Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cheers to a New Day

NOTE that the FREE make-and-take has moved to WEDNESDAY from 10 - 8.

Stop in an join us for a wonderful card that can be used for retirements, birthdays or any other occasions where "cheers" are in order!  This card features a stamp and die set from Avery Elle, and a vellum overlay that makes the frosty drink look good enough to taste!

The make-and-take is FREE, and no reservation is required.  However, please note that this offer is one-per-family and not intended as a children's workshop. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy Ombre Cards

Creating an "ombre" effect (where colors blend from light to dark) has required multiple inkpads and inkings in the past.  But not anymore, thanks to the Hero Arts Ombre Inkpads.  These tri-color cards make subtle, monochromatic cards a breeze!

Join Angela to learn all about multi-color stamping, and also check out some samples Paula created using these pads with a brayer and direct-to-paper techniques.  It's a tag-team effort!!! 

The learn-at-lunch demo is FREE on Tuesdays between 12 & 2, and no reservation is required.  See you there!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Retro Fun!

This is our LAST Thursday FREE make-and-take!

Beginning next week - July 1, the FREE make-and-take will move to Wednesdays.

So, be sure to stop by Thursday between 10 & 8 and celebrate the end of a Thursday tradition (and anticipate the beginning of a new Wednesday tradition!)

We will be creating this fabulous birthday card with fun and feisty stamps from Art Impressions (colored by Copic markers) in anticipation of Sandy Allnock's arrival in a couple of weeks.

 Come celebrate with us!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Watercolor bliss!

We just received our first shipment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and I am not able to put them down.  They make blending so easy, I look like a pro (and this is not my biggest strength as a stamper!)

Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give them a try.  I'll show you lots of tips and techniques - from blending with the markers themselves, to blending with water, to blending with Wink of Stella pens.  So much fun!  The demo Tuesday is FREE and you don't need to register.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Happy Stamper Video

Those of you who subscribe to the Happy Stamper videos on YouTube already know this, but we posted a new video yesterday.  In it, Angela shared part of her Saturday demo on Distress paints.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here- https://youtu.be/X6XtL7LRJeM

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Releases and Ideas

New products have come in to the store, and we thought we should share some ideas. Of course, as of this posting, we have all the supplies at the store

From Mama Elephant-

From Avery Elle-

Lawn Fawn-


Free Demo Today!

Want to learn more about Distress paints? Join Angela for a free demo today (Sat, June 20) from 1:30-3:00 pm. For those of you who can't make weekday demos, now is your chance!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Calm Seas Ahead!

This stamp image and phrase is one of our favorite offerings from River City Rubber Works.  It's just perfect when you can't find the right words. 

Join us this Thursday between 10 & 8 to make one for yourself.  (Remember that beginning July 1, the FREE make-and-take card project will move to Wednesdays). 

This card features brand new paper from the Fancy Pants Making Waves collection that is just as cute as it can be!  You'll also get a chance to work with Faber-Castell Paper Crafting Crayons.  These wax crayons are not water-soluble, but they do produce an interesting effect when blended with the Dove Blender tool.  Stop by to give it a try - no reservation required!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Making a Scene!

When you see stencils with all the little "pieces/parts" hanging in the shop, are you kind of baffled and intimidated?

Don't be!  These are some of my favorite stencils to play with.  They are great for adding an accent of color - especially when used with a large background stamp. 

Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2, and let Angela show you how much fun these are.  You'll be amazed by how quick and easy and - even more importantly - versatile - these stencils are to use!!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Expand Your Color Options

Love this helpful color mixing chart by Ranger. There are so many options for your Dina Wakley paints!


Saturday, June 13, 2015


Guess what arrived today? Lots and lots of sparkly sequins from Pretty Pink Posh! In addition to a variety of colors, we also have flower and star sequins!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Paper Palooza!

So many exciting collections of paper have arrived at the store that we decided it was time to highlight them with a blog post.

There are two collections from Fancy Pants that celebrate summer.

The first one is called Summer Sun, and it has flip flops, suns, bikes, floral designs, and more.  It has a bit more of a feminine feel to it.

The next collection from Fancy Pants is called Making Waves.  It has a more masculine feel and is full of fun nautical designs:

Need more summer inspiration?  How about the Boardwalk collection from Bo Bunny?

Are you one of those people who likes to get a jump on things?  Graphic 45 always gives you plenty of time to create for upcoming holidays.  We have their brand new release called Rare Oddities.  It is there Halloween paper release:

We have individual sheets of paper, collection packs, and stamps for Graphic 45's new release.  Spooktacular!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

We have been very exited about the new Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Jennifer McGuire did an amazing video introducing the pens and how they work:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here-https://youtu.be/U9u-Smr4xdw

Next, she made a video showing how to color 6 different ways with the pens:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here-  https://youtu.be/qwy5IMJkr9I

We have the 24 packs of pens as well as individual pens available for purchase.  We are still waiting for our shipment of the 12 packs to arrive, but we will be sure to let you know when they arrive.

Happy coloring everyone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thursday Free Make and Take

Join us this Thursday anytime between 10am- 8:30pm to make a free card from Impression Obsession. The card uses their versatile watercolor stamp as well as water-based inks to create a great card to give to a friend. We also have a few Make and Take kits to sell that include all 5 stamps as well as enough paper and ribbon to make 5 cards. See you then!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ranger Color of the Month and Updates

Ranger announced today that they are getting ready to ship June's color of the month....Hickory Smoke. Greys are just about the most versatile colors you can own. They can be used on their own, tone down other colors or add shadows. Let us know if you want any of the new Distress products held for you.

Several people called today to ask if we still had convention tickets. We are all sold out this year.

Speaking of selling out, a couple of Sandy Allnock's classes are almost full. If you were thinking about signing up for them, don't delay!


Monday, June 8, 2015

Tuesday Learn at Lunch


Interactive cards are so much fun to make and double the pleasure to receive. Join Deb Tuesday between 12 & 2 to learn about the ins and outs of using the new Stampendous Pop-Up die set and coordinating Build A Bouquet stamp & die sets. The card on the left is a sample using the Pop-Up die set. The card on the right is the card you will make during the demo using ink and finger daubers to color the images. Hope you will "pop" in.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

More New

Yep. Penny Black arrived today. Here are some samples with the new products:

How about another Taylored Expressions sample?

Or another couple from WPlus9?