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Monday, May 30, 2016

Too Many Plates

Well ... this is a long one.
I spent Saturday bagging seeds ... and thinking. I actually like bagging seeds ... it's a quiet, straightforward job where your progress is easily measured.  It is a very zen activity , lol. Lots of time to reflect.
Anyway ... back to the thinking. Have you ever seen those circus acts where the clown spins the plates ? He starts spinning plates and then runs from stack to stack, trying to keep them all spinning. If there are too many or they go too fast, the stacks of plates start falling and there are smashed plates everywhere. I was thinking about how I am that clown. Or at least I feel like that clown, lol. (my shoes are much smaller !)
My husband and I together have two businesses and each of those businesses have two smaller spin off businesses that we have been nurturing. We both work six days a week and for the last three months we have also worked Sundays to keep up. We seem to do this more and more. We haven't had a vacation in four years. And by vacation I mean 4 days off - that's our record, lol. We work too much . We don't spend enough time with family and friends. We have forgotten how to relax and have fun. So we decided that this year - 2016 - we were going to get a handle on things. "The Year of Less" we called it. And we made some big decisions.
The first one ... this weekend we are moving into a camper and then , at the end of June, bulldozing our house. Yep, bulldozing. Gone. We are building a small house. Selling our stuff. Less. Just less.
And then work. There are just too many plates. So after much thought, I have decided to take over the book work and office work for our other business. My husband can concentrate on the daily business of running the store and the off shoot businesses. That's more than enough . This will clear away some of his plates and join our efforts. And I enjoy that part of the business.
This means changes at Classic Hobbies. The retail store as we know it now will be gone. I will have an open house one day a month,  kits and workshops, and an online website with shopping cart . More specialized (mainly jewelry making & cardmaking), more creativity, more ideas, less stock. 

* So ... HUGE CLEARANCE SALE during the month of June. Almost everything must go !
                                 50% off most stock 

Layaways, Items on Hold, Special Orders ...  Not included in the sale.  Your layaways/holds are still in the box waiting to be picked up. Special orders have been ordered and will be arriving soon.  I will contact you when they do. And I can continue to do special orders.
* Reward Cards . Still valid. On line purchases, kits ... they all qualify.

* Retail Web Site. I will be launching a proper retail website in August. I do a lot of online sales and will continue this part of the business. It requires less physical inventory and less space.  I can work on it from anywhere and at any time of day. And I can specialize more. People are often unhappy that I have only been open Fridays so this way the website will be open 24/7. The orders can be shipped to you or picked up Monday to Saturday . I'll have more details soon.
* Kits & Projects.  I love making kits ... card kits, jewelry kits, home decor kits , mini albums, etc. I think we all have lots of "stuff" ... we just need to make more things and have more inspiration ! I hope to help with that ... I have so many ideas. There will be monthly kits available for all sorts of creating ! Small kits, more involved kits, kits with add ons ... KITS !! :)
* Workshops. Sometimes you just need to gather and make stuff !! And I have all the tools and lots of supplies. And after the clearance, I'll have the room. Cards, bracelets, holiday decor, ... almost anything ! So why not ?
* Unique diecut projects and products. Several years ago we purchased a commercial die cutting machine & dies and a computer operated laser cutter. AND HAVE NEVER USED EITHER ONE !! We haven't had time. So finally, I will be doing this !! I am very excited and will have some great kits and custom products in the months to come. But first I need to learn !
Monthly Open House ... each month I will have an open house  to showcase the samples for the new kits and upcoming workshops for that month. You can purchase kits and sign up for workshops at that time or anytime on line. I'll also have basic supplies for sale those days.
* Slice of Life Jewelry & Gifts ... more products coming. And another craft sale. Remember last years ?? Wow !
So here are the details ...
June ... open Fridays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-12 
             50% off most stock
Items previously packaged and priced for clearance will be an additional 25% off  the marked price.  Example ... the clearance packs of Graphic 45 papers. 

** If you can't get here, I am happy to do EMT orders (or credit card orders) and mail them out or hold them for pick up.   

July - closed
August - website, open house, kits & workshops. 
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I look forward to seeing you at the clearance sale . More stock will be added each week . I have oodles of things out back ... so there will be new things each week . Come back every week ... you know, just in case. lol. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lots to Share !!

Hello !!
I have new things, a great deal on die cutting machines, and a few embossing folder samples. Oh, and the weekly sale. Let's get started !
first ... I played around with one of my favourite embossing folders and some inks. You can do so much more than just emboss cardstock ... try swirling on some ink either all over, in ombre stripes, or use the design to guide you. You can also add ink to the folder itself and then run it through the machine. So many ideas !

Now ... take a peek at the album of new products. I have more colours in the glitter paper - the ultra thin that's perfect for die cutting. If you would like some of each colour, check out the packs I am making tonight . I am cutting 6x6 pieces and you will get 10 in a package for $8.99. That will give you a piece of each and every colour as well as a double of one of the colours. Great starter pack.

And now ... I made a bit of a discovery about die cutting ... and the result is some very inexpensive die cutting machines ...

25% off all tools ... beading tools, measuring tools, die cutting tools, paper cutting tools , paint brushes, stamp blocks, etc. 

25% off all stencils ... 
and trust me, you can do a lot with stencils !!
So that's it for this week. Hope to see you Friday !!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Father's Day, Ribbon bags , Shaker Card Sample, and the WEEKLY SALE ...

Hello !
I posted previously to show you the new stamps, dies, tools, and stencils that arrived this week. Scroll down to see that.
Now I have some stamps & dies that might help you out for Father's day ... or Man cards.

And ... RIBBON BAGS. I am downsizing my stash at home and also clearing out overstock as well as end of the roll ribbons. The bags contain approx 10 yards each and are just $2.99. You will get a good selection in each bag ... and no two are the same ! I have the pink, green, and blue done so far. I'll see how these go and then work on more colours.

 Shaker Cards ... I made a sample using the new Jillibean Soup products. Easiest shaker card I have EVER made ! It helps that everything is precut and has adhesive already in place. I used the die to cut a piece of paper to cover the card but I realized you could do that even if you don't have a diecutting machine. Simpy lay the paper over the card front, trace the opening, and cut it out ! Too easy !

I cut some of the lemon slices out of the paper & added them to the mix. 

6 per pkg

6 cards + 6 envelopes per pkg.
Weekly Sale !!
25% off all ink pads,  paints, stain, sprays, markers, and ink refills.

And this Ombre ink is 40% off ...

You can see here the great effects you get with the ombre ink. 
And 40% off Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

So that's the scoop for this week. Hope to see you Friday !
Wishing you a happy long weekend !

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New & Sale !

Hello !
I have some really nice new dies, stamps, sets, and stencils ... not to mention cutting plates for the Cuttlebug !!
Here is the link to the photos ...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hello again !

Hi again !
Just a note to let you know that there will be no Flash Sale tonight ... instead I am blowing out all the Christmas stamps, dies, and embossing folders at 50% OFF !! Scroll down to the previous post to see an album of what's in stock. Drop in Friday to get the deals or buy online by messaging me. Great chance to stock up on tools for your Christmas cards ... it will only be another 4 months or so before you start making this year's cards !!
Also ...
Introductory Offer on the new Cosmo Cricket "Just Add Watercolour" products ... save 25% this week. (photo link in the previous post)

Tape, glue, dots, sheets, runners ... you name it !
Beading glue is also included !
This week only. 
Hope to see you Friday !!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Huge sale this week !
50% off Christmas stamps, dies, embossing folders !!!
This week only. No holds.
This will be the only time the discounts will be that big !
They must be paid for this week. So email me with what you want and I'll send you a total.
( I will send totals on Thursday.)
You can pay with an email transfer or credit card.
OR, come in on Friday and see what's here !!
Here is the link to the photos so you can see what's available. Have fun !!

And here's a fun new line from Cosmo Cricket ... Just Add Watercolour.
Click on the link to see the products and the samples I made. So easy, so fun !!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New products & Weekly SALE !

There are some great new dies and embossing folders this week.

Click here to see the new items ...

 And now for this week's sales ...

National Scrapbooking Day is this week ... and what do you need to scrapbook ? PAPER !!
So this Friday ... it's a BOGO on paper !!!


Also ...
25% off regular prices on ...
Prima Watercolour Paint Sets
Prima Watercolour Coloured Pencils
Ken Oliver Colorbursts 

40% off SNAP albums
So that's it for this week. Great sales, wonderful new products. Hope to see you !

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


This week it is ART IMPRESSIONS stamps.
Click here to go see them all.
Great deals !!