Thursday, July 31, 2008

Class - "Inkadinkado Birds"


Oh my gosh will you be able to handle it, to have the card class posted before Sunday evening? I have a family gathering on Saturday and Sunday afternoon so I thought I had better get busy and get them posted. I have had so much fun playing with this set of acrylic stamps that I bought of Inkadinkado's. So here we are featuring it in another class. This week I wanted to see what Inkadinkado was doing with their stamps, so I went to their web site. These cards are not exactly like theirs, but the ideas certainly bounced off their cards. I incorporated Clearsnap's colorbox chalk ink pads, mainly because they worked with my card stock so well, and for embellishments I added some jewels. A friend of mine gave me this wonderful paisley punch, I thought it complimented the owl rather well. I also liked the idea of only rounding two corners of my layers instead of all four, so I had to use that. Hope you like them. See you at class on Monday evening @ 6:30, August 4Th, or Thursday morning @ 10:30, August 7Th.


Poor Max will be making a trip to the vet on Monday to be neutered, so I suppose he won't be jumping any baby gates for a couple of days. That is his new trick now, so much for containing him in a room with a gate. He perfected this skill while I was away and he was suppose to be staying out of trouble in the kitchen which I had puppy proofed. Maybe I should have left him some stuff to get into like paper bags and then maybe he wouldn't have gone looking for trouble. Now mind you he does have a whole box of toys he can play with, but that's not as much fun as getting into things he isn't suppose to. Gotta love those puppies!! This little dog is just full of it, the grand kids have the dogs labeled as such: Karli - The mouthy one, Oliver - The lovable one, and Max - The trouble maker. They have it right the labels fit them all perfectly.

Until next time, have a great day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Card Class - "Altered Scrapbook Paper"



I had a good time while away the last three days with Jill and her family. Learned a lot about and with Cedric. lol We had a couple of doctors appointments, visited Waldameer, Presque Isle, Tom Ridge Center, The Zoo, and stayed in a "Seriously nice hotel" this was Sydni's description, you would have thought it was the Hilton. Missed my dogs but they did fine and were very excited when I did come home, guessed they missed me too.

For class this week we will be altering some scrapbook paper to enhance it a little bit more for our card making. As you see by the sample we will be embossing with white embossing powder, which is my favorite color for embossing at the moment. I love the look it gives and it stands out really well. I also love these little flowers that come in a bottle, they are called "Got Flowers". When you buy the tiny ones you get a really good deal, so many in each bottle. I'm sure you will come up with some really great variations on this technique. See you at class.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Store Closings


They are everywhere......store closings. I feel so sad for everyone who has had to close their beloved shop over the last two years. There sure aren't too many independent shops left. What will ever become of our economy. I certainly don't have any answers.....do you?

On a lighter note....here are the "Inchies" that were turned in for our "Inchie Club" the "TICS". Its never to late for you to join us and it is so much fun. Our next round of Inchies will be a challenge of "Dragonflies". Don't you just love those bugs, can't wait to see what we all do with them.


I will be posting the class sample late this week as I am going away for a couple of days, so there won't be class on Monday evening, but we will have class on Thursday as scheduled. I'm sorry about this, but am looking forward to getting away for a little while. For those of you that come on Monday evening you are very welcome to join us Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Here are the baby blue herons....remember the pictures I posted awhile ago and promised to get pictures of the babies when they hatched. Well finally I am getting them posted. Aren't they just wonderful, I am just fascinated with these birds. It just amazes me how they nest in these rookeries, such a wonderful family oriented bird.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Class - "Double Embossed Glossy"



Whew the name of this technique is a mouthful!!! But it describes itself perfectly. I have all this beautiful glossy paper and it was part of the inspiration for our class. I did a page in one of the altered books I was working on with some background paper made previously from another class and it gave me the rest of my inspiration I needed to create our technique - IE: "Double Embossed Glossy". Be ready to go home with embossing powder somewhere on you, its a little messy. Maybe the dogs shouldn't hang out under the table while we work this week, I like them just the color they are. Hm mm, maybe we could come up with another technique if we left them there......."Altered Dogs!" Well guess not!!!! Remember class times are Monday evening @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday morning @ 10:30 a.m.

Its time again to take reservations for our bus trip to the Rubber Stamp Convention. The date for this show is October 11th, 2008. We will again leave my home at 6:00 and return sometime around 11:00. The cost for the bus is $55.00 initially, we will settle up the day of the trip depending on how many go. Could be more, could be less, you know how that goes. So be sure and let me know if you plan on attending. sunflowerhouse@verizon.net

Have a great weekend,

Monday, July 14, 2008

Class - "Serigraph"


A while ago I did this technique for a demo, you may remember it. It is one of my favorites, combining playing with inks to make backgrounds. We have been using the wonderful set of border acrylic stamps by Autumn Leaves for the last few weeks and this week I will show you how to use them to make a frame. Its nice to be able to use a set of stamps in many different ways. You will need to bring a brayer to class - no Carole not the 4 legged brayer either!! Class times are Monday evening, July 14th @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday morning , July 17th @ 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you here!!

As many of you already know Sophia was able to come home last Wednesday, July 9th, alas the stay wasn't for long. By Friday evening she was once again taken back to the hospital and is in ICU. Right now Sophia is a very sick little girl and is struggling for her life. Please keep her, her sisters and her mom and dad in your prayers. My heart just breaks for all of them.




Sunday, July 6, 2008

Class - "Faux Embossing" & Inchie Challenge


I have had a wonderful day playing in my studio and have accomplished a lot. It is so relaxing there, to bad there are others things in life sometimes that get in the way. Actually I don't really mean that, I love all the others things in my life. We all need diversity to keep us from getting to bored with one thing. And yes, all my life in my studio would get boring and lonely. So anyhow for class this week we are going to be doing a technique called "Faux Embossing". As you can see with the samples this is a very soft look and really does look like the embossing you would do with a stencil and a light box. Without the hassle.....yea! You are welcome to join us either on Monday evening at 6:30 or Thursday morning at 10:30. Just give me a call and let me know you are coming. sunflowerhouse@verizon.net







I also finished my "Inchies" for the TICS Challenge, which is "Butterflies". Here is a sample of mine. I stamped a large butterfly and then scanned it and made it much smaller. Then I printed it out and cut it out to create the one you see here. I took my one inch piece of purple card stock and stamped a background stamp on it with versamark and rubber over it with spring green pearl-ex. I added some small pieces of gold outline stickers and edged the card stock with a gold metallic marker. I then curled my wings of my butterfly and applied yes paste behind them so they didn't flatten out and attached it to my one inch square. I also attached a gold rhinestone to the tip of the wings. If you haven't experimented in the "Inchie Art" you must give it a try. Its challenging enough and very rewarding to see your finished project. I made a couple extra "Inchies" and here is a card that I included one of my "Inchies" on.

I also finished up my Altered Book today, had it almost done and just needed to add a few finishing touches. I can't show you a picture because its Holly's and I know she reads this blog. Sorry Holly, no free peaks.


Hope your day was as rewarding as mine, till next time......

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