Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - We're going on a treasure hunt!

Happy Blog Hop day everyone!  This week we're focusing on a couple of holidays - St. Patrick's day and Easter.  I think I may have mentioned on this blog before that I've never been a huge fan of St. Patrick's Day but my kids on the other hand, EAT IT UP!  I've had to step up my game ever since my oldest became aware of tricky little Clancy the Leprechaun who just loves to cause mayhem wherever he goes.

Last year I found a cute treasure hunt online and printed it off - what could be easier? The kids loved it and I didn't have to spend a lot of time getting it ready.  This year however, I wasn't overly thrilled with the pre-made treasure hunts I found.  What's a girl to do?  Well, make her own version in My Digital Studio, of course!  I'll be the first to admit that I'm absolutely hopeless when it comes to poetry, so I had no problem copying clues from someone else.

For the first clue I thought and thought about how to design it and then finally remembered a St. Patrick's Day card I had made a couple of years ago.  I made it completely out of punches and really liked how it turned out, so I went back to the card, grouped the elements for the pot of gold together and saved it.  After you've saved a grouping you can use it in any project you want!  That's one of my favorite features of MDS.

I wanted to change things up a bit so it wasn't the exact same thing I'd done before, and when I happened to see this adorable page from Cindy Schuster I knew I'd found just the thing.  How brilliant to use the gold glimmer paper!  I changed the paper in each coin and voila!  I was able to add a little more interest to the card.

The clues took a little bit of time to put together, but by the end I was really getting the hang of it.  I used the freeform tool to draw a half circle that I could attach the wording to - that was the part that took some trial and error.  After getting the shape the way I wanted it was easy enough to shrink or stretch it to fit each color of the rainbow.  Once I print the file, I can cut the rainbow strips apart and hide each clue.  Can't wait to see the boys' faces - they're going to love it!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop!  Our guest blogger this month is Wendy Weixler so make sure to stop by her blog and give her a warm welcome! 


Wendie Waldman said...


Jeanna Bohanon said...

this is just too adorable!!! Absolutely love it!

Amber said...

thanks Wendie and Jeanna!

Cori Kozak said...

This is soooooo cute Amber!! What a fun idea - and what a great mom you are! :)