Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blog Buttons

I visited The Happy Card Encouragment Factory blog and noticed she had a button that matched her blog, and I was able to copy the code under it and post it on my blog.  I really wanted to make my own button, because I have a specific theme to my blog, so I asked Becki how she got hers.  She directed my to a website, by Jo-Lynne, who has awesome tutorials on how to design/create your own button.  I have adobe photoshop elements, which is where I designed my button, but then I realized I didn't know how to I turn my button into a link. Jo-Lynne has got it covered...this is the direct website to create a button code that sits under your button so others can copy it onto their blog.
I will say it took me about 3 hours, from creating my button to getting it to actually work... and as a side note on the code, it seems that in the tutorial some>'s were left out...right after the photobucket link.  So it should look like this:
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Just replace your web address (but be sure to add quotes to your blog link..."" or else it won't turn into a link.  Same goes for the picure URL, I suppose you can use any online photo website, but Flicker didn't seem to work for me so I just opened an account with Photobucket (it's free) and they have the link right next to your photo, all you have to do is click it and it will copy it. For anyone trying to create their own button, good luck, it's tricky, but it's so rewarding when you see your very own blog button for others to add to their blogs!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cabana Card

Boy was this fun to craft...scroll down to see how I made it!

This is my newest very fun tropical party card!  My inspiration for this card was my blog title...Crafty Cabana.
I wanted to create something that displayed the cabana feel and this is where my inspiration took me.
  • I combined two cards (an 8 1/2" x 11" paper cut in half horizontally and each folded and taped together)
  • Next I found some really great SVG kits: the Mahalo, and Mahalo Nui Loa from Lettering Delights, and the Hula Girl and waves which are free SVGs file from SVG Cuts. 
  • After I had these basic elements, I had to come up with something that would make the card stand out or pop, so I refered to my Pop-Up Book by Paul Jackson which demonstrated how to make a cylinder lay flat when closed and pops out when opened.  I used that base to create my Tiki Bar.  I added a ledge (with a drink) and for the thatched roof I cut stripes from yellow paper (without cutting all the way through so the stayed as one unit) and since they flew up and wouldn't stay down I added hemp to secure them.
  • For the palm trees (Lettering Delights) I thought it would be fun to hang some lanterns from them to really create a beach party feel.  I made the lanterns by accordion folding colored paper and clipping them to look a little more like a lantern and then hot glued them to a piece of hemp.
  • The background was fun because I had to figure out if I wanted daytime or twilight....of course I picked twilight!  I created the sunset background in Adobe Photoshop Elements and added a sparkle swirl brush in yellow to resemble stars and magic. Then I used 3 different colors of blue for the ocean, and cut out some sand and rocks.  I inked all of the edges to give it dimension and make it more interesting, and lots of glitter to finish it off.  I will probably definately make another fun scene, as soon as I think of what it will be! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Movie Card

I have a friend who has been overseas for quite a while now, and I wanted to make him something rather than buy a generic item that he may or may not like.  I was a little stumped on what I should do though, so I asked my husband, and as always, he comes up with a great idea in seconds.  He said to make a card like I always do, and base it around the movies, and add a gift card.  So this is what I created.  I can't take all the credit for the super cute design elements though, those were created by SVG Cuts  it's their Summer Blockbuster SVG kit .
                                    and I think all of the elements are perfect.  I added the stars which are not included in the kit, by just using my shapes library in MTC and adding a shadow layer.  For the movie reel, I used clear embossing powder on the black part of the reel and silver for the outside of it. 
I really just wanted to add everything from the kit because it's all so great, but I had a hard time even fitting all of this onto the card, but the fact that it was a step card made it easier to add more.  I used the step card base from SVG Cuts Edisto Island Cards kit

Then I just added a gift card to the holder in the back, created a custom envelope (because no standard envelope could handle this creation) and voila, birthday card and present in one.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Brother's Birthday!

My brother just turned 20 years old, he's the youngest of nine kids, no to mention the only boy!  He is working his way through college while keeping a full time job.  He loves turbo cars, in fact he has two right now, so I took my inspiration for his birthday card from the freebie at SVG cuts (Click on the title to direct you to the link) to give him a custom paint job...well the only kind I can afford anyway.  I love my brother and this is the card I made him.

It's a front step up card and I extended the top so that I could fit the circle...which kinda resembles a red tire...I should have made his car have red tires...that would have been adventurous!  But then again, it would have blended with the color of the maybe next time it will be a white car with red tires!

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