Friday, April 10, 2020

Design Team Highlights and Shopping Sprees!

Happy Friday everyone! 

Another crazy week has come to a close!  I am so excited for this weekend - Easter is my favorite holiday and I am ready to cook and decorate eggs and prepare for the bunny :) 

But, before we get to that... all of us City Chicks wanted to thank you again for your amazing orders and support of the store!  Check out all these boxes that are shipping out this week from our Facebook sale last week. 

I think we are keeping the post office in business these days!  Since we didn't even finish everything on the list, we are having a SECOND SALE tonight!  Join us for Facebook Live Part II!  We have lots of new things in the store, in addition to the goodies Sara already has planned!

And, I have a super cute surprise!  Since our Design Team can't share their amazing-ness in the store, we will be sharing their goodies on the blog!  I wanted to share two layouts from Liz Longest today!  These are so cute and ready to be scraplifted. 
Let's Wander 

Never Grow Up
Thickers Phrases
Washi

These are super cute! Thank you for sharing them Liz!

We will see all of you online tonight - can't wait!
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

FREEEEEBIES!

Happy Hump Day everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!  Sara has been working super hard and has got all the orders pulled and invoiced from last Friday night's Live Sale!  You guys are amazing - the video of the orders is insane!  I can only imagine what the mail man is going to thing :)

I wanted to share a few free resources with you!  First up - some adorable digital stamps!  These are from the stamp company My Favorite Things!  Check out these precious cards from their Design Team!





These files are available to download through the end of the month so make sure you go ahead and grab them now to use whenever!  These would be perfect for a doctor you know!  I am thinking about dropping one off at our doctor's office when the dust and germs settle to share our thanks.  

AND, Tombow has some great freebies too!  They have tons of free lettering and coloring pages ready to download and print!  You can find them all right here.  Plus, you can inventory your supply collection and create your color charts for their markers, pens, and colored pencils.  All the inventory sheets are available here!  (Plus, they have a chart with the best uses for all their glues - WHO KNEW!?!)

Tombow has a great design team with tons of information and tutorials available - including a full tutorial on the Dual Brush Pens, how to draw a poppy flower, and a 3-D paper flower tutorial!

I think one of the best parts of being at home, for me, is the chance to learn something new without the pressures of coming and going to lots of different places.  What unexpected perks have you discovered?

Now, go get crafty!  
Lesley

Monday, April 6, 2020

Brand New Online Card Class!

Happy Monday everyone!

I am very happy to report that this weekend I got to do my first scrapbooking since I had a baby in October (YIKES)!  It was delightful and I am hoping to re-find my mojo soon!  Thank goodness for scraplifting and the treasure trove of ideas that is Instagram. 

Keeping busy has not particularly been a challenge with two tiny people around the house, but I am definitely looking for something to stretch my adult brain and I am so excited to have found the perfect new activity!  One of our most favorite card makers, Jennifer McGuire, is teaming up with some amazing artists to offer a new Spring Card Camp class that kicks off this Saturday.  It is $25 for 20 days of amazing new cards.  It is all about making two-for-one cards.  You will get a new video each day and lots of great content!  Find out more information about the class at this link right here!

Jennifer has some GORGEOUS inspiration cards on her instagram - which you can find right here!  I am not typically a card maker, but these pictures make me want to start.  Plus, this is a great time to send a card to a friend, your favorite essential worker, or resident of a senior living community!  In fact, you can send a whole bunch to a senior community to be distributed without knowing names!  Put that stash to good use :)

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Brand New Design Team!

Happy Wednesday! 

I hope you all are having a fabulous week!  A couple of quick notes - we are updating our hours again.  We are available for pickups and in store phone chats on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-2pm!  We are also working on rescheduling classes and retreats, so keep your eyes on your inbox! 

Also, mark your calendars!  We have live Bible Journaling class on Thursday AND Friday night we are having a Facebook live sale!  So grab your jammies, your favorite beverage and snack, and come shop the store from your couch! 

Okay, now for the great news you all have been waiting for!  We have a brand new design team and can't wait to see what amazing-ness they bring in the store!  Say a big hello to...

Tiffany Brummitt
Kelley Rice
Jennifer Gatewood
Debra Lord
Tandara Smith
Elizabeth Longest
Seanna Rupe

These lovely ladies will be bringing us a ton of inspiration in the store for the next six months!  I can't wait to share some of their amazing projects on the blog too!  

A huge thanks to everyone who submitted - it is always such a hard choice and we feel so lucky to have some many creative chicks in our store!  

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, March 30, 2020

Back to Craft School!

Happy Monday!

I hope you have had a great weekend!  We enjoyed the beautiful weather here and got to spend a little time outdoors. 

Last week, we asked what you all wanted to learn... and you all shared tons of information!  I wanted to share some of the classes that I have seen online for a little home learning while we are staying away from the germs!

First up!  Ken Oliver is offering a FREE class for you all!  He is one of 24 artists sharing his skills!  Plus, the class is live for 2 months so you don't have to binge watch all the art :)  You can get signed up for the class right here:  24 Hour Art Party!

I'll take a moment to share my classes!  On Saturday, I am teaching a hand lettering class using Crayola broad tip crayons through a non-profit in Chattanooga.  It is an online class so you can join me from anywhere!  Grab a seat through the Chattery right here!  I also teach my beginning hand lettering class and my chalk lettering classes online all the time through my website Lettering with Lesley!

Not a class... but Paige Evans is having a 70% off all her cut files sale on her Etsy shop through the 31st... so you are welcome ;)   

Amy Tangerine has a great travelers notebook class going on right now!  Six lessons about being positive, embracing your creativity, and all things travelers notesbooks.  It is currently $10 off the regular price - you can register here!

Karen Abend is hosting Sketchbook Revival!  It is 14 days of lessons taught by a variety of artists.  Sunday's lesson was all about floral watercolors and a second lesson about expressive portraits!  Plus, it is totally FREE!  You can register for the series right here!

Our Bible Journaling group is meeting online this week!  Missy is teaching a LIVE class online at 8pm Thursday night.  It is featuring Jen Hadfield's new line with all the hedgehogs.  You don't want to miss out! 

And, tomorrow, Tuesday, we are teaching our Copics class online!  Call the store to get more details and to make sure you have the supplies! 

There are lots of chances to learn and I am sure there are more that I missed!  Comment in our Facebook comments with your favorite lives and lessons!

Now, go get crafty and smarter!
Lesley

Friday, March 27, 2020

Happy Friday Friends!

I hope everyone is still feeling good!  As ready as I am to be back to normal, I feel so thankful that everyone in our house is healthy! 

First up, I want to say that I am so impressed with the incredible work you are all creating and sharing from our Creating Rainbows Challenge!  It is gorgeous and there are so many different types of creative projects!  It makes my crafter heart so happy!

Also, make sure you are keeping your eyes on your email for updates about classes being rescheduled, offered virtually, and other store based events. 

Okay, ready for some fun Friday goodness?  I have seen so many cards that you all have created for the Creating Rainbows challenge, I am challenging you to send one!  Last week, my five year old and I mailed a card to his friend and it was so sweet to watch him get so excited.  Let's be real, who doesn't love snail mail! 

I found this fun list of things to tuck into a card that doesn't change the mailing rate!

  • tea bag
  • confetti
  • stickers
  • seed packets (happy Spring!)
  • packet of drink mix
  • little drawings
  • buttons
  • string - or maybe some bakers twine
  • fun feathers
  • piece of gum
  • flat candy - Airheads anyone?
  • a balloon
  • pressed flowers or leaves
  • photos
  • origami
  • pretty paper
  • ribbons or fabrics
  • washi tape (my favorite way to share it is on a embroidery floss card)
  • cool paper clips
  • charms
  • book marks
  • magazine cutouts
  • money :)
  • small notebooks
  • charms
Who are you mailing to this week?  I think it is going to be our family goal to send a letter once a week to someone to cheer them up!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Happy Wednesday everyone!

We are so sad that the store is closed to customers at the moment... but I am glad that Knoxville is taking our health into consideration first!  I hope that we are back open super soon!  In the mean time, we are definitely still shipping, so feel free to order online, call or message the store and we can get a package out to you! 

I don't know about you all, but I feel like for me, this time is like a new New Year's Resolution and I am ready to learn something new!  I have seen tons of people coloring in our new challenge and I wanted to pass along this super tutorial about blending with colored pencil! 


How gorgeous are those little squares?  Plus, I keep thinking about how awesome they are going to look with all the stamp sets! 

Do you have something that you are ready to learn!?!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, March 23, 2020

Challenge Time!

Happy Monday!

Are you all ready for a new challenge?  We are so excited to be hosting our Create Your Own Rainbow challenge for the next two weeks.  Sara sent an email about this yesterday, so you can check your inbox for even more details! 


Every morning, she will be posting a challenge/theme for the day!  We want you to create and share your final project with us on Facebook or Instagram!  Be sure to use the hashtags #craftingwiththecitychicks and #createyourownrainbow so we can find them on both platforms!  You can also tag us on both platforms.  We will be picking a winner daily, so make sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page for all the daily details!

Plus, we have this super cute new shirt headed to the store shortly!  It is made out of the really soft t-shirt material and you can get yours by calling or messaging the story.  We are taking pre-orders now!  They are $24 or $26 for sizes 2xl and up! 
I can't wait to see what you all are creating!  I know that I am looking forward to a little crafty time over the next few weeks without the distractions of everything outside my house :)

Now, go get crafty (and share those challenges)!
Lesley

Friday, March 20, 2020

Finally Friday!

Hey everyone!

I don't know about you, but I feel like this week has been so long!  Maybe it is being at home with two littles all day long, but time has seemed to drag this week.  Now that we are settled into a bit of a routine, I am hoping to get a little bit of crafting time in over the weekend and into next week! 

A couple of quick announcements...
-our online shop now has a curbside pick up option!  Let us trot your new purchases out to you!
-Sara unloaded a LITERAL FREIGHT PALLET of new stuff, so be sure to stay on Facebook to see what she is unboxing! (Then, feel free to order for curbside pickup;) )
-our hours are changing for the short-term.  Make sure you know when we are open before you buzz over!


And, if you are looking for some inspiration for all your recently picked up goodies... these are some of my favorite places to go!

LAWN FAWN - just finished their Spring Inspiration week and it was nothing short of inspiring!  Check out how they are using all the new releases :) 

Our own Jody Compton (woot woot!) is on the design team at Paper Issues, Confessions of a Paper Addict, AND Spiegel Mom Scraps.  She has links to lots of live scraps and tons of layouts (seriously, how do you do it?) on her Facebook and Instagram and You Tube!  I love knowing a local-ish scrap celebrity! 

Paige Evans' Happy Scrappy Facebook group is teeming with amazing layouts!   You can request to join right here! 

I want to know... what is your favorite place to find inspiration?  Leave it in the comments or on our Facebook post! 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Some Store Updates...

Howdy friends!

Hope you all are doing well and staying germ free!  We are updating our store hours and some things at the store to make sure we all stay our healthiest and don't put anyone at risk.  All the details got emailed out last night, but if you missed it, here are the basics!

-Starting Thursday, our weekday hours will be 10am-2pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and closed on Sundays. 

-Classes are on a case by case basis - make sure you watch your email for information about each class. 

-We are STILL getting lots of goodies in the mail and will be putting them out.  Make sure you stay tuned to Facebook and the blog for new product announcements.  Don't forget you can order online with in store pickup and we offer curbside delivery- just call us when you get here!  You can also call or send us a Facebook message to get what you need. 

-We welcome you to come in the store, we just ask that you wash your hands to make sure we don't spread anything unnecessary.  We are washing and sanitizing around the clock! 

-Unfortunately, we are going to postpone the Yard Sale until May 9-10... so make sure you update your calendar!  And, you can spend this time doing a deep clean to get the most out of your stash! 

I hope you all are able to use this time to finish your PhD - those would be projects half done! 
We feel so lucky to be a part of this community and will need your support to get through the next little bit!  Please, feel free to order online, call the store, we will even FaceTime to get exactly what you need!  Be sure to watch for Facebook live sales and online classes coming soon!  Plus, a positive online review is a great boost for us too!

Thank you all - we can't wait to craft again in person!
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, March 16, 2020

Magical Forest!

Happy Monday friends!

I am loving this brand new line from Crate Paper that has been in the store for about a week!  It is a stunning neutral line called Magical Forest!  It makes me swoon and is perfect for dress up and fairy tale adventures!






I love the different lettering styles in the embellishments and the browns and blues!  I think this might be perfect for a little cousins meetup I have to document.  The stars, the flowers, the hearts, all of it is just my taste! 

If you are ready to get your hands on this, swing by the store or call and we can pull your favorites for you!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, March 13, 2020

Brand New Photoplay!

Happy Friday y'all!

I hope you all are ready for an awesome weekend of crafting!  We have lots of new arrivals in the store from Creativation.  Shipping season is the best season :)  We have had a lot of Graphic 45 arrive in store... and head out too!  If you missed your favorite pieces, no worries.  Sara is re-ordering!  Be sure to get your favorites in the order book so we make sure you get what you are looking for! 

But, today, I also wanted to share some new arrivals from Photoplay too!  How cute are these little lines!?!









I am loving these layouts!  Excellent use of cutouts and cutfiles Photoplay!  I especially love those last two layouts! 

Which is your favorite? 

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, March 9, 2020

Traveler's Notebook Update!

Happy Monday!

Remember what seems like a hundred years ago, I shared my plan for a traveler's notebook this year?  You can see my original idea back here on the blog!

I just wanted to take a moment to share that I have been keeping up with it!  When I finish a book, I snap a picture to save on my Instagram stories, but I also print them out at the end of the month in a postage stamp size.  Then, I add a quick note, rating, and where/why I read it - for a book club or who the recommendation come from!  I kind of love how it turned out!


 


It isn't fancy, but I love that it is helping me remember what I read :)  Plus, it is definitely motivating to stop the mindless scrolling and read a book or do something more productive.  Now, I have some accountability!  When I am planning for the next month, I keep a sticky note on the next page with the titles and a starred rating!

What are you documenting in your traveler's notebooks?  We would love to see it!
Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Friday, March 6, 2020

Mystery Kits!

Happy Friday everyone!

I am so so excited about this new challenge at the store!  We are introducing Challenge Boxes... and a prize!  Ready for all the details...

We will have 14 new challenge boxes available for purchase!  Each box is priced at $30 and is valued at a minimum of $75 of goodies hand picked by Sara.  From the box, you will need to create a complete project (layout, card, home decor project, etc) using a minimum of 4 products.  Then, we will share your layouts in the store to have customers vote for their favorite.  The first place winner gets a $50 gift card and second place is $30!  Sara has a list of the box contents, so she can make sure you are following the rules ;) 



There has been a ton of interest in the boxes so make sure you swing by to grab yours before they are all gone!  Layouts are due by March 20th and we will vote from March 21 to 29th! 


No peeking at what is inside!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Design Team Call!

Happy Wonderful Wednesday friends!

I hope you all are having a great week and enjoying all the brand new product in the store!  I know it is flying off the shelves :)  If you are a lover of all these new goodies and wishing you had a really good reason to own them ALL at a discount, I have the solution to your quandary!



We are having our Design Team call for our next group of super talented Chicks!  We are looking for a handful of ladies who will create a variety of different projects for the store using product we are currently stocking!  If you are a card maker, layout lady, mixed media maven, or mini album queen, we want you! 

If you want to apply, you need to bring us 3 or more completed projects in a labeled bag (please!)!  Show us your authentic style!  We try to have lots of different types of crafters and different styles of artists.  The submissions are due to the store by March 24th and we will announce the new team on April 1st (no kidding!) 

In return, you get some pretty sweet perks, including a discount in the store, free weekend crops, and an awesome t-shirt!  Plus, we share your layouts in the store, on our Facebook, blog, and Pinterest pages! 

So, who is ready to submit!?!  I can't wait to see what you all submit!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley

Monday, March 2, 2020

March Madness at SITC!

Hey friends!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed your bonus day this weekend and maybe squeezed in a bit of bonus crafting!  We loved having our VIC's here for shopping and scrapping all day :)   March is super crazy, so grab those planners and mark your calendars for all our new classes!

March 5-8

Our Chicks are headed to Gatlinburg for a weekend of creativity and relaxation!  This retreat is sold out, but you can get your name on our wait list just in case right here!  Those who are headed up the mountain, it is time to get packing :) 

March 7

Can't make it for a whole weekend retreat?  Join us right here in store for a Saturday crop!  12 hours of crafting, chatting, chocolate, and a smidge of Netflix.  Leave your family at home and come work on all those projects you have half done!  Grab a seat right here!

March 10 and 14



Watercolor madness!  Join our instructor Michelle to learn how to make GORGEOUS watercolored cards.  This is a great class for new or experienced watercolor-ers.  You will make 3 watercolored cards and on Tuesday only, you can add 3 more cards for an additional $10!  Snag a spot in watercolors right here!  For the additional Tuesday cards, click the link at the bottom of the class listing :)

March 14

It's Bible Journaling Day!  Join Missy for another day of Bible Journaling Storytelling!  The theme is month is "Why Tell A Story" and includes a Pinkfresh supply kit!  Missy is a great instructor and you will love this group if you are a new or experienced bible journaler.  Grab your seat in the class right here!

March 15

It's back!  Join City Chick Amanda for all the things you need to know about making the most of your Silhouette Cameo.  You will get to practice your skills and create a few new projects!  A list of what you need to bring is on the class listing.  Grab your spot and supplies right here!

March 18


It's Travelers Notebook time!  Join City Chick Margaret to learn all things travelers notebook.  This month, Margaret is teaching all things mini planners :)  These are super cute and include a little class kit too!  Now, go get yourself signed up right here!

March 21

This class is so cute!  Learn how to make Jumble Journals with Margaret.  You will use items already in your stash to create the sweetest mini-albums.  Plus, at $15, this class can't be beat!  I also love that you can style it any way you like with your favorite 6x6 pad - so floral, bold pattern, or all things boy - this mini-album is perfect for you!  Grab your seat right here!

March 21

This class is back by popular demand too!  Join us for Intro to Copics!  This is perfect for anyone who is new to Copics or needs to refresh their basic skills.  Michelle will be teaching and blending all things Copics.  I also love that you can rent a set of Copics if you don't have them... or aren't sure you are ready to invest quite yet!  Grab your seat in this class right here!

March 24

It's Scrap Club Day!  We will be creating 6 layouts using the line Let's Wander by Vicki Boutin.  The official layouts are still a work in progress, but they are guaranteed to be awesome!  Grab your seat right here!

March 25

Time for Cricut Club!  This intermediate class is all about using heat transfer vinyl to create adorable shirts, totes, and more.  You will need a machine that is compatible with Design Space.  More information and specifics are available at the class listing right here!

March 27-29


It's Yard Sale time!  This is one of our BIGGEST events of the spring and fall - the yard sale!  Consignors pre-sale is on Friday night and we open to the public on Saturday.  Plus, Sunday is half-price day!  There is always a stash of amazing treasures to find at the yard sale so make sure you make plans to swing by!  Get more information about all things yard sale right here!

March 31 and April 11



Come make cards with your Copics!  Join Michelle to create some amazing cards featuring the Taylored Expressions stamp set My Favorite Things Tweet Friends (which is inclued in your kit)!  These cards are so cute and perfect for Spring!  Grab your seat and class details right here!

Are you all as tired as I am?  I am so excited for all the things we have going on this month.  There is definitely a class for everyone!  Don't forget to get yourself signed up - these classes go super fast!

Now, go get crafty!
Lesley