Friday, August 3, 2012

Wall-art for Ali

I finished Ali's project...well at least for now.  I tend to go back and add stuff along the way but it's at least hangable. :)

When Colton was a baby, I had a giraffe picture hanging in his room.  As is typical with a house that includes a Caden, it got knocked off the wall at some point and the glass broke out of it.  It's been sitting there for a few years waiting for me to fix it.  Now, Colton has outgrown that picture so I stole the frame to use for this. I cut a piece of thick chipboard for the back...it completely covers the back and is stapled on (after I was finished covering it) so it kind of turned the frame into a shadow box.  The photo was done as part of one of Jessica Sprague's classes (you really couldn't guess that, huh?)...I think Advanced Photo Editing but I can't remember.  It's been sitting on my desk waiting for me to do something with it for a very long time. The paper is from Provo Craft I think but not sure.  The tape at the top and the yellow tape at the bottom is from Heidi Swapp. The clip is from Design Originals. The ribbon from my stash...it's satiny ribbon died with Tattered Angels Glimmer spray. The rhinestone heart is Me and My Big Ideas and the green tag and green and pink borders are from Stampin' Up!.  The flower is made from satin cut into circles and scrunched up with a flame.  The satin is layered with a couple of pieces of tulle and hot glued together.  Then, a few pearls are glued in the middle.

Now I'm just waiting for Ali to get home so see can see it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Home Decor

I love making home decor projects!  That's what I've actually been working on here lately.  I do have some scrapbook pages done (paper ones) but Ali made me swear I wouldn't share hers...she hates the school picture I used.  So I guess I won't post those this time.  I do have a few other projects to show you!

This first one was done for a Relief Society activity at church.  We were trying to tie in photography and memory keeping together and I had made some wall-art like this a few years ago.  Remember this post?  Here's the new one.  I have it hanging in my bedroom.  {my pictures aren't the greatest today...sorry!}


 These were done the same way the others were...basically.  All you do is find you a frame...I use 10 x 13" frame and a 5 x 7 photo.  Ok...then just crackle paint it.  For this one, I gesso'd  it, let it dry, and then painted it black.  Then I painted it a 2nd time in black.  Before the 2nd coat dried all the way, I painted some  One-step Crackle (from DecoArt) on it.  So it crackled it but almost barely noticeable.  I wanted it to look a little aged but not decrepit. ;)

Cut some corrugated cardboard to fit the frame.  Rip off one side of it to expose the corrugated part.  You can be as clean or grungy as you want.  The other frames I did were grungier than this one.  I still left some grunge on it though.  Or if you are like one of the other ladies that were at the activity, when you get completely done with a piece of really stubborn cardboard, you open the frame to find a piece already done for you that the frame manufacturer was using as backing. lol  Now, you can ink it up.  I just ran a Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad over the top of the corrugated part.  I also spot inked some Walnut Ink Distress Ink over parts too.

I think the patterned paper is from the Wild Asparagus collection from My Mind's Eye. You can tear it now or wait until you get the red piece done so you can measure it easier.  When you do tear it, ink the edges up with some distress ink.  The red piece is a piece of packing paper (save that stuff...you never know what you can do with it!).  I mixed up some Making Memories scrapbook dye (Cranberry) and sprayed it and let it dry.  You can tear it before or after you dye it.  Ink those edges up too.

I made my photo in Photoshop using some techniques I learned from this class from Jessica Sprague. I also turned the photo to sepia.  You can use any photo treatment that you like though. :)

Layer the photo, then the red paper and the patterned paper and then center it on the cardboard.  Dress it up however else you like.  Here I used some embellishments (banner, bakers twine, tag, and jewels from Heidi Swapp's Daily Junque and Soiree; the flower from Prima; rhinestone brad and library clip from Stampin' Up!; ribbon, fiber, and lace from my stash). Oh and the Don't Forget tag is from House of 3's store in the Silhouette store. All in all, it's a pretty easy project.  The cardboard can be time-consuming though depending on how stubborn it's being. :)

I bought a couple of workshops from Nancie Rowe Janitz when she first came to Jessica Sprague.  I just now had some time to work on them.  Michael's must have known because they put their canvases on sale this week...buy one, get one free.  Or if you don't like the ones on sale, they have a 40% off coupon for the rest of them. :)  The first workshop is Grateful Canvas Wall Art. Mine didn't turn out as good as hers...I swear Mod Podge has something against me!  I also painted the edges of my canvas with some Rich Espresso paint (DecoArt's Dazzling Metallics Elegant Finish).




