Thursday, May 31, 2007


Our June Stamp of the Month is by Art Impressions and is the perfect stamp for your Father's Day cards this year! It features a lovely lakeside scene with the words "The simple things that fill our lives bring the greatest joy" around the framed image. We had fun colouring it with a variety of mediums and love the sample Art Impressions set featuring the window frame, which fits it perfectly! (We've got the window in stock, so please let us know if you'd like to add it to your order!). We've got just 2 extras of this month's stamp, which is always 35% off the regular price! Email us if you're interested in signing up for our SOTM, we'd love to share the details with you!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

cute & classy

Confession time: Every time I pull out my camera to take a photo I sigh a little because it doesn't fit in these cute & classy camera cases by AMM (which recently arrived in the store, and I fully intended to purchase!)... I'm seriously tempted to buy a new camera so I can buy the bag!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Spring Scrap & Card Kit Samples

I'm happy to share with you some great samples for our Spring Scrap & Card Kit! Tanya S. offered to help us out and brought us in a pile of great layouts and cards featuring her lovely daughters, aren't they fun? I enjoyed scrapping some photos from my sister's grad a few years ago (photos I thought were gone forever... so it was extra nice to find them!) and of course I had to play with one of my Bella stamps-- doesn't the 'super' look fun die cut out of the sugar coated cardstock? I can tell I'll be using it alot! The bling is such a fun way to add a punch of color to some 'plain' black & white papers!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

{late} Spring 2007 Scrap & Cards Kit

Here it is! Available for sale on Monday-- over $20 value for just $15! Watch for samples posted online tomorrow...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sneak Peek

Products have finally arrived and we're finishing up our Spring Scrap & Cards Kit... it should be available for purchase at the end of next week. Here's a sneak peek for you! Quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis!

Also new in the store is the Summer issue of Canadian Scrapbooker as well as some fun new stamps by Art Impressions (more on those later... I must get some play time today!)

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I was quite excited to find that this "Fabulous" stamp arrived along with several other new Heidi Swapp stamps! These chunky word stamps are such a great price ($3) and I think they're a good match for some of the Stamping Bella images! I'm hoping to play some more with other combinations this weekend! (I did some paper piecing using fabulous paper by We R Memory keepers for Bella's outfit.)

Speaking of this weekend... it's the last weekend to take advantage of our "Spring Flowers" sale-- all floral items are 20% off until the end of the month! It's also the Laker's Car Show this Sunday, so lots of fabulous cars will be parked on our street for your browsing pleasure. Ladies, you can join in on the "Poker Run" which our store will be a part of... which means we'll be open this Sunday afternoon from noon till 3pm. Hope to see you there! If the weather continues like this, it should be a beautiful day! Now I'm taking some inspiration from my card (and my fabulous friends who keep me accountable!) and I'm off to go for a walk!

Monday, May 21, 2007

105 Uses for Ribbon

This list came to me via e-mail as a compilation off the 2peas message board... doesn't it make you want to make something with ribbon? My challenge to you: Pick one of these fantastic ideas and use some ribbon on your next project! If you want some extra inspiration, we've got new ribbon spools from Heidi Swapp in the store and they're fabulous! If you're a local customer, bring in one of your ribbon-enhanced creations and we'll display it during the month of June (have it here by May 31) plus you'll recieve a discount coupon as our thanks to you!

1. Cut a journaling block into horizontal strips. Tie a ribbon in a bow or knot to the left end of the first strip, then the right end of the second strip, and so on.

2. Create a page frame by stitching ribbon to each side of the page, and then cover the joins with a button or another accent.

3. Collect scraps of ribbon and cover the spiral binding of a journal or album in bows.

4. Tie a bow on a paperclip.

5. Soften the look of metal mesh by knotting satin ribbons through the latticework.

6. Color block a layout, punch holes where the blocks meet and lace with ribbon.

7. Create a ribbon loop off the side of the page, securing with stitches or staples, to index sections in your album.

8. Stamp tiny tags with a single letter and use narrow ribbons to attach to your page for a quirky title.

9. Hold a bookplate in place by securing each side with a length of ribbon, fixing the ribbons onto the back of your layout.

10. Punch holes along one side of a photo or mat and finish with ribbons tied in loop knots.

11. Loop ribbon around one side of a metal frame, then tie with a tiny knot or bow.

12. Laminate a leaf or another found object, punch a hole and tie on a ribbon.

13. Dye ribbons to match anything perfectly.

14. Criss-cross two lengths of ribbon to create a pocket.

15. Turn bows on their side and place at either end of a title.

16. Stamp a name or date on a ribbon, fold around the corner of a photograph and secure with a paperclip.

17. Use ribbon to hang a locket holding something special.

18. Thread two metal rings onto a length of ribbon and secure them both in a loop at one end (you can use an eyelet, nail head, brad, stitches or staples to close the loop). Wrap around a journal, mini book or photo mat and pull the loose end of the ribbon through the rings, just like a belt.

19. Make a masculine tag by threading a plain washer onto a ribbon remnant, folding in half and stapling to the top of a tag.

20. Hide journaling or an additional photograph on your page. Using self-adhesive ribbon as a hinge, secure just one side of a cardstock block to the background.

21. Cover the join between two patterned papers with a length of ribbon.

22. Create a collage between two microscope slides or pieces of transparency, and then tie ribbon around the glass sandwich.

23. Team up ribbon with anything else from the haberdashery section: rickrack, upholstery trim, lace, fibers, snap trim, zips, elastic or a hook and eye set.

24. Layer a brightly colored sheer ribbon over traditional black and white gingham to create custom colored gingham.

25. Stick ribbon over vellum to hide adhesive.

26. Make a flower with loops of ribbon plus a button in the middle.

27. Cover the edge of a border of patterned page with three inch lengths of mismatched ribbons.

28. Use letter stamps on ribbon for journaling or captions.

29. Use rickrack as the stem for a flower accent.

30. Run a thread through a length of ribbon, making loose stitches, and then pull the ribbon together to gather.

31. Apply rub-on letters to a twelve inch strip of ribbon to make a custom border.

32. Cover a scrap of cardstock with ribbon scraps in lines, and then place a cut out shape over the top so the quilted design shows through.

33. Fray ribbon scraps, then overlap and sew to the page.

34. Place a ribbon in a tiny glass charm for a message in a bottle look.

35. Weave your ribbons in big or little sections on your page.

36. Punch holes on one side of a photo mat, then lace the ribbon through and add a charm to one of the loops.

37. Make one long loop of ribbon around an entire page, and then use shorter ribbons to tie knots and bows to that ribbon.

38. Make a bulletin board look by criss-crossing ribbons across the page and joining with brads or buttons.

39. Use frilly ribbons with rustic elements, mixing girly trims with twill tape or a wooden tag.

40. Create your journaling in widely spaced rows. Punch small holes around key words and thread ribbon through to box out or underline words with color.

41. Hang a letter charm from ribbon and wrap around the bottom third of a photo.

42. Use a variety of green ribbons in short, overlapped lengths to represent grass for a summery layout.

43. Place your title and journaling blocks on your layout, then cut slits at the top and bottom. Run sheer ribbon through to `hold' the blocks in place.

44. Spell a title by threading letter charms onto a longer length of ribbon, adding a knot between each letter.

45. Cut a variety of ribbons to six to eight inch lengths. Adhere at odd angles to the bottom of a double page layout, with the photos and accents above this border.

46. Place short lengths of ribbon over the four corners of a photo and secure in place with brads.

47. Place ribbons around the edge of a large circle shape.

48. Fold ribbon scraps in half and staple to one side of a photo mat.

49. Use a wide ribbon as you would a strip of patterned paper.

50. Stitch your ribbon with a zigzag.

51. Thread silk or paper flowers onto ribbons to create a daisy chain.

52. Use polka-dot ribbon with striped patterned papers.

53. Tie a series of bows or knots to cover a length of wire, and then attach the wire by punching two tiny holes in your page and threading it through to the back.

