Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tips for Ranger Paint Dabbers

We got some great tips from our sales rep, Tanis, today for using Ranger Paint Dabbers. I LOVE the concept of these babies, but must confess I am guilty of incorrect usage and have found them frustrating to use. These tips should clear things up and make them much more enjoyable to use! Please let me know how it works for ya! I plan to be replacing some of my caps and getting more mileage out of these handy tools.

-- When you first open the Dabber, take off the protective plastic cover and GENTLY press down on the sponge dabber to feel the little internal valve in the top. Feel it pump up and down.

-- When pressed down, the valve is in the open position so paint can flow through

-- Before painting with the Dabber, SHAKE DABBER THOROUGHLY

-- To paint with the Dabber, turn the bottle sponge side down and GENTLY press down onto your paper or stamp to open the valve while pressing on the sides of the bottle to squeeze the paint out into the sponge dabber… hold for approximately 30-60 seconds

-- DO NOT bang the dabber repeatedly as the valve cannot stay open long enough for the paint to flood the chamber and you can damage the valve.

-- When finished painting, wipe the Dabber sponge through a small puddle of water on your craft sheet and brush gently over a wipe or stamp cleaning pad. Replace plastic cover!

If you're reading, Tanis... thanks for the tips!

CD tin project

We got in a shipment of CD tins the other day and have great plans for them! They're great for creating minibooks or a really special card, like this one. A friend and I (hi Elise!) made it for a co-worker of ours who is moving, and it gave lots of room for everyone on staff to write a farewell note on it. We used the fabulous "Laurel" papers & chipboard by Scenic Route together with Kraft cardstock. In addition to the tin we used for this project, we have round CD tins, larger DVD tins and some smaller business card CD tins (and they're all a great price too, less than $3 each!).

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I almost forgot... Free Magazine!

I can't believe I forgot to mention it... but there's one more fabulous reason to come into the store this week! The summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is HERE and it is FREE with your purchase over $20! (one per customer). This magazine is a favorite, which I'm sure you'll enjoy! Stop by and see us today!

It'll be a Summer of Fun!

There's lots of great new products arriving and promotions happening in our store... it's gonna be a summer of fun! Starting with new Limited edition dies coming from QuicKutz. These dies will be released in very limited quantities and you can get them here! Because they are limited edition, they do not qualify for any specials or discounts (like the fabulous buy 2 get 1 free sale happening in the store this week!)
Another fabulous fun promo happening right now features new stamps from Inkadinkado! The stamps you see in the image below are part of a Free Stamp Program-- purchase any two stamps from this collection and get 1 FREE (plus an idea brochure featuring the stamps)! I love these summery, floral images & look forward to creating with them!
In addition to these specials, and all the other fabulous stamps & acryllic blocks that arrived from Inkadinkado, We've also got a shipment of new Hero Arts Collage Stamps (including the newest release featuring Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower)! With each purchase of a collage stamp, we'll include a free idea booklet from Hero Arts. We're also stocked up on all the Hero Arts jewels again, including the new colors they just released! Yum!
p.s. Stay tuned for an announcement on July 3-- QuicKutz will be releasing a fabulous new product that will make you LOVE your Revolution tool (or want one if you don't already have it!). It's very, very cool... and that's all I'm allowed to say right now!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Funky Vintage

We got in the most fabulous new albums today from the "funky vintage" collection by Making Memories. I love the embossed faux leather 12x12 albums and some great new mini books that have flocked binding in a 6x9" binder-- too cool! I totally wasn't expecting them to be as fabulous as they are, but I can't wait to try out scrapping this new size! We also got in some 6x12 albums by Bazzill, again, a fab new size to mix things up (in May PageMaps did some sketches this size... which is why I had to order these babies! Check out this sample layout from their site). I love having a variety of sizes of scrapbooks, it keeps things interesting and you can avoid getting into a rut more easily!

We also got in some more sugar coated cardstock by Doodlebug- yum! And the bling to go with it, plus a bunch of papers that went straight to the CLEARANCE rack, how great is that! They've been around a while, but are new to our store and you can get em while they're hot at 2 for $1. There's a bunch more fabulous stuff-- ask us about it next time you're in! My camera batteries are dead, or I'd be posting photos for y'all...

