Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Look what was in my inbox!

I received an email this week from Joy A.... She wanted to show me what she created with my "Special Teas" Stamp set from myStamp Box. With her permission I am sharing it with you.

Love it, Joy!
Thanks so much for sending this! I love seeing what people do with the stamps!

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thank you, Nottawasaga

I am home from our annual retreat at the Nottawasaga Resort. What a wonderful weekend ... I can't believe it was our last one BUT on to other exciting things that I can't wait to share with you. What a wonderful way to cap off a 9 year tradition.

This year's Nott Retreat was an absolute blast!! It was a Roaring 20s theme and I had some silent movies playing, a mocktail or two and some dress up stuff.... see :) hehehe
..... and we had a whole lotta happy singers and dancers too - impromptu karaoke anyone? If it wasn't for all the paper and glue I would have thought I was out on the town with friends! hehe Love you guys -- thank you for such a wonderful weekend "flappin" and "scrappin". *smile*

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Crafter's Workshop is in the "house"!

The NEW Crafter's Workshop Templates arrived at the studio late yesterday and I spent the evening going through and posting them in the online store.
FABULOUS!!! and just in time for the retreat.

I will be packing the store today in preparation for our retreat on the weekend. *Reminder: the Studio will be closed Friday and Saturday this week for the event at the Nottwasaga and will re-open Tuesday for our regular hours* Online orders: Please note we will do our best to fill all orders but in stock quantities may differ because of the retreat. They will be updated again when we return. Orders will be filled in the order in which they came in.

Let the crafting begin!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Canadian Scrapbooker Spring 2012 - Feature Video

Welcome to the Art House Studio!
I hope you enjoy the featured video for my article in the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.

In this issue I showed you how to make some fun fabric flowers using the Kanzashi Flower makers from Clover:

I hope you enjoy this video on how I decorated a canvas envelope from Canvas Corp with a Kanzashi Flower and a paint and water resist technique. ..... and I crocheted too! *smile*

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It's Customer Appreciation Day!

This Family Day Long Weekend - I'm thanking my extended crafting family.
Drop on by the studio today (11am - 4pm)
for a cup of Hot Apple Cider, Some Munchies, Door Prizes, some sales and a little gift from me.
Thank you for another wonderful year at the studio. I love creating with you!

Online Customers - Free Shipping Saturday Only (US and Canada - Enter Coupon Code FREESHIP in the space provided in checkout), some sales in the cart Saturday only AND, if you place your order before 3pm EST, you will be entered in a draw for one of our door prizes too.

See you soon! Have a creative day!

Friday, February 17, 2012

UStream Follow Up - Feb 17, 2012

Thanks for joining me tonight on! Loved creating with you!

Below is the Video Recording.
First up -- Art Journal Page with Pan Pastel and Christy Tomlinson Stamps.
Then and small card front using Suzanne Carillo's (Art Gone Wild) elegant girl stamps.

Both projects use and (really appreciate) Cathie Allen's Position It

Hope you had a creative day!
See you tomorrow in the studio for our Customer Appreciation Day!

Video streaming by Ustream
Yes!! I am broadcasting tonight! I hope you join me.... Here's the link

See you soon!! Record starts at 6:30pm est

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NEW Stamp Heaven!!

Last night was Art Journal Night -- there were just a few of us creating but BOY, did we have fun!

We got out the Pan Pastels and broke open some of Christy Tomlinson's new SheArt Stamps with Unity.. Love love love!!! And so do you apparently ... I already have to re-order some! *wink* The samples here are in various stages of completion. Thanks for letting me take photos, ladies!

I just wanted to make special mention of something we all loved....
Leanne created a page using a reverse inked mask (new from Prima) and the SheArt stamp... Wanting to keep her in "shades", we love how she shaded the girl stamp with black Pan Pastel. So stunning... don't you think?
Can't wait to see it when she's done!!

Hope you have a creative day!
Drop on by the studio this Saturday for a little customer appreciation day. I'll have bevies and snacks, some specials and some door prizes too.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

I came across this musical inspiration -- thought I'd share.
Have a wonderfully love-filled, creative day everyone!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

USTREAM follow up - Happiness is finding solutions...

Okay .. it was an interesting night. I think if it could go wrong it did. Amusing? Depends on if it's you doing it! LOL Awe... shucks... It was fun.

So what did I learn....?
1) When spritzing doilies, make sure to LIFT (not slide) if you don't want smear the ink
2) Always heat set your ink (even archival) before applying Pan Pastel (Smudge!)
3) Drawing/Doodling comes naturally accept when you're recording
4) WiFi access is not reliable
5) Keep your fingers out of the paint if you're not finger painting
6) Make sure you're ink is dry before stamping an image for embossing -- embossing powder will stick to everything
7) .... there was more I'm sure.... Oh, here's one from "off camera"
8) When framing your piece, make sure it's right side up! See... Yes, this was my first kick at the can. Why should that go smoothly?! LOL
So, last night was one of those nights... but I had fun anyway and I love my little fishies for the tables at the retreat at the end of the month. Totally cute. And I created something with white space! yay me!! I never do that. LOL
Have a creative day everyone!!

The last of the recordings ( there are 3 because of the internet loss...) The rest can be found on

Video streaming by Ustream


I am broadcasting tonight!
Lots of new stuff to try! See you soon!


Broadcast starts at 6:30 EST

Thursday, February 09, 2012

She's Crafty.....

While at CHA, I participated in a Flash Mob for charity!
Charity Wings organized a Flash Mob to an edited version of "She's Crafty" by the Beastie Boys. So much fun -- thought I'd share

If you can't find me, there is an issue -- I'm the rather large one on the right of your screen a head taller than the people around me. LOL Oh well ... Soooooooo much fun!

Have a Creative Day!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Loving what people are doing with the New Stamps!

I've been so excited to see what the design team over at myStamp Box had been doing with my stamps. Just take a look at these!!!

What a super sweet way to use the "Lovely Houses" stamp set! Fabric and stitching? Be still my heart! This was created by Marsha
And attention scrapbookers..... look what Els did with my "Pixel Perfect" set. Love Love Love
She did a little write up/tutorial on how she used the stamps here on myStamp Box's blog.
Have you used the stamps yet?

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Save the Date

Saturday Feb 18, 2012 -- our Customer Appreciation Day!
  • I'll have some specials and sales (in studio and online)
  • Some snacks and treats in studio - yummmmmm! &
  • A peek at what I'm bringing into the studio from CHA
  • Door Prizes too!
I hope you can join us!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ustream Follow Up - Feb 2, 2012

A Canvas for Valentines

So here it is -- my completed canvas. Love how it turned out - the colour, the dimension...

Thank you so much for joining me for this project. Below is the link to the Ustream broadcast. Enjoy! ...and have a creative day!!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

myStamp Box - CHA 2012

I can finally share!!
I am honoured to "officially" release my new stamp designs produced by myStamp Box

I created 5 stamps for their 8 stamp CHA release: Striped Stems, Pixel Perfect, Lovely Houses (which coordinate wonderfully with Whimsical Houses template released with Crafter's Workshop, BTW), Special Teas and Enjoy Your Latte.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing with you some of the projects I created with these stamps for the CHA Winter Show in Anaheim... I hope you enjoy!

The stamps retail for $15.99 CDN and are now available in the studio and in our online store.
Happy Stamping everyone!!