Sunday, October 12, 2014

Studio Design App For Fun Photo Effects

(Cloud shapes & text in Lobster font)
Studio Design is my favorite photo app right now for Instagram! I love all the creative possibilities that are available with this app. You can add text, borders, shapes, frames, sayings, and design icons. You'll find a nice variety and styles of fonts included. Other features include photo filters and easy export to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There are lots of free design packs to choose from (like the ones I've used below). Plus, there are a bunch of fantastic design packs to purchase for a small fee. It does take some getting used to, but you'll be designing great images in no time.

The Studio Design app is also great for making quotes with your photos or a colored background. My favorite features include: the layers, which you can rearrange for different effects, and the transparency feature for making watermark effects. You can also take a design shortcut (cheat!) by remixing other user's designs by browsing and then tapping the "remix" button. You can also browse and get more Studio ideas by searching #madewithstudio on Instagram or on their social media pages (links below). Give it a try, it's addicting!

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{My decoupaged switch plate covers}
Made with the Alt Design and Hand Drawn design packs and text.

 {Big Kenny at a recent Big & Rich concert}
Made with the Jam Session design pack and two black bars at the top and bottom.

{A tasty corn, tomato and avocado salad}
Made with the Foodie design pack (red transparent square added behind) and a crop shape.

 {Fourth of July fair photo}
Remixed by user @joshnewton with a pointed transparent shape added behind.
{Flower background quote}
Made with Inspiration Nation design pack (yellow shadow added) and a transparent flower crop shape.
 Remix some of my designs in the Studio App: @blissmade
Instagram: @Blissmade_Designs
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mixed Media "Live Laugh Love" Flower Block

Today I have a such a cute project to share! It's a mixed media "Live Laugh Love" flower block. And it's actually made from a 2x4 board! They are inexpensive and rustic boards, perfect for distressed sitter blocks. The leopard print flower is from Michaels in the floral/vase section. I used green ric rac ribbon for the stem and the leaves were hand drawn and cut from paper. I hand wrote the words onto the leaves.
Tips for this project:
*cut the board to 8" in length, sand edges if needed
*paint the block with slightly watered down acrylic paint, using a
paper towel to wipe away some of the paint to create a stain finish
*cut the wires off the back of the flower
*add color to the flower petals (came B&W) with watered down
acrylic paint dots using a paintbrush
*Use tacky glue to glue on the flower and ribbon stem
*distress the edges of the block with black archival ink (I like Brilliance)
*doodle on some of the leaves with a black permanent
marker (I used a Slick Writer)
*add some yellow paint dots to the ribbon stem
*distress the leaves and stem with some ink too
*use Yes brand paste to glue the leaves down

I love how this turned out, so I decided to keep it for now, instead of listing it. It lives in my craft studio :-)
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

I Love Instagram

I am so loving Instagram right now, because it's such a quick and easy  way to share your photos and projects. Also, the people on there are so nice and leave great feedback. I also get so inspired everyday from the amazing artists and photographers I'm following. I like to post a lot of my creative projects such as my home decor crafts, paper craft projects and photos from craft shows. You can also find scenic photos from Minnesota (where I live) and from my travels. I also post random things I like including quotes, food, home decor and also my pets.
Join me on Instagram! @blissmade_designs
Some of my recent photos on Instagram:
{The aerial lift bridge in Duluth, Minnesota}

{Two of my new spiral photo clip blocks}
{Colorful decoupaged light switch plates}
{An awesome picture frame clock I saw in a store}
{A scrapbook layout with sweet doggy photos}
{A recent custom order for two name signs}
{A palm tree on my recent trip to Arizona}
{A self portrait}
{A saying I love on a cool gift bag}
{A winter photo of the North Shore of Lake Superior}

{A canvas wall art I made with a great saying}
{My photo clip blocks at a recent craft show}
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sweet Valentine's Day Frames

Today I have three Valentine's Day frames to share. They are perfect for displaying your "sweet" photos. All three started out as blank unfinished frames. Patterned paper was decoupaged onto the front of the frames. The sides were painted a coordinating color and the edges were distressed with ink. A sealer was added for durability. Read on to find out more about how I made each of the frames.
This "Sweet" picture frame also has a doodled scallop border around the frame. I used a Slick Writer by American Crafts, which writes on slick surfaces. The letters are die cuts which I added doodles to with a white gel pen. Then I added Diamond Glaze to the top for shine.

