July 24, 2014

Coloring Lined Stamps in Different Ways

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here to share a quick card with you and a tip for coloring your lined stamps in a new way. I know some of us can feel intimidated to color a line image but you don't always have to use markers or watercolors. For my card I used a stamp  to "color" my image. It was quick and easy and gives a very different look.

I used a paint brush stroke image to color my flowers. I first stamped the paint brush strokes after measuring about how much space I needed to fill and did graduated colors that would make sense in coloring a floral image. Once that was done I stamped my flower image on top in black ink and added my sentiment. What do you think? It was a fun way to color this detailed image and give it a new look. Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have a great day!
Memento Luxe inks
Friends Forever stamp set by Inspired By Stamping

July 21, 2014

1-2-3 Scrapbooking - Not Quite

Hi, everyone, Charlotte C here with some info on a few challenges I faced when trying to do my latest scrapbook album quickly.  Thank you, Sheila, for allowing me to be with you again.  And I’m thrilled that you’re feeling better and back to sharing your talents with us. 

I am not a true scrap booker – just happy to get photos in an album, a few embellishments, some die cuts – done.  I’ve noticed the trend of using pocket page protectors you can just slip pictures, notes, cards, etc., into (larger versions of Project Life) and I thought, hey, that will be quick and easy. So I’m walking through Target one day and, lo and behold, We R Memory Keepers has a ton of what they call Albums Made Easy items:  Pads of preprinted cards for journaling or matting or whatever you wanted to use them for,  in two sizes, 4 x 6 and 3 x 4, and 12 x 12 page protectors divided in a variety of styles with six to eight slots for pictures on a page.  All of the pages are meant to go into a 3-ring binder (yay) and not the post binders.  I came home loaded down with my goodies.  I already had all my photos printed and ready to go.   

Once I started trying to put pictures in the album in month order I found I needed to consider what was going to be on the back of the page I was working on – the photos all had to be oriented the same way.  That didn’t always work out though.  As a matter of fact, it hardly ever worked out.  So much for quick here.  I used the preprinted cards, stamping and die cuts to fill in where I couldn’t put the proper picture.  Here's an example of one of my pages.

I also had Studio J two-page layouts that I had bought from Close To My Heart and couldn’t cut those up.  It wound up I had to do a regular scrapbook page layout before and after the Studio J’s.  I have two-page layouts now that consist of a pocket page on the left and a non-pocket page on the right, or vice versa.  
Using Studio J pages, regular scrapbook pages and these divided pages, my album has many faces.  Lol.  Our Disney trip with our daughter needed 3 divided pages (I have a hard time limiting which pictures to scrap).  I had to do a regular scrapbook page for what I was scrapping before that trip so I could use the back of that page to create a journaling page of our trip using my Cricut and Gypsy.

I welded Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto to a square mat and cut it in black.  
I then cut the layers for the characters and applied them.  I cut a little bow tie for Mickey and some sort of pink dress for Minnie so they didn’t look like just floating heads.  I sized the white Mickey silhouette head to fit using my Gypsy, cut it, then brought it to my printer to add text using a Disney-type font.
My plan now is to continue the journaling before adhering it permanently to the black mat.
This is how the finished page will look facing the pocket page of 6 horizontals.  
Was this easier, quicker?  Well, it sure did keep me on my toes.  How is it possible to have vertical and horizontal pictures properly oriented back to back in these slots?  It isn’t.   The divided pages can give you more photos on a page, but some 4 x 6 photos can’t be cut down to 3 x 4’s without losing someone’s head.  You’d have to resize them smaller (shrink) before printing either at home or wherever you can print smaller photos.  I’ve just heard that Target prints four different wallet size images on a single sheet.  I’ll have to check that out.

Totally easier, for me anyhow, was using Microsoft Publisher and doing a digital layout. Here’s a layout I created using that program so I didn’t lose any of the characters’ heads while trying to get as many of the pictures on the page. (Again, I admit, I can’t seem to restrain myself when choosing photos – especially of my children and grandchildren). 
 I’d love to hear your thoughts on scrapbooking with pocket pages, and if anyone uses these divided pocket pages, I’m open to your input, suggestions – anything that might keep me going to continue the album in this manner.  I apologize that this is so wordy.  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’re enjoying your summer.


