New and Arriving Soon

We have a few new items that arrived today we’d like to share with you.  First is a 36 Marker set from DoCrafts.  This is a set of 36 watercolor markers with a specially designed carrying folder.  The markers are dual-tipped with a fine nib on one end and an ultra-fine brush tip on the other.  These are smaller in size than Tombow Dual Brush markers, but work very similar.  Our own in-store testing has been very favorable so far.  One especially nice feature is that fine brush tip.  If you have stamps and images with lots of detail, you will LOVE the way the fine brush gives you smooth color and control in the tiniest of spaces.  The inks blend well both on paper and using a palette.  Being water based, they are more “forgiving” with regard to blending and shading as well.  The smaller size does mean they hold less ink, of course, but it also means you can carry the entire 36 piece set in a purse or handbag for easy travel.  The price tag is small too – just $39.99 for the whole set and the carrying case!  The case even opens up to double as a stand at your workspace.  It’s just a fun, easy to carry & use set for coloring projects at home or on the go!  We have only a limited number on hand at the moment but hope to get more in stock soon.  Come on by and see these new markers from the UK for yourself.  The set will be a great addition to any crafter’s kit – and at only $39.99 it would be a wonderful gift as well!

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The other new item we want to share today pairs well with the Artiste markers and Tombow Dual Brush markers alike.  It is a blending kit from Tombow that contains a blending pen, a small blending mister and a reusable blending palette.  Use this set with your watercolor markers to get exactly the right shade for your project or to practice blending techniques.












Now how about a little “teaser” about some new stamps & embossing folders arriving soon?  Taylored Expressions has just released some delightful new products for Christmas and winter (I know – I hate to think about winter right now too!)  After last winter, none of us are really looking forward to those cold, snowy days – but make them happier by using the time indoors to craft!  These will be wonderful for Christmas cards, thank you notes after the holidays and scrapbooking all the holiday & winter memories.  The “Snowfall” embossing folder can also be used all-year-round.  Turn it upside down and the “snowflakes” become bubbles for water, soda, champagne & more.  It can also just add some interesting texture to a project.  These will be in stock by this weekend, but they won’t last long!

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New Graphic 45 has ARRIVED!

The long-awaited newest collections from Graphic 45 have arrived and are in stock now!

Raining Cats & Dogs and Twas the Night Before Christmas are available as open stock, all individual papers, embellishments etc. sold separately.  Also in stock are the two Deluxe Collectors’ Editions, Baby 2 Bride and Times Nouveau!  These are early collections that have been out of print, now re-released with added embellishments never before available!  These special collections are available ONLY in the collectors’ packs and in VERY limited quantities.

Don’t wait – shop early on all these great new products!  These collections will be in demand and likely to sell out quickly; we’ve had some people calling and on our waiting list for many weeks anxiously waiting for these to come in!


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New Stamps, Dies & More!

Arriving today, please meet the “Party Grumplings”!  These cling stamps are so much fun and can be used in so many ways, especially combined with the matching die set.  The faces on these little critters are just priceless!  For all your Halloween cards, party invitations and decorations, Taylored Expressions also has a great new emobossing folder to create an awesome spider web texture!

Many new collections for fall & Christmas continue to arrive, too.  We have a number of fall items from last season on sale as well.  Come visit soon to get inspired for all your fall projects!









New Fall Collections & Classes Available

We’ve been very hard at work rearranging and setting up for all the many, many new collections and products on their way!  Many of the new fall and Halloween items have arrived and are now AVAILABLE!  Come in to see new collections from Simple Stories, Carta Bella, Graphic 45, Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn and more!

Added to our famous color wall are a few new items too – like the amazing ultra-mini paperclips from Doodlebug Designs.  Once you start using them, you’ll keep finding MORE uses for them!  They are available in a wide assortment of colors, including two special mixes for fall and Halloween.

Christmas collections are starting to arrive as well – we have the beautiful new “Cozy Christmas” collection from Simple Stories and Lawn Fawn’s adorable and fun “Snow Day” available now.  More collections are coming soon, so you’ll want to keep checking back!

Our class calendar is filling up for fall, too!  Check the calendar for new classes like these:

There is always another reason to visit The Paper Forest – if you haven’t been in for a while, aren’t you curious what you might be missing?  🙂

Tombow Dual Brush Markers Now Here


Adding another option for coloring cards and more, we now have a great selection of Dual Brush Markers by Tombow!


These water-based markers can be used with a variety of techniques for all of your projects.  Use them like water color paints for a soft blended look or color with the fine tip for bold, true colors!  We plan to begin offering classes using these soon – watch for updates!

