Tuesday, April 28, 2009

She's back.........and has a lot to say....

Did you think I feel off the end of the earth? I am feeling much better and trying to catch up on everything while preparing for National Scrap Book Day all at the same time. I am truly sorry that I have been so absent but rather than bore you with the details, again I will just say a Steroid shot and a Prednisone pack and I am on the mend. I have so much to catch up on but will try not to keep you too long. I want to discuss National Scrap Book Day, Classes, New Merchandise and share a few photos of some recent projects so hand on.......

National Scrap Book Day -- if you have not made plans yet and are in the area I hope you will call and schedule to spend the day with us at Precious Scraps on Saturday, May 2nd. I can promise a day filled with fun and activities. We have a special guest coming from Jackson to share some projects as well as product samples. You WILL NOT want to miss this girl. She is sooooo talented, energetic and FUN to be around! Her enthusiasm is contagious. I think it will be fun to keep you guessing so I am not going to tell you who she is, you will just have to come and see. Some of the other activities scheduled are demonstrations with Tim Holt Alcohol Inks and Grungeboard, using BLING, and a glass etching class as well as lot's of make-n-takes. There will be CROP time schedule so be sure to bring some projects to work on. We will break for lunch and will be able to leave or feel free to bring lunch and make use of the frig and microwave. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Everyone will receive a gift bag as well as be eligible for special discounts and sales that day. There will be hourly drawings for prizes (you won't want to miss these there are some great gifts available). Hours are 10am - 8pm for a fee of $30. Spaces are limited so be sure to call the store to sign up.

CLASSES - If you have not participated in a class yet at Precious Scraps, what are you waiting for. You are missing out on so much fun. Be sure to check out the class schedule in the left hand column. This month we have some great classes listed by Bo Bunny and Basic Grey as well as many others. We have had some fun classes recently with Teresa Collins Bind it All books, Bo Bunny Word Book kit, Basic Grey Mother's Day Cards and Page of the Month as well as a Basic Scrapbook layout class and Altered Medium Classes. Be sure to find the class suited for you and give us a call.

NEW Merchandise
- I have been getting in some of the new merchandise recently and would love to tell you about just a few. First up is the Everlasting line from Cosmo Cricket. The colors in this line have to been my favorite so far and has the most beautiful chipboard accessories. Here are a few photos (prices are listed at the end)

12x12 Sheets $ .79 ea, Journal Sheets and Strip Borders $ .99 ea, Chipboard $4.99 ea, Ribbon Set $5.99, Stickers $1.99 and Collection Kits are $14.99

Next up is Autumn Leaves Pretty Poppies line. I saw this line and immediately thought of Lisa Johnson (Lisa if you have not received any of this yet, I would love to send you some as a gift) I love Lisa's creations, she is such a talented young lady. The line is a very vibrant red, yellow-green and black line featuring poppies (of course) that look as if they are going to jump off the page. Some of the pages are embossed or glittered. I hope that you can see the detail in the photos below.

I tried to get a close up of the embossed and glittered portions of the paper. They are simply stunning up close.

Embossed and Glittered paper are $1.50 ea, other 12x12 paper is $.60 ea. Chipboard pack $5.99, 3-D Embellishments and Ribbon $3.99 ea.

Up next is some Bo Bunny that I recently received as well as a couple of projects showcasing the line. This line is called Grease Monkey. The papers are wonderful for a young boy, a grown man or even a fast driving young lady. You will see what I mean when you check out the photos of the paper.

This first project was created using the Grease Monkey line and a Piggy Tales Slider Book. I simply love working with these books they are so fun and have so much potential. We currently have the Slider Book, Drawbridge Book and Barn Door Books as well as the accessories. This book was created by Tammey Taylor a dear friend and local design team member. Tammy did an awesome job and has gone on to create a couple more books for gifts. I will have to ask here to let me share the baby boy book she created, irresistible is the word that comes to mind. But for now, here is the Grease Monkey book:

The only thing I added was the duck tape (yes, I said duck tape, and tire marks from my nephews toy tractor. I just felt these two elements were calling my name and Tammey was ever so gracious to let me add them. She WAS a little apprehensive when I told her I wanted to add duck tape) But she loved it after I took it home that night and added it and showed her the next morning. The next time she came it I had added the tire marks and we agreed that we make a great collaboration! I also added the spring on the front of the book with the sprog popping out. These are so much fun to play around with. Thanks Tammey for letting me put my two cents worth in.

Here is a wood frame I covered using the Bo Bunny Grease Monkey with me great-nephew Trent featured riding his 4-wheeler.

And finally, a project featuring the Penny Lane line from My Mind's Eye and my great-niece Brook. Isn't she adorable. She and Trent were out playing in a field of headed-out turnip greens for hours. When Trent walked up on the field he said it was a "Fairy Land of Marigolds", now that is a future scrapbook page. My sister took these photos in black and white but I felt I wanted to add a pop of color so I used my Copic markers to color the bunch of "flowers" that Brook was holding. I changed the color up to go with the the second frame project with some paper from Basic Grey.

Well that is finally it, thanks for hanging in there with me. All of the supplies used in the projects feature here are available through the store. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

If you are interested in any other merchandise seen on the blog just leave me a comment or shoot me an email at preciousscraps@bellsouth.net and I will be in touch with you. Thanks for stopping by Precious Scraps, Bev.

Oh yeah, one more thing, quickly. Wanted to share a photo of the front window sign I made using my Quickutz Silhouette and vinyl and a couple of Basic Grey rub-ons. I think it turned out pretty good. The other photo is of a sign I did for some dear friends of mine using the same technique. Enjoy.

Okay, I'm done now....

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Page and a Wedding photo.....

First and foremost, my mom's wedding was on Saturday. I know many of you are probably sick of hearing me talk about this but just skip this part if so..... My dad passed away of cancer in Sept. of 2000. Since then my mom has been alone. She met Ron, her husband, at a dance that she had been attending with some of her older girlfriends who were also widowers. Anyway, true love blossomed and they dated over a year and finally tied the knot on the 4th. Both were glowing and you could feel the love in that little church. I am so happy for my mom and Ron to have a second chance at love and to be able to feel those voids in their lives and in their hearts. Here is an unaltered photo I took before the ceremony. When we get the professional photos I will post a few of those as well so you can see the bride and groom.

My Mom, waiting for the wedding to start. Isn't she so pretty ?

Again, waiting for the wedding to start (L-R) my sister Kim, my sister Peggy, Maid of Honor, my mom, and me

This is a page that Tammi did for an Easter Layout and offered to allow me to use it for a class. I absolutely love the page, the way she wove the ribbon through the scalloped edge of the Die Cut paper is unique.

This is my page. I had to change Tammi's to a 2-page layout for a class I am teaching on Thursday so this is the end result. Hope everyone likes it. It is from Making Memories Flower Patch line. It also incorporates Papertrey Inks New Leaf paper for photo backgrounds and the grass and egg die cut from Quikutz. The glitter paper used for the eggs is from DCWV.

Thanks for stopping by Precious Scraps, Bev