Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Adhesive

Oh adhesive, we’d fall apart without it. See what I did there? I’m funny too!

My personal favorite adhesive is the SNAIL. It’s a tape runner like many of us are familiar with already, but has the added benefit of being refillable. The tape is also stickier and in general more awesome than pretty much every other tape I could find. Anyone who’s used a cheap tape runner knows what I mean.
But if tape runners aren’t your thing, you can also get glue sticks…
Sticky Strip (which is good for those REALLY tough to hold together jobs, like boxes or bigger projects)…
And of course liquid glues of various types.
You can use Crystal Effects to give your project a glossy 3D effect…
Dimensionals to pop an element up above the rest…
And glue dots to hold on embellishments.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Ink

Ink is another place where there’s a ton of options. Inks are available in almost all the color families (Very Vanilla got left out, which is kinda sad because it’s one of my favorites), and in a variety of formats.

Markers, either individually, by color family, or as a collection of all the color families (which comes in a special carry case as well)!
Classic stamp pads…
Stampin’ Spots are tiny little stamp pads (about 1x1 inch) available as a special bundle of the 10 Getting Started Collection colors, or as a part of some kits. These are a great way to get your ink collection started for cheap!
There’s re-inkers for when one of the above is running low. No need to buy a whole new stamp pad or marker!
There’s also some special inks that are only available in certain colors and have special properties. For example you can use Stazon (available in black and white) on window sheets, glass, or anything else where you need a good permanent ink. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the ink is the same as permanent markers.
There’s also Craft ink, which is a pigment ink that shows up well on dark papers.
Or a glimmery but subtle ink called Illuminate…
And Versamark, a must for adhering embossing powders for heat embossing (but that’s another post).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This & That

Like the idea of scrap booking, but not the time and commitment needed to do it? This & That is perfect for you!

With This & That, you scrapbook your life as it happens, without spending hours perfecting layouts and designing pages. Your book becomes uniquely you as you journal your thoughts and add your momentous and photos.

I'm hoping to be doing a product included class with these awesome albums soon. Bring your favourite photos, from a trip, event or just life and walk away with a wonderful unique keepsake in just a couple hours. But regardless, until April 30, you can order a bundle of all the fantastic stuff you need to start your own album for only $40.67. This includes:
- a chipboard album you can customize (or leave as is)
- a rotary date stamp
- a pack of 12 sheets 12x12 DSP
- a three pack of washi tape
- 4 sheets of stickers

Each item is available on its own, but you save 15% by buying the bundle! All the products in the This & That line are exclusively available through Stampin Up demonstrators, and these five are a sneak preview of the new catalogue that will be released later this year.

As my gift to you for choosing me as your demonstrator, I will also give you:
- a Stampin Write marker of your choice
- a sample of the cute clips from the spring catalogue (great for attaching things to your album!)
- a glue stick

And you'll be all set to start scrap booking your life! Email me today to get your bundle!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Top 10 Basics: Paper

Sooooo many things to talk about with paper. Again, I’m obsessed with paper. Years ago I worked in a print shop and would walk through the stacks just feeling and smelling all the different papers. Ya, I was weird, still am…

Stampin Up has the most awesome card stock ever. Hands down, the best I’ve ever gotten to use. Ya, you can get cheaper stuff at the store, but it just doesn’t hold up next to this stuff.

Another huge plus? It’s available in all the colors in all the color families! You can buy packs of paper from one color family (like the brights collection)…
Or individual colors (like the super awesome Cherry Cobbler)…
Or even a “Getting Started” collection that has a bunch of everything just to get you started!
You can get it in 8.5x11 (my favorite for card making, shown in Island Indigo) or 12x12 (which is awesome for scrapbooking, shown in Real Red)…

You can get it with printed patterns on it (called Designer Series Paper or DSP, like this series called Twitterpated)…

Designs embossed on it (Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper)…

And even glittery (silver, red or champagne)!
Some of my favorite papers are…

Crumb Cake because it reminds me of kraft paper…
Naturals Ivory for card bases…
And Patio Party DSP!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Paper Pumpkin

A little tidbit of fun I wanted to share with you is Paper Pumpkin. This fun kit comes once a month and contains everything you need to create fun, easy and quick (aimed at 20 minutes or so) craft project. The kit costs only $24.95 (including shipping) and you get this free start kit which includes a clear mount block you'll be able to use with all the stamps that come with the kit! You can sign up for as many subscriptions as you want, I think this would make such a fun monthly girls night for some of your crafty friends!

There's also a "Try It" kit that will be available soon, for $20.95 you'll be able to make two super cute little journals to record all your craft ideas (or shopping lists). 

Get in touch if you have any questions, click on the link below for some FAQs and to sign up, and don't forget to add me as your demonstrator when you sign up! 

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my start kit and the first Paper Pumpkin project kit, I will post photos once I've played with them!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Top 10 Basics: A good paper cutter or trimmer

A lot of us have at least one of these kicking around. Personally I think I have half a dozen, but then I’m OCD and spent a fair bit of time making my living off little bits of paper. But the good news is, I think I’m fairly well qualified to talk about them, what makes a good one and what makes a bad one.

The clear favorite of my old bunch was an older model I bought at a big box store years ago. It made clean, straight cuts, and the best feature, had a ruler that made sense. You see, depending on what you’re cutting (or scoring on those that have the feature), the ruler plays a crucial part. How can you make precise cuts if the smallest measure you can make is ¼ inch? Trust me, you can’t, I’ve tried.

Now my favorite is the Stampin’ Trimmer. It’s small, I can literally pack it in a suitcase or backpack (haven’t tried carrying it onto the airplane yet, but don’t put it past me), and cuts really well. I’m not totally won over by the score blade, but it’s better than most, and I will use it when I have no other options. The actual cutting blade though is awesome!

And best of all, the ruler goes down to 1/16 inch! I also don’t have to fold out the extra arm to cut most things because it’s 6 ¼ inches wide, though with the arm out I can trim even the biggest pieces of paper I use because it goes to 14 ½ inches!

OK I could go on and on, but here’s a video that does all my talking for me…

Friday, March 1, 2013

Technique Club

I'm super excited to be announcing this club! Everything you ever needed to know to make your own cards, scrapbooks or other paper projects in a fun, affordable monthly lesson with no on going commitment.

Every month we will work on a new page to put in a reference binder focusing on one tool, technique or style. Everything from punch art animals to different ways to use embossing powder, there will be something for everyone! Every month will be different, and I'm always open to suggestions as to what people would like to learn.

Each month costs only $10 to cover the cost of supplies, and if you pre-pay for a year, you will get an album, adhesive, and some ink to take home with you from the first meeting! There's no commitment or requirement to come to every class, but pre-payment for individual classes will be due two weeks before the class to ensure I have enough supplies for everyone.

If you miss a meeting but would still like to participate, arrangements can be made for one-on-one, online or snail mail lesson (additional fees might apply for postage).

There is no obligation to purchase anything, but all the materials we use in our meetings will be available to order through me in person or my online store. Anyone who wants one can also get a free Stampin Up catalogue and idea book (which are usually $6).

The first meeting will be at the end of April and we're going to be covering the fundamentals of paper crafting while making a fun title page for our albums!

If you'd like to take part, send me an email here and I'll add you to the list!