Thursday, October 27, 2011

Origami Time

This card looks much more complex to make than it is. A few simple folds make this lovely tree and the background of the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the centre oval was die cut with a Nestability. Since this type of card gets easier with practice, we'll make 3 of them in next week's class, but each will have different papers and background layouts. Bring a bone folder if you have one, or something to help burnish the folds.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Leaping for Joy

How cute is this little guy????? I stamped him in sepia archival ink and coloured him with a Memento marker then die cut him out. Then I partially stamped again in red and cut the sweater out to glue over the brown one. I stamped the trees with versamark on green paper and clear embossed them. The reindeer is popped up with foam squares. I'm hooked on these stamps with matching dies. So many possibilities. This set has two reindeer stamps with dies, two tree stamps and three different size tree dies, two snowflake stamps with matching dies and a sentiment.....all for just $25! How about that fabulous Distress Core'dinations cardstock for a funky sanded snowflake background? Be sure to sign up for this class and don't forget Saturday's anniversary sale....20% off all regular priced stock...Whoo-hoo!

A few days off....

I took a couple of days off this week to spend time with my sisters. Pauline lives in Cobourg and I don't get to see her nearly as often as I'd like. Joan lives in England and I hadn't seen her for over 7 years!!! Now we are all completely sleep deprived from staying up so late to try and catch! I've promised myself AND my sisters that I'm NEVER going to leave it so long without visiting again. The time goes by so quickly, but time spent with family is too important to be put off. I was very sad yesterday after they had left, but life goes on and I'm so grateful that we had this chance to be together again. This morning I made a card for next week's class and it was so much fun using the new Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp and die sets that I'll probably make a couple more today if I have time. I noticed after I took the photograph that my layers are not very straight, but as the stickles are still wet I can't fix it, so just pretend it's perfect OK???? It's going to be pretty much Christmas cards till the end of the year now so get ready for lots of snow and glitter folks:)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Two Page Fall Layout Class

I'm so excited to have Judy Laffin on board to do some Scrapbook Layout classes. Judy has years of Scrapbooking experience and is such an awesome lady. We had a blast driving to Chicago together this past summer for the CHA trade show and now that she has "retired" from the retail end of scrapbooking and is spending her weekdays caring for her grandkids, she has accepted my offer to do one class a month here at Papercraft Cafe. This is a very versatile layout making use of the fabulous Imaginisce Apple Cider collection. Only 5 spaces are available for this month's class on Saturday October 22nd at one o'clock. Only $20 and while you're here you can help me celebrate 2 years in business with 20% off all regular priced merchandise in the store. Call soon to reserve your space:)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

...and here they are..

Here are the missing photos from my previous post! I used the same stamp and basic layout for both cards, but there are a couple of options for technique here. The first one is a favourite of mine....emboss resist. I stamped the image in Versamark, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and inked over the image with distress inks. I also used a strip of pleated satin ribbon for an added touch of elegance. The second card is stamped with black Archival Ink and highlighted with Worn Lipstick distress ink. Instead of a blending tool I used a sponge dauber to make the little circles and then I coloured some of the leaves with a Sakura glitter pen. The edge is inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.There are lots of possibilities for a totally different look with this type of stamp. You could colour all the flowers and leaves or apply a variety of distress inks with a blending tool over the entire stamped image. I think this will be a fun class as each person will have a different take on what looks best with this image. Don't forget your markers or other colouring medium if you'd like to do your own thing:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I did a lot of driving and visiting, but the weather was just perfect and it's the first time in over 7 years that all five of us brothers and sisters were together, so it was well worth a few hours in the car:) Now, about the oops.... I came in today already to work on my other two class cards and get them uploaded here and on my Facebook page. Well I have cards, but no camera:( it's still packed with my weekend stuff, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to do the photos. Sorry folks, but the memory jusn't isn't what it used to! If you are coming to class this week, be sure to bring your favourite markers along. The image we'll be using can be coloured in several ways, including regular markers and/or glitter gel pens. Your distress inks in forest moss and stormy sky and a blending tool will also come in handy if you have them. I promise I'll get the photos up ASAP.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quickie post to show one of the cards we'll make in next week's classes. I used Flowersoft on the trees and I love the colours! I'm leaving early today to see my sister who arrives from England this afternoon. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sanded tree bark.

I keep reaching for this Tim Holtz embossing folder because it works so well with the Core'dinations cardstock. My friend Lucille loaned me the Spellbinders leaves to use for class this week and I know I'm going to have to order them for myself. The detail that shows up on these die cuts after embossing and inking them makes them look so real. If you think they look realistic in the photo...wait till you see them for real! Needless to say everyone (including me) has been leaving class with very inky fingers this week..LOL! Don't forget that the store will be closing early this Saturday so I can go meet my sister who is arriving from England this week. Happy Thanksgiving everyone:)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clean and simple Fall designs

After a wild and crazy weekend doing our Amazing Race, I'm late getting my cards uploaded....AGAIN!!!! Here are 2 of the three we'll be making this week. The third one will be a variation of the square card, so all 3 are clean and simple designs which would be easy to reproduce if you have a lot of occasions that you'll need cards during this fall season. If you have a brown marker for the faux stitching and any fall type colours of distress inks, why not bring them along to class along with your adhesive. Hope to see you this week:)