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January & February Book Clubs (yes two of them) December 29, 2008

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I’m excited to start our new format for the  Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-8pm time slot.
Book Club!  We’ll be doing more than just reading these inspirational art filled books.  We’ll be practicing the techniques we find on the pages.

Tuesday night will focus on the book:  Metal Effects by Cheryl Darrow

Metal EffectsLearn to work with art metal (40 gauge aluminum or copper)  using tools and texture plates.

Make extraordinary pieces for decorating your life.  Metal is easy to work with yielding beautiful results with a minimal amount of effort.  Weekly we will practice different techniques from the book and look forward to a visit from Cheryl herself at the end of January.  Cheryl is teaching here in our studio on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 2009.  She will offer 3 classes 2 times each over these two days.  It will be the special privilege of book club members to spend some private time with Cheryl during her stay.

Each book club session will be $15 and includes metal for a make-and-take project.  Click here to register for any or all of the January Meetings

Thursday night will focus on the book:  Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista

collageunleashed1Having Traci here in the studio in November inspired this whole book club thing into existance.  The book Collage Unleashed is full of techniques that have added  new dimension to my personal art.  I know those who attended Traci’s workshops feel the same.  There is something so freeing in her style.  We, as a group, will continue to explore and experiment with the techniques she shares in her book.  There is also an online yahoo group already set up for people who love the style   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/collageUNLEASHED/

Each session will be $15 with an optional supplies fee of $10 (bring your own paper and paints to have the supplies fee waived)  Click here to register for any or all of the January and February sessions.

Register now, space is limited to 10  memebers in each club.


Final 2008 Classes/Studio Events December 14, 2008

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Sunday December 14, 2pm

Family MAKE! Studio Time $20/hour per family of 3 ($5/each addtl) plus supplies

Come in and use the studio with the junior crafters in your life.  Special family bonding time is a great added side benefit to getting some Holiday crafting done.  MAKE! handcrafted holiday gifts during our assisted studio time.  Come in with an idea of what you’d like to MAKE! or be inspired by our project collection.

Tuesday December 16, 7pm

Mini Art Journals

Mini Art Journals

Mini Art Journal $25

Fold up two perfect mini books.  Enclose the pages in a jacket full of pockets for slipping notes or cards.  These are sure to be an addictive new project (you have been warned!)  We will be using 90lb watercolor paper, pva glue and a permanent marker.

We have extra kits for $39  available that include that watercolor pencils , water brush, black and brown markers and a pad of 90lb Watercolor paper with written instructions (and a Youtube link!)  This makes a great stocking stuffer and is sure to keep kids ages 8 and up busy for hours!


Altered Book

Wednesday December 17,  7pm
Altered Books 101 $25

In this workshop you will learn what to look for in selecting a book to alter. You will develop sections and prepare your surfaces. The materials fee includes a book, glue(pva) & paint(gesso) for you to take home.


Alpahbet Art

Thursday December 18,6pm
Alphabet Under Glass $55

Craft a piece of art to sandwich between glass. Each 4″x4″ tile is decorated with chipboard alphabets embellished with different techniques. The  14x”14″  finished piece can be held in a plate holder or add rubber feet and use it as a trivet.

collageunleashedThursday December 18, 7pm
Collage Unleashed “Book Club”  informational meeting

Free.  Stop by and look at the  book and some samples.  Decide if you are interested in participating in weekly challenges throughout January and February.  Weekly workshop attendance will be optional.  Come and see if you are interested in starting a unique book club.  I am anxious to get feedback since this is the first time we’ve tried something like this.

Saturday December 27, 6pm-Midnight
Craft Rave $20

Craft the night away. All varieties of crafters are welcome. You have full access to our tools and supplies for scrapbooking, stamping, altered art and much more. Soft drinks, coffee and tea are included.

pmcTuesday December 30, 7pm
Metal Clay $75

Create your own silver pendants and charms with silver clay.  Your pieces are fired in our kiln and ready by the end of the week.

Wednesday December 31, 12noon-2pm
Family MAKE! Studio Time $20 per hour per family of 3 ($5/each addtl) plus supplies

Come in and use the studio with the junior crafters in your life.  Special family bonding time is a great added side benefit to getting thank you cards made.    Come in with an idea of what you’d like to MAKE! or be inspired by our project collection.

Happy Holidays to you and yours from us.

the Big winners… December 14, 2008

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Anyone out in blog land curious how we did on the fundraiser for Second Harvest or who the winners of the prizes are?

Well the biggest winner was Second Harvest. We raised just about $300 for this wonderful charity! But there were some other winners too! I called everyone today to let them know the news but so that everyone can celebrate along with them here is the list of lucky winners:

Lucy – Studio gift card
Tracy – Store gift card
Izzy – Daisy Bucket goodie bag
Linda – Creative Cafe paper bag kit
Joan – Creative Cafe prize bag
Teri – Sharks tickets

Congrats to all of you and thanks again to everyone who contributed to helping those who need some help this holiday season.

New Years Craft Rave December 12, 2008

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Spend your New Years day making crafts, working on scrapbook pages, handmade cards or whatever floats your boat.

Session 1:  11am-5pm Thursday January 1, $25
Session 2:  5pm-11pm Thursday January 1, $25
Session 3:  11am-5pm Friday January 2, $25
Session 4:  5pm-11pm Friday January 2, $25

Register for more than one session and receive a 20% discount

Winner of the Thanksgiving stamp give-away December 6, 2008

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I know I am a bad prize giver-awayer…

I meant to do this last week but time slipped by….so with a little drum roll…the lucky winner is: Lelia!!

WOO HOO….stop in soon and pick up you fun stamp!

Getting your stockings ready December 5, 2008

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Santa’s Helpers are working overtime to get the “stockings” ready for our Holiday Extravaganza this weekend.

The bags have been generously filled with goodies from:

  • Maya Road
  • Creative Imaginations
  • Tinkering Ink
  • Charming Sam
  • Core’dinations
  • Bazzill
  • Charming Sam
  • Nunn Designs
  • American Craft
  • Inqueboutique
  • Daisy Bucket
  • Technique Tuesday
  • Pink Paisley

This is a fun looking bag of brand new product.  I hope everyone enjoys their pre-holiday goodies.  The stash came from our own collection and generous donations from Maya Road, Daisy Bucket, Tinkering Ink and Creative Imaginations.stockingsinprogress

Upcoming Guest instructors December 3, 2008

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Lisa Super: December 13th 10am Visit her blog Lisa is a Prima Design Team member and an accomplished instructor with a vintage flair. Click here to register for her Altered Book workshop

Marah Johnson: January 16 & 17 Visit her blog Marah is a designer for Creative Imaginations Her flair is incredible. She manages to take normal plain products and take them to the next level with hardward, bling and more. Registration is coming soon for her workshops in January but keep the dates open!

Cheryl Darrow: January 30 & 31 Visit her blog Cheryl owns Ten Seconds Studio and is the most amazing creative genius with metal and MUCH MORE. She has written a book (metal effects) and has a dvd out (a to z metal works) Click here to register for Bling Rings Frame it up or Wings on my Heart

Carol Wingert: February 27 & 28 Visit her blog Carol is a designer, teacher and co-author of: Artful Memories: Create One-of-a-Kind Scrapbook Pages, Memory Book and Framed Art

Lisa Pavelka: April 4 & 5 Visit this link and learn a little more about Lisa, her passion is Polymer Clay and she makes it so easy to play and create amazing things. She is an incredible instructor and much fun to be around. She has also published a fantastic DVD Clayin Around (that we have in the studio!)

Teesha Moore: May 15 & 16 Visit her blog. Teesha is an amazing artist with a process that is inspiring. I personally find her work a visual feast. I cherish the zines I own and follow her blog regularly. She will be here with her husband Tracy to lead us in a weekend of Art Journaling.

Julee Herrmann will bring her Mixed Media Feng Shui Shrine workshop to the studio in the new year. We’re working out the scheduling details.

Melodee Langworthy may also return. We’re hoping for April…Stay tuned for more details.

Studio News December 1, 2008

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December First?? Oh my! How did this happen?? Well, like it or not, we’re sliding into the end of 2008. I have to admit, I love this time of year. The cold mornings make it feel so good snuggling down with a hot cup and my “stuff”

Thankful? I am so incredibly thankful and blessed to have the best business partner in the whole world, the most supportive family ever and the most creative and inspiring community here.

Now, on to the business at hand.

This week in the studio we are:

SOLDERING: memory glass slides (Tues Dec 2nd)Add the special silver metal finish to mini glass slides. Learn this technique and you will be able to MAKE! dozens of gifts from tiny bits of beautiful paper. Imagine the customizing possibilities. It all starts with one incredibly simple technique. Join us Tuesday night at 7pm to learn the basics and get certified to use the soldering equipment anytime you want to in the studio.

PAINTED BACKGROUNDS: img_0687(Wed Dec 3rd) Having Traci Bautista here was an inspiring experience. I just can’t get enough painted paper backgrounds. This evening will be a self-indulgent night of adding texture through dyeing paper towels and scraping paint. If you are even a little bit curious plan come in and check out what we’re up to. Wednesday night at 7pm we’ll each have our own table to spread out on. I’ll have a dip dye station set up and all the paper towels you need. I’ll even have gloves for those worried about their manicure.

PMC: pmc(Thurs Dec 4th) Did you know that you can MAKE! your own 99% pure SILVER jewelry, pendants, charms and more? Precious Metal Clay is microscopic silver particles suspended in an organic binder. The consistency of clay, this material is easy to roll out and press texture into using stamps and other tools. Make your pieces and we’ll fire them and have them ready for you within a week. Your class fee covers your studio time and firing fee. Materials fee is based on the current price of silver ($45/20g) Thursday night from 7-8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday (December 6 & 7) is our HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

There is still a couple of spaces. It is an incredible value at $75 you get an entire weekend of crafting/scrapbooking time. The goody bag that comes with your registration is worth well over $75 itself. PLUS we are having a silent auction to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank.