Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy July!!

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends!! Can you believe we are into July already!!! I really can't believe how fast time is going--everyday is so full that it's hard to enjoy the fact that summer is here!
I'm looking forward to my little break next week--the family is heading to the HOT HEAT of LAS VEGAS!! Yippee! One whole week of sitting by the pool, relaxing!! hopefully relaxing anyway:)

Things are in full swing at Clipper Street--our classes are filling up fast and our Kid's Camps are doing awesome!! It's going to be a busy summer! I've been promising to show you another card from my upcoming class, so here's card #2:

This card features the beautiful Dream Street Papers--yummy. It also doubles as a gift card holder!
what I like about this card is that we are using the new Making Memories Nature charms--there are 6 different ones so we'll have a lot of variety in the class! Here are a couple of other samples--they are so delicate!

AUG 11
AUG 22
There is LIMITED space in all classes still, but they are filling up fast, so call 604-514-2229 to register!

The construction of our new location is coming along great--we'll be moving in at the end of August and staying a VERY long time!! trust me!
Here's a picture of our new classroom that we are having built--we are going to have TWO classrooms!
For more pictures, check out our BLOG next week!

I've got some FANTASTIC news to share with everyone!!! The uber talented ALLISON ORTHNER will be coming to Clipper Street on Aug 9th to teach her FAMOUS photo course--this is NOT to be missed!! everybody that has taken this class, raves about her and how much this has helped their photography skills! Stay tuned for more details or call the store!
And.......while Allison is in town--------yuppers!! guess who will be making a "guest" appearance at our TROPICAL CROP!!!! How much fun with this be! I have a TON of goodies to give away at our crop (Aug 8th) and a great prize for the best dressed too! We did this crop last year to promote the amazing CROP AND CRUISE that I taught on and we had SO MUCH FUN that we had to do it again--I think it will be an annual event! Anyway, Allison has a NEW tropical retreat planned! I so want to do this! Check it out here and make sure you sign up for our Tropical Crop and learn first hand how much fun it is to crop in the tropics!

Once last thing--you HAVE to see THIS!!! how much fun--I so miss everyone!
Okay--got to go!! I'll be back soon (I promise!)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer has started!

Well, not "officially", but it sure feels like it!  We've had HOT, HOT weather the past couple of weeks and the pool is open for business--and getting lots of use too!  
Things are heating up in other areas too--one more week and I'll be a store owner!!  I can't believe how much work there has been, but it slowly feels like it is all falling together.  We will be moving locations at the end of August--RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET!!!  This will free up tons of $$ for us to bring in MORE amazing products!!  The construction has already started and we have had it totally gutted!  The space will be very similar in size, only slightly smaller, with a classroom being built just for us!  

Don't worry--it will look BEAUTIFUL when it is all done!!  The classroom will be added onto this back wall thru glass doors and windows just like we have now!
I'll be updating you all as we go, as well as some exciting events we have planned for this fall.

Our Summer Class schedule at Clipper Street is up and registrations have started--actually a few are starting to get full already!  I will be teaching the Summer Sensations card class and am loving the papers that I'm working with!!  So fresh and fun!  Here is the first card I'll be doing:

The papers are the new Melissa Frances collection and I love how soft it is!

We'll be using the cuttle bug machine as well for some added dimension
There will be three more cards and the dates are: 



AUG 11

AUG 22

The Wednesday July 22nd date is a DAY CLASS!

We also have our 2nd annual TROPICAL CROP coming up on SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH!  
If you missed it last year, you won't want to miss this one!  I have tons and tons of prizes to give away from the CROP AND CRUISE that I taught on in February!  This will be an ALL DAY CROP, running from 10am to 10pm and will include a buffet lunch, door prizes, best dress costume contest, make and take, demoes and MORE!  all this for only $25!!  sign up asap as space will sell out!

well that's it for now--I'll post another card from the Summer Sensations class in a few days!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Let the Journey begin!

Wow--seems like forever since I've updated.  Although I have been MIA in blogland, rest assured I have been running ragged in real life!  So much to talk about....

YES, the rumors are TRUE!!  As of June 15th, I will be one of the new owners of Clipper Street Scrapbook Company.  Along with my "bestest" friend and cohort, not to mention sis-in-law, Stacey and with my mom's help, we will be continuing the amazing Clipper Street tradition.  I still feel like I am in make believe land, how many people actually get to do what they love and love what they are doing?  
Here is the email that went out today--(unless you have amazing eyes, you'll need to click on it to read;)

We are all so excited to be able to continue our passion of providing the best products (just wait till you see what we've got in store for you!) best classes, and the greatest customer service you have come to expect (and deserve!)  

I thought I'd share this layout I just finished a couple of weeks ago--it is with some photos from my cruise and uses the beautiful Kaisercraft product--I love there stuff!!  This seemed like a fitting layout to share with you today--hope you enjoy it!

Sorry for the yucky photo--didn't realize there was so much glare on that picture:( too late to take another tonight

I really enjoy the wood flourishes from Kaiser--I painted these with the Ranger paint. Loved how it turned out!

Can't have a layout with some Prima goodness as my dear friend Trisha would say!

So, now I have a new title to add to my page--"entrepreneur"!

Well that is all I have time for tonight--A HUGE thank you to everyone for the wonderful phone calls, emails and facebook wishes--it has meant a lot to us to have your support. I have to tell you--one of the deciding factors for us was our customers and our staff--both of wish we love dearly.   Our current staff will be joining us on our journey and we hope you will be too:)
stay tuned for more..............

p.s. for all those asking---hell ya I'll still be teaching--are ya crazy???? :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sugar, Sugar

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!  I had a great Saturday--it was a "no alarm clock" day--those are the best!!!  I hadn't had one in forever, so it was great to have a lazy dazy kinda morning!
I've been playing with Kaisercraft's new Sugar, Sugar line and loving the soft pastel colors of this birthday line.  I made one for my upcoming BLOSSOMS & BUTTERFLIES class and then had paper leftover so I made a few extras to have on hand.

Here is the one we will do in my May/June class.

Here are the two extras I made--I'll make sure to bring them to class if anyone wants a closer look.

I'm loving the new Kaisercraft rub-ons--and they go on extra easy!!

This one is using one of the Cuttlebug embossing folders--I really need to use these more often! They are so simple!  (Plus we just got a big restock in the stores now!)

This one also uses the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on the flower--this color is Watermelon.

Our Clipper Street location in Langley just got a HUGE replenishment of Glimmer Mist today! Yippee!! We have about 60 colors currently in stock including 12 NEW colors!  
Speaking of Glimmer Mist--there are only about 10 spots left in my Apr 25 SUGAR & SPICE card class in Langley--this is the last chance before I retire those cards!   We'll be using three different Glimmer Mists  on our flowers--you can scroll down several posts for the samples. Give the Langley location a call at 604-514-2229

we'll I've run out of steam for the day--
Hope you enjoy the cards!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Time for an update!!

So I've been a little slack in the update department!  So sorry!
This Spring has started out a little on the crazy side!  
Hockey tryouts and rep tournament planning is in full swing again!  We'll be heading down to Portland, Oregon for our first tournament in four weeks--where does the time go?
Work has been a bit crazy, as is usual around submission time!  I've got a full class of 43 in Coquitlam tomorrow morning and I've just completed the finishing touches on my May/June classes.  My next set of card classes are called "BLOSSOMS & BUTTERFLIES" and here is a couple of sneak peeks:

First off... a little pink and black!  

I'm loving all the new products that are finally showing up in the stores--so much yumminess to choose from!  This paper is new from Bo Bunny--it's their "Alissa" line and it's very pretty. We'll be using my new favs from Kaiser Craft--loving the rhinestone lines!!  This card features the black ones, but they also come in clear, pearl and pink.  Here's hoping we see them in all of our fav colors!  I've also got the brand new Kaiser Rub-ons to play with--so many new ones came in and these are PERFECT for our cardmaking!
Here's another closer look--check out the black flowers from Kaiser Craft!

The next card I'm going to share is from the new SEI line, Mimosa.  This is such a fun and summery line--love the bits of glitter and shimmer throughout the papers.  And the rub-ons are amazing!!

Now the fun thing about this card is the variety of rub-ons--there are several different fun COLORED rub-ons so we will have many different versions of the same card!

Aren't they pretty--they make me think of summertime--yaaaa!!

So there's a couple of samples for you!  The dates for the classes are as follows:

Saturday, May 23rd in Coquitlam 
Monday, May 25th in Langley
Thursday, June 18th in Coquitlam
Saturday June 20th in Langley

We just started signups in Langley this past week and our May 25th class in Langley is already over 30 people, so don't delay!  You can give Clipper Street a call at 604-514-2229 for Langley or 604-525-4762 for Coquitlam or you can sign up here.

I'll share a couple more cards soon, but I better get to work now!

Oh--one more thing!!  make sure you check out the Crop and Cruise Blog for your chance to win some Basic Grey goodness!!  Contest closes Apr 15th so give it a try!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Where to begin??

What an amazing trip!!!
I honestly don't know where to begin--which is why it has taken me so long to post!  I had the most amazing time on the Crop and Cruise and am overcome with great sadness at how fast it all ended!  Crazy, I know, but this was such an amazing adventure for me and I wanted it to last forever.
so where to begin.........
Friends--wow!!!  I have meet so many amazing people that I truly hope to stay in touch with and hopefully hang with again!   A HUGE thanks to the amazing team of instructors that I had the privilege and pleasure to work with--Trisha, Leica and Jill.  You all made this trip so much fun and I love ya all!  and Allison--you rock!!  you put together a super fun group and I am forever grateful that you chose me to be a part of your "dream team"!

I feel so lucky to have meet so many scrappers from all across Canada--how cool is that!  I loved getting to know each and every one of you and even in some cases your hubbies and kids! It was so much fun to be on the cruise and everywhere you went, you saw one of the group!  I have also decided that going on a trip with scrapbookers is the ONLY way to go--let me tell you how many photos everyone takes!!  LOVE IT!  and no one thinks you're crazy for taking 5 or 6 photos of the same thing!

Classes--so much fun!  This was such a fun opportunity--really, how many people get to teach on a scrapbooking cruise??  It can, as some of us found out, be a little tricky too!  All of our classes were on "Sea" days which typically means that we are riding the waves a bit more.  On the Thursday classes, I finally had to kick off my sandals as I kept falling over!  But the view!  you could not ask for something more spectacular--we even saw whales outside our classroom window during the classes!

And this is the "Flamingo" group just before my class--aren't they cute!

Sponsors--I can't even begin to express my thanks to all the amazing sponsors that believed in our cruise and gave so generously to make this a huge success.  My feature class was with Making Memories and it was a fabulous--so much YUMMY product and perfect for our cruise layouts! And the SLICE machine was a hit of course--two lucky winners even got to take home one each! Crate paper was also super generous and donated a ton of product for the Technique Treasures--what a fun layout to do and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!  Marvy rocked it out with trimmers for everyone and Clipper Street donated two blades which we all got to play with during my layout class.  So many, many sponsors to name and no donation was too small--every one made this cruise the best it possibly could be!  I'll be getting a complete list together and will post very soon.  

The Ports of Call--these were all so very fun and unique--we had an amazing excursion booked for each one:

Samana, Dominican Republic
Here Geordie and I went kayaking thru the Mangrove forest and then exploring in the caves of the Los Haitises National park.

Then we went into Samana for a walk around--

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
This is a jewelry shoppers dream island!  tons and tons of jewelry stores!
We went on an island tour and spent a couple of hours at Megans Bay--beautiful beach!

In the afternoon we went to Blackbeard's Castle and then walked around the city before heading back to the ship.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands
This port was probably our favourite--we went to Virgin Gorda and it was absolutely breathtaking!  How I wish that we could have spent several more hours here--we both loved this place.  We arrived at "The Baths" and then took the hike thru the caves to Devil's Bay--

This was such an amazing day--didn't want to leave!

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
This was the NCL private island and I had such a fun and relaxing day here!  I had the privilige of taking the photo excursion with Allison--SO MUCH FUN!  I teamed up with Jill and Buffy and we had such a blast taking a bijillion photos!
I'm just going to share a few of my favs for now.  
Allison took this one of the three of us:

One of our "assignments" was to capture "Pure Joy"--I think Kim rocked this one--it is my fav photo of me from the trip--PURE JOY!

and this is one of our entire team at the end of another PERFECT day:


well hopefully you've stayed with me this long! I do have several, several hundreds more photos, but they will have to wait! If you are on facebook, look me up--I have a ton more there!
Again-thanks to all that joined us--I truly hope you had as much fun as I did! For those that didn't get a chance to set sail with us this time, watch the Crop and Cruise Blog for Allison's next cruising destination in the fall of 2010!!

don't forget to say HI!
wow--epic long post!  

p.s. My Mar 23 and Apr 4th classes at Clipper Street are SOLD OUT! There is only one more class available for Sugar and Spice cards (see previous posts for samples) and that is on Apr 25th in Langley!  Hope to see ya there!!