Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Feeding the Giraffes

 Feeding the Giraffes

Hey everyone!  I have another fun zoo themed layout to share today.  I used the Bo Bunny Safari line that I got from The Inspiration Station store, located in Stafford Springs, CT.  This line is so fun and I had a ton of zoo layouts to do, so it was perfect!  I love these pictures of my daughter feeding giraffes at the San Diego Zoo.  Please check out the video to see my process!

If you haven't checked out the Inspiration Station store, please head over and check them out!  Check them out in person or click the links below.  Have a great day!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Special Guest Instructor - Saturday, June 20th

Project Workshops by Sally Lynn MacDonald

In this informative hands-on workshop, we will explore Art Anthology’s Colorations sprays and my line of Palettini rubber stamps from Technique Junkies to discuss how to mix colors and color theory while creating a beautiful, feminine 12×12 scrapbook layout or basis for an art journaling page. Using Prima printed watercolor paper as our backdrop, customize your embellishments and make it uniquely yours. Get watercolor confident and gain skills you can use on all your creative projects!
June 20, 2015       10am-noon $28

Student Work
Imagination is the key to unlocking your dreams. Learn the key basics of unlocking your jewelry creativity with U/V resin to create near-instantly wearable jewelry pieces! Layer stamped images from my line of Palettini rubber stamps from Technique Junkies, charms and words in the slide bezel to suit your style. Decorate the bezel using a variety of mediums from Art Anthology. Learn basic jewelry-making skills, using jump rings, loop-making and assemble the completed necklace to wear out of class.
June 20, 2015         4pm-6pm  $30
Using rubber stamps from my Palettini line from Technique Junkies and dimensional paints from Art Anthology’s Velvet and Sorbet product lines, we will create three cards reminiscent of the impressionist painters. Create a Sunflower, Gerbera Daisy and Orchid greeting card, using texture tools and paints that are sure to make them a Gogh-to tool for your creativity!
June 20, 2015        1pm - 3pm $28

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Football Layout from Donna

Pin It Hi, Today I did this layout using Kaisercraft's "Off the Wall" collection forInspiration Station in Stafford. One tip I have for you is if you have alphabet stickers that just don't work for you, simply add some ink such as I did with the stickers that say Spartans. The stickers were blue and were in the kit but just didn't show up enough on this background, so I took my black ink pad and dabbed them a couple of times!


Here I did a couple of things in the corner. I used the Kaisercraft "Off the Wall stamp set" that is sold at Inspiration Station, really awesome stamps for a boy layout! The ticket at the bottom is two stickers I placed on top of each that is included in the paper set, I also used the word stickers on the stars at the top of the layout. And you know that little strip that you cut off from the paper at the bottom that has the name of the company and other information. Well Kaisercraft actually decorates the other and you can use them as strips on your layouts! Talk about not wasting any paper! You can see I used the star border strip!

Products Used"
Kaisercraft Off the Wall
Kaisercraft Off the Wall stamps
White cardstock
American Craft Thickers
Creative Imaginations Football sticker
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, May 15, 2015

My wish for you

Inspiration Station DT: My Wish for You

Hey everyone!  I have one more layout using the products that The Inspiration Station store sent me to use in the month of April.  All of the products I used for this layout is from the Enchanted collection from Simple Stories.  I loved documenting a sweet layout for my 3 year old.  Please check out the video to watch my process!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you haven't checked out The Inspiration Station store yet, please do!  They are awesome and you can purchase these products in their store.  Links are below.  Have a great day!

Instagram Hashtag: #InspirationStationCT

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Layout from Sarah

Inspiration Station DT: SOS

Hey everyone!  Today I have a layout using the products I received from the Inspiration Station store in CT.  I'm using the Bo Bunny Safari Line this month and today I decided to show you how to use a "themed" line with pictures that don't coordinate directly with that line.  Here, I use the Safari line, which is heavily animal and zoo themed, and I created a layout using a picture from one of my husband's training missions he recently did.  Please check out the video to see how I made it work!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Be sure to check out the Inspiration Store if you haven't already.  All of these awesome products are currently available in their store!

Have a great week!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Project Life Style Wedding by Donna

Project Life Wedding

Pin It Hello, Donna here with a project I am working on for Inspiration Station. I am not a real big Project Life person, I like to focus on one or two really good pictures on a page, but I take and print a ton of pictures, and here is a way to add a lot of pictures to a page. So for my son's wedding album I took all the left over pictures and did some Project Life pages. Here are two that I just finished using MME's new line "Fancy That". This line is so pretty and a great way to use up those embellishments. In addition I made a Shaker box with a tutorial below.

Here is another page of the reception.
I made this little book to add additional journaling or a picture, a mini album in a pocket if you will.

And the tutorial....

Products used: MME "Fancy That" paper and embellishments Pink cardstock Bo Bunny Double Dot cardstock.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Donna Coughlin

Friday, May 08, 2015

Check out this weeks design team project Decorated Wooden Box and Tutorial for The Inspiration Station. On You Tube.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

New Design Team Layout from Sarah

Inspiration Station DT: Princess Pigs

Hey everyone!  I have my first layout using products that I received from The Inspiration Station scrapbook store in Stafford Springs, CT.  They sent me some great products from the Bo Bunny Safari collection.  I have some zoo pictures that are begging to be scrapped using this line!  Here is the first one!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you haven't checked out The Inspiration Station store yet, please do!  They are awesome and you can purchase these products in their store.  Links are below.  Have a great day!

Instagram Hashtag: #InspirationStationCT

Summer Shop Hop New England 2015

Summer Shop Hop New England 2015

This Summer we are holding a Shop Hop with 7 Paper Crafting Stores in New England.
Purchase a passport at one of the participating stores for $10. This will be your "Home" store.
Receive a one time discount of 20% off your regular priced merchandise purchase at each store.
At each store, have fun with a Summer themed 5"x7" Make and Take during your visit.
Bring your finished Make and Take projects back to your home store and get it bound into an art journal. Or keep them for cards or scrapbook pages!
Pass in your stamped/punched passport from all seven stores to your home store by September 15th and be entered to win a gift valued at $50 or more!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Wedding Layout and Flower Tutorial from Donna Couglin

Flower video tutorial

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Hi everyone, Today I would love to share will you a layout I did for Inspiration Station in CT. I used the MME line Fancy That. Besides the paper which is so beautiful, I just am loving this line and all the embellishments. I love using all sorts of embellishments and this line gives me that opportunity to mix and match them all! Also please check out the video on how I made the flower at the top of the layout. So easy and it looks just like a Petaloo or Prima flower


Don't you just love this little die-cut! I added a gold foil heart on top, looks cute!
The finished flower - so easy to make!
And here is the video!
Products Used:
MME Fancy That paper, chipboard, brads, Flair, assorted die cuts/ephemera, foiled journal cards, transparency, and 6 sheet sticker pack.
Tim Holtz Distress Spray - Tattered Rose
Bo Bunny Shadow Dot
QuicKutz Pocket Scrap Dies - Love
white cardstock
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop in at Inspiration Station and check out all the latest and greatest scrapbook supplies!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bo Bunny Garden Journal Box

Patty Hair of our Design Team has created a stunning box over on her You Tube channel

This would make a great Mother's Day Gift.  She used the Bo Bunny Garden Journal line and beautiful Prima flowers.  Go check it our and give her some love!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fancy That Layout from Donna

Hi Donna Coughlin here for Inspiration Station in Stafford, Ct and I would love to share this layout I did using MME new line called "Fancy That". The colors in this line are beautiful and delicate and not only can be used for a wedding, but for a baby or a girlish layout. But what is really super about this line are the embellishments and accessories which are amazing! They have everything possible to match the paper. This is also great for project life albums because of all the embellishments you have to choose from.

The picture is of my granddaughter Sadie, who was born last year. The black journaling card was perfect to add the journaling with a white pen from Marvy. and the title came from the assorted die cuts/ephemera which blended in perfectly with the paper.  The transparency frame with the gold frame and banner going across was a great way to dress up the picture. 

I LOVE to dress up embellishments and make clusters out of them. Here I took from the MME Fancy That line I started with the lace doily from the Die cut pack and took the heart and sweet from the chipboard pack, and added a brad. Under the doily I used a tag I cut from QuicKutz Pocket Scrap and  Dies - Love and used the rub-on's from MME and the little white sticker with the gold heart I was in the sticker pack. I also used Hero arts Pearls and Gems.  

 These cute little chipboard buttons were dressed up with a small piece of twine and I added a brad.
This beautiful corner was also in the  QuicKutz Pocket Scrap Dies. After I cut it I realized I needed to darken it a little, so spritzing it with some Tim Holtz Distress Spray - Tattered Rose gave me the correct color I wanted. Simply by added a brad dressed it as well. Also the back side of this sheet of paper was embossed and if you look closely you can see the leaves coming through the pink side of this paper.

 Added some more of the Hero Arts Pearls and Gems to some of the flower centers on the chipboard as well as on the patterned paper, just a little touch here there goes a long way!

Products Used:
MME paper, chipboard, brads, assorted die cuts/ephemera, rub-on's, foiled journal cards, transparency, and 6 sheet sticker pack.
Hero Arts Pearls & Gems
Tim Holtz Distress Spray - Tattered Rose
QuicKutz Pocket Scrap Dies - Love
Marvy Reminisce White Pen
Bo Bunny Shadow Dot (gray)
white cardstock
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop in at Inspiration Station and check out all the latest and greatest scrapbook supplies!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A busy week ahead

I'm going to need to eat my wheaties to get through this next week; There's a lot going on.  I hope you will be able to join us for some or all of the events!

