Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
One of these days I will master uploading images. LOL
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
While at CHA this summer I fell in love with the advent calendar from KaiserCraft. As soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be the HOT product of the season. One of the advantages of working in the industry is that I sometimes have access to the products before they are available for sale. Mick from KaiserCraft sent me two samples to play with and this is the first of them. I used their new Wish Upon papers to decorate it with a little Prima pearls and Rangers Pearl Paint Dabber to colour my numbers. Now this is a little girlie and not my usual colour palette but I like to push myself occasional to try something new. Now to find just the right photo for this project, that may be the ultimate challenge! LOL
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Soon to come is my September layout and yes, I have a Wednesday night class as well as a Saturday afternoon class. I should be posting pics in the days to come.
For those of you who are in love with the KaiserCraft advent calendar as featured in an earlier post, let me and/or your lss know. I suspect that these will be in high demand once they start shipping in October. Place an order with your lss now to be sure to get them. Product code is SB-2066. I am lucky enough to have two that I will be making up soon so check back for pics. I think this is definitely going to be the hot item this holiday season.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
It has been a while. You know how it goes, life gets busy and before you know it weeks have passed and you haven't created anything even though new products have accumulated on your work surface (and every other surface of your/my house!) LOL
I am just back from CHA which was held in Orlando Florida this year. Too hot and humid but that is Florida in the middle of summer. Good thing I was at the show for the better part of the day checking out all the latest and greatest products and meeting up with many of the vendors. It was such a blast and I came home with tons of ideas all using the new products. This certainly is the year for exceptional Halloween product but my favourite just might be Basic Grey's new Eerie line. Of course, Halloween is my favourite holiday so I am biased in that regard.
Here is a small list of a few of my show favourites, excluding Halloween. These are what I think may be the HOT new products this season.
- Kaiser Crafts new advent calendar/frame. Not the best picture sorry but good enough hopefully for you to get the idea. Remember last years Karen Foster advent calendar? Well if you liked that one you will LOVE this one. If you are not familiar with Kaiser Craft's Beyond the Page products well it is definitely time to check them out. They are made out of a thin MDF not chipboard and sell for a very reasonable price. This particular piece does have chipboard drawers though. The rest is all wood. Their new Christmas papers and embellishments are excellent too. They are so new and hot off the press that they are not up on their website yet but watch for them soon.
I must say that I love many of the Kaiser Craft products. While you are searching out the Christmas goodies, go to the Craft section of their website and check out their new storage system. ALL of their new embellishments, rub-ons, stamps etc are packaged in reusable zip lock storage pockets that go in to their binder. This is the best idea for packaging as not only does it make storage of your bits and pieces super easy, they are all reusable! There is even storage for your 12x12 paper. Best yet, they can all fit into the same binder as these storage pockets all have a two hole system. http://www.kaisercraft.net/general-craft I must say that the gang from Kaiser Craft are all exceptional as well. See me here with Mick having some fun at their booth. Crazy Canadian gal meets crazy Australian guy.
Next on my list is the Sizzix Big Shot Pro. This tool will cut every die out on the market pretty much. All the old Sizzix dies, all the new ones and pretty much all the competitors dies as well. Even Accucut dies. Best yet, it is the first tool with a 13" opening! I highly recommend this great tool for retailers and serious scrappers alike to have in their studios. It is far more affordable than the commercial systems so easy for stores to add to their collection of studio tools. Not too out there for those of us who must have all the latest and greatest tools either. At $350.00 USD it is a bit of an investment but one well worth making. There are 17 new extra big dies that are being released with this tool and many more to come. My favourite is the tabbed album, partly because I requested it and the awesome Julianna (Sizzix Goddess) made my wish come true. There are so many ways I want to use this die. I can't wait to get my hands on it and therefore the new machine as well. Like all their previous tools, this is not just a paper crafting tool. You can use it to cut fabric and so much more as well.
For those of you who are not interested in a manual machine because you have one of the many electronic machines but would like an affordable embossing machine, Sizzix has you covered there as well. It will accept all embossing folders out there including all the great Sizzix ones and those made by CuttleBug and Quickutz too. This is a must have for card makers!
- I must mention stamps. My latest weakness. Some gals can't help themselves when it comes to shoes, for me it is stamps. It is definitely hard to say which company is my top pick since there are many that I absolutely must have. Yes that is MUST HAVE. Inkadinkado just released a ton of Halloween and Holiday stamps although they were not at the show. Hero Arts as usual has another great release and so does Penny Black. If you are liking Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous then you must check out his new stamps. I think I need 7 of the 13 new sets! (It is my attempt at being conservative). Don't ask me how many Inkadinkado stamps I have picked up and/or have on order. I am telling you is is a sickness of which I believe some of you have as well. Now for those of you who are not really card makers or mini album creators and want BIG stamps for your layouts, then you must check out Tattered Angels. These stamps are super cool and have these companion stencil things that take stamping to a whole new level. You will need to check out their websites for images.
I think this is all for now. I have goofed off most of the day and need to do something. Probably housework but well, it can wait. Maybe I will go and move some of my sCrap so I can play with some of those new goodies I mentioned earlier.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I have actually finished the layout today for July's class but I won't have pics up until Monday.
Those wishing to attend should have a craft mat and your ink blending tools as part of your basic tools as you will certainly need them. We will be using quite a few of Ranger Ink products including: Colour Wash, Distress Re-inkers, Perfect Pearls, Distress Ink, Distress Stickles. Archival Ink and a few stamps and Quickutz. Sounds like a lot going on? Plan on the class running overtime and we may just make another few tags at the end if we don't run out of time.
Be prepared to work hard to get through it all and wear you craft clothes for this one.
Hope to see you on Saturday July 18Th, 1-3PM at Scrapalicious.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here are a few pics for my upcoming class at Scrapalicious.
Lots of Ink and distressing going on here.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tim and I, the mandatory pic because my friends would never let me hear the end of it if I didn't ask him for this shot. Sorry Tim, a gal has to do some things for her friends.
Attending Ranger U this year was one of my best creative experiences. We learned so much in the three days while playing with most of the Ranger Ink line of products.
I hung out with my friend Ludmila who is the owner of Scrapbook Quebec. It is nice to know someone is as wild and wacky as myself.
There was lots of packing up to do after class on the Sunday. We all had a big box of product to take home to continue practicing all the cool techniques we learned. Over the three days we made 50 tags with Tim Holtz, played with Beeswax and Utee with Suze Weinberg and painted up more tags with Caudine Hellmuth and then altered a Cosmo Cricket box.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Give me some time to upload pictures from the three days in the classroom and then take some of the 50+ technique tags we made. In the meantime, check out some of the pics from the event on Tim Holtz's blog, I am the grey haired gal on the left.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Check back later for updates.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
While I am gone, I hope you go work on your contribution to the Piece/Peace Movement and get it posted somewhere. I am anxious to see what you create. I am creating my first piece in my head and will get it made once I am back.
Friday, May 29, 2009
You never know, maybe this whole Peace thing will catch on.
Remember to post a link to your artistic endeavors in the comment section. We all want to participate in your Peace Work.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I should have pics up on Monday, a preview of what is in store. Those wanting to attend should get together some of there embellishment stash. I have been rummaging around in my goodies to decorate my pages and it feels good to use some of my older stash. It is amazing just how much stuff I/we have.
There will be lots of stamps, Quickutz and even some new Sizzix dies available for use in the class. Bring your basic tools and your die cutting machine if you have one.
Remember, the store is closed on Monday so call Tuesday to reserve your spot. 905-614-0085
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It Works!!! I know, no good without pictures but I am trying to pack up my crap so I can go and scrap with my girlfriends today. I cut a pair of covers out of my brightly coloured placemats and it was just like cutting through paper. Now I am thinking about what else I may try. I may even go back to the Dollarama to see what other brightly coloured placemats they have. I see mini album madness settling in. LOL
Now I need to cut up those placemats and chipboard and grungeboard and show you all why I had to have them. First things first, I need to pack up for today's class at Scrapalicious if only to find a spot on my table so I can do all this die cutting. When I get back from my class, I will post some pics of the pieces. Then I just may tackle the challenge I posted on NSD to do a layout with my older stash. Anyone else playing along?
I have also posted info about the Warehouse sale - Look to the right.
I am lucky enough to work here but even I am excited about this sale. Now ladies, there is tons of stuff for sale here, it is a BLOWOUT sale so expect to find some older stuff but there is lots of relatively new stuff available as well. Just not the latest stuff, that you need to go to your LSS for.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Watch for my class posting later this weekend. It will get done!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
For me, my tool box includes: Quickutz and both the Squeeze and the Revolution. I own other die cutting tools but those have not become staples yet. Of course the Xyrons, my Fiskars Micro Tipped scissors, STAMPS and therefore acrylic blocks and therefore VersaFine, Archival ink and most assuredly Tim's Distress Inks. It goes without saying that if you have Distress Inks then you must have Tim's ink blending tool. You just can't have one without the other. Certainly not last or least is my trimmer. I have tried several and have decided that Tonic's large base guillotine trimmer suits me just fine. It is big and bulky and not always a joy to take to crops but it cuts a true 90 degree angle when most others do not. When I have all my bits and pieces cut and ready to stick down, there is only one tape runner. Kokuyo. I LOVE the red one best but the blue one runs a close second. I like that it sticks and sticks well and permanently. It doesn't get all gummed up or roll back in on itself.
I have other tools, lots of them in fact but they are not my constant companions, at least not yet. Tell me what is in your tool box, maybe I will find something new to play with.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I have a Dollerama that I frequent when I meet up with my Mother for coffee. She is a true addict that goes there for everything from hand soap to CD's. I tag along as I can usually find something even if it is only a chocolate bar (which I don't need) or baseball card sheets to store my small stamps in (which I do need, and lots of them).
Today I found some brightly coloured place mats made out of vinyl or acrylic which I plan to die cut into album covers with the new Sizzix album dies I am expecting to get sometime this week.
I hope they work for this purpose otherwise I have an assortment of brightly coloured place mats that will live their lives as brightly coloured place mats a nice and functional existence but hardly the exciting and socially superior life they could live if they were mini album covers.
Cross your fingers the album dies come in as I have been anxiously awaiting these since CHAW09 in January. As soon as I have them home I promise to die cut my brightly coloured place mats and post a picture of my successful results. (Note optimism)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
So I am posting a challenge for myself and for those of you with a similar affliction. Make something, anything but you must use paper and other products from your stash that is at least 2 years old. If you have a BLOG post your creation and then let me know you have accepted the challenge. No Blog? I am sure there must be a way to post it here with your comments but don't ask me how. It is all I can do to get my own stuff on here. Together we will figure it out. Points go to the person who is able to use the most items from their "old" stash. I will post mine sometime this week. I am thinking I have some very bright and funky Junkitz papers and a tonnage of chipboard I may use. Have fun and enjoy creating this weekend.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Well, very lucky as a matter of fact. Just recently I applied to Ranger U so I can learn all about all the amazing products Ranger Inks has to offer. I understood that I might not get accepted right away as there are only so many spots and quite a few applicants. I guess it must have helped that I am an instructor and the product manager for this line of products for the company I work for. All I can say is I am very thrilled to be getting this opportunity.
Now what does this mean for all my lucky students? New techniques and new product for us to explore. The event is in June so it may be July before I have a class with something new I have learned. That is if I can squeeze it in before heading off to CHA in July. Busy busy busy!
I may just have to wear this silly grin for most of Spring and Summer!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The best part about this show (other than the awesome shopping) is that I got to meet up with people I have not seen in a while. There were tons of ladies from my old Cherished Scrapbooks days that I haven't seen since that store closed almost a year ago. Fortunately we were able to share email addresses so we can get back in touch. Hopefully they will also find me here so we can get back to talking scrapping and sharing ideas.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Materials: paper - Bazzil cardstock; flower stamps -Autumn Leaves; brads - American Craft; flowers - Doodle Bug, Making Memories & Prima Marketing; chipboard and ribbon - unknown.
This is the cover page of a black and white album I started a few years ago. Each layout is black and white with one other colour. The idea I had at the time was to see just what I could do using the stuff I have in my stash. It was also the beginning of my stamping on layouts phase (of which I don't think I have gotten out of). Some day I hope to get back to this project as I am interested in seeing how my style has changed since I first began. I know the challenge of just using my stash isn't really a challenge anymore as I do have a fair bit in my stash these days.