Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Eagle When She Flies....

I dedicated the song "An Eagle when she flies" by Dolly Parton to my mom at a High School Music Night eons ago and ever since that song has great meaning to my family. When push came to shove, my mother always described herself as being "eagle-like", strong & steadfast -- that through it all she'd come out on top stronger for it. I thought, with everything going on with my dad, that this was a good time to honour her - To let her know she's not alone and her strength had not gone unnoticed.

I sat down at my studio desk with some great ladies today armed with the knowledge that I was going to create a canvas entitled "An Eagle when she flies" -- this is what I came up with.

The canvas backgroung is an Image Transfer -- I transferred some Harmonie Pattern paper that I have here in the studio and totally got one of the ladies excited here... ("Pattern Paper? Really.... ? -- and then she went and tried it too! Yep! Another one hooked :) hehe.... I digress)

I then started layering paints and inks to create dimension. I used some white and metallic gold paint directly on the transfer to make it look a little more polished... and then Distressed inked a Crafters' Workshop Dots Circle template for some added interest and to "ground" the piece. I also stamped a couple of branches in Archival Ink (coffee) ... yep, just kept layering it on.

The next step was to wax the surface. I brushed on a couple of coats of beeswax directly onto the canvas and fused the layers between coats with my heat gun. I imprinted cheesecloth into the wax and rubbed some ink into the crevasses for some added texture. I also fused some pieces of cheesecloth to the piece for even more texture and interest.

The eagle is an image I found on the internet .. I copied it onto cover stock paper and adhered it with wax.... I did the same with the words...

The Heart is a UTEE embellishment I made by melting UTEE in my melting pot and pouring it in a silicone heart mold. Perfect!! Just what it needed. I added some perfect pearls to the heart too -- love how it sticks to the UTEE!! There's always a use for Perfect Pearls!!

The twigs were tied with twine and embedded to the canvas with wax. It's all good!

The "frame" around the eagle (created with Oil Pastel) was a little tricky for me -- I had a hard time getting it the way I wanted it..... I removed my first try and started again-- that's one of the things I LOVE about using wax -- if you don't like it, take it off and start again. I like how it ended up in the end. I think it helps pull the piece together.

I had a great time doing this with the gals here --:)
I hope my mom likes it too -- Who am I kidding? I think I'll need to bring an extra box of kleenex ... with emotions on "high alert" this might be a two box gift! LOL.

12 Little Tags all in a row....

I got Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas mounted on a canvas display board and hung in the studio! YAY!! It's so nice to have them all in one place for all to see.

I sent this photo to Tim -- he is giving something away on his blog New Years Day to someone who created the tags. It's a long shot but keep your fingers crossed for me. You can never have too much Ink and Ideaology!! Thanks for some Great Tags Tim!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A New Card Workshop

Hello All! Hope you had a great Christmas! I am back in the studio and gearing up for all the things to come in 2010! Yippee! Can't wait.

First on the agenda --- a card Workshop. I am going to venture a little off the "cookout" path this month and offer an 8 Card Box Set to create! Pretty Pretty!

We will be using Graphic 45 papers, some Distress Inks and Ideaology Trinket Pins will help us embellish a sweet stamped butterfly. The sentiment reads: I Don't Know What I'd do Without You ... but, in true Studio Style, if you'd like to choose your own sentiment from the stamps on the Studio wall, you are more than welcome to. I hope you can join us.

This workshop will run Saturday January 16 from 11:30 - 2pm. If you'd like to arrange an alternate time, just let me know - we'll see what we can do :) $20 gets you the cards and the box...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Merry Christmas!

Well, I was in the studio really late last night finishing Christmas Gifts and thinking about family.

Those who know me personally know that I have a lot happening in my life right now. My Sister-in-law lost her father to illness yesterday and my dad is in hospital right now recovering from a Stem Cell Transplant - a treatment for his Multiple Myeloma (a fairly rare bone cancer). He's not doing too well right now but that is to be expected with this treatment. Hopefully he will be on his way to feeling "alive" again soon... but it's been tough. He got the call to go in for the transplant the day before we left on our cruise -- needless to say that even though we enjoyed our trip -- I was never too far away from the computer and contact with home. But it's all good. I'm so glad I got the chance to get away with my family, spend some quality time with them and re-group for what's to come.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. And even though there is a lot happening to get me down, I just keep counting my blessings! I have the most wonderful supportive family. My husband is great, compassionate and kind. My kid is, well, a kid and has a heart of gold -- always armed with hugs and veracious sarcasm to get me going ... in a good way. :) My mother is strong and flexible, willing to roll with the punches and that is greatly appreciated with all that's going on and my sister, although we haven't always seen eye to eye, is not completely shutting me out what's happening with her - which is great. And don't forget my dad -- my mentor, my teacher and highly respected by everyone he comes accross. Life is good... and worth Celebrating!

I got out my paints, pastels, and canvas last night and set to work on a project that initially was for my mother this Christmas. The photo is of Kevin, Emily and I taken on the cruise. I purposely had our family photos taken so I could come home and do something for her.... but I got carried away thinking about my great life and the canvas that started off to be my mothers ended up becoming very personal to me --and in my style, not hers. Sorry Mom. My artistic license took hold -- you'll have to wait.

The picture doesn't quite do it justice, but I think you get the idea. Me and my houses... and my fabulous family. I love you guys!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!! Enjoy your families, count your blessings and, in the words of the talented Wendy Vecchi: "Make Art!".

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

I'm back from holidays (which were GREAT btw) and opened the studio door this morning to some eager husbands/sons armed with Christmas Wish lists and a couple of gals ready to craft and create! How wonderful!
So now the day is ending, I am blissfully happy with fingers covered in ink (as they should be) and ready for the rest of week crafting for the holidays! Hark the Herald Angels sing.......
This crafty day gave me the opportunity to complete the 12 Tags of Christmas. YES YES YES... how much do we love the Roses!? I love these things and have now created them with lots of different mediums. I think I like it! The GrungePaper came in right before I left (with the filmstrip ribbon) so I am in my glory! ...but then again you already knew that, right? :)
I'm in the studio tomorrow from 11 am on.... until I decide to leave or my Christmas Gifts are done whichever comes first :) ....for sure until 5:30. And I will be open 11:30 - 4 on Christmas Eve for you last minute crafters like me. Hope to see you!
The Countdown is officially on!! Ho Ho Ho!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rain, Rain go away....

Yep -- it POURED in Belize yesterday while we were there. Oh well -- it's better than snow!

It did put a little damper on our planned exploring. We did book a covered trolley tour -- and we're so glad we did -- we certainly saw more of the city doing that cause we weren't going to walk it -- as it was we were soaked on the train! LOL Again, no complaints -- it wasn't snow :)

The rain did make the tender tricky though. If you are at all sea sick -- DON'T tender in the rain. We sat in front of the tender and pretended we were on a 25 minute Flume Ride at Disney! LOL... too funny! Didn't risk getting out the camera for that.
Rain go away today -- the kid and I are going to SNUBA in Cozumel!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ahoy Mateys!

Greetings from Sea!

We are on our way to Belize this evening after spending the day docked in Costa Maya Mexico – or as my hubby and I call it: the pink fortress. It is a port created by the cruise lines (no village “really” existed before that) ... a true “if you build it, they will come” scenario that only opened a few years ago. It was quaint, typical and only spent an hour there... but it was fun. The kid did a little shopping :) Can't wait to arrive in Belize. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. I've heard great things.

We've met some great people on board. I have a beading/crafting buddy named Melody, we have a fabulous Quebecois couple we eat with every night (and practise our French) and Em has all her “new friends” she's been “hanging out with” - she's having a blast! The ship is amazing – but I knew that.... So much to do – and quite literally something for everyone. If you're my Facebook friend you would have seen what I've been beading.. and what I didn't scrapbook! LOL. Yes, they have a scrapbooking “class” on-board that is kind of funny – pretty basic and meant for people who don't know what scrapbooking is – I showed up with some of my supplies and freaked out the instructor. LOL It's all good. I shared :) All in all it's been great.

Looking forward to more tomorrow. Blog again soon...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

tag 11 and the Miami Vice theme song?

Hi there bloggers!

I am in Miami getting ready to board the Liberty of the Seas for a fabulicious vaca with the family. Many thanks to my friend Darren (scrubbie for those who read is blog) who put the wearing of pastels and the Miami Vice theme song in my head this morning during a little Facebook chat. GREAT! Now I will be humming that darn tune all day! -- at least until we board the ship and I look for Issac to pour me "my pleasure" :) haha. yes, chillin's I'm in a good and spunky mood this morning. How could I not? I'm in Miami - the temp is already 10x warmer than when I left and there is no snow -- just palm trees and sunny skies. Yes, it sure is "a Wonderful Life"!

Before I left the Studio Friday night I completed Tim's Day 11 Tag -- so I thought I would share it with you today... :)

I LOVE Sticky Back Canvas! Those who know me and the studio do know this. I was thrilled when I saw it make an appearance on Tim's Tags. Here is Tim's Day 11 Tag.

Again, I am using a smaller tag than Tim -- so I didn't add the Reindeer and I don't have fun Christmas Rubs -- so you get my lovely handwriting instead :) I think these buttons are really cute! The ladies in the studio Friday night were amazed when they realized that the canvas just whips through the printer like regular paper. I know they'll be trying the canvas soon too! It's good stuff!!

Well, I'm outta here for now -- I will blog again in a day or so... with pictures :) I promise. Have a great week Land Lovers!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 9... as promised


The Filmstrip Ribbon came in today!! Yippee!!! I got to play, and YES -- I did Tim's Tag #9 as promised! Here's my take.

I am inking here in the studio with some girls who are preparing for their own little tag swap. I have my completed "Tim Tags" securely in my possession so they don't make it to their swap accidentally. hehehehehe (I was just told it would be accidentally ON PURPOSE!) LOL ... go figure!

