Thursday, January 31, 2013

Now In Stock From Flourishes

New Flourishes stamps are in stock, and they are gorgeous as always! Just My Type is inspired by public transit signs; these spunky sentiments take the trend of fun typography and put it into words that you can use on your cards or creations.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue -- a floral bouquet created just for you! This beautiful set illustrated by Marcella Hawley offers a bunch of roses and violets that you can send to your sweetie. Use this set for Valentine's Day or serve it up anytime you want to send some love in the form of a card!

Stop by the store to see our entire selection of Flourishes stamps, including the new In & Out You set!

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New From Lifestyle Crafts

We are really excited about the new dies and embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts!

Aren't these Arrow dies fun?  Not only can they be used for Valentine's Day crafts, but they're great for Project Life pages as well, and cards for any occasion.  Don't miss the other great new dies we just got in, including the different sets of decorative borders!

This two pack of embossing folders includes a trendy honeycomb design.  Be sure to head over to the store to see all of the new embossing folder sets we've got.

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fresh Squeezed Stamps, Paper Smooches, & Authentique!

We are so pleased to announce that i {heart} papers is now carrying Fresh Squeezed Stamps!  We have five fabulous sets currently in stock - Happy Hexagons (shown above),  Soda-lighted, Hot, Hot, Hot, Games People Play, and A Punny Valentine. Head over to the store to see them all!  And more will be coming soon, so keep checking with us.

We've got three new sets in from Paper Smooches as well.  Nine Lives (shown above),  Needle Little Love, and Cuteasaurus are all adorable!

Yesterday four gorgeous new 6x6 Authentique pads arrived on our doorstep!  Don't miss Winter (shown above), Renew,  Hope, and Autumn.

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Announcing Spectrum Noir Markers & Some Changes!

“Why do you go away?  So that you can come back.  So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.  And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

I love coming back from CHA.  It’s like my crafty New Year!  I always come back recharged after seeing my crafty friends and excited about the new products and trends.  It’s also a great time for me to re-evaluate the store, the products and how things are running.  I’m going into my fifth year this year and I’m incredibly proud and filled with joy about that.  It’s work, very hard at times, but it’s where my {heart} is.

One of my biggest product announcements is here!  I am thrilled to announce that IHP will now be carrying Spectrum Noir markers.  These high quality alcohol markers have taken the crafting world by storm due to their affordable price (less than $2 a marker!) and their incredible quality.  One of the things I love about these markers is that they come packaged as basic color families, in sets of six, for perfect blending right out of the package.  There’s no worrying about whether the colors you’re selecting will blend perfectly.  It takes the guesswork out of it.

The core set of 72 pens is available in 12 sets of 6, allowing you to purchase specific color families or all at once.  These 72 colors will fit the needs of most crafters, stampers, scrapbookers and basic art projects.  For more versatility and blending options there are four supplemental sets of 24 pens that come in a re-usable plastic box.  These are available in lights, darks, brights, and pastels to complement the core line of 72 pens for a total of 168 colors.

Pen colors are not duplicated in any of the sets and both the chisel and bullet nibs are replaceable and they are refillable.  (Brush nibs are coming soon and will be available by mid-2013 but I love having the bullet tip for coloring small areas.)  Your blender pen, black and basics are included in the Essentials pack and light skin tones are in the Pale Hues set.  As with other alcohol blender pens, it is not normally used for blending but more often used for correcting, special effects or advanced techniques.

Spectrum Noir Alcohol pens should be stored horizontally so that there is an even distribution of ink throughout the pen chamber but if you forget, usually just laying it on its side for about 30 minutes will balance things out again.  As far as the numbering system goes, it's pretty intuitive - the lower the color number the lighter the color (and the more alcohol in the ink), the higher the number the darker or more intense the color will be.

They also have amazing smooth cardstock (available for $7 for a pack of 20 sheets) which stamps well with Tsukineko Memento Ink.  I will be adding refills and nibs in the future but wanted to get these markers to you as soon as possible!

Want to see these markers in action? Be sure to check the video gallery.

I know you're asking, "What about my Copics?"  Fear not!  Any Copics you have can be used in conjunction with these or whatever alcohol markers you have.  What will change is that IHP will no longer be stocking Copics.

I've actually been on the hunt for a Copic replacement for over a year, since the 2012 price increase.  I looked at several companies last year at CHA and again this year and I'm confident that Spectrum Noir is the best option in quality and affordability for my customers.  Plus, their customer service (something you KNOW I value) is bar none.  They may be a huge, international company with several product lines and still growing but I’ve had nothing but the best experience so far and have read numerous customer reviews that substantiate that.  I’m so happy to be working with a company that values their retailers and is willing to work with them and that is open to suggestions and feedback.

So, what does this mean for IHP and Copic?  It means that whatever Copic inventory we have in stock is all we will have.   January 1, 2013 there was yet another price increase from Copic, bringing the MSRP to $8 a marker and raising my wholesale price as well.  I know that *I* wouldn't pay $8 for a marker so I can't in good faith expect my customers to.  And while IHP has NEVER charged MSRP for Copics and we've always abided by their strict pricing policies, we can't continue to absorb the continued price increases to keep the price low enough to be affordable to you.  I know several of you will be disappointed by this news and I apologize but I strive to offer the best products that are affordable for your average crafter so that your dollars go farther.  And with these markers, you can get the same quality for a less than a quarter of the price of one Copic.  In my book, that can’t be beat.

We were also just notified that USPS rates will be increasing effective 1/27 for most mail classes (first class, Priority and package rates are the ones that impact us the most).   Over the past year there have been 2 smaller increases to package rates, which we’ve absorbed without raising our minimum for free shipping threshold or our shipping rates.  Unfortunately we can’t absorb this increase.  Effective 1/27 there will be a new shipping policy in place, with the new free shipping threshold being $70 (applies to US orders only, including HI, AK and APO).

But, there are three GOOD things about this.  First, our lowest tier of shipping for “stamps, ribbon and Bow Easy only” has been lowered to $3 for orders under $25.  If you just want some stamps and some ribbon, you’ll be paying less than before.  Second, there have been NO increases to Canadian or International shipping since those rates weren’t impacted largely by the increase. And lastly, even with the change, IHP still offers one of the lowest free shipping thresholds in the industry, with NO restrictions like many other retailers have.

Some of our top competitors don’t offer free shipping until you reach $75 or $100 or even $150 and those are with restrictions on what “qualifies” for free shipping!  But at IHP, we make it easy.  No gimmicks…no fine print.  You can order all your stamps, papers, dies, whatever we stock and it’ll still be free if you order reaches the threshold.  And hopefully the speedy, friendly and reliable service you’ve come to know and love will keep you coming back, even with these changes. We still feel confident that we’re competitive and offer service that is unmatched by any of our competitors.  An updated shipping chart will be posted soon on the policies page.

So, there’s lots of change - I know.  Change is scary and not always welcome but it’s also necessary for growth and survival.  There’s more to come too.  February will bring a new DT member, as well as a new guest (and I’m SO excited about BOTH of them!) and lots and lots of new CHA products and product lines.

Thank you for your continued friendships, your loyalty, your referrals and recommendations and your patronage. I wouldn’t be here without you!

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

We're Now Carrying Hemptique

i {heart} papers is thrilled to now be stocking Hemptique!  Shown above is the Metallic vintage twine in black, silver, gold and bronze.  This collection contains 42 feet of each color.

We also have spools of hemp twine cord, in several colors - Dark Brown, Natural, White,  and Black.  Each spool is 10 lb, weight, and a total of 205 feet of cord!

If color is what you're looking for, we've got it! Twelve different mini-spools of cotton baker's twine (each spool is 20 yds).

Stop by the store and check out our full range of Hemptique products today!

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

New Stampendous!

Stampendous had a great release at CHA, and the new stamps have started arriving in the store!  This adorable Doctor Kiddo from our collection is dressed up like a doctor to treat all his puppy's ailments. Make a perfect card for the doctor, med student, or veterinarian in your life.

We've also got a fireman kiddo, a nurse kiddo, and a darling girl in boots.  If you like the Perfectly Clear Stamps, there is also a new set called Kiddo Birthday with banners, balloons, presents, cake and greetings. These Kiddos have everything they need to put on a party.

We are also carrying some fabulous travel-themed stamps as well!  True explorers enjoy travel even when they have a hard time staying on the right track.  Use this Baggage Claim set to celebrate their adventurous spirit with a card or scrapbook page.  Pair it with the cling rubber World Map for perfect projects.

Stop by the store to see all of the great new stamps we've got in stock from Stampendous, including some fabulous new sentiments!

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Bo Bunny!

We've got four brand new 6x6 Bo Bunny paper pads in sotck, all from their fabulous Double Dots line!  Pictured above is the fantastic Very Vintage/Distressed pad.  Also in the store are Natural Necessities/Basics, Bold/Brights, and Soft Shades/Pastels.

And while you're checking out our Bo Bunny pretties, be sure to take a look at this super-handy Flexi Ruler!  Here's why you need this in your craft stash:

  • 20" flexible ruler 
  • Create wavy borders on layouts, cards, and more 
  • Create swirls and circles or any shape you can bend it to 
  • Trace around the end of the ruler and cut out the desired shape 
  • Comes in a small shapely plastic see-through purse with strap
Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  We will be updating it frequently, with new arrivals from CHA!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

We're Having a Paper Sale!

We had an amazing time at CHA, and ordered so many exciting new things!  To make room for them, we're having a little (ok, it's not little - it's HUGE!) paper sale!

Through today, ALL 6x6, 8x8, and 12x12 paper is on SALE!  Woohoo!  It's a great time to stock up, but hurry - the paper is flying out the door!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DT Challenge: Sweetened Tones

Hello!  And welcome to this month's DT Challenge

This month we are using a fantastic color palette from Design Seeds called Sweetened Tones.  It's perfect for Valentine's Day coming up.

I was inspired by the little sprinkles and used them in the polka dot paper from the 12x12 Sn@p Life Collection Kit as the main part of my project.  I used this paper to create a cupcake wrapper for my cupcake (strawberry-banana...yum) as well as to cover the chipboard mini cupcake stand and as a strip on my card.  I also used one of the elements from the kit to create a focal point on the card.  I used a little scrap of white metallic string as an accent for some sparkle and put it up on some dimensionals

I love this little ensemble and it would be great for a quick birthday or Valentine's presentation.

I hope you'll stop by the other girls' blogs today to see their inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be heading home from CHA today and have lots to share!  Have a great day!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

My Favorite Things and New Papers!

All sorts of new lovelies arrived yesterday! We are so excited to announce that i {heart} papers is now carrying select items from the Laina Lamb line from My Favorite Things!

The Journal It - Top Ten set is perfect for all of the Project Life-rs out there!

Combine it with the fabulous Document It - Days & Dates, and you've got instant pages, journaling cards, and more!

The Accent It - Flags & Tags dies are the perfect thing to accent these stamps - no fussy cutting!

We've got new 6x6 paper pads in stock, too!  Darling Dear, from Studio Calico, complements the My Favorite Things stamps and dies perfectly, doesn't it?!

Kaisercraft is getting ready for spring, with lovely new floral patterns on both this Secret Admirer pad and the Forget Me Not pad.   And don't miss Tropicana, which has a fabulous red and turquoise color scheme!  All of the Kaisercraft pads are 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",  and include ten specialty papers (assorted flock, varnish, die-cuts, glitter papers) and die-cut sheets.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Project Life / SN@P Products on Sale!

We've got a great sale to kick of 2013, and help you get a head start on your Project Life, SN@P albums, One Little Word, 365 Days of Creativity, or whatever other fun projects you're planning this year!

ALL of the products in our Project Life/SN@P category are on sale through midnight tonight - you can pick up binders, journaling cards, refill pages, and more

Head over to the store to see what's available, but hurry!  The 10% off sale is only good through midnight EST tonight!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year & a Guest Designer!

Happy New Year!  We're kicking things off by introducing a fantastic new guest designer!  Please help us welcome Kasia Curry!

Hey there! My name is Kasia Curry.  I'm from Calgary, Canada and am currently working full time as a Respiratory Therapist in the Intensive Care Unit.  I'm lucky to have a wonderful and supportive husband, Cam, and a rambunctious pup named Stella, as my little happy family. :)  
My mom was my crafty inspiration, she could do pretty much anything, knitting, sewing, DIY.  When she passed away suddenly in 2007, to be closer to her, I decided to start up with her latest crafty obsession, cardmaking. I have been in love with it ever since!  My style is pretty simple, no frills!  
I started up a blog a couple of years ago, the nature of crafty things, to have somewhere to document my cardmaking journey.  Along the way, I have been very fortunate to be a part of a few challenge and design teams.  Currently I am on the RetroSketches and Avery Elle DT's. I am so very excited to have been asked to guest for the I {heart} Papers store. I can't wait to share some of their fabulous products with you! 

We're looking forward to seeing Kasia's work with i {heart} papers goodies all month long!

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