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Posted on June 5, 2014

Are You Planning A Wedding?

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Paper crafting/ Videos

If planning a wedding is on your horizon, today's post is definitely for you!  Take a look at this fun video, which features “hybrid” wedding invitations made with My Digital Studio.

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My friend Trudi, who is getting married on Sunday, had the exact invitation she wanted in her head but could not find one available. She used MDS to create the perfect one. Very soon, she will be a guest blogger to show you a picture and tell you her MDS story. Stay tuned!


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Posted on May 4, 2014

Photography Tips

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Scrapbook

As I was getting our camera ready to pack for our trip, I was thinking about all the pictures we'll take. Thought I'd share some of my favorite tips for taking the best photos and preserving them, too!

  • Fill up the entire frame and move in close to your focal point. Focus on the eyes when you are photographing people.
  • Whenever possible, use natural light instead of a flash. Early morning or late afternoon lighting is best; it's softer.
  • If you are shooting a group of people, focus on heads, not feet or legs.
  • When photographing a seated group, stand up on a chair above the group and have everybody look up towards the camera. This provides the most flattering angle for the shot.
  • Store photos in a dark, cool place out of direct sunlight. These days, most people take digital pictures so this isn't a problem.
  • Keep your original photos intact; you don't want to crop a one of a kind photo; make copies and crop those.
  • Use as little adhesive as possible when putting photos onto your pages. Another plus for digital scrapbooking.

If you haven't taken a peek at Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio, check it out.  I doubt you'll find a more robust, easy to use program for the price – under $20! You can even get a thirty day free trial before purchasing so you've got nothing to lose.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

Digital Designing Is MORE Exciting This Month

Announcements/ My Digital Studio / Digital

Get 31% off 31 digital content options and most of our print products for all 31 days of August!! If you already own My Digital Studio you can upgrade to MDS2 and start playing with all the new features. If you don't own MDS, now is a great time to get on board the digital train and start designing! AND, if you're not sure digital is for you, you can take a free 30 day "test drive" and see how much fun you can have! Check out all your digital options here.

Questions? Give me a shout!


Anne Brown  The Stamp Maven  Stampin' Up! Demonstrator  972-234-9118


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Posted on September 12, 2011

Latest Halloween Box

Classes / Events/ Die Cut/ My Digital Studio / Digital

I am just all over these little boxes made with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die. Here's my latest creation.  I used the First Edition Designer Series Paper and More Mustard Polka Dot Ribbon and button.

Dave, The Stamp Slave, will be posting a tutorial with a time-saving tip that I haven't seen anywhere else…stay tuned!

If you haven't registerd for our Girls, Ink Holiday Magic Event, we would love to have you! The morning session is just about full, but spaces are available in the 2-5 p.m. time slot. Come with a few friends and have a great afternoon of stamping and much more. One of the hands-on make and take projects is a My Digital Studio hybrid card and you'll get all your MDS questions answered by our fabulous instructor, Elisa!




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Posted on July 6, 2011

Anniversary “Card”

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Videos

It's a video card that I made with My Digital Studio. Here's the story behind it…

We had just come back from Anne's Stampin'Up! Cruise to Alaska.  Our 35th anniversary was the next morning, and I had NOTHING! (I'm a guy, go figure, right?) I had to wait until she went to bed and then it only took about 10 minutes to put together, (15 minutes if you include the time to fix the background music with another program…). 

My Digital Studio, (aka – "MDS"), is a FANTASTIC program!  Easy, easy, easy…   You can do something quick like this, or get a lot fancier and more intricate. 

Amazing for only $80!  Ask Anne about it

Please leave comments!

Anne Brown, Stamp Maven,, 972-234-9118

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Posted on June 12, 2011

Today Is A Special Day!

Classes / Events/ Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Dave and I were married 35 years ago! It does not seem possible…we aren't THAT old…lol! He made me the cutest card using My Digital Studio and put it to music. I'm trying to convince him to post it on YouTube, so keep an eye out later in the week. My Digital Studio is such a powerful program and it isn't just for digital scrapbooking.

I'm getting ready to go to a watercoloring class but I had a few minutes so of course I needed to get a new project going. One of my customers had shown me a flower she'd made after seeing it on someone's blog.  This technique is not new, but I have a lot of "new" stampers in my technique classes so I try to teach them at least one "wow" technique at each class. If you like learning new stamping and scrapbooking techniques, we'd love to have you join us. Next class is Thursday, June 30th. I'll have the sign-up box set up in the next day or two (well, actually Dave will do that…he's the techwhiz!) or you can email me and let me know you'd like to come or to find out more info if you've never attended.

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To make this flower, you start with a 16" piece of 5/8" satin ribbon. Cut 1 inch slits up to one of the s3lvage lines. Then on the edge you just cut, cut off that selvage edge and round each corner. Then take your heat tool and heat up each section, working your way around the entire piece of ribbon. This will take some time so don't get frustrated. Nex cut a 1 3/8" circle out of a piece of card stock and cover it with pieces of sticky strip. (SNAIL adhesive isn't strong enough for this). Starting at the outer edge of the circle (after you've removed the backing on the sticky strip), attach the ribbon. You will have to scrunch it up in places to fit. When you get to the end, use a mini glue dot to tack down the last piece. Put a pearl from our Basic Pearls in the center and you have a beautiful, vintage looking flower for a handmade card or other project. I put a jewelry backing on this one and turned it into a pin so I can "advertise" when I'm out and about!

