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Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter Card

The card was created by inking the border of the card with Jim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  The apple blossom image was then printed on the printer over top of the inked card stock. The apple blossom image came from The Graphics Fairy web site.  The Easter eggs were stamped, then colored in using watercolor pigment on both the eggs and the flower.  Hope you enjoy my creation!

Scrapbook page for my sister

I made this page for my sister of her daughter and granddaughters.  The angel wings were printed from The Graphics Fairy, cutout by hand and layered.  I bent the wing over to look as if it were protecting the family.  Hope you enjoy my creation.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Note Stack

The Graphics Fairy posted such a cute image on December 16, 2010, and I just immediately had to put it to good use by creating an 80 sheet note pad.


I created the layout using Microsoft PowerPoint. I did this by inserting the image, resizing it, then adding lines to the desired area for writing notes. Next step was to group all the elements together as a single image, then copy and past to fill the page. I printed 20 copies of the completed slide and cut the sheets to 4.5" x 4.5", giving me 80 note pages. I clipped the pages tightly together near the top and applied rubber cement adhesive to the top. Just the easy! 
Now I have a very cute note pad that I can leave in my car, on my desk, on my craft table, next to my recliner or in the kitchen to jot down all those important notes. I may need to make several more of these so I have one in each of the aforementioned areas!
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TO ALL! 




OH and that image came from the Graphics Fairy, as well! I edited the image in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro to just keep the 'A Merry Christmas'. This isn't a very good edit on my part, but you get the point!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week #36 The Shabby Tea Room Challenge

Week #36 in the Tea Room brings Lisa as our host and she has chosen this {sweet}, seasonal photo as inspiration for us to work with ...

... and asks that you make a card or project to share something that you are thankful for!  Everyone living in the US will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday next week, so this is perfect timing to get your holiday cards made to send to loved ones!!  I realize that everyone who visits the Tea Room does not celebrate this holiday, so let's open this challenge up to any thankful theme ... what are you thankful for OR Thanksgiving OR thank you cards and/or using some of the colors from the inspiration photo -- one or ALL!  Have fun with this week's challenge -- we can't wait to see what you create :)

THIS IS MY CREATION FOR THE CHALLENGE:
I am thankful for our veterans. Without them we would not have the life we have today in the United States of America. I am proud of them and am thankful for everything that each of them has given up to serve our great country.  Many ran, many hid but these men stood up and fought to protect our freedom and our values, and continue to do so today. We could never thank them enough for all they have sacrificed to serve our country.

The image used for this card is from The Graphics Fairy.  She has to be the sweetest person on the web to do all she does to find and share these images with anyone who wants to use them.  Thank you, Karen!

How it was done ...
The background color was removed from the image using Corel PaintShop Pro X3. The text was created in Word (to get the curve).  The image and words were designed using PowerPoint and printed on Watercolor White cardstock from The Paper Company.  Fiskars Deckle Paper Tear Edger was used to tear along the side of the white cardstock.  Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen ink was applied with the Inkssentials blending tool to the picture and along the edges (this didn't show up too well in the scan).  Four tiny star brads in each corner.  The red strips were embossed with Sizzix Easy Emboss Funky Spots and sanded.  The background cardstock is Patriot Blue Cover by The Paper Company.  The blue cardstock is inked around the edges with Stampabilities white pigment ink.

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Comments are always welcome and greatly appreciated! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just for the fun of it ...

This is a tiny little card I made today. It is 1.5"x1.25". Really! There were some little tiny scraps on my work mat leftover from border punches and Cricut cutouts. As I was staring at them, they kind of started looking like little images so I thought why not put those tiny little scraps into a tiny little card. Well, really I do have alot of other stuff I should be doing around the house but then again this sounded more fun than vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms!  So here is my newest creation.  The tiniest little card I've ever made.