July 19, 2014

Meet 11 Year Old Sydney As She Creates Cookie Monster Treat Bags

Don't you just love these little Cookie Monster treat bags, well our little Sydney will show you how to put them together in the following little video. Each time we have a card party every person at the party receives a little gift just to feel special.
Now wasn't that easy? You can make them in little or no time at all.

Meet our beautiful Sydney
And this is how great our table looks with all the little treat cups and prizes near each place setting. Thank you for joining us today. Be sure to leave a sweet comment for Sydney.

July 18, 2014

Meet 11 Year Old Brianna As She Shows Us How To Make A Smile Card For Our Mini Card Party

Hello, I hope all is well with you. Today we are preparing for a mini card party that includes my 2, 11 year old grand daughters and my daughter Jennifer. We had so much fun together making the little card kits. Our party will be a 2:00 this afternoon.
We were to each prepare 2 cards of 4 sets for the party. Brianna chose this little smile  card that I designed 2 years ago. She didn't realize how hard the card was and how many steps it took to make it. She learned many things and had a lot of fun. Here is a copy of the file Smile Card for your Gypsy.

Now wasn't that fun? And really easy to put together.

Here is our Brianna, she really likes making cards.

Brianna learned how to use a score pal and to stickle today.
I sure hope you enjoyed this little visit, be sure to keep watching as we show many adorable and easy card that you too can make. Thank you for your sweet sweet comments for Brianna, I know she will be encouraged by each one of them. Have a blessed week.

A set of 3 x 3 cards with envelopes

Hi Everyone, Lisa from Lisa's Craft Room here for my monthly project. Thank you Sheila for allowing me to be here again. I hope everyone is doing well. For my project, I decided to make a set of 3 3 x 3 note cards with envelopes. I cut 3 pieces of white card stock at 6 x 3 and then folded them in half.

I used a stamp set called For The Birds from Stampin' Up. The images are so sweet. I used a variety of markers to color the images, Stampin' write and the new Blendabilities from Stampin' Up and some Copics.

I also stamped an image on each envelope just to tie them together. I used a blue ink and stamped around the card and the envelope to add a little color.

This is the Envelope punch board from Stampin' Up that I used to make my envelopes. This little gadget is awesome, it makes all kinds of sizes of envelopes, it also makes gift cards.

 Here is the envelope completed. On the other side of the punch board is a slot to round edges. I hope you enjoyed my project. Have a wonderful weekend, see you soon.

July 17, 2014

Simple Greeting Card Using Gelli Prints and Die Cuts

Hello Crafters! 

Thanks Sheila for allowing me to post here today. Hope everyone is having a great summer and able to spend time with family and friends. During the summer months we are keeping it simple as it's a busy time of year for most of us.  I wanted to make a few cards using some die cuts that I really like and some of my favorite embossing folders.  

My card is an A2 size. To get that size, I took an 8.5X11 piece of whisper white card stock and cut it in half.  After scoring it and folding it in half I cut a 1/4 inch off the front right front edge. I added a piece of double sided paper that was cut at 4.25X5.5 inches that I used a border punch from my stash to give it some delicate detail. It's adhered to inside of the front of my card.

Next I cut a piece of white card stock to 4X5.25 inches and embossed it with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. 

I mounted it using foam squares to give it some extra dimension. I love the look.

Ii am learning to make gelli prints using my Gelli Plate and this project is a great way to use some of my favorite prints.  Here are some of the gelli prints I have in my stash.

It's easy to use these prints in your favorite die cutting machine or with your Cricut or Silohouette. 

I love Irises! This is one of my favorite images and I love the way it turned out using one of my first  gelli prints! Next I had to cut my sentiment so off I went to my Silohouette and cut it from the gelli print. I used a font that is on my computer. You can use your Cricut or a die cut that you have.

I used the weld feature to weld my I to the H. 

It cut perfectly from the gelli print. I do make sure to adjust my blade setting with each cut as that helps to avoid wasting paper. Next we are ready to assemble.

My two way glue pen came in handy for the delicate cuts and my silhouette tool was key in getting the sentiment off the mat.

I love the pop of the color on these gelli prints cuts and the Swiss dots embossing is a favorite look of mine.

I hope you enjoyed this simple and elegant card that is great for most occasions. Thanks for coming by She's A Sassy Lady today!

Happy crafting peeps! I'll see you next month.

Donna Lee