Archive for January, 2009

New Goodies on the Way!

January 31, 2009

I got back late Wednesday from CHA, the Craft & Hobby Association trade show. Some of the Design Team girls went with me — Emily, Heather & Vivian, and we came back psyched up about new product and new ideas. I thought I’d give you a quick sneak peek of what’s coming soon to the store…

Basic Grey has four lines this time; two of them don’t ship until April, but the two that should be here in the next couple of weeks are:

Porcelain by BasicGrey

Porcelain by BasicGrey

Marrakesh by BasicGrey

Marrakesh by BasicGrey

Fabulous, right? Do you want a sneak preview of April’s lines, too? What’s that? You do? Well, just for you:
Wisteria by BasicGrey

Wisteria by BasicGrey

Lime Rickey by BasicGrey

Lime Rickey by BasicGrey

Watch the blog & your e-mail and we’ll let you know when it’s here! In the meantime, post a comment about which line is your favorite (and which papers in that line are the ones you really love), and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win the complete paper line! If you want to see the papers up close (and get the names), you can check them out here. Just choose the line you want to see from the drop-down on the left.

It’s the BIG day…Garage Sale Day

January 24, 2009

ok really it’s ALL weekend, but sounds so much better when you say big day, right?

Our latest instance of this popular event starts at 10am today and will run through close of business on Sunday.

I had a sneak peek last night and there are some amazing deals…we’re talking $2.00 stamp sets, big scrapbooking totes, paper, paper and more paper.  Come early for the best selection.

Are you thinking you have stuff to sale?  Tables are full for this go round, but we’ll start taking signups (in person only) for the next sale today.

Twitterpated, because we are…

January 21, 2009


1. twitterpated defined as:

1) to be completely enamored with someone/something.
2) the flighty exciting feeling you get when you think about/see the object of your affection.
3) romantically excited (i.e.: aroused)
4) the ever increasing acceleration of heartbeat and body temperature as a result of being engulfed amidst the exhilaration and joy of being/having a romantic entity in someone’s life.

When he smiled at her, the rush of warm, fuzzy, excited sensations that filled her made her realize she was completely twitterpated with this man.

And because I had to ask someone what ‘twitterpated’ meant – HA! We have this lovely ‘spring-like’ paper in the store now, you need to come see it. It somewhat represents what our recent colorado weather has been like. Cute furry little creatures, flowers, polka-dots, etc. Are you feeling it?!

*Note to self: need to watch Bambi again…

Creative cheers,

Sunday Sketch

January 19, 2009

Welcome to a new week!  Here’s a sketch that has lots of room for  journaling.sketch-118091

Since there’s room for a large title on this sketch, I broke out one of my all time favorite stickers: American Crafts ‘Runway’ alpha.  They’re perfect when you need a big bold title.  To give a little dimension, I put them on the cream cardstock, trimmed and mounted with foam squares.


Have a wonderful week, make sure to come to the garage sale this weekend. Great deals will abound.

Note from the editor (aka Mary Kay): wondering where she got that awesome city skyline? It’s a dingbat font that she cut with the Silhouette! Ooooh, aaaah… And that apple is from the Fall/Back-to-School Slice cartridge. Go Christyn, you multi-cutter, you.

An Ode to Thickers

January 17, 2009

If you’re looking for an alpha sticker set, chances are that there’s an American Crafts Thickers set that will work for you. These letter sets come in a huge variety of colors, textures, and fonts. There are basic serif and sans-serif fonts, script-y fonts, fun and playful fonts, and serious and scary-looking fonts. They come in just about every color imaginable, and are available in foam, felt, velvet, vinyl, chipboard, and glitter chipboard. I’ve been collecting Thickers over the years, and have recently discovered how much fun it can be to mix different sets to create a title:


If you haven’t discovered Thickers yet, come into the store to see the huge variety available!

Sunday Sketch

January 11, 2009

Welcome to a new week here’s a fun sketch to get you through the new week. This sketch is a great one for using up scraps from some of your favorite papers.



sketch-111091For my page I used a some scraps from the Urban Prarie Line from Basic Grey.  I love these papers!


Hope you have a wonderful craft filled week, don’t forget next Saturday is our first frenzy of 2009.  We have some great projects, I know you will love.  Hope to see you then!


editor’s note: Those letters are lower-case Roxy, a QuicKutz 2×2 font.

Are you Bound?

January 7, 2009

2009 BIA pink v2.0

A new year, a new color!

The new Bind-It-All has made it to the store. And it’s pink. AND it comes with new features:

BIA V2.0 can now accommodate materials up to 35% thicker than the orginal BIA. So for those of us wanting to bind the whole enchilada at once, there you go. The perfectionist in me still likes the slow, a few pieces at a time way but I will have to give this feature a shot!

It can also do very thin fabric and acrylic now. I’ve yet to try it out so I’m excited to test out some fabric album projects for the new year!

Also new is the Extension Paper Guide Bar and Plate. In short, the Bar when it is locked and engaged will set measurement positions for ease in repeating punches over and over again. The Plate serves a similar purpose as the Bar for ‘repeat’ punching ease. The benefit to using the plate is that it sets measurements for projects narrower than 4”.

I’m excited to learn the new features so I can pass them on to you. I hope to have that done tonight so come visit us soon to see the new beauty in pink!

Creative cheers in the new year,

Sunday Sketch Is Back

January 4, 2009

Happy New Year, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, I sure did. Now I have lots of fun holiday photos to scrap, so many it’s hard to know where to start. Sketches are a great way to get your groove back. Here’s one to get you started…


This sketch can be really versatile. I decided to tweak the strips on the left just a bit and do the bottom like snow to match this fun Heidi Grace wintery paper. Since the paper already had pattern strips it was easy to cut apart and layer onto the cardstock. Getting the angles right was a little tricky, but worth it in the end.

oopsThis page is also a reminder to myself to scrap the less than perfect photos, sometimes they tell a completely different story.

Happy crafting!