Sunday, July 31, 2011

Last Chance Get Them Before They Retire!

The 2011 Fall/Winter Catalog comes out tomorrow! So what does this mean for you? Well, don't get discouraged, but some of the products you see today, won't be there tomorrow!

With a new catalog comes new products. The following items are retiring. :( 

But hey, they're still available till midnight and it's still July so you get the more bang for your buck promotion!

I've tried to list most of them here:

Paper KitsBliss Level 1 X7132A pg 12
Bliss Level 2 X7132B pg 12
Bliss Stickease X7132C pg 12
Miracle L1 X7133A pg 16
Miracle L2 X7133B pg 16
Miracle Stickease X7133C pg 16
Sweetheart L1 X7134A pg 20
Sweetheart L2 X7134B pg 20
Sweetheart Stickease X7132C pg 20
Wings L1 X7135A pg 24
Wings L2 X7135B pg 24
Wings Stickease X7135C pg 24
Magnifique L1 X7127A pg 38
Magnifique L2 X7127B pg 38
Magnifique Stickease X7127C pg 38
Olivia L1 X7128A pg 38
Olivia L2 X7128B pg 38
Olivia Stickease X7128C pg 38
· Hooligans L1 X7129A pg 39
· Hooligans L2 X7129B pg 39
· Hooligans Stickease X7129C pg 39
· Mistletoe L1 X7130A pg 39
· Mistletoe L2 X7130B pg 39
· Mistletoe Stickease X7130C pg 39
· Sweetheart WOTG G1017 pg 41
· Lucky WOTG G1018 pg 41
· Sophia WOTG G1019 pg 41
· Bliss WOTG G1020 pg 42
· Fanfare WOTG G1021 pg 42
· Mayberry WOTG G1022 pg 42
· Miracle WOTG G1023 pg 43
· Wings WOTG G1016 pg 43


Prices are going up from $9.50 per pack to $14.50 for the 24 packs of card stock. As far as one color packs... well most colors are going..going…Gone! If I were you I'd buy your favorites even though some colors (mostly neutrals & fall colors) will still be available in packs of 24, you'll get the addition savings before the prices go up.

In the words of a fellow consultant, "So if you love New England Ivy for Christmas or Outdoor Denim, buy it now. If you love Cranberry or Olive, it will still be available but at the higher price ($14.50)"

These colors will be discontinued in 24 sheet packs of one color and are only $9.50 until July 31.
Sunkiss Yellow & Sunny Yellow
Lilac Mist & Amethyst
Holiday Red
Sunflower & Goldrush
Moonstruck (everyone loves this color)
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

Other color cardstocks will be sold in combo packs only.

How will you be able to buy the colors in the new Catalog?
They will have 12 colors per pack/2 of each color (24 sheets total) for $14.95 and *NEW* 8 1/2 x 11 will be $11.95

They will also have Shade Packs which consist of 3 colors/4sheets per color (12 sheets total) for $7.95

Colors listed above ARE NOT in the Shade Packs
Colonial White, White Daisy, and Kraft will continue to be sold in 24 sheet packs for only $9.50

Block Organizer:

(Z185) For $22.95

These Block Sizes

1 x 1-1/2 Y1001 $4.50
1 x 6 1/2 Y1005 $6.50
2 1/2 x 2 1/2 Y1004 $7.50
2 x 11 Y1007 $14.95
4 x 4 Y1008 $10.50
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 Y1011 $17.95

We will be adding a *NEW* block of 4 x 5″ for $15.95. Check your stamps to see if you need these size blocks to use your stamps and BUY IT NOW!

Kraft Borders: yes the manufacturer is discontinuing this HOT item!!!!

Some Ribbon Rounds: Sweet Leaf, Buttercup & Cranberry

Chipboard: Borders, Booksmart & Framed Fun

Irresistable Chipboards: Miracle & Villa

Sophia L2 Journaling Spots Z1357 pg 116
Mini Medley Accents Pear Z1339 pg 117
Mini Medley Accents Lagoon Z1340 pg 117

Mini Med. Acc. Outdoor Denim Z1277 pg 117
Top Coats Framed In Z1211 pg 118

Rub Ons Across the Board Z1231 pg 118
Rub Ons Primavera — Z1265 pg 118

All Envelope Flaps (Attn. Card makers)…

Stamp Pads and Markers in sets will no longer be available. However, you will be able to purchase them individually!
Stamp Pad set Antique Z1564 pg 124
Stamp Pad set Timeless Z1569 pg 124
Stamp Pad set Harmony Z1560 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Blossom Z1570 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Carnival Z1573 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Celebration Z1574 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Harvest Z1562 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Garden Z1567 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Classic Z1563 pg 125
Stamp Pad set Cozy Z1600 pg 125
Marker set Antique Z1554 pg 124
Marker set Timeless — Z1559 pg 124
Marker set Harmony — Z1550 pg 125
Marker set Blossom — Z1571 pg 125
Marker set Carnival — Z1572 pg 125
Marker set Celebration — Z1575 pg 125
Marker set Harvest — Z1552 pg 125
Marker set Garden — Z1557 pg 125
Marker set Classic — Z1553 pg 125
Marker set Cozy — Z1610 pg 125
Textured C.S. White Daisy — X5671 pg 124

Don't forget about Bang for your Buck this month too!

Start Shopping Now If you know what you want, just add the numbers in the Quick Add box. These items will be shipped right to your door. Spend just $50 and get one of your favorite paper products for $1.00!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sunflower Guest Book Album

Today, I'm featuring the Sunflower Guest Book Album that was customized for a special couple who are being married this very day.

This couple will be gathering tons of great advice from friends and family today inside the pages of their guest book.

Congradulations Robbie & Devon!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friends Day Card

Even the kids have really got excited about making cards lately. My oldest daughter declared that friday is Friend's Day. She must have been looking at a calander, because the International day for friendship is coming up on July 30, 2011.

So this is my friend's day card.

This sherbert striped paper comes from DCWV sweet treats pack.
The stamp comes from G Studio.

Of course, I cut the paper to cover the card base (5.5" x 4")
Then I three orange sherbert brads at the top of the card.

Now I'm off to stick this one in the mail. How about you, are you sending out any special friends day cards this week?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bliss Wedding Invitation

Isn't this so elegant?

Since I've been sharing some of my cards with you lately, and we've been going over bride check lists and what not, I just had to share with you this bridal invitation made by fellow Close To My Heart Consultant, Christine Adams.  

She used:

Bliss Level 2 Paper Pack X7132B
Bliss WOTG Friendship Stamp
Colonial White Card Stock X1411
Versamark Ink Z891
Clear Embossing Powder  Z821

What a lovely invitation for such a beautiful Occassion!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Today, I'm happy to announce that I'm adding some new features to my site. I am now a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

So I know some of you are wondering... what does that mean?

Close To My Heart offers a complete line of quality scrapbooking and stamping products. They truly have something for everyone, from our faster, simpler, and easier My Reflections® scrapbooking kits to our revolutionary My Acrylix® stamp sets.

After much research and prayer, I've joined their team.

As many of you know, I started creating handmade guest books, journals, and albums a few years ago along with writing crafting how-to articles for various online sites in order to contribute to my oldest daughter's medical bills, which sadly to say we're still paying and the insurance is still denying.

I will however, continue to create my handmade albums and you will find them in my etsy shop. Yet, I'm also excited to enter this new journey as part of the Close To My Heart team. I hope that together we can build a stronger relationship and expand your crafting possibilities when it comes to  savoring those precious moments in your life.

One of the things that has drawn me to Close To My Heart, over other scrapbooking supply companies is their dedication to contribution to Operation Smile. That's just say after all we've been through with my daughter, that this is something that has become Close To My Heart.

One of the wonderful things I like most about Close To My Heart is you can shop online 24/7. Not only that, but they offer you extensive training and support. As your Close To MY Heart Consultant, I look forward to helping you create beautiful art, preserve memories, and celebrate relationships.

So today, here is to you, my friends. :)


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Baby Shower Greeting Cards

These baby shower greeting cards are so cute!

I had this stork scrapbook paper left over from a pregnancy journal I created long back. There wasn't enough paper for another journal, but boy do they make cute cards, don't they?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wedding Greeting Cards

Diecuts with a View Luxury 12 Inch by 12 Inch Paper Stack

Every once in a while my scrap paper pile starts over flowing on me. So over the weekend, I decided to see what I could do with some of my scraps. Since we've been featuring a lot of wedding theme books lately, I thought I'd make some wedding greeting cards.

These were simple cards to make. I admitt, I bought a pack of blank cards by EK Success.  

These two cards were made using paper scraps from DCWV Luxury Pack.

The wedding day stamp, I believe comes from Inkadoo's collection of clear stamps.

I would give you sizes to cut and instructions to make your own, but since I used the precut blank cards I'll just tell you that the first layer of card stock is 1/2 inch smaller than the card base, and the next layer - the layer from DCWV paper- is 1/2 inch smaller than that.

I used 1/2" ribbon and wrapped it around my print paper before attaching it to my colored paper. Then I attached the layers of paper and ribbon to the card base.

Next, I stamped "Wedding Day" on white card stock, and cut another piece of colored card stock 1/4" larger for the boarder piece. Then I adhered it to the ribbon binding.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

60th Birthday Celebration

This asian inspired floral patterned guest book was recently created for a 60th birthday celebration this month.

Inside are blank pages with the floral swag stamp in the corner.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cherry Blossom Owl Wedding Guest Book Album

This is a custom cover 8" x 10" wedding guest book.
This unique couple choose cherry blossoms and owls.

As you can see we incorporated the two together with this lovely name card.

Inside signature pages titled: "Hoot...Hoot..."

I brought the cherry blossoms over onto the back cover.

stitch with the tortoise shell stab stitch binding.

I created these special owl thank you cards for the couple as a gift. They're 3" x 3" and perfect for writing little notes inside to bridesmaids or groomsmen.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dragon Photo Album

I've been working on this dragon book and wanted to share it with you. This was a custom order. And when I say custom I had to special order the fabric as well as customize this book.

This is a black pages photo album scrapbook.
8.5" x 11"

Definitely masculine don't you think?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Guest Bloggers Wanted

 If you are a event coordinator, photographer, fashion designer, or paper artist and would like to be a guest on this blog, please contact me through my website at

Your blog post must relate to weddings, baby showers, graduations, and other events formal gatherings. Articles that give advice, tutorials, and instruct readers on savoring memories during this momentous occassions are best.

Please note, that when you contact me, please tell me what business you are in, your website, and attach your proposed blog post. Links to your business website is permitable and encouraged, however all other affliate links will be removed from your post.

As owner of MRsCHADT, I have the right to edit any content from your post that may not be appropriate for my viewers. Basically, keep it clean.

Your content must be orginal and is considered a contribution to this site and therefore your compensation is deemed as the right to advertise your business through your blog post for one day.

This month our topic is weddings. I will be selecting different guest bloggers at different times that coordinate with the each months topic and relate to occassions that require guest books, photo albums, and autograph books.

I look forward to hearing from those interested.

Friday, July 15, 2011

How To Write Your Engagement Announcement

One of the most special things about your engagement, after the proposal, is your engagement annoucement.

And let's not forget the party!

Today, I want to share with you a series of questions in which you can use to create your engagement announcement. This will come in handy for newspapers and even save the date cards.

So pull out your wedding planner and jot this information down on a piece of paper.

My Fiance's name:
Where he lives:
His parents names:
Where his parents live:
Where we were when he asked me to marry him:
What he said to me:
What I said to him:
What I was wearing:
What he was wearing:
What we were doing:
How we told my parents:
What we said:
What they said:
How we told his parents:
What we said:
What they said:
How we told our friends:
What we said:
What they said:

Now make a list of newspapers in your town and his town that you want to send your engagement announcement to.

Use the information to compile you engagement announcement. For example, your engagement announcement might look something like this one from Brilliant Wedding Pages:

"Robert and Christine Dickran of Camarillo, CA announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Christine Dickran to Cameron Richard Tokay of Newbury Park, son of Richard and Pamela Tokay. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Rio Mesa High School and completed her undergraduate work at California State University, Fresno; MBA from California Lutheran University and attended Ventura College of Law.
The bride works for Transamerica Investment Management as a Compliance Manager. The groom-to be graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and started his own DJ business. Today he runs a successful full service event business ( that specializes in the life stages of individuals; from weddings, baby showers, anniversary parties and corporate events.
The couple met on and after many long conversations and adventures, the groom proposed on Christmas Eve in front of both families via carolers. The couples wedding is on April 23, 2011 at Wiggy Ranch in Ventura, CA. The couple plan to honeymoon in the Domician Republic and will be residing in Camarillo, CA."

For more sample engagement announcements check out your local newspapers or contact me and I'll be more than happy to help assist you in writing your engagement announcement.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Bride's Planning Checklist

The ring is on, the date has been set. Now, what's a bride to do?

It's time to make a planning checklist.
Six to Twelve months before the big day, a bride will need to do the following:

1. Set a budget. Sit down with your groom and work out together how much financial obligation each party is willing to take on to pay for your wedding.

2. Reserve your ceremony site and reception hall, so that they coordinate with your wedding date.

3. Interview wedding planners.

4. Choose an Officiant (pastor or justice of the peace) and confirm date and availability.

5. Arrange for premartial counseling or marriage preparation classes.  Most churches require this step whether you attend their church regularly or not. For new couples entering into the steps of matrimony, it really is a good idea to complete this step.

6. Decided on the number of guests. Begin to compile a tentative list of guests for your wedding day You may want to start this list from immediate family and friends and then branch out to distance cousins. This way, if you need to weed out the number of guests due to your budget factor or location factor (# of people allowed in building) you can start scratching from the bottom up.

7. Select a color scheme. The colors you choose should represent you and your groom. This will become a large factor in the rest of your decoration and even bridal attire decisions.

8. Bridal Party. Who will stand at the alter beside you and support you through this wedding day? Choose and invite friends and family to become a part of your wedding precession.

9. Dress Shopping. May or may not be your most favorite aspect of planning a wedding. This is where you grab your mother or best friend and head to the dress shops. This is the time you begin your search for your wedding gown and brides maids. Don't forget the mothers! Make sure you touch base with the your mother and his mother to talk about their dresses. This is a big day for them too!

10. Start seeking out the professionals. There is much that goes into this day. You can't do it all alone. It's time to think about the following aspects of hiring professionals in the following areas: music, flowers, photography, catering, cake, and invitations.

There are a lot of things here, but don't feel overwhelmed, we'll break them down, add simpler steps, and soon your wedding day will here. By staying organized, you'll be one relaxed bride ready to enjoy this momentous occasion.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Creating Your Wedding Planner

Three imporant things you will need to create your own wedding planner.
1. a three ring binder (recommend the Avery Durable View Binder)
2. a pencil (with lots of lead)
3. a large manilla envelope (like 6 x9 or 9 x 11)
4. notebook paper or copy paper

Once you gather those things we can started.

In order to keep your wedding organized and all the details covered--even the little ones that I referred to in yesterday's post as "bugs" you'll find that a wedding planner is a bride's best friend.

However, before we get down to what lies within the pages, I want you take your binder and make it yours. No really, when you go to the store and pick out a planner, you want something that you're going to like because you'll be carrying it round with you for a long time. Calenders are meant to last a year.

Depending on your wedding date, you want your wedding planner to last just that long too.

So grab a binder and today we'll start with one of the most important milestones of creating your wedding planner.

