Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Eclips News!!! Have you heard???

Version 2.0 of the software is soon to be released, as a FREE download, and it contains the following updates (excerpt from News item today found on Sizzix.com):
"Leading off, the eclips Electronic Shape-Cutting Machine undergoes its first exciting update thanks to a FREE software download for existing users this fall at Sizzix.com. Some of the more notable enhancements include:*Scoring: Allows eclips designs to be cut with easy scoring lines for simple folds when using the Albums, Bags & Boxes and Cards & Envelopes cartridges.*Drawing with any pen: With the additional purchase of the eclips Pen Holder, crafters can use virtually any felt tip or ballpoint pen in their eclips Machine to draw a shape. The Pen Holder also accommodates glue pens for drawing shapes in glue, allowing crafters to sprinkle on glitter for a truly dazzling look.*Rotate Designs: Rotates shapes for optimal placement on the material to be cut. Changes in orientation can be made in increments of 1 degree all the way to 360 degrees. This feature dramatically saves paper.*Double Cut: In case the shape wasn’t cut all the way through, the eclips will pass the blade over the cut lines again and re-cut the area to ensure easy removal of the shape.*Adjust Height or Width: Customizes the height or width of a design. Especially useful for cutting phrases or images that demand proportionate precision.*Print2Cut: With the purchase of additional software, crafters can use their home computer and printer to design and print any eclips shape and then load it into the eclips Machine for easy laser locating, positioning and cutting.*In addition, ten more cartridges (sold separately) for the eclips Machine will start shipping to retailers this fall. With new cartridges designed by such prominent industry names as Scrappy Cat, Dena Designs and BasicGrey, crafters will be treated to a diverse offering of cutting-edge choices sure to fire up their creative arsenal."
I am so excited to see these updates in action!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Catch A Wave!

Ok, this is one of those layouts that didn't come together as I had envisioned, but I'm happy with it nonetheless.  It is bright and cheerful, just as I remember that day...
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I cut the title in a retired Quickutz font (Venus) in white and used my Copic markers to mimic the colors in the actual ride sign (behind my boys in the photo on the right).  The rollercoaster was cut on my Silhouette.
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The Sun is a combination of a retired Sizzix die layered on top of a Spellbinders Pinking Circle with some dimensional adhesive.  I added stickles to the Sun and Ride for effect as well.
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The colorful patterned paper is from the American Crafts Heat Wave line (love that collection) and the water paper was old Imaginesce from my stash.  I used my Creative Memories wavy trimmer to cut the edge of the water paper and also for the journaling strips on the lower right.  Thanks so much for checking in today and have a crafty week!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Crabulous! Layout

Wow - I can't believe it has been several weeks since I have posted anything here!  Life has been busy and I've been working on some projects for Club Ruby that I can't post here (I will be able to post teaser pics once the Club is up and running so watch for those).  Anyhow, I just completed a quick and cute and uh, crabulous, layout...
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I love the bright colors and glittery patterns in the American Crafts Heat Wave paper line - they were perfect for my photo.  The oh so cute crab is from the Sizzix Sizzlit Sea Animals set and the font is from the Quickutz Relax Gift Set released last spring.  You can't really tell in the photo, but I use DCWV glitter paper for the title.  Thanks for checking in today and Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Christmas in July

Well, Christmas scrapbooking in July, that is.  Catching up on some layouts and just finished this one, but now that I am looking at the photo, I think I am going to add a couple of rooftop reindeer to the upper right hand side.  Here's the layout (sorry about the flash):
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The patterned paper is by Basic Grey.  The journal block was cut from my Tim Holtz Sizzix Edge die (love that die - so many uses for it!).  I used my Cricut Christmas Cheer Cartridge for the "Christmas" title and added "Eve" from the Storybook cartridge font.  A few dabs of Stickles Glitter Glue finished it off.
I thought this house matched the Basic Grey patterned paper perfectly.  It was cut from the Winter Wonderland Cartridge and I embossed the rooftops with a Cuttlebug Embossing folder.   More stickles for snow, and I was done.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a crafty week!