Monday, June 17, 2019

30 Days of Coloring Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you guys had a great weekend!  We had a blast creating with Dina this weekend and I can't wait to share some pictures with you all.  Learning from our favorite creatives is an incredible opportunity and we are so glad to be able to host them here at the store!

Over the weekend, one of our favorite challenges kicked off!  The 30 Days of Coloring Challenge runs from June 15 to July 15.  Lots of challenge details can be found here, but this is one of my favorites for a few reasons!  First, no fancy supplies required - use markers, colored pencils, whatever!  Second, I love that she encourages making your own coloring sheets with patterns and stamps (gotta use that stash)!  Third, this is a super supportive group where you can link your own projects and coloring. 


Kathy, the challenge host, also has a cheering squad of 12 ambassadors who are here to encourage all participants too!  It is super fun and she also has a blog post every day with coloring technique, encouragement, and sharing her works in progress. 

In one of her posts, Kathy shared that she loves to color with her Tombow Dual Brush pens and Copic markers!  If you didn't know, we carry Tombow's in open stock (woot woot!) which means you can buy the colors individually, instead of in a 10 pack with the blender.  This is perfect if you are hunting down one specific color!  We also have Copic markers in the store (and replacement nibs for when you color toooo much)!  And, we also refill Copic markers too - and many colors while you wait!   

We would love to see what you are coloring!  I am going to try to do a little recreational coloring this month!  My sister in law is a big colorer and I think she is going to participate too!  You can add us in your tag or send us the picture and we will feature some coloring on the blog!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, June 14, 2019

It's Dina Day (and other good news)!

Happy Friday everyone! 

I am so excited that the weekend is here and we are in full swing over here!  Today, we are working on a little Father's Day project just for our special dad!  But, this weekend is going to be jam packed for other reasons too!


Dina Wakley has arrived and is spending all day today (and tomorrow) teaching at our store!  We are so thrilled to have her and each of you coming to spend the day creating.  There will be lots of creativity flowing from upstairs!  Even if you can't make it for the class, Dina is bringing lots of her new products to the store for everyone to shop from! 

And, mixed media isn't the only thing to hit the stores!  We have a brand new arrival from a super popular paper company.  I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it sounds a lot like Mimple Mories :)  I will have more information on the new arrivals on Monday!

Don't forget to share those Dina pics with us!  You can tag us on Facebook and Instagram - we would love to see and share them!!!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley


Thursday, June 13, 2019

FREE Jillibean Projects!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I am so excited to share these super cute projects with you!  I am a big fan of Jillibean Soup, but sometimes I struggle to use the very busy papers - so scraplifting is my go-to plan for using my Jillibean collections! 

And, today, Jillibean Soup is sharing six mini projects that are perfect for creating cards for all types of occasions!  I am thinking about my summer birthday list!  And maybe that pineapple for Father's Day?!?


We have all the pieces and parts ot Rainbow Roux in the store, so if it is not in your collection, come on in and grab some pieces!  Plus, you can get the FREE directions to create all six of these cards at this link right here!

I love that the directions on these are simple enough for an older kid crafter to be able to follow along too!  And,  I will give a hint about creating - they recommend cutting card bases, but you can also save time (and hassle for kid crafters) and use premade card bases! 

We would love to see your completed projects - tag us on Facebook and Instagram!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

3 Craft Sales!

This month is almost half over - can you believe it!?!  I think being on the road makes it fly by!  But, I wanted to share a few quick things with you!



First of all -
 This month has my favorite coupon of them all!  This is perfect for ANYONE!  Buy 10 sheets of patterned paper, get 10 half off!  This is approximately two paper lines worth of paper and I love it!  There is always a reason for more paper. :) We have tons of paper lines in store too!  Plus, this can be used online - just be sure to enter the code. 

If you don't have a coupon book, they are reduced to $5 each... and this month's coupon will pay for the rest of the book.  It is a great deal! 

Next up -
We are so excited to welcome Dina this weekend!  She will be teaching FOUR classes here at the store and they are all sold out!  You can call the store to get on the waiting list.  But, I know she will be bringing some of her favorite things to the store this weekend at trunk show prices!  Even if you aren't taking a class, stop by and do a little bit of shopping!

And last, but not least, The Great Gatsby Crop!  If you haven't marked your calendars for January 31-February 2nd, hop on it!  As of this morning, there are 20 seats left!  And, to get your early bird pricing, you need to pay in full by FRIDAY!  It is a savings of $15 if you pay in full by this Friday, otherwise, it is just a $30 deposit to hold your seat and the balance is due by December 31st. 

So, come on in and save some big money this weekend!  We can't wait to crop and create with you! 
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Free Lettering Lesson!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We are home again after a week on the road and the splashdown to reality has been rough!  I don't know about you, but routines and groceries are a must have around here! 

But, I wanted to share a quick nugget with you all!  This summer, I am teaching online mini tutorials for FREE in my Facebook group!  You can get a spot in the group here!  We also have challenges and live questions and answer sessions too.  It is a great way to improve or learn more about your lettering!


This past week, we learned how to create a gorgeous hand lettered signature - the whole live lesson review is in the group and I have a tutorial on my blog with a video too!  You can check out the blog post here and a YouTube video here too!

I would love to have you come learn with us this summer!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, June 7, 2019

Super Special Make and Take

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you all are getting excited about the weekend and making plans to swing by the store!  This weekend is jam-packed at the City.  On Saturday, we are hosting the FREE Make and Take with our City Chick Margaret AND we also have Missy's Bible Journaling group meeting!  Plus, on Sunday, our Plannerds group is meeting up for some free planner time!  There is more information about all of these things on our calendar!  Bible Journaling and Plannerds do need to please sign up on the website (or by calling the store) to be sure that we have your spot saved! 


But, I am super excited about the ADORABLE make and take for this weekend! Margaret is bringing all of your American spirit for these super cute blocks!  Drop in any time between 10 and 2pm to create one of these bad boys! 
These would be perfect for table decor or on a mantle.  And, I was thinking, how cute would one of these be to hold down napkins at your 4th of July picnic!?! 

But, this weekend is a little different - Margaret has a make and take add-on!  For $7, you can have both of these pieces to take home and finish.
Seriously, this might get the award for the best use of $7 this weekend! There are limited quantities of the add on's, so you might want to get here early this weekend. 

As always, allow about 20 or so minutes to get in, get signed in, and complete your project!  If you have to wait, feel free to walk around and do a little bit of shopping while you wait!  We have lots of goodies in the store that are arriving!

Now, go get crafty - and come do some make and takes!
Lesley

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Calling All VIC's!

Happy Thursday!

We are so excited to be sharing this fabulous date with you all!  Mark your calendars VICs for June 29th.  The store will be hosting another VIC Crop and they are do not miss events. 


A VIC Crop is different from a regular crop for a few reasons -
1) Food!  We have lots of goodies to eat (last time, we had a waffle bar for our Parks and Rec crop)!  I can't wait to see what is on the menu this time!
2) Goodie Bag!  You get a special treat bag curated to go with our theme - think paper and embellies and more!
3) Exclusive crowd!  We only let our VIC's in for this event, so grab your gal pals and join us!

AND, for the first time!

4) This is falling on VIC Sunday, so, your entire purchase during the crop is 25% off!  Yes!  Instead of the regular 10%, everytime you zip downstairs for another sheet of cardstock or pack of enamel dots or that 6x6 pad you have been hankering after, it is 25% off! 

There are a limited number of seats for this crop and I don't want you to miss out!  To save your seat, you need to call the store any pay for your spot OR you can register online at this link right here!

Got a question about this event (or any we host)!?  Drop it in the comments!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

4 Storage Ideas for Less than $10!

Happy Wednesday! 

I hope you all are having an awesome week!  I was perusing pinterest last night (I know, really out of character :) ) looking for some things to pin to my Workspace Envy board and I stumbled across some super awesome storage ideas!

Usually, when I see storage I like, there are a few problems with it.  First, it requires a lot of furniture that I don't have or a ton of floor space which is also at a premium in my house.  Or, it is incredibly expensive.  I am all about repurposing or grabbing things that I can get out of the garage or for a few bucks at Target.  And, then, I saw these four ideas! 

