I've pulled together a couple digital scrapbook layouts using the "Adirondacks" digital files. As I've attested previously, I know just enough about Photoshop to be dangerous, but I tried to show how easy it is to do basic digital scrapbooking in the steps below! I used Photoshop to do mine but there are other options if you don't have it. I've also used Pixlr.com/editor which is free and fairly easy to use. (Check out YouTube for videos on Pixlr.)
This post is essentially a design team application! I'm interested in designing for Lesia Zgharda Designs because the style of her stamps is what I like - simple, but with possibility of doing something more; kicking it up a notch, if you will!.
A Mo Manning digital stamp with a palette of primary colors. Copic markers
Easy pop-up card. I like the combination of patterned paper with this whimsy of the pig and chicks. Copic markers
A Christine Grove image colored with Copic markers.
Stamped dragonfly with a "burn out" technique with distress ink background. I like the color combination here.
Distress oxide inks creating ta dreamy background. Spectrum Noir clear glimmer adds shine to the lightning bugs and stars.
Thanks for taking a look!
Hey there! So glad you stopped by. If you came here from Lisa's blog, you're in the right spot. If you ended up here from somewhere else and you want to get reoriented, head over to Karen's at Club Scrap!
The hop today is really cool. We were challenged to put together pieces from different kits to come up with new ideas. If any of the pieces look interesting to you, check out the Club Scrap store.
For this card, I used the new Distress Oxide inks and created a dreamy, night time look. on paper from the "Shades of Winter" kit. Fireflies glow, but I didn't have any glow-in-the-dark ink so I added spots of glimmer with my Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen. I heat embossed the jar from the "Adirondacks" kit so it would look more like glass. Finally, I added a sentiment from the same kit. The inside of the card has a panel where a tag can go. I used ribbon and more of the cardstock from the "Shades of Winter" kit to make the tag.
And that brings us to the close of yet another preternaturally lengthy blog post. Next up is Wendy! Thanks for dropping by!
Anyone have some Glossy Accents I can buy today? I used all mine up on this card!
All the pieces of this card - except for the wander/wonder element - come from ClubScrap's latest kit, Adirondacks. I wanted to create a little "flair" button so I used the font used in the kit and made the element. After gluing together six or seven circles of the same size and then the sentiment to create the button effect, I LIBERALLY coated the button with glassy accents and plopped the arrow from the kit on top. It kind of looked like a compass to me, which totally fit the kit.
Before adding the button onto the actual card, I added orange ink and Glossy Accents to the three complete words on the card. Talk about some texture!
I'm entering this card into the Bastel-Traum's "Card for Men-Boys" challenge, Not Just Cards "One for the Boys" challenge, and Open-Minded Crafting's "Mighty Men in May" challenge!
A quick gatefold card with a twist! For this card, I used "#bff" from The Project Bin. The sentiment has an frame created by cutting gray cardstock with a larger and smaller die at the same time. The pieces are attached to opposite sides of the card which allows the two interlocked pieces to move away from each other when the card is opened!
And just because I can't leave well enough alone, the flowers have been painted with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle.
I do so love this set, "Cowgirl Up!" from The Project Bin. All of the sentiments are terrific and they work for so many different occasions.
I guess it's pretty obvious that I got some new dies. I also pulled out some crocheted flowers I picked up on clearance at the end of the summer. I changed their color from peach to burgundy with an ink pad.
Head on over to The Project Bin to check out all the great stamp sets!
The Project Bin is out with a fabulous new set called "Yello!" and it is just perfect for summer card making! The set has several sentiments in it, one of which also has a die. I did not use that sentiment in this card, but you can expect it to show up soon!
I found this fun designer paper in my scrap bin, and it TOTALLY works with the lemon sections! I used several layers for the card and sentiment and added Wink of Stella to the lemons before I added Glossy Accents to them. I ended up doing a little white outlining on the sentiment; if I had it to do over again, I'd leave that out. (Oh, wait a minute: I have a clear stamp - I CAN do it over again!)
This is the last of the "Cherry Blossom" cards for this go around. I have lots of paper left to make more, though, so there will be more in the future!
This card uses papers and cut-aparts from the kit. I added three flower sequins to finish off the card and like the way it looks. Clean and "professional!"
Here is another of those cards that you can't get a feel for the nuanced elements. Both the kimono and the jacket have been "painted" with Pearl Ex. I also added white gel pen to the flowers. You can see how the Pearl Ex looks from the second photo, where the kanji glows.
