Friday, April 3, 2015

Take Me to the Water!

Hello Krafters!

Today is my day over at She’s a Sassy Lady! Now my project is not traditional by any means. Let me give a little background. I used to work in the Printing and Publishing field in the Graphic Design department That was many moons ago. After being laid off when the Twin Towers were destroyed, I did not play with any of my software. Unfortunately for me, I forgot a lot and the program changed so much during that time. In 2011, I purchased Photoshop Elements and I liked it. I was learning the program. The developers made the program simple! However, my computer crashed. Then I received Photoshop (the full program) and was completely lost! I am relearning the program again along with Illustrator. So long story short, I am sharing a simple entry level digi layout! By the way, this is the first layout (of any kind) this year for me. I was just happy to create LOL!

I forgot to take screen captures of the process so here is the process “verbally”: I made the base layer by filling it in with a solid color and using a preset brush to make a pattern paper. I added layers of colors (mats) and shadows for a little dimension. I even used a pattern on one of the layers for more texture. I made the fishtail banner in Illustrator as well as the chevron pattern and brought them over to PS. I typed out the title (I got it from the song we sing before baptisms) and “wrote” my journaling. 

The photo is of my second oldest daughter being baptized. She came to her father and I and asked if she could. We talked to her about what that meant and she understood what she was asking. She made the decision and this is her coming out! Here it is-

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thank you for letting me share one of my special moments with you. Please check out the other talented DT members at She's a Sassy Lady!! Until next time, create, create, CREATE!!! Krafthead~

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jazzy Purse-The Lost Files

Hello Krafters!

I was in the process of cleaning out files and found a project I did not share. My daughter’s class was doing a gift exchange and it so happened she picked one of her friends. Since it was a girl, we decided to make her a cute purse to house her lip gloss, finger nail polish and other goodies. 

I used one of the files from the Silhouette store. The pattern paper is from Authentique, but I do not remember the name of the collection right now. I love the pattern and the colors of it and it is double sided. I decided to use Kraft cardstock since it blended with the colors in the collection. Putting the purse together was a little tricky putting together especially around the curves. I suggest using a forgiving liquid glue. 

The purse is small, but it is sturdy and can hold a lot of items. My daughter’s friend/classmate really liked it and I hope you did as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, March 6, 2015

She's A Sassy Lady 85 and Alive!

Hello Beautiful People!

It is my day over at She’s A Sassy Lady! Today’s project is kind of special to me. A fellow crafter’s grandmother is turning 85 this month and she asked for help to make her grandmother’s day special. Her goal is to receive 85 cards from all over the United States and present them to her at her birthday party. When I read this request, I knew I had to be a part of it. 

I have to admit, I learned something about myself while constructing this card. I have a difficult time making a card for someone I don’t know personally! I failed to ask what her favorite colors are as well as her interests. Personally, I like to know something about them to be inspired and incorporate those things into the card. Having a clean slate, I just went for it.

I used the Roman Novel pattern paper by Prima. This collection has beautiful colors and has a lot of images which can be fussy cut. I cut two images from the collection and mounted them on a doily I found in my stash. Because the doily was white, I changed the color using Walnut Stain Distress ink. I also used a bingo piece. I toned down the red by adding a pearl paint to it. I also added a few flowers and bling to the card. To put my signature on the card, I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. 

Simple yet pretty in my opinion! Do you think she will like it? Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to pop over to She’s A Sassy Lady to check out more inspiration! Krafthead~

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Birthday to a Lady With Many Titles

Hello Krafters!

Remember a LONG time ago, I started a Ten Minutes Or Less Card series? Well I started it up again. I have to say, a lot can be done in that amount of time! To keep the juices flowing and to actually use the crafty lab, this is going to be my new norm. 

Anywho, my pastor asked me to make a card for her and of course things did not run smoothly. She wanted to include the many titles her sister holds. After attempting to create my original idea, I eighty-sixed that idea and came up with this one.

I used the typewriter Spellbinders die. I typed up the titles on the computer with a typewriter font and printed them out. The pattern paper is Basic Grey’s Little Black Dress. I heat embossed the sentiment. I have to say, I really like this white embossing powder by WOW. It is much better than what I had before. I also used some stitched ribbon and added a flower to it. To finish off the card, I added some bling. That’s it!

