Friday, May 29, 2009


Just when you thought everything in the desert looked prehistoric - voila a splendid bird arrives.  Once a year we spot an Oriole and usually a mate. This year, hooray, I got a photo. I'm not sure which kind of Oriole it is, but my son and I really enjoy him visiting our yard and yes! I got that photo.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bazzill Basics Splat Mats

We now have Bazzill Basics Splat Mats in both 6x6 and 18x15 sizes. Use this non-stick, reusable scalloped-edged mat for little projects like stamping, gluing, and glittering. When finished let the Bazzill Basics Splat Mat dry and wash clean. The magic surface of the Bazill Basics Splat Mat even resists hot temperatures up to 500 degrees. Nothing sticks...glue, glitter, paint, ink, wax, soap or starch. Resists the heat of...soldering iron, wood burning tools or hot wax.
This is a must have product if your going to start using Ranger Alcohol Inks, American Crafts ZING embossing powders, Claudine Hellmuth paints, or Tim Holtz stickles... and not have to pull out newspaper to cover your space.  I hang mine with a large office binder clip on the back of a door.   Anytime I need it, it's flat and ready to use.  I really find this product has helped me be more creative.  The mess was always a problem with kids.  Now I just wipe and put it away until tomorrow!

To see all the Bazzill Basics products we have in-stock today click here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Collage Press Knave of Hearts

Collage Press Knave of Hearts Video.

Collage Press Sweet Shoppe

Another quote from the Collage Press Blog about the Sweet Shoppe Collection:
"And then there's Sweet Shoppe (spelled "Sweet Shop" in the previews). This was a fun line to design. Who doesn't love a treat once in a while? My weakness is cupcakes, and they were the first thing to be designed for this line. Everything else just fell into place. Chocolate is a close runner-up on my list of favorite treats."

This die-cut Collage Press Zig Zag Pink Lemonade is number one on my list of favorite treats, at least on my scrap treats!

This is the Collage Press SWEET SHOPPE Journaling Cards.

How about some cute Collage Press SWEET SHOPPE Journaling Sweet Die-cuts!

Close-up of the Collage Press SWEET SHOPPE Journaling Sweet Die-cuts.

Fabulous Collage Press Dollop Ledger!

Backsides of a few of the papers to give you a feel for the designs.

To see all the Collage Press in the store today click here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Collage Press Knave of Hearts

Here is what Collage Press said on their blog about this collection: "Everyone knows a Knave of Hearts. A bit of a twist on the well-known nursery rhyme, this knave's mischievousness only makes him more endearing. Not only does he get away with stealing our tarts, the next time around we're hoping he eats them while they're still hot. When I started this line, it was going to be for the "big boys" in our lives, but living with a 3-year-old boy made me think that it should include the "little boys" too! So I added some bright, playful patterns."

Is this not the best looking die-cut sheet-Collage Press Zig Zag Vintage!

Close-up of Collage Press Zig Zag Vintage.
These letters and strip sheet come in the Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Crafting Kit.

This die-cut sheet comes in the Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Crafting Kit.

Close-up of the die-cut sheet- look at the gorgeous paper behind it!

Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Die-cut Shapes.

Close-up of the Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Die-cut Shapes-cool blue tag!

Wow- look at these 2 designs, they are front and back papers too!
Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Paper / Knave of Hearts and the
Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Paper/Queen of Hearts.

Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Paper / Charming and
Collage Press KNAVE OF HEARTS Paper / Summers Day!

To see all the Collage Press we have in the store today click here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

KandCompany Layout

i love pink.
KandCompany Madeline paper- wonderful pinks - with my favorite light pink floral by KI Memories.  I've been saving this paper - it matched one of Elsie's baby outfits.  

KandCompany QUE SERA SERA transparency butterfly.   The ribbons are 7gypsies, Prima Flowers and KIMemories.

KandCompany QUE SERA SERA transparency flower from the die-cuts. The little beige tags are from KandCompany MADELINE Die-cut Cardstock which is packed full of pieces.
The orange paper is the back of Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday Paper/Thursday.

I used American Crafts puffy white letters on top of the KandCompany MADELINE Die-cut Cardstock tag which I painted both with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints pink and black.

Celebrate Memorial Day

Stretching back to the Civil War, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died in the service for this beautiful country.
Hope everyone is having a beautiful Memorial Weekend and God Bless our servicemen.

Friday, May 22, 2009

American Crafts ZING

Have you ever had this problem: once you get started stamping, painting.... you just can't stop? Well, I did here. Using American Crafts ZING is addicting so watch out, or should I say- buy enough colors to play with.

The brown tag and flower piece is from the Collage Press SWEET SHOPPE scrapbooking kit,
BasicGrey bird stamp from Urban Prairie, pink Kaiser Craft rhinestone on the birds eye and BasicGrey pink rub-on.
The card are Prima Flowers NOTE CARDS flirty which I punched with a 7gypsies ATC punch to fit my 7gypsies photo carousel.

I shot the brown tag with Love Elsie letters before I changed my mind when using it on the Prima Flowers card.

American Crafts ZING blush -nice and opaque.

American Crafts ZING Embossing Powder - Pink GLITTER,
American Crafts ZING Embossing Powder - White,
American Crafts ZING Embossing Powder - Blush and
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Clear Emboss.

The tools I used are Basic Grey Rub-on Roller,
7Gypsies Scrapbooking BINDERIE PUNCH, and the 
7Gypsies ATC punch which we are temporarily out of stock on.

To see all the American Crafts in the store today click here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

BasicGrey Lemonade and BasicGrey Junebug

Guess what... BasicGrey has 2 new collections coming in June!  BasicGrey Junebug and BasicGrey Lemonade.  The collections are knock-outs.  We have ordered it all and included in the order are fabulous new items like the BasicGrey June Bug Woolies which are layered felt stickers with buttons, rhinestones and stitched accents.BasicGrey June Bug Take Note: 4 printed, die-cut transparencies with matching die-cut cardstock journaling blocks.BasicGrey June Bug Doilies Swiss Dot (pink):12”x12” laser cut cardstock.

BasicGrey  Lemonade Pops: multi-layered dimensional cardstock stickers.
BasicGrey Lemonade Doilies Flowers:12”x12” laser cut cardstock.

BasicGrey Lemonade Do Me A Favor: For gift-giving, party favors, or just because they are super cute. Each kit makes eight designer favor boxes and comes complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

Plus, BasicGrey (6) Designer Cardstock Sets: Created with subtle color variations and a unique, hand-distressed look • Pack includes 24 sheets of 12”x12” doubled-sided designer 65# cardstock in six fantastic colors per set. This picture is the Happy Collection.

More New BasicGrey Opaline Designer Half Pearls: Self-adhesive, individual half pearls in two-tone colors,
BasicGrey Stamps Gamma Series which are Limited edition stamps with 12 new stamp patterns, and
BasicGrey Designer Rhinestones in 18 designs.

This is not the full collection of goodies coming. Click over to under products to see the full collection that we have ordered.

To see all the BasicGrey in the store today click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Life in the dessert- always interesting.  Like this morning, our Ridgeback sounded the alarm by barking up a storm, and look what we found.  We enjoy our neighbors but not his one, in fact we told him to find a new neighborhood.
Is it me, this snake seems to have a mean face- I guess they all do to people who don't like poisonous snakes.  I could hear his rattle from across the yard and unfortunately I've heard the sound before so, I knew, the unwanted neighbor.

Hard to see isn't he.  If the dog wasn't barking I find it hard to believe I would have seen him.

KandCompany Creative Bite

Quick layout and simple video showing a 12 x 12 layout which I painted and crayoned using primarily KandCompany embellishments. The butterflies are Tim Holtz Grungeboard Nature Shapes which I misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and stamp embossed with a Basic Grey Urban Prairie Wild Flowers Stamp, then sprinkled some Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Worn Lipstick.
Elsie's hat - I love it - it's way too big so I have to tuck it up. Elsie just loves putting on hats.
Even at 100 degrees she somehow gets a hold of her favorite purple winter hat with bear ears -very cute. I'll have to get a shot of her wearing her winter hat in the summer.

KandCompany MADELINE Die-cut Cardstock-Love
and the KandCompany QUE SERA SERA Icon Die-cuts-pink transparency.

K and Company QUE SERA SERA Icon Die-cuts this transparency has glitter on it looking like gems.

Prima Flowers Fiesta Cabo I just love these 3 inch round flowers.

How about some Crate Paper Lillian for a little Spring touch.

To see all the KandCompany in-stock today click here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ranger Inks Dimensional Pearls

Fun new items in the store. Check out Ranger Inks Liquid Pearls in 1/2 ounce bottles and Ranger Inks Adirondack Dimensional Pearls in 1 ounce bottles. I've been trying them out on paper, ribbon, chipboard and other materials. Just like stickles they have dimension except these are opaque with glimmer- lots of fun.
Paper Perfect is a try for adding custom paper to any project whether you need texture on an item like a box, a frame or a piece of chipboard.  You can make a larger piece of handmade paper with Paper Perfect for a tag... Possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

We also have the new Ranger Inks Memory Capsules in 4 different styles, which were a big hit at CHA.

Glad everyone is picking up some KI Memories at 60%off.  We're looking forward to buying new!

To see all the Ranger Inks Products we have in-stock today click here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Video Design Team

Well, we've done it...a video Design Team made up of totally unique designers. You'll see...

Michelle Wedemeyer has fabulous ideas for cards, gifts, and is addicted to rubber stamps. She gives step by step presentations on her projects which makes scrapbooking and creating easy and fun. I love her creations-I know you will too! 

Marion Smith, from the famous makes gorgeous albums and layouts. Her creations stand out and her fans absolutely adore her. Keep your eye out -  she has a video coming soon.

and... more designers to come. If your interested - email us samples of your layouts and an audition video- it is fun!

Friday, May 15, 2009

imaginisce Wild Thing Collection

Imaginisce Wild Things collection roars into the store. Love the beautiful flowers to dress up the smiling animals.
imaginisce WILD THINGS Wild Flowers in 6 different colors.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Party Animal Rub-ons,
and imaginisce WILD THING Safari Sticker Stackers.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Go Wild Stickers and imaginisce WILD THINGS Beastie Brads.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Jungle Vine Ribbon,
imaginisce WILD THINGS Roaring Rub-ons, imaginisce WILD THINGS Wild Flowers - Green Iguana and the imaginisce WILD THINGS papers with epoxy accents.

Close-up of the imaginisce WILD THINGS Jungle Vine Ribbon and the
imaginisce WILD THINGS Roaring Rub-ons.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Studded Sticker - Lion, tiger and panda. These are 2.5 x 2.5 inches of embossed dots stickers.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Stamps 6 designs in-stock -the hippo is not shown. Don't forget to check out imaginisce WILD THINGS 8x8 Adventure Album it's very cool.

imaginisce WILD THINGS Video.

To see all the imaginisce in-stock today click here.