Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'm Loving Pink Paislee...

This was my guest blogger post on the Everything Scrapp'n blog on Monday.
I've got a new digital SLR camera & am loving how easy it's making taking better photos of my layouts. More about that later this week.
Using some photos of my sister gave me a chance to get a little more "girly" than I get when I'm scrapping the everyday in our lives.

I'm loving the Pink Paislee lines. Their new lower price points on embellishments that sure don't skimp on quantity made them the hit of CHA Summer 2009. The cardstock alphas give you 2 styles of letters both with a generous amount of each letter for less than $2!

The soft colors of Amber Road were perfect for these photos of my sister Karen visiting Stonehenge for the first time. She loves rocks so this was a must see dream come true on her trip.
I used one of the Postcards Journaling Spots as a frame for one of the photos - tons of journaling spots that you cut out yourself for the price of a piece of paper. Adding Stickles to a few of the inexpensive new E flowers from Prima really made them pop & look like the ones that cost 10x as much. To define the outer edges of the 12x12 die cut background paper & show off the details I mimicked the dots on the journaling spot & it made it pop.
Ribbon (Maya Road - Black Gingham); Pin (Maya Road - Trinket Pins Vintage Black Pearl); Flowers (Prima E Line Flowers); Letters (Pink Paislee - Expressions Cardstock Alpha Pear); Glitter Glue (Tim Holtz - Stickles Antique Linen); Tag (October Afternoon); Pearls (Hobby Lobby by the yard)

I was crazy about the 12x12 diecut paper in Pink Paislee’s Twilight line. Karen shows it's never too old to have a crazy passion for Halloween. She loves to dress up & many years would even go to work in costume.

All of you know how I love the 12x12 die cut background papers. They really make a statement in any layout. This one from the Twilight line really has a lot of details & pazazz. I layered lots of the Pink Paislee rub ons. They go on "like butter". The hand stitching added some texture along with the Zva pearl flourishes. I'm all about cutting them up & using them in a visual triangle to draw the eye around the page.

I hope you took advantage of the fantastic sale over the weekend…
Happy Scrapping,

Friday, September 25, 2009

Birthday Sale at Everything Scrapp'n

Hello Everything Scrapp'n Customers:

I am pleased to announce that Everything Scrapp'n turns 2 years old September 26th and we all know that birthdays mean presents! Take a look at some of the great goodies you can get.

First Thing: Surprise Savings!
Enter the code 2years during checkout to receive 35% off your ENTIRE order! (Starting now and ending at Midnight EST September 26th)

Second Thing: Presents!
Level 1 Present - $10.00 purchase - 1 Package of E Pearls/Crystals
Level 2 Present - $20.00 purchase - Level 1 + 1 package of E Flowers
Level 3 Present - $30.00 purchase - Level 1 & 2 + Zva cloth bag
Level 4 Present - $40.00 purchase - Level 1-3 + Little Yellow Bicycle Medium Tote (heavy duty material)
Level 5 Present - $50.00 purchase - Level 1-4 + $5.00 gift certificate
After Level 5 Present - you will get an additional $5.00 gift certificate for every $10.00 you spend.

Third Thing: Invite your friends to our "party"!
If I get 26 orders between the moment you get this email through Midnight EST on the 26th, every customer will get bumped up a present level. So invite your friends!

Visit Everything Scrappn' at http://www.everythingscrappn.com/

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What is it with us and weather this year.....

Over the last year we've had a tree fall, lightening/power surge frying so many things electrically, now flood in the garage (which was all I thought happened this week) & now a damaged roof from a tree limb & a flooded crawl space....

Weather here in Georgia has been crazy this year & I sometimes feel like our little house has had an arrow on it saying "strike here".

I'm so thankful we don't have more damage than we do but mostly so blessed that everyone in our family is OK as so many people have lost their homes & lives. Ours is just an inconvenience while others are truly suffering a loss. It breaks my heart to think of the man who watched his 2 year old son slip out of his arms in the current of a rising creek that didn't even have a name it was so small normally - watch video here. So many 2 & 3 story houses under water with just the roofs peaking out... each house is a family who is hurting. I don't know each need but God sure does & I pray for them. I hope you will join me in lifting them up today with a little prayer for the people in Georgia. Here's a link to our local news if you are interested in more info.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lots of new release now in stock...

Everything Scrapp'n has a lot of great new products in stock & as always the first week in the store Heather discounts them 15% for you! On top of that all your purchases are tracked for a preferred customer incentive - when you have accumulated $200 you will receive $20 OFF on your next order. For those of you who don't have a LSS nearby anymore Everything Scrapp'n IS YOUR ONLINE LOCAL SCRAPBOOKS STORE.

