It’s our 100th challenge at MDS Monday!!! Wow, 100 weeks of sketches and challenges! That’s amazing. To celebrate, we’re having a blog hop and a two week challenge. If you started out at the MDS Monday blog, this is your first stop. Or, if you’re in the process of going through the blog hop, you’ve come from my talented friend Anita’s Blog. Regardless, continue on to see which sketch each of the designers selected and how we created our pages. Once you finish and feel totally inspired, you’re going to want to create your own page and enter it at MDS Monday, because we’re giving away PRIZES to the challenge winners!!! The top two winners will receive their choice of downloads valued up to $9.95, and three runners up will receive super cute MDS key chains designed by Beth.
To celebrate our big milestone, we’re going back and picking any of the past 100 sketches to create a new page. Luckily, Heidi has maintained a Pinterest Board of every sketch to date. For my page, I went way back to sketch #7. When I joined the MDS Monday Design Team, they were already on sketch #40, so I thought it would be fun to go back and do one of the earlier ones. I had a bunch of cute pictures from my daughter’s Christmas Show, so I looked for a sketch that would work with multiple photos.
My favorite part of the Christmas Show was the finale — the Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker. The girls entered the stage throwing bright pink flower petals, and continued throwing petals all through the dance. It was so pretty…it’s just hard to describe how cool it looked. I tried to take pictures during the dance, but unfortunately, they just didn’t turn out. (It’s hard to take photos of fast moving, spinning girls!) At least I got a good picture at the end, but even in that one, the lead girl’s arm is covering my daughter’s face! (I can’t win!)
I just got the new Painted Petals download (#138139), and inspiration struck me to re-create the falling flower petals on my page. The stamps in this download are see through because they look like water coloring. So, to add them on top of my photos, I have a little trick. I added the stamp brush and colored it white, then I copied and pasted it in place several times in white to build an opaque background. Then, I colored only the top stamp. To create the falling petals, I used the two leaf stamps. I just copied them numerous times, mirroring, flipping, rotating, and re-sizing them to make them look different. The title is another stamp brush from that same download, as well as the watercolor dots and lines. To finish off my page, I added my favorite frames from Downtown Grunge, some cute stick pens from On Holiday, and some staples.
Here’s the sketch for MDS Monday#7:
Downloads used on my page:
We’re giving everyone two weeks to enter the challenge, and remember, we’re giving away prizes, so you’re going to want to create a page for this one. Go to Heidi’s Pinterest Board and pick your favorite. Create a new digital scrapbook page or card, upload it to mydigitalstudio.net or your blog, and link it to MDS Monday using the linky tool. Go to the MDS Monday blog to see the challenge guidelines. The linky tool is at the bottom of the post on the home page, and there is a video on how to use it under the MDS Vidios/How To tab.
Next on our Blog Hop is my friend and co-leader Yapha. So, be sure to click on over to her blog and see her fun design for MDS Monday’s 100th Challenge Celebration!
Congrats to all the MDS Monday Design Team for their love of My Digital Studio, commitment to our website, and creative inspiration in reaching this milestone!