Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Make and Take this Weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I don't know if you are going out of town, but if you are around this weekend, you might want to stop by the store Saturday (between 10-5) or Sunday (between 12-5) to make this FREE card. It uses a stamp and dies from Memory Box and is a nice and bright way to celebrate the end of summer.

Also, we didn't schedule any classes this weekend because of the holiday. If you want to come to the store and work on a project in our classroom, you are more than welcome.

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Message in a bottle

Or a vase.  Let's not be nit-picky :-)

This week's FREE make-and-take card features die sets from two different companies.  First, the focal images are from an amazing set (that's right - you get all of those vases in one package) from Impression Obsession.  What a wonderful way to use up your scrap paper!  Add depth to the images by shading around the edges and popping the center vase.  I was also thinking these dies would be a perfect way to salvage background stamps that weren't completely inked or stamped "perfectly".  Just cut out the good parts, and you're good to go!

The other die set is the ovals from My Favorite Things.  One of the things we love about their nested shapes is the little pierced detailing around the edges.  Doesn't that finish off the card beautifully?

Stop in Thursday and make one for yourself, any time between 10 & 8.  And then write your own "message in a bottle". 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Lawn Fawn!

We are so very excited that we have the brand new fall and winter release of products from Lawn Fawn!  Lawn Fawn made some fantastic videos of the new line to introduce you to their stamps and dies, so we thought we would share them with you.

First, how about the new fall "sweater weather" images:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

Next, how about images and dies for Halloween?  The "Monster Mash" set is so much fun.  Even if you don't stamp Halloween cards, they have lots of information about Copic coloring, assembling cards and matching their stamps with the coordinating dies.

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

If you want ideas for Halloween treat bags, Lawn Fawn sent us a super-cute sample that we have at the store.  It uses the new "Spooktacular" stamps and dies.  They also have a video to show you how to make the bags, which could be made for just about any occasion.

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

If you want to see more awesome samples with their new dies, we pinned 13 new ideas on our Lawn Fawn Pinterest page.  Here are links to a couple of those samples:

Monster Mash birthday card-
Fall Tree with Argyle-
Pac Man card-
Halloween card set-
Fall card with Animals-

Whew!  I know that was a lot, but we really love their products and couldn't stop sharing! last thing.  Don't forget that Wednesday, Aug 27 is theme night at the store.  The theme this month is "Christmas," and it is a great way to hang out with people and get some cards done.  You can read more about this class on our webpage class section.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Good enough to Eat!

This cute stamp is actually multi-purpose.  You can use it with a sentiment about having a "sweet holiday", but you can also make all-occasion, birthday or thank you cards with it.

I've spiced up this card by adding dimension with a Twinchie, and also embossing with SCENTED embossing powder!  That's right - this card is practically a scratch 'n sniff - with no scratching required :-)  The embossing powder is peppermint scented, to add an extra element of fun for the person receiving it.

Join me Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give it a try.  I'm pretty sure you'll love it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ranger, Ranger, Ranger!

Wow. We have a lot of new product from Ranger to show you. First, we have the final three packs of mini Distress Ink pads.

Not only do we have the new colors, but we also have all of the other 9 color packs in stock (in case you are missing any). The Mini Distress inks, foam blender tools, and mini Distress Ink cases are on a new display by the window:

Ever want to make your own "perfect" inkpads? Here is what Ranger says about the blank pads:

"A makeover and new name does a blank stamp pad good! Move over Big & Dry Jumbo Felt pad and say "hello" to the Make Your Own Stamp Pad. The oversize, blank felt pad is the perfect surface to make your own custom ink pad. Apply a custom palette of colors using any dye ink re-inkers. The raised surface makes application of stamps or tools easy."

Hint...we have a lot of the Archival Ink reinkers in yummy colors that would make fantastic pads!

Are you a Dyan Reaveley fan? How about a wall of brand new stencils and stamps?

Finally, I want to show you something from my "must have" list. Paintbrushes are so important for cardmakers. Buy too cheap of a brush, and you will have bristles falling out of your brush. High-end brushes will give you sticker shock. This pack of brushes is fantastic because you get great quality for a very affordable price.



Ranger in the Roost

Hare and Deb were up to their elbows with brand new Ranger products when I stopped by yesterday.  Took a quick picture of just some of the stencils that were on the counter.  But wait, there's more!  Also saw new stamps by Dina and Dyane!  Come on in this weekend and see else they unpacked.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Now it's official

To all who would have said I was "certifiable"-now it's official! (Better clarify that it's Marilynn here that's posting)  I got the call from the owner of Dreamweaver stencils letting me know I had become officially certified.  If you go to my blog ( you will see this impressive image.  There is one class in September all about pastes already posted, and I'm planning another class for October. We have lots of other great classes coming up including two guest artists coming in October-look for more information on that soon!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

India Ink and Markers

We love the Big Brush Markers from Faber-Castell.  They are filled with vibrant India Ink and are wonderfully easy to work with.  For this week's Free make-and-take card, we stamped our sentiment with black India Ink.  It's a nice, crisp, deep black that doesn't smear when you color over the top of it with more India Ink.  That's right - the Big Brush Markers contain fade-resistant india ink pigment inside.  We then created interest on the card by embossing a piece of red and placing it on top of a red card base (tone-on-tone doesn't distract from the sentiment, and you can really see the embossed panel because we popped it!)  Stop by Thursday between 10 & 8 to make one of these for yourself.  While you're here, check out the other Verses sentiments as well as HILARIOUS stamps from Riley & Co.  We guarantee you will laugh.  Seriously!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So much new!