I'll be away from the store for a couple days, but mom will be around to help ya out! If you've got a free night and are looking for cheap entertainment, the grade 4-7 kiddies at Maranatha Christian School are putting on a musical version of "The JUNGLE BOOK" Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:30! It should be a pretty good show, and it's just $3 a ticket! You can pick em up at the school-- I'd love to see some of you there!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Last Chance...

... to enjoy 20% savings at our Anniversary Sale! (see details below)

QuicKutz is one of the featured items, and I just wanted to share some of the alphas we have available for 20% off!
- Metro & Moxie Classic Size (love these, so nice and chunky!)
- Metro & Moxie Skinni Mini Size
- Studio Classic
- Olivia Skinni Mini
- Zoe mini
- Sophisticate gift set (mini size alpha with shapes & stamps)
- Washington Grand
We also have a bunch of individual dies and we have all 3 different Squeeze tools in stock right now! We also have the Silhouette in stock-- It's a fantastic deal at 20% off these awesome QK products!

Here's a peek at all the fun stickers we've got in stock from 7 gypsies! Many of you have heard me say I'm 'not a sticker person' but I must confess, I really like these guys! They're witty and true to life... perfect for so many occassions!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I almost forgot...

There's LOTS more new stuff in the store! We got oodles of new colours of Bazzill cardstock, some fabulous glittery gel pens, lots of 7 gypsies stickers (love these things!) and more fun stuff... including the new OUTDOORS collection of QuicKutz dies! I'll try to post more photos in the next few days, but I just wanted to share!

Meet some new friends...

from the new "Love, Elsie" line by KI Memories! These items are HOT, HOT, HOT in stores across North America, and we're looking forward to hearing what y'all think of them!
Meet Toby:
and Roxie:
We brought in 3 double sided papers from each line, as well as some yummy embossed cardstock to match and some adhesive backed fabric paper, stickers & ribbons. I can't wait to play with some of it!

QuicKutz Scavenger hunt winner!

Colleen is the lucky winner of the Eliza QK alphabet! She came up with some great answers for the ABC Scavenger hunt we had in the store through May! Have fun with your new alpha, Colleen!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

It's our 2 year anniversary!

Time flies when you're having fun... Can you believe it's been two years since Mom & I began our partnership and renovated the store? We're celebrating with an Anniversary SALE Monday, June 11- Saturday, June 16 Join us as we celebrate two years together with savings on some of our classic items which have also been with us (at least) that long!
Save 20% on:
- Basic Grey papers, stickers & embellishments
- QuicKutz dies, alphabets & tools
- Hero Arts wooden stamps, clear stamps & paper products
- Chatterbox papers, stickers & embellishments
- Stampendous wooden stamps & clear stamps
- Sticko stickers

Extra savings are also on in our clearance section- papers are 4 for $1 and you can take an extra 40% off on all other clearance products! It's a great time to stock up! We'll also continue with our Deal of the Day, a different item 20% off each day
PLUS we've got some FREE GIFTS with purchases over $50 (before taxes)
- a $5 off coupon (valid on a purchase of $20 or more June 25- July 14)
- limited edition flip flop stamp by Art Impressions (with stamp purchases while supplies last)
- Peel Off stickers (with paper/sticker purchases while supplies last)
- QuicKutz limited edition ticket die (with QK purchase, while supplies last)

Thanks for your support of our business over the past two years, we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for our loyal customers & friends! We hope to see you in the store this week to celebrate with us! (Check back at the blog next week also... I'll be celebrating one year of blogging!)

Friday, June 08, 2007

We're placing an order...

...from Stampabilities in the near future. I've just been browsing through their stamps and noticed there are some new House Mouse designs as well as "Happy Hoppers" (bunnies by the same artist as House Mouse). This mouse made me giggle. I remember those trolls from my childhood!

We're also placing an order from Magenta early next week. Drop us a line if you'd like us to special order something from either of these companies! And check back here tomorrow for news about a special we'll have in the store next week!

Happy Friday!

Monday, June 04, 2007


I just love this Bella! A perfect card to cheer up a friend or invite her to a girls movie night! (Paper is by Scenic Route)

Bellas are back!

A new shipment of Stamping Bella stamps arrived today... including some of the newest releases and some fellas! They don't look so amazing in this photograph, but trust me, they're adorable (andy they stamp beautifully)! I should have some samples to upload to the blog soon if our creative juices flow well!
I also wanted to share a photo of some other cuties that came with our Art Impressions shipment last week... I fell in love with these penguins a couple winters ago when they were released, and now they're back and ready for summer! Aren't they fun?