March Retreat

What a great time, wonderful people many great
 ideas shared and we even manage to get
 some cards made and some scrapbook pages done!







Winter time Blahhs....

Winter time Blahhs....

How do you handle winter time Blahs? Well, I like to set myself up an area and  Be creative.
I sometimes just find myself experimenting with papers and special cuts or differant stamps that I have not used for a long time. It is nice to sometimes step out if the box and see what happens.
These are some card I made using  that state of mind.

This card I made for my grand-daughter's birthday. Princess Lizzy, It is made with the center cut down and steps so the princesses can stand inside the card. I used Princess Chipboard images with matching papers.
This card was made for a young ladies birthday who was just in a play called "Mittens".
With this card I did the same center cut and folds so I could have a variety of depth and dimention.
I used stickers for some of the accents, as well as using papers to decorate. Grandma provided me with a photo to make it personal for this young lady. These not only make great cards they are also keep sakes.

Stickles™ Glitter Glue

Let your art "sparkle" with acid free, non-settling Stickles™ glitter glue! Easily write, dot, dash, draw and embellish on paper and rubber stamping projects, candles, memory album covers and more! Available in .5 oz. fine point applicator tip bottles.

Acid free
• Non-toxic
• Non-settling
• Easy-flow tip
• Water wash-off

I love to use glitter glue especially at this time of year for Valentines !

I found this article on these stamp pads and thought I would share.

Shadow Ink pads each come in cube size (1" x 1"), full size, and as a reinker.

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Tip:Shadow Ink pads are specially-formulated acid-free, dye inks designed for use with Hero Arts Shadow Stamps, offering some of the softest hues of color available for background stamping.

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View all the colors and varieties of our Shadow Ink line of soft hues in Hero Products.

Shadow Ink
By Hero Arts Staff

Using Hero Arts Shadow Stamps® to make a solid background of color creates the perfect canvas for creating beautiful and original card creations. There are many ways to use these versatile background stamps, and numerous techniques on how to use them, but one of the first things to consider when using these stamps is the type of ink that will best convey the look you want to create. Our dye-based Shadow Ink®, available in very soft pastel muted hues, bring out the best in Shadow Stamps. Dye Properties
Dye ink pads come in all varies, and most are acid-free, archival and dry quickly on any surface. Dye ink pads are also great to use in combination with water coloring, since dye ink is permanent and does not run. In particular, dye ink pad works beautifully with Shadow Stamps. Dye pads are good for background stamping since dye ink generally soaks into porous papers and thus becomes more muted as it dries. Using Shadow
Ink Shadow Ink pads have much less color when compared to other dye inks, in order to get a "soft" wash. When you look at the pad, it appears darker and more saturated then it really is. However, when you stamp it, you will soon see the soft properties. Due to the soft colors in our Shadow Ink line of dye pads, it takes a bit of practice to get a smooth impression with a new pad. It is best to ink your stamp by lightly tapping the rubber to the ink pad a few times rather than pressing down firmly on the ink pad. Sometimes small "bubbles" can form on the rubber of the stamp (this will lessen as the ink pad gets more use). If this happens, then continue to tap the rubber gently to the ink pad to help distribute the pools of color more evenly across the stamp image. Next, stamp with a soft touch. The Wonder of Soft Hues
As the stamped impression dries, it becomes lighter and the soft wash of color settles evenly on the paper. This soft color offers many opportunities for creativity that other pads -- even other dye pads -- do not. For example, since the color is so subtle, you can make wonderful backgrounds of soft colors as the "canvas" for almost any card creation. Also, Shadow Ink pads and reinkers are often used by stampers "direct to paper," by putting the ink onto the paper using the ink pad or a paint brush in order to add color and intrigue to cards. And tone-on-tone stamping, different shades of the same color (such as soft leaf ink on a light green card), work ideally with the light hues of Shadow Ink. Shadow Ink pads offer some of the softest colors available for background stamping, and thus offer endless possibilities when making your "shadow" creations.

Holiday Cards Personal or Business

Does your business send out holiday cards? Tri M Graphics, our mother company can take the hassel out of the  process for you. We have a large selection of both business and personal cards to choose from. The best part is if you have your address in a data base we can even address and mail them out!
Call us today at 1-800-491-3922 or 57-451-3920 to get a jump on the season.


November Stamp and Scrap a Thon

We have such a great bunch of people who come to the Stamp and Scrap a thons. everyone shares ideas and help each other or if the choose they stay to themselves. Here is just a few snapshots of the November event and some of the cards we made.
if you see something you like, Stamps are available at our store or email and we can ship them to you.


Christmas Cards


I love Christmas! 
It shows by the number and the  cards I make to send out.
I am always watching for new stamps and boy do we have some great ones this year,  they accent the cuttle bug embossing folders quite well.

There is more to it  than just scrapbooks and cards!
There  is so much more to what we can do with stamps and scrapbooking papers. Have you ever really thought about it? We have, and some of the ideas we have come up with would make great Christmas  gifts.  Our staff have made some really great cards but they also have come up with Home Decor items, scrapbooks, calendars, and much more. We will be sharing those ideas in the weeks to come.

We had our first retreat of the season this last weekend. We all had a great time. I have a few pictures of the cards I made to share with you. I can hardly wait for the next one, which is September 27th and 28th .

 There is still room for a few more fun loving people!!


Our friend Bonnie was just here with her cards! There is some new ones in the card rack for those who like to buy her cards. She also shared a few new ideas which I have shared here.

Did you know....

 We sell premade cards? We have a very talented group of card makers that enjoy making cards for us. We know there are some people out there who would rather just buy the cards rather than make them. This way you can save money as these cards are only $1.25, and still have handmade cards.