June 30, 2013

Stamp of the Month

Stamp of the month for July

This is a great class for either seasoned or beginner stampers.
We make three cards in the class and you get to keep the Teddy Stamp as part of the class.
The class is on Friday July 12th from 2:00-4:00 or 6:00-8:00pm and costs just $25

June 29, 2013

New From Paper Artsy...

All you Artsy ladies out there are going to love our new products from Paper Artsy.  First, some restock and some new styles of their fun and funky stamps:

Also new from Paper Artsy, Grunge Paste!

As you can see Michelle couldn't wait to open it.... and I can understand why!  Grunge Paste is a texture medium with a thinner, silkier texture than other texture pastes on the market, which allows it to work well with fine detail.  You can use a little or a lot and tint it as needed.  Here's a quick introductory video from Paper Artsy to tell you all about it:

Once you watch the video you know you're going to want some, so why don't you come on down to the store first before we run out; then you can practice along side the video! 

June 28, 2013

Flower Tools

If you love you're Susan Tierney Cockburn dies from Sizzix, you'll be happy to know we just received two great new accessories for crafting these gorgeous flowers.... the Took Kit and the Flower Pots:

The Tool Kit includes all the tools you see here, plus a molding pad, a leaf pad, and a 4x6 nonstick craft mat.  You can use the flower pots to help hold you're flower petal ups while the glue dries:
You can see all these tools in use, plus see how Susan decorates her flowers using Copic markers and Pan Pastels in this quick video:

June 27, 2013

I Mustache You to Take A Look at These New Products:

I mustache you a question... do you love mustaches?  If you do, you'll love this new die from Lifestyle Crafts:

Aren't they funny???  We got in two great new doily dies as well:

Doilies are awesome - they're so great to layer with other papers or use as mats... the perfect multipurpose platform!   Doilies are also the perfect accents for our new Julie Nutting stamps AND the new Julie Nutting stencil just in from Prima:

Yummy yum yum... paper doll pieces make me happy :)  I have searched and searched and I haven't found any great examples of projects made with the Julie Nutting stencil on the web, so if you make something please bring it in - we'd love to see what you come up with!

Also in from Lifestyle Crafts, those magnetic storage binders that we love, love, LOVE for die storage:

These are amazing for storing Lifestyle Craft dies:

But they do work great for other dies as well.... as long as they're metal.  This is the system I myself use for storing my thin dies and I love it... so convenient and everything is so easy to find now!

These have been back ordered at the company for a while, which means they're in high demand... make sure to come get yours while they're still in stock!

June 26, 2013

Classes This Week

Woo Hoo!!!  It's Art Journaling weekend at ESS - Michelle is teaching Adventures in Art Journaling on Thursday June 27th from 6-8pm and then again on Saturday June 29th from 11am to 1pm and then again from 3pm-5pm. 

On Friday, June 28th Michelle is teaching a Make n Take using Pan Pastels - this is the perfect time to try out this exciting product if you haven't had a chance yet. Pan Pastels are artist quality pastels in pots... they're fun to use and create a very unique look on your pages, so come on in and give them a try. 

On Sunday June 30th Amy is holding the Smash club.  This is a free event but you must register to attend, so please call the store if you'd like to come.  Trust me, just having the chance to peruse Amy's Smash books is worth the trip - they're amazing!  Bring your own Smash book to show off your work - we all love to see each other's work.  The assignment from last month's class was to use some type of fabric pocket, zipper, or buttons on a page, so feel free to join in on that and bring in a sample page.  For the pop up technique that Amy will be teaching in this month's class please bring a photo and your adhesives. 

June 25, 2013

New Pool Mags!

We know how it goes... you live in Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Boca Raton or any South Florida city and you get into that summer mood where you don't want to do anything but laze around by the pool or down at the beach.  Like we all have the time for that, right?  Well, if you DO find a spare minute to sit and read, come on in and take your pick of this month's awesome selection of new magazines!

We've got all your favorites in stock:

Art Journaling by Somerset Studio

Craft Stamper

Cloth Paper Scissors


Somerset Studio Paper and Mixed Media

Come in and get your favs before they're all gone and you get stuck sitting by the pool and actually paying attention to your kids because you've got nothing to read!!

June 24, 2013

Echo Park: A Perfect Summer

It may be Hurricane Season here in South Florida but up here in Wellington / Lake Worth we have the sunniest of summer lines.

Super cute new patterned papers from Echo Park from the A Perfect Summer Line... these are bright, cheerful patterns that are perfect for all kinds of summer projects.

I think these papers are SO cute - three of my favorite summer symbols: ice cream, hot air balloons, and sunbursts.  ((smile))... These are perfect for cards or layouts, so make come in and add to your summer collection!

June 22, 2013

New Offerings In 7 Gypsies Displays

We've received some very cool new vintage display options from 7 Gypsies! You may be familiar with their Shadowbox Trays... with a little imagination and the right supplies you can turn this:

Into this:

Beautiful, right?  Check out some of the new styles:

Look at what Michelle made with the ticket holder:

Too cool!  If you're feeling inspired come on in and pick up one of these beautiful, unique new home accents from 7 Gypsies - you're sure to love them!

June 21, 2013

Take a Tour Around...

