A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

Amazing Creative Friday October 11, 2009

Last month I signed up to take a class on a Friday afternoon with Tim Holtz at Ink About It, a stamping/scrapbook store in Westford, MA.  Wow, what an inspiration and opportunity.  Tim is Director of Education for Ranger Industries and designs his own line of products and stamps and inspires you to do amazing things.  Tim teaches classes all over the world and attends trade shows to demo and teach.  So, it was exciting to have him teaching so close to home and being able to take a class. 

Gettying Ready for Class

Gettying Ready for Class

 It was a rainy, cool Friday, so I took the afternoon off from work to be creative.  I learned how to bind a book and about metal embossing using metal and tools from Ten Second Studios.  Five hours of intense, creative juices flowing.  Tim is a great teacher and puts things in terms you can understand.  When teaching the kettle stitch he used the analogy of pouring a cup of tea, which as a tea drinker, I related to it perfectly and will remember that the next time I go to do book binding. 

Jenn Shurkus was also there and I had taken an Amuse stamp Halloween card class with her the night before, so it was fun to have a buddy in class that you could share the experience with.  I wish I had been able to sign up for his other classes but they sold out within a few hours of being offered.  What an absolutely fun afternoon.   I never thought I would enjoy this class as much as I did.

My friend Jacki was a bit jealous that she couldn’t attend with me and I wished she had been able to with me, but she loved the Tim Holtz sweatshirt I picked up for her. I have her to thank for turning me onto Tim Holtz, so I thought it only fitting to bring her a sweatshirt.  I have another treat for her that she doesn’t know about for her birthday, but opps, I guess she willl if she reads this.

It was worth the two hours of traffic and construction on a Friday night it took to get home compared to the 50 minutes it took to get there in the middle of the day with no traffic.

So who’s an amazing teacher that you have taken a class with that stretched your creativity? Or have you taken a classs with Tim? Post a comment and share your experience. 

Me and Tim Holtz after class

Me and Tim Holtz after class


Easter’s on the Way April 4, 2009

Happy Saturday.  Sorry for the bit of lag between posts. Last week, I ended up going away for a long weekend to the Cape with my close friend and her family.  We had lots of window shopping, good food and tons of laughs.  What more could you ask for? 

With Easter a week away, I am in full creative mode.  I’ve been busy, so I’ve been trying to figure out some quick creative things to do.  Suddenly, Easter’s a week away, when it just seemed like to was 3 weeks to go.  Where does the time go?  When I was on my Shop Hop in February I picked up some great rubber stamps by DeNami Designs as well as Amuse Stamps.  One of my favorite is by DeNami and is this Chickie Easter Basket stamp.  I love these cute litte stamps.  I also got a Chickie “Hoppy” Easter stamp as well as some Copic markers, which are the latest fun tool for us card makers and crafters.  Coloring with them is amazing and I’ve been doing some stamping and coloring, trying to work on technique.  I also have these fun Copic Spica glitter pens that give a hint of glitter, which makes coloring the stamped images so much fun. 


Going through my stash, all creative people have stashes of stuff, I found these pink tin pails I bought at Target for $1.  So, I decided that I’m going to make Easter tags for the pails, using the Chickie Easter Basket stamp and attach to the handle and will fill with fun Easter treats for my family.  Each person will get their own pail and I’ll put them on their place at the dinner table.  Every year, I try and do something different.  I actually like the paper grass from Williams Sonoma or you can make your own, by shredding some fun paper and filling it in the tins.  Put some tissue in first and then you use less shred or grass.  I’m off today to find some chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and some other chocolates.  My sister loves her peanut butter cups, so those are on the list.  My mother loves fudge, so I always try and pick up some fudge or she loves Almond Joys, so they are always in hers.  I must admit, being something of a chocolate lover myself, I personally love the pure chocolate eggs.  Nothing quite like a solid chocolate egg at Easter. I also love the Classic Jelly Beans from Brach’s. 

 You can also check out some of my favorite sites that I go  to.  You can find fun, easy food and decorating ideas at Food Network’s Holiday and Party section.  Get receipes for everything for the main course to dessert to treats.  Martha Stewart has a lot of ideas and information posted on her web site.  She’s been doing an Easter Workshop leading up to Easter with ideas for crafts and food and photos.  She’s having a contest as well, where you can post your own photos. 


So, even though it says is Springtime, it’s overcast and cool here in Boston today, what a better way then to spend the day doing something creative?  Get ready for Easter by baking some cookies, making homemade chocolates, dying Easter egs or making a handmade Easter card or tags for your Easter baskets.  

What are you doing for your Easter baskets?  How are you making them special?  Happy creating and check back later this week as I’ll post ideas and pictures of my Easter tags and my Easter pails for my family. Leave a comment to tell me about your Easter basket.