April 17, 2015

How to do 3 step stamping

Hi Everyone,

Lisa from Lisa's Craft Room here to show you my project for this month. I decided that I haven't been good at posting pictures of the process of my projects, so I figured that I would show you how I do my 3 step stamping. I'm sure most of you know how to do it, but, I just wanted to show how I do it.

I used The Sweet Life stamp set from Paper Trey Ink. The roses are gorgeous, they have dies so that you can cut them out using a cuttlebug or a Big Shot, but I decided that I would just stamp. Another stamp set I used is Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up. I used the background stamp to cover the base of the card to give it texture. I used Lavender Lace for that. The sentiment, the butterfly and the fern are also from Butterfly Basics. I stamped the butterfly twice with Soft Suede. The first one was stamped on the card, then the second one was cut out and adhered to the stamped image. I folded the wings up a little to give it dimension. I just inked the top of the fern with Pear Pizzazz to stamp it at the bottom.

The inks I used for the rose are Lavender Lace, Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss all from Stampin' Up. The trick is to use 3 of the same color family, light, medium, dark. Or you could use the darkest ink and stamp off between layers.

Here are the three stamps.

The first step, I used the lightest color, Lavender Lace for the base stamp.

The second step, the medium color, Perfect Plum was used. Now the rose comes to life.

The third and final step, I used the darkest color, Blackberry Bliss.

Isn't it pretty? For the leaves, it's two steps, the first color, I used Pear Pizzazz, which is green ,and for the layer, I used Soft Suede, which is brown.

That's my project :) I hope you find it useful if you are new to three step stamping. Thanks Sheila for having me and I hope you give this a try.

April 14, 2015

Easter Cards

Easter greetings from Adrienne at Eagle Canyon Arts.  Thanks to Sheila for my continued participation on this talented Sassy design team.

This year it was fun using the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge (Z3017) to create this cute pop-up Bunny card for our grandchildren.  Using 12"x24" Cricut cardstock in pastel colors with the 12"x24" cutting pad helped make it easy to cut out 3 cards at once.
Selecting the papers is always a challenge for me - so many choices!
I used the bone folder - sort of - then found "eyeballing it" worked better on this project with two layers of paper.
Cotton Candy ink (Z2193) daubed on the edges of the bunnies and bitty glitters on the eyes completed the look.  A simple card and the children enjoyed it. 

For the grown ups, I created a more seriously themed card, using a brand new CTMH paper collection called "Blossom" (X7196B).
"His Love" stamp (B1469), Lagoon (Z2195), Sweet Leaf (Z2153), Sunset (Z2191) and New England Ivy (Z2135) inks, with Junebug Puffies (Z3038) for accents.  The lily was colored with Shin Han markers Golden Yellow - Y222 (Z2452) and Leaf Green - GY234 (Z2454).  

The scripture inside is John 3:16.  He Is Risen, Indeed. 

Blessings to all for a sacred and peaceful Easter season.

April 8, 2015

Weld or Slice?

Hi!   This is Christine from http://iamcocoasmom.blogspot.com/ with another learning adventure on the Cricut Explore!

One of my on-going projects since the arrival of my Explore, has been the recreation of the basic cards I had on my Gypsy.  I had been playing with this bee-lated birthday design for a while before realizing, last week, that I desperately, immediately, positively, needed it right then!

I had added the hexagon overlay from CTMH Artbooking and as you can see, I had welded it to a  square to make a shaped mat for the front of the card.  Well, nope!  That did not work, so back I went into Design Space and started again.  This time I created a 5 inch by 10 inch rectangle and sized the hexagon overlay to fit within the front edge of the rectangle.

Decision Time!  Do I WELD it to the front edge, or use the SLICE tool to cut away the interior hexagons?   I have to say that both cards looked pretty cool.

I chose to weld, but first, I had to use the contour button to remove the four interior pieces along the edge.

Of course, once the two pieces were welded, it was no longer 10 inches long, and as I discovered,  resizing distorted the hexagon shape and the original hexagon overlay would no longer fit nicely.  Thank goodness for the UNDO button!

The card was now 10.41 inches wide, so, I created a .41 inch wide rectangle and positioned it at the left side of the card, I used the SLICE button to restore the card base to 10 inches wide.  (Seems like a lot of extra effort, doesn't it, when I could have removed .41 inches with my trimmer? LOL!  However, this is a card I will make several times, so I wanted it to be properly designed.)

And here is the finished card:-

and the interior: -

Now this card is on Design Space, I can change the way it looks with different papers and embellishments.  Lets hope that I don't have to use it too often!  

Thank you, Sheila for allowing me to share my project.   See ya next month!   : ) Christine

April 7, 2015

Fashion Gal

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Hi everyone,

We are starting a new monthly challenge at Fairies In Time today. I hope you will feel inspired to join us in the challenge. The theme this month think pink. 
Todays card image is called fashion gal chanelle. I printed it on neenah cs and colored with copic markers. E 000,00,21, R20,81,83,85, I fussy cut her out and layered the card with DSP unknown and then added a small doily. It has sparkles on the doily using sukura clear glitter pen. The flowers were punched with a small flower punch using the same DSP. I colored the pearls in the center with R83. The butterfly was punched with a small MS punch. The sentiment is from my word program. I cut a notch from one end and added a few dots around it to make it not fade into the back ground. I wish I had of done the same with the doily. The ribbon is seam binding from SU made into a bow and then a small brad was added with glue dots.

Thank you for stopping by, happy crafting and have a fabulous day!

April 6, 2015

Gift Card Holders

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!!

Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway with some fun gift card holders.  My aunt wanted some gift card holders for her grandkids and friend's grandkids.  I got out my Cameo and got to work!
I used these pieces from a Silhouette file to create the pocket.  I used the butterfly for the girl card holders.  I used bright papers!
The pocket pieces were folded and adhered inside the card using my ATG gun.
I placed the pocket right above the slit.
I added a little washi tape on the front.  I used chipboard pieces for the boy cards from Boys Rule.  I added gems to the butterfly body and bent the wings up.

These were fun little card holders - I love the versatility of the design and will use this design again!!

Thanks Sheila for having me on your blog today!!

April 3, 2015

Take Me to the Water!

Hello Sweet and Sassy People!

Now my project is not traditional by any means. Let me give a little background. I used to work in the Printing and Publishing field in the Graphic Design department That was many moons ago. After being laid off when the Twin Towers were destroyed, I did not play with any of my software. Unfortunately for me, I forgot a lot and the program changed so much during that time. In 2011, I purchased Photoshop Elements and I liked it. I was learning the program. The developers made the program simple! However, my computer crashed. Then I received Photoshop (the full program) and was completely lost! I am relearning the program again along with Illustrator. So long story short, I am sharing a simple entry level digi layout! By the way, this is the first layout (of any kind) this year for me. I was just happy to create LOL!

I forgot to take screen captures of the process so here is the process “verbally”: I made the base layer by filling it in with a solid color and using a preset brush to make a pattern paper. I added layers of colors (mats) and shadows for a little dimension. I even used a pattern on one of the layers for more texture. I made the fishtail banner in Illustrator as well as the chevron pattern and brought them over to PS. I typed out the title (I got it from the song we sing before baptisms) and “wrote” my journaling. 

The photo is of my second oldest daughter being baptized. She came to her father and I and asked if she could. We talked to her about what that meant and she understood what she was asking. She made the decision and this is her coming out! Here it is-

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thank you for letting me share one of my special moments with you. Until next time, create, create, CREATE!!! Kenya~