Friday, November 18, 2011

It's getting creativity is heating up!

I know it's November, I know we live in a climate where snow is inevitable, but I'm still not ready to deal with the snow (snow banks, the puddles left behind or the ice).

However, it seems when it gets cold, my creativity starts to kick in a bit more. Now, THAT I can live with.

Yesterday I was working on getting  materials ready for tomorrow's Flower Necklace class.
(here's a sneak peek at the flowers for tomorrows class)
There is still room if you want to join us @ 10am
Call to sign up or get more info.

A small order of product came in the afternoon. I unpacked it, priced it and put it out on the shelves. I tried really hard to get back to cutting flowers...but...there was one particular embossing folder that came in that  kept calling my name. It was the Winter Botanicals set from Sizzix and Basic Grey. 
Not a great photo here....but this is what comes in the set.  

I couldn't resist the calling to create. This is what resulted:

This one was made with Core'dinations Whitewash Collection (Grandpa's Trunk), a kraft card base and a little Candi dot from the Dotted Coffee Bean set. Soooo quick and easy! I love the subtle look.

Then I thought about the Easy Folder Frames...HAD to try that!  Another kraft card base, then cream card stock, ran through with an oval Easy Frame. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment, and to  "smoosh" over the embossed parts. I used my blending sponge and very lightly rubbed it over the tops of the embossed areas. Of course, I had to ink the edges just a little more to add that look I love. The Candi dot  seems like it belongs in the middle of that flower, so I added another. Again, quick and easy and so subtle.

Now for some color. This seems to be my favorite color combination these days, and I decided I could make it work for Christmas, too. I started with a white card base, layered with a sheet from My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas line, then a layer of teal Core'dinations Vintage Collection. The embossed layer is a lime green that I found in my scraps. Once quick and easy...just emboss, sand, add a quick stamp and adhere it all together. It takes  minutes to finish a card like this, and I love the way they turn out!

I had no idea what I was going to do for Christmas cards this year, or even IF I was going to do them. But after yesterday's creative burst, I think it might happen! I love quick and easy...and there is just something about watching that image emerge from either sanding or inking that delights my soul! 

May you find the time to do something that delights your soul. :o)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Update on Tuesday's Layout Class

I really messed this one up....forgot to tell you all the date and the time for this class...and I posted the wrong paper line!

Take a look at the great layouts Chelsea has done for us this time using My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas Collection pack.

And here are the correct details for this class:
When: Tuesday, Nov. 22nd from 6:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $15.00
Bring a paper trimmer, scissors and adhesive & pop dots.
Call or email to reserve your seat in the classroom. 721-7529(PLAY) or

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Classes, What's NEW, and Black Friday!!

 I can't believe how fast time flies...and that the Holidays are just around the corner!! Are you ready? I'm not, but ready or it comes!

Saturday's Class
We are having class this Saturday, Nov. 19th at 10:00 AM. Cheryl Webb will be showing us how to make some magnificent flowers and making necklaces from them. These necklaces have been in the store for a while now and many of you have showed a lot of interest in them. We won't be making these exact flowers but they will be awesome and so much fun to create! Once you learn the technique, you will be a flower making fool and be making flowers for everything!

Cost: $20
Bring a pair of scissors...everything else will be provided for you.
Call 721-7529 (PLAY) or email to reserve your spot!

Tuesday's Layout Class
Brought to you by the very talented Miss Chelsea Van Wyk. We will be using the Lost and Found Christmas collection pack from My Mind's Eye. This is a stunning set of papers...very vintagy (spell check says that's not a word....hmmm) , but with a touch of glitter to make it dazzling and beautiful.  Here is a look at the collection pack and I will have photo's up as soon as I can.

Cost: $15.00
Bring paper trimmers, scissors and adhesive
Call 721-7529 (PLAY) or email to reserve a seat.

Smash Books

These came into the store last week...and they sold out before the week was over!! (never fear, more arrived this week and more is on the way) I have been wanting one of these ever since I heard about them last year. I still don't have one, but I will when the next shipment comes in. I love that they are an "in the moment" kind of scrapbook. You can add photo's, notes, receipts, tickets (like "Breaking Dawn" movie tickets) fortunes from fortune cookies (I have one just waiting to be smashed into my new book!), quotes...silly things your kids say, silly things your husband says (some days that could fill a whole book on it's own). I love the freedom of smashing stuff into the book as it happens, without having to work out a layout, make it all match and be beautiful. Because honestly, when I do that kind of takes me weeks!
I have said this before and believe the saying "It's the little things that make life BIG." I think once you fill a SMASH book with the little things that happen in your everyday life, you will see how BIG your life really is!

Winter Distress Inks

Oh yeah, Tim Holtz did it again. Another set of amazing seasonal inks. And they are IN THE STORE!! I'm in love with the Evergreen Bough. Everyone is always searching for a bright red and Festive Berries is definitely that. Iced Spruce is pretty, but when you add some shimmer to it, it is fabulous! 
If you haven't seen Tim in action with this new set of inks, check him out on YouTube:

Black Friday Shopping

I still can't believe this is next week already!

Stop by, browse, shop and enjoy a cup of coffee and some homemade treats.

First up for this crazy, special day of shopping is the Black Dot Sale. Everyting in the store with a Black Dot will get 40% OFF the retail price.

Second, all 40% OFF clearance items will be 60% OFF.

Third is a SUPER SALE....I am so excited to be able to offer this to you!! 

Organizing all of our supplies always seems to be a struggle...but this awesome Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer from Simply Renee will definitely help make things easier!
I love that you can see it all, know what you have and USE it! 
Each comes with:
  • a ribbon tray
  • 2 scissor holders
  • 2 metal rods
  • Two 1 foot measuring stickers
  • 40 chromed metal swivel clips
  • Wall mounting hardware
  • Instruction sheet

36 Inch Ribbon Organizer $24.00 - $60 retail value!!
18 Inch Ribbon Organizer $20.00 - $52 retail value!!

Quantity is limited, so hurry in to get yours! 

That's it for now. Have a great rest of the week and weekend!!