Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Capture the Date Blog Hop...

Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop featuring Capture the Date stamp set!  This stamp set is so'll come in handy more times than not!
Here's what the set looks like...see how many sizes and types of numbers you get...not to mention the months and the cute little journal card too! And...guess can be cut using Cricut!

If you've come from Melinda's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping along 'till you get back around to where you came from.'s what I managed to whip up between getting ready for Halloween festivities and getting all packed for a 4-day Scrapbooking Retreat!

I used Flirty Paper Packet and stamped the number "13" in variations of Autumn Terracotta and Goldrush...I was going for the ever so popular 'ombre' look! 
Thinking about getting this stamp set...think really hard 'cause during the month of November when you purchase Capture the Date for $5 (which means that you spent $50 or more on wonderful CTMH products!) you also get another STAMP SET OF YOUR CHOICE FOR 50% OFF!!!!  How cool is that!
Now...hop on over to LeAnne's Blog and see what she's done with this set!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's a Moonlight Artiste Party...

It's a YOUR HOUSE!!!!

Look at all the goodies I made using the Moonlight Paper Packet and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge...

closeup of bat invitation...isn't it CUTE upside down!
closeup of the coffin treat box...
closeup of cupcake liner and flag...
closeup of  pumpkin-face orange soda....

Here's where the "at YOUR HOUSE" comes in...

Place at least a $50 order on my website and you'll be entered into a drawing for a party package for 8 featuring:
  • 8 bat invites
  • 8 coffin treat boxes
  • 8 cupcake liners and flags and
  • 8 pumpkin faces and ribbon to tie at the top!
All pieces come stamped and unassembled for easy soda and cupcakes not included.

You have 'till Monday, October 15th to submit your order. I will draw the winner Tuesday night and notify you by email.  Your goodies will be shipped out via Priority Mail on Monday, October 22nd...plenty of time for you plan your party and get the invites handed out!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Studio J Tips & Tricks...

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

October is the perfect month to give it a go because for every 9 layouts you create, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!

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