Saturday, April 18, 2015

Impression Obsession

Each month we receive new samples from Impression Obdession featuring their dies. It is a great way to get ideas on how to use the dies as well as how the dies will look when they are cut. Of course, we ordered heavily on all the dies so that you can recreate your favorites. The cards above are in the store as samples, but here are a few ideas for using those same dies in different ways:

How about paper-piecing your scraps with the flower?

You could use the same flower die as a backdrop for your floral embellishments:



The open scroll butterfly is so elegant:


I love that there is a Spring wreath die. I often just think about wreaths in the winter, but I have to say, I love the addition of flowers.

You can add several layers of dies to make a full wreath:

Or, you could do less layers:

Or, you could get rid of the wreath and just use the flowers as an embellishment:

The medium butterflies set cuts out nine butterflies at once, so you could use as many as you want on your cards:

Here are a couple of cards I have made with the butterflies:


Friday, April 17, 2015

Taylored Expressions

We are thrilled with our latest shipment of dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions. They have fun, open images that are perfect for coloring. We have products for baby cards, Spring floral cards, and lots of options for the animal lovers out there.

Need to make a baby card? How about their sweet onsie die? You can customize it any way you want.

Thrilled about Spring weather? They have a great garden boot set:

How about daisies? You could do as much or as little coloring as you wanted:

Their April release of products came out, and we have those too:

Love cats and dogs? You will have to check out their new stam sets. They have the outline of a cat or dog along with a bunch of facial expressions you can use. Change them up depending on the kind of card you are making!

Ps... Don't forget their jars of sequins. It is time for a little Spring bling!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015


You've seen the 2-step dies - where you have a solid die and then an intricate overlay die.  But have you considered all of the versatile ways you can use the solid die?  You can create shaped shrink art very easily with them, for example.  You can also create "peek-a-boo" windows in your cards, simply by making use of the piece that's left after you cut the focal image out!  Marilynn filled the space with Washi tape to make a stunning spring card.  Love it!  Stop by this Thursday between 10 - 8 to make one for yourself.  Let your imagination fly!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anticipating the new Memory Box

We are so excited about the new Memory Box release.  Not only are there new dies and and stencils, but there are also stamps!  We are supposed to receive our order around the 16th (Thursday), so we will definitely keep you updated on the order status.

If you want to see a sneak peek of what is coming, you can view all the new products on their website here:

The new online catalog also has some of the items in a flipbook format.  Not all the new products are in this catalog yet, but it is a fun way to view the new products:

It will be so nice to have Memory Box stamps again!

Monday, April 13, 2015

NEW Color Bursts!

I know that I can sound a little insincere when I get excited about a product - so I'm trying to remain calm and rational.  But WOW!!!!!!  I LOVE THESE!!!!!  This stunning card took less than 2 minutes to make.  No joke!

Join me this Tuesday from 12 - 2 to play with the new Color Burst powdered watercolors.  I'll show you lots of different things to do with them - and don't blame me if you get insanely excited too.  They are so blendable and easy to work with.  Come and see. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Week Ahead

Once again there is a lot going on at the Happy Stamper this week.  We just received new shipments from My Favorite Things, Ranger, Taylored Expressions, Great Impressions, and more!  We also have lots of events scheduled:

Monday, April 6

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Spiritual Art Journal
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Fee: FREE (but you need to have taken the Spiritual Art Jouranl prep class
What is a spiritual art journal? It's a way to visually record thoughts and images that reflect your interaction with life on a spiritual level. This has been a surprisingly wonderful discovery for me that I have found to be very meaningful.

I've so enjoyed this process that I wanted to open it up for others to try as well. Each Monday morning, we will meet from 9-10 AM to do an hour of journaling in a guided session. There is no fee for this time - come to as many or as few as you are able. But you need to have attended the "prep workshop" in order to have the pages on which to journal. Students should bring: their journal pages and a favorite writing pen. 

Tuesday, April 14

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Guided Meditation
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Fee: $5.00 (materials fee)
In this workshop, we'll spend an hour in guided meditation. Using the poetry and imagery of the Psalms, we'll spend time journaling, doodling and exploring breathing and relaxation techniques. You will leave feeling refreshed and centered as you start your day! Students should bring: Your favorite writing pens and your favorite translation of the Psalms, if you have one. 

Learn at Lunch Demos - FREE!!!
Tuesday is demo day at Happy Stamper! Each Tuesday, stop in an learn a new technique or refresh your memory! All demos run from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, and no reservations are required, so come for a few minutes or stay all afternoon! We call it a demo because Angela will show you all kinds of tips and techniques. But you'll leave with a project, too! This week's theme- Color Burst Watercolor Paint

Wednesday, April 15

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Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Index Scrapbook
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM  or 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Fee: $85.00
Join Donna to create this one of a kind take on scrapbooking! She'll be taking Graphic 45's brand new 14.25 x 6 x 1.75" Black Shadowbox Window Frame, along with their new metal claw feet fixtures, and ringed drawer knocker to create a unique, open top index box - which you will fill with all sorts of cards, tags, bags, notecards, ephemera - the list goes on! Textures range from burlap to canvas to chalkboard to - whatever other little goodies she tucks into the box! All of this will be tied together with G45's fabulous new Home Sweet Home collection. You'll create items designed from the complete 8x8 pad to be tucked in with the mix. A clever, fun, and uniquely interactive way to put photos together, you'll be sure to have a blast with this one! Please email Donna after registering at after registering to receive any supply list updates and the class photo/instruction file.  Check website for items to bring.

