CD Muckosky: Go For It

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CD Muckosky is a wonderfully talented artist using markers, paints, watercolors, and other real art supplies to create her work and then digitize it so we can use it on our digital layouts! I know I’m not alone in saying that her doodles are some of my favorites! CD’s alphas are so fun to use and really add an artistic flair to any layout! CD is as sweet as she is talented and we are so happy to welcome her back to The Digi Files this month. Let’s take a closer look at “Winter With You and Inkpot” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!  Here are some layouts created using CD Muckosky’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Winter With You and Inkpot by CD Muckosky.
LO2Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Winter With You and Inkpot by CD Muckosky; Dream Papers and Naturel frame by CD Muckosky; Font: A Little Pot.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Winter With You and Inkpot by CD Muckosky; Happy Lille Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO4Layout by Katie. Supplies: Winter With You and Inkpot by CD Muckosky; Kate Hadfield sketchbook paper.
LO5Layout by Tara. Supplies: Winter With You and Inkpot by CD Muckosky; Font: District Thin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m CD Muckosky (CD is short for Christie-Dawn…I get asked all of the time) 🙂 I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; married to my high school sweetheart- Cam, and we have 3 little girls- Emilea 11, Tiara 8, and Kaiella 5…they keep us laughing and make everyday a fantastic adventure!

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The best tip I can give is to encourage you not to limit yourself…So often we admire each other’s work and say “WOW I wish I could do that!” The thing is, you can! But only if you get in there and try new things, believing that YOU CAN.

Whether it be designing , scrapping, or photography…I have found that just being open to reach farther than I think I can go, and spending my creative time trying new things and learning along the way, has been the best thing for my artistic growth.

Go For IT, be bigger than you thought you could be!!!
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I have Loved making any kind of art I could get my hands on and collecting photos and memory bits all of my life, so naturally I started scrapbooking with paper about 4 years ago. I was super slow and the things I made were not very attractive at all LOL! When I saw how much of a mess I was making I decided to try digital pages just so that I could hit save and walk away without the wild Art spread every time. I Loved it right away, loved the freedom to splash down paint and then change my mind, to use odd sized photos in a single click…Loved everything about digi scrapping…mad mad Love.

In the Fall of 2006 I was named Creating Keepsakes’ first “Scrapbooker of the Year” and given a 2 year exclusive contract with the magazine that included a monthly column called “CD’s Playground”. Because most of our readers at the time were paper scrapbookers, I always encouraged ways to try a hybrid mix, although I found myself getting more comfortable once again with my Art mess in order to share my fun techniques in the column. Although I made a lot of my own scrap products and sometimes offered bits as free downloads and fonts for CK, my contract didn’t allow me the time or freedom to explore “designing” beyond that.

As soon as the two year contract was up I began working on some digi collections and my friend Michelle invited me to join her store. I LOVE the new adventure that designing offers me. As much as I do enjoy travelling the world to teach about my passion for creating, I also reeeeally Love that designing offers me the ability to share my creativity from right here at home with my family.

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I am inspired by the world around me…a cool bit of packaging at the grocery store, a funky building, or the recycled bits that find their way into my little creativity basket are about all I need to get going and then I just let it unfold as I play!

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Computer: I Have an HP Desktop PC with an nice Big apple cinema display screen, It has an extra couple of terabyte drives for plenty of memory space, and I think that it has about 6 gigs of ram…I love this machine, it’s screamin’ fast even with all of the hundred tabs I usually have open. Oh and I have a confession to make…I only restart every couple of months…sigh…I know; BAD.

Then, for travel and the other bits I need it for, I have a macbook pro 19? laptop…I know, I am the crazy girl who is both a mac and a PC but that’s just how I roll!!!
Program: I use Photoshop CS4 EVERY day; it’s one of my BFFs, I also use Bridge, Camera Raw, and Illustrator for all of my “digifying” needs. Most of my product design is done with a good old fasioned set of watercolor paints, some pencil crayons and my favorite black pen though…I am always tinkering with something.

Camera: My camera is a Canon 40D, and right now my most used lenses are my 50mm fixed lens, my 10-20mm wide angle, and my 28-135mm everyday happy lens.

Anything Else: I do have a Wacom Graphire 4 tablet, It is so much more sensitive than a regular mouse and gives me way better precision for designing. Love It.

favorite
Gosh, that’s a hard question…they are like my babies, each one has a bit of my heart in there… how can I pick?!

I guess I would have to say that I still Love my early waltercolored canvas pack, Enchanted Garden.
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My Alphabets seem to be the best seller in my shop.
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Here are some of my favorite products by CD Muckosky:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using CD Muckosky’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Enter coupon code PlayWithCD and receive 30% off everything in CD Muckosky’s store through January 31st, 2013 (one per customer).

Go have a look in CD Muckosky’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!