Wednesday, August 25, 2010


We had a great Inchies Club meeting tonight. Show, tell and talk wasn't limited to only Inchies and Twinchies, either! More on that later.

Nancy Bishop took a Magenta stamp, cut out those two little cats huddled together with their dangling tails, and put them on a Twinchie. I had to claim that one so I could post it on the blog . . . too darn cute! Now you know you're not limited to only "inchie" stamps to make an image for your square tile. Everyone who brought a tile to share was quite creative.

For those of you who don't know, an Inchie is a one-inch square tile
and a Twinchie is a two-inch square tile from Inchie Arts by Lisa Lee.

Marj Marion came up with the best Inchie Club reminder sign board to use at the store. Marj took Inchies that had been collected at the various meetings and placed them on a sign board; everyone who is a member of the Inchies Club has a tile represented on the sign. Wish I had my camera with me to take a photo of it . . . Marj, help! I'd really like you to see her creativity. Carla Dixon was mentioning how sad it is that her Inchie collection "just sits" in the notebook. So we talked about a wall of Inchies in a special room or nook, even doing an upper horizontal wall trim around a room. The Inchie Club meets again on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Art 'n Soul.

The other day I mentioned Magenta's chipboard house that could be used for Halloween or Christmas. Here's the sample from one of their Creative Staff, Mylene Dupre`. . . I think we have one house left on the Magenta table (we can order more!). (The 'Halloween' chipboard lettering is a separate package; there was one left on the "Halloween" table as of yesterday.)

Halloween House by Magenta (by Mylene Dupre`)

Look at the clever way Valerie at Magenta used the filmstrip chipboard putting Magenta paper behind one frame and an actual picture behind another. These chipboards are also on the Magenta table.

by Valerie Dumais at Magenta

Then Carla Dixon showed us her fabric journals based on the internet class she took . . . "Remains of the Day" by Mary Ann Moss. They were awesome, and she's had more fun putting them together. She has one ready for their annual migration south to Arizona this winter. Fabric scraps ("remains of the day" . . . get it?), paper scraps, photos, and anything else are sewn together with a sewing machine. Anything and everything is used for embellishment. (Again, I wish I had my camera tonight -- maybe Carla will let me know when I can meet her at the store to take a few photos of her fabulous journals for the blog.)

Earlier, Tamara told us that JoAnn Fabrics has steampunk fabric and she bought some to do "something" with. While we're looking at Carla's journals, I remembered that Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paperline is being shipped on September 1. Guess what . . . Tamara and I are going to collaborate and plan a Steampunk Fabric Journal class . . . full week-end perhaps during the winter? This is gonna be fun, so watch for more information. We're going to wait until the paper arrives so we can visually compare the paper and fabric together and decide what we want to do.

You can go to this link and see Mary Ann Moss' blog. I did email Mary Ann tonight inviting her to come up to teach a class or just "get away". She immediately replied and thanked us for the invitation and will keep it in mind. Unfortunately time is rather limited because she's a second-grade school teacher in addition to her artistic endeavors. After you read through her blog, you'll know why it would be sooooo cool to have her visit us sometime.

Deb Kuttel has been reading up on Zentangle and she is going to teach a class on Saturday, September 18. Watch for the listing on the next class schedule.

There is someone who took the Alice in Wonderland Halloween Book class who took it to the upper limits. She was extremely imaginative and more true to the classic story. So as soon as I am finished photographing all of the pages and extra's, it will be posted on the blog. It's pretty darn cool!

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