Sunday, March 28, 2010

SCENERY CARD By Joy Taylor


Hi Everyone,
Our Guest designer Joy has made a cute scenery card using some of the Basic Grey Origins products.
I hope you enjoy it.

Products used:
Cardstock : Straw and White
Stamps :  Hero Arts - Adorable Baby Girl, Big & Small Flowers, Birthday Sayings
Inkpads : Memento Tuxedo Black,  Ranger Distress Ink - Peeled Paint and Faded Jean
Copic Markers
Basic Grey Origins Paper Pad 6 x 6 and Origins Bloomers Fabric Flowers
Button
Twine
Ranger Foam Ink Blending Tool
Sewing Machine
Adhesives : Foam Dimensionals, Herma Removable Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

Tutorial
Straw card stock cut and folded to the desired size, white card stock cut slightly smaller to fit the front of the card stock, sew around the edges with sewing machine, blend the top half of the white card stock with Ranger, Distress Ink, Faded Jeans to give a sky effect.  
Cut each corner of Basic Grey Origins 6 x 6 paper to form hills, distress the edges and blend Ranger, Distress Ink, Peeled Paint on the edges.
Stamp onto scratch white card stock 2 stems from the Hero Arts, Big and Small Flowers with Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, colour with Copics and cut out.
Attach the paper to the blended white card stock with dimensionals, glue and slide the stems under the paper, add Basic Grey Origins Fabric Flowers to the tops of stems, to add some interest to the card  & stamp a ladybug from the Hero Arts, Adorable Baby Girl stamp set between the flowers.
Lastly, cut a small tag from some scratch white card stock, add a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set , adding a button with twine at the end of sentiment and attatch to the paper with some foam dimensionals, add dimensionals to the white card stock and adhere to the card.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - MAGNOLIA Stamps - Hoppy Easter Collection & Magnolia Ink Magazine

Hi Everyone,
Great News.......We are now stocking the New Magnolia Ink Magazines. The latest Issue has just arrived along with the latest cutie stamps from the new Magnolia HOPPY EASTER Collection.

 Click HERE to see the Easter stamps

Magnolia Ink Magazines have just arrived and we now have the FAIRY TALE Issue in stock.
We have a limited quantity....be quick so you don't miss out.
I doubt we will be able to restock them as I have just been advised by Magnolia that they are almost sold out of this issue.
Click HERE to see the Magazine

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

PRODUCT REVIEW - SILHOUETTE SD DIGITAL CRAFT CUTTER


Hi Everyone,
I came accross this great review on the Silhouette SD Digital Craft Cutter, (courtesy of  The Scrap Review) so I thought I would share it with you.
I hope you find it informative. ( Note : It's now Windows 7 compatible)


Excerpt from the Review:

 When I was told that I'd be reviewing the Silhouette SD, I was neutral in my reaction. According to Silhouette America, the Silhouette SD "is a digital cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you'll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store."

Before I received the Silhouette SD, the first thing I did was a little research on the Silhouette website. One of my stops was the What Can It Make? section. When I saw all the awesome things that the Silhouette SD could do, my heart started thumping wildly...Glass etching? I've always wanted to try that! Vinyl wall decor? I've been meaning to get a few flourishes to place about that framed print. Cutting paper? I've so wanted to make a bunch of dimensional flowers. Heat transfers for tee-shirts? How cool is that? I'll make some cute tops for the girls. Oh and my boys too, of course. Rhinestones? Holy Moly! I can do rhinestones?

That was the moment that I called my momma and my best friend, and my sisters...

Yet, despite my heart's excitement, my mind was still a bit reserved. Yes, according to the website, this machine can do everything except make dinner, but would it really work? Would doing all these things be majorly difficult? Would it actually measure up to my expectations? Would it be hard to install?

Finally, I picked up my box. (I had to wait an entire 24 hours. It was really tough, but I made it through.) In the box was the Silhouette SD, a USB cable, an AC Adaptor, a power cable, a cutting mat (for thin media), a blade and all the blade caps and 50 images.

Next, I religiously read the fantastic Silhouette tutorial online that covers just about everything you'll need to know about this machine. I highly suggest that you start following the Silhouette blog because each week they offer a free image along with loads of inspiration.

Once, I felt confident that I wouldn't totally screw something up, I made my first cuts. Holy Moly. That is when I fell head-over-heels-in-love with this machine. Since I only had the thin-media mat, I could only cut stuff like vinyl and copier paper. At first I was annoyed that I couldn't do cardstock. (I tried to cheat and cut cardstock with the thin-media mat with terrible results. No cheating people.) However, once I cut a few sheets of basic white copier paper, I saw how beautiful it could be and my annoyance melted like a summer popsicle in Arizona.

If you'd like to see first-hand how cool this machine is, just watch this video.



What I Liked:
1. The amazingly intricate images that are available. They are absolutely stunning and there are enough that you'll find something that will fit your style. Each image is sold separately for only $.99. No cartridges to buy. Everything is stored on your computer. Plus, if your system crashes, Silhouette has a back-up copy of all of your images that you can simply download once your system is back online. Also, Silhouette offers a subscription plan for all of you high-download image users. I think that this is a pretty cool idea.
2. How easy it is to use this machine. It is easy to put in the blade, load the paper, manipulate images and cut!
3. The range of projects that you can do with the Silhouette. It does vinyl, heat transfers (I wasn't able to review this, sorry!), rhinestones, paper, cardstock. The possibilities are really endless!

What I Made: I broke this section of my review down into media-type.

Paper Cutting

It is absolutely amazing how beautiful the images are. I'm totally in shock people. I used copier paper for all of my cuts on my projects. In order to dazzle up the cut copier paper, I spritzed it with Shimmerz Vibez and paints. Gorgeous. No need to buy any more flowers and leaves! I can make my own now!




Materials: Copier paper, Silhouette SD flower image and flourish, SRM sticker, lace and plastic heart "ribbon," Judikins stamp, StazOn ink, Shimmerz Vibez, Shimmerz Blingz, Fashion Jewel, muslin, black cardstock

On my layout, I used my cut images to make embellishment clusters. The flowers are crepe paper. My daughter is horrified that I'm publishing these pictures, by the way. Sometimes it stinks to have a public mother. (giggle)

Materials: copier paper; Silhouette SD tree, lace, leaves, bird images; Melissa Frances tinsel; plastic heart ribbon; ric-rack; Shimmerz paints and Spritz; ribbon; Bazzil cardstock; crepe paper; My Mind's Eye pattern paper; Gesso, machine and thread; Maya Road pin and flowers


The dress form on this mini-art quilt is copier paper cut with the Silhouette then doused with Shimmerz Vibez and sewn onto muslin.

Materials: Silhouette SD dress form image; muslin, Judikins stamp; StazOn ink; Shimmerz Vibez, and Spritz

Glass Etching


I've never etched glass before so I was a little nervous about this project, but it turned out beautifully! And on the very first try! I just followed the directions on the Silhouette site and made this project using a votive holder that was just chilling out at my house.



Vinyl Decor


I'd been wanting to get a few vinyl wall art, but hadn't quite gotten around to it. You can just imagine my excitement when I learned that the Silhouette SD I could cut vinyl! It was really easy to do and application was easy because of the transfer tape that Silhouette sells. I would highly recommend the transfer tape if you will be cutting large vinyl wall decor. It made the wall application so easy. On small stuff, you won't need the transfer tape.






Rhinestones


Doing the rhinestones was probably my favorite project. My girls loved it too. There are simpler rhinestone patterns available on the Silhouette site, but this butterfly captured my heart. It was slightly tedious placing all the rhinestones, but since I'm a big fan of tedious work, I enjoyed it. The results are more than worth it anyway. After I finished this project, I ordered a bunch of plain shirts and rhinestones so I could make tee-shirts for all my favorite people. (FYI: My youngest daughter hasn't taken off her sparkly butterfly shirt for 2 days. She even slept in it. I love it!)






Product Name: Silhouette SD Digital Cutting System
Manufacturer: Silhouette America

In conclusion, I'm totally loving this machine. Now that I have it, I can't imagine living without it. (Kinda like getting a cell phone for the first time, huh?) It has totally changed the way I scrap and how I look at my projects. I feel like the paper world is at my fingertips now. I've already ordered the heat-transfer tape, more rhinestone tape, more rhinestones and...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CRICUT MACHINE SETTINGS GUIDE



Hi Everyone,

I came across this great Cricut Machine Settings Guide that I thought would make a handy reference guide for our customers with Cricut Machines.
I hope you find this helpful.

Please keep in mind that all machines are different and that this is just a general guide,
Example: a friend's machine cuts paper on blade depth 4 and another friend's machine cuts paper on blade depth 2. 

Guide courtesy of Brittany in the Chirp (Cricut Newsletter) :

Settings guide for favourite materials:
 

Scrapbook Paper and Cardstock - Standard Blade Machine Settings: Speed 2 (Low), Pressure 5 (High), Blade Depth 5, Multi Cut 1

Bazzill, textured paper/cardstock -
Standard Blade Machine Settings: Speed 1 (Min), Pressure 5 (Max), Blade Depth 6, Multi Cut 1

Fabric (0.023"/0.58mm thick) - Deep Blade Machine Settings: Speed 3 (Med), Pressure 4 (High), Blade Depth 5, Multi Cut 1
Note:
Use a thin iron-on interfacing with the fabric, set the iron at its highest temperature setting. Apply direct heat and pressure to flocking for approximately 30 seconds. Peel protective liner when cool. Wash and dry garment inside out.

Magnet (0.035"/0.080mm thick) - Deep Blade Machine Settings: Speed 2 (Med), Pressure 5 (Max), Blade Depth 6, Multi Cut 4
 
Stencil (0.0155"/0.40mm thick) - Standard Blade Machine Settings: Speed 2 (Med), Pressure 5 (Max), Blade Depth 6, Multi Cut 2
Note: Adhesive is repositionable. Replace liner to protect adhesive during storage.

Chipboard (0.059"/1.50mm thick) - Deep Blade Machine Settings: Speed 3 (Med), Pressure 4 (High), Blade Depth 6, Multi Cut 5
Note: A fresh mat is needed to hold material. Small pieces of chipboard may require tape to stay in place.

Emboss (0.0160"/0.41mm thick) - Standard Blade Machine Settings: Speed 3 (Med), Pressure 5 (Max), Blade Depth 6, Multi Cut 2

Stamp (0.0415"/1.05mm thick) - Deep Blade Machine Settings: Speed 3 (Med), Pressure 4 (High), Blade Depth 5, Multi Cut 1
Note: Use a fresh mat to keep material firmly in place.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - HERO ARTS 2010 STAMPS COLLECTION

Hi Everyone, Our new Hero Arts 2010 Stamp collection has just arrived.




Click  HERE to see all the Clear Sets
Click  HERE to see all the Cling Stamps
Click  HERE to see all the Wood Stamps

Now at even lower prices than we have ever been able to offer them before.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - BASIC GREY, SEI & CRATE PAPER

Hi Everyone,
We have received  more new goodies this week, these are just a few:











Click HERE to see the new Basic Grey Kioshi range










Click HERE to see the new Basic Grey Green At Heart range



















Click HERE to see the new SEI Claire range

 
















Click HERE to see the new SEI Happy Day range













Click HERE to see the new Crate Paper, Paper Doll range











Click HERE to see the new Crate Paper Pink Plum range

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - TIM HOLTZ ALTERATIONS SIZZIX DIES

Hi Everyone, 
We are so excited.
The Fab new range of Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies have just arrived.
Most have arrived with a few of the Edge Design Dies still to come. 
The new Embossing Folders also designed by Tim, should be here in April.
Click HERE to check them out.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

FLOWER CARD By Joy Taylor

Hi Everyone,
Our Guest Designer Joy has made a sweet floral card to share today. I hope you enjoy it.



Products Used:
Silhouette Digital Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Machine
Card Stock:  White, Kraft and Cream
Spellbinder Dies:  Labels 1
Embossing Folder:  Quickutz - Polka Dots Small
Inks:  Ranger Distress Inks:  Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Brushed Corduroy, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black
Stamps:  Hero Arts - Everyday Sayings
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist:  Pearl
Ranger Ink Foam Blending Tool
Pearls
Black Pen
Foam Dimensionals

Tutorial
Start with a Cream Card Base, run through the Cuttlebug using the Small Polka Dots embossing folder.
Ink edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.
Use Spellbinders Labels One to cut a diecut in the Kraft cardstock.
Use the Silhouette to cut flowers (3) in white cardstock.
Ink white flower diecuts with Milled Lavender Distress inkpad. Ink flower centre with Brushed Corduroy.
Ink larger flower & edges of smaller flower using Dusty Concord Distress Inkpad
Ink up leaves using Shabby Shutters distress ink. Highlight leaves using Distress Peeled Paint.
Stamp flowers using Versamark ink & Hero Arts Flourish background stamp.
Attach Kraft Cardstock panel to the card base.
Assemble flowers using foam dots & attach to Kraft Cardstock Labels one Diecut, again using foam dimensionals.
Spray flowers & leaves lightly with Pearl Glimmer Mist. 
Add black stitching around Kraft Labels one diecut.
Stamp Sentiment with Hero Arts Everday Sentiments.
Affix pearls to flower centre scatter pearls on Kraft diecut & you are all done!

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Evelyn


Sunday, March 7, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - SWEET NOVEMBER BABY BUNNY STAMPS

Hi Everyone,
We have just received an adorable collection of Baby Bunny stamps perfect for your Easter cards, baskets, pages & projects.
These are from the Sweet November stamps Collection by C.C. Designs

















All of these examples were made using these sweet stamps.
Click HERE to see them all.

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Evelyn


Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS - SIZZIX SPRING DIES

Hi Everyone,
We have just received our Newest Dies From Sizzix.
They are very pretty Spring themed dies & sure to be very popular.




Click HERE to see them listed in the What's New Category.
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Evelyn


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

BLING SHOE CARD By Joy Taylor

Hi Everyone,
Our Guest designer, Joy has made another cute card to share with you today & it's certainly all about the bling !
Hope you enjoy it.


Products Used:
Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter
Hero Arts Image for Silhouette - High Heel Shoe
Card Stock :  Pink and Black
Punch:  Fiskars : Apron Lace
Embossing Folder :  Quickutz - Retro Diamonds
Stamp:  Hero Arts : Birthday Sayings

Tutorial:
Cut a  Pink Card base to desired size.
Cut  the Black panel & emboss with Retro Diamonds embossing Folder.
Punch the bottom of the black panel with the Apron Lace Punch.
Cut shoe to desired size using Silhouette digital cutter. Cover shoe with a variety of sized pink rhinestones & attach shoe to the black panel with foam dimensionals. 
Tie pink ribbon around black panel & attach foam dimensionals to the black panel then affix it to the pink card base.
Stamp Sentiment and attach extra bling & you are done !


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