Monday, April 19, 2010

A quick tip!

How about a little helpful tip for today? I thought I'd share what kinds of inks I like to use in my scrapbooking and cardmaking.

For inking to add dimension to my layout, I prefer the Tim Holtz Distress Inks. But when it comes to stamping, I use something entirely different.

For a long time, stamping sentiments on cards or layouts was a problem for me. After trying many different ink pads, I became frustrated in that I could never get a clean, crisp image. Then, someone suggested I try the Versafine ink pad by Tsukinkeo...and I'm so glad I did!! It is amazing!!! Although it comes in a variety of colors, I chose the Onyx Black, because it's so versatile. I highly recommend this for your stamping needs!

Have a great day everybody!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hello? Is anyone out there?

I'm trying to determine if it's worth the time and effort in maintaining this blog anymore. So, if you're still reading, please post a comment. That way I'll know for sure one way or the other. Thanks everyone! :-)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Now at the Shoppe!

Awhile back, I posted about a great idea I found in my online travels, on how to fix your mats that had lost their stickiness. If you missed that post, here again, is the link to my previous entry. (Scroll down until you find the August 4, 2009 post)

The Shoppe now has these great 2 way glue pens in stock! However, unlike the one pictured in my older post, these come with a wider tip...which will be even more perfect in covering a large area (like your mats). Here is a picture of the new, improved version.

I believe she only has 5 in stock right now. So, if you want one, be sure to stop by before they're gone!

There is still space available for our Easter class on April 24th from 1-3 p.m. If you would like to sign up, please call or stop by the Shoppe to reserve your spot. (706-321-0202). If you are not able to make it that day, kits are available! (and I believe Cheryl will ship if you do not live locally).

Here, once again, is a picture of the class project:

Also, if you happen to go by the Shoppe, be sure to ask about our Deluxe Card Toppers that are now for sale. These cuties would not only be great as card toppers, but also as embellishments for your scrapbook pages. Use them as a tag or perhaps an adorable journaling box for that special layout you've been working on. Stop by soon for the best selection! The last time we offered these, they flew out the door! I'll give you a sneak peek of just one of the many designs we offer:

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A great new product coming to the Shoppe!!

I have always loved inking and chalking my diecuts. In fact, I even love inking the edges of my photo mats. I find this gives such a nice dimension to my pages, cards, and diecuts.

Awhile back, I came across this wonderful tool. Perhaps you've even heard me mention it. But in case not, let me tell you a little about it, and why I love it so much. It's called the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, and it looks like this:
Why do I love it so much? Well, the first reason is the handle. Finally, I can ink my projects without worrying about getting my hands covered!! The tool comes with two foam pads (the foam is attached to the tool with velcro). So, if you want to change the ink colors you are using when working on a project, just peel off one foam pad and add a new one!

Also, unlike some ink pads that seem to quickly fall apart, these foam pads hold up very well!

The only problem I have found is in trying to find the replacement foam pads. I have looked all over town and they are nowhere to be found. That is when I contacted Cheryl. (Isn't it great to have a local scrapbook store?!)

I told her about this amazing product and how I knew alot of you would probably love it. And I asked about the possiblity of ordering some for the store. Of course, Cheryl said yes!! YAY!!!! So, they're on their way and will hopefully be in on Monday (but feel free to call the Shoppe first, just to make sure they arrived).

As you know, I would never recommend a product to anyone that I did not use and love myself. I really think this is an item you all will fall in love with once you try it out. And from what I recall, the cost is very reasonable (I want to say about $5 for the tool. The refill pads are also (I believe) about $5 and have ten in each package).
Oh, one more thing! If you don't like the idea of having to change out your foam pads each time, there is a nifty spinner that will hold several tools at once. This is so cute and will keep everything right at your finger tips! (not to mention look adorable on your desk). Here is a picture:
Want to hear the best part? The spinner is only about $20!! (tools are extra. So, be sure if you decide to order the spinner to also order any additional tools you may be needing). Cheryl has told me that she will be taking pre-orders for this. So, if it's something you think you may like, give the Shoppe a call today! (706-321-0202)

I hope you all will check it out!!

**Please note: There is a tool that you willl find at some of the bigger chain stores that have replacement felt pads to go with it. It looks identical but it is NOT the same product. That particular item is used for Alcohol inks. What the Shoppe is getting will work with all the ink pads you currently have in your stash (such as your cat's eye chalk ink pads).**