Sunday, January 23, 2011

More Digi Tutorials is super-cold here in Bazeleyland. Next weekend I am going skiing, which is the only good reason for snow, IMHO. lol.

Just curious, are any of my lovely blog readers from somewhere sunny and warm? Can I come stay with you-hehe

You may have seen this post I did on how to use digital scrapbook elements in MS Word. If not, you might want to check it out, I have used those techniques many times and it has really been fun to use them in my crafty projects. I don't have Photoshop, and I don't see that in my budget anytime soon, so I enjoy using them in the limited capacity I have available.

Another program I have is called Picasa. If you are not familiar, it is a free, google based photo editing program you can get here. I have been using it for years to organize and edit my photos, and recently started using it to organize digital elements I have. It will work with JPG's, but not with PNG files-it allows me to see most of my digital products, enough to keep me organized.

Anyhoo, have you heard of Persnickety Prints? They are a newish online photo service that I have heard a lot of good buzz about, so I decided to try them to order a bunch of Christmas pictures. Great service, great prices, and great quality. Very impressed with my order. In addition, they have a great blog that has a lot of information about digital scrapbooking. Imagine my surprise when they had a series of posts on how to create digi pages with Picasa! I had no idea you could do this!! I have each post bookmarked so I can read them again and try them out!

I thought I would pass them along. They are well written, include easy to follow videos, and TONS of information-including links to other sources. Awesome!

Did I mention Picasa is free???? Bonus!

Check them out:

Creating a Scrapbook Page in Google Picasa:

Let me know if you have tried this, I would love to see what you did!



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Color Inspirations from the Moxie Fab World!

Last week one of my favorite FAVORITE blogs, Moxie Fab World, put together a series of challenges based on the new issue of Color Inspiration for Cardmakers. Six different color combos to use as a a starting point for a card project. I had more than a few stamps collecting dust and a need to make a few cards, so I gave it a go!
A winning entry will be chosen in each category, and there are some great prizes. I hope seeing my cards might inspire you to make a few of their own!
(a little disclaimer: I actually found these challenges harder than I thought I would. For whatever reason, I would make one card and it just wouldn't look...right. So, I would scrap that one and make another one. Hence, I have two cards for each challenge (except one).)

{#1-Monochromatic} oooo, I do love pink. This combo features three pretty shades..

Thank You Bubbles

supplies: cardstock-Bazzill, ink-Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, sentiment-Elles Studio freebie, zig writer pen
Thank You with Butterflies
supplies: cardstock-Bazzill, patterned paper- Making Memories, sentiment-Elles Studio freebie, embossing folder-Cuttlebug, gems-from the bottom of a drawer lol!
The bubbles card is the first one I made....heh. It's OK, but not really great. Oh well, I took the idea and bumped it up with a few of my favorites: butterfly punch, embossing and bling! I heart this second card so much, I almost don't want to give it away!

{#2- Pastels} So pretty! I instantly thought of my cupcake stamps when I saw this one!

Sweet Friend with Cupcakes

supplies: sentiment stamp-Inkadinkadoo, cupcakes-Papertry Ink, random patterned paper, embossing powder, glitter, and ZigWriter pen

look how cute those darn cupcakes look! I heart that stamp set.

Happy Butterfly Card
I am too in love with this card, I love the way it turned out! Simple white cardstock, embossed, random punched butterflies embellished with button and bling, simple sentiment. I will be making more of this card, it is waaay too cute.

supplies: stamps-Studio Calico , ink: Stampin' Up, punch-Martha Stewart, embossing folder-Cuttlebug, random bits of paper, buttons, bling

{#3 Metallic} sparkly, shimmery shades of white, silver and gold. This one was surprisingly hard to figure out, but I did manage to finish two.

Shimmery Congratulations Card

supplies: cardstock-Bazzill, Glimmer Mist-Tattered Angels, sentiment-Anna Griffin, brads-Making Memories, ink-Papertry Ink, embossing folder-Quickutz
I thought it would be cool to make a white embossed background all shimmery to create a classy, elegant look. Something I will try again.
With Love Lacey Card
supplies: silver shimmer paper-Archivers, cardstock-American Crafts, lace paper-SEI?, white flower-Boxer, sentiment-InkadinkadooNow this one is a little better. I love the way the papers look all layered and I had one random giant pearl brad that I mounted on a random blingy circle thing to create the center. I think this would be a great wedding card, don't you?
{#4- Jewel Tones} this color combo totally spoke to me, and I knew what I wanted to do right away. Turquoise is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors!

I Love Your Face

supplies: stamp-Daisy Bucket, cardstock-Bazzill, Copic Markers, brads, google eyes
Does that stamp look familiar?? I've used this one roughly tenthousand times....I love him and his face. This card is just simple, clean, great colors....One of my favorites. I am pretty sure I will still be using that stamp until I am old and gray.

Daisy Says Thank You Card

supplies: cardstock-Bazzill, embossing folder-Cuttlebug, sentiment-Elles Studio freebie, flowers=Hero Arts, brads

This one is just too fun. Love the white background, the pops of color, and those free thank you sentiments (I'll link to those at the bottom of this post).

sidenote:I think I am too in love with my new Cuttlebug...and this dotted swiss
{#5-Neutrals} this was a hard one for me, I am usually a bright color girl. However, I had a few newish stamps that made this card look great!

You're Old School

supplies: stamps-Studio Calico, Hero Arts, ink: Stampin' Up, Archival, grid rub on-Studio Calico, vellum, buttons
The challenge specified that you use the color combo exactly, but you could add in one neutral color. I used this pretty coffee brown ink as my neutral. Really made this card come together nicely I think.
{#6-Bold & Bright} (aka my favorite colors all in one combo!) I dig pink and orange together, add in a little black. Love it.

Lace Notecard in Pink

supplies: cardstock-Bazzill, lace paper-SEI?, ink-Distress Ink, pearls
This card come together quickly. I inked up the white lace paper with lots of Worn Lipstick ink, then just layered and added the pearls. I think it has a nice texture to it.
Happy Birthday Gift
supplies: stamps-Imaginesce, Hero Arts, Copic Markers, Ink-Papertrey Ink, bling
This was the last card I made, maybe that is why it's on the simple side. But, I like it. Cute image, classic sentiment and some of my favorite colors.
Thanks for coming by, I hope I inspired you to make a card and enter!!! go now! go now! And let me know when you do, so I can see the competition ; )
* You can find all the challenges in the right side bar of the Moxie Fab World blog here
* That great Thank You! sentiment is from a freebie made by Elles Studio. *I can't find the direct link, I will try to tack it down.*

Get to work! You have until January 31st to enter!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

C-A-R-D-S Cards! Cards! Cards!

Anybody know that cheer ; )??
Just a little shoutout to basketball season, which is in full swing around here. I finally got the chance to break out some of the many MANY stamps I have purchased recently. I also played around with my new Cuttlebug (purchased with a Christmas gift card). I am kind of in love with the stamps and the look embossing gives the backgrounds.

For inspiration, I used a few of my favorite challenge sites. Many of these do not follow exactly, but they were the jumping off point, so I figured I would still share them.

{Typewriter Set- GS #69}

The herringbone background was an embossing folder I found way back in the Clearance section at Michael's. And I love him. A lot. You will see him again, for sure.

The background paper is brown with a blue core from Core-dinations, and I didn't do anything but emboss it. So cool how the core pops out like that!the stamp set is this one from Hero Arts. I love that sentiment, and the typewriter is the classic kind of image I could use over and over. I finished the card off with a scrap of blue ribbon I had leftover (maybe Making Memories?)

This second one is obviously the same design, and stamp set. I just wanted to play around with another embossing folder. Again, I love how the blue pops out of the brown.

{Winter Note Card Set-LawnScaping #1}

I was inspired to make these by a brand new challenge site, Lawnscaping Challenges. They use and promote Lawn Fawn Stamps, which I love but don't own a lot of. However, I had my 2010 calendar sitting on my desk and these images are two of my favorites, and they fit the winter theme-so I cut them out! I really, really love the simple classy look of these cards. Thanks to the folks at Lawn Fawn for the inspiration!

close ups:

{Butterfly Smile-GS#69}

I have had these butterfly stamps from Studio G since last fall, and I was jazzed to pull them out! The sentiment is a tiny stamp from Studio Calico.

{Winter White Note Card}- Get Sketchy #69, SPCC #81, Lawnscaping #1

What's that I see? Another embossed background?? lol This one is from Basic Grey and after I embossed it, I sprayed it with White Glimmer Mist. Tried to capture that in the picture, but it is soooo pretty in person. The SPCC color challenge included two tones of white with a pop of soft orange. Definitely not what I would normally use, I think it's kind of pretty and subtle.

{One Of A Kind Birthday Card}

This last one was not for a challenge, but for a very special girl's 10th birthday! She is a funny, silly girl-I thought she deserved an equally silly card. I kind of love these monsters. I have used them in all sorts of cards, always love the way they turn out. You can find them here.The patterned paper is a scrap of Cosmo Cricket. And the ribbon is American Crafts. Google eyes from my personal stash ; ).

And this is my niece Suzie, officially age 10!! Double digits baby!
That's it for now. Have to jump off and get ready for the work week. They are predicting snow here tomorrow......Am I too old to hope for a snow day?!?

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hello? Is Anybody Home?

Hey y'all! I missed you! Has it really been TWO MONTHS since my last post?

So, where have I been? December was VERY busy in Bazeleyland. I have a few posts in mind, but if you will indulge me...

Holidays 2010 in photos:
Family parties were even more fun this year....

with two almost oneandahalf year olds running around. Carson and Connor were so much fun!

Carson in the middle of the chaos. Loving it all!

Here you can catch a glimpse of one of my gifts this year-two baby blankets made with Sesame Street fabric that my mother had bought, probably when my brother (their father) was little.

My sister feeding Connor some fudge!
My birthday dinner with a few girlfriends at BBC.
A really beautiful sculpture display, Kaleidoscope. Look at these cute sock monkeys I found in the gift shop!
Enjoying a few Christmas light displays.
More family parties, with both sides of my family
Two of my closest cousins had babies recently, and they got plenty of 'air time' being passed around.

So, that's whats up with me. Back soon with some crafty goodness!

Later, M.