Archive for November, 2008

Sunday Sketch

November 30, 2008

Welcome to the new week, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had a chance to take advantage of our great sale.

Have you enjoyed or cursed the falling snow today? With no where to go, just plans to set up the tree and work on a sketch and layout for this post, I welcomed the snow.

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and the layout…

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If you were out of town for the weekend, don’t fret there’s still one day left of the sale and plenty of bargains (like the great felt alpha stickers you see here 50% off) to be had.

Have a great week.

Any Way You Slice It

November 30, 2008

I’m having a lot of fun playing with my portable Slice die-cutting machine by Making Memories. I’ve never before owned a die-cutting machine and now can’t imagine life without one! The Slice comes with the fun Basic Shapes 1 cartridge that has several alpha sets and lots of – you guessed it – basic shapes (like stars, circles, hearts, frames, tags, etc.) I’ve also bought the Fall/Back to School cartridge, which has more alphas and lots of great themed shapes (leaves, a turkey, school supplies, etc.). I used my Slice to make Thanksgiving placecards, layering turkey shapes and leaves from the Fall/Back to School cartridge and adding tags from the Basic Shapes 1 cartridge tied with American Crafts’ ribbon :

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I’ve also used the Slice to make embellishments for layouts. Instead of reaching for chipboard shapes I’m finding myself reaching for patterned paper or cardstock, cutting shapes with the Slice, and attaching some of them with pop dots for added dimension, like I did with the hearts in this layout here:

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If you’re considering a die-cutting machine – for the holidays or just because – the Slice is a great choice. Compared to other die-cutting machines it’s very reasonably priced, it’s very portable, and the cartridges won’t break the bank and offer lots of fun fonts and shapes. An added bonus is that you can set the machine to cut your letter or shape at any size from 1″ to 4″, in 1/2-inch increments.

Easy Gift-Giving, and a Prize!

November 29, 2008

 

Are you looking to save a ton of time and money for Christmas? Think personalized gifts for grandparents, teachers, family members… Just go to www.storiesbyeveryone.com, choose a book or calendar that you want to build, upload the photos, then add a little bit of journaling and you are done! It’s just that easy. Once ordered, your calendar or book will be mailed to you in as soon as 5-7 business days. Can you imagine giving a personalized calendar like this one to the people on your Christmas list? You only need to create one and then order enough for everyone on your list! How easy is that? Just be sure to enter my exclusive store code 2D5YWZM99Y when you check out! When you use my code, you have access to exclusive local-store-only designs, as well as the option to choose FREE shipping to the store.

And now for the PRIZE part: Want to win a free calendar? Just leave a comment on this post giving the name of your favorite product from the Stories by Everyone webiste. We’re participating in a contest sponsored by Stories by Everyone. The store whose blog with the most comments  will be chosen to give away a brand new calendar. Stories By Everyone will choose the three blogs with the most comments. If our blog wins, we will choose a winner at random. Just remember, you can only pot once! So tell everyone you know and ask them to pass this message on to everyone THEY know!

Just in time for the holidays…

November 26, 2008

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Need something to add to your wish list this year?  New in the store:  Paper Crafts Gourmet, a Paper Crafts Publication.  You MUST see this book, it’s fantastic!  The photography alone is eye candy for your creative needs. 

Filled with tons of recipes with all types of goodies for your upcoming holiday parties – yummy!  It goes further to show you how to present such goodies and/or scrapbook about them. 

Best wishes for a happy holiday season.

Creative cheers,

Rachel

Sunday Sketch

November 24, 2008

Welcome to a new week! Here’s a sketch for a quick and fast page you can knock out during the busy Thanksgiving week.

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Pink Paislee makes great alphabet stickers in some fun fonts.  Can’t find the color you need? No problem…just use ink, markers, or other color medium to change it to the color you need.  In this layout I inked the letters with distress ink and then rubbed most of it off to get the aged look.

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Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Be sure to ‘carve’ out some time on Friday to check out our big sale.  There are going to be so many great things at crazy prices…even some things I never thought we would put on sale!  Be one of the first 20 through the door and get a $10 gift certificate—how great is that?

Happy crafting…see you Friday,

Christyn

Everyone loves Pixee Stix

November 20, 2008

I have to admit, I wasn’t too tempted by the new Pink Paislee Pixie Stix when I first saw them. I don’t consider myself a glitter person. But when I was asked to try them out, I did a complete 180 and now I’m using the glitter on everything I can think of! I thought I’d show you one of the projects I’ve been working on lately. While searching the web for handmade paper ornaments, I found this really cute bird pattern on Kate’s Paperie.

I downloaded the file and printed it off. I then trimmed each piece and with my non-permanent adhesive attached the patterns to some cardstock. I cut out around each pattern. There are slits you need to cut for attaching the pieces together, the only one that I didn’t think worked  well was the tail slit, I just cut my own at the bottom of the “v” of the tail.

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Next I used a liquid adhesive and applied an even layer of glue over the surface, shook the glitter over the glue, tapped the glitter off, and moved onto the other side, or the next piece. The coverage is what sold me on this glitter, it looks like velvet! There’s lots of glitter in that little tube, and if you make a funnel out of printer paper, it’s really easy to pour the extra glitter back into the tube.

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Once every piece you want covered is glittered, you’ll want to spray them lightly with Super Seal. This is an amazing product that HAPPILY Mary Kay has in stock. It seals the glitter to the paper so you don’t have to worry about a trail of glitter everywhere the birds might roost! It also seals other projects, like newspaper clippings you want to add to your scrapbooks. It doesn’t change the color of what you are spraying, it just adds a clear protective coating. You’ll have to ask about it at the store.

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You can then attach the pieces of the bird together, it’s that easy! I added a Kaiserkraft gem for an eye. You can either hang them from a ribbon or just sit them in your arrangement. I’m working on an entire garland of them, they are that cute. I think it would be fun to use some patterned papers in the same way, maybe adding a border of glitter to tie them all together.

So go get yourself some Pixee Stix, they come in almost every color you can think of (15 to be exact, I used Green Apple) and I think you’ll find yourself in the same situation as I did, you’ll need more! 🙂

–Emily

Where will you be the day after Thanksgiving…

November 19, 2008

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The hustle/bustle of the holiday shopping season is fast approaching! Make sure you add your Scrapbook Destination to the list. We have some “Black Friday” goodness of our own that will be going on. Stop by to check out the fun:

We will be open at 8:30 a.m. and as they say, the early bird gets the worm?!

There will be price reductions all over the store, with some up to 60% off! Imagine all the goodies you can stock up on to prepare for the holiday season and beyond.

Also, and this is something to make note of:

The first twenty people through the door will receive a $10 giftcard!

The next thirty through the door will receive a coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase in December or January.

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Make your lists now and get ready to get your groove on. As always, we look forward to seeing you!

Creative cheers,

Rachel


Sunday Sketch

November 16, 2008

Have you ever had a more gorgeous November day than today? I can’t believe I’m able to dry my sheets outside in November. Here’s the sketch and layout to inspire you this week.

sketch111608 Since I usually just scrap one or two photos on a layout, I tweaked the sketch just a bit to accommodate a 5×7 photo.  If you’ve been following the sketch posts for awhile, you know I’ve never met a scalloped border I didn’t love, this one from Pink Paislee was no exception.  Apparently I’m not alone, this paper flew out the door as soon as it arrived.  Were you one of the lucky ones to get a piece? While it’s too late to get the scalloped paper, it’s not too late for the owl and other papers from this line in an 8×8 pack. I used both the owl and the blue damask paper from the pack and still have lots left over to play with.

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Hope you have a great week, happy crafting!

Take the “Scenic Route” to your Scrapbook Destination…

November 12, 2008

The long awaited Scenic Route “Garland” line has made it’s journey to our store – woo hoo! And just in time for your holiday projects too. After all, I’m sure you have all started on those holiday projects, cards, gifties, etc. – you HAVE, haven’t you!? Also be watching for an upcoming Frenzy project with this awesome line on Dec. 6th. You will not want to miss this Frenzy, it’s our “gift” one that will help get you on your way to getting your ‘handmade’ goodies done for the holidays.

Check out the goods:

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The collection pack is filled with tons of goodies!

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And these awesome stamps to boot – full of whimsy and charm!

Hurry in while supplies last, you know how popular our Scenic Route is…

Creative cheers,

Rachel

Home Decor with Houston – Noel- Decorative Letters

November 11, 2008

Happy Holiday Season, I can say that because we are now in the second week of November and let’s face it Christmas decor is everywhere already!  A huge trend over the past few years has been to put letters in our home decor, sometimes it’s just your initial other times you may spell a name or meaningful word.  Well I think that we should bring some of this into our holiday decorations too! 

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These letters began as unfinished pressed wood from Kaiser Craft.  We have them in the store, but just make sure to hurry in, Kaiser is no longer making these so when they are gone we won’t be able to restock!

Supplies you will need:

4 to 6 – unfinished  letters

2- sheets of paper 12″x12″ – I used some of the beautiful new Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy! line

Ranger Paint Dabber or Acrylic Paint

Foam brush

Mog Podge or Pioneer Glue Stick

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Scissors

Basic Grey File Set

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Small eyeshadow applicator for inking the edges

Embellishments of your choice

Begin by tracing the letters onto the patterned paper, I do mine with the paper upside down and the letter upside down so I am sure not to get any pencil marks on the finished project.  Cut out your letters.

Next paint the sides and the backs of the letters.  It is really easy to do with the Paint Dabber because it already has a foam brush in the top!  I always do two coats for even coverage. Let dry.

Now apply you adhesive to the front of the unfinished letter in an even coat and place the paper letter on top, smooth with your hands or a brayer to get out any air bubbles.  Don’t worry if your paper is too large we will be sanding of any excess with the file set. 

Okay now sand your letters!

Now is the fun part embellish them in any way that you like!

Joyeux Noel,

Houston