Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Pink Ink!

If you are looking for a picture of today's make and take, scroll down to the last post. Meanwhile, there is new Pink Ink to show you!

How great are these?!

The baker's twine on the tree/car sample is perfect. Of course, we have all the stamps to recreate the cards.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Gold Standard

I'm always looking for Christmas card ideas that can be mass-produced.  This elegant design is exactly what I'm looking for!  I love the detail of the stamp, but to sit and color it - shading - wow!  Instead, we simply stamped it with the Delicata Gold Ink Pad.  This inkpad is unique, in that it is extremely lustrous, and dries with a raised finish - giving the appearance of an embossed image without adding that extra step!  Plus, we used a sponge and applied color from the inkpad to the center of the flower to spotlight a little color.  Super quick and easy, but very elegant.  Stop in Thursday anytime between 10 & 8 and make one for yourself.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Darcie's Board

Aaaaarrrrrr me mateys. The new Darcie's board is here, and it is all about pirates! I know Happy Stamper Marilynn is beside herself with joy. Don't be afraid if you stop by the store and see her dressed as a pirate. It has been known to happen.
To go with the stamps, we also have the glossy polka dot and skull and crossbone paper they used in the samples:
The stamps and paper are perfect for Halloween, or of course, talk like a pirate day on September 19. Everyone does celebrate that holiday, right?



Monday, July 28, 2014

Stardust Gelly Pens

With the introduction of Wink of Stella glitter pens, the Stardust Gelly Pens have been somewhat forgotten.  But they definitely have their unique, wonderful, glittery uses :-)

Join Angela Tuesday between 12 & 2 and see just how lusciously shimmery these pens are - and how easy they are to use.  With their hard nib, you can get into tiny, detailed spaces (the Wink of Stella's can't do that).  They dry quickly on vellum, and you can even watercolor with them (you know how I love my versatile products!!!)  Stop in Tuesday and find out more - I'll be waiting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stencil Girl Stencils

In our continuing love affair with stencils, we have found a wonderful company that we are introducing into the store for the first time.  Stencil Girl!  We have a whole rack of these stencils by the front door in the new section.  Love them!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slider Magic!

The fun continues with The Paper Cut's slider cards! These cards fold completely flat, but when you pull the ribbon, it reveals the sentiment underneath. And, it basically creates its own easel, so it's fun for your friends to display! Stop in Thursday between 10am- 8pm and create one of these cute, all-occasion cards to share with a friend. You won't believe how easy it is!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lots of New Shipments

Tim, Tim, Tim, what are you doing to us?  Tim Holtz came out with brand new stamps and stencils for Halloween and Christmas.  Here is a video where Tim introduces us to the new line of products and shows lots of finished samples to inspire you:

Of course, we have the new stamps and stencils. 

Did you miss the mini Distress Ink tins the first time they came in to the store?  We restocked!

Are you a fan of Penny Black?  We have brand NEW clear sets!  (sorry for the horrible picture) Penny Black dies

Finally, Deb ordered several colors of scalloped overlay cards from the Paper Cut for her holiday class.  The notecards make elegant stamping so, so easy.  If you don't see a color combination you like, check out the Paper Cut catalog the next time you are at the store.  Each style of overlay has a really nice variety of color options to choose from.  Aaaah, the possibilities!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Velvety Goodness!

Have you ever had trouble adhering really intricate dies?  Or, have you ever wanted a touch of elegant texture but you just weren't sure what to use?  If you fall into either of those categories (and who doesn't?), then this is the demo for you!  This Tuesday between 12 & 2, join Angela and play with Velvet Sticker Paper!  This self-adhesive velvet paper comes in a variety of colors, and cuts like butter :-)  The backing removes easily and the paper sticks to virtually any surface.  Plus, you can stamp on it, spritz on it, paint over it - the possibilities are endless!  And, it feels amazing - literally!  See you Tuesday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More from Ranger

Recently we showed you a video of the new Tim Holtz mini Distress Ink storage tins.  Besides the new tins, we also received the new Ranger Texture Paste.  How do you use it and how does it differ from the other embossing pastes out on the market you ask?  Well, Tim Holtz is more than happy to answer those questions...

You can also view the video here- We do also carry the Dina Wakley palette knives, Distress Stains, Distress Reinkers, Archival Inks, Dina Wakley paints, and Dylusion Sprays shown in the video.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Upcoming Classes

Summer often seems like a time that focuses on kids and all the fun activities/camps they get to do.  Why not make time as an adult and schedule yourself some playtime?  We have a couple upcoming classes we think you might like. 

First, I am teaching the Intro to Peerless Watercolor class for the first time tomorrow night from 6:30-8:30pm.  Although I didn't list it on the sign, I just scheduled an encore class for Saturday, August 9th from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Here is the class description:

Peerless Watercolors are vibrant paints that are easily blended and are all the rage right now. Join Laura as she teaches you about the unique qualities of these watercolor paints and what differentiates them from other mediums. Students will make four cards and learn how to create washes, layer colors and learn how to turn the watercolors into metallic paints. Students should bring: waterbrush, double sided adhesive.

I forgot to mention it in the items to bring, but if you have the flat, broad nib waterbrush by Ranger (Tim Holtz), bring that as well.

Next, have you started to think about your holiday cards yet?  I know I am always the happiest when I am not working on them during the holiday season.  Deb always has great ideas and will definitely inspire you.  Here is more information about her class:

So, why not get started on your Christmas cards?! Deb has put together a collection of cards that can be mass produced ... you decide the level of effort you want to put into the cards. Come join Deb to make 5 cards incorporating stamping, die cutting, embossing, non-traditional color palettes and, of course, a little bling! Students should bring: your basic kit, various sizes and thicknesses of pop-dots and the Perfect Layers Ruler, if you have one.

Finally, are technique classes your favorite?  You will learn a lot in Gayle's Gelato Watercolor class.  Here is that class information:

Awaken your latent watercolorist with Gelatos by Faber Castell. These creamy sticks of water-soluble pigment encased in a plastic tube make it irresistible and easy. Just activate the pigment with water. Let me say that again. Just activate the pigment with water - and you're in business! Watercolor artist Doug Mays says, "Where oils lumber...watercolours prance." Even for budding artists, Gelatos make it possible to achieve that easy, breezy (prancing?) look that we associate with watercolors.

In class, you will use Gelatos to (1) make a marbleized background, (2) color an embossing folder, (3) watercolor a stamped image, and (4) apply color to a rubber stamp. How versatile is that?!

Students should bring: Your basic kit, your largest acrylic block, a water mister, a small cup, small watercolor brushes (if you have them), and dimensional adhesive. Also, if you own any Gelatos, bring your favorite colors for your marbleized background.