Saturday, May 23, 2015

Paper Made Rainbow...


Fresh Bazzill card stock is in da' house!


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Friday, May 22, 2015

see what happens when you imbibe?!

I'm tipsy about this gorgeous card!

I love it when one of my students tries something new and exciting, something out of her normal comfort zone. This week Flo shared a project she created as a friend's invitation.

Flo Harris

She embossed a thin metal sheet with a random numeral pattern and then dribbled alcohol inks onto the sheet. Once dried, she mounted the metal sheet onto a purple card stock mat and then onto a silver card base.

Inside the invitation it said something like "Of all the numbers, Bob picked 60! Let's help him celebrate with a birthday party!" Step out of your artsy comfort zone this long weekend and try something new!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend, and remembering those who died serving our country...


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Saturday, May 16, 2015

reader appreciation day

It's exciting to think and plan and wonder...then scheme a little more! I do appreciate your input and take every bit of your advice to heart.

As promised, I have a package of lovely paper crafting goodies to send as a Thank You to someone that took the time to share their feedback. With the help of Random.org, the lucky commenter is:




Raechelle Bellus, you're the one! Please send me your address and I'll get that blog candy off to you straight away! Click on CONTACT ME in the menu above or message me on Facebook.

While we didn't get an opinion from an international commenter about shipping, I do invite you to continue to stop by and tell me what you think, give me suggestions and share your ideas. A good business provides a service and product -- a GREAT business provides YOU outstanding service and exactly what you want because they took the time and effort to understand YOU. Paper Made Bakery is *that* kind of card making kit company!

Now I'm off to prepare for tomorrow's class - Parisian Dream. Ooh la la! Have a great weekend!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ask and ye shall receive

I want to thank everyone that took the time to stop by Monday's blog post and left a comment with their opinion about card making kits.

Here's what I took away:

  1. Include a wide variety of products (manufacturer & type of product)
  2. Keep shipping costs reasonable, especially international shipping
  3. 6x6 paper pads are still popular :-)
  4. Bring in some "cross-over" products (i.e., mixed media, fabric, stencil, etc.)
  5. Embellishments are KING! Mix it up and keep 'em coming!


I love the idea of "expanding the horizons" of paper crafters. Kick it up a notch every once in a while and include something out of the ordinary. It seems like having a couple monthly add-ons might be a viable option for folks. For instance, offering high-quality, coordinating cardstock for card bases so that those who like "the whole enchilada" can definitely have it all, but international customers can keep shipping costs down by not including it. And because embellishments come highly recommended, an additional goodie bag option may be quite appealing as well.



Here's where the rubber meets the road, what price point makes the most sense for crafters?

We all love great products and lots of them, but don't want to break the bank either. What is a reasonable base kit price?






My intention is to keep shipping costs to the actual postage price. There's no "handling fee" at PMB! However, shipping will be one of the most difficult things to control because, for the most part, it's beyond my control. Here are two scenarios I'd like your opinion and feedback on, especially those who'd need international shipping:

  • For U.S. customers, I prefer flat-rate Priority Mail because it arrives in a few days and instant gratification is a good thing! Delivers to all U.S. addresses, gets there fast, is automatically insured for up to $50 (more if needed), and no need to buy shipping supplies.

  • For international customers, what IS the best way to ship? You know what works, what's reasonable -- share the details and tips that will make it easy for me to understand how to get you awesome kits, in a reasonable amount of time, safely and affordably! I know there are sometimes issues with Customs when the package arrives -- what's the best way to avoid these issues?

I'm thanking you in advance for your feedback about these two critical topics. Please share your opinions below about kit pricing and shipping and I'll randomly choose one commenter on Friday, May 15 to send some thank you blog candy!



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Monday, May 11, 2015

kits & caboodle

My #1 love is card making. My #2 is creating card making kits!



Many of you may remember Paper Made Bakery's card kits. I had so much fun mixing and matching the coolest new papers, embellishments, and of course, STAMPS to create monthly kits. There was a learning curve, as there always is when launching a new endeavor, but I loved every minute of it.

As life cruises by there are so many curves in the road, lots of turnouts and scenic rests, and (let's be honest) bumps in the road! Beep, beep...
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I've been thinking a lot about the many local scrapbook stores closing here in San Diego, southern California, and well, all over. I wonder where my friends and I will go to buy all those cool new papers, embellishments and STAMPS?!

There are several big online companies that offer fantastic card making kits. I wonder if there is room in this big o' world for one more?


One whose heart is made from paper scraps, ink, and twists of ribbon, and whose soul is filled with a desire to explore new ideas, test out trends and make creative friends all over the world.

If you've indulged me enough to read this far, I'd love to ask you a favor. If you could imagine the BEST card making kit "club", what would it look like? What would you want to see included all the time? What awesome and unique ideas would you like to see happen occasionally? Please leave a comment below or feel free to contact me. I'm ready to explore building the perfect kits just for YOU!

Have a terrific week...and stop by again soon!


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Good food, fun & friends


A room full of fun-loving, creative women enjoying their Saturday afternoon making an adorable recipe keepsake tag album using Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home papers and goodies. Does it get much better than this?! Well, it might...

We're getting together next Saturday, April 25 -- care to join us? We're making cards and tags using Graphic 45 Time to Flourish papers and goodies for May (Mother's Day and springtime).


Or maybe on Saturday, May 9? We're making FIVE fun, interactive cards for the guys in our lives. Here are a few sneak peeks...


That's an antique Nesbitt's bottle cap on that center card, the Lawn Ranger "wobbles", and the Weekend Warrior has screw brads and is an easel card with a fun interior! 

Check out The Making Place (click HERE) and give them a call to sign up. Hope to see you in a creative, crafty class soon!


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's a Guy Thing

I rarely make masculine cards, yet frequently find I need one. I'm guessing I'm not the only one in this predicament, so I thought it might be fun to host a masculine card making class.

Here is one of the cards we'll make. I picked some fantastic patterned papers from the brand new Authentique line called Durable (how apropos, right?) and paired them with some manly Art Impressions rubber stamps.






The Durable line has so many great patterns that I'm going to guess we'll make about a half dozen cards, or so. They'll be great for Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and more!

Boost your card stash with several more awesome masculine cards and join us on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00. We're all meeting at The Making Place in Escondido, so come spend your afternoon with some new crafty friends. Call (760) 739-8605 to register for this class. See you soon!


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