Archive for January, 2010

Loving the Material Girl Goods

I’ve been having so much fun with the February kit this past week. Seriously, the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl line is fabulous. We included all 6 of the paper designs in this kit because we just couldn’t narrow it down.

Here’s a look at one project I put together with the kit.Love the big Jenni Bowlin die cut paper? So do we and it’s in the kit. The label stickers and jewels are in the kit too!

Hope you are looking forward to getting your kit!

Ribbon Pleating

Well, I just got the Scrapbook Circle FEBRUARY kit in the mail today! I’m SOOOOO excited to play with it and if I get a chance TODAY, I’ll post an entry later on, but I wanted to show you a fun technique I sort of picked up at CHA. One of the big new ‘things’ is ribbon pleating. You will be seeing some in a kit coming soon to a door near you (hopefully YOURS). But, in the meantime, this is my attempt at ribbon pleating.Now, the ones we’ll get in the kits are very orderly and nice and elegant. Elegant just didn’t work for this page. I wanted fun, and colorful. So, I just cut a piece of ribbon much longer than what I wanted it to show on the page, and then bunched or pleated it haphazardly as I sewed a straight stitch. It was lots of fun and I love the disorderly look it gave my page.
I also made the title with my Silhouette and black vinyl. It is so easy to combine all sorts of fonts and size it to fit your layout perfectly, then cut, peel, and stick! So fun!

Hopefully I’ll make it on later today for a post about February’s kit!

February Kit is Up!

We are very excited to share our February kit with you. We filled it will all of the paper from the new Cosmo Cricket Material Girl line. We loved all of the paper so much that we just couldn’t exclude any of them. There are also pieces of Basic Grey Origins, Making Memories Flutter plus brand new goodies from Elle’s Studio and much more.We are also happy to let you know that we have some February paper add-ons available for you this month. This kit has 10 patterned papers and you can get an extra set for yourself. We love this paper so much and figured you would love it too!
Here’s another little peek at what I’ve been up to with the kit.
(The paper and tag are from the kit and the alpha is from my stash.)

Hope you are looking forward to this kit!

Are You Ready?

Who’s ready for Valentines Day? It’s coming up here, only a little over two weeks away! I don’t know about everyone else, but I have already started on Valentines Day cards. There is nothing better than giving your loved ones a gift from the heart like a handmade Valentine!

Here are a couple Valentines that I have created so far, hopefully they will inspire you to get started on yours as well! If you have already started making yours, please share!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

The First February Peek

The products in our February kit are hot off the press and we are so happy to have them here and we are ready to share them with you.

Here’s a little look at what you have to look forward to in next month’s kit.Are you ready?

An Exceptionally ‘Easel’ Card Tutorial

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! Only one more day until Friday!!! Whoo hoo! So how about a way to pass the day away to get to the weekend quicker?!!! I’m all for that!!! Also, it’s so easy and fun!!! Let’s make some cards!!!

I have had many people asking me about the recent ‘easel’ cards I have been making. I found the written instructions for these online, but thought I would do a simple little picture tutorial for you guys. The finished size of this card will be 6×6″.

Supplies Needed:
1-solid 12×12 cardstock
bone folder
patterned paper of your choice
embellishments of your choice
rhinestones, pearls, brads, OR buttons

Step One:
Cut solid cardstock to 12″ x 6 “. Score at the 3″ and 6” line. When I score lines, I like to place my cardstock on my paper trimmer and score along the groove in the trimmer using a embossing stylus.

Step Two:
Valley fold as shown to create a triangle, smoothing out the creases with a bone folder. This will be your card base. At this point, if you want to decorate the card base, go ahead and do so. I waited and did that last, so it’s really up to you how you would like to do it. Set aside.

Step Three:
Cut solid cardstock to 6×6″. Embellish as desired. I used the January SBC kit for mine. This will be your card front. When you are finished embellishing as desired, you will want to attach this card front to the card base. Apply adhesive to the front flap of the triangle and adhere the bottom half of the card front.
Step Four:
To create easel, you will need to place some sort of dimensional embellishment (such as a button, rhinestone(s), pearl(s), or brad(s). I chose to use the rhinestones from the kit.
Your finished product should looks something like this….
This really is so easy and so fun! There are so many ways to make your card unique! So be sure to give this a go and upload your creations in the gallery here at SBC!!! We’d love to see what you can do!
Happy Scrappin’!!!

Our Fun Finds at CHA

Jennie, Diana and I returned late last night from two full days at CHA in Anaheim. Wow, we had so much fun finding product for our upcoming kits. It’s a hard job, but somebody had to do it!

Here’s a look at what we found and what we were up to while we were away.

We loved all of the new Jenni Bowlin goodies. The butterflies and banner alphas were definite favorites.The new Dear, Lizzy line by Elizabeth Kartchner & American Crafts was really playful and fun. We met Liz and talked to her for quite a while. She was very sweet. We’re excited to be bringing you a bunch of her product in an upcoming kit! (Hopefully the April kit.)The two new lines from October Afternoon very fabulous (as usual.) We ordered pieces from both the Fly a Kite line and the Vintage line. Here’s a look at some of the Fly a Kite paper and some sample projects they had up in the booth.We branched out a bit an ordered some really fun fiber products with both burlap and canvas. We can’t wait to play with them and see what you do with them too.The Prima booth was full of yummy goodness.
The Brrok Collection from Crate Paper was antoher one of our favorites. Here’s a layout created with this line.While we were walking around (most likely near the American Crafts booth because they has the best chocolate!) we ran into Stacy Julian, Rhonna Farrer and Janet Hopkins. We talked to them for a while. They were all very nice and full and energy.Another great kit find was the two new lines by Margie Romney-Aslett. We loved both of her lines and you will be seeing some of each of them in our upcoming kits. Thickers? Need I say more? Racks of thickers. Ahhhh.
We put our Cosmo Cricket order in before the show so that we could be sure to bring you the newest product right away. Out Cosmo Cricket goodies have already shipped and they are on their way to us!We are so excited about what we found and put together into kits for you! Can’t wait to share more peeks with you.

If you want to see even more of what we were up to at CHA, you can check out Diana’s blog and my blog.

what about all of that punctuation?

If you’re like me, and you love every set of chipboard letters you have, you will find a way to use every single piece. And the punctuation marks are no exception!

Here I used one end of the parentheses to simulate a smile to go with my “grin” title. And above that, I used periods to frame the edge of the journal spot and the edging of the paper. Had my journaling been a list, they easily could have been bullets at the front of each sentence.

So, look through those Thickers and letters that you love… you’re hanging onto each last letter aren’t you?! Is there any potential there with your punctuation marks?!

Have a nice Tuesday!
-Diana F.

tip of the day…..

Fussy cutting? What is it? Curious? Simply put it’s cutting out a shape or object from a design pattern paper for example. here is my example:

I really wanted to accentuate the cupcakes from the paper because this was a layout of my girl’s birthday party. The results are fun! FYI I used a different color of perfect pearls for the edges…Here is a look at the final layout:

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