Zutter Bow-It-All Review

Hey guys! great news! As a Blitsy creative team member, I often get asked to create product reviews that I will post here.  Since CraftSwag is all about discovering new tools and techniques, you will also find product reviews there as well!

To kick things off, Today I am part of the Blitsy Creative Team Zutter’s Bow-It-All Blog Hop (say that three times- ha!).Blitsy Black Friday Promo

 

At first glance this tool might look intimidating, but after a few tutorials, that the Bow-It-All is perfect for the holiday season! Just think  —  bows on cards, wreaths, presents and decor.  Here is my very first set of bows:

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I started to walk around my house to see I what I could add a bow to. Um, how about everything? however, as I start,  I added a pretty ribbon to this tote:

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I like Big Bows and I cannot Lie!

(sorry, I totally couldn’t resist)

To summarize, I have a list of Likes / Dislikes

Like

  • The ability to create bows sized between ½” wide up to 9”
  • Versatile for more than one craft: Perfect for card making memory keeping, home decor and food crafts/gifts.
  • A ton of tutorials on You Tube and Zutter’s own website

Dislikes

  • There is a learning curve.   The enclosed booklet did not help me, since I’m a very visual learner.  I spent maybe 30 minutes total on You Tube to perfect the bow-making technique. Here is a link to Blitsy’s You Tube Tutorial!
  • Space: This is not a space saving tool. I do have to clear off my craft desk, move my main project over in order to use this tool.

Given that the dislikes are not major, I would definitely recommend this tool for any crafter.  And guess what?  As part of the Blitsy Creative Team, I’m giving you the chance to win one To enter just leave a comment!    The comments you leave on each blog throughout the hop, the better your odds!

 

 

 

P.S. I did the same exact review over at CraftSwag.com, so please feel free to leave a comment there as well!

If you don’t win one of these handy tools in the blog hop,  The Bow-It-All 2.0 (Yes! The latest and greatest version) will be a part of Blitsy’s Black Friday Sale! That’s all I have for now, take care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cards To Inspire…The Four Ls of Card Making

So, I wanted to share with you  some of the back story behind why I created this little class called the “Four Ls of Card Making Design.”

I created this course because there was a time I felt uninspired and not confident about what I was creating, but I kept creating.  I found that over time, the card designs I loved were ones that were born from heartfelt inspiration.  From my scribbles and notes, a class was born:

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So, if you find yourself in a creative rut, I encourage you to give this class a try.  This class is not about replicating anything I have designed or sketched out, but really more about using whatever inspires you and turning that inspiration into great card design.  More details can be found over at on my site CraftSwag.  Take care and thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

CraftSwag MiniWorkshops

Hi It’s Tyra and I’m excited to announce the first CraftSwag MiniWorkshop: The Four Ls of Card Making Design.  

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This fun workshop is for you if:

  • You are suffering from creative burnout

  • You want to infuse your design with your own inspiration.

This mini-workshop will share easy techniques for inspired design and card making.  Jumpstart your creative flow with tips on finding inspiration, easy layout ideas and more.  Bonus cutting files and design worksheets are included with class!

Check out the course and free sample lesson here!

Be Brave

Hello! I’m here to share a fun card I created for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking’s Galley Idol 2014.  I’m far into watching American Idol (Go Caleb! Go Jena!) so  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get in on the fun!

Here are one of the cards I created:

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I used We R Memory Keepers shape n tape washi tape for the gray decorative strips. I also used washi for all the butterflies.  I used my computer and printer to create the sentiment “be brave.”

“Brave,” the song sung by Sara Bareillis and the Disney Movie by the same name served as a source of inspiration.  Whenever I have the opportunity to create just for the sake of creating, I find myself using whatever song, quote or story I’m inspired by at any given moment. I’ll share more about how I channel that inspiration in a special announcement this weekend (smile).

Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

CraftSwag Mini Workshops

Hello, It’s me checking in with my latest happenings and some exciting news to share! I’ve been away for a little bit working on an exciting series of mini workshops I’m planning over at CraftSwag.  Here is a sneak peek:

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Find more details on these Mini Workshops here.  I hope to fill a different niche in the wonderful paper crafting community and have fun being a design team of one!  An exciting new chapter for me and I hope you can join in on the fun!  In the meantime, I continue to be a part of the wonderful SEI and PaperHaus Design Teams, while balancing family and work.  It all makes for a crazy circus kind of life and that’s fine with me.  Sorry I’ve been away for a bit, but thanks for stopping by the blog! xo, Tyra

Designing December: My progress so far

Hi It’s Tyra and I’m here to share my December journal progress:.  First, stop here to see the supplies and journaling prompts I’m using and stop here for my recommendations for Designing Your December. Here is my progress:

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I’m realizing that my journal is not following a particular order or coordination between pictures and journaling.  I am incorporating #30 days of lists (see sidebar for details) along with pictures from everyday life.  I may also add some advent readings that I love and maybe some entries from my Oh Life.  I guess that reflects how my life is here and there and everywhere right now.  This holiday journal will capture pieces of it before it turns into yesterday.

  Take care and thanks for stopping by! xo- Tyra

30 Days of Lists: The Rest of September

I’m here to share the rest  of my #30 Days of Lists, from September.  I’ll say it again (and again) how I love how #30 Days of Lists provides interesting questions that seem to get to heart who you are: your likes, dislikes, quirks and everything in-between.  I will share a few favorite lists from my remaining cards:

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List #19: Qualities I admire in others:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • lovingkindness (a beautiful sounding & looking word, isn’t it?)
  • respectful
  • kind
  • hunble /down to earth

I don’t really have anything further to say about this because I think each characteristic speaks for itself. Wouldn’t you agree?

