Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy To Be Me Canvas

Hello Krafters,

Over at, I joined the Cricut Challenge for this month. Let me tell you, I haven’t played with my Explore in forever! After doing the update and calibrating the machine, I was set. One thing I do like about Design Space is having access to all of the cartridges I have linked. The down side is having the internet connection. I mean really, if the internet connection is slow or the servers are down, the machine is worthless! Nonetheless, the machine cuts beautifully and I am happy to have it in my arsenal. 

The inspiration came from a booklet I received from the Scrapbook Expo. There is this beautiful canvas in the book for a class the Expo was offering. I believe Quick Quotes was offering the class. Since I had to take my son with me this year, I couldn't take any of the classes. So I decided to do my own interpretation of it on my own and save a few dollars too LOL! 

I used French Manor (clock), George (frames), Floral Embellishments (flowers-or some other floral cartridge, can’t really remember) and Wall Decor and More (florishes). The papers are Prima’s Lyric collection. I stamped images on the back of the paper since the collection is one sided and it would be exposed. I also used Bo Bunny for the leaves. The title was cut from the Grunge die set from Spellbinders.To finish off the canvas, I cut a few butterflies from two different Martha Stewart punches and added some bling to the frame and butterflies. I will add a photo of myself later. 

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

She's A Sassy Lady- Thank You

Hello Krafters!

I’m up over at She’s A Sassy Lady!! As many of you know, foiling is very trendy right now! A few years ago, I wanted to learn how to do this technique but the resources were very limited. Fast forward to January of this year, an easier foiling machine was introduced. In my excitement, I researched the price and was disappointed. I told myself I would save up for and hopefully catch the machine on sale. One day I was on Youtube and in my watch feed I saw a video on ways to foil by Jenny M. I watched it and excitement returned! She shared the laminator and laser printer technique and I was intrigued. I had the printer and a YourStory I just needed foil. I went to Hobby Lobby found foil and I was set…so I thought. I tried using the YourStory and it left a lot of black exposed. The results were not horrible, but not like I saw on the video. Then I used my cheap laminator and the results were much better, but not perfect. I think I may need to run the foil through twice. Anywho, here is a simple card I did using this technique. 

I used a file from the Silhouette Store. I brought it on to my virtual mat and filled it with black. I sent it to my laser printer. I cut the rectangle using the Lawn Fawn Stitched die and then ran it through my laminator. 

I layered a piece of foil card stock and that’s it! Not to shabby! One day I hope to get the foiling machine (it does a full 12” page beautifully). Until then, I will work to perfect this method on my laminator! 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the talented DT members at She’s A Sassy Lady, Krafthead~

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~