Saturday, January 30, 2010


Well I've been in an Asian-Inspired papercrafting mood lately so here is a layout I put together today with a dragon from the Cricut Pagoda Cartridge. My son would not leave Six Flags without this tattoo last summer - boy did it make his day - LOL!  [click to enlarge]
I added my own eyes to the dragon though - it looked like there was something missing when I finished making him and I'm happy with how the eyes turned out (I used a bubble punch to get the small circles).  The title was cut on my Silhouette using a TTF called "Black Rose" with two different offset sizes done in the software.  The border is an old Creative Memories shortcut (yes, I still use those on occasion!).  The background paper is SEI bought on super sale at Michael's last week.  I plan to add some journaling alongside of the far right photo.  Thanks so much for looking!

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Different Kind of Valentine!

I couldn't resist giving the new Silhouette print-n-cut Japanese dolls a try - they were just too cute!  The Chinese character means 'love' and it is also a Silhouette digital design.  I embossed the background with the new Cuttlebug embossing folder called 'Japanese Scales.'  I used coordinations cardstock because it has a bit of sheen to it and I popped the doll up a bit with pop-dots but it doesn't really show in the photo.  Thanks for looking!  [click to enlarge]

Sunday, January 24, 2010


At long last, the Sizzix Eclips info is public! has the machine, cartridges and accessories up for preorder.  They also have posted a download of the starter cartridge handbook HERE that shows all the details of the features this machine will offer.  ETA:  Check out the Scrap-Mart video from the CHA floor to see the Eclips in action HERE

Although they use a similar concept, I already see many differences between this machine and the Cricut.  Being able to control and design your cuts on the remote before sending them to the machine is a huge benefit - no more guesswork or wasted paper!  The border function actually repeats the image to make a border, it doesn't just make it huge to adjust to the length like the Cricut (a cricut pet peeve of mine).  There are also more creative features available on the cartridges (at least for the starter one).  Sizzix will be posting demo videos later today, and I can't wait to see the machine in action.  Everyone is showing a preorder date of May - I sure hope I can get my hands on one sooner!  Don't you just love CHA???  I wish I was there!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CHA Sneak Peeks

Don't you just love CHA sneak peeks???  Here is a LINK to some of the new Sizzix line from Tim Holtz.  I've been waiting for someone to release a bricks embossing folder!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine's Day is Approaching!

I love Valentine's Day and it will be here before we know it!  I saw a cute idea in this month's Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine where they paper pierced a gumball machine.  I wondered if there was one available for the Silhouette and sure enough there was - even cuter than the magazine pattern to boot!  So I put together this page.  I think I am going to add some heart shaped photo mats to the page to keep with the theme, but here it is for now:
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I used a downloaded digital design word "Candy" for the title and cut the rest using a true type font called A&S Black Swan (I love that font because it welds and shadows so easily).  The patterned paper is Basic Grey from the Lucky line and I used my Creative Memories mini heart punch for the candy.  Just realized the colors match my blog - haha!
Thanks for stopping by today!!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Sneak Peek!

I had to remove my later post, but in case you haven't seen it yet, here is the Sizzix Eclips Sneak Peek - updated for released pictures [click to enlarge]:

I'm so excited to see all the details of the new Eclips!  Imagine being able to cut Sizzix designs electronically - woo-hoo! 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Resolutions!

Have you thought about your New Year's Resolutions yet?  I thought I would actually record ours this year so there is evidence of the promises made!  We haven't finalized them yet, but each family member will record their resolutions on the corresponding tag.  [click to enlarge]

Products used: Quickutz Spotlight font (filled in with Stickles glitter glue); Quickutz Silhouette to cut title and names; Quickutz library pocket and tag dies.  Spellbinders Impressabilities embossing stencil (used on the pockets) and Cat's Eye chalk. 

If you have never used Spellbinder Impressabilities and wonder how they would work in a Sizzix machine, I recorded a simple demo video for Scrap-Mart to show how I do it.  Enjoy!


Ride 'Em Cowboy!

The new Old West cartridge released by Cricut was perfect for this layout of my nephew's birthday party.  If you click to enlarge the photo, you can sort-of see the stickles on the horse's mane and tail.  The grass cut is from Sizzix, but the horse and the title are from Old West.  I added a shadow background to the title so it would stand out against the burlap paper.  [click to enlarge]

"Ride 'Em" was cut at 2 1/4 inches and Cowboy was cut at 2 1/2 inches.  The burlap and denim papers are from Hobby Lobby and the red paisley paper is retired Creative Memories.  TFL!

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's Official!

I'm so excited to announce that I will be back for another year on the Scrap-Mart Design Team!  We have a lot of exciting things in store for the upcoming year, so be sure to check out the new Scrap-Mart blog for all the details: (then click on the blog link).  Happy New Year Everyone!