Transferring Images to Wood using Wax Paper

Too Cute to Spook Owl Wall Hanging with Crafty Secrets

Hello, everyone!  Happy September!  It’s the first Monday of the month, so that means it’s Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge time; this month the theme is Too Cute to Spook.  I decided to go with a super simple yet super cute home decor project – take a look!

Too Cute to Spook Owl Wall Hanging with Crafty Secrets

I started with the Wood Clipboard Album and the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD #4, then used wax paper to transfer the digital stamps to the wooden album cover.  Here’s the process I used:

First, pick your images and size them digitally (I used Microsoft Word)

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Next, flip your image so that it will print backwards

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial07.18

Cut a sheet of wax paper to 8.5 x 11″ and feed it through your inkjet printer – a laser printer will not work for this technique!

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Once your image is printed, place it face down on your wooden surface.

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Then, smooth a straight edge over the image to make sure it all gets transferred to the wood.

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

Lift the wax paper, et voila!  I used a pencil to lightly trace over a couple parts that didn’t transfer quite as well – I think I didn’t quite move fast enough, but it’s hard to make projects and take pictures at the same time 😉

Wax Paper to Wood Tutorial

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick * Diane Hover * Ginny Nemchak * Melody Clement * Michele Kovack * Sheila Rumney * Teresa Horner

Love the Little Things Shadowbox – Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and Linky Challenge

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

Love the Little Things in life

Hello, and happy August everyone!  Another month has flown by, and it’s time for the August Linky Challenge at Crafty Secrets!  This month the design team was challenged to create a mixed media project for your inspiration, so I created a shadowbox bursting with flowers and butterflies.  Take a look:

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I began with 4 images from the digital Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, which I sized in Microsoft Word and printed on plain white cardstock.  Then, I printed some of the gorgeous papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection (designed by our very own DT member Sheila!)  and set about distressing edges and layering.

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I cut out the frame and butterflies using my Silhouette Portrait; the frame was a Silhouette design, but the butterflies were actually a digital stamp from the Sunflower Set.  I used the trace function, a process I detailed in this post a few months back!

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

After agonizing for way too long over the position of each individual flower, I finally got up the nerve to actually glue them down.  I ran cream ribbon around the edges of the frame and then sat there staring for a while, wondering what was missing, until it occurred to me — glitter!  It’s really amazing what a little sparkle can do to pull a design together.

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

Creating the Scroll

Creating a Scroll embellishment

1. Print your image

2. Cut your image, leaving plenty of space at each end

3. Roll the ends and glue.  I chose to roll one end forward and the other backward.

4. Shape the scroll, then use foam squares to help it keep its shape when adhering it to your project

That’s it – hope you enjoyed!  Have a lovely day 🙂

June Linky Party – Baseball Father’s Day Card with Crafty Secrets

Baseball Father's Day Card by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets

June Linky Party – Baseball Father’s Day Card with Crafty Secrets

HAPPY JUNE, EVERYONE! Where, oh WHERE did May go??  Last month just flew by and it feels like we’re well into summer now, doesn’t it?  In my house, summer means baseball season, so I just had to incorporate the sport into this month’s Linky Party project!  This month’s theme is “Let’s Hear it for the Boys!” and we were charged with creating a masculine piece any guy would enjoy.  I chose baseball and created a Father’s Day card!  Take a look:

Baseball Father's Day Card by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets

I found the letters, baseball card, and bingo card on the Creating with Vintage Typography CD #3, and the green background paper came from the Garden Papers digital collection.  I began by opening each image and copying and pasting it into Microsoft Word.  Then, I sized everything digitally before hitting print.  Here’s a tip:  Adjust the size of your background paper first, and then sort of arrange all the other elements digitally.  You can move everything around and re-size your images until you get them in the exact size and layout you want, then print everything and start cutting!  Sometimes if I just can’t decide on a size I’ll print the same image in multiple sizes, but I find it’s more helpful to play with things digitally before printing and cutting.  Save paper and ink, you know!

I distressed the edges of all the papers then inked them up with my Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I layered onto black or red cardstock cut 3/16″ larger than each element.  It seems rather specific, but it’s my preferred interval – 1/8″ is too small and 1/4″ is too wide.  What can I say, I’m a perfectionist!

The cork strip came from my stash and provided the perfect texture to pull the whole card together.  A touch of Glossy Accents on the letters and the little round numbers added some texture and the smallest hint of shine.  I added dimension by popping up “DAD” on foam squares – nothing too crazy, so I can still get this baby in the mail without worrying about it being destroyed 🙂

There you go!  Now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life *

Have a lovely day!

A Couple of Cuties – May Linky Party with Vintage Photo Creative Scraps

A Couple of Cuties – May Linky Party with Vintage Photo Creative Scraps

Hello, everyone and Happy May!  It’s the first Monday of this gorgeous new month, so you know what that means – Crafty Secrets Linky Party time!  This month’s challenge is “Anything Goes,” and I decided to play with the new Digital Vintage Photo Creative Scraps.  Here’s a look at the card I made:

They sure are a couple of cuties!  They came from the Vintage Photo scraps, as did the frame and sentiment.  I sized everything in Word and printed it out.  A little later in this post I’ve got a quick tutorial on how I made the little frame for the picture, so stick around!  The tag and other little goodies came from the Travel Creative Scraps.  I added some crumpled kraft paper behind the picture, stitched around the edges, and glued it all to a brown card base.  Here’s the inside:

I chose “Congratulations” to go on the inside because I thought this would make an adorable card for a newly married couple.  It could also work as an engagement card, or any other milestone for that matter!  Here’s a quick look at how I made the frame on the front:

Couple of Cuties Collage

There you go!  Now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

That’s it for me!  Have a lovely day!

April Linky Party – Anything Goes with Ribbon

April Linky Party – Anything Goes with Ribbon

Mother's Day Card for Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon Linky Party

Happy April, friends!  Today is the first Monday of a new month, which means it’s Crafty Secrets Linky Party time!  This month we’ve teamed up with Really Reasonable Ribbon for a cross-promotional challenged called “Anything Goes with Ribbon.”  RRR graciously provided us with the gorgeous April Ribbon Club Assortment to use in our projects:

RRR April Ribbon Club

Aren’t they beautiful?  I absolutely love the aqua and coral combo.  I went searching through my Crafty Secrets goodies for some inspiration, and found it on the Creating with Vintage Typography CD #3!  Have a look at the Mother’s Day card I came up with:

Mother's Day Card for Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon Linky Party

The background papers are actually from the brand new Birds and Blooms set, created specially by our own DT Member Sheila Rumney, and they were exactly what I was looking for.  I sized and cropped them digitally, printed them out, and cut them down to size.  Then, I stamped a little background for more interest before arranging the rest of the elements.  I had the hardest time deciding which ribbons to go with, but eventually I chose the Light Coral Satin with Grosgrain Edge, Theresa Crochet Lace, and the Delicate Stitched Satin Aqua.  All the ribbons are truly beautiful and delightful to work with.  The lone little flower on the front of the card is a Wild Orchid Craft Sweetheart Blossom and also comes from RRR.  Here’s a mini tutorial on how I printed and assembled the focal image on the front of the card:

Mother's Day Card for Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon Linky Party

Very simple, really.  Size your image in Word, then copy and paste that image so you have 2 exactly the same size.  Crop the excess out of one copy and add your text with a textbox.  Print, fussy cut, pop up on foam squares, and match the edges to layer.  It’s a super easy way to add beautiful dimension to the front of a card or project.  Now, the inside of the card!

Mother's Day Card for Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon Linky Party

As you can see, I repeated the same papers and the frame from the Typography CD.  I also included bits of the Roses with Scalloped Edge Grosgrain Aqua and 3/8″ Shell Print on Coral Rose Satin ribbons up at the top.  What do you think?

Now it’s your turn!  To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project.  You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.  To thank you for playing along, there is a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download from the Crafty Secrets Blog.  This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any Crafty Secrets digital products!  Just link up your project to the CS Blog by midnight, PST on Sunday, April 19th, then check back on the 22nd to see if you’ve won!

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog through April 11th to see what their design team has done with Crafty Secrets goodies, and don’t forget to visit our Crafty Secrets Design Team members for more inspiration!

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) *Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life *  Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio

A little more about Really Reasonable Ribbon:

“Really Reasonable Ribbon is the ribbon source that has been meeting the needs of the crafting community for over 15 years.  We offer a large variety of ribbon in sampler packs and mid-length pieces along with full spools at discount prices.  We offer a wide variety of grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, baker’s twine, seam binding, sheer organza ribbon, wired ribbon, gingham ribbon, satin double ruffle ribbon, crochet lace, mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and much more.  Our products are perfect for card embellishments, scrapbooks, hair bows, gift wrapping, sewing and DIY wedding projects to name a few.

Our orders ship same or next day and we offer excellent customer service along with very competitive pricing.

We also carry a wide variety of hair accessories including plastic headbands in a large variety of sizes, french clips, snap clips and alligator clips.

Please visit our Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog for great ideas and project inspiration.

Look for free hair bow instructions that will show you how to make adorable hair bows and accessories for your favorite little girl.  You will find new tutorials each month on how to use ribbon in a variety of different projects.  We also feature a new Challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month and we would love to have you play along.”