Wednesday, December 30, 2009

12 Tags Continued....

well, it has been more than a few days, but here they are...

Instead of using the crying child, this picture is of Carolyn's son as a child. Since she did not have access to the metal numbers, she used chipboard, metal tape and the cuttlebug to make the numbers. Worked fine!

Here are the roses made for the last tag. Did you do them too? We used a diecut approximately the same in size as the one he used on the flower. We made our flowers green and red vs. the aqua-blue color he used. Tricky to make, but pretty overall.

11 of the 12 are on display at the store. We'd love to know if you did any of them and to see them if you did. Enjoy!

A Guessing Game

So, this seems like a good time to play another guessing game. We will be closed on Sunday the 3rd and Monday the 4th, opening back up Tuesday for regular hours. Inventory will be going on Sunday and Monday.

So, the question is: How many man hours will it take to complete the inventory count? (if three people work four hours each, that would be 12 man-hours)

Anyone can play, there is no way to know ahead of time how many people there will be or how many hours it will take, so any guess is a good guess :) You already know it will be during two days, so........

I will find a special prize for the winner!( Thanks for playing.

(winner to be announced Wed morning)

Edited to add: The winner will receive a nice little packet of product perfect for this time of year. It includes paper, ribbon, stickers and key chain-- approximately $20 worth of product. It is on display at the store, but I couldn't get a picture of it for the blog.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Starting tomorrow...

We all hope you had a wonderful Christmas day!

Starting tomorrow, December 26th thru January 2nd, the entire store will be 40% off, that also includes already marked down items, yes that’s right 40% off and then 50% off. We will be closed January 3rd and 4th for inventory. On January 5th we will open with all the new Valentine lines, new classes, wonderful creative new ideas and love in the air.

Call and sign up for our New Years No Frills-No Frills Crop January 2nd 10am-midnight $15. This is 14 hr. crop time only, no supper or other special activities. We have received several calls about people wanting a crop this weekend, so sign up quick!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Most of you received the daily emails on the 12 days of Christmas sale. Some never received the emails but wanted us to post the Santa story.......


On the first day of Christmas
Santa thought he'd make a book,
so he sent out his elves
to have them take a look

They came back all excited from our crafty little store
All the albums in the store are 40% off
no need to look for more...


On the second day of Christmas
Old Santa started scrapping
"I need some special papers"
and not the kind for wrapping"....

The elves headed back to Carolyn's store
and as luck would have it,the paper now was 40 - off...
a bit of Christmas magic?

Day 3…..

When scrapbook fever hits, it can be lots of fun.
Santa couldn't think of toys until his book was done.

With pages looking empty, Santa was getting sicker
"If only I could find a place with lots and lots of stickers."
"We know just the place, boss. The walls are lined with packs.
Just grab that empty toy bag and put it out our backs"

Day 4…..

"What now, what now" said Old Saint Nick. "I want to do some more"
"Go to Crafty Scrapper, be the first one in the door"
"Pick up some inks and pens and paint.
The fourth day of Christmas will be so great!"

Day 5….

The elves woke up early and completed all their chores.
They knew that all they'd need that day, would be at their favorite store.

They would wait outside the wooden doors until they were unlocked.
but, coming on to College street, they had quite a shock.

Parked outside of 308, they saw the sleigh they knew.
It was loaded up with packs of glass, memory frames and capsules too.

Day 6….

On the sixth day of Christmas, the elves squealed with delight
"Chipboard is on sale today" They yelled with all their might.
With many things to choose from, they stopped to make a call.
"I just got off the phone with Santa, he said to buy them all"

Day 7….

Mrs Claus asked Santa "What else does Carolyn sell?
Does she have the Ten Seconds metals that cover things so well?"
"She does" Said Mr Claus. "It's made by Cheryl D. and Megan"
"Better hurry!... and take the station wagon"

Day 8……

On the 8th day of Christmas, Santa was a wreck.
"What to do, what to do, Oh..I've forgotten glue!"
Of course, the elves were sent to town to pick up what he'd need.
They went as fast as elves could go, but they didn't want to speed.

Day 9……..

The elves were oh so tired. "We've been busy day and night,
While Santa plays with all the things we pick up at the shop."
We'll make lots of cards and tags- That will be our play
We'll use all the stamps we bought at the big sale today

Day 10….

