Saturday, March 29, 2014


On Thursday, April 10, we will be holding a class in "Slider Cards."  These are a new style of card from The Paper Cut, and they're really fun to make.  Below are the three cards we will be making.


Tuesday, April 15, is the Inkie Antics Spiral Die Cut Card class.  We will be making two cards using a new die that cuts a spiral square. 

 The video below will show you how the cards work.


Tuesday, April 22, is a class featuring Susan's Garden Dies from Sizzix.  These dies make incredibly lifelike flowers and are a lot easier than the old method of using multiple punches.  Here are the card and box we will be making in that class.


We've also received some "Configuration" Book Boxes from Ranger, and Susan has turned one into a beautiful keepsake with Graphic 45's "By the Sea" papers. Although this is not a class, she would be happy to show you how she did it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to a scheduling conflict, we have had to cancel the Open Crop scheduled for March 29th. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Our schedule for April is done and we're pretty excited about some new styles of cards that we'll be making.  Not everything has arrived from the manufacturers yet, so we don't have pictures for all of the classes, but we will post them as they become available.  

  • April 10 - Slider Cards:  These are a new design from The Paper Cut and they're a lot of fun to make.  We'll be incorporating some die cuts into these cards.  Be the first one on your block to send a "slider card."
  • April 15 - Inkie Antics Spiral Diecut Cards:  You have to see this to believe it.  Just when you think they can't possibly come up with something new.  
  • April 19 - Intro to Copic Markers: Have you always wanted to know how to color with Copics?  Do you want to know what the numbers on them mean and how to use those numbers? Maybe you already own a few Copics and aren't sure how to use them?  This class is for you.  For $40 you not only get $40 worth of markers, but the class to go with them.  
  • April 22 - Susan's Garden: These dies cut all the parts you need to make the most beautiful flowers.  These flowers look so realistic it's hard to believe they're made of paper. Don't wait for spring, make your own flowers now.
  • April 29 - This month's Stencil Class features three absolutely gorgeous sailboat cards. Don't miss it.




Below are the three sailboat cards from the Stencil Class.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lots of New Merchandise!

Boy have we got new merchandise!  Over the past two weeks, we've gotten one or two boxes delivered every single day.  Some of it was replacing depleted stock of course, but we have new things coming in all the time.

You know how several parts of some dies are linked by those tiny bits of metal and you practically break your scissors trying to cut them apart?  Elizabeth Craft has solved that problem with a pair of die snips that will do the job beautifully.  They also have a pair of files, one rounded and one flat, to file down any sharp edges that are left. (Snips sold separately.)

Now that you've got your dies separated, are you wondering how to store them?  Here at the store we use the Art Bin.  It comes with three magnetic sheets on which to place your dies.  Refills are available and it holds quite a few sheets.  


Elizabeth Craft has also come out with their own brand of embossing folders and we've gotten some new designs.  What a fun way to dress up Shimmer Sheetz.  Just emboss and color the raised portion with Staz-On inks.

The photos below are just a few of the new papers available from SEI.  The pictures don't do these papers justice.  There is a sheen to these papers that makes them look so rich and inviting.  You have to see them to appreciate them.

We also have several new ribbons that might be just what you're looking for to lend the right touch to that card or scrapbook page.  We have several that have dimensional flowers attached.  Come in and take a look.

One of the new products out there that we all fell in love with is the new craft mat from Imagine Crafts.  It doesn't curl or slide around like other mats and gives just a bit of cushioning - perfect for sharper stamping impressions.  It also cleans very easily.  Adhesives peel right off and even solvent inks clean off easily.  

Come on in and browse.  You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Class Photos

I know many of you have been waiting for pictures of the cards we'll be making in the next few classes.  We've been waiting and waiting for shipments from the manufacturers so we can make samples.  This coming Tuesday, March 11, we are doing "Celebrate Spring" using some new stamps from Great Impressions.  That's the company that makes the stamps we always used for our "Stamp of the Month" classes.  We haven't worked with that program for a few months now because we didn't think the images were anything new.  This month we really liked their stamps and are doing three cards using them.  


On Tuesday, March 18, we will be doing a "Never-Ending Card" Class using a new die and stamp sets from Inkie Antics.  For those of us who have been around a little longer, one of these cards is reminiscent of what we used to call a "cootie catcher" in junior high school.  There are four different images that take a little maneuvering of the paper to get to.  We will also be doing a modified pop-up card using the same die.

Card 1

Card 2

   (Working portion of card.)

We have also received some new nesting dies from Lifestyle Crafts.  You get as many as 22 dies in some of these packages for $25.50.  That's only a little over a dollar each!  They are great for both cards and scrapbookking.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


In my haste to send you all the earth-shattering news and photos yesterday, I somehow neglected to download the Make 'N Take photos.  Here they are.......  See you Saturday.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I just thought I'd share a couple of photos from our Plain Jane Book class last Saturday. Thirteen people worked very hard in the two classes to complete the first phase of their books.  Top photo: the morning class constructing their spines.  Bottom photo:  Jane demonstrating the spine assembly.

Below are photos of the tulip cards from the upcoming stencil class.  We will be using three different techniques: coloring flowers pasted in white, a piggy-back technique with a second stencil, and using translucent paste over the colored tulips. The class will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 10:30.  The cost is $20 and you get to keep the tulip stencil.   It's time to think spring!


It's that time of the month again - Make 'N Take!  Below are the four cards we will be making on Saturday (March 1st).  Drop by any time between 10 and 4 and make as many cards as you'd like.  All the materials and supplies will be provided.  The price is just $2 per card and there's no need to register in advance.  We hope to see you then.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

March Comes in Like a Lion

Hopefully the weather has calmed down a little bit and we can stop shoveling the white stuff and concentrate on the important things.... card making and scrapbooking.  Here is our calendar for March.  We hope you'll sign up for a class or two. We have a few photos to share now and will post more as soon as we have samples.

  • March 4th -  Using only one sheet of Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments paper and some coordinating solid colors, you will make five beautiful vintage Easter cards.
  • March 11th - We'll use some cute new spring and Easter stamps from Great Impressions (the "Stamp of the Month" people) to make three adorable cards 
  • March 18th - Inkie Antic has a new die which will make cards that remind you of a paper word game you probably played in high school.  We don't have a photo since the die hasn't arrived yet, but we'll post pictures as soon as we can.
  • March 22nd - Our stencil this month will help get us ready for spring with a trio of tulips.  We'll use three different techniques to make these lovely cards.  The class is only $20 and you get to keep the stencil.
  • March 25th - Impression Obsession has released some really cute bunnies, Easter baskets, grass layers and eggs.  We'll be making 3 cards with these dies.

Don"t forget to call the store (860-658-9023) to reserve a spot in any of these classes.  We can take your credit card over the phone or you can send a check or drop in to pay.  If you sign up and pay before the day of the class, you will receive a 10% discount on any purchases the day of the class.


We've been receiving boxes of freight every day.  We've got two beautiful new lines of paper from Graphic 45 (Botanical Tea and By the Sea), some really cute stamps from DeNami, new papers from Basic Grey and BoBunny, and lots of new stamps from Northwoods.  There's more coming in every day so stop in and see what you're missing.