Friday, July 22, 2011

While the cats away the mice shall play

As you can see it has been very active at Paper Crown this week. We had our July Kids Camp on Mon.- Thurs. with lots of creating, laughing, snacking and even a little dancing- at least in the afternoon session.
 We created a mixed media "Home Sweet Home " canvas, sculpted cupcakes that rivaled Sprinkles, recreated in pastels Kandinsky's circles and possibly their favorites- shrinky dinks and frozen chocolate covered bananas. 

We assemble 12 circles to create a colorful modern piece. My favorite but not the kiddos; it's a lot of coloring. I promised them all the work would be worth it when completed; mom & dad are going to love it! 

The morning chickies were hard workers and also completed these poppy paintings- Way to go girls!

In the afternoon we were a little more mischievous and even got kinda crazy with the paint. Bo decided I needed a moustache, it made me look more like an artist.

I'm so proud of all these kiddos- it was a fun week

As fun as last week,  it did leave me wanting a little break so I'm off next week on holiday. Cheri and Ms. Emily, Katie's buddy since middle school and fellow Baylor Bear, will be holding down the fort with some modified hours. As most of you know it's basically a one man shop and on occasion we need to deviate from our set schedule. I hope you understand and I apologize for any inconvenience it might cause.

Paper Crown Hours
week of July. 23- July 30

Sat., July 23

Mon., & Tues., July 25 & 26

Mix and Mingle
Tues., July 26
Hosted by the cheerful Cheri and talented Jackie

Wed.,  July 27

Thurs. & Fri. , July 28 & 29

Sat., July 30

We will hit the ground running on Aug. 1 with 4 days of Kids Camp and our regular weekday schedule of 10-5:30. I assured Emily our customers were the nicest so please be patient if things are a little off next week- however knowing Emily it probably will be smoother than when I am here. 

New Somerset magazines and Echo Park arrived today

Check out Jackie's blog for new Aug and Sept classes

  don't forget
Mix & Mingle
Tuesday night!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Just a Quickie

Not much time today. We have Kids Camp today at 2 but I wanted you to see some of the beautiful new ribbons that just came in from Renaissance Ribbon. Renaissance is the cream of the crop- I could literally spent thousands of dollars on their website. We also got in the cutest cake ribbon but alas the picture was much too dark, guess you will have to come in to see it yourself.

Kids Camp this week, Monday-Thursday, 2-5pm . It is a blast and I love being around all these creative little people. If you missed this week we will have one more session of Kids Camp August 1-4, 2-5pm and it's not too late to sign up;however, there are only a few spaces left.

KC Willis is doing a second class on Monday, September 26th. More on this later, but if you can not wait see her website, www.studioretreats.ning.

Here is a picture from Medeah's mixed media class last week. It was a small but talented group and they had a great time and everyone finished- EARLY!

Have a good day and stay cool. New goodies look amazing and a few are already trickling in and CHA started today!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tweet, Tweet

No Paper Crown is not tweeting. Honestly, I can't post on the blog everyday and I really don't do anything very exciting. We are ,however, tweeting over Medeah's mixed media class THIS Thursday, July 14th at 6:00pm. Cost is $45.00. We still have a few openings so if you are in need of a crafting fix- it has been a very dry summer- call the store at 848-2389 to reserve your spot.

 Also on the horizon is Donna's Copic Marker class on Saturday August 6th from 1-4. Cost is $45.00. This is a technique class but a must for all of you wanting to take your art to the next level. Donna will show/ explain why these are the preferred tools for most artists and their many uses. I guarantee you will be glad you learned this skill- it will add depth to your art. Call Paper Crown, 848-2389 to reserve your class spot.

I spoke to KC yesterday and there are only a few more openings in her mixed media collage retreat on Saturday, September 24th from 10-4. KC is a very accomplished mixed media artist who does the most amazing things with vintage photos, fabric and paper. Each is truly a piece of art (her art is on display at a Santa Fe gallery) and we are so lucky to have her in the shop. Cost for class is $125 and registration is done on KC's website You will have to type this in- I haven't mastered adding links yet- sorry.  KC also mentioned the possibility of an additional class on Monday, September 26th.  Great idea for all you lake girls who have to miss Saturday's class. If this interests you, let me know and hopefully we can make a second class happen.

