Sunday, July 29, 2007

In just a few days...

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe it? In just a few days Angelia will be here and so will a whole bunch of new CHA product...yippee.

I am double excited....I can't believe that we made it a whole year...could it be? Is it really possible? This year was very trying for me....starting a new business in just a matter of weeks and then having to work my paying job to support my paper addiction...I really didn't think I would have rent money a couple of times and yet I made it through. Thank God and all of you who have put up with my sappy stories and late night munchies and all the hints about things to come and all the secrecy. (especially regarding the monthly kits - you guys have made them a huge hit) and it is literally helping to pay my rent each month.

But, never fear the best is yet to come. Like fine wine we just keep getting better with time and I promise the kits will get even better. And the quickie pages...amazing!

As for classes and Crops I have some awesome stuff planned, including but not limited to our CHA Afterparty, A Christmas Spectacular Crop, A 2nd Girlfriends Crop and much more. But, I also plan to add 1-2 more designers to the store. Their samples are currently in the store and everytime you purchase something you get to vote for your favorite designer. The new designer will be the person you choose as you favorites, whose project do you want to recreate? whose classes would you attend?
Don't miss out the samples will be on display until next Sunday so come in and vote, you will love them. Personally I love them all and I am so glad I don't have to choose, so come in and make your voice heard.

I know, you are probably wondering why the kits aren't available yet, the answer...I am putting in the freshest new paper available in the store. Everything will be delivered between Tuesday and Thursday and I need to pick my favorites and the coordinating items for each kit personally. Don't worry, you are guaranteed to love it. So, stop by this weekend and pickup you kits because as you already know when they are gone, they are gone and the last two months that happened within 2 days. Quantities are limited. Also, if you don't want to miss out, just sign up for the kits at a 6 month term and you will be guaranteed the kit each of those months, makes a nice gift (hint-tell your spouse).

Finally, Angelia's classes are filling up fast - I am now at 4 for Titles, 10 for Family Life, 2 for Beat the Heat, 5 for French Twist Album. Yep, that fast, forget the e-mail these are the current numbers...unbelievable.

Angelia e-mailed me and said that you must all see the Family Life Album IRL (in real life) , that it is actually very cute. I actually have some one who called all the way from Georgia for one of her kits and I have several people traveling from out of town to come to her classes, so watch might wind up staying for them all...might me to hard to pass up. She has a huge following for a reason!

Well, I'd better go, I need to clean up in here, it will be crazy...I am SO EXCITED.
I even have some great new games for the CROPS and prizes from Technique Tuesday, real nice sets, too!

I really got to go now.
We will talk soon.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I'm back!

Hi Everyone,

That's right, I am back.
This has been an incredible trip.
Next time I decide to go, remind me not to take the kids along. They were the worst behaved children on the road. They couldn't do what they usually do and SLEEP. No, they had to argue about everything. The three little ones acted as if they were arch enemies. Unbelievable. But, I digrees.

All in all, this was one fantastic show. I know why shops close for days in order to is the greatest show on earth and you guys will be reaping the benefits for the next few months. As you all know, I tried to budget this spending spree, but it just wouldn't be a spending spree if I budgetted, so you'd better get ready for the most amazing products to ever hit Dee's to begin to roll in as early as this Friday. We also have a ton of themed items coming in, but as I said the Anniversary Croppers, get first dibs, they get to see it first, touch it, smell it, use it.

But, don't worry, there will be enought to go around. I have ordered from some of our favorites as well as some great new ones. Their was just so much to choose from. It was incredible.
Their was just so much that we will be receiving shipments all the way until October. That's right, October. I had to scaffold the shipping and others were just not shipping until then, like Love Elsie, some of their stuff doesn't come out until October. But, this time I couldn't pass it up. It was gorgeous.

Highlights from the show include:

Doodlebug glitter chipboard/ glitter/ butterflies
Creative Imaginations Animal Line
Carolee's Timeless Collection
Sandylion Licorice Collection
Heidi Grace embellishments - bling paper, embossed, flocked
CI Sports Line
Reminisce H2o Line
A cruise line (can't remember who it was, but it is coming)
Fancy pants, new stamps, chipboard, and transparencies
Hambly tree rubons and transparencies
gelatins stamps
Technique tues tiles and stamps
American Crafts both of their new collections and VINYL Alphabet (feels cool)
Scenic Route chipboard, stickers, paper --all
Stemma coordinating brads, tiles, etc
Pebbles circle journal
A2Z Autoship program and chipboard
One-heart One mind clear acrylic buttons in bulk
Acrylic Albums
Zutter binder and their paper cutter (unbelievable)
All things Reminisce
October Afternoon paper
7 Gypsies new stickers and new stamps (interchangeable)
rusty Pickle - buttons and chipboard
Daisy D Autumn Line
Memories Complete $1.00 program
q & co - new adhesive felt scrolls - HOT
Basic Grey Periphery and all the new chipboard, ribbon, albums
Ki - Love Elsie Lines and Cardstock cutout (gorgeous)
Mambi - new paper and all the attachments
Bobunny - mini albums, explosion kit and so much more
Sonburn - paper
Bazzill - cardstock
Crafter's workshop - doodling template
Urban Lily - All of it
Dude - all of it
Flair - new calendar stuff
Everlasting Keepsakes - Framedangoes
May Arts - All the ribbon in the world
Piggy Tales - barn door, peek a boo book
Oh and so much more. I would need a week to go over it all.
Well, I'd better go, I have a newsletter to put together.
And I am at the store for the rest of the month so stop by and say hi.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

CHA - Day 2

Hi Everyone,

I have really lost my mind now.
Anyone want to handle my divorce? LOL!
Just, don't tell him anything but it will be complete madness in the store for the next 4 months. That's right 4 month.
Companies have scaffolled their releases to come out anywhere between now and October. Believe me you will be seeing a lot of new names, some great old ones and some that have been skipped, But none the less you will be stunned and amazed (especially if you are attending the Crop, which we still have room for (hint).

But, before I get to all the hot new products I need to tell you that who I met. First, everyone knows that Heather Preckel's family owns A2Z Essentials and we are actually staying at the same hotel. She looks exactly the same, but her pages have gotten even more BEAUTIFUL. Her samples for ZOTS, OMG! But, that's not where the sample envy ends, Heidi Swapp, Technique Tuesday, Autumn Leaves have just some of the most incredible samples. But, let me tell you I have taken over 300 photos. So, I've decided to have a CHA after party. So, look out for that, because we will definetely have some goodies and you can drool over all the stuff that is comin. Look out for the details - coming soon.

That 's not where my envy ends, I met one of my all-time favorite designers ever...Heidi Grace. She was totally amazing. I've got a picture to prove it, too. She was lugging her 6 month old daughter will her (the cutest little red-head) and guess what? She is pregnant again, 3 months already. She does not spend any time. And the new stuff is just awesome!

I also bumped into Stephanie Fearn of Homegrown Scrapbooks. She has a new partner and she is running her kits out of Indiana. She looked great.

Today's Product Highlights:

Scrapworks - got nothing

Doodlebug - sugar coated alphabet, teen boy line, sugar coated brads, gorgeous Xmas stuff and more BLING

Heidi Swapp - cute little bling cherries, clocks, masks, everything

Bazzill - Eyelet Cardstock - Fab!

Stemma - pet paper and tons of pet embellishments

Great samples and fab prices

A2Z - Monthly autoship and bulk chipboard shapes to match - HOT

MAMBI - All of it, especially the BLING

Basic Grey - Periphery line, the new chipboard, chipboard albums, rubons, samples.

Love, Elsie and KI - OMG! OMG! OMG! - Expect lost of classes from here! - Maybe some kits, too!

Hambly - trees and circles!

Memories Completey - $1 stickers and New Quotesters

Urban LILY - ALL of IT

7 Gypsies - stickers, stamps, gaffer tape and more

Sonburn - Teen collection

Cosmo Cricket - mini paper packs

Piggy tales - Hide and Seek Flap Book, and baa, baa, black sheep

fLAIR - new year round collection

Sandylion - Cruise line and Licorice Lane line & MICKEY

Reminisce - It's always awesome and Matthew is very nice to look at. SHHH! Don't repeat that! I've always liked a man who can dress to the nines and smell like a man (cologne not sweat).

Well, I am off, I need to finish packing. We leave tomorrow. Sadly.

But, I will blog when I get back.


Friday, July 20, 2007

CHA - Day 1

Hi Everyone,

As promised this is the low down on the first day of CHA:


It was totally unbelievable. I spent way more than I should (so you'd better get your wallets ready....don't you dare order on line...come touch it, feel it, see it, all at a scrapbooking store near you (DEE).

I was inside last night. I actually made a list and planned it all out.HAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAHA. Don't laugh at me, I thought I was ready. NOT. When you walk into this HUGE room with the most incredible papers, embellishments, stickers, idea...OMG IDEAS...I have taken pictures of some of the most incredible pages ever. Don't worry I will share them with you.

Well, dinner is scheduled to arrive in 3 minutes and I promised I would spend time with the kids, so here is all the info so far. I only hit the first half of the first section so I still have a lot to go for the next 2 days. But here are the first ones coming:

Dude Designs - 2 shipments
Quick Quotes
Hambly - 2 shipments
Carolee Creations
Crafter's Workshop
Bo-bunny - 2 shipments
Mustard Moon
Everlasting Memories (Framedangoes)
Heidi Grace
May Arts (RIBBON)
Fancy Pants
Q & Co
Dude 2 of 2
Hambly 2 of 2
One-heart...One Mind
Bo-bunny 2 of 2

The following are on the list for tomorrow and Sunday, yeah right?
Autumn Leaves
Making Memories
EK Success
Hiedi Swapp
Imagination Project
Love, Elsie
Technique Tuesday
We R Memory Makers
Memories Complete
Urban Lily
A2Z (Heather Preckel)
Piggy Tales
Me and My Big Ideas
3 bugs in a rug
Karen Foster
Sugar Loaf
Crate Paper
Creative Imaginations
America Crafts
Sassafras Lass
Daisy D
Rusty Pickle
Daisy Bucket
PageFrame Designs
Upsy Daisy
Scenic Route
October Afternoon

IF you do not see your favorite here, please e-mail asap. I will be checking in tomorrow and giving you more details (if I can sneak away again).

Let's just say it's the greatest show on Earth. I really did feel like a kid in a candy store. I really hope to God, that you have been taking advantage of our sale...because I need the money...I have spent every penny and then some for the next 3 months. OMG and it's only Day 1. What am I going to do?

Please stop by and spend your money. Many of the new things will be shipping in time for our Anniversary you don't want to miss out. They of course will get first dibs. That's how it goes, I do show favoritism to those loyal, scrapbooking addicts who have quickly become part of my family and come for everything. But, we will have plenty for everyone of most things.

Favorite picks - Quick Quotes Canvas Books
Fancypants transparencies
Carolee's TimeLess Collection
One-Heart Christmas Collection
Bo-bunny Explosion Kit
Heidi Grace everything
Crafters -doodle stuff
gelatins everything
Hambly Rubons

All of it, the more I type the more I remember.

Well, dinner's here. I really gotta go.
We'll talk tomorrow.

Got another sponsor - Mustard Moon for our Anniversary Crop - you do not want to miss out. this is going to be one heck of a party.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

OMG! I'm Here!

Hi Everyone,

You ladies know that I appreciate every single one of you all the time and that I appreciate your business. BUT, today I am getting to the real nitty gritty. Yesterday, on the drive over from NYC we were caught in the worst rain storm ever in Indiana, which is tornado country. I was out of mind with fear. OMG had my addiction (Scrapbooking) really caused me to jeopardize my children's lives. God, quickly reminded me who was in charge...WHO THE Boss is.

As many of you know, I am not the preachy type when it comes to worship and I really don't care if he is your God, Jesus, Mohmmed or goes by any other name. It's the fact that you believe that matters, that things are upto someone else. That's why I am writing. What ever your faith, yesterday was the day that restored mine. I really thought we were in dire straits. My husband finally agreed to pull over into a rest stop to wait out the storm and risk losing our reservations. We decided to stop on a rest area that had Pizza Hut (my fav) and KFC (my man's fav). We walk in and the guys are cleaning up at Pizza Hut and KFC. The only thing left was McDonald's (which we'd had quite a few times this week. But, what is a girl to do. We ordered (a huge order to feed 7 of course) and I left my husband to pay the bill, while I took the girls to the bathroom. As soon as we stepped a foot in the bathroom the lights go out. They flick back on through a generator a few minutes later. Then, after we are all done, we head out to the McD's and they have NO power - thus no FOOD. The manager offers us what she has some apple pies, chicken selects, and waters (my husband and I who are addicted to DIET - no power - NO Diet.- AUUUUGGGHHH.) We are taking our time eating and as we finish, water starts to drip out of the drop ceiling next to the LIGHTS. What are we going to do know...I have a fear of being electrocuted-my feet are tingling as I type it. Then, we hear that there is a tornado headed our way. I can't tell you how fast the 7 of us got out of there. I was not going to die in Indiana...not a tornado...nah,uh. As someone who doesn't attend church regurlarly I pray almost every night at home on my own. But, yesterday, I prayed for my children's lives, to make it to Chicago. I just knew that once we got here it would be okay. And God heard my prayers. I actually prayed that if anyone needed to die that it should be me, to please spare my children and their father. I know, it sounds kind of crazy. But, the rain was so bad, we could hardly see a foot in front of us. That didn't stop the TRUCKS. They were going speed limit - 70 mph. Splashing water on us, around us, everywhere. It was just SCARY. And being a New yorker I don't scare much and now living in Lehigh I don' t scare's just an animal honey - go back to bed (that's what I always say). Wow, was I mistaken! But, I the pulpit I go.

