Prints On Canvas

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Owner Update

As some of you might have heard, this show was much smaller than the previous 2 years. Chicago is normally this small. The Anaheim show is always the big one. Not so much this year. There were some big names missing - October Afternoon, Scenic Route, Collage Press and a few others. Don't worry - we did request catalogs and order forms from them.

I've been so busy trying to fill orders (til the wee hours of the morning) and get the photos edited, resized and uploaded to the CHA Gallery. I added a few more this morning. Almost done! Its always such a blur running from booth to booth and now I get to sit back and remember all the great things we ordered or are going to order.
Its great to see how different products from different manufacturers will fit together. Colors, patterns, themes.
Again, lots of animals. Butterflies and circus animals.

I had to take my son with me this week since I have no one to stay home with him. But he was excellent. We had to carry him (Convention Center rules) and no strollers were allowed. But they didn't say anything about rolling totes......

He had his picture taken at least a dozen times. I've seen it on various websites and blogs already.
And the new products are already rolling in. Making Memories new Spring line - Flower Patch is here. They have new acetate pages which look like a lot of fun. They are thin enough to be cut by any diecut machine (like the Slice) or with punches. And this line of papers does not disappoint. Lots of fun patterns perfect for Spring and Easter, embellishments that will wow you too. The cutest metal butterfly charms. So cute.

{ETA} We just received our shipment of new Technique Tuesday stamps. Get 'em while they're HOT! New Ali Edwards designs, page kits and more! All in the new section. Spend $35.00 or more on any Technique Tuesday stamps and get a free collector set designed by Ali. Picture coming soon.

Speaking of MM, we almost won a Slice. My mom wore her Slice apron and we finally got our pictures taken. MM had a wall of pictures and then every hour, they would pull a photo off the wall and that person would win a Slice. I thought that cute face would win us a Slice - but it didn't.

And it doesn't stop there. More new products are due in during February. In fact, EVERYTHING we bought was shipping in February so we changed some of our orders to make sure you get something fresh and new each month. Look at this stack of catalogs to go through and file!
Don't forget today is the last day to upload your layouts and cards to the Sketch Gallery. You can see some of the stuff you'll be winning in the Giveaway Gallery - yes, thats just SOME of the stuff we brought home from CHA. We have the entire new collection (all 4 lines) from Basic Grey. They haven't even shipped yet - but you can win them. Just keep an eye out on the contests this month. I promise you won't be disappointed. And the Valentines Contest runs through 2/14 so you still have lots of time for that one.

Orders - we are working our rears off to get everything pulled and shipped no later than this Sunday which means the last of the boxes should go out Monday morning. We are filling them in the order they were received. If you have any questions about your order, please email us at

Also, if you want to order the new MM Flower Patch and your order has not shipped, we can combine them for cheaper or free shipping. Just send us an email or make a note of it in your order.

Design Team Gallery - these poor girls have been neglected by me this month. They've been uploading so many great things and I'm just now seeing them. Between CHA and the Birthday Bash - its been one crazy time around here. So look for a gallery recap from me this weekend.

Post a comment on this post for a chance to win a little something from us. This is the last comment giveaway of the week. I'll draw names and announce them tomorrow. And I noticed that a lot of you had questions or comments for us so we'll be going through those and doing a Q&A kind of thing.

I'll be back with more from CHA, but for now, I leave you with a link to the CHA Gallery. Enjoy all the new stuff and inspiration. Its all coming soon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lots to discuss

And not enough time to do it!

We're back from the show. Our feet hurt, our backs ache from pulling heavy carts for 4 days but it was all worth it just to get a glimpse up close of all the new stuff.

Don't forget to upload your layout or card to the Sketch gallery. You have until midnight tomorrow.
I'll be back with more later. I'm editing photos and filling orders at the same time!

{ETA} want to see what you can win? Check out the Giveaway gallery for a few pictures of the goodies we came home with. And how do you win? Upload a card or layout using Carries Sketch before midnight 1/29/09. You can win new Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and a few other new lines BEFORE they are shipped to stores.

This is not the thread you want to leave comments on. I will have another post on Thursday and thats the one you want to leave comments on to win a little something from us.

New lovelies at CHA

Have you been down to CHA yet ? Lucky you to be able to see all the gorgeous things in person but if like me, you are unable to make it there, here are some pictures of a few things that I'm loving from CHA.

1. The Easy BradMaker™ from Chatterbox

I'm loving the idea of making my own brads. It looks so simple and those brads are gorgeous.

