Thursday, February 10, 2011

Class Schedule For Febuary, March & April 2011

Saturday February 19th 10:00am - 12:30pm      Creative Cards
Saturday February 26th 11:00am - 1:00pm        The Magic of Embossing
Saturday February 26th 3:00pm - 5:00pm          Copic 1

Saturday March 5th 4:00pm - 9:00pm            Fairy Gate Book
Saturday March 12th 11:00am - 1:00pm        The Magic of 3D
Saturday March 12th 3:00pm - 5:00pm          Friendly Plastic
Saturday March 19th 10:00am - 12:30pm     Vintage Inspired Jewelry
Saturday March 19th 3:00pm - 5:30pm          Copic and Hero Stamps
Friday March 25th 6:30pm - 10:30pm            Organic Polymer Clay Beads
Saturday March 26th 11:00am - 4:00pm        Organically Wired

Saturday April 9th 11:00am - 1:00pm            Fascinating Canvas
Saturday April 9th 1:00pm - 4:00pm              Vagabond Journey
Saturday April 16th 11:00am - 1:00pm          Hero Arts Card Class
Saturday April 16th 3:00pm - 5:00pm           Copic and Loralie Stamps
Saturday April 23rd                                     No Classes due to the Easter Holiday.

Description of Classes
Creative Cards
In this class you will make six cards. Learn a few new techniques or be reminded of one long forgotten. At the end of class you will have a stack of cards to be used for any occasion. All supplies provided.
Donna Goss ($55.00)

The Magic of Embossing
Learn how to make texture with thermal embossing. You will learn techniques that you will use in every phase of your development in rubber stamping. Create cards to take home and impress your friends. All supplies included. Monica Smith ($25.00)

Copic 1
If you would like to find out why everyone loves the Copic markers, then this is the class for you. In this technique class you will learn how to choose the markers, inks and paper. You will learn how the markers work together and why does the blender marker acts like an erases? All supplies provided including 4 markers ( 3 color and the blender). Melody Winston ($50)
Fairy Gate Book
Learn to make a stacked gate book (one that opens in the middle and has different size and shaped pages)using black chipboard, wire coils and the Zutter bind it all system. Our book will have a Sweet Fairy theme using the Graphic 45 "once Upon a Springtime" papers. You will learn a variety of techniques and attachments as you build your pages and fill them with ribbons, trims and decorate the page with Smooch and glitter pens. Joni Russell ($55.00)

The Magic of 3D
In this class we will make elegant cards using 3D stickers. This card making class will fascinate you because it is easy with beautiful results. Bring tweezers and tool kit. All other supplies will be provided. Monica Smith ($20.00)

Friendly Plastic
The fun with Friendly Plastic continues. Besides the brightly colored sticks, Friendly Plastic also comes in white pellets. When warmed the resulting clear plastic can be manipulated different ways. We will color the pellets with inks and add-ins like glitter and they mold it. For our second project we will use the pellets and a printed image to create a cameo suitable for jewelry or scrapbooking. For our third project, we are going to ooze. Come find out what happens when you push warm Friendly plastic through a variety of materials. No previous experience required. If you have taken the Friendly Plastic class I and II classes, please bring your tools All other supplies will be provided. Shari Wallace ($45.00)

Vintage Inspired Jewelry
Using Tim Holtz products from his Ideology Line you will create a vintage looking necklace and cuff bracelet. His baubles, keys, chains and trims are wonderful added to rhinestones and felt for an old world look. Bring to class a bottle of Fabri-Tac, scissors, xacto knife, cutting board, jewelry pliers (2 pair for opening jump rings) and wire cutters. Donna Goss ($35.00)

Copic and Hero Art Stamps
In this class we will make cards using Hero Arts rubber stamps and copic markers. Bring basic tool kit and copic markers. All other supplies provided. This is not a technique class. Melody Winston ($25.00)

Organic Polymer Clay Beads
In this workshop we will use polymer clay, metal leaf, inks, Pearl Ex, and other materials to create stunningly beautiful beads in various shapes and sizes. You will learn a simple technique for creating organic-looking Mokume Gane, that when slices of it are applied to the beads, lends a translucent layered effect simulating exotic and colorful stones. Lisa Renner ($80.00)

In addition, a second technique will be taught for creating gorgeous beads with such mystery, luminosity and vibrant color it will take your breath away!

You will be instructed on how to plan and structure your design, both of which are integral to an organic look. Proper sanding and polishing of your beads will be discussed, however is optional for this project.

Since this is a technique-based class, the beads you make may be used in future projects, such as for stringing into a necklace, making earrings, or even embellishments for books, dolls, etc. Or if you are taking the “Organically Wired” Beaded Cuff Bracelet workshop, you may create your beads with that in mind, forming gentle rock-like shapes and choosing your favorite to use as a focal bead for your bracelet.

