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Archive for May, 2010

Kit Sale!

limerickey kit

We’re going to begin this week with a treat for you: a kit sale!  All kits are on sale for 20% off!  Wahoo!  Once they are sold out, they are gone forever so get them while you can.

See all available kits here.

Have a fantastic Monday!

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Quote of the Day

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

 George Bernard Shaw on Opportunity

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Chipboard Post It Notes

By Lynn M.

Looking for a great little gift, or do you just want to have a pretty little note pad?  Then this little gem is for you! This is super easy, and super fast! Hope you enjoy it!

You will need the following: Chipboard, Patterned paper, glue stick, bone folder, scissors, 3×3 post it note pad, embellishments.

Step one is to cut out your chipboard and patterned paper (PP1 and PP2).

You will need 2 pieces of chipboard cut to 3 1/8″ x 3 1/4″ and 1 piece cut to 3/8″ x 3 1/4″
PP1 – Cut 8″x4 1/4″
PP2 – Cut to 6 3/4″ x 3″

Score pp1 @ 3 5/8″ & 4 1/4″, also score @ approx. 1/2″ on outside edges
Score pp2 @ approx 3″ from each side. (note, these are approx score marks, you will be able to mark your score lines when you lay your chipboard down before you adhere it. I found that works best, just in case you’re like me and you’re half asleep when your making these…lol)

Now you will glue down your chipboard and fold over your scored edges.

Next step is to adhere pp2 on the inside.

Now, adhere your post it note on the inside.

All there is left to do now is embellish! And your done! Easy peasy and cute as a button! I made one of these for each of my staff at work.

Club House Kudos: SC Johnson!

I know what you’re thinking: “SC Johnson: A Family Company?” .    Yup, that’s the one.  I stumbled across their site and found this really cool tutorial on how to make a ziploc bag tote.
ziploc tote

Isn’t it cute?  You could stash cards in their or embellies, anything really.  Too sweet!

See it all here.

Digital Download

Wow, with yesterday being a holiday here in Canada, my days are so mixed up!  Does that ever happen to you?  I keep thinking I have Monday stuff to do so, even though it’s Tuesday, we’re going ahead with a Monday event: Digital Download day.

This week I found some really cool Photoshop actions via Visual Blast.  They have over 120 photoshop actions on their site for you to download and use on your photographs.  I love the vintage photo one.    Check them out here .

Have a great day!

Quote of the Day

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”

–Ralph W. Emerson

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Alcohol Ink Card

By Wendy

For this challenge, I need you to pull out your alcohol inks and have some fun!!!
Here are the materials:

2colours – the 2 that I am using are Pesto, Red Pepper
2 mixatives – gold, pearl
Ink Blender solution
craft mat
glossy paper
Ink Blending Tool
felt (for the blending tool)
Brown or Sepia waterproof ink pad – I used Rangers Sepia Archival Ink Pad
a background stamp – a big one with flowers, musical notes, swirls, script
Card base (I used 5½ X 5½)
A flower, button, twine and letters – or whatever you want to use to decorate your card!

Step 1:

Attach your felt to the Ink Blending Tool. Use your pesto and red pepper inks to put 3-5 drops onto the felt.
Add a few drops of each mixative (gold & pearl) over the inks.
Add a few small quirts of the blender solution. You do not need to use a lot – a little goes a long way.

Step 2:

Place your glossy paper on your craft mat. Glossy photo paper will work – but I remember being told something about the chemicals that are in the photo paper do not work as well when blending with the alcohol inks.
If you have the Ranger Craft Mat – you can easily clean up inks and alcohol inks with a paper towel and a bit of water. Nothing sticks to this!
Then, use the Ink Blending tool to stamp all over the glossy paper. The inks will dry almost immediately.
For a clean look, try not to go over the spots that you have already done.

Alternatively, you can twist the Ink Blending Tool and you will get a very different effect.

Another way, is to put the alcohol inks directly on to the craft mat in a line or small puddle. You can turn the glossy paper, face down on the sheet and slide or twist through the inks. Again, you will have another different look.

Try mixing 3 colours – they do not have to be the 3 that come in a package. They will all complement each other.

Step 4:

Next, take your background stamp and ink it up with waterproof ink. With the colors, I used a brown so that it would be visible, but not overpowering. A good tip is to lay your stamp on the table and use the ink pad to cover the stamp. You will get a more even coverage of ink. Stamp your glossy paper – standing up with even pressure is probably the best way. A little twist of the paper and the stamp together on you table will help with getting the full stamp onto your sheet.

Step 5:

From here…your challenge is to use the glossy paper on a card. I chose a 5 ½ x 5 ½ base and added a flower. Folded it in half, added a button with some twine for a bow. I added the sentiment “Hi”.

You can use these same techniques on acrylic, grungeboard, thickers!, brads – pretty much anything – the colours are stunning and it gives your old product a brand new look!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!