Get out and go find some new places!

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

When was the last time you stashed your kids (or called in sick for a mental health day) and headed out to explore a place, a town, or a location you’ve never been? This is a treat many artistic types engage in on a regular basis, not only for the wealth of new ideas it can inspire but also to give themselves a break from the studio, the office, or the confines of wherever they spend their days.  Not sure where to go?  Ask friends, neighbors and other creative/artistic people where they go to get inspired.  Once you have arrived, ask the locals about other places they think you shouldn’t miss.  There is a fabulous time waiting for you!

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Puzzle Greeting Cards Feb. 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class you’ll need a friend or two to help assemble a jigsaw puzzle. Then you and your friends will get to create unique greeting cards from the puzzle. You’ll go home with a stack of cards perfect for any occasion! Cost is $30 which covers you and a friend! Drinks are on you. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

Watercolor and Quilling Mix Greeting Cards March 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class you’ll learn how to use new distress ink watercoloring to create a greeting card background and then how to quill coordinating designs. You’ll go home with a watercolor brush to keep on painting! Cost is $35 which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

Iris Folding Greeting Cards April 8 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). You’ll learn how to create stunning yet simple iris folded (paper!!) designs into unique greeting cards. Cost is $35 which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

BEN FRANKLIN in BONNEY LAKE CLASSES:

Tatting Lace Greeting Cards March 16 10-12:30pm. We’ll spend the morning learning how to tat lace using a single shuttle. You’ll make a handful of unique greeting cards perfect for spring! Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

COVINGTON CLASSES:

After School Origami Classes: this class is designed for children ages 5-13. Each program is held at Jenkins Creek Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room. Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ . More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide. Cost for each program is $11.

Tatting Lace: this class is designed for adults. Learn how to tat lace and create beautiful greeting cards with your tatting pieces. Feb.10 1-4pm.  Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ .More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Happy Mail Jan. 19 10-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Brighten someone’s day with some happy snail mail! Create a set of greeting cards that are sure to brighten a mailbox-both outgoing and incoming. We’ll use some basic quilling techniques and cute stamps to add details of love and thoughtfulness. Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, optional: tweezers. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Singing in the Rain Jan. 19 1-3pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class, we’ll make music-themed greeting cards with maybe a touch of raindrops. We’ll make everything from sheet music, musical symbols, music and more! Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, optional: tweezers. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Singing in the Rain Feb. 9 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class, we’ll make music-themed greeting cards with maybe a touch of raindrops. We’ll make everything from sheet music, musical symbols, music and more! Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, optional: tweezers. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Hints of Spring March 9 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class, we’ll bring a single stamp to life with distress ink and “Stella” and quilling techniques. You’ll make a variety of whimsical cards perfect for any occasion. You’ll go home with a stack of greeting cards, a new stamp, a wink of Stella brush and instructions for making more cards on your own. Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, your favorite greeting stamps, optional: tweezers. Cost $45. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Hints of Spring March 23 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class, we’ll bring a single stamp to life with distress ink and “Stella” and quilling techniques. You’ll make a variety of whimsical cards perfect for any occasion. You’ll go home with a stack of greeting cards, a new stamp, a wink of Stella brush and instructions for making more cards on your own. Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, your favorite greeting stamps, optional: tweezers. Cost $45. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

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kid’s classes, new adult classes and Seafair are all coming!

HI EVERYONE!

Emily’s Bits of Fun: Let’s talk about tension.  No, I don’t mean the kind you have when the kids are melting down, dinner needs to be made and it’s late, or life just isn’t going right.  I mean the type of tension you use when you are quilling a scroll or any kind of circle.  I have found that the smaller you want your circle or scroll to be, the tighter the tension should be.  Also, the larger you want your circle or scroll to be, the looser your tension should be, regardless of the actual size of the item.  I was usually using the same tension for everything and then adjusting or trying to fix it after the fact.   It took me awhile to figure this out and I have been doing this a while.  It’s always fun when the “light” comes on and you think, “Hey, this is much easier than what I was doing!”  So, adjust your tension and see how that makes a difference.  Just a little tip that I hope you can use during your projects.

Personal Note:
New Classes: Some new classes at “Camp Westfield” at Southcenter starting this Thursday, July 27th from 10-11 am for ages 3 and up.  The first class is free and this is part of Westfield’s Summer Day Camps for kids.  I will be there for 5 weeks on Thursdays teaching and having fun from 10-11.  Please contact Michelle Giles at 206.802.6048 for details on classes and any pricing that will happen after the first class.  New Classes at Vintage: September through November are booked at Vintage Vino & Espresso every 3rd Tuesday and Thursday – Check my “Class” schedule starting in mid-August to sign up for those classes. Farmer’s Markets: I have had so much fun at the Farmer’s Markets this summer.  I always meet a great bunch of creative and fun people.  My last market for the season will be on Wednesday, August 9th in Wallingford.  HERE is the info on the WFM.  Seafair: Seafair starts this weekend with the Torchlight parade on Saturday evening.  There is always something fun to do at Seafair – check out the schedule HERE. 

Stay cool, craft on and talk to you soon!

~Emily