Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anchor's Away!

Last week, we had some fun with the new nautical themed stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  But, we just couldn't help making more cards with this adorable and versatile set.  I love the added embellishment of the twine - so cute!

Stop in Wednesday any time between 10 & 8:30 to make one of these cards to share with someone who needs to know how special they are!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Watercolor like a pro!

I love stamping because I can't draw - but I also know great "cheats" to make it look like I have watercolored "freehand" images - and just like Rice Crispy Treats, no one needs to know the secret :-)

Well - okay - you need to know the secret - so stop in this Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give it a try yourself.  You will be stunned by what you are able to produce.  We are watercoloring with Distress Ink Pads, so join us and find out more!

As always, demos are free and require no registration.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn's latest release arrived and it is wonderful.  There are new stamps, dies, paper pack and samples.  Here are some ideas for using the new items:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Mama Elephant

With the arrival of a new school year, Mama Elephant has some wonderful new stamps and dies to help with upcoming projects.  In addition to the school items, there are cute critters, wonderful sentiment definitions, fruits that are perfect for coloring, a sweet boy and girl with mix and match hats, and so much more!

Also, the very popular raccoon set is back in stock:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wednesday Free Make and Take

Free Make and Take for Wednesday, Aug 24th is a fun Halloween card from Impression Obsession.  Stop in anytime from 10-8:30 to make your own spooky card using Copic markers and a very practical Polaroid die. We also have kits available that include all three stamps, the die set (includes the photo die, photo corner dies, and a "smile" die) and the paper necessary to make 5 cards.  Each kit sells for $32.50 and are available while supplies last.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tuesday Free Learn at Lunch

Join Angela on Tuesday between 12 & 2 as we play with the new colors of Alcohol Inks.  This time, we'll examine the differences between using Alcohol Inks on vellum versus translucent Yupo paper.  The translucency adds extra beauty to the subtle way the alcohol inks blend.  Come try it for yourself - it's a lot of fun!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wed MITI, new IO, Christmas Class Encore

Free card tomorrow has an ombré effect, lots of sparkle, and an enamel accent. Use the given saying or leave it blank to use as a Summer or kid card. Stop by anytime Wed, Aug 17 from 10:30 am-8:30pm to make yours!
A huge shipment of the Impression Obsession Fall and Winter images arrived...pumpkins, monsters, leaves, angels, Christmas trees, snowmen, and lots of fun sayings!  
For those of you who missed Laura's sold out 10 in 10 Christmas card class, she is offering an encore on Sunday, September 18th from 2-4:30pm.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Watercolor Lifting - so much more fun than weightlifting!

Last week, we created a background wash with ColorBursts.  This powdered pigment is quick and easy to work with, but can never take the place of water-based markers if what you want is control!

For Tuesday's Learn at Lunch demo, Angela will show you how to create a background wash with water-based markers, which we will use as a base color for our snowflake images.  We will then lift color to create a stunning contrast and pop!

Stop in any time between 12 & 2 on Tuesday, and learn a new technique for using products you may already have.  This card features the new Making Spirits Bright stamp set from Memory Box.  See you there!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Impression Obsession

New Halloween images from Impression Obsession arrived here including the stamps used in Laura's upcoming Monster Mash Copic class on the 22nd

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Concord & 9th new release and video

Do you love a new release from concord & 9th as much as we do?  There are amazing new stamps and dies as well as new samples to help inspire you.  There is even a video to help you figure out the thanks folded card.  It will make such beautiful thank you cards or cards for a thanksgiving.


Here is the informative video that will help you figure out how to use the new "thanks" set.  The video uses the hugs die, but it will give you an idea of how to cut and assemble the card:

If you can't view the video, you can view it directly on YouTube here- https://youtu.be/eKy01xIvYSA

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hello from D.C.

Are you following the Olympics?  If so, then you may know that all of the medal winners from the United States are from the DMV!!!  That's right!  One more reason to be proud of your "hometown".  Why not share the love with your favorite "wannabees"?  Maybe write on the inside "Wish You Were Here"?  :-)

We are often asked for Washington DC stamps, and this one is a lot of fun - made by Hero Arts.  Stop in Wednesday any time between 10 & 8:30 to make one for yourself.  You'll get to practice soft shading and "image grounding" by framing the imaging with a very soft Copic.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tuesday's Learn at Lunch AND new Guest Artist Announcement!

Join Angela this Tuesday between 12 & 2 when she will be playing with the Concord & 9th Take a Bow die set.  Perhaps you've seen samples on the Internet - this die set can be used on cards or to make 3-D trees (Harriett made the sample above, and it will be in the store to inspire you!).  Angela wanted to share something a little different, so she created a background with ColorBursts, using Shimmerz Spray to create a resist effect, and then used the dies to create an effect with glitter that mirrors stamping with a Glue Pad, but makes use of your die instead.  Intrigued?  Stop in and try it for yourself!

Also, we are excited to announce that Jen Starr is returning Saturday, August 20 for two classes.  Pictured above is her wildly popular Canvas Mixed Media Beach Book, which is from 10-2.

Her second class is her latest creation.  In the midst of her playing and puttering, she uncovered an entirely new workshop - Texture Painting - that she simply couldn't wait to share.  How lucky are we?!?!  This class will be from 3-5 PM.  Plan to join us, and reserve your space today!