Sunday, December 23, 2012

Silhouette Cameo Winner

And the winner of the Silhouette Cameo is Lynn Monteiro!
Thank you to everyone shopped at Up The Street through the month of December.  Stay tuned for Boxing Week Sales information :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

December Promotion at Up The Street

Shop at Up The Street before December 23rd for your chance to win a Silhouette Cameo!

Beginning November 30th, for every $20.00 spent (before taxes) at Up The Street, you will receive an entry to win a brand spankin' new Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine ...
The Silhouette CAMEO® is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials.


The Silhouette CAMEO® ships with the following important items:

Silhouette electronic cutting tool

Silhouette Studio® software for Windows XP and higher, and Mac® OS X 10.6.8 and higher

51 exclusive cuttable designs

Power cable, USB cable

12" cutting mat

Cutting blade

$10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store

Visit the Silhouette site for more information

The Silhouette is quickly becoming the new "must have" die cutting machine for scrapbooking and cardmaking. We love ours here and wanted to share our favourite machine with you. The drawing will be done on the 23rd so that you have time to pick it up on the 24th if you want to see it under your tree Christmas morning. I will be taking name, phone number and e-mail address when you make your purchase in order to contact you should you be the winner. The winner will also be announced on the website, blog and Facebook page after the drawing has been made. This machine retails for $299.99.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Upcoming Classes

Christmas Classes at ...

Time to get your craft on!

Canvas Class
Friday, November 30th at 7:00 pm.  $25.00 (taxes included) ... Class by Tara
A whimsical 8"x16" mixed media canvas suitable for your own Christmas decorating or as a heartfelt, handmade gift.
Features a variety of products and techniques.  You will go home with a few tools and more than a few ideas to use in your future projects.
Bring heat gun (if possible) to class.  All other supplies will be provided.
* Should this class sell out and there is enough interest, the class will be given again (date to be determined) *

Christmas Cards
Saturday, December 1st at 1:00 pm.  $20.00 per person (taxes included) ... Class by Laura
Create four lovely Christmas Cards using a traditional colour palette and some new techniques.
Bring adhesives, scissors and trimmer to class.

Monthly Card Series ... December
Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm
or Thursday, December 6th at 1:00 pm ... Class by Laura & Tara
$30.00 per person, plus taxes
Assemble twelve, yes twelve, Christmas Cards in this three hour class.  Each one unique but less involved than the cards designed for the class on Saturday, December 1st.
Bring adhesives, scissors and trimmer to class.

Christmas Layout Class
Friday, December 14th at 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm.  $20.00 per person (taxes included) ... Class by Tara
A two-page Christmas Layout using papers from Graphic 45's "Place in Time" Collection.  Traditional colours and plenty of sparkle.
Bring adhesives, scissors and trimmer to class.

As with all Up The Street classes, any scrapbooking purchases made the day of the class will be discounted by 10%.
Space is limited.  Book today by calling (519) 245-7590 or e-mailing to reserve.  Class fee is required at time of booking.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Up The Street SALE!

It's that time of year again!  Strathroy's Downtown Dollars go on sale today at the Royal Bank beginning at 10:00 am. 
There will be cake, prizes and a live remote by myFM Radio (co-sponsored by Doug and Marion’s Bike Shop).
Pay $8.50 and get $10.00 to use at a participating BIA Merchant ($250.00 maximum per person).
All merchants participating in the Downtown Dollars program will display a “We accept Downtown Dollars Here!” sign.
Many businesses are also holding additional sales this weekend to stretch your buying dollar even further.
It's a great weekend to take advantage of all of the great shopping in the Downtown.

Up The Street is offering 15% off all scrapbooking & Born in a Barn purchases this weekend (10% off antiques) ... even if you don't use the Downtown Dollars.  This discount is in addition to discounts found in the Sale Bin (50% off) and on the Sale Table (40% off) and Sale Rack (25% off).
If you haven't had time to get into the store in the last few weeks, you'll find that there has been a lot of new stock added.  New paper lines arrived yesterday from Bo Bunny and Teresa Collins.  The hockey paper has been restocked with a few new patterns.  Very cool animal print papers as well.
I'm still waiting on the Fudge and Chocolate Pizza, but am hoping to see it in the next few days.  Great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, hostess gifts or as a little boost of energy to get you through all that will be coming at you over the next month ;)

New this year to the Downtown is the "Community Teddy Bear Hunt".
Grab a ballot at any of the participating businesses, find ten teddy bears (and their names) and enter your ballot (by December 13th) to win the Grand Prize containing contributions from all of the participating businesses.

