Thursday, January 31, 2008
Last night we all went out to dinner for moms birthday. We went to El'Bee's in Waterloo. They moved it and it is now where Harr's used to be. It was really nice and lots bigger. Still have yummy margharitta's! My brother made a cake called "Better than sex cake" for my mom. They said it was awesome.
Left front and around the table: Ruth (daughter), Mike (dad), Jake (brother), Liz (daughter) , Amy (me) , Trudy (sister), Phyllis (mom), Zacheus (son)
You do not want to miss the Midwinters Fantasy Retreat
Tell them you are with the Precious Treasures group. and you have until February 6 to register.
Vicki is teaching the classes.
What is the "Midwinters Fantasy Retreat"?
This retreat is an opportunity for scrapbookers, paper crafters, mixed media artists and anyone else who wants to jump in the pile to get together for a weekend of FABULOUS food, fun, contests, prizes, time to work on their crafts, and amazing workshops from nationally recognized artists!
When is the retreat?
Doors open Friday, February 22nd at 6:30pm, and we promise not to kick you out until 3pm Sunday, February 24th.
Who is hosting the retreat?
The Paper Pixie, formerly Serendipity Scraps, is the actual "host" of the retreat. When reserving your hotel room, you will need to request the group rate for the Serendipity Scraps retreat.
Where is the retreat being held?
Hyatt Place, Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas. To make your room reservations, please give them a call at (913) 491-9002. They are located at 5001 W 110th St, Shawnee Mission, KS 66211.
What type of hotel ammenities are being offered?
At this time, the Hyatt Place is being completely remodeled. This renovation is expected to be completed in October of 2007, and the following ammenities will be available to you:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Buy one get 50% off on everything in the store until February 8th, 2008. PLEASE help us make more room in the store for all the new items from the trade shows in January and February. There has never been a better time to stock up scrapbook supplies. We are just west of Omaha Nebraska and about 20 minutes from Lincoln Nebraska. If you have never been to our scrapbook store there has never been a better time to come check us out. It even includes the custom albums. You must mention the bloggers sale when checking out as it is a private sale. There are also 2 FULL racks of clearance items. One is 50% off and one is 75% off.
*Excludes handmade/custom/premade items. Excludes online store. Custom albums ARE included.
This was a fun page to do. You could do it with any shape. Just mark the shape with an invisible pen (sold at P.T.'s) Then I outlined it in removable glue dots to tack the pieces of paper down and then stitched them and then used an adhesive remover to remove any excess glue dots. We have a full size crafters sewing machine in our crop room for you to use if you do not have a sewing machine.
I used pearl glimmer mist on the black paper. I love using Bazzil Bling paper but if they do not have the color you need, spray colored card stock with pearl glimmer mist and it gives it the same look as Bazzil Bling.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Ok, how many of you have those old Dymo labelers? Most of you, right? If not buzz to Target and pick one up. They are great with the labels you can buy for them but try this tip.
- Cut a piece of cardstock the width of the tape that fits into your labeler.
- Then run it through your labeler just like you would the tape that is made for the labeler.
- After it comes out lightly sand with an emery board and this will reveal the letters.
- You can even ink or chalk over them at that point.
Now your colors of labels are ENDLESS!!!
Paint dabbers are one of my favorite products. If you use chipboard the dabbers and the edging tool kit are a must have! If you are not familiar with paint dabbers, they are acrylic scrapbook paint in bottle with a top like a bingo dabber. Then when you go scrapbook there is nothing to clean up, you just use the dabber like a brush. They are a lot faster drying also. Of course they are a Tim Holtz item! :)
Blogger Bonus: We just got in the new travel cases which hold 6 dabbers. Mention this bloggers special and get the case for free when you buy the 6 dabbers to fill it!!!! Mail order customers can also use any of our blogger specials!
- all surface pencils for marking photos, white and black
- wedding book page title packs (3 different styles)
- cow stickers
- tutto sewing machine bag (special order)
- aqua paint dabbers
- paint dabber case (holds 6 dabbers)
- brownie girl scout paper
- bone folder
- silver jingle bells shotz
- Stitch templates
- Stitch stamps and clear blocks
I am hooked on acrylic!!! I tried etching acrylic with Magic Wand (a type of engraver sold at P.T.'s). It came out awesome. You can use the acrylic sports albums and then put your child's number or school monogram on the front. You can also do just an outline and color in the middle or etch the whole area. I just made a template by cutting out an accucut letter. You could put a whole name or saying on an album also. Next Monday when I imprint I am going to see if the acrylic is imprintable. These are large albums about 8 inches and they have chipboard pages inside. VERY popular!
See photos. (on the "N" the film on the back of the acrylic is still on so it would show up in the picture and the reason it looks hazy. Top left corner shows how you can etch the whole letter. If you atch the shole letter you could rub and ink pad or marker on it and the color would stay where it is etched.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The three classes offered on February 3rd will open tomorrow January 29th at 10:00am. The samples are in the front window at the store. You are going to love these layouts and get to try lots of products. If you mention you read about it on the blog you get a $10.00 gift certificate if you take all three classes. (bloggers only bonus)
You all know I am always saying, white, white, white. I use white brads, flowers, ribbons etc. Use ink pads, chalks, Markers, and slick writers, sharpies, to color them all to match my layouts. This layout I used white rick rack and then colored it in with red, pink and blue Zig markers to match my layout. It is also on display at the store if you want to see it better as the colors did show up that well in the photo.
We sell these acrylic puzzles and I could not wait to use one in a layout. I like how it came out. I just did the edges of the puzzle with slick writer and then used a glue stick under where the red is. The letters are the wood tiles. It is on the display at the store as the phots do not do it justice.
We had the first stay at home moms crop today. We need to get more people but it was a success. Cathy did SIXTEEN pages!!! That was amazing! She does power layouts. I wish I were that organized. We had Panera bagels, ordered in Pizza and there was lots of chocolate!!!
In February it will be held on the 18th as I will be out of town at a crop in Kansas City. If you are interested in going, registrations have to be in by February 6th. See www.pixiepresskits.com and check under newsletter and then under fantasy retreat. Rooms are 89.99 and can be shared. We can also carpool.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today Liz and Trev worked. My 16 and 18 year old kids rooms were FULL of dirty clothes and it was driving me crazy. They both have jobs and my oldest works and goes to high school and also college so he is not ever home. We loaded it all up and hit the laundry mat. They ended up doing 26 loads between the two of them! It is a wonder they had clothes to wear. I did about 5 loads also.
After we got it all done Trev, Paul, Ruth, Zacheus and I went to go see the movie "The Bucket List". It was a great movie. Liz has a bible study on Sunday nights so she did not get to go. I took Diva and Daisy with us to the movies and they slept through most of it. Then we came home and Diva and Daisy got baths. Now they are on our bed wrestling. They are so cute!
We had an awesome Diva Night last night. It was a new group of ladies and they were a hoot!!! We had Panera's soup in bread bowls and it was great! Liz surprised them all and went out and got hot fudge sundaes. We gave lots of prizes!
The Diva of the night!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Ruth and Zacheus came in today with Trev to drop some stuff off. The twins had just come from basketball and cheerleading. Don't they look adorable?? I got Diva and Daisy little cheerleader outfits to wear to next weeks game. I will be sure to have them get a picture of them.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I get lots of emails from people asking me to teach classes. I will teach classes on February 2. There are three different classes that day. Sign up for all three and get a $10.00 gift certificate.
I am not a formal "teacher". I just love to show people different techniques so we will see how it goes. hee hee (If all else fails there will be chocolate! :)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Zacheus begged me to take a photo of him for the blog this morning before school. He got a brand new hair style and even got the tips of his hair dyed. He looks so handsome! oooops, I mean cool! He searched through books at Kids Cuts and picked his own style this time. My baby is growing up. :(
Jason plans to open the Bow Wow Pet Boutique and Bakery -- a combined pet store, pet accessory and furniture shop, and pet treat bakery -- on Feb. 1 in downtown Le Mars, Jason Heck has his hands full. Good thing his chihuahua Barbra, the inspiration for the store and a line of doggie fashion Heck's store will sell, only takes up one hand. Dogs, he said, are welcome in his store.
If any of you know Karen Smith, her cousin is working full time for Jason. We found this out from Jason as he said he was talking to her about Diva and Daisy and she said "I have been to that store". They had rented the crop room Thanksgiving weekend and they spent lots of time at the store. They live in Sioux City.
Liz and I are traveling up to see Jason in February. (That is Diva and Daisy's grandma Jason is holding. )
Diva and Daisy had lots of company today. Grandma and grandpa came and grandma brought them their first tiny little rawhide bones. They loved them! Then Tawnya , a customer and her mom came in to shop and they fell in love with the puppies. She even offered to babysit while we go to the conventions. hee hee Later another lady came in and wanted Jasons information about Fabby the last puppy. I will be saying a prayer he finds a home.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I just got home to find the new Creating Keepsakes magazine in the mailbox. It is the best one ever!! You have to check it out. We do not sell these anymore but places like Target, Walgreens, Borders etc sell them. It is a must have as there is so much information on new tools and craft room organization etc. I cannot wait to have more time to read it cover to cover.
If your biggest fear is dieing without your scrapbooks completed.
I just got a phone call that I won a weekend scrapbook retreat! You always hear me talking about Vicki Chrisman (aka glimmer mist queen) and her wonderful classes and blog. http://www.vickichrisman.blogspot.com/ Well she has give aways and contests on there all the time and I always enter and the place that is having the retreat just called and said they drew my name! I about hyperventilated as I never win anything. A great Big thank you to Vicki and the girls at Serendipity.
Ok now to the next part. COME WITH ME!!! If you go to http://www.paperpixiekits.com/ and click on newsletter, then click on Fantasy retreat it has all the information. I called the hotel and it is $89.99 a night which we could share rooms and the retreat is $200.00 but look at all that is included on the web site! It is well worth it. If you are interested in going email me at email@example.com or call the store 763-9675.
We got in a ton of adhesives and all were refills except the new Tombo glue dots which is a new item.
- padded 3 rind albums
- Doodle arrow stamps
- Fiskars decorative scissors
- fiskars blade refills, regular and scoring
- Page flippers
- Sizzix anywhere punches
- Jolees cowboy/cowgirl
- Sesame Street Jolees
I think I have a new favorite stamp set. I have hunted and hunted for arrows that look like doodling. I like to point out things in photos and journal about those things. I even stamp right on some photos with acid free staz on ink. These are great for pointing out tags to pull or photos to lift that there may be journaling behind etc. I just got in 6 sets and I bought one set of them so there are 5 left.
Monday, January 21, 2008
My daughter and I went to a couple really late night movies last night. We have had 4 funerals in the last few weeks and needed some laughs. We went to see Mad Monday and also 27 dresses. Mad Money was so so. 27 dresses was awesome. I did not think I would like it since I have been mad at Izzy on Grays Anatomy since she slept with George. But it was a great movie, you laugh and you cry. They had no school today so I am home today and Liz and I slept in until 10:00 when we heard Ruth playing the piano trying to get us up. I have to go into the store later to do some imprinting and lots of laundry. Zacheus stayed all night with grandma so I have to go pick him up also. Did it warm up out there????
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We started stay at home mom crops during the day this month. The one on the 4th Monday of every month that goes from the time you drop the kids off until you have to pick them up. We have two signed up and need another one to get this group going. Please call the store if you can come to this crop. It just meets once a month and if you are a stay at home mom you know how important that adult time is. hee hee
Check your email for the private sale going on. It is a big one as we have to clear as much out as possible before convention. So we are making incentives for everyone to come in and stock up. We have Memory Trends at the end of January and CHA the 9-13th of February. There will be lots of new stuff. So PLEASE come help us make room for new product.
If you did not get the email, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put SALE in subject and they will forward you the sale information.
We weighed the puppies today. Daisy finally made it to 2 pounds and Diva was 2.3 pounds. They are growing. They do not sleep as much and love to wrestle. I was running laps around the store with them when we did not have customers in the store but they are learning. Diva runs under fixtures and you have to try to catch her. hee hee I think it may be time for leashes. :) There were two wonderful teenagers at the crop Friday night and they played with the puppies most of the night. The puppies were sad to see them leave at the end of the night.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
You are the winner of the scrapbook organization contst drawing! Congratulations. Stop by the store to pick up your gift certificate. Thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful ideas! Keep watching for another contest.
This morning I went to an early breakfast with some friends for Betty Feltmans birthday! Betty is the most wonderful friend. We went to the wonderful restaurant in Elkhorn called the Heartland Cafe. If you have not tried it you have to check it out. Everything is excellent. They just started doing dinners Thursday-Saturday. They do lunch and breakfast only the other days. They are opening a bakery also which should be open in March. There are quite a few good restaurants in old town Elkhorn.
