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Friday, May 16, 2008

Feed Your Creativity!

Sorry it's been way too long since my last post. So, here I am trying to make up with a fun entry that really "Feeds Your Creativity".

My friend, Flo, owns and operates an online store( that sells handmade jams and jellies. They are oh-so-yummy. Flo and I were talking about how her jams and jellies would make great gifts this time of year for dads, teachers and hostess gifts for those summer picnics and parties. We talked about how to package the cute jelly jars for these different occasions so here is what we came up with.

This first set of photos is the small jelly jar that fit perfectly into the Acrylic Paint Cans. How cute is this to give as a hostess gift or a thank you gift for a teacher or special

I used the Doodlebug Paper frills to wrap around the paint can. I also reached for the new KaiserCraft embellisments. These flowers have no middle piece so you get to choose how to fill the empty flower you want pearl or rhinestones. Love that option!

Next came another idea that we thought would be fun to take as a hostess gift for those Memorial Day invites you receive or any other picnic and/or party this summer. Jams and jellies won't melt in the heat. They are yummy poured over a brick of cream cheese and then spread onto your favorite crackers. The jams and jellies could also serve as a fun Father's Day gift. I used the round coasters to create a secure bottom for the cello wrap. I painted the coaster withe Ranger Crackle Paint and ran some Distress Ink over the paint for a little masculine feel. I also choose the Changito BBQ stamp and used the Copic Markers to color in the image.

Finally, we talked about how these jelly jars could be a very unique and fun alternative to those traditional wedding favors. Flo wrapped it up in tulle and I reached for the CuttleBug Textile Hearts to create a simple and elegant tag for the jelly wrapped creation.

I love the Cuttlebug Combo. Think of it as a 2-step process. You have the die to cut the shape; then you have the coordinating embossing folder to add texture to the shape. I started with the Cryogen Poison Ivory cardstock. The shimmer and color of this cardstock is appropriate for any wedding project. After cutting and embossing , I used some VersaMagic Dew Drop ino to rub on top of the scroll design for even more dimension.

Check out Flo's jams and jellies at There are lots of flavors to choose from. eclectic Paperie has a variety of Cuttlebug Combo designs so come visit and look around.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 2, 2008

New Crafty Secrets Have Arrived

We have received lots of email requesting the new Craft Secrets stamp sets that were release at Winter CHA. They are here and have arrived into the eP product mix. They are gorgeous and calling out to be colored with your Copic Markers or favorite coloring tools. They are a "must have" for all vintage and shabby-chic lovers.

Here are photos form the Craft Secrets booth from Winter CHA. Their displays are always so beautiful and loaded with pretty projects submitted by their design team. You walk away with lots of inspiration. Enjoy!