Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The team at Stamp Antonio Arts wishes all of our customers, families, and friends a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year! 2008 was a wonderful year, full of wonderful new things, and we hope 2009 will bring much MORE! More New merchandise, more New friends, more New ideas, and more New classes.
We have had many customers over the past few months bring us ideas for classes they would like to see at Stamp Antonio Arts. We have taken these suggestions to heart, and are working to make them come true. If you are interested in teaching a class at Stamp Antonio Arts in the New Year, or taking a class in something we don't offer as of yet, please make an appointment to come by and speak to our Class Coordinator, or leave a suggestion in our "comments" box.
The New Year brings excitement of New things to come, so again, on behalf of all of us here at Stamp Antonio Arts, Happy New Year 2009 and we hope to see you real soon!
Friday, December 26, 2008
This Saturday, December 27, 2008 we will be opening and closing at regular business hours;
10:00 am until 6:00 pm. We have two wonderful classes scheduled,(you may check the web page for more information, or call the store at 342-6217) and our monthly Flower of the Month Free Make-N-Take. December's Flower of the month is the Narcissus.
If you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas, or you have some of that hard earned Christmas cash left over from the holidays, come on down, I'm sure we will be able to help you find something to spend it on. We still have lots of the New 2009 Hero Arts line of rubber stamps, both wood mounted and clear stamps that came out two weeks ago, with lots of samples of cards and projects to make with them. We also have some of the Hero Arts Catalogs available for only $10.25 each, that have the complete showcase of Hero Arts Stamps along with lots and lots of sample cards in each catalog. Some customers like to have a copy of the catalog on hand, just in case they have "artist's block" when it comes time to make that special card.
We also have a good supply of Metal Effects tools, metals, and templates if you are interested in embossing and metal working, along with a new shipment of punches and books from The Punch Bunch, if you are into the Flowers So Real flowermaking classes. If you have never tried the flowermaking classes using cardstock and paper punches, come by during our Make-N-Take this Saturday and try your hand at it. The Make-N-Take is free of charge, and you just may discover a new paper craft that expresses a hidden talent.
We want to take the opportunity to thank all of our customers for their business in 2008, and wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2009.
Mindy, and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We have been receiving so many new products over the last few weeks, the newest of which are the products pictured above in this blog; the Dreamweaver Metal Stencils (top), and the New Embossing Pastes (below) to use with them. Carrie Avery did a very informative demonstration last weekend with these products, and if you missed it, be sure to see the samples she did while in the store this Saturday. If you have been procrastinating like I have, and haven't gotten your cards out yet, this might be a good technique to try this weekend! You can get a lot of cards done quickly, let them dry, and then pop them into the mail.
Hope to see you all soon, and Spread some Holiday Cheer this Year!
Mindy, and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I also wanted to bring to your attention, Tim Holtz has started his daily 12 Tags of Christmas, step-by-step demos on his blog. You can get there Q-U-I-C-K-L-Y, by clicking on the link on the right side of this page. When I set the link, it previewed "Tim Holtz's blog." But when it came up on this page, it just says "T" with a little box around it! Just click to the right of that "T", and it will take you right to his blog, and the beautiful tags he is creating this year. The first two are AWESOME! And, of course, we have all the supplies he uses here at the store!
Have fun creating something wonderful, until next time. . . . . . . . ho, ho, ho!
Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Thursday, November 27, 2008
While we were talking about Metal Effects, I also wanted to show you this framed mirror that one of our customers brought into the store, and had Carol help her measure for and make, for her home. She was so very proud of it, and it came out so spectacular, that we had to take a picture of it. Of course then, all we were getting was flashback from the camera or pictures of ourselves.
When I saw how wonderful the picture came out, and that we finally got one without the flash or ourselves in, it made me think of how grateful and thankful I was, to be working in a business that I love, that keeps me mentally stimulated as far as my Art goes, and lets me congregate daily with other artists at the store that come in to create or just relax from their stressful situations.
At least once a day, someone comes into the store saying that "they just had to get away from some situation" and thought they would come by Stamp Antonio Arts, because they can feel creative, just by walking through the store and seeing what others have done to relax and CREATE!
Sometimes, Carol takes them aside, and lets them take out their frustrations on a piece of metal, or shows them a new technique in card stamping, or embossing. When you see that light come on in their eyes, you can tell the stress is gone, and they have forgotten their problems, if only for a little while. It's that one-on-one caring and compassion that a little bit of ART can do, that makes me thankful for being able to work alongside the wonderful team I do, here at Stamp Antonio Arts. We are blessed to have wonderful customers and friends like you, and hope you all have had a terrific Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to a sensational Christmas and Happy New Year.
We will be closed on Friday, November 28,2008 but will reopen Saturday, November 29 at 10:00 am with two awesome classes and a Christmas idea demo at 1:00 pm. Come on by, we can't wait to see you!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I hope everyone has a wonderful Veteran's Day on Tuesday, if you are off work, come on by the store. We will be here our regular Tuesday hours, from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.
Friday, October 31, 2008
OK, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I will mention it calmly. The New Distress Stickles from Tim Holtz and Ranger Co. and the New Glitz Stickles from Suze Weinberg and Ranger Co. are now at Stamp Antonio Arts! Tim has 12 colors, that match his colors of other Distress products such as the Distress Inks and Distress Crackle paints.
Suze's Glitz colors are a multi colored blend of glitters that comes in 6 different colors. Her's are very twinkly and glittery, where Tim's are more vintage and chunky.
Be sure to drop by the store and check out the new colors. . . . . . . you will have to have them all, like me. I couldn't decide on just a few. . . . .
Mindy, and The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We received the new Grungeboard assortments of Nature and Seasonal, along with the Grungeboard books, both 6 X 6 and 5 X 7. We also got the Fragments Charms, Keyholes, Snaps, and Jump Rings in the embelishments.
We also received some of Tim's Mask's, that he has a demo video of on his blog. You may click on the link to the right of this column, under My Favorite Blogs, and it will take you to his blog. If you click on his October 2008 postings, about half way down the page, he has his Mask technique video, along with pictures of the new Distress Stickles.
We did not receive the Stickles in this shipment, but according to UPS (the big Brown truck guys) the new display is "on its way!" Tim's Blog gives lots of information on how his New Distress Stickles are different from our regular "favorite" ones. Be sure to check his blog for more wonderful videos and information on the new product line.
Don't forget to come by on Saturday for Carol's demo between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. She will be showing some Metal Effects techniques that you won't want to miss.
* NOTE* Several customers have come in looking for the New issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, and we did receive it also today.
Hope to see you soon,
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Team at Stamp Antonio
Monday, October 27, 2008
We have all of her samples on display, so when you come in to check out the pumpkin and guess it's weight, you can also decide which class you want to take for FREE when you WIN!
Hurry on down, the contest ends at closing time on Halloween!
The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Geeta Suggs, representing AMuse, for the wonderful classes she conducted at Stamp Antonio this past Saturday, October 18, 2008. She is a very gifted and talented instructor who taught us all about the use of Copic Markers, (which we now carry) and helped the class students in making the cutest Halloween Cards and elegant Holiday Cards using the New AMuse rubber stamps. In the next few days, I will be showing on the blog some of these awesome cards, so you too can make your holidays sparkle and shine with lovely cards.
Until then, have a wonderful day.
Mindy, and The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Monday, October 13, 2008
It is already the middle of October, and 2008 is scurrying to a close. Before we know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here and gone. Now is the time to be preparing for the holidays. Seriously! Once they start, it's all downhill from there. No time for crafting and very little time for stamping, except for those last minute cards and gifts.
To help with your holiday preparation, we have received lots of new products and stamps, and still have classes scheduled where you can learn a new technique or two to use in your holiday decorations. Please check our class calendar and Demo schedule for our upcoming events at Stamp Antonio Arts.
This morning we received the latest issue of Cards magazine from Northlight Publishing, and their special fall issue of Digital Scrapbooking. Although I don't do much scrapbooking, as such, this looks like a very interesting issue if you are into the digital aspect of scrapbooking.
Well, that's about all for now. Have a wonderful Columbus Day, and come by the store if you can. We are open Columbus Day from 10 am- 6 pm. Hope to see you soon!
The team at Stamp Antonio.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Second Shelf: Glitz Spritz and Moon Shadow Mist's by Lyndy's Stamp Gang
Third Shelf: Fun Flock by Stampendous
Fourth Shelf: Twinkling H2O's by LuminArte
COLORS, COLORS, and more COLORS!
This is our "Rainbow of Color" wall at Stamp Antonio Arts. In the previous listing I told you about the different types of spray colors that you can spritz on your paper to add color to your work. We also have flocking and glitters that can be added with glues on top of the colors. Then there are the twinkling H2O's, which are watercolors that you paint on with water and a paintbrush. Twinkling H2O's come in solid form in a little pot with a lid, and you add just a bit of water to moisten them. Then you paint them on your papers with a brush, or you can paint them directly on a rubber stamp, and allow them to dry. With this technique, you can get many beautiful colored stampings on glossy card stock with just one paint application. For more information on this technique, or to see it demonstrated, come by Stamp Antonio Arts. We will be happy to show you how it's done.
Mindy and The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Not only are there beautiful sunsets to inspire you, there are also new products and classes happening, that will inspire also. We have started stocking up for the holidays and have received shipments of Lydny's Stamp Gang Spritzers, both the Moon Shadow Mists and the Glitz Spritz. For those who are unfamiliar with these products, they are a colored glitz pigment mixed with walnut ink in the Moon Shadow Mists, and the Glitz Spritz is just the glitzy pigments mixed with a binder in a spray bottle in many, many awesome colors that you just mix with tap water and spray on your papers until your hearts content. They may be added to stamped works, patterned scrapbook papers, handmade papers, shipping tags and any type of papers you might be using in your projects. The glitz and glimmer they add are like nothing you have ever seen before.
We have also started receiving some Christmas papers and do-dads that you can add to greeting cards and gifts. More details and pictures of those to follow, soon. Many orders have been placed this week, preparing for Geeta's card classes and Copic marker classes scheduled for October, and I am putting the finishing touches on the Poinsettia and Pine Cone Wreath in the Flowers So Real. . . . classes scheduled for October. There are also more Calligraphy classes, demos, and Make-N-Takes coming up in October also, so be sure to check the class calendar on the web site, www.stampantonio.com, to get a sneak peek and what is coming up and what classes you want to sign up for.
So, until next time, enjoy the cool mornings and evenings, and keep on crafting!
Mindy, and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Flower Punches for this month's Flowers So Real Classes have arrived! There is a change in the flowers advertised for the September classes, due to punches not being available at this time. The flowers we will make in this month's classes will be the Zinnia, and the Sunflower. If you haven't had the opportunity to join us in this exciting series of classes where each month we will be making two or more different types of flowers, you may sign up today by calling us at the store, 210-342-6217, or coming by to sign up in person. Mindy is having such a wonderful time teaching these classes, of making a beautiful Flower So Real. . . . . . out of typical cardstock, that you can hardly tell if it is real or not. We have a weekday class, and a weekend class scheduled for this month, and have the dates available on our class calendar on our web site.
Mindy is also starting a "Flower of the Month" program, where you can come in during her Make-N-Take, and try a sample flower to see if it is something you might enjoy working with. Her first "Flower of the Month" make-N-take is this coming Saturday, September 13, 2008 between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There are only 6 seats available per seating, and we hope to have at least 4 seatings during the 2 hour period. So please be patient if all seats are taken when you arrive. We will try to hurry the sessions along.
The "Flower of the Month" for September is the Purple Aster.
The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts
We also wish to thank all the students that signed up for his classes, the two days he was here with us. We hope you all took wonderful ideas home with you, and will share them with us in the upcoming weeks, either by email through this blog or dropping by the store.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I arranged them so nicely, to take a picture, and while I was doing so, sold several out from under my nose. I have been asked to announce and take pictures showing when new products and stamps arrive in the store, but lately by the time I get them published, they have sold out and are gone from the shelves. I will try very hard to keep up with the flow of merchandise that arrives daily, just for you. . . . . our loyal customers!
Just don't get mad at me, when you stop in and the New stuff is already gone!
Just a Reminder: Stamp Antonio will be closed Monday, September 1, 2008 in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open Tuesday at 10:00 am for business as usual.
Also, the new class schedule and descriptions should be up on the web page by September 1. So be sure and check them out there to see all of the new and exciting classes we have to offer for the month of September. Be sure to sign up early for any classes you might be interested in. Many folks have been waiting until the day before the class to call, and sometimes the class is already filled, or has been cancelled by the instructor. Many classes have a minimum that must be met, before the instructor will teach the class, and the instructors need time to prepare class kits, so time is of the essence. For those who sign up early for classes, and sometimes need a gentle reminder, we will begin calling the day before the class to remind you of the class time and any additional supplies you will need to bring to your class.
Thank you in advance for helping us make your classroom experience a little smoother and nicer, and until we meet again, Keep on Stampin'!
Mindy, and the Stamp Antonio Arts Team
We will re-open at 10:00 am on Tuesday for business as usual.
Friday, August 22, 2008
New merchandise has been arriving on a regular basis, along with a few stamps, but our classes and class schedule have been drawing the most attention. We have three NEW instructors that have joined our ranks, and brought a whole new boost to our Paper Arts business.
-Linda Lahr has been teaching jewelry classes using stamps and paper to make beautiful beads that are then strung into awesome jewelry.
-Rita Abrego has been teaching us how to use the Heat and Mold pads and Stamp Carving Blocks to create our own design stamps to use on paper and fabrics.
-Joan Schmitz will begin teaching Calligraphy classes at Stamp Antonio on the last Monday of each month. All levels of calligraphers are welcome.
For more information on any of these instructors or their classes, or to reserve a space, please call us at 210-342-6217.
We also have nationally known artist, Fred Mullett, teaching classes the first weekend in September. Although most of his scheduled classes are already full, he may be persuaded to work in another class if there is enough interest. Please call us at the above number, if you are still interested in taking one of his classes, and we will see what we can do to make it happen.
We are also tossing around an idea of a "lunch bunch work hour" during the day, when the kids get back in school. This would be a time during the week, for busy Mom's or Dad's to sit down and "CREATE" something without the kids bothering you. Sometimes you just need " a little ME time," so why not create a card or piece of art that will help you relax and de-stress. Remember, "crafting is cheaper and more fun than therapy!" Let us know what you think about this idea the next time you are in the store, or any other fun ideas for classes you may have.
So until next time, (and hopefully it won't be another month) Keep Crafting!
We hope to see you soon at the store!
Mindy, and the Stamp Antonio Arts Team
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We are also taking reservations for the classes in September featuring Fred Mullett. It has been several years since Fred has been on the road teaching classes down here in Texas. His classes have been filling at his every stop down IH35, and our classes are just about filled. We still have a few openings, so be sure to reserve your spot today for these one of a kind classes. You will be glad you did!
Hello everyone. Here are a few photos from our Artist in Residence get-together at Stamp Antonio Arts. This is our second such occasion, and we had such a wonderful turn-out, and everyone seemed to have a good time. If you are not familiar with our Artist in Residence program, it is where some of our wonderfully talented instructors come together to work on their own projects, while you, the customer walks through the store shopping, asking questions, and sometimes signing up for future classes. You get a sneak peek at what our instructors work on in their spare time, and maybe get new ideas on how you can use products you already have at home in a new project. Plus, it is a great time to meet other artists in our community, and share ideas and thoughts with them.
We also had some of our future Artists in Residence showing off their skills on papercraft projects that they enjoy doing. Artists of all ages loved to participate, and with refreshments and live entertainment, a good time was had by all.
Look on our class calendar for the next Artist in Residence coming soon. You will be glad you did!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We want to thank all of our wonderful customers and fans of AMuse stamps, for helping us celebrate AMuse-a-palooza 2008, and thank Geeta Suggs, one of the wonderfully talented AMuse certified instructors, for taking the time to come visit and teach classes at our store.
We would also like to thank the other sponsers of AMuse-a-palooza for the products they furnished for our other contest winners during this week of FUN!
Scor-Pal: winner, Joan Cornell
Copic marker caddy: winner, Christina Reyna
Color Box goodies: winner, Julie Wright
If you missed coming by the store this past week to celebrate AMuse-A-Palooza with us, you can still come by and see the wonderful cards that were made during the week. We still have some of the new stamps that were released, and have already re-ordered the ones we sold out of. So you can still start your Christmas stamping today, by just coming by Stamp Antonio Arts for all your stamping and cardmaking supplies.
Just as a reminder, we will be having our Artists-in-Residence demos this Saturday, July 19, 2008. Between the hours of 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm our class instructors will be situated at tables around the store, working on projects where you can stop and ask questions, sign up for upcoming classes, or just stand and watch for awhile. We will also serve refreshments, have live music to enjoy while shopping, and a Lemonade Stand manned by two of our up and coming young artists-in-residence. So come on by, and join us in celebrating Summer vacation, and pick up some new ideas and products to try during the H O T, Hot, days of Summer!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Here are the pictures from Saturday's A Muse classes with Geeta Suggs. As you can see our class room was full, and we hope everyone enjoyed their cardmaking time at Stamp Antonio!
Now is the time to start signing up for the AMuseapalooza festivities that will be held here at the store. Geeta's class, "Glimmer, Twinkle, and Shine, will be held on July 9, 2008, a Wednesday evening, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will also be a free Make-N-Take the same day from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm. (no reservations required for the make-n-take)
For more information, you may call us at 210-342-6217.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Geeta will be returning to Stamp Antonio Arts on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 to help us celebrate AMuseapalooza! with a Make-N-Take from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and then a class using the never-seen-before A Muse Holiday Stamps from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. AMuseapalooza is a fun-filled event, and if you like rubber stamping, you need to make plans to come by and join us! There will be many exciting things going on during AMuseapalooza, so be sure and watch this blog, and our web site for announcements of the upcoming events and classes.
Until next time,
Keep on Stamping!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone that participated in our Artist-in Residence Celebration on May 10, 2008 at Stamp Antonio Arts. We were celebrating our One Year Anniversary since Amy and Carol purchased Stamp Antonio Arts back in 2007, and we had a wonderful day of music, refreshments, stamping, punching, and cardmaking.
Susan Casto, below, demonstrated card making using the Rubber Stamp Tapestry line of peg type rubber stamps. Stamp Antonio is the only store in San Antonio that carries this very popular line of rubber stamps, and if you have never seen them used before, be sure to come by our store and check them out. They have become very popular of late, because they can be tucked into your tote bag or scrapbook bag, and don't take up much room. They can really make a difference on your card or scrapbook page. Susan also teaches classes at our store in a watercolor technique using the Art Impressions line of landscape type stamps. She usually has a class or make-n-take scheduled for each month on our class calendar, so to see more samples of her work, check our class schedule on our website: www.stampantonio.com.
We also had a tremendous turnout for the Golden Products demonstration with Barbara Jackson. She covered so many products, and was so informative, that many requested that she do some workshops or classes in the future. We have talked with her about this, and she has sent us information concerning workshops she does. If you are interested in participating and learning more about Golden Products, give us a call at 210-342-6217, and leave your name and contact information, and as soon as dates and times are finalized we will send you information concerning her workshops.
There are so many more exciting and interesting events coming up in the next few months at Stamp Antonio Arts, you need to stay in touch with our web site and this blog. You never know when something that you have always wanted to learn more about will be addressed on this site. Stay tuned in for more information!