Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Last year I made the decision to start a "My Favorite Things" list...just in time for Christmas. This year I've found a couple of more things to add to my list. I'm calling it "Great Finds of '09"! :o)
First, Martha Stewart's paper trimmer. Cuts like butter! And the best part? It cuts STRAIGHT!! I should probably state that I have tried many paper trimmers over the years, but this one is by far, the best that I have found! Another feature I love is that it has an arm that you can "set. Here is a great video demonstrating that feature.
The only con of this trimmer is that it only goes up to 10 1/2 inches. Not a huge issue in my opinion because most times you're cutting down a 12x12 page anyway.
Another great find is the Martha Stewart border puches. There are two that I absolutely fell in love with. One is the "Punch around the Page" loop border/corner set. There are many other designs that are available all the way from whimsical to the most elegant designs.
If you haven't heard of the Drippy Goo punch, be sure to check that one out too. It's been on the market for awhile. It was a "must have" item last year but this year, you can probably find one at your local Walmart. You can use this punch in sooo many different ways on cards or layouts: icing for cake; drippings from an ice cream; icicles. Lots of fun ideas! If you look at my calendar pages below, for the June page, I used this punch on the photo mat. Isn't it cute?
Aleene's Tacky Glue Pen is another wonderful product. What makes this glue pen different than others, you may be asking? It's refillable!! Last night I spent less than $3 for a huge 16 FL. OZ bottle of Tacky Glue at Walmart...which will last me a looong time! I also love that this glue pen has a fine tip which allows much more control with tiny embellishments.
**If you haven't already, check out my archived Money Saving Tip on how to make your own glue dots using Aleene's Tack It Over and Over. It's another great product that will save you some money.**
And one more thing: Whether you're a card maker or an avid scrapbooker, my best find so far has been the Cricut machine. No words can express how much I love my machine or how much use out of it I've gotten. It was well worth the investment and I highly recommend it. It will help you make beautiful pages in a fraction of the time...and it's incredibly user friendly!!
Hope these suggestions help with your Christmas shopping!
Posted by Shelley at 12:34 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I love Christmas. My favorite time of the year!! There is something so wonderfully magical about seeing all the beautiful lights and most of all, knowing the true meaning of the season.
I think the August page is my favorite. I just love all the bright colors and the cute umbrella! And lots of bling throughout which is incredibly Shelley-like! LOL If any of you are wondering, most of the embellishments I used for these pages were made with the Cricut (using many different cartridges).
Thanks for looking! Wishing all of you a fantastic week!!
Posted by Shelley at 7:19 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thought I'd share a picture of what I created tonight. I'm sure most of you by now have seen the huge fun diecuts at the Shoppe. Well, I bought three of them. One for a layout of Bailey (our Westie). The other two I intended to layer to make a layout of Muffin.
Very cute, but a little plain. Now, let's see what a little ink, chalk and some bling can do:
Okay, so I see now that the dog is turned the wrong way in the first picture. Oh well. You get the idea. LOL
All I did was simply buy two diecuts...one in light brown and one in dark. I cut pieces out of the darker diecut and glued them on top of the lighter brown dog. Very, very easy. In fact, the diecuts have little detailing/slits all over it, which can serve as a guide on where to cut.
Hope this inspires you to create something fun of your own!!
Have a nice weekend everyone!
Posted by Shelley at 9:48 PM
The birds on this actually have feathers!! Sooo cute!! Great for pictures of friends... or this would even be perfect for a fun spring time/Easter layout. Class is from 10:30-12:30 this Saturday and kits are available if you're not able to attend. Don't miss out~call today to reserve your spot! 706-321-0202
Posted by Shelley at 1:49 PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!
There is still time if you'd like to sign up for the next in our Sesame Street series. This class project features Elmo, along with his cute gold fish Dorothy! Class is scheduled for this Saturday, December 5th from 1-3 p.m. (kits are available if you're not able to attend that day). Please register by calling 706-321-0202.
Also, just a reminder for all classes: If you register and find you are not able to attend the day of class, please, if at all possible, call to let us know. This ensures that classes can start on time and that the instructors are not having to put kits together at the last minute. Thanks so much!
Now, on to the fun! :o) Here is what we will be making:
In case some of you will be attending the "Elmo's Green Thumb" show at the Civic Center, I decided to incorporate some cute sunflowers into this layout. If you haven't heard about Sesame Street Live coming to Columbus, you can get all the details here:
Hope to see you on Saturday!!