Today was the first day of Southern California Shop Hop 2009. There are 35 stores you can visit. I signed up at Stamping Details in Poway. They had animal backgrounds (choice of 3) and white rubber letters and ribbon for you to create your own badge. After I got home, I went to work on revising my badge using one of the napkins they had at the store and a small toy cougar I had at home.
The deal is if you wear your badge and pin to the stores between August 7-23, you get 20% off anything you purchase. If you spend $10 at a store, your make and take is FREE. Otherwise, it is $2.50 and if you want another make and take, it would cost $2.50.
Stamping Details' Zebra make 'n take
Besides the lion and the zebra, you could choose an elephant or a giraffe.
Vicki Lamour, worker bee extraordinaire at Stamping Details, designed the make 'n takes. They actually were a technique using Adirondack inkers and slick card stock for the animal backgrounds.
Vicki also designed and made Stamping Details pin in the shape of an elephant. She had a piece of jewelry in the shape of an elephant. Pressed it into a mold making product and then heated up black matte Friendly Plastic and pressed it into her elephant mold and added a pin to the back. They are great! That's using your creative juices.
I made two 6x6's at Stamping Details and after I got home, I went over the white backgrounds with Distressed Ink on a little sponge so it wasn't so stark white.
Then I met up with my friend Judy who is a middle school conselor and also works at Scrappin' Good Times in San Dimas (which is one of the 35 stores on the tour). Judy just happened to be down in San Diego for a week long conference and today at noon she was done. I picked her up at Campland and off we went to the two local stores.
Paper Tales was the first store we visited and shopped and made their cute 6x6 with their animal being a little teddy bear. This is a darling store. The decor is very vintage and don't be fooled by it's size. It is jammed packed with goodies with new things always there to be purchased. Her shelves are always full! Paper Tales is right next to Soup Plantation in Point Loma.
Next Judy and I were off to Scrapbook Your Life, my friend's Liz and Crystal's store. Again shopping enough to get their make 'n take for free! This store is huge with a wonderful area in the back for lessons of all sorts. If you are looking for paper, you won't be disappointed. They have the largest selection I have seen in Southern California.
The 20% makes the purchase of $14 Passport worth it. At three stores I have already saved way more than that! So, support your local stores and get shoppin'!