Thursday, October 29, 2015

Buy Local

Hi folks, just a reminder to remember to shop local when buying for Christmas.  Product, classes, and gift cards make your loved one happy and keep us in business-which makes us all happy! 

And here is a great idea for a gift- The new Gelli plate sets!  These are sets of three different shapes so small you can fit them on an acrylic block to make designs on cards, journal pages, or even wrapping paper. There are two different sets to choose from.  Get one for your loved one and then get one for you!  More happiness all around!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oh Sweet Autumn

Autumn is here in its full glory, and whoooooo could be happier???

Join us any time Wednesday between 10 & 8 and make this fabulous fall card featuring stamps from Impression Obsession. 

As always, our Wednesday make-and-takes are FREE (1 per family, please) and you don't need a reservation.  Enjoy the fall foliage on your drive over (or by looking out our many windows).  Stunning time of year!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Brand New Tool!

We found a great new tool at a convention recently and wanted to share it with you!  This ergonomic swivel cutting tool makes free-style cutting super easy!  The blade works perfectly on paper and even vinyl cling, but won't cut fingers or plastic rulers and stencils (unlike traditional x-acto knives).

In addition to this wonderful tool, play with the new Flying High stamp and die set from Memory Box. 

As always, the Learn at Lunch demo is on Tuesday from 12-2 and is FREE!  See you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


You know how certain products become popular all of a sudden?  Right now the buzz is all about Prills by USArtQuest.  They are similar to microbeads, but each jar contains a variety of sizes to give a variegated effect.

Want to see the Prills in action?  Here is a video by Jennifer McGuire:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here-

Need some ideas for how to use Prills on your card?  How about pairing them with stamps from My Favorite things?

You can use Scor Tape and add Prills to create a beaded border.  You can also add Prills to the centers of flowers for dimension:

They are also perfect for shaker cards:

Look at all the yummy color combinations of Prills that are available:

We have a large selection of Prills at the store, so be sure to pick up some the next time you visit!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Layered Stamp Sets and Ombre Inks

I don't know if you are familiar with the Jennifer McGuire video where she talked about layered stamps and ombre inks, but it is very informative.  We have the Layered Christmas trees, green ombre ink and white Prismacolor pencil that she mentions in the video, and of course, we can get you anything else that you might want from the video.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

I love this "old fashioned" image from one of our newest stamp companies - Stampotique!  This large stamp is very easy to color - perfect for mass producing for your holiday cards.  Stop in Wednesday between 10 & 8 to make one for yourself. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting Messy with Marilynn

Marilynn had a great time at Jen Star's workshops playing with Viva Decor's latest and greatest products!  If you missed out, please join Marilynn Tuesday between 12 & 2 and learn about all kinds of products to create texture and shine!  This demo is FREE and no reservations are required.  You will be so inspired!!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Memory Box Look Books

Did you know that Memory Box releases Look Books that are loaded with samples? The books allow you to flip through them to see the card samples and have all the items used listed. They are a great source of holiday inspiration, and we would be happy to order anything you want if we don't already have it in stock.

Here is a direct link to the first look book- It uses a lot of the new Winter 2015 products.

The second look book is more floral/butterfly themed and can be seen here-

How about a look book from Poppystamps?

You can link to the Poppystamps look book here-


Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Ranger Products

We have some new Ranger/Tim Holtz products at the store that we are really excited about and know you are going to love.  Of course, one of the best ways to tell you about them is to have Tim Holtz show you himself.

First is the Paper Mosaic Kit. I'm thinking it would be perfect for making holiday gifts.

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here-

What about Distress Paint Flip Tops and new Splatter brushes.  Here is more info:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here-

Do you need the new Tim Holtz Distress Color- Carved Pumpkin?  It is a gorgeous orange in time for Fall cardmaking:

What about new packs of Stickles for the holidays and winter?  We have Holiday as well as Frozen:

There are even coordinating foil packs:

Need new palette knives?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mama Elephant Sneak Peek

Don't forget....the new release from Mama Elephant will be available in the store tomorrow (the 15th). Here is a sneak peek of some of the new goodies that they shared....


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Squirrel away some cards!


This card is adorable - and also quick and easy. Stop in Wednesday any time between 10 & 8 to create this scene featuring a new fall frame stamp from Impression Obsession and some of our "old favorites" from Rubbermoon and Pink Ink. Spend just a few minutes coloring (I'd call it a mini vacation) and you are ready to share some greetings with a friend!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Get Amplified!

It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but Neon Amplify adds more than just dimension and vibrant color!  You control how much dimension by how much you apply.  And, for Tuesday's Learn at Lunch, we'll be applying a very thin coat with a palette knife and a stencil.  When heated, the thin coat puffs to an almost fuzzy appearance - reminiscent of flocking.  It's stunning, not the least bit messy (like flocking) and dries instantly because it is heat-set.  You are going to love it! 

Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and we'll also play with the Hero Arts Ombre ink pads and layering stencils!  It's completely free and no reservations are required.  See you there!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

MFT Release

Sit back and relax. Put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea. We have a ton of samples to show you with the new My Favorite Things release. Of course, we have all the supplies to recreate these cards at the store. The store will be open regular hours on Monday, so if you have a three-day weekend, you might need new goodies to play with.

Let's start with a quick and easy card you could crank out for the holidays:

How about a cozy fireplace?

Did someone say elves?

Do you give out coffee gift cards as gifts? How about a coffee card to go with it?

Winter snowflakes.....

Love this lamp post. So many possibilities!


More Christmas ideas....

Now, to change the topic away from MFT..... I wanted to show you a couple of cards that I designed recently for Impression Obsession that use supplies at the store that might interest you.

The first card is a holiday card that uses the new poinsettia die from Impression Obsession as well as felt from Taylored Expressions. It is important to use a good quality felt if you want to cut intricate dies. The Taylored Expressions felt is 100% wool and doesn't fray. The poinsettia ornament is detachable from the card so it also works as a mini gift.

I also made a Halloween card with an alcohol ink background. I can't tell you how long it has been since I used alcohol inks! Sometimes it is good to revisit the classics.