Monday, May 31, 2010

June 2010 SOTM

I can't believe it's JUNE already tomorrow! I actually pulled out all the QK letters to spell "May 2010" on my sample board this time around... but I clued in before cutting them out. Perhaps because that capital "M" would not have fit ;) Anywho- I'm thrilled to introduce "Weighty Matters" a fab new stamp set by Cornish Heritage Farms! I am in LOVE with these stamps as they are perfect for making cards for our girlfriends for all sorts of occasions... including, of course, the dreaded battle with the scale! (Making cards with these stamps actually did motivate me to get back on track with a healthy diet, believe it or not!)

I'm thrilled to have our fabulous designer, Cheri, help me out with card samples this month and here is what we came up with! We both worked with the new 'Max & Whiskers' collection by Basic Grey. I used 3 different 12x12 sheets and Cheri used the 6x6 pad. I just love the colour combo and how perfectly it worked with these images! (There's a bonus card that fits the latest 'Charisma Cardz Challenge' at the end of this post... read on to check it out!)

Here's a close up of the stamps- they're cling mounted red rubber from the 'Saturday Evening Post' collection.
Here's the first card, created by Cheri! I won't even attempt to describe it to you, except to say that it's 6x6 and it rocks. All the details are up on Cheri's blog, so you can go visit her when you're done here :)
And, using the same image... here's a simple card by yours truly! My main image is stamped in black Versafine on some of the new 'basics' paper by Basic Grey. I think I'll be going through a LOT of that stuff, between the three shades (kraft, manila & white) it goes with pretty much everything! My shapes are all by QuicKutz, including the dry embossing at the base of my card, which I did on some 'black magic' Core'dinations cardstock. I just LOVE this cardstock with dry embossing and the fun vintage look you get when you sand it. This card was quite quick & simple, but I was pleased with the end result... so I made another so I'd actually have one to give to a friend!
Here's the other card I made- I loved the idea of using the measuring tape twill as a border here, and a lightly distressed tag made the perfect base for my pup whose having a rough day... I noticed the scratchy texture stamp in one of my new Tim Holtz sets perfectly matched the texture of my patterned paper, so I stamped it in the same shade of blue distress ink (I'm forgetting which blue it was at the moment... shame on me!). This was another super simple card, I just added a few brads to add some extra texture and called it done! As there are no 'girly' touches on this one, it could totally be given to a guy in your life who is having a rough day... especially if you tucked a chocolate bar inside! (maybe one of those 100 calorie ones?) Are you impressed? I made two cards in a row without flowers on them... whoa.
I had to laugh when I saw Cheri's tag here- we used the same image/sentiment combo on them! Must be those puppy dog eyes that make us think 'Chocolate'! This chipboard tag could be attached to a whole bundle of chocolate bars, don'tcha think? Again, all the deets for this one are up on Cheri's blog!
... and here's a little bonus card that didn't make the sample board! This card is 3x6" (but the circle the main image is on actually overhangs on the fold) and uses bits of the leftover papers from my other cards, cut out with assorted sizes of round QK Cookie Cutter dies. This card is also a perfect fit for the new Charisma Cardz Challenge, "Going 'Round in Circles"... fun, eh?

I decided to try colouring this guy to help him compete with the brightness of the rest of the card! I added glossy accents on the dial of the scale and on his bulging eyes. Poor little dude looks shocked. This is why we shouldn't stay away from the scale for *too* long, right? LOL .
Thanks for reading & looking and especially for commenting (hint, hint)! Hope you enjoy your new stamps and will consider sharing with us something you make with them!

If you're not already a member of our SOTM club, ask us about it next time you're in the store! It's a great way to try out some new stamps (we feature a variety of styles & stamp companies) and save $ while you're at it (stamps are always 35% off for SOTM members). We'll gladly do mail order and ship your stamp expresspost every month... you'll save even more if you get a friend to join you and split the shipping costs :) We *always* have a display board featuring 4 projects created with the current SOTM on display in the store and here on the blog as well. Click on the 'SOTM' label at the bottom of this post to check out samples from previous months.

Have a creative day!

Technique Tuesday Class: Silhoutte Stamp Savvy


Join us in a class on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @ 6:30 PM
$10 Class Fee $5 Materials Fee (Class Fee is just $7 for SOTM members!)

Our May Stamp of the Month was chosen specifically because it is versatile for a variety of techniques! We'll show you some of the fun things you can do with this beautiful image including resist, kissing and watercolour techniques... we'll even complete at least one card showcasing Tara's current favorite technique using this stamp!

This class is open to everyone, but if you have the May SOTM (or another floral silhouette stamp), please bring it with you in addition to your class kit.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Re-post: May Colour Challenge

Thought I'd try out the Colour Challenge with a linky option... I've added links for those who had posted through comments on the original post. Please add yours if you're playing along and yours isn't there yet! This challenge closes on May 31 (but I'm giving you till noon on Tuesday to get your link in... I'm nice like that!)


HERE is the original post... I'm gonna try to add everyone's links here, but if you have a new one please join us! Thanks to everyone who's playing so far :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

OPEN this Sunday

It's time once again for the Laker's Car Show (on 3rd Avenue) and we're OPEN this Sunday for the Ladies Poker Run! This is a fun event (free to play, I believe!) for all the ladies to do while the men drool over cars... it's a great chance to check out a bunch of downtown businesses and possibly win some fantastic prizes!

So... stop by and see us on Sunday from 10am - 3pm! There will NOT BE a 'Studio Sale' happening (nobody wanted to part with their stuff!) but there WILL BE discounts in the store...

Draw a card from our "Poker Run" deck of cards and save on your entire regular priced purchase:

Ace: Save 25%

Face: Save 20%

Number: Save value + 10% (ie. 3= 13% off)

We look forward to seeing you there!

p.s. there is still time for you to join in the fun of our COLOUR CHALLENGE!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Meet Flat Bunny!

We would LOVE to team up with you and host a BoBunny crop in our store! Check out all the details on how you can enter to win this fun prize on the BoBunny blog. Here's a summary of what you need to do:

1. Create an invitation featuring BoBunny products (we have lots in the store!) and send a digital image to flatbunny@bobunny.com along with signed business card from your favorite BoBunny retail store (that'd be us, right?!)

2. Flat Bunny will post the card images she receives on the BoBunny blog (you will be famous!).

3. On the 10th of each month, she will choose her favorite invitation and schedule her travel to meet the winning designer.

4. Flat Bunny likes to be fussed over so you must take lots of pictures during the Crop and send them to flatbunny@bobunny.com. This way all her BoBunny friends will be able to follow
the adventures of Flat Bunny on the blog.

5. Flat Bunny will be traveling to a new location every month so she must be on her way home no later than the last day of the month. Also, Flat Bunny has her passport so she can travel far and wide.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More Challenges!

I just adore this image by Mo Manning (Stampavie)... she makes me want to go find a field of flowers and day dream all day *sigh* Here's two cards I created using her (coloured with my Copic Markers, of course!) together with the Queen Bee papers by Pink Paislee (again-heehee)!

This first card is for the Sketch Saturday Challenge! Yep... SATURDAY, and I even made it on SATURDAY! I'm pretty impressed with myself! I cut off the bottom of the card in my photo-oops- but it's just a white margin. The flowers are by Prima, coloured with Mustard Seed Distress Ink. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the tab is from the QuicKutz 'Santa's Workshop' Holiday Gift Set.

While you're here, have a little zoom in on this pretty girls t-shirt, I had fun with it! After colouring it a yummy olive green, I added some dot details with my clear blender pen. Once that dried, I went over the light spots with a bright yellow marker. It's subtle if you don't look closely, but adds some fun detail! (Both cards are coloured almost identically, so feel free to zoom in on whichever card you prefer!)

I'm submitting this next card in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge to make a card for someone special... I made it for a good friend of mine who was out of town on her birthday and, well, I guess I used that as an excuse to skip making her a birthday card! Ooops... hope this card will make up for that! I didn't use a sketch for this one- I cut her out with my Nestabilities and added a border stamp by Hampton Art along the paper edge. The sentiment is by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Card Challenges!

I had the opportunity to spend some down time with my sister last weekend when she was feeling a bit under the weather. We hung out and watched tv & some movies and I took the opportunity to play with my Copic markers and some new stamps that hadn't seen ink yet! I took Pink Paislee's "Queen Bee" 6x6 paper pad with me and coloured some images to match it... then at our Crop last night I had the satisfaction of completing FOUR cards! Even more satisfying... I get to participate in some challenges that are still fresh! (I think I got my Stamptacular Sunday card in last week about 2 hours before they took down the links. LOL)

So... here's the first card! This card was done for two challenges- Friday Sketchers (I rotated the sketch to suit my image) & Raise The Bar (challenge to use Yellow, Grey & White).

It was fairly easy for me to fit the sketch- I used half of a 'flip note' (love these little die cut gems!) instead of the half circle on the sketch and added some ribbon & Distress Ink to punch up the yellow factor :) This sweet little fairy is by C.C. Designs, a new company we're carrying in the store, and the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

This second card isn't for any challenge... it's just a twist on the card I made for Mother's Day. I used the same layout with different papers from the 6x6 pad. Have I mentioned how much I love this collection of papers? The sentiment on this card is by Cornish Heritage Farms and is also new in the store this week!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cards for Mom

One day maybe I'll have my seasonal inspiration posted *before* the actual event... but late is better than never, right?

Here's a couple cards for you, designed with Mom in mind! This first card was our Mother's Day make & take at the Fiesta! The flowers are on a pull out piece so there is room to write your sentiment inside. The measurements for this card are from a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. The flowers & leaves are from a lovely set of stamps by Stampendous & the sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms. (More sentiments inside, but this one fit perfectly on the little QK tag I used!)
This is the card I actually gave my mom for Mother's Day! I coloured up this little Hero Arts bear (and several other images!) to match the Queen Bee papers by Pink Paislee... LOVE them, though they don't give a lot of colours to work with! He is almost entirely coloured with the W family of Copics- it matches perfectly, love it! I was really pleased with how this card came together. Other additions are a Tim Holtz Alterations edge die, border stamp by Hampton Art & some fun glittery ribbon we have in the store. This sentiment is also from Cornish Heritage Farms- it's a fabulous set of sentiments designed for Mothers :)
Hope you enjoy my cards for Mom!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

{new & improved} DIE CUT CLUB

Maybe you've noticed that we're carrying more dies from Spellbinders (Nestabilities) & Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations Dies) in the store. We've been very pleased with these products and how well they work in the QuicKutz tools (Sizzix dies cut beautifully in the Epic Six tool) and we know that many of you love them too, so we're happy to introduce the following changes to our QuicKutz Club Membership:

More savings: In addition to saving 15% on QuicKutz dies everyday, you'll also save 10% off the regular prices on Spellbinders and Sizzix dies!

More variety: FREE Club dies each month will most likely continue to be QK dies, but monthly club Make & Takes (aka Die Cut Club Party) will show you projects with a variety of the newest arrivals in the store or our current favorites.

New Name: QK Club is now "Die Cut Club" to reflect the other changes ;)

Die Cut Club Membership is $60 for 6 months. Ask us for details on how YOU can join our new & improved club next time you're in the store! Our next Die Cut Club Party will be a drop in on Saturday, May 15 from 1-3pm.

This month's exclusive specials for club members are:
- Save 15% on all Sizzix & Spellbinders dies
- Buy 2 Get 1 FREE on all 2x2 and 4x4 QuicKutz dies

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Challenges!

I was so excited this week to see the latest Stamptacular Sunday Challenge because I had just completed this card using this stylin' lady by Magenta! I used tips from Cheri to colour her up just right with my Copics and then had fun putting together this card with the awesome "Brook" collection by Crate Paper. My sentiment is by Hero Arts. Lots of Prima flowers & leaves plus some bling finish her off! I based the layout on a sketch from the new 'Go To Sketches' book from Paper Crafts... of course, I took some liberties with it, but it gave me a great starting point!
This next card is the ONE project I completed during our Fiesta last weekend... which, quite honestly, is more than I usually get done when we're running an event like that :) This fabulous little fellow is "King of the Wild Things" by Stamping Bella and I had just been dying to make a card with him together with this "Quite Contrary" patterned paper by My Mind's Eye! I was thrilled to also use this new Core'dinations cardstock with it and assorted brads as an embellishment :) I'm adding this little dude to the current challenge with InLinkz to create a boy birthday card!
I swear to you... it wasn't until I was finished the card that I realized the colours were exactly the same as the last card I'd made! So I decided I'm turning it into a CHALLENGE!

I challenge you... to create ANY paper based project with these three colours this month! This challenge will extend until the end of May, giving you LOTS of time to work on it :) A random winner will be drawn from the entrant to win a prize package!

I will accept three sorts of entries (feel free to do it ALL three ways!):
1. Bring in a completed project for display in the store for approx 1 month.
2. Link to a project posted on your blog using the comments on this post.
3. Upload a photo of your project on our Facebook page.

Have fun creating! I'm in love with this colour combo right now and am looking forward to an excuse to create even more with it ;)

Monday, May 03, 2010

May Stamp of the Month!

Introducing our May 2010 Stamp of the Month, "Meadow Silhouette" by Hero Arts! Every sample this month was created using Hero Arts stamps and Basic Grey papers. The title on my demo board is with the new QK alphabet, Espresso. '2010' was cut with the Jacqueline alphabet.
Here is how the image looks on the wooden mount. Silhouette style stamps like this can be deceiving as there is sooo much black on the index. I like to think of it as a palette of sorts- there is so much potential for techniques with stamps like this! In fact, we're putting together a Technique Tuesday class this month focused on showing you the techniques we used on these cards... plus a few more that didn't make the sample board! Plan to join us for this class on May 18!This was the first card I made when I inked up my rubber... As soon as I had the stamp in my hand, I knew I *had* to use it with this floral print paper from Basic Grey's "Green at Heart" collection- they go perfectly together! My stamp was embossed in olive green and the flowers were coloured with Copic markers, selected to match the patterned paper. I left the flower stems white to mimic the white on the paper as well. All the colours on this card make me happy :)
This next one was actually the final card I made... it took about 20 tries LOL but the concept in my head finally came together! I came up with several versions I liked, but they clashed with the other cards on the sample board... I finally settled on watercolor stamping the image with 3 shades of Distress Ink. Liquid Pearls and a giant white flower add the finishing touches! The scalloped border was created with one of the new edge dies from QuicKutz!
This next card features my very favorite technique for silhouette stamps right now! I love pairing the stamps with the friend definition background and watching the magic happen when adding colour with my Distress Inks over an embossed resist! I'm going to save the details of this one for our Technique Tuesday class ;) The scalloped strip across the card is one of Bazzill's 'half the edge' border strips- they're perfect for cards!
This last card was so simple to put together, but the silhouette is so stunning embossed in a pale colour over a bold background! Tying ribbon around the image brings to mind a hand picked bouquet- a perfect gift for someone special!
I hope you enjoyed the sample cards and got some inspiration from them! It's been a LONG time since I (Tara) created all the samples myself, but the ideas were flowing and I really wanted to stick with this paper collection! I have so many more ideas for this stamp and can't wait to play with some other color schemes and see what the results are! I'd love to hear which card is YOUR favorite and I'd love to see what you create with this month's SOTM.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Technique Tuesday Class: Distress Ink


May 4 @ 6:30pm
Class Fee $10, Class Supplies $10 (includes ink blending tool and foam)

Join Tara and learn some of the many amazing techniques you can do with Ranger Distress Ink! It's fun for so much more than just inking your edges and adding a vintage look- think vibrant colors & funky techniques for backgrounds and more! This class is sure to be a good, inky time!

In addition to your class kit, please bring the following items if you have them (to reduce waiting in class for sharing):

* Ink Blending Tool with foam
* Ranger Craft Mat/ Bazzill Splat Mat
* Your favorite Distress Inks

Send us an e-mail or call the store to sign up! We've already got a fun group of ladies coming, but there's room for more :)

p.s. cross your fingers with me... our order with blending tools in it is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday!