Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 50 Shades of Red Color Matching contest. We got so many responses and some really great additional color ideas from all of you. Now, drum roll please, the winners are...
Suzanne A. from Sanbornton, NH
Deb S. from Northumberland, PA
Natasha P. from Irving, CA
Congratulations ladies your prizes are on their way.
Today I want to show you how to create a fun and trendy look on your cards and pages. A couple of months ago, we posted an inspiration piece challenge and I’ve had some people ask how I created my pie chart shape. Today, we’ll take a look at that process and see how it can be applied to projects. Trust me, it’s easier than it looks! I’m going to provide directions using both a Silhouette die cutting machine as well as a less tool-intensive version (think scissors-and-paper-trimmer only). If you have another type of die-cutting machine, the directions can be adapted for that as well.
Let’s start with the Silhouette version.
First, choose your shape and size it as desired in Silhouette Studio. Cut it out of scrap cardstock. You will use the positive cardstock shape as the background for your pie chart shape and the negative cardstock shape to help you decide how to arrange the pie chart pattern.
Second, determine the longest horizontal or vertical distance from the center of the design to the edge of the design. On mine, that’s 2.5 inches. That means that I am going to start with 3” squares to give enough space for the design to be cut. Cut 3” squares from patterned paper. Here, I used papers from a couple of different Daily Flash mini collections. You will want eight patterns, so if you want to use both sides of four double-sided patterned papers, cut four squares. If you don’t want to use both sides of all of your papers, you might want to cut more than four squares, as I did for my butterfly (the first photo shows one side of the squares, the second photo shows the other side):
Third, cut each square in half on the diagonal to create triangles:
Fourth, play around with where you want each pattern in your pie chart. Double-check your pattern placement by laying the negative shape cut from scrap cardstock over the patterned paper arrangement:
Fifth, once you have the design set, stick the triangles on your Silhouette mat, radiating out from the center (make sure they are stuck on there firmly!):
Sixth, center your shape in the center of the mat in Silhouette Studio, load the mat into the machine, and press the "cut" button:
Seventh, adhere the pie pieces to your positive cardstock shape. (The negative shape can be fun to use as well!)
Finally, use your pie chart shape on your project!
Now, let’s go to the scissors version.
First, start with a shape that you've freehand cut from cardstock (or used a stencil to trace and cut, or a pre-cut die cut - this guitar was left over from another project I did):
Follow steps two and three above.
Fourth, play around with where you want each pattern in your pie chart. Once you have the design set, adhere the triangles on top of your shape, radiating out from the center and hanging over the edge of the shape. Note that since I wanted this pie chart to radiate out not from the center but from the upper right-hand quadrant, I cut different sized triangles and rectangles to accomodate that:
Fifth, turn the shape over, and, using scissors, trim around the edges of the shape.
Sixth, use your shape on your project:
Regardless of which method you choose to create your shaped pie chart art, I hope you have fun creating and experimenting with pie chart shapes!
Today we have more from the Daily Flash mini-collection Snapshots to share. We have some amazing projects utilizing the modular scrapping system of Daily Flash. Check out these projects using our new 6x8 photo sleeves!
Laura Craigie - Bath layout
Mou Saha - Snapshots layout
We also have some sleeves using the new school mini-collection from Volume 2: Milk Money!
Jill Sprott - School Year in Review sleeve layout (uses 12x12 sleeve)
Hello OA readers, Danni and Amy here with you to bring you another Pinterest inspired challenge. We all love Pinterest, the inspiration is endless, so let's use another inspiring "Pin" to create this week.
I could be inspired by this one "pin" for several cards, from colors, to design, to sentiments, to banners, to labels, so much inspiration here to draw from. So, today I created a card, inspired, loosely, by design element and variations of the color. I chose to use a red block of patterned paper at the bottom to ground my use of woodgrain, yellow and blue. The new Daily Flash All Boy has so many fun shades of blue, gorgeous woodgrain, greens, reds and yellows, everything ALL BOY and PERFECT for our Daily Flash albums, layouts OR cards for boys/men in your life.
Here's the card I created using the above pin as inspiration
Hey there, Handsome card
I was very inspired by the pops of white with the circles in the pin and wanted to pop some white around my page with the little hearts to embellish the sentiment
Aren't these 2 x 2 squares perfect for card sentiments too? love them with my album and the cards with scraps!
I loved Danni's challenge to use Pinterest to find inspiration this
week for our challenge. Pinterest has such an infinite supply of
inspiration it's sometimes hard to pick just one inspiration piece! For
this week's challenge, though, I found this adorable illustration of
this ice cream cone. I was inspired by it in several ways. First of all I
think my daughter would agree that, her favorite color, would be ice
cream! So, I knew I needed to feature her. Secondly, I loved the white
space and the gradation of color and texture in the cone and ice-cream,
so I turned to OA's newest mini collection, "Girl Talk" (part of the
Daily Flash Volume 1 collection), with it's lovely white washed colors
and textures I knew it was an ideal fit!
Absolutely gorgeous Amy, thank you so much!
And we can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge. If you play along with us this week, we'd love to see your pinterest-inspired creations using your October Afternoon in our OA Flickr Gallery
Get ready to be amazed! Our amazing design team has put together some great projects with our new Daily Flash program. Volume 1 includes FOUR mini-collections: Snapshots, Girl Talk, All Boy, and Summertime.
Today we are sharing projecs that focus on the Snapshots mini-collection, but keep your eyes peeled over the next few days to see how our designers mix product from the general release with product from the mini-collections.
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