Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en Cards

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards centered around Hallowe'en!   I used my Cricut Explore and the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Artfully Sent!  There is a ton of Martha Stewart Glitter & Distress Inks in Wild honey, Spiced marmalade, Seedless Preserves & Chipped Sapphire!  The stamp sentiments are from Close To My Heart: D1442 Thriller & S1108 Wicked.  Cardstock is from CTMH: Autumn Terracotta, Colonial White, Black & Pear as well as miscellaneous pattern paper for the front panel and envelope.  I made my own pearlized water to flick onto the card insert when it was finished.  I used the We R Envelope Punch Board & a 'good one side' piece of patterned paper to make envelopes for my cards.  My husband sells Close To My Heart so if you wish to purchase any of these items simply click them and you will be taken directly to his CTMH Site!









Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Friday, September 5, 2014

Threads


Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

I'm sharing a layout that I just finished today!  It is my second one of recent, regarding our daughter Courtenay's sewing adventures...she loves to sew and she so loves to sew for other people, even her brother!

The papers are from Close To My Heart Florentine WOTG Kit, the following Silhouette Studio Files: angel folk art quilt appliqué block, thread spool card for journaling inside, life is sew good title block, stitching flourishes & stitching squares to mount title onto.  Font Backhand Brush then simply offset for shadow.  I used my Silhouette Cameo but these files could easily have been cut with the Portrait machine as well.  I used some embroidery floss for stitching the geometric squares under the title as well as in the buttons.  I didn't have the right colour for threading on the spool so I simply slid white cotton under my Distress Ink Marker in Rusty Hinge (let it dry for a while as I was impatient and ended up marking the colonial white cardstock underneath :()  I used the print & cut feature of the Silhouette Studio to print out the Life is sew good block for the second page of my layout.  The flags on the second page were included in the Close To My Heart Florentine WOTG.  The buttons, dew drops etc. were misc. stuff in my stash.  I added one wooden button close to the spool to hold the journaling card closed when not being read.



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come by again soon!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Friday, August 15, 2014

Z fold flip box card designed in Silhouette Software DE


Hi Everyone!

I designed this card in the Silhouette Studio Software Designer Edition!  It was very easy to do and I love how it turned out! I will be teaching this card in a local group but wanted to share with you too!  I got the idea from a SplitCoastStamper tutorial and then tweaked it to make it my own! The card in folded position is 5x7" and in open position is 7x9".  I wanted to design a 'summer' themed card and there are so many weddings during the summer that I thought this fit!  I used the CTMH Stamp Sets: D1539 The Happy Couple! & D1464 Card Chatter - Love.  The latter stamp set is no longer available however I only used the double hearts & heart flourish seen on top & bottom squares in the open position photo, so they could be substituted with many other stamps.




I'm posting this to a challenge at Simon Says Stamp Blog
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Friday, May 9, 2014

At the seashore

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I wanted to share a layout about a cruise to St. Lucia, in which I used some great Miss Kate Cuttables files!


I love the .svg files that Miss Kate Cuttables creates!  I used the 'At the seashore' set of .svg files which you can purchase for the very reasonable & very low price of $0.50!  These .svg files can be used with both Cricut Explore & the Design Space program or with the Silhouette die-cutting machines & the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition program.  They are easily downloaded and installed into either of these programs. Her site has so many files to choose from and I'm betting you could find a file for any occasion you are scrapbooking or cardmaking for!  Please check her out, you will be so glad you did!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, May 5, 2014

If you like Digi stamps then you're gonna love these blogs and doodle store!

I took some time today to do a blog hop and I was so impressed by all the blogs, the talented people writing the blogs and the fabulous PolkaDoodle Store!  Check out the blog hop for yourself!

Kath's Blog
Lulu Card Making Blog
Going Buggy - Enfys
Tip Top Toppers Things
Polka Doodle & Me
Polkadoodles Challenge Blog

Then check out this store!
Polkadoodles - Cardmaking, Papercrafts & Inspiration!