The entries for the organization contest closed yesterday. We have had many great ideas from our wonderful customers! I will have Liz draw for the winner tonight and it will post tomorrow.
- Over the door shoe racks, the clear plastic pockets are great for tools and embellishments
- Tool boxes
- Wire cubes for paper storage and also hold bins
- Baby food jars
- Tackle boxes
- Hardware store drawers
- Diaper bags used for crop bags (liked that one)
- muffin tins
- One lady said she transformed and old stereo/TV cabinet to a cropping station
- Old soda crates
- using clear plastic bags and hanging them from pant hangers in a closet to organize different themes of paper
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
We got in over 500 Jolees and mostly all brand new styles!!!
- Clear Stamp Set called Stamped Stitches
- Template for drawing stitch patterns
- Hot Off the Press Bohemian Paper and Tag pack
- Hot off the Press Bohemian Embellishment Kit
- Clear Blocks in all sizes
- Perfect Word Book
- Perfect Card Book
- Sporty Scrappin Book (just out) like the Perfect word books but has all kinds of saying for sport themed pages
- Lime Green Cropadiles
- Pink Cropadiles
- Button Shank Removers
- Heidi Swapp Paper Piercers
- Cricut paper trimmers
Posted by Precious Treasures at Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Today I was in the mood to cook and threw a roast and vegetables in the oven and then thought since the oven was already heated up to make Monster Cookies. My kids love these! If you do not want to make them homemade the next best thing is getting them from Eileens Cookies on 144th and center.
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter (I always add extra)
1 stick butter, softened (real butter)
1 cup M&M's
1 cup chocolate chips
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.
Today is the first day since we got the puppies I have been home alone. So I let the puppies have free run of the house. They ran and ran and ran and fell asleep. hahahaha They were so cute to watch checking everything out. We have a bird also and the bird kept trying to talk to the dogs and blowing woof whistles at them. it was hilarious. It tried to get a photo of them but Daisy does not sit still. Diva is sued to the camera and loves to pose. She will be the ultimate scrapbook Diva. It is funny as Jason always took photos of the pups for me and I never seen Daisy sitting still in them either. :)
Jason just emailed me new photos of the last puppy. It turned out to be one of the cutest of all the pups!!! (besides Diva) hee hee This is the one I told you he nicknames "Fabby" short for Fabio as it had the longest hair. It also is the smaller one. I cannot believe how CUTE he is!!!! The dad weighed 3lb and mom was 5 so these puppies stay very small. Since it is the last one it is down to only $400.00. Jasons new pet store will open in February in Sioux City. Liz and I are making a road trip to check it out and go visit our pups mom and dad. I need to find a home for Fabby before we go visit his store as you know me I will bring Fabby home too. :)
That bottom photo looks like he is smiling. :)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
If you watch Vicki's wonderful blog you have seen the new felt and sheer glitter flowers she has been raving about. We had ordered the whole line at Memory Trends and they came in this morning and already on the shelf. They are beautiful! Bloggers Special! Mention this post when checking out and get 10% off on them through the end of January 2008.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
We had our first Bunco group for the year last night. It was a lot of fun. We need two more regulars if you live in the area and are interested in being a regular or a sub email me at email@example.com or call me 7402- 763-9675 Most months are at the store and sometimes it is at a home in the area. Next month it is at a home in Elkhorn and on February 13th.
Customers love to come in and play with the pups and the pups love the attention. They will be very well socialized. It is funny as the bell goes off when someone comes in the store and the pups will be asleep and as soon as it rings they want to see who came in and if they came to see them.
Daisy loved playing in the winter jacket. :)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Grandma and Grandpa Hansen from Grand Island made a surprise visit to the store today to visit. The puppies had not seen them since Christmas and were practically hyperventilating. They gave them lots of kisses!
- Nick Bantock stamp pads and reinkers (all colors)
- Bazzill Cardstock (lots of colors)
- Paint Dabbers (all colors including metallics)
- Glue dots (all sizes)
- Doodlebug papers (all american and the new butterfly line)
- lots of black and white printed papers
- Whale/Dolphin Jolees
- fiskars cutters and blades
- Ball paper
- Shotz, christmas themed
- Mat stacks (all styles)
- 12x12 album kits (all styles)
- Once Upon A Time albums
- Graduation album kits
- Baby Album Kits
- 12x12 paper pads
- paperkins (various styles)
My new years resolution was to get to work an hour earlier at least three times a week and get a two page spread done. I am far behind on my scrapbooking and trying to catch up.
