mmmmmmmm Glitt-tah!

*edited* apparently this did not post yesterday grrrr!

hi friends!

i hope everyone’s week has been off to a good start.  i think most of us are gearing up for the end of school for the summer.  trev graduates so i will have one year free from school stuff and then start over again :P  and speaking of trevor and school – i will admit i am not a big fan of our school system – i believe it is fundamentally broken.  and this morning i discovered one shining example.  raise your hand if you were one of *those* kids who ended up with detention back in the day *hand goes up in the air*  in my day it was done as saturday school.  can i just tell you how BIG a bummer it was to have to show up at school at 9am m ON A SATURDAY and sit there for 5 friggin hours?????  while there we had to sit in silence and either do homework or read.  no talking, no music, nothing.  well fast forward to today. trevor, being the senior at the end of the race that he is this year, has been staying up way too late and having a really hard time getting himself out of bed in time in the morning.  so i get a letter yesterday – he has had 5 tardies and received 2 days of in-school restriction.  ok what’s that?  i haven’t noticed him spending any extra time at school…so i ask him.  in school restriction means that instead of reporting to class he goes to a different room where he sits and listens to his ipod all day and does school work if he has any – which he does not.  everything is turned in and done.  shoot i am thinking if it was me i would push for some more of that – instead of sitting in class doing boring busy work to pass the time in my class, head over to ISR and do nothing or do whatever i want while listening to my ipod…..and no extra time taken away from me – just what i already spend at school…..

had momma josephine and the babies back in to the doc again today – she is losing fur in giant clumps but the doc says it is a natural hormonal thing after giving birth just like humans.  Berlioz – the one who sleeps ALL the time is 1 POUND NOW!  the other two are close behind.  tonight they are going to try their hand at eating some canned cat food for the first time.  in my experience they end up wearing alot more of it than they eat but momma won’t mind cleaning up THAT mess!  there are a couple pics at the end of this post.

ok enough of my rambling!

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Colored Pencil Class 2 is coming THIS WEEK to the Color Me Creative online classroom!  that’s right – it will open on Friday though i believe Suzanne might open registration ahead of time to get folks set up.  i know i have had ALOT of requests for the follow up to Class 1.  In class 1 we covered alot of basics – how to find your light and shadow, different blending techniques for pencils, skin coloring, most hair coloring and a number of different colors.  Class 2 will expand into more specialized techniques and situations – African American hair, coloring white objects, how to ground an image, coloring wood, glass, fur, advanced shading techniques, detailing with prisma Verithins and other topics.  it should be lots of fun!

Through the Craft Room Door challenges and submissions – have you done YOURS???

Our current challenge is *Winged Things* and the gift is $15 gift certificate to Paper Makeup Stamps!  Katie has some really cute images over there!

Our submission call is:

the regular features we would like to receive submissions for:
1. Tips & Tricks
2. Questions
3. Storage/Organization Tips
4. Craft Room pics
Current Call

July/Aug — DUE June 10th, 2011

  • School
  • Summer Fun
  • Mad about ribbon
  • Sketch Challenge – can be a card, tag, scrapbook layout, gift bag or anything else you can dream up as long as it is obvious how the sketch was used!

i think our sketch this month is really fabulous (that’s because i made it HHAHAHAHAHHA!)

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my card today is a celebration of all things sparkly for the following challenges:

Paperplay – Sparkle Galore
Stamp Something – Beachy Colors

I was unbelievably fortunate enough to receive the entire collection of Martha Stewart Glitters recently to review for Craft Critique and this is a background I made with Pezza using her fine glitters.  it is super easy and really packs a punch!  just take some of the non stick backing from things like a xyron machine, scor tape or wonder tape sheets or something similar (wax paper would probably work.)  cut the shapes using a die cut machine (the cricut did not work as it did not stick to the mat.)  Next cover a piece of cardstock cut to size with sticky – wonder tape, scor pal sheets or xyron works best.  now place your non-stick shapes to the sticky how you want them.  pour your background color glitter over the whole paper to adhere to the exposed sticky.  shake off and remove your masks – either all or some depending on how many colors you want to use.  here i removed the flowers first and poured blue glitter over the exposed sticky.  then i peeled off the scrolls and covered with glitter.  now spray a light coat of fixative (by Krylon) over the glittered surface and the glitter will STAY PUT.  i added a few felt and skittle flower centers and a base with *hi* adhered to it.  talk about fast & easy!  Pezza’s eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw it!  the same technique can easily be used with flock, or sparkle fibers…

and now for some cuteness…

josephine LOVES to be pet…

and the babies are starting to like it to.  little Gingersnap is even working on her purring – it is much louder now btu totally hit or miss – sounds like an engine coughing and sputtering…..notice how much bigger the grey one on the right is – that is Berlioz, fat little thing.  his belly drags the ground when he walks!

and now i am off to prepare for my meeting with my buddy suzanne tonight – we have lots of plotting and scheming to do!!!  we are having dinner at clyde’s – belated bday celebrations – our bdays are only a day apart!  we have LOADS to catch up on too as we don’t hang out nearly as much as we’d like to!

hugs

TTCRD02: glitter & wings…

woohoo monday!  NOT!

i am on my own this week with little miss make-my-momma-crazy EEK!  i hate when hubby is out of town.  totally throws me off and i can’t sleep so by the time he gets home i will be a walking zombie.  YAY can’t wait….Pezza doesn’t like it either.  she was NOT pleased last night when momma had to do bedtime with her :P  not a night person = not a fun bed time person.  in addition it says rain for the next 6 days in the weather forecast so i can’t even kick her out back with the neighbor girl she adores.

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Colored Pencil Class – I am hosting a live chat for my colored pencil class tonight on the main page of Color Me Creative from 7pm – 8pm eastern time.  this is a great opportunity for my students to get some real time help or just chat about ideas or struggles they might have.  it is also a great time for NON students to come and chat and find out more about the class.  so if you are curious come on over and join us!

Want to take the class for free???  my buddy susana is giving one away as blog candy along with a full sheet of her newest stamps – the Natural Beauty collection by Carmen Medlin for SCACD!!!  Just head over to the SCACD blog to check out the details.  Also make sure you stop by the super talented Lori’s blog to see sneak peek #2!

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i had the joy of basking in oodles of Martha Stewart glitter all weekend for a review i was writing for Craft Critique (there’s a great white cardstock comparison up over there today BTW.)  i will admit that my first love in the glitter world is Art Institute BUT i have to admit Martha Stewart is equally fabulous (her AND her glitter!!!)  This card is also for our SECOND challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door – things with wings – we would love to have you join in for a chance to win a $15 gift Certificate to the wonderful Paper Makeup Stamps:

In addition today’s card uses the May Sketch For You To Try and is inspired by the following other challenges:

Papertake Weekly – Punches/die cuts
Paperplay – Anything Goes
Stamp Something – Anything Goes
Daring CardMakers – Bugs
 

I finally got a chance to pull out the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge – oh my goodness is it fantastic!  Not only is my bird from the cartridge but also the matching circles the bird and butterfly are mounted on.

The patterned paper is from a couple of Martha Stewart paper pads and have some really pretty glittered accents on them.

Here is a better look at my glittering – I used two different glitter styles – fine on the butterfly and tinsel on the stripe.

Tinsel glitter is really cool stuff – instead of crushed specks of glitter it is in little slivers so you get a fuzzy textured effect when you use it – just like the traditional Christmas tinsel garland.  i just put a strip of Scor Tape on my card front:

Then just peel off the paper and sprinkle on the glitter:

see the fuzzy-ness?!  cool right?

I also glittered a chipboard butterfly from one of the Maya Roads Minis at SCACD.  I started by covering it with Glossy Accents and then sprinkling on a heavy dose of glitter and letting it dry.

Once dry and put another thick layer of Glossy Accents on top of the glitter.  this gives it a cool epoxy-like look while maintaining full glittery-ness!  You can see the difference above – the right side has the Glossy Accents on top.  It’s fitting to be using Jen’s sketch for this one since i got this idea from her blog!

now i am off to get us dressed for the day…and perhaps get more coffee…..

hugs

it’s here! Imagine This Friday debut! plus a giveaway!

hi everyone!

before we get to ITF i have a tremendously exciting announcement – i am the newest Staff Reporter for Craft Critique.com!!!  i am beyond excited about this!  Craft Critique is a fantastic site focusing on crafting product reviews.  while they are primarily paper crafting they are branching out to cover ALL crafty areas and i LOVE that since i dabble in so many!  i love doing thorough product reviews and am really looking forward to contributing to this amazing website!  thank you sarah for the fabulous opportunity!  my first assignment – CHA coverage!  can’t wait!  they have already been posting sneak peeks!

this is an exciting day for me as i debut this new idea for my blog.  i realize many of you do not even have a cricut much less a cricut imagine BUT i hope to help new readers who DO have one or might be trying to decide whether or not to get one.  Be sure to enter the giveaway for ALL cricut users at the end of the post!

today focuses on a very basic concept for the Imagine.  for all of the adorable images on the Imagine cartridges you can choose to print and cut them as a one layer flat image OR break them apart into layers for a bit more dimension.  here are two identical cards done each way:

The cards use the current card sketch from Splitcoast Stampers.  The card on the right is the one layer flat image and the left is the layered image.

To accentuate the layers i inked the edges too.  you can further the dimensional look by using foam tape beneath the layers too.

I want to focus on this first because it is the most common thing i hear.  “i don’t like the imagine because it’s too flat and not creative.”  i totally disagree.

1. placing layers is placing layers – whether you made them with the Imagine or the regular cricut cartridges.

2. card making involves ALOT more than your focal images.

3. i don’t HAVE to print the image flat. i have a choice and i like choices!

many folks have also said they don’t like the layers because they are different from the way the original cricut looks.  i am GLAD they are different – now i have a machine that can give me two different styles depending on my mood.  the layering style of the Imagine carts is much more like “paper tole.”  and you know what they remind me of – Anna Griffin.  i was watching her on HSN yesterday and have been buying her stuff for many years.  one of the things she does alot of (and so does K&CO among others) is produce stickers with layers that are popped up on foam tape.  i love these types of stickers but rarely buy them because i can make them myself!  (hmmm file that in ideas for another ITF segment…)  but seriously this is a very popular style right now and i LOVE that i can make them myself but with more creative freedom to custom design them!

Now for the nitty gritty!  i have both a video and a printout for you so you can choose your preferred method of learning!

PDF file is available – email me if you need it!

Lesson 1
Using your Cricut Imagine Art Cartridges

Your Cricut Imagine can use the traditional style Cricut Cartridges that are used in the other Cricut Machines as well as its own cartridges designed specifically for the Imagine. There are two types of Imagine cartridges – the Art Cartridge and the Colors and Patterns Cartridges. Today we will talk about the Art Cartridges.
Art Cartridges have more contents than Color & Pattern Cartridges and are more expensive. Art Carts provide you with both images as well as pattern and color choices. The images are already colored and you have a choice of printing them as a flat, one layer image OR breaking them apart into layers for added dimension.

I will go through some initial things with your machine for this lesson only – future lessons will get right to the good stuff! When you turn your machine on (with no cartridges in it) here is what you will see:
The image on the upper left is Print & Cut – tap that with your stylus.

This will bring up your stock images – these are loaded onto the machine itself. They are very basic but quite useful shapes with no color at all – you can add any color or pattern you want to from your Imagine Cartridges.

Your Imagine Cartridges are smaller than your regular Cricut cartridges and those are inserted in to the slot on the RIGHT side of your machine. The machine does not need to be turned off to switch carts. Once your cart is inserted the images will appear on your screen. Use your stylus tool to gently touch the screen and slide the images over to the left to scroll through them and decide which one to use.


