Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stacy Stamps Catalog Sale

In anticipation of Stacy from Stacy Stamps visiting our store next weekend as part of the big Christmas in July event, we are doing a catalog pre-order sale.  Flip through Stacy's designs, pre-pay for your requests now through July 5th and receive 10% off your order.  Stacy will be demoing and hosting make and takes on the 9th with her products, but the discounted price only applies to pre-orders.  Stacy's demos and make and takes are technique driven, so you will be sure to learn something new.

Here's the schedule of the Stacy Stamps events on the 9th:
10:00- 11:45 Winter Lighthouse MITI  
11:30-12:15 Color Me Beautiful MITI 
1:30-2:15 Stain-glass Distress Reinker demo 
2:00-3:00 Paper Designs MITI
2:45-4:00 Fingerprint Wreath MITI 
3:15-4:30 Color Me Beautiful MITI   

 Of course, there will be so much more going on on the 9th that you won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Let Your Light Shine!

This is simply lovely - what a great "thinking of you" or "congrats" card.  I love the idea of a jar of light!!!

And, the washi tape creates the impression of a table cloth - easy and cute!

Stop in Wednesday between 10 & 8 and make this adorable card - you may even want to keep this little reminder for yourself! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mini Background Mania

I love the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card background stamps because you can create your own patterned paper in exactly the right color!  So much easier than figuring out where to store all that paper - and plus, what if you run out?!?!

I.O. recently released a series of mini backgrounds.  These are fantastic, because the designs are smaller - perfect for embellishing die cuts, for example.  But they are also a nice size for stamping and creating a "layered" look on a single-layer card.  What a time savings!!!

Stop in this Tuesday between 12 - 2 and let Angela show you how "necessary" these new sets are - and how economical, too!  Win-win!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mama Elephant

Mama Elephant consistantly releases beautiful products.  Stop by to see the newest goodies at the store.  Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hello Summer!

We've had quite a bit of rain this summer!  Want a little sun without the heat?!?!  Join Deb for her Hello Summer card class.  These cards are wonderful to send, but they'd also be cute in a collage frame as a seasonal decoration on your mantle!!!

Tuesday, June 28 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 29 from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hero Arts Color Layering

Color Layering is so popular right now.  The MISTI stamp positioner has made it so quick and easy to stamp images that layer onto each other to create amazing depth and dimension.  One company that has wonderful clear stamp layering sets is Hero Arts.  We just received a new shipment of their designs as well as new ink pad kits and the stamp layering catalog.  Why not give it a try?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Free Wednesday Make and Take

Need a great 4th of July card?  Stop by anytime Wednesday, June 22nd between 10am-8:30pm to make a free card.  Love the embossed star background! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tuesday Learn at Lunch

Want to learn about Nuvo Embellishment Mousse? Join Kathy tomorrow (6/21) anytime between 12pm-2pm for a free demo.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Memory Box Flower Video

Have you been curious about the Memory Box push floral dies?  They are wonderful because the flowers can be used to embellish a card, but they can also be used for home decor or gifts.

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Free Make and Take Wednesday

Are you kidding me with all this cuteness?  Join us Wednesday, June 15th anytime between 10am-8:30pm to make this sweet card using stamps and dies from @mftstamps This is a free event, so stop by, relax, and get crafty!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Suede-like softness

This Tuesday's FREE Learn at Lunch features Paper Soft by Viva Decor.  This water-based paint makes creating backgrounds so very quick and easy- and it's great for edging your papers as well.  Plus, it makes the paper look almost suede-like - it has a hint of "tooth" to it.

But it's also wonderful for working with stencils - you get a lovely, soft matte finish and clean-up is a breeze!!!

Stop in any time between 12 & 2 and let Angela show you how easy this product is to work with. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New MFT and Reverse Confetti

Two of your favorite companies + two new releases = much happiness at the store.  Stop by to take a look at the new goodies.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Just a quick reminder that we have special hours for tomorrow (Sunday, June 12).  We will be closing at 3:30pm so that the staff can attend an important performance by Angela's son.  The best thing about our store (in my humble opinion) is that we are more than a retail location.  We are a family, and as such, we all want to be a part of this special event.  So, if you are in need of crafting supplies, be sure to stop by between 12pm-3:30pm.  There is brand new merchandise from My Favorite Things, Reverse Confetti, Taylored Expressions, and Paper Smooches.  Parking is also really easy and convenient on Sundays, so it is a great time to drop by the store.

You are also welcome to attend the piano concert.  It's free and open to the public.  Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, at 4 pm.  Why not make a day of it?

Queen and Company

People have been asking us about how to use some of the great new products from Queen and Company that we have at the store.  Here are some tutorial videos to help get you started:

Foam Front Shaker Card Kits.  Seriously, it can't get any easier than this:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here:

Pop Up Shapes.  Another way to make quick and easy shaker cards.

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here:

Stick' Ems.  What a great way to add customized embellishments to you card:

You can also view the video directly on YouTube here:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches has a wonderful new die release.  Here are some of their samples with ideas for using the new products.  Of course, we have all these new goodies at the store:


Thursday, June 9, 2016

MFT Blueprints

I wanted to talk about the Blueprints die sets from My Favorite Things because we are expecting our new release shipment either today or tomorrow. 

Card design is something that a lot of people struggle with.  The nice thing about the Blueprints is that they give you an interesting assortment of dies as well as 4 layout ideas for using the dies.  Here is a link to their Blueprint sketch ideas page:

Every new release, we order the latest Blueprint die set.  However, we are able to order any Blueprint set that you want.  Email if you would like us to get one of the past Blueprints for you.

Here is a video of the latest Blueprint release.  It shows you the various dies included in the set and then shows you how they created four different cards using the same set:

If you would like to watch the video directly on YouTube, you can see it here:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


As we have mentioned on the blog, emails, and Facebook, we ALWAYS sell out of tickets to the scrapbook show and therefore you should buy your tickets early.  We sold out once again this year.  After talking to the Scrapbook convention coordinators, we are being sent 40 more tickets to sell.  They should be here in a day or two.  I just wanted to alert everyone, because when these 40 are gone, there will be no more tickets. I am begging everyone who wants a ticket to buy one from us soon since they will sell out again. Tickets are $8 (instead of $10 at the door), are good for Friday or Saturday (your choice), allow you entrance to the early bird hour (on Friday) and includes one of the collectible badges. Tickets must be purchased in the store since we don't mail them.

What is New/Coming/Being Ordered:
There is so much arriving at the store in the next week that I thought it would be a good idea to give you an idea of what is coming:

Brand new Paper Smooches
Alt E New

Coming (with notice that it has already shipped):
My Favorite Things
Reverse Confetti

Coming (shipping soon):
Corcord and 9th
Lawn Fawn
Taylored Expressions
Impression Obsession
Memory Box

Ordering Soon (let us know if there is anything you want us to get for you):
Alt E New
Colorburst Powders

Want to get sneak peeks of the latest releases so that you can get your order as soon as new items are released?  Email to get added to the list.  It helps us figure out what people want and it allows us to hold your order for you so that the items will be here at the store when you visit us.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Non-traditional "congrats" card

Wednesday's FREE make-and-take card is perfect for so many occasions!  It is a happy, non-traditional card that could fill in for all kinds of "congrats" situations:  graduations, new home/moving, new job....the list is endless.

These adorable stamps are by Rubber Soul, and the card is further enhanced by the stitching details of the dies.  The cheerful decorative paper seals the deal!!!

Stop in any time between 10 & 8 on Wednesday to make one for yourself.  Once you see how cute (and how versatile) this card is, you'll want to make more to keep on hand!  Snag the stamps while you're here so you can do just that!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Art for Inchies!

Impression Obsession has released a new line of stamps to work perfectly with your Inchies and Twinchies.  Join Angela this Tuesday between 12 & 2 to play with these new stamps, and also learn how to get vibrant color on dark cardstock and inchies.  So much satisfaction in such a small canvas!

The Learn at Lunch demos are always free and no reservation is required.  Come on by!

Friday, June 3, 2016

It's a Frenzy!

Do you need a little card making frenzy in your life?  Why not join Angela this Sunday to make 10 cards using the latest stamping techniques.  


Card Making Frenzy Date: Sunday, June 5 Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM Fee: $35.00

Back by popular demand - it's another FRENZY!!!! This class format is a little different. Angela will bring materials to make a bunch of different all-occasion cards that you can customize with any number of sentiment stamps. You'll get to try Neon Amplify, Gelatos, Shimmer Sheets, Paper Soft and so much more. In total, you'll make 10 cards. You may find that you like one design so much, you want to make a few of that particular one. You don't have to make 10 different card designs. This class is meant to be relaxed, so come and enjoy! Class size is limited (it literally sold out in days last time), so reserve your space today! Students should bring: your favorite adhesive and a teflon craft sheet. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Great Stamps and Dies- Great Price

Looking for stamps and dies at a great price? You are going to love the stamps, dies, sequins and shaker cards from Jillibean.  Their stamp sets have tons of sentiments, and the best part is that each clear set retails for $4.  The coordinating die sets are also $4!  You really can't beat prices like that.  There is one circle die set that retails for $5, but everything else sells for $4.  If you are looking for something new to try, then this stamp line is a great one to get the most bang for your buck. 

Patriotic Paper

Didn't summer come in with a bang over Memorial Day weekend?  If you are looking for some patriotic paper and ribbons, we have some good options.  If you need a quick option, take a look at our 12X12 paper.  We have a sheet of images and words that you mix with matching papers and can make some quick and easy cards like this one!  Come check it out!