Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mkay—Lindsey set to work to cutify the craft room at our OMC warehouse. And we think it's just brilliant: 

Anyone can do something just like this—you don't need a display as large as this one. The fact is, as crafters we end up accumulating a lot of—well—crafts! And what good is it to craft up something if you can't show it off? So for anyone with an extra shelf or two laying around, you could totally do this too, and then display to the world all the amazing things you've created! Then, just tack on a cutesy little banner like this "CREATE" one and you're good to go. 

Lindsey created this banner with the Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, paper from about a bazillion of her favorite paper packs, and different letters from different Cricut cartridges. A project like this really lends itself to the creative inside each of us.

Happy crafting!

Finished product!

Friday, April 16, 2010

'Member how on Tuesday we showed some sneak peeks to the Maya Road mini album Lindsey was working on? Well she's finished and this thing is C-U-T-E.

And isn't that a brilliant idea—with the Maya Road Kraft envelope (above) glued right into the book. Perfect for small keepsakes!

This lovely pocket (above) is a 7 Gypsies product—it looks great whether you leave it plain, or dress it up with embellishments like these from Crate Paper's Pink Plum kit. Again—perfect for small keepsakes.

As previously mentioned, the flower embellishments come from Prima and Imaginisce, and the brads are from the Green at Heart collection. The orange paper, scalloped in the center, was created with a Fiskars punch.

Okay, how gorgeous are these flowers? More from Prima. Looks like she used one of the Raspberry flowers, and one from the Pinata Petal Acapulco mix. What a lovely combination.

If you have more questions about this adorable book, give Lindsey a holler! You can contact her at lindseyfillmore @ yahoo . com. She loves chattin' about her projects!

Happy crafting AND happy weekend,

Ya know what hasn't graced this blog in ages?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We haven't posted any quotes in like—what? Forever? Well here's some fun ones for this lovely April 14th. These quotes are related to anything and everything artsy, which are perfect for cards, layouts, home decor—you name it.

So let's get started!

Scrapbooking fills my days—not to mention my living room, bedroom and closets!
Blessed are the children of scrapbookers, for they shall inherit the scrapbooks.
I scrapbook, therefore I am.
I scrapbook, therefore I am....broke.
No scrap of paper bigger than my smallest punch shall be thrown away.
Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn't all a dream? —Ashleigh Brilliant.
My husband lets me have all the scrapbook supplies I can hide.
A true scrapbook addict is one who stages photographs to match paper she likes.
The album we've made is much more than a book / It's worth even more than the time that it took —Kimberly Rinehart
To crop, or not to crop—that is the question.
She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes —Frank Deford
When life gives you scraps, make something with them.
Runs with decorative scissors.
I'm so glam, I sweat glitter.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. —Scott Adams
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. —Pablo Picasso
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. —Henry Ward Beecher
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. —Twyla Tharp
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. —Pablo Picasso
Painting is silent poetry. —Plutarch, Moralia
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts—such is the duty of the artist. —Schumann
All art requires courage. —Anne Tucker
Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art. —Wynetka Ann Reynolds
Great art picks up where nature ends. —Marc Chagall
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. —Oscar Wilde
Art is the colors and textures of your imagination. —Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999
As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. —John Lubbock

You don't take a photography. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. —Ambrose Bierce
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. —Ansel Adams
When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! —Ted Grant
A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. —Ansel Adams
The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. —W. Eugene Smith
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. —Eudora Welty
The camera can photograph thought. —Dirk Bogarde
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. —Ansel Adams
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. —Richard Avedon
I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. —John Steinbeck
A photograph is memory in the raw —Carrie Latet.
All photos are accurate. None of them is the truth. —Richard Avedon
Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner.
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera —Lewis Hine
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be —Duane Michals.

A bird doesn't sing because is has an answer, it sings because it has a song. —Maya Angelou
Those who wish to sing always find a song. —Proverb
So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit —Nathaniel Hawthorne
O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear! —William Shakespeare
As long as we live, there is never enough singing —Martin Luther
Life is a song. Love the music.
Little dew-drops of celestial melody —Thomas Carlyle
It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April. —Alexander Smith
I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing. —William James
The singer has everything with him. The notes come out from his very life. —Rabindranth Tagore
Sing out loud in the car, even—or especially—if it embarrasses your children —Marilyn Penland

A painter paints pictures on a canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence —Leopold Stokowski
Without music life would be a mistake. —Friedrick Wilhelm Nietzche
Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the beautiful is dead —Benjamin Disraeli
Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. —Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. —Charlie Parker
Play the music, not the instrument.
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. —Robert Fripp
You are the music while the music lasts. —T.S. Eliot
Music is the universal language of mankind. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. —Victor Hugo
It's language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. —Arnold Bennett

The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout. —Robert Holman
The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. —Oscar Wilde
The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life. —Arthur Miller
The center of the stage is where I am. —Martha Graham
Applause begets applause in the theatre, as laughter begets laughter and tears beget tears. —Clayton Hamilton
The drama is not dead but liveth, and contains the germs of better things —William Archer
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. —Oscar Wilde
You may never get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them how to fly in formation.
My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure. —Ashleigh Brilliant

Life is about using the whole box of crayons —RuPaul
If you want an interesting party sometimes, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. —Robert Fulghum
Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon. —Peter Lunch
Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. —Al Hirschfeld
Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks. —Dr. SunWolf
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. —G.K. Chesterton

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. —Buckminster Fuller
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity. —Edwin Land
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. —Franklin D. Roosevelt
The world is but a canvas to the imagination. —Henry David Thoreau
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. —Linus Pauling
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. —Oscar Levant
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. —Saul Steinberg
Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. —William James
The ability to play is essential to being a creative artist. —Dewitt Jones
Nothing encourages creative like the chance to fall flat on one's face. —James D. Finley
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. —Anna Freud

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. —Michelangelo
Some stories are true that never happened. —Elie Weisel
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. —William Shakespeare
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —George Smith Patton
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. —Pablo Picasso
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. —G.K. Chesterton
Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. —Simone Weil
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. —Lewis Carroll
Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..." and then do it. —Duane Michals
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. —George Scialabba
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. —Ursula K. Le Guin
It is far, far, better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought. —John Kenneth Galbraith

Riddle me a riddle

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Here's a little puzzle to solve.

You ready?

What do you get when you combine Crate Paper's new Pink Plum collection, Stickles, Prima Calcutta flowers, Imaginisce blossoms, American Crafts and Jenni Bowlin buttons, and a Basic Grey "Green at Heart" brad?

[cue Jeopardy music]

...it's a toughie, isn't it?

Well we'll just show you:

Answer: This darling thank you card!
It's a true beauty, isn't it? Want a closer look at those adornments?

And want to see what else Lindsey is working on, with the same Crate Paper pack, similar embellishments and Maya Road chipboard???

Well we can only give you a teaser. She's not all the way finished with it. So for now, feast your eyes on this:

This mini album is sure to be a winner once it's all finished up. We'll be sure to keep you posted on it!

Happy crafting!

Unity Stamp Company saves Spring!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So how has your April been so far? Good grief, ours has been a snowy, blustery one so far. But that's okay. Because when you've got crafts, it can be Spring all year long if you really want it to! Today we're giving a little shout out to some product that's relatively new on our Web site. Perhaps you've seen it while browsing through the "What's New" section.

Unity Stamp Company! Have you seen how cute these stamps are? They've got Spring fever oozing out of them, practically. So our designer Lindsey put together some cute-cute cards featuring some of 'em. Check out this one! It's perfect for fun Spring party invitations. Plus, cupcakes are all the rage these days.

Here's another springy, cheery card that uses one of the stamps from the Bevy Butterflies stamp kit:

And then, with a little button embellishment action using American Crafts' and Jenni Bowlin's new lines, we've got ourselves one good lookin' card!

So snow all you want, April. Who needs you when we've got Unity Stamp? I mean, those owl stamps are out of this world—which is probably why they're named "Freakin' Adorable." Touché.

...But if you wouldn't mind warming up soon?

Happy stamping!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

.........The new warehouse! We've been taking the past few weeks to get settled, and we're so excited to be in the new diggs. And today we're going to show her off with pride! Only, please excuse the mess. Unpacking is the pits.

Especially when you're a craft company.

Mkay. Here's the lovely exterior. We told you it was like a castle, didn't we? Eat your heart out, old warehouse.

Our new home is divided into two sections, customer service, and marketing. Here's the customer service area—where the lovely peeps whom you chat with via phone and e-mail hang out these days.

And our marketing department! Where your designing, advertising, blogging, facebooking, twittering comrades chill.

This big empty room is going to be a classroom—so when crafters like you come to visit we can teach ya something new! Fun, huh?

Next—on to perhaps one of the crowning rooms of our new place. Get a load of this craft room! Here's where our awesome crafty designers work to bring you new trends and ideas! And they've been working their tales off to get the whole place organized. It's quite the task—quite the task indeed.

Had enough pictures?
We haven't either.
Because the best pictures have been saved for last.
Just look at our breathtaking warehouse!! With proper lighting and walking space—and everything! As you can see, growing pains shouldn't be a problem here for quite some time.

(Taken from an upstairs office window):

And when we're not toodling around the country in our craft bus, here is where she'll rest her wheels:

Well we hope you enjoyed looking at our pictures. We're confident that this move will benefit our customers and friends just as much as it will help us out! Now that we have all these awesome pictures we best get scrapbooking, huh??

Happy crafting!


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