Snowflake card

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 Here we are, already in October, with the United Way Campaign underway. The Third Annual Algonquin College Pajama Crop Fundraiser took place on Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight. It’s always fun to see everyone scrapping and chatting in their PJs! This year I was asked to lead a Make-and-Take session, for which I designed this snowflake easel card.

I wanted the workshop participants to create a Christmas card with “a little something different.” So, this easel card also offers a little surprise: the snowflake on the front pops off so the recipients can hang it on their Christmas tree.

 The striking blue tag becomes the piece that holds the easel card open. I used pop dots to raise it up and give it some dimension.

The sentiment on this particular card says, “Celebrate the Season.” I stamped it in white and used a pearl embossing powder and a heat gun to give it the same glow as the snowflake. I brought several different sentiment stamps with me to the workshop so my participants would have a choice.

The card opens up even further, to reveal either short poem or verse (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of it). And, there is lots of room for you to write your personal message.

It’s an easy card to make, and always looks quite professional. I think the real secret is to use eye-catching, coordinating colours and to be very precise with your measurements. Also, sometimes less really is more! In this case, the snowflake was all we needed.

Here is a photo of my card pieces, all neatly organized into piles. I created a “kit-in-a-baggie” for each person in my workshop, being sure to include enough pop dots for the project.

I haven’t heard how much we raised this year, but we had a bigger crowd than last year, so I’m sure we surpassed our 2011 total of $1,598.00. (this was doubled to $3,196.00 by putting it into Plant Some Roots Bursaries). I will post the 2012  total next week, when the final tally is in.

If you’d like to raise money for your favourite charity, consider holding a crop in your community!

Silhouette Cameo Review: Part Two

The ongoing saga of my Silhouette Cameo

I have been seriously using my Silhouette Cameo for over a month now, putting it through every possible test. Here’s a first-hand report on my personal experiences with my Silhouette Cameo…

Off to a rought start-Blade #1

When I first got my Silhouette Cameo, back in October, it arrived with a defective blade. Not one cut came out clean; every cut came out rough and unusable.

I tried every possible combination of settings, to no avail.I watched the user’s video that came with the Silhoutte and every YouTube review and tutorial I could find. So, having done everything possible, I contacted the company and they sent me a new blade. Problem solved? Nope!

Blade #2

With the new blade installed, I tried a couple of simple, large cuts–nothing intricate like snowflakes or text–and the Silhouette Cameo finally delivered! For the next few days, I experimented with cutting out simple shapes for cards that I was working on. I was thrilled at this new success. In my excitement, I wrote and posted a glowing review, telling my readers how happy I was with this marvellous new machine. End of story? Nope!

The morning after I wrote the review, I needed to cut out some bird shapes, again for some cards that I was making.  And, once again, the Silhouette couldn’t deliver. I contacted the company, again, and we had a long discussion about paper weight, settings, cutting speed, and so on. Back I went to my studio to test out the instructions given to me by the Silhouette help desk representative. Again, no luck.

Blade #3

So, I contacted the company, again, and they sent me a third blade. This one works, as long as I use a good solid cardstock, such as K&Company’s Special Paper or Designer Paper. The blade must be set at six and the speed at three. I have been successful at cutting out text and other intricate shapes. However, this is only possible with a good quality card stock–paper still rips.

Cutting mats–groan!

When I first used my cutting mat, it was so sticky that images were extremely difficult to lift off without tearing. After just a few uses, the cutting mat is so lacking in stickiness that the paper slides–and that means another sheet of designer paper ruined.

So, now I have to tape each and every sheet of paper onto the cutting mat and watch it closely as it moves through the cutting process. 

My final analysis 

Well, despite all the problems I have had getting off the ground with my Silhouette Cameo, I do love it. It doesn’t cut every weight of paper, but it does cut the heavier card stocks quite well.

I also love the online shopping feature available through the Silhouette Studio software. It is very convenient and there are lots of half-price sales and weekly freebies. As I browse through Silhouette collection, I always find shapes and images that inspire new ideas for scrapbooking, card-making and other papercrafting projects.

I would love to hear other reviews on the Silhouette Cameo. It would be great, too, if anyone has any solutions to some of the issues, such as cutting images out of paper (not cardstock) and how to deal with problem of the unsticky cutting mats.

P.S. Why can’t everthing just be as simple to use as the Cuttlebug? 🙂

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. I hope you find this article  helpful. I would really appreciate your feedback!

 

New Feature: Great Places to Shop for Crafting Supplies!

Another Globug Review

 Introducing our brand new feature: Great Places to Shop for Crafting Supplies!

Isn’t it always great to get a first-hand review on a product or a vendor before you start shopping? I don’t trust the advertising propaganda–I prefer to hear it straight from someone who has had personal experience with a product or vendor. And, with that thought in mind, our new feature page, Great Places to Shop! was born!

I have shopped at numerous craft stores, both on-line and brick-and-mortar. My goal is to share with you my personal experiences and observations. I hope it will help you to find vendors who will serve your needs in a friendly and professional manner.

To launch Great Places to Shop! I would like to introduce you to Loonie4Scrapbooking. . .Enjoy!

Looking for an on-line scrapbooking store with great prices and amazing customer service? Look no farther. Loonie4Scrapbooking, owned and operated by Angie Hartledge of Kars, Ontario, is at the top of my list.

Angie’s prices are consistently lower than most other on-line scrapbooking stores, which is what attracted me to Loonie4Scrapbooking (I was looking for a deal on Copic markers and Angie had the best prices, anywhere!). Besides having the best prices in town, Angie treats every customer like they’re the only one.

After meeting Angie (she actually delivers to your door if you live within a specified area), it was easy to tell that she cares about her customers’ satisfaction.

Angie’s product line includes everything from Cricuts and Cuttlebugs to embellishments and Envelopers. And, if there’s something you don’t see on her site, she will quickly find a supplier and order it for you.

Before you spend your hard-earned money anywhere else, take a few minutes to check out Loonie4Scrapbooking. It will be time well-spent!

P.S. Check out the Loonie4Scrapbooking Facebook page! While you’re there, be sure click on the LIKE button on one of the articles!

Congratulations to Canadian Scrapbooker for reaching 5,000 fans!

. . . and, they are celebrating with a great big give-away. Here’s their message to the crafting community:

“HOOORAY – we have reached 5000 fans!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! on Monday we will be announcing a winner of a surprise $200 scrapbooking gift basket and a 1 year subscription to CS! Spread the word – there is still time to enter! Just LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/cdnscrapbooker and your name is entered into the draw!!!! SPREAD the scrappin LOVE!”

Welcome to Globug Ideas!

“I love paper more than anything else on the Planet!” 

Paper, Scissors and Glue...Oh Yeah!!

Ever since I was just a little kid, I have always been drawn (excuse the pun) to paper and pencils, paints and crayons. Now that I’m a big girl, I have Copics and Prismacolors,  rubber stamps, cardstock and embellishments. Woohoo!!

I started scrapbooking a few years ago and fell head-over-heals in love with all the beautiful papers and sparkly embellishments that are available today. Then, one day about four months ago I stumbled on a shop called, Heather’s Stamping Haven, which is about a 10-minute drive from my house. I was inside Heather’s about two seconds when I realized I had found true love. Beads of sweat welled up on my forehead, my heart raced, my hands itched to hold every gorgeous stamp and my wallet jumped out of my purse and into my hands (crazy how that happens sometimes, right ladies?).

When I’m not working on another card or a scrapbook, I hang out on the Internet watching card-making and other such tutorials on YouTube. I’ve probably watched a thousand or more…and I learn something new, every time.

Okay, it sounds like that’s all I do…but it’s not…really! If you’d like to know the Globug behind the all the paper and sparkles, take a minute to read my About Globug page.

If you have a love for paper and all things sparkly, as I do, then this may be the beginning of a beautiful thing!

Learn, share and have fun with me

As a new kid on the block, I still have lots and lots to learn. But, that’s okay! I’m having a blast experimenting with new techniques, working on improving my stamping and colouring skills and coming up with more creative ideas. I will post my cards and other hand-crafted paper projects on my site so you can watch me progress (well, hopefully!)

If you’re a stamper, scrapper or you just love paper, please drop by often. Send me photos of your projects and I will upload them to my site. Let’s be each others teachers, coaches and critics. That way, we’ll all learn and get more satisfaction from our labours of love.

I will be watching for you, so come back often and please, please leave a comment!

Happy crafting,

Globug

xo

P.S. Next post won’t be so long…promise…well, maybe!