Tomorrow (April 25) is our Pocket Page Meet up.  If you are interested in Project Life or any of the many spin offs of the concept - this is a time for you to come in and meet like minded people and work on your projects.  The group has evolved over the past year and a half or so, so there are different people each month.  Some people actually work on getting their memories into the pages but often times it a time to sort photos and products, share ideas, play with new techniques and of course - SHOP!  The meet up is free but due to space limitations we do ask that you pre-register.

On Sunday (April 26) we are having our first ever Rent a Space Craft Tag Sale.  It has been a number of years since we offered a tag sale event, frankly because it was just so much work.  But this time we are doing things differently.  Each participant will handle their own table, merchandise and sales.  This shifts the work load off of us so we can be more available to help shoppers and answer questions.  We have over 15 tables of goodies to be sold off at bargain prices - and that's just the vendors!  We will also have tables in the classroom for our own merchandise that we have marked down to move out.  Because this is a different set up than in the past there are some things we need you to keep in mind:

  • Only Vendors will be allowed to enter before 11am.  No exceptions.
  • Vendors must arrive by 10 am to unload and set up.  Terry will direct you to enter the driveway, unload at the back corner, and then exit by way of the post office driveway to go park your car up the road.  You will need to move your vehicle quickly so we can move the cars through without delay.  If you have said you will bring your own table, please arrive by 9:30.
  • Each table/vendor is a separate "shop".  Important - you must pay for your purchases (CASH  only) at each separate table before moving to the next one.  You can not gather items together and carry them around.  Please bring small bills and change and be patient as each vendor tallies your purchases.
  • Any purchases made inside the store, regular and sale merchandise must be paid for at the register (we can do a single transaction for everything).
  • All sales are final on sale merchandise.
  • Vendors:  You will be outside the entire time - Please dress appropriately - Mother Nature has been known to be very fickle.  You may need a hat and sunscreen or you may need a parka and gloves.  It's anyone's guess!  Please make sure your merchandise is securely packaged.  Paper or other lightweight items may blow around if the wind picks up - Boxes & bins can be your friend. Bring some bottled water or snacks.  You will be working hard!
  • Everyone - Bring more small bills and change than you think you will need!  It is a Sunday and we don't have a way to get you change. (Store purchases may be made with checks/credit cards as well).
  • EVERYONE - PLEASE - Be Kind, Be Patient and Be Courteous.  We are all crafter's looking for deals and trying to have fun. 


Later this week - On Tuesday we have the Masculine Card class from 10am-noon.  One of the biggest requests we get is for ideas for the men/boys in our lives.  This is a perfect class for that.  Please bring your class kit: Scissors, adhesive (tape runner, glue dots, glue stick, foam dots), Colored pencils or markers, and a Brown ink pad and applicator.  

You MUST call to sign up by Sunday so I can make up the kits - we only have 2 spots left!

(Please note the photo says 6-8pm as well but there are no sign ups for that time slot so we will not be holding it).

On Friday, May 1 we are having our Trade Show After Party!

Join us from 5:30 - 8pm and see all of the fabulous samples we made in classes and workshop when we attended a trade show a few weeks ago.  There will be demonstrations, prizes and refreshments.  We will have sign up sheets for future classes and we will take pre-orders for upcoming products.  The event is FREE but we do ask you to call or message us and RSVP so we can plan the food and prizes.  Call the store at (860) 684-2641

All that is just one week?  Aye, I am going to need a vacation!  I really hope you will make the time to come and visit us.  It has been a long, cold , lonely winter and we really have missed seeing you all.  

I hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Design Team Layout

Check out a great layout by Sarah of our Design Team.  She is using the Simple Stories Enchanted Line.
Love you to the moon.

The collection is currently out-of-stock but we do have it on order and we can take orders for it so we can get it to you as soon as it comes back in.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Trade Show and Education Event - Recap part two

If you are just joining me you can read part one HERE

So are you ready to hear about he second day?

Remember, due to lack of planning I had to drive up in the morning; but since it was a Saturday traffic was light and I arrived in time for my first class at 8:30am.

My first class was with Maya Road.  It was a very cute shadow box with lots of fun embellishments.  They have an adorable set of glitter in glass vials that I wanted to buy just for the bottles.  If you are interested in doing this as a class let me know and I will order the kits.  The nice thing is it comes with a full set of chipboard so you could do a different word, like "Hope" if you want.

Next up was a mixed media class sponsored by The Crafter's Workshop and taught by Cheryl Bogioli who is scheduled to be at The Inspiration Station on May 12.  We used a canvas album cover and stenciled on it with embossing paste, sprays and paint.  It was a fun but very messy class. just the beginning of the abuse my hands would suffer this weekend.

