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6 posts from October 2008

October 31, 2008

My SLICE came today!!!

SliceDo you remember THIS POST from July?  I had entered a drawing for a scrapbook room filled with Making Memories goodies.  I was off by less than $15 but didn't win the drawing.  :(

Well, today, I got a FedEx package and my prize was inside!!!!!!  I got a Slice and a spatula from Making Memories.  Now I wanna play, play, play with my new toy, but I have to wait until tonight.

We have our monthly hobby night at church, so I'll take it along there and test it out.  I think I'll use it for one of our Make & Takes during November.

I have some of these on order, as well as the cards for Animal Crackers, Noteworthy, etc.  The Fa la la cards and the card totes are here already.  I'm hoping the Slices and the other cards should be here sometime next week! 

October 29, 2008

You gotta check out the Design Team's blog!

Nov_sp2_2 For those of you who have been around the blog for a while, you may have noticed a bit of a LOOONG break in September/October.  As I posted yesterday, we've moved into our new location and that took much longer than I thought!

So, for those of you who are waiting for the kits that were *supposed* to appear in the store on the 1st of October...your wait is not much longer!!  These GORGEOUS kits will be making an appearance on Saturday, November 1.  The Design Team has been showing off sneak peeks of the kit this week, and you'll have to go there to check them out!  Here's a direct link to the DESIGN TEAM BLOG!  Enjoy!

October 28, 2008

New Store photos!

StorefrontAfter 4 weeks of packing, unpacking, counting, sorting, hanging, marking all of our products (which now are counting OVER 7,200 different products) we are getting settled into our new space!

We are in an old building just west of Main street in Rock Valley, Iowa.  We are located in northwest Iowa about an hour from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and about an hour from Sioux City, Iowa.  Our store stocks your favorite Scrapbook products, stamping tools, stamps, Cricut tools, Cricut cartridges, and we have a ton of services we're adding.

We can help you design your photo Christmas cards, calendars, weddingStoretanroom shower party favor boxes, baby shower party favor boxes, invitations, and even kids' birthday parties!

Here are some photos of our store... This is what you see when you first walk into the store.  I took this photo from behind the checkout counter.  You can see on the right, our table with our Accucut machine, Cricut machine, etc.  The table you see has all of our clearance product, and the tall basket display rack has our Cricut cartridges that are for sale, as well as some clearance embellishments.

Storegreenroom The next photo is of our "green" room.  All of our rooms have a specific color so when someone is looking for a particular manufacturer, we can tell them exactly what room it's in.  :)

The green room has Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Dream Street Papers, Fancy Pants, October Afternoon, SEI, Scenic Route, GCD Studios, and Heidi Grace papers and their Storegreenroom2matching embellishments.  You can see from the photo that we have the paper lines on the bottom, and hanging above the paper are all of the coordinating embellishments, ribbons, etc.  You can see another part of our green room on the right.  We have 2 nice big cubes that we've used to display all of our acrylic stamps, as well as the Just Rite stamps.

Storebasicgrey Here is our Purple room. The purple room has our tools, Doodlebug, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Chatterbox, My Mind's Eye and our embellishments that don't have a specific collection/company to match.

So, in the middle of the room is a big cube again with our flowers, brads, chipboard, and bling all over.  :)

Storecardstock The next photo is our "White" room.  It has all of the American Crafts and Bazzill cardstock as well as Daisy Bucket Designs, Sassafras Lass, Sandylion and Kaiser Craft papers.  We also have our alphabets hanging above the cardstock.

We will be starting our in-store classes in November with a Holiday Card class for $25 where you will go home with 10 easy to reproduce holiday cards.  Another November class is our Holiday Home class where you will make a beautiful holiday wreath with paper crafting products!

Every other Monday we'll have a new Make & Take during lunch, so for 2 weeks, we'll show you a quick and easy technique, card, tag or layout that you can finish during your lunch hour.

For our internet customers...we'll have these classes & kits available in the store too, so you can enjoy our classes from far away!

October 27, 2008

All kinds of new goodies!

Kisheerdelightsgizmos1Have you seen the new KI Memories Sheer Delights pages?  They are absolutely STUNNING!  Ask anyone working the KI Memories booth at CHA about the girl that made a fool of herself over these, and I'm sure they'll remember me!  These are SHEER (think of the Maya Road Sheers products) so they are opaque and not totally see through.  They are very flexible, they're DIECUT and they're soooo COOL!! 

On the KI Memories site, you can see all kinds of cool things that the Design Team has done with these awesome new products!  I have one layout on display here at the store that uses the polka dot Sheer Delight, and it gets oohs and aahs every time someone sees it!Cbartsybloomframes

How about the Chatterbox Artsy.licious collection?  These are totally luscious papers, ribbons, brads, and sooo much more! 
ThCbartsyframeese are sooo pretty and all coordinate together to make some beautiful projects.  At right, you can see their Lucious Frames.  These are some gorgeous chipboard frames that are soo detailed with engraving, and are layered with fancy edges and are just beautiful!  We did a little make & take at CHA with all of the frames, ribbons, and splendid treasures and it was so fun running my fingers through all the little "chotchkies" in the box that we got to play with!  On the left is my sample.  I chose the Willow background paper.  Then I added 2 of the luscious frames in Peacock with the saying in the middle.  Next I added a Chocolate felt flower from the Splendid Treasures package.  I stuck 2 wings from the Eclectique Layered Wings on the flower with a Chocolate jewel from the Splendid Treasures box.

October 21, 2008

Hello everyone! Long time, no blog!

ThankssomuchI need to write a great big, HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered over the past month and was so very patient while we moved over to the new location. 

I tell you what...I'm exhausted!  LOL  We moved over 7,100 different SKUs to the new store, checked them in, counted everything, priced everything, and displayed every last bit of scrapbooking supply that we could fit in our little shoppe.

And...I still have stuff here at the house that didn't make it over to the store, because we ran out of room!  We grew about 3 times as much square footage, but don't have enough room to show everything off...ah well.  What can a girl do?

We checked in over 1,500 products that are not in the webstore yet.  That's my next goal, to get them uploaded to the webstore for you all to enjoy. Things like Basic Grey Granola and Urban Prairie.  Or how about Making Memories Paperie?  We got in the new Cricut Cartridges Storybook, Graphically Speaking and Wild Cards too!  Doodlebug and new Fancy Pants are also ready to find a new and loving home.

I'll be working on getting all of them uploaded to the webstore within the next few days, so you'll definitely want to check out the new products section of the store.

Speaking of the store...have you seen the latest upgrade we did to it?  Doesn't it look great?  We had our web designers do an upgrade, etc. and they did a great job.  We're waiting for the Wish List to get finished, and then you'll be able to create your own Wish List for your family to receive and shop for your Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary gifts directly from the store.

I promise I'll get some pictures of our new location up here soon.  It's a cute little shoppe, and my mom did a GREAT job of displaying the product. We have yet to get our samples, etc displayed though.

One last thing before I forget...because we were waiting on a few manufacturers to ship out orders from CHA for the October kits, we decided to "skip" October and push everything back one month.  So the sneak peek you saw for the October kits are actually going to be released in November.  These two kits are really awesome and I'm sure you'll agree they're worth the wait.  American Crafts Everyday and We R Memory Keepers Nonsense OR KI Memories School Days with GCD Studios Schooled.  These are two of my favorite kits so far...the Design Team should be getting theirs this week, so I'm hoping you'll see a few sneak peeks on the blog before long!

October 06, 2008

Whew...almost there!

Well, after 2 weeks of packing boxes, moving boxes, unpacking, etc. we're ALMOST ready to go here at our new location!

We've got some embellishments and clearance items to get moved over here...as well as our idea books and albums and then our misc. stuff we don't know what to do with.  LOL

It's looking pretty bare over at the house now..and my hubby is so excited to get his "man-cave" started!  I think it'll be a good winter project for him.

I want to take a few minutes and say THANK YOU so much for your patience as we move all of our products to the new location.  I have orders that need to ship ASAP as well as the Design Team kits to get ready.  The month of October is a bit behind as our monthly kits have 2 manufacturers we're waiting to ship.  I'm hoping those items will ship over the next day or so, and kits should be ready to go by the 15th.

I'll take a few pictures of the store when we're all finished so you can envision what it looks like, for all of you non-local shoppers.  :)

We're hoping to be pretty much finished by Friday/Saturday and then do our clean-up on Monday/Tuesday for our opening date of October 15.  Wish us luck!