Friday, February 15, 2013

Stampeddler, Northville, MI/Scrappy Chic, Livonia, MI

I realize my readers are all over the US, even all over the world.  But that doesn’t mean you don’t travel!  Here are some pics from my trip back home to metro Detroit, Michigan and a looky-loo at two of my favorite local scrapbooking/stamping stores.  Very pic heavy, so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

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Entering the Stampeddler Plus store, located in downtown Northville.  This city is very quaint with lots of chic boutiques.  I started coming here when I was 16 or so when I first got into scrapbooking and it has been a deliciously dangerous place to go ever since! <3

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A great ink selection welcomes you with lots of Memories, Ranger Archival, Tsukineko, and more.  On the right showcases Stickles, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Ranger Melt Art items, embossing powers, and more.

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Of course, stamps!  A fantastic selection that dares to be rivaled.  On the left: jumbo clings by Stampendous! and Hero Arts lovelies on the right.

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They also carry a lot of stencils that can be used as dry embossing with a lightbox, or with stencil cremes.  A specialty section (on the right) highlights local high schools for scrappin’ moms.

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Their center section has some punches, and Sew Easy items with other doo-dads.  A solid collection of Bazzill Basics paper resides on the right.  If you’re trying to match something specific, you’ll find it here!

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Ribbon?  Yep they’ve got it!  Mini gems and wires are housed in a cute vignette on the right.

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A piece that I would love to have houses all types of letter/number embellishments.  So fun to open the drawers!

 

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Scrappy Chic in Livonia invites you to ‘step into a world of scrapbooking’ - what a fantastic world to step into!

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Patterned paper and embellishment collections are definitely the name of the game over here.  They’ve got 12x12 loose papers, 6x6 packs, brads, ribbon, twine, stickers, chipboard, wood veneer, and more from all the trendiest collections.  Bo Bunny, Studio Calico, Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, Echo Park, MME, Kaiser Craft, and more!

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Here’s some Jenni Bowlin and some Prima.

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Some big Ranger fans  – Perfect Pearls, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Melt Art, Distress and Adirondack everything.

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More Studio Calico Mister Hueys than I have ever seen in one physical location, followed by Claudine Hellmuth’s paints, and then a section of punches/scissors/adhesives/etc.  On the right is a fabulous array of Wendy Vecchi, Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, and more stamps

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They too have a great selection of solid cardstock (even some extra large sizes on the side), and a section of bags/cases/cropper hoppers/etc. to store them in.

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A separate section of papers showcases by theme instead of brand/collection.  Travel/Baby/Graduation/Wedding/etc. it’s all here.

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Another large section hosts their cropping area, I believe this is a somewhat recent addition, maybe last year?

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I love both of these places and cherish every time I’m able to go back home and visit them.  Though they are both scrapbooking stores, they certainly have their own tendencies and product types that will make you want to visit both.  Stampeddler is somewhat more traditional, with an obvious focus on stamping.  They also carry some unique artsy mediums that I haven’t seen elsewhere.  They have also been around for a couple decades, and really know their stuff.  Below is a pic of what my BFF bought me for Christmas from there:  A set of alcohol inks, some thimble style sponge applicators, Stampendous! Frantage embossing power (interesting stuff, haven’t quite got the hang of it), and Archival Ink in the most lovely shade – Viridian Green!

Christmas Haul 2012 (3)

Scrappy Chic is more the modern trendy take on scrapping, with all the new collections that look like they came straight out of the latest CHA show.  Definitely more paper and embellishments, although they certainly hold their own on the stamps.  Here’s what I picked up from them (sorry for the shine):  HA cling stamps, 2 SC Mister Huey’s masks, Technique Tuesday chevron stamp set, 2 MME papers and 1 MME embellishment pack, 1 Basic Grey paper pad, and 2 alcohol ink mixatives in copper and pearl:

Christmas Haul 2012 (2)

Thanks for coming with me on a virtual tour of these two stores, hopefully you haven’t drooled all over your keyboard!  If you are a local metro Detroiter or happen to be in that area, both locations are worth a visit, and only a few miles apart from each other!  If you have any questions about either location, please visit them in person, on their websites, or feel free to ask me anything!