The other one is Creating Subway Art. Apparently, gel medium doesn't really like me much better than the Mod Podge does so mine is way more grungier than Nancie's.

I've got some more projects I'm working on too.  One is for Ali's room and I'll take photos when I finish it (hopefully better photos than the ones I posted today!). I also finally started Colton's school picture album so he'll have one like his brother and sister.  I have the album built but need to add his first 2 years of school first.

Hope you liked all the projects!  Have a happy, crafty day!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Template-Sketch

I have been playing around in Photoshop today instead of cleaning my house like I should be doing.  I made a template (for digi-scrappers) or you can look at it as a sketch for you paper scrappers.  Or make it into a little of both!  I left it open to where you can put your title and journaling where you want plus other embellies that you may want to add.  Look at the post below this one with the Surprise! layout if you need a sample.  I guess I go about it a little backwards...I make the layout first and then make a template from it. lol  If you want the layered version, just click on the template image...it's a direct download so you don't have to mess with pop-ups or wait for the download link to appear.  

For those of you who've never used a layered template or haven't used any of Jessica Sprague's templates (I learned how to make them from her)....every layer that has a + sign in the layer name is a layer where you are going to clip your paper to.  Except for the background layer...you don't have to clip anything to that layer. Just click on the background layer and move your paper over.  As long as it's 12 x 12 at 300 dpi, you are good to go!  For the other layers though you will need to clip your papers in. 

Clipping instructions...

1. Target your layer in the layers palette where you want you paper to appear.

2. Open your paper up and select the move tool.

3. Move your paper to the template.  The process for this is different between versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  If you need help with this part, leave a comment and I'll try to help you figure out what to do with your particular version.  If you have another program outside of Photoshop products, I don't have a clue. ;)

4. Make sure that your paper really did come in on the layer above the one you want to clip to...if it didn't, then move it down real quick.

5. Hover your mouse between the two layers and hold your Alt (Option for Mac) key. The cursor should change to a snowman looking thing (or if you like the boring description...two interlocking circles). If you have CS6, it won't look like this but I can't remember what it's supposed to...but it will change it's shape so you know you have it. Click down and the layer above (the paper layer) will get this down arrow icon in front of it showing that it was clipped to the layer below it. 
Alternate CS (Photoshop):  Move your paper to the layer above the clipping mask. Make sure your paper layer is targeted still and right-mouse click.  Click Create Clipping Mask.
Alternate PSE (Elements): Do the same for Photoshop but instead of right-mouse clicking, hit Ctrl (Cmd) G and it will clip it down for you. :)

What this does is to allow you to shape your paper or photos without having to delete any of it.  If you will grab on to your paper with the move tool, you will see that you can move it around to whatever position you want...so if you like one side of the paper better than the other, you can move it to the "good" side. You can also transform (resize) your paper and photos to fit the clipping mask better.  It opens up a whole lot of options for you!! 

Have fun with it and I'd love to see what you do with it if you want to share!! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Little of This and That

Yesterday, my hands were just itching to do something. A few months ago, Colton's teacher requested that we all send pictures of the kids when they were babies for a lesson they were doing. She returned them when they were done with them and I just tossed it somewhere.  I found it the other day and since I don't have too many traditional photo albums, I decided this would be the perfect way to fix that itch.  So I made a paper scrapbook page!  I haven't made too many of them since I went digital but every now and then I need to "feel" my paper.


The paper is from Sassafrass Lass (Hog Heaven), the letters from American Crafts, stickers from Creating Keepsakes (you know the ones that send out in their mailers??), button and All Boy sticker from Making Memories, orange letter stickers from My Little Shoebox, and date sticker from American Crafts.  I think the card stock is Die Cuts with a View but I'm not completely sure. Oh and the journaling spot is from Glitz Designs (at least I'm pretty sure it is!).  I haven't bought traditional supplies in a long time since I have soooo much to play with so I can't always remember where everything comes from anymore.  

And of course, I've been doing a few digi layouts.  I've been catching up on some of my Jessica Sprague classes.  Right now, I'm trying to finish working my way through Digi in Deeper.  Here are some of my favorites from there so far...







I've got a lot more photos I'm wanting to scrap too!  I recently got Lightroom for my birthday so I've been going through my photos getting them organized.  It's fun finding pictures that I've completely forgotten about!  I also cleaned my craft room the other day and found a stack of printed photos that I'm going to be playing with too so I plan on being really busy scrapping for awhile.

Unfortunately, laundry is calling my name now.  If anyone can ever figure out how to get Photoshop to do my laundry for me, I'll be eternally grateful!!  :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to this spot on the blog hop!  You should have just came from Kelly's blog.  If you haven't and you want to jump on, go right ahead!  We have all kinds of freebies for you this weekend.  I'll post the complete train list at the bottom of this post in case you've missed anything or are just joining in.  :)

For my part of the blog hop, I made a mini-kit with 5 textured papers (4 are patterned), a circle tag, a banner, a journaling card, a ribbon, and a bow.  You can pick it up by clicking the kit preview below.

Hope you like it!

Just click the Next button for the next stop on the blog hop or if you need to go back, just click on the Previous button.



Here's a list of the blog participants in case you need it...

Renee Muir
Pam Meeks
Tonya Love
Michele Pouliet
Charly Lyons
Melissa
Elaine Anjos
Yvonne Michelle
Kelly Sill
Me :)
Monique Helfrich
Rachel McPeek
Pamla Klenczar
Jeanie Dickinson
Michelle Single
Lucy O'Malley
Vicki Robinson
Shayla Trimble
Emily Albrecht
Anna Janise

Ok...that's it!  Have fun!!!

**I'd love to see your projects!  If you make something, feel free to put a link to it in the comments so I can go see.**


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Here I am Again!

Just to catch up a little bit...I'm taking a break from being in a shop.  Just when things were looking up, it got crazy busy around here and something had to give.  I'm still designing some but not selling right now. :)  I'll be back though.  I've also been keeping busy on Jessica Sprague's site.  We just finished her 5th birthday celebration with sales and free classes.  It looks like the free class is still available to take.  You can find it here.  You will learn some cool new tricks and get a preview of what her other classes are like.  And you can find all the help you need in the forums if you get stuck or don't understand anything and as usual, you can still be assigned a mentor. :)

Now on to other things...have I mentioned how much I love my Silhouette????  I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but just in case...I <3 MY SILHOUETTE!!!  I haven't really been playing with it much since it's been so busy and I wore my blade and mat out making those teacher albums.  But I had an idea for my bedroom and when I'm in a crafty mood, I want to do it then and not wait for Amazon to ship something.  So I decided to try cutting vinyl anyway with a crappy blade and IT WORKED!  I can't get it to cut card stock right now but vinyl was easy peasy!  See?  It even cut that detailed chandelier (House of 3 available in the Silhouette store) with NO problem at all.



I didn't have any Silhouette vinyl in brown but still had some Cricut brand and it worked just fine.  My mother-in-law bought me these frames for Christmas and I had a different idea for them but my bedroom wall has been waiting a long time.  I like how it turned out too.

On the 6th, some of my designer friends and I are participating in a blog hop.  So be sure to check back here to grab you some free digi supplies!

Hopefully, I'll be done with mine in time!  :)

And another plug (please note I don't get paid for any of this...if I like it, then I'll share it)...ACDSee is having a sale on their software.  It's only for one more day though so if you are interested, you need to hurry over there.  It's a great organizational tool for digi supplies.  I finally bought it when I saw it on sale and I'm really excited to get everything tagged so I can find my supplies again.  I used to use Organizer but haven't since I upgraded to CS5.  You can still use Organizer with it but it's just not as easy.  Sooo...if I'm not on here for awhile, know I'll be tagging away!  :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 Teacher Albums

Every year, I make my kiddos' teachers a scrapbook for their classes.  I usually have them done for Teacher Appreciation Week but was a little late this year.  My Silhouette once again performed above and beyond!!  So here we go...

