Thursday, June 20, 2013

A very quiet day ...

It's been very quiet in the store today ...just me and the radio actually! Usually that's when my mojo decides to take a nap, but not today! I have TWO (count 'em) cards done for next week's class and it's only Thursday ....WOW!
I had fun with these ...especially the butterfly card. I coloured the butterfly with Spectrum Noir markers and then went hunting for a patterned paper to use with it. I was thinking of black and white, but then I noticed the colours in this paper from "Crate Paper" matched almost perfectly (insert happy dance!) After I figured out the layout I knew it needed a little something to finish it off. Imagine how excited I was when these Robin's Nest dew drops jumped off the shelf into my hands! I just popped mini glue dots on the back and Voila! Card number 1 is done!
I spent a lot more time figuring out the black and white card, even though I already had part of it done. After I die cute the ribbon slide and attached the ribbon, I went hunting for a shape to add a sentiment. I tried out three different dies and four different types of card stock before I settled on this. You should see my table! For those of you who are not on Facebook, I posted something this week which referred to the mess that is left after you complete a project as "CRAFTERMATH."  I love this word and will be using it often to describe the state of my work space. OK ... time to clean up!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day

Just wanted to share the card I made for my 95 year old Father-in- law. One of his hobbies was watch and clock repair. These days his eyesight isn't quite good enough for such meticulous work but I thought this little pocket watch card might brighten his day. I used the Memory Box Typewriter uppercase alphabet die for the letters and those cute little buttons were created with my new Impression Obsession button die (love it!) The pocket watch frame was made with a Tim Holtz movers and shapers die and I stamped and embossed the clock face with an Inkadinkado cling stamp that fit just perfectly! I used a pair of clock hands from the Prima Junkyard Findings collection and attached them with a little brad so they can move and finally I added a piece of brass chain that I had leftover from a Tim Holtz class I took at CHA a couple of years ago.We are headed to Toronto for the day on Sunday for a visit so I can give it to him in person ...a good thing too because it's a wee bit bulky to mail!
Wishing all the Dads out there a wonderful Father's Day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Put your 2 cents in ....

I hope you've saved a few pennies because you'll probably want to make more than one of these spinner cards and you need two pennies for each card. Don't panic though ...I have a jar full of pennies and I'm willing to! I'd forgotten how much fun these cards are ... I hadn't made one in years until Karen came in with a couple she had made a few weeks ago. I thought we should share the fun, so here is card number two for next week's class .... you'll love making it and playing with it too!

Another "Bundle of Joy" card

Here's the first of our class cards for next week. It was inspired by Linda's sample (shown in the previous post) and uses the Memory Box Typewriter Alphabet die. It's a quick and easy card which shows off the adorable "Bundle of Joy" paper from Echo park.  When I saw Linda's card, I realized that we haven't made a baby card in class for ages. Thanks for the inspiration Linda:)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Now you see it, now you don't ....

I was thrilled when Linda brought her design team sample in on Tuesday. She used  Echo Park's "Bundle of Joy" 6 x 6 paper pad and Memory box dies to create this adorable baby card. I thought I might use the idea for a class card and sat right down to make a sample using the same paper but in the 12 x 12 sheet. Of course the pattern is scaled down for a 6 x 6 pad and I wasn't happy with the results I was getting so I changed it quite a bit and was happy with the results. Sadly, when I went to show someone Linda's sample yesterday, it had disappeared! I know that those of you who know me are probably thinking that I misplaced it (as I do with practically everything I touch!), but in this case, I'm pretty sure that someone who came into the store took it home with them. I feel awful because Linda took a lot of time making this card and her samples always inspire other customers as well as drawing attention to the products I sell. Thank goodness Linda had taken a photo of the card and was kind enough to e-mail me a copy to share with you. I'll upload a photo of my sample tomorrow and if you'd like to visit Linda's blog, here's a link:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Altered Canvas Class

Make your own version of this 10" x 10" altered canvas. Kim will take you through the steps to create your own one of a kind mini masterpiece on Saturday June 22nd. Class begins at 10 am and participants should bring a lunch as it will run until 2 or 3 pm. Cost is $40 and prepayment is required to register as space is limited. Almost all supplies are included in the cost of the class. A list of what to bring from home will be given when you register and pay for your class.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Time for a contest!

Happy June! It's time for a contest. Purchase one of the 6 x 6 paper pads pictured above for the special price of $5 (regular $7.50) and make one or more cards from it. It can be any kind of card but NO STAMPING OR EMBELLISHMENTS unless the embellishments are made from the paper (such as die cut shapes or flowers) Bring your card(s) into the store for display no later than Saturday June 15th. Customers will vote for their favourite and the winner gets their choice of any in stock Sizzix die (maximum value $25) Winner will be announced here on June 30th.