Don't forget, digi images are downloaded so you don't have to worry about 'across the pond' shipping :)

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, April 28, 2014

Question about refreshing die-cutting machine mats

I received a question from a viewer of my you tube video on refreshing die-cutting machine mats so thought I would share the answer here as well...

I am having problems with it staying sticky and I spray it about every time I use it.  Any help on this issue?  How often do you clean your mat?  Do you have any problems with the cutting blade not cutting right on the recommended settings?  I have to adjust it and when I do usually my text gets cut up bad that I have to throw my whole project away because the other things I try to cut doesn't cut right.


Think of the mat in a side ways view, on the bottom you have the mat, then each time you add glue you put another layer on the height of the mat, moving your paper even closer to the blade and once it gets too high the blade will begin to scare the paper as the blade moves between cuts.  When I notice the blade marking my paper as it travels between cut then it's time to completely clean the mat of all glue.  

You can completely remove the glue from any mat do with Goo Gone which you can purchase in most big box stores. Pour it on, make sure all of the mat is covered, soak for about 20 mins then use a mat scraper or other tool to help lift ALL the original glue.  Scrape it all off then wash with dish soap & water then dry off (don't skip this step because if you do the remnant Goo Gone will compromise your new glue.

Now cover the outside edges with painters tape to ensure glue doesn't go where it's not supposed to.

 Now you have two options:

#1. Use  Elmer's Repositional glue (temporary) spray glue to coat the mat.  Let dry a few minute then give it a second spray.  Remove the painters tape & you're ready to go.

PROS of this method - this is quick to do, start to finish, so you could have a couple of mats ready to go within an hour.  

You can respray the mat many, many times before you have a build up enough to cause paper scaring and have to repeat the entire 'complete cleaning & gluing sessions'

CONS of this method - much of the spray is removed with each use so you have to respray every couple of uses.

When you respray you cover the whole mat and if you have only used on corner of the mat when you spray you cover the whole mat and therefore this can leave an uneven surface of glue which causes its own problems.

#2. Get the big barrel Close To My Heart blue glue or big barrel Zig blue glue.  This glue is permanent when applying paper to paper etc, however left to dry overnight it is Repositional (Temporary). Stroke the glue in rows across the entire "clean" mat, trying not to overlap your strokes, so you will have one, even, level coating of glue.  Let dry 24 hours before applying paper to the mat.

PROS of this method - this application of glue lasts a very, very long time, almost like a fresh mat from the store would.  Not much glue comes off with each paper application so you can go months between the complete cleaning & gluing sessions.

You can add another layer of glue ONLY to the areas you see the glue is diminished because you see where to apply the glue precisely and therefore you won't have uneven lays of glue.

CONS of this method - It take longer from start to finish because the mat MUST sit overnight before you can apply any paper so this is not the 'quick fix'.

You can only apply 1 or 2 applications of the glue over the last application, before the build up of glue layers puts the paper too close to the blade and the paper scaring will happen as the blade is moving between cuts.

My theory, I use method #2 most often as I like that I can just pile up non sticky mats and then plan a day to do several at a time and they last so long.

When I have a project to get done and I need to add a bit more stick to get to the end, I employ the spray, get it done then throw it in a pile for later.

Mats are expensive and to throw them away when they're just not sticky is just so much money wasted!  I have a crafting budget and don't like to use it up on mat!

Please don't hesitate to email if you have any further questions!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How I inventory my stamps

Hi Everyone!

Well I got into the craft room yesterday and prepared a video of how I inventory my stamps using my scanner and the free program Picasa 3!  I was asked about this many times but just hadn't got around to getting it recorded for you.  You was watch the videos below  click here to be taken to my YouTube Channel directly.  Hope this helps or gives you some ideas of how to inventory your own stash of stamps or images!





Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta