Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Facelift for Paper Vineyard

Most facelifts occur when one is a little older; however, at four years old it was time for us to take the big plunge. Our facelift has started with a new website and blog.

Our updated website launched today. It is the same web address www.papervineyard.com but a new look.
From the new website there is a blogger link (small orange icon in upper right hand corner) that takes you to the new blog which does have a new address blog.papervineyard.com If you have us bookmarked you will need to update it to our new blog address.
Keep following us as more changes will happen within the next couple of weeks as we open Paper Vineyard launches the new Grapevine Designs store on-line.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Madness Fun

Comfortably moving forward on this Monday morning. Getting ready for tonight's Make 'n Take from 4p-7p. We are making a birthday card in the shape of a ice cream cone. The project is cut for us by Grapevine Design. You will be using the Big Shot to decorate the ice cream and We R Memory Keepers Sew Stamper to decorate the cone. Great project for $2.

We are adding a twist to the next design challenge for our store. Design Challenge #3 for our Design Team is to make a layout with any paper collection using the following sketch as a jumping point. Paper Vineyard is opening this challenge up to customers. One lucky person bringing in a layout using this sketch by Monday 1/30/12 will win a gift bag with paper collections from Graphic 45. Hope you join in for the fun! If you do turn a layout in you will get it back but after I take photos and brag about all the genious creative people on our blog first.
Speaking of prizes, part of the festivities this weekend was the raffles for liking us on Facebook. Congratulations to Eilene and LaVonne who each won a prize. Thanks to all of those who participated. Facebook is a way for the store to post current happenings and photos.
Have a great week!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Grand Re-Opening Day...Long but good day

Muchos muchos gracias for helping us have such a wonderful day! There was so much going on that the whole day was amazing, hectic, fun and exciting. Thank you very much for participating. I chatted with so many people and really appreciate the well wishes and positive thoughts.
The day was so fantastic I was surprised with flowers from our wonderful friend and customer Barb. Beautiful flowers from a sweet person who is absolutely amazing to me. This cutie patootie is my niece Olivia who is one of about 40 people who made the Valentine Make 'n Take yesterday. She of course chose to rock hers out in pink which is her favorite color.

I also taught a sold out class of the 2012 Calendar project. By then the store was busting at the seems with people so I failed (shame on me) to take any photos of the class...however, here is a shot of Amanda who worked late Friday night and came in early on Saturday to prepare the kits for the class. She absolutely made it all come together. The class loved the project!
The day ended with a "perfect" group of croppers. We had so many we had to open the suite next door for the extra folks but both groups of ladies were productive and sweet. It was a nice combination of folks who scrapbook all the time and those jumping back into it.

These types of days are very important to me and my "fourth baby" Paper Vineyard. I was here from sun up to crop close down. The long day is so worth it. Thanks for making me feel so blessed!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Design Challenge #2 of 2012

This week the design challenge was to make a thank you card featuring stamps from Impression Obsession.

The first card is from Marijo. As usual she does a great job with the details that helps build a project. There are always so many different elements to look at in her work.
Here is Scraptastic Granny's (aka Marijo)card recipe:
Kraft Card Stock (from stash)
Print paper - Graphic 45 Tropical Traveloque Paradise Postage paper
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Stain
Brad (from stash)
"Thank You" stamp from Impression Obsession
Versamark Ink
Stampendous Stamp 'n' Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
Embossing Heat Tool
Shaping tools (for flower)
Dimensional glue dots
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Krista of Red Car Productions made this thank you card that is embellished with sewing that creates a beautiful vintage look.
If you'd like to recreate this here are the measurements. Card base is A2 kraft.
The patterned paper base is 4 1/4 x 5, the blue patterned block is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4
with a second pattern sized 1 1/2 x 4 1/4 matted and stitched on top. Krista used a zig zag stitch with deep orange thread to stitch the 2 patterns together and a cream thread with a straight stitch around the edges. Tag was simple inked after alterations. There are lots of ways to attach ribbon to the tag. This time she chose to thread the orange & blue thru the hole and then tie them with the 2 colors of twine in a bow.

If you love the look and technqiues of Krista's card she is teaching classes here at Paper Vineyard. Krista has a Copic Technique and Copic Projects class on January 28th.

Thanks for reading our blog and happy crafting!