Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Saturday September 8 is Chock Full of Stamp Fever Fun

Before we get to September 8 let's give you a couple of reminders for this week.

This Friday is Lynette's Gift Card Holder Make n Take. She will be here from 1:00-7:00 August 31 to show you here her creative gift giving solution. Cost of the Make n Take is $5.00 and you will need to reserve a kit before Friday. Please call Linda at 714 974-3552.

We have an Operation Write Home Event and Katie's Card Class on Saturday September 8.
We know the class offerings have been pretty light lately so we are kicking off the Fall with a bang!

One of the card samples for our Operation Write Home event.

Operation Write Home is an organization that sends handmade cards to our military around the world. These cards are used to send greetings home to family and friends. I know from personal experience how wonderful it is to receive a card from a loved one on a long deployment. You can read more about Operation Write Home on their website- 

Stamp Fever has planned an Operation Write Home card drive for September 8 from 10am - 1pm.

There are 2 ways you can participate:
  • Bring your handmade cards to the store during our event that you would like to donate to this worthy cause. Please follow the card guidelines found HERE. You can also send "Any Hero Mail"; cards and letters of gratitude and encouragement to be sent to the troops. Find out more about Any Hero Mail HERE.
  • Join in the card-making fun at the store on the 8th. From 10-1 we will have tables set up so you can make cards using our examples or your own creations. You will need to bring your Basic Stamping Kit and any other supplies or products that you would like to use. The store will supply card stock, paper, stamps and ink.
We hope to have a large box to send to Operation Write Home so we will need your help. Please give Linda a call and let her know that you will be with us for this charitable event. 714 974-3552

And if that wasn't enough....we have a class scheduled in the afternoon on September 8 from 2-4pm.
Katie's Card Class
Katie has designed 3 fabulous cards for you. If you haven't taken one of her classes yet you've been missing out on her bubbly personality and her great Clean and Simple card style. Check out these cards:

Each of these cards has a fun watermark background. You'll be doing some quick and easy coloring with paper-piecing to finish off this Fall themed card trio.

As always the cost of this class is $15.00 and you will need to bring your Basic Stamping Kit. 
Call today to reserve your spot 714 974-3552.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make'n'Take 1-7pm This Friday!

Hi's been a tough August for our Design Team and teachers but we are back with some fresh classes for Fall! Watch for our newsletters to see what we have come up with for you for September. If you aren't getting our newsletters, check out the sidebar to sign up today.

This Friday, August 31, our sweet Lynette has a fabulous Gift Card Holder project to share with you. This project is presented as a Make 'n' Take from 1-7pm.

Here's Lynette's charming design:
Outside of the gift card holder


This is a perfect design for any and all gift giving occasions!

Here's how to participate in this Make 'n' Take:
Call the store to reserve a kit. Drop in any time between 1pm and 7pm on Friday, August 31!

Cost for the kit: $5.00

Please bring: Adhesive, Scissors, Antique Linen Distress ink, Blending Tool.

Call Linda to reserve your kit 714 974-3552

Monday, August 20, 2012

New Lockhart Stamps

We have the new Lockhart stamps for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in the store. And as always Lockhart has sent along some pretty sweet card samples to get your creativity going.

Cute little trio of bats and I just love the Candy Corn many coloring possibilities!

These aren't a bit scary but think of the fun cards you could make with them. 
Okay that spider stamp is just upside down, he'll be fine once we flip him over.

This sweet turkey would look adorable on a greeting card or on a 
place card for your Thanksgiving gathering.
That sentiment says it all!

 How about some fresh looks for snowmen....juggling snowballs and stringing up lights.

And the holidays aren't complete without a bit of mistletoe and a poinsettia arrangement.

Get your favorite coloring method out and ready to go then stop by Stamp Fever to pick up some sweet holiday stamps. I see you spending some relaxing time coloring up some sweet images!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gina's Coloring Class Update

Gina has just let us know that she needs to reschedule her coloring class that was on the calendar for this Saturday. She lost her dear grandmother today and she will be spending time with her family this week.
Thank you for understanding. Please keep Gina in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gina's Class Samples

We are getting back to our regular class schedule starting with a coloring class with Gina on Saturday August 25 at 10am.  And here are the card samples.....if you are a fan of Penny Black's Mimi stamps you are going to love these!

 Gina has incorporated some interesting cutting and layering along with the fabulous embossed and distressed backgrounds.

Sign up today and learn how to get that perfectly colored look with your alcohol markers.

Gina's Coloring Class
Saturday August 25
Watch the newsletter for more class information! 

Upcoming classes in September:
Katie- September 8
Nancy- September 22

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Product in the Spotlight

Okay, I know today should be a Design Team Wednesday post but I thought I would shake things up a bit with a Product Spotlight post instead.

Have you ever wondered how to use the fabulous Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamps? Stamp Fever has a great selection of these versatile stamps.

Here's just a few of the Cover a Card stamps we have at Stamp Fever: clockwise from top left- Houndstooth, Herringbone, Graph Paper, and Wall Paper.

Below are some samples from the Impression Obsession website, their Design Team has done a marvelous job of showing off these hard working stamp images. Drop by their site for a visit and if you see anything you just can't live without remember you can order through Stamp Fever, just give Linda a call at 714 974-3552.

The Houndstooth stamp is used as an all-over background with a tone on tone look.

Here the Herringbone stamp is used in place of a patterned paper to allow the flower image to pop!

These 3 cards show the Wallpaper stamp used a background stamped on patterned paper (top card) and the next 2 show it  with some layered stamping....beautiful!

Here we have the Graph Paper stamp used  as a background and stamped on a smaller panel. I love how these stamps can add just the right touch of texture and pattern to keep projects from looking flat.

An all over background is a handy stamp to have in your stamp stash. These Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamps will do just that, cover a whole card background. Or stamp them out in different colors and use as you would patterned paper to add quick color and interest to all your stamped projects.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mojo a day late....

What happened to Monday? I think I was delirious from the heat but today is a bit cooler so how about some mojo for this week.

Are you tired of making cards and thinking in a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 box? Why not play with your stamps, inks and art supplies on a canvas? For this 8x8 canvas I used Design Memory Craft Gelatos and PITT Artist pens along with stamps from Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn and some art supplies.

For the background I scribbled on various colors Gelatos and blended with some water using my fingers. Yay, finger painting is so much fun!! A lot of trial and error went into stamping and coloring the bicycle which was finished off with a silver PITT Artist pen. Then I added some personal touches with doodles, tissue tape,  die cut clouds and the paper pieced banner.

So the mojo prescription for this week is to let go and try something new with no expectations. I purposely didn't share how I solved the stamping of the bicycle because that's all part of the artistic journey. How would you add a stamped and colored image to a prepared background? Don't have a canvas to work on...try a large sheet of watercolor paper or cut up a cereal box and use it as your "canvas". Just create something new and different and free up your inner artist!

Stamp Fever has a selection of Faber Castell "Design Memory Craft" products. Sometimes just trying a new product can be the spark that ignites your creativity and gets your mojo on a roll.

Friday, August 3, 2012

It's the final days of So Cal Shop Hop 2012

We've had so much fun and met lots of new friends at Stamp Fever while participating in Shop Hop. Everyone loved our special Secret Garden, we do feel so blessed to have that patio garden at our store.

Linda has added lots of new products to our shelves for the last weekend of Shop Hop and restocked some of your favorites. Here's just a few of the goodies you'll find on our shelves:

October Afternoon "Cakewalk" 8x8 paper pack; Unity Stamp Company Brandy and Emma "Constant Companions" stamp set by Phyllis Harris; My Favorite Things Label Die set; Studio Calico "Hey Day" 6x6 paper pack.

New Memory Box dies are in stock!

We couldn't leave you without some more photos from the Secret Garden Tea Party.

 Puppy story it!

 The Secret Garden Book Club?

 Smiles all around....

 more sweet smiles!

We've met the nicest people and we've learned that Southern California Shop Hoppers really know how to have a great time!

If you haven't visited us yet...we look forward to seeing you this weekend. Kathy will be here with the "My cup of tea" make n take and our photo op garden is ready for your group to pose for that perfect shot!