If you haven't ordered from her before I have to tell you that the shipping is super fast & CHEAP compared the other scrapbooking sites out there. Where do you get $5 shipping these days?

Here's a couple of the must have embellishments for me...

Lots of Prima Flowers including these lovely Roses that are perfect to add dimension to your project.

Prima Trellis Roses Fontaine

Prima Ticket/Postage Acrylic Stamp Set how can you go wrong for less than $2 for all these stamps.

Prima Stitched Mullberry Paper
At CHA they had a sample with the circles replaced with small photos - just gorgeous.

Prima Mixed Crystals Flourish

American Crafts Letterman Thickers in every color under the sun - perfect for back to school layouts.

Webster's Pages paper came in a couple weeks ago (photos linked to the store item)

Including the smaller scale print 6x6 pads perfect for card making.

Their paper is some of the most beautiful around. But the Natures Storybook line is not too "girly" that you could use it for any subject/theme.

Look at the detail you get on the sticker sheet!

Their high quality vellum is like none you have ever worked with - vibrant color, heavy weight & gorgeous images. (they make the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen by layering distressed circles of the pink)

Hurry over for best selection & support a great online LSS!

Have a great day

Monday, September 14, 2009

Everything Scrapp'n Blog Hop

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sure has been shaking up the creativity in me lately. I've been experimenting with so many different ways to use it - your imagination really is the limit with these products....

Here's a layout I did using a lot of different layers of Glimmer Mist, inks, stamping & distressing.

I used a Maya Road stencil but I can't wait to order some of the Crafters Workshop stencils in the store. Look at this one - so many possibilities..... Not only for Glimmer Mist but for stitching, hand cutting shapes & even chalking.

The tutorial started off as a video for Tattered Angels techniques.... but I've been having trouble with the computer since the power surge/lightning strike over a month ago... I thought it was only because of the internet but it seems we'll be getting a new computer too as it's losing its "mind" lol. The new computer should be here by the end of the week & I can put this entire problem behind me.....

So sorry it's just still photos with explanations....

I layered several colors of teal Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Fall Breeze, Riptide, & Frozen Lake) using the stencil to block out a pattern...

The stencil was pretty saturated with overspray on top so I took another sheet of plain untextured cardstock & layed it on top of the stencil & used a bayer & my hands to pick up the color. It's the reverse of the original spray. Here's a photo to compare the 2. I actually liked the one that was the reverse better since it had more white space & it had a more distressed look. I used the original sprayed one though for the rest of the project.

Next I wanted to fill in the white spaces so I layered again with the colors originally sprayed in addition to (Gold, Candlight, Marshmallow, Jack o Lantern, Haunted Shadows & Pearl)

This is a gift for my best friend (pictured with her late mother). So I wanted to allow her to display it without a frame. The torn cardboard made an interesting background & will look great propped on an easel.

This layout was all about layering... I stamped over the background with a script writing stamp. Casually lined up going down the page....

Crumbling the paper up then inking over the creases further added interest.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink & the applicator.

Machine stitching using some decorative stitches anchored the page & added more texture.

I used Gel Medium to adhere the layout to the cardboard

The Prima Black Pearl Swirl Flourish & the backside of a Graphics 45 Communique tag left over from my last design team layouts fit right in perfectly.

A cluster of other embellishements. Prima Flowers that I sprayed with glimmer mist. Under the flower I pleated & curved an extra strip of the background paper to bring the color to the layered flower & add more depth & dimension. Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips sprayed with Gold & Candlelight Glimmer Mist & Inked with Distress Ink.

Complete Supply list for "Just a Moment in Time" project
Cardstock (Untextured Bazzill White); Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Fall Breeze, Riptide, Frozen Lake, Gold, Candlight, Marshmallow, Jack o Lantern, Haunted Shadows & Pearl); Paper (Websters Pages & Pink Paislee); Flowers (Prima); Pin (Maya Road - Trinket Pin); Ribbon (Misc Stash); Letters (I used Making Memories but the American Crafts Jewelry Box White Glitter Thickers would have been awesome & made the title work much more eye catching...); Bling (Prima Black Pearl Swirl Flourish); Tag (Graphics 45 Communique tag); Chipboard (Tattered Angels - Glimmer Chips); Metal Saying & Clock Hands (Tim Holtz); Transparent clock (Maya Road); Clip (Making Memories); Pearls (Danica & Kaiser Craft); Brad (Joann's Craft Essentials); Key Hole (Melissa Frances); Ticket (Vintage Stash); Stamp (Unity Stamp Company)

My other layout is showcasing the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper line that Heather just got in the store. All the embellishments were made by cutting out flowers from the pattered paper. A super inexpensive way to stretch your scrapbooking budget.

