Hello friends. I am so sorry it's been a week since I blogged, but I have lots to share with you today and in the next couple days. This past week or so, I have been very busy making improvements to the store. In case you think all I have to do is call the landlady, think again. Gloria and I have an understanding: she doesn't raise the rent and I don't ask for any improvements. So last week my handy man Jose replaced all the weatherstripping around the back door to prevent dust and sand from covering our back room. Then he replaced the screen in the front door and repainted the door -- it looks so much nicer and fresher. Plus no holes! He also built risers for the new paper racks so you won't have to bend over so far to reach the bottom shelves. Unfortunately we had a little communication problem last Monday and Jose wasn't here when UPS delivered our new paper racks in four huge, heavy boxes. I had to unpack them then muscle the boxes to the dumpster. This was after completely reorganizing the punch section and several smaller paper racks order to make room for the new racks. Needless to say I was hot and tired after that day. But everything really looks great now -- here are some photos:
New Punch Section New Risers for paper racks
Two new paper racks Chole ready to greet you at the newly repainted front door!
And speaking of paper, we just received the hottest new collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. Vita Bella is an eclectic collection that combines Victorian designs with modern graphic patterns and fashionable floral accents in a lush and vibrant color palette of bold blues and soft greens. Several of the papers and embellishments feature rich metallic foil accents. Both luxurious and fresh, Vita Bella captures the beauty of everyday life. Vita Bella ... come enjoy the beautiful life! Here's a look at some of the designs:
Another paper that we just received is the new Color Me series from Luze Designs. These single-sided 12" x 12" papers are printed on 65-lb weight paper and are ideal for scrapbooking, card making or other paper crafts. You can color the images, cut them apart or use them as a whole. Color Me papers will bring out your creativity. Stop in to pick up a few sheets -- they are great for the kids too! Here are two samples I made:
Spellbinders and The Wizard
It's official! After months of waiting, the new Wizard machines will start shipping this week! Many of you have pre-ordered the Wizard and I will call you as soon as it arrives. Its not too late to get one of the first ones; just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new Wizard will be easier for beginners due to the softly rounded ergonomics. It is still made with the same high quality steel construction and weighs only 7 lbs, but it is a beautiful "raspberry" color. This little machine is capable of creating 3,000 lbs of pressure to assure sharp cuts and deep embossing on each and every project. And the best news is that it has a new lower price of only $99 (plus $6 shipping).
Now for an update on the long awaited Excalibur. You will remember that the Excalibur is the new motorized Wizard. Based on the input of retailers and consumers alike, Spellbinders technical team decided to continue its push for high quality, versatility, affordable pricing and foremost safety. They wanted to start shipping the Excalibur this fall, but it appears that it won't be available until Spring 2009. The delay is disappointing, but I believe it will ultimately surpass all our expectations.
Because The Stamp Act was one of the very first retail stores to see the Wizard, many of you have the original model. If you are wondering whether to upgrade to the newest Wizard, stop in the store and I will demo the new Wizard for you and discuss the merits of the new machine.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Turn 1
You're invited to a two-week Blog Party to celebrate Nestabilities first birthday!
When: June 30 - July 13
Where: The Blogs of Spellbinders' Design Team (see list below)
To celebrate Nestabilities tremendous first year, Spellbinders will be giving daily sneak peeks of many of the new products being introduced at the upcoming CHA Summer show. Plus you can win great prizes! Each day a different Spellbinders' design team member will introduce one of the soon-to-be-released dies. Blog visitors can sign up during specified times for a chance to win that day's featured die. Visit all the blogs and become eligible to win the Grand Prize -- a new Wizard and $500 in Spellbinders dies! For more information on the new products, see the schedule of blogs at the Spellbinders website at www.spellbinders.us.
July Classes are on the Website
I added the July classes to the website today so check out what's happening at www.stampactelpaso.com/classes. More information will be posted here soon on upcoming classes including our Christmas Kickoff starting July 23!
Have a great week and here's someone dear to wish you well!