Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'm Back - CHA Update (warning LONG)

I have made it back from the CHA. It had some great moment and it had some bad ones. I overloaded myself by taking my children this year and making sure that they did Disneyland right. This however did not affect what I will be bringing to the store. Below is a list of companies that I purchase from and a little info or hint as to what will be coming in. I do not know dates on all this as it is just to over whelming to try and remember. There is one more company that I want to order from and about three that I am still thinking on their product. Hope that you enjoy looking at all the new goodies.

Rusty Pickle is a company that I just love their stuff most of the times. They have come out with some stuff that I haven't seen (or at least it's been a while). I do not have pictures of their product but they have a new color combination with Yellow and Brown or Yellow & blue or both in a summer theme that has an island feel. They also have a new spin on an old favorite with a Rock Star Style line for both neutral (or manly) & very girly.

Graphics 45 was new to me last summer. They had a new and interesting style. I heard lots of comments on their papers and took a look at what they were offering this winter show. I very much liked what they brought and chose to purchase the communications line. I think it will be a great line for both layouts and projects (especially projects)

Pink Paisley is a name I love to here. There are such a fresh company. They are only a year old but I believe that they will be a house hold name if they continue as they have. Love them. Again with a boy and girl line from this company. This is not as young as the line below by Cosmo Cricket.

Doodle Bug had one paper line that I really liked and chose to bring to the store. Below is a layout using the paper line I chose.

Fancy Pants is yet another new company to the store. I can't wait to get their stuff in as they have a mixed media album, some pom pom ribbon and papers that are just MUST haves.

Cosmo Cricket is one of the first companies I ordered from as I was starting my business. I believe that they have improved their designs each year. This time they have brought vintage and now together. These lines do not look completely vintage for those who do not care for that but it allows embellishments for those who do. I will be bringing in a girl line, a boy line and a summer line from this company. The below layout shows off a little of the boy line.

(2 pics above 2 below) Daisy Buckets is a new company to me. This woman is talented in my opinion. She has some cool project stuff as well as some just awesome paper. I tried to bring you a line that could only be given with a certain $ order but I could not get my $ amount that high. Ok anyway on with the company. She has a cute monster paper that is great for boys and like I said some interesting chipboard for some great projects. Oh and did I mention the paper ribbon that you can curl like curly ribbon on presents? Yup I ordered some of that too.

You've asked and I've given. Jenni Bowlin is coming to the store. She had an interesting mix of vintage and farm (to me).

American Craft. They by far had my favorite products this show. They have some awesome lines coming out. One is called back yard and the other craft fair. Craft fair is my favorite as it applies to ALL crafters and their crafts. (Sorry no pics)

Queen & Co. is back in the store. They have discover that people preferred the smaller felt so their felt strips are now 12" long and 1" wide. I have re-ordered some of the favorites and brought in some new. The coolest thing Queen & Co. has done is gone bulk. I will be able to offer you the number of items you want. You choose. If you want 1 ribbon tie, 10 flowers and 6 big brads that is what you get. The below image gives you some examples of what I'm talking about.

Above in the layout to the right of the pictures you see what looks like a film strip. This is something new this year and I saw it with Creative Imaginations first. So I purchased both the brown and the black. I love putting pictures behind this type thing or embellishments. CI also came out with some "Lace Paper" style paper that I missed getting a picture of but they will be so much fun to use as one page is solid circles (fun). Below on the back of this project is a paper I purchased and there will be frame coming to the store that will hold a scrapbooking album on your wall. Look for a post to come on it.

Petaloo has out done themselves this time. They have some great bright papers, some pre sewn papers and of corse flowers to match. Somehow I have lost or mis-filed the sewn paper I took a picture of but below is a layout down with one of the new lines I purchased from them.

Ranger was a must. I've had such good luck with the stickles that I ordered a set of all of them. I requested some more of the distressed stickles. This will not get to me till March but then I will be able to provide all of the colors.
Something New to the store is a company called Tattered Angels. They have the glimmer mist. This is a cutting edge product stand alone and when you use the stencils they make or any other stencil you get another look. Also from them I'm bringing in their glimmer glass. This product could stand along but when misted you get a few more dimensions of color. If you heat this product with a heat gun you can bend the glass for a 3-D effect.

Below are some great flowers from petaloo. They run along the original prima line but still a very classic look with some great and vibrant colors. The first picture is a layout using some of the colors I purchased. The second is a great idea for your old
petaloo boxes. With the push for going "Green" and the theme of the show being "Green" petaloo had many idea's on how to reuses their packaging. (Love them and will probably do another post of just those ideas)

I had a call from someone looking for card stock right before I left for CHA. I was mulling this information over in my mind as I thought of what to order. My rep took me over to Core'dinations. This is a cool company whose card stock contains color on the inside. When you rip or cut you have a shade of the same color on the inside. Now they also have some super cool Black and Brown Cardstock that contain other colors on the inside which for embossers is a must. In fact I have not embossed in years because chalking took to much time and with out it you could not get a good image of what you had embossed.

I hope this example showed just what this product does. This sample paper was run through a cuttle bug, then I sanded the embossed part and tore the bottom. When this order comes in I will have some of all of their main colors and a little black magic and brown .

Looking in the below layout you will see some of Hambly's new rub-on's. They are absolutely adorable! Hambly was the only line in which I truly liked the baby merchandise. I ordered overlays, rub-on's and papers from them

WOW you've made it to the end. Please feel free to comment on product you like and don't like and product you would like to see. I love to hear your feed back! Making you happy is what I'm here for.

Love Ya'll

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hello everyone! Sorry there will be no pictures because my internet access is slow. I have had a ball looking at the new lines. There is some fresh stuff coming out and I'm so excited about it. I'm also excited to be bringing you new stuff like Glimmer Mist, the full line of Stickles, and stencils for the glimmer mist.

Here are just some of the lines that will be coming in:

Fancy Pants (New to the store)
Daisy Bucket (New to the store)
Tinkering Ink (New to the store)
Prima (Prima has some rock'n paper that is ALREADY sticked!)
Creative Imaginations
Pink Paisley
Rusty Pickle
Grafics 45 (New to the store)
Cosmo Cricket

These are just a few that I can think of as I type in the dark waiting on my kids to get up so we can go to Disney. I will bring a much longer report with tons of pictures when I get back home this weekend.


Monday, January 19, 2009

CHA is here

Wow it's hard to believe that CHA winter is here again. This year I will not be going alone. I am taking two of my children and my mother to help me out. I plan to shop shop shop and then we plan to enjoy the "Magic". I will also meet two more of the girls from the "Whores" (a scrap group I belong to).

On another note - Ordered received by Thurs. Jan 22 @ 12 noon EST will be shipped out before I leave. All orders after that will not be shipped until after my return. These shipments will start going out on Jan 30th.

Have a great one!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jessica- American Crafts Teen Line

A few simple, clean layouts using the new American Crafts "Teen" line. TFL!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Distressed Stickles & Stickles

If you were following the Magic Album blogs you know that I was out of stickles at the store. THEY ARE BACK! I'm so excited because along with the same colors I re-ordered, I've ordered some of the new Distressed Stickles . These are from Tim Hotlz and OMG can he work the distressing. Check it out Tim's Blog about them.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

January Newsletter

Well I've learned not to try and import my newsletter. If you don't receive it and would like to register at the store and you will get one and sales info first.

Ok so here is a run down of what you would be reading. I'm looking for your imput. I want to know what you want to see. Are you into bold colors? Are you sick of distressed? Do you want more paint? What is your favorite embellishment? I want to know what you want to see. With out you I don' have a business so I want to make sure I get what you are interested in seeing. Please email me at and let me know. I want to here your opinion.

Also I would like to know if you are interested in internet classes? There are several things I can do. I can sell kits at the store w/ a date that the class will air on u-tube. I can also post technique style classes through u-tube. I can also try and make myself available through IM for questions. If you think this would interest you please also email me at .

Ok lastly there is a HUGE sale going on over at I need to clean house! LITERALLY. CHA is just around the corner and I need somewhere to put the new stuff. So stop by and check out all the papers that are $.20 and black chipboard for a little over $1. Great Sales! Come check them out and pass the word.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a great evening ringing in the New Year last night. For those of you who don't ring it in - I'm jealous.

To bring in 2008 I thought the kids might like to put up the air mattress in the living room and have a party with movie candy, pop corn and soda's. We have three kids who had all gotten movies for Christmas so they each picked one to watch and then at about 5 minutes till midnight we switched over to watch Dick Clark in Time Square. Well my kids loved it and wanted to start it as a tradition. So last night we repeated the scene from the end of 2007 and I was finally able to crawl into bed around 12:30.

Well last night I was quite rushed when I put up the information about the Inventory Clearance Sale. So here is a longer version. I have looked in my store and noticed that I am OUT of room. I literally can't put anymore in it. Well some of you know that CHA is right around the corner (Jan 24-28). At CHA is where I am supposed to buy the new product. So I need your help. BUY BUY BUY and if you can't buy or already have it all spread the word to your forums, scrap booking groups, and at your scrap parties. I need this inventory out and I need it out fast.

The sales are great! Only the newest arrivals have small sales. TONS of the inventory are in the 50% - 75% off. Did you like the black chip board but wonder how to work with it? Well now it is like $1 so now is the perfect time to get it and try it out. Well that is about the extent of my salesman ship. But please do spread the word to anyone you know.

Again Happy New Year 2009!

Scrapbooking Recipes

With the holidays coming so fast we need more hours in our day. One way I've found to help is quick and easy meals. Here is one that I love to use when I have a full day.

Lazy Log Cabin Casserole:

1lb stew meat cubed
1 can of Cream of Celery
1 can of Cram of Mushroom
1 packet of Beef Onion Soup (I don't use this. I just add salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried minced onions but I'm an eye ball cook)
Toss all this in the crock pot together give it a stir put it on low and cook it for 6 - 8 hours. Home cooked meal with just a few moments prep. Put a salad bag with it and your hubby can't be upset that there isn't a home cooked meal on the table.

Do you have a quick recipe? email me