Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Birthday Card That Almost Arrived On Time

Hey there bloggy friends....


So, I made a note to myself that I had to make cards for two of my friends who had birthdays coming up (they are twin sisters!). Unfortunately, I did not write a note to remind myself to look up their birthday on Facebook...oops. I was reminded, however, when I opened my FB page on Monday and saw.....you guessed it-Kristie and Coutney's birthday. Hmph.


Never fear, I had plenty of inspiration, thanks to a few online challenges I came across. Take a looksey (click on the photo to see the challenge):









Seems like a wide range of looks, colors, and sketches, but I pondered and found a few similarities: The colors in the Moxie Fab room were similar to the colors in the SPCC Color Challenge, just different intensities. I really loved the pop of color with all the white space in that pretty room. So, I came into the middle with the intensity.
The sketches both had a grouping of three, a rectangular overall shape, and were lighter on embellishments.
Hopefully I stepped up the challenges in a way that worked. If nothing else, I came up with two awesome birthday cards!
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{Cupcake Card #1: Get Sketchy #52, Mox Fab World, SPCC Challenges}
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I kind of smooshed up the GS sketch, because I thought it looked more balanced that way. It also kept the large amount of white space that I liked in the Moxie Fab picture. I tried to accent the white space by using different textures. The card is smooth white, the inset panel is a textured Bazzill, stamped with a Hero Arts stamped with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist. You can't really tell in the photo, but it is so pretty in real life.

{Cupcake Card #2: 2Sketches 4U, SPCC, Moxie Fab}
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This time I took the Moxie Fab picture and took the overall balance of objects. I kept a large space at the top and concentrated the bottom. Worked well with the 2Sketches sketch.
p.s.: I am so in love with this stamp from Papertry Ink. I could use patterned paper, stickles, markers, ANYTHING and make a million different cupcakes. And the sentiments are great for lots of different occasions!
{SYMPATHY CARD}
I needed to make a sympathy card for my aunt when her father died. He battled a long illness, and I hoped to remind her that all the wonderful memories she has will help her remember him. Tough. I happened to see last week's Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World, so I used that as my guide. I forgot to post it there, but thought I would share it here.
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The top right and bottom panel are stamped in gold, then the large pink piece is ols flocked piece that I rubbed with gold ink to make the pattern stand out. The dark blue piece on the left was a crinkly old scrap I rubbed with the ink to make the folds stand out. I am not a gold person at all, but I LOVED the way this turned out-so pretty! Even better with the dark brown stitching. Here's a close up:

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In other news I am in full on bridesmaid mode this week. My BFF is getting married Saturday and we are all super excited! Cross your fingers for slightly less hot and humid weather (and NO rain!)

Later,

M.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What Do You Call A Bomerang That Doesn't Come Back?

A stick.

(insert yuck yuck yuck here)

hahaha

That little gem was sent to me by Laurel, who is the lucky winner!

Thanks to everybody for coming to my blog! Hope to see you again soon!

Who's having a good weekend? I am. At the moment I am catching up on podcasts and giving the apartment a good scrub down. Kind of boring, but very necessary. It was getting a little out of hand in Bazeleyland!

I will leave you with some eyecandy
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These two little monsters will be one next month! Sigh...

This picture was taken way back and includes a few of my favorite big people, Grandma, my brother Dave, and his wife Beth. Love them.

Have a great one!
M.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cards For Kids Blog Hop (With a Giveaway! WOOT WOOT!)

ETA: I fixed the link to Jessica's blog. Thanks for the heads up!
Hello and welcome to the Lawn Fawn Hearts Cards for Kids Blog Hop!



We have all come together today to make cards for a wonderful cause, Cards for Kids! We hope to encourage you to also make cards for this great cause and have fun along the way, too! So please hop along with us, and leave lots of comments. Many of the bloggers (including me) will be giving away fun prizes!

If you are hopping here from Beth's blog, allow me to introduce myself: My name is Michelle Bazeley and I live in Louisville, KY. I am compulsively crafty, have a vicious sweet tooth, and this is my first blog hop! Hot Wheels and Glue Guns is a mish mash of my life, a place where I share ideas on all different crafty topics (sewing, scrapbooking, cards, crochet), lifestyle talk and tidbits about the world of disabilities. Please stop by again-I love visitors! At least hang on long enough to get to the bottom of the post, so you can see the big giveaway! ; )

Onto the main event!

My cards:





supplies: patterned paper KI Memories & Sassafrass Lass, monster stamp Daisy Bucket, How's It Goin' stamp unknown, picture perfect from Hero Arts, Copic Markers, black ink Papertrey Ink, blue ink Colorbox, brads Making Memories, white picture frame stickers K&Company,googly eyes





I love LOVE this little monster stamp! I might love him a little more with googly eyes ; ). He has seen his way onto many kid themed and funny cards. I add machine stitching to a lot of my cards, I love the dimension and extra pop they give. The card on the right was made out of an ittybitty scrap that I had to piece together and sew! lol






supplies: spray ink Tattered Ink, stamps Imaginesce (monkeys and penguin) and Technique Tuesday (branch and leaves), patterned paper (penguin card) SEI, Copic markers, kraft cardstock

These two cards involved a lot of 'play' time for me. One of my favorite ways to wind down at the end of the day is to get my hands into a project at my dining room table. For each card I stamped the background using a Hero Arts background stamp sprayed with Tattered Angels Mist. I did it because I don't have a good blue ink pad, but I kind of love they way they turned out. For the monkey card, I used masking to put two little monkeys underneath a branch with leaves. It's actually four different stamps I out together in several steps. The penguin I stamped and cut out so it looked like it was popping off the background. Coloring with Copic markers can be very relaxing....

*TOOT TOOT-GIVEAWAY TIME!* One lucky hopper will get a few of the stamps I used to make these cards. I have a lil set of monkeys, a dancing penguin ready to go to a lucky home (very clean, but slightly loved stamps; ). I really wanted to find another monster face to send along, but they were sold out at my local store. Found them on the web here. However, I DID stumble upon two of his friends that one lucky stamper will get to call their very own:

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Aren't they adorable!?!

Want to win? Please indulge my love of corny jokes. I LOVE using them in cards I send to kids I know. My current fave:

One cupcake says to another while baking in an oven "Man, is it hot in here!". The other cupcake looks over and says "aaacccckkkk- a talking cupcake!"

LOL I know, hilarious! So tell me your favorite pun or corny joke (kid or adult appropriate are appreciated) and I will choose a winner on Friday at noon EST. Make sure to include your email address so I can contact you!


Thanks for hopping along with us today! Next on the hoppity hop is Jessica !

If you are lost in the hop, you can always start at the beginning at the Lawn Fawn blog.


Later, M.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Using Digital Elements in MS Word

(Or, as I like to call it-Getting Digi: MS Word Style)

I have to share the most exciting bit of knowledge I came across last month. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but I am TOO excited now with my new set of skills.


I have long enjoyed looking at the new digital tools out there, being a semi computer nerd myself, and I always coveted the lovely digi products that have popped up around the web. I have become pretty good at taking photos, then futzing with them using Picasa. I learned how to print out digital elements using MS Word, and I long dreamed of buying Photoshop, so I could use all the fun masks, brushes and etc. that I saw other scrappers use. I live by the blogs of Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske. However, Photoshop always seemed like a luxury purchase. Sure, it would be fun to have a new tool to make the coolest projects with, but with an average price of $60 and up, it was, well....an expensive (to me) impulse purchase.




So, I put on my thinking cap and tried to figure out how to add bits and pieces to my photos, with no luck. Then, finally, this show:







While listening to the second episode, I got all excited and decided I HAD to learn how to go (just a little) digi. So, I left a comment on the message board, and would you believe it-someone responded, just to me! They gave me SUPER simple instructions on how to manipulate digi products in MS Word. (For those of you who are not familiar, digi scrapbook products come in PNG and JPG formats and I could not figure out how to layer them on top of a photo I had taken). I was SO tickled and have spent the next few weeks trying it out, and I think I finally have the hang of it!


On to the challenge: my first (almost digi) layout! I hope I can share what I learned with you, my bloggy friends. I hope I can explain it to you, step by step, in a clear way. If you have any questions, leave me a comment, and I will ty to clarify with my limited knowledge. I included screen shots of my process, click on them to see them larger.


1. Open your photo in Word, resize to the size you want to print. Then go to Text Wrapping and choose an option, here I chose Behind the Text.





2. Open the digi element in the same document. I used the Summer Kit from Shimelle Laine. It will be large and either beneath or under your photo. Go to Text Wrapping>In Front of Text, then you can use the little boxes in the corner to make it approxiamtely the same size as your photo.





3. Then-The Magic. Holding down the left-click button of your mouse, drag the frame over your photo. You should be able to see 'thru' the frmae onto your photo, and put it in the proper position. Voila! ACCKKK! That noise you hear was the squealing that happened the first time I got that to work. SO EXCITED!

4. Once you have the frame over the photo the way you like, you can print it out as is, or you can be super crafty and add a few more bits and pieces over the top. Shall we?

5. Open yet another graphic, like a butterfly. I decided I wanted it to be a pretty coral color instead of yellow, so I recolored it. In Word 2007 there is a format toolbar at the top of the screen. You can use the Recolor Feature by choosing: Recolor>More Variations>More Colors.


Like this:





6. Now that you have the PERFECT color of butterfly, resize it and do the whole 'On Top of Text' Action. You can also use the small square that appears above the box around the butterfly to change the tilt. That's how I got one butterfly to tilt one way and the other to tilt the opposite direction.



7. Sit back and pat yourself on the back. Done? OK, this is how my photo looked when it was all jazzed up:





Now, you can print her out.


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ACCKK! Sorry, I was just admiring my awesome skills. lol. This is how she looks printed on my home printer. You may have noticed on the screen shot that you could see little corners of the photo peeking out from the frame, but when I cut it out, I just trimmed them off.


Now, the rest of the layout:
1. I wanted to use some of the awesome patterned papers in this kit on my layout, so I used the same technique to layer them in a Word document. One difference-I used the 'Crop' button in the Format menu to crop out part of the paper and keep a two inch strip. I used this paper from another kit.


2. I decided to get EXTRA crafty and add a brush to one of the paper strips. (A brush is like a digital stamp, words you can add over a photo or paper.) I used this freebie from Ali Edwards


3. I made a title for my layout using an alphabet from Shimelle's kit. I added each letter one at a time, used the Text Wrapping, resized, then moved each letter together so they slightly overlapped.


All printed out on white cardstock:

Three things to notice: the 'Capture the Moments' stamp over the paper. So pretty. I ran out of room on my 12 x 12 layout, so I had to chop off the stamping the final project-very sad. Also, some of the digi papers have a cool texture that make them look dimensional. Very cool!


4. I printed out a set of freebie tags I found here. The other cool thing about digi scrapping is there are tons of freebies out there. I will link to a few at the bottom of the post. I just printed them out as is on white paper.


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A lot of work printing, now to put it all together! I had my other pictures, I assembled it all, I used a little machine stitching to add some dimension. I also pop dotted the large photo to make it stand out a little. Brads, number stickers, journalling.......


Drumroll, please!!!!



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Isn't it pretty! I love love LOVE the way it turned out! It took a lot longer than a purely paper layout would have taken, but it was really fun learning this new techniques and expanding my craftiness. I am really looking forward to doing this again.


A few notes and tidbits:


* This process was slower, some because my Word program ran a little slow. Sometimes I would resize one of the digi images and it would take a second or two for the computer to 'catch up'. That freaked me out at first, but once I figured out it would be OK, I just clicked and waited.


* There are digi elements out there called masks, that crop photos into fun shapes and add a frame. So far, I have not been able to make them work. The inside of hte frame is black, and I couldn't get the shape to go around the photo.


* Think outside the box for creative ways to use the digi elements. You could recolor them, print them out on vellum, transparency or on patterned paper. There are TONS of different looks you can get!


* There is a great series of posts about basic digi skills here by Ali Edwards. She doesn't cover how to layer digi elements in Words, but she does explain a lot of basics.


Products I used:


Capturing Moments (sorry, can't find the link. It's a freebie, so I will keep looking!


Shimelle's Summer Kit

Creativity Prompt Journal Blocks (she has LOTS of free printables on her site!)


Whew....long post! Thanks for sticking with me! Have you tried this technique? Any tips or pointers? Put them below, I would LOVE to hear them!


Off to watch last night's mad Men!


Later, M.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Free Friday Fun-Online Classes

Oh, the weekend, why do you fly by so quickly??? How is it already Sunday?!? No worries, I had this little list put together and who am I to get stuck on tradition ; ). So here is Free Friday Fun-on Sunday.

A few online classes have come to my attention, and I thought I would pass them along. These are free, low stress lessons packed with information you can use. Two are scrappy related and one has to do with getting a handle on clutter in your daily life. To see more information, click on the title, it will send you right over to their website.

During the class we will be featuring 12 different scrapbook designers and they will be sharing how they tell their stories - each featuring a special layout they have made just for our class! Along with other tips, techniques, giveaways and MORE!




You are invited to a FREE festival packed full of big ideas at Big Picture Scrapbooking this August! Join us for 13 fun-filled days featuring 13 of our talented instructors. Each instructor will share 3 project ideas with you - that's 39 projects, all for free!
We will be showcasing the creative styles of: Stacy Julian, Elizabeth Dillow, and many more!



Have you heard about simplify101’s online workshops and wondered Can I really get organized with an online workshop? or How does it work? If so, we've got good news for you—for a limited time you can try one lesson of our upcoming online workshops–for FREE!
That's right, for one week, you’ll get the ultimate taste test of either
Organizing 101: Learn How to Get Organized or It’s About Time (or both!) Your risk free trial of our online workshop includes:
* One week of full access to the live workshop.
* Access to all of the downloads and lesson materials for the first lesson including lesson PDFs, audio MP3 files, plus any lesson related worksheets or forms.
* Our friendly and supportive online community.
* Full access to the private forum to ask questions about the lesson content.
So, have I inspired you to sign up? Let me know! I will be following along with the BOS nad the Elle's Studio class and I'll be sure to share my projects here on the ole'bloggy blog.
Before I sign off, a little share. And a little thank you to everyone who reads my blog. It really is a lot of fun sharing ideas with you guys, so thanks for reading!
rockin' thanks
Later,
Michelle

Friday, August 6, 2010

St. Matthews Farmer's Market

A perfect way to spend a Saturday morning includes a visit to to the St. Matthews Farmers Market. A huge parking lot filled with handmade vendors, farmers, and yummy fresh cooked food. A few of my favorite vendors:
Babycakes Cupcakes: homemade cupcakes. tons of icing. 'nuff said.
Cake Flour: an organic, mostly vegan bakery. I had the sweetest, softest peach cherry scone there last weekend.
KY Bison Company: have you ever had a bison burger? So good! Kilamanjaro Foods: the former owners of one of my favorite (now closed) downtown spots decided to bottle all their delicious sauces and sell them. Now if I could perfect their cornbread recipe, I would be golden.
Harmony Fields: they always have the most beautiful arrangement of flower bouquets. Love them
Garlic Guy: There is one smaller booth that sells the biggest most delicious cloves of garlic. Unfortunately I forgot to write down his name, so I will have to look it up and I will add it later. Trust me, this guy is super nice and his garlic is perfect.
There it is! I hope to see you there next Saturday!
Just don't take the big tomato. Or the big chocolate cupcake. Those are mine. So, where do you like to spend a sunny, lazy Saturday morning? Do tell.
Later,
M.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Europe Projects (3 of 3)

