Monday, November 30, 2009
I have been making some ATCs and cards while I'm laid up - it does take quite a bit longer now though LOL! I am hoping to get in the mood to start blogging again soon. I have alot to share, just haven't felt much like typing or posting. Maybe it's partially the winter blues. Hope to be back up and running soon!
Thanks for all the sweet cards, thoughts, emails and prayers!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
For this card I started with my image stamped in SU! Pacific Blue ink on white card stock. Then I inked the edges with red ink and matted it on blue card stock then used my gold marker to ink the edges. Next I matted that on red card stock. Then I took my SU! Sweet Stars wheel and stamped that in Riding Hood Red ink on white card stock. I then inked that with blue and matted it on red card stock. Net I cut a piece of blue card stock to 4" x 5 1/4" and used my gold marker to ink the edges of that piece. Then I glued down my matted pieces on the blue card stock. I then wrapped a piece of thin red ribbon around the lower portion of the blue card stock and ran it through a metal star. (The metal start was silver but I used my gold marker to "paint" it gold.) I then glued that entire piece to the center of my red A2 card base.
I also made the inside to match. I thought it would be a great way to thank a soldier. Here's what the inside looks like :
- Stamps - Liberty United by CI Stamping, "thank you" by Hero Arts, Sweet Stars jumbo wheel by Stampin Up!
- Inks - SU! Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red.
- Miscellaneous - card stock by Bazzill, ribbon by Offray, metal star unknown.
The next stop on the Blog Hop is Debby Boltman's blog Debby's Stuff. So hop on over and continue with the fun!
Friday, July 3, 2009
On the health issues I'm still not fixed. Monday I am having my first epidural injection and I'm pretty nervous. I have heard mostly positive reviews from people so that makes me a little optimistic. I guess my biggest worry is what if the injections don't work? I know I shouldn't think about that yet but I can't help it. I have already been off of work for 2 months. My time is slowly running out. So I am crossing my fingers these injections do the trick and I can get back to my normal way of life. I know I am extremely blessed and keep trying to think about all the good things. I have such wonderful friends who send me cards, emails, even make us dinner and just call to see how I'm doing. My hubby is having ankle surgery next week so I hope we are able to take care of each other - ha ha ha.
Don't forget to check out the blog hop tomorrow. And thanks for following my blog despite my lack of activity.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In My Minds Eye
Since I am actually spending some time on the computer hopefully I'll find some more goodies for you. At least it's something :)
Thanks for stopping by
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I haven't yet figured out a way to stamp while laying but I'm thinking tomorrow I'll try standing and see how that goes. I am behind on my FFF challenges and have some swaps due in a couple months. I do have a few cards I would love to share with you I just have to steal the computer from my hubby:) he sprained his ankle pretty bad so he's been off work too. On what a pair we are - ha ha ha.
Well if you have been making any projects I would love if you would share with me. Maybe a little inspiration would help:) poor Jen seems to have lost her mojo too... Oh where could our mojo's have gone??? I bet they are sitting on the beach drinking piña colodas. Ha ha ha.
Hope to bring you some projects very soon!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I hope you decide to play along I would love to see your ScorPal creations!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This weeks Fun-Filled Friday challenge was to make an Easter card. Here is what I came up with :
Here is a close up of my coloring:
- stamp Happy Hoppers by Stampendous
- paper - watercolor paper by Archivers, card stock by The Paper Company
- miscellaneous - Prima Flowers, SU! paper piercing template, SU! inks, SU! Photo Corner Punch, brads by Joann Craft Essentials
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So what do you think? I had fun with this one. I colored it with my Prismacolor markers and tried to stick with blues and greys for the rest of the card.
- stamp - Beerafella by Stamping Bella
- paper by DCWV Latte stack
- miscellaneous - Stampin' up! inks, Stampin' Up! tag corner punch, black VersaFine ink, brads by Joann Craft Essentials
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For those of you who don't know what Fun-Filled Fridays are. Jen and I take turns giving each other a challenge every week. We post the challenges on our blogs on Sundays and then what we made for that challenge on Friday. Feel free to play along we always like to see what other people come up with too. Also if you have any challenge ideas I would love to hear them.
Well tonight is my first night back to work for the week. So I am going to spend the rest of the day finishing up my house cleaning and what ever other things I put off all weekend.
