Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Blog Hop

Hi there!
Well, it's the last Tuesday of the month, so that means the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Designers are having their monthly hop...our theme is always Anything Goes with our Heartfelt products!

Love the fall colors..so pulled out two Heartfelt stamps.
first card is done with the HCPC 3331 All Seasons Tree
and second one is a "scene" stamp but I've lost my note in its file with the name.. couldn't find it in the Heartfelt store so assuming its retired also...

trying not to waste my fav pumpkin designer paper so the second card is done using the cut out for the mat on the first card...

used the Spellbinders Pumpkin set and sponging on both cards done with Memento Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, Dandelion. Copics used were E08,49... G17, YG63, 67...stickles, Martha Stewart punch for top card's border, Viva Pearl Pen - red, cardstock from GKD - Asparagus and stash dp and ribbon...

Here is the order of the hop:

ME (-:

Remember to comment on each designer's blog since the winner of the hop who receives a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations will be randomly chosen from one of the designer's blogs! Hop closes at midnight on Friday Nov 2nd. The winner will be announced noon on Sat Nov 3rd!

Hope you enjoy our hop! Pray Hurricane Sandy has passed us by...I am auto posting this Sunday night in case we don't have power tomorrow night or Tuesday....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Bummer! Was enjoying getting around to visit and power went down....so now it begins. Am on my IPad but better shut it down and save battery ....
Hang on all my East Coast friends....this may get really nasty!

Praying no one gets hurt and power companies are ready!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow

Hi there!
Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want you to make a vintage or shabby chic project ...with the theme...


perfect time for me to pull out some vintage images I've hung onto...wish I could give credit to where they came from but they were in my stash box and I have no idea ...

 the sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado!
easy peasy card with just some sponging in edges...

Do you remember when gas stations looked like this 
AND the waitress wrote your order out on one of these?
we used to love to go with my Pa-Paw to get gas, while he was pumping and cleaning windows, and visiting, etc he would let us go in and sit at the counter - usually to get a Coke but every once in awhile he would spring for some french fries or a sundae....man I'm old LOL

actually I still these guest checks from time-to-time

Hope you get to join us (-:

off to finish getting ready for some ladies from church,
we are going to make the Christmas cards here today for the missionaries we support...
doing it early because it's too hard to get so many of us together when it gets closer to holiday season


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Copic/ProMarker Challenge at the Outlawz

Hi there!
This week the Friday's Copic/Promarker Design Team at the Outlawz challenges you to create with theme...

 yep, whatever "floats your boat" as long as you use an alcohol marker to color somewhere on your project.

I used a FREEBIE IMAGE from the Outlawz's own ANNE FENTON! Pop over to the Outlawz and you will find this image in the Freebies section...enjoy (-:
used Copics G40, 63, 67, 82...Y04, 17...YR15, 61...E13, 18, 49
Sentiment is from Inkadinkado
Stash designer paper and Kraft and Black cardstock
edges done with decorative scissors

The October challenges are being sponsored by Make it Crafty!
One lucky participant in our challenges will win Zoe's new Colouring Techniques E-Book!  You don't want to miss out on the chance to win this awesome prize!

Have beautiful day! TGIF (-:

Monday, October 22, 2012

CSS Alumni October Blog Hop

Hi there
  it's that time of the month again when the STV Center Stage Alumni brings you a Hop and YOU have the chance to win a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K. Designs stamps... oh yeahhhhh

  For this month's Hop, our awesome team mate  Melissa Cash has given us this beautiful sketch for our hop

Hopefully you came from the awesome blog of Kay Simmons ....and if you want to start the hop at the beginning...just pop over to STV and you will have the lineup of designers participating this month.

With permission from GKD, I had fun making these images into digital images and then resizing, printing and cutting them with my Cameo...WHY you ask?  Just because it's fun! AND no more fussy cutting! 
(remember to ask permission first from the owner of any stamp before you make it into a digital image!)

 this first card I made the oval very small and enlarged the flower. Supplies from GKD are cardstock - Wine, pattern paper - Sundance, ribbon -pumpkin mango striped. Colored with Copics E08, 13, 93, YG63, G82, Memento Black and Rhubarb and added Stickles to flower centers

 this second card is the actual size of the stamp printed onto designer paper. I enlarged the background mat instead (wanted it bigger than the die set offered), cut my designer paper with decorative scissors, colored with Copics YG17,G43, V04 and sentiment stamped with Memento's Grape Jelly...stash ribbon, viva pearl pen

this last card I really enlarged the oval (no die needed!) and made the butterfly a little larger also....its colored with pencils, background is stamped with VersaMark and edge sponging also done with Versamark...added ribbon and viva pearl pen pearls, some white gel pen accents and done!

As you can tell, I love this sketch from Melissa! It really makes a beautiful card and these were done so quickly...

Now off to the sweet and spectacular blog of Melissa Cash ....

Reminder: Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (October 30), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that person will receive a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K. Designs Stamps!

Hope you enjoy the hop and gained some inspiration...enjoy this sketch!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow

Hi there!
Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want you to make a vintage or shabby chic project ...with the theme...

Stitching and Fashion

so using an image from Vintage Victorian (with background paper from Pinterest with name Standard 20).

Main image was touched up using Copics E00, 31 and BV0000, 01
Can you see my lame stitching? - lucky if I get a straight line LOL

now my teammates have some gorgeous inspiration waiting for ya (-:

Our Sponsor this week is Live and Love Crafts

 who so generously provided us each with a skein of their gorgeous scrunched dyed seam binding...love that stuff!
aren't their colors gorgeous!!!

Hope you get to enter our challenge -
the winner will receive:
6 skeins of hand-dyed crinkle seam binding AND can choose own colors! 
now that's my kind of win!!!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Copic/Promarker Challenge at the Outlawz

hi there!
This week the Friday's Copic/Promarker Design Team at the Outlawz challenges you to create with theme...

Halloween or Fall Foliage

I'm not a big fan of Halloween (except for the cute stuff) so went with "Fall Foliage" or rather the colors of fall foliage...using this fun image called Mushroom House
from our sponsor Zoe's - Make It Crafty

took closeup because wanted you to see the Smooch and how it gave it a "shine" on the gold (-
Hope you get to pop over and check the fabulous projects from the Design Team - reminder:...

The October challenges are being sponsored by Make it Crafty!

One lucky participant in our challenges will win Zoe's new Colouring Techniques E-Book! You don't want to miss out on the chance to win this awesome prize!


Copics: E00, 07, 09, 13, 35, 37...Y08,26...YR04, 09...BG000...G09, 63, 67
Smooch - Snickerdoodle
cardstock - GKD's Green Grass
Designer Paper - Stampin Up and scraps
Ink - sponged with Memento Rhubarb
Leaves - $ Store Leaf punch (no name)
Berries - Viva Pearl Pen - red
Ribbon - stash
Image cut with Cameo
Embossed with Pumpkin folder by Cuttlebug (but you can hardly see it)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

a fav Mo Manning image

Hi there,
Had the chance last night (late) to create...just because! 
Well I love this image from Mo Manning called "Shall I Play for You" ... it will be used for about 25 of my Christmas cards this year. Found the words to "the little drummer boy" and love these two together.

I muted the red on him using Copic T2 to keep his clothes looking tattered...

This will be mailed so it's light on embellishments... didn't list Copics used because you can color him however YOU want (-:

Entering the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Christmas
Digital Tuesday Challenge
CMC Challenge-a touch of Red 

have a beautiful day,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to Print N Cut with a border using Cameo and YOUR digi

Hi there,
Hope this step-by-step tutorial helps you out...I know there are tons of instructions everywhere so here is my two cents (-:  actually this is pretty long so here is my novel !
I will keep proofreading for errors and if you see something that isn't clear (which I'm sure there is...I tend to type quickly), let me know and I will tweak it...

Let's begin....
Open your Silhouette Software and from top toolbar, click File then Open...

if you have a Silhouette Studio file with images, it will automatically take you there (see below) and from there you can chose your file image...
BUT if you are wanting a digital image not in your Silhouette Library then...

Go to the bottom of the box where you see my arrow
 ...and I've shown below that using the little drop down menu by touching the inverted triangle...you will see a variety of file types...chose JPEG

...then at the top of the box below where it says Silhouette Studio Files ..see where my arrow is below

 Chose your Pictures library file, then go to your file folder that has your image
(Remember in my toot on how to change a stamp into a digi that I used a stamped image from GKD.)

  Here you can see by my arrow that I am opening my GKD file and when it opens I chose my image.

That is the important step - You will see ALL jpeg images in each of your folders by changing your selection of file types to JPEG as shown above. Getting your stamped image saved to a digital JPEG file is the key to turning any stamped image into your digitial.

NOW we are ready to setup our image to print, mat, cut or cut without a mat. When you chose your image it landed on your silhouette screen mat. So we need to get that mat setup to accomplish our goal.

When you are comfortable in Silhouette, you will do these setup steps in the order You prefer but for now...
follow along.  Go to the right of your toolbar and chose PAGE. You see the mat appear. In the dropdown menu for page....chose the Letter size for your cardstock as shown below (if you are using 12 x 12 cardstock or paper then leave it alone)
I didn't take a picture, but next go up to the Hash Mark icon ...its next to the last icon beside the blue grid.Click it and it will show you the hash marks that mean your image cannot be within them at all. We are going to resize and move your image next. It is still the size of your cardstock!

To resize your image, touch your image and you will get a measurement image around your image. Go to either the upper or lower little square box in the corners and touch it with your mouse while dragging that corner towards the center of your image.  You will see the dimensions change as you drag this corner. I stopped when my image was very close to being 4 inches in height. The width of the image automatically changes in the correct aspect ratio. Remember to only use the corners and not the sides to change the size.
 You can see our image is still slightly in the hash mark area. With your mouse in the center of the image, you can drag or pull it out of the hash marks.

Now, in your tool bar go to the icon that is in the second to the last group of icons and click on the first one. It is the square with the blue square inside it. Click on "trace area" where my arrow is pointing. Then go over to your image and place your mouse OUTSIDE of the image and you will see a trace area border appear......continue to move your mouse and encase your image within this trace border. You do not have to worry about how far away this border is from your mouse - with practice this is a very quick step!

go over to your image and placing your mouse outside of the image you will see " an X" come up, hold and drag your mouse over your image..as you do so you will see the highlighted area over your image. If you didn't start this process far enough outside of your image (which you will know if the entire image isn't grayed over) then go back over and click on Select Trace Area and highlight your image again. Here are two pictures to help you
 the above pic shows you what it looks like when you place your mouse to start the highlighting
the above pic shows you the highlighted trace area
(note - yes this is a different image, when reviewing this toot thought you could use more pictures and just grabbed this image for photos)

NOW, your image will need to be set for tracing and you will need to correct your filters to below.
Uncheck the High Pass Filter and go to Threshold and chose 70  or up....as you increase the threshold you may lose the smooth red cutting line...You will understand as you work with this step....FOR NOW, remember to uncheck the High Pass Filter. Meanwile your image is nice and yellow

  Go up and chose Trace Outer Edge as shown below

 Your image should now have a smooth red line around it - that is the CUTTING EDGE. If you don,t want a mat, you can skip the rest of the steps and send to printer and then to cutter.
 You will know if your line is smooth when you remove the image from that red line. If you are not happy with this line then...go up to tool bar and to the left hit the "redo arrow" ..using that arrow will keep dimensions the same and you can hit it to take you all the way back to any step you want to redo....

If you WANT a mat..continue...

Ok, remove your image from the red trace line by placing your mouse on it an remove from your mat and set aside on screen. Don't delete, we will be putting the image back...

No picture, but go to your image and with your mouse trace over your image again (getting used to encasing your image within measurement or cutting borders is a key tool to practice) With your image area encased, go to the Offset as shown below (middle icon in that second group of icons)
This is where the width of your mat is chosen...see where my arrow is below...that determines the size. I prefer the width of .070 to as wide as I want....You will see the offset and when you have the size you want
Hit apply

The above is what your offset should look like (although it may be wider or smaller depending on size you chose)

Now you must remove that inside red image. See below.

Go to the inside red line and you can see where my mouse has touched the line to pull it out and remove it from the screen.

(note:  IF you want a solid color mat for your image, you can send this directly to the cutter with the colored paper you want and do not need to print. You can also enlarge your offset further to have a solid colored mat for your image with a border. You can duplicate (directions are further down for duplicating) and cut your colored mats several at a time.) Hope I didn't confuse you, just wanted you to know that at this point you have several options.....

But if you want your image to have a border, continue on...

Now, go over to your image and using your mouse move your image back into the larger offset red line.

Almost done, you now need to connect your image and the offset so they stay together. This is called Grouping. Click on image, you see the measurement box open, right click and chose from menu "Group" Now your image is locked and you can move it with its border anywhere on the screen.

I always use up a whole piece of 8 x11 cardstock - after having done all this I want to print and cut as many as possible (-:
So click on image, from menu chose copy

then paste

keep pasting and line up images to they are within those hash marks
go over to the red line image that's sitting off your mat and touch it and  chose delete it
 go over to the red line image that's sitting off your mat and touch it and  chose delete it as seen below

ok, now send to your printer Hit the printer icon on your toolbar up at the left hand side of tool bar

Now place your printed cardstock on your mat. Line up the corner of the cardstock with the arrow at the top and your cardstock lined up along the top and side grid line.  Your cameo is going to detect the arrow and knows exactly where to go to the black square to begin the cutting process

Load your cardstock into Cameo. Go to your setting page as shown.
You see where this box does have the correct paper shown...it is confusing because you need to tell it again if this is the first cut for the day...so chose your correct paper setting. I know this one is wrong because it says to cut with a setting of 1

Below, I've selected the correct cardstock again and you can see that the cut setting is now at 5. Make sure your blade in the Cameo is ALSO set at 5. (You received the  little grey tool to change the blade setting with your Cameo)
NOTE: Heavy weight cardstock does give me problems so I stick to the 80 lb and below for my Cameo

 Ok ...paper loaded - yes
          paper setting correct - yes
          blade setting matches paper cut setting - yes

Then click CUT...your machine will tell you its checking for the registration marks and will then tell you when it has started cutting (of course you will hear all this too!)

When done, I unloaded cutting mat and gently removed cardstock from around my cut images....

VOILA! my printed with border image all cut out (-:   Happy Cameo Camper here!!!

Finally,   BEFORE closing your Silhouette, save your image to your Silhouette File for future use...I can now go to my Silhouette Library and open this file and immediately send to printer and then to Cameo...Work has all been done....

Hope this was useful to you!


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