Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Here is what Ranger says about the paints:
"Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints are artist quality opaque paints available in 11 bold colors plus white. Richly pigmented, these paints feature a thick buttery consistency that holds brushstrokes, peaks and tool marks and can be easily smoothed. The paints blend well with other Media colors, creating an endless palette. Use with Dina Wakley Gel Medium for additional effects."As you can see from the picture above, the paints come in tubes to make them easier to use. Here is a link to the Ranger press release as well as pictures of all the available colors- http://rangerink.com/ranger-press/new-signature-designer-dina-wakley/
Be on the lookout for the paints to arrive at the store, and of course, you are welcome to have us hold whatever colors you want for you!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Embossing folders are a wonderful way to add texture and dimension to any card project. And, you can do much more! You can use a white core medium (like Shimmer Sheetz or paper) and scruff color off for even more "pop". You can add ink to the embossing folder prior to embossing for a 1-step card! You can die-cut and then emboss.....the possibilities are truly endless!
Join Angela tomorrow (Tuesday) between 12 & 2 and play a little bit. You'll be hooked. Quick, easy and impressive. My 3 favorite words!!!!
Learn at Lunch demos are completely free and no registration is required. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Alcohol Inks. We restocked the newest colors of Alcohol Inks from Adirondack. We have individual colors as well as the brand new packs of colors. We also restocked the felt applicators that allow you to add the inks to your projects.
This picture of the Inky Antics board doesn't do it justice. A lot of the cards pop open in interesting ways, so you really have to touch the board to appreciate it. We also have the new die that makes weaving paper a cinch.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
We are blown away by the new house pivot die from Elizabeth Crafts. Have you seen it yet? It makes an awesome 3D card which could be used for "we've moved" cards, housewarming cards, a gingerbread house for Christmas, or a haunted house for Halloween. It is easy to make and will make your recipients say, "Wow!"
Next, have you been wanting to try Encaustic wax (basically beeswax) in your mixed media projects? We have tons of wax as well as their versatile heating tool. You can change out the tips to change it from an iron to a stylus. Marilynn has put up some samples in the store, and you can really see the dimension you can achieve with the wax. She will be using the wax in upcoming classes, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if you are interested in hands-on opportunities. If you have never heard of encaustic wax and would like to see more, here is a video from CHA:
One new "favorite" product we have at the store are the Die Snips from Elizabeth Crafts. The tip is incredibly small and makes cutting your die cut sets apart a snap.
We received so many cute new dies from My Favorite Things. There are campers, keys/locks, flowers, a paper bag die, and tons of decorative elements.
We didn't have room in the "New" section to put all of the stamps/dies we received from Lawn Fawn, so we put them on a rack with other clear stamps:
As you can see, we restocked lots of Faber Castell products. Did you know you can take Gelatos, add some water, and make a spray out of them? We have a tool kit that will help you make your sprays. You can also use a tiny bit of Gelatos and mix it with their whipped spackle to make any color of dimensional paste you want. The paste you make is perfect for combining with a stencil and adding dimension to your projects.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and color. You can't get a better offer than that!
Friday, April 18, 2014
This is going to be a Part 1 blog post to show you some of the new items that arrived at the store lately. There is just too much to show in one post. Also, there have been enough boxes coming in to the store this week that items put in the "new" section by the door a few days ago have already had to be moved to other locations in the store to make room for the product that came in today. So, the next time you are at the store, be sure to look around. There are new things everywhere!
Have you seen the new samples from Rosie's? They are so much fun and are easy to recreate. If you are a fan of Rosie's, don't forget that Donna will be teaching a day and evening Rosie's class on May 14.
I think every staff member bought one of the Faber Castell collapsible water cups for their craft kits. They are easy to store or pack, and they have dips on the rim to hold your brush:
Are you a fan of Distress Inks? We have the three new packs of mini Distress Pads (we also restocked the older mini Distress sets as well):
What project did Marilynn rave the most about from the trade show she attended? Slide cards from the Paper Cut and Impression Obsession. We have packs of these fun, interactive cards in a variety of colors. All you have to do is decorate them with stamps or die cuts. Be sure to check out the samples the next time you are at the store:
If you weren't lucky enough to take classes from our guest artist last weekend, we still have some of the decorative, interactive dies from Sizzix and great embossing folders from Elizabeth Crafts:
If you want a "heads up" about other new products I will be blogging about tomorrow, we have new Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things "die-namic" dies, tons of Impression Obsession, and lots of Faber Castell.
Also, don't forget we are closed this Sunday for Easter.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Stop in any time between 10 & 8 on Thursday to create this lovely all-occasion card for yourself - FREE!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I colored each of these cards with the Irojiten Pencils from Tombo. Can you see that swatch of black card stock? I colored it with the Neon pencils, and they showed up beautifully. Plus, the Neon colors actually glow in the dark under a black light - Elvis anyone?!?!
I love these pencils because they are part-oil, part-wax, so they are firmer to work with and don't leave a waxy build-up. And, you can blend them with a Dove blender. Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and try them for yourself. I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Stop in between 10 - 8 this Thursday and make one of these beauties for yourself. So cute!
Monday, April 7, 2014
Join me this Tuesday between 12 & 2 and see little secrets that make this technique super quick, easy and eye-catching!!! There is no fee to participate, and you don't even need to register. Come on in!!!!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
We feel very lucky to have Karen Burniston coming to the store to teach next weekend. She is a licensed artist with Elizabeth Crafts and will be teaching Interactive card classes using her own incredible line of dies. Students will get to make a garden bench, pivot, pop-up, and accordion card. The morning class is now full, but Karen offered to teach the class again in the afternoon, and there is room in that class.
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014
As you can see from the picture above, we are well stocked with Faber-Castell products. If you missed the demo, be sure to talk to a staff member about the products or pick up one of the free Faber-Castell instruction sheets we have by the register:
Also, if you are a fan of Art Impressions, you will love the new arrivals. We have the humorous ladies as well as cute critters (from the front and back):
Finally, as much as it pains me to say it, Dee will probably be named everyone's favorite employee. She said that Saturday, April 5th is National Caramel Day and thought the store needed to hand out caramels. Here is what she left for me to put out for Saturday customers:
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"We interrupt this regularly scheduled program so that we can bring you the following special presentation."
The lovely lady pictured above is Tammie Wilson, artist extraordinaire from Faber-Castell!
teaching a workshop Thursday morning from 10 - 1 (as of this moment, there are 3 spots left, so call the shop if you'd like to register) and then hosting a FREE demonstration Thursday afternoon from 4 - 7 on working with tons of the Faber-Castell products including Gelatos, Big Brush Markers, Pitt Pens, Chalkboard Paint and more!!! You do not have to register for the FREE demo, just stop in!
Since these fabulous activities will take up our classroom space, we will not be able to offer our regular Thursday make-and-take. Join us next Thursday, April 10, when we'll be back with a FREE spring card project featuring Impression Obsession stamps :-)