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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blockheads Paper Arts-Stamps and more

Blockheads Paper Arts Brick & Mortar Store

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.

Other links:
Blockheads Paper Arts Blog
Blockheads Paper Arts monthly blog candy

Make'n'Takes schedule

August 21-25: 
Gelli Plate - personalized matching cards and envelopes using acrylics and stamps
August 28-Sep 1:
Personalized cards and envelopes using CAS (clean and simple) techniques and stamping with markers
September 4-8: 
Embossing technique - TBD
September 11-15:
Stamping with ink – which ink to use when and why
September 18-21: 
Distressing techniques – choose one of 3 techniques to try
September 22: 
Special guest Stacey Dunning – TBD
September 25-29:
Memory glass pendants
October 2-6:
Goosebumps – what does this stuff do anyway?
October 9-12:
Recycle Me! Making layered cards using household paper products
October 13th: 
Special guest Helen from Art on a Lark
October 16-20:
Emboss Resist stamping technique


2 comments:

  1. sound like you had a fun time...stil don't understand those geli techniques..on my list of checking out...your project turned out lovely and I am sure even more once you add your special touch of zentangle...hugs

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  2. It was fun. The 20-25 minute time frame keeps it short and simple, but it's long enough to get your hands on and a good feel for how it works. It's a little bit like making your own stamp for a one time use, or kind of stamping layer on layer of different colors and patterns.

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