February is Almost Here

a bunch of roses? how about a bunch of classes!

Remember, classes make a great gift for any occasion.  Don’t forget to see the info on my new Wine Charm class at Goose Ridge Tasting Room in Woodinville in May.  Maybe do this class together for a date night, a birthday or an anniversary!  Whatever the occasion, it will be a great time.

I am also starting new classes at Ben Franklin in May – see below for details.

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

Even the Envelope has a history behind it!

  • The Babylonians first wrapped and baked their messages in thin sheets of clay.  Later envelopes were made of cloth, animal skins, or vegetable parts, and prior to 1840 all envelopes were handmade.
  • George Wilson patented the method of tessellating (tiling) a number of envelope patterns across and down a large sheet.  In 1845, Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue obtained a patent for a steam- driven machine that cut out an envelope shape, then created and folded it.  Thomas Waymouth, who had previously worked on paper bag machinery, developed a self-gumming and folding machine for Berlin and Jones in the late 1860’s.
  • Rectangular envelopes are preferred by the postal service, which reduces the amount of sorting needed to line up all the envelopes with the addresses reading the same way.

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

This is a fun season as we look forward to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and spring!  I am holding a lot of classes in February and March with new classes in May, so make sure you visit my site to find one that fits your schedule.

COMING IN MAY! WINE CHARMED CLASS

New class! May 9, 2018 6-9m at Goose Ridge Tasting Room in Woodinville. Come enjoy a glass of wine and create your own papercrafted wine charms. These wine charms are a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a college graduation, 21st birthday, Father’s Day, or for your own party! Cost is $40 which covers one glass of wine and all supplies for the charms. Ages 21 and older are welcome to register. If the class is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be given. Reserve your seat here!

I am making some really cool cards in the next few months.  Join me, won’t you?

CLASSES

NEW!! COVINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES:

New to 2018! Covington Parks & Rec

I’m offering adult, children, and toddler papercrafting classes. Adult classes begin in Jan. and children’s after-school origami classes are in Feb. and March. Toddler evening story and origami times start in March. Registration is required and through the Covington Parks and Recreation Department and here’s a link to their website: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation/index.php

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Quilled Magnets March 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Create several magnets using quilling techniques to take home; perfect for your refrigerator or to give as gifts. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

BONNEY LAKE EVENING-OUT CLASSES

A new class at the Ben Franklin! The kick-off class on May 2, 2018 5:30-7:30pm will be a sort of scavenger hunt–you get to find and bring your own bases for magnets. In this class you’ll make at least 4 magnets that are unique to you and your tastes! Call the store at 253-862-6822 to reserve your seat and to get a supply list. Store located in the Safeway parking lot and next to the McDonald’s. Cost is $30 and ages 12 and up are welcome to register.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

“Love Ewe” Greeting Cards Feb. 6 6-8pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come mix your Christmas sheep die cuts with Valentine’s Day and quilling. You’ll make 4 cute cards all about “ewe.” Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

“Fragrant Shakers” Greeting Cards Feb. 24 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come create 3 greeting shaker quilling greeting cards that will not only be beautiful but will smell great too. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

“Fragrant Shakers” Greeting Cards March 4th, 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come create 3 greeting shaker quilling greeting cards that will not only be beautiful but will smell great too. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards March 17th, 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come learn how to combine die cuts and quilling to create 6 unique greeting cards using the die cut images and scraps. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards March 31st, 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come learn how to combine die cuts and quilling to create 6 unique greeting cards using the die cut images and scraps. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Check out all my classes here!

Cheers!
Emily

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What a Hoot!

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

Greeting Card Fun Facts:

  • U.S. consumers purchase approximately seven billion greeting cards each year, generating nearly $7.5 billion in retail sales.
  • Women are more likely than men to buy several cards at once.  However, men generally spend more on a single card.
  • Until Christmas 1961, the UK Post Office used to deliver cards on Christmas morning.

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

Speaking of hoots!  I love owls and you can tell by some of the cards that I make.  They are fun just sitting on a branch or fence and it’s fun to give them eyes and different characteristics.  Even though we don’t have any animals of our own in the house, I love the birds outside in my yard as they come each day to see what’s to eat.  I always make sure those feeders are filled up just for them.

I am making some really cool cards in the next few months.  Join me, won’t you?

CLASSES

NEW!! COVINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES:

New to 2018! Starting this month!

I’m offering adult, children, and toddler papercrafting classes. Adult classes begin in Jan. and children’s after-school origami classes are in Feb. and March. Toddler evening story and origami times start in March. Registration is required and through the Covington Parks and Recreation Department and here’s a link to their website: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation/index.php

EVENING OUT CLASSES:

Quilled Wall Hangings Jan. 17, 2018 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Come create a unique quilled wall hanging perfect for your wall or a friend’s wall. All things beach and ocean-related is the theme for the evening. All supplies provided including mat and frame and a medium-size hot/cold drink. Cost is $30. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Quilled Magnets March 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Create several magnets using quilling techniques to take home; perfect for your refrigerator or to give as gifts. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 20 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 24 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Love Ewe” Greeting Cards Feb. 3 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come mix your Christmas sheep die cuts with Valentine’s Day and quilling. You’ll make 4 cute cards all about “ewe.” Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Love Ewe” Greeting Cards Feb. 6 6-8pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come mix your Christmas sheep die cuts with Valentine’s Day and quilling. You’ll make 4 cute cards all about “ewe.” Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

“Fragrant Shakers” Greeting Cards Feb. 24 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come create 3 greeting shaker quilling greeting cards that will not only be beautiful but will smell great too. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Tickled,
Emily

 

Greeting card fun facts taken from “The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques by Susan Pickering Rothamel”

Happy new year!  Check out what’s new!

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

New Year’s Resolutions:  We all know them and we all have tried them.  Something to consider is when you make your list even if it is just one thing, make sure you also write down your obstacles and challenges that you may face when trying to obtain those intentions.  Then, have a list of how you will deal with the obstacles (your plan B’s).  That will help you know it won’t always be perfect but you will at least be aware that there will be obstacles and have a plan how to deal with them.  Only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions.  This might help in keeping them.

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

It was a wonderful holiday season!  My family and I got away to California in the sunshine and “dried” out a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely here in Washington when it snowed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but getting to a warmer climate was also wonderful.  Watching the holidays through my children’s eyes was quite an experience.  They are just so amazed at the little things that it makes me also step back and enjoy those little bits of wonder too.  Hope you had a wonderful season of celebration no matter how you celebrated.

Is one of your resolutions to learn more crafts this year?  Sign up for a class below and let’s get that good intention taken care of.

CLASSES

NEW!! COVINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES:

New to 2018! Starting this month!

I’m offering adult, children, and toddler papercrafting classes. Adult classes begin in Jan. and children’s after-school origami classes are in Feb. and March. Toddler evening story and origami times start in March. Registration is required and through the Covington Parks and Recreation Department and here’s a link to their website: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation/index.php

EVENING OUT CLASSES:

Quilled Wall Hangings Jan. 17, 2018 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Come create a unique quilled wall hanging perfect for your wall or a friend’s wall. All things beach and ocean-related is the theme for the evening. All supplies provided including mat and frame and a medium-size hot/cold drink. Cost is $30. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Quilled Magnets March 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Create several magnets using quilling techniques to take home; perfect for your refrigerator or to give as gifts. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 20 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 24 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Love Ewe” Greeting Cards Feb. 3 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come mix your Christmas sheep die cuts with Valentine’s Day and quilling. You’ll make 4 cute cards all about “ewe.” Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Love Ewe” Greeting Cards Feb. 6 6-8pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come mix your Christmas sheep die cuts with Valentine’s Day and quilling. You’ll make 4 cute cards all about “ewe.” Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

“Fragrant Shakers” Greeting Cards Feb. 24 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come create 3 greeting shaker quilling greeting cards that will not only be beautiful but will smell great too. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Cheers, Emily

 

It’s christmas eve!

Small bites of fun:

Need a last minute finger-food this weekend, check out these “Santa Strawberries” 

Santa Strawberries Recipe
Ingredients:
1 dozen strawberries
1 cup whipped cream
a handful of chocolate sprinkles
Directions:
Using a pairing knife, slice the leafy end off each strawberry so they stand up evenly. Then slice the tip off to make a little hat.
Using a spoon or a large icing tip, place a large dollop (about 1-2 tsp) of whipped cream on top of the strawberry base. Plop the little hat on top. Add another small dollop of whipped cream to the tip of the hat to make a mock pom-pom.
Place two chocolate sprinkles in the Santas “face” for the eyes. Using a toothpick, place two very small splotches of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry for buttons.
You’re done! It’s that easy. If you don’t eat them right away, store them in the fridge to keep them cold. Santa doesn’t do well with heat.

CLASSES

EVENING CLASSES:

Quilled Wall Hangings Jan. 17, 2018 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Come create a unique quilled wall hanging perfect for your wall or a friend’s wall. All things beach and ocean-related is the theme for the evening. All supplies provided including mat and frame and a medium-size hot/cold drink. Cost is $30. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 20 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 24 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

(See other classes on my website HERE.)

Cheers!
~Emily

the countdown begins…!

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

There’s More to Christmas…
There’s more, much more to Christmas
Than candle-light and cheer;
It’s the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all the year;
It’s thoughtfulness and kindness,
It’s hope reborn again,
For peace, for understanding
And for goodwill to men!
~ Anonymous

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

No matter how you celebrate the holidays or if you don’t celebrate them at all it is still a special time.  My children are getting pretty excited and we even had to move the presents from under the tree (advice from my 4-year old) and replace them with stuffed toys because brother (who is almost 2) wouldn’t leave them alone.  The wonder and excitement of Christmas  through the eyes of a child is priceless.  Take time this season to find the “wonder” in things you may have not noticed before…it’s worth it!

CLASSES

EVENING CLASSES:

Quilled Wall Hangings Jan. 17, 2018 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Come create a unique quilled wall hanging perfect for your wall or a friend’s wall. All things beach and ocean-related is the theme for the evening. All supplies provided including mat and frame and a medium-size hot/cold drink. Cost is $30. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 20 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 24 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

(See other classes on my website HERE.)

Happy Holidays!
~Emily

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

Having trouble being creative this month?  It happens, even with all the craft fairs and events that we visit this time of year.  Here is a website that shows you gift wrapping ideas.  Take what you’ve made and turn it into something to add to a gift!  Enjoy!

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

I know this can be a busy time, planning, cooking and lots of other things BUT, if you can spare the time, take a class with me.  It will take away a bit of the hustle and bustle and give you some quiet time.  Still can’t squeeze it in for December?  Then, get a January or February class paid for, for after everything settles down.  I would love to hear your holiday stories over coffee at a class!

CLASSES FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY

EVENING CLASSES:

Quilled Wall Hangings Jan. 17, 2018 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Come create a unique quilled wall hanging perfect for your wall or a friend’s wall. All things beach and ocean-related is the theme for the evening. All supplies provided including mat and frame and a medium-size hot/cold drink. Cost is $30. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards Feb. 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Learn how to mix die cuts and quilling to create 6 greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Christmas Birds Greeting Cards, Dec. 10 2:30-4:30 at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to combine quilling techniques with stamping, die cuts, and embossing at this feathered friends class. You’ll make at least 3 distinctive holiday cards. Please bring: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 20 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Valentine Wall Hangings Jan. 24 2-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Create a personalized quilled wall hanging for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s or a wedding anniversary. Cost is $40. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

(See other classes on my website HERE.)

Merry, Happy, Jolly!
~Emily

AS WE GET UNDER WAY WITH THE HOLIDAYS

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

Want to send a handmade greeting but don’t have a lot of supplies?

Simply stamp designs, fill them in with color, and voila! You’re done!

For Thanksgiving cards, use words like: Thankful, Thanks, Giving, Family, Gather, Turkey, etc.

Here are a few sentiments to get started with but there are plenty online also to inspire you for Christmas cards:

“May my sweetheart’s life be filled with millions of reason to smile. May everyday be a day worth looking forward to. I’m sending you all my love this Christmas. Merry Christmas to you sweetheart.” Anonymous

“The Magic of Christmas never ends and its greatest of gifts are family and friends, like you!”

“The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness… May all these be yours at Christmas time!”

“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another, the warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.” –Emily Matthews

A NOTE FROM EMILY:

Find things and experiences to be thankful for, it changes your priorities and your perspective in life!

Hope you are all enjoying the holidays as they start to kick off.  Don’t forget to take some time out of your busyness and enjoy a class with me!  

CLASSES FOR NOVEMBER:

(See December classes on my website HERE.)

NOVEMBER DAYTIME CLASSES:

Elegant SnowflakesNov. 19 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Holiday FlowersNov. 25 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village(just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Elegant Snowflakes, Nov. 25 1:30-3:30 at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Happy Thanksgiving!
~Emily