Good morning SCT friends! We are excited to wrapping up this busy week with a giveaway from one of our favourite kit companies, Citrus Twist kits! If you're not already familiar with Citrus Twist here is a little bit about them.
"Citrus Twist Kits launched in 2012 after Trina Craig's (the owner of this family-run business) mom - a life-long scrapbooker and doll maker - passed away. Trina wanted to find a way to honor her mother's artistic roots and the long line of female artists in their family all while doing something she loves.
Trina worked in the children's book publishing industry for many years and had the pleasure of hiring artists and designing and art directing children's books. She took her graphic design experience and built Citrus Twist Kits, starting at her lovely home office that looks out over a happy garden and evergreen trees.
Her approach to curating kits is to pull favorite current products from the market at the same time that she designs and manufactures an exclusive line of Citrus Twist products to coordinate. You will find the Citrus Twist kits to be a delightful blend of your current favorites mixed in with exclusive papers, journaling cards, puffy stickers, ephemera, chipboard, enamel shapes, tiny word stickers and more.
Citrus Twist Kits is known for their wonderful customer service, a business with a happy, giving heart at its core, and beautiful, unique and on-trend kits that offer great value for your money."
We could not agree more. We also love that they offer our readers a fabulous discount on their monthly kits. Begin a 3-6 month subscription and save 20% off your first month's kit using coupon code 20%offsct! For more information on subscribing, click here.
Today, our friends at Citrus Twist would love to go one step further and offer at $25 gift certificate for one lucky SCT reader! Click over to their website HERE and tell us what November kit has your heart in the comment section below. Super easy! I know for me the "Falling for You" kit had my name all over it! Beautiful! Be sure to leave your comment by Thursday, November 17th! Good luck.
We have a few other winners to announce too!
Last week we gave away on of our exclusive Crop & Create goody bags for one lucky reader. The winner is:
Hello! Sheri Reguly here today for Design Team Wednesday! Forgive me for rushing the season, but I recently treated myself to some new scrappy goodness, and I simply could not wait to use this adorable snowman paper found in Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection!
The adorable patterned paper, and large, negative space, die cut title became the starting point for my design.
(Supplies: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Simple Stories, American Crafts; Enamel Dots: My Mind’s Eye; Puffy Stickers, Chipboard Accents: American Crafts; Cork Heart: Pink Paislee; Tassel, Gold Clip, Rub On Accent: Crate Paper; Wooden Veneer Accent: Gossamer Blue)
I backed my title with a simple wood grain patterned paper, and framed my photos with a combination of narrow strips cut from scraps of patterned papers, puffy heart stickers, enamel dots, and a touch of cork and wooden veneer. The gold dipped tassel adds a fun, finishing touch!
~ Sheri Reguly
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Hello it’s Virginia here today! I love making mini-albums, in all sorts of sizes, shapes and themes. I like to embellish the front of my mini’s and to keep the album cover from getting too worn I like to cover it with a clear plastic sleeve.
I make my own album covers by using a large cellophane bag available at most packaging stores or save the ones from your paper pack collections. Just cut the cello bag equal to the width of your album (the sleeve is open on both left and right sides) and wrap it around the cover. Since most cellophane bags have a self adhesive strip it makes securing the sleeve together super easy.
I also wanted to share with you a fun approach at styling your pocket pages. This pocket page was a 12 up 2x2 pocket page, I placed a larger photo and adhered it onto the outside of the pockets and used minimal embellishments on the pockets leaving them see-through so that you can reveal a fun pattern beneath it on the next page.
Thanks for dropping by the blog today, have a crafty day!
Happy fall (issue) y’all! Sorry. I couldn’t resist such a greeting, being here to discuss our fabulous Fall 2016 issue and all. In between raking leaves, getting the kiddos back to school, celebrating Thanksgiving (Canada), and carving those pumpkins, I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the issue. It’s a beauty!
If you haven’t had time with this issue yet or would simply like to see it again (and, really, who wouldn’t?) ;), I’m here to explore some of the autumn awesomeness with you. Let’s go in chronological order, shall we? The first thing that signifies the changing of the seasons is the start of school. You’ll find plenty of sweet ideas for capturing this crucial moment.
Sheri Reguly is a pro when it comes to producing polished photos with the use of props. She has many A+ ideas for back to school projects as this issue’s Pic Tips guest columnist.
You’ll find projects for school kids of all ages in this issue. Emily Pitts created this page for our 10 Years, 10 Colour Combos article, which features our design team members’ top hues to use.
As the days cool, those leaves begin to fall. It’s like Mother Nature is creating a giant photo studio for us to enjoy. If you got out to capture the colors of the season, we have ideas for turning your shining shots into shining scrapbook pages.
It’s all about making a statement Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life column, where she shows how big items can be used in an impactful way.
I’ve fallen pretty hard for the bare simplicity of this layout, which was submitted by Asta Ivanoviene in response to our posted sketch and published in our Sketch Savvy column.
Forget those posies. Make a pocket full of leaves instead. Mel Blackburn has fantastic tips and tricks for scrapbooking in this style in our Pocket Play column.
Before long, it’s Fright Night. Bwahahahahaha! How did you celebrate Halloween? I’m guessing you have a photo (or 600!) to show for your fun. Now’s the time to treat yourself to a little scrapbooking fun.
Holiday scrapping is my favorite. Especially now that I’m a mama and have these sweet characters to document. You’ll find this layout in my editor’s note for the Fall issue.
This layout by Becki Adams is one of many in our costume parade of projects you’ll find in Inspiration Gallery. I love her use of bright color!
This brings us to the present. We’re entering a heartfelt season of thanks. If you’re Canadian, you’ve just celebrated your Thanksgiving. (I hope it was spent with the ones you love, relaxing and reflecting.) If you’re in the US, you’re looking for this time off to be with those we’re thankful for in the coming weeks. Either way, we have gorgeous ideas for sending thank you cards to those hostesses who worked so hard to host dinner, layouts that capture the cornucopia of fun, and pretty fall decor that can be used for a few more weeks.
Amy Yingling, is there anything I can do for you? Anything at all? You see, I’d really love to receive such a thank-you in the mail. *swoon This is one of two cards Amy designed for our Sketch Savvy column.
The vibrant shades Mendi Yoshikawa added to her lovely note of thanks beautifully capture the colors of this season! It’s one of many fall favs in our Inspiration Gallery article.
Finally, if you’re like me, it’s time to start thinking holiday cards. I make between 50-100 cards each year… well, most years. This means getting a jump on the action. Jennifer McGuire has some great tips in her Creative Card Techniques column for making cards that are both cost effective and gorgeous. This is just one of three stunners she made.
You can see our entire Fall 2016 issue for free digitally or you can subscribe to start receiving this beautiful publication in print. Either way, I want to say, from the very bottom of my heart, what a blessing it is for us to be able to connect with you here and in the magazine. Your support and enthusiasm make our jobs at SCT fun and worthwhile. I wish there were a way for me to look you square in the eye and say this with the honest conviction I feel. YOU are important, and YOU add so much to our lives. Thank you!
Greetings from Nashville. My name is Connie and I am on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team. I am so excited to share today’s blog post with you. I have been scrapbooking and card making for more years than I care to admit, so when I tell you that these new Stitched Layering Shapes dies are amazing, I truly mean it. I am passionate about paper crafting and these dies are the perfect addition to your die-cutting arsenal. With a total of 12 dies (four different sizes in three shapes), you have everything you need to get started on all your holiday crafting and beyond.
These fun notecards are sized just right. Tie them on some home baked goodies or use them as tags for your holiday packages. Either way, they are the perfect finishing touch for all of your holiday gift-giving.
The dies are designed to work well with our Layering Circles, Ovals, and Square Dies. I made a notecard by sandwiching together two scallop squares. Next, I used one of the square stitching dies to cut two layers of This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper. I cut away the top and bottom portions of the striped paper and layered both pieces onto the card front. Next, I wrapped around some Linen Thread and secured it on the front. I stamped the greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it with one of stitched circle dies and a Big Shot Machine. I cut a slightly larger circle from Cherry Cobble cardstock and layered it onto the front.
This notecard started the same way but this time I used the square stitching dies to create frames. The dies are concentric, so you can make three frames and have a small center square leftover.
I used the largest frame, skipped one, and then used the third largest frame. This is a great look and it was super easy to make.
For this notecard I combined the two techniques and added a new one. To make the banner I cut the largest square die, moved it, and cut it again. I used scissors to give a ribbon cut to both ends.
To make this ornament, start with by making a rosette with a 1”x12” strip of designer series paper. Then stamp and die cut the sentiment and layering circles twice. Decorate both sides, so no matter which way it hangs on the tree it looks beautiful on either side.
I went a little crazy with the square dies on this card. I love how you can create your own patterned paper with just cardstock. The stitching adds even more amazing texture. It took a little bit of effort, but the results are amazing.
Connie thank you for the beautiful projects and creative ideas for the holiday season! These Stitched Layers Shapes Framelits Dies are THE perfect addition to your crafty line up! Our friends at Stampin' Up! would love to offer this package to one lucky SCT reader too! For an opportunity to win these Framelits, be sure to leave a comment below by November 30th! Good luck!
Last month Stampin' Up! joined us to feature and give away the 2016 Hello December collection here: