Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring’s Canvas

I’m guest designer on Sassy Lady’s blog today! It is so exciting to be in the midst of so many talented people. And it is so exciting to look out of the window and see spring painting a vibrant canvas of color around me. It’s new and fresh---just like the inside of my house will be when this big redo is done!

Unfortunately, most of my craft supplies are and will be packed for a while longer. And in spring, I always need little gifts for friends and graduations. So, I gathered my Cricut a few supplies and I, too, painted spring’s canvas.

These are the supplies that I used:

  • Cricut cartridges: Paper Lace, Martha Stewart All Occasion Cakes.

  • 4-piece mini-canvas and easel set (Michael’s) Canvas measuring 2 5/8”

  • Distress Ink

  • Fantastix, Inking tool with foam pad

  • Stickles

  • Imaginisce petal Roller/Outil or skewer

  • Invisible tape

  • paper: 3-4” squares for background, darker solid to coordinate with background, black for butterfly and 2 squares of light for butterfly.

  • Ribbon for a bow.

How to paint your own spring canvas:

Measure the canvas. From the background paper, cut a square 2 5/8". This can be cut with a basic Cricut shape or manually.

You will cut:

From Paper Lace: Cut “flower 1” lace (page 21 of handbook) at 2 1/2”.

From All Occasion Cake: Cut one (1) “Butterfly” (page 44: cake tab) from the black paper. Use relative size 1.8. Cut two (2) shift/”Butterfly” from the light paper. Use relative size 1.8.

Cut a piece of 26 guage painted wire 5-6” long. Over paint with black sharpie if necessary. Fold in half. Roll the two cut edges in opposite directions. I used my Imaginisce Petal Roller for this (cool tool!)

Ink the edges of the canvas and the background square with foam pad. Let dry. Glue background square to canvas.

Assemble the butterfly:

Glue the black cut to the front of one light colored cut.

Turn right side down. Tape folded end of the wire in the center of the butterfly with rolled ends off of the edge. Glue wrong side of second light colored cut to the wrong side of the first. Ink the edges of the butterfly. Apply Stickles as desired. Let dry.

Ink the edges of the lace cut. Use the Fantastix and apply ink to small areas of the cuts.

Center and glue to back ground/canvas.

Fold the butterfly at the sides of the body towards the front of the butterfly.

Glue to canvas/background. Add bow to top of canvas.


Won’t you join me in painting a spring gem today? I hope so! Until next time…keep sorting the scraps and generating the gems! Nonna

Friday, March 18, 2011

Determining RGB values of color

I just love my being able to color match anything in my Imagine by selecting the appropriate R (red), G (green) and B (Blue) values for a color. It is easier than you think, it just takes a little time.

I am participating in a Weekend On-line Swarm and Friday’s challenge was to use these colors:

Friday Challenge

I created my own papers and there were questions, so I decided to share how to find the RGB values of these colors.

In PhotoShop Elements

First, I copied the colors from the hosting forum and saved the palette. I then took the palette into my Photoshop Elements. I opened the file with the colors and went to town. I selected the eyedropper tool from the toolbar. Note the color swatches at the bottom of the bar; one is green and one is blue.


With the eyedropper, click on the first color square (the fuschia) The swatch in the color bar now turns from green to fushia. Double click on the swatch that changed color and the color select box opens.

select color1

On the right hand side, there is a column of values. The RGB Values are listed between the circles. Write these down and use in the Imagine.

In Windows Paint:

Open the color samples in Windows Paint. Select the eyedropper from the Tools menu..


Click on the desired color,

edit paintcolors

If color 1 was highlighted, it will change to the desired color. If color 2 was highlighted, it will change. With Color 1 still highlighted, click on the “edit colors” box.


The RGB values will be listed below the slider.

Enjoy creating your own colors and matching your very favorites!

Until next time, Nonna

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ahh, Spring!

Happy March, everyone! I love this month because it brings me to my favorite season, spring!

The best part about this spring is that I have no spring cleaning! We are coming to the end of what will be a 3 month house renovation---new floors throughout, taking down walls, painting and tile in the bathrooms. I am also hoping that within the next couple of weeks I can unpack all of the crafting materials that had to move out of the craft room. Okay, I didn’t pack them all, but have been surviving with barely anything. So, today’s project involves using what is “at hand!”


The center motif looks like I spent a lot of time coloring, right? Nope! It was an image that I found using Bing (or Google) image search and my laptop! I simply typed in the word, “spring” and voila!


