Keepin’ It Simple Still

24 04 2017

I wanted to focus on coloring, so I’ve tried to buy stamps and things that facilitate this 🙂 So, the next time I need a birthday card, I’m ready 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo xoxo

***the stamps are by Sizzex

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A Little Birdie Stopped by My Blog ;)

22 04 2017

I’m pleased with how this turned out 🙂 I’ve been working on a technique a fellow Copic user shared. She colored the image with her markers first, then went back and enhanced the image using colored pencils. I’ve been trying this out for a couple of months now and just recently started being happy with my results. I have a ways to go, but as long as I’m heading in the right direction, it’s okay 🙂

You can check out this technique by visiting Amy‘s YouTube channel 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxoxo

*stamp and coordinating die set are by Stampendous*





When Your Project Doesn’t Have Instructions…

19 03 2017

Last night I excitedly pulled out one of the new Silhouette files I purchased this week. It was SO cute! But then, I was a little confused and couldn’t find any instructions, a website, different pictures of it that might show me that one little piece of info I was missing. I even asked on one of the Silhouette pages I’m on on Facebook and they weren’t sure either. Finally, I figured it out – in my defense I was crafting on little sleep – and because we couldn’t find any help online, I thought I’d take some pictures and do a quick tutorial in case someone else has the same question I did.

First, here’s the file I was using and a picture from the Silhouette Store of the project. What I needed to see was the side, which obviously isn’t shown here.

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Let me show you what I wasn’t sure about.

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I knew what I was supposed to do with the center slot. What I couldn’t figure out was why the other notches were there and what I was supposed to do with them. Here’s what I finally figured out 🙂

Two of the ball gown pieces slide into the slot and are folded and glued down – one on each side. Those notches line up with the dress design. See 🙂

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After I realized that, the rest was gravy 🙂 The design cuts six of the skirt pieces. I ended up using eight. You crease them in the center where the score lines are cut, then glue them together to form the bottom of the gown. I put them together in threes, three for the front, three for the back as pictured below.

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Next, I added the front of the skirt, then the back. This will fold down flat, so I took advantage of that and folded it flat to make sure I had the designs lined up before giving it some good pressure to make sure my glue had a good chance to adhere to everything.

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Once everything is in place and where you want it, you can stand your project up and celebrate 🙂 This really was a quick and easy project once I figured out that one little issue. That being said, there might be other ways to assemble this piece, and that’s okay. Papercrafting is so flexible it allows for various ways of getting to the same outcome, so find what works for you and go with it.

Here’s the finished project. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

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***Non-paper things used:embossing folder for dress, copics, colored pencils, and white gel pen





Fairytale Forest Card

16 03 2017

Recently I had to describe my craft “style”. I hadn’t really thought about it before so I thought about it. Then I asked my friends what they thought. The common consensus was that I had an eclectic style – this is not helpful when applying for a design team position, by the way 😉 The other thing I realized about my style is that I like fantasy, but maybe not whimsical fantasy. I like realistic fantasy which seems to be an oxymoron, but I promise, it’s legit 😉

I just finished a card that is probably a little more whimsical than I usually do, but I like how it turned out.

Because I do a lot of cards using different programs, I thought I’d share the process with you.

  1. I use Craft Artist 2 for a lot of designing, this card was no different. At http://www.daisytrail.com, there are thousands of digital art kits. I used Fairytale Forest. After getting my card set up how I wanted it, I switched it to black and white then lightened the lines. This is what it looked like when I was finished. Once I’m happy with it, I exported it as a jpg on to my desktop.FullSizeRender(1)
  2. After it’s on my desktop, I can drag it straight from there into my Silhouette workspace. Even though the image *should* still be 5 x 7 because that’s the way I made it, I’ve found I have to tweak things a little to have the original dimensions. For good measure I also trace the outside of the image to make sure I have a solid exterior line. Once that’s done, I place it on the work space like you see here. I leave a lot of white space to the right of the image so I can test out different color combinations. It’s a simple print from here. The diamond shaped patterns you see, as well as the darker lines are my registrations lines. This is what enables my cameo to cut the image out after it’s printed.FullSizeRender
  3. Here’s the image part way done. The reason I lightened the black and white lines in CA2 was to try out the Copic multiliners. Once the piece was printed, I used the pens to put in the outlines of each part of the image. As you can see, the foreground and midground are colored here. Off to the side, you can see where I played with color combinations. I found one I really liked so I left myself notes/numbers so I could use it again some day 🙂IMG_1210
  4. 4. Here it is, ready to be cut out. I may have tried a few more color combinations 😉IMG_1232
  5. This is the finished card. I inked a few different colors around the outside to help define the edges of the card. I also used this thing called a Perlen-pen by Viva (I found it at JoAnn’s) for the lights in the tree and the center of each flower to give the card a little texture.IMG_1238Thanks for stopping by 🙂  xoxo




Butterflies equal Spring, Right?

20 02 2017

We had another 70* or so day, so my spring card making must be working 😉

Here’s a cute butterfly box card I made for a friend. I’ve been itching to make this for a while and finally the time was right 🙂

I cut the butterflies out on colored paper then embellished with copics, using the examples Mary used in the kit (found here at SVG Cuts).

Thanks for stopping by and happy almost spring!





Spring Box Card

19 02 2017

I’m kind of in love with box cards. This one is part of the Springtime Box cards kit from SVG Cuts.

One of the things I like about floral box cards is the ability to give flowers that last longer than traditional flowers and don’t cause allergic reactions 😉

This card is nice and simple to put together. You can do it quickly, or take some time adding details to the stems and flowers.

I cut the tulip bulbs out on white cardstock then used my copics to color them 🙂 I used my prismacolor pencils to add shading and highlighting on the stems. The little paper beside it is for the greeting. I’ll add this to the back after it’s signed. This kit also contains envelopes for each card. Let’s face it, non-traditional cards don’t fit into traditional envelopes 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

 





Digital Stamp with Digital Die

17 02 2017

I have a Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. They make it VERY easy to buy things from them. Luckily, they also have a very large selection and variety 🙂

They’re starting to carry “digital stamps with coordinating digital dies.”

Years ago, when I started stamping, we bought a stamp. We did cool things with it, but if we wanted to cut it out, we used scissors and sometimes an exacto knife.

Then die cutting machines started becoming popular. But they were big and heavy and expensive. So were the dies. And we had to find somewhere to store all those things. We gave up valuable paper storage space for those suckers. But, we wanted those letters and simple dies cut out, and idn’t want to spend all of our time cutting them. As die cutting machines shrunk, so did their price, which probably helped boost their popularity. And then, holy cow, someone had the brilliant idea to introduce embossing folders! I love these things. And now we have physical stamps we can buy and store and coordinating dies we can buy to cut the images out for us. Hallelujah! No more scissor hand cramps!

But the digital world was taking off and getting more affordable, too. Years ago I bought something called a Wishblade, by Xyron.  It was one of the precursors to the Silhouette family of digital cutters, but was more than twice the price of today’s machines. I have to say, that machine was pretty cool, but my Cameo is so much better! With these machines we have the ability to create our own shapes. Use an unlimited amount of fonts for whatever we need. We can make 3D things, cards, scrapbook pages, and probably more that I can’t think of right now. We can completely design a card, from bottom to top on the computer, print it out then cut out what we need and assemble it, like I did today.

So it’s not a surprise that digital stamps are now coming with digital dies.

You may be wondering what the big deal is. Can’t you just make your own outline around the image? Yes, you can 🙂 And I do – a lot. But what I’ve found is neat about these so far (and I haven’t tried many yet) is that the image has already been made user friendly for digital stampers.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Most images made for use with digital cutters are meant to be cut out on paper, so they’re not filled with any color – they’re just lines, they’re completely transparent.

In the card above, if the cute little treat girl had been transparent, one, she would have been a little difficult to cut out because of all the tiny pieces. Two, I would need to somehow fill her in so she wasn’t see through and probably adjust the line weight. Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes that’s not. It depends on the image. Then I could create an outline around her with no problem.

Creating and marketing them as digital stamps means a lot of that work is already done for you, so you don’t have to spend precious crafting time prepping an image to do your bidding 😉 That being said, I think I would like a smaller white border around her. I can totally do that. I already have. That’s what’s so wonderful about working digitally. It’s SO flexible.

The card above was created using a pattern (the background paper) and a digi stamp and die set from the Silhouette store. I printed everything separately, colored it then let my Cameo do what it does best, and cut out those images for me. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

Thanks for stopping by

xoxoxo