Saturday, August 29, 2009

Special Class: Grungepaper Flower Frame

Class: Grungepaper Flower Frame
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

In this special weekend class we will make this adorable picture frame. We'll be using a variety of Ranger products including crackle paint, Grungepaper, and distress inks to alter a plain wooden frame into something you can proudly display in your home.

This frame would also make a great gift for a friend or family member. Don't panic yet, but Christmas is only 90 days away from the date of this class!

Stop by the store to see the original frame in person and to sign up for this class. You can also call the store at 319-364-4141 to register. Because of the amount of time required to complete this project, class size is limited so don't delay!


Monday, August 24, 2009

September Card Club-Debossing, it's not something you do to your supervisor at work! Hee Hee! Some of you have probably heard or learned about embossing, either with a diecut machine (like Wizard or Cuttlebug) or with a stencil, but this technique doesn't use a machine or a stencil! We will be using a diecut machine, but that isn't how we get this pretty "soft" look.

Here are some of the supplies we will be using, if you own any of them already, please bring them with you:

dry embossing stylus and mousepad mat
piercing tool
colored pencils
line art flower stamps (see photo at right)
phrase stamps (medium sized)
"flourish" style stamps
white pigment ink (preferably Colorbox)
heat gun
1/16th hole punch
spellbinder dies (ovals, circles)
acrylic blocks

This technique is very pretty and suitable for wedding or anniversary cards, baby cards, or any occasion! Call the store at 364-4141 or stop by to sign up for card club on Thursday, September 3rd! I'll look forward to seeing you!


Card Club-with Kim

Have you been at All About Pictures and seen a card that was more than pretty patterned paper? Well, that's what Card Club is all about!! Each month you will learn a technique and make cards using that technique! We will occasionally create cards that might not include stamping, but play with punches instead. The club meets the first Thursday of the month. There is a daytime class starting up that meets from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon, and another class offered from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening. New members are welcome to join the club at any time. There is no fee to join, although you do need to register for class in advance. The fee is $10 per class, plus a materials fee determined by that month’s project. Enrollment for each class is limited, so get signed up and reserve your stamping seat!

Please make sure to bring your basic tool kit, including any special supplies you might need for a particular class. The card sample for the next month's class will be shown, and I'll try and make sure students know before class if there are any special tools/supplies needed. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call the store (364-4141) or stop in.

I hope you'll come and give Card Club a don't have to be an experienced stamper or paper crafter, to be a part of the fun! ~ Kim ~

Friday, August 21, 2009

What is Koloring with Karen?

Koloring with Karen is one of the monthly clubs offered at All About Pictures. It is taught by Karen (who also teaches Vintage Stylings) and it meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. New members are welcome to join the club at any time and there is no fee to join, although you do need to register for class in advance each month. There is a fee of $10 per club meeting (usually just called "class"), plus a materials fee determined by that month’s project. Enrollment each month is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Each month Karen chooses a stamped image and shows the class how to color it using Prismacolor Premier Pencils. Those stamped images are then used to create a variety of projects including greeting cards, gift items, even the gift bag itself!

Prismacolor Premier Pencils are artist-quality colored pencils with rich pigments that are so easy to blend even a beginner will get fabulous results. To participate in the club, you need to have at minimum the set of 24 Prismacolor pencils. Although you can buy a larger set if you want to (the pencils are sold in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 120, and 132), you do not have to have a larger set to participate in this class. Just make sure that you have the Prismacolor Premier pencils, not the watercolor, verithin, light-fast, or other versions.

In addition to your Prismacolor pencils, you will need blending stumps and some odorless mineral spirits. I do not recommend or even require that you purchase these before coming to your first class, because I don't want you to accidentally buy the wrong thing. I can set you up with some "loaners" to use for your first class, and at that time you will learn exactly what you need to purchase if you want to do any coloring at home.

You should always bring your basic tool and supply kit to every class (paper trimmer, scissors, paper scorer/bone folder, and a variety of adhesives including your favorite paper glue or two-sided tape, pop-dots, glue-dots, etc). For certain projects, I may notify club members in advance of other tools or supplies that we will be using so that they can bring them if they have their own.

If you would like to sign up for Koloring with Karen, call the store (364-4141) or stop in. The next meeting is Thursday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m., and I am planning a fun project with a fall theme. Stay tuned to the blog for future updates and photos!


This colored pear teabag holder completed in the Koloring with Karen Club makes a nice teacher or coworker gift.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Incredible Intaglio!

Class: Vintage Stylings
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Never heard of intaglio, you say? You even read the Wiki entry about it and still have no idea how you could apply this to your paper crafting?

Don't worry, be happy! At Vintage Stylings Club on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, you will learn how to create some wonderful three-dimensional pieces of intaglio art that can be used to decorate cards, scrapbook pages, altered items, wall hangings, or anything else you want to create.

You'll have the chance to practice the technique several times, we'll make some tiles like the one pictured above, and then we will create this gorgeous card that anyone would be privileged to receive. Or maybe you'll want to keep the card for yourself. (I won't tell anyone if you do.)

Here are som
e of the supplies we will be using in this class. If you own any of them already, please bring them with you.
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Stazon ink pad (black)
  • UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
  • Perfect Pearls (any colors--bring your Perfect Medium and brushes also)
  • Embossing powders (any colors)
  • Non-stick craft sheet
  • Heat embossing tool
  • Embossing tray (to catch your embossing powder)
  • Black Sharpie marker (fine or medium point works best)
  • Favorite rubber stamps (solid stamps or stamps without a lot of small details work best)
  • Your basic stamping and scrapping tool kit (paper trimmer, paper scorer, scissors, adhesives, your favorite corner and border punches, and anything else you can't live without when you're crafting)
Class starts at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. Call the store (364-4141) or stop in to register and to see the class project in person. This technique is going to expand your artistic horizons so you do not want to miss it.

~ Karen ~

Friday, August 14, 2009


The next “Steppin Up” class is scheduled for August 29 (130-330) and I have BIG plans for a fun class! Take a peek at some of these goodies we're going to be working with, which are some of the latest and greatest products and papers...

Some of the great things we'll get to play and experiment with include Smooch, doodle templates, Sig no white pens and 3-D opaque puffy ink Souffle pens. Of course we'll use some fantastic pattrned papers too by Bella Blvd. and Moxxie. Here are few sneak peaks of the layout we'll be making too.

Want to see the whole page?! Stop by the store and see the upcoming classes display:) While you're there, take a moment and have Rich or Diane jot your name down to reserve your spot for this class. Can't make it in? Feel free to call the store at 319-364-4141.

See you in class!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cricut Club - August 18th or August 19th 6:00 - 8:00

I am so excited that we now have a blog that everyone can see with a few clicks on their computer. This is an exciting day! I just wanted to remind all the Cricuteers that will be attending Cricut Club this month of what to bring.

Please bring the following:
Sports Mania Cartridge
Hannah Montana Cartridge
My Community Cartridge
Locker Talk Cartridge
Your Cricut, cords and a good mat
paper trimmer & adhesive

If you don't have one or any of the cartridges, it is 100% fine because we all share and we have a few extra as well.

As far as what we are doing this month, we will be working with titles for our Layouts. Cricut Club this month is called "Totally Titles". We will be working with layering, making titles very big and some special features for titles that you may not even know exist.

I look forward to seeing you next week. If you haven't had a chance to sign up, call the store right away and get the last few spots.

Happy Chirpin,

Melanie Martin-Trainor

Welcome to All About Pictures Blog Site!!

The Design team has been after me to set up a site where they can keep you informed about upcoming classes and supply lists. I think it will be great to keep you quickly updated on things going on in the store. Of course I say quickly but it has only taken me two hours today to get this far. Wish Kaitlyn wasn't home sleeping off swim practice. Always find a teenager to help you with any tech stuff!! I'm also thinking this could be a great trick for CHA next Jan. Keep you up to date on the classes I take and the product I'm buying. Hmmm guess I will need to really practice!! okay that was scary pushed the preview button and I couldn't get back. Off to e-mail the Design team to let them know about this!! I'll try this again soon! Diane