Things have been a little sketchy lately…

 

Hello! I miss you! I really do. I miss blogging on a regular basis and card-making on a regular basis. I’ve mentioned recently that last August/September I started a new job. It’s been C-R-A-Z-Y! When I tell you that I work on average 60 hours per week, that’s not an exaggeration. My days are long starting with 6:00 am meetings to include folks from other regions and my work days sometimes don’t end until I go to bed. My schedule has been a little sketchy, but I think that I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and hope to get back to my craft room really soon.

Today I do have a card for you that I made on the fly using Stampin’ Up!’s MDS software. This card was made using the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog’s latest challenge, Kind of Sketchy! Below you will find the sketch and my card.

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Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Plain and Simple – Due to my lack of time to sit down and get creative, I turned to MDS to try making my card for the current Retro Rubber Challenge. I’ve made several cards in the past using MDS and love how you can crank out so many very quickly. I was able to make this very quickly using punches for each of the shaped elements on the card and then filling them with card stock.
  • Adding Texture – I used Blushing Bride for the background color of my card, but the card looked a little too plain and simple. Therefore, I added a Vintage Overlay to give my card a little extra appeal. Although this is called an overlay and is intended to go on top of the card or page elements, I manipulated the layers and sent the overlay to the back so that the speckles would not be on top of the sentiment or banner.
  • Digital Stamps – If you are an MDS user then this is a tip that you want to pay careful attention to. Because MDS will no longer be supported by Stampin’ Up! you only have 2 more months to stock up on any of their digital downloads. There have been discussion threads on some websites, including MyDigitalStudio.net for which MDS users have been discussing which downloads to get before it’s too late. My recommendation would be punches and stamp sets. I’ve been playing around with the parent software of MDS called MyMemories. It’s very easy to use and you can import MDS items into this software [more on that in the future]. Yet, the digital stamp brush sets and punches are two items that I can tell you that you will miss when working with any digital software whether you stick with MDS or switch to a new one. The sentiment on this card is from Vintage Verses. I added the dark shadow behind it to make it really stand out.
  • Printing Digital Cards – You can print a card that you’ve made using digital software on your own printer or you can send it out for multiple copies to Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive printer (through May 31st only) or any other printer that prints digital images.

There are still more days to play along with us at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. Consider making a card by Friday at noon and upload it to the challenge blog site.

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Are you an MDS User? If so, please leave me a comment. I’d like to find out how I can help you make the most of the next two months and answer any questions you may have about this transition as MDS will no longer be supported. If you already own the MDS software, great news! You don’t have to stop using it. It’s just that Stampin’ Up! will no longer support it. But, you can still use all your favorite downloads and the software and have your finished projects printed elsewhere.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly