Thursday July 18th 9am ~ Sunday July 21st 3pm

We had so much fun at the NSD retreat at the NEW retreat house, CRAFTY CHICS COTTAGE, several of you asked us to do another one this summer. 

This one will be a NO FRILLS, no food, just a chance to get together, craft and hang out with our customers. It’s a great opportunity to go to a retreat if you are by yourself or a small group. 

We are charging $16 over the retreat house price of $159, this will include a class project and giveaways for the weekend. We may have a couple of surprises too!

Our last retreat sold out in a day so do not delay in signing up today.
972-923-3151 or online. If sold out online call the store.

Spring/Easter Challenge

Our very own Mary entered the challenge and did an awesome job. I loved how she had a walkway, rabbits and eggs. Using the State of
Texas board was brilliant. Good job Mary. Come by the
store to see her project and all the other challenge projects.

The name of my project is called Bunny Frenzy, using Tim Holtz
assemblage clock. I covered the clock using chalk paint in pink and yellow.
I then used the Impression Obsession Bunny thinlet with pink paper.
I wanted to do something different so I found the Texas board and
painted it green to match the moss. I made the walkway with small
rocks and a little white and black sand. To finish my piece I added
jelly beans and chocolate covered whoppers for Easter eggs and
sprinkled flowers around.

Assemblage Clock Challenge

Our next clock entry is from Carole

I call my entry Window on Spring. I started with Tim Holtz foil sheets and embossing them with Tim’s 3D floral. Then I used a variety of alcohol inks in Spring colors to paint the foil.  I then used paper clay to mold
the bunnies, sheep, squirrels and birds. I painted them with white gesso and a variety of paints. The window was created with the Prima shutters. Open the shutters and see the blooming of Spring. The curtains were made with ribbon from TCS. If you look closely you can see the tree of life in full bloom. If you peek over the fence you can see the squirrels on a see saw at the base of the tree.

Assemblage Clock Challenge

Today we are posting our employee and customer entries for the Assemblage Clock. First up is Mary Lou

I truly love springtime in Texas.  On my drives in the country everything is full of color. Flowers are every shades of blues, red,yellows and purples. The trees are different shades green.   And don’t forget the herds of long horns.

I used Dina Wakley’s paints,  Ranger ‘s distress sprays, Tim’s plain tissue paper and Dead Beat stamps.

Design Team Assemblage Clock Challenge #9 Carolyn

Every year I do a project with this adorable rabbit from an old Tim Holtz stamp set, so of course I would use him in my clock.

I took the clock apart and embossed some metal foil from Ranger. This foil is perfect to cover the clock because it has an adhesive back.

I painted the foil with Paper Artsy fresco paint “LOVE THIS PAINT”! When it was dry I covered all the pieces of the clock and put it back together, minus the glass. I added a industrial border from Ideaology around the face of the clock.

Its hard to capture the fence inside. There is a wood picket fence in back that I distressed with crackle texture paste and vintage photo distress spray. I glued flowers from Tim Holtz botanical ephemera behind the fence and in front. I white washed a clock face and hung it in the back.

I added a fluffy bow to the side and hung several fun charms. I applied Finnabair metallic wax to the metal on the clock to bring out the embossed design.

Hope you enjoyed. All the clocks are on display in the store. You are welcome to come in, take pictures and ask us how we made them, we would love to help.

Have a great creative week,


Design Team Assemblage Clock Challenge #8 Melody

Spring is in the air by Melody

Happy Spring and Easter! I painted the Tim Holtz assemblage clock with chalk paint.  We have some great chalk paint by Seth Apter and it comes in lots of colors.  I used Tim Holtz Aviary Tissue Paper on the outside. Inside I used Stamperia paper.  I glued a piece of styrofoam to the bottom, glued down grass, and added a bunny that I printed off of Graphic Fairy.  I added a small rock that says ”welcome” and two small mushrooms that I got in the garden fairy area at the store.  I used 49 Market flowers in the grass and on the back of the clock.  I added some more 49 Market flowers on the outside, and a butterfly.  Lastly, I added some cheesecloth died yellow.  I hope you enjoy the clock.

Design Team Assemblage Clock Challenge #7 Angela

I just love springtime, because it symbolizes the magical time of year where everything seems to start over again. I love this particular collection from Graphic 45. It has the magic of Spring, fairies and the secret place where the fairies live.  
This is my designer challenge submission using Graphic 45’s Once Upon a Springtime Collection.
The front is a snow globe, with a fairy diorama. I adhered the clock glass face to the back of the snow glove and inserted it through the inside of the clock. I adhered paper to the inside back of the clock and created a third dimensional layer to the diorama.  

The large Eclectic Elements Tag was covered with the Once Upon a Springtime cover sheet and I fussy cut several areas to add dimension and layers. You will see glittered effects on wings and flowers… for that magical touch.
The outside of the clock, I wanted to look like forest moss….so I covered the clock in black gesso. I added Finnabairs Rust Effects to the gesso and kept adding colors until I got the moss ….just right.  I hope that you enjoy, thank you for stopping by to take a look!

Design Team Assemblage Clock #6 Lori

Hi Everyone and Happy Easter!

When we decided to use the Assemblage Clock for this challenge, I knew immediately that I somehow wanted a rabbit to pop out of it! I removed the bells and the handle off of the top of the clock and decoupaged the inside and outside with a cute floral napkin. Napkins have become one of my favorite things to decoupage with! I found a cute rabbit and to make the “pop” effect happen, I had to cut off the ears so that I could attach them to the top of the clock! I glued the face of the rabbit to the inside of the clock and added some shredded grass. I attached the ears to the top of the clock and added a cute PETER banner. The back of the clock became the base for the clock. Again, decoupaging it and gluing the clock to the base, adding some more shredded grass and a few wood bunny rabbits.

A little white picket fence with a “Bunny Trail” sign has been added to the back of the clock, more shredded grass and a sweet little bunny to the base.

I loved the challenge of using the Assemblage clock! This was so much fun to make and exactly what I had in my head for my challenge! I love it when a vision truly happens!

I invite you to stop by the store and see all of our creative designers and their clocks! You will truly be inspired to make your own!

Happy Easter to all!


Design Team Assemblage Clock Challenge #5 Laurie

Hey y’all, Laurie here with the April Challenge. Our challenge was to make something Spring or Easter with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Assemblage Clock. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I chose Spring and using the Dina Wakley Media Stamps Scribble Bird Cousins. I stamped the birds and flowers on watercolor paper. I then used the Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks to paint the flowers, bird and painted grass, and cut in to blades of grass. I also painted the background, blue sky and green glass, then splattered with the colors of the flowers. Stamping on a deli sheet the quote from, Dina Wakley Media Stamp Always Flowers and used the Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium to attach to the watercolor background. I then glued everything together into the Assemblage clock. Made the banner and glued to the bakers twine. On the outside of the clock i used a Dina Wakley Media Pouring Medium & Cell Creator Set to create the pour paint, cut into strips and glued to the Assemblage Clock.

Thanks for stopping by!

See you soon,


Easter Customer Challenge

April’s Customer Challenge: Theme – Easter and Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock – that is the only requirements you have. You can decorate your clock anyway you want. We have some talented designers that made some beautiful clocks. Check out the store and the daily blog for the samples. Customer Challenges are due April 19th.

Design Team Assemblage Clock Challenge #4 Annette

I went in a total spring direction with “Spring has Sprung”. When I think of sprung gears I definitely see them as rusty, old and a little bent so I knew I needed to dirty up this bright shiny clock. I used acrylic paints in several colors and then topped that with Distress Ink all over. I decorated the inside of the clock with some of the metal gears I treated the same as the clock as well as green moss, birds and nests, and some hand quilled flowers to represent the new growth of spring. I love mixing old and new.

I also decorated the outside of the clock with some of the gears as if they sprung out from the inside. I mounted the clock to thick chipboard that I covered in more moss. I added a white washed picket fence as a border for the garden in the back and then decorated all around with hand made paper flowers. I finished the look with a rock path through the garden for the sweet little bunny to hop.