Guest Artist Laura Kovala

2.28.2016

Hello friends and I wish you a lovely Sunday!  Today I would like to share a beautiful card made by Laura Kovala with Sending Hugs, my latest hand drawn digi that I just released on Friday.  If you have not grab this Sending Hugs sweetheart for yourself, please make sure to do so by Monday February 29th as the zip file will be remove on March 1st.  For the link to the download zip file location along with more stunning inspirations from some of my crafty friends, please scroll down the page to the previous post or click HERE.


LAURA KOVALA
BLOG: MY STAMP GURA

Isn't this beautiful?  I was completely taken by surprise when Laura shared this beautiful card of her in our current "Make A Birthday OR A Hello Card" theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge group.   Just hours after the release!  Now that's impressive.  Her coloring is beautiful and what a lovely choice of pink and blue!  I also like that she kept her layout very clean and simple, allowing the little girl to really shine!  She then finished off with a nice grass strokes, a beautiful bow and sweet sentiment.  Oh, just beautifully done by Laura!    Please be sure to stop by Laura's blog and say "Hello!"   You might also want to consider following her blog as she shares great card-making techniques. Laura is a TAC consultant and teaches many technique and design classes in her area.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today friends.  May you have a lovely rest of your Sunday. 



Sending Hugs + Guest Artists

2.26.2016

Hello friends and welcome!  I am so delighted to have fellow Outlawz DT friends Laurian Macdonald and Liv Lejdbrandth back again for the release of my next digi "Sending Hugs."  Also joining us are Linda W. and Rannah Romps.  I met Linda last July when she first contacted me for the DT opportunity in her Monday Greetings group.  Over time she became not only as my co-team leader, but a dear friend as well.  Rannah, I have known her since the beginning of my blogging journey.  We have many good laughs together and became best of friend.   I am very happy to announce that she will be joining our Monday Greetings group as the new DT come March 7th.   Please give Laurian, Liv, Linda and Rannah a warm welcoming to my blog.  Then, afterward please stop by and check out their beautiful blog.


Now here are some beautiful inspirations from Laurian, Liv, Linda and Rannah.  I really love their take on this sweet little girl image.  Each one so different, yet all equally beautiful! 

It's like stepping into spring with Laurian's card.  So many beautiful details!  The clouds background is incredible and beautiful coloring of the little girl.  Laurian gave her a name, "Alicia." Oh isn't that just the sweetest name?  Very fitting too.  I think she looks like me. Well, at least the wild child version of me anyway with that hair.  Haahaa.  Beautifully done Laurian and thank you!

LAURIAN MACDONALD

Rannah used the entire set and captured her favorite colors in her card.  I really like her green hearts and that decorative frame with the touch of pearl beads is so lovely.  Rannah also did a beautiful job capturing the joy and sweetness of the little girl with her beautiful coloring.   Beautifully done Rannah and thank you!

RANNAH ROMPS

Both Liv and Linda used the sentiment "Smile, it's a beautiful day" which you can find it over on my Christina's Digis page.   

I really love all the details on Liv's card.  The beautiful coloring of the image and background scene, the floral paper and embellishments.  Such a cheerful card and so fitting for any occasion.  Beautifully done Liv and thank you!

LIV LEJDBRANDTH
BLOG: LL PEARLS


Linda really blew me away by the color and beautiful raffles of the dress.  The dress color compliment the hair color beautifully.  The delicate bow and glittering die cut heart also add a lovely touch to the card.  Beautifully done Linda and thank you!

LINDA W.

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends and I hope you will share your comment with me before you go.  It's truly a joy hearing from you and to know you have stopped by.  

May you have a lovely weekend ahead.  Stay warm and healthy.



Quick Hello Cards

2.22.2016

Hello and I wish you a lovely new Monday!  I hope you have had a lovely, fun as well restful weekend.  I have a very fun card to share with you today.  The image is so cute that you'll want to grab one and color along with me!



This image is from Angie's Cards & Digis called "Baby Chicks". I can't help but giggle when I first saw this image. Both chicks seem to be greeting each other with a "Hello" question. The chick inside the egg seems to be asking "Hello is it safe to come out?" while the other chick seem to be asking "Hello are YOU going to come out?" Haha. This image is not only adorable, but very quick to color with. Making it very easy to put together a pack of card that can be for any occasion - not just for "Hello."

How This Set of 8 Cards Made

First, I opened up Microsoft Word (version 2013) and pulled in the Baby Chicks image and resize. Then, pulled in the "Hello?" sentiment and position it slightly on the egg. 

Next, to group (lock) the Baby Chicks image and "Hello?" sentiment as a single image, I first click on both of them while holding down on the Ctrl key. Then go to the header bar and click on Group, then Group again. 

Finally, I want to print out 8 of this image on a single page.  So, I Right click on the grouped (locked) image/sentiment and did Copy and Paste 7 times. Then just click and reposition each images across the page.  Print on Copic blending paper and color with Copic markers.


The Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames set is a built-in frames, meaning it was made to cut all six frames out on a single color cardstock in a single cut. So to get the frames in 3 different colors, I cut it three times. Then adhesive the different color frames to the white base card.  After finished coloring the image, I layer it over a piece of black cardstock.  Then mount over the frames.

I would like to  participate my "Hello" card in the following challenges listed at the end of this post.



Thanks so much for stopping by today friends.




supplies
Digi Image: "Baby Chicks" (from Angie's Cards & Digis)
Digi Sentiment: "Hello?" (from Memories Crafter)
Die Frame: Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames (Impression Obsession)
Paper: Copic blending paper and color cardstocks
Coloring with: Copic markers (baby chicks: Y00, Y11, Y21, YR000, YR12, YR00; grass: YG03, YG17, YG67; ground: E42, E33; egg: W00, W1)
Sky: rubbed with Versa Magic ink "Sea Breeze" using a sponge dauber

Z-Fold Card Tutorial

2.18.2016

Hello sweet friends.  Today I want to share a Z-fold card tutorial with you.  I've broken the tutorial into two parts.  Part 1 is how to create a 4x4 and 4x6 size.  The second part is for a 4.75x6.75 size, which is the size of this finished card here.  



To decorate the card, I cut and adhesive the Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Labels Four fancy frame over the white Z-fold card with Elmer's spray adhesive. The sweet baby image is a rubber stamp calls "Cradled by the moon." It's a Whimsy Stamps - part of Crissy Armstong collections.  I stamped it with Memento tuxedo black ink onto copic blending paper and colored with copic (skin: E21, E00, E000,YR000 and R000). In the last fold, I die cut the medium fancy frame twice, cutting the 2nd frame in half to create a pocket to hold 3 mini note cards for personal message to the family.


Part 1: 4x4 and 4x6 Z-Fold Card Tutorial

Both the 4x4 and 4x6 Z-Fold card steps are similar.  So I will demonstrate with the 4x6 instead.
Materials
1 sheet - 12x12 cardstock (color of your choice)
Scoreboard
Scoring bone
Paper trimmer

Direction:
1.  Cut the cardstock to 6x12 (for 4x6 z-fold card) or 4x12 (for 4x4 z-fold).
2.  Place the cardstock on the scoreboard, with the 12-inch going across.
3.  For both 4x4 and 4x6 card, score the cardstock at the 4-inch and 8-inch mark like this...

4.  Now fold at the score lines in a form of the letter "Z" like these.   Then, decorate.
To create a larger size Z-fold card, it will take two cardstock.   For today, I will walk you through creating a 4.75x6.75 Z-fold.  But once you get this step down, you can create as large as a 6x12.


Part 2: 4.75x6.75 Z-fold Card Tutorial



Materials:

2 - 8 1/2x11 size cardstock (color of your choice - I used white)
Scoreboard
Scoring bone
Paper trimmer
Adhesive 

Decoration - for this baby card, I used the following materials to decorate...
Fancy die frame:  Nestabilities 5x7 Elegant Labels Four (Spellbinders)
Die - butterfly die, Cherry Lynn Designs' Coved Rectangle Stitch Nesting set
Rubber stamp image:  Cradled by the moon (Whimsy Stamps -  part of Crissy Armstong collections)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Colored with: Copic markers
Paper: Copic blending paper, solar white
Adhesive: Elmer spray adhesive
Machine: Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix metal shim plate

Direction
1.  Cut first cardstock to 6.75x10.50 and second carstock to 4.75x6.75.  
2.  Place the 6.75x10.50 cardstock on the scoreboard, with the 10.50-inch going across.  Then score at the 4.75-inch and 9.50-inch like this.  Leaving 1-inch at the outer end.


3.  Fold at the score lines, like this...

 
4.  Place adhesive on outer 1-inch.  Like this...  


5.  Now, adhesive the 4.75x6.75 cardstock piece on...like this...that's the back part. 


6.  Flip the card over and this is the side you will decorate with.  See, no joint line.



Tip for working with thinlets and intricate dies

Here is my finished baby card one more time.  I love working with fancy frames.  They make it very easy and quick to add an elegant finishing touch to cards.  But without the proper cutting tool, fancy frames as well thinlets can be quite frustrating to work with.  Because of their intricate details, they might not cut through all the way and cleanly no matter how many times you crank it through the Big Shot.  I found the solution to this problem by using the Sizzix metal shim plate.  It's a bit pricey.  But if you are constantly working with fancy dies and thinlets, the metal shim plate is worth the investment.  All you do is place the metal shim plate on top of the die, then the top sandwich plate like you normally do.  Then just crank through the Big Shot.   


I hope you enjoy this little Z-fold card tutorial.  Thanks so much for stopping by today friends and may you have a lovely, fun weekend ahead.



Working With Pre-colored Digital Images

2.15.2016

Hello friends and I wish you a lovely new week.  I hope you have had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend and have found some time to spend with family and friends as well do other things you enjoy outside of crafting.  For today's project, I am working with the Pre-Colored version of this adorable Get Well Mice image from Dis Dig Stamps.  This image is also available in black and white.  But I needed to send out a few sets of quick Get-Well cards this week so this pre-colored version is exactly what I need to accomplish this task.

I started by creating my A2 size (4.25x5.0) base card from a 8 1/2x11 size heavy-weight white cardstock by first cut the paper in half.  Then score and fold each half to create a 4.25x5.50 size cards.  Next, I embossed a golden yellow cardstock with the Darice 4.25x5.75 Heart Background, adhesive it to a piece of black cardstock and onto the base card.  Then, I die cut the Fancy Cutout border on black and adhesive over the heart embossed background layer using Elmer's Spray adhesive.  

Next, I opened up Microsoft Word (version 2013), pulled in Get Well Mice and resized to 3 inch in height. Then I pulled in the sentiment Sending Hugs, a digi I create right below the image.  Next, I hold down the Shift key and click on both the image and sentiment.  Then go to Format and select Group to group (lock) them as a single image.  I was able to get 6 images to print on a single page by first Right click on the image and select Wrap Text and then Tight so I can move the image around.  Then, I Center click on the image again and did Copy and Paste five times.  Center click on each image, hold down the mouse and reposition all six images on the page.

To capture the true blending colors of the Get Well Mice, I print on Copic blending paper.  Then cut it out with a stitch die frame, adhesive over a piece of black cardstock and onto the heart embossed background layer.


Thank you for stopping by today friends and for taking time to share your comment with me.  If you have any questions working with digital images in Microsoft Word, please feel free to send me an e-mail.  I'm happy to help and will try my best to answer your questions.

I wish to enter my Get Well Mice card into the following challenges below.

Sending hugs and wishing you a lovely new day!




Berry Sweet + Guest Artists

2.14.2016

Hello friends! A lovely Sunday blessings to you! It brings me great joy and honor to have two very special guests joining me today for the release of my new digital image for this month. Please welcome my talented and sweet fellow Outlawz DT friends: Liv Ledjdbrandth and Laurian Macdonald. If you are active in the Outlawz Challenges group, then you are sure to recognize Liv's and Laurian's beautiful work. But if this is all new to you, then you are in for a sweet treat. Just wait until you see their project! They will sure to inspire you and help get your creative juice flowing. Please be sure to stop by their blog and leave them some love. Now, here is my first drawing for this month.


This is "Berry Sweet" and you can grab this as a freebie between now until February 21st.  This digi set comes with this adorable little mouse surrounded by strawberries covered chocolate image and the sentiment "You Are Berry Sweet."  I do not sell any of my digis.  If you have missed the direct download period when they are first released, you may obtain them by e-mail request only.

