Friday, April 30, 2010

Island Paradise

It is a great evening to scrapbook - we have thunderstorms here so I'm hiding out in my nook tonight.  I just finished this layout - had to dig up some old honeymoon photos so I could use the fabulous "Island Paradise" design from the Sizzix Eclips Vacation cartridge.  My honeymoon scrapbook is still not done, so this was a great chance to get a page done.  I can't believe it has been almost 12 years....sigh....
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The hibiscus and tropical leaves were cut with the retired Sizzlit Hawaiian Flowers set.  The yellow center is really not that bright IRL - my scanner always makes yellows super bright.  The paper is Basic Grey from the dinosaur collection (sorry I forget the name).  These pics were from Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica (I fixed the typo after scanning in case you noticed...hehe) so the pattern really got my attention when I was looking through my stash for this page.  Thanks for stopping by tonight.  Hope everyone is set for a great National Scrapbook Day weekend!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Two New Sizzix Eclips Videos!

Here are two more videos to show you the Sizzix Eclips machine in action!  Enjoy!

I still have the Eclips to play with for a few more days so let me know if you have any questions or want to see something in particular!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Video #2 and Project

Ok, I am having so much fun with the Eclips!  Here is a layout I created using the Eclips and the new October Afternoon Fly A Kite paper collection (scroll down to see the video).  The background paper is Coordinations Embossed Cardstock that goes with the Jillibean Soup papers.  Both are available at Scrap-Mart, of course.
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Here are a few close-ups of the elements:
Love this ice cream cone:

Here is a video I shot putting the finishing touches onto the layout using the Sizzix Eclips Machine:

Don't forget to pre-order your Eclips from Scrap-Mart!  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Machine Video from the CK Convention Floor!!

Did you know that the Sizzix Eclips can cut chipboard!?!  Here is a quick video I took of the Eclips from the Scrap-Mart booth at the CK Convention last weekend.  Prepare to be impressed by this amazing machine!

Here are a few more sample cuts I made to show at the Scrap-Mart booth at the convention (see my last post for others). 
Baby Milestones Cartridge:

A few samples from the All Occasions Cartridge:

A few samples from the Special Occasions Cartridge:

Be sure to be one of the first crafterst to get this machine - you can pre-order the Sizzix Eclips from
 I will be posting more videos and projects using cuts from the Eclips soon, so keep checking back!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Pinch me, please!!  I am SO excited to tell you that I have had the great fortune of having the Scrap-Mart store demo Sizzix Eclips machine in my house this week!! We are gearing up for the Creating Keepsakes convention in St. Louis this weekend (April 9-10). I will be demonstrating the Eclips machine during the show, so Scrap-Mart sent it to me to check it out in advance and to cut some samples for the booth. I still can't believe it!

Let me tell you this: I had high expectations for this machine and it did not disappoint!!  In fact, it surpassed my expectations.  Sizzix has really hit a home run with the Eclips - offering precision cutting with 12" capability and the convenience of cartridges with fabulous Sizzix designs. Check out what I have cut so far:
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A few notes:

*The Eclips machine is extremely user friendly.  I was up and cutting within minutes of unpacking the box. The remote control is very intuitive and easily became second nature to use.  I was worried it may take a while to get used to but that was not the case at all.  It is amazing to me that the machine has so much capability but is so easy to use - typically a machine with this many features would have a steep learning curve, but Sizzix has done a great job in making it very user-friendly.

*The screen resolution on the remote is great - very clear images but easy on the eyes.  No guesswork whatsoever and that saves time.  I'm all for crafting efficiency! 

*The images on the cartridge samples are not an exhaustive list of shapes on each cart - they are just the base images, but each one has various creative features, many of which include other shapes. 

*When a shape offers embellishment pieces you can choose whether to cut one piece or all of the pieces - so no need to cut three times if you want three different colors of paper.  I did not expect that option and it is so convenient to have!!  Rock on!

*Almost every shape has a shadow feature which is fantastic in my book! I'm a shadow girl.

*The creative features are applied on a shape by shape basis, not on a cartridge by cartridge basis.  In other words, on any given cartridge you may have one shape that has a border feature, while another shape has an embellishment feature.  Sizzix looked at each image to determine which creative features were appropriate for that shape.  Awesome!! 

*I love that many of the images offer a traditional steel-rule die cut design with dotted lines for detail, but also offer layers ('pieces') so you can choose to make a layered design or a traditional looking cut. You can get multiple looks with one image.  Fabulous!! 

*The feel of the machine and the cutting mechanism is very solid and sturdy.  It definitely has a high-end feel to it and it even sounds cool (according to my 7 year old!).

If you're attending the show this weekend be sure to stop by the Scrap-Mart booth and say Hello!  I'd love to meet you and show you how amazing this machine is in person.  I might cry when I need to give it back, but I am totally excited for the official release!!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

FedEx Just Made Me Very Happy!

They just delivered a huge box to me from Scrap-Mart!  What was inside that box made me smile from ear to ear, as I have been dying to get my hands on what was inside!!  I will be posting information and (hopefully) a few videos about the contents of the box here and on the Scrap-Mart blog very soon! 
It is so exciting  I.just.can't.wait to show you!!!!