Saturday, 30 January 2010

Winter Sale Now On !!

Just a quick short and sweet post - our Winter Sale starts now !!
Lots of bargains across the store - we need the room after all the new goodies we have been buying. Orders will start being despatched from Wednesday 3rd Feb.
Enjoy !

Friday, 29 January 2010

Greetings from sunny San Francisco !!!

Well, CHA Winter 2010 is over, we left Anaheim after 3 very busy and fantastic days and took the train back to LA for just one night in time to catch the Coastal Starlight Express for an amazing 11 hour Californian Pacific Coastal Railroad journey to San Francisco for a few days "R & R" !!! The train journey was wonderful, business class type reclining seats with loads of room, a full service restaurant, cafe bar and glass topped observation lounge - the views were amazing. We arrived in San Francisco very late last night and have spent today riding Cable Cars, Trams and Streetcars !!

But the CHA news and blog candy is not over yet !! We still have loads of pictures of the show and all the goodies we have ordered, but we are keeping a few of our new suppliers "under our hat" for the time being, well, you need something new to look forward to as well as all the regular favourites lol ! Talking of favourites.... Cosmo Cricket have three new bright and fun collections which will be shipping to us shortly "Material Girl", "Joy Ride" and "Garden Variety"

I love the new Chipboard Letters and Tiny Alphas !! The good folks at Cosmo have been very generous and we have one of the new 12 x 12 Paper Crafting Kits up for grabs for Blog Candy today, I'm not sure which one it is, as all the paper and goodies have been safely packed and are at the bottom of a very large suitcase LOL !! Just leave a comment as usual !

To answer a few questions from the previous posts, not sure when OA will be ready to ship, but not too long to wait I don't think. Yes, we have ordered the Donna Downey Canvas Albums and Camera Bags etc. and no, sorry but the cupcakes and stands are for display only LOL !! OOh and yes we have ordered ALL the new Tim Holtz Stamps and the Inks....and the new Dies and the Book, and the new Enamel Accents, (they are not due for a while yet though) and everything else new with his name on as well LOL

That's all for now as we are heading off to a fab Blues Bar and Restaurant on Fishermans Wharf for dinner (how cool does that sound !)
Lyn x

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

CHA Day 3

.......and we are still shopping !!!!

Prima have a massive release..........MASSIVE !! 7 new paper lines, loads of bling, flowers, new stamps, Gorgeous canvas from Donna Downey and more E-Line flowers (everybody loves the E-Line range - it's so affordable)

Check out some of the fab new products and the beautiful displays - the cake stands are amazing !!!
Some of the gorgeous new papers...............

The new E-Line Flowers.......

Take a look at these gorgeous cake stands all decorated with flowers and bling....

Some fab Canvas from Donna Downey, the little bags are made from canvas refil pages !!

The kind folks at Prima have given us a lovely selection of new papers for our Blog Candy today, you know the drill, just leave a comment and if your number comes up some of them may be winging their way to you !!!

Ok back to the shopping !!

Apologies for the piccies being all over the place, for some reason they will not stay in the right place lol and I have given up trying to fix it !!!!

Lyn x

CHA Day 2

Day 2 at CHA and we discovered areas of the show that we totally missed yesterday !! I still don't think we have managed to see every booth - it's a good job we are going back tomorrow as well lol !!

Pink Paislee had a beautiful stand, showing off their new collections to perfection as you can see here.......

We stopped by to see the folks at 7 Gypsies and they had a fab display with tons of lovely new products to drool over and order - can you believe this chandelier !
They had some fab little notebooks.....

And check out the new papers .....

We lingered quite a while at the Ranger booth and watched Tim demo some of his new products .....

I can't wait for these beauties to arrive in store......


OK, so who wants to win a set of October Afternoon papers ??????........and have them before they hit the shops !!!!!!

We have two Blog Candy giveaways today, thanks to the folks at October Afternoon we have one set of "Fly A Kite" papers and one set of "Thrift Shop" papers up for grabs. So you know what you need to do, just leave a comment and the random generator will select the numbers in a few days time.

We still have lots more Blog Candy to come this week so stay tuned......and there is still time to be in with a chance to win yesterdays offering - one of the brand new Pink Paislee 6 x 6 paper pads, just leave a comment on yesterdays post as well.

That's all for now

Lyn x

Monday, 25 January 2010

CHA Day 1

Well, here we are at the end of day 1 of CHA and the first word that springs to mind is - shattered !!!!

We have had an amazing day, meeting up with all our regular suppliers and making lots of new contacts with some brand new and exciting new products !!

So what have we ordered so far ??.......................All of the latest releases from Tim Holtz of course, including the Stamps, Alterations, new colours of Distress fact we have ordered everything new that Tim has produced !!!!

It goes without saying that the latest October Afternoon products will be hitting the Craft Emporium as soon as possible, we managed to get some sneak peaks of the latest two collections, "Fly A Kite" and "Thrift Shop" which are simply gorgeous as usual !

Check out "Fly A Kite"

and "Thrift Shop"

Pink Paislee had a beautiful display with three fab new collections, pictures to follow next time, as there is no photo editing on this laptop and it's taking ages to upload anything !!! But hey, we did promise Blog Candy, so leave a comment and you may be the lucky winner of one of their brand new 6 x 6 paper pads !!!

The random generator will select the winner in a few days time :)

We finished up the day with a fab meal at the famous Cheesecake Factory and now, I cannot move ...... seriously, I cannot !!........ so with an early start in the morning it's time to get some sleep ready for the serious shopping soon :)



Saturday, 23 January 2010

Greetings from sunny LA ............or NOT, scratch that and start again lol..... Greetings from rainy LA and wow has it rained, it's just like home lol !! We landed in what felt like the middle of the night UK time but in reality was 2pm here in LA, now the big problem was trying to stay awake until a reasonable hour so we wouldn't be wide awake at 3am !!! 1 hour and 40 minutes later we finally cleared US immigration, the queues were amazing but at least our baggage was already on the carousel by that time, so every cloud as they say.

Today was spent doing all the touristy bits, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and more, we had a great day - just a shame about the rain !!

One more day in LA and then down to Anaheim for the start of CHA, I'm starting to get really excited now with the thought of all those yummy new releases and being able to catch up with all our suppliers with whom we speak regularly on the phone, it will be lovely to finally put faces to names and build on the great working relationships we already have.

Well it's now 9pm and feels like 1am - I need to try and stay awake for a couple more hours to crack this jet lag, so time to find somewhere great to eat dinner !!

Next time I hope to have all the news from CHA and I seem to remember that "someone" mentioned Blog Candy - stayed tuned !

Bye for now......ooh and it's finally stopped raining YAY !!
Lyn x

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Leaving on a jet plane !!!

Yes we are off ! Our bags are packed and we will shortly be leaving for California to attend the CHA Trade Show. All outstanding orders are now packed and despatched and the website has been closed until our return. We will re-open the first week in February with a MASSIVE Winter Sale !! Well, let's face it we are going to need the space for when all the gorgeous new products start to arrive.

I will hopefully manage to keep the blog updated with all the goings on at CHA and some peaks of what we have ordered, so keep checking for the latest news and piccies (note to self - must not forget the camera cable lead !)

Don't forget to leave a comment if there is anything in particular you would like to see stocked in the store over the next few months - we already have few *new ranges* up our sleeves which you are going to love, but we are always open to suggestions. Oooh there may even be BLOG CANDY !!! Watch this space !!

Must dash, I have a plane to catch lol !!!

Lyn x

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Back in the land of the living !!!

Yes, it's been a little while since my last post hasn't it. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year !!!

We are now back from our holidays, Christmas has been and gone for another year, deccies are back in the loft and here's to the start of a brand new decade ! The last couple of days have seen us catching up with all the orders placed whilst we were away, and sorting through tons of emails, we should hopefully be all back to normal by the end of the week, whatever "normal" is in this madhouse lol !!

Pink Paislee's new valentine range "Cupid" was waiting for us when we got back, and is now uploaded to the website here

Well, it's that time of the year again when our inbox is red hot with all the latest news and releases ready for CHA at the end of the month and it won't be long before we will be packing our bags ready to fly out to LA for some serious spending !!

We are busy filling our schedule with appointments and meetings with existing suppliers and we have already made some exciting new contacts for some lush new product lines.... sshhh !!

So...... if there are any products you want to see at the Craft Emporium this year then just let us know, as the old saying goes - we can't please all of the people all of the time, but we will try to please as many of you as possible LOL !!

Lyn x

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Having successfully ran an online craft shop for many years, the time had come to take it easy and find more time to create and play. Of course I couldn't leave it there and signed up as a Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator. A fabulous range of high quality products and a brand new craft room, what a great combination !