Saturday, October 20, 2012

Closed Tuesday, NEW stuff, and a Class

I'll get this out of the way right away.

The Playground will be CLOSED

I'm sorry to do this to you all again! Altered Art & Scrap Playground is going to be making an appearance at the Taste Of Home Cooking School held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. I am going to have a booth at this fun event! (So stop by and say "HI" if you are going...I always love to see you!)  I will be packing things up in the morning and setting up in the afternoon.  It's going to be a busy day, but I'm soooo excited about it. I am a HUGE Taste of Home fan! Love their recipes and their down-home, no-nonsense ingredients. Many of our family favorites came from a Taste of Home magazine. It's going to be great to be a part of this!
Here is a link if you want/need more information.

Okay...on to the FUN stuff!

They are here....the new Snowflake Rosette Dies from Tim Holtz!!!  They are just soooo coool looking!  (after you make them of course...that thin tan die is really nothing much to look at.)
They are so delicate and pretty. I can see them hanging from a tree, on gifts in place of bows, on tags to jazz them up...stacked up on top of each other, just because you can, and it looks great.
One die is just the large Snowflake Rosette. The other has the two smaller rosettes on it. 
And...of course I had to play a bit. 
I couldn't find any paper that I really loved for a snowflake (imagine that in a store full of paper...but it always seems to happen when I have an idea in my head), so, I made my own with stamps and ink.  I wanted blues and browns for my snowflake...and wasn't willing to sacrafice any of my Bo Bunny Snowfall from last year to do it.  
I stamped a floral/flourish type stamp in Stormy Sky Distress ink, then sponged more Stormy Sky over the whole strip. I then used my new favorite brown - Weathered Twigs - (Distress Ink of course) and stamped some Tim Holtz Snowflakes over all of that...then I sent it through with the die cut. (I really think you could use ANY stamp to make your own strip for these. You don't see the details much, it just gives you some fun texture and dimension.) This is what I ended up with.

And here are the two smaller ones. I used some leftover patterned paper for those.

Okay, on to the next thing I have been having fun playing with.
This new Tree Line die from Impression Obsession. I think I'm in love with it! 
The bottom is open, so you can make it as short or tall as you want...that seems to open up so many possibilities!
So, here is the first of many cards that I plan to make with this die. (actually, it's the first one that turned out so far...but I have so many ideas spinning around in my head...I can't wait to have the time to play more!!)

It's all white on white, with just a touch of color. The photo really doesn't do justice, because the paper that the hill and trees is cut from is the Core'dinations Glitter Silk paper, so it's fun and sparkly. The embossed swirl layer was sponged with a light touch of Stormy Sky Distress Ink and then sprayed with some Perfect Pearls to soften it and give it some shimmer. The top layer is the Stampin' Up Top Note die cut from the center of the paper and then embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder. Some pop dots in between the layers for dimension and it was done! 

And for the finale.....our next Tuesday Layout Class!
Check out these fabulous layouts using Fancy Pants' Country Boutique Collection

I love the softness of the blues, creams and grays...then that pop of black. Looks pretty classy to me.
We'd love to have you join us if you are the details:

Tuesday Layout Class with Country Boutique from Fancy Pants

Date: Tuesday, November 6th
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $24
Bring your paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots.

Call 721-7529 or email to save your spot!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Layouts and Some NEW Stuff

 It feels like it's been a crazy few weeks around here, and a long time since I've written a blog post! I guess it has been both.  I missed you!

We have a fun Scrapbook Layout class coming up this Tuesday, just in time for Halloween.
6 layouts using Echo Park's Chillingsworth Manor Collection. The papers are fun and flourishy in great Halloween colors, and the sticker sheets are soooo much fun!!  Check these out!

Class Details:
Date: Tuesday, October 16th
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $19.00
Bring: the usual....paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots.

Give me a call at 721-7529 or email me at to save a chair at our scrappy table!!

Now, on to the new stuff....

Did you hear? Ranger is releasing all of the Seasonal Distress Inks from the past year as part of the permanent line of inks!! I have been waiting all year to get my hands on the Fall Seasonal Distress Inks from last year, because my distributor had sold out in 20 minutes, and there were none to be found.

I have heard from several customers that Gathered Twigs is one of their all-time favorite browns to use, and since I love browns, I really, really needed to get my hands on some...and now I have my very own Gathered Twigs...and yes, I did have to stop and play a bit...and I am deeply in love.

I just happened to have a tag or two laying around, so I completely covered the tag on the right with Gathered Twigs, and then spritzed a flourish stamp with water and stamped it all over the tag. After the tag was dry, I sponged just a bit more ink over the whole thing to make it a little softer looking. The tag on the left I glued a scrap that I was playing with earlier...that print paper is actually wrapping paper! I inked it all up, stamped it up and glued it to the tag and then used the Gathered Twigs to color the rest of the tag and stamped over with the same Gathered Twigs. It really is a beautifully rich color of brown!

All three Fall Distress Inks are now in the store...sold separately (just in case you might not want all of them...but what are the chances of that....really???) There are several of the Winter Seasonal ink sets available, too. I have reinkers for you serious Distress Ink Fans.

AND...for you ink lovers out there, the Craft Scrubbie is back in stock! They are goofy little blocks of a very dense styrofoamy material....but they work so great!  I end up with ink on my hands nearly every day...and this little guy rescues me every time.

Snap Binders from Simple Stories are finally here!  I have been waiting for months for these to come in!

These are great chipboard and canvas albums (6x8) and they come with fun printed pages, chipboard pages with tabs and 10 page protectors, that hold different size pockets to make your scrapping EASY! Come check them out!

I've had a few people requesting the Peachy Keen face stamp sets. It seems someone has exposed them to these unbearably cute stamps and they are in high there are more in stock!!
I've even had the pleasure of seeing some of the things you ladies are doing with them...and they are so stinkin' cute!!!

Here's a peek at a few of the sets:

These faces really are too cute. You can put them on tags, paper dolls, circles, squares, cupcakes, matter where you put them, you are gonna smile. :O)

Okay, I'm done for now. I'll let you get back to the VP debate. ;o)