Mike is Coming!
As I write this, it is SNOWING! We have had no real winter and here we are on Leap Day with snow falling. We really want winter to come and go so by the time we get to Stamp Escape, we will have great weather. By the way......have you sent your registration in for The Great Yosemite Stamp Escape 2012? And if you mailed a deposit only, this is a reminder that the final payment is now due. We had the opportunity to meet with all of our teachers at Winter CHA and they are really excited about our event. With a great mix of teachers, there will really be something for everyone. Don't delay, send your registration today!
As for CHA, our annual winter trade show, we had a great time. The show was back in Anaheim which is a better venue, and the attendance really showed it. We found several new companies that we either have ordered from or are working on orders.
I wanted to let you know about a temporary problem related to inks made in Japan. Due to the earthquake/tsunami several months back, the supply of inks from Tsukineko has been interrupted. A number of their inks such as Stazon, Brilliance, Memento, VersaFine and others have been on back order and should start to arrive soon. I noticed yesterday that one of my suppliers expects a shippment of VersaFine today. We have been scraping to keep inks in stock. Although Clearsnap and Ranger are made in the US, the shortage in Japan seemed to put the crunch on everyone and keeping all colors of ink in stock has been a challenge. We apologize if this affected you.
Be sure to check out our classes on the website. You will notice that this month, Robin is teaching a scrapbook class that is a four-page layout. This is different from previous classes that were two pages with a class fee of $15. She will have a four page layout class every other month for $25, and on alternate months, she will have a paper crafts class with varying themes. You might see something for the wall, a mini album, or other dimensional pieces. These classes will be $30. The April class will be a mini-album in blue-green colors. The nice thing about these classes is that absolutely everything (except adhesive) is included. If you need an inkpad for distressing, it will be included. The one thing you need to know is that we cannot take last minute sign-ups for these classes as we have to order all materials farther in advance than usual, and likewise, if you cancel after we order your class kits, you will need to pay and will receive your kit. If you think you might want to make additional projects, please order these in advance, too. We are working with Quick Quotes on these classes and think you will really like your finished projects.
Another bit of news about classes....I talked to Michael Strong a few days ago and he and Carla are planning a trip to San Francisco in September to visit friends from the Netherlands. They will make a little side-trip to The Cat's Meow so Michael can teach a couple of classes. I will keep you posted on class times and content, but keep Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th clear so you can attend.
I would like your input on our new way of doing Stamp of the Month. If you haven't noticed, we now make kits (thanks, Melissa) with all of the stamps we receive. When you purchase your kit, you get everything you need to make the card shown on the sample board along with instructions for all of the different cards shown. When youcome to class, you use your kit to make your card with help if you need it. Previously, I chose a card and everyone made the same card at the class. What do you think? Is one way better than the other?
Good news, I ordered fill in's of Art Institute Glitter while they are having a sale so I don't have to raise my prices! I guess it is the same with everything, you get what you pay for.....fabulous glitter from Art Institute and Elizabeth Craft Designs are a bit pricey, but ooooooohhhhh are they worth it!
Still waiting for........all of the new colors of Liquid Pearls...yum yum! New Letterpress products...can hardly wait for Chris to teach at Stamp Escape! New penny Black boards......UPS just came, not here today! New stamps from Our Daily Bread.....beautiful and inspiring!
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Have a great March......get ready for the E Bunny! See you soon.....