Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ranger does it again...

Yes, they've done it again... I'm so excited to have fun new Ranger products in the store! We've got the entire collection (36 colours!)of Paint Dabbers in the store, and they are just soooo handy! I had to try them out today, so I pulled out my foam stamps for a quick layout-- it was SO nice to not have any brushes to clean up afterwards, not to mention that there was no wasted paint sitting around either! It's good stuff!

We also have the fun new 'accents'-- in addition to the glossy accents (which is a classic, whatever brand you use!) they've made matte accents (gives a dry embossed look), crackled accents & sepia accents (glossy accents with a sepia hue-- fun!). I tried out the matte accents on my layout as well, and it's pretty cool, though I'd say it's more tactile than visual, so probably something I'll use on cards, mini books and ATC's more than on layouts!

Here's a scan of my quickie layout-- real simple, but I got to play with new Cosmo Cricket papers, the paint dabbers, matte accents & a new QK die PLUS I got to use one of my 1 cent photos-- all things that make me happy! I hope you get a chance to do something that makes you happy tonight. Have a creative day!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Here's a peek at the layout that I've had published in the latest issue of Scrapbook & Cards today. It's so exciting for me as it's my very first published layout! Local customers can pick up a copy of the magazine for FREE with any purchase while supplies last-- the rest of you can enjoy a free download on their website :)
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I played around with some autumn cards last night and will try to get them up and posted here soon... I just got 143 new pictures in the mail today and am anxious to scrap some of them! I used a new (to me) company that had a coupon for 1 cent prints... I got them all done for about $10 US! Email me if you'd like to try it out. These are all pictures from my childhood, so the colors will be challenging to work with :)

Hope you're having a creative day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Back to School!

I know, we're on week 3 already, but it still feels like everyone just got 'back to school'! I just finished up this layout, which I'll be teaching in my TLC (tag, layout, card) class next Wednesday night! We'll be using all sorts of 'school' supplies, and playing with tools like the Making Memories Tag Maker & Coluzzle, as well as some classics like a stapler! We'll use Karen Fosters new school papers on a background of Basic Grey as well as distress inks, clear stamps (for faux stitching) and more! Bring a photo that can be cropped down to tag size (about 2" round) and we'll use the tag maker to put it on a thank you card! Feel free to bring a couple first day of school photos for your layout, too-- you can add them at the class, or later on when you get home. Have a creative day!

Monday, September 04, 2006

You're invited to join us...

Drop by the store anytime from 10am-5pm on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept 9. We're opening up our classroom studio and providing ink, stamps & paper so people can get involved in a Canada-wide project creating 4x6" Christmas postcards to send to our troops in Afghanistan.

If you can't make it in but would like to create postcards at home, bring your completed postcards (with a brief note of encouragement addressed to "Any Canadian Soldier") to the store by Sept 16 and we'll cover the cost of mailing them. Contact us for full details on this project!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Changing Seasons

I've been working on samples for upcoming classes today, and as I finished up a summer layout (so you can get those summer photos scrapbooked!) I went on to make a card with an autumn monogram and then put together a quick Christmas card.... *whew* talk about changing seasons!

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, but not only does it go by quickly, it often gets passed over in the paper crafts department! So many of us end up with a pile of summer photos to scrapbook and then we dive right into making Christmas cards! I think I'll make a point this year to do more AUTUMN projects and enjoy each day (and season) as it comes.