Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Inspiration

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I have a confession to make... Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  While I love dressing up my little one, the whole event is rather stressful to me!  However, Halloween scrapbook paper is hands down my favorite.  I don't know what it is, but I cannot say no to tiny spiders and ghosts on paper lines.  I am the world's most giant sucker when it comes to Halloween papers!

My other Halloween struggle is getting the pictures I want.  Between the candy-fuel "enthusiasm" and being over-tired, it is really hard to get good pictures and when I go to scrap them, it isn't what I wanted to have.  So, this year, I am making a plan!  I am making a list of the pictures I want to have (and scrapbook) before the day so that I can make sure I get what I want!

I found these adorable layouts and I think I will be scraplifting quite a few of them!  They provided my picture taking inspiration too!


These layouts come from the Pebbles design team and use the line Spooky Boo!  We have this line in the store, so make sure you grab it before it is gone!

Now, go get crafty (and grab those pictures)!
Lesley

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Swatch Cards

Happy Tuesday!

I have been pondering organizing my stash of pens, papers, inks, and more lately and have been really curious about other people's organization.  After a deep dive into the dark corners of Pinterest and the Instagram account Best Craft Rooms (yes, plan to spend a few minutes), I think I have found my first step in figuring out what I have - swatch cards!

Also, if you are looking for some oddly satisfying videos to watch, people filling out swatch cards is so calming and pretty...

But, back to the swatches! There is not right or wrong way to do it - whatever works for you is the most important.  However,  I wanted to share a few adorable and amazing samples with you all!

First of all, how cute are these little pen drawings!  And even better, it came from a stamp set so you don't have to draw anything! 


These are some samples of Tim Holtz's Distress Inks!  I love the plain color and then the stamps. 

This stunning encyclopedia of colors is a Copic Marker blending color sheet!  I can't even imagine creating one, but it is pretty!
 This one is just a plain old swatch chart, but it totally gets the job done! 
 I also love that this makes it really easy to color match and pack if you are crafting outside of the home.  I know that when I pack my Christmas card making supplies, I just have to match this to my paper that I am using and then grab the few inks I need, instead of getting there and not having what I want or need. 

Do you all have any swatch cards that you really love?  I would love to see them - tag us on Instagram and Facebook!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hand Lettering News!

Happy Monday everyone! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and got to enjoy some amazing fall weather!  It was so nice to play outside without sweating.  I also hope that you had a chance to swing by the store to get your hands on the new lines that are available in store now! 

I am so excited to share two little tidbits of lettering news with you all! 

First up, I have a brand new lettering community!  Join my lettering group on Facebook for challenges, feedback, and new lettering friends.  I just started it this past week, so I would love for you to join in the fun.  Plus, I am sharing a brand new hand lettering challenge for the month of November this week!  It is a closed group, so just request permission to join and I will add you (just follow this link!).  This is a group for new letterers, experience letterers, or lettering lurkers! 


And, I am so excited to share that I have TWO CLASSES scheduled for December 3rd at Scrappin' in the City!  I am teaching another round of beginner hand lettering first.  This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn all the things about lettering.  We will work through supplies, pen strokes, the alphabet and more! Plus, I will share some tips and tricks to get the most out of your pens!  You can sign up for hand lettering right here.


Then, we will enjoy some Christmas cookies and learn 10 (and maybe a few extra) ways to spice up your holiday card envelopes!  You do not need any hand lettering experience, but it will certainly be helpful.  And, all your supplies come from your hand lettering list (plus a ruler!), so it is the perfect way to make it a day of awesome lettering.  Get your spot in Envelopes are Awesome right here! 

I hope you are ready to come get your letter on with me!
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, October 26, 2018

Save the Date!

We are so excited to have an official date for the Winter/Spring Retreat!  So, grab those calendars and a pencil, because your wait has ended!


We are so thrilled to be at the Embassy Suites on Parkside Drive, in West Knoxville, from February 1-3rd, 2019!  The event will be out of this world!  As always, there will be giveaways, cupcakes, prizes, make and takes, and more!  Plus, three whole days of creative, scrapping, amazing times with old friends and new ones too!


This is a new location for us, but we are so excited to give it a whirl!  The hotel is about 15 minutes from the store, so just a hop, skip, and jump if you need to head over for some serious shopping! As always, we will have a mini-store with us. 

And, this year's theme is totally out of this world... a Scrap Odessey!  As always, every tiny detail will blow your mind right past the Asteroid Belt!  I have had a glimpse at the plans and you guys.... it is amazing! 

Registration is open at this link!  This part gets a little tricky!  If you pay in full before November 16th, you will receive a $15 discount on the event for a grand total of $115.  To get this rate, you will need to call the store at 865-247-6879 or send the full amount over Paypal.  If you want to spread it out, you can pay a $30 deposit to hold your spot and the remaining balance of $100 before January 4.  You can pay your $30 deposit at this link right here! 

