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New Class in a Kit (& Lots More New Stuff!)

Brand new, in-store and online, it’s a Graphic 45 “Life is Abundant” Interactive Folio Class in a Kit that you really have to see! With all the papers, embellishments and instructions you need to make this beautiful folio, with lots of flips and folds and waterfalls to hold LOADS of photos, text, souvenirs and more. Check out the product page for more pictures, showing the inside of this very cool album, or better yet, stop by the store and see the real thing, it’s definitely worth the trip!

Also just arrived, two lovely new Graphic 45 collections, Grow with Love and The Beach is Calling; both are perfect for Spring and Summer scrapbooking and cardmaking and have a choice of 8×8 or 12×12 paper pads or 12×12 pages ala carte, with coordinating stickers, rub-ons and cardstock ephemera! We’ve also got a whole bunch of Heart-y new Valentine’s items, including embossing folders, stamps and stencils from Taylored Expressions as well as several additional paper lines, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond! Don’t forget that Tim Holtz and Ranger have released the final Distress Color, Scorched Timber, which is available in all the usual Distress formulations (all of which are currently in stock) AND the last three sets of Distress Watercolor Pencils are here, to complete your collection. Click any of the bolded links in this post to visit the specific product pages; or STOP BY and see all of the above… and lots more… in person!

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Three NEW Distress Watercolor Pencil Sets: In Stock!

Who’s ready to add more color to their creative life?  Search no more!  Ranger and Tim Holtz have just released the final three sets of Distress Watercolor Pencils, making the palette complete. In addition to the final three sets, there’s also a two-piece set that includes both Picket Fence and Black Soot. These colors are included in the other sets, but since they’re used frequently for shading and highlighting Ranger has made it easy to replace these two colors. The pencil for newest Distress Shade, Scorched Timber, was released with the other Scorched Timber items and is available as a singleton. All of the above are currently available in-store and on-line at Paper Anthology!

We’re guessing that, like us, you’re going to want ALL the colors, but here’s how they’re arranged into sets. You can click the bolded text to get to each product page or click this Distress Watercolor Pencil Link to see them all!




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Scorched Timber Distress Has (FINALLY!) Arrived

Calling all Distress Ink lovers! The final Distress shade -Scorched Timber*– from Tim Holtz and Ranger, has… after much delay and consternation… finally arrived at Paper Anthology! This deep, rich brown will be perfect for… well, just about everything, really! Choose from Ink Pads, Re-inkers, Oxide® Pads, Oxide® Re-inkers, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide® Spray, Flip Top Paint; and an Enamel Collector Pin as well as a singly-packaged Watercolor Distress Pencil. You can stop by the store to pick them up, order online (locals, choose “Pick Up In Store” to save shipping!) or email elisabeth@paperanthology to reserve your favorites.

Also just arrived is the brand new four pack of Mini Distress Inks, featuring Scorched Timber packed in a set with the last three Distress Shades: Uncharted Mariner, Lumberjack Plaid and Lost Shadow. Get ’em while they’re hot!

*Between ourselves, we’re calling this one WALDO; having spent ten days trying to determine its location… :)

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New Distress Shade: Scorched Timber

Tim Holtz and Ranger are excited to announce the final new Distress color: Scorched Timber! This deep, rich shade of brown, is already on it’s way to Paper Anthology and we expect it to arrive on Tuesday (1/16/24). You can email elisabeth@paperanthology to reserve yours; this gorgeous new shade will be available in all eight of the Distress products we love: Ink Pads, Re-inkers, Oxide® Pads, Oxide® Re-inkers, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide® Spray, Flip Top Paint; and an Enamel Collector Pin. Of course we’ll announce the arrival as soon as it gets here, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, thank you to everyone who played along in our “Guess the New Color” Giveaway, by commenting their prediction on the announcement blog post for the new shade. Congratulations to Barbara Sokollek, whose guess of, “...a neutral tone that‘s next Brushed Corduroy, either darker or lighter” was spot on! Well done, Barbara, you’re the winner of a FREE Scorched Timber Distress Oxide Ink Pad and we’ll put it aside for you as soon as our shipment arrives from Ranger!

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Hero Arts 2024 Spring ShopBox is HERE!

An exclusive collection of products from the Hero Arts Spring 2024 ShopBox is now available in-store at Paper Anthology. These twice yearly ShopBox collections are Hero Arts’ way to support independent papercrafting retailers like us! This advance selection of brand new products are only available in a select group of small, brick and mortar (like Paper Anthology) and won’t be available on-line or anywhere else for the next couple of weeks. So stop by soon and check out the complete selection. Meanwhile if you see a “must-have” feel free to email elisabeth@paperanthology so we can set it aside for you!

There are some gorgeous new dies (including one with a separate set of coordinating layering stencils!); new Infinity Dies; a fabulous new Stamp & Cut sentiment set; Stamp and Die Bundles featuring lots of flowers and adorable bunnies for Spring; a beautiful red rubber Bold Prints background cling; stand-alone dies and stencils: gorgeous Hero Transfers and more! Stop by to see them all in person and say Happy New Year!

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Holiday Card Swap Cards are Ready!

Paper Anthology’s 2023 crew of Holiday Card Swap participants have truly outdone themselves and produced the most gorgeous batch of swap cards ever!* If you’re amongst this elite group of papercrafters, your Swap Cards are ready to collect and you can pick them up at the store anytime! Why not come tonight (Friday 12/8 from 5-9pm) or tomorrow (Saturday 12/9 from 10am to 5pm) and shop the All Fall Sale, during which (as the name implies) ALL Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving items are 40% off and there are lots more things included. Scroll down to the SALE POST for all the details.

In addition, lots of amazing new Altenew 3D Embossing Folders have just arrived (…could there be a class with them coming soon…?); and we’ve restocked Spellbinders’ super-popular SEALED Collection as well as adding new wax colors seals and dies. While you’re in the store be sure to ask Elisabeth to demo her new FAVORITE tool from We R Memory Keepers… trust us… you NEED one! ;)

*Ok, yes, we DO say that every year and yet every year it’s TRUE!!! You guys just get better and better! ♥

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Introducing: SEALED by Spellbinders

A beautiful new collection of easy-to-use sealing wax, seals and dies for those who love creating handmade cards, envelopes, and invitations with extra flair. Add a classic touch of wax seal-inspired designs to embellish your cardmaking creations. There will, of course, be classes coming along featuring these fun and fabulous new products, but we couldn’t wait to show you the collection… be sure to scroll down to see the first card made by Elisabeth, who is now thoroughly hooked on this process; there really is something magical about the “smoosh” of the seal hitting the hot wax… just sayin’…

Stay tuned for details about an awesome Spellbinders’ Online Class that combines the Sealed Collection with the Better Press… you will be very impressed (sorry, Lauren can never resist a pun!) by how exponentially more wonderful these two concepts are together!

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Lawn Fawnatics Rejoice!

Lawn Fawn’s 2023 Fall and Winter collection has just arrived at Paper Anthology and is now available in-store! As always, Lawn Fawn’s adorable critters, pretty papers, clever die sets and awesome accessories are so much cooler in real life than photos can capture or a paragraph can describe, so if you possibly can, stop by Paper Anthology ASAP and satisfy your Fawnatical cravings in person! (Plus… we’d love to see ya!)

These items (& some other cool new stuff) will be available to purchase online as of next week. Local customers, when purchasing online, remember to select the “pick up in store” option at checkout; you’ll avoid shipping charges and we’ll hold your items until whenever it’s convenient for you to pick them up. Here are some more closeups of this lovely Lawn Fan collection!

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Prepare to be IMPRESSED!

The BetterPress Letterpress System by Spellbinders is now available in-store and online at Paper Anthology. The BetterPress is an innovative way to achieve the elegant look of letterpress technique without all the mess. It’s an easy-to-use system that produces professional stationery style projects with detailed impressions that can be felt to the touch. This exciting new system was designed to be used with your Platinum or Platinum 6 Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine, and is also compatible with many other die cutting machines including the Sizzix Big Shot.

There is, of course, a class on its way for those who’d like to TRY the BetterPress before committing; but truly, there is almost NO learning curve involved, the system is incredibly easy to use, and a little bit addictive… in the best possible way!

In the meantime, check out the introductory video from Spellbinders (below) to see the system in action. Additional press plates and inks will be arriving at Paper Anthology in about a week, but as you can see, there’s already a nice collection in stock. In the online store, BetterPress has it’s own category, making it easy for you to see our current selection of plates, inks, papers, accessories and more. 

Below is a sample card, colored with Karin Markers.

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Holiday Jumpstart (with Dies!): Peaceful Dove

It’s time for the May Edition of Paper Anthology’s Holiday Jumpstart Card Kit, Peaceful Dove. This kit includes Memory Box’s beautiful Serene Bird and Branch Die Set, which we think you’ll get a lot of use from, both for holiday cards AND the rest of the year! With a color palette of soft blues, greens and teals (with a pop of red!) a little botanical goodness, some weathered woodgrain, and a neutral sentiment, this design will work perfectly for ANY winter holiday you celebrate.

This kit is now available in limited quantities at Paper Anthology for $36; click this link to purchase online (locals remember to choose “pick up in store” to avoid shipping charges) or stop by the store to see it in person!

Don’t we ALL love the idea of making our holiday cards during the year? But honestly, it can be difficult to be inspired during the “off-season”. Paper Anthology’s Christmas Card Club is a wonderful solution, but it fills up quickly, and what if you can’t make it to the store one Friday night per month? Here’s an additional option that works entirely on your schedule.

Our pre-packaged Holiday Jumpstart kits (cute name, right?) include everything you need (except a diecutting machine and adhesives) to complete FIVE copies of a brand new original holiday card design. This month’s edition is called “Peaceful Dove” since it features Memory Box’s Serene Bird and Branch die set.

This kit contains: 

  • Memory Box’s Serene Bird and Branch die set;
  • Enough teal, dark teal, pine green and yellow ochre cardstock to make five bird, wing, beak and branch diecuts;
  • Five A2 kraft card bases; 
  • Five 5.25 x 4″ weathered woodgrain patterned paper panels with decorative corners; 
  • Five pre-cut botanical patterned paper panels with decorative top corners;
  • Five pre-cut “PEACE” sentiments; 
  • Five glittery diecut tufty branches;  
  • Five tiny black Spellbinders gems for eyes;
  • Enough vibrant red seambinding to wrap around five card panels

These kits are now available in-store and online at Paper Anthology. If YOU could use like a Holiday Jumpstart, we hope you’ll check them out!