Friday, October 19, 2007

Bubble Wrap

This Saturday coming, October 20th, Karen Guillot is coming in from Houma to teach two classes. The first one will be at 11:00 AM and the second one will begin at 2:00 PM. These are the two minibooks she created, a Halloween Squash Book, and a Princess/Once Upon A Time Star Book. They are both really adorable, and the cost is only $15 for each class ($30 for both). With Halloween coming up, either one would work if your little girl is going to go with a princess theme. And don't forget that Disney has lots of princesses, so if you wanted to showcase highlights of your trip to Disney this summer, the princess book would work for that, also. The Halloween book speaks for itself. It is ghoulishly fabulous, and you have lots of space to include those (hopefully) once in a lifetime pictures as your children grow up. If you don't have children, you may want to include photos from a Halloween get-together or party that you attend, or give it as a gift to someone--maybe even the host(ess) of the party. Be sure to check the website (go to the Calendar and click on the date) to see what all you need to bring with you to class. Seating is limited and we already have people signed up, so call now to reserve your spot. If you call and we cannot answer, leave your name and phone number on the answering machine, along with which class you want to attend, and we will reserve your spot for you, first come first served.

The rain today was horrible, and I think a lot of people's plans for the day were washed out. I had a Basic Stamping Class tonight, and just when I thought nobody would show up, my students got there later, due to the rain. I can't wait for this wet weather to be over with. I hate driving in this stuff, and it gets my laptop wet when I carry it in or out. I know it's not fun to shop in the rain either, but if you come by, we'll have a nice, hot, fresh pot of coffee ready to warm you back up and get you feeling peppy again. By the way, the coffee is a gourmet blend of French Vanilla and Mocha mixed. You really need to try this smooth-flavored coffee. It's to die for. Felix and Emery know how to make it, which they do, if I'm not around. We have Splenda (Yay!), Sweet and Lo, Equal, and good old-fashioned sugar! Come help yourself.

For those of you looking to change things up a bit in your stamping, consider this. Take a scrap of bubble wrap (small or large bubbles, it is your preference) and wrap it around a small wooden stamp or acrylic block. Secure the ends together on one side with a tight rubber band. Yep, you guessed it, use the bubble wrap as a stamp! It comes out looking really cool, with lines in the bubbles that make it look like pebbles. You can create a unique background with this, for a card or a scrapbook page. Just choose your paper you're going to stamp on (white or colored cardstock will work fine), and the color ink you want to work with. I prefer to use the dye-based inks because they dry very quickly and you won't smear your images. If you want a bold background, re-ink the "stamp" after every time you stamp on the paper. Otherwise, if you want a softer look, ink the "stamp", stamp once on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp on your background paper several times. You should get at least four or five stamps out of that one inking, in a softer, lighter image. And remember, as with anything, have fun and just play with it. You can use just about anything you can stick to an acrylic block or the back of a wooden stamp, to stamp with. Remember to use repositionable adhesive though, so it won't stay permanently.

Until next time, happy scrapping!



  1. HELLO! I came to your store today from Mandeville. LOVED IT! Emery and Felix were so nice. I love that Kokuyo! I am SOLD on those!

  2. I love the bubble wrap over the stamp block idea. I've been using bubble wrap for awhile for backgrounds but always inked my rubber brayer and rolled onto the wrap and then pushed it to the cardstock for my impression, what an easier way to just put it onto the block! Learn something new every day! thanks DEE!!!

  3. Just wanted to thank you for all the helpful tips.