Friday, January 31, 2014

Quick UPDATE new DT

Just wanted to make a quick note that I will be a new DT member for Cardztv for this term! New post mid February so stay tuned!

DIY Personalized Coasters

Now that time has past I can share my tutorial on my personal blog I did for Jessica Sprague's Creative Team December project for Its a simple DIY project that is very inexpensive and can make a great gift so on to the tutorial!

For this project it is very simple and under a few dollars. You need only a few items, most of the work is done on the computer. I used an older version of Adobe Photo Elements but it still gets the job done.

First you will open your program, open the photo and also the photo mask that you would like to use. I used several and I will reference them at the bottom of the post with my supplies.

Following a class I took of Jessica Sprague's I learned how to create a photo mask in just a few easy steps! You won't believe how easy it is.

After i completed all the various shapes of masks I wanted to create I printed them on photo paper and prepared to adhere them to my tiles. Below you will see I used Rangers Glue-n-seal to adhere and cover the photos. 

I put a layer of the Glue-n-seal (You can use ModgePodge also) on the top of the tile first and then placed my photo in the center and pressed down. Then i covered it with another layer of Glue-n-seal and let it dry. I did several coats letting it dry in between each one. I actually ended up covering it with Modgepodge at the end to give it a more glossy look because my Glue-n-seal is matte finish and after it was done I thought it would look better a bit glossy.

I put some felt circles on the bottom of the tile since it is very rough and I didn't want it to scratch the table tops. These can be purchased really inexpensively. 

I did a few with pattern paper from Designs by Dani "Falala" I love this cute whimsical paper! I just cut the paper into 3.5" x 3.5" squares. I made a set of the photo coasters and a set with the pattern Christmas papers. 

Add wired edge ribbon so that you can manipulate the bow to make it just right! 

Products used:
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Foam brush
4x4 ceramic tiles 
Glue-n-seal or Modgepodge
Felt adhesive circle

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

{To My Sweet Friend}

I am on Timeless Twine blog today sharing a card I made still going with the "NEW" theme. You were to use a new technique, new product or something just new to you. Mine is sewing. I got a brand new sewing machine 2 years ago and it remained in the box until I decided to bust that baby out and try my hand at it.

I think the older I get the more dangerous I live...hee hee I know sewing is far beyond what most people think is dangerous but if you know me then you should probably know that
me + needles + thread = disaster! Yep, I don't usually attempt any more stunts with needles and thread. Once I ripped a hole in my pants down on my lower leg area and thought "what the heck I can stitch this up without removing my pants"... I mean why take the time to remove the pants? Didn't make sense to me so I proceeded to stitch my pants and was pretty darn proud of myself if I do say so myself...well what do you know those pants were now attached to my socks! Its a wonder I wasn't bleeding profusely. Of course I was hand sewing no machine was hurt in the process. Wow that would have been something to see if I attempted this with a machine right!? Can you picture that? I can.

So thus my sewing capabilities were a bit lacking you can say. That was probably 35 years or more ago so I thought maybe I was mature enough (cough cough) to attempt this sewing thing again. It was relatively painless set up cause I did me some readin' of the provided documents (this is a rare occurrence, normally I just dive right in and learn the hard way) Now the thing I must confess is that I own 1... yes heard it right spool of thread! So a shopping trip to Joann's is a necessary thing for me soon.

I have to admit I loved it and I think I may find myself being a sew-er (sewer just didn't look right) I want to spend some time with my mom she can sew anything and have her teach me a few things. I want to sew me one of those cute little scrap bags for my desk.

Ok so anywho my card I used a zig zag stitch (wow I seem so knowledgeable about this sewing thang!) and just went around the pattern paper I adhered to my kraft card base. I love polaroids so I decided to just create a little "photo" so that is what I did. I used an image from the Car Decals Cricut cartridge. Stacy told me how to make the cute flowers she did on this post and so I made another one of them for the card front. I am in love with these flowers. Again a tutorial will be happening. I used Pumpkin orange cause it was a great choice with the paper I used. It matched the orange in it perfectly!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Create Inspiration Party | Menu Planning Board

If your like me you don't want to scramble around figuring out what to fix for dinner. You don't want to keep hearing "What's for dinner" from your family. So I have became much more organized with this event that seems to go on each day. I mean really? They think they need to eat several times a day and then I have to make a lavish meal? Ok, so it is not LAVISH but in my little head I am Julia Childs rocking those pots and pans in the kitchen. I mean seriously magic happens in that room!

I browsed pinterest as I always do for inspiration whilst drinking many diet mountain dews and seen several variations of menu boards. My daughter had originally found one and I re-created it almost exactly because she loved the colors, pattern of the fabric etc. so it was pretty much a copy. I usually like to mix it up but in that case I needed to follow it to the tee. Now I do have to tell you the instructions on that one said to laminate your pieces (which I did) and then use hot glue to attach them onto the fabric. Did you know that hot glue does not like laminated pieces? Yep, you heard it here first folks. They DO NOT STICK! I won't tell you what I had to go through to make that whole thing work!

This time I wanted to make one using the digital papers from I like to mix collections too. I think that is fun to see what works with others. This project is a really inexpensive one again. I like to show things you can make for yourself or others on a budget. So lets get started!

With my menu board I was going for the more retro/vintage feel. I love retro things and this is somewhat retro feeling. The font I used for all the text was Lobster.

