Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Memory Box Card Club -- A Hit!

July's club met yesterday and everyone loved using all of the great Memory Box product included in their kit!  We used the gorgeous Inspired butterfly collage stamp to create three beautiful cards.  I made sure that lots of different techniques were used to create these little works of art -- watercolor pencils, Copic markers, machine stitching, paper piecing and more!  Although we sold out of the July kits in record time, we are accepting orders for the kit only until Friday, July 29, 2011.

The kit contains the Inspired butterfly collage stamp, a package of 6 x 6 patterned papers in Minuet, a package of 10 notecards with matching envelopes in Bayou and instructions for making the three pretty cards.  All of this for only $29.95, which includes Priority shipping to anywhere in the United States.  Click HERE to place your order TODAY!!

A new monthly kit with all new product and card designs is available each month through December.  Click HERE for those details.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

And Paper Made Bakery Helped!

Kathryn from {Scrap Beach}
Hi everybody!  Just a quick post to direct you to this awesome VIDEO series by Kathryn Kreiger of Life on the {Scrap}Beach.  Kathryn does beautiful work, especially on cool mini albums, yet this week she features some scrapbook layouts. Today's features product Kathryn got from Paper Made Bakery!  Check it out and be inspired!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hometown Summer - Another Look

Fancy edged & vintage chic

Another square card, using the same patterned paper line (Hometown Summer) as the whimsical watermelon card shown earlier (July 8), but choosing another array of Pop Tone's brilliantly colored card stock.  This time the card has a shabby chic, vintage look but still uses a patterned paper from the Hometown Summer collection by Pink Paislee.  A Black Licorice base and Red Hot accents add a yummy touch to this card.

The wrinkly ribbon and bow was created by wetting and then wringing (i.e., wrinkling) chalk white seam binding, and then letting it air dry.  The bow itself was created by wrapping one end three times around my four fingers, laying the wound bundle onto the table and tying the center with a bit of red baker's twine.  I pulled apart the loops to form a "messy" bow then strung it through the holes in the center tag.  To finish the bow as a centerpiece, I added a stack of buttons and a piece of sheer black ribbon for interest.
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Step 2
Lots of POP on this card!
The fancy edge of the card front was created by using a Grand Nestabilities Labels Four die.  This is really a simple technique with these awesome new dies.  Cut your desired card base from Black Licorice Pop Tone card stock, score it in the center, then place one end/edge under the curves of the die and the rest of the card base on top of the die (off of the cutting edge of the die).  Run this through a Big Shot cutting machine (or the like) and the end result is this fancy edge.  Follow the same process with the same size dies on the patterned paper to give yourself a coordinating layer -- just slide the patterned layer up a teensy bit and adhere to the card base.  Viola!

Spellbinder's dies used
Covering the inside of the card allows for it to show through on the front, so make sure it's a good contrast.  It's always nice to work with double sided patterned paper -- it gives you a nice contrast automatically!  I added the sentiment by printing it on Whipped Cream Pop Tone card stock and then using the Lacey Oval Nestabilities die to cut the pretty shape.  If you keep the die on the tag after cutting it and gently blot a bit of distress ink around the inner edge, you get that aged look around the sentiment.  Add some foam squares to the back of the tag for dimension.
 Remember, get your Pop Tone card stock while it's on sale and hot, hot, HOT!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Frugal Scrapping

Super Eight...Jillibean's Summer Cards
So, one day I'm in need of a summer themed birthday card.  I know I have a couple sheets of Jillibean Soup's Watermelon Gazpacho patterned paper, which I simply adore for its fresh, cheerful colors and images.  I whip up a simple card in, literally, minutes and think to myself, "I wonder how many cards I can make with these two sheets of paper?"

Answer: 8

The First
With just two sheets of Jillibean Soup patterned paper, one sheet of coordinating die-cuts and Bazzill cardstock to use as the card bases, I was able to create eight uber-adorable greeting cards!  And, I even have a few die-cuts leftover.  I used Sophie's Sentiments from Lawn Fawn, The Twinery's baker's twine, a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, a few tiny pearls on the butterfly bodies.

Just for fun...
For giggles I created some more birthday cards, a thank you card, a BBQ invitation, and several just-for-fun cards, too!

Give it a try...take just a few supplies and be creative!  Don't you love a challenge?!  Leave a comment with a link to your blog and show off your frugal scrapping -- ENJOY!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hometown Summer Layout

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Here's a little taste of a real Hometown Summer from Paper Made Bakery customer Kristin M. in New Hampshire.  She shared this two-page scrapbook layout of her daughter's 10th birthday party using the Hometown Summer paper pack she purchased from Paper Made Bakery.  She's added her own ribbons, buttons, metal clips and die cut letters. The fresh, fun papers bring out the cheeriness of the birthday festivities she highlights...a slumber party and movie night.  Love the red carpet and stars!

The Hometown Summer line also includes fun 3-D chipboard pops and adorable die-cut  punch-outs.  Document YOUR hometown summer 2011 with these great papers and embellishments from Paper Made Bakery!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Introducing Copic Color

I just got an email from Copic Markers introducing their new interactive, user friendly, "World of Copic" realm that all Copic lovers NEED to check out!!  Here is what they have to say:

"Copic Color is a tool for tracking personal marker collections, showing work made with Copic markers, and developing favorite color palettes to share with friends and design software. Copic Color will feature a collection of artist interviews, color spotlights and featured new products, all from one easy to use site that is optimized for mobile devices.

Personal Marker Inventory
· Allows you to track your marker collection 
· Create a wish list of the colors you want
· Find a store near you to purchase the colors you need 

· Upload 20 images
· Automatically generates color palettes based on image uploads
· Manually input colors used
· Rate and comment on your favorite artwork

Color Palettes
· Create favorite color palettes and share them
· Rate friend's color palettes
· Download palettes to your Adobe design software

· Meet and message other artists
· Earn badges for commenting and marker collections
· Follow artists as they create new content
· See what images and colors are popular

· Tutorials
· Interviews with professional artists
· Upcoming events
· Featured/New items

As you can see, there are many features of this new site, and we encourage each of you to create your own page on Copic Color and fill it with some of your best work."

I dove right in -- you should too!  Then, head back to Paper Made Bakery and pick up some markers and Marianne's newest book...you gotta have 'em!
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Square Up Some Summer Fun

I'm back with another Hip 2B Square project...a simple summer birthday card!  I truly love working with square cards.  Today I've made a 5.25" square birthday card for my friend Kristin and will tuck it inside Cut Card Stock's Brown Bag 5.5" square envelope.  This simple and cheerful card is made with Pink Paislee's new line aptly called Hometown Summer, featuring adorable papers and chipboard pops, banners and punch outs.

I focused on the subtle pinks and greens, as well as the juicy watermelon theme, to create this square card.  The most important thing to remember when starting this type of project is that, while your square envelope may be 5.5" square, your card needs to be slightly smaller to fit nicely inside the envelope!  I've had a few Oops because I forgot to take this into consideration!  You might even notice (barely, I hope) the 1/4" score mark just below the actual fold of this card!

The rounded corners give a softer, more playful tone to the card, as well as the dimension that's added by mounting elements with foam tape.  This Hometown Summer line can be paired with several of Cut Card Stock's Pop Tone colors like Gum Drop Green or Cotton Candy!  Enjoy your summer & happy scrapping!
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fond Farewell...Colorful Creations, Hyannis, MA

Cards on the Cape
These summery, beach themed cards, made with Basic Grey's Lauderdale paper line and lots of Hero Arts stamps, were happily created last night at one of the last classes Jenn Shurkus will teach at one of my favorite scrapbook stores -- Colorful Creations on Cape Cod.  The store, unfortunately, is closing its doors on July 30 after 12 wonderful years.  The fun colors and patterns perfectly represent what I enjoy most about my visits to Cape Cod and Colorful Creations -- happy, sunny, fun and creative!  Jenn always packs her classes with fun techniques and great products for everyone to try.  It's always such a fun experience to take a class with Jenn.

While she's searching for a new job, we're sure to see more creativity from Jenn...and perhaps right here at Paper Made Bakery.  So, stay tuned!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sesuit Harbor, Cape Cod

Sesuit Harbor & Cafe
Just a quick post to say that Cape Cod is STILL one of the best places on earth!  Yesterday we had lunch at this little joint on Sesuit Harbor...just down the road from one of our favorite little gift boutiques (Barn & Co/Details) in Dennis.  All you have to do is ask and the friendly locals will point out their favorite haunts and they're usually spot on for good eats.  Hope your summer is shaping up as well!

Tonight I'm attending Jenn Shurkus' card class at Colorful Creations in Hyannis, so I'll show you some of those fun, beachy creations very soon.  Cheers!
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Take Me On A Sea Cruise...

Ah, the sea.  It has inspired many and tantalized all of us in some way at some time.  This project was inspired by the possibility of sailing upon the high seas; not so much as an adventuresome pirate, but as a honeymooning couple upon a luxurious cruise ship, smoothly touching many little islands in the Caribbean.

This altered cigar box uses loads of Cosmo Cricket "Salt Air", which is both soothing and whimsical.  There are fun prints and patterns, childhood whimsy and even touches of vintage nostalgia.  I added little wooden spools for feet, a stacked button "knob" to open the box and a wire handle with lots of funky ribbon choices.

The back is lots of fun and has a place for a photo, to be placed after our voyage. Inside I'll place all the little mementos we collect like ticket stubs, labels, postcards, photos, and any other little treasures we find that will remind us of our sea cruise -- the first as a married couple.  Any suggestions for what we should be sure to collect?

It's truly summertime now, and our nation's birthday -- the fourth of July -- and I'm likely sitting on the beach in Cape Cod as you read this.  Have a safe and happy Fourth -- Happy Birthday, America!  Break out the sparklers and have a slice of watermelon for me!  And for more beachy, artistic goodness check out my good friend Jenn Shurkus' {creative chick} blog...

"It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy

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