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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Art Journaling Winter 2013 in SnC


The Winter '13 issue of Art Journaling has something for everyone! 

If you’re interested in creating pages that beg to be touched, Kelly-Ann Halbert’s use of three-dimensional elements will definitely inspire you. 

Roc Nicholas shares how to transform gorgeous spreads into a handmade journal that really pops. 

For artists who struggle with the blank white page, Mary Freeman shows how to create vivid backgrounds with everything from paint to paper to rubber stamps. 

Last but definitely not least, this issue’s Artist Portfolio will delight every artist, featuring the beautiful journals and artistic journey of Mary Ann Moss.
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Check out what's in store in Art Journaling Winter 2013 issue by clicking HERE to buy your copy from now.
Love the Stampington & Company publications like we do?
Well, check the many different publications carried by HERE - guaranteed to be a crafter's heaven for mojo, inspiration and ideas.
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Last day to enjoy EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS on's CELEB ART RETREAT with Iris Babao Uy who will be teaching techniques that you'll love if you're a fan of art journaling.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Tonic Studios Simplicity (geared) Punches in SnC

For those who do not know, Tonic Studios is the manufacturer of those fabulous Tim Holtz Micro Scissors that are so popular and one of my favourite products - the amazing Tim Holtz Paper Distresser!

For CHA Summer 2012, Tonic Studios introduced a series of designs for their Simplicity geared punches.

Did you hear me say "gear"?

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Yes! Tonic Studio Simplicity punches have a gearing mechanism in these punches makes for absolutely effortless punching – even with our most ornate and intricate designs!  

Check out some of the creations made from Tonic Studio Simplicity punches and click HERE to buy yours from now.
Old Shoes New Laces | featuring Celtic Strip & Celtic Border Punches
Just The 3 Of Us | featuring Daisy Border Punch
1st Day Of School | featuring Star Border Punch
Soaring and Exploring | featuring Dotty Border Punch
Our First Garden | featuring Floral Border, Butterfly Border & Butterfly Strip Punches

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Basic Grey's Lucille Collection in SnC

Like pieces of fabric sewn together with care, time-tested and much-loved, Lucille by Basic Grey proves that variety is the spice of life. Pull that old dress out of the trunk, dust it off, darn it up and grab your kitten heels, because it’s time to pattern your next project, perfectly.

Click HERE to get your own Lucille Collection from Basic Grey from


Monday, January 28, 2013



It’s fun! Start with a set of pictures, choose your album base and a few of your favorite supplies, and settle in with our latest collection of over 35 stellar mini albums. 

We guarantee you’ll feel inspired to create. Get ideas for celebrations, holiday albums, and albums that say, “I love you.” 

See how to add some sparkle to a cover, document those special everyday moments, and even get started on a book for the coming year. We’ve found that making mini albums is such a rewarding way to collect your memories. 

How will you make yours?

Start now by getting 2013 Create: Mini Album from

Purchases made throughout this week will enjoy free shipping!!!
.Click HERE to get your copy now.

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: Stamping 101 - Inks

Stamping – the art of using rubber, clear, foam or any other kind of image stamps – is an incredibly versatile art.  You can use it in your scrapbooking, for card-making, jewellery making, on fabric, metal, wood – in fact, pretty  much anything that stays still for long enough!

But it can also seem a little daunting – there seems to be so much to learn.  Which stamps to use, which inks, how do you get a good image, what do you do with an image once it is stamped – the questions are endless.  But it’s not really that difficult, it’s fun! It’s a great excuse (if you need one!) to get your crafty stash out and start playing.

In this new series, I’ll help you get started on this great new hobby.  And if you have already discovered it, maybe you might find a useful tip or new technique along the way.

The first subject really has to be which stamps to use.  I covered this in an article last year – you can find it here

Next is, what to stamp with?  
Actually, you can stamp with lots of different mediums – more on those at a later date.  Today we are going to focus purely on inks.

There are so many different inks available these days that it is difficult to know which one you should get.  The most important thing to know is that there are two main types – dye ink and pigment ink.  

Dye ink usually dries very quickly.  

Pigment ink is much slower to dry – it usually requires a heat gun to ensure it is fully set – and so this makes it perfect for use with embossing powders.  Just to make life easier for all of us, in this series I am going to focus on the inks that sell.  There are lots more available – some are good, some not so good.  You need to experiment a bit to find the ones which work best for you.

If you are just starting out with stamping, start with a good basic dye ink first.  

Memento are a good brand.  They are quick drying, and have the added advantage of being the best ink to use with Copic markers.  They also come in small “dew drop” sizes as well as the traditional larger stamp pad, which makes starting a collection much more economical.  There are lots of different colours available, but to start with you might want to stick to a neutral colour – Tuxedo Black, London Fog or Rich Cocoa are ideal.

Adirondack ink pads are made by Ranger, who are renowned for their high quality products, and come in a selection of earth tone colours which match other products in the Adirondack range, such as acrylic paints.

Pigment ink pads are usually used with embossing powders.  Brilliance pigment inks are – well, brilliant!  They have a subtle sparkle to them, and produce beautiful stamped images.  Like the Memento pads, they come in dew drop and larger sizes, and lots of colours.  Moonlight white is an excellent white ink which gives great results.

Lots of stampers also like Versamark – it comes in clear and slightly sparkly versions, and is stickier than most inks so you can use it with mediums such as Perfect Pearls and chalk.  You can also get clear embossing pads which can be used with any embossing powder.

There are also hybrid and specialist inks to add to the mix.  Tim Holt’s distress inks from Ranger are very popular.  These are dye inks, but stay wet a little longer so you can emboss with them if you wish.  They also react with water in a unique way.  See my series on distress products for more information.

Conversely, Ranger’s Archival and Versafine inks are pigment ink, but dry quickly and are not suitable for embossing.  Each has their own specific use though.  Versafine is the best ink to use for very detailed images.  Archival ink is permanent, and is waterproof so you can use it with distress inks or watercolouring without your image smearing.  It is also the perfect ink to use together with alcohol inks.

Staz-on is a solvent-based ink which is ideal for stamping onto glossy surfaces such as plastic, acrylic and metal.  Looks great used on transparent acrylic sheets or embellishments.

Chalk inks, as the name suggests, give a softer, more chalky effect.  Some are pigment inks, some are dye inks – if you are not sure, ask the retailer for advice. 

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One often-asked question about ink pads is how to store them.  Some people say upside down to keep the ink at the top of the pad wet.  Others say that makes the pad too wet. According to Tim Holtz (who works closely with the Ranger chemists and is, in my experience, usually right about such things) it makes little if any difference.  So it’s up to you.  I store mine the right way up, because then I can easily see which colour is which.

Friday, January 25, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! American Craft's Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go in SnC

ahhhh … how appropriate - Ready Set Go - that is.
Today is the day, I am literally going: ReadySetGo for my 24-day overland trip crossing Kenya and Ethiopia. So perhaps, I should put aside some of these vibrant coloured goodies to create my album when I am back, including the wood grain album and the one-of-a-kind crafting travel kit!

whooo hooooo… this is so totally created for me!

The Amy Tangerine's newest collection for American Crafts - Ready Set Go - features a wide array of warm autumn colours - including Navy Blue, Pink and Wood Grain - to create a base for unique travel, home and school icons: from cameras, cars and houses, to globes, speech bubbles and an adorable hand-drawn elephant.

Along with 24 pattern papers, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go has favourites likeThickers, die-cut shapes, and spiral bound Daybooks. 

New to the collection are puffy mini-stickers, wood grain albums!!! and a one-of-a-kind crafting travel kit

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Click HERE to buy Amy Tangerine's new Ready Set Go Collection from

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Introducing Brand No. 224: Crafter's Workshop in SnC

Which Crafter's Workshop template are you going to get? 

Crafter's Workshop has some great new designs to use as masks, stencil with pencils, markers... or use the Tim Holtz blending tool with his Distress Inks over the designs.

Check out what’s new from Julie Fei-Fan BalzerDina Wakley , Karen Ellis (Art House Studio) and our Chief Designing Officer, Jaime Echt, to bring you 38 new styles.

Available in 12"x12" or the smaller 6"x6" sizes in

Grab them all, for again, has the whole range at affordable prices too!
Click HERE to start purchasing.

COMING SOON!!! Where Women Create Spring 2013 issue in SnC


Step inside and make yourself at home with this new issue of Where Women Create

The studio spaces of these extraordinary and talented women will make you feel like you have stepped into an art retreat. 

Look forward to the creative studios of Annie Fischer, Jenni Bowlin, Dee Harvey, and Dinara Mirtalipova. 

Ever wonder where the top dogs in the art world create? 
Join Michaels creative expert Joann Pearson and Stacy Caron, owner at Spellbinders Paper Arts, as they walk you through the place where they call home. 

Filled with organizational tips and beautiful photographs that showcase every painted wall and home d├ęcor accent, this issue will be the perfect addition to your creative publication collection.

Love snooping and getting inspired by Where Women Create?
Check out the other past issues in HERE

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS!!! Graphic 45 Bird Song in SnC

After much delays at the customs, Graphic 45 Bird Song finally makes it to
With a chinoserie Chinese theme, this collection will be perfect for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

Check the  Graphic 45 Bird Song collection below and click HERE to buy them from now.

click HERE to buy them from now.

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