Thursday, August 30, 2012

Donna Downey is coming to Scrapdoodles!!!

We are thrilled to announce that Donna Downey is coming back to Scrapdoodles the weekend of August 31st, September 1 and 2nd! We hope the hurricaine will not be joining us this year :) Donna will teaching all new workshops for us!

Donna's weekend with us includes her amazing classes, an opportunity to buy exclusive product and an inspiring weekend with one of the industries most talented artists!

To register, payment must be made in full.*

Registration is OPEN!


Here is her itinerary:
Friday, August 31st
~ 6:30pm-9:30pm Vintage Chic NEW!

Saturday, September 1st
~ 9:30am-12pm The Big 4-0 (part 1) NEW!
~ 12pm-1:30pm Lunch
~ 1:30pm-4pm The Big 4-0 (part 2)
~ 6:30pm-8:30pm Speckled Nest NEW!

Sunday, September 2nd
~ 9:30am-12pm Inspiration Journal (part 1) NEW!
~ 12pm-1:30pm Lunch
~ 1:30pm-4pm Inspiration Journal (part 2)

Please see below for class descriptions with project pictures, pricing and including a detailed list of student supplies needed.

*Due to the limited amount of class space and high demand there will be no refunds after July 30, 2012.

Vintage Chic NEW!6x9 cardboard mini album: workshop duration 3 hours

this album is the perfect blend of shabby & chic. each cardboard page has been delicately edged in distressed inka-inka gold and dressed in a frayed swatch of soft muslin. the album is layered in burlaps, canvas, silk flowers, frames, a timepiece and my favorite part...a pair of soft feathery angels wings. the soft tone on tone color palette gives this book a truly romantic feel.

Supply List:
*craft mat
* 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
* Cropadile
* Vintage photo distress ink pad
* Foam blending tool
* 3-7 photos (optional and I printed my photos onto computer paper so I could crinkle some of them!)
* Gesso
* Paintbrush
* Paper towels
* Sandpaper (optional if you want to rough up the edges of your photos)
Friday, August 31
Class Fee $75

The BIG 4-0 New!
Building Mixed-Media Background

Over 40 tips, tricks, and techniques
5 Hour class (breaking for lunch)


Since I am now 40, I thought what better way to celebrate this new decade than by sharing my favorite top 40 tips, tricks and techniques for building better art journals and mixed-media backgrounds. Like all great things building a strong foundation or base for your ideas is important, mixed-media and art journaling are no different. This workshop is going to put all these ideas at your fingertips as you create your own personal reference book for mixed media backgrounds and techniques and fill the pages of your NEW art journal. Each student will receive and work in one of my newly released art journals. the journals heavyweight pages are perfect for layering, paints, inks, collages, PanPastels, paper, etc and I plan to do all that and more in this workshop!

We will build over 40 techniques and pages worth of ideas using several different wet and dry mediums filling one incredible idea book that will surely get your mind spinning with ideas!

Supply List

* Clear UTEE
* 5-7 of your favorite colors of acrylic paint
* White gesso
* Craft mat
* Masking tape
* Patterned paper scraps
* Versamark stamp pad (if you have one)
* Spray workable fixitif/spray fixative
* 3 toilet paper tubes
* India Ink - (black recommended but any color will work)
* 1" flat paintbrush
* Small detail paintbrush
* 1 foam brush
* Rag or towel for messes
* Apron
* Water container for brush
* HEAT GUN *very important*
* Small spray bottle or mister for water
* Baby wipes
* Any stencils (if you have any. I will have several to share)

Saturday, 9:30am-12:00pm
Break for lunch then finish from 1:30pm-4pm
Class Fee: $70

Speckled Nest NEW! collaged canvas (8x10 canvas) 2 hours

In this fun, whimsical, collage/mixed-media workshop you will create an 8 x 10" piece of original art. in the 2 hours we will explore techniques in building layered backgrounds, learn about color and color placement, acrylic paint texture, linear building of shape and design, shading, 3-D paper sculpting and feature focus elements. keep it simple or let your imagination take you away...this workshop is designed to be both a great starting point for the beginner and a creative springboard for the experienced artist.

Student supplies:
* Turquoise acrylic paint (Golden fluid acrylic: cobalt teal suggested)
* Brown acrylic paint (Golden fluid acrylic: burnt umber suggested)
* Cream acrylic paint (Golden fluid acrylic: titan buff suggested)
* Paint brush (1" and small round brush suggested)
* Bubble wrap (optional)
* Rusty hinge and/or vintage photo distress ink pad
* Foam blending tool
* Portfolio water soluable oil pastels (optional)
* Spray water bottle
* Heat gun
* Scissors
* Tissue paper or sewing pattern tissue and gel medium (optional)
* 450 quick dry adhesive or quick dry adhesive

Saturday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Class Fee $50


Inspiration Journal: Layered Composition New! mixed media/art journaling 5 hours (breaking for lunch)

if you have taken your first steps into art journaling (inspiration journal: Creating a visual diary) and/or are looking to take your pages to the next level, this is the workshop for you. learn more about building layers using mediums, stencils, india inks, acrylic paints, watercolors, papers, tapes and more...

art is about pushing the boundaries and making a statement. this workshop is designed to empower you to listen to your creative instincts and teach you how to layer color, texture and your artistic personality into your journal pages.

you will also learn a tips and techniques about freehand drawing, adding details as well as composition and balance

Student supplies:
*heat tool
*craft mat
*assorted acrylic paint colors
*assorted paint brushes
*(recommend to have a 1" flat brush)
*favorite/assorted stamps
* white gesso
* gel medium
* quick dry adhesive
* black permanent ink pad (stazon or archival)
* masking tape and/or decorative tapes
* oil pastels (if you have them)
* old magazines to cut up and use for collage
* fabric and paper scraps
* charcoal pencil (if you have one)
* a book that can be torn up and used for book text
* baby wipes,
* old towel or rag
* heat gun
* water cup
* spray bottle
* apron we will get messy

Sunday, 9:30am-12pm (break for lunch)
1:30pm-4pm finish
Class Fee $80

Looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Design Team Wednesday - Harvest Lane

Lucky Me! Simple Stories is quickly becoming one of my favorite paper companies.  I first discovered them in the Scrapdoodles yard sale (thank you mystery person who discarded that yummy paper for next to nothing!).  Then, when I went into Scrapdoodles to pick up some goodies for Design Team, I was told to look at the new fall line, Harvest Lane, from Simple Stories.  Hot diggity dog!  I LOVE these rich colors, distressed feel, and how easy it is to put together layouts and projects with this coordinating line. My mini came together in no time as did this simple layout.  On this layout, the only non-Simple Stories elements are my photos, a metal bracket and brads (Stampin'Up) and some white thread.  It's fun to layer the coordinating elements.  I really, really, really love the little words and images on the sticker sheet and added some dimension to my cluster by backing a few pieces with foam tape.
This line is full of small and large elements that are perfect for layering, which inspired my layered mini album.  I designed it with pages that flip open to reveal more photos and more of the paper's sweet elements.  I love the little bingo cards!
Open once,

Open twice,

and flip open again!
Want to see that again?

Open once,

Open twice,

And flip open again!

Simple Stories is new and stocked at the store.  There are tons more inspirational ideas on their blog, Simple Stories.  My layout and mini album will be in the store for you to see, too.  You'll want to check it out in person :).  I may just have to go back to Scrapdoodles and pick up more of this line...and maybe check out their Christmas line, too.  Happy Scrappin'!  ~Karen

Thursday, August 23, 2012

NEW! Some Odd Girl Stamps!

New in the store are "Some Odd Girl Stamps". They are fun and one of a kind stamps with a slightly "odd" style. Cute critters, elegant Nouveau Girls and sweet characters that you can enjoy stamping and coloring over and over!

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

My favorite products of the week are the We R Memory Keeper's Lucky 8 punches. When I first saw them I thought: 1) they are pricey, and 2) I have an electronic die-cut machine. Well - as to the first - I love that I can take any (and many) ordinary papers or cardstock and make it into a die-cut paper, which normally cost up to $2.00 per sheet! and for the second - they are SO quick and easy to use - I can just grab my lucky 8 punch and I'm done - no finding the right cartridge or designing/searching for the right shape/edge on my computer! I love their versatility and how easy they are to use!!! ~ Michele

NEW from Simple Stories!

New! Simple Stories "Harvest Lane"

New! Simple Stories "Handmade Holiday"

Monday, August 20, 2012

New! PanPastels!

Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels

PanPastel Colors are professional grade soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like) so that they can be mixed and applied like paint. They are very low dust for a cleaner working environment.

All 80 PanPastel Colors (we brought in some open stock and some in towers but not all 80 colors) are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers resulting in rich, ultra soft and low dust formulations.

Only professional artists’ grade pigments are used for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable.

Each pan contains 40%* more material than the average pastel stick, and yields approx. 4-5 times more coverage than sticks.

Anyone attending the Big 4-0 and Inspiration Journal with Donna Downey will get to play with the PanPastels.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New from Ranger, Ink!

Stickles™ Dry Glitter

The same quality glitter in our Glitter Glue, loose in 3/4 oz. jars. Stickles Glitter is ideal to use with the new Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Wonder Tape or with other adhesives. Expand your glitter options into fabric, home decor and more. Available in our top 24 colors.

• 24 colors in 3/4 oz (21.2g) jars
• Use with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
• Use with Inkssentials Wonder Tape
• Acid free, non-toxic

Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter in Clear Rock Candy - loose glitter in the same fine quality that has been popular in Distress Stickles Glitter Glue. Clear Rock Candy Glitter has the unique combination of variegated glitter sizes to complement the nostalgic palette of Distress Products. Available in a 60 gram jar with large projects in mind, such as home decor, holiday decorations and mixed media arts and crafts. Works well with the new Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Wonder Tape, or with other adhesives.

• Acid free, non-toxic.
• 60 gram jar
• Unique variegated glitter size

Emboss It™ Dabber

The new Emboss It™ Dabber is filled with our high-quality embossing ink in a convenient dabber top bottle. The Emboss It™ Dabber is great for quickly and easily inking large stamps and surfaces.

• Built-in dabber top
• Convenient inking on large surfaces
• 1 fl. oz. bottle
• Acid free, non-toxic

Tim Holtz® Distress Stains™

Distress Stains are fluid water-based dyes for papers and other porous surfaces. Use for quick and easy ink coverage for backgrounds and larger areas. Mist with water to lighten color and create mottled effects. Apply layers of stain to achieve more saturated color. Available in the entire Distress color palette, including Metallic shades.

The brushed nylon dabber top has a built-in spring valve. This allows for controlling the release of Distress Stains from the bottle. By pressing the dabber top down onto surface, the valve opens and fluid releases. Lift dabber away from surface to stop fluid flow. Spread Distress Stains by swiping the dabber top lightly as a brush across the surface.

Note: If Distress Stain project will be used outdoors, first seal with a weatherproof sealer.

• Acid free, non-toxic
• Fade-resistant dyes
• Dabber top with spring valve control
• Available in 1 fluid ounce bottles

Dylusions Stencils

Dylusions Stencils by Ranger Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley! Ranger has partnered with Crafter's Workshop to bring fine quality stencils to the Dyan Reaveley Dylusions brand. Dyan's unique, eclectic style comes through in the original artistic stencil designs she created. Available in a variety of designs, the stencils come in two sizes for flexibility in completing craft projects large and small: 9" x 12" and 5" x 8".

• Available in a variety of artistic designs
• All designs in 2 sizes: 9" x 12" and 5" x 8"
• Use with Dylusions Ink Sprays
• Use with Inks, Markers, Paints, Perfect Pearls and more

Dylusions Stamps

Creative stamps from Ranger Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley! All new Dylusions stamps and existing stamps are now part of the Ranger Dylusions brand

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

Employee Favorite Product of the Week

I love adhesive! I have every adhesive there is for every kind of project. However, I have been looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive tape runner to replace my Kokuyo Tape runner that is no longer available. At CHA this summer I tried various types of tape runners, ordered a few old favorites and then came across PLUS Adhesive. Oh my, this glue is smooth it comes out easy and does not require any pressure. You get entire strips of tape, not strings or partial pieces of tape. It adheres to ribbon directly from the dispenser. It is permanent and has a high tack. If you make a mistake, you can rub it off in the first minute or so. This glue comes in three widths: 3/16”, 1/4” and 1/3”. The smallest width is perfect for attaching those pesky little letters. They are 26 feet long and are only $3.49 each. Even better, the refill is $2.99 and can fit in any of the 3 dispensers. They are super easy to refill, just pop the used one out and pop in the new one! There is also a solid tape at 8.4 mm wide and 72 feet long! This dispenser is also easy to use and easy to refill. The applicator is $4.99 and the extra-long tape refill is only $2.99! Come take this tape for a roll! ~ Cheryl

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Take a look at the new Inky Antics Honey Pop!

We got new Halloween, Fall and Winter Stamps in with their matching honey pop! More pictures coming soon! The stamps in the video are older stamps (that we did not receive) used to show you what honey pop can do.

Design Team Wednesday

It's that time of year to start shopping for school clothes and supplies.  I had the cutest idea when I saw the wooden box in a local craft store. I wanted to create a cute box that the kids could take their school supplies in!

For the first project I painted the box, with acrylic paints to match the Imaginisce school paper.  Next, I used Vintage Photo Distressing Ink to age the sides of the box.  I wanted to create custom charms so I used Tim Holtz's Token charms and Fragments.  The techniques I used to make them can be found in Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities Book I.  There are so many cool techniques in both his books.  It's helpful for when you get caught in a rut.

I made a little card to give to the teacher on the first day.  It's a nice gesture to introduce yourself and your child.  Also gives you and opportunity to let her know what you can do to help in the classroom.  The stack of pencils is a cute little gift to give to her.

My next project was a layout for school pictures.  I used Pink Paislee's Old School paper and doodads.  I made my own embellishments using the Silhouette Cameo to create the gears.  I inked some, stickles some and embossed others.

I hope I have inspired you to create something beautiful and fun!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Employee Favorite Product of the Week!

For months I had been eying the Bazzill brad jackets at Scrapdoodles and knew I had to have them but was unsure of where I would use them. That was, until I discovered the Ranger Melting Pot and decided to search YouTube to learn just how versatile this product really is! After watching lots of videos, I knew it was something I had to have. First, I purchased the Melting Pot and clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) to melt. I also got the primary color pack of Heat It ink dies and the Mold-and-Pour mold making set. And I finally got those Bazzill brad jackets!

Off I went, making molds, finding cookie cutters, and mixing colors to see what I came up with. I made molds of the three brad jackets and was able to match them perfectly to my layout using Clear UTEE and just a small drop of blue Heat It ink. I was thrilled with how this color resembled the ice cold glacier waters of Glacier Bay.

But I could not stop with the brad jackets. I used the heart shaped cookie cutter to make another beautiful, super easy embellishment to accent my journaling black. Finally, I topped it off with a beautiful glass-like butterfly made of a mold I crafted with a wooden Studio Calico butterfly shape.
I hope you can find the time to check out this great product and learn all the endless possibilities!
Jennie McMenemy

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

Happy Wednesday and Hello, to all you creative people out there in blogland.  
Lisa here to share a project I just finished and totally love.  Have you all seen the Basic Grey "Samplers" design boards??? OMGosh... so cool. They are printed canvases that have been stretched and ready for your imagination. Why didn't I think of this? 

On the sample of the "Sampler" I made, I went a bit too crazy with my Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Glams. So much so I thought I might have destroyed it. But I discovered something cool. I took my canvas to the kitchen sink and with the assistance of some "Dawn" dishwashing soap I washed off some of that color. After rinsing my canvas, it was totally soaked. So outside into the sun it went to dry. What an awesome "worn" antique finish it ended up having. Nice and faded... the way I wanted it to look when I started. Using several shades of Glimmer Glam (and even some Chalkboard paint from Tattered Angels) and a small paintbrush I added some darker color to the printed design areas. Then I broke out the silver Sharpie paint pen to color in all the "viney" area.

Being a fan of all things "vintage," I have a collection of old, grey mother of pearl buttons. Love them... and I knew they were just the right size to be featured on the "Sampler." Of course, knowing me and my desire to want to keep adding more and more texture and depth, I had to cut some circles to layer under those buttons. I used a mix with some of Prima Marketing's "Almanac" collection and some of Kaisercraft's "Tigerlily" collection. The butterflies are cut out from the two collections of papers as well. All together I love the look of this "Sampler" as it hangs on the wall in my bedroom.

As always, I hope this has inspired you to try something new... and to realize even if you think you've gone TOO far and ruined something.  That there are "No mistakes in art, just opportunities to embellish." Until next time... Keep creating!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Employee Favorite Product of the Month!

I’ve been scrapbooking for a few years, but must admit that I haven’t really stretched my creative muscles very much. In the past few months I’ve been learning about some amazing techniques and products from our talented customers and my fellow employees! My new favorite product is Glossy Accents. It is a clear, three-dimensional gloss medium. You can use it for various projects; scrapbook pages, stamped images, and home d├ęcor, just to name a few.

A few weeks ago, one of our customers mentioned a project that she was working on. I loved the idea so much that I decided to give it a try with my six year old daughter. She is in love with dinosaurs, and has a growing affection for jewelry. It’s not that easy to find dinosaur jewelry, let me tell you, so we decided to make our own.

I purchased a Creative Imaginations bracelet and some Glossy Accents from Scrapdoodles. We used some dinosaur paper we had left from her birthday party and some Modge Podge. We cut the paper to correspond to the size of each link in the bracelet, and used the Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the bracelet. We placed three coats of Modge Podge on each link, allowing time to dry between each coat. When the links had dried we applied the finishing touch, Glossy Accents. We applied a thick coat to one side of the links with a nylon brush and let it dry overnight. Then we repeated this step on the opposite side the next day. We were thrilled with the results.

The bracelet has a few flaws, but it is perfect in the eyes of my daughter who was able to customize her jewelry, and help make it. The Glossy Accents really make it shine, and they will help protect the bracelet, even in the midst of a dinosaur dig!

Please come into the store and check out this bracelet and some of the other beautiful examples of how you can use Glossy Accents to brighten up your scrapbook layouts, cards, and crafts.

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

design team wednesday

 Hello and happy Wednesday!
This is Becky and I'm here to share some cards I made with the October Afternoon 9-5 8x8 paper pack.

 I used my silhouette cameo to cut out my flower and leaf flourish for this card and then inked them up before I assembled the whole thing. I also used some distress ink to dye my seam binding ribbon that pretty turquoise color to match my project. :)

For this card i stamped my sentiment on a regular shipping tag and stuck it in the pretty glassine bag so you could also write a personal note on the tag and pull it out.

For this last card I cut my banners out with my silhouette and stamped the happy with an alphabet stamp after assembling everything. I used a regular label maker to spell out birthday to finish off the card.

thanks for stopping by and have a great day!