Monday, September 29, 2008

Living on the West Coast

We are truly spoiled here in Beautiful British Columbia! Our September has been absolutely amazing, as it often is--one of my favourite months for sure! Yesterday after I got home from work, Geord and I packed up the kids and headed to White Rock beach for the evening.  It was awesome!!  We had a picnic dinner on the logs by the water and enjoyed the view and relaxed for a bit--ahhh heaven!  It was quite busy there and you would have thought it to be summer if the sun hadn't started setting by 7pm!  Evening light is the best for photos so I shot off about 75 of them!! Not all of them are keepers, but a few are pretty good:

Aaron wasn't much in the mood for photos today, but I did convince him of a few:)

I'm going to need to hit up Kathy and Allison on the Crop and Cruise for some professional help on sunset pictures!! I'm sure they'll have some great tips to capture the best Caribbean sunsets!

And so ended our day.

This has been a busy, busy week for me!  I had a large Christmas card class on Monday and on Friday night I taught at the BC Crop for Kids.  That was a blast and I had a few of my favourite students in the class, so it made it even more fun!  Saturday morning I was up bright and early for another Christmas card class and then worked the rest of the weekend!  I'm heading off to Edmonton on Friday and am looking forward to teaching a few classes at Trisha's Crop and Cruise Crop during the weekend.  Can't believe how fast time has gone--seems like this event totally snuck up on us and now we are almost in October!
Well that's all the time for now!  

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Autumn!

So yesterday was the first day of Fall and it seemed like all at once the leaves started to change!  Today was beautiful--sunny and cool--AND I had the day off !  I saw some beautifully colored trees (while I was out and about running a ton of pesky little errands) and unfortunately didn't have my camera handy:( They say we are in for a nice weekend so maybe I'll get a chance to capture nature's beautiful art!
Speaking of the weekend--I have a big Christmas card class to teach in the Coquitlam Clipper Street store on Saturday!  This is my Quick & Easy Christmas Card class and I just taught my first one last night in the Langley store--we had 48 students!!!  It got a wee bit crowded in the classroom when we had to do our "stations", but thank goodness we have BIG classroom tables! I love seeing all my regular students at my classes and last night I was thrilled to have some awesome people join me from North Carolina (Hi Karen!!),  Toronto (Hi Sheila's sister!!--sorry, you know how bad I am with names, but I do know you are younger--haha!) and Prince George (Hi Sandy!)  You ALL rocked it last night and thanks for being so loyal!!

Next week is a busy one--I'll be heading to Edmonton next week to teach at Trisha's Crop and Cruise Sail Away Fun crop!!  Can't believe this has snuck up so fast on us--It doesn't feel like it will be October next week!  I finally got my canvas project complete for the class--I wanted to wait and use the newest and bestest from Cosmo Cricket--Oh Joy! Christmas line!  It's a quick Canvas class (90 minutes) and you will all leave with your project complete!  Here's a peek--

This class was designed just for the Edmonton Crop (based on a similar project I have taught before)  If you are signed up for the class and would like me to bring you an extra kit (they make fabulous Christmas gifts--hint, hint!) then please email me and I will bring one for you!

And for my local gals--I can tell you that I do have an AMAZING project for you this fall!!  I just finished a 3-piece JOY Christmas canvas using the above new line from Cosmo Cricket!  This will be a fast paced three hour class (not for the faint of heart!) and we will complete all three 12x12 canvases from scratch!!  They truly are amazing to see and they will be in the Clipper Street stores this week for signup.  Space is VERY limited, so call and sign up as soon as you can!

That's all the update for now!  
Enjoy the rest of the week!
p.s.  just saw on the Crop and Cruise website that there are ONLY 25 SPOTS LEFT!!!!!!  Don't delay--sign up today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sensational September!

Wow!  Has the weather ever been beautiful!!  We have been truly blessed to currently be enjoying a couple of weeks of hot summer like weather!  No complaints here--and in some ways it's even better then summer as the nights are cool so sleeping is much more comfortable.  Geordie and Justin were even in the pool yesterday as the temperatures hovered in the high 20's (upper 80's Fahrenheit) Alas, all good things must come to an end and they are saying the weather will start to change on the weekend.  Then maybe I will feel like being inside and getting some housework done;)
In just over two weeks I'll be in Edmonton!!  Heading over to teach three classes at Trisha's Crop and Cruise Sail Away Fun crop!!  Can't wait to attend this fun crop--Trisha has some amazing classes lined up and tickets are selling like crazy!  I'll be teaching these three classes:


Now is the time to get started on making those Christmas cards! ! Join Deanna as she guides you thru a NO STRESS Christmas card class! With these four fun and easy cards, you’ll see how effortless it is to make the holidays joyful, festive and bright! You’ll even get a chance to play with the popular Ultra Fine Glitter to make your cards shimmer and shine!  From traditional to Bling, we’ve got the holidays covered! You simply can’t afford to miss this class—this is the year to make your Christmas cards shine! 


Tis the season for giving, and if you are like the majority of us, gift cards are a popular choice!!  With so many places offering suitable gift cards, the problem is not WHERE to get it but HOW to give it!!  Deanna's Holiday Gift Enclosure Cards are the perfect answer!  Deanna will teach you three popular designs that do double duty--a beautiful Holiday greeting card and a holder for the gift card.   You will even get to play with the popular Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist as you make cards that you will find yourself recreating over and over again for ALL occasions throughout the year!!  Join us and learn how to make the most practical cards of the year!

This is an Exclusive class you don't want to miss!!  Create an amazing 12x12 Christmas Canvas using the brand new Cosmo Cricket "Oh Joy" paper line!  This project will easily become your favourite work of art in your home and will garnish oodles of compliments from your friends and family.  The Christmas canvas theme will be "US" and is suitable for families, couples, siblings and friends.  This will make the perfect Christmas gift to give, share and receive--you'll want to keep it up all year long!  Price includes 12x12 canvas and all the paper supplies needed!
Here's a few pictures of the cards we will be making:

As well we will be making this card that I designed for CardMaker--It is in the May 2008 issue on page 26.I've been kitting like a crazy fool for my upcoming classes at Clipper Street!!  I just finished 150 kits which will hold me for my first three sold out classes, but I still have two more classes to do!  If you haven't signed up yet don't wait--there is only a handful of spots left in the Langley (Oct 28) and Coquitlam (Oct 29) classes!  Plus I'm almost finished my card class for November and December so stay tuned!!
Have a great day!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spooktacular card!

Well Fall is definelty in the air!! Although the days have been sunny and beautiful there is that crisp fall smell in the air! Which means that Halloween is right around the corner:) okay, well not THAT close, but once you see this video you'll start thinking that way too!
Check out this video that Clipper Street and Eleonor put together of a fabulous Halloween card project and let me know what you think!! I think it is Spooktacular!!

You can purchase the kits to make this card here and you can get the printable instructions here.
Each kit contains enough supplies to make four of the same card.

ALSO--just a reminder that Friday Sept 5 is the LAST day for your chance to win a Tattered Angels prize from the Crop and Cruise blog! All you have to do is go here and answer the fun question and your name will be entered to win $50 in Tattered Angels product--don't miss out on this super easy chance to win!!

Have a Happy Thursday!