Friday, June 29, 2012

{Cool Die} Sizzix/Hero Arts Butterflies#3

Shelly here with a look at a super versatile die and stamp set from Sizzix and Hero Arts: Butterflies #3 comes with two floral and three butterfly stamps with matching sizzlets dies that cut out each shape perfectly! The stamps are rubber cling mount stamps. The dies are compatible with Sizzix BIGkick, Big Shot & the Vagabond die cutting machines.
Here's a project I created using the die/stamps set and Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 Paper Pad of papers and die cut pieces.
Here's a closer look at the 3D flower:
Cut and color three stamped images (all three should be the same image). Fussy cut around specific parts of the image (I choose the pink petals on the center layer) and attach with small pop dots. Next, do the same for the third layer (this time I choose the brown flower centers) and again attach with pop dots.
I used Copic Markers to color these images.

I'll be sharing more cards, layouts, and projects using this die, Copic markers, and Summer Fresh paper projects throughout the month of July-so check back frequently so that you don't miss anything!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{Sale} 6x6 Paper Pads

I absolutely LOVE the 6x6 paper pads manufacturers are coming out with! I love the smaller prints, love less waste, love having so many options! I recently picked up the new EP Note to Self 6x6 paper pad and created several cards and this layout using it.

All 6x6 paper pads are on 40%

off June 22, 2012

through June 28, 2012!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{Tips and Techniques} Ink, Embossing & more!

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Get your fingers dirty with some ink! I would love to share a few inking techniques and tips with you today.
Hi, Shelly here with a set of gift bag tags you can create and embellish using some great inking techniques such as embossing and inking, and distress inking directly to the surface of your project, and of course stamping.
I created these four tags using chipboard I cut out into the shape of a tag.
Tip: Use a Sizzix tag die or an Accucut tag die for really quick results!
Next, I ran the chipboard tags through my Vagabond machine using various embossing folders from Darice, Sizzix, and Ranger. A Cuttlebug or Big Shot would certainly work just as well.
You can see the embossed edges (Darice)  in the sample above. Next, I used my Jenni Bowlin ink with a Ranger blending tool and foam applicator to add ink to the embossed surfaces of the unfinished tag. 
Tip: When using a blending tool remember to always start off the actual surface you're going to be adding ink to and bring the applicator onto the project's surface using a slight circular motion with your wrist/applicator. This will help prevent applicator lines on your project.
I used a Crop-a-dile to easily punch holes through the top of the tag and ran ribbons through the holes.  I used flowered punches for the flower shapes and small tag on the tag above. Use pop dots between layers for eye-catching dimension.
To create a more masculine tag use Echo Park papers from their "Note to Self" collection along with heavy metal brads, twill, clock and gear embossed images (Ranger) and attach it all to the chipboard base using the Tim Holtz tiny attacher. 
Technique: use the pad directly onto the project's surface for a harsher less subtle look.
Tip: Ink the edges of the tags with the actual ink pad. I used Jenni Bowlin's Fountain Pen on these two masculine tags. 

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Markers: Copic
Stamps: Stamp School Men in My Life, Studio Claudine Hellmuth "So Retro", Stampendous Blossom Brackets
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Brad, Theresa Collins Brad
Misc.: Ribbons & Pop Dots

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Copic Card Class: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6-8pm

Create five cards using Authentique's newest line of papers & die cut stickers: Glory! We will be using several techniques to create dimention, texture, pocket cards (2), and more. 

I will have all necessary markers needed for class available to use if you don't own them all-so please don't hesitate to register for class by calling The Scrapbooking Studio at 309-736-7242 to register for your place in class. The cost is just $19/kit and it includes everything you will need to create a birthday, All-American Girl, All-American Boy, Liberty Themed, and Sweet Summertime cards using the basic coloring technique, feathered blending, coloring on canvas, coloring on Prima paper flowers, creating dimensional stars, and more. Each student will receive instructions and photos of project. 

Register for class today! Seating is limited due to availability of some supplies. 
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6-8PM
Place: The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL
(309) 736-7242

Cost: $19/kit

Class Supplies student should bring with them: The Following Copic Markers: R24, R27, R29, R30, R35, R39, B41, B45, E31, E33, E35, E79 (I will have mine available for students to use as well). Atyou Spica Glitter Pens: Baby Blue, Blossom, Sharp Pointy Scissors, Tim Holtz scissors, sticky dots, pop dots, favorite adhesive.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, June 22, 2012

{Cards} MME On the Sunny Side

Love making adorable cards? Yeah, me too! Shelly here with a peak at some great stamps available NOW at The Scrapbooking Studio along with a great line of papers from My Minds Eye: On the Sunny Side
I created this card with a A2 size base with the fold at the top (so it measures 5 1/2 " wide by 4 1/4" tall). Lawn Fawn "gnome sweet gnome" stamp collection, pennant cut using a Spellbinder's die and it flies from a Maya Road posie. I used Pebbles chalk PENCILS to color in the handsome gnome. This card might be too cute to give away :)
There's nothing like the sound of the ice cream truck in the summer! The one in our neighborhood always blasts the tune "The Entertainer" from it's speaker. This is an A2 size card as well, except this time the fold is on the left. I've used one of the pieces from the  Accessories sheet for the ice cream truck flowers and pennant pieces, an embossing folder on Tim Holtz Nostalgia Kraft Core cardstock, and a piece of ribbon for the "road".
This scooter from the Accessories sheet just says, "Little Boy" to me. I created the awesome tread marks using the stamp from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Road Trip. I used Basic Gray glass brads for the hub caps on the scooter's wheels and a button on the pinwheel just to add even more fun.
Check out all the newest goodies at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL!

Friday, June 15, 2012

{Sale} AWDML Jenni Bowlin Ink!!!

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Jenni Bowlin for Ranger inks are a great addition to any collection due to the wonderful smaller size pads that fit very comfortably in your hand. The raised felt pad works great for inking edges directly from the pad to project (as I used it on my card project below). The inks are Acid Free Dye Ink pads available is several colors. They are great to use directly onto stamps for inking, pad to paper techniques and brayering. 

{Layout} MME On the Sunny Side

Wondering what new great collection to pick up the next time you're at The Scrapbooking Studio? Shelly here with a great suggestion: why not check out this cheery new line from My Minds Eye?
My Minds Eye's new line On the Sunny Side is a wonderfully happy summer collection that works GREAT for masculine and feminine layouts! This is a fun picture the photographer snapped of my nephew and his groomsmen on their way to the wedding ceremony in August 2011.  This collection of heavy double sided patterned papers and the subtle color hues seems to match so much in all of my pictures. It also gave me a ton of options. You'll want to grab a sheet of the accessories too to have the perfect embellishments on hand:
Here's a look at the whole collection:
Thanks for checking it all out! It's available NOW at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{Tutorial} Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist

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Step1: Use punches and dies to create flowers from vellum and paper.
Step 2: Gather several (3-4) Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mists, heat tool, and paper towels.
Step 3:   Create a "safe" place to mist using items such as the Ranger N0n-stick craft mat and/or a Color Catcher. (If you don't own these items, considered laying paper towels or old newspapers over surrounding areas to protect from excess over spray that can sometimes happen when using mists of any type.
Step 4: Then, lightly spray (mist) objects with with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mists using a downward motion as you mist. Stay about 6-8" away from the object(s). Use a heat tool to dry them! Use one color at a time (and clean up after each) or allow colors to "bleed" into each other creating a modeled or tie dyed effect.
Step 5: Layer different colored dried pieces and hold together with a brad in the center of the flowers. Tie silk ribbon into a bow.
Did you know? You can use Glimmer Mist to change the color of already colored items you want to use on a layout such as the type of silk flowers and wooden butterfly below.
Simply mist and dry!
Hint: Always use a paper towel to wipe away excess liquid before using the heat tool to dry the objects. This will help quicken dry time and help keep your work surface cleaner.
Step 6: Layer and cluster altered "Misted" pieces to your layout as titles, flowers, embellishments, etc.
Step 7:  Crete a title with chipboard Thickers, layered flowers, and a wooden butterfly as an accent.
Step 8: Create an anchoring cluster in the lower right corner of the layout using several layered flowers and a silk bow:
Creating altered and beautifully colored objects with Glimmer Mists is a blast! Thanks for taking a look at this week’s tutorial.
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Embellishments: Flowers: Prima, Felt, Brads, Silk Seam Binding (Fabric Store), adhesive letters: Authentique Petite Type Square

Friday, June 8, 2012

{New Die} The Matchbook Die from Ranger

Shelly here with a peek at a great new die from Sizzix, Ranger and Tim Holtz:
It's the Alteration's Mover's & Shapers Matchbook die
I was very excited to try out this great addition to the Movers and Shapers collection of dies. Here are a few cards I created with the die:

And here's a look at the cards' insides:
This die lends itself to a great deal of creativity! I think it would also work great as a base for an adorable mini-album. The finished size of the larger matchbook is 3x3 1/2"  and the smaller of the two matchbooks measures 2 1/4"x3 1/2".

Hint: layer several pieces of paper inside the fold of the matchbook and then attach the pages & cover together using the tiny attacher.

Paper used with these cards: My Mind's Eye-On the Sunny Side papers and Die cut pieces.
Thanks for checking out the hottest new items at The Scrapbooking Studio!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

{Tutorial) Cri-Kut Pens and Holder in your Cricut and Expression

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Using Cri-Kut pens in your Cricut or Cricut Expression opens up a whole new world of  creativity and possibilities! I was able to create a layout title and card greeting in just a few minutes using the Cri-Kut Pen holder and pens (they're magnetic!). It was quick and easy. Gather a few supplies: Cricut machine, cartridge (I used Jubilee and George for this project), some white, cream, or other light colored  paper for the title piece on your layout, black paper for your card greeting, Cri-Kut pen holder & pens.

1. Remove the blade carriage from the Cricut machine.
2. Choose a Cri-Kut pen and remove the cap. Make sure the pen is working correctly before loading it into the holder/machine.
3. Place your title paper onto the Cricut pad so it' ready for printing.
4. Load the pen into the Cri-Kut holder. It should stay in there for you because of the magnets.
5. Place the Cri-Kut holder into the position where the blade normally is and tighten the screw around the holder.
6. Once the pen/holder are in position, load the paper into the machine.
7. Choose your title, hit the "Cut" button.  Your machine will begin to print your title. (Practice on scratch paper before using your actual layout piece).
8. Your title will print. (It's really fun to see the machine print instead of cut). I used the Jubilee cartridge to create this title and I used atyou Spica glitter pens in matching colors to darken the outlined letters of the title. Here's a picture of the title and sub-titles for my layout before I cut it out with my trimmer, matted it and adhered it to m layout.
Here's my Finised Layout:
Hint: Make a greeting for a card using a white pen and black paper (very cool!) Color in the outline using a clear glitter pen.

Thanks for taking a look at this week's tutorial,
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Tools: Cricut