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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday Sale

I hope this blog post finds you stuffed from tons of turkey and all the fixings, your hearts filled with joy and laughter from being with family and your cameras full of memories ready to be scrapped!! I know it's been a busy day for our family!!

I'm very excited to tell you that we are going to hold our first ever Black Friday sale this year. What that means to you is that our very popular page kits are going to be ON SALE! That's right, we never put our kits on sale and this year, this Friday they will ALL be on sale! Why are we doing this? Because it's with your support that I am able to do what I love to do. I want to say thank you for helping my business grow, for sharing your friendship with me and for being the best customers ever! So get those fingers ready, our Black Friday Sale starts tomorrow, November 27th and will end November 29th.

15% off every page kit in the store PLUS Free shipping on all orders over $50.00 PLUS the first 50 customers to place an order over $50.00 will receive a FREE Gift valued at approx. $15.00. Check out the awesome deals at our K.I.S.S. Store by clicking this link:

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!


*15 % discount automatically applied during checkout. Free shipping offer only on purchases of $50.00 or more will be applied automatically during checkout. Limited to kits on hand. Due to expected volume of orders our shipping time may be as long as 4 weeks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Final Countdown Post...

I'm sad that our daily (okay, almost daily post) are over. Tonight is our final post, I'll be offline all day tomorrow transforming the John Q. Hammons Center into a Scrapbook Rodeo Arena fit for the best cowgirls in the 4-states!

Just a few reminders: We will be having a Preview Party tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30pm. It's a come and go event, drop by, check out our classes, get checked in to save time on Friday and say hi!

Doors will open at 8:30am for croppers on Saturday. You will need to check in, get your name tag and cropper number prior to entering the crop room. Welcoming Ceremonies and Shopping will begin at 10:00am. We have a special surprise to all those early birds that arrive by 10:00am!!

See some of you ladies tomorrow night and for the rest of ya, see ya this weekend!! YEEHAW!!

My apologies...

I missed last night. I got so busy packing that I totally forgot to post. We have one more post after this one and then I'll bid farewell until I see you either Thursday for the Preview Party from 5:30-7:30pm or Friday/Saturday for the Memory Round Up Crop. Please be sure to pass the word to friends and family that they are more than welcome to come shop for FREE or join us for classes this weekend at the John Q. Hammons Center. Our shopping hours are 10:00am-6:00pm Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday.

Today, okay last night if you want to get technical, I want to introduce to you the girls of Diamond Cuts. Kim, Sherry and Victoria are going to once again spoil us rotten with their awesome pedicures, foot detox, waxing and they even have some surprises they won't even tell me about!! Just a little FYI, if you want to take part in any of these services sign up EARLY!! They book fast and solid pretty much all weekend!!

There ya go, one last one tonight and then it's time for a Scrapbook Rodeo...YEEHAW!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's within laughing distance...

I've already laughed till I cried today, all from stories that past attendees of K.I.S.S. Crop-n-Shop Events started telling! I simply can't wait to make more memories with you ladies and believe me I'm ready to laugh till I cry or pee my pants as a fellow scrapper said!

Tonight we meet another new vendor to K.I.S.S. Ronda has been an online friend/business associate for a couple of years however this weekend will be the first time we get to meet in person. I can't wait for you ladies to see her products and I am very excited to meet her in person!!

Let's see what Ronda shared with us:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Miamisburg, OH right now but I'm in the process of buying a huge Victorian house in Washington Township. It's a rehab so I will have lots to do over the winter but I'm looking forward to working on it. I'm the mom of an awesome white boxer named J.J. and a meaner than average cat named Harley. I also have an adult step-daughter and two grandsons. By day, I'm a computer geek by day and by night (and weekends) a scrapbook business owner. Between the two, it keeps me busy and out of trouble.

2. Tell us a little about your business. Although it was originally my sister's idea, she backed out but I decided to go ahead anyway. My original thought was to have home parties and to provide affordable scrapbook supplies to people but after holding several crops with my friends and having them beg me to do their pages for them, I decided to start designing kits. The kits sold so well that I figured I would change my focus to kits. Although I had one store, when I discovered that the domain was available, I absolutely had to have it so now I have two web stores to manage. Then, a couple of years ago I purchased a Pazzles Inspiration which not only worked for kits but it allowed me to do overlays which are like photo collage mats for scrapbook pages. In the last 3 years, that has rapidly become my most popular item. The unique thing about the overlays is that they can be personalized at the crops while you wait. People LOVE having a sports overlay with their son or daughter's name on it. My newest product to come out is called Scrapbook Graffiti and it's just what it sounds like -- words for your scrapbook. Most of the titles are cut from Best Creation's Glitter cardstock and they all have some sort of graphic. They are the perfect way to add bling to your pages and best of all -- you can get custom glitter titles at the crops! Just stop by and let me know what you need!

3. What three things can you NOT scrap without? Gosh, I would have to say I absolutely HAVE to have one of my cutters, my Cutter Bee Scissors (and a supply of band aids for when I cut myself with them!), and my Tombow Mono Glue. Before I bought my cutters, I would have these really creative ideas for pages but could never come up with a paper piecing design that was easy to do. After learning to use the cutter, all that has changed! My motto now is, if I can dream it, I can cut it! ;) The Cutter Bee scissors are essential -- I use them to cut out detailed designs and pictures from scrapbook paper and photos and to trim up ragged edges on die cuts. They are also excellent for cutting cable ties when you leave your side cutters in the car and you are trying to tear down your booth after a show. The glue is an absolute necessity -- it's the ONLY glue I've found that will glue together die cuts and they won't come apart. A few years ago I tried a different brand and when I realized that a lot of my die cuts for the kits were falling apart within a few days, I immediately switched to Tombow and I'm glad I did.

4. Where do you draw inspiration from? It may sound strange but most of my inspiration comes from the scrapbook paper itself. I can look at a paper pattern and almost immediately get an idea for a layout. Although sometimes my ideas don't work out, most of the time the finished product turns into a beautiful page kit.

5. If you weren’t a scrapbook business owner what would you be? If I weren't a scrapbook business owner and was independently wealthy so that I didn't HAVE to work, I would be a photographer. I love taking pictures of people and nature. I'm not the sort of person to want to pose the person, though -- I prefer the candid shots when you can really see the true person shining through. If I had to work at a job that actually paid enough to live on, I would probably do exactly what I do in my day job -- I'm a computer programmer and database administrator and I truly love my job. Most days.

6. What three things do you usually have/do when scrapping that aren’t scrap related? At least one or two Tootsie Roll pops, music, and someone to entertain the dog. Seems like it never fails -- I get in the middle of doing something and the dog just absolutely MUST have attention...whether he thinks he heard something dangerous outside that he needs to protect me from or truly believes he is going to faint from hunger or just can't live another five minutes without playing, it doesn't matter. I have to stop and give him "Mom" time.

7. Complete the sentence… I am addicted to: Chocolate Tootsie Roll pops. I actually lucked out recently when Big Lots had bags of Tootsie Roll pops that were ALL chocolate and they were really cheap. People looked at me a little strange when I went to the register with 6 bags but who cares...I probably will never see any of those people again so their opinion of me and my addiction doesn't even matter to me. LOL!

8. My most embarrassing moment was: You don't even want to get me started. There have been SOO many of them in my life and most of them involve me sticking my foot in my mouth.

9. My favorite scrapbook moment was: I have a few but probably the best is the scrapbook that I surprised my mother-in-law with a couple of years ago for Christmas. I took her pictures and told her that I was going to scan them in so that my husband could have a copy of them. You should have seen her face when she opened her gift -- she showed that album to everyone who walked through the door for months!

10. I am most proud of:
My daughter. Although I am only her stepmom (and not even legally that anymore since her dad and I divorced), I can truly
say she is the one thing that I have done in my life that I am most proud of. I raised her from the time she was 5 and I look at her now and I can't believe it. She is a single mother raising two boys, ages 15 and 10, and even bought her own house a few years ago. She works at Miami University in the housekeeping department so I know she isn't making a lot of money, but she still manages to put food on the table and pay all her bills without the support of her deadbeat ex-husband.

I hope you've enjoyed getting to meet our vendors this year as we countdown the days to Memory Round Up. We still have a few more days so stay tuned!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wow! We are down to less than one week!!

Tonight I've been working on the brochure for the Smile Round Up charity we are doing this year. I can't tell you how very excited I am to know that we are going to be able to help so many children. I'm ready to be blown away by the number of cards, postage and envelopes we are going to get!!

Tonight I watched Emma learn how to do a back bend and the sheer joy on her face in accomplishing that feat was priceless. I can't imagine my child not being able to do those things or watching as my child fights for their life day by day. Simple things such as getting a card from a total stranger being the thing that lights up their face. No parent or child should have to go through that!!

That's why we are going to do the Smile Round Up. Go check out the details and pick out an area that you can help in. Make a Child Smile

Saturday, November 7, 2009

For the newbies of K.I.S.S. Crop-n-Shop:

Kristie posted this on our message board and I thought it was such an awesome question I just had to post it here.

What do you want to tell all the new people coming to this crop? What can they expect?

Here are a couple of the answers so far:

From Irene:
OH MY!! So much to tell!!! Be ready to LAUGH till you cry (or in some cases pee your pants!! lol )

Do NOT expect quiet and sedate - we are there to have fun and we want everyone to know it!!

Lots of us take more than we'll ever be able to work on because we are talking so much we don't get as much done as we think we will!

Wear or bring layers - someone is always too warm or too cold .

Expect to be amazed

From Holly:

Wear your running shoes The blue light specials are wonderful! So, make sure you bring some extra money.

You will meet lots of new friends!

Don't be afraid to ask for something you forgot. Somebody has it.

Bring a cup with a lid. All that talking makes you thirsty. (we will be selling KISS logo 32 cups with lids this year! YEAH!! Finally! )

Take time to walk around the room. There are many different ways of scrapbooking and everybody does it differently. It is always amazing to see the different projects that people are working on.

So what can you add to this?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Oh my gosh...

I'm not sure I want to count how many days are left, they are going by sooooo fast!! I have so many things I want to do for you girls, sure hope we get it all done. Sorry I missed last night, we were busy watching Emma dance for the Ronald McDonald House and got to enjoy some family time after so I kinda took a night off from all things cropping! I'll make it up to you tonight by introducing Bettie Luper. I've been trying for a couple of years to get her up to one of our crops and am so happy to say she's going to be here this year!! Not only be here but teaching two awesome card classes, Bettie's Cards on both Friday and Saturday.

Let's meet Bettie:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a retired schoolteacher from Fayetteville, Arkansas. I have three adult children who are all married and each child has a son and daughter. My daughter and her sweet hubby are expecting their third child in March. My oldest son and his wife are engineers in Houston, and my second son is a Major with the 82nd Airborne serving in Afghanistan while his family stays at their permanent duty station in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

2. Tell us a little about your business. I started working in scrapbooking after I retired from teaching. I work part time at Signed Sealed Delivered in Rogers, Arkansas and teach their card classes and monthly Basic Grey class. The thing I like best about my classes is that we all laugh a lot, learn a lot, and leave with cards ready to send or a beautiful layout done in that special Basic Grey style.

3. What three things can you NOT scrap without? I can’t scrap without repositionable adhesive, distress ink, or a rotary style cutter. When I design for classes I change my mind so many times before I get each card just right for presentation to the public. I use distress ink because some cards simply look naked without a little ink. I need a rotary style cutter because they are studier for all the cutting I do when making kits each month.

4. Where do you draw inspiration from? I look for inspiration everywhere-fashion, home d├ęcor, billboards, advertisements, magazines. I’m always looking for the next card design.

5. If you weren’t a scrapbook business owner what would you be? I would make scrapbook and quilts as a hobby. Working in the scrapbooking business, I never have enough time to work on projects for myself. I have a room filled with projects patiently waiting for me to retire the second time.

6. What three things do you usually have/do when scrapping that aren’t scrap related?
When I scrap at home I watch old movies, and late, late night news shows. At crops I love to look at everyone’s work and visit with all the croppers.

7. Complete the sentence… I am addicted to: Caffeine I find it hard to function without my Coca Cola for breakfast.

8. My most embarrassing moment was: I was leading a game at a large crop when I stumbled and almost fell flat on my face while every eye in the room was looking directly at me and giving a collected gasp.

9. My favorite scrapbook moment was: When the Washburn’s owned Signed Sealed Delivered, the store won an award at the Dallas Market. They took the employees on a road trip to the awards ceremony. The event was complete with formal attire, red carpet, fabulous hotel and photo ops. We felt like movie stars for the day.

10. I am most proud of: My children: they work hard, love God, their families and even each other.

Feel free to ask Bettie any questions you might have about her cards, classes or well....anything!! :-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Today's picture

Hubby calls me today just a little freaked out. He ask what the heck I've ordered now and I say simply, "the girls welcome gifts sweetie!" He then proceeds to tell me they were unloading the 4th pallet of boxes and that each pallet was over 8' tall!

I couldn't show you the 4th one or you might have been able to tell what your welcome gift was and we don't want that!!! Right ladies?

8 days and we are welcoming back....

Sheri with The Scrap Nook! Sheri joined us for the first time last year and was a delight. We are very glad to have her back and for the first time at a K.I.S.S. Event Sheri will be sharing her talents in the classroom. She's teaching two classes, both packed with product!! On Friday she's teaching Circle of Friends Mini Album and on Saturday she'll be teaching It's Elementary. If you can't make it to either of the classes, no worries you can purchase the class kits and we'll hold them for you for pick up at the Memory Round Up or for a small shipping fee we'll ship them to ya!! This goes for most all of our classes. Just email us for details at

Let's see what Sheri has to share with us:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Sheri Beersman, I own the Scrap Nook in both Bolivar and Springfield, MO. I live about half way between the north side of Springfield and the south side of Bolivar in a town called Morrisville (no laughing, please). I have been married for 17 years to my husband, Wes and we have three children…Chris is 22 and has almost been married for a year to his wife, Reagan. They are both in college—Chris just got out of the Marine Corps where he served 4 years and did two tours of Iraq. Lauren is 21 and got married in June this year. She and her husband, Shawn are both in college, and Danielle is 15, a sophomore in high school. Until May, my grandfather lived with us too. He had lived here eight years, but he passed away at the age of 96.

2. Tell us a little about your business. The Scrap Nook is getting ready to celebrate our THIRD birthday. We opened December 1, 2006 in Bolivar. We thought Scrap NOOK was a play on the word ScrapBOOK, so that’s how the name was chosen. We try to carry the very latest and greatest in scrapbooking and paper crafting. We have two stores—one on NORTH Glenstone in Springfield at the intersection of Valley Watermill Road and Glenstone and one in Bolivar on Broadway at the intersection of D Highway. If you come to our store, the COOLEST thing you will find is SUPERB customer service! We appreciate our customers, and take care of them in the way WE would want if we were the shoppers!

3. What three things can you NOT scrap without? I couldn’t scrap without my non-stick Craft Mat because it protects my table surface and NOTHING (I am serious) NOTHING will stick to it! Not glue, not inks, not Sharpie, not ANYTHING…and you can heat emboss on it too! J I couldn’t scrap without my Tim Holtz inking tool…it is the BEST thing I have ever used for applying ink to my papers. I won’t use a make up sponge again unless I am FORCED. I also couldn’t scrap without my Tim Holtz scissors by Tonic. They are the BEST scissors in the WORLD. They will cut through chipboard, metal, wire, anything….and then you can turn right around and cut through fabric or ribbon with ease! Love these scissors!

4. Where do you draw inspiration from? I steal ( I think she means scraplift, LOL!) a lot from, but lately I am doing a lot of my own stuff…and I think it is the picture or the topic that inspires me…music also inspires me. I love to use lines from songs as my titles and journaling.

5. If you weren’t a scrapbook business owner what would you be? Well, I was a teacher (elementary) and school librarian before, so I would probably do that again because I loved the kids so much…miss that sometimes!

6. What three things do you usually have/do when scrapping that aren’t scrap related? You mean dishes, cooking, and laundry? Nope. Gave that up a long time ago…I’d rather be scrapbooking

7. Complete the sentence… I am addicted to: Maya Road, Basic Grey, and Bo Bunny. Seriously. I could be happy with these three paper lines and NO others…I am kinda weird like that!

8. My most embarrassing moment was: Do I seriously have to tell this? Really? If I try to lie, there are too many people who know…so here goes. Last year at my own retreat, I broke my foot—actually someone else did, but I thought maybe it wasn’t broken—just bruised badly. So I didn’t go to the hospital. However, when it came time to take ibuprofen again, I had put my other medications into a small box with just enough for the weekend. Instead of taking one of every pill, I accidentally took TWO ambient and none of one of the medicines. Needless to say, I don’t remember the night AT ALL…and apparently, I told my friends that another of the people attending the came (**cough**Darby**cough**) had given me VICODIN. So my friends are knocking on everyone’s doors at 2 a.m. looking for a nurse and trying to find out what drugs “someone” gave to me. I slept peacefully until noon the next day—oblivious to it all—however, I cannot live it down today. We discovered the problem the next day when I didn’t have any of the Ambien left…I still say someone slipped it to me. (**cough**Darby**cough**)

9. My favorite scrapbook moment was: I cannot say that I have one favorite moment. Owning the stores has given me so many wonderful moments that I just couldn’t nail only one down. I have made some AMAZING friends and just had the BEST of times while working into the night on those layouts! Anytime I am scrapbooking is a good time!

10. I am most proud of: my friends and family. They keep me grounded, together, and ready for the next thing…I am blessed beyond measure and I am well aware of what God has given me. To Him alone be the glory.

Be sure to say hi to Sheri and feel free to ask any questions you might have for her.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

9 days...

and tonight we are highlighting another new vendor to K.I.S.S. Crop-n-Shop Events! I hope that you ladies are seriously ready for some shopping and cropping, we've got quite a line up for you!

1. Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Lori McCroskey and I am the mother of two wonderful little girls. I live in the middle of a 20 acre hayfield (AAA-CHOO) in Pleasant Hope, Missouri…..25 miles from the nearest craft store.....YIKES! So I brought the craft store to me! I started the business out of my basement in the fall of 2004, with my girls playing beside me. What could be better

2. Tell us a little about your business.
I started stamping in the summer of 2000 while I was pregnant with my first little girl. I had a friend from church that kept asking me to go to stamping parties, and I just thought “stamping party, how silly is that?” Finally, I relented. I went to a stamping party, got hooked on scrapbooking AND found out there were inks that I could stamp on clothing! I have a fashion design minor so I was hooked from that moment on! Can you imagine? Matching clothes and scrapbook pages? I was in heaven. After having my first child, my ideas of spare time quickly vanished. There weren’t many stamped dresses, but I found time to do some scrapbook pages, cards and gifts! As my passion for stamping grew faster than the money in my billfold, I decided to start selling one of the lines of stamps, for an existing stamp company, shortly after my second little girl was born. I would throw food on her high chair and run to my stamping table in the same room to see how much I could get done while she ate! LOL, We’ve all been there! As time went on, it became harder and harder to leave my little girlies crying in the hallway as mommy went off to do a stamp party. It just broke my heart. Thus, the dream of Clear Dollar Stamps began.

Why did I start my own stamp company? Most stamp companies, at that time, would not let you sell their products on the Internet, which is what I wanted to do…..I wanted to be at home. I also found it very hard to find unique Christian stamps. I really wanted something that would convey my love for God in a whimsical, out of the ordinary sort of way. As a stay at home mom, I wanted to create a line of stamps that other stay at home moms could afford to create beautiful cards, crafts, and scrapbook pages. Why did I name my company Clear Dollar Stamps? I wanted people to know they were affordable! Why do I have a cross in the middle of my company name? I want people to know that Christ is the center of my business and the center of my life!

My sister, Stephanie, and I always do the scrapbook shows together. She is the artistic one in our family….I just pretend! Stephanie teaches most of the classes in the booth, while I answer all the questions people have and help you gather your goodies!
We teach stamping techniques, coloring techniques, and much more. All of what you learn in our booth can be used for Scrapbooking, Card making, and Gift making….which is what is top of mind this season! We will have many gift ideas for Christmas in the booth….you won’t want to miss out on seeing every one of them!
Our booth usually has a constant line, but don’t give up! Keep checking back to make as many of the projects as you can!
If anyone can get you hooked on stamping, we can!
3. If I weren’t a stamper and scrapbooker, I would design clothes and accessories for Barbie! When my sister and I were little, all we did was create things for Barbies and play with our Barbies. I just love creating fun things for my little girls to play with! Last Christmas, I made them a Barbie school (tutorial for this is on my blog), this year I am going to make them a dress salon and Barbie sofa, chairs, and bunk beds!

4. I am addicted to creating! My mind never stops. I am one of those people that sleep with a notepad, travel with a notepad, and create notepads to write idea in! My husband is an accountant, and doesn’t understand how someone can constantly come up with new ideas! We make a good team!

5. My most embarrassing moment was: WHO ANSWERS THIS QUESTION? I don’t want to relive that moment! I will say it does involve pregnancy and an emergency bathroom stop.

6. My favorite scrapbook moment was when my girls started begging to look at their albums every day. That is what it is all about!

7. I am most proud of my two wonderful little girls that God gave me and blesses me with each and every day!

Lori sounds like tons of fun doesn't she!! I can't wait to see all her stamps and learn some new techniques at the Clear Dollar Stamps booth.

Lori McCroskey
Email: Lori@cleardollarstamps.com1.

Monday, November 2, 2009

and the winner is

#3 - Diana your number was randomly selected as the winner! We'll get you your prize at the Memory Round Up Crop. Thanks to all that played along, it was fun to read all of your answers and I was quite surprised at how many different things you ladies came up with!

Tonight I want to introduce to you another new vendor to K.I.S.S. Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Princess. Enjoy learning about them and feel free to post questions or comments for them.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Teascha Hulbert, I am 21 and have two great children, Kaylee 4yo Gabe 2yo. I live in Cabool, Mo.

2. Tell us a little about your business. My business was started with my mom Teresa and I have recently taken it on more myself. We started it about two years ago. We chose the name " Scrapbook Princess" for multiple reasons but the biggest one is that we are christian based and our father is King of Kings. Our biggest line is our Cricut products. We are located in Mtn. Grove, Mo. You will not want to miss out on the great paper deals- all single papers only .40 each and a limited number of the special edition blue and white Cricut for only 275.00!!!

3. What three things can you NOT scrap without? Double stick tape, pop dots, stickles- everything must sparkle

4. Where do you draw inspiration from? Everywhere

5. If you weren’t a scrapbook business owner what would you be? Something that deals with creativity, possibly bath and body products.

6. What three things do you usually have/do when scrapping that aren’t scrap related?
CHOCOLATE!!! music, cell phone

7. Complete the sentence… I am addicted to: stickles

8. My favorite scrapbook moment was: I won a Cricut cartridge by winning 6 weeks worth of scrap challenges.

We have room for a few more friends!!

We've found out after our meeting with the convention center we have a few more seats available!! We've re-opened registration online at Don't delay, there is limited seating available and once they are gone, they are gone!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

12 days and counting....

We missed our 13th day of counting down due to all the festivities of Halloween. We hope you had an awesome time filled with memories and lots of candy!

Tonight we want to play a little game. We are going to randomly pick a winner from all those that play along tomorrow night. All entries must be posted prior to 5:00pm Monday, November 2nd.

Because we will be cropping on Friday the 13th and we have less than 13 days until the Memory Round Up Crop we are going to play 13 Favorites.

13 Favorites: It's easy to play along, you post 13 things that you like about K.I.S.S. Events or that you are looking forward to. The catch is you can NOT post something that another person has posted!!!

Have fun!