Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Birdbrain "Looking Good"

This adorable Birdbrain image is one of Faith's great images at "From the Heart Stamps".

I used my Prismacolor Premiere pencils to color coordinate with my paper "Happy Times" from CTMH.   This paper was a monthly special.

The gold foil washi tape is also a CTMH product, the gold sequins I had laying around.

The pierced circle die is Cottage Cutz, and the scallop circle is Spell binders.

Simple card to make,  the sketch is Viva La Verve August Sketch 1.   

Till next time,

Happy Cratin!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fussy cutting Digital Stamps with your Cricut Explore

Hi everyone,

I used one of my favorite stamps I purchased at "From the Heart Stamps", Pigwit Cold Suds.   I used the Hinge Method (explained below) to fussy cut him and the mug of beer for a more 3 dimensional look.  You can't tell by the photo, but I isolated the mug of beer and cut that individually.  I did have the white too large so I had to fussy cut anyway.

If anyone has done this with a Silouhette Cameo and Pixscan, I would love to know how easy it is.  Looking at videos, it seems like all you have to do is take a picture of your image and it creates a shape for you, but I don't have a Cameo to test it.  I simply can't justify purchasing one now, just to fussy cut my stamps.   Maybe if there are some new and amazing features with the Silhouette Cameo 3, I might add the machine to my collection.

The "Hinge Method"  is a great technique shared by Kay on her blog "Clever Someday".  She has complete instructions and  a video showing exactly how to accomplish this.  Be sure to stop by her blog,  she has some great tips and videos on doing all sorts of things with your Cricut Explore.

First things first, we need an electronic die cut to match your stamp image.  I used Scal4 to create mine, using the  trace image feature.  There are a few steps to this procedure, here is just one video that may help.  The Effects, shadow layer feature allows you to create, just what it says, shadow layers.  Here are the layers in my svg file when I am finished, the default for a shadow layer is .10, which can be adjusted, or you can make as many layers as you want.

Once you have created your die cut with the stamped image,  upload it to Design Space,  you will have the 3 layers as shown above.  Now the tricky part, you need to figure out exactly what size your stamped image is.  I started with the Design Space file first,  I sized my grouped image to fit my card.  Then I ungrouped it and measured the stamped image (top layer) to get exact dimensions.

With this measurement I opened my high quality png into Pages (my choice for printing stamps).  I inserted an unfilled rectangle and made it the exact measurements of the image in DS.  I made the stamp image fit within this rectangle. Here is what it looks like, the blue line around the image is the actual size of the stamped image, so using this to measure will make the image too small, that's why the rectangle must be used.

If your shadow layer isn't too small, a tenth of an inch probably won't cause a problem.  So now when I print my image and color it, and use the hinge method to cut it out, it looks like I had a die to go with the stamp.  I know the instructions are confusing, but it takes quite a few steps to make it work.  If I ever come up with a simpler method I will be happy to share it.

Maybe I will ask Kay over at "Clever Someday" to give this a try and see if she can figure out a simpler way to do this.

Please post any questions if you would like more information.

I {heart} sketches #161

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

Today's card features "Birdbrain", available at "From the Heart Stamps".  This stamp is free to try here!

Delightful Monthly Challenge #12 - anything goes using stamp image

Paper - CTMH Fundamentals in Pear, Canary Yellow and Paper Studios
Designer paper - CTMH
Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Thanks for stopping by.  Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

One More Candle

Today's card features "Stella" from Bugaboo Stamps.  If you like making humorous cards, this is the stamp shop for you.  

My inspiration was the My Favorite Things Challenges:
MFTC294 - Sketch
MFTCC51 - Color

Paper - Paper Studios, Graphic 45
Embellishments - Recollections enamel dots
Tickles - yellow
Gelly Roll - white, and glittered black
Prismacolors Premier Pencils

Thanks for stopping by.  Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Plaids & Polka Dots

Here is a simple little card I made using "Frog & Frozen" image available at "From the Heart Stamps".

I fussy cut the image and attached it with pop dots.


Card stock - Paper Studios (plaid) and American Crafts
Washi Tape - CTMH
Embellishment - Lollydoodle Accents from CTMH

My Favorite Things - Sketch Challenge 292

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Penguin Christmas

This cute image is from Bugaboo stamps, "Poppi Xmas Snowballs".

He was a perfect image for the paper pack"Winter Time" by Bella Road.  I picked this up at Tuesday Morning.  They have some really great deals occasionally on paper.

I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils and added some highlights with a white gel pen and some glittery sheen to the snow with Clear Stickles.

I distressed the edge of the tag.  My strips are actually some border stickers that were included in the pack.


Catch the Bug - July Recipe Challenge - 3 strips of paper, distressed edges and a tag
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #459

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #459

Here is my card for the challenge this week.  I wanted to try out Anna's Toner paint to see how it would work.

First I cut out the top layer of this image and applied a thick layer of the toner paint.

I carefully cut the leaves off the flower so I could use a different color foil.

Then I ran the pieces through my Minc to apply the foil.

After I applied the foil,  I realized, I had painted the textured side of the card stock.  There are tiny little spots the foil didn't adhere to, because of the texture.

Anna's toner paint does a great job, I was really impressed.   I don't know if she sells it separately, I got mine when I ordered Anna's Minc bundle from HSN.

Next I would love to see a stamp pad with toner ink.  I tried the sticky embossing powder, but I couldn't seem to get that to work at all.

I stamped my sentiment in pigment ink and added embossing powder to it to darken the color so it would pop.


KaiserCraft:  Cottage Rose
CTMH pigment ink pad - Pixie
Recollections clear embossing powder
Recollections pale green pearls ($1 bin)
American Craft paper


Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #459
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Celebrate

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I {heart} Sketch 160

It's time for another sketch with "From the Heart" stamps, only 2 a month right now.  Everyone is getting their kids ready for school.  I can't believe the summer is almost over.  At least for the kids anyway, we still  have 2 months of extremely HOT weather.

Challenge:  I {heart}sketches #160 with a twist.  The twist is to use  cool blues and/or water.  My patterned paper is little raindrops and of course froggy is sitting on a lily pad in the water.

I used "Frog and Frozen", you can purchase it here.

I didn't put a sentiment, I think I'll send this to Smile 4 Kids, they could probably use blank cards.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Black & Gold Birthday

It's almost time for football, so I'm pulling out my black and gold stash in honor of our beloved New Orleans Saints.

The paper is from Recollections Black & Gold Halloween.  I bought this for 75% off last year when I saw all the black & gold prints.

I used Zing embossing powder in gold for the sentiment and edges of the gold square.  None of my gold card stock matched.  

I added a fleur di lis embellishment by Jolee I picked up on a 50% off sale.


Till next time

Happy Craftin!