Friday, December 3, 2010
Wanted to let you know we have some very fun new papers in for the Christmas season. There are some from Best Creations that are all glittery and snowy and I Know you will like them. We still have some good embellishments and tons of darling papers. Jennifer just did a display of Christmas pages that are just plain Pretty. Remember the Flower Soft? We have some really cute samples up of gift tags that she made, and there are some for sale too, at 2 for $1.00. Have you tried Flower Soft yet? It is So easy to use and so fun.......colors are pretty and you can use it in your scrapbook pages as well as in cardmaking.
I am going to make this fairly brief tonight, as I have customers to take care of here in the store, and Ed and I are taking the two younger grandsons to a delightful Christmas concert in Rockford. It will have an English emphasis and sounds so nice. Glad the snow is supposed to hold off till way after we get home.
Hope you all have a safe and delightful weekend. Talk to you soon. Hugs from all of us here.............Linda
Saturday, October 2, 2010
This Countdown page kit is so fun. I bought one myself to use with my grandchildren in Ky. when we go there soon. Everything is planned out well and makes it a project you can do in a couple of hours with children or for yourself. We are finding old photos of the kids at Christmas time to put behind the doors, but you could use little notes about Christmas traditions, or a note on each page about where some tiny surprise is hidden to open for that day, etc. It is a lovely kit and for the price of ten dollars, you are getting your money's worth.......the stickers and papers are well done, colorful and just plain great! Hope you enjoy your kit as much as we will enjoy using ours!
The new cardmaking kits from Little Yellow Bicycle are super! Each kit provides everything and more that you need to create eight distinctive cards for the season and this one is no exception. It is a Fifteen dollar kit and you will finish up with eight great cards for the special people in your life. We have them in the school line too, I think. I know we are getting them in several lines from this co., so check it out. Great value and all the instructions are included, of course.
These two photos show a bit from the new tree line (cannot remember the name of it and since it is six o'clock on Sunday morning, I am not about to go look it up!) from Nikki Sivils. She is a relatively new designer to the scrapbooking world and will work in nicely with card makers too. Her choice of color is fun and designs are very whimsical. Her papers work will with those who love to cut out the panels for use in embellishing, and there is a great circular paper with each line. I have seen them used Extremely creatively recently, and have come to Love the circular papers! The other line we have in is the one with the Bees on it......in oranges and blues and is very cute. Come see!
Debbie created this lovely placemat from some of our new fall fabric and everyone has been talking about it. See the napkin ring attached on the side? How clever! We have a variety of these glass plates in leaf shape, amongst others, that are lovely for your fall table, and the little mini pumpkins are such fun for a variety of decorating plans. You will find these up near the front of the store and there are lots more to choose from.
Here's a layout that Sue did to give you some ideas..................
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The owls are hooting outside my window and I want to just go tuck them in. They need to learn to be quiet at this time of night.........any suggestions?
We spent the most fun day at the shop on Sat. I priced Scrapbooking things all day, in between helping people find SO much stuff and it was such a happy store! The new papers for halloween are too cute and we have LOTS of them, so please come buy some! Not quite sure how we got so many, but there is a ton to choose from. I think I mean a ton........I carried a Lot of it up front to price and that paper is Heavy! But the designs are precious ( coming from someone who dislikes the day), it Is cute! The new papers and accessories from Little Yellow Bicycle and Bo Bunny for Christmas are in too, and as usual, are the best. It was fun seeing things walking out the door as I priced them! Love it when that happens! Remember that these papers are nearly all double sided and you Must check out both sides........sometimes I just cannot decide which one to display, so have done every other one in some trays, where I put one side out and then the next paper in the same stack is turned the opposite side. So check both..........you will want it all!
Nikki Sivils papers are in, in the bee pattern and the tree patterns. very cute and kitchy. She is a fairly new designer to the scrapbooking world and is truly catching on. Love her mascot, Willie Bee. Cutest little dog.............
We had a Great all day and late night crop on Sat. and had a full house! There were some Darling pages created, and some gorgeous beading done.......it was a Very creative weekend at the Ben! Angie came in, in the middle of it, and did some photography and videos for us, so those will be posting soon. Watch for them.......they will show you some of our very fun new product.
It is now the next day and I truly need to head for some sleep, so will say goodnight. Had the three grandsons for the weekend and had lots of other things going on, including that crop, etc., so it was a Full weekend and sleep sounds nice. Try telling that to the owls! Hugs to you all.....Linda
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Whew! But in the meantime.........have things to tell you............
We have gotten in some absolutely Stunning Fall papers! They are a Must See, trust me! The company is The Paper Company, and we have other great things for fall, but this line is just delightful, and I am sure it will come in handy for bulletin boards, cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc. Apples, pumpkins, shimmers, foil, and more ideas on the double sided papers that I am excited for you to see.
There is a wonderful new School line in also.....primary colors with computers, apples, school bus, school bldg, pencils, crayons, kidlike papers, etc. It is a very cute line and I like the bright colors. This is one that will go all year and you need to remember to check the back side of all our papers. Many of them have some backsides that are applicable for just about any theme, regardless of what is on the front!
Creating a recipe book for a Christmas gift, or a shower gift, etc? There is a new line of papers for that too and they are so good! Makes me want to do one of those books right away! The colors are varied and easy to use, and there are so many themes. We actually have about 35-36 cooking papers and some nice embellishments too......the most we have ever had in the memories section. Come see!
Today is TV day at the Ben. Be sure to watch your charter networks for our ad, which will be shot in the store today sometime. It will take a week or two to get it out on the air, but I know it will be well done, as we were Always happy with our Charter ads. Be sure to tell us when you see it.........we need to know it is working! :)
Got word yesterday that Maggie and Grace did a large order of Pioneer albums, which have Greatly improved in quality. It will be fun to bring in yet another line of good books for your projects and we will offer the page protectors for them also, of course. Speaking of page protectors, we are Well stocked for the time being. Some have been on back order for weeks, but they have all come in now, so if you have been waiting for some, stop in soon. I made sure we had some of those great boxes of the universal protectore from C-Line in boxes of 50. Great buy...........come get them!
Will say bye for now. Need to get a few small things done before my guest arrives. Hugs to each of you.
Oh, by the way, Congratulations to our dear Angie who does our photography for the store, and the videos. She became engaged a few days ago and we are all Very excited for her and for Al.! Congratulations Angela!!!!!! Ya Hoo!!!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Last week I came into the shop and took some photographs for Linda. Showing in the below pictures are some beautiful fall home decor pieces that I think you would love to have in your own home. So come check it out at the Delavan Ben Franklin Crafts
We had a Marvelous time last week up at Teal Lake in NW Wisconsin. In fact, was just thinking about what we were doing about this time a week ago today........canoeing out on the lake, going from island to island, watching loons ( one followed our canoe!) and eagles and osprey, etc. It was a blessing from the Lord, to be sure, and a week filled with memories to get us through the coming winter. Maybe we'll do a scrapbook!
There are so many great events coming at the Ben. Be sure to check out the website and get signed up for Grace's newsletter at www.bfcraftsdelavan.com She does a great job keeping us posted on what is going on in the store and believe me, there is a Lot to know about. One fun thing happening soon is the one million pillowcase program, where we will be sewing pillowcases for those who could sure use one, or need the comfort their own pillowcase can bring. Read all about it on the website..it will be a wonderful program and we hope to fill our work tables with ladies cutting and sewing and ironing pillowcases. Check it out!
Am going to go in to the shop shortly, so will call this quits for now. Have just done a big Mrs. Grossman order and that will be fun. I am pleased at how the strips of stickers are selling.......they are becoming more and more popular. Hope you like what I chose! Am getting some new ones for Fall and Christmas, which is Always fun!. More soon...........blessings...........Linda
Sunday, August 22, 2010
A-Ha! Now we are talking! These are just a few of our new Sizzix dies in the Back to School line and I think every one of them is adoreable. See the Kindergarten one? That is an alphabet, including those darling numbers, and the rd, nd, th and st that come in handy so often! LOVE the school bus. If you look below at the bottom of the photo, you will see another alphabet......Blackboard Blues. It is tiny letters, both upper and lower case in a Darling font. Come see what we have. The price is good for what you get and you will enjoy using them when you are scrapping those school pages or something for the teacher, etc.
Oh my, my favorites! I told you we have the entire line of Copics in, and here they are! Classes begin shortly in learning the basics in Copics and you will Love the colors, the quality, the ease in which they make your "coloring" just perfect. Start your collection soon and join in the delight of using the Best!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
It is always fun to see what the manufacturers come up with and this year seems to be the best. Don't you love that pig in the stickers above? They are dimensional, which makes it even more fun. Kind of looks like "Wilbur", don't you think?
Friday, July 9, 2010
I had such fun taking this class, and we will be starting up again in Sept. with the darling rag bag or quilt! Choose your own fabric designs and come join in the fun. Easy to do and you will want to make some for gifts!
Basic quilting gives you three different things to create.........call the shop for the info and get going!
This is considered a Christmas line, but we all think it is useful for all Sorts of wonderful things. Love it, love it...........you have to come in and Touch!
I might get myself in trouble over this one........sometimes I do not know the correct names , etc. But I Think these are Batiks and all I know is that they are Very pretty and all the rage................
Or are these Batiks? You come look and decide for yourself! I did not follow Angie around while she was photographing, so am guessing, without knowing which shelf these were on. Regardless, they are Wonderful, bright colors and will make some gorgeous quilts, skirts, purses, etc! Enjoy!
This is a very fun line ( part of it) from Little Yellow Bicycle, I think. Once again, this is Tues. and I have not been in the shop since Fri. So, regardless of who created these great designs,, they will be oh, so useful, for your travel photos. The bottom one is a map of the United States and is one of those great pages on which you can trace a trip, show where someone special lives, or just to have fun with in your own way. The middle one is suitcases and I can just see this one being used by cardmakers, doing "have a great trip" type cards............very fun. Of course, the airplanes would be great for little boys, trips, etc. We did not order the entire line or any of the embellishments, but there is more available and be sure to let us know if you need more!
Ah ha!!! Linda has a thing for the new Bo Bunny Petal Pushers line! This grouping of papers and embellishements is just about the BEST! This photo and the one below are all from the same collection and I just cannot wait to begin doing Something with these papers and accessories. They are double sided ( see the pink on pink just above.....it's the back side of another wonderful paper and I love the back side as much as the front!) The paper that has blocks of colors and words, that can be cut out and used in a variety of ways, has a great back side.......it is divided into four 6 x 6 blocks of designs and would be great for a 6 x 6 album! Or.......just cut them out and use them on a larger page. Their designers really pushed my buttons with this line. Now you come see, and see what You can create! I have a paper pack for the best creation using this line. Bring your entries into the Ben and we will have a contest. Deadline is Aug. third. Let's see if anyone is reading this..................
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This month on Wednesdays, we have Kid's Day and this morning they did a sewing class with the students creating their own pillowcase. What a fun thing to do! After a lunch break, they did picture frames with Beth. That' s an easy but fun class to do. Even little ones can do it. Just accumulate some scraps of papers and buy a frame.......we can give you some ideas.
Sue has much listed on the website for classes for July, so check it out. It is at http://www.bfcraftsdelavan.com/ and you will find a Lot of classes scheduled, for adults as well as the kids. Good time to bring in visitors to the area........it will keep them occupied!
Have a great rest of your week. Will have current news of our new little great nephew from Russia, soon. Have a trip planned to meet him. I will be an aunt with photos......just ask to see them! :)
Hugs to all.............Linda, Angie, the staff at the Ben, Ed, etc.! :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This is the cover of the journal you will make in Scarlett's Flower Journal class that begins next week. I did not want to show you the whole thing, but Sue has taken photos of it and we have them in the shop........as well as the original. This is one darling album and the flowers are So pretty.......you will love learning to make them! Hope you can join us.........call to sign up and we will get the list of supplies needed, to you.
Monday, June 14, 2010
So, am going to make a concerted effort to share new things with you all, a few "Did You Know?'s thrown in along the way, some photos, etc. If you read the e-mail tonight, you know that we put out a Gob of new Sizzix dies. Come see 'em.......they are great!
Had an unexpected blessing today........one of those "this is the reason I am here" type of things. An old friend, and I do mean old, as Dave is probably in his eighties. In fact, I know he is. Anyway, Dave came in with the express idea of sharing a photo album with me. It was kind of funny. He said to me, " I thought I would show you what a photo album is supposed to look like". Well, let me tell you............it was a gem! Dave used to be a professional photographer and in fact, I believe he did my senior class photos! Anyway, he had one photo......very large, on each page. No writing of any kind. Just photos.............huge ones. And they were gorgeous. Some from travels all over America, some of his beloved wife, who has been gone for years. Some of his darling daughter who died after a long fought battle with lung cancer, a girl whose lips never touched a cigarette and was the sweetest thing...........never should have happened. Photos of old family gatherings..............memories, sweet memories. And after we looked at them together and I had him tell me about each one, he got up and shuffled off, alone...........out the door, with the promise that there were more.
Be that encouragement to whomever you can, won't you? Someone, somewhere, needs you to listen to them, to look at their photos, to compliment them on Something.........give them a hug, let them know you are still glad to see them. Oh my, it made my day that he came in, knowing I would care. Thank you Lord, for that bit of friendship today, when I needed it so much. Thanks for letting me be his friend today...........
Love you all...............Linda
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Going to say bye for now.......Ed needs to use the computer and I am falling asleep. Talk to you soon...........hugs to each one...:Linda
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The winning invitation, the designer and our shop will be featured on the Bo Bunny blog along with the submitted photos of Flat Bunny at the crop!
This is a Very fun contest and we are surely hoping some of you are hopping right to this. When you come in, you will find photos of Flat Bunny hiding in spots around our store, watching to see what papers you are choosing, etc. She has already had some very fun adventures and we look forward to watching more of them on her blog. Are you in? Don't miss out on this! Flat bunny is very cute and you will love getting to know her, if you can find her! Hugs.............Flat Bunny's friend, Linda
Friday, May 21, 2010
This is part of the LYB girl line that is called Snugglebug. So cute......GOBS of embellishements to go with the line and we are doing well with it. Meets every baby album need! Double sided of course!
Some of our lines for babies are so cute...makes me grin! This does not show up well on the white table, but at least you are getting to see a few of the baby specialty papers from Little Yellow Bicycle. There is a boy and a girl line, and many of the papers can be used for toddler or other themes altogether. Come see!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I have been BUSY putting out new product this week! My goodness.......it is pouring in! Received Max and Whiskers and Capella from Basic Grey. Max and Whiskers is a Darling pet line and the colors are vibrant. The interesting thing is that you can use Many of the papers for many other themes......not just doggy and kitty. Capella is in the softest of pastels...........people will be using this line for Heritage, wedding, graduation, little girl, Elegant, etc. It is a delight and if you liked the lines from last year, you will love this one.
Also put out papers today from Moxie, including faith based papers, Horse papers, and some DARLING cooking ones that will thrill all of you doing recipe books! Colors are pretty.......warm and inviting.....and the designs are adoreable!
Then, there is the box of ZOO stuff from Reminisce. It is Brand Spankin New and just adoreable. If you have field trips to the zoo, or plan on going this summer, stock up on this line. I got in the embellishments to go along and it is just plain cute.
ALSO...new TIM HOLTZ dies and embossing folders from Sizzix! They are releasing a line of his each month and the things for May are in and on the walls.........come see! Some Very cute dies and I have already decided I need some of the embossing folders. They fit the Cuttlebug machine as well as the wonderful Technique Boutique embossing tool, for only $29.99. It is so cute in itself and works like a whiz. The dies are just super.........so all of you who used to come in the moment I got in the Cuttlebug brand new folders, come on in. You get a lot for your money and I think you will truly like these designs! Sue already used one today and gave it a thumbs up!
It is late............I need to try for sleep once again, so will close for now. I am expecting a Lot more new product this week.....so if you stop in and don't see me, look in the back room. I will likely be back there pricing things to put out! Come say hi......and see what's new. Time for a good chat.........I miss you! Hugs........Linda