These are the covers.  I had three of these to make and all of them are the same except for the names. Most of the supplies here came from Kerri Bradford in her Silhouette classes at JessicaSprague.com.  I want to say that the bird is from the House of Three in the Silhouette store.  The font is Fling and then I just used rubber stamps (Stampin' Up!) to stamp the dates.  The rhinestone brad is also SU! and the flower is from Bazzill.  The book paper came from some scans Heidi Swapp had as part of one of the Mouse, Paper, Scissor classes (also at JS.com) but I can't think right now which one it was. I think the MPS: Give or it might have been MPS: Mom.  Sorry...my brain is ceasing to function. ;)



This is the first page.  I wanted to use the definition of teach and a quote.  Both of these are pretty big I guess but I couldn't really decide between them.  The tree in the background is from American Crafts at the Silhouette store.  The scallopy label is from Kerri Bradford.  The bird is from my Kissy Kissy Collection...remember the Mason album a post or two down??  That's the same bird. ;)

Now, we are here on the inside pages. The arrow is from the House of Three. The library pocket, library card, ruler, and chevron striped border are from Kerri Bradford.  I made the banner, tag, yellow border (yeah...real brainy work there, huh?) and the name labels. The pockets are stamped with the asterisk from SU!'s Think Big set with Real Red ink.  Oh and while I'm thinking of it, the pages are inked with chalk ink from Clearsnap.


I didn't take a picture of it but the back inside cover has a pocket on it that I made for extra pictures or little tidbits or whatever.  It also has a banner on it and I used puffy letters from American Crafts (Thickers) to spell out "extras".  All in all, I'm really happy with the way the albums turned out!  I hope the kids' teachers like them as well. 

I have some other projects in the works right now so I'm going to go get busy.  And with any luck at all, it won't take me over a month to post again...sorry about that!  :D

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day at the Office

Just popping in to tell you Day at the Office is finally in the store!  :)











Thursday, March 29, 2012

Berry Sweet Announcements :)

April is starting out with a bang at Berry Sweet!! First, it's the start of a whole new round of challenges.We are doing the challenges a little differently now.  There's no longer a point system.  Instead, each designer is hosting a challenge or a speed scrap and will be responsible for her own prizes.  So, if you participate in all the challenges, you can end up with a bunch of coupons and products from the Berry Sweet Girls! 

You can find the challenge on the message boards at Berry Sweet.  The kit can be found on the store blog. {Link to kit won't be available until March 31st. Also, the challenges won't be posted until April 1st.}

Interested in a couple of sales???  How about Berry Sweet $1 Deals???  On March 30-April 1, you can find a couple of products from each designer on sale for $1 (betcha didn't guess that, huh?). I'll have these two in the $1 sale this time...


Click on the images to go directly to the product pages. ;)
Then, the Berry Sweet Store will have a store-wide sale of 45% for Easter weekend.  This will be a great time to get the supplies you need to scrap all of your Easter memories!

I also have a new kit that I'm putting finishing touches on.  I'll let you know when it's ready for the store!

See ya later!




Friday, March 16, 2012

Kissy Kissy Bird Mini-Album--Silhouette

I LOVE my Silhouette!  I thought I loved my Cricut when I first got it and I did at first but then really started feeling the limitations of it.  I hung on because I noticed the usb port on the back of it and heard hints of fun things coming for it.  Then, they released Cricut Design Studio.  I rushed out and got it.  It wasn't long until I figured out that it was pretty limited too unless you owned all of those cartridges.  Sure Cuts a Lot was a dream come true!!  And then there was the lawsuit so Cricut owners don't even have that option anymore unless they already had the software.  I do have a point to all of this!!  Promise!!  I opened up the box for the Cameo and installed the software.  Right out of the box, you have 51 images to play with plus a gift card for $10 more to go towards any you want to buy from their web site...most of which start off at $.99 so you could potentially get 10 more plus the free shape of the week.  You can use any fonts already installed on your computer.  Plus, you can import .pngs and .jpegs to offer even more design possibilities.  If you would like the option of importing .svgs, you will need to upgrade to their Designer Studio software...hopefully I can upgrade to that soon so I can play around more with my own designs.  Anyway, that was right out of the box...already way more than Cricut ever offered us!!  I upgraded my SCAL software as soon as I ordered the Cameo.  If you already have SCAL 2, you can upgrade to SCAL 3 for free to use with the other die-cutters (it doesn't work for Cricuts anymore though).  You just have to provide the serial number for SCAL 2 to qualify for the free upgrade...or at least this was still the case last week. ;)

