Monday, May 31, 2010

Big Box on My Doorstep!

The last of the stamp pad holders have arrived. Once these are gone, that's it!
I have about 12 left in stock. All the ribbon holders are gone now!

This box holds new Copic marker colours, and some gorgeous new sandable cardstock.
I will take a picture and put it up on my blog tomorrow.

Anyone looking for graduation embellishments. I only received 3 packages but they are super cute!

Until tomorrow... Gotta start clearing out all the stuff that has sold on Fargocat Shops and start planning for Christmas!!! yes I said it, Christmas and Winter, my favourite times for cards.

Oh, can't wait until this day job is over so I can start seriously stamping.

Deborah

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday!! Time to Recharge, Relax but first I gotta Clean!!



Today is cleaning day. I was going to post a picture of a pair of rubber gloves, but decided on this instead!

Yesterday I spent all day at gorgeous Liscomb Lodge. Rachel Porter (a good friend) and I left New Glasgow at 6:30 a.m. and after a relaxing but a little bumpy ride, arrived at the Lodge at 8 a.m. First, I could not believe I did not know more about this place. I am sure if it had a golf course attached, it would be sold out every weekened. Open space, beautiful wood buildings,lots of levels, pontoon boat rides and I was told the rooms are spacious and more than adequate for a Lodge type setting. It is now open from 7 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. Full course breakfast for $11.95 (I believe) and lunch and dinner. Believe me, take a drive on a Sunday, (John and Priscilla - you listening) you won't be disappointed. Natural shade and cover from the trees. I believe they also have kids activities as well, there was some sort of scavenger hunt going on while I was there.

I have been to a lot of Stampin' Up! conventions, leadership events,special invite only events and cruises, . Dawn Howard created an atompshere for 46 women (Hi to those that travelled from PEI)that would rival any event I have attended. Lots of room for the scrapbookers, muffins, tea, coffee, water available all day and in the afternoon, fresh baked cookies,.... cookies, people! Natural light in one huge spacious room. The other room did not have windows but also provided pretty much a full scrapbook store to shop in without walking very far. They all received gift bags, and from what I saw on Saturday I think they were treated like the scrapbooking princesses they all were. Games, bowls of candy, and when I left, Dawn and her workers were preparing the fruit for a chocolate fountain. Seriously, next year,check this event out! I know you will get your money's worth and more.

Fargocat Shops set up shop in an outer corridor and we were very busy! Thank you ladies for being so generous and kind. My Quick Quote packages were a big hit and sold out in the morning. Getting more in and you will see more about this line of scrapbook kits in the coming weeks. Lisa MacLeod won the grand door prize and Dawn was tracking down the other two winners for me when we left.

There were classes going on all weekend, some with a fee, but mine was free to introduce myself to these ladies. Yvonne helped me with a sketch above,but when it came down to supplies, I had to take some suggestions and rearrange a few things.
Yvonne's sketch shows how you can match your scrapbook paper to cardstock using your distress inks. Mine showed them how to use SMOOCH which was a big hit! And how to ink through stencils and create your own embellishments using a bird stencil, plus they could chalk all or none of their images and move things around. The classes were held upstairs in a great room with wonderful natural light. Like a big cozy family room complete with fireplace. I liked the two levels, less hectic in the classroom area.

A great drive home except for a duck wandering around in the middle of the highway, no I stopped my car and drove around him....no duck incident. Thanks Dawn for inviting me and thanks to everyone at the event for being so sweet to Rachel and myself. Will be contacting you in the future so you can follow my blog!

Okay, back to those rubber gloves, unfortunately.

Fargocat Shops is expecting a shipment in this week and will be open next Sunday!
Deborah

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Liscomb Lodge This Saturday!

Are you going to the Scrapbook retreat weekend at Liscomb Lodge this weekend?
I will be there on Saturday and offering a free 12 x 12 page to those attending.
I think Dawn still has a few spots left if you can squeeze it into your schedule.

Email me and I can put you in touch with her or go to the Facebook site at:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=8812359861&ref=ts
for more details.

Deborah

I'm Officially Retiring!

Fargocat Shops is turning into a labour of love. And to properly nuture this new addition to my life, I have to shower some tender loving care on it.

So I am giving up my day job and probably will be working twice as hard to turn Fargocat Shops into a fantastic place to be inspired by!