Even Santa has a list of things he wants each year.
The elves went to town again along with eight reindeer.
Ruler, scissors, sanding block, and a fancy paper folder
were all on Santa's wish list.... a special, special order

Day 11……

Metal corners, frames and keys were perfect for the cover.
He needed other goodies too. This book was like no other.
Some eyelets and some brads would be perfect on his pages.

Day 12…..

Santa had to make another trip to finish up his gift.
Some flowers, leaves and sparkly bling would give it such a lift.
He'd worked so hard, just one more day to make it oh so right
He'd have to finish up before tomorrow night

Christmas day, he couldn't wait
It was a such a special date.
He had made this gift in just 12 days, he kept up quite a pace.
In his mind he saw the look upon her face.

She opened up the gift from him and memories flooded in.
She looked up into Santa's face and saw his great big grin!
The book he made gave her pause...
This scrapbook made for Mrs Claus.

Remember this at Christmas time and at year's end
The best gifts in this world are our family and friends.

Merry Christmas from the Crafty girls,
Carolyn, Sherri, Marylou, Annette and Keri

Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Tags of T!m - In Review

We thought we would share some of our tags and other information regarding the 12 tags of Christmas done by Tim Holtz this year. We found that we didn't have all the supplies and imagine that is how it was for most people.

Day 1:
We thought we'd try doing similar techniques on a non-tag surface.


Day 3:
Making plaids was a lot of FUN too. We made both cards he showed on his blog. We also did blue and other color backgrounds.

Day 4:
We didn't have the German scrap, so took glittered cardstock and a border punch to make an edge for the tags.

Day 5:
Slight adjustments on this tag included the Snow Marker on the tree and stamping on a scrabble tile. One of our favorite tags. Carolyn is going to put it on the front of her December daily book.

Day 7:
Carolyn was home with sick child, and no keys at home, so she adapted and used the letter "R" with her family name hanging from it. Very cute huh?

Well, I don't want to get too far ahead of you....I will post more in a day or so. In the meantime, all of them are on display at the store.

12 Tags - Done

Finished the 12 tags, working on the December daily and other projects. We thought you might enjoy seeing the tags we did and maybe some of the adjustments if we didn't have all of the items Tim used. Check them out HERE.

It is still busy in downtown Waxahachie. If you didn't get to the home tour, you need to be sure to come this summer and/or next Christmas season. The skating rink, Bethlehem Revisited and other activities are still going on.

And...perhaps you have received the emails about Santa making a scrapbook this year. If not, sign up on the website. If so, stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that he figures it all out. (smile)

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Sunday (the 13th) the store is open 1 to 5 pm. Also, all of the postbound albums, d-ring albums, refill pages and extenders are on sale. 40% OFF. I know many of you are planning your day around that right now! The album sale is Sunday only.

Also, there are still many items on the 50% off table....actually, we should say that more keeps being added to this area each day.

This is a great time of year to pick up those albums too--time to get them all ready for photos and pages from your year.

PS: If you didn't get an email announcing the sale, please go to the website and sign up for our newsletter.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

We Have A Winner....& oops

Here is the post I did at 9 this morning.....unfortunately, I put it on the wrong blog (blush).

SOO.....sorry it is late on this blog:

"The Clock on the wall says about 9am and the list on the computer says 174.....ALISA guessed 175. VERY close. Wonder if she came in and counted around the store!

Congratulations Alisa. The packet of Little Yellow Bicycle goodies is ready for you at the store.

Stay tuned for another contest....Hint: it will involve "followers" of the blog."


We Have A Winner!

The Clock on the wall says about 9am and the list on the computer says 174.....ALISA guessed 175. VERY close. Wonder if she came in and counted around the store!

Congratulations Alisa. The packet of Little Yellow Bicycle goodies is ready for you at the store.

Stay tuned for another contest....Hint: it will involve "followers" of the blog.

Here's To A New Year

You'll notice that we have a new look to the design blog. Thanks to the design team members who have posted this year. There were so many wonderful things made, thought of and shared, that it is too bad we couldn't get them all posted. Our #1 New Year's Resolution at the store is to make more posts and to make them more regularly.

Steps have been taken to make that a reality. Since you stopped by today, I hope you will remember the blog is beginning regular posting AND that you will stop back by to see what is happening here.

Carolyn's blog will continue to include a little of everything - new product, some great projects, store announcements, her own personal stories and all the things you like over there. This blog will continue to have ideas, projects and other talk to stimulate that creative bug deep down inside of you.

See you soon!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Ready To Play Again?

You guys did so well at guessing how many different products are in the store, thought I'd see how close you can come on this question: How many different brands are in the store?

For example: Creative Imaginations is a brand, even though there might be many other "sub-brands". Maya Road is a brand, Little Yellow Bicycle is a brand....Got it?

OK, for the winner, I will pick out $20.00 worth of Little Yellow Bicycle products from the Christmas line for you. (it is called the 25 days of Christmas, so perfect for a number counting contest) We'll collect guesses until Thursday morning. At 9 am on Thursday the 10th, I will see who has guessed the closest and put a post out here for them.

For fairness, no employees (current or prior) may play and if you won in the last game, you'll have to sit out this round. You can still guess, just no prize (sorry). If you happen to help on inventory once a's ok to play. Trust me, there is no added advantage to them....they are usually focused on ONE brand for days.

The computer number will be considered the accurate number. The game is for fun. No accounting firms involved (LOL). Start counting.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Although It Was A December Afternoon...

yesterday's deliveries brought October Afternoon. Very Merry by October Afternoon that is. This has been a greatly anticipated line with great embellishment stickers.

The adorable school line called Report Card came in too.

Thought we'd share results of the day 3 tags done by Carolyn too--Awesome huh?! For those of you doing the 12 tags by Tim, we just got in a re-stock of all of the memory glass and capsules. Of course we have the metals, stamps and inks as well as glass glitter and the little bells he is using today.

Her December Daily book is looking awesome too! Maybe we can get some more pictures of it soon.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Today's Daily...?

Although the store is not doing a December Daily book (just the personal one in the last post)...we do seem to have a lot to talk about on the blog each day.

The overstock sale on Maya Road products is in full swing. The table has plenty more to choose from. Always a good thing to stock up on. We're trying to clear some space right now in the back room and the Maya Road "corner".

So, thought we'd just put a little reminder out here for you. If you don't get our newsletter, please sign up on our website. Also, there is a spot now to sign up for posts to be emailed and as always, you can become a 'follower' and get updates that way too.

Have a good one today!

PS: Tim's Tag(s) #3 is beautiful today as well. (no surprise there either)

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

December Daily

Last Saturday at our Pot Luck Crop, Penny a good customer and friend, was making this adorable December Daily. Another girl was making one that she bought as a kit, I thought what a great idea. Of course I really didn't need another project since I am on a roll doing all of Wendy Vecchi's projects and now T!m Holtz's 12 Christmas tags, not to mention home life and my son's school stuff.

The more I kept looking at her book, I feel in love with it. I liked her idea of cutting all the paper 6x12, adding envelopes, transparency, photo holders and acrylic pieces, then bind it with the Bind-it-all. So here I am working on day 2, but here are pictures of the first day. Even though all the Santa stuff didn't happen on the 1st, I wanted to start my book out with this since the paper did a awesome article on my husband.

To learn more about this project, "December Daily" check out Ali Edward's description on her blog.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Making A List And Checking It Twice...

...but it has nothing to do with naughty or nice. (whew)

Nah, it is December 1st and TIM HOLTZ has decided to do the 12 tags of Christmas this year again. Last year, we had a lot of fun making them along with him. We took the techniques and used them in many other projects as well. His first tag is out and you will not be disappointed.

Not surprising, he used rock candy crackle paint, rock candy stickles, picket fence stickles and his newest Snowman stamp. We have all of that in stock at the store. We also have wire for that great wired ribbon trick!

Although there is not a list of what he plans to use on all the tags, we are pretty sure he will use the Ranger inks, Tim Holtz ideology items, Stamper's anonymous stamps and other Ranger products that we keep in stock. Of course, we know what kind of tag he uses and have those as well. As the designed tags come out, we'll do our best to get the items that he uses that we can't predict ahead of time for all of you.

We'll be trying to make them as he puts them on his blog and hope many of you are planning to try the tags--at least one of them. He puts out the instructions in precise detail to make it as easy as possible, and you'll love the results. Let us know if you are playing.