Friday, October 31, 2014

New Photos

Happy Halloween from the Hot Dog and the reluctant Bumble Bee.

In our haste to publish the November calendar, we forgot to list the Double Page Scrapbook Layout Class.  It features a fall theme and will be held at 2:00 on Wednesday, November 12th. We don't want our scrapbook regulars to think we forgot you.

I promised you photos of the Plain Jane Christmas book, and here they are. The book is absolutely wonderful and the pictures don't do it justice.

Our November 18th Poinsettia Candle Ring class promises to be a lot of fun, and below is a picture of the finished product.  It would make a lovely centerpiece on any holiday table. (Candle not included.)

With Christmas coming up, many of you have expressed an interest in making an advent calendar.  We've got kits for several wooden advent "structures", including a tree shape, a square frame shape, and a small house.  Below are pictures of the "Advent House" as assembled by Susan using a Kaiser Craft kit and accompanying papers.  The roof can be made to lift up and the pieces in the attic are NOT part of the kit.

New merchandise has just come in and I know there will be more pictures to post. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Schedule

We've been pulling our hair out trying to get the November schedule ready!  We've finally all been here on the same day and can agree on a calendar to publish.  So, for those who have been patiently it is!

Plain Jane Christmas Book - 11/5 & 11/19 or 11/8, 11/22, and 12/13.  Jane has produced yet another spectacular hidden hinge book and will be teaching this book on two full-day Wednesday classes or three four-hour Saturday classes. There are still spots left for the Saturday classes. Stop in and see the book or call for details. (The book will be back in the store tomorrow and I will post photos then.)

Intro to Copic - 11/6.  For those of you who have never used Copic Markers before and want to know what all the fuss is about, join us for this introductory class.  You'll learn what the numbers and letters mean, how to refill them, and most importantly, how to color and blend with them.  The $40 fee covers your class as well as the 5 markers you will be using and will take home with you.

Christmas Card Class-  11/11, 11/12, 11/13  It doesn't seem possible, but we'll be holding our last Christmas Card Class of the season this month. Make 10 cards with the design below.

The Stockings Are Hung- 11/15.  In this class, you'll get a canvas stocking which you'll decorate with stencils, Petaloo flowers, and embellishments. Pictures will be available when the rest of the order arrives.

Susan's Garden Poinsettia Candle Ring -  11/18.  By sculpting die-cut poinsettias and die-cut greenery, you can create a gorgeous candle ring for a pillar candle.  This ring would make a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table or a lovely gift.  Pictures will be posted when they become available (That means when Susan finishes making the sample.).

Plastic Stencils -  11/20.  They're the latest rage! See what everyone's doing with plastic stencils these days.  Learn new techniques for using inks and special pastes in order to create backgrounds for cards, scrapbook pages, and art journals.

All About Tags -  We will be having a special Make 'N Take on Saturday 11/29, and the focus will be on tags.  Join us any time between 10 and 4 and we will have all the makings for several holiday tags.  For those who have been asking, we will still have a tag class in December, but these tags will be different and can be done on a drop-in basis. Kill two birds with one stone and make some tags when you stop by to see our Black Friday bargains.

Black Friday - We have been able to take advantage of some specials from BoBunny and other vendors and will pass the savings on to you.  Starting on Friday 11/28, we will have some paper packs, 6x6 pads, card kits, and other merchandise at bargain prices. Items will remain on sale as long as they last, but judging from past experience, that won't be long. Stop in, stock up, and save big!

Holiday Open House - Our annual Holiday Open House will be on Sunday, November 23 this year. We'll show you lots of new merchandise and give you a chance to create a "Wish List". We'll have goodie bags, snacks, games and prizes. This event has been very well attended in the past and we know space is an issue, so PLEASE, while we look forward to sharing this time with you, our loyal customers, this is not the time to introduce your friends and family to our products.

This Saturday's Make 'N Take cards are pictured below.  Drop in any time between 10 and 4 and make any of these cards for only $2 a card.


Friday, October 3, 2014

A Sale Just for You

We don't have room for any more dies!


We are having a sale just for you, our faithful blog followers. This sale will not be advertised in the store but you will know about it from reading our posts.  All Memory Box foliage and flower dies will be 30% off for 12 days only, from October 4th through the 16th. Help us make room for new dies!!


We had a really great time at the Collins Show in Orlando! We took classes with some of the best in the business and we're just full of ideas and new techniques to share with you. Watch for future class listings as the merchandise we ordered starts to come in.

Susan and Pat with Kittie Caracciolo, designer with Impression Obsession and creator of the blog "Kittie Kraft", which showcases some of her beautiful cards using Impression Obsession dies.


Els and Karen Burniston from Elizabeth Craft Designs help show off large copies of  their five critter dies, including the two newest - Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear.


The Stencil Class on October 25th featuring the elk stencil has filled so we have now opened up a 2:00 class for those who wish to join us then.


We have photos from more of the upcoming October classes.
The 4 cards below are from the "Copic Techniques with Fall Colors" class on October 23rd.



In the "Stampscapes" class on October 18th, we will be making the two cards below and you will then have an opportunity to try out different stamps and ink combinations.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Make 'N Take for October

They didn't have a ghost of a chance of changing out the decorations without my help.

We just got back from the Collins Show, a large education and trade show in Orlando, where Susan, Sharon, and Pat took classes for three days from morning 'til night. The one day we weren't busy in classes, we bought and bought and bought.  The merchandise is already starting to come in, so we'll have lots of new items to show you.

Saturday is Make 'N Take and below are the four cards we will be making.  Stop in any time between 10 and 4 and make as many of these cards as you'd like for only $2 each.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Change in Schedule!!

Kelly has been busy getting all the die cuts ready for the next Christmas card class. Her little paws are getting tired!

We have a change in schedule to announce regarding the October 11 class.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, Susan Tierney Cockburn will not be coming to teach on that day. We know several of you have already signed up and we're sorry for the inconvenience. 


Since we now have an open Saturday on October 11, we will be offering a class in making a "Photo Folio."  Using book board and the Norland series of papers from Farmhouse, we will construct a small Christmas-themed book to hold your photos.

For this class, you will need 1/2" and 1/4" red line tape, a paper cutter that will cut 12" paper (Don't worry, we'll have quite a bit already cut for you.), scissors, a bone folder, and a Martha Stewart Score Board if you have one.  If you don't have one, you may borrow one for the few scores you'll have to make. For those of you who have seen the Plain Jane Books, this is the same concept but is much less labor intensive since it has no pages and only has a 3/4" spine. Because of the popularity of this class, we will be offering two class times - 10:00 am sharp, and 2:30 pm. Please allow 4 hours. The cost will be $25.


Don't forget the elk stencil class on October 25. Here are samples of the cards we will be making.


We've gotten quite a few new papers in this week and there are some really exciting designs.  We have some new Christmas papers from Doodlebug.

We also have a new travel line from BoBunny.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


We've worked long and hard (It's difficult to write without those thumbs.), so we'd like to present the schedule for October.  We hope you'll come and take some classes with us.

  • October 7th - TAG BOX WITH COOKIES Make this cute Halloween box out of Graphic 45 tags, then decorate it and fill it with cookies you've stamped to match. You'll learn how to stamp on cookies with edible ink.

  • October 14th - 16th - CHRISTMAS CARD CLASS - Combine die cuts with stamping to make 10 of these beautiful cards to add to your Christmas card stash.  

  • October 18th - STAMPSCAPES - Although the cards aren't quite designed yet, we will be making outdoor scenes using stamps that are designed to work together seamlessly.  You'll create a couple of designs and then you'll have an opportunity to create your own scenes using our collection of stamps.

  • October 23 - COPIC TECHNIQUES WITH FALL COLORS - Bring your fall-colored Copics and learn to color pumpkins, leaves, and autumn scenery.  You'll have lots of opportunities to practice your coloring techniques with a variety of stamps.

  • October 25 - STENCIL CLASS - We'll be using an elk stencil to create three beautiful cards using a variety of stenciling techniques.  The cards haven't been born yet, but we know you won't be disappointed.

  • October 28 - HOLLY BERRY HOUSE CHRISTMAS BOX - You'll learn to use one stamp to create a 5-sided box which you will emboss and color to create this gorgeous holiday gift box or decoration.

  • October 11 - SUSAN'S GARDEN - Susan Tierney Cockburn, a designer with Sizzix and creator of the Susan's Garden line of dies, will be joining us to teach three classes. This is her first time at the store and we'd like to give her a big welcome.  We have all taken classes from her and have enjoyed them immensely.  Her creations look so real, you'll think you're using natural materials. She will be doing the following classes:
    • 10am - 12n  - Christmas Candle Wreath - You will make a beautiful holiday candle wreath using Susan's new poinsettia and holly dies along with her pinecone die. The cost is $40 and includes all supplies and a candle.
    • 1pm - 3pm - Flower Pendant - You will be making a mini flower, placing it on a necklace base, and covering it with ice resin to give it a porcelain-like finish. All materials are supplied and the cost is $30.
    • 4pm - 6pm - Fall Candle Wreath -  This candle wreath uses the fall leaf dies and will make a beautiful autumn accent piece.  The cost of $40 includes all supplies plus the candle.
Susan is sending samples and we will post photos of them as soon as we receive them. Each class is limited to 10 students.  You can take one, two, or all three classes but we expect they will fill quickly, so call the store to make your reservations. If you have any flower-making tools (various sizes of styluses, tweezers, loops, etc.), please bring them with you. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Make 'N Take

Don't forget Make 'N Take on Saturday, September 6th.  Drop in anytime between 10 and 4 and make as many of the following cards as you'd like.  The cost is just $2 per card.

Saturday's cards -


Don't forget the sidewalk sale starting Friday.  Come in and explore the bargains. 

"I don't get it Kelly.  Why are they selling the sidewalk?"