Ranger has created a new seasonal palette of Distress Inks for Spring 2012. This is the third time a group of three colors has been released in a limited edition set, and if the first two were any indication, these will sell out quickly. New for Spring 2012 are Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Shaded Lilac, colors that simply shout "spring." They're soft and pretty and reminiscent of the first blooms in your garden. The Spring set of inks is $17.99.
And more good news: the requests for re-inkers for the Seasonal palettes have been deafening so Ranger has finally relented and created re-inkers for all the Seasonal colors. So if you purchased the Fall or Winter Limited Edition Distress ink palettes, be sure to ask me to reserve the re-inkers for you. They should arrive in about a week! Re-inkers are $5.59 each. If you want to see how the new Spring Ink colors fit into the overall Distress Ink color palette, click here to see a video of Tim Holtz introducing the new colors!
Saturday, May 5 – One Set of Stamps, Four Cards
10am – Take one set of stamps and a few pieces of decorative paper and cardstock and make four cards. Learn how to maximize possibilities of your stamps! To see all the samples in this class, click here
2pm – Make four really cute birthday cards using one set of stamps and two pieces of decorative paper! We will embellish them with my new favorite “bling” Candi Dots and add a bows to our birthday presents with the Crisp Bows die from Memory Box. To see all the samples in this class, click here.
Saturday, May 12, 10am and 2pm – Penny Black Sticker Cards
Penny Black stickers are known for expert coloring and the new set “Petals and Wings” is a perfect example. Full of vibrant colors and beautiful images of flowers, birds and butterflies, the stickers make lovely cards. We will pair the stickers with decorative papers and make two backgrounds with distress inks. Embossed papers and punches will also add a very artistic flair to these cards. To see all the samples in this class, click here.
Spellbinders New Edgeabilities Dies
This week I had a chance to play with three sets of the relatively new Spellbinders’ Edgeabilities dies. To be honest with you, I thought they merely cut a decorative border as so many border dies (and border punches for that matter) do. Well, I was in for a big surprise. Each Edgeabilities set contains 2 distinct types of dies: Cutting Edges and Decorative Inserts that do not cut, but do emboss beautiful patterns into your design. These edges can be combined within one set or among all the sets to create custom, beautifully detailed edges. For the card I made on the left (BTW – it’s perfect for Mother’s Day!) I used 7 dies from 3 Edgeabilities sets. It was great fun to mix and match the dies to see what different combinations produced! Check out the sets we have in stock soon!
Speaking of Dies
Have you ever die cut something and couldn’t get the @#$%^&!! Paper out of the die? The other day I had a great idea for a card and reached for the gorgeous new Spellbinders Floral Oval die to die cut a background mat. It took me forever to get the paper out of the die and even thought I was slow and careful, the poor piece looked battle scarred when I finally got it out. The customer who was going to buy the Floral Oval die set quickly returned it to the shelf because they didn’t want to go through the hassle. I couldn’t blame them but I was n determined to find the secret to getting stubborn, stick die cuts out of the dies.
Thank goodness for the Internet. I “googled” my inquiry and quickly discovered a tip that sounded like it would work. It was late in the day and Chloe was ready to go home, but she was patient with me as I grabbed the die, cardstock and the secret weapon – wax paper. I layered the die (always cut side up when using the Grand Calibur machine), the wax paper first then the cardstock. I nearly held my breath as I ran it through the machine – and viola! The cardstock almost fell out of the die! Oh, was I happy!!!
So if you have a stubborn die (such as the beautiful Tessatina Border from Memory Box) try this tip. You will be die cutting to your heart’s content with no !@#$%!!
Baby Liam’s Shadowbox
I have a new grandnephew name Liam and I wanted to make something to welcome him so I decided to make a shadowbox full of all things baby. This picture really does not do justice to this wall art piece. The stamped images are from two (baby) Layering Collage stamps from Outlines; the polar bear and elephant are stamps and dies cuts from Memory Box; Liam’s name is spelled out in chipboard letters; and the photo mats are die cut with Spellbinder dies. The border around the outside is die cut with the scallop die from Memory Box and the background paper is from Pebbles. The shadowbox is from 7 Gypsies. This was a fun project that could be reproduced for any number of special occasions such as graduation vacation or Mother or Father’s Day. Let your creative juices flow and you will come up with an idea. BTW: We have the shadowboxes in stock in white ($19.99) and I can order them in black and in a number of different configurations.
“Goosebumps Texture Spray” -- This fun card showcases the delightful Petite Umbrella and Puffy Clouds dies from Memory Box but with a new twist. The acetate layer on top of the card is sprayed with a new product from Tsukineko called “Goosebumps Texture Spray.” I know you can’t really see it in this photo, but IRL the acetate feels textured and looks just like a rainy window! Goosebumps comes in both a shimmer and a matte finish and is simple to spray on any surface. It dries relatively quickly and can be sprayed on any number of surfaces.
New Die Cards – I love the Piestra Tile die from Memory Box because it makes a very easy and tailored card. I die cut the top half of the border then stamped the greeting “hello” and finished by die cutting the bottom half of the border. I adhered a thin strip of yellow cardstock behind the die and added a few teal pearls for a pop of color.
And speaking of the quickly upcoming Mother’s Day, this card will perfect convey your love. I die cut the La Rue Heart in red and the Savannah Border in green, and mounted them over the beautiful roses embossed background (Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz). This stunning card is quick and easy but really elegant.
What’s Coming Up at The Stamp Act
As summer quickly approaches, we are thinking of creative ways to entice you to pass the hot summer days stamping. Look for ….
A new line of fun jewelry products that are quick and easy but can be funky or elegant
Children’s Classes – make jewelry, scrapbooks, banners and other fun and decorative items using stamps, dies and loads of fun embellishments.
We’re Hitting the Road – Do you have a rubber stamping group that needs a little inspiration? Ask me teach a class or demo techniques or products for your group. Meet in your location or at the store – call 915-833-9500 for details. Out of town group? Call me and we’ll see what we can work out.
Private Classes – If you cannot attend our regular classes, call me to arrange a private class.
Thursday Holiday Workshops – Don’t wait until the last minute to make your holiday cards this year, join us for our Holiday Workshops on Thursday afternoons and have them all made by Halloween! Workshops will start in July.
Please give me feedback on what you would like to see us do. We want to be responsive to your requests. Call me (915-833-9500) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your ideas. Thanks!