Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

The Reveal
Hey, PMB Peeps! This is Michelle here today, and I want to wish everyone a happy leap day! I have a little bonus card to share with you today. This is actually my fifth project from the February Fresh Baked Kit, and I still have so many Lily Bee Design papers left. I wonder what else I can make... Here is my old fashioned window sill card.
Thank You Window Card
The Inspiration
I was looking through my stamp set and was wondering if I had overlooked any stamps, and I saw one that I hadn't noticed before. It was a skinny little line that is a stem for the flowers. I decided to design a card to feature that stamp. 

The Details
I wanted a row of potted flowers sitting on a window sill, so I stamped a row of terra cotta pots and stems. I stamped the daisy on patterned paper and cut those out. Then I hand drew some leaves and added pearl centers to the daisies. 

To make it look more like a 3-D window, I inked some white cardstock with distress ink and cut out some strips and popped that up around the border. I used a border punch on a scrap of patterned paper to create a curtain and stamped my sentiment on that. I attached the curtain to my wood planks.  

This is a cute little 3 x 3 inch card that would be good to attach directly onto a present in place of a tag. 

Thanks for stoppin' by today. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the launch of the new release kit and a fun giveaway!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Card Set and a Video with Bonus Tips

Hi friends! It's Ashley here to share a card set and a tutorial with you today. I also filmed a tutorial and in it I share several BONUS tips so be sure to watch it! Even as we reach the end of the month, I still have TONS of supplies left in my February Fresh Baked Kit to make lots more cards. YAY!

Here's a photo of the whole set I made:
Here's a close up of just one of the cards:
Here's the video:

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Sneak Peek

February has flown by and we're gearing up in a big way to present one of our best kits yet -- Sunday Afternoon, Paper Made Bakery's March Fresh Baked Kit.  You'll be amazed at the fantastic ingredients, including a PMB exclusive clear stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop!  You won't be able to get this set anywhere except our March kit!  Wanna see a teeny tiny bit of what's to come?
What do you think?!
We need to make room for all the great products arriving daily from CHA so we're discounting the last of our February kits today.  Click on the Fresh Baked Kit tab above and take advantage of this special, because once they're gone, they're gone for good!

Be sure to join us this Thursday for our March Release and Blog Hop -- that means lots of eye candy and another fun giveaway!
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Wishing You A Wonderful Day

Hi It's Stephanie here to share one more card using the February kit!!!
It is such an amazing kit and i got so much out of it with plenty left over!!!
So for todays card I thought I would put some of my dies to use they are something that I love to use!!! I have these adorable banner dies that I punched a hole in each corner and added an eyelet to each one of the banners.  To add just a little more to my banners I diecut some butterflies and added pearls to the center for the bodies just a fun little touch and then stamped my sentiment on another diecut piece!!!
Thanks for stopping by hope you enjoyed!!!
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Corner Bookmark + Video Tutorial

Happy Sunday!  Ryann here to share a quick and easy project via a YouTube video!  In this short video I show you how to make a corner bookmark similar to the one pictured above.  I've used the cardstock and Lily Bee Design patterned paper to create the bookmark along with the Avocado Arts stamp set, Wishes & Kind Thoughts.

Be sure to pick up the February Fresh Baked kit HERE before it's too late!
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturdays with Lisa Arana

Hi There Friends.

It is Lisa Arana here to share one more card from this month's Fresh Baked Kit. I had a ton of fun creating with this kit!  I have so much more I could make.  The kits are a definite bargain.  You can create tons of cards with all the paper, embellies and stamps you get.

Today, I have a sweet CAS card using that fabby wishing well from the Avocado Arts stamp set.  I decided to leave everything black and white except for the circles and pompoms.  Just adds a different type of color pop.  I cut the pompoms off of the ribbon and I used a Stardust gel pen to add a little sparkle to the hearts.

Hurry and grab THIS amazing kit before we run out.

Enjoy your day! 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Layers and details using scraps

Hello, friends:}
Savannah O'Gwynn here to share another Paper Made Bakery  project. My card this week is a bit more detailed than the last three! I really love making detailed cards!

I used mostly scraps from my PMB kit--that's all I had left! I used up almost all my papers this month! I just love this kit! I made a square card adding layers of background papers and little strips of paper on the front. I added stitching around the center panel for extra detail. I stamped the sentiment from the AA stamp set {included in this PMB kit}....and then added some pearls and a button. LOOOOOOVE! Then I looked at the card again and noticed that I needed one more thing--the pom pom ribbon and the doily! Now it's done! LOVE

Everything on this card (except for the stitching) can be found in this PMB kit!!! 

