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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Try-It-Saturday !!

Hi everyone !!
This is a fun week !!
This week will be our first "Try-It-Saturday" !! I am hoping lots of you come out and give the products a try. The Kit of the Week is set up to use the product, or there are instructions provided to do it at home. But why not come & use my stuff ?!! Try some new things !! Just pick up your kit of the week or comment that you want one saved. The kit is $5 and includes all the supplies for 2 cards as well as 2 yards of ribbon to be dyed and a fabric leaf. You can complete all of them here using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I'll have lots of colours to try and some fun tools to use. I will have extra card supplies available for $2 per card if you want to do more. Or if you want to bring a friend !! Hope to see you !!
PAPER : In honour of the Royal Wedding, I have all things London !! 7 Gypsies paper and accessories from their Lille, Camden, and Paddington lines.
There is paper, apothecary bottles & labels, metal jewelry pieces, collage tissue, stickers, tags, and various interesting pieces. Really fun stuff !!
I made a really quick little paper bag album with some of it ... it's still a work in progress but I have a few photos. It was really fun to do a project that was MESSY !! Lots of ink and paint. Tape. Collage bits. I really enjoyed it and plan to add more !!
BEADS: more beads have been unpacked. Kyanite earring kits. Also, check out the pieces from 7 Gypsies in the scrapbooking section ... there are many different jewelry elements - perfect for steam punk style jewelry.
Kit of The Week : This is the kit. You can still complete it at home using a stamp pad and the sponge included in the kit. The kit makes 2 cards and 2 yards of ribbon as well as a fabric leaf. The cards use Ink Resist paper form Pink Paislee and Hot Off The Press. The designs appear like magic !!
Bead Kit of the Week : This week I have a pair of Kyanite earrings. Kyanite is a beautiful blue silicate stone from Brazil. Really pretty. And quite pricey ... so I whined about the price until I got a great deal on a strand ... (shameless) ... and decided to share the deal with you. Each stone has a suggested price of $4 but I have all the materials for the pair of earrings for $5 ... that includes the kyanite, hooks, headpins, spacers, and crystals. A great deal !! I have a limited number of the stones so get them now if you like them !!

So ... in closing ... I hope to see you pop in for a "Try" on Saturday. It should be fun !! Stop in anytime this week though ... love to see you !!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Week

Hello !
This is a short little week ... but jammed full of great new things !!

I will be closed Friday the 22 (Good Friday) but open Thursday & Saturday as usual. Because it is such a short week, I decided not to do a kit ... but there will be a really fun one next week full of exciting products.

So here is a quick idea of what's new this week ...

Paper ...

*STAMPS !!! lots & lots of new stamps !!
Here are some of the companies : Purple Onion, Inky Antics, Stamping Bella, Unity Stamp Co., Kaiser, Maya Road, Your Next Stamp, Imaginisce, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Stampendous, Prima ... so far I have unpacked over 200 new stamps !!

Here are a few examples ...
I also have some great new acrylic blocks ... large ones from Stampendous and gridded sets from Tim Holtz.
* Spellbinders/Nestabilities ... new sets including Labels 18, 19, 21 and One Small, Nested Lacey Pennants, Heart Circles, Floral Doily Accents, Lacey Ovals, Banner Basics 2 and 3. There are still more to come in.
* New Punches ... EK Success, Martha Stewart

Beads ...
Oh where do I start ??? So much to share... and unpack !! I will unpack Tuesday & Wednesday but I probably won't finish it all ... you can count on new things appearing every week for a while !!
* Crystals ... I have the new Spring 2011 Swarovski colours. Beautiful !! They include Chrysolite Opal ( a lovely soft green), Topaz Blend, Bronze Shade Crystal, 2X Bronze Shade Crystal, Amethyst Blend. The new pearl is Vintage Gold. There are also new shapes for the crystal focal beads.
* Chinese Crystal ... oh my gosh !! Gorgeous new colours & finishes as well as wonderful new shapes. Teardrops, coins, wavy coins, ovals. You have to see them to believe them !!
* Semi Precious ...
agate, dandrite agate, fluorite, turquoise, snakeskin jasper, zolite, quartz with black tourmaline, amethyst, sodalite, ocean jasper, green garnet, hyperstene, sardonyx, coral, kababa jasper, citrine, fire agate, sun stone ... and more.
* more charms, findings, magnetic clasps
* fun gold edged seashells ... complete with jump rings . Just add to a chain or earhook - instant jewelry !! Only $1 each !! Three styles.

Hope to see you & have a happy Easter weekend !!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Sale time !! I am cleaning out the bins, clearing shelves, sorting through boxes ... time to make room for new stock !! So there are sales !! I have a stack of paper that is 50% off ... any of the 12x12 paper with a pink line through the bar code is HALF PRICE !!! There are also some stickers and other items ... pink line through the bar code ... And beads ... look for a green line through the price or on the sticker ... that means that if you buy one, you get another of equal or lesser value for FREE !!! Yes, free !!! A real BOGO !! So far I have a table FULL ... poke through. I'm sure you'll find some great filler beads or discontinued findings. I will continue to add to the piles ... I want to clear out a bunch of stuff. Why ? Because I have boxes of new beads and cartons of new paper & scrap booking supplies. SO MUCH NEW STUFF !!!! And I need to make room ... so please help me !!

Here is the kit of the week ...
continuing with the "clean it out" theme ... I have so much scrap from the card kits. I recently saw a card on a blog where the card maker used strips of several papers in order to use a variety ... hmmmm ... that got me to thinking about scrap. Why not use all the bits of scrap to make a large pieced embellishment for cards ? So that's what I did ! And I am happy to say that the only whole sheets of paper used were for the card bases. ALL the rest of it came out of my scrap drawer. So after you make the kit, search in your scrap bin ... and make some more !! It's economical, it's fun, and it's creative !!

So , I hope to see you all in here looking for bargains and helping me make room. I have a meeting on Wednesday with a supplier (beads) and I have a big carton of paper here to be unpacked ... along with about 8 partial boxes of beads,paper, stamps, and other goodies ... all I need is room !!!
See you !!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Inky Antics HoneyPOP Collection

Here is a little video explaining Honey Pops !! Enjoy !

So Much !!

There is so much to tell you about ...
1. Kit of the Week ...
Photobucket card kit , all the parts to make 3 cards, $5. This week it is all about Easter and Spring.

2. Bracelet Kit ... I now have more of the matte pink beads so I'll have more of the kits from week before last.

3. New Beads :
Photobucket TWO trays of the sterling silver plated beads. These beads are great !! They are acrylic so they are light and inexpensive ... but ! They are plated in sterling silver. They would be great in a chunky necklace or bracelet or in long chain style necklaces. Super for earrings because of the lightness !! I have lots more styles - from small spacers to big chunky focal beads, in 2 finishes - antique silver and shiny silver.
CHECKER Beads : these beads are really fun & funky !! They are lightweight and come in lots of fun colours & sizes. I have only unpacked a few so far but will get them all unpacked by tomorrow ! Great on chains in multi strand necklaces.
4. New Paper : * JilliBean Soup - 2 collections "Dutch Mustard Soup" and "Spotted Owl Soup" ...
the first collection is yellows, browns, greens, and oranges. Photobucket
The second is blues & apple green. Both are fun & fresh !! There are also some really cute "Sugar Picks' (pins) and corrugated shapes to embellish.

* Honey POPS !! from Inky Antics. Now these are fun !! First, there are stamp sets ...
they have several stamps in each set - some that can just be stamped & coloured and some that are especially for the special honeycomb paper. Now, you can use these stamps just as regular stamps ... OR ... you can add the *pop* !!!
You use the special honeycomb paper, stamp the image, cut it out, add it inside the card, and VOILA ! The recipient will be surprised by the beautiful 3D surprise inside !! I made one & loved it !! (I learned a few things ... like, it would be better to stamp on the honeycomb paper with a tone-on-tone ink because you can see the dark line if it doesn't get cut off exactly ... oh well ... beginner's attempt !!) The paper goes quite far - I figured I could get 12 cupcakes out of one package if I cut carefully.
5. TRY-IT-SATURDAYS ... I am going to try to have one of these very 4-6 weeks. It will be a Saturday when you can come in and TRY new products - hands on !! See how you use things, see if you like them, make a little project !! The first one will be Saturday April 30th ... this one will tie in with the Kit of The Week. The kit will be one you can take home & do there or you can come & use some of the great inks & products I have in the store to complete it. It will feature Parisian Anthologie Paper from Pink Paislee and ribbon. You will be able to add inks & Glimmer Mist to the amazing embossed paper and then dye a few yards of crinkle ribbon to use on another project. So, mark it on your calendars. And remember to pick up or speak for a kit that week !!
6. I have a Big Kick for sale ... it is a wonderful machine.
Photobucket It embosses and diecuts. It will cut paper, fabric, chipboard, and mat board. It hasn't been used too much ... (like most of my stuff, I hate to say ...) and will make someone very happy !! I am selling it because I have bought an electric version as I often need to cut 25 or 30 pieces at a time. The Big Kick is manual . Anyway, it includes a brand new set of cutting plates and is $65 ... less than a new Cuttlebug and more powerful !! Let me know if you are interested !! ( psst ... there may be a Cricut soon too ...)
So that's it for now ... hope to see you !!