Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finding Inspiration

A "gorgeous bloom" inspiration
Just like you, my paper crafting is inspired by everyday life.  I wanted to share a photo of a unique flower bouquet I ran across last week at Seattle's Pike Place Market.  There were several vendors in the marketplace with a variety of bouquets using these decorative cabbages and I thought they were spectacular!  The one in this photo shows a couple larger cabbages, but there were others with tiny little cabbages, too.  To me, this just whispered "vintage blossom"...

Can you see how these ornamental cabbages might inspire your next card creation using our new December Fresh Baked Kit?  Those ruffley edges and big round blooms remind me of the stamp from the set.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Let us know what has recently inspired your creativity...
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Qwik-see @ December's Kit

The elves are hard at work creating scads of gorgeous cards with Paper Made Bakery's December card kit!  Here's the first one, hot outta' of the oven...
...a simply gorgeous bloom

And in December we have TWO uber-cool guest designers in da' house -- Lindsay Amrhein and Savannah O'Gwynn!!!  These ladies have whipped up some outstanding cards and other stuff with our kit.  You can make them too, just order your kit and come back to see what they've created!

As a little heads-up, Paper Made Bakery is preparing for some awesome New Year's resolutions in 2012:

  • visually transform our blog/site
  • offer FABulous kits featuring product by hot new companies
  • showcase gorgeous samples with the help of a world class design team
  • give our friends lots of fun contests, challenges and MORE
Remember, we're reaching for 100 by December 31st, so LIKE us on our Facebook page.  Everyone who does is entered to win one of TWO Paper Made Bakery kits!  Leave a comment below and your name is entered again.  Just like Santa, we're making a list and checking it twice...

So, get ready for December's kit creations to debut here December 1st...get your kit 'cuz they're going to go fast!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Black Friday is NOW!

Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Why wait for the mobs?!  Black Friday is happening now at Paper Made Bakery -- EVERYTHING* is 40% off!  Stock up now on all those cool tools you've been wanting -- Copic markers, Pink ATG, KITS, stamps, books, paper packs, dies, EVERYTHING!

Get what you need for your handmade {holiday} crafting or give FABulous gifts to your scrappy friends and family.
Circa 1934 Ready, Set, Chip

Paper Made Bakery's Black Friday sale is on NOW through November 27, 2011 and is limited to stock on hand.

*November Card Club Kit is not included in this sale.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Techniques we love...

This cute little card used a variety of papers, techniques, inks -- everything!

The focal panel is made from Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White.  I used this paper because it works so well with Copic markers.  This paper allows for smooth coloring and absorbs the ink just right, without bleeding.  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black is a really good ink to stamp with when you're coloring with Copic markers.  The inks stay where they need to stay, creating wonderful shading and blending.

The edges of the focal panel are shaded with Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, a classic in my book.  And speaking of inks, I used VersaMark on the kraft cardstock to create the shaded background of flying acorns!  I love to use this technique because the VersaMark allows you to create lovely monochromatic backgrounds with ease.  There are two types of faux stitching -- a fine black line of stitching on the top edge of the focal panel and white gel pen along all the edges of the kraft cardstock.

This happy group of animals scrunched themselves onto the front of the card -- those bunnies sure add up!  To provide the dimension, I masked the bunnies by stamping the bunny image onto a regular piece of white paper and then cut out the image.   These clean images are so easy to cut out, too!  Lay this mask over the stamped image and stamp again, but this time slightly over the first image.  When you remove the mask the second stamped image appears to be standing behind the first.
The furry friends are part of an adorable 3" x 4" clear photopolymer stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop called Furry Friend Forever.  This smaller set is perfect for anything from an autumn card, like I've made here, to an Easter brunch invitation next spring!  The images are a great size, plus you get several "accessories", like an adorable log, and several cute sentiments.  Here's how I finished the interior of my woodland pals card...
Hello Friend

Lots of techniques give this simple card a stylized look.  The right paper, stamp set and inks are key to creating fun cards and layouts.
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Here are a couple cards I made using my favorite cardstock for coloring with Copic markers.  The Classic Crest #80 cardstock in Solar White is one that Marianne Walker, the guru of Copic markers, recommends.

My favorite ink to use for stamping and coloring images using the Neenah paper and Copic markers is Memento ink in Tuxedo Black or Rich Cocoa, depending on the color scheme you're planning to go with.  For the pumpkin harvest card I used the Rich Cocoa ink because it complemented the burlap fabric panel and rustic button embellishment underneath the image.  It also made the basket a cinch to color!
Copic coloring -- front and back of image; colors used
You'll notice that the back of the cardstock shows lots of color bleeding, even though the front of the image looks sharp and clear.  This is a sign that you've chosen the right paper and stamping ink for Copic coloring!  After coloring the image I mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of Stardream Metallic cardstock in Mars (maroon).  I first roughed the edges of this maroon cardstock by scraping the inside of my scissors blade along the edges.

This was then mounted with foam tape onto the card front after I added the frayed burlap piece, the green jute twine and rustic wood buttons.  I picked up the burlap a while ago at my upholsterer's shop and have been waiting to use it on just the right project.  To get the frayed edges I simply cut the burlap a little larger than my card front and then pulled out a couple strands of the fiber.  Nice touch, huh?
Happy Thanksgiving!
Finally, the inside of the card is simple -- Happy Thanksgiving -- in a clean, typewritten font.  This is one of many images from Sweet Stamp Shop's newest set called "Thanksgiving Owl-fits".  I really like this set and used it again in my next card.

I may have been slightly hungry when I created this next card...and with Thanksgiving on it's way I'm sure lots of us are beginning to dream of yummy pumpkin pie!  Thanksgiving Owl-fits has the cutest darned images to fill the bill for this card and many, many more to come.

The turkey drumstick border was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored with a couple different Copic colors.  I then used the Blender Pen to pull out some of the color, giving the drumsticks a textured look (kinda' like a crispy baked skin!)  I used small pinking shears to trim the border and then dabbed on Distress Ink in Tea Dye along the edges.  The sentiment "Pie! Pie! Pie!" was perfect to plop into the trio of whipped cream topped pumpkin pies.  Of course, the pie image itself could easily be transformed into any other kind of pie you desire, warm and steamy from the oven!

I used Glossy Accents on the pie pan so it would look like a ceramic pie dish and glitter on the whipped cream for a bit o' sparkly yumminess.  Each of the three pie images was mounted with foam tape to give the card front some dimension.

Finally, I finished the inside with a pilgrim owl with golden buckles on his hat and belt and the sentiment "Whoo's hungry?"  Start making that shopping're gonna want lots of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and big ol' Butterball!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November's Card Club Sneak Peeks

Ah, the joys of winter!
November's here and some of the country is already seeing the white of the season!  We're all ready to begin our celebration of the upcoming holidays and what better way than to get cozy and create some adorable cards with loads of Memory Box products.  This month's kit comes with TWO wood mounted stamps (Fred P. Bear and Snow Globe), the NEW Yuletide 6 x 6 patterned paper pack, Thistle notecards and matching envelopes PLUS three great card designs just for you!  They're easy to make and full of great techniques.  We also provide elements you'll use with the included designs, and you can use your own materials to let loose your creativity -- be inspired!
Let it snow...

If you're in the San Diego area, join us as we get together and make these great cards on Sunday, November 20, at 1:30 p.m.  Contact Shannon by sending her an email to reserve your place and kit for the class.  If you aren't in San Diego, but would like a kit to make lots on your own, CLICK HERE.  Either way, you'll be on your way to creating your own handmade cards for the holiday season.

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