Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dreamweaver Stencils / New "Follower" Feature / Crop Celebration Event

I had the pleasure of speaking with Lynell Harlow, creator of the Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Pastes (and stencils!) that you all know and love. I had the occasion to call her because a customer came in asking if she could use the embossing pastes on fabric. Guess what Lynell told me? YOU CAN!!! She gave me the specifics of how to go about doing this, and what you need to do in order to be able to WASH it, even (in the washing machine)! So--now that I've teased you with this little gem of info, I'm off to design something fantastic with the embossing pastes on fabric, and put together a class for you. Of course, I will be doing the class in both locations, Northshore and Southshore, for my fabulous customers on BOTH sides of the Lake!!! I'll have Felix update the website calendar as soon as the project is completed, and have him send out a post via our Yahoo! Group. BTW, if you aren't already a member of our Yahoo! Group, please go to our website and click the link on the front page to become a member. That way you'll be sure to get updates of when new product is in, any specials we are running, all the workshops we host, and events we attend.

Also, speaking of the Dreamweaver Embossing Pastes and Stencils... Lynell did mention to me that we are the ONLY retailer for these beauties in the entire state of Louisiana! How about THAT?! You know, it makes us feel really good to know we are the first to bring our fantastic customers fantastic new products and techniques. So, stay tuned... you never know what we'll come across, or when!

On another note, there's a new "Follower" feature on this Blog, now. You can find it on the right side of the page when you log on. Please sign up as a Follower. We want to know who our loyal customers are, and we want you to let others know you are a proud fan of ours!

Lastly (and I'm trying to be brief here because Gina said my posts are too long!), I spoke with Regina of Crop Celebration. They have another crop planned for the last week of February 2009, and we will again be a vendor. Stay tuned for more info, and we'll have the flyers out in the stores shortly. (Love you, Gina!)

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cricut Class, Stamping Workshops & Other Calendar Updates for November

Greetings, folks!

I hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful weather! I know I am! Tonight when I was driving home, I looked at my dashboard and it said it was 49 degrees outside! Wooo Hooo!!! I'm SOOOO ready for winter!

Time seems to be just flying by lately, and there simply aren't enough hours in the day for all I want to do. There's so much that I WANT to make with all the cool new stamps we got in, but I don't have the time... :( We have a wonderful flourish with poinsettias on it, a beautiful Christian-themed stamp, and a MOST adorable coffee-bean Christmas tree standing in a coffee cup!!! How cool are those?! The coffee-bean one, alone, has me itching to just sit and play, and make really neat Christmas cards for all my coffee-fanatic friends and family members. And the poinsettia flourish is gorgeous and I can already see it done with heat embossing and combined with other images, as well as on its own. The Christian-themed one is so sweet, and a very, very detailed image that I know will make a beautiful card, either stamped in a single color or colored in. It, too, would be gorgeous if it were done with heat embossing. We are having a workshop in Mandeville on Saturday, November 8 from 1PM to 5PM using these three stamps. Of course, I'm certain I'll have others in by then that we can use. We are not charging for this workshop, we are simply asking you to purchase your cardstock bases and other embellishments here with us at the time of the Workshop. Please do call ahead and make reservations as soon as you know you'll be able to join us. We're planning on having a great time, and refreshments will be served. Stamps used during the Workshop will be available for purchase afterwards at a discount, so when you fall in love with them (as I know you will), you'll be able to actually take them home and make MORE!!!

We had a wonderful basic Cricut class last Saturday, and so many more people asked us to repeat it because they hadn't heard about it in time to sign up. We will be repeating the Basic Cricut Class in Mandeville THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1st at 11AM. The class will last about 1 1/2 hours or so, and Heather (the instructor) will take you from first turning on the Cricut to actually basic use of the Cricut Design Studio software. We have the Cricut Expression connected to our computer with a huge monitor, all set up in the crop room in Mandeville. If you already own a Cricut (either the original one or the Expression), you may bring it if you wish (but you don't have to) and work along with Heather on your own machine. If you already have the Design Studio Software on your laptop, you can bring that, as well. If you do not yet own a Cricut, or the Design Studio software, but are considering investing in either one, then I highly recommend you take this class to see the wonderful versatility of this machine and software, alone and combined, before you make that kind of an investment. Should you choose to purchase a Cricut, you can speak to Felix and see what kind of special he has going at that time. We sell ALL of the Cricut products, and offer VERY competitive pricing on all of them. There are so many accessories available for it now, and so many cool things that you can do with them. One of them is the Jukebox, which holds up to 6 cartridges, and you don't have to swap them out to use them. It connects directly to your Cricut. You can even link up to 3 Jukeboxes, and have up to 18 cartridges available at one time. Think of the possibilities!!! There's a Cricut cartridge storage binder available now, that stores up to 8 cartridges and overlays, and you can label it so you'll know which ones it holds. There's also Stencil material that is 12x24 inches, so you can cut your own stencils. With the Design Studio software, the possibilities are almost limitless!!! There SOOOO much more that Cricut has available now, ALL of which we sell. Please contact us and let us know what we can get for you. If you prepay you can be sure you will get what you want, as we will hold it just for you when it comes in. We do not charge you for shipping, and if we can verify a competitor's price, we will do our best to meet or beat that price, AND save you shipping!

Also, remember that Scrappersaurus stands behind every product we sell, and we support it 100%. We are here to not only sell you products, but to instruct you in how to use them and enjoy them to their utmost. We love what we do, and we love sharing our passion with you. When we find great products, we bring them to you and offer you many different ways to use them. I feel like I'm a pretty adventurous person, and I love to "experiment" with things, and see what different uses I can come up with, for everything I come across. This is why you learn so much when you purchase from us. We do our best to pass on our knowledge and experiences to you, to help you have even more fun doing what you already enjoy. And, I know I am repeating myself, but people, PLEASE support your Local Scrapbook Store, and purchase from US instead of surfing the net or ordering through catalogs. Whatever they offer, WE can get for you, and you don't pay shipping, AND we teach you what to do with it. How can you lose? I am saying this again because, again, another Local Scrapbook Store has closed.

We have Basic Scrapbooking and Basic Stamping classes coming up in both locations, and the Layout of the Month Club and Card of the Month Club are just growing phenomenally!!! I'm trying to twist Felix's arm to get him to put up pics of the previous Layouts and Cards we've done, so stay tuned and watch for his post of when he finally gets them on the website. You know, you don't have to attend the Workshop for the Layout of the Month Club or the Card of the Month Club to be a member. You get all the materials to make the layout or the cards, along with a full color picture of the completed project, and written, step-by-step instructions on how to create them. We can mail them to you, or you can stop by the store (either location) and pick up the kit. We do our best to use new or different techniques every month, so that you can continue to add to your knowledge base of techniques. Please call and sign up as soon as you can so you will be able to participate in the next one(s). We need to know in advance how many people to order product for, so the sooner, the better!

If you have any requests, please contact us and let us know what you need. In addition to ordering directly from the manufacturers, we order from a couple of different distributors quite often and can usually get what you want within 3-7 business days. If you have any suggestions of lines of product or types of product that you would like to see us offer in our stores, please let us know. We welcome suggestions, and a lot of times that is how we come across great products. We obviously cannot read EVERY catalog, meet with EVERY sales rep out there, or go to EVERY website for ALL of the crafting companies, so we depend on YOU to tell us what you want!!!

Also, if there is a class (technique or project) that you would like us to do, please let us know. You may not be the only one, and others might enjoy it as well. We offer individual instruction in scrapbooking and stamping, and just about EVERY class or workshop that we offer is available one-on-one, usually for the same price. We also teach different techniques one-on-one, as well. Just let us know what you need, and it's merely a matter of coordinating our schedule with yours.

Have a wonderful rest of your week and, until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Crop Celebration a great success!!! Tim Holtz products in!!!


I'm THOROUGHLY exhausted!!! I had such fun at Crop Celebration, but I have to say, it was not the easiest thing to work the booth all by myself! I'm still feeling it!

I understand Felix and Emery's sale went very well. They had a phenomenal weekend with a huge turnout. Are you all waiting for me to be away so you can shop with Felix and Emery since they have sneaky sales??? HA! Apparently, I'll have to keep a closer eye on those two!

I am in the process of putting together another class for the Embossing Pastes (both Southshore and Northshore), and that long-awaited chipboard dress album. I'm waiting on new products to arrive so I can use them in both classes.

Remember to check the calendar frequently, and click on the description for the day. It may just go to another screen that shows an otherwise unadvertised special. We like to reward our loyal customers who check our site frequently with specials and printable coupons. So, it's always a good idea to check the website calendar if you're planning on coming in to shop that day. Sometimes we even have triple stamp day!!! But you only get the web special if you ask for it!!!

We have some kits left from the About A Boy paperbag album. The kit includes full sheets of papers, full sheets of rubons, and complete step-by-step printed instructions with full color photographs of each page so you can see how it should be put together. I have to tell you, though, these papers and rubons would work very well for a little girl, or actually anyone or anything. The rubons are fairly specific to children, in general, but the papers and some of the rubons are so generic that you could make this kit into an album of whatever you desire.

We have a couple kits left of the BOO Halloween mini album. Again, these kits contain all the papers, cardstock, embellishments, instructions, photographs, and even a container of Orange Peel Stickles! Heather (the designer who created this album) explains very clearly and shows in her photos of the pages how to do your journaling and faux stitching, and how to accent your pages and photo mats. This is an excellent mini book, both in its design as well as the techniques learned in creating it. The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.

By the end of this week I will have kits of Halloween Squash Books put together. Again, these were designed by Heather, a member of our wonderful Design Team. With this design, she puts a completely different twist on squash books, and her folds are totally different from the "usual" way of folding together a squash book. You have to see it in person to really get the true effects and see how awesome the book design and layout is.

