Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Recolouring in MDS

I wanted to share with you two layouts that I created in MDS today, showing how a 'feminine' kit or suite can be altered to be used for more masculine projects.

To celebrate 20,000 likers on the My Digital Studio Facebook page, Stampin' Up! have made the Playful Polka Dots digital download ***free*** for one week only, from today until April 23rd.  It looks very girly, and I didn't want my Mums-of-boys customers to miss out, so this is a simple layout I have put together to show how the page elements can be recoloured to create a different look.

Firstly, this is the free download you can get, usually $13.95, item #126027.

And here is an 8x8" layout made with this kit only, with my two older daughters on it, dressed up as princesses for a birthday party.  The polka dot paper comes in Pumpkin Pie (orange) but you can see that even for this page I have changed the main piece to Daffodil Delight (yellow) and kept only a small piece in Pumpkin Pie.

And then I created a duplicate page, changed up the embellishment and heading style/font, switched to a neutral photo (it is actually my youngest daughter, but in the absence of any baby-boy photos, I figure naked babies are pretty gender-neutral!!) and then changed all my DSP colours to a boyish colour scheme.

So here's how its done.

When choosing your Background Paper from the Design Centre, choose a solid piece of Cardstock for your base colour, and click on OK to apply it as your background design.  I have used Daffodil Delight on the girl page, and Midnight Muse on the boy page.  Then go back to Background Paper in the Design Centre, and this time choose from the Designer Series Papers instead of Cardstock.  Select your desired paper and choose Add As Page Layer.

Doing this will allow you to move it around on the page, resize it and even zoom in on the full sheet of paper to choose which section of the page to feature.  You can do this multiple times to get as many different colour swatches on the page as you would like.

Next comes Recolouring.  Select the piece of 'paper' you want to change, you'll know its selected as the grey handlebars come up around the borders of the box.  You'll notice that the options available to you in the Design Centre change to give you some more options, one of which is Recolour.  I've got my mouse hovered over the little icon on the bottom-right of this screenshot:

A pop-up box of all the SU colours will appear for you to choose from.

You can also do this with embellishments.

I hope you've enjoyed this tip, enjoy your free download and please share with me any projects you create with it!  

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Monday, April 15, 2013

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

ESAD Seasonal Catalogue Blog Hop

Hooray, its Blog Hop time again!  You have probably arrived here from Narelle's blog, don't you just love that Pinwheel die!

For this project I was given the Artisan Embellishment Kit and the More Amore Designer Specialty Paper (DSP) to showcase. NOT A PROBLEM, these are two of my favourites from this Catalogue.  I have chosen a tri-fold card and a 6x6" square card to show you today.  I love how everything ties together, even though every other element of the cards is different.

The tri-fold card uses a Pink Pirouette card base and the panels are decorated with More Amore DSP. I love the soft romantic feel that the papers give. The scalloped edge heart is also from the More Amore Specialty paper pack, it comes with two sheets of laser-cut hearts, one page each in Real Red and Primrose Petals. 

The two lace ribbons, the buttons and the paper doily (cut in half) are all from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. I love love love this kit, I'm so into the vintage styling right now, so this kit really suits my taste, and the contents of the kit go a surprisingly long way.  It is great value for $19.95 too, I have also decorated two or three scrapbook layouts with the Kit, and will be stocking up on a few more packets before the Seasonal Catalogue ends on June 30th.

The Primrose Petals and Pool Party Core'dinations sanded cardstock, the Oh, Hello and That's the Ticket stampsets, and the vanilla fabric flower are all new products from the Seasonal Catalogue as well.

I would be happy to do another post with the dimensions / instructions for the tri-fold card if anyone would like to know how to make one, just leave me a note in the comments.

My second card uses the same More Amore DSP for the little butterflies and the paper flags. This time I have used the reverse side of one of the laser-cut scalloped hearts and sponged it in pool party ink. It is embellished again with the Artisan Embellishment Kit, using the other half of the paper doily, another paper flower, the pool party button and a fabulous strip of vanilla lace. I am so happy that Pool Party is sticking around as a core colour from July!

Some more Seasaonal Catalogue products used here are the Bitty Butterfly Punch, Pool Party embossing powder, the Ovals Collection Framelits and once again some sanded Core-dinations cardstock in Pool Party.

For the main image I have used the Faux Blackboard technique, swiping some Basic Black cardstock with white craft ink, and then stamping with Versamark ink and heat embossing with both White and Pool Party Embossing Powders. The stampsets I used are Artistic Etchings ("Amour" and the Eiffel Tower, from the Annual Catalogue), Established Elegance (the 'swirl' and 'established 1873', also from the Annual Catalogue) and the "Just Because" greeting is from Vintage Verses (Sale-a-bration 2013 item, no longer available).

Your next stop on the Hop is Jane, I hope you enjoy her creations, and thanks so much for stopping by - don't forget to leave me a comment if you liked my projects today!

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We love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sent With Love

Today I have for you this cute new set called Sent With Love, which includes this gorgeous DSP, a clear-mount stampset and calypso coral bakers twine, available seperately or bundled together for 20% off!  Just quietly, its great for the guys - we all know how hard masculine projects can be! - and it makes good use of some of my very favourite in-colours which will be retiring soon, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Calypso Coral.

And best of all, you can order it through me or go shopping at my online store.  

Only available until June 15th.