Saturday, December 27, 2008

After Christmas Sale!!!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

We'd like to continue to keep spirits bright and we are happy to announce that all Christmas items in the gift shop are all.....

50% off!!!

We have a lot of great items and what better time to get them than now. Stop in and check them out!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gift idea

It's now less than a week before Christmas - wow, time goes fast - and I figured maybe you'd like to see some gift ideas that you could pick up quick at Judy's.

Today's choice = Candles!

We've shown candles before. Lots of times actually. We've got lots of wonderful smelling real candles in stock and they make great gifts. However, these are different. These are decorative candles that will help spruce up your home and are kid friendly. (Can't get burned by a wooden flame). And, they are really cute too.

These shown are in Christmas colors but really could remain out all year as part of your home decor.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

In a Jam....

In a jam..... for gift ideas????

If you need some quick little gifts don't forget that Judy's has all kinds of items. Including these yummy jams and jellies.

And if you need a simple and quick gift with a clever saying here's a what you can do...

What you will need:
1- Yummy jar of jam or jelly
1- loaf of yummy bread
1- new bread knife
packaging (like a basket or gift bag.)

What you do:
put all the items together in the bag or basket and make up a tag that says....

"You're the best "jam" friend I've ever had. No matter how you "slice" it, you're always there when I "knead" you. Thanks for everything and Merry Christmas!"

More quick gift ideas to come....


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snowy, snow, snowmen!

If you haven't notice, I'm having issues keeping up. I have so many things to show and ideas to share but am running out of time. Anyone know where I can buy more time??? Hey, speaking of things to buy, the gift shop section at the store has been updated again. And, when Judy sent me these pictures I about died. If you are a snowman fan, or know of someone who is, than stop in and check out all our snowy-snow-snowmen. I love the plate shown above and these are pretty cute too....

and, don't miss these little guys either.....

I'm totally loving all the snowmen themed products. They make great little gifts too.

And, speaking of snow - Judy is doing free mini classes on making three dimensional snowflakes. I haven't seen them yet but they are all the rage and are absolutely beautiful! Stop in and ask her about them.


Friday, December 12, 2008

look what we got in

I know several of you have been waiting for these to arrive, well.... THEY'RE HERE!!!

They will go fast. If you want them, or have been waiting for them, come in and get them quick!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Purr-fect mini album

I know you were probably expecting a Christmas post - don't worry those are coming! In the mean-time though, here's a gift idea for you. We have made up a few pet related kits. (The one shown is for a cat but we have them for dogs too.)

These kits have everything pre-cut & ready for you. There are even photos of the inside pages that act as your guide for assembling the album.

If you have a pet, or know someone who does, then this just might be the perfect Christmas gift. After all, most pets are considered family and what better way to celebrate them then having an album filled with photos and journaling about them.

Here's a quick look at one of the pages that Judy started for her cat. She's already added the photos and once the journaling is done, she's got a great little album. It's purr-fect!!!


Monday, December 8, 2008

just a thought....

As we dive into the holiday season I've been thinking about connections. When you celebrate your traditions this year I encourage you to link them to the past and then journal about why they are important to you. Those traditions started somewhere and because you still do them, they must be special - scrapbook them!

I actually did this, much by accident, when I created this layout. However, it has quickly become one of my favorites. Not because of the design, product, or embellishments but because of the meaning. The layouts I love the most are the ones that I've taken the time to really think about and journal my feelings. I know that is hard for some to do, but it's so worth it.

So, find two photos that go together but are separated by years and then scrapbook them together and explain their meaningful connection - the results with be priceless and will most likely become your favorite work.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas in Coming

Sorry for my absence. I do hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Here's a quick little post to get you in the mood for Christmas. Aren't these little elves cute? And, we've stocked up again on our metalic outline Christmas stickers, these were a huge hit last year.

And, I know I haven't been the best blog updater later, the good news is though, that I've been busy crafting and will have some project/gift ideas to share soon.

Take care,

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Day!

The staff at Judy's wishes you all a


We hope you have a wonderful day filled with lots of laughter and memories in the making.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Something new

Thought you might all want to see this...

This is called the Round-it-all!

It is a heavy duty corner rounder. Most corner rounders can only cut cardstock. Not this one, it can round all sorts of stuff, thick stuff too, like chipboard, leather, and even acrylic - now that is cool!

We only stocked a few so get them while you can.

Friday, November 21, 2008

more product

I'm guessing that you want to see some more new product. These stamps are awesome....

And so are these... (love the frog!)

and yep, you guessed it, so are these...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

House Mouse

This gives a literal meaning to "mouse pad" - isn't it cute? Great gift idea! And here's another gift idea on those same lines....

We love House-Mouse and we know you do too because we can't keep it in stock. And, while it's not House-Mouse related, I thought you might like to see another shot of the inside of the store. It's a lot more open now.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Work It Wednesday - Nov. 19

Guess What? Today's Work It Wednesday project comes to you compliments of my kids.

I wanted to post something Thanksgiving related. Sure, I could show you a template for a Thanksgiving layout, or a pattern for a card. I could do that but really, wouldn't you rather make turkey plates instead?

Ok, so this idea isn't going to be for everyone. However, Thanksgiving is just a week away and you may be hosting a dinner. You may be having children come to your house. You may be looking for something that can entertain those kids while you put the finishing touches on dinner. If so, than this Work It Wednesday is for you.

As usually, Work It Wednesday is about using your stash and doing so in a way that maybe you haven't thought of before. So, pull out your scraps of paper, a button or two, and anything else you think the kids could use. And, then have them craft their own dinner plate.

If you were a kid, wouldn't you like to eat your meal on a specially made plate. Especially one made from scrapbook supplies that are probably usually off limits - I would! And, my kids did.

Try it - it's fun! Plus, it uses up lots of scraps and that is always a good thing.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Calling all Customers

Calling all Judy's Customers....

Hey, just wanted you to know that Judy's been busy! She has re-arranged her store, made room for more stock and if you haven't stopped in to see it, you should.

Just the paper wall alone is amazing! She's extended it all the way down, and into the back area of the store. There's a photo below, but seeing it in person is better. With it all grouped together, it is pure eye candy for us paper lovers!

All other areas in the store have changed too. More photos to come soon .... gotta go for now though!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Work It wednesday - Nov. 12

It's been awhile since I talked about the crop. In fact, a month has now past but I'm still thinking about all the great ideas I saw and were inspired by. I shared on a previous post an idea for a gift card holder that Tracy and Cindi were making, well, here's another one of their cool creations.

They had taken different Cuttlebug dies and had made all sorts of card panels. Then, they were playing around with inks to give the embossed designs some color. I loved the results they were getting and thought it was such a great idea and it looked like a fun thing to try.

If you remember right, you don't have to buy a machine to use these embossing dies. You just need a rolling pin and a firm table and you can use these dies to make your own cool card panels.

It's such a cool idea and another fun way to take a basic idea and extend it into something new.


P.S. The Cuttlebug dies shown are all from a recent shipment and are now on the floor. They are one of our fastest moving items, so if you see one you like call the store and reserve it or better yet, stop in and pick it up. Tell Judy Amy sent ya!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Looky, Looky

I was going to title this post "looky, looky and I'm off to play hooky". I grew up out west, in Utah to be exact, and playing hooky meant you were skipping school. Does it mean that here? I wasn't sure if it meant the same thing or perhaps, umm something sketchy. Anyway, my point (I do have one!). I'm taking a blog break for a few days and just wanted to let you know I'll be gone. You can look for a new post on Wednesday when I will have fun stuff to show using the Cuttlebug dies. But until then, I wanted to leave you with some fabulous photos of some new papers we just put out.

Seriously, isn't this monkey paper adorable???

And the artwork on these are beautiful. I especially like the horses and actually, the turkeys too.

These are cool too. Rock and Roll and Skiing - awesome!!!

If you want to see some more new stuff pop into the store while I'm away. I hear Judy has been busy re-arranging and restocking. She's extended the paper wall all the way to the back of the store and has a bunch of new items she's put out on the floor. Pop in and say hi and check it out.

Until Wednesday...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Work It Wednesday

Hey all. Sorry for the late post. Here's an oldie but a goldie....

At the crop Windy (See THIS post for info on Windy) showed me some little wallet albums she had made using an idea from a past class I taught at Judy's. These may sound familiar to you because I also shared this idea and the "how-to" on a previous blog post as well. (You can find that info here - A Wallet For Dad )

Anyway, for work it Wednesday today the idea is just to re-use an idea. Simple enough, right? If you made an album for Dad in June, why not make a cute, fancy brag-book wallet album for mom for Christmas? With the holidays coming up it's a good idea to revisit those previous ideas and projects and see how you can twist them to make them into something slightly different.

I love what Windy has done with this idea. These little albums look like real little wallets. She used specialty papers on them to dress them up and they look fabulous. (Thanks Windy for sharing them with us!) If you are interested in following suit, you can inquire about specialty papers at Judy's.


Monday, November 3, 2008

On to the next....

I survived Halloween. How 'bout you? Now it's on to the next holiday, Thanksgiving. Here's a quick peek at a little Thanksgiving themed kit we have for sale in the store. It comes with all the
papers, stickers, journaling papers and circle album. Plus, there is a photo sheet included in case you'd like to make the pages the same as we did.

It's a cute little kit and one that would be great for recording all that you are thankful for this month.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


To you all!!

I hope you have a "boo"-tiful day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hello There. So, it's Tuesday but this post is early for tomorrow's Work It Wednesday. I won't be around much tomorrow as we will be celebrating a birthday in my family. So, I thought posting early is better than not posting at all.

With Halloween coming up on Friday I thought this week's post should revolve around the Halloween theme. The idea is to go back and take out one or two photos from every Halloween you've celebrated in your family and compile them all together in an album.

You could make it as simple or as complicated as you want. Here's one I did and I kept it all pretty simple. Each year has a title page where I foam stamped the year and added one photo of all my girls together in their costume. There are two pages that follow each year's title page and they just show the girls costumes in a little more detail, house individual photos, or house journaling about that year.

It's fun to look back at how they've changed over the years and the different costumes they have worn. So, give it try. Pull out photos you have of Halloween's past and make something with them.


P.S. you don't have to have kids or costumes to do this. You can do this with any tradition, event, or Holiday that you celebrate every year. Give it a try.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

And the creative award goes to....

Isn't she cute? This is Carma - Hi Carma! I had to throw this photo in just for fun. Carma was just one of the many talented scrappers who attended the crop.

Carma wins the creative prize of the day. Not for her scrapbooking, card-making, or paper crafting which, I must note, are award winning in and of themselves, but for her ability to stretch her creativity and be resourceful.

As we were packing up and hauling things out, Carma was faced with the dilemma of how to carry her goodie basket. Her hands were already full of scrapbooking items. Her solution? Creatively, she used her head.

And, really, isn't she cute? She just might start a trend. I just may show up at our next crop with a basket hat on my head too.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Work It Wednesday - October 22nd

Here's another great idea that came from the some talented scrappers at the crop. Tracey Allen and Cindi Hooks were making these...

What are they? Well, they are the most brilliant idea ever! They are gift card holders. Here's a shot of the inside and then I will try to break it down as to how they made them. Please note, I've yet to make one myself so I'm going only by how I think they were made.

From what I understand you make the inside by taking a long standard envelope, fold it in half and then cut the ends off. Add adhesive, in a small amount, down the center to hook the two sides of the envelope together. Then, using a large circle punch, punch out half circles from each end.

Then using a long strip of cardstock or thick pattern paper, fold so that yours looks like the photo. (The outside appears to be folded in a matchbox style). Adhere the folded envelope into the fold of the paper and then decorate as needed.

Like I said before, I have yet to make one, but it looks easy enough to duplicate from the photos. I know I will be making many of these for future gifts and since Christmas is just around the corner I thought this was a good idea to share.

Thanks to Cindi and Tracey for letting me post their designs. And, here's a shout out to Christy Parker who shared the idea with them. Thanks you guys - I think the three of you just inspired a whole bunch of people.


Monday, October 20, 2008

another canvas

Here's another canvas kit from the crop -

We still have a few kits left. Everything is pre-cut and packaged so all you need to do is look at the photo that's included in the kit and assemble. Quick and easy!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

spooky things...

Since we are on the topic of spooky things you can make, here's a quick little post about one of the canvas kits we had for sale at the crop.

These little mummies are extremely easy to make. We've painted the canvas black for you and the eyes are pre-punched so all you need to do is rip paper, ink, and assemble. Can't get much easier than that.

We have just a few kits left so if you are interested, stop in and grab one quick.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

Here's another fun idea that came from our crop. Patti and Debbie had been to a stamp camp and made these little cuties and then brought them in as a gift for me and Judy. We both instantly feel in love with them and you can pretty much bet that I'll be making a ton of these for my co-workers and kid's friends this Halloween.

As far as I can tell these little creatures are just made out of different punches. The legs are the big whale of a punch photo corners (sold at Judy's) and the rest can be made by using a variety of circle punches. To finish it off you need a York Peppermint patty for the center.

