Friday, December 28, 2007

Scalloped Punches!!

I LOVE using scalloped punches and now TAC carries both the square and circle ones in two different sizes!! I was so excited to see these in the newest catalogue.

Right now I only have the circle scalloped punches so I wanted to show you a project or two made using these.

The card above is made using a Christmas set! I love when a set can be so versatile that you can use it year around!! The idea for this card was inspired by a scrapbook page featured in the newest TAC catalogue on page 94 by Mary Leeson. I loved how she used the scalloped punches with the "Simply Christmas" stamps to make flowers! What a cute idea. I adapted the idea a bit and this is what I came up with. Very simple!

I sponged Violete Palette ink around the scalloped circle punch and then punched tiny holes around the scallopes. I also used the Prisma glitter available through TAC to add glitter to the "Joy" piece. The paper is from the Lilly Anne paper collection and the swirl in the center is from the "Curls & Swirls" set. I also punched three small holes in the bottom paper strip and then used my white souffle pen to add the white outlines--it almost looks like there are eyelets in the strip. To finish the card off, I took my Brilliance Moonlight White ink pad and made an edge around the entire card.

This is a 2, 4, 6, 8 box and is SO simple to make!! They go together so quickly and are just the perfect size to put a small gift in--including candy and gift cards, etc... I used the mega scalloped punch to punch the black scalloped circle and other regular circle punches to punch the other 2 circles. The stamp on the white circle is from the "Floral Dingbats" set and is stamped to match the box (although it looks gray in the photo) with Aqautic Splash VersaMagic ink. The background is stamped using "Artsy Elements" and VersaMark ink. The saying in the middle is from a previous hostess set "Something for You" which will be retired after today.

I'm sure that you'll be seeing a lot more projects made using these punches in the weeks to come!!

Have a very Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

The NEW TAC Catalogue is HERE!!

I am SO excited!! The newest TAC catalogue is finally here!! I LOVE it!! The cover is gorgeous and there are so many new fun stamps, papers & accessories! I've made my wish list already and it is LONG!

We have 2 sizes of circle & square scalloped punches! I am in love with these things!! I think that you'll love them too! We have some beautiful new paper lines too!!

I'm going to show you some sneak peeks from the catalogue that are among my favorites!! All of the images are copyrighted by TAC. (By the way, it was very hard to narrow it down and this does not represent very many of the new stamp sets by any means!!)

Juliette Paper Pack $6.95 (Isn't this GORGEOUS paper???)

Floral Favorites (Set of 4) $10.95

There are several other sets, including an alphabet Level D hostess set, that use this same style. I LOVE these!!

Doodle Bugs (set of 10) $15.95 (aren't these bugs SO cute?? There is also a Build-a-Buggy set where you have pieces of bugs and you can build it however you want--even with different faces!!)

Sentimental Boxes (set of 9) $15.95 (I love these too! There are also several new sets that are similar to this design as well!!)

Date Disks (set of 12) $19.95 (wouldn't these be perfect for scrapbooking? or how about for birthday cards, anniversary cards or even party cards!!)

Well, that is a SMALL sneak peek of some sets that I am very excited about!! Don't forget, catalogues are only $5!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Simple Designs

Here are a few cards that I designed this morning while being home from church sick. They both use the same layout and the same colors but they both serve very different purposes. I wanted a clean and simple design. This layout could be used for almost anything!

Here are the basics:
  • Each card has at least one image stamped with VersaMark ink (a watermark ink) at the top

  • Each burgandy strip (Bazzill paper) has been distressed using the Edge Distresser

  • Each has a ribbon tied around the middle of the strip

The card at the top of this entry was stamped with a tag from the "Trendy Tags" set and the star is from "Simply Christmas". The tag was stamped with Pearl Ivy Brilliance Ink which is available in the Brilliance Dew Drop Earthtones set. This is such a pretty ink! It is shimmery and such a rich color. This ink is available in the TAC catalogue on page 118 and you get 4 of the Dew Drop ink colors for only $10.95 and they all have the shimmer! Here is what the package looks like:

This next card was stamped with TAC's "Circle Sampler" in Aloe Vera VersaMagic Ink and "Trendy Greetings" in Ocean Depth VersaMagic Ink. The leaf at the top of the card is from the "Keep Smilin'" set and is stamped with VersaMark ink. I added white dots around the scalloped circle using my white souffle pen.

So, there you have it! Two simple, simple cards using the same layout and same colors for two different looks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Angel Company December Specials

There are several December specials that are available through The Angel Company!

