Monday, September 8, 2014


In case you missed my post last week, I am a guest designer this month on MDS MONDAY! Each week when a new challenge is posted, you will see MY design for the challenge with those created by the design team. You have a week to play along and create your own design for the challenge! Here is the new sketch:


And here is my design - I love a lot of things, so it took me a while to choose my topic. Then suddenly I remembered the chocolate tour I took in February with my husband, mother and uncle. We visited spots all over L.A. and ate chocolate at each one! Yum! When I looked at my photos, I realized that the first chocolate shop we visited had an arch that coordinated with the design sketch! I don't know if using my photo that way is creative or cheating, but I like thinking outside the box! Leave a comment and let me know what you think! (Remember, click on it to enlarge the view!)


Details and Elements

  • Background: Baked Brown Sugar Color, Comfort Cafe Overlay stampbrush #3, colored Calypso Coral
  • STAMPS: 
    • Eat Chocolate stampbrush set: I used three stamps and cropped all of them! The bonbons have 2-step coloring: first I colored the images with the coloring tool, then I used the freeform brush tool to "paint" colors on a layer that, when the layer was moved behind the stamp, colored in the open space details in the images. For the chocolate bar, I simply used a punch sized to match the image and colored with Baked Brown Sugar, then layered it behind the stamp.
    • The numbers on the banner (for the date of our tour) are the stampbrush set Number It! and of course, I colored each of them. One color I used a lot on the page was a custom shade of dark brown I created.
    • Noteworthy Alphabet for the letter "I"
    • Wedding Words heart - I used the image twice; the brown one is enlarged  little and layered behind the Calypso Coral heart.
  • DSP: I used patterns from "Sweet Shop" and "Season by Season" - but I did a little tweaking! I liked the polka dot pattern in "Season by Season" and used the multicolor version to fill one of my little banners on the top. But I wanted a brown version of it to go with the chocolate theme. I was stumped for a bit, because when you fill a punch with DSP you can't recolor it. I solved it by creating an extra page in my project, putting in the DSP as a page layer and expanding it to fill the whole page, recoloring it (I used Soft Suede after some experimenting), saving it as a JPEG, then using photofill to put the "picture" of the recolored DSP into the banner punch, and once that was done, I could zoom in and make my polka dots smaller. This is a trick I know I will use again!
  • Embellishments: Pumpkin Pie Bakers Twine Bow (cropped), Sweet Shop Jelly Bean hearts brad (recolored)
  • Punches: Mini Flag Banner Punch, Flag Punch, and the Square Punch (resized to make rectangles) 


  1. Wow! I would LOVE to go on a chocolate tour! How Fun! Great page! I believe your photo(of the arch) is a perfect fit for the sketch (great thinking outside the box!).

  2. I love your card, Suzanne! I don't think it's cheating at all to use the photo in the card! Pretty cool the banners matched the sketch! I love dark chocolate! Good luck with this challenge!