Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Tam and I worked on the class list today. So many good ideas and so little time to make them. But for those of you wondering what we have up our sleeves, I list out the names of a few of the classes just to whet your appetite. We'll be doing some perennial favorites as well as some new, cool stuff. Read on!

Additionally, we're going to be doing some product demos at Hobby Lobby North Side. If you've ever wondered what some of the best tools are, come to a Demo Day where we will be showing the Cricut Expressions, Cuttlebug, Electric Big Shot, iTop, Crop-a-dile, embossing folders and how they work in the various machines, SpellBinder Dies, Tim Holtz products, and any other tools we think are smokin' (not literally!). We'll be having some make-n-takes at these events, so mark the dates down when we announce them. If you want your hubby to buy it for you, we'll even help him shop! With the Cricut demo, we'll show you how to use the pens, the JukeBox, Design Studio Software, Vinyl, the new stamp and embossing products (to create stamps or your own embossing folders) along with the cartridges, and we'll talk about the Gypsy for the Cricut.

Since you all know I am going on the Artful Voyage in Mexico with Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, it's a safe bet that we are going to be having classes on how to use both the Tim Holtz products, but also stamps by Wendy Vecchi and products from Ranger (think Rock Candy Stickles and Crackle paint, alcohol inks, paint resist, blending, using Grunge paper and Grunge board, stamps, Glossy Accents and lots of techniques).

All of our classes make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts, so don't miss out. Classes include:
Countdown to Christmas Calendar (16 x 20 Advent calendar using canvas board, trims and other secret ingredients—this class sells out every time we do it, so sign up early!)
Days to Celebrate (birthday book using the Zutter binder) or Prayer Journal
Bill Minder with Calendar (this makes an excellent Christmas gift, don't miss it!)
Grunge and other wall hangings (lot of Timmy and Wendy here, in Christmas and home decorating options, we're teaching some new techniques that will knock your socks off!)
Christmas Card Tin (need a place to store your cards? This is it!)
Note Card Tin (Your own personalized stationary and a beautiful place to store it, or do it for a friend!)
Spellbinder Ornaments (Uses the NEW Pendant dies with the Cuttlebug and Big Shot)
Planner (a beautiful renewable planner that you might just keep for yourself)
Recipe Book (they gotta go somewhere, eh?)
12 Tags of Christmas (Straight from the Tim man himself, a multi-part technique class)
Ideology Jewelry (More Timmy in a way you can't imagine)
Joy of Christmas Wall Art (Capitalize on the letter craze and choose your own colors!)
Christmas Card stamping and embossing class (need something to fill that decorative tin, right?)
and the Fantasy Box makes a return!

Another highlight this season are some one hour classes to make small gifts, technique classes that you can apply to many projects, and prizes given away in EVERY class!

Our class sizes are kept smaller so you can finish your project in the class, no taking it home and wondering, what do I do now?

Lastly, soon we are adding an Adobe Photoshop Elements for Scrapbookers class. Come learn all about digital scrapbooking and also how to fix your pictures to make them look their best for your album.

To inquire about all the classes and demo's listed above, you can email me at vconquest@conquestkeepsakes.com. Remember, we do private parties as well, so if you want to plan a class just for you and your friends, or as an event for a group in your office or church, drop me a line and we'll set you up!

Keep the faith!

Friday, September 18, 2009


Take a hint from the title, I'm goin' on a cruise! Yeppers, in October I am going on the Artful Cruise in Mexico with Tim Holtz and guest teacher Wendy Vecchi! This cruise is sponsored by ScrapMap and I am BEYOND excited, I had a blast in Tim's class at CHA in July so I thought a whole week of Tim would be even better. I've been hinting at the hubby for the last three or four months about the cruise. He did a really good job of ignoring me. Finally, he was nice enough to give me the green light to go, after I pestered him to death. How else does a woman get what she wants? Does that count as a green light? It's just icing on the cake that Wendy is going to be teaching too. I am an absolutely HUGE fan of her grunge flowers. EVEN CLIFF admired her grunge roses while we were touring the Ideology booth at the show. Cliff wasn't going to let me go by myself, however, so I convinced my friend Tammy to go with me. Luckily, I only had to ask once, right Tammy? Yes, I can hear your head shaking from here. A whole week without cat hair, what will I do with that extra hour every day that I'll gain from not having to roll my clothes with a lint roller? Sleep or stamp? Now that I've spilled the cat kibble, on to other news...

I AM working on my list of classes for the holiday season. You all know how much I LOVE Christmas—Christmas papers, Christmas stamps, Christmas cookies, Christmas parties and Christmas cards. Oh and Christmas Kitties! So I am making my list, probably making it twice, gonna find out who's... oh, did I mention Christmas music? LOVE Christmas music. I think I have more Christmas CDs than regular music CDs, or maybe I should say more Christmas DOWNLOADS with the advent of iTunes (see how I worked in the word "advent"? uh-huh, it almost slipped by you). Glad you all were paying attention. :-) OK, yeah, I was saying something about a list... hmm... uh... yeah, a list of classes! That's it! (It's really hard getting old, hear what I'm telling ya?) So classes are in the works. I'll have the October schedule here shortly, with a big hole in the middle because I am...going on a CRUISE! Oh yeah, I told you that already. :-)

We'll be having classes in several locations again this year. First off, as usual, classes at the north side Hobby Lobby on Tuesday nights and Thursday days, and at the south side Hobby Lobby on Friday days; classes here at the Conquest Keepsakes Paper Studio, Craft Night at Northbridge Baptist Church and some additional classes scattered around Springfield (details as they develop). As an aside, my husband informed me that there was a CK—S and a CK—N, Conquest Keepsakes South (my craft room downstairs, which is at the south end of the house) and Conquest Keepsakes North (the breakfast area upstairs, which is on the north side of the house), so now I am telling all of you that all the classes at CK will be held in the M location, the room midway between my craft room downstairs and my breakfast area upstairs, which is the living area downstairs. Are we all clear now? Hmm, maybe I'll draw a map. Coming soon to a location near you...

Keep the faith!