CHA Preview Days

CHA Previews: Join us for a look at some of the amazing items we saw at CHA: Creativation 2017.
All About Paper – Thursday, February 9th at 5:30pm
Tools, Media & Miscellaneous – Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30pm
Stamp & Die Bonanza – Saturday, February 18th at 2:00pm
More information on these events can be found at

Light up your fall & Christmas projects!

The days are getting shorter and the weather is turning a little crisp…. it’s FALL!  We have plenty of fun products to get you started on cards, pages and more for the season and for the Christmas holidays just ahead. Why not add a little extra sparkle or glow to your projects this season?  Try adding a little extra sparkle with glitter papers and cardstocks, glitter paste, sparkling Spica pens by Copic and more.  Add pure shine with one of the many colors of foil now in stock – we can show you lots of great ways to add foil and even change the look of it once it is in place!

For a perfect Halloween touch, you have to check out the awesome glow-in-the-dark vinyl we have.  This is very high-quality material, adhesive backed and ready to really light up your ghostly cards, décor items or walls!  Come in and see our sample at the counter, where we have a special dark box so you can see how bright this stuff is!  Imagine cutting out some spooky faces to place on windows, pumpkins or a photo frame!

Brand-new to the market and in stock now is something that will really add light and sparkle to projects and décor:  Lumies by Prima Marketing are super-tiny, super bright LED lights strung on bendable wire that you can shape into any form you choose.  Powered by two small button batteries (which are included), these have many, many crafting and decorating possibilities!  Sold in sets of 10 lights for only $3.99 or sets of 30 lights for just $5.99.












It’s The Best Ever Craft Mat – And It’s Here!

We had a great time chatting with Ken Oliver at the Paper Arts show, seeing the new colors of Color Burst pigment (yes… before you ask, we ordered them all!). Ken was showing some cool new techniques with the Color Bursts while using this amazing craft mat!  In fact the mat is called “The Best Ever Craft Mat”!

This mat is truly one of the coolest little finds – we ordered some immediately and they arrived TODAY.  You have to see it in person to truly appreciate it, but here’s a short video that will give you a little peek.  Oh, and here’s another bit of a teaser:  we had a great conversation with Ken about coming here to Washington to teach!

The mat sells for just $15.99 and we have only a limited number in stock to start with.  One is already in use in our Tool Shed, so you can see it, feel it and understand why it really IS the Best Ever Craft Mat!

Keep following us daily for more updates from the show and what kinds of wonderful new products are arriving and in stock!





The Goods Are Arriving

Right after a show or placing a big order, we turn into kids waiting for Santa.  Of course, we’re waiting on UPS, FedEx and the mailman instead, as we anxiously await the arrival of all the new goodies we’ve just fallen in love with!  The products ordered at last week’s CHA show in Schaumburg have begun to arrive, starting with Deco-Foil and Therm-O-Web products!  Foil is a HUGE trend in crafting right now and there are many fun and easy new ways to add that special shine to your projects!

Deco-Foil is a perfect place to start.  With about a dozen solid colors and several specialty patterns to choose from, you will find exactly the right one for your project.  The talented people at Therm-O-Web have developed a number of great adhesive products to work with the foils, including a specially formulated liquid adhesive that you have to see and try for yourself!  This glue dries to a tacky finish, so you can actually draw your own designs, outline a printed image or just doodle at random, then add a finish of foil without a smeared, runny mess.  Come in to see samples and hear more about how this works!

Want to add foil to FABRIC?  We’ve got you covered!  How about creating some dazzling, dimensional embellishments using your favorite die cutting machine?  No problem – we have just the thing to make it happen with ease!

Also just in from Therm-O-Web:  Sticky Dot Sheets.  Available in two sizes, these are ideal for those tiny, odd-shaped embellishments that we all love to use.  Just lay your embellishment or cutout letters on the adhesive sheet, lift it off and apply it to your project!  These sheets are covered in tiny dots that will only adhere where you need them – the rest stay on the sheet to use for the next piece!  It’s a quick, clean, easy way to adhere all those fine-line bits & pieces to your card or page!

More new treats are on the way – stay tuned!  Be sure to come in to see these products in person, though, because seeing them in action is why WE knew they belonged in the store; it’s why you will know they belong in YOUR craft room!

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Having fun at the Deco-Foil make-and-take counter!
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The liquid adhesive can be brushed on for a new effect.
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This was done with brushed on adhesive and specialty silver-star foil.
The possibilities are endless!

Summer Sunshine and a Little Pink…

Summer is on its way and the new summer paper lines, stamps & other products are arriving daily.  On their way to our store:  “Summer Vibes” and “Stars & Stripes” by Simple Stories,”Boardwalk” by BoBunny, and “Atlas” by Pink Paislee!  These collections are perfect for so many of your summer projects & photos – we’ll be using some of these in upcoming classes, too.  Of course, we have new stamps & dies arriving regularly as well, including fun stamp set with coordinating dies from My Favorite Things, “Tickled Pink” and Flamingo dies.  The card pictured here is just one of many possible ways to use these two together; these are in stock NOW!  Watch for updates on these and more new products as we continue to bring you the latest & greatest in the paper crafting world!

Card sample using "Tickled Pink" stamps and Flamingo Dies by My Favorite Things
Card sample using “Tickled Pink” stamps and Flamingo Dies by My Favorite Things
"Summer Vibes" by Simple Stories
“Summer Vibes” by Simple Stories
"Stars & Stripes" by Simple Stories
“Stars & Stripes” by Simple Stories
"Boardwalk" by BoBunny
“Boardwalk” by BoBunny
"Atlas" by Pink Paislee
“Atlas” by Pink Paislee

Easier Than Trying to Catch a Leprechaun

It’s time again for our own version of “March Madness”!  We LOVE St. Patrick’s Day and want to celebrate it BIG.  How big?  Well, for starters, how about all kinds of new collections arriving soon?  Not exciting enough?  Okay – – how about a sale so amazing you’ll think you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?!?!  From March 3 – March 17, EVERYTHING in the store is 10% off.  Yes, everything!  That even means an ADDITIONAL 10% off items already discounted!  See?  You don’t have to worry about chasing those sneaky little leprechauns!

Remember, we are still receiving new products that were pre-ordered from the CHA Mega Show.  Several anxiously-awaited collections are due to arrive THIS WEEK:

  • “On Stage” by Kaisercraft
  • “Furry Friends” by Kaisercraft
  • “Adrift” by Basic Grey
  • “Home Sweet Home” by Graphic 45

Unfortunately, many of our vendors are experiencing delays in getting products to market.  All west coast US ports have been embroiled in a longshoremen labor dispute for nine months. The work slowdowns and closures are impacting all sectors of the US economy, crafts included. The lack of supply of raw materials or finished goods is a significant issue for many of the brands we carry. The delay in getting new products and the extended backorder delays on restock items is every bit as frustrating for us as it is for you!  Hopefully this can be resolved soon, for everyone’s sake.  In the meantime, please know that we are also proud to offer many products made in the USA that are in no way affected by the dispute.  Authentique Paper, for example, continues to provide top-quality US made products that are in stock and readily available!  As a premier retailer for Authentique, we receive new collections from them every month.  The next two collections that we will receive in the coming weeks are “Durable” and “Playful”.  These are both excellent collections for the men & boys in your life, as well as just everyday fun scrapbook pages, cards and other projects.  We’ll let you know when these new collections arrive!

So spread the word, put on your best green outfit and come enjoy the Lucky Days Sale from now until March 17th!

More From the CHA MEGA Show

Ready for some more scenes from the CHA MEGA Show last week in Anaheim, CA?

You can view those below, but first let us tell you about a few of the items that are already on their way to the store:

Chameleon Color Tone Pens – alcohol ink, dual tips (brush and bullet nib) and a special blending chamber built in to each pen!  The blending chamber allows you to easily color in multiple shades from each individual pen.  Check out a video introduction for more information.

“Say Cheese 2” and “Enchanted” collections from Simple Stories – put in your wish list now or pre-purchase items from either collection.  These are going to go VERY fast!

The MINC foil application machine by Heidi Swapp – a video is available for this one too.  You have to see this in action – it was one of the MOST talked about items at the show and is gaining even more buzz since with all the blogs and product reviews coming out.  We are taking pre-purchase orders now for this awesome machine!

“Stick-It” double sided adhesive for die cutting – This is not just another double-sided adhesive!  Another HUGE hit at the show, these sheets (available in two sizes, both come in packs of 5) will absolutely change how you look at detailed intricate dies and die cutting on electronic machines.  We have a few samples to show in the store, our stock is on the way soon.  See it in action now on video!

Okay – as promised, here are some more pictures!  These are from January 11, throughout the vendor marketplace:


CHA MEGA Show – Day 2

PHOTOS just added!  (Jan. 19)

Wow!!  What a day!  Today the vendor market place opened and we began our adventure of shopping and exploring all the hundreds of vendor booths!  It’s the best part of the show – and it takes a LONG time to get through it all.  Today we barely scratched the surface and closing time came before we knew it!  We had a great day though, from our first stop at Lawn Fawn to our last make & take at “Everything Mary”!

The newest stamps & dies from Lawn Fawn are AMAZING (of course), Heidi Swapp has an awesome new machine and product line for applying foil to all kinds of projects, Echo Park and Carta Bella have several new great collections (including a “New Addition” series following up “Bundle of Joy” with all new designs in the same colors from before), we saw the new product lines from Bazzill that include FOAM sheets, new colors of foil cardstock and mylar sheets!  SRM has added new stamps to their catalog as well as even more new colors of heat transfer vinyl!  Doodlebug has the most adorable Easter / spring collection as well as a new line of mini-doilies in assorted colors.

At the We R Memory Keepers area, we were amazed by the incredible new tools they have coming out!  There is a large format template system to create LARGE scale envelopes, boxes, gift bags, flowers and more.  To go along with that, they also now offer patterned cardstock in POSTER BOARD size!  They also have all-new and redesigned 360 Rolling Totes, as well as an ingenious add-on drink carrier that hangs off the pull handle of the rolling tote (or any rolling suitcase).  The coolest new tool from We R is the Fuse – this is a heated tool with interchangeable cutting and fusing tips for making your own custom designed pocket pages!  The possibilities with this incredible little tool are endless.  We got to try it out – it’s very easy and quick to use.  They are not shipping until April, but they will sell out FAST.  American Crafts has some fun and super-smooth writing chalk markers that you have to see and try to really appreciate!

Card makers – have we found something out of this world for you!  Imagine making a birthday card where the candles on the cake actually glow with light…. or a Christmas tree with ACTUAL lights shining….  With specially designed LED stickers you can do these and oh so much more!  This is a VERY new product that is coming to the marketplace and it offers all sorts of new design options!  We got to learn & play with this concept today with nationally known artist and designer Jill MacKay and were amazed how easy it can be to add light to a project!