Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Everybody Loves a Clown!

I needed to create a special birthday card so I turned to one of my favorite paper companies - Graphic 45.  The paper lines there are vintage, highly detailed, and just fabulous!  The circus-themed line, Le Cirque, was just the ticket! 
I did some stamping and a little fussy-cutting to create the front of the card:

Inside the card I stamped the sentiment onto a specialty paper from DCWV — Shimmer cardstock.
The strip of stamps inside the card is not just a design element, it actually creates a pocket...perfect for holding a gift card or a slice of cash!  I think I need to add a little ribbon to the top of that tag, don't you agree?

You can read all the details on how to make this card over at the ScraPerfect Blog.  


Monday, August 15, 2011

If Nothing Ever Changed...

Change is a good thing. In my project for today, I changed some plastic packaging material from trash into a beautiful embellishment. The first step was to treat the plastic with the Perfect Crafting Pouch. Then I stamped the butterfly image with Stazon ink, and colored in a few areas with markers:

I had an experiment I wanted to try. I coated one of the butterfly wings with the Best Glue Ever and set it aside until it dried.

This product dries clear and tacky so when it was ready, I simply sprinkled on various shades of glitter. The result was a lovely transparent effect. Next, I coated the second wing with the Best Glue Ever and immediately added the glitter, setting it aside to dry. The result was much more opaque…a different look but still lovely. I don’t know if you can see the difference in this picture, but it is obvious in real life.

To finish, I used the Perfect Crafting Cloth to clear away the excess glitter. I creased the butterfly in the center, and added a small stripe of glue on the back of the butterfly’s body and set it aside. I wanted to use it on a card, and printed one of my favorite sayings on some vellum. I treated the vellum with the Perfect Crafting Pouch before it went through the ink jet printer. Here you can see where I added the tiniest dots of glue to the back of the vellum – the applicator for the Best Glue Ever allows you to be so precise in your application that you never waste glue nor do you ever make a big mess!

As I was assembling the card, I decided to add some small gems to the flower centers on the patterned paper. I used my Embellie Gellie to pick up and hold the gems so I could apply a tiny dot of…you guessed it…the Best Glue Ever. I let the glue dry for a moment so it could get nice and tacky before applying them to the card. I just love the way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, and remember that change is a good thing!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Mother - the Soda Jerk!

I love to use edge punches because it is an inexpensive way to add impact to a layout. They come in a wide variety of designs, and some of the newer ones are very intricate, like the one I used for this layout. Instead of punching just the edge of the paper, it actually created a lovely lace-like paper ribbon.

So how to attach them? The Best Glue Ever of course! The applicator tip allows you to place very tiny dots of glue with ease. I tacked down the top and bottom of the lacey strip and there was no messy glob of glue to seep through.
The delicately cut whisk from Kaisercraft also posed a challenge. No worries! I put a small dot of The Best Glue Ever on the handle and the “wire” part of the whisk and set it aside for a few minutes. When the glue had “dried” into perfectly-sized, clear adhesive dots, I simply flipped it over and adhered it to the layout.

The little red ribbon on the whisk handle was actually a pre-made embellishment which came attached to a clunky, white foam piece of adhesive that was way too big to hide. So I removed it and replaced it with…drum roll please…a small dot of The Best Glue Ever!  This is one of my favorite features of this product: I can quickly and easily make custom-sized, clear adhesive dots for my projects. It is definitely the most versatile and useful adhesive I own.

~ Susie

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Make-N-Take at Scrapbooks Plus

Debbie asked me to take over the Monthly Make-N-takes at Scrapbooks Plus this summer.  This month I was inspired by Bo Bunny's Barefoot & Bliss Collection because I always spend part of my summer at the beach!  I created another 2 page layout incorporating a calendar page to record your activities the beach:
Basically, Scrapbooks Plus provides you with the materials to create a free element.  This month's element is a tag.  You will be stamping the tag using Versamark to create a subtle background, stamping and cutting out a seagull, and adding a beach chair I cut out for you using my Cricut!  You can take this element and use it on a project of your own design, or you may choose to use it as I did - a title element for the layout:
I personalized it with some ribbon and stickers from the combo sticker sheet from Barefoot & Bliss:

As usual, Scrapbooks Plus has pulled all the papers and materials you need to re-create my layout and have them available for purchase behind the front counter.  You are welcome to sit in the crop room and copy the layout right then, or feel free to take a picture and use it later.