And I will get all of this started by attending CHA in Chicago the end of July!
Whoo Hoo! I have already registered for the Christmas Flower Soft workshop and the Hero Arts Christmas Workshop! Plus I get to see the latest Spellbinders and Nestabilties because..............I will be carrying them in my shop! Plus the stamps that fit into these dies!

Yeah, I cannot wait to get on that plane and bring back lots of new ideas. But, first, I have to finish working and let Yvonne carry the design workload!

New items have arrived and she is getting started on new ideas!
Can't wait Yvonne to see what you are working on!
Deborah

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Guess What! I have this Product!


When I placed my second order, I had heard great things about Donna Salazar who designs scrapbook paper and altered projects.

I saw this Crafty Chronicle and thought, WOW! and then my second thought was, okay, who will see the creative ideas in this just waiting to bust out! Well, zip forward to my frriend, Nancy who was visiting yesterday. I think I almost made her buy it!
Anyone looking for step by step instructions on how to make paper flowers, you need this....and you use the Chronicle to make the papers with! Genius, I say!

And then, my dynamic designer Yvonne, found this link to the actual "Crafty Chronicle" Click here and be inspired by the Girlfriends Club! It's only $2.25 (can be mailed very inexpensively) and I only have 7 left!!

Tomorrow, I have huge news!! I can't wait to tell you, make sure you check back tomorrow!
Deborah

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shop Open This Weekend!

Just a quick post to let you know when I will be open this weekend.

Saturday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Clearning out all remaining Stampin'Up! cardstock,inkpads and reinkers, miscellaneous items and individual stamps! Stampin Up is discontinuing a lot of popular colours, I still have most in stock at .25 cents a sheet.

Drop by and test drive some Copic inks and a demo using the new SMOOCH Spritz!

Lawrence has been working extra hard getting all my new displays up with fabulous lighting! Yeah!

Every purchase gets a free gift!

Deborah

Monday, May 17, 2010

Winners of Fargocat Shops Grand Opening!

Sorry I had to make you wait all day!

The 3 Winners are:

Number 1
Annette said: Congratulations on your new shop Grand Opening this Saturday, it is very exciting!!! Just as exciting for us, a chance to win something woohooo!! Thank you so much and good luck to you :-)

Annette

Sunflowerscreations.blogspot.com

May 6, 2010 2:02 PM

Number 2

Madeleine said
Glad to see that you are finally open for business. I have emailed the order - hopefully I did it correctly

May 2, 2010 9:43 AM

Number 3
Robin said
This is great, Deborah! Best of luck in this new endeavor.

Please email me, I think I know who some of you are, but not entirely sure!

If I don't have a response by Wednesday,will pick a new name!
Thanks,
Deborah

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wedding in Cape Breton!





We spent Saturday in Beautiful Glace Bay! After a late start, turn around and go back for Lawrence's shoes, then a stop at the Bay in Sydney for pantyhose for me and a change at a gas station for Lawrence into his suit, we arrived at the Church with about 20 minutes to spare. Pretty good! Lawrence and I are both from Cape Breton, I grew up in Donkin (about 15 minutes from Glace Bay) and Lawrence is from Tower Road (about 5 minutes from Glace Bay). When Lawrence was hired at Michelin Tire about 30 years ago,that brought us to New Glasgow area.

The wedding was beautiful, both families are large (many sibblings) so the Church was packed. The bride is Angela Wilson, daughter of Lawrence's niece, Francie and she married B.J. Tracey, who is a great guy. I know they will have a wonderful life together. The other lady in the picture above is Lawrence's sister-in-law Rose who came from Toronto to attend the event.

Supper was delicious and we even had time for a trip to the famous "Chip Wagon". This is a Must Attend event when you come to Cape Breton, a trip home is not complete until you have the most delicious hand cut and deep fried french fries from a truck! They even knew what wedding we were there for, now that's a great small town for you.

We left for home about 7:30, even squeezed in a trip to McFadgens bakery for some treats. Stores just can't bake like the old bake shops can. We couldn't wait, made tea about 10:30 last night and had the thinest, most delicious oat cakes I have ever had.

Now, on to more important things! Yvonne and I will be announcing the winners of the blog contest tomorrow! Yeah! Watch for the post about 6 p.m. from me as I work until 4:30! Keep your fingers crossed!
Deborah

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Only Two More Days To Enter Blog Give-a-way

Free blog gifts ends on May 15th.

