Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Products from Wendy Vecchi

Introducing three new Archival Ink and embossing powder colors from Wendy Vecchi's product line! The three new colors, a beautiful soft pink, Pink Peony, Tiger Lily, a vibrant orange, and Violet, a cool purple, are lovely spring colors that coordinate with Wendy's existing line of inks, powders, and re-inkers.

This week we're offering a bundle deal on the following:
Archival Ink Bundle Deal - This bundle includes the three new Archival Ink pads along with the three new re-inkers. This bundle is available for only $22.76...20% below retail!

Embossing Powder Bundle - This bundle include the three newest embossing powders for only $11.98.

We've also added the latest Ranger releases to the store...
Distress Micro Glaze- Micro Glaze is perfect for use on paper crafting projects, watercolors, and ink jet printing. It dries to a smudge resistant, waterproof finish.

 Distress Refresher - Distress Refresher rehydrates and conditions dry Distress Ink Pads, Markers, and Paints. Distress Refresher also works with other water-based ink and paint products as well.
DIY-Distress It Yourself Ink Pads - Blank palette for you to create your own custom Distress Ink blends with Distress Reinkers. Create your own custom color combinations and ombre effects. Brayer your unique combination onto the lid or with an ink blending tool!

DistressSprayer - The perfect Distress tool for creating spray effects with water. Spray over Distress Ink, Paint, Stain, and more to create water droplets and various sprayer effects. The sprayer locks for convenient storage and travel.

The rest of the Idea-ology release has been added to the store! I can't wait to get my hands on the new Mini Mason Jars and how many projects can be created using the Clip Carousel and Flip Frame?! Swoon! You can find all of the new products can be found at the top of the Idea-ology page.
Also this week, we have some fun new paper packs from Bo Bunny! This are great for the scrapbookers of you out there!
Limited supplies on these kits so grab 'em before they're gone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Be Kind

Hi folks!  I'm back with a project created for a paste Wendy Vecchi Make ART Challenge...using hearts.

I started my card by creating all of the individual pieces....(All of the images are from the My Kind of Art stamp set).  The pitcher is embossed with Cornflower Blue embossing powder; Gathered Twigs has been added to the edges.  The heart is a mix of Dina Wakley acrylic paint and Wendy's Crackle Paste.  (Isn't that crackle delish?!)  The flower was stamped twice and colored with watercolors.  I cut out one entire flower and then a portion of the second flower, to create multiple flower layers.  A button with twine finished the flower.

My card background is a piece of vintage book text, covered with a bit of Gathered Twigs ink and Wendy's tiny cross stencil.  I then layered a piece of designer paper, with an oval die cut, on top of the text paper and then added a black frame, created using two Spellbinder oval dies.  Each little scallop on the frame got a silver dot, thanks to a gel pen.  I also added Gathered Twigs over the edge of the entire card and added some faux stitching, from Wendy's Just Sew Artsy stamp set.  Finally, I added the sentiment and a star (from the Little Bits stencil).  Viola!  Hope you enjoyed today's card and be sure to check out Wendy's monthly Make ART Challenge blog!
PS - In other news...we have some guest designers scheduled to start posting each week in May so stay tuned for more weekly art projects!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

70% Off Sale!

No new bundle deals today, folks, I'm headed to The Collins Group retailer event this weekend!  Yippee!  Two full days for crafting, visiting with other store owners, designers, and my very favorite rep, and seeing new products.  I can't wait!!  

Today, we're announcing that we changed all of our Clearance item prices to a whopping 70% below retail pricing!  There's not much left so shop early!!  Items in the Clearance area will remain at the current price until everything is sold out!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Creating with Finnabair

Those of us who live in the northeast had quite a winter to deal with this year...In total, I believe we received over five feet of about three weeks time!  It was crazy!  At the beginning of those storms, our entire family came down with the flu.  This meant that we didn't leave the house, except one painful grocery store trip, in two weeks.  That left me with not only a lot of time to watch every movie we own, but I also had a lot of time to craft.

I spent one weekend looking through Finnabair's blog, somehow managing to never have done so until a few months ago.  I'm so in awe of her projects and one of them, utilizing black gesso and Inka Gold, really inspired me.

One of the things I think is so much fun is how Finnabair takes all of these different objects, all different colors and textures, and layers them on a canvas.  Then, just using gesso, she creates almost another blank canvas where you can add your color.

I started by applying a layer of Wendy Vecchi's crackle paste to a canvas board.  Once that layer was dry I added black gesso.  I didn't cover the entire canvas, just the area behind all of my embellies, because my plan was to add another layer of gesso over the entire piece once I was done gluing.  This just meant that I wouldn't have to struggle to get gesso into all of the nooks and crannies.  All of the items on my canvas were just random pieces I had laying around my studio...lots of left overs!

I used a hot glue gun to adhere all of the parts as I needed to make sure the pieces wouldn't fall off when I added the gesso.  Next...a good, heavy layer of black gesso went over every single inch of the canvas and baubles.  Covering the flowers and canvas takes some time and patience and may need more than one coat of gesso.
Once the gesso was dry, all I had to do was add a few shades of Inka Gold (this stuff is the bomb!).  I used a dry brush to apply the Inka Gold to the embellishments.  I didn't add much to the background, focusing mostly on the all of the textures.  
I'm giddy over those block letters from Tim Holtz...I also added a photo of my two munchkins to the inside of the metal flower.  (Most of these metal pieces are from Prima)  And here's the finished canvas...
(Check out all of that juicy crackling in the background...oh man, I love it!)  This was a super fun project, although a little time consuming as you need to wait for each layer to dry, but just perfect for a winter snowstorm.  I think I'll start saving up pieces for next winter...


Monday, April 6, 2015

Bundle Deals - Week of April 2

Egads...I meant to post these details on Friday, but Friday was a crazy day!  I don't think I sat down until it was almost time for sleep...So, without further delay, let me introduce you to this week's bundle deals!

It's time to announce the April addition to the Distress product line...FossilizedAmber!! (In love with this color!) We're kicking off this latest news with a bundle deal that includes all six of the new Distress products; paint, stain, spray, ink pad, re-inker, and marker. With all of our bundle deals...this package is discounted 20% from the retail price. Grab ALL six new products for only $24.36! Follow thislink to shop!

We also have two deals from Bo Bunny...Glitter Paste and Stickable Stencils!

The GlitterPaste comes in 10 beautiful colors, each containing iridescent laser glitters. Apply the paste using a brush or spatula, or apply with stencils. The adhesive dries transparent, only leaving behind a lovely shimmer! These pastes are excellent for emphasizing the patterns of decorated surfaces.

Stickable Stencils (SWOON!) - Not only do these 12x12 stencils work great on most smooth surfaces, but you can also use them on metal, wood, plastic, glass and canvas! They also work well on curved or flat surfaces. These stencils are repositionable so they can be used again and again. Use with sprays, paints, inks and chalks for great results! (With the stickable surface...I'm think I might need to stencil my living room walls!  Eight designs available!
We're offering both of these new products in bundles of 2 and 3...want more? Just order multiples of the 2-pack, for an even number of pastes/stencils, or a combination of 2- and 3-pack bundles for an odd number of pastes/stencils! Customize your bundle!
Bo Bunny has also released two darling wooden alphabet stamp sets (uppercase and lowercase) and I couldn't resist getting them for the store. I have become a huge fan of creating my own quotes in my art journals. I have two alphabet sets, just like these, and they have proven to be invaluable. I no longer have to go searching for the perfect quote...I can write anything! And the tall wooden "handle" makes printing super fast and easy! These are a must have for anyone's studio! (Oh, and these babies store in a cute wooden box!)
These retail for $12.99/set and we're offering them for $10.39.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Make a Wish

Hi folks!  I was so encouraged by the comments you left on last week's post.  Yeah!  I'm glad folks are still interested in seeing some art on this blog.  I'll do my best to share at least one project a week, along with posting our weekly bundle deals.

Today, I'm sharing a project I created last month for Wendy Vecchi's challenge blog, which I'm joyfully managing.  (You can check out all of the details here).  Last months challenge was to use stencils on our project, and boy, oh boy, did I use some stencils!  Grab your favorite cuppa and get cozy because today's post is a long one!  (Step-by-step!)
My project started with two pieces of gesso'd chipboard, Wendy's new Spotlight Frames and Mask, embossing paste, and brick stencil.  Using the brick stencil, I added embossing paste to my largest piece of chipboard.  On the smaller piece I knew that I wanted to create a cutout in the middle of the board...that's where the mask comes in handy!
 I placed the mask where I wanted it on my chipboard. 
 Then I layered the brick stencil on top of the mask and adding the embossing paste.
Once the mask was removed, I'm left with a perfectly clean opening!  Yeah!  (How do you like the green tint in my embossing paste?  That's what happens when you never clean your stencils...LOL!  No worries, this baby is getting a healthy dose of paint!)
Next came two rounds of paint...Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Paints.  Dab on and wipe around with a baby coverage ever!  (And I like a tiny hint of white showing chipped brick!)
Next...two rounds of Archival Ink..Potting Soil and Watering Can (I'm in love with Watering Can!) These were applied with an ink blending tool.
I used a graphite Stabilo pencil to add some shading to the window frame, Wendy's Mesh background stamp for inside the window, Vines background stamp for...well...vines on the outside of the window and the Little Bits stencil for the flowers.

Now here's where things get complicated...I started dinner, emailed Wendy and told her I had a creative block, cleaned the kitchen, got my kiddies in the shower, checked email, ran to the basement a few times to grab more products (yes, I shop from my own store...too frequently...LOL!), and finished my project...all without taking another photo!
Here's the finished piece!  I used Wendy's new Passion for Art stamp set for the face, and License Plate Art for the wish sentiment.  The bird is from the Vintage Floral stencil and the crown and glasses are both Blossom Bucket embellies.  The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch and are punched from some scraps I keep on hand for just such occasions.  I also added some stenciling, using the Classic Words stencil, to the background of my piece.  Oh, and I added a shelf!  You can thank Wendy for that idea...Isn't that fun!  Of course I'm not sure many queens (yes, she's gazing out on her kingdom) store their crowns on a window sill, but perhaps the crow will keep an eye out for thieves and scoundrels who are looking to steal a queen's jewels...

Be sure to check out the Make ART Challenge blog! Our next challenge will be posted on Thursday!  Enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015


Tap, this thing on?  Hello out there...I'm wondering if anyone is still following the eclectic Paperie blog.  If so, guess what?  We're still in business!!  We're now only online (hello, what was I thinking opening a brick and mortar store while trying to raise two children and run a household...right...), and the store format is a bit different, but we're still selling all of your favorite mixed media products.  Only now...they're all discounted 20%!  Yippee!

Going forward, I'm not sure how I'm going to utilize the blog, but for now I'm going to post our weekly specials and some of my art.  In the near future, I may look to add some guest designers.  (You interested in designing for a month?  Drop me a note at

So...let's get started with this week's deal!  This week we're offering a bundle deal that includes a brand new product from Wendy Vecchi...Newsprint paper!  The Newsprint paper is the perfect stamping surface...think vintage paper with the delicate antique book pages! 

Use Glue 'n Seal to attach the Newsprint to Clearly for Art, stamp images on Newsprint, color, and cut out. Use a heat tool to soften the Clearly for Art and mold image into desired shape. Just think of all of the beautiful dimensional flowers you can create! The Newsprint is packaged as 50, 8.5" x 11" pieces.

This week's bundle deal includes one package of Newsprint, one package of Clearly for Art, and one jar (1 oz.) of Glue 'n Seal. All for the low, low price of $9.92!
That's not all...We're also offering a bundle deal on Ken Oliver's new Color Burst microfine watercolor powder (this stuff is amazing!) Ken's new powders come in six beautiful colors and our bundle deal includes all of the new colors, for only $'s like getting product
for free!  Both of these bundles have limited quantities so grab 'em before they're gone!
So if you haven't been by the store in a while, I hope that you stop by the store and check out the changes.  Be sure to read about the changes on our Policies page and as always, please feel free to drop me a line with any questions.

Thank you!!