Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

We're helping you get in a summer groove with some fabulous cards by Design Team Member Gina! These wonderful card designs full of sunshine and fun should you inspire your warm weather card making.

I love this clever gift card holder....perfect for those summer birthdays!

So pour yourself a cold beverage, get out all your summer themed supplies and create some cards filled with sunshine!

Gina's cards feature stamps from Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts and Penny Black.
Be sure to check out Gina's art work on her blog Stuck on Glue Crafts and at her Flickr Photostream.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Mojo- Hexagons

Have you seen the new trend to use hexagon shapes? I have to say that I'm loving hexagons these days and I'm seeing them everywhere. There are hexagon designed patterned papers, dies, stamps and embellishments.

Here's a mini card using this trendy shape made with a homemade hexagon template and some scraps of Simple Stories Summer Fresh Paper. Stamps used are by Hero Arts: Graph Background, Picnic Clear Set, and Made with Love Clear set.

Want to try some hexagons on your next project? Here's a sampling of hexagon themed products......

Clockwise from top left there's papers from Lily Bee Victoria Park, Echo Park So Happy Together and Authentique Carefree; Pink Paislee Chipboard tiles; Tim Holtz-Sizzix Texture Fades; My Favorite Things Die-namics Hexagon Die; and stamps by Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz, Paper Smooches and IO Stamps.

We'd like to know if you want these products carried in the store, leave a comment or call Linda and tell her you want Hexagons! 714 974-3552

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Upcoming Classes at Stamp Fever

Saturday June 30 10:00- Summer Fresh Class- Learn to coordinate patterned papers with 3 summery card designs featuring the Summer Fresh Collection by Simple Stories.

Announcing Lynette's Next Class:
Lynette has designed a wonderful notepad cover and tag set using the sweet Summer Fresh paper collection.

Notebook cover and tag

Inside of Notebook

Class information:
Saturday July 7 at 10:00am
Class Fee $15.00
Focus is on Paper Piecing and Stamping

Basic Stamping kit
Brown Ink- I used Memento Rich Cocoa
Adhesives- Tape Runner and Liquid Glue

Please bring these items if you have them:
Copic Pen-Red #R46
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
     Quinn's ABC's
       Many Thanks
       Belinda's Border's
      Flutter By
      Handmade with Love 
We R Memory Keeper's Crop-A-Dile  and Corner Chomper 1/4"-1/2"

Stars and Stripes Make-n-Take
Friday June 29 4:00-7:00pm
Cost is $5.00 for the Card Kit
Reservations are required so we have enough Card Kits on hand.

Please call Linda at 714 974-3552 to reserve your spot in any or all of these classes...we'd love to have you join us!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quick Tip Friday

Do you have lots of border punches...maybe you are looking for a new way to use them that's quick and easy? Try using them to create a misting mask!

I used a large EKSuccess border punch, a sheet of plain copy paper and mists in 2 colors.

I punched the border in the thin paper then positioned it over my card stock panel. I used some removable tape to hold the masks in place before misting.  I'm sorry I don't have a photo of the mask before I sprayed, completely forgot to snap a couple of steps.

As you can see the paper gets pretty saturated so it's a one use mask. Using paper for the mask creates a soft watercolor look rather than the clean edge that you would get from using a plastic mask.
I should add that you will want to clear a pretty wide area and cover your desk.
 I should also report that I'm sporting one really pretty pink misted hand! 

Once I sprayed with the pink mist, I took a clean sheet of paper and masked off the top of the card.
Then I sprayed with the second lighter mist. I didn't bother covering the first color, since it's darker it wasn't affected by the second misting.

All that is left is to trim your card stock, do a little stamping and embellishing, layer with a mat and 
you've got yourself a unique clean and simple card for any occasion. 

Products used for this project: EK Success Border Punch, Dylusions Ink Spray in Bubblegum, Mister Huey's Color Mist in Dewey, Hero Arts Black Dye ink, Picked Raspberry Distress ink, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Black cardstock, satin ribbon, Tombow Stamp Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Stamps by Hero Arts: Untitled Word Shadow AC005, Truly Appreciated clear sentiment set CL380

We would love to see your misted border projects if you would like to add your link to the collection below.  Just click on the blue frog below and follow the directions to add your name and the link to your blog post, Flickr photo or other online photo gallery.
We can't wait to see your misted projects using a border punch as a mask!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's Happening at Stamp Fever...

This Saturday Gina is teaching her popular
 Card Class and Coloring Class

The Card Class is at 10:00 and features "Creating a Scene" with your stamps.
Class Fee is $15.00

Next up is Gina's Coloring Techniques Class at 12:30
Class Fee is $15.00 if using your own markers, $20.00 if using Gina's markers

"Stars and Stripes" Make-n-Take Friday June 29 

Lynette has designed a beautiful vintage patriotic card for this special Make-n-Take!
Call the store to reserve your $5.00 Card Kit then drop in anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 on June 29.
It's important that you call to RSVP so we will have enough Card Kits on hand.

Get in a Summer Fresh groove on Saturday June 30!

Nancy will be teaching a card class focusing on mixing and matching Patterned Papers on your card designs.
You will use papers from the fun Summer Fresh Collection 6x6 pack by Simple Stories. (The center sample above will be made using the Summer Fresh papers, this sample represents the design only.)
Stamp sets used include Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts.
Class Fee is $15.00
Class Time is 10:00 Saturday June 30

Make plans to join our Stamp Fever Designers for these fun classes and give Linda a call today!
714 974-3552

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Design Team Wednesday

We wasted no time giving our newest Design Team member her first opportunity to share some of her crafty ideas with you. 

Here's Lynette with Design Team Wednesday:

This is a tip on how you can have a very cheap and economical pad to do your stamping on, and you don't have to clean it. The photo below shows two different sized office paper pads that I use, one is 5"x7" and the other is 8 1/2"x11".  When the top sheet gets all inky and dirty you just tear it off and throw it away and the pad is then ready for the next project.

An additional benefit is the lines on the paper can be used to align the stamps as you are inking. The photo's below show how I aligned the printed paper and border stamp with the lines on the paper pad. 

Stamp: Belinda's Borders by Lawn Fawn

This technique really does help in keeping your stamped images straight.
I hope you find this little tip helpful………………Lynette

Thanks for stopping by...leave us a comment, we'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gina's Card Class and Coloring Class are this Saturday

It's all Gina, all day on Saturday at Stamp Fever.

First up she is "Creating a Scene" with 3 cards that are going to knock your socks off....these designs are amazing! Check them out for yourself.....

Class time is 10:00 and the class fee is $15.00.
The theme of this class is "creating a scene" 

Please bring the following to class, scissors, black ink, colored pencils or water color pencils, foam blender tool and mat, broken china distress ink, adhesive and pop dots.
If you have the following stamps, please being them to class...
Hero Arts: Be Happy
Lawn Fawn: Plus One and Sunny Skies

There will be time for lunch then Gina will be back with her popular coloring class. She will show you how to use Spectrum Noir markers to get wonderful results while you make 2 beautiful cards with Penny Black stamps.

Class time is 12:30. The fee for this class is $15.00 if you are bringing your own markers and $20.00 for those that need to use mine

Spectrum colors are LV1, LV2, BT5, BT7, BP2, BP6, IG2

Give Linda a call at the store today to make your plans to join Gina on Saturday! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Mojo

Let's get some inspiration from some favorite places in Blog World!

You can't beat The Lawn Fawn Blog for fresh, fun ideas
Jill Foster always has fabulous inspiration at Inspired by
Moxie Fab World has all the latest trends
For all of you Penny Black fans, check out the Penny Black blog
Hero Arts Blog...for everything Hero Arts and great monthly challenges
And don't forget the Hero Arts Flickr group...there are some amazingly talented people hanging out there

Why not pop over to these blogs and galleries and get some inspiration.  Then take out your stamps, inks, papers and embellies and make something fabulous!

Don't forget to reserve your set of the Summer Distress Inks...they are gorgeous! Stamp Fever has ordered these inks and most are already spoken for....don't be left out, call Linda to reserve your set today.

Happy Monday....hope it's filled with the best kind of stamping Mojo!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Quick Tip- Custom Patterns

Have you ever been playing with your favorite new patterned paper collection and wished you had just one more pattern to pull it all together? I had just that situation this week when working on cards for my next card class. I was using the new Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper collection, which is in stock in the store right now.
I thought the perfect thing would be a great faded blue denim pattern with the pretty plaid paper. But I didn't have any denim paper...what to do?.....what to do? I just happened to be wearing the perfect denim jeans!

You guessed it....I scanned my jeans! (not the ones I was wearing, mind you). Once scanned and edited to tweak the color and contrast I opened the image in MS Publisher (my go-to program for such things) to crop and create a printable sheet of denim.

Then I was off to make my version of Summer Fresh with some fun new Lawn Fawn Stamps: Make Lemonade and Happy Summer (also in stock right now)

Are you looking for the perfect pattern to finish your project in style? Look in the mirror, you just may be wearing it!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

6th Annual So Cal Shop Hop 2012

We're Celebrating Secret Gardens for Shop Hop 2012

The Southern California Shop Hop starts on July 20 and continues through August 5 which will give you plenty of time to visit all 38+ participating stores. Scrapbook and Stamp stores from Bakersfield to San Diego are preparing their stores to celebrate their chosen Wacky Holiday theme and getting ready to make your shopping experience fun and memorable. (A link to all the participating stores is at the bottom of this post.)

At Stamp Fever we are transforming our wonderful little patio garden into a proper Secret Garden and celebrating with a Garden Party filled with flowers. Our Design Team has been working on decorating plans and putting together our "Take n Make" pages. We've designed our special logo to go on our Shop Hop Button and we'll be stocking the shelves with lots of wonderful new products!

Passports for this annual shopping event are available to purchase at Stamp Fever for $13.00. Your passport entitles you to 20% off at all participating Shop Hop Stores. In addition you will receive a a canvas tote bag and an official Shop Hop 2012 button. For all the Passport benefit information please click the link to the official So Cal 2012 Shop Hop site below.

Stamp Fever is planning a special Friday night Craft and Chat on July 13 for all of our Passport holders. Katie will be on hand to help you decorate your Shop Hop tote bag. Sign up for our newsletter on the side bar to get more information about this fun and fabulous Shop Hop Kick Off Event!

Since our complimentary bottles of water were such a hit last year we decided to continue that tradition and step it up with our own custom Stamp Fever label!

There are many more surprises in store for you at Stamp Fever and at all the Shop Hop 2012 stores.
Stop in and get your Passport to fun and savings today!

For more information about this annual Southern California event please follow the links below:
So Cal Shop 2012 Hop Website
List of Participating Stores
Wacky Holidays Celebrated at each store
So Cal Shop Hop Facebook Page

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Design Team Wednesday- Spotlight on Kathy

Let's take a look at some of the wonderful art that Kathy has shared with us over the years here at Stamp Fever. If you want gorgeous vintage style or something just a bit quirky then Kathy is the crafter for you!

I love these vintage cards with a feminine style. Kathy always adds interesting embellishments that take her projects over the top!

She's got the artsy vintage style down too!

Here's a few of Kathy's project that really show her creativity and her eye for color.

This photo collage is of a fairy garden that Kathy created using Configurations boxes...can you say "attention to detail?"

Kathy is teaching 2 different classes this week check out these gorgeous samples:

Thursday Techniques Class: 11:30 - 1:30 or 6:00 - 8:00

Saturday Card Class at 10:00am

Call the store today to sign up for these classes, there is still time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcoming a New Design Team Member

We are so pleased to announce that Lynette Lundquist has joined our little band of designers. She brings a fresh perspective to stamping and always has a little DIY twist to share in her classes. She doesn't have a blog or online gallery...yet; we are working on it.

Hi my name is Lynette,
 My husband and I have lived for 25 years in a quaint little neighborhood in Garden Grove. Much of our time is spent maintaining the yard and a 59 year old house. Good thing I love to do carpentry and gardening!  Recently after working for 34 years as a drafting technician I decided to take an early retirement and pursue other interests, stamping being one of them. This artistic field is fairly new to me and I've only been involved in it seriously for 3 years, but just love it!  I'm not sure what you would call my style, but I do love to create things with paper and add a splash of inkiness. I'm always open to new ideas and looking forward to working with the Stamp Fever Design Team to help plant a little seed of creativity in your life. See you at the shop! 

Here's a few peeks at Lynette's creativity:

 Can you say Do-it-Yourself chipboard? 
Lynette designed these sweet note pads using homemade chipboard!

And how about some DIY Washi Tape...
Lynette just taught a class where she not only used this trendy embellishment but showed how you can make your own. She included a sweet washi tape holder, card and tag in the class!

I'm sure you will all love the classes that Lynette will be teaching in the coming months. Look for her in the store during Shop Hop and give her a warm welcome!