Monday, August 28, 2017

August 29-Sept 2, 2017

This Week at a Glance

Are you ready for the Labor Day holiday?  I can't believe the last holiday before Thanksgiving is upon us.  We'll be closing early on Friday (4 pm) and closed on Saturday. I hope you have some fun things planned.  My brother and his wife are coming from Phoenix to have a visit and I will surely enjoy that! 

We have the Halloween Tag Swap in progress.  If you want to join in, stop by for a packet.  It's due on Saturday, the 9th and I'll have them ready for pick up on Saturday, the 16th (Demo Day).

Now, on to the week's schedule!

Tuesday, August 29 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio time from 10:30 am to 5 pm
Lisa in the House from 10 am to 2 pm

Wednesday, August 30 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time from 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 31 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Class:  Lilac Whispers
10:30 am OR 6 pm
Openings in both classes

Friday, September 1 - Open from 10 am to 4 pm
Open Studio Time from 10:30 am to 2 pm

Saturday, September 2 - CLOSED for the holiday.

That's the week at a glance!  Have a great holiday weekend and remember to...

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Class Review - AJS - August 2017

Art Journaling Saturday

So we started a new "thing" this year called Art Journaling Saturday.  Lisa and I had been asked late last year if we had an art journaling group and were embarrased to say "no".  It got me to thinking. Uh oh,.....  I know, scary! Right?

I mulled it over for a while.  A long while.  I wanted to do it right.  And in February we had our very first Art Journaling Saturday.  26 Brave Souls joined us for what has become a fun and amazing journey into art journaling.

So just what is "art journaling"?, you ask.

It is a journey of exploration, art play time, rewarding and disappointing at times.... but it is exciting.  In a nutshell art journaling is playing with art products in a blank book of art paper - one that you buy or one that you make. You play with new products and new techniques.  You try new things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it fails.  But it never disappoints because you always learn something.  And now we have learned that sharing the journey with friends - new and old - is rewarding and fun.

So, with all that in mind, I invite you to take a look at some of the art that was created in August's Art Journaling Saturday.

Lisa and I create a page in our journals based on a product we want to explore or a technique we want to try.  One month Lisa guides and the next I guide.  August was my month and here is the page I put out for a sample....

It is a 2 page spread.  The butterfly is split down the middle.  The left half is on a top page that is torn where the butterfly is split.  The other half of the butterfly rests on the second page.  It was something I had seen on Pinterest (who doesn't like to find inspiration there!?) and I really loved the idea.  The second thing I wanted to explore were the Tim Holtz stains.  They've been around a long time and I personally hadn't used them in several years.  Out they came and the fun began.  I do like the soft watercolor look you can get with them.  I think I'll be using them more in the future.

So that was my page and here is some of the art other brave souls created in their session.....

I think it was a succesful day.  I love all the different colors chosen and the different images the artists chose to use.  

If you would like to join us, we have an Art Journaling Saturday once a month. All you need is the willingness to try and an art journal (homemade or purchased).  We supply most of the art products need and the materials fee is a reasonable $15.  There are 2 sessions offered - 10 am OR 2 pm and each session lasts up to 3 hours.  

I hope you'll think about joining us for fun and laughter (yes, we laugh regularly) and lots of ooohs and aaaaahhhs.  And remember to.....

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Class Schedule - September 2017

Class Schedule

Demo Day was a blast.  We were so happy to see so many familiar faces after a long long summer.  Lisa helped everyone make this cute Halloween card using stamps from Impression Obsession.

September here in the House starts off with a short holiday - Labor Day.  We'll be closed on the Saturday before.  Then our September classes begin!  It's really a fun group of classes.  I know you will agree.  Take a look!

Paper Bag Family Recipes
Thursday, September 7
10:30 am OR 6 pm

This unique recipe book is just perfect for all your favorite family recipes for the holidays.  It would make a wonderful gift for a new family bride or anyone in the family who wants all the family recipes.  BoBunny papers, paper bags and mini silverware from Tim Holtz!

Art Journaling Saturday
Saturday, September 9
10 am OR 6 pm

Lisa will be guiding you through the creation of this 2 page journal spread. A clever pocket gives you a place for keepsakes, tags or other memorabilia.

Big Halloween Fun
Thursday, Sept 14
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Who doesn't love the vintage style when it comes to Halloween.  These vintage cards are oversized and use lots of the new Tim Holtz Halloween paper and stamps sets.  Creepy but not ghoulish, you will love making this cards.

Demo Day
Saturday, September 16
10 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

We always have fun on Demo Day.  Lisa guides everyone in making our FREE Make 'n Take and her October schedule will be on display and ready for enrollment.  Grab a friend and join us for all the fun!

Christmas Wishes
Thursday, September 21
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Hero always creates a wonderful group of stamps and dies for Christmas.  This year is no exception.  Lisa has selected a group of them to create this class which includes a little elegant and a little whimsey.  

A Journey's Memory
Sunday, Sept 24

This vintage box configuration includes a tiny album to tuck into the smaller box of the project.  You can put wallet sized photos on tags to tuck into the sleeves of the mini album.

Autumn Dreams
Tuesday, September 26th
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Beautiful fall cards are perfect for Thanksgiving greetings or seasonal notecards.  An assortment of techniques make these cards unique.  

2 Day Zen Painting Workshop
with Jodi Ohl
September 29 & 30

This exciting workshop is just around the corner.  We have limited seating left. This is an amazing opportunity you won't want to miss.  Please check out the blog post "Guest Artist Jodi Ohl"  or click HERE for details and how to enroll.


Class Kit:  You are required to bring a class kit of basic supplies to every class.  If you are new and do not know what to include, come by or call and we will help you gather the supplies.  You probably have most of them already.

Class Fees:  Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  You may pay by cash, check, or Paypal.  If Lisa is in the House when you stop by, you may use a credit card.  

That's the schedule!  Run by to view the samples and enroll and remember to .....

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week of August 22-26

This week in the House!
August 22 - 26

We had a fun Demo Day on Saturday.  Lot's of you guys came to visit and there were nearly 50 of these Make 'n Takes made.....

Cute, huh!?  Stamps from Impression Obsession and of course, creativity by Lisa.

I'll be working on the Class Schedule Blog Post Tuesday, so be watching for it late in the day.  With any luck, I'll get it posted to the website by then too! Lisa's class schedule for September is really fun.  I hope you'll swing by to see and enroll in your favorites this week.  Now on to this week at a glance!

Tuesday, August 22 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 to 5 pm
Lisa in the House from 10 am to 2 pm

Wednesday, August 23 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 24 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Class: Spooky Cute Cards - $25
10:30 am OR 6 pm
Openings in both classes

Friday, August 25 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, August 26 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 3 pm

If you are interested in taking the Spooky Cute Card class, call us by 6 pm on Tuesday and we'll get you in the time slot of your choice!  If you are interested in Open Studio Time, call and let me know what time you plan to come so I can make sure there is a table ready for you.

That's the week at a glance and remember to.....

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week of August 15-19

This Week in The House!

Well of course we had a great time Saturday during Art Journaling Saturday. Lisa and I always enjoy guiding everyone through the Art Journal page we have created.  It's always fun to see how others interpret the page...  I'll try to blog about it in the next couple of days.

Anyhoo....  it's time for the week's schedule!  Hope you can join us for some art time or a class.  OH!  and Saturday is Demo Day!  Hope you can join us for that as it is always a treat to see Lisa's newest class schedule.....

Tuesday, August 15 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Wednesday, August 16 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 17 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Class:  1 Stamp 3 Ways
           10:30 am OR 6 pm
           Openings in both

Friday, August 18 - Open 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday, August 19 - Open 10 am to 4 pm
Make 'n Take all day and September Class Schedule on Preview

I hope you'll join us this week for a class, Open Studio Time or Demo Day!


2 Day Zen Painting Workshop
September 29-30

Details HERE

That's it for now....  come by for a visit and 

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week of Aug 8 - 12, 2017

This Week in the House!

We had an awesome week last week.  Lisa taught her Master Page Canvas Fun class on Thursday.  Everyone created a really cute 6x6 deep edged canvas with their very own Master Page or one of Lisa's.  I'm telling you, we have fun in class!


Tuesday, August 8 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Wednesday, August 9 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 10 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Class:  Mixed Media Muse Canvas
            10:30 am OR 6 pm
            Openings in both 

Friday, August 11 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday - August 12 - Open from 10 am to 5 pm10 
Class:  Art Journaling Saturday
           10 am OR 2 pm
           Openings in both 


Zen Painting Workshop with Jodi Ohl
September 29 & 30
Details can be found on Zen Painting Workshop Blog Post

That's what's going on this week...... Hope to see you in one of our classes or during Open Studio Time!  Until then remember to .....

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Last Week in the House


Oh my! What fun we had last week!  

We had a birthday party class last week and it was soooo much fun.  Lisa is always happy to do private when you can gather 5 or more people.  If you have 3 and don't mind sharing your party with others, we can open the class up to our regulars... and that is just what happened when our friend Lorena asked Lisa to teach the Master Page Create class for her sister Kathia's 40th birthday party....  Here are a few photos from the class.

Pages in progress....... 

The birthday girl at work...

and the party girls with their finished work!

THANKS Lorena for bringing Kathia and letting us treat her to a wonderful party!

The next day Chris Mack brought her Marbling class to the store.  We set up for 10 wonderful artists - some of whom are just beginning to play with art!  Chris gave perfect instructions and everyone made amazing marbled papers to use creating just about anything they can imagine....

Here are a few shots of the process before the paper is printed.....

The top shot is in the beginning stages and the second shot is ready for paper! Here are a few of the papers that were created.....  I'll be listening for the ooohs and ahhhs when you see them!  lol

I hope you've enjoyed a little look into some of what goes on around here.

And if you're interested in more....  check out the Zen Painting Workshop that Jodi Ohl is bringing to us next month!

That's it for now!  Hope to see you soon and remember to .....

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Guest Artist Jodi Ohl

Jodi Ohl
Zen Painting Workshop
September 29-30

I am so over the top excited to bring Jodi Ohl to our little House!  I had been following Jodi for a while on Instagram and my heart just kept nagging me to ask if she would come.  She delightfully agreed and she will be presenting her Zen Painting Workshop here on September 29-30. 

Jodi is a self-taught mixed media artist, author and instructor.  She is a full time artist who has built a body of work known for it's distinctive texture and bold color combinations which are often whimsical or abstract, as well as motivational in nature.  

Jodi's blog, Sweet Repeats, features a full listing of classes, weekly musing and artwork for sale.  

Zen Painting Workshop

In the spirit of what's at the core of artistic endeavors, this unique workshop created by Jodi truly soothes your artistic soul through a "Zen-full" Painting experience.  Go beyond the doodle and work on unique artist grade hard surfaces while exploring how to take your pencil, pen, inks, paints, and watercolors to a new abstract level.  You'll create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth while guided by Jodi.

Over the course of our weekend together we will:

Create several small works of "Zen Art" during the first part of our course as we learn all about our tools, surfaces and the Zen Painting process before diving into a larger main painting during the second session.

Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces along with much, much more!

CLASS FEE:  $275

CLASS HOURS:  10 am to 5 pm both days with a break for lunch.

4 pack of multi size India Ink Pens - Suggested brand: Faber Castell
Water Brushes - assorted tips 
               OR assortment of cheap water color brushes 
               (recommended sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8 Round)
Paint Palette
Pencils:  Stabilo in black & graphite and 2B pencil

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  You may register by phone, in person or by email. Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  You may pay by cash, check or credit card in the store OR Paypal if you are unable to come by the store.

Jodi's newest book, "Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink" will be available here for purchase and Jodi will be happy to sign your copy while she is here.  Let me know if you want a copy.  The list price is $24.95 but you will receive a 20% discount if ordered and paid with your class enrollment fees.  Your book will be waiting for you when you come to class.

I hope you'll join Jodi and me for this amazing workshop.   Remember you must be registered and paid on or before August 15th to receive the discounted pricing of $255.

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