Friday, August 10, 2012

MDS Blog Hop - Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Wahoo! I was finally able to finish my page! I'm a full day late, but who's counting right? I'm still not sure what was bogging the program down, but hopefully it won't be that painful every time I design a project. You'll notice that we have a new member on the design team - Kimberly Van Diepen; she's very talented. Welcome Kimberly! We're so excited to have you join us!

Now, if you started following the hop yesterday than you'll know that the theme was to use products or samples from the Holiday Catalog as inspiration. I chose to use the Hostess Content Disc Eventful Year. It's a great kit - full of some really fun stuff. I also used the Howlstooth and Scaringbone paper - it was included when I purchased MDS 2+. Love it!

The Eventful Year Disc includes a great overlay as well - it's kind of a splotchy paint look, but against the black DSP (also included in the disc) it looks kind of spooky - like fog, don't you think?  I also used the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set on my page which was included with MDS 2+.  As I was designing my page I had the idea to add a moon and I kept wishing I had a haunted mansion to set in the background.  I found one in the Spooky Bingo Bits kit, but was bummed out that the images are so small.  Then I remembered - the stamp images are now SVG files which means that I can resize them as large as I want!  So, if you're like me, and you were a little disappointed to see so many older stamps included in MDS 2 - remember that it's because they've been converted to SVG files and that, my friends, is AWESOME!

Despite my system being slow yesterday, I am having fun with all the options in MDS 2.  I was able to recolor my baker's twine and my stitching! I love the new punches too - do you see the grass at the bottom of  my page?  Yeah, that's a punch.  :)

In the Holiday Mini, you don't get much of a preview of what's included in the disc other than the paper, so I thought I'd show you some of the embellishments. I've resized them to fit, some are actually larger than this.  I hope that gives you a good idea though.  If you want this ensemble, make sure to schedule a workshop with me - you're elegible for Hostess Benefits once your workshop orders hit $150. You can also see a bit more of a preview in my online store.

Thanks for stopping by - see you next week!


Kimberly said...

Amber, thank you for the welcome. :) I sure hope the computer issues get better. Nothing is more frustrating. :( XOXOXO

Amber said...

thank you so much Kimberly!

Kendra Richardson said...

GREAT page Amber...always like to see what you come up with and use it as a jumping off point to my creativity!

Amber said...

Wow, thank you Kendra! That's so sweet of you!