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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Update #2 for November 29th ....

So ... here is a little more eye candy (new stuff !!)  ... and kit updates.
AND !!! I will be open every Wednesday night in December & January. Well, except Christmas & New Years Day ... lol. Wednesday nights have been really fun and very busy, so I thought I would give them a go every week !
I have been kitting like a mad woman today ... over 200 kits assembled. But , for those of you who have been waiting, no snowmen or angels. Some of the parts arrived late today and the rest of the parts are en route. I am kitted out for tonight so will have to leave the job for next week. I will have the snowmen ready by Wednesday and hopefully the angel wings and "bods" will have arrived by then too !
And then the December decorative stand thing ... having a problem getting the right size rings so that too will have to wait until next week. Again, sorry !
But I do have 2 card kits, a larger stamp/cards/tags kit, and a banner kit. All ready !! The first three kits are in the previous post ( scroll down for pictures & details). The banner kit has been brought back by popular demand ! I had so many requests, I made up a bunch. The patterned papers are different this year (see the right hand side of the picture for samples) and are not as pale as the picture seems to show ... not a great photographer ... and the diecuts are in darker reds & greens. I really like the colour combinations this year !!  So you get all the materials and directions for just $5. This is a no sew , quick assemble project that would make a great little gift for a neighbour, a co-worker, teacher, or for a gift exchange. Just $5 each !!!

And now for NEW !!!
Taylored Expressions : sympathy stamp set .

AH ! My favourite stamp set !

Love this one - even though I hate being homeless camping.
20 stamps in this set !!

This cute sets includes the stamps as well as the jar die.

For the music lover ! Six lovely dies.

This paper is wonderful . Lovely birches on one side and glorious cardinals on the other. ♥


Well, that's it for now. I will continue to unpack tonight and will have more news next week - and snowman earring kits too !!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First Post this week .. with more to come.

Hi !
I spent 2 very busy days at home working on kits and samples . Now I have to cut, kit, and assemble. And 3 boxes of goodness arrived this morning so it will be a busy next few days too !
So let's look at the kits, shall we ?
(to see the photos even better, click on one and then you can go through an album of this post's photos)
 CARD KIT : All About Santa - Even the Boots !

 This kit includes all the supplies to make these 3 cards for just $5. Love the boots !!

CARD KIT : Oh Deer !


This kit makes the 2 cards shown as well as a double tag that you can use to give a gift card. AND THE STAMP !!! Also just $5 and you get all the supplies and the stamp.

LARGE STAMP SET ... and a kit of supplies .
This is a wonderful stamp set - with a wonderful message. You can buy the stamp set for $5.50 or for just TWO DOLLARS MORE ($7.50), you can get the stamp set as well as the materials to make these 2 cards and 2 tags, including a Flair Button ... several to choose from ! I love how simple the tags are. Perfect !
 

And now .. some samples and another kit still "in progress".

TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS Stamp Set :
I adore this stamp set. I think it is the cutest yet this year and I can imagine using it so many times !! Perfect for cards and even more perfect for tags. Quick & simple tags. Just what we need this time of year !
Here is the stamp set ... cute ... but wait ...


Chalkboard cards !! I am obsessed with everything chalkboard and always have been so as soon as I saw these stamps I wanted to try them in white ink on black cardstock. I ♥ them !!!

Then I made tags ... so simple ! Some are on black card stock and the larger one is on a Ranger black tag. I added a dashed line in white pen on some.

I liked them so much but I thought I better try black ink on white ... and loved that too !!


Here are a few of the tags and items I used. They are all in stock. Ranger black tags, manila tags, white string tags (only $1.99 for 25) , Memento Luxe ink in white (THE best white ink I have ever used !!), and the Impression Obsession die for the holly & berries. This little die is only $4.99 and you will use it over & over.

Tim Holtz Stamp & Cut sets :
I love that I can now get Tim Holtz stamps along with the dies to cut them out. Seems like a great idea to me ! I decided to try a set and am really happy with the results.
Here is the tag I made ...

The set includes several stamps as well as quite a few dies so that you can add a lot of layers to your project. See the layers ??



The key to this project and any project that involves stamping & cutting is the new Magnetic Platform from Sizzix. Man, I love this thing !! I stamped my image , placed it on the platform, put the die where I wanted to cut ... and IT STAYED !!! The magnetic platform holds the die in place. No more slight movements, sliding, taping, finger crossing ... perfect every time !! It is $44.99 but I would say PRICELESS !!!!  I sold out the first time but have received another order of them. I'm sure Santa recommends them . :)


Now the last item is a kit ... kind of a December Daily type thing but there are several ways to use it. I will add more pictures in my next post. There are 25 pages plus the front page. It could be used as a countdown if you wanted to add numbers. It could be used as a December Daily where you document some part of your December activities each day. Or I see it as a decorative item that will be brought out every year to share all your favourite things about the holiday season. You can add a small photo or a bit of writing to each page - cookie baking, present wrapping, recipes, favourite ornament, past photos. It would be a great gift as a project or completed for family. It will take about an hour to assemble the item - I'll do the cutting and hole punching for you. All you need to do is add the diecut embellishments to your pages - I stapled most of mine  .. *Bing*  done ! Then add them to the rings and attach them on the frame. Then each day ( or every few days ) add a favourite memory or photo. Lovely !! I'll add more photos tomorrow. I have one that is all ready to be used but just need  to figure out the photos.
** Sorry ... I have run into a problem with the rings and won't have the kits ready for Friday. They will be ready next week though. Sorry for the delay. I will have a sample on display though so you can see it. Thanks. **
 It's a bit funny because I did consider trying to add photos and writing so you could see a completed one BUT I do nothing for Christmas ... or as little as possible ... so mine would be filled with pictures of kits I make for work or well, nothing really. Guess it might make a good stand in for a tree ... I could take pictures of ornaments I really like at other people's houses and just sit that out as a tree. LOL !!!!!!!! Anyway, for most people, it would be lovely. Maybe I'll make a Hallowe'en one next year ... now that I could fill !

