Intro to layers…sort of

I am soooooooooooooooooo excited about what I’ve been able to learn this weekend.   Lemme give you some background so you can be excited with me too!  I’ve taken a few video-editing classes in school and have always hated the process.  I don’t find the Adobe applications to be very user-friendly and I find that Movie Maker is a little too limiting given all the other design things I know. However, despite my love hate relationship with pretty much all things Adobe, I also know that it is the industry standard software for the serious designer; I hope to be a serious designer one day.  Because of this, I continue to try things out in the Adobe applications over and over.  Sometimes I can get the hang of it, but most of the time I can’t.  This time though….I honestly surprised myself because not only did I learn an amazing effect, I learned it in a program I’ve never used, AND managed to use what I already know to add what I learned to my crafty videos.  Check out the intro on my latest video boys and girls:

I created the intro and ending clips using Adobe After Effects CS4.  It’s pretty awesome don’t you think?  OK well, even if you don’t find it’s totally awesome, you might at least admit that my intro and ending video clips are certainly much flashier than most anything else in the craft world anyway right?  What, you still don’t agree?  Well…the good news is I only have to please myself and my Heavenly Father and I’m pretty sure He is just as excited over my accomplishment success as I am.  I mean why wouldn’t He be, I am after all, his daughter right???

This new After Effect intro and ending clip was just what I needed to boost my confidence enough to make videos a regular part of my blogging/crafty process.  So much so in fact, I’ve decided to start filming with higher resolution from now on too, even though it takes 10 times as long to upload.  Who knew one of the greatest lessons I’d ever learn on patience would be taught by my own computer…certainly  not this girl.

Now…off to make some more videos I think!!!!  Anyone have any special requests???

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Simply Sunday is Letting it snow!!!

Welcome to another Simply Sunday challenge!  Now that our DT is so big and bad, we have split the Simply Sunday challenges into two groups and today it’s my turn to feature a project YAY!!!!  The theme this time is “Let it snow” and we were all asked to create some sort of Winter project using embossing.  Though I would like Valentine’s Day much more if it were in the Spring or Summer AND I had a sweetheart to share it with, it is nonetheless a winter holiday and the PERFECT way to kick off Project Week!!!

What is Project Week you ask?!?!?  Well, we will have our monthly Getting Cricky Blog Hop and stamp release on Friday, January 20th; however, the DT wanted to show you just how amazing and versatile each of these stamp sets are by using the same theme (Valentine’s Day) with each stamp set.  I chose Food for Thought because I hadn’t used it before making today’s Simply Sunday project.  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see another lovely and sweet project using this same stamp set.

Here’s a sneak peak of what my DT Sisters will using during Project Week.  Be sure to check them out!!!!

1. Amy – Owly Hoo/Hoot Owl Image Set/Accessories

2. Lisa – Owly Hoo/Hoot Owl Image Set/Accessories

3. Faith – Food For Thought

4. Ildi – Winter Wishes

5. Charlotte – Coffee&Tea for You&Me Sets

6. Jennie – Coffee&Tea for You&Me Sets

7. Cheri – Coffee&Tea for You&Me Sets

8. Heather – Crafty Friends

9. Jamie – Fall-O-Ween

10. Erica – Fashionable Friends

11. Larelyn – Fashionable Friends

12. Amanda – Food For Thought

13. Jana – Owly Hoo/Hoot Owl Image Set/Accessories

14. Patti – Pirate Tales and Fish Scales/Pirate Party

15. Linda – Positive Thoughts

16. Letillia – Scripture Sayings

17. Christel – Scripture Sayings

18. Jessie – Winged Things

19. RhoLynda – Winged Things

20. Miranda – Winter Wishes

21. Veronica – Pirate Tales&Fish Scales/Pirate Party

22. Debbie – Crafty Friends

23. Kristan – Food For Thought

24. Sherry – Amazing You

Yes yes…I know you’re dying (ok maybe not but humor me would ya) to see what I created, but first I’d like to show you where the inspiration came from.  A friend of mine’s daughter got married almost a month ago to the day. Her color scheme was incredible…no really look:

Amazing RIGHT!!!!!  This is the beautiful Bride and all but one of her siblings.  She had this wonderful winter cape and muffler thingie (I think that’s what it’s called…muffler…).  Looking at this ALMOST makes me want to copycat her color scheme that’s for sure.  Here she is with her cape and muffler.

So…now that you know where my inspiration came from, lemme show you what I created…I hope you find it was worth the wait!!!

The sentiments all came from Food For Thought!  So fun right?!?!?  I had to mask off part of the sentiment so I could get it to fit the two panels.  The “I could just squeeze you” is actually all one stamp.  I am so excited about this project and I have gotten such great feedback  on it from my DT Sisters, I decided to do a video for you showing how I did it.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my project as much as I have enjoyed sharing it.  Be sure you head on over to Getting Cricky to see everything my DT Sister’s have in store for you and get details on how YOU could win a set of these AWESOME stamps (perhaps the Food for Thought set I’ll be featuring all week) FREE by linking up your own “Let It Snow” project with a Winter theme of some kind and including embossing (heat or dry).  See you again Monday, I better get some sleep so I can be ready for Church!

