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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy New Year everyone !!!
Here are a few resolutions for you ...
* Craft more !!
* Finish up projects !!
* Craft more !
and * Craft more !!
LOL !!
Have a safe and happy New Years !!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


A Christmas sale !!! THIS WEEK ONLY !!! Don't wait too long !!
All 12x12 Christmas Patterned paper .... 60 cents per sheet
Packaged Christmas Embellishments .... 40% off
Christmas Sizzix & Nestabilities .... 30% off
Christmas Stamps .... 25% off
Christmas Countdown Calendars and Advents .... 25% off
Kaiser Craft Wooden Christmas items ... 25% off
Crystal Christmas Earring kits .... 25% off
Christmas Charms .... 25% off

* These sale prices are off regular prices only and do not apply to special orders or lay aways !

Working on some cute projects to capture your Christmas memories .... maybe take a few pictures of special ornaments before you take down your tree ... next week !!

HOURS : Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-5, Saturday (New Year's Eve) closing at noon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Almost here ...

Well here it is, the week before Christmas ... take a deep breath. It will all be fine. It will come & it will go and it will all be okay. No one will know that you meant to make 6 kinds of cookies or cute little stocking stuffers. Cut yourself some slack, pour a cup of tea (or a glass of Bailey's), and start dreaming about your craft projects after Christmas....
Here are a few last minute things to consider ...
Here is a sample of another Inkadinkado stamp set. You get 3 silhouette stamps for $9.99. I love this stamp ...
And see that wreath on the card ?
Here's a close up.
This is the garland that Tim Holtz uses on his tags and projects. I have some here at the store. Actually I have 3 different styles. 25' rolls for $5.99. You could make a TON of wreaths with a roll. Just twist a loop, add some red crystals or beads, and TA DA !
And here is a quick card made with Maya Road Kraft Snowflakes. Make it in mere minutes !! The snowflakes come in black on kraft as well as white on kraft. I am selling them individually as well as in packages.
Unpacked a whole collection of vintage metal beads studded with crystals & rhinestones.
I cannot wait to make something with these !! This afternoon I will be unpacking a selection of semi-precious chips and beads as well as some new crystals. Lots of sparkly new things for gifts !!
Remember, I have GIFT CERTIFICATES ... perfect gift for crafters as they can pick out whatever they want !!
Here are the holiday hours ... not much of a change ..
Thursday & Friday ... 10-5
Saturday ... 10-12 (closing an hour early on Christmas eve)
Have a good Christmas & I will see you back here next week !!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A quick update ...

I just unpacked a box of Tim Holtz Christmas dies and Ranger products (Perfect Pearls, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Rock Candy ... ) for the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Quick Post ...

Hi everyone !
A quick post this week ... some new paper, a cute ornament, and a ring ... let's go !
PAPER : This is absolutely the last Christmas paper line that will be arriving this season ... "Holiday Style" by October Afternoon. But it was worth the wait !! So stinkin' cute !!
It is retro, vintage, cute, quirky ... just plain fun !!
Look at that music paper !! And the fun buildings !!
And Santa's list !!
Love the holly ... and the skaters... and the little wreaths ... and ...
Santa !!
How cute is that ??!!
And it comes with some wonderful accessories ...
Shape Stickers ... houses, stamps, candies, all sorts of Christmas icons ... super !!
Chip'n'Stick ... chipboard stickers, again in every cute iconic design you can think of !!
Red & Cream Sticky Keys ... round red letter keys that look like vintage typewriter keys.
Miscellany ... a variety of die cut cards and shapes, buttons, ribbon, and raw chipboard. LOTS of pieces !!
Journal Cards ... 11 journal cards that would make spectacular cards !!
Flower Sack ... "a variety of fun die cut shapes" ... they aren't kidding !! They are adorable !! 30+ pieces.
BEADS : There is a lot of new stuff ... and more arrived this week !! More feathers, more rings & bracelets, more crystals ... just plain MORE !!!
Here's is a really nice project !
This ring was made with a ring finding (handmade - not by me !!) that comes in several different metals and a Swarovski flatback Chess crystal ... just glue it in !! I also have bracelet findings as well as a variety of crystal colours. Really fabulous ... the photo doesn't do it justice !!
KIT of the Week : SORRY ! I didn't get one made this week. But I did make up an ornament and I have all the bits here to make it ... give it a try !! Kits will get back on track after the holidays.
This ornament was made using a Maya Road bottle cap (the largest of three sizes), some Melissa Frances paper, a scrap of other paper, some left over letters that I painted & inked to match, a Maya Road chipboard snowflake that I pimped up with Stickles, and some leaves, bells, and ribbon as well as a crystal. Super easy and cute !!

Monday, December 5, 2011

2 More Weekends !

Wow ... 2 more weekends before Christmas ! I was shocked to realize that - we had to quickly do some Christmas shopping last Friday night. I somehow thought we had lots of time !!
But you do have 2 more weekends to craft some gifts ... or just craft to give yourself a break from some of the crazy shopping !!
I have lots of new things this week and some suggestions for gifts and stocking stuffers. Or things YOU could ask Santa for !!
And speaking of crafting ... are you following Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas ? I have been but I am too busy with projects for the store to make them now. So I have decided to wait until the New Year and make the whole series. I am excited about it !! That will also give me the chance to see all the supplies that are needed and order them all in. I'll start mid January , once I get an order in, and make a few each week ... want to play along with me ?
I am also signed up for a Spellbinder's Sparkly Christmas course (on-line) and a 12 Ornaments of Christmas class (also on-line) ... I probably won't get to those projects until after the 25th but that's okay. I'll enjoy them more then !! I'll share what I make here on the blog so you too can get some inspiration !!
So ... without further ado ... let's see what's new !! ( poetic !!)
This week's kit uses Pink Paislee's Snow Day paper ... cute & fun ! Bright colours are perfect for the happy snowmen & mittens ! You get all the supplies for 3 cards for $5.
* Stamps - nice greetings for inside Christmas cards, more of the popular Inkadinkado stamps - snowglobe, tag set, etc ..., cottage scene, vintage style Christmas/winter stamps, birds, more of the little square stamps used in the ornament kits ( and I have a few of those left !!), "Cattus Librum" - reading cat !!, gnomes, and more.
* Birthday and Sympathy stamp assortments for inside & outside cards
* Basic Grey 6x6 Picadilly paper pads
* K&Co "Glad Tidings" embellishments ... these are GORGEOUS !! They are layered and are just fabulous. They would be perfect on cards, tags, or pages. wow.
* Stufftainers ... clear large containers to store all your "stuff" in ... great Christmas gifts.
* GLITTER KITS from C Thru Art... these are soooo beautiful. The package contains 3 beautiful little bottles filled with matching glitters. Each bottle is tagged and decorated and they are packed in a sweet little box ... this would be a great stocking stuffer or little gift. They are exquisite !!
* restocked with Distress Ink pads, more 8.5x11 cardstock, 12x12 cardstock, Stazon inkpads
* pearlized & metalized 8.5x1 paper, glitter paper ... oh so glittery !
* C Thru Art ATC sized canvas paper, vintage floral background papers, watercolour paper, and oatmeal paper
* FAUX SNOW !!! Sooo pretty !!!
* I thought that I had received all the Christmas paper I had ordered but there is still one more line to come ... October Afternoon's "Holiday Style" ... that's the last one !! So be sure to get your Christmas scrapping papers before too long ... the piles are getting down !!
I have a lot of new things in "bead World" ... charms, findings, focal pieces, toggles, .... I spent the last 2 days cleaning the trays out & refilling them ... they look pretty good !
* Here are just a few of the new items ...
Check out these cats !! MEOW !!
Or how about a big Eiffel Tower charm ? Imagine this at the end of a chinky bead/chain necklace ... yum !!
* Chain Link bracelets ... all assembled with loops for adding charms and dangles ... a fun quick gift you could make or just give as a project ! Only $2.99 each and they come in 5 different colours.
Photobucket That's the bracelet ... imagine how easy it would be to add charms to the links !! Or make a necklace like the one on the right ... a large ring with charms attached with a nice suede cord. Easy peasy !!
* restocked : Beadalon crimp tubes in various sizes, stringing wire, chain extenders, Beadalon earwire hoops, crimp covers in 3mm and 4mm, wire guardians, sterling silver clasps and earwires
* gold filled ear wires for those who have metal sensitivity
* STRANDS & STRANDS of beautiful fire polished beads ... many are only $1.99 strand !! The suggested retail price is $3.99 but I am putting them on for a great price so you can do your Christmas projects or fill stockings !!
* TOOLS - all price points, bead design boards, mandrels in plastic & aluminum, cleaning cloths, multi shaped mandrels (4 pk), jars, jars in a box, aluminum cases with jars ... all great gifts !
* cones, magnetic fasteners, toggles, caps

* charms : more Christmas charms as well as guitars, motorcycles, dogs, cats, hummingbirds, teddy bears, ... and more !!
Photobucket Tierra Cast charms ... these charms are wonderful quality and are doublesided. $1 each. There is also an adorable little gingerbreadman who is currently sold out but his replacements will be arriving at the end of the week !!
Photobucket More really cute charms .. these range from 50 cents to $1. Check out the "Let it Snow" ... how cute is that ? Or how about the dancing snowman ? Or the little tiny "JOY" ? Cute cute cute !!
**SPECIAL** bags of decorative earwires ... regular price 30 cents each ... buy a bag of 20 for $3 ... only 15 cents each !! (wings, flowers, ladybugs, etc...) They have been discontinued so I have about 30 bags ... and then they will be gone forever !!
GIFT IDEA ... why not make a bookmark with a charm that speaks of the recipients interests, hobbies, or personality ? I have everything from fisherman to guitars to measuring spoons. Something for everyone !!
Or what about the cases of little organizer jars ... buy a set and add a few crystals to each jar ... a great starter set for a beader. Or fill them with flatback glue-on crystals ... great gift for paper or fabric artists !
Well ... I better get back to unpacking & putting stuff out ... hope to see you this week !!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

And a 3rd update this week ...

Lots of updates this week ... be sure to scroll down to see them all !
Last night I unpacked the following ...
*Simple Stories "Year-o-graphy" ... that should be the whole line now.
* POGO adhesive dot dispenser
* Bazzill Marathon Adhesive runner & refills (100')
* Spellbinder's dies & folders including the Layered Poinsettia
* Annie's Attic Copic Guide and Nestabilities Book
* Crafter's Workshop 6x6 stencils
* glitter glitter glitter paper

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

tim holtz - 12 Tags of Christmas 2011

Here's the trailer for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas !! Why not craft along with him ?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

And it is December !!

Well here we are ... December is a day away . Where has the time gone ? Guess it doesn't matter - it's gone ! Time to get down to serious Christmas crafting & shopping !
So ... what's new this week ? Let's see !

* card kit ... this week's kit uses "Twinkle" by Making Memories for 2 of the cards and the last is vintage style paper from Kaiser and Echo park. The third card will vary in the kits but they are all nice. Each one includes hand dyed ribbon and an embossed snowflake. All the supplies for all three cards, ready to assemble ... $5.
* ornaments ... set of 2. Kit $3.
* wall hanging ... $6.99 kit
The kit includes all the supplies you need including a glittered banner tag AND pre-applied eyelets ! That's right - you don't need to have eyelet tools, I'll apply them for you !
* I still have some Christmas Countdown Kits, December Daily Kits, Ornament Kits and a few card kits from last week ... ( I made lots !!). Let me know if you want any set aside !!

* Pink Paislee "Snow Day" ... super cute winter/snowman paper. Pinks & blues. Fun!
And Pink Paislee's blog will be featuring this paper from Dec 01-12 with a project every day and free printables. BONUS !!
* lots of 12x12 and 8.5x11 paper ... boxes will be refilled. Lots of Christmas colours.
* Tim Holtz Cargo and Trinket Cases are on their way . I would guess that they will be here by Friday. THEY ARE HERE !!! Let me know if you want any saved ... they will go quickly and will probably be hard to get more before Christmas. The Cargo case will be $52.99 and the Trinket Case will be $35.99.
Oooooh ... they are so much nicer in person !! Wow !
* Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Ink is here !! 18.99 for a 3 pack.It is a limited production so when it's gone ... it's gone !! Three beautiful colours of ink for your holiday projects.
And you can join in on Tim's blog to make his 12 Tags of Christmas. Starting December 1st. I am sure he will be using the inks !! watch the trailer below !!
* The Christmas paper is really getting down ... if you are going to be scrapbooking your Christmas pictures, I would suggest you get the paper before the holidays ... there may not be any left after !!
AND in the spirit of the season ... for the month of December ...ALL patterned Christmas paper is $1 !!! All of it (unless it was less...).
* Stamps ... last week I showed you samples of the Inkadinkado stamps for this year ... here are a few more stamped images ( I didn't have time to get them made into anything yet ... LOL)...
Photobucket This set is $4.99 and includes 2 stamps ... perfect for cards or tags.
This set is $6.99 for 4 stamps. I love the cardinal !! I added a little Stickles to the snowman ...Photobucket
* Melissa Frances stickers ...
they range from 50 cents to 75 cents each ... all vintage style ads. They are great on cards or gift bags but also will work on jars ... maybe a nice jar of candy ?
Here is a card I made using one of the stickers ...
Still unpacking those never ending boxes !!
* gorgeous Cosmic Rings and Ovals from Swarovski. Just pop them on a chain or earring for instant *WOW* !!!
* more long bracelet boxes for your gift giving. Also square boxes, small earring boxes, earring cards ... etc .
* Snowman Parts !! Yes, the snowman earring body parts (crystal or pearl) as well as the sparkly red scarves and black crystal hat pieces. Make your own earrings or pendants. Also really cute on a bookmark !!
* CRYSTALS ... at *GREAT* prices !!! I have strands of Preciosa bicones for only $2.99 strand
... lots of lovely Christmas colours too !!
Also, new ... 4mm rondelles. these are so cute ! Just tiny & sparkly !! I have them in Chakra colours individually for 10 cents each but also in many colours in strands of 65 beads for $3.99. They would be amazing in bracelets or earrings !!
* I also have some cool link bracelets ... just add charms. I will try to get them unpacked this AFTERNOON !!
And there is more to be unpacked ... so I am off !!
Drop in !!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Snowy Day ...

EDIT !!!!! Added the December Daily photos !!!
And another edit !!! I have a bunch of the December Daily kits made up & ready to go !!!
KIT(S) of the WEEK !!
I have several kits this week ...
1. Card Kit of the Week ... it's all about diecuts this week. Get all the supplies to make 3 cards for $5.
2. More Card of the Week kits ... from 2 weeks ago !! As you may remember, I ran out of the glitter ribbon and couldn't finish all my kits. Well, I have more now so I have another dozen kits available. $5
3. Ornament Kit ! This is something a little bit different. You will get the supplies to make 3 ornaments plus a stamp of your choosing to make them with. These are just a few of the stamps available ... 15 different ones. I simply stamped my image and then coloured in small areas with markers. I added a bit of Stickles for sparkle and then assembled my ornaments. They would make nice little casual gifts or tie-ons for parcels. There are also other stamps available for $1.99 if you want more designs. Or buy several kits and get several stamps !! Fun for kids to make too !!
4. This one I LOVE !!! Christmas Countdown Kit. This kit comes with the frame, paper supplies, chalkboard, and chalk. Simply mark each day how many days there are left until the big day !! The frames were made here and vary from kit to kit but all are lovely and "holidayish" !! I only have a dozen of these kits so let me know if you want one !! $15 per kit.
5. December Daily Kits . Do you all know about "December Daily Albums" ? Let me tell you, if you don't ... this has been a big sensation on line. I think the idea comes from Ali Edwards originally. Christmas is more than one day really ... it's a whole season. We all have things that we do throughout the month that add up to "the holidays". The idea is to chronicle those very things and keep a little album of your month. Be it making cookies, shopping, wrapping gifts, hot chocolate with family, etc... Each day you are supposed to snap a photo and write a little bit about the day. Each year you will complete a little album of traditions and holiday happenings. BUT ! The problem is that many people just don't have time to get their December Daily albums ready ... there is just TOO MUCH going on !! So I have made the albums for you !! They are ready to start on December 1st ! The books are bound together with finished covers. You will get a stack of number tags to put on the days as well as journaling cards & tags. Just snap your photo, turn to the first page, add your number tag, choose your journaling tag and write. There will be some ribbon & bits that you can add at the end or when you have time. December Daily Kit : $20 Starting your DD on Dec 1st with no pressure ? PRICELESS !!!
Here is the first kit ... Simple Stories. A vintage style kit.
You get everything you see here including the assembled album for $20. Pieces in each kit will vary but they are all great !! Includes handmade grommeted tags, stamped tags, ribbon, stickers, journalling cards, decorative papers, embellishments.
Here's a look inside ...
And here's the ribbon ... misssed it in the first photo !
And here's the other version .... Teresa Collins. More of a contemporary style. Bright & modern.
And inside ...
I just have a sample of each made right now ... if you want one, let me know by 5pm and I will make it up for the next morning. I am going to try to get a few extra done up tonight (Thursday)... so many things to do , so few hours ...LOL !!6. More Wooden Stocking kits ... a few more in various patterns ...

* Simple Stories "Year-o-graphy" has arrived ! This is an amazing concept that allows you to easily scrapbook and have gorgeous pages. It also works well for paper crafting projects & cards. The paper contains images & icons for the whole year, season after season.
And here is a link to see how you can use their wonderful collections !! Check it out !!
* Inkadinkado Cling Stamps ... I love the stamps they put out this year so I decided to make a few samples so you could see just how nice they are ...
This is their "Holiday Expressions" set .. you get 5 stamps for $3.49 and they are really cute !! Great for on cards or IN cards ... on tags, on scrapbook pages ...
And as a bonus, the new Swarovski flatback crystal snowflakes fit perfectly in the Winter Wonderland stamp !! They are only 40 cents and add real *bling* !!
And this is the "Snow globe" stamp. I like really simple cards so my samples are just that - simple. The first one I stamped in a sepia ink and just added tulle. The next I stamped & embossed CROOKEDLY on a card so I cut it out and mounted it on a card with a simple ribbon. So many possibilities !!
The next is "Folk Wreath" ... I love this on just plain kraft in sepia ink ... but then I got thinking about Stickles , especially my new favourite colour "holly". I just roughly applied it to the branches and then added dots on the berries. Add plaid and it's done !! Both the snow globe and the wreath stamp are only $4.99. There are many others in this series ... great additions to your seasonal stamp collection.
* How about a Christmas necklace ? Here is a sparkly (in real life !! I find the photos so hard to do !) Christmas necklace made with Swarovski crystals. This would make a nice gift !! I have emerald and siam (red) cubes available. They are 8mm and I have 10mm crystal AB cubes too ... for more *bling* !!
* Bookmarks ... here is a crystal bookmark. Lovely cascades of *bling*. I have several colours too ! Or why not make a winter bookmark using snowflake charms ?

Soooo ... that's it for now ! I am trying to get more unpacked and will do my best to have lots for you to see this week !!