Friday, May 13, 2011

BasicGrey is Debuting at the QUILT MARKET!

I just had to share this good news because the goodies that are coming along with this launch (and shipping in AUGUST) are just too yummy for words!

Guess what? We have news for you! BasicGrey is excited to announce our debut at this year's Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah May 13th-15th. You know BasicGrey for always having fashion forward and cutting edge designs in the scrapbook world, but we are now ready to bring our unique designs and eclectic creations to new heights and to new markets. Heirloom buttons, fabric flowers, samplers and gift card monsters--Oh My!

We would love to introduce you to all of our new products so please visit us at the Quilt Market in booth #1024. Keep your eyes open because today, May 13th, all new products will be visible online. We hope you enjoy our new, eclectic mix of products as much as we do!
Now how's that for some good news on Friday the 13th?!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Stop the Presses!! It's NEW BasicGrey!

Stop the presses and get ready to be schooled! Introducing Oxford and Out of Print, the two newest collections from BasicGrey shipping in June, 2011!

The word is out… or rather IN this season. You’ll look decidedly smart using our new Oxford and Out of Print Collections. Curl up with one of these new, sure to become crafting classics, filled with all the write stuff. No matter how you use it, these two new lines spell F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.

And what’s a collection without some new editions… err… additions? Look up “amazing” in the dictionary and you’ll find these new creations:
I’m tongue-tied trying to describe our new Bow Ties. These paper and fabric, smartly-assembled bows can substitute for a flower, border a title, and add that perfect lasting impression on your next layout.
Try a whimsical selection from our circulation of Yo-Yos. Let these pinwheel fabric creations round out the look of your next project. Reference “adorable” and “stunning” for these new embellishments.
A nod to the masters, our fine-spun Lace Stickers have been added to the cannon of classic style. With delicate doilyinspired precision, these intricate embroidered self-adhesive stickers add just the right timeless touch.
We’ve also cataloged tons of new designs into your treasured favorites: stickers (Chip, Elements, Title, etc), stamps, buttons & brads, rub-ons, Bloomers, Pops, Ribbon Doilies, Petals, Pieces, plus much more.
Spread the word – we think these new collections are your next soon to be bestsellers!

Sure to be a first-edition favorite, Out of Print will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.
Layout by Greta Hammond & Kelly Goree (photos by Stacy Beard).
Supplies: BasicGrey OUT OF PRINT

Hey smarty! Oxford has been nominated as BG's next valedictorian and will elevate the IQ and enrich any crafting experience with it's tweedy old-English design and style.
Layout by Kelly Goree
Supplies: BasicGrey OXFORD

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Happy NSD!

Hello and Happy National Scrapbook Day (and DERBY DAY to all my local friends)! I have some SUPER THRILLING news to share with you guys that I've been exploding to tell you about. Most of you know how much I adore my dear friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today. Catherine & Becky are two of the best people I know and I am always thrilled when they ask me to work with them on a project - any kind of project. So you can just imagine how blown away I was when they asked to include me on this - Hold on to your [Derby] hats, folks!:

Scrapbook & Cards Today is thrilled to announce the launch of "Crop & Create" - a series of spectacular events to be held in various Provinces all across Canada! Designed with the papercrafter in mind, these events will combine fun and educational classes from some of the industry's top teachers, with loads of cropping time, make n' takes, and a host of fabulous prizes! Sound like fun? Then we hope you will join us for a weekend full of classes, camaraderie, creativity, and cropping! Oh, and the best part? We've heard there may be CHOCOLATE!

The first “Crop & Create” event will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 30th – October 1st and we are thrilled to have Becky Fleck, Kelly Goree, Kimber McGray and Vicki Boutin joining us! They are so excited to share new classes, full of product and techniques, with you. Mark your calendars as registration opens on June 3rd! For more information about "Crop & Create" and additional dates please visit our website HERE! We hope to see you at one of our events!
I hope you'll be able to join us in at least one of these amazing events and I'm so looking forward to Saskatoon this fall!

Oh! And before I go - I've heard through the grapevine that BasicGrey will be making their announcement of their TWO new releases on Monday! Whooo hooo! Stay tuned for that as well!
Have a wonderful day and Happy Creating!

Monday, May 02, 2011


A little birdie told me there might something new coming from BasicGrey soon (like in the next week or so). You might want to be watching! Just sayin'!


Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Stamping with Nichol at Two Peas

Yep. I said it - STAMPING!

Can you believe it? I'm finally starting to stamp more and more thanks to talented (and persuasive) friends like Jen McGuire and Nichol Magouirk. These girls rock stamping like nobody's business. Seriously.

So I have to admit I chuckled a little bit to myself when Nichol asked if I'd contribute a layout to her awesome stamping class over at Two Peas in a Bucket. I mean really. We all know that stamping is not something I'm particularly skilled at, but I'm always up to a challenge and so I went for it!

Nichol's class this month (she has a different stamping class EACH month all for FREE - so amazing) is about border stamps. Since I'm not normally a stamper, I tend to do things a bit differently. So I used *my* border stamps by Hero Arts to create my embellishments for this page rather than make a traditional border. The large branch stamp you see here is actually a 12" stamp that I repeated several times and cut at different lengths to create the look I was going for. And that, my friends, is my biggest stamping tip:
I'm too scared to stamp directly on my layout most times so I stamp, then color and cut out to use how I see fit. This way I can arrange them just like any other embellishment. That takes the fear out of it for me AND reminds me of exactly how many times I can use a stamp over and over again (for FREE :)).

So there you have it!

And this was the result:
Source List: BoBunny (Ad Lib) paper; Bazzill cardstock; Hero Arts Stamps; American Crafts Thickers, embossing powder, ink; BasicGrey alpha stickers and stitched brad. This layout was also based on an old sketch by Becky Fleck that I adore and have used over and over in one form or another! :)

And a little detail shot:

I hope you hop over and play along with Nichol this month (and the rest of the year, too)! You'll be so glad you did!

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!