Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Photos

"I didn't do that!"

It's not trash, it's ephemera!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Shutter Card class originally scheduled for tomorrow, January 27th, is being rescheduled due to tomorrow's impending little snow flurry. WE WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH.  The class will be held next Tuesday, February 3rd, at the same times. If you were signed up for one of the three classes, we will assume that you are coming at the same time unless we hear otherwise from you.  Thanks for understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.

In other news, we have pictures of Jane's newest book, Time to Flourish. Just a reminder, the classes for this book are Wednesdays 2/11 and 2/25 or Saturdays 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28. Wednesday classes are 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturdays are a choice of 9:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 6:00.  If you are interested and have not already signed up, please call the store to register (860-658-9023).



Friday, January 23, 2015

February's Schedule

Is the weather getting you down?  Tired of the ice and the cold?  Check out our schedule of classes for February and sign up now.

  • Stencil class - 2/5  -  Make 2 beautiful cards and a tag using different stencil techniques.  You'll use the Lovebirds stencil from Dreamweaver, which you'll get to take home.

  • Time to Celebrate- 2/12 - You know how Sharon takes one or two sheets of paper and makes a bunch of cards? Well, she's done it again. Using only a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 paper, you'll make several beautiful cards and have ideas for lots more.

  • Spring Cards - 2/19 - We'll be using newly released stamps from Great Impressions to make three cute cards with spring chicks and bunnies. I'll post photos as soon as we decide which of these cards we can't live without.
  • Coloring with Copics - 2/24 -  For those of you who've already taken the Copic Beginner Class, here's your chance to hone your skills. Bring your own Copics and you'll learn some new techniques that will help you color like a pro.
  • Iris Folding - 2/26 - Iris folding originated in Holland where early crafters folded strips of paper from the insides of envelopes and arranged them to make striking designs. We now use scrapbook and origami papers (and sometimes ribbon) to create the same effect. We will have fun making 3 cards using this age-old technique. Pictures will be posted when available.
  • Time to Flourish - Jane Jones is teaching another of her fabulous books and you don't want to miss this one.  She is using Graphic 45's "Time to Flourish" line of papers to make a book that is sure to be a treasured keepsake. For those who have taken Jane's classes in the past, you know that these books take a lot of time and effort, but they are SO worth it. Jane is home chained up in the basement finishing the book as I'm writing this, but I do have secret photos of the first two pages.  The classes run either three Saturday mornings, three Saturday afternoons, or two whole Wednesdays.  Call the store for details.

One last VERY IMPORTANT item:  
SAVE THIS DATE..................................
On Monday, April 13th, Charee and Dustin from Graphic 45 will be coming HERE!  They will be teaching a three hour class featuring a Home Sweet Home Mixed Media Album.  It will use one of their new paper collections as well as their new albums and cling stamps. The class is being held at First Church and will start at 10:30 am. The cost will be $60. In order to guarantee a seat, you must register by March 20th. After that date, registrations will only be accepted if kits are still available. Call the store now to register.  Our friendly staff are standing by to take your call.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I thought I'd take time out from my busy day to help put some new pictures on the blog.  Here are some photos of the cards we'll be making in a few of this month's classes.

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 13, we're having our advanced Copic Marker class. You'll be trying out a few different techniques and making four cards at the same time.  Below are the four cards.

For those of you signed up for the morning or evening Stencil Class on Thursday, 1/15, below are the cards we'll be making.  Unfortunately, if you're not already signed up for either of these two classes, the classes have already filled.


Apparently you can never have enough glitter, so our Glitter Card Class on Thursday, 1/22, will feature the following three cards. Get your sparkle on and sign up now!

We do have some new dates for you!  Jane Jones will be teaching another of her book-making classes in February using the "Time to Flourish" line of papers from Graphic 45. Although she is still in the process of designing the book and we don't know what it will look like, anyone who has seen Jane's books or taken her classes knows what a spectacular treasure each of them is.  Making the book requires you to sign up for either three half-day Saturdays or two whole Wednesdays.  The dates are as follows:

Wed. 2/11 and Wed. 2/25 from 10 to 6,

Sat. morning 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 from 9 to 1, 

Sat. afternoon 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 from 2 to 6.

