Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm Back . . .

I'm always bummed when I check someone's blog and they haven't posted anything for several days in a row. Whoops! That just happened to me. The laptop, camera and blog have not been together in one place for quite a while, so my apologies to everyone. There's lots to catch up on!

You know what happens when we start chatting at the store, and one idea leads to another. Voile! Lately, Gail has had a real penchant for 'playing',  and now she has TWO play days to share in the first part of next month.
  • On Thursday, August 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., we're going to have a Napkin Trade & Play Day at the store. Bring in those napkins you've been collecting to 'trade' and stay long enough to 'play' with the napkins. And it's all free!

  • On Wednesday, August 10, from 1:00 to 4:00, another Spirelli play day has been scheduled at Art 'n Soul. Another 'free' afternoon at the store.

Because our internet service with Comcast Business hit a major glitch right before the party, we are extending the open catalog status for: Magenta, Just Rite, Outlines, Impression Obsession, Hero Arts, Memory Box, Spellbinders, and Rubber Moon into this weekend. If you haven't put your pink sheet orders in, do it now! You should see the new products from Magenta in their just-released catalog supplement for the holidays. Go to this link and see what they have ready for you to order . . . we also have a print-out at the store.

We wanted a 'fresh' new look at the store for the birthday bash, and I think we did it. Come in and take a look around . . . you'll want to look 'high and low', as well as 'in and around', to see everything. Here's how we're looking now . . .

The front table greets you with new stamps from Judikins and Rubber Moon.

Most all of the Magenta stamps are now on the shelves behind this table; Susie likes to
think of this table as the 'nature' table because the colors are summery and beautiful
like the summer bouquets of flowers, and the stamps and paper feature
nature at its best in flowers and other botanical designs.

This is the Asian table featuring our beautiful washi papers, including some new 6x6
pieces (one of which was totally sold out before I could take a pic), Fred Mullett
Japanese papers, the gorgeous Washi ribbons, and Asian stamps.

This is the 'fun' table featuring the new Basic Grey "Sweet Threads" collection. Watch for
future new paper collections on this table as they arrive.

Our table of color featuring our highly-popular Copic markers, the special
Copic blending cardstock, the magical Flower Soft, cling-mount stamps from
Magenta and the ever-beautiful Peel-Off's from Magenta. That huge basket
on the lower right is the GRAND PRIZE for the lucky person who attended the
birthday bash!

Color, color, color . . . one of our very basic tools, Prismacolor colored pencils,
takes center stage on this table, along with the in-demand Pan Pastels and the Pan Pastel accessories (i.e., fixatives, storage trays, etc.), and the mini stamp pads.

Lots of items were moved onto the etageres, including a lot of ribbons scattered
throughout all of the shelving . . . top to bottom!

All of the Paper Parachute papers and ribbons were
moved onto the etagere . . . be sure to look on
both sides of the shelving.

Many of the products remain in the same area of the store, i.e., Perfect Pearls,
Stickles, Glitter, Metallic Paints, and DreamWeaver stencil products. We've
realized that Art 'n Soul is one of the very FEW fine art rubber stamping
stores in the greater Puget Sound area that features so many art supplies
and products, and we're working hard to discover more new products
for you to make 'magic' with!

The revolving ribbon rack is 'no more' and has been replaced with a slat wall
spinner. We've moved a lot of the Magenta chipboard. cork and die-cuts
onto this new rack. In addition, the 7 Gypsies tissue papers are back in
stock and can be found here, as well as the Graphic 45 Magic of Oz
chipboard sheets. Be sure to turn the rack around because we also kept
some ribbon spools on the spinner board as well.

The spinning rack that used to hold the ribbon spools has been
moved and now holds the DreamWeaver stencils. The rattan screen
that used to hold the stencils will now be used to feature those beautiful samples that\
Lynnell and Marj create from the DreamWeaver stencils
and other DreamWeaver products.

This is an exciting time of the year for our industry. The CHA 2011 Summer Show starts next week in Chicago and we'll see lots of new products introduced; we've already seen some sneak peeks and I don't think we're going to be disappointed this fall when the deliveries begin.

I have ordered My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas papers, and I am very anxious for them to arrive. Take a look  . . .

If you missed our 8th Birthday Bash last Sunday, the new Graphic 45's The Magic of Oz paper line is in the spinning rack, and Basic Grey's Sweet Threads paper line is on and below the last round table on the right before the ribbon rack. The Prismatic colored papers have been replenished, and there are 12x12 Prismatic colored papers on the back left paper rack. Most of the 12x12 Prismatic papers are in the discontinued colors.

Graphic 45's The Magic of Oz . . . I can see a Halloween Book Project in Art 'n Soul's near future!

The Magic of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Yellow Brick Road
Yellow Brick Road
Scatterbrained Scarecrow
Scatterbrained Scarecrow
Journey to Oz
Journey to Oz
Poppy Fields
Poppy Fields
Parcel Post
Parcel Post
Emerald City
Emerald City
Goblin Gazette
Goblin Gazette
There's No Place Like Home
There's No Place Like Home
Tenderhearted Tin Man
Tenderhearted Tin Man
The Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-cuts 2
The Magic of Oz Chipboard
The Magic of Oz 8x8 Paper Pads
The Magic of Oz 8x8 Paper Pads
The Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-cuts 1
The Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-cuts 14500354

Back to the party, I love it when we have the chance to see our Art 'n Soul family and friends enjoying their afternoon together . . .

Check out Gail and Judy on the left . . . they decided to dress
'Hawaiian' for the party! Linda kept adding to her stash all
afternoon, and Laurie just had to buy the Graphic 45
Magic of Oz stamp set that included Toto! to go with the rest
of her Magic of Oz papers.

Here's Patti getting ready to see what Susie's demo'ing . . .
the beautiful iron gate stamp from Judikins!

She really didn't want her pic taken but she was a good sport about it.
I just had to take a pic of someone making their purchase!

This is John Peterson from Tsukineko demo'ing Goosebumps, Ink Potion No. 9
(that I always call "Love" Potion No. 9), and Fire Works! John will be back
in late August to teach his wonderful book class . . . details to follow!

Here's Sue demo'ing the new product (for us!), Gamsol, on the make-'n=take!
She discovered it on her cross-country trip . . . it's a terrific
product to use with your Prismacolor pencils. A lot of pink
sheets were written up requesting Gamsol . . . I can't wait to use it!

Alissa happily demonstrated the ultra-smooth Elizabeth Craft Designs'
Glitter Ritz. If you haven't used it yet, you're going to want to see
how easy it is to make your beautiful holiday cards and crafts with
this very unique glitter.

Got 'em just as they came in the door, kind of! One of them
had been browsing through the store waiting for all in their
party to arrive! I won't say who insisted the other join in
the fun at Art 'n Soul, but we are soooo very glad you did!

Okay, it's getting late and I have much, much more to share, i.e., all of the beautiful samples that Marj made for the birthday party showing off what can be done with the Spellbinders' Grand Caliber die machine and their beautiful dies. I leave for a meeting at Lake Tahoe in Nevada tomorrow, so I may not be posting until Monday. We'll see how tomorrow's adventures with the airline, rental car agency and hotel measure up.

Until then, I have to post this pic now that I took of my 4 year-old grandniece, Sienna, who would't let me take a photo of her when I visited her in Cashmere last Monday afternoon. So I innocently asked if she would take a pic with Hannah . . .

Sienna and Hannah sitting on Nana's porch in Cashmere, WA

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