Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sketch contest entries

Tracey was busy at the store the other day creating shoe cards based on a sketch from the PageMaps blog for a contest Becky is hosting and she insisted I create one as well... so here they are, a card entry by Tracey (with new shoes by Hero Arts!) and one by me with my new big butterfly die by QK and a phrase by Inkadinkado. Thanks for another great sketch, Becky!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Boxing Week Blowout!

We're open today from 1-5pm, 9:30-5:30pm on Monday and Tuesday and 9:30-3pm on New Years Eve! Here's some of the savings you'll enjoy if you stop by the store...

2008 Boxing Week BLOWOUT

- QuicKutz Silhouette Digital Cutter 50% off Just $185.00 (plus you can add a $25 download card for just $20)- WOW!

- All QuicKutz (tools, alphabets, shapes...) 15% off/ 25% off for QK Clubbers (you CAN use your discount on the Jolly Gift set!)

- Patterned paper buy 5 get 4 FREE or buy 10 get 10 FREE

- Cardstock 35% off when you purchase 10 or more sheets

- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 Free

- Selected items 70% off: Fiskars rotary trimmer (reg $55), 2009 Calendars, Clearance items

- Everything else* in the store 25% off
*Gift Certificates, QK Club Memberships & Classes are not included in this sale, nor are new products not yet on the shelves.

Enjoy! It's a great time to spend your gift certificates ;)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Blessings

Christmas Card Contest Winners!

Check out the great entries for our annual Christmas Card Contest!

... and now take a closer look at our winners!
Quick & Simple Cards
1st: Laura Boxeur (blue snowflakes)
2nd: Twyla Bendickson (red & green)

Kids Cards (12 & under)
1st: Jayden Boxeur (red snowman)
2nd: Mikayla Blusson (blue tree)

Embellished & Enhanced Cards
1st: Eulanda Silvey (red moose)
2nd: Barb Thomassen (blue penguins)

many of you didn't even get a peek when you were voting- but check out the inside of Barb's card- so fun!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas Stamps on sale!

All in stock Christmas stamps are now on sale- buy 1, get 1 50% off! It's not too late to create some quick, fabulous Christmas cards (or stamp some custom wrapping paper!) so stop by today and take advantage of the great assortment we have on our shelves!

Hero Arts Sneak Peek!

Just wanted to post a little sneak peek of some new goodies from the 2009 Hero Arts catalog! We're hosting a 'Studio Debut' and have an assortment of clear & wood mounted stamps from the 2009 catalog on their way to our store... watch for details of how you can be one of the first to order next years stamps and check out the new catalog- they'll be here before Christmas!

New goodies!

Versamark Dazzle Ink Pads in Frost & Champagne. (Can't wait to play with this ink!) VersaMark™ Dazzle combines all the great qualities of the original VersaMark™ with added shimmer to give your paper projects an easy touch of elegance.

* Perfect for a myriad of techniques including monochromatic and watermark effects.
* Ideal for embossing and providing a base for chalks and pigment powders.
* Heat-set on glossy papers and brayer over with Memento™ dye inks for a shimmering resist effect.
* Use on dark papers for subtle sparkling images.
* Excellent for background designs and patterns.
* Water-based, archival and acid-free.

Several new Nestabilities & Shapeabilities dies- nested bird, Labels 2, Curved Rectangle, Large Pinking Circles and Large Labels.

Assorted Disney dimensional stickers- princesses, Mickey Mouse, Wall-E & Hannah Montana.

Plus, our Christmas card contest is open for voting! We got a great assortment of cards this year (including 7 kids card entries!), so there's sure to be something to inspire you! Stop by and place your vote today!

Monday, December 01, 2008

December Stamps of the Month

Introducing our December STAMPS of the month! We decided to go with two stamps this month, as we brought two new stamp companies in the store. Riley the Moose is by Hanna Stamps, and he's just so cute in his arm chair with coffee (or cocoa) and a cupcake... I love that he totally suits Christmas cards, but can be used for a variety of occasions throughout the year!

Also new to the store is Clear Dollar Stamps, who have really impressed me with the quality of their polymer! The holly builder set was a dream to work with, and I think I managed to use almost every stamp in that set on my samples, which is no small feat :)

I also had a fantastic time playing with my new Copic markers and comparing them to my watercolor pencil crayons... and WOW! I love my pencils, but the Copics have made a believer out of me! They're so much fun! Check out the difference between them on my samples and you'll see what I mean :)

I hope you enjoy my sample cards this month- sorry about the crummy photo quality on some of them, it just wasn't working for me!

Here's what the holly set from Clear Dollar Stamps looks like- I think it was a great partner for Riley the Moose this month :)

Dec. Page & Card Maps

The new December maps are up- and I'm thrilled to have been asked by Becky Fleck to play my own little part again this month, creating a sample card! Check out all the samples and print off your .pdf files of both the cards & the layouts to inspire your December creations...

Here's the sketch I was asked to use and the card I created. The size is 3.5x8, which isn't a size I work with very often, but I had fun using my new 4" branches die & the 2" birds with Basic Grey's Wassail papers :)