Tuesday, April 30, 2013


 Geni, Cat, and Ann with creative genius Tim Holtz.  The day before Cat and Ann returned from The Collins Show in Boston, they got to spend the whole day using Ranger Products.
The Radically Ranger Workshop began with Tim Holtz.  They used
the distress markers to watercolor a tag,
distress paints to marbleize a tag,
and a resist technique with the remnant rubs.
They spackled with Gesso and used a resist technique
and they stamped with Gesso for a different resist technique.
The afternoon was spent with Dyan Reavely and her dylusion line of products by Ranger.
Ann and Geni were having fun in Dyan's class!
Dyan is a wild and crazy gal.....so you know her class was a blast!
Cat, Ann, and Geni had fun and learned a lot at The Collins Show. 
Look for some fun and creative classes at the store!
Reason #2 to attend a retreat:
Consider it group therapy!

Monday, April 29, 2013


The National Scrapbook Day Flamingo Funnies Retreat is just three days away.  I am so looking forward to this retreat and have been getting things ready.  This year I'm bringing photos to the retreat to put in and on my projects.  I want to go home with some projects complete with photos.  I've been going through photos, sorting, and getting them ready to take to the retreat. 
Denise Case's precious granddaughter found some of our flamingos at Disney World this past week.  She told them to hurry to Texas for the big retreat with her Nana!

To further help us get ready for the retreat, I thought I would give you the run-down on what you will need for the classes.  For the inclusive classes you will need the following items in addition to your basic tool kit.
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Blending tool
  • Variety of adhesives:  tape runners, liquid adhesive, foam tape, red tape and/or score tape
  • Sanding tool
  • Ruler
  • Crop-A-Dile or hole punch that will punch chipboard
  • Picked Raspberries Distress Ink Pad
  • Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad
  • Pewter Metallic Paint by Ranger
  • Stickles in icicle,e or diamond, or crystal
Cat will have supplies available for purchase if you need some of these things.

Nanci's Travel through Time Class:
  • Peacock Feathers distress ink pad
  • Rusty Hinge distress ink pad
  • Wild Honey distress ink pad
  • Gathered Twigs distress ink pad
  • Walnut Stain distress ink pad
  • Antique Linen distress ink pad
  • Black Soot distress ink pad
  • Blending tool
  • Foam pads for your blending tool for each of the above colors
  • Ephemera that you would like to decorate your album with
  • Stamps that you might want to use on your album
  • Tiny Attacher and Staples
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tape Runner
  • Foam Tape
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Hammer
  • Paper Piercer
Clearly It's a Happy Birthday Album with Geni:
  • Festive Berries Distress Ink
  • Blending tool and foam pad
  • Wet adhesive
  • Tape Runner
  • Foam Tape
Circle Album with Lance:
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Sanding Block
  • Stapler and staples
  • Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Adhesive variety:  foam tape, tape runner, score tape/red tape, wet adhesive or glue stick
  • If you are planning to use wet adhesive to make this album, Lance suggests a clean brayer to assist you
Rustic Journey Album with Lance:
  • Stapler and staples
  • Hole Punch
  • Wet adhesive or glue stick--and lots of it
  • Score tape or red tape
  • Brown or black ink
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
Cruisin' Album with Cat

  • Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
  • Brocken China Distress Ink
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Tarnished Brass Distress Paint
  • White Distress Paint
  • Pewter Distress Paint
  • Red Distress Paint
  • Diamond or Crystal Stickles
  • Diamond Dust
  • Mementos, pics and brochures from cruise to complete album during down time.
For Joey's class, your basic tool kit should suffice with vintage photo and black soot distress inks.
 Reason #3 to attend a retreat:
You are bound to laugh off about 2,000 calories!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Look at the new sign Cat and Ray made for the store.  Don't you just love it?  I love the paw print frame.  Of course, the back side is decorated as well!
Here is a close-up of the hours.  Notice something different?  Yes, Cat is changing the hours.  She will no longer be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Since everyone knew the store closed at 6:00 the rest of the week, they forgot that we were open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.   So, Cat decided to go ahead and close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays.  She will get to go home and get a couple extra hours of rest!

Another change is that she will close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays when there isn't a crop or class.  Of course, when there is a crop or class, she will stay open as needed to accommodate the crop or class. 

These are very minor changes and none of us will probably even notice the changes.  You know Cat--if we were coming to the store during these times, she wouldn't be making these changes.  She is very conscientious about taking care of her customers and would not be closing the store if it was a busy time of day.   So, file this away in case you are ever tempted to come to the store after 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays....you will be standing at the door admiring this new sign and going OOPS..I knew this!

  Reason #4 to attend a retreat:
No one there will accuse you of being a "scrapaholic."


Saturday, April 27, 2013


As flamingos around the world heard about our Flamingo Funnies NSD Retreat, they have been flocking to Mitchell's Resort and RV Park.  So many, in fact, that they made the cover of Texas Park and Wildlife magazine.  Flamingos aren't something we see every day here in Texas, but they are here!
Nanci had some visit her house in Lipan.
This Mexican pottery style flamingo was visiting the Rosa's by Hulen Mall.  Can you believe that a flamingo actually was seen in Fort Worth? 
Nanci decorated a tag with this flamingo.
This sparkly flamingo was spotted on Cat's ear!  You just never know where you will see a flamingo.
Look at the beautiful wreath that Cat created for NSD....is that a flamingo I see?????
This is how we are used to seeing flamingos.  They stand on one leg and are usually found near some water.  However, I have a feeling we will be seeing them
during the NSD retreat at Mitchell's next weekend.
I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to making this Flamingo Funnies album.
We will most likely have lots of funny flamingo photos to fill the album.
It may be "attack of the flamingos" next weekend.
No matter what, I'm sure we will have a
FLAMINGO good time!

Friday, April 26, 2013


Reason # 8 to attend a retreat: Where else can you go to ask someone for a sheet of blue paper and get it offered in 10 different shades?
Reason #7 to attend a retreat: You might actually finish that layout that has been sitting on your desk for the last 2 months!
Reason # 6 to attend a retreat: Everyone there has the same disorder. CSD- Compulsive Scrapbook Disorder.  
In addition, we are all just one sheet of paper away from being on the next episode of Hoarders....and Cat will be glad to sell us more....and it's known as elephant dung!!!!   
Where else can we wear glasses like this,
act goofy,
and FIT RIGHT IN?????  
If you have never been to one of Cat's retreats, you are missing out on LOADS of fun.
There are two more retreats this year:
September 19-22 and
November 7-10.
Call the store now and reserve your spot so that you don't miss out on the
C R A Z I N E S S!!!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Wherever you are spending National Scrapbook Day, we want you to have plenty of supplies.
Thursday, April 25th through
Saturday, April 27th
stock up on your scrapbooking needs
and SAVE
15% off of your total purchase!

Our flamingo traveled to Boston with Cat
and came back tired. 
After resting up, the flamingo is ready for you to
So come by the store,

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Congratulations to our first WOW Wednesday winner after we changed things up.  The winner is:  #4, Kristie on Allison's blog.   Just a reminder that I am not counted when counting for the winning #. 

If it's the second or fourth Wednesday of the month, then it is time for our WOW Wednesday linky party. We made a few changes to WOW Wednesday:
  1. It is the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  2. You have TWO WEEKS to participate.  I will be reminding you along the way that there is still time to participate.
  3. The winner will be announced on the next WOW Wednesday post.
Other than that, it is the same:

To be considered for the blog candy, you must post a project that you have created. WOW Wednesday must also be mentioned in your post and be sure to let your blog readers know that there is blog candy being given away to a random participant or commenter.  Would you like to participate, but do not have a blog? You do not have to have a blog to participate. You can find the directions on how to link up your creations that you have in a gallery here

I hope you will share your fabulous creations with us. If you didn't have time to create anything, I hope you will share some love on everyone else's creations--we all love that positive reinforcement
Just a reminder that I am not considered for the blog candy, but anyone who comments on my blog IS in the running. Thank you to everyone who participates, either by posting some work or commenting on the blogs.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


You still have a week to create a layout and link it up to Cat's Sketch Fever.  If you don't have time to create a layout, you also get a chance to win a prize by commenting on the participants' creations.  So, link and comment away!

You have until 10:00 p.m. tonight to link up your creation on WOW Wednesday or to comment on the participants' creations.  Get busy and link and/or comment away!
One of the fun things about Cat's retreats happens before the retreat even begins.  Our own Vickie Robbins does a countdown on Facebook, counting down the days until the retreat.  Very clever girl!  I thought I would share this years' countdown thus far for those who don't do Facebook and those who might have missed them.

There are 21 days till NSD Retreat and I'm getting ready! This years theme is "Flamingo Funnies" so I thought that I would share some scrapbook funnies that I have read. So grab your flamingos and get ready for the retreat.  If you're not signed up then do it because friends don't let friends crop alone.

20 days till NSD Retreat. Scrapbooking: The art of spending $50 to showcase a $1.50 photo.  Don't forget your money for "Elephant Dung" LOL

19 days till NSD Retreat!! There's no such thing as too many scrapbook supplies. That is just a rumor made up by husbands! LOL

18 days till NSD retreat!! You know true multi-tasking is scrapbooking and talking while using scissors and a die-cut machine.

17 days till NSD Retreat!! Scrapbookers give crop circles a whole other meaning

16 days till NSD Retreat!! She who has the most scrapbook supplies wins! Right now I'm in 1st, 2nd and 3rd!! (FYI this is not about me!) LOL!! 

15 days till NSD Retreat!! Scrapbooking fills my days not to mention my living room, dining room, bedroom and closet! LOL

14 days till NSD Retreat!! My husband said it was him or scrapbooking, I'm really going to miss him! LOL

13 days till NSD Retreat!! Be nice to a scrapbooker or she will punch your eyelets out!

12 days till NSD Retreat!! If it's not in the scrapbook then it didn't happen!

11 days till NSD Retreat!! Yes there is a difference in 12x12, 8x8, 6x6, and yes I do need two of every size in every color!! This is me! LOL

 10 days till NSD Retreat!! Reason # 10 to attend a retreat: When you are out of ideas of what to do with your layout, half a dozen people will instantly come up with several fantastic ideas!

9 days till NSD Retreat!! Reason # 9 to attend a retreat: Someone is bound to have a new "scraparatus" for you to try out!

I wonder what the next 8 reasons are.....Guess we will just have to wait to find out!

Monday, April 22, 2013


Cat and Ray were rather surprised by the sale that Valerie and I had at the store Saturday.  Do you think they look mad?????   I'm kind of worried...it really seemed like a good idea at the time!
Then Cat put her "teacher" face on and said she just hoped everyone spent lots of money to pay for all of the new goodies she ordered at the show!  Whew, since they did spend lots, she isn't mad after all!
Cat claims that she is taking classes non-stop, but it looks to me like she is playing.....
Even Tim Holtz looks like he is goofing around!
And then, Ann and Cat got caught napping.
Hmmm......looks to me like the mice weren't the only ones playing!
I don't know about you, but I am anxious to see what all Cat and Ann learned while they were in Boston.  It was a lot of fun last year to see all of the cool classes they came back with.  I'm sure this year will be no different. 


Sunday, April 21, 2013


Cat is in Boston getting lots of ideas and inspiration for new classes for the store. 
Look at these cool cards they made using Sizzix dies.  Love these interactive cards!  Really a lot of fun to give and receive.
This is the inside of the checked card.
Have you seen the Viva Décor 3D stamp paints that Cat has at the store?  Look what you can do with them.  I had bought some and can't wait to find out how to do this.  Fun!!!
This was made using some different Viva products--LOVE it!  Lots of fun!
Valerie and I had lots of fun at the store with our "Mice will play" sale.  Lots of people came to take advantage of the sale and we enjoyed getting to see everyone.  Besides the sale, we also worked on projects for the National Scrapbook Day retreat.  Yes, I said work....we did work, even though Cat is away.  Had fun with the croppers while we worked on the NSD projects.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you get to spend a little time creating. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013


So.......Cat is in Boston taking lots of classes with projects that she can come back and teach here at the store.   She left me and Valerie in charge today........So........We decided to have a sale.  Not just any sale, but:
40% OFF OF
Have you been watching the blog and seeing all of the cool things in the store?  I know I have a big wish list.   What is on you wish list?
New totes from Best Creations,
Some of the wonderful new collections that have been steadily arriving in the store,
maybe some of the wonderful new trims that we have,
or have you been eyeing some of the new stamps that we have at the store?

Wish no longer!
Come get everything on your wish list and save 
We are having a crop today, so everyone there will be stocking up on their wish list. 
So, don't delay.
Come on down and shop while the selection is good.

By the way......shhhhhhh......we don't want Cat to know!