Monday, March 30, 2015

Stamp, Cut, Emboss!

 Want to make something special for someone special?

Stop in Tuesday and play with 2-step stamping, die cutting and embossing.  These coordinating dies will emboss at the same time to save you steps.  You'll love all the dimension, and your friend will think you spent hours! 

We'll be playing on Tuesday between 12 & 2.  No need to register, and the demo is absolutely FREE!  See you there!

Please note, we will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 5 in observance of Easter.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Sunday Feature- The Week Ahead

We are going to start a new feature on our blog that we hope you will find helpful.  Every Sunday, we will post what will be happening at the store that week.  It is a great way to check in on what is happening at the Happy Stamper.

Sunday, March 29 (Today):

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Spring into Memory Box
Date: Sunday, March 29
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Fee: $25.00
Join Laura in making cards featuring the latest dies from Memory Box. Students will get to play with embossing folders, Dylusion sprays, Distress Inks, Shimmer Sprays, acetate, glitter, and Copic markers to make four cards featuring butterflies and flowers....just in time for Spring! Students should bring: double sided adhesive, gluestick or glue gloss, scissors, and a paper trimmer if they have one.
There are still a couple of spots available, so call the store around noon if you want to sign up.

Monday, March 30th:
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Spiritual Art Journal
Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Fee: $10.00
What is a spiritual art journal? It's a way to visually record thoughts and images that reflect your interaction with life on a spiritual level. This has been a surprisingly wonderful discovery for me that I have found to be very meaningful.

I've so enjoyed this process that I wanted to open it up for others to try as well. For this workshop, we'll create several journal pages using different media (sprays, inks, stencils and more). The $10 class fee is for materials and instruction.

Then, each Monday morning during the month of April, we will meet from 9-10 AM to do an hour of journaling in a guided session. There is no fee for this time - come to as many or as few as you are able. But you need to have attended this first "prep workshop" in order to have the pages on which to journal. Students should bring: a small notebook or single sheets of paper that can withstand wet, mixed media items to be applied.

Tuesday, March 31st:
FREE Learn at Lunch Demo- 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
No reservations are required, so come for a few minutes or stay all afternoon.  We call it a demo because Angela will show you all kinds of tips and techniques. But you'll leave with a project, too!
Wednesday, April 1st:
Rosie's Roadshow Happy Spring! Card Class
Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM OR 6:00PM- 9:00PM
Fee: $35.00
Come join Donna for another fun card class featuring the always amusing and adorable Rosie's Roadshow stamps! You'll be making a variety of 8 cards, all featuring Rosie's cute characters and whimsical sentiments, with a few fun techniques tossed in for added fun! NOTE: Cards will be stamped and assembled in class, but time may not permit for all cards to be colored during class. Please email Donna directly at for the class file and any last minute supply updates. Students should bring: Scissors, 12" paper trimmer, scoreboard/bone folder (for folding cards), variety of colored pencils (regular and watercolor are fine), Stamp positioner (you will need this!), Memento Tuxedo Black ink (or your preferred black stamping ink), regular paper adhesive (tape runner, ATG, glue stick, etc), foam tape/dimensional tape, Colorbox Chestnut Roan (if you like to edge your cards.)

Thursday, April 2nd:
FREE Make and Take - 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
No reservations required.  Come on in and make a free card!

Saturday, April 4th:
FREE Demo 1:30 - 3:00 PM
You have asked for more Saturday demos, so make sure you don't miss this one!  Paula will be demonstrating two-step stamping.  She will be using solid and outline stamps from some of your favorites like My Favorite Things and AlteNew.  She will also show you how to create your own two-step process using masks, dies and patterned stamps! No reservations required.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

More from Neat and Tangled

A couple of days ago we shared some samples from Neat and Tangled.  We had so much to show you that it deserved a second post. 

First, we have their awesome Box die:

Great.  But what does it look like when you use it?  Our very own talented Deb made a sample with the store featuring the box.  It is probably one of the most practical dies you can own since you could put anything in the box for just about any occasion:

I love that Deb stuffed it with suns.  I never would have thought about that.

Next, how about you cat lovers out there?  Check out their new Meowwwww set.  I love the cartoon style:

You can do so much with it:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bo Bunny Videos and Products

You may have noticed that we have some new products at the store from Bo Bunny.  We have started carrying their Glitter Paste as well as some of their Stickable Stencils.

If you want to see how to use the glitter paste, here is a video from Bo Bunny:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

Have you heard about their Stickable Stencils?  They are lightly sticky on the back so that when you use them, it is much harder for paints and pastes to seep under the edges.  Here is a video from Bo Bunny that shows you how to use the stencils as well as how to clean and take care of them:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Neat and Tangled

We have really been enjoying our shipments from Neat and Tangled.  They are a relatively new company to the store, and they have wonderfully cute images as well as awesome bags of sequin embellishments.

Here are some samples using the stamps we just received:

How do you feel about springtime in Paris?

Or whimsical flowers?

Owls are always a popular choice:

Don't forget your sequins!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Here Comes the Sun!

This card makes me happy - it it will make the lucky recipient happy, too!

We received a bunch of fabulous phrases and sentiments from Hampton Arts.  The fonts are fantastic!  Add a little accent with the Mama Elephant Sun die and texture with Bo Bunny paper and you're set.  Easy and bright! 

Join us Thursday between 10 and 8 and celebrate your inner sunshine.  Remember, the Thursday make-and-takes are always FREE!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring has Sprung

The LONG AWAITED spring collection of images, stencils, dies and papers have arrived from Penny Black, and they are glorious.  This is just a partial sampling of what we received.  You will be inspired (and hope that the long winter is finally over will be restored) just by stamping and coloring these images.  And I'm not even being overly dramatic!

Want even more spring inspiration?  We've restocked a huge selection of Memory Box dies with spring themes and also restocked the 8 1/2 x 11" designer paper in luscious spring colors.  Join us in celebrating spring!!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Doodle Art

Join Angela this Tuesday between 12-2 for some doodle-fun!  These new stamps were created for doodle-art.  They are open images with pre-made small segments, perfect for meditative doodling!  Angela will show you the correct pens to use, different designs to get you going, and options for adding color.  So much fun!

As always, the Learn at Lunch demos are FREE and no reservation is required.  Come on over!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ahhhh, color!

Let's get some color into these dreary days!!!!  Join us this Thursday, March 19 any time between 10 and 8 and add a splash of color and creativity to your day!

We'll create the background with Memento Luxe inks, and then add even more luscious color with Dylusion Sprays.  Instead of spraying them, we poured the color, undiluted, into reservoir pens to color in small, controlled areas.  Stunning! 

We'll add some detail with the white Signo pen and watch the images really pop!  You won't want to miss this, so please join us!  Remember, the Thursday FREE-for-all really is FREE!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get Amplified!

I have had a great time playing with COLOR!  Say it with me - "Spring has Sprung"!!!!

These are the brand new Neon Amplify puffy paints from Tsukineko.  They are a fluid paint in tubes with a fairly fine tip, so they are easy to control.  Place them anywhere you want a little color or dimension, then heat set them.  They become very opaque, and they really POP on dark paper.

Because they are very fluid, you can also use them with your stencils to create an entirely different look.  So much fun!

Join me Tuesday (and wear GREEN - it's St. Patrick's Day) between 12 & 2, and give it a try for yourself!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


The old adage that when it rains it pours is so true! We ordered a lot of new paper collections, and they seem to have arrived at the same time.

First, we have the new Garden Journal collection from Bo Bunny. It is simply gorgeous! It is soft and feminine and features a lot of birds and flowers:


Next, how about Webster's Pages? It is definitely a favorite at the store, and we have the new "Dream in Color" collection. It is bright and vivid and will speak to your inner artist.

How about a new company to the store? Check out Blue Fern. We have four of their new collections!

It is an absolute avalanche of paper, and there is sure to be something for everyone!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Talk About Ranger

Hello everyone! Ranger has been slowly releasing products from CHA, so we wanted to give you a few updates.

First, the new Color of the Month will be Mermaid Lagoon. Ranger hasn't shipped these products yet, but we expect them soon. If you want us to hold anything for you, please call the store or send us an email. The list of people who want the monthly color held for them has grown, so if you want to be added, just let us know!

Continuing with inks... Did you know Ranger has new dye ink pads? Here is what Ranger has to say about them:

Ranger’s Dye Ink Pads are water-based dye inks that are both fade resistant and waterproof when dry. The cushioned, raised felt pad is the best surface for inking up stamps of all kinds. The new Dye Ink Pads feature 12 vibrant, on-trend colors making them a great addition to any crafter’s color assortment. Palette coordinates with the Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers. Also available in 1/2 oz. re-inkers.

We ordered all 12, but a lot of them are on backorder. Here are the colors we do have. the rest should be shipping shortly:

Next, we received new stamps from Tim Holtz. Here are a couple of examples:

There are also new Layering Stencils. Here are a few that arrived:

We will keep you updated as more arrives.

Finally, this has nothing to do with new product, but it made me laugh. I don't think my non-crafty friends would think it was as funny:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Sweets!

We had a BLAST when Impression Obsession was here on Tuesday - the classroom was full-to-overfowing with every single die they made!

We couldn't get enough of them, so this Thursday's FREE make-and-take card features 3 stamps from their new spring collection. 

And, we're trying something new!  We've put all 3 stamps needed to recreate this card, plus all cardstock, ribbon and twine to create 5 more just like it in a convenient kit - all for $20.00! 

Join us Thursday any time between 10 & 8 and make the card.  And make it easy on yourself - snag a kit to take home!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Impression Obsession Trunk Show

Greetings everyone! By now you should know about the Impression Obsession Trunk Show on Tuesday, March 10th from 11am-4pm

Our rep emailed to let us know she is bringing six boxes of dies, two boxes of Cover a Card backgrounds, extra catalogs, and 20 sample boards of cards from their design team, including the amazingly talented Kittie Caracciolo. You won't want to miss the chance to see Kittie's work in person.  Bring your camera!!! In addition, there will be a free demo as well as a free make and take card. So much fun!

Feeling left out that you can't join the party? We have you covered there too. Here are links to the Impression Obsession die catalogs.

Click for the 2013 Die Catalog
Click for the 2014 Die Catalog
Click for the 2015 Die Catalog

We will have the dies at the store on Tuesday, so if you see something you like, call the store or send us an email. We would be so happy to put the die aside for you. The best part is we will have the dies at the store so that you won't have to wait for an order to arrive!

Want a sneak peek of what is coming? Here is just a sample of the boards that will be at the store. Of course, samples look so much better in person, but this will give you an idea:

Can't wait to see you Tuesday!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Impression Obsession Trunk Show - Extended Learn at Lunch!

Two hours on Tuesday was not enough to contain our excitement over having Donna Silliman, the sales rep for Impression Obsession, join us with a car-load of goodies!!!!  So, we've expanded our traditional Learn at Lunch to run from 11 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday, March 10

Donna will be here with dozens and dozens of I.O.'s latest dies and Cover-a-Card stamps.  Bring your camera because there will be samples to inspire you as well!  And Angela will be demonstrating how to use the dies and coordinating stamps that cut multiple images at the same time (and are different from other dies in that they don't leave a border around the image either).  You'll also be making this stunning card featuring one of the Cover-a-Card backgrounds and a cool resist technique!

Lots going on, so don't miss it!  See you there!

Friday, March 6, 2015

New My Favorite Things!

We JUST unpacked this box, and we are soooo excited!  First, we received 5 new colors of their fabulous Hybrid inkpads:  Tickled Pink, Cranberry Cocktail, Field Day, Blue Breeze and After Midnight (a deep, yummy blue).

 We received several new stamp sets featuring a plethora of pets!  We also received the new paw-print stencil.

 This window die is so versatile and can be used with all kinds of things!
These graphic flowers with coordinating dies can be layered to achieve all kinds of cool looks!  We also received two new nesting shapes:  Stitched Rounded Square Stax and Stitched Square Frames.  Awesome!  And much more!  Stop in tomorrow and see all the latest and greatest, and stay for Marilynn's incredible demo from 1:30 - 3.  We received tons of Dreamweaver embossing pastes and stencils today so that you can recreate all the things she shows you at home!