Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New stamps from TENseconds Studio

We're so glad to be among the first stores to have TENseconds Studio's new calligraphy alphabet stamp sets. So cool! Check out their blog for ideas using these fab new stamps, then start your year out right by making a fresh project for yourself!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Countdown to Christmas...

We're celebrating the holidays in the shoppe by creating (and collecting from customers) our own versions of T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas. We have all the supplies you need to create your own, including a restock of many dies and embellishments that sold out during our Birthday party.

Friday, December 17, 2010

2011 Hero Arts Pre-release...

Hero Arts has done it again... come see for yourself. We have wood stamps, cling and clear stamps just waiting for your creative touch!

The 2011 Idea Book is also available... see what the Hero Arts designers have created to give you a springboard for your own creations.

New publications this week:

  • Somerset Studio
  • Somerset Life
  • Journaling
  • Hero Arts 2011 Catalog & Idea Book

  • We still have a few spots in Jenni Bowlin's Old Book Mini Scrapbook / Journal class scheduled for Tuesday, December 28th. Call us :-)

    Monday, December 6, 2010

    A Great Success!

    Thank you to all who so generously gave gifts that will go to Sarah's House. What a fun birthday celebration we had. We are still accepting donations, in case you didn't make it to our birthday party.

    Saturday, December 4, 2010


    Today we celebrate 10 great years reigning over our growing kingdom of stampers and mixed media artists (addicts). Stop by and say hello, and enjoy a big sale today.

    So many of our customers have come in to stock up on the products T!m is using in this years 12 Tags of Christmas feature (on his blog) that Lolly got permission to convert the web version to a more manageable (and paper-saving) print version. You can find the PDF file for each tag (as they are created) on our website (http://www.queensink.com/) as the first bullet in the Royal News section. Challenge yourself to make a few, then send a photo for our blog!

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    Magic at the Mill...

    Preparations are underway for this weekend's Magic at the Mill kick-off to the holiday season. Trees, lights, and shiny things add a festive air to your shopping experience. Visit with Santa, see a puppet show, and enjoy live music over the weekend. The complete schedule is available on Savage Mill's website.

    We're also getting ready to celebrate our 10th Birthday, so check our website and watch for an email newsletter for details of special happenings coming December 4th thru 10th.

    The new Stampington publications have arrived:
    • Artists' Cafe
    • Take Ten
    • Belle Armoire Jewelry
    • Sew Somerset
    • Somerset Gallery

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Memory Box...

    We just received the second holiday release from Memory Box...wow! The poinsettia stamp sold out so fast that the Queen re-ordered right away, and it arrived today! Check out the gorgeous sample ----------->

    We're always anxious to see the samples that come with every order, and we're never disappointed (thanks Dave!).
    Yesterday, the truck brought the WeRMemorykeepers Cinch binding tool... very cool! For those of you who took Patti's Steampunk Journal class, you're familiar with this tool's ease of use and crisp results. What a cool tool to find under the tree... let your "someone" know soon!

    We still have some spots available in Jen Starr's workshops next Saturday (Nov. 13th). This is your chance to learn how to use all the cool Glimmer Mists you've bought (Tattered Angels), plus see how cool the new Glimmer Glam and Glaze look on your paper and metal projects.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    New Products

    We just got a shipment from Magnetic Poetry that will certainly make great Christmas presents. In addition to those large upper and lower case sets we've had before, we received six themed Word Stamp sets in tins for Family & Friends; Vacation & Travel; Holidays & Events; Love & Romance; Dates & Seasons; and Kids. Something new... a T-Shirt Stamping Kit. What a great gift for a Tween!

    In other news, signups for Jane Davies' classes next week (Nov. 4th-6th) are a bit slow, so get on the phone and take the opportunity to learn collage and painting techniques from a fabulous artist who is really fun to have in the classroom.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Catching up....

    Wow, the blog is woefully out of date; however, we hope you're still interested in following us. When in doubt, visit www.queensink.com, where we post new products at least twice a week and announce upcoming classes as they are scheduled.

    If you're on our email list, you learned from an email sent on Saturday that Patti is out of town enjoying a few classes and out-of-store inspiration. Meanwhile, back at the store... Lolly is having a sale (through Wednesday), so come on in, bring cash or your checkbook, and save 10 percent by NOT using plastic!

    Our shelves are beginning to burst with new products, many that were pre-ordered at CHA (Summer) that had staggered release dates.

    Here's what has come in the last week:
    • Christmas stamps from Penny Black
    • New cling-mounted and wood-mounted stamps from the Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous
    • New cling-mounted stamps from Wendy Vecchi's "Studio 490 Collection" for Stampers Anonymous
    • Restock of seasonal stamps from Memory Box
    • T!m's Christmas texture fades and Bigz dies from Sizzix
    • 12x12 and 6x6 patterned paper and coordinating embellishments and journaling cards from Webster's Pages
    • Advanced Tape Glider w/ 2 tape rolls from 3M
    • Acrylic stamping block sets from Apple Pie
    • 12x12 patterned/double-sided paper from the "Conservatory" collection from 7 Gypsies
    • Restock of book covers in four styles from 7 Gypsies
    • Tim Holtz Ideaology "Configurations" in 4 sizes from Advantus
    • Jenni Bowlin's new inkpads, re-inkers, and acrylic paint dabbers in 12 custom colors from Ranger
    • Restock of Adirondack pigment inkpads from Ranger
    • Wendy Vecchi's cling-mounted stamps from Stampers Anonymous
    • New Tim Holtz Ideaology embellishments from Advantus
    • New Tim Holtz cling-mounted stamps from Stampers Anonymous
    • 1"x1" Stampbord tiles from Ampersand
    • Restock of Micron pens from Sakura
    • Tags in all sizes, both white and manila from American Tag
    • Glimmer Glaze in a variety of colors from Tattered Angels
    • Restock of supplies: Gel pens, adhesives, art paste
    • Restock of Glossy Accents and blending tools from Ranger
    • Fast and Fun Folded Cards from Annie's Attic
    • Cardmaker's Sketch Book from Annie's Attic
    • Cardmaker's Sketch Book - Birthday Celebration from Annie's Attic
    • Interactive Cards from Annie's Attic
    • Cardmaking with Cricut from Annie's Attic
    • Say It With Style - Perfect Quotes for Every Cardmaking Occasion from House of White Birches
    • Fabulous Folds for Cardmaking from House of White Birches
    • Restock of Zentangle Basics from Design Originals
    • Restock of Zentangle 3 from Design Originals
    • Restock of Totally Tangled from Design Originals
    • Somerset Studio (Nov/Dec 2010)
    • Where Women Create (Nov/Dec/Jan 2011)
    • Artful Blogging (Nov/Dec/Jan 2011)
    • Art Doll Quarterly (Nov/Dec/Jan 2011)

    Our November class schedule is shaping up very nicely. Amidst the hustle and stress we all experience as we prepare for upcoming holidays, don't forget to take a little time for YOURSELF. Take a look at our class descriptions, then call to reserve your spot.

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Need a reason...

    to come into the store?

    Brand spanking new products from Tattered Angels.
    New Glimmer Glams are finally in!
    13 lovely colors!
    This product is Glimmer Mists with twist. It comes in a bottle and you use a brush to apply. It adds a "fine glimmer plus a touch of glitter."
    Glimmer Mist Chalkboard adds a "chalk finish with fine glimmer." 12 very cool colors!
    Seven new kits of Glimmer Mists which feature three semi-opaque and one translucent glimmer mists.
    We also have several new colors in Glimmer Mists: Apple! Autumn Nights! Caribbean Blue! Suede!
    We got a ton of new Fall and Holiday Stamps from Impression Obsession.
    Apples, Very Merry, Stockings and Snow Happy. (Just to show a few!)

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Moving stuff again!

    So what is this a picture of?

    Spanking new stuff from 7 Gypsies...

    Lovely little metal charms - some with jewels set into them.

    Metal binding rings - embossed with words, numbers and gems.

    Gears in different finishes in the same package.

    Clear stamps from their Paddington line.

    Book covers, embossed.

    Chipboard letters and tags that coordinate with the Paddington and Conservatory papers we received recently.

    Long chains with clasps.


    Monday, August 23, 2010

    What's New?

    The September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is in.
    More of Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals dies are in...
    along with Sizzix's Big Shot.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Zentangle and Beyond

    This piece would be considered Zentangle inspirited art - we consider it absolutely beautiful.

    Nancy Adams, a long-time customer from when the shop was in Crofton, created this.
    She used Helen, one of Her Majesty's stamps...
    and several tangles that she learned in Patti's Zentangle classes.

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Stamps Galore!

    See what happens when you're not in the store for a few days... Loads of stamps come in.

    We did get a large order from Hero Arts.
    Just a few of the holiday/Winter images already on display.

    Lolly did some shopping when she was at Stampaway...

    Some old favorites and new stamps from B Line Design.

    Dress Form Row, Mia and Aiden.

    Lots of verses stamps from Versus Stamps.
    Souls in the World, Accomplish Great Things and Front to Back.

    Lots more to come...

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    New issues of...

    Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Belle Jewelry, Apprentice and Somerset Holidays.

    (Digital Studio will be here next week!)

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    Happy Monday

    Well, it was actually a Happy Friday the 13th for us...

    We received a delivery of Karen Lockhart stamps:

    Haunting Witches Dresses, Haunt Couture and Pumpkin Cupcake

    Wreath of Gifts, IB Striped Christmas Candle and Holiday Desserts

    We are filled to the gills with Copic Sketch Markers.

    Really, there is nothing so beautiful as a fully stocked display... (except when it's totally empty and we have to restock!!!)

    We added three new colors to our range: N6 Neutral Gray No. 6, E42 Sand White and E93 Tea Rose.

    We now have 221 colors and counting!

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    I'm not using my best camera so I apologize for this following shot (I was so excited by all the ideas buzzing in my head I couldn't keep my hand steady!)

    7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder. This size is their ATC model. They also sent us two other sizes: a 2x2 section holder and a 5x2 holder where each compartment is 3x5 .

    These are steampunk themed rubbings sheets.
    National History, Curiosities and Victoriana.
    Nonenclature, Time and Numbers.
    These items are the first in a long line of stuff coming into the store from CHA Summer releases.

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    What's In??

    Tim Holtz products from Advantus and Sizzix.

    Zentangle Basics, Zentangle 2, Zentangle 3, and Totally Tangled by Design Originals.

    Tearable Tape in assorted sizes.

    EcoArtBoard in 1x1, ATC and Assorted Sizes packs.

    All colors in StazOn ink pads.

    Art Institute Glitter.

    Ranger Stickles and Enamel accents.

    Guess what - UPS just came in the new products from 7 Gypsies - I'll show you those tomorrow!

    Do YOU Zentangle?

    Well, do you?
    Patti is away this week at a Zentangle Master Class. The store is running Zentangle Basics and Intermediate Classes monthly. The Basics class is an introduction to the philosophy of Zentagling using the preferred tools of Zentagle creators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Intermediate classes (which are numbered but do not needed to be taken in order) focus on learning and using 6-8 specific tangles (there are 102 in all!)
    We are fully stocked with Zentagle supplies and Design Originals books written by certified Zentangle teachers.
    Our next Zentangle Basics class is Tuesday, August 10th and our next Intermediate Class (#2) is August 11th. Sign up and check it out!

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Memory Box Color of the Month

    Memory Box has had a Color of the Month Program which we have started to participate in. Every month they feauture one of the many colors in their palette of white inside, color outside A2 cards. We receive a limited number of the card packs and a card sample. August's COTM is Pink Grapefruit. Here you see it used with three poppystamps stamps: Ring Background, Solid Peony Blossom and Lucky Dragonfly.

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    What a difference a day makes...

    okay - it was more like ten days.

    A lot of hard work went into getting the store back in shape. We have been restocking old favorites and ordering new stamps, papers and embellishments for the holidays. We moved stuff all round the store.

    A shout-out for their many hours of hard work goes to Jeanne, Nancy, Claudia, Laura, Terri, Chrissie and Patti's sister Kathi.

    A shout-out to vendors Ten Seconds Studio, Outlines, Graphic Products and Alvin for rushing out new products to replace our damaged merchandise.

    Our remnants table is overflowing with loads of stamps and embellishments that we even forgot we had! Because we need help to make way for new stuff from Tim Holtz, Ten Second Studio and Graphic 45 (just to name a few) that will be shipping starting the first week in August, all remnants table items will be 60% off until the end of July!

    I was going to show more photos of the newly revamped store but you really need to come in and see it for yourself.

    New issues of...

    Where Women Create, The Stampers' Sampler, Art Doll Quarterly, Altered Couture, Artful Blogging and Somerset Home are now in the Store.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    God save the Queen

    Remember last year...

    all the problems we had with leaks in the studio space. The roof would leak while it stormed - hours after and even days after a storm.

    Well this time it wasn't the roof...
    What you are looking at is what happened sometime before 8:30 a.m. last Friday morning. We heard some drip drip drip when we were leaving the store Thursday night. All the appropriate people were alerted and some even came running. We left a couple of hours later thinking things were stable.

    The drip pan underneath the air conditioning unit was full of rust and water and the chains that held it in place failed.

    Pretty, isn't it!

    We are still cleaning. All the merchandise in this area has to be inspected, cleaned and either inventoried for damage, put on our sale table or relocated to a different area.

    We have a load of stuff on sale as we continue to clean and move things around. Tim Holtz signature products and Jenni Bowlin paper goods are still on sale through Saturday.

    Stay cool (yes, the air is on here!)

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Spooky continued..

    Okay, a stamp of a reindeer with Christmas lights (Lightbulb Reindeer) is not exactly spooky, but it does remind us all that before you know it we will be shopping and cooking and racing towards the end of 2010.

    The whole idea behind Christmas in July (I believe) is to enjoy some of the things we never have time for in November and December - making wonderful crafty and artsy things for the people we love.

    Fred P. Bear
    Isn't this the most adorable bear! My college's mascot is a polar bear and I just need this bear!
    Patridge in a Pear Tree, Peace Collage and Stick Tree

    Plain Snowglobe, Decorating the Tree and Scripted Holly Bird

    Snowy Branches, Poinsettia Outline and Candy Cane Bird

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010


    It's never too early to think about Halloween.

    Memory Box has released it's newest addition to the "What's in the Box?" series.

    Today - the Halloween stamps.

    Old Fence, Spooky Collage and Night Cat

    Sample cards from Memory Box featuring Distressed Crows, Vintage Scroll and Halloween Collage.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010


    The Queen's Ink will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd.

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Memory Box Song of Spring Collection...

    is now in the store. Budding Branch, Poppy Row, Spring Branch, Tendril Print

    Dill Print, Poppy Collage, Birds in a Tree

    Very Best, Leafy Branch, Soaring Bird, Fern Print

    These are papers from the 6x6 collection, Jubilee.