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The craft sales are over! Hooray!

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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,  an…

Tag, you're it

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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 bun…

Something to wine about

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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 Ta…

Annual Home for the Holidays Boutique Today

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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 

Lovely Christmas CD Mini Album

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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 th…

Not too late to come to MINI CD ALBUM class

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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.

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA Starts Today!!

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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 andClick 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!


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Saturday's Craft Sale

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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 t…
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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.

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine available here for a limited time

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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 Te…

Saturday's Craft Sale

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Here's the CRAFT SALE that Debby and I will be participating in this weekend.  Stop by and say Hi! 2012 Holiday Extravaganza 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 Origam…

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 :)

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

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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 l…

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

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

Peaceful Evergreen

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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 emb…