It’s Just Awesome

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I love this paper from Pink Fresh Studio. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for photos of a trip to the city. Fortunately, for me, my daughter went to NYC to visit her brother and I had a chance to use this awesome paper!

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I love how the words and stripes are “cut” from a photo of skyscrapers. It adds such a great touch.

For the right side, I covered up the word awesome with a stack of photos. I like how it gives the illusion that the stripes go completely across the page.

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Because the paper was already so dramatic, I kept the embellishments simple … I added a few wood tiles with gold embossing on them (also from Pink Fresh Studio).

I think this page “totally rocks!”

For more information on products from Pink Fresh Studio, visit Bayview Scrappers.

West Coast (Michigan) Classes

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I’ve been neglecting my blog … I apologize for that. March is one of my busiest times of year (just behind October). Getting ready for all of the classes and crops means February is also very busy and I can’t seem to keep up with my blog …

One of the reasons I have been behind is a new venture in Muskegon, Michigan.

I’ve teamed up with Bayview Scrappers (a new papercrafting store opening in Traverse City this month!!!) to bring classes to one of the best west Michigan crops — Krop Around the Klock March 10-11. Bayview has rented a classroom at the Holiday Inn in Muskegon and we will be offering classes all day Friday and Saturday.

The classes (and shopping) are open to the general public, so if you want to sign up, just drop me a line, or stop by and say, “hi.” There is a limit of 12 per class, so be sure to contact me for prices, supply lists and reservations.

Of course, I am still behind, so I can only show you a few of the classes, but here they are …

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This one features products from Pink Fresh Studio. I’ll show you a technique to get perfectly stamped images, and a couple ideas for using washi tape. As an added bonus, you get an entire package of Pink Fresh paper to make additional pages!

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Next up is a pair of layouts from Echo Park. Except for the photo mats, these pages were made entirely with the products from one mini kit, which sells for less than $7! I’ll show you how easy it is to work with these kits and Bayview Scrappers will have a variety of them for sale.

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Of course, I will also be teaching Mosaic Moments with this two-page layout featuring summer strawberries and picnic baskets. I’ll show you how to cut by hand and with the dies.

img_3644Card makers will enjoy this class which uses Elizabeth Craft Designs stickers and glitter, along with alcohol ink markers. We’ll also learn the transfer technique so you can put a little bit inside …

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I am also teaching a shaker card class using a new ocean die from Memory Box (I am so into fish right now!), but I don’t have the sample finished yet. However, this technique will show you how you can make a shaker card with any die or punch … no special kits or products needed.

Lori, from Bayview Scrappers, will also be teaching card classes and some of the other vendors will be offering classes as well — some of which are free!

Since I will be teaching much of the weekend, Matt will be on hand to do demos and make and takes with you at the Candy Scraps booth. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would be a crafter, but when left with nothing to do but play with my “toys,” his creative side has come out and he is quite good. He’s also good at diagnosing problems with machines, cutting tools, cars and even GPS systems during crops. (It’s amazing the things that can wrong …) So if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask him.

I hope you get the chance to stop by, take some classes and explore all of the wonderful new products that will be available! Happy cropping!

It’s New: Pavilio Tape

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Pavilio Lace Tape is an exciting new product imported from Japan.

Well, it’s not entirely new … it’s more like a new twist on an old product. It is similar to washi tape, but has been laser cut to make an intricate lace, floral or geometric design. The tape is thicker than washi tape — closer to the weight of quality cardstock — and is not transparent. But, like washi tape, it is easily removable and therefore, not permanent.

The floral designs on the card above are one of the patterns.

card_by_Candy_Spiegel4On this one, I covered the entire card with strips of the tape. I love how the pattern matched up!

It seems to stick a little stronger than most washi tapes, but it can still easily be pulled up without damaging the paper. If I were using it on a piece of home decor, a mini album, fabric or canvas, I would probably add a bit of Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to the ends to make sure it doesn’t come up. I put it on these cards two weeks ago, and it hasn’t lifted at all, but one never knows …

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On this card, I placed the white lace tape one a white card and then used Distress Markers to color in the pattern. The white that you see around the flowers is actually the tape. I colored into the negative space, directly on the cardstock under the tape. And then added some black rhinestones and pearls to jazz it up a bit.

I have lots of plans for the white tape … you can ink it or airbrush it and then use the colored tape on one project and the design left behind on another! Look for more examples this summer.

My only complaint about the tape is that it is expensive. The smallest rolls are $5.22 and the prices go up to $20, I believe. I paid $13.22 for the white lace above. The floral and geometric patterns I purchased were $6.72 and $6.22 respectively. And, I bought a few additional rolls, so expect to see those in projects shortly.

Pavilio Lace Tape is just coming to America … I Googled it and found it on Amazon and Etsy, shipping directly from Japan.

There is a traveling store, BayView Scrappers, in Traverse City, MI who sells it (it’s where I bought mine). BayView Scrappers does not have the tape on their website yet, but I did find some of the patterns in their Etsy store. You can also contact them via phone or e-mail and I am sure they will be happy to help and ship it right to you. Please tell them Candy sent you! Small business owners need all of the support they can get — especially in Michigan — these days.

So, my overall review of this product … if you love, and use, washi tape, ribbons or border stickers to dress up your projects, this is worth the money. The elegance it adds to a project is unlike other products we have available to us. And the quality does justify the price. Although I still wish we could import it cheaper!