Saturday, February 26, 2011

February card contest winner

Judy is the winner of our February card contest, with her "laugh love cherish" card. Congrats Judy and thanks to everyone who submitted cards and to those who voted. Every card received several votes and as usual customers had a hard time picking a favourite. The lucky winner of the $75 shopping spree is Margaret Hames. Margaret's ballot was drawn by Maggie McLeod at 4 pm today following Maggie's workshop on Intuitive Energy Art. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending and I think it's safe to say that Maggie will be offering a repeat workshop in the near future. If you would like more information about Maggie McLeod's art, please visit her blog at
Have a great weekend:)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I cheated on this one....

Here is card number 2 for this week's class. I know it looks like I did the background with distress inks but it's actually a piece of patterned paper...I know that's cheating but hey it worked! Of course I know some of you ladies like to get your fingers inky, so you can go ahead and do it the old fashioned way...that way you can choose different colours too. The stamp I used is "Tall Grass" from "Your Next Stamp" and I added little punched elements to make the grass into bullrushes (thanks for the idea June:)) The last card will be surprise as usual....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm back!

Sorry about not posting last weeks cards...the week kinda got away from me and it looks like this one is going to zoom by just as quickly. Just have time to post one of this week's cards right now...hopefully I'll get to the others tomorrow.....? I'm trying to learn how to use photoshop to edit my pics for the web and it's very overwhelming...bear with me OK??????? I used acrylic paint on my stamp for this card and I like the look, but then I decided to cut out the poppies and mount them on the embossed brick wall. I used peeled paint distress ink to sponge some of the bricks and it looks kinda mossy..I like it. The little butterfly was punched out, then pressed onto a scattered straw distress ink pad and edged with peeled paint. Hope you like to get ready for tonight's class:)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A new technique...

I LOVE learning new techniques and then sharing them with other card makers. I saw this one on Splitcoast stampers last week and just had to run and try it right away. The technique is called "faux pressed flowers" but as you can see from the photo I decided to do my first card with hearts in place of the flowers...I'm sure I'll be posting a flower one soon though! This is such a simple technique and yet it gives a wonderful effect. All I did was stamp the tree and then glue some tiny punched hearts here and there. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug in the script embossing folder. Any embossing folder can be used, but it looks better if it's one with a tightly spaced design. The machine presses the hearts (or flowers) into the base cardstock and gives the effect of pressed flowers. It doesn't show up as well in a photograph as in real life but I'm going to try it with some fabric flowers from my stash and I'll be sure to post a picture when I'm done. This one is card number 2 for our class and I'm still playing around with an idea for the third one....did someone say "Get on with it Marie?" LOL!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

No stamping????

Another card without rubber stamping...what is the world coming to? I love the simplicity of this card, but it could definitely be "dressed up" a bit more with a punched border or an embossed sentiment. This is just a quickie post because it's snowing like crazy and I need to get home before it gets worse, but I wanted to get at least one of my class cards up before the weekend was over. Hopefully I'll have another up by Monday evening...enjoy your weekend:)