Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dina's in the House!

SP Playgrounders rolled out the welcome mat to this weekend's special guest teacher, Dina Wakley.  Ranger Ink's newest designer is sharing her approach to art journaling -- what she likes to call the Dina gospel!

Those taking classes today are in for a great treat. Now Friday's class participants may have been challenged to transition from the work week to creativity mode. But it didn't take long for them to let it go, relax and stop thinking ...the journal pages they created were all beautifully colorful and unique. So if you're taking a class today, you'll want to follow Dina's rules (there are only a few that'll surely make you smile) and vow to try something new!

If you're taking one of the classes today, you're going to have such fun learning about your color story, how to draw faces (yes, you can!), and how to put the "journaling" in your art journal. Give us a call if you're interested in a class -- we might have just a few spots left.
Even if you aren't in a class, stop by and check out Dina's wonderful paints, stamps, stencils, mediums, and more. Then get to creating in your art journal or even on your cards and scrapbook pages!  Have a creative weekend!
Just some of Dina's creating goodies.
You'll want to also check out her stamps, stencils & masks!

We love having Dina here this
weekend to share her "gospel"!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

You Catch the Fever?

Hi SP Bloggers ... Have you caught the World Cup Fever?  It seems you can't help but get caught up in the excitement of the matches. So thought we'd capture a bit of the "fun" (or is it frustration) in watching one of this weekend's Round of 16 games.

A quick layout - using Echo Park Goal paper line - of
World Cup action in our living room and on the TV! 

Come in and check out the Echo Park "Mini
Theme" Goal line.  Fun papers!
This weekend was Debbie's last regular weekend at the Playground. She, Rich and their beloved pups will be moving to Utah next year to start a new chapter in their life. She knows our customers well and always looked out to be sure they got the latest and greatest goodies for their stash. But now it's time for her to start getting organized and eventually packed for their journey West. Deb, thanks for everything! You'll be missed, but we look forward to seeing you 'round the Playground from time to time!

Deb, we love that you're following your dreams!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Are You Remembering the Now?

Happy Summer SP Bloggers!  Many of us are busy trying to "catch up" with scrapbooking our family's memories -- birthdays, holidays, school milestones, and more. All are wonderful to capture in our scrapbooks. But during Tim's recent visit, I was reminded how important it is to also capture those everyday moments -- family habits and favorites, simple candid moments of those we love to spend time with, things that make your home your home, etc.

During summer, living is a little easier and more laid back. So why not start this weekend to be your family's stealth photographer. Capture simple everyday moments. Ice cream breaks. Chillin' at the beach. Pool time. Cook outs. Hammock time. Bare feet in the sand. Pile of flip flops. Summer reading. Daydreaming moments. You get the idea.

Leave your comments below to share other "remember the now" moments that you've captured in your scrapbook pages.

What do you do while the burgers are grilling? You dance!

Had fun creating layout of some everyday moments with DH &sons.
Used Bo Bunny's new line - Somewhere in Time - & Tim's gears.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Come Share the Good Anniversary Vibrations!

Happy Weekend SP Bloggers ... We just want to keep those good, good, good vibrations going, so hope you can stop in this weekend -- June 14th and 15th -- for our 7th Anniversary Celebration!

We've got great sales, goodie bags for everyone and even a surprise prize patrol. You just never know when they might pop up in the store to hand you an anniversary prize.  There's also a 15% store-wide sale and 75% off Quickutz (excluding embossing folders). 

Oh, and we have put out not one -- not two -- but three new Bo Bunny lines (check 'em out below!).  So why not wrap Bo Bunny into our anniversary celebration! Spend $15 on Bo Bunny product and get a special BB goodie bag containing six sheets of pattern paper and two embellishment packs.  Oh, and for every $10 you spend, you earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win the Bo Bunny Pink Handbag.

Hope to see you at the Playground!

Bo Bunny's New Lemonade Stand line
Papers, 6x6 Pads, Embellishments Galore!

These papers will make you think
summer fun for sure!

Bo Bunny's Somewhere in Time is
incredible. Great for the "dude" layouts
you've been putting off!
Bo Bunny's Somewhere in Time -- so
many opportunities to use this line,
including Father's Day (hint hint!)
Bo Bunny's Enchanted line is gorgeous.
Perfect for your little princess' memories!

Bo Bunny Enchanted

Oh and did we mention that Bo Bunny Double Dot's
back at the Playground.  Love it!

Check out the Double Dot rainbow!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Remember ... Enjoy the Journey

Hi SP Bloggers ... we're still talking about our anniversary weekend with Tim, Mario and Playground friends -- old and new. What an experience! There were such memories created as Tim reminded us to simply enjoy the journey.

