Thursday, August 25, 2011

Set your alarm clocks!

Just a short post to remind you that there are only 2 more sleeps until the big sale. I just found out I have to go out of town on Saturday....bummer! 8-(   Oh well - at least I have my name in the draw for the great CHA swag!

And crafters - no sleeping in on Saturday - the sale starts at 9:00! Set those alarm clocks! I'll be thinking of you - dripping with envy!

Take care till next time!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Anniversary Sale news

Just a short post to let you know some of other items that will be on sale this Saturday Aug 27.

50% off  selected Spellbinders  - WOW! - you know these won't last long...

Ribbon $0.25 per yard. I know some of you have a slight addiction to ribbon...but I'll never tell....

20% off of the whole store on sale day!

20% off!!!  OK crafters - another reason to check your craft stash to see what you need (or want), gather up everything that is a WWIT (what was I thinking) item for the garage sale, and turn your WWIT into new treasures!

That said - I learned a good lesson one day. If I really really really wanted something that I knew was going to be on sale in a couple of days - I just bought it rather than waiting.

I have lost out on too many things that I really wanted by waiting. So crafters, if there is something that you can't live without, you will have to decide if it is worth the gamble to wait. Don't forget that you will still earn chances for the CHA Swag draw with every $10 worth of product you buy.

I figure, a stamp in the hand, is worth more than 20% of nothing! LOL!

If any of you have ever missed out on something you really wanted by waiting - and kicked yourself afterwards....let us know! I know you are out there!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vintage Santa

Here are the directions for creating this beautiful card that Jennie did from a La Blanche stamp. It's easy-peasy - and works up really fast.

It makes a great vintage looking card that will remind you of Christmas past! 

Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black on La Blanche Specialty paper

Color with Copics

Holly  G94 
Cheeks  R20
Beard  C2
Face  R0000
Berries  R59

Using Distress Ink
Peeled Paint - outside
Vintage Photo - edges
Cover the whole card with Versamark
Cover with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel)
Heat set

Mounted on Graphic 45 - Check it out here "Christmas Past" Collection "Carol of the Bells" 

I can't say enough about the Graphic 45 Christmas Collection - it will be hard to chose from this pad - every sheet is so beautiful!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Countdown to Anniversary Sale

Jennie and Bob have been preparing for their 4th Anniversary Sale coming up this Saturday Aug 27. They are making room for all the CHA merchandise that will be coming as soon as it is shipped from the suppliers.

I overheard some of the bargains - so here's the scoop so far....

Selected wood mount stamps - 50% off. Some makes include House Mouse, Denami, Inkadinkadoo (just love the name of this stamp company - always makes me smile!)  and Artful Stamper. 

For all you Flower Soft lovers, Flower soft products 60% off.

All designer paper - $0.60 per sheet. Sigh....just when I thought my paper addiction was under control...

You'll want to get there early - these deals are too good to sleep in!

I will let you know more when I can - I hear there's more savings to come!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The clock is ticking.....

There are only 10 days left to get in on the draw for our two fabulous gifts from our CHA Swag.

Saturday August 27 is our 3rd Anniversary Sale, and a couple of lucky crafters are going home with the Swag!

Up for grabs is the 3M Laminator, and  that gift bag of goodies that includes the autographed Tim Holtz apron. He really did sign it - Cathy and Sherry are witnesses!

So - just to remind you....for every $10 you spend in the store, your name goes in the draw for the prizes - and remember phone sales count!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FeedBlitz is here!

Hopefully, by now you will have had a chance to read the email from Jennie about FeedBlitz.

If you look to the left of the page, you will see a "FeedBlitz" logo and a place to enter your email. Then, to complete the process - you just click "subscribe me!" and that's all there is to it!

Every time there is a new entry in the blog - you will receive an email. Open your email, and you will get a preview of what the post is about. Click on the post title, and you will be taken directly into the blog.

As we continue to develop the blog (please be patient with us) - it will be where you will find the most up to date class list, product news, fabulous card creations and general fun that goes on at Skribbles and Scraps. All you have to do is subscribe to FeedBlitz, sit back and wait for all the news to come to you!

Hope your day has been amazing!

Monday, August 15, 2011

La Blanche Stamps

Some of the great stuff that Jennie and Bob saw at CHA Chicago is starting to come into the store. One of the new stamp lines they will be carrying is La Blanche. They're from Germany and are, in a word - gorgeous! 

Let me tell you a little about this product line. The stamps are actually very different - they are silicone, not rubber or acrylic. They're also mounted on foam blocks, so they are light as a feather. 

For best results, you use La Blanche Specialty Stamping Paper, which is an non-coated paper. It feels wonderful to the touch, very smooth and picks up the incredible detail on these stamps beautifully and effortlessly. can try other papers - but trust me, the paper is incredible and really brings out the detail. Bob has it in the store - so don't leave without picking up La Blanche Specialty Stamping Paper

There are so many ways to colour, embellish, and use these stamps, that they will quickly become a favourite of yours.

Here is a video of the designer and owner of the company showing just one way to use them:

The stamps have a vintage theme, and Skribbles and Scraps has some great vintage themed papers that will frame these works of art beautifully.

Jennie has been busy creating some fabulous cards - check in later this week for one of her cards and directions on how to do it yourself!

Talk soon!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Love hearing from you!

One of the great things about a blog - is the interaction. Just a bunch of people who share an interest, meeting together online, sharing opinions, comments, you know - just talking!

