Friday, July 27, 2012

Closing Early and a little FUN

Just a quick note to let you know I will be closing early 
tomorrow, Saturday, July 28th
at 1:00 PM
We are making a quick trip back to North Dakota for a wedding. Everything will be back to normal on Tuesday next week.

Now for the FUN. 
I had the chance to play for a bit with a friend and we decided to make some paper flowers. I showed her how I make the flowers I use a lot. But then the creative juices started flowing. You know...the what if I use this or try that. (I ADORE that part!!)
Using these 3 paper shaper punches
from  EK Success 

Ooops...and this one from Martha Stewart for the leaves

We made these cute little flowers

They were so fun to make. The best part was switching up which punches to layer and in what order, how much ink to add to the edges or the whole thing, what kind of center to put in them, glitter or no.
Each one is a little different. 
The top photo is the flowers that Colleen made and the bottom photo is mine. That photo is bad, but the large flower kind of in the center, it's supposed to be redish orange, it's actually adhered to that card that all the flowers are on. 

It just seemed to fit perfectly in that faded lacy doily printed on the paper, and the flower was made from the same line of paper, so it just went together.
I have to admit, I wasn't too keen on this paper from Bo Bunny's Little Miss line...but it made some really awesome flowers. And since the juices were still flowing with all that paper on the table and the flowers inspired the start of a layout, too!
Another not so great photo, but you get the idea.

Here's a close up...

The die used for that strip of lighter striped paper is part of a Hexagon set from My Favorite Things.
There are a few left in the store if you are interested...and Chevrons, too!

I'm going to leave you with one more little embellishment I made this week when I was inspired by another customer.
I love butterflies, and love this one from Skipping Stones Designs. 
I stamped it with Archival Ink (solvent based) on watercolor paper. Then I used a Peeled Paint Distress Marker for the inside of the butterfly, and an OLD...I mean OLD Crayola marker. It was from when my kids were little...and my youngest will be 20 in a few months! It could barely scribble color onto my paper....but when I used a water brush on it, it blended great! I thought that was amazing!
You don't get the full effect of the Stickles glitter glue in the photo, but trust me, its super fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!!  I'll see you next week!
And don't forget to PLAY a little every day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Come down for the Make & Takes Tomorrow!!

Hi everyone!! 

Well, it's day 2 of the Christmas in July sale....and it's been busy...not a lot of Christmas paper left if you are in need of some Christmas paper at a great deal, you better get down here!

And don't forget to stop down tomorrow for the Make & Takes!  There might not be much paper left, but you have to come down and learn how to make these great little ideas for gift giving this year!

Thank you Colleen Ball for these great ideas!

The one on the left is a Teabag Caddy. It holds tea bags perfectly, and as you notice, it also fits some yummy Ghirardelli Chocolate. This caddy is double sided, so you can put something in each side! A gift card will fit in one side, and a quick tag or note could go on the other side...lots and lots of options!  
The one on the right is a little gift bag. Cute, but not terribly exciting until you find out the top comes off and you don't have to untie it to get to the goodies in it!!
The top just slides off and gives you extra space for taller items if you need it!
Both are so very easy to make, you will be able to whip out tons of them in no time at all.

Oh, and you don't have to use them just for Christmas....they would make great gifts any time of the year...check this out

The Tea Caddy is made from a 6"x6" piece of paper...get 4 out of one regular sized scrapbook sheet of paper, or use those great 6x6 paper pads that have the smaller patterns on them...perfect!
For those of you in the Gamsol Blending class a couple weeks you recognize that frilly lace on the bag on the right?? That is the "leftovers" from when we die cut the lace...I finally found a use for them!

Tuesday's Layout Class is now 

Well, one of the biggest lessons I have learned in life, is that sometimes things just don't go as planned.
This class is one of them.  Some of the things we needed for class were back ordered, so we have to postpone. 
So, instead of class on Tuesday night, we are going to have a PLAY DATE.  
Bring whatever you want to work on....scrabook pages, cards, whatever. If you have taken some of the classes and still have pages to finish...bring them down, I should have the originals here for you to reference.
Tuesday, July 24th from 6-10 PM
Seating is limited, so please make sure you give me a call (721-7529) or email (

Hope to see you soon!! Have a wonderful weekend and STAY COOL!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas in July

Maybe if we start thinking about Christmas, winter, and snow we'll feel a little cooler??? I don't know if it will work, but I'm ready to try anything!!
How about a SALE? Maybe that would at least take your mind off the heat for a little while?

not just any sale, but a 
Christmas in July SALE
and not just 10, 20, or 30% off, but
50% OFF
and not just one item, but
including paper, embellishments, stickers and stamps

for just 3 days
July 19th, 20th & 21st

(okay, just one more "just" and I'm done, I promise.)

not just one, but

So come on down and check it out this week. You deserve the distraction from a busy and hot summer.
The holidays will be here before we know it, so why not get a head start? (I know...good in theory, but it never works for me either.)
And truly, I have been looking at the same holiday stuff for waaaay tooo long. It's time for some new stuff...and CHA is this week...lots of new stuff coming out. It's time for NEW STUFF!!

See ya soon!

Friday, July 6, 2012

"Glory" Laytout Class

I sure hope you all had a great 4th of July! I also hope you took some fun photos, because we've got some really awesome layouts for you to put them on! Check out these fun layouts Chelsea put together with Authentiques "Glory" collection pack....I adore those little banners she made!  Make sure you bring your Pop Dots, they are what make the banners so fun and dimensional!
Class details are below.

I love the bakers twine on the star! Perfect addition.

Rosette and a little banner...Love it!

A BIG banner, and 3 little ones...
seriously, how does she come up with such fabulousness??

Class Details

Date: Tuesday, July 10th
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $22.00
Bring: Paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots

Call 721-PLAY (7529) or email to save your spot!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Closed for the 4th of July holiday

The PLAYGROUND will be closed July 1st- 5th for the 4th of July holiday.
I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends.
Have fun and be safe!!
The store will be open again on Friday, July 6th at 11:00 AM.

Class Schedules

We've got classes coming up at the Playground! I hope you are as excited as I am!!
Take a look!

Colored Pencil blending with Gamsol

This class is being taught by the very talented Heather Engebretson. Heather is the brilliance behind the Skipping Stones Design stamps. This is an amazing technique. I had heard of it before, but had never tried it. When I finally gave it a try last week, it was like magic! The blending is so smooth and effortless, I could hardly believe my eyes! You are going to love using this technique to color all your stamped images! (I'm thinking I would love to try and make some fun backgrounds with this blending technique, too!)
Here are the 3 cards we will be making in this class:

and here are the close ups.

Class Details:

Date: Saturday, July 7th
Times: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Cost: $12.50
Bring: Paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots

Email me at to reserve your spot. (The store is closed until Friday this week, so I won't be there to take phone calls, email is your best bet)

Layout Class with Authentique's "Glory"

This is a really fun collection for the 4th of July, and I just adore the weight and feel of all of Authentique's papers.  So, when you are out and about during all of the Independence Day festivities, you can be planning what shots would look fabulous on this paper! 

I don't have photo's of the layouts quite yet, but as soon as I do, I will post them here for you!

Class Details

Date: Tuesday, July 10thTime: 6-9 PMCost: $22Bring: Paper Trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots.

Email me at to reserve your spot. (The store is closed until Friday this week, so I won't be there to take phone calls, email is your best bet)

Beautiful Layered Cards

Check out these beautifully layered cards created by Kelly Straker!

I love the way Kelly can put so many beautiful layers and embellishments together and always end up with such a stunning card!
We are going to recreate these 3 great cards and maybe get some tips on how to put things together so they look great.

Class Details

Date: Saturday, July 14th
Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Cost: $12.50
Bring: Paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and pop dots.

Email me at to reserve your spot. (the store is closed until Friday this week, so I won't be there to take phone calls, email is your best bet)

I just want to share one more thing with you before I get back to my out-of-state visitors for the holiday.
This is something I am also excited about....


I love this stuff, I think it's beautiful and delicate. I love that there are so many ways to color and alter it. (I have misted, painted, embossed (both dry and heat), colored with markers, used stickles on it, painted with acrylic paint and then hit it with a heat gun to give it dimension...the ideas seem endless!) I know this isn't a very good photo, you will just have to stop in and see how cool this stuff is!