Thursday, December 13, 2012

Everyday Embellishing

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let me show you how!

This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.

The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!

If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements.

Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more!

This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment.

Whatever your project, embellishing will bring your artwork to life.  Start shopping today to add that extra something to their everyday projects!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pear & Partridge Card Workshop

It's so easy these days to order your Christmas cards online.  Pick a template, add a photo and greeting and your done.  It's that easy.  Even still, I feel that these cards can be a tad impersonal.  They are great to mail out in bulk to friends and family, but I still like to have a few handmade cards on hand to go to those special people in my life. I use them to put with a gift or they even can become the gift. Using the Cricut Artiste, I can cut fun inserts to hold a gift card...or better yet, a Studio J 5 pack gift card.

A few weeks ago, I sat down with our Pear & Partridge Card Workshop On the Go and within a couple of hours, I have 15 cards and a beautiful box to store them in.

Add an insert to hold a gift card. This one is cut using the Cricut Artiste.

This poinsettia is super easy to make.  Using the Cricut Artiste, I cut the snowflake image in red and green, varying the sizes. Fold the petals and sponge with Cocoa ink and layer them together.  Use a gold bigger brad to hold the layers together and using a glue dot, adhere the cluster to the front of the box.

An easy way to add ink the the edges and corners of the box is to use our spray pen. Add a few drops of Cocoa reinker to some water and spray away.  This does get a bit messy so make sure to clear away anything you don't want sprayed.  I used a sponge to smooth out puddles.