Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hot Chocolate and Friends

Yes, hot chocolate is always better when shared with friends.  I found this yummy hot chocolate at Costco this weekend and knew I could make something fun with it.  So, I created a band from some patterned paper, added a border punched edge from some solid cardstock and wrapped it around two packages of hot chocolate.  Then I used the Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Spellbinders Labels 18 die, some ribbon and twine, a button, and a stamp from Inkadinkado to dress it up.  Add one of those beautiful mugs from Mud Pie and you've got the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or secret pal.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hero Arts and Perfect Pearl Mists

I saw this technique a few months back and thought I'd try it with the Perfect Pearl Mists instead of water.  Here's the results and the instructions to recreate this card.

Supplies used (shown):  Stickles- burgundy, Distress Ink- Crushed Olive and Forest Moss, Perfect Pearls Mist- Perfect Pearl, Hero Arts Cling Stamp- Pinecone Wreath 
Additional Supplies Used (Not Shown):  Stickles- stardust, Lifestyle Crafts "JOY" die and silver cardstock for cutting the letters, white cardstock measuring 4"x5.25", burgundy cardstock measuring 8.5"x 5.5" and scored at 4.25" on the 8.5" side,  and burgundy silk ribbon.

"Smoosh" both inks on your non stick craft mat as shown above.

Spray the Perfect Pearls Mist on the ink until it looks similar to the above image.

 Tap your stamp a few times onto the ink.

It should look similar to the above image.

Stamp the image onto your white cardstock.  I use a smooth cardstock and apply pressure for just a few seconds longer than when I'm stamping with regular ink.

Assemble your card, add stickles, your die cut "JOY" letters and a bow!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tim Holtz Alteration Dies

Wow!!  Look what arrived on Friday.  The NEW Tim Holtz Alteration Dies.  Below is a preview of a few of the dies that arrived.  If you've been waiting for these to create your Holiday projects, stop in and take a look at what we have.  We probably will not have a chance to reorder these before Christmas, so get them before they are gone.  I love the pine cone!  What's your favorite?

Tim Holtz Alteration Dies

Since we are talking about Tim Holtz, I should mention we just received another shipment of his Limited Edition Fall Distress Inks from Ranger Ink.  These inks are no longer available for order.  So, what does that mean?  Product that is in stores now, is all that is available.  If you missed your  chance to pick up a set last week, you're getting a second chance.  Stop in and get one before we are out.  Take a look at the video below for some additional information on these wonderful inks!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Make it Monday - Holiday Wreath Card

Stop in Monday between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  We'll be making Holiday cards similar to the one shown here.

This week's project is $3.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Skull and Bones Ice Cubes

Are you looking for some last minute Halloween ideas?  We've got what you need to put the finishing touches on your Halloween party decorations and festivities.  Take a look at the skull and bones ice cubes we've been adding to our drinks this week.  We still have a few of these ice cube trays left and  some fun bone cookie baking sheets.   Happy haunting!

Skull and Bone Ice Cubes

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Friday's Creative Cafe - Treat Bag with Hero Arts Stamps

Need some last minute, quick and easy Halloween treat ideas?  Stop in Friday, between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm to make one of these.  They are cute, simple and inexpensive to recreate.  The  stamps are from Hero Arts and Inkadinkado and the die cut edge was created using a Sizzix die.

This week's project is $2. Candy is included.

This is and adult activity.  Please, for safety reasons and the comfort of others, do not bring babies or small children if you plan on completing the project at the store.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Perfect Holiday Gift

I thought I'd take a quick break from Halloween and post a sneak peak of some new Holiday products we've been putting out around the store.  I love these new mugs from Mud Pie.  They make a perfect gift!  Fill them with a home-made hot cocoa mix, some marshmallows, and our chocolate filled candy canes from Hammonds Candies.  Yummy!  You could even include a nice recipe card with your favorite hot cocoa recipe.  If you're like me, you buy one for a gift and one for yourself!

Mug:  Mud Pie  Candy Cane: Hammonds Candies  Tag:  Made with Spellbinders Nesting Dies

Saturday Demonstration- Martha Stewart and EK Success Punches

Don't miss our Saturday, October 22nd demonstration.  Mary will be demonstrating how to use many of the unique Martha Stewart Crafts and EK Success  Punches.  She'll be working her magic between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.  So, mark your calendar and be sure to stop by.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paper Flower Rosettes

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Look what I learned to make last week at Meg's Big Shot workshop! We made made paper rosettes with scallop circle punches!! I thought these were so cool I came home and made more!  I used my Spellbinders scallop circle die, but you could use any scallop circle to make these. I thought the decorative scallop circles from Spellbinders would look neat as well, but haven't had time to make some.  Here's a great video showing you how to make these and here's a link to Meg's blog with pictures of the cute projects we made at the workshop.

I used the Spellbinders scallop circle die and the pillow box from Sizzix to make this.

This is the treat box we made at the Big Shot workshop -

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Make It Monday- Halloween Treat Bag

Stop in Monday between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  We'll be making these super quick and easy treat bags.  They're great for those last minute Halloween goodie bags.

This week's project is $2

Friday, October 14, 2011

Coupons and Savings on Facebook!

We've been working hard updating and adding to our facebook fan page.  We are excited, we now have a tab for EVENTS.  We'll be updating this to reflect our schedule for demonstrations and workshops.  So, if you're coming to town or planning a trip to Sequim, check out this tab for a list of upcoming events.

We've also added a tab for coupons.  We'll be changing this often.  So check out the tab each time you visit our facebook page.  We currently have the following coupons listed.  Click HERE to print your copy of our facebook coupons.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday's Creative Cafe

It's time for caramel apples!  Stop in Friday between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm and make this cute caramel apple treat box.

Please, for safety reasons and the comfort of others, no babies or small children if you plan on completing the "Creative Cafe" project.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alcohol Inks- Saturday Demonstration

Stop by the store on Saturday, October 15th, between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.  Mary will be demonstrating alcohol inks (our number one requested demonstration).  She'll show you some amazing techniques and some creative ways you can use these wonderful products.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween, Spellbinders and JustRite Stamps

I thought I'd share a couple of Halloween projects we have displayed around the store.  Hopefully these will inspire you to create something fun before Halloween has been and gone. 

Supplies: JustRite Stamps and Spellbinders dies

Supplies:  Test Tube from Martha Stewart Crafts and spider from Amscan

Monday, October 10, 2011

Best Witches

Isn't she cute?  I love this little witch stamp from Unity Stamps!  Stop in and get her for your cards and/or Halloween treats before she disappears.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Simple Stories - 25 Days of Christmas

Look what we just put out!  Yep, we finally got the boxes unpacked and put up several new Christmas collections.  This is one of my favorites!!

View the entire collection here

Make it Monday

Look what we're making this Monday!  Stop in between 1pm and 3pm if you'd like to make one.

Please, for safety reasons and the comfort of others, no babies or small children if you plan on completing the "Make it Monday" project.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Frankenstein Treat Bag

We colored this Frankenstein pumpkin stamp from Stampendous with Copic markers and added it to the front of a small gift bag.  Fill it with a few goodies and you're ready for Halloween.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friday Night "Art Bar"

Stop in this Friday night for "Happy Hour" at the "Art Bar".  We'll be making these Halloween matchbooks between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. (Sorry, candy not included)  So, stop in and make one!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Arrivals!

We have had so many boxes delivered the past few days.  I thought I'd share with you some of the goodies we have been unpacking.  Today we were unpacking K&Company, Martha Stewart, and EK Success Christmas.  It's not on the shelves yet, but we hope to get it out soon.  We also received Simple Stories and Echo Park Christmas.  Again, not out yet but due to make their appearance on the shelves any day.  We did manage to get all of the new ADORABLE embellishments and twine from Doodlebug Designs put out.  They are on the rack and ready to dress up your next project.  They are a perfect match for the pre-made Doodlebug Design cards that everyone loves.  Stop in and take a look at all of the new goodies.

Halloween Tri-Fold Card from Hero Arts

I saw this cute, tri-fold card on Hero Arts website.  Click here to view their step-by-step instructions to make it.  Are you missing any of the supplies you need to recreate this card?  Print the instructions, and bring them with you to the store.  We'll help you find what you need and we'll give you a 10% discount on any supplies purchased from the list.  Don't procrastinate, Halloween will be here before you know it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Arrivals

Take a look at the NEW Holiday dies that just arrived from Lifestyle Crafts!  Wow!  I absolutely love the Star and the Tags and can't wait to start playing with them.  I promise to post some samples once I've got them done, and of course, we'll have some great ideas spread around the store.  Mary used the Star die in her demo this weekend on the Perfect Pearls Sprays.  She "pearled" it up and put it on a tag.  It was gorgeous and a must see next time you stop in the store.  For now, I'll leave you with some images from Lifestyle Crafts website.

A quick note...if you're loving the tag or the star, you better get them quick.  I believe those two will sell out first! (and fast)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stop by for "Make it Monday"!

Don't miss our "Make it Monday" project this week.  We're making some Jack-o-lantern treat boxes.  (Sorry, candy not included)  So, stop in between 1pm and 3pm to make one.  See you then!