From 6:00 until 8:00 pm (Thursday evening), Libro Financial and Sydenham Community Credit Union have graciously sponsored the horse wagon rides around the downtown.  Rides are free!  The pick up area is the Shopper’s Drug Mart parking lot.

Up The Street will be open
from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm tonight (Thursday),
noon until 8:00 pm tomorrow
and 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Life is Good Together" Layout

This is probably my favorite of Sarah's layouts this month.  I'm not sure if it's because there is so much colour going on in this kit that a background of kraft with a lot of white space provides such a wonderful backdrop for a photo with a fresh feel?
One of the items you will find in both this kit ("A Colourful Life") and "On My Mind", is a package of Hemptique Hemp Cord.  The red is included in this side and is similar to regular twine, but with a touch more body.  Nothing life changing, but just a bit different :)
With a full package of die cuts from American Crafts Soho Garden and the Heidi Swapp Epoxy Buzz Words, you can create many quick and easy titles without ever having to use the alphabet set included in the kit.
Additional items not included in the kit ... accent stickers (American Crafts Soho Garden), ink sprays (Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico), border punch (EK Success), sewing machine & thread.
Be sure to visit Sarah's blog in the coming weeks.  She's challenged herself to make 30 Christmas cards and has already made a great start!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November Kits

Hey Folks!  November is already almost half done and I just realized that I hadn't posted the kits for the month on the blog!  We've been busy here at the store with our Christmas Card Class and lots of new product arriving on a regular basis so the ol' blog has been just a tad neglected. 
But finally, here are the November kits ...
"A Colourful Life" is a much brighter kit that I've done in awhile.  November ends up being so cold and dreary that I figured we needed some cheerful colours to perk us up.  The papers and embellishments are a combination of Pebbles "Seen & Noted", American Crafts "Soho Garden" and Glitz "Cashmere".  So fun.
"On My Mind" is definitely the softer side of the two this month with colours that will mix well with some of the past kits.  Dear Lizzy "Fifth & Frolic" and Heidi Swapp "Vintage Chic" make up the bulk of this kit. 
Visit the website for a list of the complete contents and to find some inspiration in this month's gallery.

Friday, October 12, 2012

"Lego & Pirates"

Hey all!  Is everyone ready for the weekend?  I've been off a day all week.  
Having the kids home on a Monday completely messes me up for the whole week.
We've been busy at the store for the past few days with our October card class and have had a wonderful time with our ladies.  We have such a great group that comes out on a regular basis and seem to be able to add a new face or two with each class.
But it does keep me super busy with no time to create with the October kits.
Hopefully tomorrow ;)
This is one of Sarah's layouts done with "Crisp Fall Air".
Super cute and I love how Sarah was able to incorporate the Amy Tangerine die cut pieces into her title.  Titles with different fonts and mediums are always so much more interesting :)
I should have some new goodies arriving today.  
I'm open until 8pm tonight ... stop by the store if you have a few minutes to spare:)
Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Kits

Here we are ... October 1st, 2012.  Two years ago today, I opened the doors to Up The Street's storefront.  I've met some wonderful people and learned a lot about running a small retail business.
But one of my favorite things about the business, is still putting together and working with the monthly kits.  I've been extremely fortunate to have wonderful women designing with my kits month after month, and today is a little bittersweet in that area.  Although I absolutely adore this month's kits (and what I've already seen from Sarah is fantastic), I'm sorry to tell you all that you won't see any designs this month from Lesley.  Lesley has started back to work full time, while still running her lovely scrapbook retreat, serving on several manufacture design teams (did you see her news about guest designing for Faber-Castell?) and raising a family.  I'm hoping that she might join us occasionally in the future, but for right now she has had to step back from designing for Up The Street.  So instead of "so long", we'll say "see you soon Lesley" and best of luck with everything over the next little while :)
On to the kits ...
"A Walk in the Park" features a few new lines that I couldn't wait to work with ... October Afternoon "Woodland Park" and Echo Park "For The Record 2".
Lots of blues and greens ... perfect for those summer photos just waiting to be scrapped.
Jenni Bowlin tags, Prima Resist Canvas Shapes, Prima flowers ...
May Arts trim and a few gold leaf sequins to include a taste of fall :)
The second side this month has more of an autumn vibe to it.
"Crisp Fall Air" contains papers and embellishments from Studio Calico "Elementary" and American Crafts "Ready Set Go".
I love that I can still get my Sassafras fix through Studio Calico :)
Lot of "bits" in this month's kit ... Ready Set Go die cuts, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Cameras, Want 2 Scrap rhinestones, Bazzill die cut cards and envelopes and some more May Arts trim.  Oh ... and mistable Thickers.
Both are extremely easy to work with and make for some fast layouts.  Get yours on the website or by reserving them at the store :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mixed Media Night

We're trying something new at Up The Street ...
Our first Mixed Media Night will be held this Friday (September 28th) evening.
Nothing structured (to start out with).  Just bring your current mixed  media project to work on, or bring some supplies to create something fun.  Anything goes ... canvas, art journaling, PanPastel, Gelatos, watercolour, stencils. 
Call if you have any questions and to book your spot ... (519) 245-7590.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September Cards

Cards take me a long time.  I don't know why.  They just do.  I'm so glad that Lesley and Sarah create such beautiful cards.  It takes the pressure off of me ;)

Friday, September 21, 2012

September Kits ...

... only a touch late ;)
So I've been working away on the October kits, when it occurs to me that I've not posted the September kits here yet.  No great excuse ... I'm just terrible.
Here we go ...
The first side, "Sweet Sunshine", is crazy bright and colourful and absolutely girlie.  MME has once again put out a beautiful line featuring intense pinks and yellows.
A real mix of manufactures with American Crafts printed vellum, Best Creations glitter paper, a few Bazzill Antique papers, a Pink Paislee Mistable and a gorgeous, distressed Fabscraps patterned paper.
The embellishments are terribly feminine.  I just couldn't help myself and had to go all the way this month with the pretty bits :)
I've got just one of these kits left, and am convinced they've been selling because of the wonderful inspiration from Sarah and Lesley in the Gallery.
The second side is as different as different can be ... a much more masculine feel. 
"Clipped" features  Basic Grey Clippings and MME Kraft Funday. 
Deep, rich colours with wonderful neutral bases.
Every few kits, I get the itch to include one of Unity Stamps fantastic little Itty Bitties and this month was the month.  A cute "Note to Self" stamp that can be used equally well on both layouts and cards.  A few other treats to mention this month ... a wee Moleskine notebook and one of my favorite journaling pens.  Pop them in your tote and jot down ideas or sketches as you're out and about.
Visit the website for a list of the complete kit contents.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fall Card Class Series

It's Back! The Fall Card Class Series!

Get your card stash filled up with our card classes this fall.

Choose either the evening class
(Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm ... September 12th, October 10th, November 7th, December 6th)
or the afternoon class
(Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm ... September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 6th).

At each class, you will go home with 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs). In September and October we will be making a series of All Occasion cards and in November and December we will be doing Christmas cards.
All the supplies will be provided, although you will need to bring along your adhesives, paper trimmer and scissors.
Cost of the series of all four dates is $115.00 per person (plus tax), but if you pay before August, the cost is only $100.00 (plus tax).
You will receive 10% off any scrapbooking purchases the days of the classes, as well as a 20% off coupon to use on a future purchase.
This class sold out quite quickly last year, so don't wait to reserve you space!
E-mail at or call (519) 245-7590.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sunrise Cove

Hey all!  Both of July's main kits have now sold out, but I still have a few of the bonus mini album kits available.  Lesley worked with this sweet little kit an here is her finished project ...

This kit has more than enough product to complete a mini album and you would still have loads of paper and embellishments left for a bundle of cards. 

The kit contains ...
Maya Road Scroll Edge Binder Album
Echo Park "Happy Together" 6x6 Pad
MME Kraft Funday Happyday Twine
Elle's Studios Lil' Snippits: Hello Summer
Elle's Studios Tiny Labels
Doodlebug Hello Spring Mini Pearls
Studio Calico "Leaf Green" Mister Huey
American Crafts Mistable Thickers "Ali/White"

Visit the website to purchase yours, or if you're local and would prefer to pay at the store, send me an e-mail ( and I would be happy to set one aside for you.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Sale!

Morning all!
Have you been keeping track of all of the new items being released at CHA?  I don't think I've even gotten through half of it and already see so much that has caught my eye.
Heidi Swapp's new line is one of my favorites, as well as all of the new product from Simple Stories (visit their blog and scroll through to see the new lines).
But ... I need to make room for new goodies at the store.  Bring on the Summer Sale!

Tuesday, July 24th to Saturday, July 28th
Many items have been added to the Sale Table …
All in stock card kits are now 40% off
All in stock Bo Bunny mini albums are now 40% off
This week only …
Buy 4 papers, receive one free (includes patterned paper and cardstock)
Buy 3 alphabets, receive one free (mix & match your chipboard and stickers)
Buy 3 embellishments, receive one free (flowers, gems, etc.)
Take 20% off all Paper Pads and Paper Kits
Take 15% off trimmers, tools, sprays, inks & paints
Take 10% off Monthly Kits (excluding May, June, July), Albums & Page Protectors
Take 10% off any Vintage or Born in a Barn items

Monday, July 16, 2012

July Kits

Hey all!  Another muggy day headed our way here in Southwestern Ontario.  We had a little bit of rain yesterday, but could really stand a good dunking any time now.  As always, you will find me hunkered down somewhere cool ... I'm definately not an "enjoythehotweather" gal.
I posted the July kits to the website yesterday and will be posting a sweet little mini album kit once I've received the last bits.
I realize that I'm the one who puts the kits together and that this should be a given, but I LOVE the kits this month!  I will be using every last bit of the papers and embellishments, adding bits left from other months and will have a few new items to use on future projects in the way of spray and glitter.
The first kit, "Workin' for the Weekend" (Loverboy, anyone?) is definately representative of my favorite colours right now ... teals,browns, krafts, creams, yellows.  Items from previous kits blend seamlessly with this kit to give you endless embellishment choices.
Papers from Studio Calico "Heyday", October Afternoon "9 to 5", Jillibean Soup "Macho Nacho", Crate Paper "Storyteller" ...
Beautiful specialty papers ... more Heidi Swapp Color Magic, a Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency and one of the Prima Stitched Mulberry papers (seen below) ...
An October Afternoon alphabet and a Jenni Bowlin alphabet stencil paper.  This sticker book from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook line is FULL of images that can be used on so many projects.  Rounding out the kit is some May Arts twine, Studio Calico Mister Huey and some Maya Road beads ...
... and some little Melissa Frances kraft envelopes ...
The second kit "Hit the Beach" is filled with vibrant colour ...
Echo Park "Paradise Beach", Kaisercraft "Great Southernland" and some Bazzill Antique Dictionary make up the pattered papers.  Another Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency, Heidi Swapp Color Magic and a sheet of vellum just for fun ...
Prima flowers, Elle's Studio tags, American Crafts WOW glitter and Ranger Glossy Accents ...
WRMK Washi Tape and another DIY Thicker set.  Now that I've figured the DIY Thickers out, they are quickly becoming my favorite alphas ...
There is a bit in the Gallery already, but much more to come.  I've got a bunch of beach photos that will absolutely be done using these kits :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sarah's June Projects

How's everyone on this hot, humid day?  I thought I'd finally get around to sharing some of the June projects, beginning with Sarah's (working with the "Take A Note" kit) ...
I think what always stands out in any of Sarah's layouts, is the white space and the embellishment clustering.  She has a knack for being able to include a variety of bright patterned papers and embellishments in such a way that your eye is immediately drawn to the photo and then wanders around to look at all of the wonderful little details.
Love, love, love the mottled effect on the Color Magic letter stickers.  These things are so much fun.
Again, although there is no actual "white" on this layout, the balance between the softer hues with the few bright pops of colour is perfect.
I love how she broke apart the Kaisercraft wood branch into many smaller accents and mixes them with the stars.  By the way ... you can thank Sarah for the stars in this kit.  She was the one swooning over them before I decided what would go in the kit :)
Sometimes using a particular shape over and over can be overwhelming, but it's not until you really start looking that you realize there are several different "star" representations here ... the mini wood veneer stars (of course), but also a few different sizes punched for different patterned papers.  Very subtle, but again, creates a layout with an abundance of detail ... not clutter.
Great little title comprised of a few alphabet stickers, die cut numbers and a stamped image.  I love mix-y match-y titles.
I have two of these kits left in the store.  It mixes wonderfully with last month's "The Places We Will Go" kit.
Looking ahead to the next few kits, I'm planning on a July 15th release and then not again until September 1st.  I'm really excited for July's kits.  We'll still have the regular two-sided main kit, but there will also be a sweet little mini album project kit bursting with colour.  Lots of great stuff :)
If you're local, just a quick note that the store will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, June 21st) so that I can go along on a school field trip.  I'll be open again, regular hours, on Friday (noon until 8pm) but closing a touch early on Saturday afternoon (2pm).  Strathroy is holding its annual Turkeyfest this weekend, so while Front Street will be closed most of Friday and part of Saturday, there is still parking in back of the store.  Feel free to call if you have any specific questions ... (519) 245-7590.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day :)  If you're finding it hard to stay cool, I happen to know a local scrapbook store where the air will be on and there are oodles of fun things to look at ;)