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Workshops with Dyan Reaveley of Dylusions

Workshops with Dyan Reaveley of Dylusions

Everyone Downunder is all a flutter with excitement! Dyan Reaveley is in town (aka Australia) and teaching at a few shops and businesses on the East Coast.

With Dyan's workshops being booked out months ahead of time, I've been very lucky to snaffle a seat at Darkroom Door for a 2-day shop owner workshop. So awesome! I guess it'll be like a business convention but will be much more interesting and loads of fun given that we're all nutty craftspeople with a love of colourful treasure! Ok, so not everyone is nutty :) Could just be me! lol :)

I've got a groovilishusly awesome plan... learn everything I possibly can about Dylusions and Darkroom Door from the designers themselves, Dyan Reaveley and Rachel Greig... then in a couple of weeks I'm going to host a Dyan Day here in Adelaide.

We'll drink tea (and coffee), paint, colour, gasbag, laugh, eat cake and paint some more! Dyan will be there in digital form - on the big screen via YouTube, FB, slideshow and photos.

I'm thinking late October or early November... that'll give us plenty of time to plan :D Any ideas, questions, thoughts or brainwaves? Need a particular day or date?

Price will be determined by what we will need for the day and while I haven't worked that out yet, if you bring your own journal then that will save you $45 (I'll have journals in stock if you want one). Location will be in the Noarlunga Library (if available) but may be in a community hall somewhere. I'll sort that all out and let you know. Definitely needs to be a full day :) I'm excited and hope you are too!

I'll have her new paint and ink spray colours in by then, along with the new journal blocks, stamps, die cuts and stickers. Some stamps have arrived and left again but more are ordered. If you would like her new stamps with matching stencils let me know because I've not ordered those yet. Dyan will have them with her so I'll decide after I see them.

So grateful to have a phone that is also a computer, camera, sketchbook and game machine! Makes me wonder why I need to carry around my journal (1kg), sketchbook (.5kg), pencils (.5kg) and waterbrushes (.1kg)...! lol :) I don't go anywhere without them, no matter how much they weigh. Luckily I don't have heavy clothes! lol :D

Also, for this week only, all parcels will be posted after I return on Thursday, 21st September. If your order is urgent, please phone me on 0428 898 120 and I'll organise it to be sent.

While away, I'll still be checking in, posting in FB and Instagram, answering emails, messages and phone calls :)

FYI, if you have purchased a Darkroom Door Stamp Set, don't forget I give a FREE stamp trimming service. Reply to this email and let me know if you'd like your stamp set cut apart (and if you wish to keep the scraps, eg: for stamping mosaics). Visit my website for details.

Sing out if you have any questions, I'm here to help anytime :) Phone or FB are the easiest way to chat this week.

Happy Creative Week!
:)
Jenny
Artist

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Tim Holtz Stamp Platform News

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform News

12 September 2017 Update...

They have arrived!

This groovy stamping tool is proving to be a paper and time saver for stamping words. No more inked lines around the words when I don't want them there. Sometimes I do want the inky markes but most often I don't. Fantastic! I'm very impressed.

I highly recommend buying additional magnets. They come in handy for smoothing out bulky card and you can stamp a few things at once. Alternatively, if you have thin fridge magnets or magnetic sheeting in the craft cupboard, put them with your platform.

The storage case (sleeve) is fantastic (once the smell goes away - and that only takes a few hours). Not only is it strong and stretchy enough to store your platform and magnets but it will fit in your fave stamp set and ink pad... enough treasures to be crafty everywhere you go :)

Links to buying in now (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform ... useful and practical gadget :)
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case ... a verstaile sleeve :)
- the Magnets ... Tim Holtz Platform Replacement Magnets ... most useful :)

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Have a happy day!
:)
Jenny


1 August 2017 Update...

They're Here!

Thank you so much for waiting with me for this amazing gadget from Tim :) All PreOrders will be posted this afternoon so you'll have yours by the weekend! So exciting :D

Links to buying in now (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Thank you!
:)
Jenny


17 July Update...

The first order of platforms have arrived! :) Yay!

More will be arriving in September or October so nobody will miss out and there'll still be time to use it to make Halloween, Birthday or Christmas cards by the dozen!

Let me know if you'd like to be notified when its available to PreOrder again.

How to Chat :
- phone ... 0428898120
- email ... www.shop.artbyjenny.com.au/community/contact
- FB msg ... www.facebook.com/ArtbyJenny.GGofRB

Along with this exciting delivery is a new treasure we'll all need and want - the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case! Visit the link to check it out :)

Links to buying in advance (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform PreOrder
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Thank you!
:)
Jenny


12 July Update...

The first order of platforms are nearly here! Arriving here tomorrow or Friday :) Yay!

You know what I'll be doing all weekend! Packing and labelling Tim's stamp platforms and storage cases :) Those of you who have one in this new delivery - watch for the postie on Tuesday or Wednesday next week :D So exciting!

The next delivery will be sometime during or after August. I'm renaming the name (with PreOrder September) after this first delivery is posted to everyone to avoid confusion - so watch this space if you'd like to PreOrder your very own groovy stamping gadget! I'll post the link here when its ready :)

Requests will always be welcome (instead of buying in advance) and will be contacted once preorders are fulfilled, and posted in order of payment.

To chat, either phone, email, text msg, FB msg, by clicking the button "notify me..." or use the "contact me" button below.

Any questions, big or small - ask me anytime :)

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny


19 June Update...

The latest update (woo hoo!) is that the Tim Holtz Stamp Platforms have finally arrived at Tonic Studio (UK) and are being packed as fast as they can for their journey to Australia.

Please note: The first exciting delivery of this groovy gadget was confirmed to be early June but they changed the date on me so now they are (hopefully) arriving late June 2017 along with their coordinating Storage Cases/Pockets (sold separately).

I'm just waiting for my shipping notification from them before I can give out any specific dates.

While I have sold out of my first delivery, more will be arriving in August or September, so once this first order has been finalised and posted out to everyone, I'll create a new PreOrder... it'll get too confusing otherwise!

Requests will always be welcome (instead of buying in advance) and will be contacted once preorders are fulfilled, and posted in order of payment.

To chat, either phone, email, text msg, FB msg, by clicking the button "notify me..." or use the "contact me" button below.

I'm very grateful for your patience. I hope you'll continue to wait with me! Any questions, big or small - ask me anytime :)

Thank you so much!
:)
Jenny


29 May Update...

3 weeks to go!

All my PreOrders are sold out now, so if you'd like to be contacted when they arrive (just in case of cancellations or having any left over due to my brilliant counting skills), msg or email or phone me anytime.

More will be arriving in August so let me know if you'd like to be notified when its available to PreOrder again.

How to Chat :
- phone ... 0428898120
- email ... www.shop.artbyjenny.com.au/community/contact
- FB msg ... www.facebook.com/ArtbyJenny.GGofRB

Along with this exciting delivery is a new treasure we'll all need and want - the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case! Visit the link to check it out :)

Links to buying in advance (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform PreOrder
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Thank you!
:)
Jenny


16 May Update...

I’ve exciting news :) The delivery of the Tim Holtz Stamp Platforms from the UK will be arriving instore mid June. That’s in 4 weeks time!

This means I’m able to accept PreOrders again. I’ve only a few left in this first delivery but if you still like to see it before you buy, let me know :) I'll be taking oodles of photos and maybe even a video (you never know)!

Along with this exciting delivery is a new treasure we'll all need and want - the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform's Storage Case! Visit the link to check it out :)

Links to buying in advance (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform PreOrder
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Thank you!
:)
Jenny


10 May Update...

Same news from 30 April (2 weeks ago) but still the latest news :)

I have Fantastic News!

I've been chatting with Tonic Studios direct, both the US and UK offices for the past few weeks. Both are such lovely people and so helpful! Anyway, the UK Tonic Studios are working with me to enable me to buy direct. So pretty soon, you'll have your stamp platform - and without any legalities getting in the way.

