Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For the Love of Vintage

A year or period of origin.
Old or outmoded.

I am completely in love with anything and everything vintage. Thrift stores and antiques shops are my fave way of spending a free day.

If I had it my way, the entire Shoppe would be shabby chic-y, old world, black & white, and full of buttons and lacey goodness. Like an old fashioned ic
e cream parlor or boutique.

Why do you think I chose to spell the store's name with an extra p&e on it?

Well, lately I've become a collector of old world postcards & images. I
adore them!

So today, I'm going to share a couple layouts I've created with the Vintage Chip Cards I've been playing with that we have available at The Shoppe.

The edges of these cuties are already inked & distressed.

We've even given them a hint of sparkle & shine!

Just add them to a page or a card and you've got an instant embellishment with a ton of charm!

And just cuz it's vintage doesn't mean it has to be drab & dreary . . . use happy colors!

I think this one is my favorite . . . till I make another one!

Hope this post gives you another new idea to try for your albums & cards!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Can See Clearly

Hey Guys!

I'm back again with another something that you may not have tried yet.
Clear Sheets!

Clear, acrylic albums and embellishments are still quite popular but many people are afraid of them.
Why not stop by The Shoppe and pick up a sheet or two to play with and you'll see just how amazing your projects can become with that little hint of transparency!

We have lots of pix here of samples for you to view . . . a Disney Album, a clear card, tags, and lettering. If you can think it, you can create it with these clear sheets!

We're starting you off with clear covers that we created using the lighter-weight of plastic which we cut on our Cricut machine and then embossed in a Cuttlebug folder.
After that we lightly sanded the embossing and inked the edge with Stayz-On Ink.

You'll need to use the deepblade on #6, set your multi-cut button to 2x, pressure on high, and speed on low.

Next are the letters, also cut on the Cricut but then we layered them with coats of Crackle Accents (that's from the last post!)

You can also run these sheets through your AccuCut, Sizzix and Cuttlebug machines. We used the heavier sheets for these tags & die-cuts, also inked with Stayz-On.

Then lastly, here is a clear card made with the heavier weight sheets. As you can see, the plastic is also score-able for folding cards, as well as thin enough to cut with your patterned scissors.

If you are lucky enough to be attending Heidi's class on June 26th, she'll also have an example along of an album she created using clear tags!

So don't forget to stop by The Shoppe to grab a couple of these to play with.
Then come back and show us what YOU'VE created!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Watery Good Stuff

First, I gotta apologize for so seriously ignoring this blog. Sorry.

But today I'm back and ready to share a product (or two) that you might not be familiar with.

They are: Paper Glaze, Crackle Accents, and Glossy Accents.

These all pretty much cause the same effect no matter which one you choose.
Paper Glaze & Glossy Accents will give you a clear thick finish.

While the Crackle Accents does just that . . . it crackles when it dries.

There's no special instructions to use them ~ just squeeze it where you want the highlights!

I love using them on anything water themed because the finish leaves your projects looking wet and shiny . . . just like it's fresh out of the water!

That makes them the perfect choice for all of your beach and pool pages. And don't forget about aquarium, bathtime, and blowing bubbles!

If you are registered for Heidi Kelley's Beach Pages Class here at The Shoppe in June, you might want to stop by & grab a bottle BEFORE class day. She'll be showing you how to re-create her gorgeous projects with them!

Here's another peek at something Heidi will being showing you in class!

So give one of these great products a try .. . I promise you'll love what you create!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Another Celeb Design Class!

Yep . . . we're on a roll!
We've got another company designer lined up to teach here for us!

Next month we have the honor of hosting Couture Cardstock design team member Heidi Kelley!

She'll be here teaching you how to create some gorgeous beach-y elements for the layout & card you'll be making, while using all kinds of goodies!
Everything from ink & Stickles to micro beads, sand, & Glimmer Mist!

Here's a peek at what she's designed for us:

Since she works with Couture, she gets to choose from just about any other paper company she'd like. So for The Shoppe's class, she's going to incorporate the beautiful new "Seaside Retreat" designs from Webster's Pages!

Class seating is limited & is already 1/2 filled!

Go check out Heidi's blog & her gallery and I'm certain you'll fall in love with her stuff just like we have!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oh it's been W*A*Y too long since I've been here!
The Holidays kept me jumping and then it was the dreaded tax time stuff . . . YUK!

And of course the Shoppe's new FaceBook Page is such an addiction . . . I gotta stay away from there!
Maybe . . .

Anyways, today I'm happy & really excited to post about an upcoming class on our calendar in May!

We have the honor of hosting a Celebrity Make~N~Take Class with
Stephanie Howell!
(Click on her name or pix to go to her blog)

If you guys aren't familiar with her name yet (and if you're true scrappers, then you'll have seen her & her work all over the scrapbooking world!), she is on the design teams for Jenni Bowlin, Lilybee Designs, and Studio Calico.

She's going to be here on May 22nd and if you'll be in her class, get ready to use some of the just released product from Lilybee's "Hello Sunshine" collection!

We just got our order in from them ~ the entire line! ~ and it's "OH-So-Cute! Bright, happy, and fun . . . just in time for the Spring & Summer photos you will all be taking!

So if you're in the Columbus/Atlanta area and would like to join her, please call The Shoppe to reserve your seat . . .May 22nd 1p - 3p . . . .706*321*0202