I've added a handful of new items to my Etsy store tonight:
I came across a couple of my "Do-It/Did-It" rolodex kits recently. I put one up in my Etsy shop a couple of weeks ago & it was gone in a flash. I have just one more. Get it while it lasts! (2/24/11 Edited To Add: So sorry, but the kit sold right away. If you want to make your own, please read the next paragraph!)
If you miss out on the full kit, or you already have your own business-sized rolodex, the dividers/labels are for sale as well. You can have them cut in your own color scheme. You'll find them right here.
I've also added my new "Air Mail" altered art kit:
Printable coupon links have been updated for AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Use them quickly, as the AC Moore and Michaels are great deals and expire on Monday, February 21st. You'll find the links under the "Hot Links" section of the left sidebar on my home page.
1. Stampsmith's Your Stamps. I've been a huge fan of Estelle's photo stamp images for years. I have taught a ton of classes for local stores using her amazing rubber photo-realistic stamps. Her images are incredibly detailed and clear. They are the best I've found when it comes to photo stamps. Some of you have taken my Screen Goddess 1 and Screen Goddess 2 classes at Rubber Chicken in Gaithersburg, MD (now closed). Who wouldn't want a stamp with Audrey Hepburn's photo? Now, Estelle is giving you the chance to put your favorite images on rubber. Holy smokes!!
Here's the deal: It is $100 for the first 8.5 x 11 sheet of rubber. This may seem like a lot, but if you look at the number of images you can fit on a sheet, it is actually quite reasonable. You scan the images to 300 dpi and she does the work. If you want additional sheets, they are only $21 each. So, I'd gather up your crafty girlfriends and split the cost of your favorite images. Here are some suggestions:
Ticket Stubs Ephemera Photos Of Beloved Celebrities Great Phrases (why not a movie quote or two?) Childhood Photos
I taught a class called "The Women Who Went Before You" at the first Summer in Paris retreat (2008). Students were required to bring images of their female ancestors. Some of the pictures were jaw-dropping and I think if you dug around you would find some pics from your past that would be perfectly suited to rubber. Marlynn, I love that pic of you in the cowboy hat. Louise, the pic of your aunt?/grandmother? in her bathing suit with that fantastic smile would be amazing as a stamp.
If you're interested in having your images set in rubber, contact Estelle at email@example.com. She'll get you all of the details. Tell her Korie sent you!
2. Simply Stunning Silver Jewelry. One of the best things that comes from teaching classes is meeting wonderfully creative people that become friends. My crafting group is comprised of women I've either worked with (go Artfully girls!) or women I've had a students and bonded with over the years. I met jewelry artist Loretta Stem at my 2010 Summer in Paris retreat. She came with a gaggle of women and I adored her immediately.
When I discovered her handmade jewelry, I was in love. I particularly love this piece, Sand Beneath My Toes. It makes me want to gather up my kids and make the drive out to Rehoboth! Go check out her work and find something that you can't live without.
My Do It/Did It Rolodex sits front & center in my studio and I love looking at it, but I haven't added new cards to it in over a year. I have looooong lists of cards I want to add, but I haven't found time to work on it. I've decided that I'm going to try to crank out a handful of cards each week and (little by little) I will eventually get through my list. I'm not putting any artistic touches to them ... a punch here and there... and (of course) ribbons. Not each card needs to be a masterpiece.
I had this on my list two years ago. I finally finished the card this week and then was dismayed to learn that Tavern on the Green closed in the Fall of 2009. It is now the Visitor's Center for Central Park. However, I'm keeping the card because it now hosts a large selection of gourmet food carts. Although I won't be able to sit in the famous Crystal Room, I can still dine on Turkish tacos, Chinese dumplings and frou-frou ice creams.
My husband's "Stinky Pete's Gold Panning Table" was a huge hit at last year's Fourth of July party. The kids enjoyed the hobby horse races, sack races and steer ropin', but they kept going back to the gold panning table. Water... sand... rocks painted to look like gold. What's not to love? It cracks me up to see all of these kids swarmed around the table and my friend C's dad at the end, panning for gold.
The specs: Creative Imaginations (patterned paper), Bazzill (cardstock), Glimmer Mist (spray on the title), Old West Cricut Cartridge (title), Stampin' Up (punch for date).
I get several e-mails a week, asking if I've found another source for the beloved Kokuyo adhesive. I've heard rumors (from inside sources) that 3M has acquired Kokuyo and will be releasing it in the states. I did notice that JetPens is selling a Scotch (3M) product that looks like the Dot N' Roller.
I've also heard from readers in Japan, swearing that they are still buying up Kokuyo and that Kokuyo is still releasing new products. Reader Deb even sent me a sample of the new Kokuyo mini (very very cute!), but her friend in Japan couldn't tell her when it would be released.
Regardless of the rumors, it is next to impossible to find right now. (Although a reader recently spotted some refills at her local Archivers -- go check it out!). So, I've been left to my own devices to find a replacement. I've been fortunate to have a number of on-line companies send me samples and I've raided every store around.
(Just a handful of the dispensers in my "adhesives" drawer -- I have two drawers full of adhesives.)
I started to review a ton of the adhesives, but then slowly realized that I only liked one of them. One! And the one I like, I really, really, really like.
My Stik by Scrapbook Adhesives (a 3L company)
(Ignore my crappy production values... I couldn't get my movie software to work this weekend) (Thanks for the Flip camera Suni, you rock!)
I loved this adhesive so much that I am now carrying it in my on-line store. I'm placing a bulk order, so I'll be passing the savings on to you. Click here to get yours.