life Card Kits. Like many of the Stampin’ Up! products, the kits contain a set of colours. This allows you to coordinate your other Stampin’ Up! products with your Project Life. The Everyday Adventure Collection contains Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush & Whisper White. So, my greeting cards & tags used these coordinating colours (with a splash of Blackberry Bliss – because I love it!), which means the colours are balanced and all match in with my chosen Project Life cards. It doesn’t get much easier than that! So, I think everyone should add at least one Project Life Card Kit to their new catalogue order – have a play & fall in love! Kelly x
After spending some time with the new in-colours I have decided my favourite is Blackberry Bliss. It’s rich and warm and gorgeous!!! The other 4 colours are also beautiful and I can see them getting a lot of use (especially the Mossy Meadow & Lost Lagoon combo for some Wetlands cards!). You don’t have to decide on a favourite straight away – the best way to try all 5 colours is in a Cardstock & Pad Kit.
I’ve also made an insert for ink refill – you can download this here – with all the new colours included [I needed to do a manual update for MDS for the new colours to appear – if you’re a MDS user, and you don’t have the new in-colours by now, you’ll need to do this too!]. The inserts for the existing colours and information on sizing can be found here.
So, as you can see I’ve been busy playing with my new products. Not long now til you can order too! The new catalogue starts 1st July 2014. If you’d like a copy of the new catalogue, please contact me. Or, if you live in Bunbury, please come to my launch on 5th July! Kelly x
Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.
Rev Up the Fun is a great stamp set for male (and boys) cards. Show me a man that doesn’t love this car or motorbike! It’s retiring this year, but did you know that MDS stamp sets don’t retire. So even though Rev Up the Fun will no longer be available, you’ll still be able to purchase the MDS stamp brush set and print digital images. MDS offers lots of flexibility – you can recolour, resize, rotate, flip, turn & much more. I’ve posted two projects below (a chocolate size matchbox and a card) – can you tell which one is stamped with ink images & which ones are printed via MDS images? If someone gets it right, I’ll post the dimensions for the chocolate size matchbox in a future blog post! Kelly x
Not many of my SU! customers have purchased MDS (My Digital Studio), which is a shame. Hopefully some of my blog followers are users. If not, there’s more than a few of you to inspire. MDS is only $A24.95 to purchase and I liken it to a very easy to use Photoshop. It allows you to create digital images using Stampin’ Up! colours and elements. So far I’ve been able to use it for custom card fronts, Project Life cards, A4 posters, birthday invitations, stamped images without purchasing the stamp set and much more. If you’d like to try MDS before buying, download the free trial version here.
In all the time I’ve been using MDS, I’ve never created a 12×12″ scrapbook page. Probably because I’m not a scrapbooker (though I’m excited about becoming a Project Lifer next week!). So, Richelle’s MDS challenge made me step out of my comfort zone and create something new.
The guidelines were to create a scrapbook layout using MDS incorporating the following:
1) Between 1-4 photos – which you need to mat
2) A title on a punch layer
3) Add a background of DSP or cardstock
Once again I chose to use photos of my oldest (I promise I have two kids, but the little one doesn’t do much yet!). These were taken at a local fair when she got the chance to have a pony ride (following some beautiful face painting by Kylie’s Face Painting). The colours in the face painting & pony ride are so vibrant, they make for a great scrapbook page. Thanks for this challenge Richelle – it certainly did ‘challenge’ me. But, as with all MDS projects, I learnt some valuable new skills and tricks (I’m self taught through trial, error & Mr Google). Kelly x
Emily is very excited about Project Life coming to Stampin’ Up! So, she designed a pre-PL challenge for us to create, using existing SU! materials, a mock up of a PL page. My daughter recently started ballet – this is her first lesson complete with cheesy photos! I’d to do more Project Life throughout the year, but I’m so bad at keeping with journaling, I’ll have to see how I go… Kelly x
I’m a little behind the 8-ball on this post, so you may already have heard my exciting news. But, just in case you get all your Stampin’ Up! gospel from me, I’m crazy excited to tell you that Project Life is joining the Stampin’ Up! family! If you’ve never heard of Project Life before, then you are in for a treat! Project Life or “PL” is the new (& fabulous) way of memory keeping. I love it because it’s like mini-cards or tags (embellished cards) mixed with photos and put into a 12×12 pocket page layout. It can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. Update weekly, monthly or just special occasions – these are scrapbooks that your family & friends will love to browse through and you will cherish.