First up: A $1 Command Hook!

I don't know why I am not doing this.  We totally hang up cutting mats like this at the store.  It would be really easy to do at home.  And, it can go on the side of a bookshelf, which is unused storage space anyways!

Second: A $5(ish) Pants Hanger

Slight disclaimer.  I have totally done this with ribbon before, but I was thinking about how it would be awesome for washi tape.  And, again, takes up the unused wall space!  Woot!

Third: Each item is less than $10 (work with me here!)! 

This is a hanging file folder rack mounted on the wall with file folders hanging the other way!  Again, hooray for wall storage!  This would be great for cardstock pieces or scraps.  And, I was also thinking about vinyl storage here!  It would keep it flat, hold all the little scraps that are annoying to keep track of, and would be easy to pull out certain colors and then replace them on the wall.   

Fourth: Trading card pockets!
 Grab an old binder and tuck your tiny embellies in here!  Also, how cute with this be for Doodlebug pop ups?!?  A great way to seasonally or color sort your general things like enamel dots or those little tiny alphabets that Lily Bee used to make.  Pearls would fit in here and so would baggies of sequins.  I can think of so many different things to drop in these pockets!  Plus, if you have a former baseball card collector or Pokemon enthusiast, you probably already have some lurking in your house. 

What do you all think?  Usable storage solutions!?!  Let me know which one is your favorite!

Now, go get crafty (or maybe organized?)
Lesley

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Stamp and Shop for A Cause!

Happy Tuesday!

I saw these posted on the Facebook page the other day and I wanted to make sure they got a shoutout here on the blog!  There is nothing better than adorable and awesome supplies that help others!  And, some of our favorite crafty friends have teamed up to do just that!

Some of the biggest names in stamping and scrapping (seriously, this list in intense) have created a set of happy mail stamps - perfect for tags and backs of envelopes!  They have general sentiments that make them perfect for all year round! 


In case the little letters are too tiny, these stampers were each designed (going across and down) by Altenew, Art Impressions, Dare 2B Artzy, Concord & 9th, Gina K. designs, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Pinkfresh Studio, Waffleflower, and last but not least, Jennifer McGuire!  Seriously, all our favorite and most popular crafters. 

We have this super adorable set in the store NOW!  You can call the store to grab it or shop online at this link right here!  We have them at $25.29 and 100% of the proceeds made by the Stamping Village/Hero Arts will go to provide art education for students and schools that can't afford it!  I think this is a super wonderful cause that is all near and dear to our heart.  As a creative person, I can't imagine having not had a chance to explore the arts in school! 

And, if you have some random art and office supplies that you think schools could use, we  have a place in Knox County to take them!  Check out the Teacher Supply Depot on Cedar Bluff.  They take lots different items, set them up like a store, and teachers can come and shop for all these items for FREE four times a year.  There is more information about the Teacher Depot right here! 

Now, go get crafty!  And share the love of art with others!
Lesley

Monday, June 3, 2019

June Freebies and a Challenge!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an excellent weekend!  I loved seeing all the pictures from the Rustic Open House and the adorable projects.  It looked like such a great event.

I wanted to let you know that Simple Stories has dropped their newest set of freebies to print and use for the month!  You can find them at this link.  There is a set specifically designed and sized for travelers notebooks, planners, and general personal use! 
All you have to do is print them out, cut them out, and use them as needed!  I love to keep all my little pieces like this in a little 4x6 plastic box for pictures OR if they run a little bigger, inside a plastic $2 pencil box.  Sometimes, you can use little sorters to keep them in the right section for season, month, etc. 

And, I also wanted to let you know this weekend, the index card challenge that our design team member Melinda shared with us a few weeks ago!  You can see her post right here and check out the full challenge over here! 

Don't forget to grab these goodies to do a little bit of summer crafting! 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, May 31, 2019

June Events!

Woohoo!  Happy last day of May!  Can you believe that summer is here (temperature wise, not seasonally yet) and we are in full summer vacation swing?!? 

This summer, we are full of fun and exciting things going on at the store!  We have lots of big events coming up, so be sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss anything! 

June 1

Spring Rustic Open House!  Join us for an afternoon of fun and crafts and snacks!  These crafts are perfect for giving as gifts or gussying up some space in your house.  You can snag your spot in the class right here!

June 8


Make and Takes with Margaret!  Join us for a fun, fabulous, and FREE project!  We welcome any crafter - age 12 and up to join us.  Be sure you give yourself time to get signed in and get the project completed.  No registration is required!  And, once you join us for five times, you get some free crafting cash at the store!

Bible Journaling Storyteller is back!  Join us as we focus on a portion of Matthew.  Missy is a fabulous Bible Journaling leader and you will learn a ton in technique and faith.  Grab your seat in this delightful class right here!

June 9

Join the Knoxville Plannerds for a little time dedicated time to create in your planner or travelers notebook!  This is another amazing FREE event here at the store, but we do ask you to register please!  You can snag your seat right here!  (Plus, if you haven't heard, they have an incredible stash swap!)

June 11

Join Sara to create some magic in your travelers notebook!  We will be using Simple Stories Vintage Travel line to create an amazing journal full of pockets, folders, and little places to keep your mementos.  This will be a ready to drop pictures in project at the end of class, perfect to document your next adventure!  Grab your seat right here!

June 14-15

Dina Wakley is here and we are so excited!  She will be teaching FOUR classes here at the City!  Currently, all the classes are full, but you can put your name on the waitlist (things happen - you never know)!  Even if you can't attend a class, come shop!  Our guest instructors bring their latest and greatest products.  You will want to get your hands on them!  All the links to Dina's classes are right here on our calendar page. 

June 17

Join Jessica for an incredible Lawn Fawn class!  We will be making these adorable gnome terrariums.  Jessica is a great teacher and the biggest Lawn Fawn fan I know.  You will leave with tons of tips and tricks to make the most of your Lawn Fawn stash!  Snag your seat right here!

June 21-22

We will be in Chantilly, Virginia for the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo!  Come see us, take a class, and spend some time getting your creativity on!  We will also be in Duluth, Georgia in July!  Tickets will be on sale (for a discount) at the store!

June 25

A super busy Tuesday here at the store!  Join us at noon for a very patriotic Scrap Club!  We will be using the Bella Blvd Fireworks and Freedom line to create 3 - 2 page layouts.   Sneak previews are coming soon!  In the meantime, you can snag your seat in the class right here!

Join us at 6pm for Bible Journaling technique class!  Missy is bringing the awesome with napkins and embossing powder!  This is a great class to get started in for anyone who is new to bible journaling.  Pictures will be coming soon - but you can get your seat in the class right here

June 26

Join Gina for an awesome Travelers Notebook class!  This month, we will be using the paper line Ingredient to complete some simply amazing pages.  Pictures will be coming soon - I got to peek at a notebook from the past few classes and they are awesome.  This is a great way to try travelers notebooking if you are new and curious!  Grab your seat right here!

June 29

It's VIC Day!  Come join us for 25% off your entire purchase!  We love our VIC's and can't wait to spoil you with a discount on our favorite things.  Not sure if you are a VIC?  You can call the store and ask, or at your next check out, double check your card color! Blues are VIC's! 

And, our first week in July, we have our Say Cheese album on July 2nd and our City Chicks crop on July 6th!  You can snag seats in both of those classes now! 

We can't wait to see you creating with us this summer!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Rockin' Summer Craft

Happy Thursday!

Can you believe that it is almost June?  I will have our monthly pre-cap tomorrow of all the classes and things happening next month!  We are especially looking forward to our Rustic Open House and seeing so many wonderful faces. 

But, before we kick that off, I wanted to share a cute craft I stumbled upon... literally, quite by accident.  I am the Crafts Coordinator for my local MOPS group and am beginning my research for next year.  We have been pondering a lot of different options, but, then, I stumbled across fancy rocks and I think this is a must do for our group!  It is super great because it is using a lot of materials we already have. Let's be real, every one has a little acrylic paint hanging around the house and a handful of rocks. 

I am particularly drawn to the dot-based rocks.  I feel like the dots are done with the back end of the paint brush and is a lot easier to control than the brush on an uneven surface.  At this moment, I do need to add that painting is NOT MY JAM.  But, the dots  make this an achievably cute craft for anyone who wants to do this - regardless of age or experience. 









