Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD 3" X 4" CARDS

FREEBIE TIME!

So many things have been happening lately, I have started back with Stampin’ Up; I have a once a month card workshop (thank you so much to Marlayne Hardy) and I have started a new job at Starbucks. I totally believe that one should do things they love and well I love coffee, I love crafting of all kinds. My other passion of course is graphic design. And if you put all three of those together well I am one happy person!

This month I am creating tags, paper designs and illustrations that can be used for gift giving or can be used on projects such as Project Life, card making and/or scrap booking. This is something that I have always wanted to do. With my new job and the flexibility of working shifts it gives me the opportunity I need to focus on designing my own line of papers, cards and stamps. Yes I will be creating some stamps that can be used with all of these items.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Over the last five years it has been hard and if I was truly honest it probably been longer than that. Depression is a funny thing it sneaks up on you, and before you know it you have changed and the things that you used to do you no longer do. I used to create so many things, I would sew I would decorate the house and the table at Christmas. I would cook and bake I would go to parties, share in the festivities. Little by little I am trying to find that person again, where they have gone I am not sure but I have been in a good place lately and I am hoping this year I will feel like celebrating.

When it comes to designing things that like I am not a traditionalist. I don't like to use the typical Christmas colors. Instead I love to use more modern colors like red and blue or gray and red, or all three. The following are some very cute cards that you can use as tags by punching a hole in the corner or you can use for Project Life even.


 Holiday Tags


This is a free share just click on the image and it will take you to my website where you can download and check out other things that I have created.

Thanks for stopping buy and please share with your friends and family.

cheers,

J

Monday, October 6, 2014

THE ART OF TEA - CHINA 2013

Tea for Two or Three or More...


I have to say another one of my favorite things I did while in China was tea tasting, yet another tourist thing but it was fun and amazing to see how different combinations of tea have amazing healing powers.

Many of these tourist spots are little hidden away areas you couldn’t find on your own unless you had a guide. I was absolutely amazed by the different senses and tastes. The following are some of the images that I took, during our instruction. I love the contrast with the glass and the tea leaves and the wood. I couldn't stop taking pictures!

NOTE: I also loved the paper bags they used when you bought tea (yes I bought some tea, a black tea and a flowering tea both of which are delicious) I was able to get a few of which I took apart to use on future pages.










Saturday, October 4, 2014

STARBUCKS - CHINA 2013

Nothing keeps me from my coffee...

Coffee* in China was so wonderful and I don't mean the Starbucks but the hotels we stayed at were amazing, both in services and food. We did stay at 5 star hotels so you will expect this however; the attention to detail was amazing! 

One of the things that we had fun doing was spot the Starbucks; I couldn't believe for such a Communist country that there were so many big name companies in China. One of the things that I did was to collect coffee mugs from each major city you know the ones that are themed with the cities name. And they even have different gift cards, there's are made of coated paper and they let me have two so I could scrap on this page along with instructions on how to make a good cup of Joe. Everything in Chinese of course which made it even better and unique.

I loved the outside of this particular Starbucks that I took a photo; I love this page for the colors and especially the memories.

* I will talk about the tea later in my posts






Friday, October 3, 2014

SWEET LITTLE MAN - CHINA 2013

CHINA 2013 - SCRAPBOOKING

I love to travel and I have a very large bucket list of places that I want to see in my lifetime. Last year I went to China with a group of wonderful people some of whom I have met in Italy a few years ago and some who are now part of my traveling family. These trips are specific adventures that including Ali Edwards and her philosophy of Telling Your Own story

This month I will be sharing pages that I created from this trip using various lines such as Crate Paper, Echo Park, Stampin Up, October Afternoon just to name a few. 

Join me on this trip of a life time through my eyes.

White Emperor City (Baidi City)

A few miles into Fenjie County, on the northern bank of the Yangtze River is Baidi City (White Emperor City), also called Baidi Temple. It is located on Baidi Mountain at the mouth of Qutang Gorge, one of the Three Gorgers of the Yangtze River.

This little guy was at one of the markets we passed on our way to a Baidi Temple, he was so adorable and loved having his picture taken.

I love to stamp on many of my images it adds a uniqueness to the image and makes it even more part of the page. Layering is a big part of my designs, I like mixing textures and colors and of course you need something shiny, sequence is an important embellishment and cheap way of adding bling.

What are you favorite embellishments to use on your pages? Do you like to go outside of the box, for me I like picking up different items on the trip that I can add to pages later such as labels, business cards, bags and papers or playing cards. 






Wednesday, October 1, 2014










Join me for this one of a kind workshop and create a 12 page Mini Starbucks Album using recycled* cups and sleeves.

This workshop features the adorable Crate Paper line Bundle Up!




The following is included in each kit: 
  • 1. Bundle Up Chipboard – 65 adhesive backed chipboard stickers
  • Approx 10 sheets 6” x 6” of Bundle Up series designer paper
  • Approx 4 sheets of 3” x 6” Bundle Up series designer paper 
  • 1 Fancy Pants Artist Edition Resin Flower
  • 3 Bundle Up Adhesive Badges 
  • Approx 12 Bundle Up Ephemera Pack
  • 3 Stampin’ up Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel
  • Approx 15” of Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
  • 1 cloths pin
  • 2 strips connected 3 mm rhinestones: ea. strip 2-5/8" long
  • Various Stampin’ Up cardstock for create window frames; pockets and envelopes.
  • 1 Starbucks coffee cup and sleeve
  • 3 sheets of white cardstock

*actually they have never been used

Date: Sunday October 26, 2014

Time: 1 – 4 PM

Location: 
studionoeight
144 Patterson Cres
Carleton Place, Ontario

Price: 
$48.00





Limited kits available 
The Fine Print: Kits may very based on Designer Paper, Adhesive Badges; Ephemera availability.

Question?

Friday, October 18, 2013

MY DIGITAL STUDIO CLASSES - Starting Jan 2014




Join me on the last Wednesday of each month starting Jan. 2014 for a 3 hrs. workshop and learn how easy it is to use My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up! Each month we will dive into the ins & outs of the software with demonstrations, projects and assignments that will help you learn and use this software to it’s fullest.

What to do you get?
3 hrs. of class time, with a 15 minute break
Class notes, Study files, Learning Projects, Not included software, computer, or any digital files that are required for class.

Starting January 29, 2014 - February 26, 2014 - March 26, 2014

CLASS 1: 
What you will learn: The basics, Adding Text, Adding Photo Boxes, Adding Embellishments, Using Designer Templates and much, much more. 

Projects: Create your own basic business card, 12-up Cards, 6 x 6 scrapbook page, Web banner.

CLASS 2: 
Review of Class 1
Projects due beginning of class.

What you will learn:  Add Multiple Items, Background Photo, Crop Embellishments, Crop Stamps, Customizable Color Palette, Default Bleed Area, Delete Project Preview, Designer Template Selection, Edit Objects Off Canvas, Enhanced Photo Drag and Drop, Enhanced Page Layer Editing, Export to JPG, PDF, PNG, Fill Punch with Card stock, with photo, Font/Global Search, Recolor Designer Series Paper, Recolor Embellishments, Round Paper Corners, Round Photo Corners, Splatter Tool, Stamp Image Coloring, Suggested Color Combos, Watermark (how to create a copyright for your pictures.

Projects: 12 x 12 scrapbook page, Postcard, Thank You Card

CLASS 3: 
Review of Class 2
Projects due beginning of class.

What you will learn:  Batch Photo Effects, Calendar Effects, Change All Text in Project, 
Change Layer of Selected Objects, Change Punch Shape, Change Text Case, Custom 
Canvas Size, Custom Groups, Edit Object Shortcut Key, Export to SVG, Layers Palette, 
Locking and Unlocking Page Objects, Mirror Designer Series Paper, Mirror/Flip Grouped 
Images, Mirror Text, Photo Fill Grouped,  Boxes, Project Size Conversion, Recolor Photo, 
Smart Guides, Smart Object Alignment, Text in Columns, Text Justification, Text Shapes, 
Text Tracking, Vector Stamp Brush Images (Enlarging Stamps), Zoom Tool Shortcuts.

Projects: 12 x 12 scrapbook page, Birthday Party Suite, Project Life Tags Final projects will need to be handed in 1 month after class April 26, 2014
(NOTE: This is not a how to install your software class you must come ready to go. The pace of the class will be determined by the instructor and class/computer knowledge. We will try to cover everything listed but in the time allotted.) this is a PC course but can be adapted for MAC.

For More information and to register see here.



Friday, October 11, 2013

FLASHBACK FRIDAY'S - Asian Scrap booking Page




In approximately 27 days I will be heading on an adventure that I can't believe that I am doing. I am going to China, Beijing to be exact and I am thrilled and a little weary seeing I am totally going out of my comfort zone and travelling the first leg alone. Ya Ya I hear you suck it you say what an adventure and your right however the thought of being so far away in a socialist country were you squat to pee makes this princess a little ah freaked out. But I know I will have the best time ever, and I am meeting up with some of my familia from Italy 2011, and even better I get to spend time with Ali Edwards! A women that I so admire, for her creativity, her strength, her love of her children, for her kindness to us mere want-a-be's.

This weeks Flashback is a page I did using Kaiser Kraft another line I love to use and of course Stampin Up.

Good morning, today's post has nothing to do with Christmas but everything to do with pattern, texture and colour.

I love anything Asian, especially when it comes to type/fonts and of course paper. I love the colours in this particular paper and of course with Stampin' Up I was able to co-ordinate what I have already which makes scrap booking so simple.

I love how the type/font works as a texture in the background but also works well as a stand alone. I haven't decided what photo I am going to use for this page yet but I am sure that a black and white or even a sepia will do the trick!