Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blog Update

Many apologies for not keeping updates here. We have been bouncing from one event to the next. I can hardly believe x-mas is almost apon us. For those of you that haven't been in the store lately DON'T MISS OUT on something we hope to be an annual event, our "Kit and Sample Sale". All of us here have put together some wonderful projects from mini books, frames, recipe albums, and even a wine bottle box. These all have instructions and or pictures for you to make a handmade gift to give. For those of you who want it all ready complete, or those who missed out on a workshop we have samples for sale from the past year. Come in and see what we have.

Shipments recently in include, stickles, prima flowers, glimmer mist Tim Holtz x-mas tags supplies, (yes rock candy), Tim Holtz stamps, Wendy Vecchi stamps, smooch, Sizzix Texture Boutique, & Rusty Pickle Shazzam paper line.
Psst....... keep checking e-mails this week and next week for some fabulous sales just in time for x-mas.

Do you feel the need to create something to put all your holiday memories into? Check out the Rusty Pickle Christmas Album workshop offered this month. This easy pocket filled album will get your creativity going and give you the space you need to put all your memories from this holiday in one place.

If you are making Tim Holtz's X-mas tags, we have all the supplies. Come on in for guidance and your supplies.
I'll post the upcoming sales when I know of them. I look forward to seeing you come in the store. Let me know if you read the blog, and the kinds of things you would like to see here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

FUN for a good cause!

Scrap Pink was a blast. If you missed it, you must do it next year. There were LOTS of giveaways, and everyone got a goodie bag. The silent auction for Hope Fuller was a success too. The merchants from Woodstock who donated were very generous. There was food all day. Coffee, cookies, and candy. We enjoyed a talk about breast cancer and the different technology there is available today. Most of all we met new friends, and had a lovely time. I hope our attendees will join us for our Friday and Saturday crops where I can continue to get to know all of you better. I saw some projects that gave me great ideas, and I was inspired. I can't wait to get to work.
Thank You ladies for sharing your ideas and projects with me!
New in the store: Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween Line, (back in stock) Glimmer mist Fall colors, and glimmer mist mats perfect for misting, stamping or any kind of ink work. They are a must have! One of my favorite things of all time... Nunn Design Metals. Think fancy decorative metal corners, mini frames, flowers and snowflakes. You can use as is or patina them with paint. They are going fast so come in and get yours now!

This Wednesday is the last time we are offering the first three of Tim Holtz Twelve Days of Christmas Tags. We use Tim's techniques to make beautiful tags. Next month we will have the next three tags. Come and check it out. Classes coming up in October include Glimmer Mist Cards, Sizzix Pop Up Cards, Judi Kins Charms, Karen Foster/Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween 2 page Layout with liquid pearls. We will use a transparency and a laser cut in this layout. I'll have more photos later this week.

Till next time

Kim's tip of the week: When making cards to mail you must have no bulk. Add dimension without height by embossing your backgrounds or paper pieces of your shapes before you adhere them. I use my Sizzix Big Shot and I emboss with embossing folders, brass templates. texture plates of all brands, and sometimes the vegetable netting you get your onions or oranges in or in the bottom of your pizza box. The netting is also good for masking when using glimmer mist.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hope this week finds all of you out and enjoying the beautiful weather. Who knows how long it will last. More things have been arriving the last two weeks. Our Ranger order arrived and the NEW Rock Candy Distress Stickles and Crackle Paint are here. We also got my new addiction, Liquid Pearls. Come in and see the BEAUTIFUL layout Sam did with Liquid Pearls. It is simply stunning! We have a beautiful way to display your favorite layout or give a layout as a gift, we now carry 12 x 12 frames in raw wood,and shadow boxes in black & white. I used crackle paint and ink on the raw wood frame, and it looks very cool. Here is a list of more new things:

Cosmo Cricket- NEW fall, winter, and school
Tim Holtz Spiderweb Mask, Spooky alphabets, Laser Die Cuts and stickers.

Amanda Blu Albums

7Gypsies NEW papers

Also come in and check out (another new addiction for me), Templates from Crafters Workshop. These are great for doodling , line drawing, and using glimmer mist or liquid pearls with.

Due in Next week... Metals from Nunn Designs !!!!

A few notes to share about the upcoming Scrap Pink, sign up while there are spaces left. It is filling fast. There will be free make-n-takes, a silent auction, and tons of FUN. Come and check out the details about the pink bras around the square. This is becoming a very BIG thing, and our excitement rises everyday!

Upcoming classes........

9/21 & 9/30 Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas- class runs for 4 months. Make 3 tags each month........$20 each

9/24 BoBunny/Technique Tuesday Gypsy Layout- Learn how to use Technique Tiles, Liquid Pearls, and Crafters Workshop templates. 2 pages...........................$25

9/28 Distress Inks Tin- Learn how to use alcohol inks & stamps on metal. A handy tin that fits 8 distress ink pads.

9/25 Ideaology Jewelry- Tim's Metals are not for paper crafts only. Make a stunning floral piece for a necklace or broach.

Check out Octobers calender on the link!

Come out to the Woodstock Square this weekend for the Fine Arts Festival, where crafters of all kinds will fill the square with their goods for sale!!!!

Till next week


kim's tip of the week-For oops with rub-on's......they can be removed if recently adhered. Just use scotch tape over them and gently pull up on tape and rub-on should come off on the tape.

Monday, August 31, 2009

SEI - Glimmer Mist - Dew Drops Etc.

Some of the new things coming in are new to Lorraine's.

SEI, known for quality and coordinating, has joined us with the line "Monrovia". These flocked or foiled double sided papers are a solid value, and have coordinating die cuts and epoxy stickers.

Glimmer Mist, the new fall colors are in as are new bingo boards, and "frosty memories" glimmer glass and mist kits (3 bottles- frosty, slate, old lace, and a screen). We also received the new 15"x30" glimmer mats, for easy glimmer use.

Dew Drops, we received lots of different colors- blu & grn, org & blk, red & grn, blk & wht, grn & pk, metlc pk rd & gld, vanl brw. All the colors for fall, and winter card making!

McGill Punches- snowman, angel, cupcake, holly with berries, and fancy square in 2 sizes. The cool thing about these punches are the paper piecing ability of the pieces they punch out.

Judi Kins- This is a new product for us, ROXS. Come in and check it out. We will be making some very cool jewelry pieces with these ROXS. Wear them or decorate your mini albums or pages with them.

Sizzix- Embossing Folders in polka dots, flowers, snowflakes, flourishes, and a Halloween haunted scene. Also new original dies and sizzlets. Come check out the new embossing folders for dimensional backgrounds without bulk.

Scrapbook 101- New for us are these laser cuts in shapes and borders and in all categories (sports, faith, travel, kids, seasonal).

Custom Die Cuts- We have Woodstock Willie to go with our groundhog day papers, and the Opera House, and Mozart Festival die cuts too!

Memory Mixer- Ever wondered about digital scrapbooking? How about a hybrid layout. Come in and ask us how, and we will show you this easy to use program.

We have restocked in:

Glimmer Mist, Fiskars, Tim Holtz Tools, Adhesives, Sports Papers, paper flowers, glitter papers, and karen foster license plates.

**kim's tip- 3 is the magic number when doing you pages. Add buttons, flowers, ribbons, and color accents in threes for balance on your pages.

Mark your calendars for Saturday Sept. 26 . Join us for SCRAP PINK 10am to 5pm for $20. We will provide lunch with guest speaker Lynn Griesmaier from Centegra Health. All croppers will receive a "the cure" punch ($16 value). There will be lots of fun contests and giveaways. This event is close to our hearts here at Lorraine's. We also will ask croppers to make a card and donate $1 to Cancer Care Ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel of Rolling Meadows, to benefit cancer patients. Donations without the crop will receive a Lorraine's Memories Pink Tote as a Thank you. More details will be posted as soon as I get them, or stop in for more details.

Come in for tips, inspiration and ideas

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More & More......

New things keep rolling in here at Lorraine's Memories. More is arriving daily! Here is a list of what is new:

SMOOCHY- metallic ink
KAREN FOSTER- wine papers, & cowboy papers with embellies to match. Calender kits & dimensional page toppers.
REMINSCE- Jett setters (new destinations), pearl Santa papers & cute fall papers all with matching embellies.
LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE- beautiful fall papers with matching chipboard stickers, and a gorgeous transparency.
COOKBOOKIN'- Halloween papers, stickers, & stamps... also recipe cards, kitchen papers, and recipe scrapbook kits.

We have ordered from some companies you haven't seen at Lorraine's before. Here is what you can expect to see in the coming weeks:
Websters Pages
Color Core
Nunn Designs
Cosmo Cricket
Lasting Impressions

there are more, but I am keeping that for another post.

Upcoming at Lorraine's Memories- Crop with us Friday & Saturday 8/28 & 8/29 for just $10 per night. Bring a snack and catch up on those summer memories. We have all the great tools & ideas to help you think out of the box!

Did You Know?.... Lorraine's Memories accepts other craft store coupons on Wednesdays! Expiration dates do apply. Also...... Bring in your PINK Lorraine's bag on THURSDAYS and receive 15% off your entire purchase. Don't have the pink bag? You can purchase one at the register for only $2.

*Kim's Tip*- Add basic office supplies to your layouts, like a paper clip to hold a knot of ribbon, staples to adhere transparencies & ribbon, or use an embossing label maker for titles or journaling strips! These are perfect to use in your back to school layouts.

There will be so much to tell you in the next weeks, so keep checking back for more updates.
Till then,

Monday, July 6, 2009

Thanks for a Good Time

Many Thanks go out to Lance Anderson from Rusty Pickle for coming out to Lorraine's and teaching a fun project. Our books are precious and we welcome you to come in and see them. We even have some extra kits to teach the class in the future. The shaker box was inventive, and each of our albums have our own personal touch to them. This album uses chipboard and double-sided patterned paper, so it was very simple to assemble. Lance walked us right through it. Then we embellished them with rub-ons, stickers, foiled paper, ribbons, and tags. It was a good time.

Today is Methodology Monday and today's class is about Grunge products, but there are many more techniques we will learn along the way. Check out the background on this tag. All done with ink and stamps. We also will make a grungepaper flower to put onto our tins for next month.

That's right, next month is the final Methodology class this year, and we will be decorating our tins with alcohol inks. Come in and check out the examples of the tin at the workshop table by the register. If you haven't taken these classes yet I hope you'll join us for either of these info packed classes.

This month's offerings of classes are great. There is a 2 page layout, a mini book, kid's classes, a card class, even a jewelry class. Come in and check it out!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This Just In

The heat is on and Summer has arrived at Lorraine's!
Check out the NEW sizzlin' summer dies from Sizzix. Arrows to beach shapes, and my favorite bracket shape. You asked for it and it is here! We also have the Sizzix Cut Above program. For a $36 punch card, you get a die with class project each month for three months.
Be sure to check out all the new shapes just in.

I saw Lance Anderson from Rusty Pickle last night, and I got to see the album we will be making Saturday night. WOW! It is much bigger than I thought. At least 9"x8". It was super cute, and had some metallic papers and chipboard shapes. All the pages were chipboard. With a few small flips in between. I can't wait! We still have a few spaces open. Get in on a really great time, and a very special project. Be one of the very first to take this class!

Methodology Monday is July 6 at 1pm & 5:30 pm. This month we will be doing GRUNGE. We will also do a beautiful grungepaper flower to use on our tins next month. We will also do a very cool tag in a grunge quilt, with embossed and stamped grungeboard. Check out the examples on the class sample table by the register.

We are now open till 8pm on Wednesdays for the summer concerts on the square. Stop in and see us while you enjoy a concert in the park.
Keep cool this week and come in and scrap with us. This Thursday is Teen Scrap night 5 to 8 pm.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Layout

Here is the layout I promised. It is the new Tim Holtz Layout class. You can come into the store and see it up close and personal (without photos). This layout was designed by me and uses masks, distress inks, the blending tool, stamping, crackle paint, Tim's metals, and of course grungepaper. I hope you like it. This class is June 26 , 2-4pm and is $25.
Send me your "What I Love about Summer" layouts. You can photograph them and e-mail them to us or drop them off and I'll photograph them (we won't keep them). Then I can post them here. I want to hear your comments too. Just click on the comments word and leave your comment for me. Nothing to join. Thanks Margie H. I hope your time with friends this summer make beautiful memories for you!

I hope everyone has a great Father's Day Weekend! Come on in and make your Dad's day cards. The pop-up one is my favorite. Check it out.

The lambs are fuzzy! The card is made with the new Sizzix die for making pop-ups, and is the only one of three cards in the class that pops. This class is Thursday at 6pm. It's only an hour, and I'll be in this Friday and Saturday nights for the crops if you want to do the class while at the crops. Watch for more classes on pop-up cards, and come in and check out the other Sizzix dies we have that are made to make things interactive. They are so fun!

I hope to see you this weekend at the Friday or Saturday crop!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Special Guest Instructor

This just in........

I am very excited that Lance Anderson co-founder of RUSTY PICKLE is coming to Lorraine's to teach a class June 27 at 7pm. Even better, he will be teaching us a new project not taught anywhere before. We are the FIRST!!! He will be teaching a mini album using the new "Rockin America" paper we just got in at the store.

You do not want to miss this opportunity! I have taken classes from Lance before and I can say I not only have had a GREAT time, I learn so much, and am inspired every time. He is one of my favorite instructors! Rusty Pickle projects are usually full of interactive pull-outs, pockets, and flips. So be ready to create something very cute. You'll want to bring a basic tool kit (dry adhesive, trimmer, scissors, ruler, liquid glue, craft knife, bone folder, black pen, distress tools).
Hint- Lance loves chocolate!!!

Stop in the store to see my other Rusty Pickle projects to get an idea of the type of things you will learn. Spaces will be filling up fast, so call to reserve yours NOW!

Tomorrow I will post my Summer layout.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June Arrivals and Offerings

I am always running behind these days. I am hoping to have one of those "Lazy Dazy Summers",
where I can sit back and enjoy the things I love most in life. I would like all of you to respond here on the blog and tell me what are the things you enjoy most in life. Then go and scrap it! Bring in your layout or scan it and e-mail it to us and, with your permission I'll post them on our blog throughout the summer months. Please respond first. This will help inspire others to reflect on what they want out of this summer too. I will post my own layout next week and tell you about what I hope to enjoy this summer.

Now on to the NEW arrivals at Lorraine's..........
...Little Yellow Bicycle- TRAVELER: thermography 2-sided papers and stickers, a very cool 12x12 transparency, an acrylic coverd chipboard 11.75x5.75 mini album, and a 11.75x5.75 paper pad for the mini album.
...Karen Foster- picnic, mother, father,freedom, & liberty patterned papers, stickers, and stacked statement titles.
...Tattered Angels- Glimmer Mist in 24 beautiful colors, also a large mist mat for working with your mist. Back in stock is the traveler ledger glass album.
...Rusty Pickle- Rockin' America: patterned papers & stickers
...May Arts Ribbon- lots of NEW ribbon in different widths, colors, and styles, and the popular leaf ribbon is back in stock too.
...McGill punches- birds, flourishes, crowns, fancy square, the cure ribbon, & mini file tab
...Basic Grey- Wisteria and Lime Ricky: patterned papers, chipboard, buttons, flowers, and rub-ons, also BLING and Pearls in shapes too!
...Sizzix- Karen Burniston Pop-Up Dies, for cards, and album pages: pop-up spinning 3D Ball, Spinnig pop-up, heart pop-up, tree pop-up, birthday cake pop-up. Come see these innovative dies!

If you haven't had a chance to take the class doing Tim Holtz layout from the magazine ad, now is the time. Come learn how to create beautiful GRUNGEpaper flowers that make a page come alive. Suitable for framing and gift giving, kits are limited for this very popular class. A new grunge layout class is in the works.

A new class on Tuesdays this summer is the Kids Summer Craft Time. Jen will take children ages 5 thru 12 and make some cute projects to light that creative spark. Please call within 48 hours prior to sign your kids up for this fun class.

Ever wonder what to do with chipboard? Another new class "Chipboard Elements" will show you
everything you can do! A lovely small wall hanging with layers of chipboard covered in paper, paint, & ink with stamped and embossed patterns. Learn all the chipboard techniques in one class!

Make your Father's Day cards now! This class takes you from beginner to advanced when you make a pop-up card using one of Sizzix NEW pop-up dies. It's simple, easy, and fun to do! From stamping to paper piecing these cards are sure to show the Fathers in your life how special they are.

Fall in Love with Technique Tuesday! In this class you will learn all about acrylic stamping. Kit includes a set of stamps, mini ink pads,acrylic block, and a set of titles to use on other pages. Come find out why acrylic stamps are so popular and easy to use.

We also have a beginner scrapbooking class, Methodology, and Teen Scrap night!
Our CROPS have changed a bit. We will be having Friday and Saturday crops 2 times a month. The hours are 6 to midnight, and we will supply snacks and drinks for only $10.
That's all for now. I can't wait to hear form all of you, and to see what you plan to enjoy this summer!
Till next week- go scrap!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tent Sale Days

Come out and join us for Tent Sale Days this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 29th thru the 31st. This is a Square wide event, and there will be a lot to see and do on the historic Woodstock Square. We at Lorraine's Memories have so many great things planned for you.
Under the tent there will be many 50 % or more clearance items, like a selection of Sizzix original dies and sizzlet sets, Creative Cafe clear stamp, Anthology albums and refills
just to name a few.
Inside the store we will have a HUGE SALE with make and takes on Saturday and Sunday.
...How about ALL My Minds Eye papers and embellishments 25% off. That's Wild Asparagus, Laundry Line, Dreamy 2, Bella Bella, Bloom & Grow, and Penny Lane.
...All Zutter products 30% off. Like the Bind-it-All, Dreamcuts machines and mini book covers in clipboard, canvas, and acrylic also pages. If you have never tried these machines or wondered what you could do with them, come in on Saturday to try them out in our Make and Take.
...Fiskars Paper Trimmers 35% off.
...Colorbok Albums 15% off
...All Tattered Angels Products (makers of Glimmer Mist) 10% off. We will be have a demo on some of these products so you can see how easy and beautiful they can be.
...All regular priced Sizzix Original Dies and Big Shot Machines 20% off. This includes the new Electric Big Shot. Come in to see it.
...How about a SAMPLE SALE? Have you seen something we made that you just loved and wanted for yourself? Check out our selective sample sale and it could be yours!

We are open Sunday for this event 11 am to 4 pm , and we will offer a $5 make and take of our popular Grungepaper Flower Pin.
Come in to take advantage of these fabulous offers! We hope to see you this weekend.
Kathy, Jen, Sam, and Kim

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sneak Peek!!!!

Thankfully, winter appears to be over for us, but we're still receiving new product from the trade show we went to in January....We've just checked in alot of old favorites to re-stock, as well as a large variety of new things-

Come in and check out the new DOODLEBUG papers, stickers and the cutest little braddies ever-summer berries, ocean life, flowers, sweet treats and zoo
SANDYLION sent some really neat ESSENTIALS- marching band, owls, birds, flowers, animals, artist, tooth fairy, first haircut...oh the list goes on!
There are new acrylic stamp blocks and block sets from APPLE PIE MEMORIES that fit our TECHNIQUE TUESDAY stamps really well.
WE've got some new papers, stickers and clear overlays from LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE and CLOUD 9, some new trinkets, chipboard, acrylic and ribbons from MAYA ROAD. MOXXIE has us ready for amusement parks and rollercoaster fun.

Ar you getting ready for graduations, weddings or need to make some teacher gifts? You're welcome to use the ACCU-CUT die cutter to make cakes, party favors, cards and mini books while you're here! Just pick out your papers and we'll walk you through the cutting process. Stop in to see Samantha's BEAUTIFUL "cake" samples. You'll find yourself looking for an excuse to have a party, just to show off one of these!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What a Fun Weekend

I hope all of you got a chance to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! We did it in style. Above are two of the make and takes we had offered. The 2 page layout is done with the new My Minds Eye Penny Lane and still has some kits available for $10. The flower on the right is made with the new Grungepaper, distress inks and Maya Road metal flowers. Some lucky ladies got to make these one of a kind flowers which they could make into a pin. Of course you could always frame it and use it as a source of inspiration as we had below.
We really had a nice time getting to know everyone who came in Saturday. Everyone had the chance to make a card using the new electric Sizzix machine, and a beautiful Technique Tuesday scalloped tile stamped embellishment. There will be more photos to come of the festivities, and I will have the names of the winners of the drawings.

This weekend we are offering a special class we revealed Saturday. If you love the look of the Grungepaper flower make and take you won't want to miss this class. Have you seen the new Ideaology ad in the scrap mags? We have a two page layout featuring Grungepaper flowers, butterflies, Tim Holtz metals (including the new metal flowers, & Ornate Plates), and Tim Holtz new mini masks. Below is just a quarter of one of the pages. You'll have to come in to see the whole layout. We are offering this class Friday and Saturday 5/8 & 5/9(call for times, and sign up). This is a vibrant layout suitable for framing & perfect for Mother's Day! Sign up and learn the technique for this HOT new trend.
This month's Methodology Class was full of technique tips. The subject was MASKS. and we created beautiful tags with Tim Holtz, & Heidi Swapp masks, and Tattered Angels glimmer screens with glimmer mist & chips. Below is just one of the tags we did using these products.

I hope this inspires you to create something beautiful today. Capture a memory, or experiment with something new. There are only three Methodology classes left, & there are only a few kits left from April's class. Call to catch up if you have fallen behind. Next month the technique will be PAINT. We will use paint in ways you didn't know you could! We are building towards that Tin in the sixth class that I will reveal at the end of June.
Have a great week and come visit us to see what is new!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day

Sorry to have been away so long. My computer has been sick. I am sending this on an I-touch. I hope you can join us Saturday May 2, for National Scrapbooking Day! There will be a 2 page layout workshop at 10:30 am for $10, this is with My Minds Eye new "Penny Lane" papers. There will also be a $5.00 make and take that is a must do, a beautiful Grungepaper flower. We will take you through all the steps of ink, stamping, and use Tim Holtz metal with a pin backing if you choose. You won't want to miss this. There will also be FREE make and takes, giveaways, and a crop at 12 noon to midnight for $35 (2 meals and loads of fun).

We hope you will come in to celebrate with us, and see what is new like;
Tim Holtz Ideaology
Ranger paints, inks, & tools
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Fancy Pants Papers, & NEW Frames
ReNea's House papers and accessories-Creative Imaginations
Sizzix flowers & flourish Original Dies
Sizzix Storage
Hiedi Swapp Invisibles papers
Bo Bunny My Word Books and new papers, stickers and ribbons

This is just what I remember off the top of my head, there is still more.
We will have the samples up of the May Methodology class, and the technique ( remember this is only offered the first Monday of the month). You can also check out the altered box of Jen's and our other workshops for May.
Hope to see you there!

Another country heard from...

Realizing that some of the things I'm going to ramble about in today's post are covered in today's post by Kim, I'll first apoplogize, then introduce myself....I'm jen...another of the Lorraine's Memories "family". I really just wanted to share my excitement for NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY with all of you.
Everyone has a few days scattered throughout the year that they really look forward to...birthdays, anniversaries, the last (or the first) day of school, and of course, NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY! On Saturday, May 2nd, Lorraine's Memories will be celebrating, and would love for you to be a part of it! We'll be here from 10 am until....mmmm...midnight or so. If you have a scrapbooking emergency, this is when to have it, although the make n takes will only be offered until 5:00 pm, (so we can tend to our croppers, too) This is the day we as scrapbookers and papercrafters can get together and get inspired, learn something new, and make some new friends.
We'll be kicking off the day with a two page layout using My Mind's Eye PENNY LANE papers and DEW DROPS from the Robin's Nest. This class will be from 10:30 am until Noon and the cost is $10. Be sure to call us or stop in to reserve your spot!
Beginning at noon we'll have a variety of make n takes. One is an embossed thank you card using the Ellison BIG SHOT machine. Can't wait to show you how EASY it is! Try your hand at stamping with Technique Tuesday. We'll be using TECHNIQUE TILES, MINI MISTERS and STICKLES to create a great spring embellishment. These will be run throughout the day and are free to learn some new techniques or brush up on your skills.
Curious about GRUNGE PAPER? HITCHES? DISTRESS INKS? Beginning at noon, and every half hour through the day, we'll be teaching you to transform these fabulous idea-ology products into "Grungepaper Flower" pins. For a $5.00 fee we'll introduce you or re-aquaint you with the altered world of TIM HOLTZ.
I'll be "working" part of 12 hour crop, and would love to see a full house in honor of the day. We always have alot of fun, great food...and who doesn't like to get free stuff-and a discount to boot? While you're here, be sure to check out the samples around the store of all of our projects...and sign up for a class soon. We love to share our ideas with you...and are here to help you chronicle your life's fleeting moments.
See you Saturday!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Make and Takes This Saturday

If you can make it in Saturday, you will have a chance to do some make and takes with me and Jen. One will use Glimmer Mist with Hiedi Swapp Invisibles, the other will use Fiskars Scallop punch with matching stamps. We will also have a demo every hour on the hour. Come on in and see us.

Upcoming classes.....
We have some exciting classes. Join us for an introduction to Artist Trading Cards, where we will show you what they are all about, and maybe we could arrange a swap. Mother's Day is around the corner and we have the handmade gift to give. How about altering a wood plaque with crackle paint, and disrtress inks, then dress it up in ideaology Fragments using My Minds Eye "Bella Bella" papers. Top it off with ideaology (Tim Holtz) word keys, corners, and key holes. We even add photos.
If those are not for you, maybe the Bind it All Interactive CD mini album is. We have one for a Girl or Boy. Your choice. The Boy album is done with the darling Piggy Tales papers "Billy Goats Gruff" and is all about GEARS. There is even a wheel page that turns. The Girl album is done up in My Minds Eye "Penny Lane". It is all about FLOWERS, and has a flower wheel page that turns. These are too cute and you can do the whole album in one class. Check it out at the counter of the store.

Now there is another mini album class we will add at a later date, but it is on display at the counter. Check out WHO it is about.

Don't forget the second Methodology class is on April 6th. We are going to go from elegant to eclectic in one class, while we do some unusual techniques. Tags are on display at the counter. I would love to hear some comments on what you think of our class samples.
Monday I will reveal the second sample for Methodology Class #2.
Stop in and see us on Saturday!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Methodology Monday Encore

Good Monday Morning!
What a beautiful weekend it was.
Today is the last chance to get in on Methodology Class #1 (Glossy Accents).
We used glossy accents in some unusual ways, and learned other things along the way.

Now let me show you a tag for the Methodology Class #2. See if you can guess what technique we will be working with. If you took class #1 you already know. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think it might be!

Now here is something new. It's Monday and I have a Methodology Monday Tip for you:

When you are done using your Glossy Accents, slam the bottle down onto work surface upright. This forces the product out of the nozzel and into the bottle, avoiding the dreaded clog in the tip.

Here is another project using Glossy Accents:

This is also a class we are offering at the end of April. It uses Ideaology Fragments and Metals, with My Minds Eye new line of paper "Bella Bella", on a wooden plaque we alter in class, and attach a satin ribbon to hang. This is the perfect Mother's Day gift for Grandma. Come into the store to see it upclose.

New product: Petaloo flowers, Flower buttons, X-Large binder rings IN COLORS, & lots of Zig Pens.

Check the blog later this week for more photos.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Update on New Product

BOY, have we been busy putting out the new arrivals! Jen and I have also been making up projects for April classes with some of the new products (and I'll post those with pics next week).

