Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not so "Swell Noel"

Substitution alert!!!
If you happen to be in one of my November or December classes at Clipper Street, I've had to remake a card for the Christmas Bliss Class. Unfortunately one of my cards is using the not yet released Swell Noel from K & Co. It is a beautiful vintage type paper and has some really cute embellishments to compliment it. In July at CHA Chicago, I got a sample of the product and really liked it. Pinks are hot for this Christmas and the vendor assured me that we would have it sometime in October. I took a chance and created this little card as part of the class:

I was looking forward to making this card as everyone was going to get a different sticker (that's what the trees are) and different mat colors so they would be unique. Not only that but you can make a TON of these cards for quite a reasonable price. Because of the size, it also works great as a tag or a card.
Well the bad news is that the whole line has been delayed until the end of November so we won't have it in time.
The good news is that I really am liking the new card I created! It is using the new My Mind's Eye Be Merry line and I think it is just as cute--hope you all like it too!

It too is a quick and easy card--perfect for mass producing this holiday season! It measures 4" square and yup, it's pink too!

I believe there are a few spots still available in November and December--you can register here. Once the Swell Noel papers come in, I will have the card in store and give out the instructions to any of my students that would like it, so it can be kinda like a bonus:)
I have to tell you all that when my youngest son, Justin, saw this card lying on my desk last night he tried to stand it up and it fell over. I picked it up and then stood it up and told him it was a "spreader"--the card needed to be spread open a bit more to carry the weight. He said, "ya--you have a bit too much paper on that card, don't ya think? That's a lot of layers!" What could I say? I gave him a big hug and kiss (I think he is the only guy in my family that got it!) and told him "yup, that's what I'm known for!!" I think my students would all agree--I love my layers:)

I've got a super busy week for teaching coming up--I'm wrapping up the last of the Quick and Easy Christmas Card classes. Langley on Tuesday night (sold out with 48 people!), Wednesday night in Coquitlam (sold out at 42 people!) and then I added one more class for the wait listed on Saturday, Nov 1 in Langley. If you want to get in to this class, there are still a few spots available (call 604-514-2229) Somewhere in the week I also have two hockey games, Halloween and a trip to the SPA!! Now that is worth all the craziness of the week right? I figured if any week this is the one! I received a Spa Utopia (fav place in the world!) gift certificate for my birthday last week so I'm going to go get massage on Thursday! ah--that should keep me going this week:)
P.s. it's worth checking out Spa Utopia's link just to hear the relaxing music!! I may need to click on that a few times at work this week--hehe!
hope you like the cards! Enjoy your week!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Making Memories and One Year Older!

What a crazy busy last week--full of lots of fun!
Clipper Street hosted the amazing Jodi and Megan from Making Memories this past weekend--can I just say how much I love them? They rock it out! Jodi pulled out all stops to get us the new SLICE machine in for the weekend and we were the first to get to play with it--I'm loving mine:) Jodi and Megan did two amazing classes and hosted our crop at both stores--little energizer bunnies they are:) Sheila was the big winner of her very own SLICE machine too! She won it at Clipper Street Online and she was so excited--it's she cute?

Here's a picture of the class (50 very happy students) in Langley when they received their Falala Album class kits! These kits had a retail value of almost $50! All this for only a $5 commitment fee--Yes, Making Memories spoils us!! I hope everyone enjoyed themselves--I wish I could have taken that class!!

We received a huge amount of SLICE machines and they ALL sold out by Saturday!! don't worry though--if you didn't get one, give us a call as we have tons coming in again for our Open House at Clipper Street in mid November! Check out this You tube for more info on the SLICE!!

So I did get a Slice--for my birthday! Yup, I turned one year older on Tuesday and had a great day with my family! We had a wonderful family dinner at the Olive Garden (yum yum) and two cakes!! so much for watching what I eat! And, yes I was spoiled! I'm really looking forward to the year ahead and I have lots of little goals I'll be working towards! Not to mention the CRUISE!!! can't wait for February!!
Speaking of the Cruise--for all you joining me, I'll be bringing TWO SLICE MACHINES (like I said--I love Making Memories!) with me!!! We're going to use them on my CRATE PAPER make and take and you are more then welcome to use them for your projects during crop night!! And guess what showed up at my house the other day?!?! A HUGE box of Crate Paper products for our Technique Treasures (aka make and takes)!! The line we are using is Prudence and I am soooo in love with it--you are going to love it too! (I'll take pictures of all the goodies and post next time!)
Well I better get busy making dinner and getting the kids to Hockey! It's another busy night:)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Punkin Patch!!

It's that time of year--time to head to the Great Pumpkin Patch and get the bestest pumpkin in the patch!  This is one of our favorite family traditions and Autumn would not be the same without our annual trek--we have never missed it and I love that the kids still enjoy it!  We had a great time--our only problem was it was too sunny!!  how's that for a problem!  Every time we tried to get a picture, Justin was squinting and complaining it was too sunny!!  It was however, the PERFECT weather for choosing pumpkins as the fields weren't muddy and the pumpkins weren't rotten.  This was the first day that the patch opened so we had a fabulous selection!

We love going to the Country Pumpkin patch in Richmond--they do it right!  We took a hayride out to the patches and love the entertainment onboard.  Each wagon has a different staff member that plays an instrument (banjo, fiddle, flute) and we all get to sing along--what great fun for all!  After we got to the patch, we decided to try the corn maze first--that way we didn't have to lug around our pumpkins!  Then we hit the two bright and beautiful fields for some photos and the great hunt was on!  

We tried to get some good photos, but sometimes the kid have their own ideas!  My niece and nephew had a bad case of the giggle, so it was easier to let them get their sillies out first!!

I do love this photo of the two of them though

Aaron is getting so old on me, but still loves the patch. and yes he needs a haircut, but I pick my battles:)
Here's the best picture I could get of the four of them!

This is one of my fav's of TayTay--I see a layout in my future!

We had such a great and special time together--gotta love those days when you take a break from the craziness!!

We had a fabulous weekend with a great dinner Thanksgiving dinner last night. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cruise Planning!

Busy, Busy, Busy!!  The Crop and Cruise is just over four months away and we are all planning like crazy!!  It so exciting to see this coming together and all the amazing Vendors that are supporting this super fun cruise!!  
Making Memories is my Featured Class sponsor and I'm so excited to be using them in my class! Looks like I will be using the brand new Paperie line (love it!!) and the participants are going to be getting A LOT of product to use and play with--woohoo!!  In addition, I will probably be bringing the new SLICE on board for all to play with too:)
Crate Paper is my major sponsor for the Make and Take nights at the crop and for this I will be using the "hot off the press" Prudence line--Can you say YUMMY??  This line rocks it out and they are being so incredibly generous for our project---it will be like a mini class!!  You will get to play with every embellishment in the line and make a whole layout as your make and take--HOW COOL IS THAT!!!  
We're also working out a few details with Marvy and Clipper Street (can't spill the details yet!) that you will be SO EXCITED about!!  Trust me--they both are going to rock it out!
All the other instructors are pulling it together too and this will be such and amazing event for everyone involved!!  Check out this cool prize that one lucky cropper will win:

So many details to share!!  I'll keep you all up to date!

So I promised my lovely Edmonton ladies a few images of some projects!  Below is a spin off of the Christmas Enclosure Card we made in class.  This is a card that I taught in the Summer at Clipper Street and it was VERY popular!  For my Christmas class I just changed the paper and added the big snowflake instead of the dragonfly.  Love this card--super easy to make and change for any occasion at all--Bridal shower, Birthday, Baby, Thank you--whatever!  You'll make this card over and over again!  (sorry the pictures aren't great--bad background color!)

From the front, it just looks like a regular card--which it is that too!
The "front" portion of the card opens to reveal a gift card enclosure card--two cards in one!!

And this is a photo of the gift card portion fully open! Too fun and easy too. I personally like it when mine has a spa gift card in it:)
So that's it for tonight!  I'll add the ones of the JOY canvas by the end of the weekend--I still need to take photo's of those!
An update for those local gals hoping to get into one of my upcoming Christmas card classes at Clipper Street--I am currently sold out of all my classes until November!  I have my brand new Christmas Bliss card class then and you can check out here for the dates.  Classes have started filling up, so call the stores to sign up soon!!
Have a great week!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

What a fabulous and fun weekend I just spent in Edmonton for Trisha's Sail Away Fun crop!! I had an amazing time visiting with friends, teaching classes, making new friends, and yup...eating lots of yummy home baked fudge! (thanks Tracy!!)

I am now soooo super excited to be going on this cruise--I can't even begin to tell you how awesome the rest of the Crop and Cruise team are!! This was the first time I got to meet the Amazing Allison and let me tell you--she is FULL of ideas that will make this scrapbook cruise like no other!! We are going to have a blast and if laughing burns up calories, then I will be able to eat every buffet on that cruise and come back 20 pounds lighter--yippee!!

Leica is the one of the most beautiful, caring and talented people I have every met! She is sooo amazing to be around and has a fun loving spirit. I also got to meet her super cute baby girl, Ireland. Wanted to eat her up!!!

Ireland is such a good baby and loves to assist mom in her scrapbooking classes!!  

Tracy (baker extraordinaire) won the best dressed!!  She was a very cool and chic "Marley" and had us in stitches a lot of the time.  Check out her costume!

We also had a contest for the best dressed "table" and that was way to much fun--this group of very talented ladies took the prize with their hilarious Global news report!  Great going girls!!

Trisha did an amazing job organizing this fun and fabulous crop--I want to thank her for having me and all the laughs we shared!  This chick is so talented and if you ever get a chance to take a class with her, DO IT!!  
A special thanks to all my awesome students that came to my classes--you guys made the event for me!!  I had a blast getting to know each one of you and remember what I said--"no excuse for a flat card!!"  And like I promised, I'll get those images up on my blog this week for you all! A big hello to Carole and Monique who came all the way from BC (Quesnel and Parksville) to participate in the crop and take my classes!  And a special Hi to Nicole and all of her (grown-up) daughters--you guys are the cutest family and I'm soo glad that you got to spend some special time together and we were a part of that!  You all rock!!  (If you took some great pictures of us, send them my way and I'll post them!)
And if any of you still want one of those trimmers, check it out here!  (Don't forget the extra blades!!)  And if you were a fan of that tape/glitter, that's here!  Sorry--I am a bit of an enabler:)  And you know what I say about adhesive--yada yada yada!!  I'll bring a store in my suitcase next time!!
So the weekend was a huge success--very tiring--but worth every bit of it!  I did miss my flight home though!  I was late checking in for my flight by ten minutes and even though my plane wasn't leaving for 20 minutes they wouldn't let me thru!  oh well, I got to go for a great lunch with Trish (thanks chickie!) and then caught a later flight home thru Calgary.  I believe everything happens for a reason and I just wasn't meant to be on that flight, so no worries.  That's never happened to me before (I'm always the one at the airport 3 hours before!) but now I can say I've done it--hehehe!
Well, that's it for the weekend roundup--thanks again to all that participated!  I've got to hit the sack--I'm still a bit sleep deprived!!