Saturday, September 29, 2012

So far behind....I Scrapbook to the rescue!

Happy Saturday everyone! I apologize for not being around more...I've missed you! I think that I now have a pretty good handle on my new MacBook Pro and my conference presentation is done so I hope to be around more!

I want to share a really great app that I found for my Mac called IScrapbook. (It is not available for PC, but the artwork does work with a PC!) There are tons of "kits" available and I can use the digital papers that I have accumulated from other sources. But my favorite feature is the availability of "Quick templates" that are drag and drop. So easy! And when I want to do my own thing, I can do that too!

Here are a couple of pages that I put together in no time at all!

A cousin posted this photo of my dad on Facebook. I'm so excited to finally add his photos to something I can pass along to my kids.

And of course, grandbabies! This is a very simple layout; but the entire thing, including the coloring was completed in the app! 

The app has reawakened my desire for about you? 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Warm Wishes!

I am excited to be back on BugBytes as guest designer today. Hop on over and visit with us!
I just love fall colors! The chill of the air, the warmth of the sun and the richness of the colors brings warm wishes from nature into my life. That said, making fall cards makes me happy! 

This card was actually inspired by an embossing folder found at Hobby Lobby. It is their own brand
and works beautifully! Plus, it wasn't that expensive with my coupon. :-) 

After I returned home I started creating the card that I saw in my mind. I knew it had to be Kaleidescopes from Kaleidescope Kreator. I found a fall photo in my "scraps" and went to town. 

4.25 x 11" card base (I used brown)
6" square of a fall color
6 x 11" rectangle of a fall color
Hobby Lobby embossing folder: Fall leaves
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swirls
Embossing machine
a fall photo
Distress Antique Photo Ink
White cardstock 
Home Printer
Make the Cut software
I Rock heat set tool
Assorted glue

I first created one kaleidescope in KK 3 and saved it as a JPG image. The image used is a fall leaf image found on Google. 

The next is familiar to MTC users...Import: Pixel trace into MTC. I have had the greatest success using the technique found here

In addition, I added a .03 shadow around the largest kaleidescope and saved it as a seperate file.

When the tracings were complete, I duplicated the kaleidescope for a total of 3.  I sized the Kaleidescopes at 3", 2.75 and 2.5". 

Okay, I have to admit...even though I saw the card in my mind it developed before my eyes!
When I picked the paper to coordinate with the kaleidescopes it was by trial and error.Should I use this set?

Or this one?

I like the way the papers make the kaleidescopes pop!

From the green I cut the mat for the largest Kaleidescope and a 4.2 x 5.4" rectangular mat. From the orange I cut a rectangular mat to which a welded spirals found in the MTC gallery. I apologize that I cannot locate the creator's number. 

I matted the rectangle/square for the most efficient cutting and arranged the shapes on a 12" sq. mat.

Well, you can almost see the cut images. My Zing did a wonderful job with the tiny swirls---so happy!


I then ran the orange through my Cuttlebug with the Fall leaves embossing folder.

I ran the green through using the swirls folder. I then lightly inked the tops of the paper with Distress Antique Photo ink to give some dimension. 

I stacked the kaleidescopes using pop dots.

I tied a ribbon around the orange mat, layered the front of the card and added the stacked kaleidescope. To finish it I added I rock heat set gems. The sentiment reads, "Warm wishes coming your way!"

Thanks for visiting...hoping warm wishes will be coming your way today!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ohh! Scary Little Ghosties!

I am so excited to be back over on Sassylady blog as guest today. Drop by for a visit! 

I saw these adorable ghosts in the September 2012 issue of CardMaker magazine and I knew I had to do something with them! Since I subscribe to the digital edition it was easy! I chose the page on my I Pad and sent the PDF page to my printer. I then took the print-out and scanned it, creating a .jpg image on my computer. From there MTC took over and it helped me bring this cuties to life!

4 x 8" cardstock base (to create a 4" sq. card)
1-4" square orange cardstock
1-3.75" square purple cardstock
1-3.5" square black cardstock
6" square white irridescent cardstock (ghosts)
6" square black cardstock (ghost backing)
Embossing glue
Stampendous Kaleidescope Embossing Powder
Hampton Art "Outlines" Stamps (from Michaels)
September 2012 issue of Cardmaker magazine

1. Import the graphic for tracking. I used the default settings and it traced well.  

2. I had a few spots to clean up (note the green circles). With the cut selected, I chose break from the menu; I could simply click on the bits that I did not want and delete.

3. I then duplicated this little guy. I have my settings circled in green. Click on apply.

4. I chose one image and selected the icon to blackout the image. This will become the black backing for the white ghost.

5. Select both images and duplicate for a total of 4 cuts. 

6. I then chose one set and (ghost with eyes and blackout) and decrease the size 1/4". The larger ghost is approximately 2 3/4" long.

7. I arranged the cuts so that I would be able to mat a 6" square on the top and on the bottom. In that way I can cut the ghosts from the correct color -- at the same time! 

8. I layered the squares in this order: 4" orange, 3. 75" purple, 3.5" black. I then stamped the sentiment and the web with the embossing glue. I sprinkled the powder and heat set it. The final step was pop-dotting (is that a word?) the ghosties in their spots. 

Ohh! Scary little ghosties! Have a Boo-tiful month!