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Tim Holtz Stamp Platform News

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform News

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 ...
- FB msg ...

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!

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!

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!

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 ...
- FB msg ...

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 :)

- 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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March Updates for New Arty Treasure - Oxides and Scribble Sticks inStore Now!

March Updates for New Arty Treasure - Oxides and Scribble Sticks inStore Now!

March 31 Update

PreOrder Update - Oxide Ink Pads are in stock!

The Distress Oxide Ink Pads are becoming scarce! If you miss out on an ink pad, buy a couple (or all) of the Oxide Reinkers. You can easily stamp and paint with these. The ink is smooth and creamy so sticks to rubber stamps quite well, with or without using an ink pad. I squirted some out onto my craft sheet and used my finger to dab onto my stamp. Worked out ok :) The colours themselves are different to the original Distress Inks... they're opaque, making the colours appear brighter. Well worth a try I think :D

New products are instock and online - Tim's Idea-Ology treasures including the gorgeous Boutique paper flowers, Transparent Alpha Tiles (so cool), Paper Dolls Die Cuts and the beautiful Design Tapes... plus lots more still to add :)

Actually, all that's left to add online from this delivery are the new binders, a few stashes of 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, a "couple" of other Idea-Ology newbies, the Broadway Bigz Dies (its huge!), the cling foam alphabet stamps and 2 sets of Thinlet Dies (Tattered Florals and Wildflowers #2). Plus! New Darkroom Door stamps (more!) and Dina Wakely's Scribble Sticks will be added online soon. Dina's watercolour crayons (Scribble Sticks) are in stock now :D The colours are gorgeous!

Click here to buy new arty treasures

Transparent Alpha Tiles from Tim HoltzQuotation Stickers from Tim HoltzBoutique Paper Flowers from Tim Holtz

Dylusions Flip JournalDylusions Dyary Stick ItsVillage landscape die cut set

March 21 Update

PreOrder Update - My 2nd Delivery for Distress Oxide Ink Pads is next week, 28th March 2017 :)

I received a shipping notification today (21st) and had a wonderful surprise... the Oxides are on their way sooner than expected! Woo hoo! Wait till you see them in real life too - the colours look gorgeous :)

Single colours for each the ink pads and refills will be online later today along with everything else in my shipping notification - lots and lots of treasure! Gonna be a busy girl today :)

What else? I received a shipping notification from Stampers Anonymous a week or so ago, so more of the brand new CHA / Creativation releases will be here any day now!
- edit : 5 new stamp designs arrived last night - Slate & Stone, Vines & Roses (so pretty), Flower Jar (love it), Illustrated Garden (gorgeous) and Scribbles & Spirals.

Click here to check out the newbies :)

Dyary News

I know, the  Dylusions Dyaries feel like they're taking forever but they'll be here very very soon. My sources say they'll be here with me at the end of next week (around the 28th) with Dyan's other groovy treasures like the journal tape, flip journals, Dyary ink, Dyary tape, Dyary stickers and a whole stash of Tim's Idea-Ology - boutiques of flowers, paper dolls, alphabets and more! So much more :D
Sadly, my order doesn't include the Dyary die cuts - but I do have in stock 3 collections of colouring sheets.

Its pretty awesome! I just need to get my skates on and get them online so you can find them. Which reminds me, if you ever want to buy Tim's set of 12x12 metal drawers or spinning storage tray, sing out any time! I have deliveries from the US every month so its easy enough to add 1 or 3 extra items just for you :)

Darkroom Door have just announced a set of fantastic NEW Eclectic Stamps and they'll be here late March or early April. The pics look amazing :) I'll download them and add them to this blog post. Sing out if you want to PreOrder :)

Tim's Hipsters look so groovy in real life... just sayin' :)

Thanks for waiting with me for these treasures. I wish you a happy, creative day!

Feb 26 Update

They've arrived! Tim's stamps of Hipsters, Motivation series, Illustrated Garden, Brush Strokes plus Darkroom Door's beautiful new collage stamps.

Dyan Reaveley's newly designed Silhouette Stencils arrived as well, named from left to right - Jay, Ben and Emmi. These 3 stencils are the replacements for the dearly departed Flossie, Ruby, Lottie, Bert and Fred.

Etcetera now means 'Tim Treasure'!

The Tim Holtz Etcetera tags are here! These look and feel amazing :D

Tim Holtz's Etcetera range of tags are different to any surface you've used before! Made by Stamers Anonymous from what they call thickboard, a type of craftwood or thick chipboard. These tags are strong, smooth and ready for anything you want to create, embellish, paint, sand or drill - anything at all. Available in 3 sizes - 5.5"x10", 6.5"x12" and 8.25"x14.25".

Tim Holtz Etcetera tags

click here for New Treasure!