Thursday, April 16

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Spotlight on Sentiments
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM or 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Fee: $20.00
Join Angela for fun way of looking at words! She's taken the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things and incorporated it into three completely unique, yet simple to re-create, card designs. Sentiments aren't always a first choice as a design element but we're flipping the script and making the words the focus of these cards! Students should bring: your favorite adhesive.

Saturday, April 18

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Romance Novel Ch.2 Altered Teapot
Time: 12:30 - 3:00 PM
Fee: $42.00
Looking for a perfect Mother’s Day gift? A one-of-a-kind birthday present for a tea-loving friend? Look no further! Join Erica and create this beautiful, unique teapot. This Teapot Party Favor by Kaisercraft is part of the Beyond the Page Collection, and has been altered using the Romance Novel Ch.2 Collection by Marion Smith Designs and flowers by Manor House Creations, Petaloo and Prima Marketing. When assembled, the Teapot Party Favor measures approximately 9" x 6.5" x 4". Students should bring: 12" paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, adhesives (dry – tape runner, 1/8" double sided tape and 3D foam tape; wet – Beacon or Helmar 450 quick dry), stamp block and ink (dark grey, black or brown), bone folder, pen/pencil and chalk/distress ink (dark grey, black or brown [ex. Pumice Stone or Frayed Burlap]). 

Sunday, April 19

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Cheers Through the Year
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Fee: $27.00
Do you love to color and like to practice your coloring techniques? This class is for you! Join Laura in creating 5 fun martini-themed cards that you can send throughout the year. You will make a Valentine, St Patrick's Day, 4th of July, Halloween and Birthday card that you can use or give as a gift set. Each card uses a different coloring technique, and students will have the chance to practice with Copic markers, Distress Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Watercolor Pencils, and Peerless Watercolor Paints. Each student will leave with 5 completed cards with envelopes. Students should bring: scissors, double-sided adhesive, gluestick. 

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Cover-a-Card Club
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Fee: $12.00
Join Impression Obsession design team member Laura each month in exploring the endless possibilities of using your Cover a Card background stamps. Each month has a different theme, and each class can be taken individually of the others. In each session, students will have the chance to make one completed card as well as two backgrounds that incorporate the monthly theme. For the month of April, students will have the chance to practice layering backgrounds to create their own "patterned" papers. Students should bring: scissors, double-sided adhesive, gluestick.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dylusion Paints

We are over-the-moon excited about the new Dylusion Paints by Dyan Reaveley. They are fast-drying, semi-opaque, coordinate with her sprays, and you can write on top of them! Want to learn more? Hear about the paints from the designer herself. The first video introduces you to the paints and the second goes into more depth about paint application. The videos are a bit long, but they are so informative that they are like taking a couple of free mini-classes.

If you want to see them directly on youtube, you can see them here: (Intro) (Applying Paint with Baby Wipes)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Don't Forget the Free Demo Tomorrow!

Marilynn is our resident Stampscapes guru, and tomorrow she will be hosting a FREE Stampscapes demo at the store to show you how to design and create some of their gorgeous landscapes.  These cards always go over well with men, so if you struggle making masculine cards, you will definitely want to stop by!

Free Saturday Demo
Saturday, April 11
1:30-3:00 PM- no reservations required

Wall of Fame

We're into a new month and with it comes a new call for our Wall of Fame.  This is where we ask customers to create a card using a certain theme each month.  Any stamps or dies can be used.  Our theme this month is "Feeling Fresh".  Here are a couple of cards that would fit that theme.  We collect the cards all month and display them on our wall right as you walk in the door to the shop.  Then at the end of the month we randomly pick one for a prize!  Cards become the property of the shop.  Hope you'll play along with us and bring in a card the next time you visit.

Here are the themes for the rest of the year.  You can also see a reminder of the themes in our blog sidebar:

Wall of Fame 2015 Themes

  • April- Feeling Fresh
  • May- The Wonder of Washi
  • June- Emboss It
  • July- A Banner Year
  • Aug- Stencil It
  • Sep- Lovely Leaves
  • Oct- I'm Die-ing
  • Nov- Pretty Prints
  • Dec- Happy Holidays

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Doing the 2-Step!

Did you miss the 2-Step demo this past Saturday?  If so, never fear!  We have another opportunity for you to play!  Join us this Thursday anytime between 10 & 8 and try your hand at 2-Step stamping - FREE.  This clear set by Dare 2B Artsy makes it easy and fun.  Stamp the outline images, and then over-stamp the solid surfaces.  This clear set also comes with little "accent" stamps so that you can further customize your card.  I love the retro feel - great for men or women and for all occasions!