Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lovin' MDS 2!!!

Today is a great day!  As of today, my kiddos have been in school for one week!  I think we've gotten back into the routine of school and I am loving it being quieter around the house for a while each day!  AND...it's Tuesday there's new digital downloads!

Because I've been having a hard time traditional crafting the last little while, I've really been playing with MDS 2 and am thrilled with all the new features!  Becuase I love to cook and bake, at a lot of my events I have home made snacks.  And I'm always getting asked for recipes.  I'm all for sharing recipes, but I had to find a different way of sharing them rather than writing multiple copies.  SO, I decided to start an LA Stamper Cooks blog where I will post recipes from my events and some of my family's favs.  I won't post there regularly, but over time the number of recipes on there will build up and you can feel free to use or pin any of the recipes you find on there.  All I ask is that you leave a comment when you make something to say what you think and if you share any of the recipes please link back to my site where you found them!

Now, becuase I have the ability to jazz up my websites with our awesome digital crafting software, I set to work to make a blog banner and background.  Here's my banner.....

I had a blast learning about MDS 2 while making this banner and learned it's so true that the more you play with the program the easier it is to use.  I used 2 new features on my banner...the first is color changing my background paper and the second is to make my words follow a line.

To make your DSP a different color, you need to add it to your page as a "page layer".  At least that's the only way I could figure out how to do it!!!!  Once it's on your page as a layer, you can change the color to any of our exclusive colors.  You do need to remember that it will change it to be monochromatic (this is important to remember if you're changing a multi-color DSP).  My DSP is from the Number One kit (DSP 10) and it was orginally blue.  I wanted a yellow background, like Daffodil Delight, but when I changed it to that I lost the chevron detail.  So, I changed it to More Mustard!  I got my yellow color and maintained the chevron in the background.

The other feature, text on a path, is also super easy!  You can see how to do it on this video by Holly (one of the MDS gurus at Stampin' Up!)......

Yet another fun feature of MDS 2 is that with the click of a button, you can get a supply list!  So, here is the list of downloads/supplies I used to create my blog banner!

    Designer Kits\Get It Done - embellishments\Get It Done - notepaper 1
    Delightful Digital Tape\Delightful Digital Tape 2 - basic gray

    Splatters\Ink Splatters\Ink Splatter 2, Color = CREAMY CARAMEL 203,158,117
    Splatters\Ink Splatters\Ink Splatter 3, Color = CREAMY CARAMEL 203,158,117
    Now You're Cookin'\Now You're Cookin' - utensils, Color = BASIC GRAY 118,122,121

    Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Number One - designer series paper\Number One - 10
All of these downloads can be purchased from my online store here.  And, you can also download your FREE 30 day trial of MDS 2 at my online store too!  The digital downloads released today can be found here
If you  have MDS or MDS 2 and want to learn more about the program and all the fun things you can do with it, please consider attending my next MDS Made Easy class.  The class is free and will start at 7:30pm  If you have MDS on a laptop please bring it and you can follow along with me.  If you don't have the program yet, you are still invited to attend the class and see what the program is all about.  Over the next few months I will be showing you how the program works as well as how to do all the fun new things MDS can do!  I have limited space for these classes, so please RSVP to ensure your spot is saved for you!  Unfortunately I had to cancel my MDS class last night due to a HUGE grass fire, but I will have some more dates for these classes set up soon, so keep checking the under the Events button up top!
And, finally, here is the link to the LA Stamper Cooks blog where you can find the recipes that I use often! There's no recipes up yet, but I'm working on putting my Corn Chowder recipe (that I always make for Soup & Stamps night) up!

Have an inspired day!


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