Aug 18 2009

Just Me, My Blog, and I

Published by at 6 00 am under Christmas Cards,JustRite Products

First a little talkin’, then on to a simple project.  I’ve been receiving an unusual number of emails lately from people telling me they didn’t know I had the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store buried here in my blog — LOL!!!  Well, I do!  It’s a simple little store you access by clicking the tabs above my blog header.  The emails continue with  the two most asked questions of — where’s the button to click to buy? — when will you have a *real* internet store?  I don’t talk about the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store a whole lot here, other than to link to product I carry, as the main purpose of this blog has been, and always will be, to show you projects with the hope of inspiring you and, on occasion, teaching you a little thing or two — I’m just a low-key kind of gal, I guess. But I will do a little explaining now in answer to the above questions.

Why is there a Stamp Simply Ribbon Store? Well, truthfully, I love to sell things — LOL!!!  Pure and simple.  I have never worked in sales per se in the real world, but have always felt a strong desire to share and help in the realm of my stamping world.  I absolutely love what I do here — creating, sharing, talking with you all and on occasion actually meeting some of you IRL.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store actually started with about 10 or 12 striped ribbons this past March.  I loved them, I had a lot, so thought I’d see if any of you wanted some, too.  Well, you did!  They sold out immediately, so I got some more, and some more, and some more — LOL!!!  And I’m still getting more!!!  So those were the beginnings of my simple little store. 

Where’s the button to click to buy?  There is none!  Again, my store is small, simple and low key.  Just browse, write your list, and email it to me.  I then send you a PayPal invoice, which gives you a button to click to pay.  Or you can send a check.  Very simple.  Nothing fancy.

When will you have a *real* internet store?  Well, likely never (course, I’ve learned long ago to never say *never*).  But for now — It’s Just Me, My Blog, and I.  It’s not broken, so why fix it?  I like it this way.  I like the communication with my customers.  When customers email me their orders, some like to chit chat a bit, and that’s fun!  Some are down to business, and that’s just fine, too!  It all works, so for now I’m not trying to fix it!

And one last comment I get a lot is — I didn’t know you had so muchWell, I’m glad if anyone thinks I have a lot, but I don’t, really.  All I have is contained on the 3 tabs above my blog header.  But I will tell you one thing about what I have — I HAVE it in my store because it is product I use on a regular basis, it is product that I love, and it is product that has been proven tried and true, by me, time and time again.  I will ONLY list for sale what I use, what I love, and what I know to be a good value. I do design work for a few companies and I’m proud and pleased to be able to offer you the full line of products by both JustRite and Scor-It, both of whom I design for.  The full line of JustRite is not shown in my store at this point, but more is coming regularly and I can get anything for you in 2-3 days time, so it’s not a problem.  I also am so proud to carry products by Crafty Secrets, and I think anyone whose been to my blog before knows how much I love the Cotton Scraps and Journal Notes, and there’s more Crafty Secrets coming soon, too!!!  And I routinely add in other tools and supplies that to me are essentials!  And, of course, the May Arts ribbons that grace just about every project I do — could NOT live without them.  And I do add different types of ribbons regularly — just can’t control myself there!!!


Anyway, enough about that — now, let’s move on to my project for today – just a simple  and quick Christmas card because, at least for me, I need a lot of cards at Christmas, and simple is the ONLY way to go — so my Journal Notes to the rescue, once again. They have 32 pages of images in themed booklets, so that equates to a lot of easy projects!


Darling vintage girls that just begged for a pop of color today!  My Velvet Zig Zag Ribbon and colorful buttons do the trick!  Buttons are sewn onto the panel with Jute String (easy, just place your button, punch holes with a piercer and use a large-eyed needle with the Jute String — sews on in seconds with the holes pre-punched).  My Make it Merry and Bright sentiment was perfect here today.  To make it quick I punched the center with my 1 1/4″ SU punch, and the frame is Nestie cut. I used VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink.   The sentiment is from one of the new JustRite Christmas releases, A Merry Little Christmas:


Here’s the full set for you to see — it has 10 centers and 10 borders, giving you a ton of variety and options.  It fits the 1 5/8″ stamper, which is the original stamper so many of you have with your monogram kits.  Or you can purchase a stamper separately if you don’t have one.  And the good news is, I have this set available for purchase right now, with immediate shipment — no waiting!  You can see it on this page, just scroll down a bit.  I have more coming for Christmas real soon, so check back in often.


Stamps:  A Merry Little Christmas by JustRite, used on the 1 5/8″ Stamper

Paper:  White and Basic Grey Wassail DP

Ink:  Versa Fine Vintage Sepia (Sentiment), ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown (DTP edges)

Accessories:  Christmas Journal Note Pads by Crafty Secrets, Velvet Zig Zag Ribbon and Jute String by May Arts, Buttons, Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders and from SU:  1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Piercer and Mat Pack


The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store carries the following items to make this card:


Now, I must say I honestly feel like we’ve rushed into Christmas and I haven’t had much of a chance to work on Autumn and Halloween projects — so those are what will be coming next — hope to see you back soon!  Thanks much, everyone!!!  Wishing you a great summer day!!!

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Just Me, My Blog, and I”

  1. Carol C says:

    Sweet, Sweet card Sharon!
    Love those Journal Notes.

  2. Jerri Kay says:

    Totally adorable, love the image of the girls!

  3. vera says:

    Your store is just perfect for me! Thanks for all of the great ribbons! : )

  4. Lisa Kind says:

    You are just the sweetest person…it comes out in your blogging, Sharon! Love your card and I’ll have to take a look at your ribbons and such. I have a ton of ribbon, but it can’t hurt to look, right? Love your card too. Good idea to use these Crafty Secrets note pads. Makes the process go much quicker! TFS!

  5. Deb Saaranen says:

    Cute card Sharon! Great explanation on your store!

  6. bluemoon says:

    I didn’t know until last week that you had the store either! duh! Great card, and I love this set! Thanks for all your inspiration Sharon.

  7. Sharon, how nicely put!! I love the way your store is as well. You do love what you do and it shows, as I order a lot fromt he Internet {don’t tell my hubby ;P} I don’t like it that at times you have to wait 2 weeks to get an email saying your order has been processed. With your “little” store I get an email back within the same day and an invoice that my package is ready to be shipped just waiting to be paid :D. Even though I am in AZ and you are in MI, I do get my orders from you within like 3 days and I love it. You charge a fair amount of s&h (you do have to buy those envelopes;P) and it still does not cost more than the ribbon itself as it is with some stores. THANK YOU for doing such a great job!!!! You are just the BEST of being honest and wanting to share with us what you love. Sorry I was so long, but I just have to give you some props here,LOL!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

    Oh, don’t let me forget this GORGEOUS card you’ve made, love it!!!

  8. Bev J. says:

    Love your card and the explanation of your store. I have seen two different just rite packages recently I would like to order. tfs

  9. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    LOVE your card–beautiful!!

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