Monday, December 10, 2012

Updates, FINALLY!!

Here are some news tidbits for you all.
We have Laurie Mika scheduled to teach here on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Save the date, take the day off from whatever you need to do to get here for her great classes.
Here is the address of her website:

and here are some pics of lots of her work:

really! Save the Date!!

Another great teacher, Els, the owner and creator at Elisabeth Crafts, will be here in June on the weekend of the 8th (maybe the 9th, too.)  Elisabeth Crafts is best known for the use of her Glitteritz, Highlights glitter  colored with Copics, and grreat projects with Shimmer Sheets. Her classes always are filled with great ideas.

Be sure to check out the newsletters and calendar (finally updated ) for our upcoming events-- Birthday celebration--Fifteen years!!--in February, and starting any day now, the AE 12 Days of Christmas. read about it in the newsletter. (Link is below.)

Some new items here...
NEWSL DEC 7 NO 1 005  NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 7 001 NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 7 004
NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 6 001  NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 6 006
NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 4 005  NEWSL NOV 30 NO. 4 006
You can see more pics at the website photo album.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dyan Reavely Class Samples!!

The Dyan Reavely samples have arrived in the store.
Her classes will be held here on July 21 and 22.
Please use the link at the bottom of this post to read the newsletter article with times and prices.
Dyan is an artist and designer, who has her own line of brightly colored sprays, stamps, and stencils. She is about to add to these lines with Christmas designs in stamps and stencils. Come in to the classes to learn her techniques and apply them all to her brand new products

Go to this link to get the details on the Dyan Reavely classes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Here are a few pics of the latest release from Tim Holtz' Idea-ology line. I will put more up over the next few days. You can see everything that Tim has shown so far by going to his blog, at http://timholtz.comha/ .We are doing pre-paid pre-orders here at AbsolutelyEverything, and we are offering a 15% discount for all pre-paid pre-orders, of these new items, (as well as of the items still to be posted). You can see the prices in the fine print with each picture. The offer will cover Tim's new items from Advantus, Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, and Ranger Tim Holtz products.  Keep your eyes on his blog as he unfolds the latest "must-have" art elements.

In order to "get" these photos, I had to promise Tim that I would give him Mr. Froggy,* or my first-born child...still thinking this one over.  
These trees are sooooo cool...I can see spraying them with all sorts of colorizers, adding Stickles, buttons, baubles, tinsel wrap...and just the right size for any kind of configuration box.....and those metal poinsettieas??....alcohol inks! plus acrylic paints, Copic markers...

ChitChat words are the best..they can go anywhere, on anything...there is always room for another word!

* Mr. Froggy is a very suggestive singer who takes the stage whenever Tim comes to teach here.  I think the actual deal was that I would "retire" Mr. Froggy....well, I have a one-word answer to that--it will never happen! 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New samples made from the latest release of Dave Brethauers' Memory Box dies...all in stock now. Check it out in the online store, which you can get to by clicking on an image in the scrolling series at the top of the blog.

There are over forty new dies...this is just the tip of the iceberg...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To subscribe to the weekly newsletter, just go to the main page of our website, and scroll down a tiny bit...the link is front and center there...also there is a link to the current newsletter if you ever miss it in your mailbox.  website is

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lynette Carroll class--This will be in the newsletter on Sunday, but I am posting it here to give you a head start, as the class date is approaching...

Sunday, April 15- noon - 4 pm, $95

Our very beloved instructor, Lynette Carroll, is dropping by on Sunday, April 15, to teach a really neat class, called Nature's Garden Inspiration Board. As are all of Lynette's offerings, this one is gorgeous. It fits into a standard 16 x 20 inch frame. Lynette will be mounting the fabric background onto the base canvas for everyone, so when you go home, all you have to do is place it into the frame. Please come into the store to see it!

Sunday, April 15, noon-4 pm, $95, Enjoy a full afternoon of techniques and artful arrangements with Lynette. Here is her description..."... a magical collection of imagery inspired by nature and folklore, enhanced with flowers and flutters Prima's new Nature's Garden Collection is the perfect backdrop for this new piece of Wall Art. We will be using a linen covered 16 x 20 canvas as the base for this piece of wall art. Unlike all the other wall art pieces we have created together , this new piece has been designed not only with beautiful products, tags and embellishments, there is plenty of room to add your own personal photos."

Please bring the following to class with you:
Distress Ink and blending tool - I used Tim Holtz Old Paper and Antique Linen

Foam Mounting Tape

Liquid Scrap Dots

Basic Scrapbook Tools

Glossy Accents

Tape with a strong hold
(Above items all available at AbsolutelyEverything.)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sasparilla Cowboys

Here's a great little 8x8 "Cowboy's Adventure" Photo Album, put together by a friend of mine. Who doesn't have a box of photos of little boys, and in some cases, little cowgirls, too, just waiting for the right type of album? The "Sasparilla" line from October Afternoon is just perfect..hard horse ridin', tall pines, guns and boots...great bandana cannot go wrong! I have included photos of all the pages, as it is so cute...please come in and take a good look next time you are in the store. I may have to dress my dog up as a cowboy just to use this album.

The following supplies were used, in addition to the Sasparilla line of papers and embellishments, from October Afternooon:
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Pine Tree die, Bigz and mini
Memory Box tree die
Memory Box branch die
Idealogy fragments
Dreamweaver stencil-cowboy boot
silver german glass glitter
Maya Road 8x8 chipboard album
assorted ribbons, photo corners, and cardstocks
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp set Wild West #109

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I was completely inspired by Dyan Reavely at the recent winter buying show. She uses her bright sprays and great stamps and stencils to do her art journals and altered books. I am going to get us started (or I should say, re-started, as we have done this before , but not for a while.) on this great activity. I have put together a small gate-fold album with different types of paper. We will have a class where we will make the album, and do some experimenting on a few of the pages.
It is a two-ring binder book, so each page can come out for playtime, and then go back into the book. In subsequent classes, we will work on more of the pages. All of the work we learn to do for the art journals can also be used in the whole world of altered books.

Art journals can be anything you want them to be. Some people feel that it isn't their style as they don't really want to be writing a whole bunch of stuff--no worries. You can have an art journal filled completely with techniques...add notes or don''s up to you. It can become a resource for you to keep at home, or to take on your travels. This first journal we are making is a small size, with an opening in the middle of the front. Here is a photo of the journal I am starting with.

We will be adding all sorts of "stuff" to the cover, as well as starting on a few pages in the first class. The journal measures 5"high, and about 6-7 inches wide.
In the course of time, as we fill our books, we will try out all sorts of mediums: gesso, inks, stains, paints, gels and molding pastes, panpastels, alcohol inks, watercolor crayons, pencils, Peerless watercolor papers, sprays, mists, Perfect Pearls, pearl pens, Twinkling H2Os, embossing powders--this list is endless...

And we will use all sorts of surfaces: watercolor paper, cardstock, manila papers, handmade papers, adhesive foils, sticky-backed canvas, stampbord, metals, clear acrylic...and on. I will teach specific techniques related to all these supplies, but you are free to go off on any tangent you want to.As you might tell by now, the sky's the limit.

This is the beginning of a very artful journey, and you are all invited. Your journal is your own, for your own purpose. I will be here for guidance and encouragement, but as the artist, you are the final judge of what goes into the journal.When the journal pieces arrive, I will announce the dates for the classes. I will offer the classes twice each, once on a Saturday, and once on a Sunday--probably not on the same weekend, though.

I have no idea how many classes there will be. Let's just see where this takes us. I am anticipating that we will go for at least a year, experimenting every 3-4 weeks with a new class. I am going to post this article here on the blo so that anyone can leave a comment here, telling me if you are interested, or with suggestions. I would be delighted to receive your thoughts. This endeavor will accomodate all levels. You can be a pure beginner, or an experienced art journaller. We will all get tons of ideas from this experience!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tim Holtz Teaching at the Store

This is the official announcement for the "Save the Date" info. Tim will be teaching here at AbsolutelyEveything over the weekend of May 19-20, 2012. Make those air and hotel plans if necessary, or get the babysitters lined up. This is the weekend after Mother's Day, so this is a perfect gift idea for the family to give you. The final plans for the classes will not be determined until the begining of April, and we will announce and open registration at that time. As many of you know, we have a large classroom, and we did not fill up on the first day of registration at the last visit. So, do not panic, just pay attention to the registration date, and you should all be fine.

We are very excited to be hosting Tim, and his sidekick, Mario. I am sure we will get to learn all about the new Distres markers, water brushes, and assorted other new ideas that Tim will come up with. The classes are always super, and I highly recommend saving room in your schedule for this event. Mr. Froggy is exercising his vocal chords.

Friday, February 3, 2012

CHA Quick Update

A few notes from the show...
I spent a day at Sizzix before the show getting a private lesson in using the Eclips, including Tim Holtz' new cartridges, so we are rarin' to go with this great machine...our price is $229.99. If you purchase the machine from us, cartridges will always be 15% off.

We had mentioned that Dyan Reaveley was coming to the it turns out, she could only do a mid-week visit, and I thought that many of you would rather have a we are having her here in July, looks like it will be the 14th and save those dates..she is a great teacher, with super techniques.

We just received our shipment from Memory Box with the newest release of dies and will be in the newsletter, but we are getting it into the computer now and it will be out by this afternoon...I am already drooling...don't worry, I am wearing a bib.

More later as I remember it...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snow Alerts!

This is exactly the right place to come to read any snow alerts we may have to make. If we will be closed for the day, or just opening late, or maybe closing early...check here. You can always try calling the store, 978-887-6397, if it is a late arriving storm