First I started out with a "Unframed Cork Board" from Hobby Lobby. This cost $4.99. I then used Modge Podge to go over the top 5" to seal the cork a bit and something to adhere the paper to it. For this paper I used the "Homemade with Love" from Carta Bella" and this particular pattern is in the paper pack #2. Then after that dried a bit I went over the top of the paper with several coats of Modge Podge and letting it dry in between coats.

I tried several other papers to go on the larger part but I didn't end up using them because they were too distracting or bold for what needed to be a more subdued area to not overpower the clips that were going to have the menu items. So after searching I thought a notebook paper would be great since I was going to cut a notebook border to put in between this piece and the top portion.

So I found a paper on the site that was perfect. The collection is "June 2009 Neutrals Paper Pack by Creativity by Crystal" it was perfect!  I thought it went with the theme of retro because of the notebook paper color. I adhered it just like the previous paper.

I then cut some black cardstock with the edge of a notebook. I did this with an edge I purchased in the silhouette store. I had to weld several together to get a long enough one to use as it needed to be 11" wide. I adhered this in between those pieces to just give it a pop in between the more muted colors. I put two lines of Timeless Twine in tuxedo black to just give it some more texture and dimension.

I created in my silhouette the title portion. I decided to go along with the retro feel to not just call it menu I decided "What's Cookin'" would be better. I also created the rectangle pieces that would get adhered to the clothes pins. Here is a screen shot of my silhouette mat. I did add some other elements from the "Homemade with Love" kit but I also used the elements from "The Good Life" by Fancy Pants. I can tell you I love love love this collection and cannot wait to do more with it. I used the wordart from it. For my text I just used the dropper tool in silhouette to match the red that was in this kit.

I then put some modge podge all over the tops of the pieces that would be adhered to the clothes pins. After that dried and several coats I adhered them to the clothes pins. 

I printed and cut them out. Here are the sizes of the pieces I ended up cutting for various areas:
The title piece 3.75" x 9.25"
clothes pin pieces .75" x 3.5" 
Shopping List  4" x 5.75" (this actually could have been shorter
Box to hold menu items 3.25" wide, 2.75" high and it is 1.5" deep (I created this in Silhouette)
Menu item pieces .75" x 3.75"

The shopping list section I printed the "shoppin list" and then cut it and did some doodling around it with my Picma Micron marker. 

I put the box together which will hold all the extra menu items and then also added an element from the Homemade with love collection and then a strip of Timeless twine again in the Tuxedo Black to accent it. (I hadn't adhere it yet in this photo)

I added down the left side of the board some black and white ribbon. Adhered all the elements onto the board (I used hot glue to adhere the clothes pins). I glued a post it notes pad on the shopping list piece.  I added some of the wordart from "The Good Life" collection with foam dots to give it some dimension. 

Then I did a print and cut in the silhouette again making all the entrees that I would place in the box. I would make extras that were blank also so that you can always add new items to the menu. 

 Here is some of the details close up.

I think it turned out pretty cute and it would make an awesome gift to someone too if you choose to just make it for someone special. This could be easily under $15 total and definitely less if you have items like Modge Podge, clothes pins etc. already like I did. The only thing I actually purchased this time was the board. I had previously made another menu board and bought a large package of the clothes pins. You can get several boards out of that package. My total came in at probably under $7 if you figure in paper and printing.

Supplies used:
Unframed Cork Board (Hobby Lobby $4.99)
Modge Podge
Clothes Pins
Post it notes
Foam Dots (optional you can just glue on)

**Please visit my fellow Creative Team members blogs to continue with the party and see the wonderful projects they made for the event!
We hope you enjoyed our January party-- see you next month for some fun St. Patrick's Day projects!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cricut Treat Box

I am sharing for Dr. Phil Scraps today a cute little box made from the Cricut Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge. This cartridge along with the other two CTMH Cricut Cartridges have a ton of things you can make and some really cute little boxes, cards etc. It makes it quick and easy to whip up a gift box or card for someone. I chose the box style below from Page 40 and it is the last two images on page 40. It gives you the size to use as well.

I left it pretty simple because I wanted to use one of the chipboard elements from the Laughing Lola Collection. The papers are from the Laughing Lola Workshop on the go. I can't wait to you see the paper collection I get to show off next month. I am in love with it!

All the products you will see down below as well as a link to the store.

Product List

Cloud 9 special jan som

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Lori Whitlock Album

Today I wanted to share a project I did as part of our creative team for Jessica Sprague. We were asked if we would want to create a valentine theme mini with one of Lori Whitlock's new albums that was part of her Silhouette Basics class. Of course I wanted to play along!

I knew that I wanted to make an album for my silly spunky granddaughter and I didn't want the traditional feel of valentines or maybe it is just that this paper collection jumped right out at me and just was perfect for an album for her.

If you are not familiar with Jessica Spragues site you should be if you are a crafter. There are so many helpful classes on the silhouette, photography, digital scrapbooking and organizing your digital files. My favorite thing is I can get Carta Bella, Echo Park just to name a few paper packs and print them right at home or use them in my silhouette designer edition and just fill all my cuts which is what I did for this entire album.

Here is the paper pack I used. Isn't it adorable! Here is a link to it in the store Carina Gardner Monster Life

Now I made a collage of my album because it was easier to combine all the photos to send to Jessica's coordinator for publishing to the site but here I am sharing all the pics I took. I had alot of fun with this. The album I believe is 30 or 31 pages. I believe I went up to 20 on my album. I won't lie its alot of work, lots of cuts but it did turn out just like I wanted it too.