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Monday, December 27, 2010

Getting ready for the New Year !!

Hello !
Well Christmas is done ! And it is time to clear all this Christmas stuff out and bring in wonderful new things !!! Soooo ... all Christmas themed stock is 25% off this week only. Then it will be packed away. So get it this week !!
What does that include ? Well, stamps, patterned paper, embellishments, rub ons,borders, embossing plates, cutting dies, punches, Christmas bling appliques, Christmas beads & bells, accessories, kits (including crystal earring kits).
It doesn't include charms, glimmer paints/mists, "neutral" bling, plain cardstock, glitter, or ribbon. Nor does it apply to items already reduced or on lay away. Or anything that is just red or green !!! LOL ! But there is lots that will be on sale ! Drop in, stock up for next year, and then get ready for some WONDERFUL new product in the New Year !!!!

* Winner of the Card Challenge - Melissa. Congrats !!!

Open : Thursday 10 -5
Friday (New Year's Eve) 10-2
Closed Saturday January 1st.
Back to normal next week !!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is it !

Hi Folks !

How could I forget ??! I have a whole bunch of brand new just released embossing folders and diecut forms from Sizzix/Basic Grey. Many are Christmas & winter. They have JUST arrived. I will unpack them today and get them out for this week . Better late then never !!!
They are REALLY cute ... maybe the cutest ones out this season ...
Embossing plates include : holly, ornaments, stripes, plaid, snowflakes, scallops, peppermint twists, poinsettias, reindeer and more !! The dies are "JOY", ornaments & NOEL, snowflakes, an adorable snowman with lots of detail, holly & berries, and a Christmas flower. Really cute !!! Priced from $6.49 to $14.99 for the dies and $13.99 for a set of 2 embossing plates. I think you'll love them !!!
Well, this is it ... the last few days before Christmas. I'll be glad to hit the New Year ... there are tons of great new things and a million ideas in my head so I can't wait to get all this holiday stuff out of the way and get on with it !!! (Can you tell I'm not a Christmas fan ?? lol !)
Anyway, I wish you all the best - enjoy whatever it is you do for the holidays, take time to count your blessings, and maybe try a little Random Act of Kindness. And whatever spirit of the season you feel, keep it going ! Let's spread joy year round !

I will be open Thursday as usual and Friday until 2pm. Closed Saturday - although that may not surprise you !!! And the same thing next week.
Drop in for some holiday chatter !!!

Have a great one !

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Is Christmas REALLY next week ??

Wow ... where did that come from ?? I was working on orders for Christmas products when I realized - HEY !!! It's next week !!! I can't believe it. So I seriously edited my orders ... won't need Christmas product week after next !!! So ... this week will be the last Christmas kit ... after this it could be ANYTHING (and I'm excited about that !!) ! The kits are $5 and include supplies to make all 3 cards.
Here is this week's kit ... 3 cards ... this would be a great stocking stuffer even for someone who has never made cards before. Buy them some adhesive, maybe a Stickles, and this kit and they will be on the road to card making !!
*Please note : some of the kits will have a different tag for the cream coloured card on kraft. I only received part of my order but I have substituted some lovely Winter tags. **
** I have 5 of the Christmas Planner kits ... found the folders in my workroom so I cut the papers and put the kits together ... let me know if anyone wants one. $5 each. See Week 5 (October 6th) for photo. These kits are all made with different papers so there is a good variety.
I will also have lots of new beads unpacked by Thursday ... and some mixes as well. I am in the store today because I can't make samples & kits at home IN THE DARK after the big wind storm so I am hopefully going to get some great bags of bead mixes done up for gift giving and future projects ! Any beader would be thrilled to get a beautiful themed assortment for Christmas !
I also have more of these wonderful modern style tree earrings...
Photobucket ... sorry about the blurry picture ... they aren't blurry in real life !!! AND , if the power is back on tonight, I will have some wonderful angels as well ... smaller versions of the crystal big angel pendants that sold out so quickly. Fingers crossed !!!
So, I guess I'm off for now - Christmas scrapbooking stock to be put out as well as bead mixes to be mixed !! Remember, this Saturday is the deadline for the card contest ... get your card in for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate.
I should also give you my hours for the next few weeks ...
Thursday December 23 ..... 10-5
Friday December 24 ( Christmas Eve) ........... 10-2
Saturday December 25 ........... closed
Thursday December 30 ....... 10-5
Friday December 31 (New Year's Eve) ....... 10-2
Saturday January 1 ........ closed
After that ... BACK TO NORMAL !!!! Thank goodness !!
Stop in this week to see what's new, pick up your kits, get a few stocking stuffers or gift certificates, and maybe enjoy a treat !!! See you !!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Little Add-on to this Weeks post ...

Here's a little add-on ... I've been unpacking stock so just thought I would let you know what I've added so far ...

* 7 Gypsies Christmas Wrap paper tape & matching stamps. Also the 12 Days of Christmas ATC cards.

* Inkadinkadoo stamp sets (friendship, dreams, trees, etc...) for $1.99 ... great stocking stuffers !

* Blender Pens from Inkadinkadoo.

* Tonic Cutters - in several different sizes & styles

* Cropadiles ... wonderful tool !!

* Fluorishes stamps - vintage Christmas postcard set, snowman set

* Ranger Perfect Pearls and Liquid Pearls

* Inks !! Ranger Distress Inks, Stazon in several colours, VersaFine Inks, Alcohol inks

* spools and spools of ribbon - perfect for cards !!

* Lady Bug beads

* tiny crystal angel earring kits with multiple choices for wing colours

* Ranger Matte Multi Medium, Glossy Accents and Crackle in small bottles.

* Maya Road Star Trinket pins as well as the brown & aqua leaf pins.

* Martha Stewart snowflake punches.

* Tim Holtz Facets, paper tapes - seasonal & hobgoblin, , Seasonal Paper Stash, Salvage Stickers - seasonal & others, Charm Clips

* Ranger red Wonder Tape

* stamp blocks in all sorts of sizes !!

* American Crafts This-to-That foam dots - packs of multiple sizes !

*Prima flowers - gorgeous holly & sparkly flowers, crystals & lace adhesive embellishments

* American Crafts - metallic & glittered paper

* and even more !!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Boxes Boxes Boxes !!

Did Santa move his workshop to my back room ??!! I think he did - or is at least using it as a warehouse !! There has been so many parcels arrive here in the last few weeks it will be next year before I get them all unpacked (ha ha!!) !!

Anyway, that is good news for all of us ... that means that when the hubbub of Christmas is over, there won't be a big boring craft lull. No way ! There will be a full on onslaught of new products, new ideas, and fun techniques and projects !

Have you seen this ? This is my charm spinner and it is FULL of amazing things !! Check it out - beaders & scrapbookers ! There are charms, findings, odd bits, lots of little project pieces. And because I am now using this I was able to empty many many trays and make more space for more beads !! All good !

So let's see what's new this week ...


* more new Swaorvski Helios crystals in smaller sizes - the first batch sold out in no time !!

* lots of chain necklaces ... ready to be quickly made into wonderful gifts !
* Katiedids - these are great metal "frames" that you string beads into. Hard to explain but not hard to do !! They come in stick forms, donuts, and pendants. You simply insert a stringing wire or head/eyepin through the top hole, add beautiful beads, and then out the bottom hole. Ta Da ! A beautiful custom made bead filled piece !!

* ladybug beads
* beautiful strands of fire polished & machine cut crystal beads. Lovely !!

* more hemp ! Lots of colours & sizes !!

* findings : restocked on crimps, crimp covers (YAY!), head & eye pins, jump rings, earring pieces, lots more !!

* more charms and interesting findings

* earring cards are back in stock !!

* and so are jewelry boxes in various sizes ... earring size , bracelet, necklace or set size.

* more Beadalon pinch bails and earring forms. Lots of fun !!

* more tools, display pieces, bags.

No promises ... but ... tonight I am going to try to make a few Katiedids as well as a few rings/pendants for samples. Here's hoping !!


* Great news !! In my unpacking I found some more of the "Tinsel and Twig" series from the Paperie Girls. This has sold out twice and I now have another 100+ sheets !!! This is the series that has the music paper that everyone has been wanting !! Get it quickly !!
* One of my new favourite things ! "Design Adhesives" by Clearsnap. These things are awesome !! They are sheets of adhesive designs (hmm ... maybe that's where the name comes from !) that you simply apply to your card or page. Peel of the backing, press onto the paper, peel off the top paper, add glitter or embossing powder, shake off the extra - DONE !!! A beautiful sparkly - or fuzzy - design with very little effort ! You can even add part of the design, do it one colour, then add the next part and use another colour ! Magnificent !! They come in packs of 4 sheets of the same designs but I'll open them up so that you can have a variety . They also make foil sheets so that you can do the designs in foil. No end to the possibilities ! A simple card will really come to life with a little glittered snowflake or word. I also have other non holiday designs.
Here is a card that I made really quickly last night ... doesn't take much !!
(maybe a too quickly ... I missed a few spots !!)
(the snowflake and word "peace" on the sample card are done using the Design Adhesives)

* more little stamps

* refills on cardstock

* more inks

* Ranger alcohol inks

**I have some great cutters in stock as well as a Cuttlebug - all great Christmas gifts !! The Cuttlebug comes with a set of cutting dies and embossing plates for $74.99 ... the newly redesigned Cuttlebugs will be $120+ ... this would be a great deal !!!

This week's kit is 5 little gift cards. They are fairly simple and would be easy to duplicate in quantity if you needed a whole bunch of gift tags. The aqua tag uses the Design Adhesives snowflakes that I described above. Quick fun little projects. The kit is $5 but I have a limited number so let me know if you want one & can't get in right away !

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Clean up !!

Hello !

This week has been all about clean up - and more clean up !!! Michelle & I have sorted through most of the bead trays, cleaned them out, washed them, and refilled them. And what a job !!! AT the end of this third day, I can almost see the end ... of the tables we have done !! But it looks great and is a great start. The findings have been moved to the counter by the window to try to alleviate the "gridlock'" that occurs at the back. The crystals are all on one table. The other big table has been completely cleaned up and all the odds have been bagged up and greatly reduced in price. It is looking good !!

So ... check the bins - there are some great bargains on the "last of a kind" beads !!

And check out the new things - like Christmas beads & bells - so cute !!! ( we had lots of oohs and aahs as we unpacked them !!) There are also lots of new charms, some new animal & theme beads, and more findings. The curved tube beads are back in stock - a reason to rejoice !!

There will be more beads and beautiful crystal studded spacers next week. I will also have the ordinary things restocked by then - crimps, covers, wire, etc... That will probably be my last order before Christmas ... it's coming quickly.

In "Paper World" it looks a lot like Christmas - the first room is full of holiday paper, stamps, and punches. This really is the last Christmas paper I will have in - I said that last week but I was surprised by another order !!! So, if you want Christmas supplies, get them now. When they are gone ... they're gone !!
The last kit of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas series is also ready this week. And, by popular choice, it is a card kit ! There are 3 cards in the package , one in a romantic style using Melissa Frances paper and two more using We R Memory Keepers in a more bright cheerful style. For those of you who bought kits 10 or more weeks, I will have a little free kit for you next week !

*Please note that the Melissa Frances card in the photo uses a rub-on while the card has a stamped image. I have MF rub-ons for sale if you prefer it.*

Also, if you are enjoying the kits , they will continue !! I will have a little kit every week ... cards, notebooks, mini album, jewelry ... anything !!

I have decided to leave the Sizzix & Cuttlebug sale on this week ... save 20% on the cutting dies and the multi packs of embossing plates. Great savings and lots of new stock !!

Coming in the next few weeks - loads of great new products from Ranger and Tim Holtz. Oh! The fun we will have with these things !!!

And now ... what about the back counter where the findings used to be ? It will soon be "The ARTIST'S FLEA MARKET". There will be all sorts of treasures that could be used by jewelry makers and scrapbookers ... as well as general crafters. PhotobucketPhotobucket
Right now you will find a whole series of new findings to make jewelry using PAPER and other goodies. There are FAB rings and pendants with deep openings - fill them with beautiful patterned papers, squeeze out some Glossy Accents on top and *voila* - a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry !!! I will try to get some samples done in the next few weeks. They are going to be amazing !!! AND ... Glossy Accents now comes in small bottles for those who just wish to make a few pieces.

Well, I must go so I can finish cleaning up the tables and do up a jump ring tray ... have a great week and hope to see you !!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And here's another week !!!

Hello everyone !!

Well it's been another busy busy week ... and that sure makes time fly !! Hard to believe it will be December next week .


I spent Sunday unpacking boxes - 6 of them !! - and I felt like a kid at Christmas. I oohed and aahed, I squealed, I was thrilled at what was in those boxes !! Some of it will have to wait a few weeks - there is NO ROOM !!! But some of it was Christmas paper. Last week I said that there would be no more holiday paper BUT ... I was wrong !!! I completely forgot about the 2 lines that came in last week. SO I now have We R Memory Keepers "White Christmas" and Melissa Francis "Home for the Holidays". Both lines are really cute ... WRMK includes some really cute tags and the MF line has stickers, resin trees, candy canes, tiny little tags in envelopes, and great rub ons.

I also unpacked TONS of Sizzix and Cuttlebug ... and then yesterday I cut & embossed like a mad woman !! I have samples of 30+ embossing plates and cutting dies ... come in and see what they look like !! Photobucket
I have also decided to open up some of the multi packs of plates and sell them individually. So buy just one if you want or buy the pack for an even better price. And to sweeten the deal, THIS WEEK ONLY, the multi packs will be 20% off !!! But only for this week and only on the multi packs. Great new designs for the holidays ... great deal on price ... get 'em now !!

Also new ... MORE mini Christmas stamps, new Stickles, small bottles of Ranger Glossy accents ( an excellent glue !!), and Crackle, more ink pads, more Stickles, more embossing, ribbon, punches, and just MORE of so much !!

The Twelve Weeks of Christmas - Week 11

This week's kit is another card trio ... I can take a hint - I know what you all like best !!

The cards use Pink Paislee and JilliBean Soup papers.
Photobucket There is only one rectangular Santa card in the kit but it will have one of these two backgrounds ... just so you know ... !!

I have also made some samples using the Melissa Francis Christmas paper ...
and another one using the wonderful snowflake cling stamps from Hero Arts. I really like their seasonal tree stamps too ... may be my next project !

Here's a card using scraps of the Paperie Girls Christmas paper ... inspired by K Werner Design Blog.

** I have more of the Challenge kits. And I hope to have about 2o more Holiday Organizer kits available ... let me know if you want one !


Today I unpack beads. I have a whole huge bag of strands of 8mm round glass beads in gorgeous colours. There are strands of beautiful glass beads from India for only $1.99 ... semi precious beads, white heart beads, lots of new bead caps, new elastic cords, more bookmarks, ... just more !! And work continues on re-arranging and re-organizing the beads & findings to make everything neat, orderly, and easy to find !! It's going to be great !!

( And those VERY popular TUBE beads for the bracelets should be here next week ... FINALLY !!!)

Well, I guess that's all for now ... I need to get unpacking & pricing ... hope to see you all !!

P.S. Thursday & Friday will be Cookies for C.A.P.S. ... the last for this year ! Also I have CAPS calendars here for sale - just $10. They make a great gift for animal lovers !!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

tim holtz - rosette ... a little video to explain how to ...

Here is a video from Tim Holtz showing how to assemble his wonderful rosettes. They are in this week's kit ! I also have the dies for sale. Enjoy !!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

EXTREME list !!

okay ... my pictures are a little crazy ... here , there, big, small ... not sure what I was doing !!! But I am just trying to ...git' er done !!! Enjoy !!
Hello !

In order to give you a good idea of what's new I decided I would just list stuff as I put it out ... so here goes !!!

* hundreds of new ceramic beads - awesome colours - sizes from 8 mm round to GINORMOUS shapes.
* new charms including more Christmas Charms
(Check out our new Charm Display ... all grouped in like groups, clearly priced, and easy to see !!)
* CRYSTALS and MORE CRYSTALS ... beautiful AB2X Swarovski crystals in various colours, sizes, and shapes ... Helsinki crystals - a very inexpensive option ... more of the crystal studded drops ( make fabulous earrings !) ... Swarovski cubes, oats, and pears ...
Here is a necklace made with some of the new ABx2 crystals and a nice bronze chain. So sparkly !!!
* Swarovski new Fall 2010 colours - Sunflower and Silver Night
*Swarovski WILD HEARTS in 3 sizes . These are their new pendants & they are beautiful. They are really a casual crystal ( that sounds funny !!) and look amazing just strung on a cord or leather.
* Swarovski Helios ... a lovely long oval pendant
* Check the rack by the door ... I've added lots of strands of beads at great prices in beautiful colours - opal pink, cobalt blue, shimmery orange ...

* Funky Swarovski crystal tree earrings & pendants, and Large Angel pendants. Beautiful !! I love these new designs.
Her's a little photo of all the trees, angels, and snowmen available this year ... so much sparkle !!
* new prices on Tierra Cast Charms ... LOWER PRICES that is !!! These charms were $1.99 and are now from $1 to $1.50. A few of the newer bigger charms are $1.99 but they are amazing ... Buddha heads !!!

Week 10 Kit of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas !!

Please note : I only have 20 kits this week so let me know if you want one !! Thanks !

It's a banner !!! The kit is , as usual, $5 and includes all the supplies.The paper is from The Paperie Girls "Tinsel & Twig".
Here's a close up ..

* lots more ribbon and some flat back fused pearls
* 5" tape ... WHOA !!!! You could tape or glitter anything !!
* Martha Stewart Punches ... beautiful !!
* Paper - Lots of Christmas Paper !! -
"Tinsel & Twig" from the Paperie Girls ... country red, cream, and a shot of beautiful vibrant green. I love it !! There is a design for everyone !! Florals, sheet music, ledger paper, stripes, polka dots, patchwork ... you name it. All in a wonderful vintage style ! The collection also includes beautiful flowers - crepe & tinsel, velvet & sheer, and paper ... very vintage Christmas and so lovely !! (paper $1.25 sheet)Photobucket
" Christmas Village" from TPC Studios ... fun designs. Glittery snow roofed houses, fat snowmen, and holiday words. The backs of the sheets are fun polka dots and plaids. A really cute accessory is the Snow globe Stickers ... they are 3D and you can shake the sparkly snow !! (Glittered paper $1.40 sheet, regular paper $1 per sheet)
" Father Christmas" from Pink Paislee ... very Victorian and very pictorial. This would be gorgeous for scrapbooking although the smaller images & backgrounds would be great for cards too. The line includes punch out tags and the 6x6 paper pads.
" Yuletide" and "Glad Tidings" from K&Co.... oh my. Beautiful lush paper in deep rich colours. There are 2 lines - "Yuletide" and "Glad Tidings". Each line has a 12x12 paper pad made up of 2 sided paper. The cost is $15.99 for a 36 page pad ... that's less than 45 cents per sheet. The other pad is specialty paper ... foiled, glittered, etc ... and that pad is $19.99 for 28 sheets ... an amazing 72 cents per sheet. Those papers are usually over $1.50 per sheet. And then ... the add ons ! There are several different packages of 3D stickers (they would MAKE a card !!) and they sell for $4.99 package. The designs include Santas, trees, birds, poinsettias, etc ... Lovely !!
"Jillibean Soup" ... this is a great casual paper that would be great for scrapping or cards. It is a Kraft background . There are 2 designs - one has mittens all over the page in reds, olives, pinks, whites, and browns. The other is snowflakes in reds, white, & browns. Really nice quality paper !
I think this may be the last of the Christmas papers this season ... so don't wait too long !! Many of the other lines have quickly sold out !!
Also ...
*magazines & books ... Holiday Cards Vol 5, Interactive Cards, Iris Folding for Christmas
* stamps : Impression Obsession and Penny Black
* Queen & Co. felt borders ... put them on your pages, cut them up for cards ... lots of uses !!
And tonight I will go home & make the challenge kits for November/December ... hmmm ... must think about that one !!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Little tiny Week !!

Hi everyone !!

This week is really short because of being closed Remembrance Day so I have decided to leave the Week 10 Kit until next week . This week I am in here unpacking , unpacking, unpacking ... you get it , and at home working on samples & kits. I am also reorganizing the beads and hoping to gain space somewhere !!
I will also get the challenge ready for NEXT week.
So I will keep unpacking, moving, reorganizing, and hopefully I'll see you all Friday !!

Have a great week ... and get ready for lots of new eye candy !!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Here it is November !!! Wow!!

Yep, November ... already !! And it is Week 9 in the Twelve Weeks of Christmas ...already !!

So let's get right to what's new !!

BEADS : once again ... three more boxes to add to the 2 from last week. So I will keep plugging. Next week I hope to get the "Bead Beast" under control !!!
** Sparkling Crystal Christmas Angel Earrings ... so pretty !! They come in clear, clear AB, clear with red wings, and clear with green wings. Small, sparkly, and so pretty !
( I tried to take a picture but none of them turned out ... you'll have to see them in person !)

The crystal parts for the clear trees and crystal snowmen haven't arrived yet ... I'm told tomorrow ... so they will be next week. And that is DEFINITE !!! And watch for some new "FuNKy TrEEs". I think they'll be great !

I have plenty of the green - various greens - trees and also some pearl snowmen. The prices are the same as last year OR LOWER in some cases. The angels are $5 per kit.

Now, I am being asked a lot if I sell the parts separately. (Some think it would be cheaper to buy individual pieces.) No. I don't. Here's why ...

1. They would not be cheaper ... I order just what I need in HUGE quantities to keep the kit prices lower . Because I can calculate exact quantities I can get what I need and not worry about extra stock. Keeps the price down. If I were to buy them to sell individually, I would buy smaller packages and they would cost more.

2. I don't need to worry about any missing beads, beads scooting around the floor, miscounted beads, mixed up beads, or broken pieces like I do the beads sold separately ... that all pushes the price up.

3. People would probably need help picking out all the pieces that they need for each project ... and sometimes its too busy and people would be disappointed. I don't like to disappoint people. This way, everything is ready and bagged up for each project. Quick !!

4. There are roughly 100 different parts ... I don't have the room !!!

5. Some pieces are too small so they would only be available in bags ... a bit of a drag if you only want two !!

6. I just find an average price for each part - all the various colours have different prices. It all averages out for me in the end. But individually they would all be different prices ... YIKES !!

7. I do give 10% off if you buy more than 10 packages, any assortment. That helps if you want to make them for sale.

Hope that helps !!

So keep watching ... there will be tons of new beads, findings, charms, etc... in the next week or two !! Also hoping to get more all inclusive bracelet kits done by the end of the month as well as bead mixes for memory wire bracelets and other projects. AND., I will get the seedbead rack filled up when I can get to the bead cupboard ... yep, it's that bad in there !!
(Confession Time : I took a photo of the 'unpacking room' but when I saw it on the screen , the chaos was even too embarrassing for me to post !! YIKES !!)


* STAMPS - wonderful Christmas stamps - Inkadinkadoo & Hero Arts

* Kaiser Craft - awesome wood cutouts to cover with paper - wonderful wreaths and stockings. I can't wait to make one myself !!

* TONS more Stickles, Glimmer Mist ( I have been Glimmer Misting ALL KINDS of things and I LOVE IT !!), Glim Glam

* Jewels, Bling, all sorts of sparkle for the holidays.

* Embossing Plates - holiday themes - for Cuttlebug, Sizzix

* ink, ink, and more ink

* more ribbon

* and , like the beads, so much stuff still in boxes !!

**I also have more of the Teresa Collins paper - music, diamonds, etc... that we used in the Week 1 gift bag & card. AND, I have 6 more of the Week 1 kits ... let me know if you want one !!!** Have you checked out the JOVIAL paper by Basic Grey - especially the snowmen ?? It is so cute !! ( I used it in this week's card) I have more in stock as well as felt snowmen and a wonderful BIG snowman stamp that goes with it ... it has everything including stick arms, birds, eye glasses, pipes, ... anything that you would need to make a snowman !!

This weeks kit is a card trio ... its usually a card trio but that seems to be what most of you want ... using paper from Basic Grey's Jovial and Kaiser Crafts Tis the Season Collection. The leaves in the kit have been Glimmer Misted ... toned down the too bright green of the leaves and made the white leaf a beautiful coppery colour. (Wait 'til you see the new leaves I am making ... oooo so pretty !!)
And here's something that never happens ... I already have next week's kit designed, sample made, and my cut lists ready ... ahead of the game ... WAHOO !!! Watch for a project using The Paperie Girls' "Tinsel & Twig"- super cute line !!

Coming soon : Tim Holtz's Configurations Shadow Boxes - these will be a blast !!

Next week I will be closed on Thursday for Remembrance Day . I am hoping an extra day to work will get me to the end of the tunnel !!! I really need to re-organize the beads and that takes so long, so - hopefully - this will do it !!! Watch for a "CHARMing Centre" as well as a full crystal table and MANY MORE individual beads, once I free up some trays.
There is also lots more paper & supplies to get unpacked and I think I can do it !!! Some of the new products are really fun !!

Fun things will be happening in beads & paper !!!

oh, and we are at Week 9 ... that means only 3 more weeks. I have had many of you tell me that you'll miss the kits ... SOOOOOO ... guess what ??? I am going to continue having a kit each week !!! It may be just one card or a little album, not sure really , but I will continue having a little project all cut & ready. You will never be without a card or little gift !!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The end of October ???!!!

YIKES !! It's hard to believe that it is almost the end of October - where did it go ??
This week the post will be QUICK (you've heard that too often lately !!) because I would rather get more STUFF unpacked !! So here's a quick overview ...

BEADS : The crystal tree kits are ready !!! I have Erinite, Emerald, Vitrail, Peridot, and Fern ( a new colour !!). I think you will really like the Fern trees - it is just a really nice green. I have tree earrings and pendants. I am also picking up little crystal snowmen tonight . They are also super cute. Still to come are : pearl snowmen (small & large), clear and clear AB trees, funky trees, and beautiful angels.Update : the pearl snowmen are also ready !!! They will be done in the next week or two. There will be lots to choose from but they also sell quickly so get in soon or call !! (I just placed two more orders for more parts so I will have more materials to replenish the kits with !!) And here's a piece of good news ... the prices are the same as last year !! And , actually, if you buy 10 or more, I'll give you 10% off !! Just remind me !!

I have bookmarks in stock again as well as wire & Wildfire in green. There is lots more to come too ... just need to get it unpacked !!

* TONS of new Christmas stamps ... many of them under $3 ... and oh, so cute !!
* INCHIE stamps by Inkadinkadoo ... these are a great deal ... 9 little stamps and a stamp block for $6.99. Try stamping 3 designs, cutting the squares out , and mounting them on a card. Fab !
* Fancy Pants "Happy Together" paper & accessories
* Basic Grey "Jovial" Christmas Paper & Accessories
* lots of new impression plates - Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz ...
* adhesives, Glimmer Mists, Glim Glam, Inks, punches, so much ... and more as I unpack !!

Week 8 - The Twelve Weeks of Christmas
Another card kit ... $5 for 3 cards.

Challenge ... The winner is Annette S. Congratulations !!! Come & collect your gift certificate !!
New challenge in 2 weeks !

This week is Cookies for C.A.P.S ... not sure but I think there may be bags of chocolate brickle and something else ... need to decide tonight !!!
So have a happy week, stop in for your kits, and have a Happy Hallowe'en !!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another crazy week , Another kit !!

Hi !
Another crazy week, trying to get it all done !! Getting there !
Anyway, I have Week 7 in the Twelve Weeks of Christmas all kitted up and ready to go ... this week it is all about tags ... 8 tags and all the punched pieces, crystals, stamped bits, and ribbon to make them. And I will have blank tags for sale as well if you decide to make more .
I have put out new products ... Martha Stewart glitter ($1.99 per vial) , punches, stickers, as well as more ribbon ( scrunchy hand died beauties !!) and more paper from My Mind's Eye ... that gorgeous red & black glittery vintage Parisian style loveliness. And all sorts of little odds'n'ends.
Next week I am expecting Stickles (oodles of them !!), Distress Ink, Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Glimmer Mist and Glim Glam, Stazon Inks, Prima, and Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology (this stuff is pretty exciting ... watch for it !!) and new Tim Holtz.
And then the following week Kaiser Craft, Sizzix, Inkadinkadoo Christmas Stamps, Queen & Co felt borders and bling, The Paperie Girls Tinsel & Twig, Cuttlebug, Prima, WE R Memory Keepers, Tattered Angels, punches, and Hero Arts. Deep breath. That's a lot !!

And, on the bead front ... the crystals just arrived today so I am getting them ready to go off tonight to a HELPER (YAY!!) to be kitted up so the Christmas Swarovski kits will definitely be ready NEXT WEEK. And then I am going to ask this wonderful person to help me weigh and bag the POUNDS of metal beads I have in many boxes ... and I see a light at the end of the bead tunnel !!! I will also be unpacking a BIG box of beads & supplies this afternoon ... who knows what could be in there ?! I say that because I have completely forgotten what I ordered ...!)
I made a sample crystal & chain necklace last night and am working on another so I will work on getting those supplies out as well.
All in all, it will be a busy next few weeks and there should be lots more eye candy !!
Remember ... this Saturday is the card challenge deadline !
And next Thursday & Friday is Cookies for C.A.P.S.
Have a good week !!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another Wonderful Fall Week !!

Hello ! Another beautiful day out there ... The evenings are getting really short now so that means MORE CRAFTING TIME !!!! Here are a few things to tempt you !
The Twelve Weeks of Christmas - Week 6 !!
Here is the kit ... a trio of cards made using the new paper from Little Yellow Bicycle "Christmas Delight" .
(not the greatest photo ... every time I try to take a picture , my cat Earl jumps up and bumps his head on my arm !! I will have to try to sneak into my craft room to take the pictures...!)
This paper is super cute ... reindeer, presents, trees, snowmen ... everything you could possibly want !! AND the accessories and kits ... WOW !! Here is a little list of some of the items you can get to go with this boatload of cuteness ...
* Christmas Project pack - over 167 diecut pieces. Makes gift card holders, banners, money envelopes, gift tags, and gift bags. All for only $18.75 ! ADORABLE !!
* Countdown Calendar - includes the peek-a-boo window sheet and all the supplies to make this wonderful advent calendar. Only $12.49.
* Journal Tablet - great for scrapbooking or adding to cards.
* 3 pack of Christmas banners - ready to use !!
* Beautiful felt stickers ... cardinals, snowflakes, stars, tree ornaments
* Really cute epoxy buttons
* Cardmaking Clear Stickers ... 27 pieces - ready to use as greetings on your cards !
* 68 piece Cardstock Stickers
* 120 piece jewel stickers - in beautiful Christmas colours and assorted sizes.
* Little pockets with 10 Things I Love about Christmas
(also the same little pockets for Hallowe'en )
* How about a chipboard slider with an arrow to indicate Nice, (Fairly) Good, (Not so) Great, or Naughty ... so cute for a scrapbook page !!
* Cute Cute Cute Envelope Album Kit with all the supplies for only $9.99.
To see these items go to

There are also new felties, stickers, and stamps from Dear Lizzie + American Crafts. I can just see the little felt cup of hot chocolate on a card now ...

CARDSTOCK - I have 2 cartons of cardstock. I haven't had time to put it away so I have just opened the boxes and left them out so you can pick out whatever you choose. There is one box of 12x12 ... great for scrapbookers and another of 8.5x11 ... perfect for cardmakers.
Let's have a little deal on it actually ... maybe there will be less for me to put away !
12x12 is regularly 65 cents a sheet . Buy 20 and get it for $11 ... that's only 55 cents.
8.5x11 is regularly 50 cents ... buy 20 for $8.50 ... that's less than 43 cents per sheet.

Hmm ... what else ... glitter by the vial, more embossing powders, new Cuttlebug & Sizzix plates, adhesives, ... and more.

RIBBON ... oh this will appeal to the cardmakers, quilters, jewelry makers or hoarders like myself !! It is GORGEOUS !!! It is hand dyed and scrunched up to be antique looking ... & beautiful. The bundles contain 5 yards and sell for $3.99. Limited quantities so get yours quickly !!! This ties beautifully and just a little piece tied on a card or tag makes it special !! I will also have some other solid colours by the yard. This stuff is ... yummy !

BEADS ... oh my, the most beautiful crystals - cubes, shapes, colours, ... I am practically drooling !! Watch faces. How about lockets ? I have those in several sizes. Also, I have more antique bronze findings and chain.
And ... I ordered the crystals for the Christmas Tree Earrings last week. They are due to arrive by week's end and should be all kitted up for next week. I will also have the snowmen and some tiny little sparkly angels ( yes ! NEW!!) . I also have a few sample snowflakes to play around with ... see what they look like !!
And there are tons of little tiny things in the boxes out back ... I am plugging away at getting them packaged up.
BRACELET KITS ... my, these have been popular !! I have sold out quickly every week so I am on an ordering binge right now to get a big box of supplies ... then it will be a kit making party at my place !! Watch for more kits and new designs in the next few weeks !!

Next Saturday is the deadline for the October Card Challenge ... don't forget !!

There is more coming ... I unpack stuff every day . AND , my head is PACKED with ideas ... its just to find the time to get those ideas out !!
Thanks and hope to see you this week !!

( and L.G. ... I have your 5 saved for you !)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Here it is ... the first full week of October !!

HI !

This has been a busy week ... full of awesome stuff !! I spent Sunday & Monday unpacking boxes of paper & beads ... felt like Christmas !! Then Tuesday brought packages of ribbon and boxes of tags, boxes, and packaging. FUN !!

I spent Tuesday creating the next project in the Twelve Weeks of Christmas and then I measured, cut, folded, scored, stamped, and printed. Tonight I package !!!

Here is the Week 5 Project ... a handy dandy little Holiday Planner. This would be useful thrown in your purse or be a great little gift for friends. It is made with the new Fancy Pants "Traditions" paper.
(I am still working on the previous weeks kits for those who missed out ... probably later this week !!)
I have heard some great stories about the kits so far ... some people are buying (and making) all the cards and *voila* - their Christmas cards will be done for this year, no two the same !! Some are buying multiple kits and making LOTS of cards. A friend made the Christmas Card Holder for a family member in a seniors home ... a nice useful decoration for her room. Great ideas !!

I have already started next week's kit (a big step forward for me !!) and it will be 3 cards. That seems to be really popular so I will be mixing in card kits about every other week. By the way, thanks for all your enthusiastic support of the kits ... I am astounded every week how many I sell and how quickly they sell out !!! This leads me to believe that I need to make kits of some kind all year !

I do have some Hallowe'en Kits this week too. They are cards for your *spooky* loved ones.

The first set are elegant more adult style cards with gorgeous flocked paper , antiqued ribbon, and glittery accents. The kit is $4 and makes 2 cards. I also have this paper in a great kit from My Mind's Eye if you want to make a whole album.

The next kit is for all those cute "little monsters" in your family !! These are super quick, super cute, and fun to give . The kit makes 4 cards and is only $5. Can't beat that !! The paper is from BoBunny "Hooligans" and I have more of it by the sheet.

I have lots more new things ... Fancy Pants "Traditions" holiday paper & accessories, adorable new "Togetherness" paper & accessories from Cosmo Cricket, new adhesives, new Christmas Stamps, WOW flowers from Prima ... and sooooo much more. I have so much stuff, so little room, never enough time to finish it all up ... I am thinking I should just dump it out in a big pile in the middle of the floor ... what do you think ?!!!

And now ... beads ... more more more.
I am hoping to get the bracelet kits done up tonight as well ... there is lots to do but I am optimistic !!
I have lots of new chain Hallelujah !! ... and a fun idea to use some it ... watch hopefully next week for a picture !! I also have new watch faces, antique bronze jump rings, pearls, crystals, and spacers. So many pretty things !!
And a SALE !!! I got a great deal on strands of various beads so I am passing the sale on to you !! I have 16" strands of the following glass beads in various colours:
bicones $2
swirled $3.99
spotted $2.99
sugar coated $4.50
And this long weekend I am going to sit down and order all the parts for the Swarovski Christmas Earrings ... the time has come !!
But for now, I am off to unpack & put out the new items. Please stop in and have a look !!! ... oh, and Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Got the Bug ...

Hi everyone !
Sorry - I don't have much for you this week. I've had the flu all week and am way behind ... not to mention feeling crappy !! But I did come up with a kit for The 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS - Week 4 . It is a kit for three cards and everything you need is in the kit except for adhesive. The price is $5. Add a comment if you can't get in and want any saved.
Here it is ...
I also received another order of the supplies that I used for the first kit ( gift bag & card) so I will have more of those ... next week !
I will have new paper from Fancy Pants, great beads, as well as a bunch of other things. But for now I am eating chicken soup and preparing to feel "all better" tomorrow when I am open.
Take care !!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall is Here !!!

As of 11:09 tonight it will be fall ! I love fall - the colours, the smells, the tastes, the energy, the weather... all of it ! I always feel all fired up and ready to take on big projects ! Hope you feel the same way !

So what's new this week ... ?
More of last week's bounty has been unpacked !!

BEADS : I am unpacking crystals from Swarovski and Preciosa .. ooh the sparkle ... I have beautiful drops, pears, olive shapes, rice shape ... hey ! all food names !! ... and they are gorgeous. They will really mix it up from the regular bicone shapes. I am envisioning a necklace of somewhat fine chain with a medley of these various shaped crystals interspersed ... hmm ...

The drops and pears are also very earring friendly as the holes run from the point to the bottom ... pop in a headpin & you are ready to make fabulous sparkly earrings !!

I also have more shapes in some of those luscious AB colours that I ordered a few eeks ago by mistake ... happy mistake !! So Erinite, Lime, Black Diamond ... all in AB finish. Endless possibilities !! I also have some cubes in Christmas colours . The larger ones are a bit pricey but all you need is one to make a big impact. I'm working on a sample to show you.

I have a whole bunch more of the 8mm round glass beads ... vintage colours, bright/fun colours, delicate colours ... they are amazing combined with a few crystals and silver spacers.

And ... speaking of spacers ... I have a very heavy box of the little devils at home on my table. I hope to get the scale out tonight and get a bunch packaged up as well as more of the bracelet kits bagged up. Busy night !!

PAPER : I have a few sample cards made from that FABULOUS paper from My Mind's Eye ... ooh they are so glam !!
I loved making them. I used the stamps from their line as well as a Hero Arts stamp that I have. I pulled out my Distress Inks in all the pretty colours as well as Stickles and flatback crystals and beautiful crinkled ribbon ... ( I will have some of that amazing ribbon for sale in a few weeks !!). They were so fun to make!!

Next, I hope to get a wall hanging done ...
Week 3 of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas is a card holder. The complete kits are $5 and come in various patterned paper - traditional, modern, cheerful, etc ... You can sew around the edges or simply use 2 sided tape. I sewed mine but would recommend that you use a straight stitch instead of the zigzag ... urgh ... it seemed to undo itself when I backstitched. And I , personally, would have put the tag on the right but I had made such a mess with the sewing machine that I had to cover it up somehow !!! YIKES !! You could also eliminate the tag and simply put the letters directly on the bottom pocket. I used the tag so they would show up better on my paper. It would also be really nice to glitter the letters !!
For all those of you who missed out on the previous kits, I am in the process of making more. I am waiting for a few supplies and then I will have a stock of them available !

This is Cookies for C.A.P.S. week - already ! It seemed like it was just last week !! Anyway, in between weighing beads tonight I will also be baking . Stop by to have a sweet treat and help out a great cause !

So keep stopping in ... I have so many great new things arriving weekly that I can hardly stand it !!