Monday, October 20, 2014

Working with Framed Images

Rubber Moon makes a series of images that are "framed and shadowed".  The index on the front shows everything in black and makes it sometimes hard to visualize the finished product.  But I love these images because so much of the work is done for you.  You can simply color the focal image, and the "grounding" of the remainder of the image is done.  This makes for quick, one-layered cards that are still interesting!  In one sample, I paper pieced the image with decorative paper.  In another, I used watercolor paper to create an enameled look.  The possibilities are virtually limitless!  Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give it a try for yourself.  Plus, check out all the other options in framed images that are available! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

We Are Moving!

Many of you have been asking about our plans now that our building is going to be torn down. After 11 years in our Reston location, we decided to move to a new location 2.6 miles down the road (I checked) in Herndon. We will be moving from an industrial park to an office park. The best part of the new location? Lots and lots of windows.....even in the classroom!

Our new address will be:

208 Elden St

Suite 203

Herndon, VA



We will be located on the second floor, but don't worry. There is an elevator as well as stairs. The Comfort Inn is right next door for those of you coming in from out of town, and you can easily walk to places for food and drink.

Our nearest large intersection is Elden Street and Fairfax County Parkway:

Here is a closer look at the location:

The easiest landmark to see in the building is Carpool. To get to our store, you will go through the front door under the 208

We don't have an exact move in date yet, but we will continue to keep you updated.

If you want to read more about the move and information if you want to help, you can read it all in the latest store newsletter:

I hope you will continue to be part of our stamping family in the new location!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eeek! Scary!

 Isn't this card great?!?!  Even if you're terrified of actual spiders, this card is appealing :-)  Featuring all stamps and dies from Impression Obsession, I love the gossamer look of the web, which we created by die-cutting vellum!

Stop in Thursday any time between 10 - 8 and make one for yourself.  It's so cute, you could even frame it and use it as a decoration!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inchie Magnets

Aren't these wonderful?  They make fantastic gifts, and are quick and easy to make! Join me tomorrow to learn more about Prismacolor pencils and how to apply color on the Inchie matboard to make your images really pop!  Fun!  The demo is available any time between 12 & 2 and no reservations are required!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A busy week


Wow. It sure has been a week to remember!  First, Els was here with one or our favorite reps, Donna, to share all the latest and greatest with Elizabeth  Crafts.  One of which was the new embossing folders which you can use with the shimmer sheets like you see in this picture.  Then Dyan Reaverly flew in and finished out the week with two days of her wild and wonderful ways with her line of products from Ranger.  And we were the first to see her new stamp sets just made available today!  She made a sample for us with one of the sets shown here.  Just in time for Christmas.  If you weren't able to join us at these great events-good news!  There is still some products left and we can take orders if it's not there.  Come see what we've been doing.  It's been a very inspirational week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014



 Our guest artist, Else of Elizabeth Crafts will be here doing classes.  GOOD NEWS-
There are some spaces in the classes tomorrow that have come available.  Come learn from the best!  Call the store and sign up now.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Distress Spray Stains

If you know me, you know I'm not typically enamored with anything "messy".  I'm not proud of my fussiness, I'm just being honest :-)  So, I wasn't sure how I would feel about the new Distress Spray Stains.  But I have to say, I'm kind of hooked.  They allow me to feel creative, like a mad-scientist, but the clean up is oh so easy!  Controlled chaos - my kind of crafting!!!!

Join me tomorrow between 12 & 2, and explore your "messy" side.  We'll be playing with both the translucent stains and the pigment metallic sprays.  We'll use a couple of different stencils to add layers and dimensions, and toss in some vellum for texture/contrast.  And, believe it or not, with all that's going on in this card, it's quick and easy to mass produce.  See you Tuesday!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

More with Els

Yesterday I talked about one of our special guest artists this week, Els Van de Burgt.  She owns Elizabeth Crafts and will be joining us for two classes on Thursday, October 9th.  I showed you the first class yesterday.  Today I will be highlighting the second class.

Stand Up Helpers Holiday Cards
Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Get a leg up on your Holiday Cards with the new Stand Up Helpers from Elizabeth Crafts! Join Els, owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, to make three fabulous holiday cards featuring a stocking, candles and Jackie's Christmas Dolls. This class showcases Els brand NEW Stand Up Helpers and Stand Up Helpers Words, as well as a variety of other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, peel-offs and silk microfine glitters. Shimmery fun! 

Here are the cards in the class.  The first one is a gorgeous window card:

Can you believe the detailed coloring effects you can get on top of glitter?

Candle card:

Using dies and glitter together leads to beautiful results:

Stocking card:

I forgot to show you yesterday how the stand up helpers allow your card to prop itself up.  It really turns any card into a holiday gift:

Amazing attention to detail:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Guest Artists this Week

This week is going to be incredibly busy at the store with two amazing guest artists.  We couldn't be more excited to have such well-known leaders in the industry visiting us.  One of the things we are most proud of as a local stamp store is the ability to bring in talent from around the world to our crafting community.  There is something so special about taking classes from the people who actually create the products.

I am going to highlight some of the classes this week so that you can see what we will be doing.

Our first guest this week is Els Van de Burgt, who is the owner of Elizabeth Crafts.  We have been carrying her products for quite a while and absolutely love her assortment of stickers, glitters, and metal dies.

The first class Els will be teaching is  Fun with the NEW Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies
on Thursday, October 9 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Here is the class description:
It's a Triple Treat - Come play and learn with Els, the owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, and make three fabulous cards featuring a flower, penquin and snowman. This class showcases accordion dies from Karen Burniston, (the licensed artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs who was here back in April), Els brand new stand up helpers, as well as a variety of other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, peel-offs and silk microfine glitters.

This is the flower card from the class.  The stand up helpers turn the card into a self-supporting pop-up card:

Close up:

The 3-D penguin card:

Close up of the fuzzy penguin:

....and glittery sentiment:

3-D snowman card:

Close up of the glittered snowman as well as the coloring on top of the glitter:

Glittery sentiment:

I will post the samples from Els' second class tomorrow.  I hope you can join us!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Wishes

Join us this Thursday for our FREE make-and-take card.  We are using one Stampscapes branch to create a whole scene that appears to have multiple trees.  The background was sponged to create a fog effect.  The moon was created with a die. 

Make a note that we will NOT have a FREE make-and-take next Thursday, October 9, because our classroom will be hosting Els - owner of Elizabeth Crafts!  See you there!