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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.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

For Their First Trip to Visit the Mouse

Some friends of mine that live just down the street from me took their family on a trip to Disneyland, or as my husband refers to it "visiting the mouse." 🐭

To celebrate this event, I made them a fun little photo book to put some of their pictures in.

I've seen so many of these little accordion style albums online I thought it would be fun to give it a try.

No chipboard, just cardstock and Kraftex in this deceptively large-album-in-a-small-package.

In fact, I started with just a 1/2" spine, but after inserting the accordion folded section I immediately knew I needed a larger spine. That's where the Kraftex came in. I cut the spines off the album and reattached the back and front panels to the new 1" Kraftex spines which I embossed using a star folder and Cuttlebug.

I also realized my original magnet style closure wasn't going to be strong enough either. I ended up using some elastic and brads to make an expandable closure.

I only covered one of the tags with paper before deciding not to cover the tags. So going forward all the other tags will just be black card.some have red and white twine and some don't depending on where the pockets are.

Diagonal pocket with decoratively-punched edge:

The first page (diagonal pocket from above pic) pulls out to the right and provides five pages and pockets to add pictures and journaling to. 
Here are pages 2 and 3. This double page layout was really fun to make. I decided to make decorative cuts into the paper to make the pockets for the tags. 

Here are pages 4 and 5. 

Page 4 (moving from right to left) has a small corner strap holding the removable tag.

And page 5 has a side pocket with removable tag.

And that's the the first half. Now for the second half or backside of those previous pages....

Behind the diagonal pocket-front-page, are two additional vertical pockets holding two more tags:

Page 2 is another creative pocket. I cut around Mickey and the Star to create this large pocket to put a tag into.  (sorry for the blurry pic.)

These are pages 3 and 4 of the reverse side

Page 3 has a side pocket to hold a tag.

And page 4 has a corner band.

Then pages 5 and 6

Page 5 has a side pocket with a tag.
And page 6 is a full page pocket with a top opening for a tag.

This picture shows the back of the full page pocket (tag re-inserted) and the back inside cover of the album. The "Oh Boy!" papered area is a belly band which could hold an additional tag or a picture could be placed behind it.

And this picture shows the full wrap around cover of the album fully opened. 

This was my first accordion album but I'm thinking it won't be my last. It was a lot of fun to make, not terribly difficult, and easy to work pockets and tags into it for those that love interactive albums.

Well, that's it for today. That
Now for stopping by for a visit. Have a terrific weekend!

Papers:  cardstock: Black (Recollections; Patterned papers: Mickey Paper Pack (eksuccess); Black Kraftex
Adhesive: FabriFix (Beacon); glue (Scotch Quick Dry); ATG 
Misc tools and items from stash: crop-o-dole, decorative scroll edge punch, brads, elastic, Cuttlebug, Stars embossing folder, Wink of Stella pen