Class Calendar

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hero Arts Release Party for the 2013 Catalog!

Stop by China Phoenix 2
Saturday, December 22nd
Enjoy free Make and Takes,
light refreshments
and lots of new products 
from Hero Arts!
Peruse the new 2013 Catalog!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Class: Eclectic Christmas with Kathy Rosecrans

Kathy taught this incredible class last Saturday morning and has generously agreed to teach it again this Tuesday.  These cards are the epitome of yuletide eclectic and absolutely sparkle with personality.  A bit of vintage, a pinch of shabby chic, and a dash of whimsy make them special.  We are always in need of a few last minute Christmas cards for the surprise houseguests and the folks we inadvertently leave off the holiday card list.  Join Kathy to create these cards and you'll definitely be prepared for any surprises that Jolly Old Elf might have up his fur-trimmed sleeve :D

Since this class is just around the corner (as in tomorrow), please contact Kathy directly at or call her at (505)410-3810 if you would like to be added to the roster!

December 18th, Tuesday:  2:00pm - 4:00ish (class fee $25.00)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Class: Tim Holtz Inspired Christmas Cards with Cheryl Valadez

Join me Saturday afternoon and get a little messy with some Tim Holtz inks and dies.  You'll create 2 holiday cards perfect for the gift giving season.  Both feature handmade backgrounds and LOTS of embellishments that make them special.  

Add these items to your class kit if you have them on hand:  Vintage Photo or Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pad, Sponge Applicator, tweezers, and a stylus.

December 15th, Saturday:  1:00pm - 4:00pm (class fee $25.00)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Class: Book Pendant with Arley Berryhill

Join Arley Friday and create a gorgeous pendant for the bibliophile in your life.  A soft leather cover delicately envelopes "aged" pages and a bit of exquisite hardware and vintage ephemera adds to the mystery of whats inside.  The chain necklace is NOT part of the class, but if you want to stay after class, Arley will help you make a necklace.  If you want to make the necklace, bring a chain (20" - 36" long), jump rings, eye pins, fastener, beads, and round nose jewelry pliers.

Here are more details from Arley:  

MINI-BOOK PENDANT* by Arley Berryhill
Dec 14th 11am to 4pm
Cost: $35
Supplies (please bring):
Bone Folder
Ruler (18” is best, but 12” is okay)
Sand Paper (light grade)
Large Needle (to stitch paper & leather)
White Glue
Glue Brush
Paint Brushes
Water Cup
Gloss Gel Medium
Black Acrylic paint
Super Glue
Sm Needle-Nose/Jewelry Pliers

Optional Supplies (Bring if you have them)
Metallic Felt Pen
T.H. Distress Ink Stain dauber (to stain edge of papers - any dark color, like “walnut”)
Metallic (gold, bronze, copper) Ink Pads
Rub-On Wax Paste in metallic colors
Small Stamps (1/2” to 2”) to decorate cover
Binder Clip/Clothes Pin
Other Metal/Decorative pieces for Cover

Class Kit will include:
Leather Cover
Metal Filigree pieces & Pen Nib
Small Chain closure
Lg Jump Rings
Lg Pendant Beads

Note:The chain necklace is not part of the class. If you want to stay after class, Arley will help you make a necklace. Bring: Chain (20” - 36” long), Jump Rings, Eye Pins, Fastener, Beads, & Round-Nose jewelry pliers.

*This book pendant is inspired by the work of Luthien Thye
Have Fun!

December 14th, Friday:  11:00am - 4:00pm (class fee $35.00)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Class: Jewelry Extravaganza w/ Anne Engelhardt (repeat)

Back by popular demand!  Anne Engelhardt will be repeating her amazing Craft Fantastic Jewelry Extravaganza class she taught a few weeks ago, so if you weren't able to attend, now's the time to take advantage.  You'll make everything in the photos above, with the flexibility to choose your images and customize your pieces for the recipients you have in mind  This is a terrific way to create stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts, etc.  You really can't afford to miss this class!

December 8th, Saturday:  10:00am - 1:00pm (class fee $28.00) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Calendar Update!

The China Phoenix 2 calendar has been updated through the end of December.  Take a look at what's coming up!

11/30/12     CLASS w/ Sue Rosenberg - Altered Book Part III ($15.00) 10:00am - 12:00pm

12/01/12     CLASS w/ Kathy Rosecrans - Christmas Cheer ($25.00) 10:00am - 12:00pm

12/08/12     CLASS w/ Anne Engelhardt - Craft Fantastic Jewelry Extravaganza *repeat* ($28.00) 10:00am  - 1:00pm

12/15/12     CLASS w/ Cheryl Valadez - Tim Holtz Inspired Christmas ($25.00) 1:00pm - 4:00pm

12/22/12     HERO ARTS RELEASE PARTY!!!  11:00am - 3:00pm

12/25/12 and 12/26/12     CLOSED for Christmas Holiday

12/27/12 and 12/28/12     YEAR END SALE!!!

12/29/12 and 01/01/13     CLOSED for New Year Holiday

Monday, November 26, 2012

Class: Christmas Cheer with Kathy Rosecrans

Join Kathy Saturday and make three lovely Christmas cards.  Each showcases fabulous sentiments and images using beautiful papers, trims, and stitching.  Start building that Christmas card arsenal so that you have them at the ready, when you need them.

December 1st, Saturday:  10:00am - 12:00pm (class fee $25.00)

Class: Altered Book Part III with Sue Rosenberg

Bring your book and kit.  Sue will astound you with more of her very cool techniques to turn a book that would have gone to the landfill into a piece of art.  Upcycling at its finest!

November 30th, Friday:  10:00am - 12:00pm (class fee $15.00)   

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Class: Telescoping Card with Caroline Lawson

Join Caroline Saturday and create a fabulous telescoping card with lots of steampunk influence.  Layers of die cuts and paper form the base and a series of strategically placed brads create the telescoping effect.  Add metal accents and you have something spectacular and unique!  You'll want to keep this one for yourself!

November 24th, Saturday:  1:00pm - 4:00pm (class fee $25.00)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Class: Oodles of Jewelry with Anne Engelhardt

Join the owner of Craft Fantastic, the one and only Anne Engelhardt, and create oodles of Craft Fantastic jewelry!  You'll make all of the items pictured above, plus you'll learn from the master.  Anne's classes are fun and you always walk away with something spectacular.  This time it's an armful of Craft Fantastic jewelry perfect for Christmas stockings, hostess gifts and impromptu gift exchanges.  OR... keep them for yourself and enjoy the compliments you're sure to receive when you don your custom creations.  You CANNOT afford to miss this class!

November 17th, Saturday:  10:00am - 1:00pm (class fee $28.00) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Class: Holiday Card Master Sheet with Sue Rosenberg

Join Sue R. this Friday and create a 2' x 3' master sheet with a holiday background, which can be used to make at least 30 cards.  You'll be using gesso, acrylic paint, rubber stamps, collage elements, and embellishments.  Bring an apron, as this is going to get messy!  But it will be fun, sort of like fingerpainting when you were a kid! 

November 16th, Friday:  10:00am - 4:00pm (class fee $30.00)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stamp A Mania Classes and Trunk Show!

Join Mark and Cynthia Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th, for a couple of great classes and a trunk show featuring their wonderful products and images.  The morning class each day will focus on brayering and run from 10:00am - 12:00pm.  The afternoon class each day will be using Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers.  Each class is a steal at $10.00!  You can't afford to miss them!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Potluck October 31st!

Pop into the shop Wednesday at noon 
and join Nancy's Bewitching Soiree!
Bring a bite or a nibble to share 
and prepare to have a wicked good time! 
There won't be a card class that morning, 
but feel free to enjoy a spooky little make-n-take
during the potluck.
We can't wait to see you!  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Repeat Class: Halloween Cards with Cheryl Valadez

A few folks were unable to attend this class when I had originally scheduled it, so Nancy is kindly allowing me to repeat it this Sunday at 1:00pm.  Give Nancy a ring (number is in the top right corner), if you're interested in taking it.  

If you're looking for details regarding Copic colors, you can find the original class posting here.

October 28th, Sunday:  1:00pm - 4:00pm + (class fee is $25.00)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Class: The Poe Box with Nancy Kreischer

Join Nancy K. Saturday and create another wonderful Altoid Tin project.  This time she gives this humble item the Edgar Allen Poe treatment complete with an accordian book housed inside.    Spectacular distressing turns this mini art piece into something special and macabre.  You won't want to miss this class!

Sorry, folks!  I missed out on my photo opportunity for this project, so you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it's amazing!

October 27th, Saturday:  10:00am - 2:00pm (class fee $25.00)  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Class: Compendium of Spells with Liane Ceglar

Join Liane Ceglar Saturday and create an exquisitely constructed star book filled to the brim with pages, and pockets, and tags, oh my!  Paper engineering at its finest, this book has been beautifully put together and each page is a work of art.  A perfect project to usher in Halloween! 

October 20th, Saturday:  10:00am - 1:00pm (class fee $35.00)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Class: Witch's Dance Theater with Cheryl Thorpe

Are you the type who likes to create a scene and thrives on drama?  Then join Cheryl Thorpe this Saturday and tap into your inner witch for a bit of fantastical theatrics.  A mesmerizing enchantress dons an elaborate outfit whose bouffant skirt provides the stage for a bewitching scene featuring lovely airborne ladies, dancing spiders and lots of glitter!  A dazzling Halloween addition for your home that you will undoubtedly want to display all year long!

October 13th, Saturday:  10:00am - 4:00pm (class fee $30.00)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Class: Halloween Cards with Cheryl Valadez

Join me Saturday afternoon and we'll have a bit of Halloween fun with a couple of fabulous Stampendous images that celebrate this haunting season.  The first card features a beautiful image that we'll make sparkle with help from our Copic markers.  We'll also play with some Sticky Back Canvas to create a fun skull embelly.  The second one will wow the recipient with vibrant colors simply achieved by using Distress Ink pads and water.  I'll also have the Vagabond on hand so we can add some textured panels to our cards.  Layers of details make these cards special!

Add a Vintage Photo or Gathered Twigs Distress Ink pad to your class kit and have plenty of tape runner on hand.

Copic colors used:  Skin- E00, E000, E11, R20  Hair- E18, E09, E07, E01  Dress- YG67, YG17, YG13, YG01  Hat- V17, V15, V12  Shoes/Mask- C7, C5, C3, C1  Clock- Y28, Y26, Y21, Y00, E31 E50 

October 6th, Saturday:  1:00pm - 6:00pm (class fee $25.00)      

Monday, September 24, 2012

Class: Halloween Necklace with Cheryl Thorpe

Join Cheryl T. this Saturday and create a one of kind Halloween necklace sure to wow your friends.  The intricate layout and design of this wonderful piece showcases the beautiful and unique collection of beads that Cheryl will be sharing with you.  A fun ribbon wrapped chain brings it all together.  You'll no doubt enjoy donning this lovely necklace during the Fall season, but something tells me that you'll want to wear it all year long ;D

Bring your class kit, but add your jewelers' tools, especially the various pliers.

September 29th, Saturday:  10:00am - 4:00pm, you might finish earlier depending upon your personal pace (class fee is $40.00)  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Class: Altered Books, Part 1, Getting Started with Sue Rosenberg

Join Sue R. Friday morning for the first class in a 4-part series (to take place over the course of 4-months) featuring techniques for creating altered books.  During Friday's session she will take you through the first stages of altering an old book, which she will supply.  She'll show you how to removed pages, adhere pages, and even walk you through the first 2-page spread.  

Be sure to bring your class kit, plus an X-Acto knife, and any papers or ephemera you would like to use.  Sue will have a stash of papers and ephemera on hand, but feel free to make this book your own using items that speak to you.  

Future sessions during this ongoing workshop will cover additional altered book techniques that you will surely use again and again.  

Sept. 21st, Friday:  10:00am - 2:00pm (class fee $15.00)