Thursday, 31 May 2012

What am I? - Day 8 (Final Day)

It's the final day of this little 'What am I?' mini quiz I have been featuring for the past week.  Today I am making the clue soooo easy!  First one back with the correct answer gets the 5 entries into the draw.

Clue 1: I'm thoroughly British!

Last day to collect those extra entries.  Rules apply.  Best of luck to everyone for tomorrow's draw.  Pop back then to see who has won.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

What am I? - Day 7

Another product for you to find today - hopefully, someone will get this in one.  Seeing as it's coming up to the end of the month I will be a little more specific with my description!

Clue 1: I may be cute and colourful now but I was previously used as something else! 

There are a few possibilities with this one again but the first one back here with the correct answer ... gets 5 entries into the blog candy draw.  Rules of entry apply.  Thanks for stopping by and taking part.  Good luck!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

What am I? - Day 6

Another clue to put with yesterday's to find the product that I am describing, which can be found in The Scrapbook Garden shop.

Clue 2:  I may be small and dark but I am also sticky!

Solve the clues, identify the product and the first person with the correct answer will earn 4 entries into the blog candy draw.  Not long to go now before the draw is made.  Usual rules apply.  Best of luck everyone!

Monday, 28 May 2012

What am I? - Day 5

Today's question isn't difficult but finding the actual item that I am referring to may be a bit trickier - we'll see. 

Clue 1: I know my A-Z

If you get back here first with the correct answer (and you qualify) you will get 5 entries into this month's draw.  Only one guess each person.  If no-one guesses correctly today, the number of entries will go down to 4 for tomorrow.  Best of luck!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

What am I? - Day 4

Guesses from yesterday were close - so here is another chance to earn yourself extra entries into the blog candy draw.

Clue 2: Not quite a straight cut!  Fizzy perhaps?

I know I was too broad with the clue again yesterday but I am sure this one will lead you straight to the product!  The first person back with the correct answer will get the 4 entries into the draw.  Best of luck and thanks for stopping by and taking part.  Usual rules apply.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

What am I? - Day 3

Another day, another clue to a product for you to guess. 

Clue 1: Snip, snip

Today's clue isn't that difficult to work out, but can you find the item I am specifically referring to?  There are several options!  It will be a lucky guess this time around.

The first person back here with the correct answer (today only) will get 5 entries into the blog candy draw.  Everyone who leaves an answer or comment will get 1 entry.  Only 1 guess each person.  See rules.  Thanks for stopping by and taking part.

Friday, 25 May 2012

What am I? - Day 2 - Clue 2

Here we are again today, trying to figure out what product I want you to find in The Scrapbook Garden shop.  I think the clue yesterday was very broad but I think today someone will find it.

Clue 2: I'm not quite white

This clue, combined with yesterday's clue must lead someone to the correct answer!  Two entrants were VERY close with their guesses, so combine that 'A Symbol of Love' clue from yesterday with today's clue and I am sure you will get the product I am describing.

The first person back here with the correct answer will get 4 entries into the draw.  Everyone else will get 1 entry.  Usual rules apply and only one guess each person for today.  Thanks for stopping by and taking part and good luck!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

What am I? - Day 1

I thought we could spend what is left of this month (where has the time gone?) with a bit of frivolity!  So Each day, I am going to give a description of something in The Scrapbook Garden shop and the first person to guess what I am describing will get 5 entries into the blog candy draw.  If it isn't guessed today, I will give another clue tomorrow and so on, until it is identified correctly.  The only thing is.... the number of blog candy entries will go down to 4 entries (and so on) until the object is identified.   It is a bit of fun - and we can all do with some of that!

First clue:  A symbol of Love!

I know it is very vague but that is the idea - see who can actually get this one first time!  Leave a comment on what you think it is (it is something that I sell in the shop) and if you are correct today - you get those 5 entries.  There will be 1 entry for anyone who wants to play even if you don't get the answer correct.  Only one guess each person, each day!  Usual rules of entry apply.  Best of luck!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Buy Together & Save

I have several products throughout the shop that have 'Buy Together & Save' offers attached to them.  The fabulous Prima Almanac Paper Collection is one of them.
If you buy the 8 patterned papers together you have the option to get:

These fabulous wooden buttons and save £1.00 by buying them all together!

This is just one of the great 'Buy Together & Save' offers available thoughout the shop.  Why not pop in and have a look!

Leave a comment on this post today and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (if you qualify).  Best of luck!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tando Creative: Works of Parts range

Tando Creative have launched a new line of chipboard pieces called 'Works of Parts' and I have in stock two lines from this range.
This one is called 'Sweet Tooth'

This one is called 'Fly with Me'

Each kit comes with two printed project idea sheets and there are more ideas on the Tando Creative blog if you want to have a look.  What would you make with these little chipboard pieces?  Leave a comment on this post today and if you qualify I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Product Review: Chipboard Alphabet Stickers

Following on from yesterday's review I thought I would look at the different types of alphabet stickers (other than Thickers) available on the market.  I do stock several different types but I thought I would review the My Mind's Eye Lush chipboard alphabet stickers in black.  My Mind's Eye is a very popular brand name, especially with patterned paper ranges.  This Lush range is described as 'Hip & Luxurious Basics by My Mind's Eye' on their packaging and contain 2 sheets of chipboard capital letters and numbers.
I used the MME chipboard numbers in this layout over a rub-on (that reads 'Reason No:') for a layout for a 16th birthday.

I used just 3 of the letters to describe this photograph along with a rub-on quote on life.

This title say it all on a layout of a girl horse riding.

Cost: Very reasonably priced at £2.99 (the cheapest Thickers are usually around £3.99 a pack).

Use: No mess or fuss with these as they are self-adhesive and stick really well to paper and card.

Overall Impression: The only downside to these is that they are black but that said I have used them on several layouts and more than got my money's worth from them.  Like all alphabet stickers you will be left with some letters after the vowels have been used but as there are numbers included as well, you will get more mileage from them.  They can be prettied up by adding small gems or pearls to highlight them.  They are more of a grey/black and they are not glossy so they blend in with the page more.

Other alternatives to these that I stock are: Metallic Alphabet Stickers (£1 per pack); Delish Designs Flocked Stickers (£2.25); Dovecraft Glitter Alphabets (£2.50); K & Co. Flocked Stickers and Graphic 45 Staples - Alphabet Stickers (£3.50).

Do you use alphabet stickers of any sort?  Leave a comment today on this post and if you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Product Review: Tiny Alphabet Stickers

I have noticed recently that my layout titles tend to be a bit longer.  In the early days, layout titles were usually one or two words long but nowadays, I tend to use tiny alphabet stickers to make up some of the title, adding either Thickers or other chipboard alphabet letters.  One product that I have used quite a bit of lately is the Prima Tiny Alphabet Stickers pack, which contains 695 pieces (I haven't counted them - it says on the packaging!).Using tiny alphabets in this way gives your layouts some journaling along with the title.  They can reflect what's going on in the photograph just by using a few extra words in the title without writing too much text in your journaling block or strips.

This title made from a combination of a chipboard '5' and Prima Tiny Alphabet Stickers tells the person looking at the layout what the picture is all about in one statement.

In this title (of a group of girls) the title makes it clear that this little group of friends were quite happy being 'all girls together'.

Liz created a layout (on the recent scrapbook day) adding Tiny Text (Cosmo Cricket - Together) as the journaling on her page.  Using tiny text letters in this way can save you writing lots of journaling (for those of you who don't like handwriting on their pages).

Cost: The Prima Tiny Alphabet Stickers cost around £3.99 but do contain 695 pieces (with lots of vowels).  They are different shades of cream and black, so go with a multitude of different colour layouts.  Cosmo Cricket do 'Tiny Type' stickers (400 stickers), which are cheaper and I have them in stock in brown and black colourways.

Use: Easy and clean to use as they are self-adhesive, so no glues!

Overall Impression: These little alphabets are a good addition to the scrapbookers stash and would be useful for cardmakers too.  They cut down on the bigger letters required to create a longer title (thus saving money overall). 

Do you use tiny alphabet stickers at all?  Leave a comment to let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules that apply).  Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Product Review: Tim Holtz Alterations Dies

I have recently started using my BigShot die cutting machine over my trusty Cricut electronic cutter.  For years I have been faithful to the electronic cutter, cutting out literally hundreds of layout titles for students as well as for scrapbook club members and myself.  A couple of years ago I was bought the BigShot (along with some Sizzlets dies) as a Christmas present. 

I used the dies occasionally, but not until I started to buy the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies have I used it so much.  Regular visitors to this blog will know that I am totally addicted to the Mini Paper Rosettes die (I have to stop myself using it) and have successfully guided many others to this die (shame I don't stock this - yet!).

Another recent favourite is the Vintage Lace die, which is used on this layout:

Most recently, I have purchased the Tattered Florals die and this is going to be used over, and over again as it is gorgeous.

Cost: Costs of these Alterations Dies differ enormously and my advice would be to have a good look around before you buy.  I am hoping to stock some of these dies soon and hopefully will offer them at a good competitive price.

Use: These dies (with care) will last for a very long time.  They are not guaranteed to last forever and depending on how many people use them and most importantly how they take care of them will depend on their life span.

Overall Impression: I was sceptical at first using dies over the Cricut but I have been totally won over by the Tim Holtz Alterations dies (that man knows his stuff!).  I will still use the Cricut but for ease of use, portability (especially to classes and clubs) the BigShot and dies wins every time.

Do you have a BigShot or Cuttlebug or something similar?  Do you use Tim Holtz Alterations dies?  Leave a comment and let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Product Review: Finger Tip Craft Knife

I was given a Fiskars finger tip craft knife as part of a kit a few years back and have never used any other cutting knife since.  'Cut like you write: complete control at your fingertips!' claim Fiskars on their packaging.
Since getting one of these finger tip knives I have been successful in cutting around awkward shaped objects and through cardstock and heavyweight papers with ease.  The shape and the way it fits between your fingers makes it perfect (in my opinion) with crafters who may have difficulty using the standard cutting knives.

Cost: I think they are reasonably priced considering they aren't going to break very easily and like all crafting tools - you get what you pay for!

Use: This is so easy to use.  It fits between your fingers and you literally just cut like you would write.  There is more control because your hand becomes one with the cutting knife.

Overall Impression: Like all tools, there will be some crafters who prefer the ordinary straight cutting knives and may find this one strange to handle to begin with.  I think after a while, like me, you wouldn't want to use anything else.

Have you used one of these knives?  What was your experience?  Leave a comment on this post today and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Product Review: Safmat

I first discovered Safmat a few years ago and it has been a favourite ever since.  It is manufactured by Letraset and is an acid free, self-adhesive printing film.  You can use it on your desktop printer and it is virtually invisible when applied, so only the printed text or image can be seen. 'A great way to get printed designs onto materials that won't go through your printer, e.g. heavyweight card, acetate, large 3D objects.  Perfect for arts and crafts, scrapbooking, card making, etc.....' claims the manufacturer.
I have used it on:

This layout title has part Thickers and part Safmat - the (never stops play) part is Safmat.

This is a free downloadable quote courtesy of the Glitz Design Girls and is printed onto Safmat, then adhered to one of those Tando Creative handbags.

Cost: Depending where you buy this (unfortunately, I don't stock this item) it can range from about £5.50 - £10.00 - look around for the best deals.  It comes in A4 size and there are 10 sheets in a pack.

Use: It is so easy to use but is only suitable for inkjet printers or black and white laser printers.  It has a self-adhesive backing - so just print, cut around design or text and stick to project - job done!

Overall: I am completely biased towards this product and cannot say anything negative about it - I just love it.

Have you used this product or anything similar?  Leave a comment either way and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for today (see rules though).  Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Product Review: American Crafts DIY Thickers

I love American Crafts Thickers as a product but these new DIY Thickers are great.  I bought some for the kit we used on the National Scrapbooking Day and they are so easy to use.  I made a chart to show some of the effects when you use different products on them.  Here are a few:

I used mine by inking with an ordinary dye ink pad and the results are fab!  The American Crafts Micro Beads are also gorgeous as they are little metallic beads and they just stick to the letters - no problem.  To ink them - just leave intact and ink over the top - great!  To add some dimension - peel back the top layer and they become sticky - so you can pour over the microbeads, glitter etc., and that adds fabulous dimension to your projects.

Here are my findings of the review:

Cost: They cost the same price as the white Thickers (I have used them before to colour but they don't give the same effect).

Use: As described above, they are very easy to use and they do as they describe - colour or stick!  I found that the American Crafts Micro Beads gave better coverage that the ordinary ones I had (but that is just personal choice).

Overall Impression: Clever product that gives you more choices regarding colours when using Thickers.  The only downside - and this can be said of all alphabet stickers - there are not enough vowels!!!  Manufacturers take note!

