Friday, August 29, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop, featuring Fall Holiday projects with stamps and products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. This new Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2014 and features some beautiful new stamp sets, designer series papers, kits and embellishments for all your Fall and Winter Holidays. The Fall Holiday Blog Hop includes Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving inspiration. 
Watch for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Blog Hop coming October 10th.

I am featuring the My Digital Studio Halloween Bites Designer Kit. I have only used my MDS program a few times, but the Halloween Bites Designer Kit caught my eye because when my son and I make Halloween treats we are making SO MANY of the same item and creating digitally makes duplication much quicker and easier. Also, I always love a good candy wrap!

How adorable is that vampire with his cape flashing open to reveal a sweet treat?! He has a two piece coffin as well, that he fits right into, with a fitted lid and more Halloween sentiments on it. The Halloween Bites Kit includes 5 pages of templates to make a vampire candy bar wrap, a coffin and coffin lid to house the vampire, and a page of belly bands (with and without bats) for nugget size candy.

On the Designer Kit template, each page has a text box of instructions, such as this example on the vampire page. As well as the templates, the MDS Halloween Bites Kit includes the belly band and vampire as embellishments and two bats, several Halloween sentiments and the coffin elements as stamps in the MDS program.

Here are few tips I learned as I played with this kit.
  • Add a text box of your child's name (or you!) next to the 'FROM:' on the vampire cloak before printing. 
  • Try copy weight paper, instead of cardstock for easier scoring. (I printed all the template pages onto copy weight paper and did not use the solid black page, designed to print on the back of the vampire page. Instead, I adhered the vampires to a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then cut them out.)
  • Adjust the margins of your page because the vampires use a narrow margin to fully print. (I set mine to 0" Borderless and also changed the Print Options/More Settings/Image Size to Custom.)

In addition to creating the Halloween Treats designed by this MDS Designer Kit, I also used the elements of the kit to create the banners and buttons for this blog hop. This led me to see the belly band and other pieces with additional possibilities and I created this fun Halloween scrapbook page. I dropped in photos from a past Halloween and even with my lack of MDS experience, this page came together pretty easily. I used a Sun Garden 12x12 photo layout and changed all the flowers and butterflies to bats. I re-colored the Scallop Trim piece, added photo mats, changed the title from FRIENDS to SPIRITS and added the script 'kindred' over it. Then I used an enormously enlarged bat belly band from the Halloween Bites Designer Kit to create the bat background along the top edge of the page. I like the framing effect it gives to the page, too. Finally, I went back, re-sized a few bats and added the Halloween sentiment in white.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to click through to all the blogs on the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop. Use the Next and Previous buttons below to see more inspiration and ideas from Stampin' Addicts members.I also listed the Blog Roll at the bottom of this post. You'll find tons of creativity and inspiration! Happy Blog Hopping!

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop

1) Kim (s1itcher45) -- Season Snapshot Project Life -- Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper
2) Carmen -- Frightful Wreath -- Stamping Addiction
3) Rhonda (rhondag) -- For All Things
4) Tina (tina123) -- Color Me Autumn DSP
5) Tanya (tanya27) -- Four Feathers
6) Paula (scrapshappen) -- Freaky Friends
7) Twila (tjdstamosalot) -- Motley Monsters DSP -- Stamp A Little Longer
8) Betty (kittystamp) -- Fall Fest Bundle
9) Holly (catrules) -- Halloween Street -- Rubber Redneck
10) Mary (nuhddad) -- Tee Hee Hee
11) Yapha -- Making Spirits Bright
12) Mary R. ( MaryR) -- Halloween Bites MDS Template

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Mary's Stamping Happenings said...

thanks I wanted to get it but thought you needed an e-cutter glad you don't Thanks for the tips. Really great.

Paper Art Garden said...

The treat boxes are adorable and the scrapbook page is perfect! Thanks for making all of the designer buttons for the blog hop.

RhondaG - The Stampin' Bunny said...

What a wonderful job showing how to use this kit in MDS and then also using it for a SB page! So smart! Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! LOVE it!

Betty said...

Thanks for the detailed tips... very informative. These are so cute and especially like the enlarged bat on the SB page.

Anonymous said...

Mary these are all awesome! You did a great job showing it off. I love your halloween scrapbook page!

Wendie Waldman said...

These pieces are totally fun!

Twila said...

OMGOsh, Mary! That coffin with dracula in it it way too cute! Love your scrap page too. Super!

Tanya Boser said...

That's a lot of wonderfulness packed into one little MDS kit! You did a fantastic job with a great variety of projects!

Kim said...

Fantastic job showcasing the MDS kit! Awesome projects!

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