Monday, December 22, 2008

Blog Candy recipients and more updates.....

All packages will go out in the mail on Tuesday or Wednesday. Sorry for the delay. Melissa
Blogger Melissa said...

I really feel for your disappointment in the store opening delay - I know you've put your heart and soul into this... but by this time next year the delayed opening won't mean a thing! I plan to kick it up a notch sending cards and notes to my son who is leaving the friends and community of college life for a new job in a strange city. He'll know he's loved and ALWAYS will have a place to call home.

I need you to send me an email with your email and mailing address. If you have already done so, please do so again. Thank you.

The reason for the delay is because I had bought several fixtures and displays from Linens and Things that is going out of business. Anyway, they called and we needed to go get all our things out of the store this weekend. Here is a couple of photos of some of the stuff we purchased. We have been able to save a lot of money but catching liquidation sales like this.

I purchased 10 of these units along with the fixtures, pegs and shelves to allow for a lot of versatility. They are on rollers making them easy to move around. The maple finish matches the earlier slatwall fixtures I purchased from Goody's when they went out of business.
Below is an sample of the some of the baskets and shelves that came with these.

I purchased 3 of these MASSIVE units. They are 5' x 5'. They take all the same fixture and shelves as the slatwall fixtures. I also purchased 9 sheets of 4'x8' slatwall.

We were taking slatwall of the wall at Linens and Things late last night and got home and unloaded at 2:30 am. I am exhausted but feel it is all worth it since I got such an awesome deal. There is no way I could have went out and purchased all of my displays brand new. I can't wait to get them in the store and get all my product on them.

Hope you all have a great day and a VERY Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Love and Blessing,

Precious Scraps

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blog Candy Winner..............

"ScrappingJulie" is the winner of the kit and memory box. Congrats Julie !! Since there were so few to leave comments, everyone is going to be a winner. Everyone else will receive a kit !! I am sorry but I don't have enough of the boxes to go around. Also, everyone will receive a complete kits but some may be ones I package since I only ordered 10 actual kits but have 25 sheets of each paper. I hope that that is okey. Yes, this includes you too Claire, since I already owe you a well over due package anyway. Everyone's comments were so nice and generous. Isn't this what Christmas is all about, giving unto others. Everyone who left a comment please send me your email address so that I can contact you to obtain mailing information. Please respond to Be sure to put "blog candy winner" in the subject line so I will know who you are. And, thanks again for stopping by to share in my world.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Delays and Blog Candy.......

Wow - I just noticed it has been over a month since I posted. I am sorry for being so absent lately. We hit a snag with the store and things got very stressful for the past month but everything is now back on track. The bad news is I won't be open by Christmas, the good news is we hired (ANOTHER) electrician and he started Monday so things are moving again. To make a long story short the original electrician we hired was given a start date, on that date he told us it would be a couple of weeks before he could start, while this did not make me happy due to my tight schedule I figure I had no choice so I patiently waited. A week in a half later when I called to confirm that he would start on Monday, he told me "well, I looks light now it may be a month or two". WHAT !!! I was not a happy camper. Again, to shorten this very long story, we solicited bids from more electricians, which here at the holiday was difficult, and finally hired a very nice man who started right away. He should have the electric roughed in by the the end of the day today; Heat and Air guys coming on Monday, Electrician finishes us after inspection on Tuesday (say a little prayer all goes well and everything passes); then drywall, drop ceiling and paint. Then.......move in!! I am hoping to accomplish moving in over the holidays.

My house "overfloweth" with merchandise for the store. I had order so much Christmas expecting to be open and now all of my pre-ordered Valentine is starting to come in. I can't wait to share this with you along with some other non-holiday inventory. I will be posting photos before the new year but to give you a little tease, I have new Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper, Memory Box, Theresa Collins, Basic Grey, and much more. I have a huge box of acrylic scrapbooks in all shapes and sizes as well as some new embellishments.

I have been trying to keep myself busy so that I will stop stressing over missing my deadline of December 6th to have the store open. Every year I make cards, ornaments, gifts and such to sell with part of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. This is has been no exception. With everything going on I am staying up until 3 am to complete orders but loving every minute of it. To date I, with the help of a couple of friends (thanks Monica and Wanda), have made 354 Christmas Cards, 16 Recipe Card Holders, 108 Ornaments, 21 Kids Card Packs (I stamp a Charlie Brown Christmas stamp in black on a white card, 5 cards and a pack of crayons ber set for the kids to color their own cards for parents, grandparents, etc), 42 Snowman Soup Tins, 14 Hershey Nugget Tins, 16 Teacher Sets, 7 Altered 5x7 frames, 7 Theresa Collins Scrapbooks, 9 Checkbook Covers, 14 "2009" Calendars, 64 Candy Bar Wrappers, and 1 12x12 Photo Collage. Wow, I am wore out just typing that and I am still receiving order. I am very excited about receiving these orders and want to thank everyone for their support and the help in supporting the Relay for Life.

It's been a while since I have offered blog candy and think this may be a good time to do so with the Holidays approaching. Let's see what I have.........How about one of the new Cosmo Cricket Chemistry Sets and one of their Memory Boxes.

Leave a comment telling me 1 special thing you plan to do for someone else for the holiday or in the coming new year. For instance, I plan to make some craft kits to send to the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. I have wanted to do this for a long time and while packing everything to move I will have to opportunity to purge some items and do something for someone else at the same time. I look forward to reading your comments. I will post a winner selected by random generator on Monday the 15th.

Thanks again for being so patient with me and supporting me as I still struggle to complete the store and achieve my dream. If you have any specific questions or comments about the store or any special items you hope that I carry or wish me to order for you, you email me at Be sure to put "Comment on store, or Order request" in the subject line so I will know it is not spam or junk mail. Don't forget to leave a comment. And now just a couple of photos to update you on the store.....

This is the front of the building. The Precious Scraps letters are NOT actually there, I did that with my photo software so I could see what it will look like when I do put them up. (I forgot to save the original photo, that's why you are looking at this one). I now have my "real" windows and door and the front patio done. We still have lights and signage to add.

This is my front patio. We still have to seal it but I really like the detail of the edge of it. I have an antique church pew with decorative iron legs that will sit in the center. Above the bench will be a sign stating "Memories........One Page at a Time". What do you think??

This is my floor. As I mentioned in a previous post, it is stained concrete. This is after we put one coat of sealer on it. The colors really seemed to "pop" after that. We still have one more coat to do after everyone gets finished and before we move in. My fixtures are Maple and Red, thus the colors chosen for the stain.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm still alive and kicking.....just not so high !

Hey everyone, I am still here. Sorry I haven't updated in such a long time, I have been SO busy with the construction of the new store and everything else going on. I am still working full time at the dentist office (leaving my house at 6 am and getting home at 6 pm) and trying to keep my home based business going with all the new Christmas items. I have also been busy making purchases for the new store, you cannot walk in my house and I can't remember the last time I dusted, it is disgusting, YUCK. As soon as I get in from work, I go to the store to work until 10 or 11 at night, then go home and collapse. I just wanted to check in and let everyone know where I have been (I hope someone at there cares, lol). Anyway, we are right on schedule with the store, I hope to open the first weekend in December and at the latest, the second.

We've been working very hard to make this dream become reality. Since October 13th we have gone from this......

TO THIS...........................

The gutter across the front is not yet installed and there is a 5'x40' front porch still be poured. Of course, the door and windows are not yet in, they are being measured and custom made this week. My dear husband Larry and I created these temporary windows from 2x4's and plastic. It keeps the wind, rain and cold out so we can still work on the inside. There will also be gravel in front (my parking is to the right of the building)

This is the left and right sides, again temp windows. We worked hard this week putting in our water line and septic system, putting down more straw and mesh to keep the mud to a minimum (We will sow with grass in the spring). We plan to put planters with azaleas on both sides in the spring as well. There will be a ramp added for deliveries at the side door when the front porch is done. I got tickled at my husband last night. We were working late and he had to go home to get another ladder. When he left, he said "be sure to lock the door and I will knock when I come back, be sure to ask who it is before you open the door". I HAD to laugh when he left; I have one door installed, you can see it on the right hand side, towards the back. The main door knob is in, but the deadbolt is not and there is a WalMart bag stuck in the hole, then there are windows and the front door that are nothing but a sheet of plastic, but yet, he wants me to be sure to lock the door. At least, I thought it was funny, maybe it was the exhaustion talking.

The first picture is the front of the store. I will put my checkout between the windows and door on the front wall. The framing for the walls and drop ceiling is complete, now the electric and heat/air is scheduled for this week, as well as the windows and front door. Then the drywall and painting, then MOVE IN ! The floor is stained concrete. It doesn't look so hot now but when it is cleaned and sealed, I think it will be beautiful, it has red and tan in it. The second photo is to the back, with an entry to the office/storeroom on the left and the bathroom entrance on the right. I plan to put the classroom area in the back left corner.

I just had to include a photo of the bank of the pond. Larry and I worked very hard to get this slopped and seeded. We put down the straw and mesh to hold it until the grass started. I am very excited about how well our grass has come up. I think it will be beautiful in the spring. We have a white picket fence to put around the parking lot at the top of the bank and down both sides of the driveway to keep kids from going to the pond.

Thanks for taking a tour, I will update again soon. I am still working on the store web site with a shopping cart so hopefully it will be up and functional by the time the store opens. I appreciate all the support and well wishes I have received and most importantly your patience. I could not do this without the love and support of my friends and of course, without saying, my wonderful husband Larry. Every muscle in my body aches and I am completely exhausted, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I've been tagged...

Jennifer Holmes has "tagged" me for a Q&A. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I have been away from the computer for a while. I must say how much I admire (okay, worship) Jennifer's work, she has the most amazing talent! Be sure to check out her blog.

Now, here are the rules:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share seven facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Now the problem is...I am a talker (or typer) so I "share" all the time, so finding something you don't already know was a little difficult but here goes......

1. I was a cheerleader in high school and 26 years later, I can still do the splits. Yes, all the way!
2. I used to be a cocktail waitress and then bartender. Of course, this was when I was 20 years young and had great legs and a killer body......not recently! haha
3. On my first waitress job in Nashville I spilled burgundy wine down the front of Dolly Parton's Dress. She was very nice and still left me a tip! I also waited on the group Alamaba.
4. I cried for 3 months when my son left home for college. I miss him terribly but am also VERY proud of him and his accomplishments in life.
5. I have no confidence in myself or my work, not a BIG surprise to those that really know me. lol
6. I met my husband on a blind date and we have been together ever since. We are getting ready to celebrate 14 yrs of marriage and have only spent 2 nights apart, I cried both of them because I missed his so. He is the love of my life.
7. I am getting to experience my life long dream of owning my own business, Precious Scraps' new 3000 sq. ft. retail store will open December 2008! YIPPEE !!

Here are the seven people I'm tagging and why:

1. Monica - Because she has become a dear friend of mine and without her coming and helping me, I would be at my wits end and she makes great peanut butter fudge ! She is a barrel of laughs.
2. Kacey - I love Kacey's work, she does it all, cards, scrap pages, altered art. etc. And, she does it all well.
3. Michele - Because everyone needs to get to know this gal a little better, she is the best. She will tell you like it is, is super talented, funny, and someone I am thankful I have been able to become friends with.
4. JAK. - What can I say but you MUST check out this talented lady. She is beyond AWESOME! Her talent exceeds words.
5. Mary - a wonderful women who is extremely talented and always offers encouragement to others. Mary always shares her shopping expeditions and deals with us. Thanks Mary.
6. Jen - Jen sent me a card on on card swap and while checking out her blog, I found that she not only is very talented but has great taste in music. I will visit her blog and leave it there at times while I am working on projects just so I can listen to her music.
7. Tracy - Because she has a kind soul and always encouraging. Everything she does is spectacular. I love her stamping, jewelry, and photography. She has the most amazing flower garden that I have ever seen.

I have to add at least one more because I can't stop.....I know I am breaking the rules, but hey, that's me !

8. Julie - Julie lives nearby in Mt. Juliet and is an inspiraton to me. She creates the most beautiful scrapbook pages. I hope that we get to meet in person someday.

That was so hard. There are so many blogs that I enjoy and visit that it was hard to narrow it down. I tried to choose those that I think you will enjoy and that haven't been already tagged as well. I look forward to getting to know these girls a little more. Can't wait to see what they share.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Friends come first.......

I am so far behind in my post I could not decide where to start. I have RAK's, Thank You's and Special Gifts as well as new merchandise to tell you about. After thinking about it for a minute I decided to start with the most important, the cards and gifts from friends. Don't get me wrong, I am very excited about the store and I most definitely want it to be successful but without my friends I would not be able to do any of this, nor would I want to. I have the most amazing friends in the world. I had a REALLY bad week at the office last week and was feeling a little overwhelmed and like I did not have a friend in the world.........until I got home. I had two packages waiting for me. I immediately realized even though I was feeling a little left out at the office I had friends all over the world. I simply sat in the floor and cried because my heart was so overwhelmed by this new realization of how blessed I actually am. I cannot begin to put into words how much I enjoy receiving your cards and special tokens, I cherish each and everyone of them. They will all be displayed in the store when it opens in a special section I have designed called "Friends of Precious Scraps".

First up is a package I received from my dear friend Claire in Ireland. She has such amazing talent and the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. I met Claire, as well as the other gals that will be featured here, through Papertrey Ink. I had never been on a forum until Papertrey Ink came along and I am so thankful for this opportunity. I love the forum for its amazing suggestions, ideas, support and chatter but more so because of the bonds I have made with so many of the members. These girls are like family and mean the world to me. Anyway, back to Claire, she sent me a beautiful framed picture that she drew and water colored herself.

Isn't this stunning. When I sent Claire a message of gratitude she asked me if I noticed that the gate was open in the drawing and said this was to let me know that I was always welcomed in her home if I were ever able to go to Ireland. Needless to say, I cried some more. This "Claire" original will be hanging in the store for everyone to see. Below is a closer look at the card that accompanied the artwork. I love it as much as the art. I hope to one day be able to meet Claire in person.

The vellum embossed paper on the front is stunning and the message on the
inside would melt your heart, it did mine.

As I said, I received 2 packages that day, the other package was from Jak from the U.K. I receive this beautiful card as well as some goodies.

I had ask if anyone had any recommendations for "bling" merchandise for the store. Jak sent me the most spectacular array of jewels in every color and size imaginable from this company in the UK. Jak is so creative and does wonderful flower work on her cards. If you have a minute pop on over to her blog and check it out. She also sent me some stickers that when stacked make beautiful snowflakes embellishments. She even included the pop dots for me, isn't she wonderful.

Next up is a RAK I received and regrettably forgot to acknowledge from a dear friend and talented lady named Pam (prhansen) . Pam (who I hope will forgive me) has the cutest avatar on the PapertreyInk forum. We all enjoy her dancing moves every chance we get. She has an incredible blog so be sure to click on the link above and check out her work. Pam sent me a note of well wishes for the store which deeply touched my heart.

I love the color selection she used, red and gray, and her amazing
stamping ability is unbelievable. Thank you Pam.

I received a couple of cards from my friend Katie Renz. Katie recently won blog candy here at Precious Scraps and sent a thank you note as well as a note for some other merchandise she received. Both cards reflect her talent. Her cards show so much character and thought. Sometimes, my cards are just plain and flat, I love the way Katie adds depth and style to her cards. She is another amazingly talented friend I am forever grateful of meeting.

See what I mean, isn't she talented. Be sure to check out her blog here.

I will be back later this evening, time permitting with an update on some new products I have received for the store as well as some projects that I have been working on with my friend Monica. She has been such a trooper helping me prepare for the Relay for Life Craft Bazaar. She puts up with me and never complains. Thanks Monica. See you guys later.......I hope....

Missing in Action lately.........

I know that it has been ages since I updated here and I am very sorry for that. I have so much to share but have been meeting myself going and coming this past couple of weeks. My building for the store is scheduled to arrive in less than 3 weeks and we have so busy orchestrating contractors and such that I can't keep up with who is bidding on what. In addition to all of that ciaos I am still working 42 hours a week at the dental office, preparing for a craft bazaar on November 2nd for the Relay for Life and working on 175 Wedding Program Fans. I hope now that you can understand why I have been missing in action. I hope to update later today with some RAK's, Thank You Cards, Special Gifts and a lot of new merchandise so please check back. I may even add some blog candy tomorrow. I appreciate everyone's patience during this very transitional time and hope that you each hang in there with me as we are growing here at Precious Scraps and are trying to improve our online portion as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

MME Laundry Line, Chipboard and some Scrap Pages

I wanted to take time to share a closer look at some of the products I have been previewing the past couple of weeks and that are avialable here at Precious Scraps. First up is my favorite, as if you couldn't tell, Laundry Line by My Minds Eye. I love the crocheted elements that accompany this line and the Marketing Department gets brownie points for it's packaging of these items. I simply adore that they are on little dress cards, how cute!

I know you will love the packaging of the chipboard as well. Not only do you get wonderful chipboard alphabets and shapes that are all glittery and beautiful but they come packaged in a clear paint pail. When you have used all of your chipboard remove the package labels and decorate with your favorite papers and trim for a gift or for yourself.

I want to share some pages that were created using the Halloween and Christmas Lines from My Mind's Eye that are for sale on my blog. My dear friends Monica and Wanda came over again this weekend and we had a great time making pages.

This is a page created by Wanda that she "scrap lifted" from the September/October issue of Memory Makers Magazine. The page was originally created by Mendi Yoshikawa. Wanda adapted the page to use the items from MME "Spooked" set.
* Alphabet letters are from Basic Grey

This is Monica's page that she "scrap lifted" from the October issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. The original page was done by Kelly Noel. Again, page elements were changed to adapt using the papers from the "Spooked" Line from MME. *The black and white dotted paper is from the Nightlight set and alphabet letters are from Basic Grey

This is my page. Monica and Wanda stole my magazines so I had to "wing it" and so I did. I used the papers from the "Nightlight" kit from MME. I also used a stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Spooky Sweets to add bats to my page.

This is a page Monica created using the "be Merry" kit. I love the pinks and blues used here.

I made this page using elements from the "Snowed In" Paper kit from MME. My journaling block stamp is from Technique Tuesday.

I hope you had as much fun looking at our creations as we did making them. Again, all of the elements used in the pages are available here on my blog. If you are interested in any, simply send me an email to or leave me a comment here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as I will spend my time recovering from a day of fun, friendship and laughter. Thanks for stopping by Precious Scraps.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Introducing Shimmerz Paint at Precious Scraps............

If you have been perusing the blogs lately, you have probably seen this product in use. Introducing Shimmerz, with permission of my good friend Niki (who is SUPER talented) I would like to show you a sample of this product at work. This is simply stunning........

Niki also has another card on her blog that she recently used Shimmerz on so be sure to check it out. On this flower she used the paint color called Angel Wings, an irradecent, shimmery White. This is beautiful when added to any element on your card or scrap page. I used it over embossed snowflakes from Cuttlebug and it was beautiful. Order yours today.

I also have the limited edition Sagebrush, Rustic Red and Beeswax.

All of these colors are perfect for adding that special touch to your projects. Each bottle is .25 oz and can be used on any surface. Eash color is a translucent, water-based paint that is acid-free, non-toxic and quick drying. You can paint, stamp, or use a brush to apply and a little goes a long way. Try them out and I know you will be wanting all 36 colors as well as the 3 limited edition colors above. Each bottle is priced at $3.75 and other colors can be special ordered at your request. You may see a complete sample of colors here.

Introducing Imaginisce at Precious Scraps...................

First up is Snowy Jo. I just love this set. I love the muted colors, the glitter and who could not help but love Snowy Jo the snowman.

Each 12x12 sheet is double-sided and has sparkling glitter elements on one side. Each sheet sells for $ .89 ea. I have some beautiful rub-on's that coordinate with this line, Fa la la la la. One sheet per pkg. sells for $3.99 ea. Be sure to enlarge the picture but clicking on it to see the detail in the rub-on's. And, last but not lease is Snowy Jo himself, in an acrylic stamp. I know you will love the quality and price of these stamps from Imaginisce, they are priced at only $1.89 ea. (all prices are below suggested retail ).

Jo to the Word , Tinsel to the Top, Santa's Secret Garden

Cup o' Cheer , Snow Soiree , Rub-on's and Snowy Jo Stamp

Other items now in stock from Imaginisce include some great baby patterned paper and stamp.
Prices for Paper and Stamps are the same as the Snowy Jo line. I simply adore the names that Imaginisce gives their products.

Fuzzy Jammies and King of the Crib

Cutie Patootie and Rosie Cheeks and Giraff Snag'em Stamp

Color Me Happy , Tiptoe through Tuplis and Flowers Snag'em Stamp

Penguin Chick and Penguin Dude Snag'em stamps.......because everyone needs at lease on penguin stamp and how cut are these.......

The Game of Love, Weak in the Knees and Love is in the Air

Also intruducing more Crocheted Blossoms. I previously revealed the crocheted flowers/blossoms in the My Mind's Eye Laundry Line. I love these little Blossoms as page or card accents, on a altered frame or memory box, the list goes on and on. The Blossoms are $1.50 per card which contains 3 blossoms. I have them in French Vanilla and Kisses Colors.

I hope you enjoyed this preview of Imaginisce products. As I gt closer to the store and the online store opening I will be previewing even more products from this company. If you are interested in ordering please leave a comment or email me. My email is listed in several previous post. Be sure to look back at all post to see all the recent products added to Precious Scraps and as always thanks for stopping by.