Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Attic Wednesday Sketch Challenge #28

I'm SO excited about this new site that a good scrappin' friend suggested to me!!!  (i wish she had some double pagERs though!!)  But check it out.....My Little Sketch Blook!!  (  Lemme know what you think!!  I like her style - LOVE the use of bellies on her sketches!!!

This one is a SINGLE page sketch.....have at it! GOOD LUCK!!  HAVE FUN!!

"Friends are chocolate chips in the cookies of life!"

Monday, September 27, 2010

BIG WEEK....biggER weekEND!!

Man oh MAN - where did SEPTEMBER GO!?!?!  However, there are LOADS of FAHHBULLOUUSS things goin' on in October - so BRING IT ON FALLL!!!!

Important REMINDER DATES are at the bottom of this post - so mark your calendars NOW!!!

FIRST Annual LOVE CHLOE Crop'n Roll "Backstage Pass~VIP" event!!!
We're SOOO excited (and nervous, anxious, giddy, passionate!) about this FRIDAY!!!!  We are helping to host the FIRST ANNUAL EVENT to raise money for a VERY VERY VERY worthy cause!!!! What better way to spend a friday/saturday in November, than cropping with your girlfriends in an intimate, plush hotel - all the while raising money for a fabulous charity.....?!?!  We've got some fahhhhbulous things lined up for the lucky THIRTY croppers that attend the event!!!  Yep - you read that right - 3-0!!  I meant it when I said "intimate"!!!  It's going to be great!!  You're going to have loads of cropping space.....some fabulous VIP treatment and you're going to feel WONDERFUL, knowing that you're helping a wonderful cause!!! 

The Love Chloe Foundation is looking to raise money to fund their "Monkey in my Chair" program!!!  You can read ALL about it by clicking HERE and checking out their website.....but the "gist" of  it is this...the "Monkey KIT" supplied FREE to families that have a child that has been diagnosed with cancer.  It's to be used as a "coping" tool...not only for the child with cancer, but it can also be used in the childs classroom while they are not able to be.  It can be used to help the childs classmates cope as well.  The monkey can be left in the chair - holding the childs place while gone - allowing the other children to have someTHING to look at (instead of an empty chair)....they can take the monkey back and forth to gym, lunch, music, art, etc.....they can take JUST the backpack.....leave notes in the backpack for the sick child to read.  It also has a disposable camera inside the backpack....a note book, and some other fun items that can be used to help all the kids "cope" with the illness.  

Sooooooo, take a look at their site.....and make the decision to help out!!!!  Be a part of something AMAZiNG!!!!  (from the beginning!!!) cool is it going to be to start something from the VERY FIRST EVENT...and look back 10 years from now and say "I was a part of something AMAZING!!!"

this is a picture of Chloe!!
Mark your calendars NOW.....THIS FRIDAY is the first day you can register!!!  10:00am - Scrap*Funattic - either CALL 316-733-0029 or in PERSON!!!  

The event fee is $100.00
Begins Friday November 5th at 6:00pm-midnight
Saturday November 6th 6:00am-6:00pm
Homewood Suites at the Waterfront, Wichita-Kansas
The Homewood is "behind" us all the way!!  They have been SO generous!!!  They are offering a discounted room rate for all Love Chloe Croppers!!  $99.00 a night - and the rooms are SUITES!!!!!! PLUSH, AWESOME SUITES!!!!  
We've got some other "VIP" things planned for our lucky croppers too.....we'll be filling you in on all that VERY SOON!!!

Chicks in the Attic Kit Club Subscribers......ATTENTION!!

  Have you or ARE you CURRENTLY a Chicks in the Attic Kit Club Subscriber???  EITHER WAY - we're offering a FREE FRIDAY NIGHT CROP JUST FOR YOU!!!  Bring your past kits in.....we're going to be here to help you!!!!  You can use ANY of our tools that we've used on past kits.....We can help you "figure" something out, that's been holding you up on a kit!!!
JUST COME AND HANG WITH US!!!  FREE!!  Please call and reserve your spot, so we can assure enough space!!!!    THIS FRIDAY !!! 5:00-midnight!!!!

Super Scrappin' Saturday!!
We're SOOOO excited for FALL!!  THIS month, for our Super Scrappin' Saturday event....we're thrilled to be getting some help from a fellow friendly cropper!!!  Joyce McCain is coming to help Kristy this Saturday....they're going to be making some FUN Halloween goodies!!!  Think....halloween ideas!!!  I will post a sneak of some of the things they're planning later this week!! BUT MAKE PLANS NOW!!!  FREE FREE FREE!!  the FREE FALL FUN begins at 9:00AM!!!  

AND - our SSS always brings a fabulous SALE!!  Soooo, be watching for THAT too!!!

Greater Andover Days!!

Our Greater Andover Days event begins "city wide" Thursday September 30-Saturday October 2nd!!  If you're planning to be in the area for the carnival, events, parade, etc.....stop by!!  (click on the link and you can see an itinerary of the weekend events!!)  Show your Greater Andover Days Pin and we'll give you DOUBLE PUNCHES for your ENTIRE PURCHASE.....ALL THREE DAYS!!!  (please limit one per day!!)

YES, we know that there's a LOT GOING ON!!!  Seems to be happening more and more on these PJ CROP nights!!! Soooo, fro 5:00pm-5:00am - we'll be holding our CROP (for only $10.00)....but we have to have a MIN. of 10 croppers signed/paid by THURSDAY!!!  If you're interested - GET SIGNED UP NOW!!

Baby Cooper meet n greet!!

Come and FINALLY meet baby COOPER BROWN!!!  We're holding a laid back, come and go meet and greet!!  We'll have snacks and the usual "shower punch"...BUT NO GAMES!! ; )   We'll begin at noon and Renee promises to "hang out" till 3!!  Sooooo, come see her!! You're more than welcome to bring gifts if you'd like...however do not feel obligated!!!  Renee welcomes EVERYONE - gifts or not....however you MIGHT get more holding time if you have a gift!!  HAAA!!  JUST KIDDING!!! : )   We've been telling those of you that have cards!!!  That's the BEST thing for the family!!!  Gifts cards to Target, Dillons, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Baby Gap, Gymboree, QT, Cheddars, McAllisters, Panera, Teds Steakhouse, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, Vics get the idea!!!  We'd love to see you!!   **the store WILL be open on Sunday as well!!**

Love Chloe registration opens Friday October 1st  10:00am  $100.00

Chicks in the Attic FREE CROP!!  Friday October 1st  5:00-midnight - FREE!!

Super Scrappin' Saturday!!  Saturday October 2nd FUN starts at 9:00am ***(we're not necessarily MAKING this item, but wanted to give you an idea of some things that we're working on!!..this was from the Scrapbooks Etc. magazine issue this month!)

Greater Andover Days!!  Thursday September 30 - Saturday October 2

PJ Crop!!  Saturday October 2nd  5pm-5am  $10.00 (must have 10 signed up!)

Baby Cooper meet n greet with Renee!!  Sunday October 3rd  Noon-3

Friday, September 24, 2010

PAGEMAPS #2 is HERE!!! : )

Pagemaps 2 is here!!!  these will go SUPER FAST - GUARANTEED!!  If you've not "heard" of PageMaps...check out her website - we LOVE LOVE LOVE her sketches!!!  This book is AWESOME, a DEFINITE must for sketch lovers!!!


HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!  New Stuff - we've been so swamped around here that we've neglected to let ya'll know what NEW stuff has/is arriving!!  Even in the newsletter!!  OOPPPSSIES!!

Here's a QUICK update - i'll be back later with more!!!

Girls Paperie!!!

We R Memory Keepers EXCLUSIVE line....White Christmas!!

There's more - but i gotta run for now - be back soooooooon!!!!!!!!!!  Or better yet - COME SEE US! : )

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ganza Thank you's Recap!

  Man oh MAN!.....i have been MEANING to get on here and update ya'll on how, what, where, when, why, how come, etc. all the happening's around here...and LIFE just keeps gettin' in the way!!  KWIM!?!?  Anyone else feel like they've been in a FAST FORWARD movement for about the last 6 months?!?!?!? I'm ready to SLOW down a tad bit!!!

I'm gonna just give ya'll a quick "overview" of the Ganza MADNESS that occurs!!  THIS time, we had more "setbacks, bumps, and curve balls" before we even OPENED the crop room for croppers!!  BUT...we pulled through!!  Thank the LORD for answered prayers and special HELPERS sent just at the right time!! ; )
This is a final shot of the crop room (2am, to be exact!)....hubby finished up the cords and took the kiddos HOME to bed!! was a LONG night! 
 comparrrrrred to THIS (saturday night!)  

Something that was VERY much a POSITIVE change....9:00am OPEN time!!  Here's the crop room, not even 9:30am yet!!  It was AWESOME!!
We debuted the Sisterhood of Scrapbooking Apparel!!  It was VERY well received!!!  (notice MAX in the corner,,,,catchin' his breath between trips in and out of the heat!)
The hospitality room is STOCKED up and ready to go!!  (we DID make note of MORE diet mt. dew, diet coke and diet ganza!)  
The Centerpiece Contest was a HUGE success!! SERIOUSLY, we were BLOWN away with all the participants!! You guys NEVER CEASE to amaze me!!  It makes it SO MUCH *MORE* FUN when everyone else "gets" it too!!! (these were just a few of the tables that kate got photographed from the weekend!)

The winner winner chicken dinner of the Centerpiece Contest (judged NOT by me!! hee hee!!)...."Beyonce's Group"!!  They really get into the ganza themes each event, and come up with a lot of the ideas that we implement as well, so it was nice to see them WEINNNNNERS!!

Teri made us these fancy schmancy "singing angel" head bands!!  And we wear them DAILY, Teri! ;)                 This was mom's "first" all weekend ganza event!! I think she did purdy darn good!!!  Didn't complain TOOOO much! : )   She is usually holdin' down the store front all weekend and out to help out at ganza in the evening!!  But with SARAH (my lil sister!)...unable to be my sidekick - mom stepped in!!  And it worked out VERY WELL!!  I was pleasantly surprised!!

I started to upload all the pics from the event, but noticed that DC and Lindsay had already posted videos, updates and pictures for you!!  I'll put the pics that i took on our facebook fan page for you to see...they are pretty much along the same "lines" as hers!!

For those of you who attended Crop*A*Ganza this time, THANK YOU for an AWESOME weekend!!  We really did have a great time!!  Very little "hiccups" along the way!!  We're getting better and better at this every time!!  I have taken up the "issues" that we did have, with the we'll see what happens from that!!  

Each Ganza, we always have a little "pow wow" afterwards, recapping the weekend, things NOT to do next time, things to DEFINITELY do next time, etc....something that was VERY well received this past event, were the group photo shots!!!  If you've been attending ganza since the first event (and we know that there are quite a few of you that have been to EVERY SINGLE ONE!!), then you MIGHT remember the Group Photo NIGHTMARE that would happen!!  Not everyone wanted to be a part of it....some would HIDE.....some would POUT.....and then there was KATE who would sing "the song that never ends"...ugh that was a NIGHTMARE in itself!!!  : )   Welllllll, i-personally, am NOT a fan of group photos when i attend crops...i know, i know, it's just a's only 15 minutes out of my life...whats the big deal!??!  Wellll, when i'm scrapbookin' - i don't wanna be interrupted!!  THERE, i said it!!!  As selfish as that sounds...i just don't!!  So about 6 ganza's ago, we got "rid" of the group photo!!  It was VERY WELL RECEIVED!! Of course there were still a few moans and groans, about not having a photo of the group to document each event......SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, this time....we had quite a few of these guitar sunglasses for "Decor"....i thought it would be a FANTASTIC idea to take them around to each table, and get group shots of the CROPPERS~as THEIR own group!!!!!!!  I know, i know - GENIUS idea!!!  SOOOOO, Kate and Dawn took the camera, glasses and their CHIPPER personalities and headed out to "work the room"!!!   I edited each group shot (as best as i could with the lighting that we are blessed with at ganza!), and then sent them out to the "groups" in an email - thanking you for coming and hanging out with us!!!  I hope everyone got theirs...if you didn't, just lmk!!  
I know that there were quite a few groups that didn't get pictures taken.....i apologize if you weren't all together when the girls came around, and we missed you......we've made a note of that and will do that again in February - but LET YOU KNOW ahead of time a TIME frame that we'll be doing that - so you can plan for that as well!!!!!  Here are just a few of the fun group shots that we took!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how happy everyone is!!!  You can tell they are really having a good time....and that's what it's allll about right?!?! 

