Monday, 28 September 2009

Credit card woes

My credit card # has been stolen several times this summer. Yes, you heard me, several times. Has been making keeping the store stocked a little tricky since my orders keep going on hold.

This one took a different approach and I was able to catch him myself. Someone *I think* hacked into 'Insert Major manufacture Here' over the weekend. "Michael Diego" emailed me with my order # saying they needed my CC info again because it wasn't working. Didn't give it to them (who emails a credit card # these days?!?) . Their email was close to 'Insert Major Manufacture Here', but not quite right so I emailed the operations mgr and put a hold on my cc just in case. But want to make sure they know what's going on. And I need to eventually take the hold off so have my 'Insert Major Manufacture Here' order!!!!

AM hoping to get some more work done on my Donna Downey fabric album tonight too. I am telling myself that I ahve to keep working hard to get it done because I need it for a sample...how else am I going to show how to use the fabric stuff?

But the truth of the matter is - it's just too cool. and I feel inspired. Something neat that only happens every so often these days. and so it makes me happy. :)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

New Contest!

I'm giving you a jump on the Oct contest. I'm thinking some nice Prima would be a great prize, right?

Our household has made a concerted effort to "go green". To that end, I have always tried to help my customers make the most of their money. So I am combining the two...

Make a page, altered item or project "recycling" something from your scrapbooking supplies. I have two examples:

For this one, the "journal box" is actually the backing from the stitched sassafras lass flowers I used on the layout.

For this example from Prima, they used the green packaging cards. (I am so doing this, I have the indeed flowers and paper here in the store, I have the pebble centers and the pretty butterfly, and those white flowers were just ordered and are on their way)



Due date is Nov 1 to either email me a photo, post it here or show me in the store. Plastic wrap, mfg strips, packaging, old scrap bags... anything that you can recycle into something new is acceptable. The more creative in your recycling, the more points you get.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

sale

Any Daisy D's rub ons i have left in stock, any style, any size will be .99 each while supplies last. Hinges are 1.99 down from $4.50. Sale will start tonight at midnight and end on the 24th.

Keep in mind, when I do these, they sell out fast so the one you want may sell out without notice. I will fill the orders in the order in which they were received. Sale will posted here and on the blog. You can have them shipped or picked up at your convenience.

Enjoy! Daisy D's is no more, so when they are gone, they are gone!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Inspiration

Since starting the forum several weeks ago, I thought about how I can use it to not only communicate with all my customers, but have it be helpful to them. I realize I have fallen in to posting daily inspirations - either ideas how to use my product or how to be a better scrapbooker.

I look forward to my nightly challenge - what shall I post today? I see myself this winter, cozying up in my jammies, a hot cup of tea in hand, surfing the web. The best part? I find myself wanting to try the very ideas I am posting for customers.

It's a lot of work, but at the same time, there are moments when this is just plain cool.

No no no! (shaking my finger...) To see what I've posted, you have to go to the forum to see for yourself. While you're there, why not post your own little bit of inspiration?

Sunday, 13 September 2009

take the good with the bad...

It was a bad bad weekend in a lot of ways, but there is always a silver lining, right?

I was booked to do two events this past Saturday. I don't normally do that but both are long standing groups I work for, and I didn't want to let either of them down. So I get my sister to cover one, and me the other, and that way I can leave my husband alone. All good right?

So to cover both groups, I order in extra stock. Experience tells me I will need about $1400 worth of stuff - the more variety you bring, the more you sell. So I get lots of cute one off stuff, meaning, I only order three of them, cute appealing items that will sell quickly and never make to the web. I always like to make sure there are new things to choose from, so I order, it comes in (cute cute cute!) and I start to pack...

I get a call from my sister late the day before - she is sick, not just a little sick, but flu sick - oh no! It' s too late to get someone to cover, but try any way - no luck. OK, so I've invested this money, and instead of recouping the cost immediately, I am going to "lose" it - meaning sit on it until the next big event. Local people will buy, but not quick enough to pay the bill. And I have to cancel last minute for one of the groups...I hated to do it, but what choice did I have?

Then, to add insult to injury, the "helpers" at the event I do go to, end up breaingk a very expensive rack trying to help me pack up. It will cost me about $200 to replace it. I can't afford that right now, so I will have to do without - it's the nicest display I own....major bummer.

One would seem that all in all the whole weekend would be a major bummer, right? Ok now the silver lining part: my daughter.

To make things easier on my husband who is already watching Josh and the baby, I suggesed Katelyn come with me part of the day. So Rob drops her off along with the brand new scrapbooking supplies I have gotten her. She is so excited! So I set her up near my booth and she gets to work...She is so focused, working hard and cranking out pages. At one point she comes to me (not realizing there is a pink rhinestone stuck in her hair) and shows me how she's distressed her pages and inked the edges. Having not shown her how to do this, I asked her how she knew how, and she said "I just knew, Mom."

That's my girl!

I know I am doing something right. Now, it's sweet enough that I am passing this wonderful tradition on to my daughter, but the kicker in all this, the part that just tickles me pink? She just turned 4 last month. Here she is:

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

potpourri of a day...

Lots going on today...

Help me win a contest. Visit http://www.legacyretreathouse.com/ and sign up for their newsletter. If I win, I will then use that gift certificate as a raffle prize at my fundraiser. What's my fundraiser? Every year I hold a crop to raise money to send back to China to the orphanage that took my daughter in until I adopted her. What better cause that to help homeless children, right?

By the way, this is where we are going to have our first Scrap with Shelby over night weekend, so what does it hurt to go and check it out anyway?

Remember, tell 'em Shelby from Scrap with Shelby referred you!!!


Other items on today's agenda.....Ordered in a bunch of new Prism cardstock papers. I want to increase the number of colors available as you can never have too many colors to choose from, right? Prism cut their pack sizes from 50 down to 25 making it much easier. They also had an awesome card sample I think I am going to add to the Christmas card class. Isn't it cool:


Finally, my Sept new release Prima order is getting ready to ship, so I wanted to add some new items for the fall in. I think I am done ordering now for awhile, as we are going to be pretty well stocked up for the fall. I am excited to see the new Prima finally shipping as it's completely a new way of scrapbooking - and one I love! Here's just a sample of what's coming:





Monday, 7 September 2009

Krafty Collection Sample

Just saw a beautiful sample with the new Krafty Collection coming in from Paper Trunks! Just may have to steal this one! Note, while this is offered as a collection of 11 sheets, I will be selling these in the store or at events by the sheet.


Friday, 4 September 2009

Christmas card exchange class

Brainstorming here... Buying some stamps for an upcoming class and noticed how many cute christmas stamps for cards there are. but I always think, I don't want to buy a $10 (or more...) stamp plus the card kits etc... for one year. Might as well buy cards, right?

What do you think of doing a "stamp exchange" Christmas card class? You submit your older christmas card stamps, with a general design idea so I can help plan the day and design if need be. I have the cardstock, papers, blank cards here for purchase... So you could make 5 cards, or 10 or 20 or however long you want to stay for. And we make Christmas cards with all the different stamps. If you don't have a stamp per se, but want to make up a design using your Cricut, sizzix etc... that would be OK too. Just bring the design or enough for everyone to make at least one We could work on a Sat, order in Pizza and make a day of it.

Any interest? I'll post on the forum too to sign up for interest (not commitment.)

Not local? hmmm, maybe we can do an exchange? You make up 5 cards for each person in the group, or three if it's a large group... again, post here or on the forum to express interest.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tim Holtz/Ranger craft mats

I am placing an order for these next week. Since this is a higher ticker item I am only going to order 3 or 6. If you want one, go to the website to order.


the idea behind these is that nothing sticks to them so you can mask on them, paint, stamp and keep your work area clean, and then it just wipes off at the end...They measure 15 x 18. They retail for $18 but I will be selling this introductory price of $15.99. AFter this order, they will go back to the full retail.

Also, if there are any other Ranger items you would like, now's the time to let me know. I can put a link uo for whatever you want, but now's the time. :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

and yet more....

I really want lots of people to get a chance at the card kits...

Found this on BHG and thought they were all GREAT way to use leftover scraps (can you tell I am cleaning out my stuff these days?!)





On to store business....

I was dismayed to see half my flutter butter was destroyed. UPS dropped the box on the corner and the corners on about 6 reams are all bent in. I find it difficult to ask customers to pay .85 (it's actually .92 - I run a standing discount on Bo Bunny) when it's not perfect. So new stock is on the way, and UPS is coming out "to inspect it." Whatever....dude, you 've been delivering here for 2 years, you can't figure out by now, and all the claims, not to drop the box?

Don't mind me...I was just hoping to play for my mom's night out in 2 days. I have my very own group of lovely ladies whom I've been scrapping with more and more. It's so nice to be able to work as an equal, not as the teacher or as the store owner. We all ask each other's opinions and enjoy good conversation. While most are used to that at a crop, for me, it's a luxury.

The new My Mind's Eye is coming today or tomorrow (yes, I will post on the web soon) so maybe I will play with that instead? Dinosaur boy theme is just TOO CUTE. I've linked the mfg here so as I add the new lines, they will come up. SOme I've had for awhile,just haven't had the chance to get on the web.