Tutti Frutti Kit & Kaboodle

Keep away the winter "blahs" with a bright burst of spring color and the exclusive Tutti Frutti Kit & Kaboodle Special offered by The Angel Company! This special is available from December 3rd - 28th, 2007. The kit includes the Tutti Frutti Soar With It paper collection and the Frutti Words Limited Edition Stamp Set all for $25.95. This is a savings of almost $10! Click HERE to see the entire Tutti Frutti Promotinal Flyer.

December Stamp of the Month
The SOTM for December is called "Let's Toast". It is a set of 5 and can be yours for only $1.95 with every $30 order! Yes, you read that's only $1.95. This offer is only good through December 28th! Click HERE for samples using this set.
December Vintage Set
"Snowflake Blocks" is another customer favorite that has been brought back from a previous catalogue only through the end of December! It retails for $10.95 but can be yours for only $6.95 with every $30 order during December! Isn't this a cool set??

Paper Pack Clearance
Don't forget that there are still some paper packs on clearance (while supplies last). They are approximately 50% off of the retail price!
They include:
  • Bella Flor $10
  • Kaleidoscope Brites $10
  • Surf Shoppe $3.50
  • Simply Spooky $3.50
  • Whimsy Blossoms $3.50
  • Finger Paints $3.50
  • Country Cottage $3.50
  • Metropolis $3.50
  • Lap of Luxury $3.50
January FUNShop Special & New Catalogue Release
The new catalogue will be released soon--January 1st! Can you believe that it's that time already??
In honor of the new catalogue release I am offering a FUNshop Hostess Special during the month of January!
Do you want to be one of the first people to view the new catalogue?
Do you want to share the excitement of the new catalogue with your friends and family?
January is the perfect time to host a FUNshop!!
If you schedule your FUNshop now for January (this offer is only good through me!!), I will give you a $5.95 stamp set FREE!! Better yet, you can choose from any of the sets in the new catalogue! This bonus will be on top of any hostess benefits that you will already receive! So, you'll earn free hostess sets, 1/2 price items, items at 20% off AND another FREE $5.95 stamp set of your choice from the new catalogue!!
We all need a break after the holidays and hosting a FUNshop provides a nice "Ladies Night Out" experience with your friends and family! Let's take a break from our busy schedules to do something FUN!! Contact me BEFORE December 25th to schedule your FUNshop and to earn the free stamp set!!


As I was looking at some blogs last week for some Christmas inspiration, I came across a card that I just loved! It was by Heather Nichols and you can view it here. I wanted to do a similar card but incorporate TAC stamps into the layout. I love how the card turned out!

I used all TAC Bazzill textured cardstock except for the ivory piece which is TAC's Ultrasmooth Ivory cardstock (GREAT cardstock!!). The word "Rejoice" comes from the TAC "Whimsical Greetings" set and the rest are from TAC's "Deco Designs" set. I love being able to use non-Christmas stamps to make Christmas cards because then you can use the set all through the year and not just for Christmastime!

The word "Rejoice" has been stamped with Burnt Umber Palette ink. The leaves are stamped with Landscape Palette ink and the "flowers" are stamped with Bordeaux Palette ink (one of my most favorite colors of Palette ink--if you don't have it, get it!! It's gorgeous!!). You'll notice that I stamped the main image in the left-hand corner. I then reinked the stamp, stamped it once or twice on scrap paper and then stamped it again on the ivory cardstock for a very light watermarked look.

After I finished stamping, I covered the entire piece with VersaMark ink and then poured Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) on top of that. I used my heat gun to melt it. The, I put more VersaMark ink on top of that and poured another layer of UTEE on top of it and heated it again. This creates a thick, glossy piece. I then VersaMarked it again and lightly sprinkled TAC's Prisma Glitter on top and then reheated the UTEE with my heat gun so that the glitter would melt into the piece. I put the entire ivory piece into the freezer for 3 minutes and then when I took it out it was nice and brittle and I could crack it as I desired. This makes the cracked glass effect. I took a sponge with Burnt Umber Palette ink on it and rubbed it into the cracks and then wiped off the excess ink with a clean rag.

The ivory piece is mounted on the green Bazzill cardstock and popped up with pop dots.

Here is a close-up of what the final ivory piece looks like.

The green strip that you see across the front of the card has been crimped using the paper crimper that TAC sells. I LOVE this thing!! It easily and effortlessly adds texture to any card or scrapbook page. The strip is attached with Matte Heritage Mini Brads.
It does take a little bit of work to make a card like this but it isn't a complicated process and the end result is awesome!!
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