Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Guest Artist Joanne Sharpe

Joanne Sharpe

March 4 & 5th

Our good friend Joanne Sharpe is returning to teach 4 wonderful workshops.  Joanne loves her "Okie" peeps and she is always so excited to come teach us something new.

This year she has created a couple of classes just for us! Check out what she's teaching this time around.....

Saturday, March 4
10 am to 1:30 pm

Joanne keeps telling you to use your own "handwriting" to make stylized lettering.  In this supercharged class you will learn FIVE new design and drawing techniques to easily transform your own cursive and printing into a signature font that is unique to you.  Use lettering grids, pens and watercolors to try your hand at new looks.  Letter your favorite works, sayings or scripture verse with illustrated simple imagery on 8 small watercolor cards as art ready to display.

SUPPLIES you need to bring:  pencil, eraser, black waterproof fine line pens (Microns, Pitt, Uniball), your favorite colorful markers (any brand you have - Tombow, Copic), small watercolor pan set (Koi, Prang, Prima Confections), waterbrush.  PAPER: Bring 8 pieces of 4-1/2" x 6" watercolor paper cut from a 9" x 12" Strathmore 300 series (yellow cover) Watercolor pad (it will take 2 sheets).

"My Fanciful Felting"
Saturday, March 4
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NEW CLASS!  Create a 6x6 felted and embellished, solf sculptured decorative pillow using stencils to create the design and pattern.  Enjoy combining wool and fiber textures while learning some new hand felting and simple stitching tricks.  Joanne and Maura will provide stencils to use along with complimentary threads and additional embellishments.  You'll actually go home with a finished piece of textile art!  

SUPPLIES you need to bring:  A small pair of embroidery/sewing scissors, #18 chenille needle, and a black fine tip Pitt or Micron pen, foam felting block, 2 pieces of 6x6 wool felt, a small (gallon size zip lock) bag of colorful wool roving, decorative yarns and (Clover brand) hand felting needle tool or a single needle tool if you already have one, several favorite 6x6 stencils.

OPTIONAL Wool Felting Kit- $30
Includes Clover felting tool, foam felting block, #18 chenille needle, two 6x6 pieces of wool felt, assortment of wool roving and other fibers).  Please let me know when you enroll if you will want this kit.

Sunday, March 5
10 am to 2 pm

NEW CLASS!  Joanne will bring her new book "Doodle Art and Lettering" (ships in early March) to preview.  Play with dozens of new art ideas and techniques.  Explore organic, loose, free form meditative doodling, inspirational lettering and whimsical drawings.  If you think you "can't draw", this is the class where you will soar!  We'll make a precious 3" x 5", embellished handmade journal book stuffed with colorful art and treasure.  You'll be the first to see the new book, hear all the secrets and take this brand new class.

SUPPLIES you need to bring:  pencil, eraser, black waterproof fine line pens (Microns, Pitt, Uniball), Tombow markers, colored pencils, small watercolor pan set (Koi, Prang, Prima Confections), water brush.  Bring 4 strips of waterpaper cut to 3" x 10". Recommend cutting from a 9" x 12" Strathmore 300 series (yellow cover) pad (it will take 2 sheets).

My Creative Faith
Sunday, March 5
3 to 7

Come explore artful bible journaling, illustrating your favorite scripture verses and making a prayer journal, Joanne style!  We'll practice lettering styles and discover specific art supplies, techniques and ideas for honoring the Word with all our art materials by using the creative gifts each of us has been given.  Enjoy a fun, whimsical day in the spirit with friends celebrating our faith made visible in expressive works of art.

Supplies you need to bring: A journaling Bible (with columns for writing) or a blank art journal (such as Dylusions, Strathmore Visual Journal or Moleskine).  Gather a small collection of your favorite markers, pens, colored pencils and watercolors and we will provide the rest. Suggested pens are Micron/Pitt black fine tip waterproof.

ENROLLMENT is now open.  You may enroll by email, phone, or in person at the store.

CLASS FEES: Class fees are due within 48 hours of enrollment. You may pay by cash, check, credit card or I will send Paypal invoices if you are unable to come by the store.  

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds are available for cancellations received prior to February 22.  There will be no refunds after that date.  If you cannot attend your workshop, you may gift or sell your workshop to a friend.  If the workshops are cancelled by us for any reason, your class fees will be refunded.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

February 2017 Classes

Classes!  Classes!  Classes!
February 2017

Yesterday was Demo Day and Lisa put out a stellar group of classes for February.  She and I are also collaborating on a monthly Art Journal Club as well.  We also had the cutest Make 'n Take.  Take a look!

Stamps and Dies by My Favorite Things and patterned paper by American Crafts.  We still have a few of the stamps and dies available for purchase so come on by to see this adorable card and sign up for one of the classes for February.

My Funny Valentine
Thursday, Feb 2nd
10:30 am OR 6 PM

Artist Lindsay Ostrom is at it again and Lisa has used stamps from her latest collection by Impression Obsession to create the adorable Valentine card class.  Have fun watercoloring with your Tombows or Distress Markers.

Art Journaling "Club"
Saturday, Feb 4th
10 am OR 2pm

This is a new offering for us.  Lisa and I love to play in our art journals when we have time.  It's how we learn new things.  She and I are going to share guiding you through the creation of one page each month.  Pictured is a sample of the first page you will create. We are providing the paint and stencils for this one.  You provide the art journal and a few basic supplies.

Botanical Greeting "Tags"
Thursday, Feb 9
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa has enjoyed the new "Nature Sketchbook" by Graphic 45 so much, she just can't stop creating with it.  Here is a set of tags that can be used as a greeting card.  Lot's of technique in these tags.  You won't want to miss this one.

Keepsake Canvas
Thursday, Feb 16
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa's grandchildren are the inspiration for this canvas.  She invites you to bring a toner copy photo of one of your own family members and she'll show you how easy it is to create a memory masterpiece of your own.

Demo Day
Saturday, Feb 18
10 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

Join us for all the fun of Demo Day.  The new class schedule for March will debut with samples.  You can sign up on the spot and we will have an outstanding FREE Make 'n Take for you.  Our Make 'n Takes are very popular so grab a friend and share the experience.

Nature On Display Book
Thursday, Feb 23
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa has fallen in love with making books.  Couple that with the new Graphic 45 "Nature Sketchbook" collection and you have another winner.  If you love books and nature, you'll want to take this class for sure!

Poppy Field Canvas
Sunday, Feb 26th
2 pm

It's always exciting when a class is repeated by popular demand!  This class was on the schedule last July and we've already had requests to do it again.  There is a lot of technique and texture in this wonderful canvas.  Come learn how Lisa does it.  

Joanne Sharpe Workshops
March 4th and 5th

Originally scheduled for the Friday and Saturday, travel arrangements have pushed Joanne's workshop back to Saturday and Sunday.  I love how Joanne's brain works.  We get together on the phone and start talking - bouncing ideas off each other.  Before you know it Joanne is creating a new class or 2 just for you!  Yep ....  for YOU!  I'll have all the details out for you in a day or two so stay tuned.

Class Fees:  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  There are three ways to pay: Cash, Check or Paypal.  Lisa can take a credit card if she is in the store when you enroll.

Basic Kit: You are required to bring a basic kit to class with you.  If you need help putting one together, give us a call and we'll help you put together the perfect kit.

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


January 2017

Class Schedule

Lisa has put together a great schedule for January and of course, we have the lovely Dina Wakley returning to teach at the end of the month.  Take a look at what we have to offer.....

Accordian 2017 Calendar
Thursday, Jan 5th
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Awesome project and so useful too!  In each pocket is a monthly calendar that fits in the frame on the front of the project.  The storage page has a "perpetual" calendar on the back for you to log names with the special dates.  "Nature Sketchbook" papers by Graphic 45 make this so elegant.

P.S. I Love You Cards
Thursday, Jan 12
10:30 am OR 6 pm

The picture doesn't do these cards justice.  Soft and elegant, these cards will be wonderful for loved ones and friends alike!  Paper by Kaisercraft and stamps and dies from Hero Arts.

Paris Canvas
Thursday, Jan 19th
10:30 am OR 6 pm

An older project, we continue to get requests for Lisa to teach this one again!  And so here we go.  There will be a few changes as some of the supplies are no longer available, but believe me, you won't notice.  Paper Doll by character Constructions, creativity by Lisa!

Demo Day
Come and Go
10 am to 4 pm

A monthly event, the class schedule and samples for February will be on display and you can begin enrolling.  We will have a fabulous FREE Make 'n Take for you and lots of new merchandise to browse.  Grab a friend and share the fun!

Character Constructions Wardrobe Accordian
Tuesday, Jan 24
10:30 am OR 6 pm

If you love Character Constructions and/or paper dolls, you will love this project.  Catherine designed the wardrobe which Lisa has used for this sweet Valentine project. Lots of fun! 

JAN 26-28TH

We love Dina Wakley! and I think she loves us too....  She's back for the 5th time and bringing us an all new batch of classes.  Complete details can be found on the previous blog post HERE.

Class Fees:  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  There are 4 ways to pay....  in store by cash, check or by Paypal if you can't make it in to pay in person.  Credit card payments for Lisa's classes can be made when she is present.  

Class Kits:  You are required to bring a basic class kit to each class you take.  We now have a basic kit list available for you to laminate to keep with your basic kit.

That's it for now!  Hope to see you in class soon!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dina Wakley Workshops


JAN 26 - 28, 2017

I am so excited to have Dina Wakley return to teach.  That's Dina above in her natural element....  her studio and yes, she is just that joyful.  I enjoy her relaxed style of teaching.  She is generous and so knowledgeable about art. Take one or take all the classes.  You will learn so much and she will have you creating art you never thought you could create.  Dina will bring almost all of the art supplies you will be using.  Supplies you will need to bring are listed with each class.

Thursday, Jan 26
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join Dina for a class that goes back to her mixed media roots: book making. We will make a handmade board journal that is rich with layers and textures. We'll stamp and write and create a piece of book art that tells a unique story from page to page.  Lots of mixed media fun and expression will go into every page. Techniques, texture, this book has it all. 

Please bring:  Ranger craft sheet, palette paper, assortment of paint brushes (Dina Wakely brushes recommended) and a small notebook and pen for note taking.   Dina will supply all art supplies needed and MHF will supply additional supplies for each table to share.

Exploring the Versatility of Acrylic Paint
Friday, Jan 27
10 am to 1 pm

Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile mediums you can use.  Come to this painting class where you will learn how to use acrylic paint both thick (impasto) and thin (watercolor).  The goal is to learn techniques, experiment, play and make finished journal pages.  We'll be working in journals, but the techniques apply to all mixed-media projects (canvases, book-making, etc.) We'll make printed papers and then incorporate them into lovely journal compositions.

Please bring:  Ranger craft sheet, palette paper, assortment of paint brushes (Dina Wakley recommended),  your art journal and a small notebook and pen for making notes.  Dina will provide all art supplies needed and MHF will supply additional supplies for each table to share.

Friday, Jan 27
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Join Dina for an exploration in abstract painting.  Abstract painting might seem random, but it is based in composition and color theory.  The skills you learn will be useful whether you later use them for backgrounds or as stand-alone abstract pieces.  We will work on boards to create interesting foundations and looks with our acrylic paints and other mixed media supplies.  After we've practiced, we'll create a canvas.  The end result will be gorgeous multi-layered paintings.  Bring your journal, too, for practicing and taking notes.  We will have lots of messy, artistic fun!

Please bring: Ranger craft sheet, assortment of paint brushes (Dina Wakley recommended), palette paper, a tub of white gesso (Dina Wakley recommended), your art journal and a small notebook and pen for note taking. Dina will supply all other art supplies needed and MHF will supply additional supplies for each table to share.

Playing With Images and Concepts
Saturday, Jan 28
10 am to 5 pm (includes a lunch break)

Most great artists take one idea - a color, a concept, an image - and use it many ways in their work.  This repetition of ideas and images is artistically valuable. It creates work that has depth and interest, and helps you grow as an artist. Come to this class and we will choose our symbols and ideas, and then we'll work in a series to create interesting artworks.  We will make six expressive and playful small works on canvas boards.  The pieces will look great on their own but will even more powerful together. 

Please bring:  Ranger craft sheet, palette paper, assortment of brushes (Dina Wakley recommended), your art journal and a small notebook and pen for note-taking.  Dina will provide all other art supplies needed and MHF will supply additional supplies for each table to share.

ENROLLMENT:  Enrollment is now open!  You may enroll by email (, phone or in person at the store.  Class size is limited so be sure to enroll early.

CLASS FEES:  Four ways to pay!  Cash, Check, Credit Card or Paypal.  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  Please let me know which way you want to pay when you enroll.

You are going to love these classes.  I am very excited about them and hope to see you in one or all of them!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

December Classes!

New Class Schedule

Demo Day was awesome!   We completely sold out of the Make 'n Take dies and supplies and we have ordered more.  If you weren't able to come, we missed you.  Here is a look at the Make 'n Take.  

We used the cutest mitten die from Impression Obsession to create this cute Bag Topper using a simple clothes pin.  

Lisa's classes are, as usual, outstanding.  Here's what she has for you in December.

Winter Wonderland Canvas
Thursday, Dec 1
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Create this peaceful winter scene on the back side of a 9x12 canvas.  Papers by Photo Play and Dies from My Favorite Things and Hero Arts.  Great Christmas decoration or gift for that winter loving friend of yours.

Cottage Rose 5 Drawer Shelf
Saturday, December 3
10:30 am

Need storage?  This beautiful table top shelf and drawer box from Kaisercraft will gussy up your dresser or craft table. You will need to purchase the box kit ($21) from the store to create this masterpiece.

Shadow Box and Matchbox Ornaments
Thursday, December 8
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Can you say "Cute Vintage"?  I love these ornaments.  Shadow Box ornament is made from a Sizzix die.  Papers are from Prima's Sweet Peppermint collection.

Christmas Bag Tags
Thursday, Dec 15
10:30 am OR 6 pm

These are sooooo much prettier in person than this photo.  These toppers will fit a "cub" size gift bag, but you could alter the size to fit most any gift bag you have.  Papers from the Prima "Sweet Peppermint" collection.  After you've made these you will be making them for all your gift bags!

Demo Day
Saturday, December 17th
10:30 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

I can't believe this is the last Demo Day of the year.  Where has it gone?  We will have another outstanding FREE Make 'n Take for you and Lisa will have the January classes on display for you.

ENROLLMENT:  Three ways to enroll - email, phone call or in person at the store. Class fees are due at the time of enrollment and there are three ways to pay - Cash, Check, or Paypal.  If you enroll in person at the store and Lisa is here, you can use a credit card.

CLASS KIT:  You are required to bring a kit of basic tools and supplies.  We have a printed list available to laminate if you want to keep it in your kit bag.  If you are new and need help, just ask.  We are here to help!

Lisa and I are thankful for you.  Without you we wouldn't be here to enjoy this world of art and crafts.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016 November Classes

Class Schedule

Howdy everyone!  We had such a wonderful Demo Day on Saturday and were so glad to make new friends and visit with regulars.  Here is the sweet card we had for our Make 'n Take.

Using a slider die from Lawn Fawn, snowflake background stamp and penguin stamp from Hero Arts.  Snowflake ink color was Rangers new Archival "Paradise Teal".   This card is a winner for sure!

Lisa's class schedule is a winner too so if you were unable to join us Saturday, stop by anytime to check it out and sign up for the class(es) of your choice.  Here's what you have to choose from.....

One Sheet Wonder-Fall
Thursday, Nov 3
10:30 am OR 6 pm

You will use the new fall leaves stamp set by Tim Holtz to create 9 cards from one piece of paper.  This is a clever way to create cards that you will use over and over again to create more cards quickly and efficiently.  

Good Tidings Xmas Cards
Thursday, Nov 10
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Awesome "distressed" Christmas cards using brand new Christmas stamps from Tim Holtz and his new Tidings paper collection.  I know you'll love sending these cards as much as you enjoy making them!

Classic Xmas Paper Bag Book
Sunday, Nov 13
2 - 5 pm

This book is so fun to make and you make it using paper lunch bags!  Wonderful papers from Authentique called "Classic Christmas".  If you have never tried using paper bags to create a book, you are in for a treat.  

Lighted Christmas Vignette
Thursday, Nov 17
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Awesome Christmas decoration using lots of Tim Holtz goodies.  Love the tiny lights that surround the miniature tree.  It's just so .... well... teeny!  Best part of all is that it can be placed anywhere because the lights are battery operated so no need to be near a light socket!

Saturday, Nov 19
Come and Go - 10 AM to 4 PM

Join us for the unveiling of Lisa's new class schedule and enjoy our FREE Make 'n Take.  We will have a new load of merchandise for you to browse so grab a friend and head on over.  You will be glad you did!

Vintage Peppermint Christmas
Tuesday, Nov 22
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Awesome new paper collection from Prima called Sweet Peppermint is perfect for these wonderful cards using stamps from Tim Holtz AND Character Constructions.  I promise you will love these cards!


The store will be closed both Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving.  We will be back for your shopping pleasure on Friday and Saturday.  

Winter Wonderland Canvas
Thursday, Dec 1
10:30 am OR 6 pm

This canvas is so clever!  Lisa has used the back side (you know she is famous for this) and has used the wavy edge dies from My Favorite Things to create the snow hill layers.  Cute for Christmas, but good for all winter!

Enrollment:  You can come by, call or email Lisa or me to enroll.  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  Class fees can be paid by check or cash in the store.  Lisa can send you a Paypal invoice or you can mail a check if you are unable to pay in person.

Class Kit:  All students are expected to bring a basic kit to class.  This kit should include basic paper crafting tools, adhesives, non-stick craft sheet and heat tool.  If you have any questions about what you need, please call the store and we will help you determine what you need.

You'll enjoy taking classes from Lisa.  Lisa is such a joy to learn from.  We hope you'll join us for one or more of the outstanding classes!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October 2016 Classes

October Class Schedule

Oh my!  What a wonderful Demo Day we had on Saturday.  Lisa helped everyone make this sweet Fall greeting card.  It would be perfect for all ages.  Take a look!

We want to thank My Favorite Things for this great design.  It was fun and easy to make!  If you didn't get a chance to purchase the stamps and/or dies we used, we still have a few left.

Without further ado.....  here is the class line-up for October!

Accordian ATC Book
Sunday, Oct 2
2 pm to 4 pm

Since we are sponsoring a Halloween ATC swap, Lisa thought it would be awesome to have a great little book to hold them in.  Even if you aren't participating in the swap, it would be a really cute place to hold 3x4 photos or journaling cards.

Crazy Bird Trick or Treat Canvas
Thursday, Oct 6th
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa continues the Crazy Bird holiday canvas theme with this stunning Halloween canvas.  You are sure to love displaying this fun canvas along with all your other Halloween decor.

All Occasion for Fall
Thurday, Oct 13
10:30 am OR 6 pm

This collection of 4 all occasion cards with a Fall theme will be perfect for all your needs.  You will create these cards with wonderful papers by Authentique, dies by Hero Arts and My Favorite Things and stamps from Impression Obsession.

Mixed Media
Jen Starr
Sunday, Oct 16

Jen returns after a 2 year hiatus to teach a full day of wonderful classes here at My Hearts Fancy.  Jen Starr is a fun mixed media artist who brings a wonderful knowledge of products and techniques to life.  She travels all over the country teaching and is lots a super fun teacher.

I will publish the classes later next week so watch for an email as soon as I have final details about which classes she will be teaching.

A Touch of Christmas
Thursday, October 20
10:30 am OR 6 PM

It isn't too early to begin making your Christmas cards.  Lisa has put together a stunning selection of 4 cards using new dies and stamps from Hero Arts.  

Demo Day
Saturday, Oct 22
10 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

You are always invited to join us for this monthly event.  Lisa will have her November class schedule ready for you to preview.  She will also guide you through our FREE Make 'n Take and you will have a wonderful selection of new products to browse.  Bring a friend and share the fun!

Canvas Frame Accordian Book - Repeat
Tuesday, Oct 25
10:30 am OR 6 pm

This wonderful class is back by popular demand for those of you who were unable to make the class in September.  If you weren't able to take this class the first time around, here's your chance!

All About Fall
Thursday, Oct 27
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Five - count 'em!  Five Fabulous cards for fall and Thanksgiving.  Lisa and I fell in love with this wonderful collection of Fall papers by Photoplay and knew it was going to make wonderful cards.  Here it is and I know you will love it!

That's what we have for you in October..... 

Here are a few other details you should know:

Enrollment:  You can enroll in the store, by phone, or by email to either Lisa or the store.  

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

Class Kits:  You are expected to bring a kit of basic supplies.  These are basic supplies you simply cannot craft without.  If you are new to classes and need help, just give us a call or come by.  We will be glad to help you figure out just what you need.

Can't wait to see you in one or more classes!  Lisa is a wonderful instructor and you will find our classes fun and relaxing.  It's a great way to meet other people who like to craft and create art.