Sunday, December 26, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Coming up in the New Year you can count on more fabulous inspiration for your cards, scrapbooks, mini albums and more. Our January calendar is already available at the store and online; February is in progress. We are looking forward to offering more great classes and ideas. Treat yourself to any one of our classes and you will be coming back for more!
A sample of what you can look forward to in the new year:
Card Club students will be getting a fabulous cutting die in the January Class! Remember that the morning Card Club will be moving to the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The evening classes will remain on the 2nd & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Scrap More Layouts classes with Dawn will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.
Monthly Layout Club with Terry will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Additional classes for Cricut, Coloring with Copic, Valentine Cards and Printer's Tray and a Taste of Winter mini book will also be offered.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Want to get in on the Copic Marker Craze!
Want to learn how to master these markers?
**Take a Class from Instructor Suzanne J Dean**
Suzanne has been using and teaching about Copics for 3 years
and runs a successful Online Copic Classroom and is taking her classes on the road!
She is also a freelance designer for many craft companies around the world!
Check out her online classroom and blog to find out more info about her and see her work:
Color Me Creative Classroom: www.scrapbitzcopics.ning.com
ScrapBitz Blog: www.scrapbitz.blogspot.com
Two Classes Offered:
You will learn how to get comfortable with the markers, learn light sourcing, shading
and highlighting along with other practical techniques to bring your coloring to life!
5 hours for $90 (35 min. break)
We go over a lot of fun but more difficult techniques—you MUST have experience using your markers and be ready for advanced techniques. If you take the Basic/Interm. Class you WILL be ready for this class. You must know the BASICS because I will not repeat those lessons in the Advanced Class!
We will learn all about advanced shading and coloring techniques and fun ways to use your Copics. Both classes are HANDS ON INSTRUCTION!!
4 hours for $80 (35 min break)
*Copics and images/paper provided
(a supply list will be emailed to students so you can bring your own copics if you like)
*All students receive a packet of information pertaining to each class
*All students receive a goody bag from the Color Me Creative Classroom with sample products
*Students need to bring their own drinks and snacks (and/or lunch)
**15 people minimum in each class with a maximum of 24 students
Beginner/Intermediate Class Skills:
(5 hours with 35 min. break--$90)
This is not a Certification Class—this is to learn coloring techniques!
*briefly learn about the basics of Copics and how they work/tips & tricks
*get comfortable with the markers and laying down color lightly
**Learn how to "f-l-i-c-k" layer/blend colors
*choosing successful color combos and layer colors
*learn about light sources and how to create dimension in your coloring
*shading and highlighting techniques (light & shadow)
*creating good skin tone and hair colors
*shading round objects
*multi-liner pens & Spica pens
*Colorless Blender Techniques/Review
*Blues, Pinks, Browns, Yellows
Advanced Class Skills:
(4 hours with 35 min. break--$80)
This class features harder techniques and colors! You need to know the basics before you take this class as I do not repeat that information. If you take the Beg/Interm. Class YOU WILL be ready for this class!
*coloring with reds and black (the most difficult to blend)
*advanced hair coloring
*glassy objects, round objects
*feathering and background techniques
*coloring textured items
*coloring folds, pleats, ruffles with light sourcing
*high contrast coloring
*intro to airbrushing
Each Student receives a goody bag of sample products from the Color Me Creative Clasroom
Each student receives a take-home manual filled with tutorials and information
Copics, Paper & Images provided
(supply lists will be emailed to students if they want to bring their own Copics)
April 16th & 17th, 2011
Classes will be held at
13 Furnace Ave
Stafford Springs, CT
Beg/Intermediate Class TOTAL is $90
Advanced Class TOTAL is $80
(the pre-fees below are just to hold your spot, balance due 3 weeks before)
April 16th, 2011--Stafford Springs, CT
Beg/Intermediate Class starts at 9 am thru 2:30 pm
Advanced Class starts at 3:10 pm thru 7:30 pm
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April 17th, 2011--Stafford Springs, CT
Beg/Intermediate Class starts at 9 am thru 2:30 pm
Advanced Class starts at 3:10 pm thru 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I wanted to post a very overdue update so let's get started. First of all, our classes are ROCKIN' at The Inspiration Station! We have all been cranking out the class samples and the class wall looks great. The classes are filling up very quickly, in fact, the Sunday class for the Christmas Printer's Tray and the morning Copic Christmas Class are both SOLD OUT. Time is just flying by and we only have a few more Christmas card classes before the big holiday.
