Thursday, February 21, 2013

and the finished version....

The little sliver of white on the side of the sun is what resulted from my mask slipping, but it was a happy mistake. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

A work in progress....

The finished card will probably look completely different, but I wanted you to know that I do have another card (almost) ready for this week's class. I know, I tree is floating in mid-air, but I really need to walk away from this one and come back with a fresh perspective tomorrow. You should see my table (not to mention my!) Please bring your distress inks and blending tool/sponges to class and wear old clothes's gonna be a messy one:)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dyan Reavely Video demo

This is a longer video than the one I posted on Facebook but it shows lots of fabulous products by Dyan and I hope you find it as fun and inspiring as I did!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ir-resistable Distress Stains!

It's been a while since we did the emboss resist technique on a card and I've been dying to use the Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry distress stains so I thought I'd combine the two (or should I say three?) for a class card this week. I began by stamping the flowers on white cardstock with Versamark ink, then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Next, I played around with a couple of different ways to use the stains. First I applied the colours to the craft sheet and swiped my cardstock through the ink a few times. I spritzed a little water to get the colours to bleed into each other then dried it with a heat tool. I still wasn't completely happy with the results so I applied a little stain directly to the card stock. I LOVE the way it turned out. These colours are so vibrant and the stains are so much fun to use. It still needed a little something even after I added the piercing, so I decided to break out the Teal pearl pen and add a bead of colour to the centre of each flower. Rounding just two opposite corners gives the card a very contemporary look that I really like. I'd love to hear your comments about this or any other cards I post here, so feel free to share:)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine SALE

I'm celebrating Valentine's Day ALL WEEK with a SALE. Spend $50 (before tax) or more on regular priced products this week and get a whopping 40% OFF any ONE regular priced product in stock. Sale begins Tuesday Feb 12th and ends Saturday Feb 16th.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Design Team Inspiration

Thought it was time I shared some of the projects made by my much appreciated design team. These projects have been on display in the store for a few weeks already but other than Lynne's Scrapbook page, I didn't get around to photographing any of them yet. It has been a very quiet day in the store today so I'm trying to catch up on a few things. Here a are a couple of very cute cards from Karen, who made great use of the Echo Park Valentine collection and the Martha Stewart heart punch.

                   I love those little folded hearts don't you?

Next is an adorable card from Linda. You have probably noticed lots of her fabulous watercolour creations around the store. Linda uses distress inks to achieve this wonderful effect and there are plenty of other examples of her talent on display at the store.

Isn't that a great way to use a border punch?

Pat created this fabulous card using one of my favourite papers from an older line called Vintage Valentine from Fancy Pants. I made a ton of projects with this paper when it was first released and I'm still tempted by it every time I walk past the! Look at the fabulous detail in those die cut frames from Spellbinders. The dimension of the popped up layers and those beautiful rolled roses (MFT die) makes this a very special card...even more so because unfortunately, Pat needs to step back from the DT as her other commitments are keeping her super busy. She still finds time to bring in her fabulous crocheted flowers and hearts and share her ideas and tips though ......thanks so much Pat:)

Danielle has been busy using her Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine. She whipped up 4 fabulous Valentine projects in record time. She told me little xoxoxo card took less than 5 mins to make.

These darling gift bags can be made in different sizes using the Cameo. Those little wood veneer feathers from Studio Calico can be coloured with alcohol markers or heat embossed. There are other shapes available in the store and they make really unique embellishments.

And finally this cute tag is just packed with detail, including that delicate little string heart which was cut from POW glitter paper. This specialty paper cuts like a dream on the Cameo or the Cricut for those of you who have one.

Hope you enjoyed all the inspiration. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Another Valentine card

 It took a while longer than I intended, but here is the second Valentine card for this week's class. I opened one of the new Memory box dies and I LOVE it delicate and it looks fabulous with the metallic cardstock. No stamping on this one but there's lots of space for a sentiment if anyone wants to add one.
Hope you're having a SUPER Sunday!