Ok...now on to my project.  I needed to make a baby gift yesterday for a baby shower last night (nothing like waiting until the last minute!).  I already had the shadow box (see last post) but wanted to make a mini-album too.  I've been really wanting to make an album using the bird I created for Kissy Kissy.  So after a couple of hours of searching YouTube and playing around with the software, I figured out how to do the bird AND use the Print and Cut feature...have I mentioned that print and cut is my FAVORITE part of the Cameo???  Here's some quick instructions on how I did this...mainly so I won't forget the next time I need/want to do this. ;)  I opened up the .svg file in Illustrator and assembled the bird pieces back together (they are separated in the version I have for sale so the different pieces can be cut out of different papers). Then, I exported the file as a .png file and opened it up in Photoshop.  In PS, I added the colors and patterns I wanted for the different parts getting this.





I opened this in the Silhouette software.  I used the Trace feature and traced around it.  This is really where YouTube came in handy...I watched a few tuts and combined some of the ideas.  I got it traced out and added the registration marks that the Cameo needs to know where to cut the image and printed it and cut it out.  That part was pretty easy once I got the hang of it.  Then for the rest of the pages, I just moved the colored part off of the artboard and did a fill page. I ended up with 4 birds per page and cut them out of cream cardstock.  Oh and for the covers, I also cut out the birds with a manilla folder and glued the printed part to them.  If you want the front and back covers printed, you will need to do a mirror image of the color bird. ;)  You can do this within the software too.  To decorate the inside pages, I made labels in PS and did the same steps I needed to do to cut the printed bird out.


I took a very fine tip pen and made "stitches" all around the birds...all 12 pages and covers, front and back.  The eye has Black Diamond Stickles on it. To assemble the album, I scored the ends of the tail and the wing that is sticking up and glued them all together above the score.  Then, I tied a ribbon around it. I started to use a notebook ring but was afraid the feet would get all tangled up and it would tear easily.



For the front inside cover, I put a "Hello, world" tag.  I thought this would be a great place to stick a newborn picture.  Each page has a number tag representing the month...front and back.  On the front of the month page is another tag "This month I...".  By the way...the Silhouette can actually handle really small scallops like the ones on those tags!!



On the inside back cover, I put a "Happy Birthday" tag for his first birthday picture.  I folded the ends of the tags with that little tool you use for scrolling.  The tags are attached with foam adhesive in the middle and just Mono Adhesive on the ends.



And this is the back!  Both of the covers are painted with Glam from Tattered Angels.  Other than that, I didn't do anything special to the back. 

I can't remember if I mentioned this yet either.  The Cameo can cut vinyl without a mat from 12" to 10'...yes, that is 12 inches by 10 feet.  I bought the Cameo bundled with the vinyl from Amazon.  The only drawback is that I couldn't pick my own color and they sent me navy blue.  But I'm going to use that for the boys' rooms as soon as they get them cleaned up and we can repaint them. They sent a roll of the transfer paper too. The vinyl is cheaper than Cricut's too and you get more of it. 

Biggest drawback...I'm not going to live long enough to do all the projects I have floating around in my head.  :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pinewood Derby, A Craft Project, and a New Addition

I'm starting off with a total brag moment!  See this little cutie here???

Well, he's my little Tiger Scout. This was his first year doing the Pinewood Derby as a Cub Scout (he placed 3rd last year in the sibling race :) ).  Of course, we waited until the week before to go to Dad's to cut the car out.  And then another couple of days later I got around to painting it.  And the night before, Brannon got the wheels on and I got the stickers on (yes, Colty helped).  He wanted the car shaped like the one on the box...we assumed he was going to do a race car or he actually might have mentioned that he was at some point. By the time it came around to decorating it though, he changed his mind.  This is what he raced...

