Monday, December 29, 2008

Class Project

We have a really cute project that we are going to be making in January at The Paper Rabbit in Greenwood, and at The Scrap Shack in Augusta.
It is a set of four handmade milk cartons inside a handmade crate. How cute is this?! Of course we are going to be using our Stamping Studio stamps to layer and create a wonderful customized look that will perfectly match our cardstocks and pattern paper. The crates have been left open at the bottom so that you can add your goodies inside and you won't have to pull apart the milk cartons to open them.
We will "not" be making this project at the Studio so please join us either at The Paper Rabbit or The Scrap Shack to create your own.

The Paper Rabbit in Greenwood SC - 864-223-6969 THURSDAY JANUARY 8TH

The Scrap Shack in Augusta GA - 706-922-5171 SATURDAY JANUARY 17TH 10:00am

Classes are $15.00

Please call the stores for more information and to sign up. I hope to see you all there!

Monday, December 22, 2008

DT Challenge

Hey everyone! Are you having Happy Holidays? We are having a great, and busy time getting ready for our Christmas celebration and having our 3 boys home from school to hang out with.

I have some great samples to show you made by design team member Suzanne Milam. The theme this challenge was winter in hues of brown and blue. So frosty and pretty! Check them out and I am sure you will be inspired as I am!
Stamps : Oh Deer (All Stamps The Stamping Studio)Pine & HollyInks: Jumbo JavaTimber Brown Staz-OnIWhite Opaque PenGelly Roll Glitter PenPaper: Metallic Bronze PaperBrown and Blue Prismatic CardstockInstructions: Card Size 4 1/4 x 5 1/21. Cut card base.....layer with brown2. Stamp Pind on blue and add pine cones...stamp deer andsentiment.3. Add snow with white pen and glitter. Ink edges andadhere to brown.
Stamps: Mini RoundersLong Skinny SentimentsBuild A SnowmanPerky PenguinsThe Stamping StudioInks: Brown Staz OnBlueGelly Roll Glitter PenInstructions:1. Cut card base using Nestabilities2. Cut white 2 3/4 x 5 7/8. Stamp edges with snowflakes and add sentiment3. Attach blue piece4. Punch 1 1/2 " brown circle. Punch 1 1/4 circle in whiteand Stamp friends & snowflakes and attach to blue piece.5. Glitter with Gelly Roll pen6. Make envelope using formula from www.scorpal.com7. Stamp envelope with circles and snowflakes.Suzanne Milam
Stamps: Pine & Holly The Stamping StudioPaper: Basic GreyPrismaticInks: Brown Staz OnGelly Roll Glitter PenInstructions: Card size 4 1/4 x 5 1/21. Make card base2. Adhere pattern paper and attach brown strip3. Stamp pine & pine cones. Highlight with glitter pen4. Draw lines around edge of blue piece and adhere5. Embellish with ribbon
Stamps: Regular Joe (all stamps The Stamping Studio)Girlie BirdLong SentimentsInks: Black & Brown Staz OnColored PencilsGlitter Pen...Glaze...Ribbon & YarnPaper: Prismatic
CardstockInstructions:1. Cut cardstock 71/2 x 8 1/2...Score at 4 1/42. Score at 5 1/2....this forms the pocket for the hotcocoa3. Tape using red line tape on outside edge of pocket4... Cut 2 3/4 x 4 7/8 white. Stamp snowflakes & sentiment5. Cut circles using nestabilities...Stamp mug & color. Glaze so it will look like liquid6. Stamp Sentiment and snowflakes...add glitter 7. Cut band 2 x 108. Wrap around cocoa holder and adhere so band will slipoff.9. Attach circles to band. Use a 3-D dot to attachsmaller circle. Embellish

Stamps: Perky Penguins...The Stamping StudioInks: Black Staz OnBlueCloud WhitePaper: Prismatic cardstockCuttlebug Embossing Folder (snowflakes)Colored PencilsEmbellishments: Ribbon & YarnGlitter Pom PomGlitterInstructions: Card Size 4 1/4 x 5 1/21. Emboss blue piece and ink with cloud white2. Wrap ribbon around and tie in knot3. Cut scallop square using Nestabilities4. Stamp penguin & snowflakes on white piece and color withcolored pencils.5. Embellish with glitter and ribbons6. Layer with blue and brown and attach to card with 3-Ddot

Stamps: Build A Snowman The Stamping StudioInks: Black Staz-OnPaper: Blue & White PrismaticBrown MetallicEmbellishments: GlitterRibbonYarn ^ Pom PomsInstructions: 1. Using Nestabilities, cut 2 scallop circles in blue, 1circle in metallic brown & 1 in white.2. Stamp snowman. Stamp hat & scarf on extra white andcolor with pencils and cut out.Mask snowman & stamp armsStamp snowflakes and add glitter3..Take 1 scallop circle and score 1/2 inch from top andattach the 2 scallops together (card will stand)4. Adhere circles and attach embellishments.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tim Holtz Crackle Paints 50% off!

In our continued effort to reduce stock and manufacture more stamps, we are marking down more items for your shopping pleasure. I just marked down all of our Time Holtz line of Crackle Paints. If you haven't tried this before I think you will be pleasantly surprised. They are super easy to work with on cardstock, and they crackle in just one step. The colors are wonderfully vibrant and match the Tim Holtz line of Distress ink pads that you might already have.

You can find these at the store in the "Crackle Paint" section.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Big Stamp Sale!

How about a sale for let's say 50% off?! I just marked down almost all the stamp sets in the section of the store "Rubber Stamps Holiday" 50% off. This is the only catagory/section that has been marked down, so you may see the stamp set in another section for the regular price... you will need to purchase it from the "Rubber Stamps Holiday" section to get the discount.

There are tons of Christmas and other holiday stamp sets availble that I am sure you will love. At this price why not pick up a couple extra sets for gift giving?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Kriss Cramer in Crafts'N Things!

Hey everyone,

I received my copy of Crafts'N Things in the mail yesterday (they bought out the Rubber Stamper a while back and converted my subscription to Crafts'N Things) and while thumbing through it this morning I thought I saw some our Stamping Studio stamp images and low-and-behold I did! Kriss Cramer has a whole page of her designs on page 86 featuring Vintage Memories on her beeswax tags. They are beautiful!

Congratulations Kriss and thank you for using your TSS stamps!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Suzanne Milam in the new Take Ten!

Hey stamping and scrapping friends,

Join me in congratulating our Design Team member Suzanne Milam for getting published again! This time she is in the current Take Ten issue from The Stampers Sampler. I am anxious to see her in the actual magazine but have not had a chance to pick one up in Augusta yet. Here are the sample cards that are in the issue below. They are from the ruffles and pleats challenge that we had a few months back and I can see why they chose her!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stamps back in and Merry Christmas Tree

Hey everyone,

Good news!... we received another shipment of Christmas rubber stamps in this afternoon, and now have back in stock the Snowflake Tree, Drummer Boy, Three Wisemen, Welcome Baby Jesus, and one set that we have not have in stock this year at all because it is so popular is the Merry Christmas Tree. This set just flys off the shelves as it is just so darn cute! Here are some samples I have made with it and the stamp set itself. You can find this set and all the others in the store in either "Ready Set Stamps" or "Rubber Stamps Holiday". I always think of the tree from this set as a Dr. Seuss tree!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Our 2007 Christmas Card

Hey ya'll!
I hope you all have recovered from your Thanksgiving celebrations? We had a great time with family and friends over at my in-laws house all weekend long. I ate waaay too much, and we even went to go see the new 007 flick which I enjoyed.
Have you been working on completing your handmade Christmas cards? I am a bit behind, but did manage to take our annual Christmas photo's which I will use to make our Christmas cards. I thought I would share our Christmas cards from last year. I took our photo's in front of our tree and had the boys wear shirts that Byron brought back from India. Last years prop was an empty picture frame. I had the boys pose with their heads sticking through it and also got the dogs into the action. I then cropped and printed the photo's into small squares and glued them to the front of the card. I used some BasicGrey pattern paper and the card base was red. I then used my computer to create the inside of the card and stamped a shimmery snowflake, from the Delicate Snowflake set inside the card. I was pretty happy with how these turned out! I hope I can come up with an equally fun idea this year... I have a few things in mind but I better get "cracka-lakin"!
I would love to know what kind of Christmas cards you all make for you family and friends. Post your idea to share with everyone.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I have so much to be thankful for this year including "you"... all my stamping and scrapbooking friends and customers. Thank you all for your support and friendship.

My family and I are also very thankful that our beloved coon-hound Marble is now back home and recovering from injuries. We are not sure what happened but think she was attacked by some kind of wild animal in our nearby woods. Husband and the people at the Vet's office think that the injuries could have been caused by some kind of cat (panther/bobcat) or maybe a wild boar. I won't go into the gory details but she (and we!) are lucky that she was smart enough to come home right away, and that the puncture wounds did not hit an artery.

Thank you Lord for all your blessings!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mine & Pam's Play Day Samples

Hi Stampers and Scrappers,

My friend Pam came over yesterday for a rubber stamp "play day" and we had so much fun! We took a couple stamp sets and went to town creating some fun and easy cards that I thought I would share with you. We mainly used two of our new winter sets - Holly & Pine and Oh Dear! Here is what we created.This is a kind of tag-card with the sentiment stamped on the back. Pam likes to not only stamp on her cards, but also inside and on her envelopes. I love that don't you?back view

Monday, November 24, 2008

Non-Stamp, Diaper Cake

Hi Stampers and Scrappers,

My husbands Aunt Margo and I have a lot of fun when she comes to visit from MA, she likes to cook and craft like I do. Her last visit we made baby shower invitations with matching favors which were decorated jumbo binder clips. Another one of her daughters is pregnant so this visit we made this diaper cake for her baby shower that will be held in late December.

This was really fun to make... all you do is roll up some diapers (we used disposable but you can use cloth as well) and hold them together with rubber bands, make a couple layers of your cake and then decorate. We did not stamp on this but I did use my Cricut die cut machine to make the topper and some snowflakes and gift packages that were attached to toothpicks and stuck in amongst the diapers. The curling ribbons really made the project come to life. We were very proud of our accomplishment and had a lot of fun shopping for all of the supplies and figuring out how to put it all together. I hope you get a chance to craft with a friend this holiday season too!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Half Price Sale!

Hey everyone,

As you know these are hard economic times and the craft industry is really feeling the effects including us here at The Stamping Studio. I have been so pleased that our exclusive unmounted stamps are still popular as ever and our holiday designs have been selling well. We are so glad that you like our stamps!

To try and combat the effects of the economy we have decided to concentrate on giving more of what you like... new stamp designs... and less of the "supplies" that have not been selling as well. What that means is that we are going to give you great deals on a bunch of our stock (lots of Half Prices!) in an effort to accumulate funds to produce more rubber stamps.

I have just marked down some wonderful products to Half Price this morning including, Micro beads, Glitters, and Glimmer Mists. We have a limited supply of all of these and have listed the quantities to help you. You can find these items in the very bottom section of the online store "4 Sale/Close Outs". I will be adding more items in the days to come so get them while you can!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stamper's Quest

Hi Stamping and Scrapping Friends,

I am so excited and honored to be the guest designer on the Stamper's Quest online magazine this month! I posted about this new online magazine before and it is a really fun place to check out and look around with great samples, techniques and inspiration. Here is a link to there website

And here is a link to the guest artist feature where I have a tutorial on how to make a Spring Card.

Thank you Stamper's Quest!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stair Step Card Tutorial

Suzanne Milam made a Stair Step card in her last batch of Design Team cards and I had to make one too using some of our new stamps! Here is a tutorial of my design, that we made at the Christmas Card Workshop.

Gather your supplies which should include;
Pattern cardstock - white cardstock
Snowflake Tree and Joy& Noel stamp sets
Jet black StazOn ink pad
Adirondack ink pads, Red pepper, Pool, and Citrus to match my paper
Metallic Shred from the dollar store
Rhinestone gems

Let's start out by stamping on our white cardstock. We are going to stamp 3 trees and I like to work from lightest color to darkest so I will start with the Citrus.Stamp it on the white cardstock then...Lift the stamp up a bit (without re-inking) move it about a bit and stamp again and again until you get this, what I call, halo effect. It kind of looks like the tree is glowing!Do that for all 3 trees
Then stamp the "Joy to the world" on one of the trees, and also use the small snowflake from the Snowflake tree stamp set to stamp the top of the tree and around the tree using black ink for all, and then trim out the trees

The base of your card should be cut 10x5.5" and you will want to score it at - 1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6, 8.25. These are your stair steps!

Trim coordinating pattern paper that will get glued to the front of the foldsStamp the saying on the smalled pattern piece, which will be the front of the cardLike so
OK now let's do some embellishing. Grab your trees and shred...Wind single strands of shred around your trees to create garland Mine looked like this on the backs, which I thought was OK

Then add some rhinestones and you are done!

Of course this Stair Step Card fold has tons of possibilities. If you don't want to cut your image out, how about die cutting some shapes out and then stamping those? I am sure you can come up with your own wonderful designs, and hope you will try this out!