Just waiting on confirmation from Tonic Studios about the delivery date!

Product link >>> Tim Holtz Stamp Platform PreOrder

This means that the UK version of Tim Holtz's Stamp Platforms could be here earlier than previously expected... hopefully June or July!

Due to the legalities with the US version of Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform, there has been worldwide delay on the launch. Therefore, its unlikely that we'll see the US version arrive in Australia before July or August.

image from Tonic Studios UK of Tim Holtz Stamp PlatformI'm pleased to share that the UK version of Tim's Stamp Platform looks and works exactly the same as the one seen in videos and photos from Tim Holtz's blog, Tonic Studios' website, Creativation trade show (formerly CHA) and here at Art by Jenny.

What a huge relief! As soon as they land on my doorstep, I'll be singing from the rooftops :)

I feel for Tim Holtz and his team, Tonic Studios and My Sweet Petunia... court is such a stressful thing. Hopefully it'll be finalised as soon as possible and everyone involved is happy with the outcome. Fingers crossed for Tim and Tonic :)

Please continue to watch this blog post and I'll keep you up to date with any news, updates or anything else I find out. And of course, if you've a PreOrder, I'll write to you each time I update this blog too :)

If you'd like to buy in advance, here's the link >>> Tim Holtz Stamp Platform PreOrder

I'm so grateful for your patience and understanding. Thank you for continuing to wait with me! Any questions, big or small - ask me anytime :)

Thank you!
:)
Jenny


Happy Easter!

Update 14 April 2017 ... I have information for you about the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and while its not fantastic news, its not the worst we could have received.

Since I last wrote to you, I’ve been trying to get hold of information from Tonic Studios for weeks but haven’t had much response other than, we’ll get back to you. In hindsight, they’ve obviously had their hands full talking to lawyers and reworking their groovy gadget.

I received an email from Mario Rossi this morning with an official letter from Tonic Studios about what's been happening. He’s quite positive and sends his thanks for our patience and understanding.

Its a worldwide delay, not just the US… those who have already got their Stamp Platform in the UK are even luckier than just getting it early! They’ve got the original :) But we will get ours too one day. Just not this week (April) as expected :(

If you haven't heard, My Sweet Petunia have been granted a patent for the Misti and from what I understand, they are asking all other manufacturers to change their own products (ie, Tim's platform).

In the letter from Tonic Studios, they state that they are very excited to launch the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. While they don’t consider their platform to be an infringement on the Misti patent and their claims, they do not want to expose us, their customers and retailers to any legal action, therefore are launching a newer model in place of the one seen in January at the trade show.

Because of this, there will be a delay in its production of 6-8 weeks - so it looks like it will be June or July before we see this arrive at Art by Jenny or anywhere else in Australia.

As with all inventions, everything gets reworked and revamped and redesigned as technology changes, ideas spring up and improvements are made. I'm sure the designer of Misti and all the other manufacturers including Tonic Studios work this out. There’s enough room on our planet for everyone’s amazing creations, gadgets and inventions :)

From a stamper's point of view (me), I wanted a stamping platform the second I saw Tim’s version! Until then I was satisfied with my 2 bits of plastic stuck together with duck tape :) lol Whether its Tim or the colour that changed my mind I don't really know, but I do know that I can't wait for it to arrive so I can use it! Christmas cards are going to be so much faster to make this year - meaning more than 5 people will get one :D Yay!

Back to you ... I realise another 6 to 8 weeks can seem like a really long time so I'm truly grateful for your patience and understanding. 

I hope you're happy to wait with me for Tim's amazing stamp platform.

Thank you for reading, watching or buying, anticipating the launch, and waiting with me! Its just a little bit exciting... like all new treasures from Tim :)

If you'd like to be notified when they've arrived and in stock (and not sold out... eg, 1 or 3 spare), contact me and I'll write to you when the big day arrives.

Have a wonderful, creative and happy Easter weekend!
:)
Jenny
Artist


About the Stamp Platform...

Disclaimer... it may look different now. This clever gadget helps make stamping multiple cards and precision application so much easier.

the Tim Holtz stamp platformNo need for holding or taping down the card so it doesn't move while you rummage around trying to line up the stamp and acrylic block.

Works with all cling rubber stamps - red, grey or clear, old or new :)





These two little round things in the photos are strong magnets... these are to keep your card still while you stamp.

Working platform size is approx 8.5 inches (21cm) square... looking at the photo, the increments are the same as the ruler (sold separately)... in quarter inches with inches marked on the sides.

An innovative surface for precision stamping with Rubber and Clear stamps.  Take your stamping to the next level with the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. Designed to perfectly accommodate both clear and rubber stamps – and engineered to ensure an accurate even contact every time – the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is a must have for any creative stamper!

Highly durable, the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is perfect for crafters attending classes or clubs or anyone requiring a tool for extensive stamping.

8.5 x 8.5 inch top and side ruler - marked in both imperial and metric measurements accurately placing stamps at specific intervals couldn’t be easier. The measurements are in centimetres AND inches! Yay :)

Includes:
- 1 x sturdy magnetic base plate with dual side and top measuring rulers;
- 1 x clear dual thickness, metal hinged stamping plate. Each side is marked to show the thickness of stamp that should be used. Use one side for clear stamps and the other for rubber stamps. Ensures a perfect, even contact between stamp and medium;
- 2 x high strength magnets used to clamp the medium in place when stamping.

Overall size: 29.2cm (11.5in) x 24.3cm (9.5in).

Msg me if you have questions :) Have a happy day! Jenny

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How to Trim Darkroom Door Stamp Sets

How to Trim Darkroom Door Stamp Sets

I love Darkroom Door stamps! There are so many ways to use them - as backgrounds of cards, featured in journals, ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), on mixed media, part of a canvas, used on a scrapbook page - anything at all.

This photo shows my ATCs featuring the pair of love birds and type from the stamp set "Love Birds". The background was created using the "Feathers" stamp set.

The quality of these stamps is superb. Every image is easy to ink up and prints beautifully every time, just as designed - not squashed or missing fine details like some clear stamps do (for me).

I may appear a bit biased as I sell Darkroom Door stamps, but I do love them (which is WHY I choose to sell them).

Gorgeous handmade greeting card by Godelieve for Darkroom Door

The gorgeous green card above is by Godelieve Tijskens of Stamping Mathilda, talented artist and designer for Darkroom Door. Big thank yous go to Godelieve and Rachel Grieg for the use of this image :)

The only thing I've heard is tricky is trimming around each image or word. While the quotes, background and eclectic stamps by Darkroom Door are ready to use straight out of the packet (apart from taking off the paper backing), the stamp sets require a little preparation before use.

Click this link for my FREE Stamp Trimming Service!

How to Trim Your Darkroom Door Stamps

Step 1
I prefer to use my Tim Scissors (Tim Holtz Tonic Serrated Scissors). They are sharp and strong, great for the stretchy rubber - plus the serrated blades grip the rubber as you cut, allowing you to cut closely with precision.

Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Scissors with trimmed African Tree stamps by Darkroom Door

Step 2
Leave the paper backing on and with the image or stamp facing you, cut carefully around all the elements or just the element you require.

All the stamps from the African Trees stamp set cut apart, ready for use

Step 3
The excess I find quite useful as it can be cut into shapes like squares, triangles, circles, polygons and anything else - shapes are great to use either featured (with doodling) or in backgrounds. Let your imagination be your guide!

Trimming Darkroom Door cling rubber stamp sets gives leftovers for mosaics

Step 4 ... Using your newly trimmed stamps
Next, peel off white backing paper and place stamp onto a clear acrylic block of a similar size.

Colour the image with Distress markers, ink, stains, paints or press into texture paste or gesso. Be sure to wash straight away so the texture pastes, gessos and other mediums do not dry on the stamps.

Store your stamp set in the handy storage case provided with each set.

Click here to see all stamps by Darkroom Door
Click here to see the Tim Scissors aka Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors

Example of trimmed stamps

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Stamping with the Tim Holtz Platform

Have you used your Tim Holtz's groovy gadget or seen it in action yet? I used mine the other day for the first time. 

