Fabulous Finds Friday — Tools and more!

I have a few cool things to share today…

How many times have you cut yourself on a craft knife left exposed on your desk or in a drawer? Uh huh. Been there, cut that.

Enter the retractable knife from EK Success.

First, I love that it clicks open and closed. But to make it even better, you don’t have to touch the blade to load or remove it.  Just click the button on the top of the knife to expose the blade and stick it onto a new blade to load it from the nifty case; click again and point into the OTHER end of the case to unscrew the old blade safely. Genius.

I haven’t yet worked much with this tool, the Kellycraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square… but I am intrigued. The L-shaped tool shoots out a little laser light to help keep you on the straight and narrow:

It makes it easy to see a straight line so you can easily line up images, or make sure your sentiment is straight. The light shines through an acryclic block for stamping purposes. Put a cutting mat under it and you can line up a metal-edged ruler and cut away without drawing any lines.

One more find: I love the Miss Teagen Sue collection from Bazzill Basics Paper. I used one of the mini prints on this card:

(bird image with matching die from Prickley Pear Stamps, stamped in Cup O’ Joe Hero Arts ink, bird highlighted with Ranger Gloss Accents; ribbon by Making Memories; baker’s twine from Close To My Heart.)

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Paper Paper Everywhere

I love paper. I love the colors, the textures, the possibilities. The trouble is, I love paper so much I’m often afraid to use it. So I have piles of paper. This week I decided to change that. I decided to use some stash!

And I found the perfect surface — this mini book from Close To My Heart:

The papers are from the Close To My Heart My Recollections Stella collection.

Here’s what I did with it:

A closer look at the closure flap:

And the inside pages:

It still needs to be decorated, but it’s ready when I am! A little tidbit …. I made the paper a bit too snug on the flap of the book, so I used this great weight from *HeavyWeights TM  to make it bend to my will. These weights, made for book binders, are a little pricey, but are so useful. I used to stick my cards under books and bricks and other miscellaneous items, but these are much better.  I especially like the flexible weights.

But back to my paper. Here’s what I had leftover:

Tempting though it was to save the scraps, I was determined to use them so I didn’t have to put them away! Come back Friday to see what I did with the leftovers.

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(*Disclaimer: I received complimentary HeavyWeights to review for Crafts ‘n things magazines, when I wrote about book binding.)

Fabulous Finds Friday: Bazzill Paper

 Paper, paper, paper. Can we ever get enough? Especially if it has texture, color and pizzazz! Today’s Fabulous Find is the new paper from Bazzill Basics. The new glazed cardstock is embossed — but with the added interest of a shiney coating. The tone-on-tone glazing is subtle, but exciting.
 
Here is a spring card made using an Easter design. The white on white is quite subtle.
 
  
 
 
 A close-up gives you a better view of the glazing:
 
Another view:
Because the white was so subtle, I took a Ranger Distress pad (Blue Jeans) and rubbed it over a scrap of the paper and viola! Watch the glazed eggs pop:
 
 
The other papers have deeper colors, and the glazing really shows. Here’s a cute cupcake design:
 
Other glazed designs include polka dot, feathers, leaves, diamonds and stripes. I love the deep, rich tones. Take a look at the display board from CHA:
 
 
  
 
Also new are additions to an elegant line — white stock with shine and texture — the names say it all: Tiny Diamonds, Taffeta and Linen. I don’t have photos, but I hope to make a project this weekend using this paper.
 
For more info go to www.bazzillbasics.com
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!