Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oh So Pretty!

Vintage German Glass Glitter is back in stock with some new colors.

And look who's watching over the rest of the new colors...We have a bunch of these skeletons hanging around to watch over the Halloween Glitter! The orange and black are gorgeous together. If you're looking for a skeleton, we've got them and Bob is certainly enjoying the company!

Oh so educational!

Kim Hesson taught her first class at Mystic Paper Saturday. She really taught these ladies tons of technique. We could tell from the messy hands that everyone had a great time!

She does great demonstrations.

Later in the afternoon Caroline taught her Dick and Jane School Book. The class was small but the request for kits is going to keep Caroline busy this weekend. Our teachers are always happy to provide you with a kit if you can't make it to class (if it is a class that is kitable). They will also e-mail you with pictures and instructions. They're just nice that way!

Lot's of cutting and inking in this class!

We appreciate the comments about being closed on Monday. We are going to take your advice and stay home. We did have a request from a group in Tucson to open early on Tuesday morning. We will be open at 8:30 A.M. If anyone else has a request for special hours just let us know! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Special classes on Wednesday, September 3rd.

With Creative Escape coming to town we have been asked to have some "special" classes on Wednesday before CE starts. Mike will teach "Old World Journey" on Wednesday morning 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. And what a worldly class it will be. We have already enrolled people from Japan and the Netherlands! There are just two spots left in this class so call quick to sign- up. Take a look at our class descriptions to see what your choices are for this class. That's right, we give you choices! All product is supplied.

After a one hour break Mike will be back at 4:00 P.M. to teach "28 Crowns" Metal Tape and Sculpey Collage.
In this class every student will leave with a completed 6 X 8 metal tape & Sculpey collage. You will be combining several intriguing techniques to create a metallic grand masterpiece. The first technique you'll cover is the basics of metal tape. Using ghost shapes, chipboard, and grunge board you will be taught how to create various textures and dramatic layer effects. We will also cover how to distress your piece and apply color and shadows using a special method. The second technique we will explore is creating exciting embellishments with Sculpey. We will go over stamping, baking, and coloring with this versatile product, after combining the first two on a 6 x 8 wood board. You will then put some added imagery using embossing technique and various rub-ons. To finish- you will add a few rustic touches with metallic pigment and paint. All product is supplied.

These classes aren't just for the attendees of CE. Anyone can sign up! Just give us a call at
(480) 834-0286.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Labor Day, Monday September 1st...

Tell us what you think...Should we be open on Labor Day for you to shop? Or should we take the day off and be closed on Labor Day?

Leave us a comment to help us two Libras decide!

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The September date has remained unchanged, even though the government was encouraged to adopt May 1 as Labor Day, the date celebrated by the majority of the world.

Enjoy your leisure time and enjoy your family members, have a happy labor day from everyone at Mystic Paper!
Pretty, Pretty, Prima...

Prima is not just about flowers but Prima IS all about the PRETTY!
These are some of their new clear art stamps. If you haven't seen these they really are very PRETTY! We think everyone needs at least one set of each of these.

We also have some new PRETTY trims. Can you believe that green?

Reordered Prima is back in too. Many of you have recently asked when we'd get these gorgeous items back in and Viola! It's Back, the Paris Clear stamps, the Clear Paintables, their most popular chipboard book and many of their beautiful papers!

More of the Tea and Silk papers.

More Rue 88.

We also have the Lucid line and Debbi B. we have the mermaid paper back in!
AND more of the 6x6 Collage Sheet packs too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Look at what we just received...

And boy do we have a lot of congratulating to do! Let's start with Somerset Holidays & Celebrations. On the cover is a project done by Heather Mellstrom. She is a busy lady but has promised to come teach soon. Heather is also on page 40 with her project "My Heart Has Wings". It's a four page spread so that deserves a huge congratulations! And there's more. Heather is on page 52 with her cover project "Love Notes". Two full pages for that one!

Next on page 64 is our very own Judy Bidwell with her "Love Notes" project. This is a personal favorite because our store challenged Judy to do this project. She did a beautiful job!

We also have two customers that are published in this magazine. Congratulations to Sophann Schleifer. Her "Noel" project got a spot on the cover and her instructions are printed on page 34.
Shannon Sawyers gorgeous "Celebration Tags" project is featured on four pages starting on page 122. Congratulations to both of you!

The next round of congratulations is for everyone published in the September/October issue of Somerset Studios. Let's start on page 10. Quinn McDonald has been writing an article in each Somerset Studio for quite some time now. She is an artist, writer, teacher, and certified creativity coach. And she is going to teach here at Mystic Paper! We will start with a Creative Journaling class. The date hasn't been finalized yet, but we'll get the information out to all of you soon.

On page 36 you will find one of our favorite gals Carlene Federer with "A Poe Halloween". Four full pages of wonderful Halloween projects. Carlene is another talented lady that will be teaching here. Again, the date hasn't been finalized, but trust us, when it is you all will know about it!

On page 100 guess who? Judy Bidwell again! This is her "Awaiting Halloween" project that some of you were lucky enough to have taken this class last year. So cute on that lil' rustic hanger. Turn the page to 102 and there's Judy again with her "Paper Bag Costume".

Wow! Congratulations to all of you. Doesn't Arizona have an amazing amount of talented artists? And we are so fortunate to have so many of you teaching here!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mystic Paper's New Design Team...

Today we also had our first meeting with our new Design Team! There's Yasu, Lindsey, Sheri and Patty. Thanks for your Sunday afternoon Ladies, we can't wait for all of you to get started.

So what exactly goes on at Mystic Paper on Sunday's?

There's some of this...

How about a beautiful beachy cake!

And a little Cropping and Going Away party for Melody.

Our sweet long-time customer Melody (second from left) is moving away and her friends had this going away crop for her. We're gonna miss you Melody. You really should get a blog before you leave...hint, hint, hint!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tomorrow is Sunday...

And you know what that means? We're open 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. You know what else is open on Sunday? Inside The Bungalow! Which means there is someplace to eat on Sundays in Downtown Mesa. And, it's not just a place to eat, it is an experience. Check out their food menu and their drink menu. They open early too.

Want to know something else that is going to start happening on Sunday's at Mystic Paper? On Sunday, September 7th, we will have our first Sunday class of the season. Mike will be here teaching "Wrapped Secrets" Exploration of Beeswax and Fabric. In this class
you will be introduced to a very basic technique of beeswax. You will first create a rich collage that tells a story using paper & photos. Then you will wrap the collage using material to create a strong, durable, and ghostly like surface. You'll also use alcohol ink, pigment inks, stencils, waxed linen and embellishments.

Don't let that huge description intimidate you.
This is also a great class for a beginner or an advanced beeswax student that is looking for new technique. How can that be? It's Mike's way of teaching. He is the best, as the rest of the world will shortly find out!

We'll keep you posted on more upcoming Sunday classes!

Friday, August 22, 2008

You recognize the man teaching this class don't you?

That's right...he's Mike...our Mike (well, and the Cats). Why are we asking these questions? Because he has accomplished something that a lot of us only dream of. He's been accepted to go to Ranger U!!!! We are so excited for him, and us! 3 days in New Jersey at Ranger. 3 Days of classes with Tim Holtz, Claudine Helmuth, and Suze Weinberg. Getting to tour the Ranger facility. Who could ask for anything more!

Congratulations Mike! We are all so proud of you!

Here's a look at Mike's class last night. Laurent, who owns Le Studio Salon here on Main St. took the class to make this project for one of his very good customers. Yasu is a great collage artist and wanted to learn the bees wax technique. Yasu is also one of our new design team members. She is here from Japan for (we think one year) with her husband who is working here. She walked into our store and fell in love with mixed media artwork. She is a natural!

