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Happy Valentine’s… Die?

Yes, you read that right! The newest Paper Anthology Class in a Kit really is called “Happy Valentine’s Die” because there’s no stamping, just beautiful layered die cuts for you to assemble! This is a quick and easy class kit to make three lovely Valentines you’ll enjoy sending!  These cards feature dies from Spellbinders, Lawn Fawn, Karen Burniston and Taylored Expressions. There’s even a fun shaker card in the mix! Full step by step instructions with photos included. Purchase on line HERE, or stop by the store to get yours before they’re gone!

PS: It’s even better if you say the title with an Australian accent, mate! :) :) :)

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More Product Previews!

The fruits (in this case literally, lol!) of a few more classes from last week’s Collins Group Virtual Retailers Symposium. Above we have slimline, mini slimline and A2 cards from Spellbinders, featuring (of course!) some of the best dies at the Collins Show; as well as some really cool embossing folders. Stay tuned for ALL of these items to arrive at Paper Anthology in the next month or so! Below, a sneak peek of just a few things from Lawn Fawn’s upcoming release, which includes super-cute (of course!) stencils, dies, stamps and papers. Seedlings, strawberries, adorable mice and big chunky sentiments? Yes, please! Orders from the show have already begun arriving at Paper Anthology, so check back often for the coolest and newest items!

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Let the Inspiration Begin!

The winter 2022 edition of the Collins Group Virtual Retailers Symposium begins today, so stay tuned all week for the latest makes and previews of items coming soon(ish) to Paper Anthology. First up, cards from the famous Sample Making Frenzy! In photo one, gorgeous florals from AlteNew. In photo two, an ocean vibe from Dare 2B Artzy, lovely lemons (on a textured background) from Spellbinders, and silhouetted drama from Hero Arts. Photo three features soft florals from Stampendous, as well as uber-cuteness and big chunky diecuts from Lawn Fawn.

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Stock Up for the Long Weekend!

Paper Anthology will be CLOSED Saturday and Sunday, September 4th and 5th, to celebrate Labor Day Weekend; so why not stop by on Thursday or Friday night (9/2 or 9/3) between 5 and 9 pm, to check out all of the fabulous new product just in from Sunny Studio, LDRS, Pinkfresh, and Dare 2B Artzy, Photoplay, Spellbinders and more! There are stamps and dies galore, not to mention several amazing brand new paper collections. And YES… there are plenty of wonderful holiday items, because as every papercrafter knows, it’s literally NEVER too early to start making Christmas cards! (PS to our fellow Lawn Fawnatics: we’ll have the new collection in store on the day it’s released– Thursday, September 16th!)

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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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Taking Note

Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Mini Notebooks have just arrived at Paper Anthology! Super fun to decorate, these adorable mini notebooks come in packs of two, each sized 3.5 x 5″ with 32 lined sheets. Perfect to tuck into your purse, your pocket or even your glovebox! These notebooks are decorated with Lawn Fawn’s Dandy Day Flip Flop stamps and dies and Super Star Stamps.

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A Few More Cards…

…from the Collins Virtual Show last week. These are some of the cards from the Sample Making Frenzy, featuring new items from Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Impression Obsession, LDRS Designs, Buttons Galore, Dare 2B Artzy and Avery Elle (above) and PinkFresh Studios (below); just some of the fun stuff that will start appearing at Paper Anthology this Spring!

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A Few of the Highlights…

…from Monday’s classes at The Collins Virtual Trade Show. Amazing new dies from Spellbinders, plus some excellent techniques for using inks with diecuts.

HOW CUTE are those cookies?! (Sugar free and very High Fiber lol!) The box die can be used with or without the window and is sized perfectly for a gift card.

Some amazing new slim line products will be coming from Spellbinders, as well.

As always, Lawn Fawn are unbeatable for both adorable characters AND their easy-to-use mechanicals! Some super sweet new sets on the way to support your existing Shutter Card, Slider and Magic Iris sets!

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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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Driving Home for the Holidays

Leave it to Lawn Fawn: not only did they make an adorable set called Car Critters, which features bears who drive; they also configured it to work with the Reveal Wheel system courtesy of a windshield-shaped Reveal Wheel Add-On Die. And then… they made a Christmas Add-On Stamp Set with super-cute reindeer at the wheel!

Lauren used the MISTI to position and stamp all of the images on one layer of card stock. First the car, then the deer, then the antlers. Each element was given a “basecoat” of its lightest color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and shading added with colored pencils. There are, of course, coordinating Christmas Car Critter Dies, but in this case the image was fussycut right at the outlines.

Lauren used older dies, punches and patterned paper to make a landscape, but there are lots of options for making a scene, like Dare 2B Artzy’s Curve Slimline Border Dies which has several styles of hills, plus clouds and more; Sunny Studios’ Comic Strip Everyday Die Set, Taylored Expressions’ Grassy Hills or Hero Arts’ Winter Pines. Or pair up with other Lawn Fawn sets, such as All the Clouds, Snow Globe Scenes, Meadow Backdrop. Alternatively, you could choose the low-maintenance option of landscape-inspired pattered paper like Dare 2B Artzy’s Snow Much Fun or Ciao Bella’s Northern Lights.