Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's a Steampunk sort of Christmas...

Class is today, Sunday December 12th at 1pm.

Bring your BigShot if you have one as there is a fair amount of die cutting involved.
You will need your basic tool kit and a variety of adhesives and as always, your ink blending tool and craft mat. There are still a couple of spots, store opens at noon, class starts at 1pm. Call the store or come a little earlier if you need to register.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's a Steampunk sort of Holiday...

That is right. Steampunk inspired December layout for this Sunday December 12 at 1PM.
These are just a few of the elements that will be add to the layout. There is going to be lots to do, lots of die cutting, lots of embossing, painting, inking, cutting... And it is more than just paper as there will be AC's fantastic glitter paper, Glitz Design's patterned paper, chipboard, corrugate board, wire, Tim Holtz Ideology pieces and who know what more? I guess you will need to come back and see what else I am adding. Oh, and did I mention I have this fantastic new stamp from Harmonie that is 6x9" that we will be using. You will just have to come back and see which one it is.

Call Scrapalicious if you would like to take this class on Sunday. 905-614-0085.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thought you might want a peek at the Letterbox Holiday Tray 
that is for this Sunday December 5th.
I am still playing with a few ideas and embellishments but this will give you the just of 
what we will be doing in this class. There is a fair amount of stamping and embossing, 
some resist techniques - some old and some new, a little alcohol ink and...
 the rest you will just need to come to the class to find out. :-)
All the embellishments you see on this tray are included except for the tin. If you want to include it you will need to stop by your local Starbucks and pick one up. There are a few flavours so pick your favourite, the colour of the tin does not matter. All the label will be sanded off. What matters is the size! 
Here is a picture of what the tin looks like before it was altered.
Those interested in taking the class should call Scrapalicious at:905-614-0085
Class starts at 1pm and goes to 4pm but you will have until 5pm to finish and clean up.
If you have questions, email me at:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November Layout of the Month - Laugh Often

This month's layout uses My Mind's Eye papers, a Sizzix edge die, some Quickutz and several stamps.
The first class is on Wednesday November 18th at 11:30AM and the second class will be held next Sunday afternoon at 1PM. Students are asked to bring their Basic tool kits including their ink blending tools.
Please call Scrapalicious at 905-614-0085 to reserve your spots.

Another Large Desk Organizer with BG's Nook and Pantry

 Join me this Sunday November 14th at 1pm to make a Kaisercraft Large Desk Organizer for yourself or as a gift. This one showcases Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry paper collection. You will the the recipe book/album as well.
You will need to bring the following to class:
Exacto knife and cutting mat,
wet and dry adhesive,
sanding tool,
ink blending tool and craft mat
Optional - embellishments you may want to add
 buttons, hardware, etc.

Please come a few minutes early to choose your papers from a large selection.

Paper Challenge!! I know you will want to do this one.

What's in your stash? I think it is challenge time.
I know I have tons of seasonal patterned paper in my stash but I also have a huge collection of Basic Grey. As I sat stamping out a ton of Christmas images last night to use for Christmas cards, I got thinking that I could use just about any one of those papers in a Christmas layout and/or card with the possible exception of Eerie.
(OK, maybe even that one). How about you? Up for a challenge? 
Go pick your papers and show off your sample. Link it back on Facebook or through the comment section here on the blog. Not sure how to accomplish that? Send me a pic of your sample and I will post in for you.
Just to keep this as a real challenge, you need to use patterned papers from any Basic Grey collection. Using a solid blue for example isn't really challenging. You can use a solid as part of the project BUT the patterned paper must be prominent. 
Sound like fun? Let's see what we come up with .
Want to challenge me? Pick a paper collection and challenge me. If I have it, I will attempt to use it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Large Desk Organizer class this Sunday November 14th

This is definitely my favourite alterable item this season. I made this one to use in my office to put work orders and miscellaneous office items in. I have one in the works for my kitchen. It is a great place to store your new Holiday cooking magazine, recipe book, take-out menus, twist ties, rubber bands and so much more.
Another option... Scrapbook storage! Imagine. LOL
The back section of this handy storage unit will hold your 12x12 papers, adhesives, paints, embellishments, tools, etc. This Large desk organizer will keep all the items you need for the project you are working on close at hand. It is easy to assemble and fun to decorate. Students will have a variety of paper options to choose from and we will also make a book to keep your recipes or other important documents in. There are a few spaces left for this Sunday. Class starts at 1PM but come a bit early so that you can pick your papers.
Please bring your basic tool kit, wet and dry adhesive, ink blending tool and any embellishments you may wish to add. I will bring an assortment of dies and other goodies to share.
Anyone interested should call Scrapalicious at: 905-614-0085
There is a limited amount of spaces available so don't delay - call today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Heading to Papercraft Cafe this weekend!

Places to go and new people to meet. With any luck I will have good travelling weather as I head West and then South to Kingsville, Ontario to visit with Marie and her gang at the Papercraft Cafe. It is a 4 hour drive and so I have managed to talk my husband John into making the trip with me; at least as far as Chatham where we will be spending Friday night with family I seldom get to see.
Saturday afternoon I will be there doing a make-n-take or two using Harmonie's Bal Masque Halloween papers, one of The Crafter's Workshop templates and a few Sizzix dies. There is only a sneak peek of the projects here that we will be doing. A simple treat bag for some Trick-or-Treats and a little mini album to record a few haunting memories from October 31st.

If you are in the area, come join me at Papercraft Cafe between 1-4PM on October 23rd.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween in Wonderland cigar Box and mini album.

What can be better than Halloween and Wonderland together in one fun project. Join me this Sunday to alter a cigar box and to create a mini album to hold your memories of Halloween festivities. Be prepared to get a little messy as we will be cutting and pasting and stamping and inking and have a grand ol' time. You will need to bring with you your basic tool kit, ink blending tool and craft mat & wet glue. Class kit includes cigar box, Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers, cardstock and Tim Holtz Ideology Foundations (feet).
I will bring tons of stamps and other goodies for you to personalize your projects.
Those interested in attending this class should contact Scrapalicious and reserve your spot. I have only 8 cigar boxes. Class is on Sunday October 17th at 1PM-4PM.
Scrapalicious: 905-614-0085

Friday, October 1, 2010

October's Layout of the Month Class

 I Love Halloween! I think most of you know that by now. I could be easily convinced to do several more Halloween layouts this year. There certainly is enough stamps and Halloween embellishments in my stash that need to be used up.Maybe we should have a Halloween scrap the day away and get dressed up, bring treats to share and scrap nothing but Halloween all day long. LOL

For this months layout you will need to remember to bring your ink blending tools and a few foams with you. I have the inks but we will be sharing so if you have them in your stash, I suggest you bring them. You will also need to bring your non-stick craft mat. There is a lot going on and you will need it. There is inking, stamping, embossing, crackle painting and more on this layout. Nothing is difficult but it may take a little time to accomplish. It will be fun. First class is this Sunday October 3rd from 2:30 until 4:30 PM.

The next class is on Wednesday October 6th, from 11:30- 1:30PM. Please call Scrapalicious at 905-614-0085 to reserve your spot.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am the Artist of My Life.

I think Google has made it easier for us technically challenged bloggers to add pictures and content to our blogs. Yeah! I might be more inclined to add to this blog now that adding photos doesn't add new grey hairs to my head. It was easy today to add photos and I think I managed to do it without changing the colours. :-)

September's layout continues on with this years theme of scrapbooking ourselves. Seems like many of us scrapbook our kids, pets, family and friends and frequently exclude pages about the one behind the camera and the one creating the scrapbooks.
 This layout is about the artist - you. Be prepared to do a bit of journaling on this one. Of course, you could skip that part and add more pics but I do challenge you to try some journaling. Of course you can always change the title and make this layout about anything else you want. Deviation is good too.
I have used papers from Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers collection as well as paper from their Basics collection. This is the second time this year I have created a layout from the Max and Whiskers collection that was not pet related. I love the colours and these papers are so versatile.
 There is a fair amount of stamping on this layout, some die cutting and some embossing using Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades. There is also a teeny tiny bit of sewing on this layout but not enough to moan and groan about. Just enough.
Two classes coming up this week at Scrapalicious. First class is this Wednesday September 15th, at 11:30AM. Second class is this Saturday September 18th at 1PM. Be prepared for this class to run a little bit over time, as always. Don't worry about the kids, they have homework to do and so you have lots of time to come out and play.
Call the store to reserve your spot. 905-614-0085

Saturday, August 7, 2010

OK, these papers are really the same colour. I don't know what I did in the editing process that made the blues different. I think the colours on the left are truer to the original. If you read yesterday's post, you know that I have a love hate thing with this technology.
Whatever. It is up and it is the layout of the month for August 11Th. There is a day and an evening class at Scrapalicious this coming Wednesday August 11Th. First class is at 11:30 am and the 2ND class is at 6pm. Students are required to bring their basic tool kit, ink blending tool and adhesives including glue dots and pop dots. We are using Basic Grey's Cappella along with a bit of their Basics, doing a bit of stamping and an ever so tiny bit of stitching.

Call the store to reserve you spot.
Scrapalicious: 905-614-0085

Hope to see you there.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A love hate relationship with technology

I love my new laptop. It is a good thing since I have been using it just about every waking hour since I got it. I am discovering all kinds of exciting new features that Windows 7 has to offer. There are some funky bits though, probably user related and not the fault of the technology. For instance, somehow as I am typing away I find that I have jumped over into another section of my text and there is this big batch of writing where it isn't suppose to be. I must be accidentally touching a key and don't realize it. I probably would catch this problem as I am typing if I was not a "pecker" typist and didn't have to watch my fingers instead of the monitor. If I could go back in time and talk to my teenage self, I would have insisted that I paid attention during typing class. While I was on that visit to my earlier self I would have insisted that I stuck with the French classes too. Both skills would definitely be handy today.

What I am not currently too keen on is the limitations of email. I have started my own business and I need to send documents to my potential customers. The problem is file size and not being able to send what I want. Again this is a user problem. I keep being told by that annoying little techy that lives inside of my computer that "the size of the file is too big, read the file size before you try sending it". Ever the rebel, I ignore the warnings and send the emails with the attachments and then curse it when the emails fail. A solution was required and now thanks to a very generous and patient new friend, I am getting a website. That's another tale for another day.

Now there are certain administrative functions that are required of any business, big or small. Paperwork. A necessary evil but evil all the same. Up until a couple of days ago I did not have a fax machine. I had a scanner but that meant scanning one page at a time and creating separate files for each scanned page. Now we are back to the evils of emails and file sizes. After several occasions where I was required to "fax" in documents and several subsequent rounds of bad words spoken, I decided to splurge on another piece of technology. A fax machine.

We are back to loving technology now. The 4-n-1 fax/printer/scanner (I don't know what the 4th thing is yet) which is wireless is just so amazing! Now no relationship is all good. I had some challenges getting the router to talk to the fax/printer in a secure mode. After a couple of hours with more bad words spoken, I called the help desk. Yes, it took me a couple of hours of making myself crazy before I called but that was partly due to the fact that it was 7am in the morning and my new love machine was calling my name and I just had to go and hook it up.(run on sentence intentional) A half hour on the phone with a very patient and very nice woman in the Philippines walked me through the steps and got me all hooked up. Now I have been faxing and printing and loving my new piece of equipment. The only thing is, it is in my living room on an end table and not necessarily the prettiest piece of home decor. Which means I have to adjust my current office space to accommodate the additional piece of equipment and other office related gear. That will involve moving furniture and assistance from my husband. Let me tell you, he isn't thrilled with the prospect. The thing is, once I am all set up nicely in my revamped office space with my laptop and printer, John will be left to himself with the TV in the living room and the clicker to himself. Big happy faces all around.

Now what did we do before we had all this technology? Hmmm, don't tell me, my laptop may get mad and do some other funky stuff. These things have personalities, I know it and you know it whether we are willing to admit it or not. As long as I stay "in Love' I will have no problems. Right?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Laptop

Just had to post.
It took me a few weeks to make a decision to splurge on a laptop and I think I asked everyone and anyone for their 2 cents on what to buy in my price range. This decision may have taken more thought and energy than the purchase of my house. LOL

It took me a bit to get the wireless router in my house to acknowledge this computer but I persevered and got it done all on my own. Let's see how that works out when I take it out and about with me.

My next challenge is to get Open Office up and running. If you are not familiar with this free software and you do not have another Office package on your computer, I highly recommend it. Find the free download at
It is compatible with Windows office so if you want to share spreadsheets etc. you can.

I am off to CHA next week to check out all the new products. It is my intention to post as much as possible each night but if I get invited to a party, I might have to skip a night.

With any luck I will get my August layout up before I go, again that will depend on how much time I have this week. There is always lots to do with starting a new business. People to call, appointments to make, technology to master.

See you back here soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Fun!

It's Hot and Humid and the air conditioning is working overtime. Yet is the perfect weather for many of your favourite summer activities. Whether you spend long days at the beach swimming and building sandcastles or you are having friends over for a BBQ, here is a fun layout to record your memories. Both day and evening classes are being held on Wednesday July 14th. First class is at 11:30AM and the evening class is at 6:30PM. You will need your basic tool kit including: scissors, ink blending tool and foam pop dots. Hope to see you at Scrapalicious.
Call 905-614-0085 to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

ATC Printers Tray & a few Tim Holtz techniques...

all together in one fun project where you can display some mini works of art and possibly a few memories. I have 12 Tim Holtz inspired ATC's that I have created and displayed in this 7 Gypsies ATC printers tray. I must say I have had so much fun creating this project using many of the techniques I learned last year when I attended Ranger U. It is a great way to try out on a small scale some techniques and have them available for viewing on something other than a tag. The problem is, I want to keep going and create more ATC's as I am sure you will too. This class is being offered at least twice this month. Once on Saturday June 12th from 1-4PM and on a Wednesday during the day, possibly June 23RD. This Saturday's forecast is calling for thunderstorms so what better way to spend the afternoon than doing something creative? Most everything is provided but you may want to bring some of your own embellishments so that you can add some of your personal style to this project. It is recommended that you bring your basic tool kit, ink blending tools and Distress inks (I will bring mine too), your non stick craft mat, scissors and some small photographs if you wish. Each of the sections measures 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" so SMALL is where it is at.

There is still space available in Saturday's class and cost is $50 which includes the ATC Printer's Tray, papers and some embellishments as well as other materials needed to accomplish the techniques used. I will bring lots of stamps for you to use but if you have any that you wish to use, bring them along with you.
Class runs for 3 hours but try to allow yourself some extra time to finish up.
Looking forward to seeing you out at this class and sharing these techniques with you.

Call Scrapalicious at 905-614-0085 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

June's Layout of the Month - My Family...

June's class is layers on layers of paper by Fancy Pants. The collection is "My Family" too although I hadn't intended on doing a layout about my family. I hadn't even intended on actual photographs but I came across a layout I had done a few years ago that I was not too keen on that had photos and next thing you know I was ripping the old one apart and using these photographs on this months layout. There is lots of ways to use your photos on this layout and you can change up the title so that the layout will work for any number of occasions/events in your life. You will need a ruler for this one as we have some measuring to do. I have also added some inking and a grommet and one of my old favourite QK fonts. This class is being offered on Wednesday June 16th at 11:30AM and on Saturday June 26th at 1PM. Those interested in this class can call Scrapalicious at 905-614-0085 to register.

If those of you who have been coming out to my Wednesday day classes are interested in any additional classes in June, please email me and let me know so I can get busy. This weekend I am working on the ATC tray and I should have pictures up on my blog soon.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Be You

Sometimes I think I am loosing my mind. I had this layout finished for the May class a few days ago but could not find my camera. I knew I had it recently so it had to be in the house. I searched high and low and then high and low again. Then I panicked a little, took a break and then looked again. It was hiding in plain sight on top of some knitting I had pulled out to work on. Hmmm. Made myself just a little crazier. Oh well, I have it now and I have pictures of May's Layout of the Month.
Now if I could only master the technology and get this up on my blog the way I would like it, I would be a very happy gal. :-)

Looks like as we approach the summer months that demand for evening and weekend classes is down and for weekday classes is up. For now I can accommodate but for how long I do not know. If you are wanting an evening or weekend class, let me know. I am keeping the Saturday class on the schedule and the Wednesday evening class but it seems as if the Wednesday classes will be held during the day from11:30 to 1:30. This next class is being offered on Wednesday May 12th at 11:30AM BUT if you want an evening class you need to let me know ASAP.
Call Scrapalicious and reserve your spot. 905-614-0085

Watch for updates as I may be offering extra Wednesday day classes throughout May.