Friday, December 30, 2011

Introduction To Copic Markers Class

Have you been thinking of trying your hand at Copic Markers and just don't know where to begin?

I will be teaching a beginners course on Saturday January 14th in Cornwall at Auntie Em's Scrapbooking.

This course will include SIX markers!  I will teach you the different blending techniques and help you perfect your new knowledge.

I guarantee you will have a great time!

Spaces are limited, so please contact the Store to reserve your spot - 613-938-4888

Where: Auntie Em's Scrapbooking 109 11th St. Cornwall.
When: Saturday January 14th 1:30
What to bring:  If you currently have any Copic Markers, feel free to bring them, but not needed.
Cost: $60.00 + HST
Contact: Emma or Laura 613-938-4888

Your class kit will include the following:
6 Markers: R39, R29, YG93, YG95, YR24, and my favorite BG10!
Images stamped on Copic's own X-Press It - best for Copic paper.
Assortment of different papers to experiment with
An educational information package for the note takers :o)

If you have the above markers and do not wish to duplicate, you can exchange for any colour we have in stock on January 14th ONLY, before the class begins.

Looking forward to sharing with you!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Auntie Em's Christmas Card Exchange

What a fantastic array of Christmas cards for the Auntie Em's Christmas card exchange on December 3rd. 
Did you miss out?  Well we will be having another card exchange in about 6 months.  We usually try to have one in the summer and one in the winter.

What is a card exchange and how does it work you ask?  Well, simple, you design a card and make 20 of the same card and include envelopes and join 19 other crafty ladies who have done the same and exchange.  You will end up with 20 different cards, one of which will be your own.

Here is a shot of some of the cards, and close up of two of my personal favorites (however neither of these two won the grand prize)

Good job ladies!  I'm so excited over the multitude of different and very well done cards I received!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Have you been Inspired?

Your Auntie Em's Design Team has another reveal for you!  With Christmas just around the corner the December Page Maps from the Scrapbook & Cards Today Calendar was a great inspiration to me.   Emma (with a little influence from me) chose the Basic Grey "Jovial" collection from 2010 - I must admit this still remains my favorite Christmas line of all times!  Emma still has a little of it left in the store and this month all Basic Grey Jovial is 10% off when you mention that you have been "Inspired"

For my layout I choose a great photo of my daughter on her first Christmas.  I fussy cut (and those of you who know me, know how much I *love* to fussy cut) some of the snowmen and snowflakes from one of the patterned papers and popped them up on some of the circles.  I also used a Trinket from Bo Bunny and some Webster's Pages Trim.  The poinsettias are about as old as my stash is, they must be at least 6 years old - lets put it this way they are older than when Prima started dating everything on their tins; and since they don't even use tins anymore - they are old LOL!!

The journaling I snagged from an AWESOME 600+ page book available at Auntie Em's called "Inspiration Station" it is just full of verses and quotes and poems.  Also it has a whole section devoted to layout titles!  Great if you are stuck for writing something or just want to add a little bit of sophistication to your page.   You won't be disappointed with this book!

Again I used my sewing machine to stitch around the outside of my layout and inked with distress ink, um... just about everything!

Well that's it, I hope you enjoyed my take on this Page Map - remember to stop by the store and mention that you have been Inspired, and you will receive 10% off all Basic Grey Jovial collection!

Mellisa's take on the sketch:

Up front, I need to apologies for the quality of these photos.  While the convenience of taking photos with my iPhone is wonderful, the loss of a battery charger has rendered my beautiful DSLR unusable.  (I am assuming that I plugged it in to charge a battery somewhere and left without it ... ugh!)  This means that, while I wait for my new charger and battery to arrive (hopefully before Christmas), I have no choice but to iPhone it and deal with the outcome.  (breathe, Lorena ... BREATH!! I promise it'll be okay. *wink*)

Creating this layout was a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit.  The sketch didn't 'speak' to me like others did but I also found that I just couldn't go beyond what I did.  Simplifying this simple sketch was all I could do no matter how many things I tried and how many embellishments I added (then removed); straight to the point with the title also expressing what my journalling would say ... that there is no place like being at home for the holidays.  By removing the bottom elements of the sketch, the eyes stay focused on what I perceive to be important ... a few elements of Christmas at home (mine & my Mom's) that represents what Christmas is to me ... with just one glance.

 I did a bit of Photoshopping on this photo, adding a red border and 'Season's Greetings' for a different effect.  Unbeknownst to me until I got home, the processing chopped off the bottom of the fancy G's.  Oops

 A few ornamental photos taken from my Mom's Christmas tree last year.  The flashed out photo is actually the dining room table all set for Christmas brunch .. an annual tradition at my Momma's house and my absolute
favourite part of Christmas.

I coloured this chipboard heart with my Fire Brick distress pad and stickled it for dimension before
adhering to another chipboard circle.

While I know that this isn't our last post of 2011, I recognize that things get very busy during this time of year between shopping, Christmas festivities, family and friends so, with that in mind, I would like to take a moment to say, on behalf of Emma, Laura, Lorena, Sue, Michelle and myself, that we wish all of you the very Merriest of Christmas' and the Happiest of New Years. Happy Holidays.