Monday, February 25, 2013

Line it up straight

Use your Get-It-Straight Laser Square to help you

easily line up your stamps into a straight line

add your ink to your stamps and use it to line up where you want to stamp

it works just that easy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

With a Nod to Andy Warhol

Pete was the best dog. When he was a pup, I would let him sit in my lap while I worked at the computer. He had a knack for hitting the delete key frequently. When he grew to 80 lbs., he thought he could still sit in my lap. By then his feet were so big that he could type and delete at the same time with one fell swoop. He was definitely a dog of many talents.

I wanted to make a memorial page for our sweet pup who we lost last week after 15 + years. I didn’t want to dwell for too long over this page because I am already having enough trouble being without my sweet Pete.

I turned to three of my all-time favorite tools, the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square, Viva Décor’s Glitter Pens and Duetica Lettering Arts Studio software, to make a quick page that was everything Pete was without getting too sentimental. (The fact that I have every collar and tag he ever wore and a bazillion photos is bad enough. I didn’t want this to turn into a shrine!)

Here’s what you need:

Duetica Lettering Arts Studio
Paper cutter
Black cardstock, 12” x 12”
White cardstock, 8 ½” x 11”
Four white and four colored cardstock scraps, approximately 5” x 5”
Black acid-free pen
Kool Tac Premium Extreme tape

Note: I used Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, but you can use any type of photo-altering  and layout software..

1. Set the type using the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. I used the Tin Whistle font. I set each line separately so that I could manipulate the type layout. Open your largest phrase (“Pete”) in Photoshop. Change the colors and crop to get rid of excess space around the edges. I saved it as a jpg. file since I didn’t need to worry about a transparent background. If you want the background transparent so that you can place it on top of another image, save it as a png file.

2. Open the second line of type. I purposefully left this one black, then reduced it to fit under the larger word. Print on white cardstock and tear all edges as closely as possible.

3. Open the photo you wish to use.  Use the posterize  function in your image file to convert the image and save it (save as).  Use the color balance function to change the colors three more times and save (save as) after each color change.

3. Open a 12 x 12 page in your photo/drawing or layout program. Place the four photos, adjusting them to fit. Add the headline and make sure it will all fit on a 12 x 12 page (Don’t forget to allow for the layers behind the photos and headline.).

4. Unless you have a 12” x 12” printer, you will need to print these images and the title on 8 ½” x 11” cardstock. I was able to get the title and two photos on one page and the two additional photos and journaling on the second.

5. Trim headline and photos and cut background layers.

1. Cut one additional layer of one of your colors 1/4” larger all around than your title block. Cut a different color additional piece 11” wide. Adhere the headline to the smaller piece of cardstock, applying your adhesive top, bottom and right side to allow for a journaling tag. Mount the entire headline on the 11” piece of cardstock to placing it ¼” from the right edge..

2. Measure the height of your headline (white portion only). Use your computer to set or hand-write your journaling type. Trim closely Mount this to a piece of black cardstock trimmed to fit inside the journaling pocket. Round the edges of both pieces on the left side and glue together. Insert this piece between the two pieces of colored cardstock. Use the Viva Décor Hematite Glitter Pen to draw the puppy foot.

3. Using the KellyCraft Get –it-Straight Laser Square, line up all the layered photos and the title block and glue them to the background paper.

4. Finish it off by outlining the large letters for more contrast. This doesn’t have to be perfect. With a cool typeface like Tin Whistle, you don’t have to be so wary of making sure you have perfect lines. In fact, this headline could probably use a black ink blot or two!

Do you have a special pet? Make a quick and easy page so the world will know how special your pet is. This page came together in less than an hour, proving that it doesn’t require a lot of time to make a great page when you have good tools.

Note: I received product from KellyCraft, Viva Décor, Kool Tak and Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. However, I would have used them anyway. I never endorse something unless I believe in it completely.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KellyCraft Team

While at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Show last month in Anaheim, CA the KellyCraft Design Team was able to get together for dinner with Jimbo and Arron (the owners of KellyCraft Innovations) and catch up......

Starting at the left: Candice Windham, Ann Butler, Jimbo Kelly, Cindy Bisson, Lisa Rojas and Aaron Pichon.  We had a great time and are looking forward to a great year with KellyCraft!

Friday, February 15, 2013

True Beauty Card

Created by Lisa Rojas, Stampin' Queen Creations
Give The Queen A Call!

One of the techniques that I love to use when I'm designing cards is layering. I just love to layer multiple papers and embellishments on my cards and scrapbook pages. Even though I love this look, I always found it hard to accomplish. I am one of those people who can't draw a straight line with a ruler!

When I found the KellyCraft Get-it-Striaght Laser Square at last summer's CHA show, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Finally! I found a tool that takes all the guess work out for me and I can layer my projects once again without the stress of making sure everything was straight!
True Beauty Card

Cardstock- Ivory, Lt. Aqua, Dk. Aqua, Rose, Green
Foam Squares
Rhinestone Embellishments
Make a color copy of the rose image onto a piece
of ivory cardstock. You'll need two copies for layering.
Cut your cardstock as follows: Base card is 8"H x 6"W.
Pattern paper 7 3/4"H x 5 3/4"W, Rose cardstock
5"H x 3 1/2"W, Dark Aqua cardstock 2 1/4"H x 5 3/4"W,
Green cardstock 3"H x 2/14"W, Ivory 2 3/4"H x 2"W.
Cut out large rose in sections. Curl edges of each
piece with the end of a paintbrush.

Stamp small frame onto ivory cardstock. On a piece
of scrap ivory cardstock, stamp wording with Sparrow

Cut out center of frame. Attach wording to the back
of the frame with glue.
Using the Get-it-Straight Laser Square, line up all
of your layers and adhere them with glue.

Once your layers are all in place, adhere your floral
layers to large rose image with foam squares. Next,
adhere rhinestone embellishements, wording and
flowers. Use picture if needed for placement.

This picture shows the layers of the flower.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Ladies Diary Bookmark with KellyCraft

Created by Lisa Rojas, Stampin' Queen Creations
Give The Queen A Card

I just love to read! I cannot go to sleep at night unless I read a little bit first. It's my way of letting go of the day. For this project I wanted to create something beautiful yet simple and I think I have accomplished that with my "A Ladies Diary" Bookmark.

I wanted to make sure when I adhered the two ribbons together for the bookmark, that they were as straight as I could make them. So, once again I pulled out my favorite craft tool, KellyCraft's Get-it-Straight Laser Square.

I hope that you'll take the time to create one for yourself and even some for your family and friends. They would make a great gift with a book for any holiday.

"A Ladies Diary" Bookmark


KellyCraft Innovations Get-it-Straight Laser Square
Connie Crystal Mixed Media Suncatcher- Pink
Connie Crystal Mixed Media Suncatcher- Green
Connie Crystal Meter Garland
Graphic 45 Chipboard Pieces from A Ladies Diary Collection
Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Pink Ribbon
Tan Ribbon
Needle & Thread

Using a Get-it-Straight Laser Square, line up
tan ribbon on top of pink ribbon and adhere

Tie ribbons around both pieces of the chipboard. Next,
tie both strings of crystals through the hole in the
chipboard with the ribbon.

Remove two crystal pieces from Meter Garland.
Attach pieces to the end of the ribbon with a
needle and thread.

That's it! You're done! If you decide to create
this project I would love to hear about it.
Drop me an email at~

Monday, February 11, 2013

Charity Wings Interview

Get the details of the Get-It-Straight Laser Square in this interview with Charity Wings last month while at the CHA Winter Show in Anahiem, CA.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

"U" Make Me Happy Valentine Card

"U" Make Me Happy Valentine Card

Aligning the elements for this Valentine card was easy thanks to the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square!

Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes


KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner papers and Tiny Text stickers
Gold foil tape
ImpressArt Metal Stamps Newsprint set, stamping block, brass stamping hammer
Sizzix Big Shot, Primitive Hearts die
Earth Safe Finishes black acrylic paint
The Best Glue Ever
Chipboard “U”
Heart pin accent


Cut patterned paper to 6" x 6" and fold in half to create card.

Following manufacturer instructions, cut 10 small hearts from coordinating patterned papers using Primitive Hearts die and Sizzix Big Shot. 

Cut strip of coordinating paper 1”  x 6".

Use KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align strip of paper approximately 1/4" from outside right front edge of card, mount.

Arrange 9 hearts, overlapping vertically, on front right edge of card, using Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align centers of hearts.  Mount.

Cut two 3/4" x 6" strips of patterned paper, mount to outer edges of inside of card. 

Cover chipboard “u” with coordinating paper.  Add 10th heart to upper left of “u”. 

Place “make” and “me” word stickers beneath heart on “u”.

Mount inside back of card.

Use metal stamps to stamp strip of gold foil tape with “HAPPY” repeatedly.   Apply black acrylic paint, gently rub off to remove paint from non-stamped areas. 

Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to apply line of glue along bottom inside of card where foil tape will be mounted.

Mount stamped foil tape to inside of card, using Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to ensure proper alignment.

Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align and mount piece of stamped gold foil to bottom front of card, overlapping heart pin accent over bottom vertical heart.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentines Day Ornament Cluster

I hope you've hit the Christmas sales because those red, purple, pink and even silver closeout ornaments will make for great Valentines Day decorations! All you have to do is get crazy with embellishments and remember to use your Get-It-Straight laser square as a visual reference so that you get the perfect line every time! I promise you will be in love!


  • 4 different color and sized Christmas ornaments (14 total)
  • Foam sticker hearts
  • Rhinestones
  • Hot glue
  • string in 3 different colors
  • Safety pin
  • Ribbon

How to get a straight band around the center of your ornament. 

  1. Rest your ornaments on the laster square and place the laser in the middle of the ornament. Use this as your visual guide to adhere a band of embellishments around the center. 
  2. Go crazy with embellishments!

  1. Tie different length strings to your ornaments. Grab the end of the strings in one hand and gently pull your ornaments to desired lengths.
  2. Once you are happy tie all the strings into a knot and hang on a hanger or safety pin. 
  3. Add a thick bow for extra va-va-voom!