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Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Day of School

Hi everyone,

I have been taking a little break from my craft room.  I will be back on a weekly basis at the en of the month.  

I have noticed the past few years a great new trend,  taking photo's of your kiddo's on their first day of school with a personalized board.

Here is what I made for my grand daughter's first day at Pre-K 4.


I used a majority of Cricut fonts, with only a few system fonts.  I found a heavy duty piece of chipboard, it must have been in one of my paper packs.  It was extremely sturdy.  I added a piece of black card stock on top.  Then I used Oracle 631, since it has a flat finish and applied all my letters.

I could have used the writing feature, but I was crunched for time and cut everything out.  Next year I am going to try using stencils, so I can chalk in some of the wording.  I am going to try out a few techniques before then.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Back to School - Bookmarks

Today is anything but a card,  since it is time for the kiddos to get ready for the new school year, I decided to make a few bookmarks.

My niece is wild about animals,  so I chose the "Tall Jungle Blocks" from Bugaboo Stamps for my images.


Using the slice feature in DS, I cut out a frame to cover the stamps frame for a little added dimension.  These images are perfect for bookmarks.  

I found two great tools for making my own tassels with embroidery thread, which I have a ton of.  The Clover Tassel Maker and the Clover Handy Thread Twister.  I purchased the smaller tool, because I just don't see a need for the larger one.  I used two shades of thread to make my tassel and kept the tassle loop large enough to loop through the bookmark.  I think I am finished buying twine, since I can make my own color combo's with the thread twister.  

I cut out "This book belongs to:" in vinyl and put it on back of the bookmark.  They measure about 2"x6".  

This is my last project as a guest designer on "Catch the Bug Challenge" blog with Bugaboo Stamps.  I really enjoyed the last two months, and was thrilled to be a part of a wonderful team, and work some fabulous stamps created by an amazing artist.

Thanks for following me these past two months.   Don't forget to get your Bugaboo Digital stamps at 50% off, today is the last day.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!



Friday, July 28, 2017

Freebie Friday - Bugaboo Stamps

TGIF! It's Friday and that means "Freebie Friday" at the Bugaboo Store.  



I chose these great patterned paper, which I thought worked really well with the image.  

I stamped on a few tiny little flowers and used Nuvo crystal drops on them to give them a little dimension.

Challenges:

Don't forget you can still get your images from Bugaboo Stamps at 50% off, this sale runs to the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stamp with your Embossing Folders

Sometimes I just can't find the colors in my patterned paper I want, or I am not happy with any patterns.  So I am always looking for a way to create my own backgrounds.  I have a ton of embossing folders, so I searched the internet for other techniques.  Here is one I found that I thought would be perfect, I have tons of embossing folders. So I did not create this technique, I don't even know who did, but there are tons of videos out there showing how to do this.


I am featuring "Unicorn Digi Stamp Set" from the Bugaboo Store.  First off, I used two of the png images to create my image.  The sentiment I created on my own with my own fonts.  I use Sure Cuts A Lot, but there are several tools that you can do this with, you will need to get to those special characters included with the fonts.  This font is "Lovely You" (free from Font Bundles) and "Georgia".

I actually stamped my image twice.  First with Versamark, then heat embossing, second with ink.  Do it however you like and make it your own.

Let's get to the instructions.  The following is a list of the tools needed, I have links to some products on Amazon (not always the best price), but you can get them anywhere and are not exactly the tools I used.


1.  Piece of card stock about 5" x 6 "
2.  Tim Holtz Distress inks of your choice (my preference, but any ink pad will do)
3. Embossing folder of your choice
4. Large acrylic stamping block (optional)
5.  Clear embossing powder 
6.  Heat gun 
7.  Versamark Ink
8.  Embossing powder tool
9.  Masking or painters tape (Dollar Tree)
10.  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Blending Tool
11.  Crafting Mat ( I use these for ironing on HTV too)
12.  Paper Towel

Directions:

Prepare your card stock for heat embossing powder before you stamp.  I used the EK Tools embossing powder tool, but there are several alternatives out there.  A real inexpensive alternative is some type of powder (Talc or baby powder) tied inside a baby sock, or any small sock you have.  This is an important step, it removes the static cling on the card stock, and helps prevent the embossing powder from sticking to areas that aren't inked.

Now open your embossing folder, and place the paper on the side you are not going to ink.  Tape it in place.  You will trim it down when it is finished.

Ink up the embossing folder, make sure to get a good coverage.   I dab the ink pad directly to the embossing folder.  I chose to ink the side that the outline was raised, I tried the other side and didn't really care for the results.


Now close the folder, and using the acrylic block or your hand, press the image onto the paper.

Be careful not to move the paper around.

Using good pressure with the heel of your hand, press all over to be sure the image is transferred.

Tip: If you use a brayer without the acrylic block, you will also get a slight impression in the card stock.


Remove the card stock from the folder and cover it with your embossing powder (I used a clear, but if you wanted you could use a color.)

Once you get a good coverage, tap the back to remove excess embossing powder.

Now using the heat tool, melt your embossing powder.  You can see the embossing powder start to shine as the  embossing powder melts.

Once it is completely melted and cool, (be sure it is dry) you are ready to ink.





Place the card stock on your craft mat and tape in place, using the same tape you had on the folder.

Now blend the inks in,  after each color wipe it with a paper towel to remove it from the stamped image.


Now you can leave it like this, stamp it again with a color.  I chose to use black to help bring out the colors.



And by all means, skip the embossing part and just blend your inks on a piece of card stock and just stamp the image with any color ink.

I have used this technique with stamps, which gives a much better stamped image.  I have so many embossing folders with lovely backgrounds I thought I would give this a try.  I actually did this once with a stripe on black card stock to cut out a pin stripe tuxedo for a wedding card.

So pull out those embossing folders and start creating some new patterned papers.

Challenges:

You only have a few days left for the Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.  So hurry and get your stamps for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Santa Clause is Coming to town

It's Tuesday and time for a new release at the Bugaboo Store.   This great image is available for 50% off, and off course this month all images are 50% off, see link below.





Challenges:

Don't forget only 1 week left for the Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!





Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July - Freebie Friday

TGIF! It's Friday and that means "Freebie Friday" at the Bugaboo Store.  Today is the last day of the Christmas Celebration, but you still have time to enter, so jump on over to  Catch the Bug challenge blog, and get your entries in.  

Today's challenge is to create a project with the FF image and use a recipe (black, white or kraft and a pop of color with sparkle).  


I used glitter tape in red glitter to add my pop of color and sparkle.  

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July - OBG with Photo Inspiration

It's Thursday and time for an Oldie but Goodie (OBG), I chose "Christmas Troll" from the Bugaboo Store.  Today's challenge is a photo inspiration.


I found this great flourish Xmas tree in DS, so I cut it out using a silver foil, then I added pink rhinestones for the ornaments.  The sentiment was created using Sure Cuts a Lot 4, I saved it as a png image and then uploaded it to DS.  I then added to my card front and used PTC to cut it out.  I foiled it in silver with my Minc.

The Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun.

Challenges:
CHNC Challenge Extra for July - Christmas 
Audsentiments challenge #184 - Christmas in July
Cut it Up: Challenge #126 - Christmas in July
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!