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Monday, April 30, 2012

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Prima Marketing Song Bird Collection in SnC

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Definitely a HOT PRODUCT … Prima Marketing Song Bird Collection literally flew out of the boxes in our earlier Open Day at Srap-n-Crop.com's Scrap.Abode.

Despite our protest to not take them as we are yet to cross check them with the packing list and invoice … oh well, I guess with a collection this lovely, there's no stopping the ladies!
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Get your copy of Prima Marketing Song Bird Collection from Srap-n-Crop.com now. Check out other Prima Marketing Collection HERE.
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Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: All Things Distress Part 3

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All Things Distress

Part 3 
Distress Inks, and why they are so special

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It’s now week three of our All Things Distress series, and I hope you have been able to play and get your fingers inky!  I really enjoy learning and trying out new techniques, but I must confess I don’t always find it that easy to put those techniques to use when creating something, such as a card or a scrapbook page.

So, in case some of you love the looks you can achieve with the first two distress methods I have shown you, but aren’t sure what to do with them, here is a quick project to get your creative juices flowing.

This uses the simple blending technique that I showed you in week one to create a card. It also uses heat embossing.  If you haven’t done this before, don’t worry, it is something I will be covering at some point in the future. 

I love how easy it is to create such a fantastic effect with this technique – it looks as if you have spent hours on it, when really it only takes a few minutes!
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What Do You Need?
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Some cardstock – white to make the card base and the centre panel, coloured for matting and layering.



Distress inks – I have used Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door.

Ink blending tool and foam.

White embossing powder.

Embossing ink, clear or white.  I have used Versamark – it is one of my favourite embossing inks because it is nice and sticky, so holds the powder well.

A stamp.  Mine is from Hero Arts, and stamps the negative of the design, ie the bits around the flower rather than the flower itself. But you could just as easily use a stamp with a positive design, and use your inks to create a coloured background.

A heat tool.


{Items can be purchased at Scrap-n-Crop.com HERE}
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Instructions:
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.Take a piece of smooth white card that is a little bigger than your stamp.  Ink the stamp up with your embossing ink, and stamp onto the card.

Cover the stamped image with white embossing powder, and gently shake off any excess. (Don’t forget you can put this excess back into the jar for using again.).  

Heat with your heat tool until the entire image is embossed.

Trim the image to the required size. 



Using your distress inks and blending tool, blend the lightest colour over the tag, using the method described in Part 1.
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Blend the second and third inks onto the paper, going as far in as you want to.  I started with Dried Marigold, then took the Spiced Marmalade about two thirds of the way in.  Barn door was blended around the edges.
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Assemble your card.  My card here is A6 size (A5 folded in half).  I have mounted my stamped image with black, leaving just a thin margin, to make the image “pop”.  I have then mounted it on a piece of orange card that is just a little smaller than the card base.  As a finishing touch, I have added some white ribbon.
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Next week I’ll show you how you can use the blending technique together with distress ink stamping to create an embellishment or journaling card for your scrapbooking layouts.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

COMING SOON!!! Tim Holtz Sling Mounted Stamps in SnC

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Restocking more hot products … 
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We can hardly wait for more of Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps to arrive.
Stay tuned to know when they are listed in Scrap-n-Crop.com.
We've ordered an assortment of these lovely designs below... ..
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NEW ARRIVALS!!! Somerset Memories Spring 2012 in SnC

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Welcome spring with the tons of inspiration to be found in our deluxe 160-page, full color publication!

Our feature articles range from how to create beautiful family collages to real life scrapbook pages to a cool iPhone app that turns your photos into cartoons. You'll be treated to a variety of memory books, and we'll show you how to create a mixed-media wall art quilt using digital paintings. 

Each issue includes eight free sheets of artist's paper - perfect for scrapbook pages or heritage projects. We know you’ll savor every page of this inspiring memory art!
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Check out what's in store in Somerset Memories Spring 2012 issue below and click HERE to buy your copy from Scrap-n-Crop.com now.
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Love the Stampington & Company publications like we do?
Well, check the many different publications carried by Scrap-n-Crop.com HERE - guaranteed to be a crafter's heaven for mojo, inspiration and ideas.


