Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pointsettia Peace

Woo - hoo! All 3 cards uploaded before closing on Saturday! It's been a while since I managed that. I love the simplicity of this card. Thanks to Jennifer for loaning her Spellbinders die for the pointsettias. I started out using some of the new Tim Holtz mirrored sheets on this, but it just wasn't working for me with all the white and silver. It is FABULOUS to work with though, so I'll be sure to  have a sample die cut and embossed to show you at class. My boys are on their way here from Cambridge to celebrate their Dad's birthday, so now my card samples are finished, I can relax and enjoy some family time. Have a wonderful weekend:)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall cards

It's almost the weekend and it's almost fall, so today I played with fall colours and images for two of class cards. I had fun making these and I like that they could be used for a variety of occasions. Lots of technique here including spray make sure you wear old! You can't see the detail in the top card, but that background paper has a subtle leaf pattern created by spraying Mister Huey's spray ink over a Crafter's Workshop template. I used scattered straw, fired brick and rusty hinge distress inks for the sky, but you could substitute other colours. Please bring your own distress inks and blending tool if you have them.
The pumpkin on the second card was stamped with the Bo Bunny Apple Cider stamp set and the acorn on the narrow strip is from the same set. The patterned paper strip is also from the Apple Cider collection. The tiny leaves were punched from a scrap of the ink sprayed paper in the previous card and the leaf on the green background paper is also from the Apple cider stamp set and is stamped in Versamark for a watermark effect. that's 3 stamps from one set on this card and there are still 4 others in the set for just $5. It's such a great set that I can't keep it in stock. I've reordered it twice and I'm sure some of you will want it after you use it in class, so I think I'll order a few more. Let me know if you think you'd like one so I have an idea how many to get. You'll also need scissors to cut out the pumpkin and a brown marker (if you have one) for the faux stitching. I'll upload the Christmas card for this class by Monday at the latest. Classes this week and next are on Wednesday morning and Thursday evening. No classes on Tuesdays.
Have wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Is it Christmas yet????

It really felt like Christmas at the store when two large orders arrived with some of the  fabulous products that I've been impatiently waiting for since CHA in July. If you don't follow me on Facebook...what are you waiting for???? There just isn't time to upload the photos here as well, so if you're not a Facebook user, just click on the link from my web page and you should be able to see all the new goodies. Don't forget...the new Fall issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine is available sure to pick yours up ASAP! Now I have to decide which of all my new toys to use for next week's classes...... stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Love that sparkle!

Our Christmas card for this week's class is simple but elegant. I resisted the temptation  to add more embellishment, although a think a little paper piercing in the corners might be a nice touch if anyone wants to add it. The snowflake is die cut from American crafts glitter cardstock. I think I need to stock up on this product now I've see how fabulous it cuts with the Sizzix dies. The blue and grey layers are both Bazzill bling so the card has a lovely shimmer that doesn't show in the photo. The little snowflake in the centre is heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I had to make it a square card because of the size of the die cut...too bad the post office charges extra for mailing square cards because this would be an easy one to mass produce, and wouldn't THIS be a lovely surprise to receive in the mail????????

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Late again!

I think if I could change one thing about myself, I would be one of those plan ahead, get everything prepared in advance kind of women! I have a few friends (and relatives) who are like that and I'm sure my life would be much less chaotic if I could be more like them. In reality though, no matter how good my intentions are, I'm always pulling things together at the last my card designs for class. I started early (honest!) but nothing was coming together until today, when I got into this creative frenzy, opening new products and making a huge mess (you know, generally having a great time...), BUT... as is the case when  store is open for business, customers tend to come in (thank goodness) and I get distracted and forget what my brilliant idea was and it just takes a whole lot longer than it should! Which is why I should start MUCH earlier......! Anyway, here are the first two cards for class this week...nothing like what I had in mind when I began, but I did have fun making them and I hope everyone who comes to class this week and next will too. The third card will be a Christmas card, but I probably won't get it posted before Monday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Honeypop paper ideas from Tim

Check out all the cool stuff Tim does with Honeypop paper from Inky Antics. Lots of colours in stock...the possibilities are endless!