Friday, May 13, 2011

Name Change & FB Fan Page

Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you had a good week! Mine has been just a little stressful...but good! The sun has finally showed it's face today. It's been so cold and wet - we are all waiting, patiently for SUN and WARM temps, brrr! I'm so ready for summer... being able to relax and enjoy the outside!

Now.. the latest news is that I had to change my "company name". The new name is... The Paper Caffé. I hope you all like it. :) 

The amount of time it takes to get a new name and then to make sure it is available is where the stressful part comes in. We (my hubby and I) started my fan page on Facebook and PaperCapers was already taken - there is already a store with that name. We couldn't come up with an address that would be easy to remember that went with PaperCapers.

Anyway, we like the new name as it fits everything to a "t", or should I say "coffee"! (get it? caffe, latte??) Having my tall, no foam, 1/2 sweet caramel latte at Starbucks was the inspiration for the new name... 

This week I also had a card class at the seniors centre. I always prep for 6 and when I called Monday afternoon to check how many signed up, I had 4. No issues because I had prepped enough. Tuesday afternoon I thought I should call back and ask to close off the registration and I then had 7, ah!!! Had to prep a few more kits in a hurry. 

My new Facebook Fan page is Please check it out and if you like it, become a fan!

The FB page will be for my paper art only. My blog will continue to be a mix of painting and paper art.

Thanks for stopping by today! ~ Sharka

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Paper Rosettes

Paper rosettes {or Medallions} are the latest right now and after this past weekends crop retreat I've caught the bug!  They are cute and fun to make - also, they are pretty easy. I love how I can make such a great embellishment with just paper!

There are three ways to get these:
#1 - purchase rosettes already made and decorated for you with adhesive on the backs.
#2 - make them yourself by cutting strips of paper, punching the long edge on one side, scoring every 1/4", accordian folding, and gluing your ends - finally adding the decor.
#3 - purchasing the "new" Tim Holtz Sizzlet Mini Paper Rosettes Die.

I have seen them in packages and I think they are pretty pricey for what they are. I have made one by cutting a strip of paper and doing all the hard work. But if you are off with your cutting, punching, or gluing ends, you will see the error when complete.

Because I caught the bug, I purchased Tim Holtz's die. The great thing is that it is quick and easy, and they are all coordinated, and the two smaller sizes both come on ONE die - which means less storage and less cost which makes me a happy camper! 

There are some great online tutorials about making all kinds of paper rosettes, either using Tim Holtz's die(s), or by hand. Tim Holtz dies work in a Big Shot with the extended cutting pads and platform. I believe they work in the Cuttlebug machine because my friend at the crop was making lots that way all weekend long! lol!

I also love how I get different effects with the rosettes depending on what print/pattern or papers/cardstock I use.

Happy Rosette'ing! ~ Sharka