Friday, May 6, 2011

Whoops . . .

Sorry about that – apparently the link to the Virtual Convention e-mail only worked on my computer because I was already logged into the system and it’s asking for a login and password from everyone else.  So here is everything that you should have found when you clicked the link (it just isn’t laid out as well) . . .

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The Return of the "Virtual Convention"
We do this every couple of years -- we "build" an imaginary space so those in the western states get some quality time to wander through our convention booth.  A space where those of you who do join us at conventions can relax without the crush of fellow shoppers.  And with skyrocketing oil prices these days, a place where you can load up on paper and accessories and have them delivered to your door for little more than the cost of a gallon of gas.  You have lots to see -- we'll hit the highlights here, but one of the advantages of a virtual booth is unlimited space!  As you see something you like, you can add it to your cart at   Hope you enjoy it -- Let's go!

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First Stop -- USArtQuest
Since you're one of the first people into the booth today, you'll probably want to head straight for Susan Pickering Rothamel's USArtQuest display on the far left.  That area is usually standing room only, but today you get your choice of more than a dozen different demos!  Take your time -- Sue has all day!  Just click here to get started and then click here for USArtQuest products when you're finished with the demos.

Back to the Booth ...
Just to the right of the USArtQuest display, you'll find almost a whole wall of Stardream Cardstock and Stardream Stationery -- and the Stardream Cardstock Assortments are on sale!

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Faber-Castell -- Our Newest Display
Have you discovered Faber-Castell's new DMC line?  Neat stuff -- pens, gelatos, colored pencils and more!  And you'll find a Faber-Castell artist at the demo table in the middle of the booth -- click here to go to their blog, where you'll find step-by-step tutorials and videos.  And the entire line of Faber-Castell DMC is a show special at 20% off!

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Here's Another Demo That's Hard to Get Close To ...
"Tweety Jill" Haglund is also at that middle demo table -- she usually promotes her products by doing a Make & Take and the lines are long.  But you can find directions for several (along with descriptions of her new products) on her blog.  When you're ready to visit the Tweety Jill portion of our booth, you'll need to remember to use that flyer that I passed out while you were waiting in line this morning before the show opened -- if you put TweetyJill in the appropriate box on the last page of your cart, you'll get 20% off all TJ Designs products (card kits, stamp sets, collage kits, and more).

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Avoid the Price Increase at Sale Prices!
We received a notice from Copic this week that the price of Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers will be going up 50 cents effective August 1 (Ciao $4.79, Sketch $6.99).  In typical Marco's tradition (we do everything backwards), we put them on sale again for a few weeks -- Ciao $3.49, Sketch $4.99.  Stock up now!



Want to join us on the road?  We'll be looking for you . . .

May 21 & 22 -- Southfield, Michigan
Stamp Scrap Art Tour (10:00-5:00 Saturday, 10:00-3:00 Sunday) at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Rd.
More info at

June 4 & 5 -- West Springfield, Massachusetts
West Springfield Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Show (10:00-5:00 Saturday, 11:00-4:00 Sunday) at the Eastern States Exposition
More Info at

June 11 & 12 -- Collinsville, Illinois
Gateway Rubber Stamp Getaway (9:30-5:00 Saturday, 11:00-3:00 Sunday) at the Gateway Center
More info at

Just Announced -- Look for Our Booth at the Southfield, Michigan show May 21-22!

Print This E-Mail and Bring It to the Show for $2.00 OFF in Our Booth!

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Of Course There Is a Big Display of Spellbinders Dies in the Booth!
If you decided to avoid the preorder rush, this is the time -- we have most of the Spellbinders Dies from the January CHA Release in stock and on display in the booth.  Anything that's missing is probably on the slow boat from China (translation -- Spellbinders is out of them) and is expected later this month.  As always, they're 20% off the MSRP!

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Tim Holtz Die Update
Been waiting for yours?  So have we!  This has been really frustrating -- Sizzix announced "expected in ...." dates for each of the new Tim Holtz dies and folders, and a lot of them ended up meaning nothing.  We have had orders in with several suppliers since early February, and this week we finally received shipments that included our first allotment of Old Jalopy dies since we received six in early March!  Thankfully, shipments are starting to trickle in -- we are shipping your preorders as quickly as we can.  At this point, we are backordering the late May and June releases and trying to ship everything else as soon as we have it.  In the meantime, the sale prices from the preorder days live on . . .

Last But Not Least, the Convention Super Specials!
We always have plenty of them underneath the Spellbinders display -- the Convention Super Specials.  Look for 50-sheet packages of Cougar Opaque White or Natural, Linen White or Soft-White, Kromekote Gloss, and more -- all for $5.00 each!

Addition to the Family
No doubt you noticed these shots above Karen's register on the right side of the booth!  Please welcome Karen & David's second grandson -- Bryden Michael Ihle, born Thursday, April 28.  6 lbs. 14 oz. and 20" long.  Mother and child (and grandparents) are doing nicely.

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