Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Class

Two Things

Happy 2018!  It's a new year and we just finished the first week of it.  I have 2 things to share with you....  One, a quick and fun report on Art Journaling Saturday and Lisa's class addition to January.....

First things first....

Due the slow arrival of Valentine stamps and papers, Lisa was one class shy of a full schedule for January on Demo Day in December.  I am please to report that the last class of January is now on display and ready for enrollment.  This class is sooooooo wonderful...  Here are the details!

Valentines to "Die-cut" For
Thursday, January 25
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Take 2 parts Impression Obsession, 1 part Penny Black and 1 part Concord & 9th and what do you get?  Valentines to "die cut" for!  We discovered a little late in the season an fabulous border die set by Concord & 9th that will cut a wonderful envelope edge cut or make a load of different sized envelope cut border ribbons.  Add some stamps and basic paper and voila'! you have some very special and creative cards.  You will really enjoy the versatility of this die set and of course the heart image stamps by Impression Obsession combine well with sentiment stamps from Penny Black.

Enrollment is now open for this great class so be sure to call ASAP.

And the second thing is.....  Art Journaling Saturday.  I really stuck my neck out on the page creation for this one.  Abstract art isn't everyone's favorite but since art journaling is all about exploring and growing your art skills, I decided to jump in with both feet.  Lisa and I were joined by 23 brave souls as I shared my process to create this interesting art journal piece.

I did not take any pictures of what others created, but let me assure you the results were amazing.   If you are interested in joining us in the future, I hope you'll sign up when the next one rolls around in February.  It is an amazingly fun journey and I know you would have lots of fun.

That's it for now so until next post, remember to.....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Paper Marbling

Paper Marbling
Chris Mack

Saturday, February 10
10 am to 1 pm

Come join us February 10th from 10 am to 1 pm as we have fun marbling paper.  Each print is unique and amazing no matter the level of experience or if you are an artist or not.  Each student will get up to 10 papers to marble.  All supplies will be provide.  All you need are chothes you don't mind getting paint on (including shoes), an apron (with pockets if possible), and a ballpoint pen.  Class size is limited to 8 so sign up as soon as possible!

We offered this class last summer and you can read all about it in the blog post "Last Week in the House - August 4".  The first class talked about is Lisa's Master Page Create and the second class written about is Chris' marbling class.


Class Fee:  Class fee is due at the time of enrollment.  Fee may be paid by cash, check or credit card in person OR by Paypal if you can't get by within 2 business days.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN!  Enrollment limited to 8 students.  You may enroll by email (, phone or in person.  Be sure to enroll as soon as possible as the last time we offered this class it sold out within a few days.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

January 2018

Classes for January 2018

I am so ready for 2018!  How about you?  

New Valentine merchandise is slowly coming in so the class schedule is short a class or two.  Hang in there....  new paper is due in and Lisa should have the class schedule filled out by the 1st week of Jan.  I'll have a Part 2 posted as soon as she has them ready.

Our FREE Make 'n Take was this really cute "all occasion" card made using a stamps set and die by Concord and 9th.  We used Archival ink pads in Red Geranium, Vibrant Fuschia & Paradise Teal. The gold shimmer paper was the perfect accent for the petals that were cut out using the coordinating die.

And now..... on to Part 1 of the January Class Schedule!

Master Page Create - Valentines
Thursday, Jan 4th
10:30 am OR 6 pm

The Master Page series has been one of our most popular classes and here is the latest in the series..... The picture just doesn't do this class justice, but this is a fun and exciting class.  If you love creating your own background papers, this is the class for you.  AND there is a special project class 2 weeks later using a copy of your paper if you want to go even further.....

Art Journaling Saturday
Saturday, Jan 6th
10 am OR 3 pm
$15 materials fee

It's my turn to guide Art Journaling Saturday and I was feeling abstract. I have been drooling over paintings of a similar nature on Pinterest and decided I had to give it a try. I think this is one wild ride, but will be lots of fun to create.  This is one of those techniques that puts you in a "zen" place - eerily calming.  It did take a little bravery on my part to do it, but after I got started I really enjoyed the process.

Cute and Sassy Valentine Cards
Thursday, Jan 11
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Cute and Sassy says it all....  Rubber Moon stamps by Mindy Lacefield and Marylinn Kelly.  Paper by Simple Stories.  Let's get Sassy!  You're already cute!

Cherish Keepsake Box
Thursday, Jan 18th
10:30 am OR 6 pm
$30 (your paper)/ $35 (Lisa's paper)

This is the project class using the Master Page Create - Valentines paper made on the 4th.  Lisa has created a note card and a few flat cards that can hold photos to put into the box.  Use the paper you created or Lisa will provide a copy of hers for an additional $5.

Demo Day
Saturday, January 20
10 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

This is one of our most popular events.  We always have a FREE Make 'n Take that is worth the time and effort it takes to create.  Lisa will have her February class schedule to preview and you can begin enrolling immediately.  We usually have a nice variety of new products to browse and as always, it's fun to meet up with your crafting friends.  Grab a friend and join us for the fun!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the class schedule... estimated to be on or about January 2nd!

Additional Class Details

Class Enrollment and Fee   Fees are due at the time of enrollment.  You may enroll in person, by email or through the website (after Jan 1st).  Fees can be paid by cash or check (credit card for Art Journaling Saturday) in person or Lisa will send a Paypal for her classes.

Basic Supply Kit  You are required to bring a kit of basic paper crafting suppies.  If you are new and need help gathering supplies, give us a call and we'll help you find just the "right stuff".

And that's Part 1 of the January Classes.  Stay tuned for Part 2 and remember to .....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Friday, November 17, 2017

December 2017 Class Schedule

December Class Schedule

Sweet Make 'n Take from Demo Day

We used an awesome stamp set called Blossoms Fill-In and a die called Ribbon Banner by Concord & 9th to create this awesome Christmas/Winter Greeting card.  Sentiments used are from the Snowglobe sentiments greetings by My Favorite Things.

And now....... the Class Schedule for December!


This is a collection of classes being taught in one weekend.  Seating is limited so don't wait to enroll if you want to get in on all the fun.  You can take one or all!  Classes included in this weekend are:  Lighted 3 D Christmas Collage, Christmas Paper Bag Recipe Book, and Tag It Christmas.  And the details are.....  

Lighted 3-D Christmas Collage
Friday, Dec 1
6 pm to 9 pm

Create this one of a kind Christmas decoration that is lighted.  You'll use the Tim Holtz Vintage Christmas Box Tops along with a variety of embellishments.  

Christmas Paper Bag Recipe Book
Saturday, Dec 2
10 am to 1 pm

Awesome paper bag book that can be used for holiday recipes or as a photo memory book.  This would make a great last minute hostess gift.

Tag It Christmas
Saturday, Dec 2
3 pm to 5 pm

Another one of a kind Christmas decoration using the Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag (medium size) for the base. You'll enjoy using it for your holiday decor or giving as a gift. 

And that concludes the Weekend Extraganza!

Here are the classes for the rest of December.....

G45 Winter Wonderland Book & Box
Thursday, Dec 7
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa has used the gorgeous Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection to create a fun book in a box.  You can fill the "book" with Christmas memories by adding photos, cards and tags to the pockets.

Gift Bag Christmas Book
Thursday, Dec 14
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Such a cute memory book made using 2 gift bags for the cover.  The inside pages are filled with pockets, tags and flip flaps!  A great gift for someone in the family when you will it with photos and memories of Christmas.

Demo Day
December 16th
Come and Go
10 am to 4 pm

Demo Day is such a fun day.  The class schedule for January will make it's debut and you can begin signing up.  We always have an outstanding FREE Make 'n Take.  Grab a friend and join us for all the fun.

That wraps up our class schedule for December.  I think you'll enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza Weekend so be sure to sign up as soon as you can.  We have limited seating and I expect it to fill quickly!

Important Class Details

Class Fees:  Fees are due at the time of enrollment.  There are 3 ways to pay: Cash, check or Paypal.

Class Kit: You are required to bring a kit of basic paper crafting supplies to every class you take.  If you don't know what to include, give us a call.  You probably already have most of the supplies.

That's it for now.... There will be lots of Open Studio Time during the week leading up to Christmas and schedule allowing during the week leading up New Years.  So until next post, remember to...

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Monday, October 23, 2017

Class Schedule - November 2017

New Class Schedule

We always have so much fun on Demo Day.  Lisa had fun directing everyone in the making of this lovely Make 'n Take.....

We used stamps and coordinating dies from Concord & 9th to create the wreath.  Concord & 9th is a new company we recently became acquainted with and we are really loving their products.  Ink pads and gold embossing powder from Ranger.  

Lisa has a great class schedule for November.  Lots of Christmas Cards and 2 great classes using the Master Page Create - Christmas.  You don't have to take the Master Page Create class to do the card or canvas class.  You can use a copy made from hers.

 So without any further delay, here is the schedule!

Master Page Create Xmas Cards
Thursday, Nov 2
10:30 am OR 6 pm

You will be using a Master Page Create - Christmas artwork to create these cards. Did you take the Master Page Create - Christmas?  NO?  No problem.  Lisa will provide a copy of hers for you to use for an additional $5.  Either way, you'll love how beautiful your cards are using your own or Lisa's hand made paper.

Art Journaling Saturday
Saturday, Nov 4
10 am OR 2 pm

This has become a favorite "class" for us and our artists are having a blast.  Every month Lisa or I create an art journal page and guide you, the artist, through the creation of your very own version. If you have never art journaled, this is the class for you! This month Lisa has created this colorful page using Dylusions sprays, stamps from Dina Wakley and an assortment of stencils.  You provide the art journal and we provide most of the other supplies.

Winter Wonderland Canvas
Thursday, Nov 9
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Here's another fun project using the Master Page Create - Christmas.  If you didn't take the Master Page class, don't fret - for an additional $5 Lisa will provide a copy of hers for you to use.  Create this canvas using the Master Page Create as the background for this fun snowman art.

Pastel Christmas Cards
Thursday, Nov 16
10:30 am OR 6 pm

We love Danielle Donaldson's artsy girl stamps by Stamping Bella and you will too.  Lisa uses them here for this darling set of watercolored Christmas cards using the Christmas Carousel Collection by BoBunny.

Saturday, Nov 18
Come and Go
10 am to 4 pm

You're always invited to this FREE day of fun and previews.  We always have a FREE Make 'n Take and Lisa's new class schedule for December will be on display and ready for enrollment.  Grab a friend and join us for all the fun!

Christmas Pop-Ups
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa is using new stamps and dies from Concord & 9th to create these wonderful 3-D cards that fold flat for mailing. You can make these cards in the traditional fashion as well, but you'll learn how to make them 3-D in this class.

Magical Christmas Cards
Thursday, Nov 30
10:30 OR 6 pm

Lisa is using the newest Christmas paper pad from Tim Holtz paired with more stamps and dies from Concord & 9th.  You'll make 2 large 5x7 and 2 standard size cards.  

Additional Class Details

Class Fees:  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  If you enroll through our website, we will confirm and ask how you wish to pay.  In store you may pay by check or cash.  You also may pay using Paypal.

Basic Class Kit: You are required to bring a kit of basic paper crafting supplies to every class you attend.  If you are new and need help gathering the supplies, give us a call or come by and we'll walk you through it.

I hope you'll join us for a class or two.  If you want to enroll immediately, please head on over to our website's Registration page (click on the word Registration) to enroll for the classes of your choice.  

See you soon and remember to .....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jodi Ohl

Workshop Recap
Jodi Ohl's
2 Day Zen Painting Workshop

Oh my!  Did we ever have fun learning abstract painting techniques from Jodi Ohl!  Seriously, it was fun and exciting.  Jodi was such a great teacher.  She guided us through the steps with ease and Lisa and I were lucky enough to get to join in.  What a great experience!

So we started day 1 with 4 mini gesso boards and we learned a number of shading and doodling techniques.  Then we spend time putting those techniques to work.....

And on day 2 we created a larger composition and added color.  Everyone's work was amazing and unique to the artist.....

You can see how different and unique each one is.  Thanks, Andi, Mary, and Teresa for letting me photo you guys in action.  

Loved this wonderful workshop and can't believe I didn't get a photo of Jodi in action.  We're already working on the next one for fall of 2018, so if you missed this one, make plans to treat yourself to the next one!  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Eileen Hull

Paper Trail 15
Eileen Hull

It is with heavy heart that I announce Eileen has had to cancel the Paper Trail 15 tour.  Eileen's father's health has declined to the point it was felt she should return home.

For those of you who don't know Eileen, she is an artist, author, product designer and adventurer.  She licenses her die designs with Sizzix and unique ink applicators with Clearsnap.  She purchased a vintage trailer, Scotty, on eBay and outfitted it as a mobile studio.  She now travels cross-country on the Paper Trail and teaches at stores, retreats and events.  She has logged over 43,000 miles in the past 3 years and has visited 30+ states.  Her home is Herndon, VA where she lives with her husband.  Visit her website to read about her latest travels and adventures!

I am sure Eileen will resume the tour sometime next year when things return to normal.  And I am planning to have her when that time comes so stay tuned, watch for the announcement and remember to .....

Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!