Sunday, July 13

Black and White with a Punch, Nestabilities Organizer and a New Video Tutorial

I have been crazy about the Nestabilities dies form Spellbinders lately.  I guess a lot of stampers and card makers are.  I just love the perfect scallops in ovals, circles, squares and rectangles.  I wish I have them all, but they are a bit pricey.  You have to know where to buy and which store gives good deals.  I've bought my ovals at for about $18.74 plus free shipping with a coupon.  And then I was able to buy my circles and scalloped circles for $15.89 each at WolfCamera.comCut At Home gives a 40% VIP coupon which you can use once a month which seems to be the best deal.  However, because a lot of people are ordering from them, the Nestabilities are always on back order.  You really have to wait weeks, and sometimes even months, to get your Nestabilities.  I know, because I'm still waiting for mine.  Anyway, since I have 3 of the Nestabilities, I decided to make my own Nestabilities organizer.

I just used the metal sheets I bought from a recycle store, adhered mounting tape on the edges, and put magnetic strips in the center to hold the Nestabilities dies.  Click here for more photos and step by step instructions.  What I like about this is that when I buy more Nestabilities sets, all I have to do is make a new "page" and add it to this organizer.  Hey, it's nothing fancy, but I'm still glad that I saved some money and it's something that I can call my own.

Also, I was able to make my 3rd video tutorial.  It's about how to create your own embossing templates using the Cricut machine.  This time, I used a video camera instead of the video recording feature of my digital camera.  I like the quality of the video better, even though it's still not as sharp as I want it to be.  I wrote a blog about it here and you can view the tutorial here.
I was able to make 2 cards today for another card swap I joined in SplitCoastStampers.  The swap is called "Black and White with a Punch", wherein you use the black and white and another color scheme - which I really love. 

For this birthday card (black, white & baby blue), I embossed with a brass stencil by Lasting Impressions, then swiped an inkpad over the embossing.

Then for the card below (black, white & brown), I cut a strip of bg paper and fed it to my Dymo Label Maker.  After that, I sanded it to reveal the letters some more.

Before I forget, QVC will be having its Summer Scrap-A-Thon tomorrow, July 14th.  It's going to be an "online only" event and they will be featuring over 100 new scrapbooking products.  I'm sure I'll be having a good time watching the demos, and I'll be having a hard time to resist temptation!
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