Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I've been busy, busy, busy trying to get everything I need to do done before embarking on my Artful Cruise to Mexico with Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi! (Yes, I feel compelled to use the proper name for the cruise from ScrapMap) Oh my golly, am I EXCITED! Maybe a little TOO excited if you ask Cliff. Anywho, I've been busy ordering supplies and putting together kits for the classes which start the week I return from Mexico. Seriously, I think Tim and Wendy bought every spec of Idea-ology out there, not to mention Ranger products! Boy, are we gonna have some fun with all things inky! Tim has our Yahoo Group for the trip whipped almost to a frenzy with excitement as he and Wendy both tease us about what they have in store for us and our workshops. And shopping? Oh my YES! All the latest from Idea-ology, Ranger, Stamper's Anonymous, 7 Gypsies, Graphic 45 and Maya Road! Do you think I am going to come back with some Timmy and Wendy classes for you? You betcha! In fact, some are already scheduled... but you'll have to wait for the details!

Speaking of workshops, you can now pick up the class schedule for October (since we're IN October) for the two local Hobby Lobby stores. I'm offering a Spellbinder Pendant class and the Countdown to Christmas 16 x 20 calendar this month. Here are some brief descriptions of two of the classes. A version of the Calendar is on display now at the South Side store, fliers will be available soon.

(You all can't see this, but my big lilac point Himalayan just crawled up on my lap between me and my laptop (no grace needed here), laid down and curled up into a ball, stuck his face into the crook of my arm and is purring away as he takes a nap. How cute is that? Aside from the fact that I can't breath as he's mostly on my chest, and I can't move except to type and he lays his ears back—the Ears of Irritation—when I do that. Pewter wants complete compliance with his cutefulness. Oh, and I have a face full of long white cat hair to boot.) OK, back to class descriptions...

Spellbinder Ornament—make a beautiful snowflake ornament with pearl and ribbon accents using the new Spellbinder Pendant dies on your Cuttlebug! All the supplies are included but bring your standard scrapbooking kit (see description to the left). If you've ever wondered what Spellbinder Dies can do and how you might use them in your Cuttlebug, this is the class for you! You'll also see a demo of the Scor-Pal scoring tool. A must have for any card maker!
Cost is $8
Oct. 22 from 1-3p at the North Side store
Oct. 23 from 1p –3p at the South Side store
Nov. 23 from 6p–7:30p at the CK Home Studio
Nov. 24 from 6p –7:30p North Side store

Countdown to Christmas Calendar—A 16 x 20 Christmas calendar with removable boxes for goodies for the kids (or yourself)! A fun way to count down the days to Christmas. Uses DCWV Christmas Glitter pad, Cosmo Cricket Christmas paper or bring papers of your choice. This is a GORGEOUS project worth every penny and more, don't miss it! This project involves a little homework for the North Side store, but nothing too strenuous. EVERYTHING is supplied! Can be done in colors to match your decor, uses Christmas picks or Kaiser wood embellishments. Bring your standard scrapbook kit.
Cost is $30
Oct. 26 or Nov. 9 from 6p – 10p at the CK Home Studio
Oct. 27 or Nov. 10 from 5:30p – 7:30p North Side store
Oct. 29 or Nov. 12 from 1p – 3p North Side store
Oct. 30 or Nov. 13 from 1p – 5p South Side store

So, what about those Timmy classes? Let's just say in November and December we're going to do a little Decor Grunge! We'll be using all the new Tim Holtz products as well as his current products. We're going to sponge, smear, blend, stamp, staple, paint, glaze, sand, glitz, mist, heat, canvas, crackle, distress, ink and grunge our way to better art! A technique extravaganza that is going to knock your socks off! In case you haven't noticed, Hobby Lobby carries not only the Distress, Adirondack and Alcohol inks, but they now carry the Paint Dabbers, Sander, Stickles, Grungeboard, Tiny Attacher (better buy one now, you just might need it...), and other Ranger and Idea-ology products. With a coupon, what could be better? Or cheaper...

Just a reminder, don't forget to bring your scrapbook kit to class as we don't supply tools or adhesives unless specifically noted. These classes are always available for scheduling for private groups or events, and they may be offered at other times outside of Hobby Lobby store hours.

Keep the faith! ~Vicki