Friday, August 30, 2013

Ckc Layout

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte.  It is an annual event that I always try and attend.  I am not sure if it is the shopping, the classes, or the fun girlfriend time that I get!!!!  This year was fun as always!!!!  Lots of shopping!  I was pretty good spending dollars- my goal was NO paper...since I have sssssooooooo much paper.  I did pretty good with that.  I enjoyed the classes that I took.  This year, my friend, Jenny at http://lovemyrandomness.blogspot.com/ took four classes together.  I enjoy classes that I learn something from.  I enjoyed some of the classes more than others. 
This was one of the layouts that we did in class.  I enjoyed learning about clustering in pairs of threes.  Classes like this always remind me to use my materials in different ways. 
 









The colors of the layout were perfect for this picture of Owen.  I love looking back at those sweet checks!!! 


Thanks for stopping by!  I am hoping to get some crafting done this weekend!  I have some projects I would love to get started on!  What are your plans for this weekend?
Michelle!!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Product Focus- Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Addition

As crafters, we are all looking for the perfect trimmer.  Some like a guillotine cutter.  Some like a standard trimmer, some like a rotary.  I believe Stampin' Up has come up wit the perfect combination to make a lot of crafters happy!  I got the Stampin' Up Trimmer when it was first released last year.  I like the scoring blade and the cutting blade.  I like the wider base.  I like the storage underneath.  Overall, I find this to be a good trimmer, very portable. 
 
When Stampin' Up announced that they offered a rotary addition to the trimmer, I was overjoyed!!!! The  Rotary Attachment is a wonderful addition!  I'm loving it!!! 
 

It was very easy to pop the standard blade tract out and replace it with the rotary attachment.  It is very easy to use, you simply press down and cut!  Don't forget to flip your blade track over in your timmer to the FLAT side instead of the grooved side or your new rotary attachment won't cut!!! 



The rotary trimmer comes with a straight blade but they also offer:  Small Scallop blade , tiny wave blade and perforating blade .  The perforating blade is in the Holiday catalog.  The blades are very easy to change out, Just lift up the top of the blade housing and slide out with your finger.




I have really enjoyed using the new rotary attachment.  It cuts easily and gives nice straight cuts!  That makes it a  HIT with me!!!
Let me know if you have any questions about the new rotary attachment!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy cutting!!!!
Michelle!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to make the Thinlet Cards bigger- more space to write!!!

I love the new Circle Card Thinlets .  I have been making so many creations with them!  Everyone one of them is so much fun to play with!  My only complaint...and I say complaint very very lightly (because I LOVE these dies!)....is that sometimes I want more room room to write a sentiment on the inside  of the card.  In normal cases, the sentiment or little note would be on the back of the flip circle.  But what if I wanted to write more??  I will show you the PERFECT and EASY solution to making your Thinlet card BIGGER!!!!  I would love to say that I was so smart to think of this myself....but I wasn't and saw it from another demo online: Patti's Stampin' Spot!  Thank you Patti!!!!  I wanted to share with my readers, Patti's GREAT tip!!!!!


Finished Happy Birthday Thinlet Card
 

When I normally create an A2 size card, I cut a sheet of 81/2X11 cardstock in half, score at the 41/4" line.  Now take that same sheet of cardstock and use it with your framelit.  Using the magnetic platform really helps in this situtation to make sure your paper is to the edge of the framelit.  The framelit is not going to cut the flush side of the paper at all- it is already cut for you.....it will cut and score the circle flip part.  Place the right hand side of your paper OVER the framelit.  As you can see from the photo- it is LONGER than the framelit itself- and the framelit will do NO cutting on this side either!  Run this through your Big Shot (after you put the top mat on as well- it is  off in the picture to show you how your paper should look but do NOT cut without the top mat on!!!!)
This was a hard picture to take so I hope you can see- there is a dent where the framelit edge which did not cut the paper was, where the paper went OVER the framelit....THIS is your score line for the extra flap!!!!!

So when you take it all out of your big shot- you should have this!  Now fold and use your bone folder on your score lines.
 


When folded up- your card looks like the normal flip it card- and it fits into a size A2 envie!  But when you open it up- you have now created an additional flap!!!!


I left the extra flap blank so I can add my message later.


In this photo, you can see the extra flap folded out.  Perfect, right??!!













I love these thinlets and this makes the even more usable!!!  I love it!!! 
 
All Supplies to make this card can be find at my online store:
Thanks for visiting!
Michelle!
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Christmas Challenge Christmas Card


Hello Crafters!
Sometimes I over look the simple card.  But simple can be GREAT!  I loved the sketch from http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
I love the clean lines of the sketch.  I thought of chevrons when I saw the sketch - not sure why but it was a good reason to ink up my new chevron background stamp. I love chevrons!  The best part about background stamps, if you don't have a certain color of designer series paper to use- make your own! 


I find the easiest way to use a large stamp is to turn it over- ink it up- then apply my paper to the top and gentle rub the back of the paper. 
It was the perfect time for me to ink up my Ornament Keepsake Stamp Set .  This is one of the carry over items from last year's holiday catalog.  I loved it last year and I am still thrilled with it this year!  I can't see me ever getting rid of this set!  I love the idea of making paper ornaments! 
 The Ornament Keepsake Framelits make this project very easy! 
I have shared my love for this set before:
 
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and a project by my son:
 
 
 




Simple and Sweet!  I love it!!!
I used Cherry Cobbler ink, Crumb Cake ink, and Gumball Green ink. 
Thanks for visiting!  Hope everyone has a great week!!
Michelle!!!

Inside of the card

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Trying Something new with Washi Tape!!! Another Use for Washi Tape!!!!

I really wanted to try a new technique on my cards.  I am not sure what this technique is officially  called but you can use painters tape to create the stripes on the card.  I didn't have any painters tape so I will call this Another Use for Washi Tape Card Technique!
Since I didn't have any painters tape, I thought about what I did have- and I have PLENTY of Washi tape!  Even better, I have lots of different widths of Washi tape!  It would work perfect for my card idea!
 
I started this card out using a photo inspiration from:  http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/
I really liked the stripes on this Case Study.  Instead of using different colors, I used the color combo from: http://thedynamicduoschallenge.blogspot.com/
Calypso Coral and Crispy Cantaloupe.  I really liked the subtle different in colors.


To make the stripes, I used Washi tape in different widths.  Simple press the Washi tape into the ink pad.  The tape will pick up the ink irregularly, and that is what you want.

I started my card layer out using some Calypso Coral Washi tape as a layer.

Then I inked up my Washi tapes and layered them one by one onto my card, smoothing them down and lifting them back up.  It helped that I used a craft mat to work on to life the tape up easier. It also helped to make the tape wider than your layer so you have room for your fingertips (and then don't get ink all over them- I still did but I am pretty sure that is operator error) and you want the tape longer than your layer so you can easier take it back up.  Yes, you are actually throwing the inked Washi tape away when you are done but I have LOTS of Washi tape and this technique takes very little of the tape off the roll. 
This was also the perfect technique for the challenge at:  http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/2013/08/week-134-recipe-washi-tape.html
The challenge was to use or create some Washi tape.  I used Washi tape but also "created" with Washi tape!






I loved the irregulars of the tape to create the stripes.  
 


 
This was a fun card to try.  Items used:  Epic Day This and That Washi tape, Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set , Gorgeous Grunge , Crisp Cantaloupe Stretch Trim , Crisp Cantaloupe ink, Calypso Coral ink, Crumb Cake ink, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Whispering White Cardstock
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!
Michelle

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