Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Great Discovery!

ETA: Don't forget to vote for your favorite JustRite Stampin' Hopeful today! You've only got till 9pm tonight to vote. Hugs!

Remember when I showed you my new inspiration journal a few months ago? I found the notebook at a place in Northfield, MN called Digs. At that point, my mojo was seriously lacking, and I needed something (pronto) to spur it back into action. Well, as you know, the amazing journal did the trick.

Imagine my excitement when I discovered recently that Archiver's now carries this amazing line of eco-friendly journals created by Ecojot! {{{{Squeal}}}}}!!!! Even more exciting for me is that I just found the Ecojot website this morning, which contains more amazing colors and patterns than you could EVER imagine! But wait, through the Ecojot website, I discovered that the designer and owner of Ecojot (her name is Carolyn Gavin) has her own blog called designer jots--{{{{double squeal}}}}}! Now I can look at her amazing designs ALL THE TIME! Seriously, you MUST check out these two sites....her product line and designs are AMAZING. They will inspire you more than you can imagine. Her sites are GORGEOUS!!! I plan on buying another journal from Archivers to use as my BSF notebook. The problem I'm going to have is deciding WHICH pattern to buy, LOL.

Moving on, I suppose you want to see a card, uh? Is that the only reason you come here, for the goods? OK, I'll give you what you want. Last week, I received a package of goodies from Michelle at Stamper's Dream. One of the things she sent me was the new Cuttlebug folder called Bird Call. Now, if you're anything like me, you LOVE all the new Cuttlebug folders, but are curious as to how you can use the ones that are not the typical "all over" patterns (like Swiss Dot and Houndstooth). I wanted to create a few cards to help show you exactly how you can use them, woo-hoo!

For the first card, I put a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in my bird folder. Then, I merely painted the embossed image with my Aqua Painter! That's right, I used Kiwi Kiss for the reed grasses, and Twinkling H20's on the bird. That is it. Easy, right? Then I matted the image, mounted it on a Kiwi Kiss card base, and I was pretty much done. Except for the sentiment. My sentiment is from Verve's Artful Elegance stamp set (newly released!). I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched it out with a 1" in circle punch, distressed it with Ranger Distress ink in Tea Stain (I actually distressed the whole bird image with the same stuff!) and adhered it to the lower left front of the card. I added a scrap piece of patterned paper (Basic Grey) underneath it horizontally to bring some of the teal color of the bird to the lower part of the card.

For the second card, I put a piece of Old Olive cardstock in the Bird Call embossing folder. I did it again with a piece of Basic Black cardstock. Then I cut out the bird from the black cardstock and mounted it on the Old Olive embossed image. I matted it with Very Vanilla cardstock and sewed a straight stitch around it. The sentiment I used is from Motivational Center, which I got at CHF. I stamped it with black Stazon onto acetate and then sewed it to the embossed image.

I hope my cards today helped you figure out how YOU are going to use your new Cuttlebug Bird Call embossing folder. I'm sure you'll come up with even more ways than me!

Still no news on the job front. Doug's search has stalled big time, and I haven't heard from the hospital yet. If anyone lives in this area and reads my blog, AND is hiring for a job, CALL ME!!!! I can do just about anything, I think:).



  1. You hit the nail on the head. I just don't know what to do with these folders. But you've amazed me! Awesome!

  2. I LOVE what you've done with this Cuttlebug folder, Amy! I have it, but have only just plain embossed! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love what you've done with the folder - I'll have to try this (if I ever get one). I tend to wait until things come to my stores & so far Hobby Lobby & Michaels here don't have any new folders.Oh, well, it's teaching me patience, & I sure need a lot of that!

  4. I AM SO IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I've got this one on order! Love it!

  6. GREAT job with that CB folder. I love what you've done with it. Of course, I KNEW you would create something fabulous...it was just a matter of time. :-)

  7. Great job with this folder. I did the exact same thing as your second card! The only difference is I didn't put my sentiment on acetate. I love that look...and then sewing it on...BEAUTIFUL!

  8. Wow..this is so very beautiful, Amy!!

  9. These are absolutley wonderful, Amy! I have been reluctant to purchase to folders that are more "scene" oriented but you may have enabled me today (teeheehee)! As always, I love your color combination- so bold, bright and cheerful! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, as always! Take care!


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