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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

One & Done

Headed to Wisconsin this weekend for the OOAK Paper Craft Conference.  Last show of the year.  YES!!
Then Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday, Dollar Daze.  I'm soooo prepared for DD.  My sister has been such a tremendous help!  Love her dearly.
Hopefully I'll get some pictures taken in WI.
Wish us luck!!

Til next time,

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What's all the V.I.B.E. about?

Been a long road, but we finally got VIBE off and running.  American Vellum Craft is a new company and VIBE is Vellum Impressions Beautifully Embossed.  Acrylic boards that are laser etched to help you create beautiful vellum embossing.
I had asked the UK company to make us some American images and they NEVER acknowledged the email so I found a manufacturer that would.  We now have flags, eagles, pumpkins, turkeys and a WHOLE lot more.  All the boards can be found in our online store.

Only one more convention to go.  Twelve is a lot of conventions, but this year we needed them because of the road construction....yep, it's still going on.  They are almost done though.  I give it another week or so. Today it is raining so they won't do anything even if it clears up.  We added Rockford, IL for next year and got accepted to MegaMeet in Novi, Mother's Day weekend.

So, I'll be busy, busy for the next month or so and then lots of new adventures starting next year.  Stay tuned.

Till next time,

VIBE Examples:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Critters, Critters, Critters, Oh MY!!

I bought a Silhouette Cameo at the garage sale in March.  I'm still learning!!  I bought some SGV files and have been cutting and creating the cutest little critters.  Some are not animals, they are snowmen, babies in bunny suits, etc. but they sure are cute!

I have been buying them from a lady who makes them, but sometimes I want something I decided to make my own. Again, still learning.  It is definitely a different machine than my Scan N Cut or Cricut!  Ah, it takes time to gain control.

Our next convention is in PA.  Laura and I are doing it without Jeff.  Drew is supposed to be going with us to help.  It's on his schedule, but you never know what a kid may want to do once summer is here.

Well, time to get back to work!!
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Til next time,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Busy Days

So, I see I've been lax on blogging, again.  Here we are almost in June.  We've had 3 conventions, 1 surgery, 5 birthdays...Mother's Day and Memorial Day.

I had trigger finger release in my pinky left hand.  #8.  Doc said he's never had anyone who's had all 10 done.  I told him I might be his first. Only 2 more to go.  Both on my right hand, so I won't be looking forward to those.  Luckily they are not bothering me at all!!

Our convention in Indy (Dansville, IN) was GREAT!!  New venue and days (Fri & Sat).  We were a little worried, but it all worked out...until Saturday when it was time to drive home and a blizzard hit.  It took us an hour to go 20 miles, but once we got on I-69 it was gone.  Spent the night in Ft. Wayne and drove the rest of the way on Sunday morning.

Convention in Akron was good.  We were up in sales and introduced a lot of people to Groovi.  Then off to NY, Syracuse.  Sales were a little down.  Not sure if it was the rain or what.  Did a class with Groovi and had a blast!!  The border patrol were jerks and we ended up having to go around Canada instead of through it, but it all worked out.  Spend Sunday night at Angi's in Rochester, NY and finished up the drive Monday.

So we've been busy on the road.  The store is slow right now due to construction....I hope that is all it is.  Classes are still going strong, but I would like to see more people during the week.

I had some custom papers done.  LOVE THEM!!  And the customers are loving them as well!!  I just got them a couple of weeks ago and will need to order them again very soon.

Come see us.
Remember to shop small!
Till next time,

Monday, January 29, 2018


Ahhhh, the joy of a weekend away with little or no phone calls and lots of crafting!!  I made over 110 Cards for Soldiers and a couple of Groovi ones.  Laura got quite a few of her personal cards done for the year and Kam did some cross stitch and sewing.

We've already booked our weekend for next year, cuz with a discount and the chance of them selling out we have to jump on it right away!!

Here is a short video of the retreat house.

Remember to shop small,

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Make N Take Day

Today was the day I chose to do my first "fun" video.  Like I said, I want to do more videos but they will be just small captures of my routine.
Every first Saturday of the month we do Make N Take Day at the store.  There are 3 different cards to do.  The first one is free.  The other two are $1 ea.  Never hard to do cards or projects, just simple cards for fun and camaraderie. About 8 ladies came in today to play, talk and share.  It's always a good day for me to be with friends who like to make cards and share their lives with me.
So enjoy the 30 seconds of just silliness.
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Til next time,

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Here We Are

Welcome to 2018.  Eighteen years into the new millennium.  WOW.  My mother always told me time goes faster the older you get.  Man does it ever.  My grandbabies are 6 1/2 and 12 1/2.  Drew will be a teen this year.  Every year seems to fly by.  I want to take the time to learn something new this year.  Maybe take a watercolor painting class.  So many things I could do.

I'm at the age where a bucket list would come in handy.  Try to do something new and different before I kick that ole' bucket.  I've been watching Better Late Than Never, with Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman.  What a funny show.  Four men doing things they have never done before and we get to watch.  If I had the money and resources I'd do it all in a minute.  But for now I'll resort to the little things around me.

I'm going to do more videos and share them with ya'll.  They may be boring, funny or just plain stupid, but I need to have some fun.

So be on the lookout for some crazy documentary moments of my boring life.

Until next time,
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Resolve-Happy New Year!

As I pondered today about the new year I got to thinking about all the mean girls in high school.  You know the ones.  The ones who made fun of others if they were different or didn't have money.
I remember a few years back I hosted a retreat weekend and there were some new people there I had not met before.  I was friends with a gal that was VERY artistic and had ADHD.  Those people never bothered me.  I had friends from all walks of life, eclectic, weird and popular.  Except for the mean girls, I didn't care for the mean girls.
Anywhooo, these women whom I had never met before had gone to school with my friend and let me know that she was not the kind of person they wanted to hang with.  WOW, if they had only taken a minute to talk with her they could have found out what a very talented person she was.  She was very insecure and always needed approval for her work, but the child in her needed that reassurance.
They were MEAN girls.  Still after 20 or more years out of high school and they couldn't/wouldn't take the time to get to know why she was a little weird.  Little did they know she had been molested by a family member and went into a shell.  Little did they know her hair was so thick she had to wear it up everyday to keep it out of her eyes.  Little did they know they were part of the problem, not the solution.  I had a lot of acquaintances in high school.  I could say friends, but I only had a handful of good friends.  The ones I trusted, had something in common with and who I could tell my darkest secrets to. 
I'm still that way today.  I have a lot of people I call acquaintances.  Weird, eclectic and ADHD.  Those kinds of people don't bother me.
So to all the MEAN GIRLS who still exist....move on, cuz this girl doesn't have time for all that.
Have a great New Year and resolve to make a weird friend in 2018.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Gift Cards

Hi Everyone,
You now have the ability to send or get a gift card to the online store!!  Ahh, I'm still learning these fantastic things.  Here is the link:
This will help those who are always trying to give the perfect gift.

Till next time,
Shop Small!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cards for Soldiers Project and Events

"Cards for Soldiers" Project

The Project is two-fold; we make handcrafted and signed greeting cards to be sent to our troops that are deployed overseas.  The hand-signed cards are usually thank you, we miss you, holiday cards, etc. to let the soldiers know that we appreciate their service and miss them.  The rest of the cards are left blank so that the soldiers can send greeting cards home to their loved ones.  The subject of those greetings is left up to the designer of the card. 

Our troops need cards to send home to their families as the facilities to obtain greeting cards are very limited.  The troops do not always have access to email or phone services and enjoy sending cards for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. home to their loved ones.  We have partnered with individuals that prepare care packages for Soldier Angels and Desert Angels to get the in the care packages and to the soldiers. 

They also need supplies to make cards.  So if you have any scrapbooking or card making supplies that you would like to donate to the program, feel free to drop them off at The Paper Hollow and Cheryl will see that they get to the project coordinators.

Monetary donations are also accepted to help offset the cost of mailing the cards to the soldiers.  Gift cards to JoAnns, Meijers, Michaels, Hobby Lobby or any craft store (like The Paper Hollow) are also welcome to help with the project.

Questions?  Feel free to contact Charly Mathews at 586-995-1963 or

Cards for Soldiers Project Days

Four special days have been set aside for donations in January.

The weekend of January 12 & 13 we will have a make a card day.  Volunteer your time to come in and make some cards for our troops.  Sign up required.  Spend an hour or two using your supplies and donated supplies to make as many as you like.

The weekend of January 19 & 20 are DROP OFF days.  Clear out your crafting stash and donate those unwanted papers, embellishments, etc. to the cause.  Drop them off at the store during business hours.

Remember to Shop Small.
Til Next Time,