Many of you may be aware of Blockheads Paper Arts online, with their wide range of unusual rubber stamps and crafting goods, so you can understand how pleased I was to see they opened a brick & mortar store here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Once I discovered that the store has opened, I wasted no time before visiting. I did very well ignoring the temptation to buy everything--we still have a few dollars left in our bank account, lol!
The store is very small, but there is a lovely selection of rubber stamps, and stamping goods. Despite the store's size, there are make'n'takes--short crafting sessions about 20-25 minutes long. Each week there is a different technique covered (see schedule below). You use the store's supplies and take home what you make.
Each Make'N'Take session costs $3, but if you spend $10 or more on the same day, it's free. Make'N'Takes run Tues - Sat, starting at 01:30 pm and continuing at 1/2 hour intervals until 05:30 pm.
A friend and I attended a make'n'take yesterday, learning how to use Gelli Printing Plates to create a card background with a matching envelope. I did some Zentangle-Inspired art on my piece afterward, so I can give the card to a friend who is moving to Hawaii.
If you're shopping for stamps in Portland, here's the place to go. If you live too far away, check out
their online store.
Blockheads Paper Arts Blog
Blockheads Paper Arts monthly blog candy
Gelli Plate - personalized matching cards and envelopes using acrylics and stamps
Personalized cards and envelopes using CAS (clean and simple) techniques and stamping with markers
Embossing technique - TBD
Stamping with ink – which ink to use when and why
Distressing techniques – choose one of 3 techniques to try
Special guest Stacey Dunning – TBD
Memory glass pendants
Goosebumps – what does this stuff do anyway?
Recycle Me! Making layered cards using household paper products
Special guest Helen from Art on a Lark
Emboss Resist stamping technique