The first Methodology class was a lot of fun. One lady came convinced she wouldn't be able to do the techniques, but she did and they turned out beautiful. We played with spray inks, enbossing powder, ideaology fragments, the blending tool with foam, and of course glossy accents. This class was so popular we are running an encore next Monday (March 23rd). I know some of you work 9-5, so we are running the class at 7pm. Sign up if this works for you. We can always add this late time to the rest of the classes. This is the last time to get in on this class and qualify for the free tin in the sixth class. Thank You to all the ladies who were there on the 2nd. I had a great time teaching you. We had a lady come all the way from Kankakee to take this class. I look forward to seeing everyone next month! Next Monday I will post a pic of one tag from class #2. Stay tuned...

Here is a rundown of other happening at the store.....
March 20- Friday Crop 5pm-12am
March 21- Easter Card Class 11am & 3pm
March 23- Methodology Class #1 Encore 7pm
March 26- Teen Scrap n Night 5pm-8pm
March 27- Easter Card Class 12pm
March28- Intro to Artist Trading Cards 1pm
April 3 Bind it All Interactive CD Mini Album 11am
April 4 Celebrating Mrs. Grossmans 30th Birthday - All Day
April 4 Easter Card Class 1pm
April 6 Methodology Class #2 3pm & 5:30 pm
April 8 Calander Class 11 am
April 9 A Cut Above- Sizzix 6pm
April 10 Altered Wall Hanging 10am
April 10 Easter Card Class 12pm
April11 Intro to Artist Trading Cards 1pm

Here is what is new in the store......

Piggy Tales- Slide books, Drawbridge books, barn doors, pigtail springs, flower press
Patterned Paper lines, billy goat gruff, mary mary quite contrary, ants go marching in, it's raining it's pouring, & old king cole

My Mind's Eye- Penny Lane, Bella Bella, and Bloom & Grow.

Sizzix- Clear Original Dies, Die Storage.

Maya Road- 12x12 Sheers

Technique Tuesday- Shapes and occasion Stamp Sets, Alpha Stamp sets, little treasures stamp sets, Technique tiles sets and chips, Stamp cleaner and scrubber.

7Gypsies- gypsy tags, gifting quote tags, vintage tags, ATC Chipboard, gypsie market 6x6 paper packs and photo carousel cards, naked buttons, Vintage and Gypsie Ephemera, chip tags, coveralls, naked photo carousel cards, and 6x6 notingham paper packs.

Creative Imaginations- Band and Orchestra Papers and stickers.

Tattered Angels- Limited Edition Spring and Summer Colors of Glimmer Mist, Glimmer- Chips, Screens, Glass and Alpha Chips.

If you have never seen Glimmer Mist before, you must come in and check it out. It is one of my favorite products. They are gorgeous and so simple to use for layouts and cards. I highly recommend them. Also Sam has made an Easter Cake, come in and see it.

That's it for today.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Arrivals

Just a note to let you know what is newly arrived.

MAYA ROAD- Chipboard: Gears, snowflakes, flourishes, Birdie books, Luxe Alphabet, Gears,
& Trees. Then there is also the Stitched Velvet Flowers, Trinket Pins in 3 styles (leaf, pearl, crystal), & Tins in 3 styles (Tea, Coffee, Lunch).

FISKARS- NEW stamps to match the scalloped circles, squares, and oval punches. (These are
awesome!) Spring Punches Broken Egg, Chickie, Butterfly, & Umbrella.
In tools we got the very cool fingertip tweezers, & a flip corner punch that has two
sizes of corner punch in one tool. New scallop scissors, and Three NEW scalloped border
edge punches that are different twists on the threading water punch.

ZUTTER- The new PINK Bind-it-All is here! Along with the bag and Dreamkuts to match. We
got some new PINK tools from Zutter: hammer w/ setter, the pound it all, hole
punch set, & Rivits too.

HIEDI GRACE DESIGNS- Bright spring flocked papers in a new design and transparent overlays to match.

JELLIBEAN SOUP- Papers double sided and kraft with prints. Also journaling cards, and felt
flowers to match.


7GYPSIES- 8x8 and 6x6 paper pads, new ink in a bottle, and embellishments. ATC
cards in 3 colors. Lots of little embellishments new to Lorraine's.

MRS. GROSSMAN- Stickers Galore! Pets to Alphabets.

BASIC GREY- Marrakech, and Porcelain- papers, stickers and rub-ons.

JUDIKINS- Embossing Powders, NEW Mica Paints, & more.

There will be more to come next week.
We have been busy rearranging the store to get the new things out. Come in and see what the changes have been.

As promised here is a photo of the second METHODOLOGY class tag. All three are on display at the store. I will post the third on Friday. Hope you can join us. I am looking forward to teaching this class. I really love the samples I've created for it, and hope you do too. All the interest in the class has got me really excited, and I can't wait to share all of it with you. It's going to be a fun time. There are some spots still open in the 3:00 & 5:30 class. Call to reserve yours now!
A 50% deposit required.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Photo Promised

What a great Tuesday Morning!

I am hoping for another sunny day. Here is the photo I promised. This is one of three samples for the first Methodology class. I will post sample #2 over the weekend, and #3 the following friday. Of course photos do not show all the details, (like glitter and a flexable acetate petal), so stop into the store to see them. Only at the store will you find out the technique for this month. We will be doing unusal things in this class, but simple.

Oh, did I forget to mention GIVEAWAYS! There might be a lucky winner or two in each class. Remember this class is offered ONE day only. Our table only seats 8 people. You need to take all six classes to qualify for the free lunchbox tin. This is a popular class so call to reserve your spot. A 50% deposit required.

Here is a treat of inspiration, (and a little sneek peek) by Jen. She made this mini album with paper from "Jellibean Soup" a new company whose papers we will have in the store soon. I can't show you the whole album so you'll have to come in to see the tree that loses it's leaves. If you don't know Jen's work, it is worth a trip in to see it. A lot of fun interactive elements packed into one album.

There is NEW product arriving daily at the store! I will give you an update on Friday (or sooner) on what's arrived this week!
Stop in to see us this week.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Love is in the Air

LOVE, Love, love

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! We hope the day is filled with happy memories for you.

We have been busy at the store putting out new product. Be sure you come in to see whats new!

I wanted to give some info out on some upcoming classes:

Two page "LOVE" layout workshop is offered on three different days. It is too cute! There is a pocket for extra photos and journaling tags, and chipboard pieces too. Simple to do, yet full of texture and elegance.

Our "Card Stock" class is a chance
to stock up on your everyday cards. Birthday , thank you, and more. These are the cards we never have enough of. Join us to make 6 cards (2 of each).

Our technique card class features chipboard this month. The "LUCKY" card class will teach you three ways to use chipboard on your cards.

Also we offer a monthly TEEN SCAP n NIGHT for teens to come in and scrap with us. It starts at 5pm and goes till 8pm.

**CHECK OUT the calendar link at the bottom of the blog for times and prices.**

I know how much I like to learn new techniques and new ways of using things I already have, and I thought you would too! So we came up with "Methodology".....

By Tuesday I will post some photos about our exciting NEW class, "METHODOLOGY". This class is on what we like to call "Method Mondays"! It is a 6 class course on the first Mondays of the Month. It will be offered two times on Method Mondays. Each class teaches you three ways to use a specific technique. Some of the things we will be using are heat embossing, masks, alcohol inks, acrylic, metals, stamps, and paints. You get printed instructions and make three different tags each class. If you take all six classes, you will recieve a lunchbox tin in the sixth class, (at no extra charge), to alter in that class. This tin will hold all your instructions and tags from all the classes. Oh, and did I mention we will be using some Tim Holtz products, ideas, and techniques. A discount is offered for day of class on products used in class. Hope you will join us! Just $20 per class. Call to reserve your spot, a 50% deposit required.

I hope you will join us for some of these classes, and spark up your creativity.


Monday, February 9, 2009


Welcome to the first post of Lorraine's Memories Blog!

We are excited to be able to bring you all the goings on at the store. Owner Kathy Benson works hard at bringing you things that you won't find in the big box stores.

We offer a cozy boutique-like atmosphere designed to inspire your creativity. All this nestled on the historic Woodstock Square.

We carry a large selection of products from 7 Gypsies, My Minds Eye, Disney, Technique Tuesday. and More. We offer the Sizzix "A Cut Above" program, and a wide selection of original, and sizzlet dies. We have a large selection of local school Patterned Papers and embellishments.

Our designers Jen, Sam, and Kim help create examples and classes to teach and motivate your imagination. Here are some photos of February's class projects:

Our Card classes are on the left. The "Valentine" Card Class, (whose subject is heat embossing), and the "Lucky" Card Class, (subject Chipboard).

The February Altered Notebook Class is on the right.

Coming in March we are starting a new 6 class course offering different techniques using Tim Holtz products and techniques. It is called "Methodology" and is offered on Method Mondays, (the first Monday of the month). Starts Monday March 2. Photos and details to come next week.

I am Kim and I will be posting every week, but sometimes you might hear from the other girls too. There are so many new and exciting things planned for the coming months. I can't wait to share them with you! The new product coming in will dazzle you. Kathy and Jen came back from the CHA trade show with so many new plans and ideas. See you next week!


Just in this week: Cubs, Sox, Bears Patterned Papers- Karen Foster, (Camping, Baby, spring, sports, and sweet 16) Patterned Papers, Stickers, and embellishments.- Robin's Nest Unique glittered Papers.