Monday, March 14, 2011

Tip of the Week AND Day 3: Jennifer's "It's My Birthday Blog Hop"

Welcome to Day #3 of Jennifer Restivo's "It's My Birthday Blog Hop."  If you've arrived here by chance, please do go to the start of Jennifer's hop by clicking HERE. This will take you to Crafty Card Gallery, and the beginning of a journey through several excellent crafters' cards.

Don't forget to post a comment to be eligible to win BLOG CANDY.  I'm giving away a pair of brand new, in the box (NIB) Cutter Bee scissors, utterly perfect for crafting.  And if you missed my posting from Days 1 and 2, I combined them onto one posting so hit "Older Post" at the bottom right of this blog to see the weekend's work.

This is the card I made for Day #3 of Jennifer's hop:
"Wishing you a one-of-a-kind-birthday." 

Perfect greeting for those of us who create one-of-a-kind cards!

For this card, I cut strips of coordinating paper 1/4" wide, and wove them to create the backdrop for the bow and greeting. After I was done weaving and to hold them together, I machine stitched the border.  I cut turquoise paper into really thin slices (less than 1/16") and curled it over a dowel to make the cute curly-ques. 

I made the stick pins using beading findings. Do you need a tutorial on these?

The greeting was stamped, cut and inked, and pop-dotted.

Now for your TIP OF THE WEEK:

You won't believe how I cut the paper -- easy-peasy ... WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR AN AMAZING NEW Tip of the Week, brought to you by CardMonkey:

Can you believe that?!  You've just got to try this, and please show me what you've made with this tip of the week!!

1.  Be or become a follower of this blog.
2.  Post me a comment ... let me know what you think of this innovative cutting tool for paper! 
3. will be selecting one winner whose comment appears anytime on this blog during Jennifer's 5-day blog hop.

Your next stop is Miss Adri.

I hope you enjoyed this Tip of the Day and lovely card!


Stephanie said...

Wow, that's cool. I don't have one, so can't try it, but I love non-crafting tools for crafting. Love all the ribbon on your card too!

Unknown said...

FABULOUS, very versatile. Can't wait to see the flowers. I never would have thought about this for the embossing folders. Thanks Ellen!!

Trisha said...

Who would have ever thought to use a pasta machine this way? Thanks for the tip and sharing the great card. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Karen said...

Great information. I would of never thought to use a pasta machine with paper or even embossing. TFS!

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Unknown said...

Wonderful tip. I have one and never thought of this. Wowzer

Groovymama said...

AWESOME!!!! I definately need one now!!!!!!!! Thanks for joining my blog....Im following you too!!

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Love your pasta machine tip.
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Jolanda said...

what a great idea - maybe my pasta machine will be used at last!!!

Jae said...

Great card, love the ribbon! And thats such a creative idea, the pasta machine cuts so nicely. I love how you don't need to sandwich anything when embossing, great tip! TFS.

April said...

Love the effects!

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Unknown said...

I have a pasta machine I bought for making clay jewelry never thought it would be useful for papercrafting. TFS

ScrappinAnn said...

Thanks for sharing your card and the tip video. You are always so clever.
I am already a happy follower :)
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Star said...

You are so very clever and innovative, Ellen! I never cease to be amazed.

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Unknown said...

What a cute one of a kind card. I loved the colors you used.
Adorable !!!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! What a neat idea! Don't have a pasta machiine though.. Thanks for making my birthday special!!

Cathy said...

Unbelievable..that is neat. I need one of those!!

bernietom47 said...

OMG I started this blog hop hours ago but got stuck here on yours. Creative Brain is a massive understatement! I've been watching your tip of the day videos and reading tips but It's 2:30 AM and I really need to get to bed. I'm most definitely a new follower! I use my pasta machine with the folders but never thought to cut paper. DH is going to love this, we don't need to by a paper shredder after all. BTW I love your card, actually I love all of your work I've seen. Thanks for all the tips and a chance to win those scissors.
Blessings Bernie
bernietom47 at yahoo dot com

LBrocchi said...

Never would have thought to use a pasta machine in the scrap room!! Great Idea!!

-Lauren B

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Ellen - you are just full of surprises! I love this card - absolutely beautiful. Pasta machine in the craft room? Who would have thought of that besides you - you are amazing :) As I don't own a cuddle bug, this is so awesome to me. A cutter and "embosser" and if I get the urge to make ravioli I am covered :) I would love a tutorial on the stick pins too. Thanks for sharing your creative genius!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Lizzie Laine said...

Ellen this is a fantastic idea!
I received a pasta maker from my mother in law several years ago(she upgraded to an electric one) I didn't want it to make pasta, I had always planned on using it for FIMO. But that never happened:(
Thanks to you I will actually use it to make something:)