Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Recap on the last day of the year!

Last year I created this MDS page showcasing my year end recap pictures.  It was so easy to duplicate the page and then add pictures of 2010 fav creations.  I even went back and did a 2008 recap too. Both are displayed below. Above just shows you some of my favorite creations thru this year of 2010. So you can see that My Digital Studio was definitely more used this year! Thanks in part to Heather Summers' online MDS classes and the SU My Digital Studio Website!  I absolutely love MDS and all that it can do! I also increased my scrapbooking ability and MDS helped with that as well.  I got a Disney scrapbook album done within 2 months of the trip! A scrapbooking miracle thanks in part to MDS and SU!  I just put the MDS program on my new computer in my studio so that I have it available when I work in there and on my laptop for travel or creating in the living room.
It is fun to go back and look at the past two years of my creations. Some are my ideas, others are inspired or cased by those talented demos, hobbists, craft bloggers and friends.  They love to share what they do and so do I.
Thank you for stopping by my blog this year and hope to see you here again and again!
Happy New Year! Many blessings to all in 2011!
Have a magical and safe evening!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

Here is our Christmas Card for 2010.  Now I made this 4 x 9 postcard on My Digital Studio back in November.  You would think that I would have sent them to the SU printers and have them done. Can you believe that I delayed and delayed until the deadline for Christmas delivery was past.  So instead, I sent them via email and Facebook to friends and family.  Love modern technology for those who procrastinate!

Then I took the same photo and made a new framed greeting for my entrance display.  I printed this on my own printer.  Colors are baha breeze, very vanilla and chocolate chip.  I changed the picture to black and white and added the year and reindeer image.  I love how it turned out and how it adds to my entrance.
Have a magical day!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Merry December!

My month of December has been SO EXTREMELY BUSY!  Here are some of the main reasons why you have not seen any posts or new creations lately.
Youth Christmas Party for 40 people! Joyous times!
Youth Advent Dinner and Service (which got canceled because of icy conditions in Atlanta but those that were there, we still did the skit for.) 
Headed to Disneyworld with my daughters, my mom and my mother-in-law. Here we are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. 
And here is the magical Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom!  It was just AMAZING!
Wishing you and your family a VERY BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Make it a magical one!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Our Christmas Decor this Year!

I wanted to share how I decorated this holiday season.  I skipped the traditional red, white and green and went with brown and blues as well as cream and white with naturals like crumb cake.  I had everything on hand expect for the blue and brown ornaments for the tree and vases.   I also had to get some cream stockings at Walmart.  Total cost to update our Christmas decor = $45.00.
The letters and snowflakes were die cut in baha breeze and chocolate chip cardstock.  Added like a tag onto the stockings.  The card holder was on my studio door.
Everything I had was around the house and I simply moved them for my decor.  See the large pinecone, that was in our den. The vase had candles in them.  Love that flocked wreath!
I love this.  I put a little scene on my kitchen bar.  I added ornament snowflakes on silver thread and hung them from push pins into my ceiling near our lights. The feather tree was placed in a decor pot I had.  Added some white and silver ornaments in a blue glass bowl I had. 
Usually our Christmas tree is red and white but always snowmen and snowflakes.  I used the ornaments that had no red on them and my large white snowflakes. Notice the tree skirt - that is what started this whole color change. I got four panels of those blue curtains in a garage sale thinking I could do some thing with them.  One went on my main table as a runner, one went on my coffee table as a runner and this one became a tree skirt.  
I have more to show you later.  I did manage to do a few crafty decor projects too.  But right now, I have to run off to celebrate Christmas Eve with the Schusters.  Right after we get our broke down van towed from the mall. Long story...
Have a magical Christmas Eve with your family and friends! Peace and Joy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Hybrid MDS Projects

I have been having a great time learning and using all that My Digital Studio has to offer.  Did you know that you can print SU images from MDS and then create a hybrid card with the printed pieces?  I created the card in a 8.5 x 11 landscape project then separated the pieces to create the card in real form.
Also I am proud to say that this project was featured on the website.  Super cool! You can see it here:
I printed on Stampin Up's Whisper White cardstock and used one piece of 8.5x11 Real Red cardstock to make both the card and tag.  At my Starz team meeting, I presented new information on MDS to our group and then they got to make the card above.  I got a lot of positive feedback from my fellow demos that they really enjoyed seeing all what MDS can do. 
If you do not have this program and you love to scrapbook or love Stampin Up images and colors, then you HAVE to get MDS!  You will LOVE it!
Have a magical day!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st already?!

Life has been is super fast speed these past few days or even better...weeks.  I had a scrap weekend at my house for my friend Christine's birthday, then a birthday party for my turning 13 year old the next weekend, then Thanksgiving with my Youth Group, then Thanksgiving with family and friends, a teenager's toe surgery and dentists appointments......all this has kept me pretty much away from stamping or creating like I would love to be doing.  I did manage to make some things in the past weekend while I was decorating my home for the holidays and so I will be sharing that in the days to come.
For our swap at our Starz Team Meeting held by Monika Davis, we made a package to hold cookies.  I made white chocolate covered pretzels and put them in this cute vintage Santa's hat for my swap.  I got the idea from Kimberly Van Diepen's blog.  She was Stampin Up's #1 demo of the year for 2010!  I used the vintage wallpaper embossing folder on the Cherry Cobbler that was cut to shape a triangle.  The scallop edge border punch created his hat trim. The decorative label punch and large oval punch on the Tags for Christmas stamp finished it off.  I closed the box with retired twine cording that I frayed apart.  I had to make 16 total swaps!  WOW!
Have a magical day!