Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sorry I haven't posted contest results. I have 3 jobs on the go now, and things have been really busy. Aside from that, we only received one entry for our Remembrance Day contest, and two for Christmas so it's been a little discouraging.
Sue Allen was our only contestant for Remembrance Day (even though 9 of you voted for it! tisk tisk!!)
Here, Sue used the Class Act tree (not on the website yet) and Chapel Road Brick Artishapes. Very sweet card!!
And for Christmas Sue Allen and Therese Malak entered!
Here is Sue Allen's card. She used a Class Act Christmas Tree (again not on the site...jeez!! I thought we had most of these guys on there already!!) and Class Act's Christmas Blessings.
Great job, Sue!
This is Therese Malak's card! She used Class Act's Large Snowflake (ohhh it's on the site! Woohoo!!). I love the colour scheme :)
Now...since these two ladies are my #1 participants in all contests, I didn't want anyone to pick a card, per sey, since I said we weren't sending out prizes to each contestant everytime...SO...I happened to get new pets on Saturday (Chinchillas) so I had my girl, Kiki, choose the winner! Here is a video of that process!
Sorry about the last 11 seconds of the video...I had to catch her and forgot to turn the camera off!! LOL! Congratulations, Therese! Rubbahhhhh coming your way!!
Well everyone, I think I'm going to put the contests on a hiatus until I can find a way to get more entries. If you have any ideas, please let me know. We currently advertise on this blog, as well as a CST and Yahoo! groups. Hopefully we can get some more contests going in the New Year - I can imagine everyone is really busy with Christmas and the holidays coming up!
Your Class Act Insider
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
So our Halloween contest closed on Sunday. I only received cards from three participants - I hope there wasn't any electronic errors. They fooled around with my email and changed some things so it wasn't working for a day or so - please let me know if this was the case and you didn't hear back from me that I did receive your card.
Here are the entries:
Sue Allen got really creative and turned Chapel Road spooky!! She used Chapel Road's Thistle Etc. to make this card!! Well done on stretching the imagination!!
Sue Allen used Class Act's Witch stamp! So Halloween night-like!
Cindy Baker used Class Act's Cat with Pumpkins. Happy Halloween Bones, AND Spider Web! I'm loving the colours!
Therese Malak used a Class Act Mermaid that has yet to be released. She won this from a previous contest! Very creative, Therese!
Okay SO...this is going to be the last contest we are doing this for, but all three participants are going to receive a prize! Ladies, please send me your addresses so I can send you your stamp.
Try to entice your friends to get going on our next contests! There were 7 votes for Remembrance Day, so I am reallllllllllly expecting to see some pretty cards!!!
Remembrance Day: Contest Closes November 14th at 5:00pm.
Christmas: Contest Closes November 21th at 5:00pm.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So, I thought I would start off this post with a picture of Andrew and I helping to set up at Scrapfest on Thursday night. We have a table with wheels to bring stuff in from the truck...and that is how Andrew transported me for most of the evening. Life is good!
Anyways! The poll for determining our next contest is now closed, and Remembrance is our winner with 7 votes! Christmas had 3 votes. SO...this is my thinking...since Remembrance seems to be a hot category (and that I just had Mom in panic mode for a week trying to make a Remembrance line...) I'm going to run that contest until November 14 (my birthdayyyy!!! huzzah!!).
Howeverrrrr...I do realize that Christmas is coming up - and quick (66 days, 1 hour, and 44 minutes to be exact....but who's counting?). I was thinking that all of you are probably Christmas card makers instead of store bought - because personally, if I ever got caught buying one from the store I would probably be shot on the spot by all of my friends. SO!! The month of November is going to have a little more action than the last few months! The Remembrance contest will close on November 14, and the Christmas contest will close on November 21. There's a week break, but you can send in entries to either contest at any time. P.S. for you Chapel Road fans, we do have a new release of Chapel Road Christmas stamps out if you haven't checked them out already!
The Halloween contest is ending on Sunday, October 24 - which is coming up really soon! We already have some entries, and from what I hear you bloggers are getting CrEaTiVe...I like it!!!
Okay team - I made Mom do some damage by creating a Remembrance Day line...don't give her reason to kill me!! Eeeeek!!!! I know you couldn't live a day without seeing what trouble I get up to...and for you who have been asking...she hasn't kicked me out yet!! *phew*
Have a great night everyone!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I just got home from work and saw that Carol has been up to no good this afternoon!! Well, let me rephrase...no good in the sense that husbands/boyfriends would see it. She was card making with our brand new line (which has been released TODAY!!) that is all about Remembrance Day! Or, in the US, Veteran's Day.
I don't want to give you a history lesson, but incase you want a condensed version of why Remembrance Day is what it is...here it is!
Remembrance Day is such a special day that commemorates the end of World War I in 1918. November 11 is the day when Germany signed the Armistice which stopped hostilities. This was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...November 11, at 11:00am. Every year we not only remember the lives that were lost through military and civilian battles during the First World War, but also those who have given up their lives for the world to be the way it is today since then.
The poppy is a popular symbol of Remembrance Day. After battles had taken place, the landscape was barren. Soldiers were buried, and the once barren land were soon populated by poppies.
Due to the votes on the poll so far, we created this line specifically for you! And if it wins the poll, these will be your options to play with!
I understand that links in the blog have not worked in the past - but rest assured we have had them fixed so that they will take you to the site now!
Let me know what you guys think!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Mom, please don't read this blog post. I like living at home. And if you are reading it...I'm just joking...obviously...8-) hehe
If you do go, I'll be there in spirit...if you know of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and have been following her releases...there was actually a pinup girl named after me! If you're ever so interested...see me in paper/rubbah form here! You see, my bloggers - I'm famous! And you were the first ones to be by my side! Well, okay, I'm not flattering myself...just pointing out how excited I can get!
Anyways my friends, I am currently working on a brand new line that Class Act is coming out with - and I think that it is quite honestly the best yet. If you're realllllllllllllly curious I'll give you a hint, and say it's pretty cultural...that's the clue for today! Anyways - there is less than one week left to make your vote count for our next contest!
P.S. For those of you who haven't been on the website recently, I have added some new categories:
6 Categories of Flowers
Fruits & Veggies
and Ice Cream
I'm working on getting up Easter (even though it's early), Dogs, and the new lines to be up super soon!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I hope everyone (well, in Canada anyways) has been having a wonderful long weekend!! Happy Thanksgiving!
I just wanted to make sure that you guys make a vote for what you want our next contest to be! It's pretty important that if you want to have an extra reason to make cards that you have had a say in the matter! :-) As of right now Remembrance is winning - and we are working on some new Remembrance designs as we speak.
Remembrance is ahead with 3 votes, while Christmas, Fall, and Thanksgiving are trailing at 1.
Make your vote count! :-)
Enjoy the gobble gobble! Will post with some new exciting things soon!
- Your Insider
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sorry I am posting this a day late - it was such a busy weekend I came home from work yesterday and SLEPTTTTT!
GREAT NEWS!!!! We had 8 card entries this month! Woooooohoooooo!!! Now, that just means that it got THAT much harder to find us a winner. I was chatting with Mom, trying to figure out how to find a winner. Originally, I was going to put all of your names in a hat and randomly draw one out - but then Mom had a great idea that I should involve my boyfriend, Andrew, in the process. I mean, he hears and sees enough about it...might as well get him informed! So - this month, he was your judge! It actually took him a while, too, he didn't just pick the first one he saw to get it over and done with (awwww...) AND...just incase you're thinking that there's no way I got him to do it...I took pictures...he loves me.
Here are all of the wonderful cards we received! Thank you to everyone who submitted! Remember: Our next contest is Halloween themed! If you haven't won yet, make sure you give it your all! Contest details will be at the top of the blog! Since we're starting to get more cards, I'm going to up the odds of winning! For every 6 cards we get, there will be 1 winner. So, if there are 12 cards there will be 2 winners, 18 cards 3 winners, etc. If we have equal(ish) groupings of Chapel Road and Class Act stamps, we'll separate them, too. I'll also continue to throw out random names for our Blog Follower Prize, so make sure you check back every now and them to see if your name is on here!
Now, Presenting Our September 2010 Entries..........
Carole Jansen used Class Act's Sleeping Fairy!
Diane Armstrong used Class Act's Garden Girl!
Dorothy Pileggi used Chapel Road's Large Artishapes 1!
Eileen MacDonald used Chapel Road's Da Vinci Horses!
Jo Oostrom used Class Act's Talented Cats!
Maria Vanderform used Class Act's Lovely Ladybug, which she won just for being a follower on the Blog! This stamp isn't on the website yet - coming soon!
Therese Malak used Class Act's Sunflower! This stamp isn't up on the new site yet - coming soon, too!
And finally...our winner, after much deliberation.....
SUE ALLEN used Chapel Road's Thistle Etc!
Great work, Sue! Please make sure to e-mail me your address for your prize :-)
Everyone did such a wonderful job on their projects!!! I am so so proud :-) Keep 'em coming for the next one! Chapel Road doesn't have any Halloween stamps in particular, but if you want to get really creative - be my guest! We've thrown up some new Halloween images on our site. Here's a quick link to it for your convenience!
Contest Closes Sunday October 24, 2010!
Thanks for an awesome contest, everyone!! I'll try to think up of something awesome for judging our next contest!
Monday, September 20, 2010
MY COMPUTER IS BACK! Which means I'll be blogging more. After going through 5 years of university, thesis and all, I thought that being away from a computer would be a good thing - it's really not easy! My fingers were starting to cramp up a little from the lack of random movements in a horizontal fashion.
ANYWAYS. Clearly we have been slacking putting up new designs on the site - but I promise you it's coming!! There is a very good reason, though, if you'll hear my plea.........will you? Please?
Chapel Road is coming out with a Christmas line! Liz Stenson has been hard at work creating designs, and we're on the other side of the fence trying to get them ready for this weekend! See? I knew you'd forgive me.
Does anyone scrapbook using rubber stamps? I'm going to post a picture of one that I did using stamps - I love it! Kind of gives you that extra dimension to "blah" pages that you don't know how to fix. I also LOVE using alphabet sets instead of writing it yourself or using stickers. It's just something different! Anywho, if you choose to look at the pictures be warned that you'll be getting snap shots of my life! I've done lots of crazy things! :-)
Okay! So here I had green 12 x 12" paper that went with my pictures, but you have no idea how BORING it was without using the brush dragonfly stamp to add a bit of focus! Such an easy fix to make pages look that much more amazing!
Here's another one of my crazy outings for a Lacrosse Rookie Night while I was at Trent (don't judge me, okay?) I used the little lacrosse dude (not on the site yet) as a background to fill up some space, as it suited the occasion!
This one was at Warsaw Caves...again, the page would have looked somewhat boring if it wasn't for some added dimension! I used one of the stamp rollers (looks like a mini brayer) and inked it up to make random lines throughout the page!
This one is from my Arctic Album! I went up to do research for my thesis and saw a ton of wildlife! Here, I used my alphabet set to do "Caribou" that matched the paper I was layering with. I don't know if you can see it from the picture, but I used Class Act's Angelina Fibres to make a background for the caribou picture on the middle left side of the page! So pretty!
Again with the Arctic wildlife, but I used the alphabet stamps to do "arctic wolf." What I really! like is that you can stamp the letters to suit your needs - you don't need to leave a rectangular space for a sticker and whatnot. They're just crazy versatile! Love, love, love!
More from my Arctic Album with the letters. I just use them so much!
Anyways, I'm curious as to if any of you DO scrapbook? From people I have talked to it seems to be one or the other....but I am determined to combine both! Leave a comment as to if you're a scrapper, stamper, or jack of all trades!
Thanks guys! Don't forget about our contest ending Sunday! You still have lots of time to get them in to win a Class Act stamp!
Until next time,
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sorry there has been no post in the last week - my computer decided to fry it's motherboard, so I have been without a computer!!! I still don't have it back, so bare with me! Technology...I'm tellin' ya.
ANYWAYS! I wanted to quickly update you guys of some fun STAMP CAMPs that Carol is going to be doing around Southern Ontario! 10 cards...2-3 hours (depending on numbers)! Some stores are offering both a Class Act class and a seperate Chapel Road class, and others are doing strictly Chapel Road (I know how much you guys seem to be digging that line!). She is only doing the dates listed below, and is not doing them throughout the year on a constant basis, so get in while you can! The cards are ouber cute!!
Saturday September 25 2010 - Angela's Papercrafts in Dundas, Ontario (two Chapel Road classes)
Saturday October 23 2010 - The Rubber Stamp Store in St. Catherines, Ontario
Sunday October 24 2010 - Olde Tyme Country Crafts in Brampton, Ontario
I still need Diane and Maria to e-mail me your addresses for your winnings from the last contest!
We have some great looking cards for our current contest, so keep them coming!!!
Until technology becomes my friend again,
Saturday, September 4, 2010
What’s the verdict on the new website?! Huh, Huh?
Well, it is time to announce our winners from Contest #3 and our Random Blogger!
We had cards sent in my Therese Malak and Diane Armstrong, both submitted one Chapel Road and one Class Act. That was all of the entries for the Contest, so naturally they’re both winners! Beautiful cards, though, I really must say! Here they are below for fame and fortune. They’re also up on our website. Both ladies are going to be receiving a brand spankin’ new Class Act stamp that hasn’t been released to the public yet! Only I have had the pleasure of playing with them, so I hope you guys do something fun, too!....and maybe show me? Hehe
Anyways – I need you two lovelies to e-mail me with your address so I can send you off your prize!
All you others - get moving on the next contest for your chance to win win win!!
Our Random Blogger is Maria Vanderform! This was just a random drawing of our bloggers that have followed us to date! Just a thank-you for keeping me company! So, Maria, please send me your address as well!!
Dun dun dah dunnnnnnn!!!!
Diane Armstrong uses Chapel Road's 'Maple Leaves."
Therese Malak uses one of Chapel Road's "Small Poems" images!
Therese Malak uses Class Act's "Old Car" (very original - IIIIII know....) image!
Diane Armstrong uses Class Act's "Girl With Bonnet" image (my goodness...I just love these image names!)
CONGRATULATIONS Diane and Therese! You both made absolutely lovely cards! Andddd I put them all up on the website so that you will become famous...like me...okay not like me, I wouldn't want to be at my level...I'm pretty boring. But you'll be (/are) amazing!! Thanks for your participation, and please send me off your information :-) Maria - you too!!
Thanks everyone!! Looking forward to seeing everyone's next project!!
Friday, September 3, 2010
For those seeking easy access to the website, here it is!!! We're up half an hour early!!!
There is also going to be a prize especially for our bloggers! If you are signed up for our blog by tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am you will be entered to win a Class Act prize! Winner will be announced along with the Contest #3 winners!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This is just going to be a short post, but I want to urrrrrge you to look in the "Ordering" section of the new website tomorrow - I think you'll reallllly like what you see in regards to shipping ;-) And nooooo I'm not telling you now, so don't even think of e-mailing me (although, I would get a good chuckle)! hehehe
Also! When you go to click on an image in this new site, there will be card samples under the image in lieu of a general card gallery. If you make a card with one of our stamps and would like to be featured on the site, send it our way and we'll make sure to give you credit when we put it up!
I think that is all for now....must get back to webbing!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sorry about my hiatus in updating contests...the last two had no entries so I thought I would give it a rest until the website got up and running...ultimate fail!
SO! Due to popular demand...here's the next contest...same as the previous two contests: make an awesome card using a Class Act or Chapel Road Artstamp and send it to us! The winner will receive a FREE Class Act stamp that has yet to be released!
If we get enough entries on this contest I will break the cards/projects up into two seperate categories (one for Class Act stamps, and one for Chapel Road), and then we will have two winners! If we only get a handful of cards, though, we'll keep it all in one category.
The deadline for this contest will be Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 11:00p.m.! E-mail me a picture/scan of your card, please, at Raychel@classact.ca! One card per person per category, please. (i.e. you could submit one entry for Class Act, and one entry for Chapel Road, but not two for Class Act...etc)
!!!!VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Please make sure that you receive an e-mail back from me confirming that I received your cards. Sometimes e-mail can go a little quirky and I wouldn't want anyone to miss out due to errors! :-)
In other news...the website is coming along, and in the next week I can see me dreaming about moving a mouse around on the computer adding image after image. There is still hope to get it done by the end of the month. Bear with our eyes :-) Worst case scenario, we will post everything we have so far, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween stamps - many of which are NEW to the Class Act website! Ohhhhh so excited!!!
I would also like to thank Therese and Diane for helping to bring this blog to life again!
And just to light a little fire under all of you - we already have two entries! Happy Stamping!! I am looking forward to seeing the masterpieces you all create :-)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
There's not much new to report on - I have been slacking in the card making department because things have been so crazy with trying to get the new website up! On average it takes about 5 minutes per image to do, and when you have a couple thousand images...it's painful! Not to mention how my eyes scream madly at me due to the LED exposure...
Carol and I are in a bit of a predicament. We really, really want to release the new site...but we only have about 6 categories of stamps completed on the site. Our main concern right now is Christmas, because it's that time of year that all of you homemade card makers look for some new and exciting Christmas stamps! There are MANY MANY MANY new images that we do not have on the old site...would you guys want us to release the site up until Christmas so that you can see what peeks your fancy? We would then add categories as we complete them throughout the month of August.
Leave a comment or send me an email at Raychel@Classact.ca and tell me your thoughts and suggestions! I'd love to hear what you have to say! :-)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
There's quite a bit to report on from a very busy weekend here at Class Act!
The new website is almost finished being created!!! - now, don't go and get TOO excited...we still have to put all of our stamps on it, which is going to be a lot of work but we're going to get it done A.S.A.P.! Promise!
Aside from that, Carol and I went head-to-head with our so called "craft room" (known by friends and family as the "junk room," "messy room," and the ever-famous "what the heck is that room for, anyways?" I had spent most of yesterday working on cards (Yes! Me, working on cards again - maybe this blog is good for me, afterall!), and somehow managed to find everything I needed. However, I guess everything is lookin'-up-Raychel because she even gave me my own corner, complete with cabinet to put all of MY craft stuff! WOOOO!! Life is good.
I thought I would share my creations with you - and, you, my very special bloggers, are going to be getting a sneak peek at some of Class Act's brand new stamps that will be released in the very near future!! (pssst...this is just between us, she doesn't know I found her stash of newly pressed ones...teehee)
This was my first work of art! I used Class Act's Calla Lily (FL101L), black Memory inkpad, white glossy paper, brown cardstock, and green cardstock, and Tombow markers. It really took no time, and it looks pretty classy! Tombow markers are my new favourite toy. I never made cards before simply because I hated colouring with pencil crayons. They will change your colouring world!
Monday, July 5, 2010
OH OH OH!!! Exciting news...I got my own e-mail for managing this blog :-) (FINALLY!!) So, my personal e-mail is Raychel@classact.ca. If you have any suggestions on helping me get going on this, send them my way, pretty please :-) Orders and inquiries can still be sent to email@example.com.
When you send in your order, make sure you put your username or e-mail that you used to follow this blog - that will entitle you to the sale! And don't worry - I'll tell her what I did...just after this is posted and logged off of the computer ;-)
Monday, June 28, 2010
"Oh, Raychel, by the way, I told so and so that their orders would be out on Monday."
"Really, Mom, already? That's great!"
"Well, you see...you have to bring it to the post office for me on Monday, if that's okay?."
"Sure thing! Where are they?" - I shouldn't have asked.
They were yet to be completed. I spent my entire weekend in the garage with four machines running at 312 degrees! Have I mentioned that it was perhaps the hottest, most humid weekend we have experienced this summer? At least I may have lost 10 pounds in sweat - andddd on second thought, maybe you guys don't want to hear (or read) about that. Needless to say, YOU'RE WELCOME! :-) I think that that kind of work merits my own firstname.lastname@example.org. I think I will pose that request to the vacationer whenever she gets her butt back to Canada and into the shop.
You know what the worst part of this is? I don't even think anyone reads this blog to date. I also have to get her to change that - pronto!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Just before we kick this thing off, I should probably introduce myself so that you know where this text is going to be coming from for the rest of this blog! My name is Raychel, and I am Carol's daughter :-). For those of you who don't know who Carol is, she is the owner/operator of both Class Act and Chapel Road, and as far as I'm concerned - she's a pretty cool gal!
Now, considering that fact, I can't say that I'm exactly the stamping pro that she is, or likely that many of you are, but it is my job to keep these blogs interesting, humourous, and informative! Come on, I've only lived with a stamp company operating out of my garage since...well, since I can remember. Anyways, Carol does feel confident in my writing abilities - I hope she knows what she's doing...and, also, I hope that you know what you're going to be in for if you continue to read this blog.
Please be forewarned that I have a rather dry, sarcastic sense of humour that I try to weave into almost everything that I write, even if it's not really that funny. That's just one little tidbit that you have to look forward to :-)
I think this is enough for the first post, so until next time!