Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Faux Watercolor Flowers

Like the look of watercolor but are, perhaps, intimidated to try it?  This technique will give you a soft watercolor washed look, and it's wonderfully easy!  We'll apply a fine mist of water to watercolor paper, then create the washed background with a Memento Dye pad and a reservoir brush!  Ahhhhh, spring flowers!

Stop in any time between 10 & 8 on Thursday to create this lovely all-occasion card for yourself - FREE!

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's NOT taxing!

First of all, can I just tell you how much I love this stamp?  It's elegant, but quick to color - AND it's half-price this month because it's the Stamp of the Month from Great Impression.  You can't beat that!!!

I colored each of these cards with the Irojiten Pencils from Tombo.  Can you see that swatch of black card stock?  I colored it with the Neon pencils, and they showed up beautifully.  Plus, the Neon colors actually glow in the dark under a black light - Elvis anyone?!?!

I love these pencils because they are part-oil, part-wax, so they are firmer to work with and don't leave a waxy build-up.  And, you can blend them with a Dove blender.  Stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and try them for yourself.  I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fun with Karen Burniston!

 We had such a great time today with Karen Burniston - the amazing die designer for Elizabeth Crafts!  Somehow, she kept us all on track and we made four highly interactive and interesting cards in 3 hours.  We are clearly very proud of our work :-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Just for You, Chickie!

This week's FREE make-and-take card features an adorable spring image from Impression Obsession - as well as a Cover-a-Card stamp that makes an elegant monochromatic overlay.  Even though it is a busy pattern, stamping it in a subtle color doesn't detract at all from the focal image. 

Stop in between 10 - 8 this Thursday and make one of these beauties for yourself.  So cute!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Glitter & Glitz!

This Tuesday's Learn at Lunch demos features another way to work with Glitter - using plastic stencils!  I think this may be the easiest way yet!!!  In the past, I've created masks using the "tape covering", and I've also used brass stencils, but the plastic stencils create a nice crisp mask without tearing, are easy to clean up and are also easy to remove from the tape.  Yay!!!

Join me this Tuesday between 12 & 2 and see little secrets that make this technique super quick, easy and eye-catching!!!  There is no fee to participate, and you don't even need to register.  Come on in!!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guest Artist Next Weekend and new Sale Items

We feel very lucky to have Karen Burniston coming to the store to teach next weekend.  She is a licensed artist with Elizabeth Crafts and will be teaching Interactive card classes using her own incredible line of dies.  Students will get to make a garden bench, pivot, pop-up, and accordion card.  The morning class is now full, but Karen offered to teach the class again in the afternoon, and there is room in that class. 

Interactive Cards with Karen Burniston
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Our very own Marilynn took one of Karen's classes last week at a wholesale trade show and came back extremely excited about the class projects as well as Karen as a teacher.   Marilynn said that Karen really loves the products and therefore is very good at showing you how to use her dies as well as giving you multiple samples of what you can do with each die.  She said that Karen's energy really draws you in and keeps you very engaged and interested throughout the class. 

Also, for those of you who love a deal, we sorted through items in the store today to make room for new products arriving from the trade show.  We put hundreds of sheets of paper in the sale racks.  They are priced at 40 cents/sheet, for a savings of at least 60%.  There are papers from Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, Kaiser, Basic Grey, Graphic 45, and Little Yellow Bicycle, so there should be a little something for everyone.  We also added some stamps and embellishments to the 50% off rack, so there are lots of new bargains to be found.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Faber-Castell and....Caramels?

I hope you had the chance yesterday to take advantage of the Faber-Castell demo. Wow! We learned about image transfers with gel medium, making sprays out of Gelatos, coloring with Gelatos and Big Brush Pens, and coloring their Whipped Spackle to use with stencils for added dimension. Then, they did a wonderful surprise make and take with Chalkboard Paint and Gelatos. So much fun!

As you can see from the picture above, we are well stocked with Faber-Castell products. If you missed the demo, be sure to talk to a staff member about the products or pick up one of the free Faber-Castell instruction sheets we have by the register:

One of the new things we have at the store is a color sheet of the Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks (Marilynn was kind enough to stamp us one at the trade show). You won't believe the colors in person. Stunning!

Also, if you are a fan of Art Impressions, you will love the new arrivals. We have the humorous ladies as well as cute critters (from the front and back):

Finally, as much as it pains me to say it, Dee will probably be named everyone's favorite employee. She said that Saturday, April 5th is National Caramel Day and thought the store needed to hand out caramels. Here is what she left for me to put out for Saturday customers:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fun with Faber-Castell

 We are having a blast today with Tammie Wilson of Faber-Castell! We're playing with Gelatos, Chalkboard Paint, Whipped Spackle, Big Brush Pens....too much fun! The fun continues this afternoon with a free demo/make-and-take from 4-7. Stop by and play - no reservation is required!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

No Make-and-Take this Thursday!

"We interrupt this regularly scheduled program so that we can bring you the following special presentation."

The lovely lady pictured above is Tammie Wilson, artist extraordinaire from Faber-Castell!

She will be teaching a workshop Thursday morning from 10 - 1 (as of this moment, there are 3 spots left, so call the shop if you'd like to register) and then hosting a FREE demonstration Thursday afternoon from 4 - 7 on working with tons of the Faber-Castell products including Gelatos, Big Brush Markers, Pitt Pens, Chalkboard Paint and more!!!  You do not have to register for the FREE demo, just stop in! 

Since these fabulous activities will take up our classroom space, we will not be able to offer our regular Thursday make-and-take.  Join us next Thursday, April 10, when we'll be back with a FREE spring card project featuring Impression Obsession stamps :-)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Distres Marker Spritzer

I have to tell you that I'm having a BLAST leading the Tuesday Learn at Lunch demos.  I'm "forced" to experiment and step outside my box, and it has been really, really good for me!!! 

This Tuesday, we are playing with the Distress Marker Spritzer (it's called that, but it works with other markers as well - how awesome is that?!?!) and NEW stencils and dies from Memory Box!  You will enjoy layering stencils and masking in ways you may not have considered before. 

So, stop in Tuesday between 12 & 2 and give it a try.  There is no fee, and you don't need to register in advance.  And, I've already decided, there will be NO THREAT OF SNOW!!!!

See you then!