Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spellbinders Is In!

We have the new dies from Spellbinders in-house!  The new Imperial Gold dies are better than ever...  Here's what they say, "These die templates are unique, ground breaking dies that cut, emboss, stencil and deboss, giving the ability to cut and create multiple layers with a single die template. This revolutionary technology brings you amazing laser-like detail and four times the creative power!"  We're excited to hear about what you do with your Imperial Gold dies!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Echo Park and Beyond

We have a few new, adorable mini collections from Echo Park - Brothers, Sisters, Easter and Oh, Snap - love them all!  We also have two new collections from the Paper Loft - Shades of Gray and In the Zone.

All of the new collections we received last week are finally on the shelf - no more boxes (at least until tomorrow - we're expecting some big deliveries).  Until then...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

SMASH It Again!

Did you know there's a new line of SMASH products from K & Company? They are adorable, fun, whimsy, and more. The display is out, so be sure to check it out when you're in next around the corner from the front door.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Few New Cool Items...

Since the newsletter went out yesterday, we've already put out some new arrivals!  We now have Lawn Fawn stamps and papers out on the shelf!  Carta Bella's new collections, Well Traveled and So Noted (took some of each home for myself) are also ready to be shopped.  There's a new selection of bling from Zva back in our embellishment section, as well.

That reminds me...  If you haven't been in the store in a while, I encourge you to look around.  We've had so many new products come in lately, we've been shuffling things around often.  This means that new products, some even a week old, get nestled into the aisles with the rest of our beautiful products, and can easily be overlooked.  You'll find the trip around the store is worth the visit, as I'm sure you'll find something you love. 

Want some more love?  How about our Impromptu Store Sale going on tomorrow, Friday 2/22?  We're putting pretty much everything on sale for 30% off!  We really are running out of room to put out the new products, so we sure could use your help making some space.  Plus, all clearance merchandise (there's a lot of that, too) is an additional 20% off!  There are a few exclusions, but not many, so enjoy the sale!

A Little Bit More About Me...

Hi everyone, Michele here today… 
...so we have shared some projects with you and now we will share a little bit more about ourselves. Like I said in my last post, I am so honored to be a part of this team and so excited to be working with all of the other talented ladies on the team!! Scrappy Chic is where it’s at! I felt right at home the very first time I walked through the doors and now I am designing for them…it’s funny how things work out!

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I made all my cards. My aunt just gave me a card I made her when she had her first baby, that was over 35 years ago. I thought I was hot stuff using construction paper and markers. I also LOVE home d├ęcor and altered items! It was just a couple of years ago that I started doing layouts and minis. I also make jewelry and candles but paper crafting is what you will find me doing when I am in my craft room these days. I am so excited to be sharing my projects with you!!

I grew up in the Plymouth/Canton area, moved to California in my early 20s and about 6 years ago I came back to the Plymouth/Canton area. I work about a mile from my home.

If I am not working on a project I am with my nieces. They are 6 and 4 years old. You will see a lot of them in my layouts.

I do long to go back to California but that won’t be happening anytime soon, I couldn’t possibly be that far away from the girls. I do travel back at least 3 times a year to visit my dearest friend, boy do we have fun! He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Los Angeles and we have been besties ever since.

In my crafting I am inspired by a number of things...my nieces, colors, others crafters, art, landscapes, bridges and malibu sunsets to name a few.  I get ideas from everyday things and have to plan out a project in my mind before I try to translate it to paper.  I love trying new techniques a learn a little something from all crafters I encounter.

Here are five fun facts about me:

1. When I was a kid (before I graduated from high school) I wanted to be a dental hygienist. Now I can’t even imagine putting my hands in peoples mouths…
2. My first job when I moved to Los Angeles was with a travel agency and we sold vacation packages to central America. I was lucky enough to get to travel to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
3. In junior high and high school I was in the marching band, flute and saxophone mostly but I also tried piccolo, oboe, drums and flag.
4. I get really nervous when speaking in front of groups of people even if I know them, my face turns beet red and I speak REALLY fast.
5. I have been told bunches of times I laugh like Betty Rubble. ;)

Well, that’s it in a nutshell… check back to read more about the other members of the team and see what we are up to with all the new product arriving daily at Scrappy Chic!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hey, it's Angela once again....

Hello everyone! Angela here, back for year four (4! Can you believe it?) coordinating our fabulous Design Team at Scrappy Chic.

When I'm not scrapping (or making cards or minis or other fun paper things), I'm probably at work (I teach college English full time), hanging out with my lovely husband of almost ten years (10! Can you believe it?), or attempting to herd our two cats (whom you will often see on my pages. Well, the husband, too, I guess ;) ).

I actually started scrapping with the goal of being on the Design Team at Scrappy Chic. I loved shopping at the store, and I guess I was looking for an excuse to do it more often! It appears to have worked, as you'll frequently find me trolling the aisles looking for new goodies. That also means if you see me in the store, there's a good chance I'll know where something is, so ask away! :)

I'm an 8.5x11" scrapper, primarily -- something about a big giant square of paper kind of freaks me out. However, this year I've taken the plunge and started a 12x12 Project Life album (the store will have their products in May or so -- did you know? How cool!). I love pattern and color and mists and stamping and tapes and Silhouette-cutting and mixing and matching. I'm not great at using flowers and girly stuff, but I'll give it a shot when I need to! Trends are my friend a lot of the time -- it satisfies my short crafting attention span to have a constant flow of new ideas.

Here are a couple of layouts from the past few months that represent my style pretty well:

I love scrapping the everyday (grading essays, anyone?), and I sure love me some Studio Calico.

You'll see my cats a lot on my pages. They're so dang cute!

Aww, who's that cute boy? And look, more Studio Calico. ;)

There's a pretty funny story here, involving last summer's trip to CHA with the store...you should ask me about it next time we run into each other!

Ok then, enough from me! Before I go, I'd just like to say how great it is working with a group of talented ladies, both on the design team and at the store -- Scrappy Chic just rocks all the way around!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DT member Bio Terri

Hello again, my name is Terri Szymanski and I am honored to be apart of the Scrappy Chic design team. I am lucky to be a stay at home mom to our four year old daughter, Genevieve. I am married to a very wonderful and supportive husband, Steve. I have been married for almost 9 years. My hubby and I are both originally from Illinois but now call SE MI home. We lived in Texas for 6 years prior to moving here to MI.
My daughter is one of my loves and I really enjoy scrapbooking her. I have a great friend who has taken her photos the past 4 years and really showcases her fun personality.
I love to play in my scrapbook room when I’m not running around chasing an active 4 year old. I have been in the hobby for the past 13 years and started as a way to relax and get over being away from my family. I started scrapbooking when I lived in Atlanta and was dating my (now) husband who lived in Illinois. It has blossomed into a hobby (I mean obsession). I enjoy making 12x12 layouts, cards, and even fun little 3D projects.
I am a DEVOTED Cricut lover. I use my Cricut on most of my projects and I love to cut titles, mats, and embellishments. If I go to a crop I normally will have my mini and my Gypsy glued to my hand. I love to take a basic cut and jazz it up using stickles, gems, rhinestones, pens, glitter, or embossing. I own a Cuttlebug and lots of folders.
People often ask about my style of scrapbooking/ card making and I will say I do love to use new trends on pages, and I love to scrapbook from the heart. I will say my style has to be GIRLY. Bring on the bling, sparkle and bright fun girly colors!
I have really enjoyed scrapbooking and meeting fantastic ladies and a few gentleman who share the same love of the paper as I do.
Here are 5 fun facts about me:
1) I went to school for automotive and diesel technology.
2) I love going to drag races.
3) I've gone to the Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville Indiana for the past 12 years.
4) I love breakfast in bed.
5) I met Gerald Ford when he was President.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Back For A Second Year!

Hello all, it’s Lanette here!
I’m super excited to be back on the team for my second year! I had so much fun last year, not only with the amazing product, but also working at Mega Meet and teaching my first class!
A bit about me; I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mother of two beautiful little girls (who I’m sure you have seen hanging around the store). I am a craft alcoholic, I love all crafts but my obsession is scrapbooking.  It has become my creative outlet and connection to the grown-up world and I am extremely grateful for it. I’ve been scrapping about eight years, maybe more. My style tends to be Girly & Romantic but yet Clean & Simple, but I try not to be boxed in by my style.  I love to try new products and techniques and I’m always ready for a new challenge.
I thought I would share a few of my favorite projects - some of which you may have seen at the store.
First, here is one of my projects that I used to apply for the team last year.
And who doesn’t love some Bo Bunny.
A little trendy starburst layout using Eco Park.

And just to round things out, my latest mini, which is being offered as a class.
So if you ever see me around the store feel free to say Hello, I would love to help you on your crafty adventures!
If you want to see more of my work you can check out my blog: Stacks of Scraps
Thanks for stopping by today!



Sunday, February 17, 2013

A quick hello..

 Happy Sunday!!! I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing. My name is Terri and I am thrilled to be selected as part of the 2013 Scrappy Chic design team. It is a dream come true.
I am sure you will find lots of fun inspiration from the great group of ladies on the design team.
Here is a look at the projects I submitted for the design team tryouts.
Layout #1 –Titled: Social Butterfly – The objective here was to use only solid papers in an innovative way. I used bold colors coordinating with the photo, large cut shapes, and  a few Cricut cuts dressed up with some stickles.
Layout #2 – Titled:  You Are – The goal here was to use at least 5 different manufactures. I used Echo park paper, bazzill cardstock, cord’inations cardstock, twine, and hero arts.
Layout #3 – Titled: Happy Girl – This was to use mainly one manufacture but at least 4 different items from them. I used My Minds eye. I used the paper, a die cut, brads, rub on, and stickers.
Altered Project – Titled: Love Wreath. We were given free range to alter/create what ever we wanted. I chose to make this pretty fun little LOVE wreath. The wreath started as basic heart foam and I cut, and rolled 198 roses in different colors. I then added the sweet little love banner using a heart die, and a set of fun little lady bugs from Create a Critter 2 Cricut cartridge.
I am thankful and excited to be apart of a great team who loves and supports Scrappy Chic. I am looking forward to sharing my passion with you. If you see me in the store or at a crop please stop by and say hello.
Look forward to our formal bio’s coming soon.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I'd Like to Introduce Myself

Happy Saturday!! My name is Michele and I am very excited to introduce myself as a new member of the Scrappy Chic design team. I am honored to be on this team in the company of some very talented ladies!!
This is the team (that’s me on the left then Terri, Lanette and Angela):
For our tryout we had to create three layouts. I would like to share mine with you along with the criteria for each.

Layout #1: Titled ‘Merry’ We had to use on solid paper and describe the innovative ways we did. I stamped backgrounds on solid cardstock and did some sanding. Solid Layout #2: Titled ‘4th Annual Light the Night’ We were asked to use at least 5 manufacturers on our layout, I used Echo Park, Carta Bella, MME, Teresa Collins, Bo Bunny, Twinery, Tattered Angels, Maya Road, Lush. IMG_6187Layout #3: Titled ‘Disney Princesses on Ice’ For this last layout we were asked to use primarily one manufacturer, mine was MME. The we had to describe our favorite techniques that we used, mine were: paper distressing with ink and a distressing tool and heat embossing. 1 MfgWe could also submit an altered project. For this there were no requirements or limits we just had to list techniques and products. Project #4: Altered Mousetraps on magnetic board Textured tarnished metal technique using hot glue and aluminum foil. Mod Podge, crackle paint-clear rock candy, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain Altered mousetraps using Distress Stain-Broken China and Brushed Pewter, Fancy Pants Blissful Blizzard paper pack and the white corrugated cardboard, Fancy Pants velvet ribbon and lace, MM Celery ribbon, Lifestyles nesting circle dies, 12 days of X-mas gems, MM paper reverie gems, Jillibean trim, Ranger liquid pearls, Ranger Stickles-Crystal, MME Stella and Rose Hattie trim, various Tim Holtz dies, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, velvet ribbon and burlap twine. Finished - CopyI am looking forward to working with the design team and all the lovely people over at Scrappy Chic!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you around the crop rooms soon!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Are You Ready?!

Ladies, we finally were able to make a dent in the boxes today!  I'll keep it short and sweet.  Here's what is now in the computer (although not necessarily on a shelf just yet, but you don't really mind shopping out of the boxes, do you?).

  • Bo Bunny - All six new collections are on the shelf!  There's Prairie Chic, Surprise!, Mama-Razzi2, Isabella, C'est La Vie and Family Is.
  • Bella Blvd. - Love & Marriage collection is on the shelf
  • Graphic 45 - Secret Garden and French Country are ready for you to ogle and buy
  • Publications - New Creating Keepsakes and the Ultimate Handbook for Paper Crafters are in stock
  • Little Yellow Bicycle - Select Naturals collection items (also adorable) are in stock
  • Jenni Bowlin - Modern Mercantile (which is a new designer for this brand) and a new Red/Black line are in stock, as well as some True Vintage pieces
  • We R Memory Keepers - Simply Spring collection (love it!)
  • American Crafts - Dear Lizzy, My Girl, Amy Tangerine, Albums, Thickers, you name it!
  • Pebbles - Love You More, Amy Locurto's Party Collections
  • Studio Calico - Sundrifter, Snippets, Here & There, new Mr. Hueys, masks, and more (although we're still finishing up getting some of these in the computer, but we're close)
  • Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes, DIY Shop (my fave) and Party Day
  • Bazzill - we've restocked our 12x12 papers on the Bazzill wall, phew!
Ok, I think that's about all we can handle for the weekend.  We'll finish working on finding these beauties a home on the shelves.  In the meantime, you are permitted to peek in (and shop from) the boxes of products we've already put in our computer.  Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

As the Endcap Turns...

Those who have been in recently can attest to the fact that we're changing out new products on the endcaps almost daily!  It's amazing how much new product has come in over the last couple of weeks.  When I saw the UPS driver today, I just looked him in the eye and said, "No!".  Fortunately, he knew I was kidding.  He proceeded to deliver 5 more boxes, on top of the 20 or so sitting there already.  Don't worry, we're working on them daily to get things out as fast as we can.

 So far, we are finally getting out the themed papers and stickers from Paper House. Those should be in their themed sections by the weekend - great new papers! We have a couple new lines from FabScraps - Little Peeps and Romantic Travel. We also received tons of new Technique Tuesday stamps, many of which are designed by Ali Edwards, including her exclusive stamp of the month. I can't forget the new college papers and stickers for U of M, MSU, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Bazzill has a few new collections, now going out on display - Freedom, Mac, Lucy's Crab Shack and Ambrosia (designed by Margie Romney-Aslett). I can't forget the new Maya Road - embellishments galore, twine spools and stamps!

Now, I have some other news, but please don't freak out...  We have, among the boxes yet to be opened, some amazing new products that you've all been waiting for.  I'll give you some hints...  The manufacturers rhyme with Mo' Money, Benny Jo-Lin, Freight Caper, Moodio Malico, Flamerican Trafts, Traffic Porgy-Dive.  Can you guess what's in them?!  We're so anxious to get them out.  We'll be sure to blog about what's inside when they're ready to be shared.  Stay tuned!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Anna Griffin, Crafter's Workshop, and More

We have a couple new collections from Anna Griffin - Olivia and Hope Chest, all beautiful!  We also have several new 6x6 stencils from Crafter's Workshop.  Some are designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, some are great for Project Life, the rest are fun, too.  You've got to try something cool with these new patterns!

An update on other products in stock...  We are working on getting the Prima products out on the wall tonight.  Sarah is moving along quickly on it!  The We R Memory Keepers album aisle has been completely restocked and is full of every color album you could want.  One note for We R album lovers - they have discontinued their linen albums, and only have limited colors available until they're gone.  If there is a certain size/color you like in the linen albums, be sure to get them while they're available.  They really are great albums.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Prima, Authentique, Still More...

Kris was working on getting the new lines from Prima in the computer.  This order is monstrous, so it may take us a couple of days, but I snapped a picture of the goodies for you.  We also have two new collections from Authentique -beautiful Hope (Easter) and Spring collections!

Several of you had asked about the Fourteen collection from Crate Paper.  It's in stock and ready to go on the shelf (I saw someone shopping from the box today).  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!  See you soon...

Monday, February 4, 2013

New Product Updates

 We have some gorgeous new products out (well, almost out). The new collections from Glitz really are on the shelf, and they are gorgeous. I thought I could pick and choose what to take home for myself, but I had to have almost one of everything! We have Uncharted Waters (my fave), Color Me Happy and Love You Madly. I do love them... madly!

We also have the newest collections from My Mind's Eye. Collectable is out on a spinner rack, and Boy Crazy & My Girl are almost ready to go out. Don't forget about those great deals on their tubes of washi tape!

The latest collections from Teresa Collins are in (and on the shelf) for you to enjoy. Jen was working on it tonight, so I must go shopping through this line tomorrow! There's Far & Away, Seen & Noted, Memories, and He Said/She Said. See you there...