Saturday, November 17, 2012

Card Classes at Michaels in Stroudsburg

Getting ready for the upcoming holidays is what the classes I have at Michaels in Stroudsburg are about.  From card making classes, ornaments as well as gift classes, I've got what you need to get your gifts ready to go.  Saturday evenings and Monday's I have classes at the Michaels in Stroudsburg.  

Today is Crop Day!  From 2pm ~ 8pm and for only $5 you can come to Michaels in Stroudsburg, bring whatever papercrafting you want to work on, use the tools in the classroom, have fun and a chance to win some doorprizes.  Plus, you get to utilize the store if you forgot something or decide you need that little something extra and I'll give you an additional coupon as well!!  

Monday is a Tim Holtz inspired class day!  From 10am to noon, it's Tinker Time, a Tim Holtz inspired technique tag class.  From 1pm - 3pm it's time to make some holiday cards.  Again, a Tim Holtz inspired card class.  Each class is $25 plus supplies.  

Saturday, 11/24 from 6-8pm is a Martha Stewart personalized ornament evening.  This class is $10 plus supplies.

As always, shop your stash first!  While the supply list show specific items, by all means use what you have first.  Do you have a new holiday stamp you're just dying to use, use it in this or any of my classes.  

I am taking off Monday, 11/26th as I will be returning my daughter to college.  

Saturday, December 1st, (I can't believe it will be December already!)  from 6-8pm we will be creating a mini album from paper bags.  This is a fabulous gift for someone special on your list.  Whether you add the photos or give it photo-empty for the recipient to fill, you're gift will be a hit.  This album is easy to create.  This class is $25 plus supplies.  Remember to shop your stash first!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Time to Organize for an efficient crafting season!

It's time to get organized before the chill of winter hits and we're all inside for the long winter ahead.  Why not make the most of those inside days and be ready for lots of crafting!

Are you ready to do some scrapbooking, make beautiful cards for the seasons, birthdays, get well's and home decor for family and friends. A little pre-planning now can help you get those projects done quickly.

First, let's start with the space in which you will be creating those projects.  Is it organized and ready for some crafting?  If not, now is a good time to do some fall cleaning of your crafting area to help maximize the time you spend crafting.  Clear off the table you use for your crafting, completely.  Decide what you want to have at hand and what you use frequently.  These are the items you need to have at hand whether on top of your table or underneath.

Having those items you use regularly at hand will help make the most of the time you spend creating.  Things I like at hand include:  precision tip scissors, paper trimmer, tweezers, bone folder, centering ruler, my ATG gun, a variety of Zots/glue dots, a variety of Millenium pens, brush markers, watercolor pencils & Copic markers.  I also have cutting boards on my table at all times and my non-stick mat close at hand as well.  I also keep a variety of stamp pads in my desk drawer as well as punches.  I keep a container under my desk to easily drop paper scraps into as I work.  

After you have accessed the area you have and the supplies you use, see what organizational items you already have and shop for the rest.  There are some really cute and awesome organizational tools out there.  But, you first need to know what you need.  Remember,  if you shop first you will probably not have the sizes you actually need.   While organizational supplies are necessary to make your studio as efficient at possible, why waste money on organization you don't need instead of the supplies you need to create the projects you love.  

Organizational items don't have to cost a lot of money or come from "scrapbook" or "craft stores".  Be creative with things you find at yard sales and thrift stores.  I store extra adhesives in a small suitcase; cover-a-card stamps in an old metal lunchbox and my embossing folders in a hanging three tiered basket along with my twine.  Buttons are in old canning jars and flower pots.  

Next, purge your supplies.  Decide how you prefer your supplies organized.  Is it my color, theme, manufacturer?  Or a combination of the three?  I prefer my cardstock by color; my patterned paper by manufacturer; my embellishments by color; stickers and the like by theme.  

Things that you will not be using, put in a separate box, bin or bag.  I will be posting some ideas to use those "what in the world was I thinking" supplies, stay tuned.

Now, start getting your studio organized for an efficient creation season.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mother's Day is right around the corner!

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Be ready for Mother's Day this year with Mom's favorite perfume, some skin care and some jewelry.  With Avon's prices you can afford to be extravagant!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Stamp Festival

This weekend was the Heirloom Pro Rubber Stamp Festival at Ag Hall in Allentown, PA.  What fun!

Friday they had classes all day.  I took three classes.  Embossing folders with Endless Creations, Flower Soft with Our Daily Bread Designs and Fancy Folded Cards with Our Daily Bread Designs.  Then at night they had Design & Treasure ~ a round robin of four classes.  What a fabulous time!  The classes were all great and I learned some new techniques for my cards and scrapbooks.

Saturday was shopping!  There's just so much to see and do it's really hard to fit it all into one day.  Since I took classes on Friday, I did get passes for Saturday and Sunday.  But, shot my stash of funds for the festival in one day.  At one point, I decided to look and then go back to pick up what I wanted to get.  While good in theory, it was not good in practice.  There were several stamps, dies and inks I wanted to go back to grab but couldn't remember where they were.  At least I got business cards from the vendors so that I can shop their sites and pick things up later.  I was thinking about going back down Sunday to pick up a couple of stamps from Stamps by Judith but didn't think it was worth the gas.  I'll just place an online order in the next week or so.

So, Sunday will just be for typical laundry, housework and playing with my new stash!  So, many new things so little time to play, but I'll have to make the best of it!  Off to my studio....see you soon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Studio move delay

Shortly after my post yesterday about moving my studio upstairs, I got a call from my boss to change my schedule the remainder of the week.  And, after talking about all that needs to be moved, we decided to postpone the move until my husband gets back to help with moving all the heavy furniture, especially since everything will have to go up or down two flights of stairs.  While I am bummed about delaying the move, it will give me more time to decide what color to paint the room, get some additional storage, sell some of my current storage and in general be more ready for the move.  Plus, it will give me some time to create some other decor for the room too.

Let me know some ideas for paint colors, storage options, etc.  Can't wait to see what you share with me!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hibernation over ~ time to emerge

Even though winter this year wasn't particularly precipitous this year, I feel that I've been hibernating through it and now it's time to emerge!   While I've been keeping up with what's going on in the world of papercrafting I have not created very much over the winter.  But, my creative juices are flowing and I'm now ready to get some projects going.  

One of my first projects is to move my studio, literally.  It's rather exciting.  My son has decided that he needs to move to the basement so my studio will be moving upstairs.  I am really excited to have a new space for my studio.  While I enjoyed my basement studio I think having a new space will be creatively stimulating.   With so many things to think about for it.

My style will always be shabby chic but now I'll have a room to paint!  Hmm ~pink, turquoise, lime, lavender. 
Window treatments, storage containers, inspiration, decor.......

I think we're going to try to get this done before my husband gets back from his business trip on Friday, yes this Friday.  

Just think, when I get home from work I can read, like I do now to wind down from work, or go to my new studio to create all night long......