Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lots to share!

What a crazy weekend. But good - crazy.

Donna & I went to a trade event in Framingham, MA and took a ton of classes and workshops. We each took separate Hero Arts classes. Donna took two classes with Tim Holtz, one using Idea-ology products and one using Claudine Helmuth's products. I took a class with Tim using his Distress inks and grunge paper and learned to make the grunge paper roses.
Below is Tim's Sample from the class:

Donna also took classes with Cheryl Mezzetti of Creative Imaginations, The Cat's Pajamas, Melissa Frances, We R Memory Keepers, Heart of Texas and Copic Markers.

Other classes that I took included Impression Obsession, The Paper Cut, My Favorite Things, Magenta and a very intriguing form of artful meditation called Zentangle.

If you've never heard of Zentangle you may look at it and think one of two things; either it is much too difficult to learn to do or that it is simply "doodling". Neither assumption is correct.Done the way the it's creators, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts intended- it is simple, deliberate and exquisitely beautiful. Please click on the link to learn more detailed information, but to explain the experience briefly, everyone at the presentation was given a pen, a pencil and a "tile" of fine art paper. Rick & Maria then guided us through the steps to create our first Zentangle. When we all finished, we placed them together into a single mosaic. It was amazing how beautiful it was both as a whole and each individual part. We all were given the exact same instructions and materials and yet each tile is completely unique.
We made a ton of sample cards in the different classes and I hope to get a few pictures up eventually. We also did a lot of buying for the store! Below is a sample of some of the stamps we ordered from My Favorite Things:

We are headed back to Framingham tomorrow for an all-day workshop with Tim Holtz of Ranger and Jennifer McGuire of Hero Arts. The workshop is called "Creative Chaos" so it should be quite exciting. Of course, every day is creative chaos when Donna & I are together...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Class Samples

Here we go! Lots of great classes are on our schedule and here are a few samples for you:

Get Well Cards with Donna, April 1, 2010

Scrapbook Layout Class with Terry, April 21st

Scraplifting 101- Sunday May 2nd
with Debby
Scrapbook Layout Class with Terry, May 19th.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New Bo Bunny is here

Yes, those 3 lines I posted pictures of way back in January from the CHA show; Paradise, Jazmyne, and Mam-razzi are here! They are all awesome! We made a whole display of nothing but new Bo Bunny and it looks fabulous.

Donna brought in a sample of her upcoming Get Well Cards class and I'm going to try to get a picture up later today along with a page I made using the new Basic Grey "Green at Heart" line.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Basic Grey

Just a quick note to let you know that Basic Grey Green at Heart & Kioshi are now in stock. The Epsilon series of stamps is so cute, you're gonna want them all!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pick up all your supplies at The Inspiration Station and list us as your sponsor when you enter!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Great News from Our Companions

Our Companions has received a grant to sterilize and vaccinate feral and free roaming cats in Ashford. The grant will run for the next two years and people who live in Ashford will be eligible for low cost or even no cost assistance. I need to get the word out within Ashford. I am wondering if you could help by distributing handouts and displaying flyers? Also, please tell all your neighbors or anyone in town that you know of that has feral or even barn cats.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

They're here!

The Alteratiuons Dies from Tim Holtz are here- Texture folders are on their way (in fact, we think they are still on the Fed Ex truck and the driver just didn't look hard enough)! The designs are awesome; definitely must haves.

Monday, March 01, 2010


I have been in spring cleaning/organizing mode all weekend and come to the realization that - We have way too much.... umm, stuff. So we need to have a rummage sale. Nothing as big as the Parking Lot Sale since we are limited to what we can fit in the classroom; but still a good old-fashioned, dump things into bins,... rummage sale. So what are you doing Sunday, March 21? Care to join us?

Store Calendar

Class sample slideshow