Bubble Gum Machine Birthday Invitation

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Bubble Gum Machine Party Invite

What’s a party without special invitations? It’s the beginning of all of the fun and bubble gum is a fun for any child no matter what the age.  Create these cute bubble gum machine invitations for your son or daughter’s party and let the fun begin!

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Sending Love Your Way Using Different Card Sizes

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Sending Love Your Way Card

 If you look at the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board you will notice a good sized list of card sizes on it, but how often do you make a card in a different size?  As card makers we seem to find a size we are most comfortable with and stick to that.  Wouldn’t it be fun to step out of that comfort zone and create one of the sizes listed on the Envelope Board?  This is a 5” x 8” card.

Create a 5” x 8” card base from card stock by cutting a 12 x 12 sheet to measure 10” x 8” and then fold it in half.  Pink card stock was used for this card.  A scoring board is a good tool to have to help you create a crisp clean fold for card bases.

Every card needs a focal point and with this card the heart was created for that.  It became even more of the focal point because it if being off set on the 5” x 8” card.  The patterned paper cut to 7 7/8”  x 4 ½” (Best of K & Company Paper Pad) also helped in creating it.

Create the heart using the Scalloped Heart Doily Embossing Folder by Sizzix.  Cut a piece of white card stock that measures 5 ¾” x 4 ½” and place it in the embossing folder and then run it through a die cut/embossing machine (Sizzix Big Shot used here).

Embossed Paper

Lay the embossed paper on a craft mat and beside it rub a small amount of a Faber- Castell Gelato (pink was used here) on the mat as shown in the picture.

Gelato Rub

Rub your finger in the Gelato and then lightly start rubbing it over the outside embossed area of the heart.  Pick up more color on your finger as needed by rubbing it on the mat.  As you need to, add more Gelato to the mat, too.

Outside Area

This is what it will begin to look like as you work on it.

Outside Finished

Now, place a lighter color of Gelato on the mat (the lighter pink was used here) and begin working on the center of the heart using the same method you did for the outside of it.

Rub Center

This is what the center will begin looking like.  The more times you add some Gelato to your finger and go over an area, the darker it will become.

Soften Edges

Soften the edges by rubbing the light colored Gelato on all edges of the card stock.

Letters

Now, assemble the card by adhering with a tape runner the patterned paper to the card base and then on top of it add the focal point, remembering to off center the embossed design.

Punch a sentiment out of some of the same color of card stock that was used for the card base using the Alphabet Punches by Martha Stewart.  Adhere those using a Xyron Sticker Maker.

The next time you make a card, challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone and create it using a size that you don’t normally create. Offset the pieces to create a new focal point for the new card size.  Don’t worry about mixing things up.   It keeps the fun in card making and giving!

Ask the Experts Inks and Die Cutting

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Ice Stickles Gold

 Q:  How do you make even sized dots using Stickles?

A:  A lot of practice to find the correct amount of pressure that is needed is the only way to do this.

ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad Cat's Eye Brown

 Q: How do I get a distressed look without using a tool?

A:  Sponge the edges with a brown or beige ink.

EK BrusH2O Pen Medium Tip

 Q: When I use a water brush I don’t like the way my color looks.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  They key to coloring with a water brush is to keep the bristles fairly dry.  If it’s too wet you will have washed out the colors and too dry will have bright colors.  Add the color in layers until you have what appeals to you.

Bazzill 12 x 12 in. Cardstock Spoiled Brat

 Q: Do I have to use card stock to create my cards?

A:  No. While this is the primary choice for card makers because it adds strength to the card it is not necessary.  It’s okay to create the base from patterned paper and even heavy sheets of acetate.

Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Standard Circles LG

 Q: What dies are a must have?

A:  Basic shapes are helpful to start with because they can be used to cut around stamped images, for creating backgrounds and for placing sentiments on and are good for layering for a different look.

Embossed Sewing Machine Memories

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Embossed Sewing Machine Memories Layout - ThinkCrafts.com

September is National Sewing Month and even though we are scrapbookers and card makers we have done some form of sewing on our projects at one time.  Why not have some fun and document our experiences and memorable moments of sewing in a layout?  There are a lot of great products that as paper crafters we can use to create fantastic sewing layouts.

Create a quilt type pattern using the hexagon shaped dies by Spellbinders and a die cutting machine.  The Grand Calibur by Spellbinders was used for this project to die cut a piece of the Lace & Linen patterned paper from Die Cuts with a View.  Emboss the details by using the embossing plate and mat that comes with the machine.

Hexagon

 You can choose to print one photo in black and white to add a little interest to the layout.  Trim the photos that you will be using to the size that you would like and lay them aside.

Cardstock Background

Mix things up a little by using a piece of card stock for the background since you used patterned paper for the hexagon shapes.  Add a border around it using a scoring board (Martha Stewart Scoring Board) and scoring ½” on each side.

Score

Decide where you would like all of the elements on your page and adhere them using a tape runner or tape gun.  Do not adhere your photos at this point, but be sure to keep the space for them open as you work.

Stamp

Use sewing themed stamps such as the Craft Room Icons stamps by Inkadinkado and an embossing ink pad to stamp the images onto the layout.

Emboss

Sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image and heat with a heat tool.

Embossing Tip

A little tip:  When I do embossing I first heat the powder from the top to set it and then turn the paper over to the back and heat it from the backside.  You can also hold the heat tool on the back of the project, but remember that lighter weights of paper and card stock will bend and need to be placed under a heavy object to straighten them out.

Pencil Sentiment

Pen Sentiment

Add journaling to your layouts be first writing them in pencil and then going over them with a marker once you are happy with the way it looks.  Write lightly so that any mistakes can be erased and redone and once you have it done in ink you can erase any pencil lines.

Ink Edges

Finish off the layout by adding ink to the edges of the card stock.  Lay it on top of a mat and use an blending tool that has been pressed onto the ink pad (Vintage Photo by Ranger used).  Start on the mat and rotate the tool in small circles and move inward and onto the side of the layout.  This also helps to bring out the scored edges that you created.  You will have ink left on the mat so as you need more on the tool just simply start moving the tool in the ink.

Tie a bow or several using some ribbon to add to your layout for more detail and dimension.

Just because you love to scrap your memories or make cards doesn’t mean that you don’t also enjoy a little sewing.  Create those special moments by using the items you like such as stamps or dies to share the times you’ve sewn, too.  Who knows you may end up starting another hobby for yourself!

 

Ask the Experts: Supplies and Techniques

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Patterned Paper Stamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q:  I’m a beginner card maker and need suggestions on where to start with my new hobby.

A:  There are 3 important things to keep in mind when deciding the details of a card:  Is the card for a female or male to help decide such things as what pattern paper you will use, the theme of the occasion to help coordinate stamps and embellishments to it and the age of the receiver.

Paper Distresser Sander

Q: How do I make things look distressed?

A:  A distressing tool, the blade of a pair of scissors for the edges or sandpaper are helpful to distress edges.

Patterned Papers Solid Cardstock

Q: The design on my patterned papers don’t look good when I stack them on top of each other.  What should I do?

A:  Break the patterns up by adding a solid card stock in between each layer of patterned paper.

Grand Calibur

Cricut

Q: Should I buy an electric die cut machine or a manual one?

A:  It is a matter of preference. Each has a place in crafting.  The is a list of consumables or things that will have to be repurchased in order to keep using whichever machine you choose.  Mats and blades will need to be replaced when using an electronic machine and you will need to make additional purchases of cartridges to cut from.  Plates (Cuttlebug plates) need to be replaced for manual ones and you will also need to purchase dies and embossing folders for them.  You will also want to consider such things as the prices for the machines and extra items, storage space, what you will be using it for and even how often it will be used.

Stencils

 Q: Besides painting, what can I use a stencil for?

A: They can be run through a manual die cut machine to emboss the image into the paper.  You can place double sided tape onto your project and place the stencil on top of it and then sprinkle glitter over it to create your own design.  Spray Ink or ink pads and ink daubers can be used to color in the pattern.  Use DecoArt Dimensional Effects Texture Paste to add dimension to your project and for even more eye catching fun the texture paste can be tinted to bring out the details of the stencil.

Bleach Fabric Stamping

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Fabric Stamping with Bleach. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I’ve had this project in mind for a long time, but with a young child, you have to prepare for a craft like this. There are many ways to bleach paint a shirt. One technique is to use simple paint brushes dipped in bleach and paint the bleach across the colored fabric. Another technique is to use a spray bottle to mist the fabric with the bleach.  With the creation of the bleach pen a more precise line can be drawn, so the design is as good as your drawing skills. For my daughter I thought using a rubber stamp in the bleach would make the best shape and be the safest way to do this project.

Supplies

  Bleach Stamping Workspace

Start this project by either going outside or covering the work space with newspaper to protect it from the bleach. Next, place the plastic mat inside the shirt, so the bleach doesn’t soak through to the back side.

Bleach Stamping Technique on T-Shirt

Dip the rubber stamp in the bleach and stamp it on the shirt. We moved fairly fast with this. That created the unevenness of the imprint, as you can see on the flower petals. If the imprint is not as good as you would like it can be touched up with a brush dipped in bleach.

Bleach Stamping Technique - ThinkCrafts.com

As you can see with the anchor stamp, the imprint works well with a thin rubber stamp as well as the more solid stamp, like the flower.

Allow to dry

Now, let the shirt sit for 5 -10 minutes, this bleaches the color and allows the bleach to dry so when the shirt is picked up the bleach will not run. I was afraid that if the bleach stayed on too long it would eat through the cloth. Next, toss the shirts into the wash alone! Run through the wash with a light detergent and allow them to dry.

Attach Gems

When the shirt is dry, use a fabric glue to attach the adornments such as gemstones or crystals. Allow the glue to dry.

  Make a unique t-shirt with this bleach stamping technique. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Rock that shirt out on the town! Be proud of your new piece of wearable art!

Scrapbook Layout Contest Winners!

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Our Facebook Fans have voted and we have 3 winners of the 2013 Scrapbook Layout Contest!

Each winner will receive a CreateForLess Shopping Spree! Each “like” on a photo counted as one vote and we’ve tallied them up and will award each winner with a CreateForLess Shopping Spree!

Congratulations to our 1st place winner who will receive a $150 Gift Certificate…

Cathy D. from Mexico, ME

Grand Prize Winner - CreateForLess.com Scrapbook Layout Contest

I made a wedding layout featuring my son and his new wife. I used DCWV Fresh Floral Stack, Bazzill cardstock, Artiste Cricut Cartridge, Atg gun, heart doily, scotch liquid adhesive, paper piercer for flowers, Glossy accents, Bo Bunny Gems, Martha Stewart border punch, Prima flowers gold glitter alphabet stickers, and Martha Stewart leaf punch. I created my own sketch.

 And our 2nd place winner who will receive a $100 CreateForLess Shopping Spree…

Kathleen S. from Caro, MI

Second Place Scrapbook Layout Contest Winner from CreateForLess.com

This double page layout is all about Halloween. I cut the house and tree from the Cricut Cartridge ‘October 31st’. I did a lot of layering and inking to get the dimension. I love how it turned out! Now to just put the right pictures on it…

And our 3rd place winner who will receive a $50 CreateForLess Gift Certificate…

Julie E. from Tarpon Sorings, FL

3rd Place CreateForLess.com Scrapbook Layout Contest Winner

My husband is my best friend and the love of my life. I scrapped this tribute to us on our anniversary and it is one of my favorites of the ones I do each year on our special day. I used a fancy cut and an imposed paper on paper to create this layout. The supplies are unknown.

Congratulations to all of our winners and all of the finalists! Check out the rest of the finalists at the CreateForLess Facebook!

 

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