What’s Hot On The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello my crafty friends, I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. I also have the privilege of sharing with you what’s hot on the show floor at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Many of you know that I have a special place in my crafty heart for Heartfelt Creations. They have been a constant source of inspiration to many paper crafters throughout the years.

Today I will be sharing two new holiday lines by Heartfelt Creations and I hope you are as inspired as I am to get those holiday crafts started.  To be totally honest I had planned on posting this article in July but with our marathon of shows and the Winter’s Eve Collection just becoming available on August 9th, it turned into Christmas in August. What’s a few weeks amongst friends, right?  We still need to get a head start on our holiday projects and who better to inspire us than Heartfelt Creations?

Due to their popularity, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few projects using their new holiday lines Festive Holly and Winters Eve,

Who wouldn’t love to receive a gorgeous mini album filled with priceless memories?  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Heartfelt Creation Blog where Anita Kejriwal shares step-by-step instructions on how easily this adorable album comes together using the new Festive Holly & Cardinal Collection.

Here’s a peek at some of the inside pages; they are too cute!

Here are two gorgeous cards created using the Winters Eve Collection. I absolutely love the dimensional flowers on these sweet cards.

I instantly fell in love with the window die that Emma Lou used to create this adorable winter-themed card. It’s on my “must have” list when I get to our New Jersey show next week. Be sure to check out the video that Emma Lou has prepared, you’re going to love it.

 

On the outside chance that you are new to the wonderful world of Heartfelt Creations, I want you to know about their amazing Gallery as well as Emma Lou’s videos. You will never be left without direction or inspiration as there are 100’s of videos and samples to guide you through each project step-by-step.

I hope you’ve been inspired to get a head start on those Christmas projects. This is the year that you are in total control, I have faith in you.  Your cards and tags will be complete weeks before the holiday, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy time with your family and friends.

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Echo Park Paper Co.


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is this week in Schaumburg, IL on August 18th-19th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Stamping workshop: Echo Park Paper Co.‘s A2 Background Stamp.

I received the Constellation Love Background stamp:

The stamp size is 4 1/2 x 5 3/4″, so the image will cover your entire A2 card if you want it to and it is super adorable!

With it, I created this card:


I stamped the background on paper from Echo Park’s Wedding Bliss collection (a product from our Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop), and colored the heart, diamond, and arrow images with a slightly darker pink colored pencil to highlight them.


I just love this stamp! I can see using it on so many different type of projects.

This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Echo Park Paper Co.’s A2 Background Stamp will be ending in Schaumburg. We will have a whole new lineup of products for all of our classes starting in Marlborough, MA on September 8th & 9th.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with We R Memory Keepers


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is this week in Edison, NJ on August 11th-12th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Card Making workshop: We R Memory KeepersRolling Penny Card Die Set.

This is such a fun die set and you can make some really awesome interactive cards with it. With it, I created this card:


I wanted to create a fun little scene, so I cut some extra shapes using my Cricut Explore® machine and Cricut Design Space™. I cut a frame from the “The First Few Years” cartridge and the dog in a plane from the “Just a Note” cartridge.

I cut out a slider shape on a panel of cardstock using the straight slider die from the set. I then decorated the panel with a frame and cloud die cuts.


I flipped the panel over placing the dog in a plane die cut underneath. I added foam adhesive to the body of the plane and two pennies on each foam square.


(I decided to use two pennies because the die cut was so long.)

After placing more foam adhesive behind the die cut panel, I attached another solid panel in the same color to the back.


I then placed a sentiment sticker on the bottom panel between the top and bottom edges of the slider die cut at the back of the plane.


I added the image to a card. The image slides from the left to the right to reveal my message.


The possibilities for these rolling penny cards are endless!

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring We R Memory Keepers’ Rolling Penny Card Dies will also be taught at our upcoming show in Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crop Table Decor Trends

Hi, Tina from the Crop Crew here!

One of the best parts about my job is getting to see how creative our guests get with the crop themes!  We unveil new crop themes each year and as soon as they are announced, people put their thinking caps on and start designing!  Here are some of the trends I have noticed so far.

This year has been an amazing year for our table decorating contests!  We have watched tables get transformed into racetracks, slumber parties, and the Land of Oz, with the latest theme being the Wild Thing Jungle.  It is not surprising that our guests are a creative bunch, but what impresses me half the time is the construction that goes into completing them.

We have seen people construct decorations with PVC pipes, pool noodles, and lots of cardboard.  Sometimes it takes people 20 minutes to construct a masterpiece, and sometimes I have watched others work for two hours straight.

A new trend that we see emerging is decorating the front of the table.  Sometimes putting items in the middle of your crop table takes up precious creative space. I totally get that.  But here is an option that doesn’t take up any space on your crop table with no more shifting things for your decorations. It’s a genius idea!

Another angle of the new trend of decorating the head of the table is that once you are sitting at your table, you feel a part of your decorations without having anything over your head.  These gals decorated both sides of their creation.  If you were walking by, your view of their creation would be the same from where they were sitting.  I loved the idea that they decorated both the front and the back to get the full effect of their design.

What else has been popular table decor trends at the crop, you ask? Staged photo ops!  After all, we are scrapbookers and we love pictures!  It is the best way to encourage interaction at our crops.  One of my favorite recent photo ops was this safari jeep!  We had some of the cutest pictures taken with this scene.  Once again, notice the trend here?  It is at the front of the table and takes up no table top space!

Are you worried because you aren’t a table of four?  No need to fret, look how these two gals decorated their table for two!  If you sit across from your friend you are able to put your decor down the middle of the table. Look at how sophisticated these decorations look! And the lights really caught my eye; it is so gorgeous.

If you are not one to decorate your table, you can still feel like you’re participating by taking a walk around the crop and looking at all the tables.  Snap a picture of your favorite decor and post it for all to see!  Don’t forget to use our hashtag #ssbecrop and you can see all the decorations from across the United States.  Enjoy marveling at all the creations!

See you at the Crop!

Tina

 

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Fancy Pants Designs


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Edison, NJ on August 11th-12th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Stamping workshop: Fancy Pants DesignsFamily & Co. collection.

I just love that Fancy Pants Designs includes stamps that coordinate with their adorable paper collections. If you take the class, you will receive a sampling of items from the collection perfect for stamping and card making, including the 4×4 Stamp Set, the 6×6 Paper Pad, and the Tags pack:


With these products, I created this card:


I stamped the house stamp from the 4×4 Stamp Set on cardstock and patterned papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad using black ink.


I hand cut shapes from each of the stamped images and pieced  the images together to create a colorful house.


I finished by adding the paper-pieced house on a tag from the Tags pack, stamped a sentiment from the 4×4 Stamp Set onto another tag, and layered the tags on the center of a 3 3/4″ square mini card to finish.


Such a cute, cute collection, don’t you think?!

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Fancy Pants Designs’ Family & Co. collection will also be taught at our upcoming show in Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sundays with Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Kansas City, MO and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. The weather may have been hot and the humidity on high, but everyone was on fire at the Creativity Center!  Hugs to all those talented crafters for making it such an amazing show.

I’m feeling a bit eclectic today, and I hope you find inspiration in today’s post. I have mixed media tags, an animation card, an adorable quilt, and, of course, a delicious dinner that you can have on the table in under half an hour. Whats not to love, right?

Mixed Media Tags by Marlene

Many of you know that I have a passion for all that is inky. When I discovered these perfectly inked up tags on the Art Anthologies blog, I knew I had to share the inspiration.  Art Anthology Paints & Colorations Sprays are second to none; you’re going to love them, especially when you combine the two together. My favorite way to use them is a good old fashioned resist technique. You can stamp an image, paint random areas, dry, then spray over the top with the Coloration Spray. The areas you painted will then resist the spray, creating a gorgeous background.

If you would like to see how easily these little works of art came together be sure to visit the Art Anthology blog and check out the easy to follow Snapquide 

Animation Card by Nina-Marie Trapani

Have you seen the new Animation Stamps by Uchi’s Designs? For those of you new to animation stamps, they are images that are made up of a series of vertical lines. When stamped onto paper and paired with a vertical grid overlay, they create an image that appears to be moving.

They really are a lot of fun. You can make them as elaborate or simple as you like. If you are a visual person like myself, I recommend checking out the short video to see exactly how the animation works, so click here and I’ll take you over to the Simon Says Blog. Who wouldn’t love to receive this sweet interactive card in their mailbox?  Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

New Quilting Dies By Sizzix

I must confess that I am new to the wonderful world of quilting, but even I can see the benefit of cutting out your fabric using a die versus cutting it out by hand. With a little help from our friends over at Sizzix you, too, can crank out this sweet quilt in a day if you are an experienced seamstress – maybe a little longer for us beginners. Victoria used the new Totally Trees Die by Sizzix to cut out the tree shapes, but you can also create different designs and patterns by switching the shapes up a bit. This is definitely one of those dies I know I can use in many different ways.

I’m thinking these handmade quilts will make a perfect gift for the holidays. If you want to see more on how easily this adorable quilt comes together, click here and I will take you over to the Sizzix Blog so you can check out the short 6-minute video. It truly inspired me to add this handmade quilt to my crafting bucket list and I hope it does the same for you. Happy quilting, my crafty friends!

Tilapia Fish Tacos With Tropical Salsa

These easy to make tacos are a great combination of flavors and textures, and the bright colors make this dish as pretty as it is delicious. You and your family are going to love them. Sara truly is a culinary genius and I don’t know how my family survived before I discovered her amazing food blog Dinner At The Zoo.

If you are not a fan of tilapia feel free to use any mild white fish in its place. Part of the charm of this recipe is that you can substitute the fish and also customize your salsa to include what your picky eaters like. Big hugs to Sara for sharing this amazing meal and for getting us out of the kitchen and back into our crafting rooms in under half an hour!

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post.

Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Lorraine

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Echo Park Paper Co.


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is this week in Kansas City, MO on July 21st-22nd. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Card Making workshop: Echo Park Paper Co.‘s Wedding Bliss collection.

This collection contains such a wonderful variety of products. If you take the class, you will receive a sampling of items from the collection perfect for card making, including the 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera, and Mini Paper Fans:


With these products, I created this card:


I just love the rosettes in the Mini Paper Fans pack, but I wanted to dress them up a bit. So, I decided to remove the die cut in the center and add my own touch to this fun embellishment.


I die cut a heart shape from paper in the 6×6 Paper Pad and an ampersand from some black cardstock. I pulled out the “Forever Forever Forever” tag and the “mr. & mrs.” label from the Ephemera pack. I cut the label in half and assembled the pieces, along with a paper flower from my stash, to create my very own card embellishment.


I finished my adding the embellishment to my card base (created by layering papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad) with some gray baker’s twine.


This collection is so soft and pretty—just perfect for wedding cards, love-themed cards, and more!


This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Echo Park Paper Co.’s Wedding Bliss collection will also be taught at our upcoming shows in Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!