Monday, July 30, 2012

Another eBosser Video!!!


Happy Monday Crafters!!  I am so excited for today’s post because I have an all-new eBosser video for you!


Before we get to the video, let me share with you first the card that I made using fabric cut with the eBosser which is what the video is all about.


The flower in my card is cut using the AccuQuilt Go Die called Round Flower.  The first thing that I did was cut all my fabric pieces (up to 8 layers at a time) in one pass with the eBosser.  That’s right!  8 Layers!  How awesome is that?


Next, I used that same die to cut out some cereal weight chipboard from the same die and I used some liquid adhesive to adhere the fabric to the chipboard to create this layered, dimensional fabric flower.


I couldn’t stop there, after all the eBosser was all warmed up and ready to go for me, so I decided to have some fun with embossing!  Using the Craftwell Regency embossing folder, I brayered on some Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores ink onto one side of the embossing folder.  I then carefully inserted a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock into the folder and ran it through my eBosser.  This technique really adds something to embossing and I just love how it makes this folder look even more vintage.  All that was left to do was to round the corners, add it to a white cardbase and stamp my sentiment on the leaf of the flower.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Signature Series: Butterfly stamp set.


I just love how this card came together and it just goes to show you….the possibilities are endless with the eBosser.


So, now here is the video that I put together for you showing you how to cut 8 layers of fabric in a single pass.  I demonstrate this with two of the most common types of steel rule dies available…AccuQuilt Go dies and Sizzix Bigz dies.  Enjoy the show!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More CHA Pictures!


Hi everyone!  Today, I have some more pictures to share with you from CHA.  This time I am focusing on some of the things that I saw at the show that I would LOVE to get my crafty little hands on!  WARNING…lots of pictures so you might want to get comfy with a nice hot cup of coffee or an ice-cold Coke!  Also, sorry about the lighting in these pictures.  The convention center does not have the best lighting LOL!


First up, Cosmo Cricket had two paper lines that I just love.  The first is Jolly Days…loving the candy cane chevron paper!


And the next line is called S’more Love…how cute is that? Since I am a mom with two boys, these papers would be perfect for layouts featuring them or even cards that I want to make for them.



Tim Holtz always seems to come out with some fabulous new things.  Here is a picture of his new 3D Christmas Trees…each one stained with a different color of Distress.  Not sure what I would use these for, but I think they are just stunning sitting on the shelf like that.


Also loving the new totes shown here from the District Market line…


Kaisercraft definitely made me fall in love with these vintage style stamps.  Totally want them all!


Also love this steampunky paper line from Kaisercraft too!




From 7 gypsies…printed tissue paper…LOVE!  Imagine the possibilities!


Over at October Afternoon (one of my favorite paper companies), I fell in love with this fun collection called Midway.


Also loved this Christmas line from them called Make it Merry.


I cannot forget about Echo Park!  They are bringing back some of their most popular lines with twists.  To start off…For the Record 2 done in two different color ways.



Echo Park had my favorite Halloween paper of the year with Chillingsworth Manor!


How about a Christmas re-do, with the Christmas This & That collection.


Also loved some of the new papers from My Mind’s Eye!  The Winter Wonderland collection is just beautiful!



Kim Gaughan from the Craftwell Design Team and the Crafty Pink Anchor blog asked me to check out Authentique and she was right on the money!  They have some gorgeous papers coming out too!








I am not really that into glitter…it can be pretty messy!  I have to say though that I am excited to try the new Stickles Dry Glitter from Ranger.  Take a look at these samples!



And here is the whole color line…


That’s it for me today, but I will be back on Monday with another eBosser video!

Monday, July 23, 2012

eBosser Samples & CHA Pics


I have A LOT to share with you today!!  I was hoping to have another eBosser video ready for you, but unfortunately time did not permit me to get it ready in time for this post.  As I mentioned last week, I have been doing demos of the eBosser at CHA.  I have some pictures from CHA to share with you today including some shots of things that we cut with the eBosser!


First off, I thought I would share with you something that I just love about CHA…the booth displays!  Some booths are over-the-top fabulous and others are sweetly simple.  No matter what, each booth has something wonderful to show!  So without further adieu…let’s take a look!


Right as you enter CHA, DCWV is there with this massive display!  The haunted houses are all decorated with DCWV paper and there are also strips of their paper on the owl at the very top!


The Idealogy booth is always one to see because Tim Holtz decorates it himself.  I love seeing all these small vintage elements collaged to decorate the top of the bookcases that show off his product line.



Jazmin over at Team Craftwell asked me to get pictures from the Dear Lizzy line over at American Crafts.  I just love how they incorporated regular old clipboard to display their projects!



Another thing that is always fun to see are the crafted dresses!  These ladies take “out of the box” materials and create wearable art.  This dress is made from metal and is actually sewn together.  I have to say…WOW!



The 7 Gypsies booth was stunning!  Everything was really well laid out and the finishing touches just made it all work!  I LOVE the umbrellas and the half table sticking out of the wall.



October Afternoon totally invited you into their booth by sharing little “sneak peeks” on the outside with you.  P.S. Can’t wait to get this paper!



Can you say gorgeous?  I love the bi-fold doors with the mannequin dressed in paper and I was especially taken with the frames on either side.  Each frame showcases a different color.



How about this for some fun?  This pedestal was completely covered in washi tape from Queen & Co.  I just love how the rolls were left on the sides too!



La Blanche Stamps had lots of goodies in their booth.  I just adore some of their new stamps!



Authentique stole my heart with these ladder shelves.  I have seen them on Pinterest, and just loved how Authentique utilized it here to share some finished projects.



Graphic 45 is spectacle!  The enormous clock is off course the highlight, but once you get in the booth, there are SO many interesting things to see!


Later this week, I will be sharing some more pictures on my blog including some of the things that I want to get and also some of the things that I want to re-create!


Now since we were doing demos of the eBosser at the show, I was able to swipe some samples of the things that we were able to do with the eBosser, so here are some pictures for you of that!



How about some embossed reflective vinyl and some chipboard!  The eBosser gets such a nice deep emboss!



These are some doilies cut from some Cherry Lynn dies on 110 lb. cardstock.  Not only can you see the fine details really well, but you can cut these with the eBosser in only one pass and without a metal shim!  If you have ever cut these before, then you know that with most machines, they have to go through a few times before they will cut all the way through.



Now, this is really cool!  This is also from a Cherry Lynn die and cut with the eBosser from fabric!  I will definitely be sharing how to accomplish this in a future video!


Hope you all enjoyed the pics today!  I will be back next week with another eBosser video!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Excited about the eBosser? Then Check This Out!


Well I am just OVER THE MOON about my post for today!!!  You better get comfy and have the beverage of your choice handy!!  You will not want to miss even a second of this!


First off…a little announcement!  CHA starts tomorrow!!!  I am going to be there with Emily from Craftwell to do demos of the eBosser.  I am really excited about CHA and I really hope that if you are going to be there, you stop by the Janome booth where we are doing demos to see me!


Since I am going to demo the eBosser, Craftwell graciously sent me the very 1st eBosser to leave their warehouse.  The pre-orders will start shipping soon.  Oh and if you have not pre-ordered an eBosser…get your orders in ASAP.  Right now, Craftwell has told me that there have been so many pre-orders that they don’t expect these to hit store shelves until sometime in August.  RUN DON’T WALK!!!  The eBosser is absolutely AMAZING!!!


To get this very special post started, I thought I would show you some cards and tags that I made using the die cuts that I created in my videos….YES you heard me!  I have some videos for you today showing the eBosser in action!!






Supply list is below…because I am sure you can’t wait for the videos!!!

Supplies used on above cards and tags:


Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream & Kraft Cardstock, also Melon Berry Damask Paper, Simply Chartreuse Bitty Dot Paper, Dark Chocolate Striped Paper

Shipping Tags


My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish

Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner, Ad Sense, Celebrations Frame, Christmas Label, Limitless Layers (1 3/4”)

Circle Punch (1 3/4”)


Papertrey Ink Tagged Sentiments & Fancy Flourishes


Papertrey Ink Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate

Embossing Folder

Craftwell Regency


Papertrey Ink buttons in Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate

Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Twine

Monday, July 9, 2012

A few tricks to cutting intricate pieces in your eCraft


A few months ago, Lettering Delights released a Cut-Its Set called Bloomeria and I immediately purchased it.  Even though I loved it, I had trouble figuring out just what I wanted to do with it.  Then I saw the new Summer Seasonal Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.  These three ink colors are a limited edition and they are bright and bold colors.  I fell in love with these colors and that is all it took to inspire another birthday card to add to my inventory.  On top of that, the card came together SO quickly!


Now, I am going to tell you that this was a tricky file to cut, BUT it is not impossible!  So if you run across a file like this and you have trouble getting it to cut well, I am going to share with you a few tips and tricks that I used to get this to cut.  First, because there are so many interior pieces that are cutting, I used BOTH a veggie mat stabilizer and tabs.  The veggie mat stabilizer helps to keep the paper in the rollers tight and the tabs keep those interior cut outs in place.  If you cut this without the tabs, those interior pieces will most likely come loose and then you have a good chance of one of those pieces getting caught under the blade trolley and that is a recipe for a bunch of shredded paper!!  With a file like this, you can kind of imagine how much the eCraft rollers and blade trolley have to move around to get everything to cut, so because I figured that this file would take a while to cut and with all that movement of the rollers and the blade trolley and that means that there is a great chance of the paper slipping even with the veggie mat, so I added a little temporary spray adhesive (I like Quilt basting spray) to the back of the paper before I placed it on the veggie mat.  DO NOT spray your veggie mat with the adhesive!!  That adhesive will gum up your rollers.  The other thing that I did was check my pressure to make sure that I used the lowest possible pressure.  To do that, you need to feed some of your cutting paper in and just test the setting using a small shape that has lots of twists and turns in it.  I like to use the tree from the Fundamentals 1 SD card.  Since we are going to cut with the veggie mat, we cannot rely on the blue light, so we have to test the pressure manually.  I start with a pressure that I think will work.  If it cuts cleanly, I lower the pressure a 1/2 step and cut again to see if I get the same results.  If the cut does not come out of your paper, then you need to increase the pressure.  Once you get a sense of what pressure setting will work on which paper, these test cuts go pretty quick and with minimal waste.  I don’t do this for every cut, just the ones that I think will be tricky like this one.


So now that I have my veggie mat prepared, and the pressure settings figured out, I’m ready to cut. Using my favorite eCraft Diecutable Cardstock (White Flour) into my trusty purple eCraft and then have it start cutting out my Bloomeria cut.  While it was cutting I took another piece of white cardstock and did the Wrinkle Free Distress technique using the gorgeous Summer colors of Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.  Look how pretty that came out!!!  And the purple color that was created in there is even more gorgeous in person.


After my eCraft was finished cutting, I stamped my sentiment from Papertrey Ink Cupcake Collection onto the cut using the Salty Ocean color. Then all I had to do was add some dimensional adhesive to the back of the die cut and then layer it onto my Summer Distress background. 


After I made this card, I started to imagine it in other color combinations and the possibilities are endless!  What colors would you pick?

Monday, July 2, 2012

eCrafting Up Some S’MORES!!!


The 4th of July is just 2 days away and here in the USA that means lots of fireworks, parades and parties!  This year we are going to a cookout and I was asked to bring supplies for S’mores…..yummy! Definitely one of my favorite desserts of summer!  I decided to take it up a notch for one big reason.  You see as a mom of a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I know full well that at parties, there is a tendency for the kids to try and get as many sweets as they can.  My 4 year old is particularly sneaky and mischievous so I really have to keep an eye on him.  Now some people might say, let the kids go crazy!  Here is the problem with that (and I’m sure other moms have experienced this) there comes a time when all that sugar results into what I call the “sugar tantrum”.  For those of you not familiar with this, this is when the child has had so much sugar and they have been running and playing like crazy.  They seem to have boundless amounts of energy and then all of a sudden….they bottom out.  In my opinion, this is the worst kind of tantrum because there is no reasoning with the child, there is no calming them down, no amount of discipline can dissuade it because they truly feel just awful!  The only cure for this tantrum is to rush them out of the party and get them to bed as quickly as possible while giving them enough water to flush their system, but not too much to cause night time accidents.  It is a tricky balance.  To make matters worse, if this tantrum happens at a party….well let’s just say it is embarrassing!  We are going to a party where there are other families with kids and I have talked to many of these moms who have had the same experience, so since I am in charge of the S’mores, I decided to make a package of S’more supplies for each child.  That way, hopefully we can control the sugar intake so that they can have some fun but not get themselves into a sugar high!  Don’t worry I am bringing extras of everything for the adults and then if a parent wants to give their child more, they can.


Here is what I did….first step was to use some bags to hold the supplies.  I used the Large Glassine Bags from Papertrey Ink because I had just enough of them left from a previous project and they were the perfect size.  Plus I love the frosted look of them.  If I didn’t have these already in my stash, I would have just done this with some sandwich bags. I filled each bag with enough graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make two S’mores which I think is a perfect amount for the kids. Next step was to do all my cuts.  I used THIS freebie file from SVG Cuts.  Using Make the Cut, I removed the pieces to make the face just to make it a little easier on me.  Using some eCraft Diecutable Cardstock and also some Core’dinations cardstock, I cut out all the pieces.  I also cut out some stars using Make the Cut’s basic shapes and created a long banner shape using their basic shapes again.  This banner is 10 inches long so that when scored in the middle, the fold was over the top of the bag. This provides just a little interest to the back of the bag. Using a little bit of adhesive to seal the bag shut, I also added the adhesive to the banner on each side of the fold.  Then I assembled the rest of the pieces and adhered that with a little dimensional adhesive.  Oh and that caption….I have to point this out because that caption is pretty small.  I love how the eCraft Diecutable Cardstock is made for cutting small words like this and then when I paired it with my Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere it….well let’s just say Easy Peasy! 


Even though there was a lot of cutting in making these, it really wasn’t so bad.  Remember that with the eCraft, you can load the paper in and hit cut.  No sticking the paper onto mats really is a big timesaver with these types of mass production crafts.


Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!!  Happy Birthday America!

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