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Create a Desktop Background with MDS!

Create a Desktop Background with MDS!


I’m so excited to share with you how to create a desktop background using My Digital Studio.  Honestly, most of the time I am using stock photos to look at a pretty seen that Apple provides me.  I guess you could call me boring.  




I wanted to change my boring self! The reality is it’s SO easy to make a desktop background using My Digital Studio.  



Create a Desktop Background with MDS, My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up!


For purposes to show you on my website the image below was sized down to fit.  


For my 15″ Macbook Pro I started a new project and made it a custom size  in pixels of 1440 x 900.  Depending on the specs of your monitor your’s could be different.  Watch the video below to learn how to find the correct size of your display monitor.  The video shows you how to do this on a Mac.  


If you are a PC designer, you will want to follow the path below to see your sizing needs: 

Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution


One FUN thing to note is you should have an update on your My Digital Studio software.  I’m super excited about this because the NEW In Colors are there as well as a new Facebook Cover Photo Template.  Make sure to check them both out.  


Here is the video showing you how I created my desktop background.  


Hop over to our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Group and be inspired by all the amazing work others create using My Digital Studio.


New catalog ordering starts today at 12 noon!!  

Have a FANTASTIC Monday!!!

New Trick Using the Silhouette Cameo

New Trick Using the Silhouette Cameo


While this may be old news to others, I have a new found trick with the Silhouette Cameo that made me squeal with happiness. 


Today I’m going to share my new trick and it’s part of the Add a Little Dazzle Challenge #27.  

Our inspiration photo today was this beautiful Rainbow Rose below.  You can use any color in the photo or if you’re like me, I thought they were all pretty so I decided to make a Rainbow card.  


Silhouette Cameo using Metal Sheets


First, using all of these colors is WAY WAY outside of my comfort zone.  I almost needed sunglasses to make it. They are BRIGHT. That said, once the card was created, I loved it.  
My Digital Studio, Silhouette Cameo



Using the Silhouette with Metal Sheets


When you are using your Silhouette Cameo with materials other than cardstock you will have to adjust the settings so that the blade depth is far enough to cut the material you are using.  This is also true for the speed and thickness setting as well.  


Most of the time I use the standard cut settings that Silhouette provides on my Cameo and only adjust my blade setting accordingly.  When using the Metal Sheets from Add a Little Dazzle I set my blade depth between 8-9. One cloud cut perfectly at 8 and the smaller one cut perfectly at 9.  


Before you actually make the cut I would recommend a test cut.  By test cutting this will make a small square cut on your material to see if your settings are correct and that it will cut.  


I placed my metal sheet on my cutting mat just as I would my cardstock and then changed my speed to 8 and thickness to 12.  


The clouds are an SVG file from My Digital Studio.  It’s one of the many favorite things I love about the My Digital Studio software from Stampin’ Up! If you are unsure how to export or import your SVG file from My Digital Studio to your Silhouette, click HERE to view a video I created.  


Once the Silhouette has completed the cut carefully pull your metal sheet from the cutting mat.  Then I embossed my metal using the Chevron Embossing Folder in my Big Shot.  

My Digital Studio, Silhouette Cameo



To create the rest of the card I used a rainbow of colors and two new Stampin’ Up! In Colors- Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist on the Natural Composition Specialty paper.  LOVE this Natural paper.  It’s embossed already so this made Emboss Resisting EASY PEASY using a sponge and ink.  


I stamped the greeting using Perfect Pennants stamp set using the Tangelo Twist ink pad.  I did a quick stitch at the top of the greeting using my sewing machine and added a tiny piece of doily to the side.  Once I punched my stars the card was complete.  


You can see all the supplies I used below for this card.  If you are up for a fun challenge, head over to Add a Little Dazzle and play along or just be inspired by other artists.  





Join Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up!

Exciting to become a demonstrator right now with the awesome new products that are about to launch on June 2nd.  

But there is something even BETTER with this deal…

Blendabilities, Join Stampin' Up! Now

Join now and you could get the HOT NEW Blendabilities that are only available to Demonstrators.  

You can even get the Blendabilities as part of your STARTER KIT.  Our $50 Join fee is actually $55 in RETAIL product.  

PLUS: On June 2nd you will be able to enjoy the demonstrator discount on all of your NEW products!!


If you want the Blendabilities as part of your Starter Kit, email me HERE and I will give you the product #’s you need to use for your Starter Kit.  

I would love to have you as part of my incredible Stampin’ by the Sea team.  

Really, it’s a SUPER deal!

My Digital Studio, Silhouette Cameo

My Digital Studio-Embellishing

My Digital Studio-Embellishing


Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day.  Today I’m remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We’ve lost a few friends during Russ’ career in the Navy.  They were great guys with great families.  Today, we remember them.  


