Friday, October 26, 2012

Moonlight Workshop

First Layout

Love this mummy!

The lantern came out really well too.

This little spider with sparkles eyes is so cute!

2nd layout

 Bonus Project

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Judy Faye's Blog.

There are 5 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers below. 
Let's get started. This month we are featuring "Chalk It Up". I created this graduate card using the black cardstock and our new chalk marker. It works great on the black. 

I used the Flirty Paper Pack but added some black cardstock.
 I sanded the black edges
I distressed the middle piece with the edge distressed then used some hemp and some clear shapes from my stash to decorate the card.

Now hop on over to Wendy's Blog for more great artwork!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Technique Blog Hop: Rock-n-Roll

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting the “Rock-n-Roll” Technique! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Joy's Blog, you are on the right track!  I created this card using the new Flirty paper.
 After I cut my paper, I inked my edges with desert sand.
 To create the multi-colored image I used the rock-n-roll technique.
 First ink your stamp in the first color, I used honey.
 Next I rolled the bottom edge in sunset
 And last I rolled just the edge in the hollyhock ink.
 Here I stamped and trimmed my sentiment
 I added s little glitz gel to the center
 Add some Grosgrain striped ribbon!
Here is another version using some chipboard elements from Flirty Complements

Now hop on over to Kindred Hearts' Blog for more artwork!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stamping with the girls

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Studio J® Tricks to Add Flair to Your Layouts

Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

October is the perfect month to catch up on your digital scrapbooking because for every 9 layouts you create, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!

Friday, October 5, 2012

October Workshops

Scrapbooking Workshop
Purchase the Moonlight WOTG for $29.95 and "Join" the Oct WOTG when you check out. On your 5th month you'll receive $25 FREE. This is an ongoing monthly club where we rotate the paper packs. If you would like to be put on autoship, please contact me.
Home Decor Workshop
Purchase the Spellbound WOTG and "Join" the Oct WOTG when you check out. After your 4th month you'll receive $25 FREE. This is an ongoing monthly club where we rotate the home decor projects. If you would like to be put on autoship, please contact me.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Technique Swap - B&T Accents

This month my team swap focused on using the B&T Paper for accents. These are the cards I created. Check out all the swap cards here: B&T Accent Swap

The first cards I created, I used the Florentine Paper Pack. I then cut some flowers from an older paper pack I had laying around. I used a flutter that I colored twilight and then added some brads and buttons.

On the second card I used some the the Dotty for you paper pack and cut out some butterflies. I added the Shimmer Trim ribbon which I love!!! I then topped it off with a glitter button and some black hemp.


Now don't forget to check out all the swap cards here: B&T Accent Swap. Thank you for looking :)