Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Just a reminder that the store will close at 2:00 pm today (December 31st) and will be closed all day tomorrow (January 1st) in celebation of the New Year!

We send you all well wishes for a very happy and properous 2012 and continue to appreciate your ongoing patronage!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know that we have a large supply of pre-made scrapbook pages available for purchase in the store? Single and double layouts are available and prices range from $2.99-4.99! What a great way to create a scrapbook or add a page! Just pick up a page and add photos...how divine!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Nine

Oh my, I forgot abll about my Day Nine card! That's what I get for creating more projects than I have time to post! (And truth be told...I still have three cards to make to complete the 12!) But for now...this is the tag number nine design! It's definitely a bit different than Tim's tag since I didn't have the latern die that he used on his tag.


However, the solution was to find another die that was tall and vertical in format. Mr. Snowman perfectly fit the bill! I then used all the other techniques that Tim used on his tag, including double embossing, painting with daubers, and making all things super glossy with Glossy Accents! You can check out all of his tag on his blog!

Enjoy...and I promise that I will be back with the last three soon!!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Design Team Highlights

I'm cheating...This is a page that I created, not one of our DT members. However, it was created for a design team so...I'm gonna share because it contains a boatload of fabulous products that we carry in the store!

First up is this beautiful paper from Graphic 45, which we had in stock earlier this year. And although this specific paper may not longer be in stock, we reguarly have Graphic 45 in the house and really...isn't all Graphic 45 paper stunning!

Next, beautiful flowers from Petaloo. I love the variety of flowers available from Petaloo and we always have a nice supply in stock. These are so easy to use as they come already prepared with a glue dot on the back of the flower, just peel and stick!

I also used a some tissue tape and film strip from Tim Holtz. Many folks have commented on how much they love the tissue tape but they're not really sure how to use it...Well this is one of my favorite tricks for using it on scrapbook pages...create a ribbon effect! Because tissue tape is so easy to work with, it's a breeze to create ruffles with the tape. It sticks perfectly to the paper but removes easily as well, for re-positioning.

How about chipboard letters and this great rosette ribbon! We always have lots of letters in stock, from stickers to chipboard. Love the peel and stick chipboard, great for instant titles. The rosette ribbon we have from time to time but we always carry the Tim Holtz ribbon, which comes white but can be easily colored with alcohol inks!


And bling...but of course we have bling...in all shapes and sizes and packages of tags too! Tags are great for altering and using to journal or as a home for bling, butterflies, and sentiments! The tiny butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart and we reguarly invite Martha and her products to the store too!


I hope you enjoyed today's scrapbook page! We're looking forward to ringing in 2012 with you and a host of new products and supplies!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Technique Tuesday

I know, I know...You're wondering where in the world have I been??!! The truth is that I've been buried underneath a pile of Christmas presents, wrapping paper, pine needles, and more crafting projects than I can count!! Ah, the joy of the holidays!! **smile** However, I think I am finally starting to emerge from my holiday cocoon and am ready to start thinking about 2012!

I know it may seem far too early to think about spring time and Mother's Day but seeing as there has been little time to consider creating a new video, I thought it would be fun to share a picture tutorial from Splitcoast that demonstrates how to create this darling photo cube.


The best part about this cube? You can easily flatten it and send it through the mail! Wouldn't this be a great holiday gift or something for the grandparents who live far away? It would be an amazing Christmas card but honestly, who has that much time! LOL! Not only is this easy to create but takes just minutes to decorate due to it's small size! Here is a link to the tutorial, enjoy and let us know if you created one of these photos cubes...We'd love to share in your creation!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Eight

I'm back with the next tag/card and this one...it's a favorite!! I love all the little bits and pieces all over the card and the big 'ol challenge Tim put me through to try and come up with the parts that would work for this card because I had almost none of what he used on his tag! So...let's get started!! (And remember that for full instructions on the tags, visit Tim's blog)

For today's card I was missing the stamp sets, die cuts, and some of the embellishments that Tim was missing. However, I did have this fun dress form stamp set in my collection of Tim stamps and realized that it had the same look as the one that Tim used. My background was stamped with some of the word stamps that came with this set and the dress form was stamped on grungeboard.

Tim used a clock face die for the large background die but I used a punched scallop die from Spellbinders to act as my "clock." Tim used his gear die to fill the open area in the clock but since I didn't have the die, I picked up a fun package of gear stickers from Jolees.

I did have the film strip, vial label, and ticket so I was able to add those fun tidbits and then instead of adding a metal number 25, like Tim did, I opted to use this fun wooden game piece, which is noting the age I wish I still was! LOL!

This is so my style and I was just in love with the end results! A HUGE thanks to Tim for the inspiration and techniques!!

Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Seven

Welcome to Day Seven's card! The tag that Tim created for Day Seven made me go out and purchase stamp set and Glassine paper!! He made me do it...honestly. *smile*

Today's tag was easy to create but included a very fun technique using the Glassine kraft paper. See Tim's post on how to use this very cool paper here. I never would have purchased it, not knowing what to really do with it, until I saw his video.

The leaves were created using the Glassine paper and then I simply added some branches, ribbon, sparkly stuff, and holly berries (pearl embellies that I colored with my Copic markers). The background of the card was aged with Distress Inks and the sentiment was embossed in black. Pretty easy today...Be sure to check back over the weekend for Day Eight's tag...it's my favorite so far!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Six

In lieu of the Technique Tuesday post, I'm going to keep on sharing the fabulous Tim-inspired cards! However, if you're intersted in some fabulous techniques, hop on over to Tim's blog and check out the techniques he used to create the look seen on today's card!

This is the Day Six card and the first of my "doozey" cards...these are the tags that Tim created where I initially had a hard time figuring out how I was going to re-create his look in card format. On Day Six, Tim featured the embossing using sticky back metal sheets, which I confess are wonderful tools...love the metal! However, I had no metal in my stash and the store was out of stock so I could have either waited until new stock arrived (this week!) or come up with something different.


So...I went with something different. Want to guess what it was? Aluminum foil! That's right, I grabbed a sheet from the kitchen, doubled it for extra strength, wrapped it around a piece of cardstock and ran it though my Big Shot, using a Tim embossing folder. The results? Stunning! The embossed metal was just beautiful, perfect the way it was, but I wanted to continue using Tim's techniques so I added the paint! I used paint from the Ranger Paint Daubers that I had in stock, which weren't holiday colors but I like them just the same.


Once the blocks of paint were dry I very lightly sanded the raised areas and since this wasn't actually metal I did need to be very gentle with the sanding. Once the sanding was completed, I covered the entire tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and clear embossing powder. Then the magic happened. Once the embossing powder was heated and cooled I was left with this amazing little piece of art that resembled an old license plate. Very cool!


My final addition was the metal piece, which Tim also used on his tag, but he used a wreath and since this wasn't a very Christmas looking card I opted to just add a metal tag and sentiment. There you have it...Day Six!!


Enjoy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Four

It's Day Four! I love today's icy blue/white color combo, the distressed snowman...the crackling is awesome, and the glossy numbers!


I used Distress Crackle Paint to paint the grungeboard snowman and then colored the snowman with Distress Ink after the paint was dry. The ink really picks up all of those tiny cracks...looks amazing in person (yes, these cards are in the store!). The letters, cut using the Noel die, were added to the snowman and then I added Glossy Accents over the entire surface for great shine and dimension. The portion at the bottom are some twigs cut out of...you guessed it, packaging! Because the packaging is so heavy, it's easy to bend the twigs for added texture and movement. Other elements include a few buttons, rhintestones, and twill tape for Mr. Snowman's scarf!


Enjoy and remember you can get all of your favorite Tim Holtz products at the store! Orders for new product are going in weekly, call early tomorrow if you'd like anything this week!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

What's New

That's right, we have the Tim Holtz Vagabond in stock! Wouldn't this be the perfect gift for under the tree this year? Pure crafting love! We also have a numbe of other new Tim Hotlz products in stock...
Holiday-inspired tissue tape (as well as others). If you've never used Tim's tissue tape before, now is the time to make a change and try out this amazing product! It can be used on anything and everything, from cards to scrapbook pages, to tags, and even 3-D projects, such as Tim's Configurations box. I insist on having at least six of these tapes in my craft room at any one time!

Following on the theme of his embossing kraft cardstock, Tim has released this set of embossed kraft letters and numbers. Simply apply Distress Ink or Stain and you've got a beautiful set of letters just waiting to be placed on your favorite craft project.


Remember those tiny vials that Tim released last year? They were the perfect size for adding to framed projects or his Configurations boxes and just big enough to hold a bit of sand (how about after a trip to the beach?) or use Distress Ink reinkers to add color. Now we have labels that can be applied to the tags...how totally fun is that! Use these labels to record your favorite potion.

Brand new Lifestyle Crafts dies have been added to the store! I'm personally in love with the new alphabet dies (we have three new ones in all!). You know what I love even more, the fact that these alphabets only cost $14.99! We also have a supply of new embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts.


Only 15 more days until Christmas...Stop on in this week and stock up on all your favorite crafting goodies and gifts!

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Three

Welcome to Day Three! Today's tag was super easy to create and although my card looks a bit different than Tim's the same technqiues were used; embossing, adding color with a blending tool and Distress Inks, and using gold Perfect Peals.

To start, I ran a piece of kraft cardstock through my Big Shot, using a holiday words embossing folder from Sizzix. I then used Distress Inks (all the new colors of course!) to add color over the embossing. The edges are nicely distressed and Walnut Stain Distress Ink was added for some depth. (Never underestimate that Walnut Stain ink...it really does add something wonderful to the edges of cards!)

And then for the bling...gold Perfect Pearls...doesn't that just rock! The gold shimmer is just amazing! I then added the twine and altered metal tag (had to go with that saying 'cause this project was definitely altered!). The greenery at the bottom of the card was created using Tim's fall die and Kraft Core-dinations cardstock. The three holly berries were actually white, I colored them red using Copic markers.

You can stop by the store and see not only the Tim products that we have in stock (that is if I don't buy them all myself! WooHoo!) but you can also see these cards in person! Stop by this week and grab all of your Tim products so you can make your own tags or cards! If we don't have something in stock, no worries, we'll order it for you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day Two

Greetings friends! Here's my card for Day 2 of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas! Today's card features this darling deer die that has been covered in sticky back canvas, embossed kraft paper, metal star adornment, holiday token, safety pin, vintage brads, and pine needle stamp...all from Tim! We have these products in stock and if we're missing anything, we'll place an order for you! And starting tomorrow, these cards will be in the store for up close viewing!!

Be sure to check out Tim's blog for all of the details on the creation of these tags!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Technique Tuesday

Welcome to Technique Tuesday! Today I'm showing you how to create a sweet and sparkly image for cards, using Elizabeth Craft Designs stickers and glitter!


Check out the video below for how to create these images! Enjoy!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

What's New

Not only do we have a large selection of leather, 3-ring, 12x12 albums in stock but we also have this stunning design, which is brand new from We R Memory Keepers! Most new designs on the way!

Super cute paper from We R Memory Keepers that features sweet kitties, some smoochie dogs, with coordinating stickers! I'm pretty sure this paper is going to be turned in to an album to showcase our cat Simon and his many sleeping poses!

Love, love, love this paper from Tim Holtz and Core-dinations. I used some of this paper on yesterday's card and I adore the kraft core. Looks amazing with the colors in this line.

Another beautiful paper line from We R Memory Keepers. This one focused on all things filled with love, weddings, and forevers. This line also comes complete with a lovely line of coordinating stickers.

Stop by this weekend to check out our new products, to visit, to look for the Secret Santa (someone found him yesterday and received 20% off of their entire order!!), and to stock up on all your favorite scrapbooking supplies!

Friday, December 2, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1

So...did you all go and visit Tim's blog this morning??!! No, then get on over there because now he has his Day 2 tag posted! Yippee and Ya-Hooie!! I'm so excited about the 12 Tags of Christmas!!

Guess what? I had to re-create Tim's Day 1 tag..I know, you're not surprised, are you? Well...I did make one change this year. I opted to create a card instead of a tag! Since we hold a tag classes each month (and I'm hoping to do so again next year!), I figured I'd do something a little bit different for my own personal stash of goodies!

This tag was quite a creation! A whole lot of glue, distressing, sanding, die cutting, and glitter! I believe that my entire room, and perhaps my entire person, is covered in fabulous silver glitter! Love it! This was an involved project...lots of steps and time required but the end result is amazing! Really beautiful in person!! (Yes, the card will be at the store for up close viewing!)

Interested in making your own card or in picking up any of the supplies used on this card? Contact the store and place an order for the products (many supplies are in stock!)

Enjoy, check out Tim's blog, and stay tuned for Day 2, 3, 4, and more!