Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Kit Reveal...

Well as you all know Mel is away, so I am posting her kit for her this month. You just have to love the bright springy colors, perfect for friends layouts, spring pictures, if this darn snow will ever go away. So ENJOY....Melanies creations....don't forget to watch the blog tomorrow or monday for the challenge of 12 topic for March.

Happy Saturday!

So ladies (and gentlemen?), once again, (thankfully!) it's Saturday! Better yet, I don't have to work. Well, not work, work. There's always something to do, isn't there?? I've been busy all week studying for a test that I'm gonna take soon (probably tomorrow) and I have a paper to write. But I won't bore you with the details, I'll just show you some of the fun stuff that somehow I've managed to do. Unless of course, you'd rather hear boring details of power crosses, sphere powers, cylinder powers, axis corrections, polycarbonate lenses and the benefits of polarized lenses?

Now I'm not sure if many of you know this, but my dad has discovered a new type of dinosaur. He regularly goes for walks, looking for arrowheads, petrified wood, and the like often. One day down by Chin Lake, he found a type of skull. Long story short, he couldn't figure out what it was, and since legally what's found on Crown land belongs to the government, had called up the Tyrell museum in Drumheller to let them know he had something. The archeologists were really cool, and eventually gave dad a replica of the skull, and promised to let him know what it was. It was a new species of what a turtle was, before it was the modern day turtle. And since dad had found the first speciman known, they named it after him. It was finally put on display early this last fall, and so our whole family went to the Tyrell museum to see it on display. I can't tell you how proud I am of my dad. To see our family name down in the history books is something pretty cool. When we were kids, we often went walking with dad, and I found it boring as dust to be looking for special rocks in the dirt. I hated the dirt in my eyes and the sand in my nose. And I never found much either. But dad, he could spot the smallest of arrowheads anywhere. So, anyways, here's a layout in tribute to him and the turtle. I have the journalling in the cute little libary pocket.

So here's my cute little P.T. Cuiser. I know I was calling him Princess Petie, but my dear husband refused to drive a car that was a princess with a boy's name. After much debate, we're calling Petie, Pirate Petie, and let me tell ya, it suits it. :) I really enjoyed making this layout. There are some Tim Holtz' grungeboard skulls that I inked and added distress powder to. And I inked up the edges of everything. Found a Heidi Swapp acrylic arrow that was just begging to be used. Traced chipboard letters onto cardstock, cut them out, inked the edges, and used pop dots to raise a few letter. Just had some fun with it.
Well, I guess I should go shower and get ready for the rest of my day. I'm hoping to make it into the city sometime this afternoon and harass Kari and the girls down there for a bit. I want to drop off these layouts and a few others so you guys can see them in person, if you want to, that is... LOL Have fun, and see you soon!!
p.s. I know these tiny photos seem a little pixelated, so if you want to see them better, just click on them, and they'll open up bigger for you.... maybe TOO big! LOL!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I should be sleeping!

But I wanted to check in and say bye!

My flight is at 550am Thursday morning. I am checking the site to make sure the 1110pm flight arrives tonight - no flight tonight, no flight tomorrow morning! ACK! LOL

I will be back next Friday morning just in time for the Anniversary Crop. I hope to see you all there Friday night and throughout the weekend! We have some awesome new products that we ordered at the show last week. We are hoping they get the orders in the computer and shipped on time.

i have a fun little make and take with one of the new products that we all fell in love with! You are so going to want it! I know it! Ronni has already asked to put hers aside. Dont miss out! But you have to wait until the weekend to find out what it is..........shhhhhh Kari, no spilling the beans.

Be good! See you next weekend! ~~Melanie
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Enter our Surprise Layout Contest...

Pick up a package of patterned paper, cardstock, enough to complete a 2 page spread...all layouts will be displayed in store! Cost is $6.50.

There will be no limitations....use whatever supplies & embellishments that you wish.
Layouts will be judged in two categories...Basic & Advanced, all entries will remain anonymous.

Contest will run from Feb 20th to March 14th. Winners will be announced March 23 on the blog. Winners will receive 1/2 of the money collected in the form of a gift certificate, and a prize package from Embellished.
Limitied Packages will be made, so pick up your early!!!

Celebration Starts Thursday....:)
Join us February 26th, 27th & 28th....
For our 2nd Anniversary!
We will do make n takes each day...from 10am till 6pm.
& Incremental Savings all Day each day...
(excludes classes, memberships, kits, sale items & any other offer)
Feb 26th....Members Receive Double your points.

Hope to see you all very soon....:)

Monday, February 23, 2009

We are back!

What an amazing experience! The convention this weekend was AWESOME!!!!! I can not wait to get my stuff unpacked and organzied and scanned to show you guys what we did. We will have our samples at the store over the next while to show you some of the new products coming.

You have to see the new product coming!!!! We had so much fun in the classes. We learned tons. We used all the new CHA releases. We had so much fun. We are on creativity overload. We did things that were out of our comfort zone. We used stuff that was out of our comfort zone. We tried things that were out of our comfort zone. We loved working out of our comfort zone!

BUT the best news!!!!! We are hoping that some of it is going to be here for the Anniversary Crop!!!!! Shhhhhhhhhhhh its a surprise (but I know what it is and can be bribed for the right price - single man, 34-35 yrs old, 2 eyebrows and a paying job). Even if it arrives earlier, we are not putting it out until the anniversary crop weekend! We are saving it!!!!! No sneeks, no peeks!

You are going to flip when you see the stuff! I *heart* it. You will *heart* it. It is going to FLY off the shelves when it arrives. Be prepared to be enabled - however, I know it wont be hard bc this rocks! You may even want more than one for gifts! It is so versatile. It is so easy to use. It looks amazing!!!!

I am going to do up some samples for next weekend before I head off to the D.R. I am going to do a make n' take with them at the crop. You dont want to miss out!

If you havent signed up yet, I believe there are a few spots left. Call the girlies at the store 403-388-4010 to sign up and reserve your spot. Come for one day, one evening, however long you can or the entire weekend. It is going to be FUN FUN FUN!

See you on Mar 6. Be ready!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

And our WINNERS are...

Valentines Day Card Contest....
Winners are Tara, for the card with the hearts, for the basic category...& Diane, for her card with the shaving cream technique & the ultra thick embossing powder on the hearts, for the advanced category....:) Congrats ladies & Thank you to all who entered. You can pick up your prize Friday afternoon.

and for our Blogtest....Theresa, is our winner, congrats. Thank you to all who entered comments, i loved reading them all & seeing all the activity on the blog, it was great! Watch for another one in March/April.

watch the blog, for our next upcoming will be fun, fun, fun....

Well we are off bright and early to Edmonton, to our wholesaler's event. Will miss you all, but very excited to show ya what we did, when we get back.
Take Care & have a good weekend.

Valentines Entries...

So for our first valentines day card contest, i thought I would share some of our entries...they are all fabulous. We do have to appoligize, for the dilay in judging....we are going to judge tonite, announce our winners & they can pick up their package tomorrow.


Winner will be announced tonite, and you can pick up your package tomorrow....:)

Let us know what you think, we love to hear from you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pppppssssssssssssssstttttttttt Do I have some news!

1. Did you hear? We have an online store coming soon! Watch the website for more details.

2. Guess who finally sold their house!?!?!?!? One guess.......YES! They did! But even better - Guess who bought a house this weekend! YES!!!! I am happy to report that my sister and bil sold their house (after a very long 6 months) and bought today! *woot*

3. Keep your eyes and ears open for a Meet Keely crop! Once they are here (they move Mar 20) and settled, we will have one arranged for those who want to meet my little K-bear :) She is now walking and into everything - so it may be a short visit for her lol but I know there are a few gals who didnt get to meet her last time she stopped by!

4. The March kit is delish! I got all my stuff done in one night. I was amazed at how quickly everything just came together. I am just waiting for photos to print for the layouts.

5. I am very excited to be heading up to Edmonton with Kari and Edith for the Memories convention. It will be great to see and use the new CHA stuff and come back with some exciting ideas and classes. Cant wait!

6. I am off on a jet plane again next week. After a long year of late hours and lots of stress (just ask Kari), I earned the Award of Excellence for 2008. We are off to Punta Cana, DR. There wont be a lot of photos as there isnt much to see/do in the area, but my friend Linda and I have a few day trips planned to get out of the resort (we arent sit on the beach for a week kinda gals lol).

Oh, but I just found out that our resort has Flamingos around. She is going to be returning home with like 40000 photos just of them, I know it! LOL We are also planning on doing the Jeep Safari tour and want to go to Manati Park Hopefully that will give us a few opportunities to take photos to scrapbook when we get home. If not, well, expect a lot of pages about the different drinks we try! LOL We are going to try our first ever Martinis at the Martini bar there. Wish us luck!

That is all for now. Hope you are having an awesome week! I know mine just got better! LOL


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy V-Day!

Hey guys, how's it going? Do you have special plans for today? We're going to the Hurricane's game tonight... our youngest daughter will be singing the National Anthem on the centre ice! We're so excited for her. Her Fine-Arts program was asked to sing a few weeks ago, and they've been practicing ever since. I have to pick her up a red shirt to wear tonight... can you imagine that she doesn't have one? What kind of mom am I? LOL! Most of our family is going to the game, and honestly, I've never been to a real hockey game before, and I'm not sure if I've ever seen an entire game. Oh well, I'm allowed to bring my camera for this photo worthy event, and that's all I'm worried about.
So wanna see my Feb kit yet???

This one is of my mom and dad... aren't they a cute couple? I used Staz-On to stamp on the flower with a script stamp, and then used the glimmer mist stuff on the chipboard hearts. Looks better in real life, I promise. You can't see very well, but I added some staples that have words on them. I don't have the special stapler, and in some areas of the layout it was really thick, so I folded the prongs in and then mounted them with foam popdots. One day I'll have a nice photo of me and Dave. I think. The paper reminded me of the Valentines we used to give when we were kids, so I cut out a few of my favorites, and used them to embellish the page with.
I've got this page ready for a nice photo of the two of us. Hopefully if I can get Dave and my hair to co-operate, I can use this. One can dream, right? This paper was a lot of fun to use, it comes pre-punched with the heart shape on it. So, I cut out one, ripped the edge of it, inked it up, and then did string art on it, just like when we were in school. Easy, fun, and looks pretty cool when it's all done. And then I painted the chipboard hearts black, and tied a little knot on each of them. My cards!! I've never had so much fun making cards, as I did for this kit! Remember how on the layout I did of me and my nephew I used googly eyes on the dinosaurs? Well, I carried it over to my cards. Sweet. Simple. I love them, and I always struggle when I make cards. These ones I'd actually give to my friends *giggle* And this layout is my favorite that I did! Can you believe I got all these layouts from one kit?! Amazing! And whenever I stop in at the store, I look to see what the other girls have done. We all get the same kit, and it's all so very different. I did the "snow" after reading a tutorial on OLW (One Little Word). I painted the chipboard letters with gesso, and then used my heat gun on them to make the gesso go all bubbly. You have to be careful to a) not burn your fingers. Don't paint the whole letter at once, and use tweezers to hold them under the heat. And b) don't burn the letters. I kinda did a little bit. It doesn't smell very good... contrary to what you might think. I added a little bit of stickles to it. Looks kinda cool huh?
So yep, there ya go. That's what I did with the kit. I know I say this nearly every time, but I think this one is my favorite. Of course until I saw the March kit. Now that one is fun too. I'm gonna mess around with it today. I'm so glad it's a long weekend! I have to go to Calgary next weekend for a Lab for my Optician's course, so I might not get much of a chance to post anything next weekend.
Take care guys! Have fun playing!! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A few reminders

Dont forget about the Valentines Day Card contest that is running at the store. Cards are due by this Friday (yes, it is Friday, Feb 13).

Also, dont forget on Thursday to take photos for the 12 Challenge if you are joining us. The theme is Things that make you Happy/Things you Love.

Blog Contest Question #10

Well, I chatted with Kari and we decided that 10 is the perfect number. Remember, for every question you answer, your name will go into the draw for a little summin' summin' from Kari :) Go back to answer any or all of the past 9 questions. I am hoping we can do this again.

So here is my question today. Do you only scrapbook the good/happy things or do you include the sad/not so perfect things too?

This came to me as I sat at work thinking of my dad in surgery this morning and waiting for the call that all was done/ok. I have only scrapbooked the good/happy things in life so far - family, friends, K-bear's 1st year, trips, trips and more trips. Oh, I have good intentions of scrapbooking a page on my Uncle who passed away over 3 years ago, but I just cant get it together. I have good intentions of scrapbooking a page on my Aunt who passed away last year, but I just cant get it together. It is so hard to think of them and get those memories on paper - and I admit, I am kinda afraid to do it.........will that close a chapter? Will I then not have as strong of memories bc they are down on paper and not only in my heart? I know i will one day scrapbook them, when the time is right.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Well i just wanted to come on and wish Miss Laura a Happy Birthday too!!! Seems like we have quite a few birthdays for the month of a BIG Happy Birthday goes out to all of you too. Hope you have a great day & hope to see you all soon!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hi again!

So I was in the store briefly last weekend, and I must say, you guys sure know how to make a girl feel good! *blush* Seems a few of you like my stuff! And yes, I'm a real, live person, which was a pretty funny comment, LOL!

Would you like to see what I dropped off at the store? I do have Feb.'s kit to show you, but you'll have to wait a few days for that...
This is a layout I did of my sweet nephew, Joe. I'm not sure if you can read the journalling, so it says: Isn't Joe's t-shirt cute?? His Auntie Michelle gave it to him, as a gift to me, I think!

(his t-shirt reads: If you think I'm cute, you should see my auntie)
I cut out a felt heart, and stitched around it, and added a button and some brass flowers. Who says flowers are only for girls?

I love love love this October Afternoon paper (Night Light Louie I believe..?)and as soon as I saw it, I knew I could use these photos of Joe on it. And when I was cutting it out, I thought to myself that the little monsters/dinosaurs were so stinking cute. And I wondered how I could make them any cuter. So I looked over my stash and saw some googly eyes, and added them.

I think they turned out even cuter than what they were to begin with, don't you?

Took the girls sledding at the beginning of January... the blue Maya Road frame worked perfectly to highlight them in the midst of all the kids...

Tim Holtz is totally my hero, and so much of his stuff worked on this layout. The game spinner. The "giggle" token. The distress inks.

Sigh. I love his stuff. And I stitched around the photo and added buttons. I've actually done that a lot lately, love the effect.
And here's a mini album I did from when we went camping this summer:

This was just something quick and simple without much journalling to it. A few of the inside pages are just trading card holder inserts that I cut up and used as pages... Stop in the store and check it out in it's entireity. I only took a few photos to show you.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Friday, February 6, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.....Miss Carolyn....:) we hear you might officially be over the hill....i think it might be rumor though, cause you look great darling!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February 12 Challenge Theme

Our theme this month for the 12 Challenge is

Things that make you Happy/Things you Love

Join us on Feb 12 to take photos of the theme. Minimum 5 photos, but feel free to take as many as you wish.

Monday, February 2, 2009

feb kit rocks!!!

hey ladies just wanted to share a really cool web site i found..its called Picnik if you just type that into google it comes up....its a web site for altering photos..and i left an example of one i did for yous to see....go check it out and have some fun!!!! WARNING!!!!! its addicting.
above is my finished pic and below is the pic i started eh????
I must say this kit was awesome to work with!!!! such fun papers and u can see u will have no trouble with cards with these fun little valentines day cards, which is actually a piece of pattern paper!!!

this was the LO that i had sit on my desk for 5 days straight not sure what to do with turned out better than i thought when all was said and done.....Live Love Laugh.
this is Youngest DD with her BFF miss H..i swear they are joined at the hip!!!
AWWWW!!!! newest nephew Grayson and grandma havign a snuggle, this stitching papaer just reminded me of my mother in law, she is always sewing or stiching something so the paper seemed suitable.

and once again...a goofy LO of shane and i gonna have to bribe him to get a nice scared to go for any sort of family pics cause this may be the result ..and i will not pay money for that ..kwim???
hope u are all checkin out the sales for the next 26 days ...catch ya'll soon!!!!!!