Thursday, December 7, 2017

Deck the Halls with Quick Quotes and Canon

Today and I am sharing a Christmas layout featuring a photo collage printed on my Canon Pixma printer.

I started with a stack of red and green scraps from the Earth Wind Fire Collection from Quick Quotes.  By layering them in the center of my page and tucking in a large kraft tag, I created a photo mat  for a 5"x7" photo.

I wanted to create a photo collage including some of my favorite Christmas ornaments.  Almost every single one of my ornaments has a story or a memory associated with it and I have shared several of those stories with my children over the years. Of course I realized that scrapbooking is the best way to make sure those stories are remembered!

The Canon Pixma printer comes with an easy to use software package that includes several templates.  I went into the Photo Layout section and selected the Bordered (x4) template. I chose a portrait orientation for my pictures, a 5"x7" size and then I started to play!  I added my first photo and typed in the name of the town where I bought that cute little angel ornament!

I was able to specify which font I wanted to use, change the size of the text and even turn it so that the text ran up the side of the photo instead of across the bottom!  I was also able to easily crop and "zoom in" on my photo so that the angel practically filled my frame!

I worked my way through each of the 4 photos I placed in this particular template.  In the final photo (see below) I actually added 2 text boxes so that I could have 2 different font sizes!

My Image Garden software makes it really easy to edit and embellish your photos. Once I was happy with everything, I loaded 5"x7" photo paper into the rear tray and sent the collage to print on my Pixma TS6020 printer.

I think the photo collage looks perfect on the page!

I embellished with some laser cut chipboard ornaments from Want2Scrap...

...added a title with alphabet stickers...

...and included this chipboard deer in the bottom right because he is a reference to one of my ornament stories!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Earth Wind Fire 102, 105, 108
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Clay

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap Chipboard Ornament Pack and Deer, small
Alphabet stickers

Friday, December 1, 2017

CAS Christmas Cards!

Have you started making your Christmas cards?  It's not too late if you keep them Clean And Simple!

I made these really cute cards with 1 stencil and 2 PowderPuff Chalking Inks from Quick Quotes. The stencil I chose actually has 3 parts: an outline or base and 2 different patterns.  I used washi tape to hold the pattern in place...

...and applied Light Moss PowderPuff Chalking Ink through the stencil to create the base.  I  moved the stencil so that one of the patterns was positioned correctly before applying the Green Leaf ink.

I finished off this CAS card with a stamped sentiment.  Quick and easy - but really cute!

The second card was created using the a different stencil overlay.  I also turned this into a layered card by adding a mat of green designer paper.

On the final card, I created a forest of trees by moving the stencil around and switching up the inks.

At this point I will tell you that the stencil I used was actually a leaf design - but it reminded me of a Christmas Tree so I went with it!  So tell me - did you see it as a tree or a leaf?  ;)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
PowderPuff Chalking Ink:  Light Moss, Green Leaf
Earth, Wind and Fire 109 

Other Supplies:
The Crafter's Workshop TCW 368 Pattern Leaves Stencil
Sentiment Stamps

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thankful Layout with Quick Quotes and Canon

Today I am sharing a very timely layout with a thankful theme - so appropriate for this time of year!  I sifted through my papers and stickers and gathered color coordinated elements from 4 different collections from Quick Quotes: Adventure Awaits, Anchors Aweigh, Farmhouse and Harmony!

After selecting my papers I was ready to print some photos. I fired up my Canon Pixma TS6020 printer and opened the Image Garden Software on my laptop.  The software contains so many pre-designed templates and I am looking forward to using every one of them!  For today's project I selected the Travel & Leisure 3 template in the Cards section.  It has an opening for one photo (shown by the checkerboard pattern in the image below) and comes with postage stamps already collaged on the top left corner. 

I imported a photo and then had the opportunity to play with the text.  The software accesses the fonts already on my computer so I had a wide range from which to choose.

I set the size and even created a custom color, a nice warm brown!   I actually used 2 font sizes: a large one near the top of the template to create a title for the page...

...and then a smaller size to add journaling below the picture. Can you see where I added photo corners from the Farmhouse Collection? Gotta have that little bit of dimension!

I also printed 3"x3" photos for my layout.

The paper edges were inked with either Clay or Bora Bora PowderPuff Chalking Inks.  Here are some close ups of the details.

I shared how I created the leaves in a previous post.  You can check out all the details HERE.

Today is the last day to enter our Fall Colors Challenge!  See the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Adventure Awaits 104
Anchors Aweigh 107500
Harmony 103
Farmhouse Chipboard Die Cuts
PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Bora Bora, Clay

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap 72 Count Rhinestones - Amber, Smokey Brown

Friday, November 24, 2017

Photo Storage with Eileen Hull's New Sizzix Release!

Sizzix has a new die release coming your way - Eileen Hull's Book Club Collection! The new release will be available soon and includes Thinlits and XL Scoreboards dies.  Today I am sharing a project I created with Eileen's Card Box, Planner Storage and Organizer die!

I created a storage box by combining 2 of these dies!  One pass on the die gives you 4 pieces:  The main body, a rectangular piece for the bottom of the assembled box, a label and a label frame.

I was playing around with my mat board die cuts and realized that they actually fit together.

I arranged them on a piece of paper and traced the outline with a pencil.  I cut them out, moving  the die cut around  on the paper and tracing other areas.

I used Eileen's Color Box Blends Nutmeg to ink the edges of the mat board before assembly.

I used liquid glue to adhere the paper to the pre-cut mat board.  Another option is to adhere the paper to the matboard before cutting.  Just remember to cut with the paper side facing the die!  I cut mine this way because I specifically wanted to match the pattern.

After assembly, I inked the edges with Nutmeg before proceeding.

To connect the 2 pieces to create one box I added strong double sided tape to the inside on one of the narrow edges, adhering to the second piece.

On the outside along the same edge, I added double sided tape and then covered it with a long strip of coordinating paper.

I inked the label frame with Eileen's Uniform ColorBox Blends and stamped "2017" on the label.

I then adhered them so that they overlapped the divide between the two pieces on the opposite narrow edge.

This element actually functions as a latch for my new box!  I adhered the frame to the top and the label to the bottom with strong double sided tape.

When assembled it is the perfect size to hold 5"x7" photos for storage or gift giving!

Be sure to check out Eileen's blog to see more samples using the new Book Club dies!

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Card Box, Planner Storage and Organizer
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg, Uniform

Authentique Papers Alpine Collection
Double sided tape

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall Colors Layout with Quick Quotes

Today I have a layout to share that features paper and inks from the Quick Quotes. I created this layout for this month's  Fall Colors Challenge.

Earlier this month I created a CAS card and I loved the way the leaves turned out so I made a whole pile!  (Original post is HERE for details on how to make your own leaves with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks!)

Once the leaves were ready I added 3D Zots on the back to give them lots of dimension...

...and then just arranged them into a wreath on my background paper.

I tucked in a die cut sentiment sticker and sprinkled amber and smokey brown rhinestones amongst the foliage.  Also take a peek at the subtle detail on the background paper.  It looks like it has been stenciled and Quick Quotes has done all the collage work for you! 

All together it created a beautiful frame for this photo from a memorable hike with good friends!

I hope you will play along with the Fall Colors Challenge - you have until the 25th to submit an entry!  Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Serenade 105
Anchors Aweigh 103
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Lipstick, Clay, Terra Cotta, Desert Sun, Barn Board
Whistlin' Dixie Die Cut Stickers

Other Supplies:
Leaf dies - BoBunny, Spellbinders
Therm O Web 3D Zots
Want2Scrap 72 Count Rhinestones: Amber, Smokey Brown
Moxxie Alphabet stickers

Holiday Decor with ColoriQue and U-Paint

Hello and welcome to the November Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Holiday Decor and we are featuring Colorbox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez and U-Paint Crafts.

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I washed the Frames from U-Paint with mild soap and water. One option to prepare the frames for use is to prime them with a coating of matte white paint. One advantage to doing this is that you would use less of the ColoriQue, however, I really wanted to see the natural metal in my finished piece so I left the frames bare.

ColoriQue is vibrant, opaque, blendable color that cleans up easily with soap and water. It dries to the touch in less than 5 minutes, depending upon the application.  It applies easily with brushes, sponges or daubers and heat is recommended to set the color.  It works on metal, clay, ceramic, glass, leather, wood and more!  I used 3 colors for my project:  Black Diamond, Verdigris, and Avocado.

A little of this stuff goes a long way!  I placed small drops on my craft mat...

...and painted each color individually.  Verdigris was used around the scalloped edge.

I painted the oval around the opening with Diamond Black and then applied Avocado on the raised dots.   Here is a close up of the detail.

To fill my festive winter frame I used this graphic element from Authentique Paper.

The sentiment was sized perfectly for my frame so I trimmed it out and adhered it to the backside.

I needed to attach a chain to hang my frame so I reached for Bondic, a liquid plastic welder.  I created a small pool of the liquid...

...placed the jump ring in the puddle...

...and used the LED light to cure and harden the liquid. (which only takes a few seconds!)

I used Zots to adhere decorative buttons to the front of the frame.

...and then I hung my festive little sign to enjoy through the holidays and into the cold days of winter!

Colorique is available in 14 beautiful colors and U-Paint has a large selection of decorative metal components.  And did I mention that both are manufactured in the USA?!

To see more of these products in use be sure to check out the other stops in this month's hop.  You can find the master list here:  Designer Crafts Connection

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Clearsnap ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Avocado, Verdigris, Black Diamond
U-Paint:  Frames
Authentique Papers Alpine 6"x6" Paper Pad
Therm O Web Zots