Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Orlando Adventure

No one told me that it would be hot in Orlando in the middle of time I will definitely have to check with the Chamber of Commerce....anyway...lot's happening down here...I had a class the other day with our old friend Marah Johnson, and she has agreed to return to AE for classes over the weekend of November 21-22,...very cool!!
Also, we have another teacher visiting at the beginning of November, Lynette Carroll. You can go to to check out Lynette's style. She has quite a following and is one of the featured teachers at the Creative Escape in Arizona at the end of August. Her classes here will be over the weekend of November 7-8. So, save the dates for these two great teachers!!
My favorite booths so far have been Graphic 45, Maya Road, Ranger, of course, Creative Imaginations, Nunn Designs, Little Yellow Bicycle, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Webster's Pages, Penny Black, Hambly, ...I could go on but it becoming very clear to me that I am spending waaaaaay too much money...
Here are a few pictures from the trip...will keep posting them for awhile, as I have taken about're patient, right???
Sizzix new die for a pop-up candle card, Maya Road mittens, and the newest colors in the Ranger Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel..Christmas red & green...Sweeeeeet!!

Wendy Vecchi's new book will be here shortly. It is filled with the samples you saw in the store when Stampers Anonymous was here, and there are lots of photos and is like a class just to look at it...very cool...great job, Wendy!!! The cardinal is a new image from Penny Black...

Stay tuned for updates!

Friday, July 24, 2009

I am off today to cool and quiet Orlando, Florida, for the CHA buying show. I will post updates, as best I can given my camera and computer expertise...(that is me lowering the bar!). I definitely have all the cords, chargers, connectors, etc...the question is, will I know what goes where???
Anyway, Halloween stuff is starting to arrive in the store...we have lots of the newest Martha Stewart punches and paper sets in now.
Also, all past holiday and Halloween stuff is on sale, 40% off...none of the new stuff is included in this sale, but I think that stands to reason...we are making room for the new stuff. But the good news is that the 40% off of the current selection is a great deal, and we have some neat papers and embellishments, especially if you have to make lots of copies and multiples of a the upcoming newsletter (which can also be viewed here after it comes out, thank you, Jazz! -my computer guru) for a special sale that will begin on Friday, July 31..think day-after-thanksgiving style stamps for $1, $2, $3...and more!

I will be repeating my Christmas Album-in-a-Day Class sometime in October or November, as well as the holiday shopping I will be planning those projects down at the show...I have done some pre-orders, and we have already received a bunch of the newest Prima flowers and papers...more new stuff may even arrive while I am gone...

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Quick Peek at the Stampers Anonymous and Art Gone Wild Set-up at AE

When a whole bunch of women, all of whom work at a rubber stamp store, day in, day out, start hyperventilating over a display of rubber stamps, it has got to be something special...that is the only way to describe my staff today as they looked into the our classroom ...we have been taken over by pod people, if by pod people you mean Ted & Michelle Cutts, owners of Art Gone Wild and Stampers Anonymous stamp companies.

We have replaced all the tables in the classroom with an entire other store...see photo below....notice how the staff is aleady fighting each other over the stamps...

We have lots of Tim Holtz' and Wendy Vecchi's samples form the Carson Rubber Stamp Show here, all made with the new images..and we have lots of Michelle's samples of her Art Gone Wild cards, waterfall cards, and spinning circle cards, as well as tiny books, and mini-boxes. Pictured below are some samples of the card you can make in tomorrow's class with Michelle, at 2 pm. Cost is $14. As you turn the circle on the left, the massage in the open window changes. As you can see in the right hand photo, there are a ton of samples with each set of stamps...

Here is the rack of the latest Tim Holtz images on wood mounts ...

and all the unmounted sets, which are on cling cushion, ready for your acrylic blocks...

We have many, many samples that were made last week by these two talented artists. The sample on the left is from one of Wendy Vecchi's new, is she a talented artist...and the photo on the right is a sample done by Tim...again great design..the heart is covered with Glossy Accents, too...Come in and see lots more samples!!!

We are open until 8 pm tonight...tomorrow we are open with this great show from 10-5 pm. Ted will do a class at 1 pm, for an hour, $16, and you get to choose a stamp to keep from a selection he will have for the class, as well as make a few tags, using different techniques. Michelle's spinning circle class, $14 is at 2 pm.

Honestly, I am not really sure I am going to let these guys leave. The classroom has never looked so good!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tim Holtz New Stamps

Here is a link to see the 13 new stamp sets that have just come out from Tim Holtz. All of these sets will be available here, as well as tons of their other stamps, this coming weekend, when Stampers Anonymous has their trunk show here at the store. Right now, they are showing the stamps for the first time at the Carson, CA convention, so I will probably not hear from Ted until after the weekend. So, I will let you all know the status of any classes that we are holding on Friday, July17, or Saturday, July 18.
Go to Tim's blog to see these very cool sets!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brand New Tim Holtz Stamps are coming here!!

Next weekend, on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, we will be hosting the owners of Stampers Anonymous, manufacturers of Tim Holtz' rubber stamp images, along with Wendy Vecchi's and Theresa Collins' stamps. They are Ted & Michelle Cutts, and they also own Art Gone Wild, Darcie's and Inky may have seen their booth at a stamp show sometime.
Well, now , they are doing a "private" show right here at AbsolutelyEverything. Ted will set up his booth right in our classroom. He will also be doing tons of demos, as may Michelle. We are trying to schedule a few classes for those days, and if we manage to do so, I will send out an e mail alert.
So, we will have all the new sets for these great artists, as well as all of their older images, in case you missed a few of them.
We will begin the event at noon in the store, as soon as we can get it all set up. The store will open at 10am as usual.
During this event (actually beginning on Tuesday, July 14)and for the rest of the week , we will also have all of our current Ranger products on sale for 20% off...this includes all the inks that Tim uses..and we just received a huge order from Ranger so we are well-stocked in everything!
Please join us and all the fun at this very excellent adventure, the Stampers Anonymous Trunk Show and Festival.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The winner is...

...comment #2, as done by the random organizer thanks to everyone for your class ideas, and congrats to..Tara G...please call us at the store to let us know if we need to mail the dvd or if you will be by to pick it up.

We have some great classes planned for the next few months, and I will definitely work some of these ideas into our schedule. Watch for the next give-away!