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      Happy Friday everyone!  Where did the week go?!

      Ages ago I ran a class at my home, making gifts using empty Clear Mount stamp cases (page 7 in the Annual Catalogue, in case you overlooked these gems!).  These cases have a tonne of uses, from housing clear mount stamps (obviously!) to sets of markers, sheets of Basic Pearls, Adhesive Rhinestones, bits of scrap cardstock, and anything else you can think of that fits inside!  I’ve even been known to carry one in my handbag with a few sample cards in it, in case I need to use one.  But anyway, until now, I’ve decorated these the traditional way – by cutting Designer Series Paper to fit, adding a layer of stamped or die cut cardstock or two to decorate, and sliding it in between the plastic case and the protective plastic cover.  They’ve usually been fairly flat because of the protective cover – there’s not a huge amount of “wiggle” room in there!  Inside, I like to adhere a small notepad, some Post-It notes, a little calendar and add in a pen with coordinating DSP inside it, to match the cover.  These gifts are always well received and are a great size to pop in your handbag.

      Fast forward to now… what do we now have that makes awesome but flat projects?  My Digital Studio!  So when I wanted to make a gift for one of my team (who missed out on a Christmas present from me on time as she was busy having a fun time overseas!) I thought I’d give it a try, and I had so much fun!  Here’s the end result:

      I used the Special Delivery Subtle Designer kit as Samantha liked that best out of the papers that she could see on her copy of MDS (I have a lot more digital downloads already, but this is one that comes with the full version of the software).  If the colours look familar, it’s the same designer kit I shared earlier on my blog with photos of my daughter as a baby.

      This is probably my most “involved” MDS creation to date, purely because of the layers I added with the name label and the overlapping flower in the top left corner of it.  I had fun playing around with the different flower shapes, adding drop shadows & choosing from the different buttons, brads and rhinestone embellishments that I could play with – and no sticky fingers at the end of it either!  I did alter the paper a bit by adding that grey strip with the script on it – that’s covering a stripe that says “it’s a girl” on it.  I didn’t think that was quite appropriate for this occasion!

      I made my project big enough so that it fit the case perfectly when I printed it out using my trusty laser printer and some high-quality printer paper.  I prefer to print on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock but in this case it needed to be a bit thinner so that it could bend nicely around the spine of the case.  After I printed and trimmed my design and inserted it into the case I finished it off just by simply tying some So Saffron Taffeta ribbon onto the spine.  I just love how Stampin’ Up! colour coordinates everything so perfectly – it makes my life a lot easier not having to look too far to find “in real life” coordinating embellishments!

      I thought I’d show you the back of the case too – I had a little fun and added the Stampin’ Up! logo and MDS logo on there – made it look all professional-like, even though it was designed by a total novice!  Unfortunately the photos really don’t do it justice – I wish you could see the real thing!

      Hope you like it!  To try MDS out for yourself, click HERE to go to my online store (select “My Digital Studio” on the left hand side near the bottom of the page) and try the 30 day free trial!  Or go ahead and purchase the full version of the software, to be in to win some goodies from me (see the end of my blog post HERE for details!).

      Have a wonderful weekend!