Saturday, June 27, 2009


Are you tired of the same old lettering for your headings. I have an idea that you can use to change your existing lettering into something new-dots and spots.

All you need is some chipboard, foam, vinyl or even sticker lettering, a white or black pen or some acrylic paint and a toothpick.

Next step is to add some dots to the letters either all over or just parts of them for a new look.

Please note that pen such as the uniball signo will not work on foam lettering, here you need to use paint and a toothpick to apply it, but pen works on all other lettering types.

Here are my examples

On this example I have used a uniball signo pen to add groups of three dots to each vinyl thickers letter.

This time I used the same pen but added dots right around the edge of each vera thickers letters. I used pen again to add dots around the edge of bella chipz chipboard lettering.

And finally here I have used a toothpick to add white acrylic paint dots to these foam subway thickers. ( sorry cant show you the whole layout ).

Well thats it for now hope you have found some inspiration to add some zing to your headings.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Whats new....

So there are quite a few new things that have arrived into the store... here are some of the new yummy goodies that are a must to see...

New chipboard embellishments from 2 Crafty
For something really different you will love the new range Graphic 45...fantastic ecclectic double sided patterned papers.
New die cut papers, tickets and bingo cards from Jenni Bowlin
More new Carolees Creations alpha stickers, in new funky fonts and colour combinations.
For something different, great Decorative Pins for scrapbooking and cardmaking. These pins are gorgeous great for gathering up lace and ribbon on etc and my fav new technique using them through tickets such as the Jenni Bowlin ones and Tim Holtz tickets..

Plus more to come.. make sure you keep on checking back in as there are some yummy new goodies coming soon..

till next time


Rolling stocktake Clearance Sale

Rolling Stocktake Clearance Sale –
20% off selected items In Store ONLY
Our rolling stock take sale continues this week.
Marvy punches, paper trimmers and accessories – 20% off
Prima – all product – 20% off
Pink Paislee - 20% off
We R Memory Keepers – 20% off
Last weeks clearance items are now
American Crafts - Thickers – 17.5% off
My Minds Eye – all product – 17.5% off
7 Gypsies – all product - 17.5% off
Product already reduced excluded. No further discount applies. These items are on sale from now until Sunday 21th June or until sold out. Sale applies to in store purchases only. No internet orders, sales orders or laybys accepted as these items are on a stocktake clearance sale (we don’t want to have to count them)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cyber Crop Winner

First of all I wanted to apologise for the lateness in announcing this months winner. The voting was VERY close!!
So without further ado here is our Winner
could you please email Sue at the shop about your voucher.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Talking Masks

Hi there, Anthea here. My apologies for not having this up on the weekend, but I was here and it was FANTASTIC, and whats more is I now have more photos to scrap =)

OK today I wanted to show you a little on masks. When Heidi Swapp came out to the country late last year she came with this awesome technique that she shared with a lot of keen Scrapbookers. For the staff that were at the Scraploot shop during the Grand Opening by Heidi herself we were also shown this technique. Heidi put a gorgeous page together right before our eyes and it was easy to become inspired by her enthusiastic nature. I took this technique home with me and have been putting it to some good use and then added my own little twist to it.

For this you need some inks.

Tim Holtz is great for larger projects, and I recommend using the Blending Tool with these inks, you can blend in just the one colour or multi colours. in one of my pages for this months Design Team I used 3 colours on the one page and the blending tool just worked brilliantly. (Head to the Scraploot Gallery to check it out)
Versa Mark inks are also great to use too. They are smaller then Tim Holtz inks and more easily manipulated to move around (you will see what I mean soon) and when they are brand new their colours are nice and vibrant.

Your also going to need something to act as your mask. Heidi Swapp has released some new Mega Masks and Scraploot also stocks the older designs that are fabulous.
I also have here some negatives from some Die Cut Sheets and a piece of wiring that I had lying around in my stash.

To get started I will show you the Die Cut Negative first.

Place tiny pieces of double sided tape on the corners underneath the diecut. touch them a couple of times to take away the stickiness, just so that they are slightly tacky enough to hold the diecut in place. Place it on your layout and then gently starting from the outside of the diecut lightly rub your ink pad over the diecut, starting from the outside will allow you to bland the tones into the centre.

Once you have a result your happy with lightly lift the die cut up. On this layout I have used 3 different coloured inks, and I love how it gives a bit of life to the page

This next technique I am using the wire

Like I mentioned before Versa Mark ink pads have a nice soft sponge, so it is easy to move the ink pad around. Here you will need to dab the ink into the spaces between the wire, do this as hard or as soft as you like, change your colours, work in straight lines or messy, add this to one spot on your page or a few. You should end up with something like this

And for this last one I am using a Heidi Swapp Mask

Here I have used the Versa Mark ink pads again by dabbing them into the spaces and doing this till I have a desired colour, move your mask around and make it slightly messy, or for a more clean look just leave it in the one place. If you were using Heidi Swapps Mega Masks then Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a blending tool would work wonderfully.

This is a fun little technique that is sure to brighten up your pages. If you use it be sure to share it with us in our gallery.

Stay tuned we will be placing our votes on the cyber crop winner and it will be announced later this week.