This birthday card is super easy to create!
To start, I cut a block of pink card stock down to 8.5 x 5.5 and folded it in half.
I then cut a block of patterned paper and stitched it down on the bottom half of the card.
I took a piece of clear plastic packaging that some stickers came on and stitched it down above the paper on 3 sides.
Before sewing the top part closed, I dumped in a bunch of sequins and punched circles.
I then carefully sewed down the top of the clear plastic.
To finish the card off, I stamped the word "happy" above the confetti in a pink ink; lastly, I stamped the sentiment "happy birthday" on white card stock, cut it down in a tag shape and then used foam dots to adhere to the pattern paper part of the card.
Card Stock (American Crafts, Bazzill, Kraft), Paper (Simple Stories, Kesi Art, Studio Calico, American Crafts), Ink (Jenni Bowlin), Stamps (Technique Tuesday), Embellishments (Sequins), Adhesive (American Crafts).
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Sometimes it’s very hard to start a new project, no ideas, and I cannot seem to do anything new so with this article I would like to share some tips about my creative flow.
This time the pics are a treasure to me because they are about my wedding and so I had to choose the right things to make a lovely page that could express well what I felt that day! The happiness of that day!
So first photos, second papers!!! I would a clear page and a vintage style but not so many things on the layout so I have chosen to cut the papers in squares and rectangles and insert the pieces among the photos.
Third embellish your page with buttons and little tiny details that will make your page unique!
At the end the stamps, the journaling and the touch of light with the mister huey’s spray. I think that this is one of the most important think of the page, I love the stamps because they fall the page in a unique way!
When you create don’t think about what you will insert in your layout, don’t have the crazyness to insert a lot of things, be quite and have fun first!!!
Patterned papers (bazzill , vintage paperie, studio calico kit); Stamps (studio calico, kesi’art, american crafts, elle’s studio); Embellishments (vintage paperie, maya road, jenni bowlin, ki memories, american crafts, october aftenoon, studio calico); Spray (mister huey’s opaque white and shine)
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Hello friends. It’s Ursula here, to share with you a bit of tutorial goodness on using up the extras. If you are like me, you end up with odds and ends from various products that you don’t quite get around to using.
I’d like to present a couple of ways for creating fun add-ons for your projects. These will use up some product leftovers that are taking up space but that you can’t bring yourself to throw out.
Below you’ll see a few things that have been sitting on my desk and need to be put to good use. Some of them are going to end up in the project I’ll share today.
In my studio, brads are absolutely notorious for having the odd 4 or 5 (or 10!) leftover, so we’ll start there. (I never need to buy another brad! Of course, we all know that won’t stop me.)
You may have noticed that shipping tags have made a strong come-back in the scrapping world recently. Today, I'm going to show you how to put together a couple of different tags using those leftovers as the focal point for tags. Then you can decide how you’ll use them.
I'm starting with a mask (another item that sometimes gets neglected at my house). I’ve chosen a light mist to add pattern to my tag. You’ll notice each tag has it’s own different masked image, but the colors are the same to keep them cohesive so they’ll work on one page later.
To that, add a stamped border or sentiment. I'm creating a ‘Go, See, Do’ collection of tags so I’ll use letter stickers from my collection of leftovers to create one word per tag.
Now, since I want to put a dent in my brad collection I'm adding some brads to add color, texture and dimension to my tag (and to find them a happy permanent home).
I repeated the process with 2 more tags and here is the result.
Tip to notice: I stayed with similar colors for my letter stickers, brads and embs. If I were to add, for example, a fushia brad it would have stuck out like a sore thumb. However, keeping the colors in the same tones allows me to mix and match patterns and colors from a variety of product lines.
Next, add additional elements. This is the perfect place to use that arrow die cut you’ve been wondering how to use. Remember that since this is eclectic, you can mix lots of colors you might not normally use together.
There are options for how you might use these. Individually, they could easily be used as a starting point for a greeting card. However, I'm creating a layout.
I chose a selection of photos from my recent Instagram collection. (can you keep a secret? Instagram makes me want to go places just so I can capture a moment! LOL)
I created three Photo-Strips with my images in Photoshop, printed them on 8.5 x 14 photo paper and cut them to size. I don’t have a large format printer at home, but I get around that by using the legal size paper setting on my printer and I can print up to 8.5 x 12 if I want to.
