Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I've decided that this year I won't be posting on the blog our versions of the layout (you can see them in the store) but I will share with ya the bonus card I teach at each class, as well as any others I put together using the leftover pieces from our class kit. Occassionally you'll see that I've added another sheet of paper into the mix, but if you come to our POTM class (or take the class at any other store!) you should have ample supplies to make some variety of these cards at home yourself!
This first card is the one some of the ladies completed after class- the background image is one of the coordinating cling background stamps Hero Arts has teamed up with Basic Grey to do- LOVE this idea and totally think it's a match made in heaven! The focal image of this card is a sentiment by Tim Holtz which has been partially inked and completed with some of the letter stickers leftover from the layout. The blossom you see is from the new 'petals' embellishments Basic Grey is releasing for their collections and they are FAB- a combo of paper and canvas flower shapes that coordinate with the paper line. LOVE them!
Card 2 here was a quickie- I used some leftover pennant pieces (we cut A LOT of these babies out for the class, but they really are fun to use on projects!) and assorted presents I cut from another piece of paper. The '4 U' is from another of the alpha sticker sheets we used.
I had this third card finished a few days back and just waiting for a stamped image to fill the open space... I decided to use this cute chicken from Whipper Snapper today cuz it fit the space (LOL) and was quick to colour! This card will be great in my stash for one of my (many) coffee lovin' friends! I think I'll add a pocket inside to be a gift card holder...
So there they are- some quick cards using scraps from class! It feels great when you finish a scrapbooking project to whip up a card or two with leftover pieces before you put it all away, and it's a great way to build your card stash too!
p.s. TONS of new products arrived today and we'll be working on pricing it all... but I had to open up the package of new Express It Blending cardstock from Copic and use it on this image and it worked great! I look forward to trying it again with something that I'll put more than 5 minutes of effort into ;) The 12 newest colours of Copic markers are here as well as lots of pretty papers and inks and...
Monday, March 28, 2011
To make this shipment even more exciting, the Spring issue brought along a friend... the much anticipated special issue: CardMaps Today! This fabulous limited edition release sells for just $9.95 and is sure to inspire your card making!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
and just for fun... he's a quick snapshot of the new RIBBONS we got in the store this week! So much pretty!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
We'd love to have you join us on Saturday from 11am-7pm! You can crop the day away in the store for just $10 or you can stop by to shop during the day and see samples and photos from our fabulous weekend! You'll also enjoy the final day of savings for our Lucky BOGO Deals Sale- it ends on Saturday! Check out all the fabulous deals on this post.
If you can't make it in Saturday, keep your eye on our blog- we'll be sharing photos from the weekend soon as well! Until then, here's a photo to hold you over... it's a favorite of mine from the weekend ;)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
While you're visiting the store- enjoy big savings with our BOGO deals PLUS save on all your regular priced purchases when you pick your discount from our Pot o' Gold!
... and it has this fabulous Irish blessing on the inside (since Becky's birthday is sooo close to St. Patrick's Day!):
Have a fabulous birthday, Becky! Keep hanging in there, and don't party too hard without me this weekend ;)
Stamps: High Hopes (frog & Irish blessing) & Amuse (birthday sentiment)
Paper: Bazzill Cardstock and Basic Grey (Basics & Pyrus collections)
Brads: Basic Grey
die cuts: QK/Lifestyle Crafts (circle & numbers)
embellished crown: misc. chipboard shape with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Crackle Accents & Pearls. Fun!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Here's a little close up of the main image, which is patterned paper made even more fabulous with Crackle Accents by Ranger!
See you Thursday!
p.s. Cheri has a fab KITCHEN CANVAS class scheduled for Saturday & she'd love to have you join her! Call the store to sign up!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
(SAVE BIG until March 19)
Buy One Get One FREE- Wood Mounted Stamps
Buy One Get One FREE- QK/Lifestyle Crafts 2x2 & 4x4 dies
Buy One Get One FREE- Embossing Folders
Buy One Get One FREE- 6x6 Paper Pads
Buy One Get One FREE- Eyelets
Buy One Get One FREE- Thickers & Chipboard Alphabets
Buy One Get One FREE- Paint Daubers & Crackle Paint
(BOGO sale does not apply to new arrivals)
PLUS: until the end of March, every $20 spend on QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts products gets you an entry into a draw for a prize package of dies worth over $200!
Monday, March 07, 2011
I started colouring up Alice by Christy Croll (Stamping Bella) at Copic Club the other night (thanks for the tips, Cheri!) and decided to match her up with these fabulous papers by Crate Paper. I seriously can't get enough of the Restoration collection and every time I make a card with them I think it's my new favorite. These papers just make me HAPPY. My fave is the background piece with colourful doilies on it, but I was thrilled when I went to assemble this card and noticed the dot paper too- could it be more perfect with Alice? I think not! You can barely see it, but I stamped a happy birthday definition over the dots for some extra texture. This card is based on the current Friday Sketchers Sketch- love it and will probably use this layout again :) That's all for now- hope this card brings some JOY to your day, too!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Annie was coloured with Copics and my card was assembled using inspiration from the current sketch by Sketch Saturday! It also fits the current challenge over at Kraftin' Kimmie's blog to use twine or floss (not exactly a hard one for me!). I modified the sketch a bit cuz I really wanted to use this cute paint palette die from QK/Lifestyle Crafts. It was a bit tricky, but I like how it turned out- especially with glossy accents over my paint to make it look wet! I pulled the photo corners out of my stash to finish it off. Hope you like it and feel inspired to create something that makes you happy!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Here's a close up of the brown ruffle and the gathered flower. I love the addition of the yellow stitches!
Aren't these flowers fabulous? Mom wove strips of fabric together then covered the back with Sookwang tape before die cutting them with this sweet scalloped heart from Sizzix. She was then able to tape them to the apron to hold them in place before stitching them. The flower stems are felt pieces by Prima.
Hope you enjoyed! You can see the apron up close in the store. The aprons & fabric are both available in the store- as well as some great canvas bags, iron on vinyl from Silhouette... so many possibilities with canvas, fabric & die cuts!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
... and the winner is DOROTHY E.! Congrats Dorothy! You can pick up your stamp & paper next time you're in the store :)
And then we had the fabulous CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE! It's been so much fun looking at everyone's entries and we're thrilled to have such a diverse assortment of projects both on our creativi-tree and online! It was too complicated to use random.org for this one, so we drew names the old fashioned way... if you look close, you can see the winners name on a strip of paper photographed below with her prize!
... and the winner is NORMA S.! Norma's card featured real chocolate wrappers/padding from a Purdy's box and smelled so yummy when it arrived in the store :) Congrats Norma, this assortment of chocolatey goodies is for you- and yep, it includes one of my cake boxes, filled with Hershey's Kisses :)
Thanks to all for playing! We're going to aim for bimonthly challenges, so the next one will be sometime in April! If you haven't yet, check out all the entries in the store before they are claimed by their owners! Good stuff!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
When you need to be home, may you find your way.
May you always have courage to take a chance.
And may you never find frogs in your underpants!
This first card was a lot of fun- I paper pieced the boxers and layered my frog in front & behind them. I hung the boxers on a length of string which I 'hung' from two buttons (which mom graciously threaded for me). These cute mini clothespins were in our stash. This card is in honour of a girlfriend's upcoming 40th birthday... I actually made another version of the same card to give to her, but I'll share a picture of that one with ya closer to her birthday :) This card has fun dimension to it, which you can check out in person next time you're in the store.
These final two cards were created by Teila- you can find out more details about them on her blog in the near future! This first one features the coordinating Irish Blessing sentiment- love it!
We hope you like the new stamp! It's always fun featuring a new stamp company like this :) We do have an assortment of other High Hopes stamps in the store, and if you're a SOTM member who picks up their stamp by the 15th of the month, you can get them for 20% off! (You can see what our DT member, Janet has been doing with her new High Hopes stamps on her blog!)