Tips for crafters

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

7 Tips for Crafters
  1. ) Things that you make yourself will not always be perfect.
  2. ) Be careful to not overbuy (to many times anyway :))
  3. ) Be yourself and it will add your own personal touch.
  4. ) Find YOUR perfect time to work on things.  If morning is best, do mornings, etc.
  5. ) Look for opportunities to share your crafts with others.  They don’t all have to stay in your home.
  6. ) Find classes, circles and clubs to join to get inspired and learn.
  7. ) Most of all, have fun!

CHECK OUT ALL OF MY SPRING CLASSES!

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:

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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Is there a difference in glue?

What to use for the best results

Emily’s Tips & Tricks: Some of my favorite and not-so favorite glues to use:

  • Glue Tips: When quilling, I like using Elmer’s regular glue for my projects, for several reasons. One, it dries clear; second, if I realize I made the wrong shape for example a loose circle but I needed a tight circle, I can pull the glued down tail up and re-roll. There’s an element of forgiveness and grace with Elmers. I recently realized that Elmer’s also makes a “New Stronger Formula” which is more of a yellow/brown color. This glue does not dry clear and as a result, I have ruined several projects.I do also like using Alene’s tacky glue for some of my quilling projects. I have learned that with tacky glue there is no forgiveness and grace. Once it on the paper, it stays there. As a result, I only use tacky glue when I want something to stay in place immediately such as when I use glistening/sparkly quilling paper or gluing a design to a metal or mirror magnet or making monogram letters.

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!

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:

“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!

On a side note, I have several magnet classes coming up in the next 2-3 months and am currently planning a monogram letter class for later this spring. Stay tuned!
Emily