Wednesday, April 30, 2008

May Kits

Okay, so I know we are only a few hours from the product going up for sale anyway, but this was the best I could do! I swear April just seems like a big blur. . .

Introducing. . . "Trendy" - the new Jenni Bowlin Studio line for Spring/Summer. It comes with 6 papers, a die cut paper (this time I printed some notebook lines on it), journaling cards and mini papers. We have also introduced 3 new shapes of chipboard (brought back 2 of them actually) - hearts, stars and flowers. You just can't go wrong with those, can you?

Here is a taste of what the entire kit looks like - I added a little yellow for some punch!


And of course the Project Kit. . .

a sweet little hanging book made with 6" and 4" JBS chipboard flowers, red German Scrap, vintage papers and vintage milk caps. Mine is going to my Grandmother and she will cherish it. .

Last but not least, the Add-On kit. I think this is my favorite yet- you get a vintage Blue Horse Notebook (remember my old store auction?) with about 12 pages in each and lots of other goodies, vintage and new!


We will have a mid month release of some limited edition embellishment tins and a vintage kit so be sure to check back on the 15th!

See you tonight at midnight (central time)!

Retailers- FYI: Newsletters will go out late tonight about the new product and will be available for on-line purchase and otherwise beginning tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Crazy month. . .
I am looking forward to May. . . we will actually be in town with nothing big going on for 4 weeks (but then there is June. . .!)
The blog has been a little neglected, this I know. I have been trying to post a little something about Scrap Etc. last weekend and have finally found a moment (just before I hop on a plane yet again in three hours)!
I had a wonderful time at the Scrap Etc. event again this year. The women that come to this event are FABULOUS - they make my job so very easy. I love getting to meet everyone and see familiar faces. I must say that the anticipation for large events like this is killer on the preparation end, but once I get there and start the teaching I realize why I do it! Of course I didn't bring my camera as usual, but Amber Ulmer snapped this one and sent it to me. It was taken the first night at the SIS TV question and answer session:


I would like to think I said something brilliantly funny and everyone was enjoying it, but I'm pretty sure nothing I had to say was brilliant or funny! Next time I will not sit in the middle of Wilna and Heidi. Wilna has the most beautiful accent and the most poetic answer to anything she is asked (I swear I could just sit in a room and listen to her for hours- I so enjoyed meeting you Wilna!). And Heidi. . . well, it's HEIDI, what else do I need to say. I think she saved me several times and bailed me out. We had not seen each other until that point so we were a bit gabby on the corner there to ourselves. We seem to make the same choices when it comes to fashion as well. This night we both had silver shoes on, but the next day we were dressed exactly the same top to bottom! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at her event in September!

Previews will be posted next week for the May kits - guess what? We have a new line and the May kit is built around it! It is called "Trendy".

Retailers - you will be getting a newsletter early next week with previews as well. Ordering will open up on May 1st!

More soon . . .I'm off to pack my bags!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mid-Month Selections. . .
Did you remember? This month I had a couple surprises up my sleeve and needed time to get them together (plus it gives you enough time to complete Mother's Day gifts), so. . . here we go!

This is the FABULOUS necklace kit I put together with the new Nunn Designs Patera jewelry findings. I added a vintage pearl button, some vintage brass butterfly charms I have been hoarding (they layer together perfectly) and topped it off with a metal rhinestone button charm. If you have not seen the Patera stuff in person, it is very high quality and thick. I love the new reproduction rosary chain! The kit also includes the Patera glaze to fill the large pendant. This is fine jewelry grade and must be set with a UV light (good old sunlight for 15 minutes will do it) - printed instructions come with the kit on how to use it. It has a much better end result than using embossing powder. This would make a very nice gift. The square pendant is 1 1/4" just to give you some scale (nice and big)!


I also put together this collage on the back of an old yard Domino (these babies are 2 3/4" x 5 1/2"!) I love them and hope to find more. I have a few to share this time around along with some fabulous wallpaper I have been holding on to, waiting for the perfect project. Some vintage trim, a millinery flower and a vintage brass "mother" charm finish off the project. You create the collage on the blank side of the Domino (the second one is shown so you can see the front- obviously the dots on the front will vary with each one). You get one Domino in the kit with all of the embellishments.



And finally, all of the embellishment tins will go back up for sale tonight along with a Limited Edition "Spring Romance" tin. Here is what the contents look like (you will get exactly these things, although the styles of the bird and flower Dennison labels will vary). This can be found under JBS Exclusive Products (look for Vintage Embellishment Tins).






All of these things go up for sale at 10:00 central time tonight (Tuesday, April 15).

If you are coming to the Scrap Etc. event this weekend at the Opryland Hotel, I am looking forward to meeting you! I am packing up everything as we speak (for the long 15 mile trip)!

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Sunday, April 06, 2008


Newest Finds. . .

As promised, I finally took photos of some of my recent finds! This is the ledger, notebooks and mother-of-pearl buttons from the general store auction I went to over Easter (coming to a Project Kit very soon). . .

These are some items I picked up out in Franklin last week for our new booth at CHA (as well as not 1, but 2 kitchen islands from Scarlett - more about that later. . .)

And here is the AMAZING find I mentioned in the last post that I found in New England last weekend. . .
Can you believe it? It was handmade in 1908 (as carved on the inside). It took my breath away when I saw it. I couldn't imagine anyone with that name in 1908 (weren't all Jennifer's born in the 70's)?? Yes it has an "e" on the end but I think I can live with that! Now where to put it. . .

I also picked up another ironstone pitcher while there (so much more plentiful there than in the south). The smell of these Lily's are filling the house right now.


And. . . I got a new toy. Jared ordered us the 40D as well as a new portrait lens (a Canon EF 85mm)- thank goodness for business write-offs! I really needed this for the website photography (and to take this. . .)


He is 10 next month (sigh) and wearing Abercrombie cologne everyday. I'm losing my grip and it is paining me so. He is me made over body and soul (Christian belongs to his Dad).

I hope your week starts out great! Spring is finally here to stay here (or so we hope)!

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