Saturday, January 23, 2016

Winter Wonderland Blog Hop

Welcome to the....

Today's hop is filled with winter (not holiday) themed projects.

Today's hop sponsored by...

Catherine is giving away a class of the winner's choice from her great offerings 
at Creativity Grows Here. 

To enter the drawing just leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.

Winner will be announced on ScrapsByGracie.blogspot.com on Saturday, 1/30/16. 

Now on with today's projects...

I made this card using pewter embossing powder and an embossing folder. It's a simple technique that leaves beautiful metal like results.


1. In raised area of embossing folder.

2. Run your cardstock through your embossing machine
3. Pour embossing powder over your embossed cardstock
4. Use a small, clean and soft paint brush, brush off any unwanted embossing powder
5. Warm up your heat gun for at least 10 seconds before turning it towards your embossing and then heat up your embossing powder until it melts. Leave on the heat a few extra seconds to give it the uneven metal look



Here is a close up of the area I did. I used colored mist spray to color the snowflakes. I put used cardstock over each area I didn't want spritzed. 


Thanks for stopping by today and since I'm at the end, you need to backtrack and see the other great projects so please start at Theresa's blog here.

Here is the full lineup in case you need to go back and see some of the great projects you missed.

Theresa ~scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Connie ~ conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Jessica ~ craftinandstampin.blogspot.com

Alicia ~ goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
Sarah ~ http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/
Anita ~ Scrappyhappymommy.blogspot.ca
Angela ~ crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com
Miranda ~ nanasscrapspot.com
Haidee ~ created2bunique.blogspot.com
Kim ~ katydidcards.com
Lisa F ~ lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Jearise ~ lorbysworld.blogspot.com
Holli ~ sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Card A Day Challenge DT ~ cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - January



This is the first in a year long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.
Each month we'll feature a different technique or fold or product.
We've assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced so you'll get a great variety of cards and ideas.


This month we will be focusing on emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got
some cool cards for you today. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.
Now on with the projects.


First off, I have to say that I love to heat emboss and have been doing it since I started scrapbooking and card about 10 years ago. I have a draw full of different types of embossing powders and inks. Yes, there are many different embossing powders and they all play an intricate part in making your project beautiful. 

Here is a link to a wonderful page that describes different powders and inks and will help you get started on this new adventure or branch out and try something new. 

(I found this site and it says that I may not reproduce or distribute the information so I am just putting the link for you to go to since it states it is for personal use only.)
http://www.scrapbook.com/classes/stvol1/lessons/print/23.html

My first project takes two types of embossing and combines them. I use an embossing folder and then heat embossing. 





I used Glitter Mist Spray over the top once I was done with the heat embossing to add color to the keys.


I start by putting ink on my embossing folder. Do it lightly so you only get the raised area. I have found that it works best on the background and not the design but you can play with it and hopefully it'll work perfectly for you. :)  

Once I've inked my folder, I slip in my paper and send it through my embossing machine. As soon as I take it out, I add my heat embossing powder. I brush off any powder that might have gotten on the design itself. Then I add my heat and presto!  


Now for my second type of heat of embossing, I used clear embossing powder over words.



I used chalks to add color to the embossing and surrounding area. I just used my finger and rubbed the chalk on and then used a soft cloth to wipe off the excess.


Directions for this:

1. Print out the saying you like
2. Use your heat gun to dry the ink from your printer
3. Use your powder bag to go over the printed words before heat embossing
4.Use a clear ink pad such as an embossing pad or a watermark embossing pad to stamp your image
5. Stamp your image over the printed words
6. Sprinkle on clear embossing powder
7. Clean off excess powder and use a clean soft brush to sweep away any embossing powder not wanted on surface
8. Warm up heat gun and then heat up embossing powder until it melts. Do NOT overheat. Yes, embossing powder will burn or melt into a bubbly mess.


This last card above was done by just stamping a heart image and using clear embossing powder. Once I had heat set it, I went back over the whole area using a Tim Holz ink pad.

I'm the last person in today's line up and I am so happy you have joined us and hopped all the way through. I hope you have learned some new techniques along the way.

If you've happened to start at my blog, you just have to start at the beginning and see all the great cards and ways heat embossing was done.  Click on this link to get you going:

Scrapes by Grace

Friday, December 18, 2015

Last Minute Gifts

Welcome to the

We've got some awesome ideas today to create those last minute holiday gifts.
Each of the bloggers has one or more great idea for fabulous, easy gifts that can be created at the last minute for those holiday gift giving opportunities.
You may want to create a few of them to have on hand in your "Gift Closet."
Doesn't everyone have a gift closet full of gifts ready to give?
We just can't have a hop about gifts and not give a few away, so be sure to hop to
and comment on each of the blogs by Wednesday 12/30/15.
Theresa at ScrapsByGracie will choose 5 winners.
One lucky person will receive a class of their choice from today's hop sponsor

Here is a look at the other different prize packages you could win! 

Now on with the projects!
I am in LOVE with these glitter Christmas tree bulbs and they are so easy and fast to make. I made one for a class ornament exchange yesterday and had it ready to go in less than 30 minutes. This one I made for my daughter.
I used white glitter on the inside of the ornament. I found that people use many different things on the inside of the bulb to get the glitter to stick. I tried Pledge Floor Care Finish which I bought from Amazon. Sometimes there is more glitter clinging in one area on the inside of the bulb but it's never that noticeable or noticeable at all once the vinyl is put on.
Remember to cover the total inside and to let the excess drip out before pouring glitter in the bulb. About 5 minutes upside down works.

Another hint I have found out on my own. I bend the prongs of the hanging wire inward before placing the top back on the ornament. I use my hot glue gun to secure it so it doesn't come off. I tried snipping the wire but it's very hard and ruined a pair of my wire cutters so I decided to try bending it enough so it doesn't touch the sides and scrape off the glitter.

I had trouble centering my vinyl on the bulb even though it's a simi flat surface. I asked others how they did it and they measure across and found the center point. I'm too lazy for all that trouble and noticed that at the bottom there is a bump where the middle is. I use that as a guide along with the top of the bulb and my vinyl is pretty centered now. It's not perfect but what is?

Hop on over to Rhonda's blog to see her last minute gift idea.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the 5 great prizes.

Rhonda ~ http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com <-- Go Here Next! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

unBOOlievable Blog Hop



Double, double toil and trouble. Welcome to the "UnBoolievable" Blog Hop.Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare. We're calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night! So creep, float or crawl through our blog hop if you dare. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a spooky line up with some very talented creators. You will see some spectacular spooky projects along the way having to do with a Halloween theme and have a chance to win some spookish blog candy along the way. This is a one day blog hop that is sure to be full of Gremlins, Goblins, Ghoulies, Ghosties and witches on brooms. So be sure to grab your warm potion of choice and get ready to creep, float or crawl through our blog hop if you dare!

We have some wonderful sponsors for this hop so make sure you creep along to each participant and give them some praise to qualify.


They will be sponsoring a $15.00 Gift Card for the SVG Attic store

Pink and Main - http://pinkandmain.com/
A free stamp set


They will be sponsoring a $20.00 Gift Card for the ScrappyDew store
I decided I needed something on my mantle so I made this plaque. I painted the plaque and then used vinyl in black and purple for the web, spiders and wording. When I was done with all that, I went back and used purple glitter Stickles to go around the very edge. This turned out better than I expected because it's not really what I was planning on doing when I bought the wooden plaque. Isn't it amazing how you start with one idea in your head and end up with something different when you set to actual work. 



Have you heard about the TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT?


Basically, you paint a pumpkin teal and place it outside for trick or treaters to see. It's a sign for those with gluten or peanut allergies that your house is safe and that you will be giving out gluten and peanut free treats like pencils and coloring books. I just found about it last year and since my daughter has a few friends that have peanut and gluten allergies, I thought I would do it this year. I didn't paint a pumpkin but I made one to hang up outside. I got the pumpkin file from the Silhouette store. My pumpkin is over 12 inches high so he'll be seen hanging up. This is the original photo I took.



And here is my photo editing one. I just couldn't get the teal color to show up right. Grr, but I still like it.




Thanks for joining us on the scary journey of ghosts and ghouls and now it's time to hop ahead to Daphne's blog.

Complete line up - just in case.

1. Lisa - http://honeybearzdesigns2011.blogspot.com
2. Charmagne - Sanurascraps.blogspot.com
3. Sandy -http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com
4. Connie - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
5. Audrey - www.kricutkreations.blogspot.com
6. Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
7. Jearise - http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com
8. Daphne- http://craftyscrapsofstuff.blogspot.com
9. Angela - www.crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com
10. Jessica - http://www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com
11. Anna - http://grumpygrandmacreations.blogspot.com/
12. Miranda - www.nanasscrapspot.com
13. Rhonda - craftingwithblue.blogspot.com
14. Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
15. Sarah - http://www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
16. Rebecca - http://www.stampandscrapstudio.blogspot.com
17. Theresa - http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NATIONAL CAT DAY BLOG HOP

Welcome to the National Cat Day Blog Hop! If you came from Gina's Blog you are in right spot but you want to start the fun at Haidee's Blog.
You'll find unique ideas that have to do with Cats. We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way.

Be sure to leave a comment at each hop to show some Bloggie Love and to qualify to win a this bundle of crafting fun from our hostess
.







Now onto my project...

I had this crazy looking cat floating around in my head for over a week so I decided I just needed to turn it into a cutting file and here is my crazy cat with Cattitude!




Your Next stop is Barbara.

Here is a list of the line up. Just in case if you get lost:


Come back to Haidee's Blog Friday October 30th to see IF you are the WINNER.

HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC HOP!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

FALL FESTIVAL BLOG HOP

 
Our sponsor for this hop is: Kathy Moran, Independent L'Bri Consultant 

She is giving away a gift basket which includes: body wash, daily moisturizing hand and body lotion with a loofah, body butter, eye repair gel, facial masque, and hand soap. The basket also includes a travel size facial cleanser, freshener and moisturizer and will be matched to the winner's skin type. The retail value on these items is over $120.00. The scent of the lotion, body wash, and lotion is cucumber, which is the faintest scent. Also included is a set of brushes and a cosmetic bag with mirror.
Please visit our sponsor:  www.morank.lbri.com
Today's hop will give you all kinds of awesome fall ideas.


What to do with an old outdated frame...Turn it into a fall mantle piece or plaque. The big craze right now is vinyl but as much as I love using vinyl, I think it gets expensive to use on projects that paper will work just as well with and that is what is used in this project. I used my Silhouette Cameo and a file from SVGCuts to make the leaves for this plaque. I used textured paper for the leaves. I also used a piece of scrapbook paper for the matting and then I used a font I liked for the wording. (Sorry I can't remember the name of the font I used.  

Thanks for stopping by today and next is line is Daphne.

Please visit all the blogs in today's hop and don't forget to leave comments!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

You've been BOO'd

Happy October and only 30 more days now until Halloween.

I love Halloween and making Halloween cards but in reality who do you send them to since Christmas is right around the corner and that's when the cards fly.  After thinking about that and seeing all the Halloween cards I have just sitting in a box, I decided to come up with something fun and different.

Have you heard about getting BOOed? It's a fun Halloween activity where you fill a bag or box with treats and secretly leave it on friend's or neighbor's doorstep with directions on how to BOO someone else and a cute little, "We've been BOO'd" sign for them to place in their window.

Today I have taken some of the adorable ghosts digital stamps from Bugaboo stamps and made the "We've been BOO'd" signs. I have the cute pictures on the front and a cute poem and directions on the back.  At the end I have added the poem and directions so if you want to make the sign, you can do a copy and paste from my webpage.

Here is the sign I made to go in the window.

This is another adorable digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. I colored the background with chalks and his tongue with alcohol markers and then I used a purple chalk ink pad for the edges and a splash of color. The font is A Dripping Marker.


The font is a Dripping Marker. I used my alcohol markers to color the pumpkin and parts of the ghost and then I used chalk to color the green on the sign and a chalk ink pad for the edges and background.

I print out the ghost on one side of paper and the poem on the back. I can get four of these to a sheet and the cut apart at about 5.5 inches by 4 inches. You only need two to BOO though.

I had to leave off the first line of the poem to make it fit on the back of card but it still sounds cute. The directions are at the bottom in bold.


Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.

The spokes are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this “BOO!” to you!

The excitement comes when friends like you
Copy this note and make it two.

We'll all have smiles upon our faces
No one will know who BOOed whose places!

Just two short days to work your spell
Keep it secret! Hide it well!

Join the fun for the season’s here
So spread the BOO! And Halloween cheer.

What to do next:
* Copy this page twice, and post original
   on your door where it can be seen so
   you don't get BOOed again.
* Gather treats in a box or bag and drop
   them off on the front porch of two
   neighbors (or desk of a classmate).
* Don't get caught! The game is more fun
   when it's a surprise.


If you use chalk in on your projects, then please head over to Chalk N Stock to join our October Challenge.