Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Please, PLEASE ~ Remember ~ if you are a winner please e-mail me your snail mail addy...
Much of the time I don't have any way to contact you directly (all I have is the name under which you posted your message) and now that my computer is on the fritz I don't have as much time as I'd like to hunt people down. Consequently, I have several goodies sitting around here that are looking for their homes but w/o addies they are left feeling alone and unloved!
Glass Tile WINNERS -
It's chock full of little extras for those fellow lumpy embellishment lovers like myself :) I chose to use brads but you can use what ever your heart desires! I'd love to see your interpretation if you decide to play along!
The main stamp image is Queen's Dresser Drawer, alpha is Making Memories and the embossed paper is a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
After time fuzz builds up in the little white Velcro hooks (the material on the handle). making it a real pain to keep your foams secure.
Here is a quick and easy way to clean out all the debris and make your IBT like new again!
(NOTE: this also works for the Alcohol Ink Applicators & Felts as the felts can cause build up over time as well!)
You can see how much has collected on the handle.
All you need is a Craft Pick -
Simply run the point of the pick between each row of "teeth" in the Velcro and lift up. This will dislodge any fuzzy bits which has built up over time.
After you have lifted all of the bits from between the teeth simply pluck it off and you're IBT will be set to go! You can see just how clean the Velcro is after the cleaning...and that pile of fuzz came from only one IBT!
Friday, May 28, 2010
You know what that means...
Just For Fun's Color Challenge!!
We're up to color challenge # 13 and here are the colors for this week....
It doesn't show up very well in the photo but the darker petals of the flower are painted with Rusty Hinge DI then topped with Orange Stickles. It adds a nice depth in person that you just can't capture in photos.
JFF Stamps - E1867 - Asian Spider Mum, AA2122 - Asian Motif 5, AA2118 - Asian Motif 2, H1883 - Bamboo Bkg.
Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence, Dried Marigold
Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Ink Blending Tool
Archival Ink - Black
Stickles Glitter Glue - Black Diamond, Orange
You Are Here J
Elizabeth (Beth) A. Moore
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I was fortunate enough to catch up with Nikki and ask her a few questions about herself and her passion...scrapbooking!
IS - How long have you been scrapbooking?
NS - I started scrapbooking in High School, so over 20 years!
IS - How did your company get started designing their own line of products?
NS - I had wanted to design scrapbooking products for a long time. I’ve always kept a couple of notebooks with ideas, pictures, sketches and notes…all “for one day…” and I’d referred to these notebooks many times. Then once my husband, Dan, retired from his law practice (after 16 years), we decided that it was now or never! We jumped in with both feet!
IS - Where does your inspiration from for your designs?
NS - EVERYWHERE!! I sometimes see a pattern or get an idea for an entire collection from the smallest object or design. My Sweet Cherry Pie was inspired by a pair of pajama bottoms – the horseshoes I just threw in because I wanted to! Flaming Butterfly was inspired from a man’s pants I saw on an airplane. So, really, from everything I see!!
IS - What line is your favorite?
NS - It’s so hard to pick, they all mean something different to me or are special to me in some way. I guess, if pressed, I’d say My Sweet Cherry Pie and Will He B the 1. (I'd have to agree with her on the My Sweet Cherry Pie! It's one of my fav's as well!!)
IS - How often do you come out with new lines?
NS - Every six months. We reveal our latest lines at the CHA summer and winter shows.
IS - Anything special you’d like the readers to know about your designs/company?
NS - Everything I design comes from the heart. I put a lot of thought into every single detail – even down to the name of each collection and the papers within. I really am passionate about his hobby, not only because I am a scrapbooker, but because I want my designs to spark a memory that you can record for later generations to read. It is also important to me that my designs bring out that inner artist in all of us!
IS - Are you an Angel Company?
NS - We are currently not an Angel Company. We’ve only just started learning about what it means to be an Angel Company. We’re still so young!
IS - Do you sell direct from your website and if so what forms of payments do you take? If you don’t sell direct, do you have a list of retailers who sell your products.
NS - We only sell to retailers. We are currently in over 300 stores across the US and overseas. Here are a few online stores in which you can find our products: A Cherry on Top; Addicted to Rubber Stamps, and Sarah’s Cards Ltd (UK). We are also working on a store locator for our website so you will know where to find us! Until then, feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can let you know where there is a store close to you that carries Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. Also, don’t hesitate to ask your local scrapbook store to carry us!
IS - Are your products available internationally?
NS - We ship internationally to retail stores. We also have 9 international design team girls!
When you look around her site, you'll see just how much in love with scrapping she is. I always like to start on the "About Us" page because it reveals alot about not only the company but the people involved in it as well. The thing that spoke volumes to me while I was reading this page was family and friendship. Their Mission Statement says it all.... "Our mission is to create wonderfully original scrapbook paper and embellishments by focusing on our imagination and love for crafting. We are a company that retailers can count on to provide new and distinctive paper and embellishments that will excite their customers." I believe they have accomplished what they set out to do!
Nikki was generous enough to send me a box FULL of papers, stamps and embellishments to create with and share with you!
Willow Bee -
I had so much fun with line ~ it is so bright and cheerful...with it's sunflower & bees. Reminds me of sunny summer days! And that little bee flitting around here and there on the papers is just darling! To start off I created a fun tag and pocket. The pocket is actually the packaging for the cardstock stickers which is fun as well as functional!
Stickers + Paper =
They also have these really great Canvas Buttons which I incorporated into this card...I added dabs of Stickles here and there to really make the patterns pop!
Next was Elli's Day Out ... Makes me want to go shopping with my Mom - LOL!!
This was the card I originally shared (teased you with)...
I also created this fun scrapbook page.... Don't you just love those purse stamps!!
and this fun card...
Finally another of my favorites - My Sweet Cherry Pie. Now I normally am not attracted to bright pattern papers but this just screams FUN! I LOVE these papers and the stamps are just darling...
Here was the first card I created. The sentiment stamps included in this set are a hoot... "Life is a bowl of cherries.... Cherry Up!"
The stamp set also includes who, what, where, when, and Remember stamps. The vintage distressed feel of this yellow paper just called out for something of a time past so I decided to create this scrapbook page of these two cuties in their finest!
And finally a stamped cherry tree with a blue bird on top ;)
As you can see I had lots of fun with all of the nifty papers, stamps and embellishments. Not to keep all the fun for myself I am going to share several sets of goodies with some of my Ink Stained Friends!
I have 6 assorted sets of goodies to share with you pictured below.....
Will He B the 1
Bella Blue & Oscar Too
Dan the Record Man
To be entered to win one of these wonderful prize packages is tell me which Nikki Sivils line is your favorite and why. Maybe you're in love with the little owl in Henry's Brilliance or you love Dan the Record Man because of your love of music, or possibly even Sweet Cherry Pie because they are your favorite summer time treat. Whatever your favorite be sure to check them out and tell us all for your chance to win!
You will have until June 6th to enter to win!
Good Luck Friends!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
AND again if you're like me by now you have figured out that your original idea is out the window because the stack of pages has long past exceeded what your binding will handle.
So I wanted to touch on several different options for binding this or any other altered book, mini album or other multi page project you might be working on.
Hand Stitching - Now I'm only touching on this briefly because it's a world onto it's self. There are countless variations and examples on how to create a hand stitched binding. In the future I do plan on sharing a few specific examples but for now I'm just putting it out there as one option of many. If you are seriously interested in stitched bindings then I would suggest looking into one or more of the books on the market that is dedicated solely to hand stitched bindings.
Binding Machines - If available these machines make binding books a breeze! Spiral, comb, wire, tape and even glue binding are options Usually the machine will punch and bind the pages together. There are many binders on the market most notably in the craft area is Bind it All by Zutter. I love my BIA and use it quite frequently. Actually, this was how I originally intended to bind my book but I didn't have any O Wire large enough to accommodate the bulk of my finished pages.
Book Rings - These are a great option because they come in a wide variety of sizes and they allow you to add and remove pages at will. There is also a nice freedom to add as many book rings to your project you might need or desire. One or two rings (placed in each corner) make a nice flip book, three or more placed along the side of your project yield a more "book" feel. Of course, you can always cover the rings with ribbons, fibers or other materials which is a very popular look.
NOTE: If you do add/remove pages often though after time some book rings do tend to loose their holding power and will pop open randomly usually at the most in opportune times. I have had this happen more than once ;) But in general they are a wonderful way to bind all sorts of projects.
Now in the past I have also used some bindings that aren't as widely used as those mentioned above. Several of these offer inexpensive and easy to use alternatives.
Ball Chain - Yep, it works perfectly for binding books. You can add one, two, or more to your project.
Ribbon or Fiber - Another popular easy fix binding that allows you to color coordinate to your project!
Jewelry Chain - Yes, I said Jewelry Chain! With the explosion of jewelry making in the recent months there is a treasure trove of new and vintage jewelry chain perfectly suitable for binding books available. You will need to make sure you have a chain sturdy enough to hold up to rigours use ~ after all your project is going to be admired by the masses ;) Another cool option with using jewelry chain ... you can add all sorts of charms using jump rings!!
Leather Straps or Hinges - I love this type of binding. It adds a very rustic feel to your finished project.
Screw Posts - These are the long silvery posts that are most commonly found in scrapbooks. They are available in 1/4", 1/2", 1" on up. The longest posts I've found have been 3" in length but you can always add 1/4" or 1/2" extenders if needed.
NOTE: Since these are usually made out of aluminium the threads are easily crossed or misaligned making the extensions a bear to work with at times. It's always best to buy the length needed if at all possible.
Wire - This is a very versatile option as I have use wire in a couple different ways.
You can simply cut lengths of wire, thread your pages onto each wire and twist it closed. Very secure and easy fix but sometimes not the look you're going for.
You can also create your own wire spirals which is what I'm going to share with you today!
Heavy Gauge Wire
Cut Off Tool or Heavy Duty Utility Scissors
Cylindrical Object (to wrap the wire around)
1. You will need to determine how large your spiral needs to be to accommodate your project. To do so stack your pages and measure how tall the pile is. You will need to locate a round cylindrical object a bit larger than your project. This could be anything from a glass bottle, spray can, spice jar, tube of lipstick, etc. Anything round and sturdy enough to wrap with wire.
I am using one of those orange/amber pharmaceutical bottles that medicine comes in.
2. Determine the number of holes you are going to put in your pages. This will determine how many spirals you need to wrap. I have 6 holes in my pages so I will need to wrap 7 spirals. My holes were originally punched with my Bind It All before I began the book. I "knew" that was how I wanted to bind my book ;) If you don't have a BIA available my next best suggestion would be to measure and mark where your holes need to be punched. Punch the holes using a Crop-a-Dial (cuts like butter!) or other hand hole punch.
3. Bend a 1/2" long piece of the wire back onto it's self on the leading end of the wire. Now bend this "hook" in a 90 degree turn. This will be used to secure your pages later on.
4. Wrap the wire tightly around your cylinder keeping an even spacing between the wires as shown. You are going to wrap enough spirals for each hole in your page plus at LEAST one extra. If you have extra in the end you can always trim the excess.
*Remember - more is always better ~ you can always cut off excess but you can't add more loops once cut!
5. Now that you have your spiral made it's time to start threading it through your pages. Ensure that all of the pages are in correct order. Flip the stack over so you're working from the back of the book to the front of the book. Thread the wire through each page feeding it through one hole at a time.
You will continue to do so until the wire has been fed through each hole on every page.... It really doesn't take as long as it sounds.
6. After all the pages have been added you will now "Lock" your binding. Open the hook we made in the beginning and capture the second spiral in this loop. Close the loop and now that end of the binding is locked.
Cut off any excess wire on the other end ~ create a hook on that end and loop it through the second to last spiral. Close the loop around that wire and secure as you did the other end.
Your pages are now secure!
So there you go...
Several alterantives to binding any project you might be working on.
Hope this helps give you ideas on current projects and those yet to be.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here is how my page came together...
I started off by adding a single coat of Butterscotch Acrylic Dabber. I wanted a bit of the coaster to show through.
Since it looked a bit too "clean" for the feel of my book I distressed it a bit with Espresso Dabber.
Next I stamped my leaves (JFF) on both pages using Library Green Archival Ink.
I added a layer of Scattered Straw Distress Stickles to both pages and finished them off by adding my image and sentiment.
(The Stickles made it REALLY hard to get good pics)