Monday, July 25, 2011

Craft Fusion: The selling power of Mixed Media

What does Mixed Media mean to you?  Each person has their own interpretation of mixed media and the great aspect is that there are NO RULES.  Art is in the eye of the beholder and Mixed Media is no different.
Mixed Media was this year's CHA summer show theme.  CHA and acting president Tony Lee are encouraging the craft and hobby industry to "expand their vision."

By combining different materials in unique ways, crafters can be especially creative and achieve dramatic, non-traditional results" says Lee.  He continued to say that "Mixed Media is more than a fad, but represents a shift in how younger craft enthusiasts are expressing their creativity."

Exhibitors specializing in Mixed Media were present at the show and none to eager to show off all of the amazing projects that can be created with their products.  Here are some pics of a few projects I saw:

Look for a little Celebrity Spotting and giveaway next post, so stay tuned!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sneak Peek! Introducing the Silhouette Cameo!

As most of you know I just returned from the CHA Summer show.  We had a wonderful time and have come back more inspired, it's hard to express.

For all of your Silhouette lovers or if you have been on the fence about buying a die-cutting machine, your wait is over.  The hit of the CHAS show hands down was Silhouette America's introduction of the Cameo:

The Silhouette Cameo is "an electronic cutting tool that connects to your home computer just like a printer.  However, rather than printing images, the Silhouette cuts out designs and text"

According to the Silhouette America sales guru TJ, the new Cameo is expected to be out mid October.  Pre-Sales order will be available during the month of September.  The MSRP for the new Cameo is $299.

So, want more deets?
The Silhouette cuts a variety of media, and the new cutting blade which is expected to be released with the Cameo will cut CARDBOARD!  WooHoo!  The blade is still in production, but the team is hoping it will be included with the new machine.  Keeping our fingers crossed!

More BIG NEWS!  The new Cameo will cut designs and texts from 1/4" to 12" wide and 10' long.  AMAZING!

The Silhouette Cameo will have the same features as the Silhouette SD, but get's QUIETER!  Not only that, the cut is more precise and more exact!  I was an eye-witness and just LOVE IT!

Also released at CHA:  Fabric Ink Starter Kit, Vinyl Starter Kit, Rhinestone Starter Kit and Heat Transfer Starter Kit...So fun, the ideas are just endless.

So stayed tuned for pre-sale offers available sometime in September.  I think the Silhouette America team are top notch and would make a great addition to the That Scrappy Girl store.  Keep tuned for pre-sale offers coming in September.  Here is some more eye candy:


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Makin' a list....

...and checkin' it twice! No, it's not Christmas in July, but it certainly seems like it with all of the great new products being released at CHA (the scrapbooking industry trade show) this week. I'm totally bummed that I couldn't make it to the show itself, but that certainly hasn't kept me from pouring over sneak peeks from all of my favorite manufacturers.

Here's my list of gotta have items:

1. October Afternoon's new lines: Sasparilla, Sidewalk, and Farm House.

Maya Road -especially loving the new wood doilies, the kraft and wood snowflakes, and ... well, pretty much everything! I'm also totally digging the banner chipboards. Wouldn't those be great for cards and little subtitles on pages?


And wouldn't these flowers be just perfect for a retro layout?

If you love Maya Road stuff as much as me, you can download their full catalog here and start making your very own Christmas list.

Of course I am also drooling over the new Unity Stamps and the Doodlebug Twine. Their colors + small spools of 20 yds for $2.99 = in love :) 

Leave us a comment and tell us what you just gotta have!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Unity stamps by Marah Johnson

So i played with my Unity stamps today, it was so muc fun! I had joined in on a color challenge, and was really struggling with the colors given to me they were "cement","Chamois Brown","Mint Green" and charcoal.
I was like HMMMM what the heck am I going to make with this?
So after struggling with several things that I wasnt likeing, I finally decided to go for a "steampunk" sort of look. Now this is my first steampunk page, so I am not sure if I captured it right, but I like the overall design. I started with some embossed cardstock from artsylicious, rubbed on some copper ink, then a black cardstock and started to randomly stamp with ivy brilliance ink using the stamps from marah johnson by unity both the "art and soul"and "breathless". I also used some versamark ink and perfect pearls, and silver embossing powders on the background. I layered on some black lace and cut the dressform and wings with my wishblade,I used some rub-ons from heidi grace, and some watch parts from ranger and all of the other embellies I made with my melting pot,Utee and embossing powder.
the hidden journaling reads,, ""some days are hard, your thought run away with you and you feel sad and defeated. stay strong sweet girl, for the good days greatly out number the bad, try to think "no more bad days, stay strong" and it will pass,you will be happy, I promise!"

So what do you think? is it a keeper?
thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Get Mowtivated

Following our unofficial blog theme as of late, I thought I'd put together a little card using the new Unity Watermelon Gazpacho stamp set.

So, if you've been a little behind on  your scrappy projects lately, consider this blog post sending you a little "mowtivation" this week courtesy of That Scrappy Girl. :)

Supplies: Watermelon Gazpacho Stamps from Unity; Markers by Copic; Ink by Momenta and Colorbox; Fringe Scissors by Martha Stewart; Label die by Spellbinders; Embossing folder from Cuttlebug; Ribbon from Jillibean; Cardstock by Bazzill. Products are available by special order from That Scrappy Girl.

To create the grass
-Cut along the edge with the Martha Stewart scissors.
-To make the finer blades of glass, space your cuts half of the normal distance of the scissors.
-Once you've made your away along the length of the strip, use regular scissors to vary the ends of the blade lengths. (I would describe cutting technique used as similar to how you would cut your bangs if you didn't want them blunt cut.)