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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

End of March ... and almost Easter !

Hello !
I am trying really hard to get a jewelry kit done today or tonight ... so many boxes all at once !! I will add to the post as soon as I get it done !! Check back Thursday morning !!
Jewelry Kit : (I did it !!)
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This kit is a little bit Spring-ish, a little bit Easter-ish. Six lovely Swarovski crystal butterflies are suspended from silver earrings. Get the materials and a photo for $5.

Well I am in the midst of unpacking 4 different orders so ... this will be quick !! I have rooted through the boxes to get all the Easter stuff out and will work away at the rest of it !
So here goes ...
PAPER :
6x6 paper pads from Cosmo Cricket & Simple Stories
New Easter paper & Stickers ! Super cute paper from Jillibean Soup - hens, chicks, colourful hen houses, bunnies, and a sheet of journaling cards that would be terrific on cards for "quickies but cuties" !!
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Also I have a great retro style paper from Recollections "Bunny Collage" ... just like all the Easter Bunny stuff when I was a kid !!
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They also have these wonderful stickers ... "Peep Calm and Carry On" ... how cute is that ?!! This is a heavy duty sheet of stickers - they would make 4 wonderful Easter bags as well as a whole bunch of tags and cards. $4.50 each but you get a lot of use out of a sheet !
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I also have the new Spellbinders M-Bossibilities (and some new Nestabilities ... including labels). These are some new embossing plates that are 2 sided - so you get 2 designs with each plate. They are $7.99 and $9.99 , depending on the size , and remember - you are getting TWO plates for that price !! I think these will sell quickly !
BEADS :
New hemp in GORGEOUS colours !!! This is perfect for hemp jewelry but also great to use as twine on cards & scrapbooking pages.
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New chains ... lots & lots of great chains, including beaded chains.
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LOTS of strands of fire-polished beads ... big beads, little beads... come root through the box & see what you can find !!
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here is a cute twist on Kumihimo ... try wrapping wire around your braid to add a little silver sparkle. Also, this makes a great way to finish the ends !!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21st ... marching towards April ...

Hello !
EDIT : the winner of the gift certificate is Elissa Brown !!!
I am thinking about a card swap here at the store ... still working out the details. You would bring a card (or cards) in an unsealed envelope. At the end of the month , you would get a card from another cardmaker for each one you brough in. Let me know if you are interested !
I have some new items to share with you as well as some FUTURE new items to mention ... I am a bit between orders ... actually wondering where they are (?) ... so the next few weeks will be filled with new stuff !!
Paper :
* still lots of great new papers from Graphic 45 and Pink Paislee. Pink Paislee has beautiful embellishments and stamps to go with their lines ... OR they would work on their own or with other papers !!
* Bazzill Resist Paper ... this is great stuff !!
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The paper is printed with an embossed design of "hope" ribbons ... all white. You apply ink to make it whatever colour you want !! So say you want pink for Breast cancer Awareness ... add pink. Red for military Fridays ... add red ribbon. Yellow for just plain Hope ... yellow ink ! The possibilities are endless !
* 25% off the Knock Out Punches from American Crafts ... yep, you heard right !! That means you can get a set of SIX edge punches for $44.24 !!!! That's only $7.37 each ! Wowzas ! The discount is on all the Knock Out punches ... starter sets and add ons too. This week only !
* Did you see the Prima crystal fairies last week? They are soooo pretty !! Perfect on a mini album or page for a little girl or a sweet card.
COMING SOON : great new stuff from Prima, Jenni Bowlin, Jillibean Soup, Memory Works, Paper Loft, Cosmo Cricket, Crafters Workshop, Sizzix, Queen & Co ( great twine & jewels !!), ... and more !! All in the next few weeks !
I am taking an on-line course with Tim Holtz for the next few weeks ... and I am learning a lot so far ! I hope to have some great tips & projects to inspire you to try new products !
As far as card kits ... we have primed the workroom & the counters and cupboards will start construction this weekend ... getting closer !! And I am brimming with project ideas . Soon my friends, soon !!
BEADS :
* more Fire Agate ... large pieces.
* filigree ornate clasps - gold & silver
* more crystal studded buckle clasps
* Swarovski Stairway Crystals - these are very graphic simple crystals - and gorgeous !! They are square and made so they align edge to edge if you wish to string them all in a bracelet. They would look beautiful as a focal point in a bracelet or necklace or as earrings ... or a ring !!! Fab !
COMING SOON : resin (oh the possibilities !!), metal pieces for stamping/embossing/inking etc ..., pearl & crystal bracelets, springy crystal butterfly jewelery, the new Swarovski colours .... and more !
JEWELRY KIT OF THE WEEK :

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Here is a simple swingy pair of earrings ! It is always difficult to use drops that are drilled across for earrings so this is one way ! Because the hole is quite a way down, the rings need to be large so i thought why not make a chain of large airy rings ?! And voila ! A pair of really light airy earrings that swing and move nicely.
All the supplies and a picture for $1.65. They come in 2 possible colours - smoky blue and sea green. I promise you that the photo doesn't so them great justice . ( I really need to find a way to take better jewelry pictures ! Add that to the list ...lol )
Anyway, hope to see you this week ! Nice weather so get in your car ... and drive !!
Watch for another fun "make'n'take" day in early April !!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lots of Beautiful New Product !!

Big post this week with lots of pictures. Let's get started !
Hey !!! Just trying to see how many people read this blog & the Facebook page ... leave a comment on either one and I will enter your name for a $10 gift certificate ! (once per person ...lol !)
PAPER :
* new Graphic 45 ... "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" and "Little Darlings" ... great paper as usual.
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The Little Darlings line is adorable but it isn't strictly babies. It has a spring vibe as well as just pretty papers ... butterflies, bows, etc. Great for lots of projects and themes.
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And the Curiosity Shoppe is super - it would work for any type of vintage project , cards, masculine themes, fashion, pigs ...lol ...
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I have the 12x12 papers as well as the 8x8 pads , stamps, and chipboard pieces. I think it will sell quickly like their other lines did ... and may be scarce to re-order. Get yours as soon as you can !!
* Pink Paislee .... wow ! What a great variety in their lines this season. The "She Art" line is by Christy Tomlinson. I really like her collage work and have taken several of her on-line classes. With her paper , rub ons, tissue, and stickers, you too can make fabulous collages. I hope to have a few samples for you in the weeks to come.
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Another line from Pink Paislee is Prairie Hill ... soft earthy colours that seem to speak of a sun drenched summer. The designs are vintage but still fresh. Stamps, 12x12 papers, 6x6 pads, tags, stickers ... all available.
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Also out this week is Indigo Bleu ... lots of lovely faded soft blues. Paper, pads, stamps, tags.
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And last but certainly not least is Spring Jubilee ... this is vintage chic. Lots of roses, writing, ephemera ... vintage but girly and pretty. Fun for scrapbooking, cards, collage, etc ... 12x12 paper, 6x6 pads, ephemera, stickers, stamps, collage sheets, buttons, spool buttons, numbers, etc ... LOTS of fun stuff !!!
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* Basic Grey .... "Konnichiwa"... this is delightful !!!! I love this line.
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It is Japanese in style so it is full of cherry blossoms, flowers, Japanese girls, gold fish, birds, bridges, lanterns and in beautiful pinks, reds, and teals. So pretty !! Papers in 12x12 and also in 6x6 pads as well as stickers & buttons.
* restocked on the inexpensive tape that everyone loves. It is in a new package now so don't miss it !!
* Dear Lizzy from American Crafts ... fun stamps, tags and garlands. Just pull that butterfly up off the page and a garland starts to emerge. Cut off what you need. Ready to use !!
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* new ribbon
* stamps from all the various paper lines as well as a few others !!
BEADS :
* 22g wire in a rustic black for very urban, vintage, or industrial jewelry.
* new beads ... glass & metal
* trays have been cleaned out on a few tables & re-organized ... lots to choose from.
* new end pieces for kumihimo and other cords, braids, etc.
* some exciting new things on their way in the next few weeks !!!!

JEWELRY KITS :
Butterfly Dreams Necklace & Earrings...
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This necklace is a combination of strung beads, dangle focal piece, and cord. Very simple to assemble and summery in style !
The materials for the necklace and a photo with brief instructions is $10.
The earring materials + photo are $1.99. Little butterflies float with crystals to make a sweet springy pair of earrings !
PAPER KITS ... sorry. Still working on my workroom at home. A few more weeks !!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fun Stuff !!

Hello !
I have lots of fun things this week ... let's go !
PAPER :
* new border punch system from American Crafts.
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You buy one punch mechanism and then purchase the various designs separately. The starter set includes a scalloped edge punch and the mechanism for $13.99.
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Additional designs range from $6.99 to $10.99.
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There is also a wonderful set for $58.99 that includes the mechanism and 6 designs - that's 6 border punches for less than $10 each !!! And they all store nicely in a carrying case.
I like this product because it takes up much less space than multiple border punches - and costs less ! You simply open the punch, pop in the design punch piece and add the guide plates. they are lettered on the back so you know which side to snap them into. They also have a little diagonal corner so they can't be put in upside down. Genius !!
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* new stamps from Unity Stamp Company. I love their stamps. Where else can you get a toilet paper roll with the sentiment "Sorry your day was so crappy" and "That's how we roll" ... lol. They also have lovely sentiments and great small designs for cards. The price is right too - $6.99 to $7.49.
* New stamps from Tim Holtz
**NB ... I am getting closer to having a work space to produce card kits in ... soon !! **
BEADS :
* spools of cotton cord for wrapped bracelets for those of you making them by the dozen ... much cheaper this way !!
* SQUARE Kumihimo braid plates ... they make a flat braid. I have done one - a bit wonky but it is my first !! - I'll post a picture once I get the findings on !!
* more fire polished beads
* more Swarovski crystals
* tools
* end caps for Kumihimo braids in many sizes & colours !
* metal beads
* agate pendants ... these are beautiful !!! Prices range from $2.50 to $6.99.
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KIT OF THE WEEK (Jewelry) ... earrings !!
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These little earrings are super easy to make but are really striking ! The kits include the materials you need + a photo for reference. I have many colours too !! Only ... are you ready ??? ... $2.50 !!!