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September 2011

New Limited Edition Distress Ink Sets for Fall and Christmas

New Limited Edition Distress Inks for Fall and Christmas

Fall-limited-edition-inks As you have probably heard by now, Ranger has released a trio of limited edition distress inks for fall.  The colors are rich autumnal hues named ripe persimmon (orange/red); gathered twigs (brown between Vintage Photos and Walnut Stain); and Seedless Preserves (peony purple).  The trio comes as a set and is priced at $17.99.  Although they are currently sold out everywhere, I have a limited number of sets coming early next week. If you are interested in having one PLEASE email me immediately because I expect they will be gone very soon.

Ranger has announced that they will reissue the trio, but it will be 3 to 4 weeks before they are available again.  Ranger will also be releasing a Christmas limited edition on November 1st and I expect it will fly off the shelves just as quickly.  If you are interested in that set, please let me know now so I can pre-order.

To see a video of Tim Holtz introducing the distress ink trio and demo’ing the colors, click here.

Upcoming Classes Saturday, September 24

Memento-background This Saturday, September 24, our morning class (10am) will teach you two resist techniques and how to create colorful backgrounds that really make your stamped images pop right off the page.  Once you learn this technique you will use it with all kinds of stamps.  In addition to the background technique, you will also learn resist techniques.  Just click here for more details and samples then give me a call at 915-833-9500 or send me an email to register.  Everyone is welcome – even brand new beginners can master this technique easily!

Welcome-mat Our afternoon class (2pm) will be all about cards for Fall which means coloring with dye inks and Copic markers.  Our first card (on the left) featuring a new stamp from Impression Obsession is colored very simply with Copic markers.  For our second card (on the right) you will stamp Vintage Halloween words from Memory Box on white cardstock then die cut leaves using a Spellbinder die.  Next you will add color to the leaves and finish constructing the card.  Rounding out the class will be a third card that features another Impression Obsession stamp and Copic markers.  The background of this card is special too so don’t miss this fun class!  Just click here for more details and samples then give me a call at 915-833-9500 or send me an email to register. 

Halloween Cards

Happy-Halloween-Bat Halloween is such a fun holiday because the images lend themselves to so many interpretations and designs.  One of our favorite companies is Memory Box because Dave never disappoints with his complete line of stamps, dies and papers.  The card on the left takes advantage of all three tools.  I stamped Vintage Halloween words in Versafine Black on his paper “Dusk,” mounted this on black and adhered this to more Dusk paper mounted on a folded black (A2) card.  Next I stamped Halloween Bat and die cut it with the matching Essex Label die.  To complete the card I mounted the die cut to a die cut oval, threaded a strip of “Luminous” paper through the label die cut and adhered this element to the card.  I added a few black jewels to the label for “bling!”

Spooky-Collage Another card that shows off the new Memory Box papers is the card on the right.  Again I chose to stamp Haunted Mansion and Harvest Moon on “Woodland Path” paper in black ink.  I distressed the edges with the Distressing Tool from Tonic and mounted this piece on black cardstock.  The background is created with several of the new papers and the Spooky label was made with a Dymo label maker.  This card is 5½” square.

Tri-Fold-outside My third Halloween card is a tri-fold card featuring a bat (Spellbinders die) flying right out of the haunted mansion in the background.  The paper is Memory Box Distress Dots, the clouds are made with a die Tri-Fold-inside from The Cat’s Pajamas, and the sentiments (inside and out) are from the new Halloween Mini Sentiments set from Just Rite Stampers. The graveyard along the bottom inside of the card is a Martha Stewart punch and the iron fence is a Memory Box die.  The size of this card is 6¼” tall x 3½” wide.



Colorful Christmas Cards

Village We just received new Christmas stamps from Penny Black and Savvy Stamps.  The Snowy Village card on the left uses a Penny Black stamp.  I colored it with Copic markers and finished it with distress ink and frosted lace glitter glue.  Flourish-Xmas-Tree The card on the right uses Savvy Stamps’ new Flourish Christmas tree and Bling Joy both of which I just love.  This is a beautiful yet quick and easy card.






Miscellaneous Cards


Watermelon-bugs-1 Okay, sometimes a stamp just speaks to me and this is one of those stamps.  It is so funky – even its name “Watermelon Bugs” is crazy!  It’s new from Impression Obsession.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and after I finished the card, I thought I should have left room at the bottom of the sentiment to add the word “ladybug.”  I plan to make more samples with this card using other sentiments and ladybug stamps I have.  So much fun!




Doctors-Bag Finally this wonderful, very vintage Doctor’s Bag stamps from Impression Obsession caught my eye.  I stamped it in Brilliance Coffee Bean on off white cardstock then added a little distressing to the edges with Antique Linen ink.  I mounted it very simply using 7 Gypsies paper on a dark brown folded card.  I made a set of these cards to send to my brother (the doctor).



New and Returning Stamps from Outlines Rubber Stamps

Adobe-Casa Outlines Rubber Stamps is one of our favorite companies and using their Layering Collage stamps you can create an endless number of fun cards.  We have received a new order of these stamps with themes of Southwest, Birthday and Dogs!  Check out the classes on Saturday, October 1 using the Southwestern stamps and Saturday, October 8 using the other two sets.  You will love these stamps so hurry in for best selection!  Just click here for more details and samples then give me a call at 915-833-9500 or send me an email to register.






“Half of Half Sale” – now through October 8!


We still have hundreds of stamps on sale 50% off including wood mounted, cling mounted and clear stamps.  From today through Saturday, October 8 when you mention the secret discount phrase “Just for Fun” we will take an additional 25% off your purchase of all sale stamps!  That means you get all the sale stamps you want for 75% off the retail price.  Come and load up for yourself and for friends – this will only last until October 8.  Plus any dies that are now 30% off will be 50% off for this same time period.  Don’t miss the bargains!!!!





Lifestyle Crafts Folding Dies

Folding-Thanks-Die Lifestyle Crafts (new name for QuicKutz) has several new folding dies that are wonderfully creative.  The "Thanks" folding die is pictured on the left.  I have used them in both the EPIC 6 (by Lifestyle Crafts) and the Grand Calibur (by Spellbinders) and found that they cut cardstock of various weights and decorative paper easily and cleanly.  What’s even more important is that the dies insert scoring lines that score the paper for folding but don’t fall apart through repeated folding.   

Let me show you two other folding dies:


  Folding-Love-Die  Folding-Wish-Die

Now let me share with you some samples I made using the “Thanks” folding die.

Thanks-Dots My first idea was to mount the die inside a folded A2 card to make a kind of pop-up card.  This worked well and here’s a tip: apply glue stick to the “S” and adhere it in place on the right inside panel of the card.  Then fold the die cut on top of the “S” – the back of the “T” will be on top.  Again apply glue stick to the “T” and close the card for perfect placement.  The middle letters will float freely for a whimsical pop-up card.


Thanks-Distress-Dots Next I decided to die cut the letters from various colorful cardstocks (Distressed Dots from Memory Box) and mount them on an accordion folded card.  The white accordion card is 2¾” square.  I decorated the card with small flowers cut with various Spellbinders dies.

Thanks-colorful Another idea using the same papers is to cut a base “Thanks” from white cardstock then adhere the colorful letters to the base.  Thanks-stamped And a variation on this theme is to die cut the “Thanks” from kraft cardstock then stamp it with a background stamp (here I used a new bandana stamp from Stampendous).  Both these ideas produce a cute freestanding thank you card.


Thanks-Long-Card Of course a very easy idea with a lot of visual “punch” is to die cut the letters from decorative papers then scatter them across the width of a long card (4” x 9¼”).  Pop-up some of the letters for even more interest.



Shaped-Card-outside Shaped-Card-inside My final idea was to make 2 top-folding shaped cards using Spellbinders’ Labels 1 large and small die sets.  I die cut the folded cards then die cut mats from decorative papers to embellish the fronts and backs.  For the card that would be the front of the overall card, I stamped “Just for you” from Just Rite Stampers on a die cut (Woven Circle from Memory Box) and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.  Why did I cut 2 folded cards?  Because the 2 top folding cards serve as anchors for the overall card and allow it to be free standing.  Inside I adhered the “T” and “S” to the backs of the folded cards, suspending the middle letters between the two.  I hope that makes sense – the photos should tell the story better than I can!

 Lifestyle Crafts has new dies for Halloween too:








           Folding Bats Die


Nesting-Pumpkins-Die Nesting-Ghosts-Die
Nested Pumpkins (4 dies)       Nested Ghosts (4 dies)

Here’s an idea that I made based on one shown by Lifestyle Crafts:

Jack-o-Lantern-with-bats I cut the large pumpkin 3 times and adhered them together in a triangle of sorts using Scor tape.  I cut the bats from black cardstock and embellished them with googly eyes.  Then I mounted them on wire I had wrapped around a lollipop stick.  The wire was secured on the back of the bat and inside the pumpkin with Scor tape.  Lastly I die cut a ghost, added googly eyes and a “Boo!” banner and secured him inside the pumpkin with tape.  One note:  once the piece is all together, insert a baggie of candy to act as weight and to make a trick-or-treater very happy at the end of the party!

If you like these ideas join us Saturday, September 10 at 10am to make your own!  Just click here for more details!

Another Honey Pop 3D card Idea

Turtle-outside Turtle-inside The Honey Pop cards using stamp sets from Inky Antics and their honeycomb paper have been very popular lately.  Pictured here are the outside and inside of a card made with their turtle set.  While the stamp sets are a great way to start your experience with this technique, they are in no way the limit of what you can do with honeycomb paper! 



Christmas-Tree-2010-outside Christmas-Tree-2010-inside One idea is to use dies to make a pop-up card.  I die cut the largest of the 2010 Nested Holiday Tree dies from Spellbinders.   I cut the die cut in half vertically so that I had a template of half the tree.  Trace this on the honeycomb paper being careful to position it vertically on the paper so that the height of the template spans the glue lines on the honeycomb paper.  Cut out the half-tree and glue it into the scored fold on the inside of the card.  Viola!  You have a fun pop-up 3D Christmas tree.  If you want a one-of-a-kind holiday card, consider making a card using honeycomb paper!  Or come to our class Saturday, September 10 at 2pm and make one here!  Just click here for more details!

 Be sure to check out the What's New section on our website here to see all the new merchandise arriving soon!  Please stop in soon!