Friday, August 21, 2009

Fun Samples, Memories & News

Hi Everyone,

Okay, I have to do the sad stuff first, then onto the happy. Two of our wonderful design team members, Lisa Zappa and Melissa Phillips are going to take a break from design team work and from their blogs but they are both hoping to return when they have more time. We will miss them dearly and look forward to having them come back and play in any aspect!

Lisa Zappa has been on our design team since early in 2007 and has created hundreds of fantastic samples! Here is one of her fab Christmas creations using one of her old Bingo cards and our Vintage Christmas Stamp Set. You can see LOTS more of Lisa's awesome creations HERE in our online Gallery!

The wonderful Melissa Phillips came on board early this year and she such incredible talent for combining colors and images into a symphony of vintage shabby loveliness! As soon as we get our new website and gallery finished (coming next month) I will add all of the beautiful samples Melissa created using our images. For now, here are a few beauties!
On this card she used the February part of our Calendar Creative Scraps
I love this card Melissa stitched up using an image from our Domestic Goddess Scraps.

On this card Melissa added an old Burpee catalog image from our Garden Creative Scraps

I am so grateful to have such a talented Design Team! Many of the ladies have been on the team for years! We have to get the new Gallery finished as some of Design Team are having trouble loading samples into our old Online Gallery HERE. I think it has just gotten too big.

I have more FUN samples to share!
Look at this super cute Halloween card DT member Linda Duke designed using an image from our Halloween Image & Journal Notes Booklet, diamond paper from our Earthy Paper Pad, stamp is from our Halloween Clear Art Stamp Set and you can learn more about how she created the card HERE on her blog using the new Halloween Die from Spellbinders.

How about this adorable Halloween garland that Splitcoast member Julie Campbell created with our Halloween Postcard Kit! Look at all these other great samples that a host of creative people have posted HERE in our Splitcoast Gallery! The new Vintage Postcard Kits are so popular and I will be posting images of the next for kits available in September soon

I was on vacation and missed some of the challenges but I found this very cool Halloween card that Melisa Waldorf created for the Frame It challenge Darlene Pavlick hosted HERE over at Splitcoast recently. I love the way Melisa used our Halloween Fun stamps with the frame on this card. This is one of our hottest selling sets and I'm sure it's partly due the cute little witch and the set is so versatile. I still amazed that Cindy, our graphic designer, managed to fit all 24 designs I wanted on this set!

Here is one of the Christmas cards DT member Vicki Chrisman designed for here Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Box using our Christmas Image & Journal Notes Booklet. You can see all the Christmas cards and CD box HERE on Vicki's blog. Vicki's will be teaching 3 great classes for us this Oct 16 - 17/09 at the BC Creative Expo, you can see HERE!
We are also hosting the Girlfriends Go Vintage Crop Party on Sat night - Details HERE!

Currently, Pammy Jo is hosting a 'Go Yellow' challenge HERE on Spiltcoast Stampers using any of our products. I love Pammy's card she stamp with our Glamour Girls Stamp set! Plus, look at this very cute stacked cheese card Marcy created using our new Mouse Party Stamp Set!
I'm totally impressed with the way she colored the cheese and mouse. I got certified for Copic Markers last year but I need to practice way more!

I also want to share this cute image I have from an old magazine cover. As soon as I saw it I had to buy it for our DT member Anna Wight and her partner Alan, who own the Lauhoff farm in Texas. Anna is an incredible photographer and is always snapping fabulous, funny and beautiful photos of their life on the on the farm - the birth of a new calf (see below). Her sense of humor and love for animals is also captured in the artwork she draws for her own line of stamps for Whipper Snapper.
Anna grabbed her camera recently when one of their cows went into labor giving birth to this cutie. I was in awe of the photos she posted HERE of the birth on her blog - but I will warn you the miracle of birth can get a bit slimy! You can also buy her prints of her photos and even our products in her online store.

Lastly I have a few photos to share from a little family outing we did last weekend to finish off my hubby Scott's vacation. We drove into Vancouver (30-40 mins) to meet our daughters Katie and Chelsea and Katie's boyfriend Ryan for Dim Sum lunch at the Pink Pearl in Vancouver. Too bad Holly (3rd daughter) couldn't make it because it super yummy and fun.
If you have never been for Dim sum (literally means "a bit of heart") it's the name for a Chinese cuisine usually served in the mornings until noon time at some Chinese restaurants and specialty dim sum eateries. It’s a very popular weekend Asian family tradition and Vancouver, BC has the 2nd largest Chinatown after San Francisco. The Pink Pearl isn’t right in Chinatown but it was fun and tasty!

Normally, there is a wide range of small share plates and dishes offered such as steamed or fried dumplings, buns and eggrolls filled with meat, seafood and vegetables, noodles and desserts you can buy off the little carts brought to your table. When you are done feasting they tally up all your little plates. Our lunch came to about $10.00 each. The spicy beans were amazing!

I wish we could have gone the next day when they were hosting their annual Spring Roll Eating Contest. Okay, I could eat this dish of garlic honey pork right now!

Afterwards, we went down to Fourth Avenue to a annual street parade and it was packed with people as you can see in this photo of Katie, Chelsea and George. The festival was in honor of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock concert and I should have snapped photos of some of the hilarious outfits people wore! There were all sorts of old vintage cars parked for 3 blocks down the middle of the street but this was my favorite one. It was made from an old French airplane and very cool!

That's all I have to share for now. Between vacation time and filling CHA orders, we have been super busy working on new products which I will be sharing ASAP! Big hint: more Creative Scraps - including Christmas and more Clear Art Stamps!

Wishing you all joy & creativity!
Sandy Redburn
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Julie Campbell said...

So fun to read all the new info & see everyone's work! I'll really miss Lisa's & Melissa's beautiful work & inspiration, but appreciate all they've shared with us. Looking forward to the new products you hinted at--how exciting! Thanks for all you do, Sandy!

Darlene said...

My goodness but you have certainly been a busy lady!! Your family is beautiful and I can see how proud you are of them!!
Lisa & Melissa will certainly be missed but I can certainly understand their need for a break!
I can't wait to see all the new exciting things you have in store for us! Keep up the awesome work ... we LOVE all your new ideas!!

Debbie K. said...

Thanks for sharing all these great photos of everyone's art and your family, Sandy. Will certainly miss Lisa & Melissa's artwork. They do such amazing work but everyone deserves a break. Looking forward to seeing your new products....

RosesMarijke said...

I love your blog!
Greetings from Holland!!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

WOW so much info! I am thankful for getting to see Lisa and Melissa's work - it has been so inspirational! TFS these samples! Wish I was closer so I could be there for all of the fun in Oct. Glad to see had time in the midst of the busyness to enjoy time with family : )

Take Care!

Erin Glee said...

INSPIRATION everywhere on your blog!
I was a Nanny for a little boy many years ago... his Mother gave me $ to take him to McDonald's or wherever he wanted to go after his Dr. apt. and (owchie!) shot. "So, you want to visit Ronald?".... "no, I feel more like Dim Sum", he answered. He was one smart and Worldly kid!

Vicki Chrisman said...

I loved this post with the photos of the fam!!

Cynthia said...

Lisa and Melissa's talented designs will be missed. The samples you've provided are so cute. Here's a card made with the farm-themed image you've shared:
Thanks for sharing Sandy!

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