This weekend I spent time catching up on my house.  Russ and I have been discussing getting a housekeeper to help us keep things a bit more tidy than what I can keep up with.  Let’s face it, with two kids that is nearly impossible sometimes.  The kids have been very helpful in the house but they can only do so much.  


Have a fantastic Monday and enjoy Memorial Day.  Remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.  THAT is what today is about.  




After the two weeks of catching up on work our suitcases had not even been unpacked and the master bedroom looked like a bomb went off in it.  In the 11 hours I spent cleaning I didn’t even clean the entire house.  UGH.  The MAJOR stuff was cleaned and I’m proud to report we are unpacked.  The biggest accomplishment is laundry.  It’s almost caught up.  YIPPIE!


Finally after all that was done I was able to sit and play with My Digital Studio.  I’ve neglected it for a bit.  A bit unusual for me but I’ve been so engulfed with paper craft ideas that I had to create while they were FRESH in the brain.  


Today I’m challenging our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge group with embellishing their layouts.  Let me share…


My Digital Studio Embellishing, Stampin' Up!



With My Digital Studio there are fantastic downloads with embellishments ready to be used on your layouts.  On my layout above I went to town with the embellishments.  If I found an embellishment that didn’t coordinate  but I still wanted to use it, I just changed the colors to make it so it would work.  


I encourage you to jump into your My Digital Studio and see what great embellishments you can dig through. Make sure to have the New Project Life Digital Download in your arsenal of great downloads.  It’s gong to be one that you will use over and over again.  


Be a part of our great Challenge Group on Facebook by joining HERE.  Over 1500 members sharing and inspiring every day.  It’s pretty darn amazing.  Make sure to check out Heather’s layout as well today.  


Visit my Digital Online Store HERE.  Be careful… it’s EASY to get lost there.  

Be Inspired with Blendabilities!

Be Inspired with Blendabilities


It’s Monday and I’m excited to get CREATIVE!! I have a great line up of creativity this week that I can’t wait to show you. 


Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope

When I opened the new catalog I was in awe with the new images.  I instantly turned to the Hostess sets in the back of the catalog.  There was a quiet squeal when I was able to see them.  This year I want ALL of the hostess sets. Each of them have great images.



You’ve known for awhile that I’ve never been a big floral stamper but I loved how this set has a sketched look with the flowers and stems.  


Using our new Blendabilities makes coloring a whole new world.  The alcohol ink markers are easy to learn and your coloring becomes a master piece.  


I’ll keep you posted when these amazing markers will be available to customers.  Currently they are only available to demonstrators.  <Learn how you can become a demonstrator and order your own Blendabilities HERE>

Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope

I used the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blendabilities starting with the lightest shade and working in the medium and darker shades next.  When using these markers I colored the entire image with the lightest marker first.  Then I gently blended the medium shade along the outside petals and blended over these darker shades with the lighter marker again.  



Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!, Bloom with Hope


I did the same thing with the leaves image by starting with the lighter color and working in the darks gently.  Once the images were completed I cut the flower image out and popped it up using dimensionals towards the bottom of the card.  


Tip: Remember to use Memento Black ink when stamping images to color with your Blendabilities.  This makes sure there is NO bleeding of the inks.  I have a huge crush on Memento Ink.  It’s my new favorite go to ink pad for Black. 


All the products used on this card can be found below.  The Bloom with Hope stamp set will be available on June 2nd.  


Let’s add to your creativity today and get digital.  Monday’s are always my digital days and I have a fun sketch to get your digital creativity flowing.  Make sure to join our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Group on Facebook.  Over 1500 members sharing an abundant of digital creative art.  



Basic MDS Online Class-012


Today’s sketch gives you plenty of room to journal and tell the story.  The other great fun is the geometrical shapes used.  Geometrics are very trendy in crafting right now.  Open your software and get crazy with the geometrical shapes.  


Make sure to check out Heather’s blog to see what she has created today.  

My Digital Studio, DIgital Sketch, Stampin' Up!


How are you going to spark your creativity on this Monday?  I know when I have something to inspire me it kicks off the process.  I can’t wait to hear what your creating today.  Please share in the comments, I really would love to know.  


Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack and new products added to it.  

Looking for a fresh new stamp set? Check out the new Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  







Digital Project Life

Digital Project Life! 


If there is one thing I will be doing on this trip it will be digital scrapbooking.  With all my new Digital Project Life downloads I should have a plenty to work with and I’m pretty excited about that.  


It’s also National Scrapbook Month!  HELLLLLLO! I can’t miss out on that!!  


I thought it would be appropriate to start my album cover for this trip.  I used some of the new digital Project Life elements for this layout.  


Digital Project Life, Stampin' Up!, MDS


Make sure to stop over to Heather’s blog and see what she has created! Create with us on our Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Group. It’s SO much fun!! 

Okay, time for the pool…