Saturday, May 28, 2016

New florals... ALTENEW

We're bringing in a new stamp company to Scrappin' In The City.  There's been a lot of buzz on the internet and the blogs about these beautiful floral stamps.  And you may ask why are these so cool?  It's the layering that makes them soooo amazing.  These stamps are made to layer on top of each other and they look so real you just want to smell them!  Check these examples out:

Another reason why we're so excited about these stamps..... one of our newest tools makes stamping these beautiful layers a breeze :)  The MISTI Stamping tool (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented)

Chec out some of these amazing stamp sets we have coming into the store and be sure to call the store and reserve your favorites!

Vintage Roses

Peony Bouquet

Beautiful Lady

Beautiful Day

Wild Hibiscus

But wait... there's more!  Altenew has dye inks that are perfect for layering these flowers.  Look at these color combos:

And yep, we ordered those too!  CanNOT wait to play with all these goodies when they come in.  This is your PRE-ORDER alert!!  Be sure to put your name in for the stamps or inks you like :)
Happy Scrappin,
Sara & The City Chicks

p.s. ~ Want to see all these stamps and inks in action?  Check out this great tutorial from Jennifer McGuire:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spotlight on Design Team Amanda Hillard

Spotlight on All Things Bright and Colorful…
With Amanda Hillard

Right now, I love all things bright and colorful. The patterned papers that are available seem to really draw me in. When you want to use multiple papers on one layout you can easily overwhelm your photo, which is what we really want to highlight, not the paper. Here are a few things that I do that allow me to use all the fun papers without taking away from my pictures.

The first thing I do is look for a large design OR large pattern that I can fussy cut to create my own pattern. This allows me to use the fun papers only in a smaller way. In this example, I used the simple stories “Let’s Party” paper line. I loved the party boy and girl and wanted to use that for my background but needed something more. So, I used some circles and a party hat also from the ephemera pack, and accent stickers. And voila a fun layout to celebrate Oliver’s birthday.

Another technique is to use that journal tag sheet! I love pocket pages and that most companies have a page or two of pocket page size tags and journal cards. Even if you don’t create pocket pages, you can use theses great pages to create amazing layouts.  For this example, I used the Echo Park “Lucky Charm” papers. I wanted to make sure that my photo was the highlight of the layout but really wanted to use all the fun patterned papers and bright cards/tags. So, I cut out my favorite tags/cards. I then grabbed a white sheet of cardstock and began to move the cards around on the page until I liked they layout. I then added a bit of patterned paper and a few stickers. And voila, a bright, fun, and colorful layout that perfectly highlights the fun photo!

Turn on that Silhouette Cameo or other die cut machine! I invested in a good machine and cut files, but often forget to use them. So, lately I have made sure to turn my machine on and think – what can I add to my layout that is using my machine? OR when I am stuck, I peruse my collection of cut files and look for something fun. In this layout, I used the We R Memory Keepers “Flower Girl” line. I just love all the bright fun papers, but felt that they overwhelmed my less than stellar picture and was stuck. I then pulled up my silhouette software and saw this fun pineapple shape and thought, “That would be fun!” I cut out 3 pineapples, backed them with the fun patterned papers, added some stickers and ephemera and voila – a super fun, bright and colorful layout!

I hope this helps you to start using more of those bright and colorful patterned papers that catch your eye! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

These new summer products are "mermaid" just for you!

 Our first shipment of the new release of Lawn Fawn flew out the door!  Our 2nd shipment is on its way.  Be sure to call us or email with your wishlist so you'll not miss out this time!  See the newest items below :)

These new summer products are "mermaid" just for you!

Make your projects interactive with these fun slider dies!

Check out 10 new stamp sets with matching dies, including...

mermaid for you

4x6 clear stamp set
*matching dies available

dad + me

4x6 clear stamp set
*matching dies available

yay, kites!

4x6 clear stamp set
*matching dies available

big scripty words

4x6 clear stamp set
*matching dies available

so smooth

4x6 clear stamp set
*matching dies available

smart cookie /
flamingo together

2x3 /3x4 clear stamp set
*matching dies available
18 additional NEW Lawn Cuts custom craft dies

Friday, May 20, 2016

Focus on Cardmaking with Jessica!

Jessica is our newest Design Team Member and has a real passion for card making.  She has graciously shared one of her techniques with us.

“Right now I am very into the watercolor technique shown on my flower card below:

It is so easy to use with watercolor stamps or a water brush pen.  It works really well with the Tim Holtz inks.  I worked on regular paper so watercolor paper is not always required, but it gives a different effect for sure.  I challenge you to play and see how you can use it!

I am also very interested in the new Tim Holtz crayons.  They are fun to use!!!  I have used them using stencils and the blending tool.  Be sure to apply the crayons to your foam or sponge right away because they dry very quickly”.