  • home computer
  • graphic draw program
  • Expression or Imagine
  • White cardstock
  • colored cardstock (3 colors/patterns)
  • ribbon
  • Stickles
  • various glues and pop dots


I found my picture, clicked on it and selected “see larger size.” It opened in a new window, from which I copied it and pasted it to my draw program.

Looking at the picture, I was able to coordinate papers with the colors in my spring picture. I have to admit, I used my Imagine and the color elements from Lori’s Garden. I did select shapes from Lacy Labels and cut them on my Imagine. The same concept can work well with an expression, too!


  • 1 background 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 (yellow pattern)
  • 1 matting shape approximately 4.5” square (dark green)
  • 1 shape for printing approximately 4.25” square (white)
  • 1 matting shape approximately 2.25” x 1.25” (dark pink)
  • 1 shape for printing approximately 2 x 1” (light pink)

Before you begin, measure the white shape for printing to double check the dimensions for your printed image. The space printable is a maximum of 3”


For the next steps I used PSE 7, but most graphic programs will work in a similar fashion. Open the spring graphic.

ss_3_5From the menu, select Image: Resize: Image size. Set the size of the to fit inside the white shape. Because my image has a white border, I set the size to 2.5” square. Save.

Download the file “Axis” by clicking here. Save this file. Open this file in PSE. In the same way, resize the axis to 8.5 wide x 11 long. Add a blank layer to your image.


On this layer, drag and drop the spring graphic onto the axis.


Center the spring graphic over the red axis. Used the square “handles” as your guides.


Send the axis/spring graphic to your home printer; print on regular paper. Before you print be sure that the scale is set to 100%!


Your printed page will become your template! (Bad exposure, sorry!)


Using your printed axis, center your white cut over the printed spring graphic. If necessary, mark your template so that your white cut is centered.


Roll pieces of invisible tape and place along what would be the leading edge of the white cut ON THE BACK of the cut. Place several pieces at the edges of the cut.


Reposition white cut over printed graphic with the side to be printed up; the tape to the template.

Do not skip this step! It is necessary to remove the axis from the next image to be printed. If you do not have layers in your program, simply delete the axis. In PSE move to the layers. Click on the “eye” on the left side of the column. This turns the image off.


Now to the computer. Place template and white cut back into paper tray. Be sure to check which side of the paper will be printed before you print. This varies from printer to printer; I have to place the side to be printed face down. Print.


And I have a beautifully colored image in very little time! I save these files and my templates to be reused time and time again!

To finish the card, I inked the edges and layered the elements. I added ribbon and stickles. Oh, did I say that I printed the sentiment from my home computer in the very same way? Ahh, spring…bring new things!

Until next time! Keep generating the gems! Nonna

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I had to craft!

We are 2 months into our house reno. I am so ready to move everything back where it belongs. Here is a picture of my room with it’s new floor and almost complete new color. It will be mine again when my daughter is able to move completely back into her room. room

This weekend, I couldn’t stand not being able to use my “stuff” anymore. So, I pulled out what I could find and set up in my kitchen.


Since I only had white paper and a couple of Imagine Carts I decided this was going to be an “I” day! I scraplifted an idea from Pez-a-Doodle Designs.Spring

My Recipe:

  • Cartridge: Lori’s Garden for the Imagine.
  • One sheet of 12 x 12 white paper
  • A piece of ribbon
  • A-2 Card
  • Stickles
  • Stamps of choice
  • various glues

Set your Imagine to print and cut.

From the cartridge select one complete butterfly. Edit relative size to 2.7 and duplicate.

Edit the second butterfly so that you can remove all parts, except the lower wings and the body. Duplicate

From the built in shapes on the Imagine, select a simple shape, exact size to 4. Fill with a medium shade from the cartridge (I used blue.) Duplicate this shape and edit size to 3.6 change the color to a lighter shade of the same color.

From the built in shapes on the Imagine, select the square. Exact size to 5”. Fill with a print from the cartridge.

Print and cut the images. Manually trim the 5” square to 5 x 3 3/4”. Ink all edges. Assemble the card, using the photo as a guide.

Assemble the butterfly: glue the two lower bodies together, white side to white side. Glue body section to full butterfly. Pop-dot into position. Embellish with Stickles.

Wow!!! I love this quick and easy card! I made two in about 15 minutes. I hope you enjoy this “emergency” crafting session of mine. I look forward to being back with you soon!

Until then, enjoy your scraps, generate your gems and think of me! Nonna