Today I am working with this image of a table with a cake on top and presents around the bottom. Choose your image by tapping it lightly with the stylus – it will appear very tiny at the top of your screen in your image queue.

If you choose additional images they will line up at the top of the screen. Here you can see I have chosen our image twice – once for a flat one and once for the layered one.

The Imagine has a default height of 2” for all of the images (not “REAL” size but in relation to the main images.) In order to EDIT an image, in this case change the size and break it out into layers, tap the tiny image at the top of the screen, it will pop up larger inside of a square. You will see a pencil in the upper left corner and a red minus sign in the upper right corner. The minus sign will delete the images from your queue.

Tap the pencil and your edit screen will come up.


On this screen you will see your image as a whole as well as just HOW your image would be broken up if printed out in separate layers. There is a tiny icon in the upper left corner that controls how it will be printed. The little girl on the left – browned out means it is selected – is all one layer. If you select the little girl on the right broken into layers your image will be done as layers.

Now let’s talk about adjusting your sizes. At the bottom center of your edit screen you will see the settings pictured here.

This is your size adjustment. When you are working with an image broken out into it’s layers you can choose Relative size (rel) highlighted white on the right side of the +/- or true size on the left. True size is equivalent to Real Dial Size on regular Cricut machines. If you highlight true then all of the images will be printed the same size and will not layer correctly.
Now click Apply at the bottom right of your screen and you will go back to your original page.

When you go back to your original selection screen you will see that you now have the layers in your queue along the top. You are ready to print and cut your image! Tap next on the bottom right and your print screen, or Job Set Up screen, will come up.

On this screen you see your mat with your images on it. This is a great way to check your sizing so there are no surprises – a rectangular shape might be set for 4” high but then it makes it much wider than you expected so this way you can really see it. If you want to make an adjustment at this stage simply tap the image again and then tap the pencil to get to your edit screen. Let’s look at the settings more closely.

You can make a lot of adjustments on this screen. If you are making multiples you do not have to select them and adjust them individually (this could get tedious if you are making 25 invitations for example.) Just do it one time and then increase your art quantity here to 25. You also have the option to have the machine fit your image to your page or fill your page with as many as will fit.
Along the bottom half you can adjust your multi cut, speed and pressure just like the regular cricut. You can flip your images in one step.

You can also set your paper size here. I use 8 ½ x 11 paper because the paper I like best (PTI) is not available in 12×12. The first pic shows the images laid out on a 12 x 12 piece of paper. The second one shows how the images were re-adjusted to fit when I reduced the size of my paper.

I also want to bring your attention to the size of the images in this particular picture – notice they are all the same size – NOT sized for layering like you saw above. This is what they come out like when you pick the True Size rather than the Relative size.
The next one is critical – Load Last. This is a little check box in the center of the screen. When you cut your images out you will have plenty of uncut paper left. On your next project run load that paper exactly as it was for the first project and then hit Load Last – it will move your images to the unused paper portion!
When you are satisfied and ready to cut tap Next at the bottom right of the screen.
Insert your mat with your sheet of white paper on it. Be sure you do not have any paper extending over the border area – the machine uses the black lines as guides. Lay your mat on the white rail that says insert paper and slide it in gently until it stops. Hold it in place with light pressure and tap the GO sign on the Imagine screen. (On mine I have to put slightly more pressure on the right hand corner of my mat.) Once the machine grabs the paper you are good to let go. Once the machine is done and spits your mat back out you can remove your image but leave your paper in place on the mat! It’s easier for the Load Last feature.
When putting the layers together consider inking the edges of each layer and/or using foam tape to pop them up and give them even more dimension.

now how about a giveaway ALL cricut users can love??? hate constantly buying new mats?  too lazy (like me) to go through all the work required for many of the re-sticky options?  check this out:

