Friday, October 20, 2017

Cards, Layouts, Tutorials and More

Hi Guys!! Thanks for tuning in today. Since I am celebrating my birthday this weekend, and because you guys are awesome, I have decided to give you something super special today. For today I have a tutorial showing you how to make not only a double page layout but also how to make 2 holiday cards!! I told you today was awesome. 

Here's some close up's of this layout. I used the "Silver and Gold" paper line from CTMH along with the matching complements. 


Of course I went live withe the video. I was with my 1 year old so there were a couple of mishaps...but hey what are you gonna do besides giggle, pick it up, and continue on. :)

Then of course if you are a card maker I am in full swing of my holiday card making extravaganza so I decided to make 2 different cards and go live with that as well. 

Here are some close up photos of those cards. 

In the video I show you how to make this really fun and super easy Christmas tree which would be great for any holiday card. 

I also show you how to make this lovely present. 

If you missed out on the live videos make sure to head on over and give my Facebook page a like and if you're a little more hands on and wish to get great tips and deals come on over and join my VIP group. These tutorials are super awesome to use with the "Silver and Gold" paper line however can be used with any paper that you have on hand. 

Thanks for tuning in today and Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

CK Fall Challenge

Welcome to another amazing challenge over at Creative Knockouts where this week we are celebrating Fall! Fall is my favorite season so I was all about this challenge. 

For my project I ended up using the Fall Arrangement stamp from our sponsor Sweet N Sassy Stamps. These guys have a lot of great stamps and are offering offer 3 digi images to the winner of this week's challenge, so come on over and play along. 

In addition to that beautiful digital stamp I used some of the retired paper from CTMH, but have no worries because we released an updated version of that same line here. I also used some of the Cats & Bats Dots, a leaf from the dollar store, and then that ribbon is also from my stash but again no worries because this ribbon matches that newly released basics paper line. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project and were inspired to head out and create something beautiful. 

~Happy Crafting!~

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Marker Shading 101

Today I wanted to re-share a post all about achieving the perfect colored image using a single marker! This is a fabulous technique and can bring any stamped image to life. The original article was posted over on Make It From Your Heart which is a CTMH sponsored blog. 
Step One: stamp your image. If you’re not sure what ink to use, see our tips at the end of this post.
Marker Shading Technique Step 1 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral
Step Two: color your image using ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. These markers are alcohol based, which makes them ideal for blending.
Marker Shading Technique Step 2 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral
Step Three: decide where the “light” is coming from. To create a three-dimensional effect, which is what we’re trying to achieve by shading, you must determine where the light and shadows will be. Using the colorless blender, lighten the areas of your image where the light touches it.
Marker Shading Technique Step 3 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral #highlight
Step Four: Re-color shaded areas. Using the same color markers, go over the shaded areas again to darken them.
Marker Shading Technique Step 4 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral 
That’s it! Easy-peasy, right?! You can use this technique directly on a scrapbook page, a card base, or to create an original 3-D accent piece like we did with this card.
 Marker Shading Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #markers #markershading #markertechnique #congrats
INK TIPS: The very first thing we have to do, before picking out colors or anything of the sort, is to consider if we are using the correct ink for our stamping. Which is the correct ink? Isn’t black just black? Well, it depends on your stamping surface and what you will use to color in the image. Here’s a quick breakdown for you. Our Black Exclusive Inks™ is best used for images that you will stamp in solid black. Then there’s the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™. We like to use this ink especially in our scrapbooks because it’s colorfast and truly archival. You can add color to Archival Black ink with watercolors or alcohol-based markers, even, but you must make sure it is completely dry before you do so or your image will bleed. Black Memento™ ink is a favorite because it dries quicker than Archival Black and it doesn’t bleed when you add color. We’ve also learned, however, that the Memento™ ink does not work well on vellum paper and Archival Black does. The last one of the bunch that deserves a quick mention is the StazOn™ ink. StazOn™ works well with non-porous surfaces, such as glass, metals, ceramics, etc.
All of the stamped images on today’s post were done with Archival Black ink.
If you’ve got any comments or questions on what we’ve shared today, please let us know below!

3″ x 3″ So Happy for You Card

3″ x 3″ I’m a Big Kid Now Card

3″ x 3″ Welcome Little One Card

3″ x 3″ Congrats Card

Monday, October 16, 2017

2 for 1: JFF Christmas Cards

Hi Guys! It's Jen here from Scrap Shack Designs and today I have two really fun holiday cards to share with you. So I know it's not even Halloween yet, but you can never have enough Christmas cards and that's what I am here showing off today. 

The first one was made using the wonderful stamptangle Christmas tree stamp which I decided to emboss in white. I also decided to emboss the background paper with a snowflake folder and keep the card to a simple and clean red and white color scheme. 

Next up I decided to go with a green background and a somewhat non traditional color scheme, using black. 

This fun card was kept very simple, except for the busy background. I used the Cool Yule Moose stamp which was stamped in black. I decided not to color in the stamp because again the background is very busy. 

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed these projects. Happy Crafting!  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Family Layout

As many of you know I simply love a good challenge, especially when designing my layouts, so for today's post I wanted to share my newest creation along with a brand new sketch challenge. 

These pictures were taken back in August when we took Moose (my youngest) out on a wonderful camping adventure. This was his first time camping and my first time back to our favorite family spot in about 3 years so there were a lot of pictures taken. 

I used a variety of things for this layout including complements from CTMH and a paper pack and stickers from ColorBok. The sketch came from Stuck?! which is a great source for inspiration. There challenges run all month long and the sketches are always fun to play around with. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting!