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Monday, May 30, 2011

Techniques Class Announcement

Today was a take care of business day. I wrote and sent off the first Scrappin' Barn Newsletter, posted a series of classes for the next three weeks.

This is a 10 class series in which you will learn 2 techniques per week. Since all
techniques are independent of each other, you can join 1 or all.  Since several of
my fellow stampers work shift work, I will be repeating each class 3 times a week.

The take away for these classes will be a set of instruction cards that will provide
you with an example and instructions for all your future projects, plus a greeting
card in one of the techniques.

The cost will be $5.00 per class. When booking ask about my special!

If you are interested in these classes but the dates are not convenient, send me an email or call, who knows maybe someone else has the same issue and we may be able to reschedule a class or two.

I almost forgot, I also announced that anyone who places an order between now and June 15th, 2011, will have their name entered for a chance to win an acrylic mount "Slice of Life" stamp set. It's such a sweet set and so versatile, I've used it several times already.

I hope everyone had a happy Monday. Funny how that shinning globe outside purks us up!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Busy Day

Today it was 6 o'clock the first time I sat down, some days are just like that. It was a productive day though, I'm almost finished the cards for our ASI swap, but the best part of today was creating something I've been wanting for a long long time, a clip it display rack. All those little things I have in binders, boxes and bags can now be hung in plain view, hopefully that will mean if you see it you use it and will save on duplicate purchases.

For years I've been admiring these but being me I couldn't bring myself to purchase one at a retail store. For the past week I've been a trial member of a demonstrator only website where we can find ideas of all sorts, cards, class ideas and projects. I'm not sure if I can mention the name of the person who shared the instructions for this so I'll hold off, but she is a genius. Of course I can never follow instructions, I always have to add another twist, her's was a tabletop unit, but since table real estate is a luxury around our house, I chose to make it a stand alone unit using the base from a floor lamp I had, put caster wheels on it and voila, I can move it around the room as I please. The only problem now is the weeks it will take me to empty all the containers I have and hang everything, but I'm positive it will all be worth it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Mom has gone back home, so I should be back on a more regular basis. We had a lovely visit and I did manage to get her to make a few more cards before she left. She's not bitten yet, but I'm still working on it.

In the meantime my sister received her copy of My Digital Studio, all I can say is, she couldn't talk to me any more tonight she wanted to go play. She has used several different digital scrapbooking programs but fell in love with MDS immediately when I showed her the features her other programs didn't have. The photo cropping within the program I do believe is my favorite.

Today I made a mixed card, part stamping and part MDS. The front of the card was made with the new Beyond the Garden DSP and the Tangerine Tango emboss powder (from the Summer Mini) as well as a few cordoroy brads, notice the suttle embossed image on the right, that's the new Flower Garden Embossing Folder again from the Summer Mini. The inside was done with MDS (which I am really learning to take advantage of) and a stamp die.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mom's Visit

My mom is visiting with us for a month or so from Quebec, since she arrived a week ago, I've been trying to get her to come into my scraproom as often as I can, but she has always been hesitant to try playing with my toys. Today I convinced her to make Mother's Day cards to send to her 3 sisters and these are the beauties she made.

At first she had decided she wanted to copy the one we had made during our classes, but after showing her all the stamp sets she could choose from, she dedided on three different images, but keeping to the same layout.

I will never tire of seeing the pride in someone who has just finished their first project,  the sense of accomplishment and surprise on their face, that says "I made this!".

Now I'm not sure I can convince her to do it everyday, but before she left my room tonight, I suggested she needed to make a card for her great grand-daughter, who is 5 and would just love to receive a handmade card by her memere (slang french name for grand-mother) and she didn't say "NO", so there is hope yet.