Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Always ordering...

As you know, we're always ordering from our many suppliers... I just find that as Christmas draws nearer (ahem.) I need to give a bit of warning to our customers in case you have some special requests! Here's a few stamp companies (in no particular order) next up on our list (some this week, some throughout Sept.) to order from:
- My Favorite Things
- Stampendous
- Inkadinkado
- Judikins- they make many of our fave accessories!
- Hero Arts- fantastic projects on their blog!
- A-Muse Art Stamps- newly updated website!

We are always open to suggestions for stamp companies you'd like to see us carry- there's sooo many fabulous companies out there! We have a new shipment in the store from Old Island Stamp Co. right now, with a variety of new Christmas images and several other fab stamps! Come check them out! I love so many of the designs and especially that they're made right here in Beautiful B.C.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Biking Birthday Bella

Ha! My title brings back memories of 'the B Book' which I loved as a child... this card has nothing to do with that, it's just a fun card I made for a friend's 50th birthday! Enjoy!
papers are by Chatterbox and I used some of our fabulous new SILK ribbons... so yummy!

Friday, August 22, 2008

New arrivals

Just a quick note... we've had some fabulous new arrivals this week!
- Old Island Stamps: it's been ages since we've gotten a shipment from this B.C. company, but these images are sure to please (our Sept. SOTM is in this shipment... watch for sample cards Sept. 2!) and include a selection of *sigh* Christmas stamps. I'm still in denial that fall is coming, so Christmas seems WAY far away... but I'll get over it ;)
- The Zutter Bind it All tool: I just made my first coil bound booklet today, I think this will be a lot of fun! We have another tool & several coils for sale, as well as a handy tool kit that goes with it (and looks super cute, too).
- Nestabilities dies: a few new ones back in stock (these work great in your QuicKutz revolution tool!)
- Memento Inks by Tsukineko: I've yet to try them, but they're a fade resistant dye ink in lots of fantastic colours.
- Stamper's Sampler TAKE TEN magazine: over 350 stamped cards- wow!
- Canadian Scrapbooker magazine & the first book in their new SERIES of Canadian Scrapbooker Beginners Basics- this will be an awesome tool for beginners and those of us who sometimes forget the basics ;)
- Scor-Tape: double sided tape that's a great value & good for all sorts of projects.
- Scor-Mat: fits perfectly inside your Scor-Pal (which we also have in stock) this will be sooo handy!
- lots of samples from Heritage Makers, a digital scrapbooking/storybook publishing company we have partnered with that we'll be telling you more about later. The samples are gorgeous, I think it'll be alot of fun!

Have a creative day!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Just a couple random things to share...

First, the second mini issue of SheetLoad of Cards is available for download now- it's a cute card layout which uses 3 different patterned papers & makes 8 complete cards. Go ahead and whip up a batch... looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon (or evening!)

Second, here's a couple layouts I photographed a while ago and haven't gotten around to posting.

This one features some photos of my great grandparents which I just love... such wild & colourful outfits needed a page that popped- I had such fun with all my flowers & bling and I love how this Basic Grey paper matches her dress so well :)

Tanya created this eye-catching layout with a 12" vine border by QuicKutz and a pile of felt blossoms & bugs by Queen & Co. Doesn't it look sharp on that black background?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Canvas Class Fun!

We had a fabulous time at our Canvas class on Tuesday night- everyone was gracious enough to let me photograph their finished work and post it here to share... enjoy!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Chatterbox Blog!

Hi! We've been busy doing some pre-orders and we came across the Chatterbox blog today, which has some fantastic samples on it! You can check out the new "Together" collection, which will arrive sometime this fall (ha! I hate to get my hopes up when they tell me "September") as well as lots of projects using their three latest collections, which we have in the store right now!

This photo is a sample of the Happy Day minibook kit (you can see all the inside pages on their blog)- what a fun, HAPPY project :) enjoy!

Monday, August 04, 2008

August PageMaps & Sheetload

I just love sketches- and here's two great links with monthly downloads I think you're gonna love, too!

This month PageMaps has some RoundMaps in addition to the usual 12x12 maps Becky puts out each month- they're such a fun way to mix things up, I challenge you to try one of them!

Check out the Sheetload of Cards blog for their new August web-zine you can download- it's got a new sketch this month, all the details for measuring and cutting to do some mass producing (have a stash of cards ready to go!) and some great samples this month using stamps from My Favorite Things (who we'll be ordering from again real soon- so let us know if you'd like anything!). Enjoy!

(check it out... the cover card features those new Pink Paislee papers I was raving about last week!)

Happy BC Day- we'll see you back in the store tomorrow!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

August SOTM

Introducing our August Stamp Of The Month- a gorgeous wavy leaf pattern Design Block stamp by Hero Arts! This stamp is large enough to completely cover an entire card front (4.25x5.5) and is so elegant & versatile! Here's a selection of samples for you - a couple of them inspired by the fabulous samples on the Hero Arts website & blog!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Clearly Good Times mini book

Here's some photos of the Clearly Good Times mini book we'll be making in class on Thursday, August 7 at 7pm. Class is $20- bring your class kit and 6-10 photos to use in class. We've got room for a couple more people- see ya there!