Sunday, March 22, 2009

Memory Box Weekend! What a HOOT!

This weekend was so much fun, having Theresa Laurent with Memory Box Stamp Company here teaching classes. I was awarded the opportunity to take BOTH of her classes, and let me tell you, they were terrific!
She taught us many new colored pencil coloring techniques, as well as showing us how to layer stamped images with patterned papers to give our cards depth and texture. The stamps she used were the New Spring designs from Memory Box Stamps. This collection includes many woodland creatures, including 3 different owls, squirrels, birds, and bunnies. If you remember in the past few years, Memory Box has had a specialty line of Penguins doing everything from fishing, dancing, and partying, to a penguin in hair rollers in her robe, saying "I don't do mornings!" Well, this Spring they have introduced a line of Panda's starting with the Gardening Panda that was used in this class. He is very cute!
If you were lucky enough to be able to attend these classes, you have a stack of new cards to sit and drool over. If you weren't able to attend, be sure and stop by the store and check out all of the sample cards Theresa left for us, and we will be happy to share with you answers to any questions you may have about how these cards were done, or the products used to make them. We still have almost all of the different stamps available, along with the patterned papers, cards, inks, and tiny sparkly jewels and pearls used as accents.
We have also just recently received a shipment of beautiful specialty papers from American Crafts. These are 8 1/2" X 11" cardstock weight papers in metallic gold, silver, and copper, along with pastel colors of alligator texture paper and raw silk texture papers. There are also two colors of an embossed cardstock that has a small damask design embossed into it, which would make lovely invitations for a wedding or anniversary gathering.
Come see what's New at Stamp Antonio Arts! And as always, Happy Stamping!
Mindy, and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And We'll Have FUN, FUN, FUN . . . . .

The Memory Box Stamp Weekend of Fun is just around the corner! Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2009 we will be having fun with our friends from the Memory Box Stamp Company!
This weekend will consist of classes, and instruction on how to use their stamps and color them, along with a Trunk Show of New Spring merchandise from the Memory Box.
Our classes usually fill at the last moment, so don't wait until then, or you may not be able to get in.
We had a wonderful visit with Mark Jetton, of Deadbeat Design Stamps, on Friday. He was in San Antonio with his family celebrating his Mother's birthday, and he stopped by the store to check up on us. He has so many new and exciting ideas and uses for his stamps, and we will be sharing many of them with our fellow bloggers in the next few weeks. If you are a fan of Mark's remarkable Texas themed stamps, you too, can follow his blog by clicking the link on the right.
I will be teaching his Paper Bag Bluebonnet Book on Saturday April 4, 2009 here at the store. Mark has a new line of Texas Bluebonnet stamps that we will use, that are so beautiful and life-like you won't be able to tell if they are real or not! This is sure to be a popular class, so come by the store and check out the sample, so you can register early and assure yourself a space in the class. Our own State Flower will be bursting out in bloom shortly, thanks to the recent rains, so sign up for this class soon, and you will have some place to display some of your own beautiful bluebonnet photos!
Well, its off to start preparing for the arrival of the Memory Box brigade, we hope to see you all this weekend for some springtime fun, fun, fun!
Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Break 2009

Do your kids like to do Art Projects? Do you want to get rid of them for a few hours this coming Saturday? Well, Stamp Antonio Arts is having our FIRST Ever Kid's Class, Saturday, March 14, 2009 between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

The class is entitled,"Build-A-Robot", and our junior stampers will learn about working with clear acrylic stamps from Stampendous, along with acrylic blocks, ink pads, markers, and adhesives. They will be stamping robot parts, coloring them, cutting them out, and assembling them in various positions and working in various mediums to make cards, pictures, puppets, and storyboards.

The class price is only $15, and your children will have lots of fun learning about stamping, learning how to take care of their supplies, and making fun robots they can use for all types of decorations and make believe. The class is designed for stampers ages 8-12, but if your child is younger than 8, and still interested, a parent must accompany them to the class to help them with cutting and other techniques.

All supplies for this class will be furnished by the instructor, so if you are interested in this SUPER RAD Class for your child, that guarantees to be Fun, Fun, Fun, give us a call at 210-342-6217 and reserve a space today.

I also wanted to mention some of the New merchandise that has come into the store this past week. We received a shipment of Character Construction Acrylic Stamps, and if you are a follower of Catherine Moore's work, you will want to see the new line of stamps we received. We also received the Spring/Easter shipment of new stamps from AMuse, with the cute flop eared bunny in the carrot car, along with the New Snail stamp with the words, "snail mail!" We also got in a few of the Holly Berry House Stamps, that let you create layered medallions in various shapes. We got in two sizes of crosses, and two styles of large decorated eggs for Easter that would make wonderful cards, gifts, or ornaments.

So come on by the store and see what is New for Spring at Stamp Antonio Arts. Hope to see you soon!

Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Every year during the month of February, we have a SPECIAL CELEBRATION! Not only is it the month of love for Valentine's, it is also the Month We Love Our Customers! (We love them EVERYDAY. . . . . but only celebrate one month a year!)

Everyone gets to enter the drawing by spending a meer $10 at the store. Each day you spend $10, you get a chance at our GRAND PRIZE basket of goodies!

And now, without further delay. . . . . . . . . . drum roll please. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
our winner of this year's 2009 We Love Our Customers drawing is. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mrs. Jan Karney

with her basket of Stampin' Goodies!

Congratulations Jan! Now your husband will know "why" you had to go to Stamp Antonio every day, when you come home with this enourmous basket of merchandise!

There will be more F U N things happening in the months to come. The next Contest will begin March 17, 2009. Watch our Web Site, this Blog, and even In Store, to find out what is beginning on St. Patrick's Day this year!

Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts!


We are ink saavy. . . . Are YOU?? Saturday after the watercolor classes with Susan Casto, our own "Ink Wizard" Jane Smith, gave a demonstration of all of the different kinds of inks we carry at Stamp Antonio Arts! And there are quite a few!

Inks that dry slowly for embossing, inks that dry quickly, inks for stamping on paper, inks for stamping on glass, metals, and fabrics. We have them all here at Stamp Antonio. And each one is as unique as it's name. This will be one of our ongoing demonstrations that will be appearing on the class calendar on a regular basis from now on. It is a basis for any type of stamping, and needs to be discussed and talked about, so you will be familiar with all of the types and what they can do. Our basic Rubber Stamping 101 class will also be appearing on a regular basis, so you can learn all of the basics, and feel comfortable when picking up a rubber stamp and ink pad.

Our New Class Calendar for March is up on the web site, and ready for your inspection. The samples are also up at the store, so you can see what we will be making in the classes, before you sign up! We have many "special" classes this month, including our first Kids Class, on Saturday, March 14, 2009 during Spring Break. Jane Smith will be instructing the "Junior Stampers" on how to handle the stamps and inks, and make wonderfully F U N Robots of all kinds in our Robots Galore class from 10:30 to 12:30 pm.

We will also be welcoming Theresa Laurent, from Memory Box Stamp Company. She will be bringing a Trunk Show of Memory Box products, along with teaching 4 fabulous seasonal card classes on the weekend of March 21 & 22, 2009. For information on any of these classes, you can call us at 210-342-6217 weekdays between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. You can also call that number to sign up for any of these wonderful classes, (class space is limited) so call to reserve your space today!

And as always, thanks for shopping with us at Stamp Antonio Arts. Tell your friends about our store, and better yet, bring them along the next time you come in!

Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio

Monday, March 2, 2009

Susan Casto is Back!

Teaching classes at Stamp Antonio Arts, that is! After being "out-of-pocket" for several months, she returned on Saturday, February 28, 2009, to teach two Wonderful Watercolor Classes using the Art Impressions watercolor line of rubber stamps, and Marvy LePlume watercolor markers.

Susan is such a talented and wonderful teacher, if you have never taken one of her classes, you should do so! You will be pleased at the work you walk away with. She takes you through each project step by step, and of course, encourages you to step out side your comfort zone and create a work that you would be proud of. There are many students that follow her from class to class, because she is so patient, and encourages you to continue even when you question your own ability.

She also has another watercolor class coming up on March 28, 2009, which is a little more challenging because of it's size, and it is called "Nana's Cottage." The stamp that is the basis for the piece, is also our Stamp of the Month for March at Stamp Antonio. If you think you might want to take this class from Susan, you might want to stop by the store in advance and pick up this stamp while we have it in stock. To take advantage of our Item of the Month special price, you must come into the store and make a purchase. With the cash register receipt from that sale, you must return to the store on another day, make another purchase of at least $10.00 and then with your coupon at the bottom of your receipt you can recieve the Item of the Month for 40 percent off the regular retail price.

Don't wait until the end of the month to come and get your Item of the Month! We have been know to sell out before the end of the month. We order the same amount of specials each month, and when they are gone. . . they are gone!

Susan also teaches our peg stamp classes from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Their peg stamps are unique, in that they are one of the only companies that adhere their rubber stamp images to the end of a round peg, similar to a dowel stick. We are the only store in San Antonio that sells Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps, and they are one of our most popular styles of stamps because of their unique shape and size. Come by and see the beautiful sample cards Susan has made for us using these one of a kind stamps.

We hope to see you soon, and as always, if you have any questions or comments about something you see or hear about on our web site or blog, just come by the store, or give us a call. Our store number is 210-342-6217 and we are open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Wednesday's we are here from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Mindy and the Team at Stamp Antonio Arts

Metal Effects Clock Class

Here are the beautiful clocks that emerged from our recent Metal Effects- Clock Class at Stamp Antonio Arts. It was held on Saturday, February 14, 2009, using the Creative Imaginations 12" X 12" blank clock base, and copper metal from Texas Art Supplies, and the creative metal molds from Ten Second Studios.
Four students participated in this class, taught by our own Carol Condos, co-owner of Stamp Antonio Arts. This was a little more advanced class than our previous ones, due to the larger area that was covered by the metal, but each student worked hard embossing and sanding, and then coloring their pieces with Ranger Products' Alcohol Inks.

Careful studying and thought went into each clock face, deciding where each individual element would go.

And then the ink was applied, and the sanding off of extra color began until the pieces looked just right.

After all was said and done, and the clock parts were installed, each student was proud of what they had accomplished! And rightfully so! The pieces were exquisite! Congratulations to the entire class, for a project WELL DONE!

The Team at Stamp Antonio Arts