Thursday, December 15, 2011

Good afternoon

Hi everyone,

I guess we are all in the last minute panic of the holidays.  I think I need the pressure to finally get things done!

I have just received new dies and stamps.  They are absolutely gorgeous!  We will be having a sale on the weekend, but as I just received these, (the company took a long time to ship), they will not be in the sale.  The prices seem very reasonable, and they are so delicate and unique.  The also have some beautiful stamps, some to match the dies as well.  If you mention my blog, however, I will give you 20% off. 

Have a wonderful, although very wet, day!  Remember, it could be snow...


Here is a sampling:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Good morning!

Hi everyone,

It's beginning to feel like Christmas, suddenly!  I haven't bought a gift yet, and I'm still waiting for a die to come in the make my cards.  If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done at all ;-)

We are having a Make 'n Take this Sunday, Dec. 11, from 12-4pm.  Each one is $5 and they will be running approximately every 1/2hr.  You can make tags, wine tags, and small gift cards, for some quick ideas to adorn your gifts or wine bottles.  We thank Roz for the simple, yet stunning bird card idea. 

We hope you can make it for a fun afternoon.

I've made a few cards over the last week or so.  They are all quick yet effective...

I used the Cuttlebug and the Marianne Ornament dies, but what makes all of the difference is using Mirracard.  It is SOOO shiny.  I must have been a crow in a former life!  I put sticky tape on a piece of cardstock around the same size as the ornament, peeled off the top layer of tape and stuck down the ornament cut-out.  I then sprinkled glitter in the holes.  After, as it was a simple shape, I cut out the ornaments, popped them out with foam buttons, and hung them with gold cord from a border punch of Martha Stewart.

For the following card, I also used sticky tape on card stock, cut out the tree die, peeled off the top layer of release sheet from the tape, stuck down the tree and then poured warm highlights glitter everywhere, added a few red crystals, et voilâ!  A very simple card.  I tied a red velvet ribbon along the side, for an old-fashioned look.

The final simple card is a sleigh die from Marianne as well.  I cut it out of red mirracard.  I then embossed the opal background with trees and snowflakes from Sizzix, layered the back with red mirracard, and taped it onto the opal card.  I added Stickles crystal glitter on the trees and snowflakes.  Very fast, but elegant.

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you Sunday!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good afternoon to all

Hi everyone,

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, although it is difficult to get into the spirit whith such warm weather, but that's not a complaint!

It is hard to keep up with the demand, especially for the Spellbinders, or other dies.  I keep ordering, and only received a few at a time due to backorders, which continues to be a big issue.  We should be receiving some more tomorrow, but we did get in Marianne and Cherry Lynn.

My favourite company for stamps still is Penny Black.  They cover all styles, and so well.  We've had classes with the Mimis, Belles, Old Fashioned and now I've made a sample with the new elf designs which are just SO CUTE!

I also made a card using a new die company, with Fran's glitter expertise.  I will be ordering from them as soon as I finish here.  They have such delicate dies and stamps as well.  It's nice to find some more unique designs.

We still have some spaces left in the Cuttlebug Ornament as well as the Poinsettia, if you are able to take a class and need some inspiration to get you started for the holidays.

Cuttlebug Ornament:
Wed. 23rd. Nov. 1-12:30
Sat. 26th.  1:30-4

Wed. Nov. 30 10-12:30
Sat. Dec. 3 1:30-4

We also have a new French Wording plate which we should be receiving next week.

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hi everyone

Imagine, twice in one week!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I can't believe it was warm enough to eat the turkey dinner out on the deck.  I don't believe it has ever been that warm.  We've been so lucky.

I have a photo of the candle that Isabel will be doing in the Metal Art class on Nov. 12, 1:30-4pm.  The pic doesn't do it justice, but I was having difficulty getting the metal to look like metal and the candle got lost in the translation ;-)

I also was able to make two cards in the last few days.  The first was done using the Create-a-Card background stamps from Impression Obsession.  I used the snowflake background, and stamped in white onto Kraft coloured paper.  I dried it quickly with a heat tool, and then applied Colorbox Evergreen pigment ink to the pine bough stamp and stamped over the snowflakes.  I then embossed with Rainbow Sparkle EP.  I used a pine branch from our Stocking #2 set and again stamped in Evergreen and embossed in Rainbow Sparkle.  I stamped the ornament in clear and embossed in gold.  I coloured the ball with Tombow markers and tied it with a two-coloured ribbon.  I then used foam tape for the branch layer and the ornament.  I also turned the ornament over onto a hard foam mat and used the very large stylus tip from Marvy to give the rounded dimensional look.

For the Church scene, which was also an Impression Obsession stamp, I stamped in brown Staz-On and coloured the snow, moon and roofline using US Artquest white pearlized mica paint.  The background and the church was coloured with Tombow markers.  I used a permanent brown marker to do the branches in the trees as they are so fine and it would be easy to run over the lines and blur the colour.  Finally I coloured the cross in a gold gel pen.  I cut just the church out and mounted it on foam for a more dimensional look.

Enjoy the warm weather while you can!


Sunday, October 9, 2011



Hi to all

Hi everyone,

Once again it's been really long time since I blogged.  My computer was in the hospital for about 3 weeks.  I now have it back, without all of the files at the moment as they are still trying to retrieve the data from my hard drive.  Keep your fingers crossed!

We have a lot of exciting new classes coming up.  We are also going to have Isabel, who was here for the Metal Art workshop weekend.  She has been doing metal art for many years and will teach a beautiful candle wrap class, just in time for Christmas.  OF COURSE the sample is not on this computer, so I will send it as soon as I can.  It will be on one of the following dates:  Sat. Nov. 5 or Sat. Nov. 11.  It will be for both beginner and intermediate students.

Here are the other upcoming classes:

Dreamweaver Trees: ($47.50 incl. stencil and Splendor Ink Pad)
Sat. Oct. 15, 1:30-4pm
Wed. Oct. 19, 10-12:30pm

Penny Black Belles ($42.50 incl. 1 stamp)
Thurs. Oct. 20, 10-12pm
Sat. Oct. 22, 10-12:30pm (MY BIRTHDAY! ;-)
Third card to come:

Little Mimis ($38.50 incl. 1 stamp)
Thurs. Oct. 27, 10-12pm
Sat. Oct. 29, 10-12pm
Third card to come:

Penny Black Nostalgia ($42.50 incl. 1 stamp)
Sat. Oct. 30, 10-12:30

Advent Calendar Box
Date to come:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Good afternoon!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a good holiday weekend.  At least it's better than last Sunday.  I lost power for 8hrs. and had to spend my time bailing out my sump pump pit so my basement didn't flood.

We should be receiving some of the new Spellbinders dies this week, finally.  It's always hard to wait...a little like Christmas...We just received Penny Black Christmas usual, they are amazing.

I made a card for Rob's daughter's wedding next weekend.  They used purple in the invitations, (which I made), so I wanted to incorporate it into their card.

We still have a few spots left on Sunday for Magdalena's Metal Art class.  Here are the samples you will be making:

If time permits you will be making this tiny book in the beginner class.

Louise has just finished this absolutely beautiful class for Christmas.  You "open" the door and there is an accordion card inside where you can put photographs or sentiments.  It makes a very special gift for a special person.  It would also be a great addition to a table or mantle.  The date is Sunday, Oct. 16th. 9-12:30.  You will not be finishing the interior as you would have to bring your sleeping bag! ;-)  My photo does not do it justice.

I hope you have a nice holiday weekend,