Technique challenge August 13

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Challenges

A week ago there was a tip posted about adding glam to chipboard.  You can check it out here.  For this week’s challenge we want you to spice up some chipboard.  You can add doodles,  paint, glitter glue, or just about anything you can think of.  We want to see more than just pattern paper added to the chipboard though.

Please create a project (card, layout or altered item) that has some spiced up chipboard.

Here’s the layout I created.  I used Cosmo Cricket blackboard chipboard letters.  I used the white inkssentials pen to add doodling detail.

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My Mind’s Eye Stomp diecut

My Mind’s Eye Stomp plaid sky paper

My Mind’s Eye Stomp Fossilized Flowers paper

My Mind’s Eye Stomp large Accessories diecuts

My Mind’s Eye Stomp whole collection

Inkssentials pen

Bazzill Cardstock

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The prize this week is an Elements Acrylic stamp set by Bo Bunny

Participants must have a Flickr.com account and will need to join the Scrapbook Express Flickr group. You may create and submit one project for this challenge.

Participants should upload their projects and tag them with the corresponding challenge date seAug13. View the projects, choose “Send to Group” then “Scrapbook Express.”

Participants will have until Wednesday August 19th at 5pm MT to upload entries. In order for a prize to be given, there must be at least 4 different participants. The winner will be announced here next Thursday, August 20th. If you have any questions please email us at scrapbookexpressblog@gmail.com.

*There were not enough participants from last week’s challenge to award a prize.

Have a great scrapping weekend!

Project Wednesday: Teacher Lunch Pail

August 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Tutorials

Are your kids heading back to school soon? Ours go this week - I can hardly believe it! Every year I start watching the $1 bins at craft and department stores for their cute mini lunch pails. With a few quick scrapbook supplies they make great teacher gifts. We fill one at the start of the year with hand sanitizer, headache relief, candy, a spot cleaner stick and any other mini items that would be a great addition to any teacher’s desk drawer. Here’s what I made:

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I made this pail in under an hour. Here’s what to do:

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1. Choose supplies that work with the overall color scheme of your lunch pail. Trim a rectangle of paper to fit the front and back panels of the pail. Round the corners and ink if desired. Adhere the paper.

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2. Trim a smaller block of coordinating paper or cardstock. Ink and round edges then adhere to lower right corner of front. Adhere an arrow sticker as shown.

Pail alphas

3. Add die cut letters, American Crafts Thickers or any alphabet stickers of your choice to spell out a name or sentiment.

Pail border

5. Use a die cut border sticker around the bottom and sides of the lunch pail. Use additional stickers at the end if the border isn’t long enough to completely cover the pail.

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6. Add decorative ribbons to the handle if desired.

Consider using these cute and clever lunch pails as treat holders for a birthday party or stuffed with scrap supplies for your favorite scrapping pal. They are sure to be a hit! If you can’t find a lunch pail, try using a plain gift bag instead.

Supplies used:

Bo Bunny Grease Monkey collection: Tread paper (both sides), Combo stickers

American Crafts cardstock: Black

Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink: Charcoal

QuicKutz Supermarket alphabet

Assorted ribbons, lunch pail from JoAnn Fabrics

Come back tomorrow for Julie’s new challenge!

BasicGrey Magnetic Precision Mat Uses

August 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Tips & Techniques

For today’s tip I want to show you a few things I love about the BasicGrey Magnetic Precision Mat.  I love using this mat as a base when I scrap or make cards because it protects my counter area from ink, glue etc. This mat is also self healing. The magnets that come with this are super powerful and hold down your pictures or diecuts until you are ready to apply adhesive and make them permanent. The magnetic ruler allows you to put your pictures and title on straight.

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The magnets are great for keeping your brads from getting lost too. I also keep my pushpin handy for making holes and the magnets keeps it handy. Have you ever dropped a package of brads on the floor?!?! Those little buggers get lost in the carpet so easy, but with these magnets they won’t be able to hide. You can buy them seperately here at Scrapbook Express for only $3.29 for a package of 10 - they are called Magnetic Tack Refills.

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We’ll see you back tomorrow for Jolene’s Project Wednesday.

Last day for extended sales, and Tuesday Cat Eye Inks and Halloween on Sale!

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Product Highlights, Sales & New Items

Ok everyone, I know you are busy getting kids ready for school and last minute vacations, but you don’t want to miss the last day for the American Craft 50% off sale, Paper Loft 20% off sale, and starting Tuesday Cat Eye Inks and Halloween items will be on sale!  Here is the link to the sale page where we have hundreds of items on sale http://www.scrapbookexpress.com/wesn.html.  I love to use Cat Eye inks, as they have a great shape that makes it easy to ink the edges of your die cuts, torn edges, frames and mats.   Here are a few examples of Paper Loft, American Crafts and inking.  Thanks to the talented ladies who gave us the following amazing creations.

Kittymomma made this page with Paper Loft Slug Bug Collection.

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Cindy, aka Chinablessings, used American Craft Backyard collection for this page.

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RaeRae made this fun S for a project and inked the edge with Cat Eye ink.

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Have a great week and have fun shopping!

Heather

Ad Challenge: Big & Bold

August 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Challenges

What’s big and bold and inspires you? That’s right – it’s this week’s ad challenge! I found this ad for American Crafts Zing! embossing powders in a recent scrapbook magazine and was drawn to its big, bold colors and design. I decided that it would be the perfect choice for this week’s challenge.

Please create a project (card, layout or altered item) based on this ad:

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Try using some of these ideas for your project:

Use the colors from the ad
Create the label shape cut with QuicKutz, the Silhouette or Cricut
Punch a border
Stamp some swirls
Die cut alphabet letters
Journal with a white pen

Here’s the card I made based on the ad. My style is typically grungy and distressed, so it was fun to create something unusual for me but still based on the bold graphic design of the ad.

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American Crafts cardstock: Rouge, Black, Ocean

QuicKutz alphabets:
Moonlight (You are)
Dragonfly (truly)
Supermarket (Amazing)

QuicKutz Border Branch die

Xyron 150 adhesive

Cricut & Storybook cartridge

Fiskars Threading Water punch

WorldWin reflective prism paper

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The prize this week is this set of Petaloo Glitter Sheets which are perfect for cutting, tearing and punching.

Participants must have a Flickr.com account and will need to join the Scrapbook Express Flickr group. You may create and submit one project for this challenge. Please state in your Flickr upload which ideas from the ad you used.

Participants should upload their projects and tag them with the corresponding challenge date seAug6. View the projects, choose “Send to Group” then “Scrapbook Express.”

Participants will have until Wednesday August 12th at 5pm MT to upload entries. In order for a prize to be given, there must be at least 4 different participants. The winner will be announced here next Thursday, August 13th. If you have any questions please email us at scrapbookexpressblog@gmail.com.

*There were not enough participants from last week’s challenge to award a prize.

Have a great scrapping weekend!

Wednesday’s Tutorial: Pocket Card

August 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Tutorials

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pocket card. These are the items you will need:

tut1Paper trimmer/ruler/ Score-Pal or scoring blade for your trimmer

4 1/4 x 11 piece of double sided patterned paper (you can also use regular cardstock and decorate it when you’re done

3 1/4 x 5 piece of solid colored cardstock

adhesive

14″ piece of matching ribbon

Corner rounder (optional)

rub-on or stamp for your sentiment

embellishment, stamp, rub-on etc. for your decoration

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First take your piece of patterned paper and score it at the 5 1/2″ mark and again at the 1 1/4″ mark and then fold the patterned paper at those marks with the color you want on the outside.

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Round all 4 corners with corner rounder (optional)

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Distress all the edges if desired and then apply adhesive as shown on both sides of inner paneland adhere.

tut5Take your ribbon right side up and apply adhesive to the under side of flap and adhere.

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 Tie ribbon as desired and add sentiment and embellishment. I used the Quickutz flower and a little white paint.

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Take your 3 1/4″ x5 piece of cardstock and decorate if desired. I just put a small strip of my patterned paper across the top and used some Walnut Distress ink around the edges.

tut8Slide the cardstock piece inside your decorated pocket and there you go! 

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I used BoBunny’s Mango Luau papers for my pocket card

Other variations include: a side pocket card where you put  your sentiment the other way, you can make this smaller for a gift card holder, use staples on the sides instead of adhesive or omit the flap. Hope you have fun with them!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for our next challenge.

Create a brand new look with glitter glues and chipboard

August 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Tips & Techniques

I love working with chipboard.  It can be so versatile.  A while back Donna showed us how to sand and change the look of dressed chipboard.  I would like to share another tip/technique on changing the look of chipboard using glitter glues.  Glitter glues like stickles are so much fun to work with.  You can change the look of naked chipboard or even covered chipboard by simply applying glitter glue over the top of it.  Be sure to set them aside to dry.  I usually give them a day to dry and then adhere them to my projects.

 Scrapbook Express has an amazing assortment of glitter glues.  They have an amazing selection of stickles.  They also have a fabulous selection of glitter glues by Hampton Arts.

 Here are some beautiful creations  Jolene Johnston made using stickles.

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Core’dinations White Wash cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Colorbox fluid chalk ink
Basic Grey Periphery chipboard
Basic Grey Precision Files
Core’dinations All in the Family cardstock
Crate paper, Prima flower, Ranger Stickles, American Crafts velvet trim, Colorbok rub on 
 

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 QuicKutz Moonlight font
Cosmo Cricket Get Happy paper
KI Lace cardstock: Hopscotch
Basic Grey Recess paper
Bazzill cardstock
Basic Grey Undressed chipboard Mini Monograms
Colorbox fluid chalk ink
Offray and American Crafts ribbons
Ranger Stickles
 
Join us tomorrow for a step by step project from Kay.

Last day for Quickutz, American Craft, Core’dinations Sale!!

August 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Sales & New Items

Hello all, well I have returned from camping.  We had a great time fishing, playing games, and, of course, eating S’mores!  Here are a couple of pictures of the family.

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Just a reminder that today is the last day to get 35% off on the Halloween Quickutz Bundles, 50% off on American Craft, and 20% off on the really cool Core’dinations Cardstock.

american-craftsAudrey used American Craft rubons on this summer lovin’ page.  Thanks Audrey.

zeldaBeverly used the retired classic size Zelda on this page, but the new grand is just as fun and is on sale for only $64.99!  Here is the link http://www.scrapbookexpress.com/quickutzsale.html 

Have a great week and have fun shopping!!

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