Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Waterfall Sale

We're having a WATERFALL SALE this week:
The more you spend, the more you save!
Spend $30 & Save $5
Spend $50 & Save $10
Spend $80 & Save $20
(max $20 discount)
Discounts valid only on Regular Priced Merchandise until Saturday, Sept. 3.
Excludes Copic Markers & already discounted items.
PLUS: New arrivals are 10% off! These include...
  • New BoBunny products (a great assortment from seven new collections!)
  • New Basic Grey (6x6 pads, embellishments & card kits)
  • New Graphic 45 (two new collections)
  • New Lifestyle Crafts (including fabulous borders & nesting shapes)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sneak Peek: Creative Outlets Class with Alcohol Ink

We're working on our autumn class schedule right now, but we wanted to share a little peek with you at one of them. We'll be continuing our Creative Outlets Class Series- featuring 6x6 canvas projects inspired by tags designed by Tim Holtz.

We did our first canvas featuring Distress Stains in May (and we'd be happy to re-do it if there is interest!) and are moving on to a project featuring some of the many uses of Alcohol Ink! Here's a peek at my project, which you can choose to do in any combination of colours you choose!
We're looking forward to some exciting classes with you this fall! Please let us know if there are any specific classes you would like to see us offer!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Janet!

It's a BIG DAY for our design team member, Janet- she's celebrating a monumental birthday, but we're not gonna talk about numbers today ;) We're just celebrating our fabulous, creative friend with a birthday blog hop! You should be arriving here from visiting Janet's friend Nancy, who's joining our team and hopping with us for this special occasion :)

I've got two cards to share with ya today... from me (Tara) and mom (Julie). Here's the card I made for Janet:
I used the crazy hat ladies stamp from Art Impressions (no idea if they're actually called crazy hat ladies... but don't ya think they should be?) together with some cheery papers by My Mind's Eye that I've been wanting to play with for a while! I also used one of my brand new nesting dies from Lifestyle Crafts- really love this one, and the way they've set it up with perfect layers! I've used last week's sketch from Scrap Creations... it was a bit tricky finding one that would work with such a large image AND the edged paper I wanted to use :)

And our second card for Janet today was created by Mom (Julie). She is mixing her artsy with a little bit of fartsy this time LOL, isn't it fun?! She saw an idea on Pinterest and decided to run with it, using Steampunk papers by Graphic 45!
We hope you like em, Janet!

Now... get ready for more fun and hop over to see what Cheri has for ya!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{30 Day Photo Challenge} Days 13-17

Here's a few more pics for the August 30 Day Photo Challenge! I think I'll have fun scrapbooking these come September. I'm a few days behind, but I'll get them done eventually. Who else is still trying to take daily photos this month?

Day 13- From a Distance (I pulled over somewhere in the middle of the Fraser Canyon to take this one)

Day 14- Flowers (in my grandparents' yard... these ones survived the fire this past winter)

Day 15- My Shoes (Joy and I are both sporting sandals after our pedicures last week!)

Day 16- What I Ate (Greek platter for two... yum! And up in the corner is the most delicious bellini I've ever tasted! We enjoyed this fabulous meal before watching Mama Mia in Vancouver.)

Day 17- On the Shelf (new 'friends' sign fits great on top of my book shelf)

... and my 'catch up' photo (just a couple weeks late)
Day 1- Self Portrait
Maybe I'll be current with my photos by the time I'm posting again? A girl can dream, right? ;)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Die Cut Bundles!

available at Creative Accents while supplies last...

Vagabond Machine Bundle
Just $299 (value $395- save $96)

Includes Vagabond machine, 6 embossing folders, extended cutting pad, extended adaptor plate, M&S base tray

Silhouette SD Bundle
Just $225 (value $300+ Save $75+)

Includes Silhouette SD, 2 rolls of vinyl, 1 roll of transfer tape, demo/1 on 1 class, CD of home decor designs

Letterpress Bundle #2
Just $75 (value $99- save $24)

Includes: Letterpress Starter Kit & one extra printing plate

Letterpress Bundle #2
Just $159 (value $229- Save $70)

Includes Epic 6 Machine, Letterpress Starter Kit, nesting circle dies, two extra printing plate sets

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Challenge: USE your stash!

We're half way through the August Challenge over at our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog and of course, there is more time for you to join in the fun and USE YOUR STASH this month! I absolutely LOVE this challenge because it feels fantastic to use up those products you bought cuz you loved them but never got around to actually showing them some love ;) I have a whole pile of projects I could do for this challenge... and maybe there will be more, but for today I have a layout to share with ya!

I'm kinda loving this layout, and not just cuz it features sweet photos of me as a baby and my dad... I'm loving it because I actually USED a bunch of products that have been sitting around waiting to be used for a very long time (much of it has been waiting at least 2 years)!

Yep, I really took to heart the current challenge we have going on over at our Seriously Creative Challenge blog and pulled out the first Tim Holtz "paper stash" I ever bought, the grungeboard alphabet set I've only used a few letters out of and a bunch of amazing paper flowers that I often look at, but never use. Here's my project:
and here's some close ups for ya- I did use something new, kraft doilies from Maya Road, inked up with about 3 colours/types of mist products! I've used a bottle cap to go along with my 'pop' theme :)
some fun little charms hanging from a twine bow:
I used some grungeboard letters, covered with crackle paint, distress ink & glossy accents- which gave a fab texture!
Lots of fun on one 12x12 page :) I can't wait to see what you create, too!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oxford: Basic Grey Cards

I'm back after a fabulous little mini-vacation (Mama Mia in Vancouver-my my!) and I took a couple spare minutes today to photograph the cards we made at last week's Page of the Month class!

Our kit included one of my fave cardmaking embellishments, the 'pieces' set with tons of die cut tags, perfect for stamping a sentiment and making a quick card! Here's what we made with our paper, sticker & pieces that were leftover after creating our layouts:

I didn't add much to these- just some liquid pearls on the flower and distress ink, of course :) These were all nice & quick to put together and it was nice to make a combo of masculine and feminine cards this month! I used stamps by Stampendous, Magenta & Inkadinkado.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge {Days 10-12}

Sorry I don't have any paper creations to share with ya today! I have been busy creating things this week, but much of it needs to wait for me to share with you... and the rest I forgot to take photos of. Ooops!

I have been taking my daily photos though, so I'm back to share them! I would love to hear about it if you're doing this 30 Day challenge, too- you can even start now and go for 2 photos a day until you're caught up :)

Day 10- Something I made (I'm always photographing my cards and other creations... so I made a quick cocktail instead. ahhh.... great way to end the day!)

Day 11- Something fun (I'm not loving this photo, or the action I used on it... may have to re-take, or at least re-edit, BUT Performances in the Park are a highlight of my summers in WL! It's always fun to hear the music & watch the kids dance & play!)

Day 12- Close Up (What can I say, I love sunflowers and this one stands alone in the front yard! It's fun playing with my 'zoomy' lens, too!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{30 Day Photo Challenge} Days 6-9

I'm back with more pictures for the August 30 Day Photo Challenge! Not sure I'll ever be 'caught up' as far as sharing goes, but I'm taking them... most of the time it's even on the right day ;) I'd love to see the pictures you're taking if you're doing the challenge too... even if you're a bit behind, like me! Check out all the details here!

Day 6
- Childhood Memory (I loved to read as a child and I still do, I have fond memories of my dad reading my brother & I this book many times!)

Day 7- Something New (This sunflower was just opening up to full bloom in our front garden!)

Day 8- Technology (I feel a bit behind the times technology wise, no iPhone and my iPod is a classic... but I am addicted to Pinterest & love the technology it uses!)

Day 9- Faceless Self Portrait (I cheated a bit here and did not take this pic on day 9... but I had to have evidence that my feet did make it into a lake this summer at least once!)

... and my catch up photo:

Day 2- What I wore (My friend Elizabeth made this fabulous jewelry set, it brings a smile when I wear it!)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Life is a Journey {Canvas}

My current budget has me in a spot where I am creating gifts instead of buying them... which is actually okay with me, because I love to give gifts that are customized for the recipient! This project is one such gift, a birthday present for a close friend of mine who has a love for Africa and her decorating shows it! I'm hoping this canvas will fit into some small nook in her home and brighten her day when she sees it...
I was inspired by the new challenge to USE YOUR STASH for this 6x6 canvas and everything but the paper (Bo Bunny) was from my stash... some of it has been waiting for years to make it onto a project! Like the chipboard letters- I have a fabulous drawer unit all organized and full of letters in assorted styles and colours, so I selected the ones I wanted, painted & inked them.
I used a bunch of Ranger products (Glossy Accents, Distress Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint, Claudine Helmuth Paint, Distress Stain, Distress Ink, Matte Multi-Medium...), a Tim Holtz vial (filled with Glass Glitter), some charms from Making Memories (I think) and other ribbon & charms from my stash. I used part of a stamped sentiment from Whipper Snapper as my title. I'm so glad I finally got to create something with these fabulous papers, and it feels great to get my fingers all inky and pull out and use some of those items I've had stashed for a while!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Do the Art Walk!

Our city's annual Art Walk & Sale is happening NOW through September 9th. Take the opportunity to participate in this FREE activity and show your support to 35 local artists showcased at 35 different businesses around town.

Pick up your passport today (or find it in the Weekender or other local newspapers)! You can enter to win door prizes at participating businesses and enter your completed passport for a chance to win a pair of diamond earrings!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

August Challenge: Use Your Stash!

Over at our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog, we're kicking off a new challenge for the month of August! You can see all the details there, but the general theme is gonna be a pretty easy one for you to play along with because this month we want you to USE YOUR STASH!
Is that easy or what? Pull out something you've been wanting to use- photos, paper, stamps... anything in your stash and USE IT this month!

Here's what Mom (Julie) made for the challenge:
She pulled out some old photos of my cousin and paired them with some Basic Grey paper that's been around for a while! She used a die cut ice cream cone (if it looks familiar, it's because I made an extra when I made this card), some ribbon from the stash and cut out the letters (Tim Holtz) using a scrap of blue paper from the stash. She had fun raiding the stash for this one!

Next up, here's the layout Leslea created:
Isn't that photo just adorable? Leslea used some fun papers and chipboard elements by My Mind's Eye from her stash to put this together. I love the list of descriptive words she's added- such a great journaling element!

Hope you're inspired to dig into your stash! I'll be sharing another project with you (that I made!) in a couple weeks- hope you'll join the fun!

Friday, August 05, 2011

{30 Day Photo Challenge} Days 3-5

So I started a couple days late, but I'm joining in on a 30 Day Photo Challenge that I came across on Pinterest. I've shared it on our Facebook page, and have the Challenge list posted here. Sherry over at Oh So Lovely is also giving opportunity for us to link up our photos and see what other people playing along are taking photos of! So fun to see everyone's interpretations of the theme!

Anywho, I'm starting with Day 3-5 here (I'll probably post a few days at a time, since taking a daily photo is a big enough step without trying to blog them all daily too!). Somewhere along the line I'll add in days 1-2...

Day 3: Clouds (taken from my backyard)
Day 4: Favourite Colour (I love them all, and forgot to take my photo until late at night...)
Day 5: Someone I love (Tazo was my only live model this morning, but isn't he handsome?)
... and that's me, working on using my camera every day this month! Hope you'll join me! Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you are playing along, too!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Get Your Groove On

I'm kinda a die hard rubber stamp lovin' girl... and up until now, the only digi stamps I've ever used have been from Graphicat Designs (cuz they're fab, and Cheri makes em, and she's turning them into rubber very soon! yay!) BUT my Dad had a birthday recently and I'd had my eyes on an image by Kenny K for a while now, thinking it'd be perfect for him... SO here's what I did with it:
I've paired the Groove Dude from Kenny K with a sentiment by Graphicat Designs, cuz they're a perfect fit, are they not?

I've used papers from My Mind's Eye and minimal embellishments- a little metal clip, a bit of ribbon, a few pieces of bling and some Crackle Accents on the music notes (from the border punch by EK Success) and sentiment.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Hope you have a groovy day!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

August Stamp of the Month

I'm back with close ups of our August SOTM! This month we're featuring a lovely set of Sympathy stamps by Kraftin' Kimmie, which includes a floral image and EIGHT different sentiments, making this a very versatile set!
Here you can see all eight of the sentiments:
I think you'll find this to be a very versatile set and hopefully it will make it a little bit easier to make those difficult sympathy cards. My thought on sympathy cards is that we should make them ahead and have them in our card stash, as it can be so hard to create the perfect card when you are faced with sadness.

This month we decided to give our Design Team a bit of a break and Mom (Julie) and I created all the samples on the board ourselves. We chose to use a "Chapter One" paper pad by KaiserCraft together with some BoBunny & Making Memories papers.

This first card features gorgeous lace & glitter papers by Making Memories. One of the sentiments was stamped in black on a die cut tag from Kaiser Craft.

The design for this next card was borrowed from a member of the Kraftin' Kimmie Design Team. I loved the simplicity of it, but decided to kick it up a notch with some fabulous glossy paper and a 3D flower.
Here's a close up of the flower, which was stamped twice (I cut the petals apart on the second one), sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist and shaped. I used Perfect Pearls and Stickles in the center of the flower.
On this next card I decided to focus on the flower. I coloured it up in shades of BlueGreen to match the papers from Kaiser Craft. The turquoise bottom layer on this card is by BoBunny. I chose one of the smaller sentiments and stamped it on a scrap of paper, cut it into a tag shape and tied it to the stem of the flower.
Mom made this final card. She embossed the sentiment on vellum and embossed the flower on patterned paper and vellum. The base of the card is Core'dinations cardstock which has been dry embossed. Mom used Glossy Accents to put some lovely glass glitter in the center of each flower.
I hope you like this month's stamp set... and I hope you won't have to use it for a very long time!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Graphicat August Sketch!

It's time again for a new sketch over at the Graphicat Sketch Challenge Blog! Cheri has a great new sketch for you to use this month, so we hope you'll play along with us! Check out all the details and see the cards created by the rest of the Crafty Catz over at the Challenge blog! Here's what we're playing with this month:
... and here's what I did with the new sketch:
LinkI've used Graphicat's Boomer Cat image & Coffee Cat sentiment together with Angie by Kraftin' Kimmie. I sized Boomer Cat so he's real small (though clearly a large cat- much like my own kitty, Tazo!) giving me a perfect combo of cat & coffee for my sentiment ;)

Other fun stuff I used:
- Tattered banners die by Tim Holtz
- Weathered clock die by Tim Holtz
- Trendsetter papers by Webster's Pages
- Brads from my stash (My Mind's Eye?) & Distress Ink
- Copic Markers- with Memento Ink on Copic Xpress It Cardstock
- Glossy Accents on my coffee, cat eyes and clock hands

My card is pretty low on embellishments... just a few brads! Unfortunately not quite low enough to enter it in the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge this week, which is to make a card with NO embellishments- yikes, not an easy one! Maybe I'll try that on another card... or maybe I just love my embellishments too much LOL.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll swing by and check out what the rest of the Crafty Cats have created with the sketch! If you're not already a follower on my blog, I'd be delighted to have some more friends join me here!