Thursday, January 26, 2012

Off to C.H.A. (hours changing)

Effective Thursday, the store hours will be:
  • Thursday, January 26 - Saturday, January 28: 10:30am-5pm
  • Sunday, January 29: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 30 - Tuesday, January 31: 10:30am-5pm
  • Wednesday, February 1 - Friday, February 3: CLOSED
  • Saturay, February 4 - regular hours resume
Tara & Julie are very excited about our trip to CHA, the big industry trade show in California!  We'll be scoping out the hottest new products, taking lots of photos (you'll want to be a follower of our facebook page for sure!), and hopefully picking up a few samples to bring back and show you!   We're also taking some classes with Prima before the show, and can't wait to show you what we make there!

As fun as it will be, making the choices of what we'll order is not an easy task, so we value your help!  Please let us know what your favourite new releases are!  Paper Crafter's Corner is a website that posts photos and links to most of the new products as they are released!  Check it out and let us know your favourites.  We'll offer 10% off any pre-orders until the end of the month!  Call the store at 250-392-3829 to place your orders.  Think about pre-ordering...
  • the set of 12 new Copic markers ($70- no discount)
  • dies from Sizzix, Spellbinders & Lifestyle Crafts 
  • Paper collection packs and 6x6 pads
  • fabulous embellishments (like Prima flowers!)
  • Ranger products (like new Distress Ink Pens, Perfect Pearls & Ice Stickles...)
  • stamps 
  • and more!  Let us know what you want, we'll do what we can to bring it in!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Page of the Month- Join us!

Join us for a year of fun!
A new year of Basic Grey's Page of the Month classes begins again in March, and we'd love to have you join us!
Here's what you get:
  • A monthly class featuring New Product – we’ll be featuring only the latest and greatest new releases from Basic Grey... with lots of extra product to create cards with or take home for other projects!
  • Free color printed instructions – whether you join us in class, or take the kit home to do it yourself, these instructions will give you what you need to complete similar projects again.
  • Sketches and Theme suggestions – designed to keep your creative juice flowing.  You'll get a peek at the upcoming layout about a week in advance so that you can select photos to coordinate with each set of pages.
Here's what will be different this year:
  • An End-of-year incentive. This year we’ve got a super-cute and EXCLUSIVE designer tote bag if you sign up by January 31, 2012 that you can take home as a reward for going to the class all year-long!
  • EXCLUSIVE bonus projects. Some of the leftovers in the class will now be used in bonus projects. These may be projects taught in class or "homework" to do at home.
  • EXLUSIVE digital content. Each month we’ll feature a fun digital element which can be downloaded and used on the layout or in the bonus project.
  • Fun journaling prompts to help you think of what to scrap
The price will stay the same!  POTM is still just $27 a month for those that commit to a full year (whether you join us in class or just purchase the kits).

We are looking for confirmation so we can get our numbers figured out for the new year of classes.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Contact us by phone (250) 392-3829 if you are interested in joining the fun!  We'd love to show you project samples from previous months and answer any questions you may have in the store.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kissing Booth Cards

I'm gonna keep this post short and sweet, with lots of pictures :) Here's the cards Mom & I came up with using scraps from the January Kissing Booth POTM class!  Some of these papers may not be the same as everyone who took the class has, since we do two different layouts with the same papers... but we've also used an assortment of leftover stickers, die cuts & transparencies!  All we added was cardstock and perhaps some bling or ribbon.  They're quick and simple, but oh so fun to make with the scraps leftover from a layout! 


stamp by Magenta

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Birthday Joy

We've just come through a week of our Page of the Month classes, featuring the new Kissing Booth paper collection from Basic Grey.  Unfortunately, the COLD weather (it hit -39 degrees!) a lot of people weren't able to come to class, but those that did had a good time :)  As you know, we always make cards with the leftover bits and like to share them with you here on the blog.

These are not those cards... heehee.  I'll be back with those in a day or two.  These cards also use Kissing Booth leftover bits... but these are birthday cards I made for my "Sister Dear" and a friend, whose birthdays are today and yesterday!

This first card is for Marianne.  The kraft panel features a wonderful new friendship background stamp from Hero Arts. I LOVE this stamp and will be using it a lot, I'm sure!  I went way out of my comfort zone on this card, adding some ruffled lace.  It's very feminine, but I am pleased with the end result!  Flowers, ribbon, bling... all good things :)  Also on this card is a sneak peek at our February SOTM... but that's all I'm gonna say about that!
My "sister dear" is celebrating her birthday today!  Joy loves pink so it was easy to use these papers for her card as well!  I've used a die cut transparency on my card, as well as some stickers (flower & letter) and one of the envelope embellishments.  It's all layered on a 4" easel card, with that fabulous friend background stamped on it.
 Here's what the card looks like open/standing.  Major cuteness factor on a 4x4 easel card! 
And that's my birthday joy for ya :)  I'll be back soon with the rest of our Kissing Booth cards :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Let it Snow!

We've got a new challenge over at our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog: Let it Snow!

Hope you'll join us this month & play along! Here's the cards that Mom & I created.  Mom used this fun Sledding Chicken image from Whipper Snapper- isn't it a hoot?  She's planning on using this for a winter birthday card- perfect! The snowflake 'rosette' is from Little Yellow Bicycle, isn't it fun?  They come pre-cut and scored along with pieces to layer together with them- it's a great little pack of embellishments!
I used the same paper collection (definitely the hottest winter collection to go through our store this year!) from BoBunny, but I decided to continue making Christmas cards... I had stamps that hadn't been used yet (nevermind all the cards that haven't been sent yet... looks like they'll be New Year cards instead!) and ideas still going through my head for them... this features a great stamp set from Unity, my Tim Holtz on the edge Doily die and some wooden snowflakes from Maya Road- LOVE these things, so I'm glad I stocked up since we can't seem to get them any more :(
And now... we wait for snow!  Looks like other parts of BC got a good dose yesterday, and our turn should be coming very soon :) Happy snowy creating!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hero Arts Card Class

Join us and create four fabulous cards featuring brand new stamps from the Hero Arts 2012 catalog! 

We'll be using an assortment of wood, cling & clear stamps as well as Hero Arts/Sizzix Stamp & Die cut and Stamp & Emboss sets.  These cards are perfect for a variety of occassions and will help you start your card stash for 2012!

Cost $10 class fee + $10 materials (includes a $10 voucher to be used on a Hero Arts stamp purchase!)
(you can see the cards up close in the store!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

January 2012 SOTM

Introducing "Quinn with her boots" from Stamping Bella's new Uptown Girl collection- our Stamp of the Month for January 2012!  Quinn is a fun winter image that could be used for all sorts of winter occasions to warm these chilly days... She's quite a large image (about 5" tall) but is fun to play with in a variety of colour schemes!  Sarah worked with me on this month's samples, which all feature the Upcycle collection by Cosmo Cricket!

Sarah made these first two samples:
 This simple card features the sentiment which comes with the image- so sweet and simple!
I (Tara) created these next cards.  Both were stamped in Grey (London Fog) Memento ink for a change from the harsh lines you get with black ink.  I was thrilled to find this ribbon in the store with a fuzzy edge on it- such a fun wintery feel!  The purse charm is also new in the store- perfect with these papers!
 This next card uses the current deconstructed sketch- it was a fun one I'll be using again!  I was thrilled again to find another perfect ribbon for these papers- another one that's been in the store for a while that I hadn't had an opportunity to use yet!  Love it!
We'd LOVE to welcome more ladies into our Stamp of the Month group this month- it's a great way to build your stamp collection with a lot of diversity and great savings (35% off) on a new stamp each month!  Check out the details by clicking the link at the top of the page.

We'll be creating one of these cards at our 'Warm Wishes' class on Saturday, Jan. 14 and there is a discount for SOTM members- we'd love to have you join us!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

January 2012- SOTM peek

Happy New Year! It's January 2012- not only a new month, but a new year, full of creative possibilities... I've got a couple cards for you showing our new Stamp of the Month for January- I'll be back with the full sample board in a couple days!

We would LOVE to have some new ladies join our SOTM for 2012- you can see all the details about the program when you click on the tab at the top of the blog! Our stamp is by Stamping Bella, and I'm gonna save the rest of the details for ya on our next post and just get to the cards! This first one was created by Sarah:
This next card was made by me!
This is a big image, so we're gonna have to get creative with our next cards to fit 4 samples on a 12x12 page...  I look forward to sharing them with you in a couple days!

Hope you're enjoying 2012 so far!