I've had it unpacked for a couple of weeks but it's been sitting on my couch looking at me while I used my Dylusions journal block.... ooooh! Did you see the new one? Its a fantastic size - long enough for all Dyan's new long stamps and Darkroom Door's border stamps.

Anyway... back to using the Stamp Platform...

I placed the stamp in position then took it off again and flipped over the lid - works much better when its the right side! Thankfully, I hadn't inked it up yet :)

image showing the rubber stamp with the word rubber facing upNote from the wise (me! lol), if the lid doesn't close flat, the stamp is on the wrong side of the lid. There are words on the lid (see pic) but I wasn't sure which way up the words should look.

This pic of the dragonfly stamp shows the lid for rubber stamps the correct way up... see how the word "rubber" is the right way round?

Its also smooth on the rubber stamp side too, whereas on the clear stamp side, it has a grid marked.

The phrase I've used is from Tim's Stuff to Say stamp set. Given how it is such a fine typeface I thought it might get a double effect with stamping it twice but I'm impressed. It just went darker, not even a blurry line! AND it didn't give me those inky lines around the stamp like I usually get when stamping with words :) Yay!

closeup of my ATCs showing the stamped wording

The magnets were so useful. Being so thin they didn't interfere with the stamping at all and held down the card so well it didn't budge a millimetre. 

I ended up using 4 magnets to hold it down anyway because the card was so buckled from the amount of ink and water I'd used. I'm a bit heavy handed with ink sometimes! I needed to stamp it twice because my ink pad was dryish and the paper was a tad damp.

I highly recommend buying additional magnets. Alternatively, if you have thin fridge magnets or magnetic sheeting in the craft cupboard, put them with your platform.  

Links to buying in now (or window shopping) :
- the Platform ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
- the Storage Case ... Tim Holtz Stamp Platform Storage Case
- the Magnets ... Tim Holtz Platform Replacement Magnets

If you need more information or help with anything, please ask anytime :)

Have a happy day!
:)
Jenny


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Pumpkinhead Shrinkies

Pumpkinhead Shrinkies

Making tiny plastic charms is easy when you know how!

To make teeny tiny Pumpkinheads for Halloween I used Tim Holtz Stamps - Pumpkinheads, Shrink plastic (like Shrinkie Dinks), StazOn ink pad, Watercolour Pens, sharp scissors and a heat tool.

Basically, place your favourite Pumpkinhead (or 5) onto an acrylic block, ink the stamp and print onto the plastic. Trim around the image, add colour and then heat to shrink. That's the short version!

Always follow the instructions on the pack of the shrink plastic. While most instructions say to use an oven, a heat tool can be used for small creations like these. Always be careful when you're using heat :)

Pumpkinhead stamped on clear and sanded shrink plastic

Shown above from left to right: Pumpkinhead stamp, clear shrink plastic and presanded shrink plastic.

Pumpkinheads stamped and trimmed

I used StazOn black ink then trimmed the pumpkins with sharp scissors before colouring. 

Pumpkinhead trimmed and coloured

The clear plastic is best coloured with permanent markers (Copics, Chameleon Pens), while the sanded plastic is great with anything including pencils and watercolours.

I used watercolour pens on both :) It beads on the clear plastic but still adheres to the plastic when shrunk. The colours blended well on the sanded plastic.

I also added white Sharpie to the eyes :)

About to shrink with the heat tool

Pumpkinhead is shown above on presanded plastic waiting to be shrunk.

Both pumpkinheads shrunk

Here are the finished pumpkins... they shrink to about a third the size while atthe same time, the plastic gets thicker.

The top pumpkinhead in the photo is the clear shrink plastic, while the orange one is the presanded shrink plastic.

Shrinkies next to the stamp and full size image

This photo shows both tiny pumpkinheads next to a full size untrimmed Shrinkie and the original cling stamp. Aren't they totally adorable :)

Sing out if you need help or have questions.

Happy Creative Day!

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