Wednesday, May 20, 2015

popping in...

to say hello...

it's a B U S Y time here...

we're in kit making mode, 
making kits for the next art adventure this weekend at Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida...

here's some mat minis
 getting ready to be added to the kits...



when those kits were completed & shipped,
we immediately started getting ready 
for the June trips...

Stella is always nearby...
I LOVE this light!



I'll be back to visit with friends at 
in Waxahachie, Texas...
can't wait!

 then it's on to demo for the GASC...
Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas...

and then there's the July UK trip to plan for...

and the London class kits to make...
I'm so excited to meet 
IN PERSON 
40 of my UK friends!

so that's pretty much been my view for the last 10 days...

 in-between, we loaded up on flowers...
so far 2 full truck loads...
and hopefully we can get there again today for loads #3 & #4...

I really DO LOVE flowers...
and sandals...
oh yes...
Rick got notified yesterday that another pair are on the way...
THANK YOU AMAZON PRIME...
why do you notify him instead of me?
a girl need some secrets!


I hope my US friends have a wonderful LONG Memorial Day weekend and that 
y'all (getting ready for Texas)
can have some time to...

make art!
wendy





Friday, May 15, 2015

TINY embossing powder die cuts & a SALE!


if you're a frequent blog visitor,
you'll know that I HATE to waste art supplies...

so...

here's a quick way to use your 
 to create custom mini embossed embellishments...



I inked the scrap and sprinkled on the powder, then melted the powder...
 now I have this embossed manila scrap...


I placed the dies on the scrap and ran it thru the Vagabond...
I think the Precision base plate is a good investment...
and it makes the thin dies work even better...
I did run it thru 2 times...


I popped the mini hearts out and then put them in the fillable jars for storage...

we have the empty jars to mix & store custom embossing powders,
 but I'm really liking them for 
storage of small items...
they are easy to see thru & 
they take up very little space...

this is a much easier method for embossing really tiny die cuts...
the strip dies are so cool...

I don't have to emboss each individual mini die cut...
the embossing powder is all over...

my scrap was put to good use...
and...

 I have some tiny hearts all ready 
to embellish my projects...

they're flat, so they won't add bulk to cards or art journal pages, but they're still strong enough for mixed media projects too...

super simple...
and convenient!

won't these be cute using pink peony?


I wanted to share this too...
Dina's fine tip applicators have worked out PERFECTLY for my mini Glossy Accents and the mini multi-medium bottles...
they do NOT fit the large Glossy Accents bottles...

no more CLOGS!
I've been using them for about 2 months 
and I'm 100% satisfied...



Linda just notified me that she's having a
 special EXTRA 10% off sale at

perfect timing...
so we're all ready for the upcoming
L O N G Memorial Day weekend!

no code is needed...
the prices have been all adjusted...

oh and she also said my 
newsprint paper is back in stock...
I'm LOVING it too...

use Glue N Seal to add it to 

the only paper adhesive I will recommend...
because...
no bubbles or warping!

the CFA gives the newsprint paper strength and the newsprint paper is AWESOME for stamping on too... 

and...

 we can ink over it with either distress inks or archival inks...
both are awesome...

just stamp an image in jet black on the newsprint side & use scissors to cut it out...
or die cut the CFA covered with newsprint paper...

this week has been spent making kits and packing for the next art adventure...

next weekend I'll be playing with my friends in Lake Worth, Florida at a wonderful store...


the Saturday class is sold out, but Michelle said she has 5 spots left for the mixed media flip frame class...
here's a single page peek...

it's a fun class that's loaded with techniques using
stamps, stencils, embossing powders, embossing paste, die cuts and LOTS more...

shhh...here's another little peek...



have a GREAT weekend...
take time to (SHOP the sale) and...

make art!
wendy








Thursday, May 7, 2015

May "make art" challenge...

Kim (aka Mrs. eclecticPaperie)
April showers bring...

you got it!

just use flowers!

here's mine...

my flowers and hearts are die cut from 

here's something I discovered...
will stick to HOT embossing powders...

just melt your embossing powder & 
have the foil sheets nearby...
quickly press the foil sheet onto 
let it cool...
it takes just a few seconds & then
RIP the foil sheet off
 to reveal random spots of foil...

and a NEW technique is born...

foiled embossing powder!

you can see the random foil bits below,


here's the full tag...



our sponsor for the May challenge is 
Ranger...

one random entry will win

I hope you'll join the challenge & share YOUR art...


foiled embossing powder...
a fun new technique and

another way to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
says it all!


wait...don't go...

come see us in Novi, Michigan 

our Stampers Anonymous booth will be LOADED with cool stuff!

lots of fun demos are planned &
if you're a blog friend, 
tell me & I'll have 
a little something just for YOU!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Novi or BUST...

I'm off to Novi, Michigan for

this is a GREAT show and as always,
our booth will have all the latest & greatest...

I'll be back with a blog post on Thursday morning...
here's a peek at a fun little technique I discovered...

grab your foil sheets so you'll be ready!



if you're coming to Novi, let me know that you are a blog friend & I'll have a little "something" just for YOU!

come back on Thursday...
for some foiling fun...

and learn another way to...

make art!
wendy




Thursday, April 30, 2015

and the winner is...

this bundle of goodness is going to...




Blogger Lynn Hardy said...

