AAACK! I've been hurrying and scurrying with deadline after deadline. Life is a complete whirlwind - LOL. So I thank you once again for your patience. Today I'm going to try and provide you with a little eye candy, a few ideas and a little taste of what is coming :D
What's Happening Now:
1. Memory Box Cardstock and more colors of Notecards and Envelopes are finally uploaded to the store! This cardstock is the same quality as the notecards. Memory Box is commited to making as little impact as possible to the environment. Their paper is made by a mill that uses certified sustainable forests for it's pulp. The paper is then printed with environmentally responsible soy-based ink. The paper has a beautiful, crisp white side and the opposite side is a selection of delicious colors that make me hungry - LOL!
We have also added a list of coordinating cardstock and note card colors to the Memory Box 6x6 patterned paper lists. You can see an example of this here.
More information is being added all the time to the website details, but at least it's a start. Some of the colors are missing and some need a little adjustment, but we are working on it and hope to have it all going 100% soon. Please remember that color can vary from computer screen to computer screen and that the images are the truest representation to the color that we are able to supply. More information will be added as to what other items coordinate with these colors to help make your shopping experience and color recognition easier. We are constantly working to upgrade information and hope to finish these projects over the course of the summer.
2. I say "we" because I have some wonderful helpers now! I would like to introduce you to Malena, Katelyn and Kelcie. They are an integral part of our team here - packing orders, upgrading computer information, making phone calls and trying to bring the same level of service that we have provided from the very first day. Being that they are all new I am trying to be certain that everything goes smoothly, but as with all things new there is a learning curve. I thank you for your patience with us during this transition. I plan on introducing the other amazing team players here soon. We are working on bio's and doing our best to just make each day happen with customer service being our primary concern!
3. Don't forget that there are a few days left to get your recipes in the mail for the Lockhart recipe contest. Delicious Pacific Northwest Treats await some lucky lady! So send in your entry now.
4. We are down to the last, of the last with the Stamp of the Month packets. If you haven't ordered one yet it may be too late. As with all good things you all never cease to surprise and amaze me. It is so thrilling to see how much you are enjoying these, but I'm down to the last one and my guess is that it won't be long after this post and it will be gone. (Perhaps I won't even get this posted and it will be gone.) Unfortunately the template that was included in the packet is the hang-up with this kit. They are completely sold out and no more are available, period. The good news is that there are still plenty of Strawberry stamps :D We are already working on the project for July and I can tell you that it's a good one :D :D :D
What's Happening Soon:
1. More AMAZING Lockhart stamps!!! You will not believe your eyes - these are incredible! Karen has truly outdone herself with the Fall and Holiday line-up. It is killing me not to share all the details, but as with all good things I must be patient and follow the guidelines - LOL! BUT she did listen to us and again has added to some of the amazing collections that are well loved! In addition she has started some new ones that are going to blow your socks off! Yippie - July will be here soon!
2. After much hard work and long hours a new "Designer Set" of Copic Sketch Markers will be available for purchase through the Ellen Hutson webstore!!! It was not an easy decision, but after much consultation, consideration and play time I have put together a list of 48 colors that will be made available to you soon. Now by soon that means some time in July - LOL! It takes a while to get all the "stuff" done, but I can assure you that much thought and preparation has gone into selecting these colors. Some are coordinates to the popular Stampin' Up! colors, but not all. In order to fill the "holes" that seem to arise when coloring, it was important to "give up" some colors to make the set truly work for you. Karen Lockhart and myself have been working together closely with the Copic representatives (THANK YOU Marianne) and we feel extremely confident that the colors that we have selected will have a universal appeal. When you have 330 colors to select from in the first place it is no easy task breaking it down into "48 you can't live without these colors" group - LOL!
They will be available in 4 sets of 12, as well as 2 sets of 24. More details and projects and how-to's will be following in the upcoming weeks and I'm delighted to tell you that we are putting together an incredible group of talented individuals to showcase this product's amazing features and versatility. Just wait until you see the cool things you can do with these markers!!!
3. There is more, but shoot - it's getting late and I haven't even shared the project I created to inspire you to try new things :D
So here you have my latest creation for another idea using the strawberry stamp. I love to make strawberry jam and have been known to give it as a hostess gift or Christmas gift. This is just a fun little idea that you can use as a starting point in presenting your homemade preserves as a gift item.
To create the little dangley charm, I sanded some Translucent PolyShrink (details on how to sand). Using my Mega Scalloped Circle I punched through the PolyShrink - this was no easy task and I don't know that I can completely endorse this, being that I don't want to be responsible for any broken punches - LOL! I then stamped the image using Black Brilliance ink. After allowing the image to airdry and then using Prismacolor color pencils to color the image to coordinate with the Strawberry Jam topper I punched a hole for the cording and then followed the directions, shrinking it to this darling little charm. The last step was adding a few white dots to add a little texture to the otherwise smooth surface using the white Souffle pen. You could also place stamped tissue paper between the sealed lid and the ring for a completely different look.
I hope this inspires you to play with your stamps in a little different way and to remember the fun of shrinking your stamp images turning them into cute little "bellies". Thanks for stopping by and spending a little time with me :D