A few "extra" thank you'sSOOO much for all your help with the games and activities!!  I know that Kate LOVED having you as her side kick, and i KNOW that the croppers LOVED having some fun new games to play as well!!    Max!!  It was AWESOME having a strong young man to help us "hoarders" of scrapbooking supplies, unload our cars!!  ESPECIALLY with the heat, it made it SUPER nice to not have to make 25 trips to and from our cars with all of our supplies!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH for assisting our croppers with unloading AND packing up on Sunday!!  We hope you come back and join us in February!!!  Sharon/Theresa/Shannon/Lindsay/Missy/Dawn - thank you thank you thank you thank you!!  Words canNOT express how much we appreciatED your help with setting up and/or tearing down for the weekend event!!  SINCERELY,,,,, we had quite a few set backs this time (before the event even BEGAN!), so the extra UNEXPECTED help was amazing!!  Thank you SO much - THANK YOU!!!!!

Lastly - here's our FANTABULOUS *emcee* ...  the amazing, insane, one and ONLY KrrrrrrAZIE KatIE the scrapbook LADY!!  (of the night..!!)  there really IS only one KATE!!  We are SO blessed, and LUCKY to have you in our lives Kate!!  REALLY!!  you make things SO much easier during Ganza for us!! We can focus on what WE do best....and YOU can focus on what YOU do best!!  THANK YOU!!  Ganza would NOT be what it is without YOU!!!!

Things can get a little CrrAAzzzyyyyy on the LAST day of ganza!!!! *we love you momma*!!  
AND NO GANZA weekend is complete without SOME form of physical activity..................we didn't have the "scrap Olympics" this year....but Chollet came through with cartwheels instead!!!
Charity/Raffle information!!!  This year we raised $500.00!!!!
We're SO happy to be dividing that between "Victory in the Valley" and Yareli's Scholarship Fund (Resurrection Catholic School)!!

That's allllll folks!!!  Our Ganza Recap!!!  Thanks for EVERYTHING you do to make ganza a memorable weekend, time after time after time!!  We appreciate allll of you SO much!

He's HHEERRREEE!! ~ Finally!!

I feel terrrrible that we've neglected our BLOGGER's SO easy to update our facebook page via our iphones...that i forget that facebook doesn't automatically just POST to the BLOG!!  SORRY!!!

I'll try REALLY hard not to let it happen again!! : )~

Okay - here we go.........................

Baby Cooper Christopher Alan Brown
was bornTuesday September 14th at 5:00 pm!!!
7lb 1.6oz.
19.5 inches

He's a SUPER DUPER CUTIE PIE PUNKINS!!  Perfect little angel!! Sleeps a lot!!  Barely makes a peep!!  
Momma and family are doing FABULOUS!!!! 

Big Sister Lauren is LOVING being a big sister too!!!

We love having him here at the store for *spontaneous* visits...when his MOTHER needs cardstock or adhesive for all of her FREE scrapbooking time on her hands!!!!

YES, he REALLY is this cute in person!!!  Would you like to meet him?!!?  Wellll, stay "'*tuned*" into the blog/newsletter - we're going to have a lil shin dig for little coopA the poopA here at the store on Sunday October 3rd!!  I'll get ya all the "deets" on that soon!!

And YES......Kristy DID take these photos!!  alllll of them!!!  And YES, she *IS* amazing!!!  And YES, we HOG her photo skills as much as humanly POSSIBLE!!!  YES, she can be "hired"...the holidays are comin' up..hmmmmm, that's a great idea, i think......she's working on a website for her photography business (in all her SPARE time!)...but for now - if you'd like more information on having Kristy do a photo shoot for can reach her at 316-706-9226   OR   email:   OR  her facebook page!!!