To enter, find the May 2nd post and leave a comment.

Then, zoom over to Yvonne's blog Ink-spirations and leave a comment on her blog to enter.

Only one entry per person!

What am I up to today?

Entering all the new stuff that arrived onto Fargocat Shops! I gave you a sneak peek of the new stamps that arrived!

Here is look at a unique item that might aspire to the Distressed fans out there!



This is a Donna Salazar item and the description reads as this:
Crafty Chronicle Newspaper

This periodical was designed to be die cut into scallop and flower shapes so that you can make your own paper flowers and is also ideal for altered art projects.

It is slightly thicker than just paper, a nice weight and has maps and puzzles, etc inside along with some interesting reading. My cost is $2.25 for this very unique item, it has 8 pages. And...............easy to mail!

Let me know if you would like on. I only have 6.
Deborah

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Look What's New At Fargocat Shops!











Check her for new products that have not been added to Fargocat Shops yet!
If you see something you like, just email me for price and purchase.

The newest House Mouse Stamps just arrived!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Link to my On-Line Store

If you are looking for the link to my on-line store, just click on Fargocat Shops!
It is on the right hand side of the blog.

Better yet, sign up for my newsletter and stay informed of what's new at Fargocat Shops!
Thanks,
Deborah

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Copic Markers - A Special Page Just For Them!

To all my friends who love to colour! Receiving more than a few posts from stamper and scrapbookers wanting to test the Copic waters but are not too sure how to get started.

Yvonne is going to do a Colouring post with House Mouse stamps to showcase a few pointers. Copic markers are completely different than other markers, you colour a little differently with them. When I was at CHA in Orlando last summer, I took an all day class to become a Certified Copic Demonstrator. This covered the basics and I am now waiting for my manual to come that should help me remember everything I learned that was not basic. I have decided to put a page on my blog so when your receive your Copic markers you are using them the correct way to get the best possible results. The class I took was taught by the amazing Marianne Walker and this is a link to her blog.
There are videos showing you how to use them and links to amazing blogs by the other demos on Copic's team. I have to learn how to make this a link you can click on but for now just copy and paste.
http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com

The equally amazing Pat Huntoon was in attendance as well, and if you are a "Technique Junkie", you recognize the name. I actually got her autograph and Marianne's as well. Marianne even drew a picture for me, but I digress.
http://www.patstamps.com/Newsletter.html
(I am not just a pretty face you know, I have been stamping a long.......time)

Althought at the moment I am carrying the Ciao line, I am getting requests for Sketch as well. Just email me the colours you would like me to order in Sketch and I can start carrying them if the demand is there.

Here's the scoop on the Ciao marker which I think is a wonderful product.
/ Ciao / Features
COPIC Ciao Markers are the perfect choice for beginning artists. These round shaped pens are made specifically for those who want to try markers for the first time. Solid polypropylene body is both smooth and comfortable, for a perfect, controllable grip.
•Double ended marker, with durable polyester nibs, comes with Super Brush and Medium Broad Nibs.
•Ciao Markers come in 144 colors and are refillable.
•Electronic production guarantees consistency of both color and output.
•Caps come with an inner seal as well as choke proof venting for small children as a safety feature.
•Body inscriptions and symbols are wear resistant and easily cleaned with COPIC cleaner.
Copic products not intended for children ages 12 and under.
•Body inscriptions and symbols are wear resistant and easily cleaned with COPIC cleaner.

Tomorrow I start uploading all the latest products I received! Yeah! Love new stuff.
I will be in Cape Breton next Saturday for a family wedding. If anyone would like to order anything and have it dropped off between here and Glace Bay, just email me!
Deborah

Friday, May 7, 2010

Saturday Hours - 9 a.m - 5 p.m.



Drop in anytime tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call for directions (902-923-2835) or check the shipping page on my Fargocat Shops site. Sit down and make a Free card with a House Mouse purchase of $10.00

Stamp pad holders are a Mothers Day special price of $5.00 and ribbon holders are $3.00 - Please note the picture shows 2 ribbon holders stacked together. These are awesome, and at great prices. Lots of new gorgeous House Mouse stamps, even Christmas ones!!

If you would like to place an order, either call or fill your shopping cart, then, checkout, right click your mouse, copy and past into an email. Please note, I do need to know if you are picking up your order or I am mailing it out to you so the Pay Pal invoice is correct.
Hope to see you soon,
Deborah, Fargo and Seven!
(Please note, the cats are kept in another part of the house when the shop opens)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Free Card For Saturday!


Drop by this Saturday, purchase $10.00 or more of House Mouse stamps and you can make this card free! I have used Copic markers and the new "Just The Edge" border strips. They make creating a unique border on a card a piece of cake. No more sore fingers from punching and.........no more crooked borders! It's hard to see but the cake and popcorn are cut out and popped up!(get it..popcorn..popped up,I know,I have to work on my humour) The borders have 20 strips to a package, 10 designs and are $3.00

Hope to see you on Saturday,lots of new products and great prices! Plus I have lots of free thank-you gifts to give away if you make a purchase. And............there is never any tax! Sorry, only cash and cheques unless you are placing an order online, then you can pay with a credit card.

Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Colours



Rusty Hinge** Spun Sugar** Stormy Sky** Tumbled Glass** Victorian Velvet** Wild Honey
Barn Door** Bundled Sage** Chipped Sapphire** Crushed Olive** Forest Moss** Pumice Stone

These are the latest colours of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads which I am carrying at Fargocatshops. I also have in stock, Faded Jeans, Antique Linen and his embossing pads. Price is $5.50


Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads
Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 36 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They’re perfect for the new vintage, stained, aged effect crafters are creating in their altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects. Tim selected the colors and helped develop these inks to produce a realistic, weathered look on paper, photos and decorative fibers. All the colorful Distress Inks afford added versatility when photo tinting and color layering with the original, award winning tones. The 2" x 2" pads are made with a higher raised felt for easier use with direct to paper techniques, Re-inkers available in .5 oz. amber glass bottles with eye drop applicators.

• Acid free
• Non-toxic
• Fade Resistant
• New Higher Felt
• Raised 2" x 2" Pads
• Water-based Dye Inks
• .5 oz. Reinkers Available

Monday, May 3, 2010

Look What's New!


The remaining Copics, more amazing cardstock and Just The Edge Strips and Half the Edge Strips for Scrapbookers. Stamp Pad holders, stackable ribbon holders, SMOOCH, More House Mouse................ I'm in heaven!


Here's the scoop for this Saturday! Drop in, purchase a House Mouse stamp or two that total over $10.00 and you get to make a House Mouse card absolutely free! Sort of a Mother's Day gift from the cats!



Here's the card we will be doing a variation on. We will use the beautiful embossed background and one half the edge strip, the stamp image may not be the same but you do get to play with the Copic Markers.

My first newsletter just went out with all the details on My special Mother's Day sale. Be sure and sign up at Fargocat Shops to receive my newsletter.
Hope to see you and don't forget to post to the May 2nd Giveway Post to win some great prizes!



Sunday, May 2, 2010

Time for Some Free Stuff!!

The best part of a grand opening is the Give-a-Aways!

How to Enter:
Earn one ballot by leaving a comment on this May 2nd Giveaway Blog Post
Earn a second ballot by subscribing to our blog or becoming a follower
Earn a third ballot by adding my blinkie to your blog
Earn a fourth ballot by subscribing to my newsletter on the Fargocat Shops website

Prizes will awarded on May 15th giving you lots of time to enter.
1st - House Mouse stamp and Package of Ribbon Adhesive
2nd - Impression Obsession unmounted and 2 of the newest Cat's Eyes inks
3rd - Hero Arts Stamp, package of 1,000 Adhesive Squares

Now check out Yvonne's blog for her give-a-ways!
Also any order in May gets a free sample of Just the Edge Bazzill Strips.

Today, Sunday, May 2nd - I will be home from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. if you would like to stop by at my house in Eureka to check out what I have in stock so far!
Deborah

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fargocat Shops is Open For Business!

Yeah!! My dream come true. Click on the Fargocat Shops Link to visit my new online store.
Remember, I am just getting started so the products are slowly coming in. If you would like to place an order, just put your items in the shopping cart, when you are finished shopping, click checkout, then, right click on your mouse and highlight the shopping cart. Then copy and paste to a blank email or depending on your computer, you may be able to email the order directly to deborah@fargocatshops.com

Be sure and come back tomorrow for some give-aways on Yvonne's and my blogs.
Deborah