We'll post pictures of what they made when Yasu puts her pictures on her blog. We told her I'm going to need them since Jennifer took the store camera home. Yep, she left me cameraless!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Scary Stuff...

We had a little back order come in, it's the clear stamps and twill that goes with Cosmo Cricket's Haunted line.

Crafty Secrets in the store! Here is a peek at some of their cute Halloween stuff.

We also have their new Clear Art Stamps Birthday Kids, Glamour Girls, and their Journaling Books Girlfriends, Little Dolls and Christmas.

Polka Dots...on double sided ribbon.

Now this is really scary, Bo Bunny's Believe Line of papers and stickers. That's right- Christmas paper! This is a very pretty line with double sided papers and cut outs. Perfect for the Bo Bunny Word books.

We also have restocked Word books by Bo Bunny, Believe, Family, Baby, and Friend. Now's the time to get a head start on making Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

We told you new product was on it's way!

Are you in the mood for Halloween? We are. Here's the new lines from Cosmo Cricket and Making Memories. Double sided gorgeousness! Stickers, Journaling Cards, Ribbons. You name it, we've got it.

Look who's back...It's Bob! (Joy, Bob says hey). Here's the glittery Making Memories papers again. Bob is hanging out taking care of the Skeleton Keys and the Skeleton Paper. He's very busy!

Look at the cool Ephemera Sheet Jennifer put together.

And new Jenni Bowlin...Here are her new Pharmacy Stickers.

Mini Bingo Cards in packs. We also have all of the larger Black Bingo Cards.

Die Cut Journaling Cards.

Look at all the shapes you get!

What? More new product.
Look at 7 Gypsies new 97% Complete Stickers ~ Life, Memories, and Family. Love them!

New Paper line ~ Savannah. Gorgeous and different. This is the first time 7 Gypsies has done double-sided paper. Look at the subtle design in the paper on top, so pretty.

And even more gorgeous subtle designs in great colors. And, a bird!

Beautiful patterns.

And even more beautiful patterns.

So, there you have it-new product and more still to come!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Upcoming Classes...and a few changes.

Because you know we ha
ve to keep you guys on your toes!

Let's start with tomorrows class with Josie. Yep, Josie is back! She will be teaching "Soldering Found Objects" on Wednesday, August 20th 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

This Thursday, August 21st 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Mike is back with another installment of "Grungey Visions" Storytelling With Beeswax and Plexiglass. In this class you are invited to bring your own photo if would like. Mike will scan it and print it out on a transparency for you to use in your collage.

Version 2 of this class, and probably the most popular. Wouldn't this make a great Halloween decoration?

Melt Art Basics has been moved to Saturday, August 23rd 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. for all of you that can't make it to a week night class. Have you been wondering what to do with that Melting Pot you bought? How about the UTEE that you thought would be so much fun? Come learn how to have fun with both of those and learn to color it, stamp in it, make jewelery with it, and most importantly have fun with it! Susan is a Ranger U Certified educator and loves to share all of the secrets she learned there!

The Mini Charm class with Josie is on Tuesday August 26th 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. You will learn to solder 3 small charms and have a glass cutting demo.

Time 2 Cook with Kim Hesson is being taught on Saturday August 30th 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
This recipe book is made using one of the many wood designs that Kim makes herself. This busy lady is not only teaching in Arizona she will be in California at "An Artistic Affaire" teaching as well!

This cute "Dick and Jane Back To School Book" is the perfect thing for keeping your childs special school papers in. The cover is a clipboard and inside are several decorated envelopes for you to store all of the special memories in. It has a Dick and Jane theme throughout and is just the cutest! Join Caroline to make this special treasure for your school age kids. Caroline is teaching this class on Saturday, August 30th 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

That completes our August line up! There are alot of very exciting things happening with a few of the teachers here at Mystic Paper. We have a big announcement to make about one teacher, but we'll wait until they announce it their self. We wouldn't want it by letting the cat out of the bag.