Sunday, August 26, 2007

CHA Madness

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank everyone for such a great night last night. I think the party was a huge success. And, I got a whole bunch of nice comments from you all. I greatly appreciate it. The food was delicious and the goodie bags was great. But the prizes were the best. I wan't to congratulate Jen S. , Tammy, and Renee on getting the 3 big prizes, too. I also was very happy with your comments on the pictures. I am so glad that so many of you loved the pictures. I also loved that I got to share them with all of you. Some of you got to win some of the pictures and you loved your prize. (Smile Juli). There was a backup at the register for the pics so I know that I got some good ones. Several of you also asked about specific companies and whether they were coming or not. I am glad to say that everything that was requested was already ordered: The doodlebug stuff (mid sept) , the KI diecut papers (mid oct) , the Elsie Flanagan line (due here Friday); Rusty Pickle (due here Friday), October Afternoon (Oct), just to name a few. We have s whole bunch of stuff coming in September.

The quickie page was also a huge success completely selling out and 2 more people buying the products to recreate it.

I also got a chance last night to update my files and the Big Spender's Club. All of the following customers are at a 15% off every purchase (throw out your cards you don't need them):
Juli H
Patti K
Ellie H
Shannon S
Carol B
Tammy E
Joyce T
Helen H
Kelli H
Susan P

I want to give a special shout out to Shannon S., who came up with an idea for the crop room. We tried it this morning and it works. SO, stop by and check it out and let us know what you think. It's got a lot better traffic flow.

I also want to thank Kelli A. for all of her help with the demo yesterday. You were absolutely wonderful. And, I do smell a class in your future.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that our hours have changed:
Tuesday - Saturday from 10 - 5 pm
Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Oh, and I almost forgot, the paper clearance area in the back is now at 25 sheets for $5.00. That's right 25 sheets of paper for $5.00. This sale won't last very long so hurry before it is too late. I have ADDED MORE PAPER TO THE CLEARANCE AREA. I have also added more embellishments to the 50% off pile in the back (Happy Shopping). This offer cannot be combined with any other special. Sorry ladies...this is already a great price (less then what I paid for it).

Well, I'd better go, I am still rearranging my corner in the back and it's a bit of a mess and I still have the newsletter and the calendar to work on. See you soon.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Party All the Time, Party All the Time, Party All the Time

Hi Everyone,

No, I am not talking about the Eddie Murphy song. I am talking about the CHA Party. I know that we are sold out and some of you didn't make the cut, so I am extending a one-time offer. If you are interested in coming sign up for the wait list. If I get 8 names on the waitlist (I already have 2) I will put the 8 of you upstairs. And no one will be left out in the cold. Sound good?

Well, for the rest of you attending the crop, we have received the new Dream Cutz is awesome, wait to you see it in action. It really is unbelievable. We also received the Zutter binding system. You can make any size chipboard album with any color paper inside. It's amazing. Everyone at the crop will get to try it out and make their own mini album. That's right, everyone at the crop. But, that's not all we have received several other items. Surprise! Surprise! And, we still are waiting on a couple of more items to arrive.

And, you know what new stuff means, I have to rearrange the whole store again. Gotta love it. It's a mild form of torture. Just when you thought that you knew where everything was, I threw a monkey wrench in, to confuse you. Just kidding. I have to display it in a eye-pleasing way. How else, am I going to get all of you to buy the paper, huh? Plus, the more you buy, the more I can buy. Yippee!

Well, I really need to go, I am back to work tomorrow. The kids come in tomorrow. And that means twelve hours of planning this weekend. Actually, my lesson plan needs about 5 more minutes of tweaking, but I do have to plan a party. A CHA party.

Talk soon,

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Just minutes away.

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe that I am just minutes away from going back to my "real job". Okay, paying job. It is really hard to run a business and teach at the same time. But, I've got to pay my dues.

On a happier note, I am completely sold out for the CHA Crop and am currently taking names for the wait list. And we still have 2 weeks left. Yippee. Not for nothing, but I love the big crops. As much as I like to complain that I don't get anything done, I love the games, and the questions, and giving prizes away. I want everyone to love the store. I want people to have fun. I love to be the life of the party and get everyone all riled up. Okay, that's the Puerto Rican in me, but I think it's starting to rub off on some of you. I know it. Who doesn't love to win? Anybody? Anybody at all?

Last night, we cropped and I actually got a lot done, about 5 layouts. Another Yippee. and, I got to use my new Technique Tuesday stamps. Actually, I think I used them on every single layout. I'm in a stamping phase.

I also was talking to Diana about some plans for the store. But, I want your input. I was thinking about doing some of the following (please be honest and tell me what you think):

Painting the store's floor to match the crop room.
Knocking the wall down in the kids room and putting a sofa in and turning it into a cozy little nook.
Finishing the rails in the store, to show off more layouts.
Adding more slat walls upstairs for additional paper racks.
Taking the wall paper down in the bathroom.
Painting the bathroom and upscaling it.
Tinting the smaller front window.

This is just for starters. I think it's the ADHD aspect in me that is always changing things around. But, isn't change good?

