Thursday, November 19, 2009

acrylic and eskimo kisses

Better late than never from Gina P. Sorry girls it took me so long to write, this is not my favorite part of the design team. I'm actually trying to get this done before I get a reminder from Cindy! With that said, let me talk about the good stuff: eskimo kisses. I have been wanting to make an acrylic album, but I didn't want to think too hard when hiding my adhesive. This album altenates clear and chipboard pages so it could not have been easier! I also decided to use the front and back acrylic pages as just clear covers of my next chipboard pages and add stamped images on them for added embelishment without having to add paper. This way they act as a clear overlay of the next pages, but are not totally plain. The stamps I used are actually part of the Basic Grey eskimo kisses line. When I saw them I knew I had to use them for the front and back covers. I also used several other embellishments from the BG line throughout the book to make it easy to pull it all together. I added some white gel pen, white rings, and white inking to complete the look, but I did go a little crazy with the stickles! I colored anything that wasn't already sparkling with some star dust Stickles (my fav) and Christmas red Sticles (on snowflake centers stamped on front and back). Here is one area I don't believe less is more, when it comes to Stickles, the more the merrier!

We have this album on display so you can take a closer look!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Tree Boxes

Hi Everyone,

Jill has been very sick with the flu so I'm doing her post for her. Before she got sick, she made these adorable Christmas trees from Eskimo Kisses. Jill had purchased some great templates from Inky Antics and used one for the tree boxes. I love how she decorated the trees with ribbons, dew drops and buttons. Hopefully, she will be healthy again soon so she can make us more fun samples!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adornit Blog Hop

Thanks for visiting Photo Scraps Design Team blog on Adornit's Blog hop weekend.

Every year there is so many great products to choose from for Christmas cards and layouts. We are happy to carry Adornit products at Photo Scraps. Since I had already created this layout using a different product, I thought I would share it.

The layout on the left was made with Eskimo kisses from Basic Grey. The fun part of the layout was using the new Smooch Spritz for the first time. I have been a big fan of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists but I have to say I may like these better. shhhh, don't tell. The glimmer in these sprays are more concentrated and just one spritz in an area gives you tons of shimmer. The great part is that since you only need to spray one, the paper doesn't need to get as wet as with the Glimmer Mist. Since the paper doesn't need to get as wet, it doesn't get as wrinkled.

My second layout is using the fun paper line from Bella Blvd and Technique Tuesday Technique Tiles for the frame. I love the tiles because they are so versitle. You spray, ink, stamp or cover with paper. The inks dry very fast and don't smear on the tiles. I also Smooch Spritzed this layout. It is so hard to capture that online.

Thanks for looking at our blog.
Please continue on to the next creative blog by Robyn Long

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Class

Its Sunday!!! Its gonna be a beautiful day out!!! But don't forget this great class. I have 5 great cards that flip or fold with complete directions and pictures!
Also a Bonus card!!! I had some scraps left over so I made an extra card for you to put together!!! :)
Can't make it??? Sign up for a kit!
The kit come completely cut and scored and stamped and ready for you to put together!!
Its easy!!
Date: Sunday November 8th
Time: 2-4pm
Fee: $ 22.00

Bonus card! (ribbon may vary)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Chanukah!

Who sees Chanukah in Christmas paper? I do, that's who! This pattern in Eskimo Kisses just called out Chanukah to me and I had to go for it. We just got this wonderful Chanukah stamp set in the store about 2 weeks ago. It is a clear set made by The Cat's Pajamas. Along with the menorah there is a Star of David, several sayings, a bird, a dreidel, and some swirls. Finding nice Chanukah stamps, let alone any Chanukah stamps, is difficult, and you have to grab them while you can. This is one nice set!


A chance to play

In between all the craziness of home from school, errands, even swimming at the pool...I had a chance to make 1 card with Eskimo Kisses. I really love the rich colors and the elegance of some of the papers. For this card I used an Inkadinkado wooden stamp, Sweet Pum Memento ink, Kaiser rhinestones, and the front and back sides of one of the Eskimo Kisses papers. I also made a poinsettia (at least I hope it looks poinsettia-ish) from 6 petal punch and sponged the edges in white ink. I saw a tutorial online today about making your own poinsettias this way, and it was really super easy to do and took no time at all. Every year I get 1 (ok sometimes 2,3, or 4) new holiday stamps, and the wooden stamp I used is one of my new ones and I intend for it to go on some of my holiday cards this year. Let's not even talk about the stamps I bought last year and have never even inked up.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Snow Sweet layout

I never make layouts but I thought I'd give it a try. Its hard for me to fill all that space! But I think I managed! :)

Gingerbread men and women cards

Hi everyone!!! My my my what a stinkin cute line! I wasn't too sure at first but they always find a way to challenge us! Love it! I stuck with the pastels of the line and I knew right away I wanted to use these cute little gingerbread men and women! They were from a paper pattern that you would normally trace and cut out yourself but of course I made use of my cricut again. The flowers were made by Prima. The stamps are just your basic Christmas sayings and I have no idea who made them. They were a clear set. Oooo and don't forget the Fabulous white glitter paper the store carries... it makes great snow with no mess like glitter!
Enjoy!! Chrissy

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A New Paper Piecing Technique!

When Tracy and I were in Texas I was inspired by a layout and couldn't wait to try it myself. When I saw the colors and patterns of Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses I knew just what I wanted to do! I began with the Powdered Sugar multi-stripe paper cutting it into strips. Each strip was then crumpled, curled, inked and adhered to a lightweight plain paper (an old paper from my stash) creating a dimensional, textured pattern. Then I pulled out my Curvy Cutter, flipped the paper over to the smooth backside, and cut a large circle. This became the focal point of my layout! I used part of the remaining scraps of the layered paper as a corner embellishment on the 2nd page of the layout. I added a few Take Note journaling cards to tell my story. Then I removed the center of two paper poinsettias and replaced them with the Stitched Brads, inked the flower edges and mounted them to the layout. When it came time to title the layout I wasn't in love with any of the alphabet sticker colors in my stash so I reached for an inkpad and changed the color to match my layout. (Yes, I learned a lot in Texas!) I look forward to seeing all of you in the store making selections for your creative masterpeices.

Just in TIME for the Holidays

Hi, Lisa Hetrick here.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEY Holiday Projects, Don't YOU?

Head to PhotoScraps and check out the Design Team wall.
AMAZING creations using the new Eskimo Kisses line from Basic Grey.

I LOVE, this line. Can you tell I LOVE IT! The embellishments are very whimsical and those who know me well, know I like a little whimsy.

Here are my creations this month.
A super fun tree (left) using just ONE sheet of paper, A chipboard ornament (center) and A Christmas Village House (right). Some people on my holiday list will be getting these LOVELIES this year.

The tree is super duper simple to make. Just cut 1" by 4" strips of patterned paper and fold them in half. Do not crease the edge. Adhere to a cone made out of cardstock or paper mache. You can even use a styrofoam cone (use pins to attach paper). Start at the base and work your way up. The star is wired to the top. Simple. Great project to do with your kiddies.

These three projects make great teacher gifts, too. You can attach a gift card to the back of the Tree ornament. The little house is a perfect size to fit some treats into it. The top comes off. Tracy has some of the Maya Road paper mache houses in the store that are begging to be embellished with this holiday line of paper.

Are you inspired to create something fabby?
Happy Holiday Creating!

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Already?

Hi everyone!

Such a cliche, but I cannot believe how fast time flies sometimes! We are still coming down from the sugar high from Halloween in our house and it is time to think about Christmas now. We have so many awesome holiday lines in the store right now, and among the cutest of them is the Basic Grey peppermint kisses papers. My layout used several of their decorative papers, the clear overlays (for journaling) and a feltie (the uber-cute reindeer!!). I have an urge on most, alright ALL, of my layouts these days to use multiple coordinating papers, rather than just one, or heaven forbid, just plain 'ol cardstock. I love the look of mixing and matching the papers, and I figure that someone way more talented than me has taken the time to design all those papers and has deemed them interchangeable, so who am I to challenge that? Hope you like my layout. Come see us at the store to see all our fab holiday scrapbooking and stamping supplies! Off to make dinner....Lisa H., aka: the tall Lisa :)

The versatility of Eskimo Kisses

Here are the first 2 cards I've made using our DT focus this month, Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses. The papers are so versatile. The cardinal card shows off the elegance of the line, and the tree card has a whimical feel to it.

The cardinal is a clear stamp from Inkadinkado, a winter birds set. I stamped it in Black Cherry Staz On, which is in my opinion, the best shade of red that you can get in an ink. I used a wide satin ribbon in red, and some tiny bling in pink to finish it off. Actually, I am so pleased with my cardinal card that I am going to use it as one of my designs for my Christmas cards this year.

The tree card is done with a Unity stamp, designed by our very own Lisa Hetrick. The Merry Christmas is a tiny $1 Hero Arts stamp. Some white satin ribbon and some clear bling finish off the card. The images were stamped in Memento ink, my go-to ink for just about anything (except that they don't make a perfect shade of red).

I've had a little preview of some of the other DT projects and I must say that they are outstanding! Come into the store and check out our DT wall, plus you can see the new counter and all the new product. Every week is like Christmas around the store with all the new stuff that comes in.

And on a final note, I am teaching a Flower Soft class this weekend. It is quickly filling up and as of this morning there were only 3 more spots left. If you have wanted to play with this product before investing in it, this is a great opportunity. Come join me!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hello November!

Wow, it seems like the last few months have flown by so quickly. And here we are, Halloween is over, the clocks are turned back, and the holiday shopping season has begun (and there's only 20 days left until New Moon opens!!). The design team is in full holiday mode and ready to delight you with projects made using Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses line. It is a wonderful line with vibrant colors, and designs that range from cute and whimsical to elegant. Keep on watching for the projects to be posted here on the blog and then come see them in person in the store. We look forward to seeing you!