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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 !!!