I know I have not been very good with the blog lately. Its mostly been a series of “here is some new stuff for sale”. I have tons of ideas for projects and tutorials – I’m just a little short on time at the moment .
So this post will have some “here is new stuff for sale” but I also have a freebie kit to share with you too! One thing I want to mention up front – the Digichick has a huge sale this weekend (May 1-6) – plus a bunch of fun events (with prizes!) in the forum.
During the sale – all of my digi stamp sets at the Digichick are on sale for $2 each and everything else (kits and cutting files) is 40% off.
My latest kit is “Garden of Life”. I really enjoyed making this one and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.
All for the flowers used in the elements and on the papers were “painted” in Illustrator using the brush and the blob brush. I learned about this a while ago in Laura Colye’s Ink and Paint Illustrator class over at Renee Pearson. If you want to learn Illustrator, I can’t recommend Laura’s classes enough.
The creative team created so many delightful projects – I just have to share them!! But I’m thinking I might post them over the next few days so you don’t get too overwhelmed by the team’s talent.
Here are a couple:
Along with the main kit I created some add on packs. They are available alone or as a bundle for 25% less.
The Creative Team did some great things with these too! Through Sunday, all of these are 40% off.
So… where is the Freebie?
Its part of a Digiscrap Parade! Over 50 designers have gathered together to create using the same color palette and the theme “That’s Life”. Its one big, bunch of digi-scrap goodness and all you have to do is hop along the parade route to pick it all up for free. You can start at the beginning of the parade here at Charm Box Studios. There are forward and backward arrows so you can hop around in the circle starting anywhere.
If you would like to start with my portion, you can find it in my Fan Freebies tab here.
If you would rather not access Facebook, you can download my portion using this link. But… you’ll miss the parade…
Hi everyone – here is my second birdhouse box design (wandering around Pinterest gives you lots of ideas!). Its called Delightful Dwelling…
This box is in a hexagon shape and includes tiny window box details (as well as the windows, door and roof decoration.) The box ends up about 4″ in diameter and 5.5″ tall as designed. Of course you can scale the box smaller or larger in your software. (Be careful making the little flowers too small though – they may get difficult to cut).
Here is a brief description of how I made mine. The patterned paper is from the Hearts and Flowers kit – I just printed 2 sheets of it on Red River Canvas paper before I started.
I cut the two box pieces and folded them
Then I applied adhesive to the tabs and glued the box together. The top of the box is angled in so the “roof” lid fits well and stays on.
I wanted my box to have a door, 4 windows and 2 window boxes. I also needed to cut the roof and the roof trim. I chose my cardstock colors and cut the pieces I needed.
The roof folds up simply with one tab to glue. I added patterned paper trim. I placed my door and window pieces on the box positioning them how I liked.
I folded up the window boxes and added 2 pieces of greenery and 5 flowers to each. I added the centers to the flowers and shaped them slightly by using a stylus to press the center into a mouse pad. This gave them a cupped shape. Once the flowers and greenery were adhered, I adhered the window box under the window, holding it in place till the glue dried a little.
That is it – just fill with a treat and pop on the lid!
I love birdhouses. I actually grew birdhouse gourds in my garden last year so I could make some. Well in the process of looking for inspiration for painting them – I got sort of lost in Pinterest (right?) and got inspired to make some birdhouse cutting files.
This is the first one. I wanted it to have a garden feel, so I included some little sunflower cut file decorations. I also wanted an option for it to be either a box or some home decor. So roof can be fit on like a box lid, or glued in place to be home decor.
This cut file is on sale for 30% off through Sunday. I have a few more styles up my sleeve that I’m working on
Sneaking in one last new project before Easter….a garden arbor shaped basket cutting file.
This cutting files includes the picket fence basket with an “arbor like” handle plus some optional accessories to decorate your basket. I included some grass for the base, a vine for the arbor and 3 different flower shapes. I also included an egg shape in case you want an Easter themed basket.
For my sample, I shaped the flowers with a stylus before I glued them together – just to give a little more dimension. Added some Easter grass and a couple eggs. The Creative Team made some amazing projects too!
Here is Kim’s basket – with a little bunny desperate to get to those chocolate carrots.
Janie’s basket is full of yummy eggs.
Melinda had the brilliant idea to use just part of the file to make this lovely spring card!
This project was inspired by the picket fence and arbor in front of my vegetable garden. It will be time to plant that soon. Here’s hoping I can keep the rabbits out of my real garden!
Two new products in one week – wow! I guess I’m channeling my inner Easter Bunny!
The second release this week is a print and cut project to make cute Bunny Treat Boxes. Included in the files are PNG images for the boxes and cutting files – so your die cutter can do all the work (they can also be cut by hand).
The boxes come in 2 different formats. One is a thin box designed to be adhered to a wooden skewer so you can add treats to a potted plant, or make a whole “Bunny Bouquet” to give to someone.
The second is a scalloped box with a bunny front – perfect for holding smaller treats (so they don’t get lost in the Easter basket grass).
These files are very easy to use. Simply open the PNG in your cutter software, open your cut line style of choice and overlay the cut lines on top of the bunny image. Then just print, cut and fold. (More detailed instructions are included in the download)
Hope all your Easter plans are going well – I’m looking forward to some Dove dark chocolate eggs!
I have some new cutting files for you if you need some quick and easy Easter projects. The first is a set of Hoppy Easter Card Cutting files.
The cards are shaped and have a shaped overlay. So it is very simple to create a cute card just by cutting the shaped overlay from a patterned paper.
Also included is some flower and leaf cut files – so you can embellish your bunny a bit if you wish (I did use the flowers in the samples). For my projects, I used the Chalk It Up To Spring Digital Craft Kit papers.
Kim used the card cutting file to make this delightful egg holder. Isn’t it cute?
I’m so ready for spring (but woke up to snow!). This kit is full of spring colors and and images – even some spring subway art.
The images and some of the papers have a chalk-like finish, just for something a little different. This kit is great for hybrid crafting because it includes digital cutting files for all the mats, labels and sticker images. Its on sale for 30% off through March 10.
The Creative Team came up with so many beautiful projects – they are really amazing!
Janie created this amazing Easter box using the Chalk It Up To Spring kit and the Gift Box with K-cup Insert cutting file:
Here is the inside – so cute!
Angie made this wonderful Digital scrap page (I love the pictures!)
Cathy created this beautiful gift box. Check out the flowers – oh my!
Melinda made this amazing altered canvas. One of these days I’m going to try this!!
I have even more projects to share tomorrow!!
I have a new digital kit release this week called Hearts and Flowers.
I had a lot of fun combining water color paint effects with newsprint. And sketching up some flowers and birds to go with it. I know I have a thing for flowers, but I think I also have a fascination with birds.
(Although one of my friends got 2 love birds for her daughter – yikes! What a mess. I think I’ll just admire the wild birds)
This kit is on sale for 30% off through Sunday.
The Digichick Creative Team made some lovely layouts. Those ladies are so talented!
I also had a request to create a gift box that would hold 4 of those K-cup coffee packs that are used with Keurig single serve coffee makers. So I created a cutting file for it:
I wanted it to be useful for things other things also – so the K-cup insert is optional and I created 3 styles of lid and a couple of tags that can be mixed and matched. The Gift Box Cutting file is 30% off through Sunday also.
Speaking of coffee – One of my favorite things is having a cup of coffee while watching an on-line class. Have you tried them? I love them!
The Renee Pearson site has a new class up. Its all about embellishing digital pages taught by Tiffany Tillman. Fun huh?
Just wanted to let you know that its $5 off if you decide to join in by the 17th (Sunday – coming up quick!). You can find the details here.
Just popping in to announce a really big sale over at the Paper Garden Projects store.
After much consideration, I’ve decided it time for a few changes. With spring coming, this seemed like the perfect time.
Over the last couple years I have become more and more interested in digital design and have decided I want to focus my energies completely on that. I love creating images from scratch and I’m having so much fun creating digital cutting files. Its like I’ve discovered the best of both worlds with the hybrid crafting I’ve been doing. I can create images and projects digitally, but still get sticky and inky fingers!
So… in order to concentrate more on the things I really love, I’ve decided to change the products I am carrying in the store. Hopefully my change of direction will benefit some of you too. I’ve put my current, in stock products on sale. Right now:
- All Copic Sketch markers are $5 each
- All stamp and stamp sets are 25% off
- All inks, embellishments and blank packaging are 30% off
- All Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders and paper punches are 50% off
- and all former clearance items are 60% off.
You might not want to wait too long though. I have been working down the inventory for a while not so there are not many of any item left.
Today is our last day!
In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at the custom shape tool and create a card using one of the shapes.
In this first video, we’ll take a look at the custom shape tool and some ways to use it. We’ll also create our heart shapes for our card.
In this video, we’ll use the Folkart Love kit to create our card using one of the templates from Day 2. We’ll add our hearts and learn a method for making shadow edges between the hearts.
Its also time for our last challenge:
Just create a card using either a brush, eraser, or custom shape (or all 3!) on it and post it in our challenge forum. You can earn Chickie Points towards free products just for entering challenges! You can see all the challenge details here.
If you are interested in additional digital supplies, I have a coupon code for you. Just enter pgpclassfun and the shopping cart will take 50% off all digital supplies in the Paper Garden Projects store here at the Digichick. The coupon is good through Feb. 15, 2013.
If you enjoyed the class and found it helpful, please pass the word along to others! These posts will remain active so you can come back later.