I'll be sad to see this kit go and look forward to "going back for seconds" in the future!
You have most likely just hopped from Karen's post to get here. If at any point, you wander astray, her post is where it all begins!
The challenge this month was to make beautiful things with this stamp set. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a flower person, so this truly was a challenge for me! This was also my first chance to play with the Distress Oxides that recently came out. So, I'm not sure these cards qualify as beautiful, but they are darned unique and whoever ends up with one of them better appreciate that I like them enough to send them a dang card I made by hand.
That is all.
I was thinking summer for these flowers, but they kind of got a little closer to Fall with the colors I started with. My process, which was more or less what better qualified stampers have shown in numerous videos, was to smoosh the ink pads onto a piece of acetate or other plastic surface, spray it and the surface of the paper with water and then pick color up from the acetate by laying the paper across the surface and picking it back up. Then, where you have empty spots, you can dip the paper into the ink again until you like the way it looks.
Adding water to the ink as it is on the paper will make the colors morph a little bit. The water "stains" the existing ink. After I had the Distress Oxides inks down the way I wanted them, I added a few patches of dark ink on a piece of bubble wrap to add a different texture to the paper.
I did a little free-hand painting on the gatefold card images using the ink left on the acetate after making the background paper. I added in some loops of the orangey fibers from the Boardwalk kit and popped in a sentiment. Which I cut apart to make it smaller for the card.
I stamped one of the tall flowery images on the background with black ink, waited for it to dry, then ran it through my Big Shot to create the small window in the card. H mounted it onto a black piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card base. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the kit onto a piece of cardstock, mounted it onto a scrap piece of coordinating paper, and added the whole schmear into the opening. After it was all said and done, I added some white gel pen to the flowers/weeds. Kind of like that background!
FInally, I free-hand painted the daisy looking flowers onto some linen watercolor paper I picked up someplace. Stamping the image on was tough because of the uneven texture, so some flowers look more, uh, flowery, than others. The Distress Oxide inks layer on each other instead of becoming a big smear, I double mated the image and attached it to a card base. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of coordinating cardstock and stuck it behind part of the pop-out from the thank you card. And because I just couldn't leave it alone, I added Sakura glaze ink to the inside of the flowers.
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Yeah, I'm kind of infatuated with round cards. I'm also really infatuated with the "Cherry Blossoms" kit from Club Scrap! I guess that makes this card a win-win!
This is not a simple card to make, but I think it's worth the effort. Here's what I did:
1. Use a large circle die to cut out a folded card base out of acetate. (I folded mine "hamburger" style for all you teachers out there!) Leave a section at the top of the card inside the die; this will make the hinge for the card. Watch this video, if my instructions don't make sense!) Crease the section of the circle you left uncut with a bone folder to help the acetate lay down.
2. Using the same size die, create a circle for the inside of the card and the back of the card. (This is where your message for the recipient will go.)
3. Use the same size die and the one nested just smaller than it. If you don't have a set, find one that will leave you with a 1/4" ring when you cut them out one inside the other.
4. Stamp, color, and fussy cut a kimono.
5. Attach the large circle pieces inside and on the back of the acetate card. Be as accurate as possible because misalignment will show.
6. Attach the ring to the front of the acetate card, I used four drops of Glossy Accents at 12, 3, 6, and 9. Again, try to be precise.
7. Attach the kimono to the front of the card.
8. Stamp the sentiment inside the card.
9. Add detailing to ring and the stamen of the flowers and allow to dry.
10. Congratulate yourself for an awesome card. You're a pro!
If you've been hopping along following the most direct route, you have arrived here from Donna's blog. If you ended up taking a wrong turn, want to avoid cows in the road, or just start over from the beginning, you can head back to Club Scrap for the exact hop order. But while you're here...
Isn't this paper the greatest you've seen since Club Scrap's kit last month?
The card above is business-sized, and the only elements that aren't from Club Scrap's "Cherry Blossoms" are the rhinestones, which I had in my stash and colored purple with Copic markers. I love the parasol graphic and will probably invest in more of the papers for bridal shower cards.
And last, but absolutely NOT least, is the terrific fun-fold card above. I followed Lyssa Zwolanek's instructions to make it and added a few of my own touches.
The white card base - it's a single layer - is some paper I picked up somewhere along my tragic, ill-advised, do-you-really-need-that-paper-Kelly-Anne? life, and it has embossed flowers that look a lot like the cherry blossoms in the papers. I added a little pink from the centers of those flowers and then dots that look like the stamens. (I used a Glaze pen by Sakura on all the stamen, so they have a bit of shine.)
I entered this card in The Crafty Addict's "Anything Goes" challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I suggest heading to the Club Scrap store and picking up some more of this amazing kit before I buy it all up!, Just click the arrow below and you're there! (Not quite as fun as the ruby slippers, but it'll work just the same!) And have a good day!
I simply l o v e Mo Manning's images! This card features "Jasmine," which I had to get since I added two gorgeous Siamese girls to my already very furry home.
This card is very straight forward: Jasmine is colored with Copics. I fussy cut her and added the image to a black card with circles to complement the ball of yarn she's sitting on. I added faux stitching on the circles and at the top and bottom of the card, and voila! She is finished!
This card is made with a sentiment from The Project Bin's "Wise Men" stamp set, and it is such a good one. When a Herculean effort comes to fruition, it's finally time to breathe and congratulate oneself for a job well done and to look back at those times with humor.
The card is straight forward in construction: an A2 card that opens on the right; a checkered base layer, a two-layered fish-tailed flag, and multi-layered sentiment. I added dots on the yellow layer to resemble the dots on the flag and added rhinestones - colored with Copics - and popped up the sentiment.
Yay for a yay card!
IThis is from the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms" kit by Club Scrap. There's nothing that isn't just completely beautiful.
For this card, I inked up the kimono with a couple Copic markers and tried to create an ombre effect. I think it worked out pretty well. But then, I touched the card with some black ink on my finger and had to come up with a way to disguise the hideous black blotch on my pristine kimono. Enter white gel pen and one of the Copics! The white dots and pink center actually mimic the flowers in the kimono. Happy accident!
I finished the card with one of the sentiments and a couple of the flower stickers from the kit.
I am entering this card in the "April 2017" challenge at Paper Sweeties!
I was feeling a little nostalgic today and these papers helped take me back. I decided to pair the papers with a sentiment that also takes me back. Must be that I turned 55 not long ago.
I used The Project Bin's "Fun is Good" set for this card. I sponged the edges, added stitching, and threw on some ribbon just for the heck of it. I decided that just one more heart was in order and cut it out with the die from the "In My Heart" set.
And on that note, I need to go change my Depends and find a pair of readers just a bit stronger than these. Ay-yi-yi....old age ain't for sissies!
Hey there! I'm glad you stopped by! You've probably landed here from 's blog. If not, or if you just want to start the fun over again, head back to Karen's post.
I had so much fun with the artist team challenge, I decided to scrap my two newest kitties using the "Delft" hybrid kit. I also added an embellishment from my digital stash.
I used Photoshop to put together this page. Once again, I used the NEW, LAYERS, and PLACE functions. I started a new page, and layered in one of the "Delft" patterns as the background. My next layers were for the photos, mats, and text boxes under the cats. I followed that by a layer of matted text boxes for each kitty. (I used the font "Imperator" from DaFont for the text.) I layered in another background from the collection and reduced it down to create strips for the side and bottom borders. Finally, I added the "Love" embellishment from my digital stash.
This process is actually quite fun, and, at least for myself, leaves you feeling pretty darned accomplished when you're finished! What have you got to lose?
I'm the end of this hop, so if you'd like to take a stretch break and then hop again OR if you just want to head on over to the store to enrich your supply kit, click on the link for Karen's post above!
Thanks for stopping by!
This is the second acetate card I've made and I really think it looks really polished and professional. The papers and sentiment I used are from Club Scrap's "Delft" collection. I added Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen on the tulips, too.
Inside the card on the left and right are layered diecuts like you see here. There is also a plain diecut on the back. All the die cuts require a back layer to cover the adhesive used on the front layer.
I already have a destination in mind for this card. Act surprised when you get it!
Look close...this card is made from transparency film. It's clearly clear! I made a total of six panels - two matted and a single set. The matted panels were added to the front and back of the card front. The last two panels were attached to the front and back of the back panel. There's not a lot of room to write on the inside, but you can get a couple sentences of a thank you in there.
The sentiment is from The Project Bin's "Autumn's Calling." I whipped up a little balloon to coordinate with the papers, rounded the bottom corners, and called it a day!
This was my first attempt at a card using a transparency base, and I think it's pretty awesome sauce!
Me? Do digital? Yes!
Well, sort of.
But before I get all crazy with this post, let me say, "Howdy!" and "Thank you for dropping by!" You most likely landed here from Karen's page, which is the start of this hop. If you get turned around at anytime, just head back to her where the master hop list lives!
OK, I've used digital stamps for many years with complete ease. Digital scrapbooking, though; not so much! In fact, I've only "successfully" created one page IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! And I qualify that "successfully," because I don't really know what I'm doing, and I'm sure there are a lot of things I need to complete or fix to really call it a success!
So bear with me as I guide you through the digital scrapbook page odyssey I've come to call "Follow the Pixel-Filled Road."
The four 8" X 8" pages I made are built using Club Scrap's digital kits called "Creative License." I supplemented some of the embellishments on the pages with elements from Club Scrap's "Fur-Ever Friends" digital hybrid kit and the "Dog" digital kit. I also added a few elements I've had since I created that ONE page I made way-back-when.
I am fortunate to have Photoshop CS6 on my work computer. Like driving a Hummer for most people, it is probably more software than I need and/or can handle! My pages do not have anything complicated going on. In fact, the steps I used to make each of them are NEW, LAYERS, and PLACE. (I also merged some layers, but that wasn't hard or even necessary.) You can do this!
I do not have any fancy screen shots, as that, too, is above my pay grade! (I spent so much time undoing to correct mistakes, the screen shots would have most likely represented my boo-boos, so I just left them out. Maybe next time...) So, I'll just break down what I did and let you know if/when I made really stupid errors I can keep you from doing, too!
To make the Teddy page, I used one of the backgrounds in the "Creative License" digital kit. I reduced it to fit the 8" x 8" page. Then I layered on the photo and the photo mat. Next, I layered in two of the other backgrounds and reduced them down to narrow strips. Finally, I layered in the "Amazing" graphic, and the steel rivets. The last thing I added was the text layer. I used the "You are Loved" font which came from DaFont. I liked the grungy look of it with the grungy papers.
Next is the Muffin page. For this one, I used a template from the collection. All I needed to do was layer in the photo and add any embellishments I wanted. First, I layered in the photo and a photo mat. Next, I layered in the frame, the stitching, and stars from my digital stash. Lastly, I added the text layer using the same font.
Chance's page was constructed using layering like I did for the Teddy page. I added the messy splotch from one of the kits behind the photo, as well as the "Good Dog" sentiment. To finish up, I layered in arrows from my digital stash.
Miss B's page was also constructed as Teddy's was. I layered in hearts from my digital stash behind the photo. Then, I layered in a different background from the kit and reduced it to become the strip at the bottom. I added the text at the bottom and the top with the same font.
Stuff to know if you want to try this:
1. It's really hard to screw anything up in digital design. Photoshop (or any similar program) lets you undo anything you suddenly realize was a bad move. Also, the program forces you the "place" everything you do. It's like saying "I do!" to the layer, but you can still "annul" the step if you choose.
2. If you get stuck on anything, there's a YouTube video tutorial for everything in the known world. At some point in the process, I closed the layers panel and needed to learn how to get it back - internet to the rescue! There are also tutorials on Club Scrap. I plan to spend some time looking at digital pages I like so next time I sit down to design, I can pull up a couple of tutorials and make myself look like a genius in comparison to these pages!
3. I wanted my photos to blend with the papers in the kit, so I used a free basic photo editor program to make them look like "old photos" which isn't exactly black and white, but still fairly neutral in color.
4. Granted, these are pretty simplistic pages, but once I got on the roll with the whole layer-and-place routine, the process was super-duper fast. I think doing pages this way can take away some of the tactile joy that comes with traditional scrapbooking, kind of like reading a book from an e-reader. The end product is the same, but something might be lost in the process. I, however, am much more likely to actually complete pages digitally, so I'm willing to make the trade-off, and if I need the tactile experience, I'll belly up to the craft table, and whip out a few cards. Choose what works for you.
Whew! That's it for me. Next on the hit parade is Donna, and you can reach her blog by clicking on the graphic below. You can also head back to Karen's page if you've missed a stop or you want to begin anew.
Until next time...
For today's card, I used #bff from The Project Bin to make this pretty, feminine 4" x 6"card. My LSS is going out of business, so I grabbed up some random things for a dollar and they worked perfectly with the sentiment.
I stamped the beautiful sentiment in Memento Lux Rich Cocoa, sponged the edges to age the papers a bit, then added pearl embellishments and a wooden bird to add some texture.
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