Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cuttlebug Tips via Videos

If you've read just a little bit of this blog, then you should know that I'm a big fan of the Cuttlebug. I've seen the new one, but I have no interest in it since the old, original one is a fine and sturdy specimen.

I think I've only purchased one new folder in the past year. But you can chalk that up to the fact that I'm not currently living in the U.S. Actually, I have three new folders if I include the two from Tim Holtz. Again, the classic early Cuttlebug folders go a long way. Some of the new Cuttlebug folders are too 'scrapbooky' to me - for lack of a better term (I can't seem to find a link for the news ones).

All that to say, sometimes I'm seeking to do something different w/the Cuttlebug. Enter two videos that can add some 'umph' to your projects.

The first one uses ink on the folder. I'm on the fence about this one. I like the look, but if all of the ink does not come off (even with cleaning), I'm afraid that I'll mess up my next project. Still like the technique and the videos really short.

The next technique is also cool, but a bit more advanced. You'll also need Nestabilities for this one.

Hope that you like those vids. Please feel free to share the projects you've created using these videos.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gotta Have This: :: Sew Easy

Image borrowed from Scrapbook Update

I haven't made many scrapbooking purchases lately. Something to do w/living abroad and not doing much crafting.

But I've been keeping up w/all things scrapbooking including gadgets, tools, new paper lines and die cutting machines. I'm mostly underwhelmed. Like the new embossing folders for the Cuttlebug from ProvoCraft. There are lots of new folders, but none that I just have to have.

Meanwhile, I was looking at a list of the Top Ten Items at Summer CHA 2010 from Nancy Nally and I saw this tool called the Sew Easy from We R Memory Keepers. Oh, so cute and most importantly - affordable. I do have a sewing machine, but sometimes, I just don't want to do all of that (I don't have mine set up, so I have to get it set up in order to use it). I like this Sew Easy - it pokes holes in your paper - because it is as the name describes (at least it seems) so easy.

Also, there are different types. I'm liking that scalloped one.

Has anyone seen this item in the stores yet?

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

VIDEO: Make Your Own Stamps

Oh, how I like this idea. Problem is ... I don't think I have the skill or the patience to pull this off. Though I do have ideas. Lots of ideas ... I think it may be time to collaborate w/my artsy brother.

Never the less, I enjoyed this video from Geninne. Here's a link to some of her hand carved stamp tutorials.

Stamp Carving from Geninne D. Zlatkis on Vimeo.

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