Irina Blount of La-La Land Stamps will be teaching a Halloween Card Class at Jazzy Crafts this Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 11:00 - 1:30 and then from 2 - 4:30 she'll be teaching an Advanced Copic Marker Class, featuring La-La Land Stamps. As you cIan see by the picture she is an amazing artist and she knows how to use Copic Markers. Call Jazzy Crafts at (510) 583-1422 to reserve your spot today. You will NOT be disappointed!!!
It's OK, just SMASH it in. There's always room, just like the junk drawer. Nothing's right, Nothing''s wrong. It's all YOURS. We say glue in the gladness. A note, a "QUOTE". A thought to Jot. A snipping, a clipping, the idea that's caught. A card, a regard, a tidbit, a smidgen. A doodle of a poodle or the feather of a pigeon. It's the smatterings of ordinary, extraordinary life. Messy and Beautiful!!!!!
**SMASHBOOKS**are sweeping the world, and we have them here at Jazzy Crafts!!!! These books won't stay on the shelves for long, so come by and get yours while they last!!!
Jazzy Crafts has the perfect "Tulle" for all of your projects. We have just received our latest shipment of tulle in many colors. You are going to want to stop by the shop to see the colors up close and personal. Be sure to let us know that you read about it on the blog. Have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you!!!
I'm writing to you today to ask for your help. Jazzy Crafts has been experiencing extremely slow sales in the last six months due to construction on CV Blvd and the state of the general economy. The result is Jazzy Crafts is struggling financially and won't be able to stay open much longer unless sales volume increases significantly this next quarter. This is still a new business and it needs your help to grow.
If you would like to see Jazzy Crafts stay open to provide you with great craft supplies, crops and parties, I need your help. If all of my wonderful customers could come in to shop an extra time and get a crafty friend who hasn't been here to come in too I could make it past this tough time and stay open.
As a small business owner I love building relationships with my customers and providing them with the personalized service you can't get at the chain stores. I enjoy providing you with the craft supplies and ideas that we all love and really want to continue to do so. We are very thankful for your business and know that it is because of you that we are here.
Happy Halloween!!! Well almost, we have received our shipment of Halloween papers from Best Creation and we can't wait to share them with you. You won't want to miss this paper line, it is extremely versatile, 2-sided (1 side has bling, 1 side is blingless) you decide which works best for you. Be sure to let us know that you saw the paper on our Blog!!!! There are more updates that will be brought to you as soon as we get the new product in the store. See you at Jazzy Crafts!!!!!
We are having so much fun stocking the shelves with BoBunny!!!! We have the newest Fall and Home lines in the store and ready for you to use in your projects. The Fall line is just beautiful!!! The colors are so vibrant and with each of them being double sided it's hard to choose which side to use, so why choose? Use them both!! These are papers that you'll have to stop by and see in person to enjoy the beauty. The Home line is just gorgeous with it's more subtle tones and images, again both sides are a winner.!!!! You'll want to stock up on these papers before they're gone. We also carry matching embellishments to accentuate any project. Be sure to let us know what you think of them and if there are other lines that you are interested in tell us and we'll see what we can do. Happy Friday EVERYONE!!! I'll see you at Jazzy Crafts!!!!!
The newest BoBunny paper line has hit Jazzy Crafts and it is awesome!!! Come in to see this paper for yourself. It is a versatile line, it would make nice summer pages, birthday party pages, get togethers, it works for children as well as adults. Remember that BoBunny patterned papers are doubled sided so it's twice as much fun!!!!
Many of our customers have been busy making cards for our troops during open scrap times. As you know, there are no Hallmark stores in most places that our troops are stationed over seas so they can use these cards to write to their loved ones back home. Feel free to bring in your home made cards or join us for a card class and we'll send them off to our troops! The next OWH class is Sept 10th at 3pm.
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I could not resist picking up the Umbrella Man die. To justify yet another die purchase, I needed to find different ways of using this die. I took the clear plastic packaging material from the die and used the die to to cut it. I ended up with a clear plastic mask with both positive and negative images to use.
I got out my trusty ink blending tool and Weathered Wood Distress Ink to ink up a blank manilla tag.
Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I temporarily mounted the positive image of the man to the tag.
I inked up a Hero Arts background stamp and stamped over the mask to cover the tag.
Once this was complete, I removed the positive mask and laid the negative (cut out) mask over the tag and secured to my work surface. I inked up the belnding tood with Chipped Sapphire and tapped over the opening to add some color to the Umbrella Man.
He reminds me so much of Mr. Steed from The Avengers, so I decided to get out all of my mystery/crime/espionage related word stamps (Yes, I have such a collection) and stamp over his image.
Here we have the finished product...
Any of these steel-ruled dies can make masks. You can also cut images from fun foam and make stamps. Get out those dies and find new uses for them!
We're offering a special deal at Jazzy Crafts for our special stamping customers. Pre-order any Hero Arts stamp by June 12th and you'll get 10% off your order. This includes not only the new Summer Inspiration stamps but ANY Hero Arts Stamp.
I started out with the best intentions and planned to do a pure Tim Holtz technique, but ended up putting my own touches on this month's tag.
I cut a tag from Ranger's Glossy Paper.
I squeezed a drop of yellow alcohol ink onto the tag and hit it with a blast of canned air to spread it out.
After adding a succession of drops and spreading them out, I ended up with a this:
Inspired by the brillant colors of the poppies in Martha Stewart's Living Magazine this month, I added
orange and rose colors to the tag.
I found the air drying a bit hard to control on my slanted art area, so I pulled out my trusty Blending Solution.
I dripped it onto the tag and pounced the ink with a felt pad on the Bending Tool.
Once I was happy with the blend of colors, I got out my black Archival Ink pad. I used a Hero Arts cling stamp on the tag.
I slipped on my last image, so a little repair was in order. I took the same image and stamped onto a scrap of glossy paper. With a flash of inspiration, I poured a little drop of alchol ink onto the side of the scrap and quickly used a paint brush to color in the stamped image. This worked quite well.
I cut out the flower and used pop dots to add it to the tag. I also added a second smaller stamp.
I printed out a sentiment and mounted the tag. All it needs it a bit of fiber or ribbon...
This was actually the first time I have used alcohol ink on the Ranger Glossy Paper. I have used it a lot with the with the Blending Tool on surfaces like metal, plastic and glass. One of my favorite projects was inking the tin that I use to hold my original collection of Adironack colors.
I stamped over the alcohol ink with black Brilliance Ink and heat set it. Stazon Inks will not work. To protect the ink work, I covered the tin with acrylic sealer.
For this month's technique, I thought I would try Water Stamping. I took one of the blank manila tags and inked with various shades of pink Distress Ink.
The covered tag ended up like this:
I chose a flourish background stamp (This one is from Hero Arts) and inked it with Distress Embossing Ink.
Once I had it inked, I spritzed the stamp with water using a Mini Mister.
I stamped this over the tag and dried it with a heat gun. It was a bit more subtle than I liked. I think that a stamp with bolder lines stamped right away on a much wetter tag would possibly have worked better. It is quite a lovely effect, though.
I used the Sewing Room Alterations die and cut the dress form and spool from chipboard.
I painted the "wood" parts of each die cut with a Pitch Black paint dabber.
Once I saw this die, I knew that I wanted to reach back into my supplies and use some lovely Hanko Washi paper and their quilting technique. I cut the body portion of the form out in foam and glued it onto a second piece of chipboard. (Don't worry about the spotty looking glue - it will be covered).
I placed the form, foam side down, onto the wrong side of the Washi paper. I cut around the form, leaving enough of an edge to be folded under the form (similar to fabric applique). I clipped the areas where there were curves. I took the edged and folded them to the back of the form and taped them down.
This is a fun technique, although simpler shapes work best.
I wrapped the thread spool with a snippet of embroidery floss. I went into my stash for some clear buttons from Tim Holtz when he designed products for the now-defunct Junkitz company. You can now get similar buttons from Hero Arts. I glued these buttons down onto more of the Washi paper with Diamond Glaze. I printed out a sentiment to complete the tag...
Dress up your own stamping with a few new (or old) techniques!
I love adding texture to my paper crafting projects and the Tim Holtz embossing folders from Sizzix make it very easy to do so. For this St. Patrick's Day themed tag, I used the Wood Grain folder. The jumbo sized tag is longer than the folder, so I cut a slit in the top to fit the tag inside and ran it through my Sizzix Big Kick.
Once the tag was embossed, I used my ink blending tool to apply Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks to enhance the wood grain. This is truly one of my favorite embossing folders!
I found a small scrap of textured green paper in stash. To add a bit of gloss to the project, I applied Forest Moss Distress Ink to the paper using a Direct to Paper technique, swooshing the ink onto the paper.
Once I covered the piece of paper to my liking, I applied clear embossing powder over the entire piece and heat embossed it to a glossy finish. The wetness of the Distress Inks work well with this technique.
Since I don't have a shamrock punch or die, I used a heart shaped Sizzix die to cut three leaves and hand cut a stem.
To finish up the tag, I printed out a sentiment and matted it with the rest of my glossy green textured paper.
I mounted it onto the tag with foam tape, glued on my "shamrock" and added a bit o' ribbon. I also inked the edges of the tag with a bit more of the green ink.