Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Party Fun

I bet there are not many craft stores that have the ex PM and now Foreign Affairs minister at their Christmas Party!

Last night Barbara, Sharlene and myself had our staff "Christmas Party" When Kevin Rudd MP happened to walk into the same restaurant Barbara was not backwards in coming forwards in asking him to pose for a photo with us. Lucky Kevin!

Card and Scrapbooking Classes for the New Year

I have just finished putting thew schedule for January and February next year. I am really excited about some of the classes we are offering and think there will be somethign to inspire

These cards are from the Window Class and Cuttlebug Class which are both being taught by our new guest teacher Leonie. The other cards are part of the Twinchies set which is being taught by Barbara

Monday, December 6, 2010


Below is a copy of the email I sent out last week with my TOP TEN picks from the store for Christmas including some great deals.......

Welcome to a special edition of our regular newsletter. In this newsletter we have our TOP TEN GIFT IDEAS as well as your chance to WIN A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR YOURSELF. Plus I also thought I would remind all Tim Holtz fans that his annual "12 tags of Christmas" has begun on his blog. If you enjoy all the techniques and ideas he comes up with - you will not want to miss this! - we are already up to tag 2!! And for those of you who have been stalking the store looking for the new Graphic 45 range - Once Upon a Springtime - it has just arrived! More details and images to follow in next week's newsletter.


We have compiled our top ten list of perfect gifts this Christmas. We have tried to include something for everyone from stocking stuffers and secret santa gifts -to ideas for crafty kids. We have included presents and ideas not only for hard to buy for family members - but something for yourself too. There are some great Christmas Specials in the list - just to make Christmas a little easier on the hip pocket!! So make sure you print out the list and circle your must haves and leave it lying around for "Santa" to read - even better you can send us your list and then we will let "Santa" know when he drops by just what it is that you want in your stocking this year!!

1. NEW!!! EMBOSSING FOLDERS - Only $7.50!! - Great Secret Santa or Stocking stuffers ( Available from Saturday)

2. Anita's Card and Envelope Packs - $16.95 for 50 cards and envelope with bonus free stickers!!

3. Making Memories Paper Trimmer - BLADES NEVER NEED REPLACING! HOT PRICE $89.95!

This is the ULTIMATE trimmer. It has a unique self sharpening blade that will NEVER need replacing. It has an extra large cutting platform that can e folded away for easy storage. It also comes with a bonus magnetic ruler as well as markings in both cm and inches. Thjis is currently top of my wishlist


Our kits make fabulous gifts - you have everything you need to complete 4 layouts or at least five cards all packaged together in one handy kit. We have limited quantities available of our new December Scrapbooking kit which is fabulous for scrapping all your Christmas photos. Plus a limited number of earlier kits available too

Our new SUMMER BUMPER card-making kit is available at the end of next week, but you can reserve yours in advance as they sell out VERY FAST! Here is a little Sneak Peek


A brand new album makes a great present and we have albums to suit all budgets. The popular Printblocks ring bound albums are still only $25. We have also just started stocking the stunning We R Memory Keepers Albums which are also ringbound but in a beautiful leather finish. These albums are our favourites and now only $59.95 and include 10 pages!


Are you sick of carting your tools and stash around in 20 different boxes and bags? Well a tote needs to be at the top of your Christmas wish list. Even if you don't take your tools anywhere - having a tote on your desk helps keep you organised and tidy ( or so I am told!!) These AMM tool caddies fold flat if you need to store them for travel and have plenty of pockets and dividers for keeping everything organsied. They are also on special - normally $35.95 you can now treat yourself for only $29.95!!

7. STAMPS 20-30%OFF

We all know that you can never have too many stamps - so they make the perfect Christmas gift. But they make an even better present when you can get them on sale!. Buy 2 stamps and get 20% off or buy 3 or more stamps and get 30% off!! This applies to all stamps even our newest releases!!


We have several designs to choose from. Not only do they make a great gift for a scrappy friend - particularly if you package it up with some papers and embellishments, but they don't take very long at all to make up yourself and make a fabulous gift for hard to buy for mums, grandmas and other family members. I have included some pictures below of some completed trays. The Kaisercraft ones are by the talented Camilla Ekstrom who designs for Kaisercraft. You can see more of these trays and more of her work on the kaisercraft blog


We have two options to choose from - A simple one page calendar that you can decorate up with a layout that at the end of the year can be cut off and kept. These take no time do do up and are great gifts for family members (OR you can send the kids to do one of our Christmas holiday classes - pictured below and they can make it for you!)

We also have a great 8x8 calendar too that is easy to fill quickly - you could even get your kids creating this one to keep them busy once they start their holidays.


We have a range of specially designed Christmas Gift vouchers that are available in any denomination that you choose. Our vouchers have a 6 month expiry date and each envelope includes a little surprise for the recipient too! Don't forget that you can also use gift vouchers for our classes too!


Bring in one of the Christmas Cards you have made this year for us to display on our tree. Everyone who brings in a card will go in the draw to win a fabulous prize pack valued at over $50!! Cards must be received by December 19 to be eligible and prize will be drawn on Monday 20 December. Please note that your cards will not be judged, and that the winner will be determined by a prize draw.

That's all for now - have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You won't want to miss this!!! Get your stash ready now!

Monday, August 2, 2010

CHA Round Up Part 1

Well due to a technical breakdown ( my camera battery died) I was unable to upload anymore photos while I was away. But now I am back I have been able to fullyh recharge and can now add some more photos of some of my favourite pics. I will follow up later this week with some more detailed posts on some of my favourite brands and trends

Advent Calendar kits were everywhere. I liked this little one from Making Memories

Websters Pages do fabulous vintage style products and are often very innovaative

Tim Holtz attracts a crowd where-ever he goes and his new dies are really versatile. I will do a bigger review of the Vagabond later this week.

I blew my budget at Prima...just so much to choose from - great canvas pieces from Donna Downey, beautiful flowers and papers as well as some great ribbons too! I was lucky enough to do two classes with Donna - and have some great new ideas for classes in the store now too!

Make sure you leave me a comment and let me know what you like...a prize of some new ppaer releases will be drawn later this week!