Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sale extention! Support Small Businesses~


Post for FFC#28 "Get in the Spirit"

 

Small Business Saturday 2013

Small Business Saturday is November 30th
Saturday, November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join the  SBA
(small business's association) and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.
 
Hello My Crafty Friends!!
As you can see from above, today is Small Business Saturday. If I am to be completely honest, I had never heard of small business day before. I recently found out about today's special day just a couple of days ago while watching the news on TV. It kind of tugged at my heart with joy when I heard the news doing a small broadcast about small businesses and honoring them with a day of acknowledgement. Not many people stop to think about us little girls in the crowd. When I think of craft businesses, I automatically start thinking the big girls, A Cherry on Top, 2 Peas, Simon Says, Lawn Fawn, Echo Park, Close to my Heart, etc. Well we exist too!! There are us little ones just starting out and hoping to make it big like the rest of them big names.
 
I can think of a few small business's who have been in business for a short time now and then there are a couple very NEW small businesses such as 3 Twenty Crafts. Exactly 9 days ago today, 3 Twenty Crafts opened their doors. Speaking of 3 Twenty Crafts, the Black Friday sale has been extended until December 3rd!! To see the coupons being offered just refer back to this post. Please take the time to take advantage of these sales and keep in mind that a small company such as this, is starting off SMALL. So while you may not consider some of the sales being offered anything great in comparison with those big girls' sales, this is why. But our smaller companies need love too my friends. I do not just speak on behalf of myself and my newly born company, I speak on other new companies who are small and hoping to grow up like the big girls. A few other small businesses that I know of that are brand new or just about 1 year old are:
 
 
So my friends, I ask you to please stop by my store and have a look around. Take advantage of the sales that I am offering if you see anything you like. Just a heads up, my stamp sets, Winter Wonderland & Background Builders are very low in stock and almost sold out.. so if you want them go grab them while you can and get the free shipping!
I also ask you to stop by the stores that I listed above and show them some love and support too. Even if you cannot purchase anything today, stop by and at least get on their mailing list. These are some great businesses whom just like myself, are trying to make a living in this world to support our families and pay our bills. So please take time today to visit a small business whether it is online or if you are out shopping for the Holidays and getting some sales in. I am sure that I speak for all small business owners when I say that we value your business, time and friendship.
I personally just want to say thank you for everyone who will stop by my store today and for those of you who have already placed orders with me in the past week.

Until next time my friends, Enjoy life's blessings~

FFC #28 "Get in the Spirit"



Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge.
 
 This week's Challenge:
"Get in the Spirit"
Create a card,layout or project!
 
Our sponsor this week is:
 One lucky winner will receive 3 digi stamps of their choice!!
 So make sure to play along this week~
 
Starts: Friday, November 29th 12:00AM
Ends: Friday, December 6th 6:00PM
(central time)
 
Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

      Candice
 
 Brenda

 
  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what
 you can do for this challenge!
Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
 
You have until December 6th by 6:00Pm (central) time to link up.
All winners will be announced on Monday, December 9th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!






Friday, November 29, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY COUPONS!



 
Hello Friends & Happy Shopping Day!
3 Twenty Crafts is offering 2 Black Friday coupons for you to use for Today Only!
 
Coupon #1:
Use coupon code 'BLACKFRIDAY'
at checkout to receive 1 package of sequins free, when you purchase 3 packs. Just add your "free" bag as a 4th bag, and the discount will be applied.
Coupon #2:
Use coupon code 'FREESHIP' at checkout to
receive free shipping on your order, when you purchase 2 stamp sets of your choice.
Free shipping is for U.S. residents only.
coupons cannot be combined with any other store offers.
Have fun shopping!
Sale ends at Midnight CST.
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 
Hello my crafty friends!
 
If you are reading this post during the day then I will hope its because you are not alone. I say this because you should be sitting around a large table full of wonderful foods and laughter, family and friends. You should not be sitting alone with a computer screen as your only way to celebrate this wonderful Holiday. And if you are reading this post during the night, then I truly hope you had a beautiful Holiday, that your stomach is full and that you have expressed with your loved ones and friends, all the things that you are thankful for this year.
 
I will share with you, yes YOU .. the one reading this message... that as the image above points out.. I am very thankful for YOU. Do you want to know why? It's simple. The answer is, because you are you. I am thankful for you because of who you are and how special you are to me. Each and every blog friend that comes into my life is a blessing to me. Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings and to reflect on the things and the people that you are most grateful for, most thankful for. And well my friend... you are a blessing to me. Your friendship is a blessing to me. And well... truth be told on this wonderful Holiday... I am thankful for YOU.  
 
Here is a little Thanksgiving Blessing from me to You
 

 
And now that I have blessed you and expressed to you just how grateful I am to have you in my life, I hope before you sign off for the night and decide to go to bed, that you will say a prayer for just one person out in the world that you know is alone. It could be that homeless man that sleeps behind the dumpster in the alley around the corner. It could be the sweet little old lady that lives a few houses down from you that sits on her porch and waves every time you drive by. It could be that child that you know is hungry because his dad is locked up and his mom is locked in the bathroom shooting up. Or it could be YOU. I have said my prayers. Will you say one too?

 
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.
My God Bless you and bring you many more blessings this upcoming year.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Talk Time Tuesday with Ask Jo~


Click Here for FCC#27 "Thankful"


Hello my friends!
Talk Time Tuesday is back!!!
So many of you wrote in asking questions and wishing for this segment to come back. Nice surprise huh? LOL Okay so before I get to the Q & A's, I just wanted to say a little something.
thank you!!!!
I am totally blessed, more so then I believe I should be. You have all been so good to me and since my launch of my new company 3 Twenty Crafts and my new stamp line, I have had encouraging, supportive, loving and kind comments from so many of you. And let's not forget all your generosity with all the orders I have been filling these past few days. WOW! That is all I can say to that. I did NOT expect the stamps to go flying out the door the way they have. Winter Wonderland seems to be a favorite as I only have 3 left in stock!! I honestly am very thankful. I dived into this new journey not knowing what would happen and not expecting much. These past few days have been a whirlwind of a dream! So again, thank you to all of you who have placed orders with me and to all who will place orders in the future. I appreciate each of you and I value your friendships more than anything else. So as a heads up, my stamp stock is getting very low; so if there is any stamp set that you really want but have been delaying, go grab them now! They will not last and it will take some time before I get them back in stock. And do not forget about the grand opening sale, you can save 15% off your order of $35. That sale ends on December 6th.

Okay so now let's get to our Q & A's!

Our first question comes from Olivia who asks, "Hi Jo! Can you give me any suggestions or ideas for snack foods for a crafting party? I just decided to host my own monthly party for crafting. The girls will meet up at my house once a month for a night of fun and crafts. I want to make sure I have some snacks out in case they get a tad bit hungry while crafting. What would you suggest? Right now all I can think of is cheese and crackers"

Hello Olivia~
Oh I wish I could come craft with you and your friends! I need a girls night out LOL. Okay so you originally sent this to me in October so I am not sure if you have already had your monthly party for this month yet but I can give you a few ideas. I always like to have 3 types of foods available. An appetizer, dessert & fruit. Here are a few ideas for each that I have tried and make from time to time (I've taken these from my personal recipe links):
Appetizers
1. Spinach Dip Bread Bowl
2. Taco Balls
3. Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes (I make this without the horseradish)
Desserts
1. Cinnamon Cookie Crunch Popcorn Mix
2. Chocolate Pecan Pie Bites
3. Graham Cracker Almond Candy
Fruit
1. Gingersnap Banana Frozen Yogurt
2. Apple Cinnamon Fruit Bars
3. Cold Fruit Salad
So there ya go Olivia! I also usually have out a tray with a few cheeses cut up in bite sized cubes with some pepperoni rounds and sometimes I will have out a nice candy dish with M&M's or skittles. =) I hope this helps you for your next monthly get together! Thanks so much for writing in and I hope to hear from you again soon!

Our second question today comes from Lisa who asks, "What are your favorite paper companies?"
 
Hey Lisa~
 Gosh I love so many of them!! This is a very hard question LOL
I will say that my favorite paper companies in no specific order are Bazzill, Core'dinations, Cutmates, SEI, Echo Park, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye, Pion Paper, Graphic 45, Fancypants, and Bo Bunny.
 I am sure there are plenty more as I am a paper HO! I hoard it seriously! But I will say this, my top 5 favorite paper companies that I absolutely love and adore are Pion, Graphic45, Fancypants, Simple Stories & Bazzill. Write me back and let me know which paper companies are your favorites. I'd love to hear from ya again! Thank you so much for writing in Lisa!
 
Thanks for the great questions today Olivia and Lisa!
 Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winners Announced~

 
Hello my crafty friends!
Are you all ready to see who won last week's top 3 and wins? Let's get to it!!
 
Our TOP 3 winners from last week's FFC #26 "Anything Goes":

# 83 Judy McKay 
# 149 Rocio
# 183 Mayra's Designs
 
 And now our winner of the  Fitztown 3pk of digis is...
 



And now for the winners of the new stamp sets released  by 3 Twenty Crafts

Winner of day 1-Happy Harvest
Happy Harvest

From Amanda's Blog
This is a real clever idea for a card project....love it. Love those stamps too. Hope I'm the lucky one lol Hugs Wynn x
 
Winner of day 2- Winter Wonderland
 
Winter Wonderland
  From Candice's Blog
15:Anne Byerley  November 20, 2013 at 5:55 AM
Hi Candice,
I love your card, it is really beautiful.
Once again a really wonderful set of stamps and very versaitle.
Thank you
I hope that you have a fantastic day.
Love and best wishes.
Anne
 
Winner of Day 3- Background Builders
Background Builders
From Mary's Blog
Both of your cards are gorgeous!! I especially love how you used the borders to create the tree!! It looks amazing!!
Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts
           
And lastly... The winner of day 4- Tags & Trimmings
Tags & Trimmings
 From Brenda's Blog
 

       Blogger Erin Stephenson said...
Adorable creations! Love them!
November 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM
           

 
  
Congratulations to all of the winners!
All Winners & Top 3 winners Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!
 
  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Sunday, November 24, 2013

A little card share



Hi there friends!
How is your Sunday? I have been pretty busy trying to eliminate things off  my "to-do" list,  watching some football and doing some laundry.
I decided to take a little break and check email and thought I would share this beautiful card with you from one of my designer's Candice.  How cute is this card??? I LOVE it! I just love how those snowflakes pop against that kraft background. Candice used the Winter Wonderland stamp set from 3 Twenty Crafts to stamp the snowflakes and those cute whimsical winter trees. I just love this set as it is so versatile and she did an awesome job creating this winter wonderland card!
Thank you Candice!


 
Well my friends, its off to finish up chores and to-do lists. I hope you enjoyed today's card share and I sure hope you come visit us tomorrow to see if you were one of the lucky random winners who won this awesome stamp set! I will announce the winners of all 4 newly released sets as well as last week's Funday Friday challenge winners.
Until next time... Enjoy life's blessings~


Saturday, November 23, 2013

3 Twenty Crafts Grand Opening Sale!


                       

             
Hi Friends!
Since our launch at 3 Twenty Crafts, we have had so much support, love and orders coming our way. So I wanted to take this time to personally let those of you who may not know
 about our Grand Opening Sale!  Use coupon code GRAND15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order of $35 or more! We have some really pretty sequins in stock ready for all your Holiday gifts~
and some Holiday Stamps to help create those wonderful gifts this season! So take advantage of this sale while you can! Sale ends December 6th! 
 
Until Next Time... Enjoy life's blessings~       

Friday, November 22, 2013

FFC #27 "Thankful" & Winners~



Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge.
 
 This week's Challenge:
"Mary's DT Host Choice- Thankful"
Create a card,layout or project of something you are thankful for!
 
Our sponsors this week are:
 One lucky winner will receive 7 digi stamps of their choice!!
AND
StampArt Designs by Kathryne
One lucky winner will receive 5 digi stamps of their choice!!
 So make sure to play along this week~
 
Starts: Friday, November 22nd 12:00AM
Ends: Friday, November 29th  6:00PM
(central time)
 
 Make sure to see the bottom of this post for Winners from FFC#25 "Things with Wings"
 
Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:


      Candice
 
 Brenda

 
 
  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what
 you can do for this challenge!
Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
 
You have until November 29th by 6:00Pm (central) time to link up.
All winners will be announced on Monday, December 2nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
Now for our TOP 3 winners from FFC#25
 
# 14 Meighan Wheller 
# 17 Ann Marie Governale 
# 53 CG
 
and now for the winner of a new stamp set from Your Next Stamp
 
 
 
and now for the winner of a 7 pack of digital stamps by Bugaboo
 
To all of our Top 3's and Winners and thank you to our sponsors!!
Winners please email me at
Joann6274@gmail.com to claim your prizes. You will have 2 wks.
 
 
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!







Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 4 & Final Day of the Surprise Blog Hop!!


Hello my crafty friends!!
Welcome to our 4th and final day of Jo’s Scrap Shack’s Surprise Blog Hop!
  All week long  the design team and I have been showing stamp sets from new company 3 Twenty Crafts. We hope you have enjoyed hopping along all week with us and enjoyed all the wonderful projects that the design team has created. Remember that all the stamp sets you saw this week will be available to purchase today at 3pm  (6PM Central Time and will be shipping on Monday.  The store is currently experiencing problems with the "shopping cart" and is expected to be up and running late this afternoon).
 
 Today we are showing you the new and awesome
stamp set “Tags & Trimmings
  
 This is what I created using this stamp set.
For today's card I used various stamps from this set. I created my own background paper for the front panel using the reindeer. I colored it in using my copics and added red stickles for his nose. At last.. Rudolph is hopping around my card! LOL
I also used the bow and the middle-sized swirly decoration to make a nice Holiday banner using some hemp cord. They were colored in with copics and stickled with some gold stickles.  They were all fussy cut out (that took the longest) but I really love the way this card turned out.
 I really do love it.

 I then stamped out one of the tags from this set, the sentiment "Ho, Ho, Ho", the ornament topper and the silhouette of Santa. I colored Santa in as realistic as I could and attached him to the ornament topper to create a charm dangling from the tag. The tag was stamped twice and is popped up for extra dimension. I also used the sentiment, "Merry Christmas" from the set, stamped it, distressed it and made it into a banner as well. It is also popped up on foam tape.
Here is a closer look at the sentiment and the homemade santa charm that I made. All the paper that I used was from Bazzill and MME. Inks that I used are Momento Tuxedo Black & Holiday Red from CTMH.
 
Well my friends that is my project for today and this concludes our week long blog hop. I have had so much fun all week  long and I hope you did too!
Just a reminder.. in order to win Tags & Trimmings, visit each blog along the hop and leave a comment! Make sure you check back here on Monday to see if you were one of the lucky winners of one of these awesome new stamp sets! Don't feel like waiting and want to grab your set of stamps now? Simply click here! (Store will be open for business at 6pm Central Time)
 
 Soooo are you ready for some Blog Hoppin Fun???
Your next stop on the hop is Amanda @ Crafts by Amanda but if you get lost along the way, just come back here and start at the beginning!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
 Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~ 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 3 Surprise Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Blog Hop Day 2
Blog Hop Day 1

Hello my crafty friends!!
Welcome to day 3 of Jo’s Scrap Shack’s Surprise Blog Hop!
  Today’s hop is day 3 of a 4 day hop and the new launch and release of a brand new company called “3 Twenty Crafts”!
The stamp set that we show each day will be given away to one lucky winner, but in order to win the set you must hop along and visit each design team member’s blog, leave a comment and then comment back here and let me know that you have completed the hop! The winner will be random and nobody knows which blog the winner will be chosen from. So make sure to visit each blog and leave some bloggy love!

 Today we are showing you the new and awesome
 stamp set “Background Builders
  
 This is what I created using this stamp set.
 Okay so for my first card here, I used the thin block outline stamp to create the half-page triangle art of colors. I stamped this stamp using various inks from PaperTrey Ink. I used the round circle outline stamp which is from another set of mine that will be showcased on Thursday, and added 3 circles. Ya know, that rule of 3! I used my stickles to create some sparkle as I love my stickles and the sentiment is from the "Up and Away" stamp set by Cardz TV Stamps. My cardstock is Bazzill and I used a pattern paper layer that I had in my stash from MME's Stella Rose Collection. Now onto my second card using Background Builders....
 Okay so for this card, I used the checkered border and the thin straw border to build my background paper. The checkered border was stamped in momento tuxedo black ink and I used some stickles inside the gray squares. The straw border was stamped in some Canyon Clay ink from Papertrey Ink. I used the wine glass from my "Happy Harvest" set (featured on Monday), colored it using some copics and again applied some stickles and created some bubbly! The sentiment, "Cheers to a New Year" is from the Cardz TV Stamp Set "Very Merry". I popped this layer up on foam tape for some added dimension. All cardstock is Bazzill.
 
Well my friends that is my project for today. I really LOVED how my cards turned out. I hope you did too and  Just a reminder.. in order to win Background Builders, visit each blog along the hop and leave a comment! Also, all four sets that will be released this week will be available for purchasing on Thursday, November 21st at 3pm and will ship out on Monday, November 25th!
 
 Soooo are you ready for some Blog Hoppin Fun???
Your next stop on the hop is Amanda with Crafts by Amanda but if you get lost along the way, just come back here and start at the beginning!
Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us today and make sure to join us tomorrow for another sneak peak at another great stamp set by 3 Twenty Crafts!
 
Until next time... Enjoy life's blessings~

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 2 Surprise Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Day 1 of the Surprise Blog Hop

Hello my crafty friends!!
Welcome to day 2 of Jo’s Scrap Shack’s Surprise Blog Hop!
  Today’s hop is day 2 of a 4 day hop and the new launch and release of a brand new company called “3 Twenty Crafts”!

For those of you who missed the news yesterday, I have publically announced the launch of my new company & stamp line!!! It's so exciting, right??  Just click the link above if you want to read all about it and do the hop! We had a great turnout yesterday for the hop and thank you so very much for all the sweet words and congrats! It means so much to me! To remind everyone or for the new people that have stumbled here today, this is how our hop will work...Every day up until Thursday, we will show you a  brand new stamp set from 3 Twenty Crafts and trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

The stamp set that we show each day will be given away to one lucky winner, but in order to win the set you must hop along and visit each design team member’s blog, leave a comment and then comment back here and let me know that you have completed the hop! The winner will be random and nobody knows which blog the winner will be chosen from. So make sure to visit each blog and leave some bloggy love!
 Today we are showing you the new and awesome
stamp set “Winter Wonderland
  
 This is what I created using this stamp set.
 I decided to make some Christmas cards and get a some-what early/late start on them LOL
So here is my first card and I apologize for the bad lighting. I tried for nearly 30 minutes to get the proper lighting and failed. =(
For this card, I used one of the trees from the set, stamped it three times & watercolored it in using Clover Meadow ink by CTMH. I popped each tree on top of the other for some added dimension. I added some white flock and rock candy stickles to make the tree look snowy and icy and added a few dots of Christmas red stickles as ornament balls. Also from this set, I used the sentiment "Winter Wonderland" but only inked up the word "Winter" in CTMH's Holiday red ink. The CS is from Bazzill and the patterned paper is from DCWV's "The Christmas Combo" stack. I added the doily distressed with tea dye distress ink, added some more stickles and that was it! Now for my second card...
 
 I wanted a CAS style card to mainly focus on the beautiful snowflakes in this set. When I think of Winter Wonderland, I think of snowflakes, icicles, snowmen, etc. The snowflakes that I have put into this stamp set are just beautiful. Very many different variations and sizes. So I made my own patterned paper using 4 of the snowflakes which I inked up with CTMH's Heavenly Blue ink. I used some white opaque sequins to mimic snowflakes as well and you cannot really see it, but I have added some rock candy stickle swirls all around the paper as well. It really glistens and sparkles in real life. Also from the set, I inked up the sentiment "Winter Wonderland" in momento tuxedo black ink. To finish it off, I used some twine and tied it into a bow as I felt it needed just a little extra something. All the paper used for this card is from Bazzill.
 Well my friends that is my project for today. I really hope you enjoy the hop!
Just a reminder.. in order to win Winter Wonderland, visit each blog along the hop and leave a comment! Also, all four sets that will be released this week will be available for purchasing on Thursday, November 21st at 3pm and will ship out on Monday, November 25th!
 
 Soooo are you ready for some Blog Hoppin Fun???
Your next stop on the hop is Amanda @ Crafts by Amanda but if you get lost along the way, just come back here and start at the beginning!
Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us today and make sure to join us tomorrow for another sneak peak at another great stamp set by 3 Twenty Crafts!
 
Until next time... Enjoy life's blessings~