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List: #26: Rules for being my friend

Sounds like a long lost list note from high school, huh? Seriously, my closest friends are genuine and nonjudgmental.  It’s something my mind and spirit can really sense in another person and at the same time this puts me at ease.   The other characteristics that follow closely behind are trust and love.  And that makes a good friendship a great one.

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List # 28: In my fridge

I just want to point out that I think it’s hilarious that at one point both Kale (the superfood) and Pecan Pie (ultimate super gooey sweet bad for you food) coexisted in my fridge.

That’s it for my September List!

It’s NOT too late to join the December Listing!!!

I’m listing in my holiday journal. It’s not too late to join the fun!  Click on the link below for more details. My fourth child CraftSwag is a sponsor this year and I have created a freebie for listers!!   Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

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30 Days of Lists #15-18

Listing has started with 30 Days of Lists and I’m excited!  I’m here to share my #30 Days of Lists, #15-18  from September.  I’ll say it again how I love how #30 Days of Lists provides interesting questions that seem to get to heart who you are: your likes, dislikes, quirks and everything in-between. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

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List#15: In My Junk Drawer

  • Kids Projects. And these projects are growing by the day. My kids’ projects are overflowing from the the drawer, our shelves, chairs, you name it.  I need to find a home for this stuff.  The first week’s worth of projects were cute, but everything is coming home at what appears to be an alarming rate!! !
  • Pens, crayons, other writing instruments.  Pens for jotting down notes, reminders and a few stray crayons for coloring time.
  • Wine opener. Yes, this lives here too.  Given the items above, it seems a little appropriate, however our junk drawer is in a prominent location in our small kitchen.
  • Stray napkins from Chipotle, Dunkin Donuts. When we pick up coffee from Dunkin or burrito bowls from Chipotle we always seem to pick up an excessive amount of napkins. (Why?)
  • Random Coupons: Occasionally I’ll save coupons for cleaning products and entry into kiddie indoor play areas and toss them into the drawer.
  • Gluesticks for “gluestick and paper time.” What a creative name for our kid activity time, eh?
  • Stray barettes. My little girlie manages to loose a few barrettes every day and into the drawer they go, until I collect enough to take upstairs to the bathroom.
  • Earbuds for connecting to our phones and heading out to the gym (for me, it’s been pretty scarce as of late!).

I’m listing in my holiday journal. It’s not too late to join the fun!  Click on the link below for more details. My fourth child CraftSwag is a sponsor this year and I have created a freebie for listers!!  I hope to share something this weekend  Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

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30 Days of Lists #11 – 14

I am back with my #30 Days of Lists from September.  I mentioned before that I love how #30 Days of Lists provides interesting questions that seem to get to heart who you are: your likes, dislikes, quirks and everything in-between.

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List#14: Weekend Essentials

  • Ground Coffee. From here. Their Highlander Grog ground coffee is delicious!
  • Friday night we usually make sure we’ve made the trip to Trader Joe’s to pickup breakfast food for the weekend: eggs, quick hash browns, cinnamon rolls, juice and bacon. And if we really have our act together, special Bacon (with a capital B) from a little slice of heaven called Goose The Market. If you live here, go there!
  • When the weather is nice, a trip to the Farmer’s Market either here or here.
  • Football!! Go Irish.
  • Catching up with my devotions. I love #SheReadsTruth. This place on the web is love and community.
  • Saturday afternoon church here.
  • Talking and texting family and friends to catch up on the latest and greatest! This is usually happening in the car when I’m doing one of the items above.
  • More football.
  • And is the wee hours, of course, creating and crafting 🙂

I hope you had fun taking a trip around my neck of the woods. This is why I love#30 Days of Lists. It is a fun opportunity to gather and revisit random pieces of our lives, present and past. This December I will be listing in my holiday journal.  Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

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Designing December: Foundation Pages

Hi It’s Tyra and I’m here to share my December journal foundation pages.  First, stop here to see specially what supplies and journaling prompts I’m using and stop here for my recommendations for Designing Your December.

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I’m still working on several pages, but I still wanted to share my #25 I created using embossing fluid and gold embossing powder.  I like how it turned out…

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At first glance, you might notice that:

  • I used floating numbers which will provide me the flexibility to move numbers around as I add pictures and journaling.
  • I am using a lot of transparencies.  I wanted to keep the inside feeling “light” and airy.  Transparencies helped a ton!
  • I didn’t stick to using christmas themed supplies 100% of the time.  Instead, I  shopped my stash and used supplies that complemented the overall color scheme (if there is one — ha!).
  • This year, I’m using #30 Days of Lists for journaling prompts.  It’s fun, easy and my track record is 100% completion! (I’m sharing my September cards, slowly but surely here).
  • I used my silhouette A LOT. For numbers, some embellishments and tags.  I think this has helped personalize my page.
  • Oh, and I’m missing numbers.  I’m missing the number 5 because it melted in an embossing incident.  I’m missing other numbers, because I need to purchase a few more filler pages.
  • And I can’t believe I created a post of foundation pages.

Check back soon for more foundation pages and more thoughts on what I loved about assembling my December Journal.  Take care and thanks for stopping by! xo- Tyra