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11 posts from September 2007

September 30, 2007

Preschool Graduation

Rvcspreschoolgraduationforblog_2 After a very LOOONG 6 month dry spell, I finally got my scrapping mojo back!  I just haven't been able to make a layout that I was remotely happy with, but yesterday I went to my mom's house and scrapped with my mom and sister all day.  I got 5 layouts done.  Most of them I'm pretty happy with.  :)

This is one of them that I completed yesterday.  I used Love,Elsie papers (which are kinda hard to work with at first because they're kinda busy.  So I wanted to use just little bits of the papers).  I also used Bazzill cardstock and the graduation hat stickers are Paper Bliss.  I also tried out the EK Curvy Cutter tool with the oval templates.  Oh I LOVE them!!  I love how BIG you can make the circles, ovals and rounded-corner squares.  They also have shapes inside the templates to make smaller ones, but I was having fun making BIG shapes yesterday.

September 28, 2007

Playing with Pens and my KNK

Pentest4blog_2 I played around with some new pens and my Klic-N-Kut machine.  I used the same pressure, speed and file for most of the pens and changed to a thicker letter for the markers.  If you click on the image to the left, you can see the results I found along with the name of the pen that I used. 

They were all tested at a speed of 500 and pressure of 200.  You may have different results by lowering the pressure but I wanted to be fair to all of them and just start with 200. 

I also used a Foohy Elements grip on the outside of the pen.  I did not bother taking the barrell out to see if it would fit in the Accugraphics pen holder.  I removed my blade holder, and stuck the pen in the blade carriage with the foam grip and then tightened the screw to hold it in place.  I have a pack of 24 grips that I will be selling individually at the store, that way you don't have to buy a pack of 25 grips.  You only need 1 per machine anyway.  :)

I'll go from top left to bottom left, and then top right to bottom right with links to the pens in my store if you'd like to learn more about the pens.  They are all either in stock, or you can pre-order the pen sets that I carry.

1)  American Crafts Ultimate Gel Pen - This one looks a little funky because it took 3 times going over this file to get the ink flowing correctly.  I used a brand new pen, so I'm sure it will turn out nicer once you have used it a few times.

2)  Fiskars Gel Pen - This one did very well.  The pack I pulled from is a pack of 48 which has a number of different kinds of pens inside including glitter, regular opaque pens, etc.

3)  Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust - I used the Midnight colors set this one didn't do as well.  There is a few times at the start of the "cut" where it blobbed a little ink.  I think it may have worked better on a less detailed file.

4)  Sakura Gelly Roll - This pen did the best out of all the pens I tested.  A nice even line all the way around, and a nice fine line as well.

5)  Yasutomo Gel Xtreme metallic roller - this pen did pretty well too.  Nice even lines all the way around the cut.

6)  American Crafts Metallic Marker Medium Point - GREAT marker to use with this machine!  Nice even lines all the way around the letters and isn't too thick so that you could use it on a bit of an intricate cut.

7)  American Crafts Glitter Marker Bold Point - Again a very nice marker but you can see where the carriage started each "cut".  That may decrease if you use less pressure and I do like this marker a lot, but because of the bold point, it would need to be used on a bold font.  I do like the bit of glitter contained in the bold marker too!

8)  American Crafts Precision Pens - This one did the best out of the fine markers.  I used the 01point for this intricate "cut".  There are 5 different sizes in the black set, and you can get the fine points in a variety of colors.

9)  American Crafts Slick Writers Fine Point - These pens are meant for use on slick surfaces like vellum, acetate, plastic, photos, glass, stickers, etc. It is a very quick drying ink and I use it a lot in my paper crafts.  For this test, I used the fine point, and it is a little too broad for this particular cut, but I think a broader "cut" on a piece of transparency or something would look awesome!  This marker did very well, other than it was too broad of a point for this particular file.

10)  American Crafts Ultimate Glitter Gels - This pen did the best of the glitter pen varieties I tested.  Nice smooth lines all the way around, but the 1.0 tip was a little broad for this particular file.  I think it would do very well on thicker "cuts".

So, there you have it!  I do have some Glaze and Souffle pens by Sakura that I would like to test out as well, but these are the ones that I have gotten for the store and wanted to test them first.  If you have any questions, or any other brand of pens you'd like to see tested with my machine, please let me know!

The KNK machine is great for cutting, but using a gel pen, marker, etc gives it so much more variety of things you can do with it!  With the thicker markers, you could first draw your title, and then replace your marker with the blade in order to have a beautiful colored lining all around your diecut!

September 27, 2007


Cousinsforblog This layout just shows a bunch of different pictures of my daughter with her 2 cousins.  They are such good little friends.  :)  They moved about 4 hours away from us in February, and my daughter misses them so much!

Cardstock is from Bazzill, Patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket, flower is from Heidi Swapp, and the title I cut out using the Tear Drop cartridge with my Cricut.

September 26, 2007

You're Invited Cowgirl Bella

Youreinvited This summer, we had a Western Themed BBQ and this was our invitation.

It uses a Stamping Bella, which is colored in with Prismacolor Colored pencils and blended with mineral spirits and a paper stump.

The cardstock is Bazzill, and the patterned papers are some really really OLD stuff I found in my scrap pile!  LOL  The sentiment is a Fiskars stamp.

September 24, 2007

The 13" KNK Returns!

Knk13 I'm so happy to announce that the 13" Klic-N-Kut is returning to the store!  It has gotten a bit of a facelift (no hazard yellow color anymore) but it's back!! 

The 13" cutter was the original KNK machine that was designed specifically with scrapbookers in mind.  it has 500 grams of pressure to cut out chipboard, balsa wood, shrinky dink plastic and of course, fun foam, cardstock and patterned papers.  They're even designing a new blade for us, to cut thicker chipboard, and even acrylic to make your own STAMPS!!!  How cool is that?

We are currently taking $100 deposits and the balance of $849 will be due when your unit is ready to ship.  They are expected to arrive and start shipping around Thanksgiving...so, if you're looking for a Christmas gift for your wife or yourself, here is a great idea!

The KNK machines come with the KNK Studio software (A $200 value if purchased alone) and is the most powerful software available for diecut machines.  It can import almost any graphic file type, it can import your scanned drawings or images, you can create your own with the many tools from within the software including shape tools, hand drawing tools, etc.  You will also get a kit of tools like a blade holder, extra blades, pen holder, CD with some fun fonts and clipart to start you on your way.

We also sell a number of different diecut machines and depending on your budget and your needs, we'd be happy to help you find the perfect machine for you!

September 20, 2007

100% Girl

100percentgirlforblog Does anyone else have pictures like this?  Here is my sweet baby girl...on the left she's smiling so nice...on the right, well, not so much!  She's laying on the floor pitching a fit.  LOL  I can't even remember what this was about, but she just wouldn't stop screaming and crying that morning.  So I hauled out the camera and snapped a few pictures.  We used to grab the video camera and hook it up to the TV so she could watch herself pitch a fit, which usually made her stop after seeing how silly she looked.  But that didn't work this time.

Anyway...details about the layout?  Patterned Paper is from Memory Box, Rubon is from Basic Grey, I used Queen & Co plastic flowers, and Doodlebug Brads.

September 19, 2007


Fabulousforblog I've been working on getting 2 years worth of layouts scanned to upload, and this is one of my favorites!!

This one uses Bo Bunny patterned paper and cardstock stickers.  I also used some Doodlebug Silk Flowers and the fabulous Bling came from MAMBI.

The story behind the pictures...we bought Hannah a Barbie Jeep for her 4th birthday.  She absolutely adored it, however she couldn't steer it, except for in one big circle on the driveway!  LOL  By the end of the summer though, she was driving up and down the sidewalk and around the neighborhood.  At the time we bought this, I had a Jeep as well, so she thought she was so cool driving a Jeep like Mommy!

September 18, 2007

You're the Best Bellas

Yourethebest Huggybellas...aren't they just so cute?  :)

This stamp came from StampingBella and is colored in with Prismacolor Colored pencils and blended with Mineral Spirits and a paper stump.

The Patterned paper is American Crafts, card base is the back of the patterned paper from AC, and the flower is a glitter chipboard diecut from SEI.  I doodled the lines around the card base, attached the strip of patterned paper to the blue and then rounded the corners of my stamped image. 

The sentiment stamp is from Fiskars.

September 17, 2007

Baby Boy

Babyboyfrogs OK, I finally got some of the cards I made during Archiver's ScrapFest scanned.  I'll be posting some of those this week, along with some layouts that I am getting ready to put in a book.  Do you guys have that huge stack of layouts that are finished, but not in their home? 

I tend to do layouts as I gain inspiration for the pictures, so I do not scrap in chronological order.  However, I like my scrapbooks to be in chronological order...so this presents a problem!  LOL  I usually end up with a big stack of layouts that eventually will need to find their final resting place in my albums, but that means I have a big stack to scan too!  I try to scan my layouts before they go in the albums for online galleries, and a save resting place just in case of a fire or something.  At least I have the pictures scanned, so that I can print them out again if I absolutely have to.

OK, on to the card details...While at ScrapFest, our Saturday night Crop Around town was sponsored by Cloud 9.  They had some of this cute paper there, so I thought I'd try it out.  The background paper is by Cloud 9.  I took some Crystal Lacquer on a few of the frogs to make them shiny, and then sprinkled a little bit of glitter on them to make 'em sparkle.  If you've seen Cloud 9 paper in real life, you'd see they have lots of pretty sparkle and shiny papers, but this one was flat and I wanted to give it that "look".  Next I used some Ric-Rac ribbon by May Arts, punched some Bazzill cardstock with my Giga scalloped circle punch, and the Blue circle from the Mega circle punch.  The sentiment is a Doodlebug stamp set.  Last, I poked holes in the scallop and used a white pen to make dots on the holes.

September 12, 2007

Elegant card

God_is This was a challenge over at Split Coast Stampers a while back.  I just never got the chance to post it yet.  This is actually 3 challenges put together.  One was using a toille type paper, another was using brads, and the third was using a specific sketch.

This card is on Bazzill cardstock.  You can't see the ivory card base very well on this web page, but it's a normal A2 card size.  The patterned paper is from Crate Paper.  I used the Giga scalloped square punch, and then trimmed the sentiment down to fit inside because at the time I made it, I didn't own the square punch to fit inside the Giga punch.  The three little black "brads" are actually small punches using my SU! 1/4" circle punch from the same paper in the Crate paper kit.  The Sentiment is from SU!  I scalloped the edges of the background paper by taking off the guide of my corner rounder, and making a big scalloped edge.  It's a little trick I learned during a card class from my SU! consultant.