I had to postpone the card class because I didn't have enough people signed up. I am still looking for a few more for the Canvas Class so please let me know if you are interested. I have had several people tell me they are interested but they have a lot going on this month. I understand that so I will look at doing a Christmas class once a month from February to November in order to be able to make great Christmas projects before it gets too busy. No Christmas themed classes in January though - you need a chance to recover ! lol.


Check back tomorrow for another post !
 
 
 




Thursday, November 21, 2013

A little Bead update ...

Crystal Earring Kits ...

I have some of the earring kits ready to go ... and I have another order of "parts" coming next week . For now I have the following available :
Fern, Erinite, Emerald, Clear AB, Peridot, and Vitrail . (Vitrail is very limited in quantity and I won't have any more of that colour this year.) I have most of these colours and more also available as pendant kits. I also have the cone shaped trees in earrings and the larger pendants in fern & olive.



Prices have gone down !!!  Earring kits are now $5.99, pendants are now $4.25 and the X Large ones are $6.25.

Angels and snowmen will be next week - I am missing angel bodies & wings as well as snowman hats until next week. :)

Christmas Charms :
Restocked with a few new ones and more on the way !!


SNOWFLAKES !!!
You may remember these forms from a post a few weeks ago.

This morning I made one ... oh my !! I love it !


 It took less than 10 minutes to make and is really pretty - pretty, fast, fun, and inexpensive !! This is the 6" size and they also come in a 3.75" and 9" size as well. I actually ran out of the forms last night in the smaller size but will have a bunch more next week. I have loads of lovely acrylic beads ready to be bagged in smaller bags ( most of them come in bags of 1000 ... and I may have used 50 total !!) . So once the forms arrive, I will be doing a Make'n'Take morning or evening when you can drop in, plunk down a few dollars, and make some ! I will also have the smaller bags of beads & forms ready next week. Fun for you, fun for kids, fun for everyone !

Now I am off to experiment with a few more Christmas beading projects ... I will share next week !!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Beads & Paper ! Kit of the Week !

Hi everyone !
Scroll down to the previous post to see the in-store classes I have just posted. The first one is next Wednesday night !!
I have just unpacked some beautiful beads as well as some great die cutting & stamping items. Let me share them with you .
But first , here is this week's kit ...
CARD KIT OF THE WEEK :

You will get all the materials to make these 3 exact cards for just $5. Leave a comment if you want any saved.

NEW BEADS :
Quite a few new items - and more to be unpacked. Hope to have another update at the end of the week with even more !!

**FIRE & ICE Agate
Beautiful !!
By the strand or also available individually.



Also available as 10mm FACETED rounds ...
sparkly and lovely.
Only $4.99 a strand.


** OVAL Memory wire ! Great idea. Our wrists are NOT round (even on a puffy day ...lol ) - much better fit !!

** SUEDE ... well actually, faux suede. I can't tell !
Fourteen beautiful colours !!


And suede tassels to match !!!
** CRYSTALS ...
Preciosa restocked in great Christmas project colours.
3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm ... just $2.99 a strand !

Fun stars from Swarovski - they would make spectacular holiday jewelry !

And a little pile of supplies waiting to be made into samples ...

 

** SNOWFLAKES ...
I have the wire snowflake forms in stock so I ordered in a bunch of inexpensive but oh so sparkly beads to make them with. I also have people in every holiday season looking for craft beads, so I decided to get some in this year. Some of the bags are huge, but don't worry, I'll do them up in smaller bags. SAMPLES are on my to-do list this week !!





** CHARMS :
More charms to unpack ... Christmas, dragons, winter sports ...
I am also working on these ...
Yes, the crystal Christmas Earrings and pendants. I still have some bits & pieces that I am waiting for but they should be ready next week !

New Paper Products : some restocks, some new. And more arriving this week. Hoping for another update later this week !
* restocked dies ...


Here's some great news ... there are more word dies in the pre-order stages ... "With Sympathy", "Thinking of You ...", "In my Thoughts", and "Happy Birthday" in a smaller script. Watch for those in the next few months.

* great new diecutting tool - a magnetic platform from Sizzix. Perfect for use with stamp & die sets like those from Tim Holtz and other designers. Simply stamp, lay the thin metal die exactly where you want to cut, and then cut. Perfect precision !!


* Great new stamp set from Taylored Expressions ... great sentiments for cards !

Restocked :
- 8.5x11 cardstock in holiday colours
- ink pads
- Tim Holtz Ideology items
Okay, that's it for now ! I have to run ... lots more unpacking, kitting, ordering, and a list of samples to make ... yikes !!
I am open this week Wednesday 6:30-8pm as well as Friday 10-5. Please stop in !! Check out the samples for the upcoming classes, see the new products, and *hopefully* some new samples .