Birds & Words

Thursday, September 29, 2011

GRAND Prize Winner!

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Rocky Mountain Memories Fall Festival is
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Donna McMillin!

Donna is a great B Line fan and we are so happy for her that she won the B Line Bash prize.  She came by the shop bright and early on Tuesday to collect her prize basket, all smiles!
Congratulations, Donna!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Today at RMM Fall Festival

It has been an amazing week!  Today is our last day of Fall Festival and we have been overwhelmed and gratified with the response.  Thank you so much to all of you who have showed up for classes, demos and make & takes.  Congratulations to the winners of our door prizes! 

Clara Mae Marciniak
JoAnn Worsham
Lynn Wilseck
Connie Shafer
Karen Galloway
Fern Beson
Faith Pelhey
Donna Allen
Gaylynn Johnson
Kathleen Sigg

You've got another day of fun and another chance at prizes today!  Susan is teaching Tag Bags this morning and is teaching a repeat of the incredibly popular Accordian Booklet make & take this afternoon.  Check the website for times & details.

From 4 - 6 pm this afternoon, we'll close our Fall Festival with a wine & cheese reception to thank all of you for your support of this event.  This leads up to our final door prize drawing and the Grand Prize drawing at 6 pm.  Also from 4 -6 pm, I'll be doing demos with the NEW Fall Distress Ink set from Ranger & Tim Holtz.  I've reported about how these inks have just flown out the door, but this afternoon only you can reserve your set from the order that's on its way, with a 10% discount off the 17.99 price.  And there ain't NOBODY discounting these babies!!  So come on down and join us for a casual time to finish a great week. 

Last, but certainly not least, we'd like to say a a couple of public thank yous.  Thanks so very much to Susan Mostek.  Susan is a fabulous teacher, a wonderfully creative artist, and a woman we're proud to call our friend.  Thank you to Bob & Beverly Seymour and everyone at B Line Designs for their support of B Line Bash and the Fall Festival.  B Line is a great company, and we are proud to represent them in northwest Colorado.

Hope to see you at Rocky Mountain Memories!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Distress Inks at Rocky Mountain Memories!

We've got them!  Tim Holtz did a surprise release of a limited edition bundle of seasonal Distress Inks!! Check out his video demonstraing the colors here.  These inks became ready for order at noon last Wednesday and I ordered them right away.  They sold out, RANGER sold out in 6 hours!

Ours were delivered yesterday afternoon, right in the middle of our Fall Festival (grrrreat timing!!).  We've got a few sets left.  Ranger reviewed their decision and are producing more sets and I have more on order.  Come on by and pick up your set.  Beautiful, rich, vibrant color.  Ripe Persimmon, Gathering Twigs and Seedless Preserves.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Hey everybody!  Fall is in the air in Estes Park.  The elk are bugling, the leaves are changing (slowly!), and the air is definitely cooler.  Time to get out sweaters and jeans.  I'm hanging tough with my sparkly flip flops, tho.  First day I get frozen toes, I'll switch over to boots.  ;-)

I wanted to do a post to show you something just in:  a beautiful, new line of Webster's Pages!  All the papers are in the classic Webster's Pages style, double sided, great graphics.  Here's a peak...

 I'll be using this paper (above) in the Coaster Book $5 make & take next week for B Line Bash.  It makes a very pretty little mini book and works really well with some pretty red embellishments.

At first I didn't go for this line, All About Me.  I was put off by the name.  But a second look at the paper changed my mind. 

Don't forget B Line Bash next week, September 20-24.  We are busy like little beavers getting ready!  Classes on Wednesday and Saturday, taught by the lovely Susan Mostek, $5 make & takes and free demos.  AND......

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10% off all B Line stamps in stock!  What? The stamps you want aren't in the shop? Well....

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10% off catalog orders!  You can look through all the B Line catalogs and make your order list.  I'll place an order and get just the stamps you want.

Check the website for pictures and details of next week's events.  Its going to be so much fun, I hope all of you can join us.  Don't forget to sign up for classes!  All other events are first come, first serve.  See you next week!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jumpstart Christmas - Day 5

The last card for the Jumpstart Christmas series.  I did the entire series without ANY red or green, so I thought I should at least add a little red tone for this last one.  I used Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I love how the Vintage Photo suggests dessert sands for these magi.  (Did you know the Bible doesn't ever say there are three wise men?  It mentions three gifts, but we don't know how many wise men there were.)
 The background here was a really interesting process.  I used Pickett Fence Distress Stain on black cardstock.  The result is a very chalky, gray look.  The focal points of the card don't get overpowered by the background.  I added some Shabby Fern flourishes with Queen's Gold embossing powder.
Stop in Friday, September 16 to make one.  Mention this blog and your make & take is FREE. 

Oh, and Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jumpstart Christmas - Day 4

I really loved the way this one turned out. This is a matchbook card.  The nativity silhouette image is on acetate and layered over an alcohol ink background, with a clear embossed front.   It's tied off with blue & black ribbons that repeat the colors in the focal point.
This is the featured make & take for Thursday of next week, September 17.  Stop on by and make yours!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jumpstart Christmas - Days 2 & 3

So, I didn't get to blog so much yesterday, so today is a two-fer.  These are the make & takes for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

 This is a lovely card we'll make on Tuesday, September 13.  This Peace Dove is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Ink.  We had to have a little Christmas sparkle, but its still a very simple understated design.
Wedesday's card uses a panel from ever-popular Graphic 45.  Very cool Christmas Carol paper panel on a gate-fold card.

Wednesday's card opens to reveal an image of the Baby in the manger.  Stop in anytime Wednesday, September 14 and make this one.  Mention seeing this on the blog or website and your make & take is free!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jumpstart Christmas - Day 1

Monday, September 12, is the first day of Jumpstart Christmas.  Each day of this week I will feature a different Christmas card.   Mention this blog or our email and this is a free make & take for you.  You can come by for a free make & take and learn a technique you can incorporate for your Christmas cards this year.  You can start now and do just a few pieces every few days and still have plenty of time to finish all your list for the year.

This cards features a nativity sillhouette using a dauber resist technique.  This card reflects the simplicity and humility of Christ's birth.  The little sparkle in the star that marks His place of birth reflects His divinity and the blessing of the Father.

Come by anytime Monday, September 12 between 10 am and 6 pm.