Friday, April 29, 2011

Squash book class

This project is way more cute than the pics can show you. Next Saturday, May 7th is National Scrapbooking Day and Danielle will be at the store to teach you how to make your very own Squash book. You can choose your own paper and even bring some photos suitable for cropping to make it more personal. Danielle's sample is called "Things I like" but you can use photos, homemade or store bought embellishments, stickers etc. to create your own cute mini album. Please call ahead to reserve a time between 10am and 4 pm on Saturday. Cost is just $15 and includes cardstock, ribbon, patterned paper and the use of any store rubber stamps, punches, dies, embossing folders etc. to help embellish your squash book. You may want to bring scissors,a ruler and adhesive and any photos/memorabilia you would like to incorporate. If you want to simply make the album and add photos/embellishments at home, it will take around half an hour, but I recommend taking advantage of the tools and toys in the store to dress it up so you can leave with a finished project. There will be some great deals in the store on Saturday as well as some freebies and draws for prizes, so be sure to stop in and check out all the lovely new goodies and fill out a ballot for a chance to win some cool stuff.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I love trees...

I know I'm a week late for earth week, but I LOVE trees and tree stamps and being as everything I bought at Scrapfest had something to do with trees, I thought I'd better use them in class. I had a request after last week's class for some cards suitable to give to the guys in our lives. Like most of us, these are the ones I struggle with the most, but I often reach for a tree or nature type stamp when creating a card for a guy. These two were very quick and simple to create because the stamps themselves are so fabulous, that nothing else is needed but a little ink-sponging for a background. I decided to go with a sympathy sentiment for one of them, but as always, any sentiment can be substituted for the class. Card number 3 is VERY cute, but I'm still playing around with the placement of a sentiment, so I'll upload that one when it's completed. All the images used here came from a Canadian company called "Local King Rubber stamps." I don't have them in stock as there is a large minimum order requirement. I do have their catalogue though, so if you are interested in pre-ordering any of their stamps, let me know and we'll see about putting an order together. I have lots of lovely new Penny Black stamps in the store right sure to check them out when you come in:)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Watercolour vintage lady

This is another version of the card Linda came up with for her second watercolour class coming up on Saturday. I really love the colours on this one and I'm so excited to be part of Linda's class this time. Only a couple of spaces are left, so be sure to call in soon if you'd like to join us. Today I hope to get a couple of samples ready for next week's classes. I bought some fabulous tree images at Scrapfest, so I'm pretty sure we'll be using those. I like to use trees for masculine cards so I hope to have a couple of "guy" cards for you to look at by tomorrow.

Friday, April 15, 2011

What a weekend!

If anyone was wondering why I didn't post any cards for this week, it's because there weren't any to post!!!!! I went to Kitchener on Saturday to attend Scrapfest, and while I was picking up some fabulous new stamps and lots of ideas, I also picked up a horrible chest cold. I'm feeling much better now, but I didn't want to share my germs with anyone so I cancelled classes this week. Next Tuesday we'll be doing catch up cards for those who missed a class and want to make those cards. There won't be a class on Thursday night as I'll be at church for our Holy Thursday celebration, so I have some extra time to play with my new stamps and come up with something great for our next class on April 26th. There are still a couple of spaces left in Linda's watercolour class on Saturday April 23rd at 1 pm. The photos show the two new cards Linda came up with, but participants will have the option of doing the cards in Linda's previous class if they prefer. Photos of those cards are in an earlier post. Be sure to book quickly to reserve your space.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chloe Borders

Here are the first two cards we'll make in class next week. The paper is from 3 bugs in a rug and it's called "Chloe borders." I love the vibrancy of these colours and I knew as soon as I saw this paper that I wanted to use it on an Easter card. Well, here are two from the same sheet of paper and I'm working on a third. This week, each person will take a full sheet of this patterned paper and cut the portion of the pattern that they like best for each of their 3 cards. There should be enough left over to make another couple of cards at home too. If you are coming to class and you have Memento markers and/or inkpads in Pear Tart, Rosebud, Grape Jelly and Bahama blue, please bring them along with a trimmer and scissors if you have them. If not...we'll take turns as always. :)

March card contest winner

Congratulations June....your card received the highest number of votes in the March card contest. The challenge was to use a 3 x 3 piece of Japanese paper as a focal element on a card. June's card really showcases the beauty and versatility of these papers in card making. All of the cards submitted were simply beautiful, and as always, customers had a difficult time choosing a favourite. Thanks to everyone who entered or voted. June has won a $10 store coupon (and bragging rights) The April contest is a much different challenge than usual. April is Paint the Town Pink month here in Kingsville. All the businesses decorate their windows with pink ribbons and products as part of an awareness and fundraising campaign for breast cancer. So the challenge this month is to create a 12 x 12 page on pink cardstock with HOPE as the title and theme. To enter the contest, you need to make a $2 donation which will go to the Wonderbroads Dragon boat team when they come to town on April 30th. I will donate the 12 x 12 pink cardstock and the rest is up to you. The pages will be displayed in the store window from April 15th to the 30th, when a member of the Wonderbroads will be aked to pick the winner. This month's winner will receive a $25 store coupon. The pages do not have to be about cancer, but they need to have lots of pink and symbols of HOPE. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.