More challenges

When I printed off the card front for this card I printed four copies on one sheet of cardstock, and planned to do something different with each panel, so here is the second card using that same image, made in My Digital Studio (MDS).
I have used this week’s great sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge:

and I used heaps of layers on my card so that I can enter the card into the current Just Add Ink challenge, which is to add layers to your project.

So you will have seen in the previous post that I have made the card front using MDS and some stamps that I don’t own, which is the great thing about making them digitally.  I have then printed off the digital image that I created, and used it to make some cards.  This card includes some of the gorgeous Silver Bakers Twine (#132976), some of the patterned paper from the Subtles Paper Stack, lots of layers and a little bit of faux stitching.  The colour combination is Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.

Lets see what else I can come up with for the other two card fronts, but in the meantime…..
Happy Stamping!
Chris

MDS Pages

As promised, here are some of the pages I have been putting together using My Digital Studio (MDS).  I have certainly been learning a lot as I go!

These first two use a photo as a background.

 

For the third page, I have created my own background paper, then coloured in the flower and butterfly images.

 

If you would like more information about MDS, please feel free to contact me.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Hybrid Cards

Today I am going to share two cards I have made combining tradition hands on cardmaking, with digital designing.  It’s lots of fun!
These are the first cards I have made in this way, so the first one I have kept very simple.

The feature image and “Thank you” panel have been designed using elements from My Digital Studio (MDS), which I have then printed, cut out and then layered onto my card. Of course, if you have a Silhouette, you wouldn’t need to fussy cut that layer.  It’s on my wish list!

The second card has a little more detail, with more layers added to the card front in MDS.

What I really love about making cards this way, is that I can have a play with stamp sets that I don’t have, by using the digital image.  In this case, the card features the Artistic Etchings brush set, which is now retired, however I didn’t own the stamp set, so I have enjoyed having a play with something new.

Stay tuned and I will also share with you some more scrap pages I have been doing in MDS.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Mojo Monday 338

Another great sketch this week from the girls at Mojo Monday, I am loving these slightly unusual and quirky sketches.

This one called out to me to use some retired papers (unfortunately retired….) , I just love the colour combination in these papers, and the card came together really easily, using only the papers and some added cardstock.

Gasp… no stamping!
Sent with Love is the name of the DSP, shame we can’t still get hold of them, but sometimes it is good to be a patterned paper hoarder like me :)
Happy stamping!
Chris

 

 

MDS Time

MDS (My Digital Studio) has been a little neglected of recent times, so I put some time aside on this chilly rainy day, to create a digital scrapbook page about the cheeky Cockatoos in our garden.  They are enjoying the seed pods on our tree and I managed to get some photos of one of them.

 

I have enjoyed learning some new techniques, and getting to know the ins and outs of MDS, although I think it will take a while until I feel like I know what I am doing.  Stay tuned though, I intend to become an expert!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Shades of Pink and Purple

They just happen to be my favourite colours, so I have combined this week’s Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge of making a project featuring pinks and purples, with a new challenge that I have found on the blog fellow stamper Lesley Croghan at Always Playing with Paper.  Lesley’s Challenge #2 is a sketch, (and I do so enjoy a sketch challenge:) ):

I have used one of the “Best of” sets that are only available for a few more weeks, in this case “Best of Butterflies“.  I think this particular butterfly is just gorgeous.

I have stamped the butterfly in different shades of purple, then layered them from darkest to lightest, and added the pink layer to centre one.  It’s a bit hard to see the layers in the photo so I have taken another one side on.  And I do apologise for the colours in the photo, today has been rather a cloudy, dreary day here, so not much good for taking photos.

A fair bit of “fussy cutting” needed for this card, but I am one of those slightly odd people who find fussy cutting relaxing – a bit like paper piercing and watercolouring! :)
Happy stamping!
Chris

Mojo Monday 336

I am enjoying taking part in some different challenges at the moment, it is definitely helping to get the mojo flowing!
This week’s Mojo Monday sketch has inspired a few ideas, so I might just be making a couple of cards for this one.
Here is the sketch:

 

My card uses the lovely Simply Sketched Hostess stamp set, and I have just kept the image really simple so that the shapes in the layout of the card become more of a feature.  I have also used the Needlepoint Border Embossing folder to create the horizontal feature lines, and the Circles Collection Framelits to cut out the two circles.

This is such a versatile sketch, you could do so many things with it.  Why don’t you have a go too? :)
Happy stamping!
Chris