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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

a few projects for you ...

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Hi everyone !!
I have a few projects for you this week ... and there are new items in stock as well in beads and paper. Edit : The TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS will start in SEPTEMBER NOT December !!!
How about these earrings ?
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They are made with the new Graphic Swarovski crystals ... they don't really need much more !!! GLAM !!
And here's a mini album using the Girls Paperie Travel paper ... quick & fun, all ready for your vacation pictures, ticket stubs, etc ...
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Here are inside pages ...
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You can make it with just a few sheets of paper & six pieces of 6x6 chipboard.And what do you do with your scraps ? Make cards of course !!
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But if you don't want any scraps I will have kits with all the supplies ... precut & ready to assemble ... $16.50. Let me know if you want one . I just have to type up the directions !!


And now for something completely different ... CHRISTMAS !!! It will be here before we know it ... and if you want to make anything for the holiday, you need to start soon ! So , starting in SEPTEMBER I will have THE TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS with a new paper project EVERY WEEK and a small kit for the project. I'll try to keep the kits at just a few dollars each so the whole series would be affordable. You can pick them up week by week if you want them or have a kit reserved for you each week. Just let me know ! It will be a great way to jump in and start getting all kinds of things made for Christmas !!


And for the beaders, I am starting to order in the components for the crystal Christmas Trees and Snowmen. ( I already have orders for 80+ kits !!) And I will have some new designs as well ... angels, snowflakes, etc ... Look for those in September & November.
This year Christmas will not surprise me when it arrives on the 25th of December !!!!
Have a great week. Drop in !!
This week is Cookies for CAPS week ... homemade Whoopie Pies and something not yet decided on ... !!
** the deadline for the Challenge is August 21st **

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Oh More Lovelies ...

Every box that arrives holds the loveliest things ... I think I have new favourites every week !!! Here are some great ones this week ...

BEADS : 2 boxes of treasures ... some of the contents aren't really photogenic - you know headpins, eyepins, jumprings, etc... - but oh so necessary !! But there are a few really great things that are picture worthy !!

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NEW BEADALON PRODUCTS : Beadalon has introduced a whole line of "Designer Series" products that will take your jewelry making to a whole new level !! There are some wonderful new findings for earrings and pendants as well as a really heavy jewelry cable that will make excellent necklaces for heavier larger stones. Some of the pendant & earring pieces are in the form of pinch bails that will leave beads suspended and twirling. Great for those tricky drop beads. Beautiful !! I hope to have some samples worked up for next week.
Beadalon has also introduced a multi pack of crimp beads ... 4 different colours , 150 pieces each, in size #1. A great kit for those who use different metals.

SWAROVSKI GRAPHIC CRYSTALS ...oh my ! ... these are gorgeous !! Like JEWELS !!! I have 2 sizes and 6 different colours in each. I can just imagine amazing earrings with the smaller sizes and beautiful bracelets with the larger ones ... can't wait to make something with these ... Just look at them
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... aren't they amazing ?!!

PAPER : some really fun new products as well as some old favourites !

ADHESIVES & MARKERS :
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more adhesives ... Terrifically Tacky Tape from Provo and Tombow's Tape Runner & refills. Also Metallic Markers from American Crafts - great for those Christmas cards that we should all be making ... SOON !

RIBBON :
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this is THE MOST beautiful crepe ribbon !! It is 3/4" wide and soft as soft can be. It has a beautifully soft wrinkled texture and colours that will thrill you and get you inspired !! I can't wait to use it !!

TATTERED ANGELS CHALK LINE Mist :
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This spray will give you a more solid chalky finish. Great for chipboard ... or, well, anything !! Beautiful colours and so much potential !!

EMBELLISHMENTS :
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These have been out for a while but I couldn't resist them ... from Sassafras Lass ... these embellishments are so fun. Just one on a card or page would add so much !! The flowers are thick canvas like paper and the others are FELT !!! Too fun !! (Ignore the prices on them ... I priced them wrong !! The flowers are $4.99pk and the Felties are $5.99 pk.)

PUNCHES, TAGS, etc ...
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A few fun punches ... a multi layered monkey (who doesn't love monkeys ??) and a lacy cut-away butterfly. There are also some new metal adhesive tags as well as some metal coin like pieces that would be great for scrapbooking or jewelry. Their verdigris finish is awesome !

And, lastly, here's a sample for the gift bag challenge ... Get creating !!! Kits are ready !!
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And don't forget the charm challenge in the jewelry category. And the deadline is not until Aug 21st !!!
Have a great week & stop in !!

*** SALES from last week are still on !! Bead Spinners and Journalling Cards !!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

camera ... WORKING !!!

Today I can finally share some photos with you !!! All - well, most- of the camera glitches have been fixed !!
So ... new product this week, new projects, and some great techniques !! Let's get started !

BEADS :
I am unpacking a box today full of headpins, eyepins, jumprings, bails, chains, earrings, pearls, crystals, wire, and threads.
Among the crystals are a new shape called "Graphic" from Swarovski that I have decided to try. I have them in 12mm and 18mm ... they would be great as a focal bead in a bracelet or necklace. Nice and showy but not fussy. Awesome !
I also have long bugle beads - many of you have been asking for them for earrings and long chain necklaces. Well , they're here !!
And now ... charms ... I have awareness ribbons for breast cancer (restocked) , yellow ribbons for Hope (restocked) , as well as new ones for autism.
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PROJECT :
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How about making your own pendants ? It is super easy and really fun ! These pendants are made with glass tiles, glue, and paper of your choice. I made them with handmade Japanese paper but you can use anything - scrapbooking paper, book paper, collage, ... the sky is the limit !! I have the pendants, glue, bails, small pieces of Japanese paper, and ball chain in stock now. Drop in & I'll explain the steps to you !!! Easy. Fast. Fun.

** SPECIAL **
Buy 6 vials of seedbeads & get a free Bead Spinner. This little baby will string your seedebeads quickly & easily !! (needle not included.)

PAPER:
* Basic Grey : Oliver and Olivia paper. Nice colour combinations. Can be used for baby books without being too cutesy or for adult projects. Very versatile. Great for cards too. I have the sheets of letter stickers for each. I also have the 6x6 pads for each - another great card supply.
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* CRICUT Cartridge "Winter Woodlands" ... I have 2 cartridges here at a great price ... only $59.99 !!! This is the cartridge that will cut out the 3D winter village, among other things. Get it quickly !!
* eyelets, pearl brads, jeweled brads, adhesive gems,
* stamps - mini stamps, card stamps, more Pure Innocence stamps, Inkadinkadoo Inchies sets. These are a great deal. You get 9 1" stamps plus a block that will hold three stamps all for $7.99. There are several different theme packages. Also more from Technique Tuesday including "Dog and Pony Show" ... all pet animal stamps !!! Hmmm ... I know one stamper who probably has almost all of these animals herself ... TC ... are you out there ???
* more Distress Ink, Stickles, ink blender pens
* Embossing Powder Kits - 14 jars of fabulous colour !!!
* Thickers alphabets in various colours and styles
* more Cuttlebug & Sizzix embossing folders
* metallic markers
* chipboard in 6x6 and 12x12
* Crepe ribbon ... oooo ... nice !
* Cosmo Cricket "Delovely" 6x6 pads
* punches
* buttons
* metal words & tags
* Sassafras Lass Felties & Flowers
* Clear Snap Design Adhesives - great product !! 4 sheets per package. Add glitter or flocking to the 2 sided adhesive designs. Great for borders, cards, etc ...
* Smooch - 2 new colours - Pink Sprinkles and Wineberry
* Heidi Swapp - Fastenation Folder & Add-ons
* Tattered Angels Chalkline - a new paintable product that gives you a deep chalklike coverage in wonderful bubblegum type colours. Awesome for chipboard !!!

**SPECIAL **
Buy 10 sheets of October Afternoon paper (Fly a Kite or Thrift Shop) and get a free sheet of matching journaling cards !!
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PROJECT : EMBOSSING !!
I am in love with embossing right now - sit still too long & I will emboss you !!! Here are a few projects using embossing ...
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Birthday Tag : I just embossed the image in clear then rubbed ink over it. Attach it to a tag & you have a fast and easy tag !!
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Various Products : Light aqua - Stamp'N'Bond from Stampendous ... stamp with a slow drying ink like Versamark, sprinkle with the Stamp'n'Bond, Heat until clear. Then add glitter ... also from Stampendous.
Blue - same technique except I used flocking. A furry little butterfly !!
Pink - I used Distress Embossing Powder. Rub the heated embossing powder with your finger to knock off the loose particles and create an aged look.
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Butterfly Card : embossed the text stamp with white embossing powder as well as the butterfly. Then I rubbed various Distress inks over the design until I got the colour I wanted.
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LIVE Card : I used a chicken wire stamp from Prima for the background with the white embossing powder. More Distress ink on top. I stamped the Tim Holtz LIVE stamp on a tag that I had also inked up. Then I used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to attach it to the card and added one of his metal flowers. A little strip of Bazzill's Just the Edge Half in brown made for a nice little accent. I also added some of the tape inside.

And here's another little card using the tissue tape ... I adhered it in layers on the front. The tape is so lovely and thin that you don't even get ridges. A very simple card !


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**NOTE** I am extending the deadline for this month's challenge to August 21st because ... I have been TOO SLOW getting the kits ready. So you have a whole extra month !!!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ahhhhhhhhhhh ... this is not going well !!!

Oh my ... the heat is unbearable today ( I haven't turned on the AC) ... and nothing is working !!! ( and I wish I wasn't either ... haha). My camera refuses to download the photos I took so I have set up the items again, rephotographed them all with another camera ... and ... it won't download either !!! So I have to find both discs at home & have the programs reinstalled. That means unfortunately - no photos this week. So I will save the embossing , pendants, & core'dinatins paper until next week ! Hopefully by then, I'll be back on track !!
There are more items that I have unpacked in both beads & paper. Thursday I will have the air conditioning on so why not drop in to poke around and see what's new ?? I may even have lemonade ... I'm working on it !!
For now, I can share with you that I have just pre-ordered a few lines from My Mind's Eye ... you can go to their website (www.mymindseye.com) and check them out if you wish ! I ordered the full line of papers from Lost & Found ...oh the projects I can imagine with this !! ... and will add embellishments next week when they are listed for ordering. I also ordered the paper kits for Alphabet Soup ( Boy and Girl), Blackbird, Haunted, Holly Jolly, and I Believe. The kits are almost all $9.99 except for Haunted ($16.99) because it is flocked papers and I Believe ($11.99) because it is glittered paper. If you want to reserve any, just let me know !!
Next week should be a more "normal" (what's that ??!!) week so I hope to get some samples & kits ready ... this week was bookwork, sorting, cleaning up the workroom, vet appointments, and just plain being too hot !!!
So right now I am crabby & hot, mad about my dumb cameras, and wanting a Popsicle ... so I will suck it up and get to work on the challenge bags. I hope to get them done up tonight & posted tomorrow morning ... with or without pictures !!!
So drop in for a visit ... I promise to be over being crabby by then !! ( And I may have lemonade ...)