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Monday, February 27, 2017

St. Patrick's Treat with Video Tutorial

It's been a while. The holidays were busy. Then the FLU hit our house in a big way. (Meaning...we all got hit, but I got hit the hardest. Sick for days. bleh...) So glad that's over.

And then I decided maybe I ought to try something new on my blog. I got some equipment, some software, and over the course of several days, found some time.

Then, I filmed a quick tutorial. Filming was the easy part. Editing was a pain. I tried several different freebie softwares and apps that I found online. None did what I wanted them to do. I think I wasted a whole day just finding the right software. Anywho.... Here is my premier.  It's not Oscar worthy, but I think it does the job.

If you want to watch at YouTube, you can go here.

Let me know what you think. If I get a good response I'll do more. If not, well, you know...

I know it's only Monday, but I hope you're week is going well so far. Thanks for stopping by.

Shamrocks (DollarTree)
Cardstock (DCWV)
Adhesive: Glue (Scotch Quick Dry); Double-sided tape (Xpress It)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Another Christmas Delivery

Two days in a row, folks! I'm even surprising myself. But my brain was spinning over this cute FREEBIE Ttruck graphic from CreativeFabrica.com. So, I had to create something else. A Truck-Shaped Gift Card holder. (Affiliate links used where available.)

Totally works, right? When I first saw the print out I thought for sure I had reeeeealy over sized it, but nope. Not at all.

I've got a quick tutorial on changing the color of the graphic in the Silhouette Studio for you today. The easiest way to do this is to just pick a color from the selection area. But, what if the color you want isn't there?? And, what if you want to make sure it matches something else you're putting with it? Well, use that 'something' to find your color using the color picker. Select the color picker (right side above) and hover it over the item that you want the color from. Since the tree is two different colors you may have to hover in a few spots to get the color picker to find the right spot to click on.

OK, now that you know where you're going to get your color from, use the arrow tool to select the the item that you're recoloring (see truck above). Now select the color picker tool, click on the color, ....

... and Voila! now I have a green truck!

Now, I want this to be a pocket card so I can put a gift card in the back of the truck. So after tracing the design, I selected the design and the trace and used the Replicate tool to Flip Below. Then I took the bottom two pieces and inched them up so that they were overlapped at the wheels and welded. Boom! I have a pocket card in the making. I also did the same for the Santa Hat graphic from the same Freebie Truck Kit. (Seriously, such cute accessories in this kit....Note the bell on the door!)

I printed. I cut. I folded. And then I glued the cab of the truck, the tires and the tailgate of the truck together leaving the bed of the truck open so that I could slide a gift card inside. The Santa Hat followed suit leaving just the pompom end open so that it could also show on both sides of the gift card.

The Bow on the gift came from a Spellbinders Bow die that I have in my stash.
And a bit of gold twine glued in between the hat pieces so I could hang the gift card like an ornament. (I would have liked to have taken a picture with it on my tree but my hubby had his shoulder operated on a couple weeks ago and he can't get the tree from the attic with one arm. And I'm too short to get into the attic. My Christmas present this year will be a taller ladder.)

That's all for today. If you haven't checked out CreativeFabrica.com yet give it a try. So many fonts! Several holiday themed freebies! And they're running a promotion right now where you can get three months for only $12! If you're a fontophile like me, you will love it.

Thanks again for visiting! I know how busy life is. I appreciate you spending just a few minutes with me.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Delivery Card

It's been a while since my last post. Not that I haven't been creating. I have! I just haven't taken the time to create a blog post about my creations. Typically I just post on Instagram (see feed above). It's fast. Easy. And if anyone has any questions they can just shoot me a questions via the Instagram feed. Well, today I have reason to post beyond just a single snapshot. Today I'm introducing you to a new web source that I think you might find useful: CreativeFabrica.com  And a bit of a Silhouette Print and Cut tutorial too.  (Affililate links used where available.)

Fun, right? And all made with digital FREEBIES! (and other odds and ends I had in my stash.) Keep reading. I'll tell you how.

I chose this cute Truck Kit from the Freebies section. I also used the Fa la la la la for the inside,

Inside the Kit are three styles of trucks and three styles of trees. And some other fun accessories to decorate with... bells, snowflakes, mistletoe, holly, etc.

The graphics come in three file types. I chose the .svg format and put everything I needed onto the mat inside Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

After my first print I realized I forgot something.... To remove the red cutline outlines! I set up offset outlines for cutting out the shapes and then forgot to remove the color. Ooops! To fix this (in case you don't know how) see the following steps:

To remove the Offset Lines so they don't print when doing a Print and Cut, select all of the items on your mat that have an outline that you don't want to print. Then choose white as the color of the line. Voila!

You can not see the outline but it is still there. To prove this, just go to the cut screen and the cut lines (outlines) will show up.

Another problem I realized I had was that I had set up my card base on the bottom half of the cardstock that I was printing and then cutting. I did not what the Registration Lines to print on my card base. To fix this I used a small piece of Post-it® Labeling Tape. It's white so barely visible in the picture above, but believe me it's there.

In this picture I've lifted the corner of the tape so you can see it better Later on I have a picture where I've pulled it off the tape and you can see it better still. Post-it® Labeling Tape  is great!! If you haven't tried it yet, you may want to add it to your wish list. You won't regret it.

Ok, now that I have all my pieces cut it's time to put the card together. I started with a small scrap of white card measuring 4"x5.25." Using a blending tool and a few inks I created an evening sky background.

Here is my card base again... See the Post-it tape removed nicely from the card taking the registration mark with it. YAY! As you can see I was able to download a second digital file from CreativeFabrica.com Freebies  to print on the inside of my card.

I folded my card base in half. The finished card measures 4.25"x5.25"
I adhered the sky background using some ATG.

Next I added a small snowbank, cut using a die from my stash, plus my Print and Cut truck from the kit using foam adhesive.

 I followed up with a second die-cut snowbank, attached with foam adhesive again.

And then the cut out snowflakes were added.

 Then I added some small dots using a Sharpie White Paint Marker. I also added some shimmer to the snowflakes and snowbanks using a Wink of Stella pen. And it's done!

 And here is the inside where I used the Freebie Fa la la la la.

 Don't you just love the dimension?

I had to get pics from all angles...
Yup. Love. Love. Love.  :)

Well, that's it. Hope you like it. I think the tutorial took longer to type than printing, cutting, coloring, gluing and adhering did.

Thanks for visiting! And really, check out CreativeFabrica.com  You won't be disappointed.