Monday, January 23, 2017

Star Wars BB-8 Birthday Card made using Craftwell's eBrush

Hello Crafters,

I'm excited to be a guest designer for eBrush Craftwell. 

Today I'm sharing a card I made with the cute Star Wars BB-8.   

I cut all the pieces to create the BB-8 with my Silhouette Cameo.  

When I cut the white portion of my BB-8 I felt it was way to bright and I immediately reached for my eBrush to help me dirty him up a bit so he would look like he has been running across the desert sands on the planet Jakku.   
I used various brown and gray Spectrum Noir pens in my eBrush to give him that dirty look before I removed them from my cutting mat.   
I loved how the eBrush with the different brown and gray inks totally gave me the look I was going for so of course I used eBrush with the same pens to dirty up his accent pieces as well.   
Couldn't have made him look this good without the eBrush. 

I also use the eBrush to distress the space piece I stamped my sentiment on. 
Here is a picture of my finished card.

I put the BB-8 image on an Action Wobble to make him move in space. 
I lightened the picture so you could see the detail of the background paper I embossed with Sheena Distress Splatter embossing folder.

I changed it up a bit for another card.  Added a different ribbon and placed it on the other side of the card.

Card Recipe:
  • Card Base 5-3/4" x 5-3/4"
  • Mat 5-1/2" x 5-1/2"
  • BB-8 is from SVG Cutting Files "May the 4th Be With you Blog Hop" from 2015
    • Sorry this cut file was only available during their special blog hop.
  • Sentiment is from Jaded Blossom -Robotistic Stamp set
    • Sentiment stamped on a Paint Splat from KaDoodle Bug Designs My Little Artist set.  I chose it because it look like something that would be in space.
  • Mat was embossed with Sheena D Stress Splatter embossing folder in two sections.   I placed a ribbon to cover the seam.
  • BB-8 was placed on an Action Wobble.
A big thank you to Craftwell for allowing me to be a guest designer.
It has been such an honor to share how fun and awesome  
it is to use the eBrush to accent your paper pieces to make them pop.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 20, 2017

PDE Linky Party ~ #156 Tags Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters,

It's the 3rd Friday of the month and time for the PDE Linky Party, #156 Tags challenge.

If you follow my blog or Facebook page you know that 99%of my paper crafting projects are cards because that’s my comfort zone.  
So having to create a tag is a challenge for me, especially when I like to create paper projects that I know I’ll use or give away.

For my first tag challenge as a PDE Linky Party Design Team member I decided to really challenge myself and made a ice skate tag that I purchased a few months back from the Silhouette Design store.  

I cut the various pieces out on my Silhouette Cameo and then pieced them together.

Here are some print shots of my Silhouette software screens.

This shot is what the file looks like when it's first opened.
I like to do a screen shot of the picture and add it to my working file so I know what the image looks like. 

I ungrouped them and then moved all the pieces off the mat except the base of the ice skates, filled it in with black and then filled the page.

After I cut the base of the ice skate out in black I moved them off the mat on the screen and then moved the front of the skate on to it, made it white and then filled the page and cut out using white paper. 

On the back of the skate, I added “To” and “From” in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.  
I filled the words in with black, changed the line color to black and changed them to “no cut” because I didn’t want the words to cut out.   I then sized them and placed them in position on the white back piece of the ice skate and grouped them together.  I then copied and pasted to add more of them on my design page before I printed them out on my printer. 
On the same sheet that I added the back of the ice skate with the “To”/”From” I added the jpg from Miss Kates Cuttables Christmas Bow to use as an accent on the Ice Skate Tag.

When I use jpg’s I pull the jpg into my Silhouette software and do the trace feature on it to get rid of the white background.   (NOTE:  watch Tracing without Tears on YouTube for awesome tutorials on how to trace jpg’s or other images in the Silhouette software.)  
After I got the Christmas Bow traced and cropped I used the offset feature to have a small white border around the picture.  I then set that border to cut edge and then group the image and the border together.  

