Monday, August 31, 2009
I look at Caller Id and see it's my friend Susan. Well she's already hung up, so I call her back. She answers the phone...
My first thought is, "huh?" Then she says, "You've won the Stampers Quest Trail Blazer Contest!!!"
WHAT!!!! No way! I did??? Are you sure??? - All these things are rolling through my mind as we continue our conversation.
But sure enough, thanks to everyone who voted, I have been annouced as the Trail Blazer Contest Winner for Stampers Quest Ezine. (some people asked me what an ezine is - it's an electronic magazine.)
So, my entry was voted the best representation of the "Quest Theme"! Wow! I'm so thrilled!
I won a great prize pack as well as my blog will be listed on the Stampers Quest Ezine Artistic Guides Blog Roll! I'll also have a spot as a guest designer and join the team with some mothly sketch samples. How exciting!!!
I've been asked to provide step by step instructions for my card. I'm going to post those tomorrow AM. Check back here then.
A BIG Thank YOU to everyone who voted for me along the way. I'm so honored!!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Take a look at the faces of these kids after we saw some whales!
Another amazing day with my family.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Anyhow, we headed here:
Friday, August 21, 2009
...At about 1AM last night.
I realized at about 11:30PM last night that I didn't have too many manly stamps. I don't know why. I have a husband, two boys, a father, a father in law, a brother, even a brother in law (or 2), a nephew, several grandfathers so why I didn't own many masculine stamps to choose from, I'm clueless. I have the old stand-by Stampers Anonymous car stamp. It may be an old Ford or other old car I'm not sure. I love that stamp and even used it for a card I sent my Grandfather earlier this Summer but it didn't fit into the train of thought I had on the card I wanted.
I really wanted to be able to use one of the sketches I was assigned for the Fall kickoff at My Creative Classroom. I was going to kill one bird with two stones here. And I did.
But not until 1AM.
I used the "Wintry Owls" stamp from Memory Box. Along with a little wood grain paper and some Dark Chocolate Metal and I came up with this:
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have two options for you to take part in this class.
In person this class will be offered on Sunday, September 27th from 12-4 at the Scrapbook Cupboard. All supplies will be provided and the project will be completed in about 3 hours. You can sign up for this class immediately.
If you don't live in the area, I'll also be teaching this online through My Creative Classroom starting the following day, Monday, September 28th. The class will span over three weeks and it doesn't come with any product, just complete instructions. Registration for this class begins on September 1st.
Visit the sites to find out more information.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
My class for TONIGHT, yes tonight! Copic Collection class with Copic Markers using the Air Brush System at the Scrapbook Cupboard. Here are the samples I made for class...
Monday, August 17, 2009
I've been busy working in the studio this afternoon. I've got some stuff to finish up and then perhaps another post tonight. I've finished a project but I can't post anything here until I finish something somewhere else. Check back later.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Waxy Cards - Tuesday, October 13 from 6:30 - 8:30PM
Bookbinding 101 - Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30 - 8:30PM
Winter Canvas - Tuesday, November 10 from 6:30 - 9:30
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm happy to say that Bryce made the entire 2 hours and 10 minute drive there and back without tossing any cookies! Tiny miracles happen everyday, right? He wasn't ill at all. I am so proud of him! (See, normally Bryce can't even make it to my Brother's house 45 minutes away without us having to pull over). It must have been the excitement of the day ahead. Poor Bryce was the girl monster, I guess that's why he made this face...
Monday, August 10, 2009
So more about the weekend... Thank you! to all the lovely ladies who took the Mermaid Canvas Class last Friday. Eleven gals were in class and no two looked exactly the same. It's always a wonder to see what others do. I love it! Very inspiring.
After class Friday night, I stayed up until 2AM to get a project done. I needed to bring this project to a meeting the next morning. I drove down to Bella Art in Rhode Island on Saturday morning and had a business meeting with Maryanne. Be on the look out for some up coming classes at Bella Art starting in October! Very exciting stuff! From that meeting, I raced up to East Bridgewater, MA to do a Stampscape on Stampbord Demo for Scrapbook Cupboard. I used dye inks, alcohol inks.. even Copics. The samples are in the store if you're in the area. It's so easy to do, you really can't go wrong with these stamps! Almost everything you stamp turns out beautiful!
Saturday night we brought the boys to see Harry Potter. It's a long movie, huh! WOW! I thought there were some comical times in the movie but over all... maybe a little too long. Although they left out the part about Neville altogether and that's the part I remember the most about the book. I haven't read the last book yet. I have it, it just hasn't made it on my list of reading materials yet. I'm kinda behind on my reading lately. Too much going on. Hopefully things will quiet down a bit when the kids are in school. Speaking of that, only 23 more days until school starts. But I'm not counting....
Friday, August 7, 2009
Stampers Quest Ezine.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
and then I used the same type of design and created another card. I'm thinking that I might make these into the cards I make for this month's card swap at the Scrapbook Cupboard. The theme is "thinking of you" or I might submit to the Trail Blazer contest as the Friendship card. I haven't decided. What do you think? ...
Monday, August 3, 2009
In June I was sent a package from Kandi Corp with all sorts of new goodies to play with. I did specifically ask for Red, White and Blue Wax as well as some gems. I had this great idea of creating a flag. For Winter CHA I created a few Winter pieces for Kandi and this time, I just was looking for something Summery. OK, I know that Summer CHA is all about introducing Winter stuff and Winter CHA is about introducing Summer stuff but it's just too difficult to think about Winter when it's hot and humid outside.
So the first one I created was the American flag. I masked off each area individually and dripped wax onto the areas. The trick it to not hit the other areas with the Kandi tool. Otherwise, you'll ended up bleeding the colors together. It was a little time consuming but as you can see, it can be done!
The next one I created was a Stampscape card. It's basically a Stampscape scene and then the wax is put on top of the scene. I used the brush tip and the calligraphy tip quite a bit. And I did heat the wax and stamped the water into the water area so that it looks bumpy. The sky is slightly 'watercolory' - I couldn't get much closer to the scene without running the risk of mixing the color of the trees. I really like this card.
The last project I worked on and submitted is the tote bag. Kandi Corp also creates GemStones and their Hot Fix Applicator. Each of their Gemstones comes with adhesive on the back and all you need to do it use the Hot Fix applicator to worm up the adhesive and it sticks right on. So for this tote bag, I stamped a Hero Arts stamp with Archival Black ink and then accented with some pretty gemstones. Really pretty!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I was chosen to go onto the next round. My next card needs to be submitted by this Friday at Noon. And the theme this time is Friendship.
If you haven't checked out the Stamper's Quest Zine before, go ahead and take a peek. Here's the link. The August Zine was just published yesterday and there were a bunch of great cards and ideas in it. And they are having a birthday celebration complete with a Party Hat contest. They've been publishing the Zine for one year this month.
I'm just waiting to hear back from Kandi before I post my CHA projects. Hopefully I'll have those for you tomorrow.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
On Thursday, I got a phone call from my friend, Marissa. She had 4 fabulously awesome tickets to the Red Sox game that day and wanted to know if I was interested. I DEFINITELY was! It ended up that Bryce wasn't so much. We sat in the best seats I'll probably ever sit in (THANK YOU, Marissa!) but it was wayyyy too short. Bryce was on the ground crying, and once he got sticky from some frozen lemonade, he was done. It truly was a shame we couldn't make it through the whole game. I did manage to snap a few pictures of Bryce and Caleb eating. - Which, by the way, is all they did while there. I think I spent $50 on junk food just trying to keep them there and happy. UGH!
There's space in Tuesday's class and only 2 spots left in Friday's Mermaid class if you're interested and live in the area. There's lots of Ranger product used as well as some collage, beeswax, real seashells, beads and lace!