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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Such Fun Stuff !!

... okay, this is the 3rd time I have done this post ... grrr.
This week I unpacked some wonderful new products. I experimented with them and really had a lot of fun. Let me show you  ...
First was the new Watercolour Pencils from Prima ... and I love them !!

If you haven't used this type of pencil, let me tell you a bit about them. You can colour your stamped images and then use a paintbrush and water or a waterbrush to belnd the colours and give you a beautiful painted look. I am NOT a colourer ... I find it takes too much time and patience. But this method is super simple and quick. I did these two birds in less than 5 minutes from blank paper to completion ! I sinply scribbled a bit of colour in each area and then used my waterbrush to blend them. easy peasy !!
You can also dip the actual pencils in water and colour for an even more vibrant effect. At some points I have scribbled on my stamping block and then picked up that colour with my waterbrush.
And the waterbrush ... well that is a wonderful thing ! You can use a paintbrush and water but the waterbrush makes it so easy !!
You simply fill the reservoir in the pen with water. Give it a gentle squeeze to wet the bristles and then start blending or picking up your colour. When you want to change colours, just paint on a piece of scrap paper or paper towel and the water will clean the bristles making the brush ready for the next colour. So easy !
Last night I watched a video by Frank Garcia for Prima and he used another method where he used a piece of scrap paper as a palette. I tried it and loved it ! So simple and it gives you a wonderful loose watercolour look with no pencil lines at all.

Click on the link below to see the photos of the process ...
I watched a video last night by Frank Garcia from Prima. He used this technique with the pencils so I thought I would...
Posted by Classic Hobbies on Thursday, March 26, 2015

The next thing I tried was a fun new stencil from Prima  ... I loved all those retro scissors !!
I used Distress Ink and Paint, Hero Arts metallic Shadow Ink, Texture Paste + embossing powder, Ferro, and more . I made a whole bunch of backgrounds and someday they will grow up to be cards, lol. Great fun !!
Click on the link below to see all the samples and what was used for each ... some of the results were quite interesting !!
Last night I experimented with a new Prima stencil by Finnabair. You can use many different mediums with stencils ... I tried a few !
Posted by Classic Hobbies on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

And now ... how about all the new things ?! I have new Prima (stamp sets and tiny stamps, stencils, pencils, tools, embellishments, etc), Penny Black (stamps & stencils) and lots of stencils from the Crafter's Workshop. Click on the link to see all the goodies !!
watercolour pencils, stencils, stamps, embellishments, so much !!
Posted by Classic Hobbies on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

And last , but not least, some great adhesives and packaging products ...
I have just unpacked some necessities ... adhesives and packaging materials. Take a look !
Posted by Classic Hobbies on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So, that's it for me today . I will have so much more to share in the next few weeks - lots of new items shipping and exciting new products to try. I will even have some exciting news to share ... soon !
I hope you'll stop in this week to see the new things and the samples ... maybe you'll see something that you would like to try !! Have a great week !

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lots of Great Goodies to Brighten Your Day !

Hi all !
EDIT ... just checked out the front door at work and I am completely drifted in . We shoveled it bare a few hours ago. EEK ! I may be trapped. lol. So .. I am calling it ... I won't be open tonight.  It is much easier to hit the mountain roads home in the daylight so we can see the drifts we are hitting. lol. Please stop in Friday - it is supposed to be a nice sunny day !

Another snowy day. I am supposed to be open tonight but will make the call this afternoon  ... we'll see ! But in the meantime, I have loads of great new things to share. So let's do that !

First ... I have new LAWN FAWN stamps and dies. She really has the cutest things.
I love the puns !!

And then I have new dies & stamps from Impression Obsession and Cheery Lynn ... great Easter, spring, firefighters, and more ! So much more. The silhouette stamps are really nice !!

And then I have new stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz ... just awesome designs once again !

Come back next week when I show you the new Prima, Crafter's Workshop, and Penny Black ... and probably more by then !!
Hope to see you Friday !!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Indigo Blu and a whole bunch of great stuff !!

Hello !
If you were here last week, I feel sorry for you. lol. I was a drippy, coughing miserable mess. And I was trying my best not to spread the germs. Oh those germs. Ugh. Sorry about all that. The sick leave program here is not the best. lol. The good news is the mess is now somewhat contained & I can wait on you without a kleenex glued to my face. ;)

This week I have some great new products as well as a photo tutorial to a FANTASTIC new product from Indigo Blu called MEGA FLAKES. I'll share that with you after the new .
Sooo ... let's look at what's new, shall we ?
I have new dies from Tonic, great stamps from Penny Black, stamps & dies from My Favourite Things, dies from Cheery Lynn, Impression Obsession, Spellbinders, and Elizabeth's Crafts. Easter, spring, basics, card sentiments, animals, ... you name it ! There's a lot to take in !
here are a few samples ... click on the blue link   "NEW March 9, 2015"  below the photos to go to the album & see them all !

And here is the Mega Flakes ... it is a gilding product that is so beautiful ! It was very easy to use and gave me fabulous results. I have a display of samples set up in the store and the blue highlighted "Indigo Blu"  link below will take you to the album so you can see the process ans results. I had so much fun !

And here are just a few more links for you ... first a video demonstration of the Mega Flakes ...

and then a video from Elizabeth's Crafts explaining just how amazing their new tag dies are. These are not your ordinary tags !

So that's it for this week. I do hope you'll stop by, check out the new display and browse the new products. More exciting things next week !!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New New New !!

Hello !
 A beautiful sunny day out there & lots of beautiful new products in here !
This week I have unpacked ...
* Sizzix dies & embossing folders including new Tim Holtz products
* Fabscraps charms & embellishments
* Graphic 45 Staples - shadowboxes/frames
* Simple Stories stickers
* Elizabeth's Crafts dies
* Authentique's Easter paper "Treasure"
* Bella Blvd's beautiful printed transparencies
* Bo Bunny stencils & glitter paste
* Deco Art stencils
* Taylored Expressions stamp/die combos
* AVERY ELLE stamps & dies - so cute !!

To see all the Avery Elle stamps, click on the highlighted word "post" below and you will go to the album. These stamps are lovely - perfect for colouring ! And I really like their dies especially the bookmark set !
Please note ... if you buy the stamps and the dies AT THE SAME TIME, you will get 25% off the dies !!! This will now apply to any stamp sets that have a separate set of coordinating dies !!
(this offer is not valid on items that are put on hold unless they are paid for by the next week - either in person or by money transfer, credit card, etc ...) 

Now ... all the other new things ... click on the blue highlighted link "post" below to see ALL the new products. Below you will see a small sampling ...

New Sizzix and Tim Holtz ... many more .

New from Elizabeth's Crafts dies.

New Taylored Expressions.

Several new collections of Easter paper. 

Lovely printed transparencies ... 4 new designs to choose from.
And as always , the new Distress Inks and Products are selling really well. Some people have even signed up to be the first to get the new colour each month. The small distress pads have also been very popular and remember , for a limited time, when you buy 5 you will get a 6th free !!

So lots of great new things !! Hope to see you this week. I am open Wednesday night (March 4) from 6:30 to 8pm and then again on our regular Friday 10am to 5pm.