Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Stamp Salado, Salado, TX

I emailed A Muse Design Team Member, Geeta who lives in Austin, to see if there were any stamp stores she would recommend I visit. She emailed me back and told me of one in Austin, however it was more a scrapbooking store than a stamp store. She also mentioned Stamp Antonio in San Antonio and Stamp Salado in Salado, TX. She teaches classes at all 3 stores. She highly recommended that I check out Stamp Salado so I put it on my list of things to do.

We were going to be in Austin, TX overnight on our way back west. Gerry wanted to go to Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop which is Lance Armstrong's bike shop. We got to Austin about noon and went to the bike shop first. It wasn't all that exciting, just another bike shop. They have a small cafe and we thought we would have lunch there. It was nothing more than a Starbuck's kind of place and didn't have much in the way of lunch items. Gerry got a coffee drink and I got an Italian soda. He bought a bike jersey.

We then got back on the interstate and drove up to Salado which is about 45 miles north of Austin. It is a historic town with lots to see there, lots of neat shops too.

So here it is, Stamp Salado. It is located in what looked like to be someone's home at some time. It is rather small inside, however just packed with all kinds of goodies. I liked the way the shop was arranged. Stamps were grouped according to theme and there were lots of card samples.
This dove card was with the Christmas stamps. I loved the card so bought the stamp. The card base is a dark blue and it looked like a multi color stamp pad was used in blues and purples to stamp the dove. The hope-peace-love was embossed in silver. I didn't see this particular stamp saying.
Here is card sample using the US Marine emblem. The colors are gold and red with the emblem embossed in gold. I thought I would do this card for my Marine (Gerry) so bought the stamp.

Here is the US Army emblem. My grandson Nathanael goes to Army basic training the early part of August.
There was a section of stamps pertaining to the state of Texas. I loved this card of the bluebonnet which is the state flower. I'm sorry the picture got messed up when I downloaded it on here. Don't know what the problem is. Another picture got messed up too. So frustrating. Anyway, I made a card using this stamp. I thought I took a picture of it, however I didn't, so I will post it later. I found the website for the artist that illustrates these particular stamps so I want to get some others she has on her site.

I loved this card with this shell. I bought this stamp too. It is pretty simple yet so elegant. The colors are purple, brown and gold. The shell was stamped in white.

This hedgehog stamp is by Penny Black. I loved this card soon as I saw it so I bought the stamp and made my granddaughter's birthday card using this stamp. It turned out ok. I'll post it later. Penny Black has some other cute hedgehog stamps, in fact all of her critter stamps are adorable.

This picture got messed up after I downloaded it here. The card base is red with green. Red buttons were used for the cherries. I am so sorry you can't see that part.
So here are the stamps I bought.

This stamp set is by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. The stamps are round pegs. The set comes with instructions how to use the pegs. It also gives you a list of the stamp colors to use. I've wanted one of these sets for a long time. I get their weekly email newsletter and it usually includes an instruction video how to use the pegs. So I will give it a try and see how it turns out. The set is called Spring Blooms. The idea is to stamp in a wreath shape, first starting at the north, south, east and west points and then filling in with the other pegs.

Geeta told me I would really love this shop and I did. Sure wish it wasn't so far away. :)) It is actually between Ft. Worth/Dallas and Austin so if we ever make another trip to Ft. Worth, I will for sure be going back down there.


jalna said...

Wow, so many new toys!!! I feel like it's Christmas. I looove Penny Black. They got so cute stuff.

Betty Townsend said...

I was so good, I could have spent a whole lot more in this fantastic shop!! Yup, it is Christmas, rubba Christmas! hehehehe!!