Well, I feel like I've been talking to myself the last couple of weeks. So, please feel free to comment, offer suggestions, tell me what you would like to talk about! There is a comment link under each posting just waiting for your feedback.

So - to get the ball rolling, I have a question for you.

What is the funniest stamp you own? 

Mine is "Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints" Sometimes - that is more truth than fiction - but ya' just gotta keep laughing!

That said - I am looking forward to Art Impressions stamps arriving at Skribbles and Scraps - there were some pretty funny sayings on their website - check them out here

OK - your turn now! What is the funniest stamp you own?

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Little Love Note

Card makers often joke around and say that the person they give the card to better not throw it away and better keep it forever! 

Well - maybe we only half joke around. Sometimes we are dead serious.......

I have to admit, I've sometimes felt that way when I have tucked that card into the envelope and sealed the back. 

I've  wondered  if they will realize the time it took to make this card from scratch, or that I could have just gone out and bought one. 

I wonder if they will look at every detail, or whether they will just read the inside and stick it back in the envelope. Will it go on display for for a period of time?  Or....NO! please NO!....will I see it tossed in the trash basket the next day?

Fortunately, I have gotten over that. I've matured....

When you think about it, my attitude was pretty self centred. 

After all, there was much joy in creating that card  - this gift made from my hands...given to someone I wanted to bless because hey, they were worth every minute or hour it took me to design, ink, stamp, cut and embellish each detail. 

It is the thought, the spirit of giving that counts here. It's not about me! Card making and giving is "other centred" not self centred.

You see, it is a little act of love when I give a card.  Whether it is to say how sorry I am that they lost someone they love, or to wish them a great birthday or to say thanks, or to give a word of encouragement and hope. Each card from me is a little love note.

I have learned that in life, giving love and accepting love is a choice. 

If I have given someone a card, a little love note, they have two choices. The first, is to accept it as it was intended, to communicate love and how much I value them. They will feel special, invested in, worth the time, thought and effort in the creating.  Then my mission in the creating and giving the card will have been accomplished. 

The second, is to choose not to recognize that there is so much more than just a card in that envelope.....and that it communicates that I thought they were worth it, that they were special and loved. They can choose to not recognize or disregard the real message of that card - the gift of love.

Regardless, the card remains a little gift of love. Failing to accept the gift from the giver does not negate it - it is still a gift of love. 

When you realize this, it makes it a lot easier to walk by that trash basket the next day.........

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Phone sales count!

I was just talking with Bob - and he said that if you wanted to get in on the CHA Swag bag prizes - Phone sales are eligible!

So - for all those who are used to doing business with Skribbles and Scraps by phone, your phone sales count until August 27 for the Laminator and the CHA Swag bag with the Tim Holtz signed apron. Bob, Jennie or Cathy will complete your ballots for you.

Good news for you.....but that just means more competition for the rest of us who are lucky enough to live close enough to shop in person! So - get into the store and earn those ballots!

Thanks for the opportunity Bob!

Have a terrific day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Funny and real!

One of the new lines that Skribbles and Scraps will be carrying is from Art Impressions.  Check them out! I can't wait - because these stamps make me laugh out loud!

One of the series that they have is called "Girlfriends" and they just make me want to pull out my Copics and start colouring. There are so many ways to use these cards, and so many girlfriends I could send them to - they are sure to brighten anyone's day.

There is something to be said for cards that express your TRUE feelings - don't you think?

There are so many more that I have my eye on in this series.....I know you will too! Watch for them soon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CHA Swag!

Hi friends!

I returned home last night from visiting family this long weekend, and while I loved doing that I find myself exhausted on this first work day. So - I am already looking forward to the weekend. How sad is that!

I hope the rest of you had fun whatever you were doing, and for those of you who were not on the roads with all the crazy traffic and were home relaxing, maybe doing some scrapbooking or making a card or two - I am drooling with envy!

I find that there are a lot of things in summer that distract from my playing with paper. While it is nice to be spontaneous and take off on a whim or just sit outside and enjoy the sun and flowers in my garden, I do miss being surrounded by paper, inks, bling, yards of ribbon and other fun things! It is that part of me that yearns for fall, and cooler days, and new Christmas paper! LOL!

OK, down to what I really want to talk about today: CHA SWAG!

Jennie and Bob went to Chicago and took Cathy and Sherry with them for the ride. They brought back all kinds of goodies, and they want to share them with you. They had so much swag, that Jennie has put together a number of yummy bags of treats that you could win!  The opportunity to win two of those bags starts today. Here's how.......

From now until Aug 27th, for every $10 you spend in the store, you receive a ballot for the draw for the first two Skribbles and Scraps Swag Bags.  

Up for grabs is a 3M Laminator, (very cool - and highly rated by those who own it) and my personal fave - a bag of stuff  that includes a signed Tim Holtz apron! I have no doubt that wearing the apron will inspire you to great creativity! (not to mention you will be the envy of your friends - so keep a close eye on it if you win!) Check out his cool shoes below! 

I heard from Cathy that if she was looking for Sherry at CHA, all she had to do was head to the Ranger booth, and Sherry would be parked in front of Tim, soaking it all in like a sponge! 

I don't blame her though, I was probably right beside her!   He is one talented guy, so nice and down to earth, and so talented (oops - already said that!)  - but he really is!!!!  

So, head on into the store and get a head start on collecting those ballots - don't wait until the day of the Anniversary Sale. And remember, the more ballots, the more chance you have of winning. 

Now that I think about it, I am not sure which one I want to win - hmmm, maybe both? I think I will just head over to the store this week and see how many ballots I can earn!

Talk soon!