Lunch was again underwhelming.  A pizza buffet of bland frozen pizza. Dessert was something resembling chocolate cool whip topped with a slice of strawberry.  I was thankful I had a yogurt in the cooler of my car.

The afternoon started with a class at 12:30.  Jenn Shurkus taught the class for Lawn Fawn and we made a bunch of really cute cards.  I really love Lawn Fawn products, they are so cute and easy to color. We did some with Copics and some with Distress ink as a  watercolor. Here are 3 of the 5 cards we made in class (I didn't have time to finish the other two).

At 2:15 it was into a class with Fancy Pants.  The owners were very sweet and we did a cute Instagram album/brag book. I have not carried much of their line in the past but I am looking into their summer release because it is very cute.

The next class was Graphic 45.  They have such beautiful papers and they always have unique was of using them. They used their baby line, and took out the most beautiful florals and created this window pane shadow box. Isn't it gorgeous?

So after 4 very intense classes in one day you would think we would get a little time to recover, right?  Oh NO!  Saturday night is the legendary"Sample Making Frenzy".  

Imagine being given 3 hrs to go into a room with 40 or so vendors and trying to do make and take projects at each one...  It is impossible to do!  But - we try!  The rep group who sponsors the show does their best to keep our energy up by running a dessert buffet down the center of the room. Still, there is no way we can get to everyone so I start by scouting the room and looking for the tables who have products we carry so I can bring back ideas.  Next I look for the vendors who I WANT to bring in, to get a chance to play with the products before deciding; because remember, we still haven't gotten to the trade show portion of the weekend yet!

So I stopped by and saw my friend, Ken Oliver, and his Color Burst paints (very cool!) We also talked about having him return to the store to teach a class or two and are looking toward the summer (June or July).

Visited with Elizabeth Craft Designs and fell in love with Karen Burniston's new barn yard collection.

By the way - I spoke with Karen Burniston and we have tentatively scheduled to have her come here and teach the weekend of June 13-14.  I do not have a set day or time yet, but I will let you know as soon as I do.  We are looking at a class and hopefully also a demo if time allows.

Other tables I stopped at and made samples included: Sizzix, Impression Obsession, Ranger (Wendy Vecchi has new Archival inks and powders), BoBunny, Little B, and Stampendous who has the cutest pop up Kitten and Puppy stamps & dies along with new House Mouse for summer.

After the frenzy, I headed back to my room with the intention of checking my email and preparing orders for the show, but it didn't happen.  As soon as I climbed into the bed I crashed, right there under the pile of catalogs!

Sunday was the trade show during the day, I spent some time talking to several vendors and placing orders. I loved the graduation products from Impression Obsession. 

 I thanked many would had been very generous with products in their classes and got a little silly (ok. maybe very silly ) with the guys in Ken Oliver's booth.

So at the end of the show I was pretty wiped out.  I skipped dinner to spend time chatting with Kim, the owner of Kept Creations in Mass.  Then it was on to another workshop - Yes! Sunday night from 6:30-9pm I had a workshop with Sizzix.  Again, they were generous with the goody bag and we each got a precision cutting plate and a die brush tool.  I was also lucky enough to win an extended magnetic base plate as a door prize.

By the time I was done I was exhausted, but the fact that I skipped dinner was catching up with me so I made a quick run to McD before bed and picked up an extra yogurt parfait to put in the ice bucket because, well, breakfast at the hotel left a lot to be desired and my class with Dyan Reaveley started at 8am!

We had a chance to play with her new paints and stencils and get very messy.  The paints are very fast drying so they are perfect for art journals.  That is one reason I don't like to art journal - I am too impatient to dry between steps and with her paints and her application technique that is really not an issue.

After another awful lunch service, we moved into another room for our afternoon workshop with Tim Holtz.

Tim is always a great teacher and gives wonderful tips for using products.  Did you know you can use his Tiny Attacher stapler anywhere on a page?  Come to the After-Party on May 1st and I'll show you how!  Mario was there, of course, and I have to say he is one of the sweetest men in the industry.  He is the force behind all of the prep work that goes into Tim's classes and makes them run so smoothly.  This is the project we made in class.
That was it.  I was beat. I didn't hang around since I needed to head back on the Mass Pike during rush hour traffic. I have to say it was a wonderful weekend.  The promoters did an excellent job.  The vendors were wonderful and all of the classes I took were worthwhile.  I also appreciated the chance to network with other store owners and share ideas.

So that is my recap.  I really hope you will come and join us at our Trade Show After Party on Friday, May 1 from 5:30 - 8pm.  You will see everything is person, including the stuff I didn't show here.  Don't forget, Kim also came up and took several classes so those projects will be at the store then too.

As always, your comments are appreciated so I know that people actually read my long-winded essay!
See you soon.

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