Saturday, July 19, 2008

Okay - okay - okay - i know - i'm a TERRIBLE BLOGGER-errrr!!! I am so thrilled to hear the phone calls and emails inquiring how it went on Saturday morning - no excuses - you don't wanna hear em' - i know - just busy!!

Well - we had a crowd outside on Saturday morning - they were enjoying the HOT sun and Lexi (girl Friday!!!) - Kristy's daughter was our "runner" and delivered my homemade chocolate chip cookies to everyone!!! :) Congratulations to Theresa Hobson - she was our first person to be here and register on Saturday morning - so she gets to choose which charity a portion of our raffle winnings go to!!!

We did NOT sell out - we do still have 50 seats available out of 170!! So that's good! :) There is only ONE MONTH and THREE WEEKS left until the event - so if you're considering coming - you'd better be hopping on the wagon!! I have to start shopping for goodies and prizes - so i will need a head count soon!!!

We haven't received AS MUCH feedback about the goodie bags as we'd you have an opinion!?!? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to give us feedback about what YOU'D like to see us improve on at our crops!! This is all about making this YOUR CROP!!!! So, feedback - feedback!!! or post a comment here!!!

Thanks so much to Kim Bartunek for sending us her copy of photos from our June crop*A*ganza event!!! I especially liked this one of "Don HO and his girls!" - i just couldn't call you what you were callin' yourselves...sorry! :) :) :)
Just a random picture and side note - we said goodbye to our GOOD LOOKING FED EX man on Friday too - he's moving to OKLAHOMA!!! we'll misssssssssssssss him!!!! (don't you just love how oliver is just chillin' in the photo!)
We finalized all of our CHA orders on Friday and are just waiting on our new stuff to start arriving!! CANNOT wait for the halloween and christmas papers that we ordered to get here!! I'm anxiously counting down to Maple Memories in August - when mom and i get to go and RELAX with some friends and CROP CROP CROP!!! Speaking of cropppin' - we do have a crop this friday night from 5:00- midnight if you wanna come and join us! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Okay - so ONE day until Crop*A*Ganza registration opens!! This is always such a guessing game for us!! We have been asked all week long - "what time should I get here on Saturday morning?" - uhhhhhh, i'm not sure!!! We don't wanna tell you to be here at 7:00am (krusty mullins!!!) and you're the ONLY person in the parking lot until NOON!! But we also don't want to say - ahhhhh, just come in anytime on Saturday and have us sell out again in 30 minutes!!?! So - just use your GUT and come on in whenever you can?!?!?! I just sent out a newsletter reminding everyone of the registration opening on Saturday, so be watching for that!!!

We've been busy this week, preparing for that......adjusting to Smyers being gone.....and receiving some new and restocked stuff in!!! I've also been busy with our instructors....we are gearing up for August when our classes start back up!!! They've got some ADORABLE layouts for you!!!

Monica has completed anADORABLE School Album for her Album in a Day class in August!! You will complete and ENTIRE album in 5 1/5 hours!! It's AWESOME!! She's used the new DCWV Back to School Stack (which i LOVE!)'s $45.00 and you will leave with an ENTIRE ALBUM COMPLETED!! (does not include the actual ALBUM!!) We are limiting the class size on this one - to guarantee personal attention - so if you're considering signing up - you might wanna do that soon!!! (i'll post pics of it soon - they are SOOOOOO cute!)

Kristy is going to begin a new class as well.....well - not NEW - but NEW to her!! She's going to start a BABY class!!! She's been working on her first layouts for the first class (which we're not sure when it is yet....kristy?!?!) and she's used the new Animal Crackers line from Making Memories!! (this JUST might be the cutest baby line EVA!)

Renee has her SECOND "What Matters Most" class this weekend!!!

Jana came in last week and brought some of her best layouts yet....IS ThAT POSsibLE?!?!! :) I'm excited to get her "Toddle Time" and "BOB" & "GIGI" classes back up and running - i can't show you sneeks of her layouts cuz aaahhhmmmmm, she took them with her?!?! I'm thinking she's bringing them with her on Saturday when she comes with our Bux to answer the telephono for ganza registration!! :)

Monica is working on another Scrapbook 101 class, coming up in August!!

We're working on a date and more information for our Soldering class with Renee - so be looking for that as well, we haven't forgotten about it!! :)

We going to sit down tomorow over lunch and finalize our CHA picks and purchases - so i can't WAIT to start recieving THAT stuff!!! Soooooo much cute, cool and AWESOME stuff is coming - and some NEW companies that we've chosen this time - i'll tell you more about that after we've received confirmation from our vendors!!!

