Friday, May 28, 2010

Split Negative

Last night we had our monthly Christmas card class but I'm not going to post pictures of the cards...I don't want to be blamed for a freak snowstorm now that we're having such beautiful weather LOL! The ladies made beautiful cards as always, despite the fact that I had a complete brain freeze while demonstrating an origami fold that I've done dozens of times! It's a good thing these ladies are a patient bunch because my brain seems to be taking little vacations more frequently these days! Oh well....the good news is that I already have samples for next week's class. I decided to try out a technique that I've seen and admired many times, but had never actually used. It's called Split Negative and it could easily become my new favourite technique. As you see from the photos, I made two mirror image cards by stamping and embossing the butterfly once on black cardstock and then again on white. Then I simply cut each image in half and matched the black with the white. The patterned paper is doubled sided and works really well as an accent for this technique.
I'm excited about our upcoming Scrapbook Canvas class on Monday. We have a full house for this class and will be scheduling a repeat soon for those who couldn't make it to this one. Monday will also be the last day of our May card contest. I'll post the photo of the winning card on Tuesday along with details of our June contest.
It's hard to believe June is almost here...I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine as much as I am. Drop in for more chit chat on Tuesday.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Say cheese!

I was so impressed with the creations the ladies in my class came up with last week that I had them pose for photos!!!! Of course I was paying more attention to the cards than their creators, so the photo composition leaves a lot to be desired..(sorry for lopping off the top of your head Judy)! One of the ladies escaped before I could get my camera out...(I'll get you next time Ann!) and another was camera shy so I took pics of her cards without her. The pictures don't come close to capturing how fabulous these cards look in real life, but I'm sure you'll agree that they turned out beautifully. These ladies are one of the many reasons I LOVE my job so much and why Thursday has become my favourite day of the week!
There are some gorgeous entries in our May card contest, so be sure to stop in and vote for your favourite. Votes will be counted on May 31st and the winner will be announced on June 1st along with the theme for June's contest.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Talent

Class nights are always so much fun but when everyone has left for the evening, I always wish I had remembered to take photos of the cards that were made. Marci is a relative newcomer to our group of stampers and when she heard that I wished I had taken photos she sent me pics of a couple of the cards she has made in class recently. Thanks for sharing Marci..... you're a fast learner! Aren't they great????? Please feel free to share your creative talents here....we can all use a little inspiration from time to time! Lots of new goodies arriving tomorrow but I probably won't get them put away until Friday as I have a group in the store tomorrow afternoon and class in the evening. I'm looking forward to a fun evening with the ladies as always and pleeeeeeaase let there be some sunshine tomorrow!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy Mother's Day and to give you a peek at the canvas we'll be making with Lisa Costa on Monday May 31st. there is only one space left so I'm sure we'll be repeating the class. Be sure to phone or e-mail ASAP if you are interested. The card is one of the results of my "messing around" with distress inks (messing is the key word here...I had orange fingers for quite a while!)The girls in class last week saw it and decided they'd like to get "messy" too, so we'll be doing "variations on a theme"...
(thanks for the suggestion Judy)
I'll be spending most of tomorrow in the car travelling to and from Toronto to visit my in-laws....sounds like a good opportunity for a long nap (NO! I AM NOT DOING THE DRIVING..... LOL!) Have a wonderful day everyone:)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May flowers

May is here, and although it's a rainy morning it certainly feels like spring is here at last. When I got home last night my hubby had cut the grass and everything looked so lush and green now that the dandelions have been beheaded again LOL! Everyone knows the saying April showers bring May flowers and I guess May showers do too. Here are the 3 cards we'll make in class next Thursday. The first is a 4 x 4 square card using the chalkboard or "black magic" technique. We'll make an envelope for this one too! Next is the pastel punched flowers card. Only the pail is stamped on this card. Finally we are going to use the Faux Cloisonne technique for the black and white oval frame card. I stamped and embossed the flowers and butterfly on a scrap of old Christmas wrapping paper, then cut them out and glued them to the card. I'm sure everyone's card will look quite different, as they can choose which paper to stamp on (bring your wrapping paper, old store bought cards, magazines etc!) and which flower stamp they use. The flowers could also be arranged differently on the card. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Last Thursday's class was so full and busy that I didn't get a chance to photograph any of the cards. If any of you ladies care to leave a comment with an uploaded photo of your card(s), I'm sure we'd all enjoy Ooohing and Aaahing over them. It's almost time to open the store, so I will wish you all a wonderful weekend.