Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Greetings from California!


Lori and I arrived in California Friday evening after a long day of traveling. Saturday we took a couple of great classes so that we have some awesome samples for you when we come back!

I took the Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Safari (Boy) class and created a super cute layout and 2 mini books. They are great projects that can be duplicated with the Baby Safari Girl line as well. Even better than having my samples, I have instruction sheets too! Be on the look out for them at the store when the Baby Safari line arrives mid-March!

Lori took the Imaginisce Twitterpated class and made the most adorable mini album ever! I have been lusting after it as it is just too cute for words! I love the animals! She has been coming up with lots of ideas for this line so I am sure you will be seeing something come of that too. And she too got instructions to share! YAY! This line should be arriving somewhere near the end of February.

Then both of us took the Imaginisce Summer Cool Class and made a fun notebook portfolio! (Yes we have instructions!) We saw LOTS of possibilities for this project, as far out as Christmas. It's just so versatile. This line too will be arriving at the end of February.

Saturday night we spent some time at the SEI preview party to see all of their new releases. We ordered 4 of their new lines including Mimosa, Lovebirds, Bridgeport and Playday. These releases are spread out a bit so some will be coming soon, and some won't be arriving until June.

Sunday was the first day of the show, and we made it through half of it. We didn't take many pictures this day, we were trying to gather information, catalogs and just get an idea of what was out there. We finished the other half of the show on Monday and spent last night and most of Today (Tuesday) placing orders and picking what we wanted to bring into the store.

We of course spent a good chunk of time with Gary and Chris at the QuicKutz booth. LOTS of yummy new stuff coming from there for sure! They introduced brand new embossing folders at a SUPER price! They will have 2x2, A2 and 12" border sizes available and they will sell for around 6.99 Canadian! Even better, the 2x2 ones come in sets of 4! Sweet! We ordered LOTS but they won't be coming until around March or April so you have to sit tight just a bit longer! They also Introduced the brand new Silhouette SD! Watch for some more information coming on that as we will have a pre-order special available (hopefully next week) as these machines are coming very soon! They also have 3-D shapes dies coming and 9 awesome new fonts. The fonts will be available this weekend and hopefully the dies too!

Bo Bunny has an amazing release this time and we ordered 5 of their new lines that will be arriving sometime Mid-March. Abbey Road is a great Spring line (works for Easter too!) with a lovely colour combination of green, blue, brown and cream. Alissa is a great girly line with pinks, black, green and blue colour tones. U Bug Me is a great boy (or tomboy!) line that is great for outdoor pictures! Its brown, green and yellow colours are perfect for the dirt and bugs it portrays. Pet Shop is super cute for those pet lovers out there and works for both Cats and Dogs! And last but not least, Its My Party is one of the best birthday paper lines we have ever seen! The colours are fantastic and the designs make you wanna have a party every day! Super fun! I don't think you will be disappointed in any of these lines.

We ordered some really fun lines from Reminisce. They have another fantastic Monkey line that is even better than the ones before, we were Bananas over it! We were ga-ga over the new Easter line that had the CUTEST bunny and chick ever! Wait until you see the big stickers that come with it! We also ordered an awesome Graduation line that is stunning, and actually has some papers that will work fantastically for weddings! That line isn't coming until later (April/May) but everything else is coming soon!

We misbehaved again at American Crafts (I am sure Teresa is utterly shocked by this) and ordered 3 fun new lines - Baby, Backyard and Craft Fair. So lots of new papers, thickers, and other fun embellishments coming from our friends at American Crafts. And don't worry, lots of album restock too!

KasierCraft... ooooh definitely one of our new favorites! We ordered TWELVE new paper lines with coordinating brads! They are GORGEOUS! And we were lucky enough to be able to nab some samples for DT to play with! Great things from this company including LOTS of bling, clock faces, mini books, and more. Look for some fun samples and classes using these products, because we are definitely inspired!

Technique Tuesday has some new stamps we just had to pick up, including a lot of Ali Edwards designs! Always good stuff from TT!

Fancy Pants has some great new lines. We were sure to grab Summer Soiree, Delight, and KraftKuts! We also ordered their new window frames for those interested in some home decor type projects.

This morning we did some more misbehaving at the Prima booth! Bev would be so proud, and Jillian, and Kim... don't worry girls we did not let you down!! We ordered the new Canvas books inspired by Donna Downey, as well as some canvas pieces to embellish with. We of course ordered flowers, as well as vines, a couple ribbons, galaxy stars, the most gorgeous butterflies, felt gates and a super cute "Mommy and Me" paper line that included TURTLES! OH MY was it EVER CUTE! I may be a little biased, what can I say, but that whole line is COMING HOME! Of course I got my 10 seconds at the box of flowers and managed to fill my bag to the brim, as well as make a huge mess on the floor. Super fun!

One of my favorite lines of the show - 3 Bugs in a Rug! Loved it so much that we ordered 5 lines! Snips and Snails is my favorite (once again I may be biased). It's the cutest boy papers I have seen in a long time. It's got turtles, snails, frogs, inch worms and just lots of fun! Butterfly Kisses is a girly girl line with lots of pink, butterflies, dragonflies and flowers. What a Hoot makes me giggle with its silly owls and super funky colours and designs. Happy Bird-day is a very whimsical line with birds, and flowers. I even like this one, and most of you know my aversion to birds! haha. The Homegrown Collection is just plain cute with all the houses and basic designs. Can't wait to see these papers arrive in March!

Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Safari should be arriving late February/ early March. Lots of cute papers, stickers, embellishments and kits in this line. There is one set for boys and one set for girls so everyone is sure to find something that works! The Traveller line will be coming later this year (around June) and has a more masculine colour tones. It's great for any travel projects you will be working on.

We of course stopped at Stamper's Anonymous to order the newest Tim Holtz stamps as well as more Darcie stamps since they went over so well last time!

Bazzill, oh how we looooove Bazzill! Let's see... new Swiss Dot colours, embossed cardstock, edge borders, paper flowers and bling. Always good stuff.

We also did a lot of misbehaving at Imaginisce! Not only did we order the Twitterpated and Summer Cool lines I mentioned earlier, but we just had to re-order Fairest of All because it's been in great demand. We also ordered two other lines coming in a few months - Teacher's Pet and Wild Things. SUPER CUTE! But they also have a new tool called the I-Top coming in June. It's a brad maker and a very cool one at that. We will be sure to have demos with this awesome new tool once they arrive!

For all of you Basic Grey fans, not to worry. We ordered collection packs for all 4 new lines - Marakech, Porcelein, Wisteria and Lime Rickey.

We went to visit Cosmo Cricket to see what was new and left three lines later - Girl Friday, Snorkel, and Lil' Man. Oh and I almost forgot, the game spinners! I see a class in Bev's future with these!! These lines have more of a vintage/retro feel to them, but the colour is not lost! I think you will love them as much as we did!

And let's just not talk about how much we misbehaved at Maya Road! We THOUGHT we were taking it easy... not so. We couldn't pass up on the new coaster chipboard books like apples, coffee cups, birds (a new style!) and scallop tags. They have 6 new mist colours, and we of course stocked up on the previous colours as well! Some awesome new sheers are available (think mini birds and owls!!) as well as some gorgeous hat pins! We also grabbed a few new sheer ribbons, acrylic books, and chipboard keychains. But don't worry, we also made sure to re-order some of your favorites!

You know, I think we did A LOT of misbehaving! :) Teresa is going to be gathering images for a LONG time, which is going to get us in a fair bit of trouble when we make it back home later this week! Just remember Teresa, we love you! The laptop and camera don't want to cooperate with me right now so hopefully we can post some pictures for you soon. We will be sure to get some of our samples on display when we get back to the store as well as have some catalogs available for lines we are still considering.

We still have a few hours at the show tomorrow to finish up some more orders and plan where we are going to put everything! I definitely am ready for bed, it's been a long couple days and my feet are tired! We will keep you updated on when things will be arriving!

Good Night! (or by the time some of you will be reading this... Good Morning!)


Tracey said...

Sooo exciting!! I can't wait for all of these yummy goodies to start arriving!!! Thanks ladies!

Shelley said...

So much for my spending ban!!

Can't wait to see everything when it comes in.

Regan said...

this makes me sooooooo happy!!!

BEV said...

OMG you guys ROCK!!! :)
Sounds like a lot of great stuff!!!
Can't wait to see it all and of course PLAY!!!
....any cute mice stamps????....perhaps????

See you soon....Bev :)

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! I am so excited!!!

Can't wait to see the CHA Goodness, and YOU coming home!!!


jenn said...

Sounds like a lot of good stuff!!!!!!!!!

Jillian said...

Alright, now I've read it all, and my heart stopped again at the Maya Road portion of the post, but I'm O-kazay!! LOL This is going to be so hard to pick and choose!! I can't wait to see the 3" QK embossing folders too...I was eyeing them online already!

Sandy said...

phew!! i read through the WHOLE post!!! *sigh* california looks pretty dang good right now considering the weather we're having up here...(-'