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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 !!