Friday, June 3, 2016

Digi Box Designs - Sending Snail Mail

Good morning!

I'm still here! :) My blog is hanging on by it's poor little tattered cuticle fingernails, but I'm still here.  I like to point out occasionally, that just in case I've somehow given off the impression that I'm on the ball, I'm really not. Ha! Actually, it's going really well. We are pretty much settled into our new digs and now tackling some DIY projects we have on our "list". I really need to write "The List" down. I seem to think of new items I'd just "love to do" every day! I'm not sure I even remember them all. ...And don't think The Hubs's list isn't growing, because it IS. I really need to write his down.

Now for the FUN part. I'm excited to be joining the Digi Box Designs DT! Whoo-hoo! Super fun! Today, I wanted to share a card I've made using one of the ADORABLE digi stamps I got from the online store. You simply must check it out if you haven't already. ADORABLE, I say!


For my first card, I used the "Snail Mail" digi stamp and went CAS. (One of my favorite design techniques....but I have to be channeling the CAS mojo.)
I don't really, well, I don't have any photo editing software, but I'm turning into a Silhouette nerd (thanks to Middle Sister), so I opened this little cutie in my Silhouette software for sizing and editing. I knew I wanted him off the edge of my main panel and being the tightwad that I am, I didn't want to waste my good expensive cardstock I used for Copic coloring. ;) I created a rectangle the size of my accent panel in the software and then could place and resize the snail as I wanted it to look on my card. I used the knife tool to cut "Snail Mail" sentiment and move to the side, so that it would also line up the way I wanted on my card. I printed then colored with Copics before I trimmed it down. "Sending" is stamped from a Simon Says Stamp stamp set (Sending and Wishing). It fit perfectly.
I layered my panel over a slip of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye scrap that was in my stash) for interest and used foam tape for dimension. I love this technique for then slipping some embellies slightly under the panel. Adds some interest without taking over the image because they are just peeking out. Just don't do what I did and place your foam tape so close to the edge you can't slide your goodies under the edge the way you want. Haha! (Typical.) That's it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
If you want to try something similar and need some adorable summer images, you're in luck! Five new images were just released and are available now. Plus there's a sale going on and it's a great time to try out something new and take it for a test run.
Just for kicks and giggles, I have a couple of photos to share of our latest project around the house. I thought it'd be fun to share even thought it's not cards. It's still creative, just involves a different medium. ;)
This is the before picture......
(well, almost before. We forgot to make one before we removed the "Sunset" inserts from the windows. You can see the last two remaining on the left hand side. There was one in each window forming the sunset pattern with the biggest openings in the center.)
Annnnnnnd, the after:

We stained the doors, painted the trim a soft, warm white (That took two trys to find the right color. The poor man door trim has 4 coats of paint on it! HA!), and added the hardware. (Handles and decorative hinges on the garage door. It's hard to see in this pic.) We will lack painting the light fixture and doorknob, but I plan to make The Hubs do that this weekend. Oops! Look at that! Something else for his list. ;)-
Well, thanks SO much for stopping by to visit! I hope you will come back again soon and that you will check out the fun over at Digi Box Designs! And if you haven't already, be sure to like the Facebook page to follow along with the DT's artwork and other's who share their creative projects!
God Bless,
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  1. What a sweet card Mandy. The snail is beautiful coloured and your card design is looking great.
    Greetings Miranda

  2. Fun - love the way you made this card!! What a cute image - I have not played around at all with digis yet!! But you make it look like the fast and easy way to make CAS-liscious cards!! Your house looks awesome and so fun to picture you there!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


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