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Friday, January 16, 2009

Too many Videos!

I made 3 videos in one day for the Design Team that I am on. So I am posting all 3 of them here at once.

And honestly that is all I have to say about that!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Happy Birthday - No Not My Birthday!

Yesterday I promised more projects and a promise is a promise!

Right on the heals of the Damask Die release came the January release of Birthday Dies. These are fabulous, so much so that I bought the entire line of them which rarely happens.

First my daughter, Bree's 12th Birthday LO.

Next a banner using a Pennant Die:

An innovations using the Candle Die that I used in the Birthday LO.... don't throw those little pieces away - a flower is waiting to bloom!

And finally a simple card:

So a promise kept today and I will just let those projects speak for themselves. If you have questions leave a comment and include your email and I will get back to you.

Happy Scrappin' !!!


Friday, January 9, 2009

Loss For Words

Sometimes when I look at the New Release Dies and I think "Who thought of this?" or "What where they thinking?"

That was kind of my thought on the December die release. They were just odd dies, at least that is my opinion, and since this is my blog I get to voice that opinion freely.

I did my work with them but I am still shaking my head about them. These dies took so long for the retailers to get and by the time they got them another new release set of dies were out for January. (I won't even give you my thoughts on that issue.)

In any case ... here are a few projects using the new Damask dies.

A bookmark using a Faux Chipboard technique. This technique came from Susan! I sandwiched 3 layers of cardstock and between two of those layers I put a layer of velum to give a stained glass look.

I also made an etched plate. Those Damask dies really had me going - I don't know what to do with them or what to make of them. When I looked at this one particular die I just kept seeing butterfly wings so a butterfly it became!

And as if that wasn't enough that I made a butterfly etching, I had to see that butterfly all connected, layered and in color!

I don't know when or if I will do anything else with these Damask Dies but I do know the these are very Gothic looking and have a dark side to them..... and I also know that I am not ready for the dark side!

Happy Scrappin' !!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

It's Video Time!!!!

I have never put a video on my blog so I am digging my heels in and I'm going to do a series of them for you (It's time.) I am a little nervous in front of the camera but I am told that it gets easier. So keep in mind that I am no Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray. I will pause trying to think of a word I need and will try not to call my Pazzle Alligator Clip a Roach Clip again (I did that while doing my first video for Scrap-Mart.)

Over the next few weeks, I plan on showing you several TIPS, TRICKS, and HOW-TO videos. These are just little techniques that I have used for years and never gave them a second thought. In the back of my mind, I guess, I think that all paper crafters, scrapbookers and card makers are privy to this information but I was recently reminded that we are all on different levels of the art. Some of you are beginners while others have been doing this for years.

When I show my work I get emails asking, "How did you do that?" or "What is the secret to getting that to look that way?" Most of the time it is a simple technique that gets the end results. You have to remember if it is difficult I don't do it!

This particular video is on how to flip a die cut to get a mirror image without having ragged/rough edges. You can use this technique to make two of the same object go in the opposite directions such as when I did the "I'm Nuts About You Card" or when I made the "M & M Santa" have boots and mittens.

Watch it and leave me a comment or two on whether or not this was helpful to you OR if there is something you see on omy blog and want more information on, leave me a comment and I will see if I can help you out with that in a future video.

To do this technique you will need a die of your choice, a stylus, a hard surface to work on, adhesive of your choice. On the card in the video I used the QuicKutz SQUIRREL on the Santa I used the QuicKutz BOOT, and Boss Kut OVEN MITT, and for the Cupcake Pick I used the QuicKutz Lady Bug.

A very special TAHNK YOU goes out to my daughter, Bree, for taking time to help me with my video (she is behind the camera!)

I hope that you enjoyed the video and that it was helpful.

Happy Scrappin'!