Saturday, January 17, 2015

A good day, A great class schedule


We had a lovely time today.  We had a wonderful Valentine card Make-It-Take-It and Lisa released a wonderful group of classes for February.  Take a look .... I just know you'll see something that interests you!

Thur, Feb 5th - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Feb 6th - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Sizzix released a fabulous heart pocket die and it's just perfect for this sweet project.  Lisa will guide you through the intricacies of this project - just kidding - it only looks intricate, but when Lisa shows you just how easy it is, you'll be ready to make more.

by Kelley Walker
SATURDAY, FEB 7 - 10 am to 5 pm

Kelley - All Day!  Stamp Carving and more!  Create this sweet "explosion" carousel box filled with ephemera, photos and wonderful paper from Crate Paper.  You'll use those sweet stamps you carved to enhance and embellish this sweet project.  You will need a set of carving tools, available from the store.

Thurs, Feb 12 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Fri, Feb 13 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

The newest release from Character Constructions - "Adventures in Tea" has arrived and Lisa has created this wonderful set of cards for you to make.  Seriously love, love this class!

Sunday, Feb 15 - 2 pm to 4:30 pm

I'm certainly glad Lisa likes this altered frame from Prima since I accidently doubled my order.   Lot's of fun going on in this project!  I know you will love making it....  You will need to purchase the frame from the store.

Thurs, Feb 19 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Feb 20 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

I am telling you!  I asked for one thing and Lisa came up with something even better!  Quick, easy and fun.  Stephanie Ackerman dies, paint, stencils and one of Dina Wakley's little birds make for a fun, loving canvas you will be glad to give as a gift or keep for yourself.....


We always have a great time on Demo Day.  It's come and go from 10 am to 4 pm.  You always get to Make and Take a little artistic something for FREE.  Lisa's schedule complete with samples is released and you can start enrolling in the class(es) of your choice.  Grab a friend and have twice the fun!  Sometimes there is even a surprise gift or special.

Thurs, Feb 26 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Feb 27 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Variety is the spice of life - right?  Here is a set of cards covering a variety of occasions.  Various styles - Various supplies - Various occasions!

 Class Kits are required.  Need one?  We can help you put one together.

Class Fees are due at the time of enrollment.  You can pay by cash, check or Lisa can send you a Paypal.

That's it for now.....  Until next post..... Happy creatin'! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

January 2015 Classes

Class Schedule
January 2015

Hope you had a Merry Christmas.  With all the holiday happenings, the class photos didn't get taken til today and so the schedule is up just a little bit later than usual.  Forgive me.....  please.

Lisa had a lot more ready than she thought she would so we have a complete schedule for January.  It's bright and cheerful.  Kelley Walker returns with a wonderful portfolio project and Donna Downey will be here the last weekend of the month. (1 spot left in Donna's class....  see details here).

No more blathering!  Here's what's in store for you in January.....

Sunday, Jan 4 - 2 pm to 6 pm

Please don't give up!  If the extra supplies arrive on time, we will have enough for 3 or 4 more people, so please put your name on the wait list.....  that being said, this Perpetual Calendar Book is just the thing for keeping up with the annual events in your life.  There is section for every month where you can write in the name/event and there is a pocket for the cards needed.  Beautiful Graphic 45 paper - "Time to Flourish" has been used to create this wonderful project.

Thurs, Jan 8 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Fri, Jan 9 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

We put this on as a surprise extra in December and here's another chance to create this wonderful canvas.  11 x 14 canvas - paint - paper - and more!  A wonderful decoration for January.  It's a cute one you'll enjoy using year after year.

Saturday, Jan 10 - 10 am to 6 pm

Kelley's back with another all-day fun-day class. You'll Gelli print in the morning, take a break for lunch and return to assemble this wonderful portofolio with your printed masterpieces.  Don't have a Gelli Gel Printing Plate?  Kelley has one you can borrow.   I promise you'll have a ton of fun with this one!

Thurs, Jan 15th - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Jan 16th - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Fun! Fun! Fun!  Can't say Fun! enough when I think of this group of Valentine cards.  If you haven't tried the KaiserFusion  alcohol markers, you are in for a treat!  Love these markers... These alcohol markers are absolutely one of the best on the market at a fraction of the cost.  You'll be able to purchase 2 for the price of many of the others on the market!

Sat, January 17th
Come and Go - 10 am to 4 pm

We always have a fabulous FREE Make-It-Take-It for you to create.  Lisa will have her class schedule for February with samples on display.  And we strive to have a plethora of new products for you to browse.  Bring a friend and join the fun! 

Tues, Jan 20 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Thur, Jan 22 - 10:30 - 1pm

Beautiful and serene.  Soft and romantic.  Madeline paper collection by BoBunny and stamps by Impression Obsession.  You just can't lose with that combination!


January 24 & 25

Donna is bringing her newest 2 day workshop on the road and we are excited to be able to offer it here!  This workshop is amazing and you will learn so many mixed-media techniques.  We have 1 seat left so if you are interested, check out the details on this blog post: "Donna Downey Returns".

Thur, Jan 29th - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Jan 30 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Simple Stories Valentine collection makes this wonderful set of quick and easy notecards.  You are just gonna love 'em and will want to make even more when you see just how easy they really are to create!

Thur, Feb 5th - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Feb 6th - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Sizzix released a fabulous heart pocket die and it's just perfect for this sweet project.  Lisa will guide you through the intricacies of this project - just kidding - it only looks intricate, but when Lisa shows you just how easy it is, you'll be ready to make more.

WOW!  That's quite a lot for one month.  I know that there is at least one exciting class for everyone.  Come by or give us a call to enroll in one or more of these fabulous classes.....

Class Kits are required.  Need one?  We can help you put one together.

Class Fees are due at the time of enrollment.  You can pay by cash, check or Lisa can send you a Paypal.

That's it for now..... Until next post.... Happy Creatin'!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Doings

What's Happening
in the House
This Week

Wow!  This is the last weekend before Christmas!  Kinda gives ya pause, doesn't it?  As I wrote that I almost went down the rabbit trail of "where does that phrase come from?", but we don't have time for that - HaHa!  So here's what's going on this week.....

Demo Day
Saturday - 10 am to 4pm

Yep, we are going to have it Saturday.  You know we have fun.  We have a wonderful Make-It-Take-It from Impression Obsession.  It's really sweet.  Lisa is hard at work on her class schedule for January.  Since Valentine goodies are just now coming out, it'll be a partial schedule.  She'll have more for you right after the 1st (I think).  Select Christmas items will be 50% OFF beginning Saturday.  AND there will be a small gift with every purchase.   Oh, I see that I have forgotten to tell you that I will have my Kuerig here so you can have hot chocolate, cappuccino, coffee and hot apple cider.  Now you know!  Grab a friend and let's have one last fling for 2014.  We think you'll enjoy it.


No, it's not in yet, but Catherine is just about ready to reveal all.....  Hoping to have a flyer so you can special order Saturday, but it's not here yet.  We have, however, given her our initial order so we can have it here as soon as it is available to ship.

One of Catherine's good friends is sponsoring a "Tea for 2" Character Construction swap.  I'll have details for you to pick up on Saturday if you want to participate (you do need to register to participate).  In the mean time you can check out the Pinterest Page for past submissions.  Exciting, I tell ya!

Let It Snow-Man Canvas Class - $35
Tuesday, Dec 30 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Phone Photo, sorry..... sometimes you just don't have time to get out the good stuff!  Anyhoo, we had a request to put this on between Christmas and New Years for some out of town guests.   Lisa and I thought you might want to join them.  It's a go (already have 8 willing souls) so if you want to join us email Lisa at 


Instagram photo..... sorry, no time for big cameras this time either!

It's not too late to purchase gift certificates for your art buddies.....  The store has $5 & $10 certificates.  Lisa's are $10 certificates.  


Tuesday, Dec 23 - 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday, Dec 24 - CLOSED
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Friday, Dec 26 - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, Dec 27 - 10 am to 4 pm

I will closing regularly at 4 pm on Saturdays beginning Sat, Dec 27.

That's it for now.....  Until next post..... Happy Creatin'!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 2014

Balzer Designs
Carve December

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer challenges herself to create art everyday.  This month she challenged herself to carve a stamp every day and invited her followers to join in.  Although December is already half gone, it's never too late to join in the fun.  If you would like to join in you can find the details here..... #CarveDecember.  Although I haven't had time to carve every day, I have joined in and have had an incredibly fun time.  Here are some of the results:

My first attempt...  Hey, you gotta start somewhere!

This one made it to Julie's blog.  You can see what she has done so far and some of the designs of others she chose to highlight.

Gotta do the whole set - right?  Good thing you can use the 6 for the 9 cuz it was another oops! event.

Note to self: Do NOT use the blue carving rubber again!  It crumbles ...

The ambitious design!  Not bad for a beginner and I'm glad I tried it.  I'll try again when I have more experience.....

If you post on Instagram or just lurk there, check out the hashtag #CarveDecember.  There is a lot of carving inspiration there.  Seriously .... carving can be addictive!

That's it for now...  Until next post...  Happy Creatin'!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December 2014 Classes

December 2014

Are you ready to schedule a little art therapy for December?  Lisa has a great class line-up for the first 2 weeks in December.  It's always good to take a little time for yourself and Lisa's classes are just the ticket!

Framed Prancing Deer
Thurs, Dec 4 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Dec 5 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

I asked Lisa to make a sample using the plethora of extra Tim Holtz trees I ordered by accident.  Everyone loved it so much they asked for it to be a class.... Ask and ye shall receive!  You will need to purchase the altered frame from the store to complete the project but all supplies other than your basic class kit* will be provided.

"Joy" Christmas Canvas
Sunday, Dec 7 - 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Being repeated by request.  Several people couldn't make the original date so we are putting it back on the schedule.  It's an 11x14 canvas and just the perfect home decor for you or a special friend.  And it's easy peasy too! Bring your basic class kit.*

Christmas Gift Tags
Thurs, Dec 11 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Dec 12 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Everyone needs gift tags at Christmas time for just about everything.  Come make these tags for those extra special gifts that need that personal touch that only you can provide! Bring your basic class kit.*

Demo Day
Saturday, Dec 20th
10:30 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

Can't believe this is the last one of the year, but it is!  Lisa will have a great January class schedule complete with samples.  We will have a Make-It-Take-It for you.  Grab a friend and join us for all the usual fun.  

*Basic Class Kit Information:  You are responsible for bringing a basic class kit containing basic crafting/art necessities.  If you are new to classes, contact us for more information. 

Cancellation Policy:  If you are unable to attend your class, you may give or sell your spot to a friend.  A refund or class credit is available only when you give 2 full business days notice.

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Tuesday, Nov 25
10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday, Nov 26
10 am to 2 pm
Thanksgiving Day
Black Friday, Nov 28
NOON to 8 PM
Saturday, Nov 29
10 am to 5 pm

That's it for now....  Until next post.... Happy Creatin'!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Donna Downey Returns




an in-depth workshop

taught by


JANUARY 24 & 25

How many times have you wanted to travel to an artist's studio to take a fabulous 2 day in depth class but had to pass because of the travel expenses?  Here is your chance to take an in depth workshop from one of the mixed-media masters without that burden.  Donna Downey is taking her "metamorphosis" Artbooking class on the road and we are one of the first stores to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.  You will be able to learn many exciting mixed-media techniques while creating this amazing fabric book.


mixed-­‐media fabric ARTbooking workshop

As the title suggests, this workshop is about transformation, the literal transformation of the medias and surfaces as we work in layers, but also the adaptations you as the Artist will bring and incorporate into your own pieces.

Using muslin fabric as your substrate, you will begin building structural layers by adding thin layers of joint compound and wet mediums giving your pages a textural, sculpted feel. In class I will work along with you modeling the processes and demonstrating how bendability and color can play into your overall designs. We will discuss “mark making” and use this skill as a means to incorporate each Artist’s own signature into their work and build upon that style by identifying the theme of your ARTbook using image transfers
By further understanding glazes and finishes your books transformation from fabric to ART will emerge, and lastly we will finish by binding your completed ARTbooking piece.

This is an "all-inclusive" event.  All supplies will be provided including a light lunch both days for the price of $425. This workshop will be limited to 20 students.  

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN.  Enrollment must be made by email (  and will be on a first come first served basis.  If the class fills before you can enroll, I will add you to the wait list in the same first come first served basis.  I will confirm your enrollment within 1 business day (Sundays & Mondays excluded).  Class Fee &  Cancellation policy can be found below.

"Metamorphosis"  is one of Donna's newest classes.  She brings her working knowledge of materials and love of mixed-media to the table so you can experience the fun and excitement of mixed-media in all it's fullness.
I am excited to offer this new workshop concept to you.  Whether you are one of my local friends or one of my not-so-distant out-of town friends, this is an incredible opportunity.  Join Donna and me for this memorable journey in mixed-media. 

CLASS FEE POLICY:  Class fees can be made in person by check, credit card, or cash.  If you are unable to pay in person, fees can be billed via Paypal.  Fees must be paid within 2 business days of confirmation of enrollment.  Paypal payments must be made within 2 days of receipt.  Checks will be accepted by mail with prior approval and must be received within 5 days of approval.  Your seat will be given to the first person on the wait list if fees are not received within the allotted time.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY:  There will be no refunds available for cancellations.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, you may give or sell your class to a friend (fees to be collected by you).  WAIT LIST EXCEPTION: If we have someone on our wait list who can take your place, we will collect the fees from them and your class fees will be refunded.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


November 2014

What a great Demo Day we had on Saturday!  Lisa created the best Make-It-Take-It and even though the stamps we ordered didn't arrive, everyone had a great time.  Those who ordered the stamps will get them in plenty of time to use them to get those cards made for Christmas....

Lisa has a great line-up of classes.  Check them out below and then give me a call to enroll in one or all.  Payment is due at the time of enrollment, but don't panic if you cant get by immediately.  You can mail a check or Lisa can send you a Paypal invoice.  Just let me know how you want to handle it!

Without further ado, here are the classes...

Oh Xmas Tree Cards
Thur, Nov 6 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Nov 7 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Very fun....  Christmas trees make a wonderful assortment of Christmas cards.  Can't go wrong with these!

"JOY" Christmas Canvas
Sunday, Nov 9 - 2 pm to 4 pm

Really love this elegant decorative canvas.  Quick and easy too!  You'll want to make more of them for hostess gifts or just to give to a special friend.

Christmas Joy Book
Thurs, Nov 13 - 6pm to 8:30pm
Fri, Nov 14 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Sweet little book full of pockets and places for photos and journaling.  A great gift too!  You'll have plenty of left over pieces to make another book from the 12x12 paper kit you will receive.

10 AM TO 4 PM

Always fun!  Always a FREE Make-it-Take-it!  Next month's class schedule and samples on display and you can start enrolling immediately.  Grab a friend and join us for the fun!

Die Cut Christmas
Thur, Nov 20 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Fri, Nov 21 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lots going on in these cards.  The two cards using the Julie Nutting doll stamps have matching dies making these girls ideal for multiple cards.  Memory Box and Impression Obsession dies complete the other two cards.  You will have a lot of fun making these cards without all the hassle of "fussy" cutting!

Thanksgiving Week

Tues, Nov 25 - 10 am to 6 pm
Wed, Nov 26 - 10 am to 2 pm
Thanksgiving Day - Closed
Fri, Nov 27 -  10 am to 6 pm
Sat, Nov 28 - 10 am to 5 pm

Remember, class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  Refunds or class credit available for cancellations with 2 business days notice.  If you can't attend class, you are welcome to send a friend to take your place.

Remember to bring your basic kit to every class.  You are responsible for bringing these items.    All items are available for purchase if you forget something and you will receive a 10% discount on anything purchased during class.  If you are new and do not know/have all the items, contact us and we will help you gather what you need.

That's it for now....  Class samples are on display if you need to see them in person.  Until next post....  Happy Creatin'!