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Thanks a Million!

June 2014

News Highlights

New French Ribbon
Stamp Escape
Copic Bootcamp
Thanks from Sharon!

What a month! We started off with a bang...with the best Stamp Escape ever! We had terrific weather, fabulous teachers and a wonderful group of ladies! We are working on teachers for 2015 and have the dates of May 1, 2, & 3! Many of the girls who attended this year have already reserved their chalets or suites at The Pines. Mark your calendar for next year.
On May 15th I had shoulder surgery to repair the damage that was done in December when I fell at the store. I was anticipating a 2 1/2 month recovery as the MRI showed what looked like a partially detached rotator cuff and a possible tear in the bicep tendon. It turned out the rotator cuff was just a bit frayed and was cleaned up, and the bicep tendon was actually caught and stuck in the break in the bone. The doctor called it a "very interesting surgery". The good news is neither problem needed a lot of repair and other than a little grinding with what looked like a Dremel tool on the clavicle, all is good! I had stitches taken out yesterday, I started physical therapy Tuesday and am on the mend. Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, prayers and cards. 
Here we are in June and on our way to summer! Even though this is a time between trade shows, we have come across some interesting new products. Last week we were introduced to a ribbon line from France. The company sells to the garment industry, so they offer very fashionable colors. Interestingly they are perfect for some of our favorite papers. We will be getting sample cards of the ribbon styles we liked best (didn't think we needed elastic they sell for bras) so we will be able to order from the real thing, not a picture on the computer! Love it!
We have also found some new metal embellishments, new 'real wood' paper, and other cool things. 
There are new releases from Penny Black  and Memory Box. Of course we will keep you posted on all new arrivals. We have been busy filling special orders from Stamp Escape and hope to have all of those done real soon. We have most of the cards that were done on display in the store for you to see if you were unable to attend. 
We are also working on the possibility of having Jennifer Dove (who taught at Stamp Escape) return to teach a Copic Bootcamp. We are trying to coordinate dates right now. Definitely we are looking at 2015 but have not set a definite date. If you are interested, check out Jenn's work at her blog at Her blending work is outstanding. I am working on a survey to determine exactly what the students want to learn so we can tailor the event to your needs. If you want to participate in the survey (those who signed up at Stamp Escape will automatically get it), let me know. 
Thanks again for keeping me in your thoughts....all of those prayers and good vibes really worked!

What's New?
Of course we got lots of cool goodies to sell at Stamp Escape and have many of them in the store. There were hundreds of dies.....we used lots in the Memory Box Class and in the Elizabeth Craft Designs class (with Karen Burniston). I see Pam Sparks who taught Memory Box posted a lot of photos of our event on the last night. You would need to go to blogs and click on Outside the Box. Pam posted close-ups of the beautiful cards (with lots of pieces :) that everyone made in her class. 
We are expecting several more orders in the next couple of weeks. We will be getting the glue that Linda Bradbury introduced us to. So many liked it that I sold out and took orders.  Who would ever think you could get excited about glue? We are also expecting an order from Stampendous this week with lots more of the cool Frantage embellishment kits. They feature lots of chunky, shiny! 
Can't wait to get the ribbon samples I mentioned. We will be sure to let you know when our order arrives. 
Be sure to check out June classes. I think Robin and Melissa have both come up with some things a little different that what they usually do. I love all three classes! The Stamp of the month board is really cute, too! Click on the Visit The Cat's Meow link below to go to the website and look at Classes!