Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quick & Easy HYBRID Cards with Diana

Good morning, it's Diana!  I have to say, what do we need to do to help slow down time, I can't believe we're already half the way through January, I still see Christmas lights up around the neighborhood.  This is always a tough time of year, getting back to the school and work routine and I wanted to do something to help encourage my son, Aidan, during these days when he would pretty much rather be anywhere other than school.  

I've decided to start sending little random notes in his lunchbox or backpack to remind him of activities, encourage him, or just let him know we love him.  But I'm short on time.  My Digital Studio (MDS) to the rescue.  

MDS has this great download, Do Your Best Printables (Item #134922) that has 5 pages of predesigned little notes, embellishments, stamps, and punches that are perfect for the occasion.  All I did was open the download and then picked the images I wanted.  For some I also recolored them (I have a boy so most of the pictures with pink were immediately changed), you can also resize these so you can make them bigger or smaller to fit what you want to do (I could see making cute little tags for treats to encourage the kids during SOL testing.)

When I was happy with the pages I sent them off to be printed with Stampin' Up!'s awesome professional print services (but if your in a time crunch you can also print them on your home computer).  I used the heavy cardstock so some of the images I can just cut apart, right a little note and they're good to go.

Below I have four cards I made using some of the images from the download and then embellished them with a little paper, ribbon, buttons, glitter, etc. for a little added fun.  Below each picture I've listed everything I used.

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, Basic Black Button, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Brushed Silver Cardstock
Accessories:  Silver Shimmer Paper, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Hexagon Embossing Folder, Labels Thinlit Die, Big Shot

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Silver Shimmer Paper, Envelope Punch Board (to make the matching envelope

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Lattic Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

I hope you enjoyed today's cards and it's given you a little inspiration on what you can do using MDS in your everyday cardmaking to let those special people in your lives that you're thinking of them and think they are Fantastic.



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  1. These are fantastic. I bet your son will enjoy every single one.

  2. Love your cards and what a great idea to make a few for testing time. I will have to get started on that. I think I could print enough for each of my boys class and give them a healthy snack to go with it. Thanks for the INKspirations!

  3. Fun cards and a great way to mix hands on with MDS!!

  4. What a great idea! My kids would absolutely dig the extra love!

  5. I really love MDS. You did a great job showcasing the hybrid cards. Looking forward to re-installing MDS on my laptop so I can play with it again. :)

  6. Thanks ladies, I'm blushing! I can't wait to use these all year long since Aidan loved the first one.