Martha Stewart Craft Studio iPad app... plus a giveaway!

I've been having way too much fun with my new Martha Stewart Craft Studio iPad app...I can make all kinds of cards, scrapbook layouts, invitations, collages...I just love it!

I made the center heart of this 6" square greeting card on my iPad using the app, printed and trimmed it out on white cardstock, then layered it with red velvet paper on blue cardstock.

You start each craft project on your iPad with a blank surface, then you choose a theme to craft with. Each theme has a huge selection of "virtual" papers, stamps, stickers, glitter, and die-cuts. There's also a pen for freehand writing or drawing, fonts for adding a sentiment, and the iPad camera is right there on your desktop to shoot a pic and drop it right into your project. I had the most fun with stamping.

Your craft supplies sit on the left side of your blank page. Just tap on the supply you want and all the color and style choices pop up, like they're in a little drawer, to scroll through. Tap on the specific element and it appears on your page to play with. 

You can move around between themes on any given project, too. I used elements from the Sweet Stuff and the Doily Lace themes for my heart card. All the normal functionality of the iPad screen is at your fingertips for moving elements around, resizing and rotating. You can move layers to the top or the bottom, or click on any element to change the color, move it off your page to your desktop, or delete it. 

After lots of fun tapping and scrolling and clicking and dragging, your design comes to life and then you can print, save or share it however you want.

The app is only $4.99 at the iTunes store and it comes with four very cute themes. Additional themes cost $1.99 each. I didn't have any trouble working with the app at all, it's totally addictive! Makes me want to throw a party just so I can design my own invitations.

The folks at Martha Stewart Crafts were kind enough to give me the app to play with, and they also said I could offer y'all a giveaway!

Just leave a comment right here on my blog to enter to win a super cute pink Martha tote - it's nice and roomy at approximately 17"x12"x8" with pockets inside.

1/30/13:  CONGRATS TO DEBI - her comment was drawn using to win this tote!

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, 1/29/13 and I'll announce the winner on my Facebook page and on this post. Good luck!

Martha Stewart canvas tote bags are available at Staples as part of a lovely line of bags for your iPad, laptop, and more.