Friday, October 6, 2017

Jodi Ohl

Workshop Recap
Jodi Ohl's
2 Day Zen Painting Workshop

Oh my!  Did we ever have fun learning abstract painting techniques from Jodi Ohl!  Seriously, it was fun and exciting.  Jodi was such a great teacher.  She guided us through the steps with ease and Lisa and I were lucky enough to get to join in.  What a great experience!

So we started day 1 with 4 mini gesso boards and we learned a number of shading and doodling techniques.  Then we spend time putting those techniques to work.....

And on day 2 we created a larger composition and added color.  Everyone's work was amazing and unique to the artist.....

You can see how different and unique each one is.  Thanks, Andi, Mary, and Teresa for letting me photo you guys in action.  

Loved this wonderful workshop and can't believe I didn't get a photo of Jodi in action.  We're already working on the next one for fall of 2018, so if you missed this one, make plans to treat yourself to the next one!  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Eileen Hull

Paper Trail 15
Eileen Hull

Oh Yes!  I am excited.  I was doing a few chores around the House called My Heart's Fancy one Saturday a month or so ago and received a phone call from Eileen Hull.....  She was making plans for her Paper Trail 15 tour and wanted to know if we would like to play along with her one day in November.  Now, Eileen was new to me - well I had heard of her and I knew she created for Sizzix, but I was blown away by the creativity of her class projects and wow! I had to say yes! so.......


For those of you who don't know Eileen, she is an artist, author, product designer and adventurer.  She licenses her die designs with Sizzix and unique ink applicators with Clearsnap.  She purchased a vintage trailer, Scotty, on eBay and outfitted it as a mobile studio.  She now travels cross-country on the Paper Trail and teaches at stores, retreats and events.  She has logged over 43,000 miles in the past 3 years and has visited 30+ states.  Her home is Herndon, VA where she lives with her husband.  Visit her website to read about her latest travels and adventures!

Here is what Eileen will be teaching!

Faux Metal Journal
Friday, November 3
9 am to 12 pm

You will create this Faux Metal Art Journal with embossed cover using unexpected materials!  In class we will use the Sixxiz Traveler's Notebook style die to create an 8-3/4" x 4-1/2" journal with two insert books.  You will learn tips and tricks for assembling the journal plus some easy and impressive mixed media techniques using inks to decorate in your favorite color.  You will learn 3 ways to make professional looking insert books, how to tea dye paper, and create a sturdy insert folder that holds ticksts, photos, clips and extra accessories.  No two books are the same, but all are perfect.  Take your new book home and fillit with doodles, journaling or whatever you like!

Supplies you need to bring for this class:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, cutting mat, rotary cutter, brayer and ruler.  All other supplies will be provided.

Die-Cut Doodling
Friday, November 3
2 pm to 5 pm

In this class, Eileen will show you her favorite awesome and EASY die-cut doodling and inking techniques!  Use Eileen's new flower dies to lay out a design, trace, ink and color your own double thick 8" x 10" coloring mat.  Customize your design with inks an add accents with your favofite colors and white pen.  Learn how to get the most out of your dies.  Eileen will walk you through each technique and you will leave class with your very own unique doodled mat  and again..... no two projects will be alike but they will all be awesome!  This class is rich in techniques!

Supplies you need to bring for this class:  non-stick craft sheet, pencil and white eraser, 4-6 copics or other markers for highlighting.  All other supplies will be provided.


You may enroll by email, phone or visit to the store.  Workshop fees are due at the time of enrollment.  If you email or phone in your reservation, I will send you a Paypal invoice. 

Please note the supplies you need to bring are listed above with the class descriptions.

Two wonderful classes!  Be sure to bring your camera!.... Eileen will be bringing lots of samples created by her amazing Inspiration Team.  She'll tell about her Paper Trail adventures in her vintage camper and you can tour Scotty as well.
Join us for one or both of these fabulous classes.  I know you will love them as much as I do and remember to .....

Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Class Schedule

October 2017
Class Schedule

What a great Demo Day we had this last Saturday!  Thanks to all who came out to make this wonderful Make 'n Take!

Stamps and dies by Penny Black....  Backgound paper by BoBunny... Glitter Paper for the snowflake.
We are looking forward to a great October.  Lisa has a wonderful holiday class schedule.  She is trying a new make it in an hour concept this month and is using a "shadow box" style card.

And now....  on to the schedule!

Sparkle Christmas Cards
Thursday, Oct 5
10:30 am OR 6 pm

We are carrying a new line of sparkle paper that makes stunning card layers as well as die cuts.  Lisa has combined the papers with stamps from Impression Obsession and stamps/dies from Penny Black to create this stunning collection of Christmas cards.  Paper by Penny Black.

Christmas Explosion Photo Book
Thursday, Oct 12
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Fun explosion book to insert Christmas photos and write your memories of the Christmas Holidays.  Perhaps you'll document a new grandbaby's first Christmas or just a variety of Christmas memories from this year.  Another way to use your snowman die from Demo Day...Papers by Penny Black.

Freaky Friday
Friday, Oct 13
10:30 am OR 12:30 pm OR 2:30 pm OR 4:30 pm OR 6 pm

A fun Halloween shadow box card that is mailable!  And a new 1 card in 1 hour concept for a class.  It's an accordian shadow box that collapses flat for ease of mailing.  Impression Obsession dies and stamps from Tim Holtz make this card fun to create.  

Art Journaling Saturday
Saturday, Oct 14
10 am OR 2 pm

Are you an art journaler?  Do you want to art journal?  This is the class for you! This month I'll guide you through the creation of 3 double page spreads.  I know my "lady Iris" looks a bit freaky, but then sometimes art journaling is all about being less than serious.  We'll be using Dylusions paint for the first time.  Learn how easy and economical it is to use.  You should be able to complete the painting techniques and get your first 2 page spread finished.  

Festive and Frosty Christmas
Thurday, Oct 19
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Lisa uses a plethora of stamps and dies to create a wonderful set of Christmas cards using the new Festive and Frosty paper pad by Penny Black.  Lots of markers and Wink of Stella too!

Demo Day
Saturday, Oct 21
10 am to 4 pm
Come and Go

Come make a FREE Make 'n Take and view the November class schedule!  It's always fun and our Make 'n Take is one of the best around.  Grab a friend and let's have fun!

Master Page Create Christmas
Thursday, Oct 26
10:30 am OR 6 pm

If you want to learn how to make a "master page" of art to use as a base for other art, this is the class for you!  If you have taken any of our other Master Page Create classes, you know how much fun it is....  Lisa has created a wonderful Christmas themed Master Page. 

Master Page Create Christmas Cards
Date and Class Fee to be determined

Use your Master Page Create Christmas artwork to made a plethora of Christmas Cards you can truly call your own.  Lisa will show you how! You created the art in the Master Page Create Christmas class and you'll be proud to send your friends a piece of your Masterpiece!

Class Details:

Class Fees - Class fees are due at the time of enrollment.  There are 3 ways to pay:  Cash, Check or Paypal.  Just let us know.

Class Kit - Every student is required to bring a kit of basic paper crafting tools.  If you are new and do not know what you need, give us a call and we'll help you put one together.  You probably already have most of what you need around the house.  We have all the rest available for purchase in the store!

Coming November 3rd  - Eileen Hull Workshops.  

Eileen is a wonderful artist/teacher and we are really excited that she asked us to host her "Paper Trail 15" tour in Oklahoma.  Details and enrollment information in an upcoming post.

That's our October class schedule.  Join us for one or all of these fabulous classes and remember to......

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 12-16

This week in the House!
Sept 12-16

Are you ready for Demo Day???  Well we are working hard to get ready for you! We have some Open Studio Time this week, Big Halloween Fun Card class, and Demo Day all rolled up in this week.

Here's the week at a glance.....

Tuesday, Sept 12 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Wednesday, Sept 13 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, Sept 14 - Open 10 am to 8 pm
Class:  Big Halloween Fun
           10:30 am OR 6 pm
            Openings in both classes

Friday, Sept 15 - Open 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday, Sept 16 - DEMO DAY
                             10 am to 4 pm
                             Come and Go
                             FREE Make 'n Take!
                             October class schedule on display and ready for enrollment

Friday & Saturday, September 29-30

If you haven't enrolled in this workshop, you still have time.  This amazing workshop is reasonably priced and you don't need any experience to join in the fun.  Check it out HERE.

That's it for now.  Hope to see you Saturday and remember to.....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Monday, September 4, 2017

September 5-9, 2017


Yay!  September is finally here and we can look forward to some cooler weather (not that it has been hot this summer!).  We have a great month ahead of us and I know you will love one or more of Lisa's classes.  We have a great Art Journaling Saturday in store for our avid group of art journalers.  If you haven't joined us yet for AJS, don't be shy.  There is no experience required and all you need to start is a blank art journal.  Jodi Ohl will be here at the end of the month and I know her Zen Painting workshop is going to be phenomenal.

So here's what's happening this week in the House!

Tuesday, Sept 5 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm
Lisa in the House from 10 am to 2 pm

Wednesday, Sept 6 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, Sept 7 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Paper Bag Family Recipes
10:30 am OR 6 pm

Openings in both classes  

Friday, Sept 8 - Open 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time - 10:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, Sept 9 - Open 10 am to 5 pm

10 am OR 2 pm
Openings in both sessions - call to enroll

That's the week at a glance!  Hope you can join us for a class or Open studio time this week and remember to .....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 29-Sept 2, 2017

This Week at a Glance

Are you ready for the Labor Day holiday?  I can't believe the last holiday before Thanksgiving is upon us.  We'll be closing early on Friday (4 pm) and closed on Saturday. I hope you have some fun things planned.  My brother and his wife are coming from Phoenix to have a visit and I will surely enjoy that! 

We have the Halloween Tag Swap in progress.  If you want to join in, stop by for a packet.  It's due on Saturday, the 9th and I'll have them ready for pick up on Saturday, the 16th (Demo Day).

Now, on to the week's schedule!

Tuesday, August 29 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio time from 10:30 am to 5 pm
Lisa in the House from 10 am to 2 pm

Wednesday, August 30 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Open Studio Time from 10:30 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 31 - Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Class:  Lilac Whispers
10:30 am OR 6 pm
Openings in both classes

Friday, September 1 - Open from 10 am to 4 pm
Open Studio Time from 10:30 am to 2 pm

Saturday, September 2 - CLOSED for the holiday.

That's the week at a glance!  Have a great holiday weekend and remember to...

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day!"

Friday, August 25, 2017

Class Review - AJS - August 2017

Art Journaling Saturday

So we started a new "thing" this year called Art Journaling Saturday.  Lisa and I had been asked late last year if we had an art journaling group and were embarrased to say "no".  It got me to thinking. Uh oh,.....  I know, scary! Right?

I mulled it over for a while.  A long while.  I wanted to do it right.  And in February we had our very first Art Journaling Saturday.  26 Brave Souls joined us for what has become a fun and amazing journey into art journaling.

So just what is "art journaling"?, you ask.

It is a journey of exploration, art play time, rewarding and disappointing at times.... but it is exciting.  In a nutshell art journaling is playing with art products in a blank book of art paper - one that you buy or one that you make. You play with new products and new techniques.  You try new things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it fails.  But it never disappoints because you always learn something.  And now we have learned that sharing the journey with friends - new and old - is rewarding and fun.

So, with all that in mind, I invite you to take a look at some of the art that was created in August's Art Journaling Saturday.

Lisa and I create a page in our journals based on a product we want to explore or a technique we want to try.  One month Lisa guides and the next I guide.  August was my month and here is the page I put out for a sample....

It is a 2 page spread.  The butterfly is split down the middle.  The left half is on a top page that is torn where the butterfly is split.  The other half of the butterfly rests on the second page.  It was something I had seen on Pinterest (who doesn't like to find inspiration there!?) and I really loved the idea.  The second thing I wanted to explore were the Tim Holtz stains.  They've been around a long time and I personally hadn't used them in several years.  Out they came and the fun began.  I do like the soft watercolor look you can get with them.  I think I'll be using them more in the future.

So that was my page and here is some of the art other brave souls created in their session.....

I think it was a succesful day.  I love all the different colors chosen and the different images the artists chose to use.  

If you would like to join us, we have an Art Journaling Saturday once a month. All you need is the willingness to try and an art journal (homemade or purchased).  We supply most of the art products need and the materials fee is a reasonable $15.  There are 2 sessions offered - 10 am OR 2 pm and each session lasts up to 3 hours.  

I hope you'll think about joining us for fun and laughter (yes, we laugh regularly) and lots of ooohs and aaaaahhhs.  And remember to.....

"Let the Art Out of Your Heart and Create Every Day"