Tuesday, July 29, 2014


It appears that although I posted information about some of the upcoming classes, I neglected to actually put the calendar on.  I will remedy that right now and even add some photos of samples from those classes.

SUSAN'S GARDEN - We will be making a beautiful, lifelike hydrangea and building a box to put it on.  This would make a lovely gift or just a place to keep your treasures.

STENCIL CLASS -  Who says you have to make a hot air balloon with a hot air balloon stencil?  Turn it upside down and - voila - a vase!  These are the cards for the August stencil class.


Guess who had a birthday?  Kelly was two years old on Friday (July 25) and celebrated with her friends here at the store.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014


(This picture is for Linda who says Jazzy needs more BLOG time.)

We have the August schedule ready for you and it looks like lots of great classes.  Now for the details.

  • Aug. 6 - Stencil class.  We will show you more than one way to use a stencil.  We will be using the hot air balloon stencil to make three cards, one of which is actually a hot air balloon.
  • Aug. 9 - Susan's Garden.  Come make three-dimensional flowers that seem to bloom before your eyes.  Using paper and some basic tools, you'll make flowers that look incredibly real.  They can be used in all sorts of ways including cards and scrapbook pages.
  • Aug. 16 - Plain Jane Travel Portfolio - This beautiful portfolio is a great place to keep all your trip photos and mementos, and it's fun to make. You'll be using the new "Come Away with Me" papers from Graphic 45 to construct all sorts of pages, pockets, and tags to enhance your Tim Holtz portfolio.  You'll need to bring your normal class kit (scissors, bone folder, lots of tape, ruler, pencil, etc.) as well as a paper cutter that will cut 12" paper, and 1/4" red line tape.  The class is from 10 to 5 with a short break for lunch, so you can bring a brown bag lunch or we can pick up an order of pizza, sandwiches, or salads for you.
  • Plain Jane Halloween Book - We are ready to start the next round of Hidden Hinge Book classes, and this one is a doozy.  Making this book is a complex process and takes quite a bit of time and patience, but as the former book class students can tell you, it is also very addictive.  This book uses the Graphic 45 "Eerie Tale" paper collection and looks like an antique book of magic spells.  It will be a lot of fun to make.  We are offering your choice of classes,  either three Saturday mornings, three Saturday afternoons or two all-day Wednesday classes.  The Saturday classes will be held on August 23, September 13, and September 27, either 9 to 1 or 2 to 6.  Wednesday classes will be from 10 am to 6 pm on September 10th and 24th. The cost for these classes includes a $75 class fee and $75 (plus tax) to cover all papers, hardware, and other materials for a total of $154.76.  You will need your usual class kit as well as your Martha Stewart Score Board, a paper cutter that will cut 12" paper, a ruler, pencil, LOTS of tape, 1/4 and 1/2" red line tape, foam ink blending tool, and a 3/4 to 1" soft bristle or foam brush for spreading Mod Podge.

  • August 26 - Z Fold Cards -In this class you'll be making cards using  three different shapes of precut Z fold cards from The Paper Cut.  These are really easy cards to make but they look as if you've worked all day.  The possibilities here are endless.



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.