Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cutterpillar Pro Trimmer Demo

I just wanted to share a quick video of one of my favorite new things for 2011 and that is my Cutterpillar Pro Trimmer.  It is such a great trimmer and I have gone through so many trimmers over the years I was so excited when I got this one.  I love the edge light that lets me see where I am cutting, I honestly don't don't know how I lived without it.  One of my favorite things about it is the blade, it has a lifetime warranty and cuts so smooth.  It also has rotary blade so I don't have to worry about little fingers getting hurt by leaving it out.  It can cut through chipboard which I know can be a death knell to other trimmers, but the best thing about it is how accurate it cuts.  It cuts super straight, and cuts the tiniest slivers off your paper they will curl.  When I got the trimmer it was a new thing out from a new company and too be honest I was a bit worried about it living up to my expectations but it has exceeded them.  Here is a link to a quick demonstration of the trimmer (YouTube), I know when I ordered I would have loved to see a video of it in action.  I can't say enough great things about this trimmer, and the customer service was great too!

Cutterpillar Trimmer Demo

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gate Fold Card

Every Christmas and special occasion my husband and I make each other a gift.  Sometimes its a mini album, or a card but we try to make something special for the other one.  I love that my husband takes the time to make me something special although he usually complains its not as nice as mine.  This year I think my husband is trying out do me.  He made me a 6x6 Easel Card and even put a present that opens inside of it.  He took my idea for the snowman and ran with it, notice that the man has a Windsor knot on his tie!  Here is his card:

Here is the card on the inside with the present that opens (there was a special message for me)

For my card to him, I decided to make a gate fold card, I don't know what this kind of opening is called but it really looks nice and is now one of my favorites.  The ovals are attached on opposite sides and come together to lock the card closed.

Card opening

Products used:
Spellbinders Ovals
Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals
CTMH Stamps and ink

Monday, December 19, 2011

Old is new challenge

On the CC focus group we were challenged to create something with older out of date supplies.  I have to admit that some of the things that were mentioned I had never heard of.  I got started in 2007 and my old stuff consisted of CM shape maker tools which I hardly use but they are still going strong. I created a tag and I used an eyelet and twistel (I think it was old when I started lol).  The rest of the tag is more modern with MME Lush, EP Spring time, and MME Fine and Dandy stamps.  I had never used the twistel but I liked it and I think I am going to try it again.

Products used:
MME Lush
MME Fine and Dandy Stamps
MM Twistel
EP Spring Time

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'll Love you forever

One of my daughters favorite stories is "Love you forever" by Robert Munsch.  She loves to read that story and the first time I read it to her I cried.  She was so sweet and couldn't understand why I was crying but she always tells me:

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my Mommy you'll be"

and I tell her:

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be"

I submitted this layout for the Spellbinders DT contest, and I am sad to say I didn't make it to the second round. They were such a gracious company and sent a personal email to each and every applicant, which when you consider that they must have received hundreds of entries is astounding.  I love this layout and I am proud of it.  I have also discovered a new love of AC Glitter paper, it cuts so nicely with the spellbinders and  it is really thick.

I will try again next year because I love their dies and they would be a great company to design for.  My husband will now go back to worrying about the new releases because I always want them all.  He is always so sweet and gets me some, what a sweet husband I have and I am truly blessed.

Products Used:
Spellbinders Flying Beauties
AC Glitter Paper
MME Lime Twist Paper

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Cards

The cards are finally finished and in the mail, so now I can post them.  I love how these turned out and I really wish I had gotten more of the MME Lush paper when I had the chance.  When my family saw these I got orders for more, so I am now down to my last sheet.  I cut the cirlces using spellbinders large circles, they were the perfect space between sizes for what I needed, and the tickets were actually one stamp but I cut them apart and got 3 different cards.  I am very happy with how these turned out, but now I want more of the paper.  When I got it I liked it but had no idea how to use it and now I wish I had gotten more.

 Version 1
 Version 2
  Version 3

Products Used:
MME Lush Paper
Unity Stamps
Spellbinders Circles

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Cards Sneak Peak

I have a confession to make, even though I love making cards I never give Christmas cards.  I don't know why I never do but this year I am turning over a new leaf.  These are the cards I am making for the Crop Chocolate design team.  I used the MME Red Flocked Lush paper, and it looks so nice.  I didn't plan on using it for Christmas cards but it works so well.  I guess sometimes you find Christmas paper in the most unlikely of places.   I will post pictures of the finished cards when the girls have received theirs.  It seems like most of my latest projects have to wait for something before I can post them lately but I have been very busy crafting.