Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We're back! With a new make-and-take!

Welcome to 2014!  We will be open Wednesday, January 1 from 12-5.  Stop in and see the new Great Impressions board, with fun cards that could be used for Valentine's Day or any occasion!  Remember, the stamp of the month is available at 50% off during January.  And then, join us for our FREE Thursday make-and-take project.  This card features stamps from Inky Antics and Penny Black and makes great use of Ranger's Liquid Pearls for a whipped embellishment.  We finished the card with a quick swipe of colored pencils.  Fun and great for anyone!  Hope to see you often in 2014!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sale, New, and Coming Attractions

So much is going on at the store that I thought I should write a quick post to update everyone.

First, all Christmas products (paper, stamps, dies, and embellishments) are 50% off. It is never too early to start planning for next year!

For those of you who are already starting to think about Valentine's Day, we received brand new product from Penny Black. There are super-cute images perfect for coloring, elegant hearts and flourishes, and beautiful dies. The picture above shows you some of what just arrived.

Coming soon: We place HUGE orders with impression Obsession (new stamps and dies) as well as Memory Box and Poppystamps. We aren't supposed to share the new products just yet, but if you want a small sneak peek, Dave posted a couple pictures on the Memory Box home page. http://memoryboxco.com He will get you ready to "Think Spring!"

Holiday Hours: We are open for part of the holidays, so be sure to check the date and times listed below. There are no classes scheduled during that time, so if you have some time off and want to work on a project in our classroom, you are more than welcome. Pack a lunch, invite some friends, spread out, and enjoy some quality craft time!

Holiday Hours:

Tuesday, December 24: 10-1

Wednesday, December 25-Thursday, December 26: CLOSED

Friday, December 27: 10-6

Saturday, December 28: 10-5

Sunday, December 29: 12-5

Monday, December 30-Tuesday, December 31: CLOSED

Wednesday, January 1: 12-5


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hero Arts 2014 & Thursday Make-and-Take

 Well.....we got one box :-)  The brand new Hero Arts 2014 catalogs ARE here, and so are some of the fabulous stamps and coordinating dies.  We are missing at least one more box, but it should be arriving soon.  Meanwhile, you can stop in and snag a catalog and start your list.  I love the stamps this year... a lot!!!

Thursday's FREE make-and-take is another super quick Christmas card.  I love the vintage look of this Stampendous stamp.  Marilynn stamped it with Memento Luxe, then tore the bottom edge to continue that vintage theme.  To distress the edges, she used Gelatos watercolors - quick and lovely!  Stop in and make one for yourself on Thursday anytime between 10 & 8.  And don't forget to check out the new Hero Arts stamps and catalog.  So much eye candy!!!!

Super Shrink Plastic!

NOTE:  Since the weather was so awful last week (please don't try to convince me it was a Winter Wonderland), we are going to offer this demo today instead - Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 12 - 2.  Join us!

I used to play with Shrinky Dinks as a kid - but WOW!  It's even more fun now!!!  Look at the ART you can create with your stamps and dies.  Join me on Tuesday, December 10 between 12 & 2 and let me show you all the things you can do (and even more important, how easy it is!!!!).

We'll color the shrink plastic with chalk ink, Prismacolor pencils, alcohol inks and even Glitter Pens.  The only problem is that you won't want to stop!

As always, the demos are completely free and you don't need to pre-register.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Last minute Christmas Cards

I have a confession to make. 

I haven't started my Christmas Cards yet. 

I'm not going to offer a bunch of excuses - I'm just putting it out there.  I haven't started.  So, I was THRILLED with Marilynn's latest make-and-take project.  This is a super quick card that looks very festive and elegant.  I can knock these out in an evening.  This card features a versatile poinsettia stamp from Great Impressions.  You could spend some time coloring it beautifully, or you could make this simplified version - watercolored with a Dove Blender Pen.  Join us Thursday any time between 10 & 8 and make one for yourself.  And, wish me luck getting my done and sent.  Sigh :-)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Surprise Weekend Sale!

It's the most wonderful time of the year - Inventory Reduction Time :-)  Stop in this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8 and take 20% off all regularly-priced wood-mounted stamps in the store!  Exclusions include special orders and items already on hold.  Discounts cannot be combined.  Everything else is fair game!  See you soon!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Changing it up!

Have you ever had a stamp that was just almost perfect?  This adorable stamp by Pink Ink can be one of them :-)  We LOVE the contented face on the snowman and the birds and the sentiment!  What we didn't love was the cowboy boots the snowman was sporting.  So, Marilynn simply masked them and stamped without!  The bottom of the snowman was "missing" once we removed the boots.  Marilynn chose to "fill in the blanks" by creating a soft snow effect with glitter glue.  But you could also go in an complete the circle with a fine tipped black pen.  Start looking at your stamps in a new way - you'd be amazed what you can do with a little masking!  Stop in this Thursday between 10 & 8 to make this card for yourself - FREE!  And see how easy it is to "change it up". 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How About a Class?

The busy season is upon us, but how about taking a break from the craziness and taking a class?  There are a lot of options at the store this week:

Wednesday, Dec 4
Rosie's Roadshow Wee 2014 Calendar
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM   OR 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Fee: $38.00
Make a cute calendar for yourself, or save to give as a gift!

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Thursday, Dec 5 
Marilynn's Mini Lessons - Molded Bracelet
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM or 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Fee: $22.00
Marilynn's mini lessons don't take a long time commitment, but you get to make some amazing projects
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Saturday, Dec 7th: 
Three for Three (Three 3D projects in 3 hours)
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Fee: $48.00
Fun variety of projects that are great to give as gifts!  Plus, you have the chance to take a class from one of the Sizzix designers.

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Sunday, Dec 8th
A Second Helping of Winter Tin Pins
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $27.00

If you have been wondering about using Inky Antics stamps and Tin Pin embellishments, this is the class for you.
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10 in 10 Thank You
Date: Sunday, December 8
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Fee: $34.00
Thank you cards are a must-have this time of year, and you will get to make ten quick and easy cards in this fast-paced class.

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Don't forget that you can also give classes as a gift.  Gift cards can be used for classes as well as products.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Paper Soft!

 Tuesday's Learn at Lunch free demo features the fabulous Paper Soft paint by Viva Decor.  This is absolutely my favorite method for creating lovely background washes.  You can use them with stencils, to create resists - you can even stamp with them!  You will be delighted by how easy these are to blend - no time and no effort at all!  My kind of product! 

Stop in Tuesday anytime between 12 & 2 and give it a try.  Then put all the colors on your Christmas wish list - because I really think you're gonna luv 'em!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Art Journal for January 9th

Hi folks.  I promised my class that I would post my next entry for Art Journaling today.  I posted it on my blog, but thought I'd just go a head and post it here as well.  We've been having a grand time exploring ways to mix media together in our journals.  Each entry stands a lone, so you can come any time to do any of the pages that interest you.  However, we have been having so much fun, lots of folks have been coming every time!  All you need is a journal that can take mix media elements and a willingness to get a little messy! We will be using water color crayons, washi tape, gesso, acrylic paints, dies, stamps, and matte medium.  All supplies are provided for you other than your journal.  Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon.