Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cloud9 Square Book Box

Yesterday I was trying to figure out how to put my name over my pictures like the talented Jennifer McGuire does. Well, I used one of my programs and somehow added it to ALL of my saved pictures!!!! HUNDREDS!! I was not a happy person. Two hours later ( I know you've been there) I FINALLY figured out how to get it OFF of all the pictures!!! GEEZ! Computers are wonderful, are they not???
So today, after I'd slept, I tried a different program with success. Don't think I'll do that again, but you never know! I am capable of so many wonderful things with this little machine!!!!! Hold me back!
Here's the white square book box from Cloud9 and some more of the stickers, rub ons and papers. They really go together so easily. The picture does not do the glitter justice. It's really so much more that a word?
Take care of each other!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Another Piece of Metal

Here is one more little peak at what Dark Chocolate metal from Ten Seconds Studio can do for you!!!! This cover and back of a Bind-It-All book also shows what the steel brush does to accent the embossing. The cover is a single mold and the back uses 3 in different strips.
Background paper by Cloud9. Way Cool.....

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hi, everyone!

Just got the newsletter from Cloth Paper Scissors Embellishments. This was supposed to run in September, but Cate sent an email today and said they decided to run it this week. Surprise!!! Thanks, Cate!

Made my day!

"Linda takes pre-bound or handmade journals and uses layers of background stamps and Distress™ inks to create depth.
She hand paints chipboard shapes and applies pictures of children, brass elements (Linda uses Vintaj® jewelry findings, but you could also use found objects), or both.
Then she glues the embellished pieces onto the covers. Finally, Linda trims out the books with cording, ribbons, brads, beads, jewels, charms, and her signature pen marks.
If you're inspired by Trudi and Linda's ideas for decorative journals, make some of your own with inexpensive composition books, and products from our online store like Distress inks, Grungeboard shapes, and our Back-to-School Bargains (see below)."

Decorated journals by Linda Cain

That's all for today...working on kits for class...times flies!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Large Fragment and Alcohol Inks!

WOW! What colors you can get!!! Is this striking or what??? I mean it's not like rocket science or fine art, but it was a trip. No experience or license needed.
I used Cranberry, Rust, Eggplant and some Pitch Black Alcohol Inks. Of course the stamp is Tim's from the Regal Findings set. This is what we will be working with in Oct. in Bloomington. Come join the fun.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Christmas in October Class

This is what you girls voted on for the next class. So, by popular demand here is the Christmas in October book we'll be putting together at Scrapbook Friend'z on the 12th.

It's a Bind-It-All class again, so we'll get more practice with that little jewel. And bring your alcohol inks and applicators because we're going to figure out something special to do with them, too!!!

These are certainly using the jewel tones for a bright and cheerful Christmas Book that you can give or keep for your little self.

Be there!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cloud9 Bookbox

Here's the breaking news! In April I am teaching at For Keep Sakes. That's not the news, but Tuesday I spoke to Stephenie Hamen at Cloud9/Fiskars and they are going to sponsor me at Scrap St. Louis in my classes!!!! WOW!!! Did I die and go to heaven???? These ladies are soooooo nice! Amy and Nancy are the girls who started this company and still have their creative fingers in it. Thank you guys for everything!!

This is the bookbox that I LOVE!!! They have white, black and this color, kraft. No painting necessary and all paper is applied going around corners!!! The book fits inside so nicely. I made one last Christmas for a shop sample and it was really great to put together. Terrific quality in the product.

The papers, stickers, rub ons and quote cards are from the Cocoa Mint and Cinnamon Stick collection. Wonderfully coordinated for color and the embossing on the papers is too cool!!!! Really! You can't see it as well in the picture, but it's there. The glitter on some of the flowers is very classy. And glitter rub ons!!!! They were really slick.

FUN ~ FUN ~ FUN!!!! And I'm not easily impressed!!!!
Can't wait to see what's in the pipeline that we can use for'll be the first to know.

Linda aka a VERY happy camper!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Chocolate Metal has Arrived!

This is the Dark Chocolate brown metal from Ten Seconds Studio. Isn't it gorgeous?!?!??! I love brown anyway. Bet you would never have guessed that, right? I used alcohol inks to add bit of color, too.

So this is using one of the new Big Mama's molds. Pretty cool! Three different molds were used for the front and sides. Stamped and embossed papers cover the top and back sections.

The flower is 3 sizes of Maya Road metal flowers with Aqua paint Dabber accents. I used a large glittery brad for the center. The green pearls from KaiserCraft kind of loose the pearly look for some reason, and the yellow rhinestones don't show as well in the centers of the smaller flowers.

All in all, not a great picture, but you get the idea. This little wooden box is always fun to put a small gift in for someone special.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Road Trip to Galena

Had to make a trip to Galena today. Just because it was a beautiful day. I was going to mail my journals, but DH thought we should have a road trip!

So these are the Vintaj girls from Galena!! Wendy and Jeanne who are sisters, and Jess, are holding their personal favorites. They are a real treat to work with and the shop is STUNNING! See that window behind them...gorgeous. Anyone who has the chance must go and visit Vintaj Earth and see all the beautiful treasures in their shop!! They are so talented. Todd, husband to Jess, has done a wonderful job in creating the backdrop for all the works of art from the ladies.

Great job girls!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Eight more books done and ready to send to to Vintaj Earth in Galena. Jess is happy hear they are on the way. The pictures do not show how beautiful the antique seam binding really is. They are so much more vibrant and shiney. And of course, the blues DO match....honest!!!!

Chipboard by Maya Road, Grungeboard by Tim Holtz, KaiserCraft flowers, stamps by Autumn Leaves, Printworks, and Cornish Heritage Farms, and of course, brass pendants and charms by Vintaj.

So, all in all, I've made 24 journals! Poke me with a fork...I'm done...for awhile.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bind-It-All Class

Well the class went off without a hitch. Here's a picture, I guess there was something important being discussed at the time!!! Ha!

I think we all had a great time and the books were fabulous! Beautiful work ladies, and you all did it yourselves! WOW! They are all experts after today. I can see what everyone is going to get for Christmas presents in your families.

Thanks girls, you were a treat!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Fluted Swallowtail in the Garden

I'm here to bore you again with a garden shot! But at least this time it has a beautiful butterfly in the picture. This baby had about a 6" wingspan and didn't care if I got right up in her face to shoot the picture.

Still a couple of openings in the classes in St. Louis in Sept, but they are filling up! That's good news. Tomorrow on to Bloomington to teach the Bind-It-All class. Although it's full, you could still drop by and say hello! Can't wait girls!

Be Well.

Friday, August 8, 2008


OK, here's some answers to a few questions.
The stump is a compressed piece of paper in the form of a fat pencil. You use it to impress the softer metal into the hard plastic molds. It's the grey thingy in the picture.

The colored plastic in the background are just a smattering of the molds you use to impress the metal into for your designs. The combinations are endless. And the black tools are decorative things you can use on the harder metal if you choose to get into that, and some can be used on the soft. But that's up to you.
The class will have all kinds of molds to use and the paper stumps will be provided. All you really need to bring is your imagination and a sanding block!!!

I promise you will come out of there thinking this was so easy to learn and it looks sooooo cool!!
And like my friend Wendy said in her blog the other's no fun talking to yourself.....leave comments!!!! We LOVE them all.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Classes Are Up!!!!

Classes are up at the For Keep Sakes site!!!! Come and join the fun!!!! In both classes I will teach you to use the metal from Ten Seconds Studio that is sooooo easy. It lets you look like a pro with little effort. I KID YOU NOT! You will love this stuff.

The only tools you need to make these is a sanding block, a stump, and a mold. The stumps and molds are provided for you. Please bring a sanding tool. And I'll demo all the other tools from my collection, and you can try them!

We'll make at least 2 pins and a slider necklace to hide little treasures in. Decorate the pins with ribbons and dew drops and jewels. The sky's the limit with your imagination on this project!!

The Maya Road book has 11 sides to decorate. You can bring little pictures of family to put in it. Or just use the flowers and stamps to adorn the pages along with the jewels, chipboard, and buttons that come in the kit. Lots and lots of stuff to fill the book
Can't wait to see all of you again!


Oriental Books

Here are the 2 latest additions to the Vintaj books for Galena. They are my attempt at a bit of oriental style. The colors DO match, trust me, but the Distress Stickles seems to photograph a bit differently.

Anyway Maya Road ribbon and CB Blossoms, Autumn Leaves clear stamps, Basic Grey Blush papers, and of course, Distress Inks. The Grungeboard pieces are a great background for the metal findings.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Add-Ons to Tim's Advantus Project

This is what I added to the "make and take" from Advantus at CHA with Tim's Idea-ology pieces!!!! SOOOO fun. Using some alcohol inks on an old locker pin, and nothing on the antique key hole made the project very easy. String a few beads on eye pins and add with a jump ring.

If anyone knows where I got that terrific chain I put these on, I would love to know. Great colors. I think I bought it years ago at the Rockford convention. But I've slept since then. To those who asked about it in Chicago, I'll post the company if anyone figures it out!

Happy Trails
**Thank you soooo much Moose Ridge!!! Bonnie's Best does in fact carry a chain that looks just like mine. Art Friends are the BEST!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Play Time!

Today was a play day! No writing instructions, no making assignments, no kitting up classes, and no worrying about things undone! Today I played with alcohol inks from Tim's latest tutorial. GREAT JOB, TIM!!! Go to his blog and see it, it's always like Christmas or your birthday. I did have to wipe a few off before I got one I liked. But that's the beauty of it. Make a mistake.....start over!

The white dots are from a paint pen added on top.

TOO much fun! SO easily amused!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tool Rack Redone!

I haven't been very good about blogging lately. But entries without pictures are somewhat boring, and I can't show you what I've been working on. Not a national secret, but some are being mailed off. We'll see.

Anyway, last night at about 10:30, I decided to redo my tool rack that holds my Ten Seconds Studio tools! (My daughter thinks it looks like something out of a "Mad Dentist's" office). DH made it for me and I had it decorated with metal tape that I no longer liked. So, out came the tools, the newer black metal and by midnight I had a better looking holder than before! This is what you can do with the molds and the metal. Front and back. Seriously!!!!! Isn't it too cool?!?!?! And very easy to do. Join the fun in St. Louis in September.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!