Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WPlus 9- Fresh Cut Containers

I love all these new stamps we have in stock from WPlus 9.  They make it so easy to create beautiful, watercolor images.  I featured a few cards using the Pretty Peonies a few weeks ago.  You can view those card HERE.  This time, I used the Fresh Cut Container stamp set and, of course, some Distress Ink Markers from Tim Holtz.  This set includes different flowers, pots, and greenery to create unique floral containers and arrangements.  I've included an image of the entire set at the bottom of this post.

Here's a close up image.

Here's an image of the stamp set.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Poppy Stamps- Stacking Teacups

Today we're featuring a card we created using the Stacking Teacup die from Poppy Stamps.  We were inspired by this CUTE CARD we found on Pinterest.

Here's our version of that card.

Here's a close-up look a those adorable teacups.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Project Life / Pocket Scrapbooking with Technique Tuesday

We're loving the new June stamp and die from Technique Tuesday.  This month I chose a few papers from Gossamer Blue and challenged myself to use vellum and embossing powder for these cards.  Here's what I came up with for this month.  You could also use most of these cards as embellishments for the front of greeting cards.  They would make lovely cards for friends and family.

All dies and stamps are from Technique Tuesday unless noted otherwise.

This card is my favorite!  The individual photo I took of it was blurry (sad face).  So, I'm using the group shot to feature this one.  I thought this card would be wonderful on the front of a greeting card also.

I used some flair buttons I had left over from the cards I made with May's stamp and die.  You can see those cards HERE.  I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the stamped image onto vellum.

For the card below, I cut the butterfly from black cardstock, covered it with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder, then I heat embossed it.  Love the glossy effect.  I cut the butterfly from the patterned paper, removed it, and inlaid the black butterfly.  I then backed it with pink cardstock.

I used the butterfly I cut from the patterned paper above, for the card below.  Using the same technique, I embossed the butterfly with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is also embossed.  However, I used white embossing powder so it would show up nicely on the black paper.  The tiny heart is from February's die release.

For the final 4x6 card, I inked the butterfly die and the ran it through my Big Shot using the rubber mat (the squishy one) between the paper and the cutting plate.  I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog and had to try it.  You can watch her technique video HERE.

I also used the Remember die and stamp set from April's release.  You can see those cards HERE.

Here's a picture of June's stamp and die.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

New Distress Ink from Tim Holtz are here!!

This is Hickory Smoke, the new Distress color for June.  It just arrived today.  Click HERE for a video featuring Tim Holtz, explaining how this color fits in with the current Distress color palette.    

We also received the set of NEW Distress Inks in the mini ink pad.

We have some new classes on the schedule too.

Our July Card Club is scheduled for July 25th.  You have the option of registering for the 10AM - 12PM class or the 1PM - 3PM class.  The class fee is $8.  However, we'll refund $5 of the fee, if you spend $25 or more the day of class.  This month we're making shaker cards.

We have also scheduled our Watercolor for Cards Workshop.  All the details are listed below.  (Please note, the date is actually 2015...apologies for the "typo").

Here are images of the technique cards you'll be creating.  They fit perfectly inside a 4x6 or 6X8 SN@P album making a great reference book.

A few things you may have missed this week:

1.  We posted a couple cards we created with the NEW ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers and some WPlus9 stamps.  Visit this LINK for a look.

2.  Visit this LINK for a look at some cards we created using the Fanciful Feathers stamp set from WPlus9.

3.  Fun patriotic cards HERE.

5.  You'll love this adorable flamingo card.  See it HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flash Sale on Stamps (Wednesday Only)

We need to make room for all the new summer releases coming our way.  So, to encourage you to take home some of the wonderful stamp sets we have in the store, we're offering a one day only SALE!!!

Mention our Wednesday Flash Sale, at the register, and we'll take 25% off all regular priced stamps.

Sorry, we cannot stamp Club Cards for discounted purchases.  Discount cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts and is limited to stock on hand.  Valid on Wednesday, June 24th only.  Sorry, no exceptions.

Here's a peek at what you might be missing....

MFT Stamps- Flamingos Die and Tickled Pink Stamp

Flamingos are so popular right now.  Who wouldn't love these two from MFT Stamps? 

Emily and I collaborated together to create this card.  We love how it turned, and decided we should do this more often!  Hope you like it as much as we do.

The flamingos are cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  It's hard to see in these images, but we added some clear Wink of Stella to the wings.

The waves and beach are cut using Avery Elle's  Dotted Border dies from kraft and blue cardstock.  The sun was cut using the Stitched Circle die from MFT Stamps and colored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an ink blending tool.

Here's a close up image.

 Below are images of the Tickled Pink stamp set and Flamingos die.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Simple Stories- Stars and Stripes Collection

Today we have THREE super simple, but gorgeous cards for The Fourth of July.  Emily used the Stars and Stripes collection from Simple Stories for all three cards.  You could also switch these up a little and use them for Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking.

Here's the sticker sheet she used.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Weekend Inspiration

Our weekend inspiration was inspired by the cute project we saw in January at the CHA Show (shown below).

These are super easy to make.  They are made from scrap pieces of 2x4 lumber.  Sand and paint them.  Use Collage Pauge to adhere and seal the word image to your block.  Add knobs, feet, or coordinating embellishments and you're done!

Here's the sheet we used for the images above.  However, you can use any of the cute images and phrases designed for  project life and pocket scrapbooking.  Have fun.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What's New Wednesday

Okay, here it goes.  Lots of new stuff in the store this Wednesday.

New stickers from Sticko.  Here are a few of our favorites.

New embellishments from Jolee's.  Again, here are a few of our favorites.

Popular right now, Adult Coloring Books.  We can't keep these in stock and neither can the manufacturers.  We have a few of these left and and more on order (in additional styles as well).  Here is an interview on NPR with a popular illustrator of several Adult Coloring Books.  You'll find that interview HERE.

These small cutting plates are perfect for partial die cutting.  Watch this fun video on partial die cutting, from Jennifer McGuire, HERE.

We have had so many requests for blending pens.  We now have them in stock.

New washi tape!  Below are our favorites.

New stamps and dies from MFT Stamps.

Lots of new Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies.

Our personal favorite is this die (shown below).  Jennifer McGuire used this to create some beautiful cards.  You can watch that video HERE.  Trust me, you won't want to miss this video.

These popular dies are back in stock.

Our July Card Club will be making shaker cards next month.  Sign up now and learn some great tips for making shaker cards.  Our card club is only $8 to sign up.  We'll refund $5 of the class fee if you spend $25 or more the day of class.

We have two classes for July.  They will be held on July 25th from 10am - 12PM or 1PM until 3PM.  Don't miss it!