Friday, October 26, 2012

MDS Blog Hop: Owls

I love it when I get to pick the theme! I chose owls because I am obsessed with them. And I needed to scrapbook Esper's 2nd Birthday pictures. Even though it's been four months since her birthday, this is something I regularly hear at my house:

Her: "Mommy, guess what?"
Me: "What?"
Her: "I had a OWL BIRTHDAY."

I guess it was pretty memorable. When I ask what kind of a birthday party she wants when she turns three, she says "OWL BIRTHDAY." Okay, so I may have passed my obsession on to her.

I wanted to use a photo from the party as a background for my first page and I really like how it turned out.
More projects featuring owls: First Twelve Months Swatchbook, Owl Birthday Card, Love Layout, Owl Birthday Party Invitation

Supplies used:
I can't wait to see what everyone did with the theme this week!

7. Aly Schilling
9. Erica Shaw (you're here)
11. Kimberly Van Diepen

Friday, October 19, 2012

MDS Blog Hop: Inspired By Blog Hoppers

Our challenge this week was to CASE something from the Blog Hopper below us on the list. That was easy for me- HEATHER SUMMERS! I could CASE everything she does. But this is the layout I chose to copy. This layout came together so quickly, I think I need to CASE more from Heather and the other designers.

Supplies used:

Go see how everyone inspired each other!

1. Jeanna Bohanon
7. Aly Schilling
9. Erica Shaw (you're here)
11. Holly VanDyne
12. Kimberly Van Diepen

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Secret Studio Class

I'm done posting live content in my MDS class- but don't worry! You still have the chance to learn everything that was taught and get inspiration from many fun projects. This way you can access the class on your own timetable. Do a little bit each day, or watch all the videos in one day! 

Projects include:
  • Scrapbook pages of course
  • Home Decor 
  • Birthday party invitations
  • Cards
  • Mini Albums
  • Calendars
Video tutorials include the following:
  • How to use punches
  • How to crop embellishments
  • How to save a watermark 
  • How to design using embellishments
  • How to recolor DSP
  • How to convert 8" x 8" board book pages to 12" x 12"
  • How to group photo boxes
  • How to round corners
  • How to organize your MDS embellishments so you can find them easier
  • How to get the most value out of your digital downloads
  • Design Basics- the secrets to make great-looking layouts every time!
  • How to choose DSP for your projects
  • How to make quick & easy photo mosaics
  • How to use non-Stampin' Up! templates in MDS
  • Exclusive content- layouts, cards, and other projects for members only
  • Photo link supply lists on every project
  • Project challenges and a gallery to upload and share your projects with other members
  • Blog Hop bonus projects

Look at what class members are saying about this class!

Design basics video:
"Erica, thank you so much for the outstanding tips and examples of when you do and don't apply those tips. The visuals really helped me to appreciate all of the tips. Thank you so much."

Choosing DSP video:
"Thank you, Erica. Just watching and listening to how you make those decisions helped me. All your layouts look so 'put together'." 

Cropping embellishments video:
"Great tip. I couldn't have imagined this crop until I saw your video. Thank you for sharing the 'secret'."

Here's the best news... you get all of this for only $20!

Here are some other options:
  • For those of you who sign up to be a demonstrator on my team, you get FREE access to any online class I offer! 
  • OR if you submit a $100 online order through my shop, you will receive a FREE membership to the class.

After your payment processes, I will email you an invitation to My Secret Studio.

For those wondering, my next live class will be in December.

MDS Blog Hop: Ribbon

I'm a little low on the creative juices lately, so I've used someone else's (Shari Carroll's) wonderful card design. I used the new Timeless Taffeta Trimmings ribbon which I love.

Supplies used:

Enjoy the hop today!

1. Jeanna Bohanon
7. Aly Schilling
9. Erica Shaw (you're here)
11. Holly VanDyne
12. Kimberly Van Diepen

Friday, October 5, 2012

MDS Blog Hop: Halloween

I already showed this project on my blog, but this week has left me no time to make something new.

Don't you hate it on Halloween when you are out of candy but the doorbell keeps ringing every five minutes? Here's a good solution for that-- a cute sign you can hang on your door that lets kids know to move on to the next house. You can even put this up if you just aren't going to be home for the evening (though your neighbors might wonder how you ran out of candy at 6pm).

One of my favorite things about MDS 2 are the new stamp sets that are in SVG format. Basically it means that you can use them as large as you want! So I increased the size of this bat from the Tricky Treats Stamp Brush Set and used the Coloring Tool to add some Tangerine Tango to the image. I love the result! I also cropped the "eeek" image from another stamp in the set.

Supplies used:

7. Aly Schilling
9. Erica Shaw (you're here)
11. Holly VanDyne
12. Kimberly Van Diepen
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