Do one or all of the following:

1. Put your name on it
2. Go to your local hardware store and pick out some of your favorite color chips and place down into the viewable part of our binder. (Think wedding colors!)
3. Punch three holes in down the side of your Manila envelope using a hole punch. Insert into your binder. (This is where you'll keep your receipts.)
4. Come back and visit this blog tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

 So, you've just said yes.
Congratulations, your now on your way to aisle full of decisions, financial management, and last minute bugs. I like to call the "bugs" because they are the small things that you step over and forget until they come crawling out at you right when you have less than a minute to spare.

You don't need an exterminator to rid yourself of party bugs. What you do need, however, is a wedding planner.

Now, you might decide that it worth your money to hire an actual person to help assist you in your wedding plans. But, you may find that you don't really need a person, so much as, you do need a wedding planner.

Not a person, then what is a wedding planner?

Well, if you don't need a person to plan your wedding, then you will need a calender, a to-do list, a pencil (you may find all the times things change that a pencil is best for erasing things. Pen tends to get messy after all that scribbling.) and a binder.

Now days, we all have some sort of planner. Some of us carry them in our cell phones, iPad's or PDA's. Some us use built in calendars in our laptops and email programs. Then there are those of us who still prefer the touch of real pages and carry around a paper planner.

A planner helps you keep track of your day to day appoints, responsibilities, and even shopping lists.

That is why you'll find it is important to have a wedding planner of your own. Whether it is human, mechanical, or paper-- a wedding planner will help keep you organized and keep the bugs from scurrying out unattended during your special day.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Note I'd Like To Share

I received a wonderful note the other day about a custom book I made recently. You may remember it, I shared it just a few days ago with you, it was the Pastery Chef Graduation Album.

I can't tell you how thrilled I get when I receive wonderful notes like this one:


I received my daughter's guest book for her graduation party yesterday and I can't tell you enough how much I love it!!!  I am sooo glad you added the little baker embellishment at the bottom.  It is perfect.  It's not too much, but just enough to be special for her!  The way you packaged everything and your note about guest books and the little nice surprise bobby pins was just such a nice package all around.  I wish you had sent me more business cards because I *KNOW* people are going to ask me about the guest book on Sunday.  I will definitely have your information ready to give them. 

I will also probably use you in the future for more items like this and I have your etsy shop bookmarked.  You are very talented and very professional.  Thank you again.  If I can ever be a reference for you for your work or to use as a "customer review" on your web site, I'd be happy to write something!

Thank you again!!


I can't tell you how much I appreciate hearing from my customers and love knowing that I've been able to create a book that especially for them.

Thank You Rebecca, for choosing a custom book by MRsCHADT and writing me this wonderful note.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rose Scrapbook Journal

 I've had this fabric in my stash for a while, it wasn't until I had a vintage rose book cover request that I this fabric came to mind.  This vintage rose design is made of upholstry fabric.  I added two rose book marks -- one for him and one for her.

The inside signature pages are stamped with a burgandy rose, and in the back of this rose scrapbook journal are 20 double sided burgandy pages for pictures.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Something Blue for the Graduate

 I created this graduation album back in May. This was a pretty special project for me.  It involved a lot of patience and timely communications with the client.
 I created a custom name card for on the front cover. This one is a little larger than my usual name cards, but it fit nicely with the words and verse that needed to be displayed on the cover.
 Inside, as you can see is a custom first page with the verses chosen by the client that come from the bible.
A very sweet and memorable graduation gift, don't you think?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pastery Chef Graduation Autograph Flip Album

 Today, I wanted to share with you all a custom graduation autograph album that I just finished. It's a soft cover design with gold thread stab stitch binding. The inside pages are stamped "Best Wishes" just waiting to be filled with advice and well wishes.

Not to take away from the soft hued cover design, I added a little chef to the name card for this special pastery chef's graduation.

Way to go, Mollie!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

For The Wedding of Taylor and Elizabeth

Simple, elegant, and something blue. Perfect for the celebration of Taylor and Elizabeth's wedding today.

May you have many blessed years of marriage together!


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