no excuses here...well okay maybe just one - life! I don't know about you, but as I get older my life seems to be getting busier instead of slowing down? Anyone care to tell me why that is?
I have actually had the chance to do some creating in between posting and shipping all the new stuff that has arrived in the shop. One I can't post photo's of as they are Christmas gifts that my niece and I made for the Grandparents, the other I just haven't taken photo's yet and then there is this one! Since I am so excited to see Tim Holtz's 2011 12 Tags of Christmas, I thought I would do a Christmas Countdown Tags set (or sets, have yet to decide if I will do more than the one) for my Great Nephew who is 7 months old and beyond cute I will have you know! (Okay, this blogger is ticking me off everything keeps underlining like there is a link and I am typing double duty here...what gives?)
So for this project I decided I wanted to use some of my odds and ends papers - sad thing is once I decided which odd and end I wanted to use - I only had three sheets of it! There has been a tear of buying this line and of course there is none left in the store now for me to grab! So make do I will try!
Since I have added some of the new Tim Holtz's District Market line to the site, I have had many emails regarding what it is really like. I have taken a few up close photos in hopes that it will help you with your 'have' to have choices!
Journals - The covers are made of a unique fabric that has a somewhat shiny finish. Not too sure on how else to describe this, but hope that helps. Each journal has a black elastic closure. The corners have Tim Holtz Corners already attached! The inside pages are a fairly thin kraft paper and the entire journal is bound with o-wire
Totes - these are a lot nicer in person than any photo will ever show! There is large jumbo grommets that the large handles loop though. The bottom has four heavy duty metal 'feet' so your total will stay off the grungy ground! The material is unknown to me, it is called oil cloth. The inside is a simple cotton with zippered pocket and pouches. The handles are leather and there is a magnetic closure at the top. My only concern with this one is how the tote body will fair in our Canadian winters! I will let you know!
Burlap Panels - these are interesting to me. Not at all what I expected. I was actually expecting burlap panels - these are burlap frames! Mounted same as a white canvas you would buy, but the raw burlap is stretched around the frame and then the 'Tim Holtz' image is applied on top similar to a silk screen. The back already has a photo wall mount attached. You can just hang as is or of course add your own personal touch.
Hope that helps you all out with your questions. Feel free to email me if you have more questions.
This post is loaded with ideas using these letters - you will not be disappointed! Huge order arrived today, so am heading down to the shop to get it up on the site! Will post more later with the what's what...
As promised - the next in the series of Tim Holtz Limited Edition Distress Inks have been released and are shipping as we speak! They are due in the shop on Monday November 7 2011. They have limited the number of sets we can order to 12 - so 12 is all I am bringing in this time around. Five have already been spoken for so if you want to make sure you too get one please be sure to let me know.
Head over to the Tim Holtz blog here to get all the info on the colors and some samples too!
....Distress Stains, Distress Inks & Perfect Pearl Mists! These have all been reduced from $5.25 to $4.95. Not sure if you have them all (or want them all) here are some great links to PDF print outs of all your favs...
Loads of other new items have arrived - finally more of the Tim Holtz Alteration Dies (Mini's too), Texture Fades & Trades just in time for Halloween and of course Christmas - here is just a sampling! Check them all out here!
Also - loads of new SMASH products from K & Company!
Want to know what all the hype is about with this SMASH revolution? Check out their Blog here!
Wow - what an amazing week! It is kind of a blur...but worth it all! I had such a great time seeing everyone from my old stomping grounds!
We had 36 ladies that came out to git 'r done! Or did they?
I too for a change got some done too...no actual scrapbooking - but was able to do some creative stuff that I have been wanting to do for a while!
I started on an art journal that has been calling my name for a long time...I frequent (and I do mean frequent) Dyan Reaveley's Blog as she is ONE TALENTED lady! Here are a few samples of what I worked on. I used mostly her stamps (Dylusions) and of course a few Tim Holtz and Claudine Hellmuth! All stamps can be found here!
products used: Dylusions Stamps - Around the Edge, Basic Backgrounds, Birds on a Wire, Further Around the Edge, Quintessential Quotes, Say What you Mean, Say the Right Words, Traveling Travis & Write Between the Lines; Tim Holtz - Distress Stains (all of them I think!), Stamps - Artful Artifacts, Just Thoughts, Nature's Discovery, and Stuff to Say, Anirondack Paint Dabbers, Color Wash Sprays, Perfect Pearl Mists, Alterations - Umbrella Man; Claudine Hellmuth Bloom & Doodles Clear Stamps and of course her brushes!
Now onto my next fun project - got it assembled and just started to put the papers on. If you have not heard of this lady before - PLEASE, go check her out - Kathy Orta at Paper Phenomenon. This is one amazingly talented lady! She has a fascination for mini books just like the rest of us - she sells her tutorials here (worth every penny). Her tutorials are well made and pretty easy to follow (just not when you are tired or have had one to many cocktails)! I cut, scored and assembles the pages on friday night (took about 2 hours), then saturday morning I started the album assembly (another 2+ hours). I was only able to start putting on the decorative papers later in the day and just ran out of time. This is the Build A Page Album, it has so many possibilities and I will be using a ton of paper on this one!
products used: Bazzill Cardstock - Kraft (12x12 & 8.5x11), Black Book Board; Teresa Collins World Traveller Paper Pack (2 of them); Tim Holtz NEW Distress Ink Gathered Twig (my new fav).
Well, going to sign off for now - still playing catch up from being away! Aside from actually running the store - I just want to play! One day....
Hey Everyone - just wanted to get this up so you all have plenty of notice - it is once again Retreat time and I will be out of the office starting Wednesday September 28 to Monday October 3. Therefore, there will be NO SHIPPING at all during those dates. Orders will be processed in the order received while I am out of the office.
It is important to remember that inventory will be off for those days as a lot of my stock does come with me to the retreats. As soon as I get back, I get onto the site and start updating the inventory. With any luck it will up to date by Monday night or Tuesday at the latest. It is important to watch the sites main page for updates!
Like I don't enough already - but, hey - there is always room for more 'Tim' in my life!
If you haven't heard the news - Tim and Ranger have yet THREE more Distress Ink Pads (Limited Releases). The Autumn set includes Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves & Gathered Twigs. To read all about it - head over to his blog now (there is even a video)!
I have pre ordered a some - please contact me asap and let me know if you want to be on the list!