Wednesday, October 29, 2008

There's NEW TOOL in TOWN (well new to me) it's called the Big Shot by Sizzix. It's been tested, Tried and been found Guilty of being awesome!! I love this machine so much that it has displaced the little green machine from my heart.

Now it is bigger, it weighs about 8 lbs, but it's not to big to carry around. Plus it has a cute doctor's style bag it can be packed up in. I like it because the crank is super easy to turn. You can crank it both ways through the machine. It is super sturdy, no more holding a machine down and cranking at the same time. It is also compatible with other makes of dies. (So I still get to use all those great embossing folders and dies) You can also with some dies cut multiples!
I just love the pillow box and the exclusive Stampin' Up! Basket die.

NOW for 50 more reasons These are all the great materials you can cut

Brass (.055)
Light weight steel
Aluminum (.016)
Tin (.008)
Aircraft plywood (1/64")
Basswood (1/16")
Balsa (3/32")
Mat board (adhesive or none)
Foam with chipboard (.1)
Corrugated pad
Adhesive-backed cork
Fine sandpaper (.00)
Extra thick template plastic
Template plastic
Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
Bubble wrap
Sheet foam
Friendly (jewelry) plastic
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Static cling vinyl
Warm & natural batting
Fusible fleece
Quilt batting
Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
Heat n' shrink plastic
Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
Pop-up sponge
Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
Iron-on fabric
Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
3-D illusionary plastic
Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
Suede paper
Funky fur
Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
Shaggy plush felt
Vinyl flooring
Shelf lining
Embossing rubber
Thin leather
Gasket material

Wow that's a lot of stuff to cut out. This is one amazing machine, all the creative possibilities. Let me see what can I cut next?

I was asked to create a CD Holder for a workshop on Monday night. These are super simple and fun to do. You only need a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper.

So gather the needed supplies: Glue dots, Paper cutter, scoring blade or do what I did and use the Scor Pal. You will also need one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of card stock, scrap piece of card stock, 1 1/4 inch circle punch and 1/2 a velcro dot.

Step 1: Trim your 81/2 by 11 sheet of card stock to 7-7/8 by 11. I then cut this sheet of paper along the 7-7/8" edge to 3by11 and 4-7/8 by 11.

Step 2: Score the 4-7/8" piece of card stock along the 11" edge 3 inches from each end.

Score the 3 by 11 piece at 21/2" and at arrow after the 7 (on the scor pal) I think that would be approximately 7 1/4". You can also place a cd on this paper and fold it to fit. I wanted clean lines in my folder with no pieces coming out the sides.

Step 3: Adhere flaps on 3 " piece with glue dots and glue into cd holder. If desired you can trim a small strip off this piece so when you glue the other flap up nothing overhangs.

Step 4: If desired you can use your circle punch to take a 1/2 circle punch out of the pocket area. This is not necessary though.

You may now decorate the front of your holder. I rounded the corners on the back flap, you can use velcro to close the back flap or invent another cool closure.

Friday, October 10, 2008

This past weekend, we held a Crop for the Cure. What a fun event, lot's of great people, great food and of course some awesome scrappin' happening. Not only were funds raised for a local Cancer Charity but we also all scrapped layouts for an album to be auctioned off a little later this year.
This was my contribution to the book. Some supplies were there to be used but we could add our own too. I used the SU! set Inspired by Nature and stamped it in pink pirouette and riding hood red. I LOVE these colours together. I always have a hard time doing a pictureless page but I was really happy with these pages. I hope the album goes to a good home and is well loved.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I just have to share these few photo's. This is what is keeping me busy these days.....

He looks sweet but he is a whirlwind. I am constantly saving my beloved paper crafting items from his clutches. Dare I say evil clutches. LOL

I love having him but my creative time is at an all time low. Still trying to get to those samples. LOL I hope to stamp tonight. :)

I was just wanting to share these photo's with you all. I love photography and have for a long time, even before I found scrapping and stamping. I always thought I had a talent for it. But I think my 13 year old has outshone me. She has a wonderful eye for scenery. She took all these pictures. She just had to have a camera, she couldn't do without it, so we got her one as an early birthday present. She put it to good use.

I just love the area we live in. It is so beautiful and peaceful. It is wonderful that she captured these wonderous images.

I was just so impressed with her eye for beauty. Most kids her age would just be focusing on her friends. But she takes all kinds of artsy photo's. What a great talent to have.