Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Tim Holtz Stamps and more at Two Peas

OK serious enabling... must visit LSS in San Diego and see if they are stocking any of these goodies too. I am going to Kansas City in May -- first time to see an Archivers Store, what should I expect. What do you all think about their stores?

RE: Two Peas -- they are offering Free shipping on orders $50 or more... I think they also offer other coupon codes if you are a newsletter subscriber. The free shipping thing could become really easy if you are not careful about adding to cart! Arg!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spotted Canary Challenge - Edgy Project - Wedding Favor

I stumbled upon a site that is new to me... called spottedcanary.com -- part of EK Success.
They are having a contest for $100 worth of supplies. All you crafty friends with edge punches should check it out. Here is my submission.

Using 3"x6" craft cardstock I scored and folded to make a treat "matchbook" cover -- great for weddings as an easy and affordable party favor. To make the perfect corner punch curve you have to use a 3.25"x6" piece of stock. The Merci stamp is from The Paper Source. The ribbon is Martha Stewart craft seam binding in Dove White. Chestnut Roan Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink. I think the punch set is Scallop Three Dot - Punch Around the Page by Martha Stewart, I got mine at Michaels last fall/winter and think it is a very classy look.

click on photo to enlarge

As is the standard you have to follow the blog, read the rules and post your project.

Post an 'edgy' project
To qualify, project must use a continuous edge punching system or some other creative method of altering edges.

Please list the method you used in your description or product listing. From April 1, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time through April 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, go to www.spottedcanary.com (the “Website”) to enter. Log in as a Spotted Canary member and upload an original project to the Gallery. The time of entry will be determined by the time that it is received by EKSuccess Brands.

You may enter only once, duplicate entries will not be considered. All entries must be in English. All entries must be original and developed by contestant. Use of automated processes and devices to submit electronic entries are not permitted. EK is not responsible for any changes or effects caused by or to the entrant’s computer system as a result of submitting electronic entries.

The Loot -- or a representative image...


On a totally different note -- have any of you been getting spam on your blog? I have my blog set to approve comments and I am glad I do. This is a screenshot of a post that came in today, the site posts song lyrics with links that lead to sites I would not want to be associated with -- "drug" companies and the like. Just an FYI -- I really appreciate comments and questions, and had recently been thinking of taking the approve feature off -- but now I think I may have to leave it on just to keep everyone a bit safer. How do you handle the spam?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AiFactory Challenge - Birthday Card

This card is also for the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog. Super cute ideas -- just make a birthday card for a child. Check out the link and enjoy.

As part of the AiFactory Design Challenge -- create a card for one of the challenges. Here are my birthday card submittals. The duck -- named Harold is one of the freebie digital rubber stamps. I took him into my Silhouette software and added the text and printed and cut him out. I used a variety of Stampin Up markers and some Copics too. Font: LD Gregarious, I printed it in orange but it looks a little more red in the photos...

Notice that I mirrored Harold -- his had is up on the right and the left. This is an easy technique in the Silhouette and one of the nice features of digital rubber stamps.

Our nephew will be 1 in a few months so I thought it would be fun to incorporate his name into the card.

Enjoy the Birthday card and the gift enclosure card too!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Design Team Application

I am applying for Design Team membership at AI Factory.
The images are super cute and fun to color.
I am posting this to encourage all of you to consider applying too!
These digital stamp images would be a great compliment
to the projects I am doing for The Cutting Cafe.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Silhouette 102 - Money Card Holder

Hi everyone,

Well I signed up for the second installment of the Silhouette class at My Creative Classroom. The assignment was to take images that came in pieces and group them so it would be easier to cut out the pieces vs. assembling and then glue lots of small things. Also add text and weld to create an easier to piece backgound. Here is my project.

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

I used some SimplyFab 12x12 Brooke Narrow Stripe paper from making memories, red sticky strip tape and white embroidery floss. Red Stickles and sponged on Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick distress ink to color the ice cream cutout. The following images from the Silhouette Store:




Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shimelle's Blog -- Take a Peek

If you have not had a chance, take a look and visit Shimelle's site. She is witty and clever and this page is just so much fun! Visit her site.

Check out her video about why she scrapbooks. I think you will find inspiration.
She also hosts on-line classes and they are great.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Christmas in April - Paper Crafts Magazine submission

This is my project I submitted to the Paper Crafts Magazine. It is a gift card holder. I had a couple of others, but with the time crunch, these photos turned out the best.

Did any of you send a project for consideration? Have you been published? What tips can you share?

