Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Worldwin Papers/Antique White/Treasures
Worldwin Papers/Ivory/Elan Metallics
Making Memories Glitter Alpha Stickers
Cricut Bag from Plantain Cartridge, cut on Cricut Expressions
Cricut Snowflakes from Accent Essentials Cartridge
Kokoyu Dot n Roller
1) Place Antique White Treasures 12x12 cardstock on the Cricut Mat and cut bag shape set on "fit to page"
2) Place Ivory Elan Metallics on Cricut Mat and cut snowflakes & Scallop Border in sizes around 1"
3) Score bag folds using Crafter's Companion and assemble bag using Kokoyu Dot N Roller
4) Apply Snowflakes & Scallop Border to front of bag
5) Apply Making Memories Glitter stickers to spell "joy" or other holiday word
6) Tie the rope ribbon to handle
7) Fill with goodies!
Oh Christmas Tree
Designer: Jodi Kennedy, Worldwin Papers Design Team
Who says a Christmas Tree needs to be a triangle! I was messing around with my favorite stamp in the whole world. The Growing In Unity Tree by Unity Stamp Company. I wondered how cute it would look with some garland and ornaments. Well, it looks fab!
Worldwin Papers/Cascada/Sky Blue
Worldwin Papers/Caribbean Colors/Passion Fruit
Elan Metallics/Warm Dust
Dye Ink Pad in Aqua
Unity Stamp Co/Growing in Unity Tree
Stickles in Platinum & Hot Pink or Burgundy
random word stamps such as wonder, believe, dream, inspire
1) Using the Crafters Companion score & fold 2 A2 sized cards from the Cascada & Caribbean Colors cardstocks
2) Stamp the Unity Tree on the front and embellish the limbs with Platinum Stickles and "dot" ornaments in burgundy or hot pink
3) Tear the Elan Metallics to create "snow drifts" and ink the torn edge with the Aqua ink pad.
4) Adhere the snowdrifts to the bottom of the card
5) stamp with word stamps
Loaves of Love * Holiday Bread Bag Toppers
Designer: Jodi Kennedy, Worldwin Papers Design Team
(Makes 9 Bag Toppers)
White/Treasures Cardstock x 3
Melissa Frances Glitter Chipboard Christmas Shapes x 9
Melissa Frances Christmas Rub-Ons x 9
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Tea Dye
Sheer Organza Ribbon in Green
Crafters Companion Score Board
Cricut Expressions Christmas Cheer Cartridge with Scalloped Card
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
1) Use Cricut to cut Scallop Shaped Cards approximately 5.25” when folded
2) Use Crafters Companion to Score Fold line and fold all cards
3) Use Stencil Brush to apply Tea Dye ink to edges of all cards & Glitter Chipboard Pieces
4) Tie Ribbon around front Flap of Topper card, positioning the knot toward the right side. Trim Ends
5) Use Red Marker to accent the Glitter Chipboard pieces as desired – such as in areas that represent berries.
6) Apply Chipboard to top of ribbon toward the left side of the card using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
7) Apply Rub-ons
8) Attach toppers to bags using a standard stapler.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
November brought a lot of new projects and commitments. we had a lot of fun at the Glamour in the Slammer Bridal Show which was held at the old Ohio Reformatory. a fabulous old building that is creepy in a most gorgeous way. To think it was a jail and that it is "haunted" was a little unsettling--but all in all - a very cool place.
It was also fun hanging out with 40 or so women during a weekend scrapbook retreat at the Christian Childrens Home. PT was a vendor there and we met a bunch of great ladies. It was relaxing too, to get away, even though we were officially working.
Random Projects completed:
Monday, October 13, 2008
thom's birthday cake - he turned 10
i am HATING that.
and a few of his best bud's came over for a campout & a fire, which ended up all over the living room floor because it was too chilly out.
wooo hoo! just got meeself the latest in gaming enjoyment (well its not the latest, but i was late is getting one)- the PS3. Should have gotten this when we got the Wii. But the boys love that so i guess all is well. they are gunning for the PS3 in the WORST way though - too bad i have it hooked up in my bedroom. Ratchet & Clank is my favorite.
its oct 14 and i cannot believe halloween is right around the corner...where the heck did summer go? i love the fall - its my absolute favorite. the leaves are changing here, it smells like autumn and its time to burn candles that waft apples & cinnamon & pumpkin. its a great time to be outside. I took matt to the pumpkin patch with my sister, jen and my niece, wren
A little project for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a Blessings Box made with Worldwin Papers & Melissa Frances Products. the mini deck of cards inside and reminders and inner peace-keepers.
this would be "jofus" doing his thing. which is climbing trees and skateboarding. oh and hopping onto a homecoming parade float, just because he can.
A handmade social stationery set made with worldwin papers and melissa frances products. Her I used the Pear Vintage Labels - love these things! - the rest is all WWP and the patterned paper is actually stamped with Paper Artsy.
Monday, September 29, 2008
since moving into this old house, we've found the coolest "old" odds & ends which at one time or another were attached and detached from this awesome old home. they are scattered about in the equipment barn or the bank barn or in junk drawers around the house.
from old screws & nails, intricately molded metal hinges, metal & porcelain door knobs to massive old solid oak doors. 4 of those to be exact. found leaning up against the wood pole framing in the equipment barn.
they might be pretty cool looking backdrops for the shops window displays. we also found a couple old beat up chairs & tables complete with peeling paint. and a couple other things that havent made their way out yet - like old paned windows.
so sam & joe dragged the dusty dirty items from the barn, loaded them up in the expert t's van and hauled them up to Pink Tomato, where they hinged two sets together and set them up in the windows. christy & i scrubbed - 4 buckets each, 1 bucket of hot murphy's oil soapy water for each side of each door. gross. man were they dirty - but under all that nastiness are the most beautiful solid oak paneled doors - roughly 8 ft tall each.
they look beautiful in the windows embellished with our tables & chairs, papers, journals, tea cups and our samples of invitations & stationery.
it was just what PT needed...we also made a few other changes to upgrade the personality of the shop, including a small change-up in the wording of our window signs. we are excited about our diversification and about things to come.
it just serves as a bold reminder, never judge a book by its cover...it's what's inside that counts
Thursday, September 11, 2008
i am risking sitting here blogging at 7:00 am when my booty should be up getting ready for work and getting kids breakfast and off to school, but i am justifying that I am having my morning joe (in more ways than one) and as long as i am sitting enjoying that i might as well catch up on my blog.
just a few points to catch things up...
i found that i am using my new blackberry too much. i seem to be keyboarding on my computers like i do on the BB. the shortcuts arent the same.
i am still flip flopping on whether i should use this as a store blog or not - i mean, it is called pink tomato afterall. but for today, this is my personal blog.
kids are back in school now, for a few weeks. it was Fair week this week and the county gives all of the local schools in the county a day off school and a ticket to the fair - how awesome is that?
we officially are full time parents of 3 as of august when my step son, Joey, came to live with us permanently all the way from tallahassee. so far things have been great and we all are adjusting well. its his first yr of HS and he's trying to find his way in this new life. he's settled in and has made lots of friends, and is realizing its a totally different world here in rural ohio. he's also a young man. scary. his first official girlfriend is named lauren. uhm. we dont know her last name. and neither does joey. ugh.
christy is bummed. apparently in that long contract from stampin' UP, you cant be a store owner. so they gave her the boot. even though her sales have increased. go figure. curious though. I just hope there wasn't anyone being catty out there and turned her in. that would be really disappointing. but its OK if you are on a Design Team for another company or if you work at another store. Soooo - i think maybe we will do some sort of stamp club with one of the lines in the shop - perhaps UNITY STAMP CO. or ART DECLASSIFIED (coming soon!)
speaking of the store - we gots lots of new & unique product in and we are beginning our first phase of creating our clearance section, we have some things on sale and we are pulling more this week.
we are unrolling this week custom invitations for parties & weddings and will be showing at a local bridal show on sunday.
finally and in closing - it's 9/11. i remember that day vividly. i remember driving my 30 minutes to work from lake worth to boca raton. i remember distinctly turning OFF the morning radio so that I could get into my head and think about planning my day. I remember coming into the office shortly before 9:00 am and someone mentioning a plane crash in NY. i remember being concerned, but as i was making my way to my office, I was more interested in what was in my morning email. i remember sitting down, turning on the computer and letting it boot up. i remember my chat programs coming up, AIM & YAHOO, and going to get a cup of coffee. i remember sitting down and my mom, in ohio, popping on yahoo messenger typing me a message freaking out about another plane crash in NY. i remember several moments of confusion as to why this could be significant in a much bigger capacity than just a plane crash. as if a plane crash wasnt devastating enough. i remember a little hullaballoo starting to take place in the office and people pulling up msnbc.com or cnn.com to see if there were any stories. as the morning rolled on and two more plane crashes later, i remember everyone trying to figure out what the hell was happening and wondering if we were being attacked. i remember dropping everything i was doing and leaving to run to walmart to grab a TV so that we could plug it in and see the news. and it wasnt good. in the days and months to follow, i remember being glued to my television every morning causing me to be late to work and every night until i fell asleep. i remember every moment looking over my shoulder. afraid to leave the house. afraid to go to a mall. afraid to take my family to disney. because we were all targets. i remember crying. out loud. something i never do. and i remember the day President Bush announced we were going to Iraq. i remember wondering why we were going there, but at the same time feeling like if he said we needed to, then he must know more than me and that i should trust that it was the right thing to do. how naive i was. i remember the horrible pictures on tv of the two dead sons of Saddam Hussein in that tent. i remember jessica lynch and all the other horrible stories of death & destruction.
7 years later. i still choke up thinking about that day and the chain of events that followed.
Friday, August 22, 2008
i'll admit - i'm addicted. i always am during the olympics. the tv remains on at all hours - i'll fall asleep and wake up all night long to olympic games. love it. yay misty & kerri. yay phelps. yay womens soccer team! i just cant get behind the dive competition - its just weird. and the chick correspondant is really getting on my nerves - she talks way too much.
i know i have aol radio listed on my blog someplace else - but i'm loving it more today since i found that it streams assorted real radio stations from around the u.s. i found my old fav, 103.1 the buzz in West Palm Beach FL - same dudes and everything after 4 yrs. it was especially swell listening to local news and traffic reports.
dominos pizza. i did a bad today. i actually signed up for online ordering thru dominos website and fell for the online real time pizza monitor trick. i dont really like dominoes, but everyone else does. they even have an order save feature - where you can just reorder the "usual" with a click. they've made it way too easy. ugh.
see how i just picked up where i left off? now i'm off to go blog surf. havent done that in a month so i have a lot of catching up to do.
Monday, July 28, 2008
i dont think i can truly express how well GO went - I mean we had the fabulo-city (sorry blonde - had to borrow that one) of YVONNE & KIMBER; record sales - i'm talkin' double the sales of our record sales. a bunch of new friends coming thru the doors and we topped it off with a swanky cocktail party with our close friends & family.
AND my dear friend melissa & her daughter kelsey SHOWED UP AT 3:00am the night before driving from NY (i was zonked - this would be the night I slept with a michelob).
and CRAP - we didnt even get any canoli.
my other dear friend denise played photographer again, but she hasnt forked over the flash - so as soon as I get it - i will post pics.
it was sorta like planning a wedding - i mean i loved all the stress of planning it - but I'm glad its over and we can move forward with carving our niche.
i am pretty sure the folks who have visited us so far --- all "get it" --- which sends me a clear message that we are needed :-)
Friday, July 25, 2008
so here i am, sitting in bed - trying to unwind. watching the news. sipping on a michelob ultra pomegranate & raspberry beer. yum - i owe this new obsession to christy - thanks very much
i am NOT a lush!
my feet hurt
i'm trying counteract the caffeine from today
got a big day tomorrow
did i mention my feet hurt?
hit kohls sales this week - hit jackpot.
my cholesterol level is 214 - gotta stop eating ANIMAL FAT
got my hair cut - christy said it will make me look ---youthful--- heehee - so tara came over at like 7:30 yesterday morning and starting chopping - probably about 2-3 inches came off. i'm loving the idea of a mobile hair stylist - if i can find a good maid I'll be all set.
I cant wait to see yvonne & kimber - what a treat. I feel so priviledged to have them here - i really do. I even squeezed in my own workshop :-) woo hoo!
i couldnt wait to see mel too - did i mention mel's canoli hole needs choc chips? canoli? with chocolate chips? Yum - C & I had a piece today after dinner at Muddy Waters. as for mel - well she knows what I'm talking about ;-)
someone needs to open another restaurant here downtown - something ethnic...it would be perfect here. I'm thinking maybe something in island or cajun or southern slop. I'm missing some good spanish food too. ugh - does that mean I am missing florida - just a little? maybe tomorrow i'll make some black beans & rice
as for pink tomato - its going great so far. 3 classes sold out for tomorrow and we've added 2 more slots for kimber & yvonne.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
thats all we can say. we got the keys on the 1st and totally blitzed the store opening living strictly on diet pepsi max, mountain mudd coffees, and aleve.
we did it and we love it and we are grateful to everyone who showed their support and helping us get it done and for everyone who walked thru our doors on saturday. we are so looking forward to offering everyone a fun and new and uncommon crafting experience.
here are pics of the actual WORK being done! (to your right--->)
I will have pics of opening day and the final pics of the store how it looks later this evening - Denise took those and i'll have to grab her flash card at the baseball game tonight...
Saturday, June 28, 2008
back in may, christy & i took a little road trip, thru corn fields & cattle and found a couple cool stores to visit and learn. We met two great ladies along the way and ate some yummy ribs.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
i'm the picture taker in house. i rarely ever jump in and try to be in the picture. i hate that i often dont photograph as well i used to. but it really sucks that down the road, in the future, my kids and their kids and their kids, are not going to have many pictures of me to look at.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
i go from saying N O T H I N G to saying all kinds of stuff...but let me tell you this week was interesting...here are some pics of it so far :-)
matt gets into his first scrap. with another kid. his age. who has a stick
yesterday & the day before. hail storms - wicked!
yesterday. at dusk. after hail storm move on.
yum - i forgot how much i loved getting new shipments - its like christmas here e v e r y d a y!
just an up date on what's arrived:
artsy.licious/unity stamp/tinkering ink/melissa frances/tim holtz/teresa collins/pinecone press/crate paper/art institute/ranger/tsukineko/zsiage/tonic/clearsnap/judikins/kokuyo/zettiology/paper artsy/
oh i'm sorry christy! lying around on some beach = you get to miss out on all this fun...
the artsy.licious line by Melody Ross is T.O. D.I.E. F.O.R. love it so much we ordered more of it today. this stuff is so hot.
we have a few plans in the works: like happy hours, treasure hunts and more contests.
If you are local to the wooster area - keep an eye out for coupon savings in flyers & publications around town...there is a 25% to be had if you can find one!
See you REAL soon!
Monday, June 16, 2008
ok- so we're having a little contest of our own.
1. make a project ... anything goes! mix it up - be creative!
2. using any one (or more) of the manufacturers listed over there at the sidebar
(please use currently available product, old product that is hard to find will be automatic disqualification)
3. send a good nice bright photo of it (outdoors if you can-best light) to:
4. see if you can win!
25 prize boxes of crafty goodness will be given away :
20 - $20.00 retail value goodie boxes for top 20 projects.