Terry & I are also packing up to go to our annual Scrapbook Weekend at Ridin' Hy Ranch in Warrensburg, NY the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is a business trip but we enjoy it so much its almost like a mini vacation. This year we will be teaching classes at the ranch in addition to setting up a marketplace for the other croppers. We each have a layout class planned and I was also nominated to teach a Cricut class. This year there are over 90 croppers signed up for the weekend.
We have started our annual Wish List sign up. Come in and fill up yours before Thanksgiving and we'll give you a FREE gift! We'll keep the list on file to help your family and friends shop for you this season. Be sure to add a good variety of items both large and small; sometimes gifter's want to splurge and other times they are just looking for stocking stuffers; the more choices they have the better. Also, if there is an item that you REALLY want make sure we know. Items can sell out quickly this time of year and we don't always have time to reorder- if we know in advance, we can be sure to hold it for you.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Here's a look at some of what they are doing.
November Card Club: Nov. 8th 10am, Nov 9th 6pm, Nov 16th 6pm.
Copic Christmas Cards Nov 22nd 10am & 6pm.Terry & Dawn also have their Layout Classes planned for November & December.
Donna will have a Christmas Printer's Tray on Friday, Dec 3rd at 10am
Our crop schedule is as follows:
- Friday, Nov. 5th 5Pm-10pm
- Friday, Nov. 12th 5pm-10pm
- Friday, Nov. 26th 10am-6pm (includes lunch)
Friday, October 22, 2010
To say I've been busy is an understatement so rather than bore you with details let's get straight to looking at new stuff! First up - Magnolia Stamps has 36 new stamps in their Christmas collection and we have them all! Well, as of this writing anyway; the way things have been flying out of here you just never know. The two Stampavie stamps I featured on the facebook page were gone the next day!
There are also new Magenta Cats, but since my computer is being difficult and I am working off of a backup Netbook I can't scan them at the moment.
We have new paper lines from just about all of the major companies; BoBunny, Little Yellow Bicycle, Cosmo Cricket, Pine Cone Press, Pebbles, Inc. and more.
Classes are filling up faster than we can schedule them and our schedules for November and December are packed. We will not schedule any classes after the first week of December until January because non of our teachers have time available. You know, family always comes first!
Monday, September 20, 2010
In order to give him more room we needed to move all of his stuff to the front of the store. The problem is (you can probably guess) all of the space up front was already taken. Not to be deterred, we made a map of the store and started moving stuff. This morning we started tearing things apart and as usual one thing led to another, and another, and another. By afternoon we had made some progress but lots of stuff is still in baskets awaiting its fate. Will it find a home, or will we put in in clearance? I can tell you that a lot of stuff was moved to clearance and I'm sure a lot more will too.
So be prepared the next time you come in to really look around! You never know where stuff is going to end up...
By the way, only SOME of the Tim Holtz stuff has moved at this point; we are having trouble deciding where to draw the line. We did move all of the Sizzix, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders products up front so they are all together. All of the pens and markers are now back in the stamp area, although not in their final resting place yet. The wedding section is now closer to the bathroom and its former spot has been changed to Travel. More to follow....
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I am also in the process of creating a Family Recipe Book class. This class will include an 8x8 American Crafts album and we will do a recipe exchange as well. I am waiting on the papers to arrive so I can make up my sample and know the exact cost. If you are interested in the class, email me so I can get you the form that we will use for the recipes. I want every student to send me via email 2 recipes so I can have them printed for the class.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Just a reminder that we are OPEN all weekend - regular hours on Saturday & Sunday and 10am-2pm on Monday. If you still need to finish up your Summer Passport, you have until Monday. Check your email for a coupon on Spellbinder's Dies this weekend only.
A ton of new product arrived this week including new Tim Holtz stamps, Crate Paper Back to School, and lots of Laser cut titles. I even custom ordered titles for some of the area high schools.
Monday, August 30, 2010
In June, My daughter graduated from high school. The next day (Father's Day) my 19 year old niece was killed in a car accident in Vermont. Terry went on vacation and my son started camp. I don't even remember much of July other than Donna went on vacation and my oldest son moved into his own apartment. August has been a whirlwind as well. We had to put down our beloved yellow lab, Molly. Her buddy Reese, our chocolate lab has been moping around ever since. Camp ended for my son and then the whole back to school process began- My daughter will be a college freshman and my son will be a high school junior. Throw in the parking lot sale, a wedding and a 50th birthday for my neighbor and I'm spent. I never did get to take any vacation time but I did manage to go see Cirque Dreams at Foxwoods and Tom Petty in Hartford.
So what's on tap for September? Hmmm...at the store there's classes, crops, and a customer tag sale along with preparing for the Fall Bus Tour. My to-do list is currently 3 pages long! I desperately need the routine of the school year to get back on track!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Scrap More Layouts September 1, 2010
Crafter's Home Project Saturday, September 18, 2010
Quick & Easy Halloween Cards September 28, 2010
Family Nest Accordion Book September 29, 2010
Christmas Cards Set 1 September 30, 2010
Christmas Cards Set 2 October 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
We will begin registering for our Fall Bus Tour on Saturday, August 28th at 10am. Lots of people requested that we run this event in the fall. The date of the tour is Sunday, October 3rd. Cost is $65 and must be paid at the time of registration.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Aren't these adorable? There is one template stamp to make the triangle box and then all sorts of "character" stamps to make different faces for different occasions. We have the directions for all of these. If you buy the stamps, send me your email and I'll send you the complete instructions in pdf form.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We they both seemed interested in my Zentangles so I decided to go big. Really big. I created a Zentangle inspired piece on a poster size (22" x 28") sheet of paper. It was hard to get started adapting the tangles to such a large scale, but once I got going it went rather quickly. I worked on it all weekend and spent about 22 hours total. My son thought it was "awesome", so I guess it was a good idea. Pretty cool, huh?
to learn more about Zentangle, please visit www.zentangle.com
Friday, July 09, 2010
Also, I'll give you a quick heads up. Since we have a lot of people coming in on Sunday for the Christmas in July classes we will be having a special "One Day Sale" on all in stock clear stamps. Buy 2 get the third FREE.
My goodness, free Copics, free stamps what else could you ask for?
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
COMPLETELY DISTRESSED – LAYOUT MASTERCLASS
$60Whether you prefer a vintage style or bright happy colors, Tim Holtz’s Line of Distress products can customize any paper crafting project to the look and color scheme YOU want to achieve.
In this workshop you will create 6 unique 8x8” layouts focusing heavily on technique…you can follow the color selections I’ve used in my samples or use the same techniques in colors of your choice! You will learn how to use Tim Holtz Stamps in artful and unusual ways to create beautiful backgrounds, borders, titles, embellishments and even tint photos. We will use the complete line of Distress Products including inks, re-inkers, crackle paints, stickles, embossing powders with a few of my other favorite goodies mixed in. The goal of this workshop is to teach you all that this line is capable of beyond just inking the edges!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Beautiful Impressions - Westbrook, CT
Great American Stamp Store - Westport, CT
Memory Lane - Marlborough, CT
New England Scrapbook Co. - Canton, CT
Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, CT
Stamp & Scrap Nest - Simsbury, CT
The Inspiration Station - Stafford Springs, CT
Wiggles & Giggles - Rocky Hill, CT
Friday, June 04, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thank you to all who have served our country whether at home or overseas-We owe our freedom to you!
And to my favorite service person: Daddy I miss you!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Flat Bunny is anxious to get acquainted with true BoBunny fans (come be her friend on facebook, just search for Flat BoBunny) at a BoBunny sponsored crop. When Flat Bunny comes to visit, she will bring materials for a BoBunny crop! If you coordinate with a BoBunny retail store, Flat Bunny will bring materials so you can invite 9 of your friends to the crop for a total of 10. If there is not a retail store within a 50 mile radius, Flat Bunny will come with material for you and 4 friends to enjoy!
What you need to do-
1. Create an invitation featuring BoBunny products and send a digital image to firstname.lastname@example.org along with signed business card from your favorite BoBunny retail store.*
2. Flat Bunny will post the card images she receives on the BoBunny blog
(you will be famous!).
3. On the 10th of each month, she will choose her favorite invitation and
schedule her travel to meet the winning designer.
4. Flat Bunny likes to be fussed over so you must take lots of pictures
during the Crop and send them to email@example.com. This
way all her BoBunny friends will be able to follow
the adventures of Flat Bunny on the blog.
5. Flat Bunny will be traveling to a new location every month so she must be on
her way home no later than the last day of the month. Also, Flat Bunny has her
passport so she can travel far and wide.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I'm working at home today trying to get caught up on a million and one things- not making a lot of progress I might add. Anyway, I need to get the newsletter out and figured I'd better update the blog first so you'd have something to read if you clicked on the link!
Our spring Tag Sale was a big success. Many people earned well over $100 in store credit, with several people earning over $200! Our only mishap of the day was that the Post Office had decided to have their parking lot swept that day (without notifying us) and we had to quickly tear down the tents and bring everything inside before they kicked up a sandstorm! Fun! It all worked out though; thankfully we are used to "winging it".
We are working on our summer schedule and have added a couple of classes to the June Calender. Special Guest, Mitra Friant, the owner of Impression Obsession rubber stamps will be here on Thursday morning, June 3rd, to teach a class. We do not have samples but Mitra has told us that she will be using many of her new Cover a Card stamp background with the Mega Mount handle as well as the EXTREMELY popular shaker windows.
A shipment of brand new stamps from Memory Box arrived on Friday and Donna was so excited she added a SUNDAY class to the June calendar to be able to use them! The class is called Card Jubilee and will be June 27th at 11 am. A pack of Jubilee paper will be included in the cost of the class. To see some beautiful card ideas click HERE (Image from Dave Brethauer )
Stampavie stamps also arrived this week, although we are still waiting on a few more- They ship them as they arrive in the US.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We finally got the Stamper's Anonymous stamps that Tim Holtz released at CHA in January along with 4 of his Texture Fades, although the Bingo Card set has already sold out.
The Pebbles and American Crafts lines have been flying out the door and the new Basic Grey, Max and Whiskers line has been right behind them.
Those of you who love My Favorite Things stamps need to get in and pick up the Pure Innocence and Jolinne stamps before those are gone.
REMINDER: Our spring Customer Tag Sale is this Sunday, May 16th. If you signed up as a vendor you must get your marked item in to us on Friday or Saturday. The Tag Sale starts at 11am. Please pray for good weather so we can put stuff outside!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
First up is our Driver Phil, What a great guy. We ask for him every year.
Next are our Raffle Prize winners:
Congratulations, Ladies! And thank you everyone for a great day!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
First off, Dawn still has spots in Wednesday's Scrap More Cards & Layouts class. Please call Monday to sign up.
Donna's Card Club classes for April feature a beautiful cling stamp from Stampendous that is a trio of bird cages. Very pretty. The Card Club classes are a fantastic value- you create 4 stunning, detailed cards and you get to take home the featured stamp to create even more at home. This class is extremely popular so we offer it five times a month- 2 morning classes and 3 evening classes. Everyone loves it because nobody makes cards like Donna!
We've had a lot of interest in the canvases that we made in our Tim Holtz/Jennifer McGuire workshop, so Donna & I are going run our own Tag Team Chaos class inspired by them. It will be a jam-packed class with lots of techniques. Because there is so much to learn, we are offering the class on a Sunday afternoon - May 30 - from noon to 4 pm. Yes! Four hours of inspiring chaos taught tag-team style. This is going to be so much fun. Space is limited to the first 10 people to register. Price is still to be determined based on the cost of the canvases but we expect it to be in the $55-$60 range which is an amazing deal for a four hour class. Be prepared to be inspired!
Our Fiskateer Crop with Kelly Jo next Saturday is SOLD OUT, but you can sign up now for a 12 hour crop on National Scrapbook Day (May 1st). Many places are offering an entire weekend to crop but we feel realistically, most of us can't get away from our family responsibilities for that long so we are offered a lower cost (in terms of price and guilt) option. Come and crop from 10am-10pm for only $25 per person and we'll provide lunch and dinner!
If you are still anxious to create the next day, I will be teaching Scraplifting 101 on Sunday, May 2 from 1pm - 3pm. In this class, we will complete 2 single page layouts in class and you will have left over materials to create matching second pages using the techniques you’ve learned in class.
Also coming up in May is our Customer Tag Sale. Mark you calendars for Sunday, May 16th.
But wait... there's more! There are a bunch more classes available and we have the Bus Tour happening April 18th. Yikes! I better get busy, I have a lot to do to get ready!