Friday, February 22, 2013

MIC Blog Hop - surprise for a friend

Hi all!  Welcome to the Make It Crafty blog hop.  You should have hopped here from Stephanie's blog.  If you've just found the blog hop, hop over to Kasey's blog to get started.

This is my last post for Make It Crafty.  I'm stepping down from the team because things are going to be hectic for me for the next month or so.  I want to thank Zoe and all the lovely MIC teamies past and present.  You've all taught me so much.

Today, we're supposed to make a surprise present for a friend.  I ended up with a card.  I'm working on some thank you cards for friends at work, so I hope this qualifies.  I think this sweet fairy was part of the Christmas release, but she's just perfect for all kinds of occasions.  I'm playing around with a new/different style for me.

Fairy Star Digi Stamp by Make It Crafty
Make It Colour blending card
Core'dinations card blank

Happy Crafting!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Did you see that Some Odd Girl is having a Design Team call?  I thought I would give it a go and I wanted to make a new project for the call.  I'm playing around with a different card style.  Trying to go a little more funky and also more CAS, if that makes sense.

Here's my card.  I got the SOG stamp as part of my coloring class and now I can't find the name of it anywhere.  Maybe someone can help out in the comments?  The large banner is duct tape.  

Character and banner stamps by Some Odd Girl
Sentiment from Gifty Gwen by Some Odd Girl
Card blank and Glitter Silk Paper by Core'dinations
Make It Colour paper

Happy Crafting!
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cupcake Inspirations #198 sponsored by Core'dinations

Hi all! It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  Be sure to go over to the challenge blog and leave a comment to be entered to win a surprise as we lead up to our 200th challenge.

This week we're sponsored by 

Here's our inspiration cupcake (linked to original source):

Here's my card.  I used a Core'dinations card with the Sand It Set.  I used an embossing folder under the card to create the texture.  The glitter cardstock is Core'dinations Glitter silk, which I really like because it's super sparkly and also really smooth so it's great for layering.

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, February 15, 2013

New Digiscrap Releases

It's new release day in the digiscrap world.  Cluster Queen Creations has some great new double templates perfect for scrapping lots of photos.  I'm still working on our vacation - here's our Legoland day.

Here's a close up of the left side: 

And the right side:

Little Builder by Kristin Aagard Designs
Life is Just So Daily Templates vol. 1 by Cluster Queen Creations

Happy Scrapping!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hi all!  I'm posting a tutorial today on the Make It Crafty Blog on using digital stamps with your digital scrapbook pages.  There are several ways to do this.  You can print out the image you want to use, color it, scan it and then use it like an element on your digital page.  You can color the image digitally and then use it on your page.  Today, I'm going to use the image with a digital paper and create a sticker effect.  If you want to use multiple papers, check out my tutorial on digital paper piecing.

I'm using Photoshop Elements 8 for this tutorial.  It should work with other photo editing software.  The first step is to import your image into PSE.  I'm using Fair Carousel by Make It Crafty.  Be sure to use a .png image or remove the background before starting this tutorial.


The next step is to place the paper you want to use.  In PSE, you do this by selecting File > Place.  You'll need to resize your paper so it covers your image.  Be sure to click constrain proportions on the top before you resize.  I'm using a piece of digital kraft paper by Meredith Cardall (check out the supplies at the bottom for links to all the products I used).


Hide the kraft paper layer by clicking the little eyeball to the left of the layer in the layer menu (lower right).  Use your magic wand tool and click anywhere in the checkerbox area to select all of the background.  If you find that you are selecting more than you intended, then all of the lines aren't closed on the image.  On this image I had to go in with the pen tool and connect the lines in the lower right.  You can remove them later.


With the background selected, unhide the kraft paper layer.  Then select the kraft paper layer and press delete.


You'll have a cut out of the paper in the shape of your image.


Move the kraft paper layer underneath the image layer in your layer menu.


Select all of the white areas with your magic wand tool.  Turn off "continuous" on the top before you select to get all the areas.  Press delete.  Now you have your image outline with your paper filling in.


Create a scrapbook layout using your favorite software.  You can use your digital image like a sticker with your digiscrap supplies.  You can see how I made it a feature on my layout.

Happy Scrapping!
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Duffy the Disney Bear

Anyone else's kid go wild over this bear?  Hubby and I just don't get it.  Where did Duffy come from anyway?

Tell Your Story by Juno Designs
2/5/13 Tuesday Template by Cluster Queen Creations

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, February 8, 2013

More Disney Layouts

I'm working away on my Disney scrapbook and I have more layouts to share with you tonight.


Love You Dearly Love Letters by Juno Designs
Love You Dearly Patterns by Juno Designs
Love You Dearly Solids by Juno Designs
Love You Dearly Elements by Juno Designs
Love You Dearly Alpha by Juno Designs
Fairytales are Overrated Templates by Cluster Queen Creations

Happy Scrapping!
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Scrapbook Layouts

Hi all!  I'm scrapping again after my sickness/vacation hiatus.  Cluster Queen Creations and Erica Zane have teamed up this week to bring you a fantastic new kit - You are Amazing!  Here's my layout of my "after" race picture.  

You Are Amazing by Cluster Queen Creations and Erica Zane
Gimme Layers vol. 43 by Cluster Queen Creations

Here's a layout from our trip to Disney with Val's new Valentine's kit.
Love is in the Air by geniaBeana Scraps
Gimme Layers vol 50 by Cluster Queen Creations

Here's page with Meredith's release from last week - Like a Snowflake.  We really loved riding Expedition Everest.
Like a Snowflake by Meredith Cardall Designs
Fuss Free Banner of Love 3 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Happy Scrapping!
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Catch Up Post #3 - Cupcake Inspirations #195

This is my last catch-up post.  Today, I have my card from Cupcake Inspirations #195, which is over.  We were sponsored by 

Here was our inspiration cupcake (linked to original source)

Here's my card with Ice Cube Snowman by SKDigis.  I'm trying to get an early start on my Christmas cards.

Happy Crafting!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Catch Up Post #2 - Cupcake Inspirations #194

Hi all!  This is my second catch up post from being sick/on vacation.  I missed posting about Cupcake Inspirations challenge #194, which is long over.  We were sponsored by

and here was our inspiration cupcake (linked to original source)

Here's my card.  I love the colors in the cupcakes.  Instead of the chocolate, I switched to a vanilla!
The image and sentiment are from Fresh Brewed Designs.

Happy Crafting!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Catch Up Post #1

I'm way behind in my card posts.  I've been sick since mid-January with strep, ear infection and the flu. I finally got better and we went away for a week to Disney World.  Stay tuned for lots of digi scrap layouts!  So, I'm catching up this week with posts for cards that I made, but that didn't get posted.  

Today, I'm going to show you the card I made for last Saturday's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  There is still time to enter this challenge.  Also, we're having a giveaway on the CIC blog to start our 200th challenge celebrations.  All you need to do is leave a comment on the challenge blog to be entered to win.

This week, we're sponsored by
Here's our inspiration cupcake (linked to original source).  Aren't the colors beautiful?

Here's my card featuring A Bundle of Love by A Day for Daisies.  I colored the image using Copics on Make It Colour paper.  

Happy Crafting!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A New Friend

Hi all!  Today is my day to post on the Make it Crafty Blog.  Our theme this week is friends and our coloring challenge was brown hair.  I took on both with my card.  

Here's my coloring cheat sheet. The first set is her hair, up to E29.  E00 - E11 is her skin.  R35-R38 are all the red bits.  Y12 - Y17 are all the purple bits and the rest is the grey puppy. 

Melissa's Surprise Puppy Digital Stamp
Happy Crafting!
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