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Holiday Card Swap Reveal

The annual Paper Anthology Christmas Card Swap is always a lot of fun, as well as an amazing source of inspiration. Still working on your own cards? Here are some awesome ideas to spur you on! Cards are in displayed in alphabetical order because there’s no way anyone could choose a “favorite”! ♥ (PS: Want to participate in next year’s swap? Subscribe to the newsletter so you’ll see the sign up –and all other special events– the minute they’re announced!)

Betty’s Card featuring Tim Holtz’s Snarky Cat Christmas

Duke’s Card
Elisabeth’s Card featuring Penny Black Artful Evergreens, Christmas Feeling and Vintage Postcard
Gail’s Card featuring Taylored Expressions’ Frosty Background Cling and Clear Combo and Winter Wishes Sentiments
June’s Card
Linda S’s Card featuring Spellbinders Cinch and Go Poinsettias
Sam’s Card
Wendy’s Card
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Customer Spotlight: Michelle DeSaro

We absolutely *LOVE* seeing what our friends are making, and during the Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary Celebration we were treated to a huge helping of incredible eye candy! (Visit the PA FaceBook Page and scroll back a bit to see for yourself!) Michelle DeSaro made some especially inspiring cards; including this amazing cross-stitched Christmas! (Because YES, she really did stamp, diecut and hand stitch that entire jaw-dropping A2-sized Taylored Expressions Buffalo Plaid background!)

This stunning autumnal card has it all: beautiful coloring, just the right amount of inking, and fabulous composition. (Just look at those Sunny Studios Pretty Pumpkins perfectly placed in the “V” of the pennant!)

How lovely is the soft hand-drawn effect attained with Art Impressions’ Watercolor Clay Pot Set? And then the card is finished with elegant details like the punched and rounded corners.

You really need to look at this lovely Christmas card to see how many elements have been cleverly layered: a two-color wreath with sentiment stamped on top; layered onto a doily, with a velvet bow; all of which perfectly match the softly patterned paper and coordinating cardstock, with inked and faux stitched edges.

The mice from Lawn Fawn’s A Creature Was Stirring set are always adorable, but Michelle has made them even cuter by coloring them perfectly and then added plenty of diecut accessories to surround the window on this super-sweet shaker card.

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NEW Class in a Kit: Homespun Holidays

This three card Class in a Kit is called Homespun Holidays and has a strong winter/seasonal theme, rather than focusing on a particular holiday. All of the stamping (the sentiments are Hero Arts’ Comfort and Joy Clear Stamps) and diecutting (including Sunny Studios’ Warm and Cozy set) has been done for you; and a detailed set of instructions, with individual photos of each card, is provided. You’ll need only basic cardmaking tools and a few adhesives to finish these three sweet and cozy cards. The hardest part might well be deciding which friends to send them to!

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Sparkle and Shimmer

This brand new Class in a Kit, Sparkle and Shimmer, is a 3 card class kit, A2 size, featuring the amazing cosmic shimmer of Aurora Flakes from Creative Expressions (also available separately in eight luscious colors!) and beautiful die cuts from Pink Fresh Studios and Birch Press Designs. As always, all of the ingredients you need are included, as well as full step by step instructions; all you need is your basic tool kit!

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Black Friday AND Small Business Saturday!

It’s a double celebration, with more savings than ever, taking place Friday, Nov. 27th and Saturday, Nov. 28th; online 24/7… in-store 5-9pm Friday and 10-5 on Saturday. Featuring:

40% off all wood mounted stamps!

40% off all Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving merchandise!

Art Impressions Watercolor Stamp Sets: 25% off

Altenew Stamps: 30% off

Stampendous Stamps: 25% off

Sizzix Dies: 35% off

20% off all 12 x 12 patterned paper!

Tombow markers and Polychromos pencils: buy 3 get one free!

and.. an Additional 10% off all clearance items!

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Prizes: Come and Get ’em!

Many thanks to everyone who came along –both in person and online– to help celebrate Paper Anthology’s 9th Anniversary! It was so much fun seeing all of the amazing cards you made for the challenges and reading the answers to the quiz and survey questions!

The raffle bags all packed and winners have been drawn; prizes can be picked up at the store. A reminder that this week’s hours are Tuesday (11.24) 10-5; Wednesday and Thursday CLOSED; Friday (11.27) 5-9pm; Saturday (11.28) 10-5. Note that there will be flash specials in-store on Friday and Saturday in honor of Small Business Saturday

Here the Lucky Winners, Congratulations!

1. Dottie Stoffers

2. Devon McEnteer

3. Gail Paradise

4. Deb Steckler

5.  Nel DeMarco

6. Donna O’Hara

7. Linda Rubarski

8. Mary Dour

9. Margaret Tresca

10. Kathleen Gecek

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NEW Stampers Anonymous (and more!)

Behold the Tim Holtz Christmas Door, featuring EIGHT new Stampers Anonymous holiday sets! New arrivals include Snarky Cat Christmas, Holiday Scenes, Vintage Holidays and lots more, plus we have some lovely new TH holiday stencils. To make it easier to find all of the above quickly, there’s now a New In Store category, right up top in the online shop, so you can find the “latest and greatest” with just one click. Meanwhile, the Tiles for Miles Class in a Kit has been restocked (in a limited quantity), as has the super-popular Taylored Expressions Tool Tray, just in case you missed either of those the first time. Thanksgiving is next week, so Paper Anthology’s Kenvil store will be closed on Thursday; but open Black Friday 5-9pm and 10-5 on Small Business Saturday. (PS: there might be one or two in-store specials on Friday and Saturday… just sayin’…)

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Customer Spotlight: Louise Coviello

Nothing is more fun and inspiring than seeing what our friends are making, and the cards that were linked up during Paper Anthology’s 9th Anniversary festivities were full of amazing, clever ideas. We highly recommend scrolling through the challenge posts on the PA FaceBook Page, with an emphasis on the “Comments” sections, which is where the cards are posted. Louise Coviello made some especially lovely cards over the weekend, featuring ideas we definitely want to try! For example, her simple pinecone (above) is stamped crisply, using exactly the right colors; and the sentiment reminds us how impressed we were the first time we saw someone heat emboss in gold. The clear droplets are understated, but add texture and sophistication.

How cool is it that the shaker window makes up the entire front of this card? Louise stamped and embossed those pretty trees right on the acetate window, and used a unique and stunning hand painted background within.

This Christmas card is perfectly simple… and simply perfect! The Mandala/Snowflake image with ombre ink behind it stands out beautifully; a glittery sentiment and a few sequins finish it off nicely.

Another “Aha!” moment: Louise’s wreath images are embossed in WHITE and then watercolored… with a subtle greyish-blue accent that’s very eyecatching. A gold sentiment and glittery red Nuvo Drop berries… yes, please!

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Everybody Likes a Little Extra *GREEN*

And Rustic Wilderness, the newest Distress color from Tim Holtz, is an especially nice shade. Described by Ranger as, “a deep, rugged green capturing the adventurous inspiration of the great outdoors”; it’s available in nine different products– Distress Ink Pad and Re-inker, Distress Oxide Pad and Re-inker, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide Spray, Paint and a fun Enamel Collector Pin— all of which are available at Paper Anthology NOW… order yours today!