Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New, New, New! . . . More! More! More!

Novice, intermediate and advanced stampers will all enjoy Dianne's beginning stamp class this Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. She's going to thoroughly review numerous techniques, and her 10-page informational sheet is a real bonus for the students . . . it is so informative that you will find yourself using it as a quick reference for any and all of your stamping projects. Don't miss out . . . it's going to be a while before the class is offered again. We are so fortunate that Dianne joined the Art 'n Soul staff because her expertise in stamping is quite extensive.

When it rains, it pours. We've been so busy sending orders in, and now we're busy receiving the orders. Too much fun! The orders started arriving on Monday (yesterday as I write this).

Webster's Pages Botanical Christmas collection is at the store, and oh my! The papers are gorgeous and when you look at them, you are overwhelmed with ideas on how to use it all.

Front and Back of the 6x6 paper pak;
it combines the collection of papers from both
Botanical Christmas and Winter Fairy Tales.

Fabric ribbons to complement the beautiful papers;
there is approximately 1/2 yard of each ribbon.

Papers, dies and stamps are at the store from Memory Box. The papers are so well done. Many of the dies had been pre-ordered, but we have several available for open sale as well (as I speak 'now'!).

For Halloween, the spider web stamp is a 2-for-1;
the web and then there's the itty-bitty spider on the end
of the wood block. Very clever!

Dianne says she has this stamp and
embossed this stamp image with silver embossing powder
on black paper.

Don't you love how the Memory Box polar bear stamp
goes with the Memory Box Polar Bear holiday paper?

This paper is so sweet because of the candy canes!

The 6x6 Memory Box paper pads . . .

I know this isn't holiday paper, but I can't stay away
from the butterflies and other cool paper designs in this collection.
You can see there is a small version of the sheet music paper that
is not available in the 12x12.

Tsukineko's Shimmery Goosebumps, Clear Goosebumps and Ink Potion No. 9 are on the front table . . . better get to the store quickly if you didn't pre-order any of these.

Dianne recommended that we look at the Sizzix "embossing folder & matching stamp" sets and their "dies with matching stamp" sets . . . there is a small quantity at the store to see how you like them. So far the response has been very supportive as seen in the quick sales. You need to stop in at the store as soon as possible to look at these . . . they may not be around for very long!

Look what I found on the Graphic 45 website today; it features a unique card using their new Christmas Emporium paper collection that we've just ordered.

Next we have this amazing Christmas Emporium card by Robin Shakoor. You wont believe how cute and clever this card is. At first glance it looks like a flat image, but from the side you can see all the amazing dimensions! This wonderful creation is full of so much holiday cheer! Here is what Robin had to say about her creative process.
"I created this fun Outer Stair Step Card using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection. The card base is pre-scored and is made by a company called The Paper Cut. This card design allows you to add a multitude of beautiful layers to your project. I used Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch to create a delicate scalloped border which was topped with diamond Stickles. To continue with the postage stamp theme, I punched a postage stamp shape to mat my postal stamp image cut from my patterned paper. The beautiful Santa image is my favorite from the collection and serves as my focal point." -Robin Shakoor

Fiskars Card
Fiskars Card Detail
Graphic 45 Papers:
Christmas Emporium: Christmas Emporium, Joyous Noel, Special Delivery, Santa Express
Christmas Emporium Chipboard: Die-cuts 1
Partner Products
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border and Squeeze Punches
Fiskars: Paper Trimmer
May Arts: Ribbon and Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stik Tape Runner
Other supplies used:
Card Base: The Paper Cut
Ranger Industries: Diamond Stickles, Black Soot Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Foam Squares
Beacon: Zip Dry Adhesive
Next we have these gorgeous Christmas Emporium holiday cards by Tara Orr. These cards are the essence of old fashioned Christmas joy. Tara used lots of beautiful layers and pretty ribbons to make each card unique and beautiful. Fiskars products helped make these cards so fun and festive. I don't know about you, but these cards make us want to curl up with some hot cocoa and craft until Santa arrives! Behold the Christmas wonder!

Graphic 45 Papers
Christmas Emporium: Toyland, Believe!, Santa Express, Merry and Bright, 'Tis the Season, Under the Mistletoe, Special Delivery
Fiskars Border Punch: Leave it to Weaver
Fiskars Border Punch: Postage Stamp
Fiskars X-Large Easy Squeeze Punch: Postage Stamp
Fiskars Non Stick Scissors No. 5
Fiskars 12 in Personal Paper Trimmer
Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stik Permanent Adhesive Roller, 3D Foam Squares
May Arts: Ribbon
Ranger: Glossy Accents

The store staff enjoyed putting on a baby shower dinner for Alissa this evening. We had lots of fun, met her mom Kathy who looks like she could be Alissa's sister, and oooh'd and ahhh'd over the cutest little baby things. She's enjoying the 'girlie' stuff that she's accumulating for Anna Joy . . . yes, you heard the baby's name here first!
We still have plenty more to share with you, so please keep checking in with us. Better yet, come on in and see for yourself all of the yummy new fun 'stuff' at Art 'n Soul.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

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