Tuesday, September 30, 2008


drum roll please?

A really big - full pit, all battery, whole line - drum roll (excuse me, that was band-mom-talk)

Because I have an announcement to make. An announcement that I fretted and toiled and stewed over all weekend long. No - I'm not asking for your sympathy - I'm just asking you to appreciate the task.  I almost gave up!

The talent out there is mind-boggling.
The projects sent to me were inspiring.
The presentations put together were unique.
The answers to all 200 of my questions were hilarious.

Which only made the job harder (and yeah, I am kidding about 200 questions!)

But finally - we narrowed it down to four. Four from a list that was longer than I ever imagined.

So cue the drums - as I introduce you to the Inaugural Scrap-Mart Design Team (a.k.a. the S.M. Arties!)...


These four ladies were everything we were looking for.  Talent, energy, humor, creative brainstorming, personal goals and willingness to learn.  All that AND good crock-pot recipes!

Jenn is from Missouri.
Veronica is from Sweden (YES! the country)
Tammy is from North Carolina.
Brenda is from Illinois.

When I add myself from Arizona, Deb in Illinois, and the Scrap-Mart warehouse crew in Oklahoma - I think all totaled we cover just about every time zone in the Northern Hemisphere!  I LOVE IT!

So we have a lot of things planned for this month.  Getting these girls up to speed, making sure everyone knows how to blog, writing down ideas and making assignments.  SO MUCH FUN!

October is going to be a big month here at Scrap-Mart...because of the fun things coming out:
Bosskut Peekers - arriving NEXT WEEK
• QK Gift Sets - woo hoo - just WAIT!!
Making Memories Slice - shipping very soon
• Scenic Route's new holiday line Garland

WOW - I can hardly wait.  These girls can hardly wait.  And Justin...well Justin is so excited he can hardly speak.

(OH wait, never mind.  It's the four straight weeks of upcoming travel with ME that has him speechless.  Never mind!)

He and I are heading out tomorrow morning for CKC-Hartford, CT. If you're in the area and are planning to stop by the show floor, leave me a comment today saying so. I just might have an extra seat in my Friday and Saturday classes to give away!

Okay - that's all I've got.  But check back soon because tonight I'm posting my newest video on card-making, using repurposed encyclopedias!  Seriously!

BIG HUGE pats-and-congrats to our S.M.Arties - woo hoo!  Live it up girls.  The next several months are going to be a wild ride!


- - - Susan


Jenn in MO said...

Woo-Hoo - It's official! Thank You Susan and Scrap-Mart! I am honored to be among those selected and totally excited for all the great things SM has planned for the Design Team.

Brenda said...

I am so excited!!!! Thank you Susan and all of the Scrap-Mart team. I am looking forward to this and to getting started. I feel so blessed to be among those chosen for this. I am looking forward to working with the others that have been chosen!

I am so excited about those peekers coming - I've had those ordered for a while now! Can't wait to play!

Jill said...

Congrats to all you scrappy gurus. I'm 1/2 excited to have the additional expertise and 1/2 concerned about the amount of time I will be spending at this site--I don't know what the next level up is after addict.

Jill said...

P.S. Will you be posting the winning designs. . .PLEASE!

gemscraps said...

Congrats to the new design team!!!! Since Susan hand picked you I already know you all do awesome work!!!!! I'm getting prepared to be WOWed.

OK Susan...on to your next task, the SM Quickutz Club (smile)

Tammy said...

Woo Hoo, I am so honored to be picked as part of the SMArties! I'm looking forward to working with everyone over the next 6 months. Thank you so much Susan and Scrap-Mart!

And wow, an SM QK club sounds pretty fun!

Lainey said...

Big congratulations to you girls!
A well deserved win I'm sure of that.

Just as Jill said, it would be great to see the winning designs.

I personally can't wait to see what exciting things are in store at SM with the S.M.Arties!

Veronica said...

Ooohh, I still can´t believe that I´m one of the lucky ones.

This is gonna be so fun. I can´t wait to get started.

A big hug from the other side of the pond =)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, congrats to you ladies and welcome aboard! Just want to pre-warn you that Susan has been known to throw the guantlet with a "double dog dare" now and again! For Veronica across the pond, she dares you to come up with something innovative using a specific die or idea or whatever, but it is more than a dare, it is a "double dog dare" (see the movie...The Christmas Story)
-Crafty Deb