Monday, October 31, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree from MFT Stamps

Today we're sharing this retro style Christmas card using the Oh Christmas Tree stamp set from MFT Stamp.  Super simple!

We cut the scallop and stitched pieces using the Blueprints #20 die set from MFT Stamps.  The trees we're stamped with some fun, non traditional colors, and embellished with silver stars stamped with Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink (my favorite silver metallic ink).  We added a bit of Silver Stickles inside the centers of the stars for some added bling.

Supplies Used:

Blueprints #20 from MFT Stamps
Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink from Tsukineko
Silver Stickles from Ranger Ink
Oh Christmas Tree stamp set from MFT Stamp

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's New Wednesday

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday.  We've had a busy's what's new around here.

Mama Elephant's new October release is in stock.  View their new stamps and dies HERE.

We just received more new Holiday dies from Memory Box.  View them HERE.

Poppy Stamps new Holiday dies can be seen HERE.

You'll find the new Classic Christmas from Simple Stories HERE.

You asked...we listened.  Just in time for Holiday gift giving.  Gift Certificates for our online store are now available for purchase online.  Here's the LINK for all the details.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What's New Wednesday

Hello Thursday (we're late again).  We hope everyone is enjoying the week! 

Don't miss the new additions to our Bargain Bin this week (you'll find the link about midway down).

MFT Stamp's October release is now in stock.  We love it all, but you must check out the Beast Friends, the Blueprints Tag Builder 6, and the shaker pouches that work with the Tag Builder.  I think these will be sold out soon.  Head over to our MFT Stamp Pinterest Board for some inspiration.  We "pinned" some fun cards using the new stamps and dies from this release.

Here's a quick video featuring the shaker pouches and the Blueprints Tag Builder 6 dies.

Beast Friends

We just received some of the new 12"x12" coloring canvases from Johanna Basford.  They'll make great Christmas gifts and are very affordable at $11.99.  Sarah is currently coloring a sample using Copic Markers and Inktense Pencils.  Both are excellent choices for bringing these to life.  I'll be posting a picture of the finished piece once it's completed.  Here's a peek at two of the styles.  We have more styles in stock in our Sequim, WA store and loved them so much, we just placed an order for more.

We were so inspired by this video, we had to order some of these amazing stamps from Penny Black.  After watching the video, be sure to visit our online store for a look a some of the new Penny Black stamps we've added.  Here's the LINK.

If you don't have the MISTI yet, we think you're going to want one of these!!  They are only $34.99 and similar to the MISTI!  We have a very limited supply of these.  After the first shipment to retailers, the manufacturer is sold out until December.  So, if you want one, be sure to get it now! You'll find them HERE.  Don't wait!  They're going to sell out quickly!  If you'd like to give it a try, stop by the store. 

Mary will be demonstrating alcohol inks on Saturday, October 15th .  Stop in anytime between 11AM -2PM for some great tips, tricks, and techniques using the new alcohol ink kit from Ranger / Tim Holtz.

We've had some last minute cancellations for our Holiday Workshop.  If you are interested, please call the store at 360-683-3154.  We currently have 4 spots available.  One spot is for November 5th, the other three are for November 12th.

We've added some awesome products from MFT Stamps to our Bargain Bin this week.  Here's the LINK.  Head over for a look now, for the best selection.

We're sharing the links to our blog posts last week, just in case you missed them.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Merry and Bright Holiday Card

Our card today was created using the String of Lights die from Lawn Fawn and the Merry and Bright channel die from Poppy Stamps.

After cutting the light bulbs from watercolor paper, we colored them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  It's hard to see in the photo, but we added a layer of clear embossing powder over the ink to give it a glassy look.  We also added some Stardust Stickles to the edges for some added shimmer.

The Merry and Bright was cut from the front of the card using the Merry and Bright channel die from Poppy Stamps.  We colored  a strip of paper using the same Distress Inks we used for the bulbs and added it behind the Merry and Bright.

Merry and Bright Channel Die from Poppy Stamps
String of Lights die from Lawn Fawn
Distress Inks from Tim Holtz
Ink Blending Tool from Tim Holtz
Clear Embossing Powder from Ranger Ink
VersaMark Ink from Tsukineko
Stardust Stickles from Ranger Ink
Watercolor Paper from Strathmore
Foam Dimensional Tape from Scotch

Friday, October 7, 2016

Correspondence Box

Mary (mom) has been busy creating this amazing box.  It's perfect for storing note cards, envelopes, stamps, pens, and the items necessary for hand-written correspondence.  It would also make a lovely art box!

She used some of her favorite Tim Holtz products and a picture of my grandmother to transform this ordinary paper mache box into a work of art.

Here's a picture of the box tilted up on it's side. 


(All supplies are from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Collection unless otherwise noted)
Paper Stash Wallflower (12"x12")
Pen Nibs
Baroque Frames
Mini Plain Corners
Metal Locket Key and Keyholes
Crinkle Ribbon

Tattered Flower Garland Die (Sizzix)
Ornate Frame #2 Die (Sizzix)
Distress Inks (Ranger)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
White Acrylic Paint

Monday, October 3, 2016

Traveling with Art Supplies

Hello everyone.  I'm traveling this week, and thought I'd share a quick post describing how I travel with a few of my supplies.  My flight is a long one, I'm traveling from Seattle to Boston.  So, I'll be sitting for quite some time.  Here's the supplies I travel with.  Creating helps distract me from the long, boring flight.

I have my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in a bag.  The bag is deep enough that the markers will fit "tip down" so I can see the colored ends.  I sit this bag in the seat pocket in front of me and can easily choose the colors I need.

Also in the bag is a waterbrush, and a paper towel folded in half several times.  This is what I use to clean the tip of my brush when switching colors.

Before I leave on my trip, I stamp several images onto watercolor paper, that has been cut to card size.  I use Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink to stamp my images (I like the no line watercolor technique).  You could also stamp these with Archival Ink if you prefer your images to have the black lines.  I slide these images into a small cellophane bag and then into my marker bag.  The cellophane bag keeps them protected while I travel, and I can use it as a pallet if I need to.  Once I'm finished, I used my paper towel to remove the color from the cellophane.

Super easy, I pull out one bag from my carry-on, and I have everything ready to go!  When I get home, I stamp a sentiment onto them and add them to the front of a card.

Watercolor H2O brush from Zig
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Watercolor paper from Strathmore
Antique Linen Distress Ink from Tim Holtz
Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger
Stamps from Altenew

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tim Holtz Snow Globe Frame and Card

Today we have a wonderful, festive frame to share.  Mary used the new Snow Globe die from Tim Holtz to create this amazing, dimensional village for the Holidays.

She covered the wooden frame with modeling or texture paste to give it that "snowy" feeling.  She cut all the pieces from cardstock and inked the edges with a little bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  They are layered inside the frame with some foam dimensional tape and embellished with some glitter.

The pieces are protected behind a piece of clear acrylic that covers the opening in the frame.

Here's a closer look at the little village.

She used the extra houses and trees to recreate the card featured on the package of the die.

Snow Globe die from Tim Holtz
Vintage Photo Distress Ink from Tim Hotlz
Ink Blending Tool from Tim Holtz
Foam Tape from Scotch
Stardust Stickles from Ranger (or glitter)
Texture Paste (opaque) from Ranger