Drifting & Dreaming Mixed Media
Medeah, $45.00
Saturday, July 23rd

Floral Shadow Box
Medeah, $45.00
Thursday, August 4th
6-9 pm

For all you kiddos- or mom's that are tired of that constant
 " I'm Bored"

Kid's Camp
Mon-Thurs, July 18-21

Mon.- Thurs., August 1-4
Cost per 4 day session- $200.00

Call to reserve your spot, seating is limited and some are full or very close.

New Goodies

New Melody Ross stamps from Unity Stamps

Lots of fun new chipboard elements by Art Parts. These book cover are what Nicole used for in her nature book class.

New papers and embellishments from Prima and Echo Park
New fun goodies from 7 Gypsies- these are going fast!

Friday, July 8, 2011

She's Back!

We are so very excited to have an old friend back at Paper Crown! Donna Layton who has taught some of the most amazing classes, is feeling better and is coming back to teach. Donna will start off with a COPIC  marker class on Saturday, August 6 from 1-4. If you have taken from Donna in the past, you know how very knowledgable she is and in this class, Donna will share her wealth of knowledge on Copic markers. She will explain why you should use them, how to use them, and how to care for them. This will be a technique class; however, everyone will recieve one of Donna's original doodle coloring sheets to create as you choose.

We have had Copic markers in the store for a while but just never knew how very fun and versitale they can be. Join Donna on the 6th to learn a new skill and find out for yourself why we are so very thrilled to have Donna back.  Call the store at 848-2389 to enroll in this class.

Here is a quick peek at some of the new goodies that arrived this week from Prima, Echo Park, Art Parts  and Unity Stamps. It's all in the backroom and it's much cooler there than in the front. That is a great reason to come see Cheri tomorrow before I move it to the front on Monday. Have a great weekend,  I'm off to camp.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Proud Mamas

This camper was the only one to use dark colors- it was absolutely beautiful and I love her uniqueness of vision!

If you happened to drop by Paper Crown at the end of the last week, you know it was a hub of activity. We had 16 very talented and so very well behaved kiddos for our mini Kid's Camp. We had a great time coloring our paint aprons, creating an amazing mixed media canvas, rolling paper to make the cutest frame, creating some shrinky dinks- well not so much- I forgot those darn things have to dry forever, black smudges shrink just as well as beautifully colored stamps just not so pretty, and  eating frozen chocolate covered bananas! 

Love, love, love this bug! She also was her own person and did her flowers in pastels. She wants to come help once a week so she will be all trained by the time she is a teenager.
 I hope I can be so lucky!  

Winner of the best paint apron- told her she needed to have her mom iron her apron before she washes it. Her response was she would tell her dad, he is the one that does all the ironing- man how did you get so lucky Amy!
Another beautiful painting and a quick shot of the frame- so easy but so cute! She is not only an artist but also quite the gymnast.

 This is "Pink Ellie." She got that nickname because everything was PINK! As you can guess her frame was also in all shades of pink and fit her to a tee. She and her friend were the youngest campers but you definitely could not tell from their paintings. Both of their roses were amazing- I wish we all could have their artistic sense of freedom and confidence.

These two finished up today and did an excellent job.  It was fun having them at the store this morning and being able to spend a little one on one.

More pictures later, I have a few campers that are on vacation and haven't picked up their art yet. It was fun for everyone and I even got a little help from my big kiddos- the little girls loved Katie, she looks like Barbie. Katie actually came to camp the first day dressed in a beautiful WHITE max dress. Katie bug was dressed for the runway not camp with 16 kiddos armed with loaded paintbrushes. After surveying the scene for about 10 mins she took me up on the apron offer; however,  it didn't coordinate with her ensemble : (  While Katie had the little girls entertained, Payne, my very handsome 16 yr old son, had the older girls whispering. It was a win win for everyone. 

If you missed June's mini Kid's Camp we are having a 4 day camp in June and July with different projects for each session. Cost is $200 and includes four days of creating. Dates and times are:

July 18th-21st  9:30-12:30 or 2-5
Aug. 1st-4th 9:30-12:30 or 2-5

Adults don't forget to sign up for KC Willis class on September 24th, 10-4
More info at or see previous Paper Crown blog " Special Treat"
Robin Thomas' blog also has a great introdution to KC's work- you can just click on Robin's blog on the left under "favorites"- great job Robin

New Prima, 7 Gypsies and Echo Park just in - pics tomorrow