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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Selected beads, beading tools, Miyuki beading kits, coloured wire & tigertail, findings, ribbon, trims, Sizzix and Cuttlebug, Cricut, punches, stamps, embellishments.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Little Afterthought ...




SCROLL DOWN FOR THIS WEEK'S POST AND SALE INFORMATION !!! YES, SALE !!



I totally forgot that I had pictures of the tags (and the process to make them) that are in this week's kit. So here we go ...

These are the tags for this week's kits. Let me show you how I made them.

 
Place a stencil over the tag.
With an ink blending tool, rub the ink over the stencil. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.

 
Voila !

 



Cleaning House !!!

Hi everyone !
It's that time of year ... the big trade show (CHA) has just ended and lots of new things are being listed for pre-order. That makes me think I need more space ... SO, it is clean up, mark down, and clear out time !! So I took out a red marker and went to town on the price tags !! And what does the red marker mean ? It means 50% OFF !!!! wahoooooo !!
So far, I have marked down over 200 stamps & stamp sets. Christmas, Easter, Tim Holtz, birthday, Maya Road, Inkadinkado, Stampendous, Purple Onion, Lawn Fawn ... and sooooo many more !
Just a few of the stamps ... check out the walls too ... many more !!
I also marked down most of the punches & punch sets and a bunch of Maya Road Chipboard albums. 50% off.
Then I found several baskets of Miyuki bead kits ... one was simple little kits for children to adults ... 50% off ... and then the lovely elaborate ones for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings ... yes, 1/2 price !!!
 
Next will be coloured wire and some beading tools ... half price ...
Just added selected coloured wire & tigertail, findings & beads, ribbon, metal stamp letter & image punches, beading tools, some sizzix dies, cricut cartridge, chains ...
Now a basket of Sizzix dies & folders as well as Cuttlebug dies....
 
Kit of the Week
This week's card kit makes 2 of the regular size and a larger 5x7 card. You get all the materials, ready-to-assemble, for all 3 cards for just $5. There are several different designs for the large card so I will attach a few photos and you can decide which you would prefer ... just put in your request quickly as there are limited numbers of each !





Watch for a Valentine kit next week !!

BEADS
I have been bagging, bagging, bagging. Check out the bins of lovely beads ... from $1.99 bag to $3.50. I have bagged up many of the acrylic beads - like in the little flower earrings - and that will give you an even better bulk price. Stock up !!


PAPER
I have been putting out more 12x12 patterned paper and embellishments. Found a few more Valentine stamps. More things every day. (That's why I need to clear out & make room !!)

And this ... GORGEOUS seam binding !! I am cutting & packaging this week. Get 10 yards for $2.99. The colours are just delicious !! It ties beautifully and can be inked or stamped. The white can easily be dyed with spray inks, markers, or stamp pads. Oh, it is fabulous !!


So that's what I have to tell you this week ... I am off with my red marker to find more items to clear out ... keep watching for updates !!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cold Outside ... Perfect for Tea & Creating !

Hi everyone !
It is very cold out ... to me, this means perfect weather for making a pot of tea, putting on a big old flannel shirt, and breaking out the crafting supplies !! Last night I did some stamping, painted some jewelry pieces, made a few tags, and baked a cake . This weather makes me happily "nesty" ! So why not bundle up this week, come for a visit (you can toast in front of the pellet stove) , and stock up on supplies ... and then get creative !!

PAPER :
I have been busily catching up on all the new releases, watching the retailers' videos, and doing my pre-orders. So many wonderful new things !!
And today I have been unpacking ... loads of adhesives & pop dots, glue dots, cardstock, and other basics that have run low.
Back in stock is Texture Paste ... great fun with all the new stencils & masks.

And I have also found some more of the Newsprint Owl stamp from Hero Arts ... a few of you have been looking for it ... as well as the Sizzix Big Die of the adorable owl.

Oh, and look ! There's some new Mr Huey Masks from Studio Calico and a new Penny Black background stamp.
I still have one more box to unpack ... who knows what I may find ?!

CARD KIT OF THE WEEK :

This week's kit is all about kraft ... plain kraft, patterned  kraft, kraft tags, ... I love kraft !! These cards are all for birthdays and could be for just about anyone - young or old. Kraft does that ... it bridges the generations ... ;). Anyway ... you will get all the supplies for all 3 cards - ready to assemble - for $5. Leave a comment if you want any saved !

BEADS :
And once I finish the box of paper crafting supplies , I have a 50lb+ box of beading supplies ! Lots of wire, seed beads, findings, metal blanks, wooden beads, filigree, more of that crazy inexpensive silver acrylic trim ( and bronze now too !!) that you have been buying me out of for cards, bags, cords, chains, stringing materials ... lots !!
I have been selling the plain embossed metal pendants like I used in these necklaces but I have had many requests for them painted as I did mine. So last night, they were some the items I painted. I added the patina paints, sanded them to reveal the metal embossing, and sealed them. A final buff and they are ready to go !

The plain pieces are $2.99 and the finished pieces with the Patinas are $4.99.  Hope you like them !!

Well, I must go ... lots more to unpack ! Have a great week and drop in !
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Here are a few pictures of some of the projects I have been working on ...

These are for a future kit ...


I'll leave you with a picture of Nelly quite enjoying the pellet stove & her new bed ... living the dream !!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ohhhhh ... so pretty !!

Seam binding ... perfect for Valentines.
Available in other colours too, with more on the way !!
$2.99 for 10yd package.
** the white is perfect for dying **

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sliding into the Middle of January ...

Hello !
This week it's all about kits ... new kits, replenished kits, more kits !!
Let's see what we have , okay ?

PAPER :
** Card Kit of the Week **

This week's kit is for sympathy cards. I wish they were never needed but , sadly, they are. So why not have a few on hand ? These cards are quite simple but that's how I like sympathy cards to be ... I always think that's not the time I bring out the bling and fancy bits. You will get all the materials - ready to assemble - for all 3 cards for $5. Leave a comment of you want any kits saved.

** Valentine Kits **
I found a few kits left from last year ...
Card Kit ... get the materials for all 3 cards for just $5.


Ornament kit ... all the supplies to make 2 ornaments for $5.
 
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In this week's card kit you will find an inked chipboard swirl. I thought I would show you how I inked a PILE of them in just a few minutes ...

The first coat was with the Pewter Distress Stain . This stain easily flows out of the bottle so you can quickly swipe a coat of colour on a large number of pieces. Much faster than inking.
The second coat was with an inking tool and Pine Needle Distress Ink. Just a quick rub on each one.
The third coat was with an inking tool and Adirondack Ink in black ... just to give the piece an old look.
With the right products and tools I was able to do 30+ pieces in less than 20 minutes.

TIP OF THE WEEK !!
This week I want to tell you about one of my very favourite tools.

The Ink Blending Tool.

This little tool is a gem !! I use mine on every thing I make. It has a piece of Velcro that is used to attach a small sponge. tap the sponge on your ink pad and then use it to gently add ink to your projects ... around the edges or all over, whichever you choose. The sponges are reusable and can be changed. I have several handles and eventually want one for each colour group. But I always have a dedicated Tea Dye handle & sponge ... it's just like Frank's Hot Sauce ... " I put that $@#**& on everything !!" (heehee , sorry, couldn't resist !!)  Someone mentioned a great idea to me ... put a little Velcro dot on the bottom of your Distress ink pad and secure the sponge for that colour to it. Whenever you use that ink, you have the appropriate sponge right there !!
I would definitely recommend this tool as one of the essentials of inking.








BEADS :

I have been assembling some of the favourite kits that have been out of stock lately ...

** Clear Rectangle Bracelet & Earring Kits **


These kits were really popular but I was unable to get any more of the clear rectangular beads. They have been discontinued. So ... while restocking trays, I came across a partial strand and was able to put together some more kits. I have 6 bracelet kits and a dozen+ earring kits. The bracelet kit is $7.50 and the earring kits are $1.99. Going quickly !!!!

** Fairy Flower Earrings**

These have been super popular ... lovely, light, whimsical ... materials & instructions just $3.25. Many colours to choose form. Available in the antique bronze shown as well as silver.

So ... I hope there is a kit here for you this week ! New products next week and more kits !!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back to the Normal Routine ... yay !!

So here it is 2013 ... and I am back to the usual routine ... making kits, unpacking new products ... and I like it ! Let's get started !!
** Sorry for the weird pictures all over the place ... having trouble adding photos this week. So I will have to leave what I was able to get posted . **

PAPER :
* Valentine's papers ... quite a few in stock now ... including Authentiques beautiful "Lovely" line and Jenni Bowlin's Red & Black Collection 2012


* hearts & glittery bits !!
* Simple Stories - "Snap Life" paper , journaling tags, envelopes, 6x6x pads












* cute dog themed paper on kraft from Canvas Corp










* October Afternoon "Farm Girl" and "Farm House" + cute embellishments



* Reminisce "Jungle-iscious" ... crazy bold colours on one side & more natural on the other side ... you choose !












BEADS :
The suppliers are just re-opening now so nothing really new but I am always finding things I forgot to unpack ... lol.

KIT OF THE WEEK :



This week's kit features Cosmo Cricket's paper line "Art Angel" . I love the soft colours & delicate patterns. The tags in each kit vary but they are all from the same accessory packages. Super cute ! The cards have general messages on them ... just life loving sentiments ... so you can easily make them into friendship, birthday, thank you, or just thinking of you cards. Just add your sentiment inside ! You get all the materials, ready to assemble, for all 3 cards for just $5. Leave a comment if you want any saved !!

TIP OF THE WEEK :
Here's a little tip for you ... I like to have a pair of scissors JUST for ribbon. That way they don't get dulled and ruin the ribbon. How to remember which ones are for ribbon ? I tie a little snippet to the handle. Ribbon on handle = ribbon scissors.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year !!!

Hi everyone !
This week has been filled up with installing my Christmas present to all of you ... yes, warmth, hopefully !! And then putting everything back afterwards.

We installed a pellet stove at the store on New Years' day ... I know it is cool in here for many of you but this beast is so hard to heat ... so I am hoping this will make it toasty in here for you & give you somewhere to warm up when you come in on a cold day !!
I am now putting all the bead vials back on the moved shelf and trying to figure out where to put other things ... hmmm. It make take a while but I am sure I can make some changes & find a home for everything. Always good to make a few changes !
In the meantime, the Boxing Week Sales will continue this week. There is still lots to choose from !! But then, next week, the Christmas stuff will be GONE !! Time for new !! Kits will return then too.
Drop in, get toasty, and stock up on some Christmas bargains ! See you !!!!!!!!!