Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Flamin' Wishes

This is a fun image for a birthday card. Another High Hopes image colored with Copics and white gel pens. The swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder is a perfect touch for the background.
The lovely little Rain Dots are by Cloud9 Design...check them out for a fun and different embellishment. ~michelle~

Monday, December 29, 2008

High Hopes for a Happy Birthday!

Check out this adorable little fellow from High Hopes! He's got the cutest little toes!! Colored in Copics and highlighted in Inkssentials white gel pen he lookes cute enough to squeeze like he's squeezing his pet frog! The ribbon, rubons and paper are by Cloud9 Design. Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Some more Inky Antics!

Heidi beat me to making a card with this image....but I was working on this fun little feller too!
I colored him with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. His tummy is white flocking and his glass and ice cube are coated in Diamond Glaze. I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder on vellum for a frosty look. The designer paper is Cloud9 Design. The glitter dots are by Dress It Up! and are available in various colors at The Stamp Shoppe.

Hope you are keeping warm and had a happy weekend! ~michelle~

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Warm Wishes

This card features this adorable snowman stamp, colored in Copics and then punched out with a Marvy Scalloped Square punch. May Arts ribbons in red are fun with this fun designer paper from Cloud9. ~michelle~

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Have an 'Icy" Day!

Here's another "cool" stamp from Inky Antics. This penguin is so cute with the greetings from Wisconsin. The ovals were cut out with Nestabilities. The penguin was colored with...you guessed it! Copic Markers. The background was done with the bouncing brayer technique. It gives an icy water look which is perfect for this card. Check out our classes in January! There are some great ones coming up and you can make this card in the brayer techniques class. Stay warm and Have a GREAT Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wisdom From A Snowman

Who can't use a little advice from a snowman this year?! This fun stamp is by Inky Antics and is colored with Copic Markers and Copic's At You Spica Glitter Pens. The designer paper is by Heidi Grace Designs. The only other embellishment on this is a tiny button sewed on the card with embroidery floss. Just a little tip.....no naked buttons on cards....finish them off with some ribbon or coordinating floss to make them pop! Stay Warm! ~michelle~

Monday, December 22, 2008

It Bee Snowing & Blowing

A few post ago, you saw this stamp as one. I decided to add a twist and separate the componants of the stamp. I used the one bee and cut the hap-bee holidays sentiment off. The blowing swirls were part of the snowflake rub-ons we have at the Stamp Shoppe. They give the real feeling of cold. I used the rub-ons on the new Fancy Pants snow paper and used the snow background from cuttlebug. Adding a little glitter and small gemstones from Hero Arts complete the sparkling chill of snow. Even though it's cold outside, hopefully this card can warm your heart!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It Was A Cloud9 Birthday!

We're enduring grey skies and snowbanks here....but this card is just SO cheery, I love it!
I used white for the card base. Designer paper is by Cloud9 Design. The stamps are by WhipperSnapper and are colored with Copic markers, highlighted with white gel pen and Prismacolor pencils. The lucious ribbon is by May Arts. The flower sequins are by Hero Arts.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Let It Snow!

...someplace else!! It's been SO cold and snowy, I'm not sure why this card popped out....but this little feller was just begging to be colored with Copics. His tummy has been fun flocked and his candy cane has been coated with Diamond Glaze for added shine. The silver cardstock looks very cold and icy embossed. ~michelle~

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Gift For You!

This card features Cuttlebug's Allegro Embossing Folder that has been lightly sanded on the designer paper. Faux stitching attaches the panel to the cardstock that has been embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot Embossing Folder. Nestabilities make it easy to frame this little beauty. Stamp is by Whipper Snapper and is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with a Inkssentials Opaque White Pen. The Glittery Flowers are by Heidi Grace and come with the little brads. Check out these fun products in our store! ~michelle~

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hap-bee Holidays!

These little bees are shivering in these Wisconsin temperatures.....but they're all decked out with flocked hats, and glittery wings. Copic At You Spica Glitter pens are used to glitz up the sentiment, their noses and antennae. Base Cardstock is Bazzill, designer paper is by Fancy Pants. Glitter dots are by Dress It Up! Art Institute's Pearlescent gliter has been added to the snowflake and *mountains* along the bottom of the card. The cut snowflakes are from another sheet of Fancy Pants designer paper. Faux stitching finishes off this untraditional holiday card.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thanks so Much!

One of the hardest cards to make are for men. Northwoods Rubber stamps have a great selection of masculine stamps. The moose was colored with Copic Markers. The papers in the background are some scraps from my scrap bin again. The multi-colored fibers add a different touch than your regular ribbon...less girlish. I used the Nestabilities to cut out the sentiment. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Because of the blank space in the circle, I added some gems that are also from Hero Arts. Hope this gets you inspired to make a card for the men in your life. Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

It sure is cold today. With temperatures below zero, it is the perfect day to stay in and stamp...right? My son is thrilled with the freezing temps, because that means ice, which means he can play hockey after school. This snow set is from Cat's Pajamas. Because the cats and dogs are basically black, there is very little coloring that needs to be done and you have a very cute card. Using a few of my Bo Bunny scraps from my scrap drawer and I have an easy, fun background! Keep warm!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

High Hopes Birthday!

Check out this cute little fellow from High Hopes! Colored with Copic Markers he's a real cutie!
Check out the leaves layered on the top into a *tree!* Designer paper is by Cloud9 Design. Glitter Dots are by Dress It Up! Check out these fun items and so much more in our store! ~michelle~

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fun Flocked Cards!

Here is another sample with the flocked cards! For this card the frame is made with Nestabilities and faux stitched to add depth and interest. The chicken image is by WhipperSnapper and is actually stamped on the inside card panel, so when you open the card you see the entire image of the chicken sitting on the swing! The flowers are by Heidi Grace and have a sprinkling of glitter for fun and come with the minibrads! ~michelle~

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's your birthday...

We have some new, FUN stuff at the store!! The flocked window cards from Heidi Grace is something new. I cut off the back of the card to use on the front of this card. The Alphabet punchouts are also from Heidi Grace. I used the scallop edge of the large alphabet to accent the edge of the card. Then I used the square that I punched out the "b"from as a background for my stamped image. The birthday penguin and the sentiment are from The Cat's Pajamas clear birthday set. These are fun stamps that don't require a lot of coloring. The sets have images that coordinate with each other. The possibilities are endless!! We will be show casing some of the new stuff this week here on the blog. Check it out and come in to see the full selection.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanks a Ton!

Here is another High Hopes image....colored with Copics and highlighted with the white Inkssentials opaque white pen. Designer paper and glitter rubons by Cloud9, Prima flowers and little gems complete this card. Final touches of sponging and faux stitching and pop dots add some depth to the layout!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Have a High Hopes Birthday!

What a fun and colorful birthday card!! The image is by High Hopes and is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with the white Inkssentials Opaque Pen. The designer paper is Sparkle Cardstock by Cloud9Design, it's so gorgeous with both a glittery and glazed look! All items are available in our store...stop in and check them out! ~michelle~

Monday, December 8, 2008

This be a Birthday Caarrrghd!

Check out these adorable images from High Hopes Stamps!! They are *very* fun to color with the Copic Markers. Use a white Prismacolor Pencil and a white Inkssentials Opaque Pen to add some fun touches to highlight the image! What an adorable card for the little pirate in your life! Keep your eye on the blog as we'll be showing you many more cards with these fun stamps!

I'd also like to introduce myself as I will be helping out on this blog. My name is Michelle Pearson, and I'm a friend of Heidi and JoAnn's who similarily *afflicted* with this stamping hobby! I'm going to updating the blog with new products in the store, class information and lots more card samples. I've just updated all of the blog posts with labels, so look over on the right sidebar for the Label column. You can easily find posts that highlight a specific product or company. I'd love to hear from you....so if you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog or email me at bnnmpearson at charter dot net.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for some more High Hopes Eye Candy! Heidi has been busy creating......so check it out and leave her some love! ~michelle~

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fun Ideas for the Holidays

One fun Holiday gift is a calendar with the cute Amuse Images. Dawn Stein is teaching a class Thursday, December 4 at 10:30. You will make a 12 month calendar and bind it with a Bind-it-All. Each month has images that go along with the theme of the month. There are a few spaces left!! Come join us and have a great gift to give someone special this year.

Jane Bosi is also teaching a 12 Days of Christmas class, Tuesday night, December 9 at 6:00. Here are ideas for fun cards, gift card holder and small gift box. These are all using one stamp set from Penny Black. These are fun and festive. You can use these for your gifts. Sign up today!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Hambo Time!

Take a break for yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of the season! Join Instructor and Hambo Stamps design team member, Jane Bosi, for this fun technique based Hambo class.

Class will be held on Tuesday, November 25th at 6pm. You must pre-register with payment to reserve your spot. Daytime class arrangements can also be made for groups of 4 or more. Please contact Heidi for details!

See you soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Instructor!!

Dawn Stein will be teaching classes at The Stamp Shoppe. She is an Amuse Instructor. Here are two samples of the Winter Fun Cards she will be doing on Friday, November 21 at 10:30. There will be a total of 5 very cute cards all with Amuse stamps, papers and accessories. You can sign up today! Then look for the Amuse calendar classes in December. We are excited to have fresh, fun ideas to share with you from Amuse.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tile card

Using your Scor-Pal, you can make a diamond background. When you stamp on the "debosses" side with a solid stamp, the image appears as tiles. Be sure that you don't press too hard on the stamp or the image will get in the cracks. The cuttlebug background was done after the dark green strip of paper was glued to the light green piece. You'll have to give it a try!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Make-N-Take Marathon

Friday, November 7, we are having a Make-N-Take Marathon at The Stamp Shoppe!! We will be doing holiday cards featuring Memory Box. There will be 5 cards for $5. These stamps and papers make beautiful, but fast christmas cards. Come join the fun from 5 pm - 9 pm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wrapped in Ribbon Class

We're now taking sign ups for our Wrapped in Ribbon class! This class features three different ribbon techniques recently seen in Pat Huntoon's Technique Junkies Newsletter. Instructed by Jane Bosi, the class will be held on Thursday, October 30th at 6:00pm. Please stop in today to reserve your spot!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hambo Stamps

Wow! Time sure got away from me. Here's what's new with us. We now carry Hambo stamps. These cute stamps have a lot of "play on word" sayings that go great with the images. Come in and see some more samples!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Talk like a Pirate" Day

Aarrrgh! Today is talk like a Pirate day, sooo Ahoy Mateys! We have a Pirate make'n'take for you at the Stamp Shoppe...Today only! This theme isn't only good for a special pirate day, but also for boy's birthday cards. So come in today! Yo! Ho! Ho!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Making sympathy cards can be hard. You want it to express sympathy without it being too much. Sympathy cards are more on the simple side. Using strips of decorator paper and some gemstones add just a little extra. These flower stamps from Penny Black are perfect for keeping the cards simple. Add a sentiment and you have the perfect card!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Faux Watercoloring

This is a new technique from Impression Obsession called Faux Watercolor. I wish you could see the detail better in this picture. You make your own ink pads, using Ranger's felt pads and Adirondack reinkers. Using two or three reinker colors you create your own ink pad. Then you stamp into two toned ink pad with the Impression Obsession clear flower pieces stamps. When you stamp your flowers and folliage you have a watercolor effect. I used the Stamp It! block stamp to get the windows and masked with 1/8" removable masking tape before I started stamping. Just add a sentiment and a little "bling" and you have a fun card!! We have color instruction booklets in the store for only$2.50 or you can take a class on this technique and receive the book in the class. During the class, you will also make 3 ink pads for you to take home and three sample cards. Check out our October calendar for the dates on the class!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

More paper fun!

WoW! Can you believe it? I'm posting 2 days in a row!!! Well as I said yesterday, I have been playing with old, but fun paper. I discovered that the flower background paper matches the turtle's flowered shell. How neat is that?! I used the sentiment from a Lizzie Anne set about flowers and mini Prima flowers as acents creating a theme around the paper. I love the long, large rectangle nestabilities. I use the long side to create a dainty scallop border. Here is a variation of the card using the black flowered paper.
This paper also comes in yellow. We have a few 8 1/2 x 11 sheets left. Come in a check out our large stock of fun paper. They can add inspiration to your card making!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

I like you better than flies!!

I have been going through old decorator paper that I have laying around and wanting to put it to use. Sorry this little frog is popping up again, but he is perfect for this buggy paper. The saying is from a Lizzie Anne stamp set. Don't you just love these Nestabilities. I sure don't know how we got along without them. If you haven't tried them, we will be happy to give you a demo on how they work!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Class Added....

We've added a new class offering to our September schedule! This tag focused class will be offered on Thursday, September 4th at 6pm. Stop in today to see all of the samples in person and to register for the class! Some of the stamp images being featured are: Technique Tuesday, Amuse Artstamps, Penny Black, and Lizzie Anne. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"Hoppy" Day

Hoping your day is just "hoppy"! I didn't have a stamp that said Hoppy Birthday, so I used my labeler to say what I wanted. I used the new Branches cuttlebug on the background after I stamped the dragonflies. The branches looked a little like water ripples on this card. The clouds were made by sponging a light blue on the cloud template. The coloring was done with Copic markers. I love using the blending technique with the frog to give it a more natural yellow/green color. If you are interested in learning more how to use Copic markers, we are having Kathy from Whippersnapper Designs coming on Saturday, Oct. 4th to teach a class with the Copic markers. Email us if you want more details, space is filling fast!! Have a "hoppy" day!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Masculine Deer Card

Why is it that masculine cards are so hard to do? I think it is because we have to be so careful not to make it girly. The ribbons, buttons, lace punches, glitters and flowers are the fun accessories to use...but they don't always work for a man's card. I came up with a new accent by accident. I used bronze brads on my card and then decided to cut out my word window with the nestibilities label. As I rolled my card front through the cuttlebug, my eyelets flattened out making the heads look like nailheads. Cool!! Now I created a different look with my brads, but the card shouldn't have any problem going through the mail either! Hope this gives you a new thing to try! Happy stamping!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Birthday Wishes

I am having fun with the new cuttlebug folders. This is one of the card combo dies. It is neat to use only part of the embossing for an accent instead of a whole background. The Great Impressions mouse with dandelion goes with it so well. I used a "birthday wishes" greeting, but it would work for a "Wish you well" or "wishing you a special day". The Chartreuse and watermelon colors give the card a sunny and fun feel. More Cuttlebug folders are coming soon!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cuttlebug borders!!

Some of the new Cuttlebug folders are here!! These new borders are very fun to use. I used the border on the edge of my DoubleMates cardstock. Then I sanded the embossed image to see the lighter purple color to the front. I colored the flower with Copic markers, using the feathering technique. So Simple!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Copic class

Tuesday, I went to Milwaukee to become certified in Copic markers. We have been using these markers for years now. I have always like the look I got when using these fabulous markers, but I wanted to learn some more techniques...which I did. I will be having Copic classes at the store. Here is one of the cards we will do in the class.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Amuse News

Wow, what a busy week A-muse-a-palooza was, but what a fun week it was!! Here are some of the make and takes we had at the store:

I want to thank Lyndsay Neumann, a design team member for Amuse, who sent some samples for us to use as make and takes this week. Here are winners of our daily door prizes: Sara Wittlinger, Pat Tatro, Melissa Meyer. Dawn Stein won the Grand Prize Amuse door prize. Congratulations to all the winners. The August Card contest will feature Amuse stamps. We would love to see what ideas you have for these fun stamps!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Today was the "unveiling" of the NEW A-Muse-A-Palooza 2008 Holiday stamps!! Remember...we will be having a free Make and Take each day this week. This was our make and take today. Keep checking the blog to see more samples this week. We have 2 more spots in our Thursday night class. There is a goodie bag and a chance to win an additional door prize during the class. The daily door prize winner for today was Jan DeWitt. Congratulation!! Be sure to come in and register for the door prize drawing. We have a door prize daily and the more daily drawings you enter, the greater your chance for winning the Grand prize on Saturday. The Grand Prize is $100 value. Lots of Fun stuff!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Girl's best friend

Here's a fun card using the Stamping Bellas on the Amuse square cards. I love these cards. They are sooo cute and work well with smaller images. This funky paper is from Creative Imaginations and works great with the fun look I wanted to create. Of course the Prima flowers and gem stone stickers always add the perfect touch!!!