Friday, May 28, 2010

Masculine birthday cards

I created these cards for Rhonda, and my challenge was to create two masculine birthday cards. Masculine cards are always tough. So I took the challenge to create something unique and creative that the men out there may appreciate.
The first one I created as a wallet. I had some of this paper lying around from when I first started scrapbooking and bought one of those huge paper stacks from Michael's. I cut two layers, one for the outside and one for the inside. I cut two slits in either side so I could later slide in the tabbed index cards. I added a piece of matching card stock around the folded edge of the outside of the card. I then hand stitched the whole thing with top stitching thread. I then stamped the lion image on darker card stock with Versamark and embossed it using copper embossing powder. I cut it in an oval shape using my Coluzzle templates. I then stitched around that and adhered it over the joint between the patterned paper and the card stock. I tucked the tabbed index cards I cut from the same card stock used on the front of the card. I then used my Art Warehouse stamps to stamp the words on the tabs using Distress ink. I also stamped a Inque Boutique sentiment on the inside of the card using Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next I created a card with a car image on the front. I started with a gold Kaisercraft card base. I then took three pieces of card stock that coordinated with my car image and colour blocked the front of the card leaving a thin edge of the base showing. I ran them through the Cuttlebug with the script folder. I then distressed the embossing with sandpaper and white ink to highlight the embossing and the edges of the card stock. I then took the car image and imported it into Robomaster and duplicated it. I grabbed the outline of the car on the one image and surrounded the second one with the Silhouette artisans rectangular frame. I duplicated the frame and I offset the second one as a mat. I then used the print and cut feature on the Silhouette to cut out the images. I inked the mat with black ink, and adhered the image on it. I added the cut out image of the car with foam adhesive to make it pop. Lastly I printed the sentiment on card stock using the font Eight Fifteen, and attached it with foam adhesive in the bottom right hand corner.

Lastly I thought I'd pop in a card for Rhonda herself. I grabbed some scrap Chatterbox paper and the same base I used for my Mother's day card and created a similar card. This time I used a Kaisercraft flower and added a string tied button to the center. I also used a Fiskars edge punch instead of the lace. I also used the same Martha Stewart twig punch I used on the last card for the leaves around the flower. I left of a sentiment so that she can add that when she goes to reuse it, while I write in the card by lining it with a post it note.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Needle storage solution for those who enjoy hand-stitching on their layouts.

I created a little matchbook to store some of my sewing needles with my scrapping supplies. I did have them stored in a little box, but the lid wasn't too secure so that they might spill easily and it was rather difficult to remove them without accidentally poking myself.

So here's some directions on how I made mine:
Take a 2"x10" strip of cardstock weight patterned paper, and fold it at 1", 5 1/2" and at 5 3/4". Fold this into a matchbook shape. Next, take a 2"x4 1/2" strip of thin boxboard, and glue it to the inside back of the matchbook for added support. Next take a 2"x4 1/2" piece of cardstock and fold it at 1 1/2" and at 2 1/4". Pierced the fold lines at even intervals with a small/thin needle. Tuck the longer end (to the fold line) into the small flap of the matchbook. Fold the large flap under the smaller one; staple the small flap closed, making sure you don't catch the top flap. Decorate as desired, and then insert the needles through the pierced holes.

Have fun sewing on your layouts.

Monday, May 17, 2010

King of the Dance Floor

I was inspired by Andrea's layout in another rendition of layout tag. Andrea creates digitally, and extracted her image from the photograph. I had wanted to scrap this picture for ages but I always found the background distracting. This was the perfect opportunity to try something different... I went hybrid. I extracted the ring bearer and the bridesmaid from the picture. I used a background paper from DCWV La Creme digi kit, however I wasn't too excited by the colour of the paper. Therefore I extracted the lace edge from the paper and placed it over some paper from my own 'A little bit of Glamour' kit. I added a drop shadow to the photograph. I then added my title using various fonts (Kingthings Petrock, Milk and Cereal, One Fell Swoop). I added a crown image behind the word KING. After which I removed the word KING again so that I could later add it as a paper element. I then printed out the layout on quality photo paper and let it dry. When it was dry enough to work with I added Kaiser craft jewels to the crown and the 'lace' edge. I cut the word KING out of black card stock covered with Forever Violet Perfect Pearls using the Kingthings Petrock font. I then ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Victoria embossing folder and adhered it to the layout using foam adhesive. Underneath the title I placed two purple satin butterflies that using Matte Accents to lift their wings. At the top of the page I added a tab that I stamped the date onto with white embossing powder. I cut the tab from a piece of purple card stock, folded in half and punched the corners with a corner rounder.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Still in love

I created this sketch last fall for Kindred Creations 'County Fair' sketch competition. (It did win the competition). I really love the round picture it uses, but I confess I had never used a round picture on a layout. So I felt challenged to actually use this sketch... yes I actually sketch ideas, not layouts I've already created. I just had to create a layout using this sketch, and with all the craziness going on my life since then I just hadn't had a chance.