I'm happy to report that we've donated $875.00 to Victory in the Valley since November 2007 for the Fight Like a Girl Shirts!!! (extra special thank yous go to Jana for that!!)

Annnnd, i hope this is alright to share with you.....Jana has been sewing lke a maniac!! and she has some GORGEOUS new things to share with all of you at ganza!! I don't wanna tell you too much until i get the go ahead from her - but i'm expecting the demand to be HUGE and i'm certain she'll be taking orders for THESE HOT ITEMS to deliver at Ganza!! I'll show you a picture as soon as she gives me the okay!!

OOOH!!! Don't forget next time you're in to vote on our PHOTO 101 boards!!! We're going to be taking them down at the end of the month and awarding our winner!!! You're voting on the entire board - not the "layout of the board" but the PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE BOARD!!! They are in front of the regsiter!!

Speaking of Photo boards - our next digi and photo 101 class sign up sheets are ready for sign ups!! We only limit these classes to 10 - to guarantee more personal attention in the class - so if you're considering learning Photoshop Elements 5 or 6....or learning more about your camera, give the store a call today!

Regarding your registration forms for ganza - make sure and let me know WHO you're wanting to sit with!! Sometimes these sheets get separated - so just b/c you sign up together doesn't mean i'm going to remember that when doing the seating chart!!! So - the MORE explanation i get on your registration form - the better!!!

OH!!! I wanted to show you the invitations for Kords 8th birthday that Renee and I created!! (more renee, than me!) Aren't they stinkin' CUTE!!!! It's called "Camp Kord"!! They're gonna CAMP - go on a scavenger hunt and roast marshmallows!!!

These are the invites that Kristy "whipped" up for her daughters birthday!

I am sooo excited!! Mom, Kristy and I are heading up to MAPLE MEMORIES again in August....ahhhhhhhhhh i can feel the relaxation coming over me already!!

OOhh!!! Check out our website - - our area crops page has been updated!! Amy May is hosting crops monthly in Benton for those of you out east that are looking for a place to crop all day long!!*

Scrap*Pink - we are hosting an event here that weekend and I'll letcha know more about that next week (i hope!) gotta get through ONE event at a time!!!

Ganza question for important are goodie bags to you when you attend a crop!?!? What about the raffle items?? What would YOU like to see as a Raffle Item at the next crop you attend? Do you think there would be any interest in raffling items from companies or individuals other than Scrapbooking Vendors?!?! If you don't want to sign up for a username on here - email me your response at and let me know - i'm interested in your thoughts and feelings on this topic!!

Think of me Friday night while I'm making 16 dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies for Ganza Registration PINK SATURDAY!!!! :)

I think that's all for now!! i know - kind of a random blog post - just a little inside look at how my brain operates!!! ha ha!! :) For reading my ramblings - i'll leave you with a few images of some new stuff we've rec'd this week!!

Making Memories Chipboard Albums - Ric Rac and Scallop!

New from Glitz - we got a LOT of the rub ons and bling strips!!!

New doodling templates from Crafters Workshop!!! :)

THIS is the new Animal Crackers from Making Memories!! :) LOVE IT!! jack and ella!

We got TONS of the best Glue Pen EVA back in stock!

AND!! FINALLY we have ALLLL of the colors of the TRIMS from Doodlebug BACK IN DA HOUSE!!

Monday, July 14, 2008


I FINALLY have the registration form online!! You can click on the link to the right and it SHOULD (Lord willing!) take you to the PDF file!!!! Lemme tell ya - i tend to think that i'm pretty computer saavy - but HOLY MOLY this one had me!!! and wouldn't ya know that my problem was ONE little SPACE in the URL?!?! arrrghhh!!! :)

okay - so that's done - i have a few things to post - but other things are taking priority at this moment - so i will be back here later on for some NEWS!!!!

Call with any questions regarding your registration form!! Remember - we can NOT accept ANY registration forms BEFORE SATURDAY MORNING!!!!

(ps - thanks to those who called this AM inquiring about the form- it's nice to know that you were looking for it!!)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

in my defense......................... (!)

Okay - IN MY DEFENSE!!! I have posted TWO new posts this week - AND lost both of them due to COMPUTER ISSUES!!!!! ARRRGGGHHHHH!!! I was VERY frustrated, so i have given myself a couple of days away and now i'm back to try again - THIRD TIMES A CHARM right?!

Finally cleaned out my car from Ganza!!! WHAT does that mean!?!? 1) i'm lazy?! 2) i'm SUPA busy or 3) i NEVER scrapbook?!?! You pick!!!
For those of you that pre-ordered your Ganza Layouts AT Ganza - we are still waiting on the paper to arrive - but no worries - we have a list and we'll get them to you as soon as possible!!
Mom and I are trying to get used to not having Sarah around.....sad really!! I am trying to get the hang of taking over all the behind the scenes JUNK (just kidding!) that goes into Crop*A*Ganza!!! It COULD just be that we JUST finished June Ganza, but this seems to be VERY overwhelming!!! But, have no fear - I WILL PERSEVERE!!!! :)
Soooo - you might have noticed that the SEPTEMBER CAG Registration form is now at the side of the blog!! You can print it off and have it ready to go.....registration opens on SATURDAY JUNE 19th!!!! 9:00AM!! ****************YES i know that we are having issues with it NOW - but give me the day and I'll have it ready!! :)

We will be ready, at that time, to take your registrations by PHONE (our lovely JANA will be helping with our phone in registrations!) 316-733-0029 can COME in and see US in person (you might be one of the lucky ones to try one of STEFFANIE's FAMOUS homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies!) OR you could fax it in!!! 316-733-4922......please know that it is first come first serve - so we will get the phone and faxes as fast as we can - but the people that are here to register in person will be the first ones we honor!!! :)

***some of the things we are changing this time: 1) - we've lowered the price to $80.00 !!!! HOWEVER - we are NOT supplying catered MEALS this time!! The feedback has been GREAT from this decision!!! We WILL still have the hospitality room!! 2) - we are opening up entry to the crop room EARLY!! You can now arrive and set up at noon on Friday the 12th!!! So - you can take the entire day off work and not feel as though it's been wasted!!! *******(this will also allow you to make appointments for early massages and pedicure appointments!!) 3) - when reserving your room at the Best Western - please make sure and request a room AWAY from the South Atrium if you do not want to be bothered with the noise!!! Make sure and tell them that you are with Scrap*Funattic or Crop*A*Ganza so that you can be locked into our room rate of $79.99.

The theme this time is "Don't Worry Be Happy"!! I am LOOKING for a SMILEY face icon for our countdown ticker, but haven't had much luck lately!!! But, i'm looking at smiley face decor!!! So - be on the lookout for me, if you're out and about!!!

How was your 4th of july!!? We had a GREAT day - full of relaxation, fun, laughs, and good times!! Here are just a few of the pics from our day!! I couldn't resist the one with renee on the slip and slide - she's gonna KILL me - but owell!! It'll make your day!!!

You need to check out Tracy's blog: she has updated it with ALL of the layouts that were submitted at ganza for Mikey's album!! Read more about that HERE!!!
Also - here's the flier for the SEPTEMBER Scrapbooking and Stamping Garage Sale -held each year by Jennifer Huelsman:

Garage Sale Event

New location at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
Located at 3700 E. Mt. Vernon
(just East of Hillside on Mt. Vernon)

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
10am to 3pm

Several tables of Scrapbooking and Stamping supplies.
Use and New/unused items for sale.
Cardstock, patterned papers, kits, ribbons, punches, stickers, eyelets,
stamps, fibers, diecuts, brads, stencils, albums, embellishments galore and
FREE admission to shop

If you would like to rent space to sell your unwanted supplies, please contact
Jennifer Huelsman at 619-6226 after 5:30pm weekdays or anytime weekends
Email me at with “garage sale” in the subject line.

The price is $10 for your first table w/add’l. tables for $5 each due on Sale day
Sellers are responsible for their merchandise and change for customers.
Space is limited so reserve your tables now.

We've got the information for our next digi and photo 101 class!!!

The DIGI class will begin on August 21st and run every OTHER Thursday night from 6:30-8:30.....we are excited to have Danielle join our team and she's up for the challenge of teaching you how to use Photoshop Elements 5 and/or 6!!! So - give the store a call if you're interested in signing up for that!! It's $120.00 for the entire 6 week class - and you will leave with a few printed layouts as well as a 6x6 album when the class is complete!!!

The Photo 101 class will begin on October 11th and run every Saturday from 10:00-noon for six weeks - ending on November 15th - with TWO field trips replacing in store classes!! It is also $120.00 for the six week class and you can call and reserve your spot NOW!

Between all of that....i'm also trying to dedicate more time to OLIVER!! Our new puppy!! He's also learning to take on the new role as "Store Mascot"!! I've been watching a LOT of the "Dog Whisperer"!! LOVE THAT SHOW!!! But, here's a few shots of him over the last two weeks!!!
Yes, I do realize HE is BOY - - - - he's just a MetroSexual DOG who happens to LOVE his blue bow!!!
I think that's all for now!! Hope you're having a great week, and I'll be sending out another email newsletter soon - so be looking for that!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

(aka: Debbie!!)
We hope you enjoy your special day - doing WHATEVER you please!!