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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CLOSED for the Day ... September 01

My emergency visit grew into an emergency specialist visit in the city tomorrow so I won't be open Thursday. I WILL be open Friday as usual. So sorry for the inconvenience.

More Christmas !

Hi everyone !
This is just a quick note ... I am really having a bad day & am off to an emergency doctor's appointment in a few minutes.
The biggest thing this week is the new Christmas Paper from Imaginisce ... really cute !!
I have an album almost finished & some kits ready to be packaged using this sweet paper but I think they may have to wait a few days. But I will have the paper & accessories out on Thursday ... stop by !!
Here's a quick photo of the hall all ready for the card class ... it was a fun evening ... 22 attendees. Watch for another in late September !
Have a great long weekend everyone !! See you back on schedule in good old September !!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


*SWOON* ... That's what I did when I saw the new Graphic 45 papers ... oh my... I thought they looked pretty great when I pre-ordered them but to see them in person is a whole other story !! They are amazing !! My mind is racing with projects ... I hope I can get some done before the paper sells out !! Actually it is so nice that I have already re-ordered most of it !! The pictures I took don't do it justice ... you should come see it in person. Also check out Graphic 45s blog ... for some breathtaking samples !
*( I just had someone stop in to ask a question ... her eyes were immediately drawn to the paper ... she loved it ... believe me, you will too !!)
The first line is ABC PRIMER ...
I am planning on making a black paper bag album kit ... probably in a few weeks.
Then there is Christmas Emporium ... wow. The papers are beautiful - thick paper, gorgeous rich colours, great designs ... classic.
My mind is spinning with Christmas project ideas ... !
They also have these really cute little kraft boxes with accordion fold albums inside. The boxes have a magnetic clasp and are all ready for altering ! The other album they have comes in a little film canister. Super cute ! I have a few of the albums but I have quite a few pre-ordered elsewhere. They should be here soon.
This is a short post ... I have been out straight getting ready for this week's card class and working on some renovations. I have just placed an order for a bunch of shelving so ... bear with me ... organization is on it's way !!! Things will be changing in the next few weeks ... I am excited about the changes !

In order to get some samples done up, renovations done, beads organized and sampled, orders placed, and kits assembled ...I am taking a few weeks off from the Kit of The Week . I have a few left from last week if anyone missed them. The Kit of the Week will be back in September ... and I am thinking Christmas !!!

So keep stopping in ... lots of new things ... and keep watching the blog for news on kits, classes, and just plan old ideas !!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

photos for Card Class August 24th ...

10 Cards ... one night ... here they are !!
August 24th ... Wedenesday ... 6:30-10 pm ... Port Geroge Community Hall ... bring scissors & your fave adhesive ... MUST PRE-REGISTER before 1pm on Saturday Aug 20th.
Cost ... $20 + tax ... includes all supplies & a homemade treat !!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's a Tim Holtz Fest !!!!

Hi everyone !!!
As you know, I have been gathering {hoarding} Tim Holtz and Ranger products. They have been arriving in dribs and drabs since December. I wanted to wait til I had EVERYTHING and I may now ... but even if I don't ... it is going out there for you all to see, touch, use, and enjoy !! The products are soooooo fun and really allow you to find your inner artist !! I had so much fun experimenting this week ... my table was covered in projects !! I told Charlie (aka Feedman) that I FINALLY felt like I had accomplished what I had hoped to this week ... mind you I worked Saturday night, all day Sunday, Sunday night, Monday, Monday night, Tuesday, Tuesday night, and then today ... all to be ready to open tomorrow and have samples. (BUT there still are tons of samples I want to do !!!) But that seems like a bit of a tough schedule to follow ... not sure I like that aspect of it !! ;) But it was fun !! Last night at 10pm I was baking ... tiny little clocks out of Shrink film !! ( had forgotten about them !!) Anyone hoping for cookies was disappointed !! lol !!
So without further ado ... here are a few projects !!

This was really fun !! You will get to use the 7 Gypsies collage tissue, Tim Holtz film strip ribbon & hanger, Grunge paper flowers, Maya Road trinkets ... fun stuff !! And I made a little clock for each kit with Shrink Film which I also have for sale . It's amazing !! Stamp, punch/cut, bake ... and voila !! Photobucket
** NOTE : the card does not come pre-stamped so you can add whatever quote you like. I will have my stamp here though if you do want that particular quote. **
Here are a few details ... I added Distress Stickles to my flower ... even distress needs to sparkle a bit ... !
So this kit is in limited numbers ... let me know if you want a kit saved. I haven't saved any this week as the regulars are usually card people . It will be the first who ask who will get them. I think you will really enjoy playing with this kit. It sells for $7.50.

Products ... think Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies, Ranger , Maya Road ... fun & fabulous !! Everything form paper to glues & paints to tons of little "bits" that make projects so unique. I will have all the items in packages but also opened up and selling the pieces individually Flea Market Style !! Maybe you only want one book plate and a few hangers ... that's fine !! It's a great way to try new things. I will also be selling the Tim Holtz papers - card stock (distress & Adirondack) , patterned paper, grunge paper, kraft resist paper, and glassine paper - by the sheet as well as by the package. ... only 80 cents persheet !! If you love a product , buy the whole package ... I'm offering 20% of all whole packages of products from Tim Holtz, Maya Road, and 7 Gypsies.

Samples ...
PhotobucketPhotobucket WORK IN PROGRESS !!!
A 7 Gypsies album ... still have more to do but it has been quick & fun !! I may do up packages for this in the next few weeks if anyone is interested. (Once I get this one finished !!)

Claudine Hellmuth ... she has some great products out through Ranger ... her stamps are a lot of fun. Each design comes in 2 forms - foam & clear acrylic. You can use them individually if you want. But TOGETHER they are awesome !! You stamp with the foam first using either paint or ink ( I tried both) . Let the image dry. Then stamp over it with the acrylic stamp to add the outlining. I love them because they have a slightly offset registration so it looks like old printing from the 50s. The designs are bold and very graphic ... and just plain fun.
PhotobucketHere are some cards and tags I made using the stamps and her great paints.
I also used her paints, Multi Medium, stamps and Sticky Back Canvas to make this collaged wall hanging. It was a lot of fun !! I may do this as a workshop if anyone is interested. I hope to make a few smaller ones in the next few weeks.
Here is the Glassine Paper ... after it has been run through my machine in an embossing folder ... nice ... and then made into flowers. ♥ I'll try a few other ideas for next week ...
A card using the Kraft Resist paper and a few Tim Holtz trinkets and Maya Road bits... a manly card !!
And the adhesive backed foil ... oh my !! Be still my heart !! Run that through in an embossing folder ... can I do enough it to make a ceiling in the kitchen ??? Imagine a snowflake folder ???? wow. It can also be coloured with alcohol inks ... but I was so in love with it, I left it as is. Again, I'll try inks next week.
Ranger Memory Frames ... these have jewelry potential as well. Just pop open the frame, make a little collage or sandwich special paper between 2 pieces of glass, close it up and you are ready to roll !! I also have thin metal tape so you can make them with just the little pieces of glass ... I see pendants, Christmas tree decorations ... so much !! More future projects ... I told you I still had lots more I wanted to try ...

Maya Road ... loads of fun chipboard pieces ... butterflies (I coloured one using the Tim Holtz Distress Stains - so easy - and then glittered with some Stickles) , cameos, garden pieces, weather ... canvas banners & pieces, wooden spools & buttons. acrylic dangles ... soooo much !!

Well ... I've talked enough ... trust me, there is lots to see this week !! Drop in !!

** Just a reminder ... if you want to put pictures of your beloved pets in the CAPS calendar, the deadline for photos is August 31st !!**

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Think Pink !!

Hi !
Somehow - completely accidentally - this update is all about pink !! Pink albums, pink cards, pink paper, pink beads ... crazy !

KIT OF THE WEEK : three cards ... all pink ... a "birthday wishes" card, a "you're so sweet" card, and a "whatever you want" card !! All the supplies, cut & ready to go, for all 3 cards for $5.
PINK WHIMSY MINI ALBUM KIT : They are ready !!
I had no idea how much cutting, stamping, punching there would be ! YIKES !! But they are ready ... and I had help !!
(yep, lots of help !!) The kit is $19.95 and is full of great stuff. Here is what you get in the kit...
all sorts of paper, borders, hand dyed ribbons, tags, labels, 3 complete alphabets in stickers, and lots of fun goodies !! I only have 13 and half of them are already spoken for ... let me know if you want one !! It is made from this week's featured paper from The Girls' Paperie. Here's what it makes if you need a reminder .
PAPER : This week's selected paper is from The Girls' Paperie ... a company no longer in business which is too bad. I love their papers. You may remember Tinsel & Twig from last Christmas ... also theirs. The owner has started a new company Authentique but it is a bit different from her previous designs. Anyway ... 3 lines this week from them
Vintage Whimsy and Jubilee
And look at all the great accessories
... rosettes, metal pins, paper pennant pins, resin flowers, cameos, buttons, cameo buttons, ribbon & lace ... so much !!
I will be selling them by the package but also individually, flea market style !! But if you buy 6 sheets of paper from that company, you will be able to get 25% off any packages of accessories !!

BEADS : I have just unpacked some new metal spacer beads from Tierra Cast ... wonderful metal beads in great colours like black and antique brass to name a few ... excellent quality and really beautiful shapes.
I have also been kitting like a mad woman !! I have more of the kyanite earring kits made ... this is the end of the kyanite beads so get them now. I have more of the olive green bracelet/earring sets ready and am working on the Chinese crystal bracelets as well as the soft mauve sets.
And here's the NEW kit ...
Pink & Grey Sparkler Bracelet !! I have the kits & instructions done ... I just need to get photos printed. I have an appointment in Halifax tomorrow so may not get that done but will do it as soon as I can. The kits are $9.99.
I am also working on a FAB Swarovski crystal ring ... it is going to be amazing !! And so simple !! Next week !!!

CARD CLASS : 2 weeks from today ... August 24th. Here are the last 2 cards of the 10. Reserve your spot now !!
COMING UP : TIM HOLTZ FEST !! Okay, here's a sad story ... I have boxes of Tim Holtz & Ranger product ... some of it has been here since Christmas ... but it arrived in dribs & drabs ... so I kept waiting for it all to get here so I could do a big TADA !! Anyway, I HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH !!! This is crazy !! SO next week , it will all be out and I will hopefully have a few samples made with it !! It is wonderful stuff !! I can't wait !! And as a special incentive , there will even be a discount !! Tune in next week !!

So, there's a quick rundown of what's in the shop this week. I am getting fall fever ... that means renovations & re-dos !! So don't be surprised if you come in soon & things are changed around ... I feel like re-organizing ( and some of it just plain needs to be organized the first time !!) . A few more weeks and I will be starting ... don't worry ... hard hats are not required !! Have a great week !!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


So much ... let's start !!


This week's kit is all summer - bright yellows, hot pinks, ladybugs, lemons, and flowers. There is a "Happy Summer" card, a "Celebrate" card, and a "With Thanks" card ... of course, you know, you can make them whatever you want !! They are just bright & cheerful !! The paper used is Salt Spray from Cosmo Cricket and Sweet Summer Time by Little Yellow Bicycle. I have both lines available this week. As usual, the card kits contain the supplies for all 3 cards and cost $5. Leave a message here or on Facebook if you want any saved. Last week's kit was popular ... sold out by the end of the first day !!

* new 6x6 paper pads ... more than 50 !!! They include : Jillibean Soup - Blossom Soup & Watermelon Gazpacho ~ Fancy Pants - It's the Little Things, To the Moon, Beach Babe, Beach Bum, Baby Mine ~ Basic Grey - Hello Luscious, Sweet threads ~ Crate paper - Toy Box Collection, Emma's Shoppe, Portrait Collection, Neighbourhood Collection ~ Echo Park - Splash ~ Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer ~ Bo Bunny - Zoology Collection, Barefoot & Bliss ~ Cosmo Cricket - Salt Air, Upcycle, Odds'n'Ends, Circa 1934, Social Club ~ lily bee Designs - Happily Lost ~ Sassafras Lass - Broadcast ... phew ! That was a lot !!

* I was able to get more of the Graphic 45 Wicked paper for those looking for it.
* COPIC MARKERS ... yes, I have them !! I ordered Copic Ciao because they are a great marker at a better price. So they will be $4.99 each ... but some of the markers were substituted with the more expensive Sketch markers ... for a limited time they will ALL be $4.99. Start your collection today !!!
* Stamps - Maya Road, Hampton Art, Our Craft Lounge. One of the stamps from OCL is called "Granny's Support Team" and, you guessed it, it's all about underwear !! One of the quotes is "Don't forget to squish 'em" ... and don't !! Just a reminder that the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Van will be here at the hospital the end of August and early September. Book your mammogram soon !!

*12x12 papers
Cosmo Cricket "Salt Air" ... pretty colours, cute accessories ( Bling, Buttons, Butterflies & Doilies)
Little Yellow Bicycle "Sweet Summer Time" ... bright blues, yellows, reds ... watermelon, lemons, lemonade stands.
And look at all the fun stuff that goes with it ... chipboard shapes, stickers, felt ribbon sliders, spinners, canvas shapes, 10 Things Pockets, Flower Button Dots, ticket book, journalling cards, pop up stickers ... so fun !!
October Afternoon "Campfire" ... listen to a few of the paper names ... "Sleeping Bag", "Tent Trailer", "Stargazing", "Skipping Rocks", "Toasted Marshmallows" ... you just know it's going to be fun !! The images are great ... plaids, stars, pine trees, bears, fox, lodge check-in sheets, maps ... all part of the camping adventure !!! Great stickers too !!
Fancy Pants - "Beach Bum" and "Beach Babe" ... nice masculine paper - reds, blues, weathered colours ... flip flops, surf boards, waves, fish, Hawaiian shirts ... great vacation paper !!
*Bo Bunny - these albums match their Zoology and Barefoot & Bliss lines. They are shaped printed chipboard ... various animals for the first one and flip flops and other summer items for the second. Fun albums, especially for kids !! "Mini Edgy Albums".
* more Cuttlebug & Nestabilities
BEADS : I am just about to crack open a big box ... I will have the earring backs, lots of new jump rings in new sizes & colours, cellphone straps, more bookmarks, Econoflex wire, Dragon Blood Jasper semi precious stones, ... and more !!
* Just a note ... I have been having trouble getting Big Eye Needles ... I asked about them and the problem is that they come from Japan and are not available because of all the trouble there. My supplier mentioned there are several other products as well. Never even thought of that !!
Pink Whimsy Album Kits ... I tried ... I really did !! I worked on them yesterday but we kept losing our power and then my printer wouldn't work. I worked until 10:30 last night and finally realized that I wasn't going to be able to finish them ... I'm close !! They will definitely be ready next week. ..maybe sooner. I have had a lot of people interested ... remind me if you want a kit (or more) saved. $19.95 per kit ... and I only have enough for 13.

And ... 3 weeks from today is the Card Class !! I am hoping to have a good number registered ... it would certainly make me keen to do more !! Remember you must pre- register.

Thanks & have a super week ! Hope to see you !!!