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My hobby is still paper-crafting. But for now, the majority of my blog will be to chronicle my war with my fat body until it is no longer fat & unhealthy.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stampin' Trimmer Tool (My FAVORITE tool by far!)

My favorite tool the Stampin' Trimmer, item# 126889, $29.95 is getting better!

Starting August 9th, there are some accessories that will be available for the trimmer. There is a Rotary Addition (you can see part of the rotary arm on the left in the photo below); for just $12.95 you get the arm and a straight-edge rotary blade; item# 129407.

Other items that will be available are:
Small Scallop rotary blade for $3.95; item# 129410

Tiny Wave rotary blade for $3.95; item# 129409

Perforating rotary blade, also for $3.95; item# 132788 (Holiday Catalog)

Replacement cutting mats (then thin strip that goes in the cutting channel of the Stampin' Trimmer) in a set of 2 for $3.95; item# 131375

Set of 2 straight-edge replacement rotary blades for $5.95; item# 129408.

Remember, these items are available after August 9th! Click HERE to order.

Paper Craft Crew - Challenge 53

This is my first time entering a card for a Paper Craft Crew (PCC) challenge. Hopefully I did it right!
Here's the layout that we were to follow:
This is my card:
My colors were Pool Party, Calypso Coral & Very Vanilla. I used basic pearls & 1 large pearl for embellishment. The lacey ribbon is from Stampin' Up!; 5/8" Victoria crochet trim. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set, From My Heart. DSP is Everyday Enchantment & it is still available on the Clearance Rack, click HERE to view the Clearance Rack.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Another Challenge - FMS 98

This is for Challenge 98 posted on Freshly Made Sketches this week. Click this link to see the challenge details FMS 98.

You'll notice that I changed the orientation of the card just bit. I reversed the main image from the right more to the left & center.
I also put my narrow accent piece near the bottom behind my focal point, mainly because there really isn't a good way to shorten the focal point without ruining the look that I was going for.
Colors used were Bravo Burgandy, Very Vanilla, Basic Black & Crumb Cake.
The faux stitching along the top is done with a paper piercer, a white gel pen gone over with an extra-fine tip black Sharpie. The pearl flowers are made with a XL glue dot on the back of a large half pearl & the ribbon is scrunched & adhered to the glue dot. (Sometimes you have to put a 2nd glue dot before you make it all the way around.) Then use another glue dot to adhere it to your card. The sentiment is from one of this year's Sale-A-Bration sets & is punched out with the Postage Stamp punch from Stampin' Up! & edged in Crumb Cake. The main image was a newspaper print stamp inked with basic black & then cut out with Stampin' Up!'s Dressed Up Framelit, then edged with Crumb Cake. Then I cut a 2nd image cut in Basic Black & adhered the newsprint die cut over the black with it being just a little off-set to create the "shadow" image. The Very Vanilla rectangle and the sentiment piece were stamped with the Very Vintage wheel in Crumb Cake. Hope you've enjoyed my entry to FMS 98.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Get your Mojo 305 & SUO 76 Right Here!

I made this card with the 2 challenges above in mind & for Landon who is entering Kindergarten this fall.
He loves Despicable Me, so I think he'll get a kick out of this card! Handy too that the main character's name is Gru (grew)! Enjoy my fun with pun.

I wish the picture quality was a little better. I think I need either a different camera or some lessons on how to take better pictures!

The little Minion fellows were made using the large & small ticket punches & rounding the top corners. I used the vest from the Owl Builder punch for the bibs on the overalls. Gru is just a tall rectangle with the edges cut in 1/4" from top to bottom. Then you take the parts you trimmed off & invert them so that the widest portion is at the top to become arms. Mount them behind the body. The hands are the flower on the Boho Flower punch; the Minions are trimmed to have 3 fingers & Gru's are trimmed to 4 & 5 fingers (he's a mad scientist - I'm sure he blew off a finger somewhere along the way.) Gru's head is made from the largest Oval punch & then trimmed so that it's rounded up a little. The eyes for all of the characters are from the Owl builder punch.Gru's zipper on his coat & the zippers on the K are just white gel pen with criss-crosses drawn in, the trick to its looking good is to draw on your outer edges first. Gru's nose is just a triangle trimmed to fit his face. His scarf is another oval punch with stripes drawn on & that's about it for Gru & his Minion Crew. The little verse was something I made up, it's printed from my computer in Arial font. There is a little paper piercing in the corners of the gray & along the top & bottom of the yellow rectangle. Colors used were Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight & Pacific Point; Blushing Bride for Gru's face with Crumb Cake being used for the highlighting.

Layout is from Mojo Monday

Theme is from SU-Only Challenges - Back to School/Kards for Kids

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Best of 25 Years Re-cap. All sets are $14.95 each & all are clear mount only.

January: Best of Birthdays - Item# 132929

February: Best of Love - Item# 132987

March: Best of Flowers - Item# 133342

April: Best of Butterflies - Item# 133345

May: Best of Brides & Babies - Item# 133482

June: Best of Greetings - Item# 133485

July: Best of Shelli - Item# 133488
August: Best of Halloween - Item# 134381