Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

For the first time ever, we will be open on New Years Day for a few hours. If you are not a big sports fan and want to start your year the right way (crafting), please stop by! We will be open 10am-3pm.

Laura will also be teaching a class called "Cheers through the Year" using various holiday margarita and martini glasses by Impression Obsession. She is using the same layout for the five cards, but each card will feature a different coloring technique (Copic markers, Distress markers, Peerless Watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, and watercolor pencils).

We want to wish you all a very happy new year, and we look forward to to sharing a creative new year with you!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Incredible IZinc!!!

We always want to be the first place you look for the latest and greatest products.  So we were excited to get our hands on the IZinc paints from Clearsnap.  They are part pigment, part acrylic and are a blast to play with.  You can paint with them, create washes, make sprays - the possibilities are endless.  They are incredibly reactive with water, but one they dry, they're permanent!  And, the colors are OH SO VIBRANT!

Join Angela Tuesday between 12 & 2 to give them a try.  But I warn you - they are incredibly addictive :-)  The demos are always FREE, and no reservations are required!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Huge Shipment of Brand New Impression Obsession!

Ho ho ho! There was an exciting shipment of boxes at the store today. We received the brand new Valentine's Day images from Impression Obsession! There are wood-mount stamps, cling stamps, a gorgeous Rose cover a card background, and new clear sets. Many of you have asked about a good breast cancer set, so be sure to check out IO's new "fight like a girl" clear set.

The new stamps are just in time to use up the gift certificates that you (hopefully) get for Christmas! Speaking of gift certificates, we are open from 10am-1pm on Christmas Eve for any last minute shopping. We can help loved ones over the phone or online if they need a last minute gift!

In past years, we have been closed between Christmas and New Years. We had lots of customers with time off who wanted to shop, so this year, we have some special store hours.

Wed, Dec 24 10am-1pm

Thurs, Dec 25- Fri, Dec 26 closed- happy holidays!

Sat, Dec 27th- 10am-5pm. Angela will be working, so stop in to have her show you the new store!

Sun, Dec 28th 12-5pm

Mon, Dec 29th 10am-3pm

Tue, Dec 30th 10am-9pm (don't forget the free demo from 12-2pm!)

Wed, Dec 31st 10am-3pm

Thur, Jan 1st 10am-3pm (Laura will be teaching a morning class where people are welcome to come in their jammies to start the New Year out right!)



Monday, December 22, 2014

A Heart-full of wishes!

When you see this die in the package, it's virtually impossible to know what it does.  So, join Angela this Tuesday between 12 & 2, and the secret will be revealed :-)  Use the die to create a woven heart, or double it up to make a woven heart POCKET!  I love anything that 1) is versatile and 2) helps me get rid of all of the scrap paper I've been saving!

See you Tuesday!  It's FREE and no reservations are required.  Come on in!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Saturday Sale!


Woohoo! How about a great deal in time for the holidays? This Saturday, December 20, all remaining Christmas stamps, paper, dies and embellishments will be 50% off. Gather up your last minute items at great prices, or get ready for next year's cards! Offer excludes special orders and items already on hold.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Ornamental!

This card is stunning and quick!  Add shimmer with the Delicata Gold ink and richness with the Memento teal.  It's quick because you'll stamp multiple times without reinking to create depth.  Pop-up a couple of images (but not too much so that there won't be extra postage), and voila - a beautiful 3-D card.  Stop in Thursday between 10 & 8 to make one for yourself. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Make a Quck Escape :-)

Don't you love the detail in these intricate dies?  I do, but sometimes the challenge is getting all the little pieces out of the image.  The Spellbinder all-in-one tool really helps with this, but sometimes I want something even quicker.  That's why I'm so excited about this Quick Release die paper.  It comes in 2 convenient rolls, with a perforator right on the box.  Simply tear off the amount you need, place it between your die and the card stock and run it through your machine.  You'll get an incredibly clean cut, plus, you'll have a decorative piece of the release paper that you can use on another project!!!  And, this paper actually helps keep your dies sharp - one more thing to love about it!  Stop in this Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give it a try.  It's a "can't live without" product!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New December Release from WPlus9

WPlus9 always has amazing products, and their December release is no exception. Here are some of their samples using the new stamps and dies. Of course, we have ALL of these fabulous products at the store so be sure to stop by!

WPlus9 has all the instructions for these cards on their blog as well as additional samples. Be sure to check it out!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Icons of Christmas

So many images remind us of Christmas.  How can you choose just one?  These little holiday icon dies from Impression Obsession allow you to use multiple images without getting "carried away"!  The mirror paper provides just the right amount of shine and shimmer to make your card stand out on the mantle!

Join us Thursday between 10 & 8 to make one of these beauties for yourself.  Whomever receives this card will be filled with holiday cheer!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Versatile Tool for your collection!

Back in the spring, we played with the new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer.  It turns virtually any marker into a light misting coloring surprise!  But, if you know me, you know I want to find lots of ways to use my tools (as if turning ANY marker into a spray is not versatile enough!)

Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2, and let me show you another way to use this spritzer - you'll be filled with "wonder" :-)  As always, the demos are completely FREE and you don't need a reservation.  See you there!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Keep Calm and Merry On!

At this time of year, who doesn't need to be reminded to "relax"? This card is simply calming to look at - love the blue!  And how amazing did the Hero Arts Unicorn inkpad stamp on the dark card stock?!?! 

The card has an extra surprise on the inside (stop in not only to make one for a friend, but also to see the surprise) :-) 

Our Thursday FREE make-and-takes are available from 10 am to 8 pm.  Come see us!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blending the Chameleon Way!

Do you like the look of blended Copic markers, but you haven't quite mastered it yet or don't have the right color combinations to get the look you want?  Join Angela between 12 & 2 on Tuesday, and play with the brand new Chameleon alcohol ink markers.  What makes them wonderful is they have a blending solution built it, so you can easily shade as you color with a single marker!  They come in 20 beautiful shades (which can be tinted to create literally hundreds of colors).  And, they work beautifully with the Copic markers you already have.  Don't miss your chance to give it a try on Tuesday.  This event, as always, is completely free!
It's happy "shop small" day!  Hope you will come join us.  There is info in the shop on this event.  Great day for using your American Express cards. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  If you've seen our new location, you'll know we have a lot to be thankful for!  And we count each one of you as someone who makes us grateful!

We will be CLOSED Thursday AND Friday, November 27 & 28.  We will be open our regular hours on Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (12-5).  Saturday is Small Business Saturday, so if you haven't yet, be sure to register your American Express card at  Then, when you use your card with us on Saturday, you'll get a $10 credit on your statement when you buy $10 or more.  And, you get to do this 3 times!!!!

Also, we're excited that Eileen Hull will be here on Saturday from 11-1.  She has a brand new "Vintage Collection" set of dies available from Sizzix. Come let her show you all the great gift holders you can create!  Isn't this bread box adorable??? 

Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Inchies have Grown!

Join Dee this Tuesday between 12 & 2 for fun with "Inchies".  These inchies have grown to a fun and fabulous 3x3" size!  Dee will give hints and tips for stamping on these black matboard surfaces and for adding color, too!  As always, our Learn at Lunch demos are FREE and you don't need to pre-register.  See you there!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ready for the party?

Are you ready to celebrate?  We are!  We are looking forward to officially celebrating our new store on Saturday.  We have been very busy unpacking items in anticipation.   Besides the new stamp company, we'll have demos, make it take its, a guest artist, a guest author, and lots to see- including these Gelli plates just in.  And the best part is we now have the extra large plates perfect for using with fabric.  Woo hoo!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fun & Festive!

Marilynn was so inspired by Dyan Reavely's visit last month, that she kept the party going!  I love the idea of using Christmas paper and Dyan's stylish stamps to make a unique holiday card this year!  The little gem on the hat is the perfect finishing touch!

Stop in Thursday between 10 & 8 to make one for yourself.  Who doesn't love taking a few minutes out of a hectic day to play with paper dolls?  :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Graphic 45

The new Graphic 45 collection is here, and it is gorgeous! It has papers for every season, so you could make calendar projects or scrapbook any occasion. If you are a cardmaker, there are papers to help you make cards for an entire year.

Here are papers from some of the months:

We have the 6" x 6" packs, 8" x 8" collection packs, and the 12" x 12" collection packs. We also have individual 12" x 12" papers as well as coordinating ephemera and stamps.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pan Pastels

I must admit - I'm a fan!  Join me Tuesday between 12 & 2 for a FREE demo on Pan Pastels, and I'm pretty sure you will leave a fan as well.

These are incredibly creamy, pigmented chalks.  They are so easy to blend, and apply - even to large surfaces.  We'll create backgrounds, we'll use them with stamps and stencils, and we'll even do some "reverse stenciling", where we actually remove color with an eraser. 

This is a "can't miss" demo, so be there or be square!

Grand Opening Party

The countdown is on to our "Official" Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, November 22nd.  It's an all day event with a guest artist, demos, Make It Take it's and more.  Come in for some of the fun so be sure to mark this on your calendar!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A new shipment of Stampscapes

Call all Stampscapes fans- we just got in a new shipment of stamps!  Loved the samples but didn't have the stamps?  Come  get first dibs! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


We have lots of celebrating going!  We're celebrating our new store, Angela was licensed into ministry this past weekend, we have holidays coming up, and birthdays!  Our card this week is focused on celebrating birthdays, but all you would need to do is change the message and it could be a card for any occasion .  We will be using one of Dyan Reavley's bird sets.  These birds are definitely in a party modd with whimsical, festive hats.  What is it about birds with party hats that automatically puts a smile on my face?
Come join us on Thursday any time between 10 and 8:30  and make a card for whatever you are celebrating!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fun With Mama Elephant

Our latest shipment from Mama Elephant arrived. Yeah! Their new release goes "live" on the 15th of each month. As a Mama Elephant retailer, we aren't allowed to show you the images or sell them until that date. However, we can tease you a bit.

As you can see, the new release is here, so be sure to stop by Saturday, November 15th for first dibs.

We also restocked some of your favorites (that we CAN show you):

Need some ideas for these sets?  Check out these videos using the and the Boutique Borders and Arctic Penguins stamps:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Painting with Embossing Powder

This wreath image is the Stamp-of-the-Month from Great Impressions.  The card sample they created with it is for Christmas.  But when I looked at it, I saw fall.  Join me tomorrow between 12 & 2 to learn little tips and tricks for using multiple colors of embossing powders without tainting every color that you own!  See you there!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Products!

Now that we have moved locations and are settled, the boxes of goodies have started to arrive. First, there is an advanced Spring release from Pink Ink. They always send us the most amazing samples, so you will want to bring your camera the next time you are in.

I have to admit, my favorite card is the succulents. Look at the detail on the coloring:

Also, a new shipment from Penny Black arrived:

There are penguins, background designs, Christmas images, and more.

I didn't get a chance to enter the boxes from Bo Bunny, but we will get to that for the weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thursday Make and Take

Impression Obsession always sends us wonderful make and take projects, and we know you are going to love this one! Get ready for the holidays with a fun shaped card using some of Impression Obsession's newest stamps, Copic markers, and some holiday twine. Stop by the new store anytime between 10am- 8:30pm to see the new Make and Take table and to make this fun card.




Monday, November 3, 2014

Learn at Lunch

Hi there! We are up and running in the new space and are back to our regularly scheduled program. Join us Tuesday, Nov 4 between 12-2pm for our free Learn at Lunch as well as Thursday, 6 anytime between 10am-8:30pm for our free make and take card.

Angela will be demoing the brand new Ranger Texture Paste as well as the brand new texture tools this Tuesday from 12-2pm. Come in and learn all about these great products.