April 17, 2014

Bumblebee - 12X12 Scrapbook Layout With Altered Flowers Using Gelato's

Hi Fellow Crafters!

It's been a very busy and eventful 2014 so far so I am pretty far behind in my Scrapbooking.  I want to thank Sheila for having me here on her blog. Today I am sharing a 12X12 layout of our grand daughter on this past Halloween.  She is the most adorable Bumblebee ever.  I love this age and her sweet innocence and a wee bit of attitude sometimes.  She make us smile, laugh, and keeps us on the move when she and her big brother are here at our house.





Don't sweat layouts, this 12X12 page is super simple and ever so easy to make using Close To My Hearts Artbooking and Art Philosophy cartridges.  My font came from my PC and I used my Silhouette to weld and cut it.

I started out with this adorable photo I captured Halloween night at our church festival.  I printed it out as a 5X7 and matted it on some black card stock.  I added this little heart (bling) that I picked up at a scrapbook convention last summer.

I cut my honeycomb overlay to use as my backdrop on the bright yellow card stock from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge at 11 inches from some basic black cardstock.  I adore this Artbooking cartridge simply for the overlays! It has a wealth of other items on it too, so be sure to check it out if you do not own it yet.


These great little flowers were cut from Close To My Heart Art Phlosophy Cricut cartridge at 1.5 inches from a glossy textured card stock. They are so easy to alter and add bling to using Faber Castell Gelato's. I do love these gelato's because they are easy to travel with and you can use a water pen.  Michael's sells these by the way and I was able to use my coupon.


I added a little Gelato in yellow to the outside edges of my flowers and then barely wet my paint brush and moved the watercolor paint around the edge of each petal.


I inked the edges of each petal using my favorite chalk ink. A little liquid glue in the center and then add your bling.  I am using some glass glitter from Stampin Up that I've had a few years, so I am not sure its still available. So easy to make and so CUTE! I adhered them to my layout with several glue dots after allowing them to dry overnight.


I wanted to pick up on the orange color of the title and its also in my grandsons Optimus Prime costume so I made two more flowers using yellow and orange gelato's and on one of them I added the white gelato to make it a little more distressed. I like how they both turned out.


These two flowers need some bling too, so I went looking for some micro beads in my closet and added them using the same glue and allowing them to dry overnight. I love being able to use up some of my stash.


I printed this photo of my son and his sweet family from Halloween night. It's rare that I get them all together and have my camera ready so I was happy, happy, happy to get this picture!

I added my thoughts around the edge of my overlay using a fine tip black marker and this layout was complete! With the right tools, a little basic paper, and some inexpensive bling you can have your pictures scrapped for future generations to enjoy for a very long time.


Thanks for coming by today and have a great Easter and time with your family and friends! Don't forget the camera and some extra batteries too!  See you next month!

Blessings,
Donna Lee

April 16, 2014

Cuttlebug Card Collection!



Today's post features the Cuttlebug!  This is a mechanical die cutting machine from Provocraft!

Each of these cards features a die or embossing folder from Provocraft.
Additional dies and paper punches are used, too.
Wallet Cards are used to provide the sentiment/poem/inspiration.
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Cuttlebug folder "Flourish" from an embossing folder set 
"Love in the Air"
Butterfly paper punch and border punch by Martha Stewart
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Cuttlebug die "Flower Pot"
Spellbinders "Deckled Rectangles" and MS Butterfly
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Cuttlebug embossing folder "Plum Blossoms"
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches
Cuttlebug embossing folder "Heart Texture" from the set 
"Love in the Air"
(shown above)
Spellbinders cutting die "Blue Bells" 
(a set that includes "Lily of the Valley")
set of dies available here

Please visit the following links for more Cuttlebug!
Cuttlebug Storage and Inventory
All things Cuttlebug--cards, project, and tutorials

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!






April 15, 2014

How I make Shaped cards in Silhouette Design Studio!

Hi everyone.  Karon here, from Karon`s Krafty Korner.  Thanks Sheila, for letting me come by every month.

Today, I thought I would share with you, how I use Silhouette Design Studio to design shaped cards.

Firstly, I tend to look for digis that will be balanced when cut.  So, straight edges or places on the bottom line that are level.  I think you can probably, just about, do any digi image and make it into a full size card.

So import the digi that you feel is suitable and open it in Design Studio.  Today I am using an easel and image from the new Work and Play 3 Collection, at Polkadoodles.  I am going to make a Thank you card for a teacher :-)


If you click on the images, it will make them larger.

I have traced the image and then I offset the image by 0.125 using the offset tab.



Taking the offset image, I then flip it using the Replicate tab, and Mirror above.


Then I take the flipped image, and bring it down to the lower image, until it meets nicely, at a position I feel comfortable using. (depending on the image, and whether you are doing a mirror above, or mirror left right - the principle is the same)


Group the images together and then right click and weld, and you will end up with a card base ready to cut. 


At this point I also place the original image on the card base and size it how I want it.  Then separate the images once again.


I cut the card base first on kraft card, then using the print and cut feature I cut out the easel and the image (to be coloured). Scoring the card base using my score board.


Pop them all together and add a sentiment.  There you have it - a great teacher appreciation card.


I popped the teacher up onto some pop dots to add some dimension.


For the inside, just some little numbers and white area, to add your message.


And there you have it a great card for a teacher.


I hope you were able to follow the tutorial, please don`t hesitate to ask if you need something clarifying.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

April 11, 2014

Card in a Box (X-tra large)

Happy Friday Everyone!!  I hope you are having a Fab-Scraptic Day!! It's Danita from http://danitasdesigns.blogspot.com/ 

I finally braved the waters and tried my hand at the latest craze-----Card in a Box. You can see my very first one here on my blog. This is my second attempt.

I was a bit intimidated until I found one in the Silhouette Store. It's a Lori Whitlock Box Card. I figured I would fare much better letting my machine do the cutting and measuring. I like big cards! With that being said, I decided to venture out to see if I could make a larger one, and I did! Here's one I did for my friend who is a teacher as well as a cheerleading coach. You may actually see it before she does. It's been hard to catch up with her lately.

The actual size folded up is 8 x 7
Front
Close up
Side 1
Side 2
Here's how I made it:
I started out by increasing the size of the design in the Silhouette store to 17 inches wide and 7 inches high. Using a 12 x 24 mat I cut out the box using The DCWV 12 x 24 inch card stock. My friends and I picked up a couple packs of these a few years ago when T.J. Maxx was clearing them out for $5.50 each. I always knew they would come in handy one day! lol.
Here's the layout in Design Studio with the 2 inserts. You can see Lori's video on how to assemble here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8w9Gvgl4WE&list=FLor13e5PuBUKD6W2TZ5cwDg&feature=share&index=3
I did not realize, until I had cut out the box, that this particular cardstock is adhesive backed!. So I had to decorate each side to keep them from sticking together.
 I didn't mind though, it was fun putting the colors together. Here are the 2 covered inserts
Once I had all my adhesive sides decorated, I began the construction: 
You then add your cut-outs, flowers or whatever embellishments you like to finish.
Here's the box folded up. Now keep in mind, the folded box card is 8 x 7 so you will need a large envelope for mailing.
Thanks for stopping by!

April 9, 2014

Mommy's Baby Boy

Hello Everybody!!  Leslie here from scrapnlifeaway.blogspot.com and today it is my pleasure to share here at She's A Sassy Lady!!  I am so grateful to be part of the DT, thank you Sheila!!  Well, last month I shared a baby girl page, so it's only fair that this month I share a baby boy page!


My goal, now that my craft space is almost complete, is to use more of what I have on hand!  When I start a page, I like to lay out the papers to see how well they play off of each other!


Then I start cutting things up!  These pages are for an 8x8 album (there is a special story behind the making of this!) so I was limited as to how much I could embellish!  In my humble opinion (lol) I like to mat my pictures on black cardstock because it really can make your photos pop!!  The journaling was printed on plain white printer paper, I just changed up the colors on a few words to make it cute for a baby boy!



I really loved this journal spot!!  If you are making a little girl layout, you can just change the font color to what ever works with the colors in your layout!  And here is the final product:


The title was cut using George on my Cricut at .75 and the flowers were from my stash!  So this layout cost me nothing to make!  Everything I used were materials that I had on hand!  I hope that this project inspires you to create something special!  And if you want to know the story behind this layout, please stop by my blog at scrapnlifeaway.blogspot.com!  Have a great day everybody!!

April 8, 2014

A Box of Inspiration

Howdy!  Adrienne Kirkey here from Eagle Canyon Arts.  Thanks to Sheila for having me as guest designer today.

Last week I went to a workshop hosted by Gina Brandstetter.  We made these great boxes and filled them with five different cards stamped with Bible inspirations from the "Look To The Light" collection (B1428).

Supplies needed: 
Colonial White Cards and Envelopes (Value Pack - X1410)
Journaling Box (Z1953)
Ivy Lane Paper Pack (X7178B)
Ivy Lane Complements (X7178C)
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) 
Bamboo Ink (Z2103)
Smokey Plum Ink (Z2147)
Look To The Light Stamp (B1428)
Ivy Lane Complements (X7178C)
Ivy Lane Paper Pack (X7178B)















Look To The Light Stamp (B1428)

The measurements for folding paper to cover the journaling box are here. 

The cricut cuts are as follows: 

"I CAN DO ALL THINGS...." - Ivy Lane Purple Cardstock - Artiste 2 1/2" Accent 1 <I LOVE YOU> Bamboo Cardstock - Artiste  2 1/4" Accent 1 <I LOVE YOU>

"Come Unto Me......"   Art Philosophy - 1 1/4" <Shape3> 

I don't have measurements for the papers on the cards or for the paper backing for the "flower" on the box.  When making new cards, I'll have to "wing it". 

Pictures of the completed project:
Covered Journaling Box, to hold cards
"Come Unto Me All Who Labor"
"Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord"
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ"
"God Is Our Refuge and Strength"
"Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet"
The Collection
This project was lots of fun.  Since all the paper pieces were pre-cut for us, the entire project took 2 hours.  When figuring out all the measurements and creating the pieces "from scratch" it will likely take double the time.  I have ordered all the supplies to make MORE of these great little boxes and fill them with cards - they will be terrific gifts! 

Thanks for joining me on this project.  Enjoy Spring, create something wonderful every day!  Blessings, Adrienne