Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fall Class Schedule

Check back soon
to see pictures of upcoming class projects!

Little Drawer Gift Box
Tuesday, Aug. 31 - 6:30pm
Yet another one of these classes because people just LOVE to make this little box! With a built-in drawer and card, this little 3 x 3 cutie is perfect to hold a tiny gift. All materials provided. Class held in Julie's Art Room.
Cost: $5 or FREE with a $30 order
Register by Aug. 28

Magic Lift Card
- - Choose your date & time:
Tuesday, Sept. 14 - 10am
Wednesday, Sept 15 - 6:30pm
Complete TWO identical magical gift cards. A ribbon lift presents a special little gift! All materials provided. Class held in Julie's Art Room.
Cost: $10 or FREE with a $30 order
Register by Sept. 7

Layout Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - 6:30pm
Join us for this monthly class. You will complete a 12 x 12 double-page layout, which you can then take home and fill with your photos at your leisure. All materials provided to create a specially-designed layout filled with complementing papers, inks and embellishments. No prior experience necessary! Class held in Julie's Art Room.
Cost: $10 or FREE with a $30 order
Register by Sept. 14

Autumn Journal
- - Choose your date & time:
Tuesday, Sept. 28 - 10am
Wednesday, Sept. 29 - 6:30pm
Enjoy our new Autumn papers and embellishments to create a beautiful journal. We use our MyCreations Journal as the base of this project and "beautify" it so it will be a perfect gift, or keep it to enjoy for yourself! All materials provided. Class held in Julie's Art Room.
Cost: $15 or $10 with a $30 order
Register by Sept. 21

Christmas Cards Galore!
- - Choose your date & time:
Saturday, Oct. 16 - 10am
Sunday, Oct. 17 - 3pm
Back by popular demand, Julie's tradition of the Christmas-Card-Fest is back! Join us for holiday shortbread, spiced cider and Christmas Card making! Wouldn't you love to have 20 handmade Christmas cards done and ready to mail before October is even over? Just think how much more relaxed your December will be . . .

You will make a total of 20 cards - - 5 each of 4 different styles. You will enjoy working at your own pace, as you move from station to station to make each style card. Need a break now and then? Just meander upstairs to sit and enjoy some holiday refreshments. Then back to crafting! All materials, including envelopes, will be provided. Class held in Julie's Art Room and family room.
Cost: $20 or $15 with a $30 order
Register by October 1 (Please - I need plenty of time to prep all these materials! :-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

August Stamp of the Month - Artwork #5

The soft look of this card comes from tone-on-tone color. The leaf image to the left and the small flower images below are created by stamping with same color ink on same color cardstock.

To contrast the soft colors, some shine and sparkle is added with Liquid Glass in the big flower center, and Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue in the tiny centers of the little flowers below.

There is a technique included on this card that ties the whole thing together. Can you spot it? All the cardstock edges are slightly distressed. The white core on our colored cardstocks are gently exposed with this technique. It softens the entire look overall.

Art by Becky Mackenstadt

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Family Ties

My niece, Katie, is getting married in September. Today she gave me the special gift of time together, creating some special things for her wedding. She and my sister, Jackie, (pictured) came to my house and together we tackled two projects. One was to bundle dried wild grasses, tie them together with jute, and anchor them into flower pots. These will be some of the beautifully simple decorations out in the open at the Eastern Washington winery, where she will be married. Just picture my Katie, walking down to join her Jason . . . to the strains of "Fields of Gold."

The other project we had is what you see below. In lieu of a guest book, Katie is choosing to have a "Wish Tree." These stamped tags will hang on beautiful bare branches, and guests will be invited to sign their names on the back and write their own special wish for Katie and Jason. These tags will then be put in an album, where they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Thank you, Katie, for the gift of today. I love you!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's Not Too Late for Deals $6 and Under!

A REMINDER! Our $2, $4, $6 for 8 Special is on through Aug 11 (while supplies last.) I just now went on my site to see what is left – and there are LOTS of great items still available. You can view them here:

These are amazing deals – so don’t miss out!

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Stamp of the Month - Artwork #4

Bigger Brads draw your eye to the center of this gorgeous flower. Stamp ink on its matching cardstock to get this lovely look, for both flower and leaves.
A little sanding of our white-core cardstock reveals just enough light to emphasize the sentiment when stamped over top.
Art by Debi Gardner

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August Stamp of the Month - Artwork #3

Love these leaves? Ink your stamp in Topiary, then stamp off some of the ink on scratch paper. Then roll the edges on the Topiary pad again, just picking up around the perimeter of the image. Stamp - and wa-lah! A beautiful shaded image.

Art by Cathy Stai

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Stamp of the Month - Artwork #2

3 x 6 - Such a great size for a card! You can get four cards out of a 12 x 12 sheet when you work with this fun size.

Ever thought about using a half image like this? That's some out-of-the-box thinking. A Just Blooms paper flower is layered over the image's center, and finished off with a sparkle. Repeat that sparkle look in your sentiment stamps by dotting your eyes with some Bitty Sparkles.

This artist is famous for her "paper ribbon" adornments . . . Just cut a BT strip, add some folds and you have a wonderful fabric look!

Art by Darlys Recker

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Stamp of the Month - Artwork #1

This card is a cute little 4x4 square, with Cocoa cardstock as its base. Desert Sand ink leaves the impressions for a classy yet simple design.
Distressed edges and Twill ribbon add just enough texture to keep things interesting!
Art by Julie Reynolds