Friday, May 28, 2010

Blog Candy Call - Such a wonderful blog - Big News Too

A blog you just have to follow --

Like many of you who watch YouTube videos for tips and inspiration I have found a person who makes stunning cards and provided a great tutorial on how to merge digital stamps with traditional stamps. I visited her site and discovered she is offering a great blog candy give-a-away.

I think that her pop up card is just fantastic.
Take a look at the detail and excellent Copic work.
I think that cards like this are so sweet to give
because people love displaying them at their desk or in their homes.

She also has a super sweet rocking horse card that moves... very inspiring.

Check out the yummy blog candy

Here is the list of all the great goodies of what is in the candy!

24 Ciao Copic Markers in a Copic fold up fabric case
Zoe hand picked the colours which she suggested would be a great beginner set for anyone starting out with Copics.
W-1, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E37, R20, R27, R29, YR04, YR07,
Y11, Y15, G21, G28, BG15, BG49, B00, B95, B97, BV00, V17 and Blender 0

10 A4 sheets of X-Press It blending paper
Papermania Rose clear stamp set
Clear flourish stamp (great for backgrounds)
Wags ‘n Whiskers unmounted stamp – Angel Whispers
7 colours of hand made paper. 5 sheets each.
3 ply wood stars
5 Silver skeleton leaves
1 sheet of gold edged flower and leaf stickers
I sheet of silver hearts, flower and star stickers
1 sheet 3 dimensional square stickers
Basic Kaisercraft Love/dream circle rub ons
140 x 305mm rub on sheet – doilies
140 x 305mm rub on sheet – grunge floral
4 mini spring boards
5 lengths of my favourite lace
Length of Rhinestone chain
Papermania Mini Gem Brads
Rhinestone buckle
3 min pearl ribbon sliders
6 Prima bling flower centres
1 pack of Prima Pearls
Small bunch of flowers
2 packs of heavy silk flowers
Small selection of Prima Ornement de Floraz flowers
1 pack of Prima glitter Roses

Follow the rules and enter the blog candy give away but do it quick. The candy give away is ending soon, and entries must be in by midnight 31st May (Australian EST)
She will draw the winner within a couple of days after that deadline.

On a personal note as a small business person, good luck with starting your business Zoe. The rewards are wonderful and the hard work will be worth it. Stick to it and keep on creating. Your work is really lovely.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AiFactory - Hip to Be Square Challenge No. 37 - Home Sweet Home

This weeks challenge at AiFactory was to create a project
using a delightful new digital image called "Home Sweet Home"
The challenge - it's Hip to Be Square, so no round elements like buttons or flowers.

I was out of town last week and returned with the plan that I was going to make an easy card. After attempting to colour the entire image, I decided to simply crop part of the Home Sweet Home digital stamp and colourize it with Photoshop CS3. (I erased away the window in Photoshop)

Here is the full image of the original art - you can pick it up from AiFactory store.

There are some great YouTube videos teaching you how to use a photo editing program and colourizing your digital stamps.

I sized the image to fit a 4x6" print. You can get prints made rather inexpensively at Costco or other on-line photo vendors. So I printed one and trimmed and added a bit of Stickles to the flag pole.

For the other card I used my same festive Independence Day themed print and mounted it on a red cardstock base. Using a long held, but not often used, corner punch and some white scrap to mat. I opted to keep this one a little simple but you could add bling or ribbon or make it a flat card. Re-work the wording and simply wish someone a Happy 4th of July!

Don't forget to visit the AiFactory challenge blog to enter your Hip to Be Square project and see what you can win! Your image doesn't have to be an AiFactory image, pick whatever you would like. (Check out this link to some great AiFactory freebies.)
Thanks for visiting! Remember it is Hip To Be Square!

Looking for some creative inspiration?
Want to see some of the other team members creations?
Visit their blogs.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AiFactory - Celebrations and Sparkle Challenge No. 35 - Tea Party Set!

This is an adorable set with classy images and lovely sentiments from AiFactory. I decided to make a gift card holder. This is one of my favorite projects to make. Honestly what sets one gift card apart from another? The card holder of course! I love to make gift card holders that the recipient says wow! You can also make this one with another little card inside for the message so the gift card holder can be re-gifted and another person can share the creative goodness.

Visit the AiFactory Challenge and Enter to Win Great Downloads

You do not have to use an AiFactory image to enter...
but in case you want to give them a try
they have some super cute free downloads
so check them out!

Here is a close up of the digital file and the spica glitter pen and the flock.

How I made the gift card holder -- I am a Silhouette digital cutting junkie. I visit the Silhouette site regularly because I have an unlimited download subscription. I pay a flat rate monthly so I download all sorts of cut files. This file is a scallop gate fold card. I added a box and welded to make the card holder flap. The test of my patience was printing on the Relections brand brown craft cardstock. Printing wasn't the hard part -- having the Silhouette find the registration marks to cut out exactly where I wanted on the dark paper nearly stumped me. I set the project aside and the next day I thought -- make the corners white -- mailing labels in the corners! Voila it worked. Now the sparkle part of the challenge.

Colouring: I used the atyou Spica Twinkling like Stars pen in Chocolate. (Tip: Store your Spica glitter pens flat.) The background image on the white scallops is an A Muse Artstamps red rubber stamp called Flowers and Vines.

Too bad the Internet doesn't offer the chance to use all our senses. The gelly embossing powder is coffee scented! It is called extra foam latte and the "foam" is white flock from the Doodle Bug Crushed Velvet flock sampler pack. The quickie glue pen is wonderful for putting glue exactly where you want it (see the flock around the steam.) The butterscotch candy striped wired ribbon was a find at Tuesday Morning. Adhesives for assembly - Velcro, dimensional foam adhesive and two-side scor-tape. VersaMark Dazzle ink in Champagne.

Here is a pix of the digital set you can purchase
$3.50 and no shipping because you download the files

The supplies I used for the card.
The glitter pen I won at my Copic Class!

The Silhouette layout with the "labeled corners" for the registration marks.

Thank you for all the lovely comments from last weeks blog hop.
I will be doing projects frequently as a member of the design team.
I hope that you check out the
challenge site and post a project of your own.

Friday, May 7, 2010

AiFactory Design Team Blog Hop - Blog Candy

Join the Blog Hop!
You Say Goodbye I Say Hello

If you arrived from Audrey E’s blog then you are on the right track.

If not, return to the AiFactory Challenge Blog and start at the beginning
to have the best chance at the great blog candy prizes!

Here is my first card for AiFactory
as a new member of the Design Team.

My first ever pop up card!

I used the Caterpillar-Butterfly digital images by Doodle Pantry at the AiFactory Store. The floral print paper is from DCWV, base cardstock is Neenah Classic Crest, Copic Markers to colour the cheery Caterpillar-Butterfly, the ribbon and the die cut. Diecut is from Silhouette Store.

I used the print and cut feature from Silhouette Robocraft Software to import the jpeg and cut him out. Another tip - used the small Making Memories grommets - which I have soooo many and crop-a-dile to set them to reinforce the holes for threading the ribbon.

~Three Ways to Win Blog Candy~

Prize 1
Just leave a comment on each of the blogs you visit. One blog hopper comment from a single Design Team Members’ Blog will be selected randomly to win a $20 AiFactory Gift Certificate. It is a SECRET which blogger will get picked ... so make sure you comment on them all! (Plus the projects are too wonderful to miss!)

Prize 2
Scrambled Word Prize...Each Design Team Member has been assigned a letter... and to win you hoppers collect all the letters, scramble them together, and send correct phrase in an email to Angie (one of our fearless team leaders) and she will draw a winner from all the correct entries for a $10 Gift Certificate.

I hope you win! hint hint hint ;) -- ok my letter is I

Prize 3
Random freebies scattered throughout the hop... so check out the team’s blogs for digital freebies!

Visit Margie Next!

I wanted to post a few more pix of the card and my Silhouette Print and Cut Layout

The caterpillar-butterfly is only $2.50 right now and a digital download so no shipping.

This art also works for the "something new challenge" at the Bee Crafty blog.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

AiFactory Design Team

Happy Me!

I am very pleased to annouce that I was picked to be a member of this quarter's (May, June, July) design team at AI Factory! I really love the variety of the designers that AI Factory represents. The designs are digital stamps and you can size and print to meet your exact needs. They even have some freebie designs to try out. (That's what I did) See the Happy Birdie Card -- it is from their site.

I have been printing and then cutting the designs on my Silhouette. (see below)

The site hosts a weekly challenge on their blog and the winner wins fabulous prizes! (Credits at the store, but the images are very reasonable priced.)

Check back this weekend -- see my first project as a DT member -- it'll be a blast!
Happy day to all!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Mother's Day Card - Cutting Cafe Files - Two Part Video

Here is a new two-part video -- part one demonstrates the colouring techniques that I used to create the card. The diecuts are from the Cutting Cafe. Part two shows the card you the actual card assembly. This video was filmed in "real time" as I was creating. So you can observe the creative process -- also known as having an idea but no specific plan.

I cut the green background image, the flower pot and rim with Adobe Illustrator and my Silhouette Digital Cutting Machine. The sentiments are also part of the files from the Cutting Cafe.

Thanks for watching!

Here is a link to the cutting file for the flower pot, sentiment and paper flowers to cut yourself.