Friday, July 13, 2012

New Challenge Blog

I thought that I had posted this when our new challenge blog opened but I guess I have not.
Chalk N Stock is a chalk challenge.  Chalk N Stock can be found here!
We are a monthly challenge right now, but in September will be bi-weekly!
So stop by and leave us your best get well card using chalk! 
This months sponsor is Scribbles By Sandy!
We are proud to announce that we are now part of the
Bugaboo sponsored family!  Starting is September we will be sponsored
bi-weekly from Bugaboo!  Great news for those that love those images!
7 images of your choice to the winner!
So get used to playing along with us now!

Tammylee DT Coordinator
Lynda Guest Designer
Barb (Who is out sick and in our thoughts)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Create some prayer flags and share love with those who need it.. Here is everything you need to make one!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Prayer flag swap! make five of the same flag and swap should be fin! Let me know if you want to join... Holding the swap at Mixed media shops in the creative art studio.. Its free to join! Or you can do it from here let me know! ill post more information shortly!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Here is a tutorial on how to paint this picture. I will take you through the process and guide you through it. Happy pnting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blog Hop

There are a few of us here on the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe team,
so wanted to let all followers
know that there is a blog hop starting today and running three days at


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Here is a tutorial On how to make cd cloth flowers with the Sizzix die from EIleen Hull. I hope you can make some alone with me!,

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I,ve had a few request on how to make a digital stamp tranfer. So I decided to make a tutorial I hope this helps!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

News about Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe

Hi Everyone! 
Letting you all know that
 Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe
has decided to change one rule for you....

You will be able to use any image.  But you will still need to use our chalks.  With that said we are having a special and is only 1 per person.  You can go to our chalk site and order 4 chalk colors for only $6.00 plus shipping.  You will need to write the colors in the comment section.  You can only get 1 set of 4 chalks at this less than 1/2 price special. 
Here is the chalk site.( does not include Metallic, Fluorescent or Stardust)

Then if you send in a card that you used for the challenge LuAnn will give you a coupon for your next
chalk purchase.  Just email me at for the address to send in your card.

Another thing I wanted to tell you all is that Stamp N Plus Scrap N has grab bags for sale.  Here
This is the description:    Stamp N Plus Scrap N offers 15 handcrafted unmounted rubber stamps on double sticky cushion for wood mounting in a 6in by 9in manila envelope these stamps are old stock in good shape approx retail value of $40 to $50. The only thing they may need is trimming. 15 images for Five Dollars or 45 images for Twelve Dollars WOW!!!!!
We cannot guarantee there won't be any doubles if multiple envelopes are purchased as a bunch of images were thrown in a bin and then stuffed in envelopes. No doubles in individual envelopes.   WOW What a sale!

$6.00 for 4 chalks ( does not include Metallic, Fluorescent or Stardust)  
Grab Bags for $5.00 and $12.00 plus shipping. 

Hope you all have a great day and hit up our great sale!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Basic Cuttlebug

Do you ever: Want to make flowers, butterflies, titles &/or tags that perfectly match your layout? Want to be thrifty & make beautiful embellishments from your leftover scraps? Want to never worry about running out of the letter E again?  Then the Cuttlebug just might be the tool for you.
What is the Cuttlebug?  It is a personal Die Cutter & Embosser. Huh? Put simply the Cuttlebug uses  "dies" to cut out shapes and "folders" to emboss.  Here is a sample of things I made using the Cuttlebug in less than an hour (& I stopped to take lots of pictures for this tutorial).  The Cuttlebug at your local store may or may not look exactly like this:
 (ProvoCraft, who makes the Cuttlebug recently changed the design). But it doesn't matter if it doesn't look the same, it will still work the same way. the dies & Embossing folders can come in many shapes & sizes.  In fact the Cuttlebug is made to work with dies & folders of other brands as well. So the possibilities are endless.  Here are a few that will work with it:

Weighing about 7 pounds and with a handle on top, It is made to be portable so you can take it when you go to a crop. And Since it folds up it is pretty easy to store.  Mine fits in a small shelf next to my scrap space.  See:

As you can see, the Cuttlebug is one of my favorite tools. If you've never used a diecutter it might look intimidating. The good news is...It's very simple, if you remember a few things:

1) Make sure you are on a stable work surface. If one isn't easily available, I often use the floor.  The Bottom is designed to grip the work surface when you open it up, so it won't slip around when you are turning the handle, But if your work surface is moving around, that won't do you any good.
2) You can cut many different materials, paper, felt, vinyl, fabric, chipboard, even cork, but don't try to cut anything thicker than 1/8 inch.  Not only do you risk bad cuts, but it can void the warranty.  Also it must be no more than 6 inches wide, or it won't fit.
(Length doesn't matter it can trail off the edge as long as you want. I run 12" strips through mine all the time)

3) Make sure you use the right sized parts in your "sandwich", & in the right order:
               The Cuttlebug comes with 1 spacer (A) and 2 cutting pads (B) There is also a Thin Die Adapter (C), which doesn't come with the Cuttlebug, but is designed for use with other companies dies. You will always need at least 2 of these & I've found most of the time I use  A & both B's.

