Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Clearance Sale at MemoryWorks

MemoryWorks is having a Summer Clearance Sale on some of the hottest scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting products. You can save up to 50% off the retail price! Hurry, when they're gone, they're gone.

To place an order or for more information, please email me.

July Kit from MemoryWorks

Here's a peek at the the July kit from MemoryWorks.

The kit includes:

Patterned Paper
• {1} 12x12 Jackson Street – Liberty (Scenic Route)
• {1} 12x12 Franklin – Liberty (Scenic Route)
• {1} 12x12 Grant Street – Liberty (Scenic Route)
• {1} 12x12 Lee Street – Liberty (Scenic Route)
• {1} 12x12 Scrap Strip – Liberty (Scenic Route)
• {1} 12x12 Confetti Cannon – Bottle Rockets (Rusty Pickle)
• {1} 12x12 Live Wire – Bottle Rockets (Rusty Pickle)
• {1} 12x12 Lined Paper – Office Line (Imagination Projects)
• {1} 12x12 Trendy Floral (Jenni Bowlin)

Solid Cardstock
• {1} 12x12 Nautical Blue Light (Prism)
• {1} 12x12 Twilight Dark (Prism)
• {1} 12x12 Blush Red Dark (Prism)
• {1} 12x12 Candle Glow Medium (Prism)
• {2} 12x12 Sugar Cream (Prism)

• {1} 12x12 Navy Lined Die-cut Paper (Jenni Bowlin)
• {1} 12x12 Daisy Wheel Die-cut Paper (Autumn Leaves)
• {1} 12x12 Liberty Die-cut Accents (Scenic Route)
• {1} 6x6 Raw Chipboard Stars (Scenic Route)
• {1} 97% Complete Tag – Celebration (7Gypsies)
• {1} Metal Circle Index Tab – Red (7Gypsies)
• {1} Metal Square Index Tab – Red (7Gypsies)
• {4} Mini Metal Paper Clips – Red (7Gypsies)
• {5} Sprites Paper Posies – Red (Prima)
• {5} Sprites Paper Posies – Blue (Prima)
• {5} Sprites Paper Posies – Yellow (Prima)
• {3} Assorted Buttons – Ladybug (Doodlebug Design)
• {3} Assorted Buttons – Bumblebee (Doodlebug Design)
• {3} Assorted Buttons – Blue Jean (Doodlebug Design)
• {1} Yard Red Checked Grosgrain Ribbon
• {1} Yard Navy Grosgrain Ribbon
• {1} Yard Gold Stitched Ribbon
• {1} Light Blue Ric Rac Ribbon

Altered Project:
• {1} 4x4 Sheer Star Coaster Book (Maya Road)

Bonus Cards:
• {1} 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Nautical Blue Light Cardstock (Prism)
• {1} 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Twilight Dark Cardstock (Prism)
• {1} 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Blush Red Dark Cardstock (Prism)
• {1} 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Candle Glow Medium Cardstock (Prism)
• {1} 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Sugar Cream Cardstock (Prism)
• {5} 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 Natural Envelopes

For more information, please contact me.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New MemoryWorks Catalog and Randomness

MemoryWorks has just released its 2008 - 2009 catalog.

The companies that are featured inside are:

7 Gypsies
American Crafts
Autumn Leaves
Crate Paper
Creative Imaginations
Cropper Hopper
Daisy D's
Doodlebug Design
Dream Street
Fancy Pants
Heidi Swapp
Herma Adhesive
Jenni Bowlin
My Mind's Eye
Prima Flowers
Provo Craft
Rusty Pickle
Scenic Route
Three Bugs In A Rug
We R Memory Keepers

I want to highlight some of the hot, new products such as:

the ScrapWorks acrylic albums

SEI's Word Albums
the Pebbles Ribbon Iron
Autumn Leaves Chipboard Die Cuts

and, Cosmo Cricket Blackboard.
There are many more new products in the catalog or online. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

On a different topic --> I love using my Zutter Bind It All but I'm having problems getting the holes evenly spaced from each end of the covers. I also am having a hard time trying to figure out which size spiral to use for various projects. Thankfully, I found a yahoo group and a couple of blogs (here and here) that have some great info.

