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 preciousscraps@bellsouth.net 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.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Please be patient

I know I promised to be back with Imaginisce, Cosmo Cricket, Shimmerz and more (Basic Grey Christmas) but to be honest I just can't seem to make myself work. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my dad's passing. I know this is personal and probably not what you came to my blog to read but it is me and this is my life. There are good days and bad days, we all have them. It had been 8 years since I lost my father to cancer. Many of you have heard me speak of or read of him, he was, and still is, my hero. I miss him even more now. I think with things changing in my life and him not being here to share it with has had a profound effect on me. I will take this day off to honor him and I will be back on Wednesday with the promised information. If you are reading this, take time to tell someone you love them and if your parents are still living, call them. Life passes so quickly we must cherish every moment God gives us. Bless each of you for being a part of my life.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

All Pricing has been updated....

Please be sure to check out all post for August. All pricing has been updated. I am so sorry this took so long. I am still learning to juggle things. I promise it will not be like this forever. If you are interested in any of the items you see please send me an email or leave a comment with a link to respond to you. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and your support and encouragement. I will be back tomorrow, Friday, with new products from Imaginisce. Wait until you see this Christmas Line as well as other products. Thanks for stopping by Precious Scraps.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Updating...... pricing for My Mind's Eye, and NEW Merchandise

I have added the pricing for the My Mind's Eye Collections. I have the Halloween, Christmas and Dreamy 2 lines up. I will finish up with the Laundry Line this evening. I received all of this yesterday and have been busy getting it ready for everyone. I, again, want to say Thank You to everyone for being so patient while we are working on an online shopping cart. If you are interested in anything on the blog and cannot find pricing please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email to preciousscraps@bellsouth. net. If you are interested in ordering please send me an email and put "Order Request" in the subject line.

I have also been busy working towards the new retail space for Precious Scraps. We broke ground yesterday. Here is a photo..........

I can't believe things are moving so fast. I had the opportunity to "play" this past weekend with a couple of friends. All of you PTI girls might recognize Monica (scrapNstampinMama). She came over from Clarksville and took a tour of my hometown and stayed a while. We made scrap pages and created some beautiful Cosmo Cricket Holiday scrapbooks for a November 2nd Bazaar to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Later in the day we are joined by my friend Wanda who added to the excitement. We "created" until 9:00 that evening.

My husband kept trying to get our attention to take this photo, of course we were all too wrapped up in our projects to stop for a "proper" photo, so this is just a quick turn of the head.

I also received my shipment from Imaginisce, some BEAUTIFUL Holiday paper, so I will be posting that this evening as well.