Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Happy New Year's Eve, Everyone!

First, an announcement: 
Things simply didn't work out as anticipated; therefore, I am no longer an employee of nor associated with Michaels Arts and Crafts stores in any way, shape, or form

That said, I want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year, filled with endless possibilities, and boundless joy and fulfillment!

Felix and I are still looking for a house to purchase.  I feel like we've been searching for just under a year now, and haven't been able to find anything that really works for us.  It gets kind of frustrating, after so long.  We aren't able to reopen the webstore fully until we get settled into a house, and I am just itching to get things started up again!  I so much miss having a storefront!

If you know of anyone selling a home - Southshore or Northshore - please let us know!

Also, I've been considering sharing a small storefront with another business, so if any of you know of or have a space to share, please contact me!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping and Stamping!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

January Crop in N.Y. / FREE Cricut Create cuts this week!

Season's Greetings, and all that mushy stuff! LOL!

We received the following special request; you know Scrappersaurus is always happy to help out, particularly when it is for something near and dear to our heart!

PS37 is a self-contained Special Education School for Children with Disabilities (such as Autism, Congenital Heart Disease, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy).
On January 18, 2014, the PTA of PS37R is planning to hold their 3rd Annual Crop for Our Kids Scrapbook Event to raise money for much-needed equipment, which the Department of Education cannot pay for.  Approximately 150 scrappers, mainly from around the New York area, will be attending.
Any, and all, donations made to help achieve the goal will be greatly appreciated!  Items are needed specifically to raffle off to raise funds needed for equipment purchase, as well as for inclusion in the goody bags for croppers.  All proceeds go directly to the children, and are tax deductible.
Please mail donations directly to:
PTA of PS37R
Attn: Katy Shelkowitz
Scrapbook Event Chairperson
15 Fairfield Street
Staten Island NY 10308
Thank you, in advance, for any support you can provide!

Please consider donating items for Goody Bags, Door Prizes, Raffles, or Auctions!  What better way to pare down, and make room for what Santa will be bringing you?!

I believe the Raffle/Auction items could be anything (not just craft-related) that someone would want to bid on or buy a ticket for a chance to win.

If you will be in the New York area, or just want to get away for some "me" time after the holiday madness, you could even attend the crop, yourself! Their Registration Flyer is included at the bottom of this post, with all the info.

If you are unable to mail donations directly to the school, please contact me to find out when and where you can drop it off, and we will mail them with our donations.  Scrappersaurus will mail all donations Saturday, December 21st, so the organizers will have enough time to prepare.

Thank you in advance, Scrappersaurusonians, for all your caring support and assistance with this very worthwhile endeavor!

And . . .   in other news . . .

Do you own a Cricut machine, or want to? The following brief video shows how easy it is to use: http://www.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/expression-2.  However, there's nothing better than a hands-on trial, and the next Cricut Expression 2 Test Drive at Michaels is Friday, 12/20/13 from 6-8pm - just in time to let Santa know you want one!  The cost is only $10.00, to come try it out for yourself!

In case you haven't heard about the Cricut Craft Room - where you can now go online to design your Cricut project, using their software - you can see what it is all about here:  http://www.cricut.com/home/craftroom.  Be sure to check out the FREE cuts they have available for you this week - 12/11-18 - http://www.cricut.com/home/free-images.

Y'all be safe driving around out there in that crazy holiday traffic! 

REMEMBERHolidays are a time of giving and forgiving, so let's please avoid the road rage!!!

If someone cuts you off, or steals that parking spot you've been circling 10 minutes to get, instead of cursing them out, BLESS them and move on.  Yes, that may be difficult to do, but trust me, God / Karma / The Universe will take care of any real injustices.  One can truly never know what another person is dealing with that could blind them to realizing they even did anything wrong.  Just let it go, and go on about your day.  You will be repaid in kind!
Until next time, happy Scrapping, Stamping, and SHOPPING!!!



Attention Scrappers!

 PS 37

 Crop For Our Kids 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

PS 37
15 Fairfield Street
Staten Island, NY 10308
$35 for 11 hours of scrapbooking!!!

You will receive scrap space, a goody bag, breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks!  There will be vendors on site, and make-and-takes!  Lots of raffles & give-aways!  We will also be scrapping the day away to the music of Raymel Productions again this year! 

Come scrap the day away and help support the children of 
America’s Favorite School” PS 37




E-Mail Address:________________________________________________

Phone #:______________________________________________________
Sit Me With:___________________________________________________
I will donate:___________________________________________________
*Special raffle ticket for each donation you bring with you to the crop!
Please make checks payable to: PS 37 PTA   and mail to:

PS 37
15 Fairfield Street
Staten Island, NY 10308

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

$5.00 CROP - 3-9pm - Sat. Dec. 7, 2013 - Michaels on Veterans

Michaels' December Scrap-IN
Come to the $5.00 Crop this Saturday (12/07/13)!!!

TIME:  3-9PM (come later/leave earlier, if you choose)

PLACE:  Scrap-IN Classroom at Michaels Craft Store
                 8851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003

(The December Calendar is not displaying in List mode; click on "Calendar View" to see everything.)
  • Discount Coupon valid day of Crop
  • Printed Calendar of  Classes and FREE Demos
  • Sneak Peek at upcoming Class creations
  • Table space to craft while you socialize, forge new friendships, share ideas, and draw inspiration from the surrounding creativity!
  • Free Beverages: fresh, hot Coffee/Tea/Cocoa; cool, refreshing Iced Tea  
  • Also, there is always something EXTRA; why should this Crop be any different?!  Come join us, to find out!
  • Several nearby restaurants/fast-food places for snacks/dinner, such as:
    • LA Purchase Kitchen at front of shopping center (you have to pass it to get to Michaels)
    • Starbucks Coffee across the street (Veterans)
    • Casa Garcia on Veterans, close to David Drive.
    • Ground Pat'i on David Drive, close to Veterans.
    • Café du Monde, French Press Coffee House, Popeye's, Taco Bell, Rally's, etc. are all on Williams Blvd.
  • Two ATM machines at Chase bank (West side of strip mall)
  • Cricut Expression 2*
  • Cuttlebug / BigShot*
  • Rubber Stamps*
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Decorative Edge Scissors
*  Limited collections of  cartridges, dies, embossing folders, and rubber stamps are available for shared use during the Crop. 

Please mark all personal tools, dies, embossing folders, rubber stamps, etc. with your full name and email address or phone number! (Address labels work fine.)

 Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Snowflakes for Lisa / Translate from Chinese?

Hello, y'all!

With Thanksgiving behind us and Chanukah underway, many are now looking forward to the Christmas and Kwanzaa Celebrations, as well as the upcoming New Year.  Times may be tough, with jobs and the economy uncertain, and focusing on the blessings we DO have - RIGHT NOW - can see us through until things eventually improve.  Crafting can be very helpful in relieving stress; plus, you have the added benefit of creating something beautiful you can give to someone you care about.  A true gift from the heart!

I have a good friend, Lisa, who is currently really into snowflake designs.  She sent me a link to one project she found that we both think is stunning.  However, the only directions are photos of each step, but the writing is in Chinese (I think!).  I'm sorry, guys... I can do English and Spanish, and even a little French and Italian, but Chinese is totally out of my area.

Can someone out there help?  I would love to post this project on the website, with full accompanying instructions written in English.

In the meanwhile, here it is, so you can see what it looks like.  Personally, I think it would make a gorgeous handmade paper poinsettia!  I'm going to attempt making one from the pictures, and will post my results tomorrow.

Please email me at Scrappersaurus@gmail.com if you can help me translate this beautiful project into English.

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cricut Test Drive, Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System, Card Workshop & Demo Schedule

Yooooo hoooo!  It's DEE!  Did you miss me?! LOL

I want to thank the ladies who showed up for tonight's Cricut Expression 2 Test Drive at Michaels on Veterans.  We learned that the Expression 2 is quite different from the Personal or original Expression machines (LOTS of upgrades)!  There were a few issues at first, but after sorting them out, we learned some good information for future use.  Plus, I will be using the Cricut Expression 2 to create fun Holiday items at the December 7th Scrap-IN (3pm-9pm; $5.00), for anyone who wishes to participate.

Join me on Saturday, November 23rd between 1pm-3pm, when I will be demonstrating the new Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System. The demonstration is FREE, and takes just a couple minutes to show you how to create beautiful borders! 

Then, on Tuesday, December 3rd, I will be repeating the Classic Holiday Card Tricks Workshop ($20), from 6pm-8pm.

Saturday, December 7th is an Open Crop from 3pm to 9pm ($5.00).  I will have hot coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa for you all, and maybe some other special goodies.  Feel free to bring whatever project you are currently working on, and I will be available to assist you with any questions you may have.

Well, Felix is waiting for me to watch some recorded shows on TV, so I will sign off for now.  Tune in soon, though, because there's lots more I want to tell you about!  :-)

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thankful Layout from Bella Blvd.

Hello, friends!

Nearly everyone is thinking about Thanksgiving and, from your Facebook posts, many of you are even working with Gratitude Journals. November is a great time to reflect upon the bounty we have in our lives, regardless of our present situation.

In keeping with thankfulness, I am sharing (with their permission) a .pdf file of Bella Blvd.'s November Project Sheet they sent to us Retailers.  It has step-by-step instructions to create the layout you see below, as well as a list of the items they used.  I think it's lovely, and would be very nice if used with photos of your family gathering this Thanksgiving.

Please email or text me photos of your work; I love to see how everyone has a different creative interpretation of the same layout!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Merry Cardmaking Marathon - Sat. 10/12/13

Join me tomorrow for a Holiday Cardmaking Marathon
at Michaels (8851 Veterans Blvd.., Metairie, LA). 
Questions? Call me at (504) 812-2261.  See you there!

Classic Holiday Cards
1:00 - 3:00 PM  $20

Make hand-made Christmas cards with traditional style and fun folds.
Create cards with dimension using one die cut shape, three ways!

Can’t Make It?  Class Repeats on:
Fri. 11/8/13      6:00 PM
Tues. 12/3/13   6:00 PM
Very Merry Holiday Cards
3:00-5:00 PM  $20

If sparkle and shine are your thing, you will love these cards featuring color and bling!  Create three different cards with whimsical style, and colors aglow!

Can’t Make It?  Class Repeats on:
Sat. 11/9/13   4:00 PM

Vintage Holiday Cards 
6:00-8:00 PM  $20

Create gorgeous hand-made greetings with vintage charm.  Wow your recipients when you create these cards using basic distressing techniques!

Can’t Make It?  Class Repeats on:
Fri. 10/25/13   6:00 PM 

Friday, October 4, 2013

World Cardmaking Day vs. Tropical Storm Karen

Due to many of us having obligations in connection with Hurricane Preparedness, I will not be able to host the World Cardmaking Day Crop tomorrow at Michaels.  L

While the hope is this storm will turn away, and/or dissipate greatly due to the dry air mass moving in from the West, everyone is urged to stay informed regarding Tropical Storm Karen, and to heed the recommendations of local authorities.  

Here are some links to local and national news websites, as well as the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service, so you can stay up-to-date.

National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service 
Fox8 Live 

Stay safe, everyone!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

World Cardmaking Day Crop THIS Saturday!

Hope you have your totes packed and ready, because THIS Saturday -- Saturday, October 5th, is World Cardmaking Day!   (Always the FIRST Saturday in October.)

From my understanding, it originated from being the day that most crafters would start working on their holiday cards and projects, and because it was so universal, it became World Cardmaking Day.  Now, papercrafters everywhere take this day to celebrate their passion for handmade greeting cards, get together to crop, socialize, party, play games, and even win contests and prizes.

I will be hosting the World Cardmaking Day Crop at Michaels (8851 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie) between 3pm and 9pm.  We have lots of fun planned, and the fee is only FIVE DOLLARS ($5.00) to participate!

In addition to crafting some holiday cards, there will be goodie bags, refreshments, games, and make-and-takes for each paying participant.  A Cricut Expression will be there for shared use, along with a decent selection of cartridges.

Seating is limited, so please call/text me to reserve your seat and goodie bag.  At that time, I will give you more information on what you'll need to bring, and what you won't need to lug along with you. 

Whether you choose to spend this day with us or with other friends, I'm certain you'll have a great time working with the craft that brings us all such joy!

Call / Text (504) 812-2261, or E-mail Dee@Scrappersaurus.com.

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Friday, September 6, 2013

$5.00 Crop, THIS Saturday (TOMORROW)!!!

Bonjour, mes amis!  Buenos dias, amigos!  Hello, y'all!

Tomorrow,  Saturday, September 7, 2013  I will be hosting a $5.00 Crop; I certainly hope you can join us.

TIME:  3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (you may come later, or leave earlier, if you choose)

PLACE:  Scrap-IN Classroom at Michaels Craft Store
                 8851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana 70003


  • Discount Coupon (valid day of Crop)
  • Printed Calendar of  FREE Demos and Classes
  • Sneak Peek at upcoming Class creations
  • Input for ideal days/times to hold truly convenient Classes
  • Space to work on Craft Projects while socializing, making new friends, and sharing ideas
  • Free Coffee/Tea, Iced Tea  
  • Also, if you have previously cropped with me, you know there is always something EXTRA; why should this Crop be any different?!  Come join us, to find out!
 OTHER / F.Y.I.: 
  • Several restaurants/fast-food places available nearby for snacks/dinner
  • Starbucks Coffee across the street (Veterans)
  • Café du Monde and French Press Coffeehouse close by, on Williams
  • Two ATM machines available at Chase bank, on West side of strip mall

  • Cricut Expression*
  • Cuttlebug / BigShot*
  • Rubber Stamps*
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Decorative Edge Scissors
*  Limited collections of  cartridges, dies, embossing folders, and rubber stamps are available for shared use during the Crop.  To avoid any confusion in ownership, if you bring your own, please ensure each one has your full name and phone number clearly marked on it!

Y'all come pass a good time with us, cher!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Collector? Hoarder? Hilarious!

Hello, y'all! 

I came across this video and just have to share it! 

I am not usually one to pass things on to others, regardless of how cute they seem... In-boxes are already brimming with stuff nobody really wants to sit and read through, or watch.

Until now.

I promise, it is worth the time you spend watching the entire thing!

Come on!  Take a break. Sit back, be prepared to laugh yourself silly, and click the link below to watch the video.


Don't you love it?!  Can you relateI know *I* can!  LOL

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Traveling Workshops - to be held at Your Home or Business!

In the coming days, I will be posting a number of different Workshops on the website to choose from, in which I will come to your home or place of business -- along with all the tools and materials necessary -- to conduct the Workshop.

If you don't see one that fits your needs, a Workshop can be designed specific to your request, usually at no extra charge.

Holiday Greeting Card Workshops are already being scheduled, teaching Basic Stamping and Coloring Techniques. More Advanced Techniques can be used for those already familiar with stamping and coloring. Or, you can simply use the time as a General Greeting Card Workshop & Crop with your friends, family, and co-workers, and I will be there to assist everyone, answering questions about products and demonstrating requested techniques.

When the Workshop is booked, you will choose the image(s) to be used, and a card will be designed specifically for you.  Each Workshop will have its own unique card design, so the same rubber stamp images can be used in more than one group's Workshop.

Shown below is a sample Bayou-Themed Christmas Card, but as it will be your private Workshop, it can be any type of card: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, Day of the Dead, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.

Call me at (504) 812-2261 for more info, and to make your reservation!

Also, watch for Special Deals, only available here, on the Scrappersaurus Blog!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!

Scrappersaurus' Winter Pelican Christmas Card

Monday, July 1, 2013

Silver Linings, Rub-Ons, and Un-Du Adhesive Remover

I'm working on custom albums right now, and want to share my mishap and the knowledge gained from it.

The other day, I was quite distraught to find that the beautiful flourish rub-on I was adding to my layout came out spotty.  Absolutely nothing seemed to work to get the full image to release.  Then, I thought I was going to have to re-create the entire layout when the adhesive eraser did not work at all in removing the parts of the rub-on that did transfer.

There I was, racking my brain trying to figure out if there was anything else I could use, when I saw my bottle of Un-Du Adhesive Remover on the desk.  After thoroughly re-reading the label, I was convinced it was worth trying; after all, it couldn't possibly make it any worse!

Guess what?  It worked! 

Here's what I did, and what I learned:

I used the tip of a foam cosmetic wedge (not one cotton swab was to be found!) to apply Un-Du to a piece of rub-on that needed to be removed.  Then I rubbed the (dry) back of the wedge (in one direction) over the same area, and a little bit of it came up!

Taking my time, I was able to salvage the entire layout by wetting the rub-on with Un-Du, then using a dry corner of the wedge to tease it up from the paper. As pieces of the rub-on came off, I wiped them from the wedge so the ink wouldn't smear while I tried to remove the next piece of rub-on.

Also, as I worked on it, I realized I didn't have to keep applying the Un-Du to the wedge, because it didn't evaporate out of the foam like it does out of cotton swabs.  Which meant I was able to use far less Un-Du than usual.  As I needed to reapply the Un-Du to the rub-on, I just pressed down the tip of the wedge where I had initially applied the Un-Du, until the rub-on was wet.  It worked so well, it was almost eerie!

They say every cloud has a silver lining.  Mine had three!  1.) The layout was saved; 2.) I learned how to remove rub-ons using Un-Du; and 3.) I learned that, in some applications, a foam cosmetic wedge works better with Un-Du than cotton swabs, because it prevents the solution from evaporating too quickly.

Plus, I was thrilled to have discovered a new use for my dear Un-Du -- as well as a new way to apply it!  (Yes, it takes so little to make me happy...)

So, that's my sharing, and my Tip of the Day!  LOL

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Friday, May 3, 2013

National Scrapbook Day - Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Hello, y'all!

Hope everyone has been having fun at Jazz Fest, and I know a lot of you are definitely looking forward to Cinco de Mayo on Sunday! LOL

SATURDAY, MAY 4th is NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY, and I'm hoping to see a lot of you at the Michaels on Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

I will be doing TWO FREE DEMOS of new products at Michaels, starting at 1pm Saturday.  We will also be having our monthly CROP from 3pm to 9pm, for only $5.00!!! 

Those of you who attend the Crop will receive a FREE 16"x16" CANVAS, just for attending!  And, that is in addition to goody bags and door prizes!  Wow!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NEW Classes, Demos, & Crops!!!


I've got some fabulous news I'd like to share: 

I am now a Certified Paper-ED Instructor for Michaels, and we’re currently scheduling CLASSES, CROPS, AND FREE DEMOS at the Michaels store on Veterans Blvd. (next to Academy).  Here’s the phone number, hours, and exact address:

                                           8851 Veterans Memorial Blvd
                                           METAIRIE, LA 70003-5278
                                                  (504) 464-9884
                                          Mon-Sat: 9:00am - 9:00pm
                                                  Sun: 10:00am - 7:00pm

I am thrilled to once again be able to teach crafting, and to have the opportunity to visit with all of you!

Here is a link to the Michaels website, so you can check out what they have going on right now: http://www.michaels.com/Exciting-Classes/classes,default,pg.html#papered
Also, although it hasn’t been released yet, Michaels.com will soon be allowing sign-up and payment for Classes online; so keep an eye on it -- you WON'T want to miss out!  The date we’ve been given is May 7th. 
Here is a list of the Classes:
Wednesday, May   8, 2013 - Scrapbooking 101
Wednesday, May 15, 2013- Stamping Gear
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Cricut Test Drive
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Card Tricks
Wednesday, June   5, 2013 - Project ME
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Scrapbooking 101
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - Stamping Gear
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Cricut Test Drive
Wednesday, July   3, 2013 - Project ME
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - Cricut Test Drive
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - Stamping Gear
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Scrapbooking 101
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Card Tricks
I am SO looking forward to seeing you all again!
Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras! Welcome Superbowl XLVII fans!

Happy Mardi Gras, New Orleans and Superbowl XLVII fans!!!  Welcome to our beautiful City!

There's so much to do and see, and definitely never enough time to get it all accomplished, but we can try, can't we?

Felix and I are settling back in, in New Orleans.  We are currently living on the Southshore, near the Lakefront (Lake Pontchartrain for you out-of-towners) and UNO.  It is wonderful to be home again.  I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to live in a wonderful community like Corpus Christi for the past few years, and then be able to come Home to New Orleans.  Ain't nothin' like HOME, huh?

Okay, back to work... I took the webstore down while we were in the midst of all the craziness of moving from Texas back to New Orleans, and now I'm slowly rebuilding it.  I only have www.Scrappersaurus.com up and running, and I will incorporate the store back in - a little at a time - over the next couple months.

Until the webstore is fully functional for processing orders, please feel free to CALL ME with your requests at 504.812.2261 between 9AM and 10PM Central Time.  I will be adding pictures and prices of new merchandise here on the Blog, so keep your eyes open!

I missed you all, and can't wait to meet up with everybody again soon.

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!


P.S.:  Visitors, we would like you to return to our City, so please party safely!  It is possible to be responsible and careful, even while you're having fun.  If you do NOT have a designated driver, PLEASE either sleep it off in the parking lot, or catch the bus/streetcar/ferry or a taxi cab back to where you are staying.  Here is a link to the Regional Transit Authority (public transportation) that may prove extremely useful: http://www.norta.com/.  If you cannot figure out what you need on their website, they are usually very nice about helping you over the phone.

Laissez les bon temps roullez, cher!