Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A New Look For Spring!!

Just a little quickie before I start posting some projects...a fresh new look!!

I have been wanting to change my background for some time now and as I am dabbling more in the digital age, (yes, watch for those scrapbook pages this fall!) I thought I would give my blog a whirl.

So I hope you are all having a great and happy Tuesday!! And don't forget....Stamp Camp is this Friday!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bee My Valentine...with circle scissors plus!! Tutorial

I just love the new Circle Scissors plus! It made this card an absolute breeze. Thank you for coming by to see my happy little bumblebees. When I saw that this set had three different little bumbles, I knew I wanted to make a spinning wheel card. The Circle Scissors Plus made this all possible with wonderfully clean lines. :)

Bee My Valentine Recipe:

Paper: Barely Banana CS, Almost Amethyst CS, Whisper White CS, Riding Hood Red CS

Ink: Stazon Black, Markers: Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Summer Sun, YoYo Yellow, Certainly Celery

Accessories: scissors, Circle Scissors Plus, Crystal Effects, Heart to Heart punch, brad, paper piercer, exacto knife, dimensionals, 1 1/4" circle punch

Create Amethyst Card base so that it measures 5 1/2" by 4 1/4". Cut Barely Banana CS so that it measures 4" by 5 1/4". You will also need a Whisper White Cardstock square that is no smaller than 4 1/4". Center your white square with the circle cutter. You will cut a 4" circle from it. Next you will cut you Barely Banana CS with the circle cuteer. You will make two half circle cuts. You will need to make sure that your cs is centered and cut it from the halfway mark. You will make two half circle cuts. One at the 1" measurement and one at the 3".

I then bent the half circle inward and cut with my exacto knife on the fold line. Mark the center of your circle and punch a hole for your brad to slip into. Using your half moon cut out, mark your white cirle so that you will know where to keep your bees aligned. Stamp and color your bees on the Whisper White circle.

Punch your hole in your Banana cs. Make sure that your hole is aligned with the straight cut edge of the half circle.

I then roughly put the WW circle and the BB together to mark where to punch the side. Make sure you remove your circle before you punch or your dial will have a knotch in it. I then centered the Banana cs onto the Amethyst cs and continued to punch the Amethyst cs to match.

Now, before you assemble your card, stamp any other images to the Banana cs. I stamped my flower stems and saying. Time to assemble. Place your Banana cs and your circle together with the brad. Only place your adhesive UP TO THE WHEEL. Do not stick your wheel with adhesive or it won't spin. If you are adding the hearts, I had to add two dimensionals (one on either side of the spinner)so that the hearts would not catch.
Stamp, color and Crytal effect your beehive. Cut out (make sure your crystal effect is dry) and adhere with dimensionals. I centered my beehive with the 1" half circle mark, placing a dimensional directly to the brad head. I then added the flower heads that I had stamped and cut out. I also added the hearts as I spun my little cute bees around.

I hope this helps you with recreating this card. Let me know if you make one as I would love to see your rendition.

Barbara Jean

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Circle Scissors Plus!!

You’ll be dancing in all kinds of circles once you see what the new
Cutter Bee® Circle Scissor® Plus can do. You might be thinking, “Why
do I need another circle cutter when I’ve got my Coluzzle®?” For some
projects, your Coluzzle Cutting System might be the way to go—but
we’ll show you why the Circle Scissor Plus is also a must-have for your
stamping tool kit.

For starters, with the Circle Scissor Plus, all you have to do is turn a handle.
The V-shaped blade allows for cutting in both directions, and the gripper
base ensures that the cutter stays still. In one fluid motion, the Circle
Scissor Plus cuts all the way around your circle. You won’t have to worry
about awkward hand placement, templates shifting, the blade jumping
track, or stopping halfway through to reposition.

In addition, the Circle Scissor Plus can cut circles of any size up to six
inches. You’re not constrained by increments—you decide the size. It also
cuts circles smaller than two inches. When it comes to rings, the
Circle Scissor Plus will be with you through thick and thin.

Other Important Information:

The Circle Scissor Plus:• Comes with one replacement blade, which stores in the top
of the handle.
• Cuts one sheet of card stock or Designer Series paper at a time.
• Has a see-through body that allows for precise photo cutting.
• Includes a pen/pencil tool for drawing circles (works great with Stampin’
Write® markers
• Is compact and lightweight for portability.

The benefits of purchasing the Circle Scissor Plus from me instead of a craft store?
When you purchase it through me, you can come to me with questions and for product expertise. That’s a service you won’t get anywhere else. And Stampin' Up! always guarantee's the quality of the product, that is something craft stores don't always do either.

Tips for Using the Circle Scissor Plus

The gripper base is not sized to fully grip the edges
of anything smaller than six inches
, and you may find
your smaller pieces of paper spinning around instead
of cutting. To cut paper smaller than six inches, lightly
tack it to the glass mat using SNAIL Adhesive®.

• For best results, use with a glass mat. Glass mats allow
the blade to “float” across the cutting surface for a
cleaner, better cut. (We recommend the Cutter Bee
Glass Mat. It provides the smoothest cuts.)

• The Circle Scissor Plus works most smoothly when
you’re standing up. This helps distribute the weight
and pressure on the cutter evenly, resulting in the
cleanest cut and most perfect circle.

• Cutting rings can be a little tricky, but it takes only a
little practice to master. When cutting rings, cut the
smaller circle, or the center of the ring, first, and then
don’t move the cutter! Make sure it stays in place
while you adjust the size for the outside circle of your
ring, and then cut again. Keeping the cutter in place
the whole time is the key to getting radical rings.

Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog, page 188
Cutter Bee Circle Scissor Plus • item 112530 • $29.95 US
Cutter Bee Glass Mat (13" x 13") • item 112531 • $19.95 US
Cutter Bee Replacement Blades (set of 3) • item 112532 • $3.95 US

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