Friday, November 25, 2011

Pink Christmas

I've said it here before....I'm not a fan of pink (the colour not the singer:)) but every once in a while I try to step outside of my comfortable little box and make it the main focus on a card. I started with a gold peel-off sticker and some very pretty Kaisercraft patterned paper with a swirly pink and olive green design. I was going to layer it onto a green background but it just wasn't working for me. After browsing through all the pink cardstock and feeling totally uninspired, I remembered the stack of Milled Lavender distress Core'dinations cardstock that arrived a few months ago with a dirty streak across each sheet. I had put it in the back room till I could figure out a use for it as I couldn't sell it as it was. As luck would have it, it's a perfect match for the patterned paper (love when that happens!) I ran a piece through the Cuttlebug in the ornaments folder and sanded it lightly, then mounted it on the gold foil cardstock. The sentiment is heat embossed and I popped the little ornament up with a foam dot. If you have any "girly" friends on your card list this year, I'm guessing they would enjoy receiving this non-traditional Christmas card, so come out to class next week and make one! Now to play with the rest of all those other lovely peel-offs on the sheet........

Post it purse.

How cute is this???? It holds a 3 x 3 pad of post it notes and is a great way to use up your paper/cardstock scraps. You know I have LOTS of those (LOL!) so be sure to join us for class next week and make a couple of these for stocking stuffers or "just because" gifts. I'm still working on a couple of other ideas so stay tuned....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An early Christmas gift...

June's Christmas came a little early this year. Hers was the winning ticket in Saturday's draw for the Vintaj Big Kick machine. To say she was excited is an understatement...she has been longing for a die cut machine, and so she picked up her prize and bought a few toys to go with it this morning:) The ladies who attended the workshops on Saturday made some fabulous projects and can't wait for Brigit to come again. Since it's quite a trip from Brampton, we decided to do something in late April or early May for her next visit. In the meantime, I apologize for being so late getting photos of this week's cards up, but here are the first two. I finally got a few of Tim Holtz Limited edition holiday inks in stock. The colours are gorgeous, as you can see on the Pointsettia card, so don't wait to get yours...they won't last! The stack of 3 is just $18. The snowman card is an adaptation of something Brigit did in her workshop. I think he's super cute and if you made a few of these you could have a fabulous garland! Speaking of garlands, there are still a couple of spaces available for Danielle's stocking garland class, this Saturday, November 26th at 1pm. Call to book yours ASAP!

Friday, November 18, 2011

New goodies have arrived!

Sorry I haven't had time to upload any photos yet, but it's been a busy week with classes, Ladies night last night, Christmas decorating and getting ready for tomorrow's workshops. I hope everyone gets a chance to stop in and see all the samples Brigit is bringing, as well as all the lovely new stamps and embossing folders that arrived this week. Right after closing tomorrow, Steve and I are heading out to Cambridge to celebrate our boys 30th birthdays (YIKES!) with them and then to Toronto on Sunday to celebrate his Dad's birthday. Needless to say, class samples may be a little late finding their way here this week......

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ladies Night and Sizzix/ Vintaj workshop

Kingsville BIA is having a Ladies Night Out on Thursday November 17th from 5 to 9 pm. Several stores in town are offering free gift wrapping, refreshments etc. I won't be having class that night so that I can offer a FREE make and take here at the store. Every purchase made at the participating stores will earn a ballot to win a Giant Christmas Stocking filled with gifts from local businesses. The draw will take place on December 10th. There will be lots of new product in the store by then, so be sure to stop in and browse and take home a cute little home made holiday project. While you are here, you can also make your Christmas Wish List and sign up for the Sizzix/Vintaj workshop on Saturday the 19th. Three times are available: 10:30am; 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm so be sure to sign up soon and get a chance to win the Vintaj Special Edition Big Kick Die cut machine worth $120. The workshop cost is $20 and you should bring your own adhesive.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

So sparkly!

Why can't I take a photograph that's shows shimmer and sparkle on a card???? This is so much prettier than it looks in the picture, but I think it still needs something...maybe a small embellishment on the lower right corner of the music panel? I'm sure the ladies coming to class next week will have lots of ideas:) The tree image and sentiment were stamped with "The Essential Glue Pad" and then covered in Glitter Ritz Dark Gold. The patterned paper is from My Minds Eye's Lost and Found Christmas Collection. I've been dying to use this on a card and I love the results. Well that's two done for next week...maybe I'll get number three done tomorrow! Miracles can happen...right?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early Bird!

I'm making up for being so late getting last week's card samples uploaded with an early peek at one of next week's cards. Isn't it a beauty...thanks for the inspiration Janet! I love when my customers bring me ideas and suggestions! I may not get around to all of them, but I do appreciate each one so keep 'em coming:)

More class cards

I was really running late with my cards for this week's class and had to come up with two very quick and easy cards, but I really like both of them. The navy and white one didn't photograph well at all. It's super sparkly in real life and such an easy card to recreate if you have any winter themed embossing folders,(unfortunately this one has beeen retired). Speaking of embossing folders, I just unpacked some beauties from Sizzix and more new designs will be arriving soon. If you don't have a die cutting/embossing machine, be sure to put one on your wish list for Christmas. Dry embossing adds so much to a handmade card and embossing folders are relatively inexpensive and come in a huge range of designs. Pop in soon to check out our great selection:)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Peaceful Wishes

Here's one of the cards for this week's class. I often have to remind myself that not everyone celebrates Christmas and yet we sometimes want to send people a card during the holiday season just to let them know they are in our thoughts. I love this sentiment "Peaceful Wishes"'s from one of my Stampin'Up sets so I don't have it for sale, but it works well with this image from the Kaisercraft December 25th collection. This is the fourth card we've made from the same sheet of paper and there are lots more images left. It's obviously been a popular design because I've had it on back order for a few weeks now. The background is stamped and lightly sponged with Tea Dye distress ink. I'm not sure if I'll get the other cards uploaded today as I have a huge list of things to accomplish today.Wish me luck!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 12th watercolour projects

Linda will be at the store on Saturday November 12th for this special class. Isn't this little tote adorable? I love the way Hedgie is coloured and these little totes are so quick and easy to make, so if you can't bear to give this one away, you could make some more using some pretty patterned paper in place of the image:)
The card is so beautiful and has a detachable bookmark inside. Who wouldn't love to receive something so special? Be sure to register early for this class as space is limited.

More Origami Trees

Here are two more Origami Christmas tree cards we did in class this week. The top one is my this vintage style Christmas paper from Kaisercraft. All the ladies who took the class so far this week enjoyed making these cards. I think that's the one and only time I've ever done a class with NO STAMPING.........!!!!!