Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments are gorgeous on the tree with the Christmas lights reflecting in the glass and the glitter sparkling. I made them for my girlfriends and family. It's not too late to make a couple for your tree.

For each ornament you will need:

Two 2" x 2" Memory glass
8" length of wire (a thinner gauge because it's going to be sandwiched between the glass)
Christmas patterned paper (I used Sandy Lion)
Various rubons, stickers, small alpha stamps...
3D embellishments
Metal letter
Glue pad and glitter
Metal tape ~ 1/4" wide
Thread or yarn for hanging ornament

First fold the 8" length of wire in half and threaded beads on each end. About 8 or 10 beads depending on their size. Curl up the ends of the wire so the beads don't fall off.

Trim the patterned paper to fit the Memory Glass (2" x 2") Get creative with rubons, stickers, punches... and decorate each 2" x 2" surface. Just remember to use flat embellishments because it's going to be sandwiched inside the glass slides. The 3D embellishments can be added on top of the Memory Glass later.

Sandwich the wire between the two pieces of patterned paper and then the two glass slides. Be sure not to cross the wires (you want as little bulk as possible). Leave a 1/4" of the wire fold sticking out the top to form a loop for your hanging thread.

Apply the metal tape around the edges of the glass slides to hold it all together. Cut the tape so it fits around the beaded wire. It is easy to work with. Just keep rubbing it till it lies smoothly.

Drop your metal letter face down on the glue pad. Get it nice and sticky, lift off the glue pad and drop it in a bowl of glitter. Adhere the glittered letter to one side of your ornament. On the other side add some 3D stickers.

String a lenght of thread through the wire loop at the top of the ornament and it's ready to hang on your tree.

Friday, December 19, 2008

We have some very exciting news to share....

As of about 1/2 hour ago our Full Service 1 Hour Digital Photo lab was put to work! Yipppee

It's been about 8 months of planning and finally it's all go!

Jeff and I have been kept really busy getting it all ready to release and tonight we've been able to print off some amazingly beautiful pictures!

We're so excited to offer this service to Fort St John!

Our lab is capable of pictures from small wallet sizes to 12"x24"

Prints start as low as 21 Cents per 4x6 and include some fun and creative unique sizes such as 6"x6" and 8"x8" as well as the popular 12"x12"

We're having so much fun with all the varitey of pictures we hope to share it with you soon.

To Celebrate it's arrival we're offering a FREE 5"x7" print with a $20 photo order. Just print the coupon you should have received by email as you'll need the code in store for your special offer.

If you don't receive our weekly emails please just send us an email at and we'll get you added to the list so you'll receive more great offers in the future!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Jeff & Lynette Kitt

Unforgettable Memories

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Origami gift box

This pretty little box is about 4” square and 2” high. Perfect for a small gift.
You will need two pieces of 12x12 pp or cardstock. Trim ¼” off 2 sides of the paper you are going to use for the box bottom. This will make it easier to fit the lid on without warping your box.
Fold your paper in half, open up and fold in half the opposite way. Open up again and fold all four corners towards the center.
Fold your paper in half again; once lengthwise
and then widthwise.
Now comes the tricky part. You are basically folding the sides around the bottom of the box. Pull in the sides and then fold the end over and into the center of the box.

Fold in the other end of the box.

For added stability and neatness, glue down the bottom flaps.
Use the second piece of 12x12 pp or cardstock to create a lid for your box.

Decorate the box as desired.

Wouldn't this gift box look cute under the tree made out of Xmas papers with a pretty poinsetta flower on top?

I googled Origami and found this video of a guy making this same box out of a Xmas card. What a neat idea for recycling those cards. If you’re having problems following my instructions and photos watch the video. You’ll get it immediately.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And the Winner is.....

Congratulations to
Rhonda Zeunert!
Christina from Energy 98 was just by and drew her name for our annual Light a Light Raffle in support of the Fort St John Hospital Foundation.
All together there was $360 raised for the Foundation!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Little Christmas boxes

Breanna(10) has been crocheting beaded bracelets and necklaces for her teacher and friends. Shhhh! Don't tell Mrs. Martin what she's getting ;) Aren't they pretty? And very simple. Just chained silver thread with shimmery beads every 5th stitch.
Yesterday we started building little jewellery boxes to gift them in. And they double as Christmas ornaments. I got the pattern for the box on the Scrapbooks Etc website. They made theirs with cardstock and then paperpieced patterns for the front. Very cute!
For my first box I used the embossed snowflake paper by Love, Elsie and added a bling snowflake for sparkle. Breanna used the checkered Love, Elsie for her first box and positioned a bling snowflake over the snowflake in the pattern. She decided to set an eyelet in the ribbon hole for a more finished look.
We also made a couple boxes with Sandy Lion pattern papers and 3-d stickers. They are so quick and easy to make you can bet there will be a few on our tree this Christmas... quite a few.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Treats.

There are so many neat ideas out there for Xmas. If you've been cruising around the web you've no doubt stumbled across a few fun ideas. Here are some of my favourites.

Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas. There are tonnes of technique instructions and there is a daily draw for some great comments. So go learn something new and comment for a chance to win todays draw.

The Pink Paislee Blog has some beautiful ideas for Christmas complete with instructions.

The Making Memories blog has giveaways happening daily.

The Upsy Daisy blog has a couple of pretty ornaments and directions to make them. I think they'd look pretty on a vintage style tree.

Check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today site for some unique card ideas.

Looking for a gift box in a unique size? You could adapt this template from Splitcoast Stampers.

If you find some fun Christmas ideas leave a comment with a link so we can check it out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quick Christmas Gifts

New amongst all the freight are these cute die cut fold able mini albums by Carolee's AdornIt! I think they make great Christmas gifts, especially if you need to make a few. I made mine for the Grandmas in our family. The best part of all is you don't even need scissors. You just pop them out and fold. I used green ink, some pop dots, ribbon, and flowers to dress them up a bit. Super cute, super easy! That's what I'm about this time of year!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Prima's Dec Sketch

Check out Prima's blog to see some beautiful layouts using this sketch. Their design team is so talented!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Stars for Christmas

Check out this great tutorial on making Origami stars. I used Xmas patterns from Reminisce and made quite a few of them this evening. They are quick and easy and look so pretty as ornaments. The one pictured here is made with five 4 1/2" squares.

I used a glue dot in each join to help hold it all together. The center is made with a punched jumbo star and a Bo bunny metal brad. I used a 7" length of sheer ribbon to create a hanging loop.

After cutting my 4 1/2" squares I had 3" strips of my patterned paper left so I made some smaller stars from the 3" squares. I think I may use a few of them in the different sizes to create a wreath.

If you have problems following the photographed directions just watch the videos at the bottom. It will all become clear. These stars are really simple and so pretty.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I got a chance to do some posting

of some wonferful layouts in the gallery today. Check them out! I posted about a dozen! So here's a sneak!There are some great new ideas and inspiration :) Crystal and Trina brought in these wonderful layouts using the new Reminisce paper! They are fabulous.

Hope you all Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Cards

It's that time of year. In fact you're late if you're sending those cards overseas.
I just started on my cards last weekend. And because I spent a day ~ maybe it was a couple(few) days ;) cleaning out my scraproom and organizing all my paper shelves, I decided I was going to use up some of my stash... Though I may have to drop into the store for some cardstock ~ I'm running low on Xmas red and green.
This is the design I decided on for this year.

For my card I used...
Brown cardstock (cs) for the base.
Green for matting.
Scraps of red for the embellishments.
3 coordinating patterned papers
4 brads
Letter stickers (or die cut letters) for 'JOY'

I started off by cutting my brown cardstock base 8.5" x 5.5" (that's an 11 x 8.5 piece of cardstock cut in half). I scored my card down the middle and folded it so it now measures 4.25" x 5.5".
I cut a piece of green cardstock 4" x 5.25".
And a piece of Xmas patterned paper 3.75" x 5". Then I used my large hole punch to cut out half circles from my corners (practice on scrap first to get the hang of getting them even). I mounted the patterned paper on the green cardstock and attached a red brad in each corner. Then adhered it to the front of my card base.
For the decorative strip I cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper 5/8" x 3.75". Matted it on coordinating (brown)cardstock 7/8" x 4". I cut a strip of red cardstock 2.25" x 4" and used my Fiskars 'threading water' scallop punch along the top and bottom edges.
I just love my Fiskars 'threading water' scallop punch.
I bought it a few months ago and have used it on numerous layouts as well as my Christmas cards this year. It's bigger and therefore a bit more expensive than other punches I have ( around $20), but well worth the money. I have used it tonnes and still love seeing those pretty scallops on my pages :)
Back to my instructions...
I adhered the matted strip to the center of my scalloped red cardstock and adhered that to my card.
For the square embellishment I cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper 1" x 1", matted it with a piece of green cs 1.25" x 1.25" and adhered it to my strip, off center.
Then I used my Quickutz to diecut the word 'Joy'. If you don't have a Quickutz or other die cutter put it on your wish list for this Christmas. I would have had to buy untold packages of stickers to get all the 'J's, 'o's and 'y's for all my cards.

If you have a Xyron sticker machine (the little one's are cheap ~ $20) run your letters through and then center and stick to your square embellishment. If you don't have a Xyron sticker machine be very sparing with the glue bottle. Or better yet, go to Unforgettable Memories and get yourself a Xyron sticker machine before you start on your cards ;)

There's nothing like a homemade Christmas card to make friends and family feel special.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas is Coming!

This year I have decided not to buy presents that people don't need and to only give things that they really need or things that I can make. This is the project that I came up with for most of the children we will give to. I know my kids have way too much toys and really don't NEED anything for Christmas so my hope is to give something pretty! At the store Lynette sells individual letters from Pressed Petals. You can create sayings, quotes, inspirational words, or monograms. I decorated the names for some of our friends and family. Each one is custom to the decor of their room. You could use up odds and ends or I am sure you will have no problem finding some paper and embellishments to go with any decor. Just thought I would share!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Prima Sketch is done.

Here's my version of the Prima Sketch...
I've been cleaning out my scrap room and organizing all my papers. Found this great piece of embossed leaf vellum so I used it for the background. Then a piece of woodgrain paper I bought years ago ~ but it's back 'in' :) The yellow patterned papers are Doodlebug
I love, love, love the Maya Rd trees. I just picked up a tin of them on my last shopiing trip to the store. Or was it the trip before?
I inked most of my chipboard roughly with 'artprint' brown and then rubbed 'pinecone' brown ink on top. The blue ink is a Chalk ink and I used a little bling for my birds eye (him and a few friends came in the tin with the Maya Rd trees).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Prima Sketch

Has anyone checked out Prima's blog and tried their sketch for this month? I'm going to work on it today so if anyone wants to join me, here's the sketch...

I will post my page later.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Glimmer Mist

Well it's November. The temperature is dropping though it's been pretty balmy for this time of year. But still, time to move indoors and maybe try something new. Lynette just got Glimmer Mist in and it's a really easy product to use. It comes in a spray bottle so all you need to do is shake it up well to get the shimmery bits off the bottom and then spray it on to your project. I thought I'd share with you a few things I've been doing with Glimmer Mist lately.

For my first Glimmer Mist project I used a big Fancy Pants chipboard swirl and the deer I had downloaded from Scrapbooks Etc for a layout last month, as masks.
I sprayed across my cardstock and over my masks.(Now I have a very pretty, shimmery chipboard scroll to use on another project) The heat gun can be used to speed up the drying process if you are anxious to keep working on your page.
I removed my masks and decorated my page with a title, some Maya Rd stickers and other bits and pieces.
The scroll became a tree for my Owl to perch in.
Old Lace Glimmer Mist is a very light tan brown so it doesn't "pop" on my kraft cardstock.

On my next page I decided to try the darkest colour I had; 'Slate' Glimmer Mist. I used Heidi Swapp leaf masks to create a design down one side of my layout. I discovered the HS masks do NOT like the heat gun so let them air dry ~ It only takes a few minutes. If you don't like the splotches, use a tissue to wipe them away before the Glimmer Mist dries.
You can see the entire layout in the store.

Here's another layout using a Heidi Swapp mask. I put the daisy mask down the right side of my light blue cardstock and sprayed with 'Frost' Glimmer Mist.

On this fourth layout I sprayed a piece of black cardstock all over with 'Slate' Glimmer Mist. I placed two Bazzill die-cut strips across the bottom of the cardstock and sprayed again with 'Frost' Glimmer Mist. I removed the die-cut strips and built my layout on top of the shimmery cardstock.

I've also sprayed Glimmer Mist on Prima flowers and on Tim Holtz grunge board. It adds instant shimmer to any embellishment.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So Crystal came down and visited for a while.....

and we couldn't wait to see what I had ordered( I have alot of fun ordering and sometimes i t's a bit of a surprise when all the goodies finally arrive...LOL.. so we got to peaking the boxes. I have some freight to work on tomorrow. I'll let you know what we found :) but for now it's just lots and lots of fun stuff, I'm sure there's a little something in those packages for everyone!!

So many little space

So I have been friviously working on those boxes of freight Crystal mentioned..and just when I got what I thought was most of it entered guess what came in again today.............

So far I've entered lots of new Bo Bunny featuring Valentines, Winter Fun, All I Need iS You, Unfogettable Evening. So I'm off to get the Reminisce all entered and then i'll dive into what's in the boxes..all sorts of new goodies.
Watch for more updates soon!

New Freight!

I just stopped by the store this morning to drop off the "Christmas at our House" Acrylic Circle Album and couldn't help but nose through all the new freight piled up on the counter. There is lots of new product. The thing that caught my eye the most was the K&Company Specialty Paper Pack. The paper is glittered, flocked and embossed. I thought I would post a picture of a project I just completed using some of this paper as well as some Cosmo Cricket, Reminisce, Making Memories and a few odds and ends. The mini album itself is from My Little Yellow Bicycle and the last time I checked there was only one left in the store! This book was super easy to put together. Spooktacular!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I just finished typing up the instructions for my December class. It is a Acrylic Circle Album. The title is "Christmas at our House" There is lots of spots to show all your Christmas traditions or just Christmas memories. I will be bring the book to the store on Tuesday this week. Here is a picture to show you the idea. We use vinyl, stickles, crystals, ribbon, buttons, stickers, die cuts, paper, ink, sanding and lots more! Come in and check out the real thing this week and don't forget to sign up for the class. This book would be great as a gift or you could keep it all for yourself. We will have the date and price confirmed soon.