Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sizzix eclips Certification Course at The Collins Group Show

Oh, the anticipation of the upcoming Collins Group Spring Education and Trade Show this weekend in Framingham, MA!  {To the trade, ONLY!}  Find my first post about this year's event HERE.

Of course, everyone wants to know, "What's NEW??"

Well, first up, is the Sizzix eclips certification course being held this Thursday evening, April 18th, 6 - 9pm.  The course is offered free to qualifying retailers and space is tightly limited to only 20 people.

Renowned for their steel-ruled dies for the consumer (you and me!), the eclips is Sizzix's introduction to the electronic die-cutting segment of the paper crafting industry.
April 2012 Sizzix Eclips Certification Class, Lake Forest, CA
L to R front row: Linda Howard, Julie Ebersole, Sue Ingram
Back: Stephanie Barnard, Jill Tarayao and Cheri Kimball
Robyn Gilman, Manager of The Collins Group, said, "We were fortunate to host the Sizzix eclips certification course for the first time last fall at our Southern Show.  We look forward to being able to host an event of this calibre, again, at our New England Show as well."

The Sizzix eclips Certification Class will be taught by Sizzix Spokesperson and eclips Product Developer, Stephanie Barnard.

Stephanie explains, "The eclips retailer and members of their teaching staff have the opportunity to explore the distinctive features of the eclips, including the novel controller and its keypad functions, scoring, laser cut preview, and the newest artistic feature: Tim Holtz Stamp2Cut.  They'll learn all of these features directly from the experts on the product."

Personally, I can't WAIT to try it with the Tim Holtz Stamp-2-Cut (video!) for myself.  Oh, the detail that the Sizzix eclips is able to cut!  Need some inspiration?  Tammy Tutterow has a number of a-MA-zing projects using Stamp2Cut with Tim Holtz's images - check 'em out on Sizzix's Stamp2Cut Board on Pinterest!

Be sure to check with your Local Scrapbook Store to see if they're Sizzix eclips certified. They'll be advertising their success mastering the features of the eclips with a blinkie on their website!

For more Sizzix eclips information, check out a few of my favorite resources here:
  • Cartridges
  • ecal software (which can cut all the SVG projects download from the internet (Mary at SVGcuts ROCKS!!) 
  • Print-2-Cut feature (video!) to cut your own images you've scanned into your computer . . . and it cuts absolutely beautifully!
Stephanie said, "Customers will be amazed when the see the eclips in action for themselves.  Nothing else on the market can do what the Sizzix eclips can!"

 . . . and if you would like to meet the inspiring Stephanie Barnard, she'll be appearing at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Manchester, NH next weekend, April 26th & 27!  She'll be featuring her The Stamps of Life and Sizzix, beginning with her "Flip Over Flip Its!" Card Class at 8:30am on Friday!

Be sure to stop back New England Paper Crafts for "the 411" on other new events coming to The Collins Group 2013 Spring Education and Trade Show!

Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts

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  1. I have an Eclips machine and wished I used it more! Nice write up.

    1. Hi, Renee! So sad I missed seeing you at the Seth Apter class at Ink About it! Just catching up with your blog, Tsukineko has you as Artist in Residence?? That's great news!