Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Learn to use your Cricut

It's time to get that Cricut of yours out of the box and learn to use it in this basic Cricut class. This is for the "out-of-the-box" cricut owner as well as those thinking of buying one. Cricut owner and user, Barbara, will help get you started! Learn how to cut, change your blade, adhere your cuts to your project and other secrets. By the end of this class you'll have a layout to bring home and you'll feel ready to create many more projects! This class gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. Call (810) 225.9636 to register; fee is $20.

Supplies to bring: Your Cricut machine, Basic shapes/George cartridge or Plantin Schoolbook/Accent Essentials cartridge, Cricut cutting mat for your machine and any cricut tools you have. along with, Xyron Sticker Maker 150, glue stick or glue pen.

Share an Easter memory

What a cute little project to hold those Easter memories (great gift for grandparents)! Place all those cute Easter photos of egg dying, egg hunts, family gatherings or Spring phots in this adorable Mini Easter Chipboard Album by Janet. Students will learn to use Diamond Glaze, Liquid Applique, Distress Inks and QuicKutz dies. Class is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27; fee is $25. Register by calling (810) 225.9636.

What to bring:Ranger Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold
Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick
Diamond Glaze
Pop Dots & Glue Dots
Favorite Adhesives
Light green ink pad (Chalk Ink)
Olive Green Ink Pad (Chalk Ink)

Working with Dreamweaver Stencils

See what wonderful things can be done with Dreamweaver stencils in this Spring Card class. Laura will feature a variety of techniques while creating four cards suitable for (but not necessarily limited to) St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day and graduations. Laura is teaching this class at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28; fee is $20. Register by calling (810) 225.9636. Check out Laura's blog:

What to bring:
Paper trimmer
favorite adhesive

Etch the little chickies!

Learn how to use vinyl to glass etch in this fun, easy class. Students will go home with this cute, Spring-themed candy jar (jelly beans not included). While the Silhouette machine was used in this creation, the same product can be used with your Cricut or even hand cut. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Register by calling (810) 225.9636; fee is $20.

What to bring:
Students may wish to bring an apron or gloves

Coloring with Copic Markers

Copic Certified Instructor, Sandy Hulsart, will walk you through the basics of using Copic markers in this Basic Copic class. Students will learn coloring and blending techniques using an assortment of stamps.

Sandy will explain the numbering system of Copics, how to refill the pens and replace the nibs, how to blend your colors seamlessly and the use of the Blender pen, as well as what paper and ink to use. She will cover creating custom colors from a limited palette.

You will receive many useful handouts to take home with you. Sandy will also demonstrate airbrushing, which you will be able to give a try. The class has been extended to 3 hours with additional images to give you more time to practice with your markers. Bring your Copic markers and a blender pen. Class size is limited to 15 students so register early to ensure your spot! Class is three hours and gets started at 6 p.m. Monday, April 5.

Register by calling (810) 225.9636; fee is $25.

Play with Cracker Jack Stampers

Come play with the Cracker Jack Stampers! Explore your creativity with a group of sometimes sweet and sometimes fiesty crafters - you may even come across a surprise periodically! We meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Scrap Tales.
Warning: hands may become ink-stained, clothing spotted, and you may sparkle all over by time the meeting ends - but you will have fun!
Give us a try by attending our next meeting. Bring your basic kit: scissors, adhesives, non-stick craft sheet.

Join in some Chattin' and Scrappin'

If you like to read, craft and chit-chat with others who share the same interests then you may enjoy gathering monthly with members of our book club. The Crafty Ladies Book Club meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Scrap Tales to discuss the monthly book selection.

Bring your basic scrapping or cardmaking tools. We'll discuss the book while crafting a layout or card depicting the book's theme or use the provided sketch as your starting point.

April's book selection is "Prints Charming" by Rebecca Seitz. Members are responsible for acquiring and reading the monthly book selection. Contact us at Scrap Tales with any questions (810) 225.9636.

Scrap Wars approaching!

Scrap Tales needs you! We're going to war so it's time to get on a team to take out the competition! We're looking for quite a few good crafters interested in pulling togehter for the betterment of their team! Register now by calling Scrap Tales at 810.225.9636. You'll receive your draft notice from us to attend the draft party May 16 (draft dodgers will not be tolerated!). That's where you will receive your team assignment.

Teams and individuals will be assigned bi-weekly challenges to complete; points will be awarded based on audience voting outcomes.

A friendly cease-fire crop is scheduled for Oct. 3 for all veterans of Scrap Wars! We need you! Register now!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March happenings at Scrap Tales

Exciting new product arriving daily!
We have received so many new and exciting products recently! The newest releases from Basic Grey are here: Kioshi, Green at Heart and Origins. The colors are so enticing!
We still have a few openings remaining in our Basic Grey Page of Month workshops. We kicked off this year's session Wednesday night and we all loved the packet of beautiful products and the layout! Here's the scoop on how the year-long program works:
All participants receive a packet of the latest Basic Grey product each month complete with color print outs of layout and directions. We gather at Scrap Tales to work on our layouts together while enjoying some friendly and oftentimes lively conversation! Cathy guides us through the recreating process. The best part is we go home with a completed two-page layout!
If you would like to join our group call Scrap Tales at 810.225.9636 to register.

Little Yellow Bicycle
Little Yellow Bicycle has released the cutest line called 'Clothesline.'  This newest release from this company is so soft - perfect for baby or Spring-time photos! And there are loads of embellishments to select from that can really easily help you complete your layouts quickly and easily.

Welcome newest Design Team members!
We've selected our newest members for the Scrap Tales Design Team - please welcome: Krista Wilcox, Jamie Cripps, Kathy Dutton, Janelle Cramer and Jessica Carleton! They will be joining current members: Candy Spiegel, Robin Swederske, Edith Campbell,  Laura Drahozal and Lindsay McFarland. 

Basic Copic Class added to April calendar
Copic Certified Instructor, Sandy Hulsart, will walk you through the basics of using Copic markers. Students will learn coloring and blending techniques using an assortment of stamps. Sandy will explain the numbering system of Copics, how to refill the pens and replace the nibs, how to blend your colors seamlessly and the use of the Blender pen, as well as what paper and ink to use. She will cover creating custom colors from a limited palette. You will receive many useful handouts to take home with you. Sandy will also demonstrate airbrushing, which you will be able to give a try. The class has been extended to 3 hours with additional images to give you more time to practice with your markers. Register for the April Basic Copic classes by calling us at 810.225.9636.

Monday, March 15, 2010

May 1st with Andrea Deer


Family Ties: Altered Album and Case $45

Family memories are times to cherish. This 7-panel accordion album class will inspire all scrappers - from beginners to advanced - and will perfectly highlight your family activities, from everyday moments to special events and gatherings. You will learn some fun techniques, and walk away with an entire album scrapped and ready for photos. 
Pre-registration is required


Birthday Bash: Altered Mini Album $45

Pennants, balloons, and cake... oh my! Birthdays are a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how a person changes over the years. We're going to take your annual celebration and turn it into a whimsical and technique-filled cake-shaped paperboard accordion fold book, using Creative Imagination's Narratives collection. Kits includes papers and embellishments to create all 8 pages!
Pre-registration is required.

Mom Upside Down is WOW $25

Moms come in all shapes and sizes - and we'll have fun with shapes with these two 12 x 12 pages! Just wait until you see the dimension of these pages! And in time for Mother’s Day, we’ll use the same amazing Creative Imaginations product to create two cards with incredible detail. Even if you think you're not a card maker…We just may change your mind!

Pre-registration is required

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday March 14th

Stop in for Project Day Sunday, March 14! Janet will have a make-n-take for you using some of the newest QuicKutz - and all the QK shape dies, alphabet dies and embossing folders are still 50% off!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Well we have a great deal for you this weekend. We have put all the Quickutz on sale at a amazing 50% off, so rush in a get those dies you have been really wanting but didn't have enough money, we wanted to do something nice for our wonderful Customers so this is our Thank You Gift this weekend.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Little Card Class $21
Robin has put together this Little Card Class for you using a variety of products and techniques. Class size is limited to 10 students so register early to get into this one. Here's what she says about his class, "In this class we’ll use “a little” scrapbooking paper, “a little” stamping, “a little” inking, and “a little” ribbon to make these cards. Students will use a few different techniques to add color to their stamped images and go home with six completed cards and envelopes."
What to Bring:
Non-stick craft sheet
Detail scissors
Paper-to-paper adhesive
Crop-a-dile if you have one

Spring card class $18
In this class taught by Janet, students will make a St. Patrick's Day card, two Easter-themed cards and a Spring-related card. Heat embossing, Spellbinders and QuicKutz dies will all be used on these cards.
What to bring:
color markers in: light green, pink and yellow
pink chalk ink
adhesives: glue stick or runner
pop dots
Xyron 150 if you have one

Scrapbook Virgins $12
You've toyed with the idea of preserving your favorite photos in a scrapbook. You buy some papers and stickers, pull out your photos, spread it all on the table . . . and feel so overwhelmed and lost that you give up before you even get started!
Pull those photos back out and join us at Scrap Tales in this 2-hour course that will put you at ease and give you the confidence you need to get started on your personal journey of preserving your memories.
In Scrapbook Virgins we'll focus on the basics - tools (paper trimmers, adhesive, and scissors), papers (cardstocks), cropping and layout. You'll leave knowing the fundamental tools of creating your very first scrapbook pages. This class is geared toward the novice.
Students need to bring:
3-5 photos (4X6) of the same theme or event.

If you have them bring: paper trimmer or scissors, dry adhesive; if you do not have them we highly recommend waiting to purchase till after class so you have an opportunity to try-before-you-buy.

Clearly Winter $37
Clear albums can be so much fun! From beginning to end we're teased with a little sneak peek of what's to come. If you've been putting off trying one because you just don't know how to start, then join me for a day of fun, relaxation and creating! We'll create a beautiful Winter-themed acrylic album in blues and whites using Staz-on ink and lots of Art Institute Glitters. We'll dress it up with some dangles, charms and ribbons. I'll provide acrylic book, tips, techniques, stamps and embellishments.
Bring a sack lunch as we may be here awhile!
Once you have registered begin selecting your photos. Students should bring lots of winter-themed photos in a variety of sizes from 1X1 up to 4X6 (see more info below). This class will be held on the main floor.
What to Bring:
Any stamps you would like to use on your pages - random script, flourishes and background patterns work best (I'll have a selection of stamps as well)
Clear drying liquid adhesive (I used Ranger's Glossy Accents and Beacon's Gem Tac - we carry both)
Your favorite permanent dry adhesive (you'll want permanent and very tacky)
Staz-on ink in opaque white

Tools: Crop-a-dile, non-stick craft sheet, self-healing cutting mat (12X12 Size for work surface), an old magazine, scissors & paper trimmer

Photos: Photos work best in the word books when they are printed at a smaller size. I printed mine in 4X6, wallet, mini wallet and index size. It's also a good use of photos that can stand some cropping done to them. Bring extras in varying sizes and it's easier to work into the pages.
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Beginner Silhouette  $20

Learn to use your Silhouette electronic die-cutting machine - from getting it set up, using the cutting and sketching features, creating new paper size options, to making your own designs. Laura will also walk students through downloading additional fonts, learning to use the site and your download card. Students will leave this class with the knowledge they need to use their new Silhouette.
What to bring: your laptop computer, your Silhouette and everything that came with it in the box.

Call Scrap Tales and get Registered for any of these classes coming up this week.

Photoscapes with Stampscapes $25 

Join Sandy Hulsart for this Stampscapes class and learn to turn a photo into a scenic masterpiece.  Students will make 4 complete cards.  Maximum 11 students.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Just a few things happening at Scrap Tales

Silhouette SD

The Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Tool cuts all sizes of fonts and shapes! Imagine making your own coordinating embellishments for your cards and scrapbook layouts. This fantastic cutting machine is totally portable (no cartridges necessary), you can download digital designs online anytime and cut True-Type fonts already on your computer! The suggested retail price on the Silhouette SD is $299.99 but you can purchase yours at Scrap Tales (while supplies last) for only $239.99 - and it comes with a FREE home-decor CD!

New Dies in Accucut Center!

Several new dies have arrived from Accucut for our die-cut center. If you're considering making your own wedding, birthday, shower or family reunion invitations stop in and check out our newest arrivals for invitations and cards. We've also added circles and ovals - even clear circles and ovals so you can crop photos - along with other new exciting dies!

Check out the Calendar

Be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming classes and events - we have some exciting and educational classes along with several fun events on tap!