Sunday, June 28, 2009

Touch of Class

Here's a class that we didn't get a chance to blog about. Patty started her first in a series of Heritage classes. The first class is an informational class complete with a printed reference book full of tips and pictures. Here are some of her students looking through just a few of the fabulous Heritage projects that Patty has completed.

If you missed this first class, no worries. Patty is repeating it again in July. Read the rave review given by one of her students, Lisa.

Photos are borrowed from Patty's blog. Thanks Patty!
Steam-Punk What ????

Main Entry: steampunk
Part of Speech: n
Definition: a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power; also written steam-punk.

We also think it means "anything goes". Here are a couple of samples of yesterday's Steam Punk Altered Dolls. Each one turned out so differently. Becky made so many choices available to them so each doll expressed the artists inner steam punk!

How can you not love the polka dots on this doll? Terry did a wonderful job!

We would like you to meet Leah. She created the first doll you saw. Leah drove all the way from Wyoming to spend a week with her sister and to also spend a week with us. Leah took almost every class we offered this week, and trust us there were plenty! She was quite the trooper. Her sister also got to join her for a couple of the classes. By the end of Friday nights class Leah was pretty punchy but she showed up like a trooper on Saturday and created a beautiful doll. Thanks for spending the week with us Leah, and have a safe drive home.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Just In Time For The Weekend

Whether you are going to stay inside or lay by the pool everyone needs good reading material right? Stampington sent their newest publications just in time. Let's start with Somerset Life. Some of our favorite people are in this issue. On page 82 is an article called "An Artistic Journey" by Kim Allistair Caldwell. Kim puts on fabulous crafting affairs that are over the top in every aspect. Our customers come back from California gushing about what a wonderful time they had and what a fantastic hostess Kim is! Definitely worth attending.

It's hard to tell in this picture (because we're looking at the top of their heads) but we're pretty sure we see Jessi, Colleen, Sherry, Kim C., and Kim H. I'm sure there are more of you that we know. Let us know who we left out.

The new Somerset Studio. We can't wait to go through this publication. It looks yummy!

This is a new publication called Stuffed. This has Lisa written all over it! Not that she's stuffed but she creates the cutest stuffed sock monkeys. She really needs to be published in this magazine.

Stop in and pick up your favorite issue and have a great weekend whatever you're doing!

We'll be open this Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. We have a very special class going on.
Altered Puzzle Piece Swap...

If you are participating in this fun your swap pieces are due today (How did you do Lisa?).
So far we have gotten in some incredible mini pieces of wonderful artwork. This swap has been a lot fun. If you like to make suggestions on some more swaps for us to do, please go to our Swaps and Trades page to write your suggestion, we look forward to choosing our next swap!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prima, Prima, and Prima...

Who doesn't love Prima?
We have tons of your favorite items back in stock! We also have more of Prima's Flirty Little Secret line back in, it's just not pictured.
More of the 6x6 embossed chipboard books, Flirty Little Secrets Journaling Notes, Sew Cute stitched papers, transparencies, paintables, clear stamps and trim!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This Afternoons Amazing Soldering Class...

Josie taught the Dimensional Soldered Key Box Class to a full house. Josie is great at explaining the do's and don'ts of soldering.

Some of the finished projects. So much fun and everyone's always turns out creatively different.

Josie has more soldering classes on our class schedule, check 'em out!
This Mornings Amazing Graphic 45 and Utee Beeswax Collage

Mike always starts his classes with an introduction of what you will learn, safety, and little known facts about all of the product you will be using. Most of his students listen and take notes but sometimes he has one that just wants to jump right in to her work. I won't mention any names here!

This table for example...all intently listening and taking notes.

Here's a sample of beginning to layer your papers and photos. This particular student was a young girl that came with her mom and grandma. The baby in this picture is her grandma.

Same family...This is Grandpa during WWII.

This student took her version in a direction all her own. That's what Mike likes...use your imagination.

Here's an example of coloring your photo before layering it.

This is one of the ways that Mike teaches you to use UTEE on a red rubber stamp.

Pouring UTEE into a cookie cutter.

Some of the finished projects.

This was a great class! Everyone left excited about their creation. Thanks Mike and students!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Next weeks class schedule is amazing!

It all starts on Wednesday with Patty's first in a series of Heritage Scrapbooking classes.
Patty makes amazing Heritage pages and books that you may have seen around the shop. If you've been meaning to tackle this sort of project then this is the class for you. Patty will teach you everything from organization to choosing papers and embellishments. Future classes will get you started on your way to designing your very own Heritage Scrapbooks or Memory Pages. Wednesday, August 24th, 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Thursday, June 25th join Ericka to make this fun book "Watch Me Grow". You will learn how to distress your papers, use Crackle Accents, and different ink techniques. This class would be great for any level of student. You are sure to leave with a completed album as Ericka's kits are well thought out and ready to go! 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Soldering is all the rage right now and we have the very best soldering teacher around. Join Josie and learn to solder Charms and Found Objects. This class is Friday, August 26th, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Becky is teaching the Steam Punk Altered Doll class on Saturday, August 27th 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. You'll learn techniques to Rust Tin and alter doll parts, then combine them to make your own Steam Punk style doll.

Join Shirley, The Arsty Farsty Fairy and get started on your very own Flirty Little Secret Perpetual Calendar. She supplies you with all of the little embellishments, boxes, numbers, papers, magnets, and the know how to make this incredibly fun calendar. This is a special class on Sunday, June 28th from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

The classes at Mystic Paper have been filling very quickly. We hate to disappoint students and tell them that the class is already full so, if you're thinking about a class call right away.
We even have a student coming from Wyoming to take all of this next weeks wonderful classes.

Isn't this the perfect time for an Arizona "Staycation"? Stay home and take some unique classes with us!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Are you ready for some real eye candy?

These came in from Tweety Jill and they are amazing. We're sure they won't last long!

We have the Alcohol Ink Fillable Pens in stock.

These popular stamps are back in stock.

We also have restocked the Idea-ology Metal Foliage. These never stay in the store long. And we restocked lots of Jenni Bowlin.

Don't forget, ATC's are due tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This Summer's Tear Jerker...

We know that all of you are going to want to see this movie. We received a call from Warner Bros. asking if we would like to help them promote their movie. Of course we said yes! They were kind enough to send us movie posters, book marks, and a flier with info on how to receive complimentary movie passes. They also sent us three books which you can enter to win by stopping by the store and dropping your name in to the entry box. We'll be drawing the winners on Friday, June26th, so make sure you come and visit us before then. You are also welcome to take a free poster and bookmark home with you. Wasn't that nice of Warner Bros.?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Are you in need of a bottle or maybe lots of bottles?

Mystic Paper has found the mother lode of bottles!
Literally hundreds in every shape and size imaginable.
These are very old bottles with lots of character. Come and get 'em!

Or how about something metal, old, rusty, shabby...we've got it.
Hinges, key plates, skeleton keys, drawer pulls.

How about an old metal door plate? We have plenty of them.

Old shabby door knobs? Yes, we've got them.

Old 6 x 6 shabby ceiling tiles.
Punch them with a crop-o-dile and they make great altered book covers.

With that being said...
We're gonna have a BOTTLE & GLASS SALE! This Thursday, June 18th through
Saturday, June 20th! All Bottles (including Adirondack Bottle color items~paint, ink)
and Glass (including all memory glass and cut glass for soldering)
will be on SALE at 30% OFF!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Classes, classes, classes...

Let's start with last weekends class. Caroline taught another canvas altered book using the beautiful Graphic 45 papers along with Gypsy Market papers. What a great combination!

Her classes always come with pictures to help you along the way.

Here's the finished project. This book was loaded with tons and tons of product.

This weekend's upcoming classes are fantastic!

Pictured is Mike Putman's current Beeswax Collage project. Not only do you learn his techniques for layering, coloring, and stamping beeswax you will also learn to use UTEE. That's short for Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel! This class is from 10:30 - 2:30 and there are only 3 spots left.

The second class of the day is the Soldered Dimensional Key Box with Josie Cirincione. These dimensional boxes are perfect for keeping your sentimental keepsakes in. Bring your own key if you have a special one or use the keys that Josie provides! Don't wait though, there are only a couple of spots left. This class runs from 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.