Set time aside to get your scrapbooking done. Friday night crops were what got me through my week when my kids were little. I looked forward to Friday and my husband looked forward to Saturday as he would let me sleep in as sometimes I would crop until morning. But he always loved me going as that "mom time with other moms" made me a better mother and wife.
Digital pictures: Do you take digital photos and never print them? Try online photo printers like target, wal-mart or my favorite is walgreens as you can edit your pictures very easy. I just go through and edit and upload them and pick them up when I get to the store. We also do photo printing via memory cards, uploading to firstname.lastname@example.org or CD's at the store. We can also print out your digital scrapbook pages up to 13*19 inches.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I was telling my son about David Cross who plays Uncle Ian in the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie being on the show "Just Shoot Me". He played a guy who was faking that he was mentally retarded. It was one of those lines from a show that sticks with you the rest of your life. :)
After showing him the video clip I found I looked around on You Tube and found this funny clip about "Cooties" which I had to share. It is so funny!!!
I have a weird sense of humor. hee hee :)
It was so cold when I came into the store this morning. They had turned the heat totally off instead of just turning it down. The puppies I covered with a blanket and they were still cold. So I put them in a stocking cap and they stayed in it for over an hour until it warmed up in the store. The puppies were adorable!
If you came in looking for photo labels, we do carry them. I apologize they were not able to find them for you. Call me and I will let you know what we have 763-9675.
I was off as we had another funeral to attend. My friends Betty and Bob lost their mother to a stroke last week and the funeral was yesterday. This is the second funeral in a week. My daughter Liz had a friend who died in a car accident and the funeral was last Wednesday.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I like to simplify when I go crop at a camp, hotel or somewhere that does not carry supplies. Here are a few tips.
Eyelets and Brads: Notice in the photo of the tool turn about below, I have lots of sharpie pens? I buy white eyelets and brad and color them to the color I need with a sharpie pen. It saves me from having to carry around tons of colors of eyelets. I add color to Jolee's and lots of other embellishments to make them match the colors of my page.
White flowers: Buy white flower and ink, paint or chalk them. Then you get a perfect match to your page.
CLEAR BUTTONS! I love them!!! Just cut a circle out of your paper and put behind the button. You then have custom buttons! I love them for photo corners, the middle of flowers and so much more. We carry clear buttons in all sizes.
Posted by Precious Treasures at Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
What is your favorite crop tool or storage item? Email me at email@example.com (put "drawing" in subject) or post to this blog entry. Let me know your favorite item and why you like it and get entered into a drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate. Drawing on January 15th.
My favorite item is not even a scrapbook product, it is by Pampered Chef. The tool turn about is something I could not live without in my crop room. It holds tons and everything is easy to find.
Posted by Precious Treasures at Thursday, January 03, 2008
January 1-January 31, 2007 enjoy free Friday Night Crops! Preregistration is not required but since space is limited. If you want a guaranteed spot you can make a reservation with a $10.00 deposit which can be put toward your purchases that night. We have a fridge, microwave and oven if you want to bring food. We also have vending machines for sodas and snacks.
Posted by Precious Treasures at Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
We have been pretty busy today. I had a lady in this afternoon that has been making the cutest invitations for her three kids birthday parties. She worked on them last week also. She needs to go into business as she said she loves just making invitations. She made hot dogs on one, tea pots for another and the last one she made balls for a ball pit invitation.
It was actually nice to get back to work today as we have had a house full of teenagers two nights in a row and I think they are bats as they stay awake all night and sleep all day. It has really thrown my sleep pattern off. *yawn*
Diva and Daisy came to work with me today along with Ruthy. Ruthy has been doing some of her craft kits she got for Christmas.
Amanda from Louisiana holding Daisy
Posted by Precious Treasures at Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. We had a lot of fun and a house full of great friends to ring in the new year with. All the teenagers stayed all night as we did not want them driving with all the drunk drivers out. There was tons of great food! The kids all made gingerbread houses and it was neat to see how they all came out so different. We watched movies and they even let me watch "The Notebook" which is one of my favorite movies. The most fun we had was the silly string fight at midnight. (click on any photos to enlarge)
Happy New Year!!!
The silly string Fight was so much fun! We had 20 cans and quite a mess. hee hee
Posted by Precious Treasures at Tuesday, January 01, 2008