Monday, August 15, 2011

A*muse Studio Cards

These are all photos of cards I made at a class on Sunday. Yes, I still like to take classes, too. There is always room to learn something new.

Anyway, the class was held at a hotel in Nashua NH and the company hosting it was A-muse Studios. These are beautiful rubber stamps that were available in select card and scrapbook stores or at online stores.

The company has since changed that and now the only way you can get these are through home workshops very similiar to Stampin Up! or Close To My Heart. The owner, Linda Hartwich, was there and explained the change. With the economy as it is, there were so many small scrapbooking stores that carried her line of stamps but due to financial reasons have been forced to close their doors. Rather then making it more difficult for her customers to find stores still carrying her line of products she restructured her whole business so everyone can get them.

My first impression of the class was that it was a little pricy for the projects we made, but then, all of us attending the class received a free stamp set listing for $21.99 in the catalog so that made it well worth the drive. Plus we each recieved a full line catalog along with the winter catalog that is not even available, yet.

i just thought I would share with you this cute little cards.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Martha Stewart Card Classes

I have been working on putting together samples for 2 Martha Stewart card classes I hope to teach at the Michael's stores in N. Weymouth and Braintree.
The first class is The Punch Around the Page class.

These cards are surprisingly easy to put together. There are enough supplies in the class kit to make these 6 cards. It took me about 40 minutes to assembly all 6 cards.

Here are close ups of the cards.

These 2 cards are Project 1. This first project gets you familiar with the whole process of how these punches work together.

Project 2 has two cards, as well. These show you a second option using these punches. And yes, I just realized I posted these two cards upside down. I will have to go back and fix that. (sorry)

Project 3 teached you how to get a mirror image of the punch.

And Project 4 shows you a neat little trick with using a corner punch on cards.

The next class is the Martha Stewart Glittering Techniques Card Class

This class is a more time intense class but the results are beautiful

Again, I added close up photos of these cards:

Project 1 - Learning the basic steps of adding glitter to an embellishment.

Project 2 other ways of adding glitter to your projects.

Project 3 - Getting into the little detail work of how to position different colors of glitter.

And Project 4 teached you how to gradually change to the color of your glitter on a project. 9 yes, I know, another upside down card. They show the correct way when I save then, then somewhere along the line they flip. I will figure it out. sorry, again)

So these are just 2 classes I am working on. The cost of these classes are $10 plus the supplies. Each class kit is sold as a kit in the Martha Stewart aisle. I used a 40% coupon to purchase the kits. so use your coupons ladies if you would like to take these classes.
While you are Michaels please let them know you are interested in these classes.

Along with the kits you also need a basic class kit of supplies. If you make cards or scrapbooks you more then likely have these things already.

Basic Class Tool Kit: ( ) items are my recommendations you do not need these brands, simply what I like to use on my own projects.
12 inch paper trimmer (Fiskar)
Scissors (EK Success Cutter Bees non-stick)
Dry Adhesive (Tombow permanent tape runner)
Liquid Adhesive (Beacon 3 in 1)
black Journaling Pen

for the glitter class i also recommend 2 paper plates, a couple of paper towels and some scrap paper, notebook or computer paper is fine.

Monday, August 8, 2011

This is going to be a Great Week!

I did my Demo at Michael's yesterday. I really enjoyed it. The store felt like 120 degrees and I was probably dripping wet from the heat but I met some wonderful ladies and got to share a little of what I LOVE!!

I was scheduled to do a 2 hour demo on the features of the Cricut Expression machine. Shortly after arriving, way before the store even opened, I found the brand new machine the store had for my demo was defective. It had power and all the featured seemed to work but the little screen did not work. This made it impossible to use for a demo. The screen is what shows all the features the machine can do. So after some scrambling and maybe a little begging, I was giving a brand new exclusive pink edition of the Cricut Expression. I was so excited. Not only is this machine my favorite color!!! PINK, but, it also comes with an extra cartridge (3 in all) that cannot be purchased any other way, other then with this machine.

My demo was scheduled from 11:00 am - 1 pm. We had a ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:45, the doors opened at 10 and by 10:05 I had already sold the first Cricut machine. The store only had 3 personal cricut machines in stock but all 3 were sold out within 30 minutes of the store opening it's doors. WOW!!! But it was an amazing deal. The personal cricut that has a retail value of $199 was on sale for $49.00. Even on a Black Friday deals I have never seen this sold for less then $79.00

Anyway, I had people in front of my booth from the time the doors opened until about 1:00 when the prize wheel was started at the back of the store. Congrats to the ladies that won some incredible prizes. I had a few more customers for the next hour and then decided to clean up my booth.

Next on my schedule I will be doing a demo on the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punches. This will be Tuesday evening from 4 - 7 pm. I have been playing around with my punches to put some samples together for this.

Wednesday, August 10 from 4 - 7 pm I will be doing a demo using Bazzill cardstock. This is by far the best quality cardstock on the market and I am thrilled that Michaels carries it.

August 25th from 4 - 8 PM is Crop Night. Only $5 for 4 hours of uninterrupted scrapping. Oh, life is good! There are still a few spots left for this so get on over to the store and book your spot. If you want to call and confirm space is still there call. 781-335-0456

I will be siting with the Manager some time over the next few days to schedule classes and I will post them here as soon as I know.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Instructor for Michael's in Weymouth

Good day today. As I was writing in my daily planner I noticed the date. August 6, the new Michael's should be open today. i photo copied my scrapping certificates along with my Michaels' pay stub from last summer and went to check out the new store with hopes of getting a job. I walked in and looked around. The store is Beautiful!! The class room in to die for! So I asked a clerk if they were offering scrapbook classes. She wnt to check and said they will be but not yet. I then asked if they had a teacher, she said not yet. That was what I was hoping for. I asked to talk to the Manager. I told him i would love to teach for them. He asked if I was SDU certified, and I was glad to say "Yes. He stopped talking midstream and said "follow me" He pulled up my info on his computer and said "You are hired! Can you start tomorrow?"

I report to my new job at 9 am in the morning. I am so excited.

I have decided to change my blog to be class oriented. I will post class information here along with any demos I put together.

So for anyone reading this blog tonight...

Michael's in Weymouth is having their Grand Opening tomorrow, August 7. There will be a ribbon Cutting ceremony at 9:45 am. the first 200 cumstomers will each receive a free tote bag. (one per family)

There will be free demos all day long. The Crciut Expression demo is from 11:00 - 1:00 PM. This is what I will be demonstrating. And get this...The first five people that sign up for my Crop and pay for it while in the store will get a FREE Fiskar Paper Trimmer!!!

The crop is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 from 4 pm to 8 pm.

I will also be doing demos on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as well from 4 - 7 PM. Tuesday evening with the the Martha Steward Punches and Wednesday will be Bazzill Card Making.

Hope you can make it to the Grand Opening. If not contact the store for upcoming Scrapbooking classes and/or Crops.

Michaels is located at 729 Bridge St. This is the plaza where Lowes and Staples are located. the phone number is 781-335-0456