Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Movie Monday - Trimming your Unmounted stamps

This week, I'm doing a quick and easy video on how to trim your unmounted stamps!  Since we have been doing a lot lately on stamping and the stamps we carry in the store, I thought it would be a good topic to cover for those that have been a little nervous of buying their first unmounted stamps!  Might even be helpful to those of you that buy them, but struggle with cutting them!

The key, really is in the scissors!  You have to have a good pair, and the Tim Holtz are a great example!  You can use any scissors, but you will find if you use the right scissors, it will be easier to cut, you will get better results, and it will be easier on your hands!

Also, don't forget we have a card challenge to make a TRANSPARENT card, we will pick one winner on Friday!  To enter, you must post on the comments for that day with a link to your project, (last Friday's post!)




Friday, February 19, 2010

Week 7....A NEW CHALLENGE, and a WINNER!

It's now WEEK 7 of the 52 Cards Challenge!

Before we get into this new challenge....I want to thank everyone that participated in last weeks Ripped Marble Challenge!  They turned out really great!

Last week the challenge was to make a Ripped Marble card, following the video tutorial provided!  And for all who participated, we gave a FREE Stampavie Stamp, Noel Eve.

The WINNER WAS:  Carol!!



Thanks for playing Carol!  Send me your mailing address and information to my email at support@paperthreads.com and we will get the stamp mailed out to you!


So....this week, before we post Week 7 challenge...for those of you that want to post your finished project, please feel free to post it in your blogs, but if you don't have a blog to post it to, you can post it in our gallery, located here:

52 WEEKS CARD CHALLENGE PHOTO GALLERY

For a quick link to the 52 Weeks Card Challenge information:
CLICK HERE FOR CHALLENGE INFO


Now...before we do this....I'm opening this challenge up to MORE than Christmas cards this week!  And if you participate, you get in on the prize drawing!

First....here is the PRIZE!  It's another Stampavie Stamp - Mother and Daughter!





Everyone that participates in the challenge, and posts a link to their finished project by COMMENTING on this blog post, will be entered into the prize for this stamp!

What is Week 7 Challenge:
Week 7 challenge of the 52 Card challenge is to make a Transparent Card!  This does NOT have to be a Christmas card!  IT can be a card for any occasion!  And you can use a digital printed stamp if you want!  the only catch is you have to use or do it as a Transparent Card!

WHAT is a transparent Card?  It's an easy to do card style, made from a transparency film!



  

You can click on the image to get a larger view!  It's a really easy technique, and works great on those smaller stamps, or a great way to use up a small flourish to make your backgroun!

And...just to make it easier....I have done a VIDEO tutorial for you, so you can see, step by step, how I accomplished this look!  So scroll to the END of this message for a look at the tutorial!

RECIPE FOR CARD:

PAPERS:  Georgia Pacific used for white stamp base, Petallic Paper 
INKS:  Memento Black, Copics, Stampin' Up Craft White for snowflakes, Memento Desert Sand for Distressing.

DIECUTS:  Nestabilities Labels 2

STAMPS:  Gillian Roberts: Robins

ADHESIVE:  Sticky Thumb tape runner

MISC:  Transparency Film sheet, stampendeous glitter

Alrighty, so that's my recipe on what supplies I used!  Now it's up to you to WATCH the video, then go make one of your own projects, and come back here, and submit a link to it in the comments here on my blog post!  You have until MIDNIGHT EST THURSDAY, FEB 25th to post!  I will draw a winner NEXT FRIDAY!!

Here's the how to video....enjoy!



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wild and Crazy weekend at Paperthreads!

Did you all join in on the fun?

We have had prizes, challenges, games, activities, and of course, we had some huge sales on Monday!

I have yet to get out the full prize list...there are a few prizes left to draw for, so as soon as I have that info, I'll post a prize list here!

But...just to remind you all, my Ripped Marble Technique is STILL open, and we won't draw for that until tomorrow (NOT TOMORROW....FRIDAY!  sheesh...my day was really off yesterday, can you tell?), so you have until I draw to get it done, and post a link here to the blog under comments from LAST FRIDAYS post where I posted it!  So far, we only have 1 comment there...and if don't get anymore, she will be the winner....so I'm sure she is hoping no one else posts :)

Also, there are a couple FIRST TO's that we still need to call, and one still open...so pop into the forum, and check them out....if you are the first, you get the prize!!

Have a great Wednesday....ASH Wednesday....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Paperthreads Customer Appreciation Day Blog Hop!

It's here!! Finally...our THIRD ANNUAl Customer Appreciation Day Celebration!

As part of the celebration, we are having a blog hop...and this year, our theme is GIVING!  We receive so many blessings throughout the year from our customers and members, that it seems like the whole year just FLEW by!

This year, the Paperthreads Team had a lot to overcome, especially on the personal front!  From the loss of loved ones, cross country moves, births of new babies into the family (several grandbabies were born this year on our team!!), to the very personal struggle of one of our members as her family deals with very grave illness.

You have been there through it all with us, and have given such an outpouring of love.....that we just want to take a day out, to remember the support and caring you have shown all of us this year!  Thanks for being there, thanks for supporting our endeavors, and we hope to be here for many years to come, providing new and innovative ideas for scrapbooking and creating!

Here is a file, that I actually made many moons ago....and have converted it to all formats for our members here!

I call it the Mini Bag...it's perfect for a little treat to fit inside!

 



And don't forget to visit the other blogs along the way....

Also, ALL the design team members have their files on sale, HUGE discounts for you to get today!  And I have all stamps in the store on sale, including the NEW GREETING FARM STAMPS, which I expect to have in by mid-week!

Don't forget to check the forum out too...there are a LOT of games and activities for you to partake in, with lots of prizes!!

Here is the list for the blog hop:

Paperthreads
JennieBean  --GO HERE NEXT!!
Butterfly Designs
Just Laury
Shirley Clark Designs
Sam & Hailey Designs
Keepsakes by Design
Accents by Eddita
I Scrap Designs
Diana’s Designs
Jen Adkins Designs 
Ginny’s Happy Cuts
Shelly’s Art
Forever Memories for You
Carrie’s Creations


I'm hoping to post a little later today with a recap and follow up of all the days activities...so check back later!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Week 6, A Challenge, A Video and a Prize!

How about that?  This week, we aren't just doing our regular Week 6 of the 52 Week Card Challenge...but we are adding a challenge within the challenge, we have added a demonstration video...and we are going to give a PRIZE out to anyone that participates!

So....this week, before we post Week 6 challenge...for those of you that want to post your finished project, please feel free to post it in your blogs, but if you don't have a blog to post it to, you can post it in our gallery, located here:

52 WEEKS CARD CHALLENGE PHOTO GALLERY

For a quick link to the 52 Weeks Card Challenge information:
CLICK HERE FOR CHALLENGE INFO


Now...before we do this....I'm opening this challenge up to MORE than Christmas cards this week!  And if you participate, you get in on the prize drawing!

First....here is the PRIZE!


Everyone that participates in the challenge, and posts a link to their finished project by COMMENTING on this blog post, will be entered into the prize for this Sarah Kay Stamp!

What is Week 6 Challenge:
Week 6 challenge of the 52 Card challenge is to make a card using the RIPPED MARBLE technique!  This does NOT have to be a Christmas card!  IT can be a card for any occassion!  And you can use a digital printed stamp if you want!  the only catch is you have to use or do the Ripped Marble technique!

WHAT is the Ripped Marble Technique?  It's a special stamping and ripping technique used to get this finished result:
 
  

You can click on the image to get a larger view!  It's a really easy technique, and works great on those real detailed stamp images that you may not want to color in full!
And...just to make it easier....I have done a VIDEO tutorial for you, so you can see, step by step, how I accomplished this look!  So scroll to the END of this message for a look at the tutorial!

RECIPE FOR CARDS:

PAPERS:  Georgia Pacific used for white stamp base, Colormates for the other stamped layers; SEI Alpine Frost
INKS:  Memento Black, Copics, Stampin' Up Craft Vanilla for distressed edges.


DIECUTS:  snowflakes stickers (from my holiday stash of supplies!), Nestabilities Labels 2

STAMPS:  Sarah Kay: Noel Eve

ADHESIVE:  Sticky Thumb tape runner, Kaiser Pop Dots

MISC:  Pearl stip edging by Kaiser Krafts

Alrighty, so that's my recipe on what supplies I used!  Now it's up to you to WATCH the video, then go make one of your own projects, and come back here, and submit a link to it in the comments here on my blog post!  You have until MIDNIGHT EST THURSDAY, FEB 18th to post!  I will draw a winner NEXT FRIDAY!!

Here's the how to video....enjoy!



Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Week 5 of the 52 Cards Challenge: Santa

Yes, I know this is a BIT LATE...but I have been contemplating this card for a while now.

Before we get on with the cards..make sure you check out the forum...I have posted the LIST of activities that are going on with weekend, in honor of our THIRD ANNUAL Customer Appreciation Day which is this Monday, February 15, 2010!!

Before we post Week 5 challenge...for those of you that want to post your finished project, please feel free to post it in your blogs, but if you don't have a blog to post it to, you can post it in our gallery, located here:

52 WEEKS CARD CHALLENGE PHOTO GALLERY

For a quick link to the 52 Weeks Card Challenge information:
CLICK HERE FOR CHALLENGE INFO

Also, please post back here in the comments of your card for the week!  So we can know where to go look for it and enjoy your work!

If you don't want to do a Christmas card, feel free to do any card, just do it within the challenge for the week!  But the goal is, at the end of the year, you should have enough cards to be able to mail at at Christmas time next year, without that last minute scramble to make your cards!


WEEK 5 CHALLENGE:
As many of you know, we host a monthly RAK (Random Act of Kindness) where we feature on person who is ill, has been ill, or needs a little pick me up.  And in that month, we have happy thoughts for this person, and we send cards to the hostess, who then sends them out to the recipient.  This month, we are featuring Larry Larson.  Larry is known as Santa Larry, and if you read his story in our forum, you will know why!  We decided that it would be neat to send Larry Santa cards!  Normally, we don't have a theme with the cards, but this month, it just seemed to be perfect to add a little theme!

This is actually a pretty easy challenge...just make a card with a Santa!  And since it's "off season" when we are sending these cards, it doesn't even have to be in holiday colors!  Heck...maybe a bathing Santa would do!


For my example, I used some great paper by SEI, and I love keeping it simple, so I just used the background pattern paper, and then cut some ovals from coordintationg papers, added a coordinating embellishment and ribbon, and the card was done!

 

 


RECIPE FOR CARDS:
I colored my stamped image, then I used my Quickie Glue pen, and on fur of the hat and put some Cotton White Fun Clock (see video on using fun flock!), to add some texture to my image!  I finished off the image with my Smooch for the belt buckle, and some smooch for the eyebrows, beard and hair.

I then used my bow template and made a double ribbon for the card. 

PAPERS:  Georgia Pacific used for card base and stamped base; SEI Glitzmas papers

INKS:  Memento Black, Copics


DIECUTS:  Pre-printed  diecut pattern from SEI Glitzmas Collection

STAMPS:  Santa Reading List by Whiff of Joy

ADHESIVE:  Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, 3M ATG Tape, Pop Dots

MISC:  Ribbon by SEI Glitzmas Collection, Fun Flock by Stampendous (Cotton White), Chipboard Tag - SEI Glitzmas Collection, Smooch

Monday, February 8, 2010

Is she still alive?

Where have I been?

Well that's the big question!

It's been a hectic week since I have been back from CHA!  Between catching up on emails, orders, customer inquiries, etc...and doing month end reports, and doing follow ups with some of the vendors we spoke with, it has been hectic indeed!

I did decide that I truly wanted to finish the one make and take project that we did at the Kaiser Crafts booth, because like my good friend Shirley, I wanted to turn it into my "Copic" journal, where I will track color combination and test with various inks and papers!

So, I did finish it up in my evenings, when I had free time!

Here are my pictures!
 

I really enjoyed finishing it up!  And check out that grungy letter rub on that they gave us?  I thought it was perfect for this type of journal!  I used all Kaiser Craft products on the journal, with the exception of the glue I used to put on my journal.  
So, what else has been keeping me busy?

Well.....preparations for our THIRD ANNUAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY!  Which we will host this coming Monday, February 15th!  But....because we have so much planned, we decided to do some of the challenges starting earlier in the weekend...so check back, as I think the first challenge starts this coming WEDNESDAY!  I will be posting a list of challenges, activities, and best of all PRIZES soon!

Also, I didn't forget about the week 5 of the 52 week challenge, I'm just a little late in posting it!  But I will soon!


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