Well, I'd better go, I have a billion things to do, including taking my corner down. No more corner for me. I'll be in on Thursday - Sundays and on any day we receive deliveries (okay at the pace we are receiving stuff lately, I will probably be in everyday for the next 3 months), but I can handle it. I am superwoman. NOT. Just wishful thinking. A subliminal message to myself. LOL.

Now, I really have to go, I have a page in mind I want to do, before I pack it in.

Stop by and see me on my last day of FREEDOM.



Thursday, August 09, 2007

BLING BLING and More Bling!

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the Heidi Swapp Order came in with tons of BLING BLING BLING. We got all the circles, variety packs, ovals, and borders in stock. And we also got their new cherry bling and flower centers. Hot! As always I don't think this is going to last long, so I am announcing it now. First come, first serve. And, we got in her new masks and her awesome clock (some awesom ideas on the back), too.

Finally, we got in the technique tuesday stamps...a Big First Come - First Serve on that!

I also want to let everyone know that I finally finished a layout today. It took me all week but I did it. I used the new paper from Mustard Moon and their new alphabet stickers wow.

I plan to finish a couple more today. I just have to finish inputting the heidi swapp stuff.

The CHA crop is almost full. I think we have 1 space left.

As for the kits we still have kits for the Titles in the Round class and one of the Family Life Album. I also think we have one kit left for the Beat the Heat class. So, hurry before they are all gone. I actually have 6 to ship tomorrow.

Well, if I want to crop I need to say goodbye.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wow! What a weekend!

Hi Everyone,

What a weekend is all I can say after our first anniversary....not. I had such a blast! There aren't enough words in the world to cover my true happiness with this weekends events. It was not only awesome that Angelia was here but that you guys were here to share it with me (if not in body in spirit). This past year I have met some of the most incredible people in my life. I truly believe that people come into someone's life for a reason and you have all blessed mine. You have allowed me to create a vision and implement it and have supported me the entire time (okay maybe you have looked at me a little odd). But, support none the less. Thank you!

Our one year celebration was kicked off one Saturday with 2 awesome classes by Angelia. Let me tell you the woman scrapbooks on her bed and is just downright smart! She gave out some awesome tips and had us taking notes. She was truly inspirational. As soon as I finish this blog I plan to scrapbook the day away. I'll sweep tomorrow.

It's true we did experience some technical difficulties, but I didn't have to come back in on Monday. By some miraculous act of God the system went back up when I was in the process of shutting more try won't hurt me. Allelujah!

I do expect some deliveries for the next couple of days so I have to take a break from my scrapbooking to take care of that...but I've only had a chance to complete one 2 page spread since July and so I will break that record today. Unless you all decide to come in and give me all your money. LOL.

Speaking of LOL...we got the cutest stickers in and they are only $1.00. They are just adorable and I can't wait to scrap them. We also got in the Timeless Collection from Carolee's awesome. Oh and let's not forget the Scenic Route stuff, it's all beautiful. Oh, and the Stemma word the dog stuff is so cute.

I have also changed the store around and it looks completely different. At least I hope so!

Come in and check it out!

But, more changes are coming...look out for those!

Well, it's almost 9 and I need to open we will definetely talk soon.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

OMG...Only 3 days left...

Hi Everyone,

I just can't believe that there are only 3 days left until the big day...Dee's will be a year old. Hint Hint (Think Theme)!

The last year has definetely been a roller coaster ride but it seems to finally be steading down. I know what I'm doing now (well pretty much...I still don't know how to get the register to open I guess we'll need the key forever). The same goes for the fax...anyone know how to hook it up correctly? If you do, stop by and give me a hand.

I received Scenic Route and Carolee's today, OMG. What is a girl to do! I wish I could say I was scrapbooking. I am actually staying late to put in all the new stuff in the computer. Unfortunately, I am just not in the mood. I want to use the paper, I just don't want to load it into the POS. That Timeless Collection is beautiful and it is part of the double stuff kit. I have 5 already signed up for the kit and I haven't even sent out the e-mail yet. It's half-kitted already and boy is it super cute.

The scenic route chipboard is awesome and you are going to love it. I still haven't started working on the sponsor bags or the goodie bags. Oh my. I might have to spend the night at the pace I am going. I sure wish I could just roll around in it.

Today, has been super slow, just me, myself and I. I am so sure that this is just the calm before the storm. Don't worry, I am totally prepared for you guys, but are your wallets, prepared for the paper...plan to spend lots because there is something for every budget and taste, guaranteed. For you stamp fiends, I am sad to tell you that Technique Tuesday won't be here until next Wednesday. Heidi Swapp and Daisy D should be here next Thursday. But we will have 10 NEW companies here and ready to go by Saturday morning. Don't forget that those scrapping on Saturday morning will get to see everything first and you will also get to meet Angelia first. She is hanging out at the crop for a while. She has also sent the samples of the minialbum classes, so if you have time and are not signed up for those classes, come check them out. CUTE!

Well, I'd better stop procrastinating, I have a million things to do...including reminder notes for all the fabu games for this weekend. But, don't forget I always have to throw something new in...I am getting trickier and trickier.

See you all very soon and keep really does pay off.