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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mini tutorial - brad-bow

A couple of posts ago, I did a bow using an antique brad and satin ribbon. Several people asked how it was done, so I took a few pictures, which my granddaughter found highly amusing :)
("Whatcha doin', Gramcy? Huh?? Whatcha doin'?)

Anyway - here's what I used - 108360 - Craft scissors; 117273 - Antique brads; 117288 - Certainly Celery 5/8 satin ribbon; 116631 - Paper piercer

1. Cut a piece of 5/8 inch ribbon about 7 inches long, fold in half and give it a little finger crease to mark the mid point.

2. Use the piercer to open up the brad's legs.

3. Open the ribbon up and make your first 'tail', crossing over the midpoint.

4. Cross the other tail over, creating the bow shape.

5. Pick up the brad and rest the ribbon, top side of bow towards the brad head, back side of bow facing up so you can close the legs over it.
6. Gently fold the legs over the back side of bow.

7. Fold each tail end of bow lengthwise and cut from fold out to raw end, creating the notched shape.

Et voila! Finished bow - adhere with sticky strip or glue dots!

Go now - make a bow or two!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

At the blog hop.... at the blog hop, yeah....

Welcome to the second installment of the VC_Rocks Blog Hop for 2011. I am excited to be bringing you some Big Shot Beauty today!

If you aren't one of my regular readers, I'm betting you arrived from Kim Abbott's blog - Stamping Fun with Kim !

I have several samples here to show you today:

Of course, I love me some pretty cards, but I was a scrapbooker long before I discovered SU or started making cards! This layout uses a Big Shot alpha AND flower - Little leaves, Alpha Simple (I believe it is) and the flower from an older Sizzix die - which works easily with Mr. Big Shot!
Did you know that under the new upcoming hostess plan, if you have a workshop of $400 or more you get to select any one item in the catalog for 50% off (even Mr. Big!).

The matchbox makes a great little gift - in this case - a teacher appreciation item - holding chocolate, what else? The matchbox die makes it SO easy!

My last share was also CASEd from or inspired by (which isn't far from being CASEd) someone - and again - my filing system failed me - I cannot find where I saved the inspiration card for this. I did this one a little differently, if I recall correctly - which is up for debate as well... I believe the original card called for a brayer... and I - although I have one, use one, and sometimes like it - could NOT get this to brayer correctly. Therefore I used my DD stamp pad and smacked it on the embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot - very carefully. My biggest piece of advice about this one - lay the cardstock very carefully on the inked surface - and close it as carefully as you can, taking care not to slide it on the surface. I used a blender pen and picked up Old Olive ink that I had smooshed into the lid of the OO ink pad to color the raised flower centers that I did not put bling on. Ribbon and bling and a little sentiment stamp finished off the outside of the card. Colors used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Early Espresso (I could use one of those!).

My favorite tip on using the rhinestones and pearl bling that SU now sells is this: Use the Paper Piercer to take the bling off the waxy backing paper and place on your creation - that way, the oils on your hands or fingers do not remove any of the stickiness. Go ahead, try it - I'll wait :)

Back yet? (whistling)

Oh, HI!

For my last share - here is my scrapbook page for today's Stamp Club. There are a couple of special Big Shot things here - first, though - this is based on the sketch I created (the left page of the original sketch was based on someone's progressive layout, but I have changed it up a bit).

To do the title, you need a couple of fonts, some lightweight chipboard from our DSP packs - these are leftovers from another project. I punched out JNEY from (retiring) GoGo Boots upper case and OUR from Alphabet Simple. I did two cuts of each, and used my (latex!) Tombow Multi-adhesive. (Do not use this product if you have a latex allergy, please - unless yo
u are wearing non-latex protective gear:).

After creating this template, I went back to the Big Shot and ran a three-inch by 12 inch strip of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock through the Big Shot layered as shown: clear plate, cutting platform, 2 DSP chipboard shims, the chipboard word that I created, the Tempting Turquoise cardstock, the silicone embossing pad and the other clear plate.

Really hard to see here - but you get the idea... maybe a little better below - anyway - I also used the retiring Sense of Time (I LOVE this set!). On the original sketch the Top Note die was inside a pocket made by the 6x6 square - you could do that - I'm just using it to set off a photo.

Here is the full layout - the CASE on the left and my extension of it into a two page 12x12 layout above. Hope you love it!

Here is the next blog on the stop, followed by the full line-up. Thanks so much for stopping by - comments *always* appreciated!

NEXT STOP: Kim Overholt - Crafting with Kim

Full List:
00-START VC Rocks Home Blog VC Rocks/Debbie Petersen

01 Jane Hignite Stamp With Jane

02 Eileen LeFevre Stampin' Fevre

03 Jayne Stenstrom Jayne Stamps

04 Elaine Wright I Reckon I'll Stamp

05 Kristi Jaenisch Stamping in the Moonlight

06 Cindy Lubbert Sew Much Fun with Cindy

07 Barb Furlong The Love of Stamping

08 Shari Dudek Shari's Stamp Pad

09 Dawn Dickinson Inkspiration by Dawn

10 Robin Messenheimer Robins Craft Room

11 Tammy Q Howell Tarheel Stamper

12 Veronica Miller Bluegrass Stamper Studio

13 Tessa Boulter Tessa's Finds & Stamped Creations

14 Debbie Martin Clever and Cute

15 Kim Abbott Stamping Fun with Kim

16 Nancy Keithley Scrapbook Kits and more

17 Kim Overholt Crafting with Kim

18 Stace Coombs Stampin Stace

19 Pam Staples Sunny Girl Scraps

20 Marisol Gutierrez A Touch of SOL

21 Holly (& The Dog) InkPaperStamps

22 Jackie Watson Creative Designs by Jackie

23 Kym Schwinkendorf Artful Imagination

24 Heather schlagel Stamp with me

25 Mary Jo Price-Williams Technostamper

26 Heidi Sorg Cheekies Ink Pad

27 Angela Walters Life with a Wiener Dog

28 Shirley Northey Stamper Shirley

29 carolyn sharkas inkingthenightaway

30 Diane Clark-Sutton Stampin Ldygflr62

31 Mary Campbell Mimi To Jett

32 Brenda Hugar Brenda's Stamping Corner

33-LAST Loni Holt Loni's Life

Thursday, June 2, 2011

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read ALL about it!

Oh, my GOODNESS!!!!!! How can it possibly be time for a new catalog??!?!?!!?!?

Yet, it is! If you want in on some really good deals - keep reading - if you do NOT want the new catalog spoiled for you - STOP - Close this post and walk away - really!!!!!

I'll wait

Are you sure?

Do you REALLY want to know?

I'm not going to spoil much, but there are a few things I want you to know 'cause I like you!

So, you really sure you want to read some spoilers?

OK, but I warned you!!!!!!

In my sidebar is a link to the LAST CHANCE LIST. Click on it or on the words "last chance list" that you just read and go to my website.... go directly to my website.... do NOT pass Go.... do not collect $200 - well, wait - yeah - go get a couple of hundred if you wanna - that way you can buy more stuffs!!!!!!!!!!

In the Last Chance List, you will see some things going away and be SHOCKED! So, here's the spoiler, and I confess, it's a bit anti-climactic....

Just because the 12x12 cardstock packs are on the list does NOT mean they are retiring, no siree!!!! What it means is that (SPOILER ALERT) in the new catty, cardstock will be split into packs of smooth and packs of textured. So if you LIKE the mixed packs, get 'em now!

Here's another tidbit! The pattern packs of colors are on the list - wait - don't worry - they aren't gone either! However, as we all know, everything is getting more expensive, so there will be a moderate price increase on the family colors of pattern paper - personally, I'm pleased that it isn't more. After all - when gas goes up, everything else follows because we transport stuff from lots of other places and that takes gas which costs more....

RIBBON - oh, my - cue sad face - I never met a ribbon I didn't like, especially SU's since it color matches perfectly with our cardstock and inks and DSPs. Some colors in some styles are retiring. There will be new colors to obsess over, but FOCUS - right now, if you want Rich Razzleberry ribbon, you better get on it, girlfriend!

There are even DISCOUNTS on some items, but look out - first come, first served - and once it's gone, it's gone.... only to reappear for 15 times a reasonable price on someone's for sale list or auction site.... so get it now while you can!

One last thing, if you're still reading... on the Last Chance stamps list - please read carefully!!!!!! Sock monkey is NOT retired - but Sock Monkey accessories IS. Also - some stamp sets are retiring in one language, but not all. So please - before you panic and your hubby has to call EMTs.... read carefully - you'll be happier for it.

So now - you are invited to a) indulge in some retail therapy, and b) tell me - what will you miss the most from the Last Chance lists?