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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FINALLY!!! They Are Here!!!

After being out of stock since April...the Tim Holtz "Tattered Florals" they have arrived. They are available in our store in limited if you want one... you'd better get it now!  The same goes for the "Tattered Leaves". Those too, are in limited supply and when they run out...they will be difficult to get. Sizzix has said they will have more after the first of the year...but with the difficulty they have had with the manufacturer this may not be the case.

Great Job Carol!!

I just want to thank Carol for the wonderful job she did producing our first Newsletter! I think she did an outstanding job and I look forward to the next one.
For those you who have signed up...thanks! And for those who haven't...well hurry up...there are going to be some really fun things in the issues to come .."Tips 'n Tricks"...."Customer Spotlight" (this could be you )...Favorite Recipes ...and of course...lots of  "What's New". And in each issue we will give you hints of what Laura (Follow The Paper Trail) has coming up. You don't want to miss any of the fall line up.

Thanks again are a woman of many talents...

Good nite all,


Monday, September 27, 2010

All The Beautiful New Punches

Ok...I admit it! I am a punch-a holic! I love punches. They just keep making more and more beautiful and detailed punches. First... Martha Stewart started off with her frilly, loopy, swirly, lacy border punches. Then they added in the corners for the punch around the page look. When those first came out they never included the dimensions needed to make the punch designs work properly for an all around border. So ...finally they put the measurements on the website and eventually included them in each package....yay!!!

Now there is another problem. With all the new intricate designs  they really don't make very clear...that on these type punches...they are NOT meant for cardstock!!! They should never be used for Bazzill cardstock...or anything heavier than 65#, light weight cardstock or text weight paper. You can use up to 100# text weight paper. If your punch doesn't willingly cut thru your paper... then DO NOT force it. You will break your punch.. Test your punch on a scrap of the same weight before you try to punch your piece because you will make a mess of the piece of paper that doesn't cut and you will probably have to tear it out of the punch..

The bigger design punches and all your basic shapes ones are fine for heavier  paper and cardstock. Those will punch all day long and those are fine to use with the Punch Pal or any such helper. But never use any helper device with the new detailed punches.This goes for any manufacturer's punches...not just Martha's.

I have wanted to post this hint for a while now and I was prompted when a customer emailed me to say that she had broken her punch. I thought I better put this up now so no one else ruins a very expensive punch. If anyone has a question or needs more info ...please email us. We will be glad to help you with this or any other questions you might have. After is our many years of experience that has taught us many helpful hints and feel free to pick our brains.

Have a fabulous week

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Dies Have Arrived

Have you been wanting some of the new Sizzix Dies by Tim Holtz ? Well we just got a partial shipment of our order and have added them to the website but you better hurry in as Ruth is buying them up faster than I can get them listed.... We did get plenty of the Paper Rosette Border Die,

 and the Tattered Leaves

Of course we got a few of the Halloween dies, but not as many as we had hoped to

 and only one of the on the edge dies arrived

but we did get in  several of the Embossing folders and those are very nice !

We have had some issues with our shipping and we apologize if it has been confusing for you.
We do not add shipping to the orders simply for the fact that we were having to refund so many shipping fees that it was just easier for us to bill the shipping fees after the order was pulled, packed and we knew what the shipping was going to be. We do send a second invoice from our Pay Pal, and if by chance you do not see that invoice within a couple of days, please check your junk e-mail or your pay pal account to see if it is there. We really do try to ship the best way possible and when possible  we try to use flat rate boxes and envelopes. We are finding that this may not be the best way to ship our papers and chipboard as some of them have been getting damaged along the way (Thank you USPS)  We may have to charge a bit more in shipping for these items, but we would much rather have them arrive in one piece and with all the corners in tact !!
We are working on a news letter which may be a better way to stay in touch, so if your interested in getting our news, you can either sign up here on the blog or you can find it in the store at the bottom of the front page.
Once again, we appreciate each and everyone of you and thank you for all you do !!
Carol & Barrie

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Prima Flora Fairy Papers & More

Our order arrived yesterday and I had to work really hard to keep myself from ruining the new Prima Floral Fairy papers with my drool !! The colors and designs on these papers is so much better in person then they are in a picture. I know we did not order half enough of this and are going to have to do what ever it takes to bring more of it in.

These are just a couple of the 6 designs and all the others are just as beautiful.
I am always so amazed at the new designs that companies come up with, and this one will make you want to order two sets, on to work with and one to hoard !!
We also ordered in some of the Websters pages Bloomers Flower Trim and they are crazy beautiful.
We have other colors on order but for now we have the Petal single color
and then the deluxe 5 colors. Each has one yard per color.
5 color deluxe set !

Petal Bloomers

We have other new items in the store so check it out and don't forget to join us tomorrow night for Laura's show.
It will be a one part show this week and I hear that this one is as fabulous as the rest !!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome September!!

September has arrived and I must say I am not ready for the summer to be over. I am hoping for an Indian summer but after the down pouring of rain yesterday my hopes of that are fading fast.
So, my next best thing is to think of all the indoor projects that I want to do and get cracking on that.
I have a stack of pictures that need to be scrapped, a ton of cards that need to be made, and I really should get started on the gifts that I give to all the ladies in the family for (gulp) Christmas. I am going to be doing some different things this year as I need to use some of this great new stuff that has arrived over the last few months. Some of the new Sizzix dies are so fun and they have got my imagination flowing, and of course there is all the new K& Company papers that are so beautiful that I have a difficult time cutting into them, but I will I will !!
The store has been busier than ever and we are ordering like mad to get more great products in stock. We were excited to get the dauber boxes in, and they are compact and wonderful !! We are shipping out the new bone folders as fast as they arrive, and Barrie said we should probably just triple our order so that's what we shall do. It is so funny how long we have had the quickstik's in with out selling any and now that Laura has let people know their usefulness, we are seeing them fly out the door as well.
We have noticed that you all are discovering our great chipboard books too, and I must say they are great gift projects for (gulp) Christmas. Grandma & Grandpa would love to have this bestowed upon them with the cute faces of the grand babies on each and every page. They are made of acid free, medium weight chipboard and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Scrapabadadboo Exclusive Scallop Square Book

Mixed Pages Chipboard Book
Tabbed Album

5 Ring Chipboard Book
Long 5 Ring Chipboard Book

These books are so easy to cover and decorate and fun too!  I swear by the Pioneer Glue Stick to use for adhering your paper to the chipboard. As long as you make sure you glue your edges very good, your paper will never come off the chipboard when using it !! Give it a try and let me know if you like it !!
Well, enjoy your first day of September, and please join us for our challenge that was posted earlier in August. I have only a couple of people who have sent me pictures and One of the will be winning a Prima Paintable Paper Pack.... join us and it could be you !!!!
Blessings Carol