Bring to class: Premo Translucent Polymer Clay - 2 or 3 packages: (Bring only PREMO brand clay. It is highly translucent and the most predictable for this technique. Some of the other brands will not produce the desired results.) Try to find clay that is slightly squeezable - not too hard. Do not condition the clay before class- bring it in its packaging. Premo White Polymer Clay - 2 or 3 packages (Either conditioned or unconditioned is fine) Premo Pearl Polymer Clay - 1 package (Unconditioned), Polymer clay slicing blade, Smooth work surface such as a 6” or 8” square smooth ceramic tile, or piece of glass (An 8 x 10 piece of glass with taped edges works well- take from a discarded picture frame if you have one laying around and go around the edges with masking tape to prevent cuts.) Acrylic clay roller (This is a clear, acrylic rod used to roll out the clay.)
Metal Knitting Needle (Any size is ok but a #3.75 size is good for this project.)
Optional Items: Pasta Machine (I will have a few to share but bringing your own is advisable.)
Pearl Ex, in colors you like. A small box to take home any unbaked beads should time be a factor
All other materials supplied by instructor.

Organically Wired 
This class partners well with the Organic Polymer Clay Bead workshop, but each may be taken independent of the other.

In this class you will use wire to make a beautiful, organically-shaped cuff bracelet, “jeweled” with a larger focal bead and accented by a plethora of smaller beads.

The first part of class will be spent working with wire to fabricate the bracelet frame: bending, hammering, and ultimately shaping it to fit your wrist. There will be two gauges (14 and 16) and three types of wire to choose from: Nickel Silver, Brass and Rebar (for a very rustic look).

The second part of class will be spent arranging, designing, and stringing various beads onto the cuff to compliment a focal bead. If you took the previous day’s workshop in which we made focal beads from polymer clay, you may use one of those. Otherwise you can bring your own focal bead from home.

The bracelet can also be made without a focal bead should you desire.

Either way, your finished bracelet will be a tapestry of textures and color, and one you’ll find to be very wearable- Join us!

Bring to class: A Focal Bead:   A good range of size could be anywhere from about  1” to 2” in length,  and a width of 1” to 1 ½ ”, depending on your personal taste.  You may either use one made in the “Organic Polymer Clay Bead” workshop, or bring one from home.    If bringing one from home, the bead should be of a fairly flat design (as opposed to a spherical shape), so that when it is strung on the cuff it will fit nicely up against your wrist.  The bead needs a hole that will accommodate 24 gauge wire.  There will be some polymer clay focal beads for sale in class for around $12.00 each.  (Let instructor know in advance if you are interested in purchasing a bead so an appropriate quantity is available.) 
A selection of smaller beads:  Think colorful crystals;  pearls;  seed beads in various sizes and shapes- round, tubular, triangular, and square;   glass beads;  metal beads, or others  you would like to go on your bracelet.  Factor in the elements of COLOR and TEXTURE, along with your personal palate, choosing beads to accent and compliment your focal bead.  Make sure the holes in the beads will accommodate 24 gauge wire. (There will be some small beads to choose from in class, but by using beads you bring from home in the variety and color range you like, you are able to customize your bracelet in your personal palate so it may be thoroughly enjoyed.) Jewelry pliers- round nose and chain nose, Wire cuttersHammer (A chasing hammer-Available at Rio Grande, or Or a standard ball peen hammer will be fine for this project- available at Home Depot) Anvil, or steel block - This will be used when hammering the wire. (I will have a couple to share but if you want to purchase one, they are available at, or It is an indispensable item if you plan to work more with wire.) Ear plugs (Optional! If your ears are sensitive, I suggest you bring these to help muffle the noise while hammering the wire.) All other supplies and materials including wire will be provided by instructor. Lisa Renner ($85.00)

Fascinating Canvas
In this class we will use new product from the Tim Holtz line of Advantus Resist paper; Sizzix
die cuts and Distress Stains from Ranger to make an astonishing canvass. Bring tool kit. All supplies provided. Monica Smith ($35.00)
Vagabond Journey
Pack up your Vagabond, bring it to Stamp Asylum, and let it have a fun workout. All you have to do is assemble various sandwiches to run through the Vagabond and press a button - the Vagabond will take from there. We will emboss with folders, texture plates, brass stencils and more; we will cut dies from several companies. You will work from a recipe box well-stocked with varieties of card stock, metallic paper, metal and more. You will receive an instruction book with the sandwich recipes and 2 types of shims. Please bring Tan Wizard Embossing Mat. If you have Cuttlebug plates please bring 2 B plates and 1 C plate. Anne Sagor ($50)

Hero Arts Card Class
In this class we will make cards using the latest Hero Arts stamps and the many techniques learned from the Hero Arts creative team. Bring tool kit. All other supplies will be provided. Monica Smith ($25.00)

Copic and Loralie Stamps
In this class we will make cards with a fun new stamp company Loralie Stamps.
These whimsical stamps are fun to play with and really pop with copic markers. Bring basic tool kit and copic markers. All other supplies will be provided. This is not a technique class. Melody Winston ($25.00)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

CHA updates

Well, it's been a long week and I can't believe that CHA has come and gone already. Thought I would share a few pictures of the amazing inspiration I saw while I walked the show floor:

It was a great show and lots of stuff has been ordered and  is on it's way to the store.   Can't wait to share all the wonderful new products with you all.