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MDS Nordic Village – sneak peek

nordic close up

The Autumn/Winter catalogue (launching this Tuesday) also contains a variety of new MDS templates.

This box was made with the Nordic Village Designer Templates, then filled with Rafaello “snowballs”. (These are my favourites, better even than the Ferrero Rocher and because they have almonds in the centre, I don’t have to share them with hubby 😉 – not sure whether I’ll be able to resist eating these demonstration ones!).

nordic village

The box template from the Nordic Village Designer Templates is ready prepared in MDS but I pulled it through to my Silhouette software so that I would be able to “print and cut”. The Silhouette adds the registration marks in the corners so that it knows where to cut. If you don’t have a Silhouette than you can print direct from MDS and fussy cut out by hand.

nordic print

Once cut out, the box sides and base were scored and then finally all was adhered together.

nordic cut

The 30 day MDS trial is still available for free if you want to give the software a test drive.

This Nordic Village template costs just £3.95 so it certainly would be quick, easy and cheap to create a little village of boxes.

Next, I want to try changing them a little to personalise them.

Back to a non-digital sneak peek project tomorrow.

Sara xx


MDS Hooray for Parties card

hooray close up

I have two versions of an MDS birthday card for you today. Both cards were created from the Hooray for Parties Digital Ensemble (135274 – a Sale-a-bration freebie).

Hooray for Parties

Blossom and circle punches were filled with different background papers, grouped, aligned, duplicated, resized and given drop shadows. (Takes a little time for the first and hardly any time at all for the others). Similarly the banners and text were grouped in the same way and also the “celebrate” sentiment.

hooray flat

The first version was simply printed onto Whisper White card and adhered to a Pool Party card base.

hooray shaker

The second version is a more stepped up hybrid card. Before printing out the same card front, the “celebrate” sentiment layer was removed. The 1-1/4″ Circle (119861) and 1-3/4″ Circle (119850) were used to punch a frame from Island Indigo card and backed with some Window Sheet (114323) before adding to the now blank circle on the card front with a Shaker Frame (124155) that has Champagne (120997) and Silver Glass Glitter (120995) trapped inside. Some Itty Bitty flowers (118309) were punched from Summer Starfruit card, adhered over the shaker frame and finished with some Basic Rhinestones (119246).

You can test drive the FREE 30 day trial of MDS yourself and you can also get the Hooray for Parties MDS bundle free with a £45 purchase if you order by 31 March 2014.

Sara xx


Hooray for Parties treat boxes

hooray for parties close up

Okay, I know I was trying to use my neglected stamps but I couldn’t help myself –  it’s back to Sale-a-bration while we still can!

Have you tried MDS yet? It’s definitely not just for scrapbooking. I used it here to create a couple of thank you treat boxes and then filled my Sale-a-bration Twisty Treat bags with the sweets to go in them. (Wouldn’t they be great for Mother’s Day or Easter too?)

hooray for parties

The Hooray for Parties Digital Ensemble (135274 – a Sale-a-bration freebie which includes templates for invitations, thank you’s and party decor along with digital stamps, DSP, embellishments and punches) was used to create the box templates, fill them with digital DSP and add thank you labels to the fronts. I didn’t need the deep colour of the original pattern for my boxes and so reduced the Opacity a little so that not as much printer ink was used. After printing the templates onto Whisper White card, I turned the card over and fed it back through the printer to print another paper pattern on the reverse side.

MDS hooray box

The Twisty Treat kit bags (133513 – also available FREE with a £45 purchase during Sale-a-bration) are really quite large and so after cutting out and assembling the boxes, I used them to work out how much to cut off the original bag (I’ll be back soon to show what I used the cut away section for).

hooray twisty treat

The blue flowered box was simply trimmed with Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon (131151) and Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126877), snipped, tied and adhered with Mini Glue Dots. More of the Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon was used to tie the bag closed.

hooray 1

The white flowered box was trimmed with a flower made from Petite Petals (133322) punched from Crisp Cantaloupe card and waste from the printed MDS box, an Itty Bitty flower (118309) punched from Pool Party card and finished with a Basic Pearl (119247). The bag was fastened closed with the Twisty fastener that comes in the Twisty Treats kit.

hooray 2

You can test drive the FREE 30 day trial of MDS yourself and you can also get the Hooray for Parties MDS bundle free with a £45 purchase.

Why not give it a go?

Sara xx


Tutorial to change words/letters in MDS


MDS is a great way to make subtle changes to stamped images that would be much harder to achieve with real life stamps. Here I was able to change the spelling of “gray” on one of the See Ya Later stamps, to “grey”.

There are multiple ways to achieve the same results in MDS, so you may find alternatives to the steps below or prefer to change the order of some steps – that’s okay, experiment and remember there’s a back button to undo changes if they don’t work 🙂

Here’s a tutorial to show step by step how I made the changes:


Step 1 – Drag/click the stamp onto your project (tip – enlarge it so that it’s clear enough to work on, you can always reduce the size again afterwards). In the Stamps palette of the Design Centre (right hand side), click on the Coloring Tool.


Step 2 – Choose a brush size suitable for your text and select the colour of your background. Paint over the letter/word that you want to change and click OK.


Step 3 – Select the stamp again and copy and paste it, moving the second copy so that you can see them both. With just one of the versions selected, click on the Crop tool in the Stamps palette.


Step 4 – Click and drag over the letter/word you want to copy and replace the original  and click OK. The unselected area will disappear.


Step 5 – Drag your selected replacement into position.


Step 6 – If the new letter/word isn’t complete then it may be covered by the “whited out” version. If so then select the original  full stamp, click on the Layers tool on the top menu bar and click Send Backward.


Step 7 – The replacement letter should now be clear and may just need nudging into position with your arrow keys.

If the word/letter you need isn’t contained within the stamp then you may be able to achieve the same effect by using the Text Tool, however this is dependent upon being able to find the same font as used in the stamp.

Don’t forget that you can test drive the FREE 30 day trial of MDS yourself and you can also get the One Big Sale-a-bration MDS bundle free with a £45 purchase. The bundle contains digital versions of almost all the Sale-a-bration goodies.

Sara xx

SAB Hooray for Parties Digital Ensemble sneak peek

hooray for parties close up

It’s day 11 of our countdown to Sale-a-bration (starts 28 January). Sale-a-bration is our annual Stampin’ Up! party, with loads of free products. This year we’ll have THIRTEEN! different products to choose from and you’ll be able to get one free for every £45 you spend (with no limits to how many you can collect – spend £90, get 2 freebies etc). I’m showcasing a different SAB freebie every day in my countdown.

Today’s sneak peek is the final swap from a Paper Dolls team mate, this time from Suse (in return for my Sale-a-bration MDS card). Suse used the Hooray for Parties Digital Ensemble which includes templates for invitations, thank you’s and party decor along with digital stamps, DSP, embellishments and punches. She made great use of the Ensemble in MDS to create this 3D biscuit package.

Hooray for parties

The Hooray for Parties download has a template for the treat box and this was printed on one side of Whisper White card and one of the background papers on the other. After cutting out and assembling the box, a cute little Boho Blossoms (119858) punched flower was added to the outside and a Candy Dot (130932) finished the centre. The sentiment from Sweetly Framed (hostess exclusive Wood 129699 or Clear 129702) was stamped and punched out with the Banner punch (another SAB freebie). This banner was tied onto the biscuit package with Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (125575) and another banner attached to a cocktail stick and stuck in the top.

hooray for parties outside

The “hooray” sentiment that you see on the front of the pouch is simply printed as part of the design, not punched separately (it really looks very 3D doesn’t it).

A big thank you to all my team mates that swapped with me, it’s really helped me to cover the full range of Sale-a-bration freebies in this countdown (there’s still another couple to go before the launch). That’s one of the big advantages of being part of a team of demonstrators, we can share ideas and samples and help each other out when we suddenly realise we’ve run out of supplies! Embarassed

If you’d like to join our team then I’d advise you to hang on just another couple of days – if you join up during Sale-a-bration then you’ll get more “bang for your buck” as they say across the pond … but if you simply can’t wait, then you can sign up here.

Meanwhile if you’d like to see more Sale-a-bration goodies and samples then please stop by and visit our stand at the Ross Papercraft Show at Westfield, tomorrow.

Hope to see you there!

Sara xx

It’s a Sale-a-bration Open House

Are you getting excited to see our Sale-a-bration freebies and our new Spring/Summer catalogue? Not long to go now!

Sale-a-bration 2014 will run Tuesday 28 January – Monday 31 March and I’ll be having a sneak peek countdown from this Wednesday, 15 January. Each day I’ll share a sneak peek of a different freebie, so please stop by to gain some inspiration and put together your wish list.

Our new Spring/Summer catalogue also launches on 28 January (and stays current until 30 June) so you’ll have even more to choose from to qualify for your freebies.

What’s better than browsing through paper and online catalogues at all the goodies? Seeing and playing with them in person of course! And we can help you there Smile

SAB Open House-001

We’ll be holding an Open House at St Saviours Church Hall on Saturday 8 February, (before our regular class), to demonstrate a variety of the new products and share sample projects.

The Open House event is entirely free of charge. There will be demonstrations, make and takes, refreshments and a door prize. You can stop by and join us any time between 10.30am and 1pm to browse, but  if you’d like to have a go at the free make and take project, then please email me to let me know that you’ll be coming and I’ll put a kit aside with your name on it :-)

If you’re also booking on to the Template & Technique Class in the afternoon, then please feel free to bring a packed lunch with you and we’ll provide the cuppa to go with it.

Hope to see you on the 8th.

Sara xx

P.S. Just in case you’re wondering, the Open House announcement pic above was created in MDS with one of the Sale-a-bration freebies, Hooray for Parties – so that’s another extra sneak peek for you!

An early sneak peek from our team get together

MDS SAB close up

I’ll be sharing a sneak peek of a different Sale-a-bration freebie every day from Wednesday this week, but I have an extra, early, sneak peek for you today Laughing

We had our team get together this afternoon and this was my swap for everyone.


I used the Sale-a-bration freebie, MDS One Big Sale-a-bration, to create this hybrid card, changing the spelling of “gray” to “grey”. It also uses images from the Finest Simplicity and Beautiful Today downloads, for the cloud background and the square frame.

The printed card front was matted onto Crushed Curry card and then onto a Smoky Slate card base. A little Dazzling Diamonds was added to create the silver lining to the cloud and the raindrops.

MDS SAB batch

Sale-a-bration 2014 will run Tuesday 28 January – Monday 31 March and there’ll be thirteen different freebies to choose from!

Please pop back on Wednesday for our Sale-a-bration sneak peek countdown.

Sara xx

MDS Snowy Soiree choc wrap

snowy soiree treat close up

Christmas Eve – just one more sleep to go (okay maybe two if you count the afternoon nap that I need, lol).

This little choccie treat was made using MDS and another project tutorial from over at UStamp with Dawn and Friends – Wrapping up the Holidays.


I love the ingenious use of the box punch that comes as part of the Snowy Soiree software add-on (135261).

There are three Ferrero Rocher choccies wrapped within.

Apart from printing the wrap and the tag onto Whisper White card the only other thing I added was a tiny piece of Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon (131206).

Why not test drive the FREE 30 day trial of MDS yourself over the Christmas hols and see whether you get on with it.

Sara xx


MDS Christmas cards

mds card close up

Today’s card is an MDS hybrid mini Christmas card, using elements that are all included in the basic software package.

MDS mini card

The wreath stamp from Bright Hopes was changed to Old Olive and then the Colouring Tool used to turn the “berries” Real Red. A strip of digital Cottage Wall DSP was added and then the Scallop Edge punch added above and below by flipping the image. The sentiment from Bright Hopes was added over the top of the DSP.

After cutting to size, the MDS image was matted onto a Real Red card base and a real bow of Real Red Taffeta Ribbon (119251) added to the top of the wreath with a glue dot.

MDS mini inside

The insert was stamped in real life with the sentiment from Delightful Dozen (Wood 128547 or Clear 122652) in Real Red ink onto Very Vanilla card.

A major advantage to using MDS is that I was able to print a set of six card fronts onto Very Vanilla card using my home printer. And I’ll be able to print off more and whip the cards up quick if and when I need them.

MDS sheet

Loving MDS!

Have you tried it yet?

You can still get a FREE 30 day trial of MDS, why not download it and give it a try over Christmas.

Sara xx