Happy stamping!

Anne Brown  The Stamp Maven  972-234-9118

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Posted on June 7, 2011

Tuesday’s Tip

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Tuesday Tips

Today's tip is for all you "digital divas" or traditional scrapbookers who have been wondering what all this digital stuff is all about! Stampin' Up!'s "My Digital Studio" is a very reasonably priced, easy to learn and use, program.  It lets you create scrapbook albums, cards, calendars, invitations, multimedia projects, and more, using SU's exclusive artwork, accessories and colors in a digital format.

I've recently found out that many of my customers don't know that there is a My Digital Studio Catalog, (PDF file), of available downloads. Some of our most popular retired stamp sets, (no longer available in our Idea Book and Catalog), are available as digital downloads.

You are able to access the catalog by visiting Be  sure to check back monthly for all the new additions! I would love to show you how easy it is to create beautiful digital projects.  Contact me today!

The Stamp Slave is busy creating some projects from our recent Stampin' Up! Cruise to Alaska so we'll be posting those soon!

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Posted on February 12, 2011

New My Digital Studio Catalog PDF Now Available

Announcements/ My Digital Studio / Digital

How exciting! Stampin' Up! just announced a wonderful new resource;  My Digital Studio Catalog PDF. It includes all of the MDS software artwork (contained in the boxed-version) and downloads from the October 2009 launch through January 2011! The catalog gives a snapshot of the entire product line with artwork thumbnails followed by product details. Because MDS is regularly coming out with new artwork, the catalog will be updated every month and available on in the just-added Resource section.   

Use the catalog as a resource to manage the downloads you have and which ones you still want to purchase. The catalog includes a box next to each download so you can manage your current inventory of downloads.

For more details about this fabulous product, click here.


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Posted on January 13, 2011

Filled Will Love

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

At my stamp clubs this month, we are making Valentine treat holders and cards. In our Occasions Mini Catalog we have some cute sets that will help you to create fun "love" notes. Our current Filled With Love Bundle will help you get your handmade cards ready for the second biggest holiday of the year for sending cards! This timely bundle has our Filled With Love Stamp Set, Love Patterns Designer Series Paper, and, when you purchase the bundle, you get a pack of Itty Bitty Buttons for free!

You can also use My Digital Studio and the Filled With Love Stamp Set, as well as other stamp sets, to create fun cards and pages using your favorite scrapbooking techniques! If you're not yet familiar with this fabulous digital product, click on the link at the top of my blog to check it out!

Filled With Love sample

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Posted on October 11, 2010

My Digital Studio Downloads

My Digital Studio / Digital/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Have you tried to look for what's available in the My Digital Studio Downloads area of Anne's SU Store and been frustrated with not being able to see everything easily? 

I have! (Guess who's writing this one!?   Right! It's the ever-patient Stamp Slave!)

Here's a way to make it much easier:

  1. Go to Anne's SU Store.
  2. In the left column, click on "Digital Crafting".
  3. Click "Download By Type".
  4. Click "Accessories". (Note that there are only eight items showing, but at least five pages exist.)
  5. Find the little box in the upper right, labeled "Show". It is currently set to "8".
  6. Click the dropdown arrow and set it to "All".

Now you can quickly scroll through all of the downloads in that category.  Notice that you can also sort them alphabetically or by price!


I have a fair amount of experience with photo and illustration software and, in my humble opinion, you would be hard-pressed to find anything as capable as My Digital Studio for anywhere close to the price!

If you haven't yet gotten your copy of My Digital Studio, you can get more information at Anne's SU Store, or you can go to our MDS page for more information on My Digital Studio and all of the benefits of owning it.

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Posted on August 19, 2010

My Digital Studio Isn’t Just For Scrapbooking

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ My Digital Studio / Digital/ Paper crafting

Just had to share this adorable swap I received last month at our annual Convention. Swapping is one of the highlights of the event and this year I was blown away by all the ones I received.

Have you heard the term, "Digital Papercrafting"?  Basically, it means going beyond just digital scrapbooking and making just about anything you can think of: photo albums, calendars, books, slide shows, you name it. Here is a great example of digital papercrafting !


This little box was created using My Digital Studio and our Pillow Box Die. She created the design in MDS, printed it on her stock, and then used her Big Shot with the Pillow Box Die to cut it out.  How easy is that??

One of the best things about MDS is that you can personalize anything from greeting cards to scrapbooks to party favors and you don't waste any supplies. Plus, you get all our great Stampin' Up! colors, papers, inks and embellishments!

I can see this little package as a baby shower favor with M & M's inside…what do you think?

If you'd like more info on MDS, go to my "My Digital Studio" page.

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Posted on July 11, 2010

New Digital Downloads Available

Announcements/ My Digital Studio / Digital

New Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio

The latest group of digital downloads for My Digital Studio are now available! Remember, you can shop at my online store, 24/7!  Just click the link and then click "Shop Now".

Item         Description         Price
122150Eyelet Border digital punch$.95
122151Dotted Scallop Border digital punch$.95
122152Bitty Bat digital punch$.95
122153Two Step Owl digital punch$.95
122154Ornament digital punch$.95
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