GelWriters were used to color in the tiny 'stars', 'moon', 'flowers' and 'rocks'. A pigment ink pad in brown was used to color the 'old wood' in the center of the card. The 'bird with a very fancy tail' and the 'large flower' were already those colors. There is a cutout on the 'bird' that looked like a 'wing' so I glued a tiny scrap on the back of the 'bird'. I also used a tiny bit of a small foam adhesive square to give dimension to the 'stem of flowers'. 
'Thinking of You' was written with a Micron .005 black pen, plus the inside words and the writing on the tiny hole punch scrap on the back of the card. Glimmer Mist in Moonlight was used around the edges of the card. "How did you do that?", you might ask.  I have a cheap kid's placemat I bought at Dollar Tree that is very slick on the back and has Tweety Bird on the front (that is important!). Glimmer Mist, StazOn and other permanent things clean off of it (the back slippery side, that is) very easily with a Clorox wipe.  I sprayed a bit of Glimmer Mist onto the placement and, as always is the case with Glimmer Mist, it is not an even mist but big droplets mixed with mist. I turned card around in one of the big droplets to get the edges colored. I did file the edges to give the ink something to adhere to before rolling it around in the droplet. A bit of very fine mist went onto the face of the card, also, which is exactly what I wanted to happen! OH, and the cardstock used for the card ... that was a tag that came in a package of brads - Spare Parts by The Paper Studio. I simply cut beneath that part and used the solid color portion of the tag as my base for the card. Lined it up evenly on the mat, scored it down the middle and folded it to make my tiny pre-folded card. Then used a corner punch to round the edges (the card was already rounded on one side but didn't quite match the size of my punch so I redid them all to match!) 
To sum it all up, I've recycled, spent time having fun today and will have a sweet tiny card for my hubby when he comes home!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #10

This is my 10th design for Christmas 2010. 


I picked this snowman stamp up from $1 bin at Michael's last week and had to make a card. Such a cute TALL snowman stamp. The most difficult was to stamp a row of 10 while trying to keep them somewhat even on the bottom. This is a rubber stamp not a clear stamp! 


I made 6 identical cards so had to stamp this snowman 30 times! I did 10 at a time an inch apart on 12x12 cardstock.


The background paper is Miss Elizabeth's Scrap Paper pack.  
The border cardstock is punched with a border snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.  Stickles in gold was used for the dots of bling (glitter).


The tag was cutout with my Cricut using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge (I use that cartridge more than any other in my collection!)


The snowflake brad is by SpareParts.


The arms are drawn freehand. The hats and noses are colored in using GelWriters. The snowman bodies and hats are accented with Glossy Accents by Ranger.  


The paper edges are inked with Stampabilities Pigment Ink in Red.


The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment was heat embossed using Zing Embossing Powder in black.


Elmer's Spray Adhesive was used to glue it all together.  Spray adhesive is so easy but it can't be used like spray paint.  My work mat, chair mat and hands were all covered in glue and it's not so easy to get off. 



Thanks for visiting. 
Comments are always welcome and greatly appreciated!

2010 Christmas Card #9

This is my 9th design for Christmas 2010. 


Miss Elizabeth's paper was used again in this design.


The ribbon down the center is paper ribbon purchased from IKEA several years ago. It's sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Pearl to give it some sparkle.


Snowflake brad from Hobby Lobby.


Ribbon from Michael's.


Vellum tag cut out with Cricut and George & Basic Shapes cartridge.


VersaMark Watermark ink used to stamp 'Merry Christmas' and heat embossed with A La Mode Embossing Powder in Royal Blue. Don't forget to use the Embossing Buddy! Otherwise embossing powder goes all over the vellum.  


Used BigBite to punch hole for brad.


Heat embossed the strips at top and bottom with A La Mode Embossing Powder in Royal Blue then sprayed with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and added some glitter to the strip along the top and bottom. 


Used the spray adhesive to adhere the paper with all the embellishments to the card.