We have several large orders out with companies such as Impression Obsession and Art Impressions, but while you are waiting for those, check out what has arrived.

First, we have a brand NEW company to the store called Creative Vision. We have images for Fall as well some really humorous sayings. The news has been such a downer lately that we could all probably use a good laugh (or know someone who needs one).

Speaking of funny, do you remember Riley and Company (lots of moose stamps)? Well. They too have a ton of amusing sayings, and we have a whole bunch of them:

We have also been really pleased with the new releases from Prickly Pear. The have gorgeous Fall and wWinter clear stamps with coordinating dies. Sorry the picture is so horrible!

Finally, the Peerless watercolor paints are back in stock. Woohoo!


Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little Snow - Too Soon???

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure I'm over the snow-pocalypse that was last winter - but I'm forging ahead anyway :-)

For my weekly Learn at Lunch demos, I've been focusing on new products and techniques, while also trying to come up with cards that can be mass produced for Christmas.

This Tuesday, from 12 - 2, I'm focusing on creating an elegant snowstorm (that requires no shoveling).  We'll play with texture brushes, paint chips and acrylic paint.  Plan to join me!  The demos are FREE, and no registration is required.  Plus, I miss you :-)

Elizabeth Crafts

How adorable are these little guys?  What you may not notice as well in this picture, is that they were die cut on our velvet paper!  Talk about cute factor to the extreme.  Our own Deb also has a sample of the owl on a card she made out by the dies in the new section.  Our rep made these and showed them to us when she was in last week.  Spent the whole morning with Hare and me going over lots of new items.  We put in so many orders we kept her over into the afternoon.  We'll be posting some of our new goodies as they come in.  But be sure to come over and see what we have.  The early birds get the best pickn's!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Magazines

There are several new magazines in the store.  This one had several good articles I was interested in reading.  One of the comments in the front section under letters was by folks who are having a hard time finding their favorite stamp magazines.  Well, look no further!  But  come in soon, they are going fast.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thursday Make and Take


We have a huge selection of the new Impression Obsession holiday release at the store, and this week's free make and take card uses one of the new holiday silhouette images as well as red mirror paper from the Paper Cut. Add a few rhinestones, and you have a stunning card that would be easy to mass-produce for the holidays. Stop in anytime Thursday, August 14 between 10:00 am and 8:30pm to make this free card.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New House Mouse


So, just how cute are these new cards? We received a brand new holiday sample board featuring sweet little animals.

I like this sample because it reminds me how great it is when you take the time to decorate an envelope. We also happen to have the Christmas light ribbon/garland used at the top of the card.

Bunnies decorating the Christmas tree.

A little extra glitter sparkle for the angels.

The gingerbread house looks so yummy.

Love the off-center layout of this card.

Stampendous sent us info sheets on how to make the cards, so be sure to ask to see them the next time you are at the store.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Tuesday's Demo

Hi folks,

No picture-I'm just back from a trip and realized I needed to post about the Demo on Tuesday.  Angela is still away so I (Marilynn) am filling in for her.  I'll be showing the wonders of "Wow" embossing and how you can use it to make "glass" effects.  Come join the fun from 12-2.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WPlus9 and Rosie's

Hi guys! Today I wanted to show you a couple amazing videos by WPlus9 that incorporate tons of techniques as well as highlight their brand new products we have at the store.

The first involves a watercolor background and the new Lucky Stars stamp set:


You can also view it directly on YouTube here-

I am obsessed with the second technique which involves creating a bokeh effect and uses the new Strictly Sentiments 5 set:

You can also view it directly on YouTube here-

I uploaded a ton of samples for the new WPlus9 stamps/dies on our Pinterest page. If you haven't started following us, you might want to give it a try.

We also received new Rosie's. There is a brand new chicken calendar sample with ideas for each month:

We also have some cute new card samples:



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thursday's Make It Take It

Hidey ho, to the pirates we go!  Come make this adorable pirate card!  It's double the treasure because you have stamps for the outside and the inside of the card.  This card is a birthday card, but there are lots of sets that will be perfect for Halloween as well.  Come join the fun anytime from 10-8:30 this Thursday. We arrrrr sure you'll love it!

Wplus 9

Hare just unpacked these new sets from Wplus 9!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Sale

Hard to imagine that we are coming to a close on summer.  Hope it's been a good one for you.  We'd like to help wrap it up with a "Buy one get one half "sale.  Any summer stamp or summer paper that you buy, you can get a second one for half price!  Come on in for some summer fun!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tuesday's Demo- Encaustic Wax

Hey ho, folks!  Angela is away on a school trip so I (Marilynn) will be filling in for her for this week and next week.  Thought it was the perfect time to show off our Encaustic wax tool and waxes that we have at the store.  So come on in from 12 till 2 this Tuesday to see some of what can be done with encaustic wax. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WPlus9, Lawn Fawn and Elizabeth Crafts - New stamps and Dies

WPlus9 has recently announced a new release.  We've already ordered them and they are on their way!  Be sure to call the store if you want us to hold one for you.

We also have the new Lawn Fawn stamps and the new Elizabeth Crafts dies on their way as well. 

Lots of New Goodies


The fall and winter release just arrived from Impression Obsession. Brand new images, clear sets, and cover a card backgrounds. They also had a late summer release of beach dies, and we got those as well.

Speaking of dies, there is a whole new release from Elizabeth Crafts.

Happy shopping!