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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Designer Stickles are here!

You've been hearing a lot about the Designer Series Distress ™ Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger. There is a new collection of Distressed Stickles by Tim Holtz and Glitz by Suze Weinberg. According to Ranger, here are the benefits to these new Designer Stickles:

Designer Series Distress ™ Stickles Glitter Glue
Distress Stickles by Tim Holtz has a unique combination of variegated glitter sizes and a matte look to complement the nostalgic palette of Distress Products. Application of Distress Stickles provides a thicker, bolder application than traditional Stickles.

• Acid free, non-toxic
• Non-settling formula
• Premium quality glitter
• Signature Designer colors
• Convenient .5 fl. Oz. bottles with needlenose applicator

These new Distressed Stickles are fabulous! They are a little thicker than your favorite Stickles and it looks a little more like shattered glass. The tip of the bottle is bigger than the regular Stickles in order to accomodate the thicker consistency.

Designer Series Glitz Stickles Glitter Glue
Glitz Stickles by Suze Weinberg come in bright colors, are extra sparkly and add lots of bling to your projects.

• Acid free, non-toxic
• Non-settling formula
• Premium quality glitter
• Signature Glitz colors
• Convenient .5 fl. Oz. bottles with needlenose applicator

eclectic Paperie now has them all for you. We also have our famous "I Want It All" offers for those that need them all. These make great stocking stuffers for your stampin' friends. They also add that extra dimension and sparkle to your paper crafts. We do have all the colors in stock but these will go fast.

Have a great weekend! Hope lots of family, friends, and shopping fun is on your list.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Let the Year-End Sale Begin!

Let the Year End Sale Begin!
20% to 50% off
Our year end sale has begun. We've marked down lots of items in most every category. From patterned paper, stamps and alterable items, you can grab some deals to help you stock up for those winter days. Here are some products that have been discounted:

  • Lizzie Anne stamps = 20% off Crafty Secrets = 20%
  • Clip-It-Up = 20% Kasier Crafts rhinestones and pearls = 20-%
  • Basic Grey Collections - 40% Crate Paper = 40%
  • Fancy Pants Designs papers and stamps = 40%
  • Daisy D's = 40% My Mind's Eye Holiday collections = 40%
  • Imaginisce Holiday stamps, papers and embellishments = 40%
  • Page Frame acrylics = 40%
  • Maya Road chipboard in tins = 40%
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists = 40% Basic Grey Holiday stamps, papers, and embellishments = 40%
  • Prima Flowers = 50% Paper Salon stamps = 50%
  • Technique Tuesday stamps = 50%
  • Bare Elements alterable items = 50%
  • Most Cuttlebug embossing folders and dies = 50%

Grab some coffee and go to to browse and shop. Quantities are limited and once these items are gone, they are sold out.

eclectic Paperie also has lots of Winter/Holiday stamps and papers and most are on sale. Make sure you check out them HERE.

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cocoa with Changito

A week from today is Thanksgiving and my family is very excited about Turkey today. My 7 year old daughter was promised that she can make the mashed potatoes this year so it's a big deal for her. It's great to see things through the eyes of kids.

The Christmas season gives us adults to be like kids again, doesn't it? We always need some Christmas spirit in our hearts. Anyways, here's one of my first Christmas cards for this year. Lovin' this Changito Cocoa stamp. It could be used throughout the winter. I thought that this Cup O' Cheer paper from the Imaginisce Snowy Jo collection with this stamp went together. The paper already has the shimmer on it. It is also double-sided. I added the Liquid Applique on Changito's Santa hat for more dimension. Easy card to mass produce for some special friends. Maybe a Starbucks gift card or come special mug with some hot chocolate packets would be good presents with this card.

Cheers! Daisy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Gift Tags

Happy November! Sorry I was gone way too long from blogging but I am back now and will promise to write and upload with frequency.

Here are my quick and easy Christmas tags that I quickly assembled. Just used some plain manila tags, some ink and my favorite blending tool. I am always intimated by some of the intricate stamp designs out there. How do you ink them up? How do you get the colors in all those places? So, I opted for the monochromatic look for simplicity and classic style. When you have to make a large quantity, it's also easier to work with just a few colors. Less is more, right?