Have you used this product or the general Thickers alphabet stickers?  Leave a comment to let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Product Review: Canvas Cloth

I recently ordered (and have in stock) some A4 sheets of Canvas Cloth for a kit I am putting together and yesterday I created two layouts using this product and was suitably impressed.  The product is from Personal Impressions and is a true canvas line cloth with a traditional surface as used by artists to produce classic reproductions.
'The special texture creates the feel and look of a classic painting.  Use for rubber stamping and on ink jet printers - great vintage effects when you stamp on the reverse side' - this is the description given by the manufacturer, so I thought I would try the product out and give my review.

The rose and leaves image is a downloadable freebie I was given by Glitz Design and (by a happy accident) printed this off larger than I intended.  Rather than throw it away I decided to use it on the layout I was creating and it gives a beautiful effect.

This flower was made using a BigShot and Tattered Florals Die, which cuts through the canvas like butter, leaving no frayed edges!  I used the reverse side and inked it using a dye ink pad to give a vintage feel to the cut flower.
These are my findings for the review:

Cost: Seems quite pricey for a whole pack (but worth it).  It would be a great idea for a craft club - share it out as there are 5 sheets to each pack and then that works out at about £1.50 per sheet.

Use: I could see loads of different uses for this product - like it says on the pack, you can print on it, paint on it, ink on it ..... probably many other uses too.  It cuts like a dream through the BigShot!

Overall Impression: I absolutely love this product - next to Safmat I can see this becoming a favourite.

Have you used canvas cloth on any of your projects?  If so, leave a comment on this post today and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Kit and instructions

The kit we used at last week's National Scrapbooking Day is available for sale in The Scrapbook Garden shop.  With this kit you also get written instructions on how to make the two layouts I have shown on the blog recently. 

What you get in the kit is:

1 x sheet of Teresa Collins Everyday Moments - Collage
1 x sheet of Teresa Collins Everyday Moments - Ornate Flourish
1 x pack of American Crafts DIY Thickers (Macaw)
1 x Bazzill Moody Blue cardstock
1 x Bazzill Frosted Yellow cardstock
2 x white cardstock
Plus an instruction sheet! 

Thanks for stopping by today - leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw. 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

New Company - Carta Bella

Echo Park launched a premium brand sister company called Carta Bella recently and their first collection called 'Beautiful Moments' is just stunning!  These are a couple of my favourites!
This one is called 'Remember'

This one is called 'Chickadee'

They also do a gorgeous collection kit that includes 9 double-sided heavyweight textured patterned papers, 1 12" x 12" Element Sticker Sheet and 1 12" x 12" Alphabet Sticker Sheet.

Leave a comment to tell me what you think of this brand new range and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Another handbag design!

I couldn't resist and designed another little Tando Creative Handbag - this time using a yellow and brown colourway.  I keep telling myself that they are for marketing purposes and that I NEED them for the upcoming papercraft shows that I am going to (the next one is in June).  I don't know who I am trying to convince, myself or others around me!

I just love this patterned paper by 'Crate Paper' called 'Honeymoon' from the Portrait Collection out last year.  This paper is in the reduced section of the shop and is only 40p per sheet!  I used 2 sheets for this bag because I made the rosette flower out of the same paper but you could make it with just 1 sheet of this patterned paper and use something else for the sides.

I used the reverse side of the patterned paper for the sides of the handbag.

I added a wooden button, some string, decorative pins and made a little puffball from Bazzill Tulle Ribbon called 'Truffle'.

These are a lovely little project to make as part of a group - the ladies at the National Scrapbooking Day really enjoyed making them.  They also make gorgeous little gifts to give to someone else - just fill them with whatever you like from chocolates, craft items etc., the list is endless.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you leave a comment (today only) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (if you qualify).  Best of luck!

Friday, 11 May 2012

More of those little handbags!

Just thought you might want to see some more of those dainty little Tando Creative Handbags!  These are a few images from last Saturday's National Scrapbooking Day.

This lady is obviously a cat lover!

Roses grow on this one!

And on the other side - a dainty gift tag!

Thank you to all the ladies who allowed me to show you their little creations.  Please leave a comment to say you have passed by this way and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw if you qualify (see rules).  Best of luck! 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Layout published!

I was lucky enough this month to have one of my layouts published in the 'Scrapbook Magazine' (Issue 63).  I started sending layouts into this magazine as part of the Certificate in Paper Craft qualification I was doing last year.  One of the modules was to get your work published in magazines or displayed in shop windows. 

I have previously shown this layout on this blog.  I was inspired by the idea of using song titles as scrapbook layout titles and on this one I used one of the tracks from The Beatles as inspiration.

