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Altenew and Dare 2B Artzy

More marvelous makes from Sunday’s classes at the Collins Virtual Retailer Symposium. Above: Altenew’s Watercolor Extravaganza Stamps and Delightful Frame 3D Embossing Folder.  (By the way, we just got another shipment of the amazing Altenew E/F’s in, including this one!) Below: Dare 2B Artzy always does a great job coordinating stamps, dies and papers; and coming up with new styles of card… how cool is that double pop up?!

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Hot, Hot, Hot

The summer edition of the Collins Group Virtual Retailer Symposium kicks off with an event called Sample Making Frenzy which totally lives up to its name! Here’s a sneak peek of the newest products from our favorite companies, which will be arriving at Paper Anthology in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes glimpses into the show!

Hero Arts’ rotating stencil… kaleidoscopic poinsettias!

Avery Elle is bringin’ the cuuuute!

Dare 2B Artzy stamps and dies; with a sneak peek of their new holiday paper line.

FANG-tastic new Impression Obsession Halloween stamps!

LDRS holiday gorgeousness.

Rinea dies and foiled metallic papers.

And as usual, Spellbinders dies do not disappoint!

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July Christmas Card Club

When: Friday, July 23, 2021, 5-9pm

Where: Paper Anthology (yes, in person!)

Who: The first six fully vaccinated Paper Anthologists who reserve their spots by EMAILING elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND including a photo of their vaccination card. (Please note that ONLY email requests will be taken; no phone calls, FB messages, etc. for this event.)

Why: Because making holiday cards in December, all by yourself, is so much less fun!

Please read all the details, below:

We’ll each be making five cards of one design (pictured above) featuring Hero Arts’ “Holly Berries” stamps and dies from the new ShopBox release; and Penny Black’s awesome “Stitches of Love” dies. The price will be $25 and includes dinner.

As mentioned above, we’ll be keeping the size small, with just six fully vaccinated participants. To reserve your place,  EMAIL elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND include a photo of your vaccination card. Please note that all Paper Anthology staff members are fully vaccinated and we’re taking care to keep surfaces and hands extra clean. If you’d like to wear a mask during class you’re very welcome, but be aware that your (fully vaccinated) fellow participants will not be.

If you can’t make the date, or you’re not vaccinated yet, or you aren’t one of the first six to email Elisabeth, there will be some kits available at a later date, to purchase and make at home; stay tuned for details on those!

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Northwoods Florals Class

Join Elisabeth to create this three card set (two A2 cards and a 5 1/2″ square card) featuring Northwoods Stamps’ beautiful floral designs: Iron Gate and Morning Glories, Hydrangeas in Metal Tub and Lamp Post with Morning Glories.  We’ll be watercoloring on Northwoods’ unique watercolor paper using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and enhancing our creations with Art Glitter translucent loose glitters.   If you’ve never used Northwoods watercolor paper, you’re in for a real treat! Dies featured are from Penny Black Stitches of Love, Spellbinders Essential Ovals and Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banners!

Dates available: Thursday, July 29th from 6-9pm; Monday, August 9th, from 6-9pm; or Saturday, August 28th, from 12-3pm. The cost is $22. We will be limiting each class to the first six fully vaccinated Paper Anthologists who reserve their spots by EMAILING elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND including a photo of their vaccination card. (To give everyone equal footing, ONLY email requests will be taken at this time; no phone calls, FaceBook messages, etc. for this particular event.)

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Hero Arts ShopBox is Here!

Christmas in July has never been more exciting, thanks to the wonderful winter-themed Hero Arts ShopBox, which has just arrived at Paper Anthology! Please note that these products are only available for purchase IN STORE, but you can email elisabeth@paperanthology.com to reserve your favorites! Check out this short video showing the collection:

There are beautiful dies, like this three-part diorama, Looking Glass Winter Forest which lets you make a multi-layer forest landscape with just three easy cuts! Hero Arts never disappoints when it comes to stamps, of course; this sentiment is one of three that are featured in the Christmas Robins stamp set, shown in the top photo from Hero; there’s a coordinating die set available for the Robins, as well.

The Snowy Rooftops Old Prints stamp pairs beautifully with the Elegant Window fancy die; (just imagine HOW MANY ways you could use that window!) the “warm and cozy” sentiment comes from the Christmas Holidays Stamp and Cut set which features two large diecut greetings with shadows (“Happy Holidays” and Merry Christmas“) as well as thirteen smaller sentiments which can be used separately or together.

Slimline cards are still a huge trend and this Slimline Christmas and New Year Cover Plate die lets you make an effortless shaker card… plus… you’ve got those cut-out letters to arrange in any way you like on a second BONUS card!

There are lots more beautiful and useful items, including Holly Berries stamps and coordinating Holly Berries Frame Cuts Die Set

Christmas Rose stamps and coordinating Christmas Rose Frame Cuts Die Set

Beautiful Large Snowflakes and Swirls dies…

And a Buffalo Check Pattern Bold Prints Cover Stamp!

To see the entire collection, scroll back up watch the video reveal OR stop by Paper Anthology to see everything in person!

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The Return of Christmas Card Club?

Would you like to meet up at Paper Anthology for a brand new, IN PERSON edition of Christmas Card Club; the first in over a year? If so, please read this post CAREFULLY to the very end, there are some new and important CoVid-related details!!!

Some things are the same as they always were: We’ll each be making five cards from one design (pictured above) featuring LDRS’ “Snow Deer to Me” stamps and dies, Dare 2B Artzy’s “Snow Much Fun” collection and a cool new technique for making “snow transparency”. The price will be $25 and includes dinner. The date will be Friday, June 25th, 5pm-9pm.

Some things are NEWso this is the part to read carefully: We will be limiting this event to the first six fully vaccinated Paper Anthologists who reserve their spots by EMAILING elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND including a photo of their vaccination card. (To give everyone equal footing, ONLY email requests will be taken at this time; no phone calls, FaceBook messages, etc. for this particular event.)

BUT don’t worry: If you can’t make the date, or you’re not vaccinated yet, or you aren’t one of the first six to email Elisabeth, there will be some kits available at a later date, to purchase and make at home; stay tuned for details on those!

We are excited about easing back to in person events and classes, and our first priority is the safety and peace of mind of all concerned. We will NOT be wearing masks or requiring class members to do so, but please note that all Paper Anthology staff members (Elisabeth, Shari, Betty and Lauren) are fully vaccinated and we’re still taking care to keep surfaces and hands extra clean. If you’d like to wear a mask during class you’re very welcome, but be aware that your (fully vaccinated) fellow participants will not be.

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My Girls

This layout featuring daughters Magda and Monika (also known as Henry, Emery and Tadzio’s moms) is made with papers and cardstock stickers from P13’s beautiful new collection, Stitched With Love. The title is done with PinkFresh’s Heather Uppercase and Heather Lowercase die sets, each character in both sets (the lower case also has the numerals 0-9) consists of both the letter AND that skinny skinny outline for a super sophisticated look. FYI: Pinkfresh’s Lea’s Ornate Uppercase and Lowercase have the same sort of outline; while their Kelly Uppercase and Lowercase die sets have a pretty pattern of hearts and leaves cut into each letter.

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What Can You Do With Collage Packs?

The short answer to the question, “What can you do with found and vintage paper?” is, use it EXACTLY the same way you use commercial patterned paper… just maybe handle it a tiny bit more carefully, but more on that in a minute. Paper Anthology currently has eight themed varieties of Deluxe Collage Assortments from Just Enough Stuff: Christmas, Sheet Music, Nature, Foreign Text, World Traveler, Crafty Lady, Text & Pattern, and Architecture. Each contains a curated mix of 20+ different sheets, and each is, of course unique. They’re listed in the online store under Stamping Surfaces and Specialty Papers; and each link has a photo which gives an idea of the sorts of items included, as well as an additional inspiration project. In the brick-and-mortar shop, they’re in the front room near the Dina Wakley Media.

Vintage and found papers are wonderful in collage, but “collage” can be used in all the crafty projects that you currently enjoy making: cards, ATC’s, art journal pages, junk journals and more.

Use just a little sheet music as a background with modern journal cards, washi and embellishments in a holiday card; or go all out and use LOTS of different text papers to cover all the surfaces of a larger wood or papier mache item.

The “handle with care” factor is lower than you may think, and mostly applies to being cautious with adhesives and inks; you will always want to test them on a corner of your paper. And while using a tape runner directly on vintage paper is never going to end well, there are great alternatives, like Scotch Gluestick, Distress Collage Medium and Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

If you need to make your vintage paper sturdier, apply the adhesive of your choice all over plain white cardstock, then carefully add the more fragile piece on top, taking care to avoid bubbles and wrinkles. Once your vintage paper is “backed” it’s sturdy enough to diecut, layer, stamp and stencil upon, or do pretty much anything else you’d do with cardstock!

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*CATCH* the Newest Class in a Kit!

The newest Class in a Kit selection is called Catch of the Day – Lighthouse Folio. It’s built on Graphic 45’s beautifully masculine Catch of the Day collection, using their new Trifold Waterfall Folio Album. This clever and unique keepsake album features waterfall pages and lots of pockets for adding photos, notes, journaling and more. As always, there are complete instructions and plenty of full-color pictures, so assembly is a breeze. The kit contains full sheets of paper, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers to make matching cards! G45’s Catch of the Day is also available as single papers, as well as a 12 x 12 Collection Pack