I wandered up to the store at lunchtime today to take pictures of the projects for this week's Wednesday and Saturday Make It/Take Its. The locals like to see them in advance -- if you're not local but would like to see them anyway, they can always be found at http://www.marcopaper.com/wednesdaymiti.pdf
Amazing what changes between Saturday and Monday. I took pictures of the new sign Saturday, but now a new banner has appeared.
I guess it's a good time to make a shameless plug for the Summer Stamping Gala in our store from August 3 - 9. If you're coming in for Stampaway USA in Cincinnati on August 7 & 8, let me encourage you to include a stop or two at our store in your travel plans. We plan a full week of activities, specials, classes, demos, make it/take its, and more leading up to the show (we used to just call it "Stampaway Week" until we found out that "Stampaway" is copyrighted -- so this year Karen and Joanne came up with a new name!).
We always have a few of the national names in the store -- since there's only a week between the Novi (Detroit) show and Cincinnati, several of them spend the week around here and we're more than happy to give them something to do to pass the time! This year, we'll have Polly Weed from Polly's Pals, Sarah Justison from The Paper Cut, Mitra Friant from Impression Obsession, Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest, and Beverly Anderson from Dreamweaver, along with two talented ladies we've "discovered" on our travels -- Andrea Cloutier from Florida and Peggy Gould from North Carolina.
And that's in addition to our "local favorites" -- Donna Weibel, Libby Friel, Linda Jones, Ginger Deaton, Connie Vogt, Pat Adams, Dawn Cutter, Lisa Budenz, Donna Sheetz, and if I missed anyone else, I'm sorry!
Intrigued? Then you need to see the list of events for the week -- and you'll find it at http://www.marcopaper.com/summerstampinggala.pdf If you'd rather see something in calendar form, go to http://www.marcopaper.com/classesfuture.htm
Just about everything requires advance registration (even if it's free), so when you see something you want to attend, please pick up the phone and call the store at 937-433-7030 (or call 1-888-433-5239 between 8:30 and 4:30 EDT and we can transfer you there). Space is filling up quickly, so don't delay!
I hesitate to mention this, but if you need a little more incentive to make the trip from long distances, you need to take a look at our costumes from the past few years of Friday night Stampaway Preview Parties. This year's theme is "Wear Your Art Out", so who knows what we'll come up with (the vendors and customers are encouraged to dress to the theme). If you dare, go to http://www.marcopaper.com/convention.htm and scroll down the page past the convention schedule and booth pictures. Remember, I warned you . . .