I'm still researching ideas for setting up my Etsy shop. The quality and prices for products vary quite a bit. I'm trying to find some that are comparable to what I do. This shop caught my eye as well as this,
this, and this. I'm trying to come up with a shop name, prices, policies, and profile. Even though this is a online store, there is still a lot a work involved trying to set up. I think the easiest part of this venture is creating the products. I just love, love, love making beautiful things with paper. If you have any ideas or suggestions for a shop name, please feel free to leave a comment.

Until next time....

Monday, June 23, 2008

GASC Aftermath

Well, I'm back from the Great American Scrapbook Convention that was held in Chantilly, Virginia. I had a great time. E.V. and I stayed for the weekend at a hotel. Natalie and Joy came up on Saturday and stayed in the room next door. It was so relaxing to hang out with friends.

I did really good with not overspending this ,ear (unlike last year). I looked for the clearance and dollar items. I made out with some great deals like 40 sheets of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters for $9 (less than $1 per pack!), Daisy D's paper packs for $2 and $4, and accordion albums for $1.

I didn't see any techniques or make and takes that I thought were intriguing. I didn't take any classes or go to the crops this time. Instead, I spent the evening working on projects in our spacious hotel room. We had a two bedroom suite with a living room, eating area, kitchen, dressing room, and bathroom. Since Joy and Natalie were next door, we were able to visit and chat the night away. I can't wait until next year to do it all again.

I was surfing the Internet and found this great idea on how to make your own scallop card mat using a Nestabilities die in a Cuttlebug machine. I wonder if these dies will work on the original Sizzix machine that I own? I really don't want to buy another die cutting machine.

I've been working on plans to start a shop on Etsy to sell my cards, handmade books, and albums. I've been soliciting ideas from my friends and family members for a shop name and researching pricing. There's quite a bit of research involved which can be distracting especially since I love to surf the Internet for information.

I may post pictures later of the deals I got at the convention. Until then, I hope you have a happy scrappy day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cards and creative ideas

Here are the masculine graduation thank you cards I talked about on June 5. Like I said, they are simple, easy-to-do, and will work great for my son's thank you notes.
I put my name on the back of the cards
and he liked this design the best.
I used the following products to make these cards:
  • Stampin' Up! scallop punch (my current favorite),
  • Stampin' Up! naturals cardstock, card base
  • Die Cuts With A View black cardstock
  • red scrap cardstock
  • Sugarloaf Inc., Stampin' Up!, and Paper Angel stamps
  • Whipers archival dye ink pads in black and sepia
  • unknown brands of ribbon
I made different thank you notes to introduce our new product catalog. These cards are made out of
They're tiny--about 2" x 4".
I found these neat pads of paper in the dollar section of Michael's. There's a to do list that's organized into home, work, & play. A to do list organized by deadlines (today, tomorrow, weekend, near future, someday, maybe never):

A pad to help you make tough decisions:
A pad for the children to keep track of their homework:
Something to help me plan my scrapbook/cardmaking/papercrafting projects:
And, my favorite pad--the children's chore list:
There are similar pads available at See Jane Work site here, here, and here. But, the price is very different, as you can see.

I've decided to set up an online shop to sell my handmade cards, books, and other paper crafts. It'll probably be through Etsy. I'm trying to come up with a name for my shop. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment. I'd be interested in seeing what others come up with.

Finally, I'm still going through stuff for things to sell on eBay. So far I have three baskets.
I need to get rid of these things so I can have a neat and orderly studio.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Here are some cute thank you cards

We just celebrated my son's graduation and I've decided to make some thank you cards. I searched the internet for examples of masculine thank you cards but found these cuties instead:

I found this blog that has a list of ideas for masculine thank you cards. These ideas would be good to use for other occasions as well.

I finally decided to do a *really* simple thank you with several variations. My son picked the one he liked the best and now I'm cranking them out. I'll post pictures later.