Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 29

Good Evening All,

Whew! What a day - what a week. We have been very busy - I wanted to get the Blog out three days ago, but product arrival, classes, and the day to day activities of helping people and demoing techniques prevented it. It's what I call a good kind of busy and the time flies by.

First up is a photo of Debbie West's upcoming class (The Asian Sakura Journal) on Saturday, November 5th (5:00-7:00pm). The sample speaks for itself. It's a truly beautiful journal using paper from Best Creations. Check out my previous blog or give me a call for the details on what tools you will need to bring. The word is out and the class is beginning to fill. Give me a call if you are interested and I'll reserve you a seat. The cost of the class is $25.00. The Asian Sakura Journal would make a perfect give for someone special.

We had several deliveries this week. First to arrive was three boxes from Ranger. I had to scramble to get the product logged into the system, tagged, and placed on the shelves. It's a great reflection on product when I barely get it out of the boxes and people in the stores want it. One way or another we accommodated them. The next time you are in the store you will find Liquid Pearls decorating the shelves once again.

Also to arrive from Ranger was more of the popular Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads. You will find all new colors to choose from. I love the names - "Barn Door", "Black Soot", "Brushed Corduroy", "Bundled Sage", "Chipped Sapphire", "Dried Marigold", "Dusty Concord", "Frayed Burlap", "Peeled Paint", "Pine Needles", "Pumice Stone", "Rusty Hinge", "Milled Lavender", "Tattered Rose", "Tumbled Glass", "Vintage Photo", "Walnut Stain", and "Weathered Wood". I just walked over to see if I had missed any and their popularity speaks for itself.

The last of the Ranger product was a resupply of the Ink Applicators, Applicator Felt, Sanding Grips, and the popular Hanger Clips. People who make jewelry like to use the hanger clips to display their jewelry.

A partial delivery of the Sizzix product line arrived yesterday (Friday). We are are now restocked with the Eclips Machine. Our sale continues on the machine and the cartridges. Our prices are better than what you can find on line and you don't have to deal with shipping.

Right on the heels of Sizzix was a delivery from Dreamweaver. We now have all of the popular Pastes and Mica Powders available for your holiday card making activities. Something your going to have to try is mixing the pastes to get "new" colors. I've included a couple of photos of Priscilla's recent cards. I think she has created a "new look" for you all to experiment with. Sprinkling the mica powders on the wet paste with a Q-tip gives the card a really elegant feel.

Next, I need to remind all of you that the Sister Stamps that reflect the coming New Year will be on the shelves and available for you on November 1st. You have 2 days left if you want to pre-order it. Pre-orders get a 10% discount and Discount Card Members get 10% + 10%. Give me a call if you are interested. I think you will enjoy adding them to your collection.

We have been very busy in Manufacturing. Something new we will be carrying in the store are engraved Rosewood Boxes. The sizes will be 7" x 5" x 2" and 9" x 9" x 3". The engraving will be done on brushed gold or brushed silver and adhered to the box. It will be a very elegant look that you can personalize for the perfect gift. I will have a couple of samples for you to look at by the middle of next week.

The last thing that I have are "Fortune Cookies". Most of you probably already know about this, but I still consider myself a "newbie". Last Saturday Priscilla and the two girlfriends that she grew up with in Kailua went out for dinner. Priscilla and Pam returned to the store and played for a couple of hours. When I arrived in the store Sunday morning I found fortune cookies made from cardstock. It piqued my interest so I had to find out how they made them. Out comes the craft knife and I dissected the cookie. Ha! It's a simple circle with a "pinch" and "fold" to make the cookie. It's fun to make and would make a perfect companion to the engraved chopsticks. There is a Chinese Take Out Box for the Accucut Machine that would work well with the cookie also. Ask and I'll show you how.

That's it for now..... I'm going to turn off the lights and make my way home. I'll see you tomorrow.......


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 23rd

Good evening all,

As promised, I have the samples for Fran Kawakami's next class to share with you. The class is on Thursday October 27th - 6:30-8:30 pm. I also believe this will be Fran's last class for this year. Fran typically takes a break in November and December to share the holidays with family. If you have the time, the samples are displayed on the Class Board. Fran has designed a set of 6 Christmas tags that you will totally enjoy making. It will be interesting to see if you are willing to give them away or keep them for yourself. Give me a call if your interested in taking the class. The cost of the class is $20.00. The supplies you will need are adhesive tape and/or tacky glue, scissors, white pen, fine black pen, ruler, black ink and applicator tool or (sponge/dauber), and 3/8" glue dots. The optional items (if you have them) are a Crop-a-dile, tweezers, Xyron 150 sticker maker, Scor-pal, Liquid pearls (white opal and rouge), and the Coin Envelope Template.

One last thing that I have for you tonight is a class scheduled for November 5th ( 5:00-7:00 pm). Debbie West is the instructor and the theme of the class is an Asian Album. As soon as I have the sample I will post it on the blog. Debbie taught this technique in a previous class and it was fun for all who participated. You will learn how to take simple construction materials (chipboard and paper) and make it into a very special album. If you have the time, come into the store and I'll show you the sample from the previous class. I don't think you will want to miss this class. The Asian Album would make a very nice gift for someone special in your life.

That's all for now..... I'll see you tomorrow. It should be a busy week with new arrivals.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 20th

Good evening all,

The past two weeks have been very busy. I apologize for my tardiness in updating the blog. It all began with the Scrapper's Jam on October 8th , the 2nd Sunday Make and Take on the 9th, Priscilla's all day stencil demo on the 10th, and Fran's "Coin Envelope Album" class on the 13th. During all this time, our Manufacturing department has been equally busy. Art has done his typical fantastic job. He just completed a job for an army unit who requested that we engrave 300 glasses with a logo and the title Oktoberfest.

In the midst of all this activity we have had a couple of deliveries.

First to arrive was a paper order from Magenta. It's a beautiful double sided paper from their "Color Me Softly" collection. True to the title, this paper has soft hues that blend and swirl across the face of the page. Magenta has incorporated elements of wistful flowers, leaves, dragonflies, and a hummingbird. What I find interesting is that the reverse side of the paper is as attractive as the front. Those of you that have been in the store have made it a favorite choice with your purchases.

Priscilla was quietly relieved to see that her order from Quick Quotes finally arrived yesterday (Wednesday). I spent the day entering the items into the computer, making labels, and tagging the product. Then the question arises - where do I display it? It took me half of the day to rearrange several of the product lines. The next time that you are in the store you will notice the difference. Ha! The question is - will I remember where I put everything. Part of the reason it took me so long is that the people visiting the store today wanted the paper and embellishments before they left the store. With their patience, we were able to accommodate them. I think it's always a sign of the acceptance of a product - it moves quickly. The Liquid Pearls are a prime example.

Quick Quotes has done an outstanding job in the design of this product line. The paper is double sided and it definitely speaks to you. The colors, tones, and blending hues is simply beautiful. I think a design is successful when it accommodates more than one type of user. Both the Card Maker and the Scrapbooking enthusiast will equally find this paper to their liking. There are several sheets that reflect a patriotic flavor. Those ladies who are scrapbooking their adventures in the military will find these selections very useful. Also available is a Double Page Layout Kit entitled "For The Love Of A Country". It includes chipboard laser diecuts, (9) different cardstock papers, ribbon, and embellishments. Completing the order, you will find an array of quotes on a velum overlay for instant journaling. Even my old Marine heart likes some these phrases. "Some people dream of Angels - I've held one in my Arms" - "All I need is the Air that I Breathe and to Love you" - "Nothing prepared me for you Smile". That's just a sampling. And the pricing is extremely reasonable. The next time you are in the store be sure and take a look.

We are expecting several other deliveries very soon. I will sign of this edition of the blog with a couple of photos. First are a couple pictures taken of Fran's last class. It was a full class of 6 and the "students" had a lot of fun with Tim Holtz's line of Distressed Ink Pads and the various tools for their application.

Recently, Priscilla has enjoyed designing and making a very colorful mask. I'm not sure where she got the idea, she had a lot of fun in the process. I think that you will agree with me that she did a great job.

That's all for now. I'll send this to spell check and see if I did a better job than I did in my last posting. My apologies to Tim Holtz and anyone else that I may have offended. See you tomorrow.

Don't forget.....Fran has a class on Thursday the 27th - "Christmas Tags". Give me a call and I'll sign you up.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 6

Good Evening Friends,

It's been only a couple of days since my last blog entry, but there are a couple items that I wanted to pass along to you. Fran brought in the sample of her next class "The Coin Envelope Album". Fran has designed some really great projects in the past. This current project is really fantastic. Using beautiful tones and colors, Fran has created a class project that anybody - new to crafting or experienced - would be proud of. If you have the time, please come in and see the sample for yourself.

Don't miss this class. The class is on Thursday October 13th (6:30 - 8:30pm). The cost is $20.00. The supplies you will need are a paper trimmer, adhesive (Tacky Glue), Scissors, Brown Ink - Time Holtz Walnut Stain recommended, Corner rounder, Scor-Pal or Bone Folder, Sanding Block - Tim Hotlz Sanding Block recommended, Corp-a-dile, and a Piercing Tool.

The next item I want to share with you is a tag Marsha brought into the store. As on most days, the conversation in store drifts towards the sharing of techniques. Yesterday, Marsha was telling me about the possibilities using Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink Pads. The photo reflects the combination of Sizzix's new Stamp and Die-cut product (Bamboo Framelits) with the distressed ink pads. Marsha has done a really beautiful job and I am very grateful. This is something I look forward to experimenting with in a variety of ways.

It's been very busy the last couple of days and there's a busy weekend ahead. The Scrapper's Jam is on Saturday, the free Make and Take on Sunday, and Discoverer's Day on Monday.

We will see you tomorrow,


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 4

Good Evening Friends,

I thought I was going to take a break from the blog, but yesterday the order from Sizzix arrived. We are restocked with Big Shots and the Eclips die cutting machine, but the big news is that the new Embossing Folders are now on the shelves. You are going to really enjoy these new tools and their ability to easily and quickly make your Holiday cards. The true test of any product line isn't how much I like it. It's how much the people who frequent our store like them. I made a couple of samples and put them out for people see and touch. 20% of the Embossing Folders are now sold and that was in just 2 hours. I guess you can say they have been well received. There are Snowflakes, Branches, Swirls, Ribbons, Dots, and Flowers.

Included in the delivery were the Ink-Its Letterpress Plates that allow you to ink the Embossing Folder with the color of your choice and then emboss it on the Big Shot. The Letter Press plates we received are Festive Swirls and Spirals. They would be a great border for your scrapbook page or the card your working on.

We also received something new from Sizzix - a packaged kit that includes a self adhering red rubber stamp and the corresponding design in an embossing folder. The great part about this product is that you can use the stamp and the embossing folder together or individually. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

The last part of the order are "Framelits". This is a stamp and die-cut combination. Once again you can use them together or as individual pieces. There are Ferns, Dragonflies, Birds, Flowers, Deco Frames, and Branches to choose from.

Given the time, I'll be making more samples tomorrow. Come in and join me. We're open until 7pm.

The last thing that I have for you is - Did you know that next Monday is a holiday? It's Discoverer's Day. Priscilla has decided that she will be doing a free demo on stenciling techniques. The Demo is open to anyone and will last all day. It's going to be a busy weekend for Priscilla. There is the Scrapper's Jam on Saturday, the free Make and Take on Sunday, and the All Day Stenciling Demo on Monday. I told her she could take Tuesday off. Ha!

That's all for now... See you tomorrow.



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 2

Good Morning all,

The rain woke me up in the wee morning hours, as it often does in this island paradise. I turned over and went back to sleep with the music of the falling rain as a backdrop. I got up about 5:30 this morning and it was like the land had been renew with a fresh clean scent. The power of nature's elements leaves me with awe, a sense of humbleness, and the knowledge that there is a power greater than we are.

It's only been a couple of days, but I just had to tell you about what's new. First of all we decorated the store with a flavor of the season. Priscilla's comment was: "It looks very festive". Hopefully you will like the decorations. I like the look - even if I had to get up and down the ladder "973" times. What you don't see in the photo are the bats and pumpkins hanging from the ceiling. I guarantee you will be protected from any spirits.

And just when I thought I could take a break from checking new product into the system and finding a spot to put it all, FedEx showed up with a delivery from Ranger. For those of you that are Tim Holtz fans, you will be so happy with the wide range of selections. There are 18 different colors of distressed ink pads to choose from. This is the first time I have tried this product and I think it's fantastic. You have so much control over the intensity or tone within a single color. Priscilla demonstrated and I was amazed. I just had to create a project to try it out for myself. I made a Halloween Treat Box using our new Spider Web stamps, Tim Holtz's Candlelight Fright diecut (there's a great spider image in it), the Antique Linen distressed ink pad, and our template for the Telescopic Box. The paper I was a Basic Grey in the Hello Luscious line

The inks have interesting names: Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Broken China, Crushed Olive, Fade Jeans, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Old Paper, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, and Vintage Photo.

The order from Ranger also included Idea-ology 3-D embellishments from Tim Holtz. These items would be perfect for both the scrapbook page or on a greeting card. I like the Sprockets and it would work perfectly with Dreamweaver's "Gears" stencil. There are also Charm Packs, Corners, Charm Clips, Game Spinners, Clothes Hanger Clips, Jump Rings, Key Holes, Locket Keys, Long Fasteners (brads), Mini Paper Clips, and Swivel Clasps. There is a new tool to use with the ink pads also. It's simply called an Ink Applicator and is used when wanting to apply ink to distressed paper.

We have also been resupplied with the very popular Liquid Pearls - White Pearl anyone? The clear and holographic embossing powders are back on the shelves also.

As promised I'm including a photo of Priscilla's Make and Take next Sunday October 9th - 2:00-5:00pm. She is calling it a Halloween Bag Topper. I think it's very creative and anyone making it will have a lot of fun. Hope you have the time to come and make one.

I'll mention the Scrapper's Jam again in case you missed my previous blog. It's on Saturday October 8th (8:00am to 3:00pm). There will be numerous Make and Takes and Demonstrations offered by various vendors. People who attend have a lot of fun and walk away with some excellent buys. Priscilla will have something special for you to take advantage of. She will also be demonstrating many of the new products lines. The cost is $48.00 for a full day of creativity and you'll have a Continental Breakfast and a Wonderful Lunch to keep your battery charged. We have the forms in the store for you to fill out and send to Sally Pestana. There's air conditioning, free parking, a beautiful view, and a Massage Therapist on hand to relax the muscles.

As promised, Release #3 of the Sister Stamps went out on the floor yesterday (Oct 1st). They have a Christmas flavor that is just perfect for your personal use or perhaps as gift for friends on the mainland. The "Sisters" have been very busy because Release #4 is now being advertised. It has a definite New Years theme and will be issued on November 1st, 2011. I've included a photo for your review and give me a call if you would like to pre-order and take advantage of a special discount.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow.

Bill 808-261-2882

Ps. Don't forget Fran's class , "The Coin Envelope Album" on Thursday October 13th (6:30-8:30 pm). I'll include photos in the next blog.