40 posts categorized "Product Reviews"

October 22, 2010

Friday Fun - Die-namics

Today I want to show you a fun product from My Favorite Things called Die-namics. P9040173 AWDML carries 14 different Die-namics dies. Lisa used the Jumbo Ric Rac die to create the card above. She cut both paper and fabric with the die for this pretty layered look.  Boquet There's a rolled flower die so you can create roses like the ones pictured above.

Finally, here are 2 more dies that I don't have yet, but I'm sure I'll be picking up very soon on one of my many trips to AWDML!64e8f48edd1afadd1250790ddb6de61e.image.175x160

You can find all 14 dies from Die-namics in the store by clicking here. Wishing you a very crafty weekend!

October 13, 2010

Did you know it could do all that?

Today's post is completely, entirely devoted to one of the most overlooked, and most useful tools (well, at least in this paper crafter's opinion): The Paper Piercer. MMPaperPiercer I know what you're thinking, "That tool? Why's that tool so great?" Well, let me just tell (and show you) a few of my favorite uses for it. Grandma S flower detail 2Piercing a hole where you want to place a brad makes life a lot easier. Here I pierced a hole through the center of paper flower, but this works anywhere you want to put a brad. ScrappyGlue Now, I know some of you may think this is abuse, but I use my paper piercer to de-gunk my liquid glue bottles when they get stopped up. Works like magic! Grandma S stitching detail I really like to hand stitch on my layouts. Whether you do it free hand or with a template, pre-piercing your holes with a paper piercer makes hand stitching a breeze. Note that if you pair your piercer with a piercing mat, you won't put any holes or scratches in your table either.  4U Finally, if you like the look of stitching, but don't like all the work, you can just use your paper piercer to create a pretty design like the squares on this card.

If you have any more uses for the paper piercer that I'm missing, I'd love to hear all about them!


October 06, 2010

Did You Know - Rub-ons

Occasionally, I see something that makes me wish I had a girl to scrap about. This amazing page by Amy is one of those things. P9040184
Now, I love just about everything about this layout from the yellow and kraft color scheme to the staggered photos, to the Jenni Bowlin Butterfly Banner Stickers, but the thing that really caught my eye was that big yellow butterfly. I actually had to touch it. Then I had to ask all about it. It's a rub-on (which I hear goes on like butter, because nobody likes a rub-on that doesn't rub on well). It's a newer product to the store. It's made by Jenni Bowlin, and it comes in yellow, red, silver, and gold. If you want one of your own you can click here to check them out in the store. Hmm...now to figure out what to scrap so I can use one...

September 15, 2010

Did you know we have Flower Soft?

Flower Soft DisplayThat's right! AWDML now carries Flower Soft. In the words of Lisa, "This stuff is just cool!"  It adds texture to flowers, clouds, trees, grass, letters, and just about anything you can think of. The texture and look is different than anything else out there. We carry it in 28 different colors, so you can let your imagination run wild. You're going to love these little pots of colored sprinkles. Here's a card with Flower Soft trees made by Lisa, and check out tomorrows post to see some more uses for Flower Soft.


September 14, 2010

In Store - Sketches for Scrapbooking and Cardmaking

SGSketches6 Here's something fairly new to the store that I just love: Sketches For Scrapbooking. I like sketchbooks for a few reasons: they're great when you get stuck, they can help you complete a page quickly, they're a great place for a bit of inspiration, and they can be a nice way to bring something fresh and new to your scrapbooking. I don't always use sketch books, but when I want to use one, I almost always reach for one of my volumes of Sketches for Scrapbooking. What's especially unique about Sketches for Scrapbooking is that all of the sketches are 2 page layouts that use multiple photos. They also include the measurements for the photos, papers, and some of the embellishments. I especially love that by changing one or 2 small details (i.e. changing the size of the photos, changing papers, and changing embellishments), you can create numerous layouts that look unique, but are from the same sketch. Currently, there are 6 volumes of Sketches for Scrapbooking and one volume of Sketches for Cardmaking. You can check them all out by clicking here.

Allison Davis Sketch Leaving PisaI made this layout using one of the sketches, patterned paper from Fancy Pants' new Happy Together line, Corrugated Alphas from Jillibean Soup, flowers from Prima, and buttons by Chatterbox, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin, and Imaginisce. On the right hand side of the layout I also substituted a train ticket for 2 of the photos. Super fun and easy! 

September 07, 2010

What's In Store?

One Day old I'm going to be honest with you, I shop at AWDML a lot. I can't seem to walk into the store without leaving with more than I intended to.  With all that shopping, you'd think the only things that are new to me would be the things that have come in since the last time I shopped. I found out Saturday, however, that is definitely not the case.  I went in to the store to photograph some projects to share with you all on the blog, and when I picked up this layout, I thought, "wow I love those alphas," so I took the layout to Lisa (who just happens to be the creator) to ask about them. Lo and behold I have walked past them dozens of times without giving them a second look.

One Day Old Detail

They are from Making Memories' Pitter Patter and come in the lovely pink you see here or blue. Of course, I will need them in blue, because, as I'm sure you know, you can never have too many cute alphas!

September 01, 2010

Did you know?

Chocolate Box Collection Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock® Scrapbook Cardstock Paper, Projects, Tips, Techniques and More! - Mozilla Firefox 8312010 33200 PMDid you know that A Walk Down Memory Lane carries Core'dinations card stock? I was thrilled when AWDML started carrying this card stock. What's the difference between Core'dinations and regular card stock?  Core'dinations is card stock that has a colored core.  This means that the color you see when you look at the card stock is actually the second color. The first color is a complimentary or contrasting core color. Why is this cool? You can emboss, sand, tear, or antique the cards stock to reveal the core color on your layout or card. It comes in a variety of color combinations too. The photo on the left is just one of the collections (The Chocolate Box), but there is a similar collection in black (Black Magic), one in white (Whitewash), and a number of tone on tone collections.

ThinkinghighlyHere's an example of what you can do with Core'dinatios Black Magic, an embossing folder, and a sanding block (I like Tim Holtz' sanding block the best).  I ran my Black Magic Core'dinations through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder and sanded it to reveal the red core. Then, I used it as a layering piece on my card. And, just in case you're wondering, that cute stamped image is from Lizzie Anne Designs High Hellos stamp set. If you want to learn more about Core'dinations, and you live in the area of the B&M store,  AWDML is having Cards with Texture class that will feature Core'dinations on October 2nd. You can click here for more information.

I'll see you tomorrow for a fun back to school project that you can even do with your kids!

August 31, 2010

Lots of New Goodies In Store

045bjpgThere is so much new stuff in store I don't even know where to start. I think today I'll begin with one of my favorite from CHA: Crate Paper's new collections.There are 3 new collections; Restoration, Snow Day, and School Spirit.  Christy made this card Crate Paper's Restoration line. Who wouldn't love getting this sweet hello? I think I might just find myself copying this great card.

BloomUp next is a frame I made using every paper from all 3 of Crate Paper's new lines; Restoration, School Spirit, and Snow Day. As you can see, not only are these lines great separately, but they work well together, too. The frame measures 12" x 12".  I'd love to make another one of these with Christmas ornaments instead of flowers.

The one thing these projects don't show you are my new favorite items from Crate Paper: Sew Brads. I just can't resist these pretty fabric brads:

Restoration sew brads

School spirit sew brads Snow day sew brads

June 22, 2010

Have you met my new friends?

If I haven't told you lately...I really, really love owning my own scrapbook store.  I get to explore the world to find some of the coolest new companies and new products for YOU to put in YOUR scrapbooks!  Lately, I've been checking out the mid-release products, and have found some really cool stuff for the store.  Sit back and relax for a bit...I've got some beautiful things to showBBSunKissedCutouts you!!

BBSunKissedSplash Bo Bunny released some new collections, and they are just too cute!  The first one is Sun Kissed.  This is PERFECT for summer pictures at the beach, at the pool, or even running through the sprinkler.  I just love the bright colors of this collection.  Check out this fun cut-out paper.  One side has various journaling cards to cut out, and the other side has four 6x6 panels to cut out to make your own mini album if you choose.

BBPeacocklaneSplash The next collection is called Peacock Lane.  If you hadn't noticed before, purple is one of my absolute favorite colors.  But, it's so hard to find any scrapbook collections with any amount of purple in them...Bo Bunny's Peacock Lane collection to the rescue!!  I'm not a huge fan of the peacock, so I've chosen the papers and embellishments with as little peacock feathers in them as possible,BBBlockPartySplash while still keeping the purple designs!

The last collection from Bo Bunny is Block Party.  This is a perfect choice for those outdoor BBQ parties, neighborhood block parties, or evenDelovely6x6Pad 4th of July outings.  With the blues, greens and reds, it's also great for any boy pictures as well.

 Another fun new summer collection is Cosmo Cricket's DeLovely.  This collection will be making it's appearance in the store this week, and online later this week.  It is different than the "normal" Cosmo Cricket collections, but the projects I've seen using these papers are so fun for summer!

 How abEPSweetSummertimeElementStickersout a BRAND-SPANKIN' NEW company??!?  If you haven't checked out Echo Park Paper, you're missing out.  This new company debuted last month and we have their first 2 complete lines.  Sweet Summertime is some delicious colors.  Every time I walk by their section in the store it makes me happy.  WP2013_ElementCardPaper_WP_A The colors are just...well, delicious!  Their newest collection is called Walk in the Park.  These are a bit warmer colors and very rich looking papers.  They are designed so you can use them for just about any occasion from spring to summer, everyday play, or birthdays.

JBSoupSummerSquashCrookneck Up next is Jillibean Soup's Summer Squash collection. These are just plain old fun and pretty papers.  The colors are so bright and cheerful and they have such basic patterns as stripes and flowers...but this one here...this one made me so giddy.  These are such ADORABLE little paper lanterns strewn across the paper.  These are just so pretty, I just might stage a fun little party in my front porch with newly purchased lanterns hanging in my porch JUST to use this paper!!

If you're looking for some new patriotic papersPPStarlightShootingStarDiecut to use for 4th o  f July...look no further than Pink Paislee's Star Light collection.  They  have taken some deep, rich reds and blues and paired it with a creamy neutral to give you a new take on the traditional.

SCDocumentarySouvenier Another new company is Studio Calico.  We picked up this company after CHA in January and have all 3 of their collections.  The newest is called Documentary, and is primarily for vacation or travel pictures. However...wouldn't these be fun for your everyday boys playing pictures too?LFBakeMeACake

For you stamping girls...I haven't forgotten about you!  :)   We have picked up a new stamp company called Lawn Fawn.  They are a newer company that makes acrylic stamps.  They have a cute and whimsical feel to them, and I'm really excited to ink them up and make some cards with them.  Check out this cute set with build your own cupcakes and layer cakes.  

I think that's about it for new collections so far.  I do have a few mid-release collections that are still on their way from Little Yellow Bicycle that will be perfect for summer, and I'm hoping they'll be here soon.

KFToothFairyStackedStickers I also got in some new themed packs from Karen Foster for amusement park trips, fishing and hunting, Tooth Fairy visits and new stickers for baseball and softball.

January 18, 2010

Martha Stewart Loops punches

EKMarthaEdgeLoopHappy  Monday everyone!! 

We are counting down the days, until we leave for Anaheim, and this year's winter CHA show!!  There have been soooooo many awesome sneak-peeks around the 'net that I'm sure there is something out there for everyone!  :)

I've seen some great sneaks from Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras, Best Creations, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup and so many more, that I'm just giddy with excitement to finally see these new goodies in person!

But, before I leave, I wanted to update you on a product that we have been out of stock on since OCTOBER!!  The Martha Stewart Loops Edge punch & the corner punches are BACK IN STOCK!  Yep, I know...FINALLY!  :)

We leave on Thursday evening, and I plan on updating the blog when I can (last year the internet connection was obscenely slow, so pictures didn't work well) and also Tweeting and Facebooking our pictures and reviews of the booths we've seen.