Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What NOT to do.......

The day before Thanksgiving when you are cooking.
No it is not broken just badly bruised/hurt, note to self don't drop a treadmill on your foot. Yes I know that they are for walking on not under. I'm to stay off of it for a few days, keep it up and rest, I don't think the doctor knows that I have a dinner to fix tomorrow or work to go to on friday, and as I sit here and complain about that I am still so thankful that I have plenty of food to cook tomorrow and a wonderful job to go to on friday when so many of those out there don't in these trouble times.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and spends some time with family and friends and I'll see you on Friday at the store.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Busy, busy, busy..........

How many people start their post with that same title????? Well around here it's true. We tried to go Christmas shopping Saturday and just didn't have any luck, we bought nothing, not even a candy cane. We don't know what people want and this is the really sad part that hurts me to say but some of the people we haven't seen in a while so we don't know what they are into. The kids we buy for are at the age were gift cards are best, so yes Kate if you are reading this Erin IS getting a gift from us, why because we love buying little kids presents at Christmas time, it's what is fun for us, and I think she is just about the only little one left. And I love seeing joy in peoples faces. And when I can cause it it's even better, maybe I'm sick that way but I get a charge out of it.

I hope to get the tree up this weekend, there isn't a lot of time between now and Christmas this year, If all goes well maybe I'll post pictures. I did find my dining room this weekend, for those of you who do not know I'm not a neat person, there I said it, and a lot of my junk goes right into the dining room because we don't use it. I'm talking bags and bags of stuff, the stuff I bought in San Diego a few months ago was still in the bag in there, all my die cutting machines and dies, you get the picture. Well since Thanksgiving is this week and everyone is eating here we needed a place to eat so now I hae a dining room again and not a junk room, it will last through the Holiday season because I also use the table for wrapping gifts.

Well I should get ready for work, it's going to be a busy week getting ready for Black Friday sales we do have some really good stuff coming in for it so watch you email for the list and if you don't get our emails go to and sign the guest book now!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Well the Holidays are upon us..........

and I know for me that means run here do this, don't forget that and something is always going to come up. So if you are always rushed like I am then maybe you should take a break and take a class, yeah I know that sounded cheezey. But we do have a great class tomorrow, it's our annual Cookie Book class. Not only do you get to make a great book full of recipes to keep for yourself or give as a gift but you also get to taste every cookie in the book, yup we have made them all for you, now that's a class. There are a few spots left so call the store if you would like to attend or need a kit 586-773-7911.

Well more to do, hey for those of you who didn't know we do have and Etsy store the link is to the right under Paper Tales online we sell kits and vintage goodies there you might want to take a look, I'm getting ready to add stuff now.

Have a good day!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do you need some inspiration??????

I know I do.

Well Sunday at the store we are having a Holiday Open House, what is this you ask. Well I'm not sure. LOL!!!! Ok yes I do. We have been working on quick ideas for you to do for the holidays, either as gifts or decorations. We will be there to help you pull stuff to put it together at home or to just inspire you to use your stash. You should come and see what all we have in store for you, and we might just have cookies there.

Did you also know that this Friday starts our Sizzix challenge, you can come in on friday do a wonderful make and take for free and get a great demo for the sizzix and a chance to win one, I must tell you I have one of the old ones and never used it, but after CHA this summer I couldn't wait to get my hands on one of the new ones, it can do some amazing things. You should come in and check it out.

Monday, November 10, 2008

just a quickie for now........

I wanted to let you know that we have two crafters home exclusive dies for the Revolution in the store, noe the fairy die can be used with the big shot by sizzix too but the border die cannot yet. We do have a limited number of these die and are willing to ship them if you would want one, they are $34.99 each plus shipping, you just need to email the store at put quickutz die in the subject line please. Sorry the pictures are small, the fairy is a 4x4 die and the holly is a 12 inch border die.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I know I've been promising this book for a few days now, but yes I have finished it, and thanks Helen for sticking up for me today at the store about being sick. Once again I have combined Melissa Frances and Maya Road. When I saw this book at CHA I knew I wanted to do a class with it, and it was going to be a Christmas one. Saw the perfect paper when I was at the Melissa Frances' booth I must say I fell in LOVE with this paper her Christmas line is to die for, so soft so sweet.

Now I do have to tell you that we do, do kits for our classes but with this one you are silver leafing, so if you get a kit there will be no silver leaf due to the fact that it can not be kitted.

Sorry the lighting really wasn't that great.
Now for some more news; did you know that we are having a Shop Hop in December????? here's the info:
Christmas 2008 Shop Hop
Friday 12/05/08 9am-9pm
Saturday 12/06/08 9am-5pm
Cost $15

Each Shop Hopper will make 2 cards w/envelopes at each participating store they visit. Shop Hoppers will also receive a 25% discount on their purchases for both days.

Each store you visit will be entering your name in a drawing for store prizes and visiting all participating stores gets you an entry for the Grand Prize a weekend retreat at Memories Manor in St. Clair a $275 Value!!!
Deadline to register is Monday December 1st, don't miss this one!!

Participating Stores:
Paper Tales in Eastpointe
Beaded Stamper in Lapeer
Jane's Craft Studio in Waterford
Karen's Creative Stamps in Burton
Live,Laugh, Love and Scrap in Oxford
My Craft Room in Troy
Remember When & Scrap in Chesterfield
Scrap Happy in North Branch
Scrappin & Stampin Paradise in Macomb
Shoebox Memories in Lapeer
The Paper Hollow in Troy
What a way to spend the weekend.
Well more later!!!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

I hate being sick!!!!!!

So much to do and all I want to do is sleep, trust me I've been sleeping. I've been sick now since Thur. and I've had enough!!!!! No energy to do anything, and no voice!!!!! Me not talk, that's unheard of!!!!!!! This cold is kicking my butt. But enough about how I feel let's get to some fun.

I saw this on a website and thought is was cool, but I didn't want to go through the big mess so I made it a bit simpler for us scrappers. Ok we all know those bottle brush trees at Christmas time, the green ones in the Christmas Villages, and for those of us who are older had them thru out the house during the holidays. Well wouldn't you like to make them fight your project by coloring them????? It is so easy your going to wonder why you didn't think of that. First you start with the right type of tree you don't want an all plactic tree the color won't take mine I got and Michaels 21 in bag for $14.99 they have amny sizes in there.

Then you want to bleach them, I used a bowl of water and about 1/4 cup of bleach, it does take a few minutes and I did a few at a time.
Once this is done you want to rinse out the bleach and dry them, If you use a hair dryer please be careful, they can smoke on you. After this it's all up to you and your project. I colored mine with Maya Mist the gold then the red and green are great.

I know my red looks pink but it's my lighting, it is a beautful deep red with gold sparkles, and so is the green. The gold really does show through.
Now if you are going for a softer look try Glimmer Mist, although you don't get the glimmer you get with the gold Maya Mist.

I can't wait to start using these in my projects.
Speaking of which I will post my Melissa Frances Christmas book hopefully tonight, as soon as I'm done here I'mm going to work on it. And speaking of Melissa Frances guess who is there guest designer???? You should hop over there and check it out, they always have interesting things going on, the link in to your right, just click on Melissa Frances. See ya there!!
Now go make some trees!!!!