54. Run a simple border with one thin ribbon across the top of your page and two thin ribbons at the bottom.

55. Tie a group of tags together with brightly colored ribbons.

56. Punch small holes and thread a border like you would lace your shoes.

57. Use sheer green ribbons to represent leaves on flowers.

58. Use your ribbons in vertical strips instead of horizontal.

59. Repeat just one ribbon pattern throughout your layout.

60. Hang tiny jingle bells on a Christmas page.

61. Select two ribbons of contrasting color. Attach one to the left side of the page and the other to the right, then tie together in the middle. Repeat in the opposite colors to make a criss-cross if you wish.

62. Get out your eyelets and add to a paper accent, like a monogram letter. Thread ribbon through and tie in a knot.

63. Pin a safety pin through a bow or knot.

64. Tie a ribbon around the stem of any letter in your title.

65. Allow ribbons to come out the top of your {top-loading} page protector.

66. Place one bold strip of a patterned paper on your cardstock background. Add an angled strip of a color-coordinated ribbon. Add an accent near where the two meet, and place the body of your layout in the remaining gap.

67. Punch or cut several small squares or circles. Punch a small hole and tie a ribbon on each, then line up for a border.

68. Line up several lengths of the same ribbon and secure the ends with brads, then place your title on top.

69. Punch a group of holes in any preprinted accent and add ribbons to make it your own.

70. Create a bold frame using short ribbon scraps around all four sides of the page.

71. Have just the ends of flat ribbons appear from one side of a photograph. Stick them directly to the page.

72. Use a series of ribbon-trimmed metal-rimmed tags to journal in list form.

73. Repeatedly wrap a ribbon around a block of cardstock, then tie with a charm, tag or stamped image.

74. Use only black and white ribbons plus one color of cardstock.

75. Stick ribbon directly to the page and cover the ends with square or round accents.

76. Place several twelve inch lengths of ribbon to the page, leaving an inch gap in between. Number the lines of ribbon and add journaling for a `# of things I...' layout.

77. Tie ribbons on bobby pins/hair grips and slide onto the edge of a photo.

78. Use ribbon inside a slide frame or book plate.

79. Create a pull tab with a loop of ribbon on a tucked away photo or tag.

80. Use just ginghams!

81. Attach tiny clothes pegs to a length of ribbon.

82. Use white sheer ribbons for angel wings.

83. Thread white letter beads onto ribbons for journaling.

84. Tie ribbons through button holes and tie on the top.

85. Attach pins or badges to a length of ribbon stuck straight to the background.

86. Put your title inside a circle frame, and hold it in place with ribbons on two or more sides. Tuck the ribbons over to the back of the page.

87. Thread on a buckle for a classy accent.

88. Spice up a simple layout with just three knots of ribbon near the corner of the photo.

89. Create a pinwheel design by sticking down bright ribbons cut with an angle at the end.

90. Fold your ribbon in half then cut at an angle to get that little V at the end.

91. Instead of peeling your stickers from the backing, cut them out and treat like regular paper. Punch a hole, tie a ribbon and look at your sticker in a new way.

92. Create a layout with three blocks of cardstock, and then hang multiple ribbons from the bottom of each block.

93. Make a summery layout with mismatched ribbons placed 3/4 of the way down one side, to mimic flags on a sail boat.

94. Make a mini book to hold extra photos and journaling, and make sure the sides wrap around to the front so the covers open to both the left and right. Secure ribbon on the back and tie on the front to close.

95. Thread circles on ribbons to mimic Christmas ornaments, then tuck the ribbons around the top of the page and secure on the back. Design the layout on top of the ornament background.

96. Make it simple: stick a length of ribbon directly to the cardstock. Tie a bow and stick it on top -- an easier way to make everything stay put.

97. Create your title with letters on individual blocks of cardstock, then thread together by punching holes and tying together with ribbons.

98. Use watermark ink to customize your ribbon with a design or phrase.

99. Make curly ribbons by wrapping tightly around a dowel rod or pencil (securing with pins if needed), spraying with corn starch and baking in the oven for about five minutes. Leave to cool and set over night, then remove from the dowel. Great for album covers and bindings.

100. Use ribbon to bind a small book of index prints on your layout, and then add more ribbon to close or hang the book.

101. Grab your favorite ribbon of the moment and work your entire layout around that inspiration. Print your photos in black and white so you don't have to worry about color clashes and just have fun.

102. When making a page that's an homage to a favorite relative, use ribbon to add memorabilia that reminds you of this person, like a recipe written on a recipe card, a fishing fly, a playing card, or a necklace charm.

103. Use special paper punches to liven up your papers, and then adhere shimmery ribbon to the backs so it shows through the negative spaces, making different textured embellishments.

104. Send thin, colorful ribbon through the sticker maker, and then snip it crosswise into little pieces, making bright confetti and streamers for a fun party page.

105. Use a brown ink pad to rub onto light colored ribbon to make it look "aged".

Saturday, May 19, 2007

20% off Storewide!

We're celebrating the long weekend with 20% off storewide right now! It's a great time to stop by and pick up some essential items or some fabulous new stamps, QK dies or embellishments you've had your eyes on... the sale ends at closing today!

We'll be closed on Monday, but will re-open Tuesday with lots of new stock, which I'll tell you all about then! The QuicKutz ABC game & Scavenger hunt have been extended until the end of the month-- we'd love to see some more entries (and I'm sure you'd love to get a free QK alphabet)! See this! link to the forms, or pick one up when you're in the store.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

{live, laugh, love}

Just wanted to share a simple card I did for a sketch challenge on one of my yahoo groups... stamp & bling by Hero Arts, paper by Basic Grey, flourish by QuicKutz.

the Fiesta continues with A Muse!

We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of some "Fiesta" themed stamps by A Muse to arrive, hoping they'd get here in time for the Fiesta last weekend... but alas, it was not to be. Our package was held up at customs and arrived last Monday! However, when you look at these adorable stamps, you want the Fiesta to continue! I know I'm looking forward to using some of them on my layout when I scrapbook a few photos from the event! Stop by and check out these sweet new stamps, as well as a few other fun ones that came with them! And watch for details about a "Margarita Monday" get together where we'll make some Fiesta themed cards & enjoy chips & salsa with some virgin margaritas! Ole!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

QuicKutz Winner!

Wow, I got an e-mail today that I am a winner in the very first QuicKutz Silhouette Contest! Check out the winning entries-- I look forward to spending my digital download card :)

If YOU would like to be a QuicKutz winner, you can by participating in our National Scrapbooking Day Scavenger Hunt or ABC Game! You can find details on both of these HERE! Bring in your completed form by Monday, May 14 and you could win an Eliza mini alphabet! This *discontinued* alphabet is worth $169 and is no longer available for purchase in stores. Happy gaming!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Fiesta was fabulous!

We had a fabulous time at the Fiesta on Saturday, here's what some ladies are saying...
I HAD THE BEST TIME EVER!!! You guys did such a great job of keeping things going yet giving enough time to work on our own projects. That's the first one I've been to and I'd go again. Thanks for having the Fiesta!


We ended our day with some Pinata whacking (always great for laughs!) and drawing our grand prize winner (for a great prize worth around $400!): Tina Correia. Congrats, Tina! We hope you're enjoying all your new goodies!

As you can see, there were lots of smiles from the fantastic group of ladies who came out! In addition to all the fun we had, we raised just over $300 to donate to the Relay for Life!
{I muted the photos a bit by playing with the colour saturation in Photo Shop, then added a digital frame.}

Thursday, May 03, 2007

May Flowers Sale

Hey! I just noticed that in all our busyness getting ready for the FIESTA, I forgot to post on here about our May Flowers Sale! Stop by the store and find anything floral is 20% off! Included in this special are all floral stamps, papers, embellishments and QuicKutz dies! The special lasts through Saturday, May 12, we hope to see you soon! This card is from one of our classes at the Fiesta on Saturday! If you can't make it to the Fiesta, but want to try some of these projects, we're considering an evening class sometime this next week... maybe for the cards or the "Mom" mini-book, since it's just before Mother's Day! Let us know if you are interested!