Wednesday, 13 May 2009

New mfgs

OK, what's funnier, that I found a red rhinestone on my breast pump last night, or that I found a sticker on Noah's neck this morning?! LOL

This month, I signed up for direct accounts with Bo Bunny and Prima (I will load their new stuff on the web next week when i get back from the convention). That's good news because while Notions carried some of their things, they were somewhat limited in choice. OR, it would be so popular by the time I got my order in, they'd be out.

Now I can order direct and have a full selection and actually get it when I want it.

But having a distributor is also good. It means I can order in smaller quantities and thus be able to afford my styles or colors. AND it means I can try out new companies without meeting the high minimums. This month, my sales rep annouced they were picking up:

Rusty Pickle
October Afternoon
My Sentiments Exactly-Stamps
Impression obsession-Stamps

Now I know I dropped Rusty Pickle because they were so darn difficult to work with. But maybe this means I can get some of the more cool items without dealing with their craziness. And I checked out October Afternoon....waaaaaaay cool stuff!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

You know you're a scrapbook store owner when...

This will make you all laugh - I know I chuckled!

I went into the kitchen tonight to get my breast pump (I have a 6 month old and I pump once a day)... As I'm headed down the stair, something catches my eye.

What's that bright and shiny on my breast pump?

a red rhinestone of course...what else?!

May Contest

In celebration of my layout being chosen for the Basic Grey Gallery, use the new Basic Grey Wisteria or Porcelain line in an original layout OR CARD of your choice. Or, feel free to again use a Pencil Lines sketch or come up with your own design. Extra points if you use a Daisy D’s rub on like I did.

Better yet, email me back the names of what items I used (listed in the Basic Gry Gallery) and take 25% off any Wisteria or Daisy D’s items of your choice either online or in store (no limit). Again, product should be 85% products from Scrap with Shelby and is due by midnight June 12th. Page can be emailed to me or shown to me at the store. Winner’s entry will be published in the July newsletter. Winner will receive a selection from the new Bo Bunny’s Calypso line which is new in today. Good luck!

Monday, 11 May 2009

April March Contest Winner

No, I haven't forgotten the March/April contest, really! I've just been busy getting ready for the convention down in Ocean City, MD this weekend, busily stocking up on all kinds of goodies...


Anyway, I had some really outstanding submissions this month, and wanted to post the top three. In third place, Diane N. :



In 2nd place, Andrea S. (Andrea wins a free crop):



And finally the winner, Tammy H!


Tammy wins a selection from the Wisteria collection from Basic Grey.
Congrats to all on a job well done! Next contest will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!

May Newsletter Tip of the Month

Tinting clear rhinestones with alcohol ink:


OK, Here is a step by step on how I dyed the rhinestones. I learned this from Tim Holtz - check his website for amazing how to videos (and then come back to me to buy the product!)

Step 1. Get your bling, alcohol ink, a q-tip and some blending solution. The blending solution will let you lighten, blend or take off the alchohol ink.


Step 2. Carefully (a little goes a long long way!) add a drop of ink to coat the rhinestone.


Step 3. Let it set for just a minute

Step 4. Start to blend the color. If it's too dark, use some blending solution on a q-tip to lighten. If you want more color, add another drop!


Step 5. Voila! Beautiful jewel tone rhinestones in just the right color!



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