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2010 Christmas Card #8

This is my 8th design for Christmas 2010.


Miss Elizabeth's paper was my choice for this one.  I picked up many packs (at least 10) of this multi design 12x12 paper pack for 50c a pack last year at Dollar Tree during the end of the season sale. What a great deal that was!


The ribbon came from Michael's. They had a sale last week on this ribbon at 20c for a 10-yard roll. What a deal! I stocked up on some ribbon.


The center snowflake is from a package of white snowflake buttons I bought at JoAnn's. The snowflake is embossed with Stampendous Embossing Powder in Blue Tinsel. I repeated the embossing a couple of times and let it dry in between, using a clip on the button shank during the heating process; heat guns get extremely hot. I brushed some of the embossed powder from the center before it dried to give it some depth. Then, I cut the shank from the button with a button shank remover tool.


Next step was to cut a tag out of blue cardstock with the Cricut using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge; actually used an old Christmas card we received a few years ago that color of blue looks great with white lettering.  American Crafts MiniMarks rub-ons are used for the 'Merry Christmas' greeting.


Tied a bow in the ribbon and glued it in place with Elmer's Fabric & Paper Glue. Used TomBoy adhesive runner to tack the ends of the ribbon to the back of the paper and to stick the paper to the card.


Used Elmer's Tacky Glue to attach the snowflake and tag to the ribbon.


The strips along the top and bottom of the card are also heat embossed using the Blue Tinsel Stampendous Embossing Powder.


Done!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Win a Copy of Corel Painter Essentials!!

Robert MacDonald, Product Manager for CorelR Painter(TM) and CorelR Painter(TM) Essentials, will lead a session on hybrid scrapbooking at the Craft & Hobbyist Association (CHA) Winter 2009 Convention and Trade Show, in Anaheim, CA. The session, entitled “The Best of Both Worlds: A Step-by-Step Guide to Introduce Hybrid Scrapbooking inYour Store,” will take place on Monday January 26, 2009 at 12 p.m. in Room 205AB of the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
Corel’s CHA session will provide retailers with creative, constructive examples of how they can effectively combine elements of traditional and digital scrapbooking to provide more creative
opportunities  to their customers and grow their businesses.
Corel is a copyrighted product!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #7

Latest and greatest Christmas card. 


One of my sisters drew this picture, too.  


I used embossing powder, glitter, Stickles to decorate the scarves, GelWriters to color in the giraffe and colored pencils to make and color the grass. Rubber stamp for "Merry Christmas", Micron .005 pen to outline the letters, ribbon, stick pin and adhesive.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #6

My sister drew this using a lead pencil as her art medium.  I printed it on cardstock and made it look colorful.  More details later. I'm kinda busy now :-)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Split Coast Stampers 'Tail Waggin' Greetings!' Challenge

Another Christmas card finished for 2010! 


This was made for the 11/5 Split Coast Stampers "Tail Waggin' Greetings!" Challenge

Make a project (any theme) using something that has a tail - critters, kites... 



Cut the paper to size to fit the card. Cut strip of green white core paper and run it through your Sizzix machine to emboss with reindeer image.  Sand with sandpaper. Tear white paper to fit beneath green embossed cardstock. Punch hole with Big Bite at corner of white paper. Tie green ribbon, punch hole through center with Big Bite. Attach ribbon with tiny star brad. Stamp "Merry Christmas" with black pigment ink. Pour sparkle embossing powder over the ink (don't forget to use your embossing buddy first!!). Shake off excess powder. Heat with heat gun.


Supplies
Miss Elizabeth's striped paper

Stampabilities 'Merry Christmas' stamp
Stampabilities Pigment Ink - black
a la Mode embossing powder - Sparkle

Green white core cardstock

Sizzix Simple Impressions reindeer embossing folder
White cardstock
Fiskar's Paper Tear Edger - Scallop
Big Bite
Tiny star brad
Green ribbon
Scotch tape runner
Heat gun
Embossing Buddy
Sand paper


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #14 Challenge

The layout for this card is based on design #14 at Cardabilities.


Overall, this card was a challenge for me to create. I started with 3 pictures and used Corel Paint Shop Pro X3 to do all the photo editing for this unique card. Instructions and supply list are below.


                     


These are the digital pictures I started with ...


Trees dressed in their fall colors with the sun rising and throwing beams of light onto their branches. This is my view looking out the window of my craft room. NICE!  Watercolor effects were applied to the trees using PaintShop Pro X3. The picture was printed on cardstock, cut in half and trimmed to fit the card.     

This is at a pumpkin patch at one of the local churches. This is my little sweetheart, Abigayle. Very excited at the prospect of having her picture taken yet again! The image background was cleaned up using PaintShop Pro X3.







This next step was really challenging for me, as a new user of PSP...
I added the cornucopia as another layer, then erased portions of the Abigayle in the pumpkin patch picture where her hands are to make it appear as though her hands are on the cornucopia.
Once I finally got through all of this photo editing ... WHEW!
This is how the card was completed ... The image was printed onto white cardstock. The oval was cut out of black cardstock using George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge. Next, I traced the oval onto the back of the picture and cut the picture smaller than the oval.  Foam squares were used to give the center oval dimension. A little glue and dark copper art glitter were added along the edge of the oval, plus 3 black self-adhesive gems. I attached a silk Fall leaf and a silk flower head (removing all the plastic parts from the back of both) and attached all with a hot glue gun.  The words 'Thankful' are letter stickers. I lightly sprayed the card with Fixatif to keep the glitter in place and used a Fiskars corner edger to round the corners. 


Supply list
Pre-scored card 5"x6.5"
thePaperCompany Pale Yellow cardstock
thePaperCompany Black cardstock
Elmer's Memory Book glue pen
Dark copper art glitter
Scotch tape runner
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Pictures
Corel PaintShop Pro X3 software
Cricut and George & Basic Shapes cartridge
Black alpha stickers
Silk fall leaf and flower head
3 black adhesive gems
Scissors
Pencil
Fiskars corner edger


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shabby Tea Room Challenge

I made this card for the Shabby Tea Room challenge.  Just discovered their site this week and it looks like fun.  Please visit their blog, you may be interested in creating a card for this week's challenge. 

My design is inspired by Nichole Segnere; her card is 'Don't Rain on My Parade'.  Ya'll that know me know that I'm color-blind so my colors may not match as well as Nichole's, but I'm really happy with how the overall project turned out. 

My project supply list is included below! 

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Week #33 - 'Consider it CASED!'

I am your host this week for our Tea Room Challenge and I've chosen the theme of  'Consider it CASED'!  How fun!  This week I'd love for you to create a card or project that is inspired by one of the Shabby Girls' Design Team projects listed below!  CASE = Copy And Edit Slightly, so pick your favorite card and designer from this post and then CASE it!  Maybe you like the layout, maybe you love the colors, maybe you're inspired by the theme, maybe you love the embellies used ... that's it!  Just pick one designer and her DT card below and then go make one similar to it!  Can't choose just one DT member, then feel free to CASE two, three or everyone on the team and submit all your cards and projects! BE SURE TO TELL US WHICH DESIGNER'S CARD YOU CASED FOR YOUR DESIGN!

Supply list ... 

  • 4"x5.5" white card 

  • 2 strips of double-sided paper (mine is green with a bit of mauve in it, at least that is what my cross-reference sheet says!), cut the bottom strip approximately 3"x5.5" and trim down to 2.5" using decorative edged scissors on one side, and the top strip is approximately 2"x5.5"

  • Mauve card stock ... small scrap, approximately 3.75"x3.75"

  • White card stock ... small scrap, approximately 3.5"x3.5"

  • Ribbon ... I tied a bow then ran a length of ribbon around the top and bottom of the layered strips before adhering to the top of the card

  • Elmer's Fabric & Paper Adhesive ... used to adhere the ribbon to the paper

  • 'Frog' rubber stamp

  • 'Umbrella' rubber stamp 

  • 'Friend' clear stamp

  • Dragonfly brads

  • Micron black 005 pen ... used to draw dragonfly trails and rain drops

  • Reeves watercolor paint ... watercolor everything except the umbrella

  • Koi water brush

  • GelWriters - used to color the umbrella, then used Koi water brush to soften the ink effect

  • Decorative edge scissors 
  • Fiskars corner rounder
  • Glossy Accents ... put over top of raindrops for dimension and shine

  • Scotch permanent adhesive

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

1st Christmas card done for 2010


This is my 1st Christmas card of the 2010 season! The inspiration came from a layout I found on Cardabilities, Sketch #13. Thanks for looking!


Products used
  1. DCWV white core paper (for reindeer)
  2. Sizzix machine
  3. Sizzix Embosslits XL reindeer die cut
  4. The Paper Studio reindeer paper for strip across card
  5. Plain black cardstock for strip behind reindeer paper strip
  6. Sizzix Sizzlets flourish die cut
  7. Sheer ribbon with small white dots
  8. Clear craft plastic for tags
  9. Cricut electronic cutter
  10. George and Basic Shapes cartridge for tags die cut
  11. Small "Merry Christmas" and Reindeer rubber stamps
  12. Zing Rouge embossing powder
  13. Embossing buddy
  14. Heat gun
  15. Small square black brad to hold tags in place
  16. 5 black rhinestone to embellish flourish and one on top of black brad
  17. Big Bite punch
  18. Thread and needle
  19. Fabric glue
  20. MemoryStor two-sided designer paper for background
  21. Adhesive
  22. Sandpaper
  23. Precision scissors
  24. Pigment ink
  25. Carl Brand rotary paper cutter

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Handmade envelope with graphics

The envelope was custom designed to specifically accomodate the printing of the puppies in an envelope graphic posted by the Graphics Fairy at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.  After the card was designed, a pattern was created and used like a stencil to trace the pattern onto white cardstock.  The envelope was then cut out with scissors and a bone folder was used for the fold lines.
The image was edited for printing in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 to remove the flap.


The following steps through the process:
  1. Load the image into PowerPoint and using the ruler position on the paper and visually determine where to position it for printing.
  2. Print a grayscale image onto plain paper
  3. Fold the bottom and side flaps of the envelope to the underneath side, otherwise the envelope is too big to fit onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper
  4. Use a light box to position the custom envelope over the image and tape very close to the top edges, or use double-sided removable tape, to hold into place
  5. Put the paper with the attached envelope into the printer making sure the paper is inserted correctly (the correct end inserted and either face up or down according to how your printer prints) at this point you don't want to ruin your envelope!!!
  6. Print ... and pray that the cardstock doesn't get jammed in the printer!
  7. Unfold the flaps and glue down to form the envelope, set aside
  8. Print the image again but this time directly onto Avery (or another brand) of Clear Sheet Label
  9. Align the image on the label over top of the image on the envelope, trim the bottom and the sides
  10. Insert the trimmed image into the envelope and trace around the open area on the inside of the envelope (between the top fold and where the side and bottom flaps all come together) and cut out
  11. Remove the backing sheet from the label,  carefully align with the image that is printed on the envelope and apply.  Pay careful attention to align the dog's paw that 'hangs' over the edge of the envelope.



There may be an easier way to do this, but that is how I did it and I'm very pleased with the result. This makes a beautiful envelope for my handmade Mother's Day card.  I hope my mom enjoys it!



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Birthday card


I made this card by cutting out the design printed on a Foof-a-la scrapbook paper. This paper is so pretty, I had to go back and buy more to add to my stockpile of paper!


Happy Birthday and cake clipart were printed from the computer.  Background card stock is Bazzil Basics Loganberry Pie.  Ribbon is by American Crafts, gemstones by Studio18 and Tree of Life finding by Fresh.


This is a very large card, 7"x7".


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Birthday Card using 'Tons of Love' image by Nina J May

This didn't get submitted for the challenge because I didn't follow the instructions to use buttons or red ribbon according to the weekly contest rules.  I used Glimmer Mist for the first time - OH NO, I could become addicted!  It came out really cute. Although, the Glimmer Mist did not show up on the scanned image.  The oval insert was sprayed with Glimmer Mist before attaching it behind the oval cutout. The juvenile themed paper is from a Miss Elizabeth's scrapbook set; the oval was pre-cut.








I printed the original inside verse on the computer.  Punched a small hole in each corner of the insert, threaded through with embroidery floss and used pop dots to attach to the card.  Punched small holes in each corner of the background cardstock, threaded the DMC embroidery floss through each hole, used a small piece of tape on the back side to hold in place and inserted small white round brads by the PaperStudio in each corner.  Then attached the whole thing to the inside of the card using Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner permanent adhesive.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Valentine's Day Card





I came across a layout late last week on Claudia Rosa's blog. It looked like it would be fun to work with. This is the card I made.  Although, I wasn't able to complete it in time to enter the Friday Sketcher's challenge it is one more card that is marked off my to do list!

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please leave me a comment! Thank you.



These are the supplies used:
  • Claudia Rosa layout week #84, printed on standard printer paper
  • 2 pieces of red cardstock, one lighter 4"x5" and one darker 5.5"x8" - DCWV Multi Stack Reds
  • White cardstock 5.5" x 4"
  • Scrap paper to coordinate 4"x5"
  • Chipboard - thePaperStudio
  • Heart die - Sizzix Originals Die Frame, Heart 655459
  • Bone folder - Martha Stewart
  • Alphabet rubons - JoAnn CraftEssentials Alphabet Rubons
  • Heart themed stamps - Heidi Grace Valentine's Day clear stamps set
  • Ribbon - American Crafts Premium
  • Small heart brad - SpareParts
  • Magnetic discs - BasicGrey
  • White opaque pen - Inkssentials
  • Embossing heat tool - thePaperStudio
  • Red ink pad - Stampabilities Pigment Ink
  • White ink pad - Stampabilities Pigment Ink
  • Sparkle embossing powder - a la Mode
  • Embossing buddy - Static Puff Pillow
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch - Crop-a-dile Big Bite
  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper - Singer (this pack is from the 60s or 70s!)
  • LOVE rubons - ColorBox
  • Glue/Adhesive - Elmer's Memory Glue Pen, Dot N Go Glue Dots, Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Perm
  • Emory board or very fine sand paper
  • Pencil
  • White erasure
  • Micro-fiber cloth
  • Computer
  • Printer

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This card was made using several different graphics and my design for the card layout.  







Credit goes to the following people: 
  1. Nina J May for the Miss Kitty© digital image. She's amazing!  Please visit her and leave a comment on her blog at http://theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/. She recently opened an online store to sell her wonder graphics. Stop by and see what she has to offer; you won't be disappointed! 
  2. The Graphics Fairy, an Angel Company, for the free vintage Ribbon Banner graphic (draped across Miss Kitty's arms). The Graphics Fairy has many vintage and unique graphics. Please stop by for a visit at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.
  3. To my sister, Karen Phillips, for the rainbow image she drew specifically for this card. She doesn't have a website but if you happen to know her, she is a wonderful person with great talent.

These are the supplies used:
5½"x4" pre-folded card (Michael's)
Miss Kitty© digital image (Nina J. May)
Free Vintage Graphic Ribbon Banner (The Graphics Fairy)
Rainbow digital image (Karen Phillips)
GelWriters (Costco)
Colored pencils (DollarTree)
White erasure (Dollar Tree)
Stampendous Fun Flock Cotton Ball White (Archiver's)
Quickie Glue Pen (Archiver's)
Elmer's Memory Book Glue Pen (Hobby Lobby)
Paper Studio Self-adhesive Gemstones (Hobby Lobby)
Stampabilities 'Happy Birthday' stamp (JoAnn's)
Stampabilities Pigment Ink Pad - Black (Hobby Lobby)
Scraps of paper for the rainbow
Scissors
Lightbox - optional
Microsoft PowerPoint
Computer
Printer

Step-by-step instructions for making the card:
  1. Insert Miss Kitty© image into a blank Microsoft PowerPoint slide
  2. Set View/Zoom at 100% (I hold my card up to the screen to eyeball the size)
  3. Insert the Ribbon Banner graphic - I inserted 3 text boxes and rotated each one until they were positioned on the banner (refer to image "Happy", "Birthday", "Maddi" on the Ribbon Banner)
  4. Once the text boxes are positioned, Group the text boxes and Ribbon Banner into a single object
  5. Position onto Miss Kitty's hands
  6. Group all the images on the screen (it is much easier to move a grouped objected around on the screen for positioning)
  7. Insert Rainbow image
  8. Use WordArt (within PowerPoint) to put words into clouds at end of rainbow (refer to image "I'm", "7"). I used Calibri font, 36pt.
  9. Group WordArt with Rainbow image
  10. Then group both major image groups if desired (in the aforementioned groupings, I design my groupings this way because if I decide a text box needs a bit of adjustment, I only need to ungroup that small amount of objects with the small group rather than ungroup the whole project and take the chance that I'll accidentally move something else - it saves time in the long run)
  11. Make sure the image is to the right hand side of the screen, if printing on a top fold card make sure the image is near the bottom of the screen
  12. Print out on plain paper
  13. Put the paper with the printed image on top of the light box (or hold up to light)
  14. Align card over image to position where it will print on the card
  15. Use tiny pieces of tape to adhere the card to the paper; these are mainly needed at the end of the card that will go through the printer first and where the card folds.
  16. Put the paper with the attached card into the printer
  17. Print
  18. Use colored pencils to color Miss Kitty© I used pink for her socks and shirt, brown for arms, legs, head
  19. Use white eraser to go lightly over the colored areas - this softens the look and almost looks like copic markers were used
  20. Use GelWriters to color top of socks, skirt, heart and hair bow
  21. Accent Ribbon Banner with black glitter GelWriter to define the depth
  22. Outline "I'm" and "7" with pink glitter GelWriter
  23. Add 2 small self-adhesive gemstones for the bottom of the exclamation marks
  24. Use the rainbow image that was printed on plain paper as a pattern for cutting out strips of color
  25. Use glue to adhere to the image on the card
  26. Put glue inside the clouds, making sure to go around the text and not over it - I used the Quickie Glue pen for this and did one cloud at a time
  27. Pour Fun Flock over the glue, shake off excess
  28. Stamp 'Happy Birthday!' at top of card
  29. DONE

To finish off the project ...



I always do something fun on the back of my cards. After all that is space that most people don't use; a blank canvas going to waste!  It's fun to do something with that space.  It provides a fun little surprise for people who look at the back of their cards; most people don't!

On this card, with the Miss Kitty© theme going on, what better than a mouse?? I used a rubber stamp from Commotion Rubber Stamps and embellished it with colored pencils.


This project was submitted to ...
There's Magic in the Air - Magical Monday Stripe challenge
This weeks challenge ...
She (one of the designers, Danielle Lord) wants you to use this week's image "Miss Kitty" and use stripes somewhere on your project other then your image.
My answer to the challenge ...
Did you notice my rainbow?  Stripes of color! 

... and to The Graphics Lady because she likes to see how her images have been used! 

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please leave me a comment!  Thank you.