Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wipe Off Memo Board Teacher Gift!

Well, we're almost to the end of June - and that means teacher gifts! We usually give gift cards to the teachers, but I think it's nice to include a little something useful as well.  I saw this cute DIY tutorial on YouTube and thought it would be quick, cute, and within our budget. Erica had 3 teachers this year in preschool, and Amie wanted one for her teacher too!

We started by picking up four pretty 4x6 photo frames at the dollar store, along with a package of wipe off markers. We then chose 4x6 Project Life Cards - I liked these lined ones so you could easily write your message, 

We added the Currently stamp from Pretty Cute Stamps to the top line with black ink, inserted it into the frame and tied some baker's twine through the little hole on the top of the marker to attach it to the frame.

Lastly, we wrote a little note on the memo board before wrapping it up.

Here's a look at the Currently stamp set I used:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're enjoying the last week of June and have some fun summer plans to look forward to!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mermaid Card with Digi Stamp Layering Tutorial!

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had a lot of rain and even a little hail this weekend, but you gotta take the rain with the shine right! I'm sharing a card I made with the new Mermaid Kisses Digital Stamp this month from Pretty Cute Stamps. If you haven't checked them out you'll be amazed! They are so darn cute, and so fun to work with!!

I used some pretty papers from the Boardwalk Collection from BoBunny and layered on my printed and coloured image from the Mermaid Kisses digital stamp set. Alcohol based markers, such as Copics or Prismacolor markers, work well with injet printers. I even added some Stickles and Gelly Roll pens to my project after colouring to add some shimmer.

Inside, I added this adorable sentiment, included in the set!

I've put together a bit of a tutorial to show you how easy it is to print out a layered image using PicMonkey - a free photo editing program you open in your browser - no downloading required.

1. Open PicMonkey and choose EDIT at the top of the screen. A box will pop up allowing you to choose your JPEG image from the images you've downloaded from Pretty Cute Stamps. For this card, I chose the Lounging Mermaid. This opens it on your screen.

2. To the left of your screen you now see the Editor and you can add the stamps you want to overlay. Choose the Butterfly icon which opens Overlays and choose 'Your Own' at the top of the screen. This opens the file folder you just opened the mermaid from.

3. Choose the digital stamp you want to overlay - in the PNG format. I chose the present file - click Open.

4. This opens the digital stamp onto your background (Mermaid). You can resize your image by placing your mouse cursor at one of the corners and making it as small or large as you wish. You can even change the colour and turn your image!

5. I made my present smaller and placed it on her hand as if she was holding it. For my actual card you can see I put a cupcake in her hand and added two layered presents in different sizes at the bottom.

7. You can even add a sentiment directly to the image! When you have your image just the way you want it you can save it by clicking Save at the top of the screen, then Save To My Computer on the left of the screen. MAKE SURE TO SAVE YOUR FILE AS A DIFFERENT NAME THOUGH so you don't overwrite the original file!

Now you can print your file from your computer, colour and enjoy!! Think how cute this image would be printed in a larger size and framed!

Here's a look at this cute digital stamp set!
Mermaid Kisses

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll check out all the super awesome stamps available at Pretty Cute Stamps and don't forget about our Summertime Challenge - where you could win a gift certificate just for sharing what you create with your PCS stamps and digital stamps!

Linked to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add Some Shimmer

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pocket Letter using Scrapbook Supplies!

Hi crafty friends!! We are starting to have some lovely weather here in Calgary, Alberta, and since you never know when that will change we've been trying to enjoy as much as we can of it. When I do get a minute to be crafty, one of the things I do love to do is create something out of my scrapbook supplies even if I'm not scrapbooking!

Today, I'm sharing an eye spy pocket letter with you that I made for a swap in one of the Facebook groups I'm in. For the background papers for my pocket cards I used the 6x6 BoBunny paper pads from the Believe and Butterfly Kisses collections. I just love the papers in both of these collections! The Believe papers especially have a mixed media layered look to them that is so pretty.

I included at least one of each eye spy item on my page:
- Owl, Heart, Key, Cupcake, Mason Jar, Butterfly, Clock, Crown and Coffee Cup

I pulled out lots of stamps, including stamps from Pretty Cute Stamps, Tim Holtz, Imaginesce and Graphic 45 and whatever else I felt would work with this pretty letter.

I added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and used some Stickles and Glossy Accents along with a doily that I cut up and some washi tape for closing up the pockets with beads and sequins on the back.

On the back, I added some goodies for my partner and a note from me.

I love that these pocket letters can fold into thirds and fit into an A10 envelope! I decorated my envelope with some Tim Holtz stencils and coordinating stamps and some Distress Inks.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I'd love to hear what you've made lately with your papercrafting supplies!

Linked to:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Patterned Paper

Monday, June 20, 2016

FCCB #279 Patriotism!

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

The prize is 7 digital stamps!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

For my project I made a card to celebrate Canada Day! I used my Cricut Explore and the write feature to draw out the fireworks from the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge with the Silver Cricut pen. I used the gold Wink of Stella pen to colour in the fireworks for some extra sparkle.