Next week we are having our Card of the Month Club. Members will get a new rubber stamp and two new markers. We will be creating two completely different cards with the stamp you will be keeping, and then we will class-use a different stamp and make a different card with that one. The other stamp will be available for purchase at a discount if you take the class. If you have not signed up for the Card of the Month Club, we have no more of the stamps that we are using for this month, but are willing to substitute another stamp in place of it. Call IMMEDIATELY to sign up and pre-pay, as this class is fairly full already. And you definitely don't want to miss out on next month's Card of the Month. We have the stamps in already, and there are enough to add a few more people to the Club. Watch the calendar for a specially-designed New Orleans-themed card workshop. Melissa will again be the instructor for these classes, and will show you how much fun you can have with these very versatile crafting "tools".

We got in a rather large shipment today of NEW GRUNGEBOARD by Tim Holtz, as well as several of his leather acrylic-cling stamp binders. These binders are just out-the-box awesome! If you go to his blog, you can see him demo this binder and how to alter it. Of course, it is absolutely gorgeous all on its own, but if you alter it, it's just unreal. We have additional pages for it, so you can purchase more as you need them. We also got some fragments, and the mini-misters you've requested. Come get them now before they're all snatched up! You can use these mini-misters for your stamp cleaner when you travel and don't want to take a large bottle of stamp cleaner. Or you can create your own custom mists and washes (like Walnut Ink or Glimmer Mist). We got in more of the nonstick craft surface mats, and the newly redesigned heat guns. These heat guns are really beautiful. Silver with pink writing on it. I'm thinking *I* need a new heat gun... LOL!!! Oh, and we also got in several palettes of the Pearl-Ex powdered pigment collections. These can be used to make your own mists and to create your own custom colors in the embossing pastes.

Plus, LOTS more goodies!!! Come on by and check things out. It's all in the Mandeville store right now, but will be in the Metairie store by Wednesday or Thursday.

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Crop Celebration in Hammond, LA / Queen & Co. / Suze Weinberg Stickles / Snapware Organizers / Stamping Bella / Impression Obsession


We are vendors at the very first Crop Celebration being held at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hammond, Louisiana, on Pecan St. It is close to Southeastern Louisiana University. This is a charity event, and proceeds go to the Restoration House, which is an organization that assists young women with unplanned pregnancies. We believe this is a worthwhile cause in and of itself, and the fact that the price for cropping from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM is DEFINITELY worth it! Felix and I set up this afternoon and had to come back to the store to process a very large order we received in. So, let's get on to some more news...

Queen & Co. Felt Fusion is in! The bats are absolutely adorable! There are also red poinsettias, pink and blue baby blocks, trains, fish, basketballs, soccer balls, and baseballs, and dogs/bones/fire hydrants. Too cute! These are self-adhesive felt images that are a yard in length. You can cut them apart and use the images individually or use them as borders on your pages or cards. Lots of possibilities!

The long-awaited Suze Weinberg Designer Stickles are in! Six new colors: Mermaid, Grape, Tiara, Sequin, Ruby Slippers, and Champagne. GOT to get these! They were delivered in Mandeville today, and Metairie will have them tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Just when you thought you had all the coolest organizers out there, along comes a new one! We just got in the new round Snapware Snap 'N Stack Craft Organizers. You can build towers of these little containers, and since they are clear, you can see exactly what you've got stored inside. Some of the ladies that come to our crops in Metairie have all their different types of flowers stored in them. And they have a tower of about a dozen of them, all connected! Two of the set of three are completely open on the inside, while the third one has a divider in the middle, so it has two sections to it. You really could store all sorts of different things in these. This is definitely a "buy it again" product!

Melissa just left after showing me two of the three cards for the Card of the Month Club. They are SOOOOO adorable! We're using Stamping Bella this month, and they are just TOO CUTE!!! Melissa is an instructor for our stamping workshops, and she loves to show people how they can use the same stamp in completely different ways. Obviously, she shares the passion that I have for rubber stamping!

Speaking of Stamping Bella, we now have Bella in the house! Both stores! These acrylic cling stamps are the loveliest little images I've seen in a long time. There is a Bella for just about every occasion you can think of. We've got a number of them in already, and plan to add to our collection of them as often as possible.

We also received some Impression Obsession wood-mounted stamps in. Right now we are only putting out the Halloween Boxes stamp, which is a collection of Halloween icons inside "boxes" made of bones. Very adorable! Melissa is making us a sample card to display in both stores, so look for it by next Monday. We have other Impression Obsession stamps in, but we are reserving those for the November Card of the Month Club, and then we have a special surprise that we are creating with the Christmas ones we got in. We think you'll really love these. I'll keep you updated on them.

Well, we're off to finish getting things together for Crop Celebration tomorrow and Saturday. Be sure to visit Emery in Metairie and Felix in Mandeville this weekend. I'm sure they'll miss me... NOT!!! They'll probably have sales while I'm not around to know about them!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!