5 - $50.00 retail value for the top 5 projects that we use for feature workshops!
DEADLINES: email your submission by 7/4/08
CONTEST RESULTS will be posted on 7/25/08 here on the PT blog and on the PT website, http://www.thepinktomato.com/
winners will be notified by email with further instructions on how to send in your original projects.
please note, however, by sending your winning submission to us, means you understand that the projects become the property of Crafty Girls LLC for its use in store displays, advertising and/or workshops. Full credit for your design will be given to you on all in-store & print & web advertising.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
i rescued a baby woodpecker from the drooling jaws of my big red dog today.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
when you JUST DELETED 4 GB's worth of pictures from your flash drive after you thought you had successfully transfered them to your 500 gb hard drive?
well I DO!!
I've been sick to my stomach for the past 3 days. I filled up my 4 gb flash (yeah can you believe that?) with all those soccer & baseball action shots. I got some really amazing shots of thom in action - just amazing.
Well i got a new external hd to hold all my pics - i thought I had dumped the card on it so i hit the DELETE button.
I went back to the HD a day or 2 later and N O T H I N G
i wanted to die.
I, in my tech junkie fashion, decided to look for a flash recovery program and i found it here - it is scanning my drive as we speak and I am seeing all those pictures come back
I swear. everyone should have this. it is the best 40.00 I am about to spend. (i'm on the free version right now to see if it actually works. it does.)
i'm looking around and thinking this place looks oddly familiar!
its blogdom, i know this place!
I canNOT believe its been so long since I was here last. Things have been crazy - obviously...
soccer & baseball season started again. and we have 2 leagues of soccer and 3 leagues of baseball - peewee is half over and they had all-star tryouts last night for a traveling team - thom made it - but i had no doubt he would. he's an amazing ball player for a 9 yr old. then we'll be in little league last half of the summer. AND fall soccer.
with baby in tow, i'm forging ahead full force with Pink Tomato...time is drawing near and I'm beginning to get nervous and all. wondering if i can handle the added obligation to my long list. We turned our store signage in for approval and we have that meeting on the 10th - but let me just say - the HCIC (Head Chick In Charge) said it was BEAUTIFUL!
we're ordering product and this coming week will be checking in merchandise and loading up the computer.
we're also thinking of opening a second location of Expert T's. o.m.g. our shop is non stop hustle. I forced joe into finding himself a good assistant, so I called my friend CHRISTY at SNELLING STAFFING (who just so happens to be my PT pardner) and she's working to find him another "joe".
I wish we could clone ourselves - we'd accomplish so much more!
These next few months will really test my will - I am sure its going to be rough but I work much better under pressure ;-)
anyway - hope you all havent given up on me.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
i cant believe its been since the 7th that i've had anything to say. actually i still dont have anything to say.
its been a rough couple weeks.
christy & I are busy planning our budget and struggling over WHAT TO BUY! we want it ALL! we have some favs for sure, but once we get it all worked out, maybe we'll share the shopping list :-)
hmmmm.....I feel a poll coming on.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
ok - so o o o o o
we have our official EIN number.
an LLC (in progress) duly named CRAFTY GIRLS LLC (i know, cute).
a bank account with some money in it
target date for a quiet opening (7/5/08)
target date for a grand opening (7/26/08) when the REAL fun begins!
and a storefront location - here is a picture! but dont go knockin on the doors just yet - we're not really there yet.
gotta love photoshop.
Friday, May 2, 2008
ok - well i guess its official ;-)
pink tomato is going to be a full on crafty girl hot spot, located in trendy downtown wooster ohio. its going to be FABULOUS! I promise!
so - today i'm going to begin to chronicle the days to grand opening, starting with my new blog header - (look up)
"we", as in christy (my partner in crime) and myself, will be pulling off a few surprises along the way, so stay tuned, and feel free to tell a friend, especially if you are within reasonable driving distance, because opening day is going to be party central and you will definately want to pop in and visit.
stay tuned...more to come.