GIMP Tutorial

I was playing around with a photo of my DH and I in GIMP. (I am currently using 2.6.4) I totally love the look of pencil sketches however I have absolutely no skill when it comes to drawing. The FX-Foundry filter pack(I think this is a must download if you use GIMP) has a great filter called 'Quick sketch'. I used that on the picture (FX-Foundry>Artistic>Quick Sketch). I then flattened the results, and set the file back to RGB (IMAGE>MODE>RGB). I duplicated the layer, and removed the white background from the top layer (Colors>Color to alpha and make sure white (ffffff) is selected as your colour). I then inverted the colour on the top layer (Colors>Invert) so that I could colorify this layer a sepia colour (Colors>Colorify and choose a Sepia colour or colour of your choosing). I then applied a motion blur to weep the colour in the same direction as the shadows in my picture (Filters>Blur>Motion Blur... use a linear blur and play with the blur length and angle until you find something that suits your picture.. again follow the direction of any shadows in your picture for a natural look). I took this and printed it on cheap $store matte photo paper.

I chose to adapt my sketch for an 8 1/2x11 layout, which I do scrap most often. I started by cutting my circular picture from the sketch I printed. I then searched for a background paper that would highlight the sepia toning in the sketch and found this Basic Grey Bittersweet Belgian paper. I distressed it with Radiant Rain Pewter Shimmering Mist. I then cut a small strip off the top and bottom so I could add a trim. I chose to use a Fiskars border punch on white card stock. I then inked the card stock using Willow Adirondack and Olive CTMH inks. I also cut a scalloped photo mat for my picture and inked it with the same inks.I glued the punched border trim between my background paper and hand stitched just below the trim with embroidery floss. I inked the edge of my photo paper with red ink and adhered it to the scallop mat, which I then centered on the layout. I took two Gem Art flourishes which I cut into smaller flourishes and rearranged around my picture. I then cut two different sized leaves using my Silhouette, and inked them with either the Willow Adirondack or the Olive CTMH ink. I also punched some Martha Stewart twigs and painted them with Olive Vine Twinkling H20's. I layered them between the two flourishes and added the red and white Craft flowers. I then added the journaling box and journaling using a silver gel pen. Lastly I added my title using foam stickers from Dollarama, which I scanned at 300DPI and grabbed the outline of in my ROBO Master software, and cut some shimmery red paper to line the letters with. I also cut the words 'in love' using Carpenter ICG font on white cardstock, which I adhered right over the paper covered foam stickers.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cards Scare Me (Mother' s Day card)

A few days ago at Kindred Creations someone commented that creating cards scares her. Maybe some of you are intimidated by the thought of creating a card. I've created a bit of a tutorial to give you a start in creating cards. Now there are a multitude of ways you can create a card, and there are copious card sketches out there to help you along.
Take this card for instance; I didn't use a sketch but I used a fairly simple formula.
I started with a shaped card.. which just makes it a little fancier. I took two coordinating pieces of patterned paper, and I used one on the top, one on the bottom. I chose half and half, but I could have used more or less on top. I separated the two with a piece of ribbon/lace. I then added an embellishment, in this case the flower with leaves (again it could have been anything; a stamped image, die cut, sticker.. whatever fits your theme). Then I added the sentiment to the top half (depending on your card it could look better balanced on the bottom). I could have rounded the bottom of the sentiment as well or used a bookplate and raised it up more but in this instance I tucked it under the lace a little bit. I also chose to leave a small white edge all around the card. Supplies used: I cut the base from white card stock on my Silhouette, Chatterbox patterned paper, lace, flowers and Pearls from Dollarama (the flowers I took through the cuttlebug using the Victoria embossing folder and layered with foam adhesive), Martha Stewart branch craft punch leaves, CTMH sentiment stamp with Adirondack ink.
Here are a few more cards based on the same basic formula:

Sometimes there is no bottom paper, sometimes it's on the inside of the card and the bottom of the front of the card is cut shorter, or in the case of the card in the top right corner I just used a strip of paper with the sentiment to divide the card.