Love stencils? Me too! Finally, I've ordered my faves of the Mini Tim Holtz Layering Stencil range. The new ones aren't far away. The estimated release date from Stampers Anonymous is April (must check this!). If you come across any that I've not put online and would love to buy, let me know and I'll get them in for you. You can find all the stencils and masks here.

Tim Holtz cling stamp set Hipsters are animal portraits wearing ties and hatsThe Distress Oxide ink pads are arriving soon! Have you seen them? So much fun to be had I reckon. I've added them into the shop now as a PreOrder (click here) with the first delivery of ink pads and reinkers arriving mid to late March. Order today or contact me to be notified when they are here.

Dyan Reaveley and Dylusions Dyary or Perpetual DiaryDyan's dyary has had a slight delay but they'll be here very soon, also in mid March! Along with ALL the stickers, stamps, washi and more. The accessory bags aka stencil pockets will be here soon too.

So many treasures! Are you lucky enough to get your hands on any of these yet? Had time to play yet? I hope so. After all, that's what buying all these treasures is all about - more to use for art, craft and being creative in any way!

Thanks for your time :) Have an awesome happy, creative day!

Feb 12 Update

Some of Tim's stamps are flying across to us as I speak (type) ... Hipsters, Motivation series, Illustrated Garden, Brush Strokes and more. Darkroom Door newbies are instore now :D

I received the shipping notification from Stampers Anonymous yesterday (11 Feb) and it usually takes around a week for treasures to arrive so look for "nearly here" or "on its way" in the product name to see what's included. I've left the word "PreOrder" on as they're not here yet :) Any questions, sing out any time!

Tim's latest stencil designs will be here any day now... the tracking estimates Wednesday this week :D Sooooo exciting! Travelling with them are refills for the Masters' Cleaner, Yupo paper, most of Tim's stencils plus a "few" other treasures. Prismacolor blending pencils sold out again but will be back in March.

Dyan's groovy Dyary (diary, journal) is on its way to us too. I've only ordered 1 box (10) so get your order in quick so you don't miss out! Next delivery is in March for these. 

That's it for today's news. So far! lol :) There's always something exciting happening in the art and craft Universe!

Have an awesome happy, creative day!

Jan 31 News

As you probably have already seen and heard, there are so many arty treasures from Tim Holtz, Tonic Studios, Dylusions of Dyan Reaveley and Ranger about to be released.

Just like every new product announcement, they show off their new ideas and favourite new toys, then make us wait until the products have been manufactured. But its a good thing - this way we all get to have a good dose of retail and art therapy each and every month, not all at once!

image showing products soon to arrive at Art by Jenny online shop

Arrivals from Tim, Dyan and friends are happening every 4 or 5 weeks starting mid February. So exciting! Can't wait to see the bouquets of flowers (Idea-Ology), Tim and Tonic's fabulous new stamping gadget (like the Misti but half the price!) and Dyan's groovy new diary, I mean Dyary. I'd say sorry for my excitement but I'd just have to take it back because I simply love love love it all! The colours, designs, textures, ideas, inspiration, and more colours... {{happy sigh}} lol :)

Tim Holtz Stamp Collection HipsterDylusions Creative Dyary by Dyan Reaveley

This link will transport you to the "What's New" category to see what's just arrived

Click this link to see and preorder all the brand new goodies

Gorgeous NEW Darkroom Door stamps are on their way - arriving in a couple of weeks... can't wait :) I love the look of it all (as always! lol), the Grunge Marks, Butterflies and Classic Cars. And the Hummingbirds are gorgeous too! Rachel's special occasion sayings are practical as well as beautiful.

Darkroom Door Classic Cars Stamp SetDarkroom Door Hummingbirds stamp set 

The Texture Stamps and more of the other collections are planned to arrive this year. Slowly I'm building up the shop to have every single Darkroom Door stamp available for you to buy.

This is a direct link to all Darkroom Door new arrivals

Speaking of my wishlist, Liquitex acrylic paints are arriving in the next few weeks. I'm ordering the basics plus a few favourites like veridian, aqua and turquoise! You've just got to have all the gorgeous mermaid colours at hand, it saves so much time and hassle mixing them. With basics you can create nearly every colour under the sun but if you want other colours, simply ask :)

The Liquitex bottles of ink are on their way too. I love ink :) Such a versatile medium - it can be used for drawing, colouring, painting, splashing, dripping - anything at all. Plus if you add it to the thick gel mediums, it becomes a thick paint. AND it works beautifully with all the Distress, Winsor & Newton and Gansai Tambi ranges too :) Yay!

Paint brushes are still here waiting to be added to the shop... along with Winsor & Newton mediums (watercolour paints in tubes and pans are on the way), Liquitex gesso, IndigoBlu stamps ... I've got Rain Drops, Kibble Puppies and Kittens, Rebecca, Ella Bella and a few more.

Anybody still want Brusho or Ken Oliver watercolour powders? I haven't ordered them again because I find my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Sprays to be so much easier to use. And cleaner if you can believe it! I ended up with watercolour dust everywhere when I last used Brusho powder - I've given it to a friend who simply loves the stuff :) Obviously it was something I did because she doesn't make a mess at all. lol :)

If you want them, let me know. Both Brusho Crystal Colours and Ken Oliver Color Bursts can easily be ordered from my supplier.

FYI ... Below is a background made for my latest ATCs using Tim's Distress Ink Sprays.

background featuring Tim Holtz Distress Ink

I've found that Tim Holtz's ink sprays and stains are permanent once heat set and if sprayed with a mist of fixative, the colours don't fade. Most watercolours need to be set with a fixative before adding other layers so the colours don't reactivate with water or other ink.

I always spray a fine mist of fixative over my art, just in case. Any brand will work - just make sure it says "non yellowing". If you can't find it or aren't sure what you're looking for, ask me anytime :)

Thanks for reading my shop's blog. I'm off to Blogger now to upload my latest creations... its been a while so there'll be a few pics to see. Have a wonderful, creative and Happy day!


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Kuretake Japanese Art Pens Review

Kuretake Japanese Art Pens Review

Summary... Love them!

Kuretake's Hikkei Double Ended Brush Pen and Fudegokochi Fine Point Brush Pens are Japanese professional pens with black archival ink, designed to be used for art, drawing, writing and calligraphy. Kuretake are the people who make Gansai Tambi watercolour paints and other very high quality art and design products.

Normally marketed towards artists who draw comics, cartoons and anime, these pens are versatile and flexible. The brush tips on both pens are springy and precise. They are extra fine if you mark with the very tip and wide if used on the side or pressed firmer. Only time will tell how well the tips last but so far the tips don't go furry and thick, meaning they'll stay beautiful and precise for a long time. I love drawing with them, so light and smooth to use! They glide over the page :)

Click here for the 'Pencils, Pens and Markers' category in the shop

photo of Kuretake brush pens

The black ink is a clean neutral grey base. Alot of black inks have a red, green or blue base, meaning when the black is thinned down, it has a coloured tint. This ink is totally grey, not even a hint of another colour when I was cleaning off my Crazy Cat stamp.

Kuretake Fudegokochi Drawing Pens Review withTim Holts Crazy Cat and Twisted stencil

The pencil drawing in the background of my play space was a sketch of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Starry Night... well, it started out as that then turned into just a few hills that the astromoner could climb to watch the various flying objects! lol Just noticed they're very feint in the photo so may not be visible on small devices but you can see the tent and mountaineer easily (top right) :) Here's my other one...

sketch that started out as Starry Starry Night drawn by Jenny

Anyway, back to the pens!

As a test, I drew a row of scribbly trees with the silver barrelled Hikkei to the right of the page. The 2 thick sweeps are drawn with the side of the pen. Below this I stippled with both the side and tip of the brush, then a few dashes... it can be extra extra fine if you go lightly :)

I then drew more trees with the Fudegokochi, both ends. I found the fine tip drew thinner than the Hikkei. Just realised I didn't draw with the side of this pen before taking the main photo but its about twice the thickness as the Hikkei's thick sweep as shown below.

closeup of the pen marks

Using the Tim Holtz layering stencil "Mini Twisted", I traced a couple of branches. The Hikkei was best for this as I could get the finer twists traced without filling in the space as much. See the yellow branch, its cleaner than the green.

closeup of the Twisted layering stencil lines

Adding colour with my Zig waterbrush and Gansai Tambi paints, I discovered the pens were permanent on paper (and wash off plastic using water). No amount of water made the lines bleed.

Quick link to all waterbrushes :)

Cooooool :) So got out my Crazy Cat stamps! Love these guys :) I used the Fudegokochi thick end and brushed over the stamp... it inks up rely well and washes off easily. Great for precision and selective area stamping. Normally I use my Tim markers, Distress inkpads and Archival inkpad for inking up stamps... using this pen for the image will stop me getting black ink everywhere its not wanted!

three little kittens without any mittens

I only inked up this kitten's head once but stamped the three times. You can see the nice cool grey outline better in this pic. Perfect when you want to ink up in grey not black. Just remember to stamp on scrap before your project to get the grey!

I've drawn on the last available page in my Strathmore "drawing paper" visual journal so the paper is absorbant (unlike mixed media, acrylic or mixed media paper) and water makes the paper pill (go fluffy) and swell. I'll draw and paint on anything though unless I'm working on a particular project (that requires a certain paper or object).

I love Strathmore's paper ... so here's another quick link, this time to Strathmore.

So my overall thought? Love them :) Thanks for reading my blog.

Have a happy day!

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