Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jillibean Soup

Well, May is upon us which means it is time for Donna's paper pick of the month. This month features Jillibean Soup,and we have papers, stamps, tags, and notecards.

Collection 1 is Fresh Vegetable Soup, and the veggie paper is super cute:

Collection 2 is Irish Farm Stew:

Collection 3 is Macho Nacho Soup:

Collection 4 is Chilled Cucumber Soup:

The pictures don't do the papers justice. Their papers are bold, and very, very vibrant. If you are ready for some bright colors for Spring and Summer cards, this is the company for you.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fixing Copic Markers

You may have noticed that Ciao Copic markers have an "inner cap" on the inside of each cap. If you put the cap on wrong and the chisel side snags that inner cap, it will split the nib. The problem with a split chisel nib is that it will often prevent the cap from fitting on the marker correctly. If that happens, it will dry out your marker.

The good news is that you can buy a pack or replacement chisel nibs at the store. We also offer a repair service at the store. Simply bring in your pen and drop it off as part of our refill service, and we will replace the chisel for 75 cents. It is a good idea to get the pen refilled at the same time if the cap wasn't fitting correctly. All pricing and drop off information for our Copic refill/repair service is tabbed at the top of this blog.

Here is a pict of a damaged chisel (sorry it is out of focus):

And the repaired chisel:



Friday, April 26, 2013

Basic Grey- Hipster

We have brand new 12" x 12" papers and 6" x 6" paper packs from Basic Grey. This is how Basic Grey describes the new Hipster line of papers on their blog:
Pop in a mixtape and rock the nifty visuals of Hipster, a throwback 60s-inspired collection from BasicGrey. Made up of vibrant fashionable florals, trendsetting geometrics, and eye-catching embellishments, let Hipster’s indie personality tune in your creativity on your next neat-o project.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thursday Store Event- Magenta

We are very, very excited to welcome Nathalie Metivier from Magenta back to the store this Thursday, April 25th. Nathalie will be teaching three classes, and there will be a Magenta trunk show from 10am-9pm. There is still space in the classes, so be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

ATC cards: Magenta Style
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Stencils and more: Magenta Style
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Birds, Flowers and Colors: Magenta

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
As a reminder, because of the special event, there will be no make and take this Thursday.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mothers' Day and Lockhart

Need some card or gift ideas for Mothers Day? We have a nice selection of new Lockhart images as well as tons of new art squares from Inchie Arts.

Lockhart has beautiful, feminine images that are perfect for coloring. These are some of the new samples we received:

Of course, we have the new stamps in the store to go with the samples!

Want to make gifts as well as cards? How about combining Lockhart images with art squares? We have a huge selection of colors and sizes:

You can make photo collages:


Or bookmarks:

Here are links to more ideas:

Art Squares box top


Zentangle Art


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Super Special Sale!

While Angela and Marilynn are at a trade show this weekend, the staff is having a sale this Saturday and extending the staff discount to everyone.  After all, while the cat's away.....

Saturday, April 20th


20% off everything in the store.

As with all our sales, the discount doesn't apply to classes or items "on hold."  This is a great time to pick up Copic markers, some of the new Memory Box dies, Dylusion Sprays, reinkers, ink pads, a Cuttlebug, glitter, or just about anything!

As an inside joke, the staff is calling this the "Nutty Buddy" sale.  Angela told us once about a friend of hers who gave their son an open account at a country club snack bar.  That lasted until they got the bill.  The only thought the dad had on how the bill got so high was that his son was acting like a mini Rodney Dangerfield and shouting, "Nutty Buddies for everyone!"  For us, whenever we are being generous with someone else's money, it is a "Nutty Buddy" moment.

Think about joining us on Saturday.  After all, it is Nutty Buddies for Everyone!!!!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

So Punny!

I'm not sure what it says about me, but I love a good pun!  I also really, really love cheese.  So.....is this card perfect for me, or what????  Join us Thursday between 10 & 8 and make one of these cards absolutely FREE!  In this card, Marilynn used a "Twinchie" (a 2" square piece of matboard) as her stamping surface.  The stamp and phrase are by a new company we just added to the shop - Gourmet Stamps.  They have lots of fun puns and images to color!  We used Copics to color and shade the images - shading really adds depth to a simple graphic. 

Thankfully, this cheese is not Munster - because that would make it 2/3 of a pun.... P  U 

(Get it???)  Sigh......

Friday, April 12, 2013

Elizabeth Crafts

Need a little sparkle in your life? We absolutely love the fine-detail glitter we get from Elizabeth Crafts, and it now comes in a new 1/2 oz size. They have also started making dies, and we received some of their new "bug" dies such as dragonflies and lady bugs as well as some of their new greeting dies.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What a Scene!

This card is ADORABLE!  I love how Marilynn has made use of the fence card Accu-cut to create a spring scene!  She added texture with some ribbon weaving (look closely - it's very clever) and then colored the stamped image (Inky Antics) with Copics.  There is nothing like a little coloring to perk up your day - so stop in and do some on Thursday anytime between 10 - 8.  Absolutely FREE! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lovely Lockhart

A new shipment from Lockhart arrived and is loaded with summer goodies. We ordered a lot of images that fit onto 1" inchie squares and are the perfect size to make magnet or bookmark gifts for Mothers' Day.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Oh, and......

Did we mention that we also have over 60 new Memory Box dies?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Memory Box...Stamps!

What?! What is that you say? Memory Box has new stamps? Yes...and they just arrived! If you need inspiration, Memory Box is having a "stamps only" week on their Outside the Box blog April 8-12. Check out their blog to get ideas, and then stop by the store to pick up your favorites.

Want a "hands-on" opportunity with the new stamps? Laura will be teaching Memory Box stamps class on Friday, April 19 from 6:30-8:30pm. Details will be posted soon.


Friday, April 5, 2013

New Stamp Company Teaser

We absolutely love finding new stamp companies to bring to the store! Are you in the mood for something new and fun to color? Come in and check out the images we received from Gourmet Rubber Stamps:

The have a wonderful selection of cling stamps with coordinating sayings. Here are a few that we received:

I especially loved the cheese grater with coordinating saying, but Harriett told me to stop taking pictures so she could actually enter the new product. Sigh.....


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Metallic Distress Paints

Tim Holtz came out with Metallic Distress Paints that are available in three great colors...Antique Bronze, Brushed Pewter, and Tarnished Brass. We have all three colors in stock, so be sure to stop by and take a look!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Monochromatic brilliance!

Thursday's FREE make-and-take is a stunning monochromatic card featuring stamps from Stacy Stamps!  Stop in any time Thursday between 10 - 8 to make one for yourself.  We are excited that Stacy Rich, owner of Stacy Stamps, will be here on Friday with two fabulous workshops and a trunk show of her marvelous stamps!  There are still spaces available in her Lighthouse Minibook and her All Occasion Cards workshop, so make your reservations today!  Her stamps are beautiful and layer so easily!  Come find out more!

Monday, April 1, 2013

No Fooling!

Dee has developed quite a following for her demos, and tomorrow is likely to be no exception!  She comes prepared with lots of samples to inspire you, and even written instructions!  Wow!  Be sure to join her tomorrow, Tuesday, between 12-2 and learn all kinds of techniques for working with "inchies".  We call them inchies, but they have certainly expanded their line of products!  They have 2" squares and 3" squares and even ATC sized pieces of matboard in a variety of colors.  Let Dee show you the best methods for coloring and layering them - you'll be amazed by all the different things you can do!