There is a booking special for rooms that will go live in the next few days.  It will be shared here on the blog whenever it is ready for you to make your reservation. 

Who is ready to go?  Got questions?  Drop them in the comments below and or on our Facebook page!

Now, go get crafty (and sign up!)
Lesley

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Product is HERE!

Happy Thursday Y'all! 

Okay, now this important notice: RUN, DON'T WALK to the store!  We have unboxed and set out a ton of brand spanking new lines!  It is like Christmas in October!  Really! 

And, there is a little something for everyone!  We have gotten these lines:

Whimsical by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee


Merry Days by Crate Paper

Hooray by Crate Paper

Emerson Lane by Heidi Swapp

Cozy and Bright by Pebbles


Along the Way by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles
These lines are spectacular and you will be in love with the boat load of embellishments in the store too!  These new products always go fast, so make sure that you swing by the store to get your paws on the new stuff!  Plus, don't forget to grab a class bag to store all your papers and coordinating embellies, so nothing gets lost! 


.... and on the way is Shimelle's new line Head in the Clouds!  My head is totally in the clouds! 

(Also, last week, maybe the week before, I shared Pink Fresh's Indigo Hills - it is coming!  Some of the parts are backordered!  We didn't forget - I promise!)

And the best part of all of this news??? Stay tuned because I have an even bigger announcement for tomorrow! 

Now, go get crafty - and come get new paper!
Lesley

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kids Crafting - THIS WEEKEND!

Did you know that we offer a quarterly Kids Make and Take for FREE!?!  Our amazing City Chick Margaret will be at the store this weekend with a free Make and Take just for your littlest crafters!

These make and takes work just like grown up make and takes.  The whole project is free and will take about twenty minutes to complete.  Parents can spend a few minutes shopping (alone!) or hanging out in the Make and Take room, but you will need to stay at the store.  Plus, there is a free punch card that you will get for each Make and Take completed to earn some free craft supplies!  No registration is required for this event.  Just show up between 10am and 2pm this Saturday (and allow a little extra time for the line!)

We look forward to seeing you all - and your littles - this weekend to do a little Making and Taking! Plus, if you needed another reason to come to the store - Whimsical by Pink Paislee, Merry Days by Crate Paper,  Emerson Lane by Heidi Swapp, Hooray by Crate Paper, Cozy and Bright by Pebbles, and a new Jen Hatfield line too - have all arrived and will be out on the floor soon!


Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Say Hello to Tandara!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We ventured to the pumpkin patch and Disney on Ice.

I wanted to introduce you to another one of our amazing Design Team members - Tandara!  Tandara has been a member of our Design Team before and you probably remember her absolutely AMAZING mini-books!  They are super swoon-worthy!

So, without further ado, here are Tandara's favorites!

Favorite Paper Company - It's close between Heartfelt Creations and Graphic 45
Go To Embellishment - Glitter Pens
Favorite Instagrammer/Blogger/Scrapbook Inspiration - My Sisters Scrapper
Favorite Paper Line/Stamp Set of All Time - It is so hard to limit it to only one.  As soon as I think I have an all time fave, they bring out something new.  It's never ending!
Scrapbook Organization Trick or Tool - I keep my dies, stamps, markers, and inks inventoried on my phone (Editors Note: This is an amazing idea!!!!)
Go to Scrap Snack - ALWAYS CHOCOLATE!!!!

You can check out some of Tandara's projects on her Pinterest board right here!

I hope you all have an amazing start to your week and stay tuned, because I have some super exciting announcements!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, October 22, 2018

Bible Journaling!

Happy Monday!

Can you believe that the weekend is already over?  We crammed ours full of pumpkin patching and Disney on Ice and a new chili recipe!  This is my favorite weather of all time and I am savoring my first sweater wearing of the season!

I am so excited for our brand new Bible Journaling class tomorrow, Tuesday, night with Missy!  The class runs from 6-8pm.  She is going to teach you how to use Distress Oxides in your Bible!  Missy is a crazy talented Bible Journaler and teacher and her classes are jam packed full of technique and fun, plus, getting to share a little Jesus along the way too!  

This is a great class for first time or super experienced Bible Journalers.  If you have never Bible Journal-ed before, this is a great class to get you started with a few techniques to go home and practice!

And, since it is October, you can use your City Chick Coupon for $5 off a class only in the month of October!  

You can register online to take the class or call the store to get registered!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday!

It is one of my favorite days of the week - throwback Thursday!  I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from days past to inspire you to get into your stash and get your scrap on!

First up... the magic of Shimelle's Starshine!





