Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lynell Harlow was a SUCCESS

We had Lynell Harlow from Dreamweavers Stencils to teach us two exciting techniques classes and everyone that was in class definitely learned what to do now with those beautiful stencils.  A big Thank you to Marsha and Laura for helping out in the two classes, it did make the day run smooth.  Laura was just recently accepted for the design team of Dreamweavers, and everyone was able to see the beautiful work that she does with them.  Here are a few pictures of these classes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This comes straight from Tim Holtz himself.

I was looking and found the most recent and updated look at his new machine and it just came from Tim Holtz himself.  If you haven't checked out his Blog please do,http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/chasummer-2010-sneak-peek-11-alterations.html,  he is giving just a great amount of sneak peeks to get you ready for all the new products that will be coming out in the next few months.

cha-summer 2010 sneak peek #11 (alterations)...

well bloggers we made it!  today is the final day of sneak peeks before packing everything up and heading to chicago for the cha-summer trade show where all of these products will be released.  it's been a busy year for me designing all of these new things - i can't wait for all of you to get your hands on them.  thank you all so much for sharing your excitement and anticipation for the new products.  like i've been saying all week, i've saving the biggest announcement for last because today i'm sharing with you my new die cutting machine in my alterations line with sizzix.  i know many of you saw the video blogs of the "preview" we did back in january at the cha-winter show in preparation for our cha-summer launch - well it's here!  i am happy to introduce to you the "vagabond"...

"a vagabond is an idle wanderer having an uncertain or irregular course of direction, leading a carefree style - which is exactly what our creative journey should be all about..."

the vagabond is a personal die cut machine unlike anything you have ever seen before, and trust me when i say it works like no other machine too.  this portable, fully electric motorized machine, makes die cutting and embossing incredibly simple and truly limitless.  i wanted a machine that was more powerful than any machine out in the market.  why???  simple, i want it to cut and emboss thicker materials like grungeboard, chipboard, bookboard, metal, canvas, acrylic in addition to layers of cardstock, grungepaper, and fabrics.  this powerhouse not only cuts with ease, but embosses full sheets of grungeboard and chipboard with out any hesitation...
of course not only did this machine have to work like no other, it needed to look the part too.  that's where the challenges really came in and everyone at sizzix did an amazing job in sharing the same creative visions - thank you so much!  i designed a machine to resembles a vintage suitcase that has traveled the world with it's unique hardware, nostalgic texture, and distressed finish.  i designed a machine that looked artful enough to leave out yet entirely compact so it wouldn't take up much space.  i designed a machine that could cut and emboss any art medium i wanted to use so i wasn't limited to just paper.  the vagabond is truly everything i imagined it to be...
so i leave you with a few photos of the cool hand-sketched, vintage suitcase styled packaging it will come in (shipping late september), and of course the machine both opened and closed.  as you can see we've made quite a few changes since it's earlier debut including collapsible guide rails, antiqued texture and finish (it even comes with themed luggage stickers you can put on your machine), and a quiet motor you have to hear to believe.   i am beyond excited to share with you, the long awaited release of the new vagabond machine - i just can't wait to show you all it can do!  i'll be posting videos from the cha show next week so stay tuned! ...t!m

Vagabond
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010















Lynell Harlow, owner and designer of Dreamweaver Stencils, is preparing to teach two classes at Scrap Tales Saturday, July 24. Lynell will demonstrate her unique techniques for working with her stencil designs. She'll tell you all about her new designs and new product releases that she will debut at CHA.

We know we have a lot of Dreamweaver Stencil fans out there so you will not want to miss these classes - students still talk about her previous visit and all the wonderful techniques they learned from her.

Lunch will be provided for those attending both classes.

Lynell's first class begins at 11 a.m. and will focus on "Crackle Paste Techniques."
Join her as she teaches you step-by-step techniques of using Crackle Paste that is formulated for using metal stencils on paper. Then you will have fun learning to stencil with two stenciling mediums including the NEW Metallic F/X Powders. Students need to bring 2 gold-handled Dreamweaver Stencil brushes; all other materials are provided. This class is $40.

In her second class, "Putting on the Glitz"which begins at 2 p.m., 
Lynell teaches techniques for using three different mediums for adding pizzazz to your cardwork. Microbeads, glitter and mica powders are materials to be reckoned with when you work with metal stencils. Come take a class with Lynell and you'll learn tips and techniques to make your design time easier. All materials provided. This class is $40.

Register for these classes to reserve your spot for a few hours of fun and interesting techniques! 
To avoid class cancellations register early! Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.
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It's a Summer Road Trip!

Anyone for a road trip?

Scrap Tales, along with four other independently-owned scrapbook stores, are coming together to host a Summer Road Trip that promotes Buy Local! Buy Independent! Buy Michigan!

Just stop in at any participating location for your pass then when visiting any of the locations make a purchase of $20 or more, have your pass stamped or punched - it's that easy! When your pass is full simply turn it in at your last location and you'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 baskets of crafting goodies valued at over $50 each!

Participating locations are: Scrap Tales, Scrapbook Emporium, Scrapbookers Inc., The Scrapbook Zone and Scrappy Chic. The Summer Road Trip promotion runs through Aug. 15, 2010 so grab a friend and hit the road!

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Learn more about the Cricut

Thinking about getting a Cricut machine or do you own one but are not quite sure what to do with it? Then this class is for you! In this class Jamie will teach you all the basics, from how to turn it on to how to navigate through your page. Bring your Cricut machine and the cartridge it came with to the class and have a real hands-on learning experience! This class will include the following:

*Loading Mat, Blade into Housing & Loading Blade Housing
*Learning the dials (pressure, speed, size)
*How to Indent to Cut Exactly Where You Want It
*How to Use Cricut Markers
*Question and Answer Time

Please note that this class will only go over the similarities of the machines, we will not be focusing on the Expressions added features.
Don't have a Cricut? Don't worry! Let me know in advance and you can borrow mine (only one available per class)!
Bring your machine, paper, the cartridge your machine came with, an extension cord, and a mat. Class fee is $30.

Instructor: Jamie (Design Team Member); visit her blog: http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/

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 and non-transferable; 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.  

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Basic Silhouette Class set for Tuesday

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. Visit Laura's blog: http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com/
What to bring: your laptop computer, your Silhouette and everything that came with it in the box. Class fee is $20.
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 and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those who cannot attend. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Thank you and see you in class! 

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Silhouette Workshop focuses on Glass Etching

Laura will lead this monthly workshop for Silhouette owners who want to explore different aspects of their machine. Each month students will focus on one product or feature and learn all about it. Come try out a new technique and make your Silhouette work for you. Silhouette Workshops are monthly, casual mini classes designed to teach the Silhouette owner how to better use their machine.
Each month, students will explore a different use or product for the machine. July's Silhouette Workshop, in honor of wedding season, we will make a pair of etched wine glasses. If there is a very simple design you would like to include with names, feel free to bring it with you. Workshop fee is $10.
What to bring:
Silhouette
sharp scissors
rubber gloves (optional)

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 and non-transferable; 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.

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Basic Grey Page of the Month workshop

Our Basic Grey Page of the Month workshop gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. This month students in the workshop will explore the use of Basic Grey's beautiful newest release of papers and embellishments from Olivia.

Those attending should bring with them: paper trimmer, adhesive, ruler, scissors, black fine-tipped pen, green marker, corner rounder, circle punches is 1-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 2-inch. You may wish to bring photos to complete your layout: four 2 1/4-by-2 1/4 photos, one horizontal 3-by-5, one vertical 4 1/4-by-2 1/4, one horizontal 2 1/4-by-3 1/4 and two 1 1/4-by-1 1/4.

Call to reserve your spot (810) 225-9636. Workshop fee is $25.
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 and non-transferable; 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.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Robin wins Shopping Spree!

And the winner is ...

















Congratulations to Robin Swederske, winner of our Scrap Tales Shopping Spree! She immediately made her way to her favorite department at Scrap Tales - Inks and Tim Holtz - filling her basket with beautiful colors of the new Twinkling H2o's then plenty of Tim Holtz Idea-logy. When time ran out and items tallied the total was nearly $300. Way to go Robin! Can't wait to see what you create with all her winnings.

Robin is in good company with past winners Pat Roemmele who was our very first Spree winner in May 2006 and Terry Harmon, winner of the Spree in 2007. It's always a good time to come out and cheer them on and take advantage of other specials at that time. All-in-all it was a full day of fun and savings!



Getting to know your Cricut

Thinking about getting a Cricut machine or do you own one but are not quite sure what to do with it? Then this class is for you! In this class I will teach you all the basics, from how to turn it on to how to navigate through your page. Bring your Cricut machine and the cartridge it came with to the class and have a real hands-on learning experience! This class will include the following:

*Loading Mat, Blade into Housing & Loading Blade Housing
*Learning the dials (pressure, speed, size)
*How to Indent to Cut Exactly Where You Want It
*How to Use Cricut Markers
*Question and Answer Time

Please note that this class will only go over the similarities of the machines, we will not be focusing on the Expressions added features.
Don't have a Cricut? Don't worry! Let me know in advance and you can borrow mine (only one available per class)!
Bring your machine, paper, the cartridge your machine came with, an extension cord, and a mat.

This basic Cricut class runs 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 23; fee is $30. Jamie is a member of our Scrap Tales Design Team and has some beautiful samples around the store - come check them out!
Instructor: Jamie (Design Team Member); visit her blog:
http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/

 

Crackle Paste Techniques with Lynell Harlow 

Students will learn to get the most use from their stencils in these classes taught by Lynell Harlow, owner and designer of Dreamweaver Stencils. Lynell will demonstrate her unique techniques for working with her stencil designs. She'll tell you all about her new designs and new product releases that she will debut at CHA. The sample boards are available at the store for a close-up look into what students will learn.
Lynell's first class begins at 11 a.m. Sat., July 24 and will focus on "Crackle Paste Techniques." Join her as she teaches you step-by-step techniques of using Crackle Paste that is formulated for using metal stencils on paper. Then you will have fun learning to stencil with two stenciling mediums including the NEW Metallic F/X Powders. Students need to bring 2 gold-handled Dreamweaver Stencil brushes; all other materials are provided. This class is $40.


In her second class, "Putting on the Glitz"which begins at 2 p.m. Sat., July 24. Lynell teaches techniques for using three different mediums for adding pizzazz to your cardwork. Microbeads, glitter and mica powders are materials to be reckoned with when you work with metal stencils. Come take a class with Lynell and you'll learn tips and techniques to make your design time easier. All materials provided. This class is $40.
Who better to learn from than the designer herself! You won't want to miss these classes. Lynell will bring several samples of her work and techniques for working with stencils and other Dreamweaver products.

Register early to reserve your spot for a few hours of fun and interesting techniques! To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes. 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.