We have been busy, busy behind the scenes. Though we've set the date for the Grand Opening of our new online store for August 12th (my birthday), we've worked extra hard the last number of weeks to get everything in place for an Early Bird Launch. Our goal was today -- and well, here we are, it's Monday and we did it -- the store is up! I wanted you guys to have the first look at our new shop before any press releases go out or whatnot. And it's your first chance to see my new scrapbook collection in its entirety. It's really pretty crazy how all of these projects are popping at once.
Why "popping?" (I've used that term a lot this year.) I was thinking about that last night as I lay in bed. And I think my internal metaphor hearkens back to the electrical popcorn machine I had in college my freshman year. I lived in the dorms, and the cafeteria closed well before I was ready to eat dinner. So I ate a lot of late-night popcorn that year.
You know how it is, you wait & wait for that first kernel to pop, watching them swirl & swirl around. It seems like it's taking forever. But, then. Well, once it starts, there's no stopping -- it's just pop, pop, pop... pop-pop-pop.
So, with no flouncy build-up (we've been too busy getting things ready for you), our Early Bird Launch is Today -- with over 200 different items for sale. Yep, 200+. I just did the count. And, what I now realize is that half of the skus represent much of my design work over the last year. And two of the main four categories are filled with designs I haven't even revealed on my blog yet.
In short, I've got a whole lot of revealing to do. I hope you have nothing else going on today, as there are pages and pages of new HB designs: gobs of Freshcut fabric (now no longer in production), paper, stickers, stamps, rub-ons, ribbons, etc. And we have new Trash Ties colors, new Trash Ties prices(!), inspiration pages, coupons, discounts -- oh my.
One post certainly won't cover my excitement for all of these bits and baubles. I have lots of fun projects in the works. Two new free patterns too (including these greeting cards -- I'm excited to show you this new, tricky card closure I came up with.)
And if all of this isn't enough...
Today marks the blog debut of my sewing patterns. Four new sewing patterns to reveal -- pop, pop, pop, pop! We'll have even more new patterns to release at Quilt Market in October, but you've already waited long enough for these ones. I won't say how long -- and don't look it up. I get absolutely a ton of emails about sewing patterns (which I love -- thank you so much). My fingers are tightly-crossed that we're printing enough copies on this first print-run. If you've been waiting & waiting on my fruit pincushions pattern or le sexy-hubba-hubba halter apron or must have either or both of my other new patterns (wait till you see these!) -- well you know what they say about early birds.
All four sewing patterns are stocked in the new store, so go reserve your copies today. I'll preview each of the patterns here soon. I could have easily let this post become a small book, but I'll resist.
I'm sure you're anxious to go check out the store, the scrapbook collection & the patterns. Before you go, make sure to read over our current discounts and promotions so you don't miss out on your chance at free Trash Ties and a special discount on your first order. Cute coupons too -- a cute store warrants cute coupons, don't you think?
Well then. With no further ado...
Let us know if you run into any kinks. There's a customer service email over at the store (email@example.com). Thanks so much. Yay!!
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• INTL. FLAT RATE: Some international customers have requested Intl. Priority Flat Rate Envelopes as a shipping option. We are happy to now offer this option, but please note that we cannot fit scrapbook paper and albums into these envelopes (the envelopes are only 9"x12").
• All other issues that have been pointed out, such a mis-linked buttons and whatnot, have been fixed.
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