The "True Love" picture frame title was cut from patterned paper. I mounted it on chipboard for dimension before adhering it to the frame. The letters were given a glass like finish with Diamond Glaze.
This "All You Need Is Love" frame is my favorite of the three. I stamped the edges of the frame with a great swirl flourish stamp and Stazon Ink. The letters are a combination of stickers, vinyl, punches and handwriting.
 Thanks for checking out my crafts today!
 ~ Cameo

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Canvas Art: Life is too short to drink bad Wine

November and December were busy months for custom orders for the holidays. This wine canvas art was one of my favorites that I made. I made this one for my cousin Pam. She had ordered other items for gifts, but this one was for her kitchen. I really like the wine saying that she picked out.
For the canvas she wanted an 8x10 in a horizontal format. She also picked out the background color and the font colors. She also wanted a wine glass and grapes. When looking at my other signs, she said she liked the swirly florish edges, so I could put that on there too if I wanted.
I started out with a light beige paint that is called Soft Suede. The saying was designed and cut out of black and purple vinyl using my Cricut electronic diecutting machine. Then I found some wine paper with images I could use in my huge paper collection. The images had brown outlines, so I went over them with a black marker. I decoupaged them onto the canvas. Next, I stamped the swirly flourishes all around the edges of the frame. I finished it off with some brown ink all around the outside and edges of the canvas to distress it some.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! ~ Cameo

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thank You Gift Bags

Make your thank you gifts extra special by making thank you gift bags! These thank you gift bags started out as inexpensive bright colored gift bags. They were decorated with thank you word papers that I designed and printed. Then fun paper, foam, metal, and fabric flowers decorate them. Read on to see how each of these gift bags were made.

This pink girly gift bag starts out by making "Thank you very much" paper on the computer. Use your favorite word, scrapbooking or design software to do this. Just find a nice cursive script font and type it out, then copy and paste until you get two rows done. Then highlight the two rows and copy and paste until you fill up the whole page. The print was done in black and then printed on pink paper.

Next, I took my paper trimmer with a decorative blade and cut it out to be slightly smaller then the bag. This could also be done with a decorative scissor. I adhered it to the bag with some good permanent adhesive. I topped it off with pink layered fabric flowers with a button in the center. I recommend using tacky glue for this.

This bright bag was created using "International thank you" paper. To make the paper, first decide on the words you want to use. Just google "how to say thank you in different lanquages" to find a bunch. Then in your program, type out the words (or copy and paste from internet) in different fonts and sizes. For this bag I also used different gradations of black, so the words came out in black and different shades of gray. Move the words around until they look evenly spaced, adjust font sizes if needed, then print on yellow paper.

To cut out the oval I used my Cricut die cut machine (Storybook Cartridge). You can also use a template or find an oval shape on the internet, or just free hand it (use a pencil on the back). I used metal flower brads to liven up the paper. Then I added two foam flowers, with a yellow paint dot in the center.

This last bag is my favorite because of the colors. This "Many Thanks" paper was created starting out with a word block. Use software to create a square outline block. Then create different "thank you" sayings in different fonts and variations until you fill up your square block. See the photo below to see the sayings up close.
Once the square is finished, copy and paste more squares until you fill up the page. The paper was cut out into a fun shape using a Cricut and the Storybook cartridge. The paper flowers are from Prima, I just added black metal brads to the centers and adhered to the bag.

I loved the way the bags turned out using the paper I designed. You could also create similar paper using different "Thank you" stamps. Give this fun project a try!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Custom Sign Block

Today I am sharing my newest custom order I made. It's a small sign block with a great phrase. I had never heard the saying before and I thought it was quite clever. The phrase is "I'm sorry, did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?" I can so relate to that! It seems like some people won't let you finish what you're saying before they have to jump in. Although, I'm sure I'm guilty of that sometimes too ;)

The customer requested the saying on a small block for a gift for her teacher friend. I used a 4 inch pine wood piece cut to 7 inches in length. Then she said I could pick out the colors and style. Sometimes it's nice to have free reign, but it can also be a little overwhelming too! I decided to stick to a more classic look with the burgundy paint. I gave it an aged look using crackling medium. The saying was printed out on tan cardstock using a fun font with a distressed look (Twizot Hmk). The paper was also distressed a little with brown distress ink. I cut it out with a deckle edge scissor and adhered it onto the block. I like the way it turned out, hope they do too!

Thanks for dropping in! ~Cameo

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