I’m back! Sorry it has been so long since my last blog. I have just been swamped with class prep, ordering and stocking new merchandise and helping customers find the perfect stamps or stamping product. Plus the heat has just takes all my strength away so it is hard to get everything done! All that aside, it is an exciting time as lots of new products are being released. PLEASE check with me before you order things from the Internet, as often I already have these new products on order and will receive them as soon as they are officially released. For example, The Stamp Act was one of the very first stores to receive the newest spellbinders dies! I received mine August 1 and just got an email form Spellbinders yesterday saying they’d be available to ship August 15! Yeah! And BTW, the new dies are fabulous!!!
Fist I will share you a preview of classes for August. Please visit http://stampactelpaso.com/AUGUST2009.html to see all the samples for a particular class.
Cards with a Twist – Aug 8, 10-12 – Make cards that are a little different!
Pendants – Aug 8, 2-4 – The new Spellbinders Pendants and Borders are so much fun. They make dramatic cards that everyone will love!
Distress Ink Techniques Workshop – Aug 15, 10-12 – If you think all distress inks are only brown and used only for edging cards, think again! Distress inks come in every hue of the rainbow and can be used in dozens of way to create unique and colorful cards.
Basic Grey Lemonade Card Kit – Aug 15, 2-4 –
Everyone loves Basic Grey card kits and the bright and colorful Lemonade kit is perfect for summer. We have the entire Lemonade paper collection in stock and here are several cards made with the paper:
The background on this card is an argyle print so I embossed it with the cuttlebug Argyle Embossing Folder to add texture and interest to the background.
Friendship Cards – Aug 22, 10-12 – The new Just Rite Friendship kit has beautiful images and this class will pair those images with Spellbinders pendants, border punches and with other dies.
Which Way to the Treats? Aug 22, 2-4
Halloween is coming and Felicity will show you how to use the new Just Rite Halloween and Martha Stewart Halloween punches to create fun cards for this spooky holiday! Notice the Graveyard punch on this card!
Magenta Cards – Aug 29, 10-12 – Magenta is one of the oldest rubber stamp companies and their new images are true to their extraordinary artistry and imagination. You really need to see these cards in person to appreciate them fully so stop in and see the samples soon! The ship card uses new paper from Daisy Bucket; the Flower Collage card at right has a background created with distress inks; and the Butterfly Collage card below is much more impressive in person as it is painted with perfect pearls and thus sparkles in the light!
PB Sunflower Sticker cards – Aug 29, 2-4 – Everyone loves Penny Black stickers because they don’t look like stickers! Make 6 quick and easy yet beautiful cards all in shades of orange, yellow and gold! Sign up early as this class is sure to sell out!
Spellbinders dies – The newest crop of spellbinders dies have arrived and pardon the pun but they are “to die for”!!! There are five (5) new nested label die sets as well as a host of Christmas and Fall dies. Here are some photos of the new dies:
Quickutz dies – Our first order of Quickutz dies sold out quickly but another huge order is coming soon. Our prices on this second order will still be at clearance prices so hurry in for best selection! Here are a few cards I made with some of the new Quickutz dies.
Martha Stewart Punches for Halloween and Christmas – Martha’s creative and imaginative design team has created wonderful punches for fall and Christmas! Several already sold out and were reordered so don’t wait to get yours! The Frosty Village, Spider Web corner and edge, and the Thanks punches have been the most popular.
The card on the left above uses the "Thanks" edge punch and the card on the right uses the Frosty Village edge punch. It was inspired by Sue at Heartprints.
Flower Soft – New for fall are the Autumn mix and the new Polar White Sparkle. Here’s a sample by Sharon Johnston showing the Santa topper (by Flower Soft) and the Polar White. The "No Peeking" stamp is by Just Rite.
Stampendous Stamps – Stampendous has 2 new shape shifting clear stamp sets: one that includes two snowmen and one with a ghost/pumpkin. Both promise lots of fun in creating tall or short, wide or thin shapes!
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – perfect for fall cards are the new limited edition Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels. I promise to show you some exciting samples soon! Colors like Pumpkin, Candy Apple Red and Indian Corn will be perfect for coloring backgrounds, stamped images and die cuts!
Dreamweaver Stencils – Lynell at Dreamweavers and Kathi Anderson, my sales rep, have given me some great ideas for a stencil class (scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 5). The new crackle paste is outstanding and Kathi taught me a technique that is perfect for coloring Southwestern stamps. Don’t miss this fabulous class! I will share samples very soon
Miscellaneous Products – We have lots of other new products too like the long awaited re-inkers for Versafine Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia. We also have the new Tim Holtz fastener -- it’s a mini stapler! Plus all the new Tim Holtz hardware is on pre-order already! Also we will be receiving wonderful new Halloween punches form EK Success next week as well as lots of flowers from Kaisercraft. We have new paper for Christmas and Halloween already in stock and the new Basic grey releases are on order and should arrive in early September. The Just Rite Stamper Christmas release should arrive soon too.
Hopefully the weather will cook off soon, but regardless we are here every day but Monday and welcome your visit! Happy Stamping!