Ronco meets eCraft

You know how on those commercials and infomercials for the Ronco machines the host always says set it and forget it?  That’s EXACTLY what you can do with the eCraft.  One of many features that made me so interested in this machine.  Here’s a quick video I shot of the feed from tray option.  I am making a word book and needed 15 8 inch cuts…I just loaded a stack of paper in the tray making sure it was sitting under the rollers a tad, programmed the cut, video taped 30 seconds of the cutting and then walked away to make this post.  When I go back into my Scred Room…one of two things will happen…either it will be entirely finished or I’ll need to load more paper.  Here’s what it looks like in action:

It’s Jenn’s Birthday and I’ll hop if I want to!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENN!!!!!  I hope today is as awesome to you as you have been to me!  Remember you’re only as old as you feel so  you’re 21 right?

Anyway…if you have arrived here from Alina’s blog, you are on the right track.  If you picked up this hop somewhere in the middle or I’m the first stop you’ve made/seen, please be sure to visit my good friend Jenn’s blog Scrappin Lil Turtle to start her hop at the beginning.  Jenn asked us to do something birthday themed with a turtle included somewhere.  This is what I came up with:

I followed an awesome tutorial from my favorite Splitcoast Stamper chick Beate.  I’ll post a link to the video later…I’m late with my project, I had a family emergency last night that still needs my attention and well I don’t have time to look it up right now.

Here’s the inside:

I have got to get out the door so I can’t give you anymore details about this right now but I will update this post with supplies used when I post the link to the video.  Your next stop along the hop is the amazing and super talented Sandra at 365 Days of Cricut.  Be sure to check back here tomorrow too because I will have a new project, some blog candy, and details on how you can get entered into Jenn’s GRAND PRIZE drawing which includes TWO (yes that’s right…TWO) Cricut Cartridges!  See you back here later with the video and details!

Ok…ready….here’s the video from Beate that I watched so I could get the idea or learn how to make the card.

Supplies Needed:
1 4 x 12 sheet of paper for card base
3 pieces of paper measuring 3 and 5/8 (cut two pieces in half)
Interior pieces a 1/4 inch smaller if you like (used in inside center panel)
Spellbinders Lacey Squares
1 4 inch square (I think…it’s 1/4 inch smaller than the inside square of Spellbinders Square)
1 3.75 square for right panel sentiment
Adhesive (pop dots, ATG, Elmer’s Craft Glue, DIY Glue Dots)
Google Eyes
Button Brads
Stickles
Ribbon
Buttons
Stamps and Ink
(last 6 things just came from my stash)

In Beate’s video she used the exact same shapes for the front panel and the right panel, I did not and it turned out fine.  The hardest part about this card is getting the front piece and right panel pieces attached to only the edges so the card still opens and closes…or maybe tying the ribbon.  Point is…it’s not too hard at all.

It’s not my fault…she asked for it.

The Queen of Enabling saw a few of my projects that feature cards where I’ve used Martha Stewart punches to punch around the page and she has been up my arse about making this video for her…without further adieu

Get your hands outta my pocket!

Did you see my embarrassing crafting space I posted to Facebook last night?  MAN it needed some WUH-IRK!!!!  Thanks to my amazing little girl (remember I blogged about her yesterday), we made some SERIOUS headway and celebrated by listening to music, crafting, and hanging out.  We made a video of the pocket card I shared yesterday.  The specs sheet mentioned in the video will be here a little later tonight as will links to where you can find the supplies.  And, while I think my video skills are improving, editing footage is not my favorite.  At any rate, enjoy this next video.  Hopefully more will keep coming and get better as they do.

Check out my daughter’s card she made alongside me…you can visit her blog at A Sweetheart’s Life.  While you’re there, leave her some blog love…I know she’d appreciate it.

 

And now mine:

I have several images of the inside because I’m trying to show how awesome my DIY Glimmer Mist is:

Supplies Used:
Pocket Full of Posies Paper from DCWV
Complimentary and contrasting solid cardstock (sorry I have no idea who it’s by)
Gemstones Moonstone and Amethyst paper  from Core’dinations
Scraps (for Kayla from Rock Princess)
Stickles in Eucalyptus and Lavender
Ribbon (Wal Mart)
Spellbinders Lacey Squares
DIY Glimmer Mist (see this video or this post)
Embossing Stamp Pad
Embossing Powder (sorry no vendor or color info…it’s like white and gold together)
Stamps
Ink (Studio G and Versacolor)
Foam Squares from Creative Memories
Paper Trimmer
Adhesive…ATG
Rock Princess

Specs Sheet with paper sizes