Tombow Dual Brush Markers:  $3.19 individually; assortment sets of 10 coming soon


Making Room, Making Plans & Making Deals!

This is the time of year when all the paper craft industry companies begin showing their new designs and upcoming releases.  It’s always so much fun to preview all the great products, design collections and ideas!  It’s also always a BIG challenge to decide what to bring in to the store!  There is only so much space, after all!

So while we make our selections for all the new products for fall and winter, we have a lot of planning to do.  Making room requires rearranging and making decisions about not only what we will begin carrying, but also sometimes what we will not carry going forward.  For example, we will soon be stocking Tombow Dual Tip Markers in  a wide range of colors, along with blending kits and watercolor paper.  Watch for news about the arrival of our new stock of Tombow, as well as classes on how to use them!

At the same time, we’ve place all remaining Spectrum Noir markers on sale at 50% off!  We will no longer be stocking these pens, but we will continue to serve our customers who’ve purchased them in the past.  If you need refills, replacements or other items for your Spectrum pens, we can order those for you.  Stop in soon to pick up color sets from what we have left – they are going fast.

Watch for sneak peeks of some of the paper collections we’ve pre-ordered so far – those will be posted all next week!  Of course, we still have MANY products to review and select from, too!  The most important thing we always consider when making product buying decisions is YOU – our customer!  That’s why we offer you the chance to give your input on some of the products we are looking at.  Come in to see some samples of paper collections right now from BoBunny and Kaisercraft.  Let us know what you think!  Love it, hate it – we want to hear from you!

Our regular customers also know by now that when we start talking about NEW products, that also means existing items going on sale!  As we begin to make room for all these amazing new releases, stop by to see the latest great deals and discounts!

Since we know many of you follow blogs and watch for updates from your own favorite companies, if you have seen a sneak peek of something that you just can’t wait to see in person, tell us about it!  Leave us a comment about any new or upcoming release you’d like to see in our store and tell us why you love it!


New Lawn Fawn Coming Soon!

Attention all Lawn Fawn fans:  All NEW stamps & dies are now available for pre-order!

If you are already a fan, you know how awesome and versatile the stamps from Lawn Fawn are… if you haven’t yet started your collection, this is the season to begin!  There are stamps for fall, winter, Christmas and all occasion – of course with matching high-quality steel dies.  Some of our favorite classic sets have new matching dies as well, such as “Critters in the Sea”, “Hats Off to You” and others.  Two new alphabets, stitched nesting rectangles in two sizes, new background & border dies are in this upcoming release too!

All of these great new products are expected to ship in mid-late August, but why wait?  Come in to see the preview images & place your order now!  This is the best way to make sure you get your favorites as soon as possible without worrying that we’ll be sold out before you can get here.  All preorders must be paid in full at the time the order is placed and must be placed in person.  Come by soon and see all the fun new designs!!

What’s that?  You want a little sneak peek?  Okay – here are just a FEW: (click on the images for a larger full view)







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The Tool Shed Goes Digital

If you have visited our store, you know that we love to take our customers to the Tool Shed!  This is not the old garden shed where grandpa might have given your dad a stern talking to, so don’t worry.  The Tool Shed is our demo & work bench where we can show crafters how to use tools & techniques that are new (or at least new to them!) and share tips for using the tools you already have.  This hands-on area where we get to help our customers gain & improve their skills is one of the things that makes The Paper Forest special!

With our new website up & running, we really want to bring some of that experience to you online as well, so we’d like to invite you to pay a visit to the Tool Shed on your visit today!  Along with a section for assorted videos as discussed in our previous post, you’ll find a page featuring New Tools & Techniques.  This will be where we highlight great tools and cool new ways to use them.  Just added today – a video that introduces a brand-new product from Totally Tiffany, the makers of the ScrapRack® system:  Klearly Krafty Stamp Storage Trays.  We have these in stock now and have begun using them for many of our store-use stamps.  They are versatile and easy to use, holding an incredible number of clear and cling stamps.

Also found on the New Tools & Techniques page is a video on using “Perfect Layers” rulers for matting photos, cards and more.  This has been a recent addition to our inventory of tools and it is quickly winning fans.  These handy guides make it possible and EASY to create clean, perfect mat layers every time, with NO measuring. With just a little bit of practice you can create beautifully layered cards and photo mats as narrow as 1/16″!  Check out the video overview, then come in to try them for yourself.  We can show you some tricks to really get the most from the guides, too.

Remember, the whole point of the Tool Shed is that hands-on personal experience & assistance you just can’t get anywhere else.  Once you view a video or read a tutorial online, come by the store to see the products in person and even try them for yourself before you buy!  Your happiness and crafting success is our number one priority – so come in and let us take you to the Shed!