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Update | 7.10.2014 – Two Peas, Shutterfly, Shimelle, and more!

Two Peas in a Bucket announced today that they will stay open for sales and content viewing until July 24th:

Due to the overwhelming response to our clearance sale, we will be shipping orders through the end of the month and have decided to keep the site operational thru 7/24/2014 and expect the last order to go out the door on the 25th.

The extended time gives the site’s users extra time to use the export tool developed by Scrapbook.com to save their galleries by transferring their images and descriptions to the Scrapbook.com gallery. Click here for more information on how to use the gallery export tool.

As the summer product releases approach for the second half of the year, some companies are clearing out the warehouse to make room for them. Elle’s Studio is holding a summer warehouse sale. Unlike most companies, which usually sell “grab bag” style boxes, Elle’s Studio is selling inventory by the individual item through their online store so their fans can buy just exactly the items they want. The sale will last until 7/21 or while supplies last. Continue Reading →

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Baby Cards with Simple Stories Hello Baby!

You may have noticed we are trying some new things at Scrapbook Update lately. Welcome to one of my favorite new features that I hope you’ll like: the card theme of the month! Throughout the month, you’ll see several articles containing cards built around the same theme. For the feature’s debut month, the theme is baby cards!

The brand new collection “Hello Baby” from Simple Stories is a perfect choice for making cards with. The 6 x 6 paper pad has great small patterns that are nicely scaled for card elements, and the chipboard and stickers offer great options to work with for embellishing.

My first card is a bit “shabby country”. The doily was inspired by one of the collection’s prints that uses a doily in it. The chicken wire stencil detail is an example of why I don’t stick things down right away. I had all of the elements – the doily, the title block, the chipboard word, the butterfly – arranged and was staring at the card. It needed something more, but not too much.

A stencil for some added texture on the wood paper seemed like just the right amount of detail, adding something visually without being too heavy. Using the stencil with some Distress Ink and the Ranger ink blending tool allowed me to fade out the edges of the design to soften it.

Butterfly - Hello Baby Continue Reading →

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Ali Edwards Leaves Technique Tuesday

Technique Tuesday announced today that long-time signature designer Ali Edwards is leaving the company.

Nancy with Ali Edwards(pictured above: Ali Edwards, on right, with me at the 2012 Craft and Hobby Association Winter Show)

The Ali Edwards line was the first signature line developed by Technique Tuesday, and it has been a favorite of scrapbookers since its introduction in January 2009. It was later expanded into a monthly auto-ship stamp club called Studio AE in addition to the line’s regular product releases. Continue Reading →

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Good News for Two Peas In A Bucket Customers

Two new announcements will make the closure of Two Peas In A Bucket a bit easier on the site’s legions of fans.

On June 10th, Two Peas quietly opened an Etsy store carrying their signature flair and wood items. The store currently has 176 flairs and nearly 100 wood items listed for sale. This is great news for fans of the company’s edgy, graphic style. (Note to self: Definitely must order this flair badge for scrapping my 10 hour flight home from Germany in January while deathly ill with the flu.)

For those wishing to preserve their content from the Two Peas gallery, there is even better news: Scrapbook.com has created an automated tool to import your Two Peas gallery into a Scrapbook.com account! The tool preserves publication dates, title and description of the post, as well as importing the image.

To use the Scrapbook.com importer, click this link after first logging in to your Scrapbook.com account. You’ll need to know your Pea Number from your Two Peas account to make it work.

For those waiting to place orders at Two Peas hoping for heavier discounting as the sale progresses, you may be out of luck. The site’s virtual shelves appear almost bare in most brands, although there is still some stock in the American Crafts family of brands due to the large proportion of inventory of the company’s products the store was carrying before the closure announcement.

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Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court Case Challenging ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court announced this morning that Hobby Lobby has won its case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires companies to provide free contraceptives as part of their healthcare plan. The case was decided by a 5-4 majority with a decision authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito.

In the opinion, the court granted “closely held companies” the right to the same accommodations that the government gives nonprofit organizations with religious objections to contraceptives. The narrowly-written opinion specified that it only applied to the contraceptive mandate and should not be construed to allow the withholding of coverage for other medical services or to allow discrimination on religious grounds.

The court indicated that the government should take on the responsibility of providing the coverage for the contraceptives that are objected to so that there is no coverage gap for employees.

How did Hobby Lobby end up suing the government?

It’s not often that a crafts industry company not only makes national news, but makes national law. How did we get to this day? Continue Reading →

Michaels IPO Closes Barely Up On Opening Day

After what can only be described as an unimpressive performance on its first day of trading on the NASDAQ, Michaels Companies (MIK) stock ended the day at $17.02, two cents above the price the IPO started at this morning.

After a brief initial dip that took the stock as low as $16.655 in the first half hour it was trading, it began a slow steady climb that took it to a high of $17.25 shortly before 1pm. The rest of the afternoon was a slow slide back to pennies above the initial offering price, where it hovered for most of the last hour of trading before closing at $17.02 for the day. Volume has been light in the first hour of after hours trading, with the price bouncing between $17.01 and $17.05 before settling again at $17.02.

A comparison to Thursday’s IPO by wearable camera manufacturer GoPro puts the Michaels IPO in perspective. GoPro (GPRO) launched on the NASDAQ yesterday morning at a price of $24/share. It closed its first day at $31.34, and by market close today, was trading for $35.76.

The Michaels IPO has not been met with optimism by most financial industry commentators. Jeff Macke, who is the host of Breakout for Yahoo Finance, seemed to sum up the sentiment of Wall Street when discussing the stock on Breakout’s “Hot Stock Minute” segment today, saying “This is not a growth story.” Macke acknowledged the company’s position as an industry leader, but added that he felt the company would be better off remaining private.

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