Here’s what my software screen looked like before I printed.

After I printed this page out, I put it on my cutting mat to cut the images out on my Cameo.  NOTE:  see the red lines, that is what is going to cut.  If you don’t see red lines or see red lines where you don’t want to cut you need to fix that before you cut.  Trust me, there have been time where I didn’t take a close look and didn’t realize that I didn’t remove the cut feature off the words and it messed up my whole page and had to redo it.  

On the blades for this ice skate tag, I copied and then flipped horizontally so that I would have the silver blades on the front and back of the tag.  Felt it completed it better.
Here is a print shot so you can see what I did. 
After I glued all the pieces together and before I added the Miss Kate Cuttables Christmas Bow and glitter glue on the blades I took thin white ribbon from my stash and laced the ice skate boots.  This was a trial and error process since I didn’t have the two sides like you do when lacing shoes.   But I finally figured it out.   Sorry I don’t have any pictures of that process but you can see on the final pictures how I laced them. 

Once I got the laces done I added the Miss Kate Cuttables Christmas Bow that I printed and cut earlier and then I added iridescent glitter glue to the bottom of the blades to make them look like they had ice build up on them from skating on the pond and set aside to dry.

Here is the front of my finished ice skate tag. 

Here is the back of my finished ice skate tag. 

Project Recipe:
  • Ice Skate Gift Tag from the Silhouette Design Store - Design ID# 163495
  • Christmas Bow is from Miss Kate Cuttables
    • I used Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to add sparkle to the red portion of the bow.
  • White ribbon from my craft stash
  • Iridescent glitter glue used on edge of ice skate blades.

Thanks for stopping by.   
Hope you join us in this challenge.   Go over to the PDE Linky Party Blog by clicking HERE to link up your project. 

Happy Crafting.

Friday, January 13, 2017

PDE Linky Party ~ #155 Cards Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters,

Today is the 2nd Friday in January and therefore time for the PDE Linky Party, #154 Cards or Project Life Cards challenge.

I'm excited to share with you a card I made for my son's birthday.  
He loves music and loves playing the guitar so when I saw this guitar card in the Silhouette store I knew I had to buy it for his birthday card. 

Here are various pictures I took of my finished card. 

I took this picture at an angle because I wanted you to see the shine of the liquid glass I put all over the pattern paper to make it look more like an electric guitar that you would see in the guitar store. 

Here  is a close up on the guitar pick, made out of paper, and the guitar strings made out of teal wire.

Here is a picture of the knobs.  
I took my silver ink pad and inked around the edges of the black circles.
I used pop up dots to pop up the silver part of the knobs to give them dimension.  

Card Recipe:
  • Guitar Card from the Silhouette Store - Design ID #58054
  • Guitar background was cut out of Papper Pizazz HOTP-20169 Blue/Green Mosaics paper and covered with Close to My Heart Liquid Glass.
    • I let the liquid glass dry for over 24 hours before I put the card together. 
  • Guitar Pick tracked from one of my son's guitar pics which I fussy cut.  After I cut it out I stamped with "Happy Birthday" from the Stamps of Life minitags2cut stamp set with my Versa Mark stamp pad and then embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkles White Detail Embossing Power
  • Wire from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my latest card.   
Hope you take time to join us for this challenge.   
Click HERE for details and to link any project you make for the 
#154 Cards or Project Life Cards challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 6, 2017

PDE Linky Party #154 - Anything Goes Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters

Are you ready for the first PDE Linky Party Challenge of 2017?

This week's challenge is Anything Goes.  How fun is that?  
You can create anything you wish and join this challenge. 

I love the Anything Goes challenges because it gives me the opportunity to share a card that I've made since that's what I love to create. 

For this challenge I'm sharing a birthday card for a little girl that was turning one.   The theme for her birthday party was Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You Go so I had to create a birthday card that went along with the theme. :)

Here is my card.

