Monday, December 28, 2009

Overstock items listed on eBay

I've posted a few (about 20) listings on eBay for some overstock and other items at prices below wholesale! It's somewhat of an experiment for the store, so we'll see how it goes. Any customers who are interested in the items should bid on them through eBay. If one of our local customers wins the auction, you can pick up the items from the store without paying any shipping costs! To find our items, go to Then, click Advanced Search (next to the regular search box). Scroll down to find Sellers, then click the box and type minicholsons in the seller field. This should bring up our listings, and you can bid away! But remember, these listings are only open for about a week, so act quickly.

Chris' Birthday Sale is tomorrow!

Each year, I do something special for my birthday (mostly since my husband needs to work on doing a better job of it... just kidding). I offer something special to our customers, and that day is tomorrow! This year I'm putting some of my favorite tools and products on sale! Click here to see what you can expect for this one-day only sale!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New from EK Success

EK Success has stepped up and created what consumers have been asking for. They released a new line of dimensional embellishments priced at $2 and under! There are tons of Disney, Marvel, Peanuts and Bling items you'll love (at a price that's good for your budget). There are also new Valentine's punches and embellishments.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New QuicKutz arrive - great stocking stuffers!

These adorable new QuicKutz dies are all about the travel. There are dies for camping, driving, campers, street signs, you name it! They range in size from 2x2 dies up to an adorable cookie cutter alphabet (street sign font, of course), so there's something for everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Love Paper and Love OF Paper!

We have the new Sweet Love collection from Little Yellow Bicycle - it's adorable! We're working on getting this 'love'ly paper in for the weekend.

We also received a little surprise this week... we have the two new lines from Basic Grey!!! Origins and Sugar Rush are being added to the computer as you read! I made room on the shelf for them, so hopefully they'll be there tonight. Now you can dream of Origins and with Sugar Rush dancing in your head!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We finally got October Afternoon!

We've had a couple pieces of the new Very Merry line from October Afternoon, but finally got the rest of the papers and stickers today. I couldn't wait! So for those of you who are as impatient as me about this one, you can now relax (and get here, of course)!

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Riff Raff Release & American Crafts

We've got the new winter laser-cut chipboard shapes from Riff Raff in stock! These things are amazing - you can paint them, spritz them with Glimmer Mist, ink them, Glossy Accents or Crackle Paint them, whatever! The winter shapes are adorable, and are a must-have for your holiday or winter projects.

We were also excited to see the rest of the American Crafts LetterBox line arrive. We had received a couple embellishments and Thickers, but the rest is here! The papers are adorable, and the lace ribbon divine!

We also just received the January '10 issue of Creating Keepsakes, as well as the newest issue of Altered Couture magazine.

Guys' Night Reminder!

Ok shoppers, remember that tomorrow, Tues 12/15, is our Guys' Night Shopping event. This is your opportunity to send your non-scrapbooking gift-givers in for a little extra help. We don't judge! If you created a wish list, we'll have it on file for them to peruse (we'll even show them where the items are at). If not, you can print one from here. We'll have coffee and friendly advice on hand. This isn't just for the guys either. Does your mother-in-law, co-worker, or even your children need to pick something out for you? We've got you covered! If all else fails, we'll suggest a gift card! The event runs from 4-8pm, but we offer extra shopping assistance every day!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Progressive Sale Begins!!!

Great deals are abound in the store right now! We've got tons of pink stars throughout the store (I mean tons)! Each item with a star is part of the sale, which will 'progress' as follows:

Now through 12/18/09 - everything marked is 25% off
12/19-12/24/09 - everything starred is 30% off!
Lastly, 12/26-12/27 - all starred items go up to 40% off! Yes, that's 40% off tons of items throughout the store!

As part of the progressive sale, not only will the discount go up and up, so will the amount of items on sale! Each week I'll be adding more items to the sale. Seriously - you won't believe how many items will be on sale - up to 40% off by the 26th! But don't wait - the discount is only valid on in-stock items, so once they're out, the discount stops on that item! Hope to see you saving some holiday dough!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Adopted Family Update

Alright, ladies... we are making great progress on donations for our adopted family, but we only have a couple days left! If you are planning on donating, but aren't sure what to donate, here are some suggestions that we are still lacking:

Winter coats, boots for both
Boys' gloves, hat
Age-appropriate toys

Here is the link with the kids' sizes and interests: Thank you so much to those who have donated so far - our box is really filling up (as is our bucket, for those familiar with that story). We will accept donations through Monday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New QK and Cricut goods are in!

