Friday, April 11, 2014

a wonderland birthday using My Digital Studio

In October my oldest daughter turned 7! It has been on my "to-do" list to share the party details with you on my blog. As the old saying says ... where does the time go?! 

As you know I love party planning. Especially for my children. I take pride in all the little details. Creating each invite, banner, cupcake topper, loot bag and decoration gives me time to think about them. Only them. I have a cheesy way of reflecting on the way they are growing and the little people that they are. 

MDS (My Digital Studio) was the starting point for this party theme. When I planned A's Construction birthday this year, MDS had the perfect digital download that made my party planning a breeze. Seriously, once you go MDS you will never go back!!! 

So I sat J down at my on-line MDS digital download store and told her to pick! This is was the favorite:

Download includes:
* Thank you greeting card template (5" x 3-1/2") 
* Double-sided invitation postcard template (5" x 7")
* 5-page décor template (8’1/2" x 11")
*49-piece stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 9 embellishments
* 2 punches 

* Digital exclusive
* A sweet escape to a magical world of wonder
* Décor template includes a banner, food flags, framable, and treat toppers 

The colors were perfect. J just did not want a "tea party" theme. Thankfully, all of the MDS templates are completely customizable. With a few clicks of a mouse I quickly changed the banners and invitations. 

 postcard invite front

postcard invite back

I used Stampin' Up! print services to print all of the projects. I really do love our print services. I often get asked "why print with Stampin' Up!" ... well, here is my why:

1.  The cardstock quality is outstanding. You can choose a standard paper weight or heavy weight.
2.  The print quality is outstanding! 
3.  The colors are calibrated to Stampin' Up! color families. Who doesn't love matchy-matchy!! When I print at home (or another retailer *gasp*) and the the color is off, it does not match my cardstock or ribbon. Total first world problems!
4.  The print services pricing is competitive ... ah, and hostess benefits for qualifying orders! (And as a demonstrator I get a fab discount!) 
5.  I order on-line and they deliver to my door.

Our package arrived a couple of weeks later. We had a small amount of cutting and assembly. Here is the party outcome!

the treat table

 treat table close up

The banner was cut out with the paper trimmer. 
I used hot glue to fasten the Island Indigo Bakers Twine to the back side of each banner.

 The printable was framed in an inexpensive frame from Home Sense (my fave store!)
I baked & decorated the cake. I went for a simple vanilla buttercream swirl. Cute, right?!

 A party needs candy! I tied ribbon on glass jars and stuck in a flag. 
Quick and beautiful!

My stainless steel tubs are a party decor staple for beverages.
You probably have noticed them at a few parties now! 
Stampin' Up! ribbon on the handles and a little flag dress them up for each occasion.

 This banner was not created with MDS. I used my Big Shot to cut out a veriety of circles. I used cardstock to coordinate with the MDS Wonderland Party Ensamble. I sandwiched circles of the same size & color on a piece of Whisper White bakers twine with hot glue. They were magical hanging from the ceiling.

A simple staples fastened the favor bag "thank-you" to bags I purchased at the party store.
A little Stampin' Up! ribbon on the handle was the finishing touch.

Stampin' Up! is always on top of color trends. When I took my MDS printed projects to the party store I had no troubles finding tables clothes, cups, plates, cutlery, napkins and bags that matched perfectly! I was in heaven!!!

It all came together perfect and J was so happy with her party! It was a great day to celebrate!

I hope you have found some MDS party inspiration! Did you know that you can try MDS free for 30 days? click this link! I offer free MDS training to my customers. I am happy to have a coffee date and run through some tricks and commands to get you started!

Thank-you for reading! I hope you have a creative day!

Party Stampin' supply list
Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Going Grey, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Pool Party
Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262), Island Indigo Bakers Twine (125575), Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon (131207), Basic Grey Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126879), Blushing Bride Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (131209), Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim (130024)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Cirlces #2 Originals Die (114526)
Software $24.95  130646
Wonderland Party Ensamble $16.50  134594


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