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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stamp and Scrapbook Expo News!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope you all are having a great week and have had some time to flex a little creativity this week!  It has been really busy here and yesterday was the last day of preschool at our house.  A few minutes of creative work has really helped crush my exhaustion and worry about this huge schedule change!

But, I wanted to let you know that it is time to mark those calendars!  I may be a bit behind, but I just saw that Stamp and Scrapbook Expo have released their schedule, class information, and more for both the shows we will be at this year - Chantilly, VA and Duluth, GA!


Chantilly's show is June 20-21st and we are so excited to be a vendor and a teacher for this class!  Sara is teaching another fabulous Kiwi Lane class that is all about Disney.  These will create two super cute page spreads for your album.  You can get more information about the class in the workshop booklet (page 76-77) and is listed as Kiwi Lane as the instructor.  The full booklet is available here!  More information about the entire event is available here!

We will have tickets for the Chantilly show at the store - usually for a discount!  Stay tuned for more information and a link when it is available!

And, as always, we are headed back to Duluth, Georgia on July 19-20!  We are also teaching the Kiwi Lane class in Duluth (find info on page 70-71).  And, I am really excited to be teaching hand lettering AND chalk lettering in Duluth (page 136-139)!  I am so excited to be making my first trip to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo and can't wait to see some friendly faces there too!  The full booklet for Duluth is available right here!  You can get more information about the whole event right here! 

The tickets for this show will be in the store again, along with pins!  I got a sneak peek at the new pins available for this season of shows and they are so cute.

I want to know, who is planning to go with us this year?!?  Drop us a comment below or on Facebook!  I know it will be an amazing time!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Lawn Fawn Fairy Garden

Hi everyone!

This week is super busy here at the store.  Today is our Say Cheese Disney album class - I can't wait to see those finished albums!  And, tomorrow, Jessica is hosting out Lawn Fawn class for the month.  You can still register online for Jess' class right here!

She is teaching you how to make these ADORABLE terrariums with removable parts to change out seasonally.  Plus, you will learn a ton of tricks to using the interactive dies that Lawn Fawn is famous for!


Last night, when I was trolling around Pinterest looking for fun summer activities, I stumbled on Fairy Gardens!  If you are not familiar with fairy gardens, they are basically doll houses built in small plants for fairies.  They are really popular with kids, especially those that love a little fantasy reading.  And, then I was thinking, how cute are these pieces that Jess is making for a fairy garden - and especially because they can be moved around! 

These stamps and dies would be easy for kids to color (and make TONS of them, because paper) and use to play in a garden.  There are tons of other things to create for fairy gardens on Pinterest using household items (I am a particular sucker for the picnic table made from tongue depressors) and a recommended plant list.  All kinds of goodies!  I think this class (and these stamps) would be a great head start on a whole summer of indoor or outdoor fun with fairy gardens!  (Our garden would be inside with silk plants, because I am a certified plant killer.  Seriously, I killed succulents.)

Anyways, I hope you join Jess' class this month!  There are still a few seats available right here!  We would love to see what you create with your gnome terrarium!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer Scrapbook Bucket List!

Happy Monday everyone!

I don't know about you, but summer is barreling down on me and I am just not ready for it yet!  This is the last week of preschool and I am both super thrilled to be on summer vacation and a little worried about what we are going to do with all that unstructured time.  Yesterday, I was asking my husband and Anderson what they wanted to do this summer - any goals they wanted to accomplish - to make a summer bucket list! 

I love this idea - it gives us a chance to plan out thoughtful activities throughout the summer and it means that I am not scrambling all the time to come up with a plan - that may or may not be a hit.  Also, it helps me plan my scrapbooks and scrapbooking purchases, if I know what we are going to be up to (more or less)! 

So, my boys asked to play putt putt, go to a baseball game, go swimming, eat popsicles, go to a museum, and more.  I wanted to share a few summer bucket lists as inspiration (and purchase planning :) ) with you all!




I love that a lot of these things are unstructured (read: no planning on my part!) and a lot are free(ish)!  Having summer plans doesn't have to be expensive and to be honest, we were going to do a lot of these things anyways.  Now ,we just have a little purpose and plan behind them, instead of "mom wants fresh strawberries"! 

So, I want to know, what is on your summer bucket list?

Now, go get crafty - and come grab some summer paper lines to document all these magical summer memories!
Lesley

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all have had a great week and are ready for an awesome weekend!  We would love to see you for one of our classes this weekend - Inky Chicks and Wood Crafts!  You can still snag a registration spot. 

Also, a friendly reminder to grab your seat for the February Retreat AND get those Lawn Fawn orders in for a discount! 

But, today, I am going to toss it over to one of our delightful Design Team ladies - Melinda Davis!  She is sharing her experience with a challenge that is getting ready to start on June 1st - so mark your calendar.   Thanks for sharing with us Melinda!!!


Hi, it’s Melinda from the Design Team and I wanted to tell you about something coming up that has been a turning point in my art making.  Have you ever heard of ICAD?  Although it sounds like it should be a computer program, ICAD stands for Index Card A Day. Created by Tammy Garcia (daisyyellowart.com), it’s an on-line art/mixed media challenge.  The idea is that every day during June and July you make a piece of art on an index card – but since index cards are inexpensive, every day items, you are less likely to get too wrapped up in “this is a precious commodity; whatever I do on it/to it/with it has to be perfect, a masterpiece.” ICAD is free (although there is a moderately priced upgrade which gets you some extra guidance and inspiration); there are daily prompts (topical) and weekly themes (materials or techniques), all of which are totally optional.  You can share photos of your cards on Facebook (or not). The main thing is to spend a few minutes each day being creative.
 Chevron: acrylic paint (stenciled and scraped); stamped (acrylic paint on a tape core)

 Tangerine: clean-up background, collaged scraps, modeling paste through a stencil, buttons


I’ve participated in four ICADs over the last five or six years.  Last year was special for two reasons:  I actually did a card every day (which was a first) and an even more important first, I posted a photo of each one (scary although it did get a little less so as the days went along – I never received or saw a negative comment and it was interesting to see what caught people’s attention). I did use the daily prompts (but on some of my cards, you’d be hard pressed to figure out how I got from the prompt to the result); the weekly themes, not so much. I prepped some cards with backgrounds for busy days and some cards got fine-tuned over several days. Simply put, I made it easy for myself and concentrated on having fun.

 Treasure: Distress Oxide clean-up background, painted Tyvek distressed with heat gun
 Twister: clean-up background with acrylic marks


I have all of my ICADs in an open tray and I love flipping through them – I can see how my aesthetic has changed, how my color sense has developed, how my techniques have become more complex. And even my early fumbling attempts make me happy because I see they were the stepping stones to the later ones.

 Window: acrylic paint background, modeling paste through stencil, circles punched from gel print scraps

Wish: clean-up background overstamped with acrylic paint on jar lids, rubber stamped sentiment


I encourage you to consider ICAD (or any other similar challenge: Inktober and CarveDecember are two that come to mind – Google “on-line art challenge” to find others) – it’s a fun, low/no stress way to ease into an art practice, a change to play with neglected supplies, an opportunity to think “outside the box” and expand your artistic comfort zone. If life gets in the way, don’t quit – just get back on track as soon as you can. I don’t think you’ll ever regret time spent nurturing your creative self. 

 
 Poetry: acrylic paint, various stencils, underpaper scrap, drywall tape

These are so cool Melinda!  I love all the techniques and the idea of creating on an index card is amazing!  I also love that you can use index cards for lots of things too, like repurposing your art into bookmarks or little inspirational notes to send to someone!  I will also agree with something Melinda said, that in challenges, it is amazing the support and kindness people share with other creators!  We would love to see what you all create for this challenge (or just because), so feel free to share with us on Facebook or Instagram!  

A big thanks to Melinda for sharing this with us!  Drop some love for her in the comments here or on the Facebook post.  

Have a great weekend and go get crafty!
Lesley


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Retreat Openings AND Lawn Fawn!

Man, I feel like I won the lottery getting to share these little tidbits with you!  Two of our most popular things are open for business just for you all! 

First up, our February Retreat!  We are so excited to share this brand new theme with you!  Join us for a Gatsby-themed event as we "Put On The Ritz!"

We will be back at the Embassy Suites near Cedar Bluff and have our flapper dresses ready for fun!  This event ALWAYS sells out in a hurry.  The event runs from January 31-February 2, 2020 and you can snag your spot right here!

If you register early, you can snag a discount for the weekend!  Now, through June 14th, if you pay in full, the total cost is $115.  If you aren't ready to pay the full amount, call the store and we will send you a Paypal invoice/take payment over the phone for a $30 deposit and then you will need to pay the $100 balance before December 31st. 

This is one of my favorite events of the year and it is always full of laughs, giveaways, and tons of scrapping!  We really liked hosting at the Embassy Suites - there is lots of space in the crop room, clean hotel rooms, happy hour with snacks, and more!  If you have a question, feel free to send us a message or call the store. 

Did you think this was all my good news?  NOPE. 

Lawn Fawn is having their release and once again, it is AMAZING. Today is the very first day that we can sell the product, so hustle in and grab everything! 


This week, we have a very special discount for our Lawn Fawn-atics!  All orders prepaid between now and May 23rd will receive a 10% discount!  If you need your order shipped, we will have a a flat rate shipping of $7.99.  I will share more of the new releases tomorrow, but you can find them right now at Lawn Fawn's blog. 

And, be sure you get signed up for our monthly Lawn Fawn class with Jessica!  This month, they are making adorable terrariums! 

Now, go get crafty (and call for all the things!!!)
Lesley