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Cardstock: Making Memories Deck the Halls 12x12 Argyle, American Crafts – Red cardstock, White Neenah Cardstock. Rubber stamps: “Holiday Wishes” (Dachshunds stamp) Hero Arts red rubber stamp, “Sending a little wish for a lot of joy” small sentiment inside – Stampin Up. Prisma Color pencils, blending stump and odorless mineral spirits, Atyou Sipica pen twinkling marker – red, Jetblack Stazon Ink, Studio G pigment ink – teal blue, Martha Stewart ½ inch craft seam binding – dove white, Fiskars Twist and Flip 2-in-1 Corner Rounder Punch – inside card, Fiskars 12” Euro paper trimmer, Scor-Pal

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Creative Geek Speak - How to print a list of what is in a file

I am so happy to say that people are watching my Silhouette videos on YouTube and this is a request for a "how to do it." This is a quick 5 minute video using the DOS prompt or command window to print a list of your GSD files that you do not have thumbnail images of. Remember I use Windows XP -- check your system software and be careful with the power of the DOS prompt -- it can be a useful tool, but like with all things a little knowledge can be dangerous so proceed with care, or ask a 15 year old teenage boy to help.

If you need a list of files in your folder named “GSD Files”:

Find your file and copy it to the “c” drive – remember it’s exact name
  1. Go to start menu and click RUN

  2. Type cmd and hit Enter

  3. Type cd c:\GSD Files [Press the Enter key]

  4. Type dir > filelist.txt [Press the Enter key]

  5. Open the text file in Excel or Word and clean up for better printing

    This should give you a detailed list of files saved in the same folder.

    C:\ GSD Files – this is the name of my file – yours might be different so be sure and use your file name.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Cutting Cafe - Graduation Card Video - Updated Post

Cutting Cafe graduation card. My niece graduates from high school in May. I live quite a distance away and could not remember her high school colors. (She is attending the rival high school, mine were Cardinal Red and Gold... the little things you remember.)

Here is a video of the card creation

I used the Cutting Cafe Happy Graduation background and took the PDF file into Adobe Illustrator CS3 and changed the text color to purple. I also used the grad hat pdf file for the mortar board. The rubber stamp is from Hero Arts. The scallop and oval are cut from Silhouette files.

The card fits with the Mojo Monday challenge.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hurry, Call for Submission Deadline - April 12

You all have such great talents, and I follow the Papercrafts Blog, and stumbled on the link regarding holiday issue Calls for Submissions.

I copied the scoop from their site. (see below) As I read it you have to submit a digital pix, without a watermark -- so mailing time is not an issue for this one but April 12 will be here before you know it. Do you have some holiday goodies that you want to share?
Find out more - click here.

Holiday Cards & More - Volume 5 - Creative Cards
Photo Cards, Humorous cards, Traditional and non-traditional colors, Interactive cards, Shaped cards, Quick & easy cards, Inspirational or faith-based cards, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Paper Crafts magazine prides itself on its blind submissions judging. From this point forward, we will no longer accept submissions with a photo watermark. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, April 12, 2010, at midnight MDT
> click here to submit an entry

Holiday Cards & More - Volume 5 - Holiday Home Decor
Wreaths, Wall hangings, Stockings, Ornaments, Card holders, Advent calendars, Table top trees, Candle wraps, Garlands, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Paper Crafts magazine prides itself on its blind submissions judging. From this point forward, we will no longer accept submissions with a photo watermark. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, April 12, 2010, at midnight MDT
> click here to submit an entry

Holiday Cards & More - Volume 5 - Little Gifts
Clever presents, Fun stocking stuffers, Neighbor & co-worker treats, Merry trinkets for kids, teens, and men, Fun gift card holders, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Paper Crafts magazine prides itself on its blind submissions judging. From this point forward, we will no longer accept submissions with a photo watermark. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, April 12, 2010, at midnight MDT > click here to submit an entry

Holiday Cards & More - Volume 5 - Festive Wraps
Gift bags, Boxes, Wrapping paper, Tags, Treat containers, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Paper Crafts magazine prides itself on its blind submissions judging. From this point forward, we will no longer accept submissions with a photo watermark. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, April 12, 2010, at midnight MDT
> click here to submit an entry

Send Us Your Best Work!
Do you have a card or other paper crafted project that you want to share with us? You'll need to include a digital photo, the supplies you used and a description of techniques used, so be sure to have those handy. Projects submitted here may not have been published in current or any related form prior to now and must be free of any copyrights. Be sure photos do not exceed 300KB in size, and submit only one project per form. For detailed projects with multiple views, we suggest using photo editing software to create a collaged image using multiple shots.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lucky Me - Thanks Scrapbook Royalty

I checked my email earlier and discovered I won 2 pair of Westcott Titanium Scissors (8" and 3") !
Check out this blog and subscribe.

Check out their new Website www.ScrapbookRoyalty.org
and Charitable Crafters Forum it launched on April 1, 2010.

I am also taking the Silhouette 102 Class with Jennifer at My Creative Classroom. Looking forward to learning many new things.

Have a great night!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Anything Goes - AI Factory Challenge

This little birdy is from a digital site that has incredibly cute -- with a capital C-U-T-E images. I made the birdie card for the Mojo Monday challenge and it just so happened that the day I posted for it, was also the day this challenge was opened. So, since the challenge is anything goes -- well I am going to upload for you to see him again.


I printed him through the Silhouette software using my HP Inkjet printer using the 80# Neenah Classic Crest Avon brilliant white cardstock. Then did a trace and cut him out and colored him with the Copic markers. The scallop card and circle cuts are from the Silhouette store. The happy words are a diecut from Sizzix. By the way -- the birdie is a freebie stamp to try out their site.

PS: Blog followers, I attempted my first scan, trace and cut of a chipboard album page. It was o.k. -- more details to come and look for a post soon. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Silly Bunny...

Hi everyone,

Happy Easter and Happy Spring.
I made my first video for the Cutting Cafe and got so caught up the excitement of my first video, I forgot about Jing's five minute video screen shot limit.
Silly bunny, I forgot to show you how to convert a PDF into a png and then a png into a jpg to cut on your Silhouette.

OK, I know it sounds like a bunch of steps, but it really is easy. (All of you feed families and can follow a recipe.) So think of the video attached as a recipe for substituing one ingredient for another -- the cookies taste just as good and no one is the wiser.
The video is a real time video so you see it really does take less than 5 minutes!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cutting Cafe Bunny - Buffet Table Card

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

Having grown up in the midwest I think spring has always been my most favorite time of the year. Did you grow up where sometimes the Easter bunny left your eggs in the house because he knew you would have had to hunt for eggs in winter coats and snow? Spring said to me it was time for the flowers to bloom, the snow was finally gone, and chocolate bunnies and robin's eggs (malted milk ones) abounded.

I am all about the little details when I host a party so I took some inspiration from the bunny.

I have been experimenting with the files from The Cutting Cafe.

I often make these type of cards for work potluck parties. We all know people with food allergies or eating restrictions, and having a potluck card that your guests can write a bit about what dish they brought is a great way for everyone to know just -- "what is in that?"

I ask them to include peanuts, shellfish and what sort of meat (if any). I live in Southern California so sometimes we even put the chili heat index. :)

Not doing a potluck, make your next dinner party table extra special with place cards. We all have tons of scrapbook paper and popdots so why not really show off your crafting talents.

For the buffet card I brought this bunny into the Silhouette software, scaled him down, and cut him out. I then added him, with popdots/foam adhesive, to a Quickutz diecut of a place card. I used the Quickutz cookiecutter die (cc-shape-1-038) with my Cuttlebug. The cotton tail is a smaller piece of a cotton ball rolled and glued in place. I added some glitter atyou Spica pen to his collar.

The place card bunny is decked out in Martha Stewart bows from Big Lots that have been in my crafting stash since last summer. I had a great plan to use them at the baby shower but it just didn't really work out - so why not use them here?

Here are photos and the video is coming soon showing how to import and size the files into the Silhouette cutting software.

Have fun!

New Supplies to my stash:

  • Bunny Shaped Card file - The Cutting Cafe $1.50 -- Click on the link to see the really cute card and order using Paypal. No shipping charges.

My First Design Team!

The cutting cafe blinkie

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well. I am very excited to announce that I was selected to be part of the video design team for The Cutting Cafe! The Cutting Cafe is the creation of Regina Easter. Visit her on-line store and find an inspirational site where you can purchase digital stamp art to size, print and color as you like plus a bunch of cutting files.

If you follow my blog, you know I am a Silhouette crafter. I plan to demo how you can take Regina's files and set them up to cut them on your Silhouette. I will also use lots of supplies and other tools too -- love the Cuttlebug and Stickles and ribbon.

How does a digital file store work?
You order the files on line from her site, use PayPal to process the transaction, you get the files delivered to your email box. Download the files to your computer and print them out.

I tried it myself before being selected for the team. The images are adorable and the rates per set are very affordable. I think that you will find the art is super inspiring!

I will be video demonstrating how I got the files to convert and cut* on the Silhouette.
Geek Speak: The cutting files are saved in a WPC and/or PDF format. More details about how to make them work on the Silhouette to come.

Here are links to visit my other design team members and a couple have posted videos already!

Joanne Trinidad Thompson
YouTube Channel: paperdrama

Christina Thomas
YouTube Channel: chris416ward

Janie M. McKissick
YouTube Channel: TypicalScrapbooker

Kimberly Feathers
YouTube Channel: Kimsnest

Terrie Eichholz
YouTube Channel: Paperologist

I am very excited to be part of such a great design team. Enjoy the videos and I look forward to your comments and suggestions! Let me know what you think of the files and if there is any project you would like to see demonstrated.


*PS: The files are designed to be printed as a PDF so you can always hand cut too!
No digital machine required.