Saturday, September 15, 2018

Coffee & Friends

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I really enjoyed making the cupcake pop-up card so I decided to give it another go.  This time my theme was friendship and I found the cutest image on google.  Did you know that just because an image is on google that does not mean it’s free to use?  It may not seem like a big deal to you, but, as a designer, I really struggle with the fact that many people think google is a free for all.  It’s not.  Luckily, there is a way to make sure you are using an image that you have permission to use by filtering google so that it only shows you images that are free to use.  By doing this you don’t risk infringing on someone’s copyright.  It’s quite easy.


Just type what you are looking for in the google search bar (make sure IMAGES is selected) and then you can select TOOLS and choose the usage rights you desire.  Since I knew that I would not be selling this card, I choose “labeled for noncommercial reuse”.  The image I am using today can be found HERE.

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That’s all from me today.   Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It’s A Cupcake Kind Of Day

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popupmenuI noticed a feature in my newly updated Silhouette Cameo software that will create pop-up cards so I decided to give it a go.  After watching a couple of YouTube videos on how it works -  I know Google is supposed to be your best friend, but, in this crafter’s world, YouTube is mine – I picked out a digital cupcake image that I had in my stash, loaded it onto my virtual mat and got started .


The first thing I needed to do was take a trace of my image so that I had something to convert into a pop-up shape.  I offset it slightly so that there would be a white border around my finished pop-up.   At this point I printed the image and cut it using my Cameo’s print and cut feature.

imageI moved the image off my mat and selected the traced outline of my image. I clicked on the pop-up icon on the right-toolbar and played with the settings on the pop-up panel until I had the least amount of tabs while still looking visually pleasing.

imageI created a rectangle that was 3.75-inches wide by 10.5-inches long to represent the interior panel of the card and another panel that was half the size in length and aligned those two rectangles to the top and centre of each other.  The smaller rectangle would give me a reference for the centre fold and help me know where to place the pop-up.

I moved the pop-up piece so that the dashed line on the bottom (with the 2 red dots on either side) was lined up with the centre fold and then aligned it so that it was directly centered.  I pulled the smaller rectangle off the mat as it was no longer needed. I grouped the remaining two pieces on the mat together so that the pop-up would not shift off centre and then I used my Cameo to cut the piece out.

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I colored the digi image with my Copics and adhered it to the card along with a sentiment to finish off the inside.   I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25-inches wide by 11-inches long, folded it in half, and adhered this panel to the inside.

All I had left to do was to decorate the front of the card. I kept it fairly simple because I wanted the focus to be on the inside.

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That’s it for me today.  I’ll be back soon (maybe even tomorrow) to share another cute pop-up card that I made.  What can I say, it’s a cool feature!

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Get Creative Challenge #73

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This month’s theme over on the Get Creative Challenge Blog is Lots of Bling & Sparkle. Sponsors are Limited Runs, Fabrika Fantasy, and Eureka Stamps.

The first layer of my card is cut from some blue paper that has a bit of a glitter effect to it.  I added the white mat on top of that and then set about to make my cupcake.  I selected a digital cupcake image designed by Limited Runs and then traced it with my Silhouette.  I extracted the icing layer from the traced image to use for my cupcake.  I cut the cupcake top (not including trees) from a piece of Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Paper.  I removed the backing and sprinkled some glitter embossing powder over it to make a sparkly icing and then heat set it with my heat gun.  I colored the trees and the cupcake paper with my copics and used some clear Wink Of Stella to add some dazzle to the ribbons and balls on the trees.  I added some clear jewels and a sentiment to the card to finish it off.  You may wonder why I chose a happy birthday sentiment to use on a card that has Christmas trees on it.  Well, I know a few people who have birthdays on Christmas day so I figured this image would work very well to wish them a happy birthday with.  We’d love to have you participate in this challenge so head on over to the Get Creative Challenge Blog to enter.

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