It took me about 20 minutes to finish the card. But that time included typing and printing :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, Krafthead

Friday, February 6, 2015

Custom Gifts and She's A Sassy Lady

Hello Krafters!

It has been a long time....yes I am guilty! But I have some exciting news. NO I did not have another baby BUT I am one of the newest members of She’s a Sassy Lady! I am so ecstatic about being a part of this group! I also hope to bring a little sassiness to the team!

For my first project, I made a custom gift for someone. This gift was inexpensive to make as well as easy! I purchased a glass cutting board from the Dollar Tree. I already had vinyl on hand from a  different project and I used a file from the Silhouette Store. 

I opened Silhouette Studio Software and placed my image on the virtual mat. I did not need all of the parts of the file. I ungrouped the image and deleted what I did not need. 

Next I resized my image and moved the utensils how I wanted them on the mat. I then used a true type font for the name of the family. I used the Character Spacing/Kerning feature in the software which can be found under Text Style. Once I was satisfied with the kerning, I welded the name together. I grouped all of the images.

 Because the vinyl was going on the underside of the glass, I had to flip the image. I cut out the image and applied it to the cutting board. I must note, I cleaned the cutting board prior to applying the vinyl to ensure good contact of the vinyl to the glass. This is very durable and should last the recipient for years to come. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! I look forward to share the next project. Pop on over to She's a Sassy Lady and see the sassy design team, Krafthead~

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank You!

Hello Krafters!

It has been FOREVER since I posted! I really did miss my readers!! So much has happened since my last post. I honestly had did not have much time nor the desire to craft. I would have ideas and when I would find time to get into the craftroom, I would leave frustrated. Since this is supposed to relax me and be enjoyable, I needed to take a step back for awhile. 

I also have some exciting news to share…..I had a baby!! Who knew right? It was not the easiest pregnancy. However, I am so happy that I FINALLY have my little boy. He was born back in October. Which brings me to today’s post. 

Today I am sharing my thank you cards (2 styles) for the gifts I received from my baby shower. I had to mass produce them. This was not an easy task between sleep deprivation and juggling family. I felt simple was the way to go!

For this project, I used the Sizzix Eclips and eCAL to cut the onesie and the duck. It was a preloaded image in the software. I added faux stitching (white gel pen) to the onesie. Since the card still seemed a bit plain, I added dry embossing (swiss dots border folder) to the bottom and scored the lines to hide the line from the embossing folder and to add interest using the score board. On the bottom of the card, I embossed the “thanks and thank you” in yellow embossing powder to coordinate with the duck. On some (not pictured) I added twine and a bow but that was more work than I was willing to do at this time LOL!

I know this is a short post and the project was very simple, but wanted to share and update you on my whereabouts. All is well and I will be posting more frequently now that things are beginning to return to normal….well my new normal.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Saturday, April 19, 2014

That Hat!! Scraps of Color DT Project

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday (eve)  Krafters!

After you read this, you may think of me differently. Perhaps some of you can relate. Growing up, on Easter Sunday my mom would make me dress in a frilly dress, gloves, patent leather shoes, and a hat. Ugh, I strongly, on the verge of hated when Easter came around. I mean, it was bad enough going to an overcrowded church but to be uncomfortable too...that was too much! Then to add insult to injury after sweating out my freshly pressed hair, I had hat hair when I was able to FINALLY take off that hat! I think out of everything, the hat was the thing I could not tolerate. I did however like to have my hair down :)

As I was looking through the Silhouette Store, I saw the Easter Hat Box. I actually cringed. Then I had a thought, I could make it and give it to my mom as a "prank" because she knows  how I feel about hats. I purchased it and this is what I came up with.

I used plain card stock for the base of the hat. I inked the edged of the scalloped edge. The hat assembled a little wonky, so to hide that, I used tulle and added pearls to the base and top of the hat. To embellish, I kept it simple. I added a piece of pink frayed rosette. I also add two yellow roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. To finish it off, I added a feather.  What do you think?

The paper hat is not so bad. Perhaps I am being healed in the area of hat hating? I can tell you one thing, on Easter Sunday, I stick to the meaning of the day and fellowship with my family afterwards (that is what I LOVE about Easter aside for the true meaning behind it). Although mom is trying her hardest to get my girls into those dresses LOL...but no hats!!! What is your favorite or least favorite Easter memory?

I hope you enjoyed today's Project! Have a great weekend everyone...until next time, Krafthead~