Has this happened to any of you? Have you had an experience similar to mine? Do you think I'm crazy? Tell me what you think? Am I right or what?

But, I haven't stopped yet, I was inspired with a great idea for a Scrapbooking your faith class.
Since, once again, God has inspired me!

Details will be coming soon. But, you'd better save the date. Your Fith should be in your books.

Well, I'd better go, I still have to mark my targets on the biggest Floor Plan I have ever seen. I need to hit my top ten tomorrow. And get ready for the next ten.

Don't forget...stop by and take advantage of the big sale this week. Remember that the sale ends sunday and BRAND NEW SPANKING ITEMS will start arriving shortly (some as soon as Friday...that's right next friday.

Oh and I wanted to tell everyone that Technique Tuesday has also offered up some items for our Anniversary Crop. It is already in the mail for DOOR PRIZES. You croppers are sure going to be happy. IT's going to be huge.

Well I really have to go.


Monday, July 16, 2007

It's Almost That Time!

In a little over a week I will revert back to a 5 year old in a candy store. That's right, looking at all the pretty colors of paper, the beautiful brads and ribbon all there for me to drool over. OMG I am so ready to go to CHA. NOT! I need to practice saying NO. NO. NO. Just practicing!

I don't know if I can resist the temptation. Am I going to have to have just one more line...probably... I just can't get enough scrap goodies. I am totally in love with all the sneak peaks...I don't think it could possibly get any better. Has anyone checked out any of the sneak peaks on line? If you did, I want to know what you think.

Well, I've got to go, I am in NYC visiting family, so I have to get CHA off the seems pretty one track.

But, before I go, you've heard it here. THIS TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, and FRIDAY, come in for a very special sale. I can't give you any of the details, but I think you are going to love it. Read the newsletter for all the info. Besides, every penny you spend goes to good cause all the new CHA stuff.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Oh what a night!

I laughed so hard last night, at our crop, that I could hardly breathe. As promised, the prizes and games keep getting better and last night was no exception. Patty won a FREE class with Jen S and Joyce won a free class with Jen E. We also got a new Customer of the Month for August and that's Patty. She has until the 1st of August to get her stuff up on our wall of shame and 10% off for the entire month of August. You should have seen her reaction, it was classic.

Amy won the tote full of goodies, I thought she was gonna pass out. What did she think, I was gonna give her an empty tote?

We also played a game off blog info and Amy won getting 9 out of the 10 correct. She missed the company that was from Australia. Anyone know, it was urban lily. I love their stuff. Amy had a good night. And being the current customer of the month, it means that she got 10% off everything last night as well.

Our make and take last night was a competition...5 minutes to decorate a little basket. All the ladies did the fantastic job and we had 2 winners Tammy and Diana. Tammy is our friend from Canada who doesn't miss a thing when she is in town. Thanks, Tammy for being such a great customer and friend. Don't forget we need to plan a play date for the girls.

I have 4 more days until I leave. Can you believe it? We will be spending a few days in NY before CHA, but I plan to blog everyday when I am there with stuff from the show. But, I heard Lisa and Ali are supposed to be at CHA this year. Yippee.

CHA Gossip

SEI's new lines are fantastic
Bobunny's new stuff takes up 40 pages in a catalogue
Junkitz will not be attending the show this year...yeap!
Lisa and Ali are scheduled to be at the show
7 gypsies has done it again...a whole bunch of cool stuff but the paper...not so hot.
The urban lily sneak peak is phenomenal.
Stemma is launching 160 new products...that's right 160 items!

Well, I gotta go, the store is a mess from yesterday and I have some more NEW paper to put out. If you need any more beach paper, cruise paper, summer paper, it's here. I am also using some of it for Quickie kit this week...4 sheets with some goodies. Please remember that I am only making 10 kits. I don't want you to get upset when it is all gone....Cause it's been happening. Most things I do not reorder, I need to keep new stuff coming, so don't wait until it's gone. (Joyce and Ines, that means both of you!).

We still have some (okay 2) of the quickie pages left for this week. Maybe they will make it until Tuesday. Jen S did the page this week. As always, gorgeous!

I really have to go, the store truly is a mess and the kits must get done.


Oh and look out for the sales while I am gone, I need to make room for the new stuff. Everything must go! Okay, not everything, I just got the Flair, the Autumn Leaves, and the Scribble Scrabble, that needs to hang around...the scribble scrabble is the NEW CHA stuff they are already shipping. Gotta love the new companies, they keep me going.

I also need to place the order for Daisy D today, the NEW stuff is fantastic! Gorgeous as always!

I really gotta go know!