Monday, April 11, 2011

MDS Monday #9

Well, I'm very late getting this post up - because I just barely finished my page! I kind of forgot, and then once I did start working on it I was having technical difficulties. MDS has been running super slow since the last update, so I'll definitely contact SU to find out what to do.

This week our challenge was to create something that had a bird on it. After much perseverance, I finished a page that I've been wanting to do for a couple of weeks. I found this kit online at another digital store - I know, it's not SU - but I'll show you how I got around that in just a minute :)

Here's what I wanted to CASE - and since Stampin' Up doesn't have anything like this, I had to be really creative and use a combination of punches and stamps to create the sun and trees.

And here is my finished page:

I could take forever to explain how I created everything, but I need to take a break from the computer! I'll try to keep it short. If you have any questions or want a more detailed explanation leave me a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you :)

For the tree branches and trunks, I used the bird leg from the Good Friend Stamp set and just turned it upside down. I also used the bird beak from the same stamp set to create the branches in the blue trees. I set it atop a square punch that I had sized down to resemble a trunk.

For the smallest green tree, I used the Curly Label punch and resized it to a rectangle rather than a square. For the middle green tree, I used the Boho Blossoms Large Flower punch, layered with a second color to give it some dimension. And finally, for the last green tree, I used the 2 Step Bird Wing punch - flipped and rotated.

And because we're all in search of great fonts - you should know that I used Pea Bev, Pea Jamie Lea and the alpha from the Summer Home kit.

Now, do you see how you can take inspiration from other designers and make them work using MDS? Just 'cause Stampin' Up doesn't offer something you want, it doesn't mean you can't create it!

Don't forget to check out the other Diva creations!


Debbie said...

I love it! You are doing some really cute stuff. Keep up the good work.

Amber Meadows said...

thanks Mom!

Tiffany Bauer said...

This layout is AMAZING!!! I will be featuring this layout on My Crafty Picks #15 with a link back to your blog on 5-8-11. If you wish to decline please email me at

Take care