So, I am still getting used to the changes in Blogger. I have figured out the adding pictures thing, but why is all my writing center aligned-even after I hit left-justify? Mystery...)
Howdy Howdy! This is the last installment of the highly (by me and Deanne) anticipated "How I scrapbooked Europe" series....ha! I had a few blank canvases around from long ago plans to paint something. I thought to myself 'how cool would it be to create a collage to hang on the wall?" So, that's what I did.
Can I tell you-it was messy creative fun! I haven't painted a large piece like this in years, and it made me want to do another one. THere's something therapeutic about painting and gluing and futzing with a piece like this, I had no idea when I started what it would look like when I finished. If you're curious about some of the techniques, I thought I would share. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll try to help!
* I used some crackle paint from Ranger over a pink acrylic base coat. The result is a really cool crackle textue on the large pink circles (which aren't as bright as they seem in this picture). I sprayed over the crakle paint with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, which settled into the cracks and gave it a cool sheen.
* I printed one of my favorite pictures from Paris onto textured cardstock. Then I decided to Mod Podge the photo to the canvas. This turned out to be a very bad idea and made the picture smear a little. Oh well, there was no turning back, so I went with it.
* I also heat embossed the dots and the silver foil stamping. That was way harder than I thought, mainly getting the Versamark to stamp evenly on the canvas.
* I used a little of this and that fom my scrapbook stash to bring it all together, including: A large cream photo mat that I inked to a perfect grey, part of an aitline ticket, and those clear letters I have had FOREVER fom Heidi Swapp. I colored them in with a Copic marker, and I love the way they serve as a title.




Overall, I love the way this turned out. I think it might need a bit of a third color, the pink and gray are a little flat. I am still thinking about that one. Unitl then she is hanging in my bedroom. A daily reminder that I see every morning while I am getting ready for work.

So, that's it!! Europe is officially in the can. I really enjoyed each of these projects. They were low stress and really reflected my style and the way I wanted to remember my trip. Mind you, I don't think I would do all 3 for every trip I go on, but this trip was special-the beginning of a new chapter for me, so I thought it deserved special treatment.

Thanks for stopping by!

M.


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Europe Projects (2of3)

Hello again!
After a brief hiatus (wedding planning, lakehouse, work, rearranging, rinse, repeat-that has been my summer) I am back and full of blog posts. Below is a few pictures of the second way I decided to preserve my pictures and keepsakes from my trip to Europe. Like many of you I came back with mucho amounts of photos. While I love them all, the idea of 'scrapping' them all was very unappealing. I did not want to take months making lots of 12x12 layouts which couldn't even contain all these pictures. Ergo, the photo album:
I took a photo album from Pioneer with traditional slots for 4x6 photos and them arranged them by place and topic. I used to stress over keeping a timeline and chronological order, this time I stressed over making sure all the photos fit into each category (some pictures were landscape versus portrait orientation, and that made it a little tricky to fit them, into to the pages). Then I took bits of leftover papers from OA's Road Map line, some stickers my SIL gave me, and paper pieces I collected along the way (maps, tickets, etc.). Note: I LOVE those red and blue stickers with the names of different sites on them. My SIL gave them to me, and I forgot to write down the manufacturer so I could find some for Paris.oops. I'll explain how I solved that problem below.
I love how these pages spotlight the photos and I was able to add words or thoughts as I wanted.


See that Versailles label? I created that in MS Word, then printed them out on photo paper. They aren't quite as nice as the stickers, but they helped me keep the book together visually. The train in the black symbol is from this dingbat. I put it together in my Silhouette software and cut out a bunch. I used them alot in the mini book I talked about there.

Above is the caveat of this system. Since I had so many pictures orientated one way or another, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get them all in the book the correct way (trust me, I tried). In the end, I did the best I could, and decided to not look at this page too long-ha!
Another thing I love about the way this book turned out id the white border around each photo. I do this alot when ordering pictures from Shutterfly, mostly because then the actual picture is a bit smaller than 4x6. Then when I cut them up for scrapbooking, I can fit a few more on a page. In this project I think it added a little polish. Really helps the photo stand out.
Next up, the last Europe project (in case you are not too bored of looking at them!). This was a fun way of remembering the trip, a media I have not visited in years.
Stay tuned!
M.
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