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I got a chance to use the new By the Bay Collection from Quick Quotes for my DT kit at Scrapbook Central in February. It’s a beautiful collection of double-sided papers in blues and orange tones with a water theme. There is a die cut sheet that accompanies the paper. Great for summer, vacation or beach themed pictures, this collection really offers a lot!

Quick Quotes, By the Bay

Quick Quotes, By the Bay

Wowie, talk about gorgeous paper and embellishments?! One of the newest collections from Creative Imaginations has such beautiful specialty edged paper, super 3d embellishments and fantastic rub-ons that you’ll just want every piece of the collection! I was lucky enough to work with the black, cream and white collection courtesy of Scrapbook Central, for my DT kit. The rub-ons were like no others that I’ve tried – super sleek but not too sticky. You know when they cling to everything you don’t want them to? Well, these were very forgiving without the hassle of not applying correctly. That’s the beauty, they DID apply wonderfully! The long rub-on under the photo in the layout was actually cut and the remaining cut portion was turned vertically to go along the left side of the photo. Looks like it should belong there doesn’t it? Pretty cool! Don’t forget that you can mix your titles – this one if 1/2 sticker letters and 1/2 rub-on. Don’t be afraid to add a little extra glam too. The 3d stickers had a nice glisten to them, so I dressed up the rub-ons to match. Thanks for looking!

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Such a cute collection! Check out one of the latest reviews at ScrapFriends to see all the comments. The layout is actually using 2 of the same patterned paper with one sea dragon cut out, offset and popped over the other one in the foundation. Doodled mats around the pictures worked well with the overall casual theme to the paper.

Sandylion Oh Boy Collection

These mini cards are an idea from the Hero Arts blog. The cards are actually 1 1/4″ wide by 8 1/2″ then folded in half. They are super cute for quick table placements, bookmarks and gift cards. The stickers backed with cardstock proved to be great embellishments.

Sandylion Oh Boy Collection

Stampington & Company publications are worthy of keeping in your library for years – their quality is fantastic and such a visual treat too. This review at ScrapFriends was of the Artists’ Paper sometimes included in the Somerset issues and for sale outside of the magazine. The paper is just as wonderful as the magazine pages are – thick and richly colored. We also looked some of the clear stamp sets for this review also. The set that I received had 3 large images that provided some great play time!

Stampington & Company, Artists' Papers

Stampington & Company, Artists' Papers

Stampington & Company, Clear Stamps

Clear stamps are wonderful in that they allow you to see where you’re stamping. I find it especially useful when needing to overstamp or restamp an image that didn’t quite come out dark enough the first time around. By being aware of the position of your mount during stamping, going back over the image again can be done with a little patience. I’m not a truly “exact” stamper, meaning that everything needs to be straight and perfect, but a crisp, clear, dark image is what I strive for when stamping. I usually always have a back-up plan in case the 2nd stamping does come out right.

One old faithful back-up is to stamp the image on an entirely new piece of paper and cover the original spot completely. The trick is making it look like it belongs there, not just placed over the area obviously to cover a mistake! Ink the edges, layer different papers underneath or doodle to blend and embellish.

Another favorite is to use a Ranger nib to color in the ink where it is light or missing. Basically, touch the nib to the ink pad and use it as a pen to fill in the area. Going slow is the key here. Remember that ink is your friend and you can always put more on whereas removing it is nearly impossible which requires the implementation of the first trick above!

Yet another trick is to fill in the area with a like-colored marker. Stamping in black allows this as a great back-up plan, colors are a bit more difficult. Keep a white pen handy so that maybe coloring the background provides the best option instead of coloring the image.

When all else fails, add an embellishment! Paper flowers, bling or brads make a nice camouflage over a section that needs some help.

Below are some projects using the Holiday Whimsey set and the review can be seen on ScrapFriends.

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

Tinkering Ink Stamps

I must admit that when I first glanced at this collection (yes glanced, not actually looked), I was like “oh boy, orange, white and black!” and wasn’t sure what to do with it. Well, after looking at it and using it, I really like it! Read the total review at ScrapFriends and take a peek at the projects too.

Sandylion, Tangerine Twist

Sandylion, Tangerine Twist

Sandylion, Tangerine Twist

Do you love this witch and saying? It’s from Starving Artistamps! You can get 10% off by using my discount code on the side!

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