Latest & Greatest with Waffle Flower Stamps

Hey friends, Becki here to share with you a card that I created using a fun stamp set from our Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. I used the Waffle Flower Flora Cat Play stamp set.

If you’re a cat lover, this stamp set must be in your collection. It’s a beautiful stamp set. Waffle Flower always has such adorable designs. This card is very simple with 3 stamped images (the cat, the butterfly, and the sentiment) with black pigment ink. I chose pigment ink because I wanted to watercolor the flowers, balloons, and butterfly. The “life is boring when you are not around” is so cute! I added a little bit of shimmer to the card with a Wink of Stella pen.

If you haven’t tried a Wink of Stella brush pen, you must try it! It is the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to any project. The patterned paper I used on this card is from Fancy Pants Designs. It’s the Family & Co.collection. I’ve been using this collection a lot lately. Its so fun to play with and so versatile. Did you see the other pet card I created with this collection? You can find it HERE. This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Waffle Flower stamps will also be taught at our upcoming show in Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

Mixed Media Trade Show Event Favorites (Part 2)

Hey friends, Becki here with a special edition of Inspiration Station and what’s more inspiring than brand new products??? On Tuesday, I shared a post about the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team’s favorite new products at the Mixed Media Event in held Salt Lake City last week. (If you haven’t had a chance to read that post, you can find it HERE.) Today, I’m sharing my favorite products along with my sweet friend Roree. I’ll share Roree’s picks first 🙂

We all had such a great time in the Lawn Fawn booth. The entire team was able to take home a lot of fun Lawn Fawn projects that we made at the show. Roree fell in love with the new shadow box die. You guys, this is seriously a must have die! The possibilities are endless. We all made this cute polar bear card.

You can see how this die works in this video. The photos just don’t do it justice!

It is July but Christmas will be here before you know it. Roree loves the “A Very Merry Christmas” collection by Carta Bella Paper. She loves the bright vibrant colors combined with the vintage images and theme.

You can see this video in much closer detail on this video:

Tonic Studios made it to our top picks again with their handmade cotton paper. Roree’s favorite thing about this product is that it won’t lose it’s texture when you die cut it with a manual die cutting machine. It also has and amazing metallic finish.

Now, I have three favorites of my own. First, I have to say that it was REALLY hard to choose only three items. There were so many amazing products at this show. I did limit myself to three choices. The first thing I found that I was SO excited about was that for the first time in the history of American Crafts they are re-releasing a collection. The Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper debuted in the Summer of 2016. It sold out so quickly and there were so many complaints that consumers couldn’t find the products that American Crafts decided to bring it back for another season. The patterned papers are the same, some of the embellishments are the same but they also have some brand new embellishments that will be hitting the stores in August. I missed out on this collection the first time it was on store shelves. I’m so excited to get a second chance at playing with this collection. There was a brand new manufacturer on the trade show floor for the first time. Some of you may be familiar with the Felicity Jane kit club. And if you haven’t heard of Felicity Jane, you NEED to see their products! This is their gorgeous, Kate collection. Isn’t it beautiful!?!?!? The owner of Felicity Jane is the sweetest. We loved meeting her and learning about her company. I wish all of you could have visited this booth with us. It was so elegant and well done! Last but definitely not least, the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team deemed the Doodlebug Designs booth the happiest place on the showroom floor. They even served milk and cookies at their booth. How cute is that?!? Doodlebug is known for their amazing color palette and adorable designs. Now, they’re going to be well known for their awesome albums! I am picky about albums and I can tell you that these are the best quality albums I’ve ever seen! They come in all the signature Doodlebug colors and in two sizes (8×8 and 12×12). Just looking at the row of gorgeous albums makes me happy. I’m sure I need two or three albums in each color.

Whew, that’s it! We had an amazing time at the Mixed Media event 2017. We hope you enjoyed seeing some of our favorite products. Thank you again for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll see you again next week. Have a great weekend, my friends!

How to use a GIANT Circle Punch

How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpo

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook friends and fans, Becki here to share a layout with you that I created with a fun punched circle technique. Recently I ordered a HUGE circle punch. How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoThis punch is gigantic and SO much fun to play with. It punches 3 1/2 inch circles. To create this layout I used the Summer Dreams collection from Echo Park Paper. The memory I wanted to document using this collection and this technique is a memory about taking my nieces to get snow cones on a hot summer afternoon while they were visiting us. I thought this color palette/theme was perfect for this project.While I used white cardstock for my background there is still a LOT of patterned paper on this layout. I chose several pieces of patterned paper and punched a few circles. (This technique can be done with any size of punched, die cut, or hand cut circles.) To create this row of dimensional circles, I scored and folded the circles at the top and bottom of the circle. Then, I adhered them along the left side of the layout. My favorite thing about this technique is that you can see both sides of the patterned papers. The photo is adhered to the left of the circles. I added the title below the photo and journaling above the photo. To continue with the circle theme of the layout, I added a few sticker embellishments and ink droplets.How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoDo you incorporate circles into your paper crafting projects? I’d love to see what you’re creating and what techniques you use for adding circles into your designs.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you here again next Thursday! Have a great week.

Weekly Scrapper Presents: One Sketch, Three Ways by Becki Adams

Hey friends, Becki here for a special edition of Inspirations Station. I say special edition because I get to tell you about a special project that I have been working on behind the scenes for a few months. I’m am SO excited to be teaching two of my own classes at four Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows later this year. The first Expo I will be teaching at is in Schaumburg, Illinois on August 18 & 19. I’m teaching two classes on Friday and two classes on Saturday. One of the classes I will be teaching is “One Sketch, Three Ways”. Today I wanted to give you a little sneak peek into this class by creating a layout using a sketch.

I created a video to go along with this blog post because I wanted to tell you all about this class and share a layout with you that I created using a sketch. Creating with sketches is so easy and SO fun! To create this layout I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest. Sometimes I create my own sketches and sometimes, I find sketches online. Even though I used a sketch that someone else created, I made this layout my own and changed a few things so I could tell my story. That is the beauty of using a sketch, you don’t HAVE to follow every detail of the sketch you can use the sketch as a starting point and adapt it as you create. As I’ve created hundreds of layouts over the years, I’ve found that I use the same sketches over and over. In my “One Sketch, Three Ways” class, I’ll teach you how to adapt some of your favorite sketches to create unique layouts, again and again using the same sketch!Come watch the video where I share more details about the class and create a layout. AND you’ll also learn the story behind this layout! Let’s just say, it was one of my most embarrassing moments 😉

Using a sketch as inspiration, this layout only took me a few minutes to put together. I love it when my crafting projects come together easily and quickly.If you’re in the Schaumburg area, I would be thrilled to have you in my class. You can sign up for this workshop HERE. Make sure to let me know that you’re a blog reader!  There are two time slots available for this class, Friday at 10:00am and Saturday at 10:00am. As I mentioned in the video, I’ll be teaching workshops in Denver, Sacramento, and Ontario, as well. Make sure you’ve joined the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Facebook groups by location, so you’ll know when workshop tickets are available in those areas (Facebook Groups by show location).Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog, I’ll see you in class!

 

 

 

How to Use Stick-it Adhesive

How to use Stick-it Adhesive by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #beckiadams #ssbe2017 #scrapbookexpo #weeklyscrapper

Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, it’s time for another edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams. Today I’ll show you how to use Stick-it adhesive sheets. Stick-it adhesive sheets are just one of the products that Latest & Greatest Cool Tool attendees will go home with. If you haven’t heard of this fun new product you can find more information on the Ken Oliver website. I used the stick it adhesive sheets to create a layout with LOTS of die cuts.

I used patterned paper, die cuts, and stickers from two Bella Blvd collections to create this layout (Popsicles & Pandas and Secrets of the Sea, Boy). Both of these collections are perfect for documenting all of your Summer memories. If you’d like to see how this layout came together using Stick-it Adhesive, watch the process video below:

My favorite way to use the Stick-it Adhesive is to adhere the large acrylic word “play”. I really love acrylic embellishments but adhering them can be tricky. I’ve found that some types of liquid adhesive don’t work well with acrylic. The Stick-it Adhesive worked great! Now I know I won’t find that acrylic word floating at the bottom of my page protector the next time my kids look at their albums. Stick-it adhesive also worked perfectly for my die cut embellishments. On occasion I found little bits of adhesive on the edges of my die cuts. In the video you’ll see that I used an adhesive remover (eraser) to remove the little bits of adhesive. The adhesive pick up square from Thermoweb is a tool I reach for all.the.time! I love how this project came together. I’d love to know if you’ve tried Stick-it adhesive. (Let me know in the comments below). If you haven’t tried this type of adhesive you’ll want to take our Latest & Greatest Cool Tools workshop at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s edition of Inspiration Station with Becki Adams, “how to use Stick-it adhesive”. I’ll see you again next Thursday!

Freebie Friday with Craft Fantastic

It’s FRIDAY!! I’m Becki Adams, your Freebie Friday hostess. Today I get to share another awesome giveaway to share with you. This week, Craft Fantastic is our sponsor. I’m sure most of you have met the Craft Fantastic team at one of our shows but if you haven’t here’s what you need to know: Established in 2008, Craft Fantastic is a craft supply company specializing in photo jewelry components to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings (and more) showcasing family photos, original artwork and Fantastic Art Images. We pride ourselves on providing thoughtfully curated, designed, easy to use contemporary craft products that bring out the artist in everyone. We know your memories are important to you. Let us help you turn them into timeless keepsakes!This prize package is a sampling of the newest designs added to the Craft Fantastic family of products! The winner will receive over $75 in trays, glass cabochons, images and findings! Enough to create 20 pendants! If you want to be entered for your chance to win this amazing prize all you need to do is comment on this post BEFORE June 29th, at 11:59pm EST. Yes, it’s that easy!Have you connected with Craft Fantastic on social media? If you haven’t you’ll want to do that today!

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Sign up to receive the Craft Fantastic monthly NEWSLETTER and have exclusive information regarding sales, discounts and product peeks delivered right to your inbox! Did you know that one lucky subscriber is randomly selected each month to receive a $100 shopping spree???!!! Sign up and see if next month’s winner is you!Love Craft Fantastic and want even more?! Every month Craft Fantastic puts together a special kit featuring your favorite pieces to create a beautiful jewelry ensemble at a significant discount! Visit the KIT-OF-THE-MONTH page in the Craft Fantastic shop to see the latest and greatest kit!Dallas/Ft. Worth Craft Fantastic Road Show Join Craft Fantastic August 5th, 2017 for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Road Show featuring 4 amazing workshops and a day filled with fun and creativity! Visit the ROAD SHOW section of the Craft Fantastic website for more details!

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering who gets to take home the awesome watercolor prize from Melissa Frances. The lucky winner is…..

Congratulations Kim Martin, this awesome watercolor prize pack will be on your doorstep soon! Please email Becki@scrapbookexpo.com to claim your prize.

Don’t forget that even when you are not attending a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you can always join us online.

Thanks for stopping by for another Freebie Friday. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you want a chance to win the Craft Fantastic prize pack. I’ll be back next Friday to announce the winner AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs.

Latest & Greatest Pocket Scrapbooking with Fancy Pants

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share pocket scrapbooking page that I created with products from the Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. Last week, I shared a card that I created using products from the Fancy Pants Family & Co collection  (you can find that post HERE). For this week’s post I decided to create a pocket page layout using the same products. I used a lot of stamps from the Family & Co collection to create this layout, including the title and a few of the embellishments.

All of the patterned paper in this project came from the Family & Co 6×6 paper pad, tags, and 4×4 stamp set. I started this project by printing photos and cutting all the patterned paper cards to go in the pockets. The photos are printed in both black and white and color. I LOVED all the photos I took on this particular event and wanted to use them on this project but the two portrait photos were taken at night and the color was off. When I have photos that aren’t the best quality, I like to print them black and white instead of color. By printing the photos in black and white it makes it less noticeable that the photos are imperfect. The Family & Co.4×4 stamp set that attendee’s receive in the Latest & Greatest Stamping Workshop is adorable. I wanted to use it for more than just the title. By stamping with the star stamps on patterned paper and cutting them out I had the most adorable embellishments to go on my project! The finishing touches on this pocket page layout are a few enamel dots and a few buttons. The buttons and enamel dots added a bit of texture without making the cards too bulky. This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Fancy Pant’s Family & Co. collection will be taught at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’ll be here next Thursday with a video tutorial. I’ll see you then!