Thursday 28 September 2017

Doctor's Orders....I'm not even sorry....

Yes, I know I did a haul post yesterday but EVEN MORE stuff came today... This is a mix of stuff from Amazon UK and from Art From The Heart - I've organised the post by the line it's from, rather than from where I got them. I DO want to do a big shout-out first to the lovely people at Art For The Heart. I've not placed many orders, but they've always been prompt, and super-helpful when you ask about anything. I've shown you previously the cute red tissue and heart charms they wrap everything in, which is a lovely touch. Today though, they had done something else that made me really happy as I do like nice surprise - so I'll tell you about that. At the bottom of the box, under all the little packages wrapped in red tissue, was one of Dyan's postcards [from this set], which I flipped over to find "Enjoy, Dyan" on the back - lovely and totally unexpected - always a good combination. 

There was, however, a small problem. I always say "you find out who your real friends are when the chips are down", and I do think you find out how good a company really is in terms of how they handle a problem. It's only a small problem and I'll add an update to this post once it's resolved to say how it went as I know it's useful to potential customers. Short version - I'd ordered a particular colour of ink spray and they must've picked up the wrong bottle as they sent something else. To be honest, I would usually just accept it and not care too much but I really wanted that colour damn it! I emailed them outside of business hours today, so we'll see.

UPDATE: within 3h of my emailing them, Ben (Mrs R's son) emailed me back (at 2100h!) to say he'd ship me a bottle of the missing colour first thing tomorrow - can't say much fairer than that!

Ranger Dylusions ink sprays in:
   Pomegranate Seed [BUY NOW: USA, UK]*
   Vanilla Custard [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   White Linen [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Vibrant Turquoise [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Rose Quartz [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Melted Chocolate [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
(* this was the one that Art From The Heart slipped up on, hence the photo shows the Ground Coffee [BUY NOW: USA, UK] that they sent in error]

Some of these are re-stocks, some of them are new to me - including Vanilla Custard and Rose Quartz from the deliciously pastel Sept 2017 release of 6 colours. I've only got these 2 as inks and I have 2 more as paints, and I've not yet got the blue or the brighter pink.

These are from Amazon UK and were dirt cheap - it's a bag of book-rings in mixed sizes [BUY NOW: UK] and I wanted them for storing my Ranger and Stampers Anonymous stamp sets as I don't want to put them into binders, not to mention keeping my stencils tidier, and for displaying tags.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap in:
   Postale [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Melange [BUY NOW: USA, UK]

These are quite good value as you get a 12" wide roll that repeats a roughly 15" pattern 15 times over, so that's a lot of tissue at a low price. It's uncoated so perfect for use in mixed media where you may want to add something over the top.

Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks [BUY NOW: USA, UK] - these are sticks of pigments without wax and with minimal binder - you get 12 sticks - White, Black, Umber, Blackberry, Night, Sky, Turquoise, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Ruby and Magenta. I've had a super-quick play with them and I'll post that in due course.

Ranger Archival Inks in:
   Tea Rose (Wendy Vecchi) [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Dina Wakley Mixed Media Palette (Ocean, Tangerine, Night and Ruby) [BUY NOW: USA, UK]

As you can see below, the Mixed Media palette from Dina is four full-size ink pads so it works put pretty economical actually. I love Dina's 4 colours so it's really nice to be able to use Archival over her paints (which I already do) and have more coordination.

Dylusions Creative Flip Journal (Small) [BUY NOW: USA, UK] - I use a similarly sized (8" by 5") sketch book of the same kind of shape a lot, and I thought this might make a cool alternative, plus it gives me the means to make smaller layouts too I guess.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Found Relatives [BUY NOW: USA, UK] - these are a quite large selection of 24 useful 3" by 5" cards with reprints of old playing card backs on one side and reprints of old 1900s-1950s photos on the other size. There used to be a greetings card line in the UK some 15 years ago that was similar photos to these and would have pictures much like the girl on the bottom right with the dog with the caption added saying something like "Beryl beats up little old ladies for fun" and the one in the middle of the couple would say something like "Sally hoped Isaac was as heavily into anal as she was" or something similar - I'm basically going to use a few of them in similar ways, but other ones will be used in softer and more beautiful layouts.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Leaves Die [BUY NOW: USA, UK]. This is a steel-rule die set, so it will cut through anything really - I don't have any leaf dies and I love the Sizzix Bigz range as they're actually quite economical so I thought I'd get one in time for autumn.

Ranger Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics 1 fl. oz. in:
   Blushing [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Sky [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Lemon [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Lime [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Tangerine [BUY NOW: USA, UK]
   Umber [BUY NOW: USA, UK]

I have loved the 3 (Night, Blackberry, Rosy) that I already have and I wanted to get a primary triad and went with a CMY set as they make for bolder, more synthetic-looking colours and would be awesome for mixed media - I did want Magenta but Art From The Heart were out of stock, so I got Blushing which is much too warm for mixing but I can get Magenta at a later date. Given I already had a violet, I got 2 more secondaries - Lime and Tangerine, and Umber felt like a good neutral. Elephant may be my next! I love the thickness, ease of use and versatility of this line.

To go with my Wendy Vecchi bags from my last post, here are the Ranger Dina Wakley Media Bags [BUY NOW: USA, UK] - very economical for a pack of three and perfect sizes for storing basic small items. I talk about my motivation for these in particular a bit in that last post so please go check it out.


  1. Looking good, thanks for the insight. I quite like the look of the Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks, something new for me to try.

  2. Might be a post tomorrow (Sunday) about the scribble sticks, now I've had the chance to use them a bit and know their limits etc.


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