These two products are AMAZING.  and so quick and easy!  when your mat gets un-sticky simply cover the outer edges with blue painters tape, spray on a layer of Stick & Spray, 30 seconds later you are back to cutting!  3-0-seconds folks!  mat getting a little gunky and you need to kind of start over?  before taping off the edges spray all over with Stack Away, wait 30 seconds, wipe with a paper towel to remove the excess spray.  now take a credit card or an acrylic block and scrape the mat clean – this does NOT take long or require much effort.  you certainly don’t need to be sure you go down to the bare mat or anything.  tape off and spray with Stick & Spray, DONE.  the best part – this method of sticky-ing is actually BETTER than the way the mats come to you brand new!

***KEEP IN MIND – ProvoCraft has stated that re-stickying your mats will void your warranty if they find any sticky in your machine.  If your machine is no longer under warranty your do not have to worry.***

How do you win?  just leave me a comment and tell me if you have an Imagine or are considering getting one or just let me know what you think of the cards!  you have all weekend to enter and i will choose a winner on Monday!

now i am off to get my busy day going!  thank you for stopping by – it makes my day!

viva party day 1 is here!!!

today’s the day!  day 1 of our Viva Decor party here at Pezadoodle Designs!  Viva Decor has been SO generous and is supplying prize packs for one of YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next 7 days!!!  How do you win?  simply leave a comment on the post for each day.  want extra chances to win?  there are two ways to get your name thrown into the hat for two more chances.  subscribe to my blog via email AND announce this party on your blog!  if you post the link i will be automatically notified so you don’t need to come back here and let me know.

now on with the show!  Day 1 is shimmering faux stained glass:

And the prize today is all of the Viva Decor products you need to do today’s tutorial:

i am also throwing in a pack of gold outline stickers to use with this technique as well!

this is a fun and easy technique that gives you a great look!  so let’s get started!

Gather your supplies.  You need white cardstock (any kind), outline stickers or peel offs, Viva Decor Inka Gold in Platinum, and several colors of Viva Decor Gloss Gel pens.  Notice i cut my white card stock with Spellbinders Nestibilities before i started.  I suggest cutting your piece to the shape you want before getting started.

Step 1:  Cover your white card stock with Inka Gold.  Inka Gold is a creamy consistency with an incredible metallic sheen.  I use my finger to apply it but you can use a sponge if you would prefer.  You want to smooth it on in an even layer making sure you have solid coverage BUT not thick or lumpy.  In the picture you can see the left side is too thin, paper is showing through.  The right side has a thin but complete layer of platinum across it.  Inka Gold has a beeswax base and will begin to firm up fairly quickly.  if you accidently pull some up while you are working just go back over it and it will be fine.  Now set your piece aside to firm up for 5 minutes or so.

Step 2: Once firm you want to buff it up really well.  Just use a DRY paper towel and buff in a circular motion.  this brings out the gloss and removes any residual tackiness.

Step 3: Next carefully peel up your outline sticker and place it onto your piece.

Step 4: Now simply fill in the spaces with your Gloss Gels.  Gloss gels are semi transparent color.  so you have the vibrant color and at the same time the shimmer of the Inka Gold comes through as well!  This is incredibly tough to capture with a camera!

You can stamp on the Inka Gold with Staz On – since the surface is slick a regular dye ink will not work.  In addition you can use alcohol inks over it as well for a wonderfully marbled effect!

This is a great technique for unique beautiful cards that don’t take a lot of time NOR are they bulky so they are easy to mail!

Viva Decor products are available at a number of retailers online and you can get additional information HERE.  I found my outline stickers at A Cherry on Top and my LSS.  If you have trouble finding anything please let me know!!!  and be sure to catch tomorrow’s Viva Giveaway!

now get your entries in for the drawing!  All drawings will take place at the end of the 7 days!

have a FABULOUS DAY!!!

one gorgeous pumpkin!