Another favorite... Amy Tangerine's Yes Please!





One more... Pink Paislee's Atlas!  I just dug this travel line out to scrap a family vacation!



What is your favorite line to pull out and scrap with?  Sometimes, doing a deep dive in my stash makes it feel like I am reuniting with old friends!

Now, go get crafty - with the oldies, but goodies!
Lesley

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jody's Expert Advice!

I am so excited to have Jody share some of her amazing ink techniques on the blog today!  I love watching Jody craft and she seems like a super expert when it comes to all things ink.  So, buckle your seatbelts and let's get ready to learn!  Take it away Jody!


Hey, it's Jody 😊 I thought I'd share my love for Tim Holtz’ Distress Oxide Inks. I find myself reaching for these more and more for just about everything crafty!

I made a color wheel with only 3 colors (Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon and Fire Brick) So cool right? Look at all the color combos you can make with just 3 inks.



The smaller color wheel was made with Squeezed Lemonade, Candied Apple and Mermaid Lagoon!



The point is, do not be intimidated by these inks! You can use them in so many ways. Use them as watercolors, smear some ink down, give it a spritz of water and get painting. Use them for a scrapbook or card background (my favorite way)! Get an old piece of packaging, smear some down, add water then smooch it right on the paper! And don't forget you can blend these beautifully. Use the foam ink tool, dab it on the ink and get to blending! You can ink the edges of projects for a distress look or for a more finished look!

These are an investment so pick your colors wisely 😉 Who am I kidding, yes, get them all! Don't be afraid to experiment and have fun! It's just color and paper!


Thank you Jody!  This is amazing and I am so inspired to give it a try!  Jody's ink blended circles are available to peek at in the store now!  Everyone leave Jody a little love - thanks for sharing your secrets on the blog!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kiwi Lane Sale!

Happy Tuesday! 

There aren't many things that make me feel perkier than a super exciting sale! Kiwi Lane currently has a 15% off special on a few of their sets that are absolutely perfect for your fall and Halloween scrapbooking.  These deals are good until November 10th too!

How cute are these sets?  They are great for all kinds of page and I would love to see what you all create with your Kiwi Lane!  Want to order?  Follow this link right here to save your 15% off!  Want to see what you can create?  All of these adorable projects are made with the Spook Alley set!




Looking for a great gift to give - or something scrappy to receive this year?  Think about a Kiwi Club subscription!  This one size fits all kit is a monthly delivery of amazing stencils, papers, and more.  Plus, it can be ordered from the comfort of your couch - win win! 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley


Monday, October 15, 2018

New Line Arriving This Week!

Happy Monday Everyone! 

It was so wonderful to see so many of you all at the VIC crop to Treat Yo'Self!  I am loving celebrating Treat Yo'Self Day 2018 and would love to hear how everyone else is celebrating! 

I have another reason to celebrate this week - Pink Paislee's new line Whimsical is headed to the store this week!  I don't have an exact arrival date, so keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook page for its exact arrival!

The line is ADORABLE and I am loving the floral details!




 I am particularly fond of the dark blues and greens in this line!  I love the cardstock stickers and the font of those thickers! 
Which parts are you most excited for?

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Finds: Halloween Tags!

Happy Friday Everybody!

I am so glad we have finally made it to the weekend... although there will not be much relaxing in my house!  Things are in full swing for the busiest season of they year and I am getting ready for craft fairs and fall festivals.

I will make a confession - I am not a huge seasonal decorator.  I just don't have it in my to put up and take down decorations all the time.  I am, however, a big fan of tiny touches on the things I was already doing.  So, handmade gift tags, yes please!  A little bit of lettering on that package I am mailing... of course!  This year, I was thinking of something to up my halloween game a bit and I stumbled across super cute tags!  These would be great for adding to candy bags for trick or treaters OR if you take Halloween treats into your office.  I don't know if anyone does "boo-ing" in their neighborhood (it is really big on my parent's street), but these would be great boo tags too!

Take a peek at what I found on my deep tumble into the dark, spooky corners of Pinterest!  I love that these tags are easy to create with supplies you already have or can get for just a few bucks!  And, to me, they say that you put forth a lot of effort and you are definitely the coolest house on the block!




 (How easy is this tag!?!  Torn paper scraps with a little ink at the edges and some googly eyes!  And, you can get googly eyes at the Dollar Store!  A ton of these little tags are done for less than $2 and you can use your scraps!!! Win, Win!)



Also, I know this last one is a card... but how cute and easy would it be to grab some buttons and make spider tags!  I love that it uses supplies in my stash already and is easy to create!!!

What do you guys think?  Do you see some Halloween tags in your future?

Now, go get crafty (and come see us this weekend!)
Lesley