Thursday, December 6, 2007

I designed these shaker ornaments a few years ago. I've updated them for this year. I'm teaching how to make these at a class this weekend. All ribbons are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Stamps are all Stampin' Up!

Here are the directions:

Each ornament takes:
2 qty.-2.5 inch squares colored cardstock
1 qty.-2 1/8-inch square window sheet
1 qty.-2.25-inch white or light cardstock
Embossing Buddy
Fillers (micro beads, glitter, confetti)
Foam Tape
Alene's thick tacky glue (thick is important, it's a white bottle with pink label.)

Cut 2-inch circle in center of square for each ornament. Leave one square uncut. Stamp the desired image in the center of white cardstock. Place window sheet over round hole. Using narrow foam tape, place strips of tape along the edges of the window sheet. Put the strips 1/2 on the window sheet and 1/2 on the cardstock. Make sure the strips of tape fit snugly against each other. (I cut 3/4-inch tape from Home Depot in fourths lengthwise and it was perfect.)

Leave the backing on the top side of the foam tape. Rub the embossing buddy on the window sheet to reduce static. Fill the little pool you've created with desired fillers. Peel the backing from the tape, placing the ends of the cord on the tape in the corner, making a loop. Place the white cardstock on the tape, with the image side down. Squiggle the tacky glue over the back of the white cardstock and adhere the 2nd piece of colored cardstock to the back of the ornament. Wait about 10 minutes for the glue to set and you're finished.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

3 More Designs Completed!!

This little Penguin is from Perky Penguins by TAC. The "be merry" is from Warm Words by Stampin' Up! I used my Snowflakes folder and my Cuttlebug for the background. The photo corners are a Sizzix die. Polka dot organdy and satin edge organdy ribbons are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. I used my SU inks to watercolor the penguin after stamping with Staz-on.

These adorable reindeer are from SU's Holiday Sampler. I just love these little guys and have been looking for the right setting for them. I think I found it!! The background is SU's Twinkle wheel, wheeled onto Close to Cocoa cardstock in Close to Cocoa ink. Colored cardstock is from SU in Garden Green Chocolate Chip, and Rose Red. Matching brads and ribbons are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Striped DP is from an unknown source, though it's probably from a DCWV Stack.

I got the idea to put a Sizzix frame around the snowman in this Cuttlebug background. I'm pretty happy with the results! I stamped my SU Canvas background in Lovely Lilac onto Whisper White cardstock. I then die cut the frame using my Sizzix die. The matching brads are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Striped Organdy ribbon in white with silver stripes and purple polka dot organdy are also from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. The little snowflake is a Cuttlebug die. I added a touch of bling to the center of the snowflake and hung it from the ribbons using a silver jump ring. Paper color is Lovely Lilac from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Three Down Four to Go!!

Well, I just finished my 3rd set of 10 cards!! They're all pretty simple and took me a few hours to complete all of them.

This card uses Stampin' Up!'s new set Merry & Bright from the Holiday Mini. I used the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder for the background. I cut the smaller ovals using Sizzlets dies, the scalloped oval is the Mega Marvy punch. The snowman is watercolored using Twinkling H2O's. Paper colors include Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence. Ribbons are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts: Polka Dot Organdy in White with White Dots & May Arts Silver Cord.

This card is made from a set of premade embossed cards and envelopes. The card had a blank square in the center of an embossed grid. I sponged Bashful Blue ink around the outside of the square. I stamped the snowflake (Stampin' Up! The Snowflake Spot) in Night of Navy craft and embossed with Navy embossing powder. I used the following ribbons from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts: 1/4" Navy Organdy, May Arts Silver Cord, and Light Blue Gingham.

This card also uses the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder. The large circle is a Sizzlets die, the scalloped circle and snowflaker are Cuttlebug dies. The oval is a Stampin' Up! punch. I stamped "sparkle" (Stampin' Up! Warm Words) using Brilliant Blue craft ink and embossed using Hologram Highlights embossing powder. Ribbons used are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts and include satin edge organdy with metallic stripe and May Arts gold cord.

7 Cards in 7 Days!!

I have been so busy the last few months with the move and building the business website, packing and shipping orders. I realized a few days ago.....ack.....we are nearly in December and I still have only about 20 Christmas cards made.

I am therefore issuing myself a challenge! I will complete 10 each of 7 designs, for a total 0f 70 cards, which will give me enough Christmas cards for this year. Keep an eye out here and I will post a photo of each card as I complete 10 of them. Hopefully I can complete it in less than 10 days!

OK, I'm off to stamp!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christmas Specials at Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts!!

In celebration of getting our 87, yep, you read correctly, our 87 colors of grosgrain ribbon in stock and ready to ship, we'll be offering the following holiday specials now through January 1st.

  • Free gift with every order, no matter how small! Every order at will always receive a free gift. For this holiday season, the free gift is our mini grab-bag. This adorable goodie bag is stuffed with over 5 yards of assorted ribbons and either 50 eyelets or 50 brads.
  • Free striped organdy set with every purchase of solid grosgrain ribbon over $20. You will receive a full 1 yard set of this amazing ribbon. We're certain you'll fall in love with it, just as we have.
  • Free full sized grab-bag with every $50 purchased on our site. You will receive a free grab-bag for every $50. If your order is $100, you'll receive 2 bags, and so on. The grab bags are a $5 value!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Eyelets are in!!

The individual colors of eyelets are now in stock in our store! We also have color family sets as well.

Watch this weekend for grosgrain! We'll start with 1/4" and add more widths in the next month. At first we'll only have individual colors, but hopefully our final shipment will arrive at the end of the week or early next week. At that point, we'll be offering sets and we'll even have a sale!

Friday, October 12, 2007

I was designing a card today for the OR/WA SCS gathering. This was my first design, but I switched to more fall colors for the swap.

The stamp sets in this card are Heartfelt Thanks, Aida Cloth background, and Autumn (thanks). I used SU's Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Always Artichoke watercolor crayons on the bold image. I colored the outline stamp with my Handsome Hunter and Rose Red markers. From the photo, you can barely tell, but there are gold Stickles in the center of the flower.

The ribbons are Cranberry 3/8" organdy from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. I also used a new satin edge organdy I will be carrying on my site in the next week or so. I must say, I love ribbons, and this one makes me particularly thrilled. The combination of organdy, satin edge, and gold stripe are just amazing!!

The paper colors used are Purely Pomegranate and Always Artichoke.

Shipping Update

All brads and eyelets have now shipped. I have 3 remaining participants who sent checks recently and they have not yet had a chance to clear the bank. I will be shipping those sets next week.

If you did not receive a notification e-mail from PayPal and you paid via PayPal, check your payment for tracking information.

Thanks everyone!!

Remember you can still purchase them on my site (link to the right). You can also purchase individual colors to replenish your sets or for special projects. I also have 48 colors of organdy ribbon in 3 widths. I'll have 86 colors of grosgrain coming soon as well!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

PayPal Shipping Issues

I was in the middle of printing shipping labels at PayPal tonight for the remainder of the brads when they suddenly lost the connection with the USPS. I'll try again tomorrow morning to print the rest of the labels. Just wanted to let all of my eager brad addicts know!

Brads Shipping Update

Just a quick note to let you all know that the remainder of the pre-paid brad shares will ship today or tomorrow. I'm just finishing up the counting on them and it remains to sort them into sets and package them for shipment. We presold over 100 shares, so it's been a huge undertaking getting them all counted!

I'm sure lots of you have already received your sets and I've heard great feedback from many of you!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Excuse our oversite...

We forgot to provide e-mail addresses for you to send your info to if you'd like to join our design contest. You can reach us at:

We can still take quite a few participants, so send your info and we'll send you the ribbon. We'll post here when the contest is full.

The link to our website can be found in the tool bar just to the right of our posts.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Grand Opening Excitment!!

We are finally open! The glitches that held us up yesterday are finally resolved and we are open for business. We'll be adding new products in the next couple of weeks.

Watch for a new Guest Artist Gallery coming in November! Each month, we will have a new artist featured in our gallery. We have already chosen our artists for November and December. If you would like to apply to be a guest artist, just send us an e-mail for the details.

Grand opening contest!!!

In celebration of our grand opening, we are holding a design contest. We have 16 colors of argyle ribbon and 14 colors of striped grosgrain, for a total of 30 colors. The first 30 participants to send an e-mail with name, address, and a request to participate will be included in the contest. We will send you, at random a yard of one of these 2 ribbons. The contest is this: Design a card or other 3-D project using your yard of ribbon and send it back to us. The entries will be judged by a group of fellow stampers and the winners will receive a nice gift in the mail from us. We will have one winner for each of the two types of ribbon. All of the entries will be posted in our gallery with the designer's name or SCS name, or both.

Please Bear With Us...

Our website is all up and you can all take a look. We're having a few technical glitches which is having an impact on opening the site for checkout. We'll make an announcement on our home page and here when things are ironed out. It should be sometime today. Meanwhile, enjoy taking a look at our fabulous prices and our friendly ribbons.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Today is the day!

Finally the day has come to open the website. Throughout the day today, we'll be opening our site at We do not yet have all of our products listed, but over the next couple of weeks we'll strive to get them all up. It's an enormous amount of work to complete these tasks and we're working as quickly as we can to get things up and running smoothly.

Watch for the following products in the next while:
  • Satin Edge Organdy
  • Satin Edge Organdy with metallic stripe
  • 86 colors of grosgrain sold in 4 color families and neutrals
  • 1/8" and 1/4" organdy spools and sets
  • Cello and recloseable bags for gift giving and gel/shaker cards
  • Individual colors of eyelets
  • Much, much more!!

The next 20 full sets and 20 1/2 sets of brads are ready to ship out and I'll be printing labels this morning, then working on the next 20 sets. It takes me a couple of days to count out 20 sets and prepare them for shipping.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Shipping update....

I had expected to start shipping brads last Friday. I had forgotten, however to make up the gift bags I'm sending free with the brad pre-orders. I have them made up now, and the first 20 sets of brads are going out tomorrow. I expect to ship the next 20 by Thursday. I sure didn't want to forget the freebies!!!

If you paid via PayPal, you'll get an e-mail with the tracking info.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Brads are close to shipping!

I had hoped to ship out the first of the brads today, but it's taking a bit more time to get them ready than I thought. I am putting color labels on all of the baggies this time and consequently it's taking more time than I anticipated. Judging by the rate I'm going, I expect to start printing the shipping labels tomorrow, and I have a pickup scheduled. I should have them all shipped by the middle of next week! As with the eyelets, I will be shipping in the order payment was received.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Drum Roll Please.........

The winner of the "guess the weight of 1,980,000 brads" contest is.......pattyjo! The total weight is 141 kilos or 308 lbs. Patty's guess was 310 lbs! Amazing!!

I'm sure I wouldn't have done as well, and thanks for the fun guesses!

Patty,I'll be sending a free grab bag with your brads when I ship later this week!

Anyone interested in purchasing a set of brads at 10% off can still get them until October 1st. Just drop me an e-mail. You can see the brad details in an earlier post.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Brads Are Here, Presale Extended until Oct. 1st!

I've picked up the brads! Take a look:

It's not the best picture in the world, but you can see them all. I'm still holding the presale for 10% off until October 1st. We hope to open our website by then. At that point, you can purchase individual colors to replenish your sets. I'm going to start counting the eyelets tonight and get them shipped out next week, hopefully Monday. This counting process won't take as long because I'm not counting them all, just enough to fill the paid orders.

I'm so excited!!

Don't forget to make a guess in our contest!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Great News and Contest!!

I received notification today that the brads have cleared customs. I will be able to pick them up on Monday from the warehouse. I expect it to take a week to count enough to send out the preorders and get them all shipped. I will post a photo tomorrow (providing I can find the camera, card reader, and computer all at the same time) of the samples I received from the manufacturer.

I'm so excited to see these brads I can't put it into words!

So, here's another contest: Send me an e-mail, PM on SCS, or comment on this post your guess of the weight of the brads. I ordered 33,000 brads of each color and 66,000 black ones. I just did the math, and that means I ordered 1,980,000 brads!!! Yikes!

Anyway, whoever guesses the closest to the weight of the brads and packaging will receive a free gift from me. You have until September 15th to send me your guess. Here's a little hint: The brads are coming to me in 7 different cartons....have fun guessing! LOL

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm Baaaaack!! Finally!! Brad presale extended!

Whew!! It's been an adventure with getting internet hooked up at our new house. We were supposed to have it hooked up nearly a week ago, but I just got it as of a few minutes ago. I wanted to post here first to reassure everyone who is waiting for a return e-mail from me that I will be working my way through the e-mails tonight and tomorrow until I have responded to everyone.

As a result of this interruption I am extending my brad presale for 1 week. See my other post about my brads and take advantage of the 10% off presale offer.

Thanks in advance for your patience!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Eyelet Share

With my brads presale, lots of people have been interested in my eyelets as well. I have an eyelet share in the same colors as my brad share. The eyelet share includes:

  • 3,000 eyelets
  • 50 each of 48 colors
  • 50 each of 6 "fresh" colors
  • 50 each of 4 neutral colors
  • 100 black
  • $40 full share ($42 PayPal)
  • $23 1/2 share ($24 PayPal)
I still have some left and I can always order more. The ordering time will not be as long as the last one, I can get them here within a week this time.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Internet Interrupted!!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that it may take me 24 hours or more to answer e-mail inquiries. As many of you know, we're in the middle of a move to a country home and it's a long wait for satellite internet to get hooked up. Until September 1st, we will have limited access (I have to drive to our old home to connect) to the internet.

If you're patient, I will get to your mail. If you don't hear from me in 3 days after your initial inquiry, feel free to send me another, just in case!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Just a Quick Note

I forgot to include the address of my new site in my previous post. It's found at It's not yet open for business, but you can take a peek. I've got a few more ribbons to photograph and get put up and then I can open.

I'd also like to thank my talented and brilliant hubby for building my site for me. Isn't he great!!??

Thanks everyone for your inquiries!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Custom Colored Brads Presale!

I have had tons of inquiries into doing custom colors of brads just like my eyelets.

Well, the time has come. I ordered brads a couple of months ago from a manufacturer in Taiwan. They are literally on a slow boat from China (ha ha) and I just received notification that they arrived in a US port.

Many of you know that I'm starting a new website centered around bulk buys. I will be selling all of the ribbons I've sold in the past on my blog and other shares on SCS, plus many new ribbons, and we will add new products every month as our business grows. You will be able to get bulk pricing on many kinds of ribbons, plus custom colored eyelets, brads, and more. To start with, I'll have the standard round eyelets and mini brads. You'll be able to purchase brads and eyelets in sets, just like my shares or in larger quantities of individual colors for large projects.

So, in honor of the occasion and to feed the frenzied stampers who long for them, I'm having a special preorder sale on my brads.

Just as with my eyelets, you will receive 3,000 brads in 59 colors. You'll get 50 each of 48 colors, 6 "in" colors, and 5 neutral colors, plus 100 black brads. A 1/2 share will be 1/2 the amount of each color (25).

The normal price on my website for a full share is $75, and a 1/2 share is $40. If you do the math, this means the price per brad for a full share is $.025! That is 1/2 the cost of other sellers for a unique product not available anywhere else.

From now until September 7th, you will receive a 10% discount on the price of either share. The Full share will have a sale price of $67.50 and the 1/2 share is $36. In order to qualify for the discount, you must order and pay by September 7th. This will also put you at the top of the shipping list for my brads. As soon as they're in and counted, you'll get your brads. A $4.60 shipping charge also applies to the order for priority shipping and delivery confirmation. Canadian customers have the same shipping costs. Other international customers, please inquire for shipping costs. I just want to mention that I'm happy to combing shipping costs if you get more than one share or friends want their shares shipped together. Also, no PayPal fees will be added if you choose to pay with PayPal.

In addition to this, you will qualify for a free gift bag to be shipped to you with your brads. My gift bags include at least 5 yards of ribbon samples, plus 25 brads and 25 eyelets. These are always a standard item on my site with each $50 ordered.

To order, drop me an e-mail at or send me a PM on SCS.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shipping Update

I have packed and labeled most of the shares already. I will drop them all at the PO tomorrow morning. If you don't get your share next week and you are sure you paid, please, please contact me. I expect everyone to have them in their homes (yay!! not in mine!!!!) by the end of next week, most will probably arrive Monday or Tuesday.

I have quite a few cases where I was unable to match someone's SCS name to their real name and/or payment.

If you have not yet paid, but ordered a share I am still willing to sell you your share, just drop me a line. I am even willing to purchase more eyelets to meet the demand.

Thanks everyone, and I know you'll love these cute little things!


I need some help identifying people who have sent me payments. In most of these cases, someone would contact me asking for a share, then send me a check in the mail with minimal or no information on the envelope. I use the envies to make sure I send out all payments received by US mail. I'm looking for the following individuals:

I am specifically looking for 2 people named Dawn. I have both marked as unpaid, but at least one has paid, but I'm not sure which and don't want to send to the wrong one.

I also am looking for someone who had a check sent directly from their bank with no address on the envie to send the eyelets to. The envie was postmarked in San Jose, CA, I can't tell what date.

I am looking for someone with the last name of Jacobs from Jordan, UT. They probably gave me only their first and SCS names and there was no identifying info in the envelope, except for the check, which has been cashed.

The last one is someone from Moberly, MO. No other info on the envelope or inside other than the return address on the front. It was postmarked on May 17.

I realized belatedly that I needed to check the envies before cashing the checks in case there was no identifiers on the envies themselves. If you know anyone who fits these descriptions or if you are one of these people, please contact me about your share.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I am going to be counting the last, the very last, yippee, yay, super!!! color of eyelets this morning. Can I just say I dream in little spotted metallic circles? Oh boy!!

After the counting is finished, I'll pull out my trusty manilla envelopes and sort them all into sets. I hope to start packaging them for shipping this afternoon. I will ship the oldest first, in other words, those who paid first will get first shipping priority. I will post updates on the progress of this as well. I have nearly all of the sets sold, but I'll order more eyelets if there are more people interested. Feel free to tell your friends and fellow stampers, especially once you get these beauties in hand!

I really appreciate all of you who jumped on this ship early in the voyage and paid ahead to make this buy possible. It's been a long journey and you all have been so patient!

If you paid via PayPal, you will receive a delivery confirmation number e-mailed to you by PayPal.
OK, back to counting!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

40 Colors Done!

I finished the 40th color last night. I'm really pushing to finish the counting by the end of the week so I can start shipping next week. I will ship in order paid, as it seems the most fair. I'll update when I get to 50, then to 60.

Needless to say, I'm seeing spots in my dreams!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Counting is Plodding Along!!

This is what 300,000 eyelets counted into baggies looks like!

The good news is I'm 1/2 way there, and the bad news is that I'm 1/2 way there!

I have 30 of the 59 colors counted out now. It's taking a bit longer than I anticipated. I estimated 40 hours of counting, and in reality it's taking about 1.5 hours per color. So, you are looking at 45 hours of counting. Each of the bins above contains one of the colors, counted into 50's in little baggies. I have the 25's (for 1/2 shares) also counted and in a larger bag in the bin.

We are also moving, but be reassured that I'm planning on getting everything counted and shipped before the move. Also, just to further reassure you, it's a local move, only 12 miles away to a home in the country. We're in no hurry to get everything packed and moved in a day. We haven't sold our home yet, and this was a sudden decision to move. We only looked at the house about 3 weeks ago!

The biggest thing taking time is the counting process. Luckily, the kids are helping out and they bag as I count (with the scale). It's going really well, and all of the colors are amazing!!! I hope to finish the counting by the end of the week and then package and label the following week, or this coming weekend. I'll be posting updates here so you know how the counting goes.

Anyone wanting to RAK my boys for helping out so much, please send me a PM or e-mail and I'll give you their names and addy.

Meanwhile, are you exercising your Crop-a-Dile muscles???

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Contest Winner is.......

The total weight of the eyelets was 51.2 lbs. The closest guess was SCS's collector. I will be contacting you for your address to send you a prize.

Keep an eye out here tomorrow for photos of the counted eyelets to date. I have so far counted 15 colors and hope to get another 7-8 done tomorrow. My boys have been helping me bag them up and they are troopers!
A quick update, then back to counting. I have completed 11 colors to this point. I didn't get to count any last weekend because we were at a family reunion. I hope to finish them by the end of this week. I'll take a photo and post it tonight of the counted eyelets!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Finally.....Some New Cards!

I've had a lot of people asking me to post more cards on my blog. My stamping friend Michelle specifically requested the one on the bottom.

For the top card, I used SU Certainly Celery and Cameo Coral. I ran the celery through my Cuttlebug. I stamped the Coral with my Aida Cloth background in Coral ink. I used gamsol and my Prismacolor pencils on the leaves and pear. I used some of my organdy ribbon on the top of the card. You can't see it that well in the photograph, but I cut out a tag from acetate with a CB die and stamped the word "wish" on the tag then threaded it on the ribbon.

For the bottom card, I used SU Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, and Apricot Appeal. I stamped the Apricot with my On the Spot background (can't part with that one!). I used my Seeing Spots set for the remainder of the card. All of the stamping on the accent pieces was done with craft inks and embossed with clear embossing powder. The striped ribbon is some that I will be carrying on my new website.

To see a preview, you can visit Some of my pricing may not be accurate. We're in the process of crunching numbers and getting everything photographed and listed on the site. My pricing is very similar to share pricing. Because I can now purchase from manufacturers, I can in many cases offer pricing below what I was charging for shares and still be able to run it as a business.

The Eyelets Are Here!!

I'm so excited and pleased to announce the arrival of the eyelets!! Can you imagine all of those boxes filled to the absolute top with bags of eyelets?? I'm opening only one at a time because otherwise I'd be overwhelmed with the task at hand! I'm still taking guesses on the total weight of that stack of eyelets. I will take guesses until Monday and announce the winners here on my blog. To enter, send me an e-mail or a PM on SCS with your guess as to the total weight of the eyelets as shipped to me. This includes everything you see in the top picture.

The bottom picture shows the counting process in action. I have a little counting scale (bottom center). I scoop the eyelets from the bowl into those little cups, then dump the cups into little baggies. I enlisted my kids in the dumping process with the promise of treats. Perhaps a trip to the Dollar store is in order when we're done. LOL I purchased a bunch of tubs (green box on table) to put each completed color into. Once the colors are all counted, I'll be sorting them into sets.

The eyelets just arrived yesterday. I started the counting process in the evening and completed 3 colors last night. I'll update here frequently to let you know how quickly I am able to complete the counting. I estimated it would take me 40 hours and we'll see how accurate that is.

I also have to say.....they look fabulous! The colors are great and I think you'll all be very pleased!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fantastic News!!!

I just got an e-mail from the wholesaler letting me know that the eyelets are boxed up and ready to go out. I just paid the shipping costs at PayPal, and they'll be on their way to me on Monday.

To keep us all busy, I'll send a little gift to the person coming closest to the total weight of the eyelets when boxed up. To enter, just drop me an e-mail with your guess, or a PM on SCS.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Good News!!

Good news in the eyelet department! Get your Cropadiles ready to crop-a-dile!!

I heard from the wholesaler today that the eyelets are all finished and ready to ship. I paid the 2nd installment this afternoon and they will be on their way. I asked for a shipping estimate and she said the factory usually takes 2-3 days to get the eyelets to her and she will have to repackage and prepare them for shipping to me. I'll update when I get them and on my progress in counting them.

Yay for us!!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Eyelet Share Update

I have been having lots and lots of inquiries about the status of the eyelets.

I am still waiting word that they have shipped to me. Here is what I wrote in the original share information:

The manufacturer is quoting us (me and the wholesaler) 35 days to complete the manufacturing process. We then have to allow time to have the eyelets shipped from overseas, through customs, to the wholesaler, then to me. I also anticipate having to do some counting. So, my goal is to get the eyelets in your hands in 60 days. I need to have 1/2 of the money up front in order to start the process. As soon as I have 100 orders paid, I can pay the $$ up front to get things going.

I posted the share on May 7th and it took a couple of weeks to get enough paid orders to get the order sent in. I estimated 60 days, from the time I sent the order in, so that would be mid-July by my calculations. I will update in the thread and on my blog when I have news of shipment to me.

I will post as soon as I have any information. Believe me, I am as anxious to see these as you are! I can't wait and I'm bugging my wholesaler nearly every day to see if there is news. I'm expecting them to ship to the US any day now. They will then have to be repackaged at the wholesaler and shipped on to me, and then I have to count them into shares and send them on to all of you.

It will take me 40 hours of counting to get them all counted. I will make regular updates once I get them as so you'll know how far through the counting process I am.

It will also probably take me a couple of days just to address and mail them. I have a big list of people who have purchased shares.

I originally estimated mid-July as the date you would receive your eyelets, and I still expect that will be the case.

Thanks for waiting patiently with me to have these beautiful eyelets made!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm a Dum-bella!!

Two of my SCS friends (squirrellyshirley and sf9erfan) came over a while back. I don't own any Bella's yet, even though they're the hot thing! Michelle brought some pre-stamped Bella's for us so we could play with my Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, and stumps. We did have a ball, but I showed my lack of Bella knowledge. Little did I know, that Bella arms are just lines. I thought she was wearing a shawl. Duh!!

For this card, I used my Crosshatch background and Sincere Salutations. I used Pixie Pink stamped with Pink Passion for the main color. The accents around the Bella gal are Pink Passion and Basic Black. I used both 1/4" and 1/8" ric rac.

This is the much awaited May Arts 3/16" stitched center grosgrain ribbon. This is a lighter weight nylon grosgrain than my other polyester grosgrain shares. These colors are amazing and I can't wait to get time to work with some of it! In this share, you'll get 5 yards each of 18 colors for a total of 90 yards for $23.00.

Ric Rac

Shown here is the 1/8" ric rac. I've been having fun cutting this stuff and I have lots of ideas what I can do with it. As you can see, it comes in some great colors. In this share, you get 5 yards of each of 11 colors for a total of 55 yards for $21.00.

Shown in this photo is 1/4" ric rac. I inadvertently left the cream color out of the photo, but it is included in the share. You'll get 5 yards each of 15 colors for a total of 75 yards for $25.00.

Burlap String

I've had a few requests for photos of the May Arts products, so here they are!

This is the burlap string. I can best describe it as a cross between jute, linen thread, and hemp. It's softer than jute, but not stiff like hemp, and much finer, more like SU's linen thread. These are great colors. In their listings, May Arts also listed white, gold, and silver. The gold and silver are exactly like SU's gold and silver cord. The white is exactly the same as the gold and silver, except it's an irridescent white. This stuff is great! In this share, you get 10 yards of the colors, 15 yards of white, gold, and silver for $12.

This is a covered 3"x 5" post-it and candle I made for a friend. I used some striped patterned paper I have around, plus the Looks Like Spring SU set. Also in the photo is my 3/8" organdy ribbon and 1/4" grosgrain.

Here's the girly version of the covered notebook. I used my Sizzix Bounce alphabet for the name. The colors are So Saffron and Cranberry Crisp. I added some gold Stickles to the center of the cut-out flower for a bit of bling!
Just a quick update. All May Arts shares that have been paid for have gone postal. If you ordered but didn't pay, I still have your shares if you want them. Please contact me.

On another note, I still have 6 shares of 1/4" ric rac and 6 of 1/8". I have lots of shares of burlap string left since I have to buy 400 yard spools. I also have a handful of stitched grosgrain spots left as well.

I'll post a photo in a bit of a card made with the ric rac and stitched grosgrain.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

May Arts Ribbons have arrived!!!

I had a nice surprise on my doorstep today!! The May Arts Ribbons are here. Can I just say they are amazing!!

I will post a picture later of each different kind. The one I'm most surprised by at the moment is the Burlap string. It's about the thickness of SU's linen thread, but very soft to the touch. It's a lot thinner than hemp cording, which I personally find refreshing because it's so easy to work with!

The gold, silver, and white are more similar to SU's gold and silver cord. The white is actually more of an iridescent white. I can't wait to use some of this stuff on my Christmas cards!

Monday, June 11, 2007

May Share Ribbons

I should be getting the May Arts ribbons in for my May shares this week. Anyone who has ordered and paid for their May shares should have their ribbons shipped by the end of the week.

I still have spots left in all of my May shares, here's a quick recap:

  • 1/8" Ric Rac
  • 1/4" Ric Rac
  • 3/16" Stitched Center Grosgrain
  • Burlap String
You can check my posts around the middle of May for pricing details if you're interested.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

It's Time for Teacher Gifts

Well, it's that time of year! My kids get out of school Friday and I realized I hadn't made anything for the teachers and staff at at the school. Time to get busy!

I spent the morning designing and stamping and here are the results:

Steve is our principal, and this is the only "male" gift I needed to make. The ones for the other teachers are still in the works and I'll post them later. More work, more flowery!

I used a sheet of striped paper from my multi-thousand sheet stash. I used Cranberry Crisp CS from SU and a long retired SU set called Have a Ball. The finished project measures approximately 5" x 8". Inside is a Jr. Legal size notepad. The cover is glued to the notepad and has a pocket inside. I got the pattern for this from SCS quite a long time ago and it's one of my favorite projects.

I love to give these to kids for birthdays with a $5 bill tucked into the pocket.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Gingham Gone Postal.

The missing color of gingham has finally arrived. I cut it today, packaged it and shipped it. If you paid via Paypal, you will have received an e-mail with the tracking number.

I know you'll love this stuff, it's awesome!

I still have a few shares on hand, if you missed out on ordering this one. I actually have all of the ribbons on hand with the exception of my May Shares, which are still on order.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thank You Cards!!!

I had my auction committee over today. Most of them are non-stampers or newbies. We made 70 of these cards to send out to businesses who donated to our auction. It was a really fun project and I think I have some converts who will not be visiting Hallmark as often anymore!

I used SU's Pretty in Pink and Cool Caribbean paper and ran them through the Cuttlebug. I also used some of my organdy ribbons from the shares. The flowers are punched with SU's flower punch out of patterned paper. I used Crystal Effects and beads in the centers of the flowers.

Good News!!

First of all, I have shipped out everything.....all orders are on their way to you, most will have already received them.

The only exception to this is the gingham ribbon. I was told by the wholesaler yesterday that they shipped the missing color out. I'm not sure when it will arrive here, but I will post when I get it. It will take me a day or so to cut, label, and ship it.

One more note about wholesalers....I am no longer dealing with them, I'm only purchasing from manufacturers. Hopefully backorders will not affect future purchases.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

FAQ's on my eyelet share.....

I've had a few recurring questions about my eyelet share. I thought I'd do a FAQ post.

  1. Do you need the full payment up front, and if so, why? Yes, I need the full payment as quickly as possible. The reason why is that I have to pay 1/2 of the total amount up front, just to get the manufacturer to start making the eyelets. Remember this is a custom order and if I flake on them, they're stuck with them. We're talking about thousands of $$. I need 200 participants to fill the share. At $40 each, that's $8,000. You can see why it would be hard for me to cover the entire cost myself, even 1/2 is a lot of money.
  2. Why will it take 2 months to receive my eyelets? The eyelets are being manufactured overseas. The manufacturer has quoted the wholesaler (and hence me) 35 days to manufacture this many colors. Then we have to allow time for the eyelets to be shipped from overseas, then to the wholesaler, then to me. On top of that, I'll be getting bags of 10,000 eyelets and I have to count them into sets of 50. When I did my other eyelet share, it took me about 30 minutes to count 5,000 eyelets using my counting scale. My engineering hubby has come up with a more efficient way to count them, so I'm hoping each set of 10,000 won't take more than 40 minutes. That's still 40 minutes for each of 60 colors. That's a total of 2,400 minutes, or 40 hours.
  3. What colors are you using for the "in" colors? I'm using the current "in" colors because I sent these cardstock samples in to the manufacturer over a month ago. I wouldn't be able to get accurate 2007-2008 "in" colors until I can get my hands on some cardstock. That would put the eyelet delivery sometime in September. I don't want to make people wait that long.
  4. Will you do the new "in" colors? Yes. When the new "in" colors are made available, I will send in samples and have them made also. At that time, I will be offering an additional share of the "in" colors, metallics, and neutrals as a supplement to the regular share. I would expect this to be ready to ship in September.
  5. Are these aluminum eyelets? Yes. They are the nice, soft ones, easy to set, just like SU. They're not the hard brass ones like Making Memories. If you purchased a previous eyelet share from me, in the non-custom colors, they will be exactly the same because they are made by the same manufacturer.
  6. When will the eyelets be ordered? I have just given the go-ahead (May 25th) to the manufacturer. I expect to receive the eyelets in the early part of July. I expect it will take me at least a week to count them, and then a couple of days to address and ship them. I will update my blog every step of the way when there are new developments.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I'll answer them here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Get Well Card

Just thought you'd like to see what I've done with some of my gingham ribbon. I used a strip of gingham and a strip of grosgrain on this card. I used the Stampin' Up! Weathered background, the Farm Fever set, and Sweet Spot set. The colors are Summer Sun and Real Red. I used my watercolor pencils on the sheep.

I've had a few requests for photos of the gingham ribbons.
Here's a picture of 8 of the colors. One of the original colors has been
discontinued, so I have decided to send an extra 5 yards of black instead.

I'm still waiting on the light pink to show up.
As soon as it does, these will be on their way to all of you!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Shares for May

New Shares for May, 2007

All new ribbons for May are May Arts Brand Ribbons (No pun intended)

¼” Ric Rac:

  • 15 colors
  • 75 yards
  • $25.00
  • Available in: champagne, green, yellow, ivory, olive, orange, black, pink, brown, natural, light fuchsia, light blue, red, burgundy, royal blue

1/8” Ric Rac:

  • 11 colors
  • 55 yards
  • $21.00
  • Available in: white, yellow, celery, black, orange, red, brown, olive, light blue, pink, royal blue

3/16” Stitched Center Grosgrain:

This is the same width and similar to SU’s ribbons in their collections.

  • 18 colors
  • 90 yards
  • $23.00
  • Available in the following colors: (all with white stitching except where noted) champagne, pink, gold, orange, lavender, mauve, royal blue, black, fuchsia, antique gold, purple, red, burgundy, olive, yellow, light blue, antique gold/antique gold stitching, lt. brown/lt. brown stitching

Burlap String:

This is similar in feel to jute, but very skinny like hemp cording.

  • 13 colors
  • 10 yards of colored string
  • 15 yards of white, gold, and silver
  • $12.00
  • white, ivory, pink, brown, navy, natural, burgundy, gray, red, bittersweet, lavender, green, gold, black, olive, silver

To order, you can drop me an e-mail at or

Polka Dot Grosgrain Gone Postal!!

I have the polka dot grosgrain all cut, boxed, and shipped. I still need to cut a few shares of 3/8" striped organdy and the 1/4" and 1/8" solid organdy. That should all be done by tomorrow and then everything......EVERYTHING!!!!........everything!!!!......will be cut and shipped. I love sending out happy boxes of ribbons around the world!

OK, not totally everything. I'm still waiting on that last stinking color of gingham to come in. The wholesaler said it would be shipped this week. I'll update here when I get notified of shipment.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I'm Almost Done!!!

Tonight I'm cutting the polka dot grosgrain. Most everything else is cut and packaged. I just need to print the shipping labels. Nearly every package will go out Monday, if it hasn't already.

The only exception is the gingham ribbon. I'm still waiting for the last color to show up.

I'll post a list Monday of all of the packages that went out yesterday and this coming Monday. Happy mail on the way!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Share Update

I'm cutting and shipping about 10 orders/day. Lots of people have already received their ribbons, brads, etc. I'm hoping to have everything but the gingham and polka dot grosgrain cut and shipped by Monday. I'm quickly catching up!!

I have created a new document with a list of all of my current shares. If you'd like a copy of the document, please e-mail me at and I'll send you one.

You'll get info about my 3 new May Arts shares, which will not be posted here on my blog until Monday, May 14th.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Missing Polka Dot Grosgrain Arrives!!!!

I'm finally in possession of a full set of polka-dot grosgrain colors. I'm going to finish cutting the other types I'm working on and then start in on the polka dots. Yippee!! I expect it to take me a couple of days of cutting to finish the polka-dot grosgrain. I'll update here when it ships out to you!

Can I just say I HATE BACKORDERS!!! Just a little anyway. :o)

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Shipping Update

I've been busy cutting ribbons! I have a number of orders ready to ship and I'll be printing shipping labels this morning. The following orders are going out, at least in part today:

Laurel K.
Heather H.
Vicky W.
Julie K.
Cheryl H.
Gina S.
cischroed (SCS name)
Angela J.
Michelle I.
Shelly S.
Melissa N.
Sam S.

I again want to thank you for your patience as I dealt and continue to deal with backordered ribbons. I heard from the polka-dot grosgrain wholesaler that my last color shipped. I'm still waiting on word for the last color of gingham. Everything but the gingham is on it's way to my house.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

More Backorder Notes

The polka-dot grosgrain wholesaler has informed me that the remainder of my order has shipped. I should have it early next week.

I've had a number of questions about shipping. I am cutting and shipping out what I have here. If you ordered something other than gingham, polka-dot grosgrain, or 5/8" striped organdy, you can expect your items to start shipping soon. I have everything else here and it's just a matter of how fast I can cut and ship it. If you paid via PayPal, you'll automatically get notified when I print your label and you can use PayPal to track your shipment. In the case of multiple shipments, you'll get notified each time I ship.

OK, back to cutting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Backorder Update

Just a quick update on backorders.

I'm still waiting for the following:
1 color of gingham
1 color of polka dot grosgrain (used to be 4, but 3 more came, I requested a substitution.)
2 colors of 5/8" striped organdy (I think this is a shipping error, not a backorder)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Whew!! The auction is over!!

So, the auction is now over and I couldn't be happier. We raised about $10,000 and that goes a long way towards putting in the walking path we are working towards. The principal surprised us, Jenny and I, with a copy of the police report right in front of everyone last night. It was great fun. We have really fun auctions with entertainment and lots of laughs. Our principal is very punny!

I'm going into ribbon overdrive starting today and I'm going to whip these orders out. If you paid via PayPal, you'll get an e-mail from them when I ship your package. You can always e-mail me at to check on the status of your particular order.

I have an inbox filled with e-mails, so if you've already mailed me, I'm working down the list.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

One more story......

I thought you might all enjoy an anecdote to supplement my last post:

Friday night, my auction co-chair Jenny and I were at the school late......very late.......typing up the catalog with our committee. The catalog has to go to press Monday morning (tomorrow) at 10:00 AM in order to be ready for us to bind it on Wednesday evening.

Our committee started trickling out just before midnight. Two of our committe members stayed with us until 2:00 AM. Jenny and I were tweaking the catalog and our other members were putting finishing touches on advertising signs to put up on street corners.

After our friends left at 2, Jenny and I stayed another hour finishing the major parts of the catalog. We left the portable and locked up, unlocked the gate, drove through and locked it, then proceeded to drive around to the front of the school to let ourselves in the front door and set the alarm. When we got to the front of the school, driving my big, black Suburban complete with tinted windows, specialty rims and all; a nice menacing vehicle, not exactly housewife standard issue, we had a surprise waiting for us!

Apparently the police at the front door didn't think we looked harmless either. They turned on their flashing lights and blinded us with searchlights. I could just see Jenny and I sitting in the back of cop cars, while the police tried to track down the principal in the middle of the night to verify our story. Luckily, our vehicle looked menacing, but Jenny and I don't.

It took some explaining, but they finally believed us and let us go. We entered the school and set the alarm with no further problems. They were probably thinking that no sane person would be hanging around an elementary school at 3 in the morning. They were sane person would do that!

It's been a super crazy couple of weeks around here. I posted a few posts ago about what's been going on. My hubby had surgery on the 11th, which happened to be my 3rd son's birthday. To top it off, that son and his older brother started in with the stomach flu that morning and passed it to my littlest one by that Friday. My hubby was doing pretty well by Friday, but I was in crunch mode for the auction by then, with only 2 weeks to go.

As if that weren't enough, my hubby came down with a different stomach flu and fever this past Tuesday and then passed it to me on my birthday, Thursday. I spent the whole afternoon and until 10:00 Friday morning delirious with fever. Not fun. By Friday morning, one more son was sick with it also. Arrrgh!

When I first posted these shares, I anticipated having all of the ribbons here at least 3 weeks ago. I didn't foresee the backorder problems I would have. If I had received the ribbon in a timely manner, the orders would all be cut and shipped by now. As it stands right now, I'm still waiting on the following:

~2 colors of solid grosgrain
~4 colors of polka-dot grosgrain
~1 color of gingham
~2 colors of 5/8" striped organdy

I finally had the shipment of solid grosgrain and 1/8" organdy arrive last week.

The biggest thing on my plate at the moment (besides being Mom of 4 boys) is an auction for our elementary school. The auction is this coming Friday, the 27th. I am co-chair of the auction and I knew I'd be insanely busy the last 2 weeks before the auction. Keep in mind, that this is also a volunteer position, not a regular job, just a one time thing. We're raising money this year to construct a walking path at the elementary school.

What I didn't expect was backorders that would put my ribbon deliveries landing at my house at the exact same time I'm crazy with the auction. I had hoped to have everything cut and shipped before the auction "crunch time" arrived. The auction takes months to prepare, but the last two weeks are always crazy. My co-chair and I worked 70 hours last week on auction related stuff and it will be about the same this week. I haven't had any complaints or anything from all of you who ordered, but I'm sure some of you are wondering where your ribbons are. I really appreciate all of your patience!

I will be finished with the auction this Friday evening and after that I'll be in overtime ribbon mode. Hopefully by then, I'll have the backorders all here and I can just cut and ship with incredible speed! Yay!! I'll cut and ship by order of payment. If you have ordered something that is listed as backordered above, I'll ship everything else to you and ship those shares as the backorders are shipped to me.

One more note. I do have lots of orders of brads packed and ready to go. I just need to address those. I'll get them addressed today and dropped at the PO tomorrow morning. Thanks again everyone for being so patient! These ribbons and brads are worth the wait!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Ordering More Brads!!

I have had a lot of requests for brads, so I'm going to place another order. I will have both regular and neutral add-ons available.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

What shares do I have left?

That's the question of the day. I have all of my ribbon shares left. If I run out, I'll order more. In any case, you may have to wait up to a month for your ribbons depending on what you order and where your spot is in the spool. Rest assured your ribbon will be on it's way as soon as possible. I've had nothing but happy stampers in my shares!

To see more details about my various shares, look at my older posts. Each share has it's own post.

I'll count and post later in the week when I know how many shares of brads I have remaining.

I'm also taking reservations for my special eyelet share. I'm having eyelets custom colored in all of our favorite colors including neutrals. I also have an older post about that.

What a crazy week!

Boy, this was a crazy week at our house!

Wednesday was my 3rd son's 11th birthday. To top it off, it was also the day of my hubby's surgery. There was no other day we could do it on, but it's really made this month crazy. And, as if that weren't enough, my 2nd son and 3rd son woke up vomiting that morning. Sheesh!

So, the surgery went well. They were having to rebuild his nose using cartilage from his ear. He'd had a broken nose years before and two surgeries, resulting in him not being able to breathe through his nose. He's doing well and is supposed to be back to normal within a week or so. Yay!

Despite all of that, I managed to get about 30 packages sent this week. Some of you will be receiving your brads and ribbons any day. I'm still waiting on some backorders, but I'm shipping what I have received. That ribbon winder is amazing!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Shipping and Delivery Updates

I have finally received the shipment of gingham......of course missing one backordered color. I think I would fall over if any of my shipments contained all of the colors I ordered.

I'm still waiting for 3 colors of polka dot grosgrain to arrive.

Meanwhile, I have received and counted 2 orders of brads, plus the neutral add-on options. I am working on packaging and addressing those tonight and they will go out first thing in the morning. In some cases, they will be coming with ribbons as well.

I have all of the organdy and polka dot organdy on hand, so those are being cut and shipped in order of payment received, as best I can. I also have grosgrain on hand....except of course 1 backordered color. That should arrive this week, though. I'm sending out dozens of boxes on Thursday with my carrier, plus more on Saturday. I'm devoting the entire day Thursday to cutting and packaging.

I'll post a picture of the gingham and polka-dot grosgrain when I get a chance in the next couple of days.

OK, back to addressing brads! :o)

Watch May 1st for 3 new shares!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Latest Updates!!

What is this?? It's my new ribbon winder that my hubby made for me. It's the result of both of us brainstorming and his engineering skills. It can wind 10 pieces of ribbon at a time, up to 1-inch in width. It's sort of funny looking, but it gets the job done! I pre-cut one piece of any given ribbon to a 5 yard length and then wind it onto the contraption along with 10 others of the same style of ribbon. This cuts my cutting time by an amazing amount. He's working on a couple more tweaks to make it even faster.

Shipping updates:

  • brads~~The first batch is counted and I hope to address and ship those tomorrow
  • gingham~~Still waiting on delivery
  • polka dot grosgrain~~Waiting for 4 backordered colors
  • solid organdy~~here and waiting to be cut (cutting 3/8" currently)
  • grosgrain and supplemental grosgrain~~waiting for shipment
  • polka dot organdy~~here and waiting to be cut
  • striped organdy~~here, some cut, but waiting for 2 backordered colors in 5/8"
Be assured I'm cutting and packaging as quickly as I can. I'm shipping in order of when I received your payment. For checks/money orders, I wait for them to clear before sending the goodies. I expect the first batch of ribbons to ship out tomorrow. If you ordered only 3/8" striped organdy, and have paid, your ribbons should go out in the first batch.

I'm busy cutting ribbons and have a few orders ready to go. I'm still missing

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Striped Organdy Shares

I've been offering the striped organdy for a while, but until that giant box came, I didn't have any of the ribbon on hand. Here's a picture of what the striped organdy looks like on spools. It's a regular organdy, unwired, but it has stripes running the length of the ribbon. The stripes are either iridescent or metallic depending on the ribbon. The 3rd one from the top is white with metallic burgundy stripes. Here's the details:
  • 100 yards
  • 5 each of 20 colors
  • $11 for 3/8"
  • $12 for 5/8"

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Grab Bags

I had a great idea given to me by one of my participants. She was looking for a gift for a stampers gathering. I came up with the idea of making these grab bags of ribbons. In the bag, I have the following:
  • 5 yards 3/8" solid organdy
  • 2 yards 3/8" striped organdy
  • 2 yards 5/8" solid organdy
  • 1 yard 7/8" solid organdy
  • 5 yards polka dot organdy
  • 3 yards solid grosgain
  • 40 assorted eyelets (10 each of 4 colors)
  • 20 assorted brads (10 each of 2 colors)
  • All ribbons in 1 yard pieces, no duplicate colors
  • $4.50 includes shipping
This is a great way to check out the different ribbons I have to offer, or a great gift for a new stamper.

Organdy Ribbons are Here!!

The organdy ribbons arrived yesterday. I took a photo of my son with the huge box to give a size perspective. He's about 3' 11", so you can see how big this box is.

There are over 500 spools of ribbons in this box!! I'll post updates on cutting and shipping times after I get it all sorted out.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New Size Added to Solid Organdy Share

Due to popular demand, I have added a new, smaller size to my solid organdy shares.

Here's the details:

  • 1/8" organdy
  • 35 colors
  • 5 yards of each
  • 175 total yards
  • $19 including shipping

Monday, March 26, 2007

A quick note about my shares.

I just wanted to post a quick note about my shares. I recently had a complaint about one of my shares so I wanted to post an explanation.

My organdy ribbons (solid, striped, polka dot) come to me on 25-yard spools. The spools are not quite 25 yards, so when measuring yardage, some of them (about every 5th one you receive) will be in two pieces rather than one. I always make the short piece at least a foot, plus add a bit extra to hopefully compensate for having to deal with 2 pieces. Personally, I think it's worth the pain of dealing with 2 pieces to get such a great price.

I've sent out hundreds of shares and this is the first complaint. I just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this and give anyone who wants to, the chance to back out.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Here's a great picture sent to me by lchristiansen on SCS. What a fabulous way to store the ribbons!! Thanks so much for sending it my way!

I also wanted to apologize for being out of touch the past 1 1/2 days. Our router went on the fritz yesterday afternoon and it took until now for my hubby to get to the store, buy one, and get it hooked up.

So, in the meanwhile, I've been baking a batch of honey oat bread using my newly acquired hard white wheat. I ground it into flour today and baked up some bread. Actually, it's baking now and it sure smells good!!

I've got an inbox full of e-mail with requests for the eyelet share and ribbons. I'll get to them as fast as I can. Just know I'm not ignoring anyone.

Friday, March 23, 2007

New Eyelet Share

I'm starting a new eyelet share. This one is really unique because I'm having eyelets custom made in our favorite 48 colors. I'm also doing neutrals and "in" colors.

