AC Moore just released a 50% off coupon for Tuesday, July 31st. Click here to get yours. If you've been eyeing the new Cricut Expressions, it will be on sale on July 31st for $349.00 (regularly $549.99). That's one heckuva deal!
I just want to drink sweet tea, create beautiful things in my studio and push my daughter on her new swingset.
I'm only telling you this because I've been fielding a bunch of questions about the lack of classes on my calendar. I promise you that I'm working feverishly on some new classes for the Fall. I've already started on three new books (an ATC Journal, Madge Goes On Safari, Nancy Drew Date Book 2008 and a new version of my Murder on the Last Train to Paris book).
We'll take tea with the Mad Hatter, chase the Cheshire Cat and meet Tweedledum & Tweedledee as we peer through the looking glass. This book is just brimming with beautifully stamped images & embellishments.
The following weekend (Saturday, August 11th), you'll find me at Rubber Chicken Stamp Art in Gaithersburg, Maryland for my Fresh From The Garden book class.
You can almost smell the fresh produce in this adorable Lockhart-themed gift book. Filled with images of tomatoes, carrots, leeks & salad fixin's, this book is the perfect gift for a friend, garden buff, neighbor or hostess.
Hopefully I'll see you in class over the next couple of weeks. For now, I'm diligently working on new on-line kits (cakes & Nancy Drew Date Books) and my Murder on the Last Train to Paris. It's a beaut! I've never done a book this size before (5.5" high x 17" wide). I'm having a blast. Here's a sneak preview of the cover:
I haven't finished it, but I'm in love with the closure -- an old toy train track. I'll be sure to let you know when I schedule the class. I'm off to create.....
Lain's discussion of utilizing covert measures to use more than one coupon at Michaels cracked me up (you know... go out to the car, put on a hat, grab a new coupon, come back in...). She even revealed her deepest, darkest secret to her listeners.... She has actually gone dumpster diving through her parents' neighbors' recycling bins late on a Sunday evening, looking for those beloved yellow & red coupons.
Now, I've never sunk to such levels as dumpster diving, but I will admit hitting up my local Daily Grind or Panera used newspaper basket, hoping that the guy that disposed of his paper had no use for this week's ads. I also kind of feel bad about bribing my 11 year-old home-schooled next door neigbor with a stop off at Cold Stone if she'll just help me run into Jo-Anns with a stack of coupons. I hand the kid a couple of twenty dollar bills and the coupons I printed off my computer that morning. What cruel-hearted cashier would ever say no to a cute kid with braces on her teeth? I know... there's a special place in crafting hell for people like me.
That being said, what's your worst coupon offense? Come on now... tell me!
This week's AC Moore ad has a few goodies for paper crafters:
The standard 40% off coupon (click here to get yours).
All open stock rubber stamps are 30% off. They have some pretty cute Halloween stuff in already. I couldn't help myself.....
All Sizzix & Cuttlebug merchandise is 40% off.
Soft Spoken stickers are $1.00 off (regularly $3.99).
Bazzill cardstock is 40 cents a sheet. Tip: Don't buy it this week unless you really need it. AC Moore regularly puts it on sale for a better price (last week it was 35 cents a sheet, last month it was 20 cents a sheet).
Queen & Company embellishments are 30% off.
The Basic Grey cutting mat and Notch & Die set are $19.99 each (regularly up to $27.99). Tip: Not much of a sale... It's probably best to wait until next week and use a coupon.
There are a few other things on sale, but I would steer you away from buying them. Nicole carstock value packs are on sale. Beware! This is cheap cardstock. OK for little kids. Not OK for serious paper crafters. Also, the Archival Stamp Pad Caddy is on sale for $24.99 (regularly $39.99). Beware! It may seem like a good deal (a ton of stamp pads in a cute carrying case), but the product is pure crap. The pads dry out quickly and don't ink evenly.
Happy shopping and always remember to shop your independently owned paper crafts store first! Let's keep our local stores in business! Use your coupon and buy sale items only at the big box stores.
I was never interested in travelling to Africa until I started rubber stamping. The images from companies such as Magenta & Coronado Island make Africa seem so incredibly appealing that I'm ready to pack my bags and go!
I made this altered rolodex card for my Do It/Did It rolodex file the other day and tucked it behind my "Vacations" tab. The card itself is a photo from Google Images printed on cardstock. The "Wild" stamp is from Art Impressions. I've had the leopard print ribbon for years. The giraffe charm can be found at Fancifuls. I can't get enough of these rolodex cards! Once I get a few more (including yours!), I'll start an Altered Rolodex photo album on my site. Just e-mail me pictured of your cardd & I will include them!
Hubby, baby & I found another letterbox this weekend (for my previous article on letterboxing, click here). This was part two of our previous letterbox and YOWZER, was it ever a fun one! Here's the clue:
Walk the streets of the village of Clip In which the invisible scissors snipped, Zigzagging throughout the days and nights After a stranger was refused Last Rites. Rely on the numbers, but don’t be seen, Discover your goal across from 19.
Come to the place where the dead abide, Look for the Haysletts side-by-side. In the crotch of an old maple tree Pick up the rock and the box you will see!
The Village of Clip is current-day Middleway, WV. When you go into town, the old houses are marked with the crescent moon sign of the ghost of the stranger. We drove around for a good ten minutes looking for #19 (a historical marker). It was 11:30 in the morning and we didn't see a single soul the entire time we were there. CREEPY. The entire town looked like a set location for M. Night Shyamalan ("The Village", "The Sixth Sense"). We wandered around an abandoned graveyard until I found the right headstones:
Wandering around a ghostly cemetery in the broad daylight is pretty unnerving. Can you imagine doing this letterbox at night? Hubby & I found the box (actually I FOUND THE BOX!!!), left our mark, then wandered the town until our creep curiosity was satisfied.
For those of you wondering, NO, we did not dig up the letterbox in the cemetery. It was safely nestled in a tree. Get out there & find it for yourself!
In between cutting Rolodex dividers, printing labels & packing up kits, I've managed to squeak out a few altered Rolodex cards for myself this week. I love to set a picture as a background and then add from there. On this card, I stamped a Stampin' Up Asian word set down the right side. I printed the title on white cardstock and punched it out using my beautiful Martha Stewart punch (one of my favorite new tools). I then mounted it on a 1.25" black circle (punched in Bazzill cardstock). I taped black ribbon behind the title and glued it onto the side of the card. Easy peasy!!
Those of you who have ordered your kits, thank you so very much! I hope that you'll send me some images of some of your cards. I'd love to post them!
La De Da Designs is having a 25 - 50% off Summer clearance sale. This is the fantastic website I generally refer my students to when they are looking for cheap red line tape (a must-have for all of my classes). Right now you can get 36 yards of 1" tape for $23.88, 36 yards of 1/2" tape for $12.87, 36 yards of 1/4" tape for $8.87 and 36 yards of 1/8" tape for $6.56. To give you an idea of just how cheap this is, most local stores sell 5 yards of 1" tape for $8.50. Compare that with 36 yards for less than 3 times the price and it is one helluva deal. Shirley at La De Da is fantastic and I've never heard a bad word about the company.
OK, now hold onto your credit cards because Erika over at Scrapbook Obsession just posted some of the new releases from Basic Grey. For a brief moment, I stopped breathing. Holy heck!
This one is my favorite. It is called Periphery.
This is my second favorite... no wait, it's my favorite... no, my second favorite. What the hell, I'm going to buy them all anyways. This one is Recess.
Say hello to the papers that are going to finally help me finish that pesky honeymoon scrapbook. This is Mellow.
Finally, this is Obscure. It is my least favorite, but really... is it fair to pick favorites when it comes to Basic Grey? I love them like they were my children. There is enough love to go around.
Happy shopping. I'm feeling a little better about my recent purchases knowing that I'm helping you spend your money as well.