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'!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

October 2014 Class Schedule

Class Schedule
October 2014

We really had a great Demo Day Saturday.  We saw some "old" (as in long time) friends we don't see often and we met some new ones.  Old and New are a great combo.  And it keeps me smiling!

Anyhoo.....  with Joanne Sharpe coming to teach this Friday through Sunday, I've got to get the next class schedule posted. And if you didn't know about Joanne's great workshops, check out the July 31st post.  Just in case you are interested, there are a few spots left in the Saturday and Sunday morning classes so be sure to let me know pronto if you want to enroll.

Thurs, Oct 2  - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri, Oct 3 - 10:30 am to 1 pm

Create these 5 fall cards using a variety of techniques.  Beautiful colors!  Simple, but elegant.

Sunday, October 5th - 2 pm to 5 pm

Create a creepy 3D Halloween treasure out of an old book!  Lots of techniques and lots of fun.  After you've done this one, you'll be creating them for all your holidays (only they won't be creepy).....

Thursday, Oct 9 - 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, Oct 10 - 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

It's time to get started on those Christmas cards.  These beauties are fun and creative.  Lots of different styles to spark your card-making juices!

Thursday Oct 16 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Friday, Oct 17 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Configuration boxes make the most wonderful altered art.  Let Lisa teach you how to make this vintage inspired box using dies, glitter, embellishments and paper.  You can even use one of your own vintage family photos in place of the one you see in the photo above.  Lots of fun in this project!


Saturday, October 18th
Come and Go
10 am to 4 pm

The 3rd Saturday of the month is our FREE Demo Day and you are treated to a FREE Make-It-Take-It, the class schedule for the following month, and usually a plethora of new product to browse.  All this for FREE!  Bring a friend and share the excitement.

Thursday, Oct 23 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Friday, Oct 24 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

We have had overwhelming requests for Lisa to teach the turkey canvas I created from leftover fall papers I couldn't bear to throw away.  Lisa's recreation with fresh and exciting BoBunny papers is outstanding.  If you've have been wanting to learn how to do paper piece collaging, this is the project for you.  It's so simple - really, it is!

Saturday, Oct 25 - 10 am to 6 pm

You've been hearing about the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate for some time now.  It's the perfect tool for mono-printing without the mess or expense of traditional mono-printing.  Kelley is our resident expert and she returns to teach you how to make this sweet journal from Gel monoprints you will make in class.  You will need a Gelli Arts Plate, but if you want to try it before you buy it, Kelley has a few to share.

Thursday, Oct 30 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Friday, Oct 31 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Learn how to make this beautiful "charm" bracelet using Tim Holtz fragment charms and a 12x12 piece of Vintage Santa scrapbook paper from Kaisercraft.  It's so easy you'll want to make one for every holiday and one for all your friends too!

Wonderful classes!  Something for everyone I say!   Remember class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  Refunds or class credit available for cancellations received 2 full  business days before the class is scheduled.  Basic class kits are required (call if you are new to our classes and we will help you with the list of supplies needed). Lisa will email you the week of class with a list of any other items you need or might wish to bring.

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Simple Storage

Stencil Storage

So, storage seems to be a problem for everyone.  So many stamps, so little space... so many stencils, so many tangles...  so many ink pads, so little space...  so many dies, so little space....  the list goes on and on.  

Not too long ago I was reading Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog.  Now, you know she is one of the Queens of stencils.  Her designs are a favorite in the Crafter's Workshop line.  Anyway, she was talking about how she stores her stencils and it made total sense to me.  Here's what she inspired me to do:  

Grab a D-ring scrapbook binder! 'You want D-rings 'cuz your pages will stick out from the binder if you don't.  There are lots out there.....  I used one from American Crafts. 

Lots of colors available, chipboard covers & fabric.  All of them are good......

I chose the chipboard with lime green fabric on the spine (cuz there is no orange and I kinda like lime).  You can paint or stencil on the fabric covers.  You can paint, stencil, paper or collage on the chipboard ones.   I keep saying I'm going to get mine fussed up.  I'll make a commitment right now - as soon as I do it I'll publish a pic.  Now I'm going to have to get to it - right?!

Then you'll need 12"x12" page/scrapbook protectors.  We R Memory and American Crafts make many different configurations in 12"x12" page styles.

You can get (and I keep them in stock) 12x12 full sheet,  6x6 pockets (4 pockets to a 12x12 sheet) and 4x4 pockets (9 to a 12x12 sheet). The American Crafts binders come with 10 12x12 single sheet protectors.  Good for a start, but you'll need more if you have lots of stencils.  Anyhoo.....  here's what they'll look like when you start to fill them:

 6x6 pockets

12x12 sheet

Didn't photo my 4x4 sheets, but you get the drift.  

Protectors keep your stencils from tangling and they are easy to see.  Your notebooks will store easily on a shelf.  You might be able put 2 stencils in each pocket.  If you do, you'll want to place paper between them so you can easily see the individual stencils and keep them untangled in their pockets.

We have the D-ring notebooks in stock and all 3 of the sheet protector styles in stock.  Hope this idea makes your stencil storage easier....  I know it has made mine so much simpler!

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

Saturday, August 23, 2014


A little of This
A little of That

There has been a lot going on around here lately....  Demo Day is a monthly thing....  Guest teachers are becoming a regular adventure ....  and then there are swaps...

Our most recent swap adventure was the Santos Doll Swap.  Here's a collage of the results.... 

 You'll be able to see the individual photos later in the My Heart's Fancy Facebook photo albums.  There are also albums of other swaps we've done in the past.

Current Swap

We've got a Halloween Swap right now.  You can nab the photo below for info and the template if you want to participate.....

Just right-click on the photo & save it or print it full size.  It's cropped for 8-1/2 x 11 so it should print the correct size.  If it doesn't print out right, the tombstone is approximately 5" tall.  There are no rules, in general, but I do ask that you use Halloween as your theme and that you have fun.....  seriously, no requirements other than that.  Use whatever supplies you want and use whatever paper, card stock or cardboard you want (I like to use cereal boxes, cuz I have a plethora of those). 

If you're from out of town and want to participate, just mail your swaps to the store.  Email me for the mailing address and to let me know that they are on the way.  The deadline is Saturday, Sept 6th.  They will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, Sept 13 (I'll return out-of-town swaps by mail at my expense). 

Hope you'll join in one of our swaps.  We do them for most major holidays, and a few random ones here and there.....

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