A new digital playground…

Thanks to the wonderful Pals chat group, I learned about the new digital challenge blog at MDS Monday.  And I managed to get two projects completed to play along in their premiere challenge!

My first entry, above, is one of my favorite photos of my great-niece and great-nephew. (Yes, sadly, I’m just now getting around to scrapbooking stuff from 4 years ago!   This is part of why I love digital designing and MDS–finally getting these projects done!)

MDS Monday‘s first challenge is this very nice, very *ahem* challenging sketch.  I’m still learning all the ins and outs of digital design, still working with the original MDS, and still accumulating downloads with all kinds of goodies with which to play.  One thing I did NOT have was a…banner! So I had to figure out how to make a banner out of a rectangular piece of DSP (added as a page layer). I’ll be reading up on the easiest way to do this in the next few days…but for the time being, I made the flagged edges on my banners the “traditional, real-paper” way–I used a square punch, turned at a 45-degree angle, and then filled the punch with the same color as the background cardstock. Worked like a charm–but I’m anxious to find out how many times I’m going to have to say “duh-uh” to myself when I discover any other “normal” digital ways of doing this!  Nothing like learning new things!

This second page was created for a friend–newly a grandmother last year–using the same sketch.  This time, I used like 90 million pieces of ribbon and trim….BUT I changed up and, instead of using the three banner shapes, I instead chose to dangle three little ornaments under the feature photo.  I also did a mirror-image arrangement. On this one, I created my “background paper” using another image of this sweet baby, changed to black-and-white, and then decreased the opacity of the photo to about 30% of the original. This afforded me the opportunity to include an additional photo on the page, while remaining true to the layout of the sketch. This opacity trick was the same one I used to add the Christmas tree stamp to the background page on my first layout above (the one with the wild bongo-kids).

Both pages include a mixture of many stamps, papers, and embellishments from the Merry and Type, Christmas Lodge, Snowburst, and Tree Trimmings stamps; Frostwood Lodge and Letters to Santa designer series papers; and embellishments from all those sets.  I used the “Add Text” feature of MDS to do all the journaling.

I’m really loving the fact that MDS lets me really get to work on all the years and years of photos I’ve accumulated that I want to commit to a scrapbooked album.  And I’m thrilled to find another site dedicated to inspiring and challenging those of us who need some prodding to “git ‘er dun”!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri


iSpy some Digital Design

Happy day after Turkey-Day! I’m much more stuffed than the poor bird was, and have spent the entire day doing nothing that involved activity beyond sitting in my computer chair. I’m NOT one for the craziness that is “Black Friday” in the retail world. Much more fun to sit here and play with My Digital Studio. I’ve gone a bit crazy playing with a couple of challenges today. This card was inspired by both challenges:

I’ve just recently found this challenge site, and like this simple sketch they’ve offered this week.  iSpySketches doesn’t technically include digital design as an option in the things we can participate with, but I wanted to use the sketch anyway! This classic design will offer many possibilities for playing with actual paper and ink before the holidays are over, too, I’m sure.  Meanwhile, I enjoyed using it to give shape to my first attempt using the colors prompted by IBN.

I know that my project is applicable to the challenge at Impressions by Nicole. Nicole and Kris started up a digital-design only that’s keeping me crafting even on days when I can’t play with actual paper…a very good thing to always get to be creative!  This week’s challenge is a color scheme offering….and I’ve actually used it as my inspiration to create FOUR different cards and a scrapbook page! The color combo is NOT one that I would consider myself comfortable with, so I was absolutely determined to work with it a lot, to really stretch my creative and design muscles a bit. Bold color combos that include that dreaded Summer Starfruit scare me, but I gave it my best shot!

Here are my three other cards created using this color combo.  All four of these cards have minimal embellishments, relying on only brads and some grosgrain ribbon knots here and there.

I think this one is my favorite. It sort of visually expresses the difference in the mind between dreaming and wakefulness. I believe it’s in our dreams where we find much inspiration for our creative processes.

As with my first card, I used a bunch of stamps and punches to create this.

Stamps:  My Friend, Twitterpated, Torn Edges. 

Punches: Circle, Scallop Circle, Modern Label, Scallop Border. 

Papers: Other than the cardstock colors based on the challenge, the only digi-paper used was a piece from the Timeless Portrait set.

My other two cards use stamps from the Merry & Type, Snow Burst, and Daring Adventure sets.











These two show the variety of types of cards can be made using the same colors. From something inspirational…to traditional Christmas designs rendered in very non-traditional colors.

Which brings me to my scrapbooking page made using the inspiration colors from the challenge. Actually, I took my whole page idea from Kris’s lovely snow page. She has WAY more snow to showcase in her scrap layout, but here in the South, this really was a lot of snow at the time!

Once again, I’m thrilled to have digital designing at my fingertips to finally get some photos put together into some scrapbook pages! MDS rocks!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

An anniversary memory

This is an old, scratched, but wonderfully-loved photo from my wedding. I decided the IBN challenge offered the perfect sketch to frame it. This is my second offering for the challenge, with my previous entry here.


With the digital challenges, Nicole and Kris are offering a great outlet for using the fabulous MDS software, and I’m tickled to be able to play along. Digital design is the perfect way to save old photographs that have become time-worn and tattered. You don’t have to worry about copying them OR figuring out a way to preserve them from further deterioration. For photos you cherish, it’s definitely the way to go.

For this entry, I used the following digital design tools:

  • Stamps:  Once Upon a Time (sentiment); Delicate Doilies; Twitterpated (flowers); Always on My Mind (heart and sentiment).
  • Paper: Twitterpated; Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray Card Stock.
  • Embellishments: Twitterpated (buttons and pleated ribbon).

It would have been our 18th anniversary this year; we only got to celebrate 12 together before Greg had to take up residence on a sunny fishing bank in Heaven.  I’ve got so many good memories. And I’m very happy to have a great way to put those photograph memories together in a beautiful way so that they’ll be forever preserved. Sometimes digital designing makes me smile–even through my tears.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

IBN-DC006–Catching up on some Scrapbooking

I was a scrapbooker before I ever learned about Stampin’ Up or discovered the wonderful world of cardmaking. I started my scrapbooking career at the ripe old age of about twelve, when I bought my first keepsake book, and started adding photos, memorabilia, and lots and lots of journaling to the pages inside. It was like a magical way of organizing and displaying all the things that meant so much to me.  As I got older, I became both the unofficial photographer AND the official “keeper of the family photographs” and have been for over forty years now. I’ve got a LOT of memories in the form of old, really old, and some new stuff to get scrapbooked.  My discovery of digital scrapbooking was a ‘eureka!’ moment; my discovery of SU’s digital software was even moreso. Being able to put all the SU arsenal of crafty-goodness together with my treasured photos is OH-so-very-nice!  In the scrap-layout above, I’ve showcased a very special photo of a niece and her daughter. The photograph was snapped by another niece, which makes it even more special. I framed their sweet faces with every possible element on the page.

This page was inspired by the digi-challenge sketch at Impressions by Nicole.  Kris and Nicole’s joint effort as design team for this digital-design-only challenge is exactly why I re-loaded the original MDS on this old computer I’m using temporarily. I just HAD to play along when two of my Pals (Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals group) started offering this fun opportunity to flex our design skills in the virtual world of creativity.

This week’s sketch may end up as a card design starting point for me, too–it’s very versatile. I “adjusted” it a bit to work with my photo and how I wanted it framed: I moved the three circles above the large square (in the sketch design) to be three black brads below the sentiment on the smaller square on my scrap-page. This allowed me to use that gynormous frame around my photo.

Digital elements used are:

  • Stamps (all design elements): Frame from Elementary Elegance; Filigree element above sentiment from Frames With a Flourish.  (The sentiment was added with the ‘text’ tool in MDS.)
  • Papers: Basic Black Script; Timeless Portrait; Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Embellishments: Basic Black Brads (in two sizes); Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon Knots.

Very few elements–very simple and a very elegant finished page. My two favorite K’s will love this.

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A Freshly Royal Masculine Birthday

Another November day, another birthday card needed. Today just happens to be my brother’s birthday, so I designed him a fall-ish, masculine, upbeat card, thanks to two design challenges this week.

I love it when I can find inspiration for exactly what I need when I need the perfect card.

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches provided my layout. I’ve been wanting to make a “wreath” out of the many fall foliage stamps and stamp brush sets SU offers, and this sketch gave the perfect opportunity. I added layers and layers of leaves and pine cones to create  Autumn-splendorous sprays around the circular base.

My color palette was provided by Stampin’ Royalty‘s lovely fall-inspired selection this week. The perfect warm and comfy-cozy colors to evoke just the right feeling of wanting to kick back in front of a fireplace and enjoy the smell of pine cones crackling in the fire…and hot chocolate to go with a bit of pumpkin pie.  Hmmm, maybe in this case we better make it some coffee and birthday cake!

For my card, I used the leaves, branches, and pine cones found in the Autumn Traditions Digital Kit.  The sentiment is from Elementary Elegance (love that font!). I added some digi-buttons and grosgrain knots, and some texture to the base cardstock with an overlay. This took a while to create, even digitally, because I really played and played with the arrangement of the leaves and pine cones.  Making a wreath takes time–even if it’s on paper or on a computer screen!

Happy birthday to my wonderful brother…and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Digital Birthday Nachos…um…Doilies!

NAC19Happy (digital) Birthday again! The month of November is just jammed full of family and friend birthdays for me, so I never run out of NON Fall and Winter Holiday cards to work on; boredom will never be an option in my papercrafting endeavors!

I found my digital design inspiration at Nacho Average Challenges this week.  This sketch was intriguing and far outside my normal design parameters.  I decided to rotate it to offer a horizontal version, making it easier for me to translate into elements I could work with.

When I did, the shapes just made it a no-brainer to reach for some doilies–both stamps and paper–via the lovely and crafty MDS.  I pulled in a couple other stamp elements to finish it off:

Paper: All from Flirtatious.  The Circle and Scallop Circle Punches were used to create the focal shapes, and were filled in with selections from the same DSP.

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies (behind the sentiment); Elementary Elegance (butterfly); Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circles);  Under the Big Top (sentiment).

Accessories: Only one embellishment here–the small circle on the butterfly is from the Summer Happiness (Designer Kit) embellishments set.

I also made a couple pages of “stuff to print” from this design:






I’m going to print these pieces out and make this same card–as similar as possible–the “old-fashioned-way”, too.  That’s the great thing about SU’s digital design program–you can go all digital, hybrid, or print out your elements and use each as you would traditionally.  I know when I put this together, I’ll be adding some more traditional “bling” elements–either some pearls or buttons, whatever yells at me to add the perfect finishing touch.  And then I’ll have both a digital greeting I can send, AND a handmade card that I can deliver to a dear friend when we gather for her birthday in a few days….I hope she’s in the mood for “frilly”!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

A Very Digital Christmas (PPA and CCMC)

Okay, so I can’t quit playing with MDS…and I can only imagine how nuts I’ll go when I get MDS2!  Meanwhile, here’s another challenge card that I’ve designed via Stampin’ Up!’s original digital designing software.

This card project is for the sketch challenge at Creating with Connie & Mary this week. I’m not entirely sure a digital card is okay, but since this IS Stampin’ Up! only product, hopefully I’ll pass muster here.  (Again, I want to make a paper-and-ink version of this sketch, too, but that will have to wait til I have more time, which I’m kinda short on right now.)  The sketch showcases the use of “little pieces”, which are often hard to imagine being the feature element of a design; by grouping them into threes and adding a nice border shape, they make a great focal statement. I used digital punches filled with both cardstock (Very Vanilla circles) and designer paper (scallop circles filled with a section of one of the pages of “Letters to Santa” dsp).  Then I added the ornaments stamp brushes from the “Tree Trimmings” set. All of this is currently available for download from Stampin’ Up!

The Pals Paper Arts color challenge this month inspired the color choices for my card. This is such a beautiful and elegant color combination! I immediately thought of Christmas….well, actually, I immediately thought of Christmas sugar cookies wrapped in red tissue paper for some reason!  But I fought the urge to go with the food connection (trying to keep my digital caloric intake at a minimum!) and went with…hmmm…well I guess I kinda went with cookie SHAPES with those scallop circles! But, in keeping with the color-combo, I DID leave off the multi-colored sprinkles and opted for a very neutral ornament stamp “topping” instead.

One of the advantages of digital design is the ability to easily change your color and paper choices…so I decided to try this layout with a less vibrant overall look, and switched my papers around with more emphasis on the Crumb Cake. The result is ever-so-much-more soft and subtle, and I think it also lent a country-elegance charm to it with this color arrangement. The elements are the same, other than the color arrangement, except I added three little Riding Hood Red brads at the top of each ornament.

So, there we have it. Two cards created with the wink of an eye…and the waving of the magic digital wand that SU provides. I sure wish it was this easy to change my Christmas decorations all through the house!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri