Tuesday, October 30, 2012

*FTL213 A Little Late*

I'm a day late and a dollar short (more like 5 days late) posting my card for the sketch for Fall To Layout 213 on the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog.  I had the card made with enough time to post it, but I made it while I was in Ontario visiting my sister and I only managed to unpack my stamping bag yesterday.

I hope it's better late than never!
I had a great time at the fall retreat in Brantford Ontario (at the Circle Square Ranch) organized by The Kit Company.  This is the third year in a row that I've flown to Toronto to spend a week with my sister and to attend this retreat.  Some good friends, food and fun!!!

I used Washi tape to create the strips on this card... it was a little tricky to cut the ends but so easy to use otherwise.  I loved it so much that I promptly spent about an hour surfing Etsy for more Christmas themed Washi tape... and am patiently (?) waiting for my order to arrive!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

*Perfect Layers Tools*

I have been wanting to do a post for a while, showing what a difference my Perfect Layers Tools make in a card.

A lot of people said to me that they can just cut a larger mat for their layers and save the money.... what they are missing out on is the idea of the layers being perfectly centred, every time.  No matter how careful I was before I got my Perfect Layers Tools, my layers were never straight.  If they were, it was a fluke.  The Perfect Layers Tools take away the human error of crooked layers.

It also takes away the math.  LOL  You just decide how wide you want your layers, find the right part of the rulers and voila!  There are 8 choices on two rulers for sizes of layers.  It doesn't matter if your smaller layer is an easy size to measure.  Just have the lip grab the smaller layer and use your craft knife to cut the lines of the next layer down.  There is a great video on their website ... just click the Perfect Layers Tools graphic on the right side of my blog.

One trick I've found with using patterned paper or thinner cardstocks....  flick the edges of the smaller layer up just a little bit so that the rules can catch them easier.

Now... on to the photo....  I wanted to show how a 1/16th contrasting layer can really make elements of your card POP!
The card on the left is nice enough... but I love the card on the right.... just a little bit of a POP!  It just stands out better.

If you're interested in Perfect Layers Tools, click the graphic on the right under Perfect Layers Tools.  If you use nelrick5% in your checkout, you'll get a 5% discount!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Just a quickie from me....  a great sketch this week from the Clean and Simple Stamping blog.... grab some papers from a line or paper pad and have fun!!
Of course, I had to use my Perfect Layers tools!