I started the sketch with just the strawberries covered chocolate.  But something was missing. Then the mouse popped into mind.  How?  I have no idea!  I don't even like mice!  LOL.  But it just did.  So, I drew it anyway.  Now here he is.  Isn't he cute?  I then needed a name for this image and finally settled on Berry Sweet.  Berry, short for strawberry and well it's sweet.  So "Berry Sweet." 

And here is my card...


I used the entire set to pull together this quick CAS card late Friday evening.  Then snapped a photo of the finished card on Saturday.  After finished coloring,  I did the unthinkable.  I cut it out, almost snip off the little mouse's whiskers as I do not like leaving white spaces around the image.  Then, I print out another image along with the sentiment, die cut out with the stitch frame and adhesive the colored image over the uncolored.  Fit like a glove!  Next, I applied a couple coats of clear Wink of Stella over the strawberries covered chocolate for a little touch of sparkles, adhesive to the card and wrapped a piece of twine around.

I would like to enter my Berry Sweet card over at the following challenges listed at the end of this post below with first time at Sweet Stampin for their CAS challenge.

COPIC COLOR COMBINATION
Little mouse: C4, C2, C0, R000, RV10
Strawberries: R89, R46, R37, E35, YG00, YG03, YG17, E49, E45, E35, E29 
MATERIALS
Copic x-press blending paper & Copic markers
Twine, white/red cardstock, clear Wink of Stella
Dies: Cherry Lynn Designs' Coved Rectangle Stitch Nesting Set

Now for your inspiration from Liv and Laurian...


Liv's card:  Isn't Liv's card stunning?   I just adore how she colored up the little mouse.  He is so cute and her strawberries look so yummy!  The design layout is just amazing and perfect for any occasion.  The "Hello Beautiful" sentiment is not part of this Berry Sweet set, but you can grab it over on my Christina's Digis page.  What a gorgeous card by Liv!  Thank you Liv!

Liv Lejdbrandth
Blog: LL Pearls

Laurian's Card:  Laurian made my jaw drop with the stunning coloring and blending of the strawberries. Just look how shiny they are! The little mouse is also very cute in this color combination. Laurian named him "Michalus." What a sweet and adorable name!  The die cut sentiment and background papers go so beautifully with the image too!  What a stunning card by Laurian!  Perfect for Valentine Day!  Thank you Laurian!

Laurian Macdonald

Now, to grab this freebie, just click on the DOWNLOAD button to redirect you to the download zip file location. In the zip folder you will find the image, the sentiment, the above preview sheet, and my terms of use which are standard for all my creations.


I hope you will have fun coloring up this Berry Sweet image and perhaps let me share your finish project HERE on my blog.  To do that, simply send me a good quality photo of your project and if you are sharing over on your blog, the direct link to your blog post.  For any project share with my digis over on your blog and other social media, please kindly give credit by linking back to my blog.

Thanks for stopping by today friends and for taking time to share your comment as well question with me.  Wishing you a lovely rest of your day!



Kids-Family Craft: Valentine's Cards Bag Holder

2.12.2016

Hello friends!  Just dropping by to wish you a lovely weekend ahead along with a quick tutorial on how to make this fun and easy Valentine's Day kids' craft project with your kiddos or grandchildren over this weekend.  Later today I will be hosting my son's kindergarten class Valentine party and this is the craft project that they will be doing.  It's a bag to hold their Valentines from each other.  I got the idea after seeing this in the Oriental Trading catalog.  What I've learned from hosting classroom party the past two years is that kids do not like getting their hands sticky with glue.   Rather, they love lots and lots of foam stickers and gluing things with glue dots and adhesive tapes.  So this will be a great project for them.

Create A Valentine Cards Bag Holder

Materials

  • Large googly eyes
  • Paper heart shape or Heart shape foam sticker - color of choice
  • Pom pom - color of choice
  • Assorted heart shape foam stickers for decoration
  • Black marker - to draw the smile
  • Glue dots
  • Glue stick (I substitute with adhesive tapes)
  • Cardstock - color of choice
  • Small gift bag (substitute with lunch bag to save cost)
  • Scoring board 
  • Scoring bone
  • Paper trimmer


Direction

Step 1 - Decorate the face:  Apply glue dot to the back of the googly eyes.  Then adhesive it to the paper heart shape or heart shape foam sticker.  Next, stick down with glue dot the pom pom for the nose.  Draw in a smile with the marker and add mini heart foam sticker to each end of the smile.  You got the face


Step 2 - Create arms and legs:  With the cardstock, cut out 2 stripes of 1" x 11".  Then lay it on the scoreboard with the 11 inch going across and score at every 1/2 inch mark.  Next, cut each stripe in half at the 5 1/2 inch mark to get 4, 1 x 5 1/2 stripes of paper.  Then fold each stripe at the score lines, like an accordion.  You got your arms and legs. (I prep this entire part for them ahead of time).


Step 3: Open up the bag and on one side, punch two holes side to side, about 1/2 inch down from the opening.   Then thread the pipe cleaner through the holes, loop each end around the bag's handle once and then bend the tip inward to create a tiny circle.  


Step 4 - Glue the heart face onto the bag.


 Step 5: Open up each side of the bag and glue on the arm, like this.


Step 6: Next, glue on the legs. Then add heart shape foam sticker at the end of the arms and legs.


Step 7: Decorate the tummy area of the bag with more foam stickers!  Voila!  The bag is complete.


That was super easy and fun right?  I hope you enjoy this little tutorial and will give it a try with your kiddos or grandchildren over the weekend.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends.  I hope you can stop by on Sunday for a very special post.  One that you do not want to miss.   Until then, may you have a lovely rest of your day.




Tutorial | A Side Step Card

2.08.2016

Hello friends and a lovely day to you!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  The weather was quite nice here my part of town, as if spring has arrived early.  We spend most of our weekend taking family strolls and enjoying the great outdoor. 
Seasons come and seasons goes. But for me, spring is my favoritest. Spring represents new life, new hope and new beginnings. The warm sunlight awakens the sleepy Earth, melting away the gloom of winter. There is nothing more cheerful than seeing budding trees give rise to vibrant flowers and birds greeting the day with joyful tunes. But the most miraculous sight of all is seeing a new fawn taking its first steps alongside its mother! This is why I love springtime so much
So today's card is a Spring theme Side Step card (with a tutorial below) using the "Five Little Froggies" digital stamp image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More.  Aren't the smiles on these froggies just warm your heart?   We have quite a few froggies in our backyard pond though they don't look quite as cute as these little froggies!  Haahaa. 



About The Card

This is a 4.25x5.50 Side Step card. I started first by creating the side step card base. The frame part of the card is 3.50 x 4.25.  Next, I opened up Microsoft Word (version 2013), pulled in "Five Little Froggies" image and resized to 3.25 inch in height.  Then print on copic blending paper. 

The image was colored with copics. I then sponged with distressed ink a jungle green on the ground for the grass bed as well in between each steps for the shadow effect.

I used the following dies to decorate the steps:
Impression Obsession Dies:  two Reading Tree were cut from two different shade of green cardstock;  Tiny Flowers were cut from different color cardstocks and adhesive randomly onto the trees with glossy accents;  in between each steps I adhesive a bunch of Grass Border using two different shade of green cardstock.  
The white Arbor Fence is from Taylored Expressions.  The sentiment is n old digi stamp which I can't recall from where.


Tutorial: 4.25x5.50 Side Step Card
(this is an old template I've saved for my visual aid guide)



Material:
  • 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock - color of choice
  • Paper trimmer (substitute with scissor)
  • Score board (substitute with ruler)
  • Scoring bone (can use tip of a scissor)
  • Craft knife

Here is the template.  Below that are the steps in photos.  This tutorial is also available in PDF file which you can download the file HERE. 

Instruction 

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 2A: 

Step 3: 

Step 4:

 Step 5:

The finished decorated card

I hope you enjoy my little Side Step card tutorial.  Thanks so much for sharing your day with me friends and for taking the time to share your comment.  You have made my day!

And to all my Chinese friends, Happy Chinese New Year!  May the year of the Red Fire Monkey bring you many luck, happiness and good health.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges below.

Sending hugs and wishing you a lovely blessing new week with a beautiful song fits for a Springtime theme.  This is "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens.  Enjoy!