April 30, 2012

Authentique

We received two new collections today from Authentique Glory and Carefree

Here is a look at

Glory













I absolutely adore this collection.
The colors and patterns are just perfect.

April 29, 2012

Another Wendy Vecchi Class

We are excited to announce we are offering another Wendy Vecchi Class


BEYOND Basic Backgrounds ...

Friday May 18th at 6:00pm

Actually it should be called...WAY beyond basic backgrounds!

Learning how to make great backgrounds will take your art to the next level.

You’ll find that these multilayered backgrounds are the perfect starting point for card making, altered art projects & for the newly popular art journals. You’ll never fear that blank white space again, once you learn these simple steps.

In this techniques class, you’ll create beautiful backgrounds made with distress stains & inks, stencils, studio 490 stamps, archival inks, Tim’s new water brushes & also some random ITEMS that will be YOURS to take home. The key “ingredient” is Ranger’s brand new “Specialty Stamping Paper”....this paper is unbelievably versatile & TOTALLY wonderful! Prepare to be amazed as we start with an ATC, then move on to more larger “arts” that can be framed or added to your art journal... or even to your inspiration station.

There will be plenty of choices & the art YOU CREATE will be unique. This workshop will help you develop YOUR style.

If you want to expand your arty skills, get the most from the products you already own, test drive a new arty style & take your art to the next level...

I’ll see you in WAY Beyond Basic Backgrounds .

And as a little thank you...you'll take home 3 "extras" to help you continue on your art adventure!


Here are some Examples of the Styles of Backgrounds you will be making!!!!





and if you have signed up for any of Wendy's other classes this weekend we will give you a discount on this class!!!!


April 28, 2012

Wendy Vecchi Classes in May

Wendi Vecchi is coming to ESS in May to teach classes and we are so excited.



Sunday May 20th

Inspiration Station with Wendy Vecchi



Inspiration station...

Inspiration Station is just that! A place to record your ideas & a place to try new techniques. It's a unique art journal of sorts. Since the pages are easily removable & replaceable, there's no need to worry about ruining your book. We will ink, stamp & stain to create & construct this journal completely from scratch.

This design can also be transformed into a mini scrapbook, if you so desire.

In this workshop we'll use lots of fun products including studio 490 art parts and stamps, Tim Holtz Idea-ology goodness, lots of Ranger inks and some grungeboard too.

We'll play with the new distress stains & there are a few surprise techniques included too.

April 27, 2012

Magnolia Stamps Class

Join Tamara on Sunday April 29th at 1:00pm for a fun
stamp class featuring Magnolia.
The samples are really cute



Sorry for the crappy photo

April 26, 2012

Cool New Stamps

Lovely new stamps using the very popular Honeycomb paper.
These are very sophisticated cards
and we have new colors of Honeycomb paper.


and cute Monster images.
Love the samples

April 25, 2012

This weeks Tim Holtz Inspired Tag

These weekly tags are usually inspired by the Master of Distress Tim Holtz

Introducing this weeks tag:

From London with Love



The tag will be available to be created by you Wednesday April 25th through Tuesday May 1st when we will reveal the next one.

and remember we are now open till 8:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

You do not have to bring anything with you.
We will be providing all materials, tools, adhesives, etc.

So come on in and make something crafty and fun.


Hope we see you soon

April 24, 2012

Tim Holtz Tuesday Tag Teaser

Its that time of week again!

Time for us to tease you with our Tim Holtz inspired Tag of the Week.

We will show you the entire tag tomorrow.


This Tag will be available to be made Wednesday 4/25 through Tuesday 5/1 for just $5.00
You do not need to bring anything with you.
This is a great way to learn some new techniques and have fun.

New from Little Yellow Bicycle

Everything you love about spring is packed into this collection of perky prints and perfect pastels - with a "spring"-kling of blossoms, bunnies and butterflies - just for fun.



Say "hello" to sunshine, warm breezes and birdsongs ... say Hello Spring!

April 22, 2012

Dress Up Your Desk with Eli

Thursday April 26th at 6:00pm
Join Eli
for Dress Up Your Desk $25




Want to have a stylin’ desk?

Make a Letter Holder, Floral Pen, Little Note Clips, Post it Note Holder and a bonus Drink Holder. This ensemble would also make a perfect gift for you favorite teacher, friend, nail tech, hair stylist, etc. Very very cute projects.

April 21, 2012

Nancy is a Blockhead

Tuesday April 24th at 6:00pm
Join Nancy in class
(You even get to call her a Blockhead)


NANCY IS A BLOCKHEAD $35

If you want to make some really cool art for your home or office then take this class. Nancy is going to show you how to make these wonderful blocks that will hold tags. The tags can be changed to suit the season or your mood. . . . and each month Nancy will be making new tags that you can make to alter the look.

April 20, 2012

Copic 101 Class




Monday April 23rd at 6:00pm we have a Copic Class

COPIC 101 with Eli Harlan $15

Learn from a certified Copic Instructor how to get the most out of these amazing markers. We will be using the Airgun, Blender Pen and Sketch markers. Learn multiple basic blending techniques as you learn to color like a pro. You will need a Copic “Blender” Pen for the class

April 19, 2012

Book Signing and Zentangling with Joanna Campbell Slan

Tomorrow we have Award Winning Author Joanna Campbell Slan
autographing her latest Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Book.
(We also have the other four novels in stock)

Join us for dessert and coffee and chat with Joanna
Friday April 20th from 4:00-6:30pm



From 7:00pm to 9:00pm Joanna is teaching the Art of Zentangle.($30)

Zentangle is a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.
It is fun and relaxing. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images.
It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction.

Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time

At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But, when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is . . . sort of like learning the secret behind a magic trick. Then, when you create a piece of Zentangle art, you realize how fun and engrossing the process itself is.



April 18, 2012

This weeks Tim Holtz Inspired Tag

These weekly tags are usually inspired by the Master of Distress Tim Holtz

Introducing this weeks tag:

Ruby Rainbow




This week we will be using Sprays by Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Stamps by Tim Holtz, Claudine Helmuth and Dyan Revealey

Prepare to get inky!

These weekly tags inspired by Tim Holtz are like having a mini class at a time that's convenient for you; you will learn some new and exciting techniques that you can then use in your card making, scrapbooking or altered art.

The tag will be available to be created by you Wednesday April 18th through Tuesday April 24th when we will reveal the next one.

and remember we are now open till 8:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

You do not have to bring anything with you.
We will be providing all materials, tools, adhesives, etc.

So come on in and make something crafty and fun.


Hope we see you soon

April 17, 2012

Tim Holtz Tuesday Tag Teaser

Its that time of week again!

Time for us to tease you with our Tim Holtz inspired Tag of the Week.

We will show you the entire tag tomorrow.



This Tag will be available to be made Wednesday 4/18 through Tuesday 4/24th for just $5.00
You do not need to bring anything with you.
This is a great way to learn some new techniques and have fun.

April 16, 2012

Sketch It Class

Thursday Night April 19th at 6:00pm is Rosemary's Sketch it Class




Do you have problems designing cards that look like the professionals then take this class. Every month Rosemary will come up with a new sketch and you will make three cards from that sketch that look totally different. Keep these in your binder and you will never be lacking for inspiration again. The first time you take this class the cost is $35

April 15, 2012

Lots of Magenta Stamps

We have Nathalie from Magenta Stamps teaching classes today and they are lots of fun. Nathalie and her husband Phillipe have brought tons of Magenta Stamps with them, so even if you are not taking classes you can come in say hello to Nathalie and purchase some of their timeless images. We will be open late on Monday for the next two classes.

Here are the Monday classes

1:00pm Flowers and Birds Magenta Style




6:00pm Three Techniques Magenta Style

April 14, 2012

More Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies

A few more Tim Holtz dies have come in.

We now have in stock:


Sewing Edge


Bird Branch



In the bag

April 13, 2012

Art Journaling

We started an Adventure in Art Journaling Class last month.

Art Journaling is a “diary” that has a strong visual element to it, an expression of your artistic creativity and imagination. Express your memories, dreams, feelings or thoughts in an artistic way. Take a walk on the wild side and join our newest art venture.

For our first class we used
the Dylusions Sprays and Stencils

The colors are just so Bright and Vibrant

Here is the background I did in the afternoon class




Here is the background I did in the morning class


and here is the above background page in process.



We will be using stamps, stencils, masks, sprays, pens, inks, magazines, collage and much more as we explore and discover new worlds together each month.

We will be starting an evening session for those of you who can't make it on Saturdays!

We will let you know when we have the additional class on the calendar.

April 12, 2012

New Products

We received lots of boxes today and in one of them was the new

Melt Art Texture Treads from Ranger

Texture Treads were designed especially for use with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels) and the Melting Pot®. Create textured embellishments for jewelry making, homed├ęcor, paper crafts and mixed media projects. Pour melted Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels™ (UTEE) directly over Melt Art Texture Treads or pour melted UTEE on an Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™ and stamp Texture Tread into UTEE. UTEE embellishments can be decorated further with Ranger paints and inks or dusted with Perfect Pearls™ Powders. For even more versatility, use Texture Treads for inking and stamping onto scrapbook pages and cards.

Available in 6 unique designs, clever reverse images allow for multiple effects from one Texture Tread!

Use with:
• UTEE and the Melting Pot
• Dye and Pigment Inks as a stamp
• Embossing ink and UTEE
• Perfect Pearls Powders for highlighting UTEE
• Polymer clay for texture









April 11, 2012

This weeks Tim Holtz Inspired Tag

These weekly tags are inspired by the Master of Distress Tim Holtz

Introducing this weeks tag:

Hearts Aflutter



These weekly tags inspired by Tim Holtz are like having a mini class at a time that's convenient for you; you will learn some new and exciting techniques that you can then use in your card making, scrapbooking or altered art.

The tag will be available to be created by you Wednesday April 11th through Tuesday April 17th when we will reveal the next one.

and remember we are now open till 8:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

You do not have to bring anything with you.
We will be providing all materials, tools, adhesives, etc.

So come on in and make something crafty and fun.


Hope we see you soon

April 10, 2012

Tim Holtz Tuesday Tag Teaser

Its that time of week again!

Time for us to tease you with our Tim Holtz inspired Tag of the Week.

We will show you the entire tag tomorrow.



This Tag will be available to be made Wednesday 4/11 through Tuesday 4/17 for just $5.00
You do not need to bring anything with you.
This is a great way to learn some new techniques and have fun.

April 9, 2012

Prepare to be amazed

Warning this post is photo heavy as I did not want to miss any details.

Do you guys remember the Christmas Stockings that a dear customer Jeannie made for us? Well she has been at it again, this time she made each of us an astounding Easter Basket.

The time and attention she put into each basket just blows me away.

Can you say STUNNING? Imaginative, Talented!

Here are the baskets









Now for the close up shots

Everything is hand cut, layered and popped up
Her attention to detail is amazing


Each basket is completely different

Lots of hand cutting


Look at the eyeball and the flying pigs in my basket
Look closely and you can see a little nest inside



A close up of the tiny nest





Simply Stunning.

There are no words that I can say to convey how grateful we are to her; for the time she took to make these very personalized, creative and thoughtful gifts.

Jeannie we love you :)

Your talent inspires us!
We will treasure them always.