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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHA Day 2

Hello, World!

Day 2. Wow. So much to see and ooh-and-ahh over today. The Kid and I wandered the floor doing make-and-takes, meeting the owners and designers, and just enjoying all the new products available to buy. I'll show you just a few of the booths in this post, and I'll post more later. I'm thinking these CHA posts might come daily for a few weeks, just because there is SO much to show you! Remember, these pics are to show you some of the best of the best. If you want it (or don't want it), let us know! Leave a comment on the blog, and be entered into a random drawing for scrapbooking goodness.

1. Cosmo Cricket: The first thing that excited me about their cute booth was seeing that Tiny Type still exists. I was thrilled! I buy Tiny Type like candy and use it on just about every layout I make for myself. And now they come in more than the traditional black, brown, and cream. They now have CLEAR letter stickers with the letters printed in color! Yippee! In addition to the Tiny Type, you'll see some lovely, vintagey papers and embellishments, including some Tiny Type-esque word stickers.

2. Queen and Company: I haven't seen much from Queen and Company in the last few years, but this year they have hit the trends spot on. Every manufacturer this year is selling coordinated Washi Tape. Don't know what that is? It's decorative masking tape from Japan. Comes in all kinds of designs and colors. And Queen and Company seems to have the most variety of any of the booths so far. They desined their tapes to coordinate with Bazzill and Coredinations cardstock, so that you aren't limited by coordinating with a certain paper line (although they do have a few of these, too ;). You can coordinate with anything you have! Brilliant!

3. And now for our last booth in this post...Prima: Prima is known for it's beautiful paper flowers and rhinestone embellishments. A few years ago, they branched into paper lines as well, and they've expanded on these for this show. Their lines are timeless, soft, and beautiful.

Ok! There you go for now! Remember to leave a comment, and I'll be back later to share some more crafty goodness!
- Cori

Monday, January 30, 2012

Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show Day1

Greetings from Anaheim, California!

One of the awesome perks of being on Scraphappy's Design Team is that we, the Design Team Members, get to attend a Crafter's Mecca: C...H...A...Known to the rest of the world as The Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. So that's where I will be blogging from this week. Each day, after exploring the show floor, I plan to come back here and share the goodness with you! Please check in each day and leave a comment about what you like and don't like. When I get home, we'll be sitting down with the manufacturerers' catalogs and making orders for the store! So if you want it, please let us know! And to encourage y'all to comment, Christy will give a prize pack to a random commenter from all of my CHA posts! So comment daily for extra chances to win. 1 comment per person per day.

(DISCLAIMER: All photos were taken on my phone. I thought that that would make it easier to upload them. I was wrong. Blogger is having issues. Please forgive any technical difficulties. I'm not able to post nearly as many pics as I had planned tonight, but I'll do my best.)

And now for the scrapbooking yumminess...

Our first stop of the day: The Ranger Booth. Gotta start with Tim Holtz's creative genius, right? The Kid (otherwise known as My Oldest Daughter/Helper/PackMule) and I started at the Make&Take table. We played with black UTEE, a Melting Pot, and a metal slide holder to make some UTEE jewelry. Who knew you could make a jewelry charm out of embossing powder? I know I didn't!

Photos from the Ranger booth:
1. Claudine Hellmuth's new 2-step stamps - looks like they're designed both for paper crafting as well as collage arts. The chunkier foam stamps make up the image background, and the clear acrylic stamps provide the overlying detail. For some reason, those house stamps just called to me.

2. Kraft Coredinations - now available in books of strips designed to work with Tim's long, skinny Sizzix dies.

3. Distress Markers - designed to work with and coordinate with all our favorite Distress inks.

4. Tim's new stamps - I apologize about the glare in these photos. The lighting here was not-so great, so I'm only going to show you the best. The travel- themed sets are some of my favorites from him EVER. I WILL be adding these to my stash :)

5. New Alterations dies - THESE ARE SO STINKING CUTE!!! New icons include globes, telephones, typewriters, and cameras - both in the larger Sizzix size, and well as in smaller, Movers and Shapers sizes.

Next stop, the American Crafts booth! American Crafts has recently partnered with various well-loved brands, so this booth was filled with fun color just begging to be scrapped! And as a bonus, most of their lines have coordinating Thickers! Happy Sigh...
1. Amy Tangerine - new line = Sketchbook - This line is full of bright, water-colored, whimsical designs that can make any project happy.

2. Dear Lizzie from Elizabeth Kartchner - a soft, whispy-feeling, very pretty pastel-water-color-feel line. Very peaceful. Perfect for spring, babies, or any other project with a softer feel to it. In the top picture on the right, you can see a package of banners. These are precut and presewn/prestrung sheets of die-cut banners. You can use it as one very long banner, or snip bits and pieces as needed to embellish your projects.
This next picture shows one of my favorite finds of the day. See the 'Smile' and 'Love' package? These are die-cut letters that have been strung onto a thin ribbon. Very pretty. These will definitely be on my pages in the upcoming months.

OK, World. I think I'm going to stop here for tonight. It's after 2AM, and I need to sleep! I took over 250 pictures today, so instead of cramming everything into this one post, I'm thinking I'll just write several blog posts for ya'll over the next several days. That work for you? You want more photos? Fewer photos? Photos of anything in particular? Let me know! Until tomorrow, thanks for reading. And don't forget to comment!

- Cori

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Burlap Flowers!

Hi Everyone! We are so close to Valentine's Day that I thought I would share a cute little project that I think would be a great Valentine's gift. It's really cute for any time though - just change the paint colors!

I started with a piece of burlap. The color of the burlap really doesn't matter, but the lighter color worked best with my project.

Next I covered the burlap with mod podge. I really put a nice layer of it on both sides of the burlap. I left it to dry over night, but it wasn't quite done. It was much easier to put it in the oven on a low temp for about 20 min. The mod podge covered burlap should be fairly stiff after it's dry.

I picked out a die cut shape that I liked. Surprise! It's a flower shape! I used the Big Shot and cut out the shapes.

Here are my 3 sizes of flowers cut out of the burlap.

Next I used paint to cover the burlap flowers. You can use any color you want to match your project.

I cut a hole in the middle of the flower shapes using my Big Bite and then put a brad in the center of the flowers. I used the flower to decorate a gift bag I'd made with scrapbook paper. A little hot glue to hold it together and you're done. It's a small gift bag that you could use for a Valentine's gift or candy. Too cute and too easy! These burlap flowers are fun and inexpensive to make, and they can be used for so many projects. Since I have a little girl at home, I think it would be fun to add a lot of glitter and put it on top of a headband or barrette. It would also be great to decorate a gift package or a scrapbook page. Changing the paint color can change everything. It would make a great Christmas page too!

Hope you have some fun playing in your craft rooms! Happy Valentine's Day!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

To You, With Love

Valentine's Day is already drawing near, and love is in the air!!  It's time for pink hearts, flowers, and Valentine's cards.  Whether you like to exchange cute, little hand-made Valentine cards with your friends or if your children exchange Valentine's with friends at school, you have to have something special to keep them in, right?  Today, I have an adorable altered mailbox to share with you that is just right for storing your Valentine keepsakes.  Christy sent me a package of goodies from the store that included some GORGEOUS Valentine papers from Teresa Collins' Posh collection.  At first I thought about using them to make actual Valentine's cards, but then I thought "hmmmm, I will need something to keep the cards in".  If you have been to Walmart or Target, then you know they have the kiddie themed mailboxes in the store, that come with pre-made Valentine cards.  I decided, wouldn't it be more fun to alter the mailbox, than to make the cards...so that's what I did.

Here is the original mailbox that I started out with:

I started out by tracing the backside of the mailbox onto the paper and then cutting it out and re-tracing it, to have two of those shapes for the front and back.  I used Mod Podge to cover the mailbox and adhere those two pieces.

The height of the mailbox was a little over 7 inches, so I knew my 12x12 paper wouldn't fully cover the sides, so I cut two, 2.5x7 inch strips and lined them up with the bottom of the mailbox.  Then I cut the 12x12 down to 7x12.  I covered the mailbox with Mod Podge and added the second piece of paper over the top of the mailbox.  Then I used one of the black patterns to cover the seam, by cutting a 1x7 inch piece.

Next, came the fun part...DECORATING!!  I continued using these fabulous papers, because there are some great patterns for fussy cutting.  I used one of the papers that had some beautiful roses and another that had a cameo pattern.  This mailbox did not come with a flag and what mailbox is complete without a flag??!!  So I decided I would make my own!!  I just free-handed a flag onto some cardboard (I save the filler cardboard sheets that come in my Page Protectors-they are great for cutting out your own shapes and then covering with Patterned Paper to create dimensional elements on your pages or projects) and cut it out.  I used the Mod Podge over the top of it and glued it to one of the Patterned Papers, let it dry, and cut it out once again.  To attach it to the mailbox, I punched a hole with my WRMK brad setter and used a brad that had long enough prongs to go through the cardboard and the mailbox.

Once the flag was attached, I began layering the fussy cut images from my papers.  I also had a few very pretty brads and several little rosettes in my package, so I incorporated those into the clustering.  I added the word "Love" in big white letters at the bottom of the mailbox and finished it off by adding a little ribbon and some baker's twine to the pull tab on the front.

Voila!!  Now you have a beautiful keepsake to store all of those sweet, Valentine's!  You could also use this as the "wrapping" for a gift that you are giving to that sweet someone, or maybe even use it later on for a jewelry box.

You still have a little over 3 weeks to get a jump on all of your Valentine crafts this year, so stop by the store and see what supplies you need to make this February 14th a very special day!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Upcycled Cabinet Door!

This weekend I covered and decorated a cabinet door that I picked up at a thrift store. It was super fast and easy!! I didnt take a picture of the door before we started, sorry! It is a dark cherry wood color.

Here is the finished project:

As you can see, we sort of used it as a picture frame and put a quote inside! First, it was painted with Heirloom White spray paint. After letting that dry, I used the new Tim Holtz tissue wrap to cover the "frame". I applied a coat of clear drying adhesive with a foam brush, Mod Podge would work fine. I laid the tissue paper lightly over it and patted it down. Once i had the entire frame covered, I went back and added a coat of the clear adhesive to the top. This paper would look really cool if you sort of let it wrinkle as you laid it down, to give it a cool texture.

In the bottom left corner, I just started layering different random pieces I had leftover from other projects, brads, buttons, bling, chipboard, flowers, and pearls. The large flower is also made from the tissue wrap and some black cardstock scraps.

The heart is just hand cut from black cardstock, added pearls and a sticker behind. The top flower is also made from the tissue wrap.
The letters that are making the phrase in the center are from black vinyl cut on my Cricut with the Jasmine cartridge. I added a little bling to the word love. I could have done a better job of lining those letters up. ;)

This project would be so cute using any color scheme, putting any quote or name inside, and even to have photos stuck around it as well! And with the tissue wrap being white and a little see-through, it would be perfect for inking, misting, stamping, staining, etc. Hope you like it!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Time for Tissue Paper

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year's. With all this extra time off from work, I hope you had a chance to play with your photos, paper, and glue!

If you need of some inspiration to jumpstart your creativity, I would like to show you a few projects I have made recently with Tim Holtz's new tissue paper rolls. These rolls come in a variety of patterns, including text and music notes, and are a heavier-weight tissue paper than you typically find to wrap presents with - almost as substantial as a light vellum. The rolls contain several yards of paper, so this is a good supply to split with your friends (hint, hint, hint).

First of all, a few layouts. On the first, Rebuilding Ground Zero, I used the tissue paper as part of my background, reminiscent of newsprint. I layered bits and pieces of Coredinations Kraft Core cardstock and scraps from my desk to complete the layout.

On this second layout, She Thinks It Is Called the Mountain of Rushmores, I used a piece torn from the roll as a mat for my title and journalling. You can see how well it layers over patterned papers to subtley mute their brightness.
After making a few layouts, I decided I needed some messy playtime. I pulled out my alcohol inks, a square piece of acrylic (You can find several different pre-cut sizes in the store. Perfect for ornaments, mini-book covers, etc), some modpodge, my tissue paper, and some random embellishments.
First, I dabbed some alcohol ink over my acrylic block to give it some color (I used Christmas colors since I was making an ornament).
Next, I dabbed some Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution over the block. Can you see the subtle difference between the 2 photos? In the one below, the blending solution has 'pushed' the ink around, giving it a fun splotchy look.
The alcohol ink dries quickly, so I didn't have to wait to modpodge some of the Tim Holtz tissue paper to the back of my acrylic block. I sandwiched the (very old) brown leafy embellishment between the acrylic and the tissue paper when I did my modpodging.
Once the modpodge glue had dried, I decorated the front of my ornament with some metal Christmas words I had in my stash, as well as some layered poinsettia flowers that I had rubbed with Stickles.

 I used my Crop-o-dile to punch a hole in the top corner, tied a ribbon, and hung the ornament on our tree at ScrapHappy.

 And finally, I don't know about you, but I often wrap gifts with tissue paper. I was curious to see how well the tissue paper absorbed ink, so I used my Tim Holtz Distress Stain (fired brick) to colorize some of the tissue paper. I also used the stain to coordinate the ribbon, and then I wrapped a faux-gift to put under my mini-tree next year. The tag is my first attempt at Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. I tied it to the top to make my 'gift' look pretty :)
 I hope I've given you some ideas to stimulate your creativity. Until next month, have fun making creative messes, and come see us in the store! Many of us will be heading to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show later this month. If there's any companies or booths you want us to check out and post peaks of, let me know!