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Thursday, January 18, 2018

BRAND NEW FOR 2018

HELLO my friends...
YIKES...there are cobwebs on this blog...

I had planned to try Facebook live for this release, but my brother has had some major health issues & is having surgery today...
 I thought I better get this typed up & ready for you...
EDIT...7am today...
because of his labwork, he got postponed until next THURSDAY...


I will do my best to get videos done at Creativation, 
to give you a better look at these new products...

I'll also put up mini videos on Instagram & Facebook, so be sure to follow me to see them...

I have PLENTY to share today...
I'll be sharing my new Ranger release and below that
my NEW stampers anonymous products...

Lets start with NEW Ranger products...
I've included the press release with all the details below...

for the stampers anonymous release, I'll have a link for you to see the entire catalog, which has a ton of samples...
that will be toward the end of the post...

Ranger is first!

most products are shipping after the show...
the apron & cardstock ship early February...
so yippee...no long wait!

FINALLY...
we have 6 GORGEOUS new archival colors 
to add to my signature palette...

wait 'til you see these guys in person...
they are seriously
MUCH more beautiful 
than the labels show...

these are the perfect compliments 
to the Archival inks we already have...

meet

POPPY
PRICKLY PEAR
PEAT MOSS
BLUEBIRD
THISTLE
and finally another brown...

ACORN!

I am IN SERIOUS LOVE 
with these new colors...

next up...


we heard loud & clear 
that everyone LOVES the mini Archival pads...
so...
I'm HAPPY to share that
we have 2 new sets of current colors!
these guys are super convenient & 
CUTE, aren't they?

tuck a blending foam in the bottom, 
pop them into the storage tin & you're ready to go...


next up...

new wendy vecchi

PERFECT CARDSTOCK...

hold onto your hats!

why PERFECT?
because it IS!

since archival & distress are both translucent inks, 
the base color of the surface you use,
influences the FINAL color you see...

that's why I wanted PERFECT WHITE cardstock...
to show the TRUE beautiful ink colors...

and because I LOVE 
my watering can Archival ink so much...
I think that influenced me to want a
 nice neutral PERFECT GREY cardstock...
the grey can be used for classy or fun, funky cards...
I LOVE IT!

both the PERFECT WHITE 
and
PERFECT GREY
come as folded cards and are also sold as single panels...

trust me...
it's PERFECT!
it's 80 pounds, so it's PERFECT for adding multiple layers, 
without creating too much bulk for mailing...

stamped images are PERFECT, 
because the cardstock is super smooth...
stenciling is perfect...
inks blend very well on them...
they emboss well...
and...
they are both
GREAT for inky techniques...
just what I LOVE...


now when making art, 
cards, mixed media, scrapbooks and more...
we 
NEED
 THE
PERFECT CARD ADHESIVE...

if you LOVED Glue N Seal...
this quite possibly may be a tiny bit better!
I am over the moon HAPPY to have 

PERFECT CARD ADHESIVE...

it's a nice 2 ounce bottle with a fine tip...
it has a great price...
it's fluid, so the adhesive easily flows to the tip, 
no killing your hand trying to shake it down...

and what you don't see is what is the best...
no wrinkles!

I have used it to glue super fragile vintage papers 
with no bubbling or warping...
things like really old book pages...
it's fabulous!

use it right from the bottle or 
if you're working on a large piece,
(like an art journal cover)
 I spread the PERFECT CARD ADHESIVE with 
the distress collage medium brush...
it works great!

quite frankly...
it IS PERFECT!

oh yes...

I too designed an apron...
 to keep us tidy during our art making sessions...
I HAD to include my usual tag line...
MAKE ART!



I hate to say that I saved 
the BEST  Ranger release 
for the last...

B U T...

I am SO SUPER EXCITED 
about this next product...

this is something that I have lobbied for, 
for about 2 years...
this is a simple tool, but TRUST ME...
use it just once & you'll LOVE it...

I have wanted a way to add shading 
to stamped/stenciled images...
the round blending tool is awesome,
 but sometimes it is just too large...

introducing...

DETAIL BLENDING TOOLS...

you won't believe the difference
 these WILL make in your art...

I'll be showing many examples
 where I have used them & 
showing when I have not...

what you'll see is a 
HUGE AMAZING DIFFERENCE...
we now can add
more depth...
more interest...
I'm seriously thrilled!

they come in a handy 5 pack...
they have blending foam on each end...
and the price is great...

after getting my prototypes,
I soon realized that I was reaching for them 
for stenciling small areas...

so that makes them MORE useful than I even planned!
win...win!

the DETAIL BLENDING TOOLS
really make masking less necessary...
because they are small, 
you can see exactly where you're adding ink...

I spend way less time masking off areas of my stencils...

I waited 2 years...
not patiently! lol!

BUT...
they were worth the wait to get them PERFECT!

they are the perfect compliment
 to the round blending tool...
and it's cool that we now have a 
Ranger ANTI-STATIC Pouch 
to use with embossing powders...
this makes all the difference in the world...
it keeps embossing powders only where you want them...

it's nice to de-stick over sticky tapes & stickers too...

I wish you could see how excited I am 
about these AWESOME NEW Ranger products...
I'm smiling LOTS!

OK...
now stampers anonymous...

shipping starts JANUARY 29th...
the guys have been working hard to get products ready for us!
so...no long wait!

my Stamp-it Stencil-its are hugely popular...
but this year we didn't do any...
WHAT???

instead, we made them even better!

I have an 
EXCITING CHANGE 
for three of the 6 new 
stamp sets...

3 of the new stamp sets now include a 
FULL PAGE STENCIL/MASK
included with the stamp set...


they have holes to be a perfect fit for the stamp binder...
 I put the coordinating stencil right behind the stamp set in the binder, so they're handy to use & organized...

these give us SO MANY creative OPTIONS...
I have joked that I wanted a stencil for  almost 
EVERY stamp...
here's the start!

and the best thing?
the sets WITH the full page stencil are only $2.00 more.
I think we got a really great deal from Ted!


you'll see exactly what they look like...
but here's a quick look...
I snipped the connecting points to release the heart MASK...





lets start with 
the first NEW stamp set...


SCS154 SPOTLIGHT ART... $19.95
this is a set that INCLUDES the stencil/mask for the bottom "spotlight" stamp...

this set is versatile!
use it as a sunrise...
use it as a moon...
use it as a snow globe...
use just a portion, coming down from the top, to create a sun...
I LOVE the little rays stamp
that can be stamped over the solid image or used alone...

from the bottom or from the top...
GOOD LUCK & you're a star
 are 2 small rubber stamp sentiments...

the coordinating stencil also includes
 a row of 5 stars in 2 different shapes...
and 4 stencil sentiments...




next is SCS155 ART FROM THE NEST...$17.95
no stencil page needed for this one...

I adore the LOVEBIRDS!
stamp one sitting in the nest...
so cute!

good card sentiments included...

I snipped the 3 flowers to make them individual...
you can do that or leave them as one stamp...

use them with the branch & they work well with another new set SCS157...




next is SCS156 NO RING ART $17.97
no stencil needed for this one...


I had multiple requests for a RETIREMENT stamp 
that could be used for guys or gals...
look closely at the clock...
the company is called
 The NO RING COMPANY...
hey...if you're retired, no alarm is needed!

lots of useful sentiments & a snarky one or two!

that little bouquet on the bottom is a fun one for markers...

the alarm clock has a coordinating mat mini set 
to create dimensional FUN...
ps...those LEGS are too funny!




next we have
SCS157 HELLO ART...$17.95
no stencil included...

YES! 
the mirror image of the bird from the fall release...
he's soooo cute!

there are so many ways to use this set...
the branch can be used for winter as is, 
or add some snow...
or add some leaves for spring/fall art...

stamp the branch in acorn or potting soil..
then add leaves in any color...
use flowers from the set SCS155...

I LOVE to use the individual leaves 
 with flowers we already have...

this set has good card sentiments too...

that little planter can hang from the branch...
anywhere!






this next set INCLUDES the full page stencil...
it's HEARTFELT ART SCS158...$19.95


this FULL PAGE stencil/mask also includes
 a stitching template for the heart!

so we have the heart stamp, 
the stencil, the mask & the stitching template!
multiple options...

we also included the stencils for the 2 flowers/leaves...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this set!

see that flower bottom right?
there is a matching mat mini flower that I'll show later...

the flower on the left is awesome to cut out & 
layer multiple times...
LOTS of samples coming...

see that bud sticking up under the ADORE YOU STAMP?
that tiny stencil area is PERFECT for using 
the DETAIL BLENDING TOOL...

I adore the sentiments on this set...

you'll see the stencil page that I showed earlier 
was designed for this set!



and the 6th set...

AGAIN...
I may have saved my most favorite set for last...

this INCLUDES the full stencil page...
it's BIRTHDAY ART SCS159...$19.95

there are also mat minis,
 that are a perfect fit for these 3 flowers...

you'll see so many samples using this set...
I had to hide it from myself!
I was reaching for it constantly...

look how cool!





now we move on to 
NEW individual background stamps...
there are 4 new guys...

the first 2 are NOTEPAD and OLD QUILT...

NOTEPAD makes an awesome card...
stamp it twice, cut it out, score the top of the top piece, 
glue them together at the top
 (PERFECT CARD ADHESIVE, of course!
and you have a really unique card shape, that fits in a standard envelope...

OLD QUILT is something I sketched 
after we saw an OLD QUILT at an antique store...
it was made from many types of clothing scraps...
nothing really coordinated, 
but I spotted the stitching that held it all together...
easy to see that it was made with love...

it was very worn & fragile,
 but the stitches kept it intact...

that was the inspiration for 
the OLD QUILT background...

I use it whole, 
I use it as a one row border & 
I cut the individual squares & piece them back together...
turn them 90 degrees to create diamonds...
super FUN!

OLD QUILT
 is a fun one to use with the mini archival or distress pads...
the minis make it easy to add multiple colors...

meet  NOTEPAD & OLD QUILT...

the next 2 single backgrounds are 
COUNTRY GINGHAM and OPEN DOTS...
Country Gingham is a bring back from an old set,
so you might already have that...
it's from the old large set LCS009...
check before you rebuy it...

 we brought it back as a single background...
GINGHAM never goes out of style...


OPEN DOTS...LOVE IT...
if it's polka dots, I NEED it!
this is a great background...

use it whole, use it as a template for enamel accents,
 use it to stamp over mat mini pieces, 
use it as a stitching template and
 as a template for perfect placement of brads! 

OPEN DOTS looks great inked or embossed too...



next we have 2 really cool & useful
stencil-it MASK-its...

we have a circle frame and an oval frame...
just a quick snip at the connecting points & you release the mask...
the circle & oval both have a large opening (stencil area)
 to fit card fronts...
 they have the removable ring & the solid mask...
so it's a 3 part stencil/mask...
the 3 parts gives us 2 sizes of circles & ovals when you add the ring...
very USEFUL!

the stencil-it mask-it allows us to stamp the main image,
 mask it off, then add the background later, while the image is protected...

here's the circle...



and the oval...








and lastly...
 I LOVE my 

MAT MINIS...
sooo soooo much!

it's been SO MUCH FUN making samples...

first up is mat mini WORDS...

there are 2 sheets in the package...
the words included are

HOME

HEY

LOVE (small size)

LOVE (larger)

YOU...

and HAPPY...
perfect for the mat mini cupcakes & cake we already have...
and the GET MUGGED mat minis!

these WORDS are fun for cards &
 mixed media stuff too...

they mail well...




next we have...
TIMEPIECES...

there are 2 sheets of alarm clocks & pocket watches...
they are perfectly sized to fit the clock from SCS156...

just ink the stamp & press the mat mini onto the inked stamp, 
to add all the detail...

you can see the alarm clock below...
the pocket watch is the same, minus the little legs...
so the stamp works for both!

these are so much fun for mini collages or
 a simple card...




and the last mat mini...
there are 2 sheets in the package...

FRESH FLOWERS & LEAVES...
these coordinate with the flowers
 on SCS159 & the flower on SCS158...

the sample you see on the package below shows 
the OLD QUILT background, 
the mat mini FRESH FLOWERS & LEAVES & 
LOVE is a mat mini WORD...


to see the entire catalog,
the link will take you right there...

I'll be waiting to hear your thoughts on my newest release...
talk to me!
what's your fav?

your fav store owners are in Phoenix shopping for YOU, 
so let them know what your MUST HAVES are...

from the bottom of my heart,
THANKS SO MUCH 
for your friendship and support...
I sincerely appreciate it...
if you can send good healing thoughts to my brother, I'd be eternally grateful...

wendy
ps...Phoenix or bust!

here's a quickie color swatch I made before leaving...

the 6 new colors are marked with a star...
















Friday, September 8, 2017

NEW Stampers Anonymous Release!

HAPPY FRIDAY...

I'm EXCITED to share my new stampers anonymous release today!

we had planned to release these new goodies at the Collin's event this weekend, 
but evil Irma had other plans...

I've been thinking of my friends to the south constantly and I hope Irma moves out to sea without causing major issues...

we've been to the islands many 25+ times and to think that Irma is hurting them & the residents is simply heartbreaking...

I'll be praying for ALL of you...
BE SAFE!

Ok...

I thought I'd share the flyer pages...
there you'll find examples of how I used the new products...

here's the direct link to stampers anonymous, where to can also view the pages...


please let your favorite stores know what you need & would like them to order...

they too are just getting the flyer now...

you can also order directly from 


I'll be doing mini videos to show close ups there...
and I'll do a GIVEAWAY too!

stay tuned on FACEBOOK over the weekend & I'll have a GIVEAWAY there too!

remember...
you can click on the photos to see them larger...

Here's the front cover...





we have 2 new stamp sets, 
one with a twist...

SCS152 is CAFE ART...
that lace stamp is SUPER pretty!
and 

SCS153 AUTUMN ART 
also includes a STENCIL!
I'll explain that later...
but at $1.00 more...
TED gave us a great deal!


next...
3  new BACKGROUND STAMPS...

LINEN...
taken right from a shirt I was wearing...

the DOODLE WREATH is ADORABLE and has the perfect spots to add Enamel Accents to create berries...
I like it stamped in Fern Green or Potting Soil...

and the 3rd new background is 
a REVERSING/TECHNIQUE background stamp...

it's a sheet of solid rubber with LOTS of possibilities...

I especially wanted this to use with mat minis...
I'll show you how very in a mini video on Instagram/Facebook...

I've use it with Dina's scribble sticks too...

it's a GREAT tool!

next we have 
2 new STAMP-IT STENCIL-IT's...

these are super fun...

SIMPLE REALITY and 
AUTURM HARVEST...

with these you get the stamp and the coordinating stencil in the same package...

we included the
 SELECT A SENTIMENT in the flyer,
so that you can see
that some of the new sentiments will
fit in the label area...
you'll see that example 
on the front cover...

there's a better sample of SIMPLE REALITY in the photo after this one...




next up is a new Stencil called 
WALLPAPER...

this is based on the wallpaper I remember from my grandmother's bedroom...
I think her's was stripes with tiny roses...
but I LOVE polka dots...

the stencil is simple stripes & dots 
that can be used to fill a background or 
use just one section as a border...

below is an example of the SIMPLE REALITY
stamp-it stencil-it...
that pretty yellow flower/leaves...


this next page has the new
INK PALLETE...
O M G...
it's simple, but EXACTLY what I needed...
and at $2.99 the bargain of the century!
it's a MUST HAVE...


sit down for this...


THE CUTEST MAT MINIS
E V E R!!!

we have GET MUGGED, which includes cups with saucers & a nice sized mug...
these are perfect for year round cards...
and these make GREAT guy cards too!

and MY MOST FAVORITE 

AUTUMN ESSENTIALS...

the most ADORABLE pumpkins...
there are 2 sizes and seriously you'll faint when you see the mat mini ACORNS in the set...

I smile every time I use them...

they coordinate with 
the acorn stamps from SCS 153...
just ink the stamp with JET BLACK & press the mat mini onto the inked stamp for perfect placement...

seriously, the detail in them is awesome!


and here's more samples from the back cover...


and here come more samples...

the mat mini mug got run thru the stripes embossing folder twice to create the plaid...

the stamped leaves?
hmmm...the leaf stamps are solid...

here's how to create them & change up the stamp...

ink the leaf stamp...
stamp over the inked stamp with a clean stamp...
I use the screen background...
that REMOVES the ink and leaves the pattern on the stamp...
then press the coordinating mat mini onto the inked stamp...
MAGIC!
it makes the ink color different & I'm LOVING this technique...

you'll see this in lots of samples...
a simple trick, but it really changes up the look of solid stamps...
use a different stamp each time...
super fun!



here's another example of that...
the cup and saucer from SCS152 are solid images and the cup was done the same way...

the NEW LINEN background, the herringbone background, the vintage mesh and the SCREEN background stamp are awesome for this technique, because they have small patterns...

I also used it on the leaves from the older set SCS137...
and gave them a new look...

combining older with new is what I LOVE...


the mat mini's can be inked, stamped, stenciled, embossed with embossing powder & run thru embossing folders for a MILLION possibilities...

since they are laser cut, they are the same on both sides...

that means the handle can be on the left or right, whichever orientation fits your design...

love that LACE stamp!



this next sample shows how to change the mug from SCS152 to a flowerpot...

stamp it...
cut it out, but chop off the handle & now it's a flowerpot...

and then it you chop off the section above the stripe, it shortens the pot, so now we have 2 perfectly sized coordinating pots!





here's an example
of the leaves stamped as a background to create my own paper...
the Potting Soil enamel accents make it pop!


now the INK PALETTE...
since distress and archival inks are translucent inks, when these are put on the craft sheet, you don't get to see the beautiful colors...
with the bright white INK PALETTE...
YOU DO!

you can watercolor right from the palette & see the exact color...



here I'm using my mini Archival pads...
and now I can mix a custom color & see exactly what it is...

if you use distress, the INK PALETTE will clean up with water...

if you use it with the archival inks, clean up is simple with rubbing alcohol or the new Archival stamp cleaner from Ranger...

I LOVE this thing...
it's 5 inches square, so it's designed to take up very little of your workspace...

it's laser cut from the same strong material that my stamps sets are stored on...

mine is always out, but I've added a second one to my stencil binder...
I used the crop-a-dile to punch a hole & it's a perfect fit...

Potting Soil & Garden Patina?
YES please!



so there are my newest babies...

I'll be waiting to hear YOUR FAVORITES!

sorry it's been so long since I've posted...
I'll try to be better...

but you can always find me on INSTAGRAM...

here's the link again to view the whole flyer...

BE SAFE MY FRIENDS!!

make art!
wendy