Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Please be sure to scroll past the 2015 Northwest Paper Chase Information for today's blog post! Thank you.

This is Art 'n Soul's 'take 'n make' for the Northwest Paper Chase this year; the theme is "Games" and we chose the game of marbles. In the 'take 'n make' kit, each Paper Chaser who spends $10 (pre-tax, post discounts) will receive this kit to take home . . . 5 puzzle pieces to a Marble Puzzle, a real glass marble, and the 6x6 paper from Authentique (one of the 2015 NWPC sponsors). As marbles roll, we hope they'll "roll" their script around the page to describe their experience at Art 'n Soul; there's even room for a photo above the stamped sentiment and they can place the marble puzzle pieces anywhere they want.

Art 'n Soul's game is 'marbles.' In each take-'n-make pak, there are 5 pieces to a puzzle. If anyone finds that at least 3 of their 5 puzzle pieces actually fit together like they should, that person earns a free 6x6 paper pad from Authentique, one of the NWPC sponsors. Here's a photo of the marble puzzle . . .

And with a minimum $20 pre-tax, post-discount purchase with the NWPC Passport, chasers receive this charm. Does anyone remember rolling their glass marbles along anything they could find to use as a track?
Art 'n Soul's 2015 Northwest Paper Chase Collectible Charm

On the Penny Black blog, the very talented Micheline "Mimi" Jourdain from Montreal, Canada shares the step-by-step process she took in creating this card.

by Micheline Jourdain for Penny Black
Click on this link for the tutorial -- you don't want to miss it!

Heather Telford has a stunning card to share featuring one of the newest dies from Penny Black. That's all I have to say other than be sure to click on the link to her posting.

by Heather Telford for Penny Black
Here's the link:

Sandy Allnock has a fabulous watercolor tutorial using the Kuretake watercolors and a special mica watercolor for a faux glazed glass finish on the Tim Holtz Distressed Watercolor Card Stock that we carry at Art 'n Soul.

by Sandy Allnock

I know you're going to love Sandy's video tutorial:

Ranger has identified a problem with two colors in the Stickles Glitter Glue line -- Disco Ball and Gilded Gold. If you have either of these colors and you purchased them from us, please bring them back to Art 'n Soul so we may return them to Ranger.

"Dear Ranger Retailer,
We’ve recently identified a product quality issue with the glitter used in the following two Stickles Glitter Glues – SGG46288 Disco Ball and SGG46301 Gilded Gold. The glitter in both these products is causing the glue base to gel thereby making it difficult for the end user to squeeze it out of the applicator tip.  Stickles is a well-known, quality product in the marketplace and we would like to maintain that identity.
We are working on a solution, however at this time we are unable to determine when we will be in stock again."

On the Magenta blog, Helene shows us that 'black and white' alone is enough to make a card very elegant.

by Helene Metivier, Magenta

Click on this link to see the other black and white cards:

And then Josee shares this tag she made 'for spring' using several Magenta stamps and a template.

by Josee Gingras, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for her posting:

This is an amazing artist that I accidentally found the other day. He is a paper artist who cuts paper as his art. I think you will be as astounded as I was.

"Minding My Own Business" by Yuken Teruya
You must click on this link to see the entire posting:

This is his website; the photo at the top changes showing his talent:

Isn't this a lovely card from the Memory Box blog. The soft colors are really inviting.

by Deborah Nolan for Memory Box
Click on this link for Deborah's how-to:

And then Memory Box introduced Sherry Hester as a new member of the Memory Box Design Team, and she used the same new die for her introductory card.

by Sherry Hester for Memory Box

Click on this link for Sherry's posting:

On the Dreamweaver Stencil blog, they are featuring more of the collaborative artwork between Lynell and Wayne Harlow in the combined stencil and sten-tangle technique. For the stencil art, Lynell attributes the technique she has used to our Marj Marion -- yay, Marj! As many of you know, Marj represented Lynell and Dreamweaver Stencils at a craft show in the United Kingdom for a few years and has been published in one of Lynell's stencil books.

by Lynell & Wayne Harlow
Click on this link to Lynell's post:

Be sure that your Friday plans include Play Day at Art 'n Soul this Friday. Pam and Dianne have been working very hard to make it a fun and learning event. Special packets have been prepared that include card bases, a pouch and a piece of paper that will go behind the shaker pouch, and a "surround" that goes around the pouch, and shaker products. The packets are $2 cash at Play Day.

Don't miss out . . . Play Day is from 11:00 to 2:00 this Friday!

I was going to make a shaker card for tonight's blog. I made the shaker part and decided I wanted to make it into a piece of art I could display in the studio. I used one of the cut-out cards from the Graphic 45 Artisan collection. To find something sturdy for displaying, I found a piece of black chipboard that I had die-cut from a couple years back. It fit perfectly. I added a couple of other cut-out cards, and added some trim pieces from the collection along with a couple tears of washi tape. I had a blank spot, so I brought out a stencil and IMAGINE Crafts' new iridescent Creative Medium. You know how one thing leads to another? While laying down some Mizuhiki (Japanese Paper Cord), one of my fingers touched the not-yet-dried Creative Medium. Need I say more? So I'm going to sleep on it and look at it again tomorrow morning with a rested mind.

See you soon! Dianne is at Art 'n Soul all day tomorrow (Wednesday) and she'd love to see you . . . honest!

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