Friday, November 14, 2014

Classes, demos and more

The Inspiration Station
Nov 14, 2014
Welcome to The Inspiration Station

Dear Debra,

We had our first snow of the season last night and that really drove home that the holidays will soon be upon us!
The weeks pass so quickly that often times the Holiday arrives and you've missed your chance to take a class simply because you thought you had more time.  Don't let that happen to you!  Sign up NOW!  

We have tried to accommodate everyone's schedules by offering morning, evening and weekend classes but there are only so many days of the week. In the upcoming weeks you will see classes for cards, ornaments, and home decor in addition to technique classes.  Please see the listings below for more detailed information.  I do hope you will join us!

This Sunday, come in for a free Holiday Bow making Demo from 1pm-4pm.  I will be showing you how to use the Craft-Dee Bow tool to make bows for your cards and packages.


 
Join us for our next FREE make & take. We will have colored pencils on hand but if you choose to use markers please bring them along (labeled with your name, please). It's always a fun time!


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 
is Sat., Nov 29th.  and just in time to participate, we are now accepting American Express.
We invite you to shop with us that day and enjoy free refreshments along with some special deals.






 

Upcoming Classes 
Below are the scheduled classes that we currently have samples for.  As new samples come in they are shown on our Facebook page and added to the next published newsletter.
You can check our Calendar page to get dates for additional classes.

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Christmas Printer's Tray

Tues., Nov 18
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$34
   





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Mini Christmas Canvas class-  
Perfect Hostess Gifts!
Thurs, Nov 20
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28

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Christmas Cards 
Tues., Nov 25
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28










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Twinkling Ornaments    
Sat., Nov. 15th
1 to 3 PM
$22

These ornaments are totally FUN to create! We will use stamps and our Twinkling
H20 watercolor paints to create these happy and fun winter ornaments!


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Christmas Box  
Sunday, Dec 14
1pm-4pm
$30

 






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Christmas Portfolio   
Friday, Dec 5th
10am-noon and 6pm-8pm
$28





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Christmas Card Classes will be offered on the following dates and times.  Each class will have different projects and samples will be available shortly:

Tues., Nov. 25
 10am-noon and 6pm-8pm
Thurs. Dec 4  
10am-noon and 6pm-8pm (collection of cards)
Sun., Dec 7
  12 noon
Fri., Dec 12 
10am-noon and 6pm-8pm

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Check our January Calendar for the next set of Zentangle Classes.
 


Class registration can be made in person or by calling (860) 684-2641
(Please do not call or text the instructor personally)

All classes must be pre-paid at the time of registration.
Your spot is not held until payment is received.



Monday, October 06, 2014

Free Make & Take and Class Schedule

The Inspiration Station
October 6, 2014
Fall is officially here!  

Lots of new arrivals this week including Holiday Stamps from Penny Black, Wendy Vecchi embossing powders, Halloween and Christmas papers, dies from Impression Obsession and more!

Our next FREE Make and take will be Sunday October 19th. 
 
Upcoming Classes 
Below are the scheduled classes that we currently have samples for.  As new samples come in they are shown on our Facebook page and added to the next published newsletter.
You can check our Calendar page to get dates for additional classes.

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Card Club 
featuring Jillibean soup papers
Tuesday, Oct 7  
10am-noon
6pm-8pm
$28









Halloween House   
Thurs. Oct 16
10am-noon
6pm-8pm
$28







COPIC CLASSES:
Dawn is returning with a bunch of new Copic Classes this fall.  Of course, she will start with the Basics to get everyone up to speed on Oct 18th and then follow it up with several great technique and project classes.  For a complete list and descriptions see her blog.

Beginner Copic Markers

If you are new/newer to COPIC markers, then this class is for you and where you should begin your COPIC journey. This class is packed with a lot of information and techniques! You will learn about COPIC markers, practice MANY different color-blending techniques, learn how to color transparent balloons and create patterns. 
This is the class all other are built on, so don't miss it!
*Instructor will provide all markers needed for use during this class. 

Sat., Oct 18th 10am - noon
$28

COPIC AdvancedTechnique* - FUR: Learn several different techniques to make our furry friends look all warm and fuzzy using your COPIC markers, COPIC multi-liner pen(s) and colored pencils.
Sat., Oct 18th
1-3pm
$28

Christmas Cards with Donna  
Tues., Oct 28   
10am-noon
6pm-8pm
$28

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Advanced Zentangle   

Peek a Boo cards  
Sat., Nov. 8
10am-noon
$35
Using punches and dies to create cards that are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside..


Illuminated Letters

By popular demand this class is being offered again on Saturday, Nov. 8th from 1pm - 3:30. Spaces are already filling up, so call if you would like to join us.

 


Class registration can be made in person or by calling (860) 684-2641
(Please do not call or text the instructor personally)

All classes must be pre-paid at the time of registration.
Your spot is not held until payment is received.



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fall Copic Classes at The Inspiration Station

COPIC Classes for Remaining 2014

Leaves are changing color and falling already! I LOVE FALL and it will be here soon.  I love the colors and I absolutely love coloring fall stamps; pumpkins and leaves are my favorites.  It's a new school year and a perfect time to learn or brush up on some creative techniques as well.  Being creative is a need for me.  I crave it!  I am excited to be signing up for another drawing class this fall.  There is something special about making time for "me" to do something that I like to do.  I personally love drawing and coloring because it puts me in a relaxing state of mind; a perfect way to slow down, if only for a little while.  

Saturday classes for the 4th quarter of 2014 will start off with another beginner class for anyone that would like to learn how to effectively use the COPIC markers in addition to adding some additional TECHNIQUE and PROJECT classes.   (Pictures coming soon)

COPIC Basics:  If you are new/newer to COPIC markers, then this class is for you and where you should begin your COPIC journey.  This class is packed with a lot of information and techniques!  You will learn about COPIC markers, practice MANY different color-blending techniques, learn how to color transparent balloons and create patterns.  
10/18 @ 10-Noon   Instructor will provide all markers needed for use during this class.     

COPIC Technique* - FUR:  Learn several different techniques to make our furry friends look all warm and fuzzy using your COPIC markers, COPIC multi-liner pen(s) and colored pencils. 
10/18 @ 1-3pm

COPIC Technique* - Hair & Skin: This is a technique class on how to color different skin tones and hair colors.  Learn to create realistic highlights and shadows in your colored images. 
11/1 @ 10-11:30am

COPIC Technique* - MetalsThis is a technique class on how to color different stamped images using different color combinations for realistic metal types/effects (tin, rusty, copper, patina, etc.) with your COPIC markers.  Walk away with a color chart any extra stamped images to practice or create with.
11/1 @ Noon-1:30pm

COPIC PROJECT* - Fall Cards & Tags:  Make a bunch of fall themed cards and tags using your COPIC markers and various techniques.  Extra stamped images will be provided for you to take home and create with.  
11/1 @ 2-3:30pm

COPIC Technique* - Shading & Shadows: This is a technique class on how to color black and white stamped items and create shadows using your COPIC markers.  Learn to create realistic highlights and shadows in your colored images. 
12/6 @ 10-11:30am

COPIC Technique* - Glass & Flowers: This is a technique class on how to color glass using different colors and shading as well as some beautiful flowers using your COPIC markers.  
12/6 @ Noon-1:30pm

COPIC PROJECT* - Winter Cards & Tags:  Make a bunch of winter/holiday themed cards and tags using your COPIC markers and various techniques.  Extra stamped images will be provided for you to take home and create with.  
12/6 @ 2-3:30pm
Prerequisite: COPIC Basics Class & Your own COPIC markers are needed for these classes

Fall Zentangle Schedule

FALL ZENTANGLE CLASS SCHEDULE!! (** New classes**)
-Sat. October 4th, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00pm 
Advanced Zentangle: White and Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens on Black Tiles ($35.00 2 hrs)
-Sat. October 4th, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00pm
**Advanced Zentangle: Found and Tangled Book pages ($35.00 2 hrs)
-Sat. November 8th, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00pm
**Advanced Zentangle: Zentangle Peek-a-boo Cards ($35.00 2 hrs)
-Sat. November 8th, 2014, 1:00 - 4:30pm
Advanced Zentangle Class: Tangled Illuminated Letter Class featuring the Celtic Knot ($45.00 3.5 hrs)
Full class descriptions on my webpage www.merrynotesct.com

Call The Inspiration Station at 860-684-2641 to register.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Copic Classes for the rest of 2014

COPIC Classes for Remaining 2014

Leaves are changing color and falling already! I LOVE FALL and it will be here soon.  I love the colors and I absolutely love coloring fall stamps; pumpkins and leaves are my favorites.  It's a new school year and a perfect time to learn or brush up on some creative techniques as well.  Being creative is a need for me.  I crave it!  I am excited to be signing up for another drawing class this fall.  There is something special about making time for "me" to do something that I like to do.  I personally love drawing and coloring because it puts me in a relaxing state of mind; a perfect way to slow down, if only for a little while.  

Saturday classes for the 4th quarter of 2014 will start off with another beginner class for anyone that would like to learn how to effectively use the COPIC markers in addition to adding some additional TECHNIQUE and PROJECT classes.  

COPIC Basics:  If you are new/newer to COPIC markers, then this class is for you and where you should begin your COPIC journey.  This class is packed with a lot of information and techniques!  You will learn about COPIC markers, practice MANY different color-blending techniques, learn how to color transparent balloons and create patterns.  
10/18 @ 10-Noon   Instructor will provide all markers needed for use during this class.     

COPIC Technique* - FUR:  Learn several different techniques to make our furry friends look all warm and fuzzy using your COPIC markers, COPIC multi-liner pen(s) and colored pencils. 
10/18 @ 1-3pm

COPIC Technique* - Hair & Skin: This is a technique class on how to color different skin tones and hair colors.  Learn to create realistic highlights and shadows in your colored images. 
11/1 @ 10-11:30am

COPIC Technique* - MetalsThis is a technique class on how to color different stamped images using different color combinations for realistic metal types/effects (tin, rusty, copper, patina, etc.) with your COPIC markers.  Walk away with a color chart any extra stamped images to practice or create with.
11/1 @ Noon-1:30pm

COPIC PROJECT* - Fall Cards & Tags:  Make a bunch of fall themed cards and tags using your COPIC markers and various techniques.  Extra stamped images will be provided for you to take home and create with.  
11/1 @ 2-3:30pm

COPIC Technique* - Shading & Shadows: This is a technique class on how to color black and white stamped items and create shadows using your COPIC markers.  Learn to create realistic highlights and shadows in your colored images. 
12/6 @ 10-11:30am

COPIC Technique* - Glass & Flowers: This is a technique class on how to color glass using different colors and shading as well as some beautiful flowers using your COPIC markers.  
12/6 @ Noon-1:30pm

COPIC PROJECT* - Winter Cards & Tags:  Make a bunch of winter/holiday themed cards and tags using your COPIC markers and various techniques.  Extra stamped images will be provided for you to take home and create with.  
12/6 @ 2-3:30pm
Prerequisite: COPIC Basics Class & Your own COPIC markers are needed for these classes

Monday, August 04, 2014

Disney Mini Album Class

I finally took some pics of the Disney album.

This class will be held at The Inspiration Station on Saturday, Sept 6th from 12-4pm.  YES! it is a FOUR hour class.  We will be making the album from scratch, just chipboard and cardstock, and then decorating it.  There will be a variety of page styles so it does take a while.

Please bring a scoring board, bone folder, trimmer, craft knife, ruler, 1/4" & 3/8" Scor-tape and a liquid adhesive like Best Glue Ever or Scotch quick dry.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tim Holtz/Kathy Orta Inspired Mini Album

I have been a little obsessed lately with making mini albums. I a friend turned me on to a tutorial from Kathy Orta for making books using the hidden hinge binding system.  She created a monster.  The first one remains unfinished because, true to my ADD self, I immediately had another idea as soon as the pages were put into it.  I wanted to make it smaller so I could use all of those great 4x6 journaling cards that are out for pocket scrapbooking.  So of course, I made a Disney one.  This photo is before I filled it all in; I still need to photograph the finished version.


But then I thought, let's make one to show off some of the papers we have in-stock at the store - to get them moving... So back to the larger size.


Last week while searching Pinterest I found a mini book made by someone using the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper pad and I was in love.  So out came the scoring board and paper trimmer.  



So now of course, people are asking me for classes.  I have added the Disney one to the calendar for Saturday, Sept 6.  It will need to be a 4 hour class to get it done, and even then there maybe some decorating that will be need to be finished at home.

As for the Tim Holtz style one...  I would be happy to do a class if there is enough interest.  That one is smaller and could probably be finished in 3 hours if I cut most of the papers ahead of time.  Therein lies the problem.  I am not going to cut everything unless I have people committed!  It is a LOT of cutting!  So let me know your thoughts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July11 newsletter

The Inspiration Station
July 11, 2014
Welcome to The Inspiration Station

Dear Debra,
  
The first part of our "face-lift" has arrived - our new sign! 


Hopefully this will stop people from coming in looking for
 beads (they've been gone for more than 5 years!) and being disappointed. 


Summer schedule - I want to let you know that we will be having summer hours during the month of August.  I know it's a ways away, but often times we have people who travel and I want to give you a "heads up".

During the month of August ONLY - we will be closed on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. It is typically very slow in that month and closing will allow us to have some work done on the store. 
 
 Our big project is painting the front of the store and that will take some time and require ladders and scaffolding out front so we are going to take advantage of the closed days for that. We are looking forward to the "face-lift"!  Our open hours for August will be: Thurs-Fri 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday noon-4pm.


Summertime also means "Christmas in July"
which is always a big day.  This year, Donna will be hold those classes on Sunday, July 20th.  The first class (noon-2pm) Is completely SOLD OUT.

The Second class from 3pm-5pm is a "Card in a Box", shown below. In both classes you will be given a 6x6 pad of paper to create more goodies at home.
Class is $28
 

Payment is required at the time of sign up. Please check our website for what supplies you need to bring to class.

NEW PRODUCT
We have many new paper lines in stock, New dies from Sizzix and Tim Holtz, fun new stamps, brand new colors of StazOn Ink and much more.

Oh, and did I mention - We are also working through our papers and stamps and clearing out many older designs in order to make room for the new that will be arriving!  As always, we continue to bring in new products weekly to inspire you. So Come in and visit our CLEARANCE section!
Upcoming Classes  
 
Tags with Donna  
Tues. July  15
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$25  
Come create 3 tags and learn new techniques using sprays, stencils, and paints by DIna Wakely.





  
Artist Trading Blocks  
Tues., July 24
6pm-8pm  $28
"Come Away with Me" 
Bring your basic class kit including a heat gun! Please feel free to bring personal items to add to your block!  
 

 
 
 



 
 
 
Mixed Media Playground  
Thursday July 17th 
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28 
Come and play on the mixed media playground with Donna.  Each month, you'll learn new techniques to add interest to your art journal or other paper craft project.
This month you'll be using Alcohol Inks and Archival ink pads.
Newcomers welcome! 
 
 

 
 
Silk & H2O Sampler
Saturday, July 19
12 noon -3pm
$28
 Come and join Kim for this technique packed class where you will create a sampler using ColourArte products like Silk paints and Twinkling H2Os along with stencils, embossing paste, Glass Bead Gel and more! The book is created using a Sizzix die.
All skill levels are welcome!
 
 
 
Christmas Cards   
July 22
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28
These will be different from the cards done in the Christmas in July workshop
 
 
  

 
Zentangle Basics 
Saturday Aug 2nd
10am- noon 
 10am-noon $35 
includes all materials Zentangle 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.We invite you to explore and learn more about this wonderful and uplifting method and artform.   

 
  




Advanced Zentangle 
Organic Garden
August 2
1pm-3pm
$35  Pre-requisite: Zentangle Basics

 
 
 
Advanced Zentangle   
Illuminated Letters

Saturday Aug. 9
  SOLD OUT

 


Class registration can be made in person or by calling (860) 684-2641
(Please do not call or text the instructor personally)

All classes must be pre-paid at the time of registration.
Your spot is not held until payment is received.





 
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Sunday 12pm - 4pm

AUGUST SUMMER HOURS
 Monday CLOSED 
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Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
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Pocket Scrapbooking 

If you are interested in learning about the hot new pocket scrapbooking trend, call and ask about our Project Life Meet up group that gets together one Saturday a month.  We are a loud but friendly bunch and we love to share our ideas!
 

Next meeting: 
Saturday, July 26th
10am-5pm
FREE 
But you MUST Pre-register
 

Friday, July 04, 2014

July 4th Newsletter

The Inspiration Station
July 3, 2014
Welcome to The Inspiration Station

Dear Debra,
 
Just a reminder that we are CLOSED on Friday to celebrate the fourth, BUT we are open Saturday late (until 8pm) because the town has Summerfest happening downtown at Hyde Park all day.  It is a great family day which finishes up at the High School with Fireworks.
Click here for Summer Fest info


Speaking of summer schedules - I want to let you know that we will be having summer hours during the month of August.  I know it's a ways away, but often times we have people who travel and I want to give you a "heads up".

During the month of August ONLY - we will be closed on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. It is typically very slow in that month and closing will allow us to have some work done on the store.  Our big project is painting the front of the store and that will take some time and require ladders and scaffolding out front so we are going to take advantage of the closed days for that. We are looking forward to the "facelift"!  Our open hours for August will be: Thurs-Fri 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday noon-4pm.

Summertime also means "Christmas in July" which is always a big day.  This year, Donna will be hold those classes on Sunday, July 20th.  The first class (noon-2pm) will be assorted Christmas cards, the second class (3pm-5pm) will be a Card in a Box, we'll have more details soon. In both classes you will be given a 6x6 pad of paper to create more goodies at home.  I recommend you sign up early to avoid being left out.

 These classes always fill quickly, many times before the samples are even posted. Payment is required at the time of sign up.

NEW PRODUCT
We have many new paper lines in stock including a beautiful line of baby products from Kaisercraft. Fun new Penny Black stamps and Lawn Fawn and much more.

Oh, and did I mention - We are also working through our papers and stamps and clearing out many older designs in order to make room for the new that will be arriving!  As always, we continue to bring in new products weekly to inspire you. So Come in and visit our CLEARANCE section!
Upcoming Classes  
 
  
  
Artist Trading Blocks  
Tues., July 24
6pm-8pm  $28
"Come Away with Me" 
Bring your basic class kit including a heat gun! Please feel free to bring personal items to add to your block!  
 

 
 
 



Mixed Media Playground  
Thursday July 17th 
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28 
Come and play on the mixed media playground with Donna.  Each month, you'll learn new techniques to add interest to your art journal or other papercraft project.
Newcomers welcome! 

 
Christmas Cards   
July 22
10am-noon or 6pm-8pm
$28
These will be different from the cards done in the Christmas in July workshop
 
 
  

 
Zentangle Basics 
Saturday Aug 2nd
10am- noon 
 10am-noon $35 
includes all materials Zentangle 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.We invite you to explore and learn more about this wonderful and uplifting method and artform.   
 
 
 


Advanced Zentangle 
Organic Ocean
July 12
10am - noon
$35  Pre-requisite: Zentangle Basics



Advanced Zentangle 
Organic Garden
August 2
1pm-3pm
$35  Pre-requisite: Zentangle Basics
 


Class registration can be made in person or by calling (860) 684-2641
(Please do not call or text the instructor personally)

All classes must be pre-paid at the time of registration.
Your spot is not held until payment is received.





 
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Store Hours:
for 2014
 
CLOSED July 4th 
 Monday CLOSED 
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm
 
We are now on Pinterest 

Follow Me on Pinterest 
This is the best place to see up- to-date info about everything at The Inspiration Station.  Become a Fan today!
Find us on Facebook

Be sure to "Check in" on your smart phone whenever you visit.

 If you are not seeing our posts in your news feed please go to the page and change your settings to "get Notifications"

We appreciate your referrals!  Please tell your friends about us. Forward this email or suggest they "like" our Facebook page.  Thanks!
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE 


 
Pocket Scrapbooking 

If you are interested in learning about the hot new pocket scrapbooking trend, call and ask about our Project Life Meet up group that gets together one Saturday a month.  We are a loud but friendly bunch and we love to share our ideas!
 

Next meeting: 
Saturday, June 28th
10am-5pm
FREE 
But you MUST Pre-register
 
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Open Crop/Craft Days
Sundays  
 
 
Bring everything you need to crop/craft in our classroom
Noon - 4pm.  We have people scrapping, stamping and creating mail art! $5 registration fee payable at sign up will be applied to your $20 purchase during the crop. So it's like cropping for FREE!
Please pre-register to reserve your seat.

   Wednesdays
Coffee & Craft Day
(not available in August) 
11am- 4pm  
$5 in advance, $7 walk-in fee.  Purchase $25 in merchandise while you are here and get a $5 coupon to use on your next visit.
Debby Riendeau
The Inspiration Station

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