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Monday, November 30, 2009

And the boxes keep coming ....

Wow, so much has come in this past week ... where to start ???

... oooh ... here comes another box of beads too ... YIKES !! Much unpacking to do !


* Crystal studded silver drops ... now available in 12 colours ... siam, dk siam/garnet, amethyst, emerald, clear, peridot, sapphire, light sapphire, rose, lt aqua, dark aqua, topaz. I believe they are all the crystal birthstone colours. They make stunning earrings !!

* Metal ... new charms, Christmas charms, toggles, magnetic clasps, tubes, cones - large & small, multi strand clasps, bead frames, rings, oval loops, square frames, end pieces, chandelier earring parts, fancy earring hooks, metal pendant pieces, bead pins for pendants, more ...
The "Bead Pin Pendant" is really fun ... it is a long pin with a ball on each end. One ball twists of so you can add beads, then screw the end back on. Add it to a chain and you have a pendant made up of your favourite beads. AND, it can easily be changed !! Fun way to show off a collection of special beads !!
Don't forget the Preciosa Crystal special that is on ... bags of 40 4mm bicones are $3.99 and , if you buy 5, you'll get another free !! Great deal for all those beautiful pieces you want to make for Christmas gifts !!



oooh, this is so nice ... I have the entire collection of VERY MERRY. It is really cute and comfy cozy homey. It will make you think of childhood Christmases. The paper is 2 sided and is only $1 per sheet. The designs include music, snowflakes, candies, gingerbread mean, the text of "The Night Before Christmas" , and beautiful snowy houses. There are also LOTS of accessories to use with it.

** large adhesive letters, adhesive shape stickers, adhesive labels, adhesive words & tags, adhesive mini letters ( black on teal for a real vintage feel), cards in 9 pks or individually (BINGO cards with SANTA or MERRY, children's' book illustrations, Santa's lists, recipe cards, and old fashioned Christmas cards) , and FLASHCARD BOOKS. These are great - 10 preprinted pages and 2 covers along with a ring. The pages are preprinted with words ... merry, cookies, tree, tinsel ... etc ... You will love this line !!

I also have some other October Afternoon product lines ...

** FARM FRESH ... 8x8 paper pad, word stickers, label stickers, cards, rub ons ( great for recipe books !!), and Flashcard Books ( with words like " grow, simple, family, good ...)

** REPORT CARD ... 8x8 paper pads, word and label stickers*, cards.

** ALPHABET CARDS ... each card has a letter on it and a word that begins with that letter as well as a sentence using the word . The illustrations are in the style of vintage children's books.

* I love using Label Stickers for journaling spots in mini albums.

WINTER FUN by Stamping Station

This is a fun paper line in pretty reds & blues. The paper itself is glossy and thick. There are 3 designs ... Red Swirl, Dark Blue Snowflake, Stripes. There is also a series of stickers that co-ordinate . Hockey, Ice Skating, Sledding, Snow Boarding, and Snow Fun. Great for winter layouts of your kids !

MAKING MEMORIES MISTLETOE RESTOCK ...I have SOME of this paper in stock again ... Green Glittered Music, Argyle, Mistletoe (this one is new !!), and the diecut Icon Stripe. The cardinal paper is completely sold out. Lucky you if you got some !!

...INKS ... Versa Fine mini Cubes in 5 colours, Versa Magic Dew Droop chalk inks, more

Distress Inks in Pine Needles and Broken China, Ink Potion No.9 blending

solution, more Walnut Ink Sprays in 6 more colours as well as Stamp Cleaner

and Stamp Scrubbers

... STICKLES ... great colours for Christmas ...cherry ice, candy cane, copper, gold,

silver, holly, patina, diamond, eucalyptus, waterfall, ruby slippers, fired brick,

coming next week ... Christmas Red, crystal, icicle, stardust, rock candy

... STAMPS ... Inkadinkadoo : Christmas Collage, Winter Pine, Wreath, Sleigh (all wood

mounted) , Basic Grey : Cup of Tea , Unity Stamp Company (wood mounted) :

Flowers, Giggle Trees, Trees in a Row, Numbers, My Cup of Tea

... PUNCHES ... fern, pine, holly by McGill and cardinal and Christmas bulb by Fiskars

...Nestabilities ...Ssnowflakes, Christmas Trees, Embossing plate - Impressabilities Flourish

...Cuttlebug ... Lace Tree folder

... Kaiser Craft ... Birthday Card Rub ons, Thank You Card Rub ons, as well as other rub ons.

... odds'n'ends ... Memory Glass 1x1 and 2x2 for Christmas tree ornaments, small papier mache boxes ready to be covered and embellished, beautiful felt angels from Hero Arts, and Bazzill boxes of 45 cards and matching envelopes .... folded and ready to be decorated ... only $18.99 ... that's less than 43 cents per card AND envelope !!

After looking after a stray mother cat & her kittens this summer, then finding them all homes ... the last one with us ... I have been thinking a lot about CAPS and other groups that do so much for these little creatures. I wanted to find a way to help ... but how ? I don't like donation cans or pledge cards ... I don't like to ask for money ... BUT I do like to bake !! So one week a month, here at the store, I will have big fat yummy cookies or cupcakes or something delicious , all nicely packaged up, for sale for a toonie donation to CAPS or another posted charity. All the money from the treats will go to them to help them out with their good work.What do you think ?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thursday Update !

Okay ... this is a quick one ... it has been a crazy week (dead computer, new hard drive, cloning all my files/accounts/programs, catching cats and kittens , tons of orders to send, a new kitten, vet appointment, ...yada yada yada ...) and I am trying to plow through a HUGE order of beads. The box isn't all that big but, judging by the attached bill, there is a lot in that box !! So I don't have much time to blog - I need to get things done !!
ohh ... here comes Purolator with another box ...
I have several more boxes arriving this week or early next week so there will be lots and lots of new things to enjoy.
Here's a quick photo of some of the new semi-precious beads ... love them !
And here is some GREAT crystal news ... I have a whole heap load of Preciosa crystals. They are 4mm bicones in bags of 40 and they are on sale for ... (drumroll) ... $3.99 !!! Yep, that's right !! ( that's only 10 cents each !!!) I bought LOTS so I could get a good price to pass on to all of you Christmas jewelry makers. And ... because I am so darned happy today ... I am offering you another deal !! Buy 5 bags and get a 6th FREE !!! Yes, FREE !!! How sweet it is !!! And I also have 6mm in bags of 36 for $4.99 ... less than 14 cents each !!!
So stop in and check it all out for yourself !! See you next week with a BIG update ... and hopefully some Christmas projects ...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It is Thursday again ... ALREADY !!

The weeks are flying by ... where does it go ?

Well some of the time is gobbled up by unpacking NEW STUFF !!!!

Beads !!

New semi precious : charoite, snakeskin jasper, coral, Mexican petrified wood, chocolate jasper, turquoise, citrine, tiger eye, rainbow fancy jasper, moonstone, denim lapis, red spot jasper.

I have large pieces of some, chips, rounds, faceted rounds in 6mm and 8mm ... lots of variety. I also just finished an order for next week for several new semi precious collections. mmm ... really pretty !

Glass cabochon pendants ... I forgot to mention these a few weeks ago ... small $1.99 and large are $3.50. Just add a chain and you have an instant Christmas gift !!

Christmas Tree & Snowman Earring Kits ... there will be more in stock this week.

Agate ... these are the large polished pendant pieces ... they are selling quickly so you should grab what's left if you want more. They are not something I can get more of.


NEW SWAROVSKI : 3 new colours available in bicones & briolettes. Cyclamen ( a beautiful purple), Greige ( a taupey grey - nice neutral), metallic light gold crystal x2 (antique metallic colour). All very nice !! I can just see them all together in a bracelet ... !!!

BOXES ... the jewelry gift boxes should arrive this week !! Also in the order are tags & dumbbell ring tags.

In the next 2 weeks watch for ... new BEAUTIFUL semi-precious , Preciosa crystals by the bag for great price deals, new charms, Christmas charms, more Swarovski crystals ( the rack is looking pretty empty ...), and whatever else I can find that sparkles !! I hope to keep cleaning out the trays & boxes as well ... and that means end-of-the-line sales !!

Paper !!

New CRICUT Cartridges !!!
Winter Woodland - this will cut a 3D village ... I only have one and it is sold but I can I can special order for you for $85.

And IN STOCK ... mini cartridges for $29 each !!! Snowfriends (cuts 10 different snowmen and outfits !), When It's Cold Outside (cuts 45 different snowflakes and 3D snowflakes) , Very Merry Tags ( cuts 50 different holiday tags) . How great is that ?!


Punches, stamps, cardstock, glues, paper mache boxes just waiting to be covered in festive paper !!
My Mind's Eye : Be Loved paper kits.
Dream Street Papers : Merry & Bright
Jillibean Soup : Christmas paper
Bazzill Varnished paper : Holly Flourish on Ivy paper.
Websters : Petite Papers : Home for the Holidays + Winters Wings and Postcards from Paris + Sweet as Cherry Pie as well as tags, letters, etc...

Also some fun little albums : Grunge book by Tim Holtz, mini Christmas tree & cocktail glass albums, and a Maya Road clear acrylic mitten album.

MORE advent calendar box kits !!!

And here's a box of punches and SMOOCH Spritz waiting to be unpacked ...
And here is a little album I made with Pink Paislee "Mistletoe & Co." paper and a Melissa Frances Envelopes & Tag Book (only $4.99!!). The Christmas season is just that - a whole season. So I am going to record the 25 Days of Christmas in this little album ... so I can remember all the fun things that we did during the month. Each page is actually a little pocket with a double sided tag inside. I can add a photo or recipe to the tag and journalling on the pocket. Fun !!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thursday November 12th UPDATE !!

More new things !!!
*** Well ... unfortunately , due to the holiday on Wednesday, the "Bead Truck" has not arrived !! It will be here later in the week so I'll show you the new things next week !!***
Hambly Screen Prints Paper - bold graphic designs. Fun & Funky !!
New "Life Stories" paper kits from My Mind's Eye - great vintage style. And also Corrugated Letters from JilliBean Soup - fun !!
Mini Decks from Cosmo Cricket for the new series "Nutmeg" and "Earth Love". These are great for cards as well as scrapbooking because the patterns are shrunk down ! So cute !!
New stamps : 7 Gypsies, We R Memory Keepers, Bella Blvd , as well as paint by Claudine Hellmuth ... I only brought in a few colours to see how it goes but will get more if there is interest in it ! I also have the Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Peeled Paint" back in stock -it is the most beautiful olive colour.
New flowers from PRIMA : beautiful Sultan gems and Sequin flowers as well as Winston Jewel Box Leaves. I also have Mulberry Flowers from Petaloo in great Christmas colours. There are some new items from Memory Keepers in their Vintage Finding line : velvet flowers ( they would look great with Graphic 45 paper !!), tickets, and Word Fetti stickers. I used some of their Word Fetti on my advent box and it was great. There are all kinds of words that can simply be stuck on , either alone or in groups. Really fun to use !
Adhesive Titles from Doodlebug ... only $1 each ! And more glitter for the adhesive rub-ons.
CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL by Kaiser Craft. Isn't this cute ?! Really happy paper in cheerful colours !! Only $1 sheet. The rub-ons are great too - and they come in a reusable little zippered pouch.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL ribbon from Maya Road - velvet scalloped ricrac. Scrumptious !! Also a Cuttlebug folder ... with more new ones on their way as well as some smaller Cricut Cartridges !! Punches. 7 Gypsies Seam Binding. Maya Road : sheer 2010 calendars (these are in limited numbers so don't wait !!) and a Mini Christmas tree Book as well as 5x7 Tabbed Binders. Adhesive Felt Trim from Queen & Co.
ScorPal tape ... this is my favourite tape. It is REALLY sticky. You know how discouraging it is to do a layout or a nice card and then have a piece fall off ? Well, that won't happen with ScorPal tape. I have carried it for quite a while but now I have some wider options including 1/2" , 6x6 sheets, and 1.5" wide. Now, you may be asking "Why on earth would you want 1.5" tape?". Let me tell you ! If you make any kind of altered art, covered objects, etc... this is what you want. It will adhere larger pieces of paper & heavier objects. The tape is the perfect width to adhere the notepad I showed a few weeks ago to the paper cover. The notepad is a bit heavy and it isn't going anywhere !! I love it and use it for all my projects now. You can even punch designs out of the wider tape, glitter them, and then adhere them to projects. Perfect !
A few other new items ...
charm packs (Christmas & sea life themes), 12x12 kraft cardstock.

OOPS ! Almost forgot ! I also have We R Memory Keepers Ring Binder Page Inserts. They come in 10 packs and I have 2 different packs. They are great if you have A TON of photos ... you can scrap a strip and then add lots of photos. There are various size pockets in the pages. One package has sheets with a 4x12 pocket and 4-4x6 pockets. The other pack is an assorted package that has the following:
1 12x12 sheet
2 sheets 6- 4x6
1 sheet 6 - 6x4
1 sheet 3 - 4x6, 2 - 6x4, 1 - 12x2
1 sheet 4 - 4x6, 1 - 8x6
1 sheet 3 - 4x6, 1 - 12x6
1 sheet 4 - 4x6, 1 - 4x12
1 sheet 3 - 6x4, 1 - 6x12
1 sheet 9 - 4x4
Phew ... that was a lot of typing !! Anyway, as you can see, you could scrap AND stow a lot of photos, and each page would be an interesting format.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thursday November (???) Yes, NOVEMBER !! the 5th

The parcels are just rolling in so I don't have much yet for photos & details, but as the week goes on I will. I have a box of scrapbooking stuff right now that I am unpacking ... punches, stamps, charms, glue sticks & pens, tape, brads, Cosmo Cricket Mini Decks in Nutmeg and Earth Love, JilliBean Soup corrugated craft letters, Hambly screen prints paper ... I am expecting a box of beads later this week or maybe next week before it arrives. I do have some Christmas Tree Earring Kits again but they won't last long !! Next week I will have the snowman earrings(pearl and crystal) again as well as more trees. I also have a good selection of glass cabochon pendants in various sizes & colours. Nice QUICK Christmas gifts !!!There is also another box of scrapbooking supplies making its way here but it's ETA is next Tuesday ... that is the box with the Karen Foster Advent calendars among other things.
Here is a sample advent calendar I made up this week ... a really fun project and, once I stopped following the directions and just did it , easy & quick !! I have 8 coming in and many of them are spoken for, so let me know if you want one too !!
Have a great week and hope to see you !!
P.S. If you leave a question in the comments I will answer you in the comments section. Thanks !!