Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm back! These last 4 days at the store have been fun and I just couldn't stay awake last night after I returned home. So after a good night's rest, I'm somewhat refreshed. Our little Hannah had to go to the veterinary clinic today to get her teeth cleaned; because she has jaws of steel when it comes to prying her mouth open, they had to totally anesthetize her for the all-day procedure.

New at the store . . . a partial delivery of new washi tapes!

And today, new stamps and some matching dies from Hanko Designs arrived! Yay, Patti, for getting them out so soon!

New Hanko Stamps and some matching dies

You are so in luck! Marj's "Inlaid Watercolor Diecuts" Class on April 12 filled up. She has scheduled a second class on Monday, April 14, between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. If you couldn't get into the April 12 class, you should sign up right away for the class on the 14th!

by Marj Marion for her April 12 & April 14 Class
Monday, April 14, 5:30-8:00 pm., INLAID WATERCOLOR DIECUTS, Marj, $30
Marj is combining two all-time favorites.....Die Cutting and Watercolor into this class with beautiful results. Come explore some of Marj’s favorite Watercolor mediums and learn techniques for successful Inlaid die cuts. You’ll make several card tops with an accent panel, and then finish your cards at home. There will be a variety of dies used in class, so class samples only show some of the possibilities for your card tops. We’ll add some stamped messages to these Spring-themed cards. Please bring your Basic Kit and check the student supply list when you register. (This is a repeat of a class held on April 12)

You can call the store to sign up . . . 360.357.6820

While I was working at the store yesterday, Patti Ritterhouse came into the store to show me 2 quick cards she had made using the new Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection and Spellbinders' dies. She cut out the picture cards from one of the decorated papers, placed them on a die-cut background sheet, and 

by Patti Ritterhouse

by Patti Ritterhouse

Remember this stamp from the new designs by Impression Obsession?
IO Stamp "Lanterns" by Dina Kowal
Susie has been playing with this stamp and came up with these 3 cards; they're beautiful!

by Susie Tracy
Embossed with opaque white
Colored with pigment ink colors so there
is a glow behind the lanterns

by Susie Tracy
Embossed with black
Random pigment ink colors applied with dauber

by Susie Tracy
"Rough" painted with Tombow markers and water
Accents on top:  Wink of Stella (clear) Pen

Today, Penny Black is starting a blog hop of videos featuring their new large scale stamp designs and stencils. First up is a beautiful card from Vicky Papaioannou.

by Vicky Papaioannou for Penny Black
Click on this link to go to the blog site that includes Vicky's instruction video for this card:

From the Millsrepco blog comes this classy card using the shades of gray that I love so much and Elizabeth Craft Designs' peel offs and embossing folder. Millsrepco calls it "Shades of Gray".

by Donna Heckenlaible for Millsrepco
"Donna Heckenlaible created this card using blacks and shades of gray,.
 Items used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
2564  Jackie's Dolls 2
E 106 Dancing Leaves Embossing Folder
842 Corners and Borders Straight Peel Off
397  Happy Birthday Peel Off
Copic Markers
VersaMark (Imagine Crafts)"

Even though St. Patrick's Day is behind us, this card still deserves attention. I have many Irish friends that I could still send this card to.
by Karen Aicken for Elizabeth Craft Designs

From Splash of Color, a video on how to blend those beautiful Inka Gold Metallic Rubs that we have on the front counter at Art 'n Soul. Inka Gold is a non-toxic water-based metallic paint that can be rubbed onto any surface, easily blends between colors, and quickly dries with a beautiful sheen.

And here's a blog posting that shows how to use the Inka Gold with water . . .

by Rita Barakat

From the Magenta blog, a very cool tag using a wood embellishment that was part of our Magenta order that arrived last Wednesday. The wood embellishment is on the revolving pedestal stand.

by Josee Gingras

I'll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, please stop in at Art 'n Soul and let Patty show you what's new! And if you're unable to get in right away and you've seen something you really want, be sure to call the store so she can reserve it for you . . . 360.357.6820!

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