Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting up at 3:20 a.m. to take my husband to the airport, arriving at 4:15 a.m., and returning home was a rare event . . . the getting up at 3:20 a.m. part, at least! I was too awake to return to bed since I went to sleep early last night, so I delved into making a card and shoveling stuff off of my desktop so I could use this computer. While doing so, I managed to mangle up my password for the blog. If that had not happened, I would have had this post up a lot earlier!

The Magenta order arrived yesterday at Art 'n Soul! You'll want to come in as soon as possible to see what did arrive and what you've possibly missed out on. We now order weekly from Magenta, so Dianne would be thrilled to take your order today . . . she's there all day until 6:00 p.m.

On Monday, the new ribbons from May Arts arrived; the small gingham-checked heart ribbon will ship later. I'll try to add more thin-width ribbons with that order if possible; Dianne says there are lots of requests for that size for card tops.

Did you see the papers that were delivered to Art 'n Soul on Monday? They are a special purchase from My Mind's Eye, so they come with a special price of 45-cents each. The paper may be one-sided but it is beautiful. The photos are representative of the papers only; there are others not shown here.

And wow! The SEI papers arrived this morning. If I have time, I will bring them to the store later today or tomorrow morning, as well as the new papers from Crafter's Companion.

SEI -- Sweet Sora
The gold glitter paper really goes well with all of the papers in
this collection; since it's part of the collection, it should!

SEI -- Sweet Sora

SEI -- Sweet Sora

SEI -- Sweet Sora
The velvet papers in Cappucino, Alpine and Mosaic accompanied this paper order. We're out of the yellow which, unfortunately, has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Crafter's Companion "Indulgence" -- one-sided papers in a matte gloss finish
11" x 17" sheets so you can make any size card you like

I haven't been able to pick up my Magenta order yet. I was more than motivated to make a card with a Magenta stamp in my stash using only 2 Chameleon marker pens and a sheet of card stock that is coming to Art 'n Soul by tomorrow.

by Debbie Gaetz

embossing detail

I stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black and colored the floral stamp on Classic Crest 80 lb. in Solar White with the 2 Chameleon pens; I love the color gradation the pens allow me to achieve without using additional pens. This new luxury card stock (Indulgence) from Crafter's Companion is so nice; it's heavyweight, die cuts well, embosses well, and makes a nice card base. The Spellbinder die cut as well as embossed (see embossing detail photo) when I cut the front card. I cut the inside of the frame with small detail scissors so there would be an opening for the stamped image. I had trimmed another piece of the decorated card stock 1/8" less on all sides and attached it to the reverse side to cover the inset stamped image. I used a dauber to color the white card stock with Radiant Neon in Electric Purple and roughed in a few outside spots with Memento in Elderberry. I stamped the sentiment with the Memento in Elderberry. I trimmed around the sentiment; then I adhered it to black card stock and trimmed very very close to the white edges. I placed 2 adhesive-backed crystals in purple to the two center spots along the frame's side edge.

  • Magenta stamps:  Mallow Flowers (14.635.P); Multilingual Happy Birthday (07.907.L)
  • Spellbinders:  Nestabilities Majestic Elements (S5-190)
  • IMAGINE Crafts:  Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black, Elderberry; Radiant Neon in Electric Purple
  • Self-Stick Gems (5mm) from Darice

On the IMAGINE Crafts' blog, Maureen Cronin has posted a beautiful card using the new Amplify White. Dandelions have never looked so gorgeous!

by Maureen Cronin
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for the details and note the new look for the posted IMAGINE Crafts' projects:

Copic Markers has a new pen . . . the Copic Wide marker. It's great for background coloring and calligraphy. Check this out . . . I'm not sure if they're available right now.


  • Flat barrel
  • Available in 36 colors
  • Comes with a 3/4" wide nib
  • 2 Nib Options: 18 mm and Broad Calligraphy 
  • Refillable - 7 refills from one Various Ink bottle
  • Wide Sets: available in a variety of combinations
Wide markers are the premier choice for coloring large areas with a consistent stroke. Their large nibs are excellent for  calligraphy, architectural design, graffiti, product rendering and coloring backgrounds. They feature two replaceable nib options and are easy to refill.

I am going to close now. Off to take a quick shut-eye!

that's today -- January 21!

it's all about family, isn't it?

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