Very easy! Very Cute! Thanks Pattie and Debbie for sharing these cute little gifts - can't wait to make some of my own!

And, I love the above picture of Patti. I was bummed that it was a little blurry but I love it anyway and wanted to share.

Patti and Debbie, thanks again - these itsy bitsy spiders make me smile!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Work It Wednesday - October 15th

Today's Work it Wednesday is based off of the photo above and I'm sharing it with permission from the lovely Julie Knowlton. Julie was at our crop on Saturday and shared this layout with us. There were several things about it that caught my eye.

First, and my main point for Work It Wednesday, is the photo focal point. By taking several shots from one view point she was able to place them side by side on her layout. The overall result turned into a beautiful panoramic photo that extends from one edge of the photo to the other. Such a great idea and a perfect way to add some visual interest to your design.

Second, check out the cool title. (if you can't see it good enough as is, you can click on the photo and it should enlarge for you.) I'm really not sure how she did it, I forgot to ask, but I love the way the letters change color from top to bottom. Very cool.

So, there it is. For today's Work It Wednesday try the cool photo technique. And, really, with all the leaves and beautiful color around, this is a great time of the year to try it.


P.S. - Thanks Julie for letting us share your layout.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Here's something fun. At the end of our crops we have a layout contest that is peer judged. Everyone in attendance can vote for their favorite layout. This years winner was Windy.

Windy's layout was not only well designed, it also served a great purpose and it was great to get a little back information about it as well. I overheard Windy saying how the layout was really hard for her to do because she doesn't normally work with the color pink. It looks great though and is a wonderful tribute to her Aunt and the combined efforts of others in the fight against breast cancer.

Congrats Windy on winning our layout contest!

P.S. Thank you to all who have responded to the survey questions below. If you are just now checking out the blog, and you were at the crop, please check out the previous post. We'd like to hear from you.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Questions for you!

Calling all Judy's croppers!

If you spent the day with us on Saturday, we have some questions for you. We'd like to know your thoughts on our event. I've listed some questions below and you can either respond directly by posting comments on the blog or send us an email at (I will be sending emails out as well, but we don't have emails for everyone who attended so I thought posting here was my best option.) We really would appreciate your responses, it will help us prepare for future events and better fit your needs and wants.

1- Was our crop what you expected it to be?
2- Do you feel it was a good value for what you got in return?
Class Questions...
3- If given the option, would you rather have a lower crop fee and no scheduled crop classes or do you like having the class and class kit as part of the days events?
4- In place of having a crop class would you prefer several hands-on work stations showing different product uses and techniques?
5- If you like having the crop class, would you prefer something other than a mini-album class? And if so, what would that be?
Other Questions....
6- Did you feel like you were well fed?
7- What is one thing about our crops that you really enjoy and would like us to continue?
8 - What is one thing you don't particularly like and could do without?
9 - If you've been to past crops, what are your thoughts on the new location?
10- We opened the crop up to more scrappers this time, do you feel it was the right number of people for the space or do you prefer a smaller group?


Sunday, October 12, 2008


The crop is over. It's Sunday night, and frankly, I'm exhausted. I told myself I wouldn't even post until Monday or Tuesday, I just wanted to take a break and regroup. However, I can't resist. I have to share a quick thought.

The crop was good. I think the new space was comfortable and worth the change. It was great to see past attendees again and to meet several new ones as well. But my thoughts just keeping going back to one word - WOW!!! I am blow away by the talent, creativity, and passion of those who attended our event.

Thank you to those of you who came and shared your love of scrapbooking with us. And, for those of you who are reading that weren't able to make it, don't worry, I have lots to share this week and have permission from several talented scrapbookers to share their work on the blog. I'm excited to share and highlight so check back as I will post something daily.

Thanks again to all those that attended!

P.S. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the crop and in a day or two we will be sending out an email survey. We are always looking to improve and appreciate your comments, good and bad.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ready, Set, Crop!!!

We are just a few short days away from our crop. I'm not sure about you but we are pretty excited about it all. This is a fun time for us to connect up with you and just have fun. And so, without further delay, here is the map to the new location.

If you have questions, need directions, or anything at all please email or call the shop. I'll be checking emails until Friday at 4pm and then it's best to call the store if you need anything.

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


We've featured house mouse products before, stickers and cards and such, but how about some stamps - aren't these adorable?