Monday, January 2, 2012

We're moving into the new year with thoughts of new treasures. Susie has just declared Penny Black and Outlines as open catalog. Get your pens 'inked' up to start filling out those pink sheets!

Hero Arts is really doing great work adding more products that we can use with their stamp line. Go to the link in 'big' letters below the graphic and you can see for yourself the new dies that go with their stamps . . . it's so much easier to see what goes with what using this guide rather than flipping back and forth in the catalog. A print-out of this Frame Cuts Guide is also available to be seen at the store.

NEW Frame Cuts!

Hero Arts Frame Cuts

Did you see the new Frame Cuts line in the 2012 Catalog? Wondering which stamps match which dies? Well wonder no more, check out this handy PDF guide!

Happy stamping (and die cutting)!"


Another card idea from Hero Arts . . .

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Tip: Adding touches of an unexpected accent color such as the Lilac here really make a card pop.
By Lisa Spangler

Send old fashioned hugs and kisses to your sweetie with this vintage themed card!

Featured Product:
CG418 Newspaper Heart

Hero Materials:
CH136Small Accent Pearl
CH137Medium Accent Pearl
GW216Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue
CG418Newspaper Heart
AF155Tim Holtz: Tea Dye Distress Dye Ink Pad
AF156Tim Holtz: Walnut Stain Distress Dye Ink Pad
AF184Chalk Ink: Latte
AF189Vintage Photo Distress Dye Ink Pad
AF208Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone
MS210Colorbox White Frost Ink Pad
PS507Kraft Notecards with Envelopes (8)
PS550Lilac Folded Cards

Additional Materials:
Foam tape.

  1. Stamp Newspaper Heart with white pigment ink on white cardstock and emboss in white. Rub with Bubble Gum, Tea Dye, and Vintage Photo inks. Cut out.
  2. Layer stamped heart to a piece of burgandy paper from the BasicGrey Kissing Booth paper pad and cut out.
  3. Stamp Painted People Background with Latte ink on a Kraft notecard and trim it square (4.25").
  4. Add strips of patterned papers from the BasicGrey Kissing Booth pad and Hero Hues Lilac to the card. Add Heart with Foam tape.
  5. Use Vintage Photo ink to stamp "XOXO" from the XO set on a piece of cream paper from the paper pack. Trim. Distress edges with Walnut Stain. Color with pencils and add glitter. Attach to card with foam tape.
  6. Add pearls.


From Lynell at Dreamweaver Stencils . . .

Thursday's Dream Schemes/Celebrate! A New Year for Dreamweaver


"This week we are focusing on creations that celebrate looking forward to what's ahead and these three kitties are doing just that as they peer into a window created with the faux ceramic tile technique.
To create the window I first dry embossed the tile grid stencil (LJ811) by running it through my Big Shot embossing machine. Then I stenciled yellow pigment (using a 3/4" stencil brush) at the bottom sections of the window, oranges through the middle (use a second clean brush for oranges and reds) and at the top section I stenciled with purple pigment ink (again use a clean brush for your darkest colors). Be sure to leave the grid stencil in place on the white cardstock. I then taped the confetti stencil (LJ854) on top of the grid stencil and stenciled spring green and blue pigment ink through the confetti stencil onto the yellow areas of the window, red on top of the orange areas and magenta on top of the purple areas of the window. Next I removed only the confetti stencil. To finish off the window, which appears in real life to be shiny (hard to capture in the photo), as you would believe glass to be...I again left the LJ811 grid stencil in place and used a jumbo dauber and daubed a clear embossing ink all over this window grid stencil. THEN at last I finally removed the grid stencil and sprinkled Suze Weinberg's Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel all over the window panes. Next tap off any excess powder and heat with a heat gun. I then mounted this finished window on a pale blue card stock and also placed a small strip of brown at the base to create a window sill to give the kitties a place to sit. For instructions on this faux ceramic tile technique you can watch it being done on my DVD titled Unique Techniques (DVD-1).

I paste-embossed the three cats stencil (LM266) with Glossy White Embossing Paste (DGWP). And immediately when I removed the stencil I sprinkled the cat on the left with black glitter being careful to waterfall (or angle) the cardstock away from the other two wet pasted cats. Next I glittered the cat of the far left with a pale gold glitter this time angling the paper away from the middle cat. Then I paste-embossed the "Celebrate" stencil (LS90) using Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP) in the middle of the windows. It is a little tricky to paste over the top of something as "bumpy" as this window background, but I used the new paste spreader (LM2010) and that has made a really big difference. The difference being that I can usually paste something with just one sweep across the stencil rather than going over it several times. Remember that every time you stroke across the stencil with a palette knife or spreader you run the risk of the paste squishing under the stencil. Once the "pasted" kitties are dried you can reposition the stencil and overlay the zebra background stencil (LJ815) on top of the gold glittered kitty and stencil with brown pigment ink to get his stripes. The calico cat in the middle was daubed with brown and black pigment ink...leaving just a few patches of white showing through. I even stenciled the inner edges of the black cat with black pigment ink to give him some shadows or depth. Then the window and sill were placed on a piece of dark blue velvet paper for the feeling of a night time celebration."

To round out the new year beginnings, make sure the FIRST Saturday of the new year . . . this Saturday, January 7, is marked on your calendar for Recycled Rubber. If you're still cleaning out your stamps to make room for the new goodies, you can still bring in your items for this month's RR . . . just make sure your RR initials are on each item and your asking price.

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