You know how it goes - Nancy and Michelle just CAN NOT be happy unless their cleaning and moving and generally making my work life miserable.  After all, they KNOW I only work once a week.   They KNOW even when I'm working I'm usually on the computer, not spending a lot of time walking around and finding out where things are.  And yet, they continue to move things and change things and make it generally impossible for me to show you guys where anything is at when you come in and ask me questions.  What's a poor girl to do?

But you know what's worse than that?  Nancy and Michelle have moved things around SO many times that even they don't know where they put things anymore!  I can't even tell you how long we spend looking for things now... A customer asks me a question, I don't know where it is, I ask Nancy or Michelle, and they tell me to go ask the other one.  Worse yet, they keep asking ME where they put things... now what kind of sense does that make, I ask you?

Well, we may be a trio of bumbling idiots who can't find anything when you ask, but ironically the store's not looking half bad.  

I decided to take some pictures and post them here, so next time you come in you'll know where things are.... that way we can get back to doing what we do best... which is basically trying to decide what we're going to do next.  Hmmm... I have to think about that a minute.  Enjoy our virtual tour... ok, maybe it's not as good as the ones on those real estate sites, but if you scroll up and down really quickly it'll be kind of like an animated tour, right?

Most of you who are familiar with the store won't even recognize this area... it's formerly known as Michelle's work table.  You won't recognize it because it's always been buried under piles and piles of (highly valuable product to be saved for some important use in the future... also known as junk...)

Hopefully this will help you next time you come in.  I know it will help me... I'm keeping them on my phone so I can find my way back to my computer when I come in next week.  They should be good at least that long...

I hope....

June 20, 2013

Art on the High Seas

We are so excited to announce a fun filled Art Adventure ESScape

March 1 - 6, 2014
5-Night cruise to the Western Caribbean
aboard the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas
leaving from Fort Lauderdale.
4 Different Mixed Media / Art Journaling Classes
we are limiting class participation to 32 crafters.

The Art Studio will be open 24 hours a day so you can play whenever you want 
If you are interested only in Cropping and not the classes we will have a special option just for you.  Call the store for more details 561 432-5201.

The ship is
Sailing to Belize City, Belize
& Cozumel, Mexico

Share a high five with Shrek as part of the DreamWorks® Experience.  Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar.

Liberty of the Seas has a FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.  

here is the link for more information and to sign up:  The Paper Muse Cruise

June 19, 2013

Classes this week

you still have time to sign up for a class this week.

On Thursday from 2:00-4:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm we have Stamp of the Month $25
This class is all about the beach

You get the cute penguin stamp as part of the class

On Friday from 6:00-8:00pm Nancy is teaching Made in the USA $30

Do you feel Patriotic, do you love to Barbecue or do you love to spend time with Family and Friends?  No matter how you celebrate the 4th of July this little Red, White and Blue Mini Book will help you document that special day.

On Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm we have the 3rd book in Michelle's Urban Graffiti Series $25

The Urban Graffiti series is based on inspiration from Michelle’s trip to NYC.  Each book is different and unique, each one will be made with diverse bindings and techniques. You can use these journals/books to jot down quick notes or to a record a recent adventure, tuck in your favorite pictures or magazine clippings, random ephemera and much more.

then from 6:00-midnight we have Craft Night.   $12
This is the perfect opportunity for some “Me Time”  Catch up on cardmaking, scrapbooking, altered art, canvas, art journaling and more.  Hang out with your friends in a fun and creative atmosphere. 

and on Sunday is the ART Group meeting from 2:00-4:00pm

A group of people who get together and get creative. Each person on the list makes something arty and tells the others the supplies they need to bring to the next meeting so you can make the featured project.  If you wish to join our group please let us know at least a week in advance of the current date so that we can get a supply list to you.

Give us a call to sign up, get out of the heat and make something fun. . . . .

June 18, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial Time #14

We're back with a new Tuesday Tutorial Time layout designed by Melinda Miller - enjoy! 

Paper Collection:    Authentique - Cherish


Papers used from the collection: Cherish
·         Cherish Three
·         Cherish Enhancements
·         Cherish Components
·         Bazzill – Yellow
Other Materials:
Pop Dots
Tim Holtz Distress tool
Tim Holtz Distress ink – Antique  Linen
Clear Embossing powder
Ink a dink a doo stamp
Heat gun

 Layer 1.  I used the Bazzill paper in yellow for my foundation page.  To add interest and texture I used a large background stamp, versamark and clear embossing powder.

Layer 2:  Cherish Three is the next layer, which I distressed with the distress tool and then inked.  To make the cutouts, I simply made a cut, used the distress tool, inked and curled with a small paintbrush.  To add the lace, I added double sided sticky tape to the back of the page and then added the lace.  Adhere down to the foundation page.

Layer 3: Cut embellishments from the Components and Enhancement pages.  Distress with the tool and ink.

Layer 4:  Using a die cut machine, I cut the frame, sprayed with glimmer spray and added the pearls.

Layer 5:  Paper flowers were made with die cut flowers with 5 petals and glued together with hot glue.

Layer 6:  Lay down your embellishments and add your final bling!

Here's another look at the final layout:

Thanks so much to Melinda for another awesome layout idea!