Thursday 31 October 2013

Halloween with My Digital Studio

Today another great promotion to tell you about.  I mentioned My Digital Studio in my last blog post, well Stampin' Up! are making it even easier for you to get organised and gifting during the festive season with better value by offering a 30% discount on (selected) seasonal downloads from now until 29 November 2013.  

I have been hovering my mouse over those on offer and there are photobook templates, frameables, stamps and much more to choose from to help with Christmas planning, greeting cards, seasonal home decoration and creating ever lasting memories of the season.  There is plenty to share with family and friends as the photobooks and calendars make perfect gifts. Not just photobooks and calendars, there are many printing services out there offering a wide range of printed products that you can use your digital designs created with MDS on .

All the My Digital Studio software and downloads are available 24-7 on my online store.  Just click on the shortcuts to 'Shop With Me Now' on my Crafty Ink Buds Blog or the 'Shop' link if you are reading this on my Stampin' Up! home page.

Now for a little My Digital Studio project of my own.  It's time for Halloween celebrations today and just a few more treats to add to the cauldron for our spooky visitors and Halloween party this afternoon. The Sweetie Halloween treats here are made with retired Candy Wrapper die for the Big Shot and decorated with the same label and sentiment as I made for my witches broomsticks on my earlier post.

The twisted favours are a fantastically easy way of wrapping treats, not just for Halloween, but easily used for Seasonal table placements at Christmas, Wedding favours or just dinner parties.  Fill them with chocolates, sweets, fortune cookie style sentiments.......just add your own unique touches.

My favours here are made using the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (129827 on MDS).  The labels are really cute aren't they?  They are from MDS also, the Tricky Treats Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download (131232).  I wanted some quick tags to add to my favours so I downloaded the designs, edited them to the size and colours I wanted and then snipped them out.  As you would expect, all the MDS content is compatible with the other Stampin' Up! products and you can probably instantly recognise the punch shapes for the Curly Label Punch and X-Large Tag Punch in this set.  What could be better, if you have these punches, no snipping required, just punch away!

For my sized favours which are holding 6 mini chocolate foil balls. You will need:

1 piece of 14cm x 10.5cm Designer Paper or cardstock
Sticky Strip or Double Sided tape
Crimper or Stampin' Up! Striped Emboss Folder (optional)
Stamps or other embellishments as you desire

How to make a twisted favour:
  1. Take the DSP or cardstock on the longest edge (14cm)
  2. Crimp or emboss your design along the edges if you wish to have a finished edge (optional). I used the Striped Emboss folder on approx 1-1.5cm (just past the Stampin' Up! logo).  As you are using the shorter edge of the emboss folder you will need to emboss again the last 3.5cm. 
  3. Stamp your images if you are using a stamp set to decorate cardstock. If not, skip to the next step.
  4. Attach sticky strip to one of the shorter (10.5cm) edges and stick to the opposite shorter edge.  Make sure you do this with out pressing or folding the paper or card too much so that you have a cylinder shape with your decorative edges either end.
  5. Carefully take one end of the cyclinder and press the edges together.  It's good at this point to create this with the join of the paper in the middle of the end if you can.
  6. Sticky strip to seal the end together.  
  7. Fill with your contents (try not to eat too many first!)
  8. Now for the twisted part.....just turn and stick the other end perpendicular (a quarter turn) to the end you have already sealed.
  9. Add a decorated strip wrapped round the favour to dress it or just a tag and some ribbon as I have done.
How easy was that?

The great thing about the digital download content is once downloaded you can use these for multiple projects.  Today it is the treats, but I will be sure to be using the content to record our Halloween Party moments on a scrapbook page or photobook too.

Some more Halloween crafting took place yesterday too.  Here is my little helper assisting in the kitchen to make some Pumpkin Cookies using the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps.  Great for little hands to hold onto.  They may not have been perfectly formed and I am not sure my baking skills were up to top marks, but we had some fun!  The Holidays set we have has the lovely festive snowflake as well as the Halloween pumpkin, but the handle you buy can be inter-changed with the Special Events set too (available separately).  It makes a lovely gift for Christmas for the British Bake Off fans amongst your friends and family or just for baking fun with your own little helpers if you have them.  

Now for some dressing up fun later.


If you would like to know more or see MDS in action, just drop me an email or give me a call and we can talk some more.

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