When the new catalogue launches in July, you’ll be able to purchase a range of exclusive Project Life products including pocket pages, cards, journaling pens, PL stamp sets & more. If you can’t wait until then to get started, then you can download the Project Life Everyday Adventure Kit for My Digital Studio (MDS). This gives you 56 stamp images & 204 card templates – simply open MDS and print them out! Use them just as they are, or add your own personal flair. If you’re super keen, or digital design isn’t your thing, you may be interested in the two limited edition Show & Tell photopolymer stamp sets during May. These stamp sets have been designed with Project Life in mind and are so cute! If you buy both sets, you get the Seeing the Possibilities Online Class for free! Plus, you will be amongst the first in Australia to try SU!’s new style of stamps – photopolymer.
To celebrate the pre-launch & all the hype about Project Life, I am sharing my Easter spread with you. The girls and I visited my family and made so many happy memories. My favourite moment was when my oldest suggested that we all play ‘pass the bucket’. Her uncle won and got a toy chicken from her Easter hunt stash as a prize. I think the smiles in the photos say it all! I’ve used a combination of MDS created cards & images/stamps and Stampin’ Up! DSP & cardstock cut with my paper trimmer & dies/punches (Label Thinlit Card, Decorative Label, Ovals Collection). The two large cards are awaiting my personal touch with journaling about the day. You might not believe me when I tell you it took me just over an hour to design, print, cut & style the whole spread. I’m so impatient about the full range of PL being available. C’mon July!!! Kelly x
When Stampin’ Up! first brought out MDS in Australia, I didn’t buy it. I like the touch & feel of papercraft and couldn’t imagine myself doing much digitally. I didn’t go the to MDS tour in 2011 (kicking myself now) – I had a new baby, my hubby was away and I still didn’t think I would use MDS. Now I’m not sure when along the way my line of thought change. But now I LOVE MDS! I still make all my cards using traditional paper & adhesive, but love that you can design & print elements that are difficult to do with ink (multiple colours, needs to be straight) or for stamp sets I don’t own and can buy for less than $10 through MDS. MDS has retired stamps & colours, which is great to be able to keep some of the favourites in the mix! I think I blogged back at the beginning of my journey about how much of an MDS convert I’ve become.
So, the 2nd Mother’s Day card in the series is a hybrid card, meaning I’ve mixed traditional papercraft with an MDS image.
The ‘subway art’:
Using MDS I started with a 3″ x 3″ custom project. I added stamps & embellishments that fit my Mother’s Day theme until the space was full. I recoloured the images using a combination of pink, blue & yellow tones. When I was finished, I printed on Whisper White cardstock and used the 3 1/4″ square framelit to cut it out in my Big Shot.
There is nothing more satisfying than being able to share your art with the world. Whether this is in person – giving a handmade card, online – posting a creation on Pinterest or as the middle man – creating for someone else.
My mum and I have a small Facebook business where we sell our creations (Mummy & Me Handmade – if you’d like to have a look!). It brings us great joy to be able to make beautiful cards, different from anything available in a newsagency. Though, despite my love of all things handmade, I do have a soft spot for a simple printed greeting card.
Today I had a request on my business page for a card with a saying that the customer had seen on a simple printed greeting card. But she wanted a handmade, deluxe edition. Those that make cards would know that lots of text on a stamped card is difficult. This is where I am loving the (not-so-new-now) MDS – My Digital Studio. The program is only $24.95 (no postage required as it downloads straight to your computer) and allows you to create using Stampin’ Up colours, images and products from the range. It comes with a generous range of included software including current & retired colour range, DSP, punches and embellishments. You can add your own fonts and photos at no extra cost and can purchase content to suit your projects (ie, stamps, papers, designer kits) through the Stampin’ Up! online store. Extra downloads are very affordable and instantaneous, meaning you’ll never be without the perfect stamp again. Images can also be designed to be compatible with e-cutting machines.
So, using MDS, I was able to create my text and once printed, add this to my card design. The colours are Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green and Rose Red. I loved the finished product so much that I’m making another one for my husband for V-Day next week. The saying sums me up perfectly! Kelly x