This cute elephant image is from Bugaboo Stamps - Edward Canada. I printed him on white cardstock and coloured him in with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour markers, which are alcohol based and also added some Wink of Stella pens in silver and gold. These pretty sequins are from one of the 28 Lilac Lane collections!

The Oh Canada was cut from the Summer Celebrations cartridge and the Polaroid from the Brooklyn Iron On cartridge. I love how it is just the Polaroid outline and shows the fireworks from behind!

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoy a wonderful week and are getting some special plans together for Canada Day or Independence Day. Be sure to head over to the Fantabulous Cricut Blog to see what all the other Design Team members have come up with and enter your own Patriotic project for a chance to win!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Pretty Cute Stamps June Challenge - Summertime!

It's almost officially summer and time for our challenge at Pretty Cute Stamps this month - Summertime! With all the amazing digital releases last month and this month, along with a super assortment of stamps from the Pretty Cute Stamps store, there are so many options to create a project with a summertime theme this month for your chance to win an awesome PCS gift certificate!!

For this month's challenge I chose to make a pocket page using photos from a camping trip our family went on last summer. I added sentiments included in the digital stamp sets released in May by using PicMonkey (details of how I did this are at the bottom of the post!) and the Happy Camper Sentiments  and inTENTS digital stamp sets.

I also printed out on white cardstock, and coloured with alcohol markers, the lantern (Shine Bright), camper (Happy Camper), arrows and sign (Wooden Sign) and added them to my page.

I love that you can easily size the digital stamps to fit the project you're working on!

I used some Simple Stories papers and journaling cards in my pockets. 

I love this cute little camper!! and how sweet is this sentiment in this pretty font?!!

Here are the steps I used to add these sentiments to my photos:
1) Open photo from your computer in PicMonkey (a free software that opens in your browser - no downloading required) by clicking "edit" and then choosing the photo.
2) On the left of the screen you have editing choices - click on the butterfly, which is "overlays" and click "choose your own" at the top of the editor.
3) Choose the PNG version of the sentiment you want to add, click "open" and then it will automatically pop open on top of your photo. You can resize the sentiment at this point to fit, and you can even change the colour!
4) Click "save", then "save to computer" and change the file name so that the original file is not overwritten, eg: camping1.
5) Send to your photo developer or print at home.

Here's a look at the digital stamp sets I used:

Shine Bright

Happy Camper

Happy Camper Sentiments 

Wooden Sign


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll join us for this challenge - we'd love to see what you're working on and how you use the PCS Stamps!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pretty Cute Stamps June 2016 New Release Blog Hop!

Thanks so much for joining us for the June 2016 Digital Stamp Release Blog Hop, where we are all sharing projects featuring the new digital stamps this month that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store!

If you came from Lena's Blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled across this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog

For my project for the hop, I've used the Happy As A Clam stamp set to create this cute card. I coloured this cutie in with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour markers before popping him up on my layered tag. The Shello! sentiment from the set was printed directly onto patterned paper. I used some papers from a 6x6 Simple Stories paper pad as well as some Recollections resist paper that I sponged with Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch. Some pretty pearls and gold stars finished off my card!

In this close up you can see the glittery effect from the Gelliroll pen that I put over my coloured image. I'm thinking of all the great colour combos I could do this cute little digi stamp in!

Inside, I used this cute sentiment, printed on white cardstock, and layered it over some patterned paper. I fussy cut some fish from the patterned paper I used on the front of the card and layered them on.

Here's how I added the cute little face onto my shellfish -
1) Open image in PicMonkey (a free software that opens in your browser - no downloading required) by clicking "edit" and then choosing the jpeg of your image - the shellfish for this card.
2) On the left of the screen you have editing choices - click on the butterfly, which is "overlays" and click "choose your own" at the top of the editor.
3) Choose the PNG version of the face you want to add, click "open" and then it will automatically pop open on top of your shellfish. You can resize the face at this point to fit.
4) Click "save", then "save to computer" and change the file name so that the original file is not overwritten, eg: clam with happy face, etc.
5) Print, colour and admire!

You can use these steps to add any sentiments or digital stamps directly to your photos, add sentiments inside the digi stamps, etc! So easy!

Here's a look at this cute stamp set:

Blog Candy!! There is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store available to win! All you need to do is:
1) Leave a comment on each of the blogs. 
2) For extra chances to win you can LIKE Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps mailing list. (Leave an extra comment for each on the Pretty Cute Stamps blog as your entry)
A random winner will be chosen on Monday June 20, 2016.

Along with the cute set I used above, here's a look at all the other New Releases! Amazing, right!!
 June 2016 New Releases

There is also a FREEBIE digi stamp available for today only at the Pretty Cute Stamps blog!

Now, you can head over to the next stop on the hop- Kel at http://www.scrap-photograffs.com/

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Don't forget to leave your comment for a chance to win :) and check out the Pretty Cute Stamps Store to pick up your favorite sets!