Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Pictures

Apparently there have been multiple requests for my picture, but as you can see it's time for my beauty sleep.  I can't just do these things at the drop of a hat.  I need time to prepare.  Perhaps I'll be up to signing autographs next week.
                            - Kelly

Next Saturday, July 26, is our Stampscapes class.  We didn't have the actual cards done because we were waiting for a shipment of stamps. The stamps have arrived and these are the stampscapes we will be working on in that class.  We will make these two cards and if time permits we will have a chance to play with some of the stamps and a variety of techniques. 

We have an Iris Fold Card class on Thursday, July 31.  The three cards we will be making are below.  Two of the cards are made with folded paper, and the pear is made with ribbon. Whether you've always wanted to know how to do iris folding or you just need a little refresher, call and sign up!

Although we don't quite have the calendar finished for August, we do have some photos and dates for you.  

August Christmas Card Classes will be held on Tuesday, August 19th at 10:30 am or 6:30 pm and Thursday, August 21st at the same times.  Due to high demand from the July class members, the Tuesday evening class has already filled. You will be making ten of the card pictured below.

Jane Jones has done it again! On Saturday August 16th she will be holding a Portfolio Class. In this class you will make the beautiful Tim Holtz portfolio pictured below, featuring the new line of travel papers from Graphic 45.  There are pockets, pull-outs, photo mats and much more in this 7 1/2 by 9 inch folder. The class will be from 10 am until 5 pm at the store and you will go home with a place to store all of your photos and memorabilia from a favorite trip. Details will appear with the calendar very soon.


For those of you who've been holding your breath waiting for the next Plain Jane hidden hinge book, we will be ready with details on our next posting.  I can tell you that she has been working on the book and it is FABULOUS!  The book is a slightly different size and has some delightful new features. The class will be offered on three Saturdays or two Wednesdays, with schedules similar to what we've done before.  The cost will be $75 plus materials.  Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Make 'N Take

Below are the four cards we will be doing on Saturday for Make 'N Take.  Hope you can join us.

Don't forget that we have a Stampscapes class on Saturday July 26th.  We have ordered quite a few new stamps from this company and because they haven't arrived yet, I don't have samples to post for this class.  The photo below is from the Stampscapes website and is very similar to one of the cards we will be making.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dies! Dies! Dies!

We just got a large box of new dies in from Memory Box! Jazzy and I have been busy sorting and pricing them so they'll be ready to put out for sale.              -Kelly

Memory Box has just released a new series of dies and we love them.  We're already getting ready to reorder because the first three or four people that saw them have bought quite a few and we know we will run out sooner than we anticipated.  There are a lot of Christmas dies, a couple of Halloween dies, and several that fit any occasion.  Stop in and get yours before they're gone.

Don't forget - Make 'n Take was moved from July 5th to this coming Saturday, July 12th.  Drop in any time between 10:00 and 4:00 to make as many projects as you like.  We will have four cards set up (Only two are done so far, but we promise you'll like them.) for you to work on.  All supplies are provided and our staff are all on hand to help.  The cost is just $2 for each card you make.  We hope we'll see you on Saturday!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Schedule for July

We finally have our July schedule ready for you.  Although I won't personally be teaching any classes this month (It's that thumb thing again.), Susan comes with my highest recommendation.  I hope you find something you like.
                        -- Kelly

  • July 5th -          Reminder----the store will be closed.
  • July 8th -          Glitter, Shimmer, Sparkle. We'll be using Shimmer Sheetz, Peel-offs and micro-fine glitter to make some beautiful cards.  Who can't use a little more sparkle in their day?  Pictures will be posted when the samples are ready.
  • July 15th and 17th - Christmas Card Class- You will make 10 slider cards with a pocket inside which will hold a gift card, a packet of cocoa, lottery tickets, or a gift certificate from Stamp & Scrap Nest.  The Tuesday night class is now full, but there is plenty of room on Tuesday morning or both of Thursday's classes. In addition to your usual class kit, for this class you will need 1/4" red line tape.


  • July 19th - Come Away with Me Box and Tag Book Set - In this class you will decorate a 5"x7" box using the new "Come Away with Me" papers from Graphic 45. You will also make a Tag Book to go with your box.

  • July 22nd - Stencil Class - We will be using a number of different techniques this month with our sand castle stencil.  We will be using copper paste on cork, glitter on translucent paste, and for our third card we will make our own patterned paper by spraying a variety of stencils.  We will then paste over a die-cut seahorse to add texture.



  • July 26th - Stampscapes - Although the cards have not been designed yet, we will again be making some beautiful scenes using these special stamps and coloring techniques.
  • July 31st - Iris Fold Cards - This is your opportunity to learn to do Iris Folding or to review the technique if you've done it previously.  We will use folded strips of paper or pieces of ribbon to fill in special Iris Fold patterns. It looks complex, but don't let the look fool you. It's a very easy technique and produces a beautiful result.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

News from the Nest


Pat was gone for a few days and no matter how hard we tried, Jazzy and I couldn't write this without her here to type for us, so now that she's back, we can get you caught up on things at the nest.

The store will be closed on Saturday, July 5th. The Make 'N Take for July will be held on Saturday, July 12th.  Again, Make 'N Take is on July 12th instead of July 5th.

Graphic 45 is here!!!

      An Eerie Tale

       Come Away with Me

For those of you who've been waiting, the two new lines from Graphic 45 have arrived. There are 12 new papers from the Eerie Tale line as well as sticker sheets, chipboard pieces, tags and pockets, stamps, 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6 pads. The travel line consists of 8 new papers, stamps, chipboard pieces, tags and pockets, journaling tags, and 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6 pads. The papers are fabulous and we can envision them in many cards, books and scrapbook pages.

We have also just received a new set of papers spotlighting the 6 New England states.  These would be great for a scrapbook page with your vacation pictures.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


We have a couple of adjustments to our June schedule.

First - Since our "Bare Bones Book Class" is being held at First Church in Simsbury, we will be having an Open Crop at the store on June 21st from 10 am to 5 pm.  Cost is $10. Come in and work on your own cards or scrapbook pages and get inspiration from others in the group.

Second - Eileen Hull, die designer from Sizzix, will be holding a class called "Bloom Box, " where you will use Sizzix dies to create a chipboard box full of 3D flowers.  The box contains a hidden mechanism that pops the flowers up and down.  For more detail, see previous post.  Time:  12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  Cost:  $37

This weekend is an exciting one!  For us, it starts on Thursday with Nathalie's classes.  There are still a couple of spots open in the evening class if you're interested.  Just call to reserve a space.

Heirloom's Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival is in West Springfield at the Big E on both Saturday and Sunday. You can buy your tickets right here for only $6.  Tickets are good for both days and will cost $8 at the door on Saturday. There are Make 'N Takes, demos, classes, and wonderful shopping opportunities. 

Don't forget to plan on attending our Make 'N Take either before or after you go up on Saturday. Below are the four cards we'll be making.


And last but CERTAINLY not least, for those of you who've been asking (begging, pleading, bribing), we have a date for our first Christmas card class!  (Drum roll, please.)  We will be holding classes on Tuesday July 15th and Thursday July 17th. Classes will be at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm on both days and the cost will be $25.  You will make 10 cards of the same design, so if you sign up for this class each month, you will have 50 cards done before Christmas. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Merchandise

We've had so much new merchandise come in lately that we're really tired!!  

We've just received a shipment from Memory Box with a lot of dies from their new release. We're really excited about some of these new dies and apparently we're not the only ones.  Two of them sold out while they were sitting on the counter waiting to be hung up!  Below are some of the latest arrivals.



We've also gotten two new lines of paper from BoBunny.  The first is called Enchanted Garden and it really fits its name.  The second is called Lemonade Stand and has some very summery looking papers.

Enchanted Garden

Lemonade Stand



We are pleased to announce that we will have Eileen Hull, die designer for Sizzix, teaching a class for us.  You may have read about her, since she is hauling a vintage trailer full of supplies as she travels around the country.  She has given us the following information to share with you about the class.  Call now to sign up.

Bloom Box
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Cost: $37

Learn tips and techniques from die designer Eileen Hull using ScoreBoards dies - specially designed to cut and score thick materials like matboard and chipboard. These dies are unique to Sizzix and produce a satisfyingly sturdy project that may be enjoyed for years.

This super versatile 3" box, also known as the Artist Trading Block, is filled with Eileen's 3D flowers made using an everyday household staple. Inside the embossed and inked box is a hidden mechanism that pops the flowers up and down! It can also be decorated in a MULTITUDE of other ways and Eileen will have vintage suitcases full of samples to share. Bring your cameras!

You will have a chance to get inky with Eileen's new ColorBox BlendsTM - a new ink, applicator and reinker all in one - and hear how a trip to the dollar store gave birth to a product line!  Blending these pigment inks gives a vintage look to the flowers, but add more layers of color for a brighter effect.

Materials to bring:  Red line tape (1/4 inch), scissors.


Do you know someone who wants to decorate his or her graduation cap?  We are your center for supplies.  We have self-stick velvet sheets and many colors of paper, all of which can be used to form letters and numbers which you can die-cut on our machine.


_________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday June 28th at 10:30 am is our "Peel-Offs & Dies" class.  Below are the cards we will be doing in this class. You will make the butterfly pivot card and one of the two flower pivot cards.  The cost of the class is $15.