What inspires you when you think of titles for layouts?  Let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Second reveal from sneaky peek!

This is the second layout I created for the National Scrapbooking Day last Saturday.  I left a sneaky peek on a previous post.

This was the sneaky peek!

This is the complete layout!

I used the same patterned papers as yesterday's layout from Teresa Collins' range called 'Everyday Moments'.  The title 'Today' and other sentiments were cut from the patterned sheet called 'Collage'.  The flowers and lace were cut on the Big Shot using Bigz dies Tattered Florals and Vintage Lace (becoming a favourite).  I used an old Crafter's Workshop template for the swirls on both layouts.  I have uploaded other images from the day and placed them in the shop gallery under 'National Scrapbooking Day - 2012' if you want to pop over and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you leave a comment I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (if you qualify - see rules).  Best of luck.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

First reveal from sneaky peek!

This is the first reveal from the 'sneaky peek' I gave last week.  I didn't want to reveal too much then because the layout was for the ladies attending the National Scrapbooking Day that was held on Saturday 5th May at a local Church Hall. 
This was the sneaky peek!

 This is the full layout!

 The ladies used a kit that included Teresa Collins 'Everyday Moments' patterned papers called 'Collage' and 'Ornate Flourish' along with Bazzill 'Moody Blue, 'Frosted Yellow' and white cardstock.   The technique we used was the new American Crafts DIY Thickers, which can be covered using microbeads, glitter, coloured with pens etc. 

Some of the ladies layouts can be seen in the shop gallery under 'National Scrapbooking Day - May 2012' if you want to see what they did.    If you leave a comment today (and you qualify) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Handbags galore!

Everyone seemed to enjoy making those little Tando Handbags on the National Scrapbooking Day we held on Saturday.  Here are a few to show you how creative they were:

The photograph does not do this little beauty justice!  The patterned papers used are from Glitz Design Vintage Blue range.  The tulle ribbon is called Tink Pink (from Bazzill).

This handbag was personalised (for a present) using Glitz Design Pretty In Pink range of patterned papers and Bazzill tulle Tink Pink ribbon.

This little lovely was made using patterned papers from an Echo Park Mini Theme collection kit called 'Bundle of Joy'.

As you can see they were a very creative bunch who attended on Saturday.  If you leave a comment on this post today and you are a follower of this blog I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Happy Scrappers!

A wonderful time was had by all yesterday at our National Scrapbooking Day and here are some photo's to prove it!
Edna and co. having a good laugh (and crafting at the same time!)

A little more serious discussion on this table!

Hard at work making those little handbags!

I hope you all enjoyed your day.  If you leave a comment today I will enter your name into the draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day - some of the facts:

It is celebrated on the first Saturday in May

It first started in 1994 by a scrapbooking company called Creative Memories

BellaOnline (the souce of this information) suggests a number of things to do on this day and here are the top 3:

1) Attend a crop or scrapbook event
2) Go shopping (for scrapbooking goodies obviously)
3) Learn a new technique
I was really pleased when I read the above first 3 points on their list as that is actually what The Scrapbook Garden is doing today!  I am hosting a scrapbooking event at a local church hall to celebrate this day (just because we can), I will be taking along some of the shop (couldn't possibly take all of it!) and finally we will be learning a new technique.  All items on the list ticked!

Whatever you are doing today - have a good one!  Leave a comment to let me know what you plan to do - are you celebrating, crafting, shopping!!!!!  I will give you 1 entry into the draw for today if you are a follower.  Thanks for stopping by today and good luck!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Birthday Girl

This is the second layout I have created using this month's Scrapaholix kit using the technique of brads and spacers.  For this layout I gutted the middle from one of the patterned papers, cut 1/2" from two sides of the white cardstock and layered on top of the gutted paper for the base.  I added some faux stiching using a green Zig Writer pen. 

I layered up the remainder of the patterned papers and added faux stitching as before.  The flowers were made using a Tattered Florals die on the Big Shot.  I added the spacers and brads in the centres.  The title is made from American Crafts DIY Thickers - I just inked them using a dye ink pad.

The other day we had a mini discussion about photographs.  The ones on this layout were taken nearly 9 years ago and not some of the better ones I have taken.  I used them because they are a milestone marking a little girls 2nd birthday.  The background had lots of different colours but I opted to use these papers as they are lovely shades of green and yellow and are perfect for outdoor themes.

Leave a comment (and if you qualify - see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Best of luck!