I even had enough paper left over to decorate the entire envelope--inside and out! I love how this turned out! 
That's it for me today. Be sure to check out the PMB on Facebook {HERE}. And check out PMB on their Twitter page!! Be sure to follow them there too! Plus, HERE is a link to past kits that are on sale!! LOVE a good deal:) Be sure to stop back by the PMB blog for some sneak peeks of the March kit--you are going to LOOOOOOOOOVE it! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! 

And if you are in the San Diego area--there are classes available at the PMB!! Check out the schedule HERE

That's it for me today! THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Results Are In

OK, I've gone over the e-die cutting machine survey results and found them illuminating!  There's a lot to share, but I know you'll want to read what your crafty cohorts think about machines, what they can and cannot do, and what they're dreaming about in their next e-die cutting machine (hint: we may not have to wait long to make that dream come true!)

(...I apologize for the formatting...)

1. Do you currently use an electronic die cutting machine in your paper crafting?
a. Yes = 70.5%

b. No = 29.5%

2. What type of e-die cutting machine do you use?

a. Cricut Expression = 56.4%

b. Don’t own an e-die cutting machine = 28.2%

c. Silhouette SD = 12.8%

d. Cricut Expression 2 = 7.7%

e. Silhouette Cameo = 7.7%

f. Pazzles Creative Cutter Inspiration = 2.6%
g. Other = Cricut Create, Cricut Personal, Slice, Bosskut Gazelle, original Silhouette, KNK Zing, eClips, Clack Cat Lynx, Spellbinders Wizard, Vagabond

3. How do you use this machine the most? In order of number of responses:  To cut…

a. images/shapes

b. fonts/letters/titles

c. cards

d. embellishments

e. tags/bags

f. don’t use it

g. layouts
h. party decorations
i. backgrounds
j. gift packaging

k. digis

l. around stamps

m. home d├ęcor

n. borders

o. glass etching

p. emboss

q. mini albums

4. Do you create your own images or SVG files?

a. Yes = 23.9%

b. No = 76.1%

5. I own an e-die cutting machine, but don’t use it.

a. False statement = 89.1%

b. True statement = 10.9%

6. If you don’t own a machine, are you interested in owning one?

a. Yes = 72.2%

b. No = 27.8%

7. If you don’t own one, what is the main reason?

a. Don’t know how to use one = 21.4%

b. Don’t think I’d use one = 21.4%

c. Cost is too high = 71.4%

8. Feedback (interesting excerpts)

a. I have a Cricut but it’s not been out of the box.

b. Disappointed in the Cricut because it tore up cardstock; looking at a Cameo

  i. Would love to cut boxes, favor boxes, card boxes, etc.

  ii. Concerned about how much space machine would take up

c. Even though I can make my own files, am willing to purchase well done images that meet my needs

d. Bought Cricut when able to use SCAL; would not buy another until able to use TrueType fonts, SVG files from computer

  i. Would love a 12” cutter; not sure which to buy

e. Really like Cricut

f. Likes ability to customize what to die cut; takes a few more steps to connect to computer


h. Useful for cutting multiples of the same image

i. Loves to make gift bags, boxes and tags

j. Am thinking of replacing my Cricut with a machine that can cut small images

k. Difficult to get machines in Canada without great expense

l. Have owned Cricut and Silhouette and feel Silhouette is far superior: clean, intricate cuts; easy-to-use software; huge selection of downloadable images at very reasonable price; ability to print and cut – two thumbs up

m. Looking for another machine that has the ability to cut SVGs

n. Disappointed Cricut doesn’t support software that allows me to use free or purchased SVG files

o. Did a lot of research – wanted the ability to design and resize own images; use without having to buy expensive cartridges with images may never use. Love the Silhouette and highly recommend it

p. Ordering a Cameo – tired of all the cartridges

q. Disappointed with Provo Craft’s business practices – Cricuts are now doorstops

r. Silhouette’s customer service is outstanding

s. Manufacturers upgrade often – concerned as soon as one is purchased something new and better will come out

t. Have owned Cricuts and other machines but got rid of them; hands down the Cameo is the best on the market for the price – it’s absolutely fabulous
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Under the Weather Card

The Inspiration:
Hello PMB Peeps, this is Michelle here today with a cute lil' card to share. There are so many inspiring elements in the Fresh Baked Kit which makes it so fun to work with. I was looking over the Avocado Arts stamp set and the stream of raindrops caught my eye so I decided to feature that image.

Under the Weather card

The Details:
I wanted to show the translucency of water so I thought about stamping on acetate. I used a solvent ink and stamped the image twice. Be really steady when stamping on a transparency as the surface is super slippery. I had to make several attempts to get a clear image. I colored with Copics on the reverse side so my markers didn't touch the ink, and it gave me a bit more room to color. Solvent inks will stain your stamps so I used a cleaner at the end. 

Stamping and Coloring Acetate
I wanted some clouds in the background to match the outdoor nature of the raindrops, but didn't want to use an actual piece of patterned paper as it would clash with the bold Lily Bee Design prints. I punched out a cloud shape on a piece of scratch paper, but you can handcut the cloud too. I stippled over the cloud as I moved it around my white cardstock. I just wanted a whisper and not a shout of clouds.

Making Own Background
I punched a circle on the front of my card to create a window. Then I layered the acetate, fussy cut owl and cloud background behind it. I popped up the watering can in the front as the source of the water. 

Window Card
To tie everything together, I typed up a sentiment to match the scene. I had a short piece of May Arts jute  leftover from last week's card so I glued that on to underline the sentiment. Everything came together quite easily.

The Sentiment
I can't wait to see you all at the reveal of the new Fresh Baked Kit next week! To keep up with all the latest PMB news, please check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wonderful Day

Hi friends! It's Ashley here to share a card with you! I can't get enough of my February Kit! I especially love the beautiful pattered paper that we got this month. I decided to make a card showing off a bunch of the lovely patterns.

I used a square punch to punch one inch squares out of the Lily Bee Designs paper. This is fabulous for using up scraps! I arranged them on some of the orange card stock that I can already punched the edge on and then tied some of the pretty jute on it. I adhered this on the card, adding the pearls and stamping the sentiment in grey to match the papers. This is the perfect way to show off a paper line that you really love! The sketch is from Card Patterns.
Have a wonderful day, friends!
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Wishing You A Wonderful Day

Happy Monday friends it's Stephanie here to share a card with you!!! I am still going strong with projects using this fabulous February Kit I have done a few projects and I still have plenty of supplies left to do a couple more!!!
I wanted to show all the beautiful papers in this kit so I punched out some circles to make a fun background.  I stamped this cute guy on a diecut shape and did a little coloring with my Copics and paper piecing.  I then stamped my sentiment and I always love to add a little something under my sentiment and the pearls are perfect for this!!!Then for a finishing touch I added the pom pom trim I attached it to the card using my stapler.
Thanks for stopping by!!!
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wow!  We really appreciate your taking that quick & easy survey about electronic die cutting machines.  It might take a couple days for me to review the results and analyze the data, but I assure you that what we've learned from our bloggy friends about e-die cutting machines will be shared!

And now to share some swag...our friend Amanda is the lucky winner!

Hey Amanda, drop us a note (click on the Contact Us tab) and let us know where to mail your swag bag.  Hope everyone had a great weekend, and if Monday is a holiday for you, go out and do something crafty!
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So Sorry

Happy Sunday!  Ryann here again today with another February Fresh Baked Kit card.  I've used a die to cut the Head Over Heels patterned paper from Lily Bee Design and used the same collection to paper piece the cute little watering can from Avocado Arts' Wishes and Kind Thoughts.  A quickly stamped sentiment and done!  Something like this would be easy enough to create on short notice if you needed a sympathy card (and hopefully you don't!).

Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to come back later as Shannon should be announcing a winner for this post!
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Border Punch Bookmark and Video

I ♥♥♥♥ PMB Saturdays!

Lisa here with a fun project using something you probably already have on hand... border punches.  What a fun way to use this tool to create a bookmark or tag.  

The card is covered in some yummy papers included in the FRESH BAKED KIT.  I layered the umbrella over the border punch tag and then cut around it.  Gotta love those sweet pearls.  I used the same border punch to create a matching bookmark.  A simple little gift to include with a thank you card. 

  I have a video to show you how easy it is to use your punches for bookmarks or tags.

Don't forget there is a GIVEAWAY  on THIS post.

Thanks for stopping in, have a super day!
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Friday, February 17, 2012

a simple Thank You with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}
Savannah O'Gwynn here to share another Paper Made Bakery  project. I created another simple card this week--this might be my new style! 

I needed a super sweet card that simply stated the sentiment "Thank You" I flipped though my PMB kit paper pad and found some scraps that were about the same size! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them--I layered them in the center of the card, stamped my sentiment {from the AA stamp set included in the February kit}, and added a button and bow. EASY! What I didn't realize is that bow is facing the right!!! I guess it looks ok--it's different, but I was planning on putting it normal! LOL! Either way--this card is perfect for my friend! 

I just LOOOOOOOOVE these papers! 

That's it for me today. Be sure to check out the PMB on Facebook {HERE}. And check out PMB on their Twitter page!! Be sure to follow them there too! Plus, HERE is a link to past kits that are on sale!! LOVE a good deal:) 

And if you are in the San Diego area--there are classes available at the PMB!! Check out the schedule HERE

That's it for me today! THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

We Want to Hear From YOU

I've been thinking a lot about getting an electronic die cutting machine.  There are many to choose from and they all have a huge array of accessories, gadgets, software and other stuff.  Do you have a Cricut or something like it?  How do you use it?  We'd love to find out what you fact, we're very interested in knowing what you think!

Take just a couple minutes to answer a few questions on a survey we designed, and when you're finished come back and tell us you took the survey.  We'll randomly choose a survey-taker on Sunday, February 19, and reward that lucky duck with a super-fun, crafty-type swag bag!

Click HERE to take the survey.

We appreciate your time -- have a phenomenally crafty Thursday!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Owl Always Love You Card

The Reveal:
Hello PMB Peeps! This is Michelle here today. I hope you  had a good Valentine's Day yesterday. I made this card with Valentine's Day in mind, but you can also use it as an anniversary, apology or thinking of you card.

Owl Always Love You card
The Inspiration:
I was looking over the Avocado Arts stamps in this month's Fresh Baked Kit and decided to feature the main character, the little owl. He was so nice, I used him twice. I stamped the image onto white cardstock twice and colored it in with Copics. I colored the images using different colors to make two distinct owls and fussy cut them.

The Details:
I designed this sketch to feature my two owls and the lovely patterned papers from Lily Bee Design. 

I adhered one owl onto the background flat and popped one up with foam tape for added dimension. 

I cut a little slit on their wings so the May Arts burgundy jute twine would fit and it would look like they were holding onto the twine. I connected the two owls with the twine in a loopy pattern using liquid adhesive signifying their connection to each other, even though it was a tangled web they wove. 

1) I had printed out my sentiment on a plain piece of cardstock and then punched it out with a flower punch to attach onto my card, but decided against. I preferred the look of the black sentiment directly on the bold stripes. At this point my card was already assembled so I had to handwrite the sentiment directly onto the card. I'm not a huge fan of my handwriting, so I copied the look of my font using pencil. I made sure my punched heart would fit in the blank space, and then traced over the penciled writing with a black pen. When I was finished, I actually didn't mind my handwriting. 
2) When I was placing the flying owl, I thought he looked better standing on the branch rather than floating in the air so I left him on the stamped branch. 

3) I added some hearts instead of flowers because it matched my sentiment better. I put on the finishing touch by adding Glossy Accents onto my hearts and the owls' eyes for some added dimension and shine. 

Thanks for stopping by and see you next Wednesday!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wishing You WELL

Hi friends! It's Ashley here, but I'm sure you knew that because who else would put such a silly pun in their title? :D Seriously, I crack myself up! In case you didn't guess, I'm sharing a card today featuring the wishing well image from the February Kit.

I decided to stamp the image on the white card stock from the kit then paper piece it with the grey card stock which is textured and a piece of paper from the Lily Bee Paper pad. I used a couple panels of the pretty paper on my card and added some of the lovely jute twine. Then I stamped the sentiment.
Have a great day, friends!
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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Little Valentine Treat

Happy Monday!!!!
It's Stephanie here to share a fun little project tutorial!!!
With Valentine's Day quickly here I needed to make some Valentine's Day projects for my kid's teachers and this kit is perfect for the job!!!!!

Wooden Box (Craft store)
Die for tag
markers for coloring image
nail file for sanding
hole punch
1. Lay your box flat on your pattern paper and trace along edges and cut out
2. Measure the sides of your box and cut from pattern paper.
3.Adhere your paper with good adhesive to your box.
4.Once your paper is adhered you are going to sand along all edges to give a more finished look.
5.Make your tag you can make it from any die that you have on hand.
6.Stamp and color image and adhere to tag.
7.Decorate front of box with scraps of paper and adhere ribbon for an added little extra texture
8. Add your tag by punching a hole and threading twine through it and tie it to the box handle.

To  finish my project I filled a clear bag with candy and put it in the box.
I love how this came out and it was so easy to make and i think the teachers are going to enjoy it!!!
Hope you enjoyed my project!!!
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

An Umbrella Thank You

Hi again!  Ryann here with a clean and simple card using more ingredients from February's Fresh Baked Kit.  If you haven't already picked yours up, don't wait too long!  I hear they're going fast... *wink*

I'm not a colorer, so when there are large images I want to color, I paper piece instead!  I stamped the umbrella image on three different patterned papers from the Lily Bee Design Head Over Heels 6x6 paper pad and cut them out.  After stamping three umbrellas on my card base, I adhered down the patterned umbrella tops and finish out the rest of the card.  Easy peasy!

I hope you've had a relaxing weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!!
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