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CHA -Tools: Making Memories Slice Elite

At CHA Summer 2010, Making Memories unveiled its brand new Slice Elite. The Slice Elite now cuts more precisely, so your die-cuts look even better, cuts up to 40% faster, AND it can cut through thicker materials (up to twice as thick). The Slice Elite works with all your Design Carts and Accessories, and comes in original blue and pink. The Slice Elite will make its debut at your local scrapbooking store this September. Just in time for all of your holiday scrapbooking projects.

Here’s a little demo of the Slice Elite in action:

There are also a whole bunch of new cartridges that will work on the original Slice as well as the Slice Elite.
Here’s a look at some of the cool fabric crafts you can do with the new Slice Elite since now it can cut fabric.

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Book Review: Klutz Fashion Origami

Reported by Heather Fuentes

Fashion Origami is a fun new project book from Klutz. This book cleverly uses origami paper to create cute, dimensional paper clothes.

Included in the book are 55 pieces of big paper and 25 pieces of small paper, two ribbons, lots of sequins and a small tube of glue. At the back of the book are bright cut-outs to use with your projects.

The step-by-step instructions are very easy to follow, and show you how to make ten unique pieces. There are instructions for a coat, short jacket, pajamas, shirt, skirt, sundress, party dress, purse, fan and shoe.

Here is a sample of what the instruction pages look like:

My 9-year-old daughter is an only child, so I often hear the phrase, “Mom, I’m bored!” We love crafts at our house and they are a great way to pass the time together. Using the supplies in the book, we made a skirt, coat, purse and pajamas.


My daughter thinks it’s fun to just play with the clothes and she’s flirting with the idea of making dolls to put the clothes on. You could also use them for scrapbooking or card making projects. Here’s a super simple pajama party card idea:


The book is marked for ages 8 and up and retails for $19.99. You can reorder the supplies included with the book from the Klutz website. The book has really cute Harajuku girl fashions throughout, and my daughter was just as fascinated by the ideas for real-life outfits as she was with the book itself! Overall, we had fun with it and I’m sure she’ll break the book out again when she is bored or has a friend over.

Pros:

  • Lots of paper and sequins are included.
  • Easy to use instructions.
  • Fun project for kids + grown ups!
  • Great boredom zapper!

Cons:

  • There are two lengths of ribbon included in the book, but neither of them stick very well with the glue that’s included.
  • The book says you can use smaller paper for the outfits, but it’s hard to keep track of the folds at that size. The small paper is better for accessories.

FREE STUFF!
Want to download one of the Fashion Origami projects for free? The fab people at Klutz have posted one here, so go download, print and check it out today and let us know what you think! To find a Klutz retailer near you, visit www.klutz.com.

Fashion Origami: Fold Dazzling Designs (Klutz) is available at Amazon.com

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Crafting Around Town: Cut, Paste Rock n Roll Craft-stravaganza!

Hey Everybody… please welcome Liz Abbott, one of our new reporters!

Reported by Liz Abbott

Friday night — February 5, 2010, I got to participate in the 2nd annual Cut Paste Rock n Roll (CPRR), one of my favorite craft events. I call it an event, because while I love all my L.A. craft shows (my Long Beach Craft Mafiettes and I are a part of the usual suspects at these things) CPRR is the only extravaganza like it in these (Long Beach) parts. Firstly, it’s at night. At a bar!!! With yummy pizza! In my beloved Long Beach! It is also the only craft show/music event celebrating the craft, art and music of the LGBT community and their friends.

In fact there is even a new term that includes everyone, which is LGBTQQIA. Don’t worry, I had to ask too. So I asked Annie Parkhurst, founder of CPRR, and the AMP organization. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning (for those aren’t sure yet), Queer, Inter Sex (when the person has both parts), and Allies meaning the evolved straight kids who support our LGBTQQI friends in the fight for equality.

Annie Parkhurst, CPRR Founder and all-around bad-ass
While many craft shows usually include some philanthropy, CPRR takes the cake. 100% of the door profits go to a scholarship fund for LGBTQQIA youth that are passionate about the arts, music and community service. Annie started the event last year in response to the movements happening in larger cities, like San Francisco, but she wanted to do something different from the usual night at the bar. Long Beach has LGBT pride, and even though we are a small city we need fun events too! And since I’m a part-time bi-babe, full-time ally that dresses like a drag queen and believes in art, music, and equal rights, how could I not be a part of the celebration!?!?!


There was so much to do there! Upon entering guests received a “Queer Survival Kit” with all sorts of fun goodies, packed up and decorated by Annie and some volunteer kids at the Long Beach LBGT center.

Volunteers from the Center in LB making Queer survival kits

some of the goodies

the finished product


On one side was the stage with performances by rock bands like Patsy DeKline and the Rolling Blackouts, the San Diego Drag Kings, and also spoken word artists. In the middle you have people crafting with foamies, pipe cleaners, construction paper, Elmer’s and feathers. You know, the good stuff. And for the more advanced crafters in the crowd there were also these cute make-and-take Skully craft-on-a-stick:

Fellow craft rocker

I cruised past the bar to the banquette of vendors, artists and airbrush make-up expert Marky Make-up. The vendors ranged from artists like Steven Garcia, who has a really great comic book style of art, which he hand sketches then takes it to an otherworldly level by adding computer graphics. His Diva calendar is not to be missed.

Steven Garcia and a very inspiring Jewels Long Beach with the Diva calendar


Then there was Queer Trash. They do amazing art and t-shirts with hot, brightly colored pin-up boys and girls that you might see shakin’ it on the dance floor at a Peaches show. They also did a raffle and you could win a chance to be immortalized as a piece of Queer Trash pin up art! And guess who one of the winners was? ME!!!! And I never win anything!!!

The Boys of Queer Trash!! I’m so excited to be a pin up for artist Nick Lopez (with ‘stache)

And, of course, you can’t have a craft show without fashion, honey. Project TransAction came down from SF to sell his hand-crafted leather belts, cuffs and ties that are branded, tooled and/or silk-screened in his apartment workshop. All his materials are eco-friendly.

Project TransAction and some of his amazing belts


Oh and then there is me! I’m Liz Abbott of Leatherette Heart, and well, I do everything. I have handmade and hand-silkscreened rock-n-roll clothes and t-shirts, as well as some of the funnest barrettes, jewelry and headbands, made with everything from miniature hot dogs, fake birds, rhinestones and feathers:

Lil’ ole me aka Leatherette Heart

This year, CPRR was sponsored by Pink Kitty Radio and The New Gay. The New Gay is a DC-based blog, that focuses on the ideas, events and culture outside of the “mainstream” gay arena, for the alternative LGBT set. The blog also allows and encourages its readers to submit commentaries, opinions, stories and music reviews. Zack, one of the co-founders and primary contributors, came to the event all the way from Washington DC to check out this one-of-a-kind event and support the cause. The New Gay has the greatest slogan: “The New Gay. For everyone over the rainbow.”

So, Cut Paste Rock n Roll was a good time with a conscience and something for everyone. To learn more about Cut Paste Rock n Roll and The AMP organization, go to http://www.cutandpasterockandroll.com/ You could even make a donation. It’s almost like being there. Check out some more pix!

The crowd at CPRR. If you can find the mickey ears, you’ll see me!

San Diego Drag Kings!

For those about to Rock! We salute you. With crafts!
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