I love that these simple patterns can make such a difference and again, perfect for a casual afternoon craft for anyone! 

And, because I can't help myself from finding some amazing crafts, here are some... advanced... rocks!  How perfect are these little fairy doors?  And, my son is OBSESSED with all things car, especially classics, and he has a soft spot for VW - so this last one is for him! 


What would you put on a painted rock?  If you are looking for a follow up activity, it is really fun to take these bad boys and hide them in the park for others to find!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rustic Open House!

Happy Wednesday!

We have a few more days until our much anticipated Rustic Open House THIS SATURDAY!  We have a few more seats available in the 2pm session.  There will be lots of projects, snacks, and laughs! 







These projects are super cute and will be great for gussying up your home or craft space OR to be given as a gift!  Plus, all of these can be easily repeated at home if you need to make a dozen more sugar scrubs as gifts for a party! Come learn all our tips, tricks, and techniques!

Grab your seat right here!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pool Time!

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to take time to be thankful for the many sacrifice that have been made for us! 

We were so excited to spend a little time together as a family.  And, we were able to make our very first trip to the pool for the summer!  We have the cutest new summer pool line that is perfect for all the pools and splash pads that make the summer heat a little bit better!



This is Bella Blvd's Splash Zone!



 You can snag all of these pieces and parts at this link - or come swing by the store to grab it!  We can also take phone orders with payment! 

And, I know this one is unrelated, but I loved this Bella Blvd Memorial Day layout!

A huge thanks to the wonderful Creative Team from Bella Blvd!  These layouts are delightfully adorable and perfect for summer memories!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, May 24, 2019

Brand New Distress Oxide Sprays!

Happy Friday!

We are so excited to be at the long weekend and am planning a little crafting time! 

I got the word yesterday that one of our most favorite products has landed in the store!  Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide Inks are a SUPER popular and always run out the door!  Tim has been slowly releasing more colors in his Distress Oxide sprays (and the inks too)!
These colors are in the store NOW! 

Peacock Feathers
Abandoned Coral
Dried Marigold
Antique Linen
Squeezed Lemonade
Mowed Lawn
Pumice Stone
Twisted Citron
Broken China
Spun Sugar
Shaded Lilac
Victorian Velvet

Ready to get your hands on them?  Call the store and we can pull you a complete or partial set that you can swing by and pick up at your convenience!  Plus, we are offering a discount to anyone who gets all 12!  Please know that if you call to order them over the phone, we do need prepayment to hold your set.

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Summer Fun (From Home)!

Happy Thursday!

I know that school is almost out for my Knox County friends!  We had our last day of preschool already and summer is in full swing around here!  I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer printables for kids and adults alike! 

First up, this is an amazing summer reading printable!  It comes in 3 8.5x11inch pieces or a poster size.  Pro tip - you can print the large scale one as a blueprint or engineer print at an office supply store.  I printed mine for $.275 (with a 20% coupon) and it is hanging on our living room wall!  I love the idea of having a reading tracker and it makes it like a game.  It come from www.everyday-reading.com and I love it!  I also love that it will help keep me AND my tiny reader on track this summer.  Plus, we can read with purpose too! 


And, secondly, time for a little adult coloring!  This link has about a dozen different coloring projects - ranging from super intricate (seriously, can some of these even be colored) to just right!  I also love the coloring book marks - great for little readers and pairs nicely with that reading chart from the last list! You can grab an assortment of options here!  I find that coloring books are nice on-going summer projects for big (and little) people and are great to have to pull out.  Also, this is one of my favorite waiting room options.  Just a little pencil pouch of colored pencils and a folder with coloring sheets can keep us entertained for a while! 

If you don't want to print at home, there are tons of adult coloring books at all kinds of places.  And, I am super loving a trend of scrapbook pages that are black and white and ready for you to color them in!  Has anyone seen these?  I saw one on Instagram and now I can't remember who created it - when it comes to me in the middle of the night, I will pass it on to you all! 

So, what is your summer go-to activity?!?
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley