Thursday, December 30, 2010

Design Team Highlight - Pam Anthony

This is an amazing project that I should have shared before Christmas...although I suspect this would be a wonderful gift no matter the time of year!

This mini canvas might look familiar to some of you. It's from a class that I taught back in July, during our Christmas in July celebration. You can view the finished canvases here.

One of our store design team members, Pam Anthony, attended this class and created with all of us and then once she got home she had a brilliant idea....
She used her two canvases as book covers!!! Isn't this fantastic! She simply created an accordian style album from cardstock and designer paper, which was attached to each of her canvases, and then added her favorite Christmas photos. I've seen this project in person and it is stunning! What a great gift idea....You can bet that this is on my list of things to do in 2011!!

And supplies needed to create this project are either available in the store or can be ordered for you! Stop in today! And remember, we're only open until 2:00 pm tomorrow!!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Class Project

Greetings! Hoping everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! We're getting back in to the swing of things are happy to announce our first class of the new year...

The next P.M.S. (Pizza, Music, & Stamping) class will be held on Friday, January 14 from 6-9:00 pm. Cost for the class is $27.00 and includes enough supplies to make three projects as well as a pizza dinner. It's a really fun evening so call your girlfriends and sign up asap!
This is just one of the cards we'll be creating at our next class and it's called a bookmark card because it's a card and a bookmark all in one!

Call or email the store today to sign up for class and learn how to create this fun card!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of our wonderful customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Thank you for your ongoing patronage, your support is truly appreciated!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sizzix Vagabond Machine is in Stock!

We're thrilled to announce that we now have a supply of the Tim-Holtz inspired Vagabond Machine in the store!

Resembling a well-traveled suitcase on the outside, the Vagabond Machine easily opens up to reveal a portable yet powerful machine that takes you to imaginative new places. Upon closer examination, the Vagabond impresses for its uncanny ability to effortlessly cut and emboss many different materials and thicknesses. Can you think of anything better to bring on your creative journey?

Stop by the store and check out this amazing machine for yourself! Supplies are limited...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 12

Is it too late to post Day 12? Nah!!! Sorry I've been MIA for so many days...the Christmas prep madness finally took over and it was nearly impossible for me to get much crafting accomplished.
This was a quick and easy tag...the background was covered with paper from one of Tim's paper stacks (love how the papers in the stacks are already aged and need to distress anything! We have the holiday paper stash in stock!) I added two metal brackets, one at the bottom and one at the top.
The snowman was cut out using an Idea-ology die. I then ran the snowman back through the die, only this time I cut the snowflake shape out of his belly. :-) I then covered said snowman with matte finish glue (kind of like Modge-Podge) and poured this yummy blue glitter all over him! (Who wants to guess whether or not glitter was also all over me and the craft room!)

Once the glitter was dry and set I attached the snowman with foam tape and added the December calendar (also from the paper stack) to his front, attaching it with a binder clip. Two sparkly foam snowflakes and a few baubles were the finishing touches!

Enjoy and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 11

It's Day 11! One more day until the jouney of tag creation comes to a close! It's been a blast and I hope you've enjoyed seeing the tags and hearing about the techniques. Don't forget to visit Tim's blog for full and specific details on the techniques.

Today's tag features resist embossing. (On Day 11 Tim created his own custom stamps using his dies, left over packaging, and stamp foam. It's amazing! Check it out here...) I opted to simply use a big snowflake from the Grunge Flakes stamp set.

I started by attaching a dictionary page to the tag. I used Zip Dry to attach the page and then sanded the edges for that vintage look. The snowflakes were added by using embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Once the embossing powder was set I sponged purple and blue ink over the tag, revealing the snowflake image. (I really liked using the purple on this tag!) Brown ink was added to the edges.

The pine tree was cut using an Idea-ology die and was embossed with Distress Embossing powder. This was the first time using the distress powder and it is very interesting as it creates a rough, almost sandpaper-like, finish. I then added distress Stickles to a few of the tree branches to mimic snow. A piece of twine was wrapped around the tree trunk and a sentiment, from Tim's new Odds and Ends stamp set, was attached to a metal bracket. (Tip: I always had a hard time finding a way to attach a piece of paper behind the metal brackets because there's such a tiny spot for glue on the bracket. I found that using Glossy Accents was the perfect solution! Just a dot of Accents is all you need to firmly hold the paper in place on the bracket.) A few metal embellishments, a star on the top of the tree (which is really a metal flower) and a bird on the ribbon, finished off my tag.

Enjoy and be sure to check back tomorrow for the final tag!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Ten

Welcome to Day Ten!! Only two more days to go!! I can't believe I managed to get all 12 tags done this year...Of course I have yet to do my Christmas shopping and our tree barely made it up last night. Since that's the case, I request a week's extension on the celebration of Christmas. Anybody with me?

Today's tag was a super easy tag to create. And while it was an easy tag it includes one very creative use of garbage. Hum...see any garbage? Well do you see that very cool snowflake covered "icy" piece on top of the snowman? That, my friends, was created with a discarded piece of packaging! Isn't that amazing!! Tim just has a creative mind like no one else! I was floored when I read his tutorial on today's tag. I would never consider using the side of a plastic box. I used the tag die cut to get the plastic to the size and shape that I wanted and then ran the cut piece of plastic through the snowflake embossing folder.
The snowman was cut out with an Idea-ology die, designed by Tim. Two snowmen were cut out and then just the arms, nose, and hat of one were colored with Distress Ink. Those pieces were then cut off and glued on top of the plain snowman. Not only does this add just a touch of dimension but this method also keeps ink from getting on to the white part of the snowman. Another great idea!

The holly branch was hand cut from cardstock; the berries were punched from red cardstock. The sentiment, from Sweet 'n Sassy, was stamped in black at the bottom of the snowman. The ribbon was colored red by using alcohol inks and the large brads are an antique silver, to stay with that vintage look.

I just loved today's tag and can see putting all kinds of die cuts under a plastic's kind of like looking at the snowman through a frosty window. Cool...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Nine

Greetings! I'm back with the Day Nine tag and I love it! (Oh heck, I've loved them all this year!!) Today's tag features the new paper rossette die cut, from Idea-ology (designed by Tim Holtz). This is one of those dies that I purchased but was kind of on the fence about how I was going to use it and then...I used it...and I used it again...and again...Well you get the picture. I love this die! It's super quick and easy to assemble and it's a great size, big enough to fill a substantial space but not so large that it's too big for a card or tag.
The other fun element on this tag are the letters that are covered in glossy accents. Oh, that high shine looks amazing on the grungeboard letters, which were simply covered with black Distress Ink. The background on the tag is a music stamp from the Festive Sounds stamp set. The brads along the bottom are from Idea-ology as well as the metal embellishment on the rossette and pearl embellies at the top of the tag, attached to the ribbon.

Tim used some tinsel on the back of his rossette, which was very fun, but since I didn't have tiny tinsel I opted for this gold sparkly ribbon that was attached with red line tape. Tim also added some lovely buttons to his Day Nine tag, however, my letters were large so there wasn't much room left for the buttons (but I did mange to buy the buttons anyway...)'re such an enabler. :-)

Wholly Scrap! has a large supply of Idea-ology and Ranger products so stop by and pick up some goodies today...Creating a few tags would be a great holiday activity!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Eight

Hello friends! Are you ready for the next tag? This one is a departure from Tim's design, however, I used the same techniques on my tag and I have a quick photo tutorial to share with you today.

Tim called this tag extreme masking and used one of his pre-made masks to make a santa and sleigh design on his tag. And while I do have a few of his masks, they're background designs, like swirls, and not something that can work well as a focal image. So...I created my own mask! Here's how...
I started with masking sheets, from Idea-ology, and used the pine tree die cut to cut out the image from a making sheet. I now have my own custom pine tree mask!
Here are the positive and negative images. I attached the negative to my tag, with the pine tree opening vs. the actual tree covering the tag.
Next I used my blending tool and Distress Inks to color the tree. Using the mask allows you to ink all over the mask without ruining your tag.
Then I added a few stamped designs to the tree; snowflakes and script. Once you're finished stamping and coloring, just use a paper towel to remove ink from the mask, attach the backing to the mask, and store.
Here's my finished tree, with the mask removed. Now I'm going to use the positive tree image to cover my tree so that I can finish decorating my tag.Since my tree is protected by the mask, I can add color to the back of the tag as well as more stamped images. I used a swirl image on the background. The mask keeps the tree from getting ruined by the other colors and stamps. Once done, simply remove the mask and store. Cool, huh?

Once my tag was decorated I added some metal embellishments to the bottom of the tag (this babies have been hanging out in my closet since last Christmas...remember I didn't have any of those fabulous embellies last year?? Well I do now, thanks to Wholly Scrap!). I then used a circle fragment to add the 25. The fragment is attached to the paper with glossy accents. I also added a bit of Stickles to the paper for some sparkle. I created my paper ribbons by stamping the sentiment on red cardstock. A few metal keys (another of those metal goodies) was attached to my ribbon.

And that's it for today's tag!! We're nearing the end...can't believe it's been 12 days already and I've managed to not get a darn thing done except's not a bad way to spend your time! :-)

Stop by the store today to get all of your Idea-ology and Ranger products!! And please share your creations with us by stopping by the store or leaving us a comment with a link to your blog or online gallery. We'd love to see what you make with these products!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Seven

And now for today's tag...Hey, I had all of the supplies needed for today's creation!! Thank you Wholly Scrap! :-) Well to say that I thought the Day Seven tag was amazing is an understatement. This baby is beautiful! Full of sparkle and it!

The background was created by using the wood grain texture fade. I then aged the daylights out of it with Distress Ink; Stickles were then applied all over the entire tag. Tip: One of best ways to add quick shine and sparkle without waiting for Stickles to dry is to apply a few drops on your project and then use your finger to rub the Stickles over the piece. This way you get a hint of sparkle and shine and the glue dries within minutes.
I used the Idea-ology tattered florals and leaf die cuts to punch out my flowers and leaves from grunge paper (Tim used a sticky backed canvas, which I need to add to my shopping list...very cool stuff! We just added sticky backed canvas to the shelves yesterday!!).

Distress Ink was used to add the color to the flower/leaves and then a hint of Stickles before bending the petals to give it some dimension. The interesting thing is that Tim cut all of his petals apart before attaching the flower to the petal at a time. I don't know if I would have ever thought of that but this method allows you to add all that dimension and create a more realistic flower. My letters are from the grungeboard alphabet soup collection...I simply used a blending tool to add the ink and then stamped directly on top of the letters with a text stamp. My gold swirl is also from a Tim die cut and the number 25 was punched out of a piece of paper from Tim's paper stack.

Stay tuned for more goodies...One a few more days to go and hey, I even managed to cook dinner for my family a few days this week! ;-)

We just received a big 'ol shipment from Ranger so the shelves are stock full of the products used on these tags and remember, just two more days of the 20% off sale so get down to the store this weekend and pick up your supplies! (And all of these tags are on display in the store!)

Here's what we have on sale from today's tag:
  • Tattered florals, swirls, and leaves die cut
  • Button embellishments
  • Grungeboard alphabets
  • Woodgrain texture fade
  • Grungepaper
  • Sticky-backed canvas

Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Six

Mercy...I am so excited about the next few tags!! Not only has Tim been creating some really beautiful tags but there are new techniques to learn! Yeah!! My main goal in making these tags (besides the pure joy of creating!) is to duplicate the techniques that Tim demonstrates, even if I don't have the specific embellies he uses. And I did yesterday...I go to the store and buy everything I'm missing! LOL!
Today's tag used embossing folders (aka texture fades) to add this amazing dimension to the tag. I used Tim's (I say Tim but it's technically Idea-ology) snowflake embossing folder to dry emboss my tag. I then added Dsitress Ink, in various blue shades, some stamped swirls, and gold speckles by using a paint dauber and stamp. I then use the snowman die cut (also from Tim) to cut the image out of grunge paper. Mr. Snowman then got another ride through the Big Shot when he was embossed with another embossing folder from Cuttlebug. And if that wasn't enough, he was painted, sanded, and aged before receiving his red ribbon scarf, which was attached with the tiny attacher.

Tim used the tissue tape again (loving this stuff!!) to add a border to the bottom of the tag. This is a really quick and easy way to add a unique dimensional touch to projects. My circle was cut out of a piece of paper found in one of Tim's paper stacks. I simply added the Merry Christmas sentiment and two brads. A sparkly snowflake was my final touch!

Be sure to check out Tim's blog for the specific details on these techniques and stay tuned for tomorrow's tag!!

Here's today's list of sale items, which include the items in the previous posts:
  • Tiny attacher
  • Texture fades
  • Tissue tape
  • Snowman die cut
  • Paper stacks (we have a lovely holiday-themed paper stack in stock now!)
  • Paint daubers
  • Distress Inks

PS - I've brought my tags in to the store and they are on display so you can stop by and see all the goodness in person!! :-)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Five

WooHoo!! I'm back with Day Five of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas! I've got three tags just waiting to be posted and I can hardly wait! Tim is just rockin' the tags this year, so many techniques, using fun embellishments, the's the best!

OK, on to today's tag! Interestingly, I didn't have the facets that Tim used on his day four tag(although I now need them!), so I left that off. However, you should check out the very cool technique he demo'd on creating custom facets. (I tried the technique using Fragments, which also worked). However, for the day five tag I did have the metal numbers in my stash along with the metal flowers so I was able to add those embellishments to my tag. Heat embossing the metal numbers was very cool...I would never think of doing that or of using paint (vs. ink) as a medium for the embossing powder (Tim used extra thick embossing powder). Once the embossing powder dried, the numbers look like enamel, very cool! The rest of the tag is pretty self-explanatory...Some Distress Ink on the tag background, a few Nestibilities labels as a base for the numbers, and lots of Stickles!

Don't forget....20% off the following items (plus the other supplies previously mentioned):
  • Distress Inks
  • Paint daubers
  • Grunge paper
  • Numerals
  • Foliage
  • Tissue tape
  • Styled labels stamp set

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Upcoming Class Project

I know, I know...where are the Christmas tags??!! No worries, they'll be back starting tomorrow! I have a bunch of them just waiting to be posted...but first I needed to share just a few photos of a class project that is coming up this Friday (December 10).

Friday marks our monthly P.M.S. (Pizza, Music, Stamping) class and this month we're creating this darling paper bag album, using some brand new cooking paper and recipe cards. We're also hosting a cookie swap so if you're interested in attending, please contact the store today to sign up! Class size is limited so sign up asap and be sure to leave your email address with the store so I can contact you regarding the amount of cookies to bring to class! Oh yeah, a pizza dinner is also included in the cost!!

We'll also be using some fun digital stamp images during class and you'll have an opportunity to place an order for a darling baking (shown above in the album) and Cocoa the Mouse stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy!

Hope to see you at class! Dinner is served at 6:00 pm and class ends no later than 9:00 pm. Cost is $27.00

Back tomorrow with more tags!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Four

Welcome to day four!! So...even though I said yesterday's tag was one of my's tag is in the running for a favorite as is day five, day six...oh shoot, I just love them all this year!! Tim is outdoing himself! :-)

Today's tag was focused on embellishments and it was so much fun to decorate. There was minimal stamping involved (only on the ticket stub) and I got to spend more time playing with flower, rhinestones, and jewels.

I started with this amazing vintage Santa image from a sheet of Kasier Craft designer paper. The paper is already pretty aged looking so I only added a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges to hide the light color of the tag. I then added a rhinestone embellishment (I adore these!!) from Prima.

Next came two rows of pearls on the bottom of the tag (these are from Kasier Craft) along with a few lovely flowers from Petaloo. The flowers did a great job of hiding the end portion of the rhinestone flourish. The ticket stub came next and was held on with a tiny paper clip. The tag was finished by adding a piece of velvet ribbon (American Crafts), a mini vintage tag, and some jewel baubles (from Tim's new collection) to the top of the tag.

Tim also did a great tutorial on the creating beautiful jewel facets, which I didn't include on my tag, you can check it out here.


Here's the list of sale items from today's tag:
  • Facets
  • Baubles
  • Trimmings
  • Mini pins
  • Mini clips
  • Adage tickets
  • Mini Holiday & Mini Holidays 2 stamp sets

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Three

How excited are we for day three! Love it, love it, love it! So far today's tag is one of my all time favorites and I am ga-ga over the tissue tape flower...stunning and so easy. Tim has a video on his blog so be sure to hop on over to check it out, if interested in how to re-create the flower.

For today's tag, I had quite a few of the materials needed for the tag but was missing the branch stamp and bird die that Tim used on his tag. However, I do happen to have a few tree/twig stamps in my collection and found that this branch stamp was perfect for the tag. The bird and crown image is from a Tim Holtz stamp set.

The tissue tape flower...oh my, this is such an fun and easy technique that creates an amazing embellishment. The flower middle is from Tim's button assortment. I didn't have the sticker that Tim used on his tag (next to the flower) but I did have one of his paper stacks so I found a fun Bingo card to fill the space. I also used a random stick pin to hold on the Bingo card. Love the little pearl and jewel embellies on the stick pin. The bottom on my tag is decorated with a few random pieces of ribbon...a lovely velvet piece from American Crafts and a wavy brown ribbon.

So what's on sale from today's tag? A whole bunch!

  • Tissue Tape
  • Salvage Sticker Book
  • Caged Bird Die
  • Accourtrements (Vintage Buttons)
  • Memo Pin
  • Tiny Attacher
  • Winter Sketchbook & Letters to Santa stamp sets
  • Trimmings

And remember...if we don't have an item in stock at the store, we will be happy to place an order for you!! The 20% off sale price will still stand! So get on down to the store and get shoppin'! :-)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Two

Giddy...that's how I feel about creating these tags...down right giddy, with a capital G!! I was running from my computer to the craft room last night, putting on the finishing touches to day two and day three tags (ohh...I can't wait to share tomorrow's tag!!) and having a blast the entire time!

Tim's day two tag featured some embossing and a wonderful "make your own" stamp technique that he shared with his readers. I didn't have the pine cone image that Tim used on his tag but I do have this fabulous Santa stamp, which I just love, so I used that as my main image on my tag. The "post card" image was embossed with clear embossing powder before I added ink to the backgroun of the tag. Once I got the color on the tag, I added a swirl and stamp image. Santa needed a little bling so I gave him a Stickles covered holly wreath. The metal bird was attached with Glossy Accents. For ribbon (I've really been enjoying Tim's attention to the ribbons this year...lots of fun with inks and textures.), I colored a piece of twill with my Copic markers. I really liked the look, kind of shabby and vintage.

Stay tuned for tomorrow' tag...some fabulous techniques that ROCK!! Love it!! And be sure to check out Tim's blog for full details on the techniques used on each tag.

Here's a list of the items from the Day Two tag that are 20% off at Wholly Scrap!
  • Cut 'n Dry Felt (for the create your own stamp technique)
  • Craft Sheet (a MUST have)
  • Stamp Sets (Winter Sketchbook, Holiday Wishes, & Urban Tapestry)
  • Metal Adornments
  • Trimmings

Friday, December 3, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day One!!

WooHoo!! I am so excited about the arrival of the 12 Tags of Christmas! This is such a fun time of year when creating these tags allows you to learn new techniques, experiment with new products, and stretch your creativity! Love it!!

If you follow Tim's tags, you'll recognize this as the first one he created on December 1. For this tag, I decided to recreate it as closely to Tim's tag as possible because of the great technique used to create the house. However, I don't own the house die (now on my wish list!) or the picket fence die or the twig trees from Prima (another item for the wish list!). I didn't even have the ticket die or stamp but since I work in the best scrapbook store on the east coast...grabbing those bad boys while at work yesterday was a piece of cake! :-) (PS - ADORE the ticket die and coordinating stamps!!)

Let's get started!! For my house I asked my hubby to draw one for me on cardstock and then I followed Tim's directions for creating the amazing "wood" shingles....Fabulous technique!! (See's Tim's blog for details) I opted to create the look of light coming through the windows so I colored a piece of vellum with a yellow Copic marker before attaching it to the underside of the house. I then used white embossing powder (a VersaMark pen was used to adhere the powder) to create the snow and then added Stickles to the top of the embossing powder.

Even though I don't have any of those nifty tree twigs from Prima, I did have Tim's pine tree die cut, which I used for my tree. White embossing powder and Stickles added more snow to the tree. picket fence die either but I did just pick up a Martha Stewart fence punch, which worked perfectly. I also didn't have white crackle paint so I used my green and then aged it, added snow, etc.
I used markers to create different colors on the ticket stamp but Tim's technique on creating your own custom inkers is wonderful. Check it out here...

As for that fun little wreath that Tim added to his tag....yup...didn't have that either (I need to go shopping!). ;-) So...I punched out a scalloped circle and then crinkled the daylights out of it until I could pull apart the paper layers. I then folded and smooshed some more until it was in a good wreath shape (oh yeah, I also punched out the middle of the circle) before attaching to the house. I added some ribbon and red stickles as decoration. A tiny puff of cotton smoke was the finishing touch! Exciting, exciting, exciting!!! Now on to day two...

Don't forget...20% off all of the following products that Tim (not me) used on his Day One tag:

  • Grungeboard
  • Haunted House, Ticket, and Picket Fence Dies
  • Ticket Stamps

Enjoy and get ready for Day Two!! (PS - If you decide to follow along with the challenges, please leave us a comment and link back to your blog or gallery...We'd love to see your work!!)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas

Tim Holtz is at it again and we couldn't be more excited!! Today, Tim officially launched the first tag for the 2010 12 Tags of Christmas challenge! Woot! Woot! This means that for the next 12 days Tim will be showcasing 12 stunning tag creations using many of his brand new products and embellishments. (It also means my family won't be seeing me until 12/13 as I'll be locked in my craft room!!) Want to check out Tim's first tag? Click here...You won't believe the creativity that went into creating this first tag...amazing stuff!

Want to know what we're planning for the next 12 days? A sale! Not just any sale but a sale on all of the products that Tim will be using on his tags....for the next 12 days! We're offering our customers 20% off any of the products that Tim uses on his days over the next 12 days. And if we don't have a particular product in stock at the store, then we'll order it for you and you'll still get the sale price! How sweet it that!!

Stay tuned for more ideas and projects over the next 12 days...I can hardly wait to start creating!!