FAIRFIELD — Tamara Bowlus is ready to put her stamp on Mainely Stampin’.
She took over the paper-crafts store Jan. 1. People go there to take classes and make cards, using stamps and dies and other tools to leave messages, imprints, cuts, embellishments and pictures on the paper. They can buy supplies.
“When you make your own card, you can personalize it for the person you’re sending it to,” Bowlus said.
She has a cousin who likes purple, to the point of having different rooms with different shades of the color. Bowlus made her a card that featured purple. Her cousin realized the card was tailor-made for its audience.
People can make cards with frills, cards featuring frogs, Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day cards. Bowlus said the Eiffel Tower is a popular topic for cards, at least at this moment.
Just as there are fashion trends, there are stamping trends.
Mainely Stampin’ hosts it Burning Rubber events once a month on a Saturday. Participants get to make up to 10 cards. The store offers various classes during the year.
Bowlus lived in Suisun City from 2009 to 2011. One day, she stopped by Mainely Stampin’. The name came about because the owners who started the store in 2006 came from Maine.
“I was just mesmerized by the stamps and everything,” she said. “They had samples of the cards. I had never seen cards quite like this. I had never seen anything so pretty.”
She probably took 100 stamping classes in two years, she said.
Stamping classes are about making cards. But they are also about meeting and talking to people.
“It becomes a social thing,” Bowlus said. “You take the same classes every month. The same people take them.”
Bowlus moved to El Sobrante, where she still lives. One day, she got a call from one of the Mainely Stampin’ owners. She asked Bowlus if she’d be interested in buying the shop.
A talk with her husband helped seal the deal.
“One thing that made my choice easy is he said, ‘This is something you love and are passionate about,’ ” Bowlus said.
Bowlus works in the morning in a tree company office and also works at her own business.
“I don’t have kids at home,” she said. “My husband works at the refinery, so sometimes he works a lot of long hours.”
Bowlus recently attended the Craft & Hobby Association trade and conference show in Anaheim. She came back with lots of ideas, including buying 400 new stamps and 200 new dies. She wants to keep up with what’s popular in the world of stamping and cards.
Mainely Stampin’ is located at 1318 W. Texas St. Is is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please got to www.mainelystampin.com or call 435-9400.
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