Monday, March 28, 2011

March Happenings on the 28th

Good morning crafters, Todays offerings include 2 new hibiscus stencils, my discovery of how easy embossing folders are, and a new supply of the paper bags.

First up is the Hibiscus Circle. Art's new design for the Hibiscus Border has proved so successful that he developed two alternative designs. In the first sample I used white embossing paste and in the 2nd I embossed the hibiscus on the Big Shot and then used rocket red and cloudy coral ink pads to give it some color.

The grouping of the 3 Hibiscus gives you the flexibility to place the stencil anywhere you like on the card and it gives you room for other elements - words, stickers, rub-ons, embellishmens - whatever your creativity dreams of.

I discovered embossing folders for the first time the other day. What an easy way to make a
very beautiful card in a limited amount of time. It took me less than 5 minutes to cut, emboss on the Big Shot , fold, and add the sticker. You can't miss with this technique. Come in the store and I'll give you a quick demo. The question I have is - where have I been all this time with these tools to take advantage of. You all seem to like it also - I make a sample and that folder sells out - I make another sample and "poof" it's gone. It really is quick and easy - and did I mention they are really inexpensive.

The last photo (as shown above) is an example of decorating a paper bag and making it into a gift bag for the new graduate. We just received the 3rd shipment of these gift bags in the store. They have been popular because they are very affordable and you get 20 bags in the package. In the example shown above, I used Martha's all over the page star punch and a Magenta background stamp. The tassels we carry in a couple of different colors. In addition to the spring and Easter colors we now have the Sakura design and a floral pattern. Oh -- we have the graduation cap as a stamp or you can cut it out of the paper that represents your school colors.

That's all for now... see you tomorrow.

Friday, March 25, 2011

March Happenings on the 25th

Good morning crafters,

Graduation is just around the corner so I thought I'd offer one card idea for your consideration. It uses the new Magenta line of stamps we just received in the store. They make great backgrounds for you use. The stamp I used on this card reminds me of the world and how it awaits all of the new graduates. It's a big wonderful world - a beautiful creation. The stamps are self sticking so you can use them on your acrylic blocks. The stamps almost stamp themselves. I highly recommend them.

Fran's class last night, "A Year in Cards"-Birthday, was enjoyed by all. I can still hear echoes of all the laughter. Fran told me her next "A Year in Cards" class will be entitled "All That Glitters". It's scheduled for April 14th - 6:30 to 8:30pm. The cost is $20.00 which includes the material for the class. Fran has promised to have samples to me in the next day or so. I'll post the photos and let you know what tools to bring when I receive the samples. Call me if you'd like to sign up for the class.

That's all for now - see you tomorrow

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March Happenings on the 24th

Good morning crafters,

For those of you that haven't seen these, I call them Tubes of Joy. Priscilla first introduced them at the Scrapper's Jam and they were an instant success. We are on our second box of them at the store and the reason they are popular: They are inexpensive and They take very little of your time to decorate. Money and time - aren't they always the two of the bigger issues we deal with? Fill them with M&Ms, Skittles, nuts, whatever you creativity conjures up - add some peal and sticks, ribbon, stickers, tags and your done. Easter, Mother's Day, party favors for an upcoming event - people will enjoy them. These are available at a cost of only $1.56 each - less if you have our discount card. You'll receive a lot of smiles from those you give them to.

If you take the time to notice them, little happenings can become become very special. A couple of days ago a girl came in the store for her first time. She had grown up in Hawaii (Japanese ancestry) but when I asked where she was born, she said Winona, Minnesota. Now this blew me away. Why? My dad and the rest of Teska clan originate from Winona. It's a small town in the southeastern corner of Minnesota. We've had other families in the store that live in Minnesota - many of them didn't know where Winona was. So this was just a small connection to my family and some childhood memories. Megumi loved our store and will be back soon. She left me with a smile I carried with me the rest of the day.

See you tomorrow at A Place in Time

- let us know how we can help you. Do you have an idea for a class you'd like to take?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happenings 23 March

Good morning crafters,

As I promised in my blog last night, I have posted the photos for Jan Kruger's "Asian Flat Panel Book" class. Jan has used the Dove of The East paper line to create what I think is something that is very elegant and special. I know this is a class you will want to participate in. The class is on Saturday April, 2nd - 1:00 to 3:00 pm and the cost is $25.00. Bring your basic tool kit, adhesive, and a Scor-pal (if you have one). We will look forward to seeing you there.

I wanted you all to see the newest stencil that Art Hiu has created for us. We call it "Hibiscus Border" and it has already been well received by you crafters. I think Art is in the process of making the 3rd order of this design. Priscilla took the stencil and made two samples using embossing paste. I think you will like them and they will stir your "creative taste bud"s. In one she used a combination of 4 pastes to make a new color. I really like it and am going to have to experiment with other colors. It adds a whole new range of options when your using the Dreamweaver paste.

That's all for now. In my next blog (in a day or two) I'll show you a sample of the "Tubes of Joy" that we have in the store. Stay tuned.

See you tomorrow at A Place in Time


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

End of March Happenings

Good Day Crafters,

Well, it's been a while since I last posted an update to the blog. I am going to try and do a better job of this in the future. I will post information twice a week, thereby you have to wade through a volume of "World and Peace" each time you visit the site. This one will be longer so I can bring you up to date on the store happenings.

First of all, in February, A Place in Time achieved it's own moment in time: we celebrated our 5th anniversary. This is not so much a testimony to us, but to all of you that have found us worthy of your business. Many of the people who visit our Kailua store come from other parts of the island. We are honored to be "worth the drive" and our goal will continue to make your trip to our store, whether near or far, well worth your time.

Classes: A Year in Cards by Fran Kawakami Thurs. 24 March 6:30-8:30 pm Cost: $20.00

The subject this month is Birthdays and those taking the class will make 5 cute cards
using a new line of paper we have in the store from Best Creations. You'll enjoy making these cards and have fun at the same time. The tools you will need to bring are your basic tool kit, two sided adhesive, glue, scoring tool, and a Scor-pal if you have one.

Stencil Embossing by Priscilla Teska
Wednesday March 30th 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $30.00 plus you'll receive one (1) free stencil

Want to learn several techniques using your stencils or just get a refresher class on several of the applications? You'll want to take this class. There's one card you'll make that I'm not sure how she did it. Guess that's why she's the President. The tools you'll need to bring is your basic tool kit.

Asian Flat Panel Book by Pam Kruger
Saturday, April 2 1:00-3:00 pm Cost: $25.00

This is a beautiful folding book using the Dove of the East paper line. Because there are multiple photos I will be posting them on the blog tomorrow. I encourage you take the time to see what Jan has created. It's something special. The tools you will need are your basic tool kit, two sided adhesive, and a Scor-pal.

New To the Store:

The most recent shipment we received is from Basic Grey. There are two lines (2): "Life of the Party" and "Hello Luscious". They are two sided papers and cover the range in colors, hues, and tones that are perfect for Spring and Easter.
Also you will be able to choose from a variety of embellishments that compliment the paper. In addition there are 6x6 paper pads to choose from. Some of you have been asking for the Basic Grey Card Kits and Scrapbook Page Kits. They have arrived. You will really enjoy this offering from Basic Grey.

Art Hiu, our creative force in manufacturing, has designed a new stencil - "The Hibiscus Border.
The first order took all of 2 days to sell out. For those of you that haven't seen it I'll post it tomorrow on the blog or take the time to come in and see it. Priscilla has used it as a vehicle to experiment mixing embossing pastes. You'll like the blend of orange, red, yellow, and white.

From Sizzix we have new embossing folders and diecuts. We are expecting the new shipment of Eclips machines and cartridges this week. Priscilla is continuing the sale on the Eclips machine. So if your thinking of a quality diecut machine in your future, please come in for a demonstration.

I look forward to visiting with you tomorrow. Please look at the photos for Jan's class. The design is beautiful.

See you tomorrow...