The Violet is such a pretty shade.
April 28, 2015 at 8:47 PM
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CONGRATS Lynn...
please email me your shipping info & Rick will get these off to you!

psst...
be watching my FACEBOOK PAGE...

today...

to enter, just leave a comment on 



THANKS RANGER for your
generosity...
I LOVE giveaways!

just what we need to 

make art!
wendy




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

G I V E A W A Y time!

I'm back from an A W E S O M E weekend
at Adventures in Stamping, which was held in Akron, Ohio...

THANKS SO MUCH 
to all the lovely ladies who spent the weekend with me!

what a blast to share & talk about inks & stamping...
it's so cool to return each year & 
to see friends again...

when I got home,
 I had a box waiting for me from Ranger...



and guess what?

thanks to their generosity...
I have a set to give away here...

just tell me which is 
YOUR favorite 
of these 3 new colors...

is it pink peony?

or

maybe violet?

or is it tiger lily?

it's simple to enter...
just leave a comment...

Rick will choose a random winner,

I'll also be doing the same GIVEAWAY
sometime this week...

so be watching...

so you don't miss it...

now it's time to unpack &

make art!
wendy


Thursday, April 23, 2015

even more Q & A's...

it seems like every time I do a Q & A post, the questions start coming again...

keep in mind that if there isn't an email associated with your blog comment, I can't answer...
so those questions get put in a file until I do another Q & A post...

if you need a quick answer, email is best...

here's more Q's...

#1...On your recommendationI bought jet black. it fits my needs well. thanks. I'll see you in Akron on Saturday & I'm hoping you won't be bombarded with people. I'd like you to have time to help me  and suggest 6 colors of your archival that go together and I could use them a lot.  I'd like them all, but I need to start with 6 inks and maybe 3-4 embossing powders.

ok...this is a very common question that I get mostly at conventions...
so...here's how I tell people to approach it...

I'll put an * by the ones that have a coordinating embossing powder...
that might be helpful when deciding on your colors...

there are 2 greens...choose 1...

there are 2 reds...choose 1... 

there are 3 blues...choose 1...

there are 2 yellows...choose 1...

here's the neutrals...choose 1...

choose your favorite one from this group...
*lilac...NEW

the green is great for leaves/flowers & Christmas, as is the red choice...
 starting with 6 gives you lots of color combos to choose from for all year round...

once you choose your colors, the coordinating embossing powders will be easy...
or maybe they will help you choose the ink colors
happy shopping!
see you Saturday!

#2. I enjoyed & learned a ton from your post about the different inks. I have referenced it multiple times. You said that distress inks keep their original color when wet. When I clean my craft sheet with a paper towel and water, I see unique colors that are definitely not distress colors. Any idea why?

ok...here's my thought on this...
REMEMBER...
I'm not a chemist, but I'm thinking that paper towels must have some chemical or maybe bleach in them that interacts with the inks & changes the color...
 again...just my guess...
adding water to distress 
(or any water based product) 
to your art will not alter the distress ink colors...
they stay true...

#3. what a great tag. where did you find the ticking stamp?

this was a question about an old post...
all the way back to 2010...

the ticking background stamp is on this set...
LCS040 titled art fit for a queen...
your local store or fav on-line store can order any older sets for you...just ask!

which reminds me...

did you know that
the Stampers Anonymous web site has had a MAJOR re*do?

it's a great resource for hunting down older stamps...
the search feature is really nice now!

since our stamps are made in Cleveland, 
Ted & his crew can make us any of the oldies...
they never need to be discontinued...

#4. I'm hoping that you'll come up with paints to match your ink colors. PLEASE???
And I hope you'll keep the beautiful archival colors coming!


sorry...no plans for paints...
more archival inks?
I AGREE!
YES PLEASE!
never enough inks!

#5. I wanted to say thanks for getting us 
Glue & Seal back. 
Combined with your clearly for art 
and newsprint I've found my mojo again.
Do you use the clear more than the black & white with newsprint?

COOL!!! that make me HAPPY!
I think I do use the clear more with newsprint, but the black or white will work the exact same, if that's what you have...

the white clearly for art is
really awesome with alcohol inks...

the blackout is awesome with 
the silver or gold metallic embossing pastes...
the translucent paste is cool too...

here's an example of the difference between using newsprint & vintage dictionary text on clearly for art...

here's the coneflower SiSi
with the vintage dictionary page...
and the cute mat mini flower pot...


same coneflower with my plain newsprint...
I like that the polka dots I stamped
 don't get lost in the text...




#6. My friend said you showed a tip to keep glossy accents from plugging up. 

I have had EXCELLENT results using 
I'm using it on the mini glossy accents bottles and on the mini multi medium bottles too...

I've been using them since I got them...
maybe a month or 6 weeks ago?
just pull the tip off & toss it & add the fine tip applicator...

LOVE LOVE LOVE...
NO CLOGS!
LOVE LOVE LOVE...
LOVE LOVE LOVE...
LOVE LOVE LOVE...
LOVE LOVE LOVE...



that's it for today...
time to pack demo stuff & sandals for 
this weekend in Akron, Ohio...
click the colored link to get the show scoop...
hours, location etc...

hope to see you there!

if you're coming, 
TELL ME that you're a BLOG FRIEND
I'll have a little something for YOU!

our Stampers Anonymous booth will be 
LOADED with tons of COOL SUPPLIES to...

make art!
wendy
ps...NEW inks & embossing powders start shipping this coming MONDAY!
CAN  NOT  WAIT!