Archive for April, 2009

Very Special Anniversary Frenzy

April 30, 2009

So you’ve heard that this weekend– May 2, actually, which is also National Scrapbook Day– is our SECOND anniversary, right? Well, Saturday we’re celebrating with special deals and offers, as well as a full day of fantastic make-n-takes. Drop in between 10 & 1 or 1:30 & 4:30, make whichever projects you like, and pay for only those you make. Fees range from $2 to $15.  We’re doing gifts this time– just in time for Mothers’ Day and teacher gifts. There is a fabulous set of notecards:


notecards by Houston Stapp

A cute clip to hold photos on your desk (multiple color combinations available):

Desk Clip by Emily Pitts

Desk Clip by Emily Pitts

An adorable card using QuicKutz to make your own dimensional foam stickers:

QuicKutz card by Houston Stapp

QuicKutz card by Houston Stapp

How about gift card holders for Mom and teacher?
Gift Card Holders by Kelly McGarry

Gift Card Holders by Kelly McGarry

And there’s more! Stay tuned tomorrow (because I forgot to take photos in the insanity of today) for a gorgeous scarf dyed with alcohol inks & markers, layouts for April & May (perfect for your end-of-year calendar), a luggage tag, and a pot full of flowers that are really pens! Plus, there will be at least one FREE “do it yourself” make-n-take all day Saturday AND Sunday!


Garage Sale is back!

April 27, 2009

You asked for it, I had trouble deciding on a date, but finally the next Garage Sale is scheduled.  It will be on May 16 & 17– the week after Mothers’ Day, the weekend before Memorial Day. Oy– May’s a busy month!

Here’s how it works: Full tables rent for $10, half tables for $5. You bring your stuff, labelled with the price you’re asking and the number we give you. (If you’d like to split a table with someone, be sure to ask for more than one number, so it’s easy to split up the proceeds. ) We staff the sale, ring everything up, and give you 100% of  the proceeds as a gift card, OR half the proceeds in cash. 

That couldn’t be easier, could it? So if you’d like to sign up, you can find the contract here. Fill it out, bring it in with payment, or fax it back and we’ll charge your card and call you with your garage sale number.  We ask for your card number (and keep it safe) so that, should you no-show without 48 hours notice, we can charge your card $50. We’d rather not do that, though– we’d prefer you call us to say you can’t participate, so we can give your spot to someone from the waiting list.

Sign up now, before we’re all full (again). We look forward to seeing you as a seller or a shopper on May 16 & 17!

Nesting Dies from QuicKutz

April 21, 2009


Q:  What are they and why would you want them? 

A:  Well QK Nesting dies are a set of dies in one shape that come in graduated sizes.  They are the perfect thing to reach for when you need just the right size circle, oval or square, they are great to use on card fronts for a window, because you can place it right where you want it to go with the sticky mat.  Nesting dies are also really handy because you can use up your scraps with them and that’s exactly what I did in this layout,  I had several scraps of a coordinating line that I just ran through my Revolution with the egg nesting dies and Voila, instant embellishments! 

QK Tip:  Add a little dimension to your nested shapes with foam squares!

Don’t forget selected Nesting Dies are on sale through Friday for 17.99!

New Basic Grey is Here! And a winner…

April 20, 2009

Lime Rickey by BasicGrey

The long-awaited Lime Rickey and Wisteria are in the house. For both lines we have all the papers, the collection packs, and the 6×6 pads. We also have the chip stickers for Wisteria– so cute! 

BasicGrey Wisteria Chip Shapes

BasicGrey Wisteria Chip Shapes

Wisteria by BasicGrey

Wisteria by BasicGrey

And now seems like a great time to announce the winner of the blog drawing from our January post  (did you think we’d forgotten?). Her favorite is Lime Rickey, and the winner of our random drawing is… Roxane Apple! Roxane can pick up her complete line of Lime Rickey papers at the store.

Using up your product, part 2

April 16, 2009

This week’s assignment, use your paper scraps. Here are a few fun ways to use up small pieces of paper. Pleating strips of paper uses up more paper than using just a flat strip. It also adds some nice texture and dimension to your projects.


A patchwork pattern can fill up the entire space, and adds a great visual element as well.  Add some stitching to divide up the blocks if you’d like.


Crazy quilting isn’t just for fabric, use the same concept in your papercrafting, just start cutting and gluing. Don’t worry about overlapping, it just adds to the character. I added some trim for extra texture.


Making your paper go 3D allows you to use just a bit more. This fun spring card was quick and easy, any punch could be used.


Stamp Into Spring Special Order Event

April 14, 2009

Hurry– there’s still time left to place your special orders for those stamps you’ve looked everywhere for and couldn’t find (or maybe a few you didn’t even know existed but once you see them you can’t live without them!). Use the links below to browse the catalogs of six of our stamp vendors, and make note of the part number and name of each stamp you want. Then e-mail, call, or come in and place your order. You can come browse the actual catalogs in the store, too, if you’d like.

Sunday International (check out their cling mounted rubber!)

Technique Tuesday


Penny Black


Hero Arts

Technique Tuesday special edition stamp set: For a limited time, if you order (or buy in-store, or a combination) a total  of $50 worth of Technique Tuesday stamps, you’ll get a FREE set, designed by Ali Edwards, only available as a gift with purchase!

Hurry, before they’re all gone.

New Cosmo Cricket

April 9, 2009

Products from Cosmo Cricket’s new Snorkel and Girl Friday lines are in the store and they are so much fun! For this layout, I used the backside of one of the Girl Friday papers as my background and let the Snorkel chipboard be the focus of my design. I love those cute little fish and the way the curves of the waves follow one another!


AMAZING 3D/Pop-Up Frenzy Projects

April 8, 2009

So we had to put it off a week because of the Storm That Never Came… but that just gave you another week to anticipate the greatness! You may have seen Karen’s samples; in the morning, an Easter-themed project:


And in the afternoon, she’s cut the pop-up ball out of transparency (she’s used travel photos here, but I think this one would be ideal for a graduation present, with pictures of the graduate over the years):

Happy Easter Summary Page 1

Wanna see the other amazing samples? You already know that we have the most talented staff anywhere, right? Well, let me confirm that for you.  Each designer took one of Karen’s dies and made two projects with it. First, Kelly and the cake:

bday_outside  bday_inside

wedding_outside  wedding_inside

These photos don’t do it justice; you can’t even see the bling on the wedding cake. Wait until you see it in person! Next, Barbara used the spinning platform for a graduation card and a birthday card:

grad_outside2  grad_inside

presents_outside  presents_inside

Christyn had the house, which she turned into a little red schoolhouse, and made a welcome card:

neighborhood_outside  neighborhood_inside

school_outside  school_inside

Houston went off-road with the hearts; she made a butterfly! (She also made an adorable card with a “hug,” but you’ll have to wait to see that one.)

butterfly_outside  butterfly_inside

Tara has used the beach chair die to great effect in a Fathers’ Day card and a retirement card:

dad_outside  dad_inside

retirement_outside  retirement_inside

And, finally, Rachel worked her magic on two versions of the tree:

swing_outside  swing_inside

critters_outside  critters_inside

Did I tell you? Fabulous, right? Drop in between 10:00 and 1:00, or between 1:30 and 4:30, and make as many projects as you like. Karen’s projects will be seated in “flights”– five people make the project, then get up and five more sit down… and they’re $5 each. The other projects are $3 apiece, and will be seated in come-and-go fashion. Pay when you’re done.

See you Saturday!

Silhouette Fun

April 7, 2009

I finally got to spend a little time playing with my Silhouette and I have to tell you that I am in love with this machine, it can do so many things!  qk-basket1

First I made this little goody basket by downloading three shapes… the basket, the egg border, and the flowered egg.  I cut the basket out and then the border and egg using a different color.  I glued it all together and voila!  It was so quick and easy, seriously less than five minutes including the download time.

try-1I wanted to try out masking with pieces from the Silhouette.  I began by downloading the Days of The Week Border.  I cut it out with scrap paper and then used some repositionable adhesive to stick it onto my layout background, then I sprayed over it with Ranger Colorwash, blotted a few heavy spots and let it dry.  Within an hour I had a very one of a kind layout!

A few things that you should know….

With the Scrapbook Destination Silhouette code you can get unlimited downloads for a whole year at 14.99 per month!  It’s an awesome deal! 

We are having a QuicKutz Sale!!!!!

Starting tomorrow…

Select 2×2 spring shapes, $2.99 single, $5.99 double
All 4x4s singlekutz, Buy One, Get One Free
Select Border dies, Buy One, Get One Free
Nesting Dies, $17.99
Sale runs through April 24.

Sunday Sketch w/bonus Tim Holtz video

April 5, 2009

Welcome to a new week…here’s the sketch to get those scrapbooking ideas flowing.sketch-4509

for my page this week, I used the fabulous Girl Friday line from Cosmo Cricket, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.


Speaking of favorites, I used my Tim Holtz ruler…one of my favorite tools… to pierce the edge of the paper.  Here’s a quick video featuring Tim himself showing off piercing and other great ways to use this ruler.

Have a great week!