Monday, January 26, 2015

MFT Stamps - You We're Meant to Sparkle

Today we're revisiting a popular stamp set from last year, released by MFT Stamps.  We thought it would be perfect for Valentine's Day tags, cards, or treats.  Or, simply use it for a fun, everyday card or gift for a special friend.

We tied a "Sparkly" gel pen to the finished tag.  You could include some "sparkly" nail polish or lip gloss instead of the gel pen.  Really, anything that sparkles would be perfect.  For some added sparkle, we included some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Here's a look at the entire set and all the wonderful sentiments.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spring Workshop

We still have a few spaces left in our Spring Workshop.  If you missed our last email or post, you can find those details HERE.

Otherwise, here are a few more peeks at some of the wonderful projects we'll be making.

Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHA Product Previews

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Wow!  We've had a busy and hectic couple of weeks.  Thanks for being patient with us last week while the store was operating on shorter hours.  A huge, "Thank you," to Liesl for opening the store each day until Mary could get back and to those of you who volunteered to help.  We really appreciate it.

Things are just about back to normal.  We almost have all the Christmas decorations packed away.  Valentine and Spring products have been arriving daily and the store is beginning to make that transition from Winter and Christmas to the soft colors of Spring.

We're busy planning our Spring Workshop (you can find those details HERE) and a few other classes.  We are also working on our 10 YEAR Anniversary Event.  I can't believe it's been 10 YEARS!!!!  We officially opened in February, 10 years ago.  We're planning a big celebration in April.  We'll let you know as soon as we have all the details.

In the meantime, we thought we'd share some links and videos showcasing the fun products we purchased at the CHA Show.  Many of these products  are shipping now, while others are shipping in February and March.  Shipping delays may occur as several companies have experienced 6 - 8 week delays due to the labor dispute with the Longshore workers in Long Beach.

We tried to narrow the list down to our top 10, but we couldn't do it.  So, here's our top 13!

Ranger Products
Texture Pastes (shipping early February)

Tim Holtz Products
Tim Holtz Distress Colors (shipping now)

Tim Holtz Mixed Media Dies

Tim Holtz Core' dinations Paper

Tim Holtz Demo

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection (Ships February and March)

WeR Memory Keepers

Banner Punch Board

Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool (Shipping April)

360 Craft Bag

Sizzix Products

Precision Base Plate

Miscellaneous New Products

Cosmo Cricket's Just Add Watercolor (shipping in March)

My Mind's Eye Paper Collection (shipping now)

 Simple Stories - I AM Collection

We can't wait for all the new products to arrive.  We have new products shipping from Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Technique Tuesday, Elizabeth Crafts Designs and more.  Check back often, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.  We'll be posting new arrivals on both sites as soon as they arrive.

If you happened to make it through the list of video links above, we've got links to more inspiration from our blog, listed  below.  Be sure to check out the links and let us know what you think.

1.  Here's the LINK to a beautiful card using the Vivianne Butterfly die from Memory Box.

2.  Loving THIS card using the Mama Elephant stamp set - You're Purrfect.  You can find that card HERE.

3.  Looking for a beautiful Valentine card idea?  Take a look at THIS card using the Bee Mine stamp from Avery Elle.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Berry Good Stamp Set from Avery Elle

Today we have another card featuring the Berry Good stamp set from Avery Elle.

Emily stamped the lemons using Antique Linen Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.  She then used a brush and several of the Distress Inks to watercolor the image. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Of course, she had to add some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh as a finishing touch.

Here's a closer look at the image.  She also used the Dotted Border Die from Avery Elle.  It has become one of our recent favorite dies the past few weeks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vivianne Butterfly from Memory Box

Today we're featuring a card we created with the Vivianne Butterfly from Memory Box.

We used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to watercolor the background of some mixed media paper.  Stamped a sentiment and added some of the die cut butterflies.  Super easy!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mama Elephant's - The Purrfect Pair

We're featuring another card using Mama Elephant's, Purrfect Pair, stamp set.  The card last week was colored using watercolor techniques.  This week, we decided to color the image with Copic Markers. 

After we colored the image, we masked it off by covering it with rubber cement.  Once it was dry, we used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and the Ink Blending Tool to apply some ink behind the cute little kitties.  The rubber cement protects the colored image from the Distress Ink while you apply it.  After the ink was applied, we used a clean towel to rub off the rubber cement from our image.

The zig zag border was die cut from Avery Elle's Dotted Border die set. 

We applied Glossy Accents over the milk bottle, giving it that shiny, glass-like finish.

Here's a look at all the images included in the Purrfect Pair stamp set.

Here's a look at the Dotted Border die set from Avery Elle.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Avery Elle- Bee Mine

We have more Valentine inspiration today.  This time we used the new stamp set from Avery Elle, Bee Mine.

We stamped this with VersaMark ink, onto watercolor paper, and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder from Ranger Ink.

After we heat embossed it, we used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolor the image.  Super easy, and super quick.