July 27, 2008

The Crafters Companion

Hi all, it's been a great week, and we have been so busy. But since I got back from Chicago I just feel so energized! At CHA across from out booth was the company Crafters Companion. They are from England, and they make these Enveloper scoring boards. It is so fast and easy to make any size envelope, no more tracing the template, cutting and scoring. It's all done with one piece of paper and a few scores! And the cool thing is that they make envelope boxes! You know when you make those big embellished cards and they don't fit in the envelope, or you have to pay extra, just because they are to bulky and need to be hand stamped. Well, the envelope box is just 1/4" deep and is big enough to fit the cards and then as long as it doesn't weigh more than it's suppose to you don't have any additional postage. Margaret at Sparkle n Sprinkle is now carrying these Envelopers and you can find them here.
Here is a fun card I made using the boards. There are two boards available, one is for the envelopes, and the other is for cards and boxes. I used the Top Score Multi Board for the card. It comes with a brochure with all the details of how to use these boards. But basically, I cut two pieces of white cardstock to the standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. One, the card front, I scored in half and folded. The second piece I scored on the center line, then on the line for gate fold. I used the Scalloped Oval Nestie for the cut out.
This started out as just a practice card, since I just did the folds on white cardstock, so I added some old designer paper I had to the inside to decorate it and went from there. I looked in my stash of finished stamped images and found the flowers already done, it is using the faux metal technique. I had to use my new SU scalloped edge punch, so I did the edges of the card with that. I used the same technique to suspend the saying as I did with the suspension cards. I used the flower punch to decorate the inside a little more.
Then for the envelope. Since it doesn't fold flat I made an envelope box with the enveloper. I put a piece of designer paper on the inside to finish it off. Then on the back flap, there are 4 designs on the board so you can decorate the envelope.
I am so exicted about these little boards. I will show you the boxes you can easily make with it also. But until then, enjoy!

I have some exciting news to share tomorrow, so make sure to come back!!

Jill
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