A great night in the studio! Thanks for sharing it with me ladies!!

I am leaving for Miami tomorrow afternoon.... I am cruising to Mexico and Belize next week and CAN'T WAIT to get away from this snow and spend some precious time with my family before the holidays. I will be posting some short blog entries while I am away... and I will craft (yes, I am bringing some stuff to work on while at sea -- BUT I'll post lots more fun stuff when I return. I promise!
The Studio will be Closed Tomorrow and Next Week -- We will re-open Tuesday Dec 22 at 11:30am. See you then!!

Karen xoxo

Thursday, December 10, 2009

a Metal Tag?

Yep! That's what Tim wanted us to create today. Using the Alcohol Ink Fillable Pens, Tim directed us in making a colourful, embossed metal tag.

This is mine... don't forget to check out Tim's.

I would have loved to do all the words on the tag like Tim's... but since I want to mount these tags later for display purposes, I figured I'd better keep them the same size -- So I improvised. I like my ornament :) Not Sure about my embossing technique. I like it - but I'll have to practice. *wink*

I hope tomorrow's tag involves paper! hehe

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Nope... not Tim - ME!!

But yes, I think you can see some Distress Inking, Stamping and okay -- that Vellum parchment Technique. So sue me. I'm inspired!

As you know, I am waiting to do Tim's latest Tag ONLY because I am waiting for the filmstrip ribbon to come in (hurry up please Mr UPS Man!!) BUT .. looky looky... I did get creative today. I even went a little Shabby-Chic - something I don't often do BUT the image inspired me.

If you've been reading the comments on my blog lately, you would have noticed a few different people leaving messages lately -- One person is Hels. She and I are both in Wendy Vecchi's Yahoo Group and she is also doing Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas. But unless you took a trip over to her blog to check her out - you might not have noticed she does a Sunday Stamper Challenge too. Busy lady! Anyway, this week's challenge theme is Angels -- So this is what I created:

I am giving this to my In-Laws for Christmas -- It will have a certificate in it (that's what the pouch is for). Not my usual style but oooooohhhh did I have fun. Hope you like.

Before you ask... the wings are made with FlowerSoft. I'll show you next time you're in the studio :)

Thanks for looking. I made another tag (different image) today. I have taken a photo of it and will share in a blog post that I'll schedule while I'm away on my cruise NEXT WEEK! Yippee! Can' hardly wait!!

Back to Tim creating tomorrow!

Stay tuned....

TAG #9 will be on it's way as soon as my Filmstrip Ribbon is delivered! (Hopefully I will get it by Friday)

Monday night I logged on to my distributor's website and saw they FINALLY got some filmstrip ribbon in! Hallelujah!! I've been waiting and waiting and waiting! This was my favourite new release from Summer CHA but its been so impossible to get. I have 9 canisters on their way to me as we speak. I CAN'T WAIT to play with it Should have got more!

I love, love, love today's tag! And just have to do it with the filmstrip. Sorry you won't see a Tim Tag today BUT... I saw another challenge blog -- and maybe I'll do that so I can post something creative this afternoon! hummmmmm.... Stay tuned

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Yep... that's what I decided to call my 8th Tag in Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas.

I didn't have the lamp post stamp that Tim used today so I went another direction. Since we were using Keys -- I thought... "hummmmmmmmm keys?? They go in locks. What has locks? hummm... a door. What has a door? A House!' Interesting thought process, huh? Betcha you're marvelling at my genius! " LOL Anyway, that's the story behind how the lamp post became a house :) *wink*

I really liked the vellum parchment technique that Tim showed us today -- I am thinking that will end up in a couple of other projects I have roaming in that genius brain of mine *insert eye roll here*

I'm thinking that I am in a very sarcastic mood today -- before I go on .... and on .... and on.... I will sign off.

Thanks for another great tag idea Tim. Until tomorrow!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Here I ink again.....

It's day 7 ... And I went my own way once again -- cause I'm having soooo much fun.

Tim's main technique today was masking - more specifically creating a mask for the images YOU stamp (this using his mask sheets). Fun Fun Fun. See Tim's tag here.

Okay, so... I decided not to use the Santa image. For you Santa purists out there -- sorry... but I LOVE this Merry Christmas stamp and just HAD to use it! I pretty much followed the "directions" though - I even inked in the colours he did *smile* The only REAL difference is instead of using snowflakes, I stamped an argyle background stamp in Walnut Ink and I embossed the flourish, not the greeting (cause I already had a greeting :) ) Other than that... pretty Tim! :) And I love it! Thanks for yet another great tag Tim!

This was the first time I used his Mask Sheets in a project -- Ooooooh the possibilities! I can so see myself whipping this sheet through my Silhouette and other die cutting machines to make my own custom masks too! Yippee! A new toy! Gotta get more of these in the studio - pronto! *wink*

Anyway -- hope you like..... Wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Special Delivery... It's Tag 6

OMG... I think this is my favourite day so far!
Perhaps it's because I let myself create "my tag" since I didn't have the stamps (or the flock) Tim used in his tag today. This tag, although TOTALLY inspired by Tim, is my style of creating! I still think I kept the "feeling" Tim portrayed in his... I just used all my favourite things.

The entire background of tag was stamped with Melissa Frances Travel Stamps before I adhered some vintage papers (from a 1950's magazine I own....if you look closely :) ) I used Tim's distress technique to remove some of the paper ... but I used painter's tape, not masking tape -- so... for all you wondering, it works too. Use what you've got ladies! *wink*

Those of you who know me well know that I love vintage photographic images and ephemera. I seized the opportunity to use this US National Archived free image of a Photography Wagon I snagged online (yes, I made sure it wasn't copyrighted before I snagged it, I am good about that) -- and, although I love Tim's tree... I just had to add some parcels too!! The parcels are chipboard scraps wrapped in parchment and then stamped and inked. Love how they turned out!

I had soooo much fun creating this today while the girls made cards.... thanks for the chuckles ladies!

Tomorrow is my day off but I will come in to create the next tag! This is addicting!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tag #5 -- and some Cards Happening!

Well, here she is -- Day 5's tag for Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas. I am loving the Fragment Ornaments! ...and check out those stickles under the fragment highlighting Santa's Cap. Gotta love that!

Here's the link to Tim's Blog again ... so you can see his creation. I am using smaller tags than he is so I didn't have enough space for a Christmas greeting.... but I think you know this is for the holiday's, right? :)

I came into the studio a little early today to start this as I had a couple of ladies come in today to create this month's card features -- you know the ones: The SEI Cards that are in the current issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker. I thoroughly enjoyed having Sue and Sandra here in the studio creating away. It was fun! I have a couple more people coming in tomorrow to create the cards... sooooo... if you are interested, let me know.

Here's a pic of Sue and Sandra crafting away! Thanks again for a great afternoon ladies!
And thanks to all of you who dropped by to check out my tag! This is soooo much fun!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Tag-mas Day 4

So, I woke up this morning and made my way to the computer, logged on and went directly to Tim Holtz' blog. AND, by golly, what in my eyes did appear but a fun little tag and .... well -- you get the idea! LOL
LOVE this little house ornament - AND I know you do too 'cause I created this house at CHA this summer, brought it home and displayed it in the studio ... This is the "ornament" workshop scheduled for next Wednesday. I have 7 girls coming into the studio next week to create lots and lots of these for friends and family this Christmas! Here it is on a tag!! I think the ladies coming next week should do this too -- great packaging for those little houses!! I have the tags here. They're yours if you want them! *wink*
I have all the supplies at the studio to make these fabulous tags! Drop on by and make one for yourself! Love to see you.

On a different note... this was the FIRST picture I took with my brand new SLR camera. How did I do? I have lots of playing with it -- you know, to figure it out - but not too bad for my first snap, eh? For those who were about to ask: I got a smokin, couldn't be passed up, deal on a Nikon D60. I know I have a lot of Cannon purists out there -- but trust me... for my first SLR -- it was a great deal!!

I'll blog tomorrow with Tag #5! Can't wait to see what's next!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The 3rd Tag of Christmas.....

Used Alcohol Inks!!
That's right... I got out my trusty little ink bottles, some felt and my handy dandy little applicator tool and set to work!

Tim's tutorial demonstrated something I've never done before (YAY!): creating a plaid pattern with the alcohol inks. What a fun thing to do -- I found myself trying this several times experimenting with colour and line thickness... Talk about a "play day"!!
The first tag is my interpretation of his Christmas Tag using "white space". You use Blending Solution to make the white strip lines -- uh, brilliant! ... then follow the directions to make the plaid. You stamp your chosen image in Jet Black Archival Ink (Tim tells us to use Archival Ink because it is NOT a solvent ink and won't react with the alcohol ink (point noted *wink*). I then stamped snowflake images around the tag (also in archival ink) and then stamped a random dot pattern stamp with white paint down one side of the tag. What I did, outside of Tim's directions, was got out the Perfect Pearls (I know-- shocker, right?) The Pearls will stick to the wet (almost dry) paint and give it a luminescent quality -- well, you all know how much I'm into that -- so on went the Pearls!! :). I like how it turned out! Also -- check out the faux rivets!! A washer, a brad and Tim's texture hammer created that! Love it!

This is another tag I did today.... a little different colouring -- I just wish you could see the true colours. The plaid used Rusty, country colours that didn't photograph well -- anyway, it reminded me of the trailer so I went all rustic with it :)
What can I say, I had fun! Now I have to clean up and do some work work. YUCK!! I want to PLAY!!
Thanks for another great tag and technique Tim!
can't wait to see tomorrow's!!

A Dollar Store Christmas....

Last night our Dollar Store Club met to share their Christmas Dollar Store Projects. We had a spectacular advent calendar made with a dollar store hanger, I created bound Sudoku note books for stocking stuffers, we had ornaments and decor items... and one CRAZY funny tree topper too: Hello Jose Jalapeno! -- ( that's what Amber and Mindy are "kissing" in the photo) I told you it was crazy!! I can't wait to see a picture of this tree when it's up! LOL Love this groups humour and creativity!

As always, we had a mini class too -- I showed the girls how they can turn simple Dollar Store tealights into a cute little Hostess Gift - I followed Lori Techler's instructions found here.

The girls weren't too thrilled to be measuring fold lines -- but hey, from someone who RARELY measures anything, knowing how to use your trimmer efficiently can really come in handy sometimes - like when creating this super cute sliding box decorated with SEI paper and some silver organza.

To create the tealights:
  • Stamp an image on tissue paper (we stamped Library Green Archival Ink onto Yellow tissue) -- dye inks will work but won't be as vibrant
  • Using a circle punch, punch out your stamped image (I find that if you place a piece of cardstock behind the tissue when you punch it you will get not only a lot more stability, it will allow you to punch the tissue without tearing)
  • Using a paper piercer, pierce a hole in the middle of the circle. This will allow you to thread the candle wick through the tissue easily allowing it to lie flat on the candle ready to heat.
  • The next step is to melt the image into the wax. Heat with your heat tool - the wax will melt and coat the stamped tissue. When the tissue is completely coated with wax, you're done.
The boxes are super cute! You don't need to put candles in them... Sheri thought it would make a great gift box for a bracelet. I think little candies or chocolate would be perfect in there :) Use your imagination!! And decorate at will!!
Thanks for a great night girls! Next month it's all about the Sn*w. <--- I'm not ready to say that word yet :)
I will be posting more later today -- I see that Tag #3 was posted on Tim Holtz blog this morning. Making plaid backgrounds with Alcohol Inks. YAY!! Can't wait to get to the studio to try that!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

On the Second Day of "Tag-mas"

Well... the studio is very "creative" -- not "messy", it's "creative" LOL
I came in today and set right to work on Tim's 12 Days of Christmas - Tag #2. Super Cute!

Here is my interpretation:

Another great tag Tim!
This tag used: a craft sheet, distress inks, embossing ink, distress embossing powder, archival ink, a mini mister, heirloom gold perfect pearls, a heat tool, metal corners, foliage, sanding grip (idea-ology), a paper distresser, craft pick, tim holtz scissors (tonic); some stamps, and a tag. All these things I have in and for sale in the studio -- so I'm set :) Yippee!!
I learned something new doing this tag!! A few things actually -- like sanding the metal corners -- WOW!! That made my eyes pop! -- and the proper way to use Distress embossing powder (I wasn't letting it cool completely before using - big difference!) but the BEST part, for me, was learning how to create this funky rose from Ideaology Foliage. YAY!! A new way to use this fabulous stuff! Making me drool Tim, making me drool! Check it out:
Sweet, isn't it?
All in all another great tag by Tim Holtz. To see his tutorial - check out Tim's Blog
....and stay tuned for tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ask Karen - "Tim and the 12 Tags of Christmas"

Helloooooooooooooo bloggers!
I know it's late in the day... but it's still Tuesday and I haven't forgotten to post :)

It's "Ask Karen" day so -- I thought I would take the opportunity to address a question I received at the crop on Saturday.

One of my new ladies (new to me, not to scrapbooking) overheard Lucy from Simply Scrapping tease me *incessantly* about being a "female Tim Holtz" because I love his products and, like him, I'm all about the distress - I love getting inky. *wink* Well, this lady asked me: "Who is Tim Holtz". After I picked myself up off the floor and dusted myself off I explained to her that Tim is the creative genius behind all the "distress" and much of the multi media products I love and carry in the studio - He has his own signature line.

Tim is also a fabulous teacher and demonstrator. I have been lucky enough to take a few classes of his as well as witness many demos by the man himself. I find him inspiring and often check out his blog to see what he's been up to and what he is playing with now.

Starting today -- December 1. Tim is doing his annual (and highly anticipated) `12 TAGS OF CHRISTMAS on his blog. Each day for 12 days, Tim will be creating and posting a new tag tutorial on his blog. I created the tag below based on his DAY 1 class:

You'll notice that I used a Reindeer Stamp, not the Snowman in Tim's example. That's because I didn't have the stamp set he used.... but this reindeer is one of his :) Feel free to mix, match and create -- yes!! I hope you create these with me! They're great fun!!
I will be creating his tags each day -- and I will post my creations here on the blog. If you create one too... let me know. Post your creation on your blog and I will link to you or... if you want to post your tag on our photobucket site so we can all see ... you can do that too! I'll be sure to link to that image as well. Just let me know.
Check back here each day to see my interpretation... and go to Tim's blog for instructions. Don't forget to try for one of his giveaways.....THEY ARE AMAZING!! Just like the tags!

Monday, November 30, 2009

What a weekend!

I know I posted a Thank you to the girls yesterday... but I promised more :)
I did have a wonderful day. If you weren't able to join us - sorry, you missed a fun one!

We had a great time scrapping and make n taking and eating and laughing and prize giving....what a day! Special thank yous to Canadian Scrapbooker for not only honouring me with a published page in your fabulous magazine but also providing a great prize for one of my guests - a year subscription to the magazine! Thank you! I know our lucky winner is super excited.

A big "shout out" also goes out to SEI! SEI's Alpine Frost line was used for the cards that I created for the winter issue. SEI was wonderful and provided the product I needed so that my guests would have the opportunity to make one of the cards published! THANK YOU SEI. The girls enjoyed the card making VERY MUCH and all commented on the glimmery goodness of the paper! Thank you again!

Judy and Sheri from In A Pinch Designs were also at the crop selling their marvelous kits and make n taking a gorgeous Christmas Card that was all glammed up! They also provided us with not one, not two, but THREE of their fabulous card kits as a door prize at the event! Wowsers!! One of our guests was hit with the festive JACKPOT. I know you will enjoy making the cards as much as the person you send them to will love receiving them!

Lucy and Stephanie were also at the crop from Simply Scrapping! These two ladies had a ball singing along to my ipod and showing the ladies how they created their "I'M A CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER" page layout - their make n take. Go Scrapping has fabulous sponsors I tell ya!! Great make n takes and fabulous door prizes. Lucy sponsored two door prizes on the door prize table - a Bo Bunny Kit (yummmmmmy!!!) and an album with oodles of goodies. Thanks Lucy!! BUT.. that's not all!! She also gave away an AMAZING prize at her booth. For every $10 spent at her booth on the weekend she gave a ballot to win a Bo Bunny Dream Gift - a a soft leather pink bag (an exclusive, not for resale kind of bag .. my eyes are still popping) that was FILLED with lots and lots of Bo Bunny products including 3 albums, every sheet of this years paper lines, chipboard embellies, and more and more!! WOW!! When the winner was announced she got so excited!!! ... and then her daughter jumped up and said, "Yippee!! That's my Christmas Gift" ..... her response - NOT!!! :) LOL Very fun! Thanks Simply Scrapping and In A Pinch! You ladies are GREAT!!!!

As you blog readers know... the three of us held a Blog Hop last week. Thank you to everyone who participated: reading our blogs, emailing us comments, leaving comments on our blogs and an extra special thank you to the three ladies who were brave enough to post their Hop creations on their blogs and link to us! The three girls were acknowledged at the crop. We drew a name from the three of them and Rosanne won a prize from all three of us: An In A Pinch Card Kit, an SEI collection pack and a Tim Holtz Seasonal Grunge kit. Jill was the lucky winner of the random draw for In A Pinch's giveaway day one (see blog post here). Thanks again ladies for helping us celebrate the season!

Well, I am off to Toronto today to be inspired at the One of A Kind Show!! Wish me and my pocketbook luck! *wink*

Thanks again for a great weekend ladies!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


... for a wonderful, wonderful day!
I had a great time hosting you at our I AM A CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER CROP yesterday in Cambridge. Thank you so much for helping me celebrate the issue and getting into the spirit of the day.

Here is the group photo we took at the end of the day - courtesy of Judy Beeksma, In A Pinch Designs. Sorry we are missing some fabulous Canadian Scrapbookers who came to join us! I hope to get you in the next photo opp!

I will post some more photos soon.... and fill you in on all the details! I just didn't want the day to pass without saying a big -- THANK YOU!!

Blog again soon.......

Friday, November 27, 2009

It's Blog Hop Time!

We have had a lot of fun creating these little Christmas projects for you!

Thank you for enjoying our posts, sending us emails and for those who did - posting on your blogs too. Can't wait to see what you created!

Here are the links that show some of our projects and other Crafty Christmas ideas

In A Pinch Designs
Simply Scrapping
and, Rosanne -
Rosanne was unable to do one of our specific projects like she wanted to but she did do one of our theme ideas on Sunday that I thought I'd share with you too - a super cute Candy Container that just has to be shared.

So, without further ado.. I have two projects yet revealed!

Here is my card based on Simply Scrapping's sketch. I used Graphic 45 Christmas Past Papers and a super cute Christmas Bird stamp from Inkadinkado. Instead of ribbon I used twine and yes, that is a horizontal line of folded paper.

I did "flip" the sketch so the element was on the left side of my card because it suited the stamp better.. but other than that - its pretty close to the sketch. Thanks Lucy for providing a fun sketch to use.

And.. here is my gift box created from a sheet of cardstock and decorated with some AC pattern Paper.

I loved making the bow topper! I hope you give it a try -- no more flimsy bows for me! The bow can be created with ribbon too... if you'd like a more delicate look. hummmmm...I wonder who will get a gift in this treasure box? :)

Thanks again for joining us this week ladies!
Tomorrow is the Go Scrapping "I AM A CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER CROP" so I will not be posting.. but I will post details from the crop and do a "post hop" wrap up at that time!

Happy "Christmas" Scrapping everyone!! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Crafty Christmas Blog Hop - Day 4. Wrapping it Up!

I have to say..,. I love love love Judy's Blog post over at In A Pinch Designs Blog!!
My loving it could have something to do with the fact she used my favourite paper line: Graphic 45... but nope! It has everything to do with the Banana Loaf! I hope I'm on her Christmas list :) hehe... Be sure to check it out and be inspired! What a great way to wrap your holiday baking.

Remember I said yesterday that I like to "surf" -- Well, in the spirit of today's Blog Hop Topic I thought I'd give you another Splitcoast Stampers link that I am using in my reveal tomorrow -- MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER BOW! Yep! It can be done with strips of paper, a couple small brads and/or glue. Here you are. ENJOY!!
In tomorrow's blog hop, show us how you like to specially wrap for the holidays! I will post a link to all the participants including Simply Scrapping & In A Pinch designs... I hope you join us too! Show are projects, ones inspired by them or show us how you gift give and wrap up the holidays!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crafty Christmas - Day 3, Teacher/Neighbour Gifts

Helllllllllllllllllooooooooooo Bloggers!
Are you getting into the Christmas Spirit? I spent yesterday in the studio creating Christmas Gifts while listening to some Christmas music - yep... I'm getting in the spirit. I'll post an image of what I made next week (if you are "my friend" on Facebook you can see one now)

Anyway, I'm not posting that image now BECAUSE... we have some Crafty Christmas stuff to share!!

Take a peek at this sweet backpack!
When we decided to run this bloghop, we surfed the internet for some project ideas and came across this adorable BACKPACK BOX on Splitcoast Stampers. Here's the Link to the page. It was created by Mary Arima - a stamper so she stamped her papers. I chose not to do that. I love Bo Bunny Christmas and the weight of that double sided paper is perfect for this project. All you need to create this is ONE piece, yep -- just one, of double sided pattern cardstock paper (or your own stamped paper) a couple feet of ribbon and some eyelets. The flaps close with magnets (I used the Basic Grey magnets) but you can also use velcro. Can't you just picture this being given to a teacher with a gift card in it? LOVE IT! Decorate this little bag as you like. Hey -- this would be cute for a back to school gift too -- hummmmm must keep this around. :)

I don't know about you but I am always looking for a little "thank you" gift for neighbours, mail carriers, and other people in my life that I'd like to recognise at this time of year.

I found an adorable "Hot Chocolate Pocket Wallet" on Becky Roberts' (Inking Idaho) blog that I adapted to fit the Hot Chocolate packets we get at the grocery store. This is what I've done:

  • Wallet Body: One 9”x 5” piece of cardstock – score at 4” and 5”. 4 pieces of pattern paper to decorate measuring 3 3/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Wallet Pockets: 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 6”x3” - score both short sides at 1/4” and 1/2” and one long side at 1/4” and 1/2”.
  • Closure: 1 piece of cardstock measuring 2”x 3”. 1 piece of pattern paper to decorate measuring 1 3/4”x 2 3/4”
  • Use a corner rounder on the 4 corners of the Wallet body and fold along score lines
  • Adhere the Closure Strip to the back of the Wallet body before decorating it with the pattern paper.

  • Create the wallet pockets:

    Fold along all score lines on both pocket pieces.
    Cut off the 4 small squares in the corners – you will not need them to put it together. (optional) Punch a half circle or half oval along the center edge of the pocket.
    Fold into pocket and glue the three folded edges onto the inside of the wallet body just above the fold line. Repeat on other side.

  • I used a Basic Grey Magnet to close the wallet but you can use velcro too.

  • You can create a front pocket to -- for the outside of the wallet. Choose your own size and assemble as above. Decorate and enjoy!!
HAVE FUN Creating some great Teacher and Neighbour gifts. Don't forget to show us other ideas on your blogs too!! We will be giving away a small prize on Friday to one of our Blog Hop Participants. Let me know if you'd like your Blog added to the Hop!

Tomorrow In A Pinch Designs has something fun for you..... Something to "wrap it all up" :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crafty Christmas - Day 2

Good Morning Ladies and Gents!
It's Day 2 of Our Crafty Christmas Blog Hop ... so head on over to Simply Scrapping for a fun Card Challenge. (will be posted before noon)

Lucy provided us with a fun card sketch -- See... I told you you'd need your trimmers *wink*. Here is a sneak peek of what I created with the sketch. I'll be revealing the whole card on Friday during the Blog Hop.
Let us know if you complete the sketch. We'll add a link to your blog/photo for people to see on Friday's Hop! Can't wait to see what you've created!
Do you have a favourite Christmas Card? One you made or one you received? Please share with us in your blog posting too. Love to hear about it!
"Ask Karen" will return next week......

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blog Hop -- Day 1, Christmas Traditions

Head on over to In A Pinch Designs Blog to see what Sheri and Judy posted on day one... and why!

We thought we would get this week started by "getting you in the mood" thinking Christmas!! Leave a comment on their blog about your favourite Christmas morning tradition and you will be entered into a prize draw!

Have fun this week.... Tomorrow there will be a challenge posted on the Simply Scrapping Blog .... LOTS more to come!

In the spirit of In A Pinch's blog post: I always love the cookies out for Santa thing. The hubby and I would get out a plate and a glass and the kid would place an absurd amount of cookies (and baby carrots for the reindeer) on the plate and expect Santa to eat them all. We always made sure we left a half eaten cookie and crumbs along with a few nibbled carrots for "proof" of the visit along with a hand written thank you note addressed to Emily that went something like this: Merry Christmas Emily. Thank you so much for the little treats. The Reindeer and I really loved them. We especially loved the hot cocoa on such a cold night. Love Santa.
Yes. The letter thanked her for Hot Cocoa. One year, after Emily's insisting, I painted a "Santa Pot" - a special pot just so Santa could have a nice cup of Hot Chocolate when he visited our house. The idea being that everyone leaves him milk and cookies- but it's cold outside and he is in an open sleigh..... we should warm him up! LOL. Ahhhhh kids. Gotta Love them :)
Can't wait to read your favourite Christmas traditions on the Pinch Blog.
Until tomorrow.....

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's Sushi Saturday!

What's Sushi Saturday you ask?

I have a couple girls that like to join me in the studio on Saturdays to crop and create art.... and we always order Sushi for lunch. It's becoming it's own little entity! Super fun and I look forward to it every month. Anyone else want to join us in a bowl of Ramon Noodles? :)

umm umm good!

I had a great time in the studio last night. I had three more girls in doing the Graphic 45 Christmas Card Workshop and a cropper creating a fabulous "wing" mini-book. You ladies were a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting you here again last night! The perfect way to spend a Friday evening.. and I left inspired too!! Speaking of inspired.....

As a result of last night's festivities.... I will be getting out the Melting Pots on Tuesday!! One of the girls wanted to try canvas art with beeswax. Something I love to do and can't wait to show her. If you'd like to join us... let me know by email. Can't make it on Tuesday but would love to learn how to do this too.... Just Ask. That's what's great about the studio -- we are very flexible around here. Love to create with you!

Here's a link to some of the "Melt Art" works I've done in the past year...

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

One Crafty Christmas ....BLOG HOP?

Sooooooooooooooooooo this is it! My BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

In A Pinch Designs, Simply Scrapping and I thought we would get together to bring you a Crafty Christmas Blog Hop starting MONDAY and running each day next week until we all get together at Go Scrapping's Day Crop in Cambridge next weekend!!! Whatcha think? I think it's going to be fun!

Here's what's happening:
We'd love you to stop by our blogs each day next week and join the fun! We'll have some scrapliftable things to do to get ready for our favourite time of year, Christmas! There will be Christmas cards, decorations, gift giving ideas.... one new item each day. And then, on Friday we'll have a BLOG HOP which means that we'll post links to participating blogs so that people can go from blog to blog to see what we all did with the ideas. Sound fun? :) If you'd like to participate (and yes, some small prizes just may be involved *nudge nudge, wink wink*) send me an email to let me know you'd like to participate and I will add your blog or photo site to the Blog Hop list.

So, plan on spending a few minutes each day checking our blogs and being inspired by lots of ideas. We have a couple of challenges for you, so gather your favorite Christmas scrapbook supplies, and keep your adhesive and trimmer handy and yes, plan to use it! I can't wait to get started next week!!

hummmmm...are those jingle bells I hear??

and Judy & Sheri from In A Pinch Designs
and Lucy from Simply Scrapping

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's HERE, It's HERE!!


The Winter Issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker arrived at the studio TODAY!! I wasn't expecting it until next week... so I hope you don't mind if I move today's "ASK KAREN" to Thursday because I'm so excited I have to blog about this now and I have something else exciting to blog about tomorrow!! Wow.. so much happening!
See these 4 cards?? Well, come to the studio, pick up your copy of the Canadian Scrapbooker (for $10 - approx $2 off the cover price!) and turn to page 73. Whoomp there it is! :) (sorry for the bad 80's reference. Just showing my age I suppose... hehe)

Thank you Canadian Scrapbooker -- for the opportunity to be in your magazine! It looks GREAT and I can't wait to share it with people here!

And share it I will!!!

First up... the "I AM A CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER CROP" to be held Saturday November 28 from 10am - 8pm at the Hespeler Arena Auditorium. Tickets are $50 and available at the Go Scrapping Studio, at Simply Scrapping in Cambridge or by contacting me directly.

I will have copies of the magazine at the crop -- the cost... you guessed it -- $10.

I will be offering everyone in attendance the opportunity to create one of the cards published -- with special thanks to SEI for the ability to do this.


So that we can enjoy future issues -- I will also be giving away a year subscription to the Canadian Scrapbooker as a door prize at the crop! Yippee!! Lets celebrate!!
Hope you can make it!!


Love the cards?? These cards are the next 4 cards for our Christmas Card Workshop scheduled Saturday December 5 from 11:30am - 2pm. Join us in the studio on that Saturday or get a group together and arrange your own time to come in and create! The cost? $20 - All the cards you create in the 2.5 hour workshop (most leave with 8 completed cards) Hope you can join us. Contact the studio to make your reservation.