2. Bungle jungle line and felties from Sassafras Lass
Are those little creatures cute ? They look really cute on a little boy layout !

Who deoesn't love these felt creatures ? These felties have lots of details and would look nice even on hats and bags.

3. Mommy and me collection by Prima

I'm a stamp collector (LOL) and this owl with an eye patch is just too cute to resist !
Here's another cute little thing from Prima - mini pebbles. They are shiny bubble-like embellishments that coordinate with their new paper lines.

Alright, I think that's more than enough of cute stuff for one day. Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance at winning a little something from us. Go read the DT member posts each day on the blog and post your comments for more chances to win. We'll draw winners on Thursday.

A gentle reminder :
1. The Sale continues until midnight Thursday so you still have time to save! Enter code CHA20 during checkout to save!

2. There are 2 contest running right now - Valentine's Contest and Carrie's Sketch Challenge - Join in the fun and win some CHA's goodies !


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Products

We called it an early day today at CHA and came home to fill some orders.
Guess what we found? A reorder of Love Notes embellishments and the NEW Flower Patch line from Making Memories.

Of course, we couldn't order from MM without reordering some of those lovely Tiny Alphas that seem to sell out before we can even put them away!

If you have a pending order with us and want to combine any of the new stuff with that order, please let us know and I will combine your two orders and adjust any shipping charges.

Orders should start shipping Thursday morning.

See below for Emelines post of the day. Make sure you leave a comment on each days posts to win a little something from us. Winners will be drawn on Thursday!

More from us ....

** Please leave a comment here to win some New CHA goodies !

Hope all of you are enjoying what we've come up with for the past few days !
isn't it interesting to see how innovative manufacturers are able to come up with new and something different each quarter ? I know i always look forward to seeing what some of them have up their sleeves !

I'm one who likes to "read" my pattern paper. Sometimes, i keep them as a piece for inspiration if i really like them alot. I especially love Graphic 45's (no bias intention...) take a look at this :

one of my very favorite from this current season's from Graphic 45's Fashionista's collection.

(flip side happens to be this : .... )

You know what i mean, i can stare on the first page forever and the flip page is equally rich and beautiful !
another one of my personal favorite from the Transatlantic collection

some knickknacks which i covet....

from Jennibowlin's ..... just love it !

from Sassafras Lass ....whimsical ! Me like !

i really cannot wait for the new stuff to arrive at !
Do let Erica know what YOU Would like to see in the store ... i'm know your comments mean a lot! =)

Some gentle reminder :

1. Sale continues until midnight Thursday so you still have time to save! Enter code CHA20 during checkout to save!

2. Valentine's Contest and Carrie's Sketch Challenge - Win a part of CHA's goodies !

3. Please leave a comment here to win some New CHA goodies !


Monday, January 26, 2009

Update from the Show

** ETA: Don't forget to post your comments each day on the blog for a chance to win a little something from us. We'll draw winners on Thursday. Not this post, see below for the posts from each DT member. ***

I hope you're all enjoying the updates from the DT this weekend. I'm taking lots of pictures despite having a camera failure yesterday. Don't worry, we're back online though and I've got lots to upload. Look for lots of booth pictures tonight in the Gallery.

We also have a HUGE bag of stuff for giveaways. Making Memories, Basic Grey, Prima and so much more. I'm going to get it all home and take a big picture of it.

Want to win some of it? Of course you do. Post layouts or cards in either one of the open contest galleries right now. You can submit for both and as many times as you want. See the galleries for more details.

Valentines Gallery
Carries Sketch Contest

Sale continues until midnight Thursday so you still have time to save! Enter code CHA20 during checkout to save!

I'll be updating my blog tonight with some special pictures from the show and some of my favorites!

Don't forget to check back every day to see what the DT has to say.




And with all of the product I just ordered, we might need to have a Use Your Stash kind of contest. :)

More CHA goodies

Is your heart pumping with excitement over the CHA goodies. I am loving every eye candy Erica post in our Gallery. Check them out.

My personal fav.... or these melt my heart... I cant wait to get my hands on these:

1) Prima Vintage flowers..... oh.. look at them calling my name! LOL!

2) Prima butterfly - cant wait to have this on my pages.

3) Prima Stitched Mulberry papers
I have never seen anything like this..... love the stitching... love the shabby chic look.

4) Prima Wildwood flowers
These are made from real nature - wood, leaves, twigs, papers.
Dont they look lovely?

5) Lastly, Webster Pages..
You got to see these.... I love every piece.... I want them.. I want them! LOL

And today, I posted a Valentine's Day Mini Album using my Feb kit from YSS at my blog.
Check out how i use my Making Memories Love notes papers and embellishments.
Hope you like it.
Remember to leave a comment here for a chance to win some new CHA goodies.
Luv, Wendy

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Are you loving all the sneaks of CHA releases so far? I am! Have you been making room for some new goodies by using up some of the older stash? I've been creating quite a bit in the last couple weeks trying to make room for some new stuff. Hubby thinks I have a lot of mojo going on if he only knew the real reasoning behind all the work I've been doing heehee shh don't tell him.
I have a little bit of new info to share. Are there any SEI fans out there? ME ME ME!!I love SEI and I'm excited to share Your Scrapbook Stash will be carrying SEI's new lines Mimosa and Bridgeport. Have you had a look at these?


You can see more Mimosa and Bridgeport in the gallery. Erica took more pictures at the SEI party last night. They are awesome loving the color mixes.
I remember when I first started scrapbooking and thought SEI was the bomb do you all remember the old colorblocking like sets they use to have? I still have some :) It's cool to see how this company's products have changed from those days.

What do you think about 7 Gypsies new products?

Vintage & Gypsy Ephemera
Journal cards TagsTransparencies
Three new book board kits,12 gorgeous papers, and lots more look on the 7 Gypsies Blog to see all the new goodness.I'm lovin it all and can't wait to get some. I waited and waited to get a sneak and then they posted them on their blog I was all smiles. Love that their products are classics that really don't go out of style(in my opinion). I seem to always reach for my something 7 Gypsies while scrapping. I have some 7 Gypsies from a while back and still love using it.When I find some in my stash that I have forgotten about I get one of those giddy feelings like I just stepped out of the LSS with it all over again.Love my 7 Gypsies.

I can't end this post without mentioning those new Ali Edwards stamps by Technique Tuesday. I found this link on her blog that you can download the Technique Tuesday Winter 2009 Supplement(pdf). I can not wait to get these! I love all the Ali Edwards stamps so far but then again I love anything Ali does. You won't want to miss out on these new stamps.

Have a great day! Don't forget make room for some new stash from what I know you are going to be seeing some AWESOME Stash additions in the store that your not going to want to miss out on.

Is there a company that has been one of your favorites since you started scrapbooking that you still love?Or have your favorites all changed? Post your answer in the comments here today for a chance to win some cool goodies.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge

So a party would not be complete without a fun challenge and a fun PRIZE! So lets kick this party off with a sketch challenge! Create a card or layout any size and upload it into the Carrie's Sketch Challenge gallery before Thursday, January 29th at Midnight to win a some Stash Cash and some CHA goodies!

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card and Layout example based off the sketch:

So break out those scappy things or your new Valentines paper and get creating! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Don't forget to post a comment on this thread for a chane to win some goodies!

New Pink Paislee

Have you seen the new Pink Paislee stuff? I just absolutely LOVE it! I cannot wait to get my hands on it. They have so many great new lines with amazing color combos and they are introducing new embellishments such as chipboard letters and shapes!

Their new Fascinating collection:

Their new Encahnting collection:

Their newCaptivating collection:

And the new Fetching collection:

I am so excited about all these. To see more check out the new Pink Paislee Blog. So stay tuned as we wait to see what all the new goodies Erica finds at CHA! We will be updating you regularly with all the new fun stuff coming out! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Final Sneaky Peekies

Just a few more links to get you ready for CHA.

7 Gypsies

Bella Blvd.


Dream Street

Fancy Pants


Jenni Bowlin

KI Memories

Pink Paislee

Prima - why did we add a link to Donna Downeys blog? Because we found out she designed some FAB-U-LOUS canvas tags and a mini album for Prima. I want, no, NEED that canvas album!


Teresa Collins

Tim Holtz

You can find more in this previous post.

We now have more Elle's Studio products in stock. We sold out very quickly on the new stamps and journaling tags. Elle was kind enough to rush us a reorder.

20% off sale - in addition to all of the items we just marked down, you can also save 20% off your entire order during CHA. Coupon Code CHA20 expires Thursday 1/29. Enter the code during checkout to save 20% off your order. (All other promotions apply during this sale. See blog sidebar for current promotions.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Elle's Studio Restock

If you were looking for any of the new Elle's Studio My Dear stamps or tags or the new Valentines stuff, its back in stock!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Business to take care of

So lets get to it and then we can have fun!

We've had a lot of people ask us if we'll be carrying the Slice, its accessories or the Design Cards. Right now, we will not be carrying the Slice. However, if you want to special order one, we will do it for you. There is an option in the store under Making Memories/Slice to place a pre-order for the machine. You will pay $74.99 up front and we will order the machine. The other $74.99 is due when the machine arrives and we are ready to ship it out to you. We can have the machine in our hands in 5-7 business days. We can also order the Design Cards for you. Please email me at and I can order the cards you want. It will be the same system for the cards, half now and half when the card arrives. (The good news is, the Slice payments are eligible for any sales or specials we have running i.e. Free Shipping, Stash Cash promotions etc).

Ribbon RAK winners - I heard from one of the two winners on my blog so I had to redraw names. Two new winners are announced on my blog. Two? I have enough ribbon to spread some more love around. Email me if you're the winner!

January promotions - these are always listed on the sidebar. I update them each month (or whenever there is a new promotion). This month, for all orders over $50.00 you receive free shipping (US orders only) and $5.00 in Stash Cash.

I just sent out emails with Stash Cash codes - enjoy these when you place your next order!
CHA - Its that time of year again. This week, we've seen more Sneak Peeks from more manufacturers. We'll be back on Thursday or Friday to recap the rest of the Sneaks. If you're anxious, you can always check out the Manufacturer blogs on our sidebar. We'll be updating those links during CHA. October Afternoon has a new blog - YEAH - so we'll be updating that as well as Dream Street and adding a few new ones!

CHA also means that its time for the biggest markdown of the year. Normally I like to announce the new sale items on 'Markdown Monday's' but this was so huge, it took me an extra day to get the items marked down! Almost every item in the store is on sale! Only the newest products are excluded. So hurry over to the SALE section of the store! A lot of items are very low in stock so if you have your eye on something - get it now!

Product marked down to 25% for the first time.
Items that were 25% off are now 40-50% off
Items that were 50% off are now 60% off (WOW!)

Reorders - we sold out of a lot of things last week during the Birthday Bash sale. Looking for some of the new items? Our restock should be here any day now!

And now the real fun - A Sketch Challenge.

During CHA, each of our Design Team members will be taking a day to discuss their favorite new products, issue challenges, highlight techniques etc. While I'm working the show floor to bring you pictures and videos of the latest and greatest, you have a chance to play along.
The party starts Saturday with Carrie and ends Thursday with me! I wanted to give some of you a head start on this (with the weekend coming up and all).

Carrie designed the cutest sketch and we want to see what you can do with it! There is a gallery ready and waiting for your layouts using this sketch. There are no limits to this. You can make a layout (any size), use it in any direction (horizontal or vertical) or as a card! Its pretty versatile!
Of course, what would a sketch challenge be without a prize? What can you win? How about some Stash Cash and freebies from CHA!

To get you thinking about it, here is the sketch:

And what Carrie did with it:

Monday, January 19, 2009


Pink Paislee is up. Click HERE.

We've compiled the rest of the sneak into one long post. Click HERE.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Birthday Bash Wrapup

I tried to shorten this post a little by putting the winners and other information in posts below. So a lot of this post is going to be links to other posts and the website.

First off, winners of the blog posting comments this week can be found on this post. If you won, please send me an email.

Each day, Mandy issued a challenge or contest. The winner of the Scavenger Hunt is Felicia. Mandy sent you an email to get your address.
There were also some Scraplifting and the Holiday Paper on Non-Holiday Layouts/Cards challenge. The deadlines for these have been extended until January 24th to give people more time to work on them. Please email your layout/card to Mandy ( before the deadline to be considered. We'll pick one winner for each of these challenges and post them during CHA week.
The 'Use Your Stash' Challenge is already set to end on the 24th. Please email those to Mandy as well.
CHA week schedule will be posted soon. Look for special posts and sketch challenges from our talented Design Team. More on that next week.......

Ribbon RAK winners on my blog. Please check my blog to see if you won. So Sylv and Marielle - email me at to claim your ribbon. You have until Monday night to claim it. If not, it goes to two other lucky ladies!!
The Stash loves Elles Studio. In fact, we supported Elle way before she opened up her own site and we continue to love everything to comes up with. Her latest release is no different. In fact, some of her new items sold out in less than a week here! (Yes, there is a reorder on its way!) BUT, we wanted to let you know that she's running a special Valentines week on her blog using a lot of her new Valentines Products. Are you ready for some cool inspiration?
Last but not least - the Gallery Winners - YEAH!
I love the unconventional look of this card by Melissa. The pom-pom ribbon is always so cute! Great use of the October Afternoon papers.

And check out this cool block layout by Anna. She used the fabulous Crate Paper Mia line. Don't these colors just melt your heart?

Congrats Anna and Melissa. Your work will be featured on the site during the month of February. Please email me at to claim your prizes.

Random Draw Winners

Each day (Monday-Friday) you had the chance to post comments on each of Mandys Post for a chance to win a random prize from

So, did you win?

KSackett said...
Happy Birthday....keep celebrating!!
January 12, 2009 3:49 PM


Coralee Perry said...
Great layout! Simple yet very effective. Love the brown and pink too!! :)
January 13, 2009 10:44 AM

Alyssa said...
I agree... don't change anything! I lvoe this store, the sales, and the customer service!

Denise said...
Super job you have done this birthday week, just wish I had more time to do the challenges. But I did make time to shop at least! Thanks!!!
jeanie nieva said...
thanks for the sneaks. i am positively drooling. :)

Congrats ladies! You need to email me at to claim your prize. I already heard from Kim (Monday) but the rest of you need to email me!

Sneak Peeks

Here are some of our favorite sneak peeks so far:

Maya Road And check out their DT blog for some cute ideas with the chipboard. I have a few things to post this week as well.

Websters Pages - Magical Wishes, A Sweet Life, Storytellers and New Diecut Stickers

Pink Paislee - just a small sneak now but the big reveals start tomorrow.

7 Gypsies

American Crafts - can't wait to get my hands on those THICKERS!!!

Bella Blvd

Cosmo Cricket

Jenni Bowlin

Dream Street

Riff Raff Designs

Fancy Pants - Aren't those albums cute???

Graphic 45

Making Memories



Creative Cafe


My Minds Eye

Technique Tuesday - Look for some new stamps designed by Ali Edwards

I'm sure as the week goes on, we'll see lots more from people like October Afternoon, Sassafras and a few others. Make sure you stalk this blog the week of CHA for prizes, more sneaks, pictures and videos from the show AND posts from each Design Team member. Its sure to be a fun 5 days here at the Stash!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Birthday Bash Happenins Reminder

I wanted to pop in again today to say thank you all again it was fun being your hostess for this Birthday Bash. Here is a reminder of the happenins of the week. You have until 9pm tonight for most of these challenges.

Birthday Bash Week

Saturday Day 1 chit chat

Sunday Day 2 Maya Road templates if you haven't checked them out please do they are cool.

Monday Day 3Scavenger Hunt don't forget you have until Saturday night at 9pm EST to email me your answers.

Tuesday Day4 Scraplift from the gallery Challenge You have till Saturday at 9pm to post a link to your lift on the blog.

Wednesday Day 5 Chit Chat Changes at YSS this year and your thoughts.

Thursday Day 6 Use Holiday pattern paper on a non holiday theme project Challenge you have till Saturday at 9pm to link your work back here on the blog.

Friday Day Our Last.Use Your Stash Challenge make room for some new goodies. You have until Saturday January 24th to upload this challenge.

Have a great day hope you all are able to do some creating today.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Birthday Bash Day 7 FRIDAY FRIDAY

Sorry I'm a little late today I got to sleep in we had a snow day at school woohoo. I have a fun Challenge today but before I tell you what it is I wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all the nice comments you left this week for me. I had alot of fun and I'm glad you did too. I can't wait to see what you all came up with for the challenges.I have some sneaks for you today and they are some good ones too.
American Crafts
Bella Blvd
Cosmo Cricket
Dream Street
Now to the challenge for the day. With CHA coming in only a week and a few days. I thought this would be the perfect time to start weeding out that stash of yours and mine to make room for some new goodies. Today's challenge is to create a layout with your current stash use as much as you can or as little as long as its from your stash.Awhile back I did a challenge where you took a word like STASH and you had to use a different product for each letter example:s-7 Gypsies,T-transparency,A-Autumn Leaves,s-stamps,h-Heidi Swapp. Or you could challenge yourself with the amount of product used like say 7 different products or 5 different products. Totally up to you just some ideas. As always have fun! You have until Saturday January 24th to complete this challenge.
Here is what i came up with 4 layouts and 2 cards.To be honest everything I posted this week used items from my stash most were older products I needed to use and a few were newer that just needed to be used too.

Don't forget to post a comment today is our last daily giveaway. It's been a blast!!
Have a great day~Mandy