Birds & Words

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What's new?

We just got a shipment from one of my favorite companies.  These are really awesome wildlife images and sayings.  I can't wait to put together some samples.  Pine trees, and look at those little chipmunks!  Also some great sentiments stamps that are well sized and use great fonts.

This shipment has some "bookend" images that work beautifully with the alphabet for monograms.

GREAT alphas.  Its time for a new set and these come in two sizes, plus a coordinating numbers set.
I love it when I get an order in that I can't wait to rip into and get into the studio.  I hope you'll enjoy them, too.

I got a note from Susan today suggesting that if anyone would like to be put on a wait list for Saturday's classes, just let me know.  Its the cold and flu season, after all......  Email me @ or call the shop @ 970.577.1415.  Just a few more days till Susan's classes.  The weather is supposed to be 82 degrees and sunny.  Oh, wait a minute, that next June.  Saturday is 38 degrees and partly cloudy.  But now snow!!!  ;-)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cards for Seniors

Here's the card we're doing for seniors on Wednesday.  This is the basic design, but details may change a little.  Can you see the sparkle in the word "Joy", added with Stickles?  If you double click on the picture, you should be able to enlarge it.

Here's the card opened.  The top panel is attached to just the top "gate".  This is a gate fold card, turned sideways.  Its got some fun possibilities.....  I'll teach a few tips to make this a standard for you in your idea bucket!

Oh!  The shop was featured in a very cool blog:  Check. It. Out.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Graphic 45 and more....

For a while, I've felt like when I get brand new things in, I process the order and put things on the shelf and they sort of blend into the rest of the inventory.  Well, we put a display in just as you come in the shop that features NEW new stuff.  Things will rotate as appropriate, but I want you to get a shot at seeing the brand new shineys!!
Graphic 45.  The newest line called "Once Upon a Springtime".  So beautiful!  Classic G45 styling, but not so dark.  You'll recognize that tone all their papers have, but with fairies and Beatrix Potter images.  Yummy.

A new Sizzix clock die.  My mind is bubbling with ideas for this one!

More Tim Holtz dies.  These keep getting backorder because they're so hot.  Tim LOVES that rosette, he's using it a lot on his blog.  Ideaville.

Come check out the newness!  More to come......

Cards for Soldiers

We're doing it!  We had a great time last week as six of us got together and churned out 62 cards in 2 hours. 

We're making cards to send to soldiers overseas for them to use.  Its very cool to think of men & women serving in the armed forces having a beautiful handmade card to send to mom on her birthday.  So we're making them, using guidelines set by Operation Write Home, and sending them off.  Each time we meet, we'll do two designs.  One will be birthday, thinking of you, miss you, etc. and the other will be either Mother's Day or Father's Day.  We want to have a huge offering of those two cards, hoping there will be enough for everyone.
 Here is the Mother's Day card we made.  I think its lovely.  It uses a Penny Black rose and a shadow made just with an acrylic block!  So simple, but very elegant.  Hope it gladdens the hearts of mom's who receive them.
Here's our "thinking of you" card.  Here we have a Tim Holtz pinecone stamped with Brushed Corduroy.  Again, simplicity reigns.  Making this set presented a challenge, because of staying within the OWH guidelines.  But hey, a challenge is great for creativity, huh?

If you'd like to help, we're getting together again Thursday, December 9 from noon to 2 pm to make Valentine's and Father's Day cards.  There's no cost to you, and all materials are provided.  Bring your basic kit if you can.  Call and let me know you're coming so we'll make sure there's space for everyone.  I'll be posting the cards we're doing on the 9th soon, so stay very tuned.  Hope to see you there! Call me!

Anybody out there?  Leave me some comments!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Honoring our Elders

Stop in the shop next Wednesday, December 1 and join us in making Christmas cards for residents of Prospect Park nursing home.  We'll make one card each for residents and caregivers.  There are 30 residents and 25 nurses and aides.  55 cards!!  All hands on deck.  The sample will be prepared for you, we'll all do the same card.  Also hot tea & muffins. 

Hope to see you Wednesday.  :-)


Combine Webster's & B Line

Lots of lovely samples of cards combining Webster's Pages & B Line Designs stamps. Come by and get inspired!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


These are the ATCs you'll create in Kathleen Sigg's class, coming up Friday, November 19 at 10 am.  Kathleen is a lovely person and a wonderful teacher; guaranteed to be a fun day!!  Just $10 for the class; bring your double stick adhesive & scissors.  Call & sign up!