Once I got everything down on the page, I added some more of the leftover goodies around my page. See those cute puffy house, car and cloud stickers? They were leftovers from a kit which I had previously used to bits.
You’ll also notice I snuck in even more brads. They are lined up in little rows to the sides of my tags. Altogether, I managed to get 17 brads on this page! I also dug out some stamps I hadn’t used in a while.
Because I have a lot going on with the brads and tags and photo-strips, I didn’t need a lot of paper. I stuck with only 4 small strips layered beneath my photo strips.
I tucked in a few extra bits here and there, making sure to layer and overlap to pull all those details together.
Since you can see it up close in the photo above, I’ll point out how I blended two colors of mist together to get a bit more depth. Simply layer the tag under the mask and spray one color first and add a touch of another color on one side.
Cardstock (American Crafts);
Papers (October Afternoon, The Paper Company, Recollections, Studio Calico);
Die Cuts(Amy Tangering, Scarlet Bird Designs); Mists(Studio
Calico); Wood Veneer(Studio Calico); Stamps (Studio Calico, Melissa
Francis, Martha STewart); Letter Stickers (Studio Calico, Bella Blvd);
Chipboard Arrows (American Crafts); Brads (American Crafts, MME,
Basic Grey); Masks (Studio Calico, Kesi’art, Donna Downy) Ink (Prima)
I find that challenging myself to use up some things I’ve had around for a while usually results in a super fun project and a cleaner scrap space. So how about you, what do you need to use?
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Hello everyone! Melissa here today for a fun and super easy tutorial!
This is a super simple tutorial to create a customized colored title that could be used for layouts or cards. You will need an alphabet stamp set, mist, ink, acrylic block, & card stock.
To begin, take a scrap of white card stock and place your alphabet stamps on the paper facing the correct way up.
Then take a bottle of mist and liberally spray all over the card stock. Yes, the stamps will get pretty inky, but they can be easily cleaned up with baby wipes or water. Carefully, pull the stamps back off the paper and clean them.
Once they are removed, you will be left with a negative word phrase on the card stock. After the mist dries, take the same phrase and place on your acrylic block and stamp the actual image into the negative area that was misted.
I placed my stamped image in the "upper" part of the negative space and it kind of created a 3-D look. I then cut the block down to my desired size and used it as the title for my card!
Super easy but makes a big impact!
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This is my first Inspiration Thursday post of this new season and let's do it in video, please ladies and gentlemen! :)
I would like to show you which fantastic tool I use to edit my pictures : RadLab.
You will LOVE RadLab : its simplicity, its fun and cool look and its awesome actions will make you fall in love with it!
Well, let's watch my video then you'll tell me what you think about it (excuse my english again, ok? Remember I'm french!)
Here are a few pohotos I edited with RadLab...
After editing with RadLab...
After editing with RadLab...
After editing with RadLab...
(Photo of Damien taken by Valérie des Jolis Moments)
So? What do you think about it?
I only use it now!!! I don't waste hours editing a bunch of pictures anymore!
Feel free to post your questions in the comment section below and if you'd like to purchase the program, click on the RadLab blinkie below :)
And those of you who might be interested in purchasing this program, get -15% OFF your order with the code 1405GREENFROG :)
This is such a great tutorial by Melissa! I'm sure you'll be inspired and wanna try this out right away!
Hello everyone! Today a new little tip to share with you all to have a lot of fun creating!
Materials I have used:
Sometimes we would to create gorgeous pages imagining to use some incredible things instead look around yourself and you will see a lot of things to use in different ways!
For this thursday I have thought to show you how to create a lovely background for a white page! Use your immagination!
This time I have used sizzix framelits as stencil!!!
Make a try before to create your background on the page ;) Just to be sure and happy of the result.
Take a look and play with your colors, I have mixed green and light blue, I think this is a fabulous color combination!
Now play to create your won background!
Simply put the framelits on the white cardstock in the position you like and use your spray colors!
Isn’ t it lovely?
Now embellish yout stars J For one of them I have stitched around the sides with the sewing machine.
Now let’s go to create the page!
Hello, everyone! Melissa here today to talk to you about what I
consider one of the most important technical aspects of photography-
setting the proper white balance.
If you've ever noticed your photos having a slightly yellow or blue
cast to them, it's most likely that an improper white balance is the
culprit. While the human eye can adjust to different temperatures of
light fairly easily (think tungsten gym lighting vs. sunlight vs.
indoor incandescent or fluorescent lighting), camera sensors are not
so adaptable and have to be told what type of lighting conditions
they're shooting under. Most cameras (whether SLR or point and shoot),
have a wide variety of white balance setting available, including the
option to allow the camera to determine the correct temperature
setting (usually labeled as "Auto" white balance).
My camera (a Nikon D3) has several different settings, plus the option
to set a custom white balance (more on that in a minute). Let's take a
look at what happens when the same subject is shot with different
white balance modes under the same lighting conditions.
The first setting we'll look at is Auto white balance. The camera does
a fair job of detecting and adjusting for the complex lighting
conditions (this scene was shot under a combination of compact
fluorescent lights and indirect natural light from a nearby window),
though it's perhaps just a touch warm.
The indoor incandescent setting is far too blue- it's trying to adjust
for the yellow hue of incandescent light, which has a much warmer
temperature than either the natural light or CF being used in this
Fluorescent goes far too yellow and just a bit pink- again, the camera
is trying to compensate for the strong blue tones of overhead
Sunlight white balance gives us the warmest tint we've seen yet!
And Shade goes warmer still.
The cloudy setting isn't much better.
Flash white balance is clearly all wrong!
There's also a setting on my camera (all cameras may not have this)
that allows me to dial in the exact light temperature I want to shoot
at. Just for fun, here's an example set at the far too warm end of the
spectrum at 2500 Kelvin.
Now, most photo editing software (I use Lightroom) has a setting that
allows for either automatic or custom white balance adjustment. This
is a great tool to use if you either forgot or weren't able to adjust
your white balance while shooting, but not having the proper white
balance set in camera comes at a price.
Here's an example of the 2500 Kelvin photo adjusted for Auto white
balance in Lightroom (the only adjustment I made).
That's a big difference!
Now, we've taken a look at all the ways that you can use
readily-available settings in camera to adjust your white balance
settings, but what about those tricky mixed-lighting situations? For
those, and really for almost all of my photography now, I like to set
a Custom white balance instead of using a preprogrammed one in my
camera. Most DSLRs will have an option that allows you to set a custom
white balance, so consult your user's manual to find out how. Setting
a custom white balance also requires the use of either a grey card
(there are portable grey cards available) or a special lens filter
that is used only when you need to set a white balance. I always use
the latter, and my favorite is the baLens lens cap.
This tool (available on Amazon
takes the place of a normal lens cap. Following the instructions for
setting a custom white balance in your camera, you can take a test
shot through this lens while it's pointed at your light source (or
between light sources for mixed lighting situations) to set the
Let's take a look at what happens when this cap is used to set a
custom white balance:
Awesome, right? It's pretty much right on how the scene looked to my eye.
And, just for comparison, here's a look at Auto white balance in
camera and in software. I definitely prefer the look of the custom
Auto (in camera):
Auto (in software):
White balance isn't just important for getting rid of the color cast
in your photos- having the proper white balance set from the beginning
helps your camera choose the correct exposure and contrast settings,
as well, leading to better photos overall.
Hope you liked this tutorial!
Today I'd like to show a very quick and cheap tutorial on how to make your own organization tray to store your mists, inks and other supplies!
All you need is...
Two IKEA trays (or any other trays that you'll buy, find or get from your grandma)...
FOSSIL Watch boxes : I've been lucky to have a friend that knows a guy that works in a Fossil store so she gives me LOTS of boxes for me to store, embellish or decorate my house with :) Any other metal boxes will do fine too.
Then glue the whole BOX group to the bottom tray.
Once dry, adhere the top tray to the boxes.
Be sure to pressure the whole box group in between the trays so the glue spreads all over the metal and adhere everything together.
All you need is 5 minutes and then, you can store your mists, chalk inks, gesso, modeling paste, twines, punches, and more!
A STAR Punch + 3D foam tabs = everything you need to organize your mists!
Have a great day!