Thursday, 28 March 2013

Celebrate everyday



Hello dear crafters, Marina is here.. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring time and a wonderful weather outside..

Today I would like to share with you 2 Project Life spreads and Photoshop Actions I use for my photos..


It was a very busy week for me and I had to make my Project Life spreads in speedy mode.. I loved using 6x6 paper pads and letter stickers. They make life so much easier.. Normally I would arrange photos, title and journaling cards first and I would write the little stories/ text while waiting for my son at football or in the carpool. I do not like wasting my time and this way it works very well for me.


 I love including unexpected photos like that one with tooth brushes.. Looks like not a big deal but we have a story behind it and it is worth recording as a part of our life today.. As well as a view from the back on my table at ARTe and my thoughts while I was sitting there and thinking..




On the picture with "Up, Up " words my son is on the most top of the tree.. When I found him there I did not know what to do first  - to scream with the horror that he is gonna fall down or to grab a camera and take a photo.. I chose second. Luckily he managed to go down by himself without any problem..

On the above layout I used Amy Tangerine Calendar Stamp Set highlighting the date with the marker the photo was take. I used papers and stickers from the new collection Park Bench by Fancy Pants Designs..


Some close ups..










 Photoshop actions.


Today I would like to share with you my favorite tool to improve or edit my photos. I do not have a fancy camera, which would allow me to take great pictures. Sometimes even with great camera it is not that easy to catch the feel of what is happening.. In such cases I do use Adobe Photoshop and Pioneer Woman's actions, which are super popular and  FREE as well... There are 2 sets of the actions. Have a look:



Set 1.
1. A photo straight from the camera.
2. Slight Lighten
3. Slight Sharpen
4. Quick Edge Burn
5. Fresh & Colorful
6. Lovely And Ethereal
7. B&W Beauty
8. PW's B&W
9. Soft And Faded
10. Vintage
11. Boost
12. Define And Sharpen 







Set 2.
1. Seventies
2. Colorized
3. Sunshine
4. Heartland
5. Sepia Tone
6. Warmer
7. Cooler
8. Dim the Lights
9. Bring On The Eyes!
10. Sharpen This


















My favorites are: Fresh & Colorful, Lovely And Ethereal, Soft And Faded, Bring On The Eyes! and Sharpen This! (depends on which effect I wish to achieve..). You could apply one action on the top of another, you could reduce effect by reducing the opacity level.. How to use  Bring On The Eyes! and Sharpen This is explained very well on Pioneer Woman's website. (She is great, check up her stuff!).. Actions could be found and downloaded  here (part 1) and here (part 2)



To use these actions you would need Adobe Photoshop. How to install actions you could find here.

I hope you are getting inspired to record your day-to-day life and preserve those little precious moments of now. Would be great to hear your thoughts about it.. I wish you a very happy Easter holidays and I will see you later.. Thanks for stopping by..

Bye-bye,
Marina




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Monday, 25 March 2013

Photo Tutorial: Boxed Rectangle Envelope featuring Martha Stewart Score Board



Good Morning!

Happy Monday, ladies! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. :)

This is Shruti here and am going to share with you girls a quick tutorial on how to make a boxed envelope using your Martha Stewart score board. To be honest, I am really bad when it comes to making envelopes except this particular one! Most of the cards I make require a boxed envelope due to all the embellishments I use on them.. I am sure there may be many ways to make a boxed envelope but this is how I do it.. :)



This is how my boxed envelope looks like with a card inside.. Cute, eh?! This particular envelop holds a rectangular or an oval card. The card I made here is measured 5.5 x 4 inches

Now, lets get on to the tutorial..

Step 1:
Cut a card stock to 8.25 inches square. Now place it along your envelope maker like so..




Step 2:
Score the card stock at 3 inch mark on the envelop maker

Step 3:
Score the card stock again.. this time at 2 and 5/8th inch. The width of the envelope depends on how thick your handmade card

Step 4: 
Now rotate the card stock at 180 degrees and repeat the same step on the that side.

Step 5:
Now rotate the card stock at 90 degrees and score it at 3 5/8 inches on the envelope maker

Step 6:
Now score the same side again at 3 1/6 inches

 Step 7:
Repeat the same step on the other side as well.

 Step 8:
Cut off the overlapping score line.

Step 9:
Now you can start embellishing your envelope before you glue them together. I decided to use my Martha Stewart circle cutter to cut a circle in the center.


 The circle is measured at 3 1/2 inches.

Step 10:
Now put the envelope together using glue or a double sided tape and your envelope is DONE!



I decided to go ahead and embellish my envelope further so I cut out some circle frames using my Silhouette Cameo.


I used my favorite mist from Tattered Angels to color the frame.

I dabbed the excess mist using a tissue and later dried it using my heat gun.

 As for the simple circle frame I colored it using the Stazon ink in black.

 Put them together and viola! your pretty envelope is ready!




Thats all folks!

Hope you find this tutorial useful!

Love,
Shruti

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

March Challenge: Color Palette Layouts - Donna's take

Hi all!
Donna here sharing with you some inspiration for this month's challenge which is a wonderful yummy color palette.

First off is this layout I created with Chanelle's (my niece) 2nd birthday party pictures. I wasn't there to celebrate with her but I sent my love by creating her invites, tarpaulin and favor/ty tags.

I cutout the letters and images in one of the pattern papers and adhered on the base of my layout. Then I sprayed some mists and brushed thin coat of gesso over it. Then sprayed some mists again. I did this because my photos are quite colorful already so to make it still stand out, I tamed down the colors of my background.

Materials used:
October Afternoon Cakewalk collection (papers only)
Hero Arts Light Green Accent Pearls
Hero Arts Pink Accent Pearls
Crate Paper - Random Collection alpha labels cardstock stickers
Dear Lizzy Neopolitan Title Stickers Parakeet
October Afternoon Sidewalk Word Stickers
American Crafts Amy Tangerine Lovely Straw Foam Rubber Stickers 
Authentique Diction Stickers
AC knock-outs notebook border punch
AC Stone cardstock
Studio Gesso
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Turquoise Blue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Pink Bubblegum
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Silver Sugar
Adhesives

Now on to the second layout. I scrapped a page about my friends' surprise cake on my birthday. This was taken after I almost had a heart attack when I found them in our bedroom with the lights out, literally shouted at me a very loud "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!" Oh my God we were laughing SO hard after that. My hubby was an accomplice too!

Again, I used gesso and mists in this layout. I cutout the strips of the pattern papers and used decorative scissors to cut the top edge. I layered my photos and some embellishments on an oval-shaped corrugated board, painted with gesso and sprayed with some glimmer mists. In mind are layers of a cake which is the focal story of my layout.

Materials used:

October Afternoon Cakewalk collection (papers only)
Hero Arts Pink Accent Pearls
AC Stone cardstock
American Crafts Amy Tangerine Lovely Straw Foam Rubber Stickers 
Authentique Diction Stickers
Studio Gesso
Finding Nana Memory Flairs
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Turquoise Blue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Pink Bubblegum
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Silver Sugar
Adhesives
AC Precision Pen
Paper twine


And last but not the least, is this layout about the gifts of my wonderful hubby on my birthday. He surprised me with a watch and then unexpectedly bought me a new wedding ring (new, because I lost my old wedding ring, long story) and one silver ring (so we have the same since he cannot wear a gold one). Not included is my new cellphone, which I used to take these Instagram photos :)

For this layout, I mixed the gesso and glimmer mist to color my base cardstock. Then I adhered the strips of papers directly using the remaining gesso-glimmer mists mixture. Then I stamped randomly on the cardstock using one the half doily stamp of MME's Story clear stamp (Miss Caroline). I also used the backing paper of the Pink Paislee Portfolio frames.

Materials used:
October Afternoon Cakewalk collection (papers only)
Hero Arts Pink Accent Pearls
AC Amy Tangerine Thickers Daily Three
Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Accents and Phrases sticker sheet
AC Vanilla cardstock
Authentique Diction Stickers
Studio Gesso
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Turquoise Blue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Pink Bubblegum
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Silver Sugar
My Mind's Eye Story clear stamp set - Miss Caroline
Prima Ingvild Bolme Chalk Fluid Liner - Lime Pie
Prima Ingvild Bolme Chalk Fluid Liner - Bule Jay
AC Knockouts Starte kit
Adhesives
Pink Paislee Portfolio photo frames
AC Precision Pen
Paper twine

Hope you get inspired! Can't wait to see your take on this month's challenge :)
Thanks for dropping by!

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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the above Color Palette

Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Color Palette 
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified

Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: AED 25 Gift Voucher to the Store

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Home Made Altered Tin Can Video Tutorial


Hi Everyone, it's Louella here again to share a Mixed Media concept tutorial for an altered Tin Can. And yeah, this is my first ever Video tutorial. :-)

I collected this pretty tea tin can since last year from my cousin Darlyn Delizo who will be celebrating her Fabulous 32nd Birthday this Saturday. I made this with love for her to cherish and this is also in connection to our March Challenge: Color Palette Layout.
                        
I just simply love this Month Color Palette. I enjoyed so much of mixing the colors and discovering the beauty of using Gesso and Mists in my projects. Explore the beauty of Art guys as I did for mine..










Thank you in advance for watching! 

With Love,
Louella



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Monday, 18 March 2013

Altered Frame Decoupage: Tutorial Monday


Hi Pretty Friends!
It's me Louella again.Just want to share how I made my Altered Frame Decoupage technique.Personalize your furniture or craft project with decoupage.

 Decoupage can sometimes be deceptive. By looking at a finished project, you would think this craft technique would be complicated, but it isn't. It is actually quite simple. If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved.

 Here we go..:-)

1.Choose what project you want to make.


2. Basically, you cut out pictures or use strips of paper depends what you want; for me on this project I used the pretty Crate Paper Pad which relates to the March Challenge: Color Palette.


3. You glue the paper first ; and then cover the Paper and Washi Tapes with a few coats of Modpodge or any decoupage Medium to protect it.


4. After that explore some Mists and Paints to add some colors on your project.. 

with Modelling Paste on this. 

6. Lastly, finished your project with pretty embellishments like stickers and chipboards.

  So what yo think?

Decoupage is a fun and easy right?? --the possibilities are endless. Best of all, decoupage can be learned fairly quickly in just a few steps.

Go gather together your supplies and start crafting...

  
Have fun!

See you around

With Love,

Louella


Supplies Used:
Punchella Template
Mod Podge

Sunday, 17 March 2013

March Challenge: Color Palette Layouts

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Hiya people!

Shruti here.. How is everyone liking our new challenge?! I hope you all are having FUN!

I am here to inspire you with some layouts I made using the color theme of the month.

Let me first start off with my very first layout.

That’s my beautiful little niece Kiara! The first photo was taken when she was just two hours old! :) How cute is she?! I just love her to bits! I wanted to make a very colorful layout for her.. so I decided to edit my photos a bit and make them a bit pale so they stand out in midst of the colorful background.


I cut out her name by running a Hero Hues Daffodil Layering Paper through my Silhouette Cameo.. and later used the Tattered Angel’s Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist.. which am currently obsessed with! The soft colors of the beautiful butterfly garland goes just perfect with my layout.



The lace background as well as the butterfly were cut using my Cameo again using the Hero Hues Daffodil Layering Paper.. I’ve used multiple mists on them to go with the color theme.. I even splattered some around the layout.

Supplies used:

On to the second layout


I’ve literally played with my mists on this layout. I simply love how colorful this layout is. I started out using some watercolors in the background.. and once I had my pattern papers and embellies in place.. I went crazy using my mists all over the layout.


Of course, I had to use my Cameo to cut the sentiments and leaves... *winks*

Supplies used:
And my last layout..


On this one I decided to go with a lot of layering. 




That doily you see on the layout.. My Cameo cut that too!! How cool is it?! Yes.. I know am obsessed! *winks* 



The bloom used in the center is from Pink Paislee Artisan Flowers set.. I later misted some Tattered Angle mist in Meadow Green on it. I think these flowers will look even more prettier by using not one but multiple colors on it.. but for now.. I decided to go for one.. :)



Supplies used:


Thats all folks!!

Love,
-Shruti
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the above Color Palette

Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Color Palette 
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified

Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: AED 25 Gift Voucher to the Store