Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fools Rush In SALE!

Fools Rush In SALE April 1-2!
The earlier you come, the more you save!
Those who arrive before 1pm on April 1 can take advantage of ALL the savings listed below. Other deals are only valid....

...until 1 pm April 1
30% off Patterned Paper & in stock QuicKutz (35% off for QK club Members)

...until closing April 1
30% off all Stickers

...Until 1 pm April 2
30% off wood, clear & UM stamps

PLUS from opening April 1 until closing - April 2
40% off Seasonal section
Extra 50% off Clearance items
10% off everything else in the store!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Thursday's Three Card Class

Introducing this week's Three Card Class- join us to create these three sweet cards, just in time for sending some Easter greetings! The class features QuicKutz spring shapes and assorted stamped greetings. Join us on Thursday either from 1-2pm or from 5:30-6:30pm. Let us know if you can make it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fresh & Funky by QuicKutz

The latest release by QuicKutz is completely unique- 'Fresh & Funky' is the theme and it is all that and more! The entire release is IN STOCK today and we'll have a fresh make & take for QK Club members on April 1 (as well as your exclusive QK club die!). We're looking forward to playing with these new goodies and can't wait to hear your thoughts on this release, so please share! Here's a few samples I pulled from the QuicKutz website- there are tons more there (and the gallery is overflowing with great samples using the Silhouette, as well! We still have a couple of the original tool in stock on for just $225!).

my first Digi layout!

One of my goals for spring break was to finally try my hand at digital scrapbooking using Heritage Makers, an online program for creating story books. My first project was a two page 12x12 layout. Memberships to Heritage Makers are free- you can sign up quickly to try it out by following this link and following the link at the top of the page. The free membership gives you access to lots of 'basic art' to use on your projects, as well as a bunch of templates which you can download as a starting spot for your project.

I started my layout with a template I liked the arrangement of and completely changed it up from there (it started with a snow theme!). You can swap out ALL the elements of a template- including background papers, embellishments, words & text boxes... Since I have a premier membership (on sale now for just $99 US for a full year!) I have access to thousands of pieces of premier art- much of it organized in collections, just like traditional scrapbooking supplies! For this layout, I chose a collection called "Life's Canvas" and used only elements from that kit, which made it really easy to coordinate. I loved all the little pieces and words from this set and it was really easy to adjust sizes and direction of each piece to put them exactly where I wanted them!

I haven't ordered my project yet so I can share with you how long it takes to arrive, but as soon as we're done the mini storybook about Mom & Dad's trip to Cuba, we'll get that order off and share more! If you want to see the quality of the products, we do have LOTS of samples in the store from Heritage Makers.

I know that digital scrapbooking will never replace the 'hands on' stuff, but it is a great option for me when I'm on the go or want to do something creative at home (since I do all my creating at the store!). All you need is a computer with an internet connection and you can start creating- everything you need is at your disposal once you log in to your account!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Spring!

This week's 3 Card Class is designed by Tanya! Join her on Thursday from 1-2pm or from 5:30-6:30pm to create these sweet cards for just $7! It's a great chance to enjoy a quick spring getaway and kick start your creativity!
Our Deal of the Week is on all items in our Seasonal Section! Enjoy 20% off a variety of 'off season' items while we celebrate the changing of seasons- yay for spring!

Also this week is another Midnight Crop- join us on Friday night from 6pm-midnight!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Links to share...

Just wanted to share a few links with y'all- here's a few things I've found online that just might make life a bit easier!

Upload a photo on this website and it creates a colour palette for you based on the photograph- I believe it was created for web design, but it definitely has a use in scrapbooking projects! If only it would also spit out the Bazzill colours you need ;)

Looking for a quick way to increase your card stash? Check out the Sheetload of Cards blog each month for a new sketch & template to help you create a 'sheetload' of cards. A typical month tells you the supplies needed to create 8 cards. I tend to read the details carefully and then mix it up a bit (I get bored easily)! This month I took their instructions and used 4-12x12 sheets of cardstock instead of 8-8.5x11 sheets for my card base (it just made more sense when making 5.5" square cards!). I also created my cards with a friend- so we each still made 8 cards, but had only 4 from each color scheme. Here's my sheetload this month:

All the stamps I used (except the "dare to be different" stamp) are by Hero Arts. The papers are by Prima & Fancy Pants.

Did you know that you can order photos online for pick up at the Wholesale store photo lab here in town? A big PRO- right now they have free upgrades to 5x7 prints! You just pay the 4x6 price, 19 cents. The CON: online photo editing is very limited- you can only crop your photo in the same direction it already is. No colour editing (ie. Convert to B&W) or red-eye features are offered. Still, it's one of the best places to get photos printed in town and the price rocks- plus, when I ordered online it was ready for pickup the next day! The only catch is that if you want a 'matte' finish, you need to order glossy and request matte by adding "matte" to your name in your account info. For some reason if you request matte otherwise they print them out east and ship them here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Deal of the Week!

Our deal of the week is Basic Grey 20% off! Save on one of our most popular product lines with fantasic papers, stickers, chipboard, stamps, rub ons & more... on sale 20% off until Saturday!

And just 'cuz it's so darn cute, here's a card I wanted to share! Tanya created this cutie using Cosmo Cricket "Cogsmo" papers and fun robot stamps by Stampendous! It's another fabulous birthday card perfect for boys!
Check out the prima flower makeover- don't they make fun gears? A customer shared the idea with us and we just had to try it out!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Classes this week!

Join us this Thursday for our 3 Card Class- just $7 to create three birthday cards perfect for boys! Join us from 1-2pm or from 5:30-6:30pm.

Celebrate spring break by getting crafty with one of the kids in your life! Cost for this cute mini book project is just $15 for one adult/child combo (just $5 more for a second child). Class will take place from 3-4:30pm on Thursday March 19 or Saturday March 21.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


We're going green this week with St. Patrick's Day on it's way... Join us for our Thursday 3 Card Class and create these cute cards for just $7. Let us know if you can make it either from 1-2pm or from 5:30-6:30. It's a great way to add to your card stash! This week's cards feature some of our 'buy 2 get 1 free' stamps by Inkadinkado!
The 'spring' banner you see peeking out underneath the cards is a kit you can purchase for just $5! We've also put together an assortment of page kits for just $5 each- valued at approx. $8!

Our make & take project for QuicKutz Club members this month is a 12x12 "Lucky Me" layout. Members can stop by anytime this month to create it for FREE- just another perk you get being a member of our QK club! This layout features the new shamrock dies (2", 4" and border) and the Chick a dee alphabet. It's ready for you to add a 5x7 photo (or a couple 3.5x5.5" pics).

Other GREEN things happening this week...
Midnight Crop- Saturday March 14 Join our 'green' themed crop this weekend from 6-midnight. Cost is just $10 and we'll have door prizes for people who either dress green or bring green munchies to share! Bring a friend and whatever project you're currently working on! Please let us know by Friday if you can make it as space is limited.

Pot O' Gold SALE starts Saturday and goes until Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day!) You can pick your savings from our pot o' gold- you'll save at least 17% on your regular priced purchase... or you could be one of the lucky customers who saves up to 37%!

Recent projects

Just a few recent projects I wanted to share! The card & Corteo layout feature awesome new flocked paper by Prima (plus flowers & ribbon and more fabulous goodies) and the fungi card is one I had in the works a while ago and just finished up- love these mushrooms by QuicKutz and the papers by Basic Grey, perfect card for a fun guy ;)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

20+ boxes

Here's a taste of what's new in the store this week...

...and LOTS more still to go on the shelves!

SOTM- Friend Collage set by Hero Arts

Tracey & I decided to play for a bit on Friday night- we used the Marrakech line by Basic Grey and samples done by Hero Arts as our inspiration... here's what we came up with! All stamped images (except the 'you are special' saying) are from the set- it's got so many fantastic pieces, I think everyone will really enjoy playing with it!

If you're not familiar with our stamp of the month program, here's a few details: each month I select a stamp from a different company- it may be wood mounted, unmounted rubber, cling mounted or clear. There is always a board with at least 4 sample cards created- posted here on the blog and in the store. The stamp is always 35% off for SOTM members (it is regular price for anyone who is not part of the club).

Members are committed to purchase the stamp, like it or not. We ask that you give us one month notice if you decide not to continue with our SOTM club. Our goal is to give members a variety of stamps in their collection from a variety of companies. Purchasing from a variety of companies means that the style & theme will vary from month to month. Hopefully members will find a use for each and every stamp, and if they don't personally like a particular stamp they'll find someone to give it to who will enjoy it ;) It's always a good thing when we challenge ourselves creatively- you never know where your creativity will take you!

I hope you enjoy these samples, and feel free to share with us what you come up with yourselves!

Friday, March 06, 2009

SOTM has arrived

Our March Stamp of the month (including a pile of other fabulous products from Hero Arts) has arrived! We haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but here's what you're getting if you're part of our SOTM club And here is a great sample card by the artists at Hero Arts::
I should have our sample board ready to share with you next week- stop by soon and check out all the great new products from Hero Arts!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

This week...

Our Deal of the Week: Maya Road (chipboard embellishments, mini books, clearly sheer ribbons...) 20% off!

New Spring stamps by Inkadinkado Buy 2 Get 1 Free!
This assortment of 10 stamps by Inkadinkado are showcased on a sample board (plus we've been playing and made more great samples)! When you buy 2 of them, you can get 1 free PLUS you can choose another free stamp from a selection of stamps previously featured!

March QuicKutz specials
- All in One Binder $30 (Reg. $38.49)
- Cookie Cutter Alphabets 20% off (30% off for QK Club)
- Silhouette Design Studio Collections & Download Cards 20% off (in stock only!)

Exclusive QK Club Deal for March:
- 4" dies are Buy 2, Get 1 FREE (your free die cannot be from the new spring release, but the other two can be!)

The Squeeze tool is back in stock- this will be our last shipment, so get one while they're still here, just $45 (50% off!)