I loved these new Tim Holtz Collection/Holiday 2008 stamps. The one I used here was the Santa Letter ATC size. It screams vintage and shabby. The velvet ric-rac was the perfect embellishment. I also added some Stickles for some sparkle and dimension. So, I made several dozens of these so that I have them ready to put on hostess gifts like bottles of wine, candy, candles and homemade goodies. With a little raffia, velvet or gingham ribbons, they will add that personal touch for my gift-giving this year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's okay to rock!

We've received many emails inquiring about the new Rock-a-Blocks by Crafter's Companion.  There was a lot of buzz about this new "must-have-tool" at Summer CHA.  Here are a couple reasons why:
  • It's way lighter than acrylic blocks(it's a good thing!);
  • It is curved and easy to use with any unmounted stamp;
  • It is great to use with larger and detailed stamps so that you can get an even impression every time;
  • "Rocking" will get you that perfect stamped image.
  • You want to "rock" the stamp.  
I had to try it out for myself to see what all the commotion was about.  It really surprised me how lightweight it was in comparison to the heavy acrylic blocks that we are used to.    We were all taught "not to rock" your stamp for fear of smudging and smearing your image. must rock with these blocks to get the perfect stamped image.  

You stick your stamp onto the block; ink it up with your chosen ink; and you literally "rock-it" to stamp your image.  There is a "lip"(aka. runners) on the edges of the block that will actually help you prevent marks that may "catch" to your paper.   It also serves as a "depth gauge to give you even pressure" when you stamp.

As you rock, you allow yourself to get an even stamped image.  I usually rock-it from bottom of the image to the top.  It is almost like you are putting your stamp on a rolling pin and you roll it onto your paper.  Ink it well and you will get an even impression.  I love it for larger and detailed stamps because you can really roll out your image without the stamp moving on you.  

Watch the video again to see that it is really okay to rock the stamp.  When you get yours, invite your friends over so you can all try it and ROCK the night away!

This new product originated in the United Kingdom and became very popular in a short amount of time.  I am going to note that the instructions suggest that you use a "Stick and Spray" adhesive to keep it tacky.  BUT, the Stick and Spray adhesive that the company(Crafter's Companion) makes to go with the Rock-a-Blocks is not yet available here in the States.  However, can use the Tack 'n Peel(Tsukineko) as an alternative to ensuring that you block is tacky again.  

Friday, August 8, 2008

New eP exclusive Stamp set

Woo-hoo! Here it is! Merry Muffins is the new Stampendous stamp set that is only available at eclectic Paperie. You can only get it HERE and it's perfect for any occasion, especially the upcoming fall and winter holidays. We also have an eP bundle called "Merry Mix" that includes the Merry Muffin plus some fun products to help you embellish the bits and pieces in this stamp set.

When I first saw this stamp set, I quickly thought of how muffins are such a great gift idea for the fall and winter holidays. All those yummy flavors like cinnamon spice and blueberry muffins sound so good with a cup of coffee in the morning or mid-day snack. I had this idea to make some quick and easy hostess-type gifts using the Merry Muffins stamp set.

I cheated for the sake of time and bought a packaged blueberry mix at the grocery store. Grabbing a quart acrylic paint can(Stampendous), I took a baggie and emptied the contents of the blueberry mix into the baggie and then put that into the paint can. The packaging was cute enough so I also cut out the directions and slipped it into the can.

Adding some baking cups and some flavored tea to the paint can filled it up for a fun gift giving package. I was now ready to make a simple tag to attach to the paint can.

I went ahead and stamped a bunch of images so I could use them later. Merry Muffins has lots of bits and pieces so combination are endless. Paper piecing added some color and dimension to the image. I even added a little paper piece(Tickle Dot paper by Daisy D's) to the chick's little cone hat. That Quickie Glue pen is perfect for getting adhesive in those small and tight spaces.

The chick was screaming to be flocked so I reached for the Quickie Glue pen again and applied the Sunshiny Yellow Fun Flock for texture. I also used my acrylic block to help press down and make sure that I put all the fun flock onto the area that needed it. I cut it all out, added some Dimensionals and stuck it to the one of the manila tags that I always have lying around for last minute projects. I think that tag also added to the charm of the gift package.

Can't see all those "jar in a mix" recipes in these paint cans instead of the traditional jelly jar? HERE's a site I found that has all sorts of mixes you can make for your holifays gifts. This stamp set can also compliment those fun kraft bags abd gable boxes that you may use for your holiday baking godies. Whether it is muffins, cupcakes or other sweet treats, you'll want to reach for the versatile Merry Muffins stamp set to coordinate with your paper crafts.

"Feed Your Creativity" at eclectic Paperie!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

CHA Day 3: The Final Chapter

Happy August!

Sorry this is so late. You have kept us all busy filling your new Cuttlebug embossing folder orders. I also went on a 3 day weekend with my family and then I spent all last week as a leader for my daughter's VBS week. I'll have to share those highlights in another post. Anyways, here are some final photos of our last day at CHA Chicago. Day 3 is always fun since we usually place most of our orders that day. We get to sit an chat with our vendors who have now become our friends, too.

We'll have exiciting news this week in our newsletter so be sure that you are signed up to receive it. You can sign up on the store homepage.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CHA Day 2 - Vol 2

More photos and highlights of great new products that we saw on the CHA floor. We already have some of the new Inky Antics stamps. Stampers Anonymous ATC-sized stamps are waiting to be uploaded so they will be available to you. We will be getting some of the new Stickles in since we know you love those. We ordered all the new Fancy Pants papers and new-sized stamps, too.



Sunday, July 20, 2008

CHA Day 2, Vol 1

How fun was today! We saw lots of new products and visited with many manufacturers that were new to us. We took many photos to share with you so we'll have to do them in small installments so you can enjoy. Check out the new Changito line being released by Stampendous. These will be available through eclectic Paperie by late this week.

Daisy & Joy

Saturday, July 19, 2008

CHA - Our First Day Highlights

Whew...we survived our first day yesterday. Meeting up with lots of vendors and seeing many familiar faces on the CHA floor made it for a memorable first day. We ended the day with many SCS friends at a special gathering hosted by the Splitcoaststampers team(Thank you!!!). We then went on to share a lively dinner at Harry Carey's with dear friends. We took lots of photos of many great new products. Click on the video to view just a few samplings of new products from Tattered Angels, My Mind's Eye, Carla Cutter and Core'-dinations.

Daisy & Joy

PS...I just logged onto Samantha's(Daisy's daughter) blog and found out what happens when I'm away from the store. must visit to see.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Glimmer Mist to the Rescue

Samantha promised to "make" the guest book for my cousin's wedding. She really wanted to make a special one since she is very close to the bride. Samantha was the Junior Bridesmaid so we used her dress as inspiration.

We stumbled upon this beautiful white lace guest book at Michaels. It was very simple and pristine white. It was a Martha Stewart product and would be the perfect starting point to personalize a special wedding guest book. First she decided that some Glimmer Mist would do the trick to add some color and shimmer to the plain white guest book. Choosing Pineapple Glimmer Mist for some color and contrast, Samantha inserted a piece of paper between the book and the paper lace cover. With a light hand and several quick mists, she had the glimmer and intensity she wanted. Samantha than chose a matching purple cardstock to insert between the book and lace cover. Some matching satin ribbon, a little bling(Kaiser Rhinestones) here and there, and voila'....a very pretty wedding guest book that matched the wedding colors/motif chosen by the bride.

It is very hard to photograph the shimmer and subtle shine that Glimmer Mist will give a project. Just know that a little goes a long way and sometimes, that is all you need to add a little "wow" to your paper crafts. We really love how the Glimmer Mist is water-based and acid free. The liquid itself is tinted so that the Glimmer Mist will "dye" any paper with a fine mist. This guest book did start off pristine white.

A beautiful bride, a loving groom and a fun wedding party filled with family, friends and memories. Many blessings to Cathy & Ray! Cheers!

"Feed your Creativity"

Monday, June 16, 2008

U Da Man!

Congratulations to SMILYNSTEF who wins the Crafty Secrets Lil' Chef stamp set. She shared her quirky and fun "family tradition": We always have an extreme croquet game on Thanksgiving ... even if there is snow on the ground. How fun is that and what great memories for your family.

Here's an oldie but masculine card I pulled out of my Stampin' Up! archive. I love that little frog.

Hope you all had a great father's day weekend. Summer is here!

Have a great day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday the 13th!

It started a several years ago when my oldest daughter asked about "Friday the 13th." "What's the big deal?" she asked. So, we answered by creating a "Friday the 13th" family tradition. At the Sparks house, we now have a monthly family tradition on the 13th day of each month. My family knows that we have "breakfast for dinner" when it's the 13th of each month. When the 13th actually falls on a Friday, then we go out to "breakfast for dinner" to either IHOP or Denny's...make it extra special. It's our one day a month where we all know for sure that we will get to eat together and we know what is planned for dinner. It's quick, easy so the kids can help cook and yummy, too.

Speaking of cooking, I thought I would share this card design by our friend, Pam Hooten. The stamp set is a new Crafty Secrets release called, Little Chef.

Be creative and fun when coming up with some special family traditions for your particular clan. It's some of these little things that your kids grow up to remember.

Do you have a quirky family tradition to share? Share your "not-so-traditional" family tradition and we'll draw an entry at random. Random winner will win the Little Chef Crafty Secrets stamp set plus some other surprises. Winner will be announced on Father's Day, June 15th.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Feed Your Creativity!

Sorry it's been way too long since my last post. So, here I am trying to make up with a fun entry that really "Feeds Your Creativity".

My friend, Flo, owns and operates an online store( that sells handmade jams and jellies. They are oh-so-yummy. Flo and I were talking about how her jams and jellies would make great gifts this time of year for dads, teachers and hostess gifts for those summer picnics and parties. We talked about how to package the cute jelly jars for these different occasions so here is what we came up with.

This first set of photos is the small jelly jar that fit perfectly into the Acrylic Paint Cans. How cute is this to give as a hostess gift or a thank you gift for a teacher or special

I used the Doodlebug Paper frills to wrap around the paint can. I also reached for the new KaiserCraft embellisments. These flowers have no middle piece so you get to choose how to fill the empty flower you want pearl or rhinestones. Love that option!

Next came another idea that we thought would be fun to take as a hostess gift for those Memorial Day invites you receive or any other picnic and/or party this summer. Jams and jellies won't melt in the heat. They are yummy poured over a brick of cream cheese and then spread onto your favorite crackers. The jams and jellies could also serve as a fun Father's Day gift. I used the round coasters to create a secure bottom for the cello wrap. I painted the coaster withe Ranger Crackle Paint and ran some Distress Ink over the paint for a little masculine feel. I also choose the Changito BBQ stamp and used the Copic Markers to color in the image.

Finally, we talked about how these jelly jars could be a very unique and fun alternative to those traditional wedding favors. Flo wrapped it up in tulle and I reached for the CuttleBug Textile Hearts to create a simple and elegant tag for the jelly wrapped creation.

I love the Cuttlebug Combo. Think of it as a 2-step process. You have the die to cut the shape; then you have the coordinating embossing folder to add texture to the shape. I started with the Cryogen Poison Ivory cardstock. The shimmer and color of this cardstock is appropriate for any wedding project. After cutting and embossing , I used some VersaMagic Dew Drop ino to rub on top of the scroll design for even more dimension.

Check out Flo's jams and jellies at There are lots of flavors to choose from. eclectic Paperie has a variety of Cuttlebug Combo designs so come visit and look around.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 2, 2008

New Crafty Secrets Have Arrived

We have received lots of email requesting the new Craft Secrets stamp sets that were release at Winter CHA. They are here and have arrived into the eP product mix. They are gorgeous and calling out to be colored with your Copic Markers or favorite coloring tools. They are a "must have" for all vintage and shabby-chic lovers.

Here are photos form the Craft Secrets booth from Winter CHA. Their displays are always so beautiful and loaded with pretty projects submitted by their design team. You walk away with lots of inspiration. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Lizzie Anne Designs Stamps

We were very excited to visit the Lizzie Anne Design booth at CHA back in February. They had some gorgeous samples from their talented Design Team members displayed in their booth. The creative cards and projects really give you an idea as to the whimsical designs of the Lizzie Anne Design stamps. They will inspire you to get out your favorite coloring tools and create some special cards and paper crafts for special people in your lives.

These stamps are red unmounted rubber. They come in clear CD cases. If you've been wanting to try unmounted stamps but love the red rubber, than Lizzie Anne Design stamps are the way to try the unmounted stamp rage. The images are diverse in choice and very detailed.

eclectic Paperie just received some of the new Lizzie Anne Stamp Designs stamps - stamp sets and Simply Singles, too. I am sure you will find one(or maybe two, or three, or more) that you will have to have.

I kindly asked if I could take photos to share on the eP blog. Here are more projects from the Lizzie Anne Designs booth from Winter CHA(Feb 2008):