Sunday, January 31, 2010
Today I was trying to think of a quick, easy project that any level paper crafter could do! I think that I succeeded! You can make this as simple or as fancy as you want by just adding more embellishments!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Nothing says L-O-V-E like our children. Make your layouts soft and sweet for Valentines’ Day. Added touches like stickers and dimensional pieces bring out the sweetness of your little ones. Pastel chalks are a perfect way to add extra color, soft yet vibrant. Pebbles Chalk palettes have so many colors along with shades, that it is easy to create a dimensional element in no time.
The technique used is called the One Color Pull-Out. This is where you use only 1 color of pastel in each area of the image for shading. Apply the color chalk you want in areas that the shadows would be and pull the color out from the shadow with the color lightening the more you pull the color out. Leave white areas for the highlights. Make sure you stamp your image in permanent ink such as Memento’s Tuxedo Black. Added touch: Edge little word die cuts with chalk as well. Not always necessary, but if you’d like, use an archival spray sealer to seal the chalk.
- Cardstock (Bazzill)
- Pastel Chalks (Pebbles Basic Palette)
- Photo’s or copies of photo’s
- Permanent ink, Memento’s Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
- Stickers and word die cuts
- Floral outline Stamp
- Memory and Craft Dot n’ Roller Dispenser (Glue Dots)
- Scissors (Tonic)
- Optional: Tortilla Stump (paper rolled to a point to use in fine areas of pastel work)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
kept this one simple, as it was my first 'foray' into coloring with Copics. It uses House Mouse, one of my new favorite stamps...With All My Heart. These little dudes are adorable! I don't have a lot of Copics, so I made due with the colors that I had. I'm still learning, so don't be too critical of the coloring skills, or lack thereof...
I used Copics: G29, G28, G24, B34, B32, R29, R27, R24, E49, E47, E44 and the Colorless Blender.
The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, on Prism white card stock. I used Core'dinations Black Magic Cardstock Asst 12"X12" 20/Pkg-Hocus Pocus - and cut a piece the size of my desired card front. I ran the paper thru the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, and then used an emery board to 'distress' the dots a little more to make more color pop out of the Core'dinations card stock. The Swiss Dots folder wasn't quite the right size for my card, and left some space at the bottom, so I cut a tiny strip of the card stock and used the colored side, to balance the bottom of the card. Then, for a little bit of sparkle, I used Twinkle Jewels to enhance the paper strip!
Plain and simple!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Before moving onto Valentine's Day cards I decided to stamp one more Lily! I just love these stamps from Pink Cat Studios. The great thing about the Lily hot cocoa image is that she doesn't have to be used strictly for Christmas. And unfortunately, winter is going to be around for a little while so why not make the best out of it? I'm going to use this card as a thank you card, most likely.
I stamped Lily onto some of the new Prism cardstock (which I just LOVE) and colored her with Copic markers. I cut her out with a square Nestabilities die and then layered the image onto a scalloped square that I cut with another die. A card is not complete without a little sparkle right? I used twinkle jewels on the scalloped square corners, glossy accents on her mittens and boots, Stickles to make the fur on her hood stand out, and a Atyou Spica glitter pen on her hot cocoa mug! I finished it off with a border punch and some patterned paper from my stash.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The base of this card is from Cricut Wild Cart. I used the Father's Day card, because I liked the deckled edge. I used the blackout feature, so that I didn't get the frame cutout that comes with the basic card. I finally broke out my Cricut 12x24 paper to get a large enough card for what I was after. I used the envelope that matches the card, and I cut that FIRST...using the "Fit toPage" feature. By clicking on that button on my Expression, when I hit "Cut", I kept an eye on my digital screen on the Cricut - and watched what size it said the envelope was - which turned out to be 7 1/2".
The trees were made from ZooBalloo. I used the same tree background in two different sizes, using two different papers. I simply 'flipped' one of them around to appear like a different cut. I then accented the front trees with marker to give the appearance of pine needles. I adhered each layer down, starting with the vellum, the back trees, the front trees, and then the three layers of snow drifts. I loved the way this looked, and scrapped my plans to add additional shapes and words to the front of the card! Instead, I used dimentional snow effects to make it look like there was snow on the trees and along the ground. This could have been accomplished with Glossy Accents, Flower Soft, or even Liquid Pearls! Then I used my new Ocean Twinkle Jewels to be the centers of snowflakes! They needed more bling, so I added silver Stickles to the snow flakes and top layers of some of the trees.
Cutters Creek Items Used:
- Copic markers
- Twinkle Jewels - Ocean
- Stickles - Silver
- Cuttlebug Emboss A2 D'vine Swirl folder
- Cricut Expression
- Design Studio software
- Paper Doll Dress Up
- Snow Friends
- Lyrical Letters
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
- FlowerSoft Toppers - HedgeGrow Freinds
- Twinkle Jewels - Summer
- Stickles - Gold, Diamond, Yellow
- Glue Glider Pro - Perma Tac Adhesive
- Scor Pal
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I began by making a 6" x 6" card base from white cardstock. Then I cut my sheet of patterned paper to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". Next I adhered my ribbon to my patterned paper with Scor-Tape. Then I adhered this to my base with more Scor-Tape.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I love Flower Soft and love how so simple it is to create something so gorgeous with minimal effort. These toppers are from the Scenic Windows Summer 2 collection. They were a late release this fall and I think as we get closer to Spring, these will be something that every Flower Soft owner will want. Unlike the holiday decoupage cards that Flower Soft came out with at CHA Summer, these are cut outs. The good news is, they are really not hard to cut out at all. There are a lot of straight lines, so for most of the pieces, I just cut them away from my provided card sheet and used my paper trimmer to get a nice clean & straight line. For the rest, I used my super sharp and fine Cutter Bee Scissors. The butterflies were a little harder, however I am a butterfly lover and was so going to cut those little guys out! I used crystal stickles to bling my butterflies up, and used foam squares to mount all the pieces to give my card dimension and "pop". Lastly. I laid down Flower Soft glue and sprinkled Flower Soft where I thought some extra something, something would look nice and not overdo it. These did not take long at all and the result is, cards that look like you spent forever on! Also, the sentiments are included with each topper, or add your own. Remember to make these items with yor own style and as reflection on who you are as a crafter.
Scenic Windows Summer #2
Flower Soft: Sweet Pea, Baby Pink, Sunshine Yellow, Pale Green
Flower Soft Glue
Prism Simply Smooth Card Stock
All of these products and more can be purchased at Cutters Creek.
Friday, January 8, 2010
In honor of my excitment with the new software I bought at Cutter's Creek, here is a free SVG file for you. It is a tag book! This book folds and has pockets so you can slip a photo or sentiment. Cut more than one and glue together to create a meandering book.
Here is a preview:
This is what the inside looks like. Wanted to show you what it looks like with the pockets. I used Bazzill paper. The tag has score lines so it is easy to fold.
Cutter's Creek Carries SCAL2 - get it here:
Below is the link to the svg file. Enjoy and have fun creating.
The reindeer was a fun new technique for me to try since my fellow design team members use it so frequently. I used distress ink to shade the edges of the reindeer. Then, using a very small paint brush, I actually 'painted' the distress ink onto the detailed cuts that the Cricut makes to 'define' the shape (thanks, Lea, for that tip!)..and then filled in those spots that I felt should be darker on his antlers and hooves. A simple ribbon bow ties the color scheme together and gives him dimension.
Paper Doll Dress Up (Reindeer)
Graphically Speaking (Memories)
SCAL (Poinsettia - free SVG, thanks to My Cricut Scrapbooking blog http://www.mycricutscrapbooking.com)
Liquid Pearls (Reindeer nose, eye accent)
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut (Reindeer shading, using paintbrush and makeup sponge)
Stickles - Candy Cane, Holly (Poinsettia highlights)
Shimmerz - Angel Wings ('Memories' shimmer)
Glue Glider Pro
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Here are some easy techniques to enhance your die cuts:
Pastel Chalking Die Cuts: I loved how the bridge cut out with little lines so I knew where the shading would go if I wanted to enhance this image. I used Pebbles Earthtone Chalks and added gray to areas to make bricks. I did use a little white to make the highlighted areas pop out! It is really easy to do, takes moments and the results are striking. If one didn’t want to do all the shading, just take the chalks and run color around the edges using the applicator to pull color in onto the surface of the die cut. I used a little gray on the bunny’s ear and under his chin. I am totally addicted to these chalk palettes - they have so many colors and shades, and now I noticed shimmers and metallic colors! I have to HAVE them ALL!!
Flower Soft Textures: Flower Soft isn’t just for flowers. Look at textures, of hair, or animal fur or even in this layout, the bunny’s tail!! I have a variety pack of Flower Soft ordered filled with many colors to choose from. A starter kit might be perfect to give one ideas for playing with this fabulous product.
Liquid Appliqué/EP/Glitter Snow: I wanted to make the snow look realistic without going over the top. I wanted “bling” of glitter to make the little crystals of snow stand out. The easiest way to achieve this is to use Liquid Appliqué (LA). LA comes in tubes and it is easy to squirt out with great detail. If you heat the LA right away with a heat tool, you get lots of bumpy texture. If you wait until it is dried, you get a more smooth yet bumpy texture. I let the LA dry before I heated the surface. Another way to add snow is to use Blingz! The extra thick Shimmerz that will dry with dimension if you blop it on or use a small palette knife. For the tree I used Stickles to lay down the glitter, then embossed Ranger’s Blue Pearl EP on top, then added the LA for the final dimension.
Multi-colored Glittered Snowflakes: The snowflakes started out a light blue. I used a blue
Note: For the tree, one tree was cut in olive green and one in light blue. I cut the tree part off of the light blue die cut and then glued it the bottom of the olive green die cut.
Supplies for Lea's Winter Wonderland Include:
- 6x6 blue decorative cardstock
- Dark blue cardstock to fit photo (Bazzill)
- Cardstock in gray, light blue, dark blue, olive, red, black, and green (Bazzill)
- Cricut Machine – cartridges: Winter Wonderland, Paper Dolls
- Zip Dry
- Flower Soft
- Earthtone Chalk Pallete (Pebbles)
- Liquid Appliqué in White
- Blue Pearl Embossing Powder (Ranger)
- Adirondack Snow Cap pigment ink (Ranger)
- Brilliance Mediterranean Blue pigment ink (Tsukineko)
- Stickles Crystal (Ranger)
- Heat Tool (Ranger)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A Flower Soft Card Project!
• Flower Soft Topper – Festive Teddies
• Flower Soft in - Poppy Red and Polar White
• Flower Soft Adhesive
• Glossy Accents Adhesive
• Stickles - Icicle, Starry Night, Lavender, Xmas Red, Champagne
• CuttleBug Machine
• Bazzil Swiss Dot Card Stock
• Spellbinder Die – Labels 4
• Nestabilities Embossing Set –Winter Border Set
If you have any questions about Flower Soft or any of the projects I create, please feel free to leave a comment! As always....
Monday, January 4, 2010
Hello all! Here is my first project of the New Year! It was a blast to make and I hope that you all enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed putting it all together!
Christmas With Grandpa Layout was created using the following products:
Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock - dark red and green
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses patterned paper packet - holly, strips and alphabet stickers
Sakura Glitter Pen
BG Eskimo Kisses Brads and Felties
Tombo Mono Adhesive
My 3 main photos are 4" x 6" and matted to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", the 3 square photos are just a bit smaller than 3" x 3" and are matted at 3" x 3" and the far right photo is slightly smaller than 3" x 4 1/2" and matted at 3" x 4 1/2".
For the Left page:
Holly Paper is cut at 10" x 7"
Stripped Paper is cut at 11" x 8"
Dark Red is cut at 2" x 12"
Green is cut at 3" x 12" (along bottom) and 5" x 7"
Layer papers as shown and adhere with Tombo Mono Adhesive.
Add flower embelishment to upper left corner of focal photo
For the Right Page:
Holly Paper is cut at 5" x 10"
Striped Paper is cut at 12" x 4"
Dark Red is cut at 2" x 12" (Then I trimmed a little and rounded the corners)
Green is cut at 5" x 8"
Layer papers as shown and adhere with Tombo Mono Adhesive.
Spell out title with letter stickers and use the Sakura Glitter Pen to add little snowflakes to the letters for more bling.
Add deer emblishment and brads.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
- Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Collection Pack
- Twinkle Jewels
- Wacky Tac
- Cricut Expressions
- Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge
- From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge
- Kaisercraft Rhinestones
Friday, January 1, 2010
First off, let me be the first to wish all of you a wonderful and scrappy New Year! The Design Team is totally stoked about 2010, and we thought that we would start things off with a bang! This year we are dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest of what the scrapbooking world has to offer. Its going to be a crazy trip, and we hope that you will take it with us!