So yep...he wanted a hot rod police car!  Bet every beat cop in America is wishing for one like this!! :D

He left with this...

....a 2nd place trophy for his group!  Now, we get to go to District in April.  And now the pressure is on to help Caden come up with a fast car, too.

I spent the better part of today working on a baby gift for a friend at church that is moving in a couple of weeks.  Really going to miss her and so is my daughter!  She's Ali's Young Women's President.  Heidi Swapp has a class on Jessica Sprague called For the Love full of hybrid projects.  I found one in there that I wanted to do for Cassie. 


I took her envelopes framed in a shadow box and made if for a boy.  I have a lot of scrapbook stuff leftover from my baby days so had plenty to play with.  A few punches and ink and lots of glue later, this is what I had!  I really hope she likes it!!

And for my big surprise of the day!!!  THIS is what UPS left on my doorstep today!!!!

I've been playing with it a little.  We had to go buy Caden another pair of shoes today...we just bought him some new ones in January...not sure what that child did to them.  Anyway, that seriously cut (no pun intended) into my Cameo time.  I've got to play with it a little.  I may have to upgrade my software so I can use the Print and Cut feature on my designs.  Jessica is going to have a Silhouette class too that I'm going to take. So far I like it way more than I do my Cricut.  It comes with shapes I actually like and a $10 gift card that you can use in their online store to get more shapes...which are really cheap too.  AND as if that's not enough some of my favorite designers have shapes for sale there...Heidi Swapp (House of 3), Echo Park, Samantha Walker, and tons more! I really like the software with it too.  It's not like the Cricut's software where you have to have the actual cartridges the shapes you need are on...you can import them (unfortunately, not .svgs unless you upgrade) and trace them.  Still trying to figure this out.  Once I get the hang of it, I'll let you know what I think of it.

I have that same little cutie from the top of this post standing here wanting me to play with him...gotta go!!  :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

March Freebie

I'm so behind!  I posted this freebie at Berry Sweet Scraps last week (was it last week already??) and totally forgot to mention it here so you could go pick it up.  Sorry!  It's a St. Patrick's Day mini-kit.



You can find the link to it on the Berry Sweet blog. While you are there, check out some of the other stuff going on.  If you are interested in being on one of the Berry Sweet teams, there are a couple of calls going on right now for Love Bugs and for Berry Sweet Girls (the designers). Our Mega Collab...Blustery Day...is now available in the store too. There are 87 papers, 174 elements, and 8 pieces of word art.

March has brought another group of challenges on the forums too!  So if you are looking for a way to jump start your creativity, head on over.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kissy Kissy

Finally!  Kissy Kissy is done and loaded in the store and ready for release tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Friday lol)!!  I really wanted this done last week but no matter what I did, I just couldn't get there.  It's just been crazy around here between kids and trying to get sick and a million other things you can relate to.  And I really need to go down and make supper...it's already 6:30.  Laundry could use some attention too come to think of it. Not to mention the Flash and Art Journal classes I have woefully neglected.  But before everyone starts screaming "I'm hungry", I will show you the new kit. :)


I'll have to link it up for you tomorrow when it is actually in the store.  Brannon is supposed to be taking off tomorrow so if I don't get it linked you can click on the Berry Sweet blinkie up in the upper left of this page and it will take you to my store (sorry all of you English majors...I'm the queen of run-on sentences).  

Here's a couple of add-on kits that will be released tomorrow too...



I had a lot of fun making this kit and I hope you can have fun with it also!  Even though I guess it's technically a Valentine's Day kit, you can use it for other projects too.  See my layout below???  Definitely NOT Valentine's!!


This is just a sampling of what I live with.  Thank goodness for my daughter!!!

Ok...I guess my family really is ready to eat and to tell you the truth I'm kinda hungry too.

OH!!!  I forgot to mention that this whole collection + the add-on kits are 30% off this weekend (Friday, 10th-Monday, 13th).  After that, it'll be business as usual!

Have a great weekend and a great Valentine's Day!