Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All-Occasion card!

Need a quick card?  Check out these adorable, dimensional stickers from Doodlebug.  There are several themes to choose from.  (Marilynn customized hers by adding googly eyes - so cute!).  The washi tape adds wonderful color and interest.  Then, simply stamp any sentiment you want on the inside and voila!  And adorable card anyone would love to receive!  Stop in Thursday any time between 10 & 8 and make one for yourself. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Moving Updates, Storage for Sale, and More

Hi everyone! We are getting really excited about our move to Herndon and wanted to share some of the process with you. We are also looking for help this Saturday, and we have an awesome storage cabinet for sale.


Here are some pictures of our new space that we have been remodeling.

View as you walk in the door. The slat board is getting ready to go on the walls.

You can also see the classroom from the front door. Notice the classroom has its own door as well as lots of windows.

Our current register space is falling apart, so we decided to get a new one. Angela is already working hard.

View from the other end of the store. The classroom is back behind Angela and the register.

View from behind the register. The open door on the left hand side is where you enter the store.
There will also be an entire room dedicated to paper and ribbon. I didn't realize it at the time, but I took the worst picture of that room.
The move has caused us to make changes in our current fixtures. We are having to downsize some fixtures and upsize others. One of our storage units that won't make the move is a large 10-drawer filing cabinet that is subdivided into smaller sections. Here are some pictures:

Trust me. It holds a lot of stuff. We were thinking $40 OBO. You will also have to move the cabinet from the store. Give us a call if you are interested. Proceeds will go towards the Happy Stamper rebuild fund.


We are looking for volunteers this Saturday, Oct 25 to help us with the build-out at the new store. In particular, we need people to hold slat board on the wall and people who are handy with a drill. We are also looking for people who have a level tool they can bring. If you can participate, please call the store and let us know what time between 9:30am-4pm you can come so that we can coordinate everyone.

Look for more updates soon!


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: