Monday, June 30, 2014

Blogging Tips - HTML code basics

Recently I was helping another blogger with HTML code, and she said that I should do a Blogging Basics type post about the topic.  Okay . . . here it is.

First off, what is HTML code?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.  This is basically the language that is used to create websites, web pages and elements on the pages.  There are lots of different tags and elements that when they are combined make websites do what they do like making text BOLD, or different COLORS, or even a clickable link to another portion of the website.

So that is what the code IS . . . now how do I use it as a basic blogger?

First off, I am NOT going to try and pretend I know a LOT about code.  That is why this post is called BASICS.  I want to show YOU that you DON'T have to know a LOT about code to have a blog and USE HTML codes.

All of my examples are going to be for Blogger because, well, that is what I use.  :)

In your blog, start a new blog post

Look at the upper left corner and you will see that you are in the Compose View










You can also see from the image above that everything looks pretty much like typing an email.  You see line returns, if items were in BOLD you would see that too.

Now click on the HTML button to the right of the Compose button . . .






Now you are going to see the computer code language of the blog.  I have circled some of the coding in this next image, like the code that is telling the blog to make text bold or change it's color.






So that covers some basics of what code IS . . . now, why is that important to a new blogger or how will you even USE IT.  Why can't you just type up all of your blog post in the Compose view and be done with it?

Well . . . you can.  But what if you get involved in an event, like a blog hop, and they want you to insert some HTML code into your post.  How do you do that?  It is really not as hard or scary as it may sound.  We will answer that question with next week's tip.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - June 28th - Birthday Card

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

If you love Disney Pixar and crafting, you came to the right place!  We have been sharing Disney or Pixar inspired projects ALL MONTH.   If you missed the first three weekends, you can still go back and see all of those projects too.  Just click HERE to see the projects from the first weekend, and click HERE to see the projects from the second weekend and click HERE to see the projects from the third weekend.  

For today's project I want to share a card I made for a friend of my daughter's.  My daughter came home from lacrosse practice and asked me if I could make a card for her friend . . . and she needed it for his birthday THE NEXT DAY!  Sure . . . no pressure for a fast card.

So while she took a shower I made this card.  It really did not take me very long . . . maybe 15 minutes.

I started by using some blue paper with bright colored lines, and accenting the bottom of the card with a coordinating green to really bring out the green in the pattern on the top half of the card.


Then I was looking at the card and noticed that I did not really cut the paper straight.  SHOOT!  I hate it when that happens!  So how did I fix that?  Just cover it up!  I added some of the rhinestone sticker sheet from The Buckle Boutique . . . cut a strip, peel off the backing and stick!  


And now you cannot tell that I did not cut the paper underneath very straight.

My daughter wanted me to add a Pluto cut to the card.  Since I was trying to be as efficient with my time, since my daughter needed the card the next day, I found all of the colors I would need, arranged them on one Cricut mat and loaded that into my machine.  Then I just had to move the blade to the different colors of paper to cut the different layers . . . instead of loading and unloading the mat for each color.  This was also nice because I could take the cuts off the mat as I layered them and keep things organized.


Pluto layered together VERY quickly!  I stamped the words Happy Birthday and added a few dots of Viva Decor to the bottom part of the card.  I like how it looks like Pluto is resting his paw on the rhinestone sticker sheet trim.



Before you go, make sure to sign up to win some AMAZING PRIZES from our sponsors!  Our sponsors for this hop include 




a Rafflecopter giveaway
(winners must live in the Continental United States due to shipping)

(Contest is now closed.  Winners are listed HERE)

This weekend is our last . . . at least for THIS time around.  We are such big Disney fans that you KNOW we will do this again.  Some of us have been doing this Disney Pixar Hop for over three years.  If you want to stay in the loop for future hops, be sure to like Shawn's Disney Pixar Blog Hop Facebook Page.

Now it's time for you to head over to Niki's blog.

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way

Shawn
Niki
Beth
Lori
Bobbi Jo
Melissa

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - June 21st - Father's Day Card

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!


If you love Disney Pixar and crafting, you came to the right place!  We have an entire month of fun planned for you, with a new group of crafting bloggers every Saturday in June.

Are you having fun with our hop?  If you missed the first two weekends, you can still go back and see all of those projects too.  Just click HERE to see the projects from the first weekend, and click HERE to see the projects from the second weekend.

Now for my project THIS WEEK!  Last weekend was Father's Day Weekend, and my daughter and I wanted to create a special card for her Dad to let him know how super we think he is, so we decided to go with a super hero theme.  (If you ask me, he is pretty incredible)


When I cut the red for Mr. Incredible's suit, using my Best of Pixar Cricut Cartridge, I noticed that there was a white edge all around the cut.  This is because the paper has a white core to it.  Personally, I did not like the way that looked, but it was easy enough to fix.


I just grabbed a pen, for this one I used my Zig calligraphy pen, and inked all around the edges of the cut.  I used the fat end of the calligraphy pen, which made it nice and easy to just go around the outside edge of the entire cut.


I think that looks SO MUCH BETTER!  There is more definition to the cut and all of the small details of the curves really pop out.


Then I layered them on the black background cut and started build all of the layers of Mr. Incredible. 


NOW, when I got to the eyes, those little tiny cuts of the blue part of Mr. Incredible's eyes were just TOO SMALL to pick up and glue on to the image.  Now worries!  I just grabbed a blue fine tip pen and made a couple of little dots for the eyes.


Now for the card.  I used a royal blue base . . . 


Then I layered a piece of blue star patterned paper on top of that.


Now to add some POP to the card!  I used the Illusion Film from Rowlux.  This product comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  I love the waves and swirls in this product!  It is much thicker than paper.  It almost feels like you are cutting through a plastic packaging product.


You can cut it with scissors or with your Cricut!  I cut this shape from the Best of Pixar Cricut cartridge.  I used a deep cut blade, with a depth of 6, multi cut of 4, speed of 2 and pressure of 3.  Now, when the Cricut got done cutting I did not think it cut all the way through . . . then I started to try to bend the product at the cut line and the shape started to pop out!  I kind of "wiggled" the product back and forth around the cut lines to get it to come out.  And of course, I had my Westcott scissors for any stubborn spots.


Here is how the shape looked after it was all cut out.  I love the depth and dimension that you get, even on a flat cut, with this product.  Can you imagine how cool it would look if you used it on a 3D project?


I cut the word POW to go on top of this cut.


And since you can see through the Illusion Film, I did not want the adhesive I was using to show, so I used some foam pieces and placed them on the back behind where the word POW was so that you would not see them from the front.


For the inside of the card I printed this saying . . . 


And that is our super hero Father's Day card for a super Dad!



Before you go, make sure to sign up to win some AMAZING PRIZES from our sponsors!  Our sponsors for this hop include 




a Rafflecopter giveaway
(winners must live in the Continental United States due to shipping)

Make sure to mark your calendar for MORE projects next Saturday!  You can join the Facebook Event page by clicking HERE.

Now it's time for you to head over to Kathy's blog.

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way

Shawn
Kathy
Stephanie
Tami (Sorry Disney fans . . . post is not up . . . please skip for now)
Katherine
Cathie (Sorry Disney fans . . . post is not up . . . please skip for now)
Ellen

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - June 14th - Donald Duck Pop-up Card

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!


If you love Disney Pixar and crafting, you came to the right place!  We have an entire month of fun planned for you, with a new group of crafting bloggers every Saturday in June.

Did you enjoy all of the projects from last week?  If you missed LAST weekend's line up, click HERE to go back and see all of those projects too!

I wanted to make a Donald Duck birthday card for my daughter, but I have already done ones in the past with many of the different Cricut Donald Duck images and I wanted something different.  That is when I thought I would try the pop up box cards I have been seeing so many people making.  I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous about doing this.  I figured that it was going to be REALLY complicated.  I reached out to my friend Ellen and she shared a template she had.  You can click HERE to see it on her blog.


I cut the whole box out of a bright blue . . . and it was really easy to make!  Seriously, I am going to have to try these box cards again!

I cut a Donald Duck out of a silver paper I had using the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge.  I really like the shiny quality and the reflection off of Donald.


For each of the flaps I cut some white paper with a point at one end, and some yellow strips of paper to look like Donald's shirt.  Then I just cut a red bow for the point.


Then I cut several balloons in different sizes and attached them on to some dark gray strips of paper.  I arranged them at different heights, attaching them to a piece of tape.  Then once I had them arranged how I wanted them I just stuck the piece of tape to the "strut" piece of paper that goes across the card.  This really made positioning the balloons easy.  I would NOT have wanted to glue each one of those on one at a time and try to arrange them at varying heights.


I added some blue paper with swirls to the bottom half of the outside of the box, and a red dot paper for the background behind the balloons.


I think it turned out pretty cute for my first pop up box card!



Before you go, make sure to sign up to win some AMAZING PRIZES from our sponsors!  Our sponsors for this hop include 




a Rafflecopter giveaway
(winners must live in the Continental United States due to shipping)

Make sure to mark your calendar for MORE projects next Saturday!  You can join the Facebook Event page by clicking HERE.

Now it's time for you to head over to Jennifer's blog.

We had a few minor issues the morning . . . please us the links below to find all the projects for today!

Shawn
Jennifer
Jenny
Bobbi Jo
Jessica (Jessica is in TWO HOPS this weekend, so PLEASE use THIS LINK)
Kathy
Erica (post never went up. . . sorry Disney fans)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

MyCutSearch Tip

Q: I typed in the name of a cartridge and did not get any results.  Why?

A:  That is because when you use the main search bar on the home page you need to search for an image, not a cartridge.  If you wanted to search for what cartridge has a butterfly, type in butterfly.

Now, if you just want to look at all of the pages of a handbook you can either go to the main menu (left hand side of the page) and click on the words Cricut Cartridges.  This will bring you to an alphabetical listing of all of the cartridges we have  on the website.

If you want to search for a cartridge, you can go to Advanced MyCutSearch and uncheck the keyword box, and check the album title box and then type in the name of the cartridge, or one word from the name of the cartridge you are looking for.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - June 7th - Rhinestone Mickey

Welcome to the first day of the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!  

It has been so long since we have done one of these hops, that to make up for it we are going to keep the fun going ALL MONTH LONG!  You heard me right . . . each Saturday in June we will have a new line up of crafters joining us to show you their best Disney Pixar projects.

For my first project, I am going to show you how I created a Mickey Mouse wall decor piece using the Cork Stack from DCWV.  Below is the DCWV logo that I created with rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  If you would like to see that project tutorial, you can click HERE.


Okay . . . on to the Mickey Mouse project!  I used a piece of printed cork with a beautiful flourish pattern on it.  I cut a Mickey Mouse icon out of the cork to fill the entire 12" x 12" sheet and I also cut it out of a piece of cardboard.  Since the cork has adhesive on the back, I was able to peel off the backing and simply stick it to the cardboard to give it a little more strength.


I then created a frame by drawing the outline of the Mickey Mouse icon and then offsetting a line both 3/8" to the inside of the outline and 3/8" to the outside of the outline.  My original plan was to create this frame cut with the Gypsy so I could cut this on my Cricut . . . but my Gypsy and I have been having some issues so I just did this by hand.


Okay, now I have a frame.  I placed that frame on the back of a sheet of rhinestone stickers from The Buckle Boutique.  I love that I can just put the frame down on the back of the sheet and not worry about where the edges hit on the rhinestones . . . since these "gems" are a soft material that can be cut through with a scissors, craft knife or a die cutting machine I just have to pick my shape and cut!


Then I cut around the image using my craft knife t and my Westcott Non-Stick scissors.  Here is how the whole shape looked.  If you look close, you can see the line where I cut the inside edge of the frame in the photo below.


And here is what was left over when I removed the "frame" part.  I will have to think of another project to use this large Mickey Mouse icon for.


Now to add the frame to the cork shape.  I peeled off the backing of the rhinestone sticker sheet frame in small sections so that I could line things up and kind of "tack it" in areas before peeling off ALL of the backing.


Doing it is small sections helped me keep the overall piece lined up and not have to deal with trying to adjust it later, since the adhesive is REALLY sticky and would not be fun to peel up and reposition. 


And here is how the piece looked once the frame was attached!


And here is how it looks on the wall of my craft room next to a couple of Mickey Mouse canvas prints I have had for a couple of years.



Now, before you go, don't forget to enter to win some GREAT PRIZES!  We will be giving away 
an assortment of Rowlux Illusion Film

scissors and scissor holster by Westcott


$25 Store Credit to The Buckle Boutique

Paper Packs by DCWV

and a Scrap n'Easel

You can enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to come back next weekend for MORE great Disney Pixar projects from a whole new line up of crafters!

Now you are off to Lori's blog!

The full hop line up is below . . .
Shawn
Lori
Claire
Jenny
CardMonkey
Tami

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Through My Daughter's Eyes

Some of you know that my daughter Beth has a blog, The Creative Ninjas and she also has a YouTube page.  She recently did a video where she clipped together all different parts of our trip to California.  It is kind of fun to see our trip through HER eyes.  Head over to her site by clicking HERE and watch her video.

I might need to have her start to edit all of my videos!