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Thanks for dropping by! Take a look around and stay awhile. See that little purple box on your left, it contains a summary of recent posts, further down, you will see a box of shared items, these are things I find around the web and want to share with you. Further down on the left you can add a link to your own blog for others to see. I love comments, so feel free to leave some love and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Is Still Fun with July's Summer Fun Promotions!

The brand-new 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog launches tomorrow, and I couldn't be any more excited! What a great way to keep the FUN in Summer Fun!

While today marks the last day of several exciting promotions (the sneak peek, hostess set preorder, and hostess bonus), tomorrow, July 1, marks the beginning of a new deal:

  • From July 1-31, we're offering a new Deal of the Week each Monday at 10:00 AM (MT).

The first deal of the week, beginning July 1 at noon (MT) is (drum roll, please)...

Period

Item #

Page #

Description

Regular Price

Special Price

July 1-5, 2009

112091

187

Scallop Edge punch

$15.95

$10.99

The special promotional price will be available through July 6, 9:50 AM (MT). Be sure to check each Monday in July to find out what the new Deal of the Week is!

I love Free SVG Files- Free Train SVG


I just love when I find a new site with cute SVG files you can download for free, don't you? Today's Freebie comes from Paper Creativity, be sure to stop by and give her some love and see what else she has created!

Circle Scissors Video

One of my favorite fellow SU demos, Patty Bennett, created this fantastic video showing the versatility of the Circle Scissors Plus, its really great! If you love Patty's video as much as I do, be sure to stop by and send her some love!

Thinking Inking Part Six - Distress Embossing Powders

The next video in the thinking inking series by Jennifer McGuire, is probably my favorite. I absolutely love distress ink and I love the way embossing powder makes my finished project look. In this video, Jennifer combines the two by exploring distress embossing powder. How awesome is that? You know the drill, you can get the pdf here and lots of ideas and samples by visiting the two peas website!

Monday, June 29, 2009

"In Color" Specials


I am so excited to share the New Stampin' Up! In-Colors for the 2009-2010 catalog and idea book!!


From July 1st thru July 15, 2009, I am offering a special on the New "In Colors".

The new colors are:
Rich Razzleberry Crushed Curry Soft Suede Dusty Durango Bermuda Bay Melon Mambo
To see a photo of these new colors, click here.

The following are my Bundle specials:

One Color Bundle - $23.00* - choose one color and receive Ink Pad, Re-Inker, Ribbon (15 yds) & 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (24 pk). Retail value: $24.35

Three Color Bundle - $65.00* - choose three colors and receive Ink Pad, ReInker, Ribbon (15 yds) & 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (24 pk) of each color. Retail value: $73.05

Inky Fingers Bundle - $50.73* - You will receive Ink Pad & Re-Inker in each of all 6 colors Retail value: $50.73

Stampers Bundle - $112.80* - You will receive Ink Pad, markers and 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in each of all 6 colors, and 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock (36 sheets, 6 of each color) Retail value: $121.30

Stampers Bundle Plus - $129.21 - You will receive Ink Pad, markers and 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in each of all 6 colors, and 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock (36 sheets, 6 of each color) and re-inkers in each color Retail value: $139.

Scrappers Bundle - $83.32- You will receive markers and 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in each of all 6 colors, and 12" x 12" Cardstock (36 sheets, 6 of each color) Retail value: $89.60

Scrappers Bundle Plus - $116.52- You will receive markers, Ink Pads and 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in each of all 6 colors, and 12" x 12" Cardstock (36 sheets, 6 of each color) Retail value: $125.30

The WHOLE ENCHILADA!!!! - $135. 85 You will receive markers, Ink Pads, re-inkers and 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in each of all 6 colors, and 12" x 12" Cardstock (36 sheets, 6 of each color) Retail value: $150.95 + level one hostess gift of your choice **** BEST DEAL!!!!!!!!!







In-Color Special
Choose your sinlge Color Bundle options here






* Not eligible for Great Rewards or any further discounts. Does not include shipping (10 % or minimum $6.95) and tax (based on where your order is shipped).

Thinking Inking Part Five: Multi-powder embossing

I hope you are enjoing this video series as much as I am! In this video, Jennifer focuses on multi-powder embossing. Again, you can grab the pdf file by visiting the two peas website.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Don't Forget these Dates!!


Here's a quick summary of all the dates you need to remember this week! Stampin' Up products, including the launch of the new catalog on Wed., July 1.

  • June 30 is the last day of the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus - This is DOUBLE THE FUN!!! (this includes online orders, or order you collect before then)
  • June 30: Last Chance Stamps and Accessories Sale ends.
  • July 1: The new Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog is live and the order period begins at approximately 3 PM!
  • The complete catalog will be available on my blog for download as soon as I can get it there! You are so gonna love it!
  • Need a copy of the new catalog? Place an order this week, schedule a workshop in July, Join one of my Stamping, Scrapbooking or Product Clubs or order a class kit to go and I will send you a new catalog for free. Otherwise, you can purchase the new catty on the first for $9.95 plus s/h if applicable.

DON'T FORGET!!

Tuesday is the last day you can order some of your favorites! Including the following sets:
Last Chance List(English, Alphabetical)

Don't delay, get your favorites before they go away!!!!

Clean and Simple #48


I started this card for the clean and simple sketch challenge number 48 and, well, I guess it didn't end up so "Clean and Simple" I used some of my favorite, retiring Bella Rose paper left overs. (the green polka dots are just a background, the card is actually only the scalloped circle.)

I died my white flowers with Riding Hood Red re-inker (I am just loving dying my own flowers, I add a little spritz of rubbing alcohol to help the ink go further and dry faster) I used a couple of brads from my stash (not SU, but I need to use them up!)

The stamped flowers (were supposed to be clear embossing ink, but there must have been some pink still on the pad) and the sentiment are from The new Hostess Set: Wings of Friendship. You are going to really love some of the new hostess sets! I cant wait until all of you see the new catalog, its fantastic!
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A Few more Le Jardin Botanique


Okay, just a few more of this stamp set before I put it up. If you are a member of LNS or SUDSOL, you know that I am having a terrible time this week, between my relationship ending and my children acting up and I am trying to find some peace in my heart, and my mind! It's always terrible when you arent working and you are driving yourself nuts with thoughts of what could have been, what might be, what I couldve done differently. When i saw this one by Lisa Summerville, I had to case it. Its a little bit different, than hers, but its generally cased from her design. I distressed mine with tea dye (again) and used some chocolate chip, very vanilla and one of the greens (not sure which one. This card spoke to me this weekend. I am not a person of faith, but this card spoke to me and I had to make this card today!


I loved some of the cards with this set and parisian breeze, but I am all out of parisian breeze DSP and I wanted to find a suitable substitute. Blue and Brown from Bella Birds had to be a stand in for the rich colors of Parisian Breeze. I teamed this set up with En Francais again, I sure do love that combo, dont you. I distressed again (yep I sure have a thing for that distressed look!) Some vintage brads and these great half-pearls from the all the pretties kit, a little chocolate chip ribbon and this is what I came up with.

One more card, using the same stamps and the same colors, this time I threw in a Top Note die, dont you love it? It really comes in handy for so many things, dont you think? So, I think I am done with Le Jardin Botanique for today, what do you think of them? Which is your favorite?
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Le Jardin Botanique

I am honestly, not even 100% certain what made my get this set, it really isn't my type, actually I would think most florals arent my type, at first glance, with three boys and me sort of being a tom boy. I was on split coast last night looking at all the fabulous designs and I just had to get this one out and get it inky today. Scraps of Bella Birds were used to complete the first card, along with two punches, The Brand New Modern Label Punch and the word window punch. I topped off with part of a birthday sentiment from on your birthday.

This second card was also inspired by split coast, although it ended it up taking an entirely different direction, once I got started. There often isnt a lot method to my madness, I might get inspired by someone's card, or a combination of cards and roll with it. This second card was more bella birds DSP and Very Vanilla and I through in some En Francais stamp with dsitress ink. I saw this combination of stamps on someone else's cards and I fell in love with it, they really go together, don't ya think?
Finally, another cased card using Le Jardin Botanique, just some trees, but I really liked the way it looked, wherever it was that I saw it and wanted to give it my own touch. I have some old olive, chocolate chip and very vanilla cardstock and a lil bit of raspberry tart. If this looks like your card, please tell me so I can give you credit, I peruse through splitcoast and Late Night Stampers and all the hundreds of email threads I subscribe to, I get ideas that may or may not be original, once I get ink to paper, I just go with it. If its just like yours, again, please tell me so that I can give due credit, I truly don't intend to steal anyone's ideas...... I just love so many desingers out there, don't you?
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Raspberry Tart meets Fifth Avenue Floral



Raspberry Tart is one of those designer series papers that I am truly gonna miss, its so pretty, isnt it? I thought that Fifth Avenue Floral was the perfect stamp set to go with it, since I am trying to use it up before it retires! Can you believe I have a couple unopened packs of this stuff? I guess I will put them away for the next craft show, what do you think?
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Hot Guy Card


I got this idea somewhere a while back on splitcoast I think, If this hot guy card idea was yours, please tell me so I can give you due credit! Isn't he yummy!
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Great Tips on Organizing your cut files!

I got these tips from my Sure Cuts Alot Yahoo Group, I found them to be great tips to organize your Cut files!

One way to organize your files that you save to your computer, or disk

Make a new folder and title it SCAL

Then inside that folder make 2 new folders-

1. Scut folder-

2. Svg folder-


If you plan on keeping a lot of files, you may want to put subfolders in both categories, which would look something like this in both categories:

Scut folder-
Cards-
Paper Piecings-
Templates-
Titles-
Word books-

You can be as detailed as you want and create subfolders inside of those folders which would look something like these 2 examples:

Scut folder-
Cards-
-Birthdays
- Christmas
- Easter
-Halloween

Paper Piecings-
-animals
-people
-buildings
-objects
-holidays

What I have written down is just an example of what you could put down as your folders. Its up to you what categories you will have, depending on the type of files you save.

The important thing is that you do it where it will be easiest for you to find something when you want it. You don't want to save something to your computer, and spend all day looking for it.

** It is best to save your files to something other than your computer, you may lose them all if your computer crashes.

Sizzzix joins forces with Stampin' Up!

Sizzix and Stampin' Up!, two leaders in the crafting industry, have joined forces to bring you even more irresistible products!

Over the last 20 years, Stampin' Up! has offered quality products for scrapbooking, cardmaking, home d├ęcor, papercrafting, and much more. And now, they have expanded their product line to include the Sizzix Big Shot Machine and dies. When you combine your Sizzix dies with other Stampin' Up! products, you'll be amazed by what you can create!

The partnership between Stampin' Up! and Sizzix is a great benefit to you as a customer. Not only does Stampin' Up! offer many of our regular dies, but they also offer exclusive dies that coordinate with their products — and you can use these dies with your existing Big Shot machine.

Visit www.angi.stampinup.net to see products and learn more about Stampin Up and classes and workshops available now!

Thinking Inking Part Four: Exploring Embossing Powders

The next series of videos in the thinking inking series will address Embossing Powders, I know I said this about distress inks, but, embossing powders are one of my favorite things to use when stamping! I love the glossy finish you can create! Jennifer will help you discover embossing powders. This first video focusing on using powders with stamps, such as for faux epoxy, wax and more. As always, be sure to stop by the two peas site to get a pdf of this class and lots of samples!

More cutter file Freebies!



Judith Perry from DragonsPlace Home has created these fantastic cutter files. Please go to her website to get them! She has lots of great files there you are sure to enjoy!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Featured set: thoughts of Father


As I stated earlier in the week, this set is retiring next week, along with the Parisian Breeze Papers featured here. I just adore these papers and stamps and I am going to miss them. I used my Baja Breeze reinker (also a retiring in-color) to dye my All the pretties flowers. The first card is for my Late Night Stampers Challenge number 25. I used left overs to do the other side of the card, making two card fronts and chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon on both. I used some vintage brads in the centers of the flowers and distressed with a little brown ink. Don't miss out on this set, it will be gone next week!
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Ideas to use up your papercrafting scraps!

In a post on scrapbooking and Crafting friends,Diana S Holt Briley shared these pointers on how to use your scrapbook leftovers. Do you get the paper crafts magazine? If so turn to page 68. If not, on page 68 there is section starting that it titled "crafting the scrap". It gives ways to scrap the scraps. Ideas are... cards, Gift Bag, home decor balls. It gives tips at the bottom of each idea.

1. Use small punches on paper scraps make even the littlest scrap go a long way.
2. Using small bits of paper from a collection, trimmer into small shapes, and sewing in a patchwork pattern is a great way to dress up a layout or card.
3. Using up letter stickers can be as simple as using lots of the same letters to make your own sentiments. Or, try using someone's initials or mix-and-match letters in a sentiment for an eclectic look.
4. Instead of throwing away your sticker sheets when all the stickers have been used, create another alphabet by using the negative portion and adhering it to cardstock or patterned paper.
5. When using chipboard letters think of it as getting twice the letters! Both the positive and the negative work great for card accents.
6. Lots of paper craft products packaging comes with cardboard. Lightly distress the cardboard and then use with your die cut machine.
7. Trimming patterned paper scraps into strips for cards are a great way to mix and match patterns.
8. Even the tiniest of scraps can be used in bulk to make a statement on a precious card by punching the same shape repeatedly and adhering as a pattern.
9. Small fabric scraps from another project are a wonderful addition to card making.
10. Save ribbon from gifts you receive to use on cards.
11. Trimming small accents and shapes from scraps of pattered paper is a great way to incorporate different design and patterns in your cards.
12. Look for examples of paper patterns or embellishments on the packaging of paper, stickers, and other paper crafting supplies.
13. Tiny scraps of paper are perfect to stamp on and then trim the image for a new and fresh stamped accent.
14. Using images from product packaging is a great way to save money on supplies, while still getting a stylish effect.
15. After you’ve embossed and cut out a piece of paper, you’re bound to have scraps. Those scraps are the perfect size for punching small accents.

Give some of these great ideas a a try and be sure to come back and give us a link to your creations so we can see what you came up with!

Happy Paper Crafting!

Featured Set: Sense of Time

I got this stamp set, sense of time as soon as the mini occassions catalog came out and it sat untouched until today, The first card is made for the Stampin 411 saturday sketch challenge. I used up some of my retiring Bella Birds papers I stamped several of the clock pieces on my chocolate chip card stock using clear embossing ink. I used my scalloped border punch to trim the blue bella birds and then flipped over the remaining piece to use the brown. I have a 3" scallop punch that I used to cut out the card and then trimmed the scallops off by hand so that I could use the same punch to create the mat. I stamped the clock using the new soft suede ink and distressed with tea dye, I also stamped the sentiment using Ranger Distress Ink, Tea Dye, by Tim Holtz! Oh yeah, the clock is stamped on Very Vanilla.























The second card, is simply chocolate chip cardstock (I always like to use the flip side of my card and then cut into card fronts for display. This stretches my cardstock a little further) I cut out another scallop, this time using my sizzix and hand cut the scallops off. I used TJ's depth of field technique to stamp the time pieces in Soft Suede, Tea Dye and Crushed Curry. I used chocolate chip ribbon and stamped the sentiment in distress ink tea dye again. The clock was stamped using Timber Brown Staz On Ink on very vanilla.
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More fantastic freebies



Love the doodles you see above? That is not even the beginning, you can get these and so much more from Kevin and Amanda over at Fonts for Peas. Remember if you use Sure Cuts a lot, you can cut these beauties with your cricut!!! Be sure to stop by and give them some love for these great freebies!

Basic Stamping Kit - Everything you need to get started!

If you are new to card making, all the great tools and stamps and papers in the catalog can be confusing! It can be difficult to discern what is required from what is just nice to have. Of course, you want all the stamps in that new catty, but what tools do you need to get started? I have come up with this basic list of tools to help any card maker get started. The right card-making tools will save you time and give you professional results for cards that really stand out. You can learn from my mistakes and get just the necessary tools to get started, your really don't need to spend a fortune buying up everything you see:

Getting Started – the basics

Adhesives
Generally, you will need three types of adhesive to cover all your needs. Once you start adding to your menu of techniques, you will undoubtedly want to add more to things to your stash, but to get started, I recommend you try the following items:

2-Way Glue Pen - $3.50

This pen will allow permanent or temporary adhesive depending on how you use it. While it is not my favorite adhesive, it is a great choice while you are starting out and learning the properties of the different types of adhesive. It works perfect for paper to paper gluing and is a great option when you start learning to use glitter.

Snail Adhesive - $6.95

This is the perfect choice for adhering ribbon to your projects, I really haven't found another adhesive that works this well with ribbons! Trust me, when I say that I have tried them all!

Stampin Dimensionals - $3.95

You will see many crafters using pop uop dots, glue dots etc. By far, my favorite of all the choice are the Stampin Dimensionals, these 1/16" thick adhesive foam dots are perfect to add dimension to your projects and even will adhere ribbon, when youre in a pinch!

Bone folder - $6.95
Many card makers use a bone folder tool to crease, score and smooth down folds. The pointed end is used to score folds while the smooth end is used to smooth folds.
Other card makers will use a scoring blade, some will use a ruler and others will just fold the card in half! For many years, I used a brayer to enforce my folds, but once I was introduced to a bone folder, I started learning more appropriate techniques for my brayer!

Scissors or Paper Snips - $9.95
You can use regular scissors for cutting various materials, fine-tipped (or manicure scissors) for more cutting detail and decorative scissors for fancy edges. The paper snips will provide you with expert cutting in even the tiniest areas and the precision blade allows you to cut to the end of the snips. Please note, if there is one place you want to skimp, I do not recommend you choose scissors as that place! I have tried many different scissors, and you really can mess up your day if you dont have a quality pair. There are some alternative brands I can recommend for the asking, but you wont get a quality pair for less than this!


Papers and cardstock - $7.95
Paper is all around us in life and you should start collecting papers that catch your eye. Leftover wrapping paper from presents, wallpaper scraps, postcards, pictures from magazines, toy packaging, even candy wrappers or food packaging can have great designs you can use for your cards.

I recommend you start with simple whisper white cardstock, because it allows you the most flexibility. We have 56 Standard Colors and a fantastic assortment of (6) in-colors that change with each catalog, for you to choose from! I recommend you start with white until you get a feel for your style, or atleast pick a color family and get an assortment of cardstock to choose from (If you love color and cant bare to go all white) * the basics kit includes the whisper white, contact me for different color choices

Paper Cutter - $24.95

You can generally measure, cut and score with great accuracy on this one piece of equipment. The small blade cuts and sizes paper with straight edges while the scoring function allows for straight and clean folds without the fuss of conventional measuring. Again, if you’re just starting out, a pencil, eraser, ruler and scissors will get you the same result. But this is one tool I recommend you dont skimp on, because accurate cuts are so very important to card making and measuring with a ruler can be so frustrating!

Pencils, pens and chalks
There is a wide variety of pens, pencils and chalks that produce very different effects. The choices are based around nib size, colours and thicknesses. While we have all the markers and chalks you need at Stampin up, I recommend you start with a basic pencil for your basics kit!

Ruler
A plastic ruler is fine for measuring but many card makers use a steel one for cutting and tearing paper and card.


You can also start to gather bits and pieces you might have lying around such as ribbon, buttons, old greeting cards, pressed flowers – anything that you might like to put into a card design. Keeping old cards is a great idea because you can cut out the pictures and greetings to use on your own cards (as long as you don’t copy them for mass distribution).

Although there is an endless supply of materials you can buy, you will find there is always something you can do to avoid buying lots of things. Of course, if you’re looking for convenience, then a lot of the bought products are really hard to beat and will often save you time.

Don’t get put off by not having the “exact” same pieces you see in cards you like. You may not need all of the pieces and you can always substitute or create your own special twist. Ribbon could also be a collection of wool scraps, thin strips of material, string, cord out of an old pair of draw string pants …..

Don’t get stuck on having to have all the “bells and whistles” – they’re nice but you don’t need them. This basic kit is perfect to get you started and I have used my own experience to cut through all the crap and just tell you what you NEED to get started.

If you follow my blog, I will introduce you to lots of new techniques and products will be available as you go!

Cutting mat (self-healing) - Optional but recommended - $15.95
Useful for measuring but most importantly, cutting card while protecting your work surface. Self healing means that any cuts made do not permanently dent or mark the mat.
Again, the idea behind a mat is to have a solid work surface so you don’t damage your table at home. An old towel laid down with some thick cardboard or an old phone book can get you started.

Tweezers - optional
Tweezers can be good for picking up and placing delicate materials or small items such as stickers, peel offs, dried flowers, small beads. My fellow crafters recommend this as a necessary starter tool, but I confess that after scrapbooking and card making for more than ten years, I still dont have any tweezers.

You can get this entire starter set (not including the option items) for the discounted rate of $60.00 + $6.95 shipping and handling direct to your door! If you want to add a stamp set valued at $25.00 or more, i will throw in a single classic ink pad of your choice for FREE. I will also send include a PDF file of basic stamping techniques to get you started! Don't wait! Get your basics today so you are ready to learn new techniques with me, each week, I will feature a new technique for you to try! I will make all the supplies necessary to try the techniques available for purchase and you can build you stash slowly, the affordable way, because you will purchase only what you need! Order your Basics Kit Today!



Getting Started - Basic Stampin Kit





Contact me at angi89@yahoo.com to order your add on stamps and inks!

Photo Jewelery


Today, on Scrap Scene, their latest sponsor, Photo Jewelry is featured! They are one of the largest wholesale photo jewelry supplies websites online. They sell wholesale to everyone!

Make jewelry at home using supplies from PhotoJewleryMaking.com. They have Italian Phot Charm kits, sterling silver photo frame charms, photo bracelets, photo resizing software,dangle photo charms, jewelry making bracelets, Italian photo charm jewelry making supplies and more.

Scrap Scene also featured this Magnifying Photo Bubble Dot Bracelet I think it is beautiful, dont you?

or, check out these Memories in a Bottle pendants and add in some vintage ephemera to your photos for a really classic and unique look!

Visit Photo Jewelry to see for yourself all the amazing jewelry making supplies. If you decide to go into business making jewelry, they even sell handy Home Business Kits! Thanks Scrap Scene for introducing us the these great products!

Sneak Peak at next month's Class in a Flash

If you haven't seen the new in-colors yet, they scream Fall to me! You will love the next class in a flash, featuring the new in colors and Fall Harvest Rub-ons! Be sure to check back in early July to get your hands on this fantastic class!