Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ten Creative Ways To Use Digital Stamps: Idea Eight

Here we are already at idea number eight!
Using the Kellie Stamps November set: Summer 2016


So this week, I wanted to show you how you can save your work after you alter a digital stamp and use it to create a Project Life® card! IF you remember from last week, we altered a digital stamp to color in one of the letters. Any of the previous week's ideas would work well also!

 I saved the file from last week, under a new name, but in the same folder as the rest of the Summer 2016 stamps from Kellie Stamps . Simply added the file to a 3x4 template in Photoshop, and printed it along with a photo on a 4x6 photo paper. This way I didn't waste the photo paper when I had only one more photo to print for this week! Win, win.

Week 47 Left Side
Supplies: Becky Higgins LLC. Photo Pocket Pages, Project Life® Everyday Edition, Kellie Stamps Digital Stamp set "Summer 2016", and Studio Calico Project Life® Kit Canyon Lands (November 2015)

 Week 47 both sides: "Sun-kissed" and "Hello Sunshine" from the Summer 2016 Kellie Stamps set, Adobe Photoshop CC2014, Becky Higgins LLC. Photo Pocket Pages Design A, Studio Calico Montly Project Life® Kit (November 2015 Canyon Lands), Project Life® Everyday Edition, You-version Bible App for the right hand page first 3x4 card on the left.

By saving the digital stamp I was able to quickly add it and create my own 3x4 card on the left that matched the right hand side. I like to add repeating elements to both sides to keep a cohesive look.

Thank you so much for joining me, and happy digital stamping!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clique Kits November 2015 Blog Share: Pep Rally!!

Hello Friends!! 
Today is filled with inspiration from lots of scrappers, in the form of 
the Clique Kits November Blog Share
Pep Rally!! 
Absolutely loved this month's kit called Tapestry.

Challenge layout for November, link to the Clique Kits Blog Post here:

Joined in with Big Picture Classes for Paige's Pages 05. Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Add-ons from the Clique Kits Shop!

another Big Picture Classes layout...

More Pink Paislee Cedar Lane

Joined in Big Picture Classes Fall Craft Party and made this for challenge three.

You-tube Process and Tip video for the layout above.

Made this layout for the Big Picture Classes Fall Craft Party Challenge "Use non-themed products for a Halloween layout".

For BPC Paige's Pages 05. I just love the navy, and Autumn colors in this November Kit!! The background cut file is an exclusive from the November Tapestry Kit as well!

Here is the line up for the hop:
Clique Kits November 25th Pep Rally
Clique Kits
Kim Allen
Janet Zeppa
Leeann Pearce
Melissa Vining
Charity Feit
Hannah Lemieux
Leigh +++++++++YOU ARE HERE
Emma Pescott
Tarrah Mclean
Wendy Antenucci
Sandy Gonzalez

Thank you for hopping with us, and comment on all the blogs for a chance to win!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ten Creative Ways To Use Digital Stamps: Idea Seven

This week features idea number seven in the series!!


Another great thing about digital stamps, is that you can use the eyedropper tool to sample any color you like, to create colors in your digital stamps!!

Supplies: Kellie Stamps "Summer of 2016" set available at 

I simply used the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, to sample the coral cloud color!! 

STEPS: 1) open desired digital stamp (PNG file) in Photoshop
              2) make sure you have that stamp selected in the LAYERS palette 
              3) over in the layers palette, at the bottom, click FX, and select "STROKE"
              4) (I used a 5 pixel white border on the above stamp) select your color and width of border
                  and click okay.
              5) click on the eyedropper tool in the left toolbar, and sample any color you wish. (I clicked on the coral color in the clouds above)
              6) in left toolbar, toggle the foreground color to the one you've sampled
              7) click on the paint bucket tool, and click inside the letter you want to fill (I filled the "S" above)
              8) select your altered stamp in the layers palette, and drag it to your project, in my case it was this sunset photo 
              9) Resize if necessary
              10) In the main top toolbar, click on the layers button, then flatten your layers.
              11) save your project 
               12) I usually click the "X" and "Do Not Save Changes" to keep the original digital stamp/PNG file, or you can save the new stamp creation you've made UNDER ANOTHER FILE NAME!! :) Don't forget to rename it or you have changed the original stamp permanently.

This is the way I do it, but I am no Photoshop Instructor. It takes practice, but you can do this!

Thank you so much for joining me today, and happy digital stamping!! 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sneak Peek Clique Kits Layout and Video!

Super short video tutorial today! 
How To Create a Pocket Page Window Card, and
Sneak Peek of a layout coming to the Clique Kits Blog on Friday. 

Love the acrylic embellishments in this Clique Into December Holiday Kit, and there are so many Pinkfresh Studio goodies in this kit! It's packed! The transparent aspect of these cute acrylic shapes, gave me the idea to make a window in the pocket card to highlight it!

 SNEAK PEEK of the layout coming this Friday, November 20, 2015 to the Clique Kits Blog!

Watch the video above!

and Becky Higgins LLC. Photo Pocket Pages for Project Life®.

Thank you for visiting today!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ten Creative Ways To Use Digital Stamps: Idea Six and Project Life Week 45

For today's idea, I used both new November Release sets from

One of the awesome things about digital stamps, or png files, is that you can create a clipping mask and change the shape of anything you want to layer over it!! This would be labor intensive to create with physical product, but it only takes four steps in the digital realm!

 See that "Sunset" word art? That is a digital stamp from Kellie Stamps, and I used the PNG file you get when you purchase the set, to make a clipping mask.

Step one: Open or create a 6x4 inch file in Photoshop as layer one.

Step Two: Open your PNG (digital stamp) file as layer two.

Step Three: Open your selected photo or pattern as layer three.

Step Four: Hover you mouse in between the photo layer, and the stamp layer in the layers palette, and right click to bring up pop-up menu and select "Create Clipping Mask".

That's it!!! Save your file to your computer , and you have a custom clipping mask with your desired photo or pattern behind it!! Love this about digital stamps!!  So RAD!

Supplies Right Side Week 45: Project Life® Everyday Edition 3x4, and 4x6 cards, Becky Higgins LLC Photo Pocket Design A, Project Life® Aqua Edition 3x4 card (blue and turquoise 3x4), digital stamps sets:Kellie Stamps "Book Nerd"  and "Summer of 2016" available in her shop, and Turquoise Ave. Shoppe cork sticker "Pumpkin Everything" from her shoppe.

Project Life Week 45 Left Side Supplies: Project Life® Everyday Edition 3x4, and 4x6 cards, Becky Higgins LLC Photo Pocket Design A, Project Life® Picturesque Edition by Heidi Swapp (blue "Best Day Ever" 3x4 card) cork letter stickers:Studio Calico, digital stamps: Kellie Stamps "Book Nerd" set used on the first 3x4 card on the left. 

To learn more about this Project Life system I love, go to

For awesome digital stamps got to

Thank you for joining me today!!
Artful Leigh

Friday, November 13, 2015

Clique Kits November: Love You Layout Process Video

I just love the Add-ons in the Clique Kits Store this month!
They are from Pink Paislee, the Cedar Lane line!!
I made a process video for the layout below.

Supplies: Clique Kits Store Add-ons: Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pad, Cedar Lane Ephemera Pack, Pink Paislee Gold Foil Frames(In the November Clique Kits Tapestry Kit), Cracked Pistachio Ditress Ink, Doilies( craft supply) thread(craft supply) 

Watch the process video on you tube here!!

Thank you so much for visiting!! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Big Picture Classes Paige's Pages 05 With My November Clique Kits

Loving the new Paige's Pages 05 class at Big Picture Classes!!
Are you taking the class????

 Just love using the November Clique Kits kit for this class! Everything on this layout, except for the doilies from my stash, and the background card stock, came from the November Tapestry Clique Kits. Photography credit: Leslie M. Photography

I used the doilies behind the white Pink Paislee Gold Foil frames from the kit to repeat the open and airy weave of my daughter's sweater. I like connecting elements on the page to the photo this way! I saw Stephanie Bryan use three doilies on a layout some years ago, and went with my own ideas from there!

 The Cedar Lane line by Pink Paislee was perfect to coordinate with the pastel colors for this page, and I used the Cedar Lane ephemera pack and 6x6 paper pad to highlight the three areas of embellishment.

 Here you can see one of the techniques from the Big Picture Classes: Paige's Pages 05. Piled up the Cedar Lane ephemera, and added it on top of the Pink Paislee Frame, with some Ranger Cracked Pistachio ink underneath the doily.

 Love using my sewing machine to add more texture along the frame here.

Here you can see the Pebbles Inc. Wood Veneer Leaves and more Cedar Lane Ephemera, and some piled white and gold thread. 

Of course I didn't copy Paige's class example exactly so that you can take the class and learn from her. She has so many amazing ideas for pages!!

Thank you for visiting today and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ten Creative Ways to use Digital Stamps: Featuring Natalie Elphinstone and Tracey Holdyk!

Hello Crafters! 
This week, I am featuring two of my fellow Kellie Stamps Creative Team members,
Natalie and Tracey both used digital stamps in a super creative way this week.....

IDEA#5:Print on Patterned Paper

This is such a great idea!! Natalie is on the Illustrated Faith (Bible Journaling) Creative Team, Jot Magazine Team, Studio Calico Creative Contributor, Kellie Stamps Creative Team and teaches classes at Big Picture Classes, and more! Oh and she is also a doctor! Wow! She is one of my scrappy heroes for sure!!

Natalie made her own 3x4 cards for pocket pages with the new "Book Nerd" Digital Stamp set from Kellie Stamps. Love this!! I also love how she added the digital stamps to three different areas of the cards! Great design!

Natalie's finished page, it looks so FAB! This is such a creative use for digital stamps, and I thank Natalie for allowing me to use her pictures and feature her here this week!! You can click on Natalie's name at the top of this post to head over to her blog and check out her work!
Or just click here:

Here is Tracey's Layout: She also used the "Book Nerd" set from Kellie Stamps. She is another awesome Aussie! I love her blog, and zest for life! She is on the "Feed Your Craft" Creative Team, and the Kellie Stamps Creative Team! Click on this link to follow her amazing blog!

Thank you for visiting here today, and may God bless your Sunday!
Artful Leigh

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Challenge with Clique Kits

So excited the November Challenge is live over at

Supplies: Clique Kits November Kit 2015

You can use the glassine bags that come in your kit on your pages, and I loved adding punched leaves inside this one!! The feathers are one of the several exclusive November Cut Files from Clique Kits! Totally love these feathers!! I cut a shadow out in white card stock, and then used the patterned papers from the kit to cut out the top layer of feathers! Love that these are layered files that you can use in so many ways! Since they are PNG and JPEG files you can print them out as well!

Crushing on the navy papers in this kit!! Such a gorgeous line from WeRMemory Keepers.

Here is the sketch for November from Amanda O'Banion at Clique Kits

 Would love for you to play along with us for the November Challenge!
The guidelines are:

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by November 30th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit or the sketch to link up
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Link to the Clique Kits November Challenge Blog post:

Have fun!
Artful Leigh

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Project Life Week 43 Using the New Everyday Edition!

Love the new Everyday Edition of Project Life®!
It's a beautiful, minimal design that is clean and fresh!

 Week 43 Supplies: all Project Life Everyday Edition, and one embellishment from the Shoppe

The left page is Design E by Becky Higgins LLC, with room for four 6x6 photos, and it is such a great pocket page that makes a big impact! Added my text in Adobe Photoshop before printing at home on 8.5x11 Canon Photo Plus Glossy Two paper.

The right side is Design A by Becky Higgins LLC. Ran the journaling cards through my printer after making a text box in Pages to fit the cards. Love that black and white 3x4 card with the days of the week, oh I love this whole edition! It's got gorgeous colors that just seem to go with your photos!

Thank you for visiting!
If you have any questions about Project Life® and how to get started (it's so totally simple),
visit for more info!

Artful Leigh Creative

Monday, November 2, 2015

Project Life 2015 Week 42

Week 42 features my sub to Studio Calico Monthly Project Life® Kit.
Keeping it simple.

Week 42 supplies: Project Life kit; Studio Calico October kit (called Wink, Wink), translucent letter stickers; Just Add Color Project Life kit (HSN Exclusive), digital stamps/ word art on photos; Kellie Stamps Digital set " I am, You are, We are" 

I simply added the translucent heart over the week 42 title card, stitched with my sewing machine, and added the stickers.  Measured the cards I wanted to add journaling to, and used Pages on my Mac to print directly on the PL cards. Simple and done!

Thank you for visiting this week in Project Life® album 2015,
by Artful Leigh Creative

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ten Creative Ways To Use Digital Stamps: Idea 4

Hello Friends!
This week we will look at idea number four.
White It Out.


One of the great things about using digital stamps, is that you don't have to buy every color of ink pad to use them, and I think it's a lot simpler to create white text with a digital stamp. I have tried several ink pads, but none of them gave me the crisp clean result of white digital stamps!

Supplies: Kellie Stamps Digital "I AM, You Are, We Are" set, and Studio Calico Project Life kit for October (Wink, Wink is the name) and letter stickers from the Project Life HSN kit "Just Add Color"

For this Week 42 Project Life® page, I used the Kellie Stamps digital set " I am, You are, We are" for the text on the top right photo "Liking". 

Step One:In Photoshop I simply go to File> Open> select desired digital stamp> Double Click To Open.
Step Two: Click on the stamp image in Photoshop to select it. In the Layers palette on the right, click and drag your digital stamp onto your project or photo. Then in the top header bar (with your digital stamp selected) go to Image>Hue/Saturation>and on the slider bar slide the lightness all the way to white. 

The courses I have completed this year in Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator, have taught me that you use white text if your background is colored, and black text only if your background is white or very light. In other words, always use white text over a color, as in the Studio Calico Project Life® 3x4 cards above. That's super easy with digital stamps!!

Thank you for joining me today for this tip on the advantage of using digital stamps to "White It Out"!

Hugs, Artful Leigh