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2/28/12

BoBunny, Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Offs and Glitter Ritz

Lots and lots of new BoBunny paper - 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 paper pads.

We have the entire 12 x 12 Ambrosia Collection. Here are just a couple of the beautiful papers, and you can see the entire collection on the BoBunny website.

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New 6 x 6 BoBunny Paper Pads:

Alora                                          Ambrosia

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Country Garden                             On The Go

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Serenity                                      Weekend Market

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We also have new BoBunny 12 x 12 Double Dot, Vintage Dot, and Flourish Dot papers. Too many to list here, but you can see them on the BoBunny website.

The order from Elizabeth Craft Designs has arrived!! Lots and lots of Peel Offs, gorgeous new colors of Glitter Ritz, and the Transfer Sheets. Stop in soon and see them for yourself.

Due to the overwhelming demand for the new Distress Markers, they are currently out of stock. More have been ordered and are expected by the middle of March - which is just around the corner.

Here is a look at the March Stamp of the Month Board. Cute critters!

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We are expecting orders from Hero Arts and Memory Box any day now, so stay tuned.

2/22/12

Sad News

Brenda’s husband, Harold Elliott, passed away last night after a lengthy illness. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends, but we can take some comfort in knowing that he has gone on to a better place where he is no longer suffering. Please keep Brenda and her family in your hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

Visitation is being held at the Cook-Cavin Funeral Home in Mooresville on Thursday, February 23, from 6pm - 8pm, and the funeral is on Friday at 2pm in the chapel.

Stamper’s Alley will be closed Thursday and Friday, and reopen on Saturday, from 10am - 4pm.

2/17/12

Distress Markers, Liquid Pearls, and More!

The UPS man was good to us today! He brought boxes of goodies containing the brand new Distress Markers, new Liquid Pearls, Tim Holtz water brushes and a couple of other cool items, and the Spring issue of Take Ten Magazine.

Tim Holtz® Distress™ Markers

Tim Holtz Distress Markers are water-based inks for coloring, journaling, stamping and more. The dual tip markers are ideal for many coloring techniques.

Distress Markers are available to match the Distress palette of 36 colors and White Picket Fence.

• Acid free, non-toxic
• Available in Distress 37 color palette
• Available open stock or in canister set
• Use brush tip for coloring, stamping and shading

We have them open stock rather than in the container, so you can pick and choose your favorite colors, or you can get a complete set!

Here is a link to the color chart you can download to keep track of which colors you have - http://www.rangerink.com/pdf/colorchart_DistressMarkers.pdf

And a video of Tim Holtz demoing the new Distress Markers at CHA 2012 -

Tim Holtz Demos the New Distress Markers

 

Tim Holtz® Water Brush

The Tim Holtz Water Brush is an essential tool for paper crafters. Available in two tip sizes, a detail tip or a wide brush tip, which can be used for a variety of creative painting techniques. Dab the water-filled brush with water-based inks, paints and Perfect Pearls™ Powders. The controlled water delivery system allows for optimal paint mixing and surface coverage.

• Water Brush available with a fine detail tip
• Water Brush available with a wide brush tip
• Fill with water and then dip in inks, paints and powders
• Use on stamped artwork to shade and highlight

Tim Holtz® Ink Palette

The Tim Holtz Ink Palette features 36 individual compartments that can be customized with your favorite colors. The hinged lid allows for convenient storage. Great for use with dye re-inkers, Distress Stains, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Perfect Pearls and more. Paired with the Water Brush, the Ink Palette is ideal to mix water-based inks for watercolor painting.

• 36 individual compartments
• Hinged lid
• Create a custom color palette
• Use with re-inkers, alcohol inks and Perfect Pearls

 

Inkssentials™ Craft Nib Holder

The Inkssentials Craft Nib Holder was developed specially for use with Inkssentials Craft Nibs (new name for the popular Cut n' Dry Nibs). The ergonomic design of the holder allows for comfortable drawing, painting, journaling and doodling.

Use the Craft Nib Holder with a Craft Nib to custom color with paints, chalks, dye ink, pigment ink, watermark resist ink, and embossing ink. Use with Distress Inks for photo tinting. The Craft Nib Holder is packaged with 2 starter Craft Nibs. Replacement packs of 10 brush tip Craft Nibs are sold separately.

• Includes 1 Craft Nib Holder and 2 Craft Nibs
• Use for custom coloring with paints, inks and more
• Use with replacement packs of 10 Craft Nibs (which we also have)

Liquid Pearls™

New colors! New formulation! New Liquid Pearls!

Liquid Pearls has been revitalized! A new palette of 30 beautiful colors in an improved pearlescent formula! The new Liquid Pearls formula has a more vivid shimmer and pearly finish for the finishing touch on any craft project.

Liquid Pearls are a versatile, waterproof pearlescent paint designed especially for decorating paper and fabric. The bottle’s built-in easy flow tip is handy to use as a dimensional paint to accent scrapbook pages, cards and mixed-media artwork.

Hand-washable, the paints are ideal for fabric applications such as wearable art, quilting and home d├ęcor projects.

• New brilliant pearlescent formula
• 30 new pearl pigment shades
• Versatile pearlescent paint
• Hand-washable on fabric
• Acid free, non-toxic
• Non-settling formula
• Easy-flow tip in a .5 oz bottle

The new colors are gorgeous and you are going to want them all! They can be used as described above and also for making pearls on your cards, similar to the Pearl Pens. They settle down into a nice little dome shape. (The “non-settling formula” means it won’t settle in the bottle and need to be shaken up before you can use it)

Another link for you, to the Liquid Pearls color chart for you to fill in with your own colors - http://www.rangerink.com/pdf/colorchart_LiquidPearls2012.pdf

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Spring issue of Take Ten magazine. Lots of good ideas and inspiration.

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I think a little retail therapy is in order, don’t you? I think these cool new things will go fast, so don’t dilly dally and let them get away before you get some for yourself!

2/10/12

12 New Copic Colors!

They are here! They are available individually or in a set - we have one set left as of tonight. But we do have the individual markers available, and have restocked the other colors as well.

All Valentine themed items will be on sale tomorrow at 40% off, so if you didn’t make it today, please do stop by tomorrow - Saturday - 10am - 4pm.

See you then!

2/9/12

Valentine Sale

All Valentine items on sale at 40% off! Clear sets, Valentine theme paper, punches, dies….all of it! There’s still time to get your cards and projects done for this Valentine’s Day and a great time to save on items for next year if you already have them finished this year. Remember, hearts and lovey-dovey sentiments aren’t just for Valentine cards - they would be good for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or just to tell someone you love them. This sale is just Friday and Saturday, so if there is something you have had your eye on, now is the time!

2/8/12

Operation Write Home

We have a new shipper for our area for Operation Write Home, her name is Caro, and she will be at the shop on March 10, so we thought this would be a good time to ask you to get busy and make some cards for her to pick up and send to the troops. In the past we have had lots of cards, but we seem to have slacked off with our donations lately, so maybe now that the holidays are over we could get back on the bandwagon!

For those of you that are not familiar with this wonderful organization, here is a little background info:

Our Mission:

Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

This merry band of thousands of card makers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and in the spring of 2010 we passed one MILLION cards!

Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and card makers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the home front.

Boxes are shipped through every week of the year, so join us anytime in sending your beautiful creations to help our heroes keep in touch with home!

There are a few guidelines to keep in mind. It looks like a long list, but most of it is really common sense:

No glitter. It's a safety hazard for our heroes, so no cards with any glitter that will flake off the card are accepted. Read more.

A2 sized cards only. 4.25" x 5.5" - half a sheet of cardstock - fit the boxes most economically. Read more.

Line cards made with dark cardstock. If a pencil won't show up, add a liner. Read more.

Limit multiples. No more than 30 for holiday seasonal cards; no more than 100 for year-round cards. Read more.

Any quantity is ok. One, a bunch, or a box full; however we need quality, not quantity. Read this note about reduced quantities now that Iraq deployments are ending.

SOME lumpiness is okay. Our heroes don't have to pay for letter mail, but that doesn't mean we can go wild with layers and embellishments. Save the big vintage buttons and thick 3D embellishments for AnyHero mail that doesn't have to go through the postal system!

DO NOT handwrite sentiments. Neither outside or inside the cards. Read more.

Use quality supplies. Computer paper, foamies, itty bitty stickers, and glue sticks don't hold up to the rigors of the battlefront. It's ok to make fewer cards with better supplies - every card counts! :) (Children's AnyHero cards are the exception; foamies are just fine for those!)

Kids must make AnyHero cards ONLY. Most children have the want-to but not the able-to when it comes to making cards that our heroes will want to write home on. Read more.

Card themes. Remember who's sending these: adults. No cards to Daddy, no "wish you were here," or party invitations; no explicit images or sentiments. See the Needs page for a list of desired themes.

Absolutely no store bought. Neither complete cards, NOR cards repurposing parts of them. It endangers our trademark.
Read more.

For more information and answers to any questions you may have, go to their website - OperationWriteHome.org - and we look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

2/1/12

The new Scor-Pal is here!

Yes, we have the new and improved Scor-Pal! If you have been putting off buying a Scor-Pal, you won't want to wait any longer. This is an essential tool for any paper crafter. You can make so many different card folds, envelopes, boxes, and many other projects with this one board! The Scor-Pal site has lots of creative projects with detailed instructions. This awesome tool would make a wonderful Valentine's Day gift :-)



  • When you place your card stock on the scoring surface, you are able to do multiple scores without moving the paper. Grid cards, accordion folds, boxes, etc. are scored in seconds. 
  • Intelligent Groove Spacing - A perfect combination of 1/4" and 1/8" grooves as well as the usual grooves and markings for specialty cards and folds. Makes card making easy and fun!
  • The 6" groove has markings at the bottom of the board to accurately orient your diagonal score lines.
  • Like the Scor-Buddy, it a handy magnetized area for paper clips, metal brads, etc.
  • The top ruler markings are printed in black, much easier to read.
  • An envelope instruction booklet with oodles of envelope sizes is included.
  • The included scoring tool snaps into place at the top of the unit. It is always at hand. It has been specially designed to fit the grooves so the card stock can not be torn while scoring.
  • It is the same color as the Scor-Buddy, a pretty light blue.
  • The Scor-Mat still fits conveniently on top.
We also have 2" Scor-Tape in stock and have restocked the No More Shims embossing mat for your Cuttlebug or Big Shot.