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

THURSDAY THRILLS!!! 25% off Jewelry Category this Thursday in SnC

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What better way to reward the woman you love with Jewelry?
Celebrate this Mother's Day with Scrap-n-Crop.com's Thursday Thrills where you get 25% off ALL items under our online store's Jewelry Category HERE.
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Regardless of her style, you'd find something that she'll love.
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Discount Code available in Scrap-n-Crop.com's Newsletter {be sure to register yourself to enjoy the discounts and other news before others}
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Offer excludes items already on discount.
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Offer is only valid for purchases on Thursday 26th April 2012
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Availability of products is on a first come first serve basis.
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Freebies and free shipping are not applicable for Thursday Thrills.
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Separate your Thursday Thrill purchases from regular priced items to continue receiving your 10% loyalty discount (if applicable - please check your Loyalty Status).
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Purchases already made on Thursday Thrills cannot be cancelled nor amended.
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Discounts on Thursday Thrills are applicable to normal/regular priced items only. 
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Scrap-n-Crop.com has the right to cancel all purchases not paid up within 2 weeks.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

RESTOCKED!!! Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine in SnC


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Sizzix / Ellison Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

The very snazzy pink and black Big Shot Machine is regarded by many as the best die cutting machine on the market. The machine has a big cutting platform providing a very stable base. 


The ultimate roller machine, the pink and black Big Shot will work with the entire Sizzix range from the biggest to the smallest die. It is also the only machine that will cope with the BIGZ XL range of dies {when used with the extended cutting pad - sold separately}.




Now that’s a big deal, even for a Big Shot!

The Starter Kit includes the machine {of course!}a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and Multi-Purpose Platform.


Lastly for a "BIG SHOT", it doesn't take up too much space, measuring at approximately 12.25" x 7" x 14.5" only.



Scrap-n-Crop.com has sold hundreds of Big Shot, so buy with confidence by clicking HERE.



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For you ladies with ever BIGger ambitions that the Big Shot, Scrap-n-Crop.com is taking pre-orders for the Big Shot Pro… given it's size and the fact that our Scrap.Abode is bursting to the brim and there's many, many more boxes yet to be opened and in transit, we do not carry stock of the Big Shot Pro.

Nonetheless, this has not stopped many ladies … so, join them and drop us an email at admin@scrap-n-crop.com if you'd like to pre-order a Big Shot Pro today.
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If that isn't big enough a reason to make it the best die cutting machine on the market, this ultimate roller machine is compatible with all leading brands of cutting and embossing dies such as Cuttlebug and Spellbinder …. and it cuts EVERYTHING … yes, everything from cardstock to fabric and many things in between.

SnC's CROP.ARTY: Egg-citing Mini Album To Bring List


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Signed up for this April 28th, 2012 Egg-citing Mini Album Crop.arty at Scrap-n-Crop.com?

Well, if you have not, click HERE for the details and sign up now.

For those that have, below is your To Bring List.

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Photos 
11 to 12 assorted photos (no larger than 7cm square)

Distress Ink (if you have any)

Black Archival Ink (water proof)

Ink Blending Tools (if you have any)

Dry and Wet Glue

Paper Trimmer

Scissors

Paper Towels / Wet Wipes


Apron + indoor shoe/slippers


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Conducted by Rachel Clarke, an avid card maker and lover of mini album, you will play about with distress inks, stamping and masking.
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While having a blast you'll learn a few different ways to distress ink resist, and use various die-cuts and die-cut machine.
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In addition, all participants will get :
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FREE flow of related embellishments @ the Crop.station
FREE use of tools, punches, paint et cetera @ the Crop.station
FREE sneak peek of new arrivals 
(be the first few to get items not available in any other store yet)
FREE flow of fun, laughter and ideas...
Discounts off selected items in our Scrap.Abode
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REGISTRATIONS can be made via our Scrap-n-Crop.com online store HERE.


QUERIES can be made by emailing admin@scrap-n-crop.com


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: All Things Distress Part 2




All Things Distress

Part 2 
Wrinkle Free Distress
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Last week I introduced you to distress inks from Ranger/ Tim Holtz, telling you what made them so unique, and showing you just how easy it is to blend them together, and to get a great distressed look just by adding a few drops of water.

Today, I’m showing you a completely different way of blending them together – it is more random, and potentially more messy, but gives great results!

Before we get our fingers inky, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about the Ranger craft mat, generally considered to be the best craft mat there is.  I’m not on commission or anything – I’m  passing on my knowledge so you can make an informed choice.

Many people think the craft sheet looks just like a baking sheet, and so, understandably, think they can use a baking sheet instead, especially as they are much cheaper.  Well, of course you can if you want to, but it is not the same thing, and it will not protect your working surfaces in the same way that the Ranger craft mat does.

The Ranger mat is made of Teflon fabric, fused in a layer of glass.  This means that nothing will stick to it or go through it, and it means that it is heat tolerant up to 850° Fahrenheit. So if you are heat embossing, using a craft iron, or anything else involving heat, your craft surface should be well protected (though it might be best not to try it out on your RM 5,000 dining table!).  A baking sheet is non-stick, but it is most definitely not heat resistant.  I’m not sure whether inks would go through it, I’ve never tried, but feel free to experiment if you want to!  So, if you’re planning on doing lots of inky crafting, especially involving things like heat embossing, then the Ranger sheet is a good investment.  One more thing – never, ever fold the sheet, always roll it up to put it away.

OK, now onto the fun part – wrinkle-free distressing.  This is another great way to create backgrounds, and is so much fun I think you’ll want to try it out with lots of different colour combinations!
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What Do You Need?
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A craft mat

A spray mister
Distress inks

Paper - I have used a Ranger manila tag but you can use whatever you have
Heat tool (optional)

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I have used Worn Lipstick, Stormy Sky and Dusty Concord, but, as always with these techniques, you can use as many or as few colours in whatever combination you like.

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Rub your different colours of distress ink onto your craft mat.
Don't rub one colour on top of or too close to another or you risk contaminating your ink pads.

Spray the ink with water - give it a good few sprays. You should see the ink pool up into little droplets.
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Press your tag/paper into the ink.
You can either press it down and lift it up, or you can swish it around a little if you like. However, the more you swish it, the more you can muddy up the colours. The best way to go about this step is to play around until you find what works best for you.

Dry the tag / paper.
I use a heat tool for this -it's quicker! - but if you do not own a heat tool, you can let it dry naturally.

You can leave your tag / paper as it is, or if you wish, you can add more ink from what is left on your craft mat / sheet. On of the two tags on my picture (right tag), I have died the tag, and then gone back to add a little more ink here and there before drying it again.

{Note - drying in between means that you are layering the inks, not mixing them, so they will not go muddy}

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I have also shown some tags that I have made previously, using the same method but different colour combinations.  One of them is stamped on as well (left tag).

If you are wondering why this is called wrinkle-free distress, and not just distress, it is because in the early days of distress there used to be a popular technique called wrinkled distress.  This doesn’t seem to be so popular any more, but if you want to try it, it is easy and uses the same supplies.  
  • Simply screw your tag/paper up into a ball, so it becomes wrinkled.  
  • Smooth it out a little and lightly swish it directly with your ink pad, so that just the higher parts of the wrinkles are inked.  
  • Spritz it with water – the ink will wick out from the creases to give a great distressed look.  
  • Let it dry.  


Unfortunately, this does result in a somewhat crinkled tag, though you can iron it if you wish (with a craft iron, you don’t want to make your clothes inky!).  I suspect the need for an iron is what has made this particular technique less attractive....  ;-)

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