We just received the new Elmo's Party cartridge for the Cricut! We've been waiting for this one for a while, so it's exciting to finally have it in stock. Also, we have been informed by ProvoCraft that the limited edition winter mini cartridges are out of stock. We have one snowflake cartridge left in stock at only $19.99!

QuicKutz fans - we also received the remainder of our new dies. There is an adorable cupcake holder, as well as the new Calendar set. Perfect for holiday gift-giving whether you're gifting the dies or using them to make your own gifts!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Travelers Delight

Many of you have been asking for hard-to-find travel paper and stickers, so we've got some news for you. We just added (or should I say are still adding because there are so many) over 70 destinations to our travel section! Reminisce just released a line of double-sided papers and sticker sheets with destinations from nearby to across the world! I don't know where we'll be putting this plethora of paper, but I'm amazed at the quantity of destinations included in this collection! Call or stop in to see if we've got your travel destination.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Want to Join a QuicKutz Club?

We're getting it rolling, and would like to invite you to join our QuicKutz Club! This is a club you can join to enjoy special discounts on your QK products. The best part is that you get to pick your discount! Your annual fee to join the club equals your discount on QK dies! For example, if you choose to receive 20% off your dies for the year, your membership is $20! You can choose any amount from 5% to 30% off. Members also receive 20% off their other QK supplies & tools. Special pricing on machines will also be available. You may sign up at any time.

Monday, November 30, 2009

QuicKutz Update

I think I forgot to mention the newest QK release! They released a few for Black Friday, but a couple are still in transit to us. We have the new Katie cookie cutter alphabet, as well as an adorable little Santa suit (works well with the Paper Doll series or on its own). Hopefully we'll be getting the cupcake holder and calendar set soon!

We've Adopted a Family!

I know how to make you feel great this shopping season... help someone in need.

We are asking you to join us in making Christmas happen for a Livonia family this year. We've adopted a family with two young children, and will be accepting donations at the store through Mon 12/14/09. You can find the wish list here. For your good will, we're offering you 15% off an item when you drop off your donation (restrictions apply). Contact the store with any questions about donations.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pink Paislee is thinking Valentine's Day...

We received the new Cupid line from Pink Paislee this week. It's adorable, and we just love the quality (and style) of the coordinating embellishments! It's not December yet, but they sure are thinking ahead to Valentine's Day!

Black Friday Weekend is nearing an end

But we still have deals through Monday! Who needs cyber Monday when you can still get your Black Friday deals here! Don't worry - there are still plenty of amazing deals to be had, you're not too late. But don't wait any longer - the last day to take advantage of these deals (some up to 70% off) is tomorrow, 11/30.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Black Friday Ads are here!

Scrappy Chic has its own Black Friday flyer this year (so fun), which went out in today's newsletter. You can find it on the news & events link from our website, or click here! It's 2 pages, so you can print it back to back.

We'll have tons of sales throughout the store, but the flyer gives you a good idea of the types of deals there are to be had. There will be something on sale for everyone! We'll be working on setting up some tables on the sales floor to hold all the extra deals. I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Who's Studio Calico?

Studio Calico is an online store specializing in monthly kits. They've recently put together a special line of goodies only available at retail stores! We're happy to have ordered this (thanks for the tips and requests, ladies). The new line, Homefront, will arrive on Thursday, so look for it this weekend on the shelf!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Products this Week

We've had quite the deliveries this week! In addition to getting our stash ready for Black Friday, we received the following new shipments. The new Juliette line from SEI arrived, which is just beautiful! The papers are in soft colors, foils and florals. We also have a few new girly papers and stickers from Creative Imaginations. We just got a new selection of flowers and bling from Creative Charms. Plus, I'm excited to announce we have the new Jenni Bowlin lines - Baby of Mine, Calendar, and guess what? Jenni Bowlin partnered with Core'dinations to come up with an amazing line of their color core cardstock in her paper patterns! I'm so excited to see what is made with this. There's even a bookprint one (my favorite) you can scratch off to reveal a differenct color core underneath! Look for the new Jenni Bowlin products to be out on the shelf this weekend.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Today is our 3rd Anniversary! We are so thankful to a)have the amazing customers we do, b)have such a great team, and c)be in business! I'm very excited as we head into the Holiday season. We appreciate the loyalty we see every day, from customers, friends and family. We wouldn't be where we are without your support. Many thanks to you all!

On that note, I'd like to announce the winners of our Golden Ticket Giveaway! Kathy Johnson of Ypsilanti was our Grand Prize winner! She wins free scrapbooking for a year! We drew three Runner Up winners, who were Diane Lewis, Margaret Elliott and Florence Robert. Some of these ladies don't even know they won yet (we're a little secretive sometimes on answering machines). Congratulations to all of you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Donna Downey's Visit

I've been feeling very under the weather this week (along with the rest of my family), so I'm not on top of things right now. Here are some pictures of Donna's visit over the weekend. For those who attended classes, I'm so glad to have been able to offer that opportunity! It was truly a crazy weekend between her classes, visitors as well as the Golden Ticket Giveaway. Next weekend we officially celebrate our Anniversary and then we head toward Black Friday. Next thing you know it'll be Christmas! Ok, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Enjoy the photos!

Santa's Workshop Dies from QuicKutz

I don't think I blogged this yet, but last week QuicKutz released their Santa's Workshop Limited Edition Die Set and Accessories. We had our release party, but still have the sets available while supplies last. When I said not to let the name fool you, I wasn't kidding. This is the coolest set of mini book dies compatible with practically any manual die cutting system! The set contains three different mini book dies, a full alphabet as well as tons of other items like tags, bookplates, and more. Plus, there are tons of accessory dies you can use to add character to your mini books - decorative spines, scalloped pages and more. There is even a recipe set and a heritage set you can use with the mini albums or on other projects - very cool.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Boutique Night in Farmington

The Farmington Area Mom's Club (a group I belong to) is hosting a Boutique Night at the Maxfield Training Center in Farmington on Thursday, 12/3 from 6:30-8:30pm. It's an opportunity for those with home-based businesses to sell, for people to shop and relax (enjoy finger foods, hot chocolate, coffee, pop, etc.). The proceeds of the event will go toward the Club's annual holiday family adoption.

In addition, the FAMC is looking for a vendor who makes handmade greeting cards (for sale) to participate. The cost to rent a 5' table is $10 plus a $10 raffle prize donation. If you are interested, please contact Peggy at I know there are many talented card-makers in our mix!

The Farmington Area Mom's Club is a non-profit organization supporting local moms. You can find more information about the group at The Maxfield Training Center is located at 33000 Thomas St., Farmington, MI (a couple miles from the store).

Friday, November 6, 2009

Donna Downey's First Class a hit!

The participants left with so many great things to say about Donna's first class tonight! They're filled with creativity, and those coming back to take more classes are so excited! Donna will be at the store throughout the day Saturday teaching classes.

Plus, be sure to stop in after 10am to pick up your specially wrapped treat to see if you've won FREE Scrapbooking for a year! Visit for more info... See you then!

Andrea Deer's Birthday Bash Album = Adorable!

Andrea was here yesterday teaching her Birthday Bash album class, which was adorable. She also brought a bunch of her other work - also adorable. She has other stops in the area planned for the rest of the weekend,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Inkssentials Craft Buckets are in from Ranger!

Perfect timing, since Ranger is our featured manufacturer! Their new Craft Buckets are the coolest thing! Here's what Ranger has to say about it:

The Inkssentials Craft Bucket is a fun and funky tote that can be used as a carry-all for craft tools and supplies or filled with water to clean brushes while painting. It's ready for crops and classes and folds flat for storage. Use several to organize your studio table or shelf. As a paint bucket, utilize one for clean water and one for cleaning brushes.

Yes, it has a waterproof lining! It does fold flat, and has 6 outer pockets. It's about 5" wide x5" deep x 7"high. Small, fun & functional!

We now carry Unity Stamps!

I had a few nudges, and decided to carry Unity Stamps. They arrived, just in time for Donna's class! She uses these stamps, and even has a few of her own designs (which we have exclusively as a store she's teaching at). Be sure to check them out when you stop in this weekend to visit with Donna!

New Thickers, Making Memories

I almost forgot - we have 2 new series of Thickers from American Crafts! These things are adorable (evidence: they're in my tote bag here at home). There are a few new embellishments to match as well.

We are also busy getting the new lines from Making Memories in the computer. Wow - there were more items than I remember ordering at CHA! The new Design Shop series is a new thing for MM - dimensional embellishments for tons of occasions and themes. There are some new Slice MS+ Design Cards, a bunch of blingy stickers and alphas (also adorable) and more! We'll work on having these all on the shelves for this weekend.

Monthly Challenge Correction

Ok folks, apparently I missed an important tidbit in the latest newsletter. In my haste, I forgot to finish the Monthly Challenge section! This month's challenge is to create a project, of any kind, using Ranger products (not bicycles - how funny would that be). Be creative and challenge yourself!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Anniversary Facelift Contest

No, I'm not getting one, but a couple things around the store will be for our Anniversary! Beginning this weekend, you may see us in a new 'uniform'. The girls don't even know this yet... shhh! It's a surprise for them! Secondly, I'd like to update the header on our blog! But because I'm not that great at designing stuff online, I thought I'd throw it out there as a contest! I know there are some of you who are into digital scrapbooking, and are getting good at creating on the computer. So here's the scoop.

I'm still a little new to Blogger, so I'm not sure what the dimensions are supposed to be, but I'll leave that part to you. You know the style of our store, so go to town! See if you can create a winning title/header image for our blog! Email your submissions to by the end of November. I can't wait to see what you create! I'll put together a prize package if you can submit what I'm looking for. Good luck!

October Afternoon finally arrived in November!

Well, we hoped to have it in October, but it was close! The two new lines, Farm Fresh and Report Card, are here! October Afternoon is one of my favorites, if I had to choose. These lines don't disappoint. In fact, Julie was drooling over them as she was putting them in the computer. Fortunate for her, they come wrapped in plastic. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009


I feel like I haven't posted anything in a while! Truth be told, I've been knee-deep in revamping my home office/craft room. It was so out of order, it was scary to be in. With the help of a professional organizer, I added some furniture to create more workspace and storage, which helped separate the room into 2 areas - one for working, and one for crafting! It's so nice in here I don't want to leave now.

Back to reality, we have such a busy month! Here are some updates on what we have going on this week:
  • Tomorrow, Tues 11/3 at 7pm - QuicKutz Santa's Workshop New Release Event! Join us for demos, make & takes and a look at the latest and greatest limited edition set from QK! This set is so cute I wish I could tell you what it is... you'll have to see for yourself tomorrow.

  • Thurs 11/5 - Andrea Deer teaching her Birthday Bash album at 6pm - seats still open.

  • Fri 11/6 - Donna Downey teaching her Bloom Mixed Media Album class, as well as regular cropping.

  • Sat 11/7 - Pick up your specially wrapped treat beginning at 10am to see if you have a Golden Ticket! Only the first 200 shoppers (1 per adult, please) receives a chance to enter, and everybody gets something (plus chocolate... mmmm). Donna teaches her Celebrate Life layout class and her much-anticipated Fabric Album class! She'll be available between classes for photo opportunities - we'll print the photo out for you while you shop!

  • Sun 11/8 - Donna teaches her Swatches class - a great compliment to the Fabric Scrapbooking class! We'll also have regular cropping available.

Remember, if you take more than one class from Donna, you'll get a $10 store gift card to spend on whatever you like! Seats are still available, so call if you'd like to sign up. Hope to see you all this week!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Photos of Andrea Deer's Class

I now have photos of the Birthday Bash album class that Andrea Deer, from Creative Imaginations, will be teaching on Thurs 11/6! This is an adorable accordian album, packed with style & embellishment! There are still seats available at $40, but it's already coming up next week so act fast to save a spot! For more info and additional photos, you'll find the complete class description at

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Donna Downey Class Update

We are getting closer to Donna's visit, so I thought I'd post an update for those still considering taking one or more of her classes. This is a rare opportunity for you to learn from a scrapbooking icon. There are still seats available in Donna's classes. Friday night (11/6) she's teaching an amazing mixed media album I think you'll all love! Saturday (11/7) she'll be teaching a layout class in the morning, then her super-cool Fabric Scrapbooking class in the evening (a no-sew class). She'll also be available for photo opportunities between classes - let us print a picture of you and Donna out while you shop! On Sunday (11/8) she'll be teaching her Swatches, which I'm told is a great compliment to the Fabric Album class.

I'm so excited that we have students coming from all over the place - other states, even other countries! Ok, I know Canada's close, but how cool is that?! Remember, if you sign up for more than one class, you'll receive a $10 store gift card! For more information, visit the calendar section of our website at, or call the store at (248) 426-9020. You can sign up for any classes in person or by phone with a credit card. We can also make local hotel suggestions if you're traveling to our area for the classes.

New Bo Bunny's in the House!

I just felt like saying that... We have Bo Bunny's three new lines, Snowy Serenade (a limited edition glitter series), Persuasion (think Valentine's Day already), and Love Bandit. These are great papers and stickers, once again, from Bo Bunny.