Holiday Card Front – MDSM38

Halloween was a great success. Everyone loved the pumpkins Ali carved. I should have taken a picture of them all lit up last night….but alas I think I was in a candy coma.

Excited by the start of the holiday season, I thought I would search for some Christmas card ideas. Tara Bourgoin over at  MDS Monday has a terrific card sketch for challenge MDSM38, and after checking out all the design team inspiration pieces, I though this would make a great holiday card front.


I used Stampin’ Up! DSP from the Letters to Santa collection, and I altered some of the embellishments from the Playful Polka Dots collection to compliment the papers. Below is my entry to the challenge.

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I’d be excited to see what you create using this sketch!

Until Next Time… Happy Crafting!





Page Dimension: 4.25 x 5.5
Layout: MDS Monday 38
Digital DSP: Stampin’ Up! © Letters to Santa
Digital Embellishments: Stampin’ Up! © Playful Polka Dots

This page was created using Photoshop Elements.

PMDC 030 – Sketch Challenge

It has been forever since I posted anything!!! My craft room is non-existent. As many of you know I have redone my creative space too many times to count, and nothing has truly working for me. Below are some photos of the different stages of chaos, myself and everyone in my household has had to endure.

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But no more! My original craft room has been converted to a make-up/dressing room and my darling husband has consented to having a little studio built for me in the backyard. How exciting is that?

So next Thursday will be day one of construction and I promise to post some photos of how that process goes.

Since I have very little paper, glue, etc. at my disposal at the moment I decided to go digital. The BIGGEST benefit of creating digitally??? No supplies that cannot be contained on your computer’s desktop, and ZERO mess!!!

For inspiration I used this week’s Digi Challenge from Pixel Maven’s Retreat.


Isn’t this a wonderful sketch? Kris and Nicole always provide great inspiration.

I used the dsp from the Playful Polka Dots digital kit from Stampin’ Up!, and since Halloween is quickly approaching I went back to one of my favorite Halloween photos of Ali from long ago. I think she was 2 or 3. Though clowns are not my favorite, Ali was the cutest clown there ever was…

All the World loves a Clown

I’d love to see your take on this challenge, whether digital, hybrid or traditional, and love to see what your current crafting space looks like.

Until Next Time… Happy Crafting!


Digital DSP: Playful Polka Dots, Stampin’ Up!
Font: Clowningway 

PMDC 018 – Color Challenge

I was really excited to find this digital challenge on Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  I am new to the Stampin’ Up! family, and have never used their MDS (My Digital Studio) software, but as many of you know, I love working digital projects using Photoshop Elements. So I thought to myself…  ‘Self, what a great way to experiment with some of Stampin’ Up’s! digital download content’. 🙂  

This weeks Digi Challenge, was a color challenge featuring Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise.

I used the digital content for the Designer Series Paper in all three colors, I also used several flowers from the Playful Polka Dots digital kit, which I recolored to match the challenge colors. That is the greatest thing about working digitally. Something’s not quite the right color?, you can change it, not quite the right size?  you can change it….digital is very forgiving, fast, versatile and the best part??? ZERO MESS!

Below is my take on the challenge, along with a complete list of what I used.

I’d love to see your take on this challenge, whether digital, hybrid or traditional.

Happy Crafting!


Mother's Day Card - Digi Challenge

Card Dimension: Front 5.5 X 4.25
Digital DSP: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie
Overlay: Presto Patterns Overlay – Floral Frame
Digital Stamp: Stamp Brush Set – All Holidays – Happy Mother’s Day
Embellishments: Recolored Flowers from Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit