Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pink Cutie Patootie

A friend of mine gave birth to a sweet baby girl about a month ago so I made this card for her baby shower! I was heavily inspired by the current Sketch Saturday layout and the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge to be pretty in pink ;) I stamped this little cutie (Mo Manning for Stampavie) in Brown Memento... so I took the liberty to add touches of brown on my card too. I loved working with these new papers from Echo Park- Life is Good! I added a touch of pink to my white flowers with my Copic Markers and pearls to finish it off. My main image is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities and the strip at the bottom was cut with my fave Tim Holtz edge die!
It's pretty basic... but here's the inside of the card. My sentiments on the front & inside are from a set by Hampton Art (part of our selection of BOGO images in the store right now!).

... and in case you missed it, here's a peek at the cute card & yummy cupcakes we enjoyed on Saturday at our Die Cut Club Party! The card features dies from the new QuicKutz Special Delivery Gift Set (Card shape, scalloped circle & stitching die) and the Birds & the Bees release. We used the new Raindrop alphabet and two different flower dies (one of which is the exclusive club die!). We played with adhesive backed fabric by American Crafts (love it!) QK's white adhesive backed chipboard for the letters. The cupcake liners are also cut from a limited edition cupcake die :)
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the blast of PINK in your day :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Summertime Scrappin' Layouts

We had our Summertime Srcrappin' class last night and created these two double page layouts in less than two hours- talk about power scrapping!

All the materials (except cardstock, QK alphabets & cording) are from Little Yellow Bicycle's 'Boardwalk' collection. We used their paper tablet, favorite pieces glittery stickers & canvas border stickers... with a touch of Distress Ink, of course :)

For this second layout, we used the paper backing from the wave canvas border sticker as a mask and sprayed some Glimmer Mist over it! It gives a subtle, but sparkly effect :)

All the materials for these layouts are still available in the store... and more great patterned papers from this collection as well!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

So Girly...

One of our Design Team members, Leslea, doesn't have a blog... so we get to share some of her creations with you here! Check out this adorable layout she did with recent photos of her daughter camping- I love it! Leslea has used papers from Cosmo Cricket's Mr. Campy collection, an older line, which is back in stock at the store right now! I'm not positive where the chipboard pieces are from, but even the journalling block ("Look mom... I found the dirt!") is from Mr. Campy. Could it be any more perfect for these photos? I don't think so!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

a note re: Eulanda's Stationary Box

Eulanda sent this note she wanted me to pass on to you :)

I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who took the time to come to my Stationery Box class at Creative Accents on Saturday. I know a few of you were very new to the tools we used and you did a fantastik job with your projects.
Thanks to Tara for putting the class on and to all the other ladies there, thanks for taking time out of your Saturdays to come in and support me and CA. I had a great time!!
You can find the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers and view pics of the finished project on my blog at Cards, Cards and More Cards.
Enjoy your week and thanks again!!
Eulanda

Summertime Scrappin' Class


**EDIT- New date, hope you can join us!**
Here's your chance to scrapbook some of those summertime photos before the end of summer... Join Tara at 6:30 on THURSDAY, August 26 to create TWO double page layouts featuring "Boardwalk" products by Little Yellow Bicycle, including their fabulous canvas border stickers! You can see the full layouts in the store, but this photo collage includes some highlights (the white space is reserved for photos of Mom & Dad's trip to Oregon)!

This class is a great value for just $27 ($10 class fee + $17 materials fee) since your kit alone is worth over $25! Techniques include creative uses for die cut papers, masking, misting and more! Sign up soon, a limited number of kits are available!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

One Million Giraffes

I just uploaded my very own giraffes to the One Million Giraffes project online! If you haven't heard of this project, you really should go check it out! It's a fun challenge to participate in- helping a guy from Norway win a bet he made with his friend that he could collect one million giraffes by 2011. I've been enjoying following the project online this summer and decided I simply had to participate (I'm hoping to get my students involved once school starts, but the project is really moving quickly and could possibly even be over by September if it keeps going at this rate!

Last night, I decided it was my night to make a giraffe... I cut a piece of chipboard 6x8 and painted it with my Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paints (love these) in shades of yellow and orange. Then I sketched (copying a giraffe image I found, of course...) a giraffe silhouette on the back of a page from an old poetry book, cut it out and attached it with Claudine's Matte Multi-Medium. I then brushed the medium over my entire piece. Once that was dry, I brushed on some Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over portions of the piece. This morning, I added a bit of Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges to highlight the crackles a bit (and lets be honest... I need Distress Ink on almost every project I create!). Here's my giraffe:
... and just for fun, because we were eating cupcakes too... I made a cupcake giraffe before we ate any of them. Then, after I took the picture, I ate his head ;)
I'd LOVE to have some of you join me and participate in this project! Last I checked, there was only ONE giraffe uploaded from Williams Lake and NONE from Quesnel, 150 Mile or 100 Mile House or Prince George... let's change that, shall we? Happy Creating! You can find the simple rules for creating your giraffe here.

**EDIT** Here's a direct link to my giraffes on the One Million Giraffes website: Cut & Crackle Giraffe and Cupcake Giraffe

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 2010 SOTM

I'm thrilled to finally be introducing our August Stamp of the Month! This stamp is a beautiful cherry blossom image by Harmonie. As you saw in our previous post, it's a gorgeous wooden stamp with an laser cut design on the block- it'll just be pretty sitting on your shelf :)

I'm gonna apologize up front for the colouring of my photos here... I take them in natural light, and with all the smoke from forest fires now, it makes everything have this nasty green hue... blech! (My sample board background *is* green, though... just not quite the shade it's showing up to be here!)
This is the first card I made when I inked up my stamp- I love how easy it is to make a background with this image. As you know, I have a love affair with Kraft cardstock... so I chose that for the base of my zig-zag card. The focal image on this card is also by Harmonie, cut out with a Spellbinders die & coloured with copics (as are the blossoms in my background). I actually used the largest size die cut for my image, so had to handcut the layer behind it... so please don't look too closely ;) My patterned paper (on this and all the other cards) is also from Harmonie!
Here's a photo of my card open... I used a flash on this one, so you'll get an idea of the true colour these cards should be. Makes the others look blah, doesn't it? I love these zig-zag cards- they're so simple (just one extra score!), but are a fun twist on the usual card layout.
Mom made this next card. She clear embossed the SOTM on cream cardstock and inked over it with some chalk ink, then die cut a QK butterfly from it. The label design was on the back side of one of the papers in this collection & the sentiment (Stampendous) is silver embossed. The wavy card bottom was done with the QK edge dies.
For this next card, I selected three of the six images on a collage stamp and coloured them with my copics. My SOTM was stamped in brown, coloured lightly and then each blossom was topped with a pearl by Zva Creative. I used my fabulous new Chinese knot EK Success edger punch on this card as well- love it! I finished off the card with a simple sentiment by Amuse- they have the best small sentiments!
I went back to basics for this next card- gold embossing on a die cut piece of cardstock! My sentiment (Hero Arts) is also embossed and matted on gold cardstock. My background features the SOTM stamped with Versamark.

I found the instructions to make this 'Good Luck Knot' on a package of Mizuhiki paper cords we had in the store, but I actually used a combination of some ribbon cording and twine to make it. After a bit of time googling.... I found a tutorial online that will show you how to do the basic knot. Have fun! I think if I make a few more I may be able to figure it out just by looking at my knot for a refresher....
Hope you enjoy this month's stamp, even if it is late :) I do have some extras of this one, so even if you're not in our SOTM club, you can take this little beauty home with you! Of course, if you decide to join the club, you'll save 35% off the regular price on this and on upcoming stamps...

Thanks for looking and reading- can't wait to hear what you think about this one :)


Look what finally showed up...

Our beautiful August Stamp of the Month is finally here! Come pick yours up soon... and watch for the card samples to show up on the blog later today :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Curious

I took these photos of my cat, Tazo, the first day he went outside this spring (he's an indoor kitty who mostly dreams of being outside!). He moved in slow motion, alert to everything around him (including the tall weeds in the back yard), it was fun to watch! When I printed the photos, I knew I had to scrapbook them together with papers from Pink Paislee's Queen Bee collection... and I finally got around to doing it! I'm glad I waited, because I got to add some fun new QK dies into the mix! I took some introductory inspiration from a single layout PageMaps sketch & went from there... Here's what I did:
This was my first attempt at 'stitching' together two pages to show a double page spread- it turned out okay, I think... certainly better than when I photograph them together! Here's some close ups (aka the photos before I stitched them together!)


Papers & Journalling blocks: Pink Paislee "Queen Bee" collection
Die Cuts: QuicKutz plants, bee, caterpillar & Espresso alphabet. (+ flower club die)
Bling: Curious word- Kaiser, Flourish- Prima
Ribbon: In stock at the store (not sure the brand, but I love it with these papers!)

... not much else to say about this one- hope you like it! I appreciate your feedback!

Almost everything I used here is currently in stock in the store- stop by and check it out :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Out on a limb...

This week I'm making time to create... I think the thought that I only have two weeks left of summer has me wanting to make some time for ME. I'm enjoying the rare treat of hopping around to different challenge blogs and seeing how they'll inspire me (after I've selected some materials to play with). Once I get this out of my system, I'll get busy doing some more prep for upcoming classes ;) For now, though... I'm happily playing! Here's my card:
Here's what I used:
- Fairy & Sentiment by C.C. Designs (coloured with Copics, of course!)
- Text background by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Flourish background by Hero Arts
- Bee (yep, again... and you'll see it tomorrow, too!) & branch by QuicKutz (new border die- LOVE it!)
- Patterned paper by My Mind's Eye "So Sophie"
- Bazzill cardstock
- Leaves from Prima
- Distress Stickles (on the bee, leaves & fairy wings- love this stuff!)
- Pearl flourish by Prima (love cutting these up and using bits here and there)
- Distress Ink for background images and edging all the cut pieces.

I'm entering this card in three challenges... which is about my max (it's actually a pet peeve of mine when I see a card someone has made that is entered into like sixteen different challenges... talk about grasping!). I sat my little fairy (Stamp Something-Fairytale Challenge)on a branch (Cute Card Thursday-Tree-mendous Challenge) and based the card around the sketch from the Tickled Pink Challenge #4.

Smile!

I've got another card to share with you! For this card I used the current Sketch Saturday layout (sideways!) and Stamptacular Sunday's "buttons & bows" theme.

My image is by Penny Johnson for Stampavie. I've been wanting to colour her for a while now, she's such a stylin' little thing, all ready for fall or winter. I chose these fun papers from the 'Indie Girl' collection by Sassafrass to inspire me- I love this colour scheme (which you'd know if you've ever been in our store LOL) as it just seems to transcend all seasons...


The layout here is pretty simple! I stamped some dots by Hero Arts in the background and I've used the decorative edge from the music paper for my border at the bottom of the card, together with some satin ribbon, which makes a sweet little bow. My sentiment is by CC Designs and is stamped on a QK die cut shape. I added more of the glittery flourishes from Making Memories and finished it off with a few buttons topped with adhesive pearls. Hope you like it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summers End {Friday Sketchers}

I had a chance to create on Saturday, so I'll show you my creations one at a time... starting with this card I made based (loosely- heehee) on this weeks Friday Sketchers layout. This came together quite quickly, since I had pre-coloured my image (End of Summer by Mo Manning for Stampavie), it matched beautifully with these awesome papers from the So Sophie collection by My Mind's Eye, plus I had some new QuicKutz dies I was anxious to play with...

I absolutely love the new nesting flowers die with those fabulous wonky circles, and was thrilled that it worked to cut my image with them! Then I noted the tiny bees in my image and got all excited to use the new bee die as well! I generously spread some brown (I forget which shade!) Distress Stickles over his body after adhering him to my card. The 'scallops' On the Edge die from Tim Holtz is an awesome match for the flower shape and then my card is embellished with some pretty vintage looking lace & my new favorite taupe pearls by Zva Creative.

here's the sketch:

... and here's the complete card, which I made into an easel card (love them!) It's 5.5" square, I used those nesting flowers for my sentiment (by Hero Arts) on the bottom om of the card as well, and added a glittery flourish by Making Memories I have had in my stash for a bit- I've tried to put them on several projects, but this is the first that has actually worked! I'm pleased with how easy this card came together... it's always fun to work with new products you love! Hope you enjoy the card as much as I do!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Max & Whiskers- Basic Grey POTM

I thought I should finally post the samples from our July POTM class, since our August one is happening next week already! Here's the sample layout from Basic Grey featuring fabulous products from their Max & Whiskers collection:
And here's what Mom did with it:
My sister's cat, Whitaker, was having a good cat nap in a plastic container one afternoon and we got such a kick out of all the positions he tried out it just had to be photographed!

This layout was a lot of fun- as you can see, it's heavy on the scalloped edges, but we saved a bunch of time using our scalloped borders by QuicKutz. The 'woolies' stickers are a fantastic addition and I love the layering of two alphabets to make the title!

Here's the card I created using leftover materials- the fabulous flower is cut from the Tim Holtz tattered florals die, with one of the BG glazed brads added in it's center. There were tons of leftover alpha stickers so we could spell almost anything we wanted- I kept it generic with a simple 'happy'.
And here's my alternate layout, we just had one sheet left of the blue, so I switched to this shade of green, which looks nice with my Tazo cat's colouring :) Instead of woolies, I fussy cut some cat shapes from an alternate patterned paper we had on the store shelves. I added some 3D elements & googly eyes to add some whimsy to it.
As always... sorry about the lousy photo quality! I can do great photographing cards & single page layouts, but doubles are just pathetic! I'd love some tips, if you've got any for me!

Have a creative day! I look forward to seeing our POTM crew again on Wednesday the 18th- we're making a fun & girlie layout featuring the Olivia collection!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Deals of the Week

This weeks deal:

Save 20% on all BASIC GREY products!
Enjoy savings on fabulous BG chipboard, papers, stickers, brads, embellishments, 6x6 pads, collection packs, project kits... so much Basic Grey goodness, it's sure to inspire your creativity!

You can also continue to save by visiting our 3 for $15 table (lots of great products- including Distress Crackle Paint!) and our Clearance section, which is still Buy 2 Get 2 FREE!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Fin-tabulous (Mojo Monday)

Hooray... I got a chance to play with another Mojo Monday sketch during it's current week (I use these sketches a LOT, but rarely 'on time'). We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday this week and I was anxious to use my new set of summer sentiments by CC Designs and these cute new stamps & papers by Imaginisce.
This card is much more 'cutesy' than I usually work with, but I had fun with it! I finished it off with some fab ribbon by Fancy Pants, Baubles by Stamping Bell and I painted my dolphin with 'Illuminate' Smooch- it was so easy to work with and gives a nice clear shimmer (which you probably can't see in the photo!). As I mentioned before, the sentiment is by CC Designs, it's Fin-tabulous, isn't it?

I loved this sketch and would love to hear about if you played with this weeks sketch as well! Have a creative day!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Deals of the Week

Continue to save on COSMO CRICKET Buy 1 Get 1 50% off!
Mix and match any Cosmo Cricket papers or accessories- including the new arrivals from the Joyride & Mr. Campy collections!

PLUS- Check out our table full of assorted goodies available 3 for $15!

PLUS- Clearance items are Buy 2 Get 2 FREE!