The details are:
  • 54 colors of eyelets
  • 5 neutral colors (vanilla, white, gray, black, and sand)
  • 50 of each color, plus an extra 50 black
  • 3,000 total eyelets
  • $40, which includes shipping and delivery confirmation
  • $23 for 1/2 share, 25 of each color, 50 black
At this point, I am only taking reservations, please do not send funds. I have to purchase 10,000 of each color in order to have them made. This means I need to fill 200 spots in order to make this happen. If you would like to participate, please send me an e-mail at I will make a list and you will receive an e-mail response if I am able to do this. It takes 35 days to have the eyelets made, so I anticipate delivery to you will be in 2 months from the date I give the manufacturer the go-ahead. Once I have enough participants, I will have everyone start sending funds since I have to send 1/2 of the money in order to get them made.

Gingham, Grosgrain, Polka-Dot Grosgrain

I have offered a few more ribbon shares. These spots are filling up fast. The first batch is already ordered, but I will order more if the shares fill up!

Here's the details:

Gingham Ribbon:

  • 3/16"
  • 5 yards of each color
  • 15 colors
  • 75 yards
  • $33 including shipping
  • PayPal fees $2

Solid Grosgrain:
  • 1/4"
  • 5 yards of each color
  • 40 colors
  • 200 yards
  • $28
  • PayPal fees $2
  • Supplemental colors
  • 5 yards of each color
  • 25 colors
  • $20
  • PayPal fees $1
If you get both of the solid grosgrain shares, you will get 65 different colors.

Polka Dot Grosgrain
  • Swiss dots (small scattered dots)
  • 5 yards of each color
  • 30 colors
  • $44
  • PayPal fees $2.50
I will post pictures all of these ribbons when they arrive. To participate in the shares, e-mail me at

Brad Share

Well, the brads are here!! The brads mostly fill up a priority mail flat rate box. At least the first batch. For those who haven't heard about the brad share yet, here's the details:

  • 1,500 brads
  • 30 colors
  • 50 of each (100 each of metallic and neutral)
  • $38 including shipping
  • 1/2 share $21 including shipping
  • 500 neutral brads as an add-on for an extra $12
  • PayPal fees are additional

If you're interested in getting in on the share, drop me an e-mail at

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Polka Dot Organdy

Here's the polka dot organdy I'm offering. This photo shows all of the colors!

The pricing for this ribbon share is:

Polka Dot Organdy

3/8”~~85 yards, 17 colors $20

5/8"~~85 yards, 17 colors $22

Full spools of individual colors for $5, shipping included.

This price includes priority shipping.

As with my other shares, shipping could take as much as 4 weeks depending on shipping from the wholesaler to me.

Solid Organdy Ribbon Shares

I have 4 widths of solid organdy currently available.

  • 1/8"
  • 175 yards
  • 5 yards of each
  • 35 colors
  • $19
  • ¼”
  • 140+ yards
  • 5 yards of each
  • 28+ colors
  • $15
  • 3/8”
  • 210+ yards
  • 5 yards of each
  • 42+ colors
  • $17
  • 5/8”
  • 210+ yards
  • 5 yards of each
  • 42+ colors
  • $20
  • 7/8”
  • 210+ yards
  • 5 yards of each
  • 42+ colors
  • $24

This photo shows less than 1/2 of the colors available. I am unsure about the colors included in the 1/4" share until my first shipment arrives. The photo shows you the width of the 3/8" organdy. The wholesaler carries the following colors. I'm guaranteeing 140 yards for 1/4" and 210 for the other widths. You may get 220 if all of the colors are in stock and show up on time. The colors I have are:

Apple Green~~Aqua~~Azalea~~Baby Maize~~Black~~Burgundy/Wine~~Chocolate Brown~~
Coral~~Cranberry~~Daffodil~~Dark Aqua~~Emerald~~Fuschia~~Hunter Green~~Periwinkle~~ Ivory~~Jade~~Kiwi~~Light Gold~~Light Pink~~Lime~~Mauve~~Navy~~Old Gold~~Old Willow~~ Orange~~Lavender~~Peach~~Plum~~Purple~~Red~~Royal Blue~~Rosy Mauve~~Rust~~Salmon~~ Shocking Pink~~Silver/Gray~~Toffee~~Turquoise~~Williamsburg Blue~~White~~
White with gold edge~~White with silver edge~~
White with iridescent edge

I am also offering full spools for the following prices:

1/4"~~50 Yards~~$5.00
3/8"~~25 Yards~~$2.00
5/8"~~25 Yards~~$2.50
7/8"~~25 Yards~~$2.75

These prices all include shipping.

My Ribbon Shares

I've had a lot of requests for my ribbon shares I have been running on SCS. I closed them on SCS because of new share posting rules, but I've just been innundated with people wanting to get this fabulous deal on ribbon. I started with just grosgrain and then branched out into organdy. From there, I found polka-dot organdy, then polka-dot grosgrain, gingham, and more.

I'm posting them here in order to show pictures and update shipping times. Anyone interested in participating in my shares can e-mail me at

The next series of posts will include the details of my shares.

Monday, March 19, 2007

I made this card, actually, I made 10 of them for the Christmas Card Challenge at Splitcoast. I wanted to use non-traditional colors. I took the inspiration for the colors from the printed vellum I acquired years ago from Creative Memories. I just love snowmen!!

Here's a my latest creation that I made for my secret sister on Splitcoast. I found these adorable jars at the supermarket and knew they'd be perfect for stamping. The center of each side has a nearly square spot, perfect for sticking a stamped image in.

My SS's name is Cary, so I made her this monogrammed jar. I filled it with 3 Musketeers, one of her favorite treats. The backside of the jar says "Stamp Treats", one other side has a saying and the last side has a stamped paisley.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

This is a covered 3" x 5" notepad I made for some stamping friends. I made 6 of them altogether. All of the papers used are Stampin' Up! For the main cover, I used Close to Cocoa cardstock. The large embossed piece is Rose Red embossed with my Swirls A2 embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. I cut out the oval with my Sizzlets Window and Frame set (Oval #1) also using my Cuttlebug. The scalloped oval is punched out of Close to Cocoa with the Uchida Mega punch. The paisley is stamped in Rose Red with my Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set from SU. The grosgrain ribbon is from an unknown source. I stamped the word Happy, also from my PD&P set in Chocolate Chip prior to embossing the paper.

Getting Started

I've been thinking for years about starting a blog, but never got around to it. We've done lots of interesting things in the past few years and I have lots of hobbies, therefore, lots to talk about.

My first love has to be paper crafts of all kinds. I never met a stamping or scrapbooking tool I didn't like. I love the satisfaction I get from making things with my own hands that actually stay done. Most of the rest of my life, as a stay-at-home-Mom is spent doing things that get undone. I wash, they wear; I cook, they eat; I clean, they mess. When I stamp, it stays stamped!

I also love to cook. My latest new addition is a wheat grinder and a Bosch kitchen mixer. I have hundreds of pounds of wheat that my grandparents stored for emergencies. They died, and their wheat passed on to me, being the closest geographically. There's something so satisfying about grinding their wheat into flour and baking bread for my family. It's really, in an interesting way, brought me closer to them. I think of my Grandmother and her rolls she baked for us, knowing she used much the same methods and the same wheat to bake for us. I know I think of her every time I bake and wish she were here.

That's it for today. My first post to my first blog.