Card Recipe:
Thanks for stopping by.   

Hope you join us for this challenge over at the PDE Linky Party blog.   Click HERE to go to the PDE Linky Party blog for more details regarding this challenge or to link up your project over there. 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 30, 2016

PDE Linky Party #153 - Anything Goes

Happy Friday Crafters,

Today starts a new PDE Linky Party Challenge    

This week it's to make any project.  Can be whatever creation you make.

For those of you that know me or have followed my Facebook and Blog the past year or so, you know that every Christmas I try to come up with something creative to give money to my nieces, nephews and godchildren.   So today for the "Anything Goes" challenge I'm sharing with you what I made for them this year.   My nieces and nephews really got a kick out of them.   My godchildren won't get them until tomorrow so I'm hoping they don't see this blog post. :)

This year I decided make pizza out of money for their gift.   

Saw this idea on Pinterest but of course I had to make my own pizza box and add my own personal touch to them.   

This is the picture I saw on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration for my Christmas gift idea. 

 These are the front of my pizza boxes.

The boy's got the Pizza Box with the Boy Elf

The girl's got the Pizza Box with the Girl Elf

When they opened it, this is what they saw.

I had to fold the money to look like pizza slices with pizza crust and used a few pennies for pepperoni toppings.

A big thank you to my hubby for folding a majority of these bills for eleven pizza boxes.  

Pizza Box Recipe:
  • Pizza Box from Silhouette Design Store - Design ID # 61145
  • Pizza Box was printed with snowflake digi paper from Little Scraps of Heaven Cozy Sweater Penguin digi kit
  • Pattern Paper used for half circles are from the Prettygrafik PS643 Ginger Snap digital paper pack. 
  • Plaid paper behind half circles is from the Prettygrafik PS524 Bake Sale Treats digital paper pack. 
  • Boy & Girl Peeking Elves are from Miss Kate Cuttables.   I used the jpg and used my Silhouette Cameo's print and cut feature. 
    • Click HERE for Boy Elf.   
    • Click HERE for Girl Elf. 
  • The tag under their hand is from the Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #52794.   
    • I used a digi paper to fill in the tag and then added the "Pannell Christmas Pizza, Made with Fresh Dough" and once again used the Silhouette Cameo's print and cut feature.  
Thanks for stopping by.  
I hope you liked my take on the pizza box money gift idea.  
Feel free to use this idea to create your own money pizza box.  If you do, I would appreciate it if you would mention my blog as your inspiration.   Thank you.

Hope you join our PDE Linky Party for week's "Anything Goes" Challenge.   
Go HERE to check out the rules and to link up your project.  
Can't wait to see your creations.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, December 23, 2016

PDE Linky Party #152 - NO Cards

Happy Friday Crafters,

I'm excited to post my first project as a PDE Linky Party Design Team member.     

This week it's to make any project that isn't a card.   
Now this type of challenge is kinda difficult for me because I tend to gravitate towards always making cards. 

Lucky for me this NO Card Challenge is close to Christmas so I took the opportunity to make Christmas treat bags for some of my co-workers who have a good sense of humor.   
Handed them out at our company Christmas lunch a week ago and they loved them.    

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you join our PDE Linky Party for this "NO" Card Challenge.   
Go HERE to check out the rules and to link up your project.  
Can't wait to see your "NO" Card creations.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Newly Painted & Designed Purple and White Craft Room

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Sorry I haven't posted since March.   It's been a weird year for me.

I really got bummed when Scrappy Moms Stamps closed down their shop and stopped selling stamp sets.   Then I was busy helping out with my godson's wedding.  After his wedding I decided I needed to gut my craft room, paint it, get new work surfaces and storage so I could have everything organized because it was a complete disaster.   It was so bad that I was referring to it as the hoarders room.   I couldn't find craft items when I needed them so it was driving me crazy.    It took me almost four months from start to finish but it was so worth it.   Lucky for me I have a hubby that supports my crafting addiction and allowed me to take over the garage and part of the living room with everything that came out of the room.  He helped me paint and helped put together all the Ikea drawers and shelf.   He was also super patient while I went through everything to determine if I was going to keep or get rid of it and where I wanted to put it in the craft room. 

I love my clean, organized craft room and I'm looking forward to getting back to crafting and posting on my blog in 2017.

Here are a bunch of pictures of my room and my drawers all organized with the same items.  No more having glitter in 4 different places, paper in 5 different places, ribbon where I couldn't find what I was looking for, etc.  Of course I had to paint the walls purple.  The color is called Zinfandel.

The work surfaces, Storage drawers and cube shelf are from Ikea.

These three drawer units are from Ikea.  The two shelves on top of them are from Michaels.

Here is what in some of those drawers:
All my glitter and flocking powder together in one place.  

All my embossing powders together. 

A majority of my flower embelishments.

My glitter glue and Crystal Drops.


Disney goodies.

The storage items holding my ink pads are from Stamp N Storage and are called "Ink Pad & Refill Holder".   The circle cut outs are suppose to be for re-inkers but I'm using them to hold the triangle makeup sponges I use to ink edges.   That way it's always next to the ink pad and I don't have to go looking for it.   The smaller storage unit above them is also from Stamp N Storage and stores my flat punches.   It's called Lock-Down Punch Holder.

The two bottom storage units are from Micahel's.   The two pen holders are from Stamp N Storage. These are the Side by Side Marker Holders

On the other side of my work space I have another pen holder from Stamp N Storage where I place my odd tools, small scissors, Wink of Stella pens and punches.  This one is called the Stacked Marker Holder.

This is my work space.   This is the cleanest it will ever be.  LOL

My Shot Box so I can take pictures of my projects and my CutterPillar Pro cutting board.

Storage under my Craft table.   

Here are pictures below are what's in the wider drawers.

All my chalks, and pom poms for chalking all in one spot. 

All my small ink pads in one spot.  Yeah!

Misc markers that didn't have room for in the Stamp N Storage marker storage units.

All my glue dots, pop up dots and score tape in one spot.

Sizzix thin dies and embossing folders I decided to keep.

This is what is in the smaller drawer unit:
My acrylic blocks, erasers, lighters, and other mix stuff.

My double sided tape, tape and baby wipes. 

My Scrappy Mom Stamps.

More Scrappy Mom Stamps and The Stamps of Life items from their Card Kit Club.

Stamps from various artists. 

More The Stamps of Life Stamp sets. 

My wall of paper, paper stacks, envelops, embossing folders, etc.  
This unit has 20 cubes perfect for holding 12"x12" paper and crafty times is from Ikea.

The tall drawer unit is from Ikea and hold my paper scraps, all organized by color. 
The three units stacked on top of each other next to it are from Michaels.
On the wall above that are two ribbon shelves from Stamp N Storage. 

Another angle

Here is my kitty Seren checking out the new crafting digs.  

Under the table that holds my Silhouette and Big Shot I have another Ikea drawer unit and here is what is in those drawers....
Buttons, buttons and more buttons all in one spot. 
Love being able to open one drawer to see all the buttons I have when working on a project.

This drawer has my loose bling, eyes, and other embellishment goodies.

This drawer has all my brads and eyelets. 

Smaller paper cutters, my eyelet setter, ruler and envelope maker are stored here.

My small glue gun and extra blue sticks and other crafting tools stored here. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Looking forward to sharing more with you in 2017.

I hope my new craft room inspires you and helps with ideas for organizing your craft items.

Happy Crafting!

Links to Items I purchased from Stamp N Storage:
NOTE:  We painted all of the Stamp N Storage items white.  
Links to some of the items I purchased from Ikea