If the sandwich is  too thin, it won't cut and if it's too thick, the cutting pad can break, so don't force it.  Here's how you can tell when you turn the handle:
  If it turns very easily it's probably too thin.
  If it creaks loudly &/or is very difficult to turn, it's too thick.
Either way simply adjust which layers you're using.

Here is an example of a sandwich:
 As you can see, A is on the bottom.  (Unless you have a very thick die & don't use A, it is Always on the bottom)  B is the cutting surface, so it comes next, followed by the paper (or whatever material you are cutting), and then the die with the cutting side (Usually there is foam covering the blade on this side) down.  Then for this one the dies are thin so C is on top. (When using dies that are made for the Cuttlebug & most embossing folders you would use the other B here Always make sure you have one of these on top.).
Then you just put your "Sandwich into the Cuttlebug like this:
and turn the handle until it comes out the other side.

It doesn't matter which side you put it in, so both lefties & righties can both use this machine with no problem.

So when it comes out you take apart the sandwich & this is what you find:

Notice that the cutting mat is scarred with the shape from the die. 

 4) When embossing, make sure the paper is inside the folder & lined up where you want the pattern to be.  (For large background embosses this isn't important, but for our example it is, as you can see:  If it isn't lined up, you can end up with only part of the butterfly embossed.  It's also important to make sure you have the butterfly right side up.  (Especially if your paper is double sided, or has a "wrong side" for flat, non-textured card stock, it doesn't matter) the side you want embossed should face the "Sticking out side", not the "Sunken in side" or you will have Debossed, instead of Embossed.  In other words the area that is raised on the folder will press into the paper so that it makes a bump.  The mostly sticking out side has grooves where the bumps from the sunken in side fit and press the design out (aka Embossing).  So here is our sandwich with the butterfly in the middle:

And after running it through the machine we have a beautifully embossed butterfly.

So that is the Cuttlebug!  A simple user friendly tool.  I've included a links to some more information, including Provocraft's downloadable  Cuttlebug manual (PDF). &  This link has some information that i found very helpful:

I'd love to see what you do with the Cuttlebug!  You can find me at
Posted by Katrina Forman of Katrina's Kreations

Monday, January 16, 2012

Photopolymer Clear Stamps and Cards by: Precious Remembrance Shop

Hello everyone! most of you heard the newest product that I added in my shop. These are high quality photopolymer clear stamps. I'm so excited to share it here today, along with some projects.

If you get a chance, stop by at my shop's blog to know more about the stamps, they are simply the best! You can subscribe too if you want to get updates about the stamps and future products and projects.

I have two stamp sets available and I''m looking forward to add more in the future. First is "Friend Stamp Set", and the second one is "Love Stamp Set". Both stamps are perfect whole year round, since they are pretty flexible to any projects. Valentines is coming up, it's perfect for that too!.^_^

You can get both stamps here.

Here are the stamp sets along with some card samples that I made.

Enjoy and have a great day!

(Thanks Jennifer for letting me share it here.^_^)



Saturday, January 14, 2012

I have been wanting to make my own images for stamping. Since i enjoy making mixed media canvases. I have learned a new way for me to create good quality rubber stamps. I can use my own images or die cut shape I use often. Here is a short video in how to make rubber stamps out of Spellbinder Shapeabilitie Dies

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Use your scraps

Good Morning everyone, Martha here with another card :)
I had some extra scraps in my desk, but was hesitant in throwing them away so when I saw the sketch over at CPS I had to try it :)
Great way of finishing up those scraps :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

As I promised you last week I would create a project using the music paper I posted last week. It was a lot of fun! I enjoy creating with my friends online. There is an endless amount of projects you can create with the paper I shared with you. I hope you share with me what you created. I love to see what everyone creates.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine's Day Mini Album

Good Morning Everyone, Martha here with a little mini I just finished making.
Great way to use up those supplies is to make mini albums.  What I love is that I can use scraps of anything I have left over, and add them as embellishments to the mini.