Sunday, December 9, 2012

The craft sales are over! Hooray!

 
The craft sales are over,
my duty is done,
I've packed it all up,
Now it's time for some fun.
 
I cut and I've pasted,
I've stamped and I've glued,
I made lots of cute stuff,
When I was in the mood. 
 
I've cased and created,
I searched all the blogs,
I thought and I made it,
I worked like a dog. 
 
Now, craft sales are over.
Great people I met,
They ooohed and they aahed,
And they shook their heads.
 
You made all these things?
How creative are you?
Where do you find the time,
to do what you do?
 
I smiled, and I nodded,
As compliments they gave,
I don't go to bed,
And I work like a slave.
 
I love all the craft sales,
And my girlfriend does, too.
I would not change a thing,
But, glad it's over with, too.
 
Now I'll clean, and I'll bake,
Trim the house and the tree,
I'll go start my shopping,
And, knit the blanket for baby.
 
The craft sales are done,
bring on some Christmas fun!
 
 
dedicated to my extremely clever friend, Debby
without her, I never would have done these sales,
 and she always challenges me to be creative
 
We did the final sale this weekend, at the Andover Community Center.  I should say that Debby did the sale, I was just there to help with set up and clean up, due to other obligations this weekend. 
Today the sale was hampered by winter weather.  They were scheduled to close up at 4:00, but because of bad driving conditions, many crafters packed up early.  The promoter said that he would not hold it against anybody who left early.  I had just left the sale, to head to a family dinner on the other side of the city.  When I got out on the roads, conditions were horrible.  I pulled over and called my husband to see if the party was still on.  He said everybody was cancelling, not wanting to drive. 
I turned around and went back to the sale, and packed up.  After loading our cars, through deep snowy parking lots, we were soaked through our jackets.  The drive home was slow, as I followed the triple truck snow plow parade on the freeway for a while.  The trucks headed west as I went east at a split, and I never saw a plowed road again.  What normally takes 25 minutes to drive took and hour, and I was glad to arrive home safe and sound. 
I needed some quiet-down time, so I thought I would blog a little, and share some photos of our winter wonderland.  My husband is glad I'm back home, and how he goes out to try his new snow blower he bought last week.  Lucky guy :)
 
 So, here's to the blizzard!  Glad I am home! 
I think I'll watch a Hallmark Holiday movie, and work on the Christmas stocking that I am making. 
Have a great weekend.
Mary Alice



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tag, you're it

I guess this is the week for tags.  We sold almost all the tags we had made last weekend, so that is what I felt that I needed to replenish before next weekend's craft sale.  This is the last craft sale of the season, and so I really don't want to make much, and be stuck with it.  Of course, if I am stuck with it, then I will have it made, so I will use it.  It's a win win situation. 
I don't feel like I accomplished much this week, so far, but I have my reasons.  I got a new die for my Big Shot right before Thanksgiving, that makes little rosettes.  I made the cutest little turkeys that I put on top of licorice sticks, and I loved making them.  So, I wanted to make rosettes, so I mass produced a bunch on Monday, and made them in to tags for Christmas presents. 
On Tuesday, I wanted to make a big ornament with the Ornamental Keepsakes stamps and Framelits.  I stamped out the ornaments I needed for the big decoration, but before heading to the Big Shot I stamped a bunch of small ornaments, so I could be cutting several sizes and styles with each pass through the Big Shot.  No sense in cranking that baby for one ornament at a time.  I made the big fancy ornament for a gift exchange on Tuesday evening.  Our Stampin' Up demonstrator's group had a gift exchange at our party, and we each had to decorate a jar, or tin, or canister, and put something in it.  I actually decorated a coffee can with the ornament on top, and a snack mix that I made inside.  (I forgot to take a photo, but Kay will post them on her blog in a couple days, and I can show you then.)  So, that was Tuesday afternoon during nap time.  The little ornament pieces I punched are waiting for assembly.

When I came home Tuesday night, I was kind of wound up, so I headed to the craft room, and pulled out some scraps of paper that I had put aside after our album class last week.  I thought these scraps would be perfect to make the folded star ornaments, so I sat and folded a bunch of those stars, and assembled them.  During nap time today, I stamped the end pieces, and decided to add "to and from" to one end so you could tie them on a package.  They turned out cute.  I love making those  stars, and thought about the beautiful origami set that Santa Clause brought me when I was about 11 yrs.  It had beautiful Japanese paper.  I think I will look for a set like that for my granddaughter for Christmas. 
Tonight after dinner I sat down with my punches and started playing around trying to come up with a Santa that I could put on top of candy packs for the sale.  I moved on to a snowman when I was not coming up with a Santa to my liking.  I went from making a snowman head to making a full snowman, and he is a telescoping style snowman.  He ended up as a gift tag, and I made about 20 of those.  They were fun, but once again a lot of putsy work. 
I feel like I am getting nowhere fast this week.  I guess I just can't keep it simple.  Everything I make turns in to a big production, a bunch of time, and not very cost effective for a craft sale, because I spend more time than I could ever get paid for!  LOL!  Like I do it for the money!! LOL!  I do it for the LOVE!
So I guess I could add a couple challenges into my projects, and I found a couple that apply. 
 SUO Challenge #59 says KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM, and I think the folding stars are just right for the challenge.  CAS-ual Fridays #80 is looking for gift tags, and I have got them.  Jingle Belles says ANYTHING (Holiday) GOES, and so does Crafty Boots Challenges.   So, take that!! challenges. I have gotcha covered.
So, even though I am up to my ears in crafty projects, I just had to get a few more Christmas things made for this sale.  Things I really enjoy making.  For next week the focus must shift.  The door to the craft room may even close.  I have cleaning, and shopping and baking to do.  I have knitting, and sewing, wrapping to do.  I have company coming, and a tree to trim, and a house to decorate.  Christmas is only 20 days away!!
But, I still have crafts to do tomorrow.  Come back and see. 
Mary Alice

Monday, December 3, 2012

Something to wine about


Yesterday I was selling my goods at a boutique that my sister, Kathy, and some of her friends organized.  This was the fourth year for the Home for the Holidays Boutique, and I was very impressed with the turnout of customers.  We were tickled that we had new customers who came just because they saw our signs on the street.  That's always nice.  I sold a lot of stuff, and I am happy for that, but not so happy because I have to get busy and make more stuff for a two day sale next weekend.  That will be the last sale of the season.  Yippee!! 
It's funny how you never know quite what will sell at any craft sale, and sometimes you sell a bunch of something, and you make more to replace it, and then they don't sell at the next sale.  Boy, every one is different.  So, as we get closer to Christmas, we have been selling boxed card sets, and tags.  So today I have been working on some wine tags.  I have not made any of these before, but promised that we would have one for our Tag Class next Saturday, and wanted to work up a design.  So, I made 4 styles, and have to decide which will make it to our class.  Would love to have your vote on this. 

 I made four tags, each with it's own special flare and a toast added, too.  I just kind of liked the idea of adding a special message in the form of a Christmas toast.  I googled them, and printed them in colors to match my paper.  I had so much fun making these, and I hope they sell well at next weekend's sale.  I think I went over the top with embellishments, but can you every have too much glitz and glamour when it comes to wrapping a Christmas gift?  And, this certainly will need no further wrapping to present to someone. 
Stop by tomorrow, and see what else I have been tinkering with for Christmas.  And, don't forget to tell me which wine tag you like best.
Before I go, I thought I would mention the title of today's blog.  I have been talking about wine, but what I really wanted to do was whine.  Here's my story in brief.  I wanted to upload photos to my blog the other day, and when I uploaded them to Picasa Web album to edit for the blog, Picasa told me that I was out of storage space, and that I would have to buy more.  Buy more space!!??  I thought not, and decided that I would do like I do for my camera's SD card when I run out of space......I delete.  So, I went to my albums, and started to delete old photos, or ones that I have already used on my blog.  What I did not realize is that when I did this it would remove any of the pictures on my blog that I removed from the albums!!  When I finished uploading my photos successfully to the blog, and went to view it, I was shocked to find out that I had big black boxes all over my blog where I had removed pictures that were on the sidebars.  Then, I realized they are gone from old posts.  I was so sad, and mad at my stupidity.  Tonight I spent a little time reloading the photos to the sidebars, and maybe someday I will go back and reload to the blog posts.  Maybe it does not matter to many, but it mattered to me.  Even if now many people read my blog, it is still important to me.  It's my blog, and it's as much a journal, or diary, of my crafting and daily life.  So, someday I will fix it, but probably not until after Christmas.  No more whining.
Thanks for stopping today. 
 
Mary Alice


 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Annual Home for the Holidays Boutique Today

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BOUTIQUE TODAY
 
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 to 4:00
 
1926 18th St NW, New Brighton
 
 
This is a wonderful boutique with handmade items, along with a few vendors.  My sisters, and friends, have made so many lovely things for Christmas this year, and I am sure you will find something just right for that special someone on your holiday shopping list.  Be sure you stop by to shop, and to say Hello.
I made some more of the Mini CD albums for the sale, including a couple of recipe books and a child's birthday album.  They make great gifts.  Here is a new Christmas gift album with pockets for gift cards, too.  Stop on by.
 
Mary Alice


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lovely Christmas CD Mini Album


We are having a class tomorrow night to make these adorable Mini Albums from CD covers.  I got this idea from one of our demo meetings, and I have been looking forward to this class more than any other.  We have been showing our album samples at our recent craft sales, and people have been nuts for them. 
The album I made today is a special Christmas gift idea.  I adapted the idea for my album from one I saw on somebody's blog with pictures of family members, with a personal note from each member.   My twist on this is you can add photos of your family that the recipient will love, and have each family member pick out a gift card for that special recipient, and write down a reason why they chose the gift card.  Example would be a gift for grandma, and the first child buys a gift card for a yarn shop and writes "I chose this card for you, because I love the hats you knit for me, and I know you like knitting.  Another buys a card for a movie theatre and writes "I chose this card for you, because I love going to the movies with you".   And, each family member chooses a special gift card for grandma. 
This would make a great gift for anybody that is hard to shop for.  Could me for a college student, teenager, dad, husband, or friend.  I can think of so many fun ideas for making this little album a very special gift.  If you have somebody special that you would like to make a gift album for, just let me know.  I'll squeeze you in last minute for the class :)  I can help you personalize it for anybody on your shopping list.
This also just makes a fun little brag book for that recent trip, dance recital, or treasured team photos.  You can add more pages, and expand the book up to about 15 pages. 
The paper I used for the album is the Candlelight Christmas DSP, and then Real Red, Lucky Limeade, and Espresso Brown were used for making the inside pages, tags, and embellishments.  I used stamps from Evergreen, and More Merry Messages.  I will probably add more pages and stamped embellishments as I complete this special gift album for somebody I know. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and leave me a comment telling me if you want to come for the class.
Have a great day.             Mary Alice

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Not too late to come to MINI CD ALBUM class


You still have time to join us for our CD Mini Album class, Wednesday Nov 28th! Cost is $10.00.
 
This little album would be a perfect gift for somebody on your gift list, or for yourself.  It makes a great brag book, or for pictures of that special party or activity.  You can also create a wonderful gift by tucking a few special gift cards in the pockets, for that hard to shop for person in your life. 
We have several styles to choose from, and you can personalize it in many ways. 
 
If you would like to join us for the class, it's still not to late to come.  Just RSVP by leaving me a note in the comments, send and email, or give me a call.  If you have someone, or something special in mind already for this gift, let me know, and I can help you personalize it. 
 
I guarantee you'll have fun with this class, and I can guarantee you will love this album, and want it for yourself.

Monday, November 19, 2012

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA Starts Today!!

 

It's that great time of year to go shopping, when everybody has got a sale.  Everybody gets excited about shopping on Black Friday, checking the ads, making lists, getting up early and fighting the crowds.  Thanksgiving is days away, but you don't have to wait for Friday. It's time for our annual Online Extravaganza!    Grab a cup of coffee, and your Stampin' Up! catalogue, if you've got it handy, and put your feet up and Click here to view the Sale Flyer (.pdf) and start planning your order!

Save up to 50% off on select stamp sets, punches, and accessories -- including the Big Shot & MDS2!

The Online Extravaganza Sale lasts 10 days (Monday, Nov 19 - Wednesday, Nov 28), but you'll want to pay special attention to the one-day only "doorbusters" because those deals are only good for 24-hours. No need to get up early or wait in line, we won't run out!

Make your list, check it twice, and be ready to order!  Call or email me with your order!


Want even MORE bang for your buck? Join my team with the $99 Starter Kit and get a set of 10 Free Ink Pads! PLUS choose discounted products from the Online Extravaganza in your kit!! Get up to $125 of discounted product of your choice for only $99 plus tax (shipping is free!). Among other demonstrator benefits you'll enjoy:

  • a minimum 20% discount on future purchase for the next five months (or longer if you meet quarterly sales goals and remain active).
  • no obligation to do parties -- do business YOUR way!
  • sneak peek and pre-order new catalog products before they are released to the public
  • an extra 10% discount/commission on your first order over $150 within your first 45 days
  • an exclusive demonstrator-only website to share and find new ideas, tips, and tutorials
  • a bi-monthly magazine directly to your mailbox
  • an excuse to do what you love -- stamp!!
There is no better time to join than now.  If you are interested in joining my team, or more information, just give me a call, or leave me a comment, and I will call you. 

I joined Stampin' Up! so I could get my own products at a discount, but I continue being a demonstrator because of the wonderful friends I have made, and my love of crafting, and my passion for sharing the fun with my friends.   You'll love it too. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday's Craft Sale

My friend, Debby, and I have been so busy crafting for sales every weekend that have been so much fun.  But, to tell you the truth, I'm just about crafted out! 
 Keeping up with the change of holidays is fun, but it's a lot of work.  That's what the crafter's life is all about I guess.  Making stuff for the holidays.  I have so many ideas, and so little time to get them done.  I try to turn out a project a day, but some of these things take 2 days. 
I got behind when I got delayed coming home from my trip to New York.  Hurricane Sandy caused the airport to close, and our flight coming home was delayed 2 days.  That was 2 days I wished I was crafting. 
 I had a great time visiting with my son and family, but sitting around for days and no place to go, all I kept thinking was "I could be crafting".    Then, to make matters worse, Debby and I have both been hit with a stomach bug that knocked us down for a few days this week.  I'm so glad I am better for the weekend's sale, and Debby, too. 
So, before I packed things up today, I decided to snap a few pix to share. 

I have been making a bunch of fun little treats, and I thought I'd share a few that I'll have at today's sale.  The turkeys on a stick are my favorite.  I made little rosettes for the tails, and added a googly eyed face, and sandwiched a licorice stick in between.   The little candy dishes you've seen before, but I punched the edges this time and they look so cute, I thought I'd show you.  And, I picked up those pretty autumn colored M&M's and had to think of a project to suit them, so the gingerbread man and candy cane toppers were just the thing.    It sure was fun putting those together :(  Stuffing m&ms is not my thing! 
I'm looking forward to a fun sale today.  This one is put on by the county's day care association, which Debby and I were active members of for many years.  We hope we have made some cute little treats for those day care providers to buy for their little kiddies. 
Thanks for stopping by, and if you are in the area, stop by the sale at the Mounds View Community Center today. 

Mary Alice 
Online Extravaganza Begins November 19

Our biggest online sale of the year, Online Extravaganza, begins Monday, November 19, and ends on Wednesday, November 28. We've got a fantastic selection of stamp sets, accessories, and tools that will be discounted up to 50 percent!

Plus, you won't want to miss the first 24 hours of the sale when the Big Shot, Doctor's Bag, and Simply Scored Diagonal Plate will be 20 percent off retail price!

Check back on Monday to shop the fantastic Online Estravaganza, and then contact me to place your order. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine available here for a limited time

I have BIG NEWS!
If you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, please contact me right away via email at maryabellis@live.com.  1400 were sold by 11:30 today!! 

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Due to our partnership with Sizzix, we are pleased to be able to offer a test run of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine in our North American markets. We have 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, we may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.
The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. Because this is a product test, the Texture Boutique is not branded with the Stampin' Up! logo. It comes in Sizzix packaging and is the same color and design that is sold in stores. We recommend you read the included instructions before using the Texture Boutique and that you pass the same recommendation on to customers who purchase it.
'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special value bundle that saves you $5.90. If you prefer, you can also purchase the Texture Boutique alone. Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders.
Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)
Includes
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
$29.95
Includes
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim

Saturday's Craft Sale

Here's the CRAFT SALE that Debby and I will be participating in this weekend.  Stop by and say Hi!
 
 
 
2012 Holiday Extravaganza
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We are excited to offer all Providers, Friends and Child Care Families the "2012 RCFCCA Holiday Extravaganza".
Here are some of the specifics regarding this event.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Mounds View Community Center (Event Center)
5394 Edgewood Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112

The Mounds View Community Center is located directly behind the Walgreen's Drug Store on the Northeast Corner of
County Highway 10 and Edgewood Drive. There are signs posted on County Highway 10.
We have the following vendors participating:
  • 123 Curriculum
  • Baby Shower Fundraiser
  • BooBoo
  • Bruski Bibs
  • Creative Memories
  • Decorative Dishtowels
  • Designs by Emily
  • Discovery Toys
  • Farmer's Insurance
  • Inspirational Reflections
  • Kids Express
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Norwex
  • Origami Owl
  • Pampered Chef
  • Partylite
  • Pure Romance
  • Scentsy
  • Stampin Up
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Tupperware
  • Usborne Books
  • Weber & Troseth (Fire Extinguisher Servicing just $5)


This event is for anyone who wants to start their Christmas shopping early, shop for their kids or just come and enjoy the festivities of the season

Sunday, October 28, 2012

BIG NEWS FROM STAMPIN' UP!


BIG NEWS!!!
 
For 24 hours only, almost every stamp we sell will be reduced
15 percent! It's a Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!

This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include hostess bundles, Bundles stamp sets and Digital stamp brush sets.
 
Save the date for
Monday, October 29th
 all day, one day only
SALE, SALE, SALE!

Leave me a comment, or give me a call on my cell, tell me what stamp sets you want, and I will order for you on Monday.  I will be placing an order Monday night, even if the Hurricane Sandra strikes.  I have my ways :)
 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

All is swell in New York City

I have nothing to post today, but wanted to check in and tell you that everything is swell in New York City.  We celebrated little Kol's first birthday today with a wonderful costume party.  So much fun for all big and small. 
We have been alerted to the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York early this week.  We are due to fly home late Tuesday afternoon, and that plan may have to change.  I won't be disappointed to stay a little longer, but it looks like it won't be spent sightseeing in New York as planned. 
I hope to get home to my craft room soon :)

Stop back to hear the exciting new from Stampin' Up! on Monday.

Mary Alice

Owl be trimmin' up a Christmas card

I have so much fun with this stamp set, and I always come up with some weird, crazy ideas.  I guess that's why I bought the set.  We used the Owl Occasions stamp set for our Christmas Stack-A-Stack last weekend, and everyone thought it was pretty cute, and so do I.  So, this time owl is hanging up his stocking.  He's so cute :)
I used Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green for this card, and the printed sock border is from Snow Festival DSP.  The Happy Christmas greeting is from my new More Merry Messages, that has wonderful Christmas messages.  I used one inside the card with a couple of stockings hung there, too. 
This week the challenge at SU- Only Challenge  is to use ANIMALS, and then I saw the Holiday Creature Feature at the
Rockin' Challenge at Jingle Belles is to use a LIVING CREATURE, I knew just what to do.  This is the only creature I could think of, but who needs another one when owl is so fun.  Both of these challenge blogs always have such fun ideas.  I love them!
I found a great layout that was just what I needed for the idea that I had.  However, when I went back to my file to see who's challenge it was I realized that it had no identifying marks.  The only thing I knew was it was number 201 and I had put the final date that submissions were due was October 31.  Hmmm?  That was a stumper! 
I have always saved the sketches and stuff in a picture file, and as I save the picture I also add the final date that submissions have to be linked.  Some sketches have their name or initials on the sketch, but there are a couple that do not, so I am usually careful to add that information in my photo identification box.  This one I missed, which is too bad, for them and for me, because I cannot find their blog, and so I can't play with them today.  It bugged me so much, I went through my entire list of challenge blogs, and opened each one to look, and double check, to see if this could be their sketch.  I never found it, and I really looked thoroughly.  So, if anybody out their recognizes this sketch, let me know where it came from.  It would really just give me peace of mind.  It really drove me crazy!!
Well, I am in Brooklyn, NY for 6 days of family fun.  Today we are celebrating my grandson's first birthday with the Halloween costume party.  We are going to raise a ruckus, and have a good time :)
I hope to get some quiet time to blog for you, too.  So, come back and check in again, soon.  I'll share pictures, too.

Mary Alice


TODAY IS THE CENTENIAL CRAFT SALE. Be sure you come!

Cute little candy jars made with the Ornament Keepsakes for the sale.

CENTENIAL BAND BOOSTER
CRAFT SALE TODAY
9 - 4
Centenial Middle School, Lino Lakes, MN


Friday, October 26, 2012

Peaceful Evergreen

 
 
 I had to play with another new stamp set that I got this week called Evergreen.  I was so excited to get this sweet little Christmas set that has Silent Night in the shape of a tree, that I stamped over the image of the solid tree.  Inside the card I used another image that gives the outline of the tree.  It also has a beautiful sentiment for inside the card.  This will be one of the cards that we use at our Christmas Stamp-a-stack class II in November.  I'm sure that my friends will love it.  The card is quite easy to make, too. 
The tree was stamped with Lucky Limeade, which I stamped off once to give a softer image. Then the Silent Night was stamped over it with Early Espresso.  I cut it out with my Labels Framelits, and sponged the edges with Early Espresso.  The salutation came from the More Merry Messages.  The paper used on this card came from Candlelight Christmas DSP.  The Vanilla card was embossed with the Snowflake EF.  I added a button and bow, and a little gold embossed star to complete the card. 
I am going to play along with a couple of challenges for this card.  I used the layout from Simply Stampin' Challenge, and the colors are from Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso from the Pink Paper Bakery Card Cafe week 13's color combination, and the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #162  asked that we make a card that represents PEACE or CALM to us.  This card was inspired by my image of peace, found in the woods, and that is represented by the song Silent Night. 
My hope is that you have a peaceful weekend, and enjoy some time by crafting.  I, on the other hand, am about to celebrate my grandson's first birthday with a Halloween costume party on Saturday.  There will not be any peace and calm there.  It should be wild :)
Blogging for you from NYC, and having a great time. 

Mary Alice