Friday, July 18, 2008

Card Spotlight

Today, it's a quick and simple greeting card. The main reason for the spotlight is to showcase some of the lovely K & Co. decorative papers from the new Mira collection by Brenda Walton. I fell in love instantly with this collection that highlights sunrise yellows and oranges with the contrasting deep spice colorations. It's a fusion of Indian and Eastern influences. The entire collection is gorgeous--and the coordinating embellishments are sublime. (My favorites are the Grand Adhesions Chinese Lantern set.)

This particular card is made from a 5 1/2" x 8" piece of "Golden Poppy" paper scored at 4" for a vertical orientation. Also, used is a small piece of "Paisley Ombre" from the Mira Collection for the tag. I made the tag using Making Memories Tag Maker (medium square aluminum rim). A sugar coated flower diecut and leaf adhered with a pop dot and glue dot respectively complete the look of the card. For the sentiment, I chose a Studio G clear acrylic stamp and Cat's Eye Queue ink in Raw Silk.

Life really is wonderful! I hope you have a super weekend ahead!

Keep Crafting!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Spotlight: Scor-Pal Mat & Tote Bag

Any of you who have read this blog before know that I love my Scor-Pal. It was another of the many purchases that were enabled by the members of the Cricut Message Board. As someone who loves cardmaking and paper folding, I'm not sure how I ever managed without a Scor-Pal. I know there are several brands and types of scoring devices out there--and in the end, there is a degree of personal choice and what works best for you--but, I highly recommend the Scor-Pal to any of you who may be in the market for a multi-purpose scoring tool.

So, I've had my Scor-Pal for a while now. But, Diana Crick and the great folks over at Scor-Pal have recently introduced two handy upsell items for the Scor-Pal.

The first is a handy and beautiful colored teal tote bag to safely store and carry your Scor-Pal. The water-proof nylon material is very sturdy and some obvious thought went into the design of the bag. It has a detachable black adjustable web carrying strap. It's designed with a large front zip pocket with the Scor-Pal log screenprinted in white and gray on the front of it. It also features a front pocked ID window for identification and personalization.

The inside is surprisingly roomy. It feature two large elasticized pockets on the back wall that will easily hold a 12" paper trimmer and a bulky tool such as the Crop-a-Dile. The Scor-Pal fits in there with the mat nicely and there's still room for current projects, paper pads or other supplies you might need to take to a crop or friend's house. The overall dimensions of the tote are 14" x 16 1/2" and it sells for $16.00.

But, the real treat is the Scor-Pal Mat, which is designed to be perfectly seated in the tray area of the Scor-Pal. It also is a reversible, double-sided dual-use mat. The translucent teal mat is nearly 12" x 12" and features a self-healing cutting mat with inch markings done in black and 1/8" increments marked in white. The reverse side features a shiny worksurface with a slight amount of cling to keep papers from moving or slipping. Now when you are through using your Scor-Pal for scoring or folding, you can put the mat on top and continue working on your project. The mesuring scales are extremely handy and the work surface is fabulous for stamping and working on your current page or card. At $15.00, it is must-have tool for your arsenal.

Buying a Scor-Pal (sells for $39.95), the mat and tote is a bit of an investment for the savvy crafter. However, it pays off in dividends. You'll find yourself reaching for this tool set constantly. I'm always coming up with new ways to use my Scor-Pal--and the mat just gives it all the more possibility and flexibility.

This is a five-star (*****) winner! You won't be sorry

Monday, July 14, 2008

Gamsol Technique--Attempt #1

Over the weekend, I tried my hand at coloring a stamped image sent to me by the wonderful AMKs_MOM. I had tried a couple previously, but I didn't use the correct ink and they smeared.

While I'm not completely thrilled with the end result, I must say that it was a lot of fun experimenting and I look forward to trying my hand at more coloring.

A Card From My Secret Sister

I have an absolutely terrific Secret Sister on the Cricut Message Boards. Her name is Kelly and she goes by KellpieJo on the message board.

She sends me some of the most cheery cards. I love this one because it showcases her work with metal and alcohol inks. The butterfly and center square are metal and hand painted with alcohol inks. The borders are also inked (I assume on photo paper).

Thank you KELLY! You are a true gift!