You know what they say ... a picture's worth a thousand words. Enjoy!

Monday, June 9, 2014

What a Weekend!

Hi SP Bloggers ... we had an amazing weekend with our special guest teacher, Tim Holtz.  Although we miss Tim and Mario already, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share this experience with a number of Playgrounders -- old and new.  Watch for more about the weekend activities shortly.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It's Tim Time @ the Playground

Hey SP Bloggers ... Excitement is building as we prepare to host Tim Holtz this weekend for a  series of sold out classes. We're thrilled he and Mario will be helping us celebrate our 7th anniversary!  And thank you to all of our loyal customers for "Enjoying this journey" with us!  Thought you might enjoy a Playground ditty inspired by the classic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Twas the night before Tim's arrival and all through the 'ground
not a creature was stirring, not even the hound.

The quilt was hung nicely thanks to Pop's clever skill
in hopes that Tim and Mario would find it a thrill.

With shopping bags ready thanks to Dee Mama's fine touch
The team cried "make more!" because we have a hunch

That Tim's students will want to fill them so high
With goodies galore that they've dreamed of ... oh my!
Just look at it, look at it, look at it all.
Can you believe the team has covered the wall?

There are mini ink pads, Alterations, paints, and tags too.
And look, there are stamps and Ideology goodies -- woo hoo!

It's all been so busy, so exciting -- and how!
The Playground students will all remember the now!

Tim's boxes are here and it's time to unpack
for this weekend's classes - there's no looking back.

A warm welcome to Tim and Mario too.
Long Island's been waiting, and waiting for you.

At last the time's come for some fun in the city
And then Tim cried out "Let's go get inky & gritty!"

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Keepin' It Simple

Hi SP Bloggers ... How beautiful it was here on Long Island this weekend!  Imagine a number of you hit the beach for the first time this season. That got me thinking ...

Sometimes you fuss for hours over a particular layout. Still other times, like a busy summer weekend ... you want to be creative but a little more quickly.  Here's some inspiration for keepin' it simple using a recent "Paper Line of the Week" line -- Authentique's awesome Accomplishments line.

Grab some Authentique Accomplishment Papers & Die Cuts,
a bunch of Petaloo flowers, Tim Holtz Ideology letters &
Alterations embossing folders. Finishing touches are black
brads or bling, some twine & Black Soot Distress Ink.

Authentique's Accomplish Line is great!  It has a
craft paper base, with one side's design in
white & the opposite side's design in black.
Handy 6x6 paper pads too!  Oh, and since we're talking
about quick solutions, check out Authentique's Card
Making Stack (18 pre-scored cards for A6 envelopes!)

The Accomplish line is great for graduation
and even Father's Day.  But imagine their
gorgeous Suave line too for those Dad's Day
cards, layouts & crafty projects!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Do You Speak Playground?

Hi SP Bloggers ... Playgrounders have a lingo all their own. For example, do you know about LOMs, POMs and COMs?  And please...don't forget the WOC for crying out loud!  Let me translate ...

LOMs = Layout of the Month
This monthly class is a great way to kick-start your creativity, learn a new technique or use a new product. For just $5, you create a single page layout using a particular technique or product. Do your "homework" (use the technique or product from on a new layout that you bring to the next month's class) and your next LOM is free!

POMs = Page of the Month
On the first of every month, the Playground team displays two sample layouts. Kits are available for $5 each, with a picture of the finished project and all the cut pieces needed to recreate the sample layout(s). So you don't miss a month of kits, 6- and 12-month POM subscriptions are available!

COMs = Card of the Month
The middle of each month, the Playground crew puts out the COM sample. For $5, the monthly COM kit is available, with all the pieces needed to recreate five of that month's cards.

WOC = Wall of Color
When you visit the store, you'll see it -- it's our wall full of colorful inks, paints, Stickles, and more. All these goodies combined create a visual rainbow for sure!

Stop by or call us at 631.539.9888 for details on LOMs, POMs and COMs. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Looking for a Little Inspiration?

Hi SP Bloggers ... We're looking forward to this weekend's guest from Graphic 45!  There's still time to sign up for the Make & Take - just call or stop by to reserve your spot.

Sometimes you might find yourself wondering where to start or looking for a little creative kick-start. There's inspiration all around, whether it's taking SP classes, checking out the samples all 'round the store or visiting our blog.

Here's a sample of something we pulled together with Heidi Swapp's Dreamy line.

Heidi Swapp's Dreamy 2-sided papers - gorgeous!
Heidi Swapp embellishments too!
Hope to see you at the Playground this weekend.  Until then ... happy creating!