Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winter in August?

We received an ENORMOUS shipment of brand new stencils - and poor Marilynn has been trying to find a place to display them all.  This has created lots of problems for her as she's operating on the "one for display, one for her shopping basket" method of display making.  Who can deny that she is the stencil queen????  Thursday's make-and-take features one of the stencils by Crafter's Workshop.  Marilynn used Brilliance Moonlight White ink to create a snowy background - it covers dark colored cardstock very well.  She is exploring non-traditional holiday colors by using a lavendar card rather than blue.  I LOVE it!  Stop in Thursday between 10 - 8 to make one for yourself.  As always, it's free and no registration is required!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Product Preview #2

What?!  Tim Holtz has new products?  Woohoo!  At summer CHA, Tim revealed his new line of Distress Glitters.  Don't let the name fool you.  Although they fall under the name of "Distress," they are bright and bold colors that replicate the look of vintage mica.  The 24 colors of glitter also coordinate with the rest of the Distress line, so you can now match your sparkle with other Distress products such as their inks, paints, stains, or markers.

Here is a video of Tim introducing his new line of glitter.  He shows you how you can add ink on top of the glitter as well as how to adhere the glitter for maximum sparkle effect:

If you would like to see the video directly on YouTube, you can see it here.

We ordered all of the new glitter colors, so there will be plenty of options to add sparkle to upcoming holiday cards.  Jennifer McGuire Tweeted that her favorite of the new colors are Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, and Antique Linen.  Personally, I can't wait to see what she does with them!

Want to see pictures of all the new colors and read more about them?  You can find all of that information here.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


So excited about the new holiday cards special edition from Paper Crafts Magazine. It is loaded with card and gift ideas to get you started for the holidays.

Are you a fan of the Wink of Stella glitter brush pens? We are! Laura especially can't seem to stop adding to her collection. We now carry their 3-pack sets with themes such as "Landscape," "Christmas," and "Pretty Garden." Some of the other sets are on backorder, but we expect them soon. Not only do the packs have great color combinations, but they will save you 50 cents per pen.

We have new bakers' twine as well. Not only do we carry solid colors, but we also have sparkle/metallic twines. Can you see the sparkle in the picture? They are perfect for holiday cards or gift wrapping, and like our other twines, they are only 20 cents/yard.

Finally, are you a stencil person? We restocked our selection of Crafters Workshop stencils, including many designs that are new to the store. Come in and have a look!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Products on the Horizon

CHA just ended, and so of course, we are expecting new product at the store.  Some of products that have us the most excited are by Ranger, so we thought we would give you a heads up of what will be arriving at the store.

The product we are highlighting today is by Dyan Reaveley.  Her Dylusion Sprays have been such a hit, and she now has an inkpad that works with the sprays.  The best part?  You can spray color onto the pad, use the color to stamp, then rinse off the pad to use with different colors of sprays!  Here is an intro to the product from Dyan herself:

If you want to see the video directly on YouTube, you can see it here.

If you would like us to hold a pad for you, just let us know!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pan Pastels!

This week's make-and-take gives you the opportunity to play with Pan Pastels!  These soft, creamy chalks create an almost watercolor appearance and are so easy to use and blend!  You will be hooked!  The ribbon is an elegant touch, and we have this design available in several different colors for your shopping pleasure!  Stop in Thursday and play - any time between 10 - 8.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Kaleidacolor Pads!

We have waited a long time for the new Kaleidacolor pads, and now we have samples so you can see how luscious they are "in use"!  They work so perfectly with the new grunge, solid stamps from Impression Obsession, too!  Quick, easy cards - what could be better?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No worries!

Isn't this card adorable????  I can't actually remember when I looked forward to the summer heat, but this little girl looks perfectly cool :-)

Join us this Thursday between 10 - 8 for this FREE make-and-take card.  It features a stair-step card from Paper Cut and stamps by Impression Obsession.  I LOVE the dots cover-a-card stamp on the yellow.  Doesn't that look exactly like water drops?  So clever and picks up the dot motif in the inner tube!

I also love the sentiment - who couldn't use a little encouragement - in such a cute package!  Drop by and make one for someone special!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Birthday Stylin' !!!

It seems like more and more companies are introducing dies, and I couldn't be happier!  You know you've been saving those scraps of decorative paper for years - and now you can make use of them beautifully!!!  Join us Thursday (anytime between 10 - 8) and make this card featuring 3 different dies and fabulous papers.  Add this perfect sentiment from Printworks and you have an adorable birthday card!  Quick, easy and fun! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Perfect Ruler

We are carrying a new product at the store that we think you are going to love.  It is called the Perfect Ruler, and it really is a nifty little tool to have. The Perfect Ruler has a clear side so that you can see where you are marking your projects as well as a metal side for easy cutting.  It also has a gripper bar in the center so you can keep your fingers out of the way while cutting and where you can press down so that your paper won't slip as you are cutting.  Here is a video from the company so that you can see what it looks like:

If you want to see a bigger version of the video, you can see it directly on Youtube here.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fancy Pants July Paper of the Month!

 Stop in and stock up on the latest from Fancy Pants Designs!  We have their brand new “Memories Captured” collection with it’s cute, kitschy photo & journal theme.  We have the entire paper collection, featuring twelve different, double sided 12 x 12 paper patterns in fun summery colors, the full collection 6x6 pads, as well as their new 4 x 6 Brag Book stacks, AND the 12 x 12 collection packs that come with all of the paper patterns, plus a special set of alphabet and die cut stickers!  But that’s not even the coolest part!  Fancy Pants has launched a new line of chalkboard products that include different shaped die cut stickers and rolls of chalk tape in three different widths, all of which you can write on with chalk (try different colors!) to make your own banners, titles, tabs, anything you want!   And we’re still not done!  Also check out the cute self-adhesive corkboard circles, great for adding texture and fun to cards and album pages. AND (yes, more) don’t forget to grab the Memories Captured buttons and chipboard pack to add yet another delightful touch to your cards and album pages.  Use in conjunction with the cork circles and chalk tape to really make things fun!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Memory Box Celebration

Happy Fourth of July everyone!  The store is closed today, but we are resting up in preparation for the brand new Memory Box release.  This Saturday, July 6th, we will be celebrating Memory Box and their new 100+ dies and 40+ stamps.  Come in and check out all the new goodies, and while you are there, stay and make a free Make and Take card (10:00am-4:30pm).  It uses the new holiday candles die as well as Inktense watercolor pencils, blender pens, and Viva Decor Pearl Paint.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Closed for 4th of July!

 Because we will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4, we will not be having our usual FREE make-and-take project this week!  We hope you'll join us next week for an adorable card featuring lots of dies!  What a great way to make use of scrap paper and have a quick, cute card too!  Meanwhile, we are taking this opportunity to look back at some of the fun we had at our first annual Unconventional Convention.  That's right - I'm calling it first annual, because it was so much fun, we plan to do it again!  Pictured above are the incredible artists (and me - I'm a wannabe) from Sweet n Sassy.  Wow - they really transformed our classroom into an incredible show floor!  And Kathy's demo of transferring an image to create a lake reflection was spectacular! 

 Then, Darsie Bruno (designer from Just Rite stamps and Spellbinders) joined us for some amazing demos on Saturday.  She was on a mission to share her knowledge, so I just had to photo bomb her :-)  She created stunning backgrounds with the large Just Rite stamps and Gelatos.  Very cool!

Rounding out the event was a visit and book signing with Mollie Cox Bryan.  The level of talent and artistry in the room was inspiring, and we look forward to having all the ladies back soon for classes and demos and another signing when Mollie's new book comes out in the winter!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Kaleidacolor Pads

The long awaited Kaleidacolor Pads are finally here!!!!! The new colors are Denim, Vineyard, Tomato Vine and Tahiti. Be sure to come and check them out.


Monday, July 1, 2013

All About Chalks & Distress Inks

For the last two months, Dee has focused on Dye and Pigment inkpads.  She rounds out her look at inkpads with a FREE demo on Tuesday, July 2 from 12-2 by featuring Distress Pads and Chalk Pads.  If you've never attended one of Dee's demos, you're in for a treat!  She does an enormous amount of research and provides you with a lot of eye candy as well as a handy informational handout to take home with you.  You won't believe how much you'll learn in just a short period of time - and it's absolutely FREE!  See you then!

This Week At The Store

Lots going on at the Happy Stamper this week, so be sure to stop by.  If you have a four-day holiday weekend this week, it is the perfect time to do a little stamping!  We will be closed on the 4th, so there will be no free make and take this week.

Monday, July 1st
Class - Impression Obsession Grunge and Splatters
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Fee: $24.00
Impression Obsession just released a new batch of images with a fun, youthful feel. In this class, students will get to play with the latest solid stamped images, splatters, grunge designs, stencils, Dylusions Sprays, and markers to make four bright cards. This is a inky, messy class, so students are encouraged to wear old clothes or an apron. Students should bring: favorite double-sided adhesive and scissors. 

Tuesday, July 2nd
Demos with Dee - FREE!!!  12:00PM-2:00PM
Tuesday is demo day at Happy Stamper! The first Tuesday of each month, stop in an learn a new technique, or refresh your memory! All demos run from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, so come for a few minutes or stay all afternoon! We call it a demo because Dee will show you all kinds of tips and techniques. But you'll leave with a project, too! Visit our blog on Monday for a picture of the Demos with Dee project.   This month's theme...all about Distress Inks.

Class- Art Journal Class
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Fee: $15.00
Come join all the rage of mixed media by being a part of this journal class. This is a continuing project, but you can participate as often as you want. As we meet, you will your spiral bound book with a few pages. Each time, different techniques and materials will be used to create a unique entry in the journal. Just bring your journal each time to make your next piece. Come be part of this joyful journey! Students should bring: One spiral bound art book of medium weight paper (paper must be able to withstand application of wet materials - they are available at the shop). A protective apron is helpful.

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Wednesday, July 3rd
Class-Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells/Debutante Album
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM or 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Fee: $60.00
Join Donna for another in her popular Graphic 45 album classes. The team at G45 has done it again with a brand new, amazing paper collection, Steampunk Spells. Expanding on their knockout Steampunk Debutante collection, the two together are a one-two punch you won’t want to miss! (And with Debutante officially retired, this class is the only place you can come play with both!) Even more exciting is the album we’ll be putting together with these gorgeous papers. Working with Graphic 45’s 8x8 Matchbox Book, we’ll be using one of G45’s Design Team’s clever bookbinding designs and cutting it apart and sewing in our book with an open spine stitch that anyone can do! No prior bookbinding (or sewing!) experience required. Come join the fun...but hurry as Donna’s G45 classes go FAST! Students should bring: Donna’s Basic Kit – Detail scissors for fussy cutting, paper adhesive (ATG or taperunner or glue stick, etc), pop dots, glue dots, 1/8” tacky tape (double-sided tape), hole punch or Crop-a-dile, paper piercer, Colorbox Chestnut Roan brown ink – or something comparable and fast drying, ruler, scissors for chipboard cutting, corner rounder and pencil.
Please call the shop to check class availability: 703-435-0051

Thursday, July 4th
Closed.  Happy 4th!

Saturday, July 6th
Class:  Beginning Stamping
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $15.00
This class is a must for all new (and maybe even self-taught) stampers. You'll learn the appropriate uses of Pigment versus Dye inks, embossing and coloring techniques while making a series of lovely cards. This class is twice as nice if you take it with a friend. If you sign up together, you'll get two for the price of one!