Friday, January 29, 2010
I love my Book Club (aka the Book Bags). About 12 of us usually make it on any given night and we read anything that seems interesting. Our best discussions are usually the books we don't like! And then there's the food... A few months ago, I made some little notepads for everyone so we could keep track of what we were reading, due dates at the library and recommendations for future books to be read. I saw the idea for the notepads at the blog of Michelle Wooderson. She is one amazing designer! I got some of those mini-legal pads and cut them in half. I used to be able to buy them at CostCo- $5.49 for 24 pads but last time I went they were out. Knew I should have stocked up! I set my mat cutter up and chopped them right in half. It took a few passes but they cut clean as a whistle. I measured and cut a piece of matboard that exactly covered the front of the pad. I cut a strip of paper the same width as the pad and trimmed the front edge with decorative scissors. With my tape gun I adhered the paper to the back of the pad and front of the matboard creating a hinge. Then I created a simple logo in Illustrator and cut it out and layered with circle and scallop punches. The pad is kept closed with an elastic hair band in coordinating colors. They were fun to do- I could have gone crazy decorating them but time ran out. These would be great for baby/bridal showers. You know those games you always have to play? Give a pen and pad out, play the game and let them take these home after as a party favor. Decorate acording to the theme of the event.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here's a quick card I made using a Sizzix embossing folder and a piece of aqua matboard. With a brayer, I applied ink to the side of the embossing folder that would be pressing on the front of the board. After some adjusting of the plates to get the right pressure, I ran it through my Big Shot. The edges of the matboard were distressed with sandpaper and I bumped up the piece using dimensional foam dots. I really like the soft and rich letterpress look of the final print. The Corner Chomper works great to round the edges of both the matboard and cardstock. Best wishes to Marissa and Jeff on their engagement!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Wow, it's hard to believe that the end of our ScoreBoard Blog Hop series is over! But what great timing, because in two days I leave for Anaheim, CA, where my next collection of dies will be released at the huge Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Show. They are something to "CELEBRATE"- you'll see... I am so excited about them, I am already considering doing another Hop. What do you all think? Please leave me a comment if you'd be interested in viewing or participating as a designer. I want to thank my wonderful amazing designer friends who took time out of their days (and nights!) to create unique and innovative projects and allowed me to share them with you. I owe you guys big time... Thank you so much for coming along for the adventure. Laura Bray Korie B. Karen Burniston Bonnie Bruns Ann Butler Denise Clason Gabriela Delworth Jenn Ellefson Fabrizio Martellucci Barbara Mattheissen Niki Meiners Brenda Pinnick Debra Quartermain Candice Windham So now on to our last installment... Today's die is the Box with Lid which is very versatile. Anything that can fit in a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" box can be stored, gifted, or organized in style. My project is very practical, if not especially fancy. As I mentioned, I'll be attending the trade show and setting up my work for display in half of a 10' x 10' booth. Well, it's amazing how many different little things you need to have on hand! So I am making a set of pretty stacking boxes which will contain my stapler, paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, Velcro, Tic-Tacs, gum and other items I'll need for the 4days of the show. They are made in my business colors and I'll be leaving them out on the table as samples of my work too. These are so easy, there aren't really any instructions to give you! A few tips though... After I finish running them through the Big Shot, I fold each side over all the way to the inside of the box. This breaks the fibers and allows flexibility. Heavier matboard may be stiff and require running a craft knife along the score lines to ensure crisp folds. To form into boxes, I fold the piece into box shape and rubber band it together at the top, making sure that the corners are touching. Then I take my trusty Zip Dry Paper Glue and run it inside the corners. In 10 minutes, you have a box and are good to go. Remove rubber bands and start decorating! Now let's see what the other designers have created for the last project! Ann and Jenn, special thanks for doing every Hop! Ann Butler Jenn Ellefson Fabrizio Martellucci Debra Quartermain Candice Windham Bonnie Bruns If you happen to be at CHA, please stop by and say hi. I'll be in Booth 2638 in the L & D Section. On Sunday and Monday from 11-12, I'll be in the Sizzix Booth (2861) to demo the ScoreBoards. I go on after Tim Holtz so hopefully he will have warmed the crowd up for me :-). On Friday night at 7 (10 EST), I will be at the Inspired at Home Pajama Party. Breaking news is I'm the video person. Oh boy... Thanks so much for joining us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as me! See you next time!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I know I have been heavy into the ScoreBoards lately so thought I would put up a picture of a recycled project that I did. I am always finding these silver bread baskets in my local thrift stores. As you may know if you have ever been in my house, I am a silver plate junkie. If I had been born in England a couple of centuries ago, I would have been a great scullery maid because I love polishing silver. These pieces can be used in so many ways. I use silver butter trays on the mantle in our bedroom (serving as a headboard right now) where I keep my often- worn jewelry. I especially love to collect items that have been engraved because I know there is a story behind every piece and it's fun to try and imagine the story of how that particular piece wound up in my bathroom storing Q-tips! So here's what I did with the bread basket... you may choose to polish the piece before you work on it... or not. If you don't, be prepared because it will tarnish at some point. I kind of like how that looks so mine is not polished. Basically I went through my ribbon scrap pile and found lengths in Christmas colors. I laid them out in an order that I liked and then also picked out a bunch of larger size beads. Starting at the top, I wove ribbon through the basket spokes. Where the ribbon ended, I put a dot of glue at the end and pressed it together with the other end. You can use a binder clip to hold both pieces together while the glue is setting. Weave silver wire through the spines of the basket on the outside adding beads every couple of loops. NOTE: You have probably figured out that this project should not be used to hold food due to the nature of the supplies. Cleaning would NOT be fun! So this project is recommended for decorative purposes only. I have some handblown glass ornaments that I usually display in the bowl. I find the textures and colors blend very well together. Does anyone else out there like silver like me? It's a sickness!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I don't pretend to be a connoisseur of wine or champagne... in fact, give me a diet Coke, anytime... but when we serve it at parties, we often have half a bottle left. Also not known for my skills at opening bottles because I manage to reduce corks to crumbs which may be seen floating at the bottom. However, luckily, I am fairly handy with an icepick and tube of E-6000! I bought a bunch of these beautiful glass drawer pulls on sale and thought it might be cool to make my own wine stoppers. They are quick and easy. With an icepick, stick a hole in the center of a cork and scoop out the middle to accommodate the long screw that comes with the drawer pull. Screw it all the way into the glass pull. Insert into cork to test. When hole is deep enough, squeeze a dollop of E-6000 glue into the cork and push all the way down with a bamboo skewer. Reinsert drawer pull screw into cork and let sit for 24 hours. Give the bottle stopper along with a bottle of wine the next time you are a guest in someone's home. This is sure to be a hit!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Happy New Year everyone! So glad you could join us for another great Blog Hop featuring the Memo Holder. This die was designed to hold a 3" x 3" post it note pad but check out the links listed below to the other designers' sites to see lots more cool ways to use it. Today was recycling day. As I was taking it to the curb, it occurred to me that shipping boxes should work great with the ScoreBoard dies. So I had to run down and try one out. To my delight, they do! If you like nice clean folds, you may want to run a craft knife down the score lines before you fold them up just to keep them crisp. I used one Priority mail box and was able to get about 6 folders out of it. And the best thing is it's recycled! I like the way it looks with either side showing. These are so fast to make you could have post-it note folders all over the house, give as party favors, or a quick little something to tuck in a card. Stock up on post-its when you see them on sale or purchase them in bulk at a discount store. You'll want to make these for everyone you know! First I punched holes in the center of each scallop. I used white pigment ink to stamp a border on the front and back of the folder, and also stamped a flower on top of the smallest of the three flower die pieces. Use a brad to attach the flower to the folder. Cut a small piece of elastic long enough to loop through the center scallop and around the flower. I knotted white grosgrain ribbon through the loops for a handle. Quick and easy... and free! Hard to believe that was going out to be recycled... If you are wondering how that red memo holder was made, go to the Sizzix blog for complete instructions! For more ideas on ways to use this die, check out the following blogs: Jenn Ellefson Niki Meiners Bonnie Bruns Laura Bray Candice Windham Ann Butler Karen Burniston Cindi Bisson