Posted in Craft Room - Storage finds, Paper Crafting Tools

Resolve to reorganize

It’s a new year, and with that comes a time for new beginnings.  The new year is always associated with organizing our lives, and our craft rooms and craft spaces should be no exception.  Totally Tiffany is a company based in Washington state, that is known for their wide variety of organizational products.  The Totally Tiffany Companion Cart Plus Craft Wrap Apron, is an organizational cart on wheels that is designed to fit under a desk or counter.  It was designed with the crafter in mind, however, it can be used for a variety of hobbies, projects or home storage.  I personally have this cart, and keep it right next to my crafting table and I love it.  The shelves slide in and out for easy access.  Take a peek at the Totally Tiffany website and see if this is something that would work for you.  My bet is that you can easily find a good use for it!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Photo Credits:

1. http://www.createoften.com/2017/02/craft-room-and-office-makeover-planner.html
2. https://www.totally-tiffany.com/product/organize-craft-supplies-office-home-bathroom-cosmetics-kitchen/
3. http://www.kingstoncrafts.com/blog/totally-tiffany-metal-maid-companion-cart

 

Posted in Cards - Christmas, Paper Crafting Tools

Red truck obsession…and what is SVG?

Ok, so this holiday season I am obsessed with the iconic vintage red truck…..for whatever reason.  I just think that they are adorable.  My fave is the first picture which is the one with lights on it that is a lawn ornament!  I mention this obsession because it is a perfect segue to the card that I would like to share today.

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I found the card below on Instagram, it was posted by Bazzill Basics Paper, created by Sonja Bakonyi, and shared on her blog, Sugar Bean Cards. I instantly fell in love with this card, not only because it was the iconic red truck, but also because it was 3D, made in the card-in-a-box style.  Where can you buy this die to make this awesome card, you ask?  Well, that is the tricky part, and where the term referred to in the title of this post, SVG, comes in.  SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, and we are seeing a lot of these files these days, as they can be utilized with Cricut, Silhouette, and ScanNCut machines.  It is a file that you download, after purchase or sometimes for free, to your cutting machine of choice.  You can then scale and tweak it to your liking, and voila! you just cut out an image without having to even leave the comfort of your craft room.  Now, having said all of that, I have not used SVG files.  I am intimidated by them, to be honest.  It is something that I know that I will eventually try, but I am not ready to take that leap just yet.  What I can tell you from observation is that SVG files are two amazing things: 1. cheaper than steel rule dies, and 2. easy to store…(on your computer! No need to go to Ikea and buy that extra cabinet!).  These benefits are great for people who are new to paper crafting (low cost, once you purchase the machine) and also for those who wish to scrap/papercraft on the go.  I found this video that explains exactly what an SVG file is, and how it works, so if you have not explored this avenue as of yet, it is a great place to start.  Now for the card….(finally, geez!).  Sonja purchased this SVG file from the Silhouette Design Store, and then added her own special touches.  On Sonja’s blog, Sugar Bean Cards, she explains how she tweaked the file to give the card more character.  I think she did such a fabulous job on this box card, I am just very impressed but it.  Check out Sonja’s blog, for more of her creations, and also check out working with SVG files….the possibilities are endless!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Note: The second picture at the top of the post, (truck with advent blocks) can be purchased at The Jolly Christmas Shop, Truck with Christmas Tree Advent Countdown.

Posted in Paper Crafting Tools, Tips & Techniques

Bows for any occasion

I love the look of bows on my cards….whether they be bows made of ribbon or paper.  Earlier this month, we discovered how you could make a paper bow using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  In this post, we see how you can create paper bows using a die or a punch.  With the arrival of dies and punches that are able to cut out paper bows, it is easier than ever to add a paper bow embellishment to your creations.  Below are pics of paper bows created using the The Stamps of Life Small Bow Dies, as well as the Fiskars Large Squeeze Punch Bow Tie.  Both of these bows are super sweet, and just slightly different, so you might as well have both the die cut and the punch in your crafting arsenal!

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Eat, sleep create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Paper Crafting Tools, Tips & Techniques

Easy Bow Tutorial

Here is a easy step-by-step 3D paper bow tutorial by Mendi Yoshikawa, using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. This creates a super cute bow, for you to use on your cards or other crafts. The envelope punch board can be used for a variety of envelope sizes, as well as making other fun things like embellishments and even gift bags. You can purchase the envelope punch board by going to the We R Memory Keepers site.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda