Thursday, April 06, 2017

Summer Shop Hop New England 2017

Shop Hop New England – 2017

GET YOUR PASSPORT - Beginning April 9th !

  • ·         Passports are $10 each and are available at all participating stores.
  • ·         A purchase must be made at the participating stores in order to get your passport stamped and to do a make and take
  • ·         A passport allows the named individual the benefits of the Shop Hop.
  • ·         Passports may be purchased at any of the participating stores. Shop Hop Passports are only valid for use June 1 thru August 31, 2017.

General Information:

Receive a one-time discount of 20% off your regular retail merchandise purchase at each store
At each store - have fun with a themed Make and Take during your stop
Pass in your stamped/punched pass from all ten stores at your home store by September 10, 2017 and be entered to win a prize (minimum value $100.00) from that store!

Participating stores:

  • ·         Bella Art – Johnson, RI
  • ·         Cropaholics – Wilton, NH
  • ·         CT Scrapbooks – Southington, CT
  • ·         Inspiration Station – Stafford Springs, CT
  • ·         Kept Creations – Whitman, MA
  • ·         Life’s Memories & More, Palmer, MA
  • ·         Papercraft Clubhouse – Westbrook, CT
  • ·         Scrapbook Cove – Mystic, CT
  • ·         Scrapbook Haven – Greenville, RI
  • ·         Stamped Designs – Dover, NH

CHECK OUT the Summer Shop Hop New England 2017 blog at

Friday, March 17, 2017

Snow day project

In case you are wondering how I spent my snow day on Tuesday this is what I made; a mini album for all the pictures of my kitties! No this is NOT a class! I purchased the pattern from it is called the Picture Perfect Vol 1. Landscape album. 

The paper is from my store though.  The kitty print is a new line from My Mind's Eye called "meow".  The Stickers are from Doodlebug's Kitten Smitten line. I'm just sharing to give you some inspiration!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Graphic 45 class added

New Graphic 45 class added:

Wednesday, March 1, 10 am -1pm or Saturday March 4, 1pm - 4pm $40 You will make 4 beautiful cards and a stunning storage box to hold them. This would make an excellent gift item!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Class sold out

Just a quick update to let you know that the Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook class on both January 14 and January 25 have both SOLD OUT.  I am looking at the possibility of adding a third class in March,

Monday, January 02, 2017

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I hope that you all had enjoyable holidays and that you were able to make lots of memories.
During the holidays, often time we are so busy with preparations that we don't make the time to work on our own personal projects. Well that is behind us now and I invite you all to take a look at what you have put on the back burner.

Perhaps you have depleted your stash of greeting cards.  Maybe you have neglected printing your photos.  Or maybe you have envelopes of photos sitting around just waiting to get put into albums.

We can help with that.  We offer open crafting time on Sundays and Wednesdays. You can come in and focus on what you need to do to get those projects done without interruption.

Over the New Years weekend, we had a great group of ladies cropping in the classroom who encouraged me to sit down with them and work on some of my own scrapping.  I finished off a number of partial pages and made a fun year in review 2 page layout.

As you can see, we had a busy year! 

This year, I expect to be spending a lot of time helping to plan my oldest son's wedding. He and his fiance have been together for more than five years and I am quite excited that they will finally be tying the knot.

I will also try to get more classes on the schedule, although that is a challenge for me with respect to time.  I am always on the lookout for experienced and qualified instructors, so if you know of anyone please send them in.

In the meantime, I have two projects already prepared.  The Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook mini album is offered on two dates.  The Saturday class is SOLD OUT on Jan 14th, but there are spaces in the Wednesday morning, January 25th class
Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Mini Album Class.
In honor of Valentine's Day, I will also be continuing the Tim Holtz Dwelling series with this adorable little "Love Shack" on Saturday, Feb 4th.

Coming up in March, Rhea Weigand will return for her Learn to Color with Copic Marker series.  She will be here March 10-11.  Her class always fill up early so if you are interested, don't wait to reserve your seat.
I hope that you will stop in and visit and maybe even join us for a class or two!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A weekend of coloring with Rhea Wiegand!

Cute as a Bug
Saturday June 11, 2016
Please bring the Copic Markers shown in addition to your regular class kit.
10% Discount of Copic Marker purchases if you are registered for the class.  Classes with Guest Instructors are non-refundable.

Stampendous Flowers & Background
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Please bring the Copic Markers shown in addition to your regular class kit.
10% Discount of Copic Marker purchases if you are registered for the class.  Classes with Guest Instructors are non-refundable.

Sweet Spring

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Please bring the Copic Markers shown in addition to your regular class kit.
10% Discount of Copic Marker purchases if you are registered for the class.  Classes with Guest Instructors are non-refundable.

All classes must be paid for at the time of registration and are non-refundable. Space is limited so register early by calling 
(860) 684-2641

Friday, April 01, 2016

Craft Tag Sale 2016

Inspiration Station
Rent-a-Space Craft Tag Sale
Sunday, May 15
(Rain date Sunday, May 22, 2016)

For $10 per table, you can rent a 6 foot table in our parking lot to sell off your previously loved crafting supplies and earn CASH to replenish your stash.  Here’s how it works.

  • ·         Space is limited so first-come first-served.
  • ·         Cost of a table is $10 per table – Limit 2 tables per person.  Fee is non-refundable. Cash only.
  • ·         Set up will begin at 9am, please be on time.  Tables and chairs will be provided. 
  • ·         You are responsible for pricing, setting up, selling and packing up all of your merchandise.
  • ·         You are responsible for all transactions – please be sure to bring adequate change for your cash box and bags for merchandise.
  • ·         You will be located outside in the back parking lot so please plan accordingly; rain date is May 22nd. Refund of table fee will NOT be made if you are unable to make the rain date unless we can sell your space to another.
  • ·         All of your merchandise must be packed up and removed by 3pm.

The Inspiration Station is not responsible for loss or damage to your merchandise. All sales are final.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Announcing: Special Guest Instructor, Rhea Weigand

I am so excited to announce that Rhea Weigand will be coming to The Inspiration Station for a series of class on June 10-12, 2016.

Not sure who she is? Well...You know all those fabulous House Mouse sample boards we have in the store? Yeah, she colored them! She is an amazing color artist and her cards are sensational. Just wait until you see what she has in store for us. If you are not confident in your coloring abilities, no worries, she will be teaching an in-depth Copic instructional class on Friday night (June10) to get you up to speed. More details on class times, etc. will be coming soon.

She is currently working on the samples for the classes so I do not have them yet but below you can see some examples of her work.  For more inspiration, check her out on Pinterest 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A public service announcement

Good morning everyone! It's the start of a new week here at The Inspiration Station. What will you be working on this week? It's time for me to remind you all of something VERY important....
Back up and PRINT your photos!!!!

Digital photography is so awesome for allowing us to take unlimited pictures, but how often do we actually print them? Take it from someone who has had "technological" failures, printing them is just as important as taking them! I know people share their photos electronically now but there is nothing like holding a photo in your hand or looking through a completed album.

Think about the future. Technology changes. Will you still be able to access those photos 20 or 30 years from now? What if something happens to YOU? Will your loved ones know where to find those precious memories, or more importantly, will they know your passwords to be able to access them?

Don't wait until a hard drive or memory card fails to think about printing, do it now while you can. Maybe one card a month. Take the time and make the effort. You'll be glad you did!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Fall at The Inspiration Station

Hello everyone,

With the cooler weather we have been busy trying to plan our fall and holiday classes while we also check in all of the new merchandise that I ordered from the Trade Show a few weeks ago.

There is so much new in the store! It drives me crazy when someone comes in and asks "what's new?".  I don't have enough hours in the day to go over it all!!  You will just need to look around!
We have lots of new paper lines - of course, there is Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving and Christmas; but we also have a beautiful new Fairy Dust line from Kaisercraft.  If you have younger children, we have Lego style and Frozen style paper and stickers from Reminisce.

The amount of cutting dies that have come in are mind-boggling!  It seems every company is making dies. Last week we checked in a ton of dies from Sizzix and Impression Obsession. Most were Fall and Holiday themed but there was also a very cute pillow box die that would be great for birthday and shower favors. The other dies by designer, Jen Long, also very versatile and quite affordable.

Also new in stock is a large  selections of stamps from Penny Black

 Looking for Tim Holtz stuff?  We've got that too! Although much of his Halloween line is already SOLD OUT, the Holiday lines have already come in. Below is his collection of Idea-ology products but we also have many of his Sizzix dies in stock as well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Beginner Zentangle class

Beginner Zentangle class
Saturday, Oct 17th 10am. 
 $35 per person. No experience necessary.
All Materials Provided

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

Call to register today - (860) 684-2641

Adult coloring books

You probably have heard that Adult Coloring Books are trending! Marie Browning, Tombow Signature Designer, has created downloadable Color Sheets ….but watch this video that shows some amazing techniques using Tombow Dual Brush Pens! However, colored pencils are a big hit too. Did you know that both the Dual Brush Pens and our Colored Pencils can be used together with the Blender Pen?
 The video is loaded with great information.

Click here to download the free color pages from Tombow Blog :…/free-adult-coloring-page-downl…/

We also have a great selection of Coloring Books for adults at The Inspiration Station.
Come in an feel like a kid again!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Trade show Report

Hi Everyone,
I just returned for the fall trade show in Orlando, Florida late last night.  I am exhausted but I wanted to share a bit of what I did while I was away.

I needed this trip to try to put me back in the creative zone and I certainly had lots of great inspiration.

First off, let me start by thanking all of the hard working people at the Collins Rep Group for all that they did to pull this show together. It was well executed as always.  I was a bit overwhelmed the first two days of the show by all of the people who stepped up to offer their condolences on Adam's passing; by Friday night I was in tears from the show of kindness.

This is always a jam-packed event and there was no time to fool around.  Well, maybe a few moments of foolishness, but certainly no down-time.  I landed about 3pm on Thursday in Orlando and had my first class with Sizzix at 6pm. We made 3 Christmas projects including a house using the new Tim Holtz die but I was rushing around so much I forgot to take photos.  You'll have to stay tuned for that.

Friday morning started at 8am with an overview of the vendors that were in attendance and we picked up our welcome bag and vendors handed out sample products for us to take home and try out or show off.

At 9am we headed to the first of many classes. Below are some of the projects I made in the different classes.

I have a bunch more to show off and have planned another Trade Show after party for Friday Night from 5-8pm for anyone who would like to come by and see.  You will also have a chance to look at the catalogs of some of the new releases that I was able to order.  Who knows>  Maybe some of the products will be there as well.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Is anybody out there?

The blog has once again neglected.  This time with good reason.  This summer will officially go down as the worst summer ever for me and my family.

As many of you learned from my Facebook page, on Friday, June 26 my youngest son, Adam, passed away suddenly. Adam suffered a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in his lung) and medics were not able to save him. 

 Many of you met Adam when you came for classes or crops.  He lived in the apartment above the store and often came down to chat with the ladies and help them with their bags. He was a very sweet and polite young man who had a heart as big as he was. I am completely devastated as is our whole family-including the ladies here at the store who got to know him so well.

I have been blessed with a ton of support from friends, family, customers and business colleagues. It has truly been a humbling experience being touched by so many.

I know that it will take time to get back to whatever is normal.  For the most part, I am doing ok.  I have a very strong faith that Adam was called home by God because he had done what he was sent here to do.  

He was a gift from God and a challenge.  He struggled through most of his life with mild Autism and mental health issues, but always remained childlike in his ability to see the best in people. He taught us so much; love, patience, acceptance - but most of all that we were stronger than we ever could have known.  If anyone had told me 20 years ago all that we would go through together, I would never have believed I could get through it. No.  It certainly was not easy.  I cried myself to sleep so many nights.  I worried about him constantly. There were days I wanted to run away from it all, but I could never bear the thought of what might happen to him without me.  Sadly, he and I shared the same fear; what would happen to him if I wasn't around?  Perhaps, this is God's ways of showing us that those worries were unfounded. Adam will never have to be alone.

This is Hoot Hoot. I looked everywhere for him before Adam's funeral so I could put him in the casket with Adam. Any time Adam had to be away from home, whether in the hospital or residential care, he always took Hoot Hoot so someone would be with him when I couldn't be. I wanted him to be with him forever but I searched everywhere and couldn't find him. Last week when we were cleaning the garage, we found him in a box. I'd like to think he's here to watch over me now that Adam can't.

So much of my daily life was wrapped up in his.  Even though he was able to live independently, he was not fully able to take care of himself.  He was unable to manage his time, money, or resources.  He needed almost daily prompting to remind him to do basic chores. I needed to manage his finances, help him with grocery shopping, laundry, doctor visits etc. My schedule was very much intertwined with his.  

Now, in addition to a huge hole in my heart, there is a complete disconnect to my weekly schedule.  I have yet to find a way to get back to any kind of normal schedule.  It doesn't help that our store schedule for the month of August is different too.  I just feel completely lost and overwhelmed.  I know I should just grab the planner and start making lists and start doing again; but I just can't bring myself to do it.  I find myself just wandering around with no direction.

I apologize for the depressing post.  I am really writing it more for myself than anyone else.  I'm hoping that maybe if I write it all out it will somehow help me to move ahead.  Put me back of the map so to speak.  I am looking ahead through the fog.  Hoping to come out the other side soon.

Store Calendar

Class sample slideshow