Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Year, New Stuff, New Classes!

Well, it's a new year.  And it has been super busy so far.  With CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) behind us and tons of orders placed for all kinds of products, we're moving on to new classes to learn how to use those products.  This weekend, Marissa is teaching a Gelli printing class.  Gelli printing is really fun and the plates come in lots of sizes, all the way from 3x5 to 12x14 inches.  Marissa is even going to teach how to turn those fabulous prints into fun envelopes!  Fun!  There are still a couple of spots left in Saturday's class, so hurry and sign up!

Also coming up, Donna West is continuing with her Colored Pencil cards.  She teaches 4 cards in each class and she really goes above and beyond with her designs!  February's classes are on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  Join us and learn how to make your colored pencil work look this great!

Delia is continuing on with her Copic classes on a Wednesday and Thursday each month.  We think we need a Beginner's class again.  Please call the store to get on a list to start this new class.  There's quite a bit of technique to learn with Copics and Delia is a fantastic teacher!

Ken Pesho is teaching Art Impressions watercolor cards the end of February and March 1st.  Only a couple of spots left.  These beautiful cards are easier than they look!

I am still teaching my Book of the Month classes, most on the third Tuesday of each month.  The classes are taught three times on that day, at 11am, 2pm, and 5:30pm. Learn a new stitch or bookbinding technique. This was January's book.

Our Judy Ross is a little out of commission for her Different Point of View this month, but she will be back on March 3 and March 7.  In this technique-laden class you will make 5 cards using the same stamp and get the stamp as part of the class.  We've had so much interest in Judy's class that we opened a Tuesday class!

Marissa and I are also starting a couple of Visual Journaling classes.  Each month we'll emphasize a different technique or product group.  Bring a journal and let's get started filling the pages with lots of color and texture!  I will teach a Friday afternoon class and Marissa will teach a Saturday class. These classes will be only $20 and we'll provide most of the products.

I think I covered most of what's going on in the near future.  Check back with us often so you won't miss a thing!  And of course, I can't send out a post without a picture of my beautiful new granddaughter!  Here she is, Sloan Avery Van Liew!

Have a great day, and do something creative!  And come see us and all the new stuff!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Last Unicorn

Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.  I'm not gonna fool ya, it's been a tough year. We've lost at least 3 local paper arts stores: the Craft Retreat, Paper and Metal Scrappers (in Payson) and just last week, Frenzy Stamper.  Frenzy was the only other real rubber stamping store in the Valley besides the Occasional Artist.  I am sorry to see Debbie go.  It was great to be able to send customers if we didn't have what they needed.  Many times, folks pop in from out of town and I was always happy to send them over to Frenzy.

 It's the "Sign of the Times" I'm afraid.  So many people shopping on line.  I was just thinking this morning about how many books we used to carry in the store; now we can't compete with Amazon. I get it, I really do. Buy your books on Amazon, and save your extra dollars for art supplies at local stores. 

So here we are, the "last unicorn", the only rubber stamping store left. I am off to CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association's biggest trade show of the year, next week.  I will be looking for fun and exciting new products to bring you and I'll be learning new techniques using the latest products so I can show you how to use them.  CHA is always fun, but challenging to figure out just the right products that will spark your creative spirit.  If you've seen new products that you are excited about, please let me know.  Delia and Angie and I are here to help you out.

We are excited to tell you that Dina Wakley has put two classes on our calendar for this year, both on Wednesday evenings: May 20 and September 2.  We've partnered with the party store next door to be able to put together a class of 30, so call the store and sign up because Dina is very limited with her time for us.  Classes will cost $45 and they will be 3 hours long.  Dina often teaches her newest classes for us first, so if you want to be in these really fun and technique-laden classes, do not hesitate to call and sign up. These classes WILL fill up.

To help you keep up with your visual journaling, we are adding a couple of visual journaling classes each month in addition to Dina's classes in May and September.  These classes will be only $20 and will be taught by me on a Friday afternoon and by Marissa Vidrio on a Saturday morning, starting in February. These classes will be in our classroom, so will be limited to 8. We'll add an evening class if these fill up. The classes each month will have a similar technique or use similar products even though they will be taught by different instructors.

It's going to be an exciting new year!  Please remember, eventually all the unicorns became extinct.  We can only survive with your support.  Shop local as much as you can, and let us know what YOU want so we can bring it to you.

See you soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Little Halloween Cards!

 These wonderful Halloween cards are the samples for Donna's Colored Pencil classes in October.

The classes are October 10 and 11, both at 10:30am.  Only $28.  The emphasis for Donna's classes is the colored pencil work.  She pre-cuts all the papers and stamps all the images for you.  You come learn how to color!
Prismacolors used in this class:
1023 Cloud Blue
989 Chartreuse
1005 Limepeel
911 Olive
932 Violet
935 Black
1032 Orange
946 Dark Brown
941 Light Umber
947 Dark Umber
1065 70% Cool Grey
1060 20% Cool Grey
1056 70% Warm Grey
949 Silver

Additional supplies:  Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol), paper stumps, pop-dots, glue.

Please let us know if we can have any or all of these supplies for you.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Classes Online!

First, we'd like to thank everyone who shopped with us at Art Unraveled this year!  We are always happy to meet new artists and see old friends.  And thank you also to our regular customers who waited patiently while we were away.

Be sure to check the Upcoming Classes page for new classes and pictures if I have them.  I have updated the calendar with currently scheduled classes through December so you can get them in your schedule.  I know how busy the fall is right up to the New Year.

And if you didn't know, or see our post on Facebook, Dina has new stamps and stencils coming.  They are on order and will arrive any day now.  If you want to be the first to get them, call and let us know!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Here comes April!

I say it every time: WOW! Time flies, doesn't it?  Here we are approaching April.  I can't even begin to tell you when the last 3 months have gone.  We really did not have to experience too much winter, like our friends north of us.  Many of you "snowbirds" will be leaving us soon and it's still cold where you're going!  You should stay a little longer...

Here at the store, we've waved good-bye to our Hannah who has gone off to Prague for at least the better part of a year to teach English in the Czech Republic.  She's been gone 2 1/2 weeks and already she is sorely missed!  You can follow her on Facebook if you want to keep up with her.  CHA goodies have been arriving, and going out, at an alarming rate!  We've gotten literally tons of new stuff from Tim Holtz, Ranger, Advantus, Prima, Dylusions, Dina Wakley Media, Clearsnap, Crafter's Workshop, Magenta, Great Impressions, Deadbeat Designs, Stampers Anonymous, and it goes on.  There is still more to come in April, May and even June! We are adding to our Copic marker collection as well.  Be sure to check out the new colors here soon!

Our April and May calendars are full already.  Some regular teachers, like Delia (Copic and Technique) and Kathie (books), Judy Ross (card techniques) and Ken Pesho (Stampscapes). Then throw in Jane Eileen (Zentangles), Dina Wakely (Art Journaling), Linda Wilson (Pergamano), and Ken Oliver (Mixed Media).  We are so lucky to have such a talented crew! We are also having a Sketching group twice a month (on a Friday and a Sunday afternoon) for folks who enjoy putting pencil or pen to paper to capture the world around them.  This little group get-together is free.  On Saturday, April 5, Kathie is having a fun "Play with Paint" Day from 10am-2pm.  Come on over and help use up some of our paste paint and use our stencils and tools. $1/sheet or bring your own paper, and bring a Gelli Plate if you have one.

I always say that I will try to blog more often, and I will, but this is it for now.  Hope we see you soon for a visit or a class!