Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NEWS & Updates! Check out my lovely Zonta Cards!

Zonta Card #1 - Designed by Kim
and taught by Debbie (who is such an awesome teacher btw!)

So two weeks (since my last post) and so much has happened.  I did not mean to neglect you!  I had my head down ALL last week prepping for the amazing Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganza.    I will however share with you today the cards I designed and taught to the sold out crowd last Saturday!  I am very proud of my creations.
Life is all about the details isn't it?  Card design is too!
I wanted the two cards to be very different with different techniques taught on each.  The card above was ALL about the embellishments!  I worked with beautiful dies from Spellbinders (the large flower), Memory Box (the kraft bamboo piece) and dies from MFT (small tag and word die at top of card).  Decorative paper from Authentique, twine and a small heart pin completed the card.  Don't you just love the colour palette?  By changing the MFT stamps (used for small tag stitching and words) this card could be used for anything from a birthday, to baby shower, etc.

I have often mentioned how these incredible die designs can make you look like a SUPERSTAR with very minimal effort.  Not to say I did not stress over the card design, but with a little thinking and playing, it all came together perfectly!  What do you think?

This card is best appreciated in person.
This is the card was designed first and again, I am very happy with the outcome.  This card was all about TECHNIQUE.  For those of you who like to play, this card is for you.  
A closer look at the details (pay no attention to the smudge at the top).
The Zonta tables get a little busy at times!
Using our new blank stencils (6x6 3 pack for $6.50), I used a Spellbinder square die to cut out a window.  This is where all the "playing" and design happened.  We used various design stencils with ink and a marker spray gun to add colour.  We played until we were happy with the colour and design.  The stencils were then removed and Magenta's brand new clover stamp was stamped twice in Cobalt Archival Ink.  A little crystal glitter was added to the clover stamp and a series of rhinestones finished the card.  Like I said, this card almost needs to be viewed in person to see how great it is (if I do say so myself!).  I told the ladies (and gentleman) that once everything is out, you could easily whip up 6-12 of these cards for any occasion.  Change the stamp and you have a great sympathy card, birthday card, etc.

Which card do you like better?

Change is Inevitable - Goodbye Dekoko's
So after recovering from the Zonta event, I popped my head up early this week only to find out that Dekoko's (my roomie) has decided the time had come to close.  I was very sad.  Christy and I have worked very well together over the past three years and I am going to miss her.  I am also extremely sad that I will no longer be able to enjoy her cappuccinos.....cappuccinos SO good that I often thought of licking out the cup!  Being the classy girl I am, I knew this was wrong but will admit to you today that I may have secretly licked out the cup so each and every drop could be enjoyed.  Yes, they were that good.

So what does that mean to you?
It will be business as usual at The Pickle!  Even though Dekoko's will be gone, there are no plans for me to move.  You will be the first to know, through the blog and facebook, of any future changes.  The only immediate change is that the monthly Craft-Tea Time, which Christy and I created together, will be DONE.  I would like to continue something along the same lines but careful thought will have to go into this.  And with my current work load (Scrapfest and the millions of weddings I am currently working on), I just cannot layout the details just yet.  I guess my only question to you is would you like to see a monthly make and take happen at The Pickle?  If you really want it, we will see how to make it happen!

Other Business

There have been some pretty big orders arriving at the Pickle over the past two weeks.  Those who have been looking for sequins, look no more.  A dozen colours are now in from Doodlebug and a new company, Hazel & Ruby.  They are awesome. The perfect little addition to cards and layouts.

LOVE the packaging Hazel & Ruby have used for their sequins!
There are three tubes per package with 3 different colour combinations to choose from!

Scrapfest is happening in Kitchener, April 11&12.  You can register online and get more information at  This event is amazing!  You really should consider taking the drive to Kitchener!

I will be posting later in the week about a class coming up with our good friend, Pauline!  The cards are great and I am very happy she will be teaching for us again!!

Well, I better get back to things here.  See you soon!


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1 comment:

Debbie said...

Both cards are great Kim, but I like the second one best. I can see it being used for many occasions and sometimes you need a card that is classy without a lot of embellishment.