Monday, August 8, 2011

The PSA Essentials Back-to-School Blog Hop + giveaway!

***** This post is sponsored by PSA Essentials. *****

Welcome to the Back-to-School Blog Hop brought to you by PSA Essentials and The Queen's Court Design Team.

If you have arrived here from Jenny's Crazy About Cricut, you are on the right track. If not, just click here to start the hop from the Scrapbooking Queen's blog. In case you lose your way while hopping from blog to blog, just come back here and refer to the following list of participating blogs to get back on track.

For this week's blog hop, I will show you how I have used Super Star Peel-and-Stick stamps in my projects.

To learn more about PSA Essentials stamps, just click here to read about my first experience with them.

For today's project, I made this:

I used Make-the-Cut to trace the ribbon and the chalkboard from Lettering Delights' Class Act graphics set. All the cuts were made with the Silhouette SD.

I thought that the ribbon was too pretty to not be used for anything other than an element for a card. So I made it into a magnet!

To make the ribbon magnet stay in place on the card, I stuck a washer to the back of the "chalkboard". The "chalkboard" was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. Not only did that add dimension, it also provided enough depth for the washer so that it does not crush the "chalkboard" layer.

See how pretty the magnet looks on my magnetic board. :-)

By the way, I used Lettering Delights' LD Chalky font to "write" on the chalkboard before printing-and-cutting that layer out.  I love this font! It is currently available on the Lettering Delights' website as part of the School Spectacular Font Set. If you are a teacher or if you homeschool, you must check out this 45-set bundle! Just click here to take a look.

I also used the LD Chalky font to create the border around the chalkboard. I used Make-the-Cut's "wrap text to path" tool to do that.

Here is a video tutorial that will show you how I used Make-the-Cut to create that alphabet border.

By the way, MTC v.3.3.3 has been released and it fixed some bugs that were in v.3.3.2. You can download v.3.3.3. from this link. Just click on the "Download" button. If you are not familiar with Make-the-Cut, just click here and click on the "Download" button to try the program for free.

And now, here's my favorite part of the hop............BLOG CANDY!!!

PSA Essentials is generously offering a really cool Grand Prize. One of you will win all of this:

1 custom stamp, 
1 Peel and Stick pack, 
1 black ink, 
1 color ink, 
1 alignment tool. 

This bundle has a retail value of $85!

To enter in the giveaway, 

1. You must be a follower of this blog. If you are not already following this blog, just click on the "Join This Site" Button on top right side of this blog. 

2. Leave a comment on this post.
3. Visit the other blogs on this blog hop and leave a comment on each blog every day of the hop.

That's all from me today. Come back tomorrow and I will show you another card that I made for this hop. Your next stop is Kassidy's Inking It Up Crazy. Click here to go there now. 

Happy Blog-Hopping!

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  1. Another great project! Thanks for the off to the LD site to look at fonts!!!

  2. Wow, I love that idea for the magnet-thanks for sharing. The card is super cute!

  3. Thanks for the tip on the magnet. Very clever.

  4. Love your card. The magnet idea is great, I am going to use it for my Inchies that I am putting on my cards for a swap.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  5. Love your card great idea for the ribon and thanks for thr MTC info.

  6. Coolio Jin. Very well done.

  7. I'm now following your blog. Great card--love the chalkboard. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  8. The magnet is awesome! Love the card.

  9. I am a long time follower. I love this card. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  10. Your card is just great, thanks for sharing it.

  11. I already follow your blog and like you on FB. I love the chalk look. Good thinking.

    Blog hoppin' along to more crafty wonderfulness.

  12. Cute card and I love the magnet idea!

  13. I love the card and am a big fan of your tutorials. Thank you for taking the time to make them.

  14. Super cute card and magnet! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sweet card, and great idea for the magnet!! :-P

  16. I love your projects. I plan to visit the MTC site to learn more about it.


  17. Thanks for the tutorial about wrapping the text, need to do it more!or at least once! Love your blog Jin.

  18. Jin this is FABULOUS! I love this idea! How cute. I want to make one of these! Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

  19. You are so, so, so talented! Thanks for the instructions and the magnet idea is brilliant!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  20. I love making the blue ribbon a magnet to use all the time! Keep on crafting!

  21. That is the perfect font! What a cute idea!

    angeli08 at yahoo dot com

  22. adore that chalkboard card! cute idea!

  23. What a fabulous card - love everything about it
    Especially thar font and that you made that ribbon into a magnet

  24. I follow this blog...maybe a little bit too much, but then again probably not!

  25. beautiful!
    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

  26. What a great card. I really need to get some of those PSA stamps!

  27. Wow I love how this came out and truly appreciate the detail work that went into this. TFS, Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

  28. My comment from earlier is missing so adding one! LOVE how you used the MTC wrap to do the alphabet around the chalk board!

  29. I love how thorough your posts are.