Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pre-New Year's Wishes

Hey Bloggerettes,

We received our "Basic Grey" order today. We now have the 2 new collections "Sugar Rush" and "Origins". Both collections are double-sided. We also re-stocked some of the other more popular collections. Check out their website and gallery.

The "Jewel Glitter" has also been re-stocked. We have the warm and cool transparent in abundance.

All of our sale merchandise is 75% off.

Remember we are closed Thurday and Friday. I presume Robin will be knocking them back and need a day to recover.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry & Bright!

Hey Bloggerettes,

Just wanted to let you know we will be open on Boxing Day (regular Saturday hours). We are having a SALE to celebrate - 25% off your order (does not include pre-ordered/special ordered items, classes or memberships). We have cookies - hopefully there will be some left after today.

I saw on my boyfriend's website that he is releasing 12 new colors of Distress Inks. EXCELLENT. He has also teamed up with SIZZIX and they are producing steel rule dies of some of his popular Grungeboard shapes. MOST EXCELLENT.

We are having temporary lettering put up on our front facia signage - don't be alarmed at the color or font - it's only a temporary solution until we settle the situation with the management company.

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

3 More Sleeps!

Okay, even though my son has given me the countdown til Christmas since the 1st of December I still felt like I was slapped in the face yesterday morning when I realized that CHRISTMAS IS THIS WEEK!!!! I am SOOO not ready! I have still got some shopping to do, baking and since I am hosting Christmas dinner this year, some grocery shopping.

Anyway, instead of actually getting anything done I thought I would post some long ago promised layouts that were either part of our Shabby Chic series or inspired by same. LOVING this class! Once this album is complete will be moving on to complete a 6X12 album. We already have a list of people interested so GET YOUR NAME ON IT if you want in! Four of the following layouts are from the classes and six were created at home. In case you don't recognize the adorable child in the photos that is me! (haven't changed a bit, right??!!

I also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. You, our customers and friends are what keep Lori and I going everyday when stuff is hitting the fan! We are very grateful and you have all made this so worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing you all on Boxing Day.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

'Tis the Season To Be Merry

Hey Bloggerettes,

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. The sun is shining, the temperature is acceptable, the roads are drivable - it's all good.

I have posted our January class schedule on the blog. Have a peek.

FYI: The 2 new lines of Basic Grey are on their way.

Friday night was a "cookiefest" with our BWB group. Not a crumb was left for either Robin or I on Saturday morning - "what up with that!"

We have been spoiled by our CWB group of scrapbookers. They are sooo good to us. Thanks gals.

I want to share some personal information with you because I am OVERJOYED. My brother was diagnosed "Cancer Free" last week. We have been through a tough year with his cancer and can now breathe a big sigh of cautious relief. Thankfully he will still be monitored very closely. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holy White Stuff!

Hey Bloggerettes,

I've dug out of my igloo and I'm ready to chat. Does it feel like Christmas now???????

Please take note of our holiday hours on the calendar - let your husbands know that we are closed all day Chrismas Eve so they must get their Gift Cards before that. Some times we only have the $500 ones left (ha, ha, ha).

Our order of "Rose Moka" arrived this week. Rose Moka is a Canadian company based in Quebec. We have the "Equinoxe", "Chic Grunge" and "Vintage Glam". They have a nice gallery of layouts to check out too.

We received a great assortment of "Jewel Glitter Ritz" that adheres beautifully to double sided tape and feels like burnished velvet.

"Doodlebug Craft Keepers" in all sizes are also on the shelves.

Have you been following my boyfriend's (Tim Holtz) blog??? He is doing the "12 Tags of Christmas" again. Love them!! Of course I will be doing a class on these tags in the new year. Class size is limited to 6 but I have a feeling I will be doing more than one class a month. We do 3 tags per class so it takes 4 months to complete all 12.

VK, if you made it to your desintation, please comment on the blog - you know how I worry!

"Basic Grey" has announced 2 new collections - "Sugar Rush" and "Origins". They will ship at the end of December.

You will notice something different outside our store. The management company of the mall decided to change all of the awnings. They tore down our lovely hot pink awning on Friday. The replacements will all look like the one outside "Weight Watchers". How boring. We haven't decided what we are going to do but we definitely want it to be unique fun like us!!! Any suggestions?????


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New and exciting!

Hey Bloggerettes,

Some really cool stuff has come in lately. You better get to it before Robin gets to it!

We've carried Collage Press before and were just waiting for their new line of Christmas (Joy Ride) to come out. I've attached their website so you can take a peak. (Their images are copyrighted and can't be transferred to a blog.)

Also on the shelves are:

October Afternoon's "Report Card"
Creative Imagainations "Passion for Fashion", "Lionel Trains", "123 Celebrate Me"
Ten Second Studios "Big Mamma" and "Big Daddy" dies along with the Humungo Mat sets

I'll try to upload some pics later.

Greetings to all of our sick and wounded customers. You know who you are! We miss you.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Random Rantings

Hi Everyone;

Thought I would share a few photos that Lori was describing in her last blog. Enjoy.
Also wanted to let everyone we got some AMAZING product in the store yesterday and today. Yesterday we got a box full of Melissa Frances stuff. I was drooling (and of course took a bagful home). Some of it didn't even reach the shelves - it was chaos as everyone was rummaging through the basket. Time to re-order already! Today we got a big box of bling - a new company that we are carrying called Zva. Really great stuff (and great prices). I am REALLY looking forward to next week when the Jenni Bowlin order comes in - lots of cute baby stuff and some Christmas thrown in.

I have to say how much I am enjoying taking the "Shabby Chic" classes that Lynn is teaching. I so look forward to the class every week and I am so inspired (I even managed to knock off 2 layouts last night). Even though I have been scrapbooking for 15 years I am still learning a ton (I guess you really can teach old dogs new tricks)!

Lori and her brother travelled to surprise her mom for her 75th birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday Joan!

Have a great weekend everybody!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Lost boxes recovered!

Hey Bloggerettes;

We had some stray shipment boxes appear today. We have restocked the Tim Holtz alcohol inks, distress stickles, distress ink pads, scissors, matts, blending foams etc.

Other products include Making Memories Vintage line, October Afternoon Report Card collection, a few papers from a baby boy line with a cute zebra on it, Kaisercraft bling and a few Christmas papers, some miniature things for ATC's, "Stickles" in all the colors, "Dew Drops" and some Christmas embellishments.

I can't believe we are sold out of the newest Kaisercraft Advent Calendars. It was a hot commodity just like the Basic Grey Calendar Kits.

Our "Shabby Chic Layout" classes are so much fun! Lynn is amazing! Robin and I can barely squeeze into the classes. Last week we added drywall paste, imprinted it with foam stamps and sprayed color wash to our layout. A word to the wise - go easy on the color wash, especially if it's red! One of the most interesting things about the class is the vast array of photographs people are using on their layouts. It changes the emotion of the layout so much depending on the subject portrayed. Maureen, you are so cute in your checkered outfit. Sorry about your mom's leg VK!

Halloween was a fun day at the store. Some of our Saturday "Chicks With Blades" came in costume. "Octomom" complete with 8 babies, long brown hair and big lips was in the house, "Martha's Trainee" was busy decorating the front of our store with pumpkins and crime scene tape at 5:00 a.m. - then she brought in decorated cupcakes on a Halloween tiered tray - tooooo much work!!! I guess Martha is a slave-driver. Robin was dressed as Kate Gosselin complete with the Starbucks cup and blonde "Kate" styled wig. She had a backpack full of 6 babies of 2 different races. I was dressed in my crossword puzzle flannel pajamas with the crossword grid on my face and a white bob wig - VERY HOT COSTUME (temperature-wise) What 50 year old could possibly sleep in flannel pajamas!!!

Best recovery wishes to DMc and DH. Who is helping who now????


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

November Calendar

Hey Bloggerettes,

The November class calendar is now posted. How fast is that eh???

Note the store hours for Rememberance Day - open 10-5pm


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Humpday!

Hey Bloggerettes,

Just checking in with y'all. Have some new product to report.

On the shelves:

Tim Holtz - Film Strip and Type Charms
Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry
Little Yellow Bicycle - "25 Days of Christmas" embellishments and a few papers
We R Memory Keepers - newest corner chomper
A Sunday Afternoon - EZ Mount
Creating Keepsakes - latest magazine

On order:
Collage Press (newest papers and some older ones)
Melissa Frances (miscellaneous papers and embellishments)
Making Memories (Vintage line)
Zva Creations (bling)white border photo is required.
Unique Pages (custom word albums)
Teresa Collins (latest line)

Other news:
The "Shabby Chic" classes are fabulous. As one customer says "I learned another 300 things doing this layout-I love it!" (VK) Next weeks layout is at the store for your viewing - a 4x6 portrait white bordered photo is required.
Basic Grey is coming out with 2 new lines in November.
We have kits made up from the Basic Grey "Eerie" line for a 2 page layout and 12 cards.

I'll keep you posted.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Stuff!

Hey Bloggerettes,

We received a lovely little parcel today. Some Christmas papers from Little Yellow Bicycle, some big acrylic blocks (6"x9") for the Harmonie stamps, Tim Holtz "Type Charms", the new retractable finger-tip knife from Fiskars, Jenni Bowlin mini Halloween BINGO cards and replacement tips for the Ranger Alcohol Ink Pens.

The latest Tim Holtz stamp sets are in; Prima Marketing flowers, iron-ons,Donna Downey leather/canvas albums; 7 Gypsies latest product including seam binding, Princesa Tags/Hardware, cable rings, brads, paper tape, Printers Tray, Binderie AC adapters, and ephemera.

Please excuse the random capitalization of words - I guess I felt strongly about some products!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Captured on film.....


Who is this masked one wearing her "daytime tiara" ?????
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Friday, October 2, 2009


And kind of awake. It's amazing how I can EASILY get by on 4 hours of sleep in Vegas and yet feel sooo tired after 8 hours here. Must be true that they pump oxygen in all the casinos!


Members will receive 25% off of their entire purchase. There will be a fun make n' take and as well, there are lots of prizes to be won (and no, you don't have to be there to win)! Receive 1 entry for every $5.00 purchased (before tax)(Members before tax AND before discount). At last count there were over 30 prizes and they keep on coming!

Lori and I have lots to share about our workshop in Vegas (and we learned some fun new techniques as well). We might even share some photos! Just let us get some sleep first.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sometimes you just have to laugh (at yourself)

So Maureen and I decide that we are waaaay too white to go to Vegas and lie around in our bathing suits (brown fat looks way better than white fat) so we decide to get a spray tan. Wow - not sure if I want to experience that again - just too many funny things to mention here. I wanted to share a photo of myself with you all so you could laugh as much as I have been (and my family as well). Maureen and I have decided we're going to give George Hamilton a call and see if he wants to hook up with a couple of glamorous babes in Vegas!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Just 2 more night til we leave for our annual "pilgrimage" to Vegas. Two days of hardcore crafting with Teresa Collins and Basic Grey and then off to the strip to lie by the pool for some much needed R and R!

Wanted to give you a "sneak Peak" of a few of the projects that are happening in October. I don't know if anyone noticed but for once we have our classes posted and it's not even the last day of the month!!

We will be starting the "Shabby Chic Album" classes on Tuesday, October 6th and Thursday, October 8th. Tuesdays will be in the evening and Thursdays will commence at 12:30. This will be a weekly class doing layouts and your homework will be to bring in whatever size (and type) of photo is required for the next class. At some point we will schedule a weekend class to put the actual album together. We are SOOOO excited to have Lynn Thune to teach this amazing style of scrapbooking! Lori and I have signed up for this one as well. (Apparently you CAN teach old dogs new tricks) (I am, of course, referring to Lori and not me)!!

We will also have a total of 4 classes featuring Basic Grey products - a Halloween double page layout featuring "Eerie", a Mini Album featuring "Indian Summer", the monthly "All About Me Class" featuring "Indian Summer" and a card class featuring "Eerie". WE LOVE the new lines!

As many of you are aware on September 24th it will be our 2 year anniversary of opening the store. Yeah us! How fitting that we will be on a plane to one of our favorite places. We will be returning on October 2nd and we might just have something up our sleeves! We promise to keep you posted.

The week after we get back we should (FINALLY) be receiving all of the new Tim Holtz stamps that we ordered at CHA.

Enjoy the photos and we hope to do a bit of blogging while we are away!