Class samples, laser-cut titles and a BOO kit!

first things first, i have samples for the first two classes in november!

this first one is a cute little paper bag album! 11/13/09 at 6:30pm this class is $20. What i love most about this album is that it is so green (as in earth friendly!!) we recycled the paper bags, added some ribbon, paper and voila! mini album! another nice bonus about this class is that when you attend this class, you get an extra set of paper bags to take home!

and here we have the Holiday Brag Book class! 11/15/09 at 3:30pm this class is $15. In this class, i'll be teaching so many different things, it'll make your head spin! here's a quick breakdown on what you'll learn: cricut, clear stamps, distress ink, crackle paint, border punch, brad-altering, crop-a-dile, and heat guns. now keep in mind you don't have to bring any of the supplies i just listed unless you want to :) the picture doesnt do this project justice, so why dont you stop by today and take a look?

did you forget about our laser machine? oh no you di'n't!!!! we can create all kinds of awesome scrappy stuff for a very affordable price! we offer many different military and island titles as well as custom titles and shapes! Here's our newest addition, a layered military base title!

new clearance items! we just added pens, markers, ribbon and punches to our clearance bin! Don't forget we have quickutz and sizzix on clearance as low as $4!!

remember the boo class??? it was sooooooo popular that we had to make 12 extra kits! oh my goodness!!! Luckily enough we discovered a bonus 13th kit! so if you really really really like this album, heres your chance to get your hands on it!!

i gots lots to do today so i'll talk to you later! kisses!!!!!

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Sneak Peek at November Calendar!!!

we are currently working on the november class calendar, but i wanna give you a sneak peek of sorts! i have the dates and the projects in mind but i'm still working on the samples!

november 13th (friday) - paper bag album. ok, so this one most of you kinda already knew about but technically its still part of november events right????

november 15th (sunday) - holiday brag book. this is going to be a 5x7 brag book complete with page protectors to store 5x7 photos or 5x7 layouts!

november 19th (thursday) - holiday home decor. remember a few posts ago i put up pictures of a christmas collage? thats basically the project we're gonna do, but with a little twist!

november 28th (saturday) - holiday countdown calendar. a free-standing tree shaped countdown calendar just in time for the holidays!!!!

some of the products we're using for the samples are still on order, so thats the hold up for the samples. also keep in mind that if any of these projects sound appetizing but you can't make the date, let me know and i can schedule a custom class for you! i can do one-on-one with you or if you wanna bring a gaggle of girlfriends i can do that too! let me know!!!

i'm still working on the sample for saturday's make and takes so be sure to check back for pictures of that. also, dont forget about our 2010 countdown giveaway! every saturday until the end of the year, you can enter to win a fabulous gift basket! see my previous post for details!

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Make and Takes on Saturday and the 10 week countdown to 2010!!!

this saturday (10/24/2009) we'll be having make and takes from 12:30pm to 5pm!

heres the project:

there are so many fun techniques used in this project! edge scrapper, ink, border punch, distressing.....

i have the sample here at the store if you want a better peek. there's a cute little handle at the top and you can stuff this cute can with all kinds of holiday goodies! i think this would make a wonderful hot cocoa kit! just put a pack of cocoa, a peppermint stick and an extra piece of dark chocolate! yummy!!!

also, since we're demoing the Crop-a-Dile (an awesome hole puncher and eyelet setting tool) we're going to have a super sweet deal on them! When you pre-order the Crop-a-Dile tool this Saturday, you get $5 off the regular price! That takes it from $29.99 down to $24.99!!! we're expecting our shipment of crop-a-diles in the first week of november, so order yours this saturday!

and here i have some pictures from last saturday's customer appreciation day! these are some folks doing our make and takes, where they learned 2 different ways to use tim holtz distress ink!

ok so what was that 10 week countdown thing you're talkin about???? I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!!!! i am soooooo excited to announce this awesome giveaway we're doing! There are only 10 more weeks left in the year (where did the time go??) and we want to celebrate in a big way!

Here's how it'll work: we start off the first week with a few things in the gift basket, everyone gets one free entry per saturday and when you do the make and take, you get a bonus entry! then each saturday we add a little something else to the gift basket so at the end of the 10 weeks, the gift basket is full of all kinds of goodies! **

**some restrictions apply, see entry box for details

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Customer Appreciation Day!

Today (10/17/2009) is customer appreciation day! what does this mean???? It means we have make and takes, in-store specials, free prizes and so much more!

for today only, you can save on your scrapping! Stickles are 20% off, Custom word albums are 20% off, Military themed products are 25% off, and all bazzill cardstocks (including metallics, bling and solids!) are 15% off!!!

and we're giving away prizes every half hour!!!!! So hurry in and be appreciated!

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ok, my last entry was wrong: we wont be using crackle paint in this weekends make and take, but next weekend is when we'll be doing the crackle paint.

so why the mistake? this saturday is going to be customer appreciation day! stay tuned for the details!

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altered key, new stuff and scrappers jam!!!

i've got lots of new pics to show you! the first set is of an altered chipboard key i made yesterday, another set is some of the new stuff we got, and the last set is from scrappers jam!

when i was going through my stash yesterday, i came across this chipboard key that i bought a while ago and i decided that before the day was done, that key would BE something. so i gathered some supplies (chipboard key, ribbon, flowers, stamps, ink, pearls, rhinestones, alpha stickers, pearl powder, thread and embossing powder) and made this:
first i colored the chipboard with some ink and dusted some pearl powder on top.

then i inked up a tag and embossed it with a word stamp. i added flowers and pearls in the corner and tied a ribbon through the hole and onto the top of the key.
then i added an "s" sticker and hand stitched it to the bottom. i also added a little more bling and a ribbon at the top and voila! its a door hanger! yup! it may not look like much bit its a door hanger! stay tuned, cuz this key is going to be a new laser cut shape!

whats that i hear??? new stuff????? thats right! we just got some new inkadinkado clear stamps!! i looooooove clear stamps and i loooooooove christmas, so whats better than the two together???

i am a total sucker for anything christmas or halloween! these stamps are so cute i could gobble them up!! i really really could! if you need a quick demo on how to use clear stamps, just let me know and i'd be happy to help! they are so quick and easy, it will get you hooked!

stickles! we finally got some stickles in! what are they? they're basically glitter glue in a cute little collectable tube! my favorite way to use them is to smear them onto a painted or covered chipboard and it dries into a nice glittery glaze! i've also smeared some onto a prima flower for a gorgeous finished flower! they have a really nice fine point that works great for hand drawn flourishes! we have a really big variety, come check it out!

do you like aged and distressed stuff? do you like tim holtz stuff? if you said "heck yeah" to either of those questions, then you have GOT to see this stuff! its called crackle paint!

i know that there is a home-depot version of this for walls, but that one isnt acid-free is it? crackle paint looks like a clumpy version of acrylic paint, but the clupiness is what makes it special. tim holtz and his people created this awesome paint product that cracks as it dries. i've heard that the recipe for crackle paint is paint+clumps+awesome ;)

i have a sample if you want a closer look, plus we're demoing crackle paint in this weekend's make and take!

scrappers jam!!! what the heck is a scrappers jam? its an event, planned by this nice lady named sally, that is held twice per year. its basically a GIANT crop where different stores can come and sell cool stuff on the side while scrappers scrap, talk story, eat and have fun!

here are some photos of our booth! here is a picture of Era and me. Era was our wonderful helper for the day!
take a look at our booth! it was so big that mom had stand across the hallway to get most of it in the shot!

i always have so much fun at these things! i love chatting with our awesome customers and i had a very good time doing make and takes with them too!
another photo of our booth! we had some tim holtz grungeboard, tim holtz mini stapler and the new basic grey stuff :)

make and takes! here we are working on the altered can make and take:

using the fiskars "effervescence" punch! i really love that design...

and thats all the pictures i have! check back on wednesday cuz im gonna post our make and take for this weekend! see you later!

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boo album class, pink gift and Christmas collage thingy

you like my title? does it make sense? not yet!!! ok, i have the image of the boo album class. the class is on the 23rd of october, a friday evening. sorry about the sideways, i couldnt get it to flip right:

im sure all of you know that october is breast cancer awareness month, but many of you may not know that october also happens to be the anniversary month of my mom beating breast cancer. five years ago, my mom kicked cancer to the curb and nothing makes me happier than to celebrate that every october. every year i'll get my mom a gift and after she opens it, we watch this slideshow i made her for her last chemo treatment.

this year, i'm going to make her pink wall art. i learned a really cool mod podge technique from a friend, and here is a picture from the first step in the process. i mixed mod podge with water and pink paint and layered it with pages from a book onto a stretched canvas. this is all i have done for now, but i will keep you updated on its progress. also, dont tell my mom yet, she doesnt know its for her! shh!!

so you saw the boo class, and my pink gift, but what in sam hill is a christmas collage thingy? well i honestly have no idea what else to call it! i used christmas papers to make this collage looking project, but its soooooo much more than a collage!
i found this idea book that i havent flipped through in ages and it had this beautiful collage wall art in it that just had to make! after a few hours of inspiration and perspiration, i finished it! its more than what meets the eye, so it takes several pictures to see everything....
here is what you see at first glance:
looks like a bunch of pretty paper right? NOPE! theres more! the rectangle on the right is actually a door for hidden journaling!
i love that huge flower, but it was such a pain trying to figure out what to put in the center. i painted a chipboard piece and layered a pearl brad in it. a poinsettia would have been pretty too...
and a close up of the tree! this tree is a cuttlebug embossing folder that i lovelovelove so much! i started off with a cream colored carstock, embossed it, then distressed the edges with distress ink. the round thing is actually a drawer pull from home depot!

if you look closely, this embellishment reads "merry christmas." i've had it in my stash for three years and i finally used it!!! its one of my favorite parts of this piece!
so whats with the drawer pull? its a handle. yup! a handle to lift up and put a hidden photo!
it was a really fun project to do and i really loved how accomplished i felt once it was done. if you like this project, i'm happy to do it as a custom class! gimme a call for more details!
i have a busy week lined up, but i'll be back later with more goodies! btw, did i tell you that we just got more prima flowers in????? see ya!

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