Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Well, the trade show is ending, and Angela and I are coming home with lots of ideas and goodies. We will keep you updated as classes get scheduled and product starts to arrive.
Last night we attended the make and take frenzy/dessert event. Here is a pict:
I don't often craft in a ballroom. You can see Angela in the left hand corner looking very productive. Some of the projects were hits and some misses. Be sure to check out Angela's Facebook page for one of the misses.
We spent a lot of money at the show. Well, I didn't spend any money, but I did spend a lot of Angela's money. :)
Here are some of the things we are excited about:
Impression Obsession. They now have die cuts that coordinate with some of their stamps. Perhaps the dies we are the most excited about though are the ones that coordinate with the shaker pouches. Now instead of buying a overlay, you can cut holes to put the shaker pouches anywhere you want on your project! The dies also nest so that you can use them for things other than the shaker pouches. Practical!
Smooch Glitz. Angela and I had seen the advertisements for the new Smooch Glitz colors, but the ads don't even begin to do the product justice. We tested them last night and literally squealed and danced over the results. The paint has a small applicator so that you can add sparkle highlights or you can edge your paper. You will be amazed by how much they sparkle. You can use them by themselves, or you can use your other Smooches, let the paint dry, and then add a layer of the Glitz for a different look.
More new stuff to share, but right now we need to head to the airport.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Just finished a card class with Viva Decor and Michael Strong. I had the chance to play with the Viva Decor Paper Soft as well as their Inka Gold (which comes in a variety of colors....not just gold) and Pearl Pens.
My samples illustrate a couple of things I say in my classes. First, let liquid pearls dry before you handle your card or else you have a mess and in my case, smooshed pearls. Second, when you pop up a cardstock element, don't be stingy on the foam tape. My heart piece is already sagging.
Right now Angela is in class and I am supposed to be putting the Ranger order together. However, I made the mistake of taking off my shoes and laying down on my bed. I don't expect much work will get done before dinner. Don't tell Angela....
On to the "business of the day"! Congrats to our "comment" winners from yesterday: Debbie Hamilton for her Facebook post, and Chrisi Rogers for her blog post! Congrats, ladies! We'll have goodies for you to pick up at the shop after we get back. Don't forget to make comments today on both our FB page and blog for a chance to win something great! Winners will be announced tomorrow morning!
And stay tuned for more great posts and updates throughout our second day of classes - wahoo!
Friday, March 23, 2012
I'm going to preface this next post with a disclaimer that the pictures I am posting are terrible. My hotel room just doesn't have great lighting.
One of the great things about the Collins Group trade show is that they offer various products that store owners can use to make color charts for their stores. I spent some time this evening making some for Angela's.
First...Distress Stains. Now you can see all of the colors next to each other.
I thought I didn't need to make a Stickles chart since there is one at the store. However, new colors have made an appearance since that chart was made.
You know all those new Hero inks? We now have color charts for their dye, shadow, mid-tone shadow, and chalk inks.
I'm sorry you can't see a good picture of the Liquid Pearls. The colors are stunning! After playing with the various colors, I decided I need many more colors in my collection (especially Platinum Pearl)
I really hope you like the Flower Soft color chart. It has all the colors of the regular, Ultra Fine, and Diamond Range Flower Soft. When I played with the Flower Soft, I decided I need to play with the Ultra Fine some more. I really liked it!
Be sure to stop by the store to check out the new charts. Hopefully they will help you pick out just the right products!
Also, don't forget to leave comments on this blog and the Happy Stamper Facebook page today and tomorrow. Angela is picking winners both days to win some prizes.
So, if you are like me, you probably use your Copic markers for coloring images...and that is about it. I just took a class with Copic where we used the Copic ink refills to make watercolor backgrounds on marker paper, acetate, and canvas paper. It was so nice to not think about coloring, blending, or shading. It is also great to know you can get more "bang for your buck" with your pens. Yet another class for me to plan...
Hi again. I just got out of my first Copic class and had the chance to practice coloring skin and hair with images from My Favorite Things. Perfect! We talked about different color combinations to use to represent various ethnic groups. I still need to process how I want to teach the class, but look for a skin/hair Copic class (or two) coming soon.
Hi guys. I just got out of my first class, and it was awesome. I took a masculine card class from Impression Obsession. After all, who doesn't need guy card ideas? We used brand new detailed images by Gary Robertson that I know you are going to love. We also used some of their brand new dies. Yes, that is correct. They now have dies! I will be scheduling a class when I get back, so be sure to watch for that.
Anyway, a full day ahead today! Here's a quick run-down of some of the events. We'll be posting pictures, etc. as the day progresses (assuming technology cooperates).
First thing this morning: Product Lightning Round. This is like speed dating for crafters. Vendors have about 3 minutes to tell us about their latest and greatest products. Enough to entice us to come to their booths on Sunday.
Then I'm taking classes the rest of the day with Kim Hughes (former designer for Cornish Heritage Farms and now owner and lead designer of Paper Smooches), Printworks and Michael Strong. Laura is taking a couple of Impression Obsession classes and a couple of Copic classes.
Don't forget to comment here on the blog and on our Facebook page. We'll be choosing a winner today from here AND from FB and another winner tomorrow from both locations for some excellent goodies. Plus, we just enjoy the feedback and support. As much fun as this is (and it really is fun) it's also exhausting, so we enjoy reading your good wishes!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hello all. Blogger Laura here. Angela and I are off to Boston today to attend a trade show. We are taking classes and checking out the latest and greatest from vendors such as Hero Arts, Ranger, Impression Obsession, Bo Bunny, Stacy Stamps, and more!
I thought it would be fun to blog a lot while we are there so that you can feel as if you were there too. Of course, this plan will depend on the internet connection there as well as my ability to blog from my tablet. So, here is my tester post to see if things are working before I go.
Ps.. The picture of the new stamps and embellishments at the store has nothing to do with this post. I just thought I should practice uploading a picture. :)
Angela's Happy Stamper 11411 Sunset Hills Rd A Reston, Virginia 20190
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Do you love the look of ribbon but have trouble adhering it sometimes? Then, check out this fabulous new Trendy Tape from Queen & Company. This is just a sampling of the colors and styles we have available in convenient 10 yard rolls! Springy and fun!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Each month, Great Impressions designates one of their stamps as the Stamp of the Month. They use this stamp on all 5 or 6 of the card samples on that month's board, so you can see how versatile the stamp is. And, better yet, the stamp is available for the entire month at 50% off!!! We keep the board right by the register to inspire you, and we usually have all of the other stamps used on the card projects so that you can recreate them at home (however, only the Stamp of the Month is 50% off).
This month, the SoM has 3 different frames on it - and one of them was used on this fun, all-occasion "girlfriend" card. I LOVE it!