Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Playing with Memory Box Stamps, Cards, Papers

I had the best time Monday morning playing with my new Memory Box stamps. I made oodles of tiny 3X3 cards and put lots of them on display at the shop. Maybe you can get some ideas from what I've done.

I have had a good time with the pumpkin window, thinking about ways to use the window for other seasons and covering up the pumpkin. Once before I used tiny print paper as wallpaper and made a coordinating paper shade for the window and added a Jolee's sticker Christmas tree to cover the pumpkin to sort of look like the interior of a livingroom. Monday's big idea was to stamp the pile of presents on some tiny print Memory Box paper, cut them out and place them in front of the window. My next project will be to stamp the chair and place it in front of the window with "you're my cup of tea" somewhere on the card front. For those cards the window is an interior one. You could also stamp the window to be outside a building with a snowman or a tree or Reindeer Rex (the cutest dog ever!) next to it.

One of the other "discoveries" on Monday is that the silhouette bird fits very nicely inside the Christmas words block. I stamped the words using the Pearlescent Chocolate and then stamped the bird in Ancient Page Crimson and the branch in the Chocolate. Love the look! The little holly leaves on the end of the bird stamp are perfect to decorate the bare branches or the bramble wreath. Just add some of the red pearls for holly berries!

Monday afternoon's class was a hoot! We made Christmas Critter cards--Happy Howlidays from the dog using Reindeer Rex; a Mouse (not a creature was stirring...) in a striped nightcap; a many-pieced owl in a Santa hat (Owl be seeing you); a pair of lovey dovey birds; and a Have a Merry Stinkin' Christmas skunk. Lots of laughs!!!

Check out the list below for upcoming classes.

Saturday, November 14th – 10:00 to 12:00
New Twist with Inks
You will make 2 Christmas cards and a bookmark.
Samples are on display.
Please bring your favorite adhesive.
Instructor: Jamie Smith – Fee: $15.00 Limit: 5

Saturday, November 21st – 10:00 to 12:00
Courtney’s Christmas Goodie Class
This is an annual event at YMS!
You will make 4 projects guided by Courtney.
Instructor: Courtney Ricker – Fee: $26.00 Limit: 8
You will also taste the delicious foods she will prepare for the projects.
This class is full. Wait List only.

Saturday, November 21st – 1:00 to 3:00
Holiday Accordion Purse
This purse has several compartments holding tags with messages and a pocket for a
gift card.
Instructor: Charlene Frost – Fee: $17.00 Limit 5

Saturday, November 28th 10:00 to 12:00
Country Tags
You will do country lettering on tags. Make as many as you have time for
(20 or 30 tags). Please bring #.05 black micron pen.
Limit 6 Class is full; wait list only
Instructor: Courtney Ricker – Fee: $15.00

Monday Mid-afternoon Merriment and Mischief Making
with Anne Thompson
1:00 to 3:00 - $15 per person, per class
Limit 6 participants per class

Monday, November 16th
Symbols of the Season: jingle bells, snowflakes, Santa, a gingerbread house—familiar
symbols of the holiday season, fun cards to create and delightful to receive

Monday, November 23rd
Counting Down to Christmas: an Advent calendar project – This class is $18.00.

Monday, November 30th
Shabby Chic Holidays: antiquing techniques, vintage buttons, lovely faded and muted
papers, old-fashioned images, lace, flowers, ribbons, sheet music, recycled
jewelry—combining old items with new for lovely shabby effects cards

Monday, December 7th
Gift Trios—A Tag, A Bag, and A Card: chipboard snowflakes, candy canes, and
peppermint stripes, triangle trees—decorate at least three treat bags (with extras
to take home) and create a coordinating tag and card for each

Saturday, December 12th – 10:00 to 12:00
Re-usable Calendar
A sample is on display.
Limit 4
Instructor: Jamie Smith – Fee: $19.00

Holiday Open House at YMS 10 AM to 2 PM
Join us for Make it/Take its, sales, yummy treats and lots of fun.

This morning Connie and Robyn and I put together yet another Memory Box order. Many of the stamps that came in last week were either pre-ordered or have flown off the shelves. We've reordered some of the favorites and a bunch of stamps you haven't seen at the shop before as well as more 10 cards/envelopes packs in some luscious new-to-us colors. Have I told you how much everyone is loving this company's products?!!!

So what else is new? We've got an autographed copy of David Brethauer's CARD DESIGN book (see photo)--he's the Memory Box owner/designer.(OOPS...this book went out the door already. Please let Lydia know if you'd like to have her order a copy for you.) Faith's Clear Embossing Powder; Twinklets chunky white glitter--perfect snow; holiday Cuttlebug folders in lots of new designs; Marvy inks in Old Gold and Barn Red from their heritage line; some cool African-themed stamps from Magenta (extras from a special order). Tiny pails are going out the door--twenty today! The perfect thing for mint candies, a Secret Santa tiny gift, one luscious truffle, a gift card...the possibilities are endless for decorating and stuffing them.

I redid the sale area this morning and added a few more items, all at 30% off. There are some great sparkly papers in fall tones as well as blues and white for winter crafting. All the Adirondack Inks from the Lights/Brights/Earthtones collection are marked down. Off-season stencils, stencil paste, Memories Mist, and other related products are now on the sale spinner rack. And there are tons of stickers and paper crafting embellishments, too.

Hope you'll get into the shop soon and see what we've put together for the holidays!

Happy stamping!



  1. I HAVE to know!!! What has been ordered??? I may HAVE to reserve!!! :-) I have been making cards using the Memory Box stamp and envelope sets. I LOVE THEM! Memory Box rocks! -Kellie

  2. So many new items have been ordered, plus some items that YMS ran out of quickly. Like Kellie, I can hardly wait for them to arrive. Another week or so, I guess. Good Blog Anne.


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