Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fabulous Finds

The last weekend of February I went on a "Creative Weekend" with my Mom, Sisters and BFF.  The idea is to hit all the scrapbook, craft and creative places in the area we shop and see what's new.  And boy did we shop!  Below I'm sharing some of my cool finds with you.  (Just a note:  I'm not affiliated in any way to any of the stores or products mentioned below nor did I receive any free product.  Just my unbiased opinions on the cool things I found)
I found these great wood diecuts in two places.  The first was the package of Pink Paislee-Nantucket pieces I found at The Scrapbook Tree in Shelby Township, Michigan  (  I bought them because I thought the ocean themed pieces (sea horse, turtle, etc) would be perfect in a cruise scrapbook layout.  Later, when we stopped at Michael's, I found the frame, bird and bird cage!  Sale priced at 33 cents, I think they would be awesome on a canvas or used in altered art.  There were many other frames and pieces to choose from, but I limited myself.
I have other outline stickers that are shaped (the dragonfly that I used in this CARD) but I guess I had never paid attention to what you can do with the corner outlines and fancy borders.  I got these at Paper Hollow in Troy, Michigan (  The store had a HUGE selection of all kinds of these stickers but most importantly she had lots of samples on display so we could determine that we HAD TO HAVE these particular border stickers!  I hope to use them soon so I can show you just how great they look on a project--definitely a touch of elegance.  I got the silver stickers so I could color them with alcohol inks.
I've been seeing lots of great things made with the little corked bottles so when I came across a whole box of 12 for less than a quarter each, I had to snatch them up.  This was only one of the treasures we unearthed at Munro Craft Supply in Berkley, Michigan (  This store's website does not do it justice and we almosted passed on going there due to that.  If you are a beader, you MUST visit them.  I've never seen so many beads and they had so many charms that  I got a headache looking at them all!  Can you say stimulation overload?  I did get the wing charms below, though.  Lots of other unusual supplies as well, such as mica pieces, antique buttons, boxes and trays and much more. 
I ran across these at a great little store in Troy Michigan called My Craft Room (  I have a large stand alone drill press that I use for drilling wood (that I have to roll out when ever I want to use it), so I  had thought of buying a small hand press to use on charms.  But I saw these and thought I'd give them a try.  They work great!  I was able to punch through Tim Holtz Idea-Ology pieces with no problem.
Have you seen this line yet at Michael's?  I live over an hour away from a M's and don't get there often, so I was pleasantly surprised to see these cute charms that go so nicely with Tim Holtz products.  There was a whole display of goodies but once again I restrained myself and just got the little hands.
Found this sampler pack at My Craft Room.  I'd been using white "Shrinky Dink" brand so I'm excited to see what difference "Artist's Grade" makes.  Besides white, the pack has sheets of clear, translucent and black.
I was JUST looking for the gold kilt pins, remember?  Found them at the first stop, My Craft Room.  I really like the fact that these have more loops for hanging charms.
This paper stack is absolutely beautiful!  Perfect for my cruise scrapbook.  I split the papers with my sister who will be using hers for a Hawaiian trip scrapbook.  I nabbed the paper stack and die cuts at Archiver's and then grabbed the mat pad, dimensional stickers, vellum frames and tags from Joann's. 
Of course I bought other papers and supplies on my trip.  I came home with lots of new Stickles and Liquid Pearls (gotta fill up that other Stickles holder my Dad made me).  We also visited a couple of really cool places that offered some unique items:
Rust Belt Market
(Thanks Rhea for this suggestion)
Leon & Lulu



Paper Squirrel said...

Hey, I don't remember half of this stuff from "show and tell"...were you holding back? :-)

bonnie32002 said...

OK, I pretty much hate you right now...j/k! You found awesome toys (ummm, I mean tools) to work with. I really will enjoy seing what you do with them!!