Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Butterfly is back!

So, can you tell that I really like the Cuttlebug butterfly? This time I used some colored Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) chipboard. Love that! Pair that w/some K and Company Amy Butler paper and nice pretty ribbon and tah dah!

Here is another take on using the Cuttlebug embossing folders - I like the dry embossing along w/the heat embossing:

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Wish List

So I've been crafting and crafting and having a good time. However, I have made some time to browse the web and see all the new goodies or goodies that I just don't have. Thus, my list of things that I don't have, that I want and I want them soon:
  • Nestabilities basic and scalloped ovals: I want to use these nested, of course, but I like the idea of stamping sentiments in the center UPDATE: purchased the basic set on 4.25
  • I love the Cuttlebug embossing folders and although I have several I do not have the much coveted Swiss Dots of the Swirls = must haves UPDATE: purchased both on 4.25
  • Fiskars Treading Water border punch is just a really cool item. I like scalloped edges, but this has a twist w/a hole in it as well - check the visual on this one
  • Papertrey Ink's ribbon is gorgeous and elegant and it, too, is a must have
  • The Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Stamp Set (acrylic) is awesome. I saw an example where the dots were heat embossed; lovely
  • The Scor-Pal seems kinda cool ... I've seen some projects that were completed using this tool and I like the results UPDATE: I'm now leaning toward the large Scor It, after consulting with three different people who own a Scor It.
I think when all is said and done, this list alone will set me back by nearly $200 ... whoa!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Mother's Day Card

Papertrey Ink is having a Blog Hop on Friday (4.25); check out their site for the details. So they provided potential participants w/a pdf sample of their new paper Father Knows Best. It's a nice set of patterned papers.

So although I was not selected for the Blog Hop, I am still posting my card. Funny how I used the Father Knows Best line to produce a Mother's Day card, huh? I printed the paper on creme colored cardstock. Oh, and I guess this is a bit of a hybrid card. I created the sentiment in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

From Craft Critique: Paper Crafting with Photos

Here is my first article that was published on the Craft Critique website.

What I failed to mention was that the mag was a gift from a swap that I participated in for Valentine's Day. My thanks to Laura in Texas for the wonderful items.

Oh, and the photos in the cards below are my photos. They are not professional quality, but it's a start, for me at least. Thanks for looking.

Reported by
Kim Fox

166 Ways to Use Your Photos – that’s one of the headlines you’ll find on the cover of Paper Crafting with Photos. This is the first edition of this magazine from Paper Crafts. But it’s easy to see how there could be more issues in the future much like there was a Card Creations and then variations on that theme for other editions.

The ideas in Paper Crafting with Photos are endless – and that’s what you will find here – ideas! Along with a supplies list and brief instructions on how to replicate the examples on your own.

There are cute ideas for sentiments like the card with the photo of a horse that says "why the long face?" and another card with the image of a frog with the phrase "you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince!".

Like most Paper Craft mags, there are plenty of tips sprinkled throughout the publication along with links to more information, tips and instructions online.

Oh and a perk for picking up this mag is access to images that you can download online for free.

Here's what you'll find inside:

Fun Photo Manipulation
Very basic tips for manipulating images are the focus of this section. The sample image that is used in this section is a landscape image; you'll get a general idea of some of the things that are possible with photo editing. NOTE: This section does not focus on one particular photo editing software program.

Give Cards a Photo Finish
In 27 pages this sections highlights a variety of ways to incorporate pictures on your cards. The examples of occasions were birthdays, Father’s Day, love and Valentine’s Day, retirement, welcome baby, Christmas and more. The variety of images utilized run the gamut from the obvious for the occasion to animals, landscapes and food. It’s another way to make your cards unique and memorable.

Envelope Envy
This one-pager offers ideas for including images on the envelopes. Don’t be afraid to use photos on the return address label or as an envelope sealer, just to name a few.

Picture Perfect Gift Wrap
So you’re giving someone a lovely gift, why not compliment the gift with a gift wrap that they will cherish as well. There are over 20 ideas for packaging your gift and including images. The one that stood out for me is on p. 42 and includes a photo of a stack of books; the photo was adhered to a piece of cardstock and then adhered to a bag; the gift bag also has a book mark with the same image on it. Gift bags were mainly used, but so were boxes, pails and a lunch box. Many of the examples also have a wide variety of embellishments like ribbon, flowers, stickers and more.

Play Dress up with Your Photos
This section was so cool. It offers more simple tips for jazzing up your framed photos. These are techniques that crafters often use in crafting, but you might hesitate to use to frame your photos; but why not? The finished projects included stitching, painting and stamping. The techniques make the images much more exciting and fun to look at.

Picturing Fabulous Home Décor
Here are lots and lots of creative ideas and the completed projects would be lovely gifts in your home or in the home of your family and friends. The more unique ideas are decorating a vase; a door hanger, a light plate, a clock, and coasters. My fav in this section was the refreshment holder – it is cute and colorful and has some relatively easy instructions.

Using Your Resources
There are numerous photo editing software and other photo-related tools on the market. This section highlights six products that could be helpful in editing images or making calendars or other items.

Preserving Magical Memories
When we think of photos, we sometimes think of photo albums. There are some really fun ideas for photo albums in this section. However, this section is not just about albums, but layouts too. There is a lot of diversity in this section which include both large and small albums as well as one- and two-page layouts.

Tips for Perfect Photos Every Time
The cover of the mag touts ‘Learn How to Shoot & Edit like a Pro' well, these tips are simple, yet can make an impact on any image. There’s the rule of thirds, which many know about but rarely put to use and the same goes for color contrast. You can never get enough tips for improving your picture taking skills.

  • Lot and lots of wonderful ideas
  • Ideas that you can execute in a matter of minutes
  • Very few advertisements
  • Index section in the back of the magazine
  • A lot of bang for your buck
  • Some of the pictures and themes are a little hokey
  • Most Paper Crafts editions include a sentiments page with various quotes, but this edition does not include one

Bibliographic Information:

Title: Paper Crafting with Photos
Magazine: 92 pages
Publisher: CK Media/Paper Crafts Publication
Copyright: 2008
MSRP: $5.99 US/$6.00 Canada

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beautiful Butterfly

So Cuttlebug has some new items. And this butterfly is one of them. It is one of the 3x3 dies and it comes with 4 embossing folders. Each folder has a different pattern. But the embossing folders only have an embossed pattern to match the size and shape of the die cut butterfuly. Does my explanation make sense? What I want to say is ... why didn't Provo Craft use the entire folder using the embossed pattern? That way I could emboss not only the butterfly, but other shapes as well? You know they don't have to pay me in cash for these ideas, a Cuttlebug item or two would do the trick.

So enjoy this card ... I'd like to say hold off on the purchase, but this die is too cute to put off, but I am hopeful that they will get right on my idea to change the embossing folder.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Embossing ... more embossing

Here's a little something that I created using one of my fav things - the Cuttlebug. For these cards, I used the small embossing folders. I have not used them in a while. I also recently purchased the large K and Company paper pack. I had gotten out of the habit of purchasing paper packs. I have many unused packs like the one from KI Memories. Love it, but have not used it.

No time to post a supply list - maybe I'll come back and do that.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Many Thanks (and many flowers too)

So for this card, I had this idea that I got from the most recent edition of Paper Crafts (April/May, p.68). But this card got the best of me. Adhering all of those flowers was incredibly tedious. I ended up using a glue pen, but just know that it is time that I will never get back. And for the record, I am not mad at this card ... just exhausted. And oh, how about that heat embossing ... ? Heck Yeah!

So here is the supply list:
cardstock: Bazzill
patterned paper: Basic Grey's Sultry
flowers: Martha Stewart
circle punches: EK Success
stamp: Hero Arts Happy Everything
ink: VersaMark
embossing powder: Stampendous!
embossing: Cuttlebug
ribbon: Michaels
bling/rhinestones: Dress It Up and unknown

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Monday, April 07, 2008

A Brithday Card!

I should be in bed - busy life, busy week.

But I've been trying to get ahead. I made this card for a friend whose birthday is in May. Now, if only I can get the package and the card in the mail before the birthday.

cardstock: craft supply
patterned paper: K&Co. Amy Butler
circle punch: EK Success
stamp: Stampin Up!
ink: VersaMark
embossing powder: Ranger
ribbon: unknown

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

cps :: 58

I'm feeling good about this card. It's not in my typical muted color scheme. I used the K&Co. Amy Butler Designer Paper Pack. I like it so much, that I might actually get the larger 12x12 sheets.

Oh, and CPS stands for Card Positioning Systems. They provide sketches for cards and crafters then create their version of the sketch.

Additionally, I saw a post on Card Studio Designs called Card-A-Day. Now I probably won't do a card-a-day, but the topic for today was use "just for you". I have this $1 acrylic stamp that I love, but I have not used and so, I put it to use.

Oh, and I putted out the heat gun and heat embossed the sentiment.

Thanks for looking.

cardstock: Bazzill
patterned paper: K&Co. Amy Butler
circle and flower punches and corner rounder: EK Success
ribbon: Michaels
acrylic stamp: Michaels $1/Hampton Arts
ink: VersaMark
embossing powder: Ranger
brads: Joanns

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