Archive for December, 2008

It’s Christmas Eve, do you have everything…

December 24, 2008

You have all the packages wrapped and ready to go but oops, did you forget something? Scrapbook Destination has that last minute stocking stuffer for you. Need a hostess gift on your way to a Christmas Eve party tonight? Want to give your favorite scrapbooker, crafter or artist a gift card, we have them!

And today is the last day of our “Sixteen Days of Christmas”: All ribbon, buy one get one free.

We are open until 4pm today.

Best wishes for a fantastic holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Unprecedented Offer!

December 19, 2008

For the first time ever, Scrapbook Destination is offering double credit for on your Frequent Buyer purchases. That means, for all regular-priced purchases (Saturday December 20 only), you’ll get twice as much credit toward your $200 accumulation! That’s right, move toward that $15 coupon even faster when you shop on December 20.

And while you’re here, be sure to check out our FREE demo of Copic markers, and our FREE demo of Memories Mists, from 10- noon. Then, from 11-2, we’ll have our designer extraordinaire, Emily Pitts, in to make her adorable glittered birds, previously featured here on the blog.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Stamping Inks and What Makes Them Unique

December 18, 2008

I was asked to explain the differences between the various types of stamping inks that are available on the market today. And it’s a great question because a few years ago, I couldn’t keep them straight either. I’ve gathered information from various websites to answer that question.

Dye ink: Dye based ink pads are water based and essentially leave a stain on the paper. Thus, they will run if they get wet and their colors aren’t as vibrant as some other inks. On the plus side, they dry quickly and leave a very crisp image so they are good for highly detailed stamps. They are easy to clean as they leave very little residue on the stamp, although some darker colors leave a stain. Stamp cleaning solution will get a stamp clean regardless of the colors that have been used. As the name suggests, they are made with water.  Because of this, they can soak into the paper and possibly leave not quite as crisp of an imprint.

Pigmant ink: Pigment based inks are also water based but, unlike dye inks, they contain little particles of color. Because of this, they leave an impression that is more vibrant and more resistant to water (once dry) than their dye based counterparts. They also stay wetter longer so they are suitable for embossing. On the negative side, they can’t be used on gloss stock – they smear. A stamp inked with pigment ink can usually be cleaned with a wet paper towel but the darker colors may require the use of a stamp cleaning solution. This is also waterbased but is a little thicker than dye ink and is slower to dry. The pigment stays on the surface of the paper. That means less ink needs to be used to create the same intensity of color.

Permanent ink: Permanent ink is water and bleed resistant and dries quickly. It’s great for stamping on unusual surfaces such as glass, wood, plastic and acetate. Most of the time, you will have to use a stamp cleaning solution to get all the ink off of the stamp.

Embossing ink: Embossing ink stays wet for very long time and is used only if you intend to emboss the image (For the uses of embossing ink read the article, “How To Emboss”). It comes in a variety of colors like the other inks but it is also available in a clear variety. Embossing ink is relatively sticky and should be removed with stamp cleaning solution.

Metallic Ink: Metallic Pigment is also water based but usually includes a little bit of oil.

Walnut ink: Walnut ink is made from the green husks of walnuts and water.  Also found in crystal form that can be mixed with water.  Used frequently to darken paper or create an aged look.
Chalk ink: Chalk inks typically give a softer look. They are also usually available in smaller sized stamp pads, such as VersaMagic Dew Drops by Tsukineko or Cat’s Eye Fluid Chalks by ClearSnap/ColorBox. The smaller size ink pads let you get more colors for the same amount of money and they are easier to store. You can use them to ink up stamps much larger in size – and they are handy to use to ink up the edges of cardstock before layering it on your project. You can make a resist on glossy cardstock by stamping in VersaMark (a watermark pigment ink) and then heat embossing the stamped image with clear embossing powder. Then rub chalk inks over top to “reveal” the resist image. Buff the color off the embossed areas and you’re through!

Solvent ink: This category mainly refers to Tsukineko’s Staz-On inks and Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. You can use these special inks to stamp on non-porous surfaces, such as metal, acetate, etc. You can make cool, see-through cards or color your own brads and eyelets. Because they can be used to color everything, they are a little harder to clean up, may require a special cleaner or a bit more scrubbing, and they may leave a tint behind on your clear stamps. This is normal and should not affect future stamped images.

Sources:
http://reviews.ebay.com/Ink-Differences-for-Scrapbooking-with-Rubber-Stamps_W0QQugidZ10000000004273601

http://gaalcreative.blogspot.com/2008/08/stamping-101-4-types-of-ink-for.html

http://ursm.tripod.com/techinks.html

Join us this Saturday for a free demo…

December 17, 2008

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What’s all the fuss about with these fancy ‘markers’!? Come and check it out on Saturday. There will be a FREE demo on Copic markers and Memories Mist. The Copic markers are quite cool if you haven’t seen them in action. They are environmentally friendly – they are refillable and you never have to throw them away. Did you ever know a marker you could actually ‘refill’! Crazy thing huh? Because they are alcohol based, they can be layered and blended to your heart’s content. And that’s just the beginning…. Markers have come a long way! You’ll feel like a Picasso in no time and you’ll want every color for your collection.

Check out a very cool ‘inker’, our sweet/adorable friend angela who is a copic marker master in my mind, she can blend like nobody’s business:

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Our FREE demo:

Saturday, December 20th

10am-12 noon

And don’t forget, we are still counting the days down in our “16 Days of Christmas”:

Tomorrow’s sale – Thursday, December 18th:

*Buy one stamp or (stamp set) – get one free!

Get your list out, there is still time…

Creative cheers,

Rachel

It’s Tool Time

December 16, 2008

As the Sixteen Days of Christmas continues, we’re discounting all TOOLS 25% on Wednesday, December 17. That includes trimmers, the Stamp Factory, punches, the Basic Grey Magnetic Mat, and more. Come in and pick up that item that will make your scrapping easier, at a price that will make you smile! As always, this discount cannot be combined with other offers, and is good only on 12/17/08.

The Sixteen Days of Christmas Continue…

December 15, 2008

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…with and additional 25% off all Clearance items! Take 25% off the lowest price, marked in red. For many items, that results in a price well below cost! This offer is good Tuesday, December 16 only, so be sure to stop in.

Sixteen Days of Christmas, Day 6

December 13, 2008

Sunday, December 14, we’re celebrating the Sixth Day of Christmas (on our calendar, anyway!) with a special on Jolee’s 3-D stickers. All Jolee’s are 25% off, Sunday only.

While you’re in, check out the new October Afternoon lines, Good Cheer and Weathervane.  We’ve also got Heidi Grace’s adorable winter line, with blues and pinks and snowflakes everywhere.

The Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter has proved so popular that we’ve sold out temporarily! We’ll be getting more next week, so don’t wait– call and special order yours so there’s one available for you before they’re all gone again. We’ve also got the adorable Silhouette Gift Set, Holly, that includes two rolls of vinyl, release paper, tools, AND beautiful shapes and sayings.

Good Cheer

December 11, 2008

October Afternoon’s fun holiday line is in the store! Six double-sided papers feature a variety of winter and Christmas patterns, including snowflakes, polka dots, candy cane stripes, and snowmen. Here’s a layout I created using Good Cheer papers:

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This Saturday, from 10-1, I’ll be doing a FREE make and take card using papers from the Good Cheer line. Here are two sample cards:

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Remember that the Sixteen Days of Christmas are now in progress! Friday’s Sixteen Days of Christmas deal is 25% all Sports & School, including Custom school items, so be sure to stop in to take advantage of the Friday deal!

Holiday Open House next week!

December 10, 2008

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Join us for our first Holiday Open House on:

Monday – December 15th

 5:00-7:00 pm.

We’ll have homemade treats, draw-your-own-discount, a make-n-take, and bring a friend who’s never been in the store and you’ll BOTH get a gift! .

Sixteen Days of Christmas

December 9, 2008

Today is the first day of our Sixteen Days of Christmas promotion. Each day a different item will be on sale; today it is 25% off Holidays. That’s everything Easter, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas… all of ’em!

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Tomorrow, December 10, we’ll have all Storage items at 25% off. Now’s the perfect time to pick up that rolling tote you’ve had your eye on, or a Krafter’s Purse tote for your supplies. Or send in a loved one with a list!

And we have a special Make-n-Take in store for you this Saturday, December 13.  Vivian Masket, Creating Keepsakes Hall of Famer and October Afternoon Design Team Member, will be here to make these adorable cards for FREE.

Drop in between 10 & 1 and be the first to use October Afternoon’s latest line, Good Cheer, new in the store!