American Crafts Spotlight Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of our American Crafts Spotlight here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!  Today we’re continuing our focus on some of American Crafts’ amazing tools, as well as sharing more great project ideas created using the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.  We’ll also be giving away the American Crafts prize pack shown below, filled with Amy Tangerine Sketchbook products generously donated by American Crafts.

American Crafts Prize Pack – Leave a Comment to Win the Prize Pack Pictured Below

Before we jump into our projects and videos for today, let me once again introduce you to American Crafts:

American Crafts

Founded in 1994, American Crafts initially specialized in pen manufacturing — many of which are still part of the company’s lineup today — before transitioning in the late 1990s to creating innovative, well-designed products for the emerging scrapbooking industry. Since then, American Crafts has steadily expanded its product offering, becoming a trendsetter along the way. In 2009, American Crafts acquired the Pebbles Inc. brand, and in late 2011 the Crate Paper brand, to offer an even wider variety of products to scrapbookers. American Crafts is known for fresh, clean product design and friendly, personalized customer service. Products feature bright, vibrant colors and a contemporary feel, inspiring crafters to record their memories in a fun, sophisticated, and stylish way.

Product Spotlight: Cut Up 12″ x 12″ Rotary Blade Trimmer

In the video below I spotlight the American Crafts Cut Up 12″x 12″ Rotary Blade Trimmer – I’ll give you a close up of all the features, show you how to use it, how to change the blades as well as how to change the cutting bar.  

 

In addition to our product spotlight, as we mentioned above, we’ve also created a number of different projects for you featuring the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  The projects for today were  ones that I (Andrea) created. One of our aims in creating these projects was to show you how incredibly versatile this product line is, how quickly and easily you can put cards together using these products, and how many different looks you can achieve.

Floral Beauty Card

The Floral Beauty Card below is the perfect design if you need to create gorgeous cards in a hurry.  The background of the card is the Harper’s Hue patterned paper – it already has the design and the gorgeous watercolored effect.  I simply matted the paper onto coordinating colors of card stock and then used one of the Amy Tangerine Doodle Dimensional Stickers as my focal point.  Finish it off with some black polka dot ribbon from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Ribbon Value Pack and a bit of baker’s twine and you have a simple yet striking card!

FloralBeautyCard

Download the pdf handout here

You can watch a video on how I created this Floral Beauty card below:

Supplies

Paper: Ebony CS (Bazzill); Taffy CS, Sketchbook Collection (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)

Accessories: Tape Runner XL, dimensional foam (thermoweb); Sketchbook Value Pack Premium ribbon 24 spools, Sketchbook Remarks Dimensional Stickers Doodle (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); Charcoal baker’s twine (The Twinery); paper snips, bone folder (Stampin’ Up!); black rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)

Wonderful Memories

In this next card I used the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Bits Layered Tags as the focal point of my card and then added a little extra dimension with the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Remarks Sticker Book Accents & Phrases along with the Amy Tangerine Doodle Dimensional Stickers for the greeting.

WonderfulMemoriesCard

Paper Crafter’s Library members can access the video tutorial and handout for this Wonderful Memories card here.  (You must be logged in to access this page.)

Supplies

Paper: Ebony CS (Bazzill); Lemon CS, Sketchbook Collection DP (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)

Accessories: bone folder, paper snips (Stampin’ Up!); Tape Runner XL, dimensional foam (thermo-web); Sketchbook Decorative Tags, Sketchbook Remarks Dimensional Stickers Doodle, Sketchbook Remarks Sticker Book Accents & Phrases (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); Black baker’s twine (May Arts)

Spread The Love Card

In my next card, I add dimension to the flower sticker from the  Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Remarks Sticker Book Accents & Phrases by embossing the outline of the flower using a Perfect Medium Pen from Ranger and my Super Fine Black Ebony Embossing Powder from Wow! Embossing Powder.

SpreadTheLoveCard

Paper Crafter’s Library members can access the video tutorial and handout for this Spread The Love card here.  (You must be logged in to access this page.)

Supplies

Stamps: Distressed Grid (Christy Tomlinson – Unity)

Ink: VersaMark ink, VersaMarker (Tsukineko); Perfect Medium Brush pen (Ranger)

Paper: Kraft CS, Ebony CS (Bazzill); Grass CS (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)

Accessories: Sketchbook Remarks Sticker Book Accents & Phrases, Sketchbook Flat Top Fabric Brads, Sketchbook Value Pack Premium ribbon 24 spools, Sketchbook Remarks Fabric Stickers Paint (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder (WOW! Embossing); Embossing Buddy, bone folder, paper-piercing tool, foam mat, mini glue dots (Stampin’ Up!); Heat It! tool (Ranger); Tape Runner XL, dimensional foam (thermo-web)

Floral Hello

This next card you see uses one of the tags in the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Bits Embellishments Die-Cut Shapes as the focal point and then I carry the colors through the card using several different ribbon patterns from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Ribbon Value Pack.

FloralHelloCard

Paper Crafter’s Library members can access the video tutorial and handout for this Floral Hello card here.  (You must be logged in to access this page.)

Supplies

Paper: Kraft CS, Ebony CS (Bazzill); Tangerine CS (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)

Accessories: Sketchbook Value Pack Premium ribbon 24 spools, Sketchbook Bits Embellishments Die-Cut Shapes (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); Tape Runner XL, dimensional foam (thermo-web); Charcoal baker’s twine (The Twinery); tape (Scotch); bone folder, paper snips, mini glue dots (Stampin’ Up!); Orange and Black buttons (papertrey ink); black rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)

Together Scrapbook Page

My last project for today is this “Together” Scrapbook page.  I used the Kristi’s Craft patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection as the background for my page and embellished it some of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Bits Embellishments Die-Cut Shapes, and Amy Tangerine Doodle Dimensional Stickers.  The colourful borders were fussy cut from the Carmine’s Collage patterned paper.  For my greeting I of course used my American Crafts Thickers.


Paper Crafter’s Library members can access the video tutorial and handout for this Together scrapbook page here.  (You must be logged in to access this page.)

Supplies

Ink: Black Pitt pen (Faber-Castell)

Paper: Sketchbook Collection DP (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)

Accessories: Sketchbook Remarks Dimensional Stickers Doodle, Sketchbook Bits Embellishments Die Cut Shapes, Sketchbook Flat Top Fabric Brads, Sketchbook Value Pack Premium Ribbon 24 Spools, Sketchbook Foam Thickers Alphabet Stickers Journal/Black (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); buttons (papertrey ink); Leaf Green Zipper trim (Maya Road); Tape Runner XL (thermo-web); double sided tape (Scotch); Charcoal baker’s twine (The Twinery); 6” wide acrylic graph ruler (Fiskars); 3” wide acrylic graph ruler (EK Success); paper snips, Craft and Rubber scissors, Fabric scissors, paper-piercing tool, foam mat, mini glue dots, buttons (Stampin’ Up!); 450 Quick Dry adhesive (Helmar); buttons (Bo Bunny); black rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)

So there you have it! Day 2 – our final day – of our American Crafts Spotlight! I hope you’ve found today to be informative and inspirational!

A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library

The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelmingAfter spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.

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American Crafts Give-Away

To enter to win our American Crafts prize pack generously donated by American Crafts, please leave your comment to below.  Winners will be announced at 11 pm EST.

 



69 replies on “American Crafts Spotlight Day 2”

  1. Every project using American Crafts is a winner. I especially like the way you can produce a fabulous scrapbook page and/or card in such a short time using all the products. Also, the colours are so vibrant and inviting. A real winner and hopefully so will I be. Thank you for sharing.

  2. LOVE these projects! The cards especially! Love that one with the three tags, and all the trimmings that come with this collection!

  3. Wow! Loved this bright, tropical collection. The colors are yummy and the motifs on DPs and other elements enhance the tropical feel. Loved the three tags card! Even when all the colors used are super bright, they don’t jar at all. Thanks for sharing your creations and thanks also for a chance to win this pack of goodies from AC.

  4. wow what a great set of supplies by Amy Tangerine! love the bold colors. Thank you for such awesome inspiration!

  5. Thanks so much for the great videos and for a chance to win! LOVE all your projects, too!!!

  6. Awesome giveaway, thanks for the change to win!! I love AC but most especially their Thickers!!!

  7. I really love all the colors…they’re so vibrant! Thank you for sharing your creations.

  8. Thank you American Crafts and Andrea for the wonderful tutorial to inspire us to use the Amy Tangerine collection!!! It appears that you can create ‘from scratch’ looking cards in a little of no time—Super nice option in the days that we live in currently. Thank you so very much for all you do in the name of inspiration,education, fun, and crafting!!!be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    http://www.urbeyondmeasure.com

  9. Wow what a lovely assortment. I’m loving the American Crafts products.
    Thanks so much for the great information and videos.

  10. Boy oh boy … your sure packed in the projects yesterday and today. Lovely, all of them. I really must get the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection. Thanks so much

  11. Wow, love the projects. They are very helpful as I have the 6 X 6 pack and wasn’t sure what I would do with a few of these papers. You got my creative wheels spinning.

  12. I love the vibrant, cheery colors. Newer to scrapbooking but this looks like a wonderful set. I’m going to have to get this one. Lots of photos to scrap from the blessings of our four adopted sons! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  13. I love all of the projects you have shown us these last two days. They are amazing! Thanks for chance to win some great American Crafts products!

  14. Wow! What an awesome prize. The colors are beautiful.
    Thanks for the opprotunity to win

  15. Love all the colours and inspiration in this post…thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

  16. I love the 12×12 rotary blade trimmer. It’s so frustrating to have to pull out the arm when your cut is bigger than the size of the cutter.

  17. I would love to use something new and different. Would love to win this package!! Thanks so much for a chance!

  18. Oh my goodness! Anyone that knows me knows I’m addicted to Thickers. 🙂 OK – pretty much ANYTHING American Crafts

  19. I loved Amy’s first line, but don’t yet have any of her second line — thanks for the chance at this great giveaway.

  20. Great videos today! Love the Amy Tangerine collection! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to try out the collection Awesome!!

  21. Great cards! I love the variety of products that AC offers. Just got one of their paper cutters and I love it!
    DeniseB

  22. Thanks for giving us so many wonderful projects using the Amy Tangerine products. Loving all the variety. The videos were informative too. This prize is so generous.

  23. Wow! Great projects! Thanks for inspiring & for the chance to win such an amazing pack of goodies! I really love all the colors…they’re so vibrant! Thank you for sharing your creations.

  24. Great cards, loving American crafts and Amy Tangerine but I have to say I love the product tutorials! This one was so in depth and really appreciate if/when I get this great cutter you mentioned all the little things that could lead to frustration and who knew you had to replace that (sorry can’t remember the right name) but the cutting line….just great! Thanks

  25. How cute is that tag card!! Love the color treatment in the Spread the Love card too! Great happy collection and the layout really showed it to perfection!

  26. The American Crafts products are so awesome and as usual PCL is showing so many ways to use them all that my head is spinning with ideas!!! I hope I win the prize pack and can try some of them out!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway and the fabulous and inspirational tutorials and ideas!

  27. These projects are absolutely stunning. I love when you showcase products that I am not familiar with so thank you.

  28. GORGEOUS cards and scrapbook page– so very colorful and creative!! ♥ I absolutely ♥ ♥ ♥ this Collection!!! I’ve actually been wanting to purchase it ever since its release, but I just haven’t had the funds to do so. Winning this Giveaway would make me one HAPPY GIRL!!! 😉

  29. Just had to tell you what amazing cards these are today. Absolutely beautiful colors and construction. I’m not a scrapbooker, but there’s lots of good ideas there, too.

  30. I have always liked American Craft products. The variety of items and colors in this giveaway are great. Your inspiration and videos are also much appreciated. Thanks for the chance to win this package.

    Ronna

  31. The American Crafts Prize Pack is awesome, great colors and packed full of possibilities. Love all the cards and scrapbook layout. Thanks for the ideas and creativity inspiration! Would love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. This is so fresh looking, I just love the colours and would love to post a few layouts that I would make if I was lucky enough to win this beautiful pile of stash.

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