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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HELP !!!! I'm buried in boxes of STUFF !!!!

I am quickly becoming OVERWHELMED by all that needs to be unpacked, priced, weighed, sorted, counted, sampled, etc ... YIKES !!!! I have many boxes of beads ... with THOUSANDS of items in each box. There is paper & sparkles and stickers and rub ons ... and so much more ! So I have just put my head down and plowed through ... but I have only made tiny little inroads so far. Oh well ! That just means exciting new things EVERY DAY !!!

Monday I made a sweet little FALL banner out of the new Making Memories Apple Cider line ... this is a beautiful fall themed varnished paper ( shiny parts !) and it comes with lots of great accessories. I also have their Christmas line in there somewhere but haven't come across it yet !! ( One season at a time !!).

Tuesday I sorted through a big box of product & priced it. Then I sorted through another box and didn't price it ... next week. Then I made up kits for the banners.
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(and it is much cuter than the photo shows ... I am not taking good pix these days !!)
Oh ! Here's a tip ... I wanted nice glittery letters so I took old letters that were patterned & all different colours. Then I put a piece of 2 sided ScorPal tape on each one, peeled off the backing paper , and dumped on the glitter. Perfect letters without all the mess of glue. Love it !!
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And a few little tags using a cupcake punch. How easy are they ?? Punch the cupcakes, wipe on a little Stickles, stamp Happy Birthday and you're done !!

Wednesday ( today) I weighed & bagged THOUSANDS (and I am NOT exaggerating!) of metal beads, beadcaps, spacers, and lobster claws. I have the cutest little tiny gunmetal rondelles all studded with teeny tiny crystals ... oh my ... they make me want to make them into a vintage style bracelet !! I put out new Chinese crystals. I bagged up more crystal rondelle spacers. I am now heading to the seedbead cabinet to fill up that poor depleted raggedy looking seedbead rack.


So that's a quick glimpse of some of what is new ... I decided it would be better to actually get it out than to talk about it !! I'm off to keep unpacking ... please stop in to see what's new !!


P.S. I'm baking tonight ... tomorrow is Cookies for CAPS ... I am trying out a new recipe "Better than CRACK Brownies " ...

P.P.S. Its almost September (WAHOO !!) so get ready for a whole bunch of new products, new samples, kits, some great promotions, and the Twelve Weeks of Christmas. Fall is FUN !!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On the Fly ... as usual ...

Hi everyone !
Once again, this seems to be a quick post in between unpacking & ordering. Busy Busy these days !!
I have some great new items this week ... here they are !


PAPER :

Sassafras Lass ... I know ... usually REALLY bold & colourful, too colourful for some people. Well, this is a whole new direction for them. It's called Indie Girl and it is beautiful ! Think denim blues, apple green, a bit of brown & pink, turquoise, and mustard. Delicate patterns. Great accessories. This line is perfect ... except it has been selling out like crazy ! My first order I was unable to get any 12 x12 paper . I did get extra 6x6 pads but then I found some of the paper in 12 x 12. The larger sheets should be in next week. For now I have the 6x6 pads, the gorgeous little glittered letter stickers in turquoise, apple green, and pink, as well as the pennants & borders, and journaling stickers. Sitting at my work table, looking at all the beautiful colours & patterns, I had an idea ! The 6x6 paper would be the EASIEST mini album ever !! So I dug around, found some 6x6 page protectors, 2 6x6 pieces of chipboard, and then cut 2 1x6 pieces. From the initial idea to choosing all the photos to completion was 2 hours - Easy Peasy !!!
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I used the sheets of paper - no cutting- as well as the adhesive letters & pennants. I also used some of the new Whimsies form Sassafras. Cute ! I used a little bit of 7 Gypsies masking tape to make the hinged cover & then tied it all together with some of their seam binding. The only paper I cut was to mat the photos. It was really quick & fun. The paper lends itself to older photos as well as current ones. I used black & whites and was really pleased. I bet that the album cost me less than $12 to make too. Can't beat that !!

Here are a few other (crummy) photos ... much prettier in person !!
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I did get a few other things in ( that I didn't have time to play with ...). New from Cuttlebug is Winter Wonderland , a set of embossing folders. I also have restocked on some of their individual folders. From Cricut I have the 12x12 cutting mats as well as a NEW cartridge "Country Life" . This is a new full size cartridge ... my price is $64.99. Yep, you know how much they usually are - $100+ - but you can get it here for $64.99.

BEADS : oh, I have some beautiful new spacers ... tiny little silver & gunmetal spacers studded with black crystals. And speaking of crystals, more Chinese crystal has just arrived. I haven't opened the box yet but will be doing that as soon as I finish here.

I also have lots of new findings as well as more 10/0 seedbeads, large bugle beads, and Delicas - lots more colours !! I took home a bag of goodies to string up a few new projects but realized I had forgotten some of the parts so ... next week !

Also ... about those nice little crystal studded spacers ... they make me CRAZY !!! They are too small to keep track of & they always get all mixed up so I am changing the way I sell them ... they were 50 cents each but now they are in bags of 10 for $3.99. A better price and a much easier way to sell them & keep them all sorted by colour. This should be much better !!!

SEPTEMBER : I have done up a few more projects for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas ... I think it's going to be a lot of fun !! ( It has been for me so far !!) I have also preordered LOTS of the new scrapbooking stuff ... My Mind's Eye, Cricut, Sizzix, Theresa Collins, 7 Gypsies, Making Memories, Maya Road, Tim Holtz, Imaginiscence, Pink Paislee, Doodlebug, Cosmo Cricket, My Little Yellow Bicycle, Graphic 45, ... to name a few ... It's going to be exciting !!

And for beads , I am trying to get some new projects done and out on display ... a few things to get your creative juices flowing and some ideas for new products. I am also working on some Christmas jewelry for the fall. So many ideas, so little time !!!

This Saturday is the deadline for this month's challenge ... bring in your gift bag or charmed piece ... you could win a $10 gift certificate.

And next week is CAPS week ... more baked goodies !

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hello !

Hi everyone !
New things, sparkly things, Christmas-y things ...
**Just a quick reminder that the deadline for this month's paper & jewelry challenge is August 21st. You could win a $10 gift certificate ! There are some gift bags in already as well as a couple of beautiful charm pieces. Get your piece in soon !!**

BEADS : I am unpacking the box right now (it just came in last night !) but I can give you a quick run down on what's new . I have lots more of the Graphic crystals form Swarovski ... the first batch is almost sold out. There are also new colours !! Here are a few other items ...
* NEW - cut flat ovals with marble edge
* NEW - fire polished fuchsia in 3mm, 4mm, and 6mm.
* Preciosa flatbacks in Christmas colours - great for embellishing Christmas projects !
* round silver metal beads
* round silver filigree beads
* lots of size 10/0 seedbeads in vials ... 15 colours
* more Delicas size 11/0 ... 17 new colours !!
* RESTOCKED - Beadalon Wildfire .006" black
* NEW - bee's wax
* NEW - bead stoppers with coloured rubber tips ... another fun tool !!
* RESTOCKED - sterling silver "noodles"
* RESTOCKED - clasps,toggles, lobster claws, crimp tools, pliers

And ... September is coming !! That means the Swarovski snowmen & trees will be arriving as well as a few new projects !

PAPER :

NEW CHRISTMAS STAMPS from STAMPENDOUS !!!! These stamps are beautiful ... and cute ... and fun ... and affordable ... you'll love them !! I think they will sell quickly ... I have already ordered more but they may sell out from the supplier quickly too so don't wait too long !!
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Also new
* more embossing powders & flocking
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* heat guns for embossing
* Christmas foil stickers from Stampendous
* more mini ink pads
* Birthday mini stamps, perfect for cards !!
* Liquid Pearls
* Tim Holtz hardware bits & bobs !!
* Preciosa flatback crystals in Christmas colours - perfect for embellishing cards & other projects.

September will soon be here ... and with it will be the Twelve Weeks of Christmas !! I have been busy in my workshop (Santa's was busy !!) making kits for each week. It is going to be so fun !! When you purchase the first kit, you'll receive a little Christmas list to collect stamps on. A full list will get you a FREE kit at the end of the twelve weeks !!
I also just got news that the first of my Christmas paper pre-orders is being shipped ... and so it begins !! There will be lots of great new products in the next few months as well as all the new paper lines and Christmas goodies !!!
Let's go !!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Little Bit In Between ...

Hi everyone !!
This week I am a little bit in between ... between sending & receiving orders. So that means there is lots coming but it's not here this week !!! Even the Christmas stamps that have been travelling the country for the last 9 days are still MIA. sigh
Oh well !! There are still plenty of great things to look at & stock up on !! I have been filling up my new crystal display stand and it looks fabulous ... sparkly & pretty ! There are some nice new papers from Basic Grey - Oliver & Olivia. And all sorts of odds'n'ends ( beads & paper) that I put out as the days go on. So stop in !!

I have been sorting through my stuff at home and came upon a stack of Sizzix Originals Cutting Dies that I bought second hand ... and then ... never... used. So I have brought them in to sell. There are flowers, tags, bookplates, alphabets, etc... The small ones are $6, the larger sets are $10, and the large box of Lollipop Alphabet Cartridges Upper Case is $40. No tax.

And I sat down this week and started planning out the Twelve Weeks of Christmas ... one project each week starting in September. Here's a little sneak peek at one of them ...
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Next week I'll get a few more done ... this is going to be a lot of fun !!!

Remember the deadline for this month's challenge is August 21st.
See you !!