Wednesday, June 20, 2018

KDB Mini Pocket Letter

Hi Guys! Today I have a Christmas in July project to share with you. I recently decided to swap mini pocket letters with a pen pal and the theme is Christmas in July. Now while I love this file I am not overly impressed with the outcome of this project and feel as thought the print and cut feature was not the best option, however take a look and then let me know what you think. 

This project uses the "Beach Santa" file from Kadoodle Bug Designs and while this file is super cute the quality of my print and cut was simply not there. 

Here is what the whole file looks like, just in case you are feeling in the holiday spirit. 

Beach Santa

Now the file only came with cut images so in order to use the print and cut feature (which saves time, but again doesn't always look the best) I had to piece together the images in Design Space and then use the "flatten" button. This feature makes it super easy to convert any image into an easy print then cut. 

Thanks for stopping in to see my project today. Happy Crafting! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

KDB Little Artist Layout

This past weekend we had a kids in free day at our local museum, so of course I grabbed the boys, packed up the car and heading out to explore this new museum (well at least new to us.) The museum was nice, but our favorite room was of course the arts and crafts room which led to the perfect opportunity for some memory keeping. 

This layout is a 12" x 12" layout and features die cuts from the Kadoodle Bug "Little Artist" file. I love using cut files to decorate larger layouts because the images tend to be larger and much easier to piece together. One of my favorite parts of this set is how she incorporated extra little paint splatters so I could embellish. I decided to leave off the journal notes because I have more photos which I will add to an additional/matching layout and I will tell the story on that page. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired to head out and create something beautiful. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CK Washi Wonders Card

Welcome to another wonderful challenge day over at Creative Knockouts where this week we are challenging you to use Washi Tape on your projects. As always we have a wonderful sponsor and this week it happens to be Crafty Sentiments who is generously giving one lucky winner 3 prize images so make sure to come on over and play along. 

For my project I have decided to use the image Toby in Pot which is a really cute image. Now I went to color this image in using my alcohol markers and I started to have some trouble with them leaking and being extremely wet, so please excuse the large outline that the pot has. 

So I started by printing this image out using my Cricut. I then layered it onto some white cardstock to provide a little more draw to it against that craft background. As far as coloring in the image I sponged the blue, green, and brown background and then colored in using Alcohol markers. 

I found some green glitter washi tape in my stash and thought this would be perfect to pair with those flowers, which I cut out using my Cricut. I then also found a "smile" sentiment which was cut out using a die and adhered that the the front to provide a sentiment. 

Oh yea and as for the card base, I used a Cricut cut for that as well. 

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to stop by Creative Knockouts and play along with us. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mini Loaded Circles

Today I have another new project to bring to you!! I know it's exciting to have so much new stuff going on in one short week, isn't it?! Today I am showing off a project that I made for a swap and this one just like my one sheet mini album is a great way to get some smaller goodies off to your pen pals. 

 These little 4" circles are called "Mini Loaded Circles" and are so super simple to make. To make them simply start off by cutting two 3.75-4" circles. Now I left a little room in there because you can either use stacking dies or you can use your die cutting machine, like I did. One of these circles is going to turn into your base and the other one will be glued to the base and used as a pocket. The best advice I have for you on this step is to glue all but the flat top, so that way you can slide your goodies right into the pocket. Also if you are more of a visual person then you can search around on YouTube, or even request one below, and I will be happy to create a video showing this technique. 

Since the swap was to create three of them I also wanted to show off the other two that I created. 

It's hard to choose a favorite one but the colors in the one below are really pulling me towards it. 

For all of these Loaded Circles I used the Kadoodle Bug Designs "Little Buggies" file set. This set is super cute and can be found here

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a brand new Creative Knockouts challenge! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Shadow Card: KDB Announcement

Hello and happy Monday to everyone out there. Today I have some awesome news, I am one of the newest members of Kadoodle Bug Designs team!! I have been playing around with these files for forever now and I am so excited to officially be joining the team. If you are unfamiliar with KDB make sure to head on over and check out these designs, best news is that there is always a daily freebie!! 

Ok so now moving on to my first DT project I have decided to use Jennifer McGuire's Shadow Card tutorial and create a Father's Day Card. For this project I have decided to use the "World's Best Dad" file located here. This file is not only adorable but also perfect for my wilderness boys to pass along to their dad while they are at their annual camp trip this coming weekend. 

As I mentioned this is my first attempt at a shadow box card and I LOVE making these cards. If you have never tried this, warning it is addicting, head on over here and give it a try. 

For the outside I decided to cut the file out and piece it together. Then on the inside, because I was unaware of how the card would work out, I decided to use the Print and Cut feature. 

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing some great news and fun projects. I hope to see you back here on Wed. for my next KDB project. 

Not All Who Wander...

As many of you know I live in Upstate NY and right now is the perfect time for camping, which may be what inspired this card. 

For this card I decided to use the Round Camper stamp which I colored in with alcohol markers and then fussy cut out. To add some more interest to the card I popped this camper piece up using 3-D foam tape. 

For the background of the card I used the Fir Trees stamp which I stamped in a green ink. I then stamped the Not All Who Wander are Lost sentiment stamp onto some white paper and matted it onto the forest green. 

Finally I accented with some flower sequins and rounded the corners. 

Thanks so much fro stopping by today.  See you back here soon and Happy Crafting! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

One Sheet Mini Album: Video Tutorial

Today I wanted to come on and share a video that I created a while back on how to make a One Sheet Mini Album. These little pint size albums are perfect for sending along goodies to your besties or even for keeping your own die cuts in order. 

The album is made using one sheet of double sided 12" x 12" paper so each pocket ends up being roughly 3"x 4." You could easily adjust this album to make less pockets that are larger, however since I love working with even numbers I have decided to opt for 8 pockets. 

While you are over at my YouTube channel please make sure to subscribe and share. I always have great tutorials up and I love to teach and connect. 

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

JFF: Dream Girl Card

Welcome back and Happy June! It's hard to believe that it's June already. Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun blog and I have a beautiful stamp and a beautiful card to show you. 

So as you may, or may not know, I take part in a couple of craft swaps and one of my new favorite swaps is called a kit swap. If you are not sure what this is let me break it down for you. We split up into teams and each team has a "creator." The creator has the job of creating kits for all of the members, these kits have to be created from the same materials. Then she sends them to each of us. Once we receive the kits we have to create a project, usually a card, tag, or page layout which is specified when you join the event. The fun part is seeing how many different creations can be made using the one kit. 

So anyway, long story short, today's card came from that kit. 

Now I should also mention that you receive 5 different items in each kit, all of which must be used, but then you can also add up to 3 of your own this case the Just For Fun stamp, Dream Girl, paired perfectly. 

So for the image I simply took some watercolor pencils and a blender pen and I colored in that beautiful image. I found that the watercolor pencils work best when I color the heaviest on the top then use the blender pen to drag the color to the lighter areas. I then went ahead and stamped the sentiment onto the white banner that came with the kit. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project.