Monday, September 29, 2008

Mini Collage

This was fun! Anybody who says small is easier...hasn't tried it!!!! Graphic 45 paper background, Collections pieces, a transparency from PaperWhimsy, a rub on from American Crafts, and of course the Ranger products from Tim Holtz's terrific Idea-ology line!!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Busy Week!!!

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I last posted.....and into my son's basement, through the grandson's Eagle Scout project, and out a leaking pipe in a ceiling. The Morton Marching Festival, run by my son, was INSIDE, due to a rain storm. Imagine 22 marching bands rolling through a high school from a tent area, to a community center, and into the gym....and it worked! WOW!
My daughter came for a 3 day visit! We had a pet crisis with an aging dog (daughter's) and a late night trip to take her home....her husband, was working overtime on his job, telephone man. We all worked in the telco field, so I know how that is.
Emma turned 4!!! Going on at least 16. And Erin won the grand prize at her school for highest magazine sales! Got to "roll in the dough" and ride in a HUMMER limo!!
Soooooo, now that things have settled down. I have been playing.

Here is a Maya Road tag, wings and blossom flower with a Paper Whimsy vintage photo and Ten Seconds Studio metal for a background. A piece of Grungeboard and an Idea-ology piece adorn the top. I used Perfect Pearls on the wings. Paint Dabbers added color on the hinge and a touch on the edges of the wings. The paper is from Graphic 45....I love that stuff!

I posted this and decided it needed something...I added dots to define the wings and make the colors pop in other areas...much better!

Be good to each other!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tim Holtz Stamps

Took some time today to get some of my new Tim Holtz stamps inky. He is so right about Black Soot being a pure black ink. See how well it stamps here. All of these are his stamps, his Distress Inks and my ribbon! HA! Just a bit of fun on a piece of Graphic 45 paper background.
Everybody hang in there....the going has been tough!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Alcohol Inks and Fragments

This is the technique we will learn at Scrapbook Friend'z on Oct. 12th in Bloomington. Come join the fun and learn to use your Bind-It-All or practice with it some more!!!
Nancy took such a sweet picture of this for their site, I decided it should go up here for all of you to see.
This is the results of just 3 colors of Alcohol Inks and some Fragments. Not too shabby!!!! Although I have many more colors, this was done with Eggplant, Cranberry and Lettuce. I MAY have thrown a little bit of Rust in on the center one.....I've slept a lot since then!

The box is covered with handmade papers and tied with ribbon. The class book is on Aug 22nd blog entry....take a look!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Back to Doing What I Like Best!!!

This is what I love to do....Vintage Collage. I had this wonderful gal in my metal class in St. Louis, Jane, who came up with this terrific idea of using the long Fragment piece like a window with people in it. So here I used a frame as a mold with the Chocolate Brown metal from Ten Seconds Studio, and the children are from Collections. The word and strip at the bottom are also from Collections.
I just drool over the papers from Graphic 45. EVERYTHING she has is to die for.This is Garden Suite from the Botanicabella Collection. The base is a Maya Road chipboard tag. Then I added a word tag and arrow from Tim's stuff, a couple of buttons, some rick-rack and ribbons, and of course white pen marks. TA DA!
Go create something you love!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Guest Artist - Linda Brown

It's all about Friends in ART! And here is a new friend I met at CHA after corresponding for a bit. IS SHE TALENTED OR WHAT!!!!!!! This unbelievably beautiful gift arrived at my home from Linda Brown of LB Crafts in England. She is a lover of Ten Seconds Studio metal and tools as am I.

This is how she described the process of the creation to me:

"For the little bit of copper embedded in the UTEE, it has black paint dabber on it. Then the rest is painted with those paints and wax from Terra Bella. Basically, I use their white peasant acrylic paint as a carrier, then add a drop of their pure pigments to custom mix my own colours. When it’s dry add some wax and.....hey presto!"
Her skillful talent is shown here in the wonderful detail. Remember what I told you girls in St. Louis....."it just takes a bit of practice!" And this shows in Linda's work.
STUNNING!!!! Don't you think???
Thanks so much for the gift and the permission to post it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Gals of St. Louis at For Keeps Sake!!!!!

We live to tell about it!!!! HA!

Forty-seven students in 2 classes. And to me, they were all worth their weight in gold! I loved them all, but my new personal hero...or heroine... is Delores. She has more tenacity in her hands and heart than I can only EVER hope to have. She made me really see things in a whole new light, and for that I will always think of her when I feel I can't do something. I gave her the "smarter than the teacher award" after she kindly brought to my attention that I wanted her to do something backwards. Yeah, I was trying to help her!

But they all take care of each other, and help one another, so that everyone can have a great time. AND WE DID!!!! We gave away all kinds of door prizes and 2 grand prizes were drawn from the many who signed up for ALL 4 CLASSES!

These are a couple pictures of Wendy teaching. She took pics of completed Sunday at 5 we were so wiped out, I didn't get pictures of the books from my class. But most proudly wore their necklaces from the Saturday class and they were ALL fabulous!!! They outdid themselves with creativity, and that's what it's all about. Thinking "out of the limits" of the instructions, and just going your own way.

They were the Best!

Thanks so much,


Monday, September 1, 2008

Did Someone Say DOOR PRIZE????

Do you think we should have this as a door prize for one of the classes this weekend at For Keeps Sakes???? These Hero Arts flower jewels were just the right color and size to add to this slider tin necklace. There are only a couple of spots left in the jewelry class.....and this is a technique you will be learning!!!!!


Can't wait to see you there!!!