What a weekend!  went to the eye doctor saturday – apparently my vision is not so hot close up OR far away.  the far away is not too bad at this point so i only got the close up glasses for now – aging body here i come BLECH!

on sunday we got to carve pezza’s hunormous pumpkin – it weighs MORE than her!  sorry no after pic yet – i forgot OOPS!

i played around with my halloween digi kit by kimberley stewart - she is one of my FAVE digi artists!  you can see her and lots of other fab artists at Scrapbook Elements.

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New Release time is approaching at SCACD and you know what that means – BLOG CANDY!!!  Susana is releasing stamps from a BRAND NEW ARTIST and let me tell you they are awesome stamps!  CLICK HERE to read all about it and see the first sneak peek puzzle piece!  4 people will win a FULL SHEET of the new stamps!!!  now that’s what i call blog candy!  one winner will recieve a 20% off coupon at Storage Units Inks and More!  all you have to do is go to THIS POST and answer susana’s question!

In addition there will be some REALLY good prizes to be won during the blog hop this friday – 20% off coupons!  to win you just hop along with us and leave a comment on each blog – then susana will draw random names!

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i have a particularly good project for you today – at least I think it is – i am overly pleased with myself on this one!  i mentioned when i was at my mom’s last week she took me on a shopping spree at Hobby Lobby.  they not only have loads of crafting goodies but also some gorgeous home decor items.  in the fall section i spied several pumpkins that i fell in love with.  however i did not buy them as i felt sure i could duplicate the look.  with a little help from Viva Decor of course!  so i got to work on my first one and WOW!

i started with plain brown paper mache pumpkin i picked up at Joanns.  i so hope they get more of this stuff in for Christmas as i have a hard time finding it.

when i was done it had become this:

from another angle:

dontcha just LOVE IT when something comes out JUST like you pictured it in your head???  (crossing my fingers the other one does too!)

the best part – it could NOT have been simpler – having the right products to work with is key and Viva Decor was JUST the right thing!  Wanna know how to do it???  (It is also listed in my Etsy shop if you don’t want to do one yourself!)

Supplies:

The base is critical for this look – you need a paper mache shape that is NOT smooth.  most of the time they are smooth but these shapes tend to be very lumpy and bumpy.  i tried to distress a smooth one – NOT the same look (which was very disappointing).  i know there are shapes out there by Craft Pedlar but i have had an ENORMOUSLY hard time finding them and to get them from my wholesaler i have to buy like 12 at a time.  there is a reindeer shape and a santa boot i am really hoping to see in a store :P  here is one place that i found the pumpkin but i cannot vouch for them personally as i have never ordered there – Hofcraft

wouldn’t he be AWESOME????  but you get the picture.  so check your craft stores ladies and gents!

Next you need flat black paint, Viva Decor Inka Gold in two colors (i used gold and orange yellow but copper would also work), some cool Fall picks from your craft store (these are cheap) and a hot glue gun.

Now paint your shape COMPLETELY with the black paint – make SURE you get it into all the little dents and such.  Let it dry completely.  now the fun (and messy) part.  Open one of the Inka Gold colors, get just a little bit on your finger tip (or a sponge) and begin to VERY lightly rub it over one of the pumpkin sections – you want to catch the raised parts and NOT get it into the indentations – those need to stay black.  so don’t get alot on your finger at once and don’t press hard.  go over the surface of every other section until you are happy with the look.  Next open your second color and do the same thing on the rest of your black sections.

Set it aside for a few minutes to let the inka gold finish stiffening up.  Buff it with a dry paper towel.

Now you can leave it as is or add the fall decorative picks or a bow on top.  i cut the wires on mine down to a reasonable size and then played with them to see what i liked.  i bent the wires where necessary and then glued them using a hot glue gun.  all of the bottoms of the wires were together and visible so i cut off one last flower and glued it over them to hide them.  this would also be a good spot for a ribbon bow!

pretty easy right!??!?!

wanna see more like this?  then you won’t want to miss a little blog party i am throwing with Viva Decor the week of Nov. 15th!!!  AND there willbe lots to win!!!

what do you think?

hugs

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