Friday, April 3, 2009
This was fun to make. I got to use some of my new SU! supplies so I was kind of excited. I love playing with new stuff! I had the image colored from a while ago and decided to go with the purple and green theme. Make sure you check out Jen's challenge card for this week.
- stamps - QT Hooty from Pink Cat Studios, Celebrate You from Party Hearty set by Stampin' Up
- ink - black VersaFine, Stampin' Up!
- card stock - Bazzill
- miscellaneous - Prismacolor Markers, Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy Embossing Folder, Nestabilities circle dies, Stampin' Up! tag corner punch, Making Memories rhinestone brad
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Do you have any challenge ideas you would like to see? If so just let me know.
How is your weekend? I'm working so no fun for me. Oh well. I haven't been posting much because I've been in a bit of a crafting/blogging slump. I just haven't been feeling my mojo or much like doing anything. I haven't even been keeping up on my favorite blogs. I need something to get my mojo going again but I'm not sure what. I got some new stamps, but that didn't seem to do the trick. I'm sure it will pass:) Some good news though I just found out my hubby and I are going to Los Angeles in a few weeks to visit some family so that will be nice.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I filled mine with fun size MilkyWay bars. I thought it was a cute treat bag. It fit way more than I thought. I also made mine tie closed with ribbon instead of using a Velcro or magnetic closure like the tutorial uses. Make sure you check out Jen's creation for this week's challenge.
- paper by K and Company
- miscellaneous - nestabilities Labels 1 set, Fiskars Lace border punch, ribbon by Bobbie M Designs, ScorPal.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
If I get a lot of responses I will also be adding some more goodies! So now you are probably wondering what you need to do. Well, it's simple just post a link on your blog about my blog candy and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did that. There will be a couple other opportunities to enter this week also. I am going to leave this open for 10 days so you have until Tuesday March 24 to enter. I will pick a winner on Wednesday March 25.
Thanks for celebrating with me!
It's a lite late, but here's this weeks fun filled Friday challenge. Jen is challenging me to make a box or gift bag. This should be fun! Something really new for me. There are a few ideas I have wanted to try out an now here's my chance.
I still haven't posted my St Patty's Day card. There have been some computer issues. Maybe it's just when I try to use it - who knows.
Well stay tuned tomorrow to see the big blog candy winner!!!! If you haven't entered yet make sure you do you have until midnight tonight.
Friday, March 20, 2009
More exciting news - if I get up to 50 responces I will add some more goodies - including a Stampin Up stamp set to the mix! So spread the word!
My fun filled Friday card will be posted as soon as my computer is running - my hubby is trying to fix a couple things on it. I had to use my iPod for this :) isn't technology great?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Can you believe it's the middle of March?!?! I don't know where time has gone. Are you getting ready for St Patrick's Day tomorrow? Today I thought I would share a card I made with one of my adorable moose cards from Sunflowers and Dragonflies. My friend Beth designed him herself - Isn't he cute?
I made this card by coloring my image with prismacolor pencils blended with gamsol. Then I used Martha Stewart Pattern paper, different shades of blue card stock, and my Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder. I think he is perfect for a new baby boy!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the adorable stamps at Sunflowers and Dragonflies.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I am actually a little Irish but I have never gone out and celebrated St Patrick's Day. This year will be my first time! Can you believe it? I must admit I am a little nervous because I am going out with my Husband and his friends and they start pretty early in the morning and go all day and night. I have to work Monday night so I hope they let me get a little sleep Tuesday morning. Wish me luck! ha ha ha... Since my birthday is this is next Sunday I have a lot of fun stuff planned this week - I guess Tuesday will be my kick off! What are your plans?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Here is a close up of my image all colored:
- stamps - image by Rubbernecker, sentiment by Stampin up! Express Yourself
- card stock by The Paper Company
- miscellaneous - Stampin Up! word window punch, brads by Joann Craft Essentials, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
I have some news for tomorrow so make sure you stop in to see what it is:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Scor Pal is basically a plastic board with grooves in it. The top and sides are raised so you can push the paper right into the corner and get an accurate measurement. The top portion also has a ruler along it that coincides with the grooves. The grooves are spaced every half inch from ½” to 11 ½” with special grooves at 4 ¼” (your basic A2 card fold). It also has a few other grooves at commonly used measurements and places you would score to make different projects. It also comes with a bone folder and a convenient spot to store your bone folder in the upper right corner. I got a kick out of how the bone folder clicks in and springs out when you push the button to release it (oh the little things that amuse me). I always get a crisp, accurate fold when I use my Scor Pal.
The Scor Pal retails for $39.95, but always check for stores that have or accept coupons when shopping.
Make sure you check out the ScorPal site for more info. They also have many tutorials for projects you can make with your Scor Pal.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
- stamps - Stampin' Up Express Yourself
- paper - The Paper Company
- ink - Momemto black, Colorbox pink chalk ink
- miscellaneous - Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, Nestabilities circles, Prismacolor Markers
So what do you think?
Did you give this challenge a try? I would love to see it if you did.
How have all of my blog followers been? Things have been a little hectic in my household. Alot of it has to do with the economy. My husband's sister and her husband lost their jobs on the same day and my brother in law lost his job too. Now who knows who is next. Thank goodness it seems my husband and I are fine where we are, but it is still stressful. We have been trying to get things done around our house lately and finish projects we started. I hope to have my blog makeover all set by next week! So stay tuned for my new look!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
My blog makeover isn't going as quickly as I would like! I ended up working overtime last week on my days off so I didn't get much done. This weekend I refuse to work any overtime! I am going to get my blog in order, stamp, and get some swaps done. Sounds fun huh?
Some good news - my studio in the basement is coming along I should have a ceiling this week! I have decided to switch to a different area of the basement with a large window so that I will have a lot of natural light during the day. I came up with some floor plans for my space as far as furniture goes. Now I just need to get to that point :) It's always nice to see a new step completed!
I promise once I get things caught up I'll be back to posting.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Well, as you probably noticed I am taking a week or so off of blogging - with the exception of our Fun-filled Fridays. I am looking for a new blog layout and sorting through old posts figuring out how I want to label them so they are easy to look through, and figuring out a couple of other blog things along the way. It's a slow going process for me especially with my work schedule. I work 12 hour shifts on midnights and have been trying to get a day or two of overtime here and there - which has been leaving me no time for getting caught up on my projects or blog. So this is my little catch up time. Enough about that on with this weeks challenge!
Jen challenged me to make an anniversary card this week. I realized I don't have ANY anniversary sentiments! What's up with that? Guess I'll have to put it in the back of my head to keep an eye out for. Here is what I came up with:
Since I didn't have a sentiment I used a bride and groom image I had. I have been in a very blue and brown mood lately and I don't know why - it is one of my favorite color combos. I also got to use the Just My Type Borders Cuttlebug Embossing Folders set I bought while I was visiting my parents last week. I added some rhinestones for a little bling!
- Stamps ~ A Muse Artstamps - Wedding Pose (#2-1046D); Stampin Up! - French Script
- Ink ~ Memories - artprint brown; Versa Mark; Colorbox Chalk Inks Turquoise
- Miscellaneous ~ card stock - Bazzill; rhinestones - A Muse; ribbon - Deja Views; Cuttlebug Just My Type Borders Embossing Folders; Nestabilities Lables 2.
Have any plans this weekend? Unfortunately I'll be at work all weekend. Oh well, have to pay for my stamp habit some how - right? ha ha ha.... Whatever you do enjoy!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Next Wednesday I will have a What's that Wednesday review and a whole new blog look!
Have a great week!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
As I promised here is a quick photo tutorial on how I color with Prismacolor pencils. I titled this "take 1" because I am still out of town and not quite happy with the way the photos came out. That is what can happen when you use tools you aren't used to. Hopefully when I get home I can get some better pictures and perhaps give a video tutorial a shot. Don't hold your breath on that one cause I'm not to handy with my camera yet:) Here are the supplies you will need for today :
Stamp your image using a waterproof ink (such as Versa Fine, Momento, or Staz On) (please don't mind the green leaf I must have fogotten to take a picture before I started coloring. I am going to show you how to color the Acorn part of this stamp)
With your lightest color, color at the outer edge of image
Dip the tip of your blending stump into the Gamsol
Using a small circular motion pull the color towards the center of the image
Repeat steps 2 - 4 with your next shade or color until you achieve the look you want.
Thanks for stopping by! Again as soon as I get home and settled back in I promise a better tutorial! Don't forget to stop in tomorrow for our Fun-Filled Friday challenge announcement!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Since I didn't pack any embellishments and my Mom is a little lacking in that department and 10 mins didn't give me much time, I decided to layer 2 butterflies on top of each other and fold the wings a bit to give it a 3-D effect. Here is a close up:
- Stamps - Stampin Up!
- Ink - Versa Fine black, all colors by Martha Stewart
- Miscellaneous - card stock by The Paper Company, Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol
Well, it was pretty challenging for me. I had to use a cutter and scissors I wasn't used to and go digging around my Mom's house for supplies before I started. But a card in 10 mins or less can be done. I am sure it would have been something a little more creative had I had all my own supplies but for what I had I think I did pretty good.
I would love to see your 10 mins or less card. Post a link to it in my comments. And don't forget to see what Jen came up with this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This week I wanted to talk about one of my absolute favorite parts of stamping COLORING! And my favorite way to color is with Prismacolor Pencils. These are another pricey tool to have but well worth it for those of you who love to color. I love how smooth the color goes on and that they can easily be blended many ways. My favorite is using Gamsol or mineral spirits. I originally started with OMS (odorless mineral spirits) that were just sitting in my garage and I will say they worked very nicely but still had a but of an odor. The Gamsol is actually odorless (to me anyways). I got mine from Angela's Happy Stamper in Virginia, but it can be found at many LSS and online stores. I know Inky Antics and Gina K sell it in their online stores just to name a couple. You also need blending stumps for this process. You can find these at your local crafting store. They are actually just paper sticks that you dip into the Gamsol and use to pull the color around they come in different sizes and firmness. Try a few to see which work best for you. I prefer the Taiwanese over the Chinese ones because they are softer.
To blend using Gamsol I usually will color just the outer edges of my image and blend inward with my Gamsol. (I think we may need a tutorial in the next few days). This gives a very nice look. You can then add color to darken areas and keep blending as you go. It's actually very easy and there are several ways to blend - that's just the way I like to do it best.
You can also try the colorless blended pencil. When I use this I apply my different colors starting with the lightest first and use the colorless blended pencil at the very end. ( now I am really thinking pictures would have been a good idea). The same concept works for just blending colors as you go. I haven't tried this yet but heard it works. You start with the lightest color and just keep on adding and layering colors until you get the look you like.
While typing this I convinced myself a tutorial is in order. I am going to be at my parents this week and my Mom has been wanting to learn how I color too so maybe I'll give her a little class and snap some photos for you all. I'll post something Saturday so come check it out. If you have Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, and blending stumps bring them along.
Now if you don't have Prismacolor pencils I started out with some Crayola colored pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits and got a similar effect. It's not as smooth and you don't have as many colors to chose from but to give it a try it's a much cheaper version. I know there are many other pencils out there that people love, but I haven't tried any, so I can't compare. I also haven't done much with Copic markers yet, I am still debating about starting down that road. I am sure I will get hooked and I know those could get really expensive. I have played a little with Bic and Prismacolor markers, but I am no expert.
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see reviewed on my What's that Wednesday - I can always use ideas! Thanks for stopping by!
Make sure you check back Saturday to see how I like to color! And Friday is our 10 minutes or less card reveal.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I'm curious how long it actually takes to make a card. Usually I color some images thumb through some paper and see what comes to me while I am sitting there. Who know this may turn over a whole new leaf for me. Maybe I will decide to become more organized and think things out ahead of time. Hmmm isn't that what "Take Ten" is always looking for?
Well wish us luck. I hope you decide to play along. And for those of you who entered Jen's blog candy give away - good luck!
Friday, February 13, 2009
If you are a follower of my blog you probably know this weeks challenge was a stipulation challenge given by Jen. The stipulations were :
- main image must be matted on circle
- must use pink
- no red
- must contain heart(s)
- must use button(s)
stamps by Stampin Up! Pun Fun; card stock by The Paper Company; miscellaneous - black Versa Fine ink, pink Colorbox Chalk ink, Cuttlebug Hearts embossing folder, Heidi Swapp rhinestones, Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol, light pink chalk, Nestabilities circles and scallop circles, Stampin Up! word window punch, flower button manufacturer unknown.
Well tomorrow is Valentine's Day.... Do you have anything special planned? My DH and I both have to work. I have another V-Day card for tomorrow.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The other big surprise! She asked me to be on her design team! I was so honored! Of course I feel I have a lot to live up to because Beth is phenomenal artist. Stay tuned next week for some projects I created with her stamps.
I thought I would continue with my Valentine's theme this week and this card fits in with the House Mouse Challenge for this week to use a tall and thin card. This is my first week playing along. I decided I needed to start trying some of these challenge blogs and since I don't use my House Mouse and Happy Hoppers as much as I should this should help. You can check out the House mouse challenge blog here. So here is what I came up with :
and here is a close up where you can see I went a little crazy with the diamond glaze :)
- Stamps House Mouse - Be Mine Heart & Sole (#HMER1014), Stampin Up! - Just Celebrate
- paper The Paper Company
- inks brown Versa Color, Black Versa Fine
- Miscellaneous - Pink Glaze pen; Paper ribbon hearts by K & Co., Prismacolor markers, rhinestones by Heidi Swapp, Diamond Glaze.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Monday, February 9, 2009
This weeks "What's That Wednesday" is all about border punches. Border punches are another one of my favorite tools. As of right now I only own a few by Fiskars and Martha Stewart. I think they are a great way to add a little something to your projects and they are so versatile. One of the most wonderful things about border punches is you determine the size. You can make them as long or as short as you need. Another great thing is the price. They normally run around $15 and with a 40% off coupon at Michaels or Joann's you are out of there for under $10.
A quick tip I have learned with Fiskars and Martha Stewart border punches:
they take off 1/4" when you punch with them
It took some trial and error to figure this out. I measure alot to try to create equal borders so this is one of those things I needed to find out. (must be the old engineering student me)
I must give some praise to Fiskars. I bought a embossing border punch before Christmas and it would not punch right. It also was extremely difficult to punch. I emailed them and they were so helpful. With just a few emails back and forth I had a new on shipped to me free of charge. It arrived in a couple weeks and works great. I highly recomend them for their products and customer service.
I hope you found this helpful and informative. If there's anything you would like to see reviewed let me know and I'll try my best.
Stay tuned for tomorrows creation.
Very simple to make and one of my favorite combos - pink and browns - well tan in this case! Stay tuned Wednesday for this week's What's that Wednesday!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
-main image must be matted on circle
-must use pink
-must contain heart(s)
-must use button(s)
Sounds a little challenging huh? Well with Valentine's Day right around the corner these stipulations fit. The no red is going to be the trickiest part for me I think.
Well am out of town for a few more days hope you had a fabulous weekend. I hope to have some great projects for you all when I get back. I have been enjoying having more posts every week and really like hearing your feedback. Let me know what you do and don't like.
Friday, February 6, 2009
And for all the polish folks out there
Sto lat, sto lat niech zy-je zy-je nam, sto lat, sto lat
niech zy-je, zy-je nam. Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz
niech zy-je, zy-je nam. Niech zy-je nam!
Happy Birthday friend! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and get spoiled rotten!!!
Now back to this week's Fun-Filled Friday Challenge. As you may know it was to try Chalkboard Technique. This was fun to try. I had to do some shopping for this challenge - I didn't have any white ink! How can I call myself a stamper - ha ha ha. (I also picked up the stamp set I used - I didn't want a coupon to go to waste) Make sure you stop by Jen's blog to see what she came up with for this week's challenge.
Supplies : card stock by The Paper Company, Stamps by Inkadinkado - Garden Delights, Color Box frost white ink, Color Box chalk ink turquoise, Fiskars Sunburst border punch, ribbon by Offray, Chalk, white Glaze pen, brads by Oriental Trading
Well, I hope you enjoyed today's card. Stay tuned Sunday for our next Challenge. I hope you decide to give it a try. If you tried the chalkboard technique I would love to see what you came up with.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Supplies : stamp by Pink Cat Studios, background stamp by Stampin' Up!, sentiment by Inkadinkado - Garden Delight, card stock by Bazzill, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, Fiskars threading waters border punch, stickles, Nestabilities
What do you think? Tomorrow is her birthday so if you get a chance make sure you stop by her blog to wish her a very happy birthday!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
As you can see the recipe U used was :
Here is a picture of how the embossed piece looks:
I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any items you would like to see reviewed please let me know.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Supplies : card stock by Bazzill; stamps by Stampin' Up, ribbon by Offray, Cuttlebug birthday embossing folder, Nestabilities circle set, stickles, gems by Heidi Grace, Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.
I love how it turned out! Of course I had to add a little "bling" to it. It's a very simple layout and was super easy to make too! I actually made a few to have on hand.
I hope you decide to stop in tomorrow for my What's that Wednesday - I am going to talk about an accessory for your Cuttlebug and Nesties.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Here are the instructions:
1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.
3. Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.
4. Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.
Since my DH is always transferring out files to our external hard drive I actually didn't have 6 folders. Isn't that crazy?? So I went the the last folder I had and picked the 6th picture and here it is:
This is one of the pictures from my DH's Honor Guard School graduation. They had a mock double funeral and this was in the procession. It was very real and sad. My hubby is the one holding the American Flag. That's his position when their honor guard does any type of details. I was so proud of what a great job they all did.
Well the 6 blogs I am tagging are :
Chrissy's Creative Spot
My Fence Posts
Sunflowers and Dragonflies
Stay tuned I have some fun stuff to share this week. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I am very excited to give this a try. It's a very different look. I got my coupons ready so I can go buy a white ink pad just for this technique:) Have you tried this technique yet? What do you think of it? If not why don't you give it a try and let us know what you came up with.
This week I will be out of town to visit my parents so I am going to try to get this done before I go. I am so excited to see them again. Wish me luck! Hopefully I will remember to take some pictures this trip - I always forget for some reason.
Friday, January 30, 2009
- sentiment by Paper Inspirations
- card stock by Bazzill, pattern paper by Creative Imaginations - Terra Cotta Paisley
- miscellaneous - Ranger princess gold embossing powder, heat gun, ribbon by Joann's, gold embellishments by Oriental Trading, gold metallic marker by Pen Touch, Fiskars lace border punch.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend - any big plans? It's my weekend to work so nothing for me.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- stamps - image by DRS Designs, sentiment by Paper Inspirations
- paper - card stock by Bazzill, pattern paper by Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls Varsity Argyle
- miscellaneous - Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, EK Success paper shapers corner stone punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities, eyelets by Oriental Trading, Versa Fine black and brown inks, white gelly roll Glaze pen by Sakura.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I am going to start this off with a favorite product of mine :
The Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
The Cuttlebug is basically a portable machine for die cutting and embossing. You have to purchase the embossing folders and dies separately. It folds up when not in use and has a pop up handle for easy transportation. When you open your Cuttlebug it has a suction feature the holds it in place on your table or counter top. I have only used the Cuttlebug embossing folders, but I know there are several other brands that are compatible, you just need to know the "recipe". I have used Cuttlebug, Sizzix, and Spellbinders dies without any problems. The nice thing is the crafting world has figured out ways to use this with so many other brands and items that it's so versatile. The Cuttlebug comes with 4 plates to put your materials between; 1 A plate, 2 B plates, and 1 C plate. The order of the plates, dies/embossing folder and your material being cut make up the "recipe". I have heard of several people having one of the plates crack after alot of use. I don't know how to prevent this, but the plates are pretty cheap to replace.
Here are a few of the recipes I frequently use :
(I wrote these to be placed face up in the order you read them)
To use with your Cuttlebug Embossing folders
Embossing folder (with paper in it)
To use with Cuttlebug Die
To use with Spellbinder Nestabilities
***NOTE : I like to see what I am cutting so I like to cut with my Nesties face up. I am also trying to do all of the "cutting" on my B plate - just my preference no special reason. The recipes can be placed in different order.***
Many other recipes can be found online. The internet is so full of information and tutorials. Check out You Tube for video tutorials - they are very helpful.
I will admit I have had times where this item sat on a shelf collecting dust, but lately it's right next to me. I also will honestly say this is not a product I would expect someone just starting out to purchase right away, but if you can afford it I highly recommend it. I was lucky enough to get mine for a birthday gift :)
Just a couple of money saving tips. If you are looking to buy a Cuttlebug remember Michaels and Joann's offer 40% off coupons almost every week on non-sale items. The Cuttlebug usually retails for about $79.99. For Spellbinders Nestabilities I suggest the http://www.ucutathome.com/ online store. You can sign up for the V.I.P. club and receive a 40% off coupon in your email monthly. Hobby Lobby also has weekly coupons, but I don't have one close enough to shop at frequently. You can always check store ads online, or look for sales at online stores. I always try to use a coupon to save some cash.
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see reviewed or have questions about. If I don't have it or have never used it, I'll do some research for you - or if it's something on the more affordable side I'll pick one up and let you know what I think. If you have some tips or tricks you want to share please let me know I am always excited to learn something new. If you disagree with my reviews (or strongly agree) please share, someone may learn from something you have to say. Feel free to email me.
Next week I am going to share with you a product that also works with the Cuttlebug, I am very excited about this one.
**Remember these are my opinions on how things work for me, you might love something I don't - it just depends on your style of crafting. ***