Call the store (860-658-9023) if you're interested in signing up.  I'll post pictures when the book is ready.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Change in Schedule

Oh no!! There is an error on the January schedule!! The Advanced Copic Marker Class listed for Monday, January 12th is actually on Tuesday, January 13th.  The times and cost are the same.  This error is totally Pat's fault as the blogger and she has been flogged accordingly.  We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. (Jazzy was doing the proofreading and she let me down.)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Inventory's Over, Back to Work

Inventory is over and it's business as usual.  Just a few photos from the past week.

I'm counting birds, what are you doing?

We're supposed to put yellow tags on things we've counted. How do you pick them up?

This might give you a little idea of what the store looks like during inventory.

Below are the cards we will be making in the Bleach Cards class on January 20.  Classes are at 10:30 and 6:30 and the cost is $15.



Friday, December 26, 2014

How many did you get?  Count again.  This inventory stuff is hard work.

Tomorrow is a bonus Make 'N Take and our last day before inventory, so we're getting all our ducks in a row.  We'll then be closed until Saturday, January 3rd when we'll reopen with our regular monthly Make 'N Take.  Below is our schedule for January classes.  Take a look and call to register for any you're interested in. Photos of samples for the classes will appear soon.

  • Jan. 10 - Intro to Copic Markers - Whether you already have a couple of Copics and would like to learn how to use them, or you just want to see what all the fuss is about, this class is for you.  Learn what the numbering system means, how to refill the markers, and most importantly, how to become addicted to coloring with them. The cost of the class includes 5 markers. It's like getting the class for free.

  • Jan. 12 - Advanced Copic Class - If you've already taken the intro class, even if you think you've forgotten everything, then this class will help you.  Bring your markers with you and use them in ways you haven't tried before. It's all about technique and you'll learn a few new ones.
  • Jan. 15 - Stencil Class - We'll be using snowflake stencils with a variety of techniques to create some beautiful winter cards.  Whether you're a pro or you've never used stencils before, you'll enjoy this class. The stencil is included in the cost of the class.
  • Jan. 20 - Bleach: It's Not Just for Laundry - Create gorgeous effects in your stamped images by using a little bleach. We'll show you how. If you're good, we might even show you a trick with dryer sheets.

  • Jan. 21 - Double Page Scrapbook Layout - Create a travel-themed layout to show off those pictures you took on vacation.

  • Jan. 22 - Glitter Cards - Glitter is something we can't seem to get enough of.  You'll love what you can do with microfine glitter and other Elizabeth Craft products. It's always fine to add that extra sparkle.
  • Jan. 24 - Book Binding - Make a journal from scratch and bind the pages yourself. It's easy! The photo below shows some journals we have made in past classes. Cover designs may vary.

  • Jan. 27 -Shutter Cards - Learn to make a gatefold shutter card which opens and closes like the lens of a camera to reveal your hidden message. It's easy to do is probably a new style for most of us.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The children were nestled
All snug in their beds,
While visions of Milk Bones
Danced in their heads.

It's sale time!  It's time for our annual "I Hate Inventory Sale." Beginning the Sunday after Christmas, we have to count EVERYTHING in the store.  In an attempt to make our job easier, we are urging you to come in and take this merchandise off our hands. To make your job easier, we'll offer you a few incentives.  The following items will be featured:
  • 25% off all non-seasonal Peel-Offs
  • 30% off all Christmas and Fall/Thanksgiving Peel-Offs
  • 20% off all Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card 6x6 stamps
  • 1/2 off all Inky Antic clear stamps
  • 1/2 off all Honeycomb paper
  • 25% off all Marvy LePlume markers
  • 10% off Black Friday Packs from BoBunny (a $70 value now only $18.85)
  • 25% off all cling or clear stamps
  • DIES - Buy 2, get 1 of equal or lesser value at half off  (or buy 4, get 2 lesser dies at half off, etc.)


Remember that we have a Bonus Make 'N Take on Saturday, December 27th.  Below are three of the cards we'll be making that day. (The fourth card hasn't been born yet.)

Don't forget, we will be closed from Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 2 for inventory.  We will reopen on Saturday, January 3 with our January Make 'N Take.