Supply List with Links for "Summer Fun"
Cardstock (Bazzill); Paper (Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Borders, Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Cherry Pie, Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Farmers Market, Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Ribbon Sandwich, Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Sunrise, & Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Apron Strings); Flowers (Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird Farmers Market); Buttons (misc stash); Cording (Making Memories); Trim (Maya Road); Letters (American Crafts - Thickers, My Little Shoebox - Tiny Alpha);

Don't forget to enter the Pink Paislee Banner/Garland Contest & the Tattered Angels Contest over at the Everything Scrapp'n Store Blog. There are some great prizes... I sure wish I could enter the Pink Paislee one & win that huge package of paper from ALL 4 Lines released at CHA & the Tattered Angels winner receives 3 sample size bottles of the Halloween Glimmer Mist Colors.

Thanks for visiting my blog. There is plenty more inspiration on the Everything Scrapp'n Design Team blogs so check them out too & say hello....

Denise has some projects using Pink Paislee Amber Road & Twilight papers, Prima Flowers & Glimmer mist. You've got to see what she came up with....

Jana also used Pink Paislee Twilight on a layout & card. She also has an awesome layout using some older Hambly products that looks fantastic.

Michelle used Glimmer Mist on her layout that is so fresh looking & sure to inspire you.

Have a great day & remember to take time to do something creative

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back in the Online World... Hopefully

Well yesterday I had Scott a supervisor from Charter come out & he went over the inside wiring with a fine tooth comb. He changed connectors, reran wires, labeled wires, changed the amplifier, and even reinstalled the phone outlet that I yanked out of the wall a week or so ago when I was calling Charter yet again & got the automated lady voice who didn't understand me & then "told" me that she "can do the same things as a tech can do" well I lost it & my cordless phone base flew across the room and shattered into 10 pieces. The cord was yanked clean out of the wall. I never lose my cool like that but man this has really been getting on my nerves and taken 5 weeks to get this far. Scott said that he is 100% sure there are no more inside wiring issues... but that he was also pretty sure that I would continue having problems since there are some outside intermittent problems in my area that they can't seem to figure out the what & why. He gave me his number & his boss's number to call each & every time there is a service interruption. So we shall see.

It feels good to be able to blog again....

There is lots going on at Everything Scrapp'n. New products are coming in each week. Tim Holtz Grungepaper is now in stock. You can buy it by the package or if you are on the fence Heather is selling it by the sheet. I'm so excited about this product - I can't wait to get my package.

The sale this week for Labor Day is:
September 1st-7th: YOU PICK YOUR SALE!
Free shipping on all orders over $25.00 if you use the code Labor at checkout.
An extra 10% off if you use the code LaborDay at checkout.

There is a fun contest going on right now.

Create a banner using Pink Paislee products. Link your creation to the Everything Scrapp'n Blog by Sept 15th to be entered to win a prize that I sure wish I was eligible to win.... The winner chooses one of the following: a pack of all the 2009 Summer Release CHA Pink Paislee Papers (Yes all of the lines), Pink Paislee Apron, or Pink Paislee Tote.

Here's the banner I made at the booth at CHA

This was my guest post on the Everything Scrapp'n Blog last week.

sure am loving all the new products from CHA pouring into the store. Heather is sure getting a workout receiving, putting it in inventory on the computer & in the warehouse & filling all the orders of others like me who are anxious to start creating with it.

I like to stretch my products as far as I can. Cutting strips of pattern paper will allow you to use one sheet on several projects. If you look at the back of my layouts you will also notice that I cut out parts of the background paper that would just be covered with other layers. So even when I am using the outermost of a 12x12 sheet the middle is carefully cut out so I have a square to use elsewhere - this really stretches my paper. The bling flourishes can also be cut apart so that you aren't using the entire piece on one layout. You can see many of my budget friendly tricks used on all these layouts...

Pink Paislee Amber Road
I have so many photos of CHA I thought I would use some for my layouts today. I really enjoyed meeting people that I know online while I was at the convention. Unity Stamps was one of my must stop places. I had to get a photo meeting Angela & Brooke. I mixed many of the new Pink Paislee Amber Road papers with Maya Road, Prima, & Jenni Bowlin Embellishments.

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill); Paper (Pink Paislee -Amber Road Apple Cider , Pink Paislee -Amber Road Autumn Blossom, Pink Paislee -Amber Road Bonfire, Pink Paislee -Amber Road Harvest Hayride, Sassafras Lass); Chipboard Buttons (Jenni Bowlin - Photographer's Mark); Journaling Spot (Pink Paislee -Amber Road Postcard); Pins (Maya Road -Trinket Pins Vintage Black Pearl); Ribbon (Maya Road - Black Gingham); Letters (Pink Paislee -Expressions Cardstock Alphabets Chocolate ); Bling (Prima -Pearl Swirl Black Small ); Ink (Ranger & Colorbox); Stamps (Unity Stamp Co); Thread (Coats & Clarks)

Jenni Bowlin & Graphics 45
I had a few favorite pictures with guys at CHA. Tim Holtz has a huge following & when he is "in the house" you can hardly get near him... so late one afternoon I couldn't believe he was by himself in his booth. He was very gracious to take a photo with me. Another favorite guy was from Tattered Angels. During the week he was so much fun - chatting with us whenever he passed us. I can't for the life of me remember his name... that'll teach me to write things down in my little notebook. If you were at CHA & remember leave me a comment please.

For this layout I wanted to keep it simple with clean lines. The new Jenni Bowlin papers & embellishments made it super easy & had a very classic look. I even used some of the Graphics 45 Domestic Goddess - choosing a stripe made a more femine line paper be appropriate for a masculine page.

Graphics 45 also has an alpha that is part of the line. It's an incredible bargain because they are pre punched on a 12x12 sheet of paper. So for $1.40 you get lots of alphas (2 full upper case alphas, 3 full lower case alphas & 2 numbers). You can easily get them to look like the new Tim Holtz metal type letters by punching them out & running them thru a Xyron sticker maker (to apply adhesive & stablize them on a non stick sheet) then apply a thin coat of Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents.

Supplies: Paper (Jenni Bowlin -Classic Die Cut Label Paper Leger, Graphics 45 - Domestic Goddess Tea Time); Journaling Spot (Jenni Bowlin - Memo Book Black); Letters (Graphics 45 - Domestic Goddess Alpha ) & Jenni Bowlin -Reverse Tiny Circle Alpha Cardstock Sticker Black); Ribbon (Maya Road - Black Gingham); Chipboard Buttons (Jenni Bowlin - Photographers Mark); Brads (American Crafts);

Rusty Pickle - Panama Jack
Finally Heather & I wanted to showcase the new Rusty Pickle Panama Jack line that just came in the store. At first glance it's a very theme oriented with a lot of beachy images & drinking logos. I looked past that & found wonderful products for a layout about my adult sons' birthdays. I love the diecut yellow notebook paper & the mini file folders are an instant favorite to hide journaling.

I hope this will inspire you to look past the obvious of the papers in your stash & in the store... and get creative making them work for you.

The file folder allowed me to hide my journaling. For this layout is was perfect because I wanted to tell the story of the day but since it was a difficult day for my older son I didn't want it to be in view whenever we looked thru the album. You see he broke up with his fiance that day - it had been building up for weeks & he had just had enough...

The journaling spots really added interest to the layout. I cut a noteworthy shape to fit on the file folder and fill in the blank spot under my stamped calendar. The dark border of the square journaling spot really added weight & drew the eye to the titlework. Again on my "guy" layouts I keep the embellishing simple. I used a punch to make a file folder label to add more interest. The Jenni Bowlin Tiny Alphas are a perfect addition. A few buttons scattered on the page in a visual triange complete the design.

Supplies: Paper (Rusty Pickle - Blue Hawaii , Rusty Pickle - Sail Away, Rusty Pickle -Tequila Sunrise, Rusty Pickle - Tropical Hangover); File Folder (Rusty Pickle - Buttercup); Journaling Spots (Rusty Pickle - Cardstock Coupons); Stickers (Jenni Bowlin - Apothecary Stickers ); Photo Corners (Heidi Swapp); Letters (Jenni Bowlin -Reverse Tiny Circle Alpha Cardstock Sticker Navy , American Crafts - Thickers ); Ticket (Jenni Bowlin); Stamps (Unity Stamp Co & Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards); Ink (Ranger); Buttons (Misc Stash); Clips (Tim Holtz & Making Memories); Staples (Tim Holtz); Thread (Coats & Clarks); Punches (EK Success & McGill)


I also wanted to post about a great site that went online this week... Ella Publishing. Lain Ehmann & Angie Lucas (formerly of Simple Scrapbooks) have started a publishing company for downloadable scrapbooking books & monthly ezine.

The first issue of the magazine will be available on September 8th. I can't wait to see it. The books look fantastic. Filled with top notch photography & quality all the way. Here is a link to the freebie they are offering this week. Text Tricks includes 3 sketches & some hints to make your journaling/titlework a standout. Head on over & join the commuity, check out the blog & download your inspiration....

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