Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Laziness

My 2 oldest boys being lazy at my brothers house. I guess they had too much food and fun! I used Mari Koegelenberg's Demin Gal kit for this LO.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

2009 Family Calendar

Here's my lastest project. I always make these every year for my mom, mil, husband and myself. This is the first year that I've done them digitally. Wow, it was so much faster this way. I usually head over to my Aunt's house(my Stampin' Up! supplier) and make them in one of her classes. Instead of using a cd case to hold the calendars I picked up one of those clear plastic picture frames that you can get at Walmart or the office supply stores. This frame is 3 1/2 x 5. I used my freebie calendar found here. All other digital supplies are Sugarplum Paperie's. The kits I used, in order, were December Grab Bag, December Grab Bag, Chilled Wine, Lime Twist, A little Birdie, Twitter Blossoms, China Blue, Mango Sorbet, Whimsey Doodle, Midnight Garden Party(Harvest Freebie), December Grab Bag, and December Grab Bag.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Megan's Journal

So I finally finished Megan's gift. I made this journal for her...it matches the jewelry box I made for her. You can see it here. I used Sugarplum Paperie's Midnight Garden Party kit. I have been making several of these journals lately. They are awesome gifts for kids that love to doodle or write. Even better yet they are super cheap to make...journals are usually $1.00 or less. Now off to make one more jewelry box and journal for Paige:)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Altered Wooden Snowman

This snowman was so much fun to make! The other day I was at Michaels looking at all of wooden shapes and thought this little guy would be so cute covered in paper. I scanned him to get his dimensions and used Sugarplum Paperie's December Grab Bag for my paper and elements. I used CS4 to design his face and nose. Other supplies: jewels, wire, ribbon, wooden stick, pop dots, chipboard for the sign, Soft Sky SU! ink, and Stazon Brown to sponge around the outside.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thomas the Train for Payton

Today's color challenge CC196 on SCS is Taken with Teal, Reding Riding Hood, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. Just perfect colors for Payton's Birthday stuff:) I altered a journal and made him his birthday card with Alma Townsend's My Guy kit and SU! paper. I recolored Alma's kit in photoshop to make the colors match SU! colors and Thomas the Train. I found the cute image of Thomas on the net.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Camo Card and Bag

Can you believe it! I did a challenge today:) I needed a card and bag (for some very hot habanero and jalapeno pepper sauce) for my Dad's birthday and I used SCS's challenges CC195 and SC205 to make the card.

My supplies were Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla and Basic Black CS, Black Stazon, Label and Curly Punch, ribbon, twill, Camo DP and Cute & Curly and Taggers Dozen SU! stamps.

Now off to make Payton's birthday stuff...my baby is going to be 3 years old in a week. He is going to have a Thomas the Train Birthday, wish me luck on the cake:)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Midnight Garden Party Jewelry Box

Hi everyone! Here's my lastet project with this little wooden jewelry box I found at the craft store. I covered it with Sugarplum Paperie's Midnight Garden Party digital kit. You can't see it in the pictures, but I ran the paper through my Big Kick before gluing it onto the box. It looks so cute with all the raised swirls. I used Mod Podge to glue everything down and then put a coat of it on the top of everything. I digi-scrapped some pictures for the the inside of the drawers. This box is for my friends daughter who LOVES the Jonas Brothers. So I put them in the top with a little paper covered wooden heart. I put a rub on on the mirror that says...Ooh la la. In the bottom draw I digi-scrapped pictures of her with her kitty, sister and friends. I still have to add a little bling to it and a drawer pull.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Ornament Tutorial

I'm always experimenting with things and one day I had this idea to print my digi-scrapping onto some tissue paper to see how it would look. I knew in the stamping world it was a technique used to put stamped designs onto candles. I had done it before and loved the end result. So it got me thinking about all those ceramic ornaments I had purchased at Michael's craft store for a $1.00... and were still sitting in my closet from last year. I printed out my image and I was pleased with the results. Although my image wasn't perfect it had a cool aged effect to it. These are fun and inexpensive gifts or keepsakes that allow limitless creativity. Once you you glue your image on you can add ribbon and bling to further deck them out.

Step 1: Gather your supplies: Tissue paper, scissors, tape, card stock, digi-scrapped picture, scanner, Mod Podge (not pictured), foam brush, ceramic ornament, ribbon and any extra "bling" you might want to add.

Step 2: Create your template by scanning your ornament (remove any ribbon) against a black background. I use PSE 6.0 and/or CS4 and use the quick selection tool and then clean up the edges with the lasso tool. Once you are satisfied with the selection you will need to contract your image by 8 pixels. Select>Modify>Contract by 8 pixels and click ok. Now you will have your template to digi-scrap on.

Step 3: Digi-scrap your template with digital supplies and a picture. Be creative and have fun!
Step 4: Now get your card stock, tissue paper, tape and sicssors. Cut a piece of tissue paper out that is about one inch smaller all the way around than your card stock (refer to picture). When taping the tissue to your card stock make sure you keep it as smooth as possible.

Step 5: Printing. Print your image in the very center of the page. When printing you may need to experiment with your printer settings to get the best result. I use an Espon R320 and use "Bright White Paper" , "Advanced" and "Photo" settings.
Step 6: Once printed cut out your design. Make sure your design lines up with your ornament.

Step 7: Now put a thin layer of Mod Podge on your ornament with your brush. Next, carefully place your design on your ornament. Tissue paper will tear easily and you need to properly place it on the first time. Once it's laid flat gently smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Let it dry.

Step 8: After drying, layer another thin coat of Mod Podge on the top. Let dry.

Step 9: Add your ribbon and any additional "bling".