Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's hard to comprehend that we're into 2013, and we're almost finished with the first month! I must enjoy what I'm doing so far because the time is just passing by in nano-seconds. They say if you like something, 20 minutes feels like 5 minutes; if you don't like something, 20 minutes feels like 24 hours!

Art 'n Soul's Recycled Rubber happens rather quickly because the first Saturday in February falls on February 2! It's only about 10 days away. If you've been cleaning and organizing for the new year as many folks do, please remember to bring in your gently-used items for resale at Recycled Rubber; any sales of your items are credited to a 'store credit' account less 10%. And someone gets to go home with the best bargains of the month. There are fantastic treasures at Recycled Rubber for everyone! To be certain your items will be in the February 2 Recycled Rubber, we'd appreciate it if you would bring them in no later than Wednesday, January 30 . . . please have items identified with your account initials for proper credit; if you don't have a store credit account, we will be more than happy to assign you one at the store.

Introducing more of their new stamps for 2013, Penny Black's blog today featured these and a card I really like! You can see the online catalog at Art 'n Soul.
glory of modesty penny black
Card designed for Penny Black Stamps40-206 Glory of Modesty, 30-164 Edge to Edge
"Our Slapstick/Cling stamps stamp beautifully and are easy to store.  Here’s a look at a few from our newest collection, Take Flight: Introducing 40-198 Every Happiness40-198 Every HappinessIntroducing 40-193 Wistful40-193 WistfulIntroducing 40-217 Venetian Summer40-217 venetian summerIntroducing 40-191 Uptown40-191 uptownIntroducing 40-201 Roman Surround40-201 orman surroundYou can see ALL of our NEW versatile Slapstick/Cling stamps in our online catalog.  Take Flight 2013 is loaded with amazing backgrounds.  They lend themselves to so many fun techniques!"

While I was roaming through the Impression Obsession website, I found these 3 beautiful card designs, and all 3 happen to be those by Dina Kowal. Have you turned in your IO order to the store yet?

by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession
by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession
by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession

From Graphic 45's blog . . .
"Next we have another gorgeous craft creation to share with you. Behold this gorgeous Place in Time calendar tag mini album by Arlene Cuevas! She used the brand new Graphic 45 Tag Album Staples in the Regular size to create this impeccable mini calendar! Every tag is a true celebration of the vivid color and beauty that each month has to offer. This is a great project for those cold days when all you want to do is stay in and get cozy with some crafting! You can have so much fun with all of the pretty designs in Place in Time! Combine your papers with some of your favorite Graphic 45 Staples and you've got the perfect recipe for a wonderful winter day! Get inspired by Arlene's beautiful calendar tag album.  Think about creating one for yourself or someone you love! 
Here's a wonderful video in which Arlene takes you on a tour of this gorgeous Place in Time mini!
by Arlene Cuevas for Graphic 45
Place in Time collection: January Cut-Aparts, February Cut-Aparts, March Cut-Aparts, April Cut-Aparts, May Cut-Aparts, June Cut-Aparts, July Cut-Aparts, August Cut-Aparts, September Cut-Aparts, October - Cut-Aparts, November Cut-Aparts, December Cut-Aparts, Sentiments
Place in Time Chipboard 1 & 2
PaperTrey Ink Black Cardstock
Staples: Metal Butterflies, Metal Clothespin, Stamped Metal Brads, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Ornate Metal Keys, Trim Staples
May Art ribbon
Recollections flowers
I Am Roses flowers
Petaloo flowers
Prima flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Doily die
Recollections pearl bling
Want2Scrap bling
Crystazzi Crystals
Making Memories vintage garment pin
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Glossy Accents
E6000 glue
3M ATG adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

We hope you all had a great time on today's blog! Hopefully you got some great ideas for your next winter afternoon craft adventure! On super cold days like this we like to think about our G45ers in the southern hemisphere who are enjoying summer right now! They are so lucky! But we can definitely make the most of these cold days with some pretty Graphic papers and embellishments! We want to thank Gloria Stengel and Arlene Cuevas for their gorgeous work today. We hope you will all come back and see us tomorrow for more splendid crafts and fun! We wish you all a warm and happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,"

Team Graphic 45

From Cheery Lynn, a beautiful Valentine card to make!

Lots of Hearts
by Sandy Hulsart for Cheery Lynn Designs

"In keeping with this week's challenge theme of Sweethearts, I have created this clean and simple card.  Sometimes I enjoy not dressing my cards up with flowers and leaves and just enjoy the simplicity and beauty of the dies.  I created my card base using my Scalloped Square Lg Stackers, cutting a background panel with the coordinating Silver Square Stackers.  I then dry embossed the background panel with my favorite Hearts and Rose Leaves embossing plate.  Next I added a Sweetheart frame; I use spray adhesive to attach the frame to my embossed panel.   The last step was my center hearts which I die cut with my Heart to Heart Doily dies.  I popped up the lower heart for some dimension."

One final thought for now . . .

P.S. To anyone who participated in my Dreaming of a White Valentine card class last Thursday, if you would please look through your class kit for a cap to a Tombow marker. I've totally unpacked and the missing cap is still nowhere to be found. I'd appreciate it!

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