New Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     After years of trying to make the correct sizes for matte cards and fed up with rising costs of pre-made folded cardstock, I finally broke down and bought a scoreboard. As usual, I researched the different ones out in the marketplace: ScorePal, Martha Stewarts’s Scoring Board, Crafters Companion Ultimate Tool.

     I first saw the Crafters Companion ScoreBoard while TV channel surfing and ultimately watched the demonstration on HSN. It all seemed so easy! But the cost seemed a tad too high. I searched my favorite on-line stores and “brick and mortar” and ultimately ordered and have since received Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.

     What I like:     not overly big in size, 1/8” channels, stylus and envelope maker storage, crisp, clean lines, tutorial videos and finally price.

     What I didn’t like:  hardly anything so far!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

     

Summer Trends

     Dear Fellow Crafters,

     The color trends this summer are bright and clean – paradise blues and yellows, summer green and white.

     Card making is still focused on stamping and die-cutting but Card Crafting (Shadow Boxes, step cards) seem to be catching on. One of the die cut companies that is feeding this new trend is Crafters Companion. Their unique designs fit almost any occasion and are eye-catching as well.

     Butterflies are too numerous to count and I recently bought a Darice swirl and butterfly embossing folder to use with my new punched butterflies.

     One of Face Book’s phenomenon for crafters features an “All Occasion folder” that was a freebie with the volume #122 of Paper Craft Essentials. Pinterest even has a category named “All Occasion Folder” under “That Folder”.

     Adult Coloring is a new trend and looks like it will be here to stay. There are numerous coloring books available, even in grocery stores! What I find interesting, is that rubber stampers have always had background stamps to color and now coloring books can be found in small 4”x5” sizes so we stamp crafters can use our colored pages for backgrounds. You can also cut out elements (flowers, trees, lighthouses etc.) for cards as well. Michael’s Craft Store also features wrapping paper and gift tags you can color!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

To die cut

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In continuation from last week:

I also researched and yes, bought some new dies and folders. I always try to look for products that will help in ongoing projects so here are new die cut pics:

     Tattered Lace Large Numbers

     Crafters Companion Die sire edgeables:  Just for you, Thank you so much, Happy Anniversary

     Sizzix wine stem name label rose (thinlit die)

‘Til next week,

~Sallie