Thursday, December 15, 2011

Double slider chocolate treat

How cute is this? Fun to make and so much fun to play with, I may not be able to give it away or even eat the chocolate bar myself....(OK that's a stretch lol!) Wally brought this idea in and has patiently showed two classes of ladies how to make this already. She's back tonight for our last class before Christmas. You can decorate however you like, but I'm lovin' my new Sizzix reindeer die. Thanks to Michele for thinking of adding the little red adorable. We'll have to do these again for Valentines day, Easter and whatever other occasion I can come up with that involves chocolate......

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last class card of the year....

I used the Sizzix Ornament #2 die and American Crafts glitter cardstock to make this card, along with various patterned papers and a beautiful adhesive flat-back pearl. This is the last week of regular classes for the year, but you can still set up a time to come in during store hours to work on your own projects, or just use samples in the store for inspiration.

A Christmas treat for you...

I've been following Tim Holtz' blog for a long time and he makes the most amazing video tutorials which have really helped me learn how to have fun using Ranger products. When I took a class with him this past summer, I really wished every one of my customers could have been there to see the "genius" at work. He's not only super creative, he's also an excellent teacher. Anyway, it finally dawned on me that I could share his videos on MY blog and Facebook page, so that you all get a chance to see the fun you've been missing if you haven't tried these products and techniques yet! This first one is about 13 minutes long and shows how to use the Melting Pot with shrink plastic to make your own fabulous embellishments. Everything used in the video is available here at the store EXCEPT the melting pot, which is due to arrive any day (so they keep telling me!!!) I've already linked a few others to my Facebook page, so why not hop over there to check them out and "LIKE" my page while you're there:)
Enjoy the video:

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the 12th day of December.....

..... Marie began to panic!!!! I have so many cards to make for friends and family and I don't enjoy mass producing the same card, so this week I'm praying that I'll be feeling very inspired and creative, otherwise, many friends and family will be getting their cards after Christmas this year! I finally mailed my international cards and I'm pretty sure they will arrive late, but better late than never. Oh well....I have one sample done for this week's class. I added a few sparkly touches after taking the photo, so it may look a little better in real life. This is the last week of classes until January 10th, and one of the projects we'll be making is a little treat holder. A friend showed me the idea and although I don't have a photo to upload yet...I know everyone will fall in love with this sweet creation!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free Embossing Folders

I bet that title got your attention didn't it???? It's true...when you buy one of the Sizzix Bigz dies which include an embossing folder like the sample card in the photo...the embossing folder is FREE! Regular price for a Bigz die (without the embossing folder) is $25 and these are the same price with the bonus cool is that? I have the stocking, a primitive star and holly with berries in stock. Remember that these steel rule dies will cut fabric, thin metal, cardboard and foam...basically materials up to 1/8 inch thickness. Try adhering patterned paper to chipboard and then die cut it...Fabulous! I used Tim Holtz distress Core'dinations cardstock for the red portion of the stocking, then lightly sanded it to reveal the core colour. The top of the stocking is inked with antique linen distress ink and the "merry" is traced over with a red glitter gel pen. I LOVE this technique! There are lots of new dies in stock, including mini movers and shapers and a beautiful Christmas ornament. I also brought in a fabulous new 5 x 7 embossing folder that has a beautiful filigree type Christmas tree design. Lots of choices but only a few of each item are available, so don't wait too long to pop in and pick up your favourites!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Variations on a theme

I thought I'd try two cards using the same embossing folder for this week's class. I still need to tweak these a little and the photos are horrible...sorry. Today is one of THOSE days, when nothing works properly. I finally got the samples finished and photographed after glitter, embossing, gluing and camera issues and then my computer tells me that Blogger no longer wants to talk to my web browser and I need to install a new program....Grrrrr! Rainy days and Mondays AND computers always get me down! (apologies to the Carpenters for changing their song lyrics but it's true! I was going to work on card number 3 and get it uploaded, but the mail lady just delivered a package with new goodies so I think I'll switch gears and see if I have more luck with unpacking and entering new inventory.....wish me luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Here......

The brand new winter issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine has arrived and it's free with a $20 purchase starting Friday December 2nd, while quantities last! Don't miss's full of fabulous inspiration:)