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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Unpacking ...

Hi ! I have been unpacking some of the pre-orders so I thought I would share with you as I take them out of the boxes ...
Sizzix Tim Holtx Texture Fades and Movers & Shapers Dies. They are pretty awesome !!

I love love love the clipboard die ... watch this video and prepare to be amazed !!
Tim Holtz Clip Board Die Demo

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Last Week of February ...

Hi everyone !!
Just a quick post this week .
I am busy trying to gather up various things that I want to clear out ... because next week the mother lode arrives !! Lots of pre-orders are shipping this week, so I expect lots of goodies !!
Here are just a few of what I am expecting ...
Sizzix, Graphic 45, Carta Bella, Pebbles, Ranger, Tim Holtz stamps & dies, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Crafters Workshop (that means more stencils ... yay !!), Cottage Cutz, and a few more I can't remember !
But I need to MAKE ROOM !!! So I am making up some great deal packages ...
* firstly, I am changing my mind about how I sell 12x12 cardstock. To be honest, I sell way more 8.5x11 so I am going to downsize the colour selection I have. I will be moving it to a rack and choosing enough colours to fill the rack. There will still be a good variety , just a bit less. So that means all the odds'n'ends ,worn edge pieces, and partial packages of unknown colours have to go ! So I am working this afternoon to do the 12x12 cardstock up in nice colour group packages 20 sheets for $7.50. They are usually .65 sheet so that's a good saving ! Great way to stock up on a bunch of random colours.

* stickers may be next ... just sayin' ...
* and then I will move on to beads ... lots of end of the package beads so I will be working this week & next on grab bags and bead mix packages. Time to clear out the stragglers !
So keep stopping in for lots of great bargains !!

* new paper
* more inks & sprays
* more ribbons
* gesso & paint


The kit this week is POSY CARDS ! Bright & cheerful for all of you dreaming of spring . The kit includes all the materials - ready to assemble- for all 3 cards for just $5. Leave a comment if you want any saved.

* more wire & findings
* more crystals
* more wooden beads
* more mixes & project bags

So drop in , stock up on some great clearance bargains, check out what's new and get ready to be INSPIRED in the next few weeks !!!

** I'll just mention, that if you want anything in previous posts or have a question about something in a past post, leave a comment on the most current blog post. I don't always go way back so I sometimes miss a question. Thanks !!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb 20th ... hard to imagine we are here already !!

Hi everyone !!
I have some new things to share this week as well as a kit. AND ... many things are being loaded in delivery trucks this week and headed my way ... yes, that's right ! Some of the new releases have been just that - released !!- and are coming here to be enjoyed. Exciting !!

* new paper from My Mind's Eye (I have a total weakness for robots ...). Stamps too !!! And the washi tape that I shared last week that has been flying out the door !

* new from Bella Blvd. ... perfect for wedding cards !!

* Teresa Collins "Memories"  ... love the words (I'll be chopping those up & gluing them down like a ransom note !!) and the filmstrip.

* Easter stamps ... and those 2 on the right are actually 50% off the price marked !!

* I've put out some Easter paper & stickers as well.
* Easter stamps, Dylusions background stamps, Glitz roller stamps, Simple Stories journal inserts, Ranger heat tools ... there's more but I haven't finished unpacking !!

* great stamps from BoBunny ... shared those last week and they too are flying out the door.
* and don't forget those awesome brads that I added as an "add-on to the add-on" last week ... really fun !!


This week's card uses Mist*a*bles paper from Pink Paislee. This paper is really fun to use - you add the colour !! The paper has a subtle pattern printed on it but over that is a pattern that just appears shiny. Once you add colour that shiny pattern acts as a resist and stays white making a beautiful pattern . So your kit includes a piece that I pre-inked for you in pink & orange . I used Dylusions spray inks ... it was ab awesome colour riot !! You should have seen my hands after doing all those sheets of paper !! Pretty !! There is a plain piece of paper as well as a tag for you to colour. Now the colouring is really easy ... I've added instructions in the kit but it is basically just wiping colour on and then  off ... hmmm ... "wax on, wax off" ... kind of Karate Kid style. You can use ink pads, spray inks, markers, even craft paint. You will love what you can do with it !! I will also have individual sheets of the paper for sale  ... because I know you will want some !! ;) You get all the supplies for 3 cards for $5. Leave a comment if you want any saved .

 * wooden bangles ... imagine what you could do with these !! Decoupage them with papers, add beads, stamping, wrap them with ribbon or threads, paint them ... endless !

* leather strap bracelets & chain

* chandelier earrings, and everyones favourite SHORT earwires in antique bronze (bags of 100 for $5.99)

* heart drops, enamelled pendants (use them as is or alter them), turquoise donuts

* mermaids !! I've had these for a while but I had them in a strange spot & I don't think they were being seen. Glass or metal ! Great pendants !

* Glue ... and the cutest glue I have ever seen !! This is single use instant glue. Have you ever had to buy a whole big tube for one thing and then the rest dries up ? Well this is perfect for that !! Just $1.25. Oh ! And really cute cat charms and glass mushrooms ... so excited about the glue, I almost forgot !

I had to add a picture of me holding it so you could see just how stinkin' cute it is !!

Well, that's it for this week ! Still adding things to the 50% off table so come check that out. And watch fro some excting new things in the next few weeks!! Hope to see you this week !!

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Mid Week Update ...

Just thought I would post a few new things ...
( note ... I added an update to the update ...)
* I LOVE these new texture stamps from BoBunny. There are 4 different sets and they retail for just $5.99 a set. Perfect !!

* My Mind's Eye "Boy Crazy" stamps. $7.99. Lots of great fun BOLD images. (love the robot !!)

And for those of you who do collage , mixed media , altered projects ... BRUSHES !! We want decent brushes but not any that are too precious price wise because they do tend to get TRASHED !! So I have just unpacked a whole variety of brushes ... long handles, short handles, big, small ... but the best part is they are all between 69 cents and $1.59. Most are $1. So the next time you leave it in the Mod Podge bottle too long ... forget about it !! lol.

 Now, how about some brads ? These are soooo fun !! They would be really cute on a card or tag. Choose your favourites ... only 40 cents each !

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Post Storm ...

Wow, that was quite a storm last weekend ! And I loved it !!! Those of you who know me, know that I love winter and snow. And it was a bit of a bonus to actually have TWO days off in a row !! That never happens . So in case you were wondering, I was closed on Saturday. The 6 foot drift across the road in either direction kept us home.
I live right on the shore and the wind is usually pretty fierce. Add to that an extra high tide , lots of spray, and some fairly cold temperatures ... and this is what you get . An ice encrusted village !! Here are a few photos I took at the corner, down from my house. That's ice !!

Black & Red. That's what it's all about this week. I was searching through my supplies and saw one of these papers. Loved it. So I started to look for more. Lo & behold, there were lots !! So the kit became all about that colour combination. Watch for more colour theme kits in the future - it was quite fun !! In the kit, you get all the supplies needed ( ready to assemble) and directions for all 3 cards for just $5. Leave a comment if you want any kits saved.

Working hard on the pre-orders from CHA ...lots of new products coming in the next few months ...

Here are a few of the companies that I have ordered from ... Prima (Julie Nutting stamps & tags), Penny Black, Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Teresa Collins, My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey, Bella Blvd, Bo Bunny, Graphic 45 (the french country paper everyone has been asking about ...), Webster's Pages, Sixxiz, Tim Holtx Sizzix, Splash of Colour, Core-dinations, Carta Bella, Bazzill, Echo Park, Crafter's Workshop, Cottage Cutz, Media Mixage (mixes scrap booking with jewelry making), Enviro Tex, Ranger (Distress PAINTS, Claudine Helmuth products, melt art, and Dylusions), Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz stamps & Ideology, Pebbles ... and probably a few more before month's end. These products will arrive between now and April and I will update the blog as soon as they arrive !

I am still unpacking .... it seems to take forever to unpack, price, and package all these bead supplies !! Every week I have put out new items and will be this week too.
Jewelry makers will be interested in some of the new products I have ordered from the scrap booking suppliers ...
* Media Mixage - combines scrap booking supplies and beautiful metal bezels to create custom pendants. Fabulous !!
* Envirotex - resin supplies and also jewelry clay. Many many possibilities !!
These items will be arriving in the next 2 months.
And I have also pre-ordered some great new beading products ...
* semi precious stones in various shapes - peace signs, skulls,Buddhas, symbols, etc.
* brass & wooden bangles
* rosemontees
* fabulous new bead caps & cord ends
* neon & 2 tone neon crystals
* Lovely Knots knotting cord ... great for shambala bracelets
* more semi precious.
* new chain.
Watch for updates when these products arrive !!

I still have 50% off items ... it is 50% off the price on the tag . ( I take it off at the cash register.) Look for tags with a red marker scribbled on them. I keep adding things as I make space for new products !!
Looking forward to seeing you this week !!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines Day !

Hi everyone !
EDIT : Just added more stamps to the 50% off basket ...
Just making kits, listening to the weather, and thinking that this Saturday & Sunday will be great crafting days ... sounds like a big storm !! ( I love snow storms !!) So you really should stop in Thursday or Friday to stock up on supplies ... *wink wink* !


This week's kit is for Valentines. You will get the materials - precut, prescored, prefolded - for 2 cards as well as 2 tags and some ribbon I dyed. PLUS ... A STAMP SET !!! All for $5. Supplies are limited. Leave a comment if you want any saved.
 After I finished making the kit samples I played around with the stamps and some glassine bags (10/$1). They are perfect for some Valentine treats. I just did a quick swipe on each bag with white craft paint and then stamped when it was dry. I tried various ink colours and also sprayed over the stamped images with some Dylusions in Bubble Gum Pink. Quick & fun !!

* new Valentine paper ... great vintage style ! I also have a few more stickers & "lovey" things.

* stamps ... big sets, tiny sets (some only $1.69 !!) , restocked favourites.

* I have those great Christmas sets back in stock ... 2 sheets of wonderful stamps for just $12.99

* FINALLY ... glue dots & dimensionals are back in stock !!

* stickers ... vintage cars, borders, and St Paddy's day !!

* banner template ... how great is this ??! You can simply trace the banner, cut out, and stamp with any message. Perfect !!

* few more Tim Holtz Distress Stain colours ...

* trims ... I had several different spools of these acrylic trims before Christmas and sold out of most of them. I was really happy to see more ! So I have a whole pile of various trims in both silver and antique bronze. They are really light , can be cut apart, and can easily be glued on projects. They can even be coloured with Copics or alcohol inks ! And ... best part ... they are all $1 a yard or less !!!

These aren't new but there are several new colours coming out soon . (including a white that will be a SOLID white over other colours ... can't wait !!)  And some of you may not be familiar with it ... and some of us may have just recently started trying them out I am totally in love with this sprays !! The colours are bright, vibrant , and gorgeous. Use them alone or blend them ... so much fun !!

I made up some tags with individual colours as samples . First I applied a little wipe of gesso ( which I will soon have in small trial size bottles) through a stencil ( I also love those !!) . I let it dry and then spritzed & sprayed the gorgeous colours. I used one colour per tag so you could see the individual tags and then I quickly spritzed a few tags with several colours. To really blend them you can spray your tag first with water, then the inks. Then I wiped off the excess and wiped the gesso with a baby wipe to remove any extra colour. Fun fun fun !!

I have PLENTY of heart charms, beads, pendants ... lots of red & pink cords ... pink & red crystals galore ... why not whip up a pair of little pink or red earrings ? Or add a heart charm to a chain or leather cord ? Or a sweet little heart dangle on a bookmark ? Lots of bead love here !!

* restocked on wires
* more cotton  leather cords
* lots more metal blanks for stamping
* pkgs of wooden rigged beads
* more seedbeads