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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

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!

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!

Thinking Inking Part Three

If you haven't been following this awesome thinking inking class from Jennifer McGuire, over at two peas, you are missing out! This week, she played with Ranger Distress Inks from Tim Holtz..... I really love those inks, I have most colors and I really wish SU would come out with some! Be sure to check out the two peas site, for pdf instructions and